Ismael Villarreal Shoulders Responsibilities In and Out of the Ring

Feb 7, 2018
Ismael Villarreal Shoulders Responsibilities In and Out of the Ring
(Bronx, New York) – Sixty thousand community college students participate in athletic competition, according to the NCAA. Another 400,000 compete if you include four-year college students. Only two percent will ever become professional athletes.
Twenty-year-old Bronx native Ismael Villarreal (1-0) has already beaten those odds. The two-time New York Golden Gloves champion won his first bout as a professional boxer in November in his debut at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Villarreal returns to the big stage again at The Garden on Saturday, March 3 on the non-televised undercard of Sergey Kovalev vs. Igor Mikhalkin in a four-round junior middleweight bout against Anthony Woods (1-5) of Douglasville, Georgia.
“I never thought I was going to return (to Madison Square Garden) that quick,” said Villarreal. “It’s pretty cool, and I get to fight in my hometown, so I like it.”
Villarreal remains in New York between fights in order to balance his full-time training schedule and full-time course load at Brooklyn Community College. He is a physical education major, studying subjects including biology and education, with the goal of becoming a teacher. “You’ve always got to have a backup plan. Anything can happen… I can’t drop school.”
Villarreal competed as an amateur while attending Belmont Preparatory High School, founded in the Bronx in 2002 for academically talented students throughout the community. Many of his teachers there became boxing fans, and Villarreal expects to see many of them for his second fight at Madison Square Garden. “They’ve always been supportive,” said Villarreal.
His community college classmates and instructors aren’t as aware of Villarreal’s second full-time job as a professional boxer: “Sometimes they find me on the internet. I would have told them, but I don’t want to interrupt class saying ‘hey, I’m a boxer!'”
Juggling the demands of training and his school obligations makes time management critically important for Villarreal. “I have to go every day, my only day off is Friday. I still have to focus on running, on homework, on the gym. It’s tough but I’ll make it through,” said Villarreal.
Villarreal says the real exhaustion is mental more than physical. “When I go to school and I’m boxing, it’s definitely hard. Some can do it, some can’t … Sometimes it’s hard to manage… no one can say it’s easy, it’s a challenge.”
But Villarreal has discovered the value of discipline, and he says it benefits him in multiple ways. “I’ve always been disciplined when it comes to schoolwork. If anything, I become more disciplined with boxing from the schoolwork,” explained Villarreal.
For his upcoming fight, Villarreal is dropping from middleweight to junior middleweight (154 pounds). He says he’s working on being more active and throwing more punches, especially working to the body. Villarreal’s plan for 2018 is to stay active in the ring. But he also understands at this stage of his career, “sometimes you get tired of waiting, but patience is important … I know everything will pay off in the future.”
About March 3:  The Saturday, March 3 main event between Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev and Igor Mikhalkin is a 12-round match-up for the WBO Light Heavyweight World Title at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The co-main event features WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Dmitry Bivol versus Sullivan Barrera in a 12-round title fight. Tickets range from $50 to $300 and are available at and the Madison Square Garden box office. The event is promoted by Main Events, Krusher Promotions and World of Boxing in association with EC Box Promotions and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing® at 10:05 p.m. ET/PT.
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Feb 7, 2018





Las Vegas – One of the greatest careers in ring history will come to close this Thursday night, when the legendary Roy Jones Junior competes in his final bout as a professional boxer.


Widely considered one of the very best pound-for-pound fighters of all time Jones, 65-9 (47KOs), competes in cruiserweight (200lbs) bout vs Scott Sigmon, 30-11-1 (16KOs). The 10-rounder serves as the main event to a five fight Island Fights main card which features both boxing and mixed martial arts bouts.


The event will be live-streamed and available on video-on-demand basis exclusively on UFCFIGHTPASS, the UFC’s digital streaming service.


Joining combat sport play-by-play veteran TJ De Santis in the commentator booth will be Jeff Lacy. Known as “Left Hook” during his boxing career, Lacy represented the United States at the 2000 Olympics and went on to win the same IBF super-middleweight title Jones had annexed a decade earlier. Lacy also fought Jones in 2009 (the entire fight is available on UFC FIGHT PASS) and will bring a wealth of knowledge to the event.





“This is the first live boxing on UFC FIGHT PASS. I love being the first to do something, so to be the first boxing event on UFC FIGHT PASS is cool. When I turned pro back in 1989, I said I wanted to bring new audiences boxing and that’s what I tried to do. By having my last night as a fighter on the UFC’s (streaming service) I’m bringing new eyeballs to boxing and I’m throwing a spotlight on the boxing and MMA fighters who are on the event.


“I’m been a fan of the UFC for years. Me and (UFC President) Dana White have been friends for a long time, since before he even got started with the UFC. We’ve talked about FIGHT PASS showing a fight (of mine) and it has come about perfectly.”



