WBF Champions Retain Belts in Mexico, Germany

Thousands of miles apart, but equally impressive, Irma Sanchez and Ramona Kuehne retained their WBF Women’s Flyweight and Super Featherweight World titles on Saturday night by stopping their opponents in front of packed crowds in Mexico and Germany.

At the Coliseo Olimpico de la UG in her hometown of Guadalajara, Irma “La Guerita” Sanchez, got rid of Thailand’s Fahpratan Looksaikongdin already in the second round. After dominating the first stanza, Sanchez found a perfect right in the second that send the challenger crashing to the canvas, and referee Juan Manuel Rincon wisely stopped the fight at 1:27 of the round.

Televised by Mexico Televisa and promoted by HG Boxing, this was the second successful defense for Sanchez of the World Flyweight title she won last July, and judging by the loud reception she received from the spectators Saturday night she is clearly a superstar in Guadalajara, and another title defense in the beautiful capital of Jalisco state would likely be welcomed by the local boxing fans.

45,000 Demand Female Boxers Right to Choose Dress in Ring

LONDON – As female boxing gets ready to debut at the Olympics, nearly 45,000 people have joined a campaign on Change.org demanding that female boxers be given the right to choose whether to wear shorts or skirts in the ring.

Last year, the Amateur International Boxing Association (IABA) suggested to its national federations that wearing skirts would make female athletes look “elegant” and help “distinguish” them from their male counterparts.

Women’s boxing will make its Olympics debut during the London 2012 games. On Wednesday, the Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA) is meeting to discuss the games and draw up recommendations, including suitable dress requirements.

Quotes from Alexander-Maidana, Broner-Perez Press Conference

DEVON ALEXANDER “THE GREAT”, Former Two-Time World Champion
“These last few fights at 140 pounds were hard for me to make weight. I’m going to be stronger and faster at 147.

“Maidana is coming to tear my head off, but I’m going to be ready, 110%.”

MARCOS “EL CHINO” MAIDANA, WBA Super Lightweight World Champion
“I’m excited to fight in the United States again. This is the Mecca of boxing.

“I dedicate my life to boxing and I’m taking this fight very seriously.”

ADRIEN “THE PROBLEM” BRONER, WBO Junior Lightweight World Champion
“I’ve been coming to St. Louis since I was 8 and Devon is like a big brother to me. Fighting here is going to feel like I’m at home.

“He’s a feather-fisted puncher in the featherweight division…not a good combination against me who punches like a middleweight.

“I don’t play with my career, I take this seriously. You can play other sports, but not boxing and he’s playing boxing. I box for real.

“February 25 there’s going to be a ‘Problem’ and I will be victorious.”

ELOY “PRINCE” PEREZ, Undefeated #1 Rated WBO Junior Lightweight Contender
“I want to thank Adrien for giving me a shot at ‘The Problem.’ I’m excited to fight for the world title.

“I have one message for Adrien, I’m not a bean burrito kind of guy, I’m a lasagna kind of guy.”

Mississauga Boxer Off to Final Team Selection

MISSISSAUGA, ON – HUF boxer Larone Whyte, (22) of Mississauga began boxing after his parents called on gym owner and chief instructor, Andrew Louis, to become his surety in 2008. And the mentoring began.

Mrs. Whyte believes “It is by the grace of God and in his plan he brought Andrew and his family into Larone’s life.”

Larone proving true boxing really helps turn lives around, advanced to the quarter finals and boxed defending champion, Mian Hussain in the 69kg weight class. He lost 11-5 and placed 5th in Canada at the National Championships, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. He will now be preparing for the box offs (Final Team Selection) taking place at the end of Feb. in St Hyacinthe, Quebec.

New Year’s Revolution Provides Thrills to Palace Crowd

Promoter Joseph Donofrio put on another of his world-class MMA events on Saturday night (January 14) and treated the large crowd at The Palace of Auburn Hills, to an exciting night of full-contact thrills.

