Amir Khan, Devon Alexander in L.A. to formally announce Vegas fight

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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.

 

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Gennady Golovkin-Marco Antonio Rubio does very well on HBO

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Gennady Golovkin, right, stopped Marco Antonio Rubio in the second round Saturday/Photo by Associated Press

 

The Gennady Golovkin-Marco Antonio Rubio middleweight main event Saturday at StubHub Center drew an HBO viewing crowd of 1,304,000 viewers, making it the second-highest premium cable boxing event of 2014.

Golovkin, of Kazakhstan, stopped Mexico’s Rubio in the second round and is now 31-0 with 28 knockouts. It was his 18th knockout in succession.

Golovkin’s middleweight belt was not on the line because Rubio failed to make the 160-pound weight limit a day earlier, coming in at 161.8.

The event also drew 9,323 in live attendance, a sellout and  a record for boxing at the venue.

“This past Saturday night’s atmosphere at the StubHub Center truly captured the passion that Gennady’s fans have for him,” said Tom Loeffler, managing director of K2 Promotions, which promotes Golovkin. “In two years, Gennady has become boxing’s biggest must-see attraction and we expect 2015 to catapult him to even greater heights.”

Golovkin first fought in the U.S. in September 2012.

The Golovkin-Rubio fight will be replayed tonight (Tuesday) on HBO at 10:05 p.m. (Pacific time).

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Marco Antonio Rubio doesn’t make weight, can’t fight for Golovkin’s belt

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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.

 

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Even more seats added for Golovkin-Rubio, will go on sale Tuesday

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.

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Former heavyweight champion Leon Spinks in Las Vegas hospital

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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.

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Nonito Donaire takes on Nicholas Walters underneath Golovkin-Rubio

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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.”

 

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Longtime promoter Dan Goossen dies at the age of 64 from cancer

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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.

Services are pending.

 

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More than 300 bleacher seats added for Golovkin-Rubio at StubHub

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Gennady Golovkin/Photo courtesy of Associated Press

 

More than 300 bleacher seats have been added for the Oct. 18 middleweight title fight between champion Gennady Golovkin of Kazakhstan and Marco Antonio of Mexico at StubHub Center in Carson (on HBO).

“After meeting with StubHub Center this week we were able to add an additional 324 bleacher seats on the concourse level,” said Tom Loeffler, managing director of K2 Promotions, which promotes Golovkin. “With the balance of the venue virtually sold out, we’re attempting to accommodate as many fans as many fans as possible for this event.”

Those tickets are priced at $53 and can be purchased by calling (888) 929-7849 or through the StubHub Center box office.

 

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Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez leaves Showtime to re-join HBO

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Saul “Canelo” Alvarez/Photo courtesy of Golden Boy Promotions

 

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Tuesday signed an agreement to return to HBO beginning with his next fight in December, the interested parties announced.

Alvarez, an ultra-popular former super welterweight champion from Mexico, fought seven times on HBO between 2010 and 2012. He moved over to Showtime after his promoter – Golden Boy Promotions – and HBO had a falling out and HBO said it would no longer work with Golden Boy.

That edict eased when HBO signed on to televise the upcoming light-heavyweight title fight between Golden Boy’s Bernard Hopkins and Sergey Kovalev on Nov. 8 in Atlantic City.

Alvarez has fought his five most recent fights on rival Showtime. Terms of his new agreement with HBO were not disclosed.

“For all of my career, I have wanted to fight on HBO for one main reason -  I believe it will allow more of my fans to see me in action,” said Alvarez, who is 44-1-1 with 31 knockouts. “Today marks a huge milestone for me, and I look forward to a long and successful partnership with HBO.”

Oscar De La Hoya, president of Golden Boy, was stoked.

“I’m thrilled to be part of this historic agreement between ‘Canelo’ Álvarez and HBO Sports, an agreement that marks another major step in Golden Boy Promotions’ primary goal to give boxing fans the fights they want to see,” he said.

Ken Hersham, president of HBO Sports, seemed equally jazzed.

“Everyone at HBO is excited to welcome back ‘Canelo’ Álvarez to the HBO family, and we can’t wait to re-introduce him to our subscribers,” Hershman said. “At only 24 years old, ‘Canelo’ has already established himself as one of the boxing world’s brightest stars, and we look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship as we embark on this new chapter together.”

Alvarez last fought in July and won a split-decision over Erislandy Lara at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Alvarez lost his two super welterweight world titles to Floyd Mayweather jr. via majority decision in September 2013.

 

 

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Standing-room only tickets on sale for Golovkin-Rubio at StubHub

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Gennady Golovkin/Photo by Associated Press

 

K2 Promotions on Friday announced standing-room only tickets for the Oct. 18 middleweight title fight between champion Gennady Golovkin and Marco Antonio Rubio at StubHub Center (on HBO) would go on sale immediately.

They are $27 and they can be purchased through the StubHub Center box office as well as by calling (888) 929-7849.

“The response to this event has been unprecedented for boxing at StubHub Center as (with) four weeks to go we’re virtually sold out of tickets,” said Tom Loeffler, managing director of K2 Promotions. “Therefore, we’re putting a limited number of standing-room only tickets on sale to meet demand.”

 

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