Apr 3, 2018





Las Vegas – UFC® will debut in Utica, N.Y. with an action-packed card, headlined by a pivotal bantamweight grudge match between No.4-ranked Jimmie Rivera and No.5 Marlon Moraes. Leading into the event, the top 135-pound fighters have engaged in several heated exchanges through the press and social media and this June, they will settle the score in the Octagon®UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: RIVERA vs. MORAES takes place at Adirondack Bank Center on Friday, June 1 and will air live on FS1.

Currently riding a spectacular 20-fight win streak, Rivera (21-1, fighting out of Ramsey, N.J.) aims to stake his claim for a 135-pound title shot. Since joining the UFC roster in 2015, he has earned dynamic victories over Thomas Almeida, Iuri Alcantara, Pedro Munhoz and UFC Hall of Famer Urijah Faber. He now aims for an emphatic win to secure a crack at the belt.

Standing in his way is dangerous finisher Moraes (20-5-1, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). Having won 9 of his last 10, the Muay Thai striker and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt delivered one of 2017’s most spectacular knockouts in December against Aljamain Sterling. A former champion on the regional circuit, Moraes now looks to use Rivera as a stepping stone up the bantamweight ranks.

Also, at UFC FIGHT NIGHT: RIVERA vs. MORAES, undefeated New Yorker Gregor Gillespie battles surging Vinc Pichel.

 (11-0, fighting out of Long Island, N.Y.) has been on a tear since entering the UFC in 2016. Proving to be equally dangerous in striking and grappling, the former NCAA Division I wrestler and Rochester, N.Y. native has earned impressive finishes against Andrew Holbrook, Jason Gonzalez and Jordan Rinaldi. Already 1-0 in 2018, Gillespie expects to keep his momentum rolling with another show-stealing victory.

 (11-1, fighting out of Simi Valley, Calif.) first made waves on season 15 of The Ultimate Fighter in 2012. A gritty striker and grappler, Pichel has put together an impressive four-fight winning streak. During this run, he’s bested Joaquim Silva, Damien Brown, Anthony Njokuani and Garett Whiteley. Pichel now has his sights set on handing Gillespie the first loss of his career.

Additional bouts on the card include:

  • KO artists collide when No.14-ranked light heavyweight contender Gian Villante(16-9, fighting out of Bellmore, N.Y.) takes on Sam Alvey (32-10 1NC, fighting out of Temecula, Calif.)
  • In a battle of The Ultimate Fighter®: A New World Champion alums, No.2-ranked women’s flyweight contender Sijara Eubanks (3-2, fighting out of Toms River, N.J.) faces No.3-ranked Lauren Murphy (10-3, fighting out of Glendale, Ariz.)
  • Welterweight veterans throw down, as Jake Ellenberger (31-13, fighting out of Lake Forest, Calif.) makes his 20th UFC appearance against Ben Saunders (21-9-2, fighting out of Orlando, Fla.)
  • Jessica Aguilar (19-6, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.) looks to net her first UFC win when she squares off with Jodie Esquibel (6-3, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.)
  • In an exciting heavyweight bout, Walt Harris (10-7, fighting out of Birmingham, Ala.) meets Daniel Spitz (6-1, fighting out of Spokane, Wash.)
  • Hector Sandoval (14-4, fighting out of Sacramento, Calif. by way of Uruapan, Mexico) locks horns with fellow flyweight prospect Jarred Brooks (13-1, fighting out of Detroit, Mich.)

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.

 will air live on FS1 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on Saturday, June 1, with the prelims kicking off the evening on FS1 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and on UFC FIGHT PASS® at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT.

Tickets for UFC FIGHT NIGHT: RIVERA vs. MORAES go on sale Friday, April 6 at 10 a.m. ET and are priced at $128, $93, $78, $63, $53 and $43 (does not include fees). Tickets are available for purchase online at www.empirestatetix.com. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person.

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Apr 2, 2018




Las Vegas – UFC FIGHT PASS®, the UFC’s digital streaming service, announced today it will bring the highly anticipated QUINTET submission grappling event to its worldwide base of subscribers on April 11. The brainchild of PRIDE FC® veteran and UFC Hall of Famer Kazushi Sakuraba, QUINTET is a unique five-on-five, winner-stays-on team submission grappling format.

QUINTET 1 takes place at the historic Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan, on Wednesday, April 11. The event stream lives and on video-on-demand on UFC FIGHT PASS as part of the world’s No.1 combat sport streaming service’s second annual PRIDE NEVER DIE! Week, which celebrates the iconic Japanese MMA promotion where Sakuraba fought so many legendary bouts.

PRIDE NEVER DIE! Week runs from April 8 to April 14.

David Shaw, UFC Senior Vice-President of International and Content, said: “Last year’s PRIDE NEVER DIE! Week was a big hit with UFC FIGHT PASS subscribers. This year, we thought there’s no better way to remember the excitement of PRIDE than with a live event promoted by and featuring Kazushi Sakuraba, the biggest PRIDE star of all.”

Created by Sakuraba himself, the inaugural QUINTET event features former UFC heavyweight champion and PRIDE FC Grand Prix finalist Josh Barnett, PRIDE FC veteran Daisuke Nakamura, 2008 Olympic judo gold medalist Satoshi Ishii, submission grappling stars Craig Jones, Marcos de Souzam and Gregor Gracie – plus Japanese MMA standouts including former UFC title challenger Caol Uno.

