UFC 245 HEADLINED BY THREE MASSIVE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHTS

Oct 15, 2019

UFC® 245 HEADLINED BY THREE MASSIVE

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHTS IN LAS VEGAS

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(C) KAMARU USMAN vs. (#2) COLBY COVINGTON

(C) MAX HOLLOWAY vs. (#1) ALEXANDER VOLKANOVSKI

(C) AMANDA NUNES vs. (#1) GERMAINE DE RANDAMIE

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PRELIMINARY FIGHTS LIVE ON ESPN2 AND ESPN DEPORTES

Las Vegas – UFC®’s final Pay-Per-View event of 2019 will feature three blockbuster world championship bouts. In a highly anticipated welterweight championship grudge match, Kamaru Usman defends against No. 2 ranked contender Colby Covington. Featherweight champion and No. 7 ranked pound-for-pound fighter Max Holloway will go for his fourth successful defense against powerhouse No. 1 contender Alexander Volkanovski. Women’s bantamweight and featherweight champion, as well as No. 5 ranked pound-for-pound fighter, Amanda Nunes looks to continue building her historic legacy as she puts her 135-pound belt on the line in a rematch with former women’s featherweight titleholder and No. 1 ranked bantamweight Germaine de Randamie.

UFC® 245: USMAN vs. COVINGTON will take place Saturday, Dec. 14 at T-Mobile Arena and will stream live nationally 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 March and continuing through 2025.

As UFC® 245: USMAN vs. COVINGTON approaches, fans will be able to purchase itonline 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 ESPN2 and on ESPN Deportes (in Spanish) starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT with the early prelims simulcast on UFC Fight Pass and ESPN+ at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT.

Winner of The Ultimate Fighter season 21, Usman (15-1, fighting out of Dallas, Tx. by way of Auchi, Nigeria) is unbeaten since joining the UFC roster in 2015. He ascended the 170-pound ranks with impressive wins against Rafael Dos Anjos, Demian Maia and Leon Edwards, and his last outing saw him dominate Tyron Woodley to capture the welterweight championship in March. Usman now looks to take out his most heated rival to earn his first successful title defense.

Former UFC interim welterweight champion Covington (15-1, fighting out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) is poised to prove he’s the best in the world at 170 pounds. Currently riding a seven-fight win streak, the NCAA Division I All-American wrestler has netted big victories over Dos Anjos, Maia and Dong Hyun Kim, but Covington secured his most impressive win to date in his last outing against former champion Robbie Lawler in August. He now aims to settle the score with Usman and take home the welterweight championship.

Among the most dominant champions on the UFC roster, Holloway (21-4, fighting out of Waianae, Hawaii) has beaten the who’s who of the featherweight division. Over the course of his career, he’s scored dominant wins over former UFC title holders Frankie Edgar, Jose Aldo (twice) and Anthony Pettis, as well as top contender Brian Ortega. The Hawaiian now looks to take out one of the division’s most dangerous contenders for his fourth successful title defense.

Unbeaten for over six years, Volkanovski (20-1, fighting out of Windang, New South Wales, Australia) aims to be the next Australian athlete to capture a world championship. The former rugby player has been on a tear since joining the UFC roster in late 2016, securing impressive victories over Aldo, Chad Mendes, Darren Elkins, Jeremy Kennedy and Mizuto Hirota. Volkanovski now has his sights on dethroning Holloway to hand the Hawaiian his first featherweight loss since 2013.

The greatest women’s fighter in mixed martial arts history, Nunes (18-4, fighting out of Coral Springs, Fla. by way of Bahia, Brazil) won her first encounter with De Randamie via TKO in 2013. Her resume also includes first-round stoppage wins over former bantamweight champions Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate and Holly Holm. Nunes also became the first female two-division titleholder in UFC history last December with a 51-second KO victory against Cris Cyborg. She now hopes to etch her fifth bantamweight title defense in dominant fashion.

Former UFC featherweight champion De Randamie (9-3, fighting out of Utrecht, The Netherlands) is gunning for a measure of revenge against Nunes. Since that loss, she has won five straight with dominant victories over Raquel Pennington, Holly Holm and Larissa Pacheco. In July, De Randamie delivered a spectacular 16-second TKO win against Aspen Ladd. She now aims to become the second woman to win UFC championships in two divisions by handing Nunes her first loss in over five years.

Additional bouts on the card include:

  • Perennial fan favorite Matt Brown (23-16, fighting out of Denver, Colo.) returns against dangerous Ben Saunders (22-12, fighting out of Orlando, Fla.) in an exciting welterweight bout
  • Recent flyweight title challenger and No. 2 ranked contender Jessica Eye (14-7, fighting out of Cleveland, Oh.) takes on rising No. 6 Viviane Araujo (8-1, fighting out of Brasilia, Brazil)
  • In a clash of flyweight contenders, No. 6 ranked Brandon Moreno (14-5-1, fighting out of Tijuana, Mexico) faces No. 7 Kai Kara France (20-7-1, fighting out of Auckland, New Zealand)
  • Undefeated Dana White’s Contender Series signee Punahele Soriano (6-0, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.) debuts against Oskar Piechota (11-2-1, fighting out of Gdynia, Poland)

For the latest information on additional bouts for this event, please visit www.ufc.com. All bouts live and subject to change.

