RICARDO ‘EL NIÑO’ SANDOVAL TO FIGHT RAYMOND ‘TORNADO’ TABUGON IN THE MAIN EVENT

Jan 17, 2020

RICARDO ‘EL NIÑO’ SANDOVAL TO FIGHT RAYMOND ‘TORNADO’ TABUGON IN THE MAIN EVENT OF GOLDEN BOY AND DAZN’S THURSDAY NIGHT FIGHTS

OSCAR ‘EL JAGUAR’ NEGRETE TO FACE ALBERTO ‘IMPACTO’ MELIAN FOR THE VACANT WBA INTERNATIONAL BANTAMWEIGHT TITLE

THURSDAY FEB. 6 AT FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT CASINOTickets on Sale Now! INDIO, CALIF. (Jan. 15, 2020): Hard-hitting 115-pound prospect Ricard “El Niño” Sandoval (17-1, 12 KOs) of Riverside, Calif. will take on Filipino contender Raymond “Tornado” Tabugon (22-11-1, 11 KOs) in a 10-round main event of Thursday Night Fights on Feb. 6 at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, Calif. . The event will be streamed live on DAZNRingTV.com and on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. Sandoval is a 20-year-old prospect who possess a very exciting style. In July 2019, Sandoval fought on a Golden Boy card for the first time by scoring a dominant stoppage win against Marco Sustaita to defend his WBC Youth Intercontinental Flyweight Title. Then, he returned in October to stop Gilberto Gonzalez in the fifth round. Now, Sandoval will look develop into a full-fledge contender against his toughest opponent to date. “2020 will be my year, and I will demonstrate why on February 6,” said Ricardo Sandoval. “I know that Raymond Tabugon is very strong, but I’m coming with a strong desire to win and get closer to a world title opportunity. I’m going to deliver a great show for all the fans, and I’ll work very hard to walk away with my hand in victory.” Tabugon is a 28-year-old veteran who has faced former world champions Juan Francisco “El Gallo” Estrada, Luis “Pantera” Nery and Angel “Tito” Acosta. Now, he’ll look to use his experience to hand Sandoval the second loss of his career and position himself for more opportunities. “I can’t wait to get back in the ring on February 6,” said Raymond Tabugon. “I had a small setback in my last fight, but I’m working hard to return better than ever. I want to thank Golden Boy and Sanman Promotions for the opportunity, and I promise to bring lots of action!” Also, former heavyweight champion Michael “Double M” Moorer will be the special VIP guest for this event. Moorer will be in attendance for this event to meet fans, sign autographs and take pictures inside the Fantasy Springs Special Events Center. The meet-and-greet is open to the public with the purchase of a ticket to the event. In the co-main event, Oscar “El Jaguar” Negrete (18-2-2, 7 KOs) of Tierralta, Colombia and Alberto “Impacto” Melian (6-1, 4 KOs) of Buenos Aires, Argentina will meet in a 10-round bout for the vacant WBA International Bantamweight Title. This matchup is sure to produce fireworks as it will feature two contenders who have unfinished business that started when Negrete defeated Melian at the 2010 South American Games. Standout flyweight prospect Sulem Urbina (11-0, 2 KOs) of Phoenix, Arizona will fight in a six-round clash. Leonardo “Leon” Baez (17-2, 9 KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico will return in a 10-round super bantamweight battle. Anthony Reyes (7-0, 5 KOs) of Coachella, Calif. will participate in a six-round super bantamweight fight in front of a hometown crowd. Oscar Acevedo (6-0) of Garden City, Kansas will return in a six-round lightweight clash. Sandoval vs. Tabugon is a 10-round super flyweight fight presented by Golden Boy. The fight will take place on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. The event will be streamed live on DAZNRingTV.com and on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. The series will also be available on Pluto TV’s FIGHT Channel and regional sports networks around the nation. To see when and where the series is available in your area click here. Tickets for the event are on sale and start at $25. Tickets will be available at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino box office, by calling 1-800-827-2946, or by purchasing online at www.fantasyspringsresort.com.

