Zurdo’ Ramirez, Alex Saucedo & Jose Ramirez to host Media Workouts in L.A. Area

Jun 20, 2018

‘Zurdo’ Ramirez, Alex Saucedo & Jose Ramirez

• NEXT TUESDAY! ‘Zurdo’ and Saucedo Media Day @ Hill St. Boxing Gym

• NEXT WEDNESDAY! Jose Ramirez Media Day @ Robert Garcia Boxing Academy

LOS ANGELES (June 15, 2018) – Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez, Alex ‘El Cholo’ Saucedo, andJose Ramirez will host media workouts this upcoming Tuesday, June 19, and Wednesday, June 20 in preparation for their respective ESPN-televised bouts.

On Tuesday at noon, ‘Zurdo’ and Saucedo, who will headline the June 30 world championship event at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, will train at the Hill St. Boxing Gym (1201 E Hill St, Signal Hill, CA 90755).

On Wednesday at noon, Jose Ramirez, the newly crowned WBC super lightweight world champion, will work out for the media ahead of his July 7 world title defense at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California. Ramirez’s media day will take place at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy (18815 Roberts Rd, Riverside, CA, 92508).

The June 30 doubleheader featuring Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez making the fourth defense of his WBO super middleweight title against the hard-hitting Alexis Angulo, and Oklahoma City’s Saucedo against Lenny Zappavigna in a 10-round special attraction, will be televised live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 9 p.m. ET.

The July 7 event featuring Jose Ramirez’s first defense of his WBC super lightweight title against former amateur standout and longtime contender Danny O’Connor will be televised live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET.

If you plan on attending the workouts, please RSVP to Evan Korn (EKorn@toprank.com) and Gardy Lopez (Glopez@toptank.com) by Monday, June 18 at noon PT.

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Mikaela Mayer, Robson Conceicao, y Mike Alvarado Estelarizarán las Peleas de Respaldo del 30 de Junio en OKC

Jun 20, 2018

Mikaela Mayer, Robson Conceicao, y Mike Alvarado Estelarizarán las Peleas de Respaldo del 30 de Junio en OKC

EN VIVO en la Chesapeake Energy Arena
ESPN+ transmitirá todas las peleas de respaldo en vivo a las 6:00 p.m. ET

OKLAHOMA CITY (15 de junio del 2018) — El ex campeón junior welter de la OMB Mike Alvarado, la sensación del boxeo femenino Mikaela Mayer y el medallista de oro olímpico de Río 2016 Robson Conceicao verán acción en la cartelera del 30 de junio en el Chesapeake Energy Arena en Oklahoma City. La cartelera estará encabezada por la defensa del título del campeón mexicano Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramírez contra el colombiano Alexis Angulo y la pelea de regreso a casa del contendiente de las 140 libras Alex “El Cholo” Saucedo contra el fuerte Lenny Zappavigna.

Alvarado (38-4, 26 KOs) peleará contra Martin Martínez (17-4-1-1, 10 KOs) en un combate a 10 asaltos en el peso welter, Mayer (5-0, 3 KOs) enfrentará a la también invicta Sheena Kaine (5 -0, 1 KO) en un duelo a seis rondas en el peso ligero, y Conceicao (7-0, 4 KOs) chocará ante Gavino Guaman (5-2, 1 KO) en una pelea súper pluma de ocho asaltos.

En una promoción de Top Rank, las taquillas para este gran espectáculo de campeonato mundial ya están A LA VENTA a precios de $200, $100, $60, $40 y $25, sin incluir los costos de instalación y servicio, los boletos se pueden comprar en la boletería de la Chesapeake Energy Arena, en línea en Ticketmaster.com, en todos los puntos de venta de Ticketmaster o por teléfono al 1-800-745- 3000.

Los combates Ramírez-Angulo y Saucedo-Zappavigna serán televisados en vivo por ESPN y ESPN Deportes a las 9 p.m. ET, mientras que la acción de las peleas preliminares se transmitirá en vivo y exclusivamente en los Estados Unidos por ESPN+ a partir de las 6:00 p.m. ET. ESPN+ es el servicio de transmisión por suscripción multideporte y directo al consumidor lanzado recientemente por el segmento Direct-to-Consumer & International de The Walt Disney Company en conjunto con ESPN.

“Estoy realmente emocionada de estar peleando en una misma cartelera junto al campeón, Zurdo Ramirez,” dijo Mayer. “Top Rank continúa poniendome en carteleras increíbles con los mejores talentos del boxeo. Pelear en Oklahoma City es la oportunidad perfecta para conocer más fanáticos del boxeo y darles un espectáculo emocionante mientras continúo mi ruta hacia un campeonato mundial.”

“He estado reconstruyendo toda mi organización en los últimos tres años. Estoy entrenando ahora con uno de los mejores profesores de la ciencia del boxeo, Tony Aguilera,” dijo Alvarado. “Estoy emocionado de mostrar lo que me ha mantenido dedicado a trabajar duro. El 30 de junio, estaré un paso más cerca de asegurar mi legado contra cualquiera que se interponga en mi camino.”

