Mario Barrios Battles Nicaragua’s Nelson Lara in Main Event of of Premier Boxing Champion

Apr 11, 2017
Unbeaten Rising Contender Mario Barrios Battles Nicaragua’s Nelson Lara in Main Event of of Premier Boxing Champions TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 & BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes Tuesday, April 25
From Fitz Tunica Casino & Hotelin Tunica, Mississippi
 
Plus! 2012 Mexican Olympian Oscar Molina Takes on Exciting Welterweight Levan Ghvamichava in Co-Main Event
 
Tickets on Sale Now!
TUNICA, MS (April 11, 2017) – Undefeated rising contender Mario Barrios (18-0, 10 KOs) will face Nicaragua’s Nelson Lara (17-7-4, 9 KOs) in a 10-round super lightweight attraction that headlines Premier Boxing Champions TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes Tuesday, April 25 from the Fitz Tunica Casino & Hotel in Tunica, Mississippi.
Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features a 10-round matchup of exciting welterweights as once-beaten Oscar Molina (13-1-1, 10 KOs) takes on Georgia’s Levan Ghvamichava (17-3-1, 13 KOs) in a 10-round showdown.
“I’m excited to be back on FS1 and FOX Deportes for this fight,” said Barrios. “This is a great platform for young fighters to show their talents and that’s what I plan on doing April 25. Everyone tune-in to see me put on a great performance and for an exciting night of fights from Tunica.”
“I’m very excited to fight once again in the U.S. and on FS1 and FOX Deportes,” said Lara. “I’m grateful to TGB Promotions for the opportunity. Mario Barrios is a very skilled, young, undefeated prospect, however I have faced much better competition and will be well prepared for victory on April 25.”
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions, start at $20 and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased through the Fitz Gift Shop or Ticketmaster at www.Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.
“This show epitomizes what the Premier Boxing Champions series on FS1 and FOX Deportes is all about – young, hungry boxers making the climb to the top,” said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. “We’ve watched Mario Barrios grow up in the ring. His fight against tough veteran Nelson Lara represents another big step in his progression. Oscar Molina is shifting from 154 pounds to 147 pounds and will face one of the toughest challenges of his career when he takes on rugged Levan Ghvamichava. This is a fan-friendly card that promises plenty of excitement.”
Standing more than six feet tall, the 21-year-old Barrios won his first 12-round fight last July when he defeated Devis Boschiero after winning seven times in a busy 2015 campaign. The San-Antonio native followed up that victory with stoppage wins over Claudio Rosendo Tapia last December and Yardley Suarez in March to run his record to a perfect 18 wins in his first 18 pro starts.
Originally from Nicaragua but now fighting out of Costa Rica, Lara was unbeaten in 17 of his first 18 pro fights after turning pro in 2004. Lara enters this bout having won his last two contests by stoppage including his most recent triumph in March. Lara will fight in the U.S. for the third time as a pro in a career that has seen him enter the ring in six different countries.
Molina, of Norwalk, Calif., just east of Los Angeles, was a 2012 Mexican Olympian who tore through his opposition after turning professional in 2013, registering knockouts in 10 of his 14 fights.  The 27-year-old fought 10-round draw with Dominque Dolton last year before losing an exciting contest against 154-pound world champion Jarrett Hurd. Now fighting at 147-pounds, Molina will look to climb the ranks in his new division.
Ghvamichava returns to the ring in Tunica after a dropping a split decision to top contender Yordenis Ugas in February. Priot to that, the 31-year-old had delivered a sensational knockout of Breidis Prescott last July. Trained by Virgil Hunter in California, Ghvamichava is originally from Poti, Georgia. He carried a five-fight winning streak from 2014 to 2015 that included wins over previously unbeaten fighters Chris Singleton and Jonathan Garcia plus veterans Cosme Rivera and Sergio Reyes.
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Valdez, Ramirez, Magdaleno ante la prensa este jueves

Apr 11, 2017

LOS CAMPEONES MUNDIALES INVICTOS

OSCAR VALDEZ,

GILBERTO RAMIREZ Y JESSIE MAGDALENO

EN ENTRENAMIENTO PARA PRENSA

 

¡Este Jueves! 13 de abril a las 12:00 del mediodía Pacifico

Magnifico Gym en South Gate, California

 

Dentro de 12 días expondrán sus títulos mundiales;

En vivo por Pago por evento desde StubHub Center

 

            LOS ANGELES, California – Los campeones mundiales invictos de la Organizacion Mundial de Boxeo (WBO) Oscar Valdez, Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez y Jessie Magdaleno quienes se están preparando para exponer sus respectivas coronas el sábado 22 de abril en el StubHub Center se presentaran en un entrenamiento para los medios de comunicaciones este jueves 13 de abril en el Magnifico Gym, localizado en el 9201 California Avenue de South Gate, Californiam, 90280. La cita es las 12:00 del mediodía y los boxeadores hablaran antes de iniciar el entrenamiento.

Valdez (22-0, 19 KOs) de Nogales, Sonora, México expondrá su corona de peso pluma de la OMB por segunda ocasión ante el clasificado número uno de la OMB Miguel Marriaga (25-1, 21 KOs) de Arjona, Colombia; Ramírez (34-0, 24 KOs) de Mazatlán, Sinaloa, México, expondrá su corona de peso supermediano de la OMB por primera vez ante el clasificado mundial Maksim Bursak (33-4-1, 15 KOs), de Kiev, Ucrania; Magdaleno (24-0, 17 KOs) de Las Vegas, Nevada expondrá su campeonato de peso pluma junior ante el brasileño Adeilson Dos Santos (18-2, 14 KOs) de San Paulo, Brasil.

