Ramirez wins unanimous decision over Orozco

Sep 18, 2018

Ramirez vs. Orozco/Herring vs. Moralde/Flores vs. Gutierrez 

* Ramirez wins unanimous decision over Orozco, retains WBC super lightweight world title
* Herring dominates Moralde, wins USBA junior lightweight belt
* Gabriel Flores Jr. survives knockdown, remains undefeated

(Photo Credit: Mikey Williams / Top Rank)
FRESNO, Calif (Sept. 14, 2018) —  Jose Ramirez didn’t want the hometown fans to leave unhappy. In front of a crowd of 11,102 at the Save Mart Center on Friday evening, Avenal native Ramirez retained the WBC super lightweight world title with a unanimous decision against fellow unbeaten Antonio Orozco. The scores were 119-107 3X.

Ramirez (23-0, 16 KOs) knocked Orozco down with a crisp right hand in the fourth round and found success with his left hook throughout the bout. In the eighth round, Ramirez scored a knockdown with a left hook to the liver and nearly finished Orozco at the end of the round.

“This was an excellent fight, and Antonio Orozco is a true warrior,” Ramirez said. “We put it out there, and Antonio was a very tough opponent who gave it his all. A special thanks to all the people in Fresno who showed their support tonight.”

Ramirez won the belt with a hard-fought unanimous decision against Amir Imam back in March. For his first title defense, he took on a previously undefeated challenger in Orozco (27-1, 17 KOs), who on paper represented the toughest test of his career. Ramirez and Orozco went toe-to-toe and produced a championship bout for the ages.

Flanked by his Marine comrades on his way to the ring, 2012 U.S. Olympian and Marine Corps veteran Jamel “Semper Fi” Herring (18-2, 10 KOs ) notched the most significant win of his carer, defeating John Vincent Moralde (20-2, 10 KOs) by 10-round unanimous decision (100-90 3X) to win the vacant USBA junior lightweight title.

“I wanted to show that I could not only make 130 pounds, but that I could be strong at the weight as well,” Herring said. “Now, I’m that much closer to a world title shot.”

In his biggest test to date, 18-year-old sensation Gabriel Flores Jr. (10-0, 5 KOs) was undeterred by the big stage and the bright lights. Flores, from Stockton, Calif., survived a first-round knockdown to defeat Roger Gutierrez by unanimous decision in a six-round lightweight bout.

The scores were as followed: 59-54, 59-54, and 58-54.

“I could’ve done better, but I was in there against a tough guy. I have no explanation for it, but my legs locked up in the early rounds. I started moving in the last rounds, and my legs were feeling better. I boxed him and got the victory. All I can do from here is learn from this experience.

“I came back strong. I know l will be better next time out.”

In other action:

Vacant USBA Welterweight Title: Alexander Besputin (11-0, 9 KOs), TKO 9, 1:44, Alan Sanchez (20-4-1, 10 KOs).

Besputin said: “I feel very grateful to be signed by Top Rank, the best promotional company in the world. I now want all of the big names at 135, including the winner of Lomachenko and Pedraza.”

Super Lightweights: Hiroki Okada (19-0, 13 KOs), split decision, 10 rounds, Cristian Cora (27-7-2, 11 KOs). Scores: 95-94 Okada, 95-94 Coria, 95-94 Okada.

Okada knocked down in the 10th round by Coria right hand.

Lightweights: Bryan Vasquez (38-3, 20 KOs), unanimous decision, 10 rounds, Carlos Cardenas (21-15-1, 13 KOs). Scores: 98-92, 96-94, 96-94 .

Vasquez said: “I feel very grateful to be signed by Top Rank, the best promotional company in the world. I now want all of the big names at 135, including the winner of Lomachenko and Pedraza.”

Featherweights: Isidro Ochoa (6-0, 2 KOs), KO 3, 2:14, Elio De Jesus  (2-3, 0 KOs).

Super Bantamweights: Santos Ortega (3-0, 1 KO), unanimous decision, 4 rounds, Sebastian Baltazar (1-2, 0 KOs). Scores: 40-36, 40-36, 40-36.

