Arizona Media Workout: Ray Beltran Prepares to Defend World Title

Aug 8, 2018

Arizona Media Day: Ray Beltran Prepares to Defend World Title

Beltran to defend WBO lightweight title against Jose Pedraza Aug. 25 at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona
Credit: Chas Wright)
LIVE on ESPN and ESPN Deportes

(Aug. 6, 2018) — Ray Beltran scratched and clawed and spent nearly 19 years as a pro boxer before earning his first world title. He outpointed Paulus Moses on Feb. 16 in Reno, Nevada, to win the vacant WBO lightweight title, a lifelong dream finally fulfilled. A native of Los Mochis, Mexico, Beltran is now a proud resident of Phoenix, a short drive from where he will make his first title defense.

Beltran (35-7-1, 21 KOs) will defend his title against former 130-pound world champion Jose “Sniper” Pedraza as the headliner of an ESPN-televised card, Aug. 25 at the Gila River Area in Glendale, Arizona.

Beltran returned home Saturday for a full slate of media activities, including an open workout at Gent’s Boxing Club in Glendale and as a guest broadcaster for the second inning of the Arizona Diamondbacks Alumni Game.

This is what he had to say.

On his future: Hopefully, we have another big fight coming up against {Vasiliy} Lomachenko. I’m pretty happy when I fight the best. I’ve had no easy fights in my boxing career. We made our own way. We made our own name. We got a contract with Top Rank after 20-something fights. Nobody created our record. I have a lot of knockouts, but I have more power than it looks like on {my record}. All the losses that I have, four or five were robberies. I’m ready. Right now, I’m focused on Pedraza, but we dream big.”

On fighting for Phoenix and Mexico: “I feel like my heart is in half. I feel like a Phoenix fighter, but I’m also a Mexican fighter from my hometown. I can’t believe what I’ve come from. I come from nothing. I come from a place where nobody is supposed to make it. I think it’s important that the people where I came from know about it, so they get the message — whatever you want to do in life, if you work hard, you can make a change.”

On his opponent: “Pedraza is a former world champion. I believe he’s going to bring some heat. He’s going to come and fight hard to take the belt away from me. He bobs and moves around the ring a lot. He’s got good footwork, but we’ve been working at Wild Card with all different types of styles.”

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ELEIDER ÁLVAREZ se proclamó campeón Semipesado de la OMB tras noquear en el séptimo asalto al ruso SERGEY KOVALEV

Aug 7, 2018

(Atlantic City, Nueva Jersey) – Eleider Álvarez (24-0, 12 KOs) de Montreal, Canadá  Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (32-3-1, 28 KOs) de Rusia antes de una multitud de 5.642 aficionados en el Etess Arena del Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

El colombianos ELEIDER ÁLVAREZ se proclamó campeón Semipesado de la OMB tras noquear en el séptimo asalto al ruso SERGEY KOVALEV en el evento estelar celebrado en el Hard Rock café de Atlantic City en Nueva jersey SERGEY KOVALEV trato de tomar control de la pelea pero su plan de disponer del cuerpo de Álvarez no funcionó sin embargo todo parecía volcarse en favor del ruso, en el séptimo asalto llegó la increíble mano de Álvarez que cambió todo el combate, el colombiano sacó una contundente derecha que mandó al piso a SERGEY KOVALEV pero logró levantarse pero estaba muy tocado segundo después volvió a ser derribado pero el logro levantarse por segunda vez, parecía que todo estaba bien pero el juez dejó seguir la pelea y colombiano por tercera vez lo vuelve a derribar para así terminar la pelea de la noche en Atlantic City.
Kovalev venía con todo a defender su cinturón de semipesado mundial y de igual manera Álvarez que se venía con deseo de arrebatarle el título de campeón.

Primer y segundo asalto  parecía que fue de mucho desgaste físico por que el tercer asalto como el cuarto se veían cansados, y se empezaban a abrasar tratando de recuperarse levemente y así el quinto asalto donde el colombiano Álvarez recibe un golpe en la cara cortando el pómulo izquierdo aunque no se notaba a simple vista, no dejaron que sangrara.

Ya en el septimo asalto donde no nos imaginábamos lo que sucedería mutuamente se lanzaron golpes tratando de derivarse mutuamente y la gente gritando frenéticamente apoyando a su boxeador y cabe mencionar que un gran grupo de colombianos así como de rusos que se dieron cita en la arena del Hard rock café esa noche del 4 de agosto, cuando un golpe a la cara de Kovalev lo manda por primera vez a la lona aunque el se levanto rápidamente y el referi le contó hasta diez en lo que trato de recuperarse Kovalev y volviendo a reanudar la pelea Alvarez lo vuelve a mandar por segunda vez a la lona ya el referí le vuelve a contar dándole diez segundo para que se recupere.
Pero no fue suficiente ya que reanudando la pelea lo vuelve a mandar a la lona que dando noqueado técnicamente.

 

 

Bereavision/ Nueva York
Fotos/Video: Ben Caridi

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UFC RETURNS TO CHINA WITH FIRST-EVER EVENT IN BEIJING

Aug 5, 2018

UFC® RETURNS TO CHINA WITH FIRST-EVER EVENT IN BEIJING ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24 
Limited early bird tickets on sale now

 

BEIJING, CHINA – UFC® today confirmed its first-ever event in Beijing, China, will be held at the Cadillac Arena on Saturday, November 24. Limited early bird tickets for UFC FIGHT NIGHT® BEIJING, Presented by General Tire, are on-sale now via Damai.cn and 247tickets.cn.

 

Following last year’s highly successful  sell-out debut in mainland China, UFC, the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization, is primed to deliver another thrilling night of action to fans in Beijing. Over the past few years, UFC has worked to identify and nurture the talents of top tier Chinese athletes who have shown great strength, skill and determination to succeed inside the Octagon®.  UFC fans around the world have witnessed the sharp rise of local athletes such as Li Jingliang, Song Yadong, Yan Xiaonan, Song Kenan, and Pingyuan Liu, who have put their respective divisions on notice.

 

“China is the next frontier for the growth of  UFC and the sport of mixed martial arts, and this market is paramount to our success internationally,” UFC Vice President of Asia-Pacific Kevin Chang said. “We are excited to bring our next live event to China’s  capital and show the world just how far we have come. Our loyal fans in China demand nothing but the best, and one year on since our debut in Shanghai, UFC Fight Night® BEIJING, Presented by General Tire, is set to be a night to remember.”

 

UFC will be working together with Endeavor China, a subsidiary of Endeavor to deliver the live event.
“Endeavor China is excited to once again bring UFC – the world’s premier professional MMA organization – to Chinese audiences. After the great success of last year’s event in Shanghai, we are happy to announce that this year’s UFC Fight Night event will take place in the country’s capital, Beijing,” said Michael Ma, Endeavor China CEO. He continued, “MMA’s popularity is quickly rising in China, and we look forward to bringing our growing fanbase the best that UFC has to offer.”

 

Once again the live UFC event in China will be presented by General Tire, Mitchell Golledge, Head of Marketing RE PLT Tyres APAC stated, “The General Tire brand speaks to consumers that possess an adventurous spirit who believe that Anywhere is Possible. We are thrilled to take this next adventure to Beijing, a city where tradition meets the contemporary – just as martial arts now meets UFC.”

 

A limited amount of discounted Early Bird Tickets in riser categories for UFC Fight Night® BEIJING, Presented by General Tire are on sale now via Damai.cn and 247tickets.com.  Riser ticket categories are Lower Bowl 1 RMB1,480, Lower Bowl 2 RMB1,280, Lower Bowl 3 RMB880, Lower Bowl 4 RMB680, Upper Bowl 1 RMB480, Upper Bowl 2 RMB380, Upper Bowl 3 RMB280.

 

UFC VIP Experience packages and floor seats are available at a later date. VIP Packages start at RMB 9,880 (row 3), rmb 13,880 (row 2), to rmb 16,680 (row 1), each with exclusive VIP privileges. Remaining floor seats are rmb 3,880.

