DÍAZ JR. VS. RAKHIMOV

Jan 21, 2021

DOS BATALLAS CON PELEADORES DE CASA SE EFECTUARÁN EN EL FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT CASINO EN EL RESPALDO DE DÍAZ JR. VS. RAKHIMOV RONNY RÍOS Y ÓSCAR ‘EL JAGUAR’ NEGRETE SE ENFRENTARÁN EN UNA CONTIENDA DE PESO SUPERGALLO   JASON QUIGLEY Y SHANE MOSLEY JR. CHOCARÁN POR EL TÍTULO MEDIANO NABO SÁBADO 13 DE FEBRERO Y TRANSMITIDO EN VIVO POR DAZN  

 INDIO, California 21 de enero de 2021.— Dos emocionantes combates con peleadores de casa se llevarán a cabo en el Fantasy Springs Resort Casino de Indio, California en el respaldo de Díaz vs. Rakhimov, cuando Ronny Ríos (32-3, 16 nocáuts) y Óscar “El Jaguar” Negrete (19-2-2, 7 nocáuts) se enfrenten en una batalla de peso supergallo, a la vez que Jason Quigley (18-1, 14 nocáuts) y Shane Mosley Jr. (16-3, 9 nocáuts) se midan por el fajín mediano de la NABO.              Este gran evento tendrá lugar el sábado 13 de febrero y será transmitido exclusivamente por DAZN en más de 200 países, incluyendo Estado Unidos, Tayikistán, Brasil y Argentina.                      “El primer viaje de Golden Boy al Fantasy Springs en el 2021 comienza justo donde lo dejamos, con una función totalmente llena de acción”, dijo Óscar de la Hoya, Presidente y Jefe Ejecutivo de Golden Boy. “Jason Quigley y Shane Mosley Jr. participarán en una verdadera pelea de encrucijada donde ambos dejarán todo en el ring para recuperar su posición en la división de las 160 libras. También, Ronny Ríos, quien derrotó a mi primo Diego de la Hoya, buscará seguir adelante contra al aguerrido contendiente Óscar Negrete, cuyas únicas dos derrotas han sido ante un campeón mundial”, puntualizó.             Ríos es un contendiente de 30 años quien vendrá después de tres victorias consecutivas por nocaut, incluyendo una dominante victoria por la vía del cloroformo ante el entonces invicto Diego de la Hoya en el 2019. El recio púgil de Santa Ana, California quiere aprovechar de esta oportunidad de manera contundente para acelerar su camino hacia otra oportunidad titular.             “El COVID-19 ha robado algo de cada persona ya sea memorias, miembros de sus familias, amigos, o en mi caso, un año de mi carrera boxística,” afirmó Ronny Ríos. “Tengo oportunidades perdidas que debo recuperar, y tengo más hambre que nunca. Éstas no son buenas noticias para Óscar Negrete. Tengo mucho respeto para Óscar, Pero al final de cuenta tengo un trabajo y eso es quebrar la voluntad de cualquier oponente que enfrento. Mi tiempo para aprovechar del vigor que he construido en ese deporte iniciará con esta pelea”, amenazó Ríos.           Negrete, nativo de Tierralta, Colombia de 33 años de edad, retornará a la división supergallo tras una victoria por decisión unánime ante el dos veces olímpico Alberto “Impacto” Melián y una inolvidable trilogía ante Joshua “The Professor” Franco, quien ahora es campeón mundial.          “Estoy contento de regresar al cuadrilátero ante Ronny Ríos este 13 de febrero”, afirmó Óscar Negrete. “Tanto él como yo tenemos un estilo muy aguerrido, lo cual garantiza una verdadera guerra dentro del ring. Éste combate será muy importante para determinar el futuro de esta competitiva división, y por lo tanto estaré entrenando al cien por ciento para salir con la victoria y obtener otra oportunidad al campeonato mundial”, puntualizó.             Quigley, oriundo de Donegal, Irlanda de 29 años quien regresará después de victorias por nocaut contra Abraham Cordero y Fernando Marín, buscará recuperar su posición en la división mediano después de su única derrota ante Tureano Johnson en el 2019.          “Me siento más que listo para esta pelea”, dijo Jason Quigley. “Trabajé fuerte durante el cierre de emergencia, y me he mantenido listo para pelear en cualquier momento que me digan. Tengo que hacer las cosas bien en esta pelea. Estoy muy agradecido por esta oportunidad de combatir en esta función”, aseveró.          Mosley Jr., el orgullo de Pomona, California de 30 años de edad, buscará ganarse una posición alta en la división tras firmar con Golden Boy en el 2020 y derrotar a Jeremy Ramos en su último combate.                     “Quiero agradecer a todos en Golden Boy y The Contender por darnos esta oportunidad”, afirmó Shane Mosley Jr. “He estado trabajando extremadamente duro, y estoy listo para mostrarles a todos que debo estar altamente clasificado entre los mejores del mundo. No se pierdan esta pelea por DAZN este 13 de febrero ante un excelente pugilista como Jason Quigley”, subrayó.             Esta cartelera también contará con varios prospectos y contendientes en ascenso.              Bektemir “Bully” Melikuziev (6-0, 5 nocáuts), el poderoso olímpico de Uzbekistán realizará su anticipado regreso en un duelo a 10 asaltos en peso supermediano.             Azat “Crazy A” Hovhannisyan (18-3, 15 nocáuts), el explosivo contendiente de Armenia, retornará en un combate a 10 episodios en peso supergallo.             Víctor Morales (13-0, 7 nocáuts), el carismático prospecto en ascenso de Vancouver, Washington, participará en un duelo a ocho episodios en peso pluma ante José González (23-8-1, 13 nocáuts) de Guadalajara, Jalisco México.             El prospecto hawaiano Dalis Kaleiopu realizará su debut profesional en un combate a cuatro giros en peso ligero ante Eduardo Sánchez (2-3) de Corcoran, California.             Los oponentes de Melikuziev y Hovhannisyan se anunciarán en breve.             Díaz Jr. vs. Rakhimov es un combate a 12 episodios por el cinto mundial superpluma FIB presentado Golden Boy en asociación con RCC Boxing Promotions. Teixeira vs. Castaño es el duelo co estelar a 12 asaltos por el cinturón mundial superwelter de la OMB presentado por Golden Boy en asociacion con TGB Promotions. El evento es patrocinado por Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle,” “BetOnline – Your Online Sportsbook Experts,” y O’Reilly Auto Parts. Better Parts, Better Prices…everyday! El evento se llevará a cabo el sábado 13 de febrero en el Fantasy Springs Resort Casino de Indio, California y será transmitido en vivo exclusivamente en DAZN en más de 200 países, incluyendo Estado Unidos, Tayikistán, Brasil y Argentina. 

