LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CONTENDER GILBERTO ‘ZURDO’ RAMIREZ SIGNS MULTI-FIGHT DEAL WITH GOLDEN BOY
LOS ANGELES (Feb. 26, 2021): Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez, (41-0, 27 KOs), the Mexican light heavyweight contender and undefeated former world champion, has signed a multi-fight deal with Golden Boy. Details for Ramirez’s imminent return will be announced shortly. Despite being only 29 years old, Ramirez has over a decade of experience under his belt, debuting as a professional in 2009 and embarking on a career that would see him defeating the likes of Maxim Vlasov, Jessie “Hard Work” Hart and “King”Arthur Abraham, whom he defeated to become the WBO Super Middleweight World Champion. After five defenses of his belt, Ramirez moved up to light heavyweight, where he has scored wins against Thomas Karpency and Alfonso Lopez. With a stunning record of 41-0, Ramirez’s goal is to make history by maintaining his undefeated streak beyond 50 fights as he sets sights on the champions of the division. “After several discussions, Golden Boy Promotions made the most sense and felt like the best partners for me,” said Gilberto Ramirez. “They understood the goals and the agendas I have and I have full faith in Oscar and the team to make the big fights happen. I look forward to working with them closely and to this new chapter of my career.” “Mexican boxing has been a worldwide force in this sport for as long as I can remember,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy. “Along with its legacy of courageous fighters, it possesses a fanbase with a unique culture and energy that comes alive every single time its fighters step into the ring.” “That’s why we are delighted to have signed Gilberto Ramirez to a multi-fight deal, an undefeated former world champion from the land of warriors in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico,” De La Hoya continued. “As we in the United States look towards re-opening to bigger and bigger audiences, we know that Ramirez will bring even more excitement to the stacked 175-pound division as he sets course for all the world champions.”
Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the fatal stabbing of a man at 12304 Fondren Road that occurred about 9:40 a.m. on February 9.
The suspect, Andre Jerome Ford (b/m, 28), is charged with murder in the 209th State District Court. A booking photo of Ford is attached to this news release.
He is accused in the death of Cedrick Cotton, 45.
HPD Homicide Division Sergeant C. Duncan and Detective L. Lovelace reported:
Mr. Cotton was involved in an argument with another male (suspect) outside the convenience store at the above address. The two later argued inside the business. The altercation continued to the front of the store where Ford stabbed Cotton in his left side. Ford then led the scene and responding paramedics pronounced Cotton deceased.
Further investigation identified Ford as the suspect in this case and, Thursday (February 25), he was arrested by HPD South Gessner Patrol officers and subsequently charged for his role in Cotton’s death.
UFC® 259: BŁACHOWICZ vs. ADESANYA AT UFC APEX AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY ON ESPN+ PAY-PER-VIEW
Las Vegas – UFC® delivers its most stacked Pay-Per-View event of 2021 so far, headlined by a trio of world championship bouts. Newly crowned UFC light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz makes his first title defense against UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, who aims to become only the fifth fighter to simultaneously hold belts in two UFC weight classes. Two-division titleholder Amanda Nunes puts her UFC featherweight championship on the line against talented striker Megan Anderson. Plus, UFC bantamweight champion Petr Yan looks to take out surging No. 1 contender Aljamain Sterling.
UFC® 259: BŁACHOWICZ vs. ADESANYAwill take place Saturday, March 6 at UFC APEX in Las Vegas and will stream live on Pay-Per-View, exclusively through ESPN+ in the U.S. at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT in both English and Spanish.
ESPN+ is the exclusive provider of all UFC Pay-Per-View events to fans in the U.S. as part of an agreement announced in 2019.
Fans will be able to purchase UFC® 259: BŁACHOWICZ vs. ADESANYAonline at ESPNPlus.com/PPV or on the ESPN App on mobile and connected-TV devices. ESPN+ is available as an integrated part of the ESPN App on all major mobile and connected TV devices and platforms, including Amazon Fire, Apple, Android, Chromecast, PS4, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, X Box One and more.
Preliminary fights will air nationally in English on ESPN and in Spanish on ESPN Deportes, as well as being simulcast in both languages on ESPN+ starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Early prelims will be available on UFC Fight Pass and ESPN+ (in English and Spanish) at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT.
