Golden Boy Promotions

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De La Hoya with the DeWalt Home Depot Marketing Team at the Fight Night Club event in June 2010.

Golden Boy Promotions, Inc. is a boxing promotional firm started by former boxer 10-time world champion in six weight divisions Oscar De La Hoya (whose nickname is The Golden Boy). De La Hoya owns a majority interest in the firm, with Bernard Hopkins being a minority owner. Previously Winky Wright, Shane Mosley and Ricky Hatton held interest in the company.[1]

Los Angeles-based Golden Boy Promotions was established in 2002 by Oscar De La Hoya, the first Hispanic to own a national boxing promotional company. In 2006, their fifth year of promoting, Golden Boy Promotions broke a record by selling over 2 million in pay-per-views. Golden Boy Promotions is also one of boxing's most active and respected promoters, presenting shows in packed venues around the United States on networks such as HBO, HBO Latino, Showtime, Estrella TV, and ESPN. They present the monthly boxing series Fight Night Club sponsored by DeWalt Tools,[2] in association with AEG. It is held at the Club Nokia in Los Angeles and televised live on Fox Sports Net and others.[2][3] Golden Boy Promotions also co promotes fight cards with other boxing promoters/companies i.e. Bob Arum's Top Rank, Main Events, Gary Shaw Productions, Lou Dibella, Murad Mohammad, etc. Golden Boy Enterprises has a diverse portfolio of investments including ownership in several Spanish-language newspapers in major markets throughout the U.S., and select investments in a number of consumer products. The company continues to seek additional business investments and opportunities that fit with its mission. Golden Boy Enterprises also holds a majority interest in Golden Boy Promotions. The company holds a 25% interest in the Houston Dynamo soccer team. It also acquired The Ring magazine. The promotion produces bi monthly boxing cards on Estrella TV.[4]

Key people[edit]

Richard Schaefer making a speech at the press conference for the fight between Victor Ortiz and Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Name Position Notes
Oscar De La Hoya Chairman and CEO
Eric Gomez Senior Vice President
Robert Diaz Head Matchmaker
Erick Penarrieta Chief Financial Officer
Robert Gasparri Chief Operations Officer
Monica Sears Vice President of Operations

Current boxers[edit]

Source:[5]

Name Weight Class Nationality Notes
Sadam Ali Welterweight United States American
Damon Allen Jr Lightweight United States American
Rene Alvarado Super featherweight Nicaragua Nicaragua
Canelo Álvarez Middleweight Mexico Mexican The Ring Middleweight Champion
Nick Arce Super featherweight United States American
Manuel Avila Super bantamweight United States American
D'Mitrius Ballard Super middleweight United States American
Angel Bojardo Light middleweight United States American
Randy Caballero Super bantamweight United States American
Marvin Cabrera Light middleweight Mexico Mexican
Pablo Cesar Cano Welterweight Mexico Mexican
Jairo Casteñeda Light middleweight United States American
Diego De La Hoya Super bantamweight Mexico Mexican
Ivan Delgado Super featherweight United States American
Cesar Diaz Super bantamweight Mexico Mexican
Joseph Diaz Featherweight United States American
Taishon Dong Heavyweight China Chinese
Oscar Duarte Lightweight Mexico Mexican
Yamaguchi Falcao Middleweight Brazil Brazilian
Yuriorkis Gamboa Super featherweight Cuba Cuban
Mercito Gesta Lightweight Philippines Philippines
Keandre Gibson Welterweight United States American
Miguel Angel Gonzalez Lightweight Mexico Mexican
Frankie Gomez Welterweight United States American
Eddie Gómez Welterweight United States American
Antonio Gutierrez Middleweight Mexico Mexican
Mauricio Herrera Welterweight United States American
Eric Hernandez Welterweight United States American
Tureano Johnson Middleweight The Bahamas Bahamanian
Yoshihiro Kamegai Welterweight Japan Japanese
David Lemieux Middleweight Canada Canadian
Jorge Linares Lightweight Venezuela Venezuelan The Ring Lightweight Champion
Everton Lopes Lightweight Brazil Brazilian
Fidel Maldonado Light welterweight Mexico Mexican
Lucas Matthysse Welterweight Argentina Argentine
Travell Mazion Light welterweight United States American
Jorge Melendez Middleweight Puerto Rico Puerto Rican
Christian Mijares Featherweight Mexico Mexican
Carlos Molina Light welterweight United States American
Ivan Morales Bantamweight Mexico Mexican
Zachary Ochoa Light welterweight Puerto Rico Puerto Rican
Anthony Ogogo Middleweight United Kingdom British
Antonio Orozco Light welterweight United States American
Johan Pérez Light welterweight Venezuela Venezuelan
Jason Quigley Middleweight Republic of Ireland Irish
Lamont Roach Jr Lightweight United States American
Ronny Rios Featherweight United States American
Kevin Rivers Jr Featherweight United States American
Yoandris Salinas Super bantamweight Cuba Cuban
Bastie Samir Super middleweight Ghana Ghana
Alan Sanchez Welterweight Mexico Mexican
Vyacheslav Shabranskyy Light heavyweight Ukraine Ukrainian
Humberto Soto Light welterweight Mexico Mexican
Todd Unthank-May Light heavyweight United States American
Patrick Teixeira Light middleweight Brazil Brazilian
Sergio Thompson Junior Lightweight Mexico Mexican
Niko Valdes Light heavyweight United States American
Francisco Vargas Super featherweight Mexico Mexican
Jayson Vélez Super featherweight Puerto Rico Puerto Rican

