ÓSCAR COLLAZO FIRMA CON MIGUEL COTTO PROMOTIONS Y GOLDEN BOY

Dec 4, 2019

CAGUAS, Puerto Rico 3 de diciembre de 2019 -Luego de haber capturado la medalla de oro en los Juegos Panamericanos de Lima 2019, el destacado prospecto puertorriqueño Óscar ‘El Pupilo’ Collazo decidió dejar a un lado sus aspiraciones olímpicas y dio el salto oficialmente al profesionalismo esta semana tras firmar con Miguel Cotto Promotions y H2 Entertainment en asociación con Golden Boy. “El Pupilo” Collazo, que fue uno de los seis atletas en traer a Puerto Rico una presea dorada desde Lima, y el único en conseguir dicha gesta en el pugilismo en esta edición, se apresta a debutar el próximo 15 de febrero durante el primer cartel de Miguel Cotto Promotions en el 2020.

“Estoy un poquito ansioso por mi debut. Tengo grandes planes, quiero ser la cara del boxeo en Puerto Rico y tengo las herramientas para serlo. Creo que al firmar con Miguel Cotto Promotions llegué al lugar correcto para lograr esos planes”, indicó Collazo, quien tiene en su haber sobre 140 peleas como aficionado.

“Teníamos varias ofertas sobre la mesa, pero definitivamente la mejor era la de Miguel Cotto Promotions. A parte de la gran trayectoria de Miguel como boxeador, creo que llegamos a una compañía que puede ayudarnos a desarrollarnos. Basta ver cómo ya han tenido campeones mundiales en [Ángel] ‘Tito’ Acosta y [Alberto] Machado, además de varios campeones regionales. Tienen un gran escuadrón de prospectos. Estar en una compañía así me motiva”.

Precisamente, contar con alguien como “Tito” Acosta es uno de los aspectos que intriga a Collazo, pues es un peleador que ha hecho campaña a nivel mundial en los pesos que él aspirar reinar en un futuro. “Acosta sería buena pareja de entrenamiento, de ‘sparrings’. Él ya ha estado en grandes escenarios en el profesionalismo y tengo de quien aprender y sacarle provecho a su experiencia”, opinó el púgil de 22 años de edad y oriundo del pueblo de Villalba.

“Siempre hemos sido fiel creyente de que como boxeador aficionado debes vivir la experiencia de todo un ciclo pues te brinda las herramientas para ser exitoso a nivel profesional. Óscar Collazo es un talento natural y tiene madera para ser campeón del mundo en un corto plazo”, dijo Miguel Cotto, Presidente de Miguel Cotto Promotions.

“Óscar Collazo tiene un gran talento, estamos bien contentos y entusiasmados de que nos haya brindado la confianza de trabajar juntos. Óscar Collazo será campeón mundial”, comentó Héctor Soto, vicepresidente y promotor de Miguel Cotto Promotions y H2 Entertainment.

“Golden Boy ha coronado a varios campeones mundiales de Puerto Rico en los últimos años debido a nuestra gran asociación con Miguel Cotto Promotions”, dijo Óscar de la Hoya, Presidente y Jefe Ejecutivo de Golden Boy. “Y ahora con esta nueva adición, estoy seguro que desarrollaremos más campeones en el futuro cercano. Óscar Collazo es un destacado talento en peso minimosca, una división en la que hemos tenido muchas emocionantes peleas en los últimos meses. Esperamos con ansias promover a este joven púgil con nuestros amigos en Miguel Cotto Promotions”, subrayó.

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TOP HEAVYWEIGHT CONTENDERS (#3) CURTIS BLAYDES AND (#4) JUNIOR DOS SANTOS HEADLINE UFC® DEBUT IN RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA

Dec 2, 2019

UFC FIGHT NIGHT ON ESPN+®: BLAYDES vs. DOS SANTOS

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(#3) CORY SANDHAGEN vs. (#5 – FW) FRANKIE EDGAR

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LAS VEGAS – For the first time ever, UFC® heads to PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C. with a pivotal bout in the heavyweight division as No. 3 ranked contender Curtis Blaydes looks to secure the most important victory of his career when he takes on former UFC heavyweight champion and No. 4 ranked Junior Dos Santos.Also on the card, former UFC lightweight champion and featherweight title challenger Frankie Edgar drops down for his first fight at bantamweight when he takes on top up-and-coming contender, No. 3 ranked Cory Sandhagen.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT ON ESPN+®: BLAYDES vs. DOS SANTOS will stream live from PNC Arena with all fights carried exclusively on ESPN+ in English and Spanish. The main card begins at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 25, with the prelims kicking off at 5 p.m. ET.  Doors open at 4 p.m. ET.