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TYSON FURY TO HOLD A MEET & GREET FOR A GOOD CAUSE

Jan 9, 2020

LINEAL CHAMPION TYSON FURY TO HOLD A MEET & GREET AT CAPETILLO & TM BOXING GYM IN LAS VEGAS, NEVADA AHEAD OF HIS FIGHT FEBRUARY 22nd TO HELP CAPETILLO AND TM BOXING

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Design by @heczar Hector De La Cruz(January 9, 2020 – Las Vegas, NV) :  Trainer Jorge Capetillo, owner of Capetillo & TM Boxing Gym is always one to give the shirt off his back. Genuinely a giving person along with his wife and children. When Capetillo decided to open a gym in Vegas, he never imagined the financial hardship toll it would take. Many kids can’t afford a membership or need discounts unfortunately. He is feeling the effects of all this now, and while talking to his fighter, Tyson Fury, the lineal Champion had a great idea. Fury isn’t doing any interviews or appearances until fight week, but out of the goodness of his heart, he offered to do a Meet & Greet at Capetillo’s gym to see if it would help bring in memberships or sponsorships. A very grateful Capetillo said, “Yes! Great idea!” 
The EXCLUSIVE and FREE Meet & Greet will take place this Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 12:00pm at Capetillo & TM Boxing Gym located at, 3430 E. Tropicana Ave., Suite 61, Las Vegas, NV 89121. We kindly as media to contact Nancy Rodriguez at Nancyr505@gmail.com as there will be limited Media access. 
The purpose of this Meet & Greet is to showcase the Boxing Gym where Tyson Fury will be in training camp ahead of his fight against Deontay Wilder, February 22, 2020 at the MGM Grand. This Boxing gym is a huge part of the community and is in need of member and/or sponsorships. Fury wants to help by giving the gym the exposure it deserves for getting the kids off the streets and teaching them Boxing skills. We hope sponsors will be interested in putting up a banner in the gym in exchange of sponsorship.

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THRILLING FLYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP BOUT HEADLINES UFC® RETURN TO NORFOLK

Jan 8, 2020

FEATURED BOUTS:

(#1) JOSEPH BENAVIDEZ vs. (#3) DEIVESON FIGUEIREDO

FELICIA SPENCER vs. ZARAH FAIRN

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Las Vegas – UFC® returns to Norfolk with the vacant flyweight title up for grabs, as No. 1 ranked contender Joseph Benavidez and No. 3 ranked Deiveson Figueiredo battle to secure their first UFC championship. Also on the card, top women’s featherweight prospects meet to stake their claim for a title shot as Felicia Spencer takes on Zarah Fairn

UFC FIGHT NIGHT ON ESPN+®: BENAVIDEZ vs. FIGUEIREDO will take place Saturday, Feb. 29 at Chartway Arena with all fights carried exclusively on ESPN+ in English and Spanish. The main card begins at 8 p.m. ET with the prelims kicking off at 5 p.m. ET. Doors open at 4 p.m. ET.

A member of the flyweight roster since its inception in 2012, Benavidez (28-5, fighting out of Las Cruces, N.M.) hopes that his third UFC title challenge will be the charm to obtaining his first gold strap. A perennial top contender for most of his career, Benavidez has proven himself to be one of the best in the world with wins over Jussier Formiga, Henry Cejudo and Tim Elliot. He now looks to become the only person to stop Figueiredo and finally earn his long-awaited championship.

One of the most dangerous finishers in the flyweight division, Figueiredo (17-1, fighting out of Condor Belem, Para, Brazil) looks to leave no doubt in his first-ever title opportunity. Since joining the UFC roster in 2017, he has earned impressive stoppage wins against Tim Elliot, John Moraga and Joseph Morales. Now, he intends on delivering his most impressive performance yet in the biggest fight of his career.

Intending to start the new year with a statement, Spencer (7-1, fighting out of Orlando, Fla. by way of Montreal, Canada) looks to bounce back into the win column and declare herself the top contender for the featherweight belt. A former Invicta FC champion, Spencer impressed in her UFC debut with a first-round submission over Megan Anderson. Now, she aims to add another dominant stoppage to her record when she faces Fairn in the co-main event.

A striking specialist, Fairn (6-3, fighting out of Paris, France) looks to improve on her UFC debut and show that she can compete with the best in the world. With four knockouts and four first-round finishes in her MMA career, Fairn has proven that she is a dangerous test for anyone. Now, she intends on securing her first UFC win and announcing herself as the next contender to watch in the division.

