Weights from Ontario, California

Jose Roman 137 vs. Martin Cardona 134.5
Danny Roman 123 vs. Giovanni Caro 123
LaRon Mitchell vs. Sylvester Barron (heavyweights weighing in Friday)
Rudy Puga 166 vs. Katrell Straus 164.5
Eridanni Leon 146 vs. Elih Lizama 147
Miguel Trejo 159 vs. Jonathan Aceves 155.5

Venue: Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.
Promoter: Thompson Boxing

Mayweather-Pacquiao weigh-in ticket info

The official weigh-in for the world championship matchup between Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao is set for Friday, May 1 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Due to the expected demand for access to this event, fans will be required to purchase a ticket ahead of time in order to attend the weigh-in. All funds raised through ticket sales will benefit Susan G. Komen and the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health on behalf of the promotion.

Tickets for the weigh-in are priced at $10 with a total ticket limit of 10, and are on sale Friday April 24 at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT. Tickets can be purchased through the MGM Resorts Call Center at (866) 740-7711 or at any MGM Resorts Box Office. Continue reading

Mayweather-Pacquiao tix more expensive than the Super Bowl on resale market

The face value of the tickets for the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight range from $1,500 to $10,000, however according to Chris Matcovich of TiqIQ (www.tiqiq.com) on the resale ticket market the average Mayweather-Pacquiao ticket price is currently $10,859.55 (slightly higher than final average for this years Super Bowl: $10,466.11). The current “get in” price is $4,477 for Section 219 row R. The most expensive ticket currently listed is Ringside Section FLR E Row CC for $141,000.

For comparison, below are the average price and get in for the 5 next most expensive boxing matches since 2010:
9/14/13- Mayweather v Alvarez: $3,237.70 ($1,406.60)
11/12/11- Pacquiao v Marquez: $1,677.49 ($475)
9/17/11- Mayweather v Ortiz: $1,628.66 ($451)
5/3/14- Mayweather v Maidana: $1,619.59 ($449)
9/13/14- Mayweather v Maidana: $1,591.11 ($465)

Fonfara and Szpilka: “Unlimited upside!”

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“We are talking about Andrzej Fonfara and Artur Szpilka, two great young athletes who are doing everything they can to make themselves as good as they can be. And THIS is exciting,” says Leon Margules. The Warriors Boxing president spoke with Fightnews.com about his two Polish fighters, 27-year old brand new WBC International light heavyweight champ Andrzej Fonfara (27-3, 16 KO) and 26-year old heavyweight hope Artur Szpilka (17-1, 12 KO).

Before we will talk about Artur Szpilka and Friday’s “Premier Boxing Champion” event in Chicago, let’s start with Andrew Fonfara’s performance at StubHub vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. What does the way he dominated Chavez Jr. mean for his career?

Andrew proved that he’s one of the top, if not top, light heavyweights in the world. He became a star. Everybody in boxing knows that today. He also showed maturity, how his talent is developing. Fonfara is a much better fighter than the kid who went into the ring years ago with (Adonis) Stevenson. A different fighter – because he learned a lot. Improved tremendously knowing after the “Superman fight what he needs to improve. Continue reading

Mayweather-Pacquiao sold out

Tickets for the highly anticipated world championship showdown between Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao taking place Saturday, May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena sold out in about a minute.

Here is information for the few who did score tickets:

ONLY CREDIT CARD HOLDER TO PICK UP WITH VALID GOVERNMENT ISSUED ID AND CREDIT CARD USED NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE Will Call will be available beginning on Wednesday, April 29th 10am Grand Garden Tickets must be picked up by cardholder with the valid Government Issued ID and credit card used for the purchase. No third party billing accepted. Tickets MUST be picked up NO LATER than 3pm PST on Saturday, May 2, 2015. After 3pm, unclaimed will call is subject to cancellation and release. Please secure your tickets in a safe location as soon as possible

Tomoki Kameda vacates WBO title

WBO President Paco Valcárcel has announced that WBO bantamweight champion Tomoki Kameda has vacated the WBO title. “While most fighters no doubt rather fight for world titles, I understand Tomoki Kameda has reasons of “weight” to vacate,” tweeted Valcarcel. Kameda (31-0, 19 KOs) is scheduled to face WBA “regular” champion Jamie McDonnell (25-2-1, 12 KOs) in the co-main event when Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) returns to CBS on May 9 at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. Kameda will now just be fighting for McDonnell’s WBA belt after the WBO refused to sanction the proposed unification bout. The WBO does not recognize “secondary titlists” of organizations that opt to have more than one world champion per division.

