CANELO ALVAREZ RECIEVES RING MAGAZINE

Oct 19, 2018
CANELO ALVAREZ RECIEVES RING MAGAZINE MIDDLEWEIGHT 
WORLD TITLE AND POUND-FOR-POUND CHAMPIONSHIP BELT AT INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL IN LOS ANGELES
CANELO TO FACE ROCKY FIELDING ON DEC. 15 AT MADISON 
SQUARE GARDEN IN NEW YORK CITY AND STREAMED LIVE ON DAZN
(ABOVE: Canelo Alvarez poses for pictures after receiving the Ring Magazine Middleweight World Title
 and the Pound-For-Pound Title at the Intercontinental Hotel in Los Angeles)
 
Photo Credit: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
Tickets Still on Sale!
 
LOS ANGELES (Oct. 18, 2018): Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) received the RingMagazine Middleweight World Title and the Pound-For-Pound Championship Belt at the Intercontinental Hotel in Los Angeles. Canelo, who also holds the WBC, WBA, and Lineal Middleweight World Titles, will move up to 168 pounds to challenge Rocky Fielding (27-1, 15 KOs) for his WBA Super Middleweight World Title in a 12-round main event on Saturday, Dec. 15 at Madison Square Garden and streamed live on DAZN.
Below is what today’s participants had to say at the event:
CANELO ALVAREZ, WBC, WBA, Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion:
“I want to thank God, my team and my family. I want to thank Golden Boy as well. Having a belt like this is a responsibility, and this is a responsibility that I plan to undertake. I never imagined that my success would reach this magnitude. This just shows that with discipline, hard work and love for the sport, one can achieve anything. A lot has changed in one year. It’s been a big change. I’m going to defend this title with honor. See you all on December 15.”
OSCAR DE LA HOYA, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions:
 
“The Ring Magazine World Title is the most prestigious title in boxing. In order to earn it, the top two fighters in the division have to fight. The pound-four-pound belt has been held by great fighters. Bernard Hopkins had it. Pernell Whitaker had it. I had it, and now Canelo Alvarez has it. We are very proud of his accomplishments.”
DOUG FISCHER, Editor-in-Chief at Ring Magazine, 
 
“The lineage of the Ring Magazine Championship belt goes back to Jack Dempsey. The greatest fighters of every era held the Ring Magazine Title. The pound-for-pound title was created in 1993, and it was presented to Pernell Whitaker after his controversial draw against Julio Cesar Chavez, Sr. This is brilliant company that Canelo joins. The belt was with Whitaker, Oscar De La Hoya, Roy Jones, Jr. and Bernard Hopkins.”
Canelo vs. Fielding is a 12-round fight for the WBA Super Middleweight World
Title presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Matchroom Boxing. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” and Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle.” The event will take place Saturday, December 15 at Madison Square Garden in New York City and will be streamed live on DAZN.
Tickets for Canelo vs. Fielding are on sale and are priced at $1,000, $500, $300, $200, $150, $100, $75 and $50 plus applicable taxes, fees and services charges. Tickets can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008) and online at www.ticketmaster.comwww.goldenboytickets.com
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Canelo vs Fielding: Conferencia de Prensa desde El Madison Square Garden en Nueva York

Oct 17, 2018

Nueva York, NY -Conferencia de Prensa desde el Madison Square  Garden, para promocionar la pelea entre Canelo vs. Fielding a un combate de 12 asaltos por el cetro mundial supermediano AMB presentado por Golden Boy Promotions en asociación con Matchroom Boxing.

El evento es patrocinado por Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” y Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle.” El evento se efectuará el sábado 15 de diciembre en el Madison Square Garden de la Ciudad de Nueva York, Nueva York.

Canelo vs Fielding; Los boletos saldrán a la venta el miércoles 17 de octubre, a las 9:00 pm a las 9:00 p.m. PT.

Los boletos tienen un precio de $ 1,000, $ 500, $ 300, $ 200, $ 150, $ 100, $ 75 y $ 50 más aplicables
Impuestos, tasas y cargos por servicios. Los boletos se pueden comprar en el Madison Square Garden
Taquilla, todos los puntos de venta de Ticketmaster, Ticketmaster se cobra por teléfono (866-858-0008) y en línea en www.ticketmaster.com, www.goldenboytickets.com o www.MSG.com.

