This quarter’s Fan Connection is all about the go-to travel destinations, the latest fashion trends, and of course…boxing! We’ve recapped our latest boxing cards including #KraelOdhiambo, #PacBroner, #DavisRuiz, #LeoTabanao and have also given the scoop on what events should be on your radar next. The Fan Feature section highlights some really great fans, and our featured trainer Larry Wade. We also shine a light on Mayweather Promotions’ very own Featured Fighter, Xavier Martinez. Dive deep into everything Mayweather Promotions and more, and don’t forget to visit our online shops for the latest Mayweather Sports and TMT apparel!
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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:
January 17, 2019
Thursday Night Fights
MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Las Vegas fan favorite, Cameron “Suave” Krael got the victory in a 10-round welterweight showdown against Kenya’s Michael “Hurricane” Odhiambo, live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. In the co-main event, “Amazing” Layla McCarter scored a unanimous decision victory over Argentina’s Yamila “La Maquinita” Reynoso.
Additional action saw undefeated former Olympian from Brooklyn, NY, Richardson Hitchins (7-0, 3KOs) make his Las Vegas debut against Pennsylvania’s Tre’Sean “Trigger” Wiggins (10-4-1, 6 KOs). This started fight with both fighters applying pressure then turned out to be a full-on brawl. After 8-rounds of action, judges scored the bout a unanimous decision in favor of Hitchins keeping his unblemished record intact. Undefeated super featherweight, Andres “Savage” Cortes (10-0, 6KOs) went toe-to-toe with Mexico’s Eder “Koriano” Fajardo (9-7, 4KOs) and worked his way to a TKO victory after Fajardo’s corner put a halt to the bout. In a 6-round bantamweight bout Antonio Rodriguez (15-23-2, 6KO’s) from Durango, Mexico, defeated Dylan “The Real Dyl” Price (7-1, 5KOs) by split decision. In the opening bout of the night, we saw Maryland’s Travis “Seever” Reeves (17-3-2, 7KOs) get his 17th victory over Lanell “KO” Bellows (18-4-2, 11KOs) by unanimous decision in a 10-round super middleweight battle.
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January 19, 2019
Manny Pacquiao vs. Adrien Broner
MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
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All-time great Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao cruised to a comfortable unanimous decision over Adrien “The Problem” Broner to defend his WBA Welterweight World Championship on SHOWTIME PPV® Saturday night in front of a sold-out MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The scores were 117-111, 116-112 twice. In the co-feature, Staten Island native Marcus Browne (23-0, 16 KOs) won defeated a bloodied Badou Jack (22-2-3, 13 KOs) by upset unanimous decision for the Interim WBA Light Heavyweight belt. The scores were 119-108, 117-110, 116-111. Jack suffered a gruesome five-inch cut to his forehead after an accidental clash of heads in the seventh round of the fight.
By winning the all-southpaw matchup, the 32-year-old Oubaali became the first French-born champion in 11 years. The first six rounds were close as both fighters were separated by four or fewer punches. Oubaali controlled the fight in the middle rounds, with SHOWTIME’s official scorer Steve Farhood giving the more active Oubaali rounds five through 10 before giving Warren the close 11th. The fast starting Ruiz, who has 18 previous knockouts in round one, showed his early power and he sent the former two-time world title challenger Guevara to the canvas with a strong right followed by a left uppercut at 1:41 of the first round.
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February 9, 2019
Davis vs. Ruiz
Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, California
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Gervonta Davis defended his WBA Super Featherweight World Championship with a thrilling first-round TKO of former world champion Hugo Ruiz before a sellout crowd of 8,048 at Dignity Health Sports Park Saturday non SHOWTIME.
Knockdown video highlight: https://s.sho.com/2URYn8t
In the co-feature, Mario Barrios (23-0, 14 KOs) knocked out his seventh consecutive opponent as the 23-year-old from San Antonio stopped Mexico’s Richard Zamora (15-3, 10 KOs). The stoppage came at 2:16 in round four as referee Ray Corona waved off the fight after a barrage of Barrios punches landed cleanly and dazed the game Zamora. In the telecast opener, Javier Fortuna (34-2-1, 23 KOs) won a unanimous decision against Sharif Bogere (32-2, 20 KOs) in a 10-round lightweight bout. All three judges scored the fight 96-93 in favor of Fortuna.
SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING COUNTDOWN featured two live undercard fights on social media platforms leading into the televised tripleheader. Former world title challenger Erickson Lubin (20-1, 15 KOs) knocked down Ishe Smith (29-11, 12 KOs) a total of four times before the fight was stopped at the end of round three in a scheduled 10-round super welterweight bout. Undefeated super lightweight Juan Heraldez (16-0, 10 KOs) stopped Eddie Ramirez (17-3, 11 KOs) in round seven of a scheduled 10-round fight.