El medallista olímpico de Estados Unidos Shakur Stevenson estará haciendo su debut profesional como parte de las peleas que serán televisadas por pago por evento.

Promovido por Top Rank en asociación con All Star Boxing, Zapari Boxing Promotions y Antonio Leonard Production la función se realizara el sábado 22 de abril en el StubHub Center de Carson, California y será producida y distribuida por Top Rank Rank Pay-Per-View.

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Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev 2: “The Rematch” New York Press Conference and Tickets On Sale

Apr 11, 2017

ANDRE WARD VS. SERGEY KOVALEV 2: “THE REMATCH”

PRESALE ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12

TICKETS GO ON SALE FRIDAY, APRIL 14

 

NEW YORK PRESS CONFERENCE

VIDEO, PHOTOS AND QUOTES

Photo Credit: Roc Nation Sports/Khristopher Sandifer

Video Credit: Roc Nation Sports/Main Events

 

NEW YORK, NY (April 10, 2017) – On Monday at Le Parker Meridien in New York City, Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion Andre “SOG” Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) and former Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KOs) formally addressed the media on their highly-anticipated rematch on Saturday, June 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The championship event, presented by Corona Extra, will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

 

TIDAL members will have access to a special presale beginning on Wednesday, April 12 at 1:00 p.m. ET/ 10:00 a.m. PT. Members can find details for purchasing tickets by visiting TIDAL.com/WardKovalev or by logging in to their TIDAL accounts via web browser, desktop app or mobile app.

 

Fans already enrolled for email updates on MainEvents.com will receive an email with the presale information. Anyone interested in receiving the presale code can sign up for email updates at www.mainevents.com.

 

M life Rewards loyalty members, Ticketmaster and AXS/AEG customers will receive access to a pre-sale scheduled from Wednesday, April 12 at 10:00 a.m. PT to Friday, April 14 at 9:59 a.m. PT. To join the M life Rewards program, or for more information, visit mlife.com.

 

Tickets for Ward-Kovalev 2: “The Rematch” go on sale to the public on Friday, April 14 at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT. Tickets priced at $1,255, $755, $505, $355, $255 and $105 not including applicable service charges will be available on axs.com and at the Mandalay Bay Events Center box office.

 

Below is what the fighters and dais guests had to say at the press conference:

 

Andre “S.O.G.” Ward – Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion

 

“I want to thank everybody for coming out today – the media, obviously, HBO, Peter Nelson and their whole team, these guys work tirelessly to get these kinds of things done. I appreciate my team, James Prince, Josh Dubin, Roc Nation and everyone at Roc Nation, JAY Z, Juan and Desiree Perez, Michael Yormark. It’s important to have a good team. We talk a lot about fighting, we talk all about matchups, but when we talk about support, it’s frowned upon. When we see fighters 10, 15, 20 years from now shuffling in a room, nothing to show what they fought for, that’s okay. By the grace of God and by way of my team, that’s not going to happen to me.

 

“Unfortunately, there’s perception and there’s reality. Perception is every one thing that’s written, every opinion but as you grow and learn this business, it’s not about perception. Nobody can point to a fight where I turned. Not one point. That’s not in my track record. So, I don’t mind the perception. I don’t care about Instagram. This is chess, not checkers. You can make all the rules you want to make, but it’s about the checkmate. That’s when the game is over.

 

“My team is working on life after boxing. Educating me on the ins and outs. A lot of people talk about money, but they don’t talk about the upside. They’re not talking about the personal sponsorships for the fight, and your obligations for the sponsorship. They’re not talking about the television rights and foreign rights, the merchandise. ‘Be tough, keep focus, destroy the fight’. I’m not with that man. I want the whole thing, I want to understand everything. The fight is not the end.

 

“They have to understand, there’s nothing scary about this man. You realize we just fought 12 rounds four months ago? Everyone wants to highlight the knockdown, that’s probably one of the most beautiful moments of my career. And did you guys see the other 10 rounds? Nobody’s talking about that. But that’s what makes us who we are. It’s hard concrete down there, we don’t want to fall. We’ve got another drive, we’ve got another gear we’ve got to tap into when we hit adversity and hit the cannons. You guys saw that, in the biggest moment of my career.

 

“I didn’t get to where I’m at because there’s something unique about me. I didn’t get to this point by happenstance. Some may not like it, but you got to respect it. You don’t have to, but we’ve earned the position that we have. We don’t mind being understated. The fight is academic. When my team green-lighted it, I said go ahead and announce it. The reality is, you’ve got to see me on June 17. That’s the reality of the situation. I love to talk, it’s all good. We knocked heads for 12 rounds, that’s the reality of the situation. He felt me, he knows. On June 17, that’s how we’re going to do. We’re going to get started a little early. Whether you’re with me, or whether you’re against me, tune in. Appreciate everybody’s time. Don’t miss this fight, June 17. You got what you asked for.”

 

Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev – Former Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion 

 

“Hello everyone. I am thankful the fight will take place on June 17. Well, will take place on paper for now. I’m appreciative of my team and Team Ward that this fight will actually happen. I want to apologize to my fans for my performance the last time but we’re going to get this squared either way. We’re going to see who is the best fighter. I’m very excited for June 17. The only thing I hope is that a week or two before the fight, Andre Ward does not get injured and he has enough balls to come out and fight me on June 17.”

