GENNADY GOLOVKIN Y VANES MARTIROSYAN DISPUTARAN CAMPEONATO MUNDIAL

Apr 24, 2018

GENNADY GOLOVKIN Y VANES MARTIROSYAN

DISPUTARAN CAMPEONATO MUNDIAL EL CINCO DE MAYO EN

EL STUBHUB CENTER DE CARSON, CALIFORNIA

Se anticipa una entrada récord para la vigésima defensa de Golovkin que igualará la marca de defensas en peso medio

CARSON, CALIFORNIA— El combate titular de peso mediano entre el monarca más antiguo en el boxeo profesional,  el invicto GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN y el dos veces retador a un titulo mundial y colega olímpico del 2014  VANES “THE NIGHTMARE” MARTIROSYAN es un boleto muy caliente. La pelea que se realizará el sábado 5 de mayo debajo de las estrellas en el StubHub Center de  Carson, California será televisada en vivo por  HBO World Championship Boxing® a a las 11:00 p.m. Este/Pacífico. Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) de Karagandá, Kazakstán expondrá sus coronas por vigésima ocasión en una marca que igualará la más larga en la historia de la categoría de peso mediano cuando se enfrente a Martirosyan (36-3-1, 21 KOs), oriundo de Armenia pero residente de Glendale, California.

Golovkin y Martirosyan tiene un récord combinado de 73-3-2 (54 KOs) – un porcentaje de victorias del 94% con casi el 75% de sus victorias logradas por nocaut.

Hoy lunes ambos boxeadores se presentaron ante la prensa angelina para hablar de su combate que ha despertado un gran interés en el mundo boxístico.

“Estoy muy contento de que voy a pelear este 5 de mayo ante un buen rival como lo es Vanes y les quiero brindar a todos mis seguidores una pelea que dejara muy satisfechos al final de la pelea”, dijo Golovkin. Quien peleara en el sur de california por cuarta ocasión en su carrera profesional.

“Sé que esta pelea se hizo de último momento, pero no fue por nuestra culpa, Canelo Alvarez violo las reglas y fue suspendido por seis meses y no puede pelear el 5 de mayo, pero no es razón que yo sufra sin haber hecho nada mal. Yo entrene muy duro para pelear el 5 de mayo y lo voy hacer”, dijo Golovkin,

Vanes un rival de cuidado

“Esta es una pelea fuerte para mí, Vanes es un bueno peleador, tiene muy buena esquina. Lo conozco desde que éramos los dos boxeadores aficionados y sé que es fuerte, tiene mucho talento y ha hecho una buena carrera profesional. No lo puedo menospreciar sé que él tiene mucho que ganar y va a venir con todo”, dijo Golovkin,

Estará en riesgo la revancha con el Canelo Alvarez

“El boxeo como la vida está lleno de riesgos. Se lo que está en juego en esta pelea para mí, pero hay que enfrentarlos. Los aficionados saben que el boxeo no es un juego y subimos al ring para dejarlo todo y esta pelea no será la excepción”, agrego Golovkin.

Vanes Martirosyan ante su gran oportunidad

“Es una gran oportunidad para mi esta pelea. Yo le tengo mucho respeto a Golovkin, pero también sé que le puedo ganar. Es uno de los mejores boxeadores del mundo en estos momentos y quiero demostrar que también estoy al nivel de los mejores”, dijo Martirosyan.

 “Va a ser una guerra y voy a subir al ring con toda la intención no solo ganar la pelea, sino de dar una gran espectáculo. Tengo todo para ganar esta pelea y lo voy a demostrar el 5 de mayo”, dijo Martirosyan

El espectacular respaldo de la función será anunciado en breve e incluirá campeones y ex campeones mundiales.

“Gennady quería pelear el 5 de mayo y gracias a nuestro patrocinadores y ha HBO se logro y creo que la pelea con Vanes tiene todo para ser una muy buena”, dijo Tom Loeffler de GGG Promotions.

