Hopkins vs. Taylor

Larios vs. McCullough

 Montiel vs. Morel

July 16, 2005

MGM Grand Garden Arena

Las Vegas, Nevada

On PPV at 9pm ET / 6pm PT



Undisputed Middleweight Title Bout (12 Rds)

Champ Bernard Hopkins (46-2-1, 32 KOs) vs. Jermain Taylor  (23-0, 17 KOs)


WBC Super Bantamweight Title Bout (12 Rds)

Champ Oscar Larios (55-3-1, 35 KOs) vs. Wayne McCullough (27-5, 18 KOs)


WBO Super Flyweight Title Bout (12 Rds)

Champ Fernando Montiel (30-1-1, 24 KOs) vs. Eric Morel (35-2, 18 KOs)


Jr. Middleweight Bout (10 Rds)

Vernon Forrest (35-2, 26 KOs) vs. TBA




LAS VEGAS - Undisputed middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins will face undefeated middleweight heir

apparent Jermain Taylor in a fight being billed as “NeXt in Line” Saturday, July 16 from the MGM Grand

Garden Arena. The championship card will be presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with

DiBella Entertainment. The event will be televised and distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9

p.m. EST/6 p.m. PST.


Tickets priced at $650, $450, $250, $150 and $75, not including applicable service charges, went on sale

Saturday, May 7th at noon and are available at the MGM Grand Garden Arena box office. Tickets also will be

sold at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (Tower Records/WOW!, Smith’s Food and Drug Centers,

Robinsons-May stores and Ritmo Latino). Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by

phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (702) 474-4000. Tickets also are available for purchase

at or


Oscar De La Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions, said, “Bernard Hopkins has always done things

his own way, and this fight is no exception. At a time when most champions would waltz into retirement

against easier opponents, Bernard is taking on the toughest available challengers and making the final fights

of his career the most meaningful.”


This is a classic boxing match-up. Hopkins, the veteran warrior blessed with experience and skills that have

led to a record-setting 20 consecutive title defenses, battles Taylor, the enthusiastic, upstart fighter who

many boxing insiders believe is heir apparent to Hopkins’ throne.


Mark Taffet, HBO Senior Vice President of Sports Operations and Pay-Per-View stated, “Hopkins-Taylor is

a significant crossroads fight between an undisputed world champion determined to cement his legacy and a

rising star who is ready to challenge for the throne. Boxing fans will not want to miss this important event.”


For Hopkins, Taylor is simply next, next in a long line of pugilists who have tried and failed to dethrone the

champion. Hopkins said, “Jermain Taylor has the skill and talent to become middleweight champion of the

world one day. It’s just that the day won’t be July 16.” The young Taylor views it differently. “Yes I am next.

The next undisputed middleweight champion of the world.”


Hopkins (46-2-1, 32 KOs) is already assured a place in the Boxing Hall of Fame thanks to his amazing

record and 10-year reign atop the middleweight division. An old-school warrior who is the epitome of a

Philadelphia fighter, the 40-year-old “Executioner” is one of the rare fighters who gets better and better with

age. In his last bout February 19, Hopkins scored a dominating 12 round decision win over highly ranked

British contender Howard Eastman.


Hopkins, who has publicly stated he will retire on his 41st birthday next Jan., is ready for a hectic career

finale that begins with Taylor. “I give credit to Jermain for accepting this challenge,” said Hopkins.

“Unfortunately for him, he will not stop me from finishing out my career the way I’ve always done things, my



Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor (23-0, 17 KOs) is a 2000 U.S. Olympic Bronze Medalist who has carried that

success with him into the professional ranks. A versatile boxer with a stiff jab and thudding power, the 26-

year-old resident of Little Rock, Ark. has defeated former world champions Raul Marquez and William

Joppy. His spectacular victory over previously unbeaten Daniel Edouard at the Staples Center in Los

Angeles last February made him the most logical contender for Hopkins’ WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO titles.


Taylor stated, “Bernard Hopkins is a great champion and I have a lot of respect for him but I will not respect

him once the bell rings. I have waited for this moment my entire life and I won’t be denied on July 16. If

Bernard won’t pass the torch, I’ll just take it from him.”


A world-class undercard for “NeXt in Line” will be announced in the near future.


The Hopkins vs. Taylor telecast will be distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View and will be available to more than

50 million pay-per-view homes. HBO Pay-Per-View is the leading supplier of event programming to the pay-

per-view industry. For more event information log onto


For room availability and event ticket information about the MGM Grand, call (800) 929-1111 or (702) 891-

7777 or log onto the World Wide Web at


The MGM Grand Garden Arena is home to concerts, championship boxing and premier sporting and special

events. The Arena offers comfortable seating for as many as 16,800 with excellent sightlines and state-of-

the-art acoustics, lighting and sound. Prominent events to date have included world championship fights

between Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson as well as Oscar De La Hoya vs. Bernard Hopkins and George

Foreman vs. Michael Moorer; and concerts by The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen,

Paul McCartney, Bette Midler, Gloria Estefan, Janet Jackson, Phil Collins, Billy Joel, Backstreet Boys, ‘N

Sync, Sting, Jimmy Buffett and the Barbra Streisand Millennium Concert. The MGM Grand Garden Arena is

also home to the annual FOX Billboard Music Awards, the annual Andre Agassi Grand Slam for Children

Benefit and the VH1 Divas Las Vegas shows.


