Golden Boy Promotions, heavyweight Luis Ortiz ‘amicably’ part ways

Heavyweight Luis Ortiz, left, takes on Tony Thompson Saturday in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Omar Vega/Invision/AP Images)

Luis Ortiz, left, parted ways with Golden Boy Promotions on Tuesday/Photo by Omar Vega/Invision/AP Images

Interim heavyweight champion Luis Ortiz of Cuba is no longer being promoted by Golden Boy Promotions as of Tuesday, according to a statement released by Golden Boy spokesman Stefan Friedman.

“Today, Golden Boy Promotions and Luis Ortiz amicably parted ways,” the statement read. “We are proud of the work that Golden Boy and Luis accomplished together, culminating in his WBA heavyweight interim championship victory and subsequent title (defense). We wish Luis and his team all the best in the future.”
According to an Aug. 15 story on, Ortiz and Golden Boy were working on a buyout that would release Ortiz from his Golden Boy contract.
Ortiz (25-0, 22 KOs) has not fought since knocking out Tony Thompson in the sixth round March 5 in Washington D.C. The talented Ortiz, a 6-foot-4 southpaw, is 37.


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Santa Ana’s Alexis Rocha makes it an early night in fourth pro fight

Santa Ana’s Alexis Rocha was scheduled for his first six-round fight Friday night in the latest Golden Boy Promotions’ LA Fight Club card at Belasco Theater.

Rocha, the younger brother of WBC silver featherweight champion Ronny Rios, didn’t need that long to take care of business.

In the opening fight of the televised card, Rocha took out veteran Israel Villela in the first

Santa Ana's Alexis Rocha improves to 4-0; Photo by Lina Baker/See You Ringside Photography

Santa Ana’s Alexis Rocha improves to 4-0; Photo by Lina Baker/See You Ringside Photography

round to improve to 4-0.

“I thought he was going to rush me in the first round so I made sure to stay focused and aggressive,” Rocha said. “Once I had him down I knew I had to apply smart pressure to win this fight.”

Rocha, 19, sent Villela to the canvas with a left hook. Once Villela got up, Rocha went on the offensive, forcing referee Raul Caiz Jr. to stop the fight at 1:18 of the opening round.

“He was relaxed, wasn’t moving his head, so I wanted to pop my jab and he was there for it every time,” Rocha said,. “What’s more important and what’s going to help me a lot is and benefit me is keeping me active. Golden Boy (Promotions) has done that 100 percent. They’ve kept their word about keeping me active.”

Rocha said he would like to be back in the ring as soon as possible.

East L.A.’s Ivan Delgado finally ended a fight before the final bell, in the co-main event against Alejandro Ochoa.

Delgado (10-0-1) landed three successive left hands that sent Ochoa sprawling the canvas and as soon as he fell, referee Dr. Lou Moret didn’t bother with the count, stopping the fight at 1:42 of the seventh round of a scheduled eight.

Nine of Delgado’s first 10 fights had went the distance

In other action, Oscar Duarte, who is trained by Joel Diaz, took care of Omar Garcia within the first minute of their fight, for a first-round knockout victory. The time of the stoppage came at 58 seconds of the opening round.

Santa Monica’s David Mijares improved to 3-0 with a second-round stoppage of Jorrell Sparenberg.

The next LA Fight Club show is set for Sept. 2.

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Oscar De La Hoya says Canelo Alvarez and Texas fans have love for each other

Canelo Alvarez, left, poses with Amir Khan at a news conference promoting their May 7, 2016 fight won by Alvarez/Associated Press photo by John Locher 


Canelo Alvarez’s most recent fight was at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, when he knocked out Amir Khan in the sixth round on May 7 before 16,540. But Alvarez’s next bout will be back in Texas, where twice over the past three-plus years he has fought before huge crowds.

Alvarez (47-1-1, 13 KOs) on Sept. 17 will challenge Liam Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) of Great Britain for his junior middleweight belt at AT&T Stadium in Arlington (on HBO pay-per-view).

Alvarez in May 2015 knocked out James Kirkland in the third round at Minute Maid Park in Houston. Alvarez in April 2013 won a 12-round decision over Austin Trout at the Alamodome in San Antonio. It was therefore no surprise that this bout landed back in the Lone Star State.

“After Canelo knocked out James Kirkland in Houston last year, he was clear that he wanted to come to Texas at least once a year from then on out,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Alvarez’s promoter. “Canelo drew more than 33,000 people (actually, 31,588) in Houston after drawing more than 45,000 (more like 40,000) in San Antonio for his fight with Austin Trout.

“It’s clear that Texans love Canelo, but working with Jerry Jones and the Cowboys will take it to another level.”

AT&T Stadium was previously known as Cowboys Stadium and is home to the Dallas Cowboys, owned by Jones.