“Va a ser una gran pelea – Es una batalla de voluntades”, dijo el promotor del salón de la fama, Don King, quien es el promotor de Martirosyan, “GGG es una gran peleador por algo tiene cuatro cinturones y se supone que es el mejor de todos, pero Vanes tiene un gran corazón y el deseo fuerte de los armenios que nunca se rinden y va a venir a darlo todo. Es una pelea de pronósticos reservados que hay que ver de principio a fin”, agregó King.

La función es una promoción de GGG promotions en asociación con Don King Productions  y patrocinada por Tecate, Chivas Regal, Jordan y Hublot, los boletos aún están disponibles y ya están a la venta con un precio de $750, $500, $300, $200, $100 (Agotados) y $50 (agotados), y pueden ser adquiridos por internet en AXS.com, por teléfono llamando al (888) 9AXS-TIX, o en las taquillas del StubHub Center en Carson, California.

Para más Información: www.hbo.com/boxing; en Twitter  @gggboxing, @hboboxing, @VanesBoxing, y @TomLoeffler1; en  Facebook at www.facebook.com/gggboxing, y www.facebook.com/HBOBoxing; por Instagram @gggboxing, @vanesboxing y @HBOboxing.

FOTOS CORTESIA DE GGG PROMOTIONS 

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Jessie Magdaleno: “Le voy a dar un gran espectáculo a los fans”

Apr 23, 2018

Jessie Magdaleno: “Le voy a dar un gran espectáculo a los fans”

Magdaleno arriesgará un récord invicto contra el clasificado mundial Isaac Dogboe este sábado, 28 de abril, en el Liacouras Center en Filadelfia

(Credito: Mikey Williams / Top Rank)

NORWALK, Calif. (abril 23 del 2018) — El campeón mundial de peso pluma de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) Jessie Magdaleno pasó su último campo de entrenamiento corriendo por las montañas cerca de Guadalajara, México, y entrenando junto a algunos de los mejores peleadores del mundo en el Legendz Boxing en Norwalk, California. Magdaleno se está preparando para ser el evento principal de una función en la que chocará contra el contendiente No. 1 y campeón interino Isaac Dogboe (18-0, 12 KOs) este sábado 28 de abril en el Liacouras Center en Filadelfia.

“Estoy mentalmente listo. Estoy físicamente listo,” dijo Magdaleno. “Estar aquí con {entrenador} Manny Robles me mantiene listo. El guanteo ha sido excelente, pero a veces me impaciento y solo quiero entrar al ring de verdad. Tengo que mantener la calma y esperar hasta que llegue la pelea.”

Robles añadió: “Dogboe es un oponente realmente difícil. Jessie definitivamente tiene que estar listo para esta pelea, y debería ser una pelea entretenida para los fanáticos.”

Magdaleno (25-0, 18 KOs) ganó el título mundial con una decisión unánime sobre el cuatro-veces campeón mundial Nonito Donaire el 5 de noviembre de 2016. Él defendió su cinturón una vez, con un nocaut de segunda ronda sobre Adeilson Dos Santos en abril pasado. Cuando Magdaleno entre al ring contra Dogboe, habrán pasado 371 días desde la pelea de Dos Santos.

“Este ha sido un largo campo de entrenamiento, y he estado entrenando con excelentes peleadores,” dijo Magdaleno. “Estuve con el {campeón de peso pluma de la OMB} Oscar Valdez en México, y ahora es la recta final. Estamos más que listos para volver al ring.”

El drama antes a la pelea se intensificó el mes pasado cuando el padre/entrenador de Dogboe, Paul Dogboe, le dijo al sitio web Pulse: “Esperamos que Magdaleno no corra como una gallina. Esperamos que haga el peso y entre sin excusas porque estamos listos para él. Estamos listos para comerlo como una gallina. Estamos enfocados, y nuestra única misión es devorarlo, comernos al pollo loco, arrojarlo sobre la pared de México y presentarle el título a Donald Trump. Magdaleno correrá cuando él vea a Isaac.”

Desde entonces, Paul Dogboe se disculpó, pero Magdaleno tiene la intención de dejar que sean sus puños quienes hablen dentro del ring.

“Se trata de quien tiene la experiencia, de mantener la concentración y de hacer nuestro trabajo,” dijo Magdaleno. “Manny me mantiene enfocado en la pelea, y esa es mi principal preocupación.”

