SUGAR RAY LEONARD FOUNDATION’S 10 THANNUAL ‘BIG FIGHTERS, BIG CAUSE’

May 24, 2019

SUGAR RAY LEONARD FOUNDATION’S 10 THANNUAL ‘BIG FIGHTERS, BIG CAUSE’ CHARITY BOXING NIGHT PRESENTED BY B. RILEY FBR RAISES OVER $500,000 TO HELP TREAT TYPE 1 & 2 DIABETESACTION-PACKED EVENING FEATURED FOUR GOLDEN BOY FIGHTS, INCLUDING RAFAEL ‘EL ALIKIN’ GRAMAJO VS. RUDY GARCIA IN THE MAIN EVENTERIC TOZER HONORED WITH THE 2019 GOLDEN GLOVE AWARD

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LOS ANGELES, CA (May 23, 2019) – For the tenth year, B. Riley FBR, Inc. presented the annual “Big Fighters, Big Cause”Charity Boxing Night on Wednesday, May 22 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. Actor and comedian Bill Bellamy hosted the exclusive star-studded event which featured first-class entertainment, a National Anthem performance by Pia Toscano, four action-packed live fights presented by Golden Boy and a live and silent auction display featuring iconic memorabilia and one-of-a-kind items and experiences.  The event raised over $500,000. Proceeds benefit the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation’s mission to fund life-changing research, care and awareness for pediatric type 1 and 2 diabetes, and to help children live healthier lives through diet and exercise.  Among the other celebrity guests in attendance, the Foundation welcomed Sugar Ray Leonard and Bernadette Leonard, Michael Buffer, Tommy Chong, Curtis Conway, Cindy Crawford, Tommy Davidson, Rande Gerber, Johnny Gill, Taraji P. Henson, Sophia Hutchins, LL Cool J, Caitlyn Jenner, Magic Johnson, Tina Knowles, Dolph Lundgren, Judge Mathis, Sergio Mora, Eddie Murphy, Terry Norris, Rodney Peete, Smokey Robinson, Holly Robinson Peete, Mia St. John, Chris Spencer, Eric Tozer, and Usher.  The live fights presented by Golden Boy featured super bantamweight Rudy Garcia (10-0, 1 KO) of Los Angeles defeating Rafael “El Alikin” Gramajo (10-2-2, 2 KOs) of Garden City, Kansas in the main event. “It’s an honor to fight on a card hosted by Sugar Ray Leonard and Oscar De La Hoya,” said Rudy Garcia. “I look up to these legends. I learned from them by studying videos of them, so it’s an honor.” Also on the card was Chris Ousley (10-0, 8 KOs) of Chicago, who beat Derion Chapman (3-4-1, 2 KOs) of Los Angeles via six-round unanimous decision in a super middleweight fight. Ousley won with three scores of 60-54. Brandyn Lynch (10-1, 8 KOs) of Los Angeles stopped Donnis Reed (3-3, 2 KOs) of San Diego, Calif. in the second round of a scheduled four-round middleweight fight. The time of the stoppage was 1:25 of the aforementioned round. Los Angeles native Amir Easley (2-0, 1 KO) closed the night by scoring a four-round unanimous decision against Ryan Edwards (1-1) of Long Beach, Calif. in a four-round heavyweight fight. The evening also honored athlete and diabetes ambassador, Eric Tozer, with the 2019 Golden Glove Award. The award acknowledged Tozer making history in becoming the first person with type 1 diabetes (T1D) to complete the World Marathon Challenge, running seven marathons on seven continents in seven consecutive days. Tozer was diagnosed with T1D in 2006 at the age of 22. Soon after his diagnosis, Tozer completed his first half Ironman and hasn’t stopped since. He co-founded the non-profit organization, Diabetes Sports Project, comprised of 100-plus T1D athletes around the globe demonstrating how, through proper diet, exercise, a positive outlook and effective blood glucose management, dreams can be achieved.  The 10thAnnual “Big Fighters, Big Cause” Charity Boxing Night was presented by B. Riley FBR, Inc., during its 20thAnnual Institutional Investor Conference, a two-day premier investment and networking event which brings together public and private companies with institutional investors, high-net worth individuals, and corporate clients, as well as select members of the press. Conference attendees also joined the Charity Boxing Night which hosted approximately 1,500 guests.  About Sugar Ray Leonard FoundationThe Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation was established in 2009 by boxing legend and six-time world champion Sugar Ray Leonard and his wife, Bernadette. The Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation is committed to funding research and care for pediatric type 1 and 2 diabetes and creates awareness for both diseases. The Foundation also strives to help children live healthier lives through diet and exercise. Type 1 diabetes strikes both children and adults at any age. It comes on suddenly, causes dependence on injected or pumped insulin for life, and carries the constant threat of devastating complications. Type 2 diabetes in children is on the rise, fueled largely by the obesity epidemic. Leonard draws from his personal experience and boxing career to provide inspiration for funding research to combat the disease. For more information, visit www.sugarrayleonardfdn.org, like and follow on twitter at @SugarRayLeonard and Facebook at www.facebook.com/SugarRayLeonard6

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CALEB “SWEETHANDS” PLANT

May 24, 2019

MANNY PACQUIAO VS. KEITH THURMAN & CALEB PLANT VS. MIKE LEE LOS ANGELES PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES & PHOTOS Pacquiao vs. Thurman Headlines Saturday, July 20 in a Premier Boxing Champions on FOX Sports Pay-Per-View Event from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT Plant vs. Lee FOX PBC Fight Night Main Event Precedes Pay-Per-View Also from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas at7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PTC

