Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Golden Boy Promotions Looking To Televise HBO Card In DC on Saturday, March 5!

Local DC area Golden Boy Promotion fighters Lamont Roach, Jr., D'Mitrius "Big Meech" Ballard and Kevin "K-Smoove" Rivers, Jr., are making up part of the local portion of a card which will feature Las Vegas, NV welterweight Jessie Vargas, who is scheduled to battle Sadam "World Kid" Ali of Brooklyn, NY for the vacant WBO Welterweight title. 

Also interim WBA Heavyweight title that will include the champion, Luis Ortiz of Miami, FL by way of Cuba against an opponent to be determined.  The two feature bouts are slated to make up an HBO Boxing After Dark telecast at the DC Armory.

Dominic "Lights Out" Wade Next In Line For Mandatory Fight Against GGG!

Undefeated Largo, MD middleweight Dominic "Lights Out" Wade looks to be the next in line to face one of the top boxers in the sport -- "Triple G" Gennady Golovkin. The 25 year old Wade, ranked #3 by the IBF has a record of (18-0, 12 KO's) is coming off a split decision win against 41-year-old former IBF and WBA champion Sam Soliman. 

ESPN's Dan Rafael:

One of the interesting aspects of a possible GGG-Wade fight is that Wade’s adviser is Al Haymon. Anyone who follows boxing should already know that Haymon, the Premier Boxing Champions creator, and HBO had a serious fracture in their relationship a couple of years ago. Because of that, Haymon’s fighters are banned from the network, a decision made by former HBO Sports president Ken Hershman.

Hershman’s contract expired on Dec. 31, and he is no longer at the network, having been replaced by his former second-in-command, Peter Nelson, who now runs HBO Sports under the executive vice president title.

Whether this is a special situation because Wade is the mandatory challenger for Golovkin, who is under contract to HBO, or whether Nelson will seek to start fresh with Haymon remains to be seen, but all indications are that HBO would allow Wade to fight Golovkin on the network should Loeffler and Brown make a deal.

One would have to assume that Loeffler would not have begun discussions with Brown for the fight without HBO having already approved Wade as an opponent.

HBO did not want to get into it other than to say, “We support GGG.” Loeffler said he is working on Golovkin’s next fight but declined to discuss the potential opponent.