Dawson-Hopkins weigh-in open to the public on Friday; Harris-Perez on 10/14

WHO: BERNARD HOPKINS, WBC & Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight Champion

CHAD DAWSON, Former Light Heavyweight World Champion

ANTONIO DEMARCO, WBC #1 Rated Lightweight Contender

JORGE LINARES, Former Two-Division World Champion

KENDALL HOLT, Former World Champion

DANNY GARCIA, Undefeated Junior Welterweight Contender

PAULIE MALIGNAGGI, Former World Champion

ORLANDO LORA, Welterweight Contender

DEWEY BOZELLA, 2011 ESPN Arthur Ashe Courage Award Recipient Making Pro Debut

OSCAR DE LA HOYA, President of Golden Boy Promotions

GARY SHAW, President and CEO of Gary Shaw Productions

WHAT: Official weigh-in for “Believe It Or Not!: Hopkins vs. Dawson” taking place this Saturday, Oct. 15 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and which will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®.

WHEN: Friday, October 14

1:30 p.m. PT - Media Call

2:00 p.m. PT - Fighters On Scale

WHERE: Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum Hollywood Main Entrance

6780 Hollywood Blvd. (Southeast corner of Hollywood Blvd. & Highland Ave.)

Hollywood, CA 90028

FACTS: “Believe It Or Not!: Hopkins vs. Dawson” is a 12-round bout for Hopkins’ WBC and Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight World Championship Titles taking place on Saturday, Oct. 15 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif. and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. The event is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, AT&T and Ripley’s Believe It or Not. In addition to this championship main event showdown, the televised pay-per-view undercard will also feature Antonio DeMarco vs. Jorge Linares in a 12-round fight for the vacant WBC Lightweight World Title, Kendall Holt vs. Danny Garcia in 12-round bout for the vacant NABO Junior Welterweight Title and Paulie Malignaggi vs. Orlando Lora in a 10-round welterweight bout. DeMarco vs. Linares is presented in association with Teiken Promotions.

Tickets for Hopkins vs. Dawson, priced at $300, $150, $75 and $25, are on sale now and are available for purchase online at, or via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at (800)745-3000. Tickets are also available at STAPLES Center box office.


LOS ANGELES, October 13 - In 2010, top lightweight prospect Michael "The Artist" Perez made his debut in Puerto Rico with a win over Jose Hernandez in a memorable battle. Three more wins later, the unbeaten Perez is now a local favorite and ready to notch his fourth professional victory on the island when he battles Michigan's Tyrone Harris in the 10 round main event of TeleFutura's "Sólo Boxeo Tecate" at the Coliseo Rafael G. Amalbert in Juncos, Puerto Rico.

In the co-main event, the WBO Latino Junior Featherweight and WBC Fecarbox Super Bantamweight titles will be on the line when undefeated local hero Jayson Velez takes on Mexico's Jonathan Arias.

This exciting doubleheader headlines a night of world-class professional boxing presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Promociones Miguel Cotto and H2 Entertainment, and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate and AT&T. Doors open at 6:00pm ET, first fight begins at 7:00pm ET and the TeleFutura broadcast begins at 11:30pm ET / PT (10:30pm CT).

Fans at home can also be part of the action by participating in Cinturón Tecate and voting for the fighter in the main event who displayed the most character in the ring by sending a text message to 55333. Voting will be open through the end of the weekend.

Tickets, priced at $12, $25 and $35 are on sale now and available for purchase online at

Unbeaten as a professional, 21-year-old Newark, New Jersey native Michael Perez (14-0-1, 8 KO's), whose family is originally from Lares, Puerto Rico, has become a local favorite with Puerto Rican fight fans who couldn't be happier with the arrival of a young man many believe will be a future world champion. With three straight wins thus far in 2011, including knockout wins over Marcos Herrera, Ira Terry and Miguel Rodriguez, Perez has stepped up his competition this year, and he plans on continuing his march to the top on October 14.

Michigan southpaw Tyrone Harris (24-8, 16 KO's) is a seasoned competitor who has traded blows with the likes of Stevie Johnston, Urbano Antillon and Josesito Lopez, and at 30 years old, the former USBA lightweight champion still has plenty of fire left to take on the top guns in the 135-pound weight class. Eagerly accepting this fight with Perez, Harris is looking to teach the young gun some new tricks.

23-year-old Juncos, Puerto Rico product Jayson Velez (16-0, 12 KO's) is a fast moving, hard-hitting competitor who has captivated the island with his enormous potential. Already the WBC USNBC super bantamweight and WBO Latino super bantamweight champion, Velez has his sights set on even bigger game in the future, but to keep moving forward, he must first defeat the rugged Jonathan Arias this week.

Mexicali's Jonathan "Diamante" Arias (16-5, 9 KO's) had some rough moments in the ring after shooting out to a 15-0 record, but in 2011 he got back in the win column with a second round technical knockout of Mauro Becerra, setting the stage for his showdown with Velez. A gritty battler who is willing to go into deep water to pull out a win, the 27-year-old Arias is going to try to bring Velez to places he hasn't seen before.

Tecate, cerveza con carácter, is the largest beer brand to sponsor boxing matches in the U.S. Part of its commitment to make boxing accessible to consumers is the title sponsorship of "Sólo Boxeo Tecate," which creates an opportunity for local fans to witness some of the most exhilarating fights by today's up-and-coming prospects. Additionally, Tecate has been a primary supporter of Golden Boy Promotions' marquee events since 2007, and has launched a variety of initiatives to ensure consumers are part of the boxing experience, including boxer autograph signing sessions, commemorative cans, PPV mail-in rebate offers, and most recently the launch of a mobile museum "Tecate Museo de Boxeo," which showcases decades of the most memorable moments in the sport.

ARES Fight Night Card is Set for Oct 28

October 13, 2011 - Albany, NY - The card is stacked for ARES Promotions’ next Fight Night, Trick or Beat, on October 28 at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany.

Whether you are a boxing fan, sports enthusiast, or just looking for a night of high-quality entertainment, you are sure to be wowed by the region’s most talented professional boxing stars. On the card for October 28:

Middleweights: Chris Fitzpatrick vs. Jose Medina
Middleweights: Markus Williams vs. Marcus Brooks
Featherweights: Jaci Trivilino vs. Angel Gladney
Light Heavyweight: Shawn Miller vs. Mark Anderson
Welterweights: Sarah Kuhn vs. Kali Reis
Super Middleweights: Aleem Whitfield vs. Borngood Washington
Light Welterweight: Javier Martinez vs. William Ware
Heavyweights: Kalven Jenkins vs. Tim Skolnik
To Purchase Tickets or for more information, call 518-527-2331.
General Admission: $40
Reserved Seating: $55
Ringside (floor) Seating: $75

Tables, including dinner, are also available. Please call the ARES box office to inquire.

Article posted on 13.10.2011

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