The 20 competitors are split into four teams of five – highlighted by Sakuraba’s Haleo Dream Team, a team fielded by UK-based grappling promotion Polaris as well as teams consisting of Judo and Sambo specialists, respectfully. The teams are then pitted against each other in a series of single-elimination team vs team matches.

Kazushi Sakuraba explained: “One of the things that PRIDE did best was mix the fun factor of pro-wrestling with the reality of competition. I wanted to create an event that I, as a fan, would love to see myself. There will be a lot of strategy. Each team has bigger fighters and smaller fighters – but it is up to them which order they fight. One team may decide to start off with a heavyweight, and the opposing team may decide to save their biggest athlete until last, where he could be facing an exhausted and smaller opponent.

The Hall of Famer added: “I am very happy to be working with UFC FIGHT PASS to ensure fight fans around the world get the chance to witness this event which I’ve been working on for so long.”

Ant Evans, Fight Pass’s Senior Director of Editorial & Content Acquisition, said: “We are thrilled to be working with Sakuraba and his team to bring his unique vision to combat sports fans around the world. Only Sakuraba-san could have dreamt up a format quite like QUINTET. We can’t wait to see this actually happen, and I know our subscribers around the world will be equally excited to witness this event.”

For more details on QUINTET’s unique ruleset, see attachment and watch this trailer: https://youtu.be/weTyy5Dk5W8

In addition to presenting Sakuraba’s exciting QUINTET event, the second annual PRIDE Never Die! Week will feature a countdown of the legendary Japanese MMA organization’s greatest brawls, new interviews with PRIDE legends, 24-hour marathons of PRIDE content and a brand-new episode of The Third Degree presented by PRIDE and UFC legend Minotauro Nogueira.

Fans can download the UFC App or click HERE on their desktop.

For more details on FIGHT PASS’s schedule visit: https://www.ufc.tv/category/fightpass-live-events

For more information, please visit UFCFightPass.com.

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Featherweight World Champions Leo Santa Cruz & Abner Mares Square-Off in World Title Rematch Presented by Premier Boxing Champions

Apr 2, 2018

Featherweight World Champions Leo Santa Cruz & Abner Mares Square-Off in World Title Rematch Presented by Premier Boxing Champions Saturday, June 9 from STAPLES Center in

Los Angeles & Live on SHOWTIME


Tickets on Sale Today at 12:00 p.m. PT


LOS ANGELES (April 2, 2018) – A rematch between featherweight world champions and Southern California rivals Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz and Abner Mares will headline action Saturday, June 9 live on SHOWTIME from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

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 12:00 p.m. PT. To purchase tickets visit AXS.com or click HERE at 12:00 p.m. PT.

Santa Cruz (33-1-1, 18 KOs) and Mares (30-2-1, 15 KOs) first met in August 2015 at STAPLES Center and went toe-to-toe for 12 fast-paced rounds, with Santa Cruz eventually earning the majority decision and a vacant featherweight title. Now, Santa Cruz will put his WBA Super World Featherweight Title on the line against the WBA Regular Featherweight World Champion Mares.

The initial matchup garnered “Fight of the Year” recognition and warranted a rematch between the consensus top-five featherweights who will look to put on a repeat of the performance that saw them throw over 2,000 punches combined.

“This is a fight that fans have been clamoring for and a fight that is certain to deliver action and drama,” said Richard Schaefer of Ringstar Sports. “This is once again a true battle for Los Angeles, with only one man able to walk out of STAPLES Center with that crown as the best in the city. Fans should get their tickets early, because this is sure to be a hot ticket given the styles of each man and the motivations they have to win this fight. I can’t wait to see what happens on June 9 and I look forward to another memorable fight.”

“It is rare that a rematch is as highly anticipated as the initial match, but Leo Santa Cruz vs. Abner Mares 2 is one of those rematches,’’ said Tom Brown of TGB Promotions. “Since their first match both Leo and Abner have gone on to solidify their positions at the top of the featherweight division, making a second meeting between them even more compelling. The winner will definitely become the man sitting at the top of a very competitive 126-pound division.”

”We are incredibly excited for this rematch of Southern California rivals to take place at STAPLES Center,” Lee Zeidman, President, STAPLES Center.” Boxing fans are in for an amazing night of fights in downtown Los Angeles on June 9th.”

“SHOWTIME is proud to deliver yet another pivotal matchup between two of the consensus top-five featherweights in the world,” said Stephen Espinoza, President, Sports & Event Programing, Showtime Networks Inc.  “Santa Cruz-Mares 1 was a Fight of the Year-caliber fight with non-stop action from start to finish, and the rematch promises more of the same – with not just a world title at stake, but also Southern California bragging rights. This is the type of marquee bout that has become a hallmark of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, a true 50-50 showdown with high stakes implications.”

The popular Mexican-American Santa Cruz fights out of Los Angeles and most recently stopped Chris Avalos in October 2017 after a pair of high stakes showdowns against Irish star and two-division world champion Carl Frampton. While Santa Cruz lost a close majority decision in their first matchup, he bounced back in January 2017 to defeat Frampton by majority decision and regain his 126-pound title. Prior to that, Santa Cruz won belts at 118 and 122 pounds while earning a reputation as one of boxing’s most active and exciting fighters. The 29-year-old also holds victories over Cristian Mijares, Kiko Martinez and Eric Morel and has competed in world title bouts in 14 of his last 16 fights since 2012.

