(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.
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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) LAS VEGAS (September 14, 2012) — Tickets are sold out for this Saturday’s “Knockout Kings” featuring Canelo Alvarez defending his World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Welterweight World Championship against breakout star Josesito Lopez, WBC Featherweight World Champion Jhonny Gonzalez defending his crown against former World Champion Daniel Ponce De Leon, former World Champion Marcos Maidana facing Jesus Soto Karass in a 12-round fight for the vacant WBA Intercontinental Welterweight Title and Leo Santa Cruz defending his International Boxing Federation (IBF) Bantamweight World Championship against former two-time World Champion Eric Morel.
Nearly 14,500 fans will pack the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas for the quadruple-header presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Canelo Promotions in association with Goossen Tutor Promotions and Thompson Boxing Promotions and sponsored by Corona, DeWalt Tools, AT&T and O’Reilly Auto Parts.
The four fights will be televised live on SHOWTIME Saturday, Sept. 15 at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT with preliminary fights to air live on SHOWTIME EXTREME® at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. Continue reading
BETHLEHEM, PA – Just because the key players of next week’s nationally televised NBC Sports Network Fight Night triple header in Bethlehem, PA are locked away for their final preparations before their own fights, it doesn’t mean they aren’t looking forward to the two monster fights scheduled for this weekend – just like the rest of us. 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
PHOENIX, AZ – Rising Philadelphia junior middleweight contender Gabriel Rosado and his trainer Billy Briscoe will be intently watching World Boxing Council (WBC) 154-pound champ Saul “Canelo” Alvarez defend his title against Josesito Lopez from their Phoenix, AZ training camp on Saturday night. Of course they are generally interested in the two big Vegas cards happening this weekend, but Rosado & Briscoe have a vested interest in the Canelo bout. Continue reading
Vargas vs. Sanchez, Gutierrez vs. Valcarcel, Thompson vs. Claudio & Gomez vs. Whitaker on Alvarez-Lopez card on Saturday
LAS VEGAS, September 13 – The “Knockout Kings” featured fighters are ready to put on a spectacular show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena this Saturday, but before the epic SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING quadruple-header begins at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT, there will be two preliminary bouts, with coverage on SHOWTIME EXTREME at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT, and two additional fights to begin the night in the arena. Continue reading
(Photo credit: Ester Lin/Showtime) LAS VEGAS (Sept. 12, 2012) –- Emmy award-winning broadcaster Brian Kenny, the longtime anchor of ESPN’s SportsCenter and ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights and current anchor and host on MLB Network, and World Boxing Association (WBA) Welterweight World Champion Paulie Malignaggi have been added to the broadcast team for this Saturday’s four-fight SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas (SHOWTIME, 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT).
In Saturday’s “Knockout Kings” main event, incredibly popular Mexican superstar and World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Welterweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez defends against breakout star Josesito Lopez.
The 22-year-old, red-headed Alvarez’s fights have garnered higher TV ratings in his home country than the national soccer team. Lopez registered the Upset of the Year when he knocked out Victor Ortiz last June 23 on SHOWTIME. Fireworks are sure to fly in one of the three world title fights at MGM Grand on Saturday. Continue reading
(Photo credit: Ester Lin/Showtime) By Marc Livitz: Hardcore fans and the so-called purists alike may feel themselves a bit torn this upcoming Saturday evening. Contrary to popular American belief is the fact that Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day. There’s always been a reason why the weekend which most closely precedes or follows the sixteenth of September is a hot date for the sweet science and the old lady will be wearing her finest pearls this weekend.
Sadly and to the disappointment of many of her loyal and regular suitors, she’s in a bit of a huff over the idea that a few knuckleheads have intentionally thrown some mud upon her nicest dress. The cleaning bill once again has inexplicably been chucked in the direction of the fans.
One of the biggest sins of the sponsor and spawn is to put the paying customer in a corner. The old goat has been in a face-off with the younger brood for a long while, as we all know. Of course, there are and continue to be stumbling blocks to the fights which we all want to enjoy. The one placed before us was however arguably avoidable. It’s still in the nature of people, particularly men, to go ahead as planned without clear regard to the consequences of their actions. Continue reading
Oscar De La Hoya
Thank you very much to all the media, everyone, participating. We are getting closer to Knockout Kings. We are very, very excited and thrilled that everyone is coming together and making this event one of the most publicized, one of the most promoted events in boxing history.
September 15 is a very special day and a very special weekend for all the Mexicans and Mexicans across the world. We wanted to make sure we back it with a tremendous, tremendous card on September 15th. But at the same time, we wanted to make sure that the whole world knows that live on Showtime Championship Boxing, live from the MGM, there will be big time boxing in Las Vegas.
We obviously know it is headlined by Canelo Alvarez versus Josesito Lopez. The semi main event is Jhonny Gonzalez versus Daniel Ponce De Leon, which will be a 12 rounder for the WBC featherweight world title. Also, it’s a pleasure to also have Marcos Maidana versus Jesus Soto Karass, which should be a barnburner. That’ll be a 12 rounder for the WBA intercontinental welterweight title, and Leo Santa Cruz versus Eric Morel, which is a12 round bantamweight world championship fight.
This is a card that makes me especially proud. These are the types of cards that we dream about watching for free, and especially live from an A-class venue like the MGM. We are extremely happy to announce that we already have more than 12,000 tickets sold. They’re selling fast and we’re expecting a complete sell out. Continue reading