Blachowicz (27-8, fighting out of Warsaw, Poland) captured the vacant UFC light heavyweight championship with a spectacular TKO victory over Dominick Reyes in September. Known for his “Polish power,” the No. 14 ranked men’s pound-for-pound fighter has also earned impressive KO wins against Corey Anderson, Luke Rockhold and Ilir Latifi. Blachowicz now attempts to cement his reign by securing his first successful title defense and handing Adesanya his first career loss.
No. 3 ranked men’s pound-for-pound fighter Adesanya (20-0, fighting out of Auckland, New Zealand by way of Lagos, Nigeria) quickly turned heads upon joining the UFC roster in 2018. The former kickboxer has since secured his spot atop the middleweight ladder with sensational KO victories over Paulo Costa, Robert Whittaker and Derek Brunson. Adesanya now aims to etch his name in the history books by taking out Blachowicz to become a two-division UFC champion.
The greatest female fighter in combat sports history, Nunes (20-4, fighting out of Coral Springs, Fla. by way of Bahia, Brazil) looks to continue building her legacy by securing her seventh overall UFC title defense —and second in the featherweight division. Throughout her storied career, she has earned stoppage wins over former UFC champions Ronda Rousey, Holly Holm, Cris Cyborg and Miesha Tate. Nunes now hopes to deliver another vintage performance by becoming the first fighter to KO Anderson.
Former Invicta FC featherweight champion Anderson (11-4, fighting out of Kansas City, Mo. by way of Gold Coast, Australia) is poised to send shockwaves throughout the MMA world if she can finish Nunes. A powerful kickboxer, she has delivered memorable stoppage victories over Cat Zingano, Norma Dumont and Zarah Fairn during her UFC run. Anderson now has her sights set on achieving her dream of UFC gold by handing Nunes her first loss in over six years.
Yan (15-1, fighting out of Yekaterinburg, Russia) realized his goal of becoming UFC champion by delivering a thrilling fifth-round TKO victory over all-time great Jose Aldo last July. Currently riding an impressive 10-fight win streak, the No. 10 ranked men’s pound-for-pound fighter has also netted KO wins against UFC Hall of Fame inductee Urijah Faber, Douglas Silva de Andrade and Teruto Ishihara. Yan is now gunning for another highlight-reel finish to secure his first successful UFC title defense.
Sterling (19-3, fighting out of Uniondale, N.Y.) hopes to make the most of his first title shot by becoming the first fighter to finish Yan. A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and former NCAA Division III wrestling standout, Sterling holds notable submission victories over Cory Sandhagen, Cody Stamann, Johnny Eduardo and Takeya Mizugaki. Sterling now attempts to secure his biggest win yet by dethroning Yan in emphatic fashion to capture UFC gold.
Additional bouts on the card include:
No. 14 ranked lightweight contender Islam Makhachev (18-1, fighting out of Makhachkala, Russia) looks to defend his spot on the 155-ladder when he takes on dangerous finisher Drew Dober (23-9 1NC, fighting out of Denver, Colo.)
Former UFC light heavyweight title challenger and No. 2 ranked contender Thiago Santos (21-8, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) locks horns with No. 4 Aleksandar Rakic (13-2, fighting out of Vienna, Austria)
Former UFC bantamweight champion and No. 11 ranked contender Dominick Cruz (22-3, fighting out of San Diego, Calif.) looks to stop the momentum of surging Casey Kenney (16-2-1, fighting out of Tucson, Ariz.)
No. 14 ranked bantamweight contender Song Yadong (16-4-1 1NC, fighting out of Heilongjiang, China) aims to push his unbeaten streak to 10 bouts when he faces The Ultimate Fighter season 27 veteran Kyler Phillips (8-1, fighting out of Glendale, Ariz.)
Former UFC flyweight title challenger and No. 2 ranked contender Joseph Benavidez (28-7, fighting out of Las Cruces, N.M.) squares off with undefeated No. 3 Askar Askarov (12-0-1, fighting out of Khasavyurt, Dagestan, Russia)
No. 15 ranked women’s strawweight contender Livinha Souza (12-4, fighting out of Araraquara, State of São Paulo, Brazil) takes on rising prospect Amanda Lemos (8-1-1, fighting out of Para, Brazil)
No. 12 ranked flyweight contender Timothy Elliott (17-11-1, fighting out of Lee’s Summit, Mo.) goes for another show-stealing performance against Jordan Espinosa (15-8 1NC, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.)