“The fans can expect a full-action fight just like the first one, maybe even better,” said Santa Cruz. “I know Abner Mares changed his trainer and Robert Garcia is a great trainer who will bring the best out of him. But we’re also smart and I have a strong team that will bring the best out of me. It will be a great fight once again for the boxing fans in Los Angeles.”

Born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico and fighting out of Los Angeles, Calif., Mares became a four-time world champion in December 2016 when he dropped Jesus Cuellar on his way to a unanimous decision and another featherweight world championship. Mares most recently scored a technical decision over Andres Gutierrez in October 2017. A Mexican Olympian in 2004, the 32-year-old won his first title in 2011 when he beat Joseph Agbeko to capture the bantamweight crown. He continued to rise in the pound-for-pound list with victories over Anselmo Moreno and Daniel Ponce De Leon to win world titles at super bantamweight and featherweight. The June 9 bout will be Mares’ third contest with World Champion trainer Robert Garcia, who helped Mares to a title-winning victory in their first fight together.

“It’s been over two years since I fought Leo Santa Cruz and all I’ve been thinking about is redemption,” said Mares. “Now that I’m with Robert Garcia and his team, you’ve seen the change. If they think I’m going to fight the same way, they are in for a surprise.”

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Apr 2, 2018
(ABOVE: Mark DeLuca scored a seventh-round technical knockout victory against Ramses Agaton 
in the main event of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN on March 31)
Photo Credit: Matt Heasley – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
QUINCY, MASS. (March 31, 2018): Hometown hero Mark “Bazooka” DeLuca (21-0, 13 KOs) scored a seventh-round technical knockout victory against Ramses Agaton (20-8-3, 10 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico in the 10-round main event of the March 31 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN at Marina Bay Sportsplex in Quincy, Mass. DeLuca was too strong and skilled in this battle of southpaws in which Agaton was stopped at 2:17 of the seventh round with two vicious punches to the body.
“When you know you’re fighting against a guy from Mexico, you’ve got to be in shape,” said Mark Deluca. “You’ve got to be ready because they don’t come in easy. He [Agaton] was very ready and game. Being patient and picking my shots was the toughest part of this fight because I didn’t want to get caught with anything. I’ll be back in the gym on Monday. I’m sure they’ll have something planned for me and I’m ready to get back in the ring.”
Jason Quigley (14-0, 11 KOs) of Donegal, Ireland knocked out Daniel Rosario (11-4, 10 KOs) of San Juan, Puerto Rico with a thunderous left hook to the body in the sixth-round of a scheduled eight-round super middleweight clash in tonight’s co-main event. Quigley dominated each round before finishing Rosario at 2:56 of the sixth round.
“My new team helped me take my opponent down,”said Jason Quigley. “He was a tough kid and had never been stopped. I knew this was the perfect fight to come back and see where I’m at. I broke him down, and when I shook the ring rust out, I took him out.”
Yamaguchi Falcao (14-0, 6 KOs) Sao Paulo, Brazil scored an eight-round unanimous decision victory against Richar Gutierrez (30-18-2, 19 KO) of Arjona, Colombia in a middleweight fight. Falcao scored two knockdowns en route to a clear win with scores of 79-73, 78-72 and 78-71.
“The fight was a bit tough because he [Gutierrez] is a bit of a dirty fighter,” said Yamaguchi Falcao. “I’m ready, though. I have big dreams, and I want my opportunity. When I fight with bigger names, I’ll know what to do.”
Damon Allen Jr. (15-0-1, 5 KOs) of Philadelphia, Pa. went to war over eight rounds of back-and-forth action before defeating Alexis Del Bosque of Dallas, Texas (13-5, 9 KOs) via split decision in a super lightweight bout. Allen, Jr. won with scores of 77-75 and 78-74, while one judge had it 77-75 for Del Bosque.
Irishman Raymond Moylette (6-0, 3 KOs) defeated Matt Doherty of Salem, Mass. (7-4-1, 4 KOs) via unanimous decision in a six-round super lightweight fight.
Travis Gambardella (3-1-1, 1 KO) of Revere, Mass. beat Lionel Young (1-5, 1 KO) of Brockton, Mass. via technical knockout at 1:57 of the third round of a super middleweight fight originally scheduled for four rounds.
Mike Ohan, Jr. (6-0, 4 KOs) of Holbrook, Mass. scored a second-round TKO victory against Bruno Dias (0-4) of Woburn, Mass. in a scheduled four-round super welterweight fight.
Joe Farina (2-0, 2 KOs) of South Boston, Mass. stopped Jaco Matos (0-1) in the second-round of a super welterweight fight originally slated for four rounds. The fight was stopped at 1:42 of of the second round.
Karen Dulin (3-13, 1 KO) of Providence, R.I. defeated Jillian Diauto (1-1, 1 KO) of Boston, Mass. via unanimous decision in a four-round lightweight fight. Dulin won with three scores of 40-36.
Carlos Gongora (12-0, 9 KOs) of Braintree, Mass. opened the night with a TKO victory at 2:24 of the third round of a scheduled six-round super middleweight fight against Lenwood Dozier (10-19-2, 5 KOs) of Washington, D.C.
DeLuca vs. Agaton was a 10-round super welterweight fight presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Murphy’s Boxing Promotions. The event was sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” and Hennessy, “Never Stop, Never Settle.” The event was held on March 31, 2018 at Marina Bay Sportsplex in Quincy, Mass.
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Terence Crawford Retará a Horn el 9 de Junio en Las Vegas