Promoting the biggest boxing match in history[edit]

Golden Boy promoted the May 5, 2007, "super fight" between De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather won the bout by a split decision. The fight once held the record for most pay-per-view buys and once held the record as the second highest grossing fight in the history of the sport.[6] They also co-promoted along with Top Rank, The Dream Match: Oscar De La Hoya Vs Manny Pacquiao on December 6, 2008.

Mixed Martial Arts promotion with Affliction[edit]

Golden Boy Promotions and Affliction Clothing started a mixed martial arts promotion that has been extremely aggressive in pursuing free agents. It has been rumored that their new promotion has already worked out deals with Aleksander Emelianenko, Vitor Belfort, Matt Lindland, and Gilbert Yvel, as well as pursuing Andrei Arlovski, Josh Barnett, Renato Sobral, and Fedor Emelianenko, and a TV deal with HBO.[7]

However, the promotion would fold before airing its third PPV event, "Affliction: Trilogy" - a steroid scandal and being unable to find replacement fighters would lead to the eventual cancellation of the event.[8]

Projects[edit]

In 2005 Golden Boy Enterprises announced the formation of Golden Boy Partners, a company focused on urban development in Latino communities.[9]

In June 2009, Golden Boy Enterprises became embroiled in a dispute over who would fight for the WBA junior welterweight title. On the one hand, undefeated Dmitry Salita (the WBA's No. 1-ranked 140-pounder) was told by the WBA in writing that he will face the winner of the June 27 fight between titleholder Andreas Kotelnik and Amir Khan. On the other hand, Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy said that he had it "in writing" that that fight would face the winner of the Victor Ortíz-Marcos Maidana fight.[10] The WBA's top executives were unavailable for comment. Salita was extremely upset over the prospect that he could lose what would be his first title shot. "They're a big company", he said of Golden Boy. "They're trying to bend the rules. They're trying to kick everyone to the side and get their way, rules or no rules. When Oscar De La Hoya formed Golden Boy, he said he wanted to change boxing, to bring honor to the sport. This isn't the honorable thing to do. This isn't good for boxing. This isn't justice. This goes against the right to pursue happiness, which is why my family immigrated to this country (from Ukraine) and why I've worked so hard. We'll see what happens."[10] Salita ended up fighting Khan, losing by 1st round TKO.

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