CLAVES PARA LA VICTORIA: SHAWN PORTER vs. ADRIAN GRANADOS

Oct 28, 2017

CLAVES PARA LA VICTORIA: SHAWN PORTER vs. ADRIAN GRANADOS

 

CLAVES PARA LA VICTORIA

SHAWN PORTER vs. ADRIAN GRANADOS

 

Sábado 4 de Noviembre a las 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT

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Ex campeón mundial Shawn Porter regresa al cuadrilátero para enfrentarse a Adrian Granados, un peligroso mexicano oriundo de Chicago, en una batalla welter de eliminatoria de la CMB el sábado, 4 de noviembre en el co-evento de  la revancha de Deontay Wilder y  Bermane Stiverne en vivo por SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) desde Barclays Center en Brooklyn, N.Y.

 

Raúl “El Diamante” Márquez explora las claves para la victoria de ésta batalla. De acuerdo con Marquez, Porter tendrá que tirar un jab preciso para dictar el ritmo de la pelea, utilizar su fuerza física y forzar una pelea de choque. En cuanto a Granados, deberá boxear inteligentemente utilizando su movimiento de piernas, tirar combinaciones rápidas y mantener la pelea en el centro del ring.

 

SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® estará disponible en español a través de programación de audio secundario (SAP)

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REY VARGAS EXPONDRÁ POR SEGUNDA VEZ SU CAMPEONATO MUNDIAL SUPERGALLO DEL CMB

Oct 28, 2017
REY VARGAS EXPONDRÁ POR SEGUNDA VEZ SU CAMPEONATO MUNDIAL SUPERGALLO DEL CMB ANTE EL CONTENDIENTE COLOMBIANO ÓSCAR ‘EL JAGUAR’ NEGRETE EN EL CHOQUE ESTELAR DE COTTO VS. ALI
 
EL EVENTO SE EFECTUARÁ EL SÁBADO 2 DE DICEMBRE EN EL MADISON SQUARE GARDEN Y SERÁ TELEVISADO EN VIVO POR HBO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®
 
¡Boletos están a la venta!
LOS ÁNGELES, California 27 de octubre de 2017.- Rey Vargas (30-0, 22 nocáuts), el poderoso e invicto campeón mundial mexicano, defenderá por segunda vez su título supergallo del CMB ante el invicto y actual monarca gallo de la NABF Óscar “El Jaguar” Negrete (17-0, 7 nocáuts) de Tierraalta, Colombia en el choque co estelar a 12 asaltos estelarizada por el combate entre Miguel Cotto y Sadam “World Kid” Ali por la faja mundial superwelter de la OMB el sábado 2 de diciembre en el Madison Square Garden. El evento será televisado en vivo por HBO World Championship Boxing comenzando a las 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Vargas, quien apenas tiene 26 años de edad, posee una considerable ventaja de altura y alcance, lo que ha usado para anular a todos sus oponentes hasta la fecha. Vargas viajó al Reino Unido en febrero de 2017 para derrotar a Gavin McDonnell por el vacante cinto supergallo del CMB. Para esa batalla, el oriundo de Cuidad de México, México, consiguió la ayuda del entrenador Salón de la Fama Ignacio “Nacho” Beristáin, quien lo ha entrenado desde entonces. Vargas defendió su faja por primera vez en agosto ante el fuerte contendiente Ronny Ríos por decisión unánime, y buscará defenderlo otra vez en su debut en el Madison Square Garden este 2 de diciembre.
            “Me siento contento y privilegiado por estar en un escenario donde han pasado boxeadores de mucha historia”, afirmó Rey Vargas. “Óscar Negrete es un boxeador-fajador y será un duelo de invictos. Negrete es un muchacho que viene empujando fuerte, y su récord de 17-0 y posición en las clasificaciones mundiales significa que es un gran rival. Es un honor compartir una cartelera con Miguel Cotto. Siento que va a hacer un escenario lleno de sentimientos para su última pelea, pero así como se retira un estrella, ojalá que en el Madison Square Garden nazca una nueva estrella llamada Rey Vargas”, puntualizó.
            Negrete, quien tiene de 30 años de edad, ha sido un peleador esencial en las funciones de Golden Boy Promotions en la costa Oeste después de realizar su debut en Estados Unidos en junio de 2014. Desde entonces, el nativo de Tierraalta, Colombia ha participado más de diez veces en el estado de California, derrotando a un ritmo constante a varios oponentes de las divisiones gallo y supergallo. En su último pleito, Negrete bajó a los 118 libras para vencer a Sergio Frías y capturar el titulo gallo de NABF en el choque estelar de la edición del 30 de junio de Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN. El colombiano, quien también realizará su debut en el Madison Square Garden, regresará a la división de las 122 libras para el reto más difícil de su carrera.
“Estoy súper contento por esta oportunidad”, dijo Óscar Negrete. “No solamente realizará un sueño, sino que dos. Han sido sueños pelear por un título mundial y pelear en el Madison Square Garden, y este 2 de diciembre, realizaré ambos. Sé que Rey Vargas es un gran peleador, pero siempre he deseado pelear con los mejores. Si voy a disputar una faja mundial, tendría que ser contra un rival quien valga la pena y de quien puedo estar orgulloso de enfrentar”, puntualizó.
“Vargas y Negrete son boxeadores invictos de Golden Boy Promotions que llevarán una gran pelea al Madison Square Garden este 2 de diciembre”, afirmó Óscar de la Hoya, Presidente y Jefe Ejecutivo de Golden Boy Promotions. “Ambos regresarán tras participar en combates muy difíciles y arriesgarán su calidad de invicto en un choque co estelar que buscará acaparar la atención esa noche”, enfatizó.
            “Vargas es un campeón joven con una gran ventaja física sobre sus rivales”, anotó Ozwaldo Küchle, Presidente de Promociones del Pueblo. “Vargas es demasiado alto para su división y además posee cualidades extraordinarias, pero sobre todo una mentalidad destructora arriba del ring. Con una victoria sobre Negrete, Vargas será el mejor peleador de su división”, finalizó.
            Cotto vs. Ali es un combate a 12 asaltos por el cetro mundial superwelter de la OMB presentado por Golden Boy Promotions y Miguel Cotto Promotions. Vargas vs. Negrete es un pleito a 12 episodios por la faja mundial supergallo del CMB presentado por Golden Boy Promotions y Miguel Cotto Promotions en asociación con Promociones del Pueblo. El evento es patrocinado por Tecate “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle, y Casa México Tequila. El evento se llevará a cabo el sábado 2 de diciembre en Madison Square Garden de Nueva York, y será televisado por HBO World Championship Boxing® empezando a las 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT.
            Boletos para Cotto vs. Ali tienen un precio de $500, $300, $200, $100 y $50, y están a la venta. Los boletos se pueden comprar en la taquilla del Madison Square Garden y en todas las tiendas de Ticketmaster. Los boletos también se pueden comprar por teléfono con Ticketmaster llamando al (866) 858-0008, y en línea por www.ticketmaster.com, www.goldenboytickets.comwww.MSG.com.
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Shawn Porter vs. Adrian Granados Training Camp

Oct 28, 2017

Shawn Porter vs. Adrian Granados Training Camp Quotes & Photos

 

Porter vs. Granados Featured on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Saturday, November 4 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn

 Porter Photos from Nabeel Ahmad/

Premier Boxing Champions

  Granados Photos from Tom Barnes

 

BROOKLYN (October 26, 2017) – Former champion “Showtime” Shawn Porter and hard-hitting contender Adrian Granados will look to steal the show when they meet in a 12-round welterweight world title elimination bout on Saturday, November 4 live on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™.

