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Golden Boy, Affliction team up to bring top-level fighters together on same card

LAS VEGAS -- Golden Boy Promotions, one of the leading boxing promotional companies in the world, is branching out into mixed martial arts, CEO Richard Schaefer announced Saturday at a news conference at the MGM Grand.

Golden Boy Promotions, which is promoting the Joel Casamayor-Juan Manuel Marquez lightweight title fight here on Saturday night, took a break from boxing to talk MMA in announcing a partnership with Affliction, a fledgling MMA promoter and apparel company known for its hip T-shirts.

"We have started looking at mixed martial arts and we finally decided to throw our hat into the mixed martial arts ring," Schaefer said. "I think there are some tremendous opportunities for crossover promotions and to team up with an iconic brand such as Affliction is a big step for us."

Golden Boy and Affliction will partner 50-50 on at least four pay-per-view shows next year that will include boxing matches and MMA fights on the same card. Smaller promoters have paired the two sports on cards, but never at the top level.

"We're looking to put together top MMA fighters as well as top boxers in one night. I think the two worlds have finally merged, and this is a perfect example," Affliction vice president Tom Atencio said.

Affliction, whose apparel is popular with many MMA fighters and boxers such as Kelly Pavlik and Bernard Hopkins, promoted its first MMA event July 19 in Anaheim, Calif. A second show was scheduled for Oct. 11 in Las Vegas but postponed because of lagging ticket sales.

The main event was supposed to be a heavyweight match between Andrei Arlovski and Josh Barnett with the winner expected to face Fedor Emelianenko.

When the card was called off, Golden Boy attempted to have Arlovski-Barnett rescheduled as part of the Oct. 18 Pavlik-Hopkins HBO PPV card. However, co-promoter Top Rank and HBO rejected the overture.

"They presented us with the option and we respectfully declined," HBO PPV chief Mark Taffet told ESPN.com.

As part of its deal with Golden Boy, Affliction will produce a line of event T-shirts for Golden Boy fights to sell at retail locations and at the fight. The first fight it will make shirts for is the Dec. 6 match between Golden Boy boss Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao. In addition, Affliction will become the official apparel licensee for Ring Magazine, which Golden Boy bought last year. It unveiled several sample T-shirts featuring old covers of Ring magazine, including ones of Sugar Ray Robinson. Source: ESPN - Golden Boy, Affliction team up to bring top-level fighters together on same card - Boxing

Fukk Golden Boy fukkin sell out mothafukkas
 

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I saw this and asked what people thought of it on the PBP. Frankly, this is BS. Can't believe that it will last long though - I don't think the fans will buy it.
 

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Terrible news. Makes me a little sick to my stomach. I'm just thankful that HBO nixed the idea to put an MMA fight on the Pavlik/Hopkins card. There's no way in hell I'm going to sit there and watch that **** live. I would have thrown my tickets into the Jersey Shore.
 

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Can't believe this BS is being seriously considered :(. Let's hope that HBO keeps kicking the idea into touch rather than give in to temptation. How could seriously watch a big PPV card - for example De la Hoya-Pacquiao - with MMA on it? Whole thing is BS.
 

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I'm laughing at all the people that said golden boy promotions was here to help boxing. They're money hungry. All promoters are to some extent but they took it to the next level. I got nothing against MMA but putting the 2 sports on the same card will definitely hurt boxing as all the hardcore fans will not buy the PPVs. But once again the mainstream fans don't care so they will do it eventually.
 

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I didn't like em at the begining, then I started to like em because I started to think maybe it would be better for boxing if they became the UFShe of boxing since there would be better matchups, better fights, etc.

I thought it would be good for boxing if they became the UFShe OF BOXING, not boxing and mmgay. These cokk sukkers are straight sell outs and they don't give a shitt about boxing. I hope their venture, goes XFL, and eventually GBP to go the same way. Fukk Golden Boy Promotions, Richard Shaefer, Oscar De La Hoya, everyone involved in this decision from boxing, and everyone that wants it to happen.
 

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That would absolutely ruin boxing cards.

About Golden boy joining with Affliction, no problem. Just keep in mind one thing: two different sports, two different events.
 

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Terrible news. Makes me a little sick to my stomach. I'm just thankful that HBO nixed the idea to put an MMA fight on the Pavlik/Hopkins card. There's no way in hell I'm going to sit there and watch that **** live. I would have thrown my tickets into the Jersey Shore.
I would jump in to get them.
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That would absolutely ruin boxing cards.

About Golden boy joining with Affliction, no problem. Just keep in mind one thing: two different sports, two different events.
I wouldn't have a problem with having boxing fights on a MMA card if they were small fights and not PPV. If they put MMGAY on a boxing card I will be absolutely livid unless we still get the usual 4 fights per PPV. All in all I'm not 100% opposed to the idea. I hate MMA as much as the next guy, but if those Nascar fans see some solid boxing on a MMGAY card we could gain more fans in the long run if it doesn't confuse them too much.
 

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I agree Shane. I dont think its a terrible idea. Not sure how long it will last though but maybe if each sports gets some exposure in the other sport maybe there wont be so much "my sport is better than your sport" type of talk. People will argue till the end of time about a MMA fighter vs a boxer. I would like to see how they set the cards up then I will make my decision.
 

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I wouldn't have a problem with having boxing fights on a MMA card if they were small fights and not PPV. If they put MMGAY on a boxing card I will be absolutely livid unless we still get the usual 4 fights per PPV. All in all I'm not 100% opposed to the idea. I hate MMA as much as the next guy, but if those Nascar fans see some solid boxing on a MMGAY card we could gain more fans in the long run if it doesn't confuse them too much.
Shane, you're scaring me with these even tempered logic and reasoning.
 

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This is about as ridiculous as joint boxing/football shows. What the **** is the point? I happen to enjoy both sports, but that's what they are, different sports.
 

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This is about as ridiculous as joint boxing/football shows. What the **** is the point? I happen to enjoy both sports, but that's what they are, different sports.
Well yea they are different sports but not completely different. A lot of MMA fighters have boxing background and use it wisely so you cant totally put off the idea. They are both fighting sports so I wouldn't go as far to say its like putting football and boxing together.
 

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I wouldn't have a problem with having boxing fights on a MMA card if they were small fights and not PPV. If they put MMGAY on a boxing card I will be absolutely livid unless we still get the usual 4 fights per PPV. All in all I'm not 100% opposed to the idea. I hate MMA as much as the next guy, but if those Nascar fans see some solid boxing on a MMGAY card we could gain more fans in the long run if it doesn't confuse them too much.
I agree Shane. I dont think its a terrible idea. Not sure how long it will last though but maybe if each sports gets some exposure in the other sport maybe there wont be so much "my sport is better than your sport" type of talk. People will argue till the end of time about a MMA fighter vs a boxer. I would like to see how they set the cards up then I will make my decision.
A LOT of fans would just stop buying the PPVs. And how exactly would they do it? Will they switch the octagon with a boxing ring quickly and vice versa? What about the commentators? I'm not sure how it's gonna work.
 

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I for one wouldn't like to see this

I do like some MMA, like some of the top fighters eg. Anderson Silva, Quentin Rampage Jackson, Chuck Liddel and Forrest Griffin.I also like to dip into it when it's on or if i feel the need.

The two sports need to stay seperate. I would hate to see the greatest combat sport in the world mixed together with other forms of fighting!
 
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