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Golden Boy Schedules Fall/Winter Slate of Fights

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Last week, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer returned to the office after a well-earned vacation that saw him travel across the country on the Saul Alvarez-Floyd Mayweather press tour and then (after a short respite) fly to Dubai to negotiate a possible fight between Devon Alexander and Amir Khan. He finally got around to calling back members of the media who were inquiring as to just who would fill out “The One” undercard and how the rest of GBP’s fall and winter schedule would fill out.
 
In 2013, Golden Boy has been as active and prolific as any promotional outfit in the world.
 
They resume with a Showtime doubleheader at the StubHub Center on August 24th featuring WBC featherweight titlist Abner Mares facing veteran Jhonny Gonzalez and Leo Santa Cruz taking on Victor Terrazas for the vacant WBC junior featherweight belt. According to Schaefer, “Tickets are going like hotcakes” for that event.

On September the 6th from the Fantasy Springs Casino, a heavyweight crossroads bout between Chris Arreola and Seth Mitchell takes place (with Rafael Marquez returning against Efrain Esquivias as the semi-main).
 
Then the page will turn to the most anticipated weekend in boxing this year. And Golden Boy will have more than just its pay-per-view card this week. “September the 12th, on Thursday, we are going to have a great, great, tripleheader,” said Schaefer. “I think if we were still working with HBO, it would probably be a ‘Boxing After Dark.’ It’s going to be on Fox Sports. The headliner is a rematch of one of the best fights I saw last year - which ended up being a draw - Shawn Porter against Julio Diaz. Then there’s going to be Marco Antonio Periban against Badou Jack and two undefeated guys, Hugo Centeno against Julian Williams. So that’s going to be a terrific toe-to-toe tripleheader. Three great fights.”
 
Golden Boy officially announced that the IBF junior middleweight title fight between Ishe Smith and Carlos Molina and a welterweight bout between Ashley Theophane and Pablo Cesar Cano will round out the pay-per-view undercard on September 14th at the MGM Grand Arena.
 
Moving forward to October, Schaefer told Maxboxing on Thursday that their event, scheduled for October 19th, is now pushed back a week. “I was actually able to move the date to October the 26th on the Boardwalk Hall on Atlantic City with Bernard Hopkins’ historic match, defending his title versus Karo Murat. It’s going to be televised on Showtime. It’s going to be part of a doubleheader, potentially a tripleheader. Peter Quillin (who has the WBO middleweight strap in his possession), might be on that card and another fight which is being discussed is Sakio Bika making his first defense of his WBC 168-pound title, which would be against Anthony Dirrell.”
 
Schaefer didn’t specify why this date was moved. Perhaps it’s because HBO is going that night with a telecast from Denver featuring Ruslan Provodnikov and Mike Alvarado duking it out.
 
Turning to November, Schaefer is going all in.
 
“Sometimes I have these fights as a fight fan I would like to see and I’m not always able to pull them together but I always try to make the fights I would love to see and one of them is [Adrien] Broner versus [Marcos] Maidana,” he stated. “Everybody was asking me, ‘Are you going to get Mayweather-‘Canelo’ done?’ and I got it done and then everybody started asking me, ‘Are you going to get Danny Garcia and Lucas Matthysse done?’ and I got that done and everybody’s asking me, ‘Are you going to get Broner and Maidana done?’ because it’s a helluva fight. My answer is: I’m working on it.
 
“Another fight I’m working on and another date I’m going to have is November the 2nd on ‘Showtime Championship Boxing’ and one fight I would love to see on there - and I don’t know if I’m going to be able to pull it off but I’m going to certainly try as a fight fan, another fight you know it’s must-see-TV - would be Robert Guerrero vs. Keith Thurman. That would be another barnburner. And again, I don’t know if I could pull it off but I would love to see it and again, maybe have Omar Figueroa back on that date as well. So that’s our November 2nd sorta dream card. I’m working on that and then I’m holding for a big pay-per-view, November the 9th at the MGM Grand. I’m going to be utilizing the October 26th and the November 2nd dates as lead-ins for the pay-per-view. It’s going to be something fight fans are going to be very happy about.”
 
The assumption is the proposed Broner-Maidana fight would be the headliner to the pay-per-view card Schaefer spoke of.
 
