Three Suspects Arrested, Charged in Human Trafficking Case

Jan 16, 2019
Three Suspects Arrested, Charged in Human Trafficking Case
At 2 p.m. TODAY (January 16), investigators with the HPD Vice Division’s Human Trafficking Unit will be available to discuss the arrests overnight of three human trafficking suspects.

The news availability will be held in the first floor Media Briefing Room of the HPD Edward A. Thomas Building at 1200 Travis.

Two of the suspects, Kevin Winston (b/m, 25) and Martina Chambers (b/f, 20), have pending charges of aggravated promotion of prostitution, compelling prostitution, and trafficking of a person.  The third suspect, Mikia Collins (b/f, 19), has pending charges of compelling prostitution and trafficking of a person.  Booking photos of the three suspects are attached to this news release.

About 3 p.m. yesterday (Tuesday, January 15), the mother of a 20-year-old victim notified HPD Vice Division officers her daughter was being held against her will in Houston.  The woman was believed to have been missing since December 27, 2018.

The mother received a brief phone call from her daughter, who described being held against her will and being forced into prostitution.

Officers were able to find prostitution ads featuring photos of the woman.  They then contacted suspect Kevin Winston and arranged a meeting at a Houston hotel.

Within 45 minutes of arranging the meeting, the victim was recovered and all three suspects were taken into custody.

Speed was of the essence, as the suspects had rented a new vehicle and planning on taking the victim to New York later today (Wednesday, January 16).

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Media Availability on Suspect Arrested, Charged in Felony Stalking Case

Jan 11, 2019
Media Availability on Suspect Arrested, Charged in
Felony Stalking Case
At 2 p.m. TODAY (January 11), investigators with the Houston Police Department Major Offenders Division and prosecutors with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office will discuss the arrest of a suspect on felony stalking charges.

The media availability will be held in the first floor Media Briefing Room of the HPD Edward A. Thomas Building at 1200 Travis.

The suspect, Robin Chiswell (w/m, 61), is charged with felony stalking in the 184th State District Court.  He is suspected in multiple stalking cases, including some involving high-profile Houstonians, and investigators are asking for any additional victims to come forward.

A photo of Chiswell is attached to this news release.

WHAT:  
HPD Investigators, Prosecutors to Discuss Felony Stalking Case
DATE: 
TODAY (January 11)
TIME: 
2 p.m. 
WHERE: 
First Floor Media Briefing Room, HPD Edward A. Thomas Building, 1200 Travis
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Grand Marshals Announced for 41st Annual Original MLK Day Parade

Jan 8, 2019
Civil Rights Icon and Astros Champion will team up for the 41st Annual Original MLK Day Parade. 
HOUSTON – Mayor Sylvester Turner joined the Black Heritage Society and leaders in Houston’s faith-based, labor and business organizations Monday to announce the grand marshals for the 41st Annual “Original” MLK, Jr. Birthday Parade.

Esteemed civil rights leader, U.S Representative John Lewis, and George Springer, Astros outfielder and the 2017 World Series MVP, will lead the parade as this year’s grand marshals.

“The parade grand marshals are a testament to Dr. King’s life and legacy. Congressman Lewis considered Dr.King a friend and mentor, while George Springer  is a champion and role model on and off the baseball field,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said.

Last year, Mayor Turner announced the City of Houston would provide primary support for the historically-recognized celebration through a collective partnership with the Black Heritage Society, founded by the late Ovide Duncantell, a longtime community advocate.

“Mr. Duncantell was a fearless activist, leader and the reason this parade was founded in 1978 and was licensed by the King family,” said Sylvester Brown, operating officer for the Black Heritage Society. “It was the first MLK Day Parade in the nation and we will honor his legacy at this year’s parade by naming him the posthumous Grand Marshal.”

The parade will take place Monday, January 21,from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. with celebrations beginning in the heart of Downtown Houston at Smith and Lamar.

Organizers announced a “new route and new rules” as they work to collectively ensure this year’s event is one of the best yet.

Brown urged new and past parade participants to register online  as the Thursday, January 10 deadline is fast approaching. There will be no on-site registration available at this year’s parade.