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April 5, 2019
Sin City Showdown
Sam’s Town Live, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Undefeated Las Vegas prospect Angelo Leo went wire-to-wire in an impressive and dominating 10-round unanimous decision victory over Neil John Tabanao in a ShoBox: The New Generation main event Friday night on SHOWTIME from Sam’s Town Live in Las Vegas.
The scores for the 122-pound bout were 100-89, 100-90 twice, all in favor for one of Mayweather Promotions top young talents in Leo (17-0, 8 KOs), who was pushed past the eighth round for the first time in his career against the Filipino Tabanao (17-5, 11 KOs). Leo averaged 80 punches thrown in the final three rounds and out-landed Tabanao 81-20 overall and 79-17 power in the same span. Leo was especially prolific going to the body as he held a 76-22 margin in body connects.
In the co-feature, Xavier Martinez (14-0, 10 KOs) of Sacramento, Calif., put on a clinic in recording a third-round TKO over John Moralde (21-3, 11 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round super featherweight bout. After dominating the first two rounds, Martinez sent Moralde to the canvas with a short left hook, Moralde quickly jumped to his feet but appeared dazed. After 20 seconds and another onslaught of punches, referee Tony Weeks had seen enough and he officially waved off the fight at 1:11 of the third round. In the telecast opener, 21-year-old Las Vegas prospect Andres Cortes (11-0, 6 KOs) scored a unanimous decision over Baltimore’s Jahmal Dyer (9-2, 5 KOs) in an eight-round super featherweight bout, despite Dyer sending Cortes to the canvas after a flash knockdown in the fourth round. The scores were 78-73, 79-73, 78-74.
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WHAT YOU NEED TO SEE:
April 20, 2019
Danny Garcia vs. Adrian Granados
Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, California
About: Former two-division world champion Danny “Swift” Garcia will battle hard-hitting veteran Adrian Granados in a 12-round welterweight bout that will headline the live prime time event presented by Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes on Saturday, April 20 from Dignity Health Sports Park (formerly StubHub Center) in Carson, California. Heavyweight contender Andy Ruiz Jr. takes on Alexander Dimitrenko in a 10-round bout in the co-feature and unbeaten contender Brandon Figueroa battles Venezuela’s Yonfrez Parejo in a 12-round match for the WBA Interim Super Bantamweight title that opens the primetime FOX broadcast that begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
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April 27, 2019
Robert Easter Jr. vs. Rances Barthelemy
The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, Nevada
About: Former lightweight world champion Robert Easter Jr. and former two-division champion Rances Barthelemy will meet for the vacant WBA Lightweight Title on Saturday, April 27 live on SHOWTIME from The Chelsea inside of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and presented by Premier Boxing Champions. SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING coverage begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT and will also feature former super lightweight champion Viktor Postol taking on France’s Mohamed Mimoune in a WBC super lightweight title eliminator, while rising heavyweight sensation Efe Ajagba looks to remain unbeaten against once-beaten German Michael Wallisch in a 10-round heavyweight attraction.
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May 4, 2019
5th Annual Box Fan Expo
Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
About: Mayweather Promotions will make their 4th appearance at this year’s Expo featuring a fighter meet & greet, exclusive pop-up shop experience including the Mayweather Sports and The Money Team (TMT) brands and more! The Boxing Expo is scheduled to take place during Cinco de Mayo weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Las Vegas Convention Center and serves as the ultimate boxing fan experience event, which allows fans to meet current and former boxing superstars, world champions, legends and other boxing celebrities. Fans can expect to experience various interactions such as autograph and photos sessions, Face-off with your favorite boxers, pictures with the Ring Card Girls, Live DJ Music, chance to win prizes, purchase merchandise and memorabilia from different booths Exhibitors ALL UNDER ONE ROOF!
May 18, 2019
Deontay Wilder vs. Dominic Breazeale
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
About: Undefeated WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder will put his title on the line for the ninth time when he steps into the ring against hard-hitting mandatory challenger Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale live on SHOWTIME and presented by Premier Boxing Champions on Saturday, May 18 from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™. Wilder vs. Breazeale promises the type of explosive displays of power that fans have come to expect from the red-hot heavyweight division as the two knockout artists have combined for 57 knockouts in 62 professional bouts. Both men stand at 6-foot-7-inches tall, have engaged in numerous dramatic clashes and are fan-favorites at Barclays Center. Wilder will be fighting at the arena for the fourth time and Breazeale will be making his third appearance.