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CALEB “SWEETHANDS” PLANT

Jan 21, 2021
El Campeón Invicto del Peso Súper Mediano de la FIB Caleb Plant Se Enfrenta al Campeón Caleb Truax en el Evento Principal de la Noche de Boxeo de PBC por FOX & FOX Deportes el Sábado, 30 de Enero desde Los Ángeles
El Co-Evento Principal Contará con un Duelo Entre Dos Pesos Pesado Invictos Como Michael Coffie y Darmani Rock
Además, Joey Spencer Busca Demostrar Por Qué es la Sensación del Peso Súper Welter Ante Isiah Seldon en la Pelea Inaugural de la Transmisión 
LOS ÁNGELES (18 de Enero, 2021) – El Campeón Mundial Invicto del Peso Súper Mediano de la FIB Caleb “Sweethands” Plant  defenderá su título ante un ex campeón como Caleb “Golden” Truax en el evento principal de la Noche de Boxeo de PBC por FOX y FOX Deportes el Sábado, 30 de Enero desde el Auditorio Shrine y Expo Hall en Los Ángeles.
Plant es una superestrella en ascenso que supo capturar su primer título mundial en la división de 168 libras en enero del 2019, y ahora él defenderá su cinturón por tercera ocasión en vivo y en directo en primetime una vez más contra un veterano como Truax, cuya propia gloria en el peso súper mediano ocurrió en el 2017 cuando destronó a James DeGale por el cinturón de la FIB. El co-evento principal contará con Michael Coffie y Darmani Rock en una batalla de pesos pesados invictos a 10 rounds. Además, Joey Spencer busca demostrar por qué él es la sensación del peso Súper Welter ante Isiah Seldon en una contienda a ocho rounds para inaugurar la transmisión.
El evento será promovido por TGB Promotions y Sweethands Promotions, en asociación con Warriors Boxing, y se llevará a cabo en el Auditorio Shrine y Expo Hall, una sede de AEG, en downtown Los Ángeles.
“Caleb Plant se ha establecido como un campeón en la división súper mediana y buscará seguir consolidándose en la cima de su peso el 30 de enero”, dijo Tom Brown, Presidente de TGB Promotions. “Su habilidad sublime y su tenacidad feroz hacen que Plant esté posicionado para ocupar un lugar entre la élite de los mejores libra por libra de este deporte. Caleb Truax buscará dar el batacazo y será un duro examen para él con su vasta experiencia ante los mejores boxeadores de las 168 libras, lo cual convierte a esta contienda de primetime en una pelea imperdible por FOX y FOX Deportes.”
Plant (20-0, 12 KOs) está pasando por su mejor momento a los 28 años de edad tras obtener dos victorias consecutivas deteniendo a sus respectivos rivales en sus dos defensas por el título por FOX. Primero venció al por entonces invicto Mike Lee en julio del 2019, y luego derrotó al alemán Vincent Feigenbutz en su ciudad natal de Nashville, Tennessee en febrero del 2020. El nativo de Ashland City, Tennessee, actualmente reside y se entrena en Las Vegas y capturó su título en el 2019 sobreponiéndose a José Uzcátegui. Plant no era el favorito en aquella pelea contra Uzcátegui antes de callar a todos derribándolo dos veces temprano en la contienda camino a prevalecer por decisión unánime. Aquella fue una noche turbulenta emocionalmente para Plant, quien le dedicó la obtención del título a la memoria de su hija   Alia, quien solía sufrir de un desorden que le causaba convulsiones.
“Quiero expresar mi gratitud por poder comenzar mi 2021 peleando por FOX. Estaré enfrentando a Caleb Truax el 30 de enero, y estoy seguro de que él vendrá con todo, pero yo estaré preparado para batallar dando lo mejor de mí’, dijo Plant. “Todos saben que yo estoy en una misión personal para convertirme en el primer campeón súper mediano indiscutido de la historia del boxeo. Habiendo dicho eso, los fans pueden contar con la expectativa de verme pelear a mi mejor nivel. Esta pelea acabará con un nocaut”.
Truax (31-4-2, 19 KOs) ganó su propio cinturón de campeón en diciembre del 2017 cuando fue visitante en el Reino Unido contra DeGale y le arrebató su título en uno de los batacazos más inesperados de aquel año. Truax posteriormente perdería por puntos en una revancha reñida contra DeGale en el 2018. Truax proviene de Saint Michael, Minnesota y solía ser una Estrella del fútbol americano Universitario. Su lista de rivales super medianos y medianos ha sido impresionante durante su trayectoria, incluyendo a DeGale, Anthony Dirrell, Peter Quillin y Daniel Jacobs.
“Estoy hambriento de gloria y trato a esta como mi última oportunidad para recuperar mi título’, expresó Truax . “Yo no soy el favorito, pero ya he dado la sorpresa anteriormente’.’
Coffie (11-0, 8 KOs) es un veterano de los Marines que comenzó a boxear tras regresar del exterior y no tardo en impresionar en torneos amateur, ganándose asignaciones como sparring de Deontay Wilder y Adam Kownacki. El pugilista de 34 años de edad nació en el Bronx, pero ahora pelea basado en Brooklyn. Coffie mejoró su marca inmaculada recientemente con una victoria por nocaut técnico sobre un duro veterano como Joey Abell el 11 de noviembre por FOX.
“Yo pienso que esta será una gran pelea. Estamos al mismo nivel en estatura física tanto con nuestra altura como nuestro peso. Me imagino que será una pelea que los fans van a disfrutar”, opinó Coffie. “Yo creo que Rock es un buen boxeador. Él nunca ha sido exigido al máximo. Yo siento que siempre lo he sido ya que no contaba con un background amplio como amateur. Cada pelea era una prueba de voluntad para mí. Un triunfo sería dar otro paso más para acercarme a las peleas que la gente quiere ver”
Rock (17-0, 12 KOs) es un pugilista invicto de 24 años de edad que proviene de Philadelphia y se está estableciendo como una potencia en la división de pesos pesados mientras se acerca a ser un contendiente. Coffie, sin embargo, no contó con ninguna pelea el año pasado. Su contienda más reciente fue contra Maurenzo Smith, deteniéndolo el 19 de octubre del 2019.
“La inactividad quizás me afecte un poco, pero no creo que vaya a ser un gran problema. Yo solo debo hacer lo que necesito hacer’’, dijo Rock. “No conozco muy bien a (Coffie). Sé que se ve fuerte. Lo principal va a ser recuperar mi ritmo y escuchar los consejos de mi esquina y de mi papá, y divertirme. Estoy muy contento de poder pelear el 30 de enero, ya que quiero estar muy ocupado este año para compensar por la inactividad del año pasado en el que me tuve que mantener en forma’.’
Spencer (11-0, 8 KOs) es un joven de 20 años de edad que ha dado pasos de gigante desde que se convirtió en profesional en febrero del 2017.  El nativo de Linden, Michigan, inauguró su 2020 prevaleciendo con una victoria por puntos en seis rounds sobre Erik Spring en enero de aquel año, y luego regresó con una victoria por nocaut sobre Shawn West por FOX en agosto. Esos dos triunfos se agregaron a los cuatro que supo obtener en el 2019.  
“Estoy super entusiasmado por volver a salir al ring y comenzar mi 2021 con una actuación explosiva que complacerá a mis fans’’, expresó Spencer. “Me estoy entrenando de forma increíble y estoy en la mejor forma física de mi vida’.’
Seldon (14-3-1, 5 KOs) es el hijo de un ex contendiente y campeón del peso pesado como Bruce Seldon, pero él recién comenzó a ser boxeador profesional a los 22 años bajo la tutela de Bill Johnson en Atlantic City. Johnson también solía entrenar a su padre. Han pasado 10 años desde aquel entonces, y ahora Seldon busca seguir de racha tras noquear a Darryl Bunting de forma impresionante en el segundo round en marzo del año pasado.
“Estoy entusiasmado por poder contar con esta oportunidad. He estudiado mucho a Spencer y sé que él es un buen boxeador con un background amateur excelente’’, dijo Seldon. “Ya quiero que llegue el 30 de enero. He tenido mucho tiempo para prepararme y lo he hecho de gran manera junto a Danny Davis. Cuando se presentó esta oportunidad, la tomé sin dudarlo y ahora pelearé de gran manera el 30 de enero”
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Designer Javier Zinzun Jr. ofI GOT MY OWN BACKBecomes Ambassador for WBC Cares

