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Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: Mayweather Sr. & Roach Trainer Roundtable Quotes & Photos (April 30, 2015)   Leave a comment

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LAS VEGAS (April 30, 2015) –  Floyd Mayweather Sr. and Freddie Roach, trainers for Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, respectively, met with the media this morning to discuss Saturday’s welterweight championship showdown between Mayweather and Pacquiao live on pay-per-view at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

In a boxing matchup that has stirred the interest and emotions of sports fans around the world, the undefeated and universally recognized No. 1 pound-for-pound boxer Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs), an 11-time world champion in five weight classes, will take on Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs), the fighting pride of the Philippines and only boxer to capture world titles in eight weight classes, in a 12-round welterweight world championship unification fight.

The “MAYWEATHER VS. PACQUIAO” three-fight pay-per-view telecast is co-produced and co-distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View® and SHOWTIME PPV® beginning at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT.

Catch “Weigh In Live: Mayweather vs. Pacquiao”, tomorrow at 6 pm ET/3 p.m. PT on both SHOWTIME and HBO.

Flash quotes from Floyd Sr. and Roach on Thursday at the MGM Grand:

FLOYD MAYWEATHER SR.

To be honest with you, it’s not going to be much of a fight.

This fight has already been won. We can beat Manny any day, any time, any year, any moment.

Manny’s best performance was when he got knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez.

I think it’s best for Floyd to choose what he wants to do at the end of the year. I think he should retire, because if he sticks around, somebody is going to get you sooner or later.

FREDDIE ROACH

We’ve have trained so hard for this fight. This fight has two of the best fighters fighting each other.

I’ve been training Manny for this fight for five years. We know all about him, we have covered all the bases. I think we have the winning formula to win this fight.

If we were to lose to an undefeated fighter like this, there’s no shame in that.

Floyd’s a good fighter, but he has picked his opponents. I don’t think he picked Manny. I think he was forced to take this fight.

Manny was down to 143 pounds yesterday, so I told him to eat a good meal and then we will do a light workout later today. Tomorrow he will have breakfast in the morning and then get on the scale.

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Mayweather vs. Pacquiao is a 12-round welterweight world championship unification bout promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank Inc., and is sponsored by Tecate con caracter, Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions -Terminator Genisys, in theaters July 1st, Paramount Pictures & Skydance Productions present MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION, in theaters & IMAX July 31st, The Weinstein Company and the new movie Southpaw, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, in theaters everywhere July 24 and Mexico, Live it to Believe it.

Leo Santa Cruz, Christopher Pearson & Andrew Tabiti Media Workout Photos (April 29, 2015)   Leave a comment

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LAS VEGAS, NV (April 29, 2015) – Hundreds of fans gathered outside of the MGM Grand Garden Arena today as unbeaten Mexican star and fan favorite Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz and undefeated prospects Chris “Young King” Pearson and Andrew “The Beast” Tabiti hosted a media workout and fan autograph signing.

The WBC Super Bantamweight World Champion Santa Cruz (29-0-1, 17 KOs) will take on Jose Cayetano (17-3, 8 KOs) on the pay-per-view undercard this  Saturday, May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena ahead of the highly anticipated welterweight world championship unification bout between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. In non-televised action, the undefeated Pearson(11-0, 9 KOs) will meet Said El Harrak (12-2, 7 KOs) in a 10-round middleweight bout and Tabiti(9-0, 9 KOs) will face Anthony Caputo Smith (15-4, 10 KOs) in an eight-round cruiserweight match up.

The pay-per-view telecast will be co-produced and co-distributed by SHOWTIME PPV® and HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT.

Ishe Smith vs Cecil McCalla: Weigh-In Results & Photos   Leave a comment

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Ishe Smith 155.4 vs. Cecil McCalla 154.6
Ashley Theophane 143 vs. Mahonri Montes 142.8
Ronald Gavril 167.2 vs. Oscar Riojas 166.8
Lanell Bellows 167.2 vs. Eddie Hunter 166.6
Juan Heraldez 145.4 vs. Tavorus Teague 147.8
Ladarius Miller 139.6 vs. Marquis Taylor 143
Kevin Newman-II 163.2 vs. Ricardo Urquizo 164.2

Venue: The Pearl, Palms Casino Resort
Promoter: Mayweather Promotions
TV: ESPN2

Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: Final Press Conference Quotes, Photos & Video   Leave a comment

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LAS VEGAS, NV (April 29, 2015) – Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao faced off for only the third time Wednesdayduring the final press conference for their long-awaited welterweight world championship unification fight this Saturday, May 2, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, live on pay-per-view.

