Our summer was filled with hard-hitting action as we hosted the final fight of Floyd Mayweather’s career in the fight capital of the world! History was made, titles were defended, and records remained perfect as we closed out our summer with a bang! Heading into fall the momentum continued as we promoted a Premier Boxing Champions’ edition of Toe-to-Toe Tuesdays. Read more for an update on our events, as well as other professional sporting events.
Upcoming Events & Event Recaps
September 12, 2015 marked a monumental moment in sports history. The undisputed and undefeated Floyd “Money” Mayweather stepped into the ring for the final time to defend his WBC and WBA welterweight titles, as well as his perfect record to make it 49-0.
Fight night was kicked off with Tra’kwon Pettis, who was recently added to the Mayweather Promotions stable. He took home a 1st round TKO for his pro-debut. Ashley Theophane was up next in a 10 round match-up against Steven Upsher. Theophane put on an outstanding performance and dominated his opponent throughout the fight, ultimately winning by unanimous decision. New prodigy, Gervonta “Tank” Davis wasted no time earning a TKO 1:34 into the first round against Enrique Tinoco. The excitement continued as Ronald “The Thrill” Gavril took on Scott “Cujo” Sigmon. Sigmon couldn’t survive Gavril’s hard-hitting right hook long enough to reach round 8, as the doctor called off the fight. Chris “Young King” Pearson entered the ring protecting his perfect record against Janks Trotter for an exciting bout that kept the crowd on the edge of their seats. Trotter quickly gained control of the fight, as he was able to continuously pin Pearson on the ropes. Pearson then changed the momentum in the 7th round causing Trotter to hit the canvas. Pearson earned the win by way of TKO and remained undefeated. Next, Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith entered the ring against Vanes “Nightmare” Martirosyan. Smith suffered 2 knockdowns, the first coming at the end of round 3 and the second in round 8.The match went the distance and the judges scored Vanes the winner by majority decision. Sanjarbek Rakhmanov then took on Farkhad Sharipov in a 6 round bout that went the distance. Both fighters put forth great efforts; however, it was Sanjarbeck who got the unanimous decision victory.
The Showtime PPV portion of the action-packed undercard opened up with a 10 round showdown between Jonathan Oquendo and Jhonny Gonzalez. Oquendo came out on top, winning by majority decision. Badou Jack successfully defended his WBC Super Middleweight world title for the first time against George Groves. Jack remained champion with a split decision win over Groves. Roman Martinez and Orlando Salido battled each other once again in a rematch that ended in a draw.
In the historic main event, Floyd Mayweather laced up for the 49th and final fight of his professional career to face Andre Berto. Mayweather started fast and never looked back. The champ’s distinguished techniques that he displayed throughout the fight produced many fascinating highlights, including a few unexpected dance moves that kept the crowd entertained aside from the hard-hitting action. Berto stayed focused and competitive, but was unable to effectively cut-off the ring on Mayweather, ultimately falling short of a victory against “The Best Ever”, Floyd Mayweather.
TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAY, September 29, 2015
It was Toe-To-Toe Tuesday at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas on September 29. WBA Super Featherweight Champion of the world, Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna retained his title with a tenth round TKO over former Puerto Rican Olympian, Carlos Ivan Velasquez. Fortuna dropped Velasquez early in the fight but Velasquez kept a steady pace and continued to defend himself.
The WBA Champion broke down his opponent’s defense leaving him with a bloody nose throughout the rest of the fight. In the 10th round, the official called the fight with 35 seconds remaining in the round.
In the co-featured bout, Dominique Dolton and Oscar Molina fought to a majority draw after 10 action-packed rounds. Cruiserweight champion, Andrew “The Beast” Tabiti, remained undefeated and pushed his record to 12-0 (11 KOs) after serving his opponent Tamas Lodi, a powerful left jab in the first round. J’Leon Love and Marcus Upshaw exchanged jabs throughout the rounds— keeping it a steady fight. That wasn’t enough for Love, as he continued landing hard punches to close out the 10th and final round. Love earned a unanimous decision over his opponent.
Mayweather Promotions’ rising stars continued to earn wins on fight night. Ladarius “Memphis” Miller battled RonDale Hubbert in a 6 round match-up. Miller put on a good performance, and ultimately advanced his record to 9-0.
Next, Juan Heraldez took on Los Angeles-native Joaquin Chavez. Heraldez wasted no time delivering hard blows to the head of Chavez. Chavez put up a good fight, but it wasn’t enough to defeat Heraldez who won by unanimous decision.
Leduan Barthelemy and Michael Gaxiloa battled, as both fighters traded jabs to the body and face in a 6 round fight. In the last round, Barthelemy unleashed multiple punches—putting Gaxiloa in the corner, which led him to a unanimous decision win. Milwaukee native Thomas Hill entered the ring with Alphonso Black in a 6 round super welterweight match. Both fighters exchanged jabs to start out the first few rounds. Hill picked up the pace in round 4 with multiple left and right hooks to Black’s body—earning Hill a win by unanimous decision.