Mar 29, 2018

Terence Crawford Retará a Horn el 9 de Junio en  Las Vegas 
batallarán por el título mundial peso welter de la OMB
el sábado, 9 de junio en el MGM Grand Garden Arena

LAS VEGAS (marzo 29 del 2018) — El astro libra por libra TERENCE “Bud” CRAWFORD está listo para conquistar la división de peso welter. Crawford, un ex campeón de peso ligero, y campeón indiscutible de peso junior welter retará a JEFF “The Hornet” HORN, por el título peso welter de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) el sábado, 9 de junio, en el MGM Grand Garden Arena en Las Vegas.

Horn, de Brisbane, Australia, sorprendió al mundo del deporte al lograr una victoria por decisión unánime sobre el campeón mundial de ocho-divisiones MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO en una batalla que se celebró frente a una multitud récord de 51,000 fans en el Suncorp Stadium de Brisbane el 2 de julio de 2017.

En una promoción de Top Rank, en asociación con Duco Events, infomación de boletos e información de transmisión para el evento de campeonato mundial Crawford vs. Horn se anunciará pronto.

“Es emocionante ver a ‘Bud’ Crawford ascender a la división de peso welter. En Jeff Horn, él enfrentará a un peso welter grande, rudo y duro que ganó el título ante uno de los grandes, Manny Pacquiao,” dijo el promotor del Salón de la Fama Bob Arum, fundador y CEO de Top Rank.

“No puedo esperar para volver al ring el 9 de junio y ganar el campeonato welter de la OMB,” dijo Crawford. “Es mejor que Jeff Horn y su equipo estén bien preparados porque van a enfrentar a un Terence Crawford más grande, más fuerte y más poderoso. Me voy a casa con ese título.”

“Estamos emocionados de pelear en el MGM Grand e intentar ganar otro título mundial en una categoría de mayor peso, la división de peso welter, que está repleta de talento,” dijo el entrenador/manejador de Crawford, Brian “Bomac” McIntyre. “Estamos ansiosos de enfrentar a un peleador realmente agresivo y decidido en Jeff Horn. El 9 de junio será otra gran noche para Team Crawford en Las Vegas.”

“Defender el título mundial con éxito por segunda vez es imprescindible,” dijo Horn, un olímpico de 2012. “Crawford es un peleador muy talentoso y merece sus elogios. Estaré en una misión para demostrar que los incrédulos están equivocados. Obviamente, soy un tipo muy competitivo que trabaja muy duro para lograr sus objetivos. Crawford es un boxeador brillante, pero vengo a ganar, y voy a ganar. Toda la basura que Crawford ha hablado me ha inspirado mucho más para sorprender al mundo una vez más.”

Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs), de Omaha, Nebraska, viene de una actuación histórica al convertirse en el campeón mundial indiscutido de peso junior welter. ‘Bud’ derrotó al invicto Julius Indongo de manera impresionante cuando arremetió contra el hasta entonces campeón de la Asociación Mundial de Boxeo (AMB) y de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo (FIB) con un sensacional nocaut en el tercer asalto. Esa pelea tuvo lugar el pasado 19 de agosto frente a una multitud de entradas agotadas en el Pinnacle Bank Arena en Lincoln, Nebraska. Con la victoria sobre Indongo, Crawford se convirtió en el primer peleador de 140 libras en unificar los cuatro títulos mundiales más importantes, y el tercer boxeador masculino en la historia en lograr esa hazaña: uniendose a Bernard Hopkins y Jermain Taylor.

Crawford unificó los títulos de la OMB y del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB) el 23 de julio de 2016, con una decisión unánime completamente dominante sobre el invicto Viktor Postol. Derribó a Postol dos veces en la quinta ronda y peleó en la posición de zurdo durante casi toda la pelea. Antes de unificar los cuatro principales cinturones de título mundial contra Indongo, Crawford logró victorias por nocaut técnico sobre el medallista de oro olímpico de 2008 Félix Díaz y el fuerte pegador John Molina, Jr.

Después de los Juegos Olímpicos de 2012, Horn (18-0-1, 12 KOs) tuvo un ascenso meteórico a través de las categorías profesionales, ganando los cinturones Intercontinental y Oriental de la OMB. El 27 de abril de 2016, noqueó al ex campeón welter de la FIB, Randall Bailey, en el séptimo asalto. Más tarde ese año, Horn sobrevivió a una caída en el tercer episodio para detener al tres-veces retador del título mundial Ali Funeka en la sexta ronda. La victoria de Funeka le ganó a Horn el chance de enfrentar a Pacquiao.

Después de su demostración de “Cinderella Man” contra Pacquiao, Horn, regresó al ring el 13 de diciembre pasado y defendió con éxito su título al detener a Gary Corcoran en el 11mo asalto. Horn es una figura querida en su país de origen, y ha utilizado su plataforma de campeonato para inspirar a las víctimas de ‘bullying’. Horn, que ha discutido abiertamente sus experiencias siendo victima de ‘bullying’, ingresó al gimnasio del entrenador Glenn Rushton cuando era un adolescente con la esperanza de aprender a defenderse y ahora está listo para sorprender al mundo del boxeo una vez más.

