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Golden Boy/Showtime Doublerheader: One step closer to Abner Mares – Leo Santa Cruz

Abner Mares and Jhonny GonzalezThe newly renamed StubHub Center has been the mecca of boxing in southern California and this Showtime Doubleheader will only add to the recent string of action fights. From a matchmaking standpoint this card will produce fireworks to entertain the viewers at home. It also features top prospect talent for the paying customer live at the event. Will it be just a showcase to further drum up attention for the Mares vs. Santa Cruz fight, or will there be some unforeseen drama that happens when fans, promoters, and fighters have one eye on the future without fully focusing on the present?

Abner Mares faces a hardened vet in Jhonny Gonzalez, an awkward counterpuncher with plenty of power having scored 46 knockouts in his 54 wins.

Leo Santa Cruz challenges Victor Terrazas for the 1st defense of the belt won in his last fight with Cristian Mijares. If successful it will have been Leo’s second world title in as many weight classes. Continue reading

Abner Mares SHOWTIME Video Feature: From Poverty To Prizefighter To One Of Best P4P

Preview: From growing up in a two-bedroom apartment shared between 11 brothers and sisters to a sprawling new home in Downey, Calif., Abner Mares has risen from poverty to a coveted spot in the top-10 pound-for-pound ranking. But Mares has never forgotten the hard work and sacrifices it’s taken to capture world titles in three divisions and provide a better life for his family. Check out Mares discussing his newfound fame and fortune in this short feature. And don’t miss the WBC Featherweight Champion defending his belt against former two-division world champ Jhonny Gonzalez this Saturday, live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT) immediately following the series premiere of ALL ACCESS: Mayweather vs. Canelo.

Mares vs. Gonzalez Final Press Conference Quotes and Photos

Abner Mares and Jhonny GonzalezCARSON, CALIF. (Aug. 22, 2013) – Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions hosted the final press conference Thursday for the outstanding fight card that will take place this Saturday, Aug. 24, on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT, immediately following the series premiere of ALL ACCESS: Mayweather vs. Canelo) and SHOWTIME EXTREME (8 p.m. ET/PT) from StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.

In Saturday’s main event of an explosive world championship doubleheader on SHOWTIME, undefeated three-time and three-division World Champion Abner Mares (26-0-1, 14 KO’s), of Downey, Calif., by way of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, will defend his WBC Featherweight World Championship against former Two-Division World Champion Jhonny Gonzalez (54-8, 46 KO’s), of Mexico City. Continue reading

Abner Mares vs. Jhonny Gonzalez & Undercard Fighters Media Workout Quotes

mZGwiS-N4zgvJTGRfRTeOgRi1XCN-To0_rU62vydmFk(Photo credit: Golden Boy Promotions) CARSON, CALIF. (Aug. 21, 2013) – Six of the fighters who’ll compete this Saturday, Aug. 24, on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT, Immediately following the series premiere of ALL ACCESS: Mayweather vs. Canelo) and SHOWTIME EXTREME (8 p.m. ET/PT) worked out for the media Tuesday at a jam-packed Fabela Chavez Boxing Center in Carson, Calif.

In Saturday’smainevent on SHOWTIME, undefeated three-time and three-division World Champion Abner Mares (26-0-1, 14 KO’s), of Downey, Calif., by way of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, will defend his WBC Featherweight World Championship against former Two-Division World Champion Jhonny Gonzalez (54-8, 46 KO’s), of Mexico City. Continue reading

Abner Mares vs. Jhonny Gonzalez Full Card Announcement – Dominic Breazeale, Joseph Diaz Jr. and Antonio Orozco Highlighted On SHOWTIME EXTREME

CARSON, CALIF. (Aug. 21, 2013) – Rising junior welterweight star Antonio “Relentless” Orozco and two highly regarded members of the Olympic class of 2012, Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz Jr. and Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale will get a glimpse of the national spotlight this Saturday, Aug. 24 when they step into the ring at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., live on SHOWTIME EXTREME (8 p.m. ET/PT), followed by the live SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®(10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT, immediately following the series premiere of ALL ACCESS: Mayweather vs. Canelo) doubleheader featuring two world championship matches.

