BRITTANY GOOSSEN BROWN HONORED AT NEVADA BOXING HALL OF FAME GRAND OPENING

Jun 25, 2019

photos by Cynthia Saldana of Supreme Box

(June 24, 2019 – Las Vegas, NV) : This past weekend in Las Vegas the WORLD BOXING COUNCIL had activations for WBC Cares ahead of the #CharloCota fight at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Inspired by the hard-working Brittany Goossen Brown, it all started Friday, June 21st, with a Blood Drive (photos attached) at the new home of NEVADA BOXING HALL OF FAMEHeadzUp Vegas! Every person who donated blood got a pair of tickets for the fight. On Saturday, June 22nd, NEVADA BOXING HALL OF FAME had their Grand Opening at HeadzUp Vegas located inside Boulevard Mall, where many former inductees and Champions attended the successful ceremony hosted by Former Referee, Joe Cortez
During the Grand Opening, WBC surprised BRITTANY GOOSSEN BROWN with a special plaque in honor of her hard word and dedication to Boxing. Brittany was the inspiration for this Blood Drive campaign as last year she suffered a medical emergency and Blood transfusions saved her life. In a special message from WBC President, Mauricio Sulaiman, says, ” Boxing is a big family. One day we are here in fabulous Las Vegas, next day we are at a small Amateur show or some where around the world. We see each other over and over, we share the same passion, BOXING! There is a special woman who has dedicated her life to this beautiful sport. She always has a big smile and is always there for anyone who needs to solve the many things around a promotion. Last year, such hard work and dedication took a toll on her and had a medical emergency. She is a warrior, A Champion and is stronger than ever! This is why she inspired us to join forces with Nevada Boxing Hall Of Fame to organize the Blood Drive at HeadzUp Vegas. We as a Boxing Family like to give to others, and when we give blood, we give life. Brittany, you are an inspiration, you are OUR CHAMPION. We are all proud of you! Congratulations!” 
There is so much that happens behind the scenes in Boxing, we feel it is very important to acknowledge someone as hard working as Brittany and so many others we plan to highlight. 
Please know the NEVADA BOXING HALL OF FAME exhibit is NOW OPEN and the 7th Annual Gala Induction Weekend is August 9th and 10th at Red Rock Casino and Resort. For more information, go to www.nvbhof.com We look forward to seeing you at the 2019 Nevada Boxing Hall Of Fame and at their new home at HeadzUp Vegas! 
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ANDREW ‘EL CHANGO’ CANCIO FINISHES ALBERTO ‘EXPLOSIVO’ MACHADO IN THE THIRD ROUND TO SUCCESSFULLY DEFEND HIS WBA SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE

Jun 22, 2019

ANDREW ‘EL CHANGO’ CANCIO FINISHES ALBERTO ‘EXPLOSIVO’ MACHADO IN THE THIRD ROUND TO SUCCESSFULLY DEFEND HIS WBA SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT TITLEELWIN ‘LA PULGA’ SOTO PULLS UPSET WIN AGAINST ANGEL ‘TITO’ ACOSTA TO CAPUTURE THE WBO LIGHT FLYWEIGHT WORLD TITLEJUNE 21, 2019 AT FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT CASINO AND STREAMED LIVE ON DAZN

(ABOVE: Andrew Cancio raises his hand in victory after defeating Alberto Machado in their rematch on June 21 at Fantasy Springs and live on DAZN)

PhotosPhoto Credit: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden BoyINDIO, CALIF.