“Vengo con mucha confianza a pelear en OKC. He tenido un gran campamento de entrenamiento de alto nivel en Miami,” dijo Conceicao.” Estoy evolucionando todos los días y estoy seguro de que daré un gran espectáculo para todos los fanáticos de OKC y los que estén viendo en vivo por ESPN+.”

También estará en acción en la cartelera el sensacional pegador del peso pesado Trey Lippe Morrison (14-0, 14 KOs) de Tulsa, Oklahoma; el ex cotizado amateur Chris Zavala haciendo su debut profesional en una pelea de cuatro asaltos en peso superpluma contra Tyler Pacheco (1-1, 0 KOs); el nativo de Oklahoma City Aaron Morales (2-0, 2 KOs) en un combate de cuatro asaltos en el peso gallo; y el invicto prospecto de 140 libras Julian Rodriguez (16-0, 10 KOs) contra Alejandro Barbosa (11-2, 7 KOs) en un choque a ocho asaltos.

Alvarado ha cambiado su carrera y su vida desde que los problemas personales descarrilaron su carrera, ya que ha ganado cuatro peleas consecutivas (tres por nocaut). En su última pelea, anotó uno de los mejores nocauts de un golpe de 2017 con un nocaut en el tercer asalto sobre Sidney Siqueira en la peleas preliminares de la función de Terence Crawford contra Julius Indongo en Lincoln, Nebraska. Alvarado ha sido parte de múltiples candidatas a ‘Pelea del Año’, incluida la primera pelea de su trilogía contra Brandon Ríos, que ganó los honores de ‘Pelea del Año’ de Sports Illustrated en el 2012. Alvarado perdió esa pelea por nocaut técnico en el séptimo asalto, pero menos de seis meses después, superó a Ríos para ganar una decisión unánime.

Mayer, quien estará haciendo su tercera aparición en el ring del 2018, está en camino a una oportunidad por el título mundial. En su última pelea, el 12 de mayo en la cartelera Vasiliy Lomachenko-Jorge Linares en la ciudad de Nueva York, dominó a Baby Nansen durante seis rondas. La nativa de Los Ángeles abrió su campaña del 2018 el 10 de marzo en Carson, California, con un nocaut de 35 segundos sobre Maria Semertzoglou.

En 2016, Conceicao se convirtió en el primer boxeador brasileño en capturar el oro olímpico. Tiene marca de 2-0 con un par de victorias por decisión en 2018, con su última pelea el 28 de abril en Filadelfia. En esa noche, venció a Alex Torres Rynn durante seis asaltos.

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2018 UFC HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY TICKETS GO ON SALE TODAY!

Jun 20, 2018

2018 UFC® HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY TICKETS GO ON SALE TODAY!

INDUCTEES INCLUDE RONDA ROUSEY, BRUCE CONNAL, ART DAVIE AND MATT SERRA

CEREMONY TO TAKE PLACE ON THURSDAY, JULY 5 AT THE PEARL AT THE PALMS CASINO RESORT STARTING AT 7 P.M.

Las Vegas – UFC® today announced that tickets to the 2018 UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be available at 10 a.m. PT on Friday, June 15, via Ticketmaster. The 2018 UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Thursday, July 5, at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Tickets to the 2018 UFC Hall of Fame Induction ceremony are priced at $20.00 (does not include fees), with all proceeds benefitting Three Square Foodbank, southern Nevada’s largest hunger-relief organization.

The UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony stands as one of the marquee events during the 7th annual UFC International Fight Week™, which takes place from Tuesday, July 3 through Sunday, July 8.

The 2018 UFC Hall of Fame class of 2018 includes:

  • Ronda Rousey (Modern) – Former UFC and Strikeforce bantamweight champion and the first and only UFC women’s champion to successfully defended her title six times.
  • Bruce Connal (Contributor) – Pioneering television producer who led the production of more than 300 UFC televised events during his 19-year tenure with UFC.
  • Art Davie (Contributor) – UFC creator and co-founder who partnered with legendary Brazilian jiu-jitsu master Rorian Gracie on a project that would eventually be rebranded to the Ultimate Fighting Championship®.
  • Matt Serra (Pioneer) – Former UFC welterweight champion and winner of Season four of The Ultimate Fighter®.
  • Dan Henderson vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (Fight) – Classic 2011 fight between former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and UFC 17 middleweight tournament champion and former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson.

To see a complete list of UFC athletes and fights currently enshrined in the UFC Hall of Fame, as well as details regarding the UFC Hall of Fame format, please visit UFCHOFFAQ.

Established in 2007 to provide hunger relief, Three Square Food Bank offers wholesome, nutritious food to nonprofit and faith-based organizations, schools and feeding sites that serve a wide range of Southern Nevadans. Three Square’s mission is to provide wholesome food to hungry people, while passionately pursuing a hunger-free community. For more information, please visit THREESQUAREFOODBANK.

