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24/7 Mayweather/Cotto Episode #1 Debuts Saturday Night on HBO

HBO Sports’ groundbreaking “24/7” reality franchise, which has captured 14 Sports Emmy® Awards, returns for its 13th boxing installment with 24/7 MAYWEATHER/COTTO, debuting SATURDAY, APRIL 14 (9:45-10:15 p.m. ET/PT). The four-episode, all-access series follows two elite fighters in one of boxing’s most competitive divisions as they prepare for their intriguing pay-per-view showdown at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 5.

This fast-paced series will capture the interactions and rigors both men experience in preparing for their contest. Making his sixth “24/7” appearance, Floyd Mayweather is expected to surround himself with a familiar contingent of family and friends as he trains with trusted longtime trainer and uncle Roger Mayweather. Miguel Cotto is making his third “24/7” appearance.

Episode # 1

Debut: SATURDAY, APRIL 14 (9:45-10:15 p.m. ET/PT)

Other HBO playdates: April 14 (12:55 a.m.), 15 (11:30 a.m.), 16 (7:30 p.m., 11:30 p.m.), 17 (9:00 p.m.), 18 (10:00 a.m.), 19 (5:30 p.m.), 20 (1:00 a.m.) and 21 (10:30 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates: April 15 (12:25 a.m.) and 18 (10:30 p.m.)

HBO On Demand availability begins: April 16

Training camp opens for Floyd Mayweather (42-0, 26 KOs) at the Mayweather Boxing Gym in Las Vegas, while Miguel Cotto (37-2, 30 KOs) begins training in Orlando, Fla.

Episodes two and three of 24/7 MAYWEATHER/COTTO debut on subsequent Saturdays – April 21 (10:00-10:30 p.m.) and 28 (9:45-10:15 p.m.) – while the finale debuts Friday, May 4 (8:00-8:30 p.m.), the night before the high-stakes super welterweight bout. All four episodes will have multiple replay dates on HBO, and the series will also be available on HBO On Demand® and HBO GO®.

“Mayweather vs. Cotto” takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 5 at 9:00 p.m. (ET)/6:00 p.m. (PT), and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®.

The executive producer of 24/7 MAYWEATHER/COTTO is Rick Bernstein; senior producer, Dave Harmon; coordinating producer, Bentley Weiner; co-producer, Abtin Motia; writer, Aaron Cohen. Liev Schreiber narrates.

IN DEPTH WITH CHARLIE HOY

Hot prospect Charlie Hoy continues his education on Thursday 3rd May at The Troxy in London on BoxNation’s exciting debut show BoxAcademy.

The former Repton amateur star made his professional bow in January with a points win over Delroy Spencer and now takes on Anwar Alfadi over four rounds at super-flyweight.

Boxing writer Glynn Evans speaks to Hoy about his background, career and training.

Name: Charlie Hoy

Weight: Flyweight

Born: Chase Farm Hospital, Enfield

Age: 21

Family background: I’ve got one younger sister. I still live at home with me mum and dad in Cheshunt, Herts.

Trade: I’m learning ‘The Knowledge’ part-time. One or two days a week I work with my dad who does drainage. A bit of pocket money.

Nickname: My mates just call me ‘Hoy’.

What age did you become interested in boxing and why? My dad Danny boxed amateur as a flyweight too. He reckons he had about 70 contests and lost about 25. After packing in, he became a boxing coach over at the Cheshunt ABC but I was always football mad. When I was 11 I got dropped by Watford because of my size – I was always quite weak and skinny – so I went to the boxing gym to try something new and to get stronger.

What do you recall of your amateur career? Starting at 11, I had about 65 bouts and lost about 11.I spent my first five years at the Cheshunt (ABC), then moved to Hoddesdon for a few months. At both clubs I was coached by my Dad. Later, I spent three years at West Ham with Mickey May then closed out with two seasons at the Repton under Tony Burns. I was fortunate to work with some very good coaches.

Even today, I’m only 5ft 3(in) and I almost always had to give away height which I found a bit hard to begin with. After a while, I started to figure things out in my head and exploit their weaknesses. Sometimes, I’d deliberately make myself even shorter which proved successful but I’m not exactly sure why!

I won the national schoolboys title all three years I was eligible. Not many achieve the hat-trick so I was quite proud of that. Winning the third time was probably my amateur highlight. I also won two Junior Four Nations gold medals and one National Boys Clubs (NACYP) title. I might have won three Four Nations but the first year they didn’t have a category light enough!