“It feels different. I’m emotional even thinking about how I’m going to feel on the day. I’m almost tearing up talking. I’m worried about how I am going to feel all day of the fight. I may be crying all day – but once I am in the ring I’ll have to put those tears away because there’s gonna be a guy in the other corner looking to beat me. Scott Sigmon won’t care about those tears. He cares about getting the win, that’s the reality.


“I turned professional in May 1989 in this same arena, but I’ve been doing this since 1979. In 39 years there’s not been a single day where I didn’t put on glove, skip, watch tape or spend time thinking about boxing. 


“Boxing has been my life and it is my life. I’ve enjoyed every moment of it. So much of it is still fresh (in my mind), not one thing but so much jumps out when I look back… representing my country at the Olympics in 1988, becoming a world champion for the first time, becoming the No.1 pound-for-pound vs James Toney, winning the world heavyweight title… like it was all yesterday.”



“I’m not sad to get older, we all get old. I had a great prime. I was good in my prime, y’know? I wasn’t surprised that I was getting old, and that my abilities were getting more limited. Everybody knows everybody gets old, but I think some guys really don’t think their body will get old.


“I accepted it. People told me to retire but I knew what I could do and I’ve never let anyone tell me what to do.


“There are things I wanted to accomplish that I knew were no longer within my reach. I love boxing, even out of my prime I love boxing like I did when I was champ. But you can’t go on forever no matter how much you love it. It’s time, I’m ready to say goodbye.”



Vs Bernard Hopkins, May 22, 1993, wins IBF middleweight title on points

“It was a good fight for my first world title. The thing about that fight was I just wanted to make sure I stayed smart and I stayed focused because one of the first goals in my life was to turn professional and become a world champion. I felt a lot of pressure on my back because this was what I’d worked so hard to do for all those years. I fought the fight with one hand due to injury, but I did what I needed to become world champion.”


Vs James Toney , Nov 18, 1994, wins IBF super-middleweight title on points

“I was already a world champion, but he was the boss. James Toney was The Man at that time, they were calling him the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, and to be the man you have to beat The Man. I couldn’t just get a win, I had to dominate him and show the world that not only was he not the best pound-for-pound, but there was no-one else close to Roy Jones Junior. And that’s what happened. I annihilated the man, dominated him. That was my coming-out party, I showed all my weapons in that fight, I showed everyone, no, hey, this is what the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world really looks like!”


Vs Montel Griffin II, Aug 7, 1997, regains WBC light heavyweight title via first round KO

“Losing my undefeated record the way I did (on a controversial disqualification five months earlier) was really bad for me. Y’know, even though everybody who ever saw that thought it was wrong, my undefeated record was still gone. Done. They took my “and 0” away and there was no getting it back. So the second fight came and I made sure to prove who was the better fighter.


“It wasn’t personal. I don’t blame the guy, he didn’t decide to disqualify me for nothin’. It was a life lesson, that’s life. But I made sure nobody would ever think he was a better fighter than me in that rematch.”


Vs John Ruiz, March 1, 2003, wins WBA heavyweight title on points 

“I wanted to be a world champion my whole life but I never once thought of the heavyweight title until it presented itself. This was something that God gave me, way and above more than I ever asked for or expected. It was the chance to make history, to do something nobody would dream of me doing.


“This was history, the first fighter to jump from middleweight to win the heavyweight title in over 100 years. John Ruiz had no clue what he was dealing with or what he was facing. He found out the hard way.”



“The great thing today is it don’t matter what anyone says or what anyone writes, you can type “sickest boxing highlights” into YouTube or Google and you see Roy Jones Junior doing this thing. Nobody can change your mind after you see that. That is pound-for-pound! I did what I did – it happened – it is a fact.


“Nobody else comes close. You can watch me side-by-side with anyone and it’s not close.


“Floyd Mayweather was TBE (The Best Ever) at making money, but look at his highlights and look at mine. You can’t pretend it’s the same. You can’t pretend there’s ever been anyone come close to doing what I did. Nobody you could name could touch me – and I’m talking about nobody who’s around now, nobody who was around in my prime, and nobody who was around any time you can mention outta your mouth.


“In my prime, I was the ruler. Simple as that.


“I understand there’s a lot of great fighters who’ve followed me already since I was the champ – and I hope there’s another who comes along does even better because want to see that – but I haven’t seen anyone do what I did yet. I haven’t seen anyone turn pro at 154lbs and win the heavyweight championship of the world.


“Even the great Sugar Ray Robinson, the pound-for-pound guy that he was, couldn’t win the light heavyweight title after turning pro as a welterweight. He had a difficult time trying that. So that tells you how hard it is to jump up that kind of weight and win.


