Fedor vs. Bader January 26 at the Forum

Jan 23, 2019
FULL FIGHT CARD ANNOUNCED FOR
BELLATOR 214: FEDOR VS. BADER
SATURDAY, JAN. 26 AT THE FORUM
LOS ANGELES – The full slate of bouts for Bellator’s return to the “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood, Calif. on Jan. 26 has been completed with a five-fight main card and 11 preliminary contests.
The main event of the card will feature the Finals of the Bellator Heavyweight World Grand Prix, where the greatest heavyweight of all-time Fedor Emelianenko (38-5, 1 NC) faces current light heavyweight champ Ryan Bader (26-5) for the Bellator world heavyweight title. The co-main event will feature the highly touted prospect Aaron Pico (4-1) against the always-tough Henry Corrales (16-3) at featherweight.
In addition, professional wrestling superstar Jake Hager begins his MMA career against J.W. Kiser (1-1) at heavyweight, Juan Archuleta (21-1) squares off with Ricky Bandejas (11-1) in a battle of surging bantamweights and Adel Altamimi (7-5), a coach with Jay Glazer’s Merging Vets and Players program, will make his Bellator debut against Brandon McMahan (5-6) in the main card opener. The prelims for Bellator 214: Fedor vs. Bader will feature the anticipated MMA debut of jiu-jitsu ace A.J. Agazarm (0-0) against Jesse Roberts (0-0), as well as the Bellator debut of 2016 Greco-Roman Word team member Chris Gonzalez (1-0) taking on Henry Mendez (0-1) and Lyoto Machida-training partner, Weber Almeida (1-0), facing Odan Chinchilla (1-0) at bantamweight.
Tickets for Bellator 214: Fedor vs. Bader are on sale now and can be purchased at the Forum box office, as well as Bellator.com and Ticketmaster.com. The event will be broadcast live and free on Paramount Network at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT and will be simulcast live on DAZN. Preliminary action will stream on Bellator.com and globally on the Bellator Mobile App.
Complete Bellator: Fedor vs. Bader Fight Card:
Heavyweight World Grand Prix Finals Main Event: Fedor Emelianenko (38-5, 1 NC) vs. Ryan Bader (26-5)
Featherweight Co-Main Event: Aaron Pico (4-1) vs. Henry Corrales (16-3)
Heavyweight Feature Bout: Jake Hager (Pro Debut) vs. J.W. Kiser (1-1)
Bantamweight Feature Bout: Juan Archuleta (21-1) vs. Ricky Bandejas (11-1)
Featherweight Feature Bout: Brandon McMahan (5-6) vs. Adel Altamimi (7-5)
Preliminary Card:
160-Pound Catchweight Preliminary Bout: A.J. Agazarm (Pro Debut) vs. Jesse Roberts (Pro Debut)
Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Chris Gonzalez (1-0) vs. Henry Mendez (0-1)
Bantamweight Preliminary Bout: Weber Almeida (1-0) vs. Odan Chinchilla (1-0)
Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Jay Jay Wilson (1-0) vs. Tyler Beneke (Pro Debut)
Heavyweight Preliminary Bout: Sean Johnson (3-1) vs. Art Rivas (5-2)
Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Jorge Juarez (3-0) vs. David Pacheco (Pro Debut)
Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Jesse Merritt (5-4) vs. Thor Skancke (10-8-1)
190-Pound Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Osman Diaz (2-1) vs. Christopher Reyes (Pro Debut)
Bantamweight Preliminary Bout: James Barnes (11-3) vs. Ryan Lilley (9-4)
Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Ian Butler (4-5, 1 NC) vs. Craig Plaskett (3-3)
Bantamweight Preliminary Bout: Steve Ramirez (6-3) vs. Desmond Torres (5-1)
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Cara a cara Crawford y Khan en Nueva York

Jan 23, 2019

Cara a cara Crawford y Khan en Nueva York

Crawford defenderá su título mundial peso welter de la OMB, el 20 de abril por ESPN PPV

(Credito de Fotos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank) 

NUEVA YORK (17 deenero del 2019) — Recién llegados de su conferencia de prensa de lanzamiento en Londres, el campeón mundial peso welter de la Oragnización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), Terence “Bud” Crawford y el ex campeón mundial Amir “King” Khan cruzaron el charco para una conferencia de prensa especial en los estudios de South Street Seaport de ESPN en Manhattan.

Crawford y Khan batallarán el sábado, 20 de abril, en vivo en el pay-per-view (PPV) inaugural de ESPN a las 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT. Los detalles sobre cómo los fanáticos podrán acceder al evento PPV se anunciarán en una fecha posterior.

Esto fue lo que los peleadores y el legendario promotor de Top Rank, Bob Arum, tuvieron que decir en la segunda parada de la gira promocional continental de Crawford-Khan:

Terence Crawford

“Amir Khan ha enfrentados a grandes peleadores. El hecho de vencerlo me pondrá en otro nivel en la división de peso welter. La gente está interesada en ver esta pelea.”

“No importa cómo gane. Sólo quiero ganar. Eso no logrará que los peleadores con los que quiero pelear entren al ring conmigo. Sólo necesito seguir haciendo lo que estoy haciendo.”

“No hay animosidad entre Amir y yo. Él me respeta. Lo respeto. Haremos lo nuestro en el ring el 20 de abril, y nos daremos la mano cuando termine.”

“Estoy esperando al mejor Amir Khan. Nunca tomo ningún atajo en el campo de entrenamiento. Siempre estoy entrenando para el mejor peleador que pueda ser {mi oponente}. Nunca lo veo como, ‘Oh, él es casi la mitad de Amir Khan, o está gastado’. Vamos a entrenar para el mejor Amir Khan.”

Amir Khan

Sobre porque firmó para enfrentar a Crawford
“Primero que todo, fue porque la pelea es por un título mundial. Además, Terence es uno de los mejores peleadores libra por libra del mundo. Esta es una pelea que podría llevarme a un nivel diferente, y quiero ganar esta pelea porque quiero ser el mejor del mundo. Todos los sueños que he tenido de ser el mejor de todos, y un día ser el campeón de libra por libra, esta es la pelea que me puede llevar allí.”

