PHOENIX — February 11, 2014 — It was the fight that seemed destined to never be made. It wasn’t until Alexis “Beaver” Santiago (15-3-1, 7KO) won the WBC USNBC Bantamweight title at Iron Boy 9 in September that his team and that of Hanzel “El Tornadito” Martinez (20-1, 16KO) would agree to the fight. Santiago, coming off of an undefeated 2013, will finally get his wish on February 22nd when he steps into the ring and puts his title on the line against Martinez. Fight fans worldwide will have the opportunity to watch this compelling match-up streaming live and free at www.iron-boy.com. Valley fight fans can watch the fights live at Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix.
Las Vegas (FEBRUARY 11, 2014)–Four-Division and Six-Time world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero has committed to attend the inaugural Box Fan Expo this September at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Guerrero who became the third fighter in boxing history to win a world title at featherweight and welterweight, joined the likes of legends Henry Armstrong and future Hall of Famer Manny Pacquiao. Guerrero also joined the rare breed of fighters, who have jumped up two weight classes to win world championships, which include Roberto Duran, Roy Jones Jr., and Sugar Shane Mosley.
LOS ANGELES (Feb. 11) – Owner of boxing’s most deceiving record, Mexico City’s Robinson “Robin Hood” Castellanos will look for his 12th straight win on Saturday, February 15 when he defends his WBC Silver Featherweight Championship against Nicaragua’s Rene Alvarado in the main event of a Televisa and FOX Deportes-televised card at Centro Internacional de Convenciones in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico.
In the co-main event, scheduled for 10 rounds, Los Mochis’ Roberto “Tito” Manzanarez faces off with San Buenaventura, Chihuahua, Mexico’s Carlos “Coreano” Rodriguez for the WBC Youth Lightweight Championship.
The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame has announced a stellar cast of 18 honorees, 13 living, to its second annual Class Of Inductees. The selections were made by a panel of 33 voters from Nevada-based boxing media, past inductees and NVBHOF Board members. The 18 inductees come from 10 categories, two of which were new: Adoptive Residents (for boxers who moved to and resided in Nevada after their careers), and Pioneer Class (for those who prominently contributed to Nevada Boxing prior to 1960).
DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (February 11, 2014) – Like many boxing promoters in North America, Hall of Famer “Iron” Mike Tyson’s stable of Iron Mike Productions (IMP) fighters are predominately Latino (see classic photo gallery below). Many of his top Latino fighters will be in action February 22 as IMP launches its new monthly boxing series, “KO Kings of Tomorrow,” at Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
The IMP boxing series will be broadcast worldwide as low-cost pay-per-view events over Universal Streaming Network, live from Sands Bethlehem Event Center, for only $4.99 via http://www.ustream.tv/universalstreamingnetwork.
LOS ANGELES (February 11) – With the New Year underway, Golden Boy Promotions is already bolstering the roster of the premier team in boxing, announcing today the official signings of junior welterweight contender Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera and 140-pound prospect Zachary Ochoa to promotional contracts.
“We welcome these two exciting boxers to the Golden Boy Promotions team, and we have big plans for them in the coming years,” said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “Mauricio Herrera is one of the most underrated fighters in the sport, but he will get his chance to shine in March when he challenges Danny Garcia for the junior welterweight title. We’ve been watching Zachary Ochoa during our east coast events, and he has a bright future in a talent-rich division.”
Albany, NY (February 11, 2014) – 28-year-old light heavyweight hopeful Vincent Miranda is tired of the hype surrounding “Irish” Sean Monaghan.
Monaghan, a massive draw in New York City, signed with Top Rank last summer and was subsequently featured on two major fight cards. The 32-year-old Long Beach resident holds the WBC Continental Americas championship and is rated by three of the major sanctioning organizations. At 20-0 with 13 wins by knockout, he’s shown steady improvements but has elite matchmakers guiding him along the way.
Reigning European heavyweight king Dereck Chisora knows that if he can reproduce the form and desire that he showed last year, he has a chance of closing out 2014 as the world heavyweight champion.
Now in the best shape of his career, the 30 year old enigma from Finchley racked up four successive stoppage wins in 2013, bagging European, plus WBA and WBO International titles en route.
Already ranked highly by all four major sanctioning bodies, Chisora will be seeking to edge yet closer to the Holy Grail when he puts the latter to belts at risk against Atlanta’s seasoned former WBC World title challenger Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson at The Copper Box Arena in Hackney Wick, east London this Saturday (15th February).
Providence’s Toka Kahn will return to his hometown and put his unbeaten record on the line on the undercard of CES’ Feb. 21st event at Twin River Casino.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Feb. 11th, 2014) — The man who once put Roy Jones Jr. to sleep and earned a reputation as boxing’s toughest “Road Warrior” will test his luck in another city far from his home in Jamaica.
Glen Johnson, the former International Boxing Federation (IBF) and The Ring world light heavyweight champion, will headline Classic Entertainment & Sports’ Feb. 21, 2014 card at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I., when he faces veteran Jaime Velazquez of Pawtucket, R.I., in the 8-round main event of “Home Sweet Home.”
Turkish former Amateur and IABA World Series Of Boxing star Onder Ozgul is set to make his professional debut next month, when he features on the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events, double WBU European title headed, WARZONE event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 1st March 2014.
With over a hundred amateur bouts under his belt, Onder has built up quite a reputation in his homeland, earning the nickname ‘Little Mike’, from the fans due to his style being so similar to that of legendary ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson, something he would like to emulate here in the UK, now that he has made the move to London.