Floyd Mayweather Jr., Marcos Maidana to fight rematch Sept. 13

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. (left) and Marcos Maidana/photo by Associated Press

 

Floyd Mayweather Jr. will put his two welterweight championship belts on the line Sept. 13 when he squares off against Marcos Maidana at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, it was announced Thursday.

The two tangled May 3 at MGM Grand with Maidana giving Mayweather his stiffest test in years, Mayweather coming away with a majority decision.

The rematch, as with the first fight, will be available on Showtime pay-per-view.

Golden Boy Promotions will be the lead promoter, even though Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe initially said they would no longer work with Golden Boy once longtime CEO Richard Schaefer resigned in early June.

But De La Hoya pointed out to this newspaper a couple of weeks ago that Mayweather had reserved that date and site under the Golden Boy banner and that, basically, Mayweather would have to use Golden Boy if he wanted to keep that.

Golden Boy has promoted Mayweather’s last nine fights, even though Mayweather has never been under contract to De La Hoya’s company.

 

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Oscar De La Hoya says fight with Erislandy Lara is personal for ‘Canelo’

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Saul “Canelo” Alvarez/photo by Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

A lot of smack has been talked by Cuba’s Erislandy Lara ahead of his July 12 junior middleweight title fight against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez of Mexico at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on Showtime pay-per-view).

Oscar De La Hoya, who is promoting the fight under his Golden Boy Promotions banner, believes Alvarez has taken Lara’s mouthing off to heart.

“It’s going to be a great fight; I don’t want to predict anything,” De La Hoya said Tuesday. “Lara has been doing a lot of trash-talking that has been fueling ‘Canelo.’ I see him at an entirely different level and it’s exactly where he should be. He’s at a level of determination where he really wants to get this guy. It’s personal.”

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Check out this excerpt from Q & A with Oscar De La Hoya

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Oscar De La Hoya/Photo by Gene Blevins

Here is an excerpt from a Q & A we did with Oscar De La Hoya. He was asked about his addiction to alcohol and drugs, his induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and the departure of his Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer.

Question: Word has it that you were surprised that Richard Schaefer left. But amid all the rumors, you could not have been completely surprised, could you?
Answer: “I was taken aback by it. I was very surprised. You hear rumors, you hear rumblings – the boxing world is a small world – and so I started to hear some rumblings years ago. But you don’t want to believe them. Call me naive, call me innocent or whatever you want to call me, but I just didn’t want to believe them. So when you have a CEO, you put all your trust into the CEO and the CEO runs your company for you. That’s basically what was happening. So to me, when he resigned, it was an instant shock at the time. But I heard rumblings many years ago.”

Check out the full Q & A by copying and pasting this link:

http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20140623/oscar-de-la-hoya-talks-the-boxing-business-going-to-rehab-and-becoming-a-hall-of-famer

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Yoshihiro Kamegai vows to leave indelible mark in fight with Robert Guerrero

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Yoshihiro Kamegai of Japan will take on Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero on Saturday at StubHub Center

Photo by Gene Blevins – Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions

It’s safe to say not many boxing fans in United States know a lot about Japan’s Yoshihiro Kamegai, who will be the underdog when he takes on Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero in the welterweight main event Saturday at StubHub Center. He promises to leave a lasting impression, however.

“This is a very important fight and a tremendous opportunity for me,” Kamegai said. “Not a lot of people know me now, but they will after the fight.”

Guerrero, of Gilroy, is 31-2-1 with 18 knockouts. Kamegai is 24-1-1 with 21 knockouts. He has previously fought three times in the U.S.

 

 

 

 

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Showtime video previewing undercard of ‘Canelo’ Alvarez-Erislandy Lara on July 12

This Showtime video previews the undercard for the July 12 junior middleweight showdown between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez of Mexico and Erislandy Lara of Cuba at MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Showtime pay-per-view. Just click on the link.

http://youtu.be/5neyd-mr_Do

 

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Chad Dawson will return to the ring Saturday at StubHub Center

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Andre Ward, Chad Dawson

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Andre Ward (left) stopped Chad Dawson in the 10th round in September 2012 in Oakland

 

Chad Dawson just 4 1/2 years ago was looked upon as one of the top light heavyweights in the world. After a November 2009 victory over Glen Johnson, he was 29-0 – 6-0 in world-title fights, 7-0 in you count interim title fights. On his list of wins were two over Antonio Tarver, two over Johnson and one over Tomasz Adamek.

Then Dawson lost to Jean Pascal via 11-round technical decision. Dawson came back with a 12-round decision over Adrian Diaconu, fought to a two-round no-contest against Bernard Hopkins, then beat Hopkins via 12-round majority decision in April 2012, and he still had his respect. But successive knockout losses to Andre Ward and Adonis Stevonson have Dawson on the comeback trail. Dawson was stopped in the 10th round by Ward in September 2012 and was knocked out by Stevenson in the first round in June 2013.

Dawson (31-3, 17 KOs) will be featured on Saturday’s Golden Boy Promotions card at StubHub Center in Carson (on Showtime Extreme). He’ll square off with George “Honey Boy” Blades (24-5, 16 KOs) of Orlando, Fla.

Dawson, of New Haven, Conn., won’t be 32 until July 13. He said he knew he would continue his career after the two devastating setbacks.