(June 21, 2019): Andrew “El Chango” Cancio (21-4-2, 15 KOs), the pride of Blythe, Calif., successfully defended his WBA Super Featherweight World Title via third-round knockout in his rematch against Puerto Rico’s Alberto “Explosivo” Machado (21-2, 17 KOs). The event took place at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. and was streamed live exclusively on DAZN. After much toe-to-toe action, Cancio landed a body shot that ended matters at 1:01 of the third round. “It feels good,” said Andrew Cancio.“I was going for the head and the body was there and I took it. I’m here to stay. It’s not a fluke, and I’m ready for the other champions. After the knockdown, I thought he was getting up, but he knew if he got up I was coming for him.” “Like I said, I’m here to stay. It’s not a fluke. I did this twice, and you got to see the new and approved Andrew Cancio. Rene Alvarado has been sitting there waiting patiently as the number one mandatory, and he’s has proven himself and he’s number one. He’s has been waiting long enough, so let me get my cuts healed up and talk to my team and promoter.. I told them I don’t care who it is, Rene Alvarado or JoJo Diaz.”  “Look he’s a great champion and he showed that tonight,” said Alberto Machado. “I had an excellent training camp and he did his job. I have to check with my team and see if I should move up because this division is small for me. Look I was ready to get up, but the referee decided to stop the fight. I wanted to keep going.It was always my decision to have this fight be my last fight in this division. It was the risk I was willing to take in this rematch. Cancio did his thing tonight, and now I have to make a decision.” Elwin “Pulga” Soto (15-1, 10 KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico captured the WBO Light Flyweight World Title against Angel ‘Tito’ Acosta (20-2, 20 KOs) of San Juan, Puerto Rico via twelfth-round TKO in an action-packed fight. Soto won with time 0:23 of the just-mentioned round. “The truth is I feel nice,” said Elwin Soto. “It feels great to accomplish this. I worked very hard and put a lot of effort into this. To be honest I thought I was going to lose and thank god I landed that punch and won the fight. When I first dropped him, I felt I could have stopped him, but I knew it was going 12 rounds. This is victory means a lot and dedicate this belt to my family.” “I’m a little disappointed,” said Angel Acosta. “Sure, he hurt me but not enough for the stoppage. If I had the chance to do it again, I would have used my jab more and used my distance more just like I did in the gym. I told the referee he shouldn’t have stopped the fight. I was coming back to get him, but he shouldn’t have stopped the fight. Look it was the last round, there was not much more in the round. I would like to fight same opponent or the other champions in the division.” Luis Feliciano (12-0 8 KOs) of Milwaukee, Wisconsin stopped Fernando Carcamo (23-10, 18 KOs) of Sonora, Mexico in the seventh round of a super lightweight battle originally scheduled for ten rounds. Feliciano won via knockout with time of 2:16 of the aforementioned round. “In first round he was a little slow, so I was able to pick him apart,” said Luis Feliciano. “I knew it was going be a tough opponent. He had a weight advantage and we knew that, but that’s why we worked the body, and eventually we knew that would set up the late KO. We continue to move forward.” “Well I know every time that I was throwing my shot he was going to counter to the body. He’s a tough guy, a heavy hitter. I wanted to take my time, be patient. I knew it was going to go ten rounds, and that would set up at a late knockout. The important thing is we got a knockout and the win.” “The jab is very important. We have a philosophy in camp that the jab is the most important thing in boxing. We switch to southpaw, we switch up the hands, a little light, a little hard, and stay unpredictable. That’s what we wanted to do stay unpredictable and surprise him and set up the knockout. Blair “The Flair” Cobbs (11-0-1, 7 KOs) of Las Vegas, Nevada defeated Robert Redmond (7-2-2, 6 KOs) of Houston, Texas via knockout in the sixth round of a welterweight fight originally scheduled for eight rounds. Cobbs won with time of 1:52 of the aforementioned round. “It was wonderful experience being with you guys in the crowd,” said Blair Cobbs. “Give it up for my opponent; he did a hell of a job. He kept on fighting after the knockdown, and he’s true warrior.” “Well, it’s was an experience. After the knockdown, I could have pushed it. I got true ability; I could have blasted him early. I decided to show a little bit more technique, be a little calmer in there, show my experience, and gained some experience trying to break him down through the rounds little by little.” Aaron “Silencer” Mckenna (8-0, 5 KOs) of Monaghan, Ireland stopped Daniel Perales (10-18-2, 5 KOs) of Monterrey, Mexico in the second round of a super welterweight fight originally slated for six rounds. Mckenna won with time of 0:42 of the aforementioned round. “Once I landed the first hard shot, I knew he wouldn’t be able to take more,” said Aaron Mckenna.“I stepped it up, and that’s how I got the second-round victory. I want to become a world champion. I want to be a world champion. I’m 19, so every fight is a step-up fight.” Anthony Garnica (2-0, 1 KO) of Oakland, Calif. defeated Gilberto Duran (3-3, 3 KOs) of Yakima, Washington via unanimous decision in a four-round super bantamweight bout. Garnica won with three scores of 40-35. “Thanks to coaches Manny Robles and Edgar Jasso,” said Anthony Garnica.“If it weren’t for then, I wouldn’t be here. I’m coming off the amateurs. There’s good vibes at the gym [Legendz, where Andy Ruiz trains]. Nowadays everyone wants to take coach away to interview him when I’m working with him!” Emilio Rodriguez (3-1-1, 2 KOs) of Van Nuys, Calif. vs. Clay Collard (1-1-2) of Cache Valley, Utah ended in a majority draw of a four-round super middleweight fight. One judge scored 40-36 for Rodriguez while two judges scored it 38-38, and 38-38. “He is a tough guy. I didn’t know too much about him,” said Emilio Rodriguez.“I knew he had an MMA background. I think I should have boxed him better, but he did his job by earning a draw. I take my hat off to him.” Cancio vs. Machado II was a 12-round fight for the WBA Super Featherweight World Title presented by Golden Boy and Miguel Cotto Promotions. The event was sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” and Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle.” The event took place Friday, June 21 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino and was streamed live on DAZN.  For more information,visit www.goldenboypromotions.com and DAZN.com. Follow on Twitter @GoldenBoyBoxing and @DAZN_USA. Become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing and https://www.facebook.com/DAZNUSA/. Follow on Instagram @GoldenBoy and @DAZN_USA. Follow the conversation using #CancioMachado2. 

