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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Shawn Porter to make first defense against Paulie Malignaggi in Washington D.C.

Shawn “Showtime” Porter earned his first shot at a major title five years and two months after turning pro. Once he got it, he won the championship by defeating Devon Alexander via unanimous decision in December in Brooklyn.

Now that he has the belt, he has no intention of letting it go. He will make his first defense on April 19 when he squares off with former champion Paulie Malignaggi at DC Armory in Washington D.C. (on Showtime).

“I fought hard to get this title,” said Porter, 26, of Akron, Ohio. “Paulie says he wants it, but is he willing to go through me to get it?”

Porter (23-0-1, 14 KOs) then took a shot at the light-hitting Malignaggi.

“Fighting Malignaggi is like fighting Alexander; they don’t have the strength or power to keep me away,” Porter said. “And I will steamroll Paulie on my way to victory April 19.”

Alexander has a knockout ratio of 51.8 percent, which is much higher than that of Malignaggi, whose record of 33-5 with seven knockouts computes to a knockout ratio of just 18.4 percent.

“I’m excited to be back in a title fight so soon after my win over Zab Judah,” said Malignaggi, who defeated former champion Judah via unanimous decision in December in Brooklyn. “I will become a three-time world champion on April 19. Porter is a good fighter and I’m sure he’ll be a champion again in the future, but he doesn’t have the tools or experience to beat me.”

This will be the main undercard fight to the light heavyweight title-unification bout between champion Bernard Hopkins and Beibut Shumenov.

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Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez-Alfredo ‘El Perro’ Angulo does over 350,000 pay-per-view buys

Golden Boy Promotions on Friday announced that the junior middleweight fight between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and fellow Mexican Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo this past Saturday at MGM Grand in Las Vegas did over 350,000 buys on Showtime pay-per-view.

Alvarez stopped Angulo in the 10th round. The fight will be replayed Saturday as part of the Showtime telecast featuring Danny Garcia of Philadelphia defending his two junior welterweight belts against Mauricio Herrera  of Riverside from Bayamon, Puerto Rico.

“The fans have spoken,” said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions.  “‘Canelo’ is without a doubt the brightest young star in the sport today.  He’s been a huge star in Mexico for quite some time. Now there is no denying that he is a star in the United States as well.  We’re already in discussions with ‘Canelo’ to find the next opportunity to bring another exciting event to boxing fans worldwide.”

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Richard Schaefer won’t comment on rumors of discord with Oscar De La Hoya

Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, on Friday morning said he would not address in any way, shape or form the rumors that he and his boss, Oscar De La Hoya, are on the outs.

Some of the gossip has gone so far as to suggest that Schaefer was about to either resign or be pushed out of the company he has helped grow into a monster.
“I’m actually trying to get to the bottom of those rumors as well, and the sources,” Schaefer said via telephone. “I am not going to comment on it. I’ve never really been one to comment on rumors, and I’m not going to start now.”


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Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez stops Alfredo ‘El Perro’ Angulo in 10th round at MGM Grand

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Saturday rebounded from his first career loss by stopping fellow Mexican Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo in the 10th round of their junior middleweight main event at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The Golden Boy Promotions card was televised on Showtime pay-per-view.

Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KOs) was ahead by scores of 89-82, 89-82, 88-83 at the time of the stoppage, which came at 47 seconds into the round when Alvarez came out strongly following what was a good ninth round for him.

This was Alvarez’s first fight since he lost a decision to Floyd Mayweather Jr. this past September at MGM Grand.

This was the second consecutive loss for Angulo, who is now 22-4.

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Carlos Molina still in jail, off Saturday’s Alvarez-Angulo undercard at MGM Grand

It’s official, Carlos Molina of Chicago via Mexico won’t be able to defend his junior middleweight title against Jermall Charlo on tonight’s undercard in Las Vegas because he remains on jail after having been arrested Tuesday on out-of-state warrants issued from the state of Wisconsin. Molina also has immigration issues, according to several reports out of Las Vegas.

