Larger Than Life Promoter Dan Goossen Dies at 64

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“All of us at Showtime are deeply saddened by the passing of Dan Goossen. This news has come as a shock to many of us who knew Dan personally, beyond our collaborative work on boxing events, for decades. We will remember Dan as a passionate advocate for the sport of boxing, a fun-loving colleague and friend,and, above all, a devoutly religious family man. Our deepest sympathies to the entire Goossen family. May he rest in peace.”

— Stephen Espinoza, on behalf of SHOWTIME Sports

Willie Nelson: What’s In a Name?

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From Showtime Boxing Analyst Steve Farhood
Despite what you may be thinking, Willie Nelson, American icon and 81-year-old singer from Texas, will not be facing Vanes Martirosyan in the co-main event of SHOWTIME BOXING Special Edition this Saturday, October 4th at Foxwoods Casino Resort in Mashantucket, Conn. (9 p.m. ET/PT). Instead, Martirosyan is matched against 27-year-old boxer Willie Nelson,  from Cleveland, Ohio.

Here are 10 more fighters with names that could cause such confusion. Continue reading

Undefeated IBF Champion Rances Barthelemy Defends His Title Against Fernando Saucedo on October 4th Quadrupleheader

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Press Release

THE CO-MAIN EVENT FEATURES WILLIE NELSON VS. VANES MARTIROSYAN, THE EAST COAST RETURN OF FORMER UNDISPUTED LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMP CHAD DAWSON AND UNDEFEATED DOMINIC WADE AGAINST KEANDRE LEATHERWOOD

Undefeated Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy (20-0-0, 12 KOs), of Las Vegas by way of Cuba, will defend his IBF junior lightweight title against former world title challenger and IBF No. 3-ranked challenger Fernando David “El Vasco” Saucedo (52-5-3, 8, KOs), of Florencio Varela, Argentina, in the main event of a SHOWTIME Boxing Special Edition quadrupleheader on Saturday, Oct. 4, live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from the Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, in Mashantucket, Conn. Continue reading

Cuban Boxers: The Best and the Busts

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From Showtime Boxing Analyst Steve Farhood
IBF Super Featherweight Titlist Rances Barthelemy, who will defend his title on Saturday, October 4th SHOWTIME BOXING Special Edition, is the latest in a long line of Cuban world champions.

Here are the five best Cuban professionals of the last 20 years … and the five biggest busts. Continue reading

Floyd Mayweather Remains Perfect In Rematch With Marcos Maidana

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After 24 rounds of boxing with Marcos Maidana, Floyd Mayweather is still the undisputed pound-for-pound champion.

Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) successfully defended his WBC and WBA Welterweight and WBC Super Welterweight World Championships with a unanimous 12-round decision victory in a rematch with Argentine slugger Maidana (35-5, 31 KOs) on Saturday in front of 16,144 fans at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, live on SHOWTIME PPV®. Continue reading