Boxing Insider Notebook: Garcia, Mayweather, GGG, Frampton, Chavez Jr., Tyson, and more…
By: William Holmes
The following is the Boxing Insider notebook for the week of June 9th to June 16th, covering the comings and goings in the sport of boxing that you might have missed.
Danny Garcia Set to Face Paulie Malignaggi on August 1st
Danny Garcia (30-0) is set to face Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi (33-6) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY as part of the Premier Boxing Champions Series on ESPN on August 1st, 2015.
“It’s going to be a great fight against Paulie on August 1st,” said Garcia. “I’m looking forward to getting in the ring again, in my fifth appearance at Barclays Center, and putting on a great show for the East Coast fans in attendance and the fans watching all over the world. By the end of the night, I will still be the undefeated Danny ‘Swift” Garcia. To all of the fans that love me, I love you too. This is for you.”
“Although I have a ton of respect for Danny and his father Angel, both for what they’ve accomplished in the ring as well as the bond they share as father/son, I, like them, am a competitor through and through and in this sport it’s all about testing yourself against the elite. So I look forward to defending my home turf of Brooklyn and matching my skills against Danny’s at Barclays Center on August 1st.”
Floyd Mayweather Jr. Rips Triple GGG to TMZ
Floyd Mayweather Jr. has told TMZ Sports that Gennady Golovkin is running his mouth for a payday and is way out of his league. Golovkin has previously told TMZ that Mayweather is his dream fight and that he is certain that he would win if they ever got in the ring together.
Mayweather’s camp responded by saying, “Everyone in boxing wants to fight Floyd. It’s the biggest payday they could possibly have.” They went on to state,” Golovkin has never fought a top opponent in his whole career…we’re surprised you guys would even have him on your show to be honest.”
J’Leon Love to Face Jason Escalera, Rhodes to Face Robinson
J’Leon Love (19-1) is set to face New Jersey’s Jason Escalera (15-3) in the Super Middleweight Division on Sunday, June 21st at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. This bout will complement the Premier Boxing Champions show on CBS beginning at 4pm ET. The televised bouts will be Sammy Vasquez facing off against Wale Omotoso and a main event between Rances Barthelemy and Antonio DeMarco.
Undefeated junior welterweight Lydell Rhodes (23-0) is set to face Jared Robinson (15-2) in an eight round junior welterweight bout.
Other boxers scheduled to appear on undercard include Andrew Tabiti (9-0), Ronald Gavril (12-1), and Lanell Bellows (12-1-1). Tickets are available online at www.ticketmaster.com
Mike Tyson Financial Advisor Charged with Fraud
Jonathan Stemple and Sarah N. Lynch of Reuters has reported that the SEC has charged the former chief o a financial services firm owned by Live Nation Entertainment has been charged by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission with stealing $670,000 from his clients. Brian Ourand,53, was previously accused of embezzling from former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson.
SFX, a Washing-based firm that serves current and former athletes, fired Ourand after they learned that Ourand has misappropriated assets after a client complained he could not use one of his credit cards.
Carl Frampton to Make US Debut on July 18th
British superstar Carl Frampton (20-0) will make his U.S. professional debut when he takes on Alejandro Gonzalez Jr. (25-1-2) on Premier Boxing Champions on CBS on July 18th from the Don Haskins Center at UTEP in El Paso, Texas.
Also featured in televised action will be Chris Arreola (36-4), who will be returning to the ring for the first time since March.
“It’s an honor to be making my U.S. debut on CBS,” said Frampton. “I’ve accomplished a lot in my career and I’m looking forward to even more success starting July 18. It’s going to be a great afternoon for all of the fight fans watching.”
“I’m thrilled to be fighting Carl Frampton in El Paso, Texas and I promise I will leave everything in the ring,” said Gonzalez Jr. “I know there will be lots of Mexican fans there supporting me and my plan is to fight hard and take away Frampton’s perfect record.”
“I can’t wait to get back in the ring and show my skills on CBS,” said Arreola. “I’m about excitement and I know that everyone who comes out in El Paso and everyone watching on television will get an entertaining fight.”
Tureano Johnson Wants Golovkin and Cotto
Tueano Johnson (18-1) is looking for the biggest possible fights in the middleweight division. He is currently raned WBC #2, WBA #3, IBF #8, and WO #13 and is riding a for fight win streak. His only loss was a controversial TKO loss to Curtis Stevens in which most felt he was winning at the time of the stoppage in the final round.
“I want all the champions in the middleweight division,” said Tureano Johnson, “GGG, Cotto, bring them on. Both guys are looking for opponents and I’m right here waiting. I’m highly ranked across the board so theres no reason why these fights can’t be made. I see flaws in both fighters that I know I can exploit. My promoter Gary Shaw is working hard to get me a big fight and I’m confident I’ll be back in the ring against a top level fighter soon.”
