LAS VEGAS –Roc Nation Sports, Golden Boy Promotions, Miguel Cotto Promotions and Canelo Promotions are pleased to announce the preliminary undercard of the Miguel Cotto vs. Canelo Alvarez event on Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The preliminary bouts will be available to view digitally on HBO Boxing’s YouTube Page, TIDAL.com and GoldenBoyPromotions.com, along with other websites and outlets starting at 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT. Photos by Tom Hogan/Hogan Photos.
In preliminary undercard action, San Juan, Puerto Rico’s Alberto “El Explosivo” Machado (11-0, 9 KOs) will face Tyrone “Hands of Stone” Luckey (8-4-2, 6 KOs) of Long Branch, NJ in a six-round lightweight bout. After representing his native country in many international competitions, Machado looked to implement his power and style during each match starting with his pro debut on Nov.17, 2012 against Alex Nazario, which resulted in a third-round technical knockout. On Nov. 11, 2014, Machado overtook Alvin Torres with a second-round technical knockout to secure the vacant WBC USNBC Super Featherweight Title. Luckey will look to tarnish Machado’s undefeated record when they clash on Nov. 21.
Making the first defense of his IBF Bantamweight World Title, Randy “El Matador” Caballero (22-0, 13 KOs) will headline the preliminary undercard preceding the HBO Pay-Per-View telecast of Cotto vs. Canelo as he faces off against England’s Lee “Playboy” Haskins (32-3, 14 KOs).
A Silver Medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Zhang “Big Bang” Zhilei (5-0, 3 KOs) of Zhengzhou, China is an imposing figure at 6’6” who continues to infuse excitement into the heavyweight division. On August 8, 2014, Zhang made his professional debut by scoring a first-round knockout
win over Curtis Lee Tate in Fallon, Nevada. On Nov. 21, he faces Juan Goode (6-2, 5 KOs) of Taylor, MI in a four-round heavyweight bout.
Puerto Rican unbeaten favorite Jose “Chiquiro” Martinez (15-0, 11 KOs) joins the preliminary undercard after scoring a third-round knockout victory against Armando Vazquez at Coliseo Hector Sola Bezares in Caguas, Puerto Rico on Aug. 8, 2015. Martinez will look to extend his undefeated record to sixteen fights on Nov. 21 when he takes on fellow undefeated fighter Oscar Mojica (8-0, 1 KO) of Dallas, TX in a six-round junior bantamweight fight.
Opening up the card, San Antonio up-and-coming prospect Hector “El Finito” Tanajara (3-0, 2 KOs) will face Jose Fabian Naranjo (3-1-1, 1 KO) of Uruapan, Baja California, Mexico in a four-round lightweight bout. The eight-time national champion Tanajara made his professional debut as a newly signed Golden Boy Promotions fighter on Aug. 6 and has added three impressive wins to his resume since then. On Nov. 21, he’ll look to add a fourth win with a victory over Naranjo in the ring.
Cotto vs. Canelo, a 12-round fight for Cotto’s WBC and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Championships, takes place Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The fight is presented by Roc Nation Sports, Golden Boy Promotions, Miguel Cotto Promotions and Canelo Promotions and sponsored by Corona Extra; Mexico, Live it to Believe it!; O’Reilly Auto Parts; Tequila Cazadores and Corporate Travel Made Simple (ctms). Also on the pay-per-view telecast will be Takashi Miura vs. Francisco Vargas in a 12-round co-featured fight for the WBC Super Featherweight World Championship presented in association with Teiken Promotions; Guillermo Rigondeaux vs. Drian Francisco in a 10-round bantamweight bout presented in association with Caribe Promotions; and Jayson Velez vs. Ronny Rios is a 10-round featherweight bout which will open the pay-per-view telecast. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
Randy Caballero vs. Lee Haskins, a 12-round fight for the IBF Bantamweight World Championship, is presented in association with Bristol Boxing Ltd. and will be featured as part of the preliminary undercards available on digital platforms starting at 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT.
In addition to the great action inside the ring, the event will feature a special live performance by 2015 Latin Grammy nominee Yandel. The performance will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View after the second fight of the pay-per-view telecast.
A limited number of tickets priced at $2,000, $1,750, $1,250 and $650, not including applicable service charges, can be purchased at the Mandalay Bay box office, ticketmaster.com, mandalaybay.com, all Ticketmaster locations or by calling (800) 745-3000. Ticket orders are limited to four per person.
Tickets for closed circuit viewings of Cotto vs. Canelo at select MGM Resorts International properties in Las Vegas are priced at $75, not including applicable service charges, and can be purchased at all MGM Resorts International Ticket Offices, www.ticketmaster.com , all Ticketmaster locations or by calling (800) 745-3000.
Miguel Cotto vs. Canelo Alvarez will be presented live with Fathom Events in select theaters nationwide. Tickets for theater screenings of Cotto vs. Canelo can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. For a complete list of theater locations visit www.fathomevents.com/event/cotto-vs-canelo-live .
Sports bars, restaurants, casinos (outside of Clark County, NV) and other commercial establishments can order Cotto vs. Canelo by contacting Joe Hand Promotions at 1-800-557-4263 or visit www.JoeHandPromotions.com . Joe Hand Promotions is the exclusive commercial distributor for Cotto vs. Canelo throughout the United States and Canada.