 

The November 4 event, presented by Premier Boxing Champions, is headlined by WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder in a rematch against former heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne. The three-fight SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast begins live at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with unbeaten Sergey Lipinets battling Japan’s Akihiro Kondo for the vacant IBF Junior Welterweight World Championship.

 

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and TGB Promotions, are on sale now and can be purchased at ticketmaster.combarclayscenter.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.

 

Porter spoke from his training camp in Las Vegas, while Granados shared his thoughts from camp in Chicago, just over a week before they go toe-to-toe in Brooklyn:

 

SHAWN PORTER

 

“Training camp has gone very well. We did most of our work here in Las Vegas and also a little bit at Wild Card in California. We’re at the tail end of camp now. Every day is going to be exciting as we taper off and get ready for November 4.

 

“I feel very familiar with Granados at this point. One night I watched about three or four of his fights and some interviews and really got to put him in my mind. He’s an aggressive fighter who’s not easily hurt or fazed by what’s going on in the ring. Whether that’s him getting hit or an opponent making him miss.

 

“This is going to be a very competitive fight. The key to beating him will be my speed. I have to out box him, make him walk into some heavy shots and eventually knock him out.

 

“I love Las Vegas but I’m always very excited to get the opportunity to fight at Barclays Center. It’s a genuinely fun arena.  The energy there is bar-none. I absolutely love being able to entertain crowds out there in Brooklyn.

 

“We’re going after the WBC title. We’re going to have our sights set on Keith Thurman. I want to get that rematch sometime next year. Outside of that, the only fighter on my mind is Danny Garcia, because he’s a guy who I think I’d make an exciting fight with.”

 

ADRIAN GRANADOS

 

“I know I have a fan-friendly style and I make my opponent fight regardless if he bangs or boxes. Bringing exciting fights is what I’m known for to the fans and media. It’s going to be the fight of the night.

 

“It was a surprise when I got the call for this fight but I jumped right at the opportunity to get in the ring with Shawn Porter. He had a close fight with Keith Thurman and a win over Adrien Broner so a victory over him puts me right back at the top of the division.

 

“Shawn fought at 165 in the amateurs, much bigger than me and I remember him well, he was also a football player so he was much heavier. Since he turned pro I’ve spent more time watching his fights and studying him, especially these last few weeks knowing that we’re fighting each other at 147.

 

“It’s better for me to know right from the start the weight is at 147, the previous camp for Broner we started at 142 and then had to move to 147 very late in the camp. Knowing it’s been 147 from the start has helped me to better prepare for this fight with Shawn Porter. It will also help me to come in a little heavier on fight night.

 

“Training and sparring has all been here in Chicago at the Garfield Park Gym. Camp has been terrific, very smooth especially with no weight issues.

 

“I’m very excited to be fighting at Barclays Center and I know that this is more of a neutral site. I know that Shawn’s the favorite but I feel good about fighting in Brooklyn. I’ve been to Barclays Center twice to watch fights and I’m excited to be fighting there next Saturday night.

 

“If I win, I’ll be the mandatory for Keith Thurman’s WBC belt and that’s my motivation. Expect a classic ‘El Tigre’ performance, no back down, no quit, a classic boxing match.”

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WHAT’S ON THE MINDS OF THE STARS OF UFC® FIGHT NIGHT: BRUNSON vs. MACHIDA?

Oct 28, 2017

WHAT’S ON THE MINDS OF THE STARS OF

UFC® FIGHT NIGHT: BRUNSON vs. MACHIDA?

 

Sao Paulo, Brazil – The Octagon® returns to Brazil for an astonishing 30th time in UFC history. UFC® FIGHT NIGHT: BRUNSON vs. MACHIDA takes place this Saturday, October 28 at Ginásio do Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo, with the return of former light heavyweight champion and middleweight title challenger Lyoto Machida. “The Dragon” will face No. 7 middleweight contender Derek Brunson. Here is what the fighters and other stars had to say ahead of their bouts:

 

Derek Brunson:

  • His expectations: “To arrive on Saturday and submit. I’m a first round guy. The perfect ending would be a victory in the first round. I see myself walking in the Octagon and waiting for my moment. I know everyone expects me to wrestle and for him to stay on his feet, but I feel comfortable in any area.”
  • On Lyoto’s return: “I don’t know how he is doing, I’m not sure. But I think of him as the Machida of always – fast and agile on his feet. I can’t think about the last fights, in which his opponents were able to take him down with ease.”
  • On the Brazilian fans: “Many Brazilians texted me in social media saying they would like to watch me fight, so I believe that I will have some support. But I don’t feel any pressure having the crowd against me. Once in the Octagon, it’s me against him. The fans can’t go in and help him. At least I think that’s illegal.”

Lyoto Machida:

  • Return to the Octagon: “I waited a long time to get back to the Octagon, it’s a moment I have been waiting for. I worked hard to get here and it’s what I like to do. It’s a dream come true to come back, I’m enjoying it all, from the little things – traveling, the media commitments, making weight, everything that is involved in fight week.”
  • Saturday’s fight: “I had a great camp. Many people think that the time off will be a problem for me. But I don’t see it that way. The time out helped me find different people and have a different outlook on everything. It was a maturing moment.”
  • On his opponent: “Brunson is a complete fighter, a guy who even though he is a wrestler, he is good in other disciplines, punching and kicking. But I think he will use his strength with is grappling and clinching.”
  • Fighting in home country: “It’s a unique opportunity for me. I am coming back, in my country, with the crowd on my side, everyone helping me. It’s a different environment. I am very happy.”

