The year 2015 is starting off with a bang- not neccessarily in the ring, but definitely outside of it. The pieces on the chess board are moving into place and when the smoke clears, we will (maybe) have a better picture of the boxing landscape.
Andre Ward’s frustrating court battle with Goossen Tutor apparently has come to an end. Jay Z’s Roc Nation announced the signing of Andre Ward during their initial boxing card last night in Madison Square Garden’s theatre.
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Tonight at 9PM EST/6PM PST, “JEK III Productions” presents a special two hour GBP edition of “The Pugilist KOrner”!!
The exclusive presentation will feature Hall of Fame matchmaker and promoter Don “War a Week“ Chargin, WBO Junior Welterweight title challenger Chris Algieri, Golden Boy Promotions Junior Middleweight prospect Eddie Gomez, and newly signed GBP hopeful Keandre Gibson of St. Louis, Missouri.
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Starting off this evening’s important broadcast will be Hall of Fame Boxing legend, Don “War a Week“ Chargin. The “Don of Boxing” will be discussing many issues regarding Richard Schaefer’s recent departure from Golden Boy Promotions, as well as the potential impact of his resignation as CEO of the largest promotional organization in the sport. GBP’s senior advisor will also talk about the future of Oscar’s company, and the ripple effect it could have on the 2014 boxing calendar. Continue reading
Richard Schaefer, the CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, has resigned from the company as of today. This was no surprise as Schaefer and Oscar De La Hoya had recently bumped heads over the issue of mending the fence with Top Rank. De La Hoya was in favor of patching things up with Bob Arum and Top Rank, whereas Schaefer was against it.
Schaefer had been with Golden Boy Promotions for 12 years and was a huge part of the company’s success. De La Hoya had the name, but Schaefer did a lot of the hard work in putting cards together and signing high quality fighters. Continue reading
Tonight at 9PM EST/6PM PST, “JEK III Productions” presents a special “HBO vs. Showtime” edition of “The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap”!!
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Throughout the first thirty minute segment of the two hour program, The Pugilist KOrner team will discuss the announcement of Juan Manuel Marquez versus Mike Alvarado, which has been slated for May 17th, as well as the potential super fight between Gennady Golovkin and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., which could be announced in a few short weeks!! Continue reading
LOS ANGELES (Dec 26) – 2013 was one of the best years boxing has had in recent memory, and as Sports Illustrated recapped the past 12 months, it honored Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer as the iconic publication’s Promoter of the Year.
“This is obviously an unexpected award, but I’m very appreciative and honored,” said Schaefer. “But I must point out that a single person can’t do what Golden Boy Promotions has done in 2013, so I’d like to thank my staff, our fighters, our sponsors and TV partners for their continued support and efforts in 2013. In the end, this is all about the fans of our great sport and I will continue to deliver the best fights and fighters to them in 2014 and beyond.” Continue reading
By Jeff Sorby: With the news that WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns will be fighting on January 26th in Glasgow, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer is left with Richard Abril (17-3-1, 8 KO’s) as the possible next opponent for WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (25-0, 21 KO’s) to fight on February 16th on HBO in the United States. Schaefer wanted to get Burns to take the fight in a unification bout, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen as Burns’ promoter is already talking about putting him in action on 1/26 instead of letting him fight Broner.
Abril is about as good as Burns, if not better. There’s much difference between those two fighters except that Abril is the far better fighter defensively compared to Burns and he’s got the shoulder roll defense that Floyd Mayweather Jr. uses.
Schaefer said to ESPN “I am going to convince him [Burns] him to go directly to Broner for February 16, but if Burns does not work out then maybe Richard Abril.” Continue reading
By Rob Smith: Richard Schaefer, the CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, isn’t going to let Miguel Cotto’s 12 round decision loss to WBA World junior middleweight champion Austin Trout from last Saturday night get in the way of a potential pay per view bout between Cotto and WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Schaefer still wants to make the Cotto-Alvarez fight despite Cotto losing.