In an eight-round heavyweight bout, Los Angeles’ unbeaten Breazeale faces St. Catherine, Jamaica’s Lenroy “TNT” Thomas. Plus, Diaz, of South El Monte, Calif., looks to keep his perfect record intact in a six-round featherweight bout against Phoenix’s Noel Mendoza and in a 10-round junior welterweight attraction, San Diego’s Orozco faces seasoned opponent Ivan Hernandez. Continue reading

Abner Mares, Jhonny Gonzalez, Leo Santa Cruz & Victor Terrazas media conference call transcript

Richard Schaefer

Thank you very much and thank you all media members to be on the call, thank you to both fighters to be on the call. I remember a couple years ago we did a card called Action Heroes and then we, of course, just had another one a few weeks ago, Knockout Kings 2 and I think this card here from the Stub Hub Center would certainly fit perfectly into either one of those cards. Because one thing, which is for sure, that night, on Saturday night the 24th of August from Stub Hub Center, fists will fly, it will be heavy action and it’s going to be a tremendous night of boxing again. Continue reading

Abner Mares and Leo Santa Cruz quotes from Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (July 12, 2013) – At a press conference in Los Angeles on Thursday, Golden Boy Promotions formally announced a world championship doubleheader that will take place Saturday, Aug. 24, at StubHub Center (formerly The Home Depot Center) in Carson, Calif. and which will be televised live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT). Continue reading

Abner Mares vs. Jhonny Gonzalez and Leo Santa Cruz vs. Victor Terrazas on August 24th on Showtime

1413LOS ANGELES (July 11, 2013) – On the verge of becoming boxing’s next superstar, Three-Time, Three-Division World Champion and current WBC Featherweight World Champion Abner Mares has remarkably won three divisional world titles in less than two years. On Saturday, August 24, he will return home to Southern California to defend his title against a man hungry to take that belt back, former Two-Division World Champion Jhonny Gonzalez at StubHub Center in Carson in a fight which will be televised live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®(10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT). Continue reading

Mares vs. Gonzalez and Santa Cruz vs. Terrazas close for Aug. 24 on Showtime

Abner Mares vs Anselmo MorenoEspn.com writer Dan Rafael is reporting that a Championship doubleheader featuring Abner Mares vs. Jhonny Gonzalez and Victor Terrazas vs. Leo Santa Cruz is very close to being official. The fights would take place on August 24th and be broadcasted by Showtime Sports.

Since Golden Boy Promotions recently won the purse bid for the Terrazas vs. Santa Cruz fight, which will open up the broadcast, the only thing left is finalizing the fight between all action fighter Abner Mares and former champion Jhonny Gonzalez.

From the sounds of it the fight is just a matter of days away from being done. On Tuesday night Golden Boy C.E.O Richard Schafer told ESPN.com “There are no particular outstanding issues with Mares and Gonzalez. Both fighters want to fight and I’m just trying to finalize everything.” Continue reading

Abner Mares, Leo Santa Cruz and J’Leon Love Win On Mayweather/Guerrero Undercard

17Abner Mares dethroned defending WBC Featherweight World Champion Daniel Ponce De Leon to win a world title in a third division. Mares (26-0-1, 14 KO’s) knocked down Ponce De Leon (44-5, 35 KO’s) twice en route to a ninth round (2:20) technical knockout victory.

Undefeated Leo Santa Cruz (24-0-1, 14 KO’s) put on a dominating performance in his first fight at 122-pounds, knocking down Alexander Munoz (36-5, 28 KO’s) three times en route to a fifth-round technical knockout win (1:05). The former IBF Bantamweight World Champion picked apart Munoz, a former world title challenger, in a scheduled 10-round bout that was never in doubt.

In the opening bout of the SHOWTIME PPV telecast, J’Leon Love (16-0, 8 KO’s) overcame the bout’s lone knockdown to score a 10-round split decision over the game Gabriel Rosado (21-7, 13 KO’s) by the scores of 97-92, 95-94 and 94-95. Continue reading