El UFC y la Gira Mundial

Jul 27, 2013

EL UFC® ANUNCIA GIRA MUNDIAL
CON 8 PELEADORES DE CAMPEONATO

EN 11 CIUDADES DISTINTAS EN 6 DÍAS

Desde el 29 de julio al 3 de agosto de 2013

UFC 165: JONES vs. GUSTAFSSON – 21 de SEPTIEMBRE en TORONTO

UFC 166: VELASQUEZ vs. DOS SANTOS III –19 de OCTUBRE en HOUSTON

UFC 167: ST-PIERRE vs. HENDRICKS –16 de NOVIEMBRE en LAS VEGAS

UFC 168 – 28 de DICIEMBRE en LAS VEGAS

Las Vegas, Nevada – El Ultimate Fighting Championship® ha anunciado las fechas, los sitios y los peleadores que serán parte del UFC World Tour, una serie de acontecimientos para la prensa y los seguidores con el fin de apoyar cuatro eventos importantes de pay-per-view que cerrarán el año 2013. Cuatro campeones y cuatro retadores al campeonato atacarán a la vez 11 ciudades en un tour único.

LAS CIUDADES

 El área de la Bahía de California –29 de julio: Tour de prensa del campeón de peso completo del UFC Caín Velásquez y el campeón de peso completo Junior dos Santos

 Las Vegas –29 de julio, MGM Grand Resort, 11 a.m. (hora del Pacífico): Ultimate Media Day con el campeón de peso wélter del UFC Georges St-Pierre y el desafiante al título Johny Hendricks. Se invita al público a asistir.

 Los Ángeles – 30 de julio, Club Nokia, 11 a.m. (hora del Pacífico): El presidente del UFC Dana White dará una conferencia de prensa en vivo en el Club Nokia a las 11 a.m. Entre los asistentes estarán Caín Velásquez, Junior Dos Santos, el campeón de peso semicompleto Jon Jones, el desafiante número uno al título de peso semicompleto Alex Gustafsson, Georges St-Pierre, Johny Hendricks, la campeona de peso gallo femenino Ronda Rousey y la desafiante número uno al título de peso gallo femenino Miesha Tate. Se invita al público a asistir. Transmisión en vivo disponible en UFCespanol.com

 Nueva York – 31 de julio, Beacon Theater, 1 p.m. (hora del Este): El presidente del UFC Dana White dará una conferencia de prensa en vivo desde el Beacon Theater a la 1 p.m. Entre los asistentes estarán Velásquez, dos Santos, Jones, Gustafsson, St-Pierre, Johny Hendricks, Rousey y Tate. Se invita al público a asistir. Transmisión en vivo disponible en UFCespanol.com

 Houston –1º de agosto, Toyota Center, 1 p.m. (hora Centro): Velásquez y dos Santos participan de una práctica abierta al público. Se realizará una entrevista grupal después de la práctica. Se invita al público a asistir.

 Montreal – 1º de agosto, Complexe Desjardins, 12 p.m. (hora del Este): El Director de Operaciones del UFC en Canadá Tom Wright dará una conferencia de prensa con St-Pierre y Hendricks. Se invita al público a asistir.

 Estocolmo, Suecia – 1º de agosto: Tour de prensa con Jones y Gustafsson.

 Dallas – 1º de agosto, Cowboys Stadium, 1 p.m. (hora Centro): Práctica abierta al público con St-Pierre y Hendricks. Prácticas y entrevista grupal en el campo del estadio. Se invita al público a asistir.

 Chicago – 2 de agosto: Tour de prensa con Rousey y Tate

 Londres, Inglaterra – 2 de agosto: Tour de prensa con Jones y Gustafsson

 Río de Janeiro, Brasil – 2 de agosto: Velásquez y dos Santos participan como peleadores invitados en el evento de UFC 163

Todos los combates son en vivo y están sujetos a cambios. Para más información o noticias actuales de peleas, visite www.ufc.com

UFC® 165: JONES vs. GUSTAFSSON se da cita el sábado 21 de septiembre en el Air Canada Centre en Toronto, Ontario. En el evento el campeón de peso semicompleto Jon Jones (18-1, representado a Endicott, Nueva York) se enfrentará al desafiante número uno Alexander Gustafsson (15-1, representando a Estocolmo, Suecia) por el título mundial de peso semicompleto. Las entradas ya están a la venta en línea en ticketmaster.com y StubHub.com (Nota: StubHub generalmente tiene entradas disponibles incluso si las plazas están “agotadas”). Para comprar por teléfono utilizando una tarjeta de crédito llamar a Ticketmaster al (800) 745-3000.

UFC® 166: VELASQUEZ vs. DOS SANTOS III se da cita el sábado 19 de octubre en el Toyota Center en Houston, Texas. El evento contará con la participación del campeón de peso completo Caín Velásquez (12-1, representando a San José, California) y el ex campeón Junior dos Santos (16-2, representando a Salvador, Bahía, Brasil) en una revancha por el título de peso completo. Las entradas salen a la venta para todo el público el viernes 2 de agosto a las 10:00 a.m. en línea en www.HoustonToyotaCenter.com, por teléfono en 1-866-4-HOU-TIX y selectas tiendas Randalls del área de Houston. Las entradas también estarán disponibles en el Toyota Center Box Office a partir del sábado 3 de agosto a las 10:00 a.m. (según disponibilidad).

UFC® 167: ST-PIERRE vs. HENDRICKS se da cita el sábado 16 de noviembre en la MGM Grand Garden Arena en Las Vegas, Nevada. En el combate estelar de la noche el rey de peso wélter Georges St-Pierre (24-2, representando a Montreal, Quebec, Canadá) se enfrentará al duro golpeador Johny Hendricks (15-1, representando a Dallas, Texas) por el título mundial de peso wélter. Entradas en venta para todo el público a partir del viernes 9 de agosto a las 10:00 a.m. en todos los puestos de venta de Ticketmaster en Las Vegas (en selectas tiendas de Smith’s Food and Drug Centers y Ritmo Latino). La venta de entradas está limitada a ocho (8) por persona. Para comprarlas por teléfono con tarjeta de crédito llamar a Ticketmaster al (800) 745-3000. Las entradas también están disponibles en www.mgmgrand.com o www.ticketmaster.com.

UFC® 168: SILVA vs. WEIDMAN II se da cita el sábado 28 de diciembre en la MGM Grand Garden Arena en Las Vegas, Nevada. El combate estelar de la noche será la revancha entre el campeón de peso mediano Chris Weidman (10-0, representando a Mineola, Nueva York) y el ex campeón de peso mediano Anderson Silva (33-5, representando a Curitiba, Brasil) después de que ambos chocaran en una pelea inolvidable en el evento de UFC 162 que le puso punto final al reinado de Silva de siete años en la cima de la división. El combate coestelar de la noche marcará la culminación de una temporada de tensiones entre la campeona de peso gallo femenino Ronda Rousey (7-0, representando a Venice, California) y su vieja rival Miesha Tate (13-4, representando a Yakima, Washington) enfrentándose como entrenadoras contrincantes de The Ultimate Fighter®. Las venta de entradas para todo el público comenzará el viernes 25 de octubre a las 10:00 a.m. en todos los puestos de venta de Ticketmaster en Las Vegas (en tiendas selectas de Smith’s Food and Drug Centers y Ritmo Latino). La venta de entradas está limitada a ocho (8) por persona. Para comprar por teléfono utilizando una tarjeta de crédito llamar a Ticketmaster al (800) 745-3000. Las entradas también están disponibles en www.mgmgrand.com o www.ticketmaster.com.

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Juan Estrada en Plan Grande

Jul 27, 2013

JUAN ESTRADA EN PLAN GRANDE
El mexicano Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada dio otra gran demostración e impuso su gran clase boxística para derrotar al retador oficial el filipino Milan Melindo por amplia decisión unánime en 12 rounds y retener sus cinturones Mosca AMB y OMB en uno de los combates estelares de la velada desarrollada en la noche del sábado en el Cotai Arena de Venetian Casino & Resort de Macao, China.