Demian Maia:

  • São Paulo: “It’s special. I didn’t get this opportunity many times in my career. I only fought in the city of Sao Paulo once and I would like to experience that more.”
  • Fighting after title shot: “My last three fights were very close. That is tiring, but at the same time it gives a good competitive pace. If you can use that in your favor, it can be advantageous. I accepted this fight for many reasons. The main one is to get back to winning, which is something I can’t control, but I can only get back if I try.”
  • Colby Covington and his trash talk: “I think he is going down the same path that everyone thinks is right nowadays, which is to be controversial as the only way to promote a fight. As a fighter, he is a great athlete, wrestler and, as with any UFC Top 10 fighter, he is a very tough guy. I think it will be an intense fight, because he is a very aggressive guy as I am, within my style.”

Colby Covington:

  • On fighting in Brazil: “I don’t want to fight here, but it was the only way to face Demian. Fighting in his home, in front of his fans. I know how Brazilians are and I hope they are very loud. But after the fight, I know they will be in silence.”
  • On his opponent: “He’s a legend, had a great career. That’s why I will retire him in the first round. And the Brazilian fans will thank me because he will be in my highlights until the end of my career. He is a one-trick pony and I will catch him when he tries to take me down, submitting in the first round.”
  • On the Welterweight Division: “I see myself as the uncrowned king of this division. This is my division. When Tyron Woodley comes back from his injury, his time will come. My victory over Demian will scare Woodley.”

Predictions: I think that a win will give me the chance to fight for the belt, since they are not having Robbie Lawler fight Woodley again, and Rafael dos Anjos shouldn’t be in this division – I would send him back to lightweight if I fought him.”

Pedro Munhoz:

  • Fight Expectations: “The best possible, I’m fighting before the co-main event, in Sao Paulo, my city, for the fourth year in a row in search of my fourth consecutive win. I think it will be a very special moment and a victory on Saturday will be a big step to get to the coveted title shot.”
  • On his opponent: “Rob is good, experience, ranked. I hope he brings his best, because I am bringing my best. I’ve seen him using different strategies in his fights, so I prepared for any situation – on my feet and on the ground. But my goal is to knockout or submit.”
  • On the Bantamweight Division: “It’s a stacked division, with many great athletes, especially the Brazilians. There are always new and capable athletes coming in. Today, I see the winner of Jimmie Rivera and Dominick Cruz fighting the champion. I think they will be two highly contested fights, but I see Cody and Jimmie winning and facing each other. I don’t want to think about my next fight, because I focus on one day at a time. But victory on Saturday, I believe would put me in 8th or 10th in the rankings.”

Rob Font

  • On his opponent: “He is a very aggressive striker and has very strong jiu-jitsu, but he doesn’t try to go the ground at all costs. He forces you to take him down and submits you.”
  • Fight expectations: “It will be a big fight, it was a great match. He is an exciting fighter and will be at home, in his city, with the crowd supporting him. The fans here are crazy, loud and they defend their fighters at any cost. This is my second time here, I love Brazil, I love the food and the culture.”

 

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

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Prince Ranch Boxing invadió México para firmar a prospectos de Sugar Promotions

Oct 24, 2017
PRINCE RANCH BOXING SUGAR PROMOTIONS
Prince Ranch Boxing invadió México para firmar a prospectos de Sugar Promotions
Edwing Davila, Isaac Avelar, Mayran Salazar, Israel Vazqez, Daniel Colula and Damien Vazquez
(Left to Right) Photo by Team Prince Ranch Boxing
LAS VEGAS, NV ( 23 de octubre de 2017 ) – La empresa de manejo, Prince Ranch Boxing (PRB) ha añadido a su escuadra a cuatro prospectos mexicanos.
 
Estos son: Edwing Dávila (16-0, 9 KO – 130lbs), Isaac Avelar (13-0, 8 KO – 126lbs), el campeón de México de las 126 libras, Daniel Colula (12-1-2, 3 KO ) y la boxeadora Mayrán Salazar (6-2).  Todos los púgiles fueron fichados por “Sugar Promotions” de Damien Vázquez y pelearán constantemente en Aguascalientes, México.
 
“Firmar talentos de México es una pieza vital para mi operación”, dijo Greg Hannely. “Nuestro objetivo aquí en Prince Ranch Boxing es contar con una sólida base de boxeadores de México, además de tener gran talento de los Estados Unidos. Sugar Promotions realizará múltiples shows en México en los próximos doce meses”.
 
Sugar Promotions tuvo su primer show la semana pasada en Aguascalientes, México. Su próximo cartel está programado para finales de año.
 
“Dávila, Avelar, Colula y Salazar son muy populares en México y Sugar Promotions se complace en firmarlos en unos acuerdos de promoción”, afirmó Oscar Vázquez. “Nuestro próximo show será en diciembre. Los detalles se anunciarán pronto. Tenemos grandes planes para que Sugar Promotions siga hacia adelante”.
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ALBERTO “EXPLOSIVO” MACHADO KNOCKS OUT JEZREEL “EL INVISIBLE” CORRALES TO CAPTURE WBA WORLD SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE AT TURNING STONE RESORT CASINO

Oct 24, 2017
ALBERTO “EXPLOSIVO” MACHADO KNOCKS OUT JEZREEL “EL INVISIBLE” CORRALES TO CAPTURE WBA WORLD SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE AT TURNING STONE RESORT CASINO
 
DEMETRIUS “BOO BOO” ANDRADE SHUTS OUT ALANTEZ “SLYAZA” FOX OVER TWELVE ROUNDS TO REMAIN UNDEFEATED IN CO-MAIN EVENT
(ABOVE: Alberto Machado captured the WBA World Super Featherweight Title with an eighth-round knockout victory against Jezreel Corrales on Oct. 21 on HBO Boxing After Dark)
Photo Credit: Matt Heasley – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
VERONA, NY. (Oct. 21, 2017) Puerto Rico earned yet another world champion this year as Alberto “Explosivo” Machado (19-0, 16 KOs) knocked out Jezreel “El Invisible” Corrales (22-2, 8 KOs) in the eighth round of a scheduled 12-round fight to become the WBA World Super Featherweight Champion at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y. Along with Miguel Cotto and Jesus Rojas, Machado is the third boxer from Puerto Rico to win a world title within the past two months.
 
In what was a hard-fought battle between two southpaws, Corrales earned an early advantage by being much quicker and skillful. The native of San Miguelito, Panama also landed hard overhand lefts repeatedly, eventually dropping Machado with that same punch in the fifth round. Little by little, though, Machado’s size and strength advantages began taking a toll on Corrales, who was hurt by a right hook in round six.
 
Then, in the eighth round, Machado ended matters abruptly after the two exchanged left hands that had only one man hit the canvas: Corrales. After barely making the count, the fight was stopped at 2:18 of the eighth-round, making Machado, of San Juan, Puerto Rico, a world champion. At the time of the stoppage, the judges had Corrales winning with two scores of 68-64 and one score of 67-65.
 