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CANELO ALVAREZ VS. GENNADY GOLOVKIN 2 OFFICIAL WEIGHTS

Sep 14, 2018
Photo Credit: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions 
Video Credit: Golden Boy Promotions
Canelo vs. GGG 2 is a 12-round fight for the middleweight championship of the world presented by Golden Boy Promotions and GGG Promotions. Munguia vs. Cook is a 12-round battle for the WBO Junior Middleweight World Title presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Zanfer Promotions. Lemieux vs. O’Sullivan is a 12-round a WBA World Title Eliminator presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Eye of The Tiger Management in association with Murphy’s Boxing. Gonzalez vs. Fuentes is a 10-round super flyweight fight presented by Golden Boy Promotions and GGG Promotions in association with Teiken Promotions and Zanfer Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” Hennessy, “Never Stop, Never Settle,” O’Reilly Auto Parts, Fred Loya Insurance, Interjet, Venom, and Fathom Events. The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 15 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Doors to the event open at 2:00 p.m., and the first fight begins at 2:00 p.m. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at a special time of 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.
Note: The media center at David Copperfield Theater Noon PT on Saturday, Sept. 15.

“24/7 Canelo/GGG 2” is streaming on HBO GO & HBO NOW. Canelo’s fifth “24/7” appearance and Golovkin’s third, “24/7 CANELO/GGG 2” is the latest installment of the acclaimed franchise that began in 2007.
Tickets are on sale for the closed circuit telecast of Canelo vs. GGG 2 at MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, The Mirage and Luxor are priced at $100, not including applicable fees. Seating is general admission at MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage while Luxor will have assigned seats. Tickets may be purchased at any MGM Resorts International Box Office, by phone with a major credit card at (800) 745-3000 or online at http://www.ticketmaster.com/canelovsggg2.
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UFC® PARTNERS WITH HALL OF FAMER BAS RUTTEN TO LAUNCH UFC | BAS BODY ACTION SYSTEM®

Sep 14, 2018

UFC® PARTNERS WITH HALL OF FAMER BAS RUTTEN TO LAUNCH UFC | BAS BODY ACTION SYSTEM®

Las Vegas – UFC®, the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization, today announced a new multi-year licensing agreement with UFC Hall of Famer Bas Rutten to launch the UFC | BAS Body Action System®. The agreement, negotiated by IMG, allows Rutten, a former UFC heavyweight champion and three-time King of Pancrase, to produce a UFC branded edition of his patented MMA training device to sell online and at select retailers globally.

Developed by Rutten to maximize and revolutionize martial arts training, the Body Action System has a patented design that incorporates a head pad for strikes, hooks and uppercuts; a torso pad for punches, elbows and knees; and a focus pad to offer greater mass for core training, side-to-side striking, and kicks.

“The UFC | BAS Body Action System combines a complete training device for MMA with the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization,” Rutten said. “This system is the closest thing having a real sparring partner with you inside the Octagon, and it’s a fantastic all-in-one system that delivers a world-class workout!”

The UFC | BAS Body Action System, total body training, is a great way to become a leaner, faster and more powerful athlete. UFC | BAS training content is also available to help customers keep their workouts fresh.  For more information on the system, accessories, and content, please visit www.BasBodyActionSystem.com/UFC.