“New Year’s Revolution”, presented in association with Impact Fight League and Palace Sports and Entertainment, featured six men’s title fights and one women’s, plus 16 fights in total.

Also on display were the beautiful cage girls, thumping music, blazing light shows and the superb work of ring announcer Phil “The Voice” Davey to truly create an unparalleled MMA experience in the Midwest.

Brook-Hatton Smashes Through 5,000 Barrier

Less than three days into the sale of Kell Brook’s fight with Matthew Hatton at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield on March 17 and the ticket sales have smashed through the 5,000 barrier.

Promoter Eddie Hearn announced the huge all-British Welterweight clash between Brook and Hatton on Wednesday afternoon and the phone lines at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield and at Matchroom Sport have been buzzing ever since with fans snapping up tickets for the event, live on Sky Sports.

“I’m bowled over by the response from the fans,” said Brook. “I knew this was going to be a big seller but these numbers are massive and it’s only going to get bigger. Fighting in front of a sell-out crowd is going to bring out the best in both of us.”

Ortiz-Berto 2 Supporting Haiti Earthquake Relief Efforts

New York, NY – (1/12/2012) – Today marks the two-year anniversary of the massive earthquake that hit Haiti, leaving the country devastated and in shambles, but for former two-time welterweight champion Andre Berto, who will be squaring off against “Vicious” Victor Ortiz on February 11 in a rematch of one of the best fights of 2011, it still seems like just yesterday.

After the earthquake hit, Berto, who tragically lost multiple family members, cancelled his then upcoming title fight against Sugar Shane Mosley and traveled to Haiti to help in the relief effort. Berto spent weeks in Haiti before returning back to the States and resuming his professional career.

In commemoration of the two year anniversary of the 2010 Haitian earthquake, Andre Berto, Victor Ortiz, Golden Boy Promotions and DiBella Entertainment are teaming up to continue in assisting the relief effort in Haiti by offering a 10% discount on all tickets for Ortiz vs. Berto II from Thursday, January 12 at 10:00 p.m. PT until Thursday, January 19 at 10:00 p.m. PT for customers purchasing through Ticketmaster who use the code HAITI2 and donating 10% of all ticket sales generated by the code to Haiti Relief.

“It makes me smile from ear to ear to see the growing progress in Haiti and knowing that I am a part of it. Every day that I train makes it all worth it because I know it will give me a platform through my fights to continue to bring awareness to Haiti. I don’t want to be one of those people who just ‘talk.’ I want to be one of the people that actually steps up and does something, and that’s what I am going to continue to do,” said Berto.

WBA Orders Immediate Khan-Peterson Rematch

LOS ANGELES (January 13, 2012) – After a sound and fair analysis of the facts contained in the appeal filed by Golden Boy Promotions on behalf of Amir Khan with respect to the outcome of the December 10, 2011 World Boxing Association (WBA) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) world title fight between Khan and Lamont Peterson, the WBA has ordered that an immediate rematch take place within 180 days.

Washington DC’s Peterson’ split decision victory over England’s Khan in Washington DC has been riddled with controversy as a result of a plethora of anomalies in connection with the bout including referee Joseph Cooper not counting a knockdown of Peterson and deducting two points from Khan for pushing (something for which points are almost never deducted), both of which ended up having a direct impact on the outcome of the fight; the ringside appearance of an unauthorized individual in Mustafa Ameen who apparently handled official scoring slips, seemingly communicated with fight officials throughout the fight and appeared to be photographed posing with a celebrating Team Peterson in the ring following the fight; and possible differences between the score sheet of the WBA and those of the IBF and the District of Columbia Boxing and Wrestling Commission.

Ponce De Leon-Estrella Headlines ‘Sabados de Corona’ Season Opener

LOS ANGELES – Former World Champion Daniel Ponce de Leon heads back home to Mexico to begin his 2012 campaign for a second divisional title when he meets countryman Omar Estrella in a 12 round bout for the vacant WBC USNBC Featherweight title on Saturday, January 21 at The Boxing Warehouse in Ensenada B.C., Mexico.