El combate Magdaleno-Dogboe será televisado EN VIVO por ESPN y transmitirá en inglés y español en la aplicación móvil de ESPN a las 7 p.m. ET. Los combates preliminares del cartel se transmitirán en vivo por ESPN+, disponible en la aplicación móvil de ESPN, comenzando a las 4 p.m. ET. ESPN Deportes transmitirá la pelea a las 10 p.m. ET.

En una promocieon de Top Rank, en asociación con Peltz Boxing, las taquillas, con un precio de $100 (ringside), $65 y $35, están EN VENTA AHORA y se pueden comprar en la boletería del Liacouras Center y www.liacourascenter.com, o llamando a Peltz Boxing en 215-765-0922.

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TEAM SNAC BOXER VANES MARTIROSYAN BELIEVES “GGG” IS BEATABLE

Apr 23, 2018
TEAM SNAC BOXER
VANES MARTIROSYAN
BELIEVES “GGG” IS BEATABLE
Armenian boxing star, Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan (36-3-1, 21 KOs), is preparing for his upcoming fight with world middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) at the SNAC facility in the San Francisco Bay Area.  SNAC has a high-tech sports performance training center owned by Victor Conte, the widely known CEO of the nutrition company.

The SNAC acronym stands for Scientific Nutrition for Advanced Conditioning.  Conte and his team of elite trainers work with a large stable of world class boxers that includes Danny JacobsShawn PorterDevin HaneyCaleb PlantDemetrius Andrade and female boxer & two-time Olympic gold medalist Nicola Adams.
Vanes’ head trainer is the highly regarded Edmond Tarverdyan, who also trains famed UFC fighter Ronda Rousey.
“I’ve got this opportunity to shock the world,” said a confident  Vanes Martirosyan. “I’m not fighting a robot.  GGG is human and he is beatable.  I’m excited for this fight.  I’m training at SNAC and I believe we’ve got the blueprint for victory.”
Team SNAC boxer Martirosyan fights Golovkin on Saturday, May 5th at the Stub Hub in Los Angeles. The bout will be televised on HBO world championship boxing.  Vanes has had a great camp thus far and looks forward to an outstanding performance against GGG on fight night.
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MATT “THE TERROR” SERRA NAMED TO UFC® HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2018

Apr 23, 2018

MATT “THE TERROR” SERRA NAMED TO UFC® HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2018

Las Vegas – UFC® today announced that former UFC welterweight champion and winner of season four of The Ultimate Fighter®, Matt Serra, has been named to the UFC Hall of Fame class of 2018 as a Pioneer. The 2018 UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Thursday, July 5, at Pearl Theatre inside the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The event will be streamed live and exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS®.

“Matt Serra is one of the most underrated mixed martial artists in UFC history,” UFC President Dana White said. “From winning the Ultimate Fighter, to becoming UFC welterweight champion with one of the biggest upsets in UFC history, and now coaching some of the sports top athletes, Matt’s lifelong dedication to combat sports is legendary. Matt fought on the second UFC event under Zuffa ownership in 2001, and today, he helps us find new and exciting talent, while also co-hosting UFC Unfiltered. Serra is a true pioneer, and we look forward to celebrating his career at the UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in July.”

Serra, the first UFC athlete to win a The Ultimate Fighter and later become a UFC champion, will enter the UFC Hall of Fame as the 15th member of the Pioneer Era wing. The Pioneers Era category includes athletes who turned professional before November 17, 2000 (when the unified rules of mixed martial arts were adopted), are a minimum age of 35, or have been retired for one year or more.

“This is an honor to say the least,” said Serra. “I turned professional in 1999, during the dark ages when MMA was almost finished in the US. I didn’t become a mixed martial artist because there was a ton of money and fame to be had – there was none back then. I began competing in MMA because I love the sport, and that took me all the way to the UFC championship, and, now the UFC Hall of Fame. I love the sport as much as I ever did, and I couldn’t be happier or more honored right now.”

A veteran of 18 professional fights during his 11-year career, Serra compiled a record of 11-7, which included wins over two-time UFC welterweight and UFC middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre, UFC Hall of Famer Frank Trigg and UFC veteran Chris Lytle.

