Lara-Smith card official for May 2

By Togorashi Las Vegas will be the center of the boxing universe Cinco de Mayo weekend and kicking it off a fight card at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino when FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes feature a tripleheader …

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ERISLANDY LARA TO DEFEND TITLE AGAINST FORMER WORLD CHAMPION ISHE SMITH IN THE MAIN EVENT OF MAY 2 FOX SPORTS 1 AND FOX DEPORTES

By ES Boxing LAS VEGAS (March 25) – Las Vegas will be the center of the boxing universe Cinco de Mayo weekend and kicking it off will be an action-packed night of fights at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino when FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes feature a tripleheader that includes two World Championship bouts just one night before “THE MOMENT: Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana” takes place at MGM Grand. In the 12-round main event, the WBA Super Welterweight title is on the line when Cuban star Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara defends the belt against Las Vegas’ own former World Champion Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith. Plus, rising lightweight star Mickey “The Spirit” Bey Jr. will meet hard-hitting Mexican veteran Alan “Explosivo” Herrera in a 10-round matchup and in the televised opener, Argentina’s Jesus Cuellar squares off with former World Champion Rico Ramos in a 12-round bout for Cuellar’s WBA Interim Featherweight World Title. Lara vs. Smith, a 12-round bout for Lara’s WBA Super Welterweight World Title, is presented by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions and is sponsored by Corona and O’Reilly Auto Parts. The FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes broadcast airs live at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. Tickets, priced at $95, $65, $35 and $25, not including applicable service charges and taxes,go on sale tomorrow, […]

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Keith Thurman, Lucas Matthysse, Omar Figueroa on April 26 tripleheader

By Lem Satterfield

Welterweight boxer-puncher Keith “One Time” Thurman will fight two-time lightweight titlewinner Julio Diaz in the main event of a Showtime-televised tripleheader on April 26 at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. THE RING’s No. 1-rated junior welterweight Lucas Matthysse faces rugged lightweight puncher John Molina, and WBC lightweight titleholder Omar Figueroa Jr. will face spolier Jerry Belmontes, Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer informed RingTV.com on Tuesday.

Thurman (22-0, 20 knockouts), a 25-year-old from Clearwater, Fla., scored a ninth-round technical knockout over veteran gatekeeper Jesus Soto Karass, who was floored once each in the fifth and final rounds of their bout in December. In his previous bout, last July, Thurman scored a 10th-round knockout of previously unbeaten Argentine Diego Chaves, whom he dropped once each in the ninth and final rounds.

Although the 34-year-old Diaz (40-9-1, 29 KOs) is 0-2-1 in his past three fights, those bouts were a draw and a unanimous decision loss against unbeaten current IBF beltholder Shawn Porter and a close decision setback to former titleholder Amir Khan.

In succession, Diaz drew with Porter in December 2012, floored Khan in the fourth round in April of last year, and was outpointed in December by Porter, whose next bout was a unanimous decision that dethroned Devon Alexander in December.

“I think that Keith Thurman against Julio Diaz is one of those fights where, obviously, Keith is the favorite, but Julio Diaz is a fighter who always comes to fight. It seems like those fighters from the Coachella Valley and from Riverside, like Josesito Lopez and Mauricio Herera and Julio Diaz, they love to be spoilers,” said Schaefer, referring to Lopez’s knockout of Victor Ortiz, and Herrera’s majority decision loss to RING 140-pound champion Danny Garcia.

“Just when Julio Diaz went over to England and fought Amir Khan, he realizes that this is a tremendous opportunity for him. He always comes to fight, and Keith Thurman is obviously considered to be one of the big names and one of the fast emerging stars at 147. Plus, Keith has a big target on his back, just like Danny Garcia did a few weeks ago in Puerto Rico. These guys who are considered to be opponents are suddenly are not just opponents, but guys who want to capture the opportunity. I know that Julio Diaz is exactly like that.”

Thurman-Diaz will happen after an April 19 defense by Porter against two-time titleholder Paulie Malignaggi. In addition, on May 3, RING 147-pound champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. defends against WBA counterpart Marcos Maidana, Khan will fight ex-welterweight titleholder Luis Collazo, and former beltholder Adrian Broner meets Carlos Molina.

“I know that Thurman is happy to be in the mix around the time frame that Porter and Malignaggi are fighting,” said Schaefer. “Then, on May 3, many of the other welterweights will be in action. So I think that it’s important for Keith Thurman to be in that group, and he’s happy to be back in the ring.”