The record-holder for most takedowns in UFC heavyweight history, Blaydes (12-2, fighting out of Chicago, Ill.) returns to action following a dominant victory over fellow top-ranked contender Shamil Abdurakhimov in September. Still one of the youngest heavyweights on the roster, Blaydes already holds a number of impressive victories over legendary names such as Alistair Overeem and Mark Hunt. He now looks to secure the first title shot of his career by taking out his first former champion. 

Former champion and perennial fan favorite Dos Santos (21-6, fighting out of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil) looks to get back into the title conversation with another signature knockout victory. The record-holder for the most knockdowns in UFC heavyweight history, Dos Santos has wins over some of the biggest names in the sport, including former UFC champions Fabricio Werdum, Cain Velasquez and Frank Mir, as well as current champion Stipe Miocic. He now aims to secure his 16th victory in the Octagon and stake his claim as the next title contender.

Undefeated in the UFC, Sandhagen (12-1, fighting out of Aurora, Colo.) goes for the most significant win of his young career. A professional mixed martial artist for less than five years, Sandhagen has already proven himself with wins over Raphael Assuncao, John Lineker and Iuri Alcantara. With his biggest challenge yet in front of him in former champion Edgar, Sandhagen looks to rise to the occasion and secure the next shot at the bantamweight title.

Always looking for a new challenge, Edgar (22-7, fighting out of Toms River, N.J.) wastes no time by jumping straight into the deep end of his new division. One of the biggest fan favorites on the roster, Edgar holds some of the most iconic wins in UFC history, including those over B.J. Penn, Gray Maynard and Urijah Faber. With a win over Sandhagen, Edgar looks to become the first athlete in UFC history to challenge for a title in three different weight classes.

Announced bouts on the card include:

  • Top featherweight contenders look to extend their win streaks and climb into the title conversation when No. 10 ranked Josh Emmett (15-2, fighting out of Sacramento, Calif.) meets No. 14 Arnold Allen (15-1, fighting out of Trimley St. Martin, Suffolk, England)
  • Former Olympic silver medalist and No. 9 ranked women’s bantamweight contender Sara McMann (11-5, fighting out of Gaffney, S.C.) returns to the Octagon after almost two years off to take on No. 11 ranked Lina Lansberg (10-4, fighting out of Malmo, Sweden)
  • Dana White’s Contender Seriesveterans meet in a battle of ranked flyweights as No. 10 Jordan Espinosa (14-6, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.) and No. 11 Alex Perez (22-5, fighting out of Lemoore, Calif.) look to break into the top of the division.
  • Hannah Cifers (10-3, fighting out of Durham, N.C.) aims to make her home state fans proud by snapping the win streak of former Invicta FC strawweight champion, Brianna Van Buren (9-2, fighting out of Gilroy, Calif.)
  • Debuting featherweights look to impress as Dana White’s Contender Series signee Herbert Burns (9-2, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil by way of Lantana, Fla.) takes on Nate Landwehr (13-2, fighting out of Clarksville, Tenn.)
  • Brett Johns (15-2, fighting out of Swansea, Wales) intends to bounce back into the win column against debuting Dana White’s Contender Series signee Tony Gravely (19-5, fighting out of Radford, Va.)
  • Montel Jackson (9-1, fighting out of Milwaukee, Wisc.) and Felipe Colares (9-1, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) meet in a clash of bantamweight prospects
  • Dana White’s Contender Series signee Jamahal Hill (6-0, fighting out of Kentwood, Mich.) looks to remain undefeated when he battles hard-hitting Darko Stosic (13-3, fighting out of Belgrade, Serbia)
  • Bevon Lewis (7-2, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.) and Alen Amedovski (8-2, fighting out of Rome, Italy) look to snap their losing streaks in a critical middleweight bout
  • Women’s flyweight action seesJustine Kish (6-2, fighting out of Cramerton, N.C.) defend her home state against Lucie Pudilova (8-5, fighting out of Pribram, Czech Republic)

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PATRICK TEIXEIRA SE CONVIERTE EN CAMPEÓN MUNDIAL INTERINO SUPERWELTER DE LA OMB AL DERROTAR A CARLOS ADAMES POR DECISIÓN UNÁNIME