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DEONTAY WILDER VS. LUIS ORTIZ II & LEO SANTA CRUZ VS. MIGUEL FLORES

Oct 1, 2019

Deontay Wilder Defends His WBC Heavyweight Title in Highly Anticipated Rematch Against Luis Ortiz on FOX SportsPBC Pay-Per-View Saturday, November 23 at theMGM Grand Garden Arena in Las VegasThree-Division Champion Leo Santa Cruz Seeks Title in Fourth Division When He Battles Miguel Flores for the WBA Super Featherweight Championship in Co-Main Event

Photos from Sean Michael Ham/Mayweather Promotions


LOS ANGELES (September 30, 2019) – WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder and hard-hitting Cuban slugger Luis “King Kong” Ortiz went face to face on Saturday at a press conference to officially announce their highly anticipated rematch that headlines a FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View Saturday, November 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Also squaring off at Saturday’s event in Los Angeles were three-division champion and current WBA Featherweight Champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz and exciting contender Miguel “El Michoacan” Flores, who meet for the WBA Super Featherweight Championship in the co-main event of pay-per-view action that begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. WATCH THE FULL PRESS CONFERENCE HEREClick HERE to see Wilder’s breakdown of the rematch against Ortiz Tickets for the event, which is promoted by BombZquad Promotions, TGB Promotions and Mayweather Promotions, are on sale now and can be purchased at www.mgmgrand.com or www.axs.com. Here is what the fighters had to say Saturday from the Lexus Club at STAPLES Center: DEONTAY WILDER “Here we go again. The only way for there to be a rematch was for there to be an exciting first fight. When I first met this man in the ring, it was amazing and inspiring to go up against such a skillful fighter. It was such a great experience for me and an honor for me to face him. “That first fight was a test for me to show me where my skill level was in the heavyweight division. He was the bogeyman in the heavyweight division for a reason. To this day, they still don’t fight him for a reason. “I’m the best in the world. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I believe in that and I’ve proven that. I’ve proved so many people wrong and I still have to do it. That gives me the motivation and the will to keep going. “I created a bond with Ortiz fighting the first time because of our daughters. We were two fathers in the ring who had to battle it out for our families. There’s no better feeling than going for war against another gladiator. “There wasn’t really anything that I learned about myself in the first fight, but it was confirmation of something I had already known. I know what I can do and I believe in myself. I didn’t feel like I was proving anything to myself, it was just proving it to others. “We’re passionate about this and we want to give the fans the best fight possible. We will do that again because I never leave you without having a great time and giving you excitement. If you’ve never seen a boxing match before, I’m the person to come see. If you want to see excitement, this is the fight to be at. This is the fight to order. “I’m a true champion. A true champion can walk it like he talks it, and I walk it like I talk it every time. On November 23 I expect to see everyone there or ordering it on pay-per-view, because I can’t wait.” LUIS ORTIZ “I’m very happy to have this opportunity at the rematch. Wilder had the courage to take the rematch and that’s a big part of why this is happening. I’m excited for this fight and I’m going to make the most of it. “There are no excuses from me. The first fight is over. Now we’re on to this fight. I’m going to get the victory. There are things that are being done differently, but it will all be decided in the ring. “I’m focused on this fight and only this fight. I’m not a man of many words, but the opportunity is here and it was destined to be. Here we go. “A warrior doesn’t abandon his mission. My mission is to become world champion. I’ve trained very hard since my loss and it will all culminate on November 23. “I won’t make the same mistake this time like I made in the last fight. I’m going to be more prepared, more aggressive and have more of everything. I’m taking it all up a level. “There was no reason for me not winning the first fight, it just is what it is. We knew that one of us was going to get knocked out. I have that same sentiment for the rematch. This fight is not going 12 rounds. “I want November 23 to get here sooner than later. I’m ready to step into the ring and do the job and become heavyweight world champion.” LEO SANTA CRUZ “I work hard for every fight and it’s going to be the same for this fight. This opportunity came to fight for the 130-pound title and I’m excited to fight for it. I want to become a four-division world champion. “I’m going to see how I feel at 130. If I’m strong I definitely feel like I will have more fights there. My goal right now is to win this world title. That’s what I’m focused on. “I’m very happy and excited to have this opportunity to become a four-division world champion. My goal when I began boxing was just to become a world champion. To go for a fourth time is an even bigger dream. “Miguel Flores is a tough fighter and I don’t underestimate him. I know it’s going to be a hard fight. He’s going to come with everything he has. It’s the opportunity of his lifetime. “I’m really motivated like this is my first world title. This is something big for me. It will help me be remembered as one of the best Mexican fighters and that’s my goal. “Most importantly, we’re going to give the fans a great show on fight night. To be the co-main event for Deontay Wilder is amazing. He always gives a great show, but my job is to give everyone even more excitement.” MIGUEL FLORES “They say you don’t get second chances in life, but I am getting that and I’m very grateful. Everything happens for a reason. This fight was meant to happen and I plan to take full advantage of it. “Being at 130 or 126 doesn’t make a difference to me when fighting Leo, it’s still the same guy. He started his career at 118 anyway and I’ve had it in my brain for so long about how I’m going to beat him. “The strategy is to outdo him in anything. Outsmart him, out hustle him and just be able to do it all. He does everything well and he’s a veteran. I know he has tricks under his sleeve, but we need to be ready for that and have something ready to go back at him. “This is an even bigger scene being the co-main event to the heavyweight championship of the world in Las Vegas. Everything has worked out perfect for me. That wasn’t my mentality when the injury happened, but now it all makes sense. “I want to be able to be the guy. By beating Leo, I become the guy. It’s both of our jobs to turn everyone into believers. After this fight, everyone is going to know this was a great fight. “Our focus is on Leo Santa Cruz. November 23 is all that’s on my mind. A lot of people don’t know how good my boxing skills are and how crafty I can be in the ring. They’re going to be in for a surprise.”