Las tarjetas de los jueces fueron: Takeshi Shimakawa (Japón) 117-109, Zoltan Enyedi (Hungría) 118-109, Rafael Ramos (Puerto Rico) 118-109, todas para Estrada.
El ¨Gallo¨ Estrada (25-2, 18 kos) dominó ampliamente a Melindo (30-1, 12 kos) con su velocidad de desplazamientos para entrar y salir en la media y corta distancia donde aplicó la contundencia de su gran cantidad de envíos, que lastimaron a su rival. Con sus derechas e izquierdas cruzadas y ascendentes al rostro, sumados a sus ganchos al cuerpo, fue sacando cada vez más ventajas para consolidar un tan amplio como merecido triunfo.
Al final del undécimo capítulo, el “Gallo” conectó un veloz y potente cruzado de derecho a la mandíbula de un filipino que se fue a la lona muy lastimado, logro levantarse, pero la campana lo salvo.
En el doceavo y último Estrada inicio tranquilo y en el ñultimo minuto de combate castigo bastante a dos manos a Melindo que por poco es noqueado y de nuevo la campana llego a su auxilio..
¨Me siento contento, aunque pude dar más incluso noquearlo rounds anteriores, pero desde el segundo asalto, la muela del juicio me empezó un dolor insportable luego que Melindo me diera con un upper, tuvimos que cambiar estrategia, pero siempre estuve seguro que le ganaría¨ dijo el sonorense al termino del combate.
Ya en el camerino el dolor en la muela de Estrada era muy intenso que ni hablar podía por lo que médicos tuvieron que darle medicamento para el dolor.
SHIMMING BATALLO A NTE ORTEGA
El dos veces campeón olímpico y tres veces campeón mundial amateur, el chino Zou Shiming, se impuso sobre el mexicano Jesús “Jibarito” Ortega, por puntos, en fallo unánime, tras seis movidos asaltos, en un gran combate de peso Mosca, que fue el estelar de la mega velada desarrollada en la noche del sábado en el Cotai Arena de Venetian Casino & Resort de Macao, China.
Shimming fue a ataque desde el primer round ante un joven Ortega que fue muy valiente y logró conectar en varias ocasiones al ídolo local, una pelea de muchos intercambios de golpes.
Los jueces dieron 59-55 todos favor de Zou, quien fue muy ovacionado, pero tambiñen reconoció la entrega de Jesús Ortega.
La pelea fue intensa, emocionante y a pesar de la juventud e inexperiencia del sonorense ¨Jíbarito¨ Ortega (5-2, 3 kos) dio gran oposición a Shimming, quien lanzo golpes de todos calibres sobre el mexicano quien se porto muy valiente y entregado.
Ortega nunca dio un paso atrás y se fajo al tu por tu del asiático, quien aprovecho su mayor velocidad para conectar.

De esta forma, Shimming (2-0) de 32 años, quien conquistó medalla de oro en los Juegos Olímpicos de Beijing 2008 y Londres 2012, y se consagrara campeón mundial amateur en China 2005, Mongolia 2007 y Azerbaiján 2011 (no participó del mundial de 2009), y es entrenado por el afamado estadounidense Freddie Roach, realizó su segunda presentación en profesional tras firmar con la promotora Top Rank, de Bob Arum, luego de su debut el pasado 6 de abril al vencer en fallo unánime en cuatro rounds al mexicano Eleazar Valenzuela .

Cortesia:Top Rank/Chris Farina

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Buscan Mexicanos Impactar en China

Jul 26, 2013

El ídolo de China, Zou Shimming esta muy seguro de derrotar al mexicano Jesús Ortega, lo mismo el filipino Milan Melindo de destronar a Juan Francisco Estrada este sábado en la impresionante Cotai Arena en Macau, China y que será transmitida al mundo por HBO y en México a través de Azteca 7, La Casa del Boxeo.
Buscan mexicanos impactar en China

Motivados, confiados, con una mentalidad ganadora respaldada en una gran preparación, es como los estelaristas mexicanos de “Puños de Oro 2” se presentaron este jueves (en China) en la conferencia de prensa que ofreció Bob Arum presidente de Top Rank para anunciar la histórica y atractiva velada boxística que se presentará el próximo sábado en el Venetian Casino-Resort de la zona administrativa china de Macao, y cuya transmisión global via HBO llegará a México por la señal de la “Casa del Boxeo”, Azteca 7.
El orgullo de Puerto Peñasco Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada (24-2-0, 18 ko’s) expondrá por primera vez sus campeonatos mundales Mosca AMB y OMB ante su retador oficial, el filipino Milan Melindo (29-0-0, 12 ko’s) .
Mientras que en la pele estelar el dos veces medallista de oro olímpico y todo un ídolo en China Zou Shiming (1-0-0) tendrá su segunda presentación en el boxeo profesional, enfrentando al espectacular peleador de Hermosillo, Sonora Jesus “Jibarito” Ortega (5-1-0, 3 kos).
“Estoy muy motivado por regresar a Macao, donde me coroné el pasado mes de abril venciendo a Brian Viloria en una gran pelea, y ahora me corresponde regresarme a México con mis cinturones. Hice una gran preparación, vengo en excelentes condiciones y yo se que será una pelea dura, como siempre lo son las peleas entre mexicanos y filipinos, pero vamos a lograr una gran victoria”, dijo el “Gallo”, que mantiene el peso requerido con ejercicios de soltura y que es el favorito de los aficionados para retener sus cetros del mundo.
Por su parte, el “Jibarito” Ortega sabe lo que se juega en su corta carrera y lo que significaría un triunfo sobre Shiming.
“Es extraño ver que a pesar de que hay peleas de campeonato mundial en la cartelera, la estelar sea entre dos boxeadores de seis rounds y es un honor y un privilegio que yo haya sido seleccionado para tomar parte de este evento. Agradezco a Top Rank de Bob Arum a Zanfer de Fernando Beltrán por brindarme esta oportunidad, vine hasta a China a ganar a dar la sorpresa, no tengo presión solo la oportunidad y no la desaprovecharé sorprenderé a todos, estoy bien preparado¨ dijo Ortega quien fue entrenador por Santos Moreno, Fernando Ortega y con el preparador físico Edgardo Lucero en el HTM Gym en Hermosillo, Sonora.

Ortega dijo estar ya desesperado por estar en el ring frente a frente ante Shimming.
“Traigo una gran condición, ya estoy adaptado al cambio de horario, me siento muy bien, muy fuerte y estoy tranquilo, se que voy a ganar, se que la gente va a terminar por reconocer mi esfuerzo y me lo va a reconocer cuando me levanten la mano”, dijo el “Jibarito” de Hermosillo.
El promotor de la velada, Bob Arum, dijo que espera una función espectacular, que rompa records de audiencia y donde no hay favorito definido en ningún de las peleas.
“Decidimos abrir el mercado chino con lo mejor que hay y aquí lo tenemos, Estrada venció a Biloria y va contra su retador oficial, un filipino invicto de gran nivel como Melindo, Shiming tiene que avanzar rápido en el boxeo profesional por su edad (32 años) y por eso le traemos a un rival ganador, bien formado y motivado como Ortega, Evgeny Gradovich hará su primera defensa ante el argentino Mauricio Muñoz que viene en excelentes condiciones, veremos si Andy Ruiz está listo para ser un estelar entre los pesos completos cuando enfrente a otro invicto peligroso como Joe Hanks, traemos a otro peleador chino invicto (Rex Tso, 6-0-0, 4 ko’s) que estará en una prueba de fuego (contra Rusalee Samor, 20-4-2, 9 ko’s), como promotor estoy muy satisfecho con la cartelera que vamos a presentar, y creo que los aficionados y la televisión estarán muy contentos”, dijo el presidente de Top Rank.
Los protagonistas volverán a verse las caras este viernes, horario de China, en la ceremonia de peso a realizarse en el mismo Venetian de Macao a las 15:00 horas horario de Macau, China.

Cortesia:Top Rank/Chris farina

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Conferencia KNOCKOUT KINGS II

Jul 26, 2013

ANDRE BERTO vs. JESUS SOTO KARASS

KNOCKOUT KINGS II

SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Tripleheader

Saturday, July 27, LIVE on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT)

From AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas

Photo Credit: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

OSCAR DE LA HOYA, President of Golden Boy Promotions

“I want to acknowledge a person that is doing a tremendous job in bringing boxing back to the masses, that is Stephen Espinoza, SHOWTIME is bringing you the best fights and the best fighters.

“San Antonio really knows how to stand behind the sport of boxing and support boxing and Saturday’s event is going to be no exception. This is going to be a tremendous lineup.

“These are the KNOCKOUT KINGS for a reason, you have explosive fighters from top to bottom, fighters who understand what hard work is all about, fighters who go out there and fight for the fans, for the public and for the recognition of being called a “KNOCKOUT KING”.

“We are looking forward to bring the big names in the sport of boxing. Why? “Because San Antonio knows these big names.

“These Argentinian fighters like Lucas Matthysse, Sergio Martinez and Marcos Maidana are the kind of fighters that can pack a punch, they throw punches with tremendous power.

“Diego Chaves is a champion for a reason and he’s fighting, in my eyes, one of the best top three in the welterweight division, Keith “One Time” Thurman. It’s going to be an amazing fight.

“Don’t let these two fighters fool you [Figueroa and Arakawa]. You know young look.

“Figueroa has been blowing everybody out of the water with his work ethic, with relentlessness up and down the ring. He’s the kind of fighter that knows what he wants and knows what to do to get it.

“In this main event you have two warriors, two fighters that put everything on the line, their heart on the line.

ANDRE BERTO, Former Two-Time Welterweight World Champion

“There’s really not much to say, these guys had said it all.