Kennedy Nzechukwu (7-1, fighting out of Dallas, Texas) takes on unbeaten newcomer Carlos Ulberg (5-0, fighting out of Auckland, New Zealand) in an exciting light heavyweight bout
Sean Brady (13-0, fighting out of Philadelphia, Penn.) faces Jake Matthews (17-4, fighting out of Epping, Victoria, Australia) in what promises to be an entertaining welterweight bout
Rogerio Bontorin (16-2 1NC, fighting out of Colombo, Parana, Brazil) meets Kai Kara-France (21-9 1NC, fighting out of Auckland, New Zealand) in a clash of No. 8 ranked flyweight contenders
Dana White’s Contender Series signees collide when Uros Medic (6-0, fighting out of Anchorage, Alaska by way of Novi Sad, Serbia) meets Aalon Cruz (8-3, fighting out of Tampa, Fla.) at lightweight
Mario Bautista(8-1, fighting out of Phoenix, Ariz.) steps in to face Trevin Jones (12-6 1NC, fighting out of Maite, Guam) at bantamweight
For the latest information on additional bouts for this event, please visit www.ufc.com. All bouts live and subject to change
Charges Upgraded Against Suspect in Fatal Stabbing at 10950 Beaumont Highway
NOTE: Suspect initially charged under an alias name.
Charges have been upgraded against a suspect arrested in the stabbing of a man at 10950 Beaumont Highway about 10:45 a.m. on February 10 after investigators learned the victim later died.
The suspect, David Luke Davis (w/m, 69), also known as Gilbert Nelson III, was initially charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The charge has been upgraded to murder in the 174th State District Court. A booking photo of Davis (Nelson) is attached to this news release.
Davis is accused in the stabbing of Cody McCurley, 29, who was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced deceased six days later (on Feb. 16).
HPD Major Assaults & Family Violence Division Officers S. Hall and A. Johnson reported:
HPD patrol officers responded to a stabbing at a halfway house at the above address and determined suspect Davis, a resident of the facility, had stabbed Mr. McCurley in the neck area while in a common shower room. Houston Fire Department paramedics transported McCurley to the hospital.
Davis was arrested at the scene and subsequently charged for his role in the incident.
HOUSTON – Houston’s drinking water meets or exceeds all Federal and State standards and is safe for consumption. Houston Water has conducted over 100 tests on drinking water samples since the boil water notice was lifted on Sunday, February 21st to ensure the City’s drinking water remains safe.
Houston Public Works is aware that some customers are experiencing water with a strange or bad odor. Houston 311 saw an increase in calls to report the odor beginning on Tuesday, February 23rd.
The locations of these reports were mapped to help pinpoint the likely cause of these odors. They are generally west of downtown Houston and align with the zone where groundwater from the west and surface water from the east are blending in the system.
Chlorine and ammonia (chloramine) are used to disinfect surface water. For groundwater, the disinfectant is just chlorine. The combination of these disinfectants leads to the odors that people experience – “the stink”.
“This is a harmless odor that we try to avoid in our water system, but right now Houston Water is disinfecting the drinking water at higher concentrations in response to last week’s water emergency,” explained Carol Haddock, PE, Director, Houston Public Works.
Houston Public Works continues to monitor and adjust disinfectant concentrations back to normal operating levels which will reduce and eliminate the stink in the next two to three days.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has stated, “when the chloraminated water first flushes out the chlorinated water there may be a slight taste and odor, and possibly discoloration for a short period of time. This will not compromise the safety of the water”. (TCEQ Publication RG-195)
Please report any water concerns (including strange odors) to: Houston 311 (713.837.0311), email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit houstontx.gov/311 or through the Houston 311 app. A water quality service request will be issued.