Additional bouts on the card include:

  • Dana White’s Contender Series signee Aalon Cruz (8-2, fighting out of Tampa, Fla.) aims to impress in his UFC debut against the always-exciting Steven Peterson (18-9, fighting out of Dallas, Texas)
  • Bantamweight prospects Gabriel Silva (7-1, fighting out of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil) and Kyler Phillips (6-1, fighting out of Glendale, Calif.) battle to secure their first official UFC win
  • Jordan Griffin (17-7, fighting out of Milwaukee, Wisc.) looks to bounce back into the win column against debuting Dana White’s Contender Series signee TJ Brown (14-6, fighting out of Little Rock, Ark.)
  • Top middleweight prospects clash as Brendan Allen (12-3, fighting out of Milwaukee, Wisc.) meets Tom Breese (11-1, fighting out of Birmingham, England)
  • In a battle of featherweight strikers, Mike Davis (8-2, fighting out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) intends to take out Giga Chikadze (6-1, fighting out of Huntington Beach, Calif.)
  • In further women’s featherweight action, Megan Anderson (10-4, fighting out of Kansas City, Mo.) looks to spoil the debut of Norma Dumont (4-0, fighting out of State of Minas Gerais, Brazil)
  • Undefeated Sean Brady (11-0, fighting out of Philadelphia, Pa.) intends to secure another impressive win when he takes on fellow top welterweight prospect Ismail Naurdiev (19-3, fighting out of Salzburg, Austria)
  • Marcin Tybura (17-6, fighting out of Uniejow, Poland) and Serghei Spivac (10-1, fighting out of Chisinau, Moldova) meet in a battle of heavyweight hopefuls
  • In a light heavyweight bout guaranteed to deliver fireworks, Ion Cutelaba (15-4, fighting out of Chisinau, Maldova) takes on Magomed Ankalaev (12-1, fighting out of Dagestan, Russia)

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Tickets for UFC FIGHT NIGHT ON ESPN+®: BENAVIDEZ vs. FIGUEIREDO go on sale Friday, Jan. 10 at 10 a.m. ET. Tickets are available for purchase online at YnotTix.com. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person.

UFC Fight Club® members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 10 a.m. ET via the website www.ufcfightclub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Thursday, Jan. 9 starting at 10 a.m. ET. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.

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The Steady Drumbeat of Recognition by the Boxing Purists Continues for Omar Juarez

Jan 2, 2020


BROWNSVILLE, TX (January 2, 2020) – Fast rising super lightweight prospect, Omar “El Relámpago” Juarez (6-0, 4 KOs), was voted #5 on Gorilla Productions Boxing’s (GPboxing) top 50 knockouts of 2019.  Omar Juarez’ sensational TKO, vicious right hook against Gino De La Paz, has over half a million views on YouTube. He accomplished this in only his fifth professional fight, and his fifth place ranking put him ahead of established pros and even a few world champions. His development as a fighter is on track for future greatness, and judging from this honor, it is plain to see that what were once whispers about his potential are becoming all out statements. Certainly, there will be more to come.  

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Conor McGregor returns against Cowboy Cerrone at UFC 246 in Las Vegas

Dec 19, 2019

BLOCKBUSTER WELTERWEIGHT BOUT BETWEEN CONOR MCGREGOR AND COWBOY CERRONE HEADLINES UFC® 246 IN LAS VEGAS

FEATURED BOUTS EXCLUSIVELY ON ESPN+ PAY-PER-VIEW:

(#11) ANTHONY PETTIS vs. DIEGO FERREIRA

(#6) CLAUDIA GADELHA vs. (#11) ALEXA GRASSO

(#3) HOLLY HOLM vs. (#6) RAQUEL PENNINGTON II

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Las Vegas – UFC® will kick off 2020 with a thrilling bout featuring former lightweight and featherweight champion Conor McGregor and perennial fan favorite Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. Plus, former UFC lightweight champion and No. 11 ranked contender Anthony Pettis will return to 155 pounds against surging Diego Ferreira.

UFC® 246: MCGREGOR vs. COWBOY will take place Saturday, Jan. 18 at T-Mobile Arena and will stream live nationally on Pay-Per-View, exclusively through ESPN+ in the U.S. at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT in both English and Spanish.