Dec 2, 2019

Patrick Teixeira (31-1, 22 nocáuts), el emocionante peleador zurdo brasileño, capturó el cinturón interino mundial superwelter de la OMB al derrotar al fuerte e invicto dominicano Carlos Adames (18-1, 14 nocáuts) por decisión unánime en elThe Chelsea dentro del The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas y en vivo por ESPN+.             “Estoy muy emocionado de brindar un título mundial a Brasil”, afirmó Patrick Teixeira. “Quiero hacer que el boxeo se desarrolle más grande en Brasil. El futbol es nuestro deporte más grande, y este es un gran momento para el boxeo en mi país. La pelea fue difícil debido a las cortadas, pero fui capaz de aguantar por la experiencia que tengo. Fue un poco más difícil, pero mi esquina hizo un trabajo excelente con las cortadas. Sentí que tenía que ganar el último asalto. Fue un combate muy cerrado. Cada punto fue crucial, y gané el último episodio para salir con la victoria”, finalizó.             “Estamos muy orgullosos de Patrick Teixeira por haber capturado el fajín mundial interino OMB de las 154 libras”, afirmó Óscar de la Hoya, Presidente y Jefe Ejecutivo de Golden Boy. “Fue una guerra muy brutal y ensangrentada, pero Teixeira unió todas sus fuerzas para obtener la victoria más importante de su carrera y ante un peleador peligroso. Esperamos con ansias iniciar el año nuevo con otro campeón en nuestro establo”, puntualizó.

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THE OSCAR DE LA HOYA FOUNDATION HOSTS 23rd ANNUAL TURKEY GIVEAWAY

Nov 26, 2019

(ABOVE: Participants from this past Saturday’s Turkey Giveaway pose for a photo after delivering turkeys to hundreds of families at Oscar De La Hoya Ánimo Charter School in East Los Angeles)

PhotosPhoto Credit: Cris Esqueda – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy 

LOS ANGELES (Nov. 25, 2019): The Oscar De La Hoya Foundation hosted its 23rdAnnual Turkey Giveaway this past Saturday at Oscar De La Hoya Ánimo Charter High School to lend a helping hand to East Los Angeles families as they celebrate Thanksgiving this year. The Foundation, along with Golden Boy fighters Joet GonzalezSeniesa “Superbad” EstradaJousce “Tito” GonzalezAaron “The Silencer” McKennaHerbert “Ace” Acevedo and Richard “Kansas Kid” Acevedo, served turkeys to hundreds of families today and distributed additional turkeys to local organizations, churches and Green Dot Public Schools. “The Annual Turkey Giveaway is an event that is very close to my heart,” said Oscar De La Hoya, CEO and Chairman of Golden Boy Promotions. “Having grown up in East Los Angeles, it’s important for me to give back to my hometown this holiday season. We’re thrilled that we’ve been able to help members of the East Los Angeles community for the past 23 years, and we look forward to continuing to support local families in need.” The event was made possible by Mission Foods, Tampico, 4Earth Farms and Sombra Apparel. About the Oscar De La Hoya Foundation:In 1995, Chairman and CEO Oscar De La Hoya started his honorable Oscar De La Hoya Foundation to help improve the quality of life for the community in his hometown of East Los Angeles. Today, with the help many partners, the foundation serves thousands of people annually.  The Oscar De La Hoya Foundation supports the Oscar De La Hoya Ánimo Charter High School, the Cecilia Gonzalez De La Hoya Cancer Center and the Oscar De La Hoya Labor and Delivery Center and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (both located at White Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles) in addition to various after school programs that promotes positive lives, and protect youth from the circumstances of living in underprivileged communities.

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RENE ‘GEMELO’ ALVARADO BEATS ANDREW ‘EL CHANGO’ CANCIO TO BECOME THE WBA SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION

Nov 26, 2019

ABOVE: Rene Alvarado lands a hard right hand on Andrew Cancio en route to a seventh-round stoppage win on Nov. 23 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California)

Photos and ScorecardsPhoto Credit: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

INDIO, CALIF. (Nov. 23, 2019): Rene “Gemelo” Alvarado (32-8, 20 KOs) of Managua, Nicaragua successfully defeated Andrew “El Chango” Cancio (21-5-2, 16 KOs) of Blythe, California via knockout at the end of the seventh round of a 12-round rematch for the WBA Super Featherweight World Title. The fight was stopped after the referee deemed Cancio’s cut to be too severe to continue. The event took place on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. and was streamed live DAZN.  “It’s a feeling very hard to describe,” said Rene Alvarado. “It’s something I’ve wanted ever since I started my career, and now Nicaragua has another world champion, twin brothers. We were looking for new opportunities, not necessarily to avenge a loss, but opportunities to become a world champion. And that’s what we did. Cancio’s going to come back from this but we fought our hearts out and it was a tough fight.”
“It was a plan to start dominating from the very beginning of the fight. That was the plan, by Sergio Gonzalez my trainer and my corner including my brother, who’s also a world champion with me now.”

