CHAMPIONS STIPE MIOCIC AND DANIEL CORMIER COACH UNBEATEN CAST OF FIGHTERS ON THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER®: UNDEFEATED

Jan 29, 2018

CHAMPIONS STIPE MIOCIC AND DANIEL CORMIER

COACH UNBEATEN CAST OF FIGHTERS ON

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER®: UNDEFEATED

 

Season premieres Wednesday, April 18 on FS1

 

Las Vegas – The highly anticipated 27th season of The Ultimate Fighter® will see UFC® heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic coach opposite light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier. Following the series, which debuts Wednesday, April 18 on FS1, the two will battle for the heavyweight crown during the 7th annual UFC International Fight Week (July 3-7) at UFC 226®: MIOCIC vs. CORMIER at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday, July 7.

 

The Ultimate Fighter®: Undefeated will also feature a dynamic cast of unbeaten lightweight and featherweight fighters. Each tournament winner will receive a six-figure UFC contract. The season will air for 12 consecutive Wednesdays on FS1, followed by a live finale to be announced at a later date.

 

Both coaches recently defended their championships at UFC 220 earlier this month in Boston.

 

Miocic (18-2, fighting out of Independence, Ohio) netted his historic third heavyweight title defense with a dominant decision over dangerous striker Francis Ngannou. The NCAA Division I wrestler and Cleveland Golden Gloves boxing champion has been on a tear since 2015. Going into the bout with Ngannou, the consensus “baddest man on the planet” had earned five consecutive knockout victories against Junior Dos Santos, Alistair Overeem, Fabricio Werdum, Andrei Arlovski and Mark Hunt. Miocic now looks to lead his team to victory before further etching his name in the record books.

 

As for Cormier (20-1 1NC, fighting out of San Jose, Calif.), the former Olympian earned a spectacular TKO win against knockout artist Volkan Oezdemir. During his reign as light heavyweight champion, Cormier has also earned impressive title defense wins over Anthony Johnson and Alexander Gustafsson. The bout against Miocic will mark his first at heavyweight since defeating Roy Nelson in 2013. Prior to joining UFC, Cormier won the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix by besting Josh Barnett in the final. He now aims to join Georges St-Pierre, Conor McGregor, BJ Penn and Randy Couture as a two-division UFC champion.

 

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

 

LIGHTWEIGHT

  • Thailand Clark – 7-0 | 28 | Fort Worth, Texas
  • Joe Giannetti – 6-0 | 22 | Norwell, Mass.
  • John Gunther – 6-0 | 32 | Cleveland, Ohio
  • José Martinez Jr.– 4-0 | 27 | Lorain, Ohio
  • Luis Peña – 4-0 | 24 | Hillsboro, Miss. by way of Naples, Italy
  • Richie Smullen – 3-0-1 | 26 | Arklow, Ireland
  • Mike Trizano – 6-0 | 25 | Ramsey, N.J.
  • Allan Zuniga – 13-0 | 25 | San Miguel, Costa Rica

 

FEATHERWEIGHT

  • Jay Cucciniello – 8-0 | 31 | Malaga, Spain by way of Dublin, Ireland
  • Tyler Diamond – 9-0 | 26 | Oroville, Calif.
  • Brad Katona – 6-0 | 25 | Dublin, Ireland by way of Winnipeg, Canada
  • Bryce Mitchell – 9-0 | 23 | Cabot, Ark.
  • Suman Mokhtarian – 8-0 | 25 | Sydney, Australia
  • Dulani Perry – 4-0 | 31 | Houston, Texas
  • Kyler Phillips – 5-0 | 22 | Surprise, Ariz.
  • Ricky Steele – 5-0 | 29 | Boise, Ida.

 

For more show information, bios, videos and photos, visit ultimatefighter.com and follow us on Twitter @UltimateFighter and Facebook.

 

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BOXING LEGEND ROY JONES JUNIOR HITS UFC FIGHT PASS – FINAL FIGHT STREAMS LIVE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8

Jan 29, 2018

BOXING LEGEND ROY JONES JUNIOR HITS UFC FIGHT PASS®

ALL-TIME POUND-FOR-POUND GREAT’S FINAL FIGHT STREAMS LIVE

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8

Las Vegas – One of the greatest boxers of all time – Roy Jones Junior – makes his final walk to the ring February 8 at the Bay Center in Pensacola, Florida, live and exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS, the UFC’s digital streaming service.

 

In the last fight of a Hall of Famer career which began three decades ago Jones, 65-9 (47 KOs), will face the aggressive Scott Sigmon, 30-11-1 (16KOs), in a cruiserweight main event. The card features both boxing and mixed martial arts bouts and is presented by Jones’s own organization, Square Ring Promotions.

 

The action gets underway on FIGHT PASS at 7:30pm ET, with Jones expected in the ring around 10pm ET.

 

Jones said: “Ya’ll musta forgot I always said that my final fight would be in my hometown of Pensacola. I meant it then, and I mean it now. This is where it all began for me, this will be my 75th professional fight, and it will be my last one. I have been friends with Dana White for years and am so excited for UFC FIGHT PASS to be streaming this event.”

 

UFC President Dana White added: “Roy Jones has had a long and distinguished career. We have wanted to work together for a long time and I’m glad that I could bring his final fight to all the fans who have UFC FIGHT PASS.”

