La revancha Sergey Kovalev vs. Eleider Alvarez

Sep 18, 2018

La revancha Sergey Kovalev vs. Eleider Alvarez Rematch llegará a ESPN a principios de 2019

El ex campeón de peso semipesado Kovalev
realizará su debut de Top Rank por ESPN

Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev y Eleider “Storm” Alvarez iluminaron el Boarwalk de Atlantic City en una batalla campal el mes pasado. Los dos renovarán su rivalidad a principios del próximo año en vivo en una función de Top Rank on ESPN como parte de una co-promoción con Main Event y Krusher Promotions, en asociación con Groupe Yvon Michel.

Alvarez derribó a Kovalev tres veces en el séptimo asalto y se anotó un nocaut técnico para capturar el título peso semipesado de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) en una sorpresa para el mundo del boxeo. Kovalev lideraba en las tarjetas de puntuación de los tres jueces en el momento del nocaut y espera retomar donde quedaron los primeros seis asaltos.

“Estamos muy contentos de unir fuerzas con Top Rank y ESPN por lo que esperamos sea otra pelea emocionante e histórica,” dijo Kathy Duva, CEO de Main Events. “Sergey claramente estaba ganando su primer combate con Álvarez cuando lo sorprendieron. Esas cosas suceden. Felicitaciones a Álvarez por su espectacular actuación, pero Sergey es un guerrero. Me hizo saber que está ansioso por vengar esta derrota lo antes posible. ¡Esperamos con ansias el nuevo año!”

“Traer esta revancha a los fanáticos del boxeo en ESPN es una excelente manera de comenzar el 2019,” dijo el presidente de Top Rank, Todd duBoef. “La división de peso semipesado está cargada, y tanto Kovalev como Álvarez tienen estilos favorables para los fanáticos que harán que suceda otra pelea emocionante.”

Burke Magnus, Vicepresidente Ejecutivo de Programación de ESPN, agregó: “Este ha sido un año emocionante para el boxeo en ESPN, y la revancha Kovalev-Álvarez es otro ejemplo del calibre de eventos de clase mundial que esperamos seguir mostrando en Top Rank on ESPN en el 2019.”

Kovalev (32-3-1, 28 KOs) se estableció como uno de los campeones de peso semipesado por excelencia de esta generación con nueve defensas de título en dos reinados de títulos mundiales. Primero ganó el título de la OMB en agosto del 2013, viajando a Gales y noqueando al campeón local Nathan Cleverly en el cuarto asalto. Se convirtió en el campeón unificado en noviembre de l2014 con una decisión dominante de 12 asaltos contra el futuro miembro del Salón de la Fama Bernard Hopkins y mejoró aún más su currículum con un par de victorias por nocaut contra el ex campeón de peso semipesado lineal Jean Pascal. Kovalev perdió el título por decisión controvertida ante Andre Ward en noviembre del 2016. Tras abandonar la revancha por nocaut técnico en el octavo asalto, Kovalev recuperó el título de la OMB con un nocaut técnico en el segundo asalto contra Vyacheslav Shabranskyy en noviembre del año pasado. Él defendió el título una vez antes de la primera pelea con Alvarez.

Álvarez (24-0, 12 KOs), un ex jugador amateur colombiano que reside en Montreal, es un profesional de nueve años con una lista de nombres de primera en su currículum, incluyendo: Kovalev, Pascal y ex campeón mundial de peso súper mediano Lucian Bute. El triunfo ante Kovalev es la victoria característica en su récord. En el 2019, Alvarez espera que sea una repetición en lugar de una venganza.

Utilize el hashtag #AlvarezKovalev para unirse a la conversación en las redes sociales.