LA Galaxy presenta la nueva playera ‘Community Kit 2021’
La playera de visitante ‘Community Kit’ es un diseño de camiseta clásico del LA Galaxy que brinda homenaje a la historia del club; Los aficionados ya pueden comprar su playera ‘Community Kit’ por medio de MLSStore.com y en la Tienda del LA Galaxy
LOS ANGELES (Miércoles, 24 de febrero, 2021) – LA Galaxy y adidas presentaron hoy la nueva playera de visitante del LA Galaxy llamada ‘Community Kit’. La playera ya está a la venta en linea por medio de MLSStore.com y en la Tienda del LA Galaxy.
El nuevo uniforme de visitante adidas del LA Galaxy surgió de la cultura del club y presenta un diseño de rayas verticales en negro, verde técnico y dorado colegial que rinde homenaje a la historia del club. La playera cuenta con un diseño moderno que le da un guiño al pasado y está inspirada en las imágenes y los sonidos de los tiempos del Galaxy en el Rose Bowl Stadium.
“Estamos emocionados de presentar la nueva playera ‘LA Galaxy Community Kit’ que servirá como nuestro uniforme secundario durante las próximas dos temporadas”, dijo el Presidente del LA Galaxy Chris Klein. “Somos el club de campeones en la ciudad de campeones y este diseño clásico rinde homenaje a eso. Estamos orgullosos de nuestra historia y esperamos que a nuestros aficionados les encante el giro progresivo con inspiración retro de esta playera”.
El ‘Community Kit’ es una celebración de los aficionados que han sido fieles seguidores del Galaxy desde el primer día. El nombre de la playera celebra la historia del club, la vibrante comunidad de aficionados y el espíritu de la ciudad de Los Ángeles.
La nueva playera de visitante llevará un detallado con el logo de LA en la parte de atrás del cuello. Ambos uniformes de local y visitante llevarán las cinco estrellas del club encima del escudo, que representan los cinco títulos de la Copa MLS del LA Galaxy ganados en el 2002, 2005, 2011, 2012 y 2014. Ambas playeras también destacarán el logo de Herbalife Nutrition por enfrente, y el logo del nuevo patrocinador del LA Galaxy, Honey, en la manga derecha de la playera. La playera blanca de local que fue presentada en el 2020 permanecerá durante el 2021.
El ‘Community Kit’ ya está a la venta en linea a través de MLSStore.com. Los aficionados también pueden visitar la tienda en línea de TEAM LA Store y seleccionar la opción para recoger la playera en persona por medio de ‘curbside pickup’ en el Lote 13 del Dignity Health Sports Park el viernes 26 de febrero y el sábado, 27 de febrero.
Los abonados 2021 del LA Galaxy podrán recibir descuentos adicionales al comprar su mercancía del LA Galaxy utilizando su código de membresía en la tienda TEAM LA Store. Los aficionados pueden visitar lagalaxy.com/since96 para asegurar sus Membresías de Temporada 2021. Además de visitar lagalaxy.com/since96, los aficionados pueden asegurar sus Membresías de Temporada 2021 enviando un correo electrónico a email@example.com.
City of Houston and partners will distribute hot meals to Houstonians affected by the winter storm, including seniors and people with disabilities
HOUSTON – The City of Houston, in collaboration with CrowdSource Rescue, Operation BBQ Relief, the Salvation Army, Chair of Public Safety Council Member Abbie Kamin, and Council Member Amy Peck will be serving hot meals on a first come first serve basis at Northwest Mall to provide food to those still impacted by last week’s Severe Winter Storm Uri. Distribution will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 and will continue until supply runs out.
“Last week’s historic winter storm left many families in the greater Houston area displaced and in need of additional assistance to recover,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “Many families, through no fault of their own, have homes that are uninhabitable because of the damages from the artic blast and therefore cannot cook meals to feed their loved ones. The City of Houston is proudly partnering with CrowdSource Rescue, Operation BBQ Relief, the Salvation Army, and the offices of Council Members Kamin and Peck to provide hot meals to thousands of Houstonians who are currently recovering from the aftermath of this storm. The reality is that until the least of the people in our city recover, we are still not yet fully recovered.”
Operation BBQ Relief is a non-profit organization that provides hot meals to communities impacted by disasters and the first responders that are on the ground helping. Their cook team is set up at the Metropolitan Multi-Service Center located in District C. “Houston is part of the Operation BBQ Relief family, as we previously served nearly 400,000 meals in the wake of Hurricane Harvey,” said Stan Hays, CEO and Co-Founder of Operation BBQ Relief. “Our teams and volunteers are working around the clock to ensure Houstonians in need receive a comforting hot meal after this unprecedented winter storm.”