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CHUCK LIDDELL TO BATTLE TITO ORTIZ IN FINAL

Sep 14, 2018
THE THIRD FIGHT IS ON! CHUCK LIDDELL TO BATTLE TITO ORTIZ 
IN FINAL CHAPTER OF HISTORIC RIVALRY 
SATURDAY, NOV. 24 AT LOS ANGELES’ ‘FABULOUS’ FORUM 
AND TELEVISED LIVE ON PAY-PER-VIEW
Tickets on Sale Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 at 10:00 a.m PT!
LOS ANGELES (Sept. 12, 2018): The final chapter of most historic rivalry in mixed martial arts history will take place as Chuck Liddell (30-8, 20 KOs) takes on Tito Ortiz(19-12-1, 8 KOs) in a three-round main event on Saturday, Nov. 24 at the “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood, California. The fight will be presented live on Pay-Per-View beginning at 6:00 p.m. PT/9:00 p.m. ET.
Liddell was a former kickboxer who became a veritable legend in the sport of MMA. Liddell defended the UFC Light Heavyweight crown four times against the likes of Tito OrtizRandy Couture and Jeremy Horn. Liddell, who also has victories against Alistair Overeem and Wanderlei Silva, will return to the cage after eight years to fulfill what he says is his fans’ biggest desire.
“I’ve already knocked him out twice,” said Chuck Liddell. “I’m doing this for my fans because this is the one fight they all keep asking me for, and they want to see him knocked out. Tito is a punk, but I also want to inspire people and show them that the only limitations we have are the ones we put on ourselves. For me, it’s a fight to right some wrongs from the past and to renew my strength and discipline. My focus is laser sharp, and I can’t wait to see blood! Tito is going down! I’m thrilled to be partnered with Golden Boy Promotions for this event because they understand the sacrifice that we fighters make to entertain the world. Together we are going to bring the biggest event in MMA history. November 24, you better be watching!”
Known worldwide as the “Huntington Beach Bad Boy,” Ortiz became one of the first stars of mix martial arts and has faced the likes of Ken ShamrockForrest GriffinWanderlei SilvaVitor Belfort and Ryan Bader. Ortiz held the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship for three years and is considered one of the most important figures the sport has ever had. Ortiz will return after first-round submission victory against Chael Sonnen in January 2017 and will look to return to Inglewood, Calif. to finish a rivalry what was started several years ago.
“It’s extremely important that I finish this the way I want to,” said Tito Ortiz. “Liddell was my friend. He says he’s not my friend, well great. We’re enemies, and that’s just the way it is. Now it’s time for fans to buy this pay-per-view to watch one of the best fights of my career. Chuck will come in thinking he can knock me out. He’ll come in swinging for the fences, but I’ll knock his ass out. Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions has stepped up to give fans what they want after 25 years of mixed martial arts. To be a partner in such a big promotion has always been my dream.”
“This event will be huge for sports fans around the world,” said Oscar De La Hoya, CEO and Chairman of Golden Boy Promotions. “Liddell and Ortiz are two of the most recognized fighters in mixed martial arts history. They are legends in the sport. Everyone remembers that their rivalry helped put the sport on the map, and we’re excited to host the next and final chapter of this historic rivalry.”
The undercard of this event will be fully stacked with competitive mixed martial arts bouts. Details will be announced shortly.
Liddell vs. Ortiz 3 is a three-round light heavyweight fight presented by Golden Boy Promotions. The fights will take place on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018 at the ‘Fabulous’ Forum in Inglewood, Calif. The fight will be presented live on Pay-Per-View beginning at 6:00 p.m. PT/9:00 p.m. ET.
Tickets for Liddell vs. Ortiz 3 go on sale Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 at 10:00 am PT. Tickets are priced at $30, $50, $100, $150, $300, $500 and Ringside VIP $1,000. (Limited Number Ringside VIP Available Access To The Forum Club Included) Prices do not include applicable facility fees and service charges, with a total ticket limit of 12 per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets will also be available for purchase at www.fabulousforum.com or www.ticketmaster.com, and also at the Forum Box Office.
For more information, visit www.goldenboypromotions.com. Follow on Twitter @GoldenBoyBoxing, @TitoOrtiz, and @ChuckLiddell. Become a fan on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxinghttps://www.facebook.com/titoortizhbbb and
https://www.facebook.com/ChuckLiddell/. Follow on Instagram @GoldenBoyBoxing and @OscarDeLaHoya. Follow the conversation using #LiddellOrtiz3.
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CANELO VS. GGG 2 GRAND ARRIVALS