 

Roy Jones’s prodigious talent first caught international attention 30 years ago, when he was awarded the prestigious Val Barker trophy as the most outstanding boxer of the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. Turning professional in May 1989, Jones stormed the middleweight division en route to winning the first of many world titles by beating future legend Bernard Hopkins in May 1993.

 

A year later, Jones cemented his status as the greatest fighter of his generation when he dominated the fearsome, undefeated James Toney to become the champion of the super-middleweight division. An eight-year reign atop the light heavyweight class followed from 1996 before, on March 1, 2003, Jones jumped all the way up to heavyweight and defeated the vastly bigger John Ruiz for the WBA heavyweight title.

 

In three decades as a professional boxer, Jones’s hit-list also includes Mike McCallum, Montell Griffin, Virgil Hill, Julio César González, Antonio Tarver and Felix Trinidad.

 

The five-fight live stream of Square Rings’ Island Fights 46 event, will also feature European boxing sensation Ikram Kerwat, who has five knockouts in eight professional wins, plus 25-year-old prodigy Mike Davis. A former New York State wrestling champion and BJJ purple belt under Marcelo Garcia, Davis has a combined combat sport record – MMA and boxing – of 22 fights, 22 wins and 22 stoppages. He fights Montrel James in a MMA lightweight fight.

 

The event marks the first time UFC FIGHT PASS has added boxing to its live fight offering. FIGHT PASS already live streams weekly action from UFC, MMA organizations from around the world, kickboxing, Muay Thai and submission grappling. Plus subscribers have VOD access to over 16,000 historical fights from 37 promotions, Original content, documentaries and the UFC’s TV archive.

 

Fans who download the UFC App or click HERE on their desktop.

 

For more details on FIGHT PASS’s schedule visit: https://www.ufc.tv/category/fightpass-live-events

 

For more information, please visit UFCFightPass.com

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RONNY RÍOS, EX RETADOR AL CETRO MUNDIAL, REGRESA A CASA PARA EFRENTAR A AZAT ‘CRAZY A’ HOVHANNISYAN

Jan 29, 2018
RONNY RÍOS, EX RETADOR AL CETRO MUNDIAL, REGRESA A CASA PARA EFRENTAR A AZAT ‘CRAZY A’ HOVHANNISYAN EN EL DUELO ESTELAR DE LA EDICIÓN DEL 9 DE MARZO DE GOLDEN BOY BOXING ON ESPN DESDE EL HANGAR DEL OC FAIR & EVENT CENTER
 
ALEXIS ROCHA, EL CANDENTE PROSPECTO WELTER Y HERMANO MENOR DE RÍOS, RETORNARÁ EN EL CHOQUE CO ESTELAR
 
¡Información de boletos se anunciará en breve!
 
LOS ÁNGELES, California 26 de enero de 2018. – El boxeo de corte internacional regresará al Condado de Orange presentando al héroe local y ex retador al campeonato mundial Ronny Ríos (29-2, 13 nocáuts), uno de los mejores y destacados talentos de Golden Boy Promotions, quien se medirá al explosivo contendiente armenio Azat “Crazy A” Hovhannisyan (13-2, 10 nocáuts) en el evento estelar a 10 episodios en peso supergallo de la edición del 9 de marzo de Golden Boy Boxing en ESPN en el Hangar del OC Fair & Event Center en Costa Mesa, California. ESPN Deportes transmitirá los combates comenzando a las 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m.PT y por ESPN2 en diferido a la medianoche ET/9:00 p.m. PT. ESPN 3 transmitirá las peleas en vivo comenzando a las 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 PT.
 
Ríos, de 29 años de edad, ha sido un importante e integral miembro del establo de Golden Boy Promotions, y ha obtenido victorias contra fuertes contendientes como Jayson “La Maravilla” Vélez, Efraín Esquivias y Andrew “El Chango” Cancio. El orgullo de Santa Ana, California obtuvo su primera oportunidad de campeonato mundial contra el actual monarca Rey Vargas en un choque por la faja mundial supergallo del CMB en el evento co estelar de Cotto vs. Kamegai que fue transmitido por HBO en agosto de 2017. Y aunque no tuvo éxito esa noche, Ríos realizo un esfuerzo enérgico y competitivo, y ahora ante Hovhannisyan intentará utilizar la condición de su ciudad natal para recordar a los fanáticos por qué es uno de los mejores contendientes en la división de las 122 libras.
 
Hovhannisyan es un feroz contendiente que no da paso atrás, y que tiene el hambre de gloria de un campeonato mundial. Hovhannisyan combatió en su última pelea con una mano derecha lesionada por 10 episodios de acción a granel, para capturar el vacante título supergallo Continental de las Américas del CMB, en la cartelera de Linares vs. Campbell en septiembre de 2017. Este peleador de pura acción contará sin duda alguna con el apoyo de la comunidad armenia cuando invada el territorio del púgil favorito local.
        
En el evento co estelar televisado, un asunto familiar estará en pleno efecto cuando el hermano menor de Ríos, el prospecto noqueador Alexis Rocha (10-0, 7 nocáuts), regrese en una batalla a ocho giros contra un oponente que se anunciará en breve.  Rocha retornará tras su letal actuación contra Pascual Salgado en la edición del 16 de noviembre de Golden Boy Boxing en ESPN que se llevó a cabo en Cancún, Quintana Roo, México. Esa noche superó a Salgado por nocaut en el primer asalto con un fuerte y bien ejecutado gancho al hígado.
 
Marvin Cabrera (6-0, 5 nocáuts) de Los Ángeles, California participará en un combate a ocho asaltos en peso superwelter, y Joseph “Diamante” Aguirre (19-0, 10 nocáuts) de Cancún, Quintana Roo, México competirá en un choque a ocho asaltos en peso ligero. Los oponentes de ambos pugilistas serán anunciados en breve.
 
La información de boletos y a que hora se abrirán las puertas, junto con un explosivo y completo respaldo, se anunciará en breve.
 
Ríos vs. Hovhannisyan es un duelo a 10 asaltos en peso supergallo presentado por Golden Boy Promotions. El evento es patrocinado por Tecate,“THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” y Hennessy “Never Stop, Never Settle.” El evento se efectuará el viernes 9 de marzo de 2018 en el Hangar del OC Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa, California. ESPN Deportes transmitirá los combates comenzando a las 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m.PT y en diferido por ESPN2 a la medianoche ET/9:00 p.m. PT. ESPN 3 transmitirá las peleas en vivo comenzando a las 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT.
 
            Medios interesados en cubrir Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN: Ríos vs. Hovhannisyan deben ser aprobados previamente para las credenciales. La solicitud de acreditación se vence  el lunes 5 de marzo a las 5:00 p.m. y se pueden encontrar 
aquí. Someter una solicitud no garantiza la aprobación de una credencial. No puede transferir su credencial a otra persona. Los medios de comunicación no pueden acreditarse en el escenario de la cartelera, sin excepciones.
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NOTES AND QUOTES FROM THE 2018 BOXING UPFRONT PRESENTED BY SHOWTIME SPORTS

Jan 29, 2018

NOTES AND QUOTES FROM THE 2018 BOXING UPFRONT PRESENTED BY SHOWTIME SPORTS® AND PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS

 

Hosted By Charlamagne Tha God, Wednesday, Jan 24 at Cipriani’s 42nd Street, NYC

 

Click HERE for Photos from Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME

 

NEW YORK (Jan. 24, 2018) – SHOWTIME Sports and Premier Boxing Champions unveiled the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING television lineup for the first half of 2018 in an unprecedented, first-of-its-kind Boxing Upfront at Cipriani’s in New York City on Wednesday.

Legendary ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr. introduced the matchups of 10 marquee events featuring 12 world champions, 14 undefeated fighters and 12 World Championship fights across the first six months of 2018.  Among the fighters in attendance included Deontay Wilder, Danny Garcia, Jermall Charlo, Jermell Charlo, Mikey Garcia, Erislandy Lara, Adrien Broner, Keith Thurman, Leo Santa Cruz, Abner Mares and Errol Spence Jr.

Radio presenter and television personality Charlamagne the God hosted Wednesday’s event and spoke to each fighter in attendance. Here are some highlights of what the fighters had to say:

Deontay Wilder

“Ever since I’ve been a little boy, I’ve always been doubted no matter what. As a grown man now, I’m still being doubted. I like proving people wrong. There’s nothing like proving somebody wrong.

“As I see it, I’m 39-0 with 38 KOs. Every time I promise I’m going to knock somebody out, I’ve done that. Come March 3, I promise I’m going to knock him out too.”

 

Luis Ortiz

“There’s an opportunity for a dreamer and March 3 is going to be a great fight.”

 

Jermall Charlo

“My ideal goal is to show everyone why I’m the best in the world at 160 pounds.”

 

Keith Thurman

“2017 was a great year. Unifying the WBA and the WBC titles was a dream come true. Since then, we had the elbow surgery but 2018 is a get-back year. I’m truly looking forward to being back in the ring May 19. After that, I’m going to bring a more exciting fight later on this year. There are a lot of contenders and champions gunning for my number one spot but I’m going to have to let them know that I’ll be right here at the top.”

 

Mikey Garcia

“Hopefully I get to accomplish this goal of winning the title in four different weight divisions on March 10. It’s an honor to be included on such a short list. This only opens up the doors to bigger fights and bigger things for my career. March 10 is just another small step closer to achieving my ultimate goal, which is to become the best fighter of this generation.”

 

Sergey Lipinets

“I’m very grateful for the opportunity to be on SHOWTIME and fight in this event. I will give my best before I get in the ring and when I get in the ring. I guarantee it will be a war and a great fight and you won’t be disappointed.”

 

Adrien Broner

“I’m trying to outshine everybody. I have to go crazy. I have to rematch Mikey. I have to fight Shawn Porter. This fight is the start of the turn-up. I’m ready. Let’s get it on. He’s undefeated, I’m trying to give him his first loss.”

 

Gervonta Davis

“Young people make mistakes but the greats learn from it. I believe I’m the most skillful young guy that’s fighting on TV right now and in 2018, I want to show it.”

 

Jarrett Hurd

“It’s time to put everyone on notice who the best 154-pounder is. I know a win over Erislandy Lara will put me there so I’m coming for that number one spot.”

 

Leo Santa Cruz

“The fans can expect a full-action fight just like the first one, maybe even better. I know Abner Mares changed his trainer and Robert Garcia is a great trainer who will bring the best out of him. But we’re also smart. My dad is a great trainer who will bring the best out of me. It will be a great fight.”

 

Abner Mares

“It’s been two years since I fought Leo Santa Cruz and all I’ve been thinking about is redemption. With Team Garcia, you’ve seen the change. If they think I’m going to fight the same way, they are in for a surprise.”

 

Jermell Charlo

“I’m going to stay fly, get my body count up and let that lion roar.”

 

Badou Jack

“It wasn’t my choice to relinquish the title, it was in the contract. Floyd [Mayweather] told me he would get me a bigger and better fight against Adonis Stevenson for the WBC title so I couldn’t pass that up.”

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Mis Downing Promotions looking for a big year in 2018

Jan 25, 2018

    
Mis Downing Promotions looking for a big year in 2018
1st show to take place on March 10th at The Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City
Atlantic City, New Jersey (January 25, 2018)–Mis Downing promotions is primed for a big year in 2018.
The New Jersey based promotion staged it’s inaugural events in Pennsylvania and New Jersey in 2017, and already has four dates on the schedule for 2018.
The 1st of those events will take place on Saturday night, March 10th at The Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City.
“We are very excited for a great year of boxing,” said Mis Downing. “We have a tremendous event planned for March 10th where I will be co-promoting with Silver Spoon Promotions, and have Chazz Witherspoon in the main event.  We have some of the best fighters in the area that will make up a great undercard.”
The full card and ticket information for the March 10th show will be announced next week.
“We have at least three more dates, and we want to feature great fights while providing the fans with terrific entertainment.  We are also about to announce the signing of some terrific fighters that we plan to build and feature on our events.  We are looking to bring a lot of shows to Atlantic City, and I want to congratulate the new mayor Frank Gilliam on his inauguration.”
“We are also looking forward to working with with Roy Jones, Jr. again.  In 2017,we did a great show co-promoting with him in August, and we already have a commitment to do another show with him in Atlantic City.”
Mis Downing Promotions would like to thank their sponsors which includes The Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame, The Claridge Hotel, Fantasea Resorts, AEI Insurance, Urgent Response, HairX, Buy Smart Motors  & New Vision Property Management.
For more information and Media Credentials, Contact:
Marc Abrams at phillyboxing@gmail.com or 856 287 7611
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Welterweight prospects Poindexter Knight, Jr. and Janelson Bocachica on display this Friday night at The SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia.

Jan 25, 2018
Split-T Management’s Welterweight duo, Poindexter Knight & Janelson Bocachica to be on display on Friday night at The SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA (January 23, 2018)–This Friday night at The SugarHouse Casino, two of the brightest welterweight prospects in Philadelphia’s own own Poindexter “The Savage”  Knight, Jr. & Janelson Bocachica of Detroit will look to thrill the knowledgeable Philadelphia fight crowd  as part of Evander Holyfield’s Real Deal Boxing Showcase Series.

 

Knight (1-0, 1 KO) the 2-time Philadelphia Golden Gloves champion and 2017 National Golden Gloves champion will be making his hometown debut as he will take on Jordan Morales in a bout scheduled for four-rounds.

 

The 22 year-old is very enthusiastic to be on display in front of the hometown fans.

 

“I am very excited to fight in my hometown in front of my family and friends,” said Knight.  Friday Night you are going to see the next great fighter to come out of Philadelphia, PA, Poindexter Knight!”

 

Bocachica (8-0, 5 KOs) is the 2-time Michigan Golden Gloves champion and a 3-time National champion.

 

He will face Victor Gaytan.

 

The 19 year-old turned professional at just 17 years-old and has racked up eight impressive wins.

 

Being from the boxing rich city of Detroit, Bocachica is also ready to gain some new fans in the City of Brotherly Love.

 

“I’m super excited to fight in Philadelphia because there are tons of Puerto Ricans there, and I want them to see the next Boricua Boxing Star!” said Bocachica.   “I really pushed my manager and promoter to have me fight on this card so that I can display Puerto Rico’s next Big Thing!”

 

“With that being said, Puerto Ricans know if it’s Goya it’s got to be good!”

 

Both fighters are promoted by Evander Holyfield’s Real Deal Boxing and managed by Split-T Management.

 

Split-T Management’s David McWater is no stranger to the Philadelphia fight scene, and he knows what impressive performances by his fighters could do for them

 

“Back in the day, I used to drive to Philadelphia all the time to watch boxing at the Blue Horizon,” Said McWater. “The whole Philadelphia boxing scene was so special as you got to see boxing at its purest.  On Friday night, I, along with everyone at the SugarHouse Casino will enjoy the fights and see two future world champions put on a display of boxing that has not been seen since the Blue Horizon days.”

 

Ticket will be available at the door $125, $75 &  $50.
First bout : 7 pm

 

For More information, Contact:

 

Joe Quiambao at  917-627-6559
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ERROL SPENCE JR. RETAINS IBF WELTERWEIGHT TITLE WITH RESOUNDING TKO VICTORY OVER LAMONT PETERSON

Jan 23, 2018

ERROL SPENCE JR. RETAINS IBF WELTERWEIGHT TITLE WITH RESOUNDING TKO VICTORY OVER LAMONT PETERSON SATURDAY NIGHT ON SHOWTIME® FROM BARCLAYS CENTER

Lightweight World Champion Robert Easter Defeats Javier Fortuna

 in SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® Co-Feature

 

Don’t Miss The Replay Monday, January 22 at

 10 p.m. ET/PT On SHOWTIME EXTREME

 

 Photos from Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME

  Photos from Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment

BROOKLYN (Jan. 21, 2018) – Undefeated welterweight world champion Errol Spence Jr. retained his IBF title with an impressive stoppage of former two-division champion Lamont Peterson in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Saturday night from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING®.