In the evening’s co-main event, bantamweight phenom Leo Santa Cruz will put his unbeaten record and WBC Youth Bantamweight title on the line in a 10 round fight against veteran Alejandro Hernandez.

The doubleheader is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Box Latino and sponsored by Corona. The Televisa broadcast will air on Canal 5 and begins at 10:30 p.m. CT. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. PT and the first fight begins at 5:30 p.m. PT.

Despaigne Falls Out, Chilemba Jumps in to Face Miranda Feb. 3 in Las Vegas

Claiming he is not “mentally ready” to fight, Cuban light heavyweight Yordanis Despaigne has withdrawn from his scheduled rematch against charismatic light heavyweight slugger Edison “Pantera” Miranda (35-6, 30 KOs), scheduled for Friday, February 3, in the Dallas Events Center at the Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel in Las Vegas.

Instead, Miranda will now face South Africa’s WBC #6, WBA #13, and WBO #14-rated Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba (18-1-1, 9 KOs) in the 10-round main event of an ESPN Friday Night Fights-televised night of boxing, presented by Warriors Boxing and Sampson Boxing, entitled “Super Brawls”.

NY Golden Gloves Officials Guest Speakers at Ring 8 Meeting

NEW YORK, NY (January 12, 2012) – The first Ring 8 monthly meeting of the year will be held Tuesday evening (Jan. 17 @ 7 PM/ET), featuring a trio of guest speakers representing the upcoming 85th annual Daily News Golden Gloves Tournament, at the historic Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City.

The speakers are Brian Adams, director of the Daily News Golden Gloves Tournament, U.S. Metros president Eddie Acevedo and Mickey Rosario, chief of officials.

“This will be an informative meeting about how the Daily News Golden Gloves Tournament has operated so successfully during the past 84 years,” Ring 8 president Bob Duffy said. “This is the largest amateur tournament of its kind in the United States. We’re very fortunate to have Brian, Eddie and Mickey discussing how US Metros officials are assigned, boxers are matched, required tests and how scoring in the tournament differs from in the pro ranks. Everyone in attendance will get a special insight into the inner workings of this great New York event.”

Cote-Herrera Postponed

Montreal, Thursday, January 12th 2012- It is with regret that InterBox announces that its February 3rd 2012 boxing event scheduled to take place in Quebec City must be postponed. Undefeated IBF 140 pound Intercontinental champion Pier-Olivier Cote has been informed by his doctor that he must immediately cease training for an undetermined period of time while doctors perform a battery of tests. Cote was preparing to fight IBF World #6 rated 140 lbs boxer Mauricio Herrera in the Main Event that was due to be broadcast live on the popular SHOWTIME series ShoBox: The New Generation.

“We are less than a month out of the most important fight in Pier-Olivier’s career and he could not train adequately in the gym. He wasn’t feeling well. I really do not want to speculate what could be wrong with him until he undergoes the necessary medical tests. The first doctor he saw told him he has to stop training and rest. Until we know more we are following his recommendations” states Cote’s trainer Mr. Francois Duguay.

Eddie Chambers, Philly Fighters Welcome NBC Sports Network

Photos: Philly Boxing History

During a recent media event at Joe Hand Gym Boxing Gym in Philadelphia, fighters, promoters and network officials agreed that getting back to boxing basics in the City of Brotherly Love was just what the doctor ordered.

Gary Quinn, Senior Director, Program Planning and Aquisitions, NBC Sports Group, explained how Philadelphia ties in to the NBC Sports Network Fight Night game plan, “What we think puts us in a unique position to make this series succeed is now that we have the NBC Sports Group formulated, we’ve got 4 media platforms: we’ve got the NBC broadcast network; we’ve got the 24/7 NBC Sports Network; we have the 12 regional sports networks; and our digital platforms. It’s no coincidence that we are here in Philadelphia where we have one of the strongest RSN’s (Regional Sports Network) with CSN (Comcast SportsNet) Philly.”