Photos from Sean Michael Ham/Mayweather Promotions

LOS ANGELES (May 22, 2019) – Eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao and unbeaten welterweight world champion Keith Thurman, plus unbeaten super middleweight champion Caleb Plant and unbeaten Mike Lee,squared-off for the second day in a row Wednesday, this time at a Los Angeles press conference as they previewed their respective showdowns taking place Saturday July 20 presented by Premier Boxing Champions and FOX Sports from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Pacquiao and Thurman will battle in a welterweight world title attraction that headlines a PBC on FOX Sports Pay-Per-View event beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. Plant will make the first defense of his title against the unbeaten Lee in the main event of FOX PBC Fight Night and on FOX Deportes preceding the Pay-Per-View and beginning at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. Tickets for the event, which is promoted by MP Promotions, Mayweather Promotions and TGB Promotions, are on sale now 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. Plant vs. Lee is presented by TGB Promotions and Sweethands Promotions. Here is what the fighters had to say Wednesday from The Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles: MANNY PACQUIAO “It’s easy for my opponents to talk before the fight, and I’m used to everything they say. But when we get to the ring, it changes, and it will change on July 20. “I chose Keith Thurman because he’s a great fighter, he’s undefeated and because we can give a good fight to the fans. I want to make the fans happy on that night and show that I can still go toe-to-toe with any opponent. “He said he’s young, but we’ll see who looks young in the ring on July 20. I’m going to let my fists say everything for me. “We will work hard in training camp like always for this fight. We’re not going to take Keith Thurman lightly or underestimate him. He’s a world champion. I’m thankful for what he’s been saying, because it’s giving me motivation to prove that at 40-years-old, I feel 29. “Keith Thurman is aggressive and throws a lot of punches. I’m hoping on July 20 he will follow through with what he says and fight toe-to-toe with me. “The fans need to watch this fight because it’s a once in a lifetime fight. It’s going to be a Fight of the Year and full of action from start to finish. I’m ready to get it on July 20. “Most of my opponents are bigger than me and I beat them all. When we get into the ring, it doesn’t matter. This has happened before and it will happen again against Thurman. “My experience will be very important for this fight. It’s going to be useful against an undefeated fighter. I’m going to give him the experience of losing for the first time. “I’m still having fun and enjoying the sport. I’m excited to go straight to the gym after this and start focusing on training for the fight.” KEITH THURMAN “It’s a blessing to be on this stage and have a fight of this magnitude. I’m an all-American fighter, an all-American champion and come July 20, I’m going to stay champion. “Manny is a world class fighter. He’s a gentleman inside and outside of the ring. I look forward to trading punches with a living legend. But one thing’s for sure, he’s not walking away with my title. “All Manny does is hop around in the ring. I’m not going to lose to a bunny rabbit. He’s not Tupac, but he does a little hip hop and he’s not going to stop until he gets dropped. “Manny is a world class fighter, not a world class boxer. I’m going to trip him up in the ring and he won’t know what direction to turn to. I know who I am as a fighter, and it will be proven come July 20. “I’m destroying the legend of Manny Pacquiao. His legacy ends on July 20 and mine begins. He’s an inspiration to many people throughout the world and everyone respects him, but I’m respectfully going to finish him. “This is a big fight as far as the stage goes, but it’s a big fight against a little guy. He’s a veteran and I’ve dismantled veterans in the past. I believe I would have destroyed Manny Pacquiao five years ago. I’ve always been ready for this fight. He’s never fought someone like me with this kind of lateral movement, speed and power. I’m coming for him. “I was in the gym four weeks ago starting some preparations. I wanted to get the ball rolling and use the momentum from my last training camp for this opportunity. Who better to showcase my skills and talent against than Manny Pacquiao? He chose me because it will be a guaranteed action fight. “I think this is one of the best Manny Pacquiao fights in a long time. I’m going to bring it. Pacquiao did not get reminded in his last fight what it feels like to be up against a real champion. I’m the youngest, fastest, hungriest fighter that he’s ever been in the ring with. July 20, it’s the ‘Keith Thurman show’.” CALEB PLANT “I never consider myself the A-side because my history says that I shouldn’t even be here. As beautiful as the belt is, it’s about more to me than that. It’s about legacy for me. I’ve been carrying myself as a world champion since the day I started this journey, so this is nothing new to me. “I’m the whole package. I have speed, I have footwork, I have power, I have the heart and the will to win. Until you find someone else who’s all that, I’m going to keep having my hand raised. “Where I’m from, there’s confrontation every day. This is nothing new to me. There are times I was told that I wouldn’t make it. Nobody paved the way for me like I’m from New York or Los Angeles. I paved my own way. “Mike Lee is in uncharted territory. I’m curious on how he plans on beating me. Does he plan on roughing me up and trying to knock me out like my last opponent? Can he do that better than Jose Uzcategui? Is he going to try to outbox me with his hand and foot speed? Because there’s no person from 160 to 175 who could do that. “I’ve been committed to the same thing for the last 18 years straight. Rain, sleet or snow, I stayed committed. I’m bred for this. I was created for this. It’s the only thing I’ve done my whole life. On July 20, I’ll be keeping the thing that I’ve worked my whole entire life for. “At every decision that has to be made, you can go left or you can go right. From the genesis of my being, every time it was the moment to make a tough decision, I went the same way. Because I do not bend or fold for anything. No matter what’s tossed my way, this journey must go on for me. He said he has nothing to lose, but I have everything to lose. “All the motivational videos that he watches and books that he reads, I’m the very essence and meaning of that. I’m the pinnacle of all those things he’s studied. You can’t learn mental fortitude in a book. Those things are earned, they’re not learned.” MIKE LEE “This is a dream come true for me. I’ve been through so much and there were days where I thought my dream was over. I’ve chased this since I was eight-years-old and I’m thankful for this chance to go after a dream that others thought I couldn’t reach. “The beauty of this sport is that it’s only me and Caleb in there. Everyone else can only talk. I’ve been in the ring through adversity and stuck it out, because that’s the kind of person I am. I know that if I come on July 20 as the best Mike Lee possible, that I can win. “I’ve been in the gym working every day. Doctors told me at one point that I wouldn’t fight again, but I’m still standing right here. I pushed through my pain to get here. “I’m excited to be here in Los Angles, where we hold training camp. I’m bringing the belt back to Chicago, but Los Angeles is a second home to me. “Today is the culmination of years of sacrifice, hard work and discipline. I’m undefeated for a reason but I feel people underestimate me and I like that. I’ve been underestimated my whole career. I’ve thrived off people say I couldn’t do it. “I respect Caleb Plant. He’s the champion for a reason and I respect any fighter who can step into that ring. You have to be a different kind of animal to do that in front of all those people, and I am that animal. “I’m coming with power, strength, speed and I’m going to give it everything I have. I’m going to become the new IBF Super Middleweight World Champion.” RICHARD STURM, President of Las Vegas Live Entertainment & Sports “I’d like to welcome back Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman, two of the world’s best fighters, back to Las Vegas and MGM Grand. Manny returns to the ring at MGM Grand following his convincing win in January while Keith will fight in Las Vegas for the first time in four years, looking to remain undefeated. “We’re truly excited to be hosting this sensational event at MGM Grand and we look forward to seeing everybody in July.” BILL WANGER, Executive Vice President of Programming, Research & Content Strategy for FOX Sports “Manny Pacquiao vs. Keith Thurman is a living legend, versus a legend in the making. We’re excited to deliver an unprecedented night of boxing on July 20 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. “Manny is one of boxing’s biggest stars. Keith Thurman is an undefeated world champion and a huge ratings draw. We’re excited to bring viewers inside the ropes and up close to the action on fight night, and produce extensive behind the scenes preview programming that will air across the FOX networks. “FOX Sports is thrilled to have a battle on July 20 with such a compelling storyline to kick off a great night of championship boxing with the IBF champion Caleb Plant against the undefeated Mike Lee. “In January, Caleb Plant headlined the most-watched boxing event ever on FS1. Now he’s fighting on the FOX network for the first time as the main event. At FOX Sports, big events that capture America’s attention are in our DNA. This fight certainly fits that bill. “Our goal with the PBC deal is to build these fighters into household names, and we’re well on our way. We expect a great show on July 20 in Las Vegas.