“So, pound-for-pound the greatest of all time? It isn’t hard to figure out, Roy Jones Junior is your king of the hill.”

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Feb 7, 2018


El boxeo profesional en vivo regresa al Agua Caliente Casino de Rancho Mirage California con la edición número 83 de “World Fighting Championship” (WFC) en una función que se realizará este sábado 10 de febrero y que incluirá a los más talentosos prospectos del desierto del Sur de California.

La WFC es una empresa de boxeo que busca darle taller a boxeadores jóvenes que apenas comienza sus carreras y donde puedan tener una oportunidad de desarrollar su talento en un escenario profesional ante un público local que los seguirá el resto de su carrera profesional.

También estará en acción Javier “Boom Boom” Padilla (4-0-1,4 KO’s) de Rancho Mirage, quien es entrenado y manejado por el experimentado entrenador Joel Díaz Padilla y quien logró un espectacular nocaut el pasado 24 de junio en este mismo escenario donde se presenta por tercera ocasión.

Padilla estará en acción en una pelea pactada a cuatro rounds en peso pluma ante Brennan Benton (0-1) de Costa Mesa, California.

La WFC ha presentado 82 funciones de boxeo y Artes Marciales (MMA) a lo largo y ancho de Estados Unidos en los últimos cinco años, pero éste será su tercer evento en California. Sus funciones les brindan oportunidades de destacar su talento de jóvenes locales ante su propia gente.

“Hemos tenido la fortuna de tener el respaldo de casinos y sin el respaldo de los boxeadores locales, entrenadores y aficionados no hubieran tenido el éxito que hemos tenido. Venimos de nuestro mejor año ya que promovimos 19 eventos en el 2017 y el 2018 luce aún más ocupado con la mejorías de nuestra funciones serán de boxeo”, dijo el presidente de la WFC, Matt McGovern.

Las puertas se abrirán a las 6:00 de la tarde y la primera pelea será a las 7:00 de la noche.

Los boletos tienen un precio de $60 (Ringside), $40 (Premium) y $25 (Admisión General) en el Mezzanine y Balcón y pueden ser adquiridos en:

World Fighting Championships™ presenta lo mejor del talento local y promueven eventos llenos de energía con mujeres hermosas y boxeo explosivo a lo largo de la noche. World Fighting Championships™ se dedica a darle a los mejores atletas en el deporte un lugar en donde demostrar su talento. Venga a vivir la acción en vivo en una de las mejores sedes en el sur de california.

El pesaje oficial para la función será este viernes 9 de febrero en “The Lounge” del Agua Caliente Casino y estará abierto al público. Comenzará a las 5:30 de la tarde y todos los aficionados están invitados para apoyar a sus boxeadores favoritos.

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Feb 7, 2018



All Four Heavyweight World Championship Titles At Stake On Industry-Leading 2018 SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® Schedule

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NEW YORK – February 5, 2018 – SHOWTIME Sports will present the heavyweight world championship unification between undefeated IBF and WBA World Champion Anthony Joshua and unbeaten WBO World Champion Joseph Parker on Saturday, March 31 live on SHOWTIME from Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.


The British sensation Joshua, who has knocked out all 20 of his professional opponents, burst onto the global scene with a dramatic knockout of long-reigning heavyweight kingpin Wladimir Klitschko in the universally acclaimed 2017 Fight of the Year. In two fights last year, Joshua drew 168,000 spectators combined to massive stadium events in the U.K. Now, he faces another significant challenge in Parker, a native of New Zealand with 24 wins, no losses and 18 knockouts.  Parker is attempting the third world title defense of his WBO belt.


With the addition of Joshua vs. Parker, all four heavyweight world championship belts will be at stake in the same month on SHOWTIME as undefeated American Deontay Wilder (39-0, 38 KOs) will defend his WBC title against unbeaten Luis Ortiz (28-0, 24 KOs) on Saturday, March 3 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The four top-rated heavyweights — Wilder, Ortiz, Joshua and Parker — boast a combined record of 111 wins, zero losses and 100 knockouts.


Both heavyweight championships are cornerstones of a remarkable 2018 SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING schedule that now includes 16 undefeated fighters and 13 world titles fights across 11 marquee events through the first six months of the year.


“The heavyweight division is in the midst of a renaissance, and SHOWTIME is delivering all of the pivotal bouts to our subscribers,” said Stephen Espinoza, President, Sports and Event Programing, Showtime Networks Inc. “Anthony Joshua is a global superstar, and we’re proud to present his sixth, and perhaps most challenging, world title fight to the U.S. audience. Joshua vs. Parker will be the 12th heavyweight world championship match on SHOWTIME since Deontay Wilder won his title in 2015, an undisputed industry-leading offering in boxing’s preeminent division.”


