CARLOS “THE SOLUTION” MORALES EARNS VACANT NABA SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE VIA TECHNICAL UNANIMOUS DECISION

Dec 15, 2017
CARLOS “THE SOLUTION” MORALES EARNS VACANT NABA SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE VIA TECHNICAL UNANIMOUS DECISION VICTORY AGAINST DARDAN ZENUNAJ IN MAIN EVENT OF GOLDEN BOY BOXING ON ESPN AT FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT CASINO
 
RAUL “EL CUGAR” CURIEL PUMMELS ISRAEL VILLELA EN ROUTE TO FOURTH-ROUND KNOCKOUT WIN IN CO-MAIN EVENT
 
2012 OLYMPIC BRONZE MEDALIST MARLEN ESPARZA OUTCLASSES KARLA VALENZUELA OVER SIX ROUNDS IN TELEVISED OPENER
(ABOVE: Carlos Morales scored a sixth-round technical decision victory against Dardan Zenunaj in the main event of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN on Dec. 14)
Photo Credit: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
INDIO, Calif. (Dec. 14, 2017): Carlos “The Solution” Morales (17-2-3, 6 KOs) scored a sixth-round technical unanimous decision victory against Dardan Zenunaj (14-4, 11 KOs) of Los Angeles, Calif. to win the vacant NABA Super Featherweight Title in the scheduled 10-round main event of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. Morales, who also fights out of Los Angeles, suffered a bad cut above his right eye due to an accidental headbutt that forced the fight to be stopped at the third second of the sixth-round. Morales outboxed the rugged Zenunaj enough for all judges to score the fight 59-56 in his favor.
 
“This was not my decision,” said Morales. “I could not see, and the doctor decided to end the fight. I felt I won the rounds, though [Zenunaj] was fighting dirty and headbutting me. It’s my job to get in there in fight, but the doctor stopped it.”
 
“Morales wanted this fight to stop,” said Zenunaj. “He was getting really tired, and I was starting to tag him. I often look better at the end of the fight, so it was obvious that he wanted it to stop. When he was getting looked at by the doctor, it seemed as if he wanted out. He was happy after.”
 
In the co-main event, Raul “El Cugar” Curiel (2-0, 1 KO) of Tamaulipas, Mexico blasted Israel Villela (6-8, 2 KOs) via fourth-round knockout in a scheduled four-round welterweight fight. Curiel was too much for the much smaller native of Mexico City, Mexico. In the third round, Curiel scored a vicious knockdown that nearly stopped Villela then and there. Curiel, not wanting to miss out on scoring his first knockout, stopped Villela at 2:23 seconds of the following round.
 
“After a few months away, I’m just grateful I can come back and fight before all of my fans and supporters,” said Curiel. “We had a minor setback this year, but hopefully I’ll be back in January. The plan is to start adding more rounds and moving up the division.”
 
Marlen Esparza (4-0), the 2012 Olympic Bronze medalist of Houston, Texas, defeated Karla Valenzuela (3-17-3, 1 KO) via unanimous decision through six rounds of super flyweight action. Esparza was aggressive in every round, walking the native of Gomez Palacio, Mexico with a high guard before unleashing punishing shots to the body. Esparza looked for the knockout in the final round, but was unable to and won with three scores of 60-54.
 
“I felt a bit nervous in awkward in there,” said Esparza. “That’s because she would often dip her head, which caused the headbutts when I was trying to land hooks. But I saw it as a perfect opportunity to work on my straight punches. It was also a chance to work on my body shots, which I really liked in there.”
 
North Hollywood’s Ferdinand Kerobyan (7-0, 4 KOs) stopped Tavorus Teague (4-19-2, 3 KOs) of Paramount, Calif. in the fourth round of a scheduled four-round super welterweight fight. Kerobyan, a strong puncher with a stellar amateur background, used hard and quick combinations to stop Teague at 1:37 of the fourth round.
 
“I took my time. I didn’t want to rush into anything,” said Kerobyan. “But eventually I wore him down. I feel great. I got fans coming from all over to watch me fight. Next year, I’m going to make some news and hopefully fight for a world title.”
 
Joet Gonzalez (18-0, 10 KOs), the 126-pound contender of Glendora, Calif. who is quickly rising to the top of the featherweight division, scored a dominant third-round knockout win against Isao Carranza (15-11-1, 8 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico in a clash that was initially scheduled for eight rounds. After a feel-out first round, Gonzalez used a high-guard stance and power punches to the body and head to stop Carranza via hook to the body at 2:59 of the third round.
 
“I knew he [Carranza] had fought tough opponents before, especially at bantamweight,” said Gonzalez. “He surprised me in the first round. His hands seemed heavy for a guy who was moving up a few divisions. But I got used to it, started landing my punches, and got him out in three rounds.”
 
Jonathan Navarro (12-0, 6 KOs), the rising super lightweight prospect of East Los Angeles, California, scored a unanimous decision victory against Nicaragua’s Nelson Lara (17-9-5, 9 KOs) over eight rounds of welterweight action. Navarro and Lara fought toe-to-toe in each round, but Navarro got the best of nearly all exchanges.
 
“Lara was a good, hard opponent,” said Navarro. “He can take a punch. I went toe-to-toe in each round with him because I wanted to show that I could take a punch.”
 
In the opening bout of the night, San Antonio’s Joshua “The Professor” Franco (13-0, 6 KOs) defeated Carlos Maldonado (9-2, 7 KOs) of Los Angeles, California via eight-round unanimous decision. Franco intelligently outboxed Maldonado to win with three scores of 80-72.
 
“I feel great about this win,” said Franco. “He [Maldonado] is a tough guy with a good record, so I had to be cautious in there. It also feels good to end the year on a great note, and I can now spend time with my family. Next year, I’ll be moving up to ten rounds and maybe even a world title.”
 