“He estado leyendo muchas cosas y escuchado muchas cosas depersonas que dicen que estoy tomando esta pelea solo para ser vencido o tal vez solo para tener otra pelea por el título mundial. No se trata de eso. Vengo aquí para ganar. Nunca he entrado en una pelea sólo para hacer números. He ganado mucho dinero en el juego, y podría dejar el deporte feliz. Pero todavía tengo asuntos pendientes. Todavía me queda mucho por ganar títulos. Tal vez mi última pelea no fue la mejor pelea. Tal vez esa es una de las razones que me dieron esta pelea. Me lo demostraré a mí mismo. Entrando en esta pelea, estoy muy motivado. Terence es un gran campeón. No voy a entrar al ring solo para que me peguen. Voy a ganar esta pelea. No tengo tanta presión en esta pelea porque la gente espera que me den una paliza. Voy a venir y sorprender al mundo.”

“Esta es una pelea que puede redimir toda mi carrera. Contra Canelo, tal vez estaba mordiendo más de lo que podía masticar. Tomé esa pelea porque fue una gran oportunidad para mí, y creo en mí mismo como peleador. Esta pelea, veo que es más justa. Somos pesos similares. Hemos tenido una experiencia similar. En mi opinión, podré aguantar su pegada. También él es un peleador rápido y hábil. Hay muchas ventajas para mí en esta pelea. En otras peleas, he peleado contra tipos que son mucho más fuertes, mucho más grandes en peso. Eso juega un papel importante. En esta pelea, realmente creo que tengo el estilo y todo lo que se necesita para ganar.”

Bob Arum
“La idea es hacer la mejor pelea posible. Hemos sido promotores de Terence durante muchos, muchos años. Ahora está en una etapa en la que, para consolidar su legado, tiene que pelear contra los mejores. Y siempre he sido un gran fan de Amir Khan. Recuerdo a Amir Khan cuando era un aficionado y siempre ha tenido grandes habilidades. Será una verdadera prueba para Crawford pelear contra Amir Khan. Realmente creo que Amir ha sido uno de los mejores pesos welter del mundo. Y creo que va a ser una gran pelea el 20 de abril.”

“Terence Crawford, si gana la pelea el 20 de abril, peleará contra los mejores pesos welter disponibles en el mundo. En el mundo hay peleadores tremendamente dotados. Hay un chico en España que es la atracción más grande que el boxeo español ha llamado {Kerman Lejarraga}. Y él es un excelente peleador. Ahí están los europeos del este. Hay un montón de buenos pesos welter. Si hay luchadores que pelean por otro promotor, y el otro promotor no le da a sus peleadores la oportunidad de estar en un gran escenario, eso está en ellos. No puedo estar preocupado por eso.”

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MANNY PACQUIAO VS. ADRIEN BRONER FINAL

Jan 23, 2019

MANNY PACQUIAO VS. ADRIEN BRONER FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES & PHOTOS

 

“I have something to prove to everyone,” – Pacquiao

 

“I didn’t come here to lose or lay down. I came here

to get this victory,” – Broner

 

Welterweight Champion Pacquiao Takes on Former Four-Division World Champion Broner This Saturday on SHOWTIME PPV®

From the MGM Grand Garden Arena In Las Vegas &

Presented by Premier Boxing Champions

 

Photos from Scott Hirano/SHOWTIME

 

Photos from Ryan Hafey/Premier Boxing Champions

 

 Photos from Chris Farina/Mayweather Promotions

 

LAS VEGAS (January 16, 2019) – Boxing’s only eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao and former four-division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner went face-to-face Wednesday in Las Vegas at the final press conference before they battle for Pacquiao’s World Boxing Association Welterweight World Title Saturday, January 19 in the main event of a SHOWTIME PPV® event from the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Pacquiao will be ending his two-year hiatus from a U.S. boxing ring to defend his title against the brash must-see attraction Broner. On Wednesday the fighters talked about their preparation and what they envision going down on Saturday night before staring each other down at the Copperfield Theatre at MGM Grand.

The PPV begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and will feature two-division world champion Badou Jack battling unbeaten top-rated contender Marcus Browne for the WBA Interim Light Heavyweight Title, former world champion Rau’shee Warren taking on France’s Nordine Oubaali for the vacant WBC Bantamweight World Championship and unbeaten WBA Interim Featherweight Champion Jhack Tepora defending against former world champion Hugo Ruiz.

Tickets for the event, which is promoted by MP Promotions, Mayweather Promotions and TGB Promotions in association with About Billions Promotions, are on sale now and start at $100, not including applicable service charges, and can be purchased online through AXS.com, charge by phone at 866-740-7711 or in person at any MGM Resorts International box office.

Here is what the press conference participants had to say Wednesday in Las Vegas:

MANNY PACQUIAO

“I feel so blessed and happy because of the excitement around this fight. It’s come from the fans here in the U.S. and media all over the world. I want to go out there and make all the people happy.

“The knockout in my last fight felt good. It felt like my younger days against Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto and others. That fight was a big challenge for me to recover from the fight against Jeff Horn. People said that my career was done. But I never got discouraged, I just worked hard and made the knockout against Lucas Matthysse happen.

“These days I don’t only train my body, but also my mind. I’m a Senator, so my mind is very busy. I also play chess regularly and read books to keep my mind sharp.

“People writing me off after the Jeff Horn fight was good for me. I’m not mad at anyone who thought that. It just became a challenge and a test to me of whether or not I could still show my best.

“Being back here at MGM Grand makes me so happy. It’s an honor to be in this position. I remember my first fight here in the U.S. was at MGM Grand. I will never forget that moment and now I get to come back here and do it again.

“I know he is going to counter me but we’re ready for that. What happened in the Juan Manuel Marquez fight will not happen again. It was a mistake and I learned that mistake. We’ve worked on that in this training camp. I am prepared for Broner’s style.

“This is a challenge because it is my first fight as a 40-year-old. I have something to prove to everyone about what that means. Age is just a number. What matters is how you prepare and that you’re working hard.

“I don’t need to dislike my opponent to want a knockout. I’m just doing my job in the ring. If the knockout comes, it comes. We’re hoping to have that opportunity Saturday. I have to pressure him to make him open up. Wherever he goes, I’ll be there.

“I’ve always stayed disciplined throughout my years in boxing. I’m always making sure everything is in order and on point during my workouts. That plus cross-training with activities like basketball has helped me stay in this position all these years.”

ADRIEN BRONER

“I’m not up here to talk a lot of trash. I’ve put in the work. It’s fight time. After I win, everything is going to be different.

