LA Galaxy listo para iniciar campaña 2019 de la U.S. Open Cup

Jun 12, 2019

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LOS ANGELES (Lunes, 10 de junio, 2019) – LA Galaxy (9-6-1, 28 puntos) está listo para su debut en la cuarta ronda de la U.S. Open Cup 2019, cuando el equipo reciba al Orange County FC el miércoles, 12 de junio en el Dignity Health Sports Park Track & Field Stadium.

Galaxy ha registrado un récord de 34-18-0 en todos los tiempos en la Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. El club ha participado en la Copa Abierta todos los años desde 1999, ganando el torneo en el 2001 y 2005 y llegando a la final de la Copa Abierta en otras dos ocasiones. El año pasado, el Galaxy avanzó a los octavos de final antes de caer ante Portland Timbers en condición de visitante. 

Galaxy regresará a la acción de la MLS ante FC Cincinnati el sábado, 22 de junio a las 4:30 p.m. PT en el Nippert Stadium (Spectrum SportsNet).

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Newark Native Shakur Stevenson to face Hairon Socarras July 13 at Prudential Center Live on ESPN

Jun 12, 2019

Newark Homecoming: Brick City Native Shakur Stevenson to face Hairon Socarras July 13 at Prudential Center Live on ESPN

Stevenson-Socarras and Joshua Greer Jr.-Nikolai Potapov to be televised on ESPN and ESPN Deportes beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT

Entire undercard to stream live on ESPN+ starting at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT

 Shakur Stevenson, born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, and closing in on a world title shot, is coming home. Stevenson, a 2016 U.S. Olympic silver medalist and the WBO No. 1 featherweight contender, will face fellow unbeaten Hairon Socarras in the 10-round main event Saturday, July 13 at Prudential Center, home of the NHL’s New Jersey Devils.

In the co-feature, fast-rising bantamweight contender Joshua Greer Jr. will face Nikolai Potapov in an IBF eliminator for the organization’s No. 2 ranking.

Stevenson-Socarras and Greer-Potapov will be televised live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT.

The entire undercard will stream live on ESPN+ — the leading multi-sport streaming service — starting at 7 p.m. ET. 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Vijender Singh (10-0, 7 KOs), India’s most prominent professional boxer and the only Olympic boxing medalist in his nation’s history, will make his long-awaited return on the undercard in an eight-round super middleweight bout. Singh’s countryman, top super welterweight prospect Vikas “The Indian Tank” Krishan (2-0, 1 KO), will see action in a six-rounder.

Promoted by Top Rank, tickets priced at $100, $75, $50 and $25 (not including applicable fees) go on sale Tuesday, June 11 at 10 a.m. ET and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 and in person at the Prudential Center box office starting Wednesday, June 12 at 11 a.m. ET.

“Newark, I’m coming home! I’ve wanted to fight at Prudential Center since my pro debut, and the time has finally come,” Stevenson said.  “I haven’t fought in Newark in over four years, and I promise it will be worth the wait.  On July 13, I’m going to show the ESPN audience and Hairon Socarras what Brick City is all about. Socarras is an undefeated fighter, but he has never been in the ring with anyone like me. This is my first main event, and my hometown fans are going to see the best Shakur Stevenson yet.”

“I am so excited to be on such a big stage,” Socarras said. “I am looking forward to fight night. This is what boxing is about. I will bring my ‘A’ game and give it my all. I have a surprise for Shakur. I have the utmost respect for my opponent until the bell rings. Although my mother isn’t here on earth any longer, I want to thank her for all the great years she gave me, and this one’s for her. Thank you to ESPN for this platform, and Top Rank for giving me a shot at their top prospect. I’m coming to win.”

“I’ve been ready for these types of fights. I’ve been perfecting my craft every day, and I’m ready to put on a great show,” Greer said. “I’m going to continue to be Mr. ESPN, and watch out, I have something special planned for everyone who tunes in. Potapov looks like my toughest fight on paper, but he’s an average fighter. I’m going to show that there are levels to this game. He will be exposed because I am on a different level. I’m the best fighter he ever fought.”

Stevenson (11-0, 6 KOs) returned from the 2016 Rio Olympics as one of the sport’s most highly touted prospects. He graduated from prospect to contender status in 2018, knocking out longtime contender Viorel Simion in one round as the ESPN-televised co-feature to the Terence Crawford-Jose Benavidez fight in Omaha, Nebraska. Stevenson shined on the Crawford-Amir Khan pay-per-view undercard April 20 at Madison Square Garden, dominating former world title challenger Christopher Diaz over 10 rounds.

Socarras (22-0-3, 14 KOs), who moved from Cuba to Miami at the age of 11, is an eight-year pro who is taking a massive step up in competition against Stevenson. A 5-foot-6 boxer-puncher who has competed as high as lightweight, he is 6-0 with three knockouts since the start of 2018, most recently knocking out Jesus Martinez in five rounds on May 10 in Hollywood, Florida.

Greer (20-1-1, 12 KOs) has emerged as one of the bantamweight division’s hardest punches, as he’s riding a seven-bout knockout streak dating back to early 2017. The Chicago native will be making his second consecutive ESPN appearance. Last time out, Feb. 15 in Hinckley, Minnesota, Greer got up off the deck in the third round to stop Giovanni Escaner in the eighth. Potapov (20-1-1, 11 KOs) has won three in a row since a TKO defeat to longtime flyweight and junior bantamweight world champion Omar Narvaez. Potapov was last seen on American airwaves in March 2017 when he edged Antonio Nieves by split decision. On that same card, Greer debuted his famed “Night Night” pillow celebration following his one-punch knockout over James Smith. Greer, whose pillows have become more elaborate with each passing fight, is having a special one designed for his New Jersey debut.

