LOOKING FORWARD TO AN EVEN BETTER YEAR AHEAD
LOS ANGELES, (January 5, 2015) –Golden Boy Promotions weathered early storms to find its roar back and retain its title as the premier promoter in boxing as proven by the acclaim company President and Founder Oscar De La Hoya received this past year.
In June, De La Hoya was honored with an induction to the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF). He won Olympic Gold at the 1992 Olympics, starred in the professional game, winning 10 world titles in six different weight classes. It was no surprise that in his first appearance on the ballot for the IBHOF, De La Hoya was enshrined with the greats of the sport in Canastota, New York.
Recently, Sports Illustrated named De La Hoya ‘Promoter of The Year’ citing him as a “force on the promotional landscape” and praising this past year’s accomplishments, repairing relationships with HBO and Top Rank and continuing to “build junior middleweight Canelo Alvarez into one of the biggest stars in boxing…his best days as a promoter lie ahead.”
In addition, Yahoo! Sports named De La Hoya ‘Boxing’s Man of The Year’ for “campaigning for the best fights to be made, fights his customers demanded,” something which, Golden Boy Promotions always keeps in mind when making fights.
“2014 was an important year for Golden Boy Promotions, and I’ve got to say that this may have been my most enjoyable year yet,” said De La Hoya. “We had great fights, great performances, and most importantly, we opened the door to working with all promoters in boxing to put on the best fights possible for the fans of this sport.”
And as we look back to the year to look at the successes, Golden Boy Promotions also looks forward to what 2015 could bring.
“I’m excited for 2015 and what Golden Boy Promotions has in store for the fans,” said Oscar De La Hoya, founder and president of Golden Boy Promotions. “I will not stop until the fans get to see the best versus the best fight in 2015. That will continue to be my mantra in the new year.”
FIGHTERS TO WATCH IN 2015: DIEGO DE LA HOYA, JULIAN RAMIREZ, JOSEPH DIAZ JR., MANUEL AVILA
Manuel “Tino” Avila (16-0, 7 KOs) another rising star, has also had a stand-out year, defeating David De La Mora and Sergio “Finito” Frias. A 22-year-old rising star with a huge California following that is growing nationwide is showing clear improvement with each fight, Avila expects to be at his best ever in 2015.
GOLDEN BOY LIVE! ALIVE AND WELL ON FOX SPORTS 1 AND FOX DEPORTES
Popular Series Turns ‘One’ and Continues To Build Steam
Golden Boy Promotions’ Golden Boy Live! series grew exponentially during 2014 with over two dozen fight cards taking place across the country televised live on FOX Sports 1and FOX Deportes. From Southern California to New England, fight fans from all corners of the country were treated to top-level high energy competition that showcased up and coming talent that is undoubtedly the future of the sport.
An eclectic lineup of fighters have found FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes home including fan favorites Julian Ramirez , Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz Jr., and Diego De La Hoya; all of whom have shown great promise during their Golden Boy Live! performances.
“It’s been a great privilege to be showcased on Golden Boy Live!,” said Diaz Jr. “The exposure has been tremendous and I have been able to reach out to a lot of new fans. I am honored to be part of the Golden Boy family.”
With shows at least twice a month, Golden Boy Promotions took advantage of different holidays, and happenings throughout the year including fights on Memorial Day, St. Patrick’s Day and even during the first ever New York City Super Bowl week with a special edition fight hosted at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
“The Golden Boy Live! series has allowed us to make even better on our promise to bring exciting fights to fans and continue to provide the best platforms for our fighters,” said De La Hoya. “With three exciting fight cards already announced for the beginning of 2015, we are looking forward to making many more memorable match-ups and seeing prospects turn into contenders and even champions.”
CANELO’S STAR KEEPS GETTING BRIGHTER
The year 2014 saw Canelo Alvarez‘ (44-1-1, 31 KOs) star continue to rise at an exponential rate. With two pay-per-view fights in the books and the announcement of a major multi-fight deal with HBO, Canelo is looking to take the momentum from the past year and make 2015 an even greater success.
However, the agreement signed in September will undoubtedly set Canelo up for memorable matches and even more exposure in the years to come.
“For all of my career, I have wanted to fight on HBO for one main reason-I believe it will allow more of my fans to see me in action,” said Canelo. “[This] marks a huge milestone for me, and I look forward to a long and successful partnership with HBO.”
GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS STANDS BY FUTURE HALL OF FAMER AND COMPANY PARTNER BERNARD “THE ALIEN” HOPKINS
It is no surprise that Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins (55-7-2, 32 KOs) had another record-breaking year. First, he returned to our nation’s capital and made history on April 19, when he defeated the unbeaten Beibut Shumenov (15-2, 10 KOs), over 12 rounds to defend his IBF World Light Heavyweight title and add the WBA Super World Light Heavyweight title making him, at 49, the oldest fighter in history to unify major world titles.