The last time the boxing superstars met face-to-face was at the Los Angeles press conference to formally announce the mega-fight on March 11. The first time they were photographed up close and personal came at a Miami Heat basketball game in January.

In the most eagerly awaited showdown in years – and the richest fight in boxing history —   the undefeated and universally recognized No. 1 pound-for-pound boxer Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs), an 11-time world champion in five weight divisions, will take on the fighting pride of the Philippines, Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs), the only boxer to capture world titles in eight weight classes.

Here is what the fighters and executives said Wednesday at the KÀ Theatre at the MGM Grand:

FLOYD MAYWEATHER

The only thing I can do is take it one day at a time. When the fight gets here I will go out there and do what I do best and that’s go out and fight.

From the beginning of my career, I’ve always had a game plan. It’s just like chess. We make calculated moves in the ring and outside the ring. I got with the right team and surrounded myself with the right chess pieces.

I’m a lot wiser than I once was. This fight sells itself. Our ultimate goal was to get to this point, whether it was Manny or another fighter.

I don’t take anything away from Manny Pacquiao. He’s a solid fighter; a solid competitor and it will be an intriguing matchup come Saturday.

Everything takes time, it’s all about timing. I’m glad that we had patience and didn’t rush. The time is now, this is the right time for this fight.

I want to thank all the writers for being here. Some have been around since I was 10-years-old, some have been here for my 19 years in this sport. I’m thankful for all the writers, whether the stories were good stories or bad, you guys kept me relevant for 19 years.

This fight is about one fighter who is at the top fighting another fighter who is at the top. It’s about giving you guys excitement. We don’t know how this fight is going to play out, but I believe in my skills. I believe I am going to be victorious.

When I went to training camp I worked extremely hard to win this fight and I’m pretty sure Manny did the same. That’s why this is an intriguing matchup.

MANNY PACQUIAO

I don’t have a prediction, but I’m excited. I’m confident and I feel for the first time that I’m ready for the fight.

I’m so happy because that feeling and that focus that I had many years ago, is back. I’m confident and relaxed.

My love and eagerness for this fight has made me especially interested.

I would like to invite everyone to witness the great fight between Floyd and I this Saturday.

I want to be an example and inspiration to people.

Before I became a boxer, I used to sleep on the street. I can’t believe that I am in this position. The boy who didn’t have food and slept on the street can have this life.

On Saturday our goal is to make the fans happy with our performance. Both of us will work very hard to entertain the fans and give a good fight.

I hope that both Floyd and I do our best on Saturday and to put our name in boxing history.

The most important thing I hope for is that after the fight I can talk with Floyd about being an inspiration to people all around the world.

FLOYD MAYWEATHER SR., Mayweather’s Father & Trainer

Whatever happens on Saturday, it’s going to be one-sided. Pacquiao is going to sleep.

I’m a trainer, I know what’s going on with fighters. Pacquiao doesn’t have it.

Everybody can say what they want to say. I’ve said it before, Pacquiao can’t punch. I’m not worried about it. I’m going to have Floyd walk him down.

FREDDIE ROACH, Pacquiao’s Trainer

When this fight was announced, Manny’s training level went way up.  He’s really excited about this fight.

I think we will win a decision and outpoint this guy. If the knockout comes then that will be a bonus.

I think Manny likes to be the underdog. We like pulling upsets and doing things we’re not supposed to do. Manny is going to be that guy.

We will put a lot of pressure on Floyd. Manny likes to exchange and with his hand speed, this fight will go in our favor.

Manny is reckless, but that’s his style. He tries to win fights and people enjoy his fights. He gives it his all and sometimes you get knocked out, that’s part of boxing.

LEONARD ELLERBE, CEO of Mayweather Promotions

The worldwide attention and interest in this event has been unbelievable and Floyd and Manny deserve it.

Las Vegas has a rich history of hosting the biggest and best fights in the sport. Over the years Floyd Mayweather has made the MGM his home. This will be his 11th consecutive fight at MGM Grand and the 14th in his career.

There are two great fighters that will be fighting on Saturday night and the focus needs to be on the fighters, no one else. The focus is on the fighters on Saturday night.

On May 2, Floyd faces another huge challenge in fellow world champion Manny Pacquiao, in a fight that the whole world is waiting to see. Once again Floyd is out to prove that he is The Best Ever and I know he will on Saturday night.

BOB ARUM, Hall of Fame Promoter, Top Rank

This is a great promotion with two great fighters. I hope that this fight will help elevate the rest of boxing. I think based on the interest in this fight, there has been increased interest in boxing as well, and that’s great.