Jan 21, 2021
Designer Javier Zinzun Jr. ofI GOT MY OWN BACKBecomes Ambassador for WBC Cares
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LOS ANGELES, CA (January 15, 2021) – World renown boxing fashionista and designer Javier Zinzun Jr., better known as “JR”, has become an official brand ambassador for WBC Cares program.
“It is an honor to work with WBC Cares as a brand ambassador,” said Zinzun, the creator of the I Got My Own Back clothing line. “The concept of WBC Cares deeply appeals to me since the foundation seeks social betterment in the world, and anyone who is familiar with my story knows that giving back is something that I want to do, and partnering with the WBC allows me to do so.”
Zinzun who spent time during the pandemic making COVID-19 masks to give back, almost didn’t get this opportunity as his life changed after an overdose, which was a wakeup call.
“When you see the light, it is like a movie of your life, and you are either proud of the movie or you are disappointed,” said Zinzun. “I got a second chance, and now I am going to make the most of it with my abilities as well as to try and inspire others who have been through tough times as well.”
The WBC Cares which was spearheaded by Jill Diamond, has not just provided hope to people during tough times, it has honored and remembered past WBC champions who might not get the recognition they deserve.
“We are grateful to have you as our ambassador and role model to represent the WBC,” said the WBC President, Mauricio Sulaiman. “I am sure that you will be an inspiration and example for future generations, as young people are always looking for new challenges.”
“When I think of Javier, I think of three words, Authentic, Courageous, and Inspirational,” said Jill Diamond, the International Secretary of the World Boxing Council and International Chair of WBC Cares. “It is a please to have someone with his heart and spirit represent us. His background will resonate with many people. His success will drive them to greatness.”
Zinzun, who has designed the trunks of Canelo Alvarez, Ryan Garcia, Mario Barrios, and seen his work featured in Creed 2, now is embarking on another adventure, to use his talents to empower the youth, as the biggest championship sanctioning body in the world, the WBC has now brought him onboard to represent their brand.
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Blockbuster rematch headlines UFC 257 on UFC FIGHT ISLAND

Jan 21, 2021

BLOCKBUSTER LIGHTWEIGHT REMATCH BETWEEN

(#2) DUSTIN POIRIER AND (#4) CONOR MCGREGOR

HEADLINES UFC® 257 ON UFC FIGHT ISLAND

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FEATURED BOUTS:

(#6) DAN HOOKER vs. MICHAEL CHANDLER

(#6) JESSICA EYE vs. (#7) JOANNE CALDERWOOD

UFC® 257: POIRIER vs. MCGREGOR 2 AT ETIHAD ARENA

AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY ON ESPN+ PAY-PER-VIEW

Las Vegas – The first UFC® Pay-Per-View of 2021 will feature a thrilling lightweight contenders’ bout that will see No. 2 ranked Dustin Poirier look to even the score with No. 4 Conor McGregor. In the co-main event, No. 6 ranked lightweight contender Dan Hooker looks to spoil the highly anticipated debut of Michael Chandler.

UFC® 257: POIRIER vs. MCGREGOR 2 will take place Saturday, January 23 at Etihad Arena on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island and will stream live on Pay-Per-View, exclusively on ESPN+ in the U.S. at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT in both English and Spanish.

Preliminary fights will air nationally in English on ESPN and in Spanish on ESPN Deportes, as well as be simulcast in both languages on ESPN+ starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Early prelims will be available on UFC Fight Pass and ESPN+ (in English and Spanish) at 6:15 p.m. ET/3:15 p.m. PT. The event is in partnership with the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi.

ESPN+ is available on ESPN.comESPNplus.com and the ESPN App for mobile connected TV devices. To subscribe, visit espnplus.com/ufc.

Former interim lightweight champion Poirier (26-6, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.) looks to continue his momentum following his thrilling victory against Dan Hooker. Throughout his decorated career, Poirier has also secured impressive victories over Max Holloway (twice), Anthony Pettis and Justin Gaethje. Poirier now aims to make the most of his 25th UFC appearance by taking out one of the biggest names in MMA history.

A former two-division UFC champion, McGregor (22-4, fighting out of Dublin, Ireland) returns to action for the first time since his spectacular KO win against Donald Cerrone one year ago. As charismatic as he is skilled in the Octagon, McGregor has delivered iconic KO victories over Eddie Alvarez, Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes. McGregor now has his sights on once again stopping Poirier to stake his claim for another lightweight title shot.

Hooker (20-9, fighting out of Auckland, New Zealand) has proven himself to be among the most dangerous finishers in the lightweight division. During his run in the UFC 155-pound division, he has stopped Gilbert Burns, Jim Miller and James Vick in emphatic fashion. He has also netted impressive wins over contenders Paul Felder and Al Iaquinta. Hooker now hopes to kick off 2021 with another vintage performance by derailing Chandler to re-assert himself in the title picture.

