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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Jan 16, 2019



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.


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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Jan 15, 2019




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:


“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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Jan 15, 2019


Hugely anticipated four-man single elimination tournament headlined by
Fabricio Werdum, Josh Barnett, Rustam Chsiev and Gordon Ryan

LAS VEGAS — UFC FIGHT PASS®, the world’s premier combat sport’s streaming service, announced today it will stream Combat Jiu-Jitsu Fight Night, the biggest combat jiu-jitsu event of the year, live and exclusively on Friday, February 22 at 7 p.m. PT (10 p.m. ET). The four-man single elimination tournament will feature former UFC heavyweight champion and multiple-time BJJ world champion Fabricio Werdum; former UFC heavyweight champion and catch wrestling expert Josh Barnett; world-class wrestler-turned BJJ star-killer Rustam Chsiev; and Gordon Ryan, the four-time EBI champion widely considered the greatest pound-for-pound submission specialist in the world.

Under Combat Jui-Jitsu rules, openhanded palm strikes to the head and body become legal when the grapplers are on the ground.

“This is the biggest event I’ve ever promoted,” said Eddie Bravo, grappling legend and creator of Combat Jiu-Jitsu. “The response and anticipation have been crazy, and I’m so pumped we are able to put this on FIGHT PASS. Combat Jiu-Jitsu rules are the most exciting thing to happen to grappling in years, and I can’t wait for this epic four-man tournament to happen.”

The tournament will begin with Werdum taking on Ryan and with Barnett facing Chsiev. The winners of the semi-finals will face-off minutes later to decide the Combat Jiu-Jitsu Absolute Champion.

Ryan holds grappling victories over both Chsiev (on points in the finale of the EBI 6 tournament two years ago) and Barnett, whom he submitted when they crossed paths in the team vs team Quintet format in October.

Added Bravo: “Werdum is maybe the most decorated submission guy to ever hold a UFC title and we know he has sick ground strikes. Then you have Chsiev, an experienced MMA fighter, who’s maybe the physically strongest of the four, the hardest to submit, and who has beaten some of the best grapplers in the world. And finally, we have Josh Barnett, who has that catch wrestling style and can generate some serious power into strikes on the ground.”

The event was previously scheduled as a Pay-Per-View event, but Bravo worked with UFC® to ensure this super-card would be available to FIGHT PASS subscribers at no extra cost.

FIGHT PASS coverage of the event will also include a world-class undercard featuring several alternate bouts. The venue and ticket information will be announced at a later date.

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Jan 15, 2019


Las Vegas and Dallas – UFC®, the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization, today announced a new integrated marketing partnership with Motel 6, the leading economy lodging provider with more than 1,430 owned and franchised hotels across the United States and Canada.

Under the terms of the agreement, Motel 6 becomes UFC’s first-ever “Official Economy Lodging Partner,” creating a new sponsorship category for the MMA promotion. In return, Motel 6 will have a branded presence inside UFC’s world-famous Octagon® for select UFC events, including several Pay-Per-Views and a variety of ESPN and ESPN+ telecasts.

“We’re excited to join with Motel 6 to create a new partnership category for UFC,” said Paul Asencio, UFC Senior Vice President, Global Partnerships. “This new agreement strengthens our relationship with Motel 6 and allows our respective brands to work together to grow our customers in key markets.”

UFC and Motel 6 have partnered on several UFC events since November 2017.

“Elevating our partnership with the UFC will enhance the visibility of the Motel 6 brand across a diverse, multi-channel sports platform,” said Lance Miceli, Chief Revenue Officer at G6 Hospitality, owner and franchisor of the Motel 6 and Studio 6 brands. “We’re excited for the activation opportunities to increase engagement among our guest population and UFC’s substantial fan base.”

Additional partnership activations will include in-venue commercials, branded integrations in select UFC Pay-Per-Views and collaborations on digital and social media campaigns. Motel 6 will also have a branded presence at several UFC Fan Experience activations in the U.S.

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Jan 15, 2019





Pacquiao’s Long-Awaited Return To The U.S. Against Must-See Attraction Broner Available Via Livestream On The SHOWTIME App And Multiple Platforms

 SHOWTIME PPV will present a welterweight world championship showdown between two of boxing’s biggest stars as Manny Pacquiao makes his long-awaited return to the U.S. against must-see attraction Adrien Broner on Saturday, January 19 live on SHOWTIME PPV at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.