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CALEB “SWEETHANDS” PLANT

May 22, 2019

MANNY PACQUIAO VS. KEITH THURMAN & CALEB PLANT VS. MIKE LEE NEW YORK PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES & PHOTOS Pacquiao vs. Thurman Saturday, July 20 in a Premier Boxing Champions on FOX Sports Pay-Per-View Event from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT Plant vs. Lee Headlines FOX PBC Fight Night Preceding Pay-Per-View & Also from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas at7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT 

Photos from Stephanie Trapp/TGB Promotions 

Photos from Darnell Ellerbe/Mayweather Promotions

NEW YORK 
(May 21, 2019) – Eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao and unbeaten welterweight world champion Keith Thurman, plus unbeaten super middleweight champion Caleb Plant and unbeaten Mike Lee went face-to-face Tuesday in New York at a press conference to preview their respective showdowns on Saturday July 20 and presented by Premier Boxing Champions and FOX Sports from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Pacquiao and Thurman will square-off in a welterweight world title attraction that headlines a PBC on FOX Sports Pay-Per-View event beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. Plant will make the first defense of his title against the unbeaten Lee in the main event of FOX PBC Fight Night and on FOX Deportes preceding the Pay-Per-View and beginning at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. Tickets for the event, which is promoted by MP Promotions, Mayweather Promotions and TGB Promotions, are on sale now 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. Plant vs. Lee is presented by TGB Promotions and Sweethands Promotions. Here is what the fighters had to say Tuesday from Gotham Hall in New York City: MANNY PACQUIAO “I’ve never been scared of a challenge. I’m so excited for this fight against an undefeated champion. He’s the kind of fighter that you can’t underestimate. His record and successe gives me more motivation to work hard. “I will make sure that I’m 100 percent and ready for this fight. We’ll find out what happens on July 20, but it’s going to be exciting. I like being the underdog for this fight because that gives me more focus in training. “I’ve been careless and over confident in some fights, but this time around it’s different. Keith Thurman is a good fighter and we’re going to make sure the fans are happy on July 20. “It’s a great honor for me to be fighting back in Las Vegas and on the FOX Sports pay-per-view. I’m going to take advantage of the opportunity. “I chose Keith Thurman because he’s undefeated and I want to prove that at age 40 I can still beat a great fighter like Keith. “My time is not yet over. My journey is continuing. I’m going to prove that and more on July 20 against Keith Thurman. “I’m the kind of fighter that I don’t talk too much. I do my talking in the ring. I can do a lot of things in that ring. He can prove his words in the ring. I’m going to be a warrior on July 20 and show Keith Thurman what it’s like to be in the ring with me. “I will work hard for this fight. I haven’t felt this motivated and excited since the Oscar De La Hoya fight. I feel like I’m back against the best fighters in the world. “Our focus in every fight is on the speed and footwork, because those are advantages for me. We’re going to work on avoiding Keith’s offense. “Fans should watch this fight because it’s a once in a lifetime showdown. We’re going to bring action and I’m confident I will be victorious.” KEITH THURMAN “We’re ready. This is a blessing to be here and a dream come true. I started boxing at the age of seven. I worked hard to be a champion and I’ve always wanted to fight the greatest names in the sport. “Pacquiao wants a challenge and I’m very grateful to be sharing a ring with a legend. If you understand boxing history, you know that times change. I believe boxing is in a new era. Come July 20, Pacquiao will disappear. He’ll always be remembered in the sport, but I’m doing to Manny Pacquiao, what he did to Oscar De La Hoya. “This is a big fight. I’ve waited 22 months to get back in the game. We had our ups and downs, but Keith Thurman is back on the rise. I’m going to make a big statement. “This training camp is going to start this Saturday. Once I get home, it’s grind time and on July 20, it’s going to be my time. “July 20 is 23 years in the making. I’ve dedicated myself to this beautiful sport of boxing for so long and my first trainer Ben Getty told me that I had what it takes to be a great champion. I’m truly looking forward to having another chance to show it. “We definitely had a stretch with a lack of activity. Not everyone knows who Keith Thurman is today. You could see that I wasn’t at my best in January. But on July 20, ‘One Time’ is back. I’m getting ready to have one of my best training camps for this fight. “I had the knockdown in my last fight that was a reminder of what ‘One Time’ is all about. We brushed the dust off and we’re taking that momentum into this fight. “I’m excited to be the guy who shows Manny Pacquiao where the exit is. He’s a legend who’s done great things. But I’ve never lost to a fighter who’s lost seven times. I have no intention of losing this fight and I don’t see him winning in any shape or form. “Speed, power and overall ring IQ will be the difference. I’m one of the smartest fighters in the sport. I always find a way to win. I know Pacquiao comes in shape, but he’s going to fall short of that finish line.” CALEB PLANT “I’ve been boxing my whole life. They say it takes 10,000 hours of work to become a true success at something. Come July 20, I’ll have been doing this for 18-years straight. No breaks and no Plan B. I’ve just been boxing, day in and day out. “Mike Lee may have a financial degree, but in boxing, I have a Ph.D. That’s something he doesn’t know anything about. I came from very rock bottom, where nobody makes it out. If he thinks I’m going to let him mess this up for me, he’s not half as educated as I thought he was. “I have everything to lose. Every night from now until July 20, I hope Lee and his team are envisioning the worlds ‘and still’. Because that’s all anyone is going to hear on fight night. “It’s exciting to be on this primetime card. Everyone who wants to take it to the top of the sport wants to be a main event at MGM Grand. At the same time, where we fight is not most important to me. We can fight in the parking lot, because it’s about legacy to me. “Anytime that someone steps into the ring and wins their first world title in fashion, it’s going to be a confidence booster. But I did tell everyone what was going to happen. There’s a season for everything and right now is mine. “He may come into the ring bigger and heavier than me, but boxing skills are what wins fights. Years of repetition with boxing teachers, are what wins fights. You’ll see all of that on July 20. “I don’t look at myself as the favorite in any fight. I’m the one who’s not supposed to be here. Put everyone through what I’ve been through, and see if they would make it here.” MIKE LEE “This has been a culmination of years of hard work and sacrifice. Most importantly, I’ve gotten somewhere no one thought I would get. I’m fine being the underdog. I have nothing to lose. “I’m coming out with everything I have. This is everything I’ve ever wanted. I respect Caleb Plant, but on July 20, I plan on making it my moment. “I’ve headlined cards in Chicago and at Notre Dame before so the bright lights are nothing new to me. I’m very excited and working hard. On July 20, I’m going to keep proving people wrong. “The whole reason I got into this sport is to do it on big stages. Everyone wants to prove it on the biggest stage possible and there’s no bigger stage than at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. It’s a dream come true and it’s the reason I’ve worked so hard. “Moving down in weight is an advantage. I’ve got a great team working with me to make the weight easily and rehydrate the right way. I’m going to be the bigger and stronger guy in the ring. “I’ve had people that never thought I’d get here and I love it. It takes a different kind of person to step into that ring in front of so many people. You have to be ready to go out there and risk it all. I fight who they put in front of me and keep winning. That’s what I plan to do on July 20.”