Chandler (21-5, fighting out of Boca Raton, Fla.) looks to make an immediate impact in his UFC debut by stopping Hooker to send a message to the lightweight division. A three-time champion outside the UFC, he has delivered memorable victories over Benson Henderson (twice), Eddie Alvarez and Patricky Freire (twice). Chandler now aims to take advantage of his biggest spotlight yet by staking his claim as the next UFC title challenger.

Additional bouts on the card include:

  • Women’s flyweight contenders collide when No. 6 ranked Jessica Eye (15-8 1NC, fighting out of Cleveland, Ohio) squares off with No. 7 Joanne Calderwood (14-5, fighting out of Glasgow, Scotland)
  • Exciting lightweights meet when Matt Frevola (8-1-1, fighting out of Long Island, N.Y.) faces undefeated Ottman Azaitar (13-0, fighting out of Rabat, Morocco)
  • No. 8 ranked women’s flyweight contender Marina Rodriguez (12-1-2, fighting out of Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil) faces surging No. 9 Amanda Ribas (10-1, fighting out of Varginha, Minas Gerais, Brazil)
  • Arman Tsarukyan (15-2, fighting out of Krasnodar, Russia, by way of Phuket, Thailand) goes for his third consecutive win against KO artist Nasrat Haqparast (12-3, fighting out of Hamburg, Germany)
  • No. 14 ranked middleweight contender Brad Tavares (17-7, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.) returns against submission ace Antonio Carlos Junior (11-4 1NC, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla. and João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil)
  • Women’s bantamweight contenders meet when No. 7 ranked Julianna Pena (10-4, fighting out of Chicago, Ill.) locks horns with No. 9 Sara McMann (12-5, fighting out of Gaffney, S.C.)
  • Khalil Rountree Jr. (9-4 1NC, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.) takes on Marcin Prachnio (13-5, fighting out of Warsaw, Poland) in an exciting battle of light heavyweight strikers
  • The Ultimate Fighter season 23 winner Andrew Sanchez (13-5, fighting out of Montreal, Canada) goes for another highlight-reel finish against Makhmud Muradov (24-6, fighting out of Bukhara, Uzbekistan)
  • Nik Lentz (30-11-2 1NC, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.) faces Movsar Evloev (13-0, fighting out of Sunzha, Republic of Ingushetia, Russia) in an exciting featherweight bout
  • Amir Albazi (13-1, fighting out of London, England by way of Baghdad, Iraq) takes on Zhalgas Zhumagulov (13-4, fighting out of Aktobe, Kazakhstan) in an entertaining flyweight bout

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

A full line of UFC FIGHT ISLAND products, including t-shirts, hats, water bottles, tote bags, and more are available now on UFCStore.com.

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UFC® KICKS OFF RETURN TO UFC FIGHT ISLAND WITH TWO ACTION-PACKED FIGHT NIGHTS

Jan 14, 2021
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FEATURED BOUTS:

(#1) MAX HOLLOWAY vs. (#6) CALVIN KATTAR

(#8) MICHAEL CHIESA vs. (#9) NEIL MAGNY

Las Vegas – UFC® kicks off its third run on UFC FIGHT ISLAND with two pivotal main event clashes guaranteed to deliver action. First, two of the best featherweights on the planet face off, as former champion and No. 1 ranked contender Max Holloway looks to earn another shot at the title by taking out No. 6 Calvin Kattar. Next, top welterweight contenders collide looking to break into the top 5 as No. 8 ranked Michael Chiesa meets No. 9 Neil Magny.    

UFC® FIGHT NIGHT on ESPN+: HOLLOWAY vs. KATTAR will take place Saturday, January 16 on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island. For the first time ever, the main card will be televised live on ABC and simulcast on ESPN+ and ESPN Deportes (Spanish), beginning at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT. The prelims will kick things off at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT, exclusively on ESPN+.

Holloway (21-6, fighting out of Waianae, Hawaii) intends to start the New Year by delivering another vintage performance and returning to the winner’s circle. Arguably the greatest featherweight in UFC history, he owns the division’s records for most stoppage victories, most wins and the longest win streak. During his reign as champion, Holloway defeated Jose Aldo, Brian Ortega and Frankie Edgar in dominant fashion. He now aims to cement himself as the clear No. 1 contender by becoming the first person to stop Kattar in the UFC.

Fan favorite Kattar (22-4, fighting out of Methuen, Mass.) looks to step up and impress in the biggest fight of his career and inject himself into the title conversation. An exciting and dangerous striker, Kattar rose through the featherweight ranks with memorable knockouts over Shane Burgos, Ricardo Lamas and Jeremy Stephens. He now looks to stay undefeated on UFC FIGHT ISLAND and prove that he is one of the best in the world against his first former champion.

Additional bouts on the card include:

  • Welterweight veterans finally meet as former interim champion Carlos Condit (31-13, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.) faces off with Matt Brown (24-17, fighting out of Denver, Colo.)
  • Welterweight standout Santiago Ponzinibbio (28-3, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.) returns to action for the first time in over two years when he takes on the durable Li Jingliang (17-6, fighting out of Beijing, China)
  • 2020 breakout star Joaquin Buckley (12-3, fighting out of St. Louis, Mo.) intends to keep his momentum going when he battles Alessio Di Chirico (12-5, fighting out of Rome, Italy) at middleweight
  • Undefeated Dana White’s Contender Seriesveterans lock horns as Punahele Soriano (6-0, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.) faces Dusko Todorovic (10-0, fighting out of Belgrade, Serbia) in a middleweight contest
  • Rising women’s bantamweight prospect Wu Yanan (10-3, fighting out of Xi’an, China) looks to deliver her most impressive performance yet against newcomer Joselyne Edwards (9-2, fighting out of Panama City, Panama)
  • Dana White’s Contender Series standout Phil Hawes (9-2, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.) seeks to hand Nassourdine Imavov (9-2, fighting out of Paris, France) his first UFC loss
  • No. 13 ranked middleweight Omari Akhmedov (20-5-1, fighting out of Makhachkala, Russia) plans to defend his place in the rankings when he battles Tom Breese (12-2, fighting out of Birmingham, England)
  • Heavyweights Carlos Felipe (9-1, fighting out of Feira de Santana, Bahia, Brazil) and Justin Tafa (4-1, fighting out of Brisbane, Australia) intend to steal the show
  • Featherweight grapplers go to war as Nik Lentz (30-11-2, 1 NC, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.) and Mike Grundy (12-2, fighting out of Wigan, Greater Manchester, England) look to bounce back into the win column
  • Jacob Kilburn (8-3, fighting out of Woodlawn, Tenn.) and Austin Lingo (7-1, fighting out of Mesquite, Texas) battle to secure their first UFC wins in a featherweight bout
  • Women’s bantamweight veteran Sarah Moras (6-7, fighting out of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada) intends to stop Vanessa Melo (10-8, fighting out of Sao Paulo, Brazil) from achieving her first UFC victory
  • David Zawada (17-5, fighting out of Düsseldorf, Germany) and Ramazan Emeev (19-4, fighting out of Makhachkala, Russia) clash in an exciting welterweight bout

UFC® FIGHT NIGHT on ESPN+: CHIESA vs. MAGNY will take place Wednesday, January 20 on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island. All bouts will air live on ESPN, ESPN Desportes and ESPN+ in the U.S. with the main card beginning at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT and the prelims starting at 9 a.m. ET/6 a.m. PT.