The four-fight pay-per-view event will be available to network subscribers and non-subscribers to live stream directly through the SHOWTIME® app on select platforms including, for the first time, Roku, XBOX One and Android TV. The event is also available via the SHOWTIME app on Apple mobile and AppleTV (4th Generation) devices, Amazon Fire TV devices and Android phone and tablets for $74.99. Viewers can also purchase and live stream directly on Showtime.com and via traditional cable, DBS and telco providers nationwide. Additionally, Pacquiao vs. Broner will be available through Fathom Events in movie theaters and at select bars and restaurants across the country. For more information on where the fight is available and pricing per distributor, visit SHO.com.


“Manny Pacquiao and Adrien Broner are undoubtedly two of boxing’s biggest stars and this must-see event will be available nearly everywhere boxing fans consume their content,” said Stephen Espinoza, President Sports and Event Programming, Showtime Networks Inc. “Pacquiao and Broner are among the most talented and athletically gifted boxers of this era, showcasing power, speed and showmanship. Add in a strong undercard of meaningful fights, and it’s the perfect way for boxing fans to kick off 2019.”


The first marquee boxing event of the year will be supported by a robust programming lineup across SHOWTIME platforms. The network will produce four installments of ALL ACCESS DAILY: PACQUIAO VS. BRONER, a daily digital series released throughout fight week on SHOWTIME Sports® social media platforms to complement the Emmy® Award-winning ALL ACCESS program airing on SHOWTIME.


Beginning with the Pacquiao vs. Broner main event press conference on Wednesday, January 16, SHOWTIME will live stream fight week events free on the SHOWTIME app and on the network’s social media channels, including Thursday’s undercard final press conference. Friday’s official weigh-in will be televised live on SHOWTIME, on the SHOWTIME app and on the network’s social media channels beginning at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT. An official pre-show will stream Saturday on the network’s social media platforms at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT leading into that evening’s live pay-per-view telecast. Hosted by sportscaster and WWE personality Jonathan Coachman, PACQUIAO VS. BRONER COUNTDOWN will feature special guests, fight analysis and highlights of the most compelling moments of fight week. 


It all leads to the SHOWTIME PPV presentation of Pacquiao vs. Broner beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT live from MGM Grand Garden Arena. The four-fight telecast will be called by the industry-leading announce team featuring four members of the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Sports broadcasting veteran Brian Custer will host the telecast and combat sports veteran Mauro Ranallo will call the fight action alongside Hall of Fame analyst Al Bernstein and former two-division world champion Paulie Malignaggi. Three Hall of Famers will round out the telecast team – ringside reporter Jim Gray, Steve Farhood as unofficial ringside scorer, and world-renowned ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr.  Alejandro Luna and former world champion Raul Marquez will call the event in Spanish, available via Secondary Audio Programming (SAP). The Executive Producer of SHOWTIME PPV is David Dinkins Jr., with Bob Dunphy directing.


“My journey in this sport is still continuing,” said Pacquiao, boxing’s only eight-division world champion and an elected senator in the Philippines. “I’ve accomplished everything I’ve wanted to, but I’m driven to keep my name at the top. I’m going to give the fans a vintage performance from Manny Pacquiao.”


“This win makes me an icon,” said Broner, a four-division world champion fighting out of Cincinnati, Ohio. “It makes me what I always wanted to be, and what everybody always thought I would be. A win here and I’m a legend overnight.”


The PPV telecast will feature three additional 12-round bouts. Two-division world champion Badou Jack will face unbeaten top-rated contender Marcus Browne, while former world champion Rau’shee Warren will meet Nordine Oubaali for the vacant WBC Bantamweight World Championship. In the opening bout, unbeaten Jhack Tepora will defend his interim featherweight title against former world champion Hugo Ruiz.