“My objective was to make sure that I become a world champion on this important day, the 23rd of November, when 45 years ago, Alexis Argüello became a world champion for the first time [and Nicaragua’s first world champion]. And now for the first time, we have two world champions who are twin brothers from Nicaragua. That was the objective.” “We felt great throughout camp, and I just couldn’t get off,” said Andrew Cancio. “I fought a hell of a fight tonight. I was two steps behind him. There’s nothing I can say. He fought his fight tonight and he got his revenge in the rematch. Congratulations to him. He did exactly what I did. He had to come from behind to come over here and become a world champion. He fought a hell of a fight and there’s nothing I can say besides congratulate him and enjoy this.I know how it feels. Now we just have to go back to the drawing board, and I have to talk it over with my team. Tonight, wasn’t my night but it is what it is. I have to take this loss as a champion and just go back home and regroup and see what we have to do.”
“I kept trying, but tonight was his night. He got off very well. I got hit with too many shots. I had a great camp; there’s no excuses about it, and the better man won tonight. It’s well-deserved; he fought a tremendous fight. I’ve been here before. It is what it is. It’s part of the game.” In the co-main event, Xu Can (18-2, 3 KOs) of Kumming, China defeated Manny Robles (18-1, 8 KOs) of Los Angeles, California via unanimous decision to successfully defend his WBA Featherweight World Title. Can won with scores of 120-108, 119-109 and 118-110. “We trained very hard in the camp, three months for the fight,” said Xu Can “.We wanted to show everybody in the world. 

Who do you want next? “Josh [Harrington]! You coming out? Now I’m here. You see I’m here, right? Let’s fight. Let’s unify.”

Where would you want the fight? “Anywhere. I can fight anywhere. I promise I will bring the belt back home to China.” Rashidi “Speedy” Ellis (22-0, 14 KOs) of Boston, Mass. beat Eddie “E-Boy” Gomez (23-4, 13 KOs) of  the Bronx, New York via unanimous decision in a 10-round fight for the WBA Continental Americas Welterweight Title. Ellis won with scores of 100-90, 99-91 and 99-91. “This was a good fight and a good test for me,” said Rashidi Ellis. “For me it wasn’t personal. They made it personal. It was because I knocked him out in the first round of our first right. I’d be mad too if that were me. Now I just want bigger fighters. I want to fight for a world title.” Victor “El Tornado” Morales Jr. (13-0, 7 KOs) of Vancouver, Wash. defeated Diuhl Olguin (14-13-3, 9 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico via unanimous decision in an eight-round featherweight bout. Morales won with three scores of 80-72. “I felt good, but it also felt like my pro debut in a way,” said Victor Morales. “Props to my opponent. He was tough and came to fight. I knew he would be the toughest fight of my pro career thus far. Once I got loose, comfortable and got his timing, I knew I had him.”
Alberto “Impacto” Melian (6-1, 4 KOs) of Buenos Aires, Argentina stopped Juan Kantun (21-9-3, 15 KOs) of Phoenix, Arizona via knockout in the second round of an eight-round super bantamweight battle.  “There was a moment I didn’t feel his punches and I felt strong,” said Alberto Melian.”That’s when I knew I had to step it up. I would like to face Joshua Franco and any other title holder, but I’ll leave that to Roberto Diaz and my promoter” Baishanbo Nasiyiwula (16-3-1, 6 KOs) of Urumqi, China defeated Saul Corral (30-15, 20 KOs) of Sonora, Mexico via unanimous decision in an eight-round welterweight fight. Nasiyiwula won with three scores of 80-72. “Before I got into the ring, I was nervous,” said Baishanbo Nasiyiwula.”It’s my first time on Golden Boy and DAZN. But I feel better now. My goal now is to be back in the WBA ranking and challenge for a world title.” Cancio vs. Alvarado II was a 12-round fight for the WBA Super Featherweight World Title presented by Golden Boy. The event was sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” and Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle.” The event took place Saturday, Nov. 23 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. and was streamed live on DAZN.  