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Vyacheslav Shabranskyy steamrolls through Oscar Riojas in three

Vyacheslav Shabranskyy is ready to make his name in the light

Vyacheslav Shabranskyy picks up third round knockout victory Friday night to improve to 17-0; Lina Baker/ See You Ringside Photography

Vyacheslav Shabranskyy picks up third round knockout victory Friday night to improve to 17-0; Lina Baker/ See You Ringside Photography

heavyweight division.

Shabranskyy, who trains under Manny Robles at The Rock in Carson, roared to a third-round stoppage over Oscar Riojas, Friday night the latest edition of Golden Boy Promotions’ LA Fight Club at The Belasco Theater.

After a patient beginning, Shabranskyy swung the momentum on a powerful straight right hand that sent Riojas to the canvas.

Riojas beat the 10-count, but as soon as the fight restarted, Shabranskyy landed another right hand, leading to the stoppage at 1:43 of the third round.

“The first round, I wanted to see what he was doing and what his style was,” Shabranskyy said. “After the first round, I came back to the corner and they gave me help with what I needed to do in second and third round.”

Shabranskyy finally figured out Riojas’ awkward style and improved his record to 17-0.

Robles agreed that now is the time for Shabranskyy to track down one of the bigger names in the division.

“I would like to see him in a big fight, definitely, against a big name,” Robles said. “He got the job done tonight, not to take anything away from the opponent, he (Shabranskyy) did what he was supposed to do, but I definitely do feel that he’s ready for something much, much bigger.

“It doesn’t necessarily have to be a world title. It can be a title eliminator, just against someone in the Top 10. Something people want to see.”

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The Canelo Alvarez-Liam Smith PPV undercard is finalized

alvarezThe PPV undercard for next month’s Canelo AlvarezLiam Smith fight from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas is finally set.

The Sept. 17 PPV will begin at 6 p.m.

Diego De La Hoya (15-0, nine KOs) will open the card against Luis Orlando Del Valle (22-2, 16 KOs) in a 10-round fight, followed by Joseph Diaz Jr. (21-0, 12 KOs) taking on Andrew Cancio (17-3-2, 13 KOs) in a 10-round fight.

In the co-main event, middleweights Willie Monroe Jr. (20-2, six KOs) meets Gabriel Rosado (23-9, 13 KOs) in a 12-round fight.

Alvarez and Smith will be for Smith’s WBO junior middleweight title and is being promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, in association with Frank Warren, Canelo Promotions and Banner Promotions.

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Judges in Antonio Orozco-Abner Lopez fight really stunk up the joint in Indio

Antonio Orozco, right, was lucky to win by the wide margin he won by in Saturday’s fight with Abner Lopez/Photo courtesy of Golden Boy Promotions


It’s such a shame that we have to deal with bad scoring, even though it has always been part of the sweet science.

Take Saturday’s junior welterweight fight between top contender Antonio Orozco of San Diego and Abner Lopez of Tijuana at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio. After 10 rounds, Lopez had done well enough that it would not have been shocking if he had been announced as the winner. At the very least, the scores should have been close.

Yet, veteran judges Lou Moret and Pat Russell came up with the same ridiculous score of 99-91 in favor of Orozco, the house fighter for Golden Boy Promotions. Max DeLuca had it 97-93 for Orozco.

There were more than a few boos when the cards were read. I polled a few of my press-row peers and they all said they thought the bout was close. One veteran writer had it even. Heck, I spoke with someone in Orozco’s camp. I’ll leave his name out of it, but he told me, “It was close.”

So when even someone from Orozco’s camp concedes the bout was close, I’d say that makes it official – the cards just stunk.

You can’t help but feel badly for Lopez (23-6) . He came in with five losses and he was not supposed to be much of a problem for undefeated Orozco (25-0). If anything, this was thought by some to be your proverbial stay-busy fight for Orozco.

For the most part, it was Lopez stalking Orozco. Lopez fought with supreme confidence, and he gave Orozco way more grief than those lousy scorecards suggest.

Shame on the judges. They’ve been around too long to come up with scores like this in an obvious close fight.


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Joseph Diaz Jr., Victor Proa make weight for Saturday’s fight at Fantasy Springs

Joseph Diaz Jr./Photo courtesy of Golden Boy Promotions


Joseph Diaz Jr. of South El Monte and Victor Proa of Mexico on Friday made weight for their featherweight bout Saturday at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio (on HBO Latino).

Diaz (20-0, 11 KOs) – ranked No. 3 in the world – weighed in at the 126-pound limit while Proa (28-1-2, 21 KOs) came in well under at 123.8 pounds. Proa has fought just once over the past 6 1/2 years and that was this past February.

The co-main event will feature highly ranked junior welterweight Antonio Orozco (24-0, 16 KOs) of San Diego going against Abner Lopez (23-5, 19 KOs) of Tijuana. Orozco weighed 142, two pounds over the 140-pound limit. Lopez came in at 140.