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OTHER SPORTS NEWS AND EVENTS:
Location: Darwin, Australia
The Northern Territory Government is bringing back the Arafura Games to leverage the cultural, economic and social benefits of an international sporting event. The Games began as the Arafura Sports Festival in 1991 with 1,500 athletes competing in seven sports. The 2019 Arafura Games will also showcase the Northern Territory’s unique arts, culture, history and trade and investment opportunities. 16 sports have been chosen for the 2019 Arafura Games including, Athletics, Table Tennis, Boxing, Football (Soccer), Swimming, Tennis and others.
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
The Kentucky Derby, presented by Woodford Reserve, is a top rank, Grade I stakes race for 3 year old Thoroughbred horses. 20 horses compete in the Kentucky Derby, which is a larger field size than most horse races; where on average 8 horses race against one another. The 20 horses racing in the Kentucky Derby must first travel along the Road to the Kentucky Derby, which is a series of 35 races taking place at tracks across the country and the world. The Kentucky Derby winning purse is $2 million! The event is the longest continually held sporting event in America, and it is one of the most prestigious horse races in the world.
Location: New York
The 2019 PGA Championship will be the 101st playing of the tournament, which first started back in 1916. The 2019 Championship will establish a new place within golf’s major championship rotation becoming the second of four annual events and moving from August to May. Regularly featuring the strongest field based on the Official World Golf Ranking, the PGA is the only all-professional major championship with 156 players competing annually for one of golf’s most prized possessions, the Wanamaker Trophy.
33 drivers. 200 laps. 500 miles. The Indianapolis 500 is back for another incredible edition of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing. The rush of adrenaline lasts an entire month in anticipation for last Sunday in May to race at 240 mph. This 2019 event marks the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.
Roland-Garros is a tournament which stands out on the international sporting calendar, and is part of the heritage of its home country, France. Its legend began some 126 years ago. The French Open, also called Roland-Garros, is held over two weeks between late May and early June at the Stade Roland-Garros in Paris, France in a venue named after the French aviator Roland Garros.
TOP MOVIES TO WATCH:
Grab you popcorn and a nice drink to help keep you cool this season because it’s time to cuddle up and watch some of the best movies to drop this quarter. Read below to find out what to watch and what to look out for.
Release date: 3/8
Opening weekend: $153,433,423
Captain Marvel is an extraterrestrial Kree warrior who finds herself caught in the middle of an intergalactic battle between her people and the Skrulls. Living on Earth in 1995, she keeps having recurring memories of another life as U.S. Air Force pilot Carol Danvers. With help from Nick Fury, Captain Marvel tries to uncover the secrets of her past while harnessing her special superpowers to end the war with the evil Skrulls.
Insider Look: Oscar winner Brie Larson, who did a lot of her own stunts for “Captain Marvel,” put her muscles to the test in her training for this film.
Release date: 3/22
Opening weekend: estimated $70.3 million
Accompanied by her husband, son and daughter, Adelaide Wilson returns to the beachfront home where she grew up as a child. Haunted by a traumatic experience from the past, Adelaide grows increasingly concerned that something bad is going to happen. Her worst fears soon become a reality when four masked strangers descend upon the house, forcing the Wilsons into a fight for survival. When the masks come off, the family is horrified to learn that each attacker takes the appearance of one of them.
Insider Look: Even if you haven’t seen ‘Us’ yet, you probably already know how boss Lupita Nyong’o is as an actress. Check out how she crafted her ‘spooky’ voice in ‘Us’.
Release date: 4/26
Adrift in space with no food or water, Tony Stark sends a message to Pepper Potts as his oxygen supply starts to dwindle. Meanwhile, the remaining Avengers — Thor, Black Widow, Captain America and Bruce Banner — must figure out a way to bring back their vanquished allies for an epic showdown with Thanos — the evil demigod who decimated the planet and the universe.
Release date: 5/24
Young Aladdin embarks on a magical adventure after finding a lamp that releases a wisecracking genie.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Release date: 5/31
Members of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species-thought to be mere myths-rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.
Release date: 6/7
The X-Men face their most formidable and powerful foe when one of their own, Jean Grey, starts to spiral out of control. During a rescue mission in outer space, Jean is nearly killed when she’s hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful, but far more unstable. The X-Men must now band together to save her soul and battle aliens that want to use Grey’s new abilities to rule the galaxy.
Toy Story 4
Release date: 6/21
Toy Story 4 is an upcoming American 3D computer-animated comedy film, and the third sequel to Toy Story.
Fashion is a huge part of how others judge you. Gather some inspiration for the new season from top trends worn by celebrities and fashion icons. Plus read about the comeback of 2 major 2000-era brands, our selected top athlete of this quarter, and more!
