Andre Ward video; Agbeko vs. Mares tickets on sale; Dulorme-Navarro, Galzarza-Perez this Saturday
Witness all the drama surrounding WBA Super Middleweight champion Andre Ward and his sparring injury that forced the postponement of the Super Six World Boxing Classic Final. Click below to view this exclusive FIGHT CAMP 360° Bonus Feature which captures Ward in his gym in Oakland and joins the champ on his urgent trip to Los Angeles to meet world-renowned surgeon Dr. Paul Wallace and learn the extent of his injury.
Don’t miss the next complete episode of FIGHT CAMP 360°: Inside the Super Six World Boxing Classic
Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME®, immediately following Inside the NFL
Tickets On Sale NOW for Abner Mares Vs. Joseph Agbeko II
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Oct. 17, 2011) – IBF and WBC Silver Bantamweight Champion Abner Mares and former two-time IBF Bantamweight World Champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko were the principals at a widely attended press conference Saturday to officially announce their highly anticipated rematch set for Saturday, Dec. 3 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., which will be televised LIVE on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.
In the co-featured bout, WBA Bantamweight Super Champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno will defend his title against former Two-Division World Champion Vic “The Raging Bull’’ Darchinyan. The doubleheader is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, Don King Productions and Gary Shaw Productions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, DeWalt Tools and AT&T. The doubleheader will be televised live on SHOWTIME® beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
Tickets for Mares vs. Agbeko II, priced at $150, $100, $50 and $25, are on sale now at all Ticketmaster locations, online at ticketmaster.com and via charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000. Tickets will be available for sale at the Honda Center Box Office beginning Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 10 a.m. PT.
Here’s what those involved had to say on Saturday:
I’m really happy and ready to fight on Dec. 3. Right after the first fight I was asked if I had a problem with a rematch – I said ‘no.’
“I want to fight him again because he deserves it. He’s a great champion. If this is what the people want we’ll give it to them.
“I’m going to prove why I’m the champion come Dec. 3. I’m going to go for a knockout. Last time I prepared for 12 rounds, but this time I have something to prove. I want to prove that I am the champion. I want to knock him out. “
Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions:
“We are looking forward to setting the record straight on Dec. 3 at Honda Center to erase any doubts that people may have.
“We thought the right thing to do was a rematch. Everyone was crying for a rematch and Abner had no problem with it. He’s young, he’s strong, he’s exciting – he’s exactly the kind of fighter fans like.
“Abner didn’t have to do the rematch. Just because the IBF ordered it doesn’t mean he had to do it. He took it because he wants to prove he’s the best in the division.
“I want to thank SHOWTIME for putting their muscle behind this great division.
“Both of these fighters on the co-feature have an impressive resume. Darchinyan is one of the most recognizable names in boxing and Moreno hasn’t lot in 10 years. The idea is the two winners on Dec. 3 will face each other in 2012.”
Frank Espinoza, Mares’ Manager:
“It’s time to clear the controversy. This fight means everything to Abner. On Dec. 3, he plans to show the world that he truly deserves to be called the top bantamweight in the world.”
“I am not looking for the knockout on Dec. 3. I’m looking forward to a war. There will be no more low blows this time because the world is watching. I will prove to the world that I deserved to win the last fight and I will be victorious on Dec. 3.
“Do I still have respect for Abner Mares? Yes. At the end of the day we are both warriors and we do our job.
“I didn’t want to retaliate with low blows. After every round I came back to my corner and they told me to keep going after him and protect myself. They just kept telling me to do what we trained to do and not to change.”
Alan Hopper, VP for Public Relations for Don King Productions:
“Don (King) sends his best from Florida and is looking forward to seeing you all from Honda Center on Dec. 3. He’s asked me to come and represent his company today. Abner Mares has a problem. He won the two biggest fights of his career with the use of low blows. The entire world and a new referee will be watching you closely on Dec. 3. So keep your punches up and fight fair.”
Chris DeBlasio, Senior Director, Communications, SHOWTIME Sports
“SHOWTIME is once again putting on a fight the fans truly want to see. For 25 years boxing has been the flagship sport of our network. We all remember the controversy that surrounded the first fight between Joseph Agbeko and Abner Mares in the SHOWTIME Bantamweight Tournament Final, but what we may have forgotten is that that fight was as exciting as boxing gets. It had all the drama, intensity and give-and-take action that defines the bantamweight division. We are proud to be part of this important rematch.”
Dulorme and Galarza off to Panama
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO (Oct. 18, 2011) – Undefeated welterweight Thomas Dulorme (12-0, 10 KOs) and hard-hitting super lightweight Kenny Galarza (15-1, 14KO's) departed yesterday for Panama and their respective fights there this Saturday night (Oct. 22) at the World Boxing Association (“WBA”) KO to Drugs card.
Thomas will make his first NABA title defense against hard-hitting Charlie Jose Navarro (20-4, 15 KOs) in a 10-round bout, while Galarza faces Johan Perez (13-0-1, 10 KOs) in their 10-round, WBA Fedelatin title.
In his last fight, Dulorme completely dominated former world champion DeMarcus Corley for ten rounds in a bout televised on ESPN Friday Night Fights. Thomas is now the WBA No. 10 ranked welterweight. He left Puerto Rico on weight at 147 pounds.
"I feel good,” said Dulorme, who is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, Gary Shaw Productions and Universal Promotions. “We are ready to bring home a victory for Puerto Rico. This fight is at 147 pounds, but today I already made weight, and I’m ready for the challenge against Navarro.”
Galarza, won a split decision against Irving Garcia in his last fight, which was also televised on ESPN Friday Night Fights.
"I'm in good shape and I know I'll have a good fight,” Juana Diaz-native Galarza commented. “I left the gym today only 4 pounds over the 140 limit. Perez is an excellent fighter and for that reason I made great preparations to achieve victory.”
Galarza and Dulorme are part of the Team Puerto Rico boxing team, which was formed by promoters Gary Shaw Productions, DiBella Entertainment and Universal Promotions, to attract the finest group of available Puerto Rican boxers.
For more information on Team Puerto Rico Boxing and Universal Promotions you can visit www.unipropr.com or www.teampuertoricoboxing.com.