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An Open Letter To Fight Fans from Oscar De La Hoya

Sep 18, 2018
An Open Letter To Fight Fans from Oscar De La Hoya
Dear Fight Fans,
On the night of Saturday, September 15, fans were set to be treated to what sports should be all about: the two best athletes in a sport squaring off against each other with the winner earning the title of the best in the business. This kind of an event – where an individual can be called the best in any sport – is truly rare.
Not only did the fight itself deliver all that was promised, against all kinds of pressure, Canelo Alvarez gave the performance of his lifetime to secure the unified middleweight championship of the world.
  • Unfairly criticized for not fighting “Mexican” enough in the first fight, he kept Gennady Golovkin on his heels all night, taking the action to the “boogeyman of boxing,” walking him down and controlling the pace.
  • Repeatedly ravaged for two positive drug tests that showed minor traces of clenbuterol – a common occurrence in Mexico due to the contamination of beef across the country – Canelo submitted to more than 20 drug tests in the lead up to the fight and passed them all with flying colors.
  • Saddled with a judge’s card of a year ago that he had nothing to do with; the pressure of millions of fans watching; and what many were describing as a must-win to stay relevant, Canelo delivered a near-flawless fight.
And yet…
It wouldn’t be boxing if thousands of keyboard warriors weren’t talking (or tweeting) complete nonsense in the hours and days after Canelo began to cement his legacy as an all-time great fighter.
Many have told me to ignore the haters; that I’ll never win. But, while I know I won’t convince many of them, allowing them to even partly soil what was a certain Fight of the Year; a mega-event seen by millions of people; and a virtuoso performance by boxing’s marquis fighter would do a disservice to the sport I love.
So allow me to respond to a few of the more absurd comments:
Golden Boy paid the judges to fix the fight. 
Though I don’t think this deserves response, here are the facts: The three judges were chosen by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Given the result of the first fight, NSAC was under a lot of scrutiny to come up with the fairest group of judges possible. For the first time I know of, Golden Boy Promotions and Team GGG were even allowed to approve a pool of judges. They saw what everyone else did; a close, competitive fight and scored it exactly that way.
Golovkin landed more punches and therefore should have won the fight.
If landed punches were the difference between winning or losing a boxing match, we would have an incredibly different and less interesting sport. Clean punching, ring generalship, effective aggressiveness and defense are what the judges are looking for in determining the winner of a round. I’m obviously a promoter, but in the four areas that actually count in judging, I can’t find one where GGG was the victor.
Tom Loeffler’s statement that he doesn’t know if Golvokin can win a decision in Las Vegas.
Perhaps Tom is just looking to make GGG feel better, but regardless this is maybe the most disappointing comment, because it comes from someone who knows the sport. Of course, GGG can win a decision in Las Vegas. But 22,000 people aren’t going to crowd into the T-Mobile Arena to watch Golovkin fight and blast out the likes of Dominic Wade, Willie Monroe, Jr., or Vanes Martirosyan. He is going to need to fight a higher level of competition – and then fight better than that opponent – to earn a victory in the mecca of boxing.
Boxing is a wonderful sport that is coming back thanks to streaming technology and growing international interest. But, it is a sport that also faces competition, not only from the outside in the form of other, more-widely watched leagues, but from inside where the fractured nature of boxing has made it tougher and tougher for the best to face the best.
Just look at celebrity row to see how special Saturday night was. There, another best-in-sport athlete, Lebron James, joined by Will Smith, Mark Wahlberg and a huge group of other A-list celebrities to witness something special.
While everyone is entitled to his or her opinion (especially in boxing), let’s take a moment to appreciate what Canelo and GGG gave us on Saturday night and work towards doing it more often for the sake of the sport we all love so much.

 

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KHABIB VS. MCGREGOR IN NEW YORK’S TIMES SQUARE

Sep 18, 2018

UFC® TO HOST FAN VIEWING PARTY

FOR KHABIB VS. MCGREGOR PRESS CONFERENCE

IN NEW YORK’S TIMES SQUARE

 

Thursday, Sept. 20 – 5 p.m. ET

 

Las Vegas – The world will be watching on Thursday, Sept. 20 when UFC® lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov (26-0, fighting out of Dagestan, Russia) and two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor (21-3, fighting out of Dublin, Ireland) come face to face for the first time at the UFC® 229: KHABIB vs. MCGREGOR press conference, presented by AutoZone®.