Sep 14, 2018
CANELO VS. GGG 2 GRAND ARRIVALS QUOTES, PHOTOS AND VIDEOS
SATURDAY, SEPT. 15 AT T-MOBILE ARENA IN LAS VEGAS
PRESENTED LIVE BY HBO PAY-PER-VIEW
 Photos and Videos
Photo Credit: Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions 
Video Credit: Golden Boy Promotions
LAS VEGAS (Sept. 11, 2018) – Lineal Middleweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez(49-1-2, 34 KOs) and WBC/WBA/IBO Middleweight Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs) made their grand arrivals today at the MGM Grand Resort and Casino in Las Vegas ahead of their highly anticipated rematch on Sept. 15 at T-Mobile Arena,  produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at the special time of 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.
They were joined by breakout Mexican star Jaime Munguia (30-0, 25 KOs), who will make the second defense of his WBO Junior Middleweight World Title against rugged Canadian contender Brandon “Bad Boy” Cook (20-1, 13 KOs) in a 12-round battle.Former IBF Middleweight World Champion David Lemieux (39-4, 33 KOs) of Montreal, Canada and Irish warrior Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan (28-2, 20 KOs) of Cork, Ireland will go head-to-head in a 12-round middleweight battle that has Fight of the Year candidate written all over it.Former pound-for-pound king and former four-division world champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (46-2, 38 KOs) of Managua, Nicaragua will make his highly anticipated return against experienced Mexican warrior Moises “Moi” Fuentes (25-5-1, 14 KOs) in a 10-round super flyweight battle that will open the HBO Pay-Per-View telecast.
Below is what the fighters had to say at today’s grand arrivals:
CANELO ALVAREZ, LINEAL MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION:
“I’m bothered by all the stupid things they’ve been saying. I don’t know which one to laugh about or get angry about at this point. But their statements are all excuses for the loss they will take this Saturday. I have been using all of these statements as motivation for my fighton Saturday. I know that it can be dangerous to go in the ring with a hot head, but I have experience. I know how to use this anger in the ring intelligently. I’m happy for all the support the fans give me, and I will give them a great fight this Saturday.”
GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN, WBC/WBA/IBO MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION:
“Mexican Independence Day is a huge day for boxing and boxing fans. I am a professional.  I am not nervous but I am very excited to be able to defend my titles on a major Mexican national holiday for the third consecutive time.  My Mexican fans like true fighters and true heroes. This may be a rematch but it is a different story, a better story, a bigger story.  This fight is the biggest level for me, 100%.  I am healthy and strong.  I had my best training camp.  I have the fight I want against the fighter I want and on the biggest stage.  Why shouldn’t I be happy?  If Canelo gives me a chance and fights like he claims he will, I will knock him out.  It is time for the Big Drama Show.”
JAIME MUNGUIA, WBO JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION:
“I’m very happy for the support that I’m getting from the fans. I feel they are drawn to me because of my style of fighting and because they know I like to give a great show to the fans. Right now, it’s just about maintaining weight and preparing for the weigh-in. I know Cook is tough and difficult fighter, but you’re going to see a more relaxed and concentrated Jaime Munguia this Saturday.”
BRANDON “BAD BOY” COOK, JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHT CONTENDER:
“It’s a dream come true for me. Two fights had gotten cancelled. This is a huge opportunity for my team. I didn’t come here to get paid, I came here to fight. Munguia’s tough. I was running this morning, and I saw him running, so I know he’s preparing well. This is one of the toughest challenges of my life. I can’t thank Golden Boy enough. This is it, and I can’t wait.I know he’s ready, I’m ready. I’m going to be his toughest opponent to date.”
DAVID LEMIEUX, FORMER MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION
“I’m excited for Saturday night. I promise you some fireworks. I hope everyone enjoys the show. He has a big mouth. He likes to talk garbage on social media. He’s not the best kind of guy. I’m going to knock him out and make a lot of people happy. I’m at 100% right now. You’re going to see David Lemieux who is at his best this Saturday.”
GARY “SPIKE” O’SULLIVAN, MIDDLEWEIGHT CONTENDER
“It means a great deal for me. It took me eight years to get here. I’m more ready than I’ve ever been before. He’s going to be cooked. He’s very one dimensional. He does the same thing over and over again. He says the same stuff over and over again. I’m going to teach him a lesson on Saturday night. I’m a very hard worker, I’ve been a hard worker my whole life. I fight like a Mexican.Watch out David, you’re getting knocked out.”
ROMAN “CHOCOLATITO” GONZALEZ, FORMER FOUR-DIVISION WORLD CHAMPION
“I thank God for this opportunity. This is exactly what I have been praying for. I’m ready to make my comeback against this tough opponent. I will show the world I can still be a world champion.”
Canelo vs. GGG 2 is a 12-round fight for the middleweight championship of the world presented by Golden Boy Promotions and GGG Promotions. Munguia vs. Cook is a 12-round battle for the WBO Junior Middleweight World Title presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Zanfer Promotions. Lemieux vs. O’Sullivan is a 12-round a WBA World Title Eliminator presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Eye of The Tiger Management in association with Murphy’s Boxing. Gonzalez vs. Fuentes is a 10-round super flyweight fight presented by Golden Boy Promotions and GGG Promotions in association with Teiken Promotions and Zanfer Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” Hennessy, “Never Stop, Never Settle,” O’Reilly Auto Parts, Fred Loya Insurance, Interjet, Venom, and Fathom Events. The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 15 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at a special time of 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.
“24/7 Canelo/GGG 2” is streaming on HBO GO & HBO NOW. Canelo’s fifth “24/7” appearance and Golovkin’s third, “24/7 CANELO/GGG 2” is the latest installment of the acclaimed franchise that began in 2007.
Limited tickets for Canelo vs. GGG 2 are still available, and are priced at
$5,000, $2,500, $2,000, $1,500, $800, $700, and $500 not including applicable service charges and taxes. There will be a limit of eight (8) per person at the $5,000, $2,500, $2,000, $1,500, $800, $700 and $500 price levels. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849). Tickets are also available for purchase at www.t-mobilearena.com or www.axs.com.
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¨GALLO¨ ESTRADA GANO GUERRA DE GALLOS EN EL FORUM