To view the UFC Hall of Fame fight library, please visit UFCHOF. For additional information, please visit UFC.com.

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Top Rank Firma al Cotizado Peleador Aficionado Chris Zavala a un Contrato Promocional

Jun 13, 2018

Top Rank Firma al Cotizado Peleador Aficionado
Chris Zavala a un Contrato Promocional

 

LAS VEGAS (12 de junio del 2018) — Uno de los boxeadores aficionados más importantes de los Estados Unidos, Chris “The Boy” Zavala, ha firmado un acuerdo promocional multianual con Top Rank, anunció el legendario promotor, Bob Arum.

Zavala competirá en la división peso pluma y hará su debut profesional el 30 de junio en el Chesapeake Energy Arena de Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, en las peleas de respaldo del evento de campeonato mundial donde el invicto campeón mexicano Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramírez defenderá su título súpermediano de la OMB contra Alexis Angulo. La pelea de Zavala está programada para ser transmitida por ESPN+, que transmitirá todas las peleas preliminares de la función a partir de las 6:30 p.m. ET.

“Como peleador, firmar con Top Rank es un sueño hecho realidad,” dijo Zavala. “Y tener a Richard Anthony como manejador, puedo decir que es una de las mejores decisiones que he tomado en mucho tiempo. Mi familia y yo juntos, todos hemos trabajado duro para llegar exactamente a este punto. Ellos son la razón por la que peleo y por la cual me levanto todos los días y entreno tan duro como lo hago. Gracias a Richard y a mi familia, pero también a Top Rank por darme una oportunidad de grandeza, algo que nunca daré por sentado.”

“Chris es un gran tipo con un alto cociente intelectual tanto dentro como fuera del ring,” dijo Anthony. “Su extenso historial en el boxeo aficionado habla por sí mismo, y estoy muy emocionado de comenzar el viaje profesional con él y su familia. Estamos muy contentos de unirnos a Bob Arum y a la familia Top Rank y esperamos ansiosos años de prosperidad.”

Zavala ha sido entrenado por Manny Robles desde que tenía 9 años y hará su hogar profesional en el Legendz Boxing Gym de Norwalk, California. Como amateur, entrenó con peleadores profesionales como Oscar Valdez, Jessie Magdaleno y Michael Conlan.

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UFC RETURNS TO L.A. WITH TWO THRILLING CHAMPIONSHIP REMATCHES

Jun 13, 2018

UFC® RETURNS TO L.A. WITH TWO THRILLING

CHAMPIONSHIP REMATCHES

FEATURED BOUTS:

(C) TJ DILLASHAW vs. (#1) CODY GARBRANDT

(C) DEMETRIOUS JOHNSON vs. (#2) HENRY CEJUDO

 

TICKETS FOR UFC® 227: DILLASHAW vs. GARBRANDT 2

AT STAPLES CENTER GO ON SALE FRIDAY, JUNE 15

Las Vegas – UFC® will return to Los Angeles with a blockbuster bantamweight championship rematch that will see T.J. Dillashaw defend against former champ and No.1 contender Cody Garbrandt. In the co-main event, UFC flyweight champion and No.1 pound-for-pound fighter Demetrious Johnson will run it back with No.2-ranked contender Henry CejudoUFC® 227: DILLASHAW vs. GARBRANDT 2 goes down Saturday, August 4 at STAPLES Center and will air live on Pay-Per-View.

Among the most heated rivals in UFC history, Dillashaw (16-3, fighting out of Angels Camp, Calif.) and Garbrandt (11-1, fighting out of Sacramento, Calif.) first locked horns last November. Following a series of exciting back-and-forth exchanges, Dillashaw delivered a spectacular second-round KO to recapture the 135-pound title.

Dillashaw now looks to get the last laugh over his former teammate. A diverse striker and talented grappler, he’s earned victories over a who’s who in the bantamweight division. Over the course of his UFC career, he’s bested Renan Barao (twice), Raphael Assuncao and John Lineker. Another impressive victory will allow him to close the book on his feud with Garbrandt.

As for Garbrandt, the former titleholder aims for a measure of revenge. Known for his highlight-reel knockouts, he tore a path of destruction through the division en route to dethroning Dominick Cruz in 2016. During his UFC stint, the heavy-handed striker has stopped Takeya Mizugaki, Thomas Almeida and Augusto Mendes. Garbrandt now aims to even the score and reclaim the bantamweight championship.

Also, at UFC® 227: DILLASHAW vs. GARBRANDT 2, flyweight champion Johnson (27-2-1, fighting out of Parkland, Wash.) will see a familiar face in Cejudo (12-2, fighting out of Phoenix, Ariz.), as he goes for his record 12th consecutive title defense. The two originally met two years ago, with Johnson defending his title via impressive TKO.