If you’re a huge sports fan then this article is definitely for you! This fall will host an array of both national and international sporting events, including the start of the NCAA college basketball and NBA seasons. Don’t just stop here! Continue reading for a list of popular fall sporting events in store for all you sports fans.
Oct. 23 – 25
The 2015 Formula One United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas will be held all week long on October 23 – 25. Be sure to catch the world’s most sophisticated and glamorous motorsport race live and in full effect. This is the 66th season of the Formula One World Championship with twenty-one drivers representing ten teams who will be competing in this scheduled Grand Prix event.
For more information visit: http://circuitoftheamericas.com/f1/
Oct. 23 – Nov. 1
World champion gymnastics- Glasgow, UK
The world’s best gymnasts are headed to Glasgow to compete in the 2015 World Gymnastic Championships. Not only is this a world championship event, but it also serves as the qualifying event for gymnasts who anticipate going to the 2016 Olympic Games hosted in Rio. With this championship already bearing a record number of entries, be sure not to miss out on these competitors’ amazing journey to becoming Olympic medalist. For more information visit: http://www.2015worldgymnastics.com
Oct. 25 – Nov. 1
NFL International Series- London, England
The Jets started this 3-part series as they faced the Miami Dolphins for an exciting match-up abroad to kick off the NFL’s International Series at Wembley Stadium on October 4. The Bills and the Jaguars will continue the series with their battle scheduled to take place on October 25. This series will conclude with the Chiefs facing the Lions on November 1. Don’t miss each game live on CBS at 6:30am PT. For more information on how the NFL is going global visit: http://www.nfl.com/international.
The 2015–2016 NBA season is the 70th season of the National Basketball Association. The regular season is scheduled to begin Tuesday, October 27, 2015 in Oracle Arena— home of the 2015 NBA defending champions Golden State Warriors. The team will be hosting a game against the New Orleans Pelicans.
For more information on schedules, standings and players visit: http://www.nba.com/
Oct. 27- Nov. 4
The 2015 World Series of the Major League Baseball’s championship series, a best-of-seven playoff between the National League playoff champions and American League playoff champions. The scheduled start date is October 27, 2015. The American League champions will have home field advantage for the series as a result of their 6–3 victory in the All-Star Game.
For more information on scoreboards, stats, and schedule click here: http://mlb.mlb.com/home
Melbourne Cup- Victoria, Australia
The Melbourne Cup has reserved the first Tuesday of November to make its mark. This year, the tradition will continue at Flemington, as The Melbourne Cup continues to grow and live up to its’ title as ‘the race that stops a nation’. The prize money and trophies will help make this event one of the richest horseraces in the world! Visit: http://www.flemington.com.au for more information.
The highly anticipated season opener of the NCAA basketball 2015-16 season kicks off on November 13. For more information and team schedules please visit: http://www.ncaa.com/
Nov. 20 – 29
IWF World Championship- Houston, TX
With over 900 competitors and 60 participating countries, this championship has garnered much attention and will be hosted in Houston, TX. Don’t miss out on any of the events, for more information visit: http://www.houstoniwf2015.com
Stay In The Know Mayweather Promotions
Mayweather Promotions is entering its 9th year of operation, and has grown tremendously since its inception. With the bar set high, Mayweather Promotions continues to be the top promotional company in the sport of boxing. The organization believes in the motto: To think outside the box. There’s no shortage on the team when it comes to creativity and originality.
Mayweather Promotions continues to seamlessly promote all forms of live entertainment including sporting events, live musical, and theatrical events, as well as film and television productions. Be on the lookout for Mayweather Promotions’ global breakthrough in addition to what we currently have in the works for the near future.
There are currently 19 fighters across six different weight classes under its’ banner. Famously referred to as The “Money Team”, they’re all hungry and motivated to be successful in their careers. The evolving stable includes current, former, and future champions: Badou Jack, Chris Pearson, J’Leon Love, Mickey Bey Jr., Andrew Tabiti, Ashley Theophane, Ishe Smith, Lanell Bellows, Ronald Gavril, Ladarius Miller, Kevin Newman II, Juan Heraldez, Maurice Lee, Charvis Holifield, Lionell Thompson, Gervonta Davis, Alexis Santiago, Sanjarbek Rakhmanov, and Tra’kwon Pettis.
With a solid group of championship caliber fighters, trainers, and staff, Mayweather Promotions doesn’t plan to take its foot off the gas. President, Floyd “Money” Mayweather continuously aims to increase the stable of fighters,
Now and in years to come, Mayweather Promotions is poised to break more records, generate more revenue, and chase excellence as the company has solidified itself as the past, present & future of sports & entertainment.
Chris “Young King” Pearson was born in Dayton, Ohio on November 12, 1990. In his amateur years as a boxer, he became the 2011 U.S. National Champion, 2009 Police Athletic League National Champion and has successfully beaten four former Olympians. He now holds an undefeated record as a professional. Pearson broke the proverbial seal and has remained unstoppable every since. Continue reading to know more about this Mayweather Promotion’s rising star…
Q: When did you know you wanted to become a boxer?