Coachella, Calif.’s Ryan Caballero (4-0, 2 KOs), the younger brother of former IBF Bantamweight World Champion Randy Caballero, scored a first-round knockout victory against Franco Gutierrez (1-1) of Agua Prieta, Mexico in a scheduled four-round featherweight fight.
 
Morales vs. Zenunaj was a 10-round fight for the vacant NABA Super Featherweight Title presented by Golden Boy Promotion. The event wass sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” and Hennessy, “Never Stop, Never Settle.” The fights took place at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif.
 
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Orlando Salido aún no está listo para dejar el boxeo

Dec 15, 2017

Orlando Salido aún no está listo para dejar el boxeo

El cuatro veces campeón mundial en dos diferentes divisiones Orlando “Siri” Salido aún está pensando en seguir en el boxeo.

“El sábado en la noche dejé que mis sentimientos y frustraciones me hicieran decir cosas que no pensé bien. Fue una pelea aguerrida y difícil en la cual no pude hacer las cosas que estoy impuesto hacer en el ring, lo que atribuí a mi edad y a las muchas guerras que he tenido en mi carrera”, dijo Salido, desde su hogar en Phoenix.

“Pero al regreso a casa y después de examinar bien mi preparación y la pelea, me di cuenta que el peso también fue parte del problema el sábado. Llegue al campamento pesando mucho, lo más alto de mi carrera y bajar el peso se convirtió en el enfoque del entrenamiento y prepararme para la pelea fue secundario”, dijo Salido.

“Siento que dejé la pelea en la báscula. No es excusa pero una pelea en 18 meses no me ayudó a mantenerme en condición para lo que fue una preparación sumamente fuerte pero en la cual el peso se convirtió en el obstáculo a superar. Mientras que estuve contento con la pelea que le ofrecí al público el sábado sé que aún puede hacer las cosas mejor y por eso voy a mantener mis opciones abiertas en el 2018 y si sale algo bueno en las 130 o 135 libras pues pensaría seriamente regresar a pelear”, agrego Salido.

“A veces al término de una pelea y en el calor del momento se dicen cosas que cuando uno se toma tiempo para reflexionar no debería haberlas dicho. Quiero regresar al ring y darle a mis seguidores más espectáculo y creo que aún tengo algo bueno que ofrecer al boxeo”, concluyó Salido.

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LUCAS ‘LA MAQUINA’ MATTHYSSE AND MERCITO ‘NO MERCY’ GESTA SANTA MONICA PRESS CONFERENCE

Dec 15, 2017
LUCAS ‘LA MAQUINA’ MATTHYSSE AND MERCITO ‘NO MERCY’ GESTA SANTA MONICA PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES, PHOTOS AND VIDEO
 
VACANT WBA WORLD WELTERWEIGHT CROWN ON THE LINE AS MATTHYSSE LOOKS FOR FIRST WORLD TITLE OF IMPRESSIVE CAREER AGAINST UNDEFEATED THAI SENSATION TEWA KIRAM
 
JORGE “EL NIÑO DE ORO” LINARES TO DEFEND HIS WBA, WBC DIAMOND AND RING MAGAZINE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS AGAINST MERCITO ‘NO MERCY’ GESTA
 
SATURDAY, JANUARY 27, 2018 TELEVISED LIVE ON HBO BOXING AFTER DARK®
 
Tickets on sale this Thursday, Dec. 14 at 10:00 a.m. PT!
 

(L-R: Joel Diaz, Lucas Matthysse, Mercito Gesta, and Freddie Roach pose for photos.)
 
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Photo/Video Credit: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
 
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Dec. 12, 2017): Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse (38-4, 35 KOs), the current WBA Inter-Continental and WBO International Welterweight Champion of Chubut, Argentina held a press conference today at Malbec Argentinean Cuisine in Santa Monica ahead of his fight for the vacant WBA Welterweight World Championship against undefeated Thai superstar Tewa Kiram (38-0, 28 KOs) in a 12-round battle at the “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood, Calif. In the second main event, Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (31-1-2, 17 KOs), who was also in attendance, will challenge Venezuela’s Jorge “El Nino De Oro” Linares (43-3, 27 KOs) in a 12-round championship bout for Linares’ WBA, WBC Diamond, and Ring Magazine lightweight titles. The event will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark® beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.
(L-R: Joel Diaz, Lucas Matthysse, Roberto Diaz, Mercito Gesta, and Freddie Roach on the dais.)
 
Here’s what today’s participants had to say at today’s press conference:
LUCAS “LA MAQUINA” MATTHYSSE, WBA Inter-Continental Welterweight and WBO International Welterweight Champion:
“I’m happy to be back in the United States. We’re preparing well. I’ve had a great camp. I started camp early in Argentina, and now I’m looking forward to closing camp with Joel Diaz in Indio, California. I don’t train for the knockout, but if the knockout comes, I’ll welcome it. I fought everyone at 140. I want to do the same as I did at 140; I want to fight the best.”
MERCITO “NO MERCY” GESTA, Lightweight Contender:

“I know it will be a tough fight. I’m a challenger, an underdog. But I love that feeling. It makes me hungrier, train harder and box smarter. I’ve worked with Jorge [Linares] before with some sparring. I know sparring is different, but I did well. Still, I know his style and power. With the help of Coach Freddie, we’ll have the right strategy. I am hungry for this title. I’ll do anything to get that title. I will give a good show in that fight.”
FREDDIE ROACH, Trainer to Mercito Gesta:
We’re in a real tough fight. My guy [Mercito Gesta] is definitely getting ready for this fight. We’re going over a lot of strategy. We started sparring yesterday, and it went well. We still have a lot of time to work a little more. He’s looking good so far. I feel we can win this fight. This is a good opportunity for us and we have to take advantage of it as much as we can.”
JOEL DIAZ, Trainer to Lucas Matthysse: 

“I’m really happy to be part of Lucas Matthysse’s team. He’s a great fighter. Coming in he’s very motivated. In my first fight him with him, he did really well with Emmanuel Taylor. Coming in to his second fight, he was motivated and happy. I always say that a happy fighter is a successful fighter. You’re going to see a great Matthysse, one who is ready to become world champion.”
 