 

Michael Yormark – Roc Nation President & Chief of Branding and Strategy

 

“Legacies are built on seminal moments. When the lights shine brightest, when the challenge seems insurmountable, when the eyes of the world are on you – that is when great athletes see the rarest of opportunities to shape their legacy, to ensure that their name lives on. Evander Holyfield said, ‘a champion shows who he is by what he does when he’s tested’. Back in November the two best pound-for-pound fighters in the world tested each other like they had never been tested before in their careers. On that night, World Champion Andre Ward faced a defining moment and countered with an epic comeback victory over Sergey Kovalev. After that showdown, there was a lot of talk, a lot of debate, a lot of speculation, a lot of excuses. But on June 17 we put all of that talk to bed, because Ward-Kovalev 2: “The Rematch” is officially on, and from this day forward there will be no excuses.

 

“Andre Ward is the best boxer in the world – there is simply no debate. He is undefeated, breathlessly talented, and has gladly taken on any fighter with the guts to face him. For Andre, this fight represents the final nail in the coffin for the rest of this division and his would-be competitors, and the latest feat in a career that can only be defined as flawless. For Sergey, he has a lot to prove, which may be why he’s been so, let’s call it active on social media. After falling short in November, Sergey has become his own personal hype machine. In one of his latest tweets he demanded Andre, ‘pray to me’. Sergey, I think what you were trying to say was ‘pray for me’, which we all will do before you get back into the ring with Andre on June 17.

 

“We return to Las Vegas where all big fights belong, live at the Mandalay Bay Events Center and on HBO Pay-Per-View. Roc Nation is proud to be the lead promoter of this global event, presented by Corona Extra and powered by Monster Products. This event would not have been possible without the support of Richard Sturm and Sid Greenfeig of MGM, and HBO’s Peter Nelson and Tony Walker – I’d like to take this opportunity to specifically thank them. MGM and HBO are synonymous with the biggest and best boxing events and Roc Nation is honored to be working in partnership with them for yet another historic fight. I’d also like to thank our chairman JAY Z and President of Roc Nation Sports Juan Perez for their support of this sure to be epic event. Additionally, a big thank you to our presenting partner Corona Extra, as well as Monster Products. I would also like to acknowledge Le Parker Meridien for their support and hosting us here today. Despite what you read in some corners of the boxing world, this rematch was always inevitable, both fighters wanted it, both promoters wanted it and I would be remiss if I did not sincerely thank Main Events and Kathy and Nicole Duva for their professionalism and class in negotiating and finalizing the June 17 fight. Last but certainly not least thank you to Team Ward – Andre, James Prince, Josh Dubin and Virgil Hunter – not only for once again putting your unblemished, championship record on the line under the bright lights of Sin City, but for being incredible partners throughout this process and the best ambassadors the sport of boxing could possibly ask for. Thank you.”

 

Kathy Duva – CEO of Main Events

 

“Thank you, HBO, thank you Le Parker Meridien, Mandalay Bay and of course our sponsors, Corona and Monster. I’ll make it short and sweet. My greatest hope for June 17 is that the winner wins this time. Sergey’s going to do everything in his power to make sure there’s no question on who that is.

 

“I expect he’s going to show us all how to get your titles back. And here he is, future light heavyweight champ of the world, Sergey Kovalev.”

 

James Prince – Manager of Andre Ward

 

“I’d like to thank God for this opportunity, HBO, Peter Nelson. I’d like to thank Roc Nation, who has stood by us 1000%, solid as a Roc. We’re looking forward to this fight coming up, David versus Goliath, part two. Like I said, the last time, and I reiterate the same thing because not much has changed, we’ve cracked the code. Sergey, your code has been cracked, we know who you are now. Come June 17, you will see one of the greatest fights ever. As I stated earlier in the interview with HBO, don’t be surprised if Kovalev gets knocked out this fight. Don’t you be surprised. So, we look forward to that moment and I notice that you’ve been real vocal about a lot of things, but you need to know, we don’t have no fear. So, understand that, once again, the United States will be victorious against Russia as always.”

 

Josh Dubin – Manager of Andre Ward

 

“This industry, unfortunately, has some nasty, ugly people in it that say and do nasty things and show their behind too much. A lot of the things you hear about our beautiful sport is true. I’m so fortunate to have been blessed by kings, that have enriched my life, to be able to grow and get to know these men. James Prince and Andre Ward have been all class and dignity and professional. They don’t need to tell you what you think might sell a fight, or what you think people might want to hear, but just what’s real. What a breath of fresh air. I thank both of you for enriching my life and allowing me to grow on this journey with you.

 

“We’re always hearing about role models, and why aren’t athletes role models – well look no further. You’ve got a family man who is spiritual, you can’t bait him and get him to say what you think he should say or want him to say because you curse him out on social media. We’re not into all that, these are kings over here. You can keep tweeting on your phone over there, but we won already. We won in life, we won in this sport, and we’re just going to continue winning. This is a formality at this point. A formality. So, you can cry and complain and all that, but that’s what bullies do when they don’t get their way. Bullies make excuses, bullies try to intimidate when they don’t get their way. Bullies of all sorts, in the ring and in business. Well, you didn’t get your way, you ain’t getting your way and you’re not going to get your way. Period. The reason that probably is, if we bring in spirituality, is the moral arc of the universe does bend towards good and greatness and kings. So, with that, I say this: you want to tune in to this one, because you’ll want to be able to say, ‘I got to see the best fighter to ever walk in the ring, fight again and conquer again’. Don’t miss it. Thank you.”