 

Further details on UFC FIGHT NIGHT® BEIJING, Presented by General Tire will be announced in coming weeks. Keep up to date with all the latest news by following us on Weibo: @UFC终极格斗冠军赛, Wechat: UFC终极格斗锦标赛(ufcofficial) Youku, QQ, Facebook (UFC Asia), Twitter and Instagram (@ufc), and use our official hashtag: #UFCBEIJING

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Weights for Kovalev-Alvarez and Bivol-Chilemba

Aug 4, 2018
Sergey Kovalev vs. Eleider Alvarez
Dmitry Bivol vs. Isaac Chilemba
Official Weigh-In
Kovalev-Alvarez Face-Off
Photo Credit: David Spagnolo/Main Events
Please Note: Start time for the first bout in the exciting “Super Men” fight card at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Etess Arena on Saturday, August 4, has now been changed.
The new start time for the first bout is 5:30 p.m. ET.
This does not affect the rest of the schedule. The HBO World Championship Boxing broadcast start time remains the same, 10:00 p.m. ET and PT.
Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev
Eleider “Storm” Alvarez
Chelyabinsk, Russia Montreal, Canada
32-2-1, 28 KOs 23-0, 11 KOs
Weight: 174.0, Trunks: Russian Flag Weight: 174.4, Trunks: WHT/BLK

Bivol vs. Chilemba
Photo Credit: David Spagnolo/Main Events
 
Dmitry Bivol Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba
St. Petersburg, Russia Malawi
13-0, 11 KOs 25-5-2, 10 KOs
Weight: 174.6, Trunks:  Black Weight: 175.0, Trunks:  GLD/BLK


                                 Nursultanov vs. Batista
Photo Credit: David Spagnolo/Main Events
 
Meiirim “The Sultan” Nursultanov Jonathan Batista
Astana, Kazakhstan San Pedro, Dominican Republic
7-0, 6 KOs 17-14, 10 KOs
Weight: 159.4, Trunks:  Red/BLK Weight: 164.0, Trunks: BLK/WHT
 
Murtazaliev vs. Carcamo
Photo Credit: David Spagnolo/Main Events 
 
Bakhram Murtazaliev Fernando Carcamo
Grozny, Russia Ciudad, Mexico
12-0, 10 KOs 23-8, 18 KOs
Weight: 153.0, Trunks:  Pink Weight: 164.0, Trunks:  Green

 

Galarza vs. Duarte
Photo Credit: David Spagnolo/Main Events
 

Frank Galarza

Alex Duarte
Brooklyn, NY New York, NY
19-2-2, 11 KOs 13-5-1, 10 KOs
Weight: 154.4, Trunks: WHT/Blue Weight: 151.6, Trunks: Red/Blue

  Ashkeyev vs. Flores
  Photo Credit: David Spagnolo/Main Events 
 
Madiyar Ashkeyev Eduardo Flores
Merki, Kazakhstan Quito, Ecuador
9-0, 5 KOs 24-29-4, 14 KOs
Weight: 153.0, Trunks: Red/BLK Weight: 153.0, Trunks: YLW/BLK

Alexander vs. Douglin
     Photo Credit: David Spagnolo/Main Events 
 
Vaughn Alexander Denis Douglin
St. Louis, MO Marlboro, NJ
12-0, 8 KOs 19-6, 12 KOs
Weight: 166.4, Trunks: BLK/Red Weight: 167.2, Trunks:  BLK/GLD/Blue

Dargan vs. Perez 
Photo Credit: David Spagnolo/Main Events
 
Karl “Dynamite” Dargan Jonathan Perez
Philadelphia, PA Barranquilla, Columbia
17-1, 9 KOs 37-22, 29 KOs
Weight: 135.6, Trunks:  BLK/GLD Weight: 136.0, Trunks:  Red/WHT

 
Gogokhia vs. Montes 
Photo Credit: David Spagnolo/Main Events
 
Enriko Gogokhia Ronald Montes
Zugdidi, Georgia Barranquilla, Columbia
7-0, 3 KOs 18-9, 16 KOs
Weight: 147.4, Trunks: WHT/Red Weight: 148.8, Trunks: Blue

 Villarreal vs. Hooks
 Photo Credit: David Spagnolo/Main Events
 
Ismael Villarreal  Kieran Hooks
Bronx, NY Philadelphia, PA
2-0 3-0-1, 1 KO
Weight: 156.4, Trunks: Red/BLU Weight: 156.4, Trunks:  WHT/Red

About Kovalev-Alvarez: In the first boxing event at the newly opened Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ, Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev will defend his WBO Light Heavyweight World Title against undefeated contender Eleider “Storm” Alvarez on Saturday, August 4, 2018. In the co-main event, WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Dmitry Bivol will defend his title against Isaac “Golden Boy’ Chilemba. Tickets range between $50 and $200 and are on sale now through HardRockHotelAtlanticCity.com and Ticketmaster.com. The event is promoted by Main Events and Krusher Promotions in association with Groupe Yvon Michel and World of Boxing and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
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JOSEPH ‘JOJO’ DIAZ JR. AND UNDERCARD FIGHTERS LOS ANGELES

Aug 3, 2018
JOSEPH ‘JOJO’ DIAZ JR. AND UNDERCARD FIGHTERS LOS ANGELES 
MEDIA WORKOUT QUOTES, PHOTOS AND VIDEOS
SATURDAY, AUG. 11 AT AVALON HOLLYWOOD 
AND STREAMED LIVE ON FACEBOOK WATCH
(ABOVE: Joseph Diaz Jr. works the mitts for the media as he prepares for his fight against Jesus Rojas on the inaugural edition of Golden Boy Fight Night on Facebook Watch at Avalon Hollywood on Aug. 11) 
Photo Credit: Tom Hogan-HoganPhotos/Golden Boy Promotions
Video Credit: Golden Boy Promotions
NORWALK, CALIF. (Aug. 2, 2018): Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr. (26-1, 14 KOs) hosted a media workout today at Legendz Boxing in Norwalk, Calif. in preparation for his battle for the WBA Featherweight World Title currently held by Puerto Rican warrior Jesus Rojas (16-1-2, 19 KOs) in the inaugural edition of Golden Boy Fight Night on Saturday, Aug. 11. The 12-round battle will be Diaz, Jr.’s second opportunity at a world title in the stacked featherweight division.
Part of the Golden Boy Fight Night undercard also participated in the workout. In the co-main event, Jonathan “Thunder” Navarro (14-0, 7 KOs) will face Damon “No Smilin'” Allen Jr. (15-0-1, 5 KOs) in a highly competitive battle between two undefeated Golden Boy Promotions prospects. Ferdinand “Lucky Boy” Kerobyan (9-0, 5 KOs) of North Hollywood, Calif. will battle across a scheduled six rounds of welterweight action against a soon-to-be-announced opponnent. Aaron “Silencer” McKenna (4-0, 3 KOs) of Monaghan, Ireland will participate in a four-round 147-pound fight against Sinaloa, Mex.’s Rolando Mendivil (10-4, 3 KOs).
Hector “El Finito” Tanajara, Jr. (14-0, 5 KOs) of San Antonio, Texas, will return in the co-main event of the Aug. 10 edition of LA FIGHT CLUB against Emmanuel Morales (7-2, 4 KOs) of Caguas, Puerto Rico.
Here’s what the fighters had to say at today’s media workout:
JOSEPH “JOJO” DIAZ JR., Featherweight Contender:
“Everyone was there during the Gary Russell Jr. fight. Oscar De La Hoya, my family and my team was there. There was no pressure. I just knew that it was the opportunity I had been waiting for my entire career. I knew I had to get it done. I knew it was in his hometown and that there were going to be a lot of his fans cheering him on. Unfortunately, I didn’t come out on top. I’ve watched the tape about 100 times. I looked at all the mistakes I made. I saw that if I would have just been more aggressive, started off earlier and used my jab that the outcome would have been different. I would be world champion right now. Things didn’t go as planned, but it was a lesson learned. I have the opportunity to fight for a world title again, and I can’t let this opportunity get past me. I’ve been training my butt off, and I’m going to walk away with the title around my waist.
Right now, I have a whole different mindset. We have a whole different training camp. On August 11, I will become world champion. Jesus Rojas is a dangerous fighter. He’s coming off two great wins and stopped both of them. He constantly applies pressure and has great conditioning. He’s going to keep on coming forward. My father and I know what he’s capable of and what he’s going to do. We’re working on my conditioning so that I do not get tired and so that I can be very active, throw a lot of shots and engage when he engages. It’s going to be an action-packed fight.”
JONATHAN “THUNDER” NAVARRO, Super Lightweight Prospect:
 “This is going to be a tough fight for both of us, but me being a natural 140-pounder will be a factor. 140 pounds is the normal weight I fight at, and Damon Allen Jr. will be moving up from 135 pounds. Even though that’s only five pounds, that’s a lot in the sport of boxing, especially when you’re the smaller fighter. What makes Damon Allen a dangerous opponent is his speed and movement. To me, that’s all I see, and it’s not going to be a big deal. This fight will be a crossroads fight because we are both undefeated prospects. It’s going to be a hard fight. We’re going to give the fans a great fight. When we got word of this fight, I never hesitated to take it. The moment they told me his name I got happy because I know it will be an important fight. It excited me and made me want to train even harder. Not many young prospects get to showcase their talent against another fellow prospect this early in their career.”
FERDINAND KEROBYAN, Super Welterweight Prospect:
“I wouldn’t say I look for the knockout. But when the knockout presents itself, I never let back and give it my all to give the fans an exciting fight. I’ve been focusing on everything. I’ve been working on my craft. I’ve been working on getting my speed and power to work together as a unit. I’m looking forward to getting another win in front of my fans. I expect a big crowd at every fight because I have a very good fan base. It doesn’t matter how far I go, I know they will be there. I’m truly blessed to have them, and I want to give them a great show every time.”
AARON”SILENCER” MCKENNA, Welterweight Prospect:
“I’m very excited to be fighting on Facebook and on Golden Boy’s first-ever broadcast. I’ve had a great camp, and I’m ready to put on a great show for the fans in attendance and fans watching on Facebook. I always try to make my fights as exciting as I can for fans. I always try to put a good show and go for the knockout. Expect fireworks in this fight. I feel stronger in this fight than in previous fights.”
HECTOR “EL FINITO” TANAJARA, JR., Lightweight Prospect:
“I didn’t stop training after my last fight, so I’m feeling way better than in my last camp. I’m in great shape, and I’ve been doing 10 and 12 rounds of sparring. I’ve been working with Jonathan Navarro, and we’re helping each other in this camp. For my last fight, I knew he [Roger Gutierrez] was tough. You could tell from the weigh-ins that it was going to be heated. But things like that motivate me. When I fight good opponents, I look better. It helped me out because it showed what I could do and what I can still show I can do. The last fight gave me a lot of confidence. There were people saying that he was going to beat me or that he was stronger. It gave me a lot of confidence because there were even some rounds that I felt were easy. It gave me a lot of confidence. For this camp, we’ve been working on being busier and being aggressive. I’ve been working to get the knockout, and this fight will show that.”
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Press Conference Kovalev-Alvarez & Bivol-Chilemba