Quinn added, “So you can say, ‘okay you’ve got the promotional platform, but you’ve got to have the product to make it work.’ We think we do. We’ve come up with a model that resembled what we did back in the day when The Fight Doctor (Ferdie Pacheco) said, ‘The key is putting crossroads fights on. You don’t have to worry about titles; you don’t have to worry about records. You want to match styles that will put on a good show.’ We feel Kathy (Duva) and Russell (Peltz) have done a great job on this card from top to bottom. That’s going to be the theme, to put on wars that have our viewers wanting more and more.”

Joey Eye Boxing Promotions Honored As Philly Boxing Promoter of the Year

PHILADELPHIA (January 12, 2012)—At this past Sunday’s annual “Salute To Philly Boxing” Awards Dinner, Joey Eye Boxing Promotions was selected at the 2011 Philadelphia Promoter of the Year.

Joey Eye Boxing, which has been promoting fights for the better part of a decade, made a big splash in 2011 by promoting five big events at Harrahs in Chester and signed two of the most popular fighters in the area in Tony Ferrante and Victor Vasquez.

“I would like to thank everyone for this award”, said promoter Joey “Eye” Intrieri.

“I want to thank my partner David Feldman, matchmaker Nick Tiberi, PR man Marc Abrams as well Victor and Tony”

Abraham Promises Spectacular Comeback

Photo: Team Sauerland

King Arthur Abraham (32-3, 26 KOs) has promised to make a spectacular comeback on Saturday night when he takes on Argentinian Pablo Farias (19-1, 11 KOs) in front of a sell-out crowd at the Baden Arena in Offenburg, Germany. “I will start the year with a victory and also end the year with a victory,” the former IBF Middleweight Champion said at today´s final press conference. “I am determined to be world champion again in 2012.”

Ulli Wegner believes Abraham will make a winning return. “Arthur has worked hard in the preparation,” the German coaching legend said. “He will be in top shape on Saturday night. He needs to bounce back with a convincing performance.”

Kell Brook to Face Matthew Hatton on March 17

Kell Brook and Matthew Hatton will meet in the “War of the Roses” at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield on March 17 – live on Sky Sports.

The top two ranked Welterweights in Britain will clash in a classic Yorkshire versus Lancashire derby to lay to rest any debate on who is the best Welterweight in the land.

The bigger picture for the fight though is the chance to fight for a World title later in 2012, and Brook, who is ranked in the top ten of all the governing bodies, is delighted to be facing Hatton in this hometown blockbuster.

“This is a fight I’ve wanted for a long time and to get it at the Sheffield Arena means the world to me,” said Brook, 25. “When I first sat down with Eddie, he told me that his vision was a sell-out night at Sheffield Arena and now we’re here. It is a competitive division and we’re both trying to achieve the same goal, so I know that by putting him out of the equation, it gives me a clearer run at the title. I want people to stand up and take notice of me and these are the kind of nights that makes that happen.

Kuehne, Sanchez Defend WBF World Titles

On Saturday January 14, two World Boxing Federation Women’s World Champions will defend their titles on big shows on both sides of the pond, as Ramona Kuehne takes on Hungarian Renata Domsodi in Germany, and Irma Sanches squares off with Thailands Fahpratan Looksaikongdin in Mexico.

Having won five world titles in three weight classes, WBF Women’s World Super Featherweight Champion Ramona Kuehne is without a doubt one of the most accomplished female boxers on the scene today. Against Domsodi, at the Baden-Arena in Offenburg, she will make her third WBF title defense.

The two will fight on a show aired live by ARD in Germany that also features a Super Middleweight World title bout between Robert Stieglitz and Henry Weber, and the return of “King” Arthur Abraham.

