RYAN GARCIA LOS ANGELES MEDIA TOUR

Jan 21, 2020

RYAN GARCIA LOS ANGELES MEDIA TOUR QUOTES AND PHOTOSGARCIA TAKES ON FRANCISCO FONSECA ON FRIDAY, FEB. 14 AT THE HONDA CENTER IN ANAHEIM, CALIF. AND STREAMED LIVE ON DAZN

(ABOVE: Ryan Garcia poses for the media ahead of his fight against Francisco Fonseca on Feb. 14 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. and streamed live on DAZN) 

PhotosPhoto Credit: Cris Esqueda-Hoganphotos/Golden BoyTickets Still on Sale! 

LOS ANGELES (Jan. 20, 2020): Rising lightweight sensation Ryan Garcia (19-0, 16 KOs) held a Los Angeles media tour today that included visits to KTLA, the Westside Boxing Club and the ESPN studios to promote the 12-round defense of his WBC Silver Lightweight Title against Francisco Fonseca (25-2-2, 19 KOs). The event will take place Saturday, Feb. 14 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. and will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN. Below are what Garcia and Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy, had to say during today’s activities: RYAN GARCIA, Lightweight Contender:“I’m happy that we got this fight done at the Honda Center in Anaheim, so everyone is going to come out and enjoy this great night. The fact that Francisco Fonseca has fought similar opponents as Tevin Farmer and Gervonta Davis–I feel that it will show people where I am. They’ll be able to compare the fights. I think that’s why this fight is very important. The fans will be using it like a measuring stick. The media can use the fights to compare my skillset with Farmer and Davis against a similar opponent.” “This year I plan to shock the world. In 2020, I want to set a standard where I’m only fighting the best guys. I definitely want Gervonta Davis for this year. I’ve been pushing for that fight to get done. That’s all I want. To shock the world. The only way to do it is to do something hard. To beat Gervonta? That would be good.”
OSCAR DE LA HOYA, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy:“Hopefully we don’t see a lot of broken hearts, but hopefully we’ll see a broken nose. This will be a great night for Ryan Garcia. He’s in with a tough opponent. This year will be his coming out party. I think he’ll be a world champion by the end of the year. He’s getting stronger, faster, and wiser. For Ryan, we want the best for him. Ryan in a world title fight against a top fighter for 2020.” Garcia vs. Fonseca is a 12-round fight for the WBC Silver Lightweight Title presented by Golden Boy. The event is sponsored by Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle.” The event will take place Saturday, Feb. 14 at Honda Center in Anaheim, California and will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN. Tickets for the event are on sale and are priced at $150, $100, $50 and $25, plus applicable taxes, fees and services charges. Tickets can be purchased at goldenboytickets.comticketmaster.com, and by phone at 800-943-4327 and at the Honda Center Box Office (Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. PT to 5 p.m. PT and Sat 10 a.m. PT to 4 p.m. PT).

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Evan Holyfield Gets Visit from Christy Martin

Jan 17, 2020

CHRISTY MARTIN VISITS EVAN “Yung Holy” HOLYFIELD
at HOUSTON TRAINING CAMP WHILE HE PREPARES FOR
FEBRUARY 8 FIGHT at HARD ROCK HOTEL DAYTONA BEACH

Holyfield’s bout will be Promoted By Main Events & Christy Martin Promotions

Evan Holyfield & Christy Martin, Photos Courtesy Team Holyfield
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Termite Watkins (head trainer), Evan, Christy Martin & Tim Hallmark (strength/cond. coach).

Houston, TX, January 16, 2020 — Evan “Yung Holy” Holyfield’s (2-0, 2 KOs) next fight will take place on a Christy Martin Promotions card at Hard Rock Hotel Daytona on Saturday, February 8.

Boxing legend Christy Martin stopped by Holyfield’s Houston Training Camp to look in on Four-Time World Heavyweight Champion Evander Holyfield’s son and came away impressed.

“Most importantly he is a great young man,”said Christy. “He has great speed and power. His work ethic looks unbeatable.”