Canelo: Hace muchos años que quería venir a Nueva York, a pelear,  hoy estoy aquí; quiero brindarles una gran pelea a la afición de aquí de Nueva York, para mi  es un reto, es un reto nuevo subir de división, entrar a la zona de confort del campeón, sabemos el reto que tenemos enfrente pero nos vamos a preparar muy bien para entrar en la historia del boxeo mexicano, también por otra parte siempre he dicho que unas puertas se cierran, para abrirse otras mejores, estoy muy contento con la alianza que hicimos con DZ, muchas gracias, pero lo mas importante, dejen lo que voy a ganar; para mi lo mas importante, en lo que me enfoque es que la afición pueda ver un boxeo gratis, gracias a Golden Boy, gracias a mi familia, gracias a la afición, hacía mención.

Bereavision: Dos retos muy grandes, pelear en el Madison Square Garden y subir de peso que nos comentas al respecto?

Canelo: Siempre quise pelear en el madison, la verdad  me siento muy contento,son retos que gusta tomar porque?, porque asi me gusta que sea mi carrera, tomar riesgos y el estar aquí el MSG. Para mi es un honor, es una historia mas en mi carrera y me siento muy contento de estar aquí.

Bereavision: vimos un Canelo muy agresivo con  triple GGG vamos a ver un canelo diferente o el mismo?

Canelo: El mismo, el mismo  siempre puedo cambiar mi estilo el rival te da la pauta para cambiar los estilos  o improvisar dentro del cuadrilátero, pero mi estilo es ese y asi me veran siempre.

 

 

Bereavision/Nueva York
Fotos: David Calderon
Video: Manuel Mendieta

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THE FACE OF BOXING IS HEADED TO THE BIG APPLE! CANELO ALVAREZ TO MAKE NEW YORK CITY DEBUT AGAINST WBA SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION ROCKY FIELDING SATURDAY, DEC. 15 AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

Oct 15, 2018

 

Ticket information to be announced shortly!

Photo Credit: Golden Boy Promotions

NEW YORK (Oct. 8, 2018) – Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs), the universally recognized middleweight champion of the world and the veritable face of boxing, will make his New York City debut as he faces WBA Super Middleweight World Champion Rocky Fielding (27-1, 15 KOs) in a special 12-round super middleweight attraction on Saturday, Dec. 15 at Madison Square Garden. Additional details for the event, including ticket information, will be announced shortly.

Canelo, the 28-year-old native of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, is without a doubt boxing’s biggest star. After capturing two world titles and the lineal championship in the super welterweight division, Canelo moved up to middleweight to capture the WBC, Lineal and Ring Magazine World Titles with a unanimous decision victory against Miguel Cotto in November 2015.

Canelo has maintained his status as the lineal champion ever since. But after his historic win against Gennady “GGG” Golovkin in their highly anticipated rematch in September, Canelo captured the WBC, WBA and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Titles and established himself as the very best in the division.

Canelo will look to capture a world title in a third division against Fielding. “It has always been a desire of mine to fight in New York, and where better than at the Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden?” said Canelo Alvarez. “I look forward to exploring this 160-pound division against current WBA World Champion Rocky Fielding.

I will be representing the WBC as its current middleweight world champion as I continue demonstrating to the world that I am the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.” Fielding is a 31-year-old native of Liverpool, England who climbed the 168-pound rankings by fighting the toughest fighters in his native country.

Fielding has only suffered one loss in his career, against who would eventually be a world champion in Callum Smith. Since then, he has scored six victories in a row, including his career-best win against Tyron Zeuge to capture the WBA Super Middleweight World Title in July. Fielding will defend his title in what will be his United States debut.

“This is everything that I’ve ever dreamed of – fighting a pound-for-pound star at Madison Square Garden for my world title,” said Rocky Fielding. “I can really punch. Everyone knows that. Let’s see what happens on the night when I catch him clean. He’s [Canelo] stepping up in weight, and he’s not going to be a big super middleweight. I know how good he is, but we will come up with a plan to beat him.