Cruiserweights Headline Card In Baltimore

By Gary “Digital” Williams

Baltimore cruiserweight Travis “Seveer” Reeves will battle Dan “Bada Bing” Biddle of Hockessin, DE in a six-round encounter in the main event of the Hardwork Promotions card at the Tall Cedars Hall in Baltimore, MD on April 23. Reeves (8-2-1, three KO’s) is riding a five-bout winning streak and is coming off a six-round unanimous decision over Lamont Capers on March 20 at Martin’s West in Woodlawn, MD. Biddle (9-2, five KO’s) competes for the first time since July of 2012 when he won a six-round majority decision over Pedro Martinez in Atlantic City, NJ. Continue reading

Petalcorin, Ming make weight

WBA interim light flyweight champion Randy “Ultratune” Petalcorin (106.7 pounds) and challenger Ma Yi Ming (107.4 pounds) both came in safely under the 108 pound division limit on Thursday during the official weigh-in at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Beijing.

The title fight between Champion Randy Petalcorin vs Ma Yi Ming will be on Free to Air TV BTV CCTV 5 in China 9.30pm Beijing starting time

Also live streaming on Tencere and LeTV websites.

Jacobs-Truax/Dirrell-Jack Press Conference

By Craig Wick
Photos: Lucas Noonan/Premier Boxing Champions

The trendy W Chicago-Lakeshore Hotel was the scene Wednesday afternoon as Premier Boxing Champions (PBC), in association with Warriors Boxing and Mayweather Promotions, held their final press conference ahead of Friday’s huge, nationally televised world championship doubleheader slated for the nearby University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Pavilion. The jam packed card will feature two compelling championship bouts – Anthony “The Dog” Dirrell (27-0-1, 22 KOs) defending his WBC Super Middleweight Championship against Badou Jack “The Ripper” (18-1, 12 KOs), while Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs (28-1, 25 KOs) sees co-feature action when he attempts to turn back the challenge of the formidable Caleb “Golden” Truax (25-1-2, 15 KOs) in a WBA Middleweight Championship encounter. In addition, two important preliminary bouts are also on tap as Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia (36-3, 23 KOs) takes on James Stevenson (22-1, 15 KOs) in what on paper looks to be a slugfest, and Polish favorite Artur Szpilka (17-1, 12 KOs) hooks up with Ty Cobb (18-6, 10 KOs) in a heavyweight battle. As if that weren’t enough, eight other bouts are also scheduled with several comprised of up and coming Chicago area talent. For those unable to attend, both championship fights will be televised live on the Spike TV network beginning at 9pm ET. Continue reading

Oosthuizen to make first defense of IBO belt

By Ron Jackson

Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves promotions has announced that Tommy Oosthuizen will make the first defence of his IBO light heavyweight belt against the experienced Roberto Bolonti from Argentina at the Emperors Palace Casino near Kempton Park on Saturday June 6. The 27-year-old Oostuizen, who has a record of 25-0-2, 14 KOs, relinquished the IBO super middleweight belt in April last year and has looked more comfortable moving into the light heavyweight division, scoring victories over Denis Grachev for the vacant WBC International title and on March 14 this year he completely dominated fellow South African Ryno Liebenberg to capture the vacant IBO light heavyweight title. Continue reading

More on Ward-Smith

BET Networks will air up to nine live, two-hour telecasts of Roc Nation Sports throne boxing events over the next 18 months, starting with WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward against Paul Smith on June 20, 2015 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. Tickets priced at $250, $125, $90, $60 and $30 go on sale Friday.

Andre Ward: “I’m very excited to be coming back on June 20 at Oracle Arena in my hometown of Oakland which has been a long time coming. I’m equally excited to be fighting on BET in front of a potential viewership of over 90 million homes. As a fighter, this diversifies my portfolio and puts me in front of a whole different audience. I have an extremely tough fighter in front of me in Paul Smith who’s looking to pull the upset, but I can’t let that happen. I have to be on my best game to turn Smith away and beat him the way I want to beat him. As always, I’m ready to put on a tremendous performance in front of my hometown fans and those watching on BET. This is a fight you don’t want to miss.”