ESPN+ is the exclusive provider of all UFC Pay-Per-View events to fans in the U.S. as part of an agreement that continues through 2025.

As UFC® 246: MCGREGOR vs. COWBOY approaches, fans will be able to purchase itonline at ESPNPlus.com/PPV or on the ESPN App on mobile and connected-TV devices. ESPN+ is available as an integrated part of the ESPN App on all major mobile and connected-TV devices and platforms, including Amazon Fire, Apple, Android, Chromecast, PS4, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, X Box One and more.

Preliminary fights will air nationally in English on ESPN and on ESPN Deportes (in Spanish) starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT with the early prelims simulcast on UFC Fight Pass and ESPN+ at 6:15 p.m. ET/3:15 p.m. PT.

Arguably the biggest star in mixed martial arts history, McGregor (21-4, fighting out of Dublin, Ireland) became the first fighter in UFC history to simultaneously hold championships in two divisions. Throughout his legendary career, he has earned spectacular victories over Eddie Alvarez, Nate Diaz, Jose Aldo, Chad Mendes and Dustin Poirier. McGregor now aims to take out another legend and prove he is still among the pound-for-pound best fighters on the planet.

The record holder for most wins and finishes in UFC history, Cerrone (36-13 1NC, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.) is no stranger to delivering iconic MMA moments. During his storied run, he has netted incredible finishes against Mike Perry, Matt Brown, Rick Story, Edson Barboza and Charles Oliveira. Cerrone now looks to continue building his legacy by securing another highlight-reel knockout in the biggest fight of his career.

A former UFC and WEC champion, Pettis (22-9, fighting out of Milwaukee, Wisc.) returns to lightweight after an exciting run at 170 pounds. Among the most dynamic finishers in MMA, he has earned sensational stoppage victories over Stephen Thompson, Gilbert Melendez, Benson Henderson and Charles Oliveira. He now has his sights set on another big win against one of the division’s toughest budding contenders.

A lightweight division mainstay since 2014, Ferreira (16-2, fighting out of Pharr, Texas by way of Terra Nova, Brazil) is currently riding a tremendous five-fight win streak. During this run, the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt has secured impressive victories against Mairbek Taisumov, Rustam Khabilov, Jared Gordon and Olivier Aubin-Mercier. Ferreira now hopes to add a former champion to his resume and crack the 155-pound top 15.

Additional bouts on the card include:

  • No. 6 ranked women’s strawweight contender Claudia Gadelha (17-4, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) looks to continue building her momentum against rising No. 11 Alexa Grasso (11-3, fighting out of Guadalajara, Mexico)
  • Former women’s bantamweight champion and No. 3 ranked contender Holly Holm (12-5, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.) takes on No. 6 Raquel Pennington (10-8, fighting out of Colorado Springs, Colo.) in a highly anticipated rematch
  • Andre Fili (20-6, fighting out of Sacramento, Calif.) meets Sodiq Yusuff (10-1, fighting out of Bladensburg, Md. by way of Lagos, Nigeria) in an exciting battle of featherweight prospects
  • In a pivotal clash of women’s flyweight contenders, No. 7 ranked Roxanne Modafferi (23-17, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.) faces undefeated No. 9 Maycee Barber (7-0, fighting out of Milwaukee, Wisc.)
  • Talented lightweights collide when Drew Dober (21-9 1NC, fighting out of Denver, Colo.) squares off with Nasrat Haqparast (11-2, fighting out of Hamburg, Germany)
  • In a clash of heavyweight contenders, No. 12 ranked heavyweight contender Aleksei Oleinik (57-13-1, fighting out of Moscow, Russia) locks horns with Maurice Greene (8-4, fighting out of St Cloud, Minn.)
  • Dana White’s Contender Series signee Aleksa Camur (5-0, fighting out of Broadview Heights, Ohio) debuts against Justin Ledet (9-2 1NC, fighting out of Rosharon, Texas)
  • Chas Skelly (18-4, fighting out of Arlington, Texas) faces Dana White’s Contender Series veteran Grant Dawson (14-1, fighting out of Lee’s Summit, Mo.) in a featherweight bout
  • Sabina Mazo (7-1, fighting out of Huntington Beach, Calif. by way of Medellin, Colombia) squares off with JJ Aldrich (8-3, fighting out of Westminster, Colo.)
  • No. 7 ranked flyweight contender Tim Elliott (16-9-1, fighting out of Lee’s Summit, Mo.) takes on unbeaten No. 12 Askar Askarov (10-0-1, fighting out of Khasavyurt, Dagestan, Russia)
  • Brian Kelleher (19-10, fighting out of Selden, N.Y.) meets newcomer Ode Osbourne (7-2 1NC, fighting out of Milwaukee, Wisc.)
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Top Light Heavyweight Contenders Rematch in Rio Rancho