Since then, Johnson has picked up three more sensational wins, including highlight-reel submissions against Wilson Reis and Ray Borg. The latter set a new record for UFC title defenses. Johnson has also bested Joseph Benavidez (twice), John Dodson (twice) and Kyoji Horiguchi. He now plans to notch another defense and continue building his already impressive legacy.

An Olympic gold medalist wrestler, Cejudo is gunning for his first UFC championship. A decorated grappler with heavy hands, he’s topped Sergio Pettis, Henry Cejudo and Jussier Formiga during his climb up the flyweight ranks. With the 125-pound title in his sights, Cejudo not only plans to reach his destiny, but also plans to hand Johnson his first loss in almost seven years.

Additional bouts on the card include:

  • In a clash of featherweight contenders, No.5-ranked Cub Swanson (25-8, fighting out of Palm Springs, Calif.) faces No.9 Renato Moicano (12-1-1, fighting out of Brasilia, Brazil).
  • No.6-ranked middleweight contender Derek Brunson (18-6, fighting out of Wilmington, N.C.) looks to turn back surging No.12 Antonio Carlos Junior (11-2 1NC, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla. by way of Joao Pessoa, Brazil)
  • Former women’s bantamweight title challenger and No.10-ranked contender Bethe Correia (10-3-1, fighting out of Campina Grande, Brazil) locks horns with No.12 Irene Aldana (7-4, fighting out of Culiacan, Mexico)
  • Polyana Viana (10-1, fighting out of Sao Geraldo do Araguaia, Brazil) looks to keep the momentum going when she meets rising star JJ Aldrich (6-2, fighting out of Westminster, Colo.)
  • Ricardo Ramos (11-1, fighting out of Campinas, Brazil) goes for another highlight-reel KO against streaking Kyung Ho Kang (13-7 1NC, fighting out of Busan, South Korea)
  • Danielle Taylor (9-3, fighting out of Van Nuys, Calif.) aims to get back in the win column against debuting Weili Zhang (16-1, fighting out of Hebei, China)
  • Buren Wuliji (10-5, fighting out of Beijing, China) takes on fellow prospect Bharat Khandare (5-3, fighting out of Mumbai, India)
  • In a battle of exciting prospects, Benito Lopez (9-0, fighting out of Oroville, Calif.) meets Ricky Simon (10-1, fighting out of Vancouver, Wash.)

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

Visit the UFC® Press Portal for information and content to support your UFC coverage.

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Christopher ‘Pitufo’ Díaz batallará contra Masayuki Ito por el título Jr. Ligero de la OMB el 28 de julio en Kissimmee

Jun 13, 2018

Christopher ‘Pitufo’ Díaz batallará contra Masayuki Ito por el título Jr. Ligero de la OMB el 28 de julio en Kissimmee

El invicto peso welter Carlos Adames enfrentará a Artemio Reyes en el combate co-estelar
ESPN+ transmitirá los combates Díaz-Ito y Adames-Reyes EN VIVO a las 9:30 p.m. ET

Kissimmee, Fla. (11 de junio del 2018) — Christopher “Pitufo” Díaz quiere agregar su nombre a la lista de campeones mundiales de Puerto Rico. El invicto contendiente boricua tendrá esa oportunidad el 28 de julio en el Kissimmee Civic Center, cuando enfrente al japonés Masayuki Ito por el vacante título de peso junior ligero de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB).

Y, en la pelea co-estelar, el invicto peso welter dominicano Carlos “Caballo Bronco” Adames enfrentará a Artemio Reyes de San Bernardino, California.

Los combates Díaz vs. Ito y Adames vs. Reyes se transmitirán en vivo y exclusivamente en los Estados Unidos a las 9:30 p.m. ET por ESPN+ – el nuevo servicio de transmisión por suscripción directo al consumidor, multideporte que recientemente fue lanzado por The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer en conjunto con ESPN. Los combates preliminaes se transmitirán en vivo por ESPN+ a partir de las 6:30 p.m. ET. ESPN+ está disponible en los Estados Unidos continentales para todos los fanáticos en la aplicación móvil de ESPN y ESPN.com. Pronto se anunciarán los detalles de transmisión de este evento de camponato mundial para Puerto Rico.

En una promoción de Top Rank, en asociación con All Star Boxing y Teiken Promotions, los boletos para este evento del campeonato mundial saldrán a la venta mañana martes, 12 de junio, a las 10 a.m. ET. Los boletos a precios de $100 (alfombra roja en el ringside), $50 (tazón inferior) y $30 (admisión general), se pueden comprar en la boletería del Kissimmee Civic Center, en línea en ticketerapr.com o por teléfono al (787) 305- 3600.

“Esta pelea va dedicada a todo Puerto Rico y a mi familia que siempre ha estado ahí para apoyarme,” dijo Díaz. “Ahora es el momento de convertirme en campeón del mundo, y les prometo que llevaré a casa el título mundial. Los amo, Puerto Rico. ¡Esta va por ustedes!”