Serra debuted in UFC on Friday, May 4, 2001 at UFC® 31: LOCKED AND LOADED at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He would lose his UFC debut, but win four of his next seven bouts before joining season four of The Ultimate Fighter®: The Comeback. During the series, he defeated welterweights Pete Spratt and Shonie Carter to advance to the finale against veteran Chris Lytle. Serra defeated Lytle via split decision in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter®: The Comeback Finale to win the welterweight tournament and earn a title shot against UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre at UFC® 69: SHOOTOUT.

As the main event of UFC 69: SHOOTOUT, which took place on Saturday, April 7, 2007 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, Serra was viewed as a huge underdog against St-Pierre, who was then the undisputed UFC welterweight champion. St-Pierre entered the event with a 13-1 record and a six-fight winning streak that included defeating Frank Trigg (UFC Hall of Famer), Sean Sherk (former UFC lightweight champion), BJ Penn (UFC Hall of Famer / former UFC welterweight and lightweight champion) and Matt Hughes (UFC Hall of Famer / former two-time UFC welterweight champion).

Serra and St-Pierre exchanged punches and kicks during the first three minutes of the first round before Matt connected on a right hook that stunned the welterweight champion. After a brief scramble by St-Pierre, Serra connected on a second right hook in the center of the Octagon®, as Georges attempted to regain his footing. As St-Pierre retreated and tried to clinch, Serra countered by mounting the champion and landing a barrage of 26 consecutive strikes before the fight was stopped. The first-round stoppage shocked the world and is still considered one of the greatest upsets in UFC history.

Since retiring from professional competition in 2013, Serra, the first American to be awarded a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt from the legendary Renzo Gracie, has continued to contribute to the sport of MMA as a coach, with two Serra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy locations in Huntington and Levittown, New York.

Serra has also formed the Serra – Longo Competition Team, with longtime coach / trainer Ray Longo, which includes a roster of young New York / New Jersey-based MMA athletes, such as former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman, former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, UFC lightweight Al Iaquinta, UFC light heavyweight Gian Villante and UFC bantamweight Aljamain Sterling.

Outside of the gym, Serra also spends time as an MMA analyst on UFC Unfiltered and co-stars on the UFC series ‘Dana White: Lookin’ For a Fight’.

A native of East Meadow, New York, Serra began his martial arts career by capturing the gold medal in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at the 1999 North American Pan American Games. A year later, Matt would win another gold medal at the 2000 CBJJ (Confederação Brasileira de Jiu Jitsu) World Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 2001, he submitted former PRIDE FC lightweight champion Takanori Gomi to capture the silver medal at the ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The remaining inductees of the UFC Hall of Fame class of 2018 will be announced in the coming weeks leading to the 7th Annual UFC International Fight Week™, which takes place from Tuesday, July 3 through Saturday, July 7 in Las Vegas.

To view Serra’s UFC FIGHT PASS collection please visit: https://www.ufc.tv/category/ufc-hall-of-fame-matt-serra.

To view the UFC Hall of Fame fight library, please visit UFCHOF. To see a complete list of UFC athletes and fights enshrined in the UFC Hall of Fame, as well as details regarding the UFC Hall of Fame format, please visit UFCHOFFAQ. For additional information, please visit UFC.com.

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UNBEATEN TOP CONTENDER JOSEPH “JOJO” DIAZ, JR. TAKES ON WBC FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPION GARY RUSSEL, JR

Apr 23, 2018
Unbeaten Top Contender Joseph ‘JoJo’ Diaz Jr. takes on WBC Featherweight Champion Gary Russell, Jr. from
MGM National Harbor in Maryland
 