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ANDREW ‘EL CHANGO’ CANCIO VS. ALBERTO ‘EXPLOSIVO’ MACHADO II

May 21, 2019

MIGUEL COTTO, FUTURO MIEMBRO DEL SALÓN DE LA FAMA, SERÁ EL INVITADO ESPECIAL VIP PARA ANDREW ‘EL CHANGO’ CANCIO VS. ALBERTO ‘EXPLOSIVO’ MACHADO IIANGEL ‘TITO’ ACOSTA DEFENDARÁ SU TÍTULO MUNDIAL MINIMOSCA OMB ANTE ELWIN ‘LA PULGA’ SOTO EN EL EVENTO CO ESTELARVIERNES 21 DE JUNIO EN EL FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT CASINO Y TRANSMITIDO EN VIVO POR DAZN¡Los Boletos Están A La Venta!     

 INDIO, California 20 de mayo de 2019. – Miguel Cotto, el ex cuádruple campeón mundial divisional y futuro miembro del Salón de la Fama, será el invitado especial VIP para la función estelarizada por la esperada revancha a 12 asaltos entre Andrew “El Chango” Cancio (20-4-2, 15 nocáuts) y Alberto “Explosivo” Machado (21-1, 17 nocáuts) por el campeonato mundial superpluma AMB. El evento se efectuará el viernes 21 de junio de 2019 en el Fantasy Springs Resort Casino y será transmitido en vivo por DAZN.         Cotto es una leyenda viviente que fue el primer púgil puertorriqueño en capturar títulos mundiales en cuatro divisiones. Cotto ganó fajas en las competitivas divisiones superligero, welter, superwelter y mediano. El nativo de Caguas, Puerto Rico se ha enfrentado al quien es quien de campeones élite, incluyendo a DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley, Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi, Zab “Súper” Judah, Sugar Shane Mosley, Antonio “El Tornado de Tijuana” Margarito, Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga, Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez, y el actual monarca mundial mediano y supermediano Canelo Álvarez.         Cotto presenciará los combates y estará disponible para saludar a los aficionados, firmar autógrafos, y tomarse fotos en el Fantasy Springs Special Events Center. El evento especial de saludar y conocer con Cotto estará abierto al público con la compra de un boleto para el evento. Ángel “Tito” Acosta (19-1, 19 nocáuts) de San Juan, Puerto Rico realizará la cuarta defensa de su título mundial minimosca OMB en una pelea a 12 asaltos contra Elwin “La Pulga” Soto (13-1, 9 nocáuts). Acosta es un artista del nocaut quien ha obtenido todas sus victorias por la vía del cloroformo.  Genaro “El Conde” Gámez (9-0, 9 nocáuts) de San Diego, California retornará al Fantasy Springs Resort Casino luego de su impresionante victoria por nocaut en el primer giro sobre Daniel Evangelista. Ahora, Gámez está programadoa ocho asaltos en peso superligero. Blair “The Flair” Cobbs (10-0-1, 6 nocáuts) de Las Vegas, Nevada participará en un duelo a ocho asaltos en peso welter. Rommel “The Legacy” Caballero (5-0, 4 nocáuts), el favorito de la fanaticada local y oriundo de Coachella, California, peleará en un duelo a cuatro asaltos en peso superpluma. Aaron “Silencer” McKenna (7-0, 4 nocáuts) tendrá acción a seis asaltos en peso welter. Anthony Garnica (1-0, 1 nocaut) de Oakland, California retornará en una batalla a cuatro asaltos en peso supergallo ante Gilberto Durán (3-2, 3 nocáuts) de Yakima, Washington.         Emilio Rodríguez (3-1, 2 nocáuts) de Van Nuys, California participará en un duelo a cuatro asaltos en peso mediano ante Lucius Johnson (4-5-1, 3 nocáuts) de Compton, California.        Los oponentes para este respaldo se anunciarán en breve.        Cancio vs. Machado II es un duelo a 12 asaltos por el cinto mundial superpluma AMB presentado por Golden Boy y Miguel Cotto Promotions. El evento es patrocinado por Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” y Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle.” El evento se efectuará el viernes 21 de junio de 2019 en el Fantasy Springs Resort Casino y será transmitido en vivo por DAZN.         Los boletos para el evento están a la venta y tienen un precio de $35, $45 y $55 dólares, y se pueden adquirir en la taquilla de Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. Para comprarlos por teléfono llamar a 1 800-827-2946. Los boletos también están disponibles para su compra en www.FantasySprings.com.  

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“SUGA” RASHAD EVANS NAMED TO UFC® HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2019

May 20, 2019


Las Vegas ­– UFC® today announced that former UFC light heavyweight champion and winner of season two of The Ultimate Fighter®, Rashad Evans, will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame’s ‘Modern Wing’ as a member of the class of 2019. The 2019 UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Toyo Tires®, will take place on Friday, July 5, at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The event will be streamed live and exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS® starting at 7 p.m. PT. 