Joshua vs. Parker is just the second heavyweight championship unification in history between undefeated world titleholders. The only fighter to emerge victorious from a matchup of unbeaten heavyweight world champions was Mike Tyson in 1987.


The event is promoted by Matchroom Boxing in association with Duco Events. SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING will televise the event live from Principality Stadium where organizers expect a sell-out of 80,000 spectators. The host of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING is Brian Custer. Mauro Ranallo calls the action from ringside along with International Boxing Hall of Fame analyst Al Bernstein and former two-division world champion Paul Malignaggi. SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSIP BOXING is produced by David Dinkins Jr, and directed by Chuck McKean. The start time for the March 31 telecast will be announced.


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Ramirez vs. Ahmed / Ancajas vs. Gonzalez RESULTADOS DE NOCHE DE PELEA

Feb 5, 2018

Ramirez vs. Ahmed / Ancajas vs. Gonzalez


FOTOS: (Credit: Mikey Williams / Top Rank)

– Ramírez:

“Me sentí muy bien en esta pelea. Habíamos trabajado para obtener el nocaut y lo logramos. Era lo que estaba buscando. Como habíamos planeado salímos con la mano en alto y con el título mundial de regreso a casa.”


“Quiero limpiar la división de los supermedianos y unificar títulos enfrentando a todos los campeones. Estpy dispuesto a ir a Europa para retar al ganador del WBSS”

“Me gustaría mucho cumplir mi sueño de defender mi título mundial ante toda mi gente de Mazatlán”

“Ayer Manny (Pacquiao es su co-promotor) oró por mí y hoy antes de la pelea me llamó para decirme que estuviese relajado y que no me pusiera ninguna presión extra. Me dijo que fuera yo mismo dentro del ring y eso fue exactamente lo que hice. Fue una pelea dura, pero me sentía fuerte hasta el final y por eso logré salir con la victoria”


  • El invicto campeón mexicano Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramírez logró defender su cinturón supermediano de la OMB por tercera ocasión al despachar al africano Habib Ahmed a los 2:31 del sexto asalto.

    • El monarca filipino Jerwin Ancajasdefendió exitosamente su título jr gallo de la FIB al derrotar al mexicano Israel González por nocaut técnico a los 1:50 del décimo asalto.

    • El contendiente supermediano Jesse Hartfulminó a Thomas Awimbono a los 1:28 del primer asalto.

    • El invicto prospecto hondureño Teofimo López derrotó a Juan Carlos Sánchez por decisión unánime.

    • El contendiente peso welter José Benavídez Jr. venció a Mattew Strode por nocaut técnico a los 2:21 del octavo asalto.

    • El joven prospecto Gabe Flores Jr. se alzó con un triunfo por nocaut ante Alex Solorio a los 2:31 del primer asalto.

    • En su debut profesional, el prospecto israelí David Kaminsky derrotó a Rafael Muñoz por decisión unánime.

    Rohan Murdock venció a Frank Filippone por nocaut técnico tras finalizar el cuarto asalto. La esquina de Filippone detuvo el combate.