While the press conference is closed to the public, UFC announces today an exclusive opportunity for fans to watch the event live in the heart of New York’s Times Square on Silvercast’s digital spectacular known as “Mega-Zilla.” UFC fans will have the ability to watch the highly-anticipated press conference from a full block on Broadway between 45th and 46th streets on the world’s largest TV screen.

Fans in the New York area are encouraged to watch the press conference in Times Square and show their support for their favorite athlete. The live stream telecast will be captioned so fans won’t miss a word as they enjoy a viewing party unlike any other.        

Visit the UFC® Press Portal for information and content to support your UFC coverage.

UFC® 229: KHABIB vs. McGREGOR, presented by Harley Davidson®, will be available live on Pay-Per-View on Saturday, October 6 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT onUFC.TV, iN DEMAND, DirecTV, DISH Network, Vubiquity, and in Canada on BellTV, Rogers, Shaw Communications, Sasktel, and Canal Indigo for a suggested retail price of $54.99 US/CAN for Standard Definition and $64.99 US/CAN for High-Definition.

 

About UFC®

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Ryota Murata-Rob Brant Tickets On Sale Today

Sep 18, 2018

Park Theater Showdown: Ryota Murata-Rob Brant Tickets On Sale Today

Murata to defend WBA middleweight title against Brant
at Park Theater at Park MGM Las Vegas on Saturday, October 20

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets

LAS VEGAS (Sept. 17, 2018) — Japanese superstar Ryota Murata is taking his talents halfway around the world.

Tickets for Murata’s WBA middleweight world title defense against Rob “Bravo” Brant onSaturday, Oct. 20 at the Park Theater at Park MGM go on sale TODAY at 10 a.m. PST. The event is promoted by Top Rank, in association with Teiken Promotions and Greg Cohen Promotions.

Tickets are priced at $204, $104, $54 and $29, not including taxes and handling fees, and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at Ticketmaster.com. Tickets also can be purchased through the MGM Resorts International Call Center at 877-795-2564.

Murata-Brant will stream live in the United States beginning at 7:30 p.m. PST 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.

This is the second defense of the WBA title for Murata (14-1, 11 KOs), who won the belt with a dominating seventh-round TKO over Hassan N’Dam in October 2017. Five months earlier, N’Dam handed Murata his only professional loss via a highly controversial split decision. Murata left no doubt in the rematch and defended the title in April in Yokohama, Japan, knocking out Emanuele Blandamura in the eighth round.

A 2012 Olympic gold medalist, Murata is a sports icon in Japan, as the Blandamura fight drew a peak rating of 17 million viewers on Japanese TV. Brant (23-1, 16 KOs), from St. Paul, Minn., is undefeated when fighting as a middleweight and is the WBA No. 2-ranked middleweight in the world.

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Ramirez wins unanimous decision over Orozco

Sep 18, 2018

Ramirez vs. Orozco/Herring vs. Moralde/Flores vs. Gutierrez 

* Ramirez wins unanimous decision over Orozco, retains WBC super lightweight world title
* Herring dominates Moralde, wins USBA junior lightweight belt
* Gabriel Flores Jr. survives knockdown, remains undefeated

(Photo Credit: Mikey Williams / Top Rank)
FRESNO, Calif (Sept. 14, 2018) —  Jose Ramirez didn’t want the hometown fans to leave unhappy. In front of a crowd of 11,102 at the Save Mart Center on Friday evening, Avenal native Ramirez retained the WBC super lightweight world title with a unanimous decision against fellow unbeaten Antonio Orozco. The scores were 119-107 3X.