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FOX SPORTS PBC PAY-PER-VIEW UNDERCARD & FS2 PRELIMS FINAL

Nov 26, 2019
FOX SPORTS PBC PAY-PER-VIEW UNDERCARD & FS2 PRELIMS FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE Fighters Competing in FOX Sports Pay-Per-View Action & Prelims on FS2 & FOX Deportes Preview Matchups Taking Place this Saturday, November 23 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas 

Photos from Nabeel Ahmad/Premier Boxing Champions

LAS VEGAS (November 21, 2019) – Fighters who will step in the ring this Saturday, November 23 in FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View and FS2 Prelims action went face-to-face and previewed their showdowns Thursday at a press conference before they enter the ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Competing in pay-per-view action beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT are WBA Super Bantamweight Champion Brandon Figueroa and former champion Julio Ceja, who battle for Figueroa’s title, and former bantamweight champions Luis Nery and Emmanuel Rodriguez, who open the pay-per-view with a 12-round matchup. FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View Prelims on FS2 and FOX Deportes begin at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT and are headlined by unbeaten Leduan Barthelemy and Eduardo Ramirez battling in a 10-round featherweight rematch. Prelims also feature 17-year-old prospect Vito Mielnicki Jr. in a four-round welterweight fight against Marklin Bailey, and unbeaten super lightweight prospect Omar Juarez taking on Kevin Shacks in a six-round bout. Boxing’s longest reigning heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder defends his WBC title against hard-hitting Cuban slugger Luis Ortiz in the pay-per-view main event, while three-division champion Leo Santa Cruz seeks a title in a fourth division against Miguel Flores when they battle for the vacant WBA Super Featherweight title in the co-main event. Tickets for the event, which is promoted by BombZquad Promotions, TGB Promotions and Mayweather Promotions, are on sale now and can be purchased at www.mgmgrand.com or www.axs.com. Prior to the start of the press conference, WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman recognized on stage U.S. Army Veteran Jim Rice and U.S. Marine Steven Cameron, and invited them to be guests for Saturday night’s event in addition to giving them honorary WBC belts. Here is what the fighters had to say Thursday from MGM Grand in Las Vegas: BRANDON FIGUEROA “I’m really excited for Saturday night. It’s going to be an amazing fight and an amazing fight night. We might have the fight of the night with me and Ceja. There are a lot of hungry fighters looking to put on a show and I can’t wait. “I’m prepared to go the full 12 rounds, but I know my skills and I’m confident in my power in both hands. I’m aiming for a stoppage win. “It’s a dream come true to be fighting here at MGM Grand. I’m so thankful to my team and my family who have helped me get to this point here. I’m very proud to be entering that ring Saturday night. “Fighting in my backyard for my last fight was a big moment for me. My fans had been waiting for me to headline there for years. I’m really grateful and I was more than ready to take advantage of the opportunity. “My opponents think I’m a pretty boy and don’t know how to fight, but once I hit them with my power, they know what I’m made of. We’ll see how Ceja reacts on Saturday. “My brother (former world champion) Omar has told me to take advantage of my youth and this moment in front of me. He told me to take it all in and experience this beautiful event. I’m here to give the fans a great moment. It’s definitely a milestone in my career that I’ll never forget. “Julio Ceja is going to come forward to fight and make this a great fight. We both come forward, but I can also box and switch between lefty and righty. I can fight with any style for any fight that I’m in. “I feel like this is going to be a stoppage. My volume of punches and my power will be there. I throw over 100 punches around. I’m going to be active. I’m confident in my conditioning and ready to take this 12 rounds if I have to.” JULIO CEJA “I know that I have my team 100 percent behind me and I’m going to win this fight for them and everyone in Mexico. “I prepared very well for this fight. I did not just come to fight. I came to win. That’s what’s going to happen on Saturday. We’re going to steal the show. “Experience is the most important factor in this fight. My experience combined with my preparation, all mixed together, will make this a great fight and a victory for me and my team. “The reason Brandon is a champion is because he’s a very good fighter. But just like he has power, I have power too. I have the power to deal with him and make this very exciting. “I had a very special and specific training camp for Figueroa’s style. He attacks, so we’re going to attack too. We’re going to be in front of him and fight. “This training camp has me prepared both mentally and physically to sustain an all-out