“I’m in tremendous shape, I’m focused. I’m going to put on a hell of a performance.

“I’m just going to go in there and be me. I’m not worried about the title of the show, I’m not worried about his record. I’m just going to go in there and get the win.

“I am in great shape and I have everything to bring to the table. I have the speed, I have the power. I have the explosiveness and I’m going out there and do what I know how to do.

“I’ve known Virgil (Hunter) since I was 13 so it’s not like he’s a stranger to me. Everything’s been flowing pretty well and it’s been a great situation for me.

“The show is called Knockout Kings but no matter how it goes, I know it’s going to be exciting. You’re definitely going to see a lot of speed, a lot of power and a lot of explosiveness, it’s going to be an exciting show.

“It’s going to be a hell of a fight; I’m in shape. I’m in good spirits. I’m focused and I know Soto Karass is ready too.”

JESUS SOTO KARASS, Veteran Welterweight Contender

“My preparation has been great. My team knows what Berto brings. He’s an ex-champion. We know that he’s a quality fighter and he’s tough. But that’s why we train for this.

“The losses you see on my record, I wasn’t taking it serious. But, believe me, we’re taking Andre Berto very serious. Not only have I matured personally but I’ve matured in the ring. The preparation has been very good. We know we have a tough opponent, but we’re here and we’re prepared to win.

“Every fight I come with a different plan. We have a plan for Andre Berto. We have a Plan A, a Plan B, it doesn’t matter; we’ll be ready for him.

“My only prediction is it’s going to be a war. I’m going to leave my heart in there. If I have to die in the ring I will.

“Out of the ring we’re friends, but inside the ring it’s another thing. I don’t have anything against Andre Berto but once we get in the ring I’m looking to knock him out.

“I want everyone to help, help me with breast cancer awareness. We have a raffle going on – it’s $10 to buy a ticket and you can win the gloves and the trunks that I wear in the ring. Let’s go knockout cancer as well.

“The reason I support Susan G. Komen is because of Oscar De La Hoya. It really touched my heart that Oscar lost his mother, Cecilia, to cancer. So being a boxer I felt like I would join that fight to knock out breast cancer.

“I’m ready; I’m only a pound-and-a-half away. I can’t wait until tomorrow so I can get on the scale and go eat.”

OMAR FIGUEROA, Undefeated Rising Star & WBC Lightweight Contender

“This is it, this is seventeen years of work. This is why every boxers starts, what every boxer dreams of. This is it. The goal is the green belt, that’s the one, that’s the best one. That’s the one we all want.

“This is a great opportunity, this is what we have been working so hard for.

“I want to thank my opponent’s team for having agreed to this fight, he’s ranked number one and that’s what we wanted.

“We don’t take anybody lightly. We are ready, we know that a fight can take many directions with every step you take in the ring, so we are ready.

“I’m excited to be on this card. It’s really an honor to fight in the KNOCKOUT KINGS because is one thing to be considered a fighter and another one to be considered a knockout artist.

“I’m fighting with great knockout artist such as Keith Thurman, Berto, Chaves and Arakawa and all these are great fighters

“We are the backbone [of boxing] because we fight to knock someone out, we try to provide the fans with the most excitement we can and we go in there ready for war.”

NIHITO ARAKAWA, WBC Interim Lightweight World Championship Contender

“I’m happy to have this chance at my first world title. That gives me extra motivation to win this fight.

“I don’t think I can win by points. I have to knock him out – I think that’s my only chance to walk out of here with a world title.

“My nickname is “Baby Faced Sniper,” but when I saw Omar Figueroa it looks like he’s a little bit more baby faced than I am. So I want to give him my nickname “Baby Faced Sniper.”

“I’ve prepared for this world title chance for my entire life and I know Omar has prepared for this as well. We’re both going to fight as hard as we can to get that first world title. I know I want it and I know he wants it, so it’s going to be an exciting fight.”

DIEGO CHAVES
, WBA Interim Welterweight World Champion

“We know we have a tough opponent, we have very similar records, neither of us can lose concentration during the fight because it can end with only one punch that’s why we are very well prepared and we know we can take the win.

“I know Keith is a good fighter, but I hope he’s ready because I’m going to show him and the world why I’m a world champion and why this belt is coming back with me to Argentina.

“He may be undefeated, but he’s never faced anyone like me.

“I’ve been training hard, very hard. We are looking forward to a great fight, and we are confident the we’ll come out victorious.

“It’s going to be a war. I’m not going to leave my belt in the judges’ hands- I plan on taking care of Thurman on my own.”

KEITH THURMAN, WBA World Championship Welterweight Contender

“It’s a tremendous fight. I’m 20-0 with 18 knockouts; Chaves is 22-0 with 18 knockouts. You don’t see this very often with young fighters.

“But I’m the kind of fighter that’s knocking on everybody’s door. Everybody in the welterweight division will soon know about Keith “One Time” Thurman. We’re moving up one step at a time and we’re going to step over Diego on Saturday night, guaranteed.

“The KO bonus has nothing to do with the way I fight. My motto is already KOs for life and the nickname “One Time.” I do my best to get the fighter out of there because if we don’t have to do the distance then that, to me, is a job well done.

“We’re always looking for that knockout; we’re always looking for that one punch that can change the fight around. That’s just me, that’s just “One Time.” That knockout bonus is just another check waiting.

“I definitely don’t think he’s faced anyone like me. That’s why I’m confident. I believe he’s been spoon-fed his entire career. A lot of people say the fighters I’ve fought knew I was favored, but they were still world-class fighters and I dominated them each and every round. And I plan on dominating Diego Chaves every round Saturday night.

“Knockout Kings II – this event has that title for a reason. I guarantee you’ll get your moneys’ worth.”

ANTHONY DIRRELL, Light Heavyweight Contender

“I battled cancer and it didn’t hold me down. I’m still here and I’m ready.

“Coming up this Saturday, I’ll win with by knockout. “

ANTHONY HANSHAW,
Light Heavyweight Contender

“It doesn’t matter what happened when I fought his brother. The fact that I lost to Andre just gives me extra motivation. When I fought Andre, I wasn’t in shape at all. But I’m in some of the best shape of my career to fight Anthony. I had a great camp and I’m ready to give him the first loss of his career.”

JESSE JAMES LEIJA, Former World Champion & Boxing Legend

“I want to thank the Susan G. Komen Beast Cancer Foundation – you are important in every one of our lives because we all have moms. But that’s not to say that men can’t get breast cancer as well.

“I want to thank Golden Boy Promotions for giving us the opportunity to put on the type of fights that we’ve been bringing to San Antonio.

“I also want to thank SHOWTIME. I won my first world title on SHOWTIME and fought several times on the network, so it’s not just a thing for me to say that I’m proud to be them. It means a lot more than just face value; it’s what in my heart because they’ve been with me for several years.

“We’re still recovering from the Canelo-Trout fight and now we’re bringing Knockout Kings II where we have three world title fights and I don’t know who is going to win. Will the fights go the distance? Probably not when you have these types of punchers. Who’s going to win the fights? I have no idea. Am I going to be in the front row? You bet.

“I’ve watched these guys on TV and I’m awed by the type of power that they have. Omar – I call him ‘Mini Mike Tyson’ – I hope he gives us two rounds so we can really appreciate the power that he has.”

MIKE BATTAH, President of Leija & Battah Promotions

“I want to thank Oscar De La Hoya, SHOWTIME and James, my partner, for putting this all together. It’s been a building process, but we’re building, we’re getting there and we’re excited.

“I would like to thank Jesus Soto Karass for helping raise money for breast cancer awareness. Please ask the public to give $10 to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. We’re excited to help out and hope that we can raise money for this great charity.”