With a theme of unity and inclusion, the parade will hinge on these famous words of Dr. King: “The time is always right to do what is right.”

The Black Heritage Society anticipates this year’s celebration will be one of largest in the organization’s history, with an anticipated attendance of over 40,000 plus patrons across Houston and the U.S.

“The parade will be a tribute to Houston’s strength and diversity and unite people from all cultures and faiths across our communities. This year, we will march as one,” Mayor Turner said.

The parade and pre-celebration activities during the federal holiday weekend are officially licensed by the King Center’s Intellectual Property Management (“IPM”) of Atlanta, GA. The diverse celebration will showcase a variety of marching bands, decorated floats, dance teams, military and ROTC groups, first responders, city and county officials, VIP guest appearances and notable organizations from around the world.

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United Arab Emirates’ $6.5 million gift will aid Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Houston

Jan 8, 2019

United Arab Emirates’ $6.5 million gift will aid Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Houston

HOUSTON –  The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Consul General in Houston, Saeed Al Mehairi, and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner (exchanging gifts and greetings in photo above) announced today that the UAE is granting $6.5 million to the Greater Houston Community Foundation to help with Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts through homelessness relief, community revitalization, library services and public health expansion in the Houston area.

This gift is part of a $10 million relief pledge from the UAE to the State of Texas. The Greater Houston Community Foundation will oversee, manage and distribute the grant funds to the specific projects. The organization administered the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, founded by Mayor Turner and then-County Judge Ed Emmett.

The gift will support the creation of a short-term housing facility for the Homeless Navigation Center, the construction of a new community center run by local nonprofit Avenue CDC, the re-opening of the Flores Neighborhood Library and the expansion of Houston Health Department services, including new mobile health clinics.

“The UAE has long-standing ties to Houston and the State of Texas, and we are proud to help this great city.  We hope these projects will lead to meaningful and measurable changes that improve people’s lives,” said Consul General Al Mehairi. “Houston has been a home away from home for me, and I was personally inspired by the determination shown by all Houstonians to help strengthen their communities and recover after Hurricane Harvey hit.”

Officials from the UAE and the City of Houston worked together to coordinate relief projects that are in line with the City’s broader recovery priorities and the mayor’s Complete Communities project.

“We are extremely grateful to Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, Consul General Al Mehairi and the people of the United Arab Emirates for this generous gift, the responsible way in which it will be managed and the care taken to ensure that it will provide quality-of-life improvements to Houstonians at a grassroots level,’’ Mayor Turner said. “As Houston builds forward from the hurricane, we cherish our helpful partners such as the UAE.”

“We appreciate the United Arab Emirates’ generosity and concern for our community as we recover from Hurricane Harvey,” said Renée Wizig-Barrios, Senior Vice President and Chief Philanthropy Officer of the Greater Houston Community Foundation. “The Greater Houston Community Foundation is honored to administer these grants to trusted community partners to expand resources for our community and to ensure that resources are available for future disaster recovery. We are proud to partner with the City of Houston in this important effort.”

As a dependable ally and close friend of the United States, the UAE has a track record of providing assistance when US communities are devastated by natural disasters. The UAE previously supported many US communities in the aftermaths of Hurricanes Irma, Sandy and Katrina, and the 2011 tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri.

Homeless Navigation Center

Houston is a national leader in solving homelessness, reducing the area’s homeless population by 55 percent since 2011. However, Hurricane Harvey left more Houstonians homeless and in need.

The Navigation Center will receive approximately $2 million to create and operate a facility designed to increase short-term housing alternatives for the unsheltered homeless population. The facility aims to increase the number of homeless individuals who are permanently housed. The Navigation Center will provide bridge beds for individuals who have been assessed and are awaiting a permanent housing placement, and will operate as a disaster recovery shelter during inclement weather.

Once operational, the Center will operate under a pilot program for two years.

Avenue Training and Education Center

Located in Houston’s Near Northside community, Avenue CDC is a widely respected and effective organization in Houston that aims to build affordable homes and empower the community through achieving a host of educational, infrastructure and public safety goals. Since Hurricane Harvey, Avenue CDC has temporarily hosted its Housing Recovery Resources Center in a vacant building. The organization has helped hundreds of families with needed home repairs and foreclosure prevention, and with onsite assistance for impacted families including utility/rent/mortgage assistance, food, clothes, transportation, furniture and other essential household items.

