Statement from Golden Boy Promotions founder and chairman Oscar De la Hoya on Top Rank’s lawsuit against Al Haymon
LOS ANGELES, (July 1, 2015) – Golden Boy Promotions Founder and Chairman Oscar De La Hoya released the following statement today in the wake of Top Rank Boxing’s lawsuit against Al Haymon and his affiliated entities.
“I applaud Bob Arum and Top Rank Boxing for stepping up on behalf of fighters not only in their own stable, but all across the sport. Those like Bob and myself who have spent the bulk of their lives around boxing understand that the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act is a crucial piece of legislation that serves to protect boxers and enhance the sport. Golden Boy Promotions will continue to push forward with our own lawsuit to ensure our wonderful sport continues to grow in a competitive, just manner.”
Background on GBP Lawsuit:
On May 6, 2015, Golden Boy Promotions filed a $300 million lawsuit against Al Haymon and his related companies alleging repeated violation of antitrust laws and the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act. The case was filed in Federal Court in Los Angeles.
Abraham confident of victory: ”Stieglitz has no killer blow!’
With only 17 days to go before Arthur Abraham (42-4, 28 KOs) locks horns with Robert Stieglitz (47-4-1, 27 KOs) in their fourth WBO World Super Middleweight title contest, the champion and his coach Ulli Wegner, yesterday, opened the doors to their training camp at the Olympic Centre in Kienbaum, Germany.
Talking to the media in attendance, Wegner revealed his pleasure at ‘King’ Arthur’s preparations. ‘’Our training has gone better than expected,’’ said the 73 year-old coach. ‘’Arthur has even been sending cruiserweights to the canvas in sparring. Stieglitz has no hope. He knows only one tactic, and that’s just to come forward. Arthur is superior to him in every respect. That’s why I expect a clear victory on July 18. Anything else would be a disaster.’’
Wegner’s confidence is shared by Abraham who is promising a conclusive finish to his fourth encounter with Stielglitz.‘’I have already beaten him twice, and in our second fight I was beaten by injury,’’ said the 35 year-old champion. ‘’I can guarantee that the fourth fight will be our last. Robert throws a lot of punches, but he has no killer blow. Although I cannot promise a KO, I will leave the audience in no doubt over who the better boxer is.’’
As an added incentive Wegner has given his fighter the following ultimatum: ‘’If Arthur loses this fight, it’s over!’’ Revealing that should he lose the star coach would leave his pupil and advise him to hang up his gloves. To which, Abraham declared: ‘’I will not lose! I plan on continuing my career for at least another two years and then retiring along with my coach and my world championship belt.’’
Arthur Abraham’s WBO World Super Middleweight title defence against Robert Stieglitz takes place on July 18 at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle. Tickets are available by calling the Gerry Weber Ticket Centre on (+49) 5201 81 80 or online via gerryweber-world.de and tickethall.de. All the action will be shown live on SAT.1 in Germany and Sky Sports in the UK.
PAULIE MALIGNAGGI, DANIEL JACOBS, HEATHER HARDY & TRAVIS PETERKIN CELEBRATE NATIONAL CREATIVE ICE CREAM FLAVOR DAY AT BLUE MARBLE ICE CREAM IN BROOKLYN WITH ICE CREAM FLAVORS NAMED AFTER THEM
BROOKLYN (July 1, 2015) – To celebrate National Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day, fighters competing on the August 1 Premier Boxing Champions card at Barclays Center visited Blue Marble Ice Cream in Brooklyn today where they sampled and served ice cream named after themselves.
Below were the fighters in attendance along with their ice cream flavor:
Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi – “Magic Peanut Butter Paulie” – Peanut Butter Ice Cream laced with Dark Chocolate Confetti
Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs – “The Miracle Midnight Cookie Man” – Chocolate Mint Ice Cream with Organic Cookie
Heather “The Heat” Hardy – “Feel The Heat” – Dark Chocolate Ice Cream with Organic Spices and Dark Chocolate Chips
Travis “The Notorious” Peterkin – “The Nutorious Butterpeterkin” -Butter-n-Salt Ice Cream with Organic Missouri Pecans
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, are priced at $250, $150, $75 and $45, not including applicable service charges and taxes, and are on sale now. Tickets are available at www.barclayscenter.com, www.ticketmaster.com and at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. To charge by phone, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. For group tickets, please call 800-GROUP-BK.
Malignaggi (33-6, 7 KOs) will face undefeated Danny “Swift” Garcia (30-0, 17 KOs) in the headlining event on ESPN.