 

Daniel Bagdasarov – Egis Klimas’s Assistant

 

“I want to thank the media and MGM. He’s happy about the rematch and that it actually happened. We’re excited about it, we’re ready. Thank you to all the promotions that have gone into the fight, thank you HBO for making this happen. Thank you so much.”

 

Peter Nelson – Executive Vice President, HBO Sports

 

“I want to thank all the media for being here, this fight came together initially because of what you asked for. First and foremost, I want to thank the fighters, Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev. The two of them at the zenith of their careers and the apex of their undefeated records deciding to get in the ring against one another, and that’s exactly the expectation that fight fans should have. It’s something to be celebrated and we’re excited we are going to have the rematch on June 17.

 

“Again, these two men decided they want to step up and fight each other, the controversy of time when a lot of fighters walk the other way from one another. Some fights, they’re so good, the fighters earn each other’s respect. Some fights are so great that the fighters earn each other’s disrespect. I’ll let all of you decide which one this is.

 

“I think that what we’ve seen over the past few months is people arguing more and more about who actually won that fight. Again, the credit is to the fighters because every second of the first fight, they were there to compete. Every second of this rematch, they’re going to be there again. There is too much at stake, in terms of legacy and in terms of pound stature, in terms of this moment and the future. What we know to expect is that on June 17, the stuff of HBO PPV legend gets made. Sergey Kovalev and champion Andre Ward are going to do everything in their power to bring home the belt.”

 

 

Ward vs. Kovalev 2: “The Rematch, a 12-round mega-fight for the WBO/IBF/WBA Light Heavyweight World Championships, is presented by Roc Nation Sports, Main Events, Andre Ward Promotions, Krusher Promotions and Corona Extra, and is sponsored by Monster Products and Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The championship event takes place Saturday, June 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

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EX TRIPLE MONARCA MUNDIAL DIVISIONAL YURIORKIS GAMBOA ENCABEZA LA CARTELERA DE ESPN

Apr 10, 2017
EX TRIPLE MONARCA MUNDIAL DIVISIONAL YURIORKIS GAMBOA ENCABEZA LA CARTELERA DE ESPN CONTRA EL LONGEVO CONTENDIENTE ROBINSON CASTELLANOS

AMBOS EVENTOS SE EFECTUARÁN EN VIVO DESDE EL HISTÓRICO MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA EN LAS VEGAS, NEVADA

¡Boletos A La Venta HOY 7 De Abril A Las 3:00 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m. PT!

LOS ÁNGELES, California 7 de abril de 2017. – El viernes 5 de mayo, un día antes de la ansiada mega pelea entre Canelo Álvarez y Julio Cesar Chávez Jr. en Las Vegas, Golden Boy Promotions realizará una fiesta del festivo Cinco de Mayo en la MGM Garden Arena. Los aficionados tendrán una completa tarde y noche de actividad iniciando con el esperado pesaje oficial de Canelo vs. Chávez Jr., posteriormente una velada de Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN llena de acción liderada por el ex triple campeón mundial divisional Yuriorkis Gamboa midiéndose al tozudo mexicano Robinson Castellanos, ¡presentaciones sorpresa de peleadores, DJs, activaciones de patrocinadores, entretenimiento y mucho, mucho más!

            En primer lugar, se abrirán las puertas del MGM Grand a la 1:00 p.m. PT para el pesaje oficial de Canelo vs. Chávez Jr. y el completo respaldo, con los peleadores subiendo a la romana para su muy esperado y explosivo combate a las 5:00 p.m. ET/2:00 p.m. PT., el pesaje del respaldo Pay Per View comenzará a las 5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT. Casi inmediatamente después, se pondrán en marcha los choques preliminares de Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN, que dará paso al triple evento televisado de pura acción a granel para el exigente aficionado.

            Como regalo especial para los aficionados, Golden Boy Promotions otorgará asientos exclusivos VIP para la esperada y candente ceremonia del pesaje de Canelo vs. Chávez Jr. con la compra de un boleto de la función de Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN: Gamboa vs. Castellanos.

            “En la víspera de la súper pelea de México vs. México que es Canelo vs. Chávez, Jr., lo más apropiado era que lanzáramos una fiesta final de los fanáticos en el festivo fin de semana del Cinco de Mayo en Las Vegas”, dijo Óscar de la Hoya, presidente y Jefe Ejecutivo de Golden Boy Promotions. “No hay mejor manera de disfrutar de estas vacaciones especiales que salir y ver algunas de las mejores peleas llenas de acción, escuchar los sonidos de las bandas de mariachis, y ondear sus banderas mexicanas”, afirmó.

            El destacado peleador cubano ex triple monarca mundial divisional Yuriorkis “El Ciclón de Guantánamo” Gamboa (26-1, 17 nocáuts) de Miami, Florida regresará de inmediato al tinglado para enfrentarse al fuerte contendiente mexicano oriundo de Celaya Guanajuato México, Robinson “Robin Hood” Castellanos 21-11, 13 nocáuts) en la pelea estelar programada a 10 asaltos en peso ligero y televisada por ESPN Deportes y ESPN2 comenzando a las 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.

            En el evento co estelar estará Abraham “El Chamaco” López (22-0-1, 15 nocáuts) de La Puente, California, quien pondrá en juego su título pluma de la NABA y el récord invicto, cuando se enfrente al peligroso peleador Jesús Rojas (24-1-2, 17 nocáuts) procedente de Caguas, Puerto Rico. La pelea está programada a 10 rounds.