Dec 19, 2019

TOP LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CONTENDERS

(#5) COREY ANDERSON AND (#6) JAN BLACHOWICZ

REMATCH IN RIO RANCHO

UFC FIGHT NIGHT ON ESPN+®: ANDERSON vs. BLACHOWICZ

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LAS VEGAS – UFC® is set to make its debut at Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, N.M. with a critical rematch in the light heavyweight division, No. 5 ranked Corey Anderson and No. 6 Jan Blachowicz each look to secure the first title shot of their UFC careers.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT ON ESPN+®: ANDERSON vs. BLACHOWICZ will stream live from Santa Ana Star Center with all fights carried exclusively on ESPN+ in English and Spanish. The main card begins at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 15, with the prelims kicking off at 5 p.m. ET. Doors open at 4 p.m. ET.

Currently riding the longest winning streak of his UFC career, Anderson (14-4, fighting out of Robbinsville, N.J.) aims to prove that his first win over Blachowicz was no fluke. The winner of The Ultimate Fighter season 19, Anderson has been a perennial contender for much of his career and has recently netted impressive victories over Glover Teixeira, Ilir Latifi and Johnny Walker. He now looks to make it five wins in a row and finally earn his shot at UFC gold.

Coming off the two biggest victories of his UFC career, Blachowicz (25-8, fighting out of Warsaw, Poland) intends to avenge his 2015 loss to Anderson in impressive fashion. One of the most successful Polish athletes in UFC history, Blachowicz holds wins over Jacare Souza, Luke Rockhold, Jimi Manuwa and Jared Cannonier. Now, he aims to cement himself as the clear No. 1 contender in the division by snapping Anderson’s win streak.

Announced bouts on the card include:

  • Fan favorite Diego Sanchez (31-12, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.) meets Michel Pereira (23-10, fighting out of Tucuma, Para, Brazil) in a welterweight bout guaranteed to deliver action
  • No. 7 ranked flyweight contender Rogerio Bontorin (16-1, fighting out of State of Paraná, Brazil) battles hometown hero Ray Borg (12-4, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.)
  • Women’s featherweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter: Heavy Hitters and No. 12 ranked bantamweight Macy Chiasson (6-1, fighting out of Dallas, Texas) takes on former UFC flyweight champion Nicco Montano (5-3, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.)
  • Top women’s flyweight contenders clash as No. 11 Montana De La Rosa (10-5, fighting out of Fort Worth, Texas) and No. 13 Mara Romero Borella (13-6, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.) each look to break into the top 10
  • No. 14 ranked flyweight and Jiu Jitsu black belt Mark De La Rosa (11-3, fighting out of Fort Worth, Texas) meets No. 15 ranked Raulian Paiva (18-3, fighting out State of Amapá, Brazil)
  • Devin Clark (10-4, fighting out of Sioux Falls, S.D.) looks to bounce back into the win column against Gadzhimurad Antigulov (20-6, fighting out of Makhachkala, Russia) in a light heavyweight bout

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CANELO ÁLVAREZ DEJA VACANTE SU TÍTULO SEMICOMPLETO OMB

Dec 17, 2019

         