 

In his first defense since dethroning Kell Brook on SHOWTIME last May, Spence (23-0, 20 KOs) out boxed a tough Peterson (35-4-1, 17 KOs) from start to finish, showcasing a wide array of skills, speed and power. The fight was stopped prior to the start of the eighth round after Peterson’s trainer, Barry Hunter, called for the stoppage.

 

The fight played out similar to how both fighters predicted, starting in a cagey tactical affair before it turned into an aggressive fight in the middle rounds. Two minutes into round five, Spence used a blistering left hook to send Peterson to the canvas (Click HERE for highlight). The Washington, D.C. native returned to his feet and continued to battle, but Spence proved to be too much. The 2012 U.S. Olympian out landed Peterson 161-45, while connecting on 49 percent of his power punches to just 31 percent for Peterson.

 

After the fight Spence spoke to SHOWTIME Sports reporter Jim Gray and was quick to give credit to his opponent. “I want to thank Lamont,” he said. “A lot of guys turned down the fight and he took it like a real warrior and I commend him for that. He’s a tough fighter.  He’s willing to die in there.” Click HERE to watch the interview highlight.

 

Despite earning the win in commanding fashion, Spence still believes he has room to improve. “I still can improve a lot on my defense,” said the unbeaten world champion. “I just have to keep perfecting my skills and keep progressing. You’re going to see a better Errol Spence next time I get in the ring.

 

“Everybody knows I’ve been waiting on “Some Time” Thurman,” said Spence, looking ahead to a possible unification match with WBC and WBA Welterweight World Champion Keith Thurman. “Since I was 15-0 I’ve been calling this guy out and he keeps making excuses.  Let’s get it on. He has two of the belts and we both have big names. It’s an easy fight to make and I want it.”

 

Peterson, who fought valiantly against the younger Spence, respected the decision of his trainer to stop the fight, “If he asks me to fight a million people, I will. If he asks me to stop. I will stop. I will never question his decision. I know he has my best interests at heart.”

 

“It was really hard, but if you know Lamont, you know he was not going to give up,” said trainer Barry Hunter. “I had to stop it. At the end of the day, this is my son right here. There’s nothing more valuable than his well-being. If it comes to him or winning, I pick him. I care about him.”
Undefeated 135-pound world champion Robert Easter (21-0, 14 KOs) earned a split decision victory over former world champion Javier Fortuna (33-2-1, 23 KOs) in the co-main event of the SHOWTIME telecast. The judges scored the bout 114-113, 113-114 and 115-112.

 

The back-and-forth bout saw two skilled fighters stay in the pocket and look to do damage from the inside. A second round point deduction from Fortuna proved costly when the Dominican was warned and then penalized for hitting Easter behind the head. Without the one point deduction, the fight would have been scored a draw. While Easter Jr. was slightly busier, Fortuna landed the more powerful punches. Easter Jr., who held a significant height advantage, out landed Fortuna, connecting on 120 of 383 (31 percent) power punches while Fortuna connected on 113 of 441 (26 percent).

 

“It was a tough fight, he’s a former world champion for a reason,” Easter told Gray. “We made it tough trying to counter punch. He wasn’t throwing much and it made it difficult for me to chase this guy around.

 

“I couldn’t get the knockout but we got the win and that’s all that matters. I knew he was going to run once he felt my power. He just wanted to grab and hold the whole fight.”

 

Looking ahead, Easter made his intentions clear as he seeks unification bouts in the near future, “I want to fight the champions and unify these belts. Fights like these aren’t in my game plan. I’m ready for Mikey Garcia and Jorge Linares to sign the contract.”

 

A disgruntled Fortuna also spoke to Gray, “the public knows what happened here. They booed because they know that I won this fight.

 

“If he’s a man let’s fight again at 135-pounds,” said Fortuna, who failed to make weight on two attempts Friday, which meant that Easter’s belt would not be on the line. “I will definitely make the weight. I didn’t give myself enough time to train.”

 

Unbeaten light heavyweight contender Marcus Browne (21-0, 16 KOs) made quick work of Francy Ntetu (17-2, 4 KOs) in SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING PRELIMS action, as he dropped and battered his opponent early to force referee Arthur Mercante to stop the bout at just 2:15 of the first round. Fighting for his 12th time at the Barclays Center, the 27 year-old Staten Island native kept his unblemished record intact by utilizing his powerful left hand on the overmatched Ntetu.

 

Browne established his dominance from the start, landing a clean overhand left that dropped Ntetu halfway through the round. The Montreal, Québec native was never able to regain his feet and found himself cornered against the ropes just thirty seconds later. A barrage of powerful combinations landed on the defenseless Ntetu left the referee with little option but to stop the fight with 45 seconds remaining in round number one.

 

“We worked for this win. He walked into a sure shot and I made him pay,” said Browne. “The overhand left caught him and that was the beginning of the end for him. I knew he was hurt.

 

“I need a world title shot. I’m ready to take on any of the champions. I don’t have any preferences. I’m glad I put together another great performance here at Barclays Center. I’m going to keep improving until I really become Mr. Barclays Center.”

 

Ntetu, who moved up to the light heavyweight division for this fight, had a hard time dealing with Browne’s combination of speed and power on his way to the second loss of his pro career.

 

“[Browne] is very explosive, congrats to him,” said Ntetu. “He’s fast, he’s smart and I did not expect him to be that explosive. He got me with his right hook and a straight left.