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Don King Signs #1 Cruiserweight Makabu, Attends Bush Gala

Oct 1, 2019

DON KING, WORLD’S GREATEST BOXING PROMOTERSIGNS WBC NO. 1 RANKED CRUISERWEIGHTILUNGA “JUNIOR” MAKABU
Stars Aligned for 5 World Championship BoutsDon King Attends GHW Bush Thousand Points of Light Galahonoring the legacy of George H W Bush

Deerfield Beach, Florida, September 30, 2019 — Ilunga Makabu 26-2, 24 KOs, born in Kananga, Democratic Republic Of The Congo, now residing in Johannesburg, South Africa is the current World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver Cruiserweight Champion and is ranked No. 1 ranked by the WBC in the cruiserweight division.
“Signing with Don King is the beginning of a new chapter,” said Makabu. “A dream that I have had my entire life can now be fulfilled – fighting for the world title in my own country and becoming world champion in the Congo.”
“I have traveled from France, and Makabu from the Congo, to meet here in Florida with Don King,” said co-manager Tarik Saadi. “I have matched the greatest fighter in the world with the greatest promoter in the world and today, together, we sign for the future of Junior Makabu..”
“It has been a pleasure to work with Tarik in the past four weeks to bring this all together,” said advisor Lee Holiday.  “To get the deal signed is certainly a great achievement. I look forward to working with this team and working with Junior Makabu and making him the world champion.”
“I am extremely excited to sign the future WBC Cruiserweight Champion,” said Hall of Fame Promoter Don King. “It is perfect timing as I have been speaking with Ferdinand Luyoyo, the President of the Boxing Federation of the Democratic Republic of Congo, about putting a fantastic card together to celebrate the anniversary of ‘The Rumble in the Jungle.’ It was 45 years ago when the greatest of all times, THE LEGENDARY MUHAMMAD ALI AND THE GIANT, STRONG MAN OF BOXING, THE HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE WORLD, GEORGE FOREMAN had that great, legendary fight in Kinshasa, Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of Congo – ‘A Salute to Greatness for The Pursuit of World Peace’ featuring the WBA Heavyweight championship bout”.
“We want to revitalize the sport and bring some new blood onto the scene and to do a card with the World Boxing Association cruiserweight champion Beibut Shumenov, the WBC world cruiserweight title fight with Ilunga Makabu and a couple additional world title fights. General Ferdinand Luyoyo is going to set up a meeting with the President of the DRC, Felix Tshisekedi and we are hoping to put a show there before the end of the year with five world championship bouts, one featuring the Iron Lady of Nigeria, Helen Joseph.”
And on Thursday In New York . . .
“I was in New York City Thursday to celebrate the legacy of George Herbert Walker Bush at The George H.W. Bush Points of Light Awards Gala at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. 
George H W Bush was a man of the people and was always looking to help somebody else. I feel honored to work with the Bush family and I am deeply appreciative to be a part of and to be able to contribute to the Thousand Points of Light. It was also a great honor for me to greet and meet Honorable Jesse Jackson and former President William Jefferson Clinton (Bill). We all got a chance to take photos and promote love and peace together. It was all about learning to help and to love each other instead of being taught to hate each other with disdain and with superior and inferior classes of people which  denigrates humanity and promotes hatred and divisiveness. 
Thousand Points of Light honored Garth Brookes, one of my favorite country singers,  with the “Man of the Year” award. The Beach Boys performed live and the great Dr. Love (Michael Love) told me he was 78-years old and I told him “I got you by ten years.” It was all about unity, solidarity and togetherness. I love the Bush family and  they represent what America should be in democracy. A great lady, wonderful mother and a fantastic First Lady Barbara Bush, and a great American, a tried, a tested and true American patriot, former President George HW Bush and together, Barbara Pierce Bush and George H W Bush set the tone for family, love and togetherness… signaling for a better America.

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Jamel Herring-Lamont Roach Tickets @ Fresno’s Chukchansi Park On Sale Now

Oct 1, 2019

November 9: Jamel Herring-Lamont Roach Jr. Tickets at Fresno’s Chukchansi Park On Sale Now

Tickets start at $29 for junior lightweight world title showdown

Stockton’s undefeated sensation Gabriel Flores Jr. to appear on the undercard

FRESNO, Calif. (Sept. 30, 2019) — Tickets for Jamel “Semper Fi” Herring’s WBO junior lightweight title defense against No. 1 contender Lamont Roach Jr. — Saturday, Nov. 9 under the lights at Chukchansi Park — are on sale now.

Herring is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served two tours of duty in Iraq, and this card is a celebration of both Veterans Day and the Marine Corps Birthday (Nov. 10).

Gabriel Flores Jr. (15-0, 6 KOs), the undefeated 19-year-old lightweight sensation from Stockton, California, is set to appear on the undercard.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Golden Boy, tickets are priced at $200, $96, $46 and $29 (not including applicable fees). Tickets can be purchased by visiting mpv.tickets.com, charge by phone at 559.320.TIXS (8497) or at the Chukchansi Park box office (open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m PT to 5 p.m. PT). In honor of Veterans Day and the Marine Corps Birthday, any active or retired service members will receive up to four free tickets to the event by presenting their military ID at the Chukchansi Park box office (while supplies last).

Herring (20-2, 10 KOs) won the title May 25 on Memorial Day Weekend with an upset decision victory over reigning champion Masayuki ito. A 2012 U.S. Olympian, Herring fought in Fresno last September, as a group of retired and active Marines lined the Save Mart Center walkway as he made his way to the ring. Roach (19-0-1, 7 KOs), the WBO No. 1 contender, has won three in a row since the only blemish on his record, an April 2018 draw against Orlando Cruz.