As a senior, I got to the ABA flyweight title in 2011 but got robbed bad against Jason Cunningham from somewhere up north. The previous season, I’d been beat fair and square by Brad Watson in the quarters. Shortly before, I’d beat Brad by a big score on his home show in Guernsey but, in the ABAs, I was terrible and he boxed really well. I only went in the ABAs twice.

I only got five England vests and I’m not sure why I weren’t picked more often. I beat Jazza Dickens from Liverpool. I beat Gary Corcoran, who’s now my stablemate, four out of five. I beat Martin Ward twice. After beating Mark Heffron in one of my schools finals, the national selectors chose him to go the European Cadets ahead of me?! I definitely felt I should’ve had more England call ups.

The first four seasons as an amateur were really enjoyable as I was getting about a dozen fights a season. However, after that, it became very rare to get a fight. Sometimes, I’d be training constantly only to get two bouts the whole season and training started to become a chore. At the Repton I went to Belfast, and also won over in Lagos, Nigeria which was a great experience.

Why did you decide to turn pro when you did? I basically felt I’d done all I could. I felt I’d already won the ABAs and just didn’t get the decision. Because I weren’t getting the (international) call-ups, it was always going to be hard to progress to another level in the amateurs.

Tell us about your back up team: I’m managed by Mickey Helliet, one of the busiest fellas around, and promoted by Queensberry Promotions, Francis and George Warren. I’m coached by Jimmy and Mark Tibbs at the TKO Gym in Canning Town and they’ve both got great knowledge of the game; strong in all aspects. Mark takes the lead role while Jimmy gives advice whenever.

I do most of my weight (monitoring)and nutrition myself; just study the back of the labels! I’m definitely at the top end of the weight and its possible that, in time, I might rise to superfly or bantam but, because of my (lack of) height, that would put me at even more of a disadvantage.

What’s your training schedule? Which parts do you most and least enjoy? Presently, I train five or six days a week. I go to the boxing gym four days and I’ll run on the others with Billy Joe Saunders. We run Saturday morning and probably a Tuesday or Wednesday night depending on what the sparring schedule is. We go four or five miles at a very fast pace.

On gym days, I start at 10.30 and train for about 90 minutes. I’ll start with six shadow – Mark’s very big on that – then do sparring, pads and bags, whatever I’m told. After that, I’ll skip for ten minutes do my core strength work and sit ups then cool down and stretch out.

Sparring is definitely my favourite par. It’s the closest to actual fighting. We’ve had people in from everywhere, Ashley Sexton, Michael Maguire. We had Ireland’s Paddy Barnes over at the TKO for a day. He was very good.

I find skipping boring and sometimes the bags are hard to focus on mentally. You know they don’t hit back.

Describe your style? What are your best qualities? I’m quite a good all rounder. I’ve a bit of speed, a bit of power and I can be light on my feet when I need to be. I like to think I’ve the tools for every job. Above all, I’m a good thinker, a good tactician; I know when to do what suits.

What specifically do you need to work on to fully optimise your potential as a fighter? Everything really. The main thing is probably learning to pace myself better. I can still go off a bit amateurish. Once I crack that, I’ll find something else to focus on. At this stage, you’re always learning.

What have you found to be the biggest difference between the pro and amateur codes? The shots hurt a bit more because of the smaller gloves and you have to slow your feet down a bit but, other than that, it’s pretty much the same.

Who is the best opponent that you’ve shared a ring with? Probably sparring Michael Maguire. He’s very strong and very clever. I’ve also had a muck about with Billy Joe Saunders who’s got excellent reactions and reflexes.

All time favourite fighter: Sugar Ray Leonard. He was flash but he could do everything.

All time favourite fight: Corrales-Castillo I; a really exciting war.

Which current match would you most like to see made? Mayweather-Pacquiao. Mayweather wins all day. To win, you have to hit your opponent. Mayweather don’t get hit!

What is your routine on fight day? I try not to break my routine of every other day. I get up between eight and nine, probably have yoghurt or a bit of fruit for breakfast then go for a nice walk. After, I might watch a bit of tele. I try to view my fights as just another little spar, otherwise I won’t perform as I can. The fight can play on my mind but I don’t really get too nervous. If I get beat, I get beat.

I like to get to the arena really early, have a look and try to visualise myself in the ring. I like a long ‘chill out’ in the dressing room and try to stay relaxed.

Entrance music: Madness: ‘One Step Beyond’.

What are your ambitions as a boxer? For the next few years, just to stay unbeaten. I’ve got to learn the game and get more experience. It’ll probably be the end of 2013 before I need to think of titles.

