Cotto & Martínez Media Tour Starts March 10

PhilBoxing.com
Tue, 25 Feb 2014

MIGUEL COTTO and SERGIO MARTÍNEZ WORLD TITLE MEDIA TOUR STARTS MARCH 10. Boxing Icons to Host Press Conferences in Puerto Rico, New York, Los Angeles and Buenos Aires

NEW YORK (February 24, 2014) — Three-division world champion and the Pride of Puerto Rico MIGUEL COTTO and World Boxing Council (WBC)/The Ring middleweight champion and Argentina’s favorite son SERGIO “Maravilla” MARTÍNEZ,

will begin their promotional roadwork on Monday, March 10 with a four-city, two-hemisphere media tour to announce their eagerly-anticipated fight for the World Middleweight Championship. Cotto vs. Martínez will take place on Saturday, June 7, at the “Mecca of Boxing,” Madison Square Garden. The fight will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

Cotto will attempt to become Puerto Rico’s first four-division world champion while Martínez, who has never lost a world championship fight, defends the title he first won in 2010. Both gladiators boast a combined record of 89-6-2 (59 KOs) – a winning percentage of 92% and a victory by knockout ratio of 66%.

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Bradley to prove win over Pacman no fluke

WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley is out to erase doubts about his controversial win over Manny Pacquiao about two years ago.

Bradley escaped with a majority decision over Pacquiao, which sparked outrage from most boxing observers and fans who thought the Filipino dominated the bout.

In an interview with Chris Mannix of SI.com, Bradley recalled the ordeal he went through after that fight.

“Look, my life and career went down the drain after the first Pacquiao fight. I didn’t want to revisit that dark cloud just yet. I wanted to fight a legend in Juan Manuel Marquez. I wanted to beat the guy who beat Pacquiao,” he told Mannix. Continue reading

Confirmed: Garcia-Burgos/Jennings-Szpilka

Undefeated two-division world champion Mikey Garcia (33-0, 28 KOs) returns to the stage where he won his first world title 12 months earlier — The Theater at Madison Square Garden — only this time he’ll be defending his second world championship belt in as many weight classes. Garcia will put his WBO junior lightweight title on the line against two-time world title challenger and current #1 contender Juan Carlos “Mini” Burgos (30-1,2, 20 KOs). Garcia vs. Burgos will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark, Saturday, January 25, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT. The telecast will open with a 10-round battle between undefeated heavyweight contenders Bryant Jennings (17-0, 9 KOs) and Artur Szpilka (16-0, 12 KOs).

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Banner Promotions, Thompson Boxing Promotions, Gary Shaw Productions, Warriors Boxing Promotions, Madison Square Garden and Tecate, tickets, priced at $200, $100, $50 and $25, go on sale This Friday! December 20 at Noon ET. Tickets can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Continue reading

Mikey Garcia vs. Juan Manuel Lopez set for June 15 on HBO

Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight champion Mikey Garcia (31-0, 26 KOs) of Oxnard, Calif., former WBO junior featherweight and WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel “JuanMa” Lopez (33-2, 30 KOs), of Caguas, Puerto Rico will be squaring off in a title fight which will take place on Saturday, June 15 and will be televised live from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas on HBO Boxing After Dark.

Garcia and JuanMa will be hosting a press conference this Thursday, May 9, beginning at 1:00 p.m. CT, at the American Airlines Center (2500 Victory Ave., Dallas, TX 75219) to officially announce the fight. Two-time heavyweight champion George Foreman and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum will also be in attendance.

This will mark the first time HBO has ever broadcast a fight from the American Airlines Continue reading

Marquez vs. Bradley for September 14th?

Today on the official Twitter account of ESPN’s Spanish boxing show “Golpe To Golpe,” it was announced that Juan Manuel Marquez will be making his return to the ring after his spectacular one punch knockout of former pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao. His opponent will be Timothy Bradley.

Bradley and Marquez both share a victory over Manny Pacquiao. Though Bradley’s victory over Pacquiao is questionable, he did make it a competitive fight. The backlash that Bradley suffered after the controversial decision breathed new life into him, as seen in his last fight with former Pacquiao sparring partner Ruslan Provodnikov. With Bradley mixing it up more, a fight with Marquez is just what he needs to build himself up and test himself as a fighter.

As for Marquez, though he seemed slower in his muscular form, in his last fight he was very explosive. Pacquiao did land more punches on Marquez in this fight compared to the Continue reading

Rigondeaux gains bragging rights

Guillermo Rigondeaux bragged that after beating Nonito Donaire to become the unified WBO/WBA superbantamweight champion, he’s on top of the world for making the Filipino Flash look bad.

There is bad blood between Rigondeaux and Donaire so that explains the Cuban’s brashness and unsportsmanlike behavior. He survived a 10th round knockdown to score a unanimous 12-round decision over Donaire at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City yesterday morning (Manila time).

It was the second fight where Rigondeaux bounced back from a trip to the canvas. Three years ago, he took an eight-count when his glove touched the floor from a right hand by Ricardo Cordoba in Texas but recovered to win a split verdict. The knockdown he suffered Continue reading

Donaire targets late 2013 return

Former world super bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire plans to fight again later this year, but will have to recover from shoulder surgery first.

Speaking to Boxing Scene Radio, Donaire said he will have surgery on his injured right shoulder Friday, but expects to fight at least once more in 2013.

“I plan to be back before the end of the year. They were looking at, at least six months, but if I take care of myself and the way I heal… I heal very fast,” Donaire said.

“So we’re looking to be able to come back to the gym around four months or so, and start training,” he added. Continue reading