Golden Boy Promotions Inks Fidel “The Atrisco Kid” Maldonado to Multi-Fight Deal



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LOS ANGELES (November 30) – Fidel “The Atrisco Kid” Maldonado Jr. (20-3, 17 KOs) of Albuquerque, New Mexico, signed a multi-year multi-fight promotion contract with Golden Boy Promotions today. Fresh off a victory against Lowell Brownfield in September, Maldonado Jr. is ready to continue on his journey to championship glory.
“After much consideration and other offers, I have decided remain loyal and continue my relationship with Golden Boy Promotions,” said Fidel Maldonado Jr. “I have been with the company since 2010 and they have treated me like family and have always had my best interests in mind. I am excited to continue this exciting journey with Golden Boy Promotions and I am looking forward to the success we can create together.”
“Fidel is a talented fighter with a promising future and an aggressive style that fans love so I’m pleased he has decided to re-sign with Golden Boy Promotions,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “He is committed to taking on the toughest challenges, willing to fight the best in the sport, which matches our mission at Golden Boy Promotions. Because of this, Fidel is the type of fighter we want to promote and we are pleased he has chosen to remain with us to further his career in this sport.”
Fidel Maldonado Jr. is a determined 24-year-old veteran at 135 pounds known for his aggressive style and feared punching power. In his most recent fight on Sept. 5, Maldonado won a first-round technical knockout over Lowell Brownfield in New Mexico. In previous fights, Maldonado Jr. has been in the ring against Amir “Grand Master” Imam, which received acclaimed as potential fight of the year nominee. Maldonado Jr. has also faced tough contenders like Nelson Lara, former U.S. Olympian Luis Ramos Jr., lightweight contender Michael “The Artist” Perez, and Fernando “El Guerrero Yaqui” Carcamo earning himself the WBC Youth Silver Lightweight Title along the way. The southpaw was a standout amateur fighter with 230 amateur fights, and only recorded 12 losses. He was a bronze medalist at the 2008 National Golden Gloves Championships and a silver medalist at the 2008 U.S. National Championships.
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Maldonado vs Forbes Set for Feb. 10. Errol Spence As Co-Main.

SAN ANTONIO (January 14) – Winner of four straight bouts, including an impressive seventh-round technical knockout of Luis Ramos Jr. last November, junior welterweight prospect Fidel “The Atrisco Kid” Maldonado Jr. is back at Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio, TX. on Monday, Feb. 10 when he faces former World Champion Steve “2Pound” Forbes on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes in the main event of the second 2014 installment Golden Boy Live!.

In the co-main event, unbeaten 2012 U.S. Olympian Errol Spence Jr. is scheduled for 10-rounds in the welterweight division versus an opponent to be determined.

“The fans were great in San Antonio the last time I fought here and I’m going to give them an exciting show again,” said Maldonado. “Steve Forbes is a former world champion and he’s got a lot of experience, but I’m ready to step up to this challenge..”

“Don’t count me out yet,” said Forbes. “I’m still strong and fast, and I can do things in the ring a kid like Maldonado hasn’t even seen yet. Watch this fight on February 10; it’s going to be something to remember.”

“San Antonio fans are some of the most enthusiastic and knowledgeable in boxing, and they’re in for a treat on February 10,” said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “Maldonado vs. Forbes is an important fight for both men,and the winner is going to be off to a great start toward big things in 2014.”

Maldonado Jr. vs. Forbes is a 10-round junior welterweight bout presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Leija*Battah Promotions and sponsored by Corona and O’Reilly Auto Parts. Cowboys Dancehall doors open at 5:00 p.m. CT and the first fight starts at 6:30 p.m. CT. The FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes broadcast airs live at 10:00 p.m. ET/9:00 p.m. CT/7:00 p.m. PT.

Tickets, priced at $100, $65, $35 and $24, plus applicable taxes, fees and service charges are available for purchase now by phone by calling Leija*Battah Promotions at (210) 979-3302, or text “Tickets” to 210-556-7390. Tables are also available for $260 plus applicable taxes, fees and service charges.

Southpaw sensation Fidel “The Atrisco Kid” Maldonado Jr. (17-2, 14 KO’s) may hail from Albuquerque, New Mexico, but if the 22-year-old keeps delivering performances like his recent seventh-round stoppage of Luis Ramos Jr., fans in San Antonio are likely to adopt him as one of their own. Maldonado Jr., former amateur star who bounced back from two 2012 losses to win four consecutive bouts, three by knockout, is definitely a fighter to watch in 2014.

A seasoned veteran whose world championship experience has earned him respect throughout the boxing world, former junior lightweight titlist Steve “2Pound” Forbes (35-12, 11 KO’s) believes that, at 36, he still has another title run left in him, and his effort in a controversial majority decision loss to Johan Perez in January of 2013 proves it. Hailing from Las Vegas, Forbes has faced the best of the best over the years, including Oscar De La Hoya, Andre Berto, Cornelius Bundrage, Carlos Hernandez and John Brown, and on Feb. 10, he aims to hand Maldonado Jr. a loss in San Antonio.

Desoto, Texas’ Errol Spence (10-0, 8 KO’s) has stayed busy since his stint as a member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team, and as he’s compiled a perfect professional record, he has fought in California, Florida and Nevada, only visiting his home state once. But on Feb. 10, the hard-hitting 23-year-old southpaw will be back in Texas in search of his eleventh professional victory.