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Quotes From Abner Mares, Luis Ramos Jr., David Rodela & Carlos Molina Los Angeles Media Workouts For August 13, 2011 Bantamweight Tournament Final Event
The Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes All
ABNER MARES & UNDERCARD FIGHTERS
LUIS RAMOS JR., DAVID RODELA & CARLOS MOLINA
LOS ANGELES MEDIA WORKOUT
Thursday, Aug. 4 at Elite Mixed Martial Arts Academy In Santa Fe Springs, Calif.
LOS ANGELES (Aug. 4, 2011) - Undefeated rising star and World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver 118-pound titleholder Abner Mares participated in a Los Angeles media workout on Thursday, just nine days before he will take on International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight champ Joseph King Kong Agbeko in The Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes All on Saturday, August 13, live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.
Undefeated lightweight rising star Luis Ramos Jr., (19-0, 8 KO's), of Santa Ana, Calif., and
"Dangerous" David Rodela(15-4-4, 6 KO's), of Oxnard, Calif., also participated in Thursday's workout in preparation for their 10-round lightweight bout on the Aug. 13 non-televised undercard. Undefeated and heralded prospect Carlos Molina (14-0, 7 KO's) of Norwalk, Calif., participated in the workout and will face an opponent to be named in an eight round junior welterweight bout.
The world championship event is promoted by Don King Productions and Golden Boy Promotions and is sponsored by Corona.
Tickets, priced at $200, $100, $75, $50 and $25, along with a limited number of VIP suite seats priced at $150, are on sale now and may be purchased at the Hard Rock Hotel Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, online at www.Ticketmaster.com or by phone at (800) 745-3000.
The highly anticipated 12-round world title matchup between New York-based Agbeko (28-2, 22 KOs) of Accra, Ghana, and Mares (21-0-1, 13 KOs) of Hawaiian Gardens, Calif., by way of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, was originally scheduled for April 23, but was postponed when Agbeko was injured moments after arrival at Los Angeles International Airport during fight week.
Here's what the fighters had to say during Thursday's workout:
"Training has been going perfect. This fight is really big for me - it's for a world championship, it's for the SHOWTIME Bantamweight Tournament, it can lead to bigger fights and I'm headlining in Vegas - so what else could I ask for?
"Training was different this time than it was for April 23. I know I'm getting ready for the same guy, but we made the camp completely different. We went down to Mexico to train and we switched gyms. It's all new faces in there sparring and it went really quick. I feel like we just started camp last week.
"He (Joseph) always trains hard and I know he'll be ready. He's a champion, but I want his belt.
"Everyone got invited to join this tournament but, for whatever reason, not everyone accepted. We fought the best, we fought hard fights and the winner deserves to be recognized as the best bantamweight in the world.
"There are a lot of fights out there and I want to make them, but I have to beat Joseph first. I want to fight the best and, right now, Joseph has the belt."
LUIS RAMOS, JR.:
"Training went great, but I still have a lot of work to do. It's not going to be an easy fight. I'm in the best shape of my life and ready for next week.
"I don't think there is a rivalry between David and I. It's a long drive from Oxnard to Santa Ana.
"The only difference between us is he has lost and I haven't. He's going to try to take my undefeated record away and I'm not going to let him. I've worked too hard to keep an undefeated record to lose it."
"It's my first fight at 10 rounds, so we've put in a lot more work, but we're adapting to 10 rounds of sparring and everything is going as planned.
"Ten and 12-round fights are where all the good opponents are and I want to be known as one of those guys. I'm slowly working my way to get to that point, to get to the top of the division."
"I jumped into Victor's (Ortiz) training camp as he has a pretty big fight coming up [Sept. 17 against Floyd Mayweather, Jr.]. He motivates me and I push him as well.
"I can get motivated for any fight. I think his record speaks for itself. He hasn't lost yet, but do I think he's fought anyone as tough as me? I don't think so.
"I've never been in a boring fight and I won't be on Aug. 13. I like to give the fans their money's worth.
"I never duck anyone. He may be undefeated but he's never faced anyone like me."
"It's been a good training camp. I've been training with Abner, so it's been going great. Whenever you train with someone who is going for a world title, there is that added intensity.
"I've been sparring with all kinds of different styles. I'm ready for anyone.
"It's been a long layoff. I haven't fought since last November. It's been frustrating, so I'm going to take out my frustration on my opponent."
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About Don King Productions:
Don King Productions has promoted over 600 world championship fights with nearly 100 individual boxers having been paid $1 million or more. DKP also holds the distinction of having promoted or co-promoted seven of the 10 largest pay-per-view events in history, as gauged by total buys, including three of the top five: Holyfield vs. Tyson II, 1.99 million buys, June 1997; Tyson vs. Holyfield I, 1.6 million buys, November 1996; and Tyson vs. McNeeley, 1.58 million buys, August 1995.