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UNDEFEATED SUPER WELTERWEIGHT PROSPECT SEBASTIAN FUNDORA SCORES TKO OVER MANUEL ZEPEDA IN MAIN EVENT OF SHOBOX FRIDAY ON SHOWTIME

Jun 22, 2019

Undefeated Prospect Michel Rivera Scores Unanimous Decision over Rene Tellez Giron; Yeis Solano Keeps Unbeaten Record in All-Action Telecast Opener

Catch The Replay Monday, June 24 At 10 p.m. ET/PT On SHOWTIME EXTREME®

Photos; Credit Dave Mandel/SHOWTIME

SLOAN, Iowa – June 22, 2019 – Undefeated prospect Sebastian Fundora used his five-and-a-half-inch height advantage to cruise to victory Friday night in his first ShoBox: The New Generation appearance, forcing a TKO stoppage of Manuel Zepeda after four rounds from WinnaVegas Casino in Sloan, Iowa.

The southpaw Fundora (13-0, 9 KOs), nicknamed “The Towering Inferno”, started on the front foot and continuously backed up Zepeda (17-1, 4 KOs) with his activity, strong jab and excellent body punching. Fundora averaged 84 punches per round to Zepeda’s 54 and landed 26 jabs to just four for Zepeda. Despite being perhaps the tallest fighter in the history of the 154-pound division, Fundora was effective and persistent in his body attack, connecting on 35 body punches.

“I’m pretty happy with my performance,” said the six-foot-five-and-a-half Fundora. “I got to do what I wanted to do, which was show off a little bit more of my boxing skills.”

Between rounds, Zepeda’s trainer, Romulo Quirarte, continuously warned his fighter that he would stop the fight unless Zepeda showed more aggression. After a lackluster fourth round, a frustrated Quirarte stuck to his word and informed referee Mark Nelson that his fighter would no longer continue.

“Honestly, Zepeda was a pretty tough guy so I didn’t think that they were going to stop it,” said Fundora, who has now registered five straight stoppages. “I thought that it would have taken the ref stopping it, but either way we still got the stoppage and the result we were looking for.”

Zepeda, the 188th fighter to lose his unblemished record in the prospect-oriented series, knew he was in trouble from the beginning of the fight, “He caught me with a good punch in the first round and that took a toll on me,” said a disappointed Zepeda. “It affected my performance.

“My trainer Romulo Quirarte has been around and he knew better. Stopping the fight was what needed to be done. I was not performing well. We are going to keep on working hard and move forward. I’m not giving up on my dream. One day I will be a world champion.”

In the co-feature, Dominican Republic’s Michel Rivera (16-0, 10 KOs) made his U.S. debut in style, scoring a near-shutout unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Rene Tellez Giron (13-1, 7 KOs). The judges scored the fight 78-73, 78-73 and 79-72. Click HERE for highlights.

In a clash of young, undefeated lightweight prospects, it was the 21-year-old Rivera who showed that he is one to watch, dominating the outmatched but gamed Tellez Giron throughout the eight rounds. Rivera capped a special performance with a knockdown late in the final round, finishing off a lightning quick combination with a right hook that sent Tellez Giron to the canvas for the first time in his career.

Rivera’s blistering power punches landed at a 57 percent rate, while Tellez Giron was limited to 23 percent power accuracy. In all, Rivera led 205-101 in overall punches connected and 158-86 in power punches landed.

Despite Rivera’s impressive performance, the Santo Domingo native feels he has more to give.

“I’m my harshest critic and although I won tonight, I’m not happy with performance,” he said. “I was hoping to showcase my skills and I don’t think I did that. You saw half of what I can do in the ring. I can do so much better.

“There have been world champions from the Dominican Republic, but none of them have had long reigns. I want to be the first long reigning champion from my country, and to get there I have to work hard.”

Tellez Giron, who became the 187th fighter to lose his undefeated record on the developmental series, disagreed with the judges’ scorecards.

“I felt the fight was closer than the judges saw it,” he said. “It could have been a draw. Rivera caught me off balance and that’s why I went down.

“Today we didn’t lose, this was a learning experience. You have to know the taste of defeat to appreciate a victory.”

In the opening bout of the tripleheader, undefeated prospect Yeis Solano (15-0, 10 KOs) kept his record intact in an all-action, punishing affair with Elias Araujo (19-2, 7 KOs). Solano won via split-decision in a battle of Colombia vs. Argentina where a total of 1,470 punches were thrown. The judges scored the fight 76-75, 78-73 and 74-77. Click HERE for highlights.

Solano, of Monteria, Colombia, earned the split-decision due to his sharper punching and a key knockdown in the closing seconds of a frantic fourth round. The 26-year-old Solano staggered his opponent on three occasions and despite Araujo’s best efforts to survive the round, he finally went down for just the second time in his career when a right hook sent him face first into the ropes.

“I agree with the judges’ decision, I won the fight,” said Solano. “It wasn’t easy but I feel I won. I hurt him in the fourth.