Chiesa (17-4, fighting out of Spokane Valley, Wash.) has his sights set on continuing his ascent up the welterweight ranks by taking out one of the division’s toughest competitors. The winner of The Ultimate Fighter season 15, Chiesa established himself as one of the best lightweights in the world with victories over Beneil Dariush and Jim Miller before moving up to welterweight in 2018. Since the move, Chiesa has gone undefeated with wins over Rafael Dos Anjos, Diego Sanchez and Carlos Condit. He now looks to make it four in a row and stake his claim for a spot in the top 5. 

A member of the UFC roster since 2013, Magny (24-8, fighting out of Denver, Colo.) has faced the who’s who of the welterweight division. Among the most active athletes on the roster with a record-tying five wins in a calendar year in 2014, Magny’s resume includes victories over former UFC champions Robbie Lawler, Johny Hendricks and Carlos Condit. He now seeks to begin the New Year with a major win and work his way towards his first UFC title shot.

Additional bouts on the card include:

  • The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3 winner Warlley Alves (13-4, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) matches up with Mounir Lazzez (10-1, fighting out of Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
  • Featherweight standout Lerone Murphy (9-0-1, fighting out of Manchester, England) plans to stay undefeated when he takes on durable veteran Douglas Silva (26-3, 1 NC, fighting out of Castanhal, Para, Brazil)
  • Ike Villanueva (16-11, fighting out of Katy, Texas) faces Dana White’s Contender Series: Brazil veteran Vinicius Moreira (9-4, fighting out of Brasilia, Brazil) at light heavyweight
  • In a middleweight bout guaranteed to deliver action, Dalcha Lungiambula (10-2, fighting out of Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa) takes on submission artist Markus Perez (12-4, fighting out of Sao Paulo, Brazil)
  • No. 8 ranked women’s flyweight contender Roxanne Modafferi (25-18, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.) meets No. 9 Viviane Araujo (9-2, fighting out of Brasilia, Brazil) in a battle to break into the top 5
  • In a contest of flyweight prospects, Su Mudaerji (13-4, fighting out of Chengdu, Sichuan, China) aims to stop Zarrukh Adashev (3-2, fighting out of New York, N.Y. by way of Samarkand, Uzbekistan) from earning his first UFC win
  • Francisco Figueiredo (11-3-1, fighting out of Belem, Para, Brazil), brother of UFC flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo, intends to make a statement in his debut against Dana White’s Contender Series veteran Jerome Rivera (10-3, fighting out of Santa Fe, N.M.) at flyweight
  • Lightweight Mike Davis (8-2, fighting out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) looks to spoil the highly anticipated debut of Mason Jones (10-0, fighting out of Blaenavon, Wales)
  • In an exciting matchup of top 15 flyweights, No. 9 ranked Matt Schnell (14-5, fighting out of Shreveport, La.) meets No. 13 Tyson Nam (20-11-1, fighting out of Wahiawa, Hawaii)
  • Dana White’s Contender Series signee Victoria Leonardo (8-2, fighting out of Shreveport, La.) and Manon Fiorot (5-1, fighting out of Nice, France) battle at flyweight

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UFC® EXTENDS LONGSTANDING COMMITMENT TO CLEVELAND CLINIC’S PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES BRAIN HEALTH STUDY

Jan 14, 2021

UFC® EXTENDS LONGSTANDING COMMITMENT TO CLEVELAND CLINIC’S PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES BRAIN HEALTH STUDY

UFC Provides $1 Million Contribution to Fund Research for the Next Five Years

Study Examines Effect of Head Impacts on Long-term Brain Health


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Las Vegas  UFC®, the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization, today announced a five-year extension of its longstanding collaboration with Cleveland Clinic and its continued support of the Professional Athletes Brain Health Study.

This multi-year commitment, which is supported by a $1 million contribution to the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, ensures that research will continue to help determine the long-term effects of repetitive head trauma and factors that put certain individuals at higher risk of developing chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Since joining the landmark study in 2011, UFC has committed more than $2 million via three rounds of financial support.

Now entering its 10th year, this study – led by Cleveland Clinic’s Charles Bernick, M.D., and Aaron Ritter, M.D. – is the largest of professional athletes exposed to repetitive head trauma and the first to include retired and active male and female fighters concurrently.

“UFC is proud to continue its support of both Cleveland Clinic and the Professional Athletes Brain Health Study,” UFC Chief Operating Officer Lawrence Epstein said. “UFC has supported this study since its inception, and we take pride in standing at the forefront of helping set new standards for athlete health and safety in all sports. Dr. Bernick and Dr. Ritter are doing an amazing job, and we look forward to helping them advance their research.”

The Professional Athletes Brain Health Study (formerly the Professional Fighters Brain Health Study) was established in 2011 to examine the cumulative effects of repetitive concussive and sub-concussive impacts to the brain in a group of professional fighters. The study has since expanded to include athletes in other sports exposed to repetitive head impacts (RHI), including professional bull riders. Information from this project will help guide new policies and practices that can improve brain health in sports and others exposed to RHI in military or civilian populations. 

“The support provided by UFC has been fundamental to the success of the study, allowing us to reach this 10-year milestone in our research,” said Dr. Bernick, founder and primary investigator of the Professional Athletes Brain Health Study. “Not only has their financial commitment helped to sustain the infrastructure needed for this ongoing project, the encouragement they have given fighters to participate and the expertise they have offered in regards to mixed martial arts has been invaluable.”

UFC’s commitment to aid in the funding of the Professional Athletes Brain Health Study is provided in conjunction with other organizations in the combat sports industry and facilitates ongoing progress in answering critical questions regarding the long-term effects of exposure to RHI that affect both athletes competing in sports and active-duty military personnel.

