Bellator NYC: Sonnen vs. Silva Will Air in Select Movie Theaters

By Dana Becker Fans unable to get to Madison Square Garden for Bellator NYC: Sonnen vs. Silva can still experience the event in a different atmosphere as select movie theaters around the U.S. will air the card. Fathom Events will help broadcast the June 24 pay-per-view from New York City in over 350 select movie theaters. Tickets can […]

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Combate 15 Will Feature Rodrigo Vargas vs. Danny Ramirez From Mexico City

By Dana Becker Combate Americas returns to Mexico City for Combate 15, as Rodrigo Vargas takes on Danny Ramirez in the main event. The card will go down June 30 at 10 p.m. ET from the Azteca America. “Since we brought the Combate Americas live event series to Mexico for the first time in January,” Combate Americas CEO […]

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De La Hoya warns fans off Conor-Floyd ‘circus’

De La Hoya warns fans off Conor-Floyd ‘circus’

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Randy Caballero faces Oscar Negrete on June 30 on ESPN

By Mike Coppinger

A second June edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN is set.
Randy Caballero will take on Oscar Negrete in the 10-round main event on June 30 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in his birthplace of Indio, California, it was announced Thursday. It will be Golden Boy Promotions’ 50th event at the venue.
Caballero traveled to Monaco and topped Stuart Hall to win a vacant bantamweight title in 2014. “El Matador” never defended the title, though. He was set to face Lee Haskins on the Canelo Alvarez-Miguel Cotto undercard in November 2015, but Caballero missed weight by a mile and the fight was off, and with it, he was stripped of the 118-pound belt.
Now competing four pounds north, he hopes to established himself at junior featherweight.
“I’ve told everyone who will listen that my goal is to regain a world championship belt, and this is another step on that path,” Caballero (24-0, 14 knockouts) said. “I know my opponent is undefeated, but he’s never been in the ring with anyone close to my ability, and I’m confident that I’m going to take his ‘0′ on June 30.”
Negrete, who lives in Los Angeles, remained undefeated after decision victory over Victor Ruiz on the Canelo-Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. undercard. Now, the Colombian is stepping up in competition.
“I’m excited to compete for my first regional belt, especially on ESPN,” Negrete (16-0, 6 KOs) said. “People may overlook me, but after June 30, everyone will know that I am a force in the super bantamweight division.”
Lamont Roach Jr. will compete in the 10-round co-feature, though no opponent is set. A standout amateur in his native Washington, D.C., Roach (13-0, 5 KOs) is on the rise at 130 pounds.
The June 30 Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN will air on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes (10:00 p.m. ET/ 7:00 p.m. PT).
Other prospects on the card include, Ryan Martin, KeAndre Gibson, who is coming off the first loss of his career (to Antonio Orozco), and Genaro Gamez.
Former featherweight champion Jorge Paez will be the VIP guest at Fantasy Springs that night.

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Oscar De La Hoya implores boxing fans to boycott Mayweather-McGregor

By Mike Coppinger

Oscar De La Hoya knows the sport still hasn’t fully recovered from the letdown — debacle, even — that was the long-awaited 2015 clash between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao.

Now it appears inevitable Mayweather will come out of retirement for a massive-money showdown this fall with UFC star Conor McGregor. McGregor already signed his end of the deal with UFC founder Dana White, and now it’s up to “Money” to come to terms.

With all the money that stands to be made for what should amount to more “easy work” for Mayweather, as the 49-0 fighter likes to say, it would be a surprise if this fight fell apart at the 11th hour.

The Golden Boy Promotions Chairman/CEO and Hall of Fame boxer hopes the fight won’t take place but isn’t naive. So De La Hoya did the only thing he could: He sent a loud-and-clear message to his legion of fans via Facebook on Thursday.

To my fellow boxing fans:

I write in the hopes that together we can protect the sport of boxing.

With each passing day, it looks more and more likely that the circus known as Floyd Mayweather Vs. Conor McGregor will be coming to town in the near future.