ALL IN THE BAG
Big, small, and every size in between- make your bag a signature piece of your look.
This go-to music festival style is becoming a go-to everyday look and it flows with the vibes of the spring season.
Tulle, ruffles, balloon sleeves, bubble skirts, satin, pleats, and personality-packed volume dresses are blooming for spring.
FEATHER IS THE NEW FUR
Trade in your furs for a more feathered design with inspo from these fashion guru’s.
STREETWEAR: SPRING EDITION
From the streets of LA to the boroughs of New York , street-wear is a trend to stay.
THE REBIRTH OF A STAPLE BRAND
FUBU is a brand name many are familiar with and it stands for “For Us, By Us”. Back in the late 90’s FUBU was in over 5,000 stores, and in 1998 its yearly sales were more than $350 million. But after co-opting a Gap commercial via LL Cool J in 1999, outfitting pop acts like *NSYNC, and spending $5 million to make The Good Life, a compilation album under Universal the team decided to retreat from the U.S. market in 2003. While FUBU has been relatively dormant in the U.S., it’s been able to sustain itself with a series of international licenses in countries such as South Africa, Japan, China, Saudi Arabia, and Korea, where they’re positioned as a skate brand. But now they’re back with Century 21 and dropped their collection on March 1st. Their goal is to expand to more Century 21 doors and grow bigger than ever before, even reaching beyond just fashion. Source
Baby Phat by Kimora Lee Simmons is coming back, thanks to its original founder. Former model and fashion designer, Kimora Lee Simmons Leissner, announced the re-launch will drop this summer. Baby Phat originally launched in 1999 as a subsidiary of then-husband Russell Simmons’ Phat Fashions line. The brand helped put hip hop-inspired women’s fashion at the forefront of pop culture. Thanks to some signature pieces — like the line’s signature baby tee featuring the Baby Phat rhinestone cat and a pink tufted flip phone and major celebrity endorsements from Britney Spears, Alicia Keys, and many others, it became more popular than expected. Now, Simmons Leissner has bought it back, and she’s bringing her two teen daughters, Ming and Aoki along with her to help rebuild and re-launch Baby Phat into the world. Source
PLAYER OF THE QUARTER
Serena Williams can do it all! From being one of the greatest tennis players of all time to being a devoted and dedicated mom, and also an advocate for women, Williams has shown that anyone can do it all if they work hard and have a strong support system behind them. She proved that, once again, as she returned to the top 10 in the tennis rankings for the first time since taking a break to have her first child in September 2017. In what began in Compton, California at age 5, playing tennis and dominating the sport has opened numerous doors for Serena. In 2018 she was named the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year for the fifth time. She has been part owner of the Miami Dolphins since 2009, and is the first female African-American to have an ownership stake in a NFL franchise. Williams has also turned her attention to education. She opened a secondary school in Kenya called The Serena Williams Secondary School, which she has noted in her autobiography as one of the landmark events in her life and since then has continued in her philanthropy through engaging in extensive humanitarian work in the country following the opening of her school.
“While I think all women are superheroes, we are not superhuman and we need each other’s support,” – Serena Williams
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Featured Fighter: Xavier Martinez
Photo Credit: Julio Sanchez
Sacramento native, Xavier Martinez, first got introduced to the sweet science at the young age of 7 and has been mentored by current trainer, Ray Woods, ever since. We sat down with this young rising prospect to learn how his escape to stay out of trouble as a child led to a passion for the sport, and would one day become his career. At 21 years old Martinez holds an unblemished record that he credits to his humbleness and ambition. With goals of achieving much higher successes in his career going forward, Martinez remains determined and dedicated to the sport to become a future world champion. Learn more about this quarter’s featured fighter’s rise to stardom below:
You were introduced to your current trainer, Ray Woods, at a very young age and have been mentored by him ever since. Tell us about how this relationship came about and what has been the best advice/lessons that Ray Woods has given/taught you.
I first got introduced to Ray Woods when I was 6 years old. My dad had a friend that trained at his gym and his friend began training me for about a year. I eventually switched to train with Ray after a year, and I’ve been training with him ever since. Ray is like another father figure to me. He’s taught me so much about life inside and outside of the ring. We always discuss our plans for my career and he tells me the dos and don’ts of life and to learn from other people’s mistakes. I’ve learned a lot from him and have the utmost respect for him.
Photo Credit: Julio Sanchez
You made your Mayweather Promotions debut on October 8, 2016 at Sam’s Town Live in Las Vegas. Tell us about how you felt going into your first fight under the MP banner.