GREG ALVAREZ, Combative Sports Administrator, Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation

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Pacquiao y Rios Iniciaran Gira Mundial

Jul 24, 2013

RECORRERAN 23,722-MILLAS EN
UNA GIRA PROMOCIONAL QUE INCLUYE
MACAO, PEKIN, SHANGHAI, SINGAPURE,
BRISTOL, NUEVA YORK Y LOS ANGELES

ANUNCIANDO SU COMBATE DEL 23 DE NOVIEMBRE QUE
SERA TELEVISADA EN VIVO POR HBO PAY-PER-VIEW®

MANNY PACQUIAO Y BRANDON RIOS
INICIARAN ESTE SABADO GIRA MUNDIAL

El peleador de la década, el congresista Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs), el representante del congreso de la provincia de Sarangani en Filipinas, y el ex campeón mundial Brandon ‘Bam Bam’ Ríos (31-1-1, 22 KOs), de Oxnard, Calif., llevarán a cabo un gira de medios que empezará en Asia y culminará en los Estados Unidos.
Pacquiao y Ríos, sus respectivos entrenadores Freddie Roach y Robert García, junto con perteneciente al salón de la fama el promotor Bob Arum y Edward Tracy, presidente y fundador de Sands China Ltd., van a embarcar una gira de 23,722 millas promoviendo el debut de Pacquiao del 2013 en una pelea en peso welter a 12 rounds ante Ríos unos de los peleadores más espectaculares en la actualidad.
La gira dará inició en el Hotel Venetian de Macao el próximo sábado 27 de julio y de ahí viajarán a Pekín, Shanghái y Singapur antes de llegar a los Estados Unidos el 5 de agosto para visitar la sede de ESPN en Bristol, Connecticut y se presentaran en conferencias de prensa en Nueva York el martes 6 de agosto y terminarán con una conferencia de prensa en Los Angeles el dia jueves 8 de agosto.
Esta pelea es promovida por Top Rank y Sands China Ltd. En asociación con Promociones MP y Tecate. Pacquiao vs Ríos: El Choque en Cotai se llevará a cabo el día sábado 23 de noviembre en la Arena Cotai del Hotel Venetian en Macao. Esta pelea será producida y transmitida EN VIVO por HBO PPV, iniciando a las 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.
Para Pacquiao, el único campeón del mundo en ocho divisiones y considerado uno de los mejores peleadores libra por libra será su primera pelea fuera de los Estados Unidos desde su victoria por decisión unánime en 12 asaltos ante Oscar Larios en el 2006 en peso super pluma en las Filipinas.
La única pelea de Ríos fuera de E.U. fue en durante la “Feria de San Marcos” en Aguascalientes, México en el 2008 cuando ganó una decisión dividida a Ricardo Domínguez en 10 rounds.

Cortesia:Chris Farina/Top Rank

 

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Danny Jacobs vs Giovanni Lorenzo

Jul 24, 2013

GOLDEN BOY LIVE! ON FOX SPORTS 1
PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES

SERIES PREMIERES ON MONDAY, AUGUST 19
AT BEST BUY THEATER IN NEW YORK CITY FEATURING
DANNY JACOBS VS. GIOVANNI LORENZO

BERNARD HOPKINS, Golden Boy Promotions Partner & IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion

“This is history that I believe will help all young fighters to build their names, build their records and become household names in order to continue to come up in the rankings and be superstars in the future.

“Boxing on Monday nights is something fans will be watching. What a great way to start the week by watching Monday night boxing.

“This is the first of the 24 shows and there’s going to constantly be more fights [on FOX Sports 1]. When I was coming up, we had Tuesday night fights. Now, we have [Monday night fights] FOX Sports 1.

“Barclays Center will host some of these shows, which is great because they’ve already been hosting great fights and doing a great job.”

BILL WANGER, Executive Vice President of Programming & Research, FOX Sports

“On behalf of FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports, we’re thrilled to create a destination for this franchise. On Monday nights, kicking off on August 19, we’ll have two fights a month, every other week.

“We’re thrilled to be in business with Oscar De La Hoya, Bernard Hopkins and the entire Golden Boy Promotions staff. We’re just excited to get started.”

DANNY JACOBS, Top Middleweight Contender

“All this for me? This is amazing. I’m truly blessed. God has been with me since day one. I’m fortunate to be here and to have my own main event.

“Two years ago, I was battling a war. I was paralyzed in a hospital battling cancer, so for me to come back and have my own main event in Times Square, it doesn’t get any better than that.

“I’m fortunate to be a part of this and to be able to say to my son that his daddy was a part of something special.

“Giovanni is a tremendous fighter, a very good fighter, and I know he’s going to bring it come fight night. He’s going to be a tough test.

“I know Giovanni says he has a sturdy chin and a good punch, but you can’t hit what you can’t see.

“I have very quick hand speed, very good punching power and my knockout ratio is up there. Giovanni is going to be a real good test for me. Much respect to his camp, but Monday night it’s going to be all Danny Jacobs.

“August 19 is going to be a great show, and tickets are only 35 dollars. You can’t beat that. Come support us up and coming fighters.”

GIOVANNI LORENZO, Former World Title Challenger

“I’m very happy I’m fighting in Manhattan after so many years.

“It’s been a while since I’ve fought amongst my people.

“I look forward to facing Danny Jacobs, who is a very good fighter.

“Sometimes when people get nervous they start to say things that they don’t really mean, but one thing I know is that I have a sturdy chin, I can pack a punch and I’m going to be victorious August 19. That is all.”

EDDIE GOMEZ, Undefeated Rising Welterweight Star

“I’m excited about being on this undercard and about being on a card with Danny Jacobs, Marcus Browne, Claude Staten and a lot of New York fighters.

“August 19, whether it’s by knockout, decision or whatever it is, I’m taking that victory.

“I know Chambers has two losses, and on August 19 he’s going to have three.”

STEVEN UPSHER CHAMBERS, Welterweight Contender

“I would like to thank Golden Boy Promotions and FOX Sports 1 for having me.

“I’m eager to get back in that ring. It’s unfortunate that it has to be against Eddie Gomez because I would like to see him keep winning, but this time he has to go down.

“This is my big opportunity right here. I guarantee you’re going to see a great show. Tune in August 19 and you’ll see me get a great victory.”

MARCUS BROWNE, 2012 U.S. Olympian & Rising Light Heavyweight Star

“I’m excited to be part of this card. I’m training hard. I know these guys are training hard because we don’t want to look bad on TV.

“I’m going to make my momma proud.

“I know Danny Jacobs is going to do his part. I know Eddie Gomez is going to do his part. I know Claude Staten is going to do his part. I hope our opponents are ready because it’s going to be a great show.”

CLAUDE STATEN JR., Bantamweight Prospect

“I’m excited to be here and I’m excited to be sharing the stage with Danny Jacobs, Eddie Gomez, and Mr. Staten Island, Marcus Browne. I’m also excited to be up here with Bernard Hopkins because my professional debut was on his card on March 9.

“On August 19, I am going to get my second victory and keep working.”

Cortesia:Golden Boy

 

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Cotto Peleara por Primera Vez en Florida

Jul 23, 2013

El ORGULLO DE PUERTO RICO
MIGUEL COTTO
PELEARA POR PRIMERA VEZ EN FLORIDA ANTE
EL CLASIFICADO MUNDIAL DELVIN RODRIGUEZ

SABADO 5 DE OCTUBRE EN EL
AMWAY CENTER DE ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Boletos salen a la venta el martes 30 de Julio