“Rashad and I have been close since season two of The Ultimate Fighter and we’ve had an amazing relationship,” UFC President Dana White said. “It has been fun to see him succeed and grow as a fighter, become a world champion and then a respected coach for up and coming fighters, and then to see him retire last year. I love to see him still involved with UFC. I couldn’t be prouder of Rashad than I am right now with him being inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.” 

Evans will enter the UFC Hall of Fame as a member of the Modern Wing, joining Forrest Griffin (2013), BJ Penn (2015), Urijah Faber (2017), Ronda Rousey (2018) and Michael Bisping (2019). The “Modern Era” category includes athletes who turned pro on or after November 17, 2000 (when the unified rules of mixed martial arts were adopted), are a minimum age of 35, or have been retired for one year or more.

A veteran of 33 professional fights during his 14-year career, Evans compiled a record of 24-8-1 (14-8-1, UFC), which included wins over UFC Hall of Famers Chuck Liddell, Forrest Griffin and Tito Ortiz, former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson, former UFC middleweight champion and 2019 UFC Hall of Fame inductee Michael Bisping, UFC® 17: REDEMPTION middleweight tournament champion, and former Strikeforce® light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson and former WEC® light heavyweight champion Jason Lambert.

Evans first made his mark as a heavyweight during the second season of The Ultimate Fighter. During the series, he defeated Tom Murphy, Mike Whitehead and Keith Jardine to advance to the finale against Brad Imes. Rashad defeated Imes via split decision in the co-main event of The Ultimate Fighter®: Team Hughes vs. Team Franklin Finale, to win the heavyweight tournament.

After winning TUF, Rashad moved to light heavyweight and proceeded to win six of his first seven fights at 205 pounds inside the Octagon®, capped off by a highlight reel knockout of UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell in the main event ofUFC® 88: BREAKTHROUGH. The win improved his record to 17-0-1 and earned him a title shot against UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin at UFC® 92: THE ULTIMATE 2008

As the main event of UFC® 92: THE ULTIMATE 2008, which took place on Saturday, December 27, 2008 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Evans and Griffin made history as the first TUF winners to face each other with a title on the line.

Evans and Griffin exchanged several series of punches and kicks during the first two rounds with Forrest applying the majority of the pressure, ending the second round with a jab that opened a cut above Rashad’s left eye at the horn. Griffin continued to apply pressure at the beginning of round three until Evans, down two rounds on the score card, caught one of Forrest’s kicks and took Griffin down for the first takedown of the night :30 seconds into the round. Rashad would capitalize on the takedown with a barrage of hammer fists until Forrest closed guard. Now mounted on top of Griffin, Evans evaded Forrest’s kimura submission attempt and continued landing punches and elbows until the fight was stopped with 2:14 remaining in the round.

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RUTHLESS’ ROMERO DUNO CAPTURES NABO LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE WITH VICTORY AGAINST JUAN ANTONIO ‘MOZO’ RODRIGUEZ

May 17, 2019

‘RUTHLESS’ ROMERO DUNO CAPTURES NABO LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE WITH VICTORY AGAINST JUAN ANTONIO ‘MOZO’ RODRIGUEZ
MANNY ‘CHATO’ ROBLES III RETAINS NABF FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE AGAINST RIGOBERTO HERMOSILLO IN CO-MAIN EVENT
THURSDAY, MAY 16 AT FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT CASINO

(ABOVE: Romero Duno captured the NABO Lightweight Title with a decision victory over Juan Antonio Rodriguez on  May 16 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino)

Photo Credit: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
INDIO, CALIF. (May 16, 2019)
: Filipino contender “Ruthless” Romero Duno (20-1, 15 KOs) of Cotabato, Philippines defeated Juan Antonio “Mozo” Rodriguez (30-8, 26 KOs) of Puebla, Mexico to capture the vacant NABO Lightweight Title via ninth-round technical split decision in the scheduled 10-round main event of the May 16 edition of the Golden Boy DAZN Thursday Night Fights at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California. Duno won with scores of 85-84 and 86-83, while one judge scored the fight 85-84 for Rodriguez. The fights were streamed live on RingTV.com and on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page. The series is also available on regional sports networks around the nation.
“I feel good. Thank you so much to everyone who came,” said Romero Duno. “I want to thank my opponent and his team. This was a great fight. I don’t know why, but when Mexicans and Filipinos fight, we always fight hard and strong. We fight tough. In my next fight, I would fight anyone. It all depends on my promoters.”
“The referee asked me if I could see,” said Juan Antonio Rodriguez. “I said that it was hard for me to see, so they stopped the fight. I didn’t have enough time to prepare, but that doesn’t effect what happened. The better man won tonight. After all the head-butts and low blows, I guess the better man won.”In the co-main event, Manny “Chato” Robles III (18-0, 8 KOs) of Los Angeles, Calif. defeated Rigoberto Hermosillo (11-1-1, 8 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico via majority decision in a 10-round slugfest for the NABF Featherweight Title. Robles won with scores of 97-92 and 96-93, while one judge scored it 95-94 for Hermosillo.
“Rigoberto Hermosillo was a tough opponent,” said Manny Robles III. “I take my hat off to him. But I felt I got the victory. I landed harder shots, and I landed more throughout the fight. I was smarter in there than he was.”
Genaro “El Conde” Gamez (9-0, 6 KOs) of San Diego, Calif. beat Daniel Evangelista (20-10-2, 16 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico in the first round of an eight-round super lightweight fight. Gamez won via knockout with time 2:43 of the aforementioned round.
“I feel happy, said Genaro Gamez. “I feel excited. I got the knockout. We don’t usually go for it but we got it. Of course I can still make 135 if there’s a championship fight. There were personal things in the past, and that’s why I was inactivate. But that’s behind me, and I’m coming back stronger.”
Carlos “The Solution” Morales (18-4-3, 7 KOs) of Los Angeles, Calif. defeated Pedro Navarrete (30-24-3, 19 KOs) of San Diego, Calif. via knockout in a scheduled eight-round lightweight bout. Morales stopped Navarrete at 2:02 of the fifth round.
Sean “Sugar Rush” Garcia (4-0, 2 KOs) of Victorville, Calif. scored a second-round technical knockout victory against Martin Cardona (26-20, 18 KOs) of Tucson, Arizona in a scheduled four-round featherweight battle. The fight was stopped at the end of the aforementioned round after Cardona refused to leave his stool to continue.
“This is great. I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time,” said Sean Garcia. “I’m ready for a promoter to take my career to the next level.”
Dihul Olguin (14-12-3 9 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico beat Tenochtitlan “T-Dog” Nava (7-2, 1 KOs) of Los Angeles, Calif. via majority decision in a six-round super featherweight fight. Olguin won with scores of 56-58 and 55-59, while one judge scored it a 57-57 draw.
“I’m proud for having scored a victory,” said Dihul Olguin. “I won this fight with a broken hand. I’m proud that I could get the win with just one hand.”
Kevin Anton (1-0, 1 KOs) of Palmdale, Calif. defeated Lashawn Alcocks (1-6) of Queens, New York via knockout in the second round of a welterweight fight originally scheduled for four rounds. Anton won with a time of :53 seconds of the aforementioned round.
“It feels amazing to make my pro debut,” said Kevin Anton. “It’s been a long time coming. We’re finally here, and we’re going to make some noise.”
Duno vs Rodriguez was a 10-round lightweight fight for the vacant NABO Lightweight Title presented by Golden Boy in association with Sanman Boxing and Don Chargin & Paco Presents. The event was sponsored by Tecate “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING.”The fights took place on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. 

