UNDEFEATED MANUEL “TINO” AVILA TO TAKE ON THE PHILIPPINES’ ROLLY LUNAS AT MAY 7 LA FIGHT CLUB SHOW
LIVE FROM THE BELASCO THEATER IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES AND ON FOX SPORTS 1 & FOX DEPORTES
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The May 7 edition of Golden Boy Promotions‘ successful new series LA FIGHT CLUB will feature the undefeated Manuel “Tino” Avila (16-0, 7 KOs) from Fairfield, California facing off against Rolly Lunas (34-9-1, 20 KOs) in a 10-round super bantamweight bout at The Belasco Theater and televised live on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes at 10:00 p.m. ET/ 7:00 p.m. PT.
In the co-main event Mexicali, Mexico’s Diego De La Hoya (9-0, 6 KOs) will compete in an eight-round featherweight bout. Opening up the telecast, Los Angeles native, Oscar Negrete (8-0, 3KOs) will get in the ring for a six-round super bantamweight bout and Los Angeles fan favorite Nick Arce will be featured in a four round featherweight bout hoping to make air time. Also, Los Angeles rising stars, lightweight Jesus Ivan Delgado (4-0-1, 1 KO) and bantamweight newcomer Miguel Alcantara who will make his professional debut, will be featured in separate four-round fights.
APRIL 18: MATTHYSSE VS. PROVODNIKOV
APRIL 18 – TURNING STONE RESORT CASINO – VERONA, NEW YORK
Exciting Prospects Added to the Matthysse vs. Provodnikov Non-Televised Undercard on April 18
The sure-fire “Fight of the Year” candidate between former World Champions Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse and “The Siberian Rocky” Ruslan Provodnikov, just got more exciting as exciting prospects got added to the non-televised undercard of the split site doubleheader live on HBO Boxing After Dark ® on Saturday, April 18 at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY.
In the non-televised co-main event of the night, exciting undefeated Brazilian prospect Patrick Teixeira will compete in a 10-round super welterweight bout against the hard-punching contenderPatrick Allotey of Accra, Ghana. Next, Tuapse, Russia’s Fedor “Knockout Man” Papazov will fight in an eight-round lightweight match. Washington, D.C.’s standout undefeated fighter,
Lamont Roach Jr. is scheduled to fight in a six-round lightweight fight. VIitor Jones De Olivera of Salvador, Brazil will face Guillermo Sanchez of Buffalo, New York in a six-round lightweight bout. Also, from New York, Eddie “E-Boy” Gomez of the Bronx, is scheduled for a 10-round super welterweight bout against Jonathan Batista of San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic. Opening up the night, Vitaly Kopylenko of Kiev, Ukraine, will take on Lekan “Lucky 13” Byfield of Atlanta, Georgia, in an eight-round middleweight fight.
Watch Matthysse vs. Provodnikov LIVE on HBO Boxing After Dark on Saturday, April 18 at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.
APRIL 25: SADAM ALI VS. FRANCISCO SANTANA
Sadam “World Kid” Ali this weekend being interviewed at Madison Square Garden
APRIL 25 – MADISON SQUARE GARDEN – NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
Sadam Ali Faces Francisco Santana as the Co-Main Event on the Wladimir Klitschko vs. Bryant Jennings Card on April 25 from Madison Square Garden in New York Televised LIVE on HBO World Championship Boxing®
The undefeated Sadam “World Kid” Ali and fast -punching Francisco “Chia” Santana will face off at “The World’s Most Famous Arena”, Madison Square Garden on Sat. April 25 as the co-feature to “The Champion Returns”, the World Heavyweight Championship between undisputed heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and top-rated challenger Bryant Jennings.
Promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions, the 10-round welterweight showdown between two of the sport’s rising stars will give fans an exciting night of boxing as they open up the telecast before the highly anticipated heavyweight main event.
The doubleheader will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
APRIL 30: GESTA VS. MOLINA
APRIL 30 – FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT CASINO – INDIO, CALIFORNIA
Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta Faces Carlos Molina in a Clash of Contenders at Fantasy Springs on April 10 LIVE on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes.
Former lightweight world title challenger Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (28-1-1, 16 KOs) and Los Angeles area standout Carlos Molina (17-2-1, 7 KOs) will battle it out on Thursday, April 30 looking to crash their way into the 140-pound title picture in the 10-round Golden Boy Live! FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes main event at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California.
Gesta vs. Molina is a 10-round super lightweight bout presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona Extra and Mexico – Live It To Believe It! Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and the first bell rings at 5:30 p.m. Fernando “Feroz” Vargas will be in attendance as the night’s VIP guest for a fan meet & greet – FREE with the purchase of boxing ticket.
The FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes broadcast airs live at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT.
MAY 9: CANELO ALVAREZ VS. JAMES KIRKLAND
MAY 9 – MINUTE MAID PARK – HOUSTON, TX
Humberto “La Zorrita” Soto vs. Frankie “The Pitbull” Gomez Announced as the Co-Main Event on Canelo vs. Kirkland on May 9 from Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas LIVE on HBO Championship Boxing.
Chinese Heavyweight Sensation Taishan, 2012 U.S. Olympian Joseph Diaz Jr. and Joshua Clottey Added to the Non-Televised Undercard.
Everything is always bigger in Texas and that will certainly be the case when it comes to the undercard of one of the most anticipated fights of the year, Canelo vs. Kirkland at Minute Maid Park in Houston on Saturday, May 9. Chinese heavyweight sensation Taishan (3-0, 2 KOs), 2012 U.S Olympian Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz Jr. (15-0, 10 KOs) and top contender Joshua “Grand Master” Clottey (38-4, 22 KOs) will headline the non-televised undercard. In addition, some of Texas’ top talent will be featured on the card as well including the professional debut of welterweight James Leija Jr., the son of Texas Boxing Legend Jesse James Leija.
Don’t miss Canelo vs. Kirkland LIVE on HBO World Championship Boxing at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK
GOLDEN BOY & TV AZTECA REACH EXCLUSIVE CONTRACT
MAY 9 – MINUTE MAID PARK – HOUSTON, TX
Golden Boy Promotions and TV Azteca have Signed an Exclusive Contract to Broadcast Canelo Alvarez’ Fights in Mexico
TV Azteca, known as one of the powerhouses of boxing in Mexico and around the world due to their intensive dedication to spreading the sport to its millions of viewers, has signed an exclusive agreement with Golden Boy Promotions to broadcast Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez’ fights in Mexico.
The historic agreement between Golden Boy Promotions and TV Azteca will begin with the broadcast of the 12-round super welterweight mega-fight between Canelo Alvarez and knockout-artist James “The Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland on May 9, from Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. Don’t miss the fight LIVE, get your tickets here.
OSCAR DE LA HOYA VISITS TEAM MATTHYSSE IN ARGENTINA
A week ahead of the sure-fire “Fight of the Year” between Lucas Matthysse and Ruslan Provodnikov on Saturday, April 18, Oscar De La Hoya visited Argentina to show his support for Team Matthysse. The warmth and support from the Argentine community was felt at every place the Golden Boy visited. The visit by De La Hoya was received with overwhelming support from members of the press who lined up for hours after the press conference to have a chat with the two boxing stars. Get tickets here for Matthysse vs. Provodnikov.
JAMES KIRKLAND MEDIA WORKOUT
Texas knockout artist James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland (32-1, 28 KOs) today hosted a media workout in San Antonio in advance of his face-off against Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) on May 9 at Minute Maid Park in Houston live on HBO World Championship Boxing ®. In attendance were James Kirkland’s trainers, Bay Bay McClinton and Rick Morones and Leija*Battah Promotions’ Mike Battah in addition to Texas boxing legend Jesse James Leija. Don’t miss Kirkland in the ring against Canelo on May 9, get your tickets here.
APRIL 2 EDITION OF LA FIGHT CLUB DELIVERS
The second installment of Golden Boy Promotions’ LA FIGHT CLUB on April 2, delivered an electric night of boxing in front of a cheering crowd of spectators. Live on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes the night brought out some of Tinseltown’s A-listers. Latin star Kate Del Castillo, KIIS FM’s Ellen K, Extra’s Mario Lopez, MMA royalty Ronda Rousey, television and radio host Jillian Barberie, along with the who’s who of Golden Boy’s stable of fighters, all joined Oscar De La Hoya at the historic The Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles.
The main event featured East Los Angeles native and boxing legacy Julian “El Camarón” Ramirez (14-0, 8 KOs) who delivered an exciting night as faced off against Casas Grandes, Mexico’s Raul “Bule” Hidalgo (23-13, 17 KOs) in a 10-round featherweight fight. Ramirez’ hard punches, impressive combinations and use of the ropes out-box the seasoned Hidalgo. After 10 exciting rounds, “El Camarón” was victorious winning the bout via unanimous decision.
Don’t miss the next edition of LA FIGHT CLUB at Downtown LA’s The Belasco Theater Thursday, May 7 featuring Manuel Avila, Diego De La Hoya, and Oscar Negrete in the televised portion of the night. Get your tickets here.