Paul Smith: “I cannot wait to get back in the ring and test myself against a class act like Andre Ward. I proved that I belong at the top level with my performances against Arthur Abraham and this is a challenge that I am relishing. Andre is a top pound-for-pound fighter and someone I respect a lot, but he has only boxed once in almost three years and I will give it everything I have got. I am fresh and confident going into this fight. It’s a massive opportunity for me and one that I took with both hands when it was offered. I have spent a lot of time boxing in the United States and I look forward to returning for this fight.”

Photos: Pacman on Kimmel show

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao made a guest appearance on the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” show, Wednesday night to promote his upcoming 12-round welterweight world championship unification mega-fight against Floyd Mayweather. Pacman also trained with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, California.

Promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank Inc. , this pay-per-view telecast will be co-produced and co-distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View and SHOWTIME PPV Saturday, May 2 beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/ 6:00 p.m. PT from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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Klassen and Mcotheli meet for vacant IBO title

By Ron Jackson

Xolani Mcotheli and former multi-titled champion Malcom Klassen from Toekomsrus meet for the vacant IBO Intercontinental super featherweight title at the Orient Theatre on Friday night. The odds are stacked against Mcotheli (11-1, 8 KOs) who won the title on December 13 last year when he outpointed Marbon Bodiongan.

The 34-year-old Klassen who made his debut on May 22 1999 has compiled a record of 29-6-2, 15 KOs in an outstanding career that has seen him win the South African featherweight, WBF super featherweight, WBO International lightweight and IBF super featherweight title on two occasions. He suffered three defeats early in his career but his only other losses have come against Mzonke Fana, Roberto Guerrero and Will Tomlinson in “world” title fights.

The champion Mcotheli has not fought at the same level as Klassen and he suffered his only against Jasper Seroka in March last year in a clash for the vacant South African super featherweight title when he was outpointed over 12 rounds. Continue reading

Ward to face Smith on BET

WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (27-0, 14 KOs) will return against Paul Smith (35-5, 20 KOs) on June 20 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. The bout will be televised on BET. It will be Ward’s first bout since November 2013. Smith is coming off consecutive WBO title losses to Arthur Abraham. This will be the first telecast in a long term TV deal between Roc Nation Sports and BET.

Mayweather-Pacquiao Tix on sale TODAY!

Tickets for the highly anticipated world championship showdown between Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao taking place Saturday, May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena will be available today (Thursday) for both in-arena and closed circuit viewing.

Tickets for the live event priced at $7,500, $5,000, $3,500, $2,500 and $1,500, not including applicable service charges, go on sale today (Thursday) at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT. Tickets are limited to four (4) per household. To charge by phone or with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also will be available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

The closed circuit telecast will be available at all MGM Resorts International properties in Las Vegas. General admission tickets for closed circuit viewing will be $150, not including handling fees, and will go on sale today (Thursday) at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT. Tickets will be available for purchase at the individual property’s box office outlets, by phone with a major credit card at (866) 799-7711 or through Ticketmaster by calling (800) 745-3000. Closed circuit tickets are limited to eight (8) per household.

Floyd Mayweather Conference Call Quotes

“I know it’s the biggest fight in boxing history, but I’m not going to put that pressure on myself. I will be at my best.”

“At the end of the day it comes down to the two fighters in the ring not what Freddie Roach says or thinks.”

“My only job is to be the best, to be the best in the sport of boxing.”

“I’ve always had a big mouth and I’m not being quiet or holding back for any reason’s but that I’ve matured. I done all the trash talking already. I am at a point where I know what I bring to the table.”

Rumor: Mayweather-Pacquiao Tickets On Sale Soon

Looks like Top Rank and Mayweather Promotions have resolved their differences and the snafu over tickets for the fight and closed circuit showings. Tickets should be available shortly.