To be honest, I was nervous. I don’t know why, but I was. After that, I realized there was no reason to be nervous. I have to just go in there and do my job. Everything is smooth now.
You currently hold a record of 14-0, 10 KOs. What do you find to be the most important factor to maintaining your undefeated record?
Staying confident and training harder and harder every fight. Going into the fight with the mindset “I’m going to win no matter what.” I will always try to find a way to win, that’s how I go in there. I envision myself as, “No one will ever beat me or me never losing. I see myself winning every fight.” Lately I’ve just been getting the KO’s. I know that I can beat anyone that they put in front of me. I always go in there and focus on the fight, not worrying about what everyone else thinks or feeling pressure to get a knockout from those watching.
Photo Credit: Julio Sanchez
What does a typical training day for Xavier Martinez look like?
I wake up around 7 am and eat breakfast. Then I’ll wait about an hour and go run for 5 miles. At 11 am I’ll go to the gym to train until 3 pm. My schedule can differ every day, but I do train 7 days a week. On sparring days I’ll come to the gym around 6 pm and that’ll last about an hour or two. Whenever I get done with training, I work on my online Real Estate classes. I don’t really have a set schedule it always bounces around. But I’m always working!
Looking back at the end of your amateur career, do you feel that you should have started sooner, later, or that you started your pro career at the right time.
I feel like I started at the right time. I was already sparring pros as an amateur. The transition was pretty smooth, of course I had get used to the smaller gloves and no head gear, but after my first two professional fights I adjusted really well to it. I felt that this was what I was made to do and that it was the right time to turn pro.
What has been the best advice that you have received thus far in your career, and who was this advice received from?
The best advice I’ve received is from my trainer Ray Woods and it is “Time don’t wait for no one.” He says that there is only a short time span in your career, so every time you clock-in to train and every time you clock-in to fight, you’ve got to cease the moment and take advantage of it because by messing around you’ll just be wasting that time of your career.
If you didn’t pursue a career in boxing, what do you think you would be doing at this time?
I would probably go to school for Real Estate. I’m going to school for that right now and I think I still would’ve liked to pursue a career in that field in the future.
What do you think sets Xavier Martinez apart from every other fighter in the Lightweight division?
My ambition to be great and how I carry myself. I’m really humble and like I said before, I feel that no one in the lightweight division, from 130 to 140, can beat me, especially me being at the top of my game. I feel that no one will ever beat me.
What are two goals that you will set for yourself to accomplish this year in your professional career?
1. Build a big fan base and become more known through the boxing community and my city.
2. Continue performing well this year so that I can receive a world title shot by the beginning of next year.
Finish this sentence: Boxing has changed my life because …
It has taught me discipline and it has made me grow up to be a better young man. It really changed my life in a positive way. Boxing was an escape for me because when I was younger, I always got into trouble at school and once I started boxing it really calmed me down.
Featured Trainer: Larry Wade
Coach Larry Wade keeps himself occupied by training world-class boxers and carrying out his duties as UNLV’s track and field coach. His role as a strength and conditioning trainer stemmed from his involvement as a former college track and field athlete who earned multiple medals and won several championships for his successes. We caught up with Coach Wade who shared his path to his career, notable achievements as an athlete and coach to professional athletes, challenges he faces a coach, and the similarities and differences between the track and field and boxing worlds.
You are originally from Texas, what brought you to Las Vegas?
I was born in Giddings, Texas and graduated from Elgin High School. I attended Texas A&M University where I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in science. What brought me out to Las Vegas was my wife and kids who were living out here. My family lived in Las Vegas and I had my newly born son Brandon. I didn’t want to live away from them.
What are some of your greatest accomplishments as a former track and field athlete?
Some of my greatest accomplishments as a former track and field athlete were that I was inducted into the Texas A&M University Track Hall of Fame. I was a 5-time NCAA All American Hurdle champion, 2-time NCAA National champion in the 110 Hurdles, professional track and field athlete who earned medals at the Goodwill Games, Olympic Festival, and Pan American Games. I was also ranked in top 2 in the world in the 110 Hurdles.
I have been a strength and conditioning coach for over a decade. I have trained NFL, NBA, MLB, professional boxing, and professional track and field athletes. I started my boxing career with Kenny and Shawn Porter. We won our first title shortly after I started working with Shawn. I didn’t take another client for 2 years because I wanted to make sure I knew enough to move on with another elite boxer. I knew how to get athletes fit and I knew how to make them fast, but I wanted to make sure I learned everything I could about the performance needs in this particular arena so I could be great at what I do. I went to the gym every day and didn’t charge a fee for my services, and kept learning so I that I could merge my knowledge of strength and conditioning with the sport of boxing. Soon after I took on another fighter and we won another world title!