Herring-Roach and a co-feature will stream live beginning at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on ESPN+, the leading multi-sport streaming service. The undercard will stream on ESPN+ starting at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT.

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Atlanta Result – Undefeated Carlos Monroe Defends Title

Oct 1, 2019
UNDEFEATED HOMETOWN BOXER CARLOS MONROEDEFENDS TITLE SATURDAY IN SPLIT DECISION WINAT ATLANTA’S BUCKHEAD THEATER


Photo Credit, David Martin-Warr
photos and scorecard


Atlanta, GA – September 29, 2019 — On Saturday, September 28 at Buckhead Theater in Atlanta, World Boxing Association Fedalatin Champion Carlos Monroe, in his biggest fight “to date,” successfully defended former world title challenger Javier Francisco Maciel.  


Proceeds from the event went to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta.


Carlos Monroe (17-0, 13 KOs) was born in Chicago and moved to Atlanta age 3. As an amateur he won NINE consecutive Georgia State Golden Gloves tournaments. He also was two-time Florida State Golden Gloves champion. “Every year I competed n the state Golden Gloves, I won,” stated Carlos. In the 2015 Olympic trials, even though Carlos won his final bout, he was unable to fight further due to a major cut from an accidental head butt.


Monroe, coached by trainer of world champions Stacie McKinley, made his professional debut on December 16, 2017 and had ten fights in 2018, and this will be his sixth this year. “This is my biggest fight, to date,” said Carlos. “ I have been training in Pompano Beach, Florida, with a lot of sparring partners with different styles, so I am good about making adjustments on the fly. I don’t feel any threats in the ring. Javier is a game opponent and fought a few big names. He comes forward and is a pressure fighter, and I like that.” Monroe likes to work the body and “most of my stoppages have come from body shots.” Carlos lives about twenty minutes outside of Atlanta and will have many family and friends at the fight.


“Carlos is very smart, listens well and is a hard worker,” said McKinley, who has trained Mike Tyson and numerous middleweight world champions. “He has unusual hand speed, and power at the same time. This fight was a step up for him and after that, there will be another step up. I have big plans for him. He leaves home and comes here for to train, has a fight, goes home for week then comes back for another six to eight weeks. He is not just training boxing, he is living boxing and that’s what you need to do to become great. He has a young daughter now and a wonderful promoter, Judy Starkey, who has invested a lot in Carlos to provide for him what he needs to be successful.”


Javier Francisco Maciel (33-9, 23 KOs) from Buenos Aires, Argentina, has fought for the World Boxing Association world middleweight championship and has won numerous regional titles. Maciel has fought world champion Dmitry Pirog and world title challengers Willie Monroe Jr., Francisco Antonio Mora.


“We are so thankful to partners like this that support the nearly 3,000 kids that attend our Clubs each day and help them reach their full potential,” said Missy Dugan, CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta. “Through sports, youth build skills that will serve them now and throughout their lives including self-confidence, good sportsmanship, discipline, and an appreciation of healthy living and exercise.” Kids from several local Clubs will attend. Event organizers are Judy Starkey, an accomplished Atlanta businesswoman and Harry Barnett, who has been involved in boxing for over sixty years as a boxer, manager and promoter.
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Bellator: Budd vs. Cyborg Coming to the Forum January 25

Oct 1, 2019

HIGHLY ANTICIPATED BELLATOR FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP SUPERFIGHT BETWEEN JULIA BUDD AND CRIS ‘CYBORG’ IS OFFICIAL

MATCHUP SET FOR JANUARY 25 AT THE FORUM IN LOS ANGELES

TICKETS ON SALE NEXT FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4

LOS ANGELES – Bellator is set to deliver one of the most anticipated bouts in the history of women’s MMA on Saturday, January 25 at the “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood, Calif. when reigning champ Julia Budd (13-2) defends her world featherweight title against Cris “Cyborg” (21-2, 1 NC) in the main event. Tickets for Bellator: Budd vs. Cyborg go on sale to the general public Friday, Oct. 4 at 10 a.m. PT and can be purchased at the Forum box office, as well as Bellator.com and Ticketmaster.com. A special presale is scheduled to take place Wednesday, Oct. 2 through Thursday, Oct. 3 using code “BELLATOR” upon purchase. Bellator: Budd vs. Cyborg will stream live exclusively on DAZN at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT, while preliminary action will stream on Bellator.comDAZN and globally on the Bellator Mobile App. Additional bouts will be announced in the coming weeks. Fighting out of Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada, Budd will enter the Bellator cage in January for the fourth time since claiming the inaugural Bellator women’s featherweight world title in 2017. Currently riding a winning streak of 11 bouts, including seven straight fights since joining forces with Bellator in 2015, “The Jewel” has her eyes set on a fourth consecutive world title defense when she finally has the opportunity to challenge “Cyborg.” Since knocking off Dutch legend Marloes Coenen for the 145-pound strap at Bellator 174, the Gibson MMA-product has since collected victories over top contenders Olga RubinArlene Blencowe and Talita Nogueira. With seven of her 13 career wins coming by way of knockout or submission, the former kickboxing standout will look to derail the Bellator debut of “Cyborg.” On the heels of signing the largest contract in women’s MMA history, Cris “Cyborg” will enter the Bellator cage for the first time on January 25, with the opportunity to lay claim to Bellator gold. Just like her upcoming opponent, “Cyborg” too was an inaugural champion, winning the inaugural Strikeforce Featherweight Championship in 2009 after defeating Gina Carano. The 34-year-old Curitiba, Brazil-native’s Bellator tenure follows a three-year run in UFC,  multiple world title and a 20-fight unbeaten streak that includes notable victories against Holly Holm, Tonya Evinger, Marloes Coenen and Leslie SmithUpdated Bellator: Budd vs. Cyborg Fight Card:Featherweight World Title Bout: Julia Budd (13-2) vs. Cris “Cyborg” (21-2, 1 NC)