A 31-year-old Argentine, Matthysse (34-2, 32 KOs) was last in the ring in September when he was dropped in the 11th round of a unanimous decision loss to unbeaten Garcia, the RING, WBA and WBC junior welterweight champion.

Before falling to Garcia, Matthysse had built a 4-2 record (with four knockouts) against six current or former titleholders, having floored all of them.

Last May, Matthysse registered three knockdowns during a third round stoppage of IBF 140-pound beltholder Lamont Peterson in a non-title bout for his sixth straight knockout win.

Molina (27-3, 22 KOs), meanwhile, is 3-2 with three knockouts in his past five bouts, the first of which was a first-round stoppage loss to former titleholder Antonio DeMarco in September 2012.

Molina split his next two bouts, stopping Dannie Williams in the first round last January before falling by majority decision to Andrey Klimov in June.

But the 31-year-old Southern Californian has knocked out his past two opponents, coming from behind to stop previously unbeaten Mickey Bey in the 10th round last July, and knocking out Jorge Pimentel in the second round in November.

“Matthysse against John Molina is going to be exciting toe-to-toe action, because John Molina always comes to fight,” said Schaefer. “With Matthysse, you never have a boring fight. After this fight, Matthysse is going to be weighing his options concerning whether he’s going to remain at 140 or whether he’s going to want to move up to 147.”

The 24-year-old Figuroa (22-0-1, 17 KOs) had to pull out of a scheduled March 8 defense of his WBC 135-pound defense against Ricardo Alvarez due to a hand injury, but said that his hand is recovering.

An all-action, fan-friendly fighter, Figueroa won his belt against Nihito Arakawa, flooring the Japanese veteran twice during a unanimous decision in August.

March 8 was a banner night for the 25-year-old Belmontes (19-3, 5 KOs), who spoiled the U.S. debut of previously unbeaten Will Tomlinson of Australia. Figuroa of Weslaco, Texas, never has beaten amateur nemesis Belmontes, of Corpus Christi, Texas.

“We have the opening bout with Omar Figueroa, who is one of the most exciting fighters in the sport, against Jerry Belmontes, who had a big win against Tomlinson,” said Schaefer.

“So that’s going to be a very entertaining and exciting fight. To have Omar Figueroa, followed by Lucas Matthysse, and then, Keith Thurman, all in one night, I can tell you that this is going to be, top-to-bottom, one of the most exciting cards we have done in a while.”

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Manny Pacquiao focused on Tim Bradley, not fight officials

By Lem Satterfield

Which Manny Pacquiao will show up for his April 12 rematch with WBO welterweight titleholder Tim Bradley?

Will it be the the one who went for the knockout only to be left flattened, face-first, and unconscious following a sixth-round stoppage loss to 147-pound rival Juan Manuel Marquez in December 2012, or the version that fought smart, some would say cautiously, during his subsequent unanimous decision over Brandon Rios in his last fight in November?

The answer may depend on how much Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 knockouts) has been effected by his last meeting with Bradley, who dethroned him by disputed split-decision in June 2012 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, site of his loss to Marquez as well as his return bout with Bradley on HBO Pay Per View.

“I’m not angry after the decision. I understand that with the officials, nobody’s perfect in this world. I have to understand that it’s part of boxing. I wasn’t bothered after that fight,” Pacquiao said during a Tuesday conference call with media members.

“I went home and the reaction of the people was not negative, it was positive, so, they understood that I won the fight… We’re not focusing on a knockout. Our focus is to put more discipline into it and to throw a lot of punches. If the knockout comes, then it comes. I just want to prove that I still have the hunger and the killer instinct.”

Although Bradley-Pacquiao I was considered the most controversial big fight outcome in many years, Pacquiao, his trainer Freddie Roach and Top Rank CEO Bob Arum insist he is over it.

“There’s nothing to get mad over,” said Roach. “It’s part of life, winning and losing, and revenge is great, and that’s what we have a chance to do here. We have a shot at reversing that bad decision and to get the win this time, and hopefully, if everything goes well and we fight the right fight, then we’ll knock this guy out,”

“The thing is it was so easy for him in the early rounds that in the later rounds, he wasn’t throwing combinations like he usually does, he was just throwing single punches and kind of just going through the motions because he thought that he was way ahead. But we needed a little more aggressiveness. We need to fight three minutes of every round. I think that if we’re able to fight at a fast pace like that, then we’ll be able to shock Bradley along the way.”

Bradley was awarded the decision by scores of 115-113 on the cards of official judges C.J. Ross and Duane Ford, Jerry Roth had the same score for Pacquiao and an informal poll of 51 writers favored Pacquiao over Bradley, 48-3.