I know I can catch him and put him to sleep.” “It was about time that the biggest star in boxing headed to Madison Square Garden,” said Oscar De La Hoya, CEO and Chairman of Golden Boy Promotions. “Nearly every great fighter has fought at this historic arena. Canelo is establishing a historic legacy, and I’m excited that fans in New York will be able to see this great talent in such a famed place for boxing.”

“This will be a huge night for Rocky Fielding, and one he couldn’t turn down – the chance to fight one of the biggest names of the sport in an iconic and historic venue in Madison Square Garden,” said Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing. “Although Rocky is the champion, we thank Golden Boy Promotions, Oscar De La Hoya and Eric Gomez for this wonderful opportunity.

New York can expect a Liverpool invasion on December 15 and a great atmosphere in the Big Apple.” Canelo vs. Fielding is a 12-round fight for WBA Super Middleweight World Title presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Matchroom Boxing.

The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” and Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle.” The event will take place Saturday, December 15 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.

For more information, visit www.goldenboypromotions.com and http://www.matchroomboxing.com. Follow on Twitter @GoldenBoyBoxing, @Canelo, @Rocky87Fielding, and @MatchRoomBoxing. Become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing, www.facebook.com/SaulCaneloAlvarez, and www.facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing. Follow on Instagram @GoldenBoyBoxing, @Canelo, @Rocky_Fielding and @MatchroomBoxing. Follow the conversation using #CaneloFielding

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El choque titular Crawford vs. Benavidez es personal

Oct 10, 2018

El choque titular Crawford vs. Benavidez es personal

Crawford defenderá su título mundial peso welter ante Benavidez
ESTE SÁBADO 13 de octubre en el CHI Health Center Omaha,
EN VIVO por ESPN y ESPN Deportes at 10:30 p.m. ET

OMAHA, Neb. (10 de octubre del 2018)— Terence Crawford está emocionado de estar de vuelta en Omaha, su amada ciudad natal y el lugar que ha sido escenario de muchos de sus mejores momentos. El hombre apodado “Bud” defenderá su título mundial peso welter de la Organización  Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) en la noche del sábado contra José Benavidez Jr. en el CHI Health Center Omaha (anteriormente CenturyLink Center), en vivo por ESPN y ESPN Deportes a partir de las 10:30 p.m. ET. Sus cuatro presentaciones en el CHI Health Center han atraído a cerca de 45,000 fanáticos, y el sábado se espera otra casa llena.

La animosidad a largo plazo entre Crawford y Benavidez se extendió hasta el día de entrenamiento de medios, cuando ambos peleadores y sus respectivos equipos intercambiaron golpes verbales.

La transmisión de ESPN también incluirá al medallista de plata olímpica para los Estados Unidos, y ahora prospecto de peso pluma Shakur Stevenson (8-0, 4 KOs) en una batalla a 10 asaltos contra el Viorel Simion (21-2, 9 KOs).

La acción comenzará por ESPN+ a las 7 p.m. ET y estarán en acción la sensación del boxeo femenino Mikaela Mayer (7-0, 4 KOs) contra Vanessa Bradford (4-0-2, 0 KOs) en una combate por el vacante título súper pluma de la NABF, el contendiente dominicano Carlos Adames (14-0, 11 KOs) contra Joshua Conley (14-2-1, 9 KOs) por el vacante título de peso súper welter de la NABF, el ex campeón mundial de 140 libras Mike Alvarado (39-4, 27 KOs) contra Robbie Cannon (16-13-3, 7 KOs), y el prospecto Steve Nelson (11-0, 9 KOs) de peso pesado ligero nacido en Omaha que se enfrentó a Oscar Riojas (17-10-1, 6 KOs).

Esto fue lo que dijeron los peleadores duante el entrenamiento de medios:

Terence “Bud” Crawford

Sobre la rivalidad con Benavidez

“Ha sido real desde el primer día, desde que se anunció la pelea. No ha sido nada más que real. Solo voy a salir a callarle la boca. Eso es todo.”

Sobre si Benavidez merece una oportunidad titular

“No, en absoluto. Pero ese no es el punto. El punto es que estamos aquí ahora, y estaremos peleando el sábado. Cuando llegueel sábado, todo lo que ha hablado se irá por la ventana. Una vez él sienta que mis golpes en su cabeza, ni siquiera sé si va a querer estar junto a mí en el ring.”