 LOS ÁNGELES, California 17 diciembre de 2019.- Para cumplir con la Organización Mundial del Boxeo (OMB por sus siglas en inglés) con la prohibición de dejar a sus campeones tener títulos de otros organismos en diferentes categorías, Canelo Álvarez (53-1-2, 36 nocáuts), cuádruple campeón mundial divisional, y la OMB, han llegado a un acuerdo para que Canelo deje vacante el titulo mundial semicompleto OMB. Canelo capturó el campeonato de la OMB cuando venció a Sergey Kovalev por nocaut en el undécimo asalto el 2 de noviembre de 2019. Canelo mantendrá su estatus y privilegios como Súper Campeón de la OMB, incluyendo el privilegio de ser designado retador obligatorio al campeón mundial OMB de cualquiera división.              Canelo dijo al respecto: “Sé que mis éxitos en el ring han dado orgullo a mis fanáticos y a mi país. He disfrutado de mi relación con la OMB por mucho tiempo y aprecio todo lo que hacen para preservar y mejorar el deporte del boxeo. Este acuerdo permite que la OMB tenga su título semicompleto para que sea disputado regularmente y me permite perseguir peleas contra los mejores oponentes independientemente de la división”, agregó.             Francisco “Paco” Valcárcel, Presidente de la OMB, indicó: “Canelo ya ha logrado mucho en el boxeo, y todavía es un hombre joven. Cuando termine su carrera será considerado como uno de los mejores boxeadores que haya ingresado al ring, y uno de los mejores boxeadores de México. Esperamos con ansias sus futuras peleas contra rivales en la cima de las divisiones de peso mediano, supermediano, semicompleto y otras divisiones”, concluyó.             “Apoyamos completamente la decisión tomada por Canelo Álvarez y la OMB”, afirmó Óscar de la Hoya, Presidente y Jefe Ejecutivo de Golden Boy. “Canelo hizo historia al noquear a Sergey Kovalev de manera impresionante para convertirse en cuádruple campeón mundial divisional. No sólo demostró que es una real amenaza en las 175 libras, sino también probó que es capaz de moverse totalmente a través de varias divisiones para buscar las peleas más emocionantes para los fanáticos. A la misma vez, esperamos con ansias continuar promoviendo a nuestros otros campeones de la OMB como Patrick Teixeira y Franchon Crews-Dezurn”, puntualizó. 

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DIEGO DE LA HOYA SCORES UNANIMOUS DECISION VICTORY AGAINST RENSON ‘GATO’ ROBLES

Dec 17, 2019

DIEGO DE LA HOYA SCORES UNANIMOUS DECISION VICTORY AGAINST RENSON ‘GATO’ ROBLESROGER ‘THE KID’ GUTIERREZ DEFEATS ANDRES ‘MARAVILLA’ TAPIA SATURDAY DEC. 14 AT THE AUDITORIO DEL ESTADIO

(ABOVE: Diego De La Hoya throws straight left against Renson Robles en route to a unanimous decision victory on Dec. 14 at the Auditorio Del Estadio in Mexicali, Mexico)

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MEXICALI, MEX (Dec. 14, 2019): Diego De La Hoya (22-1, 10 KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico defeated Renson “Gato” Robles (16-7, 9 KOs) of La Victoria, Venezuela via unanimous decision in a 10-round featherweight fight at The Auditorio del Estado in Mexicali, Mexico.De La Hoya won with scores of 97-94, 99-89 and 99-89. The event was streamed live on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page. “I was a difficult fight because I hurt my left hand in the second round,” said Diego De La Hoya.“I had to fight the entire fight with one hand. Still, I came to fight, and I never gave up.” In the co-main event, Roger “The Kid” Guitierrez (23-3-1, 19 KOs) of Maracaibo, Venezuela defeated Andres “Maravilla” Tapia (16-8-3, 9 KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico via unanimous decision in a 10-round super featherweight brawl. Gutierrez won with three scores of 98-91. “Tapia is a great warrior,” said Roger Gutierrez.”To fight a Mexican is a great honor for me. Thank you to all who came out to support today.” William “Camaron” Zepeda (20-0, 18 KOs) of San Mateo Atenco, Mexico stopped Jampier Oses (15-6-1, 12 KOs) of Ocumare, Venezuela via technical knockout in the third round of a lightweight bout originally scheduled for 10 rounds. Zepeda won with time of 2:32 of the aforementioned round. “I felt good,” said William Zepeda. “He surprised me for a bit. But I was able to recover due to my preparation. I think the fans were the winners tonight from a great show.” Luis “El Venado” Lopez (20-2-, 11 KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico defeated Cristian “Gaurico” Baez (18-1, 17 KOs) of Caracas, Venezuela via technical knockout in the fifth round of a 10-round lightweight fight. Lopez won with time :28 of the aforementioned round. “I would like to make a fight with Diego De La Hoya,” said Luis Lopez.”I feel great. We knew this opportunity would open many doors. And thank God we achieved our objective.” De La Hoya vs. Robles was a 10-round featherweight fight presented by Golden Boy. The event was sponsored by Tecate “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING.” The fight took place Saturday, Dec.14, 2019 at The Auditorio del Estado in Mexicali, Mexico. The event was streamed live on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page.