DKP has promoted or co-promoted 11 of the top 20 highest-grossing live gates in the history of the state of Nevada including five of the top seven: Holyfield vs. Lewis II, paid attendance: 17,078, gross: $16,860,300 (NOTE: Also second-highest live-gate gross for any event in the history of the world.), date: Nov. 13, 1999; Holyfield vs. Tyson II, paid attendance: 16,279, gross: $14,277,200, date: June 28, 1997; Holyfield vs. Tyson I, paid attendance: 16,103, gross: $14,150,700, date: Nov. 9, 1996; Tyson vs. McNeeley, paid attendance: 16,113, gross: $13,965,600, date: Aug. 19, 1995; and Trinidad vs. De La Hoya, paid attendance: 11,184, gross: $12, 949, 500. Sept. 18, 1999.
About Golden Boy Promotions:
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 2007, in its fifth year of promoting, Golden Boy Promotions set a record by selling over 2.5 million in pay-per-view homes in a single night. Also in 2007, Golden Boy Promotions established the record for highest grossing pay-per-view homes in a single year with more than 4 million total. In 2009, the company broke records again by breaking the million mark in pay-per-view homes again with the return of Floyd Mayweather. Golden Boy Promotions is one of boxing's most active and respected promoters, presenting shows in packed venues around the United States and the world on networks such as HBO, HBO Latino, HBO Plus, SHOWTIME, TeleFutura, Televisa, ESPN2 and Fox Sports Net.
Golden Boy Promotions currently has over 70 fighters under contract, from future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins to current world champions and superstars Saul Alvarez, Robert Guerrero, David Haye, Chris John, Amir Khan, Marcos Maidana, Anselmo Moreno and Victor Ortiz. Also included on the company's roster are top contenders Librado Andrade, Erislandy Lara, Abner Mares, Daniel Ponce De Leon and Peter Quillin as well as highly regarded prospects Adrien Broner, Danny Garcia, Frankie Gomez, Seth Mitchell, Carlos Velasquez and Deontay Wilder.
About Showtime Networks Inc.:
Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ and FLIX®, as well as the multiplex channels SHOWTIME 2™, SHOWTIME® SHOWCASE, SHOWTIME EXTREME®, SHOWTIME BEYOND®, SHOWTIME NEXT®, SHOWTIME WOMEN®, SHOWTIME FAMILY ZONE® and THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ XTRA. SNI also offers SHOWTIME HD™, SHOWTIME 2 HD™, THE MOVIE CHANNEL HD™, SHOWTIME ON DEMAND®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL ON DEMAND™ and FLIX ON DEMAND®. SNI also manages Smithsonian Channel™, a joint venture between SNI and the Smithsonian Institution. All SNI feeds provide enhanced sound using Dolby Digital 5.1. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV®.
About Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas:
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is a premier destination entertainment resort in Las Vegas, owned by Brookfield Real Estate Finance Fund II, a division of Brookfield Asset Management (NYSE: BAM) and managed by WG-Harmon, LLC, a subsidiary of Warner Gaming, LLC. Built in 1995, the property completed a $750 million expansion in 2010. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino offers an energetic entertainment and gaming experience with the services and amenities associated with a boutique luxury resort hotel. The property is known for its innovative nightlife and music scene where acts such as The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney, Incubus, Linkin Park, Foo Fighters and The Killers have all performed. Features of the property include an 11-story Hard Rock Hotel tower with 640 guest rooms, 17-story Paradise Tower with 490 rooms and suites and the all-suite HRH Tower with 359 suites, eight spa villas and seven penthouse suites; 72,000 square feet of casino space; 80,000 square feet of flexible meeting and convention space; the luxurious Vanity Nightclub; Reliquary Water Sanctuary & Spa; Reliquary Salon; 4.8 acres of tropical pool paradise; REHAB, the trendsetting Sunday afternoon pool party; The Joint concert venue; Hart & Huntington Tattoo Co.; restaurants including Rare 120 steakhouse, the Tuscan-style Italian eatery AGO, world-renowned Nobu, Johnny Smalls, Pink Taco and Mr. Lucky's 24/7 diner; numerous cocktail lounges; several retail stores; and a state-of-the-art Fitness Center. For room availability and additional information call 800.HRD.ROCK (800.473.7625) or visit www.hardrockhotel.com.
CONTACT: Alan Hopper, Don King Productions, (954) 418-5839
Monica Sears/Ramiro Gonzalez, Golden Boy Promotions, (213) 489-5631
Bill Caplan, Golden Boy Promotions, (818) 831-0046 (O)/(818) 515-1616 (C)
Chris DeBlasio, Showtime Networks Inc., (212) 708-1633, Chris.DeBlasio@Showtime.net
Annie Van Tornhout,Showtime Networks Inc., (212) 708-1663, Annie.VanTornhout@Showtime.net
Chris Legentil,Showtime Networks Inc., (212) 708-7319,Chris.Legentil@Showtime.net
John Beyrooty, Brener Zwikel & Assoc., (562) 233-7477, JohnnyBey@aol.com
Steve Pratt, Brener Zwikel & Assoc., (818) 462-5602, SteveP@bzapr.com
Cherryl Kaopua, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: (702) 693-5537
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