“It was really great that Christy came by and she gave me some psychological tips to use during my training,” Evan said. “Right now we are in the middle of camp – sparring just started and things are getting more intense, which I like. I enjoy when things are hard.”

This Daytona Beach is about a six hour drive from Atlanta, where Evan grew up. “I am excited to fight in Daytona – it’s a little closer than my two previous fights. Mom says she is coming with some of the fam. My amateur coach plans to make the drive down, and so are a few friends. I also have a couple of friends in the military that are based in Daytona that will also be there.”

Holyfield announced himself to the professional boxing world on the Canelo-Kovalev November 2 fight card at MGM Grand with a spectacular seventeen second stoppage (TKO 1), which you can watch HERE His second fight took place in Houston on November 23, stopping his opponent with a vicious body shot (KO 4). Watch the viral body shot KO HERE

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RICARDO ‘EL NIÑO’ SANDOVAL TO FIGHT RAYMOND ‘TORNADO’ TABUGON IN THE MAIN EVENT

Jan 17, 2020

RICARDO ‘EL NIÑO’ SANDOVAL TO FIGHT RAYMOND ‘TORNADO’ TABUGON IN THE MAIN EVENT OF GOLDEN BOY AND DAZN’S THURSDAY NIGHT FIGHTS

OSCAR ‘EL JAGUAR’ NEGRETE TO FACE ALBERTO ‘IMPACTO’ MELIAN FOR THE VACANT WBA INTERNATIONAL BANTAMWEIGHT TITLE

THURSDAY FEB. 6 AT FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT CASINOTickets on Sale Now! INDIO, CALIF. (Jan. 15, 2020): Hard-hitting 115-pound prospect Ricard “El Niño” Sandoval (17-1, 12 KOs) of Riverside, Calif. will take on Filipino contender Raymond “Tornado” Tabugon (22-11-1, 11 KOs) in a 10-round main event of Thursday Night Fights on Feb. 6 at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, Calif. . The event will be streamed live on DAZNRingTV.com and on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. Sandoval is a 20-year-old prospect who possess a very exciting style. In July 2019, Sandoval fought on a Golden Boy card for the first time by scoring a dominant stoppage win against Marco Sustaita to defend his WBC Youth Intercontinental Flyweight Title. Then, he returned in October to stop Gilberto Gonzalez in the fifth round. Now, Sandoval will look develop into a full-fledge contender against his toughest opponent to date. “2020 will be my year, and I will demonstrate why on February 6,” said Ricardo Sandoval. “I know that Raymond Tabugon is very strong, but I’m coming with a strong desire to win and get closer to a world title opportunity. I’m going to deliver a great show for all the fans, and I’ll work very hard to walk away with my hand in victory.” Tabugon is a 28-year-old veteran who has faced former world champions Juan Francisco “El Gallo” Estrada, Luis “Pantera” Nery and Angel “Tito” Acosta. Now, he’ll look to use his experience to hand Sandoval the second loss of his career and position himself for more opportunities. “I can’t wait to get back in the ring on February 6,” said Raymond Tabugon. “I had a small setback in my last fight, but I’m working hard to return better than ever. I want to thank Golden Boy and Sanman Promotions for the opportunity, and I promise to bring lots of action!” Also, former heavyweight champion Michael “Double M” Moorer will be the special VIP guest for this event. Moorer will be in attendance for this event to meet fans, sign autographs and take pictures inside the Fantasy Springs Special Events Center. The meet-and-greet is open to the public with the purchase of a ticket to the event. In the co-main event, Oscar “El Jaguar” Negrete (18-2-2, 7 KOs) of Tierralta, Colombia and Alberto “Impacto” Melian (6-1, 4 KOs) of Buenos Aires, Argentina will meet in a 10-round bout for the vacant WBA International Bantamweight Title. This matchup is sure to produce fireworks as it will feature two contenders who have unfinished business that started when Negrete defeated Melian at the 2010 South American Games. Standout flyweight prospect Sulem Urbina (11-0, 2 KOs) of Phoenix, Arizona will fight in a six-round clash. Leonardo “Leon” Baez (17-2, 9 KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico will return in a 10-round super bantamweight battle. Anthony Reyes (7-0, 5 KOs) of Coachella, Calif. will participate in a six-round super bantamweight fight in front of a hometown crowd. Oscar Acevedo (6-0) of Garden City, Kansas will return in a six-round lightweight clash. Sandoval vs. Tabugon is a 10-round super flyweight fight presented by Golden Boy. The fight will take place on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. The event will be streamed live on DAZNRingTV.com and on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. The series will also be available on Pluto TV’s FIGHT Channel and regional sports networks around the nation. To see when and where the series is available in your area click here. Tickets for the event are on sale and start at $25. Tickets will be available at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino box office, by calling 1-800-827-2946, or by purchasing online at www.fantasyspringsresort.com.