How did you get introduced to the Mayweather Boxing Club?
I was introduced to the Mayweather Boxing Club by Kenny and Shawn Porter. I later became the strength and conditioning coach for 2-Time World Champion, Badou Jack, who uses the Mayweather Boxing Club as his home base. It’s a place where the best of the best go to perfect their skills.
What fighters and other athletes do you currently train?
- Badou Jack
- Former WBC Super Middle Weight World Champion
- Former WBA Light Heavy Weight World Champion
- Shawn Porter
- WBC Welterweight World Champion
- WBC Welterweight Silver Belt World Champion
- Former IBF Welterweight World Champion
- Caleb Plant
- IBF Super Middle Weight World Champion
What does a typical day with Coach Wade look like?
My day starts like most parents. I get up and take care of my family first. Prepare my 6-year-old and 13-year-old for school is a job in its self. Next, I take care of my coaching responsibility to UNLV because it is truly a full-time responsibility. Then I address the physical and emotional needs of all of my professional boxers. So, my typical day starts at 6 am and doesn’t end until 8 pm.
How do you balance your duty of being a UNLV track coach and strength and conditioning coach for fighters?
It is very challenging, but I love what I do! There are surely some days harder than others, but I wouldn’t trade my career or relationship with my athletes for anything.
What are some similarities and differences between both of your coaching jobs?
There are many similarities between the two jobs. Honestly, most athletes are very similar. They all have weaknesses and strengths. The first step as a coach or a trainer is understanding that your athlete is human just like you. Which means they have everyday problems just like the next person. That’s why it’s extremely important to create a rapport with your athlete, so you can do a better job of being what they need you to be. To be a great strength and conditioning coach you must understand that you have to be more than just a coach. Many days you will be a counselor or just a sounding board for them.
What do you find to be your biggest challenge as a strength and conditioning coach?
My biggest challenge is understanding and accepting that boxing is the “hurt business” and fighters sometimes get hurt. The hardest part for me is when your fighter gets hurt and you can’t take the pain away from them. When they hurt, I hurt!
What is your ultimate goal with every fighter that you work with?
First goal has always been the same since I started training. The goal is to do my absolute best job of making sure that the fighter is physically and mentally as strong as they can so that they can become victorious and make it home to see their families again.
Name some of your greatest accomplishments in your career as a strength and conditioning coach to fighters.
Every championship that I have won has meant so much to me! I can’t rank them, but to be part of 6 World Titles is a blessing! I am grateful for all the blessings and relationships I have created in my journey!
Our fans have an eye for boxing talent! This quarter, four fans were selected to share their love for the sport of boxing and tell us who they consider to be the best in the fight game. Stanislav, Coach Ricc, Logan, and Pitt also provide a unique outlook on the sport and the fighters they have chosen to represent because they all work or study the sweet science. Read below to learn more about this quarter’s top fans as they open up about their favorite Mayweather Promotions’ fighters and their personal journeys in boxing.
Meet Stanislav Bostan, a huge boxing and MMA fan who hails from the Republic of Moldova and now currently resides in New Jersey. Having competed at the national and international level as an amateur boxer, it’s no wonder he’s still an admirer of the sport. Stanislav currently works as a freelance reporter who films and interviews some of the best in the business, including Ronald Gavril. Read below to see what sparked the Stanislav’s interest in Ronald Gavril and why he considers himself Ronald’s biggest fan.
What was the first Ronald Gavril fight you watched?
I became acquainted with Ronald Gavril when he was still an amateur boxer; he had won a tournament in my home country of Moldova. The first professional fight of Ronald’s that I attended was his fight against Scott Sigmon on the Mayweather vs. Berto undercard. Both were memorable experiences.
Which Ronald Gavril fight is your favorite, and why?
My favorite Ronald Gavril fight was his first matchup with David Benavidez for WBC World Super Middleweight title. Ronald knocked Benavidez down and, in my opinion, won the fight.
What is it about Ronald Gavril’s performance inside and/or outside of the ring that made you a big fan?
Ronald Gavril is a very technical boxer; he accumulated a wealth of experience during his amateur career. Ronald’s defensive style and hard-hitting punches have become his strongest assets as a pro, and that’s proved by his high percentage of knockout wins. Gavril is an admirable boxer, who’s humble, friendly, and outgoing outside of the ring.
What skillset does Ronald Gavril possess that makes them stand out amongst other fighters in the super middleweight division?
Ronald Gavril’s packs a strong punch and he’s a skillful boxer, both skills that I believe he mastered as an amateur, where he recorded 165 wins including 10 Romanian National Championship wins. Ronald is also a strong-willed fighter and has the heart of a champion.