As undercard fights start to take form, athletic commissions give their blessings in exchange for millions of dollars and the fighters start counting even more cash, one group will eventually be left to make sure this farce doesn’t occur.

We, the fans, who are the lifeblood of our sport.

Boxing is starting to dig out of the hole that Floyd and Manny Pacquiao shoveled by waiting seven years to put on a fight that ended up being as dull as it was anti-climactic.

2017 has started off as a banner year for boxing. Joshua vs. Klitschko; Thurman vs. Garcia; Golovkin vs. Jacobs; Canelo vs. Chavez. All four of these fights – and many more — have brought the fight game back and reinvigorated interest from the ever-elusive casual fan.

But if you thought Mayweather/Pacquiao was a black eye for our sport – a matchup between two of the best pound-for-pound fighters that simply didn’t deliver — just wait until the best boxer of a generation dismantles someone who has never boxed competitively at any level – amateur or professional.

Our sport might not ever recover.

I fully understand the initial attraction from any fan of combat sports. McGregor is almost certainly the best pound-for-pound MMA fighter. Floyd is Floyd — the most dominant boxer of his time.

But success in one sport does not guarantee success in another. Far from it. And let’s be clear, these are two different sports — from the size of the gloves fighters wear, to the size and shape of the ring, to the fact the one sport allows combatants to use their legs to strike.

Think about it, beyond Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders, what other athlete has successfully competed in two sports in the modern age? And Jackson and Sanders both played both baseball and football throughout their high school and college careers before going professional.

Furthermore, it’s not like McGregor would be fighting a good fighter, let alone a mediocre one. He would be fighting the best. To use a bit of an extreme analogy, I happen to be a pretty good golfer. Could I potentially hold my own on one of the second-tier tours? Maybe. But would I be able to compete with Rory McIlroy, Jordan Speith or Sergio Garcia? Of course not. Nor would I think to try.

Now, I know critics will say that I’m only writing this letter because my company is promoting what will be the culmination of an outstanding boxing year when Canelo Alvarez takes on Gennady “GGG” Golovkin in September, and I don’t want anything to distract attention away from that fight.

But my interest is in the health of boxing as a whole. It always has been. And if Floyd were to come out of retirement to take on someone like Keith “One–time” Thurman, Errol Spence or some other top welterweight, not only would I applaud the fight, I’d be the first one on line for a ticket.

That kind of fight is what the fans – and I am a fan first — deserve.

Which brings me back to the circus.

Floyd’s and Conor’s motivation is clear. It’s money. In fact, they don’t even pretend it’s not. But it’s also a lack of consequences for when the fight ends up being the disaster that is predicted. After this fight, neither of them will need us anymore. Floyd will go back to retirement — presumably for good this time with another nine-figure paycheck — and Conor will go back to the UFC.

It’s a win-win for them. It’s a lose-lose for us. We’ll be $100 lighter and we will have squandered another opportunity to bring boxing back to its rightful place as the sport of kings.

At this point, only we can shut the circus down by making it clear that we won’t pay to see a joke of a fight and telling our casual-fan friends that they shouldn’t either.

Sincerely,

Oscar

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[VIDEO] KELL BROOK THREATENS ERROL SPENCE WITH A FRESHLY BAKED CHOCOLATE BROWNIE; SPENCE LAUGHS AT HIM

FightHype.com was on hand at Bramall Lane in Sheffield, England where IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook and undefeated top contender Errol Spence Jr. held the final press conference in advance of their highly-anticipated showdown. Check out the …… continue reading

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[VIDEO] SAM WATSON WARNS KELL BROOK “ERROL SPENCE IS THE REAL DEAL”; SAYS 2017 WILL BE A GREAT YEAR FOR PBC

“Errol Spence is the real deal…he’ll prove it…it’s gonna be a great fight…PBC is doing great…it’s going to be a great year for PBC,” stated Sam Watson, the face of the PBC, who talked about the highly-anticipated welterweight …… continue reading

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