Daniel Ponce De Leon
Boxing’s mega-star, undefeated, Eight-Time, Five-Division and current WBC Welterweight World Champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather will return to the ring on Saturday, May 4 to defend his title against Six-Time and Four-Division World Champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero in “MAYDAY: MAYWEATHER VS. GUERRERO” in a Cinco de Mayo boxing weekend blockbuster. The championship showdown will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. live on SHOWTIME PPV®.
Sharing the card, on what will be boxing’s biggest night of 2013, will be an explosive match-up featuring WBC Featherweight World Champion Daniel Ponce de Leon making his first title defense against Two-Division World Champion Abner Mares.
“MAYDAY: Mayweather vs. Guerrero,” a 12-round fight for Mayweather’s WBC Welterweight World Championship is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona, AT&T and O’Reilly Auto Parts. The mega-event will take place Saturday, May 4 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. Also featured will be Daniel Ponce de Leon vs. Abner Mares, a 12-round fight for Ponce de Leon’s WBC Featherweight World Championship. Continue reading
LOS ANGELES, March 9 – FOX Deportes Classics to re-broadcast classic fights featuring Victor Ortiz and Daniel Ponce de Leon on Saturday, March 9.
On Saturday, March 9 at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT one of 2011’s most exciting battles will be revisited, with former World Champion Victor Ortiz’s challenge of Andre Berto for the WBC Welterweight World Title. Next up at 11:00 p.m. ET/8:00 p.m. PT, will be a look back at Two-Division World Champion Daniel Ponce de Leon beginning his road to the WBC Featherweight World Title when he battled Omar Estrella in a clash from January of 2012.
On April 16, 2011 in Connecticut, welterweight warriors Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto went to battle for 12 rounds, with both fighters each hitting the deck twice before Ortiz emerged victorious via unanimous decision to take home the WBC Welterweight World Title in a fight that garnered Fight of the Year honors. Continue reading
NEW YORK, February 8 – The next chapter of the Mexico vs. Puerto Rico boxing rivalry will play out in the Big Apple on Saturday, March 2 when Mexico’s Daniel Ponce De Leon defends his World Boxing Council (WBC) Featherweight World Championship against Puerto Rico’s latest knockout artist, Jayson Velez, in the main event from the legendary Apollo Theater in New York City live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). The night of fights marks the first time in over 15 years that the Apollo has played host to professional boxing with the last fight taking place in November 1997. Continue reading
Alvarez batters Lopez; Maidana smashes Soto-Karass, De Leon decisions Gonzalez; Santa Cruz destroys Morel!
(Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME) LAS VEGAS (Sept. 16, 2012) – Canelo Alvarez knocked down Josesito Lopez three times en route to a dominating fifth round technical knockout defense of his World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Welterweight World Championship in front of a sold out crowd of 14,275 fans at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. on Saturday.
Canelo headlined the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Mexican Independence Day Weekend quadruple header and the undefeated Mexican star did not disappoint. Dubbed “Knockout Kings,” the promotion lived up to its billing, producing three entertaining knockouts in which none of the scheduled 12-round bouts went past the eighth round.
In what surely will be considered a Fight Of The Year candidate, former world champion Marcos Maidana (32-3, 28 KOs), of Santa Fe, Argentina, scored a knockout at 0:43 of the eighth round to defeat perennial contender Jesus Soto Karass (26-8-3, 17 KOs), of Sinaloa, Mexico and captured the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) Intercontinental Welterweight Title. Continue reading
(Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME) By Rob Smith: In a positively sick mismatch that should have never been made in the first place, WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO’s) absolutely annihilated welterweight Josesito Lopez (30-5, 18 KO’s) by a 5th round TKO on Saturday night in one of Alvarez’s easier title defenses at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Alvarez knocked Lopez down three times, once in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th rounds from body and head shots. Lopez, who looked soft in the midsection, had problems with Alvarez’s body shots. Alvarez obviously spotted the the coat of fat that Lopez had put on around his waist in moving up from welterweight in three months.
In the 5th, Alvarez finished off the hapless Lopez and referee Joe Cortez stepped in to halt the slaughter at 2:55 of the round. Continue reading
(Photo: Casino/Showtime) US promotional giants Golden Boy provide an innovative incentive to the principals featuring on their triple world championship ‘Knockout Kings’ bash at the MGM Grand Garden Arena this evening.
A $100,000 bonus is up for grabs for the fighter who executes what Showtime TV viewers deem to be the best kayo of the card. BoxNation viewers’ can catch the action live and exclusive in the UK on Sky Ch.437/Virgin Ch. 546. Join at www.boxnation.com
A quick finish is certainly probable in the bill-topper, where Mexican sensation Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez defends his WBC light-middle strap for a fifth time against 12-1 underdog Josesito Lopez.
British fans will already be familiar with the flame haired 22 year old from Jalisco who won and defended his title in back-to-back bashings of Manchester’s Matthew Hatton (PTS 12)and Sheffield’s Ryan Rhodes (TKO12) last year. Continue reading
SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING FINAL WEIGHTS:
CANELO ALVAREZ: 154 Pounds
JOSESITO LOPEZ: 153 Pounds
JHONNY GONZALEZ: 125 Pounds
DANIEL PONCE DE LEON: 125 ½ Pounds
MARCOS MAIDANA: 147 Pounds
JESUS SOTO KARASS: 147 Pounds
LEO SANTA CRUZ: 117 Pounds Continue reading
(Photo Credit: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME) Champion Jhonny Gonzalez, welterweight contender Jesus Soto Karass and former Two-Time World Champion Eric Morel pose on September 13, 2012 at MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada at the final press conference for their September 15, 2012 fights when Alvarez defends his title against Lopez, Gonzalez defends his title against De Leon, Maidana faces Soto Karass and Santa Cruz defends his title against Morel at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, all of which will be televised live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing.
WBC Super Welterweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez and breakout super welterweight star Josesito Lopez pose on September 13, 2012 at MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada at the final press conference for their September 15, 2012 world title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena which will be televised live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing.
CANELO ALVAREZ, WBC Super Welterweight World Champion
“I feel so much love, so much support. I want to thank my fans. This is a special moment for me. Continue reading
Oscar De La Hoya
It’s a pleasure to be introducing to you Knockout Kings on Mexican Independence Day, which will be a quadruple header. The main event Canelo Alvarez vs. Josesito Lopez and that will be for the WBC Super Welterweight title.
It is my pleasure also to be announcing Daniel Ponce De Leon vs. Jhonny Gonzalez, which is for the World Boxing Council (WBC) Featherweight World Championship, Marcos Maidana vs. Jesus Soto Karass, which will be a 10 round welterweight fight. And the fourth fight, which will be opening up the telecast I can say, will be another spectacular fight. We are looking at finalizing Leo Santa Cruz vs. Eric Morel.
So, we have four fights that are that are great fights. We are expecting four knockouts on that night. Therefore Golden Boy Promotions has given all the fighters an incentive, which will include $100,000 to the winner of the best knockout of the night. Continue reading