Wednesday, January 02, 2008
Showtime Championship Boxing will set the stage for another fantastic year of world-class boxing when flashy, charismatic Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi defends his International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior welterweight title against mandatory challenger and IBF No. 1 contender, Herman “The Black Panther” Ngoudjo, on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008, live on Showtime at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).
The 12-round world title fight is promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Groupe Yvon Michel and will take place at Bally’s Main Ballroom at Atlantic City, N.J.
Friday, December 07, 2007
Last weekend Showtime aired three fights that ended with three spectacular TKO finishes: Former undisputed light heavyweight Antonio Tarver pummeled Danny Santiago before eventually finishing him in the 4th round; Vernon Forrest put on a clinic until he stopped Michele Piccirillo in the 11th; and Nonito Donaire put Luis Maldonado down for the count with a left hook in the 8th round of their bout.
Above is a highlight of the end of all three fights…
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Fans that have purchased over $1 million in tickets to see two-time world champion “El Feroz” Fernando Vargas (26-4, 22 KOs) and three-time world champion Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga (27-6-1, 22 KOs) in what is anticipated to be a street-style brawl at Staples Center will get their chance when the two meet on the day after Thanksgiving on Friday, Nov. 23.
The bout is scheduled for 12 rounds at a catch weigh of 166 pounds.
Vargas and Mayorga will fight in a highly-anticipated main event of a card that begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and is being distributed by Showtime PPV.
Before Tuesday’s open media workout started, the brash, colorful, outspoken Mayorga held a picture of Vargas next to his crotch, pointed to the media and said, “Don’t mess with me!”
One of boxing’s hottest young heavyweights, Joey Abell (17-1, 1 NC, 17 KOs) will bring his devastating knockout power to ShoBox when he faces unbeaten heavyweight Teke Oruh (14-0-1, six KOs) at the Beausejour Cricket Ground in beautiful Gros Islet, St. Lucia on Friday, Nov. 16, 2007.
The 10-round heavyweight bout will headline an attractive fight card from the Eastern Caribbean Island airing live on the Showtime acclaimed series ShoBox: The New Generation, at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
The event is being promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions in association with the St. Lucia Tourist Board.
Abell, who was added to the fight card 10 days before the scheduled fight, isn’t worried about taking this match-up on such short notice.
“This is a great opportunity to fight on Showtime in St. Lucia,” said Abell, a southpaw from Minneapolis, Minn. “I had been looking forward to watching it on television, and the next thing I know, I’m fighting in the main event. I promise to give the fans a show they won’t forget.”
Monday, October 01, 2007
NEW YORK – One night before Samuel Peter defends his World Boxing Council (WBC) interim heavyweight title against Jameel McCline on Showtime, talented, unbeaten Yonnhy Perez (13-0, 10 KOs) will collide with Alexander Fedorov (18-3-1, 10 KOs) in the 10-round main event on ShoBox: The New Generation (live on Showtime at 11 p.m. ET/PT delayed on the west coast).
In the co-feature, former amateur champion and 2004 United States Olympian, Mickey Bey Jr. (8-0, five KOs), will face Castulo Gonzalez (9-3, three KOs) in an eight-round super featherweight bout.
Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, in association with Thompson Boxing Promotions, will present the doubleheader from Omega Products International in Corona, Calif.
SACRAMENTO – Boxing fans were treated to two thrilling and memorable fights on Saturday night as “Bad” Chad Dawson retained his World Boxing Council (WBC) light heavyweight belt with a flawless dismantling of Epifanio “Diamante” Mendoza Saturday, Sept. 29 on Showtime Championship Boxing from the ARCO Arena.
Referee Jon Schorle stopped the fight at 2:30 of the fourth round (KO).
In the co-feature, Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko became boxing’s newest champion capturing the International Boxing Federation (IBF) 118-pound crown with a one-sided victory over Luis “El Demoledor” Perez.
Referee Dan Stell stopped the fight on the recommendation of ringside physician Smith Ketchum immediately after the seventh round.
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.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Beaches and boxing. Although the two are rarely mentioned in the same breath, the sweet science will meet the sandy shores of the Caribbean Friday, Nov. 16, 2007, on Showtime.
In the main event, two undefeated super middleweights and former amateur stars will invade the beautiful Caribbean island of St. Lucia as Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward and Roger “Never Can Tell” Cantrell square off live on ShoBox: The New Generation (Showtime, 11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).
The historic night of boxing will take place at the Beausejour Cricket Ground in Gros Islet, St. Lucia, and represent the first televised professional boxing event staged on the beautiful eastern Caribbean Island of St. Lucia. “Showtime In Paradise” will be presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions in association with the St. Lucia Tourist Board.
Both fighters and their respective promoters gathered today in Los Angeles for a press conference. Below is what they had to say. This may be the first ShoBox fight to host press conferences to announce and promote a given card.
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.”
Friday, September 07, 2007
Antonio DeMarco (left) weighed in at 136 pounds, while Nick Casal tipped the scales at 135 1/2 pounds Thursday. Hard-hitting lightweights DeMarco (15-1-1, 12 KOs) and Casal (16-1-1, 1 NC, 12 KOs) will clash in the 10-round main event of “ShoBox: The New Generation’’ Friday on Showtime (11 p.m. ET/PT)
NEW YORK – Showtime once again will bring the action to fight fans as America’s No. 1 boxing network pits two can’t-miss lightweight prospects, Antonio DeMarco and Nick “Hands of Gold” Casal, in a 10-round lightweight battle Friday, Sept. 7, on “ShoBox: The New Generation” (Showtime, 11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).
Opening the telecast are the flashy and undefeated junior middleweights, Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo (9-0, six KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico, and Emmanuel Gonzalez (9-0, four KOs) of Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. Both fighters will put their unblemished records on the line in an eight-round scrap that will be a rematch of a 2002 amateur match-up. Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, will present the doubleheader from the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif.