Kovalev-Alvarez & Bivol-Chilemba Media Conference

Jul 23, 2018
Sergey Kovalev vs. Eleider Alvarez and
Dmitry Bivol vs. Isaac Chilemba International Media Conference Call Transcript
Kathy Duva, CEO Main Events:
“Thanks so much for joining in on this beautiful summer day. It is terrific to be putting a show back in Atlantic City. Back in the Etess Arena. Back in a place where a lot of us started out working with our good friends Bernie Dillon, Sharon Pearce and all the other nice people from Hard Rock who we know from way back when. It is always comfortable and feels right for me whenever we end up in Atlantic City where we began. Where we had so many terrific fights. Where Sergey has had so many terrific fights, including his double-title-winning battle with Bernard Hopkins. Where all the great Gatti fights took place. It’s been a while. We’ve been away for four years and we’re really happy to see the city coming back on an upswing. That has a lot to do with the good people at Hard Rock who have hit the ground running in the last few weeks with this newly renovated – to the point of you can’t recognize it anymore – property.
“The advent of sports betting in New Jersey is another big hook that is going to make Atlantic City a destination for boxing again and we’re really happy that we can be part of it. Now that we’re back in New Jersey, we have a truly international card and fighters from all over the world, literally fighting for light heavyweight supremacy. Two world title fights. One, of course, Sergey Kovalev versus Eleider Alvarez. Krusher versus the Storm. We also have Dmitry Bivol versus Isaac Chilemba in another terrific light heavyweight title fight. I’ve said all there is to say. It is a really outstanding card from top to bottom, including our undercard fights but today we’re going be talking just about the fighters in the main event and the co-feature.”
 
Dmitry Bivol, WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion: 
“First thing I’d like to say is to say thank you. I’m very happy to box again. Not a long time ago I was boxing in New York City and now I get to box again in the tri-state area. I want to thank, certainly, all the people that put the fight together such as the Kathy Duva, of course, World of Boxing Promotion and Main Events promotion. And of course, my opponent’s team for accepting this fight.”
 
Vadim Kornilov, Manager of Dmitry Bivol: 
“Thank you everybody. It’s a pleasure to be here and I appreciate everybody who took part in putting this fight together. The is another great event and we’re looking forward to a great new casino and fighting live on HBO. It is a pleasure to be part of the Kovalev card again. Definitely, we appreciate Kathy Duva and Andrey Ryabinski and World of Boxing and Main Events for having a great partnership together.”
 
Kathy Duva:
“Thank you so much Vadim for your kind words. We’ve been working with World of Boxing now for a little over a year and it’s been a pleasure and we look forward to having it continue.”
 
Question:
“Dmitry, there are no shortage of fans and media who believe that right now, you are the best at 175 pounds. I wonder if you believe that, right now, are you the best at 175 pounds?”
 
