GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS REFLECTS ON A SUCCESSFUL 2015 – LOOKS FORWARD TO AN EVEN BIGGER 2016
LOS ANGELES (Jan. 8, 2016) – With its commitment to putting on the best fights for the fans, Golden Boy Promotions retained its position as the leadingpromoter in all of boxing in 2015. Receiving acclaim for many of its events from leading publications across the globe, Golden Boy Promotions was named Promoter of the Year by Sports Illustrated for the second year in a row and received the same honor from The Bleacher Report.
Canelo Alvarez celebrates after his unanimous decision victory over Miguel Cotto on Nov. 21
winning the WBC, RING Magazine and Lineal Middleweight Championship at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Photo Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports.
Canelo Alvarez (R) delivers a right hook on James Kirkland (L) on route to a third-round knockout victory on May 9 at Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas. Photo Credit: Ed Mulholland-Getty Images/Golden Boy Promotions.
TAKASHI MIURA VS. FRANCISCO VARGAS AWARDED “FIGHT OF THE YEAR”
|Francisco Vargas (R) delivers a right hook on Takashi Miura (L) at their WBC Super Lightweight World Championship fight on route to his ninth-round technical knockout victory on Nov. 21 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Photo Credit: Tom Hogan-Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions.|
Jorge Linares (L) delivers a right straight on Kevin Mitchell (R) at their WBC Lightweight World Championship fight on route to his tenth-round technical knockout victory on May 30 at the O2 Arena in London.-Photo Credit: Getty Images.
Lucas Matthysse (R) delivers a right straight on Ruslan Provodnikov (L) at their 12-round junior lightweight fight on route to his majority decision victory on April 18 at Turning Stone Resort Casino, Verona, NY. Photo Credit: Tom Hogan-Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions.
eight-round technical knockout victory over Australia’s ultra-tough “Wild” Will Tomlinson (24-2-1, 13 KOs) to set the stage for a classic November title fight against Japan’s Takashi Miura.
Lucas Matthysse vs. Ruslan Provodnikov:Although the fight did not win the covenant title of “Fight Year” it did receive honorable mentions fromESPN.com, The Bleacher Report, and USA Today’s Boxing Junkie as one of the best fights of 2015. Argentina’s Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse (37-4, 34 KOs) and Russia’s “The Siberian Rocky” Ruslan Provodnikov (25-4, 18 KOs) waged war for 12 rounds on April 18 at the sold-out Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, New York. Provodnikov was cut badly in round two from an accidental head-butt but came back and landed furious shots to Lucas Matthysse’s head. Matthysse bounced back in round five as he landed some hard jabs to the face of an oncoming Provodnikov. The war continued through the middle rounds as both fighters went toe-to-toe while Matthysse landed combinations from a distance and Provodnikov went on the defense and continued to brawl. Provodikov had a strong round 11 as he landed a hard left to the top of the head that buckled Matthysse and the Argentinian was forced to hold on. The two waged a final flurry in round 12, and it was Matthysse who won via majority decision with scores of 115-113 twice and 114-114.
Sadam Ali (R) delivers a right uppercut on Francisco Santana (L) at their 10-round WBA International Welterweight Title fight on route to his unanimous decision victory on April 25 at the Madison Square Garden, New York.-Photo Credit:Notifight.com.
Sadam Ali vs. Francisco Santana:A member of the 2008 United States Olympic team fighting out of Brooklyn, New York, Sadam “World Kid” Ali (22-0, 13 KOs) impressed boxing fans with his unanimous decision victory over Francisco “Chia” Santana (23-4-1, 12 KOs) in April that earned him the WBA International Welterweight Title and also made him the mandatory challenger for the WBO Welterweight World Championship.
Canelo Alvarez vs. James Kirkland: It was a risky move for Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) to take on devastating knockout artist James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland (32-2, 28 KOs) on May 9, especially with a lucrative ‘SuperFight’ against Miguel Cotto on the horizon. But Canelo proved his warrior spirit once more as he not only fought Kirkland in front of more than 31,000 fans at Minute Maid Park in Houston, but he tore through him en route to a third-round knockout victory. “The Knockout of the Year” was viewed by 2.2 million on HBO World Championship Boxing, the biggest numbers on the network since 2006, confirming Canelo’s superstar status.