            Abriendo la porción de las peleas televisadas por Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN, la calidad de invicto del brasileño Yamaguchi Falcão (12-0, 6 nocáuts) estará en juego cuando se enfrente al también invicto y su quizás más peligroso oponente hasta el momento en el fuerte peleador Morgan “Big Chief” Fitch (18-0-1, 8 nocáuts) de Pittsburgh, Pensilvania en un combate a 10 asaltos en peso mediano.

Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN: Gamboa vs. Castellanos es un combate a 10 asaltos en peso ligero presentado por Golden Boy Promotions en asociación con ZR Entertainment. El evento es patrocinado por Tecate “Born BOLD”.ESPN Deportes y ESPN2 transmitirá la velada en vivo el viernes 5 de mayo desde el MGM Grand Garden Arena a las 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT. ESPN Deportes transmitirá el respaldo comenzando a las 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT. Las mismas peleas de respaldo serán transmitidas simultáneamente en Ingles por ESPN3, con la cobertura televisada comenzando a las 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT en ESPN2.
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THREE WEIGHT CLASSES INVITED TO TRYOUT FOR SEASON 26 OF THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER

Apr 6, 2017

UFC® INVITES WOMEN’S STRAWWEIGHTS AND BANTAMWEIGHTS AND MEN’S MIDDLEWEIGHTS TO TRYOUT FOR SEASON 26 OF

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER®

 

Las Vegas – UFC® will begin the search for the next cast of The Ultimate Fighter® with an open casting call for women’s strawweights and bantamweights as well as men’s middleweights on Tuesday, May 23 in Las Vegas. Tryouts are open to all competitors aged 21-34 with at least three professional fights and a winning record. The season will begin filming in July and premiere on FS1 later this year.

 

Applications, which should be completed and brought to tryouts, can be found online at http://www.ufc.com/TUF26. The athletes will be required to grapple and hit pads, so please bring appropriate gear. Applicants will be notified at the end of the day if they have been selected to move on in the casting process. If selected, applicants must be prepared to stay in Las Vegas until Saturday, May 27. All questions can be directed to TUFcasting@ufc.com.

 

The Ultimate Fighter, which debuted in 2005, has launched the careers of some of the UFC’s most recognizable names and successful athletes. The series has produced six UFC champions including Forrest Griffin, Rashad Evans, Michael Bisping, TJ Dillashaw, Carla Esparza, and Matt Serra.

 

WHO:              115-pound women

135-pound women

185-pound men

 

WHEN:            Tuesday, May 23 at 8 a.m. PT

 

WHERE:          Palace Station Hotel

2411 W. Sahara Ave.

Las Vegas, NV 89102

 

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

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TV AZTECA Y TELEVISA TRANSMITIRÁN CANELO VS. CHÁVEZ JR

Apr 5, 2017
TV AZTECA Y TELEVISA TRANSMITIRÁN CANELO VS. CHÁVEZ JR. EN VIVO EL SÁBADO 6 DE MAYO DESDE LA FLAMANTE T-MOBILE ARENA
 
EL PODER DE CANELO UNE A REDES RIVALES PARA PRESENTAR ESTA SÚPER PELEA
 
LOS ÁNGELES, California 5 de abril de 2017. – Haciendo historia de la televisión mexicana, TV Azteca y Televisa transmitirán el mega evento entre Canelo Álvarez vs. Julio César Chávez Jr. en vivo desde la flamante T-Mobile Arena el sábado 6 de mayo en el fin de semana festivo del Cinco de Mayo. Será la primera vez que ambas estaciones transmitan un evento estelar boxístico entre peleadores mexicanos.

            Este histórico anuncio se produce cuando los aficionados se preparan para presenciar ésta muy esperada “Guerra Civil Mexicana” entre dos de los boxeadores más famosos y habilidosos en el deporte con los verdaderos ganadores siendo los que sintonicen en vivo las transmisiones simultánea.

            “Este anuncio es histórico y era mi deseo que ambas cadenas trabajaran juntas para transmitir esta pelea”, dijo Canelo Álvarez. “Ahora todos mis compatriotas podrán disfrutar de épica esta batalla entre dos orgullosos guerreros mexicanos. El evento está llamando la atención y mostrando la importancia del fin de semana del Cinco de Mayo para nuestro pueblo mexicano”, subrayó.

            “Este es un auténtico testimonio del poder estelar de Canelo [Álvarez], a la vez que establece un precedente en que un atleta pueda unir dos redes [networks]”, dijo dijo Óscar de la Hoya, presidente y Jefe Ejecutivo de Golden Boy Promotions. “Ahora que la pelea será transmitida tanto por TV Azteca como por Televisa, todo México tendrá acceso para ver a Canelo y Chávez Jr. el 6 de mayo”, manifestó.