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JOSEPH DIAZ JR. DEFENDS WBA GOLD SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE WITH MAJORITY DECISION WIN AGAINST JESUS ‘ESCOPETA’

Sep 25, 2019

JOSEPH DIAZ JR. DEFENDS WBA GOLD SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE WITH MAJORITY DECISION WIN AGAINST JESUS ‘ESCOPETA’ CUADRO IN MAIN EVENT OF GOLDEN BOY FIGHT NIGHT ON FACEBOOK WATCHLEONARDO ‘LEON’ BAEZ COMES FROM BEHIND TO RETAIN REGIONALTITLE AGAINST EDIXON ‘EL CABEZON’ PEREZ BEFORE HOMETOWN CROWDSATURDAY, SEPT. 21, 2019 AT THE AUDITORIO DEL ESTADO IN MEXICALI, MEXICO

(ABOVE: Joseph Diaz Jr. raises his hands in victory after defeating Jesus Cuadro on the Sept. 21 edition of Golden Boy Fight Night on Facebook Watch in Mexicali, Mexico)

Photo Credit: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden BoyMEXICALI, MEXICO

(Sept. 21, 2019): Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr. (30-1, 15 KOs) of South El Monte, Calif. defending his WBA Gold Super Featherweight Title with a majority decision win against Venezuelan contender Jesus “Escopeta” Cuadro (18-5, 14 KOs) in the main event of the Sept. 21 edition of Golden Boy Fight Night on Facebook Watch at The Auditorio del Estado in Mexicali, Mexico. Diaz Jr. won with scores of 116-112 and 115-113, while one judge had it a 114-114 draw. The fight was streamed live globally on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page
“This was my first time fighting in Mexicali, and I want to thank everyone for the support,” said Joseph Diaz Jr. “This was a good test and a warmup for the next one. I hurt my left hand early in the fight by hitting Cuadro in the elbow. That’s why I didn’t want to take too many risks and make things worse. Either way, I still showed that I’m a fighter who can box, attack and defend. Now, I want Tevin Farmer. Let’s get the show on the road. Whether in November or December, let’s do it.”
“I think a draw would have been valid,” said Jesus Cuadro. “Diaz Jr. is strong, hits hard and fights really well at half distance. But I landed a lot of punches as well and he decreased his output for a bit in the fight. It was a very close fight.” In the co-main event, a local star was born as Leonardo “Leon” Baez (16-2, 9 KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico recovered from a first-round knockdown to defend his NABA Super Bantamweight Title against Edixon Perez (19-4, 14 KOs) of Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela via 10-round unanimous decision. Baez retained his titles with scores of 97-83, 96-92 and 96-92.
“He was a very strong opponent, but we prepared well,” said Leonardo Baez. “I felt I landed the stronger and cleaner punches, which is why I got the victory. I couldn’t breathe after I got the cut, but I was able to continue due to my toughness.” Jan “Nito” Salvatierra (3-0, 1 KO) of Los Cabos, Mexico scored a dominant four-round unanimous decision win against Juan Borja (0-2) of La Paz, Mexico in a flyweight battle. Salvatierra won with three scores of 40-36. “It was a clear victory,” said Jan Salvatierra. “There are some things I have to work on. I need to pressure more and throw combinations. But overall it was a good victory.” Angel Beltran (5-0, 4 KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico defeated Dilan Loza (15-3, 9 KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico via eight-round unanimous decision in a super welterweight fight. Beltran won with three scores of 77-75. “I feel I did well. I was boxing in this fight,” said Angel Beltran. “I did not fall into his game plan of brawling. I did brawl in certain moments, but I landed the better shots when we exchanged. My plans right now are to keep training hard for the next opportunity that may come.”  Diaz Jr. vs. Cuadro was a 12-round fight for the WBA Gold Super Featherweight Title presented by Golden Boy. The event was sponsored by Tecate “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING.” The event took place on Saturday, Sept. 21 at The Auditorio del Estado in Mexicali, Mexico. The fights were streamed live globally on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page.

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JOSEPH DIAZ JR. VS. JESUS CUADRO UNDERCARD PRESS CONFERENCE

Sep 20, 2019

JOSEPH DIAZ JR. VS. JESUS CUADRO UNDERCARD PRESS CONFERENCEQUOTES, PHOTOS AND VIDEOS

 LEONARDO ‘LEON’ BAEZ SIGNS PROMOTIONAL AGREEMENT WITH GOLDEN BOY AHEAD OF CO-MAIN EVENT AGAINST EDIXON ‘EL CABEZON’ PEREZ

 SATURDAY, SEPT. 21, 2019 AT THE AUDITORIO DEL ESTADO EN MEXICALI, MEXICO STREAMED LIVE ON FACEBOOK WATCH

(ABOVE: Leonardo Baez and Edixon Perez pose for the media at today’s final press conference 
ahead of their Sept. 21 fight at the Auditorio del Estado in Mexicali, Mexico)



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Photo Credit: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

MEXICALI, MEXICO (Sept. 19, 2019): Fighters from the Diaz Jr. vs. Cuadro undercard hosted a final press conference today at the Lucerna Hotel in Mexicali, Mexico ahead of the Sept. 21 edition of Golden Boy Fight Night on Facebook Watch. The undercard is led by the co-main event between hometown favorite Leonardo “El Leon” Baez (16-2, 9 KOs), who announced his signing with Golden Boy, taking on Venezuelan contender Edixon Perez (19-4, 4 KOs) in a 10-round defense of his NABA Super Bantamweight Title. This Saturday’s fights will take place at the Auditorio del Estado in Mexicali, Mexico and will be streamed live globally on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page.
 