“I don’t want to talk about it yet but if I could pull it off, it will be a helluva card,” he said.
 
As for December in Dubai, Schaefer explained, “It’s looking good but you never know. I know one thing; I talked to the right people. People from the ruling family of Dubai, they’re very excited, very interested and I should know in the next couple of weeks where this is going to go. Obviously it needs to be the right amount of money to convince Devon Alexander to go and fight in Dubai but if the amount is right, Devon is ready to pack his bags. He doesn’t really care where he fights Amir as long as he gets compensated properly and I think that’s the right position. He is the [IBF welterweight] champion. He doesn’t need to go to Dubai and if the money is the same as it is in the United States, then why the hell would he go to Dubai? So we have to just wait and see.”
 
When asked if Showtime would be willing to go over there to televise Alexander-Khan, Schaefer answered, “Yes, they are,” adding that the U.K. is also a possibility for this fight and that “I do have the Barclays Center on hold as well.”
 
It would put a capper on what has been by all accounts, a banner year for Golden Boy.
 
“Then sometime around December the 14th  I’m going to close the office until the beginning of January and we’re all going to cheer the biggest year in boxing for Golden Boy and maybe one of the biggest years certainly in recent memory in boxing.”
 
NO-TIME
 
There is an interesting dynamic to this Time Warner Cable-Showtime/CBS dispute: the fact that if this deadlock isn’t settled in a week or two, there’s a very good chance some of you out there won’t be able to see any of the programming that will preview this fight and help push it to the general public (who watches boxing no more than a few times a year). And Time Warner Cable, in essence, won’t be able to do its part marketing an event in which it has a vested interest.
 
Golden Boy and Showtime are counting on this card to do two million buys on September the 14th (if not challenge the all-time mark of 2.5 million set by Mayweather vs. Oscar De la Hoya in 2007) and it hurts their cause when one of the larger cable providers in America is blacking out CBS and Showtime, limiting the ability to spread word of this promotion. And say this dispute lingers on after August 24th; will Golden Boy then perhaps cut a deal with its new partners at Fox Sports 1 to televise such things as “All Access” For now, Schaefer says, “I’m not worried about it.”
 
But let’s see what happens if this thing drags on.
 
And for those of you asking: I’m told that even as a Time Warner Cable subscriber, you can order the pay-per-view event if this corporate pissing match carries on into mid-September. But here’s my latest column/blog I penned for SportsOnEarth.com on this issue: http://therotation.sportsonearthblog.com/time-warner-cbs-rivals-mayweather-alvarez/.
 
PPV
 
It’s interesting that Broner-Maidana could be on pay-per-view. It’s an excellent match-up and would be a gem on Showtime’s schedule. Broner has been one of the best ratings-getters on the premium cable level over the last year or two. However, the sum doesn’t always equate to being a pay-per-view attraction (which really means catering to the non-hardcore fans of the sport).
 
There’s also this factor: in addition to September the 14th, there are also pay-per-view offerings on October 12th and November 23rd. That’s a lot of discretionary income you’re asking boxing fans to fork out in the next few months.
 
FINAL FLURRIES
 
 
Still don’t know what to make of Deontay Wilder (http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/56078976) but this much is clear: his power is real...Francisco Vargas did a nice job in breaking down Brandon Bennett on that same “ShoBox” card...Speaking of real power, Jermall Charlo can really swat...Rustam Nugaev, who stopped Jose Hernandez in five on “Friday Night Fights,” is part of a new generation of Russians who are really rugged, tough and make for good TV...Felix Verde got in some valuable rounds this weekend during his “Solo Boxeo” outing. He will return on the Miguel Cotto-Delvin Rodriguez show October 5th in Orlando...Yes, I’m a Time Warner Cable subscriber but until I miss some football, I probably won’t switch over. Bottom line is that now have the NFL Network, the Red Zone and the Pac 12 Network...As for “Ray Donovan,” I watch it over at a friend’s...I’m a believer in the Cincy Bengals this year...I can be reached at k9kim@yahoo.com and I tweet at www.twitter.com/stevemaxboxing. We also have a Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/MaxBoxing, where you can discuss our content with Maxboxing readers as well as chime in via our fully interactive article comments sections.


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