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Mar 29, 2018
(ABOVE, L-R: Aaron McKenna, Francisco Vargas, Javier Padilla and Genaro Gamez pose at 
their media workout in Los Angeles on March 27 )
Photo Credit: Ray Navarrette/Supreme Boxing
LOS ANGELES (March 27, 2018): Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas (24-1-2, 17 KOs), two-time Fight of the Year winner and former WBC Super Featherweight World Champion, hosted a Los Angeles media workout on TuesdayMarch 27 at Westside Boxing Club ahead of his battle against “Lightning” Rod Salka (24-4, 4 KOs) in a 10-round super featherweight fight in the main event of the April 12 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes will air the fights beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT, and stream live on ESPN3 starting at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.
Fighters from the explosive Vargas vs. Salka undercard also participated in today’s workout. San Diego’s Genaro “El Conde” Gamez (7-0, 5 KOs) will go up against Filipino boxer Recky “The Terror” Dulay (10-3, 7 KOs) in a scheduled 8-round lightweight fight. Aaron “Silencer” McKenna (2-0, 1 KO) will return against a soon-to-be-announced opponent in a four-round welterweight fight. Opening up the card is Rancho Mirage’s Javier Padilla (5-0-1, 5 KOs), who will fight in a scheduled six-round super bantamweight affair against Mexico City’s Ricardo Arias (1-2-1).

Here’s what today’s participants said at today’s workout:


FRANCISCO “EL BANDIDO” VARGAS, former WBC Super Featherweight World Champion:
“I’m excited to put on another spectacular show for all the fans watching in person and for everyone tuning in live on ESPN. Rod Salka has a ton of experience. He’s got good technique and good speed, so it will be a good tough fight. I’m totally focus on this fight, but I would love to get a rematch with Miguel Berchelt.”
GENARO “EL CONDE” GAMEZ, Lightweight Prospect:
“I’m fighting a tough Filipino in Recky Dulay. I’ve seen him work and he’s good, but I know I have the talent and skills to pass this test. Filipinos maybe coming in shocking other Golden Boy fighters, but that won’t happen to me. I’m trying to be the best at 130 and 135 pounds, so I’m ready and willing to fight any other Golden Boy Promotions prospect at any time.”
AARON “SILENCER” MCKENNA, Welterweight Prospect:
“I’m delighted to be returning to Fantasy Springs so soon after my knockout win last week. I train hard as if I’m fighting every week. I’m ready and my team is ready. I look forward to putting on another great performance for the fans. See you all on April 12.”
JAVIER PADILLA, Super Bantamweight Prospect:
“It’s great training with Joel Diaz. He’s pushing us to our limits so we can be champions one day. We practiced more on working the body. This fight is a rematch. We fought to a draw and this time I will for sure get that ‘W.’ I want to become one day become world champion and accomplish what I set out to do.”
Vargas vs. Salka is a 10-round super featherweight fight presented by Golden
Boy Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” and Hennessy, “Never Stop, Never Settle.” The fights will take place on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes will air the fights beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT, and stream live on ESPN3 starting at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.
Tickets for the event start at $25 and are available at the Fantasy Springs
Resort Casino box office, by calling 1-800-827-2946, or by purchasing online at www.fantasyspringsresort.com.
For more information,
visit www.goldenboypromotions.com and www.espn.com/boxing; follow on Twitter @GoldenBoyBoxing, @OscarDeLaHoya, @ESPN, and @ESPNBoxeo; become a fan on Facebook atwww.Facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing; and follow on Instagram @GoldenBoyBoxing and @OscarDeLaHoya. Follow the conversation using #GBPonESPN.
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Mar 23, 2018
(ABOVE: Ryan Garcia defeated Fernando Vargas via first-round knockout to defend his Junior NABF Super Featherweight Title in the main event of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN on March 22)
Photo Credit: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
INDIO, CALIF. (March 22, 2018): Rising sensation Ryan “The Flash” Garcia (13-0, 7 KOs) exceeded all expectations in his headlining debut as he scored an explosive first-round knockout win against Tijuana, Mexico’s Fernando Vargas (33-16-3, 24 KOs) to defend his Junior NABF Super Featherweight Title in the main event of the March 22 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN and in front of a sold-out crowd of 1,807 boxing fans at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. After calmly measuring Vargas for most of the first round, the pride of Victorville, Calif. landed a three-punch combination that finished Vargas at 2:55 of the same round.
“Vargas is a rugged veteran,” said Ryan Garcia. “I thought the fight could go 10 rounds, so I relaxed and started slow with the jab. But then I landed my right hand and it really stunned him. I landed it again, and because he moved in exactly the same way, I was able to set up the left hook that knocked him out. I can’t wait to come back and fight again.”
In tonight’s co-main event, Eddie “Eboy” Gomez (20-3, 12 KOs) of The Bronx, N.Y. knocked out KeAndre “The Truth” Gibson (18-2-1, 7 KOs) of St. Louis, Mo in the second round of a welterweight fight originally scheduled for 10 rounds. Gomez landed a powerful counter right hand that stiffened and dropped Gibson, who was no longer allowed to continue at :54 of the second round.
“I saw that he kept dropping his hands after he jabbed,” said Eddie Gomez. “So, I waited for that and landed the right hand cleanly. I was patient, and when he threw punches, I saw every punch clearly. Training camp was long and hard, so now I can finally breathe and relax.”
Irish welterweight prospect Aaron “Silencer” McKenna (2-0, 1 KO) blasted Jose Palacios (1-2, 1 KO) of Chihuahua, Mexico via knockout in the first round of a scheduled four-round super welterweight fight in tonight’s televised swing bout.
“I’m feeling terrific and happy with my performance,” said Aaron McKenna. “I’m glad to have been given a great performance on my ESPN debut. Once I hit him and he felt my power, I knew he didn’t want any more.”
Featherweight contender Joet Gonzalez (19-0, 11 KOs) of Glendora, Calif. scored a fifth-round knockout victory against Rolando Magbanua (26-7, 18 KOs) of Cotabato, Philippines. Though the fight was originally scheduled ten rounds, Gonzalez’s power was too much for Magbanua, who was stopped at 2:06 of the fifth round.
He [Magbanua] came out strong with power shots,” said Joet Gonzalez. “He tried to get me to open up and exchange. But I stuck to the game plan and kept boxing. Eventually I wore him down and dropped him with an uppercut and a hook. He was a little wobbly after he got back up, so the referee stopped the fight.”
Raul “El Cugar” Curiel (3-0, 2 KOs) scored a second-round knockout victory against Quantavious Green (1-2, 1 KO) of Shreveport, LA. After Curiel dropped Green twice with body shots, the fight was stopped at 1:29 of the second round.
“My trainers worked on hitting the body and camp,” said Raul Curiel. “We saw that he was struggling to make weight, so we aimed for the body even more. I’m ready for whatever is coming. We want to stay busy.”
In a surprising upset victory, Filipino pugilist Eugene Lagos (13-5-2, 8 KOs) scored a one-punch knockout victory against Pacoima, Calif.’s Emilio “The Kid” Sanchez (16-1, 11 KOs) at :35 of the second round of a scheduled eight-round super bantamweight fight.
“I’m really happy about my victory,” said Eugene Lagos. “I won today because of my hard work and discipline.”
Jonathan “Thunder” Navarro (13-0, 7 KOs) of East Los Angeles, Calif. scored a TKO victory at 2:58 of the second round of a scheduled eight-round welterweight fight against Gabriel Gutierrez (5-7, 3 KOs) of El Paso, Texas.
“I felt great. I was just getting warmed up,” said Jonathan Navarro. “I felt the referee stopped it too quick. I know I got with him four or straight fight shots, so I understand why he stopped it.”
Garcia vs. Vargas was 10-round fight for the Junior NABF Featherweight Title presented by Golden Boy Promotions. The event was sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” and Hennessy, “Never Stop, Never Settle.” The fights took place on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino.
For more information, visit www.goldenboypromotions.com and http://www.espn.com/boxing/; follow on Twitter @GoldenBoyBoxing, @OscarDeLaHoya, @ESPN, and @ESPNBoxeo; become a fan on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing; and follow on Instagram @GoldenBoyBoxing and @OscarDeLaHoya. Follow the conversation using #GBPonESPN.
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Mar 23, 2018