“People are talking a lot about Pacquiao fighting Floyd Mayweather again, but I’m pretty sure Floyd is retired. I feel like people are trying to throw me to the wolves and overlook me.

“He doesn’t remind me of any past opponents just like I’m not going to remind him of anyone he’s fought. He’s never fought anyone like me. Every fighter has similarities, but truly every fighter is different. If I remind him of Floyd Mayweather, I hope his arm doesn’t hurt after this one.

“Look at my last five fights. I’ve fought world champion after world champion. I don’t duck any fights. I don’t care how many weight classes he’s won titles in.

“I’m not in awe of any fighter, especially Manny Pacquiao. I hope he’s in awe of me. I’m a one of a kind fighter too. I’ve made history in this sport.

“I just have to go out and win this fight, then everything is going to start going my way. Saturday night, I will be victorious. This is a defining moment in my career and it’s going to be one of the biggest nights of my life.

“Pacquiao hasn’t fought me so I’m not worried about what he says about me right now. He’s going to have a different outlook after he fights me Saturday night.

“I’m going to turn Las Vegas into a big block party after I win on Saturday night. It’s going to change my career.

“Manny Pacquiao has done a lot for the sport. I’m going to beat him up and have a drink with him afterward. I grew up in boxing and I know what’s going on. It’s a business, but don’t get it twisted, I’m going to dominate and win.

“This is going to be a hell of a fight. I’ve trained so hard and I want everyone to know that I play around a lot, but when that bell rings, I’m going to be ready. I didn’t come here to lose or lay down. I came here to get this victory. Real talk.”

BUBOY FERNANDEZ, Pacquiao’s Co-Trainer

“I’m very thankful to this great team that we have that has prepared Manny for this challenge. I know that we worked very hard for this. I cannot fly without wings, but I can bring the belt back to the Philippines.

“Manny has trained hard and we expect a good fight. This is the hardest I’ve seen him train and it will be seen in the ring Saturday night”

FREDDIE ROACH, Pacquiao’s Co-Trainer

“We’ve trained really hard for this fight. Manny is looking really good and is in tremendous shape. I’m sure Adrien is also because they’re both great fighters. I wish both men luck and may the best man win.”

KEVIN CUNNINGHAM, Broner’s Co-Trainer

“We’ve had a tremendous training camp. Adrien is ready to go. Everyone who knows me, knows that all I have in this world in my word, and I don’t break it for nobody. I’m giving you my word that Adrien will put on a spectacular performance on Saturday night.

“I’m guaranteeing that Adrien will send Manny back to the Senate, beltless, without the WBA title. I guarantee it.”

MIKE STAFFORD, Broner’s Co-Trainer

“Adrien came to me when he was 55 pounds and seven-years-old. He was an underdog then and he came back day after day. People thought he was a bad kid, but I told people that I saw something in him.

“Freddie Roach didn’t know who Adrien was years ago when we were getting ready to work with the Olympic team together. But he got to know Adrien, and on Saturday night, Manny is going to know him too. That’s for sure.”

JOE RAMOS, COO of Manny Pacquiao Promotions

“We are honored, humbled and proud to be a part of this amazing event. This will be Manny’s 20th fight in Las Vegas and we’ve been treated amazingly throughout the entire promotion. I’m thankful to all of Team Pacquiao for the work they do and helping make everything run smoothly.

“We all know that Adrien is ready and we expect nothing but the best from him and his team on Saturday night.

“MGM Grand is known for the lion, and Lenny the Lion is right there when you enter the building. On Saturday night, Manny will show his heart of a lion for fans all over the world and prove once again that he’s the king of the jungle.”

LEONARD ELLERBE, CEO of Mayweather Promotions

“About three and a half years ago I sat here opposite this great legend in Manny Pacquiao. I’ve studied this man for many years and today he’s still one of the best welterweights in the world. He still has tremendous explosiveness and power, but more importantly the experience to beat any welterweight in the world.

“Pacquiao has been doing this for so many years that we forget how truly great this man is. He’s in a very comfortable position right now. He’s super motivated and thats what is going to make this a great fight on Saturday night.

“Coming into this fight we all know that there have been rumblings about what Adrien needs to do to win this fight. But what I’ve witnessed firsthand this entire promotion, is that this man has dedicated himself 100 percent. He’s done everything his coaches have asked of him and he’s exceeded those expectations.

“Adrien Broner is ready, focused, and he’s put in the work. He’s put himself in the best situation to be successful on Saturday night. I expect nothing less than a great virtuoso performance. He didn’t cut one corner this training camp. He wants to prove to everyone, that everything people have said about him can be thrown out the window. He’s coming to show the entire world what he’s all about.”

RAVONE LITTLEJOHN, CEO of About Billions Promotions

“Adrien trained really hard for this fight. I’d like to thank Kevin Cunningham and Mike Stafford, they put together a great game plan. Adrien will be ready.

“There’s been a lot of talk from Pacquiao’s side about getting a knockout, but you’re the one getting knocked out. You’ve been knocked out, we haven’t.

“This our first time on this stage and in this position and it’s been very enjoyable. Adrien and I have put a lot into this over the last 10-15 years. We’re pulling for our guy 100 percent.”

STEPHEN ESPINOZA, President Sports & Event Programming, Showtime Networks Inc.

 

“I’m not going to come up here and tell you all anything you don’t already know about Manny Pacquiao or Adrien Broner. These are two guys who have operated at the highest level of boxing for years. In Manny’s case, literally decades. But I will remind you of some things.

“Manny Pacquiao is a Hall of Famer, no question about it. He’s a boxing legend who’s generous, humble and soft-spoken outside of the ring. But most of all, he takes tough fights. The last 20 opponents Pacquiao has had have been current, future or former world champions.

“Adrien Broner has faced nine world champions in 37 career fights. He’s obviously demonstrated himself as being an elite fighter. He’s flashy, flamboyant, sometimes outrageous, but he’s always unapologetically himself.

“On Saturday night, everything changes. Pacquiao is no longer soft-spoken and Broner is no longer fun-loving and outgoing. They transform themselves into two of the most athletically gifted and ferocious warriors in our sport. Above all these two guys have heart, which is the rarest thing in this sport.

“Between the two of them, they’ve won titles in 12 weight divisions. That’s the third most of all-time, trailing just Mayweather vs. Pacquiao and Pacquiao vs. De La Hoya.

