MEXICO CITY, October 26 – Just one day after formally announcing Adrien Broner’s first world title fight against Vicente Rodriguez on November 26 from the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio, Golden Boy Promotions and Canelo Promotions are pleased to add another treat for fight fans to help celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday weekend by presenting a second world championship fight on the same night.
That treat will come in the form of Guadalajara’s undefeated WBC Super Welterweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez defending his title against former World Champion Kermit “The Killer” Cintron from the Bancomer Center in Mexico City, Mexico, which will also be televised live on the November 26 HBO Boxing After Dark telecast.
“Kermit Cintron is a worthy challenger for my title and I’m looking forward to fighting him at home in Mexico,” said Alvarez. “Everyone knows what happens when Mexicans and Puerto Ricans meet in the ring, and I expect that we’re going to give the world a show to remember, but I guarantee that I will leave with my belt on November 26.”
“It’s been a while since I’ve worn a world title belt around my waist and I can’t wait to do it again in November,” said Cintron. “Alvarez is a good, young fighter, but I have the experience and the power to beat him. I know this fight is in his backyard, but I won’t need judges for this one.”
“We know it is a huge undertaking, but thanks to HBO, we’re able to deliver two world championship fights on the same night from Mexico and the United States on November 26,” said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “In pitting a young champion looking to continue his reign against a veteran who is eager to win another world title, Alvarez vs. Cintron looks to be an all out action fight to remember. In Broner vs. Rodriguez, we will see two young fighters battle it out as each tries to win his first world title. On November 26, fight fans in Mexico, the United States and those watching around the world, will not be disappointed.”
“We are delighted to offer our subscribers a holiday treat with an international flair, said Key Davis senior vice president of programming, HBO Sports. “With two great fights from Cincinnati and Mexico, this show should provide sports fans with exciting boxing action on Thanksgiving weekend.”
Alvarez vs. Cintron is a 12-round bout for Alvarez’s WBC Super Welterweight World Championship which will take place Saturday, November 26 at the Bancomer Center in Mexico City, Mexico and is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Canelo Promotions. “Home for the Holidays: Broner vs. Rodriguez” is a 12-round bout for the vacant WBO Junior Lightweight World Title which will take place the same night at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio and is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and R&R Promotions in association with Canelo Promotions. The HBO Boxing After Dark telecast will air at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT in the United States, with Televisa airing the fights in Mexico.
21-year old Mexican sensation Canelo Alvarez (38-0-1, 28 KO’s) is already a world champion and looking to follow in the footsteps of the other greats from his boxing-rich nation. After making his mark on the world scene in 2010 with wins over Jose Cotto, Carlos “Tata” Baldomir and Lovemore “Black Panther” N’Dou and, Alvarez earned the WBC 154-pound World Title with a near shutout of tough contender Matthew “Magic” Hatton in March of 2011. He successfully defended his title by knockout with victories over Ryan Rhodes in June in his native Guadalajara and against Alfonso Gomez in September in Los Angeles. The charismatic young star will look to end his 2011 campaign with a victory over former World Champion Cintron.
Puerto Rico’s Kermit Cintron (33-4-1, 28 KO’s) has long been one of boxing’s most feared knockout artists. The owner of the kind of power that thrills fans and leaves opponents timid, the former IBF and WBO Welterweight World Champion Cintron has traded punches with the best in the game, including Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez, Antonio Margarito, Paul “The Punisher” Williams and Alfredo “Perro” Angulo. Coming off of a win over Antwone Smith in August, the 31-year-old is ready to prove he can win another world title and on November 26, he gets his chance.
Holly Holm vs. Anne Sophie Mathis on December 2nd
ALBUQUERQUE, NM (October 26, 2011) – French knockout artist Anne Sophie Mathis (25-1, 21 KOs) plans to make a major statement December 2, fighting outside of Europe for the first time, against American favorite Holly “The Preacher’s Daughter” Holm (30-1-3, 9 KOs) for the right to claim the No. 1 pound-for-pound position in women’s boxing.