“I am over the moon. I can’t believe this and I am so proud of this accomplishment,” said Machado. “We knew that the fight would be complicated, and that we would be dealing with a dangerous style. We knew moving forward after Corrales’ weight issues that there would be a gigantic risk since he came in heavy, and it was a risk we were willing to take. He hurt me a couple of times throughout the bout, but in the end my hands were powerful and we got that one punch we needed. These past four months have been tough being away from home, and I am ready to spend some much need time with my newborn son and wife.”
 
“I want to tell my people of Puerto Rico that we are a strong and resilient people who have much hope. We will come back. We will rebuild. Just like tonight, you can hit the canvas and rise up victorious.”
 
“I want a rematch,” said Corrales. “At the end of the day, I know I was winning in the cards and that I gave a beautiful performance. We went head to head and both of us weren’t scared to exchange. It happens in this sport – one punch can take you out.”
 
Former WBO World Junior Middleweight Champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (25-0, 16 KOs) moved up to 160 pounds to shut out Alantez “Slyaza” Fox (23-1-1, 11 KOs) over 12 rounds to win by unanimous decision in tonight’s co-main event. In the opening round, Andrade set the mood for the fight by landing an overhand left that hurt Fox. For the next few rounds, Fox boxed cautiously, while Andrade controlled the pace of the bout by landing more left hands to the head and body and short right hooks on the inside.
 
Andrade, who represented the United States in the 2008 Olympic games as a welterweight, was too skilled for Fox, who could not find the confidence nor the rhythm to land any significant offense. Though Andrade lost a point due to a slip that was ruled a knockdown in seventh round, the native of Providence, R.I. won with scores of 118-110, 118-109, and 116-111.
 
“It me time baby!” shouted Andrade. “This is a huge step up for me. Inside, I wanted to go early for the kill, but my dad and my corner told me to take my time and not to rush. I’ve been out of the ring for almost 7-8 months, and I was able to go 12 rounds at a higher weight class. That’s huge. Feel good, look good, win good. That’s what we did tonight.”
 
“He [Andrade] hurt me in the first round, and he took complete advantage of that,” said Fox. “I completely agree with the judges – he came in and played a good fight. I know I’m being hard on myself, but I need to go back to the gym and prove that I’m worth still being called up.”
 
Lamont Roach, Jr. (15-0, 16 KOs), the skilled super featherweight prospect of Washington D.C., won by first-round TKO in a scheduled 10-round lightweight fight after Luis Hinajosa (30-13, 17 KOs) of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, rolled and injured his ankle to end the fight at 2:04.
 
“A win is a win, but honestly, I wanted this fight to end with him on the floor with a body punch or feeling his head swirl because I clipped him in the chin,” said Roach, Jr. “This week, my team has gone from hell and back after losing my cousin, trainer, and mentor, Coach Roach. This win symbolizes the victories that await us because of the hard work put in by him.”
 
D’Mitrius Ballard (18-0, 12 KOs), of Temple Hills, Md., fought Jamie Solorio (9-4-2, 6 KOs) through ten rounds of grueling action to win via unanimous decision in a fight contacted in the light heavyweight division. Ballard won with two scores of 99-91 and one score of 98-92
 
“I give myself a C+ for this performance,” said Ballard. “Solorio came to fight, and he wasn’t just going to lay down. He was aggressive, and I had moments where I had trouble adjusting to him. I need to go back to my gym and work on everything. This was a good test for me.”
 
Alex Rincon (3-0, 3 KOs) of Dallas, Texas scored an impressive second-round technical knockout victory against Steven Andrade (3-3, 2 KOs) of Cartersville, Ga. in a scheduled four-round middleweight bout.
 
“At first, I was a bit cautious because Andrade has a bit more range than most fighters,” said Rincon. “Once I knew he felt my power, I felt more confident to step forward and cut the ring off. I dedicate this fight to Coach Bernard Roach, who just passed away, and to my grandfather and best friend. I’m going to the top with them watching out for me every step of the way.”
 
Luis Feliciano (4-0, 1 KOs) of Milwaukie, Wis. defeated Istvan Dernanecz (10-7, 7 KOs) of Budapest, Hungary via second-round technical knockout in a super lightweight fight initially scheduled for six-rounds.
 
“This knockout win was so satisfying, and it goes to prove that all the hard work we have been putting in the gym is worth it,” said Feliciano. “I knew within the first moments of the fight I would win. It was only a matter of time. Right now, it’s a matter of perfecting my craft.”
 
Super Featherweight prospect Ruben Villa (8-0, 4 KOs) of Salinas Mexico scored six-round unanimous decision victory against Agua Prieta, Mexico’s German Meraz (54-45-1, 34 KOs). Villa won with three scores of 60-54.
 
“My opponent had more than 104 professional fights, so I knew I was going up against experience,” said Villa. “I had to be a little more cautious, and use my jab a lot more. I knew I couldn’t expect a knockout, but I am happy I was able to win against a guy like him.”
 
In the first bout of the evening, Micheal Dutchover (6-0, 5 KOs) of Midland, Texas scored a fourth-round technical knockout victory against Anthony De Jesus Ruiz (2-4, 2 KOs) of San Luis Potosi, Mexico in a scheduled six-round lightweight fight.
 
“We took this fight wanting to get more experience and rounds in,” said Dutchover. “It was my first six rounder, and I’m obviously very happy that our game plan let us finish him early. I wasn’t expecting him to move as much, but we adjusted
 
Corrales vs. Machado was a 12-round fight for the WBA Super World Super Featherweight Championship, held on Saturday, Oct. 21 at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York. The main event was presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Cotto Promotions. Andrade vs. Fox was presented by Banner Promotions, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and A-Team Promotions, in association with DiBella Entertainment. The event was sponsored by TECATE, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” Casa Mexico Tequila, and Thor: Ragnarok, and was televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark.
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Murat Gassiev vs. Krzysztov Wlodarczyk