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VERGIL ORTIZ JR. SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDS HIS WBA GOLD WELTERWEIGHT TITLE BY STOPPING BRAD SOLOMON IN ROUND 5

Dec 17, 2019

VERGIL ORTIZ JR. SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDS HIS WBA GOLD WELTERWEIGHT TITLE BY STOPPING BRAD SOLOMON IN ROUND 5 ALBERTO MACHADO STOPS LUIS POROZO IN HIS LIGHTWEIGH DEBUTFRIDAY DEC. 13 AT FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT CASINO

(ABOVE: Vergil Ortiz Jr. lands a left hook to the body of Brad Solomon en route to a fifth-round knockout win on Dec. 13 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif.)

VERGIL ORTIZ JR. SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDS HIS WBA GOLD WELTERWEIGHT TITLE BY STOPPING BRAD SOLOMON IN ROUND 5 PhotosPhoto Credit: Kyte Monroe-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

INDIO, CALIF. (Dec. 13, 2019):  Vergil Ortiz Jr. (15-0, 15 KOs) of Grand Prairie, Texasended the 2019 year with another spectacular knockout win to successfully defend his WBA Gold Welterweight Title against Brad “King” Solomon (28-2, 9 KOs) of Douglasville, Georgia. The fight was stopped at 2:22 of the fifth round. The event took place Friday, Dec. 13 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. and was streamed live on DAZN.   “I have to give him [Solomon] some credit,” said Vergil Ortiz Jr. “He’s difficult to figure out and made me use my brain. I tried to take my time, and not rush things. I had to utilize my jab, figure out the right time to throw a punch. I think I tripped with him with my foot, so I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. He came to fight.” “I shouldn’t be chasing on the ropes like that. He let his guard now. Luckily, I did throw the right punch and hurt him. I knew he would be a tough cookie to break. Luckily, I have a good team behind me and all my smarts. I felt I was very patient, and needed to pick it up, can’t lay low. I did a good job. I would say high B or A on this one.” In the co-main event, Alberto “Explosivo” Machado (22-2, 18 KOs) of San Juan, Puerto Rico stopped Luis Porozo (14-2, 7 KOs) of Santo Domingo, Ecuador via knockout in the second round of a 10-round lightweight fight. Machado won with time of 2:59 of the aforementioned round. On the 3rd knockdown: “It’s a shot we were working on in camp,” Alberto Machado.”He was a fighter that would open up, so we worked on that in camp, going to the body. They told me to put my hands up, be more passive with my offense, throw my jab more, and as you could see he had a chaotic style. Thank god we got the victory we were looking for.” “No because I actually was trying to land to the head, but saw the opportunity to the body, so took advantage of it. I was landing that good hand. I only had ten seconds till the end of the round, so wanted to end on a good note, and threw my hands, and got the win.” On his performance: “I think I did well, made good adjustments. He’s a good fighter, I know the style he has. I think I did well because of the adjustments I made. I’m happy I ended the year on a positive note with the victory. I’ve been through very difficult situations that all of us boxers go through, some changes in camp, and in my weight. I’m ready for this division and the big challenge. I’m ready for another big fight against a former world champion, Mexico vs Puerto Rico, come on Francisco Vargas, let’s do it.” Bektemir “Bully” Melikuziev (4-0, 3 KOs) of Indio, Calif. defeated Vaughn Alexander (15-4, 9 KOs) of St. Louis, Missouri via unanimous decision to successfully defend the WBA Continental Americas Super Middleweight Title in a 10-round bout. Melikuziev won with three scores of 100-90. Joel Diaz (trainer) on behalf of Bektemir: “I’m happy that he went rounds and was able to get in the ring with a veteran and break him down.” Alexis “Lex” Rocha (15-0, 10 KOs) of Santa Ana, Calif. stopped Roberto Valenzuela (17-2, 16 KOs) of Sonora, Mexico via knockout at the end of the third to successfully defend his WBC Continental Americas Welterweight Title in a 10-round fight. Rocha won with time of 3:00 of the just-mentioned round. “He caught me in the second round,” said Alexis Rocha.”I got lazy. It’s my fault. I started letting my hands go after the third, and then I kept hurting him. It was important that I finished the fight. It’s a learning experience.” Luis Feliciano (14-0 8 KOs) of Milwaukee, Wisconsin defeated Herbert “Ace” Acevedo (16-3-1, 6 KOs) of Garden City, Kansas via unanimous decision to retain his NABF Super Lightweight Title in a 10-round brawl. Feliciano won with scores of 91-92, 100-89 and 99-90. “I give props to Herbert Acevedo,” said Luis Feliciano.”He’s a tough and rugged fighter. I thought he was out when I dropped him in the third round. I tried to get the finish, but he weathered the storm. I’m happy to finish year with a win, and we are on to the next.” Erik Bazinyan (24-0, 18 KOs) of Quebec, Canada beat Saul Roman (45-14, 37 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico via knockout in the third round of a super middleweight fight originally scheduled for eight rounds. Bazinyan won with a time of 0:46 of the round just mentioned. “I learned from fighting a veteran, someone with almost 60 fight,” said Erik Bazinyan.”I tried to show my skills and fight my fight. The timing was right, so I got him out of there.” Ferdinand “Lucky Boy” Kerobyan (13-1, 8 KOs) of North Hollywood, Calif. stopped Fernando Carcamo (23-11, 18 KOs) of Sonora, Mexico via knockout at 1:46 of the first round of an eight-round super welterweight fight.  “This was a great victory,” said Ferdinand Kerobyan.”This was everything I imagined. A great birthday gift for myself!” Serhii Bohachuck (17-0, 17 KOs) of Big Bear, Calif. defeated Carlos Galvan (17-10, 16 KOs) of Apartado, Colorado via knockout in the fifth round of an eight-round super welterweight bout. Bohachuck won with time of 1:40 of the aforementioned round. “I felt very well,” said Serhii Bohachuck. “It was a quality opponent for a tune up fight. I fought not too long ago. It was good fight to finish the year. Now it’s time to get some rest and prepare for the next fight.” Ortiz Jr. vs. Solomon was a 12-round fight for the WBA Gold Welterweight Title presented by Golden Boy. The event was sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” and Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle.” The event took place Friday, Dec. 13 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. and was streamed live on DAZN.