assault for 12 rounds against a strong young fighter. “This is the most important fight of my career. I’m desperate for a win. Last time against Guillermo Rigondeaux, I believe they took the win away from me. I’m using this fight as a chance to catapult myself to the level where I belong.” LUIS NERY “I’m excited to be on this huge card headlined by Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz. I’ve had great preparation for this fight. I know that I am facing a strong opponent, but my intelligence and my ring IQ will help this fight end with me being victorious. “Me and Freddie Roach have put together a great game plan for Rodriguez. We’re very confident that we’re going to win this fight by knockout. “I trained very hard with Freddie Roach so that I could win in spectacular fashion. This has been a very good year and I want to end it with a bang and a knockout. “There are a lot of big names in the division, but first I have to win spectacularly this weekend. Then I will worry about that challenge and I’ll take on any of the big names and champions. “I have a hard fight in front of me. I don’t feel any pressure to compete against other champions and how they’ve done against Rodriguez. I’m going to win the way I know how to win. “My training camp has been so strong and I feel 100 percent perfect heading into Saturday night. I hope Rodriguez can say the same so that we can give the fans a great show.” LEDUAN BARTHELEMY “I want to thank my opponent or accepting the rematch. I’m here to win and I’m going to take the win home. “My tactics will be a little different for this fight. I prepared very hard and worked on some strategic improvements. I’m confident that I will win decisively this time. “I focused a lot on my physical training and strength and conditioning for this fight so that I’m 100 percent in that regard. My technical ability will always be with me. It’s in my DNA. So with those two things combined, I will come out victorious. “I want to show the world my caliber as a fighter. I’m ready to take the next step after this win and become a world champion. My true technical ability will be on display. “I’m very happy and excited to be fighting alongside a fellow Cuban in Luis Ortiz. He’s not just another great fighter but he’s also a good friend of mine who has always given me advice on how to become better.” EDUARDO RAMIREZ “I’m ready to put on a great rematch against Barthelemy. I’m excited to put on a good show and be on the winning side Saturday night. I’m going to show everyone what I trained for. “I prepared well and I’m 100 percent confident that I’m going to give a better fight than the first time. My training has put me in a position where I know I’ll be at my best. “For the first fight it was my first time fighting outside of Mexico and I was definitely a little bit nervous. I think the nerves did effect my performance. I wasn’t scared, but my mental game wasn’t perfect. “Since that first fight, I’ve had a lot of big fights in the U.S. and fighting Lee Selby for the title in the U.K. I’ve matured and I’m much more comfortable heading into this fight. “Barthelemy is a great rival. I don’t know what changes he’ll make, but it really doesn’t matter to me. There are key aspects to my game that I’m going to use to come out victorious.” VITO MIELNICKI JR. “I’m excited for this opportunity on a big stage. This is why I’m with PBC, to be a part of these events. I’m in the best shape of my life and ready to put on a show for the fans. “I’ve dreamt of fighting in Las Vegas my whole life, ever since I was a kid. Fighting on a stage like this under Deontay Wilder is amazing. I’m going to absorb the experience and put on a show Saturday. “I’ve been fighting my whole life so I’ve always balanced school work with boxing. Right now my focus is on Saturday and I’m ready to put on a show. “It’s been a great experience being here in Las Vegas. I’ve fought like an hour away from the strip a few times in the amateurs. But overall, the pro game is way different. In this kind of environment, it’s just been a great experience and I’m going to absorb it all. “I’ve had strong preparation in this training camp. I’m in the best shape of my life. I feel great mentally and physically, and I’m ready to fight on Saturday.” OMAR JUAREZ “I want to thank everyone for this opportunity. I’m physically and mentally in the best shape of my life. Come Saturday night, I’m looking to take that win. I’m a crowd pleasing fighter and I’m looking to give the fans a great show. “Just like any fighter, I come 100 percent prepared. I feel like mentally and physically this is the best I’ve ever been. I’m ready to get the job done. “This is my first six round fight and I know that my opponent is very durable, but I’m ready to get this victory on Saturday. “I’ve been training in San Antonio for a month before my fight. I was doing strength and conditioning in my hometown prior to that. We’ve been sparring everywhere and getting really good work. “I was sparring three times a week, training really hard, training twice a day. It was hard, but it’s awesome. I love it.”