“He’s a tough fighter. He’s hard to counter. He was coming forward, pushing me against the ropes, not allowing me to bring the fight to the center of the ring. Now I’m going to go back to the drawing board and work with my team to correct the mistakes I made tonight. I let Araujo dictate the pace and that almost cost me the fight.”

Araujo’s workmanlike, high-volume punching approach made the fight difficult to score. He averaged more than 100 punches thrown per round. Solano, despite throwing fewer punches, showed more power and precision. He connected on 33 percent of his power punches compared to Araujo’s 22 percent.

“I thought I won the fight,” said Araujo. “I was so sure I was winning by points. I was surprised when I heard the judges’ decision. I’m disappointed but I won’t let this bring me down. I’ll go back to California and continue training for the next opportunity that comes my way.”

Friday’s fights were promoted by Sampson Boxing in association with Paco Presents. The full telecast will replay on Monday, June 24 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME and will be available on SHOWTIME ANYTIME®and SHOWTIME on DEMAND®.

Barry Tompkins called the action from ringside with boxing historian Steve Farhood and former world champion Raul Marquez serving as expert analysts. The executive producer was Gordon Hall with Richard Gaughan producing and Rick Phillips directing.

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D’MITRIUS ‘BIG MEECH’ BALLARD AND ELIAS ‘LATIN KID’ ESPADAS FIGHT TO A NO DECISION IN MAIN EVENT OF GOLDEN BOY FIGHT NIGHT

Jun 22, 2019

D’MITRIUS ‘BIG MEECH’ BALLARD AND ELIAS ‘LATIN KID’ ESPADAS FIGHT TO A NO DECISION IN MAIN EVENT OF GOLDEN BOY FIGHT NIGHTEDDIE ‘E-BOY’ GOMEZ RETURNS WITH A SECOND-ROUND STOPPAGE VICTORY AGAINST SAUL CORRALTHURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2019 AT OCEAN CASINO RESORT 

(ABOVE: Elias Espadas and D’Mitrius Ballard demonstrated a lot of sportsmanship after fighting to a no decision in the third-round of their fight on June 20 at Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City)

PhotosPhoto Credit: Jeff Fusco-Hoganphotos/Golden BoyATLANTIC CITY, N.J.

(June 20, 2019): Middleweight contenders D’Mitrius “Big Meech” Ballard (20-0, 13 KOs) of Temple Hills, Maryland and Elias “Latin Kid” Espadas (18-5, 13 KOs) Yucatan, Mexico fought to a no decision in the third round due to a cut caused by an accidental head-butt in the 10-round main event of the June 20 edition of Golden Boy Fight Night on Facebook Watch at Ocean Casino Resort/Ovation Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. The event was streamed live globally on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page. “I felt like the fight could’ve went on,” said D’mitrius Ballard. “I’m not the judge. I’m not the doctor. He decided to stop the fight, so I just have to live with the decision and move forward.” “If I don’t fight Espadas in the next fight, I want to do a rematch for a belt. This is my first time fighting at 160, and I feel good and strong. I’m confident in my abilities, and there are a lot of great fighters at 160. I’m here to take my claim in the ring.” “I respect any man that comes into that ring. We are battling for our lives on that ring. Espadas is a tough fighter; he is a good quality opponent and a real quality fighter. I’m sure he will be back after this and I have much respect for him.” “I knew this was a hard and complicated fight, but my team did a great job,” said Elias Espadas. “I think we are doing things correctly. I would love to get better, continue to train hard and my team will decide if we do a rematch with Ballard.” Eddie “E-Boy” Gomez (23-3, 12 KOs) of the Bronx, New York defeated Saul Corral (30-14, 20 KOs) of Douglas, Arizona via knockout in the second round of a welterweight fight originally scheduled for ten rounds. Gomez won with time of 1:55 of the aforementioned round. “It was a great fight,” said Eddie Gomez. “We have a great team. I worked hard and it showed tonight. My opponent was a tough fighter, and we knew he was tough coming in. I just knew I had to do my job.” Franchon “The Heavy-Hitting Diva” Crews-Dezurn (5-1, 2 KOs) of Norfolk, Maryland stopped Kayla Williams (0-3-1) of New Iberia, Louisiana in the fifth round of a super middleweight battle originally slated for eight rounds. Crews won via TKO with time of 1:40 of the round just mentioned. “Thank you so much Golden Boy for letting me fight on this show,” said Franchon Crews.“I hope the fans enjoyed it. Every time I come, I’m going to bring action, and I’m just going to fight because I’m fighting for my dreams. My opponent definitely brought it to the ring, and she is a tough cookie; I appreciate her for taking the fight.”
Gabriel Pham (11-1, 5 KOs) of Atlantic City, New Jersey defeated Jaba Khositashvili (4-1, 2 KOs) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania via unanimous decision in a six-round super middleweight fight. Pham won with scores of 54-59, 53-60, and 54-59. “I boxed well,” said Gabriel Pham.“He was a tough guy and kept coming forward. I just had to use the angles and move around, just like my trainer told me to do. I followed the game plan and came out victorious, so I’m happy.” Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed (25-2, 13 KOs) of Washington, D.C. defeated Angel Hernandez (15-14-2, 9 KOs) of McAllen, Texas via unanimous decision in an eight-round welterweight battle. Reed won with scores of 79-73, 79-73, and 78-74.  “This was a very tough fight, exactly what I needed right now,” said Mike Reed. “I’m looking for the world title at 135 or 140. I feel really good.” George Rincon (7-0, 4 KOs) of Dallas, Texas stopped Greg Young (4-2, 1 KO) of Hoover, Alabama in the fourth round via knockout in a welterweight clash originally scheduled for six rounds. Rincon won with time of 2:01 of the aforementioned round.  “I started strong and I thought I got him on the first round,” said George Rincon. “I was a little anxious to finish, but it was a great fight. I learn with each fight and I’m ready for the next one.” Dan Murray (5-2) of Barnegat, New Jersey defeated Leonardo Kenon (3-6, 1 KO) of Quincy, Florida via unanimous decision in a four-round super lightweight fight. Murray won with scores of 40-36, 39-37, and 40-36. “It was a good fight,” said Dan Murray.“I was thinking too much in there, that’s why I hesitated a lot, but all around I had him a couple of times. It’s a learning experience. This is why we are here. I’m glad for my win, my team, my advisor, my manager. Thank you, Golden Boy, for this opportunity.”Ballard vs. Espadas was a 10-round middleweight fight presented by Golden Boy. The event was sponsored by Tecate “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” and Hennessy “Never Stop, Never Settle.” The event took place Thursday, June 20 at Ocean Casino Resort/Ovation Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. The fights was streamed live globally on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page