How do you relax? I don’t. I’m hyperactive. All I do is constantly play football with my mates.

Football team: Arsenal. I used to go all the time but now I watch ‘em mostly on the tele.

Read: The last book I read was ‘Reeferman’. I like the true crime stuff.

Music: House and Tech.

Films/TV: I like the gangster films; American Gangster, Lock, Stock...., The Business. I don’t watch tele. Hate it! It makes people lazy. I only watch good films.

Aspiration in life: To experience as much as I can, achieve as best I can and enjoy everything.

Motto: Winners Never Quit. Quitters Never Win!

The debut of BoxAcademy will be broadcast live on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456/Virgin Ch. 546).

Tickets for BoxAcademy on 3rd May at The Troxy are priced at £35 and £50 and are available from the Queensberry Promotions Box Office on 01992 550 888 or www.frankwarren.tv

About BoxAcademy
Queensberry Promotions presents the first installment of a new concept show that will be televised Live and Exclusive on the UK’s new home of boxing, BoxNation.

BoxAcademy will be a monthly live show that is solely dedicated to showcasing the most exciting, young, up and coming domestic talent in tougher, more action packed fights, designed to develop the young fighters at a faster rate to Championship level.

On one Thursday every month, BoxNation will switch the focus from its huge array of World, British and European title contests, and give the floor to a host of former Olympians, amateur champions and unbeaten prospects, as the UK’s elite young talent is given the chance to be the main focus of the show in BoxAcademy.

BoxAcademy will visit the various regional hot-beds for young boxing talent around the country, visiting a different city each month.

BoxNation’s televised coverage of BoxAcademy events will be supplemented with an array of behind the scenes interviews, training footage and background stories, giving viewers the chance to get to properly know tomorrow’s champions.

Full house expected for Gilberto "Lefty" Ramirez Vs. Jaime Barbosa this Saturday in Arandas, Jalisco

GUADALAJARA, Jalisco. – A full house is expected in Arandas Jalisco for the presentation of the RING TELMEX Scholar Gilberto "Lefty" Ramirez (20-0, 18 KOs) when he defends his World Youth WBC Title against the Costa Rican Jaime "El Indio" Barboza this Saturday April 14 in the Co Main Event of the "PATH TO GLORY" a triple championship card promoted by CANELO PROMOTIONS.

The card, the third promoted this year by CANELO PROMOTIONS, will be presented at Arandas Municipal Auditorium, and will be another test for Ramirez as Barbosa is not a newcomer to the game. He became the WBC Light Middleweight Youth Champion in May of 2010, before losing the belt in a rematch to Mexico’s Jose Pinzon. He has also fought twice for the Middle and Super Middleweight titles. He knows that this is a crossroads fight hopes to make the best of it against a great upcoming talent.

Ramirez understands Barbosa’s urgency and has thoroughly prepared to face a high level opponent, which he not only expects, but welcomes.

"I want to thank and congratulate Jaime Barboza for accepting this fight, I'm sure they will both give a great show this Saturday in Arandas," said Ramirez’s trainer, Hector Zampari.

“If it is difficult to find opponents it is even more difficult to find sparring partners. For this fight, he trained with the former world ranked Saul "La Fiera" Roman and Jose Luis "Shilling" Cruz. They have managed to go toe to toe with him and that is difficult, as Ramirez likes to train with the best, including sparing session with current WBC Light Middleweight Champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez. He is training himself for Sugar “Shane” Mosley in California and was not in Guadalajara during Ramirez’s final preparation.

The card, including the fight between Ramirez and Barboza will air nationwide this Saturday through Televisa, Mexico’s most important television network though it’s Noches de Corona, a weekly boxing series.

For Ramirez, this is a tremendous showcase and an opportunity to once again display his devastating punch, which has led to a reputation as a "Killer Boy" in Mexico’s boxing circles and consequently has run out of Mexican opponents willing to face him in the ring.

"It is difficult because he virtually demolishes opponents and that is creating a problem. Here in Mexico no one wants to fight him and now even foreign fighters are becoming aware of him and we are having the same problem in booking his matches,” added Zapari.

It is now a dilemma for Team Ramirez, although through his impacting performances, Ramirez is now transforming his raw talent into boxing skills and appears to be ready to take on tougher international opposition and to headline cards on his own. But for now, he must first meet and defeat a veteran warrior.

In another championship bout, Victor Terrazas will defend his WBC Super Bantam Silver belt against Colombian Jose Palma.

Article posted on 11.04.2012



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