Sep 13, 2018
¨GALLO¨ ESTRADA GANO GUERRA DE GALLOS EN EL FORUM

La experiencia y la clase del  sonorense Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada se impusieron para derrotar por decisión unánime en 12 asaltos al fuerte peleador capitalino Felipe ¨Gallito¨ Orucuta en una emocionante pelea digna de dos mexicanos en la pelea estelar en el Forum de Inglewood, California en la funcion Superfly 3 que presento 360 Promotions.
 
Estrada (37-3, 25 Kos)  apretó a finales del sexto y séptimo a un valiente “Gallito” Orucuta (36-5,30KO) y el combate se tornó emocionante desde ahí hasta el final y puso de pie a los aficionados en el Forum de Inglewood.
Las  tarjetas de los jueces fueron: 118-110 y 117-111X2 todas a favor de Estrada y así convertirse en el retador numero uno al título Supermosca del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo.
¨Apreté para terminar con Orucuta, pero es un peleador fuerte y un gran boxeador, seguro vendrán buenas cosas para él; quiero la revancha contra Rungvisai, lo estaré esperando¨ expresó el orgullo de Puerto Peñasco, Sonora de 28 años.
 
Desde que sonó la campana el sonorense tomó la iniciativa, del cual logró conectar par de derechas que sorprendieron a Orocuta. Pero los movimientos de cintura y certeros golpes no dejaban duda sobre quién comandaba la pelea.
 
En los rounds intermedios, el mexiquense logra presionar y sacarle un par de episodios con buenas combinaciones al de Puerto Peñasco, en la zona de cuerdas sometiendo y parando los buenos movimientos de cintura de Estrada.
 
En los asaltos finales Estrada vuelve a entrar en control de la batalla, aunque Orocuta sigue presionando no logra conseguir que los jueces cambien de opinión.
 
En la pelea coestelar, Donnie Nietes empató con Alston Palcite por tarjetas de 118-110, 112-116 y 114-114 y el cinturón supermosca de la OMB continua vacante. El japonés Kazuto Ioka venció por decisión unánime al puertorriqueño McWilliam Arroyo, los jueces dieron 99-90 y 97-92 (2) para conseguir el título mundial plata supermosca del CMB
 
Por su parte la tijuanense Brenda Flores derrotó por decisión dividida a la australiana Louis Hawton por tarjetas de 93-97, 97-93, 94-96, para apoderarse del cinturón peso átomo del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo.
 
“Este cinturon es para mi familia y todo la gente bonit de Tijuana que siempre me ha apoyado”dijo Flores quien es la tercera mujer de Tijuana que conquista un campeonato mundial al igual que Jackie Nava y Kenia Enrique.
 
Abriendo la cartelera JoselitoVelázquez de Cancun, Quinta Roo no pasó problemas para vencer a su rival Alfredo Flores por decisión unánime (60-54 los tres jueces) en seis asaltos.
 
Fotos: Germán Villaseñor/Zanfer.

 

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‘COUNTDOWN TO CANELO VS. GGG 2’

