Sunday, September 16, 2007
LOS ANGELES – Boxing fans were left disappointed last week by the announcement that the WBC super featherweight title bout between Juan Manuel Marquez and Rocky Juarez was called off due to a Marquez injury, but thanks to some quick work by Golden Boy Promotions and Showtime, this championship bout has been quickly rescheduled – along with the IBF featherweight title bout between Robert Guerrero and Martin Honorio – for Saturday, Nov. 3.
“Marquez-Juarez is a fight the fans wanted to see, and we pulled out all the stops to make it happen before the end of the year,” said Oscar de la Hoya, president of Golden Boy Promotions. “But we couldn’t have done this without Ken Hershman and Showtime. We thank them for helping us put this great fight back on and are excited to be promoting our first Showtime event.”
“Delivering real fights for real fight fans on the first Saturday of every month is our trademark,” said Hershman, senior vice president and general manager, Showtime Sports & Event Programming. “We are excited to be working with Oscar and his company and we’re proud to deliver such a compelling match-up on the network.”
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
LOS ANGELES - Famed pugilists Oscar De La Hoya and Sugar Ray Leonard have made a “friendly” bet on two bouts between fighters from their respective camps, making the September 15 “Fireworks” boxing event, featuring Juan Manuel Marquez against Rocky Juarez in the main event at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and live on pay-per-view, that much more explosive.
In the first bout, and opening the pay-per-view telecast that evening, Francisco “Panchito” Bojado will represent De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. His opponent Steve Forbes, will represent the Leonard-hosted ‘The Contender’ Series, as runner-up from Contender Season Two. In the other bout, Golden Boy pugilist and former junior middleweight champion Kassim “The Dream” Ouma will battle Contender first season winner Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora. The winners of the bouts will decide the winner of the bet between De La Hoya and Leonard with both decorated fighters agreeing that the loser will provide ring card girl duties between the first and second round of the main event. If it’s a draw with one bout a piece for each side, De La Hoya and Leonard will share ring card duties.
Friday, August 17, 2007
LOS ANGELES – Juan Manuel Marquez, the WBC Super Featherweight World Champion, and challenger, Ricardo Rocky Juarez, both weighted in under the WBC 30 day pre-fight weight limit in Mexico City and Houston, from their respective training camps.
Marquez (47-3-1, 35 KO’s) weighed in at 132.1 pounds and Juarez (27-3, 19 KO’s) was 139 pounds. The maximum weight each fighter could weigh 30 days prior to the fight was 143 pounds.
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
LOS ANGELES, CA - Featherweight star Ricardo “Rocky” Juarez and rising boxing sensation Jose Andres Hernandez will square off in 12-round grudge match for the WBA Fedelatin Featherweight Championship vacant title, as the featured undercard televised bout for the highly anticipated May 5 super fight between “The Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya and “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather as it was announced today by Golden Boy Promotions. The fight is part of the three televised bouts that will take place from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV and broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View.
Also added to the televised portion of the show is a thrilling bout between sensational contenders Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista and Sergio Medina as they put their undefeated records and future title shot on the line in a 12-round WBO Junior Featherweight title eliminator.
Kicking off the exciting night’s events in non-televised events will be undefeated Australian native Billy Dib aiming to showcase his explosive talents battling the formidable Jose Gonzalez of Los Angeles, CA in a 10-round junior lightweight match-up. Rounding out the night’s fight action will be two of boxing’s fastest rising stars—former Olympian Rock Allen and Ernest Johnson in separate 8-round bouts.
Sunday, September 17, 2006
In a fight that didn’t live up to it’s expectations, Marco Antonio Barrera was victorious once again over Rocky Juarez in a tactical rematch by unanimous decision. Instead of falling asleep in their seats, the crowd of over 10,000 decided to boo all night long.
ESPN: Barrera’s game plan good for win in bland bout
FOX Sports: Barrera retains title against Juarez; Barrera and The Art of War, No doubt about the judges’ decision this time
The Sweet Science: Barrera Decisions Juarez at MGM Grand; The Marco Antonio Barrera Special
Boston Globe: Barrera takes Juarez to school; Barrera jabs home his point
Houston Chronicle: Juarez’s pride takes a beating that he can’t mask
BBC: Barrera foils Juarez revenge bid
Note to self: You suck at predictions…
Saturday, September 16, 2006
HBO certainly picked a very fitting name for tonight’s PPV rematch between Marco Antonio Barrera and Rocky Juarez. Boxing experts from all over are torn on who will prevail in what is predicted to be an all-out war.
Who will prevail in the 12-round featherweight title match between Marco Antonio Barrera and Rocky Juarez on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena to be shown on HBO Pay-Per-View?
“I feel that I have to beat him decisively the second time around,” Juarez (25-2, 18 KOs) said. “Not too many fighters get the second opportunity, a second chance for a title back-to-back, and as fast as this has happened. So I have to make the best of it and go out there and leave nothing behind.”
“I wanted this fight more than anything because it was personal,” the 32-year-old Barrera (62-4, 42 KOs) said. “I had a debt with myself and I wanted to erase the debt. I’m not thinking knockout. I just want to beat him 12 rounds. In the first fight, I didn’t have the extra kick that I usually have, but this time I’m going to start with the kick and move from there. I really want to show people what Marco Antonio Barrera is all about.”
After a lot of thinking, I’m going to go with Juarez by unanimous decision in this one…
I believe this fight is going to be as close as the first bout was, except Juarez will be the one to pull ahead in the late rounds. Barrera is going to bring his game and Juarez must be ready to fend off the attack in the early stages of the fight. While Barrera has the experience to be able to step up to another level in these kind of fights, I don’t think it will be enough to overcome the overall that Juarez sports at this point in his career.
You can’t prevent getting old. While Barrera is still one of boxing’s elite fighters, he isn’t the same fighter that he was during the prime of his career. Both fighters will slug it out during the first six rounds of the fight. However, Juarez’s shots will do enough damage that Barrera will slow down by the end of the fight, allowing Juarez to capitalize.
David Singer: David takes a simpler route: Barrera by TKO in the 8th
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
While Rocky Juarez gets the chance to avenge his loss to Marco Antonio Barrera this past spring and show the critics that he really won that fight, Barrera has the opportunity to prove that the last fight wasn’t a fluke and dispel the rumors that he is an aging champion that isn’t the fighter that he once was.
Juarez was originally awarded the victory by split decision back on May 20th, only to have the win taken away from him when it was found that the judges added up the scorecards wrong and that Barrera was really the victor.
A few articles about the fight for you…
MaxBoxing: Juarez Gained Respect, Now He Looks for Revenge
Eastside Boxing: Barrera - Juarez 2: A legend for the taking?
15 Rounds: No Polemical Decisions
The Sweet Science: Rocky Returns; Barrera/Juarez II: The Desert Showdown
Boxing Scene: Barrera–Juarez: A Worthy Pay-Per-View
The Arizona Republic: Juarez shoots for belt for keeps
Miami Herald: Barrera, Juarez set for rematch
FOX Sports: Juarez a ‘Cowboy from Hell’