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PABLO CESAR CANO VS. ROBERTO ORTIZ OFFICIAL WEIGHTS

Nov 15, 2019

PABLO CESAR CANO VS. ROBERTO ORTIZSaturday, Nov. 16, 2019The Plaza De Toros San Miguel De AllendeGuanajuato, Mexico

Cano vs. Ortiz is a 10-round fight for the WBC International Silver Super Lightweight Title presented by Golden Boy. The event is sponsored by Tecate “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING.” The event will take place Saturday, Nov 16 at The Plaza De Toros San Miguel De Allende in Guanajuato, Mexico.The fights will be streamed live globally on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page. Tickets for the event are on sale and are available at www. ETicket.mx For more information, visit www.goldenboypromotions.com. Become a fan on Facebookatwww.Facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing. Follow on Instagram @GoldenBoy Follow theconversation using #CanoOrtiz. Follow on Twitter @GoldenBoyBoxing. 

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LUIS ORTIZ TRAINING CAMP

Nov 15, 2019

Cuban Slugger Luis Ortiz Rematches WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder in FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View Main EventSaturday, November 23 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas


Photos from Team Ortiz
LAS VEGAS (November 15, 2019) – Cuban heavyweight slugger Luis “King Kong” Ortiz shared his final thoughts from training camp before he steps in to rematch WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder Saturday, November 23 in the FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View main event from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Tickets for the event, which is promoted by BombZquad Promotions, TGB Promotions and Mayweather Promotions, are on sale now and can be purchased at www.mgmgrand.com or www.axs.com. Here is what Ortiz had to say from training camp in Las Vegas with his head coach Herman Caicedo and strength and conditioning coach Larry Wade: On his training camp:“I feel really good going into this fight.  All the hard work is finally coming to an end and now it’s time to get the proper rest to be at my best on fight night.  As a team we worked smart during this training camp.  We did things a little different with my diet and I believe that will make me perform at a high level on fight night.  My weight is right where I want it.  All in all, it’s been a very productive training camp.” On his rematch with Deontay Wilder:“As I’ve said before, Wilder is the best heavyweight of this decade and until someone beats him, he will remain the top dog.  We have a different strategy in place that I believe will be the difference in this rematch.  I have plans to end this fight before the final bell, but if we need to go the distance, I’m well prepared to take it all the way.” On fighting for his family and his Cuban legacy:“I have to say it’s been really hard being away from my family during training camp, but I know coming out to Las Vegas was the right move.  If I’m going to become the heavyweight champion of the world, I must make these types of sacrifices.  Everything I do in the ring is for my family.  To become the first Cuban heavyweight champion in boxing history would be a dream come true, not only for me, but for my countrymen back home.  I’m going to leave every ounce of blood, sweat and tears in the ring come November 23.” On fighting on FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View:“This is a big opportunity to show the world that I’m the best heavyweight on planet earth. All the fans watching are going to see one of the best heavyweight fights in boxing history.  Wilder is coming to fight just like me, which makes for a very entertaining night of boxing.  The fans are going to be the winners in this fight.” 
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ABOUT WILDER VS. ORTIZ IIWilder vs. Ortiz II will see boxing’s longest reigning heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder defending his WBC title in a rematch against once-beaten Cuban slugger Luis “King Kong” Ortiz Saturday, November 23 in FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View action live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Three-division champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz seeks a title in another division when he takes on Miguel “El Michoacan” Flores for the WBA Super Featherweight Championship in the co-main event. Pay-per-view action begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and also features undefeated rising star Brandon “The Heartbreaker” Figueroa making the first defense of his WBA Super Bantamweight Title against former champion Julio Ceja while undefeated Mexican power-puncher Luis Nery battles Puerto Rico’s Emmanuel Rodríguez in a matchup of former bantamweight champions.

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PABLO CESAR CANO VS. ROBERTO ORTIZ FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE

Nov 15, 2019

PABLO CESAR CANO VS. ROBERTO ORTIZ FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES, PHOTOS AND VIDEOCANO VS. ORTIZ TAKES PLACE THIS SATURDAY, NOV. 16 AT THE PLAZA DE TOROS SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE IN GUANAJUATO, MEXICO AND LIVE ON FACEBOOK WATCH

ABOVE: Pablo Cesar Cano and Roberto Ortiz pose for the media at their final press conference ahead of their battle on Nov. 16 and streamed live on Facebook Watch)

