17th May 2017
ANDREW SELBY FACES CRISTOFER ROSALES IN MASSIVE WBC WORLD TITLE ELIMINATOR ON MAY 26 IN CARDIFF
Former Olympian and amateur star Selby closes in on a world title shot as he faces off against Nicaragua’s dangerous Cristofer Rosales in an official WBC World flyweight title eliminator on May 26 at Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
Cyclone Promotions are delighted to announce that Wales’ undefeated British flyweight champion Andrew Selby will box Nicaragua’s big punching Cristofer Rosales in an official eliminator for the WBC World flyweight title, at Motorpoint Arena Cardiff on Friday May 26th, live and exclusive on Channel 5, sponsored by Maxi-Nutrition.
Barry native Andrew ‘AC Superstar’ Selby, the younger brother of IBF featherweight king Lee, gets a huge opportunity on May 26th to move into a prime position to challenge for the WBC World flyweight crown, currently held by Mexico’s Juan Hernandez Navarrate, when he faces off against Nicaragua’s dangerous Cristofer Rosales, 23(15) – 2, at Motorpoint Arena Cardiff. On a huge night for Welsh boxing in the Welsh capital, undefeated hometown hero Craig Kennedy also boxes in the biggest fight of his career when he challenges Blackpool’s English cruiserweight champion Matty Askin for the vacant British cruiserweight title.
Selby’s official WBC World flyweight title eliminator on May 26th is a huge step up in class for the silky skilled British flyweight champion. The undefeated Selby, also the WBC International flyweight champion, has breezed past all of his eight professional opponents. The 2012 Olympian and former AIBA world amateur silver medalist Selby faces his toughest professional opponent to date in Cristofer Rosales.
The Managua, Nicaragua native Rosales has boxed once before in the UK, when he pushed Birmingham’s WBA World super flyweight champion Khalid Yafai in a competitive eight-round contest in Sheffield in March 2015. Since then Rosales has captured the Nicaraguan and WBC Latino flyweight titles. The twenty-two year old Rosales is a stablemate of former four-weight world champion Roman Gonzalez, and will travel to Cardiff on the back of a thirteen-fight winning streak that includes eight knockout victories.
In the co main event of the evening on May 26th hometown hero Craig Kennedy, 16(8) – 0, will be looking to become only the second Welshman ever to win the coveted British cruiserweight title when he finally gets his shot against Blackpool’s dangerous Matty Askin at the Motorpoint Arena. Both men will fancy their chances in this intriguing vacant British cruiserweight title bout, with Askin, 21 (13) – 3 – 1, having the edge in terms of experience, while the undefeated Kennedy is carrying some career best form into this vacant British title bout. The scene is set for a classic British title showdown between two of the best cruiserweight's in Britain on May 26th.
The undercard for May 26th at the Motorpoint Arena Cardiff will be packed full of some of the best UK boxing talent. Cardiff’s undefeated 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Nathan ‘Thunder’ Thorley, 5(2) – 0, is also set to feature in a six-round international light-heavyweight contest. Aberdare’s unbeaten light-heavyweight prospect Morgan Jones, 10(4) – 0, will also feature on May 26th in Cardiff when he faces off against fellow undefeated prospect Malik Zinad, 8(7) – 0, of Libya in an intriguing clash over eight-rounds. Other local talents appearing on the big Cardiff bill on May 26th will be Barry’s undefeated cruiserweight Jonathan O’Kelly, Swansea’s unbeaten super lightweight Kristian Touze, Newport’s popular Daniel Barton and Treharris’ Gavin Gwynne.
More undercard announcements will follow shortly.
Doors will open at 5.30pm at the Motorpoint Arena Cardiff on Friday May 26th, with boxing commencing at 6pm.
ANDREW SELBY QUOTE: “It’s great to be back boxing in Wales in the biggest test of my pro career so far. I’m getting closer to my dream of becoming a World Champion alongside my brother Lee and this WBC world title eliminator will put me in touching distance.
“Rosales is one place above me in the WBC world rankings and from what I’ve seen of him he looks a dangerous fighter. These are the tests I need to bring out my best, training is going well and you’ll see the best version of Andrew Selby on May 26th.”
CRISTOFER ROSALES QUOTE: “This is a massive fight for me. I’ve worked so hard all of my career and now I’m so close to achieving my dream of becoming World Champion. I have dreamed for so long of winning the WBC green belt and emulating my stablemate Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez. I’m in the best shape of my career and I will beat Selby on May 26th. Selby was a very good amateur but I’m from the Managua school of hard knocks and I know that I’ll have too much for him when we meet in our WBC world title eliminator.”