“Yo seguiré haciendo lo que he estado haciendo, y eso es ganar las peleas y lucir espectacular en cada pelea. Todo lo demás caerá en su lugar.”

José Benavidez Jr.

“Es hora de mostrar al mundo lo que puedo hacer. He estado esperando esto toda mi vida. Estoy aquí. Voy a tomar el control de esta ciudad y voy a tomar su cinturón. No tengo miedo.No veo nada especial en él. No sé por qué todos lo exageran tanto.”

Shakur Stevenson

Sobre si es un reto el cambio de rival a última hora

“Honestamente, no, porque vengo del boxeo aficionado y en esos torneos no sabía con quién estaría peleando. No creo que haya una diferencia.”

Sobre Simion como peleador

“Este es mi oponente más duro como profesional. Nunca he peleado contra un oponente con este tipo de récord. Vengo aquí, como siempre, para dar espectáculo.”

Sobre pelear en la co-estelar de ESPN

“Me encanta pelear en ESPN. Me encanta el hecho de poder pelear en la misma cartelera de Bud, y él es el evento principal y yo soy el co-estelar. Estoy listo para abrir el show.”

Mikaela Mayer

Sobre bajar a las 130 libras

“Me siento mucho más fuerte peleando en un peso más bajo. Me estoy descubriendo como atleta.”

Sobre el ajuste al boxeo profesional

“Desde mi primera pelea hasta ahora, veo una gran diferencia. Hay una gran diferencia entre los aficionados y los profesionales. Para cada oponente, mi equipo y yo observamos lo que hacen mejor y cómo podemos contrarrestarlo. No siento ninguna presión adicional porque esto es lo que quería. Iré allí y haré el trabajo.”

Mike Alvarado

“La última vez que estuve en acción en Nebraska fue en el 2017, tuve un buen nocaut. Estoy listo para hacerlo de nuevo. Desde ese momento hasta ahora, tengo un nuevo entrenador. He estado haciendo cosas nuevas en el entrenamiento. Para aplicar lo que he estado trabajando, realmente no tuve una oportunidad antes de la última pelea. Es bueno. Necesitaba algunos asaltos. Tenía algo de inactividad”.

Carlos Adames

“Estoy 100 por ciento recuperado de mi lesión en el pie y listo para mostrarles a los fanáticos que soy el futuro de la división de las 154 libras. Es un gran honor pelear en esta tarjeta, y quiero darles a los fanáticos en Omaha y a los que estarán viendo por ESPN+ un show increíble. Ellos verán quien es el ‘Caballo Bronco’.”

Los combates Crawford vs. Benavídez y Stevenson vs. Simion se transmitirán en vivo y exclusivamente por ESPN y ESPN Deportes a las 10:30 p.m. ET y las peleas preliminares del cartel serán transmitidas en vivo en los Estados Unidos a las 7 p.m. ET por ESPN+: el nuevo servicio de transmisión de suscripción multideporte, directo al consumidor del segmento Directo al Consumidor e Internacional de The Walt Disney Company en conjunto con ESPN.

Las taquillas restantes para este evento de campeonato mundial tienen un precio de $178, $103, $63 y $38, sin incluir las tarifas aplicables. Las entradas se pueden comprar en la taquilla de CHI Health Center Omaha, todos los puntos de venta de Ticketmaster, por teléfono al 800-745-3000, o en línea en ticketmaster.com.

Use el hashtag #CrawfordBenavidez para unirse a la conversación en las redes sociales.

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OSCAR ‘EL JAGUAR’ NEGRETE AND JOSHUA ‘THE PROFESSOR’ FRANCO BATTLE TO DRAW