Dmitry Bivol:
“I do not think that now I am the best light heavyweight but I am now one of the best. One of four guys but I hope in not far future, we will know who is the best.”
Question:
“Dmitry, are you on a collision course with Sergey Kovalev. You’re not going to look past your foe August 4th but most people expect you to win. Are you on a collision course with Sergey Kovalev?”
Dmitry Bivol:
“Most likely this fight is gonna happen since both Sergey and I are HBO boxers and as long as that’s what the people want, most likely the fight will happen. Me and Sergey will make sure to give this fight to the people. And as far as it goes for winning on the 4th, of course I do believe in my victory on the 4th of August.”
Question:
“Dmitry as one of the best light heavyweights in the world, do you feel that it’s time that you headline your own HBO telecast before you fight Sergey Kovalev?”
Dmitry Bivol:
“It would be great, of course, to be a headliner. It’s a great status thing but honestly, I don’t really think about that. I’m not really worried about being the headliner. What I want to do is show good fights to the fans and make sure that they like my fights.”
Question:
“What do you think about Isaac Chilemba as a fighter? Do you believe that he could pose any difficulties that you haven’t seen yet as a professional?
Dmitry Bivol:
“I respect Isaac Chilemba because he took many fights against the best fighters like Sergey Kovalev. He fought for three belts with Sergey Kovalev and this fight was 12 rounds. I know he has good experience. He can move backward and he can move forward. He can fight all 12 rounds. Of course, he is serious opponent for me. But I believe in my victory because I have a good team and I have a good training camp. I win my belt and want to keep it long. I don’t want to give my belt to someone.”
Question:
“Kathy, how important is it for Main Events to possibly hold all four of the light heavyweight titles at the same time? Is that a goal of Main Events?”
Kathy Duva:
“That’s certainly a goal of Sergey’s and he’s made it very clear to me that that’s what he wants to do. He wants to do unification fights if he is successful with Eleider Alvarez. That’s what he wants to do next; he’s been very clear about that. That’s what he’s wanted to do ever since he won the first title and I don’t think he’s lost his desire to achieve that goal.”
Question:
“Would you rather see it as a unification fight between Dmitry Bivol and Sergey at some time or would you rather see it somebody outside of Main Events?”
Kathy Duva:
“It doesn’t matter. What I have learned in all these years is making fights happen has to do with a whole lot of things that are outside of our control. So, first we have to get through a fantastic card and both guys in very competitive fights on August 4th and then we’ll see what happens when we move on.”
Question:
“Dmitry, after your fantastic performance last time out against a really crafty veteran, have you found you’re getting more attention? Do you feel more pressure going into the Chilemba fight on August 4th?”
Dmitry Bivol:
“Yes, of course. Many more people are asking me questions. Many more people are paying attention to my boxing. I was prepared for that. I wanted to be recognized, but I don’t mind the fact that there’s more attention on me. I still continue to train very hard because mentally I’m a very stable person and I’m a stable fighter. If mentally I’m prepared and I’m physically prepared, then I shouldn’t be worried about any distractions besides concentrating on the fight itself.”
Question:
“Dmitry, is it more important for you to get a stoppage or just a win in this fight against another crafty veteran?”
Dmitry Bivol:
“Most important that people enjoyable fight. Enjoy the fight. That’s most important.”
Jodi Solomon, Manager of Isaac Chilemba:
“I’d just like to say thank you very much to Main Events for giving us this opportunity and as always you’ve been a first-class promotional company and I’m very happy to be working with you again.”
Isaac Chilemba, WBA Light Heavyweight Challenger:
“I would like Dmitry Bivol for giving me this opportunity. I want to thank Main Events and I want to thank my team. I would like to thank my manager, Jodi Solomon, for her good work. I want to thank Roy Jones. I want to thank all the fans, Hard Rock and HBO for this opportunity.”
Question:
“Jodi, I get the sense from a lot of the media and the fans that they really see Isaac as an underdog here. He has had the opportunity to fight for titles before but it hasn’t happened for him. Why do you get the sense that maybe this time will be different? Are we correctly assuming that he is a heavy underdog here?”
Jodi Solomon:
“I think you are correct in assuming he is the heavy underdog. If you look at Isaac’s past and his history, that is when Isaac performs the best. When he has been favored to win, unfortunately, that has been when things seem to go wrong. I am very happy that he is being assumed as the underdog in this fight.”
Question:
“Jodi, what can he do differently? What has he done differently in his preparation so he can get the win here?”
Jodi Solomon:
“As far as I am concerned, I believe Isaac’s speed and agility in the ring, and his experience, will be enough to help him get through the fight. I don’t believe that Dmitry Bivol has faced anyone like Isaac but I do believe that Isaac, in his 32 professional fights, has faced a fighter like Dmitry Bivol.”
Question:
“You have had the opportunity to fight both Alvarez and Kovalev and I was curious, do you have a prediction for how that will go or any comparison about the two of them as opponents?”
Isaac Chilemba:
“They are both tough fighters. One is more of a boxer and one is more of a puncher. The one who will win the fight on August 4 is going to be the one that comes out with their A game. The one that is going to bring their A game will be victorious. I cannot say which one that will be because I don’t know how they are going to be on August 4. But the one that brings their A game will be the winner.”
Question: 
“Do you feel pressure in this fight to have a big showing and to put on a big fight because of the importance of this fight for your career and the possibility of fighting the winner of the main event?”
Isaac Chilemba:
“Yes. I am fighting a youngster. He is a hard-hitting young fighter. The only thing I can do is work harder. I want to become a world champion. I rely on my team, Jodi and Roy, to help me bring my A game and this is my chance to showcase my skills. This is my opportunity to show the world what I can do.”
Yvon Michel, Promoter of Eleider Alvarez:
“We are very, very thrilled to be part of this great event. We are thankful to Main Events, HBO and Sergey Kovalev for the opportunity. I want to personally thank Kathy Duva and her team for their great collaboration. Eleider Alvarez was an amateur star in Columbia. He won a gold medal in the Pan-Am games. He turned pro in 2009. He is undefeated with a record of 23-0. He just came back from three weeks training camp in Bogota. He is at the peak of his career. He has his best training camp of his career. He has great talent. He has a great team. He is highly motivated. He is hungry. He has all the ingredients to be the new WBO Light Heavyweight World Champion.”
Eleider Alvarez:
“First of all, thanks to Kathy Duva, Main Events and Sergey Kovalev for accepting this fight. And thank you to Yvon Michel and my manager. I am very thankful for the opportunity. I am very excited for this fight and the opportunity to fight for the WBO Champion of the World.”
Question:
“There was a lot going on. Eleider was supposed to fight Adonis Stevenson and, obviously, that didn’t happen. How easy was this fight to make?”
Kathy Duva:
“From my perspective it was extremely easy. I gave Yvon a call and he asked for one day. He got back to me and accepted the deal. We had a contract signed in a few days.”
Yvon Michel:
“During that day, I called Eleider and his manager and trainer. We had a meeting. I came back from that meeting with the mandate to go forward. It was that easy.”
Kathy Duva:
“When the guys want to fight each other, it is not that hard when you have two fighters who want to get in the ring and fight.”
Question:
“Eleider, what is it like psychologically facing someone who has so much momentum? It is sort of like going up against Tyson in his prime. What is it like going up against Sergey as the underdog? What is it like for you psychologically?”
Eleider Alvarez:
“This is a big challenge for me. This is something very big. Each time I usurp myself. I had a lot of fights that were against opponents that were not the same quality of Kovalev but I always give 100% in the ring. This is no different. I am going to give 100% and I will be at the top. When the challenge is bigger, I always perform better. If this is the biggest challenge of my career then I will be up to the task.”