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Feb 1, 2018
¡Boletos están a la venta!
LOS ÁNGELES, California 31 de enero de 2018. – Los boletos para el combate entre el ex retador al campeonato mundial Ronny Ríos (29-2, 13 nocáuts) y el explosivo contendiente armenio Azat “Crazy A” Hovhannisyan (13-2, 10 nocáuts) están a la venta. Este emocionante y competitivo combate a 10 episodios por la faja supergallo Continental de las Américas que pertenece a Hovhannisyan será el evento estelar de la edición del 9 de marzo de Golden Boy Boxing en ESPN en el Hangar del OC Fair & Event Center en Costa Mesa, California. ESPN Deportes transmitirá los combates comenzando a las 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m.PT y por ESPN2 en diferido a la medianoche ET/9:00 p.m. PT. ESPN 3 transmitirá las peleas en vivo comenzando a las 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 PT.
Los boletes para Ríos vs. Hovanissyan están a la venta, comienzan desde $50 dólares y están disponible en,, la página de Facebook de Golden Boy Promotions, o llamando al 213-233-2957.
Ríos, de 29 años de edad, ha sido un importante e integral miembro del establo de Golden Boy Promotions, y ha obtenido victorias contra fuertes peleadores de la talla de Jayson “La Maravilla” Vélez, Efraín Esquivias Andrew “El Chango” Cancio. El orgullo de Santa Ana, California obtuvo su primera oportunidad de campeonato mundial contra el actual monarca Rey Vargas en un choque por la faja mundial supergallo del CMB en el evento co estelar de Cotto vs. Kamegai que fue transmitido por HBO en agosto de 2017. Y aunque no tuvo éxito esa noche, Ríos realizo un esfuerzo enérgico y competitivo, y ahora ante Hovhannisyan intentará utilizar la condición de su ciudad natal para recordar a los fanáticos por qué es uno de los mejores contendientes en la división de supergallo.
Hovhannisyan es un feroz contendiente que no da paso atrás, y que tiene el hambre de gloria de un campeonato mundial. Hovhannisyan combatió en su última pelea con una mano derecha lesionada por 10 episodios de acción a granel, para capturar el vacante título supergallo Continental de las Américas del CMB, en la cartelera de Linares vs. Campbell en septiembre de 2017. Este peleador de pura acción contará sin duda alguna con el apoyo de la comunidad armenia cuando invada el territorio del púgil favorito local.
Un asunto familiar estará en pleno efecto cuando el hermano menor de Ríos, el prospecto noqueador Alexis Rocha (10-0, 7 nocáuts), regrese en la batalla co estelar a ocho giros contra un oponente que se anunciará en breve.  Rocha retornará tras su victoria por nocaut en el primer asalto contra Pascual Salgado en la edición del 16 de noviembre de Golden Boy Boxing en ESPN que se llevó a cabo en Cancún, Quintana Roo, México.
Aaron “Silencer” Mckenna (1-0) de Monaghan, Irlandia regresará en el primer combate televisado a cuatro asaltos en peso welter. Maricela Cornejo (9-2, 2 nocáuts) combatirá por segunda vez tras firmar con Golden Boy Promotions en el combate comodín a seis asaltos en peso supermediano. Marvin Cabrera (6-0, 5 nocáuts) de Los Ángeles, California participará en un combate a ocho asaltos en peso superwelter.
Los oponentes de los tredpugilistas, junto con respaldo completo, se anunciarán en breve.
Ríos vs. Hovhannisyan es un duelo a 10 asaltos en peso supergallo presentado por Golden Boy Promotions. El evento es patrocinado por Tecate,“THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” y Hennessy “Never Stop, Never Settle.” El evento se efectuará el viernes 9 de marzo de 2018 en el Hangar del OC Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa, California. Las puertas se abren a las 4:00 p.m. PT. El primer combate y la transmisión de ESPN3 comienzan a las 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT. ESPN Deportes transmitirá los combates comenzando a las 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m.PT y en diferido por ESPN2 a la medianoche ET/9:00 p.m. PT.
Los boletes para Ríos vs. Hovanissyan están a la venta, comienzan desde $50 dólares y están disponible en,, la página de Facebook de Golden Boy Promotions, o llamando al 213-233-2957.
            Medios interesados en cubrir Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN: Ríos vs. Hovhannisyan deben ser aprobados previamente para las credenciales. La solicitud de acreditación se vence el lunes 5 de marzo a las 5:00 p.m. y se pueden encontrar 
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Kovalev vs Mikhalkin & Bivol vs Barrera, March 3 MSG