In what ways do you or have you supported Ronald Gavril?
The best way to support a boxer is to watch his fights and make an effort to purchase tickets to attend a fight whenever possible. I do my best to come and support Ronald every chance I get and will continue to do so in the future. Another way I show support for Ronald is by promoting his upcoming fights on social media.
What makes you the biggest Ronald Gavril fan?
I am Ronald’s biggest fan because I support him in every way possible. As mentioned earlier, I attend as many of his fights as possible, and spread the word about his personality, professionalism, and victories with those I know. I’ve known of Ronald for a long time, have watched his progression in the business, and I am very proud of his accomplishments. It’s an honor to share the same native language with Ronald Gavril.
In your opinion, how has Ronald Gavril positively impacted the sport of boxing?
I strongly believe that the first fight between Gavril and Benavidez was the 2017 fight of the year. It was a spectacular, non-compromise matchup between two elite level fighters who laid it all on the line. I believe that this fight and others like it are examples of great fights that turn the casual boxing fan into a loyal supporter of the sport.
If you could meet Ronald Gavril, what would you ask him?
Instead of asking a question, I would like to acknowledge Ronald’s commitment to the sport and express admiration because he always puts on a show. I would also let him know that he’s a great ambassador for Romania.
Is there any positive advice you’d give to Ronald Gavril going into his next fight?
The best advice I can give Ronald is this: your fans are always by your side, trust your team, and focus on your goals. The world champion belt is waiting for you!
Richard Colbert, better known as Coach Ricc, is a father, husband and boxing coach. Coach Ricc considers boxing his first love and seeks to improve his coaching skills daily as he works with amateur and professional boxers in the Atlanta, GA community. Coach Ricc has been coaching boxing on and off for 15 years and knows a thing or two about good fighters, so it’s a no brainer that he would have his eyes set on Ladarius Miller. Read below to understand what draws Coach Ricc to Ladarius.
What was the first Ladarius Miller fight you watched?
I’ve been watching Ladarius since his second pro fight versus Richard Colas Quesada. Ladarius dropped his opponent with a left uppercut, and the fight was eventually stopped in the 3rd round.
Which Ladarius Miller fight is your favorite, and why?
My personal favorite was his scrap with Jamel Herring. Ladarius mixed it up in the ring, showed heart and skill. Ladarius threw various combinations and you could tell he was very confident in his performance.
What is it about Ladarius Miller’s performance inside and/or outside of the ring that made you a big fan?
From what I see, Ladarius is a humble guy who has learned the importance of taking time out to give back to the community. He also spends most of his time in the gym perfecting his craft. I believe Ladarius is a good guy in and out of the ring.
What skillset does Ladarius Miller possess that makes them stand out amongst other fighters in the super lightweight division?
He’s a boxer puncher who’s capable of mixing offensive and defensive skills in the ring.
In what ways do you or have you supported Ladarius Miller?
I support Ladarius by watching his fights and following his journey in boxing through social media.
What makes you the biggest Ladarius Miller fan?
I am a big fan of Ladarius because I can see the growth and development over the years under his trainers. I also like his ability to be able to adapt to whatever his opponent tries to give in the ring. Ladarius shows that he’s getting better with time and he’s willing to put in the work to improve.
In your opinion, how has Ladarius Miller positively impacted the sport of boxing?
Ladarius is always positive, is dedicated to the sport and shows a great level of professionalism in and out of the ring. I love watching him grow into the man he’s become.
If you could meet Ladarius Miller, what would you ask him?
If I could meet Ladarius, I would ask him what the keys are to staying focused and keeping up the momentum during training. I would also like to know what his plans are after boxing.
Is there any positive advice you’d give to Ladarius Miller going into his next fight?
My advice would be to stay focused, keep improving, and be the best he can be for himself and the community looking up to him.
Logan Huddleston is an 18-year old boxing fan turned boxer-in-training who one day desires to turn pro. For now, Logan is pursuing a degree in business in northern Kentucky by day and training by night. Logan’s favorite fighter is Maurice Lee, someone Logan believes exhibits qualities that are much needed in the sport today. Have a read!
(Logan pictured left, alongside his mentor and trainer)
What was the first Maurice Lee fight you watched?
The first fight of Maurice’s that I watched was his fight with Ronald Rivas; he beat Rivas via unanimous decision.
Which Maurice Lee fight is your favorite, and why?
My favorite Maurice Lee fight was his fight against Joel Guevara. It was his first fight back after taking a loss and it was obvious in that fight how much work he put in during training camp. Maurice had learned from his previous experience, jumped right back in the ring to show us what he was capable of, and was determined to get the win.