Aug 3, 2018
Sergey Kovalev vs. Eleider Alvarez
Dmitry Bivol vs. Isaac Chilemba
Final Press Conference Quotes & Photos
Kovalev Poses with Manager Egis Klimas (left) and Promoter Kathy Duva (right)
Photo Credit: David Spagnolo/Main Events
Kathy Duva, CEO of Main Events
“Oh, if these walls could talk! There are so many stories. If I got started, we’d never hear from anyone today. Main Events could not be happier to be bringing world championship boxing back to Atlantic City. We hope it’s a long, enjoyable stay.
“We are back with a bang!
“All the fighters in our lineup are excited to be here where so many great names in the past have made big impressions: Lennox Lewis, Evander Holyfield, Arturo Gatti. All our fighters would LOVE to add their names to this list. It will be fun watching them go for it.
“This Saturday night in our televised fights on HBO World Championship Boxing, four light heavyweights know the eyes of the world will be on them. They want to make a big impression. You will want to be part of this! But you need to move fast. Our floor and ringside seats are just about sold out.
“Tickets starting at 50 dollars are still available through Ticketmaster and Hard-Rock-Hotel-Atlantic-City-dot-com for Saturday’s event or you can watch live on HBO World Championship Boxing® starting at 10 pm Eastern and Pacific Time. At the top of our card are a pair of exciting fights in the red-hot light heavyweight division: first up are Dmitry Bivol facing his toughest test against Isaac Chilemba. In our main event, two-time light heavyweight world champion Sergey Kovalev against an opponent who wants to hold on to his undefeated record and take a few belts home to Canada, Eleider Alvarez.
“On our non-televised undercard, we have our own version of the Fantastic Four from the famed Boxing Laboratory in Oxnard, California.
“They are led by top 15 ranked Bakhram Murtazaliev of Russia, who is co-promoted by Main Events and Krusher Promotions, facing Fernando Carcamo of Mexico. This is a ten round IBA Junior Middleweight title fight. We have a middleweight battle between Meiirim Nursultanov of Kazakhstan and Jonathan Batista of the Dominican Republic. This is an eight-round fight which will be televised internationally.
“His Kazakh countryman Madiyar Ashkeyev is back after being out due to injury. He is ready to go and fights Eduardo Flores of Ecuador in an eight-round junior middleweight showdown. The fourth of the Fantastic Four is Enriko Gogokhia – or ‘Gogo’ – from Georgia, fighting Ronald Montes of Columbia in a six-round welterweight fight.
“Super middleweight Vaughn Alexander’s amazing comeback story continues here Saturday – 11 years away from boxing and he picked right back up where he left off. He is the freshest boxer over 30 you’ll ever see. Vaughn plans to make a statement against New Jersey’s Denis Douglin. And he wouldn’t mind upstaging his brother Devon who fights in New York on the same night!
“We never forget the local fans who come out to support their neighborhood fighters. Two of our favorites are joining us in Atlantic City. They include Brooklyn’s ‘Notorious’ Frank Galarza and our fighting college student, Ismael Villarreal from the Bronx. And back in the lineup for Main Events after a few years away, lightweight Karl Dargan of Philadelphia returns in a six-round bout against Jonathan Perez of Colombia. Karl has been busy getting married, working in the hip-hop world, and turning up on reality TV.
“Twenty-five years ago, Arturo Gatti fought his first fight in Atlantic City on May 15, 1992, in this very arena. It was his fifth pro fight and Main Events’ first fight in the Etess Arena. Which one of our undercard fighters will be the next Gatti? You never know – be sure to watch them and you may have a big story to tell your kids 25 years from now.
“We are thankful to our sponsor Leon.RU for joining us on this promotion.
“For this card, we are working with Groupe Yvon Michel, Krusher Promotions and World of Boxing. When people want to make fights, it’s a breeze and a joy. Thank you everyone for your contribution to this exceptional card on Saturday.
I want to thank HBO Boxing and Ray Stallone who is here with us today for their support. I know they are as thrilled as we are to be back in Atlantic City in the Etess Arena. Ray, will you come up and say a few words about Saturday’s fight.
Ray Stallone
Photo Credit: David Spagnolo/Main Events
Ray Stallone, HBO Vice President of Media Relations
“Thank you, I hope my voice is clear and easy to listen to. I’m subbing for Peter Nelson, who is the head of HBO Sports, who many of you know. And I don’t know many people in network sports who have the same love and passion as Peter. So, I texted him this morning, and I said, “Is there a hair and makeup allowance for speaking at the press conference?” And he texted me back, and said no, but I can get you a voice coach. So, I hope I am able to deliver today and represent HBO Sports.
“As Kathy mentioned, we are thrilled to be in Atlantic City. Talk about memories! HBO, Main Events, Atlantic City — you know what a recipe for terrific fight action. And we are responsible for the television production, and we are responsible, and we are going to embrace Saturday night’s fight. Love being at the Hard Rock. It’s exiting being with some old friends. And we are really delighted we are partnering. And I did want to say that we are really underscoring the global appeal of boxing. We are in Atlantic City and look at the background of the four fighters who are fighting on the two televised cards. Look at where the promoters even hail from. It just underscores the global appeal of this sport. So, I think we are in for an exciting night on Saturday night, once again as Kathy had mentioned we will be on the air at 10 p.m. Eastern and Pacific time for championship boxing with our A-Team. Once again, thank you for having us.
Kathy Duva
“I also want to welcome and thank for the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. They have been an amazing partner and host for all of us. Boxing is so important to the Hard Rock, only the best would do – and they got him out of retirement! Bernie Dillon is now Vice President of Entertainment for the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. How lucky we all are to have him back in boxing. Please do yourself a favor – buy him a meal and get him talking sometime.”
Kathy Duva & Bernie Dillon Share a Laugh
Photo Credit: David Spagnolo/Main Events
Bernie Dillon, Vice President of Entertainment, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City
“Thank you, Kathy, and welcome everyone to the new Hard Rock Hotel in Atlantic City. It’s a pleasure to welcome everyone here. Welcome Kathy Duva and her awesome Main Events staff. As she mentioned, we go way back and have produced many fights together with her husband and — oh gosh, I can’t tell you how many different champions we have produced together, but everyone from Evander Holyfield to Pernell Whitaker. And the list goes on and on and on.
“And certainly welcome to Commissioner Hazzard and the New Jersey State Athletic Commission. Always a pleasure to see Larry, and work with what I consider the best commission. I have worked all over the country and a few parts of the world. They are second to none, and believe me always fighters come first, and their safety. Larry has always been at the forefront of that.
“Welcome HBO Sports, Ray, it’s been a while, good to see you.
“Most importantly, welcome to the fighters. Mr. Kovalev, Mr. Alvarez, Bivol, Chilemba, and all the great fighters who are appearing on the undercard. Welcome to our great property, and hopefully many return in the future.
“What a great night, this Saturday night in the Hard Rock live at the Etess Arena. Of course, Kathy mentioned the arena. We are able to maintain the name of the arena after the great Mark Etess. I am sure there will be a few tears shed by some of us, but it’s a great boxing facility. And we will talk about it some more.
“Saturday night marks a major step for this property. Early in our first 45 days of development, we have spoken consistently about the Hard Rock Brand representing many genres of music and different types of entertainment. The Hard Rock has had an enlightenment of classic rock, rock alternative, and country, pop, urban R&B, jazz, blues, comedy. We really represent it all. We have had names like Christina Aguilera, Carrie Underwood, the Howie Mandell Comedy Club, Hall and Oates, Steely Dan, Florida Georgia Line, Maroon 5, Maxwell, Motor City 5, Pitbull, Blake Shelton, Amy Schumer – I could go on and on, but it’s really been exiting to present big time entertainment to everyone coming back to Atlantic City.
“And now the return of boxing to the Boardwalk in Atlantic City. When Kathy called me in April to discuss this event, we were actually talking about some other shows. And she mentioned this date, and she couldn’t do this show because she had another event featuring Kovalev and Alvarez. I said, ‘Wait a minute – how about bringing that to Atlantic City?’ And I think your response was ‘Really?’ and ‘Sure enough!’
“I knew from the beginning when she told me HBO was involved and the date, Saturday night in the middle of the summer, that it was the right fit for us. And she mentioned our ticket sales have been excellent. The response from our invited guests have been amazing on the casino side, and we expect well over one hundred media to be in attendance. That’s great publicity for us, that’s great publicity for the sport of boxing and I am just thrilled we can be a part of this.
“One thing Kathy did get wrong. She did mention we had twenty ringside seats left. We are sold out, and I am pleased to announce that the ringside area is sold out. We do have a limited amount of the $150 tickets left. We have another limited amount of our $100 tickets and plenty of $50 tickets left. We thought it was very important to keep this fight, this card affordable to the general public and rebuild the interest in boxing in Atlantic City.
“Hard Rock Live at the Arena is one of the best arenas to watch boxing. It was designed many years ago, and we had a part in putting the arena together from a technical stand point and made it, I think, a very good place for the media to come in and for HBO and other networks, and it today is very good for us.
“So, come in and enjoy a great night of boxing on a great property at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. It’s a great place to come and stay. And enjoy something else we have going on here, which is 365 Live. We have five other stages that we promote, over 50 live performances a week. And we are committed to having live entertainment over the year, and we have boxing and it will be a big part of that. Welcome and it’s great to be back. And to be home for me. Thank you.”
Larry Hazzard
Photo Credit: David Spagnolo/Main Events
Kathy Duva
“We are pleased to once again work with the New Jersey State Athletic
Control Board on this fight. Here with us today is commissioner Larry Hazzard.”
Larry Hazzard, Commissioner New Jersey State Athletic Control Board
“It’s really great having Bernie, Main Events, Kathy and all of the team back here in New Jersey again. This propels us, I think, back into big time boxing here in the state of New Jersey.
“I first came to Atlantic City in 1978 as a young referee, and I have had the great blessing and great experience to have been around for all of the great fights that have taken place here, either as a referee or as the commissioner. It is great to see one of my favorites, the great Roy Jones Jr. here today, who created so many exciting events with his performances.