“This is a Texas-sized disaster, and true to Houston’s spirit, we are seeing a Texas-sized outpouring of generosity and grit as we come together to help others,” said Council Member Abbie Kamin. “Launching this effort helps ensure our residents have the resources they need during this ongoing crisis. My sincere thanks to everyone who has been involved and worked with me on this – it’s an all-hands-on-deck effort including Mayor Turner and our amazing city departments and employees, invaluable community groups like CrowdSource Rescue, Operation BBQ Relief, and Salvation Army, along with thousands of volunteers bringing food and water to people in need around the City.”
Meals will then be brought to the drive-thru staging area on the south side of Northwest Mall at 9500 Hempstead Rd., where they will be distributed until all the food is gone. This will continue through Friday, February 26, 2021 weather permitting. This site is in District A.
“I am so thankful for everyone who stepped up to help our City after this very difficult week,” said Council Member Amy Peck. “So many people are still struggling because of COVID, and this storm made things even more difficult. I will continue to support the District A community and work with these outstanding organizations and the City as we continue to recover.”
CrowdSource Rescue and Houston Metro will also be delivering meals to the homes of seniors and people with disabilities. “CrowdSource Rescue is grateful to partner with Operation BBQ Relief, a world-renowned disaster response organization,” said Matthew Marchetti, CrowdSource Rescue Co-Founder. “We welcome the ability to continue to better serve our hometown.”
This is a continuation of a partnership with the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities who worked with CrowdSource Rescue to reach out to people with disabilities to bring bottled water, food, and other necessities in the immediate aftermath of the Winter Storm. “Grit and resilience are characteristics both Houstonians and the broader disability community have in common. We are grateful for the partnership with CrowdSource Rescue and Operation BBQ Relief, through this joint effort, thousands of Houstonians will benefit from the comfort of a hot meal,” said Gabe Cazares, Director of the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities. “Many people with disabilities lack access to reliable transportation and this partnership ensures a safe home delivery to those most in need.”
This 24 hour operation is a city-wide effort and couldn’t happen without the support of CrowdSource Rescue, Operation BBQ Relief, Mayor Sylvester Turner, Chair of Public Safety Council Member Abbie Kamin, District A Councilmember Amy Peck, the Houston Police Department, The Salvation Army, Houston Metro, Houston Parks and Recreation, and the Mayor’s Office of People with Disabilities.
HOUSTON – Recognizing the dire hardships created by the extreme winter weather, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo have established the Houston Harris County Winter Storm Relief Fund to help our region’s most vulnerable neighbors during this critical time of need. The Fund will focus on relief and recovery efforts across the City of Houston and Harris County.
“Houstonians are strong and resilient, but many were already facing hardships with the COVID-19 pandemic before the historic winter freeze. People now need help recovering from the damage to their homes and other personal property, and this relief fund will provide that assistance,” said Mayor Turner. “I am grateful to the CenterPoint Energy Foundation and others for stepping up with their incredibly generous donations. We are blessed to have good corporate citizens at this critical time, and I encourage others to support the fund to help our neighbors recover.”
The distributions and grants will be made in support of The Fund’s charitable purposes: to provide relief efforts and recovery and to support aid to the individuals, families and communities affected by the impact of the 2021 Severe Winter Storm Emergency in Harris County and the City of Houston. Because of the immense need in and around Houston, the fund will focus on meeting unmet needs of families who need additional help to recover, supporting nonprofits who can help with plumbing and home repairs, temporary housing, and other basic needs relief. The Fund is dedicated to filling the gaps that may not met by other local and federal efforts.
“Here in Harris County when we get knocked down we get back up, dust ourselves off and get to work right away to help our neighbors. I’m pleased to partner with Mayor Turner, the Greater Houston Community Foundation and the United Way to provide another source of support for our community,” said Judge Hidalgo. “Our region has endured multiple, concurrent disasters – from Harvey to Imelda to COVID, and now a winter weather disaster. So many families were already experiencing hardship before this disaster blindsided us. This fund will lean on groups with deep experience providing recovery support to help as many people as we can, so if you’re in a position to donate, please do.”