Question:
“Eleider, your best punch is your jab. You control the distance in the ring in your last several fights with that jab. However, in the last few fights you haven’t faced a devastating puncher like Kovalev, particularly with the right hand. Are you concerned that you might not be as effective with the jab against Kovalev because of his right-hand punching ability?
Eleider Alvarez:
“My jab is my best weapon so I am going to use it against Kovalev.”
Question:
“Eleider, you said nothing has come easy for you. After being the #1 contender, he defended fighters like Lucian Bute and Jean Pascal and still could not get the fight enforced as the WBC mandatory. Does he view this fight, as Kovalev, as a do or die situation for him career-wise based on how difficult it’s been for him to get his first title shot?
Eleider Alvarez:
“Yes, I think this is my biggest opportunity. I waited for three years and a half for my chance. This is my biggest fight. I never let the past decide me. I’m gonna be ready for this. When I fought Isaac Chilemba, it was a do or die fight. When I fought Lucian Bute, it was the same thing. I had the same pressure when I fought Jean Pascal, so I am used to have the kind of fight that it’s a do or die.”
Question:
“What does it mean to you, Eleider, to appear in Atlantic City on this card, to join all the many other great fighters through history who have fought there and who are now bringing boxing back to Atlantic City? What does that mean for your place in history?”
Eleider Alvarez:
“Yes. Simple, it’s one of my dreams to be on that level. It’s one of my dreams to fight on the biggest scenes of boxing, like Las Vegas MGM, Crystal Palace. The big scene. Then this is something super big for me and it’s another challenge and it represents something very, very big for me, for my career and for all my team.”
Egis Klimas, Manager of Sergey Kovalev:
“I am here. I’m traveling, so I’m sorry. I’m now in different time zone, but anyway, we are very glad and looking forward for August 4. I believe Sergey is coming to the new chapter and he wants to prove he’s a still best light heavyweight in that division. We’re looking forward for August 4th in Atlantic City.”
Question:
“Mr. Kovalev. I just wanted to know, you waited a long time and didn’t fight Adonis Stevenson. Now you have a guy from the same promoter. What can you tell us about Alvarez?”
Sergey Kovalev, Two-Time Light Heavyweight World Champion:
“I can say about Alvarez that I’m waiting for very interesting fight and I am sure that it’s gonna be not easy to fight Alvarez, because he is undefeated and he is a number one in WBC. Stevenson awarded him already like it two or three times and he’s the proof that he [Stevenson] is scared. But I’m not scared him and I’m interesting to fight him and get victory over him. Just get attention on August 4 and be ready. I will defend my title.”
Question:
“Would you still wanna fight Adonis? Do you still wanna fight him?”
Sergey Kovalev:
“I’m ready to fight any champion, because my goal is to get all four titles, to be undisputed champion.”
Question:
“Sergey, I am wondering, 35 years old. You’ve had these high-level fights and good paydays and have been a long time in this sport. How much do you still love, or how much do you still like boxing?”
Sergey Kovalev:
“I don’t feel that I am old or something like that. It’s just a number for me, 35. God blessed me and gave me an opportunity as still fighting on this level, like a champion, and I’ll be fighting, I hope, ’til I get all four titles. It’s my goal and when I get this goal I am done. That will be like a goal to retire.”
Question:
“Egis, what do you see outside looking in? How much does your guy still like or love boxing?”
Egis Klimas:
“Well, if I see him every day in the gym, working for two, three hours, sparring with a bigger guy and not saying much about it, I think it’s still in him what he had. He’s not complaining. He’s always ready and every time he sees me he’s always asking about possibilities about who’s gonna be next. I think he’s still interested in this sport and I think he’s still gonna bring something to it.”
Question:
“Sergey, I don’t want to disrespect your foe for this fight. I’m wondering, does it get frustrating for you that we, the media and fans, still ask about people like Andre Ward and Adonis Stevenson and guys that are not at the table right now? Is that frustrating for you?”
Sergey Kovalev:
“No, it’s okay, because it already was; this is part of my career, you know, and I understand everything. I got a big experience from Andre Ward, the fight, you know, like and what was around this fight. Also, I’m happy that I’m still fighting, but Andre Ward already retired.”
Question:
“I know you answered earlier about how easy it was to make this fight. Is there now hope that you guys can work together more often and bring us these types of fights, ’cause there was a blockage there for many years. We were not able to get a lot of these fights done because of the way Al Haymon was managing his business. Did you have to get his okay, his approval, in order to get this fight done and do you feel like it’ll be easier from now on?”
Yvon Michel:
“Look, I have a good relationship, I believe, with Kathy. Things are changing very quick in boxing. We are going in a direction where I fit the most to our fighters on short term, but every champion is hoping to become unified champion. There are two champions in the in Main Events stable, there are two champions in ours. Hopefully we will find a ground sometime, somewhere to be able to have this super fight against one another.”
Kathy Duva:
“I certainly feel the same way.”
Question:
“Eleider, you are fighting a guy who has pretty much destroyed everyone he has faced in his career except for Andre Ward. Is there any fear facing a puncher like Kovalev?”
Eleider Alvarez:
“If I was scared then I wouldn’t be boxing. That’s the reason why I picked this sport. Despite the fact that I haven’t faced any world champs in the fight in the past, I have faced guys who were power punchers so it’s not an issue for me.”
Question:
“Sergey, have you fought in Atlantic City before and are you looking forward to fighting there after all the other great names like Lennox Lewis, Ray Mercer and Arturo Gatti? And do how you feel about adding your name to that list appearing there?”
Sergey Kovalev:
“I’m very happy to be in this league of famous boxers in the boxing history. I’m very happy, back to Atlantic City, because I don’t care where to fight, but I am most happy where is famous arenas like Atlantic City, Madison Square Garden. It’s very big motivation to prove that you’re the best and I’m going to show August 4th that I deserve it.”
Question:
“Kathy, how do you feel about bringing the sport back to Atlantic City?”
Kathy Duva:
“The last big, major fight in Atlantic City involved Sergey Kovalev when he fought Bernard Hopkins and so it’s been a while. That was the last time I believe Main Events was there, so we’re really happy to be back. I think I did address it a little bit earlier, but particularly happy to be working with our friends at Hard Rock, Bernie Dillon, Sharon Pearce, and all the other people that we’ve known there for so many years. It’s really nice and comfortable to be back with friends.
“It’s a great show. This is what’s boxing is supposed to be. It’s fun to be a promoter when you get to put on fights like this where the number one fighter in the world is fighting the man in the light heavyweight division. Then you have the best young light heavyweight in the world, another world champion, who’s fighting a real test in Isaac Chilemba. It’s all really … It’s a pleasure and so I look forward to seeing everybody there.”
About Kovalev-Alvarez: In the first boxing event at the newly opened Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ, Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev will defend his WBO Light Heavyweight World Title against undefeated contender Eleider “Storm” Alvarez on Saturday, August 4, 2018. In the co-main event, WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Dmitry Bivol will defend his title against Isaac “Golden Boy’ Chilemba. Tickets range between $50 and $200 and are on sale now through HardRockHotelAtlanticCity.com and Ticketmaster.com. The event is promoted by Main Events and Krusher Promotions in association with Groupe Yvon Michel and World of Boxing and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
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Three Division World Boxing Champion – Joins Telemundo Deportes ‘Boxeo Telemundo’ On-Air Team