Currently 18-1 (5), with her only defeat coming on a cut against 25-0 Ina Menzer in an unlucky attempt at a world title in a fourth weight class, Kuehne is still only 31 years old and could potentially achieve many more goals in the sport. Amazingly almost half of her professional bouts have been for World titles, and the fight against Domsodi will be her tenth World Championship contest.

Brook’s Opponent Vows to Crash Kell’s Sheffield Party

Kell Brook’s opponent for their huge Sheffield showdown on March 17 has warned Brook that he is coming to spoil the party.

Brook is riding the crest of a wave after extending his winning record to 26-0 with a fifth round stoppage win over Luis Galarza on his American debut on December 17 in Atlantic City.

The 26 year-old headlines the biggest show of his career to date on March 17 live on Sky Sports at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield, but his opponent – who will be unveiled at a press conference at the venue tomorrow (January 11) – has warned Brook that he is travelling to the Steel City confident of victory.

“It’s a massive fight. Kell has been getting a lot of exposure from Sky and a lot of boxing experts rate him highly,” said the mystery man. “He is a big hit in Sheffield but going and fighting someone on away turf doesn’t bother me, I feel very confident that I can travel to Sheffield and beat him on his home patch.

Fight Network’s 2011 Year-End Boxing Awards

As 2012 gets underway, I think it is most appropriate, on behalf of The Fight Network, to take this time to extend a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year to all our wonderful viewers who follow Boxing on The Fight Network. It is our distinct pleasure to bring you the best fights and fighters in boxing along with insightful in-depth coverage of those fights and fighters. Please enjoy The Fight Network’s annual boxing awards for 2011.

Fighter of the Year:
Manny Pacquiao is the fighter of the year for 2011. He decisively beat a faded Shane Mosley but did so in a special way. His power intimidated Mosley early in the fight. Mosley then just stopped trying to win the fight and was intent only on survival. Then Manny followed this up with a very hard fought third fight with arch nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez. Pacquiao won a controversial but well-deserved decision.

Honorable mentions:
Floyd Mayweather Jr.(for his easy 4 round KO over Victor Ortiz.)
Nonito Donaire (for his spectacular KO 2 over Fernando Montiel.)
Orlando Salido (for his upset KO over much feared Juanma.)
Brian Viloria (for his upset KO 8 over Givani Segura.)
Miguel Cotto (for beating bitter foe Antonio Margarito.)

Chris Algieri Headlines Jan. 28 Event at the Paramount

NEW YORK, NEW YORK (January 6, 2012) Fan favorite Chris Algieri will return to battle in his hometown of Huntington, New York at the Paramount Theater on Saturday, January 28th to face Curtis Smith of Atlanta, Georgia in a junior welterweight bout.

Presented by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, the Algieri/Smith bout headlines ROCKIN FIGHTS, an action packed evening of world-class professional boxing.

The 27-year-old Algieri, sporting an undefeated record of 12-0 (6KO’s), is coming off his finest performance, a dominant ten round unanimous decision over the heavy hitting Bayan Jargal on November 19th at the Paramount Theatre.

Arthur Abraham’s Comeback Fight Sold Out

Photos: Team Sauerland

King Arthur Abraham´s hotly-anticipated ring return has electrified German boxing fans. While a crowd of 1,000 people attended Sunday´s open work-out at the Europapark Rust, all 4,000 tickets for Saturday´s fight against Pablo Farias (19-1, 11 KOs) have been sold. “I am very grateful for the support of the fans,” King Arthur (32-3, 26 KOs) said. “I will put on a great show. 2012 will be a big year for me. I want to be world champion again.”

In the co-featured main event at Offenburg´s Baden-Arena, WBO Super-Middleweight Champion Robert Stieglitz (40-2, 23 KOs) will put his title on the line against Henry Weber (15-0-1, 3 KOs). “Weber is young and hungry but I will defend my title,” Stieglitz said.