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DEVIN “THE DREAM” HANEYLAUNCHES CBD LINE OF WELLNESS PRODUCTS

Jan 17, 2020
LAS VEGAS, NV (January 14, 2020) – WBC Lightweight Champion, Devin “The Dream” Haney (24-0, 15 KOs), along with his father and trainer, William Haney, have launched their very own line of CBD wellness products, labeled WEDM, an acronym for William Everett Devin Miles (William Everett Haney and Devin Miles Haney). WEDM is a family owned business, and they are extremely passionate to help others in their recovery of pain and soreness.
With the CBD craze taking the world by storm, Haney felt it was important to jump in on the action as he feels CBD brings a lot of beneficial facets to the human body. CBD can help to calm your Endocannabinoid System and reduce DOMS before a workout. CBD can ease inflammation as it allows muscles to heal and get much stronger than traditional products. CBD is known to reduce muscle spasms, relieve pain and anxiety. CBD can help with muscle gains, recovery and even better sleep.*Haney a WBC champion in recess stands behind his new venture 100%.
“I have been working out for 2-3 days for many, many years now,” said Devin Haney. “I’m a professional world champion boxer. I have to be very conscientious of anything I put in my body. WEDM products have helped my career tremendously. We launched WEDM to help other athletes and those people in general, that need unique help with energy and recovery. We at WEDM will continue to remain on the cutting edge of technology with respect to energy and recovery”.
“I’m a professional boxing trainer and life coach to very high-profile athletes and world champions,” said William Haney. “I have always been fascinated with energy and recovery and how the cannabinoid CBD can help with those two elements. With diligence and persistence, we founded WEDM with a sole purpose, which is to provide clients with a trusted product that starts the day good, and ends the day good, that is our motto at WEDM. Whether it’s generating energy for a workout or relief from old aching injuries, WEDM goes to every measure testing all products ensuring the best quality for each and every consumer.”
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JAIME MUNGUIA DEFEATS GARY ‘SPIKE’ O’SULLIVAN TO CAPTURE THE WBO INTERCONTINENTAL MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE

Jan 13, 2020

JAIME MUNGUIA DEFEATS GARY ‘SPIKE’ O’SULLIVAN TO CAPTURE THEWBO INTERCONTINENTAL MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE ALEJANDRA ‘LA TIGRE’ JIMENEZ CAPTURES WBC & WBO SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLES AGAINST FRANCHON CREWS-DEZURNSATURDAY, JANUARY 11, 2020 AT THE ALAMODOME IN SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS AND STREAMED LIVE ON DAZN