At the moment the fight card looks like this:

Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Manny Pacquiao
(WBC/WBA/WBO welterweight titles)
Leo Santa Cruz vs. TBA (likely Anthony Settoul)
(featherweight non-title)
Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Gamalier Rodriguez
(WBO featherweight title)

Christopher Pearson vs. Said El Harrak (super welterweight)
Jesse Hart vs. Mike Jimenez (super middleweight)
Andrew Tabiti vs. Anthony Caputo Smith (cruiserweight)
Brad Solomon vs. Adrian Granados (super welterweight)

Dawejko to get trimmed before he fights Mansour

Amir Mansour may not get his way completely, but his comments that Joey Dawejko has to cut off his beard before their May 8 showdown at the 2300 Arena have not fallen on deaf ears. “The Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission has directed the (Joey) Dawejko camp that Dawejko’s beard must be neatly cropped in accordance with the athletic commission rules,” said promoter J Russell Peltz.

Mansour recently claimed that Dawejko’s beard could be used against him (Mansour) in clinches. “(Dawejko) can rub that beard in your face and irritate the skin,” Mansour said. “I want it shaved; I want him uncomfortable.” Continue reading

Haye targets Wilder, wants to fight in Las Vegas

By James Slater

Fully healed and fit to fight again, former cruiserweight and heavyweight ruler David Haye has put his shoulder problems behind him – a serious shoulder injury came close to ending Haye’s career some months back – and he is looking at potential big fight options in the sport’s glamour division. Haye was recently in Las Vegas and whilst there he spoke with The Independent and one of the names he mentioned as being on his radar as far as a future opponent goes was unbeaten “Bronze Bomber,” WBC heavyweight boss Deontay Wilder. Haye says he has never before boxed in Las Vegas and that the thought of doing so against the latest KO king gets him very excited.

“I have never fought in Vegas,” Haye said to Kevin Garside. “That’s something I’d love to do. It’s the capitol of our sport. If you regard yourself as a headline act then you have to fight in Vegas. Now there is an opportunity.”

Haye then spoke in glowing terms about former Olympian and unbeaten banger Wilder, the man who could provide him with that opportunity:

“He’s a guy who’s unbeaten. He’s fighting on network TV in America, becoming a household name so hopefully that’s a deal that can be done. All the dimensions are there. He has an aura about him. If I turned up half-hearted when we were sparring then I’d be sleeping. He’s not a sparring partner who goes through the motions. He’s trying to punch holes in your head from the first bell. Everyone who has seen the footage of us sparring has said how good it would be if we were to get it on for real.” Continue reading

Boxing returns to Arena Coliseo in Mexico City

By Gabriel F Cordero

Professional boxing returns to the legendary Arena Coliseo in Mexico City on April 25 with the main event between local favorite Dante ‘Crazy’ Jardón (25-5, 20 KOs) against Filipino Jeffrey Arienza (12-3-1, 7 KOs) for a WBC regional lightweight title on an event promoted by Promociones del Pueblo and broadcast on Televisa. In the co-featured bout, world-ranked super featherweight Miguel ‘Micky’ Román (49-11, 37 KOs) faces Edgar Puerta (23-5-1, 19 KOs).

Fielding to face Vera this summer

Super middleweight Rocky Fielding will face Brian Vera on a date and an venue to be confirmed next week, as Fielding looks for a big win on his resume to serve notice of his intentions at world level. Fielding returned to action in March in Hull after damaging his hand in his destructive dismissal of former world title challenger Noe Gonzalez Alcoba in July in Liverpool, and the 27 year old will take a big step-up in class when he meets the 33-year-old Vera, who holds impressive wins over Andy Lee, Sergio Mora and Serhiy Dzinziruk as well as taking Julio Cesar Chavez Jr the distance twice. Promoter Eddie Hearn believes that the fight will represent a watershed night in Fielding’s rise to the top. “I have been working on getting Brian over here for a while and I think it’s the perfect test for Rocky,” said Hearn. “Brian has mixed at top level and is always in all action fights. We are working on the date now and this will be confirmed next week.”

Klitschko: The demand is here

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By Matt Richardson

It’s been seven years since heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko fought in the United States. In February 2008 Klitschko unified his title against Sultan Ibragimov in an extremely dull fight at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The fight was so insipid, in fact, that Ibragimov never even fought again and Klitschko wound up returning to Europe to ply his trade and defend his titles.