People have spent a lot of time during this event watching Manny train, but more importantly, watching Freddie teach. It’s great to see two guys on the same wavelength, working on the strategy and then working it out in the ring.

KEN HERSHMAN, President, HBO Sports

The journey to this fight has been a remarkable one. In addition to the great writing and reporting that all the media has been doing, HBO has been putting on terrific programs for fight fans to enjoy and bring them closer to the sport.

One important note for everyone, please order the pay-per-view Saturday night early, or if possible today or tomorrow. We expect that the ordering systems will be overwhelmed. Also, there will be two undercard events starting at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and those events can end at any time. We want to make sure that no one misses any of the main event. Tune-in and tune-in early.

STEPHEN ESPINOZA, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports

This event is about two world-class athletes, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, who have been working for weeks and weeks, all of their lives really, to get to this precise moment.

These two fighters have worked their entire lives to get to this moment.

Floyd and Manny have great teams. Floyd will be the first one to tell you that his team deserves a lot of the credit for his success and I’ve heard Manny say very similar things.

What makes this event so special and so historic, is that we have two once-in-a-generation  athletes who will be meeting in the ring in about 72 hours. We are so proud to have been given the opportunity to be a part of such a highly anticipated event.

RICHARD STURM, President of Entertainment & Sports for MGM Resorts International

It is an honor for the MGM Resorts to house this highly anticipated event. Sports fans around the world will have the unique opportunity to watch two of boxing’s top champions, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, as they go toe-to-toe at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Excitement for this event has resonated throughout our MGM Resorts properties and the entire Las Vegas community.

We have created additional programming at the resorts including closed circuit viewing that gives fans the chance to experience MGM’s great championship fights.

We just want to thank everybody involved in this great event. We’re excited, we’re proud and we can’t wait for Saturday night.

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Mayweather vs. Pacquiao is a 12-round welterweight world championship unification bout promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank Inc., and is sponsored by Tecate con caracter, Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions -Terminator Genisys, in theaters July 1st, Paramount Pictures & Skydance Productions present MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION, in theaters & IMAX July 31st, The Weinstein Company and the new movie Southpaw, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, in theaters everywhere July 24 and Mexico, Live it to Believe it. The three-fight pay-per-view telecast is co-produced and co-distributed by SHOWTIME PPV® and HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT.

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Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: Las Vegas Grand Arrival Quotes & Photos   Leave a comment

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LAS VEGAS, NV (April 28, 2015) – The countdown to Floyd “Money” Mayweather vs. Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao continued today as both fighters held individual Grand Arrivals with Mayweather arriving at MGM Grand and Pacquiao at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.

In a long-awaited collision of boxing superstars taking place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena this Saturday, May 2, undefeated pound for pound king and 11-time world champion Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) meets eight-division world champion and Filipino legend Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) in a welterweight world championship unification bout in the main event of a three-fight pay-per-view telecast co-produced and co-distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View® and SHOWTIME PPV® beginning at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT.

Late Tuesday morning, Pacquiao hosted his grand arrival inside a Mandalay Bay ballroom that included a large gathering of loyal followers who watched Filipino singers and dancers perform before Pacquiao came out to greet and speak to his fans.

A couple of hours later, thousands of fans turned out to watch a prompt Mayweather arrival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena as he was led to the stage by the Southern University Marching Band.

Here is what the fighters and executives said in Las Vegas on Tuesday:

FLOYD MAYWEATHER

I don’t have anything negative to say about Manny Pacquiao or Freddie Roach. People from different teams can say things, but when it comes down to it, it comes down to the two fighters.

I don’t focus on all the festivities going on. I just focus on being the best that I can be and doing what I’m supposed to do in the gym.

I don’t ever say that ‘this is my toughest fight’ or ‘this is my easiest’ fight. I feel like he is a competitor and anything can happen in the sport of boxing. I always want to go out there and be at my best.

I’ve broken records before. Are we going to do record-breaking numbers again? Absolutely.

One thing everybody plans for is to come forward and throw a lot of punches. They think it works, but it hasn’t worked in 19 years. If that’s his game plan, then we’ll just have to see how everything breaks down.

Pacquiao would be a better fighter if he wasn’t so reckless. It’s a gift and a curse. He’s won a lot of fights by being reckless. But also being reckless can get you knocked out. Getting knocked out in a harsh way can affect you in the long run.