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Sweet Six: Oscar Valdez Decisions Jason Sanchez

Jun 12, 2019

 Sweet Six: Oscar Valdez Decisions Jason Sanchez

Valdez defeats Sanchez by unanimous decision, defends WBO featherweight title for the sixth time

Gabriel Flores Jr. defeats Salvador Briceno, improves to 14-0

(Photo Credit: Mikey Williams / Top Rank)


RENO, Nev. (June 8, 2019) — For the third time in his WBO featherweight world title reign, Oscar Valdez turned away the challenge of a previously undefeated fighter. Valdez, a two-time Olympian for his native Mexico, defeated Albuquerque product Jason Sanchez via unanimous decision to defend his world title for the sixth time.

The scores — 118-109 2x and 117-110 — were reflective of the action, but Sanchez, appearing in his first world title contest, made the longtime champion work for the victory.

Valdez (26-0, 20 KOs) knocked down Sanchez with a lead left hook to open the fifth round and played the role of boxer-puncher throughout the evening.

Sanchez (14-1, 7 KOs) was game, but he did not have an answer for Valdez, who has become a less of a brawler and more of a defensive-minded, catch-and-shoot tactician under the guidance of trainer Eddy Reynoso.

“I hope {to fight at featherweight again}. I also have to listen to my body. We’re going to see what’s best,” Valdez said. “Sometimes I get tired in there, and I’m not sure if it’s because of the weight loss. We’ll talk about {my next move} as a team and will do what is best. I want to fight everybody at 126, 130. Let’s do it.”

“Sanchez lacked experience, but he showed tremendous guts. Oscar Valdez fought him back and showed his championship heart,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “We’re going to look for a fight later on in the year between Valdez and Carl Frampton if Frampton is successful in his next fight.”

Flores Jr. improves to 14-0

Gabriel Flores Jr., 35 days removed from his last ESPN appearance, authored quite the encore. Flores (14-0, 6 KOs), the Stockton, California, native who packed more than 10,000 fans into the Stockton Arena on May 4 for his third-round knockout over Eduardo Pereira Reis, made the short drive to Reno and outfought Salvador Briceno to earn an eight-round unanimous decision (79-73 and 78-74 2X) in the co-feature.

Briceno (15-4, 9 KOs), from Guadalajara, Mexico, saw his two-bout winning streak come to an end, while Flores improved to 3-0 in 2019.

At 19 years of age, Flores cemented his status as one of boxing’s sublime teenage talents.

“I want to fight in the next two, three months. If they want me to fight next month, we can talk about it,” Flores said. “I am only 19, and I am only getting better. I’m staying busy and fighting better opponents. Top Rank is developing me perfectly, and it’s about fighting all different types of fighters to get me ready for the championship level.”

In other action:

— Light heavyweight contender Michel Seals (23-2, 17 KOs) took matters into his own hands, knocking out veteran Christopher Brooker (14-7, 5 KOs) with a single right hand at 2:00 of the second round. Seals has won three in a row since a controversial disqualification loss.

“He’s a tough guy. I did my homework on him,” Seals said. “I knew he was crafty, so I had to take my time. I knew I was going to walk him into something.”

— Robson Conceicao, a 2016 Olympic gold medalist for his native Brazil, improved to 13-0 with an eight-round unanimous decision over Carlos Ruiz (16-7-2, 6 KOs). Ruiz, who has fought the likes of Shakur Stevenson and former world champion Hozumi Hasegawa, has never been stopped as a pro. The judges scored the bout as followed: 80-72 (2x) and 79-73.
— Diego Elizondo (2-0-2, 0 KOs) and Sergio Vega (2-0-1, 2 KOs) fought to a four-round draw in a crowd-pleasing lightweight bout. All three judges scored the contest 38-38.

— Reno native JJ Mariano had a successful pro debut, scoring a fourth-round TKO over William Flenoy in a super lightweight bout. Flenoy (0-1) injured his shoulder and was unable to continue.

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FIGHT BETWEEN DIEGO SANCHEZ AND CLAY GUIDA TO BE INDUCTED INTO UFC® HALL OF FAME

Jun 12, 2019

FIGHT BETWEEN DIEGO SANCHEZ AND CLAY GUIDA TO BE INDUCTED INTO UFC® HALL OF FAME


Las Vegas ­– UFC® today announced that the classic 2009 fight between season one winner of The Ultimate Fighter® Diego Sanchez and former Strikeforce® lightweight champion Clay Guida will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame’s ‘Fight Wing’ as a part of the class of 2019. The 2019 UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Toyo Tires®, will take place on Friday, July 5, at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Tickets can be purchased via Ticketmaster. The event will be streamed live and exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS® starting at 7 p.m. PT. 

“There are certain guys that when you match them up, there’s no doubt in your mind that it’s going to be a good fight, and this was one of those fights,” UFC President Dana White said. “This fight represents everything that fans around the world love about UFC and the sport of mixed martial arts. Diego and Clay are two maniacs and as soon as the fight began, they both came out blasting each other, it was crazy! This was an absolute war and both guys gave everything they had for all three rounds. This fight was so good it was named the 2009 Fight of the Year. It is one of the best displays of heart, endurance and will to win that you will ever see. Congratulations to Diego Sanchez and Clay Guida on a fight that will always be remembered as one of the best ever!” 

As the main event of The Ultimate Fighter®: United States vs. United Kingdom Finale, which took place on Saturday, June 20, 2009, at the Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, both athletes entered the highly-anticipated matchup on three-fight winning streaks.

Sanchez entered the Octagon® with an impressive 22-2 record that included victories over former WEC® welterweight champions Nick Diaz and Karo Parisyan, former WEC® middleweight champion Joe Riggs and 2007 Strikeforce middleweight grand prix champion Jorge Santiago.

