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After a year of inactivity and promoter issues, Yuriorkis Gamboa has found a home. The former featherweight title-holder has signed a multi-fight deal with Golden Boy Promotions which begins on March 11 with a fight against Rene Alvarado.

The Alvarado fight will be on the undercard David Lemieux vs. Curtis Stevens, airing live on HBO from Verona’s Turning Stone Resort Casino.

“I am looking forward to winning yet another world title, and I know Golden Boy Promotions is the perfect place to help guide me,” Gamboa said in a statement. “Though I have recently had some long stretches of inactivity, that stops today, and I will take on anyone, anytime, to achieve my goal of recapturing a championship belt.”

Since suffering a ninth round stoppage to Terence Crawford in June 2014, Gamboa’s career has stalled under bizarre circumstances. He spent the last two years in court trying to void a contract with 50 Cent’s SMS Promotions. Last month, a comeback fight in France was canceled after his opponent, Malcolm Klassen, was arrested in a drug raid. Gamboa’s trainer, Ismael Salas, also bailed on his fighter when he learned Gamboa had been training with Pedro Diaz. On New Year’s Day, a video surfaced of Gamboa knocking out an unidentified man during a gym brawl.

Despite this baggage, Golden Boy CEO Oscar De La Hoya believes Gamboa can easily return to the elite level.

“When he is on his game, there are few better than Gamboa in the 126, 130, or 135 weight classes,” said De La Hoya. “We are going to get him in the ring in a quality match as soon as possible, and then work with him to start his path back to championship glory.”

The March 11 contest will be Gamboa’s first bout since scoring a 10-round unanimous decision over Hylon Williams Jr. in December 2015.

 

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LAS VEGAS — Canelo-Khan fight week officially kicked off yesterday afternoon with the fighters making their “grand arrivals” at the MGM Grand. A large turnout of fans were on hand, which bodes well for the card’s gate and may be an indicator of good pay-per-view sales.

Make sure to check back here on BeatsBoxingMayhem later today at 3:30 p.m. ET for a live stream of the main event final press conference.

Here’s what the fighters had to say to gathered media.

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CANELO ALVAREZ:

There is a difference between wanting and doing. On Saturday night, we will see who will give who a boxing lesson. I want to thank all of my fans for the support. I am very honored to be celebrating on Cinco de Mayo, and I hope to put on a great show on Saturday night. I’m training hard for twelve rounds, I’m ready to go all of those rounds, and if the knockout presents itself—I’m ready to take it.

 

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AMIR KHAN:

All the hard work and training has been done. I have a great team, and I am conditioned and ready to fight and represent my country of England. Mentally, I have prepared by praying, being with my beautiful family, and the support from my fans. Even though Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday, we are going to see a lot of British flags come Saturday night. This is a huge fight, as Canelo is a star in Mexico and America. I know I’m here as the underdog, but I’m ready to win and take this WBC belt back to my home in England. I wouldn’t have taken this fight if I didn’t think I could take it. I have trained for everything and worked on my speed and my power. A win against Canelo would be one of the biggest wins of my career because he is a superstar, especially on this Cinco de Mayo weekend in front of everyone. I have trained and worked on my speed and my power. The fans will be very happy on Saturday night. I will be the new world champion. I think it will be difficult to knock Canelo out, but I know I can give him a boxing lesson.

 

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DAVID LEMIEUX:

It feels great to be back here in Las Vegas, and I am excited for a great night of boxing. There is no more rest, it is all business. I am here to give a great show and win some fans. After this weekend, everyone will know the name David Lemieux. I am excited for a great night of boxing come May 7. I am here to give a great show and win some fans. I’m happy he [Glen Tapia] is confidant and 100 percent secure he’s going to win. But, that night the fans are going to be the winners. I am going to be more than ready to win. First, I know I need to take care of Glen Tapia properly. After that, I am going to be more than ready to take on Canelo or Khan.

 

GLEN “JERSEY BOY” TAPIA:

I feel so good to be here in Las Vegas, I have trained hard, and I couldn’t feel better about this fight. I know Lemieux comes in as a great fighter, he has a better record than me, and I have a lot of respect for him. The only thing on my mind in the future is fighting David Lemieux.

 

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MAURICIO “EL MAESTRO” HERRERA:

Frankie Gomez and I are going to create something very special in the ring on Saturday night. Get your tickets because nobody is going to take this fight from me. Training camp has been tough; like every camp it is the toughest part but all my training will make it an easy night for Saturday. I’m not burned out – I’m hungry to win. Frankie Gomez is undefeated and has everything going for him. He wants to take my spot and everything I have built. I respect him as a fighter, but it is my time. He will get his chance later.