“We know this is an elite fight and these fighters are in elite company. But on Saturday night, none of that matters. It’s not a contest of who has the best resume. This is a high level contest with high stakes between two of the most talented and athletically gifted fighters in the sport today. A win in this fight catapults each of these men to bigger things. It doesn’t get any more significant than that.”

RICHARD STURM, President of Entertainment and Sports for MGM Resorts International

“I’d like to welcome back Manny Pacquiao and Adrien Broner, two of the sport’s best fighters, back to Las Vegas and MGM Grand. Fans are always excited to watch these two fighters compete in the ring and we’re confident that Saturday’s event will kick off another exciting year of sports and entertainment programming for MGM Resorts.

“I’m thankful to all of the people who have helped make this fight happen here in Las Vegas. We look forward to seeing everyone at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday night for this sensational event.”

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Lewis vs Dos Santos

Jan 23, 2019

UFC® DEBUTS IN WICHITA WITH A MARCH 9TH SHOWDOWN BETWEEN TOP-RANKED HEAVYWEIGHT KNOCKOUT ARTISTS, EXCLUSIVELY ON ESPN+

FEATURED BOUTS:

(#2) DERRICK LEWIS vs. (#7) JUNIOR DOS SANTOS

 

TICKETS FOR MARCH 9TH UFC FIGHT NIGHT ON ESPN+®: LEWIS vs. DOS SANTOS

AT INTRUST BANK ARENA GO ON SALE FRIDAY, JAN. 18

Las Vegas – UFC® heads to Wichita, Kan. for the first time in the promotion’s history and brings with it a showcase matchup in the heavyweight division. Recent title challenger and No.2-ranked Derrick Lewis looks to re-insert himself into the championship conversation by landing another signature KO against a former UFC heavyweight champion and fellow knockout artist No.7-ranked Junior Dos SantosUFC FIGHT NIGHT ON ESPN+®: LEWIS vs. DOS SANTOS will stream live from INTRUST Bank Arena exclusively on ESPN+ at 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 9, with the ESPN+ prelims kicking off the evening at 4 p.m. CT/5 p.m. ET. Doors open at 3 p.m. CT/4 p.m. ET. All UFC live events on ESPN+ will be available in English and Spanish.

Coming off the first title shot of his UFC career against current No.1-ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the world Daniel Cormier, Lewis (21-6, fighting out of Houston, Texas) aims to get back to his winning ways with another spectacular knockout. Tied for having the most KOs in UFC heavyweight history, Lewis won nine of his last 10 bouts leading up to his title shot, including victories over Alexander Volkov, Francis Ngannou and Travis Browne. Lewis now intends to add the first ex-UFC champion to his KO list and earn the fifth post-fight award bonus in his last seven fights.

Former UFC heavyweight champion and multiple-time title challenger Dos Santos (20-5, fighting out of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil) looks for his third win in a row to break back into the top-5. In the headlining spot for the fifth time in a row, and 11th overall, Dos Santos has faced a who’s who of UFC heavyweights, such as Stipe Miocic, Alistair Overeem and Cain Velasquez. Dos Santos is now poised to earn his fourth shot at the title with another impressive win.

Announced bouts on the card include:

  • No.6-ranked women’s bantamweight contender Marion Reneau (9-4-1, fighting out of Visalia, Calif.) looks to get back into the championship picture by taking out former women’s featherweight title challenger and No.9-ranked bantamweight Yana Kunitskaya (11-4, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M. by way of Murmansk, Russia)
  • No.14-ranked welterweight Elizeu dos Santos (20-5, fighting out of Francisco Beltrao, Brazil) looks to keep his impressive six-fight winning streak alive as he attempts to hand Curtis Millender (17-3, fighting out of Fullerton, Calif.) his first loss in the Octagon
  • Longtime UFC veteran Tim Boetsch (21-12, fighting out of Sunbury, Pa.) makes his 20th walk to the Octagon when he meets battle-tested Russian Omari Akhmedov (17-4-1, fighting out of Makhachkala, Russia)
  • Hopeful heavyweight contenders clash as Daniel Spitz (6-2, fighting out of Spokane, Wash.) aims to spoil the UFC debut of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series signee Jeff Hughes (10-1, fighting out of Independence, Ohio)
  • Blagoy Ivanov (16-2, fighting out of Sofia, Bulgaria) hunts for his first UFC win when he welcomes back perennial top UFC heavyweight contender Ben Rothwell (36-10, fighting out of Kenosha, Wisc.)
  • Looking to continue his tear through the welterweight division, Anthony Rocco Martin (14-4, fighting out of Boston, Mass.) takes on surging submission specialist Sergio Moraes (13-4-1, fighting out of Curitiba, Brazil)
  • Veteran lightweight Beneil Dariush (15-4-1, fighting out of Yorba Linda, Calif.) looks to break back into the UFC rankings with an impressive performance against Drew Dober (20-8, fighting out of Denver, Colo.)

 

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CANELO ÁLVAREZ SE MIDE ANTE DANIEL ‘MIRACLE MAN’ JACOBS

Jan 22, 2019
CANELO ÁLVAREZ SE MIDE ANTE DANIEL ‘MIRACLE MAN’ JACOBS EN 
UN COMBATE UNIFICATORIO DE PESO MEDIANO DURANTE EL FESTIVO 
FIN DE SEMANA DE CINCO DE MAYO   
 
SÁBADO 4 DE MAYO DE 2019 Y TRANSMITIDO EN VIVO 
EXCLUSIVAMENTE EN DAZN
 
¡Información de la sede y los boletos se anunciará en breve!
 
LOS ÁNGELES, California 17 de enero de 2019. – Canelo Álvarez (50-1-2, 34 nocáuts) el estrella más grande del boxeo, tomará otro paso en su exitosa carrera para convertirse en campeón mundial indiscutible, cuando defienda sus títulos mundiales mediano CMB, AMB, Lineal y Ring Magazine en una batalla unificatoria ante Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs (35-2, 29 nocáuts), monarca universal mediano FIB, durante el festivo fin de semana de Cinco de Mayo. El combate de campeón contra campeón se llevará a cabo el sábado 4 de mayo de 2019 y será transmitido en vivo exclusivamente por DAZN.
 
Los detalles adicionales para el evento, incluyendo la información de la sede y los boletos, se anunciarán en breve.
 