Ramirez (23-0, 16 KOs) knocked Orozco down with a crisp right hand in the fourth round and found success with his left hook throughout the bout. In the eighth round, Ramirez scored a knockdown with a left hook to the liver and nearly finished Orozco at the end of the round.

“This was an excellent fight, and Antonio Orozco is a true warrior,” Ramirez said. “We put it out there, and Antonio was a very tough opponent who gave it his all. A special thanks to all the people in Fresno who showed their support tonight.”

Ramirez won the belt with a hard-fought unanimous decision against Amir Imam back in March. For his first title defense, he took on a previously undefeated challenger in Orozco (27-1, 17 KOs), who on paper represented the toughest test of his career. Ramirez and Orozco went toe-to-toe and produced a championship bout for the ages.

Flanked by his Marine comrades on his way to the ring, 2012 U.S. Olympian and Marine Corps veteran Jamel “Semper Fi” Herring (18-2, 10 KOs ) notched the most significant win of his carer, defeating John Vincent Moralde (20-2, 10 KOs) by 10-round unanimous decision (100-90 3X) to win the vacant USBA junior lightweight title.

“I wanted to show that I could not only make 130 pounds, but that I could be strong at the weight as well,” Herring said. “Now, I’m that much closer to a world title shot.”

In his biggest test to date, 18-year-old sensation Gabriel Flores Jr. (10-0, 5 KOs) was undeterred by the big stage and the bright lights. Flores, from Stockton, Calif., survived a first-round knockdown to defeat Roger Gutierrez by unanimous decision in a six-round lightweight bout.

The scores were as followed: 59-54, 59-54, and 58-54.

“I could’ve done better, but I was in there against a tough guy. I have no explanation for it, but my legs locked up in the early rounds. I started moving in the last rounds, and my legs were feeling better. I boxed him and got the victory. All I can do from here is learn from this experience.

“I came back strong. I know l will be better next time out.”

In other action:

Vacant USBA Welterweight Title: Alexander Besputin (11-0, 9 KOs), TKO 9, 1:44, Alan Sanchez (20-4-1, 10 KOs).

Besputin said: “I feel very grateful to be signed by Top Rank, the best promotional company in the world. I now want all of the big names at 135, including the winner of Lomachenko and Pedraza.”

Super Lightweights: Hiroki Okada (19-0, 13 KOs), split decision, 10 rounds, Cristian Cora (27-7-2, 11 KOs). Scores: 95-94 Okada, 95-94 Coria, 95-94 Okada.

Okada knocked down in the 10th round by Coria right hand.

Lightweights: Bryan Vasquez (38-3, 20 KOs), unanimous decision, 10 rounds, Carlos Cardenas (21-15-1, 13 KOs). Scores: 98-92, 96-94, 96-94 .

Vasquez said: “I feel very grateful to be signed by Top Rank, the best promotional company in the world. I now want all of the big names at 135, including the winner of Lomachenko and Pedraza.”

Featherweights: Isidro Ochoa (6-0, 2 KOs), KO 3, 2:14, Elio De Jesus  (2-3, 0 KOs).

Super Bantamweights: Santos Ortega (3-0, 1 KO), unanimous decision, 4 rounds, Sebastian Baltazar (1-2, 0 KOs). Scores: 40-36, 40-36, 40-36.

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CANELO ALVAREZ VS. GENNADY GOLOVKIN 2 OFFICIAL WEIGHTS

Sep 14, 2018
Photo Credit: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions 
Video Credit: Golden Boy Promotions
Canelo vs. GGG 2 is a 12-round fight for the middleweight championship of the world presented by Golden Boy Promotions and GGG Promotions. Munguia vs. Cook is a 12-round battle for the WBO Junior Middleweight World Title presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Zanfer Promotions. Lemieux vs. O’Sullivan is a 12-round a WBA World Title Eliminator presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Eye of The Tiger Management in association with Murphy’s Boxing. Gonzalez vs. Fuentes is a 10-round super flyweight fight presented by Golden Boy Promotions and GGG Promotions in association with Teiken Promotions and Zanfer Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” Hennessy, “Never Stop, Never Settle,” O’Reilly Auto Parts, Fred Loya Insurance, Interjet, Venom, and Fathom Events. The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 15 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Doors to the event open at 2:00 p.m., and the first fight begins at 2:00 p.m. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at a special time of 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.
Note: The media center at David Copperfield Theater Noon PT on Saturday, Sept. 15.