“Furthermore, it has been a great and exciting adventure for us in Atlantic City. It is great to have Bernie Dillon back as one of the casino entrepreneurs, because as I have often said, we need boxing people back to bring boxing back. So, we are feeling good about this event, an outstanding event that makes us feel great about the future of boxing again here in New Jersey. Especially since we have real promoters back, Main Events and Atlantic City, it is just a great combination and an outstanding event they have put together.
“I have sat in my office looking at these bouts, and I told Jolene, you make my job very easy. One of the easiest parts of my job is approving bouts, because everything that comes in here looks like a home run.
“Therefore, it is no surprise to me that tickets are close to sold out, showing further that this is going to be a great event! We are really hoping that with this event and many more to come, New Jersey will once again springboard into the big-time boxing world, where it has been for so many years and where it belongs. I want to congratulate you Kathy and I also want to congratulate you too, Bernie, because with you two working together, in the future, I think that we are going to have some exciting events and New Jersey will once again reclaim its place as the boxing capital of the world. Thank you.”
Roy Jones Jr.
Photo Credit: David Spagnolo/Main Events
Kathy Duva
“Finally, to the media present today and watching live, thank you for your time and your interest. You are in for a real show – the kind of show only Atlantic City can deliver! Years from now you will be able to say ‘I was there’ when boxing made its big comeback in Atlantic City.
“On to our co-main and main event fights. The light heavyweight division continues to burn bright. I challenge you to name any other division this competitive at this moment. Any one of the top 20 ranked fighters is a dangerous opponent. And we have the best of the best for you.
“Isaac Chilemba of Malawi in Africa has come a long way for this shot. He is currently 25-5-2 with 10 knockouts. But there is something the record doesn’t show. This man has a reputation for making opponents prove themselves. Just ask Sergey Kovalev and Eleider Alvarez. They are both here today, so you can ask them.
“Chilemba takes on WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Dmitry Bivol of Russia. Bivol has 11 knockouts in 13 fights and is undefeated. Chilemba, as we have learned in our long association with him at Main Events fears no one. But his opponents need to have a little healthy fear — or they will be in for a shock.
“Let’s hear a few words from Isaac and team. First, I want to wish manager Jodi Solomon a very happy birthday today! I think we all know what she wants as her birthday present. Isaac, no pressure!
“But you might have heard of Isaac’s trainer his name is Roy Jones, Junior. Let’s welcome him to the podium to introduce Isaac.”
Roy Jones Jr., Trainer of Isaac Chilemba
“First, I want to say – thank God for giving us all the pleasure of being together to fellowship and to see this thing, keep it often in Atlantic City. I want to say. “what’s happening?” and thank you to my man Larry. And so good to see Bernie again, because these guys were around in my heyday. And to see them again just automatically lights a fire in your heart. Because, to me, when I came up, Atlantic City was almost the Vegas of the East.
“It was the only place that had casinos, and the only place that had the casino feel. So, when you got to Atlantic City to fight, you feel like you pretty much made it. I got here my second fight, and I dished out a lot of punishment along this boardwalk. It was fun, so I look forward to seeing it again.
“You could not ask for a better card to start it off because you have two world championship fights and four really high-class athletes, Isaac being one of them, who is definitely hungry for a title. And when he first mentioned the fight to me, I said ‘Bivol is a pretty tough character. Maybe we should wait a little longer.’ And he said, ‘No, I want a world title. I want to take my chances and go at it.’
“So, if he wants to go at it, we will go at it. And we are here. He wants to win, so we are coming to win. It is a great fight night for everyone. I am looking forward to seeing even the main event, because we know a lot about both Eleider Alvarez and Sergey Kovalev – which is another fight that on any given day, people would think either man could win.
“All four fights that Kathy put together for you are fights that are remarkable and competitive, giving any man a chance to win the fight. With that being said, everyone here is looking to win, two guys are looking to keep their titles and two men are looking to take their titles. You cannot ask for a better night, and without further ado, I want to bring Isaac to the podium to tell you all what he thinks.”
Isaac Chilemba
Photo Credit: David Spagnolo/Main Events
Isaac Chilemba, WBA Light Heavyweight Contender
“Thank you. First of all, I just want to thank God, HBO and Main Events for this opportunity. I would like to thank my team, Jodi Solomon, Roy Jones Jr., Shadow (cornerman Sibusiso Shabane), the fans, and everyone else out there who is behind me. It was a long road to get here. I had two rough years since I last fought here in the states, when I tore the ligaments in my arm against Oleksandr Gvozdyk. I had to take time off from boxing for more than a year. It was rough for me to go through all that. I made it through all of that and my team did not give up on me. They stood behind me and supported me. They kept telling me that I would be back.
“Thank God, my very first fight when I came back was a title fight in Australia. Anyone who has ever fought there know how hard it is to win with the politics in Australia. You have to be on top of your game to convince the judges. We did it and won the WBC International Title.
“I was very grateful for that, and now in the very next fight instead of defending my title, I have a world title shot against a tough opponent, Bivol. I really want to thank Bivol and his team for this chance, and Main Events and HBO for the opportunity. I thank God, and I am glad I am here. This time, I am not going to let this opportunity slip through my hands. I am going to win it. I am going to walk out of the ring on the 4th of August as a winner, as a world champion.”
Vadim Kornilov and Dmitry Bivol
Photo Credit: David Spagnolo/Main Events
Kathy Duva
“I want to take a moment to thank Andrei Ryabinsky’s World of Boxing for giving Main Events the chance to work closely with Dmitry and introduce him to the fans in the United States. He is the definition of a knockout artist. Dmitry knows his boxing history. In fact, he knows the legacy of the great fighters here in Atlantic City.
“Dmitry said recently in an interview he wants to have one of those fights fans always remember. Guess what fight he picked as an example? Gatti versus Ward. It is a pretty high bar, but you never know what might happen here on Saturday.
“Dmitry’s English, I have to remark, continues to improve dramatically after training in Los Angeles. We also have Dmitry’s manager Vadim Kornilov who would like to say a few words. Vadim, will you share your thoughts about this fight here in Atlantic City and also introduce Dmitry to the crowd?”
Vadim Kornilov, Manager of Dmitry Bivol
“Thank you, Kathy. Always a pleasure. First, I want to say a few words about Main Events. A very special company, the whole team, everyone is on top of everything it is so impressive. Fight week with Main Events is so much easier than usual and I thank you for that. Of course, World of Boxing and Andrei Ryabinsky, they have done so much for Dmitry and for us and we would probably not be able to be here without them and I just want to thank them for that.
“Of course, HBO, just as Roy said the three letters in boxing that are most important, HBO. We have had Ruslan Provodnikov, Viktor Postol, many others and now, Dmitry Bivol. Most of these guys are all names that once you say the name everyone in boxing knows. Everyone has seen them, and everybody has heard, and that is what HBO does. And they just really know how to get the PR and the attention the fighter needs and everything else is up to the fighter.
“Thank you to Sergey and his team. It is a pleasure to be on his main event. We enjoy being here and being able to watch Sergey on his main event. The whole country is proud of Sergey for being one of the top fighters from Russia.
“Of course, Atlantic City and the Hard Rock, to be honest we did not expect this. This is a great venue and a great hotel, and we really hope that this is the return that everyone has been waiting for. I am sure it will be. Now, I would like to introduce the humble and respectful champion Dmitry Bivol to say a few words. I am very impressed with the way his career is moving forward and he really knows how to stay professional and use his intelligence, which his English will speak for. I appreciate your time.”
Dmitry Bivol
Photo Credit: David Spagnolo/Main Events
Dmitry Bivol, WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion
“Hello, first of all, I want to say, thank you everyone for coming here and I’m grateful that Chilemba took this fight and he decided quickly. I respect him for this, and his team I want to say thank you everyone who organized this fight, Kathy Duva – thank you – Main Events, Andre Ryabinsky and the World of Boxing and of course HBO.”
“Thank you for this chance for me to show my boxing skills to many people. I’m really glad. And I’m glad to be here in Atlantic City, because I know there were many great fights, like Arturo Gatti against Micky Ward. I’m glad to be part of boxing’s return in Atlantic City.
“When I got my belt, I make one small step to my dream. To be a big name, to make a big name in boxing. Of course, I’m not going to give my belt to someone. I’m not giving my belt to Chilemba. I’m going to keep it a long time. I will try to do my best for boxing fans, for people who watch our fight. I hope it will be an enjoyable fight for you.
Kathy Duva
“The thing I keep hearing consistently from everyone is how smooth things are going, how much better Main Events is, how much it is a pleasure it is to work with us. And I have to say, it’s 100 percent true! But I do not get any of the credit for that. Jolene, Nicole, Lisa, Alexis, Joe, our fabulous PR support team of Gayle, Ed, and Ellen, they are the very best. They work harder than anybody else. Being behind the scenes and watching in recent weeks as I always do as Fight Week approaches – my hat’s off to all of you. You make us look so good, and I want you to know how much I love you all and appreciate it. I’m happy to hear people reconfirm for me what I already know.
“Moving on to our main event. We are happy to have Eleider Alvarez here for just his second fight in the United States. He is undefeated with a record of 23 wins, 11 by knockout. He is coming off notable wins over legendary Canadian veterans Jean Pascal and Lucien Bute.
“When others said no to Sergey Kovalev – and I promise you, Jolene can attest to this – many others have said no to Sergey. Eleider and his team did not hesitate for one second. Bravo and how refreshing. Alvarez is ranked in the top five and a legitimate challenger. He has been waiting for two years for the shot that he earned – two eliminator fights, including one with Isaac. He is crafty and smart. And not to be under estimated.
“I’m going to ask Eleider’s promoter, Yvon Michel to come up and introduce him, and trainer, Marc Ramsay.”