Canelo es un experimentado campeón de 28 años de edad quien se convirtió en el mejor atleta en el deporte por enfrentarse a los mejores contendientes, y por siempre efectuar las mejores peleas para los aficionados. El orgullo jalisciense capturó varios títulos en las 154 libras y derrotó a peleadores de la talla de Austin “No Doubt” Trout, Sugar Shane MosleyAlfredo “El Perro” AnguloErislandy “The American Dream” Lara Liam “Beefy” Smith. Sin embargo, Canelo se anotó su victoria más significativa de su carrera en las 160 libras cuando derrotó a Gennady “GGG” Golovkin en su anticipada revancha en septiembre de 2018, estableciéndose como el campeón mundial mediano CMB, AMB, Lineal y Ring Magazine. Canelo después hizo historia cuando firmó el contrato deportivo más lucrativo en la historia para un atleta e iniciar una innovadora y exclusiva asociación con la plataforma deportiva global líder DAZN, que vio al último rey del boxeo de pago por evento entrar en una nueva era como el nuevo monarca de la transmisión de deportes.
 
En su primera actuación, Canelo se convirtió en triple monarca mundial divisional cuando noqueó al inglés Rocky Fielding en tres asaltos para capturar la faja mundial supermediano AMB en diciembre de 2018. Ahora, el orgullo jalisciense retornará a peso mediano para esta pelea mientras que continúa su meta de limpiar la división de las 160 libras.
 
“Estoy contento de anunciar mi próxima pelea durante el festivo fin de semana del 5 de mayo”, dijo Canelo Álvarez.“Voy a unificar mis títulos de peso mediano frente a Danny Jacobs en una de las dos fechas más importantes que me pertenecen.  No tengo ninguna duda que voy a salir adelante y estaré a un paso de convertirme en monarca mundial indiscutible de peso mediano, y qué mejor manera de verla que frente a una tremenda plataforma como lo es DAZN”, puntualizó.
 
Jacobs es un nativo de Brooklyn, Nueva York quien es reconocido como uno de los mejores pesos medianos de esta era. El púgil de 31 años de edad, a pesar de haber estado fuera del deporte durante 19 meses debido a una forma de cáncer de hueso que superó valientemente, ascendió en las clasificaciones de peso mediano para capturar la faja mundial de la AMB ante Jarrod Fletcher en el 2014. Jacobs realizó varias defensas, incluyendo un impresionante nocaut en el primer asalto ante Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin en el siguiente año. Jacobs, a pesar de perder ante Gennady Golovkin en una pelea muy cerrada en el 2017, ha estado invicto desde su retorno, venciendo al ex campeón amateur y contendiente de peso mediano Sergiy Derevyanchenko para capturar el cetro mundial mediano FIB. Jacobs buscará capturar más cintos en la pelea más grande e importante de su carrera. 
 
“Esta es la oportunidad que he estado esperando. La oportunidad de alcanzar la grandeza dentro del ring”, aseveró Daniel Jacobs. “Siempre he creído que puedo vencer a Canelo [Álvarez], y el 4 de mayo en vivo en DAZN, tendré la oportunidad de mostrarlo. Han pasado casi cuatro años desde que Canelo se enfrentó a un retador estadounidense. Será un gran evento en el que creo que me estableceré como el mejor peso mediano”, concluyó.
 
“Canelo Álvarez quiere las mejores peleas y los mayores retos”, dijo Óscar de La Hoya, Presidente y Jefe Ejecutivo de Golden Boy Promotions. “Eso es lo que hizo como campeón de las 154 libras, y eso es lo que está efectuando ahora como el rey de la división mediano. También nos enorgullece demostrarles a los fanáticos del boxeo que esta nueva asociación con DAZN significa que los fanáticos obtendrán peleas de nivel de pago por ver sin el costo del pago por evento. “Golden Boy Promotions está continuando con su promesa de hacer el deporte lo más accesible posible al concertar esta pelea de campeón contra campeón en esta importante plataforma”, aseveró.
 
“¡Qué pelea! No puedo decirles lo feliz que estoy que Danny Jacobs tenga esta oportunidad de combatir contra Canelo [Álvarez] en el festivo fin de semana del Cinco de Mayo en una pelea de unificación masiva”, afirmó Eddie Hearn, Director Ejecutivo de Matchroom Sport. “La victoria coronaría una de las historias de boxeo más increíbles e inspiradoras de nuestra generación, y Danny y el equipo pondrán todo en su lugar para llevarlo a la victoria. Respeto a Canelo y Golden Boy por aceptar este desafío, y felicidades a DAZN y sus suscriptores por obtener esta increíble pelea sin costo adicional. ¡Vamos el 4 de mayo! ¡Vamos Daniel Jacobs!,” puntualizó.
 
“En cualquier otra cadena o plataforma, Canelo vs. Jacobs sería un pago por evento caro”, dijo Joseph Markowski, Vicepresidente Ejecutivo de DAZN de América del Norte. ‘En DAZN, creemos que las mejores peleas deberían estar disponibles para nuestros suscriptores sin costo adicional”, explicó.
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Crawford and Khan Face Off in New York City

Jan 22, 2019

Crawford and Khan Face Off in New York City

Crawford to defend WBO welterweight world title, April 20 on ESPN PPV broadcast

 

(Photo Credit: Mikey Williams / Top Rank) 

NEW YORK CITY (Jan. 17, 2019) — Fresh off their kickoff press conference in London, WBO welterweight world champion Terence “Bud” Crawford and Amir “King” Khan flew across the pond for a special press conference at ESPN’s South Street Seaport studios in lower Manhattan.

Crawford and Khan will battle on Saturday, April 20, live on the inaugural Top Rank on ESPN pay-per-view at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT. Details on how fans will be able to access the pay-per-view event will be announced at a later date.

On stop two of the Crawford-Khan cross-continental media tour, this is what the fighters and Top Rank chairman Bob Arum had to say.

Terence Crawford

“Amir Khan has been in there with a lot of great fighters. Me beating him will put me on another level in the welterweight division. People are interested in seeing this fight.”

“It don’t matter how I win. I just want to win. That still won’t get the fighters I want to fight in the ring with me. I just need to keep doing what I’m doing.”

“There’s no animosity between me and Amir. He respects me. I respect him. We’ll do our thing in the ring on April 20, and we’ll shake hands when it’s over.”

“I’m expecting the best Amir Khan to show up. I never take any shortcuts in training camp. I’m always training for the best fighter that {my opponent} can be. I never look at it like, ‘Oh, he’s some half Amir Khan, or he’s washed up.’ We’re going to train for the best Amir Khan.”