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Oscar De La Hoya high on Ukranian light heavyweight Vyacheslav Shabranskyy

Vyacheslav Shabranskyy, right, will headline the Aug. 19 main event at Belasco Theater in Los Angeles/Photo courtesy of Golden Boy Promotions


Vyacheslav Shabranskyy of Ukraine is trying to follow in the footsteps of other boxers from his country by winning a world title. He could be on his way, what with a record of 16-0 and 13 knockouts as a light heavyweight. He’s ranked as high as No. 5 in the world by one organization.

Shabranskyy goes by the moniker “Lion Heart.” His promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, believes it fits.

“… He is a fearless warrior whose inner strength matches his physical strength and skill,” said De La Hoya, chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “Slava, as we call him, is a future star of the sport headed toward a world championship, and I’ve been pleased with his continued ascent as he rises to the challenge every time he steps in that ring.”

Shabranskyy on Aug. 19 will continue his journey when he takes on Oscar Riojas (10-5-1, 3 KOs) of Mexico in a stay-busy fight at Belasco Theater in Los Angeles (on Estrella TV).



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‘Handsome’ Carlos Caudras discusses defense against ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez

Carlos Cuadras/Photo courtesy of Teiken Promotions


Apparently, Carlos Cuadras of Mexico is quite a character.

Cuadras was on hand Monday at the Fabulous Forum for a news conference promoting his Sept. 10 super flyweight title defense there against Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez of Nicarauga, who is considered by some to be the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

When it was his turn to speak on the dais, Cuadras showed us his personality.

“I want to remind everybody that this fight will provide fireworks,” Cuadras said. “It’s going to be a war, and that title’s coming back to Mexico. I can assure you that.”

Cuadras paused and took a bottle of chocolate milk out of his coat pocket and began to drink it as “Chocolatito” watched and smiled.

“I want to remind everybody that I’m good, I’m fast … and I’m handsome, baby,” Cuadras said.

It was all good fun. But these two will be very serious come the fight. For Gonzalez, he is trying to become a world champion in yet another weight class. He has already won titles at minimumweight, light flyweight and flyweight and is again moving up in weight.

“My biggest motivation is getting my fourth title,” Gonzalez said. “It’s a blessing to receive that opportunity.”

Gonzalez, 29, is 45-0 with 38 knockouts. The way he goes about his business in the ring is a beautiful thing.

Cuadras, 27, is 35-0-1 with 27 knockouts.

Cuadras-Gonzalez will tangle the same night middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin will defend his three titles against Kell Brook in London. HBO will televise that fight live during the day, then show it on tape later that night as a prelude to Cuadras-Gonzalez.

The semi-main event to Cuadras-Gonzalez will be a rematch between junior middleweights Jesus Soto-Karass of Mexico and Yoshihiro Kamegai of Japan. They fought to a 10-round draw in April at Belasco Theater in Los Angeles.

Ticket prices for Cuadras-Gonzalez are $25, $50, $100, $200 and $300 and can be purchased at the Forum box office and through Ticketmaster.

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‘Canelo’ Alvarez, Liam Smith talk good game at Monday’s news conference

Saul Alvarez, left, and Liam Smith pose at Monday’s news conference in Texas/Photo courtesy of Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions


A lot of people around the world of boxing had to have been upset upon hearing that Golden Boy Promotions would not entertain the thought of its Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fighting middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin until September 2017. You can bet Liam Smith wasn’t one of them.

Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) is a junior middleweight champion from England. Thanks to Golden Boy balking at Golovkin, Smith will now be able to put his name on the worldwide map by defending his title against Alvarez on Sept. 17 from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas (on HBO pay-per-view).

“I am very excited,” Smith said at Monday’s news conference in Arlington. “I have asked for a top name for a very long time and when Canelo’s name came to the table, it was an automatic ‘Yes.’ We are coming very prepared for this fight, and I’m coming to win.”

After his sixth-round knockout of Amir Khan on May 7 in Las Vegas, Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) talked a lot of trash, challenging Golovkin and saying he would have no problem fighting him at the full 160-pound limit, something Alvarez had previously said he wasn’t interesting in doing.

But with an imposed deadline by the WBC to make the fight with Golovkin, Alvarez and Golden Boy put out a statement saying Alvarez would relinquish his middleweight title rather than adhere to the deadline.

Then came the news from Golden Boy that it would not even think about Alvarez fighting Golovkin until September of 2017. Alvarez took plenty of hits in social media.

To be fair, this whole thing is probably more on Golden Boy than Alvarez. But he’s going to have to take a lot of the heat.

Anyway, he promised fans a good fight against Smith.

“I had to work for my birthday, so I’m here to work,” said Alvarez, who turned 26 on Monday. “I’m very happy to be back in Texas again, in this beautiful stadium. I’m going to take this fight seriously and prepare like always. I know how I’m going to have to train. I like to give the fans a great fight, and that is what I will prepare for.”


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