Solo Boxeo: Pechanga Resort & Casino

FULL CARD SET FOR SATURDAY’S FIGHTS

AT PECHANGA RESORT & CASINO

 

LOCAL HEROES JOIN HEADLINERS IVAN MORALES VS.

LUIS MALDONADO & JULIAN RAMIREZ VS.NOEL MENDOZA

 

LOS ANGELES, September 7 – Before unbeaten super flyweight Ivan Morales and undefeated featherweight Julian Ramirez face upset-minded foes Luis Maldonado and Noel Mendoza respectively on the Saturday, September 8 edition of TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo Tecate,” local Southern California favorites from featherweight to heavyweight will step through the ropes at Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Calif. to show their talents off for their hometown fans in undercard action.

 

Morales vs. Maldonado, a ten-round fight for Morales’ WBC Silver International Super Flyweight Title, ispresented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Ringside Ticket Inc. and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. PT on fight night, the first bell rings at 7:00 p.m. PT and the TeleFutura broadcast begins at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.

 

Tickets, priced at $35 and $55, are on sale now by calling (877) 711-2946 or visiting www.pechanga.com.

 

Featured in a four round featherweight matchup that will lead into the “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” portion of the card, Los Angeles’ Cesar Martinez (3-1, 1 KO) meets up with debuting Jorge Porras of Fallbrook.

 

The big men of boxing will be in the spotlight this Saturday when two heavyweight fights promise to shake the foundation of the Pechanga ring. In the first of two four round battles, Bellflower’s Daniel Gonzalez (2-1, 1 KO) will go toe-to-toe with Murrieta’s Francisco Diaz. In the second heavyweight clash, Los Angeles’ Razvan Cojanu (4-1, 1 KO) steps between the ropes to face Redwood City’s Yohan Banks (5-6-3, 3 KO’s).

 

Opening the card at 7:00 p.m. will be a four round junior lightweight battle between Bellflower’s Aaron Acevado (2-0-1, 2 KO’s) and San Bernardino veteran Juan Sandoval (5-10-1, 3 KO’s).

Six Questions For Olusegun Ajose

NEW YORK (Sept. 4, 2012) – World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Lightweight No. 1 contender Olusegun Ajose is finished waiting quietly for his shot at a world title.

 

 

 

The 32-year-old undefeated Nigerian, who has called out some of the top names in the 140-pound division, will finally get his chance when he faces WBC No. 2 contender Lucas Matthysse for the vacant WBC Interim Super Lightweight Championship on Saturday, Sept. 8, live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING onSHOWTIME® at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

 

 

 

Ajose (30-0, 14 KO’s), who has fought the majority of his professional bouts in the United Kingdom, made his United States debut last September on ShoBox: The New Generation with a 12-round unanimous decision over Ali Chebah in a WBC title eliminator.

 

 

 

An active soldier in the Nigerian Army, Ajose is looking to become the next ShoBox alum to graduate from the series and win a world title.

 

 

 

“I’m coming to America to win a world title,”  Ajose said.  “After the fight, I’m going back to join the army and live and train in the barracks.  That’s the way it is.  I’m a soldier.  You don’t become a soldier if you’re not tough.”

 

 

 

Before he returns to life in the Army, the 11-year professional boxing veteran is looking to make a statement in the U.S. against Matthysse (31-2, 29 KO’s), one of the most feared knockout artists in boxing today.

 

 

 

Ajose answered six questions as he wrapped up preparation for his first shot at a coveted world championship.

 

 

 

What do you know about Lucas Matthysse?

 

“I know he’s one of the toughest in the division.  He’s quite tough.   He lost twice, but I think he was robbed both times.   I know he comes to fight, but I only saw two of his fights – against Devon Alexander and Zab Judah.  I didn’t see his fight against Humberto Soto.  There are more fights of me on YouTube than there are of him, so he probably knows more about me, but when we fight we’ll learn a lot about each other.”

 

 

 

Will your style cause a problem for him?

 

“He’s never fought me before.  Regardless of how many lefties he’s fought, it doesn’t matter.  Every opponent is different.  I can’t say I have an advantage because I’m left handed.  He’s got his weak side and his strengths, and so do I.  I’ve got more speed, more skills, more experience and that’s what’s going to make me successful against him.

 

 

 

“My advantage is my skills, my experience in the ring – not that he’s had more fights here (in the U.S.) than I have.  That doesn’t matter.  He may have fought more times here, but he’s never faced anyone like me.”

