Saturday, January 19, 2008
NEW YORK — The world’s greatest boxing promoter, Don King, spent his Saturday morning mediating a glove dispute prior to “Clash of the Titans” featuring Felix Trinidad and Roy Jones at Madison Square Garden Saturday night.
King resolved the dispute for the featured bout and it is now all systems go for the fight card beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on HBO pay-per-view.
“The glove issue has been solved,” said King. “I met with Roy Jones Jr.’s representatives and Papa Trinidad and his lawyer Nicolas Medina in Roy’s suite across the street from the Garden. We came to an agreement that Superman Roy Jones Jr. will wear Everlast gloves, just as it agreed in the contract.”
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
NEW YORK - As Felix “Tito” Trinidad and Roy Jones Jr. inch closer to their mid-January showdown, the legendary fighters travel to Florida military bases and Puerto Rico, while Don King visits Iraq in the second of a three-part documentary debuting Saturday, Jan. 5, at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT on Cox Sports Television.
The program, which will be featured on 70 Cox Sports Television affiliates in Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, Florida and Virginia, will be re-aired on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT and Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT.
During a visit to separate military bases in Jones Jr.’s backyard of Pensacola, Fla., Trinidad and Jones Jr. meet with soldiers who discuss and heatedly debate which fighter they think will be victorious. Also featured in the second episode is a trip to Puerto Rico, where the loyal Trinidad fan base defends their hometown hero. Meanwhile, the documentary showcases legendary promoter Don King’s recent trip to military bases in Iraq as part of a USO tour to show support for the armed forces stationed there.
Two of the greatest boxers in history who are both destined for the Hall of Fame, Trinidad and Jones, will square off at New York’s famed Madison Square Garden on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008. The match will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
NEW YORK – If the saying “styles make fights” holds any truth, then Don King Productions has found the perfect replacement opponent for World Boxing Council (WBC) Light Heavyweight Champion Chad Dawson in hard-hitting Epifanio Mendoza (28-4-1, 24 KOs).
Mendoza, who opened his professional career with 16 consecutive knockouts, likely will give the younger Dawson (24-0, one NC, 16 KOs) fits when the two tangle Saturday, Sept. 29, on Showtime Championship Boxing at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). Mendoza, of Barranquilla, Colombia, replaces Adrian Diaconu, who was forced to withdraw when he injured his right hand during sparring.
Friday, September 14, 2007
One of the most exciting prizefighters in boxing, undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Organization (WBO) Lightweight Champion Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz, and Sycuan Ringside Promotions’ reigning International Boxing Federation (IBF) Lightweight Champion Julio “The Kidd” Diaz will meet in a compelling lightweight world-title unification match at Chicagoland’s new Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Ill., on Saturday, Oct. 13.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
SACRAMENTO - Promoter Don King, in association with Maloof Sports & Entertainment, will present two world championship boxing matches at ARCO Arena on Saturday, Sept. 29 where the main event will feature a battle of “The Undefeated” with World Boxing Council light heavyweight champion “Bad” Chad Dawson opposing WBC No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger Adrian “The Shark” Diaconu.
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Promoter Don King, in association with Maloof Sports and Entertainment, will present a highly anticipated world championship battle of the undefeated at ARCO Arena on Saturday, Sept. 29, when World Boxing Council light heavyweight champion “Bad” Chad Dawson takes on WBC No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger Adrian “The Shark” Diaconu, from Romania now fighting out of Montreal, Canada.
“I couldn’t be more excited to be promoting this light heavyweight championship with the Maloofs at ARCO Arena on Sept. 29,” an ebullient Don King said. “We are looking forward to bringing World Championship Boxing to a region with such rich boxing heritage.”
“The Maloof family loves the sport of boxing going all the way back to my father,” Gavin Maloof said. “We are proud to be bringing Don King to Sacramento to promote this world championship card at ARCO Arena. It will be a great event for boxing fans in Sacramento.”
LOS ANGELES — Fans that have already purchased nearly $1 million worth of tickets to see a boxing match featuring “Ferocious” Fernando Vargas vs. Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sept. 8 will now be able to put those tickets to use on the rescheduled date of Friday, Nov. 23.
Vargas’s doctor ordered him on Aug. 25 to not participate in the highly anticipated match’s original date to take the necessary weeks of treatment to correct an iron deficiency. Vargas health has already improved to the point he is “chomping at the bit” to get back to full training, which will occur in about three weeks.
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev will make the second defense of his title against WBC No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter at Madison Square Garden, Saturday, Oct. 6 on Showtime (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) in a highly anticipated championship match scheduled for 12 rounds. The event is being promoted by Don King Productions and Duva Promotion in association with Madison Square Garden.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Don King hosted a press conference today in Chicago attended by Juan Diaz and Julio Diaz formally announcing their lightweight world championship unification match (WBA, WBO, IBF) at Sears Centre in nearby Hoffman Estates, Ill., on Oct. 13.
Both proud Mexicans were respectful of one another, but said and reiterated the fight is of tremedous personal importance to each of them.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
LOS ANGELES - Fans that have already purchased nearly $1 million worth of tickets to see a boxing match destined to be sold out featuring “Ferocious” Fernando Vargas vs. Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sept. 8 will have to wait for the bout to be rescheduled after a routine blood test by Vargas on Friday revealed a severe iron deficiency.
Vargas’ doctor ordered him to not participate in the highly anticipated match and to take the necessary weeks of treatment to correct the problem.
Promoters of the event Don King Productions and Main Events in association with Staples Center will notify the public as soon as a rescheduled date can be confirmed.
Vargas (26-4, 22 KOs) is a two-time world champion and Mayorga (27-6-1, 22 KOs) is a three-time world champion. Their upcoming bout had been aptly dubbed “The Brawl” after a highly contentious confrontation between the fighters erupted at the initial press conference announcing the event in Los Angeles and again at a subsequent press conference in New York.
Further information on the rescheduled date and refund policy will be made available in the coming days.