BARRY McGUIGAN QUOTE: “I’m so pleased that Cyclone Promotions have managed to secure this official WBC World title eliminator fight for Andrew Selby at the Motorpoint Arena Cardiff on May 26th. Selby vs Rosales is a cracking fight between two of the best flyweights in the world. Andrew Selby is one of the most talented boxers of his generation and his opponent on May 26th Cristofer Rosales is from a winning team that includes the legendary Roman Gonzalez, so this has the makings of a very good fight.
“May 26th at the Motorpoint Arena is going to be a huge night for Welsh boxing. Cardiff’s undefeated Craig Kennedy is in a fantastic British cruiserweight title fight on the same bill against English champ Matty Askin. Cardiff get ready for a huge night of world class boxing.”
CHRIS SANIGAR (Andrew Selby’s Manager) QUOTE: “Andrew Selby is a world class talent and on May 26th he’s in a proper fight against Nicaragua’s Cristofer Rosales in an official WBC World flyweight title eliminator. This is a real test for Andrew but it’s one that we all firmly believe he can win and we all know that Andrew needs a test like this to show just how good he is. With a win on May 26th Andrew can move one step closer to his World title shot.”
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21th November 2016
v SANTA CRUZ II
Featherweight World Championship Rematch Between
Carl Frampton & Leo Santa Cruz Headlines Premier Boxing Champions Event Saturday, January 28 From MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Live on SHOWTIME
PLUS! Lightweight World Champion Dejan Zlaticanin Battles Undefeated Former Two-Division Superstar Mikey Garcia
Frampton & Santa Cruz to Host
Press Conferences in Belfast & Los Angeles
Tickets on Sale Tuesday, November 29 at 5pm GMT!
LAS VEGAS (November 23, 2016) – Undefeated featherweight world champion Carl “The Jackal” Frampton (23-0, 14 KOs) and former three-division world champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (32-1-1, 18 KOs) will meet again in a world title rematch that headlines a Premier Boxing Champions event Saturday, Jan. 28 live on SHOWTIME from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING doubleheader will also feature lightweight world champion Dejan Zlaticanin (22-0, 15 KOs) making his first title defense against fan favorite and former two-division titlist Mikey Garcia (35-0, 29 KOs).
Frampton and Santa Cruz are set to clash in a rematch of their July “Fight of the Year” candidate that saw tremendous back-and-forth action throughout the 12-round fight that ended in a majority decision for the Irish fighter. Frampton drew significant Irish support in Brooklyn and will now bring his legion of fans to Las Vegas for the first time in an arena where Santa Cruz has fought six times. Just a few hours from Santa Cruz’s home of Los Angeles, the electric atmosphere is sure to be buoyed by two men who combined to land 402 power shots out of the 497 punches landed in their first fight.
To kick off the promotion, Frampton and Santa Cruz will be holding open-to-the-public press conferences in Belfast, Northern Ireland on Tuesday, Nov. 29 and in Los Angeles on Thursday, Dec. 1 with more details to be announced shortly.
"The rematch is the fight we wanted,” said Frampton. “I enjoyed our first fight in New York. The atmosphere was fantastic and the fight lived up to the hype. On January 28th I will be better and I will win more convincingly. I know the way Leo fights, he throws a lot of punches and he is brave, but his style suits me. It has always been a dream of mine to headline in Las Vegas and I cannot wait to get out there and put on a great performance for the American boxing fans and the travelling support from Ireland and the UK."
“From the moment our last fight ended, when the decision came and I lost the fight, I knew my only goal was to get my belt back,” said Santa Cruz. “When I sat in the locker room afterward, I felt more motivated than ever to get back in the gym. All I've thought about since the fight was this rematch. There won't be any distractions in this camp. I'll be heading into the fight with a better game plan. I'm putting in 100 percent in training and I'm excited to get in the ring on January 28 to get my belt back.”
"This is the most important fight of my career," said Zlaticanin. "I expect a tough and ruthless fight. I know how good Mikey Garcia is, but I also know how good I am. The fight is not going to reach the final bell; one of us will be knocked out, and I believe it will be Mikey. Garcia has never fought a good and strong fighter like me before. He will feel my power on January 28."
“I’m very happy and excited for my upcoming fight,” said Garcia. “This is a chance to claim a third world title in my third division. Zlaticanin is tough, strong and dangerous but I feel confident in my abilities. I’m planning on giving the fans in Las Vegas a great show. 2017 will be a great year for me and it all starts January 28!”