“The fight with Guida was really fun,” said Sanchez. “My mentality was that it was time to get street on this wrestler and that’s exactly what I did!”

Guida arrived at the Palms with a 25-6 record and wins over season five winner of The Ultimate Fighter® and current UFC welterweight Nate Diaz, season six winner of The Ultimate Fighter® Mac Danzig and former Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson.

“When you take a rampaging beast like Diego Sanchez, and a wild Tasmanian devil like me, you get a recipe for Fight of the Year, and that’s what we gave UFC fans that night,” said Guida. “The fans were the true winners and they deserved it more than anyone. Thank you for inducting this prolific battle into the UFC Hall of Fame! On behalf of my team, family, and friends that helped us prepare for that fight, we are truly honored!” 

Known for their intense personalities and tenacious fighting styles, both athletes ignited the crowd with their pre-fight antics and met in the center of the Octagon following introductions for an epic staredown that would be an indicator of things to come over the next three rounds.   

Sanchez quickly advanced to Guida’s side of the Octagon as the fight began and both athletes stood toe to toe exchanging punches until Diego connected on a right uppercut that almost floored Clay ten seconds into the first round. Sanchez continued his attack with a barrage of flying knees and punches as Guida covered up in an attempt to regain his footing. A third flying knee by Sanchez sent Guida’s mouthpiece out of his mouth and onto the canvas, as he moved to avoid Diego’s punches.

Sanchez continued as the aggressor, bombarding Guida with flying knees, uppercuts and jabs until Clay was able to secure his first takedown, directly into full guard, 69 seconds into the fight. Now with the advantage, Guida began landing a series of elbows while pushing Sanchez into the side of the Octagon as Diego, now bleeding, feverishly scrambled to get up off the canvas. Sanchez was able to shake Guida off as both fighters stood up at the 2:20 mark of the round.

Referee Josh Rosenthal immediately stopped the action to allow Clay to go to his corner and secure his mouthguard before fighting resumed at the center of the Octagon. Both fighters circled the center of the canvas for nine seconds until Sanchez connected on a left head kick that floored Guida, allowing Diego to resume his attack. Sanchez would take Clay down into side control with 37 seconds remaining, maintaining control for the remainder of one of the most explosive rounds in UFC history. At the conclusion of the round, both fighters combined to throw 114 significant strikes and received a standing ovation from the crowd.

The action continued in round two, with Guida taking Sanchez down 30 seconds into the round and controlling the action via ground-and-pound. Known for his jiu-jitsu, Diego attempted various submissions from his back and connected on a series of elbows from guard position. Guida maintained control throughout the round, matching Diego’s opening round success heading into the third.    

Having each won one round, both athletes were exhausted entering round three, with Guida starting the action by throwing punches to try and set up a takedown. Both athletes traded punches for the majority of the round, until Guida’s takedown attempt at the 1:50 mark was countered by Sanchez, resulting in Diego taking Clay’s back and trying to submit him via arm triangle. Diego lost his arm triangle bid and Clay ended up on top in full guard with Sanchez maneuvering to attempt a kimura. Guida was able to defend Diego’s submission attempt and the fight ended with a final barrage of punches from both fighters.

Sanchez would win the bout via split decision, earning a title shot against UFC Hall of Famer BJ Penn for the lightweight title in the main event of UFC® 107: PENN vs. SANCHEZ. He would lose his title bid against Penn but has continued to fight the best athletes in the world inside the Octagon.

During his career, Sanchez has competed in 29 fights inside the Octagon and is one of only two fighters that have competed in UFC’s middleweight, welterweight, lightweight and featherweight divisions, joining Kenny Florian. Diego is currently on a two-fight winning streak and most recently defeated Mickey Gall via TKO at UFC® 235: JONES vs. SMITH, in Las Vegas on Saturday, March 2, 2019. 

Guida has also continued to flourish inside the Octagon following this historic fight, winning 10 of his last 18 fights, including three of his last four. Clay recently earned a unanimous decision victory over Penn atUFC® 237: NAMAJUNAS vs. ANDRADE, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Saturday, May 11, 2019.  

The 8th Annual UFC International Fight Week™ will take place from Wednesday, July 3 – Sunday, July 7 in Las Vegas. For more information, download the official UFC International Fight Week app, that is available on the App Store and Google Play.

To view the Hall of Fame fight library, please visit UFCHOF. To see a complete list of UFC athletes and fights enshrined in the UFC Hall of Fame, as well as details regarding the UFC Hall of Fame format, please visit UFCHOFFAQ. For additional information, please visit UFC.com.

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Oscar Valdez-Jason Sanchez Headline Saturday’s Top Rank on ESPN Show

Jun 12, 2019
Weigh-In Results: Reno Fight Night

Valdez vs. Sanchez
Flores Jr. vs. Briceno


Reno-Sparks Convention Center (Reno, Nevada)
LIVE on ESPN/ESPN Deportes, TOMORROW at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT
Undercard Streaming on ESPN+ at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT 


(Photo Credit: Mikey Williams / Top Rank)

ESPN & ESPN Deportes (10 p.m. ET)

• 
Oscar Valdez 125.4 lbs vs. Jason Sanchez 124.8 lbs
(Valdez’s WBO Featherweight world title – 12 Rounds)
Judges/Referee: Tim Cheatham, Eric Cheek and Glenn Trowbridge/Vic Drakulich

• 
Gabriel Flores Jr. 132.8 lbs vs. Salvador Briceno 132.2 lbs
(Lightweight  – 8 Rounds)
Judges/Referee: Robert Hoyle, Patricia Morse Jarman and Dave Moretti/Robert Byrd

ESPN+ (7:30 p.m. ET)

• Robson Conceicao 127.8 lbs vs. Carlos Ruiz 127.2 lbs
(Super Featherweight – 8 Rounds)


• Diego Elizondo 134.8 lbs vs. Sergio Vega 133.6 lbs

(Lightweight – 4 Rounds)


• Michael Seals 175.2 lbs vs. Christopher Brooker 174.6 lbs
(Light Heavyweight – 10 Rounds)


•  JJ Mariano 138.2 lbs vs. William Flenoy 139.4 lbs
(Super Lightweight – 4 Rounds)

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Let’s Get It On Promotions and Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, tickets for this world championship event priced at $103, $68 and $43 (including facility fees) are on sale now and can be purchased via Ticketmaster.com or in person at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa gift shop.