(ABOVE: Jaime Munguia lands a hard left hand against Gary O’Sullivan en route to his stoppage win on Jan. 11 at The Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.)Click HERE for PhotosPhoto Credit: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy SAN ANTONIO (Jan. 11, 2020): Jaime Munguia (35-0, 28 KOs) made a successful 160-pound debut by defeating Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan (30-4, 21 KOs) via 11th-round stoppage to capture the WBO Intercontinental Middleweight Title at The Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. The event was streamed live exclusively on DAZN.  “This was a new division for me,” said Jaime Munguia. “I felt stronger and with more conditioning, I just needed to adjust my speed to feel fully comfortable. I would give my performance a 7 or 8 because I needed to do a few more things, but we will get there fight by fight.” “I was confused about whether to attack or not to attack. Sometimes I thought I had to attack, but I didn’t. But thanks to my corner and Erick Morales I was able to get him. On the last rounds, I was more attentive, even though I still got punched a few times.” “I would like to fight the best of this division: Canelo, Golovkin, or the Charlos. I know they have more experience, but I look forward to those fights. I want to thank everyone in San Antonio and Viva Mexico.” “I feel disappointed,” said Gary O’Sullivan. “I was hoping I could win, but I guess I wasn’t good enough to take him down. I just want to go home, spend time with my family and rest. I’ve been away for too long and I think it’s time for me to go and enjoy some time with them. I have made a great sacrifice for this fight, but it’s OK.” In the co-main event, Alejandra “La Tigre” Jimenez (13-0-1, 9 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexicocaptured the WBC and WBO Super Middleweight World Titles against Franchon “The Heavy-Hitting Diva” Crews-Dezurn (6-2, 2 KOs) of Baltimore, Maryland via majority decision in a 10-round fight. Jimenez won with scores of 97-93 and 98-92, while one judge scored 97-93 in favor of Crews-Dezurn. “I feel great! This is amazing,” said Alejandra Jimenez. “I’ve accomplished one of my biggest dreams. I’ve been away from my family for a long time. This win is for them, my team, and my country, particularly my Cancun that I love so much.”         “I’m heartbroken, but I’ve been here before,” said Franchon Crews-Dezurn. “This is a learning experience; I have to go back and regroup with my team because I don’t think a decision on my favor was that far. This was a tough fight for me. This was my 8th fight, but I’m still learning and growing in the ring. I thank Golden Boy for the opportunity to show my skills in front of a Hispanic crowd and new people that haven’t met me before. I’m glad they were entertained. This wasn’t the outcome I wanted for my first fight of the year, but I will be back.” Hector “El Finito” Tanajara Jr. (19-0, 5 KOs) of San Antonio, Texas beat Juan Carlos Burgos (33-4-2, 21 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico to defend his USNBC Lightweight Title in a 10-round fight. Tanajara won with scores of 99-91, 97-92 and 97-92. “The atmosphere here in San Antonio is amazing,” said Hector Tanajara. “It feels greats to be home. This was my first pro fight here, and I felt like I gave my people a good fight. I started the fight boxing but finished it giving it my all. That’s the Mexican blood in me.” Joshua “El Profesor” Franco (16-1-2, 8 KOs) of San Antonio, Texas defeated Jose Burgos (17-3, 14 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico via technical knockout in the ninth round of a super flyweight fight originally scheduled for 10 rounds. Franco won with time of 2:13 of the aforementioned round. “I feel incredible winning at my hometown,” said Joshua Franco. “It is my first time fighting here, and I performed well. Words can’t describe how I feel right now; I feel really happy to see my friends and family in the crowd tonight.” Tristan “Sweet T” Kalkreuth (4-0, 3 KOs) of Duncanville, Texas beat Blake Lacaze (4-8-1, 2 KOs) of Monroe, Louisiana via knockout in the first round in a four-round cruiserweight fight. Kalkreuth won time of 1:50 of the aforementioned round. “There is not a lot to say since it was a first-round knockout,” said Tristan Kalkreuth. “All glory to God and gracias to San Antonio. I’m very happy I am in this position where I can inspire other kids.” Travell “Black Magic” Mazion (17-0, 13 KOs) of Austin, Texas stopped Fernando Castaneda (26-14-1, 17 KOs) of Aguascalientes, Mexico via first-round, body shot knockout to capture the NABF Super Welterweight Title. Mazion won with time of 2:13.  “I’m highly blessed,” said Travell Mazion. “All glory to God. If it wasn’t for God, I wouldn’t be standing here right now. I feel amazing. I didn’t really expect it to end it that fast. I was ready to cry on the ring because I’m a champ! I am a champ! I did it! All glory to God.” George Rincon (10-0, 7 KOs) of Carolton, Texas defeated Diego Perez (13-10-1, 11 KOs) of Buenos Aires, Argentina via knockout in the first round in a welterweight bout originally scheduled for six rounds. Rincon won with a time of 2:53 of the aforementioned round. “I’m feeling OK. I took my time,” said George Rincon. “When I was punching him, I could feel a K.O. was coming soon. I didn’t want to finish fast, so that’s why I took my time. I threw a jab and when I landed a left punch, that was it. Hector Valdez (12-0, 8 KOs) of Dallas, Texas stopped Luis Rios (25-6-1, 17 KOs) of Felipillo, Panama in the third round via knockout in a super bantamweight fight originally scheduled for eight rounds. Valdez won with time of 2:59 of the aforementioned round. “I stuck to the game plan. I wanted to get some rounds in, so we started a little slower, but overall, I stuck to my game plan and came out victorious,” said Hector Valdez. “Today is a good day.” “My opponent was tough; he is a hell of a fighter, but I knew that. These are the type of fights that I need because it boosts my ego.” James “Crunch Time” Wilkins (9-1, 6 KOs) of Staten Island, New York defeated James Early (4-6) of Seat Pleasant, Maryland via unanimous decision in a six-round super featherweight bout. Wilkins won with scores of 58-56, 60-54 and 60-54. “I’m happy to start my journey with Golden Boy,” said James Wilkins. “This is the first of many good fights that will happen. I have so much to learn and grow. As a young fighter, I know that there is so much more to the journey. Each fight is going to make me grow and learn more.” Alex Martin (15-3, 6 KOs) of Chicago, Illinois beat Angel Fierro (16-1-1, 12 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico via majority decision in an eight-round super lightweight fight. Martin won with scores 77-75 and 79-73, while one judge had it a 76-76 draw. “My opponent was as tough as I thought he was going to be,” said Alex Martin. “He got a lot of boxing and a lot of heart. He put up a good fight, and congratulations to him and his team too.” Munguia vs. O’Sullivan was a 12-round fight for the WBO Intercontinental Middleweight Title presented by Golden Boy in association with Zanfer Promotions and Murphy’s Boxing. The event was sponsored by Tecate “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” and Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle.” The event took place Saturday, Jan. 11 at The Alamodome in San Antonio and was streamed live exclusively on DAZN