That fight was scratched and now the 10-round lightweight fight between Ricardo Alvarez and Sergio Thompson will be elevated to the Showtime pay–per-view portion of the show at MGM Grand.

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo – both of Mexico – will tangle in the junior middleweight main event. The limit for junior middleweight is 154. But before the weigh-in Friday, Alvarez apparently let it be known he wouldn’t be able to make the weight. But it is not a title fight and the Angulo camp agreed to a limit of 155, according to a story on

In that story, it was noted that Alvarez may have had to give Angulo $100,000 of his purse for the fight to go on at the higher weight. Alvarez then weighed in at 155, Angulo 154 1/2. Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, could not confirm that Alvarez had to fork over the extra dough.

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Not surprisingly, Mayweather-Maidana lands at MGM Grand in Las Vegas

To no one’s surprise, the May 3 Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Marcos Maidana welterweight title-unification bout will take place at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, a spokeswoman for Golden Boy Promotions confirmed Wednesday.

A deal for the fight was reached Feb. 24 – the day Mayweather turned 37. But until Wednesday the site remained up in the air – though Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer told this newspaper it most likely would be at the Las Vegas casino where Mayweather has fought 11 times.

The bout will be available on Showtime pay-per-view.

Mayweather is 45-0 with 26 knockouts. Maidana, of Argentina, is 30. He has a record of 35-3 with 31 knockouts.

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Alfredo Angulo understands what it means when two Mexicans tangle

There is a lot of boxing pride in Mexico, so when two of its best and most ferocious fighters square off, there is no denying how big of a fight it is to the combatants and their country.

Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo knows the score.

“Every fight is important, but this one is more special because of all the fans in Mexico will know that the winner of this fight is the No. 1 Mexican fighter,” Angulo, who will take on Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Saturday in the junior middleweight main event at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on Showtime pay-per-view), said at Tuesday’s arrival at MGM Grand. “It’s a huge fight for Mexico and it’s a huge fight for ‘Canelo’ and me.”

Angulo, of Mexicali, Baja California, is 22-3 with 18 knockouts. Alvarez, of Guadalajara, Jalisco, is 42-1-1 with 30 knockous.

This card is being staged by Golden Boy Promotions.

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Richard Schaefer does not want Antonio Orozco to be a one-hit wonder

Antonio Orozco is not quite ready for a world-title bout, but the Tecate, Baja California-born super lightweight is getting close. The thing is Richard Schaefer wants to make sure that when Orozco is given that shot, he not only is ready to win, but has the wherewithal to remain champion for a while.

“You want to make sure that the guy who just became world champion has the necessary tools in the tool box to not just be a one-hit wonder, but to be a long-term world champion who can take out the necessary tools as he fights and defends his world titles, and has gone through some adversity in that road to the world title and has learned from that adversity,” said Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, which promotes Orozco.

Orozco, 26, lives in San Diego. He is 19-0 with 15 knockouts and has stopped his past seven opponents inside the distance. His moniker is “Relentless,” and he lives up to it.

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Fidel Maldonado Jr. stops John Nater after four rounds in Fox Sports 1 main event

Fidel “The Atrisco Kid” Maldonado Jr. of Albuquerque stopped late substitute John Nater of Puerto Rico after four rounds of their junior welterweight main event Monday night at Cowboys Dance Hall in San Antonio. The Golden Boy Promotions/Leija*Battah Promotions card was televised on Fox Sports 1.

The hard-hitting Maldonado (18-2, 15 KOs), just 22, decked Nater in the third and fourth rounds on the way to his fourth consecutive knockout. Nater did not answer the bell for the fifth of the scheduled 10-round bout.

Nater, 23, is 13-5 (10 KOs). He was a replacement for Steve Forbes, who could not pass a pre-fight medical examination.

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