Feb 1, 2018
Kovalev-Mikhalkin & Bivol-Barrera 
Theater at Madison Square Garden
Saturday, March 13, 2018
Tickets on Sale Now!
New York, NY:    Tickets are on sale for the upcoming showdown between two-time Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (31-2-1, 27 KOs) versus Igor Mikhalkin (21-1, 9 KOs) and WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Dmitry Bivol (12-0, 10 KOs) versus Sullivan Barrera (21-1, 14 KOs), which takes place on Saturday, March 3 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for this exciting event are priced from $50 to $300 and are available through and the Madison Square Garden box office.
Promoted by Main Events, Krusher Promotions and World of Boxing in association with EC Box Promotions, the event will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:05 p.m. ET/PT.
About March 3:  The Saturday, March 3 main event between Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev and Igor Mikhalkin is a 12-round match-up for the WBO Light Heavyweight World Title at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The co-main event features WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Dmitry Bivol versus Sullivan Barrera in a 12-round title fight. The event is promoted by Main Events, Krusher Promotions and World of Boxing in association with EC Box Promotions and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®. Tickets range from $50 to $300 and will be available through, the Madison Square Garden Box office and the Main Events office by calling 973-200-7050 or emailing
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Jan 29, 2018
LOS ÁNGELES, California 29 de enero de 2018. – La continuación del evento boxístico más anticipado en varios años llegará este Cinco de Mayo cuando el campeón mundial mediano Lineal y Ring Magazine Canelo Álvarez (49-1-2, 34 nocáuts) y el monarca universal mediano CMB/AMB/FIB/IBO Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 nocáuts) se enfrenten en una histórica y esperada revancha a 12 asaltos. El evento será producido y distribuido por HBO Pay Per View comenzado a las 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.
Información sobre la sede y los boletos se anunciará en breve.
Canelo y Golovkin se enfrentaron en septiembre de 2017, en una batalla entre los dos mejores pesos medianos del mundo combatiendo mano a mano por 12 asaltos de pura acción que terminó en un empate dividido. El choque rompió records para un evento en un escenario boxístico en Las Vegas, pues se agotaron los boletos de la T-Mobile Arena en menos de dos semanas y atrajo a innumerable aficionados de México, Kazajstán y de varias otras partes del mundo.
Álvarez, orgullo de Guadalajara, Jalisco, México, quien es la verdadera cara del boxeo, después de capturar dos fajas mundiales y el campeonato lineal en las 154 libras, ascendió a peso mediano para capturar los títulos mundial mediano CMB, Lineal y Ring Magazine tras vencer a Miguel Cotto en noviembre de 2015. Álvarez ha mantenido desde entonces su posición como el campeón lineal de las 160 libras, y en un histórico enfrenamiento el 16 de septiembre de 2017, empató contra Golovkin tras 12 giros de gran acción. Esta vez, Álvarez está ansioso de borrar todas las dudas en cuanto a su posición como el mejor peso mediano.
“Estoy muy contento de estelarizar nuevamente uno de los eventos boxísticos más importantes en la historia”, dijo Canelo Álvarez. “Esta segunda pelea será para el beneficio y placer de los aficionados de todo el mundo que desean ver al mejor contra el mejor. Esta vez [Gennady] Golovkin no tendrá excusas de los jueces, pues saldré a noquearlo,” enfatizó.
Golovkin, el letal noqueador de 35 años y oriundo de Karaganda, Kazakhstan, fue un destacado peleador amateur y medallista olímpico de plata antes de realizar su debut como profesional en el año 2006. Golovkin ha estado desde entonces en una trayectoria histórica, noqueando oponente tras oponente para unificar los títulos mundiales mediano CMB/AMB/FIB/IBO. Golovkin mantuvo durante esa trayectoria un record impecable, incluyendo una racha de 23 victorias por la vía del cloroformo que culminó con un triunfo por decisión unánime ante Danny Jacobs en marzo de 2017. Golovkin después se fue a la distancia ante Álvarez en un choque que terminó en un empate dividido, lo que exigió una merecida revancha en los ojos de los aficionados.
“Estoy listo para enfrentar nuevamente a Canelo [Álvarez] y estoy feliz que haya aceptado pelear otra vez”, dijo Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. “Este es el combate que el mundo quiere”. Esta es la pelea que el boxeo merece. No estuve de acuerdo con algunas decisiones de los jueces en la primera pelea. Esta vez no habrá dudas. Saldré del ring como EL campeón mediano del mundo”, aseveró.
“Canelo vs. Golovkin 2 será el evento más grande y destacado del año 2018
porque estos dos combatientes élite chocarán otra vez para determinar quién es el mejor peso mediano del mundo”, afirmó Óscar de la Hoya, Presidente y Jefe Ejecutivo de Golden Boy Promotions. “Espero ver más fuegos artificiales en la revancha, pues ambos entienden que mucho más estará en juego”, finalizó.
   “Ésta es la pelea que los fanáticos del boxeo han estado esperando desde el polémico resultado de septiembre pasado, y la ÚNICA pelea que Gennady ha querido desde esa decisión”, dijo Tom Loeffler, Promotor de Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. “Gennady está listo para esta histórica defensa de título número 20 en la que demostrará su superioridad sobre Canelo. Gennady tiene la misión de demostrar que todavía es el mejor peso mediano del mundo y uno de los mejores peleadores de su época”, subrayó.
“Es un momento especial para el deporte cuando dos de los mejores competidores del boxeo, ambos en su mejor momento, aceptan medirse nuevamente para determinar quién es el mejor en la división de peso mediano”, señaló Peter Nelson, Vicepresidente Ejecutivo de HBO Sports. “Canelo vs. GGG 2 es el evento boxístico de la primera mitad de 2018 y estamos contentos de presentarlo en vivo en HBO Pay Per View”, puntualizó.
Canelo vs. Golovkin 2 es una pelea a 12 asaltos por el campeonato mundial mediano presentado por Golden Boy Promotioms y GGG Promotions. El evento es patrocinado por Tecate,”THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” Hennessy, “Never Stop, Never Settle,” Fred Loyal Insurance, Tsesnabank y Capital Holdings. El evento se efectuará el sábado 5 de mayo y será producido y distribuido en vivo por HBO Pay Per View comenzando a las comenzado a las 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.
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Jan 29, 2018
(ABOVE, LEFT PHOTO: Lucas Matthysse celebrates with his team after his eighth-round knockout victory against Tewa Kiram. RIGHT PHOTO: Jorge Linares lands a left hand during his unanimous decision win against Mercito Gesta)


