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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

LOS ANGELES – Golden Boy Promotions, in association with AEG, is ready to present perhaps the most explosive month in the history of the sweet science.

Beginning with a show on Saturday, May 20th, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, and concluding with another epic card on Saturday, May 27th at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, some of the greatest fighters in the world – including Marco Antonio Barrera, Rocky Juarez, Jorge Rodrigo Barrios, Jhonny Gonzalez, Fernando Montiel, and Daniel Ponce DeLeon - will be displaying their wares for fight fans watching both live and on HBO.

“I’m amazed at the amount of talent and competitive matchups that we’re going to be able to provide to boxing fans in May,” said Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya, who kicks off the month with his own mega bout against Ricardo Mayorga on May 6th. “I’ve personally never seen a pair of shows like this back to back, and I’m excited that I’ll be able to just sit back and be a fan on both nights.”

The May 20th event at STAPLES Center, which will be televised live by HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:30pm ET / 7:70pm PT, features the return of the legendary Marco Antonio Barrera (61-4, 42 KOs), who will defend his WBC Super Featherweight world championship against 2000 US Olympic Silver medalist Rocky Juarez (25-1, 18 KOs) in a highly anticipated 12 round battle.

In the co-featured bout, Argentinean bomber Jorge Rodrigo ‘La Hiena’ Barrios (45-2-1, 32 KOs), one of boxing’s most exciting fighters, defends his WBO Junior Lightweight crown for the second time when he faces Hungary’s unbeaten Janos “The Bone Cracker” Nagy (23-0, 14 KOs).

Just seven days later, on an HBO Boxing After Dark televised card (10:00pm ET / 7:00pm PT) at the Home Depot Center, two more world championships will be on the line. In a main event that has historical implications, WBO Bantamweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (32-4, 28 KOs) - a concussive puncher with either hand – will get a stern challenge from one of boxing’s best, pound for pound, WBO Junior Bantamweight champ Fernando Montiel (32-1-1, 24 KOs), who will rise in weight to try to win his third world title in a different weight class.

Another WBO champion, Junior Lightweight king Daniel Ponce DeLeon (27-1, 25 KOs), will defend his title for the first time in the co-main event, when he takes on unbeaten Mexican prodigy Alejandro Barrera (18-0, 12 KOs).

Also featured on May 27th is an intriguing welterweight clash between highly regarded contenders Walter Dario Matthysse of Argentina and Paul ‘The Punisher’ Williams of Augusta, Georgia. Combined, these two 147-pound standouts boast a record of 52-0 with 43 knockouts. Unbeaten rising star Abner Mares (8-0, 5 KOs), a member of the 2004 Mexican Olympic team, will also be in action.

Tickets for the May 20th event – Barrera vs Juarez - priced at $50.00, $75.00, $125.00, $200.00 and $300.00, are available at STAPLES Center box office, Ritmo Latino Stores or by calling 213-480-3232. Tickets are also available online at

Tickets for the May 27th event – Gonzalez vs Montiel - priced at $25.00, $50.00, $75.00 and $150.00 are available at THE HOME DEPOT Center box office or by calling 213-480-3232. Tickets are also available online at

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