Yvon Michel
Photo Credit: David Spagnolo/Main Events
Yvon Michel, Promoter of Eleider Alvarez
“Thank you very much, Kathy. Thank you very much everybody who is here for this press conference. We are very, very happy. You cannot imagine how happy we are to be here, and for several reasons. I want to thank HBO for televising this event. I want to thank Mr. Dillon for your great place here at the Hard Rock. I want to thank the Main Events staff, Kathy for all their collaboration for the making of this event.
“Atlantic City means a lot for people in Quebec. It’s been for long, a great vacation place. Also, we used to come here for great boxing events. My first fight here, it was when I came for a world championship with Matthew Hilton, Stefan Willette, and many more.
“And I can tell you, that fight has been easy to make with Kathy. And I’m happy, very happy, that finally we have been able to make a big event together. We have done the title eliminator between Eleider and Isaac Chilemba. But for a main event, we started the first time I met Kathy to try to make a deal, it was in 2004. It was for Leonard Dorin against Arturo Gatti. We laid down everything to make the deal, and finally I left the company Interbox then. She went ahead and made the deal with the group that followed up. So, I came here as a spectator.
“I met Kathy, and we have tried several times to make other things. But this one, it’s a good one. We’re very happy to fight The Krusher. Sergey Kovalev is a great, great champion. He proved it by coming back. And a lot of people are saying that maybe he’s not the same since the Andre Ward fight. But probably a lot people believe he won the first fight against Andre Ward. The second fight, it’s another story. But he came back and when a fighter is coming back like that, this is showing his true value.
“It’s a great, great challenge for Eleider Alvarez against Krusher. But Eleider is ready for that. Eleider Alvarez has come a long way. He has been fighting professional since 2009. It’s been nine years since he moved, he left everything in Colombia, to come to Quebec, learn French, and learn his professional boxing. He’s been world ranked five years. The first time he was world ranked, he became a mandatory contender almost two years ago. He didn’t waste his time, he was a mandatory contender and he got his best win in his career. The best wins in his career have always been against the biggest challenge. When he fought in Monaco, when he came here in Chicago, when he fought Jean Pascal – he always gave his best performance against the best opposition.
“And when, even if he hasn’t fought since the Pascal fight 14 months ago, I tell you he is the best prepared that is possible for Eleider Alvarez. He has done everything, He has a great team of trainers behind him. And I’d like to invite the greatest coach trainer in Canada, to come here and talk about his preparation. So, I’d like to have Marc Ramsay come here.”
Marc Ramsay
Photo Credit: David Spagnolo/Main Events
Marc Ramsay, Trainer of Eleider Alvarez
“Thank you, Yvon, first of all I would like to thank HBO, Main Events, and Groupe Yvon Michel for coming together to give us that great opportunity. I would like to thank also Sergey, he has no obligation to give us that chance. Win or lose, he is always going for the biggest challenge possible. And as a coach, as a boxing guy, I respect that, I have a lot of respect for this.
“Eleider Alvarez had an amazing training camp. We have no injury, no excuse. He is ready to perform, ready to go, and I can guarantee you Saturday we are going for our realm.”
Eleider Alvarez
Photo Credit: David Spagnolo/Main Events
Eleider Alvarez, WBO Light Heavyweight Contender
“Good afternoon to all of you, First, I want to thank God for being able to actually be here. Thank you, HBO, Main Events, Kathy Duva, Groupe Yvon Michael, to the members of my team, and my manager who’s not here right now. Thank you for giving me the opportunity.
“With my trainer, I had one of the best, hardest trainings in the world. It’s made me in the best shape I’ve ever been right now. Having this opportunity to go up against a fighter with one of the greatest reputations of any contender I could think of, Sergey Kovalev, it’s an incredible opportunity. I’m very full of pride and joy to let the world know who Eleider Alvarez is. It’s time.
“I have a great training team, with Marc right here. We will be ready to go and fight. I have the talent, I am what I am. All I can do is wait to get in the ring Saturday and go for it. I give my respect to Kovalev. I want to let him know it’s a great honor. But on August 4th, I’m going to be the next world champion.
“Thank you to the journalists from Quebec for your support. I will bring home the victory.”
Egis Klimas
Photo Credit: David Spagnolo/Main Events
Kathy Duva
“You know, the last time there was a big fight in Atlantic City was just about four years ago when Sergey had one of those legendary nights with Bernard Hopkins here and walked away with three world titles. You think about it and here he is bringing it back, and when you think about it, it kind of makes sense. In my lifetime in this sport, the fighters who probably were the absolute favorites here in Atlantic City were Mike Tyson and Arturo Gatti. What those two have in common with Sergey Kovalev, other than being knockout artists, is they kind of have an attitude. Okay, and we know Sergey has an attitude, but it makes sense because this is Jersey. We all have an attitude, and I think that’s why this guy from Russia fits in so beautifully here!
“And Egis just said to me he’s got four ringsides for the highest bidder, if anybody wants it. Tickets are in very short supply.
“And so finally we move on to the man. And you have all heard that saying. right? ‘To be the man, you have to beat the man.’ Well, Sergey is the man in this very competitive division. And you don’t have to just take it from me; just ask any of the light heavyweights whenever they win a fight and gets asked, “who do you want next?’ They say Sergey Kovalev — you know, until Jolene calls them up and offers them a fight.
“But he is hungry, and he is looking forward. He has one goal left before he retires, and that is all of the belts. So, let’s hope all of the other champions cooperate this time. And if they do, we are in for one hell of a good time.
Sergey is here along with his manager and my dear friend Egis Klimas, who I call Manager of the Year for life. Because I really think they’re going to have to retire that award for you soon. Sergey and Egis, we at Main Events were just meant to meet them the day we did, and it has been glorious ever since. We’ve had our ups and we’ve certainly had our downs, and it has been one of my greatest experiences of my life to work with them and it continues to be. And I’m going to bring Egis up here to please give us our thoughts about Saturday’s bout.
Egis Klimas, Manager of Sergey Kovalev
“Hello everybody and welcome to Atlantic City, with a venue nobody thought we would be seeing, this Hard Rock. So, thank you for the hospitality.
“Great news! First of all, I have the best seat in the house between two champions. Second, Kathy just mentioned they have four ringside tickets, which I can sell for $800. she didn’t mention the price… going once, going twice No? Okay, we’ll deal later.
“What can I tell, what can I tell, that’s going to be a big test for Sergey Saturday night. Because he is going to be facing, as Yvon Michel said, one of the best. They are champions, but when we talk they are not champions – but one of the best light heavyweights today in boxing. I have no doubt. I believe in Sergey, I saw his preparation, and I saw the way he prepared for this fight. And I’m not going to talk much; Sergey is going to show us Saturday night in the ring. And I just want to say: Krusher is back. Thank you.”
The Krusher
Photo Credit: David Spagnolo/Main Events
Kathy Duva
“And again, it is my profound pleasure to be able to introduce to you the light heavyweight champion of the world, Sergey Kovalev. The Krusher.”
Sergey Kovalev, Two-Time Light Heavyweight World Champion
“Hi everyone. What can I say, but I am really glad to be here at one of the famous places of boxing, Atlantic City. I am very happy to be fighting here.
I want to first of all say, thank you very much to my team, my newest promotions of Krusher Promotions, HBO and Hard Rock Hotel for organizing this fight, this event and to all of my boxing friends who follow me. It is very important to me, because it gives me motivation moving forward. And all that I do right now and continue to do after my two crazy losses.”
It was a kick from life to awaken me and put my mind on the right trail. I lost my mind when I started to get famous. And I also didn’t have a coach in my training camp. I now have coaches in my training camps. (Before) all of my training camps were done myself, and of course some training camps were good, and some were not. There were some mistakes, of course there are always mistakes, and of course my performances were right, some a little good, and some not.”
Right now, with my coach working with me for the fight, Abror Tursunpulatov, I feel much more professional, because we’ve delivered and went through mistakes. I hope this Saturday, I will show my best skills and what I came to do.
Thank you to the team of Eleider Alvarez to take this fight, because this fight is going to be really interesting. And I’m really proud because he is an undefeated guy and he is professional and fights strong. I just want to say, watch HBO this Saturday, and come to Hard Rock Hotel and watch a nice evening of boxing. Thank you very much, and thanks to God for everything.”
Kathy Duva
“Atlantic City is back in the boxing business and business is good! Once again, tickets start at just 50 dollars and we’re definitely heading for a sellout. Frankly, the 50s are mostly all that’s left. They are available through Ticketmaster, through Hard-Rock-Hotel-Atlantic-City-dot-com. Or you can watch live on HBO World Championship Boxing starting at 10 p.m. Eastern and Pacific Time.
“My thanks to all of the talented and dedicated people working hard to put on this impressive show Saturday – that includes HBO, Hard Rock, New Jersey Athletic Control Board, World of Boxing, Krusher Promotions, Groupe Yvon Michel, and Main Events.
“But I do need to single out one person. That is 2015 NABF Matchmaker of the Year, Jolene Mizzone. The guys have to do the fighting, but Jolene makes the magic happen and does most of the sweating. There is simply no matchmaker in the world with her eye. Will you please give Jolene and the rest of our team a round of applause?
“Thank you for coming today. We’ll now pose the fighters for photos.”
About Kovalev-Alvarez: In the first boxing event at the newly opened Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ, Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev will defend his WBO Light Heavyweight World Title against undefeated contender Eleider “Storm” Alvarez on Saturday, August 4, 2018. In the co-main event, WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Dmitry Bivol will defend his title against Isaac “Golden Boy’ Chilemba. Tickets range between $50 and $200 and are on sale now through HardRockHotelAtlanticCity.com and Ticketmaster.com. The event is promoted by Main Events and Krusher Promotions in association with Groupe Yvon Michel and World of Boxing and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
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Top Rank Firma a Saul “Neno” Rodríguez