“Any ice cream in the summer time is great ice cream, so no complaints there. The ‘Magic Peanut Butter Paulie’ was delicious,” said Malignaggi. “I live for big moments in my career, like August 1. I love the packed arena and a high adrenaline atmosphere in my hometown. We’re going to be fighting in the second PBC on ESPN card and back at Barclays Center, which always draws a great crowd for these PBC cards. Garcia and I always attract a huge crowd when we’ve fought so it makes all the sense in the world for us to make this fight. I look forward to the challenge.”
Jacobs (29-1, 26 KOs) will defend his title against former world champion Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora (28-3-2, 9 KOs) in the televised opener on ESPN beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
“The ‘Miracle Midnight Cookie Man’ was very good. My family and I love ice cream, so I was glad that I got to bring them out as well. My flavor was my top choice out of all the creative flavors though, so I’m very happy,” said Jacobs. “I’ve very excited about August 1 and to be back home. I’ve had an opportunity to fight at Barclays Center several times before, and each time is getting bigger and bigger. I’m excited to be back in that good energy, fighting a seasoned veteran in Sergio Mora who will give me a stern test, but I’m looking to capitalize on my experience and defend my belt again successfully.”
Hardy (13-0, 2 KOs) and Peterkin (15-0, 7 KOs) will compete in separate undercard bouts on August 1 at Barclays Center.
“‘Feel The Heat’ was so good. They put cinnamon in it for me, and I put cinnamon on everything, so it was great,” said Hardy. “I’m so excited to be back at Barclays Center again on another PBC card. When I saw on my news feed that Barclays Center was getting this fight I called Lou’s (DiBella) office and said, ‘I want on that card!’ And I didn’t stop. Every day I was asking to be added. So I’m very happy to be back in Brooklyn and fighting at Barclays Center again.”
“‘The Notorious Butterpeterkin’ was definitely my favorite creative flavor. It tastes great, and because of this I’ll be sparring about 10 rounds today and doing some extra running later tonight,” said Peterkin. “Being on this card is a huge deal for me. I was born and raised in Brooklyn. I remember before Barclays Center was even built. I watched everything go up, and then I actually worked at Barclays Center too. So this will be great being part of such a big PBC event.”
HBO Sports’ Summer Festival of Boxing Programming begins July 7 on HBO2
Recognized as sports television’s best storyteller and the leading TV platform for boxing in the U.S., HBO Sports presents four of its acclaimed boxing documentaries and an Emmy®-nominated HBO Films drama on consecutive Tuesday evenings this summer on HBO2. Featuring HBO Sports’ trademark blend of unseen archival footage, home movies, revealing interviews and unique storytelling, the festival launches July 7 with the powerful ALI-FRAZIER I: ONE NATION… DIVISIBLE, a Peabody Award winner, and concludes Aug. 4 with MUHAMMAD ALI’S GREATEST FIGHT.
ALI-FRAZIER I: ONE NATION… DIVISIBLE (July 7, 5:00 p.m. ET/PT) chronicles the remarkable events and personalities surrounding the fight that defined the cultural divide of the United States in the ‘60s and early ‘70s. In what many boxing observers considered “The Fight of the Century,” the two undefeated heavyweights met at New York’s Madison Square Garden for a contest that was much more than a title bout. The documentary received a George Foster Peabody Award in 2001.
LEGENDARY NIGHTS: THE TALE OF GATTI-WARD (July 14, 5:30 p.m.) is a fresh look at one of boxing’s greatest rivalries, the three-fight slugfest between Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward, which aired on HBO. Mark Wahlberg, who played Micky Ward on the big screen, narrates the 2013 presentation.
TAPIA (July 21, 6:30 p.m.) uses first-person narration and archival footage to explore the achievements, personal demons and ultimate redemption of former five-time world champion Johnny Tapia, who died in 2012 at age 45. Narrated by Liev Schreiber, the 2014 film takes an intimate look at Tapia’s life from an impoverished upbringing in New Mexico to the height of ring glory.
JOE LOUIS: AMERICA’S HERO… BETRAYED (July 28, 4:45 p.m.) tells the story of the legendary boxer and his tremendous impact on segregated America. The 2008 documentary reveals how the grandson of slaves became one of the greatest heavyweights of all time, served as an iconic figure in World War II and endured numerous setbacks with dignity and class.
MUHAMMAD ALI’S GREATEST FIGHT (Aug. 4, 6:15 p.m.) looks at the former heavyweight champion’s historic battle with the United States’ Supreme Court after refusing to be drafted for the Vietnam War at the height of his career. Starring Christopher Plummer, Frank Langella and Benjamin Walker, the 2013 HBO Films drama was nominated for two Emmys®, including Outstanding Television Movie and Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special (Stephen Frears).
Following its Tuesday night presentation on HBO2, each film will also be available on HBO On Demand®.
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