ROBERTO DIAZ, Head Matchmaker of Golden Boy Promotions:
“On January 27, Argentine knockout artist “La Maquina” Matthysse will battle Thai superstar Tewa Kiram in a 12-round battle for the vacant WBA Welterweight World Championship at the “Fabulous” Forum.That night, Golden Boy Promotions will have a double main event at the Forum, with Jorge “El Nino De Oro” Linares battling the once-defeated Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta in a 12-round fight for Linares’ WBA, WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine Lightweight World Championships.”
 

“Lucas Matthysse is a power puncher who is one of the best 140-pounders of this era and has defeated some of the very best of that division. Mathysse recently entered welterweight division when he stopped Emmanuel “Tranzformer” Taylor, and he is ready to fight the very best at welterweight.”
“Gesta has not tasted defeat in six fights, beating quality opponents including Gilberto “El Flaco” Gonzalez and former contender Martin “El Brochas” Honorio. He is hungry for this fight and for this chance to be world champion.”
EVELYN CARRION, Vice President of Special Events for the “Fabulous” Forum:
“We’ve hosted the best of boxing and more than 400 important fights since it opened in 1967, including fights with Muhammed Ali, Oscar De La Hoya, Ken Norton and Shane Mosley. We’ve also hosted many more recent fighters as well. Today we are honored to welcome back Jorge Linares and Mercito Gesta, and we are thrilled to add Lucas Matthysse and Tewa Kiram to the great list of champs who have fought at our historic venue. All of us at the Forum are happy to welcome our friends at Golden Boy Promotions and HBO Boxing.
 
Matthysse vs. Kiram is a 12-round fight for the vacant WBA Welterweight
World Championship, and is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Arano Box and Galaxy Promotions. Linares vs. Gesta, a 12-round fight for the WBA, WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine Lightweight World Championships is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Teiken Promotions.The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING.” The event will take place Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 at the ‘Fabulous’ Forum in Inglewood, Calif. and will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.
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Carlos Cuadras vs. McWilliams Arroyo Added to Sensational Superfly 2 Event February 24 at the Forum

Dec 15, 2017
SUPERFLY 2
CARLOS CUADRAS VS. MCWILLIAMS ARROYO
ADDED TO SENSATIONAL SUPERFLY 2 EVENT
Saturday, February 24, 2018
From the Forum in Los Angeles, CA
Televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark®
Tickets Now On Sale!
Los Angeles, CA (December 12, 2017) Following the outstanding response to SUPERFLY 2 being announced last week, a sensational ten-round super flyweight clash has been added with former WBC Super Flyweight World Champion, CARLOS “Principe” CUADRAS, (36-2-1, 27 KO’s), of Mexico City, MX facing hard-hitting, two-time world title challenger MC WILLIAMS ARROYO, (16-3, 14 KO’s), of Fajardo, Puerto Rico, on Saturday, February 24 from the Forum in Los Angeles, CA, televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.
Tickets for SUPERFLY 2, priced at $250, $150, $100, $60 and $30 are now on sale and can be purchased through Ticketmaster (Ticketmaster.com, 1-800-745-3000) and the Forum Box Office. The Forum is located at 3900 W. Manchester Blvd, Inglewood CA 90305.
SUPERFLY 2 is headlined by WBC Super Flyweight World Champion SRISAKET SOR RUNGVISAI, (43-4-1, 39 KO’s), of Si Sa Ket, Thailand, defending his title over 12-rounds for the second time against former world champion and #1 ranked mandatory challenger JUAN FRANCISCO “El Gallo” ESTRADA, (36-2, 25 KO’s), of Sonora, Mexico.
“We’re very excited to add this classic matchup of Mexico vs. Puerto Rico to the SUPERFLY 2 HBO triple header in what will be one of the most entertaining boxing events of 2018,” said TOM LOEFFLER of 360 Promotions.
“Carlos Cuadras has proved to be one of the most exciting and most popular fighters in boxing over the last couple of years with his action-packed fights being telecast on HBO. His close fight with Roman Gonzalez last year at the Forum was a ‘Fight of the Year’ candidate as was his war with Juan Francisco Estrada at the first SUPERFLY event on September 9.”
“In April 2016, McWilliams Arroyo had a spectacular fight with then #1 Pound-for-Pound Fighter and Flyweight World Champion Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez and we expect another thrilling fight against Carlos Cuadras on February 24.”
“With previous fights against “Chocolatito”, Cuadras and Williams both know what it takes to face the best in the world and will be very highly motivated for victory on February 24.”
Stated Cuadras, “This is exactly what I want, to fight the best fighters in the division on the biggest stages. I love fighting in Los Angeles and for this fight I’m planning on training in Big Bear Lake, California with Abel Sanchez. If I win this fight I’ll be one step closer to getting my title back. I can’t be stopped in 2018 and will be a world champion once again.”
“My fight with “Chocolatito” was a great experience,” said Arroyo. “I loved fighting at the Forum with its loud and passionate fans and history of great fights particularly in the lower weight classes. I can’t wait to get to Los Angeles to face Cuadras.”
Defending his WBC Super Flyweight World Title, Cuadras made his HBO and Los Angeles area debut on September 10, 2016 at the Forum in a memorable 12-round war with then three-division world champion Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez.
With boxing fans on their feet throughout the battle waving Mexican and Nicaraguan flags,
Cuadras and Gonzalez would clash in an epic 12-round battle that echoed the historic fights that have been held at the iconic venue over the last 43 years. Coming up just short on the scorecards, Cuadras has vowed to regain his belt in 2018.
The 29-year-old Cuadras successfully bounced back into the win column on March 18, 2017 at Madison Square Garden with a 10-round unanimous decision over David Carmona on the HBO Pay-Per-View undercard of the World Middleweight Championship between Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs.
Most recently, Cuadras and fellow Mexican warrior and former flyweight world champion Juan Francisco Estrada had the packed house on their feet at the StubHub Center on September 9 during their extraordinary 12-round battle won by Estrada at the initial SUPERFLY event.
Arroyo first challenged for the world title traveling to Thailand in 2014 where he lost a highly controversial split decision to Amnat Ruenroeng for the IBF World Flyweight Title.
Returning to Puerto Rico, Arroyo would stop Victor Ruiz in the third round on April 11, 2015 in San Juan. Back in the win column, Arroyo challenged ‘Chocolatito’ for the WBC Flyweight World Title on April 23, 2016 at the Forum losing to the then #1 Pound-for-Pound Fighter.
SUPERFLY 2 is presented by Tom Loeffler’s 360 Promotions in association with Nakornluong Promotions and Zanfer Promotions. Cuadras vs. Arroyo is presented in association with Promociones del Pueblo and PR Best Boxing.
Additional information on this tremendous night of world class professional boxing will be announced shortly.
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TWO THRILLING CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHTS HEADLINE UFC® RETURN TO BOSTON