Canelo vs. Chávez, Jr. es un combate a 12 asaltos presentado por Golden Boy Promotions y patrocinado por Tecate, BORN BOLD, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Adriana’s Insurance e Interjet. Lemieux vs. Reyes, duelo a 10 asaltos en peso supermediano, es presentado por Golden Boy Promotions en asociación con Eye of the Tiger Management. Matthysse vs. Taylor es una contienda a 10 asaltos presentada por Golden Boy Promotions en asociación con Arano Boxing y Star Boxing. Díaz vs. Ávila es un pleito a 10 asaltos por el cetro pluma de la NABF. El mega evento se efectuará el sábado 6 de mayo en la T-Mobile Arena, y será producido y distribuido en vivo por HBO Pay Per View® comenzando a las 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
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Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev II “No Excuses”

Apr 5, 2017
Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev II
“No Excuses”
Set for Saturday, June 17
At Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas
Presented Live by HBO Pay-Per-View

NEW YORK, NY (April 4, 2017) – Roc Nation Sports, Main Events, Andre Ward Promotions and Krusher Promotions are pleased to announce the highly anticipated rematch between the unified Light Heavyweight Champion of the World, Andre “SOG” Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) and former title holder Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KOs). Ward vs. Kovalev II “No Excuses” will take place Saturday, June 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The championship event, presented by Corona Extra, will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

Team Ward and Team Kovalev will partake in a three-city press tour the week of April 10 to officially announce the fight, including New York City, the Bay Area and Los Angeles. Further details will be available in the coming days.

“I’m going to keep it short and sweet. You got what you asked for – now you have to see me on June 17. This time…leave the excuses at home,” said Ward.

“I’m glad to know that rematch will happen. I really hope that Andre Ward will get into the ring for this rematch. Fans of boxing will see the real Krusher–the one they have missed for couple of my last fights. For me this rematch is very important as no other bout in my entire boxing career. Thanks a lot to all of boxing fans,” said Kovalev.

“Roc Nation Sports is proud to be the lead promoter behind a boxing rematch for the ages,” said Michael Yormark, Roc Nation President & Chief of Branding and Strategy. “Last November, Andre showed the world he was boxing’s best. No doubt he will build upon his legacy come June 17 in another historic night. There’s no excuses, the rematch is on.”

“After the last fight, we are preparing for another unbelievable experience. Can’t wait for the bell to ring! This is sure to be another nail-biting roller coaster ride,” said Kathy Duva, CEO, Main Events. “This is the only fight that Sergey wants right now and he refused to settle for anything less than the chance to get his belts back. I’m told that Roc Nation and Andre Ward have lots of great ideas for the promotion and we can’t wait to see them in action!”

“After a razor thin decision last November in their first meeting, the boxing community has been eagerly waiting for a Ward-Kovalev rematch,” said Tony Walker, Vice President, HBO Pay-Per-View. “These are two world class prizefighters who embrace being on the sport’s biggest stage. Like Andre and Sergey, we can’t wait for June 17th at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.”

“This spectacular rematch of pound-for-pound champions will be a ‘can’t-miss’ fight at the Mandalay Bay Events Center,” said Richard Sturm, President of Entertainment and Sports for MGM Resorts International. “We look forward to working with both Roc Nation Sports and Main Events once again on this championship event which should be one of the most thrilling fights of 2017.”

Known for his strong character and integrity outside the ring and his warrior’s instinct inside it, 33-year-old Andre Ward’s skill and talent were apparent early in his outstanding amateur career. He racked up every title in the books, culminating in a gold medal in the light heavyweight division at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. As the only male American boxer to claim Olympic gold in the past
decade, Ward joined the likes of Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard and Oscar De La Hoya. He turned professional on December 18, 2004, scoring a second round technical knockout victory over Chris Molina at Staples Center in a fight that was televised live on HBO. He has gone on to rack up an undefeated record since then, building an ever-growing legion of fans in the process. After becoming the Ring Magazine and WBA Super Middleweight World Champion, rising to the number two spot on the pound-for-pound list and winning the 2011 Fighter of the Year Award (ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Ring Magazine and the Boxing Writers Association of America), it was announced that Ward signed an exclusive promotional agreement with Roc Nation Sports in January 2015, opening a new chapter in his storied boxing career. Ward returned to the ring on June 20, 2015 at the Oracle Arena in front of his hometown fans in Oakland, California and scored a ninth-round knockout over Paul Smith. On March 26, 2016, Ward made his highly publicized 175-pound debut against Cuba’s undefeated and IBF number one rated light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera and came out victorious. Ward continued his conquest of the light heavyweight division on August 6, 2016, with a unanimous decision over Alexander Brand. Immediately following the win, Ward announced that he will be taking on unified Light Heavyweight Champion Sergey Kovalev in the ultimate showdown for division supremacy and recognition as the best pound-for-pound fighter. In the most anticipated fight of 2016 on November 19 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Ward would prove to the world his dominance as one of boxing’s top pound-for-pound fighters by becoming the unified World Light Heavyweight Champion with a unanimous decision win over Kovalev, the reigning WBA, IBF and WBO titleholder.

Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, the Russian Wrecking Ball, 34, is currently ranked #2 Pound-for-Pound by Ring Magazine and has been dominating boxing’s light heavyweight division with his aggressive, fan-friendly style since his breakout performance against then-unbeaten Nathan Cleverly in 2013 when he won the WBO Light Heavyweight World Title. One year after winning his WBO title Sergey went on to defeat future Hall-of-Famer Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins in a 12-round unanimous decision victory to add the WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Titles to his mantle. His rise to boxing stardom has been meteoric, as he has gone from an unknown fighter from Chelyabinsk, Russia to headlining HBO Pay-Per-View in just four years after signing with his first promoter, Main Events. In his last fight, Kovalev went the distance against former two-time world champion Andre “SOG” Ward. The bout ended in a highly-contested unanimous decision against Sergey even though Kovalev managed to knock down Ward and many thought the cards should have gone in his favor. Out of Kovalev’s 30 career victories 26 have come by way of knockout. Additionally, he has entered into championship rounds only three times in his professional career. Kovalev has always sought to test himself against the best boxing has to offer; he wants to prove in the ring that he deserves that mantle.