Amir Khan

On why he signed to fight Crawford

“First of all, it was because it was for a world title. Also, Terence is up there as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. This is a fight that could take me to a different level, and I want to win this fight because I want to be the best in the world. All them dreams I’ve had of being the best ever, and one day being that pound-for-pound champion, this is the fight that can take me there.”
 
“I’ve been reading a lot of things and hearing a lot of things with people saying that I’m taking this fight just to get beat or maybe just to have another world title fight. It isn’t about that. I’m coming here to win. I’ve never gone into a fight just to make numbers. I’ve made a lot of money in the game, and I could leave the sport happy. But I still have unfinished business. I still have a lot left in me to win them titles. Maybe my last fight wasn’t the best fight. Maybe that’s one of the reasons that got me this fight. I will prove myself. Going into this fight, I’m highly motivated. Terence is a great champion. I’m not going to walk into the ring just to get beat. I’m coming to win this fight. I don’t have that much pressure in this fight because people are expecting me to get beat. I’m going to come and shock the world.”
 
“This is a fight that can redeem my whole career. Against Canelo, maybe I was biting off more than I could chew. I took that fight because it was a massive opportunity for me, and I believe in myself as a fighter. This fight, I see that it’s more fair. We’re similar weights. We’ve had similar experience. In my opinion, I’ll be able to take his punching power. He’s also a quick and a skillful fighter, so there’s a lot of advantages for me in this fight. In other fights, I’ve fought guys who are a lot stronger, a lot bigger in weight. That plays a big part. In this fight, I really think I have the style and everything it takes to win.”

Bob Arum

“The idea is to make the best possible fight. We’ve been Terence’s promoter for many, many years. He’s at a stage now where, to cement his legacy, he has to fight the best. And I’ve always been a big fan of Amir Khan. I remember Amir Khan when he was an amateur and what great skills he has and had. It will be a real test for Bud Crawford to fight Amir Khan. I really think Amir has been one of the best welterweights around. And I think it’s going to be a great, great fight on April 20.”
 
“Terence Crawford, should he win the fight April 20, he will fight the best available welterweights in the world. It’s the world. There are tremendously gifted fighters. There’s this kid in Spain that’s the biggest attraction Spanish boxing ever had called {Kerman Lejarraga}.  And he’s a terrific fighter. There’s the Eastern Europeans. There’s a lot of good welterweights. If there are fighters fighting for another promoter, and the other promoter is digging his heels in and won’t give his fighters the opportunity to be on a big stage, it’s on them. I can’t be worried about it.”

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Ray Beltran-Hiroki Okada Super Lightweight Clash Set for Ramirez-Zepeda Card

Jan 16, 2019

February 10: Ray Beltran-Hiroki Okada Super Lightweight Clash Set for Ramirez-Zepeda Card
Beltran-Okada LIVE on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 7 p.m. ET
Genesis Servania-Carlos Castro super bantamweight battle headlines ESPN+ undercard

FRESNO, Calif (Jan. 16, 2019) —Ray Beltran’s road back to title contention begins Sunday, Feb. 10. The former lightweight world champion will face the unbeaten Hiroki Okada in a 10-round super lightweight fight as the co-feature to the Jose Ramirez-Jose Zepeda super lightweight championship bout at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif.

Ramirez-Zepeda and Beltran-Okada will headline a special Top Rank on ESPN card beginning at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN Deportes.

The entire undercard, including the super bantamweight showdown between Genesis Servania and the undefeated Carlos Castro, will stream live beginning at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN+ – the new multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer & International segment in conjunction with ESPN.

“I am excited about 2019, and this camp has been a great way to start my journey to another world title opportunity,” Beltran said. “If it’s at 140, then I will be a two-division world champion, and if it’s at 135, then I will be a two-time lightweight champion. I will leave that to Top Rank and my manager, Steven Feder. I made some changes and am now working with Marvin Somodio, who for many years learned from the great Freddie Roach. Marvin and my longtime strength coach, Bryan McComb, are bringing me back to the skills and basics that got me here. I’m a boxer, I’m a prizefighter, and that’s what my fans will see Feb. 10.”

“To challenge for the world title, I’ve got to beat Beltran,” Okada said. “As a former world champion, I know he’s highly skilled. I know he’s tough, so I’ll be prepared for a good fight. It’s an honor to be able to fight him, and I’m confident that I will win. I’ve watched his fights on video, and I believe in my power coming into this fight.

Beltran (35-8-1, 21 KOs) fulfilled a lifelong dream in 2018 when he captured the WBO lightweight world title with a bruising unanimous decision over Paulus Moses in Reno, Nev. A seasoned pro who made his name as a sparring partner to the stars, Beltran began his career 5-2 and didn’t receive his first world title shot until Sept. 7, 2013. On that evening in Glasgow, Scotland, he was saddled with a highly controversial draw versus hometown favorite and WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns. Beltran lost a wide points decision to pound-for-pound great Terence “Bud” Crawford the following year but rebounded with a six-bout unbeaten streak heading into the Moses bout.

Beltran’s world title reign ended on Aug. 25 of last year, as Jose “Sniper” Pedraza put forth a virtuoso boxing clinic to win the title via unanimous decision. After spending most of his career as a lightweight, Beltran will move up five pounds to face Okada (19-0, 13 KOs), a former Japanese super lightweight champion who is ranked in the top 10 at 140 pounds by all four major sanctioning organizations. Okada fought twice in 2018, most recently notching a well-earned split decision verdict against Cristian “El Zorro” Coria on Sept. 14 in Fresno.

Headlining the ESPN+ stream will be Servania (32-1, 15 KOs), a 27-year-old Filipino who proved his world-class status during his 2017 featherweight world title challenge against Oscar Valdez. Servania and Valdez traded knockdowns in one of the year’s best fights, with Valdez retaining his title by unanimous decision. Servania has won three in a row since the Valdez war, including a third-round knockout over Carlos Carlson on Sept. 28 in Oakland, Calif. Castro (21-0, 9 KOs), a Phoenix native, is an all-action fighter who cut his teeth with nearly 200 bouts in the amateur ranks. In his last bout, Aug. 25 on the Pedraza-Beltran undercard, he got the better of a toe-to-toe battle against Diuhl “Elegante” Olguin to win a unanimous decision.