Photo Credit: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden BoyVideo Credit: Golden BoyGUANAJUATO, MEXICO (Nov. 14, 2019):Pablo Cesar “El Demoledor” Cano (32-7-1, 22 KOs) and Roberto “Massa” Ortiz (35-4-2, 26 KOs) hosted their final press conference today at Quince Restaurante Bar in Guanajuato, Mexico ahead of their 10-round fight for Cano’s WBC International Silver Super Lightweight Title. The action takes place this Saturday, Nov. 16 on the latest edition of Golden Boy Fight Night on Facebook Watch at The Plaza De Toros San Miguel De Allende in Guanajuato, Mexico. The fights will be streamed globally on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page.  Below is what today’s participants had to say at the press conference:
PABLO CESAR CANO, WBC International Silver Super Lightweight Champion:“Some of you may already know me, but the rest of you will have the pleasure of getting to know me this Saturday. I’m very happy to be here in Guanajuato. It’s not my first time fighting here. It’s my second time here. We’ve come very prepared and motivated. We are also very concentrated on this fight as it is very important for my career. I want to dedicate this fight to all of the people here.”
ROBERTO ORTIZ, Super Lightweight Contender:“I want to thank my promoters, Roberto Diaz and Memo Rocha for giving me the opportunity to step in the ring again. I know it’s a great opportunity. It’s an opportunity to get to the top of the division. I’ve been very concentrated and prepared. I have been visualizing the fight and the victory. I’ve prepared very well with Joel and Antonio Diaz, so make sure you don’t miss this big night of boxing at the Plaza de Toros!” RICARDO SANDOVAL, Flyweight Contender:“I’m very happy and grateful to be fighting here. The truth is that it’s my first time fighting here. Tomorrow we will weigh-in and Saturday we will give everything. I’ve very concentrated and prepared for this fight. God willing we will get the victory, so don’t miss it this Saturday because it’s going to be a great one.” GILBERO GONZALEZ, Flyweight Contender:“This is going to be a great event. I want to thank Golden Boy for this opportunity. I want to thank thus great city for opening its doors for me. This will be a great fight, and a win will open many doors for me, so expect a great show.”
SULEM URBINA, Super Flyweight Contender:“I want to thank God for allowing me to get to this point of my career. I come from a very humble background, so if it weren’t for boxing, I would have never even been able to ride on an airplane and be with you all today in this great city. It fills me with such happiness. Because of boxing, I’ve been able to travel the world, and that’s what keeps opening doors for me. I want to thank Golden Boy and Roberto Diaz for the opportunity. I haven’t fought in several months, so I am very happy to be fighting on a Golden Boy card. When I got the call to fight here, I think I almost cried. So, I’m very excited and you have to make sure you don’t miss the fights this Saturday.”
LUZ MARTINEZ, Super Flyweight Contender:“I want to tell you all to not miss the fights this Saturday. I promise to deliver a great battle. I also want to say something to my opponent: Let’s make sure we give everything in the ring and deliver a great battle!” 
Cano vs. Ortiz is a 10-round fight for the WBC International Silver Super Lightweight Title presented by Golden Boy. The event is sponsored by Tecate “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING.” The event will take place Saturday, Nov 16 at The Plaza De Toros San Miguel De Allende in Guanajuato, Mexico.The fights will be streamed live globally on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page.

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UFC FIGHT PASS® AND LEGACY FIGHTING ALLIANCE REACH EXCLUSIVE MULTI-YEAR STREAMING AGREEMENT

Nov 15, 2019

UFC FIGHT PASS to Showcase 46 LFA Events Through 2021

First Event Streams Live On Friday, November 15 at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT

Promo Video Available Here

LAS VEGAS – UFC FIGHT PASS®, the world’s leading digital subscription service for combat sports, and Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) today announced a multi-year streaming agreement in which UFC FIGHT PASS will serve as the exclusive global streaming provider for LFA events. The inaugural event under this deal, LFA 78, will take place on Friday, November 15, live from the Bell County Expo Center in Belton, Texas, at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.

Under the terms of the new agreement, UFC FIGHT PASS will live stream two remaining events in 2019, 20 events in 2020, and 24 events in 2021. In addition to live LFA events, subscribers of UFC FIGHT PASS will also have access to the entire LFA event library starting in 2020.

Historically, a total of 176 LFA athletes have transitioned to UFC, including UFC flyweight and bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo, UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, and UFC women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko.

LFA currently has alumni in every UFC weight class, 31 of whom are ranked, including former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm, UFC featherweight Brian Ortega, UFC light heavyweight Dominick Reyes, UFC heavyweight Curtis Blaydes, and UFC women’s flyweight Maycee Barber.

“It’s great to have LFA as the newest member of the UFC FIGHT PASS family,” said UFC President Dana White. “LFA has a long tradition of developing fighters that go on to compete at the next level, whether its Dana White’s Contender SeriesThe Ultimate Fighter, or on the biggest stage with UFC. I’m thrilled to give these up-and-coming fighters a platform to showcase their abilities, while also providing a new home for LFA.”

“I couldn’t be more excited about partnering with UFC FIGHT PASS,” said LFA CEO Ed Soares. “With LFA being the industry leader in developing talent and UFC being the industry leader in our sport, it’s a partnership that has all of the ingredients for success.”

“This new partnership with UFC FIGHT PASS allows us to streamline our promotional schedule and target our best markets for the 2020 season,” said LFA President Sven Bean. “I’m excited to return to work with some of our top venue partners across the country, while developing strategic relationships in some new markets as well. We will continue to bring top level production to MMA fans from coast to coast.”

“This new relationship will only strengthen LFA as a premium provider of talent to UFC,” said LFA Vice President Mark Bieri. “I look forward to working with our existing roster and also signing new talent as we continue to provide a worldwide platform for young fighters.”

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