Dec 15, 2017

TWO THRILLING CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHTS HEADLINE UFC® RETURN TO BOSTON

(C) STIPE MIOCIC vs. (#1) FRANCIS NGANNOU
(C) DANIEL CORMIER vs. (#2) VOLKAN OEZDEMIR

TICKETS FOR UFC
® 220: MIOCIC vs. NGANNOU
AT TD GARDEN GO ON SALE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15

Las Vegas – UFC® will return to Boston with a pair of blockbuster title fights. Heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic looks to set a new divisional title-defense record when he battles ferocious knockout artist and No.1-ranked Francis Ngannou. Also, light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier defends against power punching and No.2-ranked Volkan Oezdemir. UFC® 220: MIOCIC vs. NGANNOU goes down Saturday, January 20 from TD Garden and will be available live on pay-per-view.

Miocic
(17-2, fighting out of Independence, Ohio) has his eyes on the record books. The former NCAA Division I wrestler and Golden Gloves boxing champion captured the UFC belt with a stunning first-round knockout win over Fabrício Werdum last year. Since then, he’s secured consecutive knockout victories over Alistair Overeem and Junior Dos Santos to tie Cain Velasquez, Brock Lesnar, Tim Sylvia and Randy Couture on the consecutive heavyweight title-defense list.

Standing in his way is perhaps the scariest fighter on the UFC roster in Ngannou (11-1, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev. by way of Paris, France and Batie, Cameroon). Formerly homeless on the streets of Paris, the powerful striker discovered MMA in 2013 and began his meteoric rise to the top of the heavyweight ranks. Joining the UFC roster only two years ago, Ngannou has turned heads with stoppage wins over Andrei Arlovski, Curtis Blaydes and Luis Henrique. At UFC 218 earlier this month, he sent shockwaves through the heavyweight division with his spectacular one-punch knockout victory against Overeem.

Will Miocic make history, or will Ngannou realize his dream of being UFC heavyweight champion?

Cormier
(19-1 1NC, fighting out of San Jose, Calif.) will look to put his no contest against Jon Jones behind him with a dominant performance against Oezdemir. Originally capturing the championship with a submission win over Anthony Johnson, the two-time wrestling Olympian secured successful title defenses against Alexander Gustafsson and Johnson, in a highly anticipated rematch. A victory over Oezdemir reaffirms Cormier’s spot as the 205-pound king.

A heavy-handed kickboxer, Oezdemir (15-1, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla. by way of Fribourg, Switzerland) has rapidly ascended the UFC light heavyweight rankings since making his debut less than one year ago. Following a short-notice decision win over Ovince Saint Preux in February, he secured sensational knockout wins against Misha Cirkunov and Jimi Manuwa. With Cormier in his sights, Oezdemir aims to become the first Swiss world champion in UFC history.

Additional bouts on the card include:

· Talented striker Gian Villante (15-8, fighting out of Bellmore, New York) looks to return to the win column when he faces Francimar Barroso (19-5 1NC, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
· In a thrilling battle of bantamweight contenders, No.10-ranked Thomas Almeida (22-2, fighting out of Sao Paulo, Brazil) locks horns with No.14 Rob Font (14-3, fighting out of Woburn, Mass.)
· No.10-ranked flyweight contender Dustin Ortiz (17-7, fighting out of Franklin, Tenn.) takes on No.12 Alexandre Pantoja (18-2, fighting out of Arraial Do Cabo, Brazil)
· In a clash of top featherweight prospects, Calvin Kattar (17-2, fighting out of Methuen, Mass.) meets undefeated Shane Burgos (10-0, fighting out of Monroe, New York)
· Islam Makhachev (14-1, fighting out of Makhachkala, Russia) aims to keep his momentum rolling when he squares off with lightweight veteran Gleison Tibau (41-11, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla. by way of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil)
· No.15-ranked strawweight Maryna Moroz (8-2, fighting out of Volnogorsk, Ukraine) faces Jamie Moyle (4-2, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.)
· Boston’s own Kyle Bochniak (7-2, fighting out of Boston, Mass.) looks to blow the roof off TD Garden when he faces Brandon Davis (8-2, fighting out of D’Iberville, Miss.)

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

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

UFC® 220: MIOCIC vs. NGANNOU
will air live on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on Saturday, January 20, with the prelims kicking off the evening on FS1 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and on UFC FIGHT PASS® at 6:15 p.m. ET/3:15 p.m. PT. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. ET/2:15 p.m. PT.

Tickets for UFC® 220: MIOCIC vs. NGANNOU go on sale Friday, December 15 at 10 a.m. ET and are priced at $350, $275, $225, $175, $150, $125, $100, $90, $75 and $60 USD (prices do not include applicable service charges or fees). Tickets are available for purchase online at www.ticketmaster.com and will be available at the TD Garden box office. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person.

