Oscar De La Hoya Applauds Top Rank Lawsuit vs Al Haymon

LOS ANGELES, (July 1, 2015) – Golden Boy Promotions Founder and Chairman Oscar De La Hoya released the following statement today in the wake of Top Rank Boxing’s lawsuit against Al Haymon and his affiliated entities.
 
“I applaud Bob Arum and Top Rank Boxing for stepping up on behalf of fighters not only in their own stable, but all across the sport. Those like Bob and myself who have spent the bulk of their lives around boxing understand that the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act is a crucial piece of legislation that serves to protect boxers and enhance the sport. Golden Boy Promotions will continue to push forward with our own lawsuit to ensure our wonderful sport continues to grow in a competitive, just manner.”
 
Background on GBP Lawsuit:  
 
On May 6, 2015, Golden Boy Promotions filed a $300 million lawsuit against Al Haymon and his related companies alleging repeated violation of antitrust laws and the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act.  The case was filed in Federal Court in Los Angeles.

Photos: Mike Reed Defeats Luis Joel Gonzalez at The Theater at Madison Square Garden

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WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S.A. – On Saturday night, June 13, at New York City’s Theater at Madison Square Garden, Top Rank light welterweight professional boxer, Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed (Washington, D.C../Waldorf, MD) defeated Luis Joel Gonzalez (Puerto Rico) by unanimous decision in an 8 round bout. For most of the fight, Reed walked his opponent down while displaying a varied attack of jabs and powerful body shots. Judges at ringside scored the contest for Reed 80-73, 80-72, and 80-72. With the win, Reed’s record improved to 15-0, with 8 KOs, while Gonzalez’s record moved to 11-2-1, with 6 KOs. Reed-Gonzalez opened the non-televised portion of the HBO “Boxing After Dark” fight card, promoted by Top Rank, in association with All-Star Boxing. In the main event, Jamaica’s Nicholas “The Axe Man” Walters (26-0, 21 KOs) defeated Colombia’s Miguel Marriaga (20-1, 18 KOs) by unanimous decision, and in the co-main event, Puerto Rico’s Felix Verdejo (18-0, 13 KOs) defeated San Antonio’s Ivan Najera (16-1, 8 KOs) by unanimous decision. The HBO Boxing fight card took place on the eve of the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City.

The 22-year-old Reed talked about his win in New York City. He said, “I thought I had a solid performance. Gonzalez came to fight and win on the eve of the Puerto Rican Day Parade. I did what I was supposed to do. I hit him hard to the body and slowed him down. He had real good leg movement and we saw that on film. In the first three or four rounds he came out a southpaw, and I adjusted accordingly, hitting him with some good body shots and counter hooks. Southpaw fighters aren’t used to fighting other southpaw fighters. Then, he made a switch and I adjusted to that as well. He was a good opponent, and he made me work for my win. We don’t know the next fight date yet, so I’ll take a couple days off, and then get right back to the gym. I want to stay close to my fight weight, so I’ll be ready when Top Rank calls. Thank you Top Rank, HBO, Nike Boxing and Athlete Performance Solutions, my team, all the media, and everyone that continues to support Team Reed.”

Reed’s father, trainer, and manager, Michael “Buck” Pinson (Dream Team Boxing Gym/Clinton, MD), said, “I thought my son performed well. He showed a lot of hand speed and a lot of power. Gonzalez was a real durable guy. We definitely wanted the knockout, but it didn’t come. We’ll go back to the gym, back to the drawing board, and continue to work on throwing combinations and hard punches. All the fans I spoke to at the Garden said they really enjoyed his fight. Team Reed should be back in the ring again soon. We appreciate all of our fans that made the drive to NYC. We’re already looking forward to the next one.”

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photo credits:

Ring/fight pics, press conference pics, pre-fight warm up pic: courtesy of Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Pic of Mike Reed in locker room after his win, Buck Pinson/Mike Reed pic in front of MSG, Mike Reed/Bob Arum pic: courtesy of Team Reed

“Maravilla” to Hit Major Streaming Channels May 19th

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“MARAVILLA” DOCUMENTARY ON BOXING CHAMP SERGIO MARTINEZ TO PREMIERE on iTunes US, MAY 19, 2015

New York (May 14, 2015) – “MARAVILLA”, the documentary based on the struggle of middleweight champion Sergio Martinez to reclaim his crown in boxing, will premiere on iTunes US on May 19, 2015. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival (2014), won the “Best Editing Award” at Mar del Plata Film Festival (Argentina), was nominated for “Best Documentary” for the Academy Awards of Argentina (2014), and was selected for the Official Competition at Guadalajara (Mexico, 2014), Lima (Peru, 2014) and Málaga (Spain, 2015) Film Festivals. “MARAVILLA” will also be available on Google Play, YouTube, PlayStation Networks, Vudu, Amazon Video, Xbox and On Demand on major US cable providers on May 19, 2015.
 
“MARAVILLA” premiered on Netflix USA, Canada and UK on April 1st and it was given four stars (out of five) by more than 22,000 households in only 30 days. “MARAVILLA” has also been the #1 Most Popular Spanish-Language Documentary on IMDB.com for the last two weeks. The film is 50% in English and 50% in Spanish.
 

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Director Juan Cadaveira gains unprecedented access into the world of boxing, revealing actual negotiations, the politics of championship organizations and TV networks, and the vulnerable physical condition of an aging champion. The 80-minute character-driven documentary offers a true inside look at the industry and follows middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez through every step of his battle inside and outside the ring to reclaim the title he rightfully owns.

Along with thrilling footage of Sergio’s mastery inside the ring and the persistent efforts by his team to keep him at the top, the film goes beyond the guts and glory of a common boxing tale. “MARAVILLA” reveals an unforgettable man who uses ambition, adaptability, relentless determination and integrity to navigate through a business that is attempting to control his fate.
 

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The documentary captures the grueling physical and mental demands on Sergio. Viewers are invited into his dressing room, his physical therapy sessions, and into his inner circle. The road to his achievements is shown to be isolating at times and requires a vision far beyond what is considered possible for a man who didn’t pick up boxing gloves until he was over the age of 20.
 
“MARAVILLA” sheds light on Sergio’s childhood growing up in poverty in Buenos Aires, with personal stories from family members and archival footage and photos from his youth. Sergio reveals his inner self and his battles to successfully overcome disappointment, adversity and neglect.
 

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The film features interviews and testimonials by many international boxing personalities such as Mike Tyson, Don King, Oscar De La Hoya, Bob Arum, Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Dan Rafael, and the late WBC president Jose Sulaiman. Those closest to Sergio figure prominently in the film, including his longtime promoter Lou DiBella, advisor Sampson Lewkowicz, trainers and his mother along with other family members.
 
First-time director Cadaveira shot the film over two years in four countries: Argentina, Spain, Mexico and the United States, and in many different cities, from Quilmes to Las Vegas, via New York, Atlantic City, Los Angeles, and Mexico DF.
 
“MARAVILLA” is written and directed by Juan Pablo Cadaveira, executive produced by Lou DiBella and Jamin O’Brien and produced by BK Blu Productions and Blue Production Company.
 

iTunes USA  https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/maravilla/id981770730