“I’m really looking forward to my next fight in Fresno because my opponent is a good fighter. He is undefeated,” Servania said. “I want to fight tough opponents. I’m confident about this fight because I’ve been training hard and I know I will give my best.”

“It has been a tough road to get to 21-0, but it also has been a great experience,” Castro said. “This upcoming fight is another important step towards a world title fight. I know exactly who Servania is, and I will be ready for him.”

The ESPN+ stream will also feature:

Gabriel Flores Jr. (11-0, 5 KOs), the 18-year-old phenom from Stockton, Calif., will take on Alex Torres Rynn (6-2, 3 KOs) in a six-round lightweight contest.

Unbeaten super featherweight contender Andy “El Tiburon” Vences (21-0-1, 12 KOs) will continue his march toward a world title shot against Dardan Zenunaj (14-5, 11 KOs) in a bout scheduled for eight or 10 rounds.

Guido “The Gladiator” Vianello (1-0, 1 KO), the 6-foot-6 heavyweight puncher who represented Italy at the 2016 Rio Olympics, will face Andrew Satterfield (4-1, 2 KOs) in a scheduled six-rounder. Vianello trains with Hall of Famer Abel Sanchez in Big Bear Lake, Calif.

Saul “Neno” Rodriguez (22-0-1, 16 KOs), in his second fight since returning from a nearly two-year layoff, will take on Aelio Mesquita (17-3, 15 KOs) in a lightweight fight scheduled for eight or 10 rounds.

Fresno native and featherweight prospect Isidro Ochoa (6-0, 2 KOs) will make his fourth Save Mart Center appearance as a pro against Jesus Guzman (6-2, 4 KOs) in a six-rounder.

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UFC®234: WHITTAKER vs GASTELUM ANDERSON SILVA

Jan 16, 2019

UFC®234: WHITTAKER vs GASTELUM 

ANDERSON SILVA

Las Vegas – After almost two years, former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva makes his highly-anticipated return to the Octagon as he takes on rising-star and No.6-ranked middleweight Israel Adesanya in the co-main event of UFC 234: WHITTAKER vs. GASTELUM Saturday, Feb. 9 at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia.  In advance of this event, Silva will be available to the media at his gym in West Hollywood, Calif. on Tuesday, January 22 at noon PT.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 22

WHO:             Anderson Silva, Former UFC middleweight champion

                       

WHAT:          Open Workout and Media Availability

 

WHEN:          Tuesday, January 22 at 12 p.m. PT

                        Open workout – 12 – 12:30 p.m. PT

                        Media availability – 12:30 – 1 p.m. PT

 

WHERE:       Spider Kick

927 N. La Cienega BLVD

West Hollywood, CA 90069

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ADRIEN BRONER LAS VEGAS MEDIA WORKOUT

Jan 15, 2019

ADRIEN BRONER LAS VEGAS MEDIA WORKOUT

QUOTES & PHOTOS

 

Former Four-Division World Champion Broner Takes on Welterweight Champion Manny Pacquiao Saturday, January 19 on SHOWTIME PPV®

 

Presented by Premier Boxing Champions

From the MGM Grand Garden Arena In Las Vegas

 

Photos from Nabeel Ahmad/

Premier Boxing Champions

 

LAS VEGAS (January 15, 2019) – With fight week underway in Las Vegas, former four-division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner hosted a media workout Monday before he battles Manny Pacquiao for the World Boxing Association Welterweight World Title Saturday, January 19 in the main event of a SHOWTIME PPV® event from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Tickets for the event, which is promoted by MP Promotions, Mayweather Promotions and TGB Promotions in association with About Billions Promotions, are on sale now and start at $100, not including applicable service charges, and can be purchased online through AXS.com, charge by phone at 866-740-7711 or in person at any MGM Resorts International box office.

Broner, along with trainer Kevin Cunningham, have been at Barry’s Boxing in Las Vegas finishing up training camp after spending most of camp in West Palm Beach, Florida preparing to face boxing’s only eight-division world champion in Pacquiao. Here is what they had to say Monday at Barry’s Boxing:

ADRIEN BRONER

“Every fighter is different, but I know if I touch him flush, I’ll put him out. It’s no secret, he’s been to sleep before.

“I’m in shape and ready to go. We had a tremendous training camp. I could have made weight weeks ago. We’re prepared to go out and execute.

“I’ve been here before, and even though I haven’t been in a fight of exactly this magnitude, I’m just treating it like any other fight. He’s another opponent.

“A lot of people are saying that Pacquiao’s age will be a factor, but I’m not looking at it like that. You see guys like Floyd Mayweather who stay undefeated at an older age. I’m just focused on being me. As long as I do what I have to do, I will be victorious.

“We’re ready for whatever this fight is going to end up being. It could definitely be a war. I’ve always been an underdog. I came from the trenches and I’m bringing that mentality into the ring.

“I can take over boxing with a win over Pacquiao. There are a lot of great fighters in this sport, but they just don’t bring what I bring to the table. With a win like this, it would put me right where I was always meant to be.

“I’ve always wanted to fight the big names like this and I knew that I just had to keep working hard and the time would come.

“Once that bell rings, I’ll make my adjustments and go ahead and get my victory. I don’t have anything I want to go out and prove. It’s just about winning. That will say everything.”

KEVIN CUNNINGHAM, Broner’s Trainer

“Preparation has been great. Camp has been tremendous. Adrien is ready to go and extremely focused for this fight. He came into camp that way and it’s stayed that way.

“We added some things this training camp, because we know he’s fighting a legendary fighter. This is one that he has to have and he realizes it. I expect a spectacular performance.

“I think on Saturday night that Adrien is going to be that guy that everyone expected him to be from day one. It will open a lot of eyes. I believe that we put the work in. I can’t see Adrien coming out of there without a victory.

“The key to victory is for Adrien to just be himself. He has to do what he does best with no hesitation. He’s going to throw the right punches at the right time.

“Pacquiao still throws combinations but they don’t come in as fast or as sharp as they used to. He can throw as many punches as he wants to throw, but if they’re not landing, it doesn’t mean anything.

“I think Adrien is the quicker fighter. Quickness offsets speed, all day, every day. It’s all about being quick enough to time the guy with your hand speed. It’s different than just throwing a bunch of fast punches.”