UFC Fight Club® members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets Wednesday, December 13 at 10 a.m. ET via the website www.ufcfightclub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Thursday, December 14 starting at 10 a.m. ET. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.

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ROMAN EN GUERRA DERROTA A SALIDO EN LAS VEGAS

Dec 12, 2017

 

ROMAN EN GUERRA DERROTA A  SALIDO EN LAS VEGAS
En una guerra mexicana, un gran espectáculo Miguel ¨Mike¨ Román derrotó por nocaut técnico al 1:43 del noveno asalto al ex campeón mundial Orlando ¨Siri¨ Salido en el combate estelar en la arena del hotel Mandalay Bay de Las Vegas, Nevada en una gran promoción de Zanfer.
Fue una pelea trepidante de principio a fin donde la valentía y garra de Salido volvió a surgir, pero no le alcanzó a un rival como Román que salió sin respeto y siempre estuvo presionando lanzando muchos golpes. Luego del combate Orlando Salido anunció su retiro del boxeo.
Salido (45-14, 31 kos) cayó a la lona en el cuarto, octavo y noveno asalto con los golpes de Román (58-12, 45 kos), con ese importante triunfo se ganó el derecho de enfrentar al campeón mundial Superpluma WBC Miguel ¨Alacrán¨ Berchelt, quien estuvo presente en el combate y el promotor Fernando Beltrán anunció esa próxima pelea.
Salido inició bien la pelea poniendo en malas condiciones a Mikey al final del primer asalto.
¨Ya son muchos años peleando, el tiempo cuesta, siempre di todo, pero ahora fue diferente, ya e voy se acabó, quiero que me recuerden por esas grandes peleas que tuve¨ expresó  un triste guerrero mexicano.
BRILLA TALENTO ZANFER EN LAS VEGAS
El tijuanense Jaime Munguia tuvo un exitoso debut en Las Vegas al noquear al 1.2 6del segundo asalto a Paul Valenzuela en el combate transmitido en HBO Latino en el Mandalay Bay de Las Vegas, Nevada. Munguia (26-0, 22 kos) tuvo un primer  round muy pasivo sin lanzar golpes, mientras que Valenzuela atacó y boxeo a la media distancia llevándose el asalto.
Pero en el segundo round el invicto Munguia explotó su poder y con un poderoso gancho envió a la lona a Paul, quien se levanto en malas condiciones y el réferi lo dejo continuar, pero volvió a caer y aunque se levantó se detuvo la pelea.
¨Me sorprendió qe el ring estaba muy grande y estaba algo nervioso, pero luego del primer asalto, ya estaba en mi control y en el segundo round pude desarrolar mi talento y gracias a Dios logramos la victoria, viene lo mejor para mi en el 2018, gracias a Fernando Beltrán por esta gran oportunidad¨ dijo emocionado Munguia.
El prospecto Pedro ¨Pete¨ Duran (16-0, 12 kos) mostró una gran explosividad y derrotó por nocaut técnico  en el quinto round al capitalino Daniel Evangelista )21-9-2, 16 kos) en un choque en peso Pluma pactado a ocho asaltos en los combates preliminares en la Arena del Hotel Mandalay Bay de Las Vegas, Nevada
El ex olímpico mexicano Joselito Velázquez (5-0, 5 kos) derrotó por nocaut técnico al 1:27 del quinto asalto al mexicalense Armando ¨Chiquita¨ Vázquez (23-21-1, 5 kos)   en un combate pactado a seis asaltos  en peso Mosca.
El japonés Kenichi Ogawa se coronó campeón mundial Superluma FIB al derrotar por decisión dividida en doce rounds al norteamericano Tevin Farmer.
El ex campeón mundial Francisco ¨Bandido¨ Vargas tuvo un gran regreso al derrotar por decisión técnica en el noveno asalto británico Stephen Smith, quien sufrió una impresionante herida en su oreja derecha y le impidió continuar en el emocionante combate.
¨Bandido¨ Vargas (24-2, 18 kos)  lució por momentos fuera de distancia luego de 11 meses sin pelear, pero conectó siempre los mejores golpes ante un Smith (26-4, 15 kos), quien fue muy valiente buscando el combate en corto.
El nicaragüense Rene Alvarado obtuvo una decisión dividida  en diez asaltos sobre el ruso Denis Shafikov en una sangrienta y emocionante pelea en diez asaltos.
Las puntuaconiones fueron: 96-93, 96-94 Alvarado y 95-94 Shafikov.
Fotos: Agustín Cuevas. Imago/Zanfer

 