Jul 18, 2018

TELEMUNDO DEPORTES WELCOMES BACK THREE-DIVISION WORLD CHAMPION AND FORMER OLYMPIAN ABNER MARES

Mares Joins Rene Giraldo and Edgar Lopez as part of Boxeo Telemundo’s Announce Team, Starting this Friday, July 20

MIAMI, Fla. – July 18, 2018 – Telemundo Deportes today announced three-division World Champion and former Olympian athlete Abner Mares returns to join Boxeo Telemundo’s announce team and serve as a special correspondent for all major fights for Titulares y Más, the #1 sports news, entertainment and commentary show in Spanish-language television, after having served as an analyst for Telemundo’s coverage of the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Mares, one of the most respected and influential active featherweight fighters today, returns to the network this week alongside Rene Giraldo and Edgar Lopez during the upcoming Boxeo Telemundo Boxing Championship, featuring Puerto Rico’s Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez (20-2-1, 12 KOs) vs. Julian Yedra (24-3-13 KOs), this Friday, July 20 at 11:30 p.m. ET, live from the Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida.

“I’m excited to be joining the Telemundo Deportes team for the Boxeo Telemundo fights,” said Mares. “Being part of the team for the Rio Games was a highlight in my career and I’m proud and honored to be able to join them once again. I know that together we will give boxing fans the ringside view and perspective that they want, as well as witness some incredible fights and talented fighters.”

Mares is an admired four-division World Boxing Champion and former Olympian who represented Mexico in the 2004 Athens games. He was the second youngest fighter to be a three-time World Boxing Champion, and has held IBF Bantam Weight, WBC Super Bantam Weight, and WBA and WBC Featherweight titles. An active fighter who just fought a rematch with Leo Santa Cruz in June from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, he holds an impressive record of 31 wins, 14 knockouts, three losess, and one draw.

Outside the ring, the active featherweight fighter from Guadalajara is committed to his community and philanthropy work, which has made him a hero for the Americas and advocate for the Hispanic community. Mares’ journey and hardships immigrating to the U.S. via Tijuana at the age of 7 have been well documented. He was raised in both Mexico and the U.S. by hard-working parents with multiple jobs to provide for their 11 children.

Despite the family’s struggles, Mares started training professionally at the age of 12, and boxing’s core tenants of strength, focus and dedication helped him change his life. Today he is considered one of the sports most followed millennial fighters with a unique style, great determination and a strong sense of pride around his upbringing and community.

Boxeo Telemundo is the longest-running boxing program on U.S. Spanish-language television, debuted in 1989. Since then it has showcased more than 50 world champions, including Erik Morales, Felix Tito Trinidad, Wilfredo Vazquez, Daniel Zaragoza, Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez, Oscar “Chololo” Larios and Israel “El Magnífico” Vazquez, earning a reputation as the show “where champions are born.” “Boxeo Telemundo Ford” wrapped up 2017 with its highest fourth quarter ever among adults 18-49 with 227,000 and 480,000 total viewers, according to Nielsen.

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MARICELA “LA DIVA” CORNEJO SCORES A KO VICTORY AND FEELS READY TO SHOW THE WORLD MORE!

Jul 16, 2018
MARICELA “LA DIVA” CORNEJO SCORES A KO VICTORY
AND FEELS READY TO SHOW THE WORLD MORE!
 
 
(July 16, 2018 – Los Angeles, CA) –  Maricela “La Diva” Cornejo (12-2, 5 KOs) scored a third-round knockout victory against Samantha Pill (3-1) of Fairmont, West Virginia. Cornejo, under the tutelage of Antonio Diaz, demonstrated improved skills as she pushed forward and landed hard left and right hands before stopping Pill at :41 of the third round.
Quotes from Maricela:
 
“I feel good. I’m very happy with the camp we had with my head trainer Antonio Diaz,” said Maricela Cornejo.“In this fight, I just had to adjust to her being six feet tall. Fighting Pill just showed only a little of what I’m capable of. I can’t wait to fight an even better opponent to show all of my capabilities.”
 
“I’m excited to get back into training with Antonio Diaz for my next fight and showcase what we didn’t get to this fight.”
 
“I feel ready to take on whoever Roberto Diaz and my team put in front of me.”
 
“I’m very grateful for all the support I have been receiving by all the fans and reporters, my goad is to train hard and give you all the best of me in the ring.”
 
 
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Prograis vs. Velasco / López vs. Silva – Fight Night

Jul 16, 2018
Prograis vs. Velasco / López vs. Silva – Fight Night
• Regis Prograis defended the WBC super lightweight diamond belt with a TKO over Juan Jose Velasco• Teofimo Lopez stopped William Silva to win the WBC Continental Americas lightweight title

(Photo Credit: Mikey Williams / Top Rank)
NEW ORLEANS (July 14, 2018) — Consider the homecoming a success. Regis “Rougarou” Prograis put on a show for his hometown New Orleans fans, defending the WBC super lightweight diamond belt with an eighth-round TKO over Juan Jose Velasco in front of 3,615 fans at the UNO Lakefront Arena.Prograis, who was born and raised in New Orleans and moved following Hurricane Katrina, knocked Velasco down with a body shot in the fifth round and kept applying the pressure. It was all over in the eighth round when Velasco’s corner threw in the towel. The homecoming was complete, and it was a success.

“I couldn’t lose here in New Orleans,” Prograis said. “I told my father, if I lost, I couldn’t come back. I had to go out there and fight. I knew I had a hard fight. There was a lot of excitement, but I had to hide that excitement. I had a job to do.”