Ward vs. Kovalev II “No Excuses,” a 12-round mega-fight for the WBO/IBF/WBA light heavyweight championships, is presented by Roc Nation Sports, Main Events, Andre Ward Promotions, Krusher Promotions and Corona Extra, and is sponsored by Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The championship event takes place Saturday, June 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

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EL TREMENDO PROSPECTO DIEGO DE LA HOYA ENCABEZA LA VELADA DE GOLDEN BOY

Apr 4, 2017
EL TREMENDO PROSPECTO  DIEGO DE LA HOYA ENCABEZA LA VELADA DE

GOLDEN BOY BOXING ON ESPN CONTRA EL TOZUDO ERIK RUIZ EL 18 DE MAYO DESDE EL CASINO DEL SOL RESORT EN TUCSON, ARIZONA
 
TELEVISADA EN VIVO POR ESPN DEPORTES Y ESPN2 A LAS 10:00 P.M ET/7:00 P.M. PT
 
¡Boletos A La Venta El Viernes 7 De Abril A Las 10:00 a.m. PT/MT
 
LOS ÁNGELES, California 4 de abril de 2017. –  Diego de la Hoya (17-0, 9 nocauts), el invicto monarca mundial juvenil supergallo del CMB, buscara continuar su ascenso meteórico en la división de las 122 libras, en su pelea estelar del jueves 18 de mayo de la flamante y exitosa serie de Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN en una batalla a 10 asaltos contra el experimentado y tozudo Erik Ruiz (16-6-1, 6 nocauts) en el Casino Del Sol Resort en Tucson, Arizona y televisado en vivo por ESPN Deportes y ESPN2 comenzando a las 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT.
¡Estoy emocionado y agradecido de estar encabezando la nueva aventura de Golden Boy Promotions con ESPN en Tucson”, dijo Diego de la Hoya. “Tengo un rival duro en Erik Ruiz, ¡pero estaré más que listo para él! Sé que ESPN espera grandes enfrentamientos de Golden Boy [Promotions], y esta pelea no es una excepción”, reconoció.
 
            Estoy muy contento de tener la oportunidad de medirme contra Diego de la Hoya”, dijo Erik Ruiz. “He tenido muchos altibajos en mi carrera y sé que una victoria contra Diego puede ayudar a borrar algunos de esos baches. Esta pelea me ha dado una renovada motivación. Sólo en el boxeo con un triunfo se puede ganar un cambio de vida y una victoria contra De la Hoya puede cambiar el mío para algo mejor. ¡Esta será una gran batalla para los fanáticos!”, expresó.
 
            Estamos encantados de agregar Casino Del Sol Resort como una de nuestras designadas paradas de ESPN como un esfuerzo para asegurar que los fanáticos de todo el país tengan la oportunidad de ver al más destacado talento dar todo lo que tienen en el ring”, dijo   Óscar de la Hoya, presidente y Jefe Ejecutivo de Golden Boy Promotions. “Diego [De la Hoya] es un peleador natural en el ring y hará cualquier cosa para asegurarse que vuelva a casa ese cinturón. Por otro lado, Erik Ruiz buscará reivindicarse y no cederá ante Diego”, enfatizó.
 
            Los boletos saldrán a la venta el viernes 7 de abril a las 10:00 a.m. MT. Los
precios son de $30 a $105 dólares (incluye una tarifa).  Los boletos están disponibles para su compra en la tienda de regalos del Casino Del Sol y en línea casinodelsol.com.
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RISING PROSPECT DIEGO DE LA HOYA TO HEADLINE GOLDEN BOY BOXING ON ESPN AGAINST ERIK RUIZ ON MAY 18

Apr 3, 2017
RISING PROSPECT DIEGO DE LA HOYA TO HEADLINE
GOLDEN BOY BOXING ON ESPN AGAINST ERIK RUIZ ON MAY 18 FROM CASINO DEL SOL RESORT IN TUCSON, ARIZONA
 
TELEVISED LIVE ON ESPN DEPORTES AND ESPN2 AT 10 P.M EST / 7 P.M. PST
 
Tickets on sale Friday, April 7 at 10 a.m. PST/MST
 
LOS ANGELES (April 3, 2017) Looking to continue his meteoric rise up the Super Bantamweight division, undefeated WBC Youth World Champion Diego De La Hoya  (17-0, 9 KOs) will headline the Thursday, May 18 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN in a 10-round battle against crafty veteran Erik Ruiz (16-6-1, 6 KOs) at Casino Del Sol Resort in Tucson, Arizona and televised on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes starting at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST.
“I’m excited and thankful to be headlining Golden Boy Promotions’ new venture with ESPN in Tucson!” said Diego De La Hoya. “I have a tough opponent in Erik Ruiz, but I’ll be more than ready for him! I know ESPN is expecting great matchups from Golden Boy, and this fight is no exception!”
“I am thrilled to be getting the opportunity to fight Diego De La Hoya,” said Erik Ruiz. “I’ve had many ups and downs in my career and I know a win against Diego can help erase some of those bumps. This fight has given me a renewed motivation. Only in boxing can one win change your life and a win against De La Hoya can change mine for the better. This will be a great fight for the fans!”
“We are thrilled to be adding Casino Del Sol Resort as one of our designated ESPN stops as an effort to ensure that fight fans around the country have the opportunity to see top talent give all they have in the ring,” said Golden Boy Promotions Chairman and CEO Oscar De La Hoya. “Diego is a natural in the ring and he’ll do anything to make sure he takes back home that belt. On the other hand, Erik Ruiz will look to vindicate himself, and will not hold back on Diego.”

