Rival promoters Shaw and de la Hoya vie for Promoters Cup at Believe It Or Not card

14 Oct

Petra Kirsch – Gelsenkirchen

Rival promoters Oscar de la Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions and Gary Shaw of Gary Shaw Productions have collaborated equally to stage the Believe It Or Not fight card on Saturday, October 15… and, to commemorate the occasion, a bespoke trophy – the Promoters Cup – will be awarded to the promoter whose stable of fighters accumulate the most wins by fight night’s conclusion. The event takes place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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“I really believe, not because I am the co-promoter of this card, that this card from top to bottom is as good of a card I have ever seen whether on pay-per-view or on commercial television,” Shaw said in a media address. “We have great fights that are evenly matched.

“[This] is called the Promoters Cup. The promotional company that wins the most fights Saturday night will leave with it,” he stated, before declaring his confidence that all Hopkins will leave LA with is his waxwork, while the Gary Shaw Productions (GSP) crew will leave with the Tecate girls (ring girls provided by Tecate).

“John Scully is not a new trainer – he is an old trainer; Chad’s original. I’ve never seen Chad as happy, as in good of shape, as I have seen him. Chad Dawson is a different Chad Dawson than [Hopkins] has seen, than any one else has seen. You,” he said, speaking directly to Hopkins, the holder of the WBC and The Ring magazine championships at light heavyweight, “can say whatever you want; you will not get into his head. I guarantee you that.”

Further down the card, Shaw was equally enthusiastic regarding his chances at collecting a clean sweep: “DeMarco happens to be one of my favorite fighters [but] Kendall [Holt] has the biggest punch of any 140 pounder. Danny Garcia is a nice young kid. I have a lot of respect for him, but when Kendall hits him with the right or the left, its going to be lights out. I guarantee that.”

Main Fights
Hopkins [GB] v Dawson [GS]
Linares [GB] v DeMarco [GS]
Garcia [GB] v Holt [GS]
Malignaggi [GB] v Lora [GS]
Collazo [GB] v Hernandez [GS]

de la Hoya countered Shaw’s prediction that it will be he who lifts the Promoters Cup aloft. The Golden Boy founder said: “I have been in there with some good fighters: [Julio Cesar] Chavez, [Pernell] Whitaker, [Floyd JR] Mayweather and [Manny] Pacquiao, but I do have to admit that Hopkins is the best fighter.

“We are not going to see another fighter like Bernard Hopkins. Jorge Linares versus Antonio DeMarco is going to be a matchup of styles and it is going to be an exciting one for the fans. Danny Garcia turned professional in 2007 and we are thrilled to have him as part of the Golden Boy stable.

“Paulie Malignaggi is known for his flashy style in and out of the ring. Dewey Bozella will be making his professional debut and his pay-per-view debut. He can only give hope to people – he sends a message to never give up no matter what.”

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