In the co-main event, Teofimo Lopez promised that it was time for “The Takeover.” And he delivered. Lopez knocked out William Silva in the sixth round to win the vacant WBC Continental Americas lightweight title, punctuating the victory with a home run trot and a backflip. Lopez (10-0, 8 KOs) dropped Silva (25-2, 14 KOs) three times, a veteran who had never been knocked out. Following the third knockdown, punctuated by a furious barrage, referee Bruce McDaniel immediately stopped the bout.

“My statement was I am not here to play games. Everything I say, I do. I talk the talk and I walk the walk,” said Lopez. “The ring celebration, I was talking to my father, and we said, ‘Let’s do celebrations like in football. Terrell Owens, he did the popcorn and things like that. Those are the things I want to bring to the boxing world, but I can’t bring popcorn out of the stands. It was a home run. Now it’s time to collect. It’s the beginning of ‘The Takeover.'”

Super featherweight contender Erick De Leon survived a first-round knockdown and dominated the rest of the way, toppling Adrian Young via unanimous decision by scores of 97-92, 97-92, and 98-91. It was a bounce-back performance for De Leon (18-0-1, 10 KOs), who was held to a draw against Andy Vences in his previous bout back on March 10.

“I felt great during the fight. He caught me a little bit cold with a good shot in the first round. He came to fight. I basically fought the whole fight with one arm. I dislocated my right shoulder in the first round, but we made it work and got a good win against a tough opponent,” said De Leon.

Jean Carlos “Chapito” Rivera (14-0, 9 KOs) wasted little time in knocking out late replacement Angel Luna (12-5-1, 7 KOs), dropping the Dominican-born fighter with a right-left combination that forced the referee to stop the bout at 1:22 of the first round. Rivera, a Puerto Rican based out of Orlando, Florida, extended his knockout streak to three.

“The fight went way easier than I expected. I was prepared to fight 10 hard rounds, if necessary. I’ve been training very hard and now I want to take on bigger challenges. I want to face world-ranked fighters. I’m ready to step up my competition,” said Rivera.

Fazliddin Gaibnazarov, a 2016 Olympic gold medalist from Uzbekistan, survived the toughest test of his pro career, scoring an eight-round unanimous decision over fellow unbeaten Kevin Johnson (78-74 3X).  Gaibnazarov (5-0, 2 KOs) used his southpaw stance to keep Johnson (5-1, 4 KOs) at bay, but Johnson found a home for his straight right hands throughout the fight.

“He was a very tough, young fighter. He saw very good what I was trying to do. I hit him very hard in the liver and to the head, but he took all of my punches very well,” said Gaibnazarov.

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JOET GONZALEZ CAPTURES NABO FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE VIA SPLIT DECISION WIN AGAINST RAFAEL ‘BIG BANG’ RIVERA

Jul 16, 2018
JOET GONZALEZ CAPTURES NABO FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE VIA SPLIT DECISION WIN AGAINST RAFAEL ‘BIG BANG’ RIVERA IN MAIN EVENT OF GOLDEN BOY BOXING ON ESPN AT THE NOVO AT L.A. LIVE
 
SENIESA ‘SUPER BAD’ ESTRADA SHINES WITH STOPPAGE  
VICTORY IN ACTION-PACKED CO-MAIN EVENT
(ABOVE: Joet Gonzalez defeated Rafael Rivera to capture the NABO Featherweight Title in the main
 event of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN at the Novo at L.A. Live on July 13)
 
Photo Credit: Tom HoganHoganphoto/Golden Boy Promotions
LOS ANGELES (July 13, 2018): Rising featherweight contender Joet Gonzalez (20-0, 11 KOs) of Glendora, Calif. captured the vacant NABO 126-pound title via split decision victory against Rafael ‘Big Bang’ Rivera (25-2-2, 16 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico in the 10-round main event of the July 13 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN at The Novo by Microsoft at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. In what was a close and competitive fight, Gonzalez won with scores of 96-94 and 97-93, while one judge had the fight 96-94 for Rivera.
“I felt like I dominated the majority of the fight, at least seven of the rounds,” said Joet Gonzalez.“This was definitely my toughest fight going all the 10 rounds. I’m satisfied with my performance, and I’m happy to have this new belt. I’ll fight anyone at 126 for a world title – that’s what I want! I feel great and it was a pretty exciting fight!”
I felt I won the fight,” said Rafael Rivera. “He never hurt me, but this is boxing. I came from Tijuana, so I knew this would happen. This is what happens when you go into someone’s back yard. Utilizing my distance and landing counter punching were important keys in this fight. I’m happy with performance and my preparation, but like I said I feel I won this fight.”
Seniesa “Super Bad” Estrada (14-0, 4 KOs) of East Los Angeles, Calif. shined with a third-round technical knockout victory against Jhosep Vizcaino (6-7, 3 KOs) of Quito, Ecuador in the scheduled eight-round co-main event in the flyweight division. Estrada dominated Vizcaino with superior speed and skill, forcing the fight to end at :20 of the third-round.
“I had a great camp. I worked on sharpening and shortening up my punches,” said Seniesa Estrada.“As you can see, the hard work in camp paid off. I’m getting more comfortable in the ring because I’m now with a promoter. Golden Boy Promotions is keeping me busy, so I’m fighting more consistently. Having me stay busy is the most dangerous thing for my opponents.
Maricela “La Diva” Cornejo (12-2, 4 KOs) scored a third-round technical knockout victory against Samantha Pill (3-1) of Fairmont, West Virginia. Cornejo, under the tutelage of Antonio Diaz, demonstrated improved skills as she pushed forward and landed hard left and right hands before stopping Pill at :41 of the third round.
“I feel good. I’m very happy with the camp we had with my head trainer Antonio Diaz,” said Maricela Cornejo.“In this fight, I just had to adjust to her being six feet tall. Fighting Pill just showed only a little of what I’m capable of. I can’t wait to fight an even better opponent to show all of my capabilities.”
Richard “Kansas Kid” Acevedo (3-0, 3 KOs) of Garden City, Kansas scored a third-round technical knockout victory against Quantavious Green (1-3-1, 1 KO) of Shreveport, Lousina. Acevedo was too big and too strong for the shorter Green. Acevedo landed Several unanswered combinations, which forced the referee to stop the fight at :40 of the aforementioned round.
“I saw that there are things I need to work on,” said Richard Acevedo. “But I’m happy I got the rounds in. I’ll be back in the gym Monday to keep getting better and better, so I can come back and show my improvements.”
Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez (19-2, 15 KOs) of Buena Park, Calif. scored an eight-round unanimous decision win against German Meraz (58-48-2, 38 KOs) of Agua Prieta, Mexico in a lightweight bout. Gonzalez won with three scores of 80-71.
“It’s hard to stop a guy who comes to survive,” said Christian Gonzalez. “But overall I’m happy with my performance and with the new things I am learning in camp.”
Gonzalez vs. Rivera was a 10-round fight for the vacant NABO Featherweight Title presented by Golden Boy Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate,“THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” and Hennessy,“Never Stop, Never Settle.” The fights took place on Friday, July 13, 2018 at The Novo by Microsoft at L.A. LIVE.
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The Ultimate Fighter: Heavy Hitters Cast Reveal