With the stench of that fight subsided and the subsequent confirmation that Klitschko is indeed one of the better heavyweight champions in the history of the sport, the fighter will make his return to the same ring in the same venue on Saturday night in a fight to be televised by HBO. The opponent this time, American Bryant Jennings, promises to deliver a better challenge than Ibragimov and, as such, has intrigued the champion as he prepares to defend his belts.

“I had an exciting seven years of absence in Europe. It was absolutely exciting,” Klitschko (63-3, 53 KO’s) stated on Tuesday afternoon prior to the final press conference for the fight.

“I had great fights on pay-per-view in Europe with big arenas filled with over 60,000 people. I think it was like six, seven or eight stadiums in a row. I definitely had exciting times. The demand was so powerful and stronger on the European side. Now the demand is here. People want to see a Klitschko fight here…a world championship fight here. I’m sure that on fight night the Garden is going to be sold out. I’m sure that the HBO rating is going to be good enough because that’s one week before the mega fight with Pacquiao and Mayweather. That’s why I call it the right timing, absolutely.” Continue reading

Petalcorin in China for first title defense

WBA interim light flyweight champion Randy Petalcorin and his team arrived Monday in Beijing China. Randy’s weight was 109 pounds Tuesday morning before training. He has to weigh in at 108 pounds on Thursday to defend his WBA belt on Friday night. Petalcorin has sparred a total of 118 rounds for this fight and Coach Renie Gabawa is very happy. “Randy is 100% Fit and happy,” said Coach Renie along with Jim Claude Manangquil who has mapped out all of Petalcorin sparring partners and training.

“This is a statement fight for Petalcorin as our critics want to see more. I know how good Petalcorin can be and really believe he can be the next star of world boxing in the lighter weights,” said manager Peter Maniatis. “Ma Yi Ming has had by all reports had a very good training camp in the mountains of Dalian China and employed sparring partners. This is his big chance to be the first WBA world champion out of China, so Randy will be on his toes ready for anything Ma Yi Ming throws at him on Friday night. We would like to thank Top Rank & SECA Group and also Ultratune CEO Sean Buckley as Randy sponsor.”

Tony Tubbs son gets first pro win

By Clint Caulkins

Antwaun Taylor, son of former World Heavyweight Champion Tony “TNT” Tubbs, gained his first professional boxing victory with a 4 round unanimous decision over Andrew Peurifoy in the cruiserweight division. The 4 round bout took place April 18th on the undercard of Chazz Witherspoon’s fifth stoppage defeat of Galen Brown at the GPG Events Center in Pennsauken, New Jersey.

WBO rejects Kameda-McDonnell unification

The World Boxing Organization has informed WBO bantamweight champion Tomoki Kameda that he may be stripped of the title if he goes through with a clash against WBA “regular” titlist Jamie McDonnell.

The WBO World Championship Committee will not authorize your proposed bout with Jamie McDonnell as a Unification Contests, as it our position not to recognize the “secondary titlists” of organisms that opt to have more than one champion per division— as is the case with the WBA, which has Juan Carlos Payano as its so-called “Super Champion” in the Bantamweight division and Yonfrez Parejo as its “Interim” titleholder. Simply put, the WBO only recognizes the “highest” titleholder of other sanctioning organisms as legitimate champion for unification purposes (in this case Payano). In addition to this, the WBO World Championship Committee may only sanction contenders to the WBO World Championship title that are rated within the top 15 of the WBO. In this case, McDonnell does not meet the criteria of the WBO Ratings Committee and is not rated.

Finally, please note that should you decide to participate of the aforementioned bout in spite of this warning and without our authorization, this Committee may order you to show cause as to why the WBO Bantamweight Championship of the World should not be declared vacant or, in the alternative, it may declare the title vacant without further hearing you.