Oct 22, 2017
World Boxing Super Series Summary Round by Round
MAIN EVENT Cruiser Weight – 12 Rounds
Murai Gassiev vs. Krzysztov Wlodarczyk
 Newark- NJ-BereaVision -Round 1 – Slow Start, Both fighters simply getting a feel. Light jabs, a lot of movement from W, G taking, control of the round. Overall not much action, not many punches thrown.
Round 2 – Round starts with more energy, both fighters going forward trying combinations. Still W is more on the defense, protecting his head and throwing both combos to the head and body. W keeping his distance, mot letting G land hits. G does not give up, over all fairly active round from both fighters. Both
fighting smart thinking about their blows and saving energy. G landing some brutal shots to the head.
Round 3 – More energy in this round, however G dominates landing several combinations to the head knocking out W! Fight over in round 3. Very quick and easy win for Gassiev.
Winner: By KO Murat Gassiev at 1 minute 57 seconds.
C0-Main Cruiser Weight – 10 Rounds Mateuz Masternak vs. Steve Bujaj.
Round 1 – Off to a slow start, both fighters getting a feel for each other in this round. Landing some combinations, both fighters start off with solid energy and movement. Round 2 – Bujaj aiming mostly toward the body. Maternak going in mainly for the head, dictating the movement of this round, fighting more erect and more confidently than bujaj. Masternak getting the upper hand landing head shots, keeping Bujaj on the defense this round.
Round 3 – With power and accuracy Masternak is dominating the round landing several punishing hit to the body and face. Has Bujaj, blocking, dodging, and on the run. Round 4 – Bujaj begins this round with an explosive comeback of combination pushing Masternak to defend and take the hits. It seems that Bujaj is trying to face up to this monster of a fighter MAsternak. A round that was more evenly matched.
Round 5 – Not much activity in this round. Both fighters keeping their distance, MAsternak landing a majority of the small number of blows landed.
Round 6 – Masternak picks up the pace, both fighters mpre active in this round. Bujaj not letting himself be dominated but taking many brutal hits to the head.
Round 7 – Masternak dominates the ring controlling Bujaj’s movements keeping a constant flow of hits to the head leading in a knock down. Bujaj hits the ground but gets back up for more. Masternak clearly winning this round.
Fight over after Round 7, ref Waves off contest saying Bujaj is unable to continue
Winner: by TKO Mateuz Masternak.
Fight 1 Samuel Amoako vs. Skender halili Super welter weight – 6 rounds
Round 2 underway and it is halili dominating the ring. receiving not much resistance and coming in with great force and agility. Amoako taking a more defensive position.
Round 3 – Amoako Keeping his distance making Halili chase. Halili still dominating. End of third round and Amoako continues to stay defensive. Either having a hard time to land hits or saving his energy. Halili dominates.
Round 4- Halili landing many combinations, chasing and catching up to Amoako not letting him out from under the pressure, again dominating not giving many opportunities for Amoako to attack.
Round 6- Fight stayed the same all the way through. Small spikes of come back Amoako but it was more
a defensive fight for him. Halili gave a constant effort for the win.
Score totals
Winner: All three judges had a score of 60-54. Samuel Halili takes the win by unanimous decision.
Fight 2 Efe Ajagba vs. Luke Lyons Heavy weight – 6 rounds
Round 1 – Efe dominates round one with size, and power, knocking don to one knee opponent Luke Lyons. Efe’s Brutal punishment knocks down Luke Lyons for a second time just moments later winning the fight not even one round.
Winner: At 2 minutes 10 seconds by TKO EFE AJAGBA takes the win.
Fight 3 Super Welter weight – 6 Rounds Money Powell vs. Brandon Adams
Round 1- Money Powell gets knocked to the floor just moments into this explosive battle. Both Going hard at it. Adams and Powell going toe to toe in this first round. Unclear with who has the upper hand.
Round 2 – Powell using reach and accuracy to dominate and land blows to the head. Although Adams is not falling back and making his effort to move in and counter attack, Powell in this round had the upper hand dominating the ring.
Round 3 – Adams taking many hits to the body in his attempts to land on Powell head. Toe to toe round, Adams moving in closer to Powell’s body t land hits, and Powell of course defending landing body and head shots.
Round 4 – Powell Lands a critical blow to Adams face disorienting Adams allowing for Powell to land a multitude of combinations but no knock out moments into the round. Powell landing back to back blows to Adams head receiving little comeback on from Adams. Adams landing very few hits this round.
Round 5 – Adams with a comeback starting off the round with more fire power landing hit to the body and face. A very strategic round on both sides, Adams being more aggressive in this round even dominating but both being very defensive keeping their distance and thinking about when yo blow.
Round 6 – Both fighters staring off this round very explosively, ending it with that same energy in this intense battle.
Winner: 59-55, 59-56, 58-55, By Unanimous Decision and still Undefeated, Money Powell.
Fight 4 Super Welter weight 10 – Rounds Jack Culkay vs. Majiec Sulecki.
Round 1 – Off to a good start from both sides, both with much energy and quick burst of combinations, each land several hits and many good dodges.
Round 2 – The beginning of this round seemed to be dominated by Sulecki, with his longer reach, he landed several combinations to the head most of the. A strong counter string of combo was made by Jack at the end of this round.
Round 3 – Extremely heated round, huge increase in activity from both fighters. Despite Jack’s small height and short reach compared to Sulecki, this fight seems evenly matched so far. Sulecki using his reach to land many blows to the head and Jack using his explosive attacks and strategy to move in close and land many powerful hits.
Round 4 – Intensity and ferocity continues. Culkay bleeding from left eye.
Round 5 – Just eating other’s hits in close toe to toe combat. Nobody seems to be in the lead or dominating.
Round 6 – Majiec Finally gaining the upperhand-Round 7 – Culkay Starts this incredible round with a deadly series of combinations almost knocking down
Sulecki, making him bend over and stumble. After Sulceki regaining his ground Culkay continues to dominate by even putting his arms down to boast and taunt. Dominating this round it ends with fierce blows from Culkay and retaliations from Sulecki that are simply not enough.
Round 8 – Sulecki begins this round looking for revenge taking control of the round early on. Culkay
keeping his distance and his guard attacks with less animosity than the previous round. Both Sulecki and
Culkay going at it hard, giving it there all, tired and wounded both land series of combinations making this round a good, intense, and even round.
Round 9 – Only getting more intense, they keep the combat close and brutal going back in forth in a crazy battle for the knock out. Both suffering much damage.
Round 10 – Spectacular battle of the gloves between Culkay and Sulcki in this intense and explosive round ending the fight with no ounce of energy and drive left out of the ring. In a toe to toe round the fight concludes.
Winner: 98-92, 98-93, 96-94 By Unanimous Decision, Majiec Sulecki.
BereaVision/Nueva York.
By Jason Gonzalez
Fotos/Video: Manuel Mendieta.
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GABRIEL “KING” ROSADO SCORES SIXTH-ROUND TKO VICTORY AGAINST GLEN “JERSEY BOY” TAPIA IN MAIN EVENT OF GOLDEN BOY

Oct 20, 2017
GABRIEL “KING” ROSADO SCORES SIXTH-ROUND TKO VICTORY AGAINST GLEN “JERSEY BOY” TAPIA IN MAIN EVENT OF

GOLDEN BOY BOXING ON ESPN AT PARK THEATER AT MONTE CARLO
KEANDRE “THE TRUTH” GIBSON RETURNS WITH MAJORITY DECISION VICTORY AGAINST ALEJANDRO “EL ELEGIDO” BARRERA
 (Gabriel Rosado scored a sixth-round technical knockout victory against Glen Tapia in the main event of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN on Oct. 19)
Photo Credit: 