“I had the privilege of becoming a world champion early,” he said. “I’ve been a professional for almost 13 years. There was never a doubt in my mind that I wouldn’t come back. I needed to take time to be a family man and come back when I felt like I could come back.

“I’m looking to get back to being the old Chad Dawson, the smart boxer who has height and reach. Once I get back to that, (it’s) back to the top. I’m happy to be back in the game.”

Dawson will be facing a 12-month layoff when he steps into the ring.

 

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Report: Floyd Mayweather Jr. will no longer use Golden Boy to promote his fights

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Photo by Associated Press

It didn’t take long for the other shoe to drop. Only hours after Richard Schaefer announced Monday he was resigning as CEO of Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions, Floyd Mayweather Jr. declared through the CEO of Mayweather Promotions – Leonard Ellerbe – that he will no longer use Golden Boy to help promote his fights, according to a report on ESPN.com

Mayweather had been using Golden Boy to promote his past nine fights on a handshake. But it was not surprising that Ellerbe told ESPN.com that Mayweather will “absolutely not” use Golden Boy any longer.

Mayweather and De La Hoya have never liked each other much. To the contrary, Mayweather and Schaefer and Ellerbe have solid relationships.

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Richard Schaefer resigns as CEO of Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions

To the surprise of probably no one, Richard Schaefer – CEO of Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions – on Monday afternoon handed in his resignation after some 12
years with the company that was founded in 2002.

“After more than 10 years with Golden Boy, it is time to move on to the next chapter of my career,” Schaefer said in a statement. “This decision has required a great
deal of personal reflection, but ultimately I concluded that I have no choice but to leave. I have succeeded in banking and I have succeeded in boxing, and I look forward to the next opportunity. I am proud to remain a shareholder (in Golden Boy), so I have a strong interest in the continued success of the company. I am proud of what we have accomplished at Golden Boy, but I now look forward to new challenges.”
Schaefer has been De La Hoya’s right-hand man, and then some. The financial brains of the outfit, the former Swiss banker helped build De La Hoya’s company into a monster in the industry, taking a back seat to virtually no one.

Along the way quite a bit of animosity materialized between De La Hoya’s former promoter – Bob Arum of Top Rank Inc. – and De La Hoya and Schaefer. The ongoing beef resulted in what boxing insiders referred to as “The Cold War” as the companies refused to do business with each other.

When De La Hoya recently got out of a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center for the second time, he went on record as saying he wanted to patch things up with Arum
and again begin doing fights with Arum’s high-powered company.

By this time Schaefer had gone on record as saying he would never do business with Arum ever again. Schaefer would not say much on top of the statement during a telephone interview with this newspaper shortly after he resigned. He did provide some hints.

“I can’t really say anything on the advice of my attorneys,” he said, when asked about his main reason for leaving. “I’m just going to leave it at this; the statement pretty much says all it needs to say.”

Schaefer was asked if, because his attorneys advised him not to talk, that means there is impending litigation.

“No, not necessarily,” he said. “I just gave my resignation today; I don’t have all the answers.”

Schaefer, however, did say something that intimated De La Hoya’s change of heart toward Arum was part of why he left.

“I’m sure guys involved in boxing saw what was going on and probably figured out that sooner or later something like that was going to happen,” Schaefer said.

De La Hoya, as of late Monday afternoon, had yet to issue a response to Schaefer’s departure. De La Hoya, of East Los Angeles, will be inducted into the International
Boxing Hall of Fame on Sunday in Canastota, N.Y.

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Hawaiian Gardens’ Abner Mares ready to rumble again, fights July 12 in Las Vegas

Abner Mares of Hawaiian Gardens has suffered just one loss in his professional career, but it was a devastating one. It happened Aug. 24, when he lost his featherweight world title when he was knocked out in the first round by Jhonny Gonzalez of Mexico at StubHub Center in Carson.

Mares has not fought since, but he’ll lace up the gloves again when he takes on Puerto Rico’s Jonathan Oquendo (24-3, 16 KOs) in the featherweight semi-main event July 12 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on Showtime pay-per-view). Headlining will be former super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez of Mexico taking on Erislandy Lara of Cuba.

When Mares (26-1-1, 14 KOs) steps in the ring against Oquendo, it will have been nearly 11 months since he was demolished by Gonzalez. Mares claims he is ready to rumble.

“It’s been a long time, but I can’t wait to step into the ring and hear my name called again,” Mares, 28, said. “Jonathan Oquendo is a respectable fighter and I know he’s coming to win. But  he is in the way of another world title, so I have to get him out of there.”

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Golden Boy announces card that will include Covina’s John Molina in big fight

Golden Boy Promotions has announced it will play host to a Showtime tripleheader to be contested April 26 at StubHub Center in Carson.

The main event will feature Keith “One Time” Thurman defending his interim welterweight title against Julio Diaz.

Also, Omar Figueroa will defend his lightweight title against Jerry Belmontes. And John Molina of Covina will take on former junior welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse in a 10-round fight. Molina (27-3, 22 KOs) and Matthysse (34-3, 32 KOs) have 54 knockouts between them, so that figures to be a fight that does not go the distance.

“I am excited to showcase myself against someone that I consider to be one of the best fighters in the world at 140 pounds,” said Molina, who has campaigned mostly as a lightweight. He is a graduate of Charter Oak High.

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