Dan Rafael: Michael Perez

GBP to celebrate Hopkins' 50th birthday

December, 24, 2014
A few notes from around the boxing world:

• Golden Boy Promotions will celebrate the 50th birthday of company partner and future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins with a card at the 2300 Arena in his hometown of Philadelphia on Jan. 20 (Fox Sports 1/Fox Deportes, 8 p.m. ET).

"I'm so excited that Golden Boy has decided to honor my birthday in this way," said Hopkins, the former middleweight and light heavyweight world champion, who turns 50 on Jan. 15. "The best present that they can give me is to bring a great night of fights to my hometown and give Philly boxing fans something to celebrate."

In the main event, Philadelphia’s Eric Hunter (19-3, 10 KOs) will face Nicaragua’s Rene Alvarado (21-3, 14 KOs) in a 10-round featherweight bout. In the 10-round junior welterweight co-feature, Newark, New Jersey’s Michael Perez (21-1, 10 KOs) will face an opponent to be determined. The televised opener will feature junior lightweight Lamont Roach Jr. (5-0, 2 KOs), of Washington, D.C., in a six-rounder against an opponent to be determined.

• Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz announced Wednesday that he and junior lightweight contender Javier Fortuna (26-0-1, 19 KOs), 25, of the Dominican Republic, have renewed their promotional agreement.

"This is my gift for this year, to continue working with a budding superstar like Javier," Lewkowicz said. "He is on the verge of stardom and, like all my fighters, he is also like a son to me. I admire all of their loyalty and I wish them all a very Merry Christmas and happy holidays."

• The Main Events-promoted Jan. 30 edition of ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” at the Foxwoods resort in Mashantucket, Connecticut, will be headlined by lightweight prospect Karl Dargan (17-0, 9 KOs) taking on Tony Luis (18-2, 7 KOs) in a 10-round bout. The co-feature will pit junior middleweights Russell Lamour (11-0, 5 KOs) and Thomas Falowo (12-3, 8 KOs) in an eight-rounder.

• "The Hebrew Hammer” Cletus Seldin (15-0, 12 KOs) returns to “Friday Night Fights” on Feb. 27 at the Paramount in Huntington, New York. He will face Johnny Garcia (19-2-1, 11 KOs) in the junior welterweight main event of a Star Boxing card.

Golden Boy sets four April cards

March, 21, 2014
Golden Boy Promotions has its big shows coming up, including Bernard Hopkins-Beibut Shumenov on April 19 and Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Marcos Maidana on May 3, but it also has its share of smaller cards with solid matchups and prospect showcases on tap, as well.

The promotion has announced four April cards that will air on its "Golden Boy Live" series (Fox Sports 1).

• April 3: At the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif., unbeaten Cuban southpaw heavyweight Luis Ortiz (20-0, 17 KOs) -- who is on the verge of fighting for a belt -- will face long-faded former title challenger Monte Barrett (35-10-2, 20 KOs) of New York, who hasn't fought since a fourth-round knockout loss to Shane Cameron in 2012, in a 10-rouner. In the co-feature, Vallejo, Calif., heavyweight Gerald Washington (11-0, 8 KOs) meets Houston's Skipp Scott (16-1, 10 KOs). In other fights, 2012 U.S. Olympic heavyweight Dominic Breazeale (9-0, 9 KOs) meets Nagy Aguilera (19-7, 13 KOs). Junior featherweight prospect Diego De La Hoya (3-0, 3 KOs), the 19-year-old cousin of Oscar De La Hoya, will also be on the card, in a six-rounder.

• April 14: At the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, junior lightweight Ronny Rios (22-0, 10 KOs), a former amateur standout from Santa Ana, Calif., will face Andrew Cancio (15-2-2, 11 KOs) of Blythe, Calif., in a scheduled 10-rounder.

• April 18: At the Illusions Theater at the Alamodome in San Antonio, welterweights Alan Sanchez (12-3-1, 6 KOs) of Fairfield, Calif., and Jorge Silva (19-5-2, 15 KOs) of Mexico, two action fighters, will meet in the scheduled 10-round main event. The card also will include blue-chip welterweight prospect Errol Spence Jr. (11-0, 9 KOs), a 2012 U.S. Olympian, against an opponent to be determined. Also on the undercard is Ann Wolfe-trained 18-year-old welterweight prospect Travell Mazion (7-0, 7 KOs).

• April 28: At the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico -- the same arena where junior welterweight champ Danny Garcia faced Mauricio Herrera last weekend -- junior welterweight Michael Perez (19-1-2, 10 KOs), a Puerto Rican from Newark, N.J., will face Mexico’s Jorge Romero (24-8-, 21 KOs) in a scheduled 10-rounder. In the co-feature, 2008 Puerto Rican Olympian McJoe Arroyo (13-0, 7 KOs) faces Ezequiel Aquino (15-0-1, 10 KOs) of the Dominican Republic in a junior bantamweight world title elimination fight.