Oct 5, 2018
OSCAR ‘EL JAGUAR’ NEGRETE AND JOSHUA ‘THE PROFESSOR’ FRANCO BATTLE TO DRAW IN MAIN EVENT OF GOL DEN BOY BOXING ON ESPN
DANIELITO ZORRILLA STOPS DAKOTA LINGER IN CO-MAIN EVENT FROM THE HANGAR AT THE OC FAIR & EVENT CENTER
Photo Credit: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
(ABOVE, L-R: Joshua Franco and Oscar Negrete fought to a split draw in the main event of 
Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN on Oct. 4 at the Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center)
COSTA MESA, Calif. (Oct. 4 , 2018): Oscar “El Jaguar” Negrete (18-1-1, 7 KOs) of Tierraalta, Colombia and Joshua “The Professor” Franco (14-1-1, 7 KOs) of San Antonio, Texas fought to a ten-round split draw in the main event of the Oct. 4 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN at the Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, Calif. Negrete retained his NABF Bantamweight Title in a hard-fought fight in which both men threw over 1,000 punches. Each fighter received a score of 96-94, while one judge scored it a 95-95, resulting in a split draw.
“It was a great fight, but I felt I won,” said Oscar Negrete. “He [Franco] threw a lot of punches, but I blocked most of them. To tell the truth, it made me uncomfortable when he threw a lot and then suddenly clinched. He’s very talented. I give him my respect. He is a warrior. It ended in a draw, but we’ll see if we get the rematch.”
“I can’t complain. It was a close fight,” said Joshua Franco. “I landed the better shots and hurt him with clean punches. He kept throwing and throwing, which is not what I expected, but I adjusted. I would love a rematch.”
In the co-main, Danielito Zorrilla (9-0, 8 KOs) of Toa Baja, Puerto Rico stopped Dakota Linger (10-1-2, 6 KOs) of Buckhannon, West Virginia at 2:59 of the third round of a super lightweight bout originally slated for eight rounds.
“I did well and fought calmly, like a professional,” said Danielito Zorrilla. “I was comfortable and worked well. I have to talk to my promoter to see what’s next, but I want to fight before the year ends.”
Jousce Gonzalez (8-0-1, 8 KOs) of Glendora, California and Ivan Delgado (12-1-2, 5 KOs) of South Central fought to a six-round majority draw in a super featherweight clash. One judge scored the fight 58-56 in favor of Delgado, which was overruled by two scores of 57-57.
“It was a good fight, but I won,” said Jousce Gonzalez. He’s a tough fighter, but I felt I landed more shots and controlled the fight at a distance.”
“I felt I did enough to win,” said Ivan Delgado. “He missed most shots, while landed harder and cleaner punches.”
Carlos Caraballo (9-0, 9 KOs) of Guayanilla, Puerto Rico defeated Felipe Rivas (17-22-4, 11 KOs) of Nogales, Mexico via KO at 1:47 of the sixth-round a bantamweight battle scheduled for six rounds.
“I did a good job and finished matters in the last round,” said Carlos Caraballo. “He did his job. He came out hard and he worked, but I did enough to make the referee end the fight.”
Negrete vs. Franco was a 10-round fight for the NABF Bantamweight Title presented by Golden Boy Promotions. The event was sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,”  Hennessy, “Never Stop, Never Settle,”and Venom. The event took place on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018 at The Hangar at The OC Fair and Event Center.
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UFC® RETURNS TO WOWOW WITH BIGGEST MMA EVENT OF THE YEAR

Oct 5, 2018

UFC® RETURNS TO WOWOW WITH BIGGEST MMA EVENT OF THE YEAR, UFC® 229: KHABIB vs. MCGREGOR

UFC and WOWOW sign new broadcast deal that will bring live events to fans in Japan

TOKYO, JAPAN – UFC® today confirmed that it will return to WOWOW, the Premium Pay TV network, the UFC’s original home in Japan.  Broadcast begins this week and kicks off with the biggest global Mixed Martial Arts event of the year, UFC® 229: KHABIB vs. MCGREGOR, presented by Harley-Davidson.  In the main event, UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov (26-0, fighting out of Dagestan, Russia) battles former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor (21-3, fighting out of Dublin, Ireland) which will be streamed live on WOWOW Members On-Demand on Sunday, October 7 starting at 11:00am JST.

“We are thrilled to continue our long-standing relationship with WOWOW, reuniting the most established Pay TV broadcaster in Japan, with the premier MMA promotion in the world,” said UFC Vice President APAC, Kevin Chang. “We’d like to welcome our loyal fans back with the biggest event in MMA history, UFC 229.”