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Jan 15, 2019


Undefeated Brandon Figueroa Defeats Moises Flores in Super Bantamweight Title Eliminator; Rising Star Joey Spencer Continues Knockout Streak
Premier Boxing Champions Prelims Showcase Early Knockout Victories by
Guillermo Rigondeaux, Ahmed Elbiali and Lindolfo Delgado
Photo Credit: Ryan Hafey/Premier Boxing Champions
Photo Credit: Luis Mejia/TGB Promotions
LOS ANGELES (January 13) – The challenger proved to be the aggressor as Caleb Plant became the IBF Super Middleweight World Champion, defeating Jose Uzcategui in the main event of the first Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 and FOX Deportes event of 2019, which took place at the Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live in Los Angeles. Plant dominated the whole fight as he maintained a fast and aggressive pace from the opening bell.
With scores of 116-110 twice and 115-111 in favor of Plant, the freshly crowned champion, Plant fell to his knees overcome with emotion when he heard “and the new!”.
“I’ve worked my whole entire life for this,” said Plant. “I buried my daughter in the process of trying to get this belt. I promised I would bring her this title and that is what I am going to do.”
The super middleweight barnburner started out strong with both combatants throwing exchanges, but Plant did everything in his power to never back down. Uzcategui threw hard right hands to start the second round, but Plant quickly turned the round in his favor as he knocked Uzcategui to the canvas with a flurry of punches, only the third time Uzcategui had been knocked down in his career. A small cut opened under the left eye of Uzcategui to start the third, but he fought through it and fended off Plant’s aggression. One minute into the fourth round, a cut opened up under Plant’s right eye causing blood to stream. That did not stop the Nashville native as threw a hard left hook that once again sent Uzcategui to the canvas.
As the fight progressed, the Venezuelan was unable to utilize his distance, thus allowing Plant to fight on the inside. Despite good exchanges in the seventh and eighth, it became increasingly clear that Uzcategui would need a knockout to hold onto his belt. Uzcategui flipped a switch in the championship rounds and came forward, throwing hard blows to the body and head of Plant. But it was too little too late for Uzcategui as Plant’s ring generalship controlled the pace of the fight, ultimately ending in a unanimous decision.
“I knew I caught him clean [when I knocked down Uzcategui], but I knew he wasn’t all the way out so I took my time,” continued Plant. “I stayed relaxed. I stuck to the game plan and got it done just like I said I would.
“This is overwhelming. I am a kid who came from nothing. I believed in myself and now I’ve been crowned king. Right now, I am not thinking ahead. I just want to embrace this moment and soak it in.”
“I did feel that I had the advantage heading into the fight,” said Uzcategui. “I went down because I was off balance, but I wasn’t hurt. He started to get tired around the sixth round, which was the plan. Caleb knew how to clench and hold. He was smart. He knew how to stay away from the punches.
“I expected more movement and more boxing out of him,” continued Uzcategui. “I would love the rematch. I think everyone saw a great fight tonight. I gave him the chance at the title and I would hope he would give me the chance to win it back.”
Unbeaten Brandon Figueroa (18-0, 13 KOs) of Weslaco, Texas faced former world title challenger Moises Flores (25-2, 17 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mex. in a WBA Super Bantamweight title eliminator. Figueroa wasted no time attacking Flores in round one as he came forward and threw several hard lefts followed by a body shot that seemed to surprise Flores. With 30 seconds left in the round, Figueroa went for the body and worked Flores on the inside. While Flores seemed to find his footing at the start of round three, Figueroa unleashed a flurry of punches that sent Flores to the canvas once and then a second time that ended the fight at 1:35 of the third round.
