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De La Hoya, Mayweather Talk on Boxing's Return​

LOS ANGELES — For a sport that has taken more than its share of slings and arrows over the last few years, boxing has proven to be as resilient as its greatest champions, rising from the canvas in 2007 to again take its place among the most popular and relevant sports in the world.

The latest sign that boxing is back came this week, when HBO revealed that the record-shattering May 5th super fight between Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather did even better than initially thought, with final numbers now clocking in at 2.4 million pay-per-view buys and $134.4 million in domestic revenue.

These numbers have established De La Hoya as the all-time leader in pay-per-view sales with 12.8 million buys. Not only did his fight with Mayweather shatter existing records for most PPV buys for a non-heavyweight fight, it sailed past the previous leader for overall PPV buys (1.9 million, which was set by the rematch between Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson in 1997).

“This is amazing news and the strongest possible sign that boxing is not only alive, but that it is thriving,” said De La Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions, the promoters of De La Hoya-Mayweather. “There is no proof like cold, hard facts, and the response of fight fans to these events has given me hope that this sport will soon be back on the front pages of daily newspapers and in the mainstream’s consciousness like it was in its heyday.”

“I’m happy that my fight with Oscar did so well, but I’m not surprised because this is what happens when you give the people what they want,” said Mayweather, who fights Ricky Hatton on December 8. “I am going to keep bringing that to the people and that’s what they will see when I fight Hatton. Plus, being a competitive person, I want to go past 2.4 million buys and show the world what boxing is all about.”

What’s even more impressive is that in this record-breaking overall year for the boxing business, there are still two PPV super fights left – the November 10th battle between Sugar Shane Mosley and Miguel Cotto, and the grand pay-per-view finale December 8th between Mayweather and Hatton.

Added Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, “I’ve always said that if you brought great fights and great fighters to the people and promoted it properly that every fight fan would respond, and the success we’ve had this year proves it. This is the dawning of a new age for boxing, and we are proud to be part of its renaissance.”
 

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Juan M. Marquez, Martin Honorio Workout Quotes

Juan Manuel Marquez will defend his WBC Super Featherweight title against Ricardo Rocky Juarez live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING beginning at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) on Saturday, November 3 from the Desert Diamond Casino in Tucson, Arizona.

In the co-feature, Robert Guerrero puts his IBF Featherweight title on the line against Martin Honorio.

Marquez vs. Juarez headlines an exciting night of world-class professional boxing presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Romanza Productions

Juan Manuel Marquez

“As everyone knows this fight had to be rescheduled. That said, I am happy that it is here in Tucson (Ariz.) and on SHOWTIME. This will be a great fight for the fans.

“Rocky Juarez is a tremendous fighter. It will be a tough fight, but I am prepared for what he will bring.

The layoff did not affect, hurt or help me. I am fit and ready for this fight.

I am 100 percent healthy and I am focused solely on Juarez. I am not thinking past him. This will be a tough fight. I am ready and prepared.

I always keep my fight preparations the same. The one time I changed to adapt to a fighter style, I lost.

“I like to dedicate this fight to all the men and women in the U.S. armed forces, serving here and overseas.”

Martin Honorio

“I am happy to have the chance to fight for a world title. This is a tough fight but I have taken my time to prepare for it. I believe I deserve it. I will get the win.

“Guerrero is a complete fighter but he has some weaknesses. I know what they are and I will work on that in the ring.

“I am very happy to fighting on SHOWTIME. I am glad they were able to put this show on and deliver it to boxing fans.

“Guerrero knows that I am coming with everything. He knows that I will put the pressure on him to perform.”

“I trained a lot longer for this fight than previous fights. I got a great cardio workout because we trained in higher elevation.
 

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UK Fighters Unite For Paul Ingle Benefit

Sports Plus Events proudly announces that British super featherweight champion and fellow Yorkshireman Carl Johanneson will be just one of the guests who will attend the benefit dinner for former world featherweight champion Paul Ingle in Paul's hometown of Scarborough, England on Friday, November 2, 2007.

Also appearing will be Nigel Benn, Steve Collins, Colin McMillan, Billy Hardy, Henry Wharton, Johnny Nelson, Junior Witter, Jim McDonnell, Jon Thaxton, Mickey Cantwell, Ryan Rhodes, Richard Dunne and a host of personalities from sport and show business, including Comedian Frank Carson.

Ingle was guest of honor at the Jamie Moore vs. Andrew Facey rematch in Wigan this past Friday night. Paul sat between fellow British champions Carl Johanneson and Michael Gomez and chatted, signing a number of autographs for boxing fans who were keen to see Paul at ringside.

Also attending the dinner will be Paul's former manager and promoter, Frank Maloney, putting to bed any rumour that there was a fall out between the two men

Paul was a personal guest of Frank's at the Moore - Facey card, promoted by Frank's company. It is hoped that Paul will be seen more often at ringside.

This is a must dinner for any boxing fan who wants to be in a room with former and current British boxing greats and a great way to honor to a fighter that brought a lot of joy and exciting nights to boxing fans.

Platinum and Gold tickets include entry to the Champagne Reception, where ticket holders can mix with the Celebrity Guests.

Doors open at 6:30PM for Champagne Reception and 7:00PM for Silver and Bronze ticket holders.

Tickets are priced £150 Platinum, £125 Gold, £100 Silver, £75 Bronze and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 01992 451332. Credit Cards are accepted - www.sportsplusweb. Event sponsored by Thompson Homes.
 
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