Avenue CDC will receive approximately $2.6 million to construct a new, permanent location for the Avenue Center. The center will serve as a community resource hub, providing a space for an early childhood education center, post-disaster housing counseling, homeownership programs and an area for general congregation. The new Avenue Center will be located directly north of downtown Houston, and will be equipped to support the community during any potential future weather events or disaster recovery.

“We are very grateful for this transformative gift supporting Avenue’s work to revitalize and strengthen communities,” said Mary Lawler, Avenue’s Executive Director. “This funding will allow Avenue to develop a new community resource hub in Houston’s Near Northside which will provide residents, especially low-income families, with supportive services including homebuyer education and counseling, disaster recovery assistance and early childhood education, which is urgently needed, as neighborhood families face a shortage of early childhood education capacity.”

Flores Neighborhood Library

The Flores Neighborhood Library is a public library located in Houston’s Second Ward. It has been closed since being damaged by the Hurricane Harvey flood.

The city library branch will receive $800,000 to re-build and re-open. The funds will also support upgrades to the library’s programming and computer lab and the purchase of new furniture.

Mobile Health Clinic and Command Center

The Mobile Health Clinic and Command Center, a project with the Houston Health Department, aims to improve the health of children in the Near Northside by controlling pediatric asthma, reducing blood lead poisoning and creating a mobile health unit.

The Houston Health Department will receive approximately $1.1 million to expand the Pediatric Asthma in the Home Stretch Program (PATHS) to three more schools in the Houston Independent School District, test children for blood lead poisoning and create the Children’s Environmental Health Mobile Unit. Funds will support staffing, school stipends, testing supplies, lab services and the creation and maintenance of the mobile unit.

About the United Arab Emirates

The UAE is a source of stability, tolerance, innovation and growth in the Arabian Gulf and around the world. The United States and the UAE are close friends and strong allies, working together to promote regional security, create economic prosperity and address pressing global challenges. In fact, the UAE is the largest export market for US goods in the Middle East, and more US naval vessels visit UAE ports than any other port outside the United States. Cultural, educational and medical partnerships between the UAE and US are spurring innovation, inspiring creativity and increasing understanding in both countries.

For more information: www.uae-embassy.org and @UAEEmbassyUS.

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Surveillance Photo of Suspect Wanted in Fatal Shooting at 17557 Imperial Valley Drive

Jan 8, 2019
Surveillance Photo of Suspect Wanted in Fatal Shooting at 17557 Imperial Valley Drive
Houston police homicide investigators have released surveillance photos of a suspect wanted in the fatal shooting of a man at 17557 Imperial Valley Drive about 12:15 a.m. on Sunday (Jan. 6).

The suspect is described as a black male, about 6 feet tall and weighing about 150 pounds.  Two surveillance photos of the suspect are attached to this news release.

The identity of the victim, 29, is pending verification by the Harris County institute of Forensic Sciences.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant J. Horn and Detectives I. Ulloa, R. Pemberton and S. Spivey reported:

The victim, manager of a salon business at the above address, was collecting entrance fees from patrons because the venue was hosting a small concert after normal business hours.  As the man protected the business, he was armed with a gun.  An unknown suspect took the gun from the man and then shot him at least one time.  The suspect fled with the gun and money he had stolen from the victim.  Paramedics pronounced the victim deceased at the scene.

Anyone with information on the identity of the wanted suspect is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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Mayor Turner congratulates Harris County’s newly sworn-in leadership.

Jan 8, 2019

 

Mayor Turner congratulates Harris County’s newly sworn-in leadership.

HOUSTON – Mayor Sylvester Turner today attended the swearing in ceremony and celebration for Harris County’s new leadership and issued the following statement:”Today marks a new era in Harris County government. I congratulate Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, Commissioner Adrian Garcia, and all other officials, including a record number of newly elected judges, who were sworn-in.

“They have been afforded an incredible opportunity to lead in one of the countries’ largest and most diverse counties, and I know they are up to the task and will serve all citizens in a fair and inclusive manner.