Robert Guerrero Donates 100K to BFC Foundation
This weekend Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero hosted the first inaugural fundraiser for the BFC (Breathe for Caley) foundation at Uesugi Farms Pumpkin Park in San Martin, California. Robert Guerrero donated 100k to the non-profit organization, which grants chronically ill kids with a wish of their choice, to kick off their first event.
The first recipient of a wish, 13 year old Maria Fajardo, who received a double lung transplant, was granted her wish to attend an Oakland Raiders game with her donor family. They will receive VIP tickets and field passes to a Raiders home game n 2015.
“This was a very special day for everyone involved with the BFC Foundation,” said Robert Guerrero. “We’ve all worked really hard to get this non-profit organization off he ground and I wanted to show my gratitude by donating to the cause. It brings me great pleasure to see these kids get a wish of their choosing. Caley Camarillo was dear to my heart and her love and legacy will live on through her foundation. This first event was a great success and many more will follow. I want to thank all the board members, volunteers, sponsors, and everyone who attended for making this a wonderful time.”
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Returns to the Ring July 18th
Mexican superstar Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (48-2-1) will return to the ring to face Marco Reyes (33-2) on Showtime Championship Boxing on Saturday, July 18th at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas.
The co-main event of the evening will be between Puerto Rican Olympian McJoe Arroyo (16-0) and Arthur Villanueva (27-0) of the Philippines for the IBF Bantamweight Championship.
“Thanks to SHOWTIME for putting together this great fight,” said Chavez. “Reyes is a Mexican warrior and this will be a tough battle for me. This guy likes to brawl. But at 168 pounds I am the best and will prove it with a great victory for my fans.”
“I’m looking forward to this huge opportunity against Chavez Jr. on July 18 in El Paso,” said Reyes. “Fighting another Mexican, especially a Chavez, is huge motivation for me. I want to put on a great show for all the Mexican fans who will be watching. I will be the better man on July 18.”
Roy Jones Jr. to Headline Knockout Season 2 Fight Card
Former four-division world champion and future Hall of Famer Roy Jones Jr. (61-8) will continue his quest towards a world title in a fifth weight class on August 15th. Jones, who has reeled off 7 victories in a row, will headline Knockout Season 2’s live fight card at the Foxwoods Hotel and Casino and will be broadcast live on Fuse/NuvoTV. Jones also served as the host of Knockout’s second season.
The 46-hear-old Jones, who has captured world titles as a middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight, is working his way towards a title shot at cruiserweight to complete the quinfecta. He is also scheduled to fight on August 29th and said that he loves keeping a busy schedule.
“I am going to fight on Knockout on the 15th and then again on the 29th. I did two (fights) in March and I am liking how it feels so I am going to do two again in August and see how that feels. If I like how it feels then I will do it again maybe two or three weeks apart,” said Jones.
The Pensacola, Fla. native said that he wants to bring back the old school when like fighters like Sugar Ray Robinson and Jake LaMotta faced each other twice in a three week span. A lot of today’s fighters struggle to get in two fights in a year, let alone in a month.
“See, they are getting away from the old school stuff. I want to take it back to old school boxing where they used to fight every three weeks. Those were guys that were true fighters. I like that. I want to see how it feels,” said Jones. “You can’t do that now because of technology and the rules but I want to prove that I am the only old school OG around, you feel me?
David Price’s European Title Challenge Set for July 17th
David Price (19-2, 16 KOs) will travel to Stuttgart, Germany on July 17 to challenge Erkan Teper (14-0, 9 KOs) for the vacant European Heavyweight title. Contracts have been signed and venue and ticketing details will be announced shortly.
Price is currently recovering from a minor neck injury, that left the former British and Commonwealth champion unable to compete in a scheduled ‘homecoming’ fight at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on June 26.
Already back in the gym and set to resume full training next week, the 31 year-old insists he is ready to make history by becoming the first heavyweight from Liverpool to claim the European crown.
‘’This is an absolutely massive fight for me,’’ said Price. ‘’To win the European title, and to become the first heavyweight from Liverpool to do it, would mean the world to me. It’s something no one could ever take away from me and would confirm my credentials as a world title contender.
Herrera vs. Lundy Tickets on Sale
On July 11th, 2015 at the LA Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California Mauricio Herrera will take on Hank Lndy in a ten rond bout for the vacant NABF Super Lightweight Championship. The card will also feature 2012 US Olympian Joseph Diaz Jr. as well as Michael Perez and Sharif Bogere.
Tickets are start at the price of $10 and can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com