“World Dominance,” presented by Fresquez Productions, will be held Saturday night, Dec. 2 at Route 66 Casino Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Holm-Mathis 10-round bout, technically-speaking, will be for the IBA Welterweight title and WBAN Championship Belt. Both female fighters, however, realize that they are also fighting for the mythical “P4P” crown.
“We are the two best welterweights in the world,” Mathis said. “Holly’s best fights have all been in her hometown, while I’ve won most of my world championships outside of my hometown. I also have a much better knockout percentage than Holly (84% to 26%). Fighting in the U.S. has always been in my plans and, if I didn’t agree to fight Holly there, it wouldn’t have been possible to make this fight in France due to expenses and promotional demands. I must fight Holm, in her hometown, to be recognized worldwide.
“This fight can make a major impact for women’s boxing. We’re both well known in the boxing world and it’s also unusual for a French boxer fighting in the United States. I will be in the best possible condition. I’m still working to win and the key to victory against Holly, hopefully, is that the judging will be neutral that evening.”
Mathis is currently riding a 24-fight, 16-year win streak since she suffered her only pro loss in her second fight. On Dec. 2nd, she will mark the fifth anniversary of her first world title victory, in which she stopped previously unbeaten Myriam Lamare (13-0) for the WBA crown and vacant EBU championship. Ann Sophie’s victims also include world champions Couch, Yankovich, Ana Pascal and Nathalie Toro.
Six-time world titlist Mathis is the reigning the WIBA, WIBF and WBF World Welterweight Champion, while Holm is a nine-time world champion in three different divisions (light welterweight, welterweight and light middleweight).
Holly has defeated virtually all of the significant names of the past decade in women’s boxing from the 140 through 154-pound classes, including Christy Martin, Mary Jo Sanders, Mia St. John, Jane Couch, Duda Yankovich and Chevelle Hallback (twice). Holm is riding a 24-fight unbeaten streak, dating back to her only pro loss in 2004, when a serious cut under her eye prevented her from continuing to fight.
The 29-year-old Holm sports an incredible 20-0-1 (6 KOs) record in world title fights, as well as an 14-0-1 mark versus world champions.
“I’ve never fought anybody like Holly,” Mathis remarked, “but twice I have beaten Myriam Lamare, who is more powerful than Holly and very physical. We’ll see if Holly can take my power. I think she’s a dancer, or runner, and I’ll have to be patient and wait for my opportunity. It’s going to be a very interesting fight on December 2nd.”
For more information about “World Dominance: Holm vs. Mathis” go on line to www.FresquezProductions.com.
Carina Moreno to face Sharon Gaines this Friday in Salinas
WATSONVILLE, CA – OCTOBER 26, 2011 – Carina “La Reina” Moreno (21-3, 6 KO’s) has found an opponent in Sharon Gaines (11-12-1, 3 KO’s) to challenge her this Friday October 28, 2011 at the Sherwood Inn Hotel in Salinas, California. The six-round bout will be at the agreed weight of 112 pounds and take place on the undercard of Eloy Perez vs. Ira Terry.
“I’m super excited that to be back in the ring,” said Moreno. “The fight will take place in Salinas which is only about twenty minutes from my hometown of Watsonville. I’m hungry to get in there and give the fans a great show.
Rick Noble, Moreno’s manager went on to say, “It was tough finding her an opponent but we got it done. I want thank Don Chargin, Golden Boy Promotions, Paco Presents and the Garcia Family for giving us the opportunity to fight on this card. Carina has been looking sharp in training and I expect her to shine on Friday.”
Perez vs. Terry headlines a night of world-class professional boxing presented by Don Chargin Productions, Golden Boy Promotions and Paco Presents, and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate. Doors open at 6:00pm, the first bell rings at 7:00pm and the TeleFutura broadcast begins at 10:30pm ET / PT.
Tickets, priced at $125, $75 and $50, are on sale now and can be purchased by calling (831) 261-0532 or (831) 905-7354, at the 2stepsahead Gym (832 South Main Street, Salinas, California) and at the Sherwood Hall on fight night.