Aug 3, 2018

Top Rank Firma a Saul “Neno” Rodríguez
a un Acuerdo Promocional Multianual

LAS VEGAS (2 de agosto del 2018) –  Saul “Neno” Rodríguez  aceptó un acuerdo promocional multianual con Top Rank, anunció hoy el promotor del Salón de la Fama, Bob Arum. Rodríguez peleó bajo el banderín de Top Rank de 2011 al 2016 y ahora regresa con la mirada puesta en competir en la división de las 130 libras.
“Estoy muy emocionado de estar de vuelta con Top Rank,” dijo Rodríguez. “Estoy listo para mantenerme ocupado peleando y entrenando mientras trabajo hacia un título mundial.”

“Estamos muy contentos de estar de vuelta con Top Rank,” dijo Peter Kahn, manejador de Rodríguez. “Top Rank es la compañía de promoción líder en el mundo y proporcionará a Saul una plataforma para lograr todos sus objetivos como peleador profesional.”

Rodríguez (21-0-1, 15 KOs), nativo de Riverside, California, se convirtió en profesional en el 2011 después de una exitosa carrera amateur. La única mancha en su record es un empate técnico en el 2012 contra César García luego de que un choque de cabezas causara que el ojo derecho de García se hinchara. Rodríguez tuvo marca de 4-0 en 2014 y 2015 y tuvo un gran avance el 20 de noviembre de 2015 en Las Vegas, cuando noqueó al habitualmente duradero Ivan Najera en el primer asalto. Luego de la victoria ante Nájera, Rodríguez continuó con un nocaut en el séptimo asalto contra el ex retador del título mundial Daulis Prescott.

Rodríguez ha peleado solo una vez desde la victoria de Prescott, una victoria por decisión dividida en 10 asaltos contra Oscar Bravo el 24 de febrero de 2017 en Temecula, California. Después de una ausencia prolongada del ring, Rodríguez, de 25 años, está listo para un nuevo comienzo, con la compañía donde todo comenzó.

La próxima pelea de Rodríguez será anunciada pronto.