People have criticized me for being a defensive fighter, but last night when I was at home sitting with my mother and my daughter, I thought to myself ‘I’m proud of myself.’  To be in a sport for 19 years, the main thing is I’m going to get out of the sport and still have a sharp mind.

I don’t think one fight defines my career. All 47 fights played a major key. The bar is always set high for Floyd Mayweather. I think if we turn the table and if I had gotten knocked out by Marquez this fight would have never happened.

I’m glad I was flashy and outspoken when I was younger. But I’m close to the big 4-0. I don’t have to bash anyone. I know what I can do.

Today I was thinking about how thankful I am for my fans. I’m so thankful for my fans. Every day when I’m training at the gym, there’s 200 or 300 fans waiting out there for me.

Saturday, before and after the fight, I will still be The Best Ever. One fight doesn’t define my career. The great thing about my career is that I’m a smart businessman. A 19-year career with no punishment on the body, that’s what we should talk about.

MANNY PACQUIAO

What we are doing in training is very good because we’re not focusing on one strategy. We’re working on two or three strategies. Either way, if he wants to fight me that’s good for me and if he wants to move around the ring I’m ready for that.

I cannot say he is the most dangerous opponent of my career because I have not faced him. I have faced Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto, Juan Manuel Marquez and other great boxers.

My confidence right now is different than any other fight I’ve had. I feel excited and  I have to prove something. I like being the underdog, because my killer instinct and my focus are there.

I’m different than the first 47 he fought. I’m faster than them and I’m very confident for the fight. This is the moment that I believe he will experience a loss.

I think we can win a decision. I always trust the commission, the judges and the officials. Our focus is not just on looking for a knockout but throwing a lot of punches in case it comes to a decision.

I have not changed in my body in the last five years. I think the changes are that I have more experience now, better strategy and smarter movement. The speed and power has not changed.

Thank you to all the media here. You are a part of what we accomplish in boxing. Without you who would know us? Without you who knows boxing? You have helped boxing and I thank you so much for the support.

This is one of the most important fights for my boxing legacy. I want to make this fight a good result for my legacy. I want to win, that is my goal.

I believe this is the right time for us to be fighting. More people are informed for this fight than ever before. People who aren’t even boxing fans are interested in this fight.

When I started fighting in America in 2001, no one knew who I was. Now, everyone knows Manny Pacquiao. A lot has changed since 2001.

I am not only working for myself, but I work to help other people and to be an inspiration.

I am very grateful for the overwhelming support of the fans for this fight.

LEONARD ELLERBE, CEO, Mayweather Promotions

The turning point for the fight being made was when Floyd Mayweather met Manny Pacquiao and looked him in his eyes and said ‘I want to fight you.’

BOB ARUM, Hall of Fame Promoter, Top Rank

All the fighters I’ve worked with are different. I must say that I’ve never worked with a fighter like Manny Pacquiao. Somebody who is so intensly dedicated to doing good for people, to making a difference in his country and to making life better for those less fortunate than he is. Manny Pacquiao really is somebody that I admire tremendously for everything he does outside of the ring.

FREDDIE ROACH, Pacquiao’s Trainer

Floyd’s never fought anyone with better speed than he has and I believe we have better speed. I believe we have better power than he has and we’re using that. I don’t think Floyd’s legs are there anymore and he can’t run for 12 rounds  because we will catch him on the way. We’re ready to go 12 hard rounds and that’s what we train for.

I learned a lot from Floyd’s fight with Oscar De La Hoya. I thought he won the first six rounds and then lost track of the strategy. We learned a lot about how Floyd sets traps and Manny recognizes how he sets trap. He won’t fall into it ever and Manny knows exactly what to do in every situation.

I think we can win a decision. We can outpoint him no problem.

Manny is definitely ready for this fight, we’ve had a great strategy. We’ve actually really worked on this fight together.

Manny took me into his room many times to dissect tape on Mayweather and how he fights against certain people. This is the first time he has ever asked me to watch film with him. I liked what he showed me on the tape and I think that we’re perfect for this fight.

From the first day this fight was announced, I’ve seen a different attitude in Manny. He has really taken his training to a new level. He is very motivated and I love what I see every day.

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Mayweather vs. Pacquiao is a 12-round welterweight world championship unification bout promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank Inc., and is sponsored by Tecate con caracter, Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions -Terminator Genisys, in theaters July 1st, Paramount Pictures & Skydance Productions present MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION, in theaters & IMAX July 31st, The Weinstein Company and the new movie Southpaw, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, in theaters everywhere July 24 and Mexico, Live it to Believe it. The pay-per-view telecast will be co-produced and co-distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View® and SHOWTIME PPV® beginning at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT.

