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Mayweather-Ortiz brings in a respectable 1.25 million PPV buys; Chisora-Olubamiwo on Nov 5th; Sturm-Murray on Dec 2nd

LAS VEGAS (October 28). Floyd Mayweather puts more meaning to his ring name "Money" every time he fights. With early pay-per-view numbers counted and confirmed, the pugilist's recent STARPOWER fight against Victor Ortiz generated buys from 1.25 million homes with a value of $78,440,000 dollars in pay-per-view revenue. These numbers make the event the second highest grossing non-heavyweight pay-per-view event of all time.

With another successful pay-per-view event under his belt, Mayweather continues his reign as the biggest and most lucrative attraction in the sport. He has now appeared in the three biggest non-heavyweight pay-per-view events in the sport's history, including Mayweather vs. Oscar de la Hoya ($136,853,700), Mayweather vs. Ortiz ($78,440,000 million) and Mayweather vs. Sugar Shane Mosley ($78,330,000 million).

"My motto is 'hard work and dedication' and I have shown this throughout my entire career, which has allowed me to go out and perform each time I step in the ring," said Mayweather. "I give the fans everything I have with the best competition and exciting fights. I must be doing something right as they keep buying my fights and I appreciate their tremendous support. It feels good to be able to generate such a great interest in the sport."

"Every time Floyd steps into the ring, he reminds us that he is the greatest fighter in the sport today and certainly its biggest star." said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO Mayweather Promotions. "The financial success of his fight with Victor Ortiz reinforces Floyd's position in the sport as iconic and he should be appreciated for bringing all of this attention and good fortune to the sport. His pay-per-view success is staggering and the history books will reflect this impact."

"STARPOWER showed again why they call him "MONEY" Mayweather," said Richard Schaefer, CEO Golden Boy Promotions. "When it comes to pay-per-view, Floyd is clearly in a league of his own. Not only does he now hold the record for the top three grossing non-heavyweight pay-per-view events, but he also holds the record for the single biggest pay-per-view event of all time. I am excited to continue to break records with Floyd and his Money Team, because records are made to be broken!"

Chisora vs. Olubamiwo on November 5th

London heavyweight rivals Dereck Chisora and Larry Olubamiwo will put everything on the line next week at Wembley Arena as they aim to get their careers back on track.

They clash in an eight-round contest on the undercard of Ricky Burns' Interim WBO World Lightweight title challenge against Michael Katsidis, plus George Groves' British and Commonwealth Super-Middleweight title defence against Paul Smith, LIVE on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456).

Big-hitting Chisora is ready and hungry to reclaim his British and Commonwealth titles that he lost to Tyson Fury in July .

While heavy-handed Olubamiwo, the former Southern Area champion, has his first fight since his shock loss to John McDermott in February.

Both men know that a loss will be a devastating set-back and are promising an all-out war on November 5th.

"I'm not even talking or thinking about a loss. I'm winning this fight no matter what," stormed Chisora.

"My future in this sport all hangs on next Saturday night and I've got to completely destroy Olubamiwo,"

"It's the brutal truth, I've got to win to get in a position to get my British and Commonwealth belts back,"

"Nothing else matters apart from winning and I'm going to knock Olubamiwo clean out,"

"It's going to be a major statement from me that I'm back and I mean business."

Olubamiwo, known as the War Machine, said, "It's me or Chisora that will go forward in our careers and I'm certainly not going to be left behind,"

"I've trained so hard for this fight, not just weeks, but months and I'm in fantastic shape, ready for whatever Chisora wants to bring to the ring,"

"To me it's like a British or World title fight because the stakes are so high and it means everything to me,"

"I respect Chisora, he's a tough and skilful fighter and I'm not expecting the guy who got in with Tyson Fury to be in front of me,"

"Don't expect a distance fight, this is going to come down to who wants it the most and the bombs we are going to be throwing in there will be frightening,"

"I can't wait for this fight and I'm going to prove a lot of people wrong about me."

Martin Murray to have huge support for Felix Sturm fight on December 2nd

MARTIN MURRAY will have the Army fighting his corner when he challenges World Boxing Association (WBA) super world middleweight champion Felix Sturm in December.

The British, Commonwealth and WBA inter-continental champion meets the German idol in Mannheim on Friday December 2.

And when Martin makes his ring walk at the SAP Arena he will be accompanied by drummers from The Duke of Lancaster regiment.

Murray accepted an invitation to visit their Preston barracks from Captain Phil Sweeney, ahead of his big clash against Sturm.

The St Helens fighter, 29, was accompanied by three-year-old son, Archie and fellow Hatton Promotions fighters Scott Quigg and Adam Little.

Martin’s friend Andy Reid was injured in battle losing both legs and the unbeaten boxer is helping to raise funds for the Army Benevolent Fund.

He said: “The ABF doesn’t get the attention that Help for Heroes gets so I am trying to help bring awareness and the drummers being part of my ring walk will play a part.

“The day we spent with the regiment was a real eye opener. I did some of the tests and there were mentally tiring.

“I might be fighting for a world title, but those guys are in the biggest fight of all.

“When I challenge Sturm I am trying to make my life better. The Army boys are making our lives better.

“It was hoped that Andy would get to my fight, but he has a date with the Queen that day in his role as an ambassador for the ABF.”

Murray who has won all 23 professional fights planned to have an army career but failed the medicals because of eczema on his legs.

He added: “My army career lasted about two hours, but hopefully now I can do my bit to help a very good cause.”

Martin, Quigg and Ricky Hatton will return to Weeton Barracks on November 11 to hand out prizes at an Inter Battalion novices boxing competition where fighters trained by his close friend Corporal Wally Lee are in action.

Article posted on 28.10.2011



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