 

FRANKIE “PITBULL” GOMEZ:

I’m ready and Mauricio is a great fighter with a lot of experience but so am I. I’m going to show everyone I am not going here to lose on May 7. Training has been great, and I’ve been getting ready for 12 weeks. I’m 100 percent focused on the sport and ready to go. Herrera is very crafty with great experience and has fought many fighters, but I know I’m better.

 

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PATRICK TEIXEIRA:

I’m ready and prepared. Good luck to Curtis on trying to knock me out. I will put on a good show, especially for my Mexican friends.

 

CURTIS STEVENS:

This has been my dream all my life and the next step is to be a world champion. I’m going to keep the fans real excited on May 7!

 

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Canelo Alvarez was officially presented with his newly-won WBC middleweight title yesterday at a ceremony in Mexico City.

Surrounded by his trainers, Eddy and Jose “Chepo” Reynoso, Golden Boy CEO Oscar De La Hoya, and WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman, Canelo revealed his thoughts on the winning the lineal title.

“I feel very honored to be here today to receive the WBC middleweight world championship belt,” said Canelo. “I am very grateful to the WBC for granting me my second division world title. This is a very big step in my career and I am looking forward to my upcoming fight in May.”

Canelo won the title on November 21, beating Miguel Cotto by unanimous decision. Alvarez’s rumored opponent list for May includes Willie Monroe, Gabe Rosado and Billy Joe Saunders.

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A year of tense negotiations have paid off. Canelo Alvarez and Miguel Cotto have agreed to terms for a November 21 title match on HBO pay-per-view at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.

The bout, which will be at a 155 catchweight for the WBC and Ring Magazine middleweight titles, will be one of the most anticipated clashes of 2015. As the defending champion, Cotto believes this installment of the storied “Puerto Rico vs. Mexico” rivalry will stand the test of time.

“I will give the fans the fight they want to see,” said Cotto. “As I have always said, during my whole career, I am here to fight the best names and the best fighters. This will be another chapter in my career and I will be ready for him. Fans will enjoy a real fight, another classic battle in the Puerto Rico vs. Mexico rivalry.”

Canelo, who has been critical of Cotto’s uncompromising negotiating style, credited fan demand for forcing the two sides to make necessary concessions.

“Historically, mega-fights are made because fans demand them,” said Alvarez. “In this case, the fans have spoken out, longing for this fight and it is my pleasure to say that it is finally happening. All fights at this level are very important, but this fight in particular has something more. It will hold a special place in history as part of the big rivalry between Mexico and Puerto Rico, and I promise all the fans that this is going to be an event that will not disappoint.”

Cotto and Canelo’s respective promoters, Roc Nation Sports and Golden Boy Promotions, will jointly oversee the event. At press time, the undercard has not been announced.

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HOUSTON, TX — We’re almost at the finish line for the pre-fight promotion surround Canelo Alvarez vs. James Kirkland. The two main fighters held their final press conference yesterday with select quotes to the media. The co-feature bout pits veteran Humberto Soto against Frankie Gomez.

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CANELO

Thank you all for being here. I want to say thank you for all of the support you have been giving me. We have worked very hard to come out with this victory.

It’s very easy to say words, but once we are in the ring, let’s let the fists do the talking.

 

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KIRKLAND

I have been looking forward to this moment for a long time. We had this fight set up once before but it was canceled due to an injury.

My training camp has been outstanding. Canelo brings a lot to the game; he has a great team backing him. I would like to thank the fans, HBO, and everyone who will be at the fight. Thank you. Team Kirkland!

 

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50 CENT

This is excitement. Originally, I was just passionate about boxing, I was just a fan, but now, to be a part of what could possibly be the biggest fight of the year, that is really exciting.

I want to thank everyone, Golden Boy Promotions, Oscar De La Hoya, Bernard Hopkins, HBO, and everyone working behind the scenes to make this fight happen.

One of my up and coming fighters for SMS Promotions, Ryan Martin, will also be fighting on May 9.

We will definitely get a chance to see some action on May 9 at Minute Maid Park. It’s the perfect place for this fight.

 

 

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Check out today’s live streaming of the weigh-in between Canelo Alvarez and James Kirkland. The live stream will feature exclusive interviews with Canelo Alvarez, James Kirkland, Oscar De La Hoya, 50 Cent and Bernard Hopkins.  Also hitting the scales is the co-main event of Humberto Soto and Frankie Gomez.

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HBO’s 24/7 series takes a look at the May 9 fight between Canelo Alvarez and James Kirkland. The episode details the rise of both fighters and their current training with commentary from Oscar De La Hoya, Ann Wolfe and more.

The fight airs this Saturday at 9 p.m.

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