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Valdez and Sanchez Promise Featherweight Fireworks in Reno on Saturday

Jun 7, 2019

Presser Notes and Quotes: Featherweight World Champion Oscar Valdez Ready for Title Defense Against Fellow Unbeaten Jason Sanchez

Battle of unbeatens headlines Top Rank on ESPN card SATURDAY at Reno-Sparks Convention Center beginning at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT

Undercard begins at 7:30 p.m ET/4:30 p.m. PT on ESPN+

(Photo Credit: Mikey Williams/Top Rank)

 RENO, Nev. (June 6, 2019) –  Oscar Valdez is set to make the sixth defense of his WBO world featherweight title, and for the third time during his title reign, he will be facing an unbeaten challenger.

Valdez (25-0, 20 KOs), the pride of Nogales, Mexico, will defend his belt against upstart Jason Sanchez (14-0, 7 KOs) Saturday evening from the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nevada. Sanchez is an Albuquerque product who has upset the odds before.

In the eight-round lightweight co-feature, 19-year-old sensation Gabriel Flores Jr. (13-0, 6 KOs) – 35 days removed from his last bout – will fight Salvador Briceno (15-3, 9 KOs). Valdez-Sanchez and Flores-Briceno will be televised live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes beginning at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

Valdez is now two fights removed from the severely broken jaw he suffered in March of last year against an over-the-weight Scott Quigg. Sanchez burst onto the boxing scene last October, upsetting then-unbeaten Jean Carlos Rivera via 10-round decision in Panama City, Panama. But Sanchez, who received this title shot on a little more than a month’s notice, is ready to tackle the long odds yet again. Valdez bounced back from the broken jaw Feb. 2 in Frisco, Texas, knocking out Carmine Tommasone in seven rounds. 

Two days before the bright lights, Valdez, Sanchez, and Flores met the media at the final press conference. This is what they had to say.

Oscar Valdez

On his second camp with trainer Eddy Reynoso

“We’ve worked very hard in the gym. He’s put the time in. That’s one of the first things I thought could happen knowing he trains Canelo Alvarez, that I might not get the time I deserve in the gym to keep on improving. But on the contrary. We’ve been working very hard. Eddy has been 100 percent dedicated to me, and I can just say thank you to him for putting that time in, him and my father, my manager Frank Espinoza, my whole team.”

“I know Jason Sanchez. I know he’s a tough fighter, and I treat him with as much respect as any fighter out there. A lot of people might not know who he is. Unfortunately, in the boxing world, if you don’t know the opponent, they automatically think it’s an easy fight like he’s a bum, a walk in the park, a sack of potatoes, whatever anybody wants to call it. But I don’t see that. I see a young, hungry fighter with the same dream as any other fighter wants to have, which is become a world champion. I have that target on my back. I take no fighter lightly. I see Jason Sanchez as a strong opponent, and I’m going to do my best to win.”

“I don’t plan on leaving this belt anytime soon. I want to move and improve to bigger and better things. Right now, I got only one guy on my radar, which is Jason Sanchez. I got much respect for him and his team, but once the bell rings, all of that is over. We have to give a good fight for the crowd, for the fans all over the world that are watching. That’s what we plan to do, so I’m very excited for this fight, to be honest.”

“I expect the best from every fighter. I saw him when he fought Jean Carlos Rivera, the Puerto Rican. He put up a good fight. Congratulations to him for his career. He’s doing great. This is a dream every fighter has, fighting for a world title. That only makes me more disciplined in the gym. I work very hard in the gym because I worked hard to get here, and I don’t plan on leaving any time soon. I’m taking this belt back to Mexico.”

Jason Sanchez

“There’s been so much going on {since the Rivera fight}, but it’s awesome. I’ve been working hard. I’m ready.”

“We knew beating Jean Carlos Rivera would mean we’d get more opportunities for more stuff. And, yes, sure enough.”

On getting the call to fight Valdez

“I was excited. We took the fight right away. He’s a tough guy. I’ve seen him fight before, but we’re ready.”

“I just need to fight hard and stay smart and active. Bringing the title home to Albuquerque would mean so much.”

Gabriel Flores Jr.

“Let’s keep the ball rolling. I feel good, I feel confident, and fighting under Oscar Valdez is a big opportunity. I’ve been in his training camp and everything, so it’s great to fight {on the same card} as him. I’m always in the gym. This is my life, day and night. This is what I do, so to fight again, I’m ready.”

On fighting in eight-rounders now

“More mitts, more rounds of sparring, more conditioning. It’s perfect because I’m still in shape from my last fight {May 4}, and we jumped right into training camp. I did enough six-rounders, and here’s the eight-rounder. We’re ready.”

ESPN and ESPN Deportes, 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT

Oscar Valdez (champion) vs. Jason Sanchez (challenger), 12 rounds, Valdez’s WBO featherweight world title

Gabriel Flores Jr.  vs. Salvador Briceno, 8 rounds, lightweight

ESPN+, 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT

Michael Seals vs. Christopher Brooker, 10 rounds, light heavyweight

Robson Conceicao vs. Carlos Ruiz, 8 rounds, super featherweight

Diego Elizondo vs. Sergio Vega, 4 rounds, lightweight

JJ Mariano vs. William Flenoy, 4 rounds, super lightweight

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Let’s Get It On Promotions and Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, tickets for this world championship event priced at $103, $68 and $43 (including facility fees) are on sale now and can be purchased via Ticketmaster.com or in person at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa gift shop.