Jul 16, 2018

UFC MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION ROBERT WHITTAKER AND NO. 4 CONTENDER KELVIN GASTELUM TO COACH ‘THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: HEAVY HITTERS’

 

PREMIERES AUGUST 29th ON FS1

 

Las Vegas – The highly anticipated 28th season of The Ultimate Fighter® will see UFC® middleweight champion Robert Whittaker coach opposite No. 4 ranked contender Kelvin Gastelum. Following the series, which debuts Wednesday, August 29 on FS1, the two will clash for the middleweight title at a date that will be determined in the near future.

 

The Ultimate Fighter: Heavy Hitters will also feature a dynamic cast of men’s heavyweights and women’s featherweights. Each tournament winner will receive a six-figure UFC contract. Following the series, the live finale will take place on Friday, November 30 at The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV.

 

Whittaker (21-4) won The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes as a welterweight and has gone on to become one of the most successful TUF winners in the UFC. He is the reigning UFC middleweight champion and has claimed five post-fight bonus awards in his last four fights.

 

Gastelum (16-3, 1 NC) also won The Ultimate Fighter, claiming the middleweight trophy during the 17th season of the show. He has been dominant at 185 pounds, taking out former champions and superstars such as Michael Bisping, Jacare Souza and Tim Kennedy.

 

Below is a full list of competitors (name, age, professional record and fighting out of):

 

FEMALE FEATHERWEIGHTS

Leah Letson | 25 | 4-1 | Milwaukee, WI

Larissa Pacheco | 23 | 11-2 | Belem, Brazil

Marciea Allen | 36 | 7-2 | Wood Dale, IL

Pannie Kianzad | 26 | 9-3 | Copenhagen, Denmark

Bea Malecki | 26 | 2-0 | Stockholm, Sweden

Julija Stoliarenko | 25 | 4-2-1 | Kaunas, Lithuania

Katharina Lehner | 28 | 7-1 | Cologne, Germany

Macy Chiasson | 26 | 2-0 | New Orleans, LA

 

MALE HEAVYWEIGHTS

Ben Sosoli | 28 | 6-2 | Melbourne, Australia

Maurice Greene | 31 | 5-2 | St. Cloud, MN

Michel Batista | 34 | 4-0 | Miami, FL

Juan Francisco Espino Diepa | 37 | 8-1 | Las Palmas, Spain

Justin Frazier | 28 | 10-2 | Cave City, AR

Anderson Da Silva | 31 | 3-0-1 | Sao Paulo, Brazil

Przemyslaw Mysiala | 35 | 22-9-1 | Maidenhead, England

Josh Parisian | 28 | 7-2 | Brighton, MI

 

For more information or current fight news, visit www.ufc.com.  All bouts live and subject to change.

 

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JESÚS ROJAS DEFENDERÁ SU CORONA MUNDIAL PLUMA DE LA AMB ANTE JOSEPH ‘JOJO’ DÍAZ JR.

Jul 11, 2018
JESÚS ROJAS DEFENDERÁ SU CORONA MUNDIAL PLUMA DE LA AMB ANTE JOSEPH ‘JOJO’ DÍAZ JR. EN LA BATALLA ESTELAR DE LA EDICIÓN INAUGURAL DE GOLDEN BOY FIGHT NIGHT EN FACEBOOK WATCH
 
SÁBADO 11 DE AGOSTO EN EL AVALON THEATER DE HOLLYWOOD 
 
¡Los boletos están a la venta!
 
LOS ÁNGELES, California 10 de julio de 2018.- Golden Boy Promotions iniciará su nueva asociación con Facebook con una explosión cuando Jesús Rojas (16-1-2, 19 nocáuts) defienda su faja mundial pluma de la AMB ante Joseph Díaz Jr. (26-1, 14 nocáuts) en el duelo estelar de la edición inaugural de Golden Boy Fight Night desde el Avalon Theater en Hollywood. Toda la acción será transmitida en vivo el sábado 11 de agosto comenzando a las 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. Los aficionados puedan ver los combates apretando aquí
 
Rojas es un noqueador de 31 años de edad quien retornará tras una victoria por nocaut en el séptimo asalto contra Claudio Marrero, ex campeón interino pluma AMB. Durante su tiempo fuera del cuadrilátero, Rojas fue elevado al estado de campeón mundial y por ende defenderá ese título ante Díaz Jr. El nativo de Caguas, Puerto Rico ex un experimentado campeón quien se ha medido ante peleadores de la talla de Jorge “El Travieso”Arce y los contendientes de peso pluma Jorge “El Pilón” Lara Abraham “Chamaco” López.  
 