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Terence Crawford y Amir Khan batallarán por supremacía peso welter

Jan 15, 2019

Terence Crawford y Amir Khan batallarán por supremacía peso welter en el
PPV inagural de Top Rank on ESPN 

EN VIVO en PPV el 20 de abril a las 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT

 

ESPN y Top Rank anunciaron hoy su primer evento pay-per-view bajo el banderín de Top Rank on ESPN. Dos reyes están listos para el choque peso welter más esperado del año cuando el rey libra por libra Terence “Bud” Crawford arriesgue su título mundial peso welter de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) ante el ex campeón unificado de las 140 libras y el orgullo de Bolton, Inglaterra, Amir “King” Khan, el sábado 20 de abril, en vivo en pay-per-view a las 9 pm ET / 6 p.m. PT. Los detalles sobre cómo los fanáticos podrán acceder al evento de pay-per-view se anunciarán en una fecha posterior.

En una promoción de Top Rank, en asociación con Matchroom Boxing y Khan Promotions, la información sobre boletos, sede del evento, y peleas de respaldo, serán anunciados pronto.

“El choque entre Crawford y Khan es un enfrentamiento muy interesante de dos peleadores de élite,” dijo el legendario promotor de Top Rank, Bob Arum. “Khan, cuando pelea en el peso welter, es tan bueno como los mejores, pero está peleando contra el mejor peleador de la división y un grande libra por libra. Será una pelea entretenida y competitiva. También estamos entusiasmados de unir fuerzas con ESPN en nuestro primer evento pay-per-view bajo el acuerdo de Top Rank on ESPN.”

“Siempre ha sido mi meta pelear contra los mejores peleadores que existen, y considero a Amir Khan como uno de los mejores peleadores de mi división,” dijo Crawford. “Sé que algunas personas lo están descartando, pero de ninguna manera lo estoy pasando por alto. Es un ex campeón mundial unificado, y el 20 de abril, saldré a buscar y destruir. Estoy entusiasmado con esta pelea porque creo que puede llevar mi carrera a otro nivel.”

“Estoy encantado de anunciar una pelea por el título mundial muy esperada con Terence Crawford, el actual campeón mundial peso welter de la OMB,” dijo Khan. “La decisión de pelear contra Kell Brook o Crawford ha sido una de las decisiones más difíciles de mi carrera hasta la fecha. Claramente, los fanáticos del Reino Unido quieren ver a Khan contra Brook, pero no pude rechazar la oportunidad de pelear por el título de la OMB. Eso no quiere decir que la pelea de Brook no ocurrirá, ya que quiero que la pelea se realice lo antes posible. Pelear contra un campeón del mundo no será fácil, pero este es exactamente el reto que necesito en esta etapa de mi carrera. Estoy completamente motivado y listo para el mejor campo de entrenamiento de mi vida. Crawford es vencible, y quiero ese título de la OMB. Será una gran pelea.”

“Ha habido mucha especulación con respecto a la próxima pelea de Amir, pero la tentación de tratar de ganar otro título mundial fue demasiado para rechazar, y ahora se enfrenta posiblemente al peso welter número uno del mundo en Terence Crawford,” dijo Eddie Hearn Director de Matchroom Sport. “Es una pelea que él cree que puede ganar, y en su noche, Amir tiene toda la velocidad y las habilidades para vencer a los mejores. Creo que será un enfrentamiento fascinante y dramático.”

“Presentar a Crawford-Khan como el primer evento pay-per-view bajo el banderín de Top Rank on ESPN es verdaderamente un motivo de celebración. Crawford es un campeón del mundo, un fenómeno global y quizás el mejor peleador libra por libra en el deporte, y Khan es un peleador que todos quieren ver cada vez que entra al ring. Esto es lo que necesita el boxeo, más enfrentamientos de renombre, y esta pelea es un ejemplo perfecto de la visión que tuvimos cuando nos unimos a Top Rank,” agregó el Vicepresidente Ejecutivo de Programación de ESPN, Burke Magnus.

Crawford (34-0, 25 KOs), de Omaha, Nebraska, es calificado por muchos expertos como el mejor peleador del mundo, un fuerte pegador ambidiestro que ha reinado en tres categorías de peso. Ganó el título mundial peso ligero de la OMB el 1ro de marzo del 2014 en Glasgow, Escocia, destronando al héroe local Ricky Burns por decisión unánime. Crawford demostró su supremacía de peso ligero ese año con una emocionante victoria por nocaut técnico en el noveno asalto sobre el invicto Yuriorkis Gamboa y una victoria por decisión sobre Ray Beltrán.

Crawford hizo historia cuando unificó los cuatro títulos de las 140 libras, destacando su dominio sobre la división con un nocaut en el tercer asalto contra Julius Indongo el 19 de agosto del 2017. Sin nada por demostrar en las 140 libras, Crawford avanzó al peso welter. En su primera pelea en el peso, noqueó al conquistador de Manny Pacquiao, Jeff “The Hornet” Horn en la novena ronda para ganar la corona de la OMB. Para su primera defensa del título de peso welter, Crawford regresó a su hogar en el CHI Health Center de Omaha y despachó a su rival José Benavidez Jr. en el último asalto frente a 13,323 fanáticos apasionados.

Khan (33-4, 20 KOs) irrumpió en la conciencia pública en los Juegos Olímpicos del 2004 en Atenas cuando, a los 17 años de edad, capturó una medalla de plata para Gran Bretaña. Ganó el título mundial superligero de la  Asociación Mundial de Boxeo (AMB) el 18 de julio del 2009, superando a Andreas Kotelnik para ganar una decisión unánime. Realizó cinco defensas de título exitosas en las 140 libras y se convirtió en campeón unificado cuando derrotó al gobernante de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo (FIB) Zab Judah en cinco asaltos en el 2011.

Khan ha ganado siete de ocho combates desde diciembre del 2012, su única derrota durante ese tiempo se produjo cuando subió de peso para pelear contra el campeón mundial de peso mediano “Canelo” Álvarez. Después de boxear bien en las primeras rondas, Khan fue eliminado con un derechazo fulminante en la sexta ronda. Después de la derrota de Álvarez, Khan tomó un descanso de casi dos años del ring, y regresó en el 2018 con una venganza. En abril, derrotó a Phil Lo Greco en 39 segundos, y en septiembre anotó una amplia victoria por decisión sobre el perenne contendiente Samuel Vargas. Más de 13 años desde que se convirtió en profesional, Khan se enfrentará al rey de libra por libra en una pelea que definirá su legado.

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