A fund advisory board will be established to lead fundraising efforts and oversee the grant making process. Dave Lesar, President & CEO of CenterPoint Energy, will serve as Chair of the advisory board, which will consist of eight members; Ric Campo, Camden Property Trust; Jim Crane, Houston Astros; Bill Jackson, Harris County Precinct 4; Jason Johnson, MetroNational; Scott McClelland, HEB; Cal McNair, Houston Texans; Jacob Monty, Monty & Ramirez LLP; and Gretchen Watkins, Shell Oil Company. The Advisory Board’s charge is to get money to charitable groups and entities with a laser-like focus on home repair and related relief and recovery efforts.
The Greater Houston Community Foundation and United Way of Greater Houston have played a critical role in disaster response and recovery collectively for more than 30 years. Both organizations will jointly oversee and administer the grant distribution process with the help of a grants committee, which will include local philanthropic professionals. The Foundation and United Way are now accepting donations online at www.WinterStormReliefFund.org.
“The severe winter weather has impacted every corner of our community and the needs are immediate and significant. I am honored to partner with Mayor Turner, Judge Hidalgo, civic and community leaders and contributors to answer the call to support our neighbors in need,” said Lesar. “For CenterPoint Energy’s part, Houston and surrounding communities have been our homes for more than 150 years. We are proud to support our neighbors and communities in the aftermath of this unprecedented winter weather event.”
Those impacted by the storm and needing help now can text HoustonFreeze to 898211, or for Spanish, text HoustonAyuda to 898211 (TXT211 on iPhone). When assistance is available, individuals will be contacted regarding eligibility requirements and information on how to apply. There will be a concerted effort to complement FEMA federal assistance, and we encourage impacted families to apply to FEMA now at https://www.disasterassistance.gov/.
The Greater Houston Community Foundation and United Way of Greater Houston will share information about all grants publicly on the Fund’s website, www.WinterStormReliefFund.org, and through other communications for complete transparency about the expenditure of funds.
Mayor Turner Oversees Successful Citywide Water Distribution More than One Million Bottles of Water Distributed
Video of water distribution and news conference with Mayor Turner, Fire Chief Pena, Public Works Director Haddock, Police Chief Acevedo and other partners.
HOUSTON – Mayor Sylvester Turner joined employees and community volunteers to distribute bottled water Friday at Delmar Stadium.
The massive distribution assisted families struggling due to historic cold temperatures, frozen pipes, water leaks, and the city’s boil water notice. Volunteers handed out one-million water bottles to people during the drive-thru distribution in addition to senior centers and city council member districts throughout the city. The mayor thanked everyone who helped make the distribution possible, including Houston Public Works employees who assisted overnight to set up the distribution site, the Mayor’s Office of Special Events, the Mayor’s Health Equity Response (H.E.R.) Task Force and the Houston Parks and Recreation Department. HPARD redeployed over 50 employees and vehicles to deliver pallets and assist with the distribution to the public.During his daily news update, the mayor provided the following update:Two weekend water distribution sites will be held over the weekend. Locations and times will bee announced soonThe situation is improving across Houston. The majority of Houstonians should have water by the end of Friday, but residents will still need to boil the water until at least Monday, Feb. 22. Power should be restored to all customers by the end of the day.Houston Public Works has received 5,000 calls related to broken pipes.Call 311 and continue to report broken pipes.President Biden signed a major disaster declaration to provide funding and resourcesThe National Guard is assisting at the George R. Brown warming center.More details released soon on a Winter Storm Relief and Recovery Fund.”This past week has been a major event that disrupted many lives,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “As the lights come back on and water pressure goes up, we want to be sensitive to the fact that many families will be in crisis mode for weeks and months to come. We have to be very focused on doing everything we can to assist families within our city. Until the least of the people in our city recover, we are still not yet fully recovered.”
PABLO CESAR ‘EL DEMOLEDOR’ CANO TO FACE UNDEFEATED JONATHAN ‘THUNDER’ NAVARRO IN NEW CO-MAIN TO ORTIZ JR. VS. HOOKER
SATURDAY, MARCH 20 AND STREAMED LIVE WORLDWIDE ON DAZN Tickets on Sale Now!