ORLANDO, Florida – Doce años después de haber hecho su debut profesional, el tres veces campeón del mundo y orgullo de Puerto Rico Miguel Cotto peleara por primera vez en el estado de Florida cuando se enfrente al dos veces retador a un campeonato mundial Delvin Rodríguez en un combate a pactado a 12 asaltos en peso superwelter.
El duelo Cotto vs. Rodríguez se realizara el sábado 5 de octubre en el Amway Center de Orlando Florida que por primera vez en su historia será sede de una función de boxeo profesional.
La cartelera es una promoción de Miguel Cotto Promotions y Top Rank, en asociación con Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing y Cerveza Tecate. Los boletos que tienen un precio de $150, $100, $50 y $25 saldrán a la venta el martes 30 de julio a la 1:00 p.m. (hora de Este) y pueden ser adquiridos por Internet en la pagina amwaycenter.com, en las taquillas Chase del Amway Center, en todas las agencias de Ticketmaster, por teléfono llamando al 800 745-3000 o en Ticketmaster.com.
El Amway Center está localizado en el 400 West Church Street y las taquillas están al norte del Amway Center en las calles Church Street ay Hughey Avenue.
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Cotto y Rodríguez tiene un record combinado de 65-10-3 (46 KOs) – ha ganado el 83% de sus peleas y han ganado el 71% de sus combates por la vía del cloroformo.
“Estoy muy contento de regresar al ring el 5 de octubre y hacerlo ante la gran afición de Orlando, Florida en lo que será mi primera pelea en la Florida”, dijo Cotto.
“Voy a buscar el nocaut en momento, pues no pienso desperdiciar la oportunidad más importante de mi vida”, dijo Rodríguez.
“Miguel Cotto ha sido parte de mucho de los momentos mas importante del boxeo por los últimos 10 años. Su regreso al ring este 5 de octubre será una noche muy emocionante para los aficionados de Orlando y para todos los que estarán viendo esta gran pelea. Top Rank está muy contento de volve a trabajar con Miguel y todo su equipo promocional en este magno evento”, dijo Todd duBoef, presidente de Top Rank.
“Cada vez que Miguel Cotto sube a un ring es algo muy emocionante y para nosotros es un placer presentar el regreso de una de las figuras más importante en el boxeo en Orlando, donde tenemos un gran colonia puertorriqueña y sobre todo en la Florida donde hay muchos latinos. Este 5 de octubre será una gran noche de boxeo para todos los aficionados”, dijo Hector Soto, Vicepresidente de Miguel Cotto Promotions.
“Como promotor de Delvin, es un honor para nosotros tener un boxeador que enfrentara un legendario boxeador como lo es Miguel Cotto. Como aficionado estoy ansioso de ver a todos dos guerreros en el ring, para lo que estoy seguro será una gran noche de boxeo”, dijo Joe DeGuardia, Presidente de Star Boxing.
“Presentar otro gran evento deportivo en la Ciudad de Orlando es un verdadero nocaut en términos de entretenimiento e impacto económico para la ciudad. Eventos como Wrestlemania, el juego de estrellas de NBA, el Campeonato Nacional de baloncesto, son muestra de los eventos deportivos que hemos prestando en Orlando y que nos dan la oportunidad de poner a Orlando en la mira del deporte mundial”, dijo Buddy Dwyer, el honorable alcalde de la ciudad de Orlando.
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“Este anuncio oficial es aún más especial porque se trata del primer evento boxístico en esta arena. Este es un momento histórico para el Amway Center y muestra nuestro cometido de traer a la comunidad del Centro de la Florida diversas formas de entretenimiento”, dijo Allen Johnson, Director Ejecutivo de Orlando Venues.
Cotto (37-4, 30 KOs) de Caguas, Puerto Rico, es el boxeador que más boletos ha vendido para peleas en el histórico Madison Square Garden en los últimos 10 años.
Cotto fue monarca Welter Jr. de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) del 2004 al 2006, un corona que defendiendo exitosamente en seis ocasiones antes de subir de categoría y conquistar la corona de peso welter de la Asociación Mundial de Boxeo (AMB) en el 2006, un campeonato que perdió en el 2008 ante Antonio Margarito.
Cotto conquisto la corona de peso welter de la OMB en febrero del 2009 y la perdio en Noviembre de ese mismo año ante Manny Pacquiao. En Junio del 2009 en el Estadio de los Yankees de Nueva York se convirtió en campeón mundial en tres diferentes categoría al derrotar a Yuri Foreman para conquistar la corona de peso superwelter de la AMB.
Cotto hizo exitosas defensas de la corona al noquear a los ex campeones mundiales Ricardo Mayorga y Antonio Margarito antes de perderlo ante Floyd Mayweather en mayo del 2012. En su más reciente pelea el 1 de diciembre del 2012 cayó por puntos ante Austin Trout en un duelo por el campeonato mundial superwelter de la AMB.
Rodríguez (28-6-3, 16 KOs), oriundo de la Republica Dominicana, pero residente hoy en día de Danbury, Connecticut, disputo la corona de peso welter de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo (FIB) ante Isaac Hlatshwayo en 2009, donde cayó por puntos. En el 2011 fue parte de la mejor pelea de ese año al empatar con Pawel Wolak a quien derrotaría en su segundo combate ese mismo año.
En su segunda pelea por un campeonato mundial Rodríguez cayo por puntos ante Austin Trout en 2012 un duelo por el campeonato de peso superwelter de la AMB. En sus dos últimos combates Rodríguez ha noqueado al entonces invicto George Tahdooahnippah (31-0, 23 KOs) en el sexto asalto en febrero de este año y al siempre peligroso Freddy Hernández (30-4, 20 KOs) en ocho asaltos el pasado mes de mayo en lo que ha sido su más reciente actuación. Actualmente es el cuarto clasificado de la OMB.

 

Cortesia:Top Rank

 

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Brilla “El Diamante” Verdejo en Premios Juventud

Jul 19, 2013

Brilla “El Diamante” Verdejo en Premios Juventud
La nueva promesa hispana del deporte.
El prometedor prospecto puertorriqueño Félix “El Diamante” Verdejo, quien usualmente acostumbra a conquistar victorias arriba del ring, se apuntó un gran triunfo fuera del ensogado al lograr alzarse con el premio “La Nueva Promesa Hispana” del deporte en la décima edición de los Premios Juventud que produce la cadena Univision.
El ex olímpico boricua, quien como púgil profesional marcha invicto con foja de 6 – 0 y 5 KO’s, compitió en la categoría “La Nueva Promesa” ante reconocidas figuras internacionales como: el futbolista brasileño Neymar Da Silva Santos Junior, los futbolistas mexicanos Raúl Alonso Jiménez y Javier Aquino, y el gimnasta boricua Tommy Ramos.
Verdejo conquistó el premio que el año pasado ganó el campeón superwelter de la Asociación Mundial de Boxeo (AMB) y del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB), el ídolo mexicano Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez.
“Es un honor para mi llevarme un premio tan prestigioso en tan solo el comienzo de mi carrera y ante estrellas mundialmente reconocidas. Estoy sumamente agradecido de Dios por las oportunidades que me brinda y también por el apoyo de todos esos fans que pusieron su granito de arena para que fuese posible ganar este premio” dijo sumamente emocionado el joven de 20 años de edad.
Verdejo formó parte de un selecto grupo de puertorriqueños que representó a “La Isla del Encanto” en el evento que se celebró en el BankUnited Center de la Universidad de Miami. Astros boricuas de la talla de: Ricky Martin, Jennifer López y Marc Anthony participaron del evento llamado “La Fiesta Más Grande del Verano”.
El invicto prospecto tiene pautado regresar al ensogado el próximo 10 de agosto en una cartelera que se realizará en el Sands Casino Resort de Bethlehem, Pennsylvania y que será televisada de costa a costa en los Estados Unidos y Puerto Rico en el programa “Solo Boxeo Tecate” del canal UniMás (Antes TeleFutura).
Pronto se estarán dando detalles sobre el oponente de Verdejo.

Cortesia:Top Rank

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Conferencia Andre Berto vs Jesus Soto Karass

Jul 19, 2013

ANDRE BERTO VS. JESUS SOTO KARASS

Kelly Swanson

Thank you, everybody, for joining us in this sizzling week of summer, but I’m so excited to actually be doing a conference call again, and we have a great fight to talk about. I think it’s really the big first, big, big fight of the summer, and I’m looking forward to watching it. So, we have both fighters, Andre Berto and Jesus Soto Karass joining us, and to make those introductions and open it up for questions, I’m going to turn it over to Oscar De La Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions. Oscar?

Oscar De La Hoya

Thank you, Kelly. It’s always a pleasure to introduce such a great lineup like July 27th. First of all, I want to thank everybody at Golden Boy Promotions and Leija & Battah Promotions for all their hard work. Also, I would like to acknowledge Teiken Promotions and KO International who is an association and putting this together with Golden Boy Promotions, all the sponsors, Corona and AT&T for all of your support, your support of boxing.

We are, like I said, excited to be showcasing the first big event of the summer, Saturday, July 27th live from the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. As we all know, San Antonio, Texas is now a hotbed for staging big events, for staging big fights with big names and the fans there are some of the best, if not the best, fans come out and support not only their favorite fighter but the support of boxing in general. This event will be taking place live on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. Eastern. So, I want to thank, once again, our good friends Stephen Espinoza there at Showtime.

Tickets are priced and are going fast actually, and when I say going fast I’m not kidding, at $200 and all the way down to $10. So, I assure you that we will have a big sellout by the week of the fight, a few days before the event with those types of prices. We have three fights that will be televised live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing. This event is being billed as Knockout Kings II. As you all know, Knockout Kings I was a huge success led by Josesito Lopez and this main event by far will be an exciting one.

The first fight that’s being televised will be Diego Chavez versus Keith Thurman. That’ll be 12 rounds for the WBA interim welterweight world title. As you all know, Keith Thurman, at one time, is off to bigger and better things, but on the 27th, he’s got a very, very tough, tough, I wouldn’t call it test, it’s a real fight against Diego Chavez, and I’m sure everyone who’s seen Diego Chavez is a guy that you cannot take lightly.

The co-main event is an exciting one that everyone I’m sure in Texas is looking forward to, their own Omar Figueroa Jr. versus Nihito Arakawa. That will be a 12-round fight for the WBC interim lightweight world title and Omar Figueroa once again keeps on proving to the fans that he’s progressing, he’s learning, he’s got punching power with both hands.

The main event, obviously the people are really, really excited about, you have Andre Berto versus Soto Karass, which will be a 12 rounder for the vacant NABF welterweight title, and it is my pleasure to be introducing to you one of the participants in the main event. He was a member of the 2004 Haitian Olympic Team. He’s obviously known for his charity work, especially in Haiti following the devastating 2010 earthquake that hit in the country there, and he has a tremendous, tremendous record, first winning a world title against Miguel Rodriguez, which he stopped in the seventh round to win the WBC welterweight world title.

He successfully defended his title five times before having a tremendous, tremendous fight against Victor Ortiz in 2011, which was billed fight of the year, and now he’s back. He bounced back against a very tough, tough fighter, Jan Zaveck for the IBF welterweight world championship title, and now, once again, he engaged in fight of the year candidate against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero in a tremendous, tremendous fight.