“Estoy listo para regresar de nuevo después de casi un año sin pelear”, afirmó Jesús Rojas. “Defenderé mi título por primera vez en una importante función de Golden Boy Promotions que a la misma vez iniciará una nueva asociación con Facebook. Diaz Jr. es fuerte, inteligente y rápido, pero tengo el poder y la experiencia para vencerlo de manera espectacular. Nos vemos este próximo 11 de agosto en Hollywood”, puntualizó.
 
Díaz Jr., el talentoso púgil zurdo del Sur del Monte, California, representó a Estados Unidos en los Juegos Olímpicos de 2012 en Londres. Díaz Jr. después firmó con Golden Boy Promotions y comenzó una impresionante carrera profesional en la que ascendió a la cima de la división pluma. La primera oportunidad de título mundial para el carismático peleador de 25 años de edad fue ante Gary Russell Jr. en mayo de este año. A pesar de no ganar, Díaz Jr. tendrá otra oportunidad al campeonato mundial debido a su impresionante esfuerzo, pero ahora lo hará ante Rojas.
 
“Siempre he dicho que voy a ser campeón mundial”, dijo Joseph Díaz Jr. “Aprendí de mi última pelea, y ahora sé los ajustes que tengo que realizar para salir con la faja mundial en mi cintura. Confirmaré mi calidad en las 126 libras, y a la misma vez será un honor pelear en el primer duelo estelar de una función de Golden Boy Promotions por Facebook. Esta oportunidad muestra la fe que mi impresa [GBP] tiene en mí para ser un nombre destacado en la nueva era del boxeo”, finalizó
 
Ferdinand “Lucky Boy” Kerobyan (9-0, 5 nocáuts) de North Hollywood, California tendrá acción en la batalla co estelar a seis asaltos en peso welter. Aarón “Silencer” McKenna(4-0, 3 nocáuts) de Monaghan, Irlanda participará en un duelo a cuatro asaltos en peso welter.
 
Los oponentes para esta explosiva función se anunciarán en breve. 
 
Rojas vs. Diaz Jr. es un combate a 12 asaltos por el campeonato mundial pluma de la AMB presentado por Golden Boy Promotions en asociación con Universal Promotions. El evento es patrocinado por Tecate,”THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” y Hennessy, “Never Stop, Never Settle.” Los combates se efectuarán el sábado 11 de agosto de 2018 en el Avalon Theater en Hollywood. El evento será transmitido en vivo por Facebook Watch en Estados Unidos y globalmente en la Pagina Facebook de Golden Boy Fight Night comenzando a las 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. Los aficionados puedan ver los combates siguiendo a la
Pagina Facebook de Golden Boy Fight Night.
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UFC® NAMES PARIMATCH AS OFFICIAL BETTING AND WAGERING PARTNER IN EMEA

Jul 11, 2018

UFC® NAMES PARIMATCH AS OFFICIAL BETTING AND WAGERING PARTNER IN EMEA

Parimatch to be Presenting Partner of UFC FIGHT NIGHT MOSCOW on Saturday, September 15

Las Vegas — UFC®, the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization, and international betting company Parimatch today announced a new, multi-year partnership that establishes Parimatch as the “Official Betting and Wagering Partner of UFC” across the entire EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region, excluding the United Kingdom and Ireland.

The new international collaboration also makes history as Parimatch will serve as UFC’s first-ever marketing partner from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region. Parimatch will also serve as the “Presenting Partner” of UFC’s first-ever event in Russia, UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: MOSCOW, on Saturday, September 15, at Olimpiysky Stadium in Moscow.

“We are thrilled to be in business with Parimatch, a global brand that has grown from a small firm to one of the world’s largest international gaming networks in just a few short decades,” UFC Vice President, International Marketing Partnerships Rene Valencia said. “We look forward to working with Parimatch as we continue to grow our brand and the sport of MMA around the world.”

This partnership represents a unique and unprecedented step for Parimatch into the promotion of mixed martial arts globally, while also signifying the growth and popularity of UFC in this territory.

“Partnering with UFC is massive for our holding and for the continued growth of mixed martial arts as a whole,” Parimatch General Manager Sergei Portnov said. “Our cooperation will mean that the Parimatch brand can infuse with the DNA of mixed martial arts in several countries and regions at once. On September 15, UFC will hold its first event in Russia and it will be a great showcase for our new collaboration.”

Among the sponsorship elements included with this partnership, athletes competing during UFC events held in the EMEA, Russia and CIS region (excluding UK and Ireland events) will feature Parimatch branding on their UFC Fight Collection. In addition to serving as a presenting sponsor during select live events in the territory, Parimatch branding will have a presence inside UFC’s world-famous Octagon®, on UFC.com and live-event programming, as well as being integrated across multiple UFC-based social and digital platforms.

Parimatch is currently developing its sports betting business throughout the EMEA region, as its sponsorship portfolio also includes contracts with several top European football clubs. Parimatch’s partnership with UFC marks a new line of development for the company, with support for the sport of mixed martial arts as a key priority.

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Kavaliauskas vs. Abreu / Vences vs. DeAlba – Noche de Pelea

Jul 11, 2018

 

Kavaliauskas vs. Abreu / Vences vs. DeAlba – Noche de Pelea
• Egidijus “The Mean Machine” Kavaliauskas logró defender su título peso welter de la NABF al derrotar a Juan Carlos Abreu por decisión unánime.• Andy “El Tiburón” Vences defendió exitosamente el título supepluma Continental Américas del CMB al derrotar a Frank DeAlba por decisión unánime.

(Credito de Fotos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank)
FRESNO, CALIF. (7 de julio del 2018) – Egidijus “The Mean Machine” Kavaliauskassufrió un corte en el primer asalto, pero no fue disuadido, y logró derrotar a Juan Carlos Abreu por decisión unánime con puntajes de 97-93, 97-93 y 96-94 para retener el título peso welter de la NABF en el evento estelar televisado por ESPN el sábado por la noche en el Save Mart Center.El comabte Kavaliauskas vs. Abreu fue elevado al estatus de evento principal el viernes después de que el oponente del campeón súper ligero del CMB, José Ramírez, Danny O’Connor, sufriera un severo caso de deshidratación antes del pesaje.