FORT WORTH, TEXAS (Feb. 19, 2021): Seasoned slugger Pablo Cesar “El Demoledor” Cano (33-7-1, 23 KOs) will take on rising contender Jonathan “Thunder” Navarro (17-0, 9 KOs) in a 12-round fight for the WBC Silver International Super Lightweight Title in the new co-main event to Ortiz Jr. vs Hooker. The action will take place Saturday, March 20 at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas and will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN worldwide, including the U.S. and Mexico. Highly touted heavyweight monster Arslanbek Makhmudov was originally slated to return in the co-main event, but he will now return in April against a very big challenge. Details for Makhmudov’s return will be announced in the coming weeks. “This co-main is a Golden Boy special — two guys who can crack, don’t take a step backwards and are always going for the knockout,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy. “With both guys having been off for more than a year due to Covid-19, each is hungry for a win and to position themselves in the mix at the top of the super lightweight division.” Cano is a 31-year-old contender from Tlalnepantla, Mexico, who is coming off wins against Jorge “El Niño de Oro” Linares and Roberto “Massa” Ortiz. This young veteran of about 15 years has also defeated the likes of Ashley Theophane, Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera and Ruslan Madiev, and he has participated in great battles against “Sugar” Shane Mosley, Paul “The Magic Man” Malignaggi and Erik “El Terrible” Morales. Cano will inch closer to a world title shot if can beat Navarro. “I am very happy to be returning on such an important card on March 20” said Pablo Cesar Cano. “I am delighted for the chance to be active once again, especially because of all that has happened due to the pandemic. I am motivated, and I have a positive mentality. I’m going to make sure I train very hard to be at optimum shape on fight night.” Navarro is a 24-year-old rising contender who scored his biggest win yet in 2018 when he beat then-undefeated prospect Damon Allen Jr. via technical knockout. Since then, he has scored two impressive wins, though he has been inactive since October 2019. Navarro plans to return to the ring and make a big statement in order to put himself in line for a world title shot. “I am very excited for this fight,” said Jonathan Navarro. “You’re not going to want to miss it. This fight will be a big step up for me, and it will bring me closer to becoming a world champion. We are working very hard back at camp and making sure we are prepared for Cano. I’m coming to make a statement in the 140-pound division. I will let everyone know that I’m coming for a belt very soon!” As announced previously, the Ortiz vs. Hooker undercard will be stacked from top to bottom with highly competitive matchups. Anabel “Avispa” Ortiz (31-3, 4 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico and former flyweight champion Seniesa “Superbad” Estrada (19-0, 8 KOs) of East Los Angeles, California will meet in an epic 10-round fight for Ortiz’s WBA Minimumweight World Title. Luis “Matador” Hernandez (21-0, 19 KOs) of Chihuahua, Mexico will participate in a 10-round super lightweight battle against Alex Martin (15-3, 6 KOs) of Chicago, Illinois. George Rincon (10-0, 7 KOs) of Dallas, Texas will return in an eight-round super lightweight fight against Alex Martin(15-3, 6 KOs) of Merida, Mexico. Hector Valdez (13-0, 8 KOs) of Dallas, Texas will face Alberto Torres (11-3-3, 4 KOs) of Sacramento, California in an eight-round super bantamweight battle. Oscar Acevedo (7-0) of Garden City, Kansas and James “Crunch Time” Willkins (9-1-0, 6 KOs) of Staten Island, New York will meet in an eight-round super featherweight bout between two Golden Boy prospects. Tristan Kalkreuth (7-0, 6 KOs) of Duncanville, Texas will return against a soon-to-be-announced opponent in a six-round fight in the cruiserweight division. Ortiz Jr. vs Hooker is a 12-round fight for the WBO International Welterweight Championship presented by Golden Boy. The event is sponsored by Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle” and “BetOnline – Your Online Sportsbook Experts.” The fight will take place on Saturday, March 20 at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas and will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN worldwide, including the U.S., Mexico and Russia. Tickets for Ortiz Jr. vs. Hooker are on sale and are priced at $200, $100, $60 and $40, not including applicable service charges and taxes. Tickets will be available for purchase at www.dickiesarena.com or www.ticketmaster.com.