WEDNESDAY, March 28 – 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT


Las Vegas –Barclays Center welcomes UFC 223®: FERGUSON vs. NURMAGOMEDOV on Saturday, April 7 in Brooklyn with a night of hard-hitting action. This highly anticipated event will feature two world championship bouts. Interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson is currently riding a 10-fight win streak, which includes a recent submission win over Kevin Lee to claim the interim strap, while undefeated No. 2 ranked contender Khabib Nurmagomedov brings with him a nine-fight win streak and an overall MMA record of 25-0. The co-main event title fight features current women’s strawweight champion Rose Namajunas against former champ, No. 1 ranked contender Joanna Jedrzejczyk, who lost to “Thug” Rose via first-round knockout at UFC 217.

UFC will host a media conference call with all four athletes on Wednesday, March 28 at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT.



WHO:            TONY FERGUSON, UFC interim lightweight champion

KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV, No. 2 lightweight contender

ROSE NAMAJUNAS, UFC women’s strawweight champion

JOANNA JEDRZEJCZYK, No. 1 women’s strawweight contender


About UFC®

UFC® is a premium global sports brand and the largest Pay-Per-View event provider in the world. Celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2018, UFC boasts more than 278 million fans worldwide and has produced over 400 events in 21 countries since its inception in 1993. Acquired in 2016 by global sports, entertainment and fashion leader Endeavor (formerly WME | IMG), together with strategic partners Silver Lake Partners and KKR, UFC is headquartered in Las Vegas with a network of employees around the world. UFC produces more than 40 live events annually that consistently sell out some of the most prestigious arenas around the globe, while programming is broadcast in over 163 countries and territories to more than 1.1 billion TV households worldwide in 35 different languages. UFC FIGHT PASS®, a digital subscription service, delivers exclusive live events, thousands of fights on-demand and original content to fans around the world. For more information, visit UFC.com and follow UFC at Facebook.com/UFC, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram: @UFC.