And this fight here, once again, shows the character of Andre Berto. He is a fighter. He is a warrior. He wants to get back to the top and he knows that facing Jesus Soto Karass is that step to that world title. So, without any further ado, let me introduce to you with a record of 28-2, 22 knockouts out of Winter Haven, Florida, Andre Berto.

Andre Berto

Hello. Training camp has been going tremendously. I’ve been out here in the Bay Area and I’ve been having a hell of a training camp, man. I’m in definitely one of the toughest and one of the best training camps I’ve been a part of, definitely in tremendous shape mentally, physically and spiritually. So, like I said, I’m in shape, I’m ready to go, and we’re definitely going to get over to San Antonio, hell of a show coming the 27th, definitely going to be a show that’s not going to disappoint, I can promise you that.

De La Hoya

Thank you very much, Andre, and now for the other fighter participating in the main event, obviously don’t let the records fool you. He does have a record of 27-8 with 3 draws and 17 knockouts. He always gives a supreme, supreme effort against any opponent that he’s facing.

He’s coming off a fresh win in January against Selcuk Aydin, who we obviously know gave a very difficult and valiant effort against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero. He has defeated fighters that include Euri Gonzalez, El Harrak, Vince Phillips, David Estrada, to name a few. He is a fighter that in the second half of his career is getting better. So, we all know that Andre Berto and Soto Karass will give a tremendous, tremendous performance. So, let’s welcome Jesus Soto Karass.

Soto Karass

Hi. Thank you all for being on the call. Thank you, Oscar, for the kind words, and I’m here. I’m in training camp at Ponce De Leon’s Gym, and I know it’s going to be a great fight. The fight’s going to be a war, and I know Berto very well. That’s why I’m preparing myself 100 percent. I don’t want to give him any advantages and I’ll be ready for the fight.

I’m very grateful to Leija Battah Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions for this opportunity. I participated in the first Knockout Kings and now I’m going to be participating again in the second go around as the main event and I’m not going to disappoint you.

De La Hoya

Before we introduce it to the media, I would like to make an announcement that I will be introducing a bonus for the best knockout among those three fights that are televised. So, this is obviously an extra incentive for the fighters, for the fans and we’re definitely looking forward to another great evening, July 27th live from Texas, Knockout Kings II. Thank you.

Q

Thank you. Oscar, very quickly on the knockout bonus, what’s the bonus how much do these guys get for the best knockout and who determines the winner?

De La Hoya

That’s actually-I have to decide and talk it over with Mike Battah, who is the co-promoter there in Texas, but it will definitely be a substantial amount.

Q

Okay, and I think, if I’m not mistaken, when you guys did that last time around for the other Knockout Kings last year, I believe you had a thing where the fans could vote for it and it was announced at the end of the SHOWTIME broadcast. Is that correct? Are you going to try to do that again?

De La Hoya

We will try and do that once again. So, it’s definitely going to make more fighting. They’re going to get their money’s worth.

Q

Oscar, I wanted to ask you to talk a little bit about the way you view the rise of Omar Figueroa who was very impressive on the undercard in April when Canelo faced Austin Trout. It seems like he has an extremely phantom like style. He’s got a growing fan base down in Texas and he’s in this fight fighting for an interim world title. Can you just talk about where you see him progressing because it seems to me with the right matches and a little more TLC with his matchmaking that he could become something really big in this sport?

De La Hoya

Absolutely. Omar Figueroa is a guy who every fight, every opponent we put him in against, he’s getting better and better. He’s passing the test with flying colors, and now, it’s time to step it up and step it up big time. July 27th is not going to be an easy fight for him, but these are the types of fights that he wants and these are the types of fights that we’re comfortable putting him in with. These are difficult fights, but we feel comfortable that he will continue to pass these tests with flying colors. I don’t think there’s a limit to where he can go.

Omar Figueroa, he has fabulous and amazing fan base especially after his knockout win April 20th on the Canelo Alvarez card and Trout. Ever since we’ve signed Omar Figueroa, he keeps on proving us wrong. He keeps on proving that he can be moved faster at a faster pace. So, every fight that he has, he always tells me look, when am I going to get that world title and he started asking me that after ten fights. So, this is a kid that we feel is going to go very, very far.

Q

Andre, I wanted just to hear from you what it’s been like having your first training camp with somebody other than Tony for I think probably your entire boxing life, now that you’re working with Virgil Hunter?

How different is it and what kind of changes are there and are you learning new things or are you just fine-tuning things that are already there? Just sort of take me through what it’s been like because you’ve got to be so used to being the same kind of camp for so many years?

Berto

Yeah, definitely. This right here is definitely a different situation for me-how do I say it? I’m not sure have the right words, but definitely it’s a tough training camp, technical training camp and very-these guys are really precise on what they do and things they want you to work on and it’s not just going to camp and just working the same routines, just getting in shape. One of these guys here they definitely just work on strategy and a lot of repetition and they definitely just pound that into you so that you get the game plan right. So, it’s definitely a training camp that I love. It’s different, but it’s definitely effective, and I’m excited to show the skills off on the 27th, sure.

Q

Andre, what has been the biggest difference in the way that Virgil runs a camp with a fighter compared to the way Tony ran a camp with you? I’m just trying to get an idea. Is it more different time and date, different type of things you work on? Is he more laid back? Does he screen more? What is the main things that you were like wow, this is different than what I’m used to for the last several years?

Berto

It’s different. Here, like the schedule-my schedule situation is it’s kind of up and down. Back home in Florida, we always had the same routine, the same schedule every day. Here, things maneuver, things change and they definitely go by how you feel.

You definitely work a lot smarter than just a lot harder. Of course, they work harder, but they definitely work a lot smarter. I come from my dad and Tony and everybody back home, it was just work hard as hell, pound that out every day and just try to get in the best shape possible, and once you reach a level like this right here and you want to try to work a lot more smarter than just everybody working as hard as possible, but like I said, both coaches are great. They just have different strategies.

Q

Is there one thing that Virgil is trying to beat into your head as far as we need to do this that might have been different before … whether you want to talk about moving your head or defensively or something with one of your opponents?

Berto

Definitely. Coming out here, Virgil, of course I’ve known since I was like 13, but just being here and him just watching me go through camp and get in better shape and just see all my skills, he definitely sees that I’m a strong athlete so it doesn’t take much just to move and just to change a couple of things. So, just basically just from a defensive point or just on-just sitting on the ropes getting too comfortable and we’re doing this, doing that because I used to get a lot comfortable in training camps before and I think there’s a lot of bad habits because of that.

So, it’s just the fact on just me just being the athlete that I know I can be and just staying sharp and just staying alert and not just getting comfortable and picking up bad habits and going back to the basics on things. So, Virgil, he definitely continues to point that out for me. He doesn’t let me get lazy. He doesn’t let me get comfortable and he knows what I can do.

Like I said, he’s watched me ever since I was 13 years old, an amateur. So, he knows I’m capable of it and I have definitely been able to blossom and just be able to work on my techniques like I need to. He just has to put somebody on my ass on the regular.

Q

What’s the one bad habit, like the worst habit let’s say, that he’s trying to work out with you?

Berto

That’s kind of hard to say on the phone. I don’t want to put too much information out there, but we are working on a lot of different things, but definitely improve a lot of different areas, and just like I said, I’m the type of guy that I’m a tremendous athlete already. So, it just takes little things for me to change some things up. If it’s just me letting my back leg touch the ropes, he don’t even say one word and just moved his hand that I can slip off the rope or me just working my jab, me just doing this, me just doing that.

It’s just takes little signals and he know that I react quickly instead of me being in a predicament, being very talented and been working with the team for so long and they know what I’m capable of, but in the gym back home they would let me-they used to let me just get away with just a lot of things just because they know how talented I am, they know that when fight time comes, I’ll be ready to go, but in time, sometimes you just create those bad habits just by just continue doing them in the gym, and they start sitting on you and they start just being first nature.

So, just working some things up out of that and then getting back sharp where I need to be, but like I said, Tony, he’s a tremendous coach, man. He’s one of the best in the game. He brought me to the Olympics. He brought me to two-time world champion. He’s a tremendous guy, but I just thought I just needed a change.

Q

Talked to Virgil Hunter today and he said that the biggest thing he wants to see you do is to develop your own identity in the ring. He specifically pointed out that the shoulder roll that you tried to do against Guerrero, he had never seen that before. What does he mean by that? What do you gather he means by that by the things that you guys are working on, and are you developing the identity that you think he wants you to develop?

Berto

Yeah because I see it’s a situation I believe that just, like I said, that he’s watched me for many years in amateurs and a lot of people in general, they’ve watched me come up as a high prospect in boxing and they see that I had my own style, but in time, in time, just going through that I’m not going to say just amateur, being a young fighter just continue, me just watching the fighters, in time, you pick up certain things or just trying out certain things, it might not be for you. It might not be for you at the end of the day. So, it’s just a fact of just getting back to the basics on what I do and that’s to stay strong, stay good on my defense work on my jab and work on my strong combination and just be me at the end of the day, but it’s very easy for anybody to pick up certain things and just try to try them out to see how they affect and see how they work for you, but it’s the fact of just trying to do you and that’s work mind, that defense and staying sharp.