In Japan, WOWOW will offer the exclusive live transmission of UFC’s Pay-Per-View (PPV) events, such as UFC 229.  UFC in conjunction with WOWOW will be providing fans in Japan a home to watch the most anticipated events of the year. Subscribers to the channel can watch the program live and later on VOD via WOWOW Members On-Demand and WOWOW.

UFC provides English-speaking fans around the world access to live events, fights on demand and original content through the dedicated OTT platform, UFC FIGHT PASS® .

“WOWOW UFC fans have been eagerly waiting the return of UFC to WOWOW. I would like to thank UFC on behalf of those loyal fans. Welcome back!” said WOWOW Inc. President, Akira Tanaka.

 

UFC’s commitment to the Asia-Pacific region is driving exponential brand growth with increases seen in fandom, live events and athletes as the organization continues its investment across the MMA ecosystem. This week UFC will also launch a dedicated podcast in Japan called, Who Is UFC. The new show will be hosted by MMA super fans Mitsunori Fukuda and Maki Nishiyama, each week the hosts will welcome a celebrity guest to talk about everything UFC. This week Fukuda-san and Maki-san will welcome MMA athlete and commentator, Kenji Osawa as their very first guest.  Fans can tune in via UFC’s digital platforms, for more information visit Facebook.com/UFC.jp, Line: @UFCJapan, Youtube.com/UFCJapan and Twitter: UFC_JP

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Devin Haney Now Ranked WBA #8, World Title Shot Right Around The Corner

Oct 5, 2018

DEVIN “THE DREAM” HANEY NOW WORLD RANKED #8 BY THE WBA, WORLD TITLE SHOT RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER

LAS VEGAS, NV (October 5, 2018) – Undefeated phenom, Devin “The Dream” Haney(20-0, 13 KOs), is making noise in the lightweight division as the 19-year-old fighter is now ranked #8 by the WBA after his 10-round unanimous decision win over Juan Carlos Burgos (33-3-2, 21 KOs) last Friday night on ShoBox: The Next Generation, broadcast worldwide by Showtime.
Haney, a blue-chip prospect, dominated the former three-time world title challenger Burgos in their recent clash. The impressive feat has many fans and media members alike clamoring for Haney to be in contention for a world title shot.
“I believe in my skill and speed, I am second to none,” said Haney. “I’m the next superstar in the sport. Right now, I am focused on each and every fight. The media and fans can bring up exciting fights for me to take or even mention my name amongst world champions, but the main goal for me is to focus on the fights presented in front of me.”
Haney, who is not just a world title contender, but also a promoter, who promoted his fight last Friday night on Showtime under his promotional banner, Devin Haney Promotions.
“I am doing things differently than others my age,” Haney continued. “I am a promoter and a world-class fighter, so it is important that I stay very focused. I’m knocking on the doorstep of a world title. My time is coming.”
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La revancha Sergey Kovalev vs. Eleider Alvarez

Sep 18, 2018

La revancha Sergey Kovalev vs. Eleider Alvarez Rematch llegará a ESPN a principios de 2019

El ex campeón de peso semipesado Kovalev
realizará su debut de Top Rank por ESPN

Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev y Eleider “Storm” Alvarez iluminaron el Boarwalk de Atlantic City en una batalla campal el mes pasado. Los dos renovarán su rivalidad a principios del próximo año en vivo en una función de Top Rank on ESPN como parte de una co-promoción con Main Event y Krusher Promotions, en asociación con Groupe Yvon Michel.

Alvarez derribó a Kovalev tres veces en el séptimo asalto y se anotó un nocaut técnico para capturar el título peso semipesado de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) en una sorpresa para el mundo del boxeo. Kovalev lideraba en las tarjetas de puntuación de los tres jueces en el momento del nocaut y espera retomar donde quedaron los primeros seis asaltos.

“Estamos muy contentos de unir fuerzas con Top Rank y ESPN por lo que esperamos sea otra pelea emocionante e histórica,” dijo Kathy Duva, CEO de Main Events. “Sergey claramente estaba ganando su primer combate con Álvarez cuando lo sorprendieron. Esas cosas suceden. Felicitaciones a Álvarez por su espectacular actuación, pero Sergey es un guerrero. Me hizo saber que está ansioso por vengar esta derrota lo antes posible. ¡Esperamos con ansias el nuevo año!”