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Philly Fight Night: Super Bantamweight Champion Jessie Magdaleno to Clash with No. 1 Contender Isaac Dogboe on April 28

Mar 22, 2018
Philly Fight Night: Super Bantamweight Champion Jessie Magdaleno to Clash with No. 1 Contender Isaac Dogboe on April 28

LIVE on ESPN and Streaming on the ESPN APP
Local Heavyweights Bryant Jennings and Joey Dawejko to Settle Old Score

Philadelphia Native Jesse Hart Fights in Front of Home Fans

PHILADEPHIA (March 22, 2018) —  There will be no Brotherly Love when JESSIE MAGDALENO defends his World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior featherweight title against No. 1 contender ISAAC DOGBOE on Saturday, April 28, at The Liacouras Center.The Magdaleno-Dogboe fight will headline a card with plenty of local flavor, as Philadelphia heavyweights BRYANT “BY-BY” JENNINGS and JOEY DAWEJKO rekindle an old rivalry, and Philadelphia native JESSE “Hollywood” HART continues his drive back to a world title challenge when he faces DEMOND NICHOLSON in a super middleweight bout.

Appearing on the undercard will be 2016 U.S. Olympic silver medalist Shakur Stevenson (5-0, 2 KOs) of Newark, N.J., in an eight-round featherweight bout against Roxberg Riley (12-0, 6 KOs) of Dallas, Ga.

Magdaleno-Dogboe, Jennings-Dawejkoand Hart-Nicholson will be televised LIVE on ESPN and stream in English and Spanish on the ESPN App at 7 p.m. ET. Undercard bouts will stream on the ESPN App beginning at 4 p.m. ET.  ESPN Deportes will air the fight at 10 p.m. ET.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Peltz Boxing, tickets, priced at $100 (ringside), $65 and $35, are ON SALE NOW and can be purchased at The Liacouras Center Box Office and www.liacourascenter.com, or by calling Peltz Boxing at 215-765-0922.

Magdaleno (25-0, 18 KOs), a southpaw from Las Vegas, won the world title with a unanimous decision over four-weight world champion Nonito Donaire on Nov. 5, 2016. Last April, he made quick work of Adeilson Dos Santos, stopping the Brazilian contender in the second round. He was scheduled to fight on Nov. 11, but an injury kept him out of action. Magdaleno rested and recovered, looks forward to defending his title.

Magdaleno and Dogboe, however, are not strangers. The two sparred years ago in Las Vegas, with each man claiming to have gotten the better of the sessions.

“I feel like this going to be a very exciting fight. I’m excited to be defending my title for the second time,” Magdaleno said. “All the fans are going to see a great fight from Jessie Magdaleno. I’m going to do things the fans have never seen from me. I have a great undefeated opponent in front of me. Someone’s ‘0’ has got to go, but mine isn’t going anywhere.”

Dogboe (18-0, 12 KOs), a 2012 Olympian from Accra, Ghana, won the interim WBO junior featherweight title on Jan. 6 in Accra, thrilling the hometown fans with a fifth-round TKO of former world title challenger Cesar Juarez. A sweeping left hook knocked Juarez down, and referee Tony Weeks stopped the fight. Dogboe has won four of his last five fights by knockout.

Jennings and Dawejko will battle it out in classic neighborhood battle, the likes of which hasn’t been seen in Philadelphia in decades.

“In my opinion, Dawejko vs. Jennings is the biggest Philly vs. Philly fight in 36 years,” said Hall of Fame promoter J Russell Peltz, president of Peltz Boxing. “I have to go all the way back to 1982 when Jeff Chandler defended his WBA world bantamweight title against former high school classmate Johnny Carter in a nationally televised fight from Pennsylvania Hall at the Civic Center. There have been other outstanding all-Philly fights since then, but they pale in comparison to Dawejko vs. Jennings.  Plus, Dawejko beat Jennings in the amateurs, and that’s just one of several subplots in this matchup.”

“I’m very excited for this all-Philly battle, to get the opportunity to put on for my city,” Jennings said. “Hopefully, when this is a success, we’ll be able to bring boxing to the city on an even bigger scale. After I beat Joey Dawejko, I hope to one day fight for, and defend, the heavyweight title in Philadelphia.”

The rivals have come a long way since their amateur days when Dawejko defeated Jennings in Jennings’ third amateur fight.

“The judges said he won, but I really won,” Jennings said.

As for Dawejko, he remembers things differently.

“It was the last fight of my amateur career, and I know he felt he won,” Dawejko said. “I already knew I was turning pro.  I didn’t care about the fight, and it was an easy win.  If he feels he got hosed in our amateur fight, I’m gonna down that motherfu**er in our pro fight.”

Jennings (22-2, 13 KOs), born in North Philadelphia, didn’t start boxing until December 2008, when he was 24 years old. His amateur career spanned only 17 fights, but he found success rather quickly as a pro. He won his first 19 bouts before challenging heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko on April 25, 2015, at Madison Square Garden. Jennings gave Klitschko one of the toughest tests of his championship reign, ultimately dropping a unanimous decision. Following a seventh-round TKO loss to Luis Ortiz on Dec. 19, 2015, Jennings took a 20-month sabbatical from the ring. He signed with Top Rank and has won two fights in a row. In his last bout, on Feb. 16 in Reno, Nev., Jennings knocked down Akhror Muralimov five times en route to a third-round stoppage.