I have the hand speed. I have the power. I have the athleticism and it’s just the fact of just putting everything together and I believe being in a camp, Virg is able to see all of that. So, he feels that I can do whatever I want to do, but it’s better just to stick to me and do what I do.

Q

Did you kind of lose your identity? Did you get away from what you used to do and kind of get lost and you just more or less were throwing things against a wall to see if they stuck?

Berto

Yeah, the thing with me, man, I’m-everyone that knows me, man, from back home, they know I’m a hard worker and they know that every time I go out I try to improve and they know that I’m always really just looking for things to do better and just me just going to the gym just working on different things and trying to see how they work for me and see how they can improve my game or just try different things and see if it’s not too well for me. So, it was almost kind of too much of trying and try other little things to a point that almost kind of confuses you and just better just to have to set your own game plan.

So, I think that’s where everything pretty much came together for me. We really sat down and really analyzed a lot of things and we’ve been working on a lot of different things at camp, we definitely made that understood and just being in camp and just seeing tremendous, tremendous improvements, not just me being that old Andre Berto, that ferocious kid, that kid that say wow I have tight defense and combination and I’ve been able pretty much do whatever I want to do. From time to time, of course, I can work a lot of other little small things but don’t be so committed on it just pretty much just stay who I am.

Q

The last thing he said was confidence. You seem to be developing a confidence in what you’re doing right now and bringing that identity.

Berto

For sure.

Q

Are you confident you can, against a guy like Soto Karass, who’s rugged, kind of unorthodox and is always involved in brawls, can you stay away from what you did in your last two fights, which wasn’t what you’re saying now?

Berto

Yeah, for sure. Like I said, I just improved mentally, physically, spiritually, just all the way around. You see that-Virg sees it. He sees that I’m getting back to who I need to be, and that’s being a fighter that’s in tremendous shape and that’s being a fighter that’s supremely confident and being a fighter that just looks like I can do whatever I want to do in there, and when I’m on point and when I’m at the best that I can be, there’s nobody in the welterweight division that can doing anything with me. So, he’s been saying that, and like I said, man, we’re actually going to be straight, and it doesn’t matter what it gets to. He’s seen me box kids’ heads off out here in the gym. At the same time, he sees me just stay behind that defense and just bang it out, but of course, I’m going to try to be smarter in there and just try to do what we got to do.

Q

Jesus, talking about Andre is really working on getting back to where he used to be, do you feel confident that you can get him out of his game, that once he gets hit, he’ll go back to what he was in his last two fights, which is more your style and what you’ve been doing pretty much in all of your fights?

Soto Karass

I’m going to do my game plan. I can’t worry about him, about him being the fighter he was or whether he’s going to resort to being the fighter he was the last couple of fights. I can’t worry about that. I have to do my game plan, what I’ve been working towards in the gym. I will say this, that I’m going to be in great shape. I’m going to be ready for a war. If wants to box, we can box. If he wants to stand and fight, we can fight. If I have to counter or be on the inside, whatever it is, I’m just training to win and that’s my game plan; I’ve got to win.”

Q

Jesus, Oscar said in the introductory remarks you were in the first installment of Knockout Kings and I don’t think you got the bonus in that one, but you are a guy that have gotten a lot of good TV exposure and you make great fights not necessarily because you always wins. What does it means to you or is it important to you to understand that you-I know you want to win the fight obviously but that you can keep getting these kinds of fights because you are liked by the fans and by the TV people because you are highly entertaining and what does that mean to you as opposed to maybe not always getting the W but certainly getting a lot of exposure?

Soto Karass

Look, it’s great that people see me that way. It’s great that everybody that follows me, the fans and everybody, they see me that way, but I want to win. The bottom line is I want to win. That’s the important thing for me is winning. Yes, I’m going to give a great performance like I always do. I’m ready to die in the ring like every Mexican, but the important thing for me is to win. I have the mentality of winning. I have to win. It’s for the future of my family. It’s for the future of my trainers. It’s a lot of hard work. The bottom line is I want to win, and it’s okay to have great fights and this and that but my objection is to win.

Q

What is your objective?

Q

To win, I have to got to win.

Q

Given that Andre is coming off of a loss to Guerrero, he got knocked down two times in that fight by Andre’s own admission, not his best night, do you view Andre as being a little more vulnerable maybe in this fight than he has been in past fights and you can take advantage with the kind of pressure style that you employ and the tremendous amount of punching output that you have that you can keep Andre on the losing skit?

Soto Karass

I’m expecting a well-prepared Berto. I’m coming to win. I’m coming to win and that’s what I’m preparing for. I’m getting ready for the best possible Berto there is. In fact, I haven’t even studied any of the last fights because he can throw those out the window. I’m getting ready for the best possible Berto, a guy that’s going to be well prepared and is going to come to win. I know that Berto wants to be a world champion again. I also want to be a champion. That’s what I’ve been waiting for all my career, all my life and a victory here is going to possibly get the winner into position for a world title. So, no, I’m not thinking of the Berto that had the last couple of fights. I’m thinking of the best possible prepared Berto that’s going to come to win and that’s what I’m training for.

Q

My question is for Andre Berto. Much has changed in the last couple of years. Where are you as a fighter and are you satisfied with where you are as far as your career?

Berto

Of course, as a fighter and in terms of general, like I said, at the end of the day, man, we’re fighters. Do you know what I mean? As far as at the end of the day, we go through our ups and downs, but the place where I’m at now is a great place. At the top of the year, I’ve done made the changes that I need to make and now I’m at a place that I’ve been in a very long time all the way around. So, I guess I’m just ready to get back to work and really to go in here and handle business like I know how to do.

Q

What type of fight are you expecting or are you anticipating from Soto Karass?

Berto

It doesn’t matter. I just have to bring that pressure and bring the fight, but I’m anticipating whatever. He wants to do that, that’s fine. We’ve been trained for that, and if he wants to box, we can do that, that’s fine. We’ve been trained for that as well. So, we’re just trying to make sure that we’re covering all bases.

Q

This is for Andre Berto. The question on the switch of trainers, we all saw how Ortiz and Guerrero were real effective on smothering you on the inside. We know that Hunter and Ward, they’re really good at that style. Was that part of the reason that prompted you to change up the game plan because we know you’re very effective when you have space for your leverage, but on the inside is where you have trouble?

Berto

Definitely. When it came to my decision and what I needed to make, I looked at the overall situation in the end and it definitely Virgil and Ward, everybody on this side, and when it comes to working on the inside, when it comes to working on defense they’re very, very, very effective. So, like I said, I’m just trying to make sure we’ve been improving on our all-around game if it’s inside work or if it’s outside work where I’m the best at.

So, like I said, we’re covering all bases. We’re handling the shape. We’re working inside, outside, everywhere it goes. So, it doesn’t matter where the fight goes, we’re going to be ready to go.

Q

We also know there’s also we’ve seen a pattern of you kind of anemia here and there sometimes. Is there still a problem as far as low iron in your blood?

Berto

Yeah, of course, I have some doctors that work real close to me and they’re trying to make sure everything is good when it comes to my anemia situation and everything right now at this point is on point. We’re sharp. We’re in shape. All the way around, we’re good.

Q

I’ve got one question for Soto Karass regarding his underdog role continuously and bouts of. Does that motivate him, or does it anger him or how does that affect him seeing that sometimes he’s seen as the gatekeeper but fighting for the upset?

Soto Karass

It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter to me. It’s the same whether I’m favored or not. It doesn’t really matter to me. It doesn’t make me uncomfortable. What I will say is that the fans, everybody’s always going to get 100% the best of Soto Karass and it doesn’t really matter what they think. They think that I don’t have the tools or I’m not capable of winning, that’s fine. They can think whatever they want, but I do know this is that I go into every fight wanting to win and I’m always going to give the best of me and I’m going to be 100 percent.

Q

Jesus, what can we expect from you in this fight?

Soto Karass

Well, what can I say? You guys follow my career. You know who I am. You know me already. You’re going to get the best of me. I will say this that I feel a little smarter in this fight because this is going to be very tough. It’s a very dangerous fight. So, I’m going to be a little smarter in this fight, but it’s going to be the same Soto Karass. You’re going to get 100% and you’re going to get a good fight out of me.

Q

What about your nickname, El Renuente? What does that mean? Why did you get it?

Soto Karass

I actually got it from my ex-coach, and it means lazy. It means lazy. I guess because when we used to work in the past, he would ask me if I wanted to do mitts or if I wanted to work out with any of the bags and I didn’t. I just wanted to spar and it’s kind of a joke, so that’s what they call me is El Renuente.