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8TH ANNUAL UFC INTERNATIONAL FIGHT WEEK™ TAKES OVER LAS VEGAS FROM JULY 3 – 7

Jun 22, 2019

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Las Vegas – The 8th annual UFC International Fight Week™ will take place from Wednesday, July 3 through Sunday, July 7, with numerous events throughout Las Vegas, including the Downtown Las Vegas Event Center, The Palms Casino Resort, and T-Mobile Arena.

UFC International Fight Week is highlighted by the prestigious 2019 UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and an easily-accessible and fully interactive two-day UFC Fan Experience®, concerts, and more! The week-long festivities are anchored by the highly anticipated UFC® 239: JONES vs. SANTOSpresented by Modelo, which takes place on Saturday, July 6 at T-Mobile Arena. Tickets for UFC 239 are available viaAXS.

On Friday, July 5, UFC will host the 2019 UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonypresented by Toyo Tires®, at 7 p.m. at The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort.  The annual ceremony honors contributors and athletes that helped shape UFC and left an indelible mark on the sport of mixed martial arts. Tickets to the induction ceremony are priced at $20.00 (does not include fees), with all proceeds benefitting Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster. The ceremony will be streamed live on UFC FIGHT PASS®

Immediately following the ceremony, UFC will host its Official UFC International Fight Week Concert, headlined by multi-platinum recording artist Godsmack, at 10 p.m. at the Joint at Hard Rock Hotel. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster

Spanning more than 85,000 square feet, UFC’s two-day Fan Experience at the Downtown Las Vegas Event Center will be the one-stop shop for all fight fans, providing unparalleled free access to UFC champions, top-ranked contenders, UFC Hall of Famers, UFC personalities, and a UFC store.

UFC fans will have the opportunity to engage with a record-number of athletes and talent during free autograph sessions and meet and greets at the Downtown Las Vegas Event Center. This free of charge event will be part of the two-day UFC Fan Experience at the Downtown Las Vegas Event Center, which will be open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on both Friday, July 5 and Saturday, July 6.

Fans will be able to purchase exclusive UFC merchandise at the UFC store and, while also having the chance to participate in numerous activities with brand partners such as: Assault Fitness, Modelo, Monster Energy, Motel 6, PokerStars, Trifecta and Toyo Tires®.

The UFC International Fight Week app is the official destination for the most updated schedule of events, as well as the only place to secure your spot for autograph sessions. All of these exciting events are in addition to the regularly scheduled fight week activities. The UFC International Fight Week app is available on the App Store and Google Play.

For additional information, please visit UFC.com/fightweek.

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UFC® ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF UFC ACADEMY COMBINE

Jun 17, 2019

UFC’s First-Ever Talent Evaluation Event to Debut with Opening of New UFC Performance Institute® in Shanghai

LAS VEGAS – UFC®, the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization, today announced it will launch UFC Academy Combine, the company’s first-ever talent evaluation event that will offer athletes a platform to showcase their skills and abilities for a potential career in MMA.

The inaugural UFC Academy Combine will take place in Shanghai, China on Monday, June 17 and Tuesday, June 18, in conjunction with the opening of the new 93,000 square foot UFC Performance Institute in the city’s Jing’An district. The event will be invite only and host approximately 50 athletes.

Athletes from the UFC Academy Combine will also have the opportunity to receive a scholarship into UFC Academy, an MMA talent development program created and managed by the UFC Performance Institute®.   