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Richard Commey to Defend Lightweight World Title Against Former Champion Ray Beltran on ESPN

May 17, 2019

June 28: Richard Commey to Defend Lightweight World Title Against Former Champion Ray Beltran

Live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes from Pechanga Resort Casino
Carlos Adames-Patrick Day 154-pound clash to serve as co-feature
TICKETS ON SALE NOW 

Something has to give. IBF lightweight world champion Richard Commey is one of the division’s biggest punchers. For his first title defense, he’ll face a rugged ex-champion who hasn’t been knocked out in more than a decade.

Commey will defend his belt against former WBO lightweight world champion Ray Beltran in the Top Rank on ESPN main event Friday, June 28 at Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula, California. In the 10-round co-feature, undefeated Dominican puncher Carlos “Caballo Bronco” Adames will defend his NABO and NABF 154-pound belts against Patrick Day.

Commey-Beltran and Adames-Day will be televised live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. The undercard will stream live on ESPN+, the leading multi-sport streaming service, beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with DiBella Entertainment, tickets for this world championship event priced at $149, $129, $79, $59, and $29 are on sale now and can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or in person at the Pechanga Resort Casino box office.

“I’m honored to be headlining an ESPN show as a world champion and to be fighting former world champion Ray Beltran, whom I have the utmost respect for,” Commey said. “This is an opportunity for me to show the American public that I’m here to become the undisputed lightweight champion of the world. The path is set, and come June 28, I’ll be ready to rock ‘n’ roll.”

“I’m excited about this fight with Richard Commey. I’ve been the WBO champion, and I intend to be the IBF champion on June 28,” Beltran said. “I expect a tough fight, but that’s the kind of fight I like. We are both very experienced, so it will come down to who is willing to lay his heart on the line that night. After losing my title to Jose Pedraza, I think some people thought I was done, but I always come back and prove that I belong. I’m excited to announce that Freddie Roach is back in my corner after all these years. When I was working with Manny Pacquiao, I saw what Freddie can do, both in camp and in the corner. I’m grateful to Top Rank and ESPN for having me back. The only thing I want for my birthday (July 23) is the IBF world title.”

“Richard Commey, the pride of Ghana, is a physically imposing, hard-punching lightweight champion,” said Lou DiBella, Commey’s promoter. “We’re thrilled that his first defense will be a high-profile fight against tenacious former world champion Ray Beltran. Richard wants to be a unified champion and a star. On June 28, he has an opportunity to raise his profile worldwide.”

Commey (28-2, 25 KOs) blew away Isa Chaniev via second-round TKO Feb. 2 in Frisco, Texas, to win the vacant IBF world title. He had previously challenged Robert Easter Jr. for that belt, dropping a razor-thin split decision in September 2016. His only other loss came via split decision less than three months later to Denis Shafikov in Shafikov’s home country of Russia. Since then, he has won four in a row and is fully recovered from a right knuckle injury suffered during the Chaniev fight. A proud native of Accra, Ghana, Commey hails from the same neighborhood that produced former world champions Ike Quartey, Joshua Clottey, David Kotey, Alfred Kotey, Joseph Agbeko and the legendary Azumah Nelson.

Beltran (36-8-1, 22 KOs), the former sparring partner to the stars, realized his world championship dreams in February 2018, besting Paulus Moses by unanimous decision to win the WBO lightweight world title. His title reign was short-lived, as he was defeated by Jose Pedraza via unanimous decision last August. Beltran rebounded from that setback, returning in February to knock out then-unbeaten 140-pound contender Hiroki Okada in the ninth round.

Adames (17-0, 14 KOs) has won three straight bouts by knockout since electing to campaign at 154 pounds. A former amateur star from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Adames grew up with 35 siblings and turned to the sport at the age of 12 after an older brother took him to a gym. In his last bout, April 20 on the Terence Crawford-Amir Khan undercard, he blew away perennial contender Frank Galarza in four rounds. Day (17-2-1, 6 KOs), from Freeport, New York, has won six in a row, including two wins against previously unbeaten fighters. He made a statement Feb. 2 in Frisco, Texas, outboxing Ismail Iliev (11-0-1 at the time) over 10 rounds.

“This fight represents a big step in the right direction for me and my career,” Adames said. “I am thrilled with this opportunity, and as I have always promised to my people of the Dominican Republic, I will be the next world champion from the island and the new face of Dominican boxing.”

“Time to show the world who Pat Day is,” Day said. “These are the fights I dreamed of on my way to top 10 contention. Now that I am here, I intend to advance to a world title. I respect what Carlos brings to the table, but he has never fought a guy like me. I am focused on winning and looking good doing it.”

The action-packed ESPN+ stream will include the following bouts:

  • Saul “Neno” Rodriguez (23-0-1, 17 KOs) will take on Miguel Angel “Miguelito” Gonzalez (24-4, 21 KOs) in a super featherweight bout scheduled for 10 rounds. Rodriguez has notched a pair of knockout wins since returning from a nearly two-year layoff.
  • Middleweight prospect Tyler Howard (17-0, 11 KOs) will face the upset-minded Manny “Shake Em’ Up Woods (16-8-1, 6 KOs) in an eight-rounder.
  • Ruben Rodriguez (6-0, 2 KOs), a 22-year-old super lightweight prospect from Indio, California, will fight Vicente Morales (2-2-2, 1 KO) in a six-rounder.
  • Raymond Muratalla (7-0, 5 KOs) will look to extend his knockout streak to three against Javier Martinez (4-6, 3 KOs) in a lightweight fight scheduled for six rounds. 
  • Super featherweight sensation Christopher “The Boy” Zavala (4-0, 2 KOs) will fight Prisco Marquez (4-0-1, 1 KO) in a four-rounder.
  • Middleweight prospect David “Lion of Zion” Kaminsky (4-0, 2 KOs), an 18-year-old from Israel, will face veteran Osbaldo Gonzalez (6-4, 4 KOs) in a four-rounder.
  • 2016 Australian Olympian Daniel Lewis (1-0, 1 KO) will see action in a six-round middleweight contest in his Top Rank debut.
  • Super lightweight prospect Elvis Rodriguez (2-0, 2 KOs) will face an opponent to be named in a four-rounder.

