UNDISPUTED MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION BERNARD HOPKINS ANNOUNCES FIRST OFFICIAL FIGHT CARD UNDER GOLDEN BOY EAST BANNER; COMPANY FORMS ALLIANCE WITH BORGATA HOTEL CASINO & SPA IN ATLANTIC CITY
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ATLANTIC CITY (June 3) - Undisputed middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins, President of Golden Boy Promotions East, is pleased to announce the first official show of the east coast division of Golden Boy Promotion and the start of a multi-event alliance with Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Hopkins took time out of training for his July 16th fight with undefeated middleweight contender Jermain Taylor to make the announcement and express his eagerness to activate the company. "I am extremely excited to introduce Golden Boy East and put on our first show," said Hopkins. "We are committed to delivering quality fights in an upscale atmosphere to the Borgata and all boxing fans with established fighters as well as rising prospects. Golden Boy East will be the Gold Standard when it comes to action, excitement and entertainment in the ring!
The fight card is scheduled for August 4th, and will feature Hopkins' nephew, undefeated welterweight Demetrius Hopkins, in the evening's main event. The fight will take place at Borgata, the preeminent casino on the east coast, and shown live on HBO Latino. This will mark the first boxing event at Borgata and the beginning of a series of events that will take place at the casino as part of the new relationship between the two companies.
"For a young company, it didn't take us long to make a statement by forming this new relationship," said Hopkins. "But I just think that it is really a testament to the excellent reputation of Golden Boy Promotions and our leading position in the sport of boxing."
"This is Borgata's first endeavor into the world of boxing as we waited to partner with the right group," said Larry Mullin, Executive Vice President Chief Operating Officer for Borgata. "We found this in Golden Boy Promotions, which represents boxing's elite. We look forward to working with Bernard Hopkins, Oscar De La Hoya and their team as we put on a great event at Borgata".
Oscar De La Hoya and Bernard Hopkins are firmly committed to reestablishing boxing as one of the top sports in the United States and have demonstrated this since forging their partnership last November. De La Hoya, "The Golden Boy", is a former Olympic Gold Medallist and multi-division world champion; Hopkins, "The Executioner", is the long-reigning undisputed middleweight champion, who holds the all-time record for most successful middleweight title defenses. They have both made their marks outside the ring as well.
Hopkins, who made it to the top by doing it 'his way', has battled for fighters' rights as hard outside the ring as he fights inside of it, appearing before Congress and using his status as a world champion to make known the injustices suffered by those who lace up the gloves.
"Bernard Hopkins is one of the best fighters in recent history," said De La Hoya. "His vision for the future of boxing and his deep love and respect for our sport will make him a great partner and a huge success as a promoter."
De La Hoya is a true crossover success who has made a successful entry in the business world while still making a concerted effort to give back to the community. "Oscar is the man with the Golden touch," said Hopkins. "He has surrounded himself with a solid team and has made his mark already as a promoter of choice for current and future stars. Our combined knowledge of boxing and business will be available to our fighters to help them to further their careers and lives."
Hopkins and De La Hoya know that together they will make Golden Boy Promotions known as the company built by the stars to revolutionize the business of boxing for the benefit of the sport and the millions of boxing fans from around the globe. Together, they're an unbeatable team.
Borgata is a joint venture of Boyd Gaming corporation (NYSE: BYD) and MGM Mirage (NYSE:MGG). Located at Renaissance Pointe in Atlantic City, it features 2,000 guest rooms and suites, 125,000 square feet of gaming, 11 destination restaurants, 11 retail boutiques, a 50,000 square foot European-style spa, 70,000 square feet of event space, and parking for 7,100 cars.