“Traer esta revancha a los fanáticos del boxeo en ESPN es una excelente manera de comenzar el 2019,” dijo el presidente de Top Rank, Todd duBoef. “La división de peso semipesado está cargada, y tanto Kovalev como Álvarez tienen estilos favorables para los fanáticos que harán que suceda otra pelea emocionante.”

Burke Magnus, Vicepresidente Ejecutivo de Programación de ESPN, agregó: “Este ha sido un año emocionante para el boxeo en ESPN, y la revancha Kovalev-Álvarez es otro ejemplo del calibre de eventos de clase mundial que esperamos seguir mostrando en Top Rank on ESPN en el 2019.”

Kovalev (32-3-1, 28 KOs) se estableció como uno de los campeones de peso semipesado por excelencia de esta generación con nueve defensas de título en dos reinados de títulos mundiales. Primero ganó el título de la OMB en agosto del 2013, viajando a Gales y noqueando al campeón local Nathan Cleverly en el cuarto asalto. Se convirtió en el campeón unificado en noviembre de l2014 con una decisión dominante de 12 asaltos contra el futuro miembro del Salón de la Fama Bernard Hopkins y mejoró aún más su currículum con un par de victorias por nocaut contra el ex campeón de peso semipesado lineal Jean Pascal. Kovalev perdió el título por decisión controvertida ante Andre Ward en noviembre del 2016. Tras abandonar la revancha por nocaut técnico en el octavo asalto, Kovalev recuperó el título de la OMB con un nocaut técnico en el segundo asalto contra Vyacheslav Shabranskyy en noviembre del año pasado. Él defendió el título una vez antes de la primera pelea con Alvarez.

Álvarez (24-0, 12 KOs), un ex jugador amateur colombiano que reside en Montreal, es un profesional de nueve años con una lista de nombres de primera en su currículum, incluyendo: Kovalev, Pascal y ex campeón mundial de peso súper mediano Lucian Bute. El triunfo ante Kovalev es la victoria característica en su récord. En el 2019, Alvarez espera que sea una repetición en lugar de una venganza.

Utilize el hashtag #AlvarezKovalev para unirse a la conversación en las redes sociales.

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An Open Letter To Fight Fans from Oscar De La Hoya

Sep 18, 2018
An Open Letter To Fight Fans from Oscar De La Hoya
Dear Fight Fans,
On the night of Saturday, September 15, fans were set to be treated to what sports should be all about: the two best athletes in a sport squaring off against each other with the winner earning the title of the best in the business. This kind of an event – where an individual can be called the best in any sport – is truly rare.
Not only did the fight itself deliver all that was promised, against all kinds of pressure, Canelo Alvarez gave the performance of his lifetime to secure the unified middleweight championship of the world.
  • Unfairly criticized for not fighting “Mexican” enough in the first fight, he kept Gennady Golovkin on his heels all night, taking the action to the “boogeyman of boxing,” walking him down and controlling the pace.
  • Repeatedly ravaged for two positive drug tests that showed minor traces of clenbuterol – a common occurrence in Mexico due to the contamination of beef across the country – Canelo submitted to more than 20 drug tests in the lead up to the fight and passed them all with flying colors.
  • Saddled with a judge’s card of a year ago that he had nothing to do with; the pressure of millions of fans watching; and what many were describing as a must-win to stay relevant, Canelo delivered a near-flawless fight.
And yet…
It wouldn’t be boxing if thousands of keyboard warriors weren’t talking (or tweeting) complete nonsense in the hours and days after Canelo began to cement his legacy as an all-time great fighter.
Many have told me to ignore the haters; that I’ll never win. But, while I know I won’t convince many of them, allowing them to even partly soil what was a certain Fight of the Year; a mega-event seen by millions of people; and a virtuoso performance by boxing’s marquis fighter would do a disservice to the sport I love.
So allow me to respond to a few of the more absurd comments:
Golden Boy paid the judges to fix the fight. 
Though I don’t think this deserves response, here are the facts: The three judges were chosen by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Given the result of the first fight, NSAC was under a lot of scrutiny to come up with the fairest group of judges possible. For the first time I know of, Golden Boy Promotions and Team GGG were even allowed to approve a pool of judges. They saw what everyone else did; a close, competitive fight and scored it exactly that way.
Golovkin landed more punches and therefore should have won the fight.
If landed punches were the difference between winning or losing a boxing match, we would have an incredibly different and less interesting sport. Clean punching, ring generalship, effective aggressiveness and defense are what the judges are looking for in determining the winner of a round. I’m obviously a promoter, but in the four areas that actually count in judging, I can’t find one where GGG was the victor.
Tom Loeffler’s statement that he doesn’t know if Golvokin can win a decision in Las Vegas.
Perhaps Tom is just looking to make GGG feel better, but regardless this is maybe the most disappointing comment, because it comes from someone who knows the sport. Of course, GGG can win a decision in Las Vegas. But 22,000 people aren’t going to crowd into the T-Mobile Arena to watch Golovkin fight and blast out the likes of Dominic Wade, Willie Monroe, Jr., or Vanes Martirosyan. He is going to need to fight a higher level of competition – and then fight better than that opponent – to earn a victory in the mecca of boxing.
Boxing is a wonderful sport that is coming back thanks to streaming technology and growing international interest. But, it is a sport that also faces competition, not only from the outside in the form of other, more-widely watched leagues, but from inside where the fractured nature of boxing has made it tougher and tougher for the best to face the best.
Just look at celebrity row to see how special Saturday night was. There, another best-in-sport athlete, Lebron James, joined by Will Smith, Mark Wahlberg and a huge group of other A-list celebrities to witness something special.
While everyone is entitled to his or her opinion (especially in boxing), let’s take a moment to appreciate what Canelo and GGG gave us on Saturday night and work towards doing it more often for the sake of the sport we all love so much.