“The UFC Academy Combine has been developed to support the assessment of MMA talent using a series of skill-based evaluations, profiling exams, and physical performance tests,” said Dr. Duncan French, UFC Vice President of Performance – UFC Performance Institute. “The first iteration of the UFC Academy Combine will be structured so we can conduct it ‘in-house’ at one of our facilities. The larger vision is to then develop a ‘field-based’ version of the combine, which can be implemented anywhere around the world and generate scores for comparison between MMA fighters from different countries.”

The inaugural UFC Academy Combine will be a two-day showcase in which a total of 72 individual metrics will be collected from the participating athletes. Each test will sit within one of 12 categories, including anthropometry; clinical evaluation; cognitive evaluation; grappling; striking; wrestling; alatic energy production; mechanical power; strength; lactic energy production; combat agility; and reaction/cognitive processing. 

Athletes will move between different ‘stations’ in order to complete the combine evaluation. Multiple tests will be running in parallel at any given time across both floors of the facility in order to allow for the completion of all tests. On each day of the event, athletes will be grouped together and move through a pre-designed schedule of testing.

The scoring system to be utilized at the combine will be designed so that clear comparisons can be made between individual fighters at the level of each test in each category, ultimately leading to an overall UFC Academy combine ranking for each athlete. Combine results will influence and shape the trajectory of an athlete’s development within UFC Academy.

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Fury vs. Schwarz Headlines ESPN+ Top Rank Boxing Triple-Header

Jun 12, 2019
Sweet Science Saturday: Fury vs. Schwarz Headlines ESPN+ Top Rank Boxing Triple-Header

 IBF Featherweight Champion Josh Warrington defends his belt against unbeaten challenger Kid Galahad – 3pm ET from England

·     Twin Rising Stars Jason and Andrew Moloney Both Take the Ring at home in Australia – 6am ET

·     10 bouts scheduled on ESPN+ as part of 11 hours of live boxing across ESPN platforms 


This Saturday, June 15, ESPN+ will bring boxing fans an exclusive Top Rank Boxing triple-header, culminating with unbeaten lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury against top contender Tom Schwarz in Las Vegas.
 
The action starts on ESPN+ bright and early, at 6am ET when Australian twin brothers Andrew Moloney (19-0, 12 KOs) and Jason Moloney (18-1, 15 KOs) are both in action from Seagulls Stadium, Tweeds Head, Australia. The 28-year-old twin rising stars, will both take the ring, as Jason (no. 6 in ESPN.com’s Bantamweight rankings) will defend his WBA Oceania Bantamweight title against Tanzania’s challenger Goodluck Mrema (23-4, 13 KO), while brother Andrew (ESPN.com’s no. 10 ranked Junior Bantamweight) faces off against former Tanzanian Champion Selemani Bangaiza (15-5, 5 KO). Andrew is coming off a significant victory in March, having demolished the highly rated Chilean Miguel Gonzalez on Gonzalez’ home turf in San Francisco de Mostazal.
 
At 3pm ET the action moves to England for a battle of unbeatens squaring off for the IBF Featherweight Championship, as defending champion Josh Warrington (28-0, 6 KOs) and unbeaten challenger Kid Galahad(26-0, 15 KOs) meet in Leeds.  Warrington (ranked no. 2 in ESPN.com’s Featherweight rankings) will be fighting in front of his hometown crowd and defending his title for the second time, having taken the title from Lee Selby in May 2018 and defended it in December in an intense clash with Carl Frampton. He faces Galahad (ranked no. 8 by ESPN.com), the mandatory challenger following an October defeat of Toka Kahn Clary in Boston. Born in Qatar, Galahad has lived most of his life in Sheffield, England, making this a Yorkshire Derby.
 
The big day of boxing culminates with Fury (27-0-1, 19 KOs), the self-proclaimed “Gypsy King” and one of boxing’s most compelling fighters, meeting Schwarz at the MGM in Grand Las Vegas.  The fight marks the first in a multi-fight agreement announced in February, in which Fury’s fights are co-promoted by Top Rank and Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions. Fury captured the lineal heavyweight title on Nov. 28, 2015, with a unanimous decision over longtime champion Wladimir Klitschko. That win catapulted him to worldwide fame, but a host of personal demons threatened to end his career before he could defend his title. He blew up to 400-plus pounds, only to author a 2018 comeback that ranks among the great redemption stories in sporting history. In the third fight of his comeback, Fury fought WBC champion Deontay Wilder to a disputed draw in a sensational fight of the year candidate.
 
The co-feature for the evening’s fight card will see a light heavyweight clash between former world title challengers Jesse Hart (25-2, 21 KOs) and Sullivan Barrera (22-2, 14 KOs). A full seven-bout undercard for the Fury-Schwarz fight will be carried live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, beginning at 7p.m. ET.
 