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Ringstar Sports in association with Cyclone Promotions and TGB Promotions, are priced at $504, $404, $304, $204, $104 and $54, and go on sale Tuesday, November 29 at 9 a.m. PT. Tickets are available at www.AXS.com.
"I am looking forward to a terrific event in Las Vegas,” said Barry McGuigan of Cyclone Promotions, a former world champion and Hall of Famer. “The first fight between Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz was sensational and I truly believe that the rematch will be even better. I'm convinced that Carl will win the rematch more convincingly and beating someone like Leo Santa Cruz a second time will define Carl as true great of Irish boxing. I know everyone at Cyclone Promotions is proud to deliver a great night of boxing at MGM Grand where there will be a full action packed card of championship fights."
“It’s a thrill to promote another fantastic night of boxing featuring two evenly matched world championship showdowns,” said Richard Schaefer, Chairman and CEO of Ringstar Sports. “These are the kinds of cards that Ringstar is all about. Frampton and Santa Cruz put on a memorable performance in July and battled from the opening bell. It was Frampton who took home the belt last time, but I expect that Leo will train to be 100 percent and do everything in his power to get his title back. I believe this could be an even better fight than the first one. We also have Mikey Garcia, who shook off the ring rust in July and will challenge the most dangerous lightweight champion in the world, Dejan Zlaticanin, in the co-main event. This is a fight that looks destined to end by knockout. The perfect stage for this great night of action is the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and I anticipate a huge crowd on hand to support these outstanding fighters.”
“The first fight between Frampton and Santa Cruz was action packed from start to finish and I guarantee the rematch will be the same,” said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. “Along with the Zlaticanin-Garcia bout, as they battle for a world title, you have another can’t miss night of boxing from MGM Grand live on SHOWTIME.”
“Frampton-Santa Cruz II is truly the best that boxing has to offer, an immediate rematch of a leading Fight of the Year candidate between the two top-rated fighters in the division,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President & General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports. “And Zlaticanin vs. Garcia is a ‘50/50’ fight between two undefeated champions and a main event in its own right. The Jan. 28 telecast is the cornerstone of four upcoming SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING presentations that feature the best matchups in boxing’s deepest divisions. Events like this one are proof that SHOWTIME delivers the strongest boxing line up of any network in the sport today.”
Frampton's all-action style has made him a firm favorite with boxing fans all around the world. The record breaking Northern Irishman is currently one of the best pound-for-pound boxers on the planet and on January 28 will, for the first time, take his legion of fans to the fight capital of the world, Las Vegas. The 29-year-old defeated Santa Cruz after conquering rival Scott Quigg in their 122-pound unification bout in February. Fighting out of Belfast, the Irish national amateur champion (in 2005 and 2009) became a world champion in 2014 when he defeated Kiko Martinez to earn a super bantamweight title. He made his U.S. debut in July 2015 when he defeated Alejandro “Cobrita” Gonzalez Jr. in Texas before unifying the title against Quigg.
The popular Mexican-American Santa Cruz fights out of Los Angeles and won a 126-pound title in a “Fight of the Year” grudge match against former three-division champ Abner Mares in August 2015 at STAPLES Center. He followed that up by stopping former world champion Kiko Martinez before taking the Frampton challenge. Prior to that, Santa Cruz won belts at 118 and 122 pounds while earning a reputation as one of boxing’s most active and exciting fighters. The 28-year-old also holds victories over Cristian Mijares and Eric Morel and has competed in world title bouts in 12 of his last 14 fights since 2012.
The first world champion ever from Montenegro, Zlaticanin will be putting his belt on the line for the first time since earning a third-round stoppage of Franklin Mamani in June to pick up the vacant title. The 32-year-old put himself in position to fight for the title in his U.S. debut by dominating then unbeaten Ivan Redkach on his way to a third-round TKO. A hard-hitting southpaw, Zlaticanin also has victories over Ricky Burns and Petr Petrov.
A popular fighter on both coasts, Oxnard, California’s Garcia returned from a two and half year layoff in July to dominate former champion Elio Rojas on his way to a fifth-round stoppage in Brooklyn as the co-main event of the first Santa Cruz vs. Frampton fight. The 28-year-old is ready to resume his promising career that already saw him pick up world titles at 126 and 130 pounds. Trained by his brother Robert, he owns impressive victories over Roman Martinez, Orlando Salido, Juan Manuel Lopez and Bernabe Concepcion.