Sep 13, 2018
**VIDEO ALERT**
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‘COUNTDOWN TO CANELO VS. GGG 2’ REVEALS BRUTAL STREET FIGHTING PAST OF CANELO ALVAREZ AND GENNADY ‘GGG’ GOLOVKIN
CANELO VS. GGG 2 TAKES PLACE SATURDAY, SEPT. 15 AT T-MOBILE ARENA IN LAS VEGAS, PRESENTED LIVE BY HBO PAY-PER-VIEW
(ABOVE, L-R: Canelo Alvarez and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin face-off in the commercial for 
“Countdown to Canelo vs. GGG 2”)
Click HERE to Watch the 30-Minute Special “Countdown to Canelo vs. GGG 2”
Click HERE for Behind the Scenes Photos from “Countdown to Canelo vs. GGG 2”
Click HERE to Watch the Commercial for “Countdown to Canelo vs. GGG 2” 
LOS ANGELES (Sept. 10, 2018): Golden Boy Promotions, GGG Promotions and Leigh Simons Productions are proud to present “Countdown to Canelo vs. GGG 2,” a 30-minute special that features never-before-heard details about the dangerous street fighting pasts of Lineal Middleweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) and WBC, WBA, and IBO Middleweight World Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs) who will fight for the middleweight championship of the world on Saturday, Sept. 15 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
While making the 30-minute special, producer Leigh Simons discovered that both Canelo and Golovkin had their own respective street fighting pasts that lead them down the path to becoming professional fighters. Both Canelo and Golovkin are sure to channel the aggression from their past along with mounting tension between the two fighters since the last time they met in the ring for their highly anticipated rematch at T-Mobile Arena on Sept. 15, which will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at a special time of 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.
During the film shoot with Leigh Simons, Canelo revealed his street fighting past began as early as age five, with at least 100 street fights to his credit before he became a professional fighter at age 15.
“Because I was the red haired one, I was different in school. I had to show everyone that saying things to me or picking on me would not be easy. That they would have to go through the beating I was going to give them. I never bowed my head to anyone, even if they were bigger,” said Canelo Alvarez.
“Since childhood he has shown character, and that’s what has made him succeed, his character,” said Jose ‘Chepo’ Reynoso, co-trainer of Canelo Alvarez.
“I told Canelo, ‘Don’t leave it in the judges hands this time. Go out there and win the fight and knock him out’ and I believe that he is going to knock GGG out this time,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions.
Simons found a similar response and nature when interviewing Golovkin separately for the “Countdown” special.
“It was really survival of the fittest in that area where he [Golovkin] grew up,” said Tom Loeffler, Promoter of Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. “One name for him could be the ‘Smiling Assassin’ because he’s confident. He’s experienced.”
“He grew up on the streets; he grew up in probably the roughest part of Kazahkstan, in Karaganda. It’s where all the rough people and gangsters were. He grew up beating people up because someone always wanted to take your shoes or jacket from you so he learned to defend himself,” said Abel Sanchez, trainer to  Gennady “GGG” Golovkin.
In behind the scenes footage captured during the “Countdown to Canelo vs. GGG 2” commercial shoot, Golovin described one instance of street fighting back in his hometown in Kazahkstan for producer Leigh Simons with, “I can’t talk like this. It’s not legal,” refusing to go into detail alluding to the brutality of the fight.
The 30-minute special is now airing on various digital platforms, including the HBO Boxing YouTube and Golden Boy Boxing YouTube channels and includes interviews with celebrity boxing fans including actress Rosie Perez, Superbowl Champion and NFL Hall of Famer Michael Strahan and Omar Benson Miller, one of the stars of the HBO series “Ballers.”
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Gabriel Flores Jr. added to Ramirez-Orozco

Sep 13, 2018

September 14: Gabriel Flores Jr. added to Ramirez-Orozco ESPN Telecast

Live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 10 p.m. ET

Tickets On Sale NOW!

FRESNO, Calif. (Sept. 10, 2018) – Gabriel Flores Jr., the 18-year-old phenom and former U.S. amateur standout, will make his ESPN debut on Friday, Sept. 14 as part of the world championship card headlined by Jose Ramirez’s WBC super lightweight title defense against Antonio Orozco at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif.

Flores (9-0, 5 KOs) will face Roger “El Puas” Gutierrez (7-1-1, 1 NC, 4 KOs) in a six-round junior lightweight bout. Ramirez-Orozco, Flores-Gutierrez and Jamel Herring versus John Vincent Moralde for the vacant USBA junior lightweight title will be televised live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 10 p.m. ET. The entire undercard will stream live at 7:30 p.m. ET in the United States on ESPN+— the recently-launched multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer & International segment in conjunction with ESPN.

“It’s going to feel good to fight on ESPN in California so close to home, to be on a big stage to inspire the kids in Stockton, my hometown,” Flores said. “I want to open their eyes for them to know they can accomplish their own dreams. This opportunity is a dream come true.”

“Flores has the whole package, and without question, he is going to be a major star,” said Rick Mirigian, Flores’ adviser. “With his ESPN TV debut on the sport’s biggest weekend in front of 14,000 people near his hometown, a star will be born.”