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El Takeover llegará a Maryland: Teofimo López enfrentará a Masayoshi Nakatani el 19 de julio

Jun 4, 2019
El Takeover llegará a Maryland: Teofimo López enfrentará a Masayoshi Nakatani el 19 de julio en un choque eliminatorio de peso ligero en el MGM National Harbor 

Además, el combate eliminatorio por el título Jr. Welter de la FIB
entre Maxim Dadashev y Subriel Matias.

EN VIVO y en exclusiva por ESPN+ comenzando a las 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT

Taquillas salen a la venta este viernes, 7 de junio a las 10 a.m. ET y comienzan desde $25


Teofimo López está a una victoria de obtener la oportunidad de disputar un título que le permita cumplir su destino de coronarse campeón mundial. En su camino se encuentra el invicto japnés Masayoshi Nakatani, quien tiene la intención de estropear sus planes.

López y Nakatani se enfrentarán en un choque eliminatorio de título mundial peso ligero de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo (FIB) el viernes 19 de julio en el MGM National Harbor en Oxon Hill, Maryland. El ganador del combate López vs. Nakatani será el retador obligatorio del vencedor de la pelea televisada por ESPN el 28 de junio entre el campeón de la FIB Richard Commey y el mexciano Ray Beltrán.

Además, en otra interesante batalla de invictos, Maxim “Mad Max” Dadashev enfrentará al golpeador puertorriqueño Subriel Matías en un combate eliminatorio de título junior welter de la FIB para el cinturón que actualmente tiene Josh Taylor.

Los combates Lopez-Nakatani y Dadashev-Matias se transmitirán en vivo por ESPN+, el servicio líder de transmisión de deportes múltiples, a partir de las 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT Los combatientes en esta doble cartelera especial tienen un récord combinado de 57-0 con 47 nocauts.

La cartelera completa, incluida la pelea de peso súperpluma a 10 asaltos entre el invicto Erick De Leon y el ex campeón mundial Jason Sosa, se transmitirá por ESPN+ a partir de las 6:30 p.m. ET / 3: 30 p.m. PT

En una promoción de Top Rank, los boletos para este evento de campeonato mundial a un precio de $100, $75, $50 y $25 (sin incluir las tarifas aplicables) saldrán a la venta este viernes 7 de junio a las 10 am ET y se pueden comprar en línea en ticketmaster.como en persona en MGM National Harbor.

“Estoy emocionado de regresar, especialmente para mi primera pelea como estelar, una de muchas por venir”, dijo López. “Después de Nakatani, me verás frente al ganador de Richard Commey y Ray Beltrán. Si creen que lo han visto todo, no lo han hecho. Mi objetivo es ser una estrella mundial, y Nakatani no me va a detener. Esperen otro nocaut espectacular, y tenga la seguridad de que tengo algo especial planeado para la celebración. Para esta pelea, estamos haciendo un campamento de entrenamiento de nueve semanas, y voy a estar en la mejor forma de mi carrera. ¡El Takeover llegará al MGM National Harbor! el19 de julio”.

López (13-0, 11 KOs), clasificado número 4 por la FIB, nació en Brooklyn, se crió en Florida y representó a la Honduras natal de sus padres en los Juegos Olímpicos de Río 2016. El ascensodeljoven de 21 años a los rangos profesionales ha sido meteórico, ya que hizo su debut en una cartelera de Manny Pacquiao en noviembre del 2016 y fue el Prospecto del Año del 2018. En el 2019, se graduó a la categoría de contendiente. Eliminó al ex retador al título mundial Diego Magdaleno en siete rondas brutales el 2 de febrero en Frisco, Texas. López regresó el 20 de abril como co-estelar de en el Pay-Per-View estelarizado por el choque titular entre Terence Crawford y Amir Khan en el Madison Square Garden. Emocionó a los fanáticos de su ciudad natal, derrotando al dos veces campeón de peso ligero europeo Edis Tatli en cinco rondas.

Nakatani (18-0, 12 KOs), de Osaka, Japón, ocupa el puesto número 3 de la FIB y ha superado la distancia de 12 asaltos cinco veces. Ha ocupado el título de peso ligero de la OBPF desde el 2014 y ha realizado 11 defensas exitosas de ese cinturón. Nakatani ha ganado cuatro peleas en fila por nocaut, y contra López, hará su primera aparición en un ring fuera de Japón.

Dadashev (13-0, 11 KOs) es un profesional de tres años que ha hecho una transición perfecta al juego profesional. Un ex destacado amateur para su Rusia natal, ganó 281 combates en los rangos no pagados antes de convertirse en profesional bajo la guía del famoso manager Egis Klimas. Dadashev tiene victorias sobre los ex campeones mundiales Antonio DeMarco y Darleys Pérez y ha ganado nueve de sus últimos diez combates por nocaut. Hizo su debut del 2019 el 23 de marzo en Costa Mesa, California, eliminando a Ricky Sismundo en cuatro rondas. Matías (13-0, 13 KOs), zurdo de Fajardo, Puerto Rico, ha superado su competencia con facilidad, ya que siete de sus peleas terminaron en la primera o segunda ronda. Hizo su debut en Estados Unidos en octubre pasado en Nueva Orleans, derrotando al ex retador al título mundial de dos divisiones, Fernando Saucedo, en un asalto.