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TYSON FURY TO HOLD A MEET & GREET FOR A GOOD CAUSE

Jan 9, 2020

LINEAL CHAMPION TYSON FURY TO HOLD A MEET & GREET AT CAPETILLO & TM BOXING GYM IN LAS VEGAS, NEVADA AHEAD OF HIS FIGHT FEBRUARY 22nd TO HELP CAPETILLO AND TM BOXING

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Design by @heczar Hector De La Cruz(January 9, 2020 – Las Vegas, NV) :  Trainer Jorge Capetillo, owner of Capetillo & TM Boxing Gym is always one to give the shirt off his back. Genuinely a giving person along with his wife and children. When Capetillo decided to open a gym in Vegas, he never imagined the financial hardship toll it would take. Many kids can’t afford a membership or need discounts unfortunately. He is feeling the effects of all this now, and while talking to his fighter, Tyson Fury, the lineal Champion had a great idea. Fury isn’t doing any interviews or appearances until fight week, but out of the goodness of his heart, he offered to do a Meet & Greet at Capetillo’s gym to see if it would help bring in memberships or sponsorships. A very grateful Capetillo said, “Yes! Great idea!” 
The EXCLUSIVE and FREE Meet & Greet will take place this Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 12:00pm at Capetillo & TM Boxing Gym located at, 3430 E. Tropicana Ave., Suite 61, Las Vegas, NV 89121. We kindly as media to contact Nancy Rodriguez at Nancyr505@gmail.com as there will be limited Media access. 
The purpose of this Meet & Greet is to showcase the Boxing Gym where Tyson Fury will be in training camp ahead of his fight against Deontay Wilder, February 22, 2020 at the MGM Grand. This Boxing gym is a huge part of the community and is in need of member and/or sponsorships. Fury wants to help by giving the gym the exposure it deserves for getting the kids off the streets and teaching them Boxing skills. We hope sponsors will be interested in putting up a banner in the gym in exchange of sponsorship.