“No todo salió tan bien como esperaba. Abreu fue muy rápido y muy hábil. Al principio, necesité un par de asaltos para hacer ajustes,” dijo Kavaliauskas. “Estoy listo para todos los grandes nombres de la divisióm. Doy un 200 por ciento en el gimnasio y siempre daré lo mejor de mí en el ring.”

Kavaliauskas (20-0, 16 KOs) se mantiene en línea para una posible oportunidad de título mundial, mientras que Abreu (21-4-1, 19 KOs) vio su racha de dos victorias llegar a su fin.

En el combate co-estelar, Andy “El Tiburón’ Vences (21-0-1, 12 KOs) defendió exitosamente el título superpluma Continental Americas del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB) con una victoria por decisión unánime en 10 asaltos sobre Frank De Alba. Vences dictó el ritmo de pelea durante todo el combate y lastimó a DeAlba (22-4-2, 9 KOs) varias veces, pero DeAlba fue resistente en la derrota. Vences ahora se acerca más a una posible oportunidad de título mundial.

“Sentí que esta fue una buena experiencia de aprendizaje para mí. Era un peleador muy fuerte y siguió haciendo ajustes durante toda la pelea. Yo estaba tratando de consegui el nocaut, pero al mismo tiempo estaba siguiendo el plan de juego. Me quedé un poco corto en eso. Ahora seguiremos adelante. No miramos hacia atrás. Avanzamos hacia peleas más grandes,” dijo Vences.

El contendiente de peso pesado Andy Ruiz Jr. ganó su segunda pelea consecutiva, prevaleciendo por decisión unánime sobre el veterano Kevin Johnsonde con tarjetas de 97-93, 97-93 y 99-91. Ruiz (31-1, 20 KOs) presionó la acción, pero Johnson (32-10-1, 16 KOs) usó su defensa y movimiento lateral para extender la pelea a la distancia.

“Todavía necesito trabajar en algunas cosas, pero haber peleado estos 10 asaltos fue una buena experiencia. Simplemente estamos mejorando y mejorando. Me encantaría enfrentarme a Jarrell Miller o cualquiera de los grandes, y probablemente me subestimen después de esta actuación. La próxima será diferente,” dijo Ruiz.

El cotizado prospecto Gabe Flores Jr. sobrevivió a una dura prueba, pero se impuso por decisión unánime sobre James De Herrera en un combate a seis asltos. Flores, de 18 años (9-0, 5 KOs) de Stockton, California, ganó todos los asaltos en las tarjetas de puntuación de los jueces.

“Creo que hice bien en esta pelea, pero podría haberlo hecho mucho mejor. Debería haber escuchado a mi padre. Me estaba pidiendo que usara mis piernas, pero vi que estaba lastimando a De Herrera y casi lo logré noquear. Es por eso que seguí tirando a la cabeza. La próxima vez prometo una demostración mucho mejor,” dijo Flores Jr.

El invicto prospecto boricua Joseph “Blessed Hands” Adorno (8-0, 8 KOs) continuó su racha de poder con un nocaut técnico en el tercer asalto sobre el veterano Guadalupe De León en un choque en el peso súper pluma. El nocaut llegó a los 2:32. Esta fue la primera vez que una pelea de Adorno se extendió más allá del segundo asalto en su carrera profesional.​

“Él era un peleador duro y con mucha experiencia. Vino a pelear. Me conectó con un par de golpes, pero tan pronto como comencé a aterrizar mis golpes, vi en sus ojos que lo estaba lastimando y era solo una cuestión de tiempo. Pasé del segundo round por primera vez en mi carrera. Esta fue una buena experiencia de aprendizaje para mí.”​

OTROS RESULTADOS DEL CARTEL:

• Sergio López y Manuel Manzo empatarón en una pelea de cuatro asaltos en peso súper gallo.

• El súper gallo Santos Ortega de Sacramento, California, mejoró a 2-0 con una decisión unánime en cuatro asaltos sobre Ivan Martino. Los tres jueces anotaron la pelea 40-36.

• El prospecto súperligero Rubén Rodríguez de Indio, California, mejoró su récord profesional a 3-0 con una decisión unánime en cuatro asaltos sobre Richard Howell (40-36, 40-36, 39-37).

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WHITTAKER VS. GASTELUM TO TAKE PLACE LATER THIS YEAR

Jul 11, 2018

UFC MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION ROBERT WHITTAKER AND NO. 4 CONTENDER KELVIN GASTELUM TO COACH ‘THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: HEAVY HITTERS’

 

PREMIERES AUGUST 29th ON FS1

 

WHITTAKER VS. GASTELUM TO TAKE PLACE LATER THIS YEAR

 

Las Vegas – Later this summer, The Ultimate Fighter returns for an incredible 28th season. The Ultimate Fighter: Heavy Hitters, premiering August 29 on FS1, will feature male heavyweights and female featherweights. This season also sees the return of two previous season winners as UFC® middleweight champion Robert Whittaker coaches opposite No. 4-ranked contender Kelvin Gastelum.

Whittaker (21-4) won The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes as a welterweight and has gone on to become one of the most successful TUF winners in the UFC. He is the reigning UFC middleweight champion and has claimed five post-fight bonus awards in his last four fights.

Gastelum (16-3, 1 NC) also won The Ultimate Fighter, claiming the middleweight trophy during the 17th season of the show. He has been dominant at 185 pounds, taking out former champions and superstars such as Michael Bisping, Jacare Souza and Tim Kennedy.

Whittaker and Gastelum will face each other for the undisputed middleweight championship later this year.  The Ultimate Fighter: Heavy Hitters premieres on August 29 on FS1, running through November 28. The Ultimate Fighter is the longest running reality sports program in television, and is the most-watched original series on FS1.

For more information or current fight news, visit www.ufc.com.  All bouts live and subject to change.

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