Flores won U.S. Junior National Championships in 2015 and 2016, concluding his stellar amateur career with a 91-7 record. In November 2016, at the age of 16, he became the youngest fighter ever to sign a promotional contract with Top Rank. He made his professional debut on May 5, 2017, only four days after his 17th birthday. Trained by his father, Gabriel Flores Sr., the recent high school graduate has kept a busy schedule as a pro fighting on high-profile undercards. He is 4-0 thus far in 2018, most recently scoring a six-round unanimous decision against James De Herrera on July 7 at the Save Mart Center. Flores also appeared on the Terence Crawford-Jeff Horn card June 9 in Las Vegas, notching a shutout four-round decision against Jorge Rojas Zacazontetl.

Gutierrez represents Flores’ toughest test to date, as he is 3-0 with a no contest since the lone defeat on his ledger. A 25-year-old who trains out of Pacoima, Calif., Gutierrez last fought on April 28 and took some time away from the sport because of a hand injury. Now fully recovered, he hopes to spoil Flores’ ESPN debut.

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FUTURE HALL OF FAMER MIGUEL COTTO TO BE SPECIAL VIP GUEST

Sep 13, 2018
 FUTURE HALL OF FAMER MIGUEL COTTO TO BE SPECIAL VIP GUEST FOR SEPT. 29 GOLDEN BOY FIGHT NIGHT ON FACEBOOK WATCH
JORGE ‘EL NIÑO DE ORO’ LINARES TO BATTLE HARD-HITTING 
CONTENDER ABNER ‘PIN’ COTTO IN MAIN EVENT 
LIVE FROM FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT CASINO
Tickets still Available!
INDIO, CALIF. (Sept. 10, 2018): Former four-division world champion and future Hall of Famer Miguel Cotto will be the special VIP guest for the Sept. 29 edition of Golden Boy Fight Night on Facebook Watch at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. The event will be headlined by the 12-round super lightweight fight between former 135-pound king Jorge “El Nino De Oro” Linares (44-4, 27 KOs) and hard-hitting contender Abner “Pin” Cotto (23-3, 12KOs). The action will be streamed live globally on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page.
Cotto is a veritable legend who became the first Puerto Rican to capture world titles in four divisions. Cotto earned belts in the super lightweight, welterweight, junior middleweight and middleweight divisions. The native of Caguas, Puerto Rico has faced a who’s who of elite world champions in a historic career, including fights against Demarcus “Chop Chop” Corley, Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi, Zab “Super” Judah, Sugar Shane Mosley, Antonio “El Tornado de Tijuana” Margarito, Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga, Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez and current Lineal Middleweight Champion Canelo Alvarez.
Cotto will be in attendance for this event to meet fans, sign autographs and take pictures inside the Fantasy Springs Special Events Center. The meet-and-greet is open to the public with the purchase of a ticket to the event.
In the night’s co-main event, Filipino knockout artist “Ruthless” Romero Duno (17-1, 14 KOs) will return in an eight-round lightweight clash against Ezekiel Aviles (16-2-3, 6 KOs) of Ensenada, Mexico.
Travell “Black Magic” Mazion (13-0, 11 KOs) will return in an eight-round super welterweight fight against a soon-to-be-announced opponent.
The rest of this entire card will be announced shortly.
Linares vs. Cotto is a 12-round super lightweight fight presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Teiken Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate,”THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” and Hennessy, “Never Stop, Never Settle.” The fights will take place Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. The action will be streamed live globally on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page.
Tickets for the event are on sale and start at $35. Tickets will be available at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino box office, by calling 1-800-827-2946, or by purchasing online at www.fantasyspringsresort.com.
Media interested in attending Linares vs. Cotto must request credentials by emailing clavoie@fantasysprings.net by 5:00 p.m. PT on Friday, Sept. 21.
For more information, visit www.goldenboypromotions.com. Follow on Twitter @GoldenBoyBoxing. Become a fan on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing
Follow on Instagram @GoldenBoyBoxing and @OscarDeLaHoya. Follow the conversation using #GBPonFB and #LinaresCotto
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UFC debuts in Moncton with clash between light heavyweight knockout artists

Sep 13, 2018

UFC® DEBUTS IN MONCTON WITH CLASH BETWEEN LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT KNOCKOUT ARTISTS (#2) VOLKAN OEZDEMIR AND (#9) ANTHONY SMITH

FEATURED BOUTS:

(#10) MISHA CIRKUNOV vs. (#13) PATRICK CUMMINS

GIAN VILLANTE vs. ED HERMAN

 

TICKETS FOR UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: VOLKAN vs. SMITH

AT AVENIR CENTRE GO ON SALE FRIDAY, SEPT. 14

Moncton, Canada – UFC® will debut in Moncton, New Brunswick with a battle of light heavyweight contenders between No.2-ranked Volkan Oezdemir and No.9 Anthony SmithUFC FIGHT NIGHT®: VOLKAN vs. SMITH goes down Saturday, October 27 from Avenir Centre and will air live on FS1. The event will broadcast in Canada on TSN and RDS.