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Dmitry Bivol vs. Isaac Chilemba Scouting Report

Aug 3, 2018
Dmitry Bivol vs. Isaac Chilemba
Scouting Report

 

(Atlantic City, New Jersey) – WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Dmitry Bivol (13-0, 11 KOs) of Russia faces a title defense against light heavyweight contender Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba (25-5-2, 10 KOs) of Malawi. Bivol and Chilemba will fight in the co-main event on the Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev vs. Eleider “Storm” Alvarez card at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City on Saturday, August 4. The doubleheader will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Category
Dmitry Bivol
Isaac “The Golden Boy” Chilemba
Age
27
31
Record
13-0-0 (11 KOs)
25-5-2 (10 KOs)
Strength
Bivol is a strong light heavyweight who has wasted little time with his opposition thus far. He has legitimate power in both hands, a strong jab and unleashes vicious combinations.
Chilemba is a highly skilled technical fighter with plenty of experience. He has incredible endurance and great defense. He uses his jab well and is very accurate with all his punches.
Weakness
Although he’s the current WBA Light Heavyweight champion, Bivol only has 13 professional bouts under his belt. This is something that may play a part against his experienced opponent.
Chilemba lacks significant punching power in either hand. He has only recorded one knockout victory since 2011. He has been inactive, only fighting once in the past 22 months.
Experience
Bivol will be at a disadvantage. His most recent win over Sullivan Barrera came against his most impressive opponent thus far. Chilemba has been in the ring with some of the best men the light heavyweight division has to offer.
Chilemba has faced top opposition throughout his career, including Tony Bellew, Sergey Kovalev, Eleider Alvarez and more. He is coming in with more than double the number of professional bouts under his belt than his opponent.
Power
Bivol has raw and legitimate power in his punches. He has a powerful jab that he snaps all night, and anything that follows his jab can end the night in an instant.
Chilemba will be at a disadvantage. He’s recorded just one knockout win in his last 12 bouts. However, what he lacks in power he makes up for in timing and accuracy.
Speed
The WBA titleholder has quick hands and does a superb job of beating his opponents to the punch with uncanny timing.
Chilemba is quick on his feet and has tremendous body movement, which is a reason why he can be difficult to hit at times.
Endurance
Bivol proved in his most recent bout he could dig deep in the championship rounds when he earned a stoppage win in the 12th and final round against Sullivan Barrera.
Chilemba has proven time and time again his gas tank is just as deep as anyone’s. He has gone a full 12-rounds on 11 separate occasions, including his most recent bout, a UD win over former title contender Blake Caparello.
Accuracy
Bivol’s aggressive, in-your-face style has allowed him to perfect his accurate punching. He likes to close in on his opponents, leaving them little room to run.
Chilemba is a very accurate puncher. He picks his shots wisely and times his punches well. He is also an effective counter-puncher, which should help considering his opponent’s usual high punch output.
Defense
Isaac Chilemba will be the most technically skilled boxer the champion has faced in his young career. This fight will help determine the level of Bivol’s defense.
Chilemba will be at an advantage; he has good foot work and moves around the ring very well. He is also an effective counter-puncher, which stems from his defensive skills.
Chin
Bivol took some big shots in his last bout with Sullivan Barrera. He was able to weather the storm and finish the fight strong.
Chilemba has proven throughout his career that he can take a punch from the best. He is one of the few fighters to have gone the distance with current light heavyweight king Sergey Kovalev.
Style
Dmitry Bivol is a very physical, in-your-face fighter. He uses his jab to the fullest and throws punches in bunches. He likes to come forward throughout the fight and smother his opponents, which has worked to perfection so far in the young champion’s career.
Isaac Chilemba is a technical fighter who uses counter punching skills with an effective defense. He shows great patience in the ring in dissecting his opposition. He has demonstrated in past fights that if a slugfest breaks out, he will not hesitate to fight fire-with-fire.
Intangibles
Bivol won a world championship in just his 12th fight as a professional. He has thrown down the gauntlet to the division since his professional debut, and there is no turning back now. He fully understands as long as he holds the WBA title, he will continue to face the best 175 pounders in the world. Chilemba will be the most experienced and accomplished contender he has faced to date.
Throughout his career, Isaac Chilemba has never turned down a fight. He understands in order to achieve goals in this sport, you need to fight the best when those fights are offered to you. Chilemba has consistently fought the best. Now he has the chance to seize this opportunity to win a title. This fight will mark the fifth undefeated fighter he has faced in his previous six bouts.
Crowd Support
Dmitry Bivol should have significant crowd support. He gained new fans and put himself on the division map in his most recent TKO win over Sullivan Barrera.
Similar to his opponent, Isaac Chilemba should expect significant crowd support. He has some big wins on his resume, and has competed against some of the best fighters in the world.
The Match-Up
  1. Will Chilemba be able to handle the power and picked shots by Bivol?
  2. Will Bivol get frustrated with Chilemba’s tactical defense?
  3. Will Chilemba be able to rise to the occasion?
  4. Will Bivol put his stamp in the Light Heavyweight division and stop Chilemba, whose only stoppage was due to an injury rendering him unable to continue?
“This match up says a lot about each fighter,” said Main Events Matchmaker Jolene Mizzone, 2015 NABF Matchmaker of the Year. “You have Dmitry, who is not taking a step back from his last fight when he fought against Sullivan Barrera. Isaac has been in with the top light heavyweight fighters. Dmitry is taking a risk against a guy who has a lot to prove in the division and always comes to fight. That is dangerous for anyone. Then you have Chilemba, who has never turned down a challenge. He is fighting a young up-and-coming boxer who has a lot to prove, that too is dangerous. It is always refreshing when each boxer wants to challenge themselves!”
About Kovalev-Alvarez: In the first boxing event at the newly opened Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ, Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev will defend his WBO Light Heavyweight World Title against undefeated contender Eleider “Storm” Alvarez on Saturday, August 4, 2018. In the co-main event, WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Dmitry Bivol will defend his title against Isaac “Golden Boy’ Chilemba. Tickets range between $50 and $200 and are on sale now through HardRockHotelAtlanticCity.com and Ticketmaster.com. The event is promoted by Main Events and Krusher Promotions in association with Groupe Yvon Michel and World of Boxing and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
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JOSELITO VELAZQUEZ ANSIOSO DE REGRESAR AL RING

Aug 3, 2018

JOSELITO VELAZQUEZ ANSIOSO DE REGRESAR AL RING

 

            Joselito Velázquez, uno de los prospectos más cotizados del boxeo mexicano, está listo para regresar al ring, ya que no pelea desde el pasado mes de diciembre, tras sufrir una lesión en el hombro a finales de febrero y tras una larga rehabilitación ya está en Los Angeles. preparándose para hacer su debut en el 2018.

“Estaba muy a gusto en mi casa en Cancún, pero ya extrañaba el entrenamiento y subir al ring a pelear. Pero sabía que tenía que terminar la rehabilitación para llegar al 100% a la preparación. A mí me gusta trabajar fuerte y hacerlo lo mejor posible”, dijo Velazquez, quien tiene un mes ya en Los Angeles.

En esta ocasión Velázquez está entrenando con el legendario Freddie Roach en su gimnasio The Wild Card Boxing Club de Hollywood, California.

“Es un gran honor para mi estar con Freddie, porque es una leyenda en el deporte y porque ha llevado a muchos boxeadores a los niveles más altos y por eso estoy aquí porque quiero llegar a los más altos niveles del boxeo y realizar todas mis metas”, dijo Velázquez.

Roach dijo estar muy impresionado con lo que ha visto de Velázquez hasta el momento.

“Es un boxeador muy disciplinado que trabaja fuerte, tiene habilidades boxísticas y una tremenda pegada. Es un gran prospecto con un futuro brillante, un joven muy agradable y estoy muy contento de que este aquí”, dijo Roach.

Velázquez tenía preocupación sobre la comunicación entre Roach y él y como se sentiría en un nuevo gimnasio.

“Me siento muy cómodo, entiendo suficiente inglés para recibir las instrucciones de Roach que son las cosas básicas del boxeo, que tiene su propio lenguaje de todos modos. Freddie se ha tomado el tiempo para estar en mi esquina cuando hago guanteo y está pendiente de mi trabajo en los aparatos y sus asistentes hablan español eso también me ayuda”, dijo Velázquez.