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THRILLING FLYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP BOUT HEADLINES UFC® RETURN TO NORFOLK

Jan 8, 2020

FEATURED BOUTS:

(#1) JOSEPH BENAVIDEZ vs. (#3) DEIVESON FIGUEIREDO

FELICIA SPENCER vs. ZARAH FAIRN

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT ON ESPN+®: BENAVIDEZ vs. FIGUEIREDO

ATCHARTWAY ARENA GO ON SALE FRIDAY, JANUARY 10

ALL FIGHTS EXCLUSIVELY ON ESPN+

Las Vegas – UFC® returns to Norfolk with the vacant flyweight title up for grabs, as No. 1 ranked contender Joseph Benavidez and No. 3 ranked Deiveson Figueiredo battle to secure their first UFC championship. Also on the card, top women’s featherweight prospects meet to stake their claim for a title shot as Felicia Spencer takes on Zarah Fairn

UFC FIGHT NIGHT ON ESPN+®: BENAVIDEZ vs. FIGUEIREDO will take place Saturday, Feb. 29 at Chartway Arena with all fights carried exclusively on ESPN+ in English and Spanish. The main card begins at 8 p.m. ET with the prelims kicking off at 5 p.m. ET. Doors open at 4 p.m. ET.

A member of the flyweight roster since its inception in 2012, Benavidez (28-5, fighting out of Las Cruces, N.M.) hopes that his third UFC title challenge will be the charm to obtaining his first gold strap. A perennial top contender for most of his career, Benavidez has proven himself to be one of the best in the world with wins over Jussier Formiga, Henry Cejudo and Tim Elliot. He now looks to become the only person to stop Figueiredo and finally earn his long-awaited championship.

One of the most dangerous finishers in the flyweight division, Figueiredo (17-1, fighting out of Condor Belem, Para, Brazil) looks to leave no doubt in his first-ever title opportunity. Since joining the UFC roster in 2017, he has earned impressive stoppage wins against Tim Elliot, John Moraga and Joseph Morales. Now, he intends on delivering his most impressive performance yet in the biggest fight of his career.

Intending to start the new year with a statement, Spencer (7-1, fighting out of Orlando, Fla. by way of Montreal, Canada) looks to bounce back into the win column and declare herself the top contender for the featherweight belt. A former Invicta FC champion, Spencer impressed in her UFC debut with a first-round submission over Megan Anderson. Now, she aims to add another dominant stoppage to her record when she faces Fairn in the co-main event.

A striking specialist, Fairn (6-3, fighting out of Paris, France) looks to improve on her UFC debut and show that she can compete with the best in the world. With four knockouts and four first-round finishes in her MMA career, Fairn has proven that she is a dangerous test for anyone. Now, she intends on securing her first UFC win and announcing herself as the next contender to watch in the division.

Additional bouts on the card include:

  • Dana White’s Contender Series signee Aalon Cruz (8-2, fighting out of Tampa, Fla.) aims to impress in his UFC debut against the always-exciting Steven Peterson (18-9, fighting out of Dallas, Texas)
  • Bantamweight prospects Gabriel Silva (7-1, fighting out of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil) and Kyler Phillips (6-1, fighting out of Glendale, Calif.) battle to secure their first official UFC win
  • Jordan Griffin (17-7, fighting out of Milwaukee, Wisc.) looks to bounce back into the win column against debuting Dana White’s Contender Series signee TJ Brown (14-6, fighting out of Little Rock, Ark.)
  • Top middleweight prospects clash as Brendan Allen (12-3, fighting out of Milwaukee, Wisc.) meets Tom Breese (11-1, fighting out of Birmingham, England)
  • In a battle of featherweight strikers, Mike Davis (8-2, fighting out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) intends to take out Giga Chikadze (6-1, fighting out of Huntington Beach, Calif.)
  • In further women’s featherweight action, Megan Anderson (10-4, fighting out of Kansas City, Mo.) looks to spoil the debut of Norma Dumont (4-0, fighting out of State of Minas Gerais, Brazil)
  • Undefeated Sean Brady (11-0, fighting out of Philadelphia, Pa.) intends to secure another impressive win when he takes on fellow top welterweight prospect Ismail Naurdiev (19-3, fighting out of Salzburg, Austria)
  • Marcin Tybura (17-6, fighting out of Uniejow, Poland) and Serghei Spivac (10-1, fighting out of Chisinau, Moldova) meet in a battle of heavyweight hopefuls
  • In a light heavyweight bout guaranteed to deliver fireworks, Ion Cutelaba (15-4, fighting out of Chisinau, Maldova) takes on Magomed Ankalaev (12-1, fighting out of Dagestan, Russia)