Below is what today’s participants had to say at the press conference:
 
LEONARDO BAEZ, NABA Super Bantamweight Champion:
 
“I’m very prepared. This fight is very important for me because I’ll be fighting right here in my hometown of Mexicali. I want to thank Golden Boy for taking this card here to my home to make the first defense of my NABA title. I’m happy, I’m motivated, and I’m prepared. ¡Arriba Mexicali!”
 
EDIXON PEREZ, Super Bantamweight Contender:
 
“I know this will be a tough fight. But I have come very well prepared. I’ve come to give a great rival against Baez on Sept. 21. I invite everyone to come out and watch this fight because I’m coming very well prepared.”
 
JESUS CUARDO, Super Featherweight Contender:
 
“I hope we have a great fight this Saturday. They may think I’m a trampoline. They may think they can use me as a stepping stone. But that’s not how things are going to go. I came to win this fight. If I lose this fight, it will be the last thing I do in my career.”
 
ANGEL BELTRAN, Welterweight Contender:
 
“We are very prepared for this fight against Dilan Loza. We know it’s a tough fight, but it’s something we have to do. This was an opportunity given to us by Gladiator Promotions and Golden Boy. I think that opportunities arise to be taken. That’s what we are going to do. We are very prepared. We are ready to give 100% in the ring. We will show who is best on Saturday.”
 
DILAN LOZA, Welterweight Boxer:
 
“We’re anxious for the fight. We are two days away from this great battle. More than anything, we are very much prepared and ready for that great day. We will go in there with everything.”
 
JAN SALVATIERRA, Flyweight Prospect:
 
“I want to thank Golden Boy for this great opportunity. I want to thank my trainers and managers the Saucedo Brothers from Westside Boxing Club for their support. I have prepared a lot for this fight. I’ve prepared to put everything on the line. You will see that on Sept. 21”
 
ROBERTO DIAZ, Head Matchmaker of Golden Boy:
 
“It’s a great honor to be here again to present a great event of Mexico vs. Venezuela. Two great fights and an undercard card full of prospects, which are the promising fighters of tomorrow. In Saturday’s undercard, we’ll have a young man who I just got to know a few months ago. He had a great victory by taking the title away from the undefeated boxer Alberto Melian. I’m talking about Leonardo Baez. He came with a lot of hunger and was set on bringing the title back home.”


“At the same time, I want to welcome Leonardo Baez to the Golden Boy family. I’m glad and honored. I know you will have a great career. I’ve heard it from many former champions. You’ll be defending your title for the first time against Edixon Perez. It’s a tough fight but we have all the confidence in you because we see in you a future world champion.”
 
Diaz Jr. vs. Cuadro is a 12-round fight for the WBA Gold Super Featherweight Title presented by Golden Boy. The event is sponsored by Tecate “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING.” The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 21 at The Auditorio del Estado in Mexicali, Mexico. The fights will be streamed live globally on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page.

Tickets for Diaz Jr. vs. Cuadro are on sale and are available at Zonaticket.mx.

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CANELO ALVAREZ VS. SERGEY KOVALEV LOS ANGELES PRESS CONFERENCE

Sep 20, 2019

CANELO ALVAREZ VS. SERGEY KOVALEV LOS ANGELES PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES, PHOTOS AND VIDEOSATURDAY, NOV. 2 AT MGM GRAND IN LAS VEGAS AND STREAMED LIVE ON DAZN

(ABOVE: Canelo Alvarez and Sergey Kovalev pose for the media to announce their fight on Nov. 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and streamed live on DAZN)

Photo Credit: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/ Golden BoyVideo Credit: Golden Boy 

