Hard-hitting Fidel Maldonado Jr. to take on John Nater on Monday on Fox Sports 1

Fidel “The Atrisco Kid” Maldonado Jr., a hard-hitting southpaw from Albuquerque, N.M., on Monday will take on John Nater of Puerto Rico at Cowboys Dance Hall in San Antonio. The Golden Boy Promotions/Leija*Battah Promotions card will be televised by Fox Sports 1.

Maldonado, 22, is 17-2 with 14 knockouts. That computes to a 73.6 knockout ratio, and he has stopped his past three opponents inside the distance.

Nater, whose full name is John Gregory Nater Jimenez, also has some pop. He is 13-4 with 10 knockouts. He has stopped his past two opponents in the first round. Nater is 23.

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Danny Garcia says all the right things at news conference in Puerto Rico

Super lightweight champion Danny Garcia is an outstanding fighter. He’s also smart enough to say all the right things at the right time.

Garcia, born and raised in Philadelphia, is of Puerto Rican descent. On Tuesday, he helped play host to a news conference in Puerto Rico promoting his March 15 title defense there against Mauricio Herrera of Riverside (on Showtime).

Garcia apparently wanted locals to know where his heart is, so he came with all kinds of good stuff.

“I am a Puerto Rican,” he said. “I could have been born on the moon, but I’m still a Puerto Rican.”

That’s not all.

“I think that Puerto Rico is going to accept me as its own after I win on March 15,” he said. “Philadelphia might be my birthplace, but Puerto Rico is my blood.”

Garcia, just 25, is 27-0 with 16 knockouts. Herrera, 33, is 20-3 with seven knockouts. The two will tangle at Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon.

 

 

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Luis Collazo knocks out Victor Ortiz in the second round in Brooklyn

Victor Ortiz of Ventura had not been in the ring since June 2012, when his jaw was broken by Josesito Lopez in the ninth round at Staples Center. His return was not a happy one.

Southpaw Luis Collazo on Thursday night caught Ortiz with a clean right hook near the end of the second round, and knocked out Ortiz officially at 2:59 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Ortiz took a couple of more minor punches on the way down, went to both knees and never came close to rising.

Collazo, 32, of Brooklyn, is a former welterweight champion. He is now 35-5 with 18 knockouts. Ortiz, 27 on Friday, is also a former welterweight champion. He is now 29-5-2 and has lost three consecutive bouts.

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Super lightweight champ Danny Garcia to defend against Mauricio Herrera in March

Super lightweight champion Danny Garcia of Philadelphia will defend his two championship belts March 15 against Mauricio Herrera of Riverside at Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico (on Showtime), Golden Boy Promotions announced.

Garcia was born and raised in Philadelphia, and is of Puerto Rican descent.

“I’m a proud Puerto Rican and even though Herrera is a tough challenger, there is no way I’m losing in Puerto Rico,” said Garcia, 25; he is 27-0 with 16 knockouts.

Herrera, 33, is 20-3 with just seven knockouts. But he does have a January 2011 victory over current world champion Ruslan Provodnikov.

“I’ve waited a long time for a fight like this, and while I know Garcia is the favorite, I won’t be underestimated,” Herrera said. “I love the underdog role and I’m going to shock the world on March 15.”

 

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A lot goes into selecting Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s next opponent

We should find out soon who Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s next opponent will be, but it was interesting to find out this week about the way he thinks as he is going through the process of making that choice.

According to Richard Schaefer, a lot more goes into it than just selecting the fighter.

“Floyd is the kind of fighter who fights anyone,” said Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, which helps Mayweather promote his fights. “He is obviously ultimately deciding who he’s going to fight. But at the same time, he is frankly more interested in the marketing and creating the entire atmosphere and positioning of his fight week and fight night to basically make this, as it has been the past few years, without any question the event to be at. Like the Super Bowl of boxing.
“He just likes to create these big nights where you have cards which are top-to-bottom loaded, and he gets very much invovled in that.”

Mayweather, 36, is 45-0 with 26 knockouts. In his most recent bout, he won a majority decision over Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Sept. 14 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. That was the fight where judge C.J. Ross scored the fight even, making hers one of the worst scorecards of the past 50 years, or since yours truly began watching boxing as a kid.

