Prograis vs. Velasco / López vs. Silva – Fight Night

Jul 16, 2018
Prograis vs. Velasco / López vs. Silva – Fight Night
• Regis Prograis defended the WBC super lightweight diamond belt with a TKO over Juan Jose Velasco• Teofimo Lopez stopped William Silva to win the WBC Continental Americas lightweight title

(Photo Credit: Mikey Williams / Top Rank)
NEW ORLEANS (July 14, 2018) — Consider the homecoming a success. Regis “Rougarou” Prograis put on a show for his hometown New Orleans fans, defending the WBC super lightweight diamond belt with an eighth-round TKO over Juan Jose Velasco in front of 3,615 fans at the UNO Lakefront Arena.Prograis, who was born and raised in New Orleans and moved following Hurricane Katrina, knocked Velasco down with a body shot in the fifth round and kept applying the pressure. It was all over in the eighth round when Velasco’s corner threw in the towel. The homecoming was complete, and it was a success.

“I couldn’t lose here in New Orleans,” Prograis said. “I told my father, if I lost, I couldn’t come back. I had to go out there and fight. I knew I had a hard fight. There was a lot of excitement, but I had to hide that excitement. I had a job to do.”

In the co-main event, Teofimo Lopez promised that it was time for “The Takeover.” And he delivered. Lopez knocked out William Silva in the sixth round to win the vacant WBC Continental Americas lightweight title, punctuating the victory with a home run trot and a backflip. Lopez (10-0, 8 KOs) dropped Silva (25-2, 14 KOs) three times, a veteran who had never been knocked out. Following the third knockdown, punctuated by a furious barrage, referee Bruce McDaniel immediately stopped the bout.

“My statement was I am not here to play games. Everything I say, I do. I talk the talk and I walk the walk,” said Lopez. “The ring celebration, I was talking to my father, and we said, ‘Let’s do celebrations like in football. Terrell Owens, he did the popcorn and things like that. Those are the things I want to bring to the boxing world, but I can’t bring popcorn out of the stands. It was a home run. Now it’s time to collect. It’s the beginning of ‘The Takeover.'”

Super featherweight contender Erick De Leon survived a first-round knockdown and dominated the rest of the way, toppling Adrian Young via unanimous decision by scores of 97-92, 97-92, and 98-91. It was a bounce-back performance for De Leon (18-0-1, 10 KOs), who was held to a draw against Andy Vences in his previous bout back on March 10.

“I felt great during the fight. He caught me a little bit cold with a good shot in the first round. He came to fight. I basically fought the whole fight with one arm. I dislocated my right shoulder in the first round, but we made it work and got a good win against a tough opponent,” said De Leon.

Jean Carlos “Chapito” Rivera (14-0, 9 KOs) wasted little time in knocking out late replacement Angel Luna (12-5-1, 7 KOs), dropping the Dominican-born fighter with a right-left combination that forced the referee to stop the bout at 1:22 of the first round. Rivera, a Puerto Rican based out of Orlando, Florida, extended his knockout streak to three.

“The fight went way easier than I expected. I was prepared to fight 10 hard rounds, if necessary. I’ve been training very hard and now I want to take on bigger challenges. I want to face world-ranked fighters. I’m ready to step up my competition,” said Rivera.

Fazliddin Gaibnazarov, a 2016 Olympic gold medalist from Uzbekistan, survived the toughest test of his pro career, scoring an eight-round unanimous decision over fellow unbeaten Kevin Johnson (78-74 3X).  Gaibnazarov (5-0, 2 KOs) used his southpaw stance to keep Johnson (5-1, 4 KOs) at bay, but Johnson found a home for his straight right hands throughout the fight.

“He was a very tough, young fighter. He saw very good what I was trying to do. I hit him very hard in the liver and to the head, but he took all of my punches very well,” said Gaibnazarov.

