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 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.[1] 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,[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.[citation needed]

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 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:[4]

Name Weight Class Nationality Notes
Sadam Ali Light middleweight United States American
Damon Allen Jr. Lightweight United States American
Canelo Álvarez Middleweight Mexico Mexican
Daquan Arnett Middleweight United States American
Manuel Avila Featherweight United States American
D'Mitrius Ballard Super middleweight United States American
Randy Caballero Super bantamweight United States American
Marvin Cabrera Middleweight Mexico Mexican
Pablo César Cano Welterweight Mexico Mexican
Jezreel Corrales Super featherweight Panama Panamanian
Raúl Curiel Garcia Welterweight Mexico Mexican
Diego De La Hoya Super bantamweight Mexico Mexican
Joseph Diaz Featherweight United States American
Oscar Duarte Lightweight Mexico Mexican
Romero Duno Lightweight Philippines Filipino
Rashidi Ellis Welterweight United States American
Marlen Esparza Flyweight United States American
Francisco Esparza Featherweight United States American
Yamaguchi Falcão Middleweight Brazil Brazilian
Luis Feliciano Light welterweight United States American
Joshua Franco Super flyweight United States American
Yuriorkis Gamboa Super featherweight Cuba Cuban
Genaro Gamez Super featherweight United States American
Ryan Garcia Super featherweight United States American
Mercito Gesta Lightweight Philippines Filipino
Keandre Gibson Welterweight United States American
Eddie Gómez Welterweight United States American
Christian Gonzalez Lightweight United States American
Gilberto Gonzalez Light welterweight Mexico Mexican
Joet Gonzalez Featherweight United States American
Miguel Ángel González Super featherweight Mexico Mexican
Mauricio Herrera Welterweight United States American
Azat Hovhannisyan Super bantamweight Armenia Armenian
Charles Huerta Super featherweight United States American
Tureano Johnson Middleweight The Bahamas Bahamanian
Yoshihiro Kamegai Light middleweight Japan Japanese
David Lemieux Middleweight Canada Canadian
Jorge Linares Lightweight Venezuela Venezuelan
Éverton Lopes Lightweight Brazil Brazilian
Abraham Lopez Featherweight United States American
Marcelino Nicolas Lopez Light welterweight Argentina Argentine
Alberto Machado Super featherweight Puerto Rico Puerto Rican WBA Super featherweight Champion
Fidel Maldonado Light welterweight Mexico Mexican
Robert Manzanarez Lightweight Mexico Mexican
Claudio Marrero Featherweight Dominican Republic Dominican
Javier Martinez Featherweight United States American
Lucas Matthysse Welterweight Argentina Argentine
Travell Mazion Light middleweight United States American
David Mijares Super featherweight Puerto Rico Puerto Rican
Carlos Morales Super featherweight Mexico Mexican
Jonathan Navarro Light welterweight United States American
Oscar Negrete Super bantamweight Colombia Colombian
Zachary Ochoa Light welterweight Puerto Rico Puerto Rican
Anthony Ogogo Middleweight United Kingdom British
Antonio Orozco Light welterweight United States American
Roberto Ortiz Light welterweight Mexico Mexican
Vergil Ortiz Jr Light welterweight United States American
Gary O'Sullivan Middleweight Republic of Ireland Irish
Michael Perez Light welterweight United States American
Jason Quigley Middleweight Republic of Ireland Irish
Alex Rincon Light middleweight United States American
Ronny Rios Super bantamweight United States American
Kevin Rivers Jr Featherweight United States American
Lamont Roach Jr Super featherweight United States American
Manny Robles Featherweight United States American
Alexis Rocha Welterweight United States American
Jesus Rojas Featherweight Puerto Rico Puerto Rican WBA Interim Featherweight Champion
Emilio Sanchez Featherweight United States American
Vyacheslav Shabranskyy Light heavyweight Ukraine Ukrainian
Hector Tanajara Jr Super featherweight United States American
Patrick Teixeira Light middleweight Brazil Brazilian
Todd Unthank-May Light heavyweight United States American
Niko Valdes Super middleweight United States American
Edgar Valerio Featherweight Mexico Mexican
Francisco Vargas Super featherweight Mexico Mexican
Rey Vargas Super bantamweight Mexico Mexican WBC Super bantamweight Champion

Notables[edit]

De La Hoya vs. Mayweather[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.[5] 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[edit]

Affliction: Trilogy[edit]

In 2008, Golden Boy Promotions and Affliction Clothing started a mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion, aggressively pursuing free agents.[6] 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,[7] when a qualified replacement fighter could not be secured in time.[8][9]

2010s[edit]

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,[10] with the inaugural event slated for November 24, 2018 in California.[11]

Projects[edit]

In 2005 Golden Boy Enterprises announced the formation of Golden Boy Partners, a company focused on urban development in Latino communities.[12]

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.[13] 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."[13] 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[14].

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sandomir, Richard (19 July 2005). "De La Hoya's Promotional Strategy Packs a Wallop" – via NYTimes.com. 
  2. ^ a b "Southern California's finest square off on the return of "Fight Night Club" on February 24". Golden Boy Promotions. February 11, 2011. Archived from the original on October 16, 2011. Retrieved September 29, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Fight Night". The Ring online. August 25, 2011. Archived from the original on September 30, 2011. Retrieved September 29, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Fighters - Golden Boy Promotions". www.goldenboypromotions.com. 
  5. ^ ":: Golden Boy Promotions Inc. ::". 
  6. ^ "Exclusive: Ben Rothwell considering offer from new Golden Boy and Affliction fight promotion - Five Ounces of Pain". 19 March 2008. 
  7. ^ Stupp, Dann (July 22, 2009). "CSAC: Affliction's Josh Barnett tested positive for anabolic steroid, license denied". MMAjunkie.com. Archived from the original on August 20, 2011. Retrieved July 22, 2009. 
  8. ^ AP "No foe for Emelianenko sinks card", ESPN, July 24, 2009. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  9. ^ Sherdog.com. "Update: Affliction Cancels 'Trilogy'". Sherdog. 
  10. ^ Okamoto, Brett "Former UFC stars Chuck Liddell, Tito Ortiz agree to third MMA fight", ESPN, July 4, 2018. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  11. ^ BoxingScene.com "De La Hoya: I strongly feel Golden Boy MMA will not be a one-off", September 7, 2018. Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  12. ^ :: Golden Boy Promotions Inc. :: Archived 2008-09-27 at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ a b "Data". 
  14. ^ Rafael, Dan (2017-01-19). "'Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN' begins partnership in March". ESPN.com. ESPN Inc. Retrieved 2018-05-07. 

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