To Air Live on SHOWTIME Saturday, May 19
 
Tickets on Sale Now for MGM National Harbor Show
 
NATIONAL HARBOR (April 20, 2018) – Undefeated Featherweight and former U.S. Olympian Joseph “JoJo” Diaz, Jr. will fight for his first world championship against WBC title-holder Gary Russell, Jr. on Saturday, May 19 in a clash live on SHOWTIME from MGM National Harbor in Maryland.
Tickets for the MGM National Harbor show, which is promoted by TGB Promotions in association with Golden Boy Promotions, are on sale now and are available by visiting http://mgmnationalharbor.com/.
Russell Jr. and Diaz Jr. have both had sensational professional and amateur careers, including representing the U.S. at two different Olympic Games – Russell in 2008 and Diaz in 2012. Russell is noted for having some of the fastest hands in boxing but will be tested by a young, hungry contender in his first world title fight.
“The featherweight division is one of the most talent laden in boxing and Gary Russell, Jr. is at the head of a class of terrific boxers at 126 pounds,” said Tom Brown of TGB Promotions. “Joseph Diaz Jr. is young, hungry and undefeated and he’s coming for the title and he’s going to have to beat Russell in front of his hometown crowd to take it. It has the makings of an instant classic. Boxing fans will be the real winners on May 19.”
“Golden Boy Promotions is dedicated to ensuring that the best fight the best,”
said Oscar De La Hoya, CEO and Chairman of Golden Boy Promotions. “This exciting matchup between two of the best featherweights in the world is yet another example of that. Diaz Jr. has the skills, the speed and the power to become the best 126-pounder in the world, and on May 19 I have no doubts that he will defeat Russell Jr. and walk away champion.”
 
“SHOWTIME continues to deliver the most meaningful and action-packed fights in boxing, week after week,” said Stephen Espinoza, President, Sports and Event Programming for SHOWTIME. “On May 19, we have two events that demand top-billing, with world champions facing their toughest challengers in an international split-site doubleheader.  Gary Russell and JoJo Diaz will meet in the latest of what has become a de facto featherweight tournament this spring on SHOWTIME. Over the next two months, SHOWTIME will deliver four pivotal matchups featuring three world champions and seven of the consensus top-10 featherweights in the world.
The 29-year-old Russell (28-1, 17 KOs), who was born in Washington, D.C. and now lives in Capitol Heights, Maryland, will be defending his title before a hometown crowd. This will be Russell’s second straight fight at MGM National Harbor following his knock-out win over Oscar Escondon in his first title defense there on May 20, and second defense overall. It was his third straight knockout victory in a world title fight since dropping a majority decision to Vasyl Lomachenko in his first world title shot in 2014.
Russell, who is trained by his father, Gary, Sr., is part of a boxing family. Two of his younger brothers, Gary Antonio and Gary Antuanne, are currently unbeaten professionals, are also trained by their father and will be fighting on their older brother’s undercard on May 19.
“I don’t see this being a long night,” said Russell Jr. “If he gets reckless, it might end early. I don’t plan on going the distance with anyone I step in the ring with. I know he’s in for a rude awakening. I don’t feel as though he has the punching power, the hand speed or the ring IQ to do anything to me. At the end of the day he’ll have the opportunity to say he got in the ring with Mr. Gary Russell, Jr.”
“It will be an early birthday gift for my Dad. Last year I fought on his birthday, May 20. That’s pretty cool. I love fighting at the MGM. I love the convenience. I love that all my friends and fans, and the people who honk at me from their cars when I’m running can hop in their cars rather get on a plane to come and see me fight.”
Diaz Jr., who is also trained by his father, Joseph, Sr., was a two-time amateur national champion in the bantamweight division. He represented the U.S. at the 2012 Olympic games in London. Immediately after, Diaz Jr. signed with Golden Boy Promotions and began a stellar career that has earned him a spot at the pinnacle of the featherweight division.
“I’m happy to be fighting for my first world title against the best 126-pound world champion,” said Diaz Jr. “I’ll prove to everyone that I belong on that featherweight throne come May 19.”
“I will be the bigger man come fight night, and I will break him down physically and mentally. He just better give me the credit I deserve once I beat him, and not blame his inactivity for being a factor in his loss.”
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Real Deal SHOWCASE

Apr 21, 2018

Kings Theatre Brooklyn, NY.

La tarde de este sábado Evander Holyfield’s THE REAL DEAL BOXING asociados con WOLRD OF BOXING, presentaron una cartelera de nuevas promesas boxísticas. Púgiles con grandes habilidades y técnicas que demostraron esta noche ante las miradas de un publico que se hizo presente apoyando a sus ídolos, ya que la mayoría de ellos residen en la gran manzana.