“24/7 Canelo/GGG 2” is streaming on HBO GO & HBO NOW. Canelo’s fifth “24/7” appearance and Golovkin’s third, “24/7 CANELO/GGG 2” is the latest installment of the acclaimed franchise that began in 2007.
Tickets are on sale for the closed circuit telecast of Canelo vs. GGG 2 at MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, The Mirage and Luxor are priced at $100, not including applicable fees. Seating is general admission at MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage while Luxor will have assigned seats. Tickets may be purchased at any MGM Resorts International Box Office, by phone with a major credit card at (800) 745-3000 or online at http://www.ticketmaster.com/canelovsggg2.
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UFC® PARTNERS WITH HALL OF FAMER BAS RUTTEN TO LAUNCH UFC | BAS BODY ACTION SYSTEM®

Sep 14, 2018

UFC® PARTNERS WITH HALL OF FAMER BAS RUTTEN TO LAUNCH UFC | BAS BODY ACTION SYSTEM®

Las Vegas – UFC®, the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization, today announced a new multi-year licensing agreement with UFC Hall of Famer Bas Rutten to launch the UFC | BAS Body Action System®. The agreement, negotiated by IMG, allows Rutten, a former UFC heavyweight champion and three-time King of Pancrase, to produce a UFC branded edition of his patented MMA training device to sell online and at select retailers globally.

Developed by Rutten to maximize and revolutionize martial arts training, the Body Action System has a patented design that incorporates a head pad for strikes, hooks and uppercuts; a torso pad for punches, elbows and knees; and a focus pad to offer greater mass for core training, side-to-side striking, and kicks.

“The UFC | BAS Body Action System combines a complete training device for MMA with the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization,” Rutten said. “This system is the closest thing having a real sparring partner with you inside the Octagon, and it’s a fantastic all-in-one system that delivers a world-class workout!”

The UFC | BAS Body Action System, total body training, is a great way to become a leaner, faster and more powerful athlete. UFC | BAS training content is also available to help customers keep their workouts fresh.  For more information on the system, accessories, and content, please visit www.BasBodyActionSystem.com/UFC.

