LOS ANGELES, May 4 – Unbeaten power punchers Omar Figueroa, Keith Thurman and Antonio Orozco will head up the hard-hitting non-pay-per-view undercard for “Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto” taking place May 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. The line-up guarantees that fans in attendance in Las Vegas will see the best of the next generation of boxing stars, while fans at home will be able to see Figueroa and Thurman in action in separate bouts which will be shown live on select internet outlets as well as by satellite and cable providers prior to the pay-per-view telecast. Those outlets include Ustream.tv, Yahoo! Sports, FoxSports.com, SI.com, CraveOnline.com and HBO.com/InsideBoxing.com.
Weslaco’s Omar “Panterita” Figueroa (15-0-1, 12 KO’s) has long been a Texas favorite because of his knockout power and aggressive style, but the rest of the country took notice of “Panterita” in 2012, as a result of his nationally televised knockouts of unbeaten Michael Perez and Ramon Ayala. He is now on the short list of fighters to watch in the stacked 135-pound weight class. On May 5, he’ll look to add another impressive win to his ledger when he battles Pevely, Missouri’s Robbie Cannon (12-6-2, 6 KO’s) in an eight-round bout.
Welterweight prospect Keith “One Time” Thurman (16-0, 15 KO’s) is rapidly becoming one of the most feared young fighters in the sport today, and at just 23, he’s only going to get better. The owner of a 94 percent knockout ratio, the Clearwater, Florida native returned from a 15-month layoff in February in impressive style when he stopped Christopher Fernandez in a single round. Hannibal, Missouri’s undefeated Brandon Hoskins (16-0-1, 8 KO’s) will aim to stop the meteoric rise of Thurman this Saturday night in an eight-round welterweight bout.
Also in undercard action will be twenty-four year old Mexico native Antonio Orozco (13-0, 9 KO’s), who is the latest promising talent to emerge from that fighting rich nation as “The Simple Man” continues to progress and impress in his impressive undefeated career. Most recently, he has stepped up with his best performances to date including a fourth round knockout triumph over Rodolfo Armenta at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas in February and a shutout win over Fernando Rodriguez at STAPLES Center last October. Now, he is back in the fight capital of the world for an eight-round welterweight bout against Fort Myers, Florida’s Dillet Frederick (8-5-3, 5 KO’s).
Also featured will be with a four/six-round featherweight bout between Carolina, Puerto Rico’s undefeated Braulio Santos (5-0, 5 KO’s) and San Bernardino, California’s Juan Sandoval (5-8-1, 3 KO’s).
“Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto”, a 12-round fight for Cotto’s WBA Super Welterweight World Championship and the vacant WBC Super Welterweight Diamond Belt, is promoted by Mayweather Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions. Also featured will be Canelo Alvarez vs. Sugar Shane Mosley, a 12-round fight for Canelo’s WBC Super Welterweight World Championship which is presented in association with Canelo Promotions and Sugar Shane Mosley Promotions and a 10-round welterweight fight between undefeated welterweight rising star Jessie Vargas and former world champion Steve Forbes. Opening the pay-per-view broadcast will be a 10-round bout between super welterweight contender DeAndre Latimore and former World Champion Carlos Quintana which is presented in association with DiBella Entertainment. The mega-event is sponsored by Corona, Hatfields&McCoys on HISTORY™, DeWalt Tools, AT&T, O’Reilly Auto Parts and Puebla – Cinco De Mayo and will take place Saturday, May 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
Remaining tickets for “Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto” are priced at $1,500 and $1,250, not including applicable service charges, with a total ticket limit of ten (10) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
Three Las Vegas MGM Resorts, Mandalay Bay, Monte Carlo and The Mirage, will host live closed circuit telecasts of “Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto.” Advanced purchased tickets for the closed circuit telecasts are priced at $75, not including handling fees. All seats are general admission and are on sale now at each individual property’s box office outlets or by phone with a major credit card at (866) 799-7711.
The event’s freeview, featuring undefeated lightweight prospect Omar “Panterita” Figueroa facing Robbie Cannon and undefeated welterweight sensation Keith Thurman battling fellow unbeaten Brandon Hoskins in eight-round fights, will air live from 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT until 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT on select internet outlets as well as by satellite and cable providers prior to the pay-per-view telecast.
The finale of HBO’s all-access reality series 24/7 MAYWEATHER/COTTO will debut this Friday, May 4 (8:00 p.m. ET/PT), the night before the high-stakes super welterweight title bout. All four episodes will have multiple replay dates on HBO, and the series will also be available on HBO On Demand® and HBO GO®.
NCM Fathom will broadcast “Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto” in high definition LIVE to more than 440 movie theaters nationwide. Tickets to see the fight on the big screen are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com.