Derrick Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
LAS VEGAS (Oct. 19, 2017) Gabriel “King” Rosado (24-11, 14 KOs) earned himself another shot against the top ten of the middleweight division after stopping Glen “Jersey Boy” Tapia (23-5, 15 KOs) in the sixth round of the scheduled ten-round main event of the latest edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN at Park Theater at Monte Carlo. Rosado, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, took the center of the ring at the start of the fight, asserting his veteran skills before landing a powerful lead left hook in the sixth round. The hook began a series of more blows that dropped the native of Passaic, New Jersey, who got to his feet once more before another flurry of punches forced the referee to end matters at 1:15 of the same round. Tapia was taken to the hospital shortly after the bout ended.
“Tapia’s the type of guy that when you hurt him, he’ll come forward,” said Rosado. “It was very important to get the win. It was important to make a statement, to be impressive, to put myself back into the mix. I want Canelo Alvarez, Danny Jacobs, or a rematch with David Lemieux. I want to prove that I still have something.”
 
Tonight at Park Theater at Monte Carlo, Golden Boy Promotions invited first responders and other servicemen and women from the Las Vegas community to its boxing event in the wake of the October 1 incident.
 
“Las Vegas has been like a second home to me, and everyone at Golden Boy was devastated by the tragic events of October 1,” said Oscar De La Hoya, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “Our thoughts and prayers remain with the city of the Las Vegas and those affected.”
 
In tonight’s co-main event, KeAndre “The Truth” Gibson (18-1-1, 7 KOs) of St. Louis, Missouri returned to the ring with a 10-round majority decision victory against Alejandro “El Elegido” Barrera (27-4, 17 KOs) in a welterweight fight. Gibson began the fight cautiously, which actually worked against him as it provided Barrera with the confidence to hurt him in the third round.
However, by the fourth round, Gibson changed his approach: after landing a right hand and a left hook that wobbled the Mexican warrior, Gibson spent the rest of the fight working more on the inside with his high guard and looking for counterpunches from the outside. Though one judge controversially scored the fight a 95-95 draw, the score was overruled with scores of 97-93 and 98-92 for Gibson.
“I feel good, you know. I feel great,” said Gibson. “I beat an experienced guy, though I think that I could’ve done a better. I’m going to box a little more next time. I’m going to control my distance more and relax. It was a good fight.”
“I feel sad because of the defeat,” said Barrera. “I should’ve done more defensive movements, so I’ll work on that for next time.”
Bekman Soilybayev (12-0, 4 KOs) remained undefeated as he defended his WBC International Super Featherweight Title with a 10-round unanimous decision win against Fernando Vargas (32-15-3, 24 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico. 
Like a bull, Soilybayev, of Almaty, Kazakhstan, pushed forward aggressively in the early rounds, throwing a thudding jab before ripping hard shots to the body. When using his jab, Soilybayev was successful, but when abandoning his jab, he left himself susceptible to shots to the midsection, which he himself landed on Vargas as well. Despite taking serious blows, Vargas’ toughness allowed him to be competitive in every round, though Soilybayev won with scores of 110-99, 99-91 and 98-92.
“I felt good. I went the distance, and I didn’t get tired,” said Soilybayev. “It was just like we practiced. I did all the things I’d been training for. But I do need to keep working at it and work harder to be a world champion. Moving forward, I’m going to work a little harder and polish my skills. I’ll do whatever my trainer says and work hard. 
Las Vegas’ Randy Moreno (10-1, 9 KOs) opened the ESPN 3 undercard stream with an easy second-round technical knockout victory against Miami, Florida’s Raul Chirino (12-7, 6 KOs) in a scheduled six-round lightweight fight. In the first round, Moreno used a sharp jab to the chin and body of Chirino, before closing the distance to land shots on the inside, including hard uppercuts through Chirino’s guard. In the following round, Moreno landed a hard right hand that dropped Chirino, which set up another knockdown that would force referee Jay Nady to stop the fight at 1:35 of the second round.
“I feel good. I feel very happy I got the win,” said Moreno. It’s my first fight back in Vegas for a while, so I’m happy to take home a victory. I could’ve done some things differently, and I’ll work on them in the gym for next time. When I got the TKO and saw him go down, I felt relieved and happy, especially because I was fighting in my home town.”
Rosado vs. Tapia was a 10-round middleweight fight presented by Golden Boy Promotions. The event was sponsored by Tecate“THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” and Hennessy, “Never Stop, Never Settle.” The event was held at Park Theater at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. The ESPN 3 livestream of the undercard bouts began approximately at 6:30 p.m. PT/9:30 p.m. ET. The ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes transmission began at 8:00 p.m. PT/11:00 p.m. ET.
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UFC FIGHT NIGHT: COWBOY vs. TILL QUOTES

Oct 20, 2017

WHAT’S ON THE MINDS OF THE STARS OF

UFC® FIGHT NIGHT: COWBOY vs. TILL?

 

Gdansk, Poland — The Octagon® returns to Poland for just the second time in UFC history. UFC® FIGHT NIGHT: COWBOY vs. TILL action takes place this Saturday, October 21, at the Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. Here is what the stars had to say ahead of their bouts:

 

Andre Fili:

  • “Artem is very tough. He’s a completely game opponent and I don’t think people give him the credit he deserves. But my fight IQ is better. I understand fighting better. I think that’s going to be the major factor in this fight, my fighting IQ”.
  • “When you win, you’re the man, you feel like a king, but when you lose, everybody has something to say, it’s like the end of the world. So you can’t celebrate your wins too much but you also can’t focus on your losses too much ether.”
  • “I’m focused on myself and on having the greatest performance of my career, the best performance I’ve ever had”.
  • “I don’t care about his record, his career, or what anyone thinks about him; I just care about myself and performing to the absolute best of my ability.”
  • “I have never ever been to Europe so as far as the history and the culture goes, I like it. It’s a very interesting experience to come here.”
  • “He has never been finished before. I am going to be the first person to finish him. I don’t know if it’s going to be on the ground or if it’s going to be standing but however the finish comes, I will take it.”

