Former World Champ Steve Forbes vs Jessie Vargas May 5 Mayweather PPV Card

FORMER WORLD CHAMPION STEVE FORBES STEPS IN TO
FACE

UNDEFEATED PHENOM JESSIE VARGAS ON MAY 5

“RING KINGS: MAYWEATHER VS. COTTO” PAY-PER-VIEW UNDERCARD

FORBES REPLACES ALFONSO GOMEZ WHO WAS
FORCED

TO WITHDRAW DUE TO INJURY

 

LOS ANGELES, April 26 – With Alfonso Gomez forced to withdraw from his
scheduled May 5 bout against undefeated rising star Jessie Vargas on the
“Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto” pay-per-view undercard due to a back
injury, the call went out for someone willing to step up and face the unbeaten
rising star on short notice. Former World Champion Steve “2 Pounds”
Forbes
answered the call without hesitation, ready to step into the ring at
the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas to face Vargas in a 10-round
welterweight bout.

“I am so excited to have been given the opportunity to fight on the May
5th fight card,” said Forbes. “It is an honor to be on the same card
with such great champions. I am not going to overlook Jessie. We both have a lot
riding on this fight and I look forward to showing him what I have in the
ring.”

 

22-year old Las Vegas product Jessie Vargas (18-0, 9 KO’s)
has long been on the media’s top prospects list thanks to wins over Arturo
Morua, Walter Estrada and former World Champion Vivian Harris, but on the
Mayweather vs. Ortiz undercard last September, he moved from prospect to
contender with an exciting 10-round split decision victory over fellow young
contender Josesito Lopez. Eager to keep the momentum going, Vargas scored a
near-shutout win over Lanardo Tyner in February, and now he’s hoping to add
Steve Forbes to his list of high-profile vanquished foes.

 

A veteran of over 15 years in the sport, Steve “2 Pounds”
Forbes (35-10, 11 KO’s) has been in with the best of the business, including
world champions Oscar de la Hoya, Cornelius Bundrage, Carlos Hernandez and Andre
Berto. A former IBF junior lightweight world champion and star of the hit series
“The Contender,” the 35-year old Forbes hopes that a win over the unbeaten
Vargas will kick start an exciting run for him in the 147 pound weight
division.

 

# # #

 

“Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto,” a 12-round fight for Cotto’s WBA
Super Welterweight World Championship and the vacant WBC Super Welterweight
Diamond belt, is promoted by Mayweather Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions and
Miguel Cotto Promotions. Also featured will be Canelo Alvarez vs. Sugar Shane
Mosley
, a 12-round fight for Canelo’s WBC Super Welterweight World
Championship which is presented in association with Canelo Promotions and Sugar
Shane Mosley Promotions and a 10-round welterweight fight featuring undefeated
rising star Jessie Vargas and former World Champion Steve
Forbes
. Opening the pay-per-view broadcast will be a 10-round
bout between super welterweight contender DeAndre Latimore and former
World Champion Carlos Quintana which is presented in association with
DiBella Entertainment. The mega event is sponsored by Corona, Hatfields &
McCoys on HISTORY™, DeWalt Tools, AT&T, O’Reilly Auto Parts and Puebla –
Cinco De Mayo and will take place Saturday, May 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena
in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®
beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

 

Limited
tickets for “Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto” are still available, with a total
ticket limit of ten (10) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit
card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for
purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

 

Three
Las Vegas MGM Resorts, Mandalay Bay, Monte Carlo and The Mirage, will host live
closed circuit telecasts of “Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto.” Advanced
purchased tickets for the closed circuit telecasts are priced at $75, not
including handling fees. All seats are general admission and are on sale now at
each individual property’s box office outlets or by phone with a major credit
card at (866) 799-7711.

 

Episode
three of HBO’s all-access reality series 24/7 MAYWEATHER/COTTO debuts on
Saturday, April 28 (9:45 p.m. ET/PT), with the finale debuting Friday, May 4
(8:00 p.m. ET/PT), the night before the high-stakes super welterweight title
bout. All four episodes will have multiple replay dates on HBO®, and
the series will also be available on HBO On Demand® and HBO
GO®.

 

NCM
Fathom will broadcast “Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto” in high definition LIVE
to more than 440 movie theaters nationwide. Tickets to see the fight on the big
screen are available at participating theater box offices and online at
www.FathomEvents.com.