“The new year will provide more opportunities to strengthen the city-county partnership.The City of Houston stands ready to collaborate on issues like flood mitigation, criminal justice, mental health, and other critical initiatives.

“I look forward to working with Judge Hidalgo and others who want to see the city and county move forward in a positive direction.

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Carolina Panthers 10-24 Atlanta Falcons

Dec 23, 2018

Carolina Panthers 10-24 Atlanta Falcons

Domingo 23 de Diciembre del 2018
Charlotte NC.

Los Carolina Panthers reciben a los Atlanta Falcons, quienes ya están eliminados de los playoffs, mientras que los Panthers se mantenían con la esperanza de pasar a la siguiente ronda, los de casa adelantaron el marcador a los primeros minutos del encuentro con un pase del QB 6 Taylor Heinicke al TE 80 Ian Thomas, los visitantes igualaron casi al finalizar el primer cuarto.

Ya en el segundo cuarto, en el minuto 9 salió el QB 6 salió lastimado y con un gol de campo de 50 yardas los Panthers se volvieron a poner arriba del marcador 10-7 en el minuto 7, y al minuto 5 los visitantes igualaron la pizarra con un gol de campo de 39 yardas, terminando el primer tiempo 10-10 para ambos equipos.


En el principio del tercer cuarto los visitantes anotaron otros 7 puntos y otros tantos a los 10 minutos poniéndose arriba del marcador, el tiempo no les alcanzó a los Panthers quienes terminaron perdiendo 10-24  acabando así con toda esperanza de ir a los playoffs.


Bereavision/Charlotte,NC
Alberto Evangelista
Fotos/Video: Victor Ramos

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Suspect Arrested, Charged in Woman’s Death at 8706 Pagewood Lane

Dec 23, 2018
Suspect Arrested, Charged in Woman’s Death at 8706 Pagewood Lane
Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the death of a woman found at 8706 Pagewood Lane about 7:20 p.m. on May 8.

The suspect, Jose Gonzalez (H/m, 49), is charged with murder in the 339th State District Court for his role in the death of Delores Hawkins, 82.

A May 2018 booking photo of Gonzalez is attached to this news release.

HPD Homicide Division Detectives A. Lopez, I. Ulloa and E. Wohlgemuth reported:

HPD patrol officers responded to a residential fire at the above address and were told by HFD arson investigators a deceased person was found inside the residence.

An autopsy identified the victim as Ms. Hawkins.

Further investigation identified Gonzalez as the suspect in this case and he was subsequently charged on Monday (Dec. 17).  Gonzalez was already in the Harris County jail on an unrelated charge.

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Canelo Alvarez Hace Historia en el Madison Square Garden de la Ciudad de Nueva York

Dec 16, 2018

Nueva York, NY- BereaVision- Como era de esperarse, durante la semana boxística aquí en la ciudad de Nueva York los experto comentaban que la pelea iba ser fácil para el Canelo pues no se equivocaron, a tan solo 2 minutos del primer round, Rocky Fielding sintió el puño fuerte del Canelo, con el brazo izquierdo bien conectado en el hígado y en la cara fue la clave para que en el primer, segundo y tercer round lo enviará a la lona y no poderse recuperar al conteo del referí.

Oscar de la Hoya:

En Conferencia de prensa, el Presidente de Golden Boy Promotions Oscar de la Hoya, se sentía muy satisfecho de haber hecho esta pelea en el Madison Square Garden, tuvo una entrada  de 20,112 aficionados, nos comentaba que  el dueño de la plataforma (DAZN) se mostraba contento por el resultado de la gente al descargar la aplicación, voy  a invertir mucho más millones en el boxeo, porque el fin de pago por evento (PAY -PER -VIEW) llegó a su fin, está muerto, hacía mención.

También dijo a los medios que esta es una oportunidad y un sueño de Canelo y mio poder pelear en el estadio Azteca, primero seria hablar con el gobierno de México y Emilio Azcárraga para llevar a cabo este evento en México.