 

Artem Lobov:

  • On opponent: “He’s well-tested, well-seasoned, he comes from a very good team – Team Alpha Male – so he knows how to fight and he’s not afraid to fight so I love the match-up.”
  • “I don’t know what he’s going to do, but I can tell you as always I’ll press forward, take no steps back and I’ll give the fans a great show as I always have. Russian Hammer is a brand that represents great fights and will continue to do so for the rest of my life.”
  • On his losses – “If you’re put in a competitive environment, losses will happen. Look at Jeremy Stevens – he’s a top 10 featherweight in the world and he’s 13 and 13 in the UFC. These things happen: you can see the same in football or anywhere if you look at the league, even the champions have losses. What kills it for everyone and why I’m so against it is the record pattern because it gives the public the wrong view of the sport. They think you are meant to beat everyone and that’s how it is if you’re a good fighter, which is not the case.”
  • On Cub Swanson fight – “From that fight, I’ve taken that I’m getting close to that level but I’m not there yet. A lot more work needs to be done which I have been doing and will continue doing until I am there.”
  • On training with Connor – “As an MMA fighter, it’s hard to find the time to concentrate on just one discipline. You always have to go between wrestling, grappling, striking, kickboxing, boxing so it’s very hard to actually improve in one discipline.”
  • “It was great for me to take the time and concentrate on my hands and I’ve seen great benefits from that – building the stamina in your hands, being able to control that many shots and sharpen my shots. I’m definitely excited to showcase those skills in this fight.”

 

Jan Blachowicz:

  • “It feels really good for the UFC to come back to Poland again. It’s an amazing feeling to be part of that again, but this time I have to win!”
  • “People in Poland like fighting sports.”
  • “UFC is the biggest organization; it’s the dream of any fighter. This is UFC – if you’re a MMA fighter, you want to be here.”
  • On his opponent: “He is a wrestler, so I know that he will try to take me down. I don’t think he will fight me standing. Maybe he’ll try at the beginning of the fight, but after a few punches he will try to use his wrestling skills to take me down. I’m going to try defend him and punch him again instead.”
  • “I train with Damian Janikowski, the Olympic bronze medalist. Everyone I’m training with tries to take me down and simulate my opponent. I think I’m ready for him.”
  • “I will win by KO in the first or second round. If it’s not going to happen at the beginning of the first round, it’s going to happen in the second.”

 

Devin Clark:

  • “This is my first time out of the States, so good opportunity, good opponent – I’m really excited. It’s fun. I’m a tourist so far and people are nice.
  • “I’ll fight wherever. It’s a fight, I don’t really care where it’s at. That’s part of the reason I wanted to be in the UFC; you get to travel the world, see different things and get paid to do it – why not.
  • “I love that underdog situation, that adversity. I’ve had to deal with it in the past as I grew up wrestling, so it’s nothing new to me. You’ve still got to work. It adds to the feel as well.”
  • “I’ve got my dad here with me. Also, I’m an advocate for down syndrome and there’s a bunch of down syndrome groups here to see me so I’ll have some fans.”
  • On training with Jackson/Wink and having teammates like Jodie on the same card – “It’s been great, knowing that you’re going overseas with the team, it helps with the confidence knowing you’re not going alone. We’re all training for the same date which makes it nice and the intensity rises at about the same time.”
  • On his opponent: “He knows he needs a win and he’s going to come to fight. That’s all I expect. I expect a tough fight and I hope he does the same, because it’s going to be a tough one for him.”
  • “I expect to finish him, but if I don’t, it’s going to be three tough rounds for him and I’m going to grind him out.”

 

Jodie Esquibel:

  • What a great opportunity and position to be in. This is the best opportunity that I’ve ever had – I love the match-up, I love travelling – there was just no question over it.”
  • On her opponent: “All that fan-favourite and excitement around her is pressure that’s not on me. She can have all that, that’s fine. She’s good, she’s great, she’s top-ranked fighter. There’s not any challenge that I haven’t prepared for, so I’m not really worried about the challenge she brings.”
  • “I think the match-up is favorable to myself honestly. She’s never really faced anybody like me stylistically. I’ve been competing MMA at a high level for a long time now. Now it’s a bigger venue and a bigger opponent and I’m ready to rise to the occasion.”
  • “I feel like I’m better all around. She’s really, really great at a few things, but it’s the world of MMA and that means you have to be well-rounded and I feel like I am.”
  • “On Saturday we’ll see a really calm, collected and beautiful debut.”
  • On Poland: “It’s beautiful, it’s amazing. I think it’s awesome – you’re seeing stuff that you never see and it does kind of take away the monotony of fight week. Fight week in your home town is like the longest week ever, but now we’re already here, tomorrow’s weigh-ins and then fight day. I think traveling so far to somewhere so beautiful is a great way to do it.”
  • “The whole experience is great. I’m just trying to be present in every moment and when I win on Saturday I’ll be present in that moment too.”
  • “I’m going to have some fun, be myself and when I allow myself to do that I am victorious.”

 

Karolina Kowalkiewicz:

  • “I never feel pressure before a fight, I love what I do. I feel pressure when I am hungry and I can’t eat a cookie!”
  • “A few years ago, nobody knew UFC in Poland and now everybody knows that UFC is the biggest organization in the world”
  • “I don’t talk about the past. I took my lessons and changed a few things in my training and I hope now that everything will be ok.”
  • “Before fights I am very focused and happy because I’m doing what I love.”
  • “Now I am not thinking about my next fight. I am focused on Saturday and on Jodie. After that we will see.”
  • “I see only one scenario on Saturday – only I can win because we are in Poland. This is my home.”

 

Darren Till:

  • “It’s the biggest moment of my career to date. I’m just trying to live in the moment and make the most of every minute of it.”
  • “This kind of opportunity doesn’t come along all the time. I’ve grabbed it with both hands”.
  • “I’m still a fan of Cowboy. He’s everything you want from a fighter, that’s never going to change. I look up to him and I respect him but, come fight night, I have to put all that to one side and I’ll have to put my fist in his face. It’ll be no different to any other opponent”.
  • “Fighting isn’t about age or experience; it’s about intelligence. I know I’m the most intelligent fighter out there. I don’t think he’s half the fighter I am, I really don’t.”
  • “This fight is my fight, it’s my show. There’s nothing he is bringing to the table that I haven’t seen before”.
  • “The first round, I’m going to mentally break him, I know I am, and he’s going to start questioning himself more as the fight goes on.”
  • “The dream is to headline in my home town. I want to be the first scouser to bring the UFC to Liverpool. Let’s get to the Echo arena, let’s get me a top 10 opponent – that will be one of the most historical moments in my career.”
  • “I have total faith and confidence in the fact that I’m going to be the next British UFC world champion”.
  • “I don’t believe in pressure, you shouldn’t feel that as a fighter. Get on with your job and keep those emotions under control.”
  • “On Saturday Cowboy will see a level that he has never ever seen in his career before”.
  • “I’ve been training for 14 years for this. I’ve sacrificed so much, so on Saturday, it’s do or die. Saturday I go in there and make a big statement”.
  • “There’s going to be so many scousers here on Saturday that you don’t even understand!”
  • “After Cowboy, I’m just going to put everyone in the welterweight division on notice.”

