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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Golden Boy Promotion wins some, loses some


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Golden Boy Promotion literally wins some and loses some fighters under its umbrella.

In a recent press release, Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotion announced that: "they are pushing to make 2015 its best year yet, by adding local California talent and signing international talents".

Local talents include; Abraham Lopez, Roy Tapia, Christian Gonzalez, Emilio Sanchez, Jesus Ivan Delgado and Nick Arce. International talents include, Japanese Yoshihiro “Maestrito” Kamegai (25-2-1, 22 KOs) and Filipino Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (28-1-1, 16 KOs).

But late Friday, Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole reported that Golden Boy Promotion “settled its lawsuit” with former CEO Richard Schaefer. With the settlement, GBP “surrendered” its promotional rights to some of its top boxers who are advised by Haymon; welterweight Adrien Broner and Danny Garcia were mentioned.

Although GPB retained promotional rights to other Haymon-advised fighter, but it’s obvious that the talents he lost outweighed those he acquired. But anyhow, I see it as a good thing for boxing and for those personalities involved as the strife between former friends finally settled.

It seems to me that 2015 had a good start, as top boxing personalities having conflicts in 2014 chose to move forward this year. Parties involved with their respective 2014 conflicts now settling their issues to move on and prepare for a good 2015 start.

Late Friday, undefeated super middleweight champion Andre Ward (27-0, 14 KO's) also tweeted with a hash tag “#NextChapter” saying that he is happy to be part of Roc Nation. He’s been long sidelined due to promotional conflicts with his late promoter Dan Goossen. With this development, I think we will see more of Andre Ward. I hope it’s never too late for him.

Meanwhile, speaking of Roc Nation, Gary Shaw announced also on Friday that he officially joined Jay Z’s boxing division.

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