To date, the Professional Athletes Brain Health Study has enrolled more than 800 active and retired athletes. Participation is voluntary. Athletes in the study receive free, ongoing assessments of brain health and function, including MRI scans. Individual tests are repeated annually for a minimum of four years.

The longer an athlete is assessed, the more valuable information will be amassed. However, during the past 10 years, researchers have detected subtle effects of RHI on brain structure and proteins released in the blood following impact. These changes can be measured over time and may be early indicators of brain injury, bringing researchers one step closer to helping athletes proactively make informed decisions about their careers based on personal brain health data. Additionally, as CTE researchers nationwide prepare to begin clinical trials, the Repetitive Head Impact Composite Score developed from data in the study will be critical in determining the effectiveness of new therapies.

As the study embarks on the next decade of research, investigators will focus on social determinants to better understand how one’s environment impacts the onset of CTE pathology, as well as the role of neuroinflammation within the brain in the immediate aftermath of head trauma.


“Exposure to repetitive head trauma puts a person at risk for the development of cognitive changes that may occur years after an athlete has retired,” said Dr. Ritter, co-primary investigator of the Professional Athletes Brain Health Study. “The science coming out of the Professional Athletes Brain Health Study is clearly showing us that not all individuals experience cognitive changes and each individual may be affected in different ways.

“Our study is unique because we are attempting to look at all of these factors — whether they are genetic, inflammatory, based on the number of fights, time between fights, etc.— simultaneously to determine which are most important in keeping an athlete’s brain healthy. The key for the next 10 years is to discover which factors are most crucial in each individual. The Professional Athletes Brain Health Study is the largest and longest-lasting study to look at this issue. Without the support of the UFC, a study like this would never happen.”

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RYAN GARCIA CAPTURES INTERIM WBC LIGHTWEIGHT WORLD TITLE WITH BODY SHOT KNOCKOUT OF LUKE CAMPBELL

Jan 5, 2021
RYAN GARCIA CAPTURES INTERIM WBC LIGHTWEIGHT WORLD TITLE WITH BODY SHOT KNOCKOUT OF LUKE CAMPBELL
SATURDAY, JAN. 2 AT AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER IN DALLAS, TEXAS AND STREAMED LIVE ON DAZN
for PhotosPhoto Credit: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

DALLAS, TEXAS (Jan. 2, 2021): Ryan Garcia (21-0, 18 KOs) of Victorville, Calif. captured the interim WBC Lightweight Championship with a seventh-round body-shot knockout against Luke Campbell (20-4, 16 KOs) of Yorkshire, United Kingdom at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The bout was stopped at 1:58 of the aforementioned round. The fight was streamed live exclusively on DAZN in more than 200 countries and territories, including the U.S., Mexico and the UK. 
“This is the kind of fight where superstars are made,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy. “Down on the mat early for the first time in his career, Ryan got up, rallied, broke down his man and got the knockout. Everyone in the lightweight division should consider themselves on notice. 2021 will be the year of Ryan García.”
My performance definitely showed a lot of people who I really am,” said Ryan Garcia. “Going into this fight I wanted to show people that you are not what people call you. You are what you choose to be. I chose to be a champion tonight. I didn’t let anything stop me from being a champion tonight. Even when he dropped me, I knew that couldn’t stop me from being champion.”
“I got too excited in the moment,” Garcia said of being knocked down for the first time. “I felt I could just walk him down, but he ended up cracking me. So, I had to adjust and calm down. I was a little dizzy with the knockdown, but I wasn’t worried. He’s not used to going forward, so I just knew I had to cover up. He never fights coming forward, so I knew he would back up throughout the fight. I’m naturally a counterpuncher. But today I showed I can take it to somebody and knock them out. God told me that it would end with a body shot, and that’s what happened.”
“He’s very heavy handed,” said Luke Campbell. “Even when I was blocking the shots, I could feel them. That was the hardest shot I was ever hit with. I tried and tried to get up, but I couldn’t. I felt him coming on, and I was moving back. And when I moved back, my body relaxed a little bit and that’s the exact time he hit me.”
In the co-main event, Roger “The Kid” Gutierrez (25-3-1, 20 KOs) of Maracaibo, Venezuela scored an upset 12-round unanimous decision victory against Rene “El Gemelo” Alvarado of Managua, Nicaragua. Gutierrez won with three scores of 113-112.
I am so happy for this victory,” said Roger Gutierrez. “I did this for my mother. There’s not much more I can say. I had to look for the knockout. I knew I had to do that to win. I want to thank my manager Rafael Moron, the WBA and Golden Boy. This is for Venezuela and for my children.”
Felix “El Gemelo” Alvarado (36-2, 31 KOs) of Managua, Nicaragua defended his IBF Junior Flyweight World Championship with a technical knockout victory against former 105-pound champion DeeJay Kriel (16-2-1, 8 KOs) of Gauteng, South Africa. The fight was stopped at 1:39 of the 10th round.
“I knew this would be a tough fight,” said Felix Alvarado. “He was a mandatory challenger and a former world champion, so I knew it would be tough. I got a bit tired, but that was because of his experience. I also dropped him with a hook, and I didn’t even expect for a punch like that to land. But rather than keep looking for that punch, I kept pushing him to the ropes to wear him down. I’m very happy to obtain this win because it is a dream come true for the Alvarado brothers to fight on the same card.”
Welterweight prospect Raul “Cougar” Curiel (9-0, 7 KOs) of Tampico, Mexico scored a second-round technical knockout victory against Ramses Agaton (22-13-3, 12 KOs) of Tlalnepantla, Mexico in a scheduled 10-round fight. The fight was stopped at 1:16 of the aforementioned round.
“I felt really good and strong,” said Raul Curiel. “I felt that my opponent was a bit heavy. But I’m happy that I was able to deliver a great performance. I’m ready for any opponent that they bring to me at welterweight.”
Sean Garcia (6-0, 2 KOs) of Victorville, Calif. opened the DAZN broadcast with a four-round unanimous decision win against Rene Marquez (5-6, 2 KOs) of Scottsbluff, Nebraska in a lightweight bout. One judge scored the bout a 36-36 draw, which was overruled by two scores of 39-37.
“There were so many things going as we went into this fight,” said Sean Garcia. “I was a bit nervous. I came off of a year-and-half layoff. I had to find my distance. It was also hard to land shots on him because of his unorthodox style.  Now, I just have to keep training hard and learn from my mistakes.”
Unified world champion Franchon Crews-Dezurn (7-1, 2 KOs) of Baltimore, Maryland scored an eight-round unanimous decision win against Ashleigh Curry (8-14-4, 1 KO) of Saint Joseph, Missouri in a cruiserweight bout.
Alex Rincon (8-0, 6 KOs) of Dallas, Texas scored a six-round unanimous decision win against Sergio Gonzalez (6-8-1, 2 KOs) of Tamaulipas, Mexico in a middleweight battle. Rincon won with three scores of  60-54.
Tristan Kalkreuth (7-0, 5 KOs) of Duncanville, Texas scored a knockout win against Jorge Martinez (4-6, 1 KO) of Guadalajara, Mexico in a scheduled four-round cruiserweight battle. The fight was halted at :50 of the first round.
Hawaiian prospect Asa Stevens (1-0) made a successful pro debut with a four-round unanimous decision victory against Francisco Bonilla (6-8-3, 3 KOs) of Chihuahua, Mexico in a super bantamweight bout. Stevens won with scores of 58-55, 58-56 and 58-55.
Garcia vs. Campbell was a 12-round fight for the interim WBC Lightweight World Championship presented by Golden Boy in association with Matchroom Boxing. The event was sponsored by Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle,” “BetOnline – Your Online Sportsbook Experts,” and O’Reilly Auto Parts. Better Parts, Better Prices…everyday! The fight took take place on Jan. 2, 2021 at American Airlines Center in Dallas and was streamed live exclusively on DAZN in more than 200 countries and territories, including the U.S., Mexico and the UK. 
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Super Middleweight Contenders Marcos Hernandez & Alantez Fox