Antonio Orozco vs. Emmanuel Taylor: It was the rarest of fights in the boxing world: two top prospects meeting on the way up. But Golden Boy Promotions has never shied away from such matchups and on May 15, unbeaten Antonio “Relentless” Orozco (23-0, 15 KOs) took on equally talented Emmanuel “Tranzformer” Taylor (18-4, 12 KOs) in a competitive matchup where Taylor wasn’t able to get the lead against Orozco. “Relentless” proved he was ready for prime time with a unanimous decision win over the top prospect, Taylor.
Hassan N’Dam vs. David Lemieux:Montreal’s David Lemieux (34-3, 31 KOs) has long been destined for stardom, and on June 20, in his hometown arena, the Bell Centre, he added the title “world champion” to the title of “star” when he knocked down Frenchman Hassan N’Dam (31-2, 18 KOs) four times on route to winning the IBF Middleweight World Championship.
Lucas Matthysse vs. Viktor Postol: Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse may not have gotten the win after a gutsy effort against Viktor “Ice Man” Postol (28-0, 12 KOs) on Oct. 3, but after selling out the StubHub Center in Carson, California for the WBC Super Lightweight
Antonio Orozco (R) delivers a right straight on Humberto Soto (L) at their 10-round junior lightweight fight on route to his unanimous decision victory on Oct.3 at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.-Photo Credit: Tom Hogan-Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions
World Championship, “La Maquina” proved that his popularity is now international, setting the stage for more big events in 2016.
Humberto Soto vs. Antonio Orozco: As impressive as Antonio “Relentless” Orozco was against Emmanuel “Tranzformer” Taylor, the true test for him in 2015 would come on Oct. 3 against former three-division world champion Humberto “La Zorrita” Soto (65-9-2, 35 KOs). Riding a seven-fight winning streak, Soto was still in top form, but Orozco proved to be too much for him, winning a clear-cut unanimous decision that confirmed his place as a legitimate world title contender heading into 2016.
Gennady Golovkin vs. David Lemieux: It was Champion vs. Champion at the Mecca of Boxing on Oct. 17, as David Lemieux (34-3, 31 KOs) faced off with Gennady “GGG”
Gennady Golovkin (L)and David Lemieux (R)pose at their final press conference for their WBC Interim, WBA, IBO and IBF Middleweight Title Unification fight which took place on Oct. 17 at Madison Square Garden , New York.-Photo Credit: Tom Hogan-Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions.
Golovkin (34-0, 31 KOs) in both fighters’ first Pay-Per-View event at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Given the styles of both fighters and the high stakes involved, the bout sold-out MSG and had a record breaking pre-sale, the first time two non-American fighters have sold out the venue.
Miguel Cotto vs. Canelo Alvarez: The Miguel Cotto vs. Canelo Alvarez Super Fight in Las Vegas on Nov. 21 didn’t just crown Canelo as the WBC, RING Magazine and Lineal Middleweight Champion – it also crowned Canelo as a megastar whose ability to garner 900,000 Pay-Per-View buys is a strong indicator that he has now become the face of boxing. Those numbers are more than any non-Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Oscar De La Hoya fight since 2002 and if the exciting and talented Canelo, who is still only 25 years old, has his way, he will surpass those numbers in the coming years now that he is firmly entrenched on the sport’s pound-for-pound list.
Luis Ortiz poses after his seventh-round technical knockout victory overBryant Jennings on Dec. 19 defending his WBA Interim Heavyweight World Championship at Turning Stone Resort Casino, Verona, NY. Photo Credit: Tom Hogan-Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions.
Bryant Jennings vs. Luis Ortiz: On Dec. 19, at Turing Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York, Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz (24-0, 21 KOs) defended his WBA Interim Heavyweight World Championship againstone of the toughest fighters in the division, Bryant “By – By” Jennings (19-2, 10 KOs) in a fantastic display of boxing skill with a dramatic seventh round knockout of the former world champion challenger Jennings. Ortiz, dominated the fight early on with powerful hooks, uppercuts and jabs that kept him in control of the pace throughout the 12-round heavyweight brawl. The victory allowed Ortiz to keep his undefeated status but also made a loud announcement to the boxing community that a new heavyweight threat had arrived to the division.
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