In just over a year since its launch, ESPN+ has already become a must-have destination for boxing fans, having already carried 21 exclusive world title fights, across 12 different weight classes and the four major sanctioning bodies (IBF, WBA, WBC and WBO).  ESPN+ also has thousands of hours of the greatest boxing matches of all time, on-demand, from the ESPN Big Fights Library and Top Rank Boxing Library.
 
TOP RANK ON ESPN+:  JUNE 15 BOXING SCHEDULE (all times ET)
  6 a.m.
Jason Moloney vs. Goodluck Mrema
Seagulls Rugby League Club
Tweed Heads, New South Wales, Australia
Reagan Dessaix vs. Mitchell Whitlaw
Andrew Moloney vs. Selemani Bangaiza
Kerry Foley vs. Mose Auimatagi Jr.
 
3 p.m.
Josh Warrington (C) vs. Kid Galahad – IBF  World Featherweight Championship
First Direct Arena
Leeds, England, UK
 Zelfa Barrett vs. Lyon Woodstock
 J.J. Metcalf vs. Jason Welborn
Shakiel Thompson vs. Alistair Warren
 
10 p.m.
Tyson Fury vs. Tom Schwarz*
MGM Grand Garden Arena
Las Vegas, NV
Jesse Hart vs. Sullivan Barrera
 

 
* Undercard bouts carried live on ESPN2 & ESPN Deportes from 7-10 p.m. 
Fury vs. Schwarz Headlines ESPN+ Top Rank Boxing Triple-Header
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Blockbuster heavyweight championship rematch headlines UFC 241

Jun 12, 2019

HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP REMATCH BETWEEN (C) DANIEL CORMIER AND (#1) STIPE MIOCIC HEADLINES UFC® 241 IN ANAHEIM

FEATURED BOUTS EXCLUSIVELY ON ESPN+:

(#8) ANTHONY PETTIS vs. NATE DIAZ

(#2) YOEL ROMERO vs. (#8) PAULO COSTA

TICKETS FOR UFC® 241: CORMIER vs. MIOCIC 2

AT HONDA CENTER GO ON SALE FRIDAY, JUNE 14

PRELIMINARY FIGHTS LIVE ON ESPN AND ESPN DEPORTES

Las Vegas – UFC® returns to Anaheim with a blockbuster heavyweight championship rematch that will see No.1 ranked pound-for-pound fighter Daniel Cormier defend against former titleholder and No. 1 contender Stipe Miocic. In a can’t miss welterweight thriller, No. 8 ranked Anthony Pettis welcomes back Nate Diaz.

UFC® 241: CORMIER vs. MIOCIC 2 takes place Saturday, August 17 at Honda Center and will stream live nationally on Pay-Per-View exclusively through ESPN+ in the U.S. at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT in both English and Spanish.

ESPN+ is the exclusive provider of all UFC Pay-Per-View events to fans in the U.S. as part of an agreement announced in March and continuing through 2025.

As UFC® 241: CORMIER vs. MIOCIC 2 approaches, fans will be able to purchase itonline at ESPNPlus.com/PPV or on the ESPN App on mobile and connected-TV devices.  ESPN+ is available as an integrated part of the ESPN App on all major mobile and connected TV devices and platforms, including Amazon Fire, Apple, Android, Chromecast, PS4, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, X Box One and more.

Preliminary fights will air nationally in English and Spanish on ESPN and ESPN Deportes linear networks starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT with the early prelims simulcast on UFC Fight Pass and ESPN+ at 6:15 p.m. ET/3:15 p.m. PT.

A two-time member of the United States Olympic freestyle wrestling team and one of only four fighters to simultaneously hold championships in two UFC divisions, Cormier (22-1 1NC, fighting out of San Jose, Calif.) dethroned Miocic via KO during their initial encounter at UFC 226 last year. Throughout his legendary career, he has netted spectacular victories over Derrick Lewis, Alexander Gustafsson, Dan Henderson and Anthony Johnson (twice). Cormier now aims to secure his second title defense against the division’s most dominant champion.

Holder of the record for most successful consecutive heavyweight title defenses in UFC history at three, former champion Miocic (18-3, fighting out of Independence, Ohio) looks to even the score with Cormier. After capturing the championship in 2016 via first-round KO against Fabricio Werdum, Miocic went on to earn thrilling wins against Francis Ngannou, Junior Dos Santos and Alistair Overeem. With revenge on his mind, Miocic is now gunning to become only the fourth fighter to reclaim the UFC heavyweight championship.

Former UFC lightweight champion Pettis (22-8, fighting out of Milwaukee, Wisc.) made a huge splash at welterweight when he became the first fighter to knock out Stephen Thompson this past March. Known for his flashy striking and slick ground game, he has also finished Charles Oliveira, Gilbert Melendez, Benson Henderson and Donald Cerrone. Pettis now hopes to keep his momentum rolling with another show-stealing performance against one of the most dangerous fighters on the UFC roster.