Dec 23, 2020
Super Middleweight Contenders Marcos Hernandez & Alantez FoxSquare-Off in FS1 PBC Fight Night Main Event & on FOX DeportesThis Saturday, December 26 from Los Angeles
Exciting Undefeated Prospect Chavez Barrientes Battles Paul Carroll In Super Bantamweight Special Feature&Unbeaten Radzhab Butaev Face Undefeated Terry ChatwoodTo Kick Off the Telecast Beginning at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT
FS1 PBC Fight Night Precedes FOX PBC Fight Night Headlined byDavid O. Morrell Jr. vs. Mike Gavronski Beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
LOS ANGELES (December 23, 2020) – Super middleweight contenders Marcos “Madman” Hernandez and Alantez Fox will meet in a 10-round showdown headlining FS1 PBC Fight Night and on FOX Deportes this Saturday, December 26 from Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall in Los Angeles.
The telecast begins at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT and features undefeated super bantamweight prospect Chavez Barrientes dueling Paul Carroll in a four or six-round special feature, plus unbeaten Radzhab Butaev faces fellow unbeaten Terry Chatwood in a welterweight fight to kick off the telecast.
FS1 PBC Fight Night precedes the FOX PBC Fight Night broadcast that begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and is headlined by unbeaten interim WBA Super Middleweight Champion David O. Morrell Jr. challenging Mike Gavronski in a 12-round duel.
The event will be promoted by TGB Promotions and will take place without fans in attendance at the Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall, an AEG venue, in downtown Los Angeles.
Fighting out of Fresno, California, Hernandez (14-3-1, 3 KOs) has faced excellent competition in his career, battling a litany of tough fellow rising contenders. The 27-year-old Hernandez has twice faced former unified super welterweight champion Jeison Rosario, fighting to a draw in their first meeting before losing the rematch. He most recently lost a decision to Kevin Newman in November 2019, a rematch of a fight Hernandez won in 2017. He has taken down then unbeaten fighters in Newman and Thomas Hill in 2016.
The 28-year-old Fox (26-2-1, 12 KOs) was unbeaten in his first 23 fights, moving his way up the middleweight division until dropping a 2017 battle by decision to unbeaten champion Demetrius Andrade. Fighting out of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, Fox rebounded with three-straight victories before losing in the U.K. to Liam Williams in December 2019. Most recently, Fox debuted at the full super middleweight limit against Habib Ahmed in a fight that was ruled a no-contest in August.
Barrientes (4-0, 3 KOs) and his twin brother and fellow prospect Ángel were born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and moved to Las Vegas when they were two-years-old. Barrientes and his brother were first introduced to the sport by their father Richard at an early age, with their interest and skill eventually prompting him to open his own gym. Barrientes’ U.S. debut came on the same show as his brother in October as he won a decision over Ivan Varela.
The South Carolina-native Carroll (4-1, 4 KOs) enters this fight with three-straight stoppage victories, having most recently won by TKO over Jayvonne O’Neal in February following two knockouts in 2019. Carroll turned pro in June 2017 with a knockout of Shaquille Harris.
A prolific amateur in his native Khasavyurt, Russia, Butaev (12-0, 9 KOs) now fights out of Brooklyn. The 27-year-old turned pro in 2016 and quickly began moving up the rankings, beating veterans Lanardo Tyner and Silverio Ortiz in 2019. Butaev’s last outing saw him drop a close decision for a vacant WBA welterweight title to Alexander Besputin, which was eventually ruled a no contest after Besputin tested positive for performance enhancers.
Chatwood (9-0-1, 5 KOs) added two victories to his ledger in 2019, stopping James Blake Franklin in April before defeating Juan Ocura in August. The Little Rock, Arkansas native returns to action looking to keep his unbeaten record intact since turning pro in 2016. Chatwood has won seven consecutive fights since a split-draw in 2016.
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NUEVA LOTERÍA TITULADA ‘GOLDEN GAMES SWEEPSTAKES’