Simcic Retains WBF Title With Decision Win Over Adamek

With a sold out crowd of 1500 spectators at the Maritim Hotel in Magdeburg, Germany, defending World Boxing Federation International Light Heavyweight Champion Denis Simcic retained his title with a unanimous decision over Czech challenger Tomas Adamek.

Judges Zoltan Enyedi of Hungary, Lachzen Oumghar from the Netherlands and Germany’s Frank Michael Maass scored the contest 97-93, 98-92 and 97-93 respectively. Referee was Zbiniew Lagosz from Poland.

The bout started with both boxing somewhat cautiously behind tight guards, but with Simcic the busier of the two. While the defense of Adamek seemed difficult for Simcic to penetrate, he found more and more success as the rounds went on.

Ramos Jr. Wins Tight Decision Over Beltran to Remain Unbeaten

Photos: Tom Casino / SHOWTIME

INDIO, Calif. – During a weekend when SHOWTIME® is available in more than 60 million homes as a part of the premium network’s Free Preview Weekend, a pair of lightweights took full advantage by capturing minor titles – and the adoration of fight fans – with impressive, entertaining performances from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. Luis Ramos Jr. won a close, 10-round unanimous decision over veteran Raymundo Beltran to take home the World Boxing Association (WBA) Fedelatin Lightweight title. In the opening bout of ShoBox: The New Generation, Omar Figueroa Jr. scored a knockout at the end of six to win the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Intercontinental Youth Lightweight title whenMichael Perez told the doctor that he couldn’t continue before the start of the seventh.

Heading into the evening – after being on the losing side of many tight distance fights – Beltran declared, “The judges are my enemies.” Coming out of this evening’s fight, it’s doubtful that his position has changed.

Ramos (21-0, 9 KOs), of Santa Ana, Calif. and Beltran (25-6, 17 KOs), of North Hollywood, Calif. engaged in a crowd-pleasing, 10-round rumble that exemplified aggression and fortitude. The fight included swings in momentum where both fighters landed solid power shots – and demonstrated equally solid chins. But as the scores were announced, Beltran listened with disgust as Fritz Werner awarded the bout to Ramos 96-94 while James Jen Kin and Daniel Sandoval scored the contest 97-93 to make the decision unanimous.

Hernandez Ready for Rematch with Cunningham

Photo: Werner Dittmair / www.boxfights.com

Newly-crowned IBF Cruiserweight Champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (25-1, 13 KOs) is eager to get back into the ring with two-time world champion Steve “USS” Cunningham (24-3, 12 KOs). The duo will collide for the second time in four months during Team Sauerland´s big show at the Fraport Arena in Frankfurt on February 4, with Enad Licina (21-3, 11 KOs) and Alexander Alekseev (22-2, 20 KOs) clashing for the vacant European Cruiserweight Title and European Light Heavyweight champion Eduard Gutknecht (22-1, 9 KOs) defending his title against mandatory challenger Viacheslav Uzelkov (25-1, 16 KOs). “It is going to be an exciting night of boxing,” Team Sauerland General Manager Chris Meyer said at today´s press conference in Frankfurt. “The three title fights promise a lot of excitement, especially the rematch between Hernandez and Cunningham. Their first fight was very dramatic. I think it´s a 50-50 fight, with Hernandez being the favourite because he is the world champion.”

Hernandez knocked down Cunningham in the first round of their meeting in October, but the American veteran recovered and fought back. After six rounds, the fight was stopped on cuts, with Hernandez ahead on the scorecards. “It was a great feeling to become world champion,” Hernandez said. “However, the ending was a bit unfortunate. I am the better fighter and I am happy to prove it again to erase any doubts. I have a lot of respect for Cunningham, he is a great fighter, very skilled and very fast, but he will not get his title back.”

First Prizefighter of 2012 Set for Feb. 11

The first Prizefighter of 2012 at the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton on February 11 with the Light Welterweights II has completely sold-out.

Fans without tickets can watch the show live on Sky Sports 1 and HD1 and also in stunning 3D and Matchroom Sport have assembled “the best line-up in the tournaments history” as the 23rd edition of the groundbreaking event hits the Midlands for the first time.