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WEIGHTS FROM LAS VEGAS

Dec 8, 2017
WEIGHTS FROM LAS VEGAS
*Orlando Salido 131lbs , Miguel Román 130.5
Francisco Vargas 130 contra Stephen Smith 130
Tevon Farmer 129.5 contra Kenichi Ogawa 129.5
Dennis Shafikov 130.5 contra René Alvarado 130.5
Aaron McKenna 149.5 contra Travis Connolly 153
Jamie Munguia 157 contra Paul Valenzuela 157
Pedro Duran 131 contra Daniel Evangelista 130
Joselito Vasquez 113 vs Armando Vasquez 110.5
Venue_ : Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas
Promotor: Zanfer, Tom Loeffler, Golden Boy
TV: HBO
*segundo intento
SALIDO VS ROMAN, IMPERDIBLE 
Tanto Orlando Salido como Miguel Román son ejemplos claros, constantes y hasta extremos del llamado “mexican style”. Y tenerlos frente a frente, en el ring, deberá resultar en una de esas peleas de alarido, de constante acción y emociones.
“Siri” Salido (44-13-4, 31 ko’s) y “Mikey” Román (57-12-0, 44 ko’s) se enfrentarán este sábado, a 10 rounds en peso Superpluma, encabezando una cartelera de Zanfer que tendrá como sede el majestuoso en el Mandalay Bay Events Center. La pelea será televisada en vivo por HBO en el programa “Boxing After Dark” comenzando a las 10:20 p.m. Este/Pacífico. en una promoción de Zaner en asociación  co con Golden Boy Promotions y Tome Loeffler.
 Los boletos que tienen un precio de $250, $200, $150, $100 y $50 que ya están a la vena pueden ser adquiridosa través de AXS.com y en las taquillas del Mandalay Bay Events Center.
En la ceremonia de peso Salido en un primer intento no marcó el peso acordado marcando 131.5 lbs, media libra más, pero luego de un segundo intento marco 130 lbs. Quedando solucionado todo. Roman  no tuvo  problemas para marcar la división y ambos mostraron físicos bien trabajados y marcados. A la hora de posar para los fotógrafos, la confianza de ambos fue evidente. Y cuando externaron su opinión respecto a la contienda, coincidieron en que ofrecerán una pelea espectacular.
¨Una leve confusión en la báscula, pero todo esta bien dimos el peso acordado, me siento muy fuerte y estoy ansioso por quemllegue la hora del combate, mi motivación es alta y Román no detendré mis planes de enfrentar a Berchelt en el 2018¨  expresó el sonorense.
¨Fue un problema de calibración, en el segundo intento Salido marco el peso acordado como testigo el mismo Román y su equipo, Salido es un profesional y mañana estará listo para ofrecer otro gran espectáculo a los aficionados, no dudo que será una guerra¨ expresó Fernando Beltrán, CEO de Zanfer
De ganar Salido, tiene la promesa de que disputará el campeonato mundial Superpluma CMB a Miguel Berchelt dentro del primer trimestre de 2018. De ganar Román, podría retar al ganador entre Tevin Farmer y Kenichi Ogawa, que en la misma función, se disputarán el título del mundo Superpluma versión FIB, o bien, medirse en una pelea de gran atractivo al ex campeón del mundo, Francisco Vargas, que de igual manera tomará parte en la función de este sábado, midiéndose al inglés Stephen Smith.
Hora de demostrar
Para los prospectos invictos de Zanfer, Jaime Munguía, ex olímpico Joselito Velásquez y Pedro Durán, esta función representa la gran oportunidad de demostrar su potencial y dar el siguiente paso para convertirse en realidad, dejando de ser promesa, y hacer que los planes ya no sean a futuro, sino en el presente.
Munguía, Joselito y Durán  tendrán sus respectivas primeras peleas en Estados Unidos.
Lamentablemente Sulem Urbina no actuará, ya que su rival la capitalina Sonia Osorio no paso los exámenes que exige la Comisión Atlética de Nevada afectando a la peleadora sonorense que estaba bien preparada. Promociones Zanfer esta intentando conseguir una rival eemergente o programarla en su función del próximo sábado.
MUNGUIA.
Jaime Munguía (25-0-0, 21 ko’s) va a 8 rounds en Superwelter ante el experimentado Paul Valenzuela Jr (20-6-0, 14 ko’s). el representante de México en los Juegos Olímpicos de Río 2016, Joselito Velásquez (4-0-0, 4 ko’s) arriesgará su invicto ante un rival de gran lona recorrida y fogueo en el más alto nivel, como lo es Armando “Chiquita” Vázquez (25-19-1, 6 ko’s) y Pete Durán (15-0, 12 kos)  va contra  Daniel Evangelista (20-8-2, 16 kos) en peso Superpluma a ocho rounds.
En otro combate que será televisada TEVIN “American Idol” FARMER (25-4-1, 5 KO’s) de Filadelfia, Pensilvania se enfrentará a KENICHI OGAWA (22-1-0, 17 KO’s) de Tokio, Japón por el título ligero junior de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo (FIB) el duelo Farmer vs. Ogawa es presentado en asociación con  DiBella Entertainment y Teiken Promotions.
En la pelea que abrirá la transmisión de televisión, el ex campeón mundial superpluma del CMB FRANCISCO “El Bandido” VARGAS (23-1-2, 17 KOs) regresa al ring y para medirse al dos veces retador a un campeonato mundial  STEPHEN “Swifty” SMITH (25-3, 15 KOs) de Inglaterra en un combate pactado a 12 rounds. El duelo Vargas vs. Smith es presentado en asociación con  Matchroom Boxing.
Los aficionados también tendrán la oportunidad de disfrutar de una doble contienda que será televisada por HBO Latino (en diferido) que se suma a la ya mencionada triple jornada
El duelo estelar en HBO Latino sea un duelo de 10 rounds en el peso superpluma entre el dos veces retador mundial  DENIS SHAFIKOV, (38-3-1, 20 KO’s) de Miass, Rusia, quien reside en  Big Bear Lake, California y el nicaragüense RENE ALVARADO, (27-8-0, 19 KO’s) de Managua.
Fotos: Agustin Cuevas Imago/Zanfer

 

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Ahmed Elbiali Fights Jean Pascal For DREAMERS Like Himself in the U.S. Through DACA

Dec 8, 2017
AHMED ELBIALI
FIGHTS JEAN PASCAL FOR DREAMERS LIKE HIMSELF IN THE U.S. THROUGH DACA
By MIKE COPPINGER – RingTV.com

 