A: The moment I knew I wanted to become a boxer was actually when I was ten years old and became a national champion. I didn’t really have this kind of passion for anything until I got into the ring. Everything about that moment just pushed me to keep on boxing.
Q: Who inspires you the most and why?
A: Someone who really inspired me was my grandfather who passed away. He was my role model. My grandfather laid down a foundation for me and my family. I’m really grateful of him for that.
Q: What three words best describe you as a fighter? Why?
A: Three words that would best describe me as a fighter are smart, versatile, and resilient. I always use my tools to the best of my ability. I maintain control. I’m completely focused in a fight, and I try not to lose that focus. I stay focused as much as I can and try not to fall for whatever my opponent tries to pull over me.
Q: How did it feel to be on the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao undercard?
A: I was featured on the undercard for the Mayweather vs. Canelo fight and that was pretty crazy. This fight was a pandemonium. There was definitely a lot more media attention around the whole event. It was a blessing to be a part of it. I’m even more thankful to be on the undercard and earn a win that moved me forward in my career.
Q: What did you do differently to prepare for that fight?
A: There was nothing different in my preparation. Yes, it was on the night of one of the biggest boxing matches in history. The pay may have been different and there was a ton of media attention surrounding the event, but overall it was business as usual. I take all of my fights seriously. I always train hard and do my best no matter what.
Q: How does it feel walking into the ring with an undefeated record?
A: It feels great! I’m in a great position. I don’t think about losing. I don’t ever think about that stuff when I’m in the ring. You can’t have that mentality. I come into the fight ready to win. I’d rather die than lose that hope.
Q: How do you balance being a father and having a boxing career?
A: Any moment that I have, I’ll give to my daughter. I fly out to see her whenever I can, or I have her fly in to see me. Any free time that I have from boxing or training, I try to give it all to my baby girl.
Q: What would you want the world to remember you for at the end of your career?
A: I want to be remembered as one of the greats. I’d be lying if I say I didn’t want that. I mean, it’s what we’re doing this for. That’s why I work so hard. That’s why I stay focused. As long as I’m in the discussion, I know I’ve had a successful career.
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Roger Mayweather grew up in a household of boxing in Grand Rapids, Michigan with his brothers Floyd and Jeff Mayweather. As an amateur, he always desired to be a champion. He made his professional debut in 1981. It only took him two years to gain the WBA Super Featherweight title in which he gained high recognition. After retiring in 1999, Roger focused all his attention on training his nephew Floyd Mayweather. Continue reading more to learn about Roger’s transitions in boxing.
Q: Why did you become a professional fighter?
A: I was fighting long before I became a professional fighter and I wanted to be a champion. The only way I could’ve been a champion was to go somewhere and become one. I came to Las Vegas and wound up being a champion.
Q: Why did you choose the ring name “The Black Mamba”?
A: It was something that most people didn’t have. I saw it on TV about a snake that was kind but vicious like me. I decided I wanted to take that name.
Q: What do you like the most about still being involved in the sport of boxing?
A: I love boxing because of the fact that most people can’t do it. On top of that, people grade you on your talent in boxing, and they value you for what you can do. I also enjoy working with kids and contributing to keeping the sport alive. There’s no other place that I want to be everyday other than the boxing gym.
Q: Which fight of your professional boxing career was your favorite?
A: I think my favorite fight was when I won my second title. A lot of people said I wasn’t going to win. People said he’s been knocked out and I couldn’t win, but I proved them wrong.
Q: How did it feel to be inducted in the Nevada boxing hall of fame?
A: It means a lot. It lets me know that people think I was important to the sport and they appreciate my contributions. I was happy to receive my induction with my whole family there to support me. My nephew stood by my side along with my kids on stage. That was an honor in itself, and the induction made it more special.
Q: Can you describe for us what the sport of boxing has meant to your life?
A: Boxing has meant a lot to me. It’s been part of my everyday life for a long time. I don’t know what I would have done as far as my career goes if I didn’t box. I also don’t know what I would be doing now. I understand the sport and what it takes to be a champion. I also know that boxing is a vicious sport and you have to be smart in the ring. Boxers get knocked out all the time and it’s hard to come back from that. You have to be strong physically and mentally to survive in this sport. I understand that’s the key thing about boxing.
Q: What advice can you give to young up and coming fighters today?
A: I would tell them to get the best trainer and get the best education about boxing that they can get. I think they should also find a good mentor and a few other close people that they can trust to keep around. I would tell them to stay away from living a lifestyle that will distract them from the prize. Then when the time comes to fight they will have the talent and ability to get the job done
We have fans all over the world, but one fan that truly stood out was Sean Goodman. Sean has been selected as our second fan of the quarter, and has proven to be a loyal Floyd Mayweather fan. He has ordered most of Mayweather’s Pay-Per-View fights, attended the Mayweather vs. Cotto fight, and even traveled to New York for one of our other promoted shows. Sean’s loyalty and support for Mayweather has earned him the fan of the quarter.