“Estoy muy contento de poder enfrentar a un gran peleador como Christopher Díaz por el título de la OMB. Díaz es un peleador muy bueno con poder y velocidad, pero el 28 de julio me convertiré en el campeón,” dijo Ito. “Traeré el cinturón de regreso a Japón. Se lo prometí a mi esposa e hijos. Lucharé como si mi vida dependiera de esto.”
“Estoy feliz y emocionado de regresar al ring rápidamente porque quiero mantenerme tan activo como sea posible. Esta será mi segunda pelea con Top Rank, y ahora regresaré al ring mucho mejor preparado porque tengo la experiencia y la confianza de pelear en grandes escenarios,” dijo Adames. “Vengo preparado para dar al público lo que siempre esperan de mí… ¡Un nocaut espectacular! El 28 de julio, el ‘Caballo Bronco’ vendrá a Kissimmee con todo el ‘Platano Power’ de la República Dominicana.”

Díaz (23-0, 15 KOs), de Barranquitas, Puerto Rico, entrará a su primera pelea de título mundial corriendo una racha de cuatro victorias por nocaut. Díaz, quien es el primer clasificado en el peso junior ligero por la OMB, ganó el vacante título de peso junior ligero NABO en diciembre pasado con un nocaut en el tercer asalto sobre Bryant Cruz, derribando a Cruz cinco veces en camino un triunfo por detención. En su última pelea, el 17 de marzo en la cartelera de José Ramírez vs. Amir Imam en el Hulu Theater del Madison Square Garden, Díaz derrotó a Braulio Rodríguez por nocaut técnico en el cuarto asalto para ganar la oportunidad por el título mundial. Para Díaz, esta oportunidad de título mundial es un faro de esperanza, ya que el hogar de su familia y la mayoría de sus posesiones fueron destruidas cuando el huracán María devastó a Puerto Rico el año pasado.

Ito (23-1-1, 12 KOs), de Tokio, Japón, es el segundo clasificado en el peso junior ligero junior por la OMB. Ito ha ganado siete combates consecutivos desde la única derrota de su carrera, una decisión mayoritaria en 10 asaltos ante el invicto Rikki Naito en febrero del 2015. Ito, que ha peleado todos sus combates profesionales en Japón, ha ganado cuatro de sus últimos cinco combates por nocaut, incluyendo una detención en la novena ronda ante Lorenzo Villanueva en abril del año pasado. En su última pelea, el 3 de marzo en Korakuen Hall en Tokio, Ito detuvo a Vergil Puton en el noveno asalto.

Adames (14-0, 11 KOs), uno de los contendientes de más rápido ascenso de la división welter, hizo su debut en Top Rank como co-protagonista de los combates televisados por ESPN el 12 de mayo en la función Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Jorge Linares, logrando a una victoria por decisión unánime contra Alejandro Barrera. El nativo de República Dominicana peleará por segunda vez bajo el reconocido entrenador Joel Díaz y está entrenando en Palm Springs, California. Reyes (25-2, 20 KOs) tiene marca de 10-0 con ocho nocauts desde su última derrota, cuando subrió un nocaut tecnico en el primer asalto a manos de Alan Sánchez el 13 de abril de 2012, en Las Vegas. En su ultimo combate, en agosto del año pasado, Reyes noqueó a Steve Márquez con un golpe al cuerpo en el cuarto asalto.

 

Para más información, visite: www.toprank.com, www.espn.com/boxing; Facebook: facebook.com/trboxing, facebook.com/trboxeo, facebook.com/espndeportes; Twitter: twitter.com/trboxing, twitter.com/trboxeo, @ESPN @ ESPNBoxeo, @ ESPNDeportes. Use los hashtags #DiazIto y #AdamesReyes para unirse a la conversación en las redes sociales.

 

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WORLD CHAMPIONS MIKEY GARCIA AND ROBERT EASTER JR. TO MEET IN LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP UNIFICATION

Jun 13, 2018

WORLD CHAMPIONS MIKEY GARCIA AND ROBERT EASTER JR. TO MEET IN LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP UNIFICATION

Unbeaten Stars Collide Saturday, July 28 Live on SHOWTIME® from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles in an Event Presented by

Premier Boxing Champions

 

Tickets on Sale Today at 12 p.m. PT!

 

LOS ANGELES, (June 11, 2018) – WBC Lightweight World Champion Mikey Garcia and IBF Lightweight World Champion Robert Easter Jr. will square-off in a 135-pound unification showdown between unbeaten stars Saturday, July 28 live on SHOWTIME from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

The main event of the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT) will see Garcia look to become a unified champion for the first time in a career that has seen him win titles in four weight classes.  Easter, who enters with a 5-inch height and 8-inch reach advantage, looks to stamp his name amongst boxing’s elite by unifying titles at 27 years old, less than two years after capturing his first belt.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Ringstar Sports and TGB Promotions, begin at $50, plus applicable fees, and are on sale today at 12 p.m. PT. To purchase tickets, visit AXS.com.