Como aficionado, Velázquez acumuló más de 180 combates, ganando 160 de ellas. Fue campeón nacional en el 2007, 2008 y 2011. Conquistó su primera medalla de oro en los Juegos Panamericanos en el 2011 en Guadalajara, Jalisco. Se llevaría la medalla de bronce en la Copa Independencia en la República Dominicana, el oro en La Copa Olímpica en el 2013 en Puerto Rico y su segunda medalla oro en los Juegos Panamericanos en el 2015 en Toronto, Canadá.

Velázquez clasificó a los Juegos Olímpicos de Brasil en el 2016 donde ganó su primer combate y fue derrotado en su segunda pelea por Hasanboy Dusmatov, quien fue el ganador de la medalla de oro en Rio de Janeiro.

Velázquez, se crio en Cancún, Quintana Roo, donde comenzó con el sueño de ser futbolista, pero al ver a su hermano mayor Aníbal entrenándose para ser pugilista profesional, lo inspiró a seguir sus pasos y poco a poco meterse de lleno en el deporte de los puños.

Su brillante trayectoria amateur la da una base fundamental para buscar la gloria ahora como profesional. Su carrera es guiada por uno de los apoderados más conocidos en el ámbito mundial, Frank Espinoza de Espinoza Boxing y tiene un contrato promocional con Promociones Zanfer que preside Fernando Beltrán.

El mexicano hizo su debut profesional el 17 de diciembre del 2016 en Cancún con un triunfo sobre Eduardo Casimiro, el pasado 10 de marzo noqueó a Diego Guerrero en la Ciudad de México, el pasado 16 de junio en Tijuana derrotó al experimentado Rogelio Armenta y en su más reciente combate el 30 de agosto en Cancún derrotó a Erik Zamora.

Velazquez está programado para regresar el próximo sábado 8 de septiembre en el respaldo de la función Superfly3 en el Forum de Inglewood.

CREDTO DE FOTO: Espinoza Boxing Club

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CANELO ÁLVAREZ INTENSIFICA SU CAMPAMENTO

Aug 3, 2018
CANELO ÁLVAREZ INTENSIFICA SU CAMPAMENTO EN PREPARACIÓN PARA SU ANTICIPADA REVANCHA ANTE GENNADY ‘GGG’ GOLOVKIN
 
SÁBADO 15 DE SEPTIEMBRE EN LA T-MOBILE ARENA EN LAS VEGAS
PRESENTADA EN VIVO POR HBO PAY PER VIEW®
(ARRIBA: Canelo Álvarez conecta con una mano derecha el costal durante su preparación 
para su mega combate por el campeonato mundial mediano ante Gennady Golovkin el 15 de septiembre 
en la T-Mobile Arena de Las Vegas, Nevada.)

 

Crédito de Fotos: Tom Hogan-HoganPhotos/ Golden Boy Promotions
Credit de Video: Golden Boy Promotions
 
         SAN DIEGO, California 2 de agosto de 2018. – Canelo Álvarez (49-1-2, 34 nocáuts), campeón mundial mediano Lineal, ha intensificado su campamento en su segundo hogar de San Diego, California para su preparación ante Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 nocáuts) monarca mundial mediano CMB, AMB e IBO, en la pelea más anticipada del año 2018. El evento se efectuará el sábado 15 de septiembre en la T-Mobile Arena en Las Vegas y será producido y distribuido en vivo por HBO Pay Per View comenzando en un horario especial de 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.
 
          Tras un controversial empate dividido que dejó a los aficionados con ganas de ver más acción boxística, Canelo compartió su intensificada rutina mientras se prepara para esta histórica revancha que se llevará a cabo durante el festivo fin de semana del Día de la Independencia de México. 
 
          A continuación, los detalles de su campamento:
  • Correr cada mañana (excepto domingo) a las 6:00 a.m.
  • Entrenar en el gimnasio de 2:30 p.m. a 5:00 p.m. lunes, miércoles y viernes (saltando cuerda, haciendo sombra, pegando los costales, trabajando estrategia, etc.).
  •  Hacer sesión de sparring los martes, jueves y sábados a las 2:30 p.m.
  • Su dieta consiste en pollo, pescado y seleccionado verduras.
  • Esta semana Canelo realizará su cuarta semana de entrenamiento y su tercera semana de sparring.
  • Todavía faltan cinco semanas de sparring en el campamento de Canelo, y el campeón completará 66 asaltos de sparring esta semana. 
          Esto es lo que Canelo compartió ya que se acera a la mitad de su intenso campamento en preparación para la pelea de su carrera:
 
         “La primera pelea nos dio la pauta para ganar la revancha. No necesariamente tenemos que cambiar la estrategia; simplemente hay que agregar a lo que hicimos. Hay que tirar más golpes en cada asalto. Lo necesitamos hacer para que no quede ninguna duda. Para eso estamos trabajando en la condición física. Eso es lo que nos faltaba en la primera pelea para tirar golpes constantemente en cada round”.
 
          “Hemos estado entrenando bien. Hemos estado trabajando fuerte en la condición física. Estamos enfocados en el estilo de Golovkin. Sabemos que no va a cambiar. Él va a salir a hacer lo mismo de siempre e ir para adelante. Tal vez trate de cambiar, pero cuando las cosas se pongan difícil, regresará al mismo estilo que ha usado por toda su vida y que jamás ha sustituido”.
 
         “He enfrentado a peleadores duros que son difíciles de conectar golpes y pelear. He enfrentado a fuertes oponentes también. Él es un fuerte peleador. Es peligroso. Es uno de los peleadores más fuertes que he enfrentado. Este es uno de esos combates donde estaré más preparado que en toda mi carrera”.
 
          “Automáticamente soy más rápido que él [Golovkin]. Mis reflejos son más rápidos, así que podía ver todos sus golpes [en la primera pelea]. Pero tiene mucha experiencia. Me conecto con unos golpes, pero eso es debido a su experiencia, y podía ver sus golpes desde que los empezaba a lanzar. En el quinto asalto me conecto con un golpe que era para noquear a cualquier peleador. Fue entre la oreja y el cuello, pero no sentí nada”.
 
          “Sabía quién era Golovkin desde el inicio. Él ha estado en las 160 libras por prácticamente toda su carrera. Siempre había dicho que cuando subiera a peso mediano me iba a enfrentar los mejores. Se supone que él era el mejor, y me sentí bien en la primera pelea. Su poder no es algo fuera del mundo”.
 
          “Realmente no sé porque la esquina de Golovkin o su equipo han estado agresivos en sus declaraciones. Tal vez es por la rivalidad. No sé. Pienso que se pasaron. Se fueron más allá de lo que se necesita para vender una pelea con sus declaraciones. No me gusta hablar y empezar a pelear o dar un show para vender una pelea. La gente sabe que cuando nos subamos al ring les vamos a dar una gran pelea y punto”.
 
          “Tal vez me ha ofendido. Pero siempre tomo en cuenta de donde viene. La verdad es que Golovkin es mi oponente y lo entiendo. Pero con Abel Sánchez no me preocupa para nada. Porque a final de cuenta, ¿qué de él? Al final del día, él no se va a subir al ring conmigo”.
 
          “Se hizo más personal esta vez. Lo poco de respecto que teníamos se perdió. Lo utilizaré como motivación. Todo lo que se ha dicho, lo ha hecho personal. Lo que han dicho de mí como persona, lo ha hecho personal. Lo usaré inteligentemente para mi beneficio el 15 de septiembre”.
 
         “Dedico esta pelea a los que siempre me han apoyado. A mi familia y mi equipo de trabajo, y a todas las personas quienes van a ver esta pelea. Será un gran combate”.
 
         Canelo vs. GGG 2 es una pelea a 12 asaltos por el campeonato mundial mediano presentado por Golden Boy Promotions y GGG Promotions. El evento es patrocinado por Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” Hennessy, “Never Stop, Never Settle,” O’Reilly Auto Parts, Fred Loya Insurance, Interjet, Venom, y Fathom Events. El evento se efectuará el sábado 15 de septiembre en la T-Mobile Arena en Las Vegas y será producido y distribuido en vivo por HBO Pay Per View comenzando en un especial tiempo de 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.
            
          Los boletos para Canelo vs. GGG 2 están a la venta y tienen un precio de $5000, $2500, $2000, $1500, $800, $700, y $500 dólares, no incluyen cargos de servicio e impuestos aplicables. Habrá un límite de 8 por persona en los precios de $5000, $2500, $2000, $1500, $800, $700 y $500 dólares. Para comprarlos por teléfono con una tarjeta de crédito llamar al 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849). Los boletos también estarán disponibles para su compra en www.t-mobilearena.com o www.axs.com.
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