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JOET GONZALEZ CAPTURES NABO FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE VIA SPLIT DECISION WIN AGAINST RAFAEL ‘BIG BANG’ RIVERA

Jul 16, 2018
JOET GONZALEZ CAPTURES NABO FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE VIA SPLIT DECISION WIN AGAINST RAFAEL ‘BIG BANG’ RIVERA IN MAIN EVENT OF GOLDEN BOY BOXING ON ESPN AT THE NOVO AT L.A. LIVE
 
SENIESA ‘SUPER BAD’ ESTRADA SHINES WITH STOPPAGE  
VICTORY IN ACTION-PACKED CO-MAIN EVENT
(ABOVE: Joet Gonzalez defeated Rafael Rivera to capture the NABO Featherweight Title in the main
 event of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN at the Novo at L.A. Live on July 13)
 
Photo Credit: Tom HoganHoganphoto/Golden Boy Promotions
LOS ANGELES (July 13, 2018): Rising featherweight contender Joet Gonzalez (20-0, 11 KOs) of Glendora, Calif. captured the vacant NABO 126-pound title via split decision victory against Rafael ‘Big Bang’ Rivera (25-2-2, 16 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico in the 10-round main event of the July 13 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN at The Novo by Microsoft at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. In what was a close and competitive fight, Gonzalez won with scores of 96-94 and 97-93, while one judge had the fight 96-94 for Rivera.
“I felt like I dominated the majority of the fight, at least seven of the rounds,” said Joet Gonzalez.“This was definitely my toughest fight going all the 10 rounds. I’m satisfied with my performance, and I’m happy to have this new belt. I’ll fight anyone at 126 for a world title – that’s what I want! I feel great and it was a pretty exciting fight!”
I felt I won the fight,” said Rafael Rivera. “He never hurt me, but this is boxing. I came from Tijuana, so I knew this would happen. This is what happens when you go into someone’s back yard. Utilizing my distance and landing counter punching were important keys in this fight. I’m happy with performance and my preparation, but like I said I feel I won this fight.”
Seniesa “Super Bad” Estrada (14-0, 4 KOs) of East Los Angeles, Calif. shined with a third-round technical knockout victory against Jhosep Vizcaino (6-7, 3 KOs) of Quito, Ecuador in the scheduled eight-round co-main event in the flyweight division. Estrada dominated Vizcaino with superior speed and skill, forcing the fight to end at :20 of the third-round.
“I had a great camp. I worked on sharpening and shortening up my punches,” said Seniesa Estrada.“As you can see, the hard work in camp paid off. I’m getting more comfortable in the ring because I’m now with a promoter. Golden Boy Promotions is keeping me busy, so I’m fighting more consistently. Having me stay busy is the most dangerous thing for my opponents.
Maricela “La Diva” Cornejo (12-2, 4 KOs) scored a third-round technical knockout victory against Samantha Pill (3-1) of Fairmont, West Virginia. Cornejo, under the tutelage of Antonio Diaz, demonstrated improved skills as she pushed forward and landed hard left and right hands before stopping Pill at :41 of the third round.
“I feel good. I’m very happy with the camp we had with my head trainer Antonio Diaz,” said Maricela Cornejo.“In this fight, I just had to adjust to her being six feet tall. Fighting Pill just showed only a little of what I’m capable of. I can’t wait to fight an even better opponent to show all of my capabilities.”
Richard “Kansas Kid” Acevedo (3-0, 3 KOs) of Garden City, Kansas scored a third-round technical knockout victory against Quantavious Green (1-3-1, 1 KO) of Shreveport, Lousina. Acevedo was too big and too strong for the shorter Green. Acevedo landed Several unanswered combinations, which forced the referee to stop the fight at :40 of the aforementioned round.
“I saw that there are things I need to work on,” said Richard Acevedo. “But I’m happy I got the rounds in. I’ll be back in the gym Monday to keep getting better and better, so I can come back and show my improvements.”
Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez (19-2, 15 KOs) of Buena Park, Calif. scored an eight-round unanimous decision win against German Meraz (58-48-2, 38 KOs) of Agua Prieta, Mexico in a lightweight bout. Gonzalez won with three scores of 80-71.
“It’s hard to stop a guy who comes to survive,” said Christian Gonzalez. “But overall I’m happy with my performance and with the new things I am learning in camp.”
Gonzalez vs. Rivera was a 10-round fight for the vacant NABO Featherweight Title presented by Golden Boy Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate,“THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” and Hennessy,“Never Stop, Never Settle.” The fights took place on Friday, July 13, 2018 at The Novo by Microsoft at L.A. LIVE.
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The Ultimate Fighter: Heavy Hitters Cast Reveal

Jul 16, 2018

UFC MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION ROBERT WHITTAKER AND NO. 4 CONTENDER KELVIN GASTELUM TO COACH ‘THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: HEAVY HITTERS’

 

PREMIERES AUGUST 29th ON