“SHOWTIME Sports continues to lead the industry with the biggest events, the most important matchups, week after week, month after month,” said Stephen Espinoza, President Sports & Events Programming, Showtime Network Inc. “Mikey Garcia vs. Robert Easter Jr. is the third world championship unification match on SHOWTIME this year. A consensus top-10 pound-for-pound champion facing an undefeated young champion while both are in the prime of their careers. July 28 has all the makings of an instant classic.”

“Mikey Garcia vs. Robert Easter is an outstanding lightweight matchup that is sure to deliver drama for fight fans at STAPLES Center and on SHOWTIME,” Said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. “Garcia will look to unify in his hometown and further solidify his credentials as boxing’s pound-for-pound best. He’ll have perhaps the toughest test of his career in the unbeaten Easter, who has a lethal combination of size, speed and power that he brings to the ring. With both fighters defending their titles and undefeated records, this is shaping up to be a can’t-miss night of boxing in downtown Los Angeles.”

“This is the kind of matchup that boxing fans love and a fight that I believe will certainly live up to expectations,” said Richard Schaefer, Chairman & CEO of Ringstar Sports. “With two undefeated world champions, and two of the top guys at 135 pounds, this fight is guaranteed drama. Mikey Garcia will look to become a unified world champion and add another accolade to a career that is already shaping up to be historic. Robert Easter Jr, a proud champion in his own right, is coming to STAPLES Center on July 28 to upset Mikey Garcia in his hometown. This is the quality of matchup that fans watching on SHOWTIME have come to expect and I suspect they will be fulfilled once again when these two warriors meet in the ring.”

“We are really looking forward to this incredible fight at STAPLES Center,” said Lee Zeidman, President, STAPLES Center. “These two fighters will undoubtedly headline an amazing night of fights for boxing fans in Los Angeles and we are looking forward to welcoming back Premier Boxing Champions and SHOWTIME for the second time in just two months.”

One of Southern California’s most popular fighters, Garcia returns to STAPLES Center for his first fight since becoming a world champion, and his first in California in seven years.  Easter returns to the site of his professional debut, having started his career at STAPLES Center in 2012 after serving as an alternate in the London Olympic Games.

Garcia (38-0, 30 KOs), of Moreno Valley by way of Oxnard, Calif., became only the third fighter in modern history to become champion at 126, 130, 135 and 140-pounds, joining future Hall of Famers Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao, when he defeated Sergey Lipinets for the IBF 140-pound title in March. The 30-year-old relinquished that title so that he can unify the WBC Lightweight World Championship that he won in January 2017 with a highlight reel knockout of Dejan Zlaticanin (Click HERE to watch Garcia-Zlaticanin KO video)

These wins, combined with a summer 2017 victory over Adrien Broner, have seen Garcia return to the top of pound-for-pound lists after a layoff of two and a half years. Garcia accrued wins over a list of notable names while winning his first two titles at 126 and 130-pounds, including Orlando Salido, Roman Martinez and Juan Manuel Lopez.

“This is the toughest fight of my career to date,” said the four-division champion Garcia. “Robert Easter Jr. is an undefeated world champion who presents serious challenges that I’m going to have to work hard to overcome. Unifying titles is something I’ve dreamed of doing for many years, and to do it at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles will make it even more special. This is the kind of fight that will help my legacy. To be the best you have to beat the best, and Easter is certainly one of the best out there. I’m very thankful to have this opportunity and I’m going to make the most of it on July 28.”

Representing his hometown of Toledo, Ohio, Easter (21-0, 14 KOs) has made three successful defenses since winning his world title in an exciting contest over Richard Commey in 2016. The 27-year-old delivered a fifth-round destruction of former champion Argenis Mendez to earn the title shot, and since winning the title has held off challenges from Javier Fortuna, Denis Shafikov and Luis Cruz to retain his 135-pound belt.

Easter will be making the move to work with Kevin Cunningham for the first time for this fight and conducting training camp in West Palm Beach with him. Cunningham, the longtime trainer of former world champions such as Devon Alexander and Cory Spinks, spurred Adrien Broner to a strong performance in a draw against Jessie Vargas and Gervonta Davis to a dominant knockout of Jesus Cuellar in their first fights together in April.

“This is a fight I’ve been waiting for and I’m really excited that the time is now,” said Easter. “This is the best fighting the best. These are the fights that boxing is all about. I made the move to train with Kevin Cunningham down in Florida and I think it’s going to help me reach another level. It’s just eat, sleep and train down there. We’re going to be ready on July 28 to put on a show and deliver fireworks.”