“Bernard Hopkins was a standout fighter for me this year, and I’m proud of what he accomplished,” said Oscar De La Hoya. “He trained hard, he fought hard, and won over many fans with his inspiring story of determination, fighting a formidable opponent like Kovalev at the age of 49. He’s earned the respect of many, deservedly so.”
OTHER GREAT FIGHTS IN 2014…
LUCAS MATTHYSSE AND JOHN MOLINA WAGE WAR IN CARSON
Lucas “La Máquina” Matthysse (36-3, 34 KOs) fought John Molina Jr. (27-5, 22 KOs) at StubHub Center, in Carson, Calif. “La Máquina” knocked out Molina in the 10th round to take the WBC Continental Americas title.
MAYWEATHER TESTED BY MAIDANA TWICE, BUT STILL PREVAILS
The remarkable unbeaten run of
RANDY CABALLERO’S ROAD TRIP TO GLORY
DANNY GARCIA REMAINS UNDEFEATED AND DEFENDS HIS TITLE FOR THE FIFTH TIME
ADRIEN BRONER MAKES A COMEBACK IN 2014
One of the most polarizing figures in boxing today,Adrien “The Problem” Broner (29-1, 22 KOs) always entertains, in and out of the ring. On May 3, Broner bounced back from the first loss of his career against Marcos “El Chino” Maidana (35-5, 31 KOs) by dominating Carlos Molina (17-2-1, 7 KOs) in a 10-round decision win. He marked a triumphant homecoming in Cincinnati with a gutsy 12-round decision win over tough Emmanuel “Tranzformer” Taylor (18-3, 12 KOs) proving to the boxing community that he is definitely a fighter to watch out for in 2015.
DANNY JACOBS, CANCER SURVIVOR CLAIMS WBA MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE
LEO SANTA CRUZ STAYS UNDEFEATED
Crowd-pleasing WBC Super Bantamweight World Champion Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz (28-0-1, 16 KOs) remains undefeated in 2014 after two title defenses against Cristian Mijares (51-8-2, 25 KOs) in March, and Manuel Roman (17-3-3, 6 KOs) in Sept. Now, Santa Cruz will put his title and unbeaten record on the line in a 12-round bout against Jesus “Estrella” Ruiz (33-5-5, 22 KOs) on Jan. 17, 2015, at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas live on SHOWTIME®Before stepping up a notch in weight, Santa Cruz was the IBF Bantamweight World Champion, winning that belt in June 2012 and making three defenses. An excellent body puncher who is at his best when he keeps up a relentless pace, pressures his opponents and wears them down, Santa Cruz is 7-0 with three knockouts in world title fights.
DAVID LEMIEUX’S GRAND U.S. DEBUT
Montreal, Canada’s David Lemieux
Gabriel “King” Rosado (21-9, 13 KOs). The beloved Canadian not only retained his NABF middleweight title, but also made a serious statement as a contender for 2015 bouts against the elite of the division.
Golden Boy Promotions closed out the year with a busy night in Sin City.At the MGM Grand Garden Arena, a night of great match-ups top to bottom left fight fans excited for 2015. The headlining fight between Amir “King” Khan (30-3, 19 KOs) and Devon Alexander “The Great” (26-3, 14 KOs) was arguably one of Khan’s best performances as the “King” dominated from start to finish to take a 12-round unanimous decision solidifying his place as a contender for a potential showdown against Floyd Mayweather in 2015.
ABNER MARES REBOUNDS
JORGE LINARES MAKES HISTORY IN 2014
GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS FAMILY CELEBRATES HOLIDAYS AND RETREATS TO THE BIG APPLE
OSCAR DE LA HOYA FOUNDATION ENDS YEAR WITH ANNUAL SEASON OF GIVING
Earlier in the year the foundation in association with the California Municipal Finance Authority donated new, state-of-the-art boxing equipment to the youth that train at the Santa Ana Boxing Club in Santa Ana, Calif. And in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, the foundation hosted its 18th Annual Turkey Giveaway joined by star fighters Randy “El Matador” Caballero, Hugo “The Boss” Centeno Jr., Gabriel “King” Rosado, Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz Jr., Julian “El Camarón” Ramirez and Diego De La Hoya. They helped distribute more than 500 turkeys, fixings and other food products to the community with the help of sponsors: the Oscar De La Hoya Foundation, Tampico, Coca Cola, Jersey Mikes, Bonerts Pies, Davalan Fresh Sales, Mission Foods and Vallarta Markets.
“I love being able to give back, and I believe that it is better to give than to receive,” De La Hoya said. “My success in boxing and business has enabled me to give back to the community from which I came, and to support efforts that truly improve the lives of others. I’m very blessed, and I want to be able to be a blessing to others this holiday season. It is truly an honor to be able to do that.”
Oscar De La Hoya Foundation 2014 Event Pictures