Ahmed Elbiali arrived in New York with his mother and brother when he was just four years old.
Soon, his father began working in Miami, and the family joined him there, where they settled, raising a family just like any other American couple.
Elbiali would travel back to Egypt, his native land, every year since age 11 to see relatives, but that soon became impossible.
You see, he’s a DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Action) recipient, and the Trump Administration is seeking to end the program. Elbiali is one of the 800,000 or so Americans protected by DACA, children who arrived in the United States as illegal immigrants.
With DACA in limbo, Elbiali says he can’t even leave the country.
Luckily, the biggest fight of his career, a Friday meeting with former light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal, takes place minutes outside Miami in Hialeah (9 p.m. ET, FS1).
“I’m living on the edge right now, but I just renewed (my DACA request) in November, I have two years,” Elbiali said during a phone interview with RingTV.com. “I’m Gucci for two years. I’m checking my iPhone every day (for DACA news). “
… It’s only going to last so long. I can maybe have a positive influence on other kids like me. There’s so many better kids than me. Tennis (players) and physicists and doctors. They’re doing good things and they’re DACA, too.
Elbiali (16-0, 13 knockouts) tried out for Egypt’s national team, but after that, the Arab Spring crisis occurred, a series of violent and non-violent demonstrations that broke out in North Africa and the Middle East on December 17, 2010.
The revolutionary wave of protests, riots, coups and civil wars stopped Elbiali from visiting home since 2011. The uprising ended in 2012, but now he can’t go back at all. Continue Reading…
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ORLANDO SALIDO VS. MIGUEL ROMAN

Dec 8, 2017

ORLANDO SALIDO VS. MIGUEL ROMAN

SABADO 9 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2017

CALENDARIO DE EVENTOS

 

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – La capital mundial de boxeo, Las Vegas, Nevada será la sede de otra posible pelea del año cuando el cuatro veces campeón del mundo en dos diferentes divisiones

ORLANDO “Siri” SALIDO (44-13-4, 31 KOs) de Ciudad Obregón en Sonora, México se enfrente a su compatriota MIGUEL “Mikey” ROMAN (57-12, 44 KOs) de Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, México en el combate estelar pactado a 10 rounds en una función que se realizará este sábado 9 de diciembre en el Mandalay Bay Events Center que presentará Promociones Zanfer, Golden Boy Promotions y Tom Loeffler. La pelea será televisada en vivo por HBO en el programa “Boxing After Dark” comenzando a las 10:20 p.m. Este/Pacífico.

 

Los boletos que tienen un precio de $250, $200, $150, $100 y $50 que ya están a la venta pueden ser adquiridos a través de AXS.com y en las taquillas del Mandalay Bay Events Center.

“Estamos listos para pelear  al máximo, somos dos guerreros y desde el primer asalto habrá muchos golpes, daremos todo en el ring, será una guerra mexicana, me siento muy motivado por estar en esta gran cartelera, sé que será una pelea dura pero vamos a superar este obstáculo y a esperar la pelea de campeonato mundial, estoy convencido de que vamos a salir con el brazo en altoaseguró Salido.

 

Por su parte, Román agradeció a Salido por la oportunidad de enfrentar un gran guerrero mexicano y con mucho nombre en el boxeo.

¨Respeto mucho a Salido, es un peleador puro corazón por es realicé una gran preparación como nunca para hacerle frente a Orlando Salido, será un gran espectáculo sin duda¨ expresó el chihuahuense

 

Juan Carlos Torres, Director Ejecutivo de Zanfer expresó que el sábado Orlando Salido ofrecerá otra emocionante pelea a los fans.

¨Orlando nunca le ha rehuido a nadie, nunca le queda ma al público, tiene demasiadas grandes combates y esta listo para este sábado dar otro épico combate¨ dijo Torres, quien representó a Fernando Beltrán CEO de Zanfer


TOM LOEFFER:

“Esta clase de funciones se da solo con la participación de muchos promotores y de boxeadores que están dispuestos a enfrentar a buenos rivales. Orlando Salido siempre lo dejo todo en el ring y este sábado no será la excepción estoy seguro que el boxeo gana este sábado” comentó Loeffler

 

En otra pelea que será televisada TEVIN “American Idol” FARMER (25-4-1, 5 KO’s) de Filadelfia, Pensilvania se enfrentará a KENICHI OGAWA (22-1-0, 17 KO’s) de Tokio, Japón por el título ligero junior de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo (FIB) el duelo Farmer vs. Ogawa es presentado en asociación con DiBella Entertainment y Teiken Promotions.

 

En la pelea que abrirá la transmisión de televisión, el ex campeón mundial superpluma del CMB FRANCISCO “El Bandido” VARGAS (23-1-2, 17 KOs) regresa al ring y para medirse al dos veces retador a un campeonato mundial STEPHEN “Swifty” SMITH (25-3, 15 KOs) de Inglaterra en un combate pactado a 12 rounds. El duelo Vargas vs. Smith es presentado en asociación con Matchroom Boxing.

 

Los aficionados también tendrán la oportunidad de disfrutar de una doble contienda que será televisada por HBO Latino (en diferido) que se suma a la ya mencionada triple jornada

 

El duelo estelar en HBO Latino sea un duelo de 10 rounds en el peso superpluma entre el dos veces retador mundial DENIS SHAFIKOV, (38-3-1, 20 KO’s) de Miass, Rusia, quien reside en Big Bear Lake, California y el nicaragüense RENE ALVARADO, (27-8-0, 19 KO’s) de Managua.

 

En el combate semi estelar el cotizada prospecto mexicano JAIME MUNGUIA, (25-0-0, 21 KO’s), de Tijuana, Baja California se medirá a su paisano PAUL VALENZUELA, (20-6, 14 KO’s), de Santa Rosalia, Baja California. La pelea está pactada a ocho rounds en peso superwelter.

 

“Tengo un record perfecto y lo voy a poner en juego este sábado. Tengo una pelea difícil, pero se tengo con que ganarla. Es una gran oportunidad en mi carrera y la tengo que aprovechar al máximo, gracias a Zanfer a Fernando Beltrán” dijo Munguia.

 

TALENTO ZANFER EN LAS VEGAS

 

Además los prospectos Pedro ¨Little Pete¨ Durán (15-0, 12 kos) enfrentará al capitalino Daniel Evangelista a ocho rounds en peso Superpluma. El ex olímpico mexicano Joselito Velázquez (4-0, 4 kos) va ante el experimentado boxeador mexicalense Armando Vázquez a seis asaltos en peso Mosca.