Photo Credit: Tom Hogan – Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions
LOS ANGELES (Jan. 27, 2018): In his third opportunity at a world title, Argentine knockout artist Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse (39-4, 36 KOs) stopped previously undefeated Thai superstar Tewa Kiram (37-1, 27 KOs) in the eighth round of a scheduled 12-round fight to win the WBA Welterweight World Championship on HBO Boxing After Dark in front of a roaring crowd of 6,143 boxing fans at Los Angeles’ Fabulous” Forum. After several rounds in which Matthysse pushed forward to cut the distance, the 35-year-old landed an overhand right that dropped him immediately. After Kiram got up, Matthysse landed a short left hand that ended matters at 1:21 of the eighth round. At the time of the stoppage, two judges had Matthysse winning with scores of 68-65 and 69-64, while one judge had it 68-65 for Kiram, who went straight to the hospital after the fight.
“I’m really happy,” said Lucas Matthysse. “He [Kiram] moved really well, and he was really big. That’s why it was hard to cut the distance. I didn’t feel his power, but he felt mine, so that’s why I was able to find him later and stop him. I’m here for the best and biggest names. I want the rematch with Danny Garcia or Manny Pacquiao. Those are the big fights I want, though of course that will be up to Mario Arano and Golden Boy Promotions to figure that out.”
Jorge “El Niño de Oro” Linares (44-3, 27 KOs) successfully defended his WBA and Ring Magazine World Lightweight Titles with a shutout 12-round unanimous decision win against lightweight contender Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (31-2-2, 17 KOs). Linares had trouble early as Gesta provided an awkward southpaw style. But eventually Linares found his rhythm, landing right hands, uppercuts and left hooks en route to a comfortable though competitive win. Linares won with scores of 118-110, 118-110 and 117-111.
“I didn’t really feel his [Gesta’s] power, though I hurt my hand in the fourth or fifth round,” said Jorge Linares. “I threw my right hand without really putting too much power into it. I was just touching him. There wasn’t a knockout because he was well prepared. Like I said to Oscar De La Hoya, I don’t want to mention names for my next opponent. You know what’s nice? That people mention my name [as a possible opponent]. That’s fine that they mention my name, but let’s get them in the ring. Let them get in the ring with me.”
“I fought against a world champion, and that was a great privilege,” said Mercito Gesta. “He [Linares] adjusted well to my style after the first couple of rounds. Overall, I am proud of myself for taking this tough fight, and I know me and coach Freddie Roach came in with the best game plan. We just fell a little short.”
Buenos Aires, Argentina’s Marcelino “Nino” Lopez (34-2-1, 19 KOs) scored a spectacular win against veteran puncher Breidis Prescott (30-12, 22 KOs) of Valledupar, Colombia by way of knockout in the fifth round of a spectacular welterweight battle originally scheduled for eight rounds. After a few rounds of good toe-to-toe action, Lopez landed a two-punch combination that floored Prescott hard. Upon getting up from the canvas, Lopez landed another hard right hand that ended the fight at 2:59 of the fifth round.
“Boxing is a beautiful sport that is so exhilarating, but to get a knockout is the best part and what we train for,” said Marcelino Lopez. “It takes sacrifice to leave your home country and to be able to focus and get a win like this is so satisfying. I want to thank Joel Diaz, who has taken me in like his family and has helped me improve and refine my style.”
Power punching Filipino prospect Romero Duno (16-1, 14 KOs) scored a first-round knockout victory against Yardley Armento (21-10, 12 KOs) of Sacramento, Calif. in a lightweight battle that was initially scheduled for eight rounds. Duno dropped and stopped Armento with two consecutive right hands to the temple.
“I wasn’t expecting to knock him out in the first round,” said Romero Duno. “I can’t even remember if I actually hurt him. My coach told me to go in there and use my jab and to keep calm, but I just got really excited and the next thing I knew I won.”
In what was a spirited battle between two undefeated Mexican American prospects, Francisco “El Alacran” Esparza (7-0-1, 3 KOs) stopped Tenochtitlan “T-Dog” Nava (7-1, 1 KO) in the sixth round of a scheduled eight-round featherweight fight.
“We were expecting a knock out by the eighth round, so we were glad that it happened earlier,” said Francisco Esparza. “I’m trained by former world champion Fernando Vargas. He is an important mentor and helped me execute a game plan where we broke Nava down. Hopefully, I’ll be fighting in my hometown of Las Vegas in May.”