Tickets go on sale Friday, April 7at 10 a.m. MST. Ticket prices range from $30.00-$105.00 (includes convenience fee).  Tickets are available for purchase at the Casino Del Sol gift shop and online at casinodelsol.com.

De La Hoya vs. Ruiz is a 10-round super bantamweight bout set for May 18, presented by Golden Boy Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate “Born BOLD.” ESPN Deportes and ESPN2 will transmit the fights live from Casino Del Sol Resort beginning at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST. ESPN3 live stream of the fight will begin at approximately 8:30 p.m. EST/5:30 p.m. PST.
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ANTONIO OROZCO MAINTAINS UNDEFEATED RECORD WITH KNOCKOUT OF KEANDRE GIBSON TO CLAIM THE WBC USNBC SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE

Apr 3, 2017
ANTONIO OROZCO MAINTAINS UNDEFEATED RECORD WITH KNOCKOUT OF KEANDRE GIBSON TO CLAIM THE WBC USNBC SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE ON GOLDEN BOY BOXING ON ESPN
MERCITO GESTA CLAIMS VICTORY OVER GILBERTO GONZALEZ IN CO-MAIN EVENT ALL-OUT BRAWL
 
LIVE FROM THE COSMOPOLITAN OF LAS VEGAS AND TELEVISED BY ESPN DEPORTES AND ESPN2
PHOTO CREDIT: Gene Blevins – Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions
LAS VEGAS (April 1, 2017)  Antonio “Relentless” Orozco (26-0, 17 KOs) wasn’t up to any tricks this April Fool’s Day as he proudly pronounced his return to the ring with a dominating knockout over KeAndre “The Truth” Gibson (16-1-1, 7 KOs) in the fourth round of the main event live from The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and televised on ESPN Deportes and ESPN2. Both fighters entered the ring undefeated, yet it was Orozco who walked away as the new WBC USNBC Super Lightweight Champion.

“From start to finish, I stuck to the fundamentals in this fight,” said Orozco. “I’m very happy to have won this fight, and now it’s time to go home to my family.”

“I tried to outbox him,” said Gibson. “Unfortunately, I got caught. It happens.”
Celebrities in attendance at Orozco vs. Gibson included WBC World Champion Jorge “El Niño de Oro” Linares, former IBF Middleweight Champion Fernando Vargas and Golden Boy Promotions’ fighters Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera, Marcelino Lopez, Joseph “Diamante”; and Bernard Hopkins and Bernardo Osuna, who also served as ESPN’s commentators for the evening’s televised bouts.
In one of the most entertaining fights of the night, San Diego, CA’s Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (30-1-2, 16 KOs) and Gilberto “Flaco” Gonzalez (27-4, 22 KOs) of Mexico City went to war in a barn burner co-main event. With non-stop action, Gonzalez used his impressive reach to knock Gesta down in the third round. However, for every hit taken, Gesta lived up to his nickname and showed ‘No Mercy’ bouncing back and putting his opponent up against the ropes in no time. Ultimately, the judges scored the fight with 99-91, 98-92, 96-93 all in favor of a unanimous decision for Mercito Gesta.
“I listened to my corner in the fight, and never let my opponent get too close,” said Gesta. “I’m happy with the outcome, and I plan to lie low after this.”
Participating in the swing bout televised on ESPN, the pride of Palmdale, CA Cesar Diaz (5-0, 4 KOs) went the distance for the first time in his career against seasoned fight veteran Felipe “Panterita” Rivas (17-19-4, 11 KOs) of Nogales, Mexico. At the end of the fight, the judges announced their scores of 60-54 awarding the unanimous decision victory to Cesar Diaz.
“I think this was a good fight,” said Diaz. “I knew going in he was an experienced fighter, so it was good for me to learn from this and know how to improve for next time.”
Part of the livestream, Glendora, CA’s Joet Gonzalez (16-0, 8 KOs) stayed undefeated with a fifth round stoppage over Derrick Murrary (13-2-1, 5 KOs) of St. Louis in their featherweight event. In the first rounds, both fighters were testing one another exchanging a series of hits and blows. Gonzalez gained steam in the fourth round and began putting and stifling Murray with his signature power punches, which continued into the fifth round when it ended.
“Going in, I wanted to be smart and cut him off,” said Gonzalez. “Overall, this was a great fight, and I’m happy to have another victory.”
Fighting in the opening bout of the evening, Emilio “The Kid” Sanchez (15-0, 10 KOs) of Pacoima, CA proved himself to be an expert counterpuncher in this featherweight fight against Ciudad Juarez, Mexico’s Jose “Flash” Bustos (11-8-3, 7 KOs). For every punch thrown, Sanchez would follow it up with a smoldering hook to Busto’s body. As the rounds weathered on between the fighters, it was Sanchez who defeated Bustos by way of technical knockout at the :51 mark in the eighth round.
“My plan going in to the fight was to be smart and not get hit,” said Sanchez. “I didn’t plan on knocking him out in the last round, the knockout came on its own, and I’m happy with the outcome.”
 
Orozco vs. Gibson was a 10-round battle for the vacant WBC USNBC Super Lightweight Championship on April 1 presented by Golden Boy Promotions. The event was sponsored by Tecate “Born BOLD.” Doors opened at 4 p.m. PT, and the first fight began at 4 p.m. PT. ESPN Deportes transmitted the fights live from The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with ESPN2 airing it at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT.
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