Por ahora la próxima pelea del Canelo está pautada para llevarse el dia 4 de Mayo en las fiestas patrias del 5 de Mayo, en las Vegas, NV, aún no sabemos con quién,  pero Golden Boy Promotions está hecho para traer las mejores peleas, Canelo está listo para pelear en cualquier división  y pelar con el mejor.

Rocky Fielding es un buen peleador, pero quiero recalcar yo no promovi esta pelea que Canelo iba pelear con el mejor, es cierto no es el peor, pero tampoco el mejor, en su país, él es  Campeón del peso  supermediano del AMB,  para nosotros fue HACER HISTORIA  pelear en otra división, subir de peso y pelear en el MSG de Nueva York, por eso hoy Canelo, se convierte en el tres veces campeón mundial en distinta división.

Canelo Alvarez:

Para mi es un orgullo estoy muy contento de haber peleado aquí en el MSG, ver el apoyo de la gente espero sea la primera de muchas, el sentimiento describirlo es muy difícil, pero es un honor haber estado aquí y haber compartido con la gente de Nueva York, hemos cerrado bien el año, gracias a DAZN y al MSG me acaban de entregar una placa de agradecimiento por haber peleado aquí y por ahora lo que sigue es descansar estar con la familia y disfrutar las fiestas.

Co-Evento Principal Tevin Farmer vs Francisco Fonseca Peso Pluma

Tevin Farmer gana por decisión Unánime 117-111 a Francisco Fonseca

“Fue un buen desempeño. Fue realmente muy duro. Y después de algunos rounds, vimos eso y empezamos a trabajar en las cosas. Es todo un camino para mejorar. Yo digo que fue un C +, B- performance “.

“Hoy en día, realmente tengo mucha ira acumulada, aunque buena, y solo quiero herir a todos cuando estoy en el ring. No tengo ninguna simpatía “.

“He estado en la carretera todo este año … Quería que todos supieran que estaré en casa en Filadelfia en marzo, llevaré todo a casa, bebé”.

“¿Quién quiere pelear conmigo? Esa es la pregunta.”

¿Pensamientos sobre una pelea potencial contra Gervonta Davis? “¿Es esa la pelea que quiero? Nos hemos movido más allá de él. ¿Quiere pelear conmigo? Como dije, somos activos, nos pagan. Es hora de que él pelee y se mantenga activo y luego puede venir a verme “. 

Christian Fonseca:

“Solo fue cuestión de segundos. El tiempo se sentía como agua en mis manos. Me sentí como en cada ronda, estaba a segundos de obtener el KO. Él es un luchador incómodo, y tuve problemas para ajustarse. En general, estoy contento con lo que hice allí “.

 

Peso Welter Sadam Ali vs Mauricio Herrera

Sadam Ali  se lleva la pelea por decisión unánime, un poco controversial ya en el décimo round Alí es enviado a la lona con un golpe de izquierda de Mauricio Herrera,  el mismo Sadam Ali quedó sorprendido con el resultado de los jueces, 

Por Decisión Unánime 100-90, 99-91, 98-92

Sadam Ali:

“Honestamente, no me veía bien allí. Me sentí como si hubiera ganado descuidadamente. Herrera me hizo ver terrible allí. Él es un luchador robusto. Y caí allí en el último momento de la pelea de la misma manera que caí cuando peleé contra Miguel Cotto. Sentí que las cartas estaban mucho más cerca de lo que los jueces dijeron que eran “.

Mauricio Herrera:

“Fue una pelea bien. Tuve que sacudir mucho el óxido, pero fue un buen ritmo. En general, pensé que había ganado la pelea. Le eché mucho de menos y no estaba tan cansado.

Peso Ligero Garcia vs.  Rodriguez

Con un récord de 17-0 (14 KOs ) Ryan Garcia de Victorville, CA alboroto a la afición del Madison Square Garden al derrotar en el quinto round por la vía del KO a su rival de República Dominicana a Braulio Rodríguez, hemos de recordar que en el día del Pesaje, Braulio Rodríguez quiso intimidar empujando con sus manos en el pecho a García, pero Braulio se llevó la  humillación de la noche, a pocos segundos del primer round, García lo envía a visitar la lona y en el quinto round lo vuelve tumbar, esta vez sin poderse levantar.

