Golden Boy Promotions
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Golden Boy Promotions, Inc. is an American boxing & MMA promotional firm established in 2002 by former boxer Oscar De La Hoya (whose nickname is "The Golden Boy"). He is the first Hispanic to own a national boxing promotional company. De La Hoya owns a majority interest in the firm, with Bernard Hopkins being a minority owner. Previously Winky Wright, Shane Mosley, Marco Antonio Barerra and Ricky Hatton held interest in the company. The company is based in Los Angeles, California.
Golden Boy Promotions is one of boxing's most active 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, in association with AEG. It is held at the Club Nokia in Los Angeles and televised live on Fox Sports Net and others.
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.
|Oscar De La Hoya||Chairman and CEO|
|Robert Diaz||Head Matchmaker|
|Erick Penarrieta||Chief Financial Officer|
|Robert Gasparri||Chief Operations Officer|
|Monica Sears||Vice President of Operations|
|Sadam Ali||Light middleweight||American|
|Damon Allen Jr.||Lightweight||American|
|D'Mitrius Ballard||Super middleweight||American|
|Randy Caballero||Super bantamweight||American|
|Pablo César Cano||Welterweight||Mexican|
|Jezreel Corrales||Super featherweight||Panamanian|
|Raúl Curiel Garcia||Welterweight||Mexican|
|Diego De La Hoya||Super bantamweight||Mexican|
|Luis Feliciano||Light welterweight||American|
|Joshua Franco||Super flyweight||American|
|Yuriorkis Gamboa||Super featherweight||Cuban|
|Genaro Gamez||Super featherweight||American|
|Ryan Garcia||Super featherweight||American|
|Gilberto Gonzalez||Light welterweight||Mexican|
|Miguel Ángel González||Super featherweight||Mexican|
|Azat Hovhannisyan||Super bantamweight||Armenian|
|Charles Huerta||Super featherweight||American|
|Yoshihiro Kamegai||Light middleweight||Japanese|
|Marcelino Nicolas Lopez||Light welterweight||Argentine|
|Alberto Machado||Super featherweight||Puerto Rican||WBA Super featherweight Champion|
|Fidel Maldonado||Light welterweight||Mexican|
|Travell Mazion||Light middleweight||American|
|David Mijares||Super featherweight||Puerto Rican|
|Carlos Morales||Super featherweight||Mexican|
|Jonathan Navarro||Light welterweight||American|
|Oscar Negrete||Super bantamweight||Colombian|
|Zachary Ochoa||Light welterweight||Puerto Rican|
|Antonio Orozco||Light welterweight||American|
|Roberto Ortiz||Light welterweight||Mexican|
|Vergil Ortiz Jr||Light welterweight||American|
|Michael Perez||Light welterweight||American|
|Alex Rincon||Light middleweight||American|
|Ronny Rios||Super bantamweight||American|
|Kevin Rivers Jr||Featherweight||American|
|Lamont Roach Jr||Super featherweight||American|
|Jesus Rojas||Featherweight||Puerto Rican||WBA Interim Featherweight Champion|
|Vyacheslav Shabranskyy||Light heavyweight||Ukrainian|
|Hector Tanajara Jr||Super featherweight||American|
|Patrick Teixeira||Light middleweight||Brazilian|
|Todd Unthank-May||Light heavyweight||American|
|Niko Valdes||Super middleweight||American|
|Francisco Vargas||Super featherweight||Mexican|
|Rey Vargas||Super bantamweight||Mexican||WBC Super bantamweight Champion|
- Devon Alexander
- Canelo Alvarez
- Mike Anchondo
- Librado Andrade
- Alfredo Angulo
- Manuel Avila
- Marco Antonio Barrera
- Jorge Barrios
- Yan Barthelemy
- Sharif Bogere
- Francisco Bojado
- Dominic Breazeale
- Adrien Broner
- Nate Campbell
- Joel Casamayor
- Hugo Cazares
- Jermell Charlo
- Luis Collazo
- Leo Santa Cruz
- Jose Armando Santa Cruz
- Juan Diaz
- Billy Dib
- Vicente Escobedo
- Danny Garcia
- Jhonny Gonzalez
- Robert Guerrero
- Joan Guzman
- Vivian Harris
- Ricky Hatton
- Mauricio Herrera
- Bernard Hopkins
- Demetrius Hopkins
- Kingsley Ikeke
- Daniel Jacobs
- Michael Katsidis
- Amir Khan
- James Kirkland
- Jeff Lacy
- Erislandy Lara
- Oscar Larios
- Juan Lazcano
- David Lemieux
- Daniel Ponce De Leon
- Jorge Linares
- Marcos Maidana
- Paulie Malignaggi
- Abner Mares
- Juan Manuel Marquez
- Rafael Marquez
- Lucas Matthysse
- Jorge Melendez
- Craig McEwan
- Cristian Mijares
- Seth Mitchell
- Carlos Molina
- Fernando Montiel
- Erik Morales
- Sergio Mora
- Eric Morel
- Anselmo Moreno
- Shane Mosley
- Enrique Ornelas
- Victor Ortiz
- Luis Ortiz
- Kassim Ouma
- Manny Pacquiao
- Lamont Peterson
- Peter Quillin
- David Rodela
- Guillermo Saputo
- Ishe Smith
- Errol Spence
- Humberto Soto
- Austin Trout
- Edwin Valero
- Francisco Vargas
- Israel Vazquez
- Gerald Washington
- Deontay Wilder
- Winky Wright
De La Hoya vs. Mayweather
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. 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 (MMA) promotion
In 2008, Golden Boy Promotions and Affliction Clothing started a mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion, aggressively pursuing free agents. The promotion was cancelled 10 days prior to its third Affliction: Trilogy PPV event, featuring Fedor Emelianenko and Josh Barnett, in July 2009, subsequent to Barnett having tested positive for anabolic steroids, in accordance with the California State Athletic Commission, when a qualified replacement fighter could not be secured in time.
In 2018, De La Hoya added mixed martial arts matches to his roster, as Golden Boy MMA, beginning with a 2018 trilogy bout between long-time rivals Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz, with the inaugural event slated for November 24, 2018 in California.
In 2005 Golden Boy Enterprises announced the formation of Golden Boy Partners, a company focused on urban development in Latino communities.
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. 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." Salita ended up fighting Khan, losing by 1st-round TKO.
In January 2017, Golden Boy signed a contract to bring their boxing promotions to ESPN under a two year deal of a total of 48 fights.
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