“Break him down and finish him,” said Figueroa “This is exactly how I expected it to go. I knew that he wasn’t going to handle those body shots. My message to Daniel Roman is that I am going to go home and prepare.
“I used that body work,” continued Figueroa. “I am really strong. I came in at 110 percent and did my job. I could have done better. I am really hard on myself. I know there are things I can continue to work on and will do that as soon as I get home. I am most definitely ready for a title shot.”
Fast-rising undefeated star and PBC Prospect of 2018 Joey Spencer (6-0, 6 KOs) of Linden, Mich., continued his impressive knockout streak as he defeated Brandon Harder (2-2, 1 KO) of Southaven, Miss., in a super welterweight contest that saw Spencer knocking down Harder three times in less than two rounds. The 18-year-old Spencer, who fought 100 fights as an amateur, established his jab early and landed at will. He threw and landed a straight right at the end of round one that sent Harder to his knees. Forty-five seconds into round two, Spencer sent Harder to the canvas again followed by a swarm of punches that ended the fight at 1:27 of the round.
“Fans are going to see that I give it my all when I get in the ring and I’m going to put on a show,” said Spencer. “You’re going to get more and more tests in my career and I believe I will rise to the level of my competition. Sometimes you’re in there with an awkward guy, he proves to be a test. I’ll move to six rounds for my next fight. I want to fight four times this year and I’m looking forward to it.”
The Premier Boxing Champions Prelims on FS1 featured three bouts that all ended in exciting knockout victories, kicking off a great night of fights.
The Prelim telecast featured the long-awaited ring return of Guillermo Rigondeux (18-1, 12 KOs) who hadn’t fought since December 2017. The Cuban fan-favorite faced Giovanni Delgado of Tacubaya, Mex. (16-9, 9 KOs) and knocked him out in the last second of round one with an overhand left. Delgado could not be saved by the 10 count and the fight was called in favor of Rigondeux.
“This is my division. This is my time,” said Rigondeaux. “I am the king of 122 pounds. I felt 100 percent. Delgado is a good fighter. I take my hat off to him and his team. I came prepared and I am ready to face people that are undefeated. Whoever has a belt, I am taking it. You can expect me back in less than two months.”
“I fought my idol tonight,” said Delgado. “I knew he hit hard, but I didn’t know he hit that hard. I have been cleared by the doctor and am fine. Just a little bit in shock.”
A scheduled eight-round light heavyweight bout featuring Egypt’s Ahmed Elbiali (18-1, 15 KOs) against 16-year veteran Allan Green (33-6, 22 KOs) of Tulsa, OK saw Elbiali knock Green down in every round. However, Green did showcase his experience choosing to go toe-to-toe despite Elbiali’s aggression. Ultimately, it was a right uppercut followed by an overhand right that sent Green to the canvas as Elbiali scored a knockout at 1:16 of round three.
“I was easier than I thought it was going to be,” said Elbiali. “Losing to Pascal the way I did, it messes with you mentally. I was trying to stay on my A-game. Stay focused and thankfully it showed. My game plan clicked really well. I have been sparring with Caleb (Plant) and other great guys. That keeps you sharp and alert. I would love to win a world title and be the first Egyptian win a world championship.”
In the opening bout of the Premier Boxing Champions Prelims on FS1, Mexican Olympian Lindolfo Delgado (8-0, 8 KOs) of Linares, Mex. continued his professional knockout streak as he defeated Sergio Lopez (22-13-1, 15 KOs) of West Covina, CA via knockout at 2:48 of the third round. Delgado has yet to fight 30 rounds in his eight fights as a professional. He was clearly the aggressor throughout the fight and landed almost 50 percent of his power punches.
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The Premier Boxing Champions series is created for television by Haymon Sports. Please visit www.premierboxingchampions.com and follow Premier Boxing Champions on Facebook and Twitter. For more information on FOX Sports, visit FOX Sports Press Pass.
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Uzcategui y Plant confían en salir victoriosos este domingo 