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Devin Haney Has Successful Surgery Procedure on Injured Shoulder

Dec 17, 2019

LAS VEGAS, NV (December 13, 2019) – WBC Lightweight World Champion, Devin “The Dream” Haney (24-0, 15 KOs), is recovering from a successful surgery to his injured right shoulder. The procedure was performed this week in Los Angeles by world renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. Neal S. ElAttrache. Haney suffered a microscopic tear of his right labrum on November 9, 2019, during his WBC title defense against Alfredo Santiago. The tear required immediate surgery. Now in recovery, Haney is focused on getting the proper rest and rehabilitation needed to make a full recovery. “In my last fight with Alfredo Santiago, my right shoulder came completely out of the socket in the 12th round,” said Devin. Haney. “I stayed focused and showed the grit of a true champion. I’m very happy with my performance considering the injury. I’m the youngest world champion in the last 23 years. Unfortunately, my injury required that I have surgery, but I’m happy I went with Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who in my opinion is the best surgeon in the world with these types of injuries. His resumé speaks for itself and the procedure was a success. Right now, I’m all about healing so I can get back in the ring as soon as possible.” Haney’s surgeon Dr. ElAttrache has performed procedures on other distinguished athletes such as Tom Brady.  ElAttrache serves as team physician for the LA Dodgers and LA Rams.  In addition, he serves as an orthopaedic consultant for the LA LakersLA KingsLA Angels and the Anaheim Ducks. Devin, who was expected to defend his WBC world title against mandatory challenger and the #1 ranked contender, Javier Fortuna, is expected to be out of the ring for at least six months. Upon a healthy recover, Haney plans to solidify his position as the best young fighter in boxing. “As soon as I feel I’m ready to get back in the ring, I’m coming for everyone,” continued Haney. LomachenkoLopezCommey…who ever, I’m coming for all the belts! I’ll be back stronger than ever, that you can bet.”

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