Dec 23, 2020
NUEVA LOTERÍA TITULADA ‘GOLDEN GAMES SWEEPSTAKES’ DARÁ A LOS FANÁTICOS LA OPORTUNIDAD DE JUGAR ANTE RYAN Y SEAN GARCÍA EN VIVO POR TWITCH  LOS HERMANOS GARCÍA LANZARÁN ESTA COMPETICIÓN DE VIDEOJUEGOS EN LÍNEA DE CARA A SUS ESPERADOS RETORNOS ESTE 2 DE ENERO POR DAZN
LOS ÁNGELES, California 22 de diciembre de 2020.— Golden Boy, la marca líder en medios y entretenimiento, anunció ayer el lanzamiento de una lotería interactiva que brindará a los fanáticos la oportunidad de jugar contra los hermanos Ryan García (20-, 17 nocáuts) y Sean García (5-0, 2 nocáuts) en Twitch, el servicio de transmisión de video juegos en vivo.  El Golden Game Sweepstakes ya ha comenzado y cerrará el 1 de enero a las 10:00 a.m. PT. El concurso invita a los fanáticos de Estados Unidos y México a participar sin costo alguno visitando https://www.goldengamessweeps.com. Los ganadores serán elegidos el día de Año Nuevo y se anunciarán durante la transmisión en vivo de García vs. Campbell. 
El ganador del primer lugar tendrá la oportunidad de jugar un video juego en vivo con los hermanos García en una fecha por determinar. La interacción se grabará y compartirá en las plataformas de redes sociales de Golden Boy y DAZN.  Además, los cinco ganadores del segundo lugar obtendrán una suscripción de un año a DAZN, mientras que los cinco ganadores del tercer lugar lograrán una suscripción de un mes.
“Con su enorme seguimiento en línea, Ryan tiene la capacidad de atraer legiones de nuevos fanáticos al deporte del boxeo, y ésta es otra forma en que se conecta con una audiencia en gran parte sin explotar”, dijo Óscar De La Hoya, Presidente y Jefe Ejecutivo de Golden Boy. “Dado que Ryan está invicto en el ring, y esperamos que continúe así el 2 de enero, ésta también es una oportunidad para que un fanático afortunado haga algo que ningún profesional ha hecho hasta la fecha, que es derrotar a Ryan García”, subrayó.
Golden Boy anunció en noviembre el regreso de Ryan García, el contendiente de peso ligero y nuevo estrella en ascenso que se enfrentará al medallista de oro olímpico Luke Campbell (20-3, 16 nocáuts) por el título ligero interino CMB el 2 de enero en el American Airlines Center de Dallas, Texas. Sean, el hermano menor de García, también peleará en la cartelera. Ambas peleas se transmitirán en vivo exclusivamente por DAZN.
García vs. Campbell es un duelo a 12 giros por el título ligero interino del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB) presentado por Golden Boy en asociación con Matchroom Boxing. El evento es patrocinado por Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle” y BetOnline – Your Online Sportsbook Experts.”  El combate se llevará a cabo el 2 de enero de 2021 y será trasmitido en vivo exclusivamente por DAZN en más de 200 países y territorios incluyendo Estados Unidos, México y el Reino Unido. Los boletos para García vs. Campbell están a la venta y tienen un precio de $200, $100, $75, $50 y $35 dólares más cargos de servicio e impuestos. Los boletos estarán disponible para su compra en www.americanairlinescenter.com y www.ticketmaster.com.
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JOSEPH ‘JOJO’ DIAZ JR. TO DEFEND IBF JUNIOR LIGHTWEIGHT WORLD TITLE AGAINST SHAVKATDZHON ‘SHERE KHAN’ RAKHIMOV

Dec 23, 2020

JOSEPH ‘JOJO’ DIAZ JR. TO DEFEND IBF JUNIOR LIGHTWEIGHT WORLD TITLE AGAINST SHAVKATDZHON ‘SHERE KHAN’ RAKHIMOV PATRICK TEIXEIRA TO DEFEND WBO JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHT WORLD TITLE AGAINST BRIAN ‘EL BOXI’ CASTAÑO IN CO-MAIN EVENT SATURDAY, FEB. 13 AND STREAMED LIVE ON DAZN  

 LOS ANGELES (Dec. 18, 2020): A new era has begun in the career of Joseph “JoJo” Diaz (31-1, 15 KOs) as he makes the first defense of his IBF Junior Lightweight World Title against mandatory challenger Shavkatdzhon “Shere Khan” Rakhimov (15-0, 12 KOs) in a 12-round battle between two southpaws with highly decorated amateur backgrounds. The co-main event will also feature a classic battle between Brasil’s Patrick Teixeira, who will defend his WBO Junior Middleweight World Title, and Argentine mandatory challenger Brian “El Boxi” Castaño
The event will take place Saturday, Feb. 13 and will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN in more than 200 countries and territories, including the U.S., Mexico, Russia, Tajikistan, Brazil and Argentina.
Information regarding the venue and undercard will be announced shortly.
“After his participation in the Olympics and turning professional, Joseph had one goal: become a world champion,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy. “Everyone at Golden Boy Promotions was so proud when Joseph had his hand raised and realized his dream. Now that he’s got that belt, he’s not giving it back any time soon.”
Diaz Jr. is a 28-year-old southpaw who represented the U.S. at the 2012 Olympic games in London. Immediately after, Diaz Jr. signed with Golden Boy and began a stellar career that has included fights against Gary Russell Jr.Andrew “El Chango” CancioJesus Rojas, and Rafael “Big Bang” Rivera. In his last fight, the native of South El Monte, Calif. defeated Tevin “American Idol” Farmer to become the IBF Junior Lightweight Champion, which began a new phase of his career as he begins to take over the division. 
“Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov is a very good fighter who is highly ranked throughout the world,” said Joseph Diaz Jr. “I know he’s been aching for a world title shot, but I’m ready to go out there and showcase that I’m willing to fight the best and defend my title with whoever wants to step in that ring with me. I’m the hungriest I’ve ever been, and there is nothing that he brings to the table that can affect me.”
“In my first main event on DAZN, I’m going to show to the world that I am the biggest threat at 130 pounds and a household name,” Diaz Jr. continued. “Not only am I doing this for myself, but I’m also doing this for my family. I fight to motivate people to keep on pushing and continue pursuing the dreams they have through the ups and downs in life. That’s my purpose. Come Feb. 13, I’m going to shine. It’s my time!”
Rakhimov is a 26-year-old puncher who earned gold medals in some of the world’s most prestigious international amateur tournaments. In 2015, the native of Qurghonteppa, Tajikistan made his professional debut, and in only his 11th fight as a professional, he captured the IBO Super Featherweight Title by scoring a sixth-round technical knockout over Emanuel Lopez. He defended the title three times, and one of those victories was against experienced contender Robinson “Robin Hood” Castellanos. Though no longer holding the IBO belt, he remains undefeated as he looks to capture a belt from one of the four recognized sanctioning bodies.  
“I’ve been waiting for this chance for a long time,” Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov. “Thank you for this opportunity to my team. My training camp is long one but very good. I will do my best to win this fight. I came here for the victory!”
In the co-main event, Patrick Teixeira (31-1, 22 KOs) of Sau Paulo, Brazil will make the first defense of his WBO Super Junior Middleweight World Title against undefeated challenger Brian “El Boxi” Castaño (16-0-1, 12 KOs) of Buenos Aires, Argentina in a 12-round battle.
“I am very confident about this fight against Brian Castaño,” said Patrick Teixeira. “I am ready to defeat him and keep my title. The fight will be a war. It will be a bit show for all the boxing fans.”
Diaz Jr. vs. Rakhimov is a 12-round fight for the IBF Junior Lightweight World Title presented by Golden Boy in association with RCC Boxing Promotions. The fight will take place Saturday, Feb. 13 and will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN in more than 200 countries and territories, including the U.S., Mexico, Russia, Tajikistan, Brazil and Argentina.

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