 

 

 

Matthyse lost split decisions to former champs Devon Alexander and Zab Judah and could easily be undefeated.  Is this your toughest fight to date?

 

“I think he’s the toughest opponent on paper, but I can’t say that he’s the toughest guy until after the fight.  He definitely is on paper, but I don’t know how that will translate in reality.  Other than me, he’s probably the toughest in the division.  I’m the only one better than him.  He’s better than Danny GarciaZab Judah.  Apart from me, he’s the best.

 

 

 

“The big difference between us – it’s common knowledge I’ve been deprived of this fight for so long.  I’ve been ready to fight for a championship for four years.  Now that I have this opportunity I’m not going to let it go.  I better win this fight.  I’m going to give everything I have to win this fight.”

 

 

 

You’ve never been knocked down but he has 29 KO’s in his 31 wins.  How will you handle his power?

 

“Just because he can punch other boxers doesn’t mean he can fight me.  He has never fought me.  When he punched Zab did he knock him out?  No.  Did he knock out Alexander?  No.  I’m at their level.  Knock me out?  That’s not going to happen.  It’s going to be me knocking him out, not the other way around.

 

 

 

“Ali Cheba had an 80 percent knockout ratio and when he hit me it didn’t hurt me.  I proved my chin.  I knocked him down twice but he didn’t hurt me.  I felt some of his power but nothing I couldn’t handle.”

 

 

 

Do you feel you need to knock him out?

 

“Obviously, every boxer wants the knockout to avoid the decision; however I’m not going to be looking for it.  If it comes, great.  I just want to win and I’m going to do my best to win.  I’m going to fight in a way that will make it difficult for anyone to rob me.   It’s going to be clear decision.  I am prepared to go all the way and make it obvious that I won.”

 

 

 

Who do you want to face next in the 140-pound division if you beat Matthysse?

 

“Danny Garcia.  That’s who I want to fight, 100 percent.  After I beat him I want Danny.  He’s been saying he’s better than me; okay, come out and fight if you think you’re a superstar.  Show me you’re good., because right now I have a bigger fish to fry, and that’s Lucas.  Lucas is way better than Danny.  Right now I’m thinking about Lucas.  After I beat him we’ll think about Danny.”

 

 

 

Ajose vs. Matthysse, a 12-round fight for the vacant WBC Interim Super Lightweight World Championship taking place Saturday, September 8 at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with DiBella Entertainment, Gary Shaw Productions and Arano Box Promotions and sponsored by Corona and AT&T.  The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast will air live at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).  Preliminary fights will air live on SHOWTIME EXTREME® beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

Stay Retired Ricky

By: Danny Richardson

Follow me @Danny_Boy_93

 


For the past month or so, there have been rumours in the boxing world that my favourite fighter of all time, former two weight world champion Ricky Hatton, will make a return to the ring after 3 years out of the sport. ‘The Hitman’, announced his retirement from boxing last year after struggling to come to terms with his loss to Manny Pacquiao back in 2009, where Hatton was brutally knocked out in 2 rounds by the Pac Man. Following his defeat to Pacquiao, the Hyde man struggled with depression and alcoholism, and was even snapped snorting cocaine by the press. This led to Hatton checking himself into rehab, and after seemingly coming to terms with his retirement; Ricky has built an ever growing promotional stable and has made the transition from fighter to trainer successfully, with the Hatton name and brand still as popular as ever.

 However, in the last few weeks, there have been whispers that Hatton is considering a comeback at the age of 33, and recent images of the Hitman seem to back these rumours up. Ricky is supposedly back in the gym and has shed a lot of the weight he has gained since retirement, and recent holiday snaps seems to show Hatton lighter than ever. These pictures have added fuel to the fire that Hatton will perform an incredible U-Turn and make a comeback, with many of his loyal fans divided with the idea that Ricky could yet fight again. Although his return would be massive for boxing, as one of the Hitman’s biggest fans, I have to say I’d hate to see Ricky come out of retirement and put his health at risk.

Like I said, I’m a huge fan of Ricky’s and he will always be my all time favourite fighter. He is the first fighter I ever really followed, at 9 years old I watched the Hitman battle hard to beat Eamon Magee, and from there his career went from strength to strength. His fight with Kostya Tszyu will always be one of my all time favourites, when, as a huge underdog, Hatton produced one of the greatest performances ever by a British fighter to dethrone a fighter who was considered the second best on the planet at the time. From there, Hatton demolished Carlos Maussa with one of the best knockouts I have ever seen, before he struggled to victory against Luis Collazo in his welterweight debut to become a 2 weight world champion, writing his name in British boxing history.