 

“I was in enough shape to fight for 10 rounds. This is not my weight class, but I don’t want to make excuses.”

 

In the opening bout of the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING PRELIMS, undefeated Adam Kownacki (17-0, 14 KOs) delivered a brutal knockout of Iago Kiladze (26-2, 18 KOs) at 2:08 of the sixth round of their heavyweight matchup. Kownacki, born in Lomza, Poland but fighting out of Brooklyn, New York, enjoyed the support of his hometown crowd as he steadily wore Kiladze down.

 

Kownacki was the more aggressive and accurate of the two fighters, landing 43 percent of his power punches and 35 percent of his total punches, compared to just 30 percent and 18 percent, respectively, for Kiladze. Despite a bloody nose that Kownacki suffered in the first round, the Polish heavyweight began to pour it on and tire Kiladze with a series of uppercuts and one-two combinations in the fourth round. The action-packed bout came to an end when Kownacki connected on a combination of two uppercuts and a right hand that sent Kiladze on his back in the final minute of the sixth round. After a stunned Kiladze returned to his feet, referee Shada Murdaugh called the fight at the suggestion of the ringside doctor.

 

“I’m so thankful to all my Polish fans who come out and give me that extra support”, said Kownacki, who fought in front of hundreds of his compatriots. “I’m going to keep fighting for the fans and give everyone a great show.

 

“I think I made the fight a lot harder than I should have. It’s another learning experience and I got the win. That’s all that matters.”

 

The Republic of Georgia-born Kiladze, who fights out of Los Angeles, was unable to speak to media as he was taken to NYU Lutheran Hospital for precautionary reasons.

Saturday’s telecast will replay on Sunday, January 21 at 9 a.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME and Monday, January 22 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME and will be available on SHOWTIME ON DEMAND® and SHOWTIME ANYTIME®.

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MIKEY GARCIA vs. SERGEY LIPINETS WORLD TITLE SHOWDOWN RESCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, MARCH 10 LIVE ON SHOWTIME

Jan 19, 2018

MIKEY GARCIA vs. SERGEY LIPINETS WORLD TITLE SHOWDOWN RESCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, MARCH 10 LIVE ON SHOWTIMEâ AT THE FREEMAN COLISEUM IN SAN ANTONIO & PRESENTED BY

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Unbeaten Three-Division World Champion Garcia Challenges Unbeaten Junior Welterweight World Champion Lipinets in SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Main Event

 

SAN ANTONIO (Jan. 19, 2018) – The highly anticipated showdown between undefeated three-division world champion Mikey Garcia and IBF 140-pound champion Sergey Lipinets has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 10th. The Premier Boxing Champions event was set to take place on February 10th, but Garcia’s quest for a fourth world title had to be rescheduled following a training injury to Lipinets’ hand. The fight will be live on SHOWTIME and will remain in San Antonio but move to the Freeman Coliseum.

 

Ticket information will be released early next week.  Those holding tickets for the original date at the Alamodome will receive priority on seat exchange for the new venue.   Tickets are priced at $250, $150, $75, $50 and $20 and will be available at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 210 556-6390.  The event is promoted by Ringstar Sports and TGB Promotions, in association with Leija-Battah Promotions.

 

The remainder of the card will remain the same including the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING co-feature, which will see two-division world champion Rances Barthelemy taking on Kiryl Relikh in a rematch of their thrilling fight last May, this time for the vacant WBA 140-pound world title. The doubleheader of title bouts in the wide-open 140-pound division sets the stage for a potential unification match.

 

The 29-year-old Garcia (37-0, 30 KOs), emphatically returned to pound-for-pound lists in 2017 by scoring a highlight reel knockout of Dejan Zlaticanin to win the WBC Lightweight World Championship in January and then dominating four-division champion Adrien Broner on his way to a unanimous decision in July. Garcia is a member of a renowned boxing family, and is noted for his sportsmanship and his commanding presence in the ring, honed by his brother and acclaimed trainer Robert Garcia.

 

Garcia, of Moreno Valley by way of Oxnard, Calif., returned to the ring after a two-and-half-year layoff in July 2016 without missing a beat by stopping former champion Elio Rojas. Garcia, who has held world titles at 126, 130 and 135 pounds, has stopped 19 of his last 22 opponents including Roman “Rocky” Martinez, Juan Manuel Lopez and Orlando Salido.

 

With a win, Garcia would become only the third fighter in modern history to become champion at 126, 130, 135 and 140-pounds, joining future Hall of Famers Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao*.

 

The unbeaten Lipinets (13-0, 10 KOs) captured a super lightweight world title in just his 13th pro fight by defeating Akihiro Kondo via a unanimous decision on November 4 on SHOWTIME. He is originally from Kazakhstan but moved to Russia when he was six years old. He currently lives in Beverly Hills, California, Lipinets and is trained by Buddy McGirt.

 

The 28-year-old moved up the 140-pound rankings with victories over then unbeaten Haskell Rhodes, Levan Ghvamichava and Walter Castillo before knocking out Leonardo Zappavigna in a world title eliminator last December. Lipinets will look to stamp his place as an elite fighter when he takes on the accomplished and dangerous Garcia on March 10.

 

*Pacquiao won lineal championships at 126 and 140-pounds, although he did not win alphabet titles.