Schaefer said after the fight “There’s still a possibility we’ll see Canelo-Cotto fight.”
This doesn’t sit too well with Trout, who said “You’d think that he’d [Alvarez] be ready to fight me because I beat Miguel Cotto…I beat his brother [Rigoberto Alvarez]…He should want to fight me…There’s nothing left for him to do, besides fight a real junior middleweight, to get another belt. But that’s my thinking. Not everyone thinks like me apparently.”
Alvarez really wants the Cotto fight, and that was one of the three names that he insisted on Golden Boy Promotions getting for him for his next fight on May 4th. Cotto is the only one that Golden Boy can possibly get because Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Sergio Martinez, Alvarez’s other two choices, aren’t breaking down Golden Boy’s door to try and get the fight with Alvarez. Continue reading
By Bill Phanco: WBA World welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi is in need of an opponent after his desired rematch against big British star Ricky Hatton fell through due to Hatton getting blasted out by Vyacheslav Senchenko last Saturday night in the UK. Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer is now looking at picking out Malignaggi’s next opponent from one of these fighters: Danny Garcia, Amir Khan, Andre Berto, and Adrien Broner, according to RingTV.
Malignaggi, 32, wants a big name for his next title defense and this may be his last chance to get a big name before gets beaten. Malignaggi almost lost his title in his last fight against fringe contender Pablo Cesar Cano, who Malignaggi barely beat by a 12 round decision last October in a 12 round split decision win. That fight showed that Malignaggi is vulnerable even against fringe level opposition, and that puts more pressure on Schaefer to try and get the biggest name he can because Malignaggi is so vulnerable.
Khan: He’s already beaten Malignaggi and Khan has his own problems right now having lost twice in a row.
Berto: This is winnable fight for Malignaggi but not an easy one because of Berto’s superior power. This wouldn’t be big fight for Malignaggi. Continue reading
By Rob Smith: Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer says that WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. is interested in facing WBC interim welterweight champion Robert Guerrero in 2013. Schaefer said to LA Times writer Lance Pugmire “Interest is there. It’s a process, one that has begun. I have a site and date in mind.”
If Mayweather takes the fight this will finally end Guerrero’s constant calling Mayweather out. He’s been wanting a fight with Mayweather for well over a year, and it’s been a source of comedy to some boxing fans because Guerrero was talking about a Mayweather fight even before he’d fought at welterweight. Now that Guerrero has beaten two of the top welterweights in Selcuk Aydin and Andre Berto no one is laughing anymore. They have to take Guerrero seriously, because he’s winning decisively and looking pretty sharp.
Guerrero gave Berto a real beating last Saturday night in a 12 round decision, swelling both of his eyes in the process. After the fight Guerrero declined an offer from Max Kellerman to fight a rematch against Berto, and instead said he wanted Mayweather next. Continue reading
(Martin McNeil – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions) LONDON (Oct. 10, 2012) – On Tuesday, at the five-star The May Fair Hotel on Berkeley Street in Central London, former Unified Super Lightweight World Champion Amir Khan, Richard Schaefer, Stephen Espinoza and Asif Vali met with the top British and European sports media to formally announce the upcoming showdown between Khan and undefeated Carlos Molina on Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, live on SHOWTIME.
Khan vs. Molina is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Khan Promotions and sponsored by Corona. The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast begins live at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) with preliminary fights live on SHOWTIME EXTREME®.
The former Unified Super Lightweight World Champion, British superstar Amir “King” Khan (26-3, 18 KO’s) is ready to bounce back under the guidance of new trainer Virgil Hunter following a controversial defeat to Lamont Peterson last December and an upset loss to Danny Garcia this past July. The 25-year-old Bolton, England native won a Silver Medal in the 2004 Olympics and owns wins over Marco “El Chino” Maidana, Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi, Zab “Super” Judah and Marco Antonio “Baby Faced Assassin” Barrera. Continue reading