 

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KHABIB VS. MCGREGOR IN NEW YORK’S TIMES SQUARE

Sep 18, 2018

UFC® TO HOST FAN VIEWING PARTY

FOR KHABIB VS. MCGREGOR PRESS CONFERENCE

IN NEW YORK’S TIMES SQUARE

 

Thursday, Sept. 20 – 5 p.m. ET

 

Las Vegas – The world will be watching on Thursday, Sept. 20 when UFC® lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov (26-0, fighting out of Dagestan, Russia) and two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor (21-3, fighting out of Dublin, Ireland) come face to face for the first time at the UFC® 229: KHABIB vs. MCGREGOR press conference, presented by AutoZone®.

While the press conference is closed to the public, UFC announces today an exclusive opportunity for fans to watch the event live in the heart of New York’s Times Square on Silvercast’s digital spectacular known as “Mega-Zilla.” UFC fans will have the ability to watch the highly-anticipated press conference from a full block on Broadway between 45th and 46th streets on the world’s largest TV screen.

Fans in the New York area are encouraged to watch the press conference in Times Square and show their support for their favorite athlete. The live stream telecast will be captioned so fans won’t miss a word as they enjoy a viewing party unlike any other.        

Visit the UFC® Press Portal for information and content to support your UFC coverage.

UFC® 229: KHABIB vs. McGREGOR, presented by Harley Davidson®, will be available live on Pay-Per-View on Saturday, October 6 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT onUFC.TV, iN DEMAND, DirecTV, DISH Network, Vubiquity, and in Canada on BellTV, Rogers, Shaw Communications, Sasktel, and Canal Indigo for a suggested retail price of $54.99 US/CAN for Standard Definition and $64.99 US/CAN for High-Definition.

 

About UFC®

UFC® is a premium global sports brand and the largest Pay-Per-View event provider in the world. Celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2018, UFC boasts more than 284 million fans worldwide and has produced over 440 events in 22 countries since its inception in 1993. Acquired in 2016 by global sports, entertainment and fashion leader Endeavor (formerly WME | IMG), together with strategic partners Silver Lake Partners and KKR, UFC is headquartered in Las Vegas with a network of employees around the world. UFC produces more than 40 live events annually that consistently sell out some of the most prestigious arenas around the globe, while programming is broadcast in over 160 countries and territories to 1.1 billion TV households worldwide in 40 different languages. UFC FIGHT PASS®, a digital subscription service, delivers exclusive live events, thousands of fights on-demand and original content to fans around the world. For more information, visitUFC.com and follow UFC at Facebook.com/UFC, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram: @UFC.

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