El promotor Evander Holyfield estuvo muy atento a lo que hicieron sus púgiles y sin duda quedo muy satisfecho con su grande desempeño dado esta noche.

Bereavision Nueva York

Iván Joel Hernández.

Fotos / Videos: Huriel Bello.

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DECLARACIÓN DE GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS

Apr 18, 2018
DECLARACIÓN DE GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS
 

            LOS ÁNGELES, California 18 de abril de 2018. — Golden Boy Promotions emitió la siguiente declaración en respuesta al acuerdo de solución entre Canelo Álvarez y la Comisión Atlética de Nevada.

         “Como lo mantuvimos siempre, las pequeñas cantidades de _Clembuterol_ encontradas en el sistema de Canelo el pasado mes de febrero se debe a la contaminación de carne, y hemos ofrecido una gran cantidad de evidencia a la Comisión Atlética de Nevada para apoyar esos datos”.
            “A pesar que la mayoría de los deportes profesionales, las agencias anti dopaje internacional, y las comisiones de boxeo de Estados Unidos tratan el asunto de la contaminación en la carne diferente a otras pruebas positivas, el estado de Nevada no lo hace. Canelo y Golden Boy Promotions respetan las reglas del Nevada y por ende están satisfechos con el acuerdo de solución que se alcanzó el día de hoy.
            “Canelo espera con ansias su regreso al cuadrilátero en septiembre durante el festivo fin de semana del Día de la Independencia de México para representar a su país y el boxeo en lo que será el evento más grande del año para el deporte.
            De la misma manera está listo para continuar con su notable récord de pelear al nivel más alto”.
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Khan – Lo Greco Kicks Off Exclusive Live Boxing on ESPN+ April 21

Apr 18, 2018

Khan – Lo Greco Kicks Off Exclusive Live Boxing on ESPN+ April 21

Former World Champion Amir Khan to face Phil Lo Greco at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England

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(April 18, 2018)  — Top Rank live boxing makes its debut on ESPN+ when former unified 140-pound champion, Amir ‘King’ Khan, returns to the ring against Phil ‘The Italian Sensation’ Lo Greco on Saturday, April 21 in a 12-round welterweight bout at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. Khan-Lo Greco will stream exclusively in the U.S. at 5:30 p.m. ET as part of the international Top Rank on ESPN series.  ESPN+ is the first-ever multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International group, in partnership with ESPN.

Undercard action, including undefeated welterweight prospect Conor Benn and super welterweight standout Anthony Fowler in separate bouts, starts at 1:30 p.m. ET.

“I’m delighted to work with ESPN and Top Rank to deliver another big night of British boxing to U.S. fight fans,” said Matchroom Boxing Managing Director Eddie Hearn, promoter of Khan. “It’s a must-win night for Amir as he launches an attack on the welterweight division in 2018. The pressure is on and the rewards are high as Amir bids to become a two-weight world ruler.”

“I am going to make a big statement on April 21,” Khan said. “I’m not going to make any mistakes. No fight is easy and I’m very focused on beating Phil and beating him well.”

Khan (31-4, 19 KOs), from Bolton, England, is fighting for the first time in his home country since 2013, a long-awaited return for the native son who captured a silver medal (132 pounds) at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. He won the first 18 bouts of his career before a shocking first-round KO loss to Breidis Prescott on Sept. 6, 2008. Three fights later, Khan won the World Boxing Association (WBA) super lightweight title with a unanimous decision over Andriy Kotelnik. In 2011, he unified titles with a fifth-round knockout over International Boxing Federation (IBF) champion Zab Judah.

Following a two-bout losing skid, Khan won five bouts in a row to earn a shot at World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez on May 7, 2016 in Las Vegas. Facing a significant size disadvantage, Khan fought at even terms with Alvarez until a right hand knocked him out at 2:37 of the sixth round. Khan’s ring return comes with a new trainer, Joe Goossen, who has worked with a plethora of world champions, including Joel Casamayor, Michael Nunn, Gabriel Ruelas, Rafael Ruelas, and Diego Corrales.