Unbeaten stars Dale Miles and Tyrone Nurse lead the way alongside former British champion Barry Morrison, English Welterweight king Adil Anwar and major title challengers John Watson, Young Mutley, Dean Harrison and Mark Lloyd.

Inaugural ‘Fight to Ireland’ Event March 17 in Savannah, Georgia

The World Boxing Federation recently introduced the Gaelic/Celtic title for boxers with roots in Gaelic and Celtic nations, and now the WBF has announced “The Fight To Ireland”, an event that will support the newly created regional European title, and launch a way for American Professional boxers to earn the right to defend or challenge for Gaelic/Celtic titles in Ireland.

Promoted by Alex Beadle, President of the Georgia Boxing Association, the debut “Fight To Ireland” will be staged on March 17, St. Patrick´s Day, in Savannah, Georgia, where the city hosts the second largest St. Patrick´s Day celebration outside of Ireland and draws in the region of 600.000 spectators and national media coverage.

“This is a great opportunity for Irish American/ Celtic fighters to compete for the opportunity to fight in their home country” said Beadle.

Golden Boy Begins 2012 with ShoBox Doubleheader

LOS ANGELES, January 5 – The 2012 boxing season gets off to a rousing start this Friday night at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California, when Golden Boy Promotions and SHOWTIME present a hard-hitting doubleheader featuring the WBA Fedelatin lightweight title fight between undefeated Luis Ramos Jr. and veteran Raymundo Beltran and a battle for the vacant WBO Intercontinental Youth lightweight crown between unbeatens Michael Perez and Omar Figueroa Jr.

Before the SHOWTIME cameras deliver the first ShoBox: The New Generation of 2012 to boxing fans across the country, fans in Indio will be treated to a full slate of undercard action headlined by the return of unbeaten Las Vegas knockout artist Michael Finney.

Ramos vs. Beltran and Perez vs. Figueroa are presented by Golden Boy Promotions, sponsored by Corona, DeWalt Tools and AT&T and will be televised live on ShoBox: The New Generation at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) on SHOWTIME free during the premium network’s Free Preview Weekend, available in more than 60 million homes.

Soto-Karass Co-Feature Set for Jan. 21 Philadelphia Card

On Saturday, January 21, boxing fans will be treated to an all-out war at the Asylum Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania when hometown favorite “King” Gabriel Rosado (18-5, 10 KO’s) battles Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico’s Jesus Soto Karass (24-6-3, 16 KO’s) in a ten-round junior middleweight showdown live on NBC Sports Network at 9pm E/T. The bout is part of a fan-pleasing card headlined by a ten-round heavyweight clash between “Fast” Eddie Chambers (36-2, 18 KO’s) and Sergei “White Wolf” Liakhovich (25-4, 16 KO’s), and is the first of four outstanding fight cards to be televised by the network this year.

Rosado, 25, has never been in a dull fight due to his crowd-pleasing style, and is riding a four-fight winning streak heading into his contest with Soto Karass. Rosado’s technique is very exciting for fight fans because he uses adept lateral movement remarkably well, but always ends up in a blow-for-blow fracas with the opposition.

Rosado is ecstatic to fight again in his hometown of Philadelphia and says he is prepared to take on Soto Karass. “He’s coming up to my weight class,” stated Rosado. “I have the size advantage, and I am going to use my power more in this fight. I could always box, but I am going to back this guy up!” Rosado added, “He’s used to guys boxing him. I am not going to give him a comfort zone. I am going to overpower him, walk him down and back him up. I will take him out of his element.”

Soto Karass, 29, has a granite chin, and has never been knocked out in a prize fight. From December of 2005 thru August of 2009, Soto Karass did not sustain a loss, compiling a record of (13-0-1, 6 KO’s). He dropped his last four ring appearances, going 0-3 with one no-contest, in bloody – and sometimes controversial -fashion.