K. Swanson

Okay, no problem. So, that was our last question. We appreciate both fighters taking the time out of their training to join us today. Again, we look forward to the fight which is July 27th for the NABF Welterweight Championship from the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas, televised live on SHOWTIME, and Andre, any final comments?

Berto

To all the fans in San Antonio, definitely come out. It’s going to be a tremendous show. When it comes to Soto Karass, he knows that I know him pretty well and I’ve been around people and been training in the past with people that know him very, very, very well. So, he knows that I’m definitely going to be ready all the way across the board for him.

So, like I said, San Antonio, definitely come out. It’s going to be a hell of a show. We’ve got a hell of a main event. We’ve got a hell of a undercard and I can’t wait. Like I said, it’s been a while, man, and I’m just ready for fight and tired of training. I’m ready to go. So, like I said, I respect Soto Karass because he always comes to fight. So, it’s going to be a good show, man.

K. Swanson

Okay, great, and any final comments from Jesus Soto Karass?

Soto Karass

I just want to say to everybody thank you and I’ll see you on the 27th in San Antonio at the AT&T Center and you can expect a war, a very good fight. I’m coming to win. I know Berto’s coming to win. I hope he’s well prepared, but it’s going to be a very, very good show and a good performance. So, thank you very much.

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Danny’Swift’Garcia vs Lucas Matthysse

Jul 19, 2013

EL MEGA COMBATE POR EL CAMPEONATO MUNDIAL INDISCUTIBLE SUPERLIGERO ENTRE DANNY ‘SWIFT’ GARCÍA VS. LUCAS MATTHYSSE AGREGADO COMO DUELO CO ESTELAR DE ‘EL ÚNICO: MAYWEATHER VS. CANELO’

DOS INCREÍBLES PLEITOS LA MISMA NOCHE; 14 DE SEPTIEMBRE EN EL MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA EN LAS VEGAS, EN VIVO POR SHOWTIME PPV®

LOS ÁNGELES, CA 18 de julio de 2013. – Mayweather Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions y Canelo Promotions anunciaron oficialmente hoy que Danny “Swift” Garcia, monarca mundial indiscutible superligero y Lucas “The Machine” Matthyssecampeón mundial interino superligero del CMB, se enfrentarán en un combate decisivo que asegurara el respaldo del mayor evento de boxeo en años, “EL ÚNICO”: Mayweather vs. Canelo” que se llevará a cabo el sábado 14 de septiembre en el MGM Grand Garden Arena en Las Vegas, Nevada en vivo por SHOWTIME PPV®.

Si Mayweather vs. Canelo realmente es EL ÚNICO combate para los fanáticos del boxeo de todo el mundo, entonces el muy esperado García vs. Matthysse es el EL ÚNICO-A. García, el invicto monarca superligero del CMB, AMB y Ring magazine, se ha convertido en la fuerza dominante de la división en los últimos 18 meses tras dejar fuera de combate a los ex campeos mundiales Amir “King” Kahn, Zab “Súper” Judah y dos veces al legendario guerrero mexicano Erik “El Terrible” Morales. Matthysse irrumpió en la escena mundial en mayo tras noquear al destacado y joven campeón mundial Lamont Peterson. El nocaut en el tercer asalto sobre Peterson puso al mundo sobre aviso que el poder de Matthysse era de temer, y que el llamado “The Machine” estaba dirigiéndose al primer puesto de la división.

“Esta es la pelea que quería y la que había pedido. Es por eso que estoy tan feliz porque se ha hecho y voy a ser parte de este gran evento”, dijo Danny García. “Me siento mas confiado que nunca en mis capacidades y voy a demostrarlo el 14 de septiembre. Matthysse es un buen peleador y tiene una gran pegada, pero soy un boxeador talentoso con lo que se necesita para ser campeón y permanecer de esa manera. Esta es una oportunidad para que el mundo vea lo que realmente puedo hacer en el ring”, indicó.

“! Por fin aceptó la pelea Danny García! Me tuvo mucho tiempo esperando. Esta pelea es la que el mundo del boxeo y yo [especialmente mi país Argentina] quería”, dijo Lucas Matthysse. Deseo agradecerle a mis promotores Golden Boy Promotions y Mario Arano y al Consejo Mundial de Boxeo [CMB] por hacer este combate posible. El 14 de septiembre demostraré al mundo que soy el mejor 140 libras”, puntualizó.

“Floyd fue firme sobre el hecho de otorgar a los fanáticos lo que ellos querían ver cuando eligió a Canelo Alvarez como su oponente para la pelea del 14 de septiembre”, dijo Leonard Ellerbe, jefe ejecutivo de Mayweather Promotions. “Estamos encantados que García vs. Matthysse se ha agregado a la cartelera y los aficionados van a obtener aún más boxeo en su máxima expresión”, expresó.

“El atractivo combate entre García y Matthysse podría ser sin ninguna duda su propio evento principal”, dijo Richard Schaefer, jefe ejecutivo de Golden Boy Promotions. “Hemos añadido otra pelea que los fanáticos han estado pidiendo a gritos a una ya estelar noche de boxeo. Con la incorporación de esta mega batalla estamos seguros de que el “EL ÚNICO” continuará rompiendo récords de boxeo.

“El boxeo está en su máxima expresión cuando el mejor sube para combatir contra el mejor, y esto es lo que tenemos con Mayweather y Canelo y ahora García y Matthysse”, dijo Óscar de la Hoya, presidente de Golden Boy Promotions. “El 14 de septiembre será una de las noches más memorables del boxeo que hemos convidado en mucho tiempo”, aseguró.

“García vs Matthysse es la pelea de ensueño para los aficionados”, dijo Stephen Espinoza, vicepresidente ejecutivo y gerente general de SHOWTIME Sports®. “Es un evento por sí mismo de la calidad de pelea principal. Agregar a lo que ya es el evento más grande de Pay Per View en años, hace de la función del 14 de septiembre la mejor cartelera de PPV desde los tiempos de Mike Tyson y Julio César Chávez”, remarcó.

Danny “Swift” García (26-0, 16 nocáuts) orgulloso combatiente de Filadelfia, ha ascendido a la cima del mundo del boxeo en los últimos años con actuaciones cada vez más impresionantes que se han mostrado su habilidad, el poder, y el corazón. Desde que ganó el título mundial superligero contra Erik “El Terrible” Morales en el 2012, ha defendido su corona con victorias sobre Morales (en la revancha), Amir “King” Khan y Zab “Súper” Judah, consolidando su lugar como uno de los mejores del mundo.

Lucas Martín “The Machine” Matthysse (34-2, 32 nocáuts) de Trelew, Argentina, construyó su temible reputación con las manos de piedra que han enviado a oponente tras oponente a estrellarse en la derrota. Actualmente, Matthysse propietario de una cadena de seis victorias consecutivas con seis nocauts, viene de un espectacular triunfo por nocaut en el tercer episodio sobre Lamont Peterson que encendió al mundo del boxeo y dejo listo este enfrentamiento contra García.

“EL ÚNICO: MAYWEATHER VS. CANELO, un combate a 12 asaltos por los cetros superwelter del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (WBC por sus siglas en inglés), de la Asociación Mundial de Boxeo (WBA por sus siglas en inglés) y del Ring magazine en poder del Canelo, y el súper campeonato superwelter de la Asociación Mundial de Boxeo (WBA por sus siglas en inglés) en poder de Mayweather, y que se efectuará el sábado 14 de septiembre en el MGM Grand Garden Arena de Las Vegas Nevada, es promovido por Mayweather Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions y Canelo Promotions, y patrocinado por Corona, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Valvoline, Turismo de Mexico y Fred Loya Insurance. En la atracción co estelar a 12 asaltos, Danny García, monarca superligero del CMB, AMB y Ring magazine, se medirá al tremendo noqueador Lucas Matthysse, campeón mundial interino suerligero del CMB, en una pelea presentada en asociación con Swift Promotions y Arano Box Promotions. El mega evento será producido y distribuido en vivo por SHOWTIME PPV® comenzando a las 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. El evento estará disponible en español en la programación de audio secundario (SAP por sus siglas en inglés).

Menos de 24 horas después de salir los boletos a la venta el 25 de junio, el evento estaba vendido, pero seis de las propiedades del MGM Resorts serán la sede de las transmisiones en vivo del circuito cerrado de “EL ÚNICO”. Propiedades presentando el evento incluye ARIA, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, Monte Carlo y Nueva York-New York. Boletos de admisión general para las transmisiones por televisión de circuito cerrado tienen un precio de $100 dólares sin incluir los gastos de manejo, y están disponibles para su compra en la taquilla de cada propiedad individual y también están disponibles para su compra por teléfono con una tarjeta de crédito al 866 799-7711. La venta de entradas para el circuito cerrado está limitada a ocho (8) por persona. Los boletos también están disponibles a través de Ticketmaster llamando al (800) 745-3000 o en línea en www.ticketmaster.com.

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