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LEO SANTA CRUZ OUTPOINTS ABNER MARES IN REMATCH TO RETAIN WBA FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE BY UNANIMOUS DECISION

Jun 13, 2018

 

LEO SANTA CRUZ OUTPOINTS ABNER MARES IN REMATCH TO RETAIN WBA FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE BY UNANIMOUS DECISION

 

WBC 154-POUND CHAMPION JERMELL CHARLO RECORDS MAJORITY DECISION VICTORY OVER AUSTIN TROUT ON SHOWTIME® FROM STAPLES CENTER IN LOS ANGELES

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LOS ANGELES (June 9, 2018) – In an electrifying war that had the STAPLES Center crowd on its feet chanting for more, Leo Santa Cruz defended his WBA Featherweight World Championship by winning a unanimous decision against four-division world champion Abner Mares in their rematch Saturday night on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING ®.

In almost an exact replica stat-wise of the first fight that Santa Cruz won by majority decision in 2015, the Los Angeles-native and three-division world champion Santa Cruz won on all three of the judges’ scorecards against Mares by scores of 115-113, 116-112, and 117-111.

With the win, Santa Cruz (34-1-1, 19 KOs) takes one more step toward a possible unification fight in the competitive 126-pound division, one of boxing’s deepest.

“It feels great,” Santa Cruz said. “Abner is a great fighter. He left his heart out there. It was a tough fight but thank God we got the victory. I had to be smarter, that’s why it was not a bigger war but it was a good one.”

Similar to the first time the two Mexican-American warriors met, which resulted in more than 2,000 punches being thrown, a total of 1,992 totals punches were thrown in Saturday’s fight with Santa Cruz throwing 1,061 to Mares’ 931. Santa Cruz landed 357 punches compared to 208 for Mares.

Mares (31-2-1, 15 KOs) started fast, winning the first two rounds on SHOWTIME’s unofficial scorer Steve Farhood’s card before Santa Cruz kicked it in another gear and went to work.

“It was a ‘Fight of the Year’ like I told you,” said Mares. “I hope you like the fight because we fought for you, Los Angeles. Win or lose, we did it for the fans. It was a great fight.“

He added: “It is what it is. I don’t want to discuss scores. The judges decided that, and that’s it. I’ll do it again. Let’s do it again. Mares-Santa Cruz 3.”

In what SHOWTIME announcer Mauro Ranallo termed a “Featherweight Fiesta,” Santa Cruz dictated the pace from the third round on, utilizing his reach and working off the jab.

Santa Cruz suffered a cut above his left eye in the eighth round. “A cut is a cut, it wasn’t bothering me as much,” Santa Cruz said. “I didn’t let that distract me. I had cuts before. You keep on fighting.”

Mares, a former three-division world champion and a veteran of 10 world championship fights, had famed trainer Robert Garcia in his corner for this fight. “I said it before the fight: whoever wins this fight will be the number one featherweight. Santa Cruz won so he’s No. 1. I tip my hat off to him.”

When asked if he’s the No. 1 featherweight in the division, Santa Cruz replied: “Hopefully I am. I’ll leave it to the fans to decide. I want Gary Russell Jr. next. I want to unify. I’m ready for everyone, whoever and whenever.”

In the co-main event of the doubleheader, Jermell Charlo (31-0, 15 KOs) recorded a majority decision victory by outpointing former world champion AustinTrout (31-5, 17 KOs) to defend his WBC Super Welterweight World Championship. Charlo’s four-fight knockout streak ended in his third world title defense. Two judges scored it 118-108 and 115-111 in favor of Charlo, and third scored it 113-113.

“Sometimes you knock them out, sometimes you just beat them.” said Charlo, who has now defended his 154-pound title three times. “I went to fish, I tried to get some trout but I couldn’t catch him on the hook. I know they’re used to seeing me knock boys out but at least they saw me take care of business.”

Charlo recorded two knockdowns in the bout. Trout hit the canvas for the first time in the final minute of the third round as Charlo applied heavy pressure, first connecting on a big right followed by a counter left hook that knocked Trout off balance. Just eight seconds into the ninth, Trout went to one knee on a Charlo left hook to the side of Trout’s head. It was the sixth time Trout had been down in his career. Charlo continued to exert punishment on the game but tiring Trout.

“Take those knockdowns away I won the fight,” said the southpaw Trout, 32, who also went the distance in a unanimous-decision loss against Jermell’s twin brother and interim middleweight titleholder Jermall in 2016. “I can’t make any excuses, the better man won with those knockdowns.

“Both Jermell and Jermall are really good. They are the future. But I’m not done yet. I’m not defined by my results. I’m defined by the risks I take. I’ve taken the risks and I’ve stood my ground every time against giants and killers. And I’m still here.”

More accurate than Trout connecting on his punches the entire fight, Charlo went on a relentless attack in the 10th, connecting on multiples power punches that seemed to faze Trout. Charlo continued his attack in the 11th and 12th, choosing to stay upstairs as opposed to going to the body.

“Trout will tell you who will win that fight,” Charlo said of a potential unification with IBF and WBA 154-pound titleholder Jarret Hurd. “That’s why he survived 12. If Hurd sat in front of me and took those shots he’s done.”