A win over Juan Urango and a stunning 4th round KO over Jose Luis Castillo with a trademark body shot earned the Hitman a shot at pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr in 2007, and to this day I have never been as nervous before a fight. An army of British fans took over Vegas, and to this day the fight capital of the world has yet to witness anything like it since. Spurred on by all the support he received, Hatton started like a house on fire, before Mayweather’s class showed, as ‘Money’ stopped Hatton in the 10th round, breaking many British hearts in the process, including mine. I have never been so low following a fight, and I know that many British fans felt the same.

With his record now at 40-1, Hatton returned to the ring, labouring to victory over Juan Lazcano in Manchester. His lacklustre performance led to a split with long time trainer Billy Graham, with Ricky moving on to Floyd Mayweather Sr, father of the first man to beat him. A slight change in style saw Hatton become the first man to stop current WBA welterweight king Paulie Malignaggi to claim another world title, and the Hitman seemed back to his best, as a fight with Manny Pacquiao was set up for May 2009. The rest as they say, is history.

 Ricky was brutally stopped in 2 rounds, and the whole world witnessed a stunning fall from grace. Hatton’s punch resistance had gone, the blowing up in weight between fights looked to have caught up with him, and a torrid training camp with Mayweather Sr cost the Hitman in the biggest fight of his career after Mayweather Jr. The Ricky Hatton in the ring with Pacquiao was a shadow of the man who broke down Kostya Tszyu 4 years earlier and it was clear he needed to call it a day. And thankfully, last year he did. But rumours of a comeback have never gone away, and they seem to be gathering pace as it stands.

But I don’t want to see my hero fight again – and here’s why. Hatton had a phenomenal career and only ever lost to the best out there in Mayweather and Pacquiao, who will go down in history as two of the greatest ever, particularly in Mayweathers case. He is a British legend, and the most popular fighter to come out of this country ever. His achievements, particularly in terms of the army of fans he carried, will never be matched again, and for that alone, you have to regard the Hitman as a legend of boxing. He achieved so much, and although he lost his last contest against the phenomenon that is Manny Pacquiao, he won’t be remembered for that.

So why tarnish a legacy? If Ricky was to make a comeback, a rumoured opponent has been Paulie Malignaggi, a man Ricky dominated in late 2008. But would today’s Ricky Hatton be able to handle an opponent like Malignaggi? Granted, Malignaggi is one of the softest punchers in the game, so he wouldn’t be able to hurt Ricky, but he is incredibly slippery and he dominated a previously unbeaten world champion in Vyacheslav Senchenko to win a world title last time out. If Ricky was to face Malignaggi again and be out boxed, he would surely tarnish his legacy.

But say if he beat Malignaggi, where does he go from there? 3 years ago, Hatton was far past his best, and his punch resistance, a vital part of his style, had totally gone. There are some big punchers in the welterweight division, and I don’t think Ricky could live with that anymore. 3 years is a long time, and the punishment he took from Pacquiao was so bad, I’d hate to see him like that again. He can’t have improved anything in 3 years, if anything he will be a worse fighter in my opinion, because his speed and reflexes will surely have diminished. He may have the fire again, and his power may be up to scratch, but I just don’t see how he’d be able to compete anymore. My biggest worry is seeing him knocked out again, and all his personal demons returning because of it.

On the flip side, you could say that as he only lost to the best out there in Mayweather and Pacquiao, he still could compete as the best of the rest. A fight with Amir Khan, or even Kell Brook would be massive for Britain, and as Ricky has been losing the excess weight slowly, he could return invigorated. I suppose you never know, but I personally just don’t see it. 3 years out of the ring, particularly for a man who has a style like Ricky’s, is a long time and I don’t see how he could return to the top.

Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing more that I’d like to see than for Ricky to return to the ring, become a world champion once again and prove the world wrong. I would love him to gain revenge on Mayweather and Pacquiao, and become the pound for pound king. But, I just can’t see that happening.

Of course, the Hitman may never return, the rumours could be meaningless and Ricky may just be improving his fitness to help him train other fighters. I hope that is the case, but there’s no smoke without fire, and I think there may be truth in what is being said. I hope that’s not the case, because I’d hate to see my boxing hero hurt again as he was by Manny Pacquiao, because if he was, all the demons may come back and may never go away. As one of Ricky’s biggest fans, I would hate that to happen and tarnish his legacy in the process. And that’s why I’m saying please, stay retired Ricky.