Dawejko (19-4-4, 11 KOs) is riding a seven-fight unbeaten streak dating back to May 8, 2015, when he lost a unanimous decision to Amir Mansour. He is no stranger to Philadelphia crowds, having fought there 10 times as a pro. In his last bout, on Dec. 1, he beat the previously undefeated Kelvin Nunez via eight-round decision to win the vacant WBC FECARBOX belt.

Hart (23-1, 19 KOs) is a former amateur standout, winning the 2011 National Golden Gloves and U.S. National championships at 165 pounds. A 2012 U.S. Olympic alternate, Hart turned pro in 2012 and won his first 22 bouts prior to challenging Gilberto Ramirez for the WBO super middleweight title on Sept. 22, 2017. He fought valiantly that night, ultimately dropping a close unanimous decision. Hart last fought on the Ramirez-Habib Ahmed undercard on Feb. 3, knocking out Thomas Awimbono in the opening round. Against Nicholson (18-2, 17 KOs), he is facing one of the division’s most fearsome punchers.

Hart is trained by his father, Philadelphia boxing legend Eugene ‘Cyclone’ Hart.

“I’m very excited to fight in front of my hometown people,” Hart said. “My dad will definitely be there, and even more exciting is my daughter, Halo, will be there. She hasn’t been to a fight since 2014, so this night will be extra special.”

Nicholson, a native of Laurel, Md., turned pro in 2013 after going 110-15 in the amateur ranks. Two fights ago, on June 9, 2017, he dropped a hotly contested eight-round split decision to the undefeated Steve Rolls but rebounded with a second-round stoppage of Josue Obando on Aug. 25. Nicholson has 10 first-round knockouts on his ledger and hopes to bring that power to the ring against Hart, the WBO’s top contender.

For more information visit: www.toprank.com, www.espn.com/boxing,  Facebook: facebook.com/trboxing, facebook.com/espndeportes; Twitter: twitter.com/trboxing, @ESPN @ESPNBoxeo @ESPNDeportes. Use the hashtags #MagdalenoDogboe, #HartNicholson and #JenningsDawejko and to join the conversation on social media.

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David Benavidez and Jose Benavidez confirmed for Box Fan Expo May 5 in Las Vegas

Mar 22, 2018
Box Fan Expo is the ultimate fan experience event that gives boxing fans the opportunity to meet-and-greet top fighters, current and former world champions, boxing celebrities and industry people in an up-close personal setting.
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Las Vegas (March 22, 2018) – Current WBC Super middleweight champion David Benavidez and former WBA Lightweight Champion José Benavidez will appear, have a booth, and hold a Meet & Greet with their fans at the Box Fan Expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center Saturday May 5, 2018 from 10am to 5pm, during Cinco De Mayo fight weekend.
Team Benavidez, David and José will appear for the first time at this year’s Expo, where they will be signing gloves, photos and have merchandise for fans to enjoy. Boxing fans will also have a great opportunity to take pictures with these two brothers and rising boxing stars. Fans will also have an opportunity to meet their father and one of the best trainers in boxing, José Benavidez sr.
About David Benavidez
David Benavidez is a Mexican-American professional boxer. He has held the WBC Super middleweight title since September 8, 2017 by defeating Ronald Gavril in Las Vegas. David also became the youngest champion in Super middleweight history at the age of 20. He is trained by his Father José Benavidez sr., and he’s also the brother of former world lightweight WBA champion and current top welterweight champion José Benavidez.
About José Benavidez
José Luis Benavidez is a Mexican-American professional boxer and the former WBA lightweight champion. He is currently undefeated with a record of 25 wins and presently competing at the welterweight division. He is the son of boxing trainer José Benavidez Sr. of Arcelia, Guerrero, Mexico, and the Brother of current WBC Super Middleweight Champion David Benavidez. In the late summer of 2016, José was shot in the leg by an unknown assailant while walking his dog in Arizona. The severity of the injuries sustained to his leg left doubt on his professional career. But José was determined to come back stronger than ever. After a rigorous 2 years of rehabilitation of hard work at the gym, José is back and presently a top contender in the Welterweight division.

David and José joins, Zab Judah, Shannon Briggs, Badou Jack, Kelly Pavlik, Erik Morales and Fernando Vargas among early commitments to this year’s Box Fan Expo.

Box Fan Expo has been a huge success with fans and boxing industry people. Many boxing stars have attended the last three Expos such as Floyd Mayweather, Mike Tyson, Roberto Duran, Tommy Hearns, Marco Antonio Barrera, Roy Jones Jr., Marcos Maidana, Sergio Martinez, Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia, Tim Bradley, Deontay Wilder, Amir Khan, Shawn Porter, Fernando Vargas, Zab Judah, James Toney, Vinny Pazienza, Mikey Garcia , Mia St.Johns, Leo Santa Cruz, Badou Jack, Terry Norris , Riddick Bowe , Earnie Shavers, Leon Spinks, Danny Jacobs, Abner Mares, Jorge Linares, Brandon Rios and many more…

Exhibitors such as boxing gear, apparel, new equipments, energy drinks, alcohol, supplement products, broadcasting media, sanctioning bodies and other companies who wish to participate will once again have a chance to showcase their brand to fans, media and the boxing industry.
Tickets to the Box Fan Expo are available online at:
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