Jan 15, 2019

Uzcategui y Plant confían en salir victoriosos este domingo 

El campeón mundial súper mediano de la Federación internacional de boxeo (FIB) José “Bolivia” Uzcategui y su retador el estadounidense Caleb Plant se mostraron muy confiados hoy en la última conferencia de prensa en miras a su duelo de este domingo que será televisado por FS1 y Fox Deportes en vivo desde el Microsoft Theater de Los Angeles.
“Estoy listo para enfrentar a un buen boxeador en Plant y demostrar que soy el mejor boxeador de esta división. Espero dar una gran pelea que los aficionados puedan disfrutar a lo máximo”, dijo Uzcategui oriundo de Venezuela, pero residente de Tijuana, Baja California, México.
Uzcategui, quien conquistó el título mundial en marzo del 2018, expondrá el cinturón por primera vez ante Plant quien disputa una corona por primera vez en su carrera profesional.
“Yo sé que Uzcategui piensa que tiene una pelea fácil contra mí, pero yo he tenido muchos percances en mi vida y esta es la oportunidad que yo he esperado toca mi carrera y la voy a aprovechar”, dijo Plant.
La pelea entre Uzcategui y Plant estaba programada para agosto del año pasado, pero Plant se lesionó la mano derecha y el combate fue suspendido.
“Todas las peleas son importantes, pero esta es aún más porque esta mi campeonato en juego y es algo que trabajé muy duro para ganar y lo voy a defender con todo”, aseguró Uzcategui.
“Tengo el estilo y el corazón para vencer a Uzcategui y lo voy a demostrar este domingo y me voy a llevar el cinturón a casa”, dijo Plant oriundo de Minnesota, pero residente de Las Vegas, Nevada.
CREDITO DE FOTOS Luis Mejia/|TGB Promotions 
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Jan 11, 2019
(ABOVE: Jaime Munguia works the double-end bag as he prepares to defend his WBO Junior 
Middleweight World Title against Takeshi Inoue on Jan. 26 at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas)
Photo Credit: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
Tickets Still Available!
LOS ANGELES (Jan. 11, 2019): Jaime Munguia (31-0, 26 KOs) discussed his busy plans for 2019 as he prepares to defend his WBO Junior Middleweight World Title against Japanese contender Takeshi Inoue (13-0-1, 7 KOs) in a 12-round battle. The action will take place on Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas and will be streamed live on DAZN – which is just $9.99 per month after a one-month free trial. Fans in Houston can purchase tickets starting at just $25 at ToyotaCenter.com.
The native of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico is working hard to make a successful third defense of his title in what will be his debut in Texas. Munguia is working under the expert tutelage of renowned trainer Robert Alcazar, who trained the likes of Oscar De La Hoya, Edwin Valero and Jessie Vargas. Munguia is training in the Southern California area, where he combines a morning run at the mountains with an intense boxing session at a private gym in the afternoon.
Below is what Jaime Munguia had to say during a recent training session:
“We are preparing very well. I feel better and more motivated than ever before.
I’m stronger than ever, and I will do my best to give the best fights for the people on this new platform, DAZN.”
“I have worked hard to be in the main events like this. I think for me this is just the start. I want to make history. I was happy to be the co-main event of Canelo vs. GGG 2, and now that I’m headlining this event, I am more motivated.”
“Takeshi Inoue is a strong fighter. He comes forward. He doesn’t mind taking a punch in order to land one. We have to be careful with that and come very prepared. We have to be careful with his right hand as well. We’re going to come very well prepared on Jan. 26.”
“After this fight, it looks like I will have a WBO mandatory bout against Dennis Hogan. But I would still like to unify the titles at 154 pounds with the other champions. We will resolve anything that is put in front of us.”
“The plan is to move up to 160 pounds in about a year. We’re fine making weight now. I have no problems, but I feel I can move up and fight in other divisions. My body is such that I could even go up to 168 pounds.”
Munguia on the other fighters in his division:
“I thought the fight was a draw [regarding Jermell Charlo vs. Tony Harrison]. Charlo should have attacked more and not wait as much. That’s my opinion of the fight. Tony Harrison is a good fighter. He’s tough and has good skills. If he is put in front of us-or anyone for that matter-we will have to work.”
“[Jarrett] Hurd is a very big 154-pounder. I think he’s bigger than me. If a fight with him is presented to me, why not? We can unify the tittles or meet at 160 pounds.”
“I don’t know what to say about the political situation because we are on different platforms. We will see if a fight against them can happen. Perhaps not this year, but maybe we can meet them at 160 pounds.
“I’ve heard the things they’ve said about me. Maybe they don’t respect me or think I’m too young. They’ve said a lot. I will make them respect me on the day they step in the ring with me.”
Munguia on a potential fight against Canelo: 
“I don’t think there is any pressure with being mentioned with names like Canelo and Golovkin. I like this. It’s fun. I’m happy to be in fights like this and to see that we are advancing. So, the truth is we are happy.
“I am conscious of what I am doing. I think I can move up to 160 pounds and fight any of the two. It’s a risk because there will always be risks. Those are the two best fighters in the world. We would have to be very careful and come very well prepared. I don’t think it would happen soon, so we have to see what the future holds for us.”
Munguia vs. Inoue is a 12-round fight for the WBO Junior Middleweight World Title presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Zanfer Promotions. Rojas vs. Can is a 12-round fight for the WBA Featherweight World Title presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Universal Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” and Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle.” The event will take place Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas and will be streamed live on DAZN.
Tickets for Munguia vs. Inoue are on sale now and are priced at $150, $100, $60, $40 and $25 plus applicable taxes, fees and services charges. Tickets can be purchased online at

www.ToyotaCenter.com and by phone at 1-866-4-HOU-TIX. Tickets will also be available at the Toyota Center Box Office.

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