“No importa contra quién peleo o dónde peleo. Estoy esperando la oportunidad frente a mí”, dijo Dadashev. “Matías es un peleador peligroso, pero estoy listo para lo que sea que él traiga. He lbatallado contra todo tipo de estilos como amateur y como profesional, y todas mis experiencias me han llevado a esta pelea”.

Sosa (22-3-4, 15 KOs), de Camden, Nueva Jersey, derrotó a Javier Fortuna en junio del 2016 para ganar el mundial súperpluma de la AMB. Hizo una defensa de título exitosa antes de entregar su cinturón al grande libra por libra Vasiliy Lomachenko. Sosa ha ganado un par de peleas desde una polémica derrota por decisión ante Yuriorkis Gamboa y sabe que una victoria sobre De León (19-0-1, 11 KOs) lo acercará a otra oportunidad de disputar un título mundial.

De Leon, fue uno de los mejores aficionados de Estados Unidos que ganó tres campeonatos nacionales consecutivos de Guantes de Oro (2009-11). Derrotó a Adrian Yung por decisión unánime en julio pasado en Nueva Orleans, ganando a pesar de lesionarse el hombro derecho en la primera ronda. De León regresó a la acción el 23 de marzo en Costa Mesa, California, eliminando a José Luis Gallegos en siete asaltos.

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Andy Vences estará en acción en la transmisión de las peleas preliminares del cartel Tyson Fury vs. Tom Schwarz

Jun 4, 2019

Andy Vences estará en acción en la transmisión de las peleas preliminares
del cartel Fury vs. Schwarz del 15 de junio por ESPN Deportes

Los combates Mikaela Mayer vs. Crespo y Andy Vences vs. Bell
estelarizarán la transmisisón de las preliminares del cartel Fury vs. Schwarz que comenzará a las  7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT por ESPN2 y ESPN Deportes

Taquillas comenzando desde $50 están disponibles en AXS.com

Un par de contendientes invictos de peso súperpluma tendrán la oportunidad de brillar en el escenario más grande del deporte. El mexicano Andy “El Tiburon” Vences defenderá su cinturón súperpluma del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB) ante el contendiente americano Albert “Prince” Bell el 15 de junio en el MGM Grand Garden Arena en las peleas preliminares del cartel Tyson Fury vs. Tom Schwarz.

Los combates Vences vs. Bell y Mikaela Mayer vs. Lizbeth Crespo estelarizarán la transmisión en vivo de las peleas preliminares del cartel Fury vs. Schwarz a partir de las 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT por  ESPN2 y ESPN Deportes.

Los choques estelares Fury vs.Schwarz y Jesse Hart vs. Sullivan Barrera se transmitirán por ESPN+ a partir de las 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT

Vences vs. Bell originalmente iba a tener lugar el 8 de junio en Reno, Nevada, en la cartelera de Oscar Valdez vs. Jason Sánchez, pero ambos peleaores están emocionados de mostrar sus talentos en Las Vegas. 
“Estábamos preparados para pelear el 8 de junio, así que esto no cambia nada. Sé que esta es una gran oportunidad y que una victoria sería enorme para mi carrera”, dijo Vences. “Puedo ver a Bell lastimado en esta pelea. Él es el único que se interpone en mi camino hacia una oportunidad por el título mundial. Él puede golpear y moverse todo lo que quiera, pero va a tomar mucho más que eso para obtener mi respeto”.

“Todo esto me da una semana extra para entrenar”, dijo Bell. “Estoy emocionado y soy afortunado de estar peleando en el MGM Grand en la misma cartelera que el campeón de peso pesado”.

Vences (22-0-1, 12 KOs), de San José, California, ha ganado dos combates en fila desde que empató contra Erick De Leon en la cartelera de Oscar Valdez vs. Scott Quigg el 10 de marzo del año pasado. Viene de obtener una decisión por unanimidad sobre Dardan Zenunaj el 10 de febrero en Fresno, California. Bell (14-0, 5 KOs) de Toledo, Ohio, nunca ha estado cerca de ser derrotado como profesional, pero dará un paso gigante en la competencia frente a Vences. Campeón de los Guantes de Oro del 2012 como aficionado, Bell peleó por última vez el 15 de febrero en Hinckley, Minnesota, logrando una victoria por decisión sobre el duradero Edward Kakembo.
SOBRE FURY VS. SCHWARZ
El choque FURY contra SCHWARZ, será una pelea a 12 asaltos por el campeonato lineal de peso pesado del mundo, y será presentada por Top Rank en asociación con Queens Warrbie Promotions de Frank Warren y SES Boxing, y está patrocinado por Geico.

FURY vs. SCHWARZ se llevará a cabo el sábado, 15 de junio, a partir de las 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT en  el MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA, y será producido por Top Rank y ESPN y transmitido en vivo por ESPN+.

Los boletos con un precio de $500, $300, $100 y $50 ya están a la venta, se pueden comprar en línea a través de AXS.com, se pueden cargar por teléfono al 866-740-7711 o en persona en cualquier taquilla de MGM Resorts.

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Acerca de Top Rank
La innovación ha sido el estándar en Top Rank desde que fue establecida en 1966 por el promotor del Salón de la Fama, Bob Arum. Top Rank, la empresa de promoción lider  de la industria del boxeo, ha dado forma, desarrollado y promovido las carreras de las mejores superestrellas internacionales de pay-per-view y del Salón de la Fama, entre ellas Muhammad Ali, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Tommy Hearns, George Foreman, Sugar Ray Leonard, Aaron Pryor, Alexis Arguello, Oscar De La Hoya, Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Miguel Cotto, Erik Morales, Terence Crawford y Vasiliy Lomachenko.