 

Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone

  • “Other than the sleep apnea, coming over here to Poland has been great.  My weight is fine, I’m eating anything I want right now.  In fact, I met a local family here and they took us and cooked us dinner last night.  She put out a thanksgiving spread and I said sorry ma’am, I can’t eat this much food but then I did.”
  • “Its crazy sleeping in a hotel room for a fight, I usually have the RV with me.”
  • “It’s cool, I enjoy Europe.  I was trying to get a fight and the UFC gave me a lineup of all the places they’re we offering me there was no Europe on there.  I said what about Poland card and Sean Shelby (UFC Matchmaker) was like you’ll go overseas and I was like sure, why not?”
  • “It doesn’t matter where I fight or when I fight.  You guys don’t understand, I’ll fight on the first fight of the night.  It doesn’t have to be the main event or Poland or a Pay-Per-View. It makes no difference to me. This is what I love to do.”
  • “I enjoy this whole process, being in Poland, walking around, checking everything out and being able to fight and doing what I love.”
  • “I was even trying to get a fight sooner than now but of course its timing and other things.  That was the issue with this card. Once I got the Poland fight, it was finding an opponent for Poland.  Im glad Darren Till stepped up.”
  • “It was no disrespect from me, I wasn’t trying to prod at the kid, I just didn’t know who Darren Till was. He has like three fights. He’s a new up and comer. This will be the biggest moment of his life. Will five rounds be too much for him?  He went from the undercard to the big card. Hey man, welcome to the big leagues.”
  • “Some people say Cowboy is the gate keeper. Well then can you get past the gate?”
  • “I’ve been in the game a long time, this is like my 34th time doing a Zuffa walk and I’ve been in the top-ten pretty much my entire career.  That’s pretty cool to sit back and say.”
  • “I watch zero fights. That’s my coach’s job, to figure out and game plan. I don’t like sitting around during fight week. I like going and seeing castles like I have this week.”
  • “I train hard, I train the same always. I stay ready.”
  • “It doesn’t always go my way. Right now, I’m two in the wrong and the Robbie (Lawler) fight could have gone either way. I fought the best in the world and I loved it but in the end, it’s what I love to do.”
  • “I want fans to say Cowboy’s in Poland? On FIGHT PASS?  What’s FIGHT PASS and how do I get it?  I need to see Cowboy fight because I know he’s biting down and going to give it his all. I want to come on and be the biggest draw in FIGHT PASS history.”

 

 

 

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Sosa vs. Castellanos Added to Kovalev-Shabranskyy Undercard

Oct 20, 2017

Jason “El Canito” Sosa to Clash with Robinson “Robin Hood” Castellanos on Televised Undercard

of Kovalev vs. Shabranskyy at
The Theater at Madison Square Garden in
New York City Saturday, November 25
Televised Live on 
HBO World Championship Boxing®
 
Portion of Ticket Proceeds to be Donated to Hurricane and Earthquake Relief Efforts
NEW YORK CITY (Oct. 19, 2017) Two of the most experienced fighters in the stacked 130-pound division will continue the heated Puerto Rico vs. Mexico rivalry when Jason “El Canito” Sosa (20-2-4, 14 KOs) takes on Robinson “Robin Hood” Castellanos (24-13, 14 KOs) in a 10-round super featherweight fight at the Theater at Madison Square Garden on the televised undercard for Kovalev vs. Shabrankskyy. The event takes place Saturday, Nov. 25 and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Although the competition between Puerto Rico and Mexico runs deep in the ring, Latinos come together and support each other in times of need. In light of the natural disasters affecting Mexico and the Caribbean, a portion of the proceeds of the ticket sales form this event will be donated to relief efforts for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the earthquake in Mexico City when ticket buyers use the code LATINOSUNIDOS to purchase their tickets through Ticketmaster.
“With the terrible natural disasters that have impacted Puerto Rico and Mexico recently, it was incredibly important to us that we find opportunities in boxing to give back to those affected,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “Though Puerto Rico and Mexico are rivals when it comes to boxing we stand together united to help these communities recover and rebuild their lives.”
The 29-year-old Sosa, of Camden, NJ and of Puerto Rican descent, is the former WBA World Super Featherweight Champion. He earned his title by handing Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna his first loss as a pro with an 11th-round knockout in Beijing, China in June 2016. Sosa successfully defended his title with a 12-round decision win over Stephen Smith in Monte Carlo in November 2016 before returning several months later in a tough fight against Vasyl “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko in April 2017. Sosa is also known for fighting to an impressive majority draw against former WBA Super World Featherweight Champion Nicholas “Axe Man” Walters and for stopping former world title challenger Jerry “The Corpus Christi Kid” Belmontes in only one round. Sosa’s aggressive style should produce fireworks against Castellanos.
“Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico,” said Sosa. “I have been living there for the last few months and I opened a business there. Now to see the destruction and devastation that my people are going through, it breaks my heart. It was very difficult for me to leave and begin my training camp back in New Jersey to get ready for the fight against Castellanos. This fight is important for many reasons. It is the beginning of the road to becoming champion again and it is my way of giving Puerto Rico a reason to smile and be proud. They are my biggest supporters and that little island shows me so much love.  I can’t do much but I can show them that this win is for them. I want to thank Castellanos and HBO for this opportunity.”
Castellanos is a battle-tested warrior who is coming off a spectacular performance against current WBA Super World Super Featherweight Champion Jezreel “El Invisible” Corrales in July of this year. The 35-year-old native of Guanajuato, Mexico also handed super bantamweight contender and world title challenger Ronny Rios his first career loss, stopping him by TKO in October of 2014. Before challenging for a world title, Castellanos stopped Cuban former unified WBA and IBF Featherweight Champion Yuriorkis “El Ciclon de Guantánamo” Gamboa on the May 5 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN. After having been so close to winning a world title in his last outing, Castellanos will look to make sure that he gets another crack at the top of the division with a victory on Nov. 25.
“What has happened in Mexico and Puerto [Rico] has been devastating,” said Castellanos. But it has also reminded us that we are strong and united. The crisis won’t be resolved from one day to another, but however long it takes we will lift ourselves up. I know little about Jason [Sosa], but I know that he was a world champion. He has already accomplished a dream that I am still looking to accomplish. I know that I’ll need a victory to fight for a world title again. Both of us will have to leave everything in the ring, and I hope that the people in New York really enjoy our fight.”
Tickets are currently on sale and are available at ticketmaster.com and the Madison Square Garden Box Office. Use the code LATINOSUNIDOS when purchasing your tickets to donate a portion of the proceeds to hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the rebuilding efforts in Mexico following the earthquake in Mexico City. The donations will go to the Hispanic Federation’s Unidos fund and to Habitat for Humanity Mexico.
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