 

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Golden Boy Promotions card one of three to be televised on Friday night

If you are a real boxing fan, you are going to love Friday night because three different cards will be televised on three different networks.

Closest to home, Antonio Orozco (18-0, 14 KOs) of San Diego will take on Miguel Angel Huerta (27-11-1, 18 KOs) of Mexico in the junior welterweight main event on a Golden Boy Promotions card at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio (on Fox Sports 1). Julian Ramirez (9-0, 6 KOs) of Pasadena will take on Derrick Wilson (10-5-2, 3 KOs) of Fort Myers, Fla. in the featherweight semi-main event.

Over in Shelton, Wash., Thomas Williams (15-0, 10 KOs) of Fort Washington, Md. and Cornelius White (21-2, 16 KOs) of Houston will square off in the light heavyweight main event from Little Creek Casino Resort (on ESPN2).

Also, Curtis Stevens (25-4, 18 KOs) of Brooklyn and Patrick Majewski (21-2, 13 KOs) of Atlantic City via Poland will fight in the middleweight main event from Resorts International in Atlantic City (on NBC Sports Network).

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Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez says loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. was difficult to take

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez really thought he was going to be the one to hand Floyd Mayweather Jr. his first loss. Instead, Mayweather gave Alvarez his first setback this past September at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Alvarez, along with fellow Mexican Alfredo Angulo, on Tuesday first played host to a conference call, then to a news conference in Los Angeles formally announcing their fight for March 8 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on Showtime pay-per-view).

One reporter asked Alvarez how difficult it was to overcome his initial defeat. To his credit, the 23-year-old was very candid about it.

“It was hard, and it hurt my honor,” said Alvarez, who lost his junior middleweight title to Mayweather. “It’s very tough. Nobody ever wants to lose.”

But you know what they say, it’s not whether one loses, it’s how one responds to it. From the sound of it, Alvarez is responding well.

“But I don’t see it as a loss, I see it as a learning experience,” he said, “and I’m going to take the best out of it.”

Alvarez is 42-1-1 with 30 knockouts. Angulo, 31, is 22-3 with 18 knockouts.

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Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero trying to break promotional ties with Golden Boy

Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero is attempting to break his promotional contract with Golden Boy Promotions, according to a report on BoxingScene.com.

The story quotes Guerrero’s attorney, Bruce Zabarauskas, as saying that there were several violations in the contract signed with Golden Boy.

Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy, denies there was anything wrong in the contract.

Guerrero (31-2-1, 18 KOs), of Gilroy, Calif., has won world titles in the featherweight and super featherweight divisions and interim world titles in the lightweight and welterweight classes. He lost a wide decision to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a welterweight title fight in May at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. He has not fought since.

Stay tuned.

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Report: Miguel Cotto turns down $10 million to fight ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, eyes Sergio Martinez

Former three-division world champion Miguel Cotto has turned down an offer of over $10 million  to fight former junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in a fight that would have taken place in March, according to a report on ESPN.com.

Cotto apparently did so because he wants to instead pursue a fight with middleweight champion Sergio Martinez. According to the story, Cotto wants to fight June 7 in New York City on the weekend of the Puerto Rican Day parade, and he wants to fight for the middleweight title. Those two things out-weigh the notion that he will not get as much money to fight Martinez. If Cotto and Alvarez were to fight, it would have to be in March and no title would be up for grabs.

Golden Boy Promotions would have been lead promoter in the case of a Cotto and Alvarez fight as Golden Boy promotes Alvarez; it would have been televised on Showtime pay-per-view. If Cotto and Martinez is made, Top Rank will act as Cotto’s promoter, the story said, and the fight would be on HBO pay-per-view.

Lou DiBella, who promotes Martinez, said that while there have been talks for a fight with Cotto, the fight is not a done deal. DiBella also said Martinez wants the fight.

At question would be the weight. The fight presumably would be for Martinez’s 160-pound middleweight belt. The story suggests Cotto will be asking Martinez to meet him somewhere between junior middleweight (154) and middleweight.

Cotto has won titles at junior welterweight, welterweight and junior middleweight.

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