 

“Estoy muy emocionado con la oportunidad de hacer mi debut en suelo estadounidense en Las Vegas donde el boxeo reina. Vengo a darle a todos una gran pelea para darme a conocer ante una gran afición”, dijo Velazquez

 

La sensacional boxeadora sonorense Sulem Urbina (6-0, 2 kos) debutará en Las Vegas chocando en peso Mosca con otra mexicana Sonia Osorio , se espera una guerra en el ring con estas dos valientes peleadoras y logren impactar en la industria del boxeo en la meca del deporte de los puños.

 

Primera ocasión que se enfrentarán dos boxeadoras aztecas en el Las Vegas.

 

¨Es un orgullo para mi ser parte de esta cartelera, es muy importante para el boxeo femenil nuestro combate y contribuir de alguna forma que las mujeres boxeadoras sigamos ganando con nuestra entrega en el ring espacios en grandes eventos boxísticos en Las Vegas¨ dijo Urbina.

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CARLOS “THE SOLUTION” MORALES AND GOLDEN BOY BOXING ON ESPN UNDERCARD FIGHTERS LOS ANGELES MEDIA WORKOUT

Dec 8, 2017
CARLOS “THE SOLUTION” MORALES AND GOLDEN BOY BOXING ON ESPN UNDERCARD FIGHTERS LOS ANGELES MEDIA WORKOUT QUOTES, PHOTOS AND VIDEOS
 
NABF AND NABO SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT CHAMPION DIEGO DE LA HOYA TO BATTLE AGAINST JOSE “SUGAR” SALGADO IN MAIN EVENT
 
CARD TO BE STACKED WITH GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS’ BEST PROSPECTS AND CONTENDERS AT FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT CASINO
(ABOVE, L-R: Jonathan Navarro, Joshua Franco, Carlos Morales and Ferdinand Kerobyan pose for pictures at today’s media workout at CM Boxing Stables)
 
Photo Credit: Lina Baker/SeeYouRingside Photography
Video Credit: Golden Boy Promotions
 
LOS ANGELES (Dec. 6, 2017): Carlos “The Solution” Morales (16-2-3, 6 KOs) hosted a media workout today ahead of his co-main event feature on the Dec. 14 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. The event will be headlined by the 10-round super bantamweight clash between current NABF and NABO Super Bantamweight Champion Diego De La Hoya (20-0, 9 KOs) and tough challenger Jose “Sugar” Salgado (35-4-2, 28 KOs).
                       
Several fighters from the stacked undercard also participated in the workout. Ferdinand Kerobyan (6-0, 3 KOs) will face Tavorus Teague (4-18-2, 3 KOs) in a four-round welterweight bout. San Antonio’s Joshua “El Profesor” Franco (12-0, 6 KOs) will participate in a scheduled eight rounds of super flyweight fury against LA’s Carlos “Mighty” Maldonado (9-1, 7 KOs) and East LA’s Jonathan “Thunder” Navarro (11-0, 6 KOs) will engage in eight rounds of super lightweight action against Nicaragua’s Nelson Lara (17-8-5, 9 KOs). Opening up the action at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Mexican Olympian Raul “El Cugar” Curiel (1-0) will take on Mexico City’s rugged Israel Villela (6-7, 2 KOs) in a welterweight bout scheduled for six-rounds.
 
Here’s what today’s fighters had to say at the workout:
 
CARLOS “THE SOLUTION” MORALES, Super Featherweight Contender:
“The fight against Alberto Machado was a great experience for my career. It did not go the way I wanted, but I learned from it. We learned to start strong from the beginning, especially in foreign territory. 
 
“I’m going to give a great show. Fans can expect a spectacular win and an exciting fight. After that, I want a rematch with WBA Super Featherweight World Champion Alberto Machado. But this time, I want it on US territory.”
FERDINAND KEROBYAN, Welterweight Prospect:
“I have a strong amateur background. I earned national titles and was a contender for the Olympics. My amateur background made me the person I am today. This fight will mark one year since I debuted and will be my seventh fight as a professional. I am hoping to come out with a victory and to see that I have made good changes in that year.”
 
JOSHUA “THE PROFESSOR” FRANCO, Current WBC Youth Silver Super Flyweight Champion:
“Winning my first youth title was an important step for my career. It was even more special because I fought in front of his backyard. I went in confident, and I knew what I wanted. When I spar, I spar with world champions. I’ve gotten to work with Abner Mares and Carlos Cuadras.”
 
“I just want to look good and show what I’ve been learning in this next fight. I want to use my jab more, but most of all I need more experience. For 2018, I want to fight for more rounds and grab another title.”
 
JONATHAN “THUNDER” NAVARRO, Super Lightweight Prospect:
“It feels great to know I’ll be able to eat during Christmas, especially since I missed Thanksgiving. For my last performance, I give myself a 7 out of 10 because there is always room for improvement. We’ve been working on our technical skills, so hopefully in this fight we get to work on that. I’m looking to get more experience, but if the knockout presents itself, I’ll take it.”
RAUL “EL CUGAR” CURIEL, Welterweight Prospect:
“I always try to do my best and give a great performance. Each boxer wants to write his story, and I want to reach the pinnacle of the sport. I’ll make sure to put on a great show at Fantasy Springs.”
 
De La Hoya vs. Salgado is a 10-round super bantamweight fight presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Don Chargin & Paco Presents Boxing.The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” and Hennessy, “Never Stop, Never Settle.” The fights will take place live from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. Doors open and the first fight begins at 4:30 p.m. PT. ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes will transmit the fights beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT, and the ESPN3 transmission will begin at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
 
For more information, visit www.goldenboypromotions.com and http://www.espn.com/boxing/; follow on Twitter @GoldenBoyBoxing, @OscarDeLaHoya, @ESPN, and @ESPNBoxeo; become a fan on Facebook atwww.Facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing; and follow on Instagram @GoldenBoyBoxing and @OscarDeLaHoya. Follow the conversation using #GBPonESPN.
 
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