Golovkin to scout Cotto vs. Geale fight
Los Angeles, CA (June 2, 2015) Boxing Superstar GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN will travel to New York City this weekend to watch Miguel Cotto and Daniel Geale fight for the WBC middleweight title at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York this Saturday night, June 6.
Universally recognized as the best middleweight in the world, Golovkin is the mandatory challenger for the World Boxing Council’s Middleweight Title, which Cotto will be defending.
“I want to watch this fight in person and look forward to fighting the winner to show who the real WBC middleweight champion is,” said Golovkin, holder of the WBA and IBO Middleweight Titles. “A unification fight with the winner is very important to me.”
With an extraordinary record of 33-0 with 30 knockouts, Golovkin has the highest KO% in middleweight history and has become one of the most marketable international stars in boxing.
On May 16, Golovkin filled the legendary Forum in Los Angeles with over 12,000 fight fans as he stopped #2 ranked challenger Willie Monroe Jr. in the sixth round. In keeping with his outstanding international television ratings, the fight reached 1.5 million viewers on HBO in the United States and was shown in over 120 countries worldwide.
“His two most recent US fights have sold over 21,000 tickets, making him the highest ticket seller in the State of California. This coupled with his continued growth in TV ratings, has made Gennady one of the sport’s most watched fighters,” said TOM LOEFFLER of K2 PROMOTIONS.
His all-action style and dominance of his division has Golovkin ranked # 4 Pound For Pound by ESPN.com and Ring Magazine, riding a knockout streak of 20 KOs in a row.
“Three of Gennady’s most dominant KO performances have come in front of his huge fan base in New York City and he looks forward to returning this weekend. As the mandated WBC challenger to the winner of the Miguel Cotto-Daniel Geale bout, he has a very strong interest in the fight.”
On July 26, 2014, Golovkin stopped Geale at Madison Square Garden with a stunning third round knockout featured on numerous “Knockout of the Year” year-end lists.
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ZEPEDA: I’M EXCITED TO FACE FLANAGAN IN ENGLAND
American KO sensation Jose Zepeda says he will not be intimidated coming to Terry Flanagan’s backyard for their WBO World Lightweight title clash on Saturday 11th July at the Manchester Velodrome.
Nuclear-fisted Zepeda has destroyed 20 out of his 23 victims by knockout – with a blistering 16 coming inside the first three rounds – and the Californian is heralded as the next Oscar De La Hoya with his model looks and thunderous, all-action style.
The unbeaten 26-year-old has never fought outside of the US or Mexico and faces the hardest test of his career on foreign soil against Manchester warrior Flanagan, who’s also undefeated, but holds vital championship experience and rounds completed over Zepeda.
However, Zepeda is not worried and he told boxing bible Ring Magazine’s online site Ring TV in an interview that he’s ready to collide with the hometown favourite in the lion’s den.
“I’m excited to be going to England and fight,” Said Zepeda.
“I feel comfortable fighting anywhere. I know I will bring my ‘A’ game. I would have loved to fight for the title back home but I am excited for this opportunity.”
“I think Terry is a great fighter. Both of us are undefeated and I’m ready for a great fight,”
“I don’t take anything away from him. We will both be prepared. I know we are going to give the fans a great fight!”
For the RingTV interview click here
A sensational line-up on the show will also feature middleweight ace Billy Joe Saunders; exciting Cromer talent Liam Walsh defends his British and Commonwealth Super-Featherweight titles against mandatory challenger Troy James; Ellesmere Port star Paul Butler, the Former IBF World Bantamweight Champion, makes his highly-anticipated comeback; Chorley ace Jack Catterall makes the second defence of his WBO Intercontinental Light-Welterweight title as he marks himself as one of Britain’s hottest young talents.
An action-packed undercard features top talents Tom Stalker, Adrian Gonzalez, Steven Lewis, Joe Costello, McCaulay McGowan and Andrew Cain
Tickets for ‘Turbo’ priced at £40, £50, £75, £100 and £150 will be available from Eventim on 0844 249 1000 and online at www.eventim.co.uk
The Channel Of Champions, BoxNation, will televise the show live and exclusive on Sky 437/HD 490, Virgin 546 and Talk Talk 525. Subscribe at www.boxnation.com Or watch online at Livesport.tv and via iPhone, iPad or Android.
MCJOE ARROYO TO FACE ARTHUR VILLANUEVA FOR THE VACANT IBF SUPER FLYWEIGHT BELT
After the South African Zolani Tete vacated the International Boxing Federation (IBF) super flyweight title, the #1 ranked McJoe Arroyo, from Puerto Rico, will face the #3 ranked Arthur Villanueva, from Philippines, for the vacant belt, possibly on July 18 in the United States.
Tete (20-3, 17 KOs) would defend his belt against Arroyo (16-0, 8 KOs) this summer, but negotiations were unsuccessful and after an IBF purse bid held recently- won by Golden Boy Promotions- the African boxer didn’t accept the terms for the fight and vacated the title.
“We are already negotiating with the promoter of Villanueva (ALA Promotions), with whom we have already worked before and there should be no problem for the fight to take place,” said Peter Rivera, vice president of PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP), company representing Arroyo, who is also ranked number seven by the WBO in the super flyweight division. “We have a tentative date, which is July 18 in the United States, which is what we are working.”
Arroyo, an Olympic representing Puerto Rico in 2008, defeated by unanimous decision last December 20, 2014, Filipino Mark Anthony Geraldo in an elimination fight for the top spot in the 115 pounds IBF rankings. In his amateur career, Arroyo was a bronze medalist at the 2007 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Chicago and at the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games in Colombia. Last year, the 29-year, got two wins, one against countryman David Quijano by unanimous decision in April, and the other an 11th-round TKO over former world champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez in June in Mexico.
While, Villanueva (27-0, 14 KOs) is a boxer who comes from an unanimous decision victory last February 7, 2015, over former world champion Julio Cesar Miranda. In 2014, Villanueva scored two wins by decision over Mexico’s Fernando Aguilar (unanimous) in March and the Nicaraguan Henry Maldonado (split) in September.
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