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CHUCK LIDDELL TO BATTLE TITO ORTIZ IN FINAL

Sep 14, 2018
THE THIRD FIGHT IS ON! CHUCK LIDDELL TO BATTLE TITO ORTIZ 
IN FINAL CHAPTER OF HISTORIC RIVALRY 
SATURDAY, NOV. 24 AT LOS ANGELES’ ‘FABULOUS’ FORUM 
AND TELEVISED LIVE ON PAY-PER-VIEW
Tickets on Sale Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 at 10:00 a.m PT!
LOS ANGELES (Sept. 12, 2018): The final chapter of most historic rivalry in mixed martial arts history will take place as Chuck Liddell (30-8, 20 KOs) takes on Tito Ortiz(19-12-1, 8 KOs) in a three-round main event on Saturday, Nov. 24 at the “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood, California. The fight will be presented live on Pay-Per-View beginning at 6:00 p.m. PT/9:00 p.m. ET.
Liddell was a former kickboxer who became a veritable legend in the sport of MMA. Liddell defended the UFC Light Heavyweight crown four times against the likes of Tito OrtizRandy Couture and Jeremy Horn. Liddell, who also has victories against Alistair Overeem and Wanderlei Silva, will return to the cage after eight years to fulfill what he says is his fans’ biggest desire.
“I’ve already knocked him out twice,” said Chuck Liddell. “I’m doing this for my fans because this is the one fight they all keep asking me for, and they want to see him knocked out. Tito is a punk, but I also want to inspire people and show them that the only limitations we have are the ones we put on ourselves. For me, it’s a fight to right some wrongs from the past and to renew my strength and discipline. My focus is laser sharp, and I can’t wait to see blood! Tito is going down! I’m thrilled to be partnered with Golden Boy Promotions for this event because they understand the sacrifice that we fighters make to entertain the world. Together we are going to bring the biggest event in MMA history. November 24, you better be watching!”
Known worldwide as the “Huntington Beach Bad Boy,” Ortiz became one of the first stars of mix martial arts and has faced the likes of Ken ShamrockForrest GriffinWanderlei SilvaVitor Belfort and Ryan Bader. Ortiz held the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship for three years and is considered one of the most important figures the sport has ever had. Ortiz will return after first-round submission victory against Chael Sonnen in January 2017 and will look to return to Inglewood, Calif. to finish a rivalry what was started several years ago.
“It’s extremely important that I finish this the way I want to,” said Tito Ortiz. “Liddell was my friend. He says he’s not my friend, well great. We’re enemies, and that’s just the way it is. Now it’s time for fans to buy this pay-per-view to watch one of the best fights of my career. Chuck will come in thinking he can knock me out. He’ll come in swinging for the fences, but I’ll knock his ass out. Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions has stepped up to give fans what they want after 25 years of mixed martial arts. To be a partner in such a big promotion has always been my dream.”
“This event will be huge for sports fans around the world,” said Oscar De La Hoya, CEO and Chairman of Golden Boy Promotions. “Liddell and Ortiz are two of the most recognized fighters in mixed martial arts history. They are legends in the sport. Everyone remembers that their rivalry helped put the sport on the map, and we’re excited to host the next and final chapter of this historic rivalry.”
The undercard of this event will be fully stacked with competitive mixed martial arts bouts. Details will be announced shortly.
Liddell vs. Ortiz 3 is a three-round light heavyweight fight presented by Golden Boy Promotions. The fights will take place on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018 at the ‘Fabulous’ Forum in Inglewood, Calif. The fight will be presented live on Pay-Per-View beginning at 6:00 p.m. PT/9:00 p.m. ET.
Tickets for Liddell vs. Ortiz 3 go on sale Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 at 10:00 am PT. Tickets are priced at $30, $50, $100, $150, $300, $500 and Ringside VIP $1,000. (Limited Number Ringside VIP Available Access To The Forum Club Included) Prices do not include applicable facility fees and service charges, with a total ticket limit of 12 per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets will also be available for purchase at www.fabulousforum.com or www.ticketmaster.com, and also at the Forum Box Office.
For more information, visit www.goldenboypromotions.com. Follow on Twitter @GoldenBoyBoxing, @TitoOrtiz, and @ChuckLiddell. Become a fan on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxinghttps://www.facebook.com/titoortizhbbb and
https://www.facebook.com/ChuckLiddell/. Follow on Instagram @GoldenBoyBoxing and @OscarDeLaHoya. Follow the conversation using #LiddellOrtiz3.
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CANELO VS. GGG 2 GRAND ARRIVALS

Sep 14, 2018
CANELO VS. GGG 2 GRAND ARRIVALS QUOTES, PHOTOS AND VIDEOS
SATURDAY, SEPT. 15 AT T-MOBILE ARENA IN LAS VEGAS
PRESENTED LIVE BY HBO PAY-PER-VIEW
 Photos and Videos
Photo Credit: Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions 
Video Credit: Golden Boy Promotions
LAS VEGAS (Sept. 11, 2018) – Lineal Middleweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez(49-1-2, 34 KOs) and WBC/WBA/IBO Middleweight Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs) made their grand arrivals today at the MGM Grand Resort and Casino in Las Vegas ahead of their highly anticipated rematch on Sept. 15 at T-Mobile Arena,  produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at the special time of 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.
They were joined by breakout Mexican star Jaime Munguia (30-0, 25 KOs), who will make the second defense of his WBO Junior Middleweight World Title against rugged Canadian contender Brandon “Bad Boy” Cook (20-1, 13 KOs) in a 12-round battle.Former IBF Middleweight World Champion David Lemieux (39-4, 33 KOs) of Montreal, Canada and Irish warrior Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan (28-2, 20 KOs) of Cork, Ireland will go head-to-head in a 12-round middleweight battle that has Fight of the Year candidate written all over it.Former pound-for-pound king and former four-division world champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (46-2, 38 KOs) of Managua, Nicaragua will make his highly anticipated return against experienced Mexican warrior Moises “Moi” Fuentes (25-5-1, 14 KOs) in a 10-round super flyweight battle that will open the HBO Pay-Per-View telecast.
Below is what the fighters had to say at today’s grand arrivals:
CANELO ALVAREZ, LINEAL MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION:
“I’m bothered by all the stupid things they’ve been saying. I don’t know which one to laugh about or get angry about at this point. But their statements are all excuses for the loss they will take this Saturday. I have been using all of these statements as motivation for my fighton Saturday. I know that it can be dangerous to go in the ring with a hot head, but I have experience. I know how to use this anger in the ring intelligently. I’m happy for all the support the fans give me, and I will give them a great fight this Saturday.”
GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN, WBC/WBA/IBO MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION:
“Mexican Independence Day is a huge day for boxing and boxing fans. I am a professional.  I am not nervous but I am very excited to be able to defend my titles on a major Mexican national holiday for the third consecutive time.  My Mexican fans like true fighters and true heroes. This may be a rematch but it is a different story, a better story, a bigger story.  This fight is the biggest level for me, 100%.  I am healthy and strong.  I had my best training camp.  I have the fight I want against the fighter I want and on the biggest stage.  Why shouldn’t I be happy?  If Canelo gives me a chance and fights like he claims he will, I will knock him out.  It is time for the Big Drama Show.”
JAIME MUNGUIA, WBO JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION:
“I’m very happy for the support that I’m getting from the fans. I feel they are drawn to me because of my style of fighting and because they know I like to give a great show to the fans. Right now, it’s just about maintaining weight and preparing for the weigh-in. I know Cook is tough and difficult fighter, but you’re going to see a more relaxed and concentrated Jaime Munguia this Saturday.”
BRANDON “BAD BOY” COOK, JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHT CONTENDER:
“It’s a dream come true for me. Two fights had gotten cancelled. This is a huge opportunity for my team. I didn’t come here to get paid, I came here to fight. Munguia’s tough. I was running this morning, and I saw him running, so I know he’s preparing well. This is one of the toughest challenges of my life. I can’t thank Golden Boy enough. This is it, and I can’t wait.I know he’s ready, I’m ready. I’m going to be his toughest opponent to date.”
DAVID LEMIEUX, FORMER MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION
“I’m excited for Saturday night. I promise you some fireworks. I hope everyone enjoys the show. He has a big mouth. He likes to talk garbage on social media. He’s not the best kind of guy. I’m going to knock him out and make a lot of people happy. I’m at 100% right now. You’re going to see David Lemieux who is at his best this Saturday.”
GARY “SPIKE” O’SULLIVAN, MIDDLEWEIGHT CONTENDER
“It means a great deal for me. It took me eight years to get here. I’m more ready than I’ve ever been before. He’s going to be cooked. He’s very one dimensional. He does the same thing over and over again. He says the same stuff over and over again. I’m going to teach him a lesson on Saturday night. I’m a very hard worker, I’ve been a hard worker my whole life. I fight like a Mexican.Watch out David, you’re getting knocked out.”
ROMAN “CHOCOLATITO” GONZALEZ, FORMER FOUR-DIVISION WORLD CHAMPION
“I thank God for this opportunity. This is exactly what I have been praying for. I’m ready to make my comeback against this tough opponent. I will show the world I can still be a world champion.”
Canelo vs. GGG 2 is a 12-round fight for the middleweight championship of the world presented by Golden Boy Promotions and GGG Promotions. Munguia vs. Cook is a 12-round battle for the WBO Junior Middleweight World Title presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Zanfer Promotions. Lemieux vs. O’Sullivan is a 12-round a WBA World Title Eliminator presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Eye of The Tiger Management in association with Murphy’s Boxing. Gonzalez vs. Fuentes is a 10-round super flyweight fight presented by Golden Boy Promotions and GGG Promotions in association with Teiken Promotions and Zanfer Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” Hennessy, “Never Stop, Never Settle,” O’Reilly Auto Parts, Fred Loya Insurance, Interjet, Venom, and Fathom Events. The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 15 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at a special time of 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.
“24/7 Canelo/GGG 2” is streaming on HBO GO & HBO NOW. Canelo’s fifth “24/7” appearance and Golovkin’s third, “24/7 CANELO/GGG 2” is the latest installment of the acclaimed franchise that began in 2007.
Limited tickets for Canelo vs. GGG 2 are still available, and are priced at
$5,000, $2,500, $2,000, $1,500, $800, $700, and $500 not including applicable service charges and taxes. There will be a limit of eight (8) per person at the $5,000, $2,500, $2,000, $1,500, $800, $700 and $500 price levels. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849). Tickets are also available for purchase at www.t-mobilearena.com or www.axs.com.
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Terence Crawford Firma Un Nuevo Acuerdo Multianual con Top Rank

