HBO presents a world championship tripleheader on January 19 with WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido (39-11-2, 27 KOs) defending against Mikey Garcia (30-0, 26 KOs), WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (24-0, 21 KOs) defending against “King” Gabriel Rosado (21-5, 13 KOs) and WBO super featherweight champion Rocky Martinez (26-1-1, 16 KOs) defending against Juan Carlos Burgos (30-1, 20 KOs). The card will take place in The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The same day, Showtime is countering with IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander (24-1, 13 KOs) against mandatory challenger Kell Brook (29-0, 19 KOs). No official venue yet, but Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport says the fight will take place in Las Vegas.
Junior middleweight Captain Boyd “Rainmaker” Melson, a West Point graduate and Army Reserve Officer, will receive the Dick Steinberg Good Guy award from the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame on Sunday, April 21, 2013. Melson has donated every penny of all 12 fight purses, with 11 of them going to Justadollarplease.org, which supports support bringing clinical trials to the United States to cure spinal cord injuries. Currently, more than 300,000 Americans, including 40,000 veterans, suffer from serious spinal cord injuries.