Winner of The Ultimate Fighter season five, Diaz (20-11, fighting out of Stockton, Calif.) makes his highly anticipated first appearance since his epic double-bill against Conor McGregor. A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt with a relentless striking attack, Diaz has beaten some of the biggest names in the sport. On top of submitting McGregor, he has bested Michael Johnson, Gray Maynard, Jim Miller and Donald Cerrone. Diaz now looks for another big finish and to remind fans why he is one of the most exciting fighters in MMA.

Additional bouts on the card include:

  • In a highly anticipated middleweight contenders’ bout, No. 2 ranked Yoel Romero (13-3, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla. by way of Pinar Del Rio, Cuba) battles undefeated No. 8 Paulo Costa(12-0, fighting out of Contagem, Brazil)
  • No.3 ranked bantamweight contender Raphael Assuncao (27-6, fighting out of Alpharetta, Ga. by way of Recife, Brazil) looks to re-assert himself in the title picture against surging No. 9 Cory Sandhagen (11-1, fighting out of Aurora, Colo.)
  • No.9 ranked middleweight contender Derek Brunson (19-7, fighting out of Wilmington, N.C.) hopes to build on his momentum against rising No. 11 Ian Heinisch (13-1, fighting out of Englewood, Colo.)

·         Streaking featherweights collide when Gabriel Benitez (21-7, fighting out of Tijuana, Mexico) meets Sodiq Yusuff (9-1, fighting out of Bladensburg, Md. by way of Lagos, Nigeria)

  • Sabina Mazo (6-1, fighting out of Medellín, Colombia) takes on Shana Dobson (3-3, fighting out of Fort Worth, Tex.) in a clash of flyweight prospects

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

Visit UFC.com for information and content to support your UFC coverage. Please click here to apply for the event.

Tickets for UFC® 241: CORMIER vs. MIOCIC 2 go on sale Friday, June 14 at 10 a.m. PT. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.ticketmaster.com. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person.

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

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Mayor Turner invites residents to commemorate Juneteenth, annual Acres Homes parade will take place Saturday, June 15

Jun 12, 2019
Mayor Turner invites residents to commemorate Juneteenth,
annual Acres Homes parade will take place Saturday, June 15
Houston — Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner invites everyone to join him at the 8th Annual Juneteenth Parade in Acres Homes on Saturday, June 15. The parade will feature over 100 entries, including local marching bands, dancing groups, horses, floats, vintage cars and more.  Several special guests will also participate.

The excitement begins at 10 a.m. at the Acres Homes Multi-Service Center, 6719 West Montgomery, and travels north up West Montgomery to turn left on Dolly Wright and disband at Greater Zion Baptist Church and Drew Academy.



“Every year, this event gets bigger and better because Juneteenth is an important day throughout Texas and in Houston,” Mayor Turner said.  “I invite everyone to watch along the parade route. Bring your family, friends, and neighbors. We’ll have a great time together as a community.”

Among the special guests joining the Mayor for this year’s event are:

Christina Wells – 2018 Semi-Finalist on America’s Got Talent, powerhouse vocalist, registered nurse, and motivational speaker

Trae the Truth – This Houston rapper is described as a musician, father, activist, and humanitarian. He assisted flood victims during Hurricane Harvey and has contributed to several community events and causes

Tobe Nwigwe –  a first-generation Nigerian American, is a visionary from Alief making waves in the hip hop world. An independent artist and lyricist; Nwigwe is known for his art, consistency, and singular goal in life—to make purpose popular.

Seun Adigun  — Seun is a Nigerian-American bobsledder who represented Nigeria at the 2018 Winter Olympics.  Seun ran track for the University of Houston and is the niece of former Houston Rockets and UH star Hakeem Olajuwon.


“Houston is the most diverse city in the nation and we are also inclusive. So, I invite residents from every neighborhood to attend the annual Juneteenth Parade in Acres Homes,” Mayor Turner said. “Juneteenth is about commemorating freedom, honoring our ancestors and building new relationships. I hope everyone will show up for this exciting event.”

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GOLDEN BOY’S OSCAR DE LA HOYA HELPS HIGHLIGHT THE 5TH ANNUAL GREEN BELT CHALLENGE IN A BIG WAY

Jun 12, 2019

Designs by @Hector De La Cruz

(June 10, 2019 – Los Angeles, CA) : The World Boxing Council alongside with United Peace Officers Against Crime (UPAC) and Los Angeles Department Sheriff’s Department is bringing you the 5th Annual Green Belt Challenge June 13, 14, 15 completely FREE for all boxers, gyms, family, friends, Boxing fans and community at South El Monte High School, but WBC got a call that Golden Boy himself wants to donate all streaming for this year’s Green Belt Challenge for the first time ever to be watched around the world! WBC President, Mauricio Sulaiman and the entire Green Belt Challenge Team is very grateful for Oscar’s generosity to this great event that motivates all of the future of Boxing and giving them exposure! 
Follow @wbcboxing, @wbccares, @wbcboxeo for information on all streaming platforms for June 15th. All media is invited, we will have special guests throughout the three day show. For VIP and press sitting, please contact Nancy Rodriguez at laoffice@wbcboxing.com

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