Top Rank ha promovido algunas de las peleas más memorables en la historia del deporte, incluyendo 26 eventos de Ali, Leonard vs. Hearns, Pryor vs. Arguello, Duran vs. Leonard, Hagler vs. Hearns, Leonard vs. Hagler, Foreman vs. Holyfield, Morales contra Barrera, De La Hoya contra Trinidad y la pelea más lucrativa en la historia del boxeo, Mayweather contra Pacquiao. Además de las súper peleas mencionadas anteriormente, Top Rank posee una de las bibliotecas deportivas más grandes, que incluye casi 10,000 peleas.

Conocido por crear colaboraciones estratégicas entre atletas, patrocinadores y cadenas de televisión, Top Rank ha sido un arquitecto del crecimiento global del boxeo al organizar eventos de alto perfil en lugares emblemáticos de todo el mundo, como el Madison Square Garden, el MGM Grand Garden Arena, el Staples Center, Wembley Arena, Araneta Coliseum, The Venetian Macao, Yankee Stadium, Radio City Music Hall, The “Fabulous” Forum y AT&T Stadium. Top Rank también ha sido el líder dentro de la industria del boxeo en la creación de experiencias inolvidables en la arena para los fanáticos y en la adopción de los avances tecnológicos del siglo XXI para distribuir peleas de primera clase y programación de hombro en una variedad de plataformas.
Acerca de Queensberry Promotions
Queensberry Promotions es el vehículo promocional del promotor del Salón de la Fama, Frank Warren.

Frank Warren ha promovido algunos de los nombres más importantes del deporte del boxeo en sus más de 35 años de carrera, entre ellos el Príncipe Naseem Hamed, Joe Calzaghe, Mike Tyson, Frank Bruno y Ricky Hatton; así como las estrellas actuales Tyson Fury, Billy Joe Saunders, Josh Warrington y Carl Frampton.

Algunos de los eventos promovidos por Frank Warren durante su ilustre carrera incluyen: Frank Bruno vs Oliver McCall en Wembley Stadium, David Haye vs Dereck Chisora en Upton Park, Ricky Hatton vs Kostya Tszyu en Manchester Arena, Prince Naseem Hamed vs Kevin Kelley en Madison Square Garden y Joe Calzaghe vs Mikkel Kessler en el Millennium Stadium de Cardiff.

Queensberry Promotions tiene un acuerdo exclusivo a largo plazo en el Reino Unido para promover eventos de boxeo en BT Sport, la plataforma de transmisión deportiva del gigante de las telecomunicaciones BT.

Acerca de MTK Global
MTK Global es la empresa de manejo más importante del mundo. Con sede en Dubai, Emiratos Árabes Unidos, fue fundada en septiembre del 2012 por el dos veces campeón de boxeo europeo, Matthew Macklin.

MTK Global ofrece una amplia gama de soporte y servicios que incluyen desarrollo profesional, legal, medios de comunicación, avales y patrocinios a más de cien peleadores profesionales. Ofrece espectáculos de boxeo, eventos y gimnasios de entrenamiento en varios lugares del mundo: Marbella, España, Londres, Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle, Reino Unido, Johannesburgo, Sudáfrica, Sta. Catarina, Brasil y Sydney, Australia.

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SENIESA ‘SUPERBAD’ ESTRADA SE MIDE ANTE LA EX RETADORA AL CAMPEONATO MUNDIAL GRETCHEN ‘CHEN CHEN’ ABANIEL

Jun 4, 2019

SENIESA ‘SUPERBAD’ ESTRADA SE MIDE ANTE LA EX RETADORA AL CAMPEONATO MUNDIAL GRETCHEN ‘CHEN CHEN’ ABANIEL EN EL DUELO ESTELAR DE GOLDEN BOY DAZN THURSDAY NIGHT FIGHTSJUEVES 13 DE JUNIO EN EL AVALON HOLLYWOOD 

¡Los Boletos Están a la Venta!LOS ÁNGELES, California 31 de mayo de 2019.

 Seniesa “Superbad” Estrada (16-0, 6 nocáuts) enfrentará la prueba mas difícil de su carrera cuando defienda su titulo minimosca Plata del CMBante la ex retadora al campeonato mundial Gretchen “Chen Chen” Abaniel (18-10, 6 nocáuts) en el evento estelar a 10 asaltos de Golden Boy DAZN Thursday Night Fights.La cartelera se efectuará el jueves 13 de junio desde el Avalon Hollywood. Los combates serán transmitidos en vivo en  RingTV.com y en Facebook Watch a través de la Pagina de Golden Boy Fight Night iniciando a las 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. La serie también estará disponible en cadenas deportivas regionales en toda la nación. Estrada, nativa del este de Los Ángeles, California, capturó múltiples títulos como amateur antes de iniciar su carrera profesional en el 2011. Desde entonces, la púgil de 26 años de edad se ha convertido en uno de los nombres mas grandes del boxeo femenil, peleando en importantes carteleras en el sur de California y en México, donde capturó un titulo regional en noviembre de 2018.  Estrada tiene planes de dirimir una corona mundial en el futuro, pero primero tendrá que pasar por la experimentada Abaniel. “Gretchen Abaniel tiene mucha experiencia y se ha enfrentado a ex campeonas mundiales y actuales monarcas mundiales”, dijo Seniesa Estrada. “Sé que viene a ganar y que brindará una gran pelea, pero estoy lista para nulificar las cosas que ella hace efectivamente. La he estado estudiando, y estoy lista mental y físicamente para obtener el triunfo frente a una multitud de mis aficionados. Estoy contenta de pelear en casa y ya no puedo esperar para brindar un espectáculo para todos quienes estarán presentes o desde su hogar observando por televisión”, puntualizó. Abaniel es una ex retadora al campeonato mundial, y es originaria de Palawan, Filipinas. La aguerrida pugilista de 33 años de edad ha peleado por un titulo mundial en varias ocasiones y enfrentado a las mejores peleadores de las divisiones mínimo y supermosca.  “Soy una persona muy motivada y trabajadora”, dijo Gretchen Abaniel. “El deseo fuerte que yo tengo me ha ayudado para hacer realidad mis sueños. He estado esperando por esta oportunidad de ser parte de una cartelera de Golden Boy. Le doy gracias a Dios y a Golden Boy por ser parte de esta función. Prometo dar una gran pelea”, finalizó.
El explosivo contendiente armenioAzat “Crazy A” Hovhannisyan (16-3, 13 nocáuts) peleará contra Glen Porras (32-8, 20 nocáuts) de Cotabato, Filipinas en un duelo a 10 asaltos en peso supergallo. Carlos Caraballo (11-0, 11 nocáuts) de Ponce, Puerto Rico tendrá acción a ocho giros en peso gallo frente a un oponente por determinar. Christian “Chimpa” González (19-3, 15 nocáuts) de Buena Park, California realizará su anticipado retorno en un choque a ocho episodios en peso ligero ante César Valenzuela (14-6-1, 5 nocáuts) de Phoenix, Arizona. David “Junebug” Mijares (7-0, 3 nocáuts) de Pasadena, California competirá en una batalla a seis asaltos en peso ligero ante un rival por confirmar.Pat Manuel (1-0) de Duarte, California. abrirá la explosiva velada en un duelo a cuatro asaltos en peso superpluma. Estrada vs. Abaniel es un duelo a 10 asaltos por el título minimosca Plata de presentado por Golden Boy. El evento es patrocinado por Tecate,“THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING.” Los combates se llevarán a cabo el jueves 13 de junio de 2019 en el Avalon Hollywood. Los combates serán transmitidos en vivo en  RingTV.com y en Facebook Watch a través de la Pagina de Golden Boy Fight Night iniciando a las 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. La serie también estará disponible en cadenas deportivas regionales en toda la nación. Para ver cuando y donde la serie estará disponible en su área, apriete aquí.