Luis says Mathews didn’t do enough to win

Canadian lightweight Tony “Lightning” Luis (19-3, 7 KOs) was a good sport after his controversial unanimous decision loss last weekend to Derry Mathews (38-9-2, 20 KOs) for the interim WBA Lightweight title in Matthews’ hometown of Liverpool, England, but back home on Canadian soil, Luis is changing his tune. “I can’t say I feel good,” said Luis, “this was my shot and I didn’t get the decision, but I know with my performance, I’ll get another one. Most of the press and the fans, especially in North America, know what’s up and saw the fight for what it really was. Derry did what he had to do to survive but not enough to win. He was cagey and made the fight look more competitive than it was, and that’s what a veteran is supposed to do.” Continue reading

WBC unveils Mayweather-Pacquiao emerald belt

By Gabriel F Cordero
Photo: Alma Montiel

The WBC emerald belt to be presented to the winner of the megafight between world champions Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao was unveiled Tuesday in Mexico City by the president of the World Boxing Council, Mauricio Sulaiman. The belt is made out of a kilo of gold and 3000 emeralds by Mexican artisans. Legendary former world heavyweight champion Larry Holmes and current WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson were on hand at the ceremony.

“This fight shows that promoters and broadcasters can make big fights like Mayweather and Pacquiao. My father always wanted this fight,” said Sulaiman.

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Fight Promotions inks Olympian Ischenko

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Fight Promotions, Inc., promoter of undefeated contenders Ievgen Khytrov and Sergey Derenchyncho, has signed 2012 Olympian Pavlo Ischenko to a long term promotional contract. Ischenko was a member of the 2012 Ukranian Olympic Team which included Gold Medalist and current WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko, Gold Medalist and now undefeated cruiserweight contender Oleksandr Usyk, bronze medalist and unbeaten jr middleweight Taras Shelusteyuk, and undefeated knockout artist Khytrov, who was robbed of a medal.

Max Alperovich, president of Fight Promotions, said “This kid is only 22 years old and has devastating power in both hands that cannot be matched with anyone in the junior lightweight division. After several months of fine tuning with his American trainers, he will be on the short path to becoming a champion.”

Ischenko, who was defeated by American Jo Jo Diaz in the first round of the 2012 Olympics, will look to make his pro debut this in July.

Canelo, Kirkland Teleconference Quick Quotes

Canelo Alvarez and James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland participated in an international media conference call to discuss their May 9 HBO-televised super middleweight clash at Minute Maid Park in Houston.

Canelo Alvarez: “I’m going to do my part on May 9 and hope the fans enjoy the show…Kirkland is one of the most dangerous in the divison, that’s why I wanted to face him.”

[On a showdown with Cotto later in the year] “For me there is nothing at this time other than James Kirkland, other things are not confirmed.”

James Kirkland: “I’m a fighter. I feel like I have the power, the will, speed, and determination to beat Canelo. I have the whole package…I’m going to bring a lot more to the table that I need to bring. That’s what made me change trainers…I’ve been taking care of business as far as the training part. I’m on weight and I’m going to prove that I’m a warrior May 9.”

Steve “USS” Cunningham signs with adviser Al Haymon

Former two-time world cruiserweight champion and current Heavyweight contender, Steve “USS” Cunningham has signed with adviser Al Haymon.

“I’m looking forward to working with Al, he’s a genius at what he does. I’ve been watching him for several years and seeing all that he accomplishes for his fighters but have always been on the outside looking in due to contractual obligations. It finally lined up to where we can work together and it’s going to great. I believe my best fights have yet to be seen,” said Cunningham

Cunningham is coming off a controversial split decision defeat to Vyacheslav Glazkov on March 14 in Montreal.

Roc Nation, Tom Brown get Nevada promoters licenses, John Molina suspended

More notes from Tuesday’s Nevada State Athletic Commission meeting:

The NSAC approved promoter’s licenses for Roc Nation Sports and TGB Promotions. Roc Nation promotes Andre Ward and works with Miguel Cotto among others. TGB Promotions, headed by longtime Goossen matchmaker Tom Brown, works with Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions.

Boxer John Molina received a temporary suspension for a failed drug test after his March 7 Adrien Broner fight. Molina tested positive for diuretics. There will be a further hearing to be scheduled.

Officials for the May 1 clash at the Cosmopolitan Resort for the WBO lightweight championship between Ray Beltran and Takahiro Ao will be referee Tony Weeks and judges are Adalaide Byrd, Eric Cheek and Jerry Roth.

The Commission also discussed significantly increasing the suspensions for doping.