Sports Illustrated Names Oscar De La Hoya 2014 Boxing Promoter of the Year

LOS ANGELES (December 25, 2014) –Sports Illustrated has named Golden Boy Promotions Founder and President Oscar De La Hoya its 2014 Boxing Promoter of the Year.

 

The famed magazine noted: “De La Hoya has re-established himself as a force on the promotional landscape. He has repaired Golden Boy’s relationship with HBO, restored a working relationship with rival Top Rank and continued to build junior middleweight Saul “Canelo” Alvarez into one of the biggest stars in boxing…his best days as a promoter lie ahead.

 

“I’m humbled and honored and thank Sports Illustrated for this incredible recognition,” Oscar De La Hoya said. “When I was inducted to the Boxing Hall of Fame in June, I made a promise that Golden Boy Promotions would focus all of its energies on a simple premise – bringing the best fights to the fans of our sport. In 2014, we started to deliver on that promise, but we have only scratched the surface of what is possible.. Working with our outstanding stable of fighters, our fellow promoters and everyone else in our sport who shares our goals, 2015 is primed to be a huge year for boxing.”

 

The recognition from Sports Illustrated caps an outstanding year for De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions. Earlier 2014 highlights include De La Hoya’s induction to the International Boxing Hall of Fame; recognition of De La Hoya’s accomplishments and contributions in and out of the ring from the California State Legislature; and the announcement that Golden Boy Promotions would once again start working with HBO Sports in addition to the company’s ongoing relationship with SHOWTIME.

Making good on the promise to put together the best fights for the fans, De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions brought huge events to venues all over the country, including bouts between superstar Canelo Alvarez vs. Erislandy Lara; the legendary Bernard Hopkins vs. Sergey Kovalev; and a resurgent Amir Khan vs. Devon Alexander to end the year strong.

 

De La Hoya promises that 2015 will be even better.

 

“I’ll never forget that boxing is for the fans. I do this for the fans. I want them to get the fights they want to see, and I won’t rest until that happens.”

Boxing Manager AJ Featured In Sports Illustrated. Client Galarza Lands On Showtime

Danbury, CT (January 17, 2014) -Professional boxing manager A.J. Galante, President of Elite Boxing Enterprises, is currently part of a multi-page feature in Sport’s Illustrated.  
 
The publication giant reached out to Galante, 27 years old, about the minor league hockey team his father and he owned ten years ago, one of the most controversial hockey teams ever, the Danbury Trashers. Galante was named the President of the team at the tender age of 17, and helped build what was known as the toughest hockey team in America. “The Danbury Trashers are a team that can never be duplicated.” Galante stated, “My father and I turned the hockey world upside down in just two seasons. I was young, but worked hard, and we definitely did things our way.” The Trashers became infamous in two seasons due to their rough style of play, crazy antics both on and off the ice, as well as being a winning team, reaching the league finals in just their second season.
 
 Galante’s experience in Minor League hockey laid the groundwork for him to jump into the professional boxing business as a manager, starting in 2011. “My father and I went into minor league hockey with zero, and I mean zero experience running a sports franchise. But we built a team that nobody wanted to go up against. I came into boxing at the age of 24, again with zero experience or knowledge. I have managed a total of 3 boxers, and I believe I’ve been an asset to their careers.”
 
Galante started managing Delvin Rodriguez in 2011, and helped guide him for 6 fights, culminating in Rodriguez’s biggest match of his career, a main event bout on HBO World Championship Boxing against Miguel Cotto. Galante no longer manages Rodriguez, but is excited about a new Junior Middleweight about to burst onto the scene, reigning undefeated New York State Jr. Middleweight Champion Frank ‘Notorious’ Galarza. “Frank is the real deal. I’ve been with him for 3 fights, and we’ve come a long way each bout and in between. He believes in me and I believe in him, we have a great team and together we will make noise, starting Friday on Showtime.” Galarza will be competing in the co-feature of tonight’s 2014 season premiere of Showtime’s ShoBox: The Next Generation, against undefeated John Thompson. 
 
Be sure to check out this week’s edition of Sports Illustrated, on newsstands today, to read more on A.J. Galante and the Danbury Trashers, and tune into Showtime tonight, 10PMET to watch Frank Galarza battle for the WBC Latino Title in an all action bout.

Richard Schaefer Named 2013 Sports Illustrated Promoter of the Year.

LOS ANGELES (Dec 26) – 2013 was one of the best years boxing has had in recent memory, and as Sports Illustrated recapped the past 12 months, it honored Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer as the iconic publication’s Promoter of the Year.

“This is obviously an unexpected award, but I’m very appreciative and honored,” said Schaefer. “But I must point out that a single person can’t do what Golden Boy Promotions has done in 2013, so I’d like to thank my staff, our fighters, our sponsors and TV partners for their continued support and efforts in 2013. In the end, this is all about the fans of our great sport and I will continue to deliver the best fights and fighters to them in 2014 and beyond.”

But that’s not all, as pound-for-pound great Floyd Mayweather was named 2013’s Fighter of the Year by Yahoo Sports.

“I am proud that my friend Floyd Mayweather has been voted as the Fighter of the Year by Yahoo,” added Schaefer. “Floyd personifies that with hard work and dedication anything is possible. Together, we will continue to break records and elevate the great sport of boxing.”

Wrote Sports Illustrated boxing writer Chris Mannix of Schaefer, “Even Schaefer’s harshest critics will admit: It’s been a good year for Golden Boy Promotions. Banished by HBO — a decision based on Golden Boy’s steering of many of its high profile fighters to Showtime — Schaefer has been a driving force behind Showtime’s transformation into a legitimate competitor to HBO. With a deep stable at his disposal, Schaefer has put together big fight after big fight, from Saul Alvarez-Austin Trout to Danny Garcia-Lucas Matthysse to Adrien Broner-Marcos Maidana. As Floyd Mayweather’s co-promoter, Schaefer was instrumental in the biggest promotion of the year, Mayweather-Alvarez, a fight that generated 2.2 million pay per view buys and became the highest grossing ($150 million) pay-per-view fight of all time. With a young roster — excluding 48-year-old Bernard Hopkins, who will try to become a unified titleholder next year — Golden Boy has a bright future.”

Veteran Yahoo Sports boxing scribe Kevin Iole was equally effusive in his praise of Mayweather, writing, “He’s one of those guys who will be appreciated much more when he’s gone than he is while he’s still competing. But he’s the best of the best, and he was the best of a very good crop of fighters in 2013. For that, Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the 2013 Yahoo Sports Boxing Fighter of the Year.”