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June 8: Gabriel Flores Jr.—Salvador Briceno Clash in Lightweight Co-Feature on Oscar Valdez-Jason Sanchez Top Rank on ESPN Card

Jun 4, 2019

June 8: Gabriel Flores Jr.—Salvador Briceno Clash in Lightweight Co-Feature on Oscar Valdez-Jason Sanchez Top Rank on ESPN Card

Live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes beginning at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT

Andy Vences-Albert Bell super featherweight bout to headline ESPN+ stream beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT

 Gabriel Flores Jr., the 19-year-old pride of Stockton, California, had the night of his boxing life May 4 at Stockton Arena. More than 10,000 fans packed the venue, as Flores knocked out Eduardo Pereira Reis in three raucous rounds, establishing himself as the sport’s youngest hometown ticket-seller.

Flores will return June 8 against Salvador Briceno in an eight-round lightweight bout, which will be the ESPN-televised co-feature to Oscar Valdez’s WBO featherweight world title defense against fellow unbeaten Jason Sanchez at Reno-Sparks Convention Center.

Valdez-Sanchez and Flores-Briceno will be televised live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes beginning at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

The entire undercard will stream live on ESPN+, the leading multi-sport streaming service, beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT.

“I am excited to be back on ESPN, and once again, Stockton will be in the building,” Flores said. “Briceno is the toughest fight of my career, but I rise to the level of my opposition. I only fought a few weeks ago, so I am sharp and ready to put on another highlight-reel showing for the fans watching on ESPN.”

“Trust me when I say that Flores has never faced anyone like me,” Briceno said. “I am coming to Reno intent on putting on a great performance. Flores probably thinks I am a stop on the way to bigger things, but his team made the wrong decision in picking me.”

Flores (13-0, 6 KOs) signed with Top Rank at 16 years old and made his pro debut on May 5, 2017, four days after his 17th birthday. His pro debut took place at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, a second-round TKO over Devon Jones. Flores went 6-0 in 2018 and will be making his third ring appearance of 2019. Briceno (15-3, 9 KOs) has fought as high as 140 pounds and is a heavy puncher whose last four victories have come via stoppage.

The ESPN+ undercard is scheduled to include the following bouts:

  • Andy Vences (22-0-1, 12 KOs), one of the super featherweight division’s top contenders, will defend his WBC Continental Americas belt against fellow unbeaten Albert Bell (14-0, 5 KOs) in a 10-rounder that will thrust the winner into the world title conversation. Vences has made no secret of his desire to fight newly minted WBO champion Jamel “Semper Fi” Herring. 
  • Robson Conceicao (12-0, 6 KOs), who captured Brazil’s first Olympic boxing gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, will take on Carlos Ruiz (16-6-2, 6 KOs) in an eight-round super featherweight bout. Conceicao last fought March 31 in Mangaratiba, Brazil, where he scored a first-round TKO.
  • Diego Elizondo (2-0-1, 0 KOs), who hails from Carson City, Nevada, will look to get back in the win column versus Sacramento product Sergio Vega (2-0, 2 KOs) in a four-round lightweight shootout.
  • Big-punching light heavyweight Michael Seals (22-2, 16 KOs) will fight Philadelphia native Christopher Brooker (14-6, 5 KOs) in a 10-rounder. Brooker is coming off an upset win over Lanell Bellows (18-2-2 at the time) last September in Las Vegas. 
  • Reno native J.J. Mariano will make his pro debut in a four-round welterweight contest against William Flenoy (pro debut), 
  • Dmitry Yun, a former Russian amateur standout, will make his pro debut in a six-round lightweight bout against an opponent to be named. 

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Let’s Get It On Promotions and Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, tickets for this world championship event priced at $103, $68 and $43 (including facility fees) are on sale now and can be purchased via Ticketmaster.com or in person at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa gift shop.

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