 - Press Release issued by MGM Grand with a little editing from us (color, highlights, etc...)




All-Star Lineup Added To Hopkins-Taylor Undercard:

Larios-McCullough,Montiel-Morel, And The Return Of

Vernon Forrest Highlight July 16 HBO Pay-Per-View Card


LOS ANGELES – It’s rare when every bout on a major a pay-per-view broadcast brings interest and

excitement on its own, but the undercard of the highly-anticipated undisputed middleweight championship

clash between Bernard Hopkins and Jermain Taylor does just that. The July 16th telecast will feature two

world championship matches and the return of a former welterweight world champion.


Next in Line – Hopkins vs. Taylor, will be televised by HBO Pay-Per-View live from the MGM Grand in Las

Vegas, Nevada, beginning at 9pm ET / 6pm PT.


A night to remember just got more memorable.


In a 12 round WBC super bantamweight championship bout, Oscar Chololo Larios and WayneThe

Pocket Rocket McCullough will revisit their epic war from February of this year, a bout that is already an

early Fight of the Year candidate for its non-stop action and gritty performances by both warriors.


Newly crowned WBO junior bantamweight champion Fernando Cochulito Montiel will put his title on the

line against former flyweight world champion Eric Little Hands of Steel Morel in a 12 rounder that will

recall the classic Mexico vs. Puerto Rico battles of the past.


Former welterweight champion Vernon Forrest will return to the ring for the first time since being sidelined

by a shoulder injury when he battles an opponent to be announced shortly in a 10 round junior middleweight



All bouts are presented by Golden Boy Promotions. Hopkins-Taylor is presented in association with DiBella



Considered to be the premier 122-pound fighter in the world, WBC super bantamweight champion Oscar

Larios (55-3-1, 35 KOs) proudly bears the responsibility of being one of this generation’s top Mexican

warriors. With eight title defenses already under his belt, ‘Chololo’ has his sights set on unifying the title and

cleaning out the super bantamweight division, but he will have a tough foe to vanquish in McCullough, who

gave Larios one of the toughest fights of his career on February 10.


In that 12 round war, Larios and McCullough stood toe-to-toe for most of the bout as each tried to break the

other’s resolve. It didn’t happen. And though Larios scored the decision victory, boxing fans have clamored

for a rematch, eager to see these two 122-pounders do it again.


A native of Belfast, Ireland who now makes his home in Ireland, Wayne McCullough (27-5, 18 KOs) is a

former WBC bantamweight champion who has faced down some of the hardest punchers in boxing (Erik

Morales, Naseem Hamed, Scott Harrison) without batting an eye. An all-action fighter who has never been

in a bad fight, McCullough is determined to set up a rubber match with Larios by beating him on July 16.

One of boxing’s most accomplished champions despite being only 26-years-old, Fernando Montiel (30-1-1,

24 KOs) added a third world title to his trophy case on April 9 when he easily dismantled previously

unbeaten Ivan Hernandez in seven rounds. In doing so, the talented Los Mochis native became a WBO 115-

ound champion for the second time (Montiel had also won the WBO flyweight title), and he plans on a long

reign at the top.


San Juan’s Eric Morel (35-2, 18 KOs) had a very impressive run himself at the top of the flyweight division,

reigning for over four years from 2000 to 2004. Now he has his sights set on a world championship at 115

pounds, and his ‘Little Hands of Steel’ are firmly pointed in the direction of Fernando Montiel.


Opening up the pay-per-view portion of the show on July 16 will be former welterweight champion Vernon

Forrest (35-2, 26 KOs), who will make his triumphant return to the ring for the first time in over two years.

The pride of Georgia, who is known for his classy demeanor in and out of the ring, has been sidelined by

injuries, but reports from his training camp are pointing to him returning to the form that had him on top of the

pound for pound lists after his back-to-back victories over Shane Mosley in 2002.


Tickets for NeXt in Line, priced at $75, $150, $250, $450, and $650, are available at the MGM Grand Garden

Arena box office outlet. Tickets also are sold at all Las Vegas TicketMaster locations (Tower

Records/WOW!, Smith's Food and Drug Centers, Robinsons-May stores and Ritmo Latino). Ticket sales are

limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call TicketMaster at (702) 474-

000. Tickets also will be available for purchase at or

For room packages and availability as well as event ticket information, call MGM Grand at (800) 929-1111 or

(702) 891-7777 or log onto the World Wide Web at

The Hopkins vs. Taylor pay-per-view telecast, beginning at 9pm ET/6pm PT on July 16, will be distributed by

HBO Pay-Per-View and will be available to over 50 million pay-per-view homes. HBO Pay-Per-View is the

leading supplier of event programming to the pay-per-view industry.


For more event information log onto

For more information on Golden Boy Promotions, please visit our website at



- Press Release issued by Golden Boy Promotions with a little editing from us (color, highlights, etc...)



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