Sep 14, 2018

Terence Crawford Firma Un Nuevo Acuerdo Multianual con Top Rank

LAS VEGAS (6 de septiembre del 2018) –  Top Rank se enorgullece en anunciar que la superestrella libra por libra y el actual campeón mundial peso welter de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), Terence “Bud” Crawford, ha aceptado un nuevo acuerdo multianual con la compañía. Crawford, quien firmó originalmente con Top Rank en el 2011, ha capturado títulos mundiales en tres categorías de peso y ganó el premio al “Mejor Peleador” en los ESPYS del 2018.

Crawford (33-0, 24 KOs), el orgullo de Omaha, Nebraska, tiene marca de 11-0,8 KOs, en peleas de título mundial. Capturó su primer título mundial, la corona de peso ligero de la OMB, con una decisión unánime contra Ricky Burns el 1ro de marzo del 2014. Menos de cuatro meses después, consolidó su status de peleador élite de libra por libra con un nocaut técnico en el noveno asalto ante elcubano Yuriorkis Gamboa frente a casi 11,000 fanáticos en Omaha. Crawford hizo una defensa más de su título de peso ligero antes de subir a las 140 libras.

Crawford limpió la división de las 140 libras, obteniendo un récord de 7-0 en la categoría de peso y unificando los cuatro cinturones principales de título mundial con un nocaut en el tercer asalto contra Julius Indongo en agosto del año pasado. Sin nada más que lograr en las 140 libras, Crawford puso su mirada en la división de peso welter. En su debut en el peso welter, el 9 de junio en el MGM Grand Garden Arena de Las Vegas, Crawford derrotó al previamente invicto Jeff Horn con una victoria por nocaut en la novena ronda para capturar el título welter de la OMB.

Sin embargo, Crawford tiene asuntos pendientes en el peso welter. Armado con el respaldo de Top Rank y el nuevo acuerdo de siete años de la compañía con ESPN, él está listo, dispuesto y capaz a enfrentarse a otros campeones mundiales de la división.

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