Gennady Golovkin Media Lunch Quotes & Photos (April 27, 2015)   Leave a comment

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New York City (April 28, 2015) – This past weekend Boxing Superstar GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN visited New York City in a whirlwind promotional trip just three week ahead of his World Middleweight Championship battle against WILLIE MONROE JR. on Saturday, May 16 at the Forum in Los Angles, California and televised Live on HBO World Championship Boxing® beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Golovkin departed from his Big Bear, California training camp at 2:00 a.m. PT on Friday morning for an early morning flight to New York City. On Friday night, he was presented with an award for the Highest Knockout Percentage in the History of the Middleweight Division at the 2015 Boxing Writers Association of America Awards Dinner.

On Saturday afternoon, Golovkin held court for a massive turnout of international press at a media lunch held in Mid-town.

Saturday night, Golovkin headed to Madison Square Garden for the World Heavyweight Championship between Wladimir Klitschko and Bryant Jennings where he was interviewed on the HBO telecast.

Before departing on Sunday, Golovkin voted in the election for President of Kazakhstan at the Kazakhstan Consulate in New York City.

Below are quotes from Golovkin’s Monday media lunch.

GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN

“Willie Monroe is a slick southpaw and this presents a challenging style for

me to fight. This is what I wanted. “

“My focus is on Willie Monroe, I’m not concerned right now with any other fights. “

“I’m very happy living in Los Angeles, my family is with me now. “

“My power comes from hard work everyday in the gym.”

TOM LOEFFLER, K2 Promotions

“Willie Monroe has a very unconventional style which is a challenge for Gennady and made the most sense. He won the 2014 Boxcino Tournament and easily defeated Bryan Vera, fighting all four bouts on ESPN in the last twelve months.

“Gennady always wants to test himself and Willie’s style presents challenges in the ring he hasn’t faced before.”

“Gennady will continue to fight as often as possible, he brings great ratings and huge ticket sales whenever and wherever he fights.”

ABEL SANCHEZ, Trainer of Golovkin

“Gennady is harder on himself than anyone else is.”

“Gennady works on trying to be perfect with every positioning and technique.”

“Willie Monroe was chosen because Gennady wanted a new challenge and his slick, southpaw style presents that.”

“If the knockout comes great, if not we will be prepared to fight Monroe for twelve rounds.”

JOEL FISHER, Madison Square Garden

“Tom brought Gennady into our offices five years ago and said he wanted to make Madison Square Garden his home. We love his fighting style, his personality and potential.”

“We love our relationship with Gennady and are thrilled to be having him fight on our West Coast property, The Forum in Los Angeles on May 16.”

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World Boxing Association (‘WBA’), International Boxing Organization (‘IBO’) and World Boxing Council (‘WBC’) ‘Interim’ Middleweight World Champion GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN, 32-0-0 (29KO’s) of Los Angeles, California via Karaganda, Kazakhstan will make the 14th defense of his title against top rated challenger WILLIE MONROE JR., 19-1-0 (6KO’s), of Ithaca, New York on Saturday, May 16 at The Forum in Inglewood.

On February 21 in Monte-Carlo, Golovkin stopped Martin Murray for his 19th consecutive win by knockout, the most in the history of the middleweight division. This will be Golovkin’s second fight in Los Angeles, having stopped former world title challenger Marco Antonio Rubio on October 18, 2014 before a record setting crowd of 9,323 at the StubHub! Center in Carson, CA.

Monroe Jr. won the acclaimed 2014 ESPN Boxcino Tournament defeating fellow contenders Donatas Bondorovas, Vitaliy Kopylenko and Brandon Adams towards the title.

Most recently Monroe Jr. won a 10-round unanimous decision over former world title challenger Bryan Vera on January 16 in a bout telecast on ESPN Friday Night Fights.

Monroe is currently ranked #2 by the WBA, #5 by the WBO and #9 by the WBC.

Advance tickets, priced at $300, $200, $100, $60 and $30, are now on-sale through Ticketmaster (Ticketmaster.com, 1-800-745-3000) and the Forum Box Office.

GOLOVKIN vs. MONROE is presented by K2 Promotions and GGG Promotions in association with Banner Promotions and the Forum.

Co-featured on the telecast is an outstanding Junior Flyweight matchup between World Boxing Council Champion ROMAN “Chocolatito” GONZALEZ and #2 ranked challenger and former world champion EDGAR SOSA.

GONZALEZ vs. SOSA is presented by K2 Promotions and Teiken Promotions in association with Zanfer Promotions.