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Tickets for UFC FIGHT NIGHT ON ESPN+®: BENAVIDEZ vs. FIGUEIREDO go on sale Friday, Jan. 10 at 10 a.m. ET. Tickets are available for purchase online at YnotTix.com. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person.

UFC Fight Club® members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets Wednesday, Jan. 8 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, Jan. 9 starting at 10 a.m. ET. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.

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JAIME MUNGUIA SAN ANTONIO MEDIA WORKOUT

Jan 8, 2020

JAIME MUNGUIA SAN ANTONIO MEDIA WORKOUT QUOTES AND PHOTOS SATURDAY, JAN. 11 AT THE ALAMODOME IN SAN ANTONIO AND STREAMED LIVE ON DAZN

(ABOVE: Jaime Munguia shadowboxes for the media ahead of his fight against Gary O’Sullivan on Jan. 11 at The Alamodome in San Antonio and streamed live on DAZN) 


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SAN ANTONIO (Jan. 7, 2020): Jaime Munguia (34-0, 27 KOs) hosted a media workout today at Boxers and Brawlers Boxing Club ahead of his 12-round middleweight fight against Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan (30-3, 21 KOs). The battle will take place Saturday, Jan. 11 at The Alamodome in San Antonio, TX and will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN
Below are what today’s participants had to say at the workout:
JAIME MUNGUIA, Middleweight Contender:“Gary O’Sullivan comes with a strong desire to win and a strong mentality, which will make for a tougher fight. He’s a high-level fighter with a lot of experience. Fighting against him in my first fight at middleweight is a great opportunity to get a lot of experience.”  “He’s very strong and has a strong right hand, so we have to be careful. He’s a fighter that goes forward and throws punches very fast. He’ll suddenly explode with fast combinations, so we have to make sure we’re aware of that with my guard up.” On having Erik Morales on his team:“It’s always good to have someone with a lot of experience in your corner. Morales was in a lot of great fights with some of the best fighters in the world, so it’s always good to have someone like him on my team. He’s not trying to change my style. I’m going to keep my style, but we’ve also been working on my defense, speed, and knowing when to throw punches.” On his move to middleweight:“The move to middleweight has its benefits because I don’t have to lose as much weight. I feel good at this weight. I feel stronger. The plan is to one day fight for a world title in this division. But right now we are concentrated on the fight we have in front of us.” ERIK “EL TERRIBLE” MORALES, Hall of Famer and Trainer of Jaime Munguia:“We’re working on Munguia’s technique more than anything. Munguia is a very responsible fighter. He has lots of energy and loves to work. He also wants to learn. That was one of the conditions I had before starting with him. I wanted to make sure that he wanted to learn, and he has shown that he is ready and willing to learn what I have to teach him.” Munguia vs. O’Sullivan is a 12-round middleweight fight presented by Golden Boy in association with Zanfer Promotions and Murphy’s Boxing. The event is sponsored by Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle.” The event will take place Saturday, Jan. 11 at The Alamodome in San Antonio, TX and will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN.  Tickets for Munguia vs. O’Sullivan are on sale and are priced at $25, $40, $65, $100, and $200, plus applicable taxes, fees and services charges. Tickets can be purchased online at ticketsmaster.com and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Tickets will also be available at The Alamodome box office, which is open Monday – Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm C.T. and Saturdays and Sundays when events are taking place at The Alamodome.

