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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Mikey Garcia, Lamont Peterson get Saturday night victories in N.Y. and D.C.

Rivals Top Rank Inc. and Golden Boy Promotions on Saturday once again went up against each other with nationally televised shows on the same night.

Over at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Mikey Garcia of Oxnard retained his super featherweight title with a 12-round unanimous decision over Juan Carlos Burgos of Mexico. Garcia (34-0, 28 KOs) won by scores of 118-110, 118-110 and 119-109. Burgos is 30-2-2.

In the semi-main event, heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings (18-0, 10 KOs) of Philadelphia stopped Artur Szpilka (16-1) of Poland in the 10th round.

That Top Rank card was televised by HBO.

Over at DC Armory in Washington D.C., Lamont Peterson of Washington D.C. defended his super lightweight title with a 12-round unanimous decision over Dierry Jean of Canada. Peterson (32-2-1) won by scores of 115-13, 116-112 and 118-111. Jean is 25-1.

In the semi-main event, junior middleweight Jermell Charlo of Houston remained undefeated with a 10-round unanimous decision over tough Gabriel Rosado (21-8) of Philadelphia. Charlo (23-0) won by scores of 97-93, 99-91 and 100-90.

That Golden Boy Promotions card was televised by Showtime.

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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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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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‘Canelo’ Alvarez, ‘Perro’ Angulo play host to L.A. news conference; public invited

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez of Mexico and countryman Alfredo “Perro” Angulo on Tuesday at 1 p.m. will play host to a news conference formally announcing their junior middleweight fight slated for March 8 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on Showtime pay-per-view).

The proceedings will take place outdoors near the Cafe Pinot Restaurant by the Los Angeles Central Public Library in downtown Los Angeles.

Former champion Alvarez, just 23, is 42-1-1 with 30 knockouts. Angulo, 31, is 22-3 with 18 knockouts.

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‘Canelo’ Alvarez, ‘Perro’ Angulo looking forward to their March 8 clash at MGM Grand

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez of Mexico and countryman Alfredo “Perro” Angulo recently signed to fight each other March 8 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on Showtime pay-per-view).

Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KOs) is coming off his first setback, a majority-decision loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in September, and it sounds like he’s really aching to lace up the gloves again.

“This is a great fight for me and for the fans and I can’t wait to get back in the ring on March 8,” said Alvarez, a former junior middleweight champion who lost his title to Mayweather. “Angulo is a true warrior and I have to be alert every second of every round when I fight him. I expect that we will put on a fight no one will ever forget.”

Angulo, 22-3 with 18 knockouts, is never in a dull fight.

“‘Canelo’ is a great young fighter who has earned his way to the top,” Angulo said. “That being said, I know I’m hungrier than he is right now and I will take him to places he’s never been. Our fans in Mexico and around the world will see what we’re all about when we fight.”

A total of four fights will make up the pay-per-view portion of this Golden Boy Promotions card. The other big one will see Leo Santa Cruz (27-0-1, 15 KOs) of Lincoln Heights defending his super bantamweight belt against Cristian Mijares (49-7-2, 24 KOs) of Mexico.

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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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Abner Mares will get another shot at Jhonny Gonzalez on Feb. 15 at Staples Center

It was quite a shocker when Jhonny Gonzalez of Mexico knocked out Abner Mares of Hawaiian Gardens in the first round to take Mares’ featherweight title on Aug. 24 at StubHub Center. Now, Mares will get the chance to avenge that loss when he challenges Gonzalez for that title Feb. 15 at Staples Center (on Showtime).

Mares can’t wait.

“I’d like to thank Jhonny Gonzalez for this opportunity. It will be an honor to fight him a second time,” Mares said.  “Aug. 24 was his night and I take nothing away from him, but Feb. 15 will be my night and I’m going to get my title back.”

Gonzalez doesn’t think so.

:”Abner Mares gave me my shot and now I’m giving him his,” he said.  “I respect what he’s done in the ring and the heart he shows every time he fights, but I worked too hard for this to give it up now.  I will keep my title on Feb. 15.”

Mares, 28, is 26-1-1 with 14 knockouts. Gonzalez, 32, is 55-8 with 47 knockouts.

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