“That decision was two years ago, and you’re not going to change the decision,” said Arum. “You just go on with your life, and you do the best that you can in a fight that’s going to take place on April 12. So would you be excorcised any more by a decision that happened years ago. It was what it was.

“You move on. I think that we all feel that way. Whatever it was, it was. Duane Ford is no longer judging. C.J. retired in disgrace after another crazy decision, and hopefully, the Nevada Commission will appoint judges from all over the world for this fight that will give a fair result if the fight doesn’t end in a knockout.”

Since Bradley-Pacquiao I, the search has been on for a replacement for Keith Kizer, who has resigned in January as the NSAC’s executive director.

The commission has announced its 10 finalists for Kizer’s position, and NSAC chairman Francisco Aguilar hopes to have one in place before Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s May 3 welterweight unification bout with Marcos Maidana at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

“We have circulated, to both camps, a list of proposed judges, and it’s a big list. So we’re giving the camps the opportunity to knock off referees and judges,” said Arum.

“We have no executive director, but I have an 11:00 a.m. call with the chairman, Franciso Aguilar, to give him the results of the input from both camps. Then, the commission, I think, has a meeting sometime in early April where they will actually select the referee and the judges.”

Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs), for his part, has vowed that he would redeem himself with a more emphatic win. In his last two fights, Bradley took considerable punishment but outpointed Ruslan Provodnikov via close unanimous decision in March 2013 before earning a split-decision over Marquez last October.

“This fight’s definitely bigger than the first one… I want to thank Pacquiao and his whole team for coming to terms to make this fight happen. This fight is basically redemption for me. I feel, deeply, in my heart, that I won the first fight,” said Bradley, who received death threats in the aftermath of their first bout, during an earlier interview.

“I know that everybody out here don’t feel that I won the fight. I know they don’t feel that I want the fight. I didn’t get any credit for the first fight. So, this fight is basically redemption for me. I’m going to beat Manny Pacquiao to get the credit that I didn’t get in the first fight. That’s the bottom line.”

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“MARAVILLA” DOCUMENTARY ON BOXING CHAMP SERGIO MARTINEZ TO PREMIERE AT TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL SATURDAY, APRIL 19, 2014

By DiBella Entertainment New York (March 25, 2013) – “MARAVILLA,” the documentary, based on the struggle of Middleweight Champion Sergio Martinez to reclaim his crown in boxing, will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by AT&T, on Saturday, April 19, 2014. The film is included in the Viewpoints section of TFF, as well as part of the lineup for the eighth annual Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival, sponsored by Mohegan Sun. The official trailer for the film is now available to view and share on YouTube at http://youtu.be/m5UfkYbMkRQ Director Juan Cadaveira gained access to the closed doors of boxing – actual negotiations, the politics of championship organizations, TV network issues and the vulnerable physical condition of an aging champion. The 80-minute character-driven documentary is a true insider look that follows Sergio in every step of his battles inside and outside the ring. Along with thrilling footage of Sergio’s mastery inside the ring and the persistent efforts by his team to keep him at the top, the film goes beyond the guts and glory of a common boxing tale. “MARAVILLA” reveals an unforgettable man who uses ambition, adaptability, relentless determination and integrity to navigate through a business that is attempting to control his fate. The documentary captures the grueling physical and mental demands on Sergio. Viewers are invited into his dressing room, his […]

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Broner to face Molina on ‘Money’ undercard

By Dan Rafael Adrien Broner was knocked down twice, roughed up and lost his welterweight title to Marcos Maidana by decision in a December upset. Maidana parlayed the huge victory into a lucrative unification fight with pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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Khan says Mayweather told him he’d one of his last three fights

By Rob Smith Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO’s) says he received a personal phone call from Floyd Mayweather Jr. recently and told by him that he’d be one of his last three fights of his career. Mayweather didn’t say at which point that Khan would get a fight against him, but it’s likely to be sooner rather than later depending on how things go with Khan’s fight against veteran Luis Collazo on the undercard of Mayweather’s unification bout against WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana on May 3rd. The chances are high that if Khan destroys Collazo in impressive fashion, he’ll wind up facing Mayweather at the end of the year if Khan’s schedule permits. “A couple of weeks ago, Floyd came on the phone and said, ‘Hey champ, how are you doing?’ That was a great opening line, and it showed he is a respectful guy away from the camera,” Khan said to the Daily Mail. “He then said, ‘That didn’t happen, but don’t be disappointed. You are one of the names I want to fight, and I know you are a big star. The fight will happen.’ He said he’s got three fights left in his career and that I would be one of them.” So there it is. Khan has been personally told by Mayweather that he’ll get his big fight […]

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