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RYAN GARCIA SURPRISES U.S. AIRFORCE FAN!

Jan 6, 2020

(January 3, 2020 – San Diego, CA.) – Making people smile is one of the most amazing things we can do as human beings. The World Boxing Council Los Angeles Office along with WBC Cares was able to kick off 2020 with memorable smiles and lifelong memories for the Lopez kids. U.S. Air Force Airman Jocelyn Lopez, is home from Nebraska for a few days. Airman Lopez is a first generation Mexican-American, making her family proud by serving the U.S. and helping out her family. When WBC found out she was a huge fan of WBC SIlver Lightweight Champion Ryan Garcia, they contacted Ryan Garcia who immediately, without hesitation said, “Bring her to the gym, she can come watch me train.” Thanks to Ryan Garcia’s mom, Lisa, all was planned for the surprise in San Diego.
The surprise was a huge success and not only did Airman Jocelyn Lopez and her siblings meet him, Team Garcia invited them to his upcoming fight February 14th at the Honda Center! Their faces were PRICELESS, when they saw Ryan Garcia and Sean Garcia training for two hours. The Lopez kids were so grateful, they said they will never forget this day!  These are moments the kids will forever cherish and its thanks to Champions like Ryan Garcia, WBC Cares is able to continue bringing smiles and sharing them with the world.

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Mario Barrios is the Express-News 2019 Sportsman of the Year

Jan 6, 2020


By John Whistler – 
ExpressNews.com
The requests became so frequent Mario Barrios decided to carry around his championship belt in the trunk of his car. The reason? Easy access every time someone – friends or even perfect strangers – wanted to pose for a picture with San Antonio’s newest boxing champion. Barrios took the belt with him when he was honored by Mayor Ron Nirenberg and members of the San Antonio City Council, then again during a special recognition by Bexar County Commissioners Court. Barrios, 24, has been at the center of a whirlwind of activity since late September, when he became the first local boxer to win a major world title in 25 years. For his accomplishment, Barrios is the Express-News 2019 Sportsman of the Year. “If you had told me when I first turned pro that I’d be in this position this early in my career, I never would have believed you,” he said. “It’s been surreal.” Barrios becomes only the second boxer to win the newspaper’s top annual award for a male athlete. The late Robert Quiroga won it in 1991 after his epic world title defense against “Kid” Akeem Anifowoshe at HemisFair Arena. Barrios won the vacant WBA world super lightweight title by beating Russia’s Batyr Akhmedov on Sept. 28 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The last San Antonio boxer to win a world title was “Jesse” James Leija, who defeated Azumah Nelson on May 7, 1994, to win the WBC world super featherweight title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Quiroga became the first local fighter to claim a major title when he defeated Juan Polo Perez on April 21, 1990, in Sunderland, England, for the IBF world super flyweight championship. John Michael Johnson was next in line, defeating Junior Jones with an 11th-round TKO on April 22, 1994, to win the WBA world bantamweight title at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Barrios’ victory over Akhmedov capped a year in which he went 3-0, with wins over Richard Zamora and Juan Jose Velasco, both by knockout. In fact, until the win by unanimous decision over Akhmedov, Barrios (25-0, 16 KOs) had won eight straight fights by knockout. The victory over Akhmedov was not without controversy. Many observers felt Barrios lost the fight after he suffered a deep cut over his left eye in the seventh round and his face began to swell. By fight’s end, the swelling was so bad his left eye was nearly closed, the result of an unintentional head butt and constant pounding from looping right hands by the southpaw Akhmedov. Akhmedov won most of the middle rounds after Barrios dominated the early going, which included a knockdown of Akhmedov in the fourth round. The judges scored the fight 115-111, 116-111 and 114-112, all for Barrios. “I even though the scores were closer than that,” Barrios recalled. “My corner told me I needed a knockdown or knockout to win entering the 12th and final round.”

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