A former 205-pound title challenger, Oezdemir (15-2, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla., USA by way of Fribourg, Switzerland) tore through the UFC ranks following his arrival in early 2017. After earning a short-notice decision win against Ovince Saint Preux, he scored rapid-fire knockouts over Misha Cirkunov and Jimi Manuwa. He now aims to stop a surging contender and stake his claim among the division’s elite.

Previously a middleweight mainstay, Smith (30-13, fighting out of Omaha, Neb., USA) has wasted no time since moving up to light heavyweight this June. Over the course of a seven-week span, he delivered spectacular first-round knockout wins over former champions Rashad Evans and Mauricio Rua. With momentum on his side, he now aims to continue his ascent up the light heavyweight ranks.

Additional bouts on the card include:

  • Light heavyweight contenders collide when No.10-ranked Misha Cirkunov (13-4, fighting out of Toronto, Canada by way of Riga, Latvia) faces No.13 Patrick Cummins(10-4, fighting out of Boca Raton, Fla., USA)
  • In a clash of dangerous finishers, Gian Villante (16-10, fighting out of Bellmore, N.Y., USA) takes on Ed Herman (24-13 1NC, fighting out of Portland, Ore., USA)
  • Artem Lobov (14-14-1 1NC, fighting out of Dublin, Ireland by way of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia) returns to action against Zubaira Tukhugov (18-4, fighting out of Grozny, Chechen Republic, Russia)
  • Atlantic Canada’s Gavin Tucker (10-1, fighting out of Halifax, Canada) moves down to bantamweight against Andre Soukhamthath (12-6, fighting out of Lake Worth, Fla. USA)
  • Nordine Taleb (14-5, fighting out of Montreal, Canada by way of St. Tropez, France) meets Sean Strickland (19-3-1, fighting out of Corona, Calif., USA) in a welterweight bout
  • No.14 women’s bantamweight Sarah Moras (5-4, fighting out of Kelowna, B.C., Canada) squares off with Talita Bernardo (5-2, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
  • Thibault Gouti (12-4, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M., USA by way of Roulouse, France) locks horns with Nasrat Haqparast (9-2, fighting out of Montreal, Canada by way of Hamburg, Germany)
  • Alex Garcia (15-4, fighting out of Montreal, Canada by way of Santiago, Dominican Republic) battles Court McGee (19-6-1, fighting out of Orem, Utah, USA)
  • Stevie Ray (21-7, fighting out of Fife, Scotland) welcomes Jessin Ayari (16-4, fighting out of Nuremberg, Germany) to the lightweight division
  • Indo-Canadian heavyweight Arjan Bhullar (7-1, fighting out of Vancouver, Canada) looks to defend home soil against fellow prospect Marcelo Golm (6-1, fighting out of Sao Paulo, Brazil)
  • Calvin Kattar (18-3, fighting out of Metheun, Mass., USA) looks to rebound against UFC newcomer Chris Fishgold (17-1-1, fighting out of Liverpool, England)
  • Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series contract winner Te Edwards (6-1, fighting out of Phoenix, Ariz., USA) will make his UFC debut against Don Madge (7-3-1, fighting out of Cape Town, South Africa)

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

UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: VOLKAN vs. SMITH will air live on FS1 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on Saturday, Oct. 27, with the prelims kicking off the evening on FS1 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and on UFC FIGHT PASS® at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT.

Tickets for UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: VOLKAN vs. SMITH go on sale Friday, Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. ADT and are priced at $197.87, $158.30, $118.72, $92.34 and $65.96 CAD (does not include fees). Tickets are available for purchase online at www.ticketmaster.ca/. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person.

UFC Fight Club® members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. ADT via the website www.ufcfightclub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Thursday, Sept. 13 starting at 10 a.m. ADT. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.

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