Lo Greco (28-3, 15 KOs), from Toronto, turned pro in 2006 and won the first 25 bouts of his career. He has gone 3-3 in his last six fights, although two of those losses have come against opponents — Shawn Porter and Errol Spence Jr.  — who went on to win the IBF welterweight title. In his last bout, on June 30, 2017 in Niagara Falls, Canada, Lo Greco overcame a tough challenge from Jesus Gurrola to win an eight-round majority decision.

To watch Khan-Lo Greco, and other Top Rank on ESPN content, download the ESPN App or visit ESPNPlus.com. Fans can stream ESPN+ content on the ESPN App on mobile and TV-connected devices and on ESPN.com.

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About Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International
Comprised of Disney’s international media businesses and the Company’s various streaming services, the Direct-to-Consumer and International segment aligns technology, content and distribution platforms to expand the Company’s global footprint and deliver world-class, personalized entertainment experiences to consumers around the world. The recently announced segment is responsible for The Walt Disney Company’s direct-to-consumer businesses globally, including the ESPN+ sports streaming service, programmed in partnership with ESPN; the upcoming Disney-branded direct-to-consumer streaming service; and the Company’s ownership stake in Hulu. As part of the Direct-to-Consumer and International segment, BAMTECH Media, developer of the ESPN+ and Disney-branded streaming platforms, oversees all consumer-facing digital technology and products across the Company.

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Devin Haney vs. Mason Menard to Fight for USBA/IBF Lightweight Title on ShoBox

Apr 16, 2018
Devin Haney vs. Mason Menard
to Fight for USBA/IBF Lightweight Title on 
ShoBox: The New Generation
LAS VEGAS, NV (April 16, 2018) –  When undefeated lightweight sensation, Devin “The Dream” Haney (18-0, 12 KOs), makes his ShoBox: The New Generation debut on Friday, May 11, 2018, against Mason Menard (33-2, 24 KOs), the vacant USBA/IBF lightweight title will be on the line.  The 10-round main event bout will air live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT) from 2300 Arena in Philadelphia.
Haney, who fights out of Las Vegas, NV, is looking to become the youngest boxer to possess a world championship belt, and acquiring the vacant USBA/IBF title would get him one step closer to eventually fighting for the IBF World Championship.
“Capturing the USBA lightweight title against a tough opponent like Mason Menard, who has 35 fights under his belt, will certainly inch me closer to fighting for the IBF championship crown,” said Devin Haney, who captured the WBC Youth title in his 14th pro fight. “This fight against Menard is very important to me and my brand.  I want to show the world that I’m the next big star in boxing.  A dominating win against Menard on SHOWTIME will give the fans a taste of what I’m all about.”
Tickets for the event, which is promoted by Greg Cohen Promotions, Devin Haney Promotions & Hard Hitting Promotions, are priced at $125 for VIP, $75 for ringside and $50 for general admission and are available at the 2300 Arena Box office or online at www.HardHittingPromotions.com.
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Ryota Murata Meets the Media Ahead of Middleweight Title Clash Against Emanuele Blandamura

Apr 16, 2018

Ryota Murata Meets the Media Ahead of Middleweight Title Clash Against Emanuele Blandamura

Catch it LIVE on ESPN2, Sunday at 8 a.m. ET
(Courtesy: Naoki Fukuda/Teiken Promotions)

TOKYO (April 13, 2018) — Ryota Murata became a star in his home country of Japan after winning a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics. Now a word champion, he will make the first defense of his World Boxing Association (WBA) middleweight title on Sunday against Italian challenger and former European middleweight champion, Emanuele Blandamura, at the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan.

This special, international edition of Top Rank on ESPN will air live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes and stream on the ESPN App at 8 a.m. ET, with a same-day replay scheduled for 11 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

“I’m looking forward to defending my title in front of my home fans,” Murata said following Friday’s news conference at the Hotel Grand Palace. “Blandamura has excellent speed, and I think he has great timing and rhythm.”

As for what’s next, provided he beats Blandamura, Murata’s wish list is long. The middleweight division is loaded with talent, and Murata is ready to take on all comers.

“I will fight anyone, anywhere, anytime,” Murata said.

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