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DONNIE TIENES VS. JUAN CARLOS REVECO AGREGAN DUELO TITULAR A SUPERFLY 2

Jan 19, 2018

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DONNIE TIENES VS. JUAN CARLOS REVECO

AGREGAN DUELO TITULAR A SUPERFLY 2

Sábado 24 de febrero del 2018

Desde el Forum de Inglewood

Televisado en vivo por HBO Boxing After Dark®

 

Los boletos ya están a la venta!

 

LOS ANGELES, California con el extraordinario interés en las peleas anunciadas previamente para la función SUPERFLY 2, se ha agregado un combate titular que abrirá la función que será televisada por HBO en su programa “Boxing After Dark® comenzando a las 9:30 p.m. (Este y Pacifico) cuando el orgullo de las Filipinas, el cuatro veces campeón mundial en tres divisiones diferentes DONNIE NIETES, (40-1-4, 22 KO’s) expondrá por primera vez su campeonato mundial de peso mosca de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo (FIB) ante el tres veces campeón JUAN CARLOS REVECO, (39-3-0, 19 KO’s) de Las Heras, Argentina. La función se realizará el sábado 24 de febrero en el Forum de Inglewood, California.

 

“Pelear en Los Angeles por tercera ocasión ante la afición filipina de Los angeles es un gran honor al igual que hacerlo a través de HBO. Sé que Reveco es un rival peligroso y que tengo que estar bien preparado para exponer mi campeonato el sábado 24 de febrero”, dijo Nietes.

 

“Esta es un gran oportunidad para mí de pelear finalmente en los Estados Unidos y hacerlo contra un gran campeón como Nietes. Sé que voy a tener el apoyo de toda la afición argentina de Los Angeles y vengo a ganar el campeonato mundial de la FIB ante todos ellos”, dijo Reveco.

 

“Estamos orgullosos de agregar a esta función uno de los máximos guerreros filipinos, el cuatro veces campeón mundial Donnie Nietes ante el tres veces campeón argentino Juan Carlos Reveco a esta magno evento del 24 de febrero en el Forum de Inglewood y en vivo por HBO”, dijo TOM LOEFFLER de 360 Boxing Promotions.

 

“Nietes ha lucido muy impresionantes en funciones en las cuales él ha encabezado en Los Angeles y esperamos que tenga el respaldo de todos sus paisanos filipinos nuevamente en esta ocasión cuando exponga su corona ante un Reveco que vendrá con muchos deseos de darle una grata sorpresa a sus seguidores”, agregó Loeffler.

 

“Con cuatro peleas de gran calidad ya anunciadas para SUPERFLY 2, tres de ellas de campeonato mundial, esta cartelera será el standard para las funciones que se darán en el 2018, pues los ocho boxeadores en estas peleas están clasificados entres los mejores 10 clasificados de sus respectivas categorías”, dijo Loeffler.

 

Nietes conquistó el campeonato vacante de peso mosca de la FIB el 29 de abril del 2017 en Cebu City, Filipinas al derrotar por decisión unánime a Komgrich Nantapech. Antes de eso había

ganado el cinturón mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) al derrotar a Juan Alejo el 17 de octubre del 2015 en el StubHub Center de Carson, California, y ese mismo escenario lo defendió exitosamente el 24 de septiembre del 2016 ante el mexicano Edgar Sosa, ambos triunfos ganados en dominantes actuaciones y por decisiones unánimes.

 

Nietes no conoce la derrota desde Septiembre del 2004.

 

En su más reciente actuación el 8 de septiembre del 2017 en Argentina, Reveco derrotó por decisión unánime a Komgrich Nantapech. Reveco quien ha ganado sus últimos tres combates ha hecho la mayoría de sus combates en Argentina y Japón y esta será su primera pelea en Estados Unidos.

 

En el duelo estelar de SUPERFLY 2 el monarca supermosca del CMB SRISAKET SOR RUNGVISAI, (43-4-1, 39 KO’s) de Si Sa Ket, Tailandia, expondrá su corona por segunda ocasión en un combate pactado a 12 giros ante el clasificado mundial número uno JUAN FRANCISCO “El Gallo” ESTRADA, (36-2, 25 KO’s) de Puerto Peñasco Sonora, México.

 

En el duelo semi estelar de la función, el ex campeón mundial supermosca del CMB, CARLOS “Príncipe” CUADRAS, (36-2-1, 27 KO’s) de Guamúchil, Sinaloa, México, se enfrentará a MC WILLIAMS ARROYO, (16-3, 14 KO’s) de Fajardo, Puerto Rico en un combate de 10 asaltos en peso supermosca.

 

El cuatro veces campeón mundial en dos divisiones BRIAN “The Hawaiian Punch” VILORIA, (38-5, 22 KO’s) de Waipahu, Hawái se enfrentará al clasificado mundial #1 ARTEM DALAKIAN, (15-0, 11 KO’s), de Dniepropetrovsk, Ucrania por el campeonato mundial de peso mosca de la Asociación Mundial de Boxeo (AMB) que está vacante en la cartelera SUPERFLY 2 que se realizará el sábado 24 de febrero en el Forum de Inglewood.

 

Los boletos para Superfly 2 ya están disponibles y tienen un precio de $250, $150, $100, $60 y $30 y pueden ser adquiridos a través de Ticketmaster (Ticketmaster.com, 1-800-745-3000) y en las taquillas del Forum localizado en el 3900 W. Manchester Blvd, Inglewood CA 90305. Las puertas se abrirán a las 4:30 p.m. la noche del evento.