LOS ANGELES (Sept. 18, 2019): Canelo Alvarez (52-1-2, 35 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico and Russian warrior Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (34-3-1, 29 KOs) hosted a press conference today at Union Station in Los Angeles, Calif. to formally announce their 12-round fight for the WBO Light Heavyweight World Title. The event will take place on Saturday, Nov. 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be streamed live on DAZN. Below is what today’s participants had to say at the presser.  CANELO ALVAREZ, WBC, WBA, Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion: “I’m very grateful to all the fans as always. I’m very motivated here, it’s an honor for me toshare the ring with a fighter like Kovalev who I met in 2012. Now we’re about to makehistory. I know it’s going to be the most difficult fight of my professional career. I will give the best I have in the ring and that day we can yell “Viva Mexico.” SERGEY KOVALEV, Current WBO Light Heavyweight World Champion and Three-Time Light Heavyweight World Champion: “I’m very happy to be here back in Los Angeles. Thanks to God and thanks to Canelo and his team for making this opportunity to get this fight. I think this is a big test for me in my boxing career because this is one of the best fighters in the world in boxing right now. I’m happy and I am excited. Thank you very much for the support.” EDDY REYNOSO, Head Trainer and Manager of Canelo Alvarez: “Thank you to Golden Boy and DAZN – this was a very difficult fight to make happen but the fight is now here. Only the big fighters and those that leave a footprint become these type of fighters. We know Kovalev well and we know the challenge that we are facing. He’s a great fighter that leaves everything in the ring and in one punch, he could end the fight. And we know it’s going to be a great challenge. We want Saul to be a champion in four weight classes,.” JOSE “CHEPO” REYNOSO, Trainer and Manager of Canelo Alvarez: “I’m nostalgic and cannot help but remember the beginnings of all this. To look back and see everything-all the victories that Saul has given myself and my son, and the future victories, makes me happy. The Reynosos have been with Saul for over 15 years-ever since he was a child. We trust that he will gain victory here.” BUDDY MCGIRT, Trainer of Sergey Kovalev: “Both these guys are true champions. Canelo, I’ve always admired you. Your trainers did agreat job with you. I gotta admit that. I really take my hat off to you for having the balls fortaking a step up and not having a catch weight and stepping up to the challenge. Sergey, Ilove you to death, I respect you for accepting the challenge. In all honestly, the only loserson November 2 are the people who don’t want the fight or come to the fight.” EGIS KLIMAS, Manager of Sergey Kovalev: “I don’t think this fight needs to be introduced. When you hear the names Canelo Alvarez,Krusher Kovalev, it says all that’s going to happen on November 2. I don’t need to talkabout Sergey – everybody knows who he is in boxing, and regarding Canelo, they knowwhat they mean when they say – grandes kajones.”
OSCAR DE LA HOYA, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy: “Canelo hopes to become the fourth Mexican to win a world title in four divisions, with the only other ones being Erik Morales, Juan Manuel Marquez and Jorge Arce. One big difference is that Canelo is at a higher weight class. And this opens the possibility for many more matchups, and bigger opponents with strong punching and star power. When talking with Canelo about his career goals, he said he wanted to make history, and fight the best. This is why we had to be very strategic and thoughtful in planning out his next fight and while it may have taken a bit longer than we wanted, we know that it was worth the wait. Canelo has been preparing for this moment and we know that on Nov. 2 he’ll write a new chapter in boxing history by becoming the second Mexican ever to win a world title in the 175-pound division (Light Heavyweight). Together with DAZN, we’re committed to making boxing more accessible and affordable by giving fans the best fights – without the price tag of pay-per-view. Historic fights are a hallmark of this company and Golden Boy continues to deliver the biggest fights of the year. November 2 will be no exception, and we expect a great performance by our champion, Canelo Alvarez, as he becomes the new WBO Light Heavyweight World Champion.” “I’m happy to announce that with a major bout like this one, the fans deserve the bestundercard possible. Our next big major star in the making, Ryan Garcia, will be fighting inLas Vegas. He’s fighting Duno-it’s a fight the fans wanted and it’s going to be a tough fight.” BERNARD HOPKINS, Hall of Famer and Golden Boy Business Partner: “I know a little bit about history. And for Canelo to take a big leap from 160 to 175, to dareto be great, to make history, anyone that’s not educated in boxing history, wouldn’t knowwhat I’m talking about right now. But just in case you want to learn because it’s never toolate, it’s very historic to be in the position of Canelo. And to bite off challenges andchallenge himself and dare to be great to make history. As Oscar said, not only Mexicanhistory, but also boxing history. There’s very few fighters who have accomplished 160 to175 and been successful. As you know, you’re standing and hearing from one right now.I have a personal feeling about making history because I’ve been there and done thatand now it’s Canelo’s time. I understand what it’s like to be in there with the Krusher. Heearned that and I respect that and I respect that to this day. Enjoy this historic fight andwatch Canelo Alvarez – who I call the Evil Knievel in boxing – who’s taken on the bestso far and is now taking on the best at light heavyweight.” KATHY DUVA, CEO of Main Events: “I want to give special thanks to Sergey Kovalev and Canelo Alvarez – as a lifelongboxing fan, not just as a promoter. Unfortunately, sometime around the turn of the lastcentury, boxing began to lose its way. Instead of building a legacy, avoidingunnecessary risk became the goal and to this day, some fighters are praised for it.Competitions suffer because of that. When we first met, Sergey was so adamant that hewanted to test his skills against the very best. He wanted to find out how good he reallywas. Canelo, you may have bit off more than you can chew, but that’s okay. Great fighters are not afraid to challenge themselves. And win or lose, history will reward you for taking a risk. Congratulations Ryan, you will not be the only spectacular young fighter on the card that night, because also sharing that ring is another intelligent, well-spoken, absolutelyfantastic young fighter – his name is Evan Holyfield. And he is the son of the greatEvander Holyfield. I can’t tell you how grateful I am to work with Evander’s son after allthese years. You’re all going to see him and meet him, and I think you will all be thrilled.”
RYAN GARCIA, Lightweight Contender: “I want to thank the fans for coming out because it’s a weekday, you guys didn’t need tocome here. Thank you guys for coming. I’m excited. The co-main event on the biggest cardof the year. I’m so honored. It’s a big night. I get to fight the guy I wanted to fight most,Romero Duno. They all said I was scared and I was worried about him and now I have thechance to get my respect and show everyone I’m a real fighter. Everybody stay tuned. It’sgoing to be a big fight. Thank you to everybody for believing in me and thank you to Golden Boy for getting the job done. Let’s make history.” JOSEPH MARKOWSKI, Executive Vice President, DAZN North America: “In one year’s time, I believe we’ve managed to assemble the best schedule in the history ofboxing. Let’s just look where we are: Canelo vs. Kovalev – boxing’s biggest star jumping uptwo weight classes; Ruiz vs. Joshua II – the rematch of the biggest heavyweight upset insome year; KSI vs. Logan Paul, bringing millions of new fans to the sport of boxing; GGG,back in title contention from MSG; the list goes on for DAZN. To our subscribers, you’re infor a tremendous end to 2019 and tremendous year to come.” Canelo vs. Kovalev is a 12-round fight for the WBO Light Heavyweight World Title presented by Golden Boy, Main Events and Krusher Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle” and Brand-New Grapefruit Crush, Knockout Flavor. The event will take place Saturday, Nov. 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN.