Resultado: KO, 1:14 de la 5ta round.

 

 

Ryan García:

“No estaba buscando el nocaut porque mucha gente dice: si este chico puede pelear, solo veo habilidades en Instagram. Quería mostrarles que puedo pelear y soy real ”.

“Eso fue lo más importante. Sabíamos por los pesajes cuando [Rodríguez] me empujó que intentaría intimidarme, creo que eso es lo que estaba tratando de hacer, pero vine aquí y pensé, eso no va a suceder. “En el entrenamiento con los Reynosos: “Hombre, no puedo agradecerles lo suficiente. Me llevaron como a mi familia. Me cuidaron bien. No hablo español pero me cuidaron. No hablo español, pero tengo sangre mexicana. ¡Viva Mexico!”

 

 

 

Bereavision/Nueva York
David Calderon
Fotos: Huriel Bello
Video: Levi Morales

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Resultados Rápidos en la Cartelera Canelo vs Rocky

Dec 15, 2018

Nueva York, NY-Madison Square Garden- DAZN descarga la aplicacion para ver la pelea https://watch.dazn.com/en-US/sports/

Estos fueron los resultados de las primeras cuatro peleas de la noche:

 

Resultados Rápidos en cartelera Canelo vs Rocky

Katie Taylor 12-0 ( 5 KOs) 134.2 libras vence por decisión unánime a Eva Wahlstrom 23-1-1 (3 KOs) 133.4 libras

Resultado:, 100-90.

Katie Taylor:

Con quién quiere pelear a continuación: “El objetivo es ser el campeón indiscutible de peso ligero del mundo. Obviamente uno de los peleadores más grandes que hay es Amanda Serrano, y esa es una pelea enorme, enorme “.

Sobre lo que ella quiere decirle a Amanda Serrano: “Vamos a ponerlo en marcha”.

En el aterrizaje de Eva casi dos a uno: “Pensé que era una muy buena actuación. Ella es obviamente una campeona fantástica y una gran, gran luchadora. Sabía que iba a ser un gran escaparate para el boxeo femenino. Fue un gran privilegio luchar aquí en el Madison Square Garden frente a tanta gente irlandesa, así que muchas gracias por el apoyo “.

En comparación con la velocidad de su mano de Sugar Ray Leonard: “Ese es probablemente el mayor cumplido que puedo obtener, en comparación con Sugar Ray Leonard. “Es uno de mis luchadores favoritos. He visto muchos de sus videos y mi objetivo es ser tan bueno como él”.

Roach Lamont  18-0-1 (7 KOs) 129.4 libras, vence por decisión unánime Alberto Mercado 16-1-2 (3 KOs ) 129.2 libras

Resultado: 79-71, 78-72, 78-72.

Lamont Roach:

“Controlé la mayor parte de la pelea y sentí que lo lastimé en casi todos los asaltos. Estoy orgulloso de la pelea que tuve esta noche, la mayoría de los peleadores no toman el tipo de peleas a las que digo que sí. Haré lo que sea necesario para llegar a la cima y eso significa luchar contra luchadores hábiles “.

Yves ULYSSE JR. gana por decisión unánime 17-1 (9 KOs) peso 139 libras a
Maximiliano BECERRA 17-2-3 (8 KOs) peso 139 libras

Resultado: 79-71, 78-72, 78-72

“Fue realmente un sueño hecho realidad pelear en el Madison Square Garden. Todos los mejores luchadores han luchado aquí y el ambiente es realmente único. Me sentí como en casa en el ring. Estoy contento con mi desempeño: me apegue al plan de juego, fui paciente para conseguir las aperturas y hacerle daño. ”

Bilal Akkawy 19-0-1 ( 15 kOs ) 167.4 libras vence por la vía del nocaut al mexicano Víctor Fonseca 18-9-1 14 KOs) 166.2 libras- en el séptimo round.

“Hay mucho margen de mejora. No estaba yo allí, pero estaré trabajando en eso cuando regrese al gimnasio. Es un honor haber peleado aquí [Madison Square Garden]. El plan ahora es disfrutar las vacaciones y luego ir a México para que pueda prepararme para mi próxima pelea “.

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David Calderon
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