Joseph Diaz Jr., a 2012 U.S. Olympian out of South El Monte, will be among the fighters assisting in the annual turkey giveaway/Photo courtesy of Golden Boy Promotions
Promoter Oscar De La Hoya on Saturday will host his annual turkey giveaway at Oscar De La Hoya Animo Charter High School in East Los Angeles beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Among the Golden Boy Promotions fighters expected to be on hand are Gabriel Rosado of Philadelphia, Julian Ramirez of East Los Angeles, Joseph Diaz Jr. of South El Monte and Diego De La Hoya, Oscar De La Hoya’s 20-year-old cousin from Mexicali.
(Note: The families receiving the turkeys have been pre-selected.)
Julian Ramirez/Photo courtesy of Golden Boy Promotions
Featherweight Julian Ramirez is not yet a top-10 fighter, but he has the talent to get there. Ramirez (12-0, 7 KOs) on Thursday will put his undefeated record on the line when he takes on Pedro Melo (9-6-2, 2 KOs) of Tijuana in the semi-main event at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio (on Fox Sports 1).
“I’m ready for Thursday,” the hard-hitting Ramirez said Tuesday. “Hopefully, the knockout comes, but I won’t force anything. If it comes, it comes. I’m going to give it my all Thursday. I just want to please the crowd and give everyone a great show.”
The 21-year-old Ramirez, who always gives an exciting show, will be in his fourth fight this year. He attended Alhambra High School.
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Bernard Hopkins, left, and Sergey Kovalev engage each other in the traditional staredown after making weight Friday in Atlantic City/Photo courtesy of Hogan Photos, Golden Boy Promotions
Bernard Hopkins and Sergey Kovalev on Friday both made weight for their light heavyweight title-unification bout Saturday at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City (on HBO).
Hopkins weighed in at 173 1/2 pounds, Kovalev at 174 1/2. The limit is 175.
Hopkins, 49, is 55-6-2 with 32 knockouts. Kovalev, 31, is 25-0-1 with 23 knockouts.
Manny Pacquiao/Photo courtesy of Top Rank Inc.
HBO’s “24/7: Pacquiao/Algieri” will be shown Saturday night about 10 on HBO after the light heavyweight title-unification bout between Bernard Hopkins and Sergey Kovalev.
It will promote the Nov. 22 welterweight title fight between champion Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines and Chris Algieri of Huntington, N.Y. in Macau, China.
Pacquiao, 35, is 56-5-2 with 38 knockouts. Algieri, 30, is 20-0 with eight knockouts. The fight will be available on HBO pay-per-view.
Devon Alexander, top, and Amir Khan/Photos courtesy of Golden Boy Promotions
Former junior welterweight champion Amir Khan of England and former junior welterweight and welterweight champion Devon Alexander of St. Louis on Tuesday will host a Los Angeles news conference to formally announce their Dec. 13 fight that will be contested at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on Showtime).
Alexander, 26-2 with 14 knockouts, was junior welterweight champion in 2009-11 before losing his belt to Timothy Bradley in January 2011. Alexander, 27, then won the welterweight title with a victory over Randall Bailey in October 2012, but lost it to Shawn Porter in December 2013.
Khan, also 27, held the junior welterweight title from 2009-11, losing it in 2011 to Lamont Peterson in December 2011. Khan is 29-3 with 19 knockouts.
This Golden Boy Promotions card will also feature Keith “One Time” Thurman defending his interim welterweight belt against Leonard Bundu. Also, Demetrius Andrade will defend his junior middleweight belt against Jermell Charlo.
Gennady Golovkin/Photo courtesy of Associated Press
Marco Antonio Rubio on Friday weighed in at 161.8 pounds for his fight Saturday against middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin at StubHub Center (on HBO). According to a publicist working the event, Rubio signed a new contract for 162 pounds just before the weigh-in because he knew he wasn’t going to make the 160-pound limit.
This means Rubio will not be able to challenge for Golovkin’s belt. It also means Rubio was stripped of an interim belt he held.
Golovkin weighed in at 159 pounds.
Gennady Golovkin/Photo by Associated Press
The middleweight title fight between champion Gennady Golovkin and Marco Antonio Rubio set for Saturday at StubHub Center (on HBO) has proven to be quite the hot ticket. K2 Promotions, which promotes Golovkin, already put an extra 300 seats on sale and they sold out. Now, 284 more bleacher seats will go on sale Tuesday at noon.
Those tickets are priced at $53, which does not include service fees. They can be purchased by calling 888-929-7849, as well as by visiting the StubHub Center box office Monday through Friday until 6 p.m.
Leon Spinks/Photo courtesy of Associated Press
Former heavyweight champion Leon Spinks is in a Las Vegas hospital after a second operation for abdominal issues, the Associated Press reported Monday morning.
According to the story, Spinks had his second surgery over the past few days after experiencing complications from a first emergency surgery.
His wife, Brenda Spinks, spoke to the Associated Press.
“It’s going to be a long road ahead,” she said, “but he’s strong and he’s starting to recover.”
Spinks, 61, is from St. Louis. He shocked the boxing world when, in February 1978, he won a split-decision over Muhammad Ali to win two of the heavyweight world titles. It was just Spinks’ eighth professional fight.
Spinks went 26-17-3 with 14 knockouts fighting from 1977-95.
Nonito Donaire/Photo courtesy of Top Rank Inc.
With all the hoopla being created by middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin defending his title against Marco Antonio Rubio on Saturday at StubHub Center in Carson (on HBO), let’s not forget that the main undercard fight shouldn’t be too shabby, either.
In it, Nonito Donaire (33-2, 21 KOs) of San Leandro via the Philippines will defend his featherweight belt against Nicholas Walters (24-0, 20 KOs) of Jamaica. This could be a good one.
“I am very excited for this fight,” Donaire said.
He’d better be as Walters is no slouch. And he’s hungry to make an even bigger name for himself.
“This is my dream fight,” said Walters, who also owns a piece of the title. “It’s now the time to show everyone who is the best 126-pound world champion in the entire world.”
Dan Goossen/Photo by of Associated Press
News broke over the weekend that longtime promoter Dan Goossen was critically ill and Monday morning word came that Goossen had died at the age of 64 of liver cancer.
A statement was released on behalf of the Goossen family.
“It is with overwhelming regret that we announce the passing of Dan Goossen, 64, from complications relating to liver cancer. The sudden news of his diagnosis was very much a private matter and his final days were spent surrounded by his family and closest friends. Sadness is difficult to escape as we grieve his passing. However, we are filled with pride by the fact that Dan Goossen battled this aggressive illness with boundless strength and the last days of his life were fought and lived with unflinching bravery, pure love and grace beyond measure,” the statement read.
Goossen was president of Goossen Tutor Promotions in Sherman Oaks. Among the world-class fighters he promoted over the years were Michael Nunn, Chris Arreola, Andre Ward, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and brothers Gabe and Rafael Ruelas.
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