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22nd October 2016
TAYLOR WINS COMMONWEALTH BELT AND PROVES HYPE IS REAL
In just his seventh professional outing Josh Taylor defeated the rugged and tough Dave Ryan in five brutal rounds to lift the Commonwealth Super Lightweight Title at a raucous Meadowbank Arena on this Cyclone Promotions show. On Friday night Taylor proved the hype generated by Barry McGuigan, Carl Frampton, Shane McGuigan, George Groves and many more is well founded. Ryan, who had previously never been stopped, did not have an answer to the speed and power of the dangerous Scot.
Right from the first bell Taylor set a fast pace constantly keeping Ryan thinking with fast jabs and a variety of feints. One of Josh Taylor’s key attributes is his speed of foot and it was evident early in the contest as he drew the Derby man in to traps and used his feet to step off and counter with sharp hurtful combinations.
After a dominant first round a counter left uppercut to the solar plexus early in Round 2 briefly made Dave Ryan wince but he tucked up and road out the storm firing back at Taylor with a right hook – left hook – right uppercut combination to close out the round and show he was very much a live opponent and a different proposition to Taylor’s first six foes.
The tide swung again in Taylor’s favour in the first minute of the third stanza as he followed a straight left to the body with a quick left hook upstairs that dropped the now 17-10 Ryan who simply did not see the shot such was the speed it was delivered. After rising to his feet, Ryan understandably went in to his shell but the Prestonpans 25 year old did not rush his work or look for the early finish he simply stalked Ryan and continued to draw him out and counter quickly and efficiently. To his credit Ryan bravely tried to force the action towards the end of the round. A clear 10-8 round.
As both boxers sat on their stools at the end of Round 3 their corners cut a different look. Ryan was read the riot act and came out for the fourth round on the front foot looking to walk down Taylor and take him where nobody has before. It looked like he may be able to soak up the counter punches of Taylor as he marched forward but he was opened up right on the bell with a combination that finished with a sickening long left hook to the body that made the teak tough Ryan spin around and grimace in pain. Luckily the bell and the punch struck at the same time and the Derby man walked sheepishly back to his corner.
As Taylor returned at the end of the round Shane McGuigan demanded a shift in the approach of his man who was told to now force the pace, push Ryan back, make him wilt and take him out. The 2014 Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist duly obliged and after backing up Ryan for the first two minutes of the round he found the shot he was looking for, a right hook delivered with speed in to the rib cage and under the elbow of Ryan who sank to his knees. The noise of the bodyshot could be heard throughout the atmospheric venue. On the count of nine he somehow rose to his feet, a testament to the toughness and character of the 34 year old. The writing was on the wall however, and a flurry of unanswered punches in the home corner forced referee Michael Alexander to jump in and call a halt to the contest.
It was the break out performance for the new sensation of Scottish professional boxing and gave sports fans north of the border something to get genuinely excited about as twitter went crazy with thousands of appreciative tweets. The constant praise from manager and boxing hall of famer Barry McGuigan had previously been questioned but he is rarely wrong when he shows such excitement in a boxing talent. It is the voice of McGuigan that can open doors such as this for boxers like Taylor and convince the Commonwealth Boxing Council that this six fight novice is ready for this challenge. Taylor proved on Friday night that this was the correct decision and he is destined for bigger things in boxing.
The Cyclone Promotions undercard featured current British Flyweight Champion Andrew Selby, a Celtic Title fight between local favourite Jason Easton and Welshman Rhys Saunders as well as local talents Connor Law, Craig McIntrye and Joh McCallum as well as unbeaten Heavyweight Nick Webb.
Selby (5-0) was in a 10 round international contest against tough Nicaraguan Felix Moncada matched at 115 pounds. Moncada cut a big figure on the scales and tried to pressurize Selby and use his size early in the contest. As is becoming increasingly evident with each contest, Selby is extremely difficult to hit due to his outstanding reflexes and Moncada for all his efforts could not pin him down and was viciously countered each time he missed. The pattern was set early and with each round Selby increased the number of punches he was countering with, softening up Moncada. As the fourth round came to a close Moncada began to wilt and as the bell went for round five Selby sensed the stoppage. A sharp combination scrambled the senses of Moncada as his hands dropped and he staggered across the ring forcing referee Victor Loughlin to step in.
The Celtic Super Lighweight contest between local favourite Jason Easton and Welshman Rhys Saunders produced fireworks from the get go. A two round slugfest was decided by the wicked body punching of the Edinburgh man. In particular the right hook to the body which dropped Saunders three times, the last one was a counter right hook that was perfectly timed and would have finished many a super lightweight.
The Meadowbank proved to be a cauldron of noise once again and seems to be a perfect venue for Taylor to grow his local fanbase.