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Rio Revenge? Michael Conlan to face Olympic Nemesis Vladimir Nikitin August 3 in Belfast

May 14, 2019

Rio Revenge? Michael Conlan to face Olympic Nemesis Vladimir Nikitin August 3 in Belfast

Conlan-Nikitin to stream LIVE in the United States on ESPN+ 

Michael “Mick” Conlan’s amateur career ended in controversy and a pair of middle fingers. At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Conlan appeared to have bested Russian standout Vladimir Nikitin in the 56-kilogram quarterfinals. The judges disagreed, and Conlan responded with a memorable double middle-finger salute.

Almost three years to the day since Conlan flashed those digits, the Olympic rivals will run it back in the paid ranks, this time on Irish soil.

Conlan will face Nikitin in a 10-round featherweight bout Saturday, Aug. 3 in a massive outdoor fight at Falls Park in his home city of Belfast. Conlan-Nikitin will take place as part of the annual Féile an Phobail, Europe’s largest community festival.

Conlan-Nikitin will stream live in the United States beginning at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT on ESPN+, the leading multi-sport streaming service, on a special international edition of Top Rank on ESPN.

“This is the opportunity for Mick Conlan to right what most observers felt was an injustice,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “That being said, Nikitin is a real aggressive fighter, and he believes that a victory over Conlan in August would cement the one he was given in the Rio Olympics.”

“I am delighted that I will be fighting Vladimir Nikitin in front of 10,000 fans,” Conlan said. “This is literally home turf for me and it is absolutely huge. I am West Belfast and Falls Road born and bred so this means everything to me. Vladimir Nikitin and I have unfinished business from the 2016 Olympics, and I can’t wait to set the record straight.”

“When I turned professional last year, the man I wanted to fight most was Michael Conlan,” Nikitin said. “Michael has said a lot of things since the Olympics about how he was robbed of a medal. Well, I am coming to his hometown during their biggest festival to show everyone my Olympic victory was not a fluke. This is going to be repeat, not revenge. Conlan will regret pushing for this fight. I beat him twice in the amateurs and will do the same as a pro. It will feel even sweeter to beat him in his hometown. Belfast, here I come!”

“The fight with Vladimir Nikitin has been talked about for a long time now, and MTK Global and Top Rank have worked extremely hard along with Féile an Phobail to make it happen,” said Jamie Conlan, Professional Development Manager, MTK Global. “Michael Conlan is coming home for one of the biggest fight nights Belfast will have ever seen.”

Conlan (11-0, 6 KOs) entered the pro ranks as one of Ireland’s most beloved sporting figures, having earned an Olympic bronze medal in 2012 and gold medals at both the European and World Championships in 2015. He was favored to win Olympic gold in 2016, but Nikitin and the judges thwarted those plans. “The Conlan Revolution” turned pro in front of a sold-out Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden crowd on St. Patrick’s Day in 2017. He won the vacant WBO Intercontinental featherweight belt last December in Manchester, England, besting Jason Cunningham via unanimous decision. In his last bout, in front of a raucous St. Patrick’s Day crowd at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, Conlan defeated Ruben Garcia Hernandez over 10 rounds.

Nikitin (3-0, 0 KOs) did not turn pro immediately following the 2016 Olympics, electing to fight as an amateur throughout 2017. He signed a professional contract in 2018 with Top Rank, in large part because he wanted to face Conlan as a pro. Nikitin’s come-forward style has translated to the pro ranks, as he’s won a trio of clear-cut unanimous decisions. He has fought on the same card as Conlan twice as a professional. The message was clear: Conlan and Nikitin were destined to meet again.

It will finally happen, in front of more than 10,000 of Conlan’s rowdiest supporters. Will it be Rio Revenge or another shining moment for Nikitin?

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Billy Joe Saunders and Ryan Burnett to Headline ESPN+ Cards This Weekend

May 14, 2019

Billy Joe Saunders and Ryan Burnett Headline Champions Weekend Cards Exclusively on ESPN+

Burnettt-Jelbirt Gomera to serve as main event for Friday’s stacked card beginning at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT

Saunders to battle Shefat Isufi for vacant WBO super middleweight title Saturday with live stream starting at 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT

Champions Weekend is coming to ESPN+, as two of the United Kingdom’s most dynamic fighters — former WBO middleweight world champion Billy Joe Saunders and former unified bantamweight world champion Ryan Burnett — are set to headline separate shows.

Burnett will battle Jelbirt Gomera for the vacant WBC International super bantamweight title Friday at Ulster Hall in his hometown of Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Burnett-Gomera live stream will begin at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT exclusively on ESPN+ and will also feature a compelling vacant IBF European junior lightweight title fight between Declan Geraghty and Marco McCullough. Geraghty and McCullough were roommates in the Irish amateur ranks and will renew acquaintances with a world ranking on the line.

Saunders will take center stage Saturday, as he battles Shefat Isufi for the vacant WBO super middleweight title from Lamex Stadium in Stevenage, England. The Saunders-Isufi live stream will start at 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT on ESPN+ and will also include the highly anticipated heavyweight showdown between 2016 Olympic super heavyweight silver medalist Joe Joyce (8-0, 8 KOs) and former world title challenger Alexander Ustinov (34-3, 25 KOs).

ESPN+ is the leading direct-to-consumer sports streaming service. Fans can sign up for ESPN+ for just $4.99 a month (or $49.99 per year) at www.espnplus.com.

Saunders (27-0, 13 KOs) made three successful defenses of the title he won from Andy Lee on Dec. 19, 2015, punctuating his middleweight title run with a dominant decision over David Lemieux in December 2017. A 2008 Olympian, Saunders captured British, Commonwealth and European middleweight titles, defeating the likes of Chris Eubank Jr., John Ryder and Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan. Isufi (27-3-2, 20 KOs) has won 10 consecutive fights, most recently defending his WBO Intercontinental super middleweight belt with a unanimous decision over Mohamed El Achi in his adopted hometown of Munich, Germany.