During the SHOWTIME BOXING CHAMPIONSHIP telecast it was announced that WBC Lightweight World Champion Mikey Garcia and IBF Lightweight World Champion Robert Easter Jr. will meet in a 135-pound unification showdown between unbeaten stars Saturday, July 28 live on SHOWTIME from STAPLES Center.

“We were fighting at 140 but I always had my mind set act coming back to lightweight,” Garcia said. “The only fight that made sense was a unification and the fighter available was Robert Easter Jr. He’s a champion and the man to beat. It’s great to be back to finally give my fans here in Southern California a fight.  Now that we are I get to give them a unification match and the biggest fight of my career to date.”

“I got my fight on July 28, but there’s been a lot of talk about [Vasyl] Lomachenko and me over the past year.  If I get through Robert Easter I’d be unified champ and the only other fight that makes sense is Lomachenko,” he added.

Easter recently changed trainers and is now working with Kevin Cunningham. “Lomachenko and Mikey are two skillful guys in the lightweight division and two guys I want to fight,” Easter said. “Me and Mikey will do the talking in the ring. My height and my reach will give anyone problems as long as I use them skillfully.”

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DIEGO DE LA HOYA DEFENDS SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT TITLES AGAINST JOSE ‘SUGAR’ SALGADO IN MAIN EVENT OF GOLDEN BOY BOXING

Jun 13, 2018
DIEGO DE LA HOYA DEFENDS SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT TITLES AGAINST JOSE ‘SUGAR’ SALGADO IN MAIN EVENT OF GOLDEN BOY BOXING ON ESPN AT TURNING STONE RESORT CASINO IN VERONA, N.Y.
 
TRAVELL ‘BLACK MAGIC’ MAZION RETAINS UNDEFEATED RECORD WITH UNANIMOUS DECISION WIN AGAINST DAQUAN PAULDO 
(ABOVE: Diego De La Hoya defeated Jose Salgado to retain his NABF and NABO Super Bantamweight Titles on the June 8 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y.)
 
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VERONA, N.Y. (June 8, 2018): Diego De La Hoya (21-0, 10 KOs), the quick-handed super bantamweight contender of Mexicali, Mexico, successfully defended his NABF and NABO Super Bantamweight Titles against Jose “Sugar” Salgado (35-5-2, 28 KOs) of Cozumel, Mexico via technical knockout at the end of the seventh round of the scheduled 10-round main event of the June 8 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y. De La Hoya’s relentless and fast-paced aggression were too much for Salgado to handle, which forced his corner to call a halt to the bout at the end of the aforementioned round.
“We knew that he [Salgado] had been training since October of last year,” said Diego De La Hoya.“Obviously that’s because the fight was delayed, but the fight took place tonight and thank God it was great. I brawled so that people would see that I am indeed a Mexican fighter. He has a lot of experience and a lot of power, but I still brawled to give a great show. I’ll need to talk to my team about what’s next, but hopefully something very good.”
“I felt really tight in this fight, but that’s because the inactivity really affected me,” said Jose Salgado. “I take no credit away from Diego De La Hoya, and I fought a good fight despite the inactivity. He’s a great fighter, and he’ll be a future world champion.”
 
In tonight’s co-main event,Travell “Black Magic” Mazion (13-0, 11 KOs) of Austin, Texas retained his undefeated record as he beat Orlando, Florida’s Daquan Pauldo (17-2, 9 KOs) by unanimous eight-round decision. Mazion won with scores of 77-75, 77-75 and 78-74.
Danielto Zorrilla (7-0, 6 KOs) of Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico delivered a devastating left hook to the body to defeat stop Julio Perez (4-3) of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico in the first of a scheduled four-round super lightweight fight.
 
Golden Boy Promotions prospect Alex Rincon (4-0, 4 KOs) of Carrollton, Texas scored two knockdowns en route to a first-round technical knockout victory over Engelberto Valenzuela (11-14, 3 KOs)  of Agua Prieta, Mexico. The fight, which was originally slated for four rounds at the middleweight limit of 160 pounds, was stopped at 1:35 of the aforementioned round.
 
Lawrence Gabriel (3-1-1, 2 KOs) of Syracuse, New York scored a second-round technical knockout victory against Jimmy Blevins (0-3) of Buffalo, New York in a fight that was originally scheduled for four rounds in the heavyweight division.
Isaac Rodrigues (25-2, 20 KOs) Mocajuba, Brazil stopped Frankie Filippone (25-8-1, 9 KOs) of Chesapeake, Virginia in the fourth round of an eight-round light heavyweight clash. Rodrigues scored two knockdowns, the second of which forced the stoppage at 1:46 of the fourth round.
Armus Guyton (1-0) from Ithaca, N.Y. defeated Mike Diorio (0-1) from Cortland, N.Y. by unanimous decision in the opening bout, a four-round cruiserweight contest. Both fighters made their professional debut in a fight that Guyton won with scores of 39-37, 39-37 and 40-36.
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Crawford vs. Horn – Resultados del Pesaje

Jun 8, 2018

Resultados del Pesaje: Crawford vs. Horn



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