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Roy Jones Jr. Boxing & Joey Gilbert Promotions Return to Reno, NV

Sep 20, 2019
Next wave continuing rich Reno boxing history
 
Inaugural RJJ Boxing & Silver Legacy event
Co-promoted with Joey Gilbert Promotions
 
Event streaming live and exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS


LAS VEGAS (September 18, 2019) – The next wave of Reno boxers will continue its rich boxing tradition October 25 on “RJJ Boxing on UFC FIGHT PASS®,” co-promoted by Joey Gilbert Promotions in association with Silver Legacy Resort Casino at THE ROW in Reno, Nevada.
 
The event will be streamed live and exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS, the world’s leading digital subscription service for combat sports, starting at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT, from inside the Grande Exposition Hall at Silver Legacy.
 
Local boxers such as featherweight Ricardo Lucio Galvan (2-0, 2 KOs) and super lightweight Wilfred Mariano (1-0, 1 KO) are all slated to fight on the Oct. 25th card against opponents to be determined.
 
Organized boxing was held during the early 1880’s in small mining towns in the Northwest section of Nevada, professional boxing matches were conducted there later that century.
 
Hall of Fame promoter Tex Richard and legendary heavyweight Jack Johnson first put Reno on the boxing map on July 4, 1910, when World heavyweight champion successfully defending his title against James J. Jeffries, stopping him in the 15th round at what was reportedly the only venue ever built for a single boxing event. When President William Taft declined Richard’s offer to referee, Richards became the third man in the ring. Boxing stars including Jake Kilrain, Tommy Burns, and Abe Attell were introduced to the reported crowd of 16,528.
 
Richard first brought another Hall of Fame heavyweight champion, Jack Dempsey, to Reno in 1915 for his ninth pro fight, when Dempsey stopped Emmanuel Campbell in the fourth round at Airdrome Arena. To fight, Dempsey had to “ride the rails” from Utah to Reno, stored away on a train with hobos. Dempsey returned three years later to knockout Jack Moran in the opening round at Moana Spring Arena.
 
Dempsey may have been involved in unsanctioned fights in Reno as well. Desperate for money during the early part of his boxing career, Dempsey is infamous for walking into saloons and saying, “I can’t sing, and I can’t dance, but I can lick any SOB in the house.”
 
In 1982 on HBO, future Hall of Famer “Sugar” Ray Leonard successfully defended his World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight World titles at Centennial Coliseum, knocking out Bruce Finch in round three.
 
Reno-based Gilbert’s first three (2001-2003) and last three (2010) pro fights were held in Reno, where he had a 7-2 (6 KOs) pro record.
 
Gilbert commented, “Having fought as both an amateur and a professional at these same properties; THE ROW, Eldorado, Silver Legacy, and Circus Circus, which are like a second home to me and all Nevada boxing alumni, it’s really an honor to bring boxing and combat sports back to Northern Nevada, a true fight town, and to provide world class entertainment and an incredible digital production through Roy Jones JR Boxing and UFC FIGHT PASSs, in a partnership with the very casinos and environment that helped make me who I am today; I couldn’t be more delighted to be a part of this opportunity with Eldorado Resorts and UFC Fight Pass through Roy Jones Jr Promotions. I’m looking forward to a prosperous partnership with everyone involved, including the local community and all fight fans in the area.”

Hall of Fame referee Mills Lane was an adopted son of Reno, arguably the No. 1 referee in the world of boxing, during his high-profile stretch of activity.
 
Reno has also hosted major amateur boxing events like the 2016 NCBA (college) Western Regional Championships at the Eldorado Hotel and USA Boxing’s 2018 Western Elite Qualifier and Regional Open. Reno will host the 2020 Western Elite Qualifier & Regional Open, March 21-28, 2020.
 
Undefeated super lightweight prospect Kendo “Tremendo” Castaneda (16-0, 7 KOs), fighting out of San Antonio, faces Estonia-native Stan Martyniouk (20-2, 6 KOs), who lives in Belmont, California, in the eight-round main event on Oct. 25th.
 
The co-featured event pits undefeated Sacramento cruiserweight Blake McKernan (13-0, 2 KOs) against Francisco Rivas (15-2, 5 KOs), of Mexico, in an eight-round bout.
 
Undefeated WBA World female bantamweight champion Rosalinda Rodriguez (10-0, 2 KOs), of Miami, takes on Las Vegas’ unbeaten Jamie “The Miracle” Mitchell (5-0-2, 3 KOs) in a six-round non-title fight.
 
Galvan is matched against Sacramento’s pro-debuting Samir McQueen, while Mariano faces an opponent to be determined.
 
Also scheduled to fight on the undercard in separate four-round bouts against TBAs are undefeated Las Vegas lightweight Daquan Mays (3-0, 1 KO) and Sacramento lightweight Sergio Vega (2-0, 2 KOs).
 
All fights and fighters are subject to change.
 
Tickets are available for $25, $45 and $65 and can be purchased at the Silver Legacy Box Office, Ticketmaster.com or by calling 775-325-7401 or 1-800-MUST-SEE.
 
Silver Legacy Casino is offering a special RJJ Boxing room rate at its hotel as well as its connected sister properties, Eldorado Resort Casino and Circus Circus Reno. Click on the respective property links for more information.  
 
Doors open at 5 p.m. PT, first bout 5:45 p.m. PT, and UFC FIGHT PASS starts at 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET.
 
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