 

SUPERFLY 2 es presentado por Tom Loeffler’s 360 Promotions en asociación con Nakornluong Promotions y Zanfer Promotions. Cuadras vs. Arroyo es presentado en asociación con Promociones del Pueblo y PR Best Boxing. Viloria vs. Dalakian es presentado en asociación con Teiken Promotions. Nietes vs. Reveco es presentado en asociación con ALA Promotions y OR Promotions.

 

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Donnie Nietes vs. Juan Carlos Reveco World Title Fight Added to Superfly 2 at the Forum on February 24

Jan 19, 2018
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DONNIE NIETES VS. JUAN CARLOS REVECO
WORLD TITLE FIGHT ADDED TO SUPERFLY 2
Saturday, February 24, 2018
From the Forum in Los Angeles, CA
Televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark®
Tickets Now On Sale!
Los Angeles, CA (January 18, 2018) With the extraordinary fan and media interest from the previously announced fights for SUPERFLY 2, another excellent world title bout has been added which will open the HBO Boxing After Dark® telecast. Fighting Pride of the Philippines and four-time world champion DONNIE NIETES, (40-1-4, 22 KO’s) will make the first defense of his IBF Flyweight World Title over 12-rounds against three-time former world champion JUAN CARLOS REVECO, (39-3-0, 19 KO’s) from Las Heras, Argentina. The triple header takes place Saturday, February 24 from the Forum in Los Angeles and will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.
“Fighting in Los Angeles for the third time in front of the great Filipino fans along with fighting on HBO is a great honor for me, said Nietes. “I know how tough Reveco is but I’ll be well prepared to defend my title on Saturday, February 24.”
“This is a tremendous opportunity for me to finally fight in the United States and against a great champion in Donnie Nietes,” said Reveco. “I know there will be a huge amount of Argentinian fans at the Forum for the fight and I look forward to winning the IBF Flyweight World Title in front of them.”
“We’re very proud to add one of the Philippines’ longest standing warriors and four-time world champion Donnie Nietes to this tremendous event as he defends his world title against three-time world champion Juan Carlos Reveco at the Forum on Saturday, February 24 and live on HBO,” said TOM LOEFFLER of 360 Boxing Promotions.
“In the last couple of years Nietes has looked very impressive headlining events in Los Angeles and we look forward to a huge turnout of local Filipino boxing fans for this world title defense
against the upset minded Reveco who is seeking his fourth world title.”
“With the four outstanding fights now announced for SUPERFLY 2, three of them being world title fights, this clearly sets the standard for boxing events providing quality to fans in 2018. All eight of these fighters are in the top ten in their respective weight classes.”
Most recently Nietes won the vacant IBF Flyweight World Title with a 12-round unanimous decision over Komgrich Nantapech on April 29, 2017, in Cebu City, Philippines.
Prior to that, Nietes won the WBO Junior Flyweight World Title against Juan Alejo on October 17, 2015 at the Stubhub Center in Carson, California and followed up at the same venue by defeating Edgar Sosa on September 24, 2016, winning both bouts by dominant unanimous decision.
Nietes is undefeated dating back to September 2004.
Reveco’s most recent victory also came against Komgrich Nantapech on September 8, 2017, winning by 12-round unanimous decision in Argentina.
In two of his most recent and memorable bouts, Reveco traveled to Osaka, Japan, coming up just short against WBA Flyweight World Champion Kazuto Ioka in 2015.
Currently on a three-fight winning streak, Reveco who has fought mostly in Argentina and Japan throughout his illustrious career, will be fighting in the United States for the first time.
Tickets for SUPERFLY 2, priced at $250, $150, $100, $60 and $30 are now on sale and can be purchased through Ticketmaster (Ticketmaster.com, 1-800-745-3000) and the Forum Box Office. The Forum is located at 3900 W. Manchester Blvd, Inglewood CA 90305.
SUPERFLY 2 is headlined by WBC Super Flyweight World Champion SRISAKET SOR RUNGVISAI, (43-4-1, 39 KO’s), of Si Sa Ket, Thailand, defending his title over 12-rounds for the second time against former world champion and #1 ranked mandatory challenger JUAN FRANCISCO “El Gallo” ESTRADA, (36-2, 25 KO’s), of Sonora, Mexico.
Co-featured on the HBO Boxing After Dark telecast, former WBC Super Flyweight World Champion, CARLOS “Principe” CUADRAS, (36-2-1, 27 KO’s), of Mexico City, MX facing hard-hitting, two-time world title challenger MC WILLIAMS ARROYO, (16-3, 14 KO’s), of Fajardo, Puerto Rico in an outstanding ten round super flyweight clash.
Featured on the international telecast portion of SUPERFLY 2, four-time world champion in two divisions and #2 ranked BRIAN “The Hawaiian Punch” VILORIA, (38-5, 22 KO’s) of Los Angeles, CA via Waipahu, Hawaii will challenge undefeated and #1 ranked ARTEM DALAKIAN, (15-0, 11 KO’s), of Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine for the vacant WBA Flyweight World Title
SUPERFLY 2 is presented by Tom Loeffler’s 360 Promotions in association with Nakornluong Promotions and Zanfer Promotions. Cuadras vs. Arroyo is presented in association with Promociones del Pueblo and PR Best Boxing. Viloria vs. Dalakian is presented in association with Teiken Promotions. Nietes vs. Reveco is presented in association with ALA Promotions and OR Promotions.
Additional information on this tremendous night of world class professional boxing will be announced shortly.
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