What is it about Maurice Lee’s performance inside and/or outside of the ring that made you a big fan?
The thing that sticks out about Maurice is his humility. In a world full of arrogant fighters, Lee is one of the humblest fighters I’ve known since I began following the sport. What sticks out about his performance outside the ring is his faith in God and his appreciation of his fans. Maurice is always praising God and giving glory to God, evident through his personal hashtag #PoweredByChrist. Maurice also takes the time out of his busy days to send messages to his fans and supporters. One day I sent him a direct message on Instagram for some boxing advice and within the same day I received a reply. He even checked in with me a few days later to see how things were going.
What skillset does Maurice Lee possess that makes them stand out amongst other fighters in the welterweight division?
Maurice is persistent and has power. He refuses to give in no matter how the fight is going, and he trains how he fights. Maurice is not in there to play around; he’s there to show what he’s made of. With his power he has put people to sleep, which is a great advantage for himself but also a quality that makes him a great sparring partner.
In what ways do you or have you supported Maurice Lee?
I support Maurice by watching his fights, praying for him and ‘Team Lee’, being an active fan and supporter on social media, as well as encouraging my other friends who enjoy the sport to watch his fights.
What makes you the biggest Maurice Lee fan?
I am the biggest Maurice Lee fan because I honestly try to be as supportive as I can, in whatever ways that I can, from a distance. I also appreciate Maurice for who he is, a rare breed of a boxer who is humble, loves boxing, and is dedicated.
In your opinion, how has Maurice Lee positively impacted the sport of boxing?
Maurice’s positive impact on the sport is evident by his dedication to be the best, his uplifting personality, and his humbleness. Maurice is not in it for the fame or fortune; he has a passion for the sport that I hope will set the tone for the next generation of fighters.
If you could meet Maurice Lee, what would you ask him?
If I could meet Maurice I would ask what made him fall in love with the sport and ask if he uses that same love to power him through the rough days.
Is there any positive advice you’d give to Maurice Lee going into his next fight?
I would tell Maurice ahead of his next fight to give it all to God. God has blessed Maurice to get this far and there’s more left for him to accomplish. I would also tell Maurice to keep training as hard, continue putting his opponents to sleep, and secure the bag.
Meet 24-year old U.S. Navy airmen who’s currently stationed in San Diego, California, Pitt Mitchell. Pitt grew up with an interest in boxing; his father boxed while in the Marines so that love was passed down to him and his younger brother. While exploring the idea of boxing in the Navy, Pitt’s had his eye on Rolando Romero from the MP stable. Check out why he believes he’s Rolando “Rolly” Romero’s biggest fan.
What was the first Rolando Romero fight you watched?
The first Rolando Romero fight I saw was when he fought Dieumerci Nzau and left him slumped on the ropes after a first round KO.
Which Rolando Romero fight is your favorite, and why?
It’s very hard to choose one fight of Rolando’s. He has crazy power and his fights are never boring. But if I had to choose I’d say I’m going to say, his fight over Nicolas Velasquez. Every KO is as memorable as the last making it hard to choose one because everybody gets KO’d in seconds.
What is it about Rolando Romero’s performance inside and/or outside of the ring that made you a big fan?
I’m a big fan of Rolando’s fighting style. The way Rolando twists and generates power is impressive. Outside the ring, Rolando interacts with fans all the time and he’s real unlike other fighters who are overly cautious, Rolly keeps it honest.
What skillset does Rolando Romero possess that makes them stand out amongst other fighters in the lightweight division?
Rolando’s skillset includes power, technique, and speed. I think his speed doesn’t get the recognition that it should. With more in-ring experience, Rolando will continue to get better, making him a danger to other fighters in his division.
In what ways do you or have you supported Rolando Romero?
I support Rolando by watching his fights, commenting on his Instagram posts and other boxing websites in his favor, and have purchased a Rolly t-shirt from Crown Boxing. Outside of that I’m just a pure boxing fan who also takes bets when it’s time for Rolando to fight.
What makes you the biggest Rolando Romero fan?
I’m the biggest Rolly fan because I follow his career, support him in whatever ways I am able, and have no intentions on switching sides.
In your opinion, how has Rolando Romero positively impacted the sport of boxing?
In a world where everyone puts on a facade, Rolando keeps it real. Rolly’s presence in the sport is refreshing; he’s so genuine he makes his fans feel like we can all come hang out with him at a BBQ.
If you could meet Rolando Romero, what would you ask him?
I would ask Rolando if he has any advice for me for when I begin boxing for the Navy.
Is there any positive advice you’d give to Rolando Romero going into his next fight?
Keep doing your thing man! Knock em out!
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