Ferdinand Kerobyan (8-0, 4 KOs) of North Hollywood, Calif. escaped a near upset loss in what was otherwise a dominant unanimous decision win against Compton, Calif.’s Lucius Johnson (4-2-1, 3 KOs). Kerobyan dominated the southpaw for five rounds completely, while Johnson was deducted a point in the fifth round for repeatedly spitting out his mouth guard. In the sixth and final round, Kerobyan was dropped and nearly stopped, though he survived the round and retained his undefeated record with three scores of 59-54.
“The energy was incredible tonight! I was glad to have the support of the fans and my Armenian community,” said Ferdinand Kerobyan. “I’m just ready to start stepping up the level of competition I am facing and I want to be able to start fighting for some regional titles soon.”
Daquan Pauldo (17-1, 9 KOs) of Orlando, Florida defeated Osbaldo Gonzalez (6-2, 4 KOs) by unanimous decision in a six-round middleweight clash. Pauldo’s aggressive, counterpunching style was too much for the Tulsa, Okla. native. Pauldo won with scores of 58-56, 58-56 and 59-55.
“I thought the judges were going to stop the fight after the third round because his nose was torn up,” said Daquan Pauldo. “I would give myself a 5.5 for my performance – it’s been two and a half years since I’ve been able to be consistent in the ring, and I think both me and my promoter would agree that what I need is to be more consistent with my training. I needed to move a lot more inside the ring and be more active inside.”
Javier Martinez (5-0, 3 KOs) opened the evening of combats with a tough victory against Mexico City, Mexico’s Danny Flores (11-10-1, 5 KOs). Martinez, a featherweight prospect of Dallas, Texas, won via six-round unanimous decision with scores of 58-55, 58-55 and 59-55.
“I am not proud of my performance. It was really hard to adjust and get into the rhythm of things,” said Javier Martinez. “This sport is all about taking steps forward, and I just have to take from all my mistakes and improve from this point.”
Matthysse vs. Kiram was a 12-round fight for the vacant WBA Welterweight World Championship and was presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Arano Box and Galaxy Promotions. Linares vs. Gesta, a 12-round fight for the WBA and Ring Magazine Lightweight World Championships, was presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Teiken Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” Hennessy “Never Stop, Never Settle,” and Casa Mexico Tequila. The event took place Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 at the ‘Fabulous’ Forum in Inglewood, Calif. and was televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark. The non-televised was streamed live on
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Jan 29, 2018
Los Angeles, CA (January 26, 2018) From their respective training camps in Thailand and Mexico, WBC Super Flyweight World Champion SRISAKET SOR RUNGVISAI, (43-4-1, 39 KO’s) and #1 ranked mandatory challenger JUAN FRANCISCO “El Gallo” ESTRADA, (36-2, 25 KO) both weighed in within the World Boxing Council’s (‘WBC’) required 30-day limits heading into their highly anticipated main event showdown on February 24, 2018 at SUPERFLY 2 at the Forum in Los Angeles, CA. The event will be televised live on HBO’s Boxing After Dark® beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.
Sor Rungvisai hit the scales at 125 lbs., while Estrada weighed in at 126.5 lbs.
Tickets for SUPERFLY 2, priced at $250, $150, $100, $60 and $30 are now on sale and can be purchased through Ticketmaster (, 1-800-745-3000) and the Forum Box Office. The Forum is located at 3900 W. Manchester Blvd, Inglewood CA 90305. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. on the night of the event.
Co-featured on the HBO Boxing After Dark telecast, former WBC Super Flyweight World Champion, CARLOS ‘Principe’ CUADRAS, (36-2-1, 27 KO’s), of Mexico City, MX faces hard-hitting, two-time world title challenger MC WILLIAMS ARROYO, (16-3, 14 KO’s), of Fajardo, Puerto Rico in an outstanding ten round super flyweight clash.
Opening the triple-header telecast, the Fighting Pride of the Philippines and three-time world champion DONNIE NIETES, (40-1-4, 22 KO’s) will make the first defense of his IBF Flyweight World Title over 12-rounds against two-time world champion and mandatory challenger JUAN CARLOS REVECO, (39-3-0, 19 KO’s) from Las Heras, Argentina. Angeles.
Headlining the non-televised portion of the event, four-time world champion in two divisions and #2 ranked BRIAN “The Hawaiian Punch” VILORIA, (38-5, 22 KO’s) of Los Angeles, CA via Waipahu, Hawaii will challenge undefeated and #1 ranked ARTEM DALAKIAN, (15-0, 11 KO’s), of Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine in a scheduled 12-round bout for the vacant WBA Flyweight World Title.
SUPERFLY 2 is presented by Tom Loeffler’s 360 Promotions in association with Nakornluong Promotions and Zanfer Promotions. Cuadras vs. Arroyo is presented in association with Promociones del Pueblo and PR Best Boxing.  Nietes vs. Reveco is presented in association with ALA Promotions. Viloria vs. Dalakian is presented in association with Teiken Promotions.
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