Burnett (19-1, 9 KOs) recently signed a long-term promotional contract with Top Rank and will be competing at super bantamweight after a sterling run at bantamweight. He defeated Lee Haskins via unanimous decision in June 2017 to win the IBF world title, and four months later, he bested Zhanat Zhakiyanov to unify the IBF and WBA super world titles. Burnett suffered his first pro defeat last November when he tore his oblique while throwing a punch versus Nonito Donaire and was forced to retire on his stool following the fourth round.

Gomera (14-5, 7 KOs) is a Filipino southpaw who will be fighting for the first time outside of Asia. He is a former Filipino super bantamweight and featherweight champion and is coming off an eight-round unanimous decision win over Lloyd Jardeliza.

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¡Se Repite la Historia! Berchelt detiene a Vargas

May 12, 2019

Se Repite la Historia: Berchelt detiene a Vargas en una revancha llena de acción

Navarrete derrota a Dogboe en el último asalto y retiene su título junior gallo de la OMB

(Credito de Fotos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank)
TUCSON, Ariz. (11 de mayo del 2019) — Fue puro salvajismo en el desierto. El monarca mexicano Miguel ‘El Alacrán’ Berchelt defendió su título mundial súperpluma del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB) ante Francisco ‘El Bandido’ Vargas luego de que Vargas se retirara en su banquillo luego de la sexta ronda ante a 4,424 fanáticos en la Tucson Arena.

Fue la quinta defensa exitosa del título para Berchelt (36-1, 32 KOs), quien derrotó a Vargas (25-2-2, 18 KOs) por nocaut en el octavo asalto en enero del 2017 para ganar el cinturón.

“Hice lo que dije que iba a hacer en el ring. Y lo que es más importante, quiero agradecer a Francisco Vargas. Es un verdadero guerrero mexicano, y más que nada, quiero decir que él me dio mi primera oportunidad de un título mundial. Entonces, era justo que le diera una oportunidad de recuperar su título mundial. Pero su esquina hizo lo correcto al salvarlo de mayor castigo.”

“Quiero demostrar que soy el mejor 130 libras del mundo. En dos semanas, estará Herring enfrentándose a Ito por el título de la OMB. Quiero el ganador de esa pelea porque no quiero dejar ninguna duda sobre quién es el mejor peso súperpluma del mundo.”

Por su parte, Vargas dijo: “voy a hablar con mi equipo y veremos qué pasa en el futuro.”
NAVARRETE NOQUEA A DOGBOE

‘El Vaquero’ lo hizo de nuevo. El mexicano Emanuel Navarrete, campeón mundial de peso junior gallo de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), defendió su título contra el mismo hombre al cual venció cinco meses atrás, Isaac “Royal Storm” Dogboe, al conseguir un nocaut técnico en el último asalto. Navarrete ganó una decisión unánime ante Dogboe (20-2, 14 KOs) en la primera pelea el 8 de diciembre en el Hulu Theater en el Madison Square Garden, y la revancha fue lo mismo.

En el momento del nocaut, dos de los jueces tenían a Navarrete con ventaja 109-99, con el tercer juez anotando 109-98.

Navarrete (27-1, 23 KOs) anotó caídas en el sexto y último asalto. Después de la caída en el último asalto, el padre y entrenador de Dogboe, Paul Dogboe, tiró la toalla.

“Realmente me sorprendió que aguntara tantos golpes fuertes, y que al mismo tiempo, continuara lanzando golpes fuertes también,” dijo Navarrete. “Quiero agradecer a Dogboe porque me dio la oportunidad de convertirme en un campeón del mundo, y ahora en esta segunda pelea, me dio la oportunidad de demostrar que mi primer triunfo no fue por accidente y que hay una razón por la que tengo el título. Y a todos los peleadores de las 122 libras, les digo que si quieren mi título, pueden venir e intentar quitarmelo. ¡El Vaquero está aquí!”

“La pelea no ha terminado hasta la campana final. Me quito el sombrero ante Navarrete. Hizo un gran trabajo,” dijo Dogboe. “Hacer el peso súpergallo se está volviendo demasiado difícil. Para mi próxima pelea subiré a peso pluma. Estaré mucho más cómodo en ese peso.”

Las estadísticas de CompuBox finalmente contaron la historia de la pelea. Navarrete conectó 314 golpes, 215 de los cuales fueron golpes de poder. Mientras tanto, Dogboe conectó solo 121 de 523 golpes.

OTROS RESULTADOS DEL CARTEL:

• El nativo de Phoenix, Carlos Castro (23-0, 9 KOs) defendió su cinturón súpergallo Continental Américas del CMB al superar a Mario Díaz (18-3, 7 KOs) por puntuaciones de 100-89 (x2) y 98-91. Castro derribó a Díaz en el segundo asalto y lo mantuvo a raya con su alcance.

• El ex retador de título mundial, el colombiano Miguel ‘El Alacrán’ Marriaga (28-3, 24 KOs) mantuvo con vida sus esperanzas de una oportunidad de título mundial, derrotando a su compatriota Ruben Cervera (10-2, 9 KOs) luego de concluir el tercer asalto.  

Marriaga anotó un par de caídas en la segunda ronda, mientras que Cervera anotó una caída rápida en el tercer capítulo. El ataque al cuerpo de Marriaga fue demasiado, y Cervera eligió retirarse en su banquillo.

• Mykal “The Professor” Fox (20-1, 5 KOs) venció al medallista de oro olímpico en el 2016, Fazliddin “Fayzi” Gaibnazarov (7-1, 4 KOs) en un combate súperligero de 10 asaltos, ganando por 96-92 (x2) y 95-93. Fox tenía una ventaja de altura de casi nueve pulgadas y usó su jab zurdo y sus largos brazos para su ventaja.

• El prospecto súperligero Miguel Parra (17-1-1, 12 KOs) hizo un trabajo corto de David Morales (13-11,13 KOs), ya que Morales no pudo continuar después de la primera ronda. Parra ha ganado ocho peleas seguidas.

• Manny Guajardo (5-0, 0 KOs), nativo de Tucson, mantuvo vivo su récord invicto, superando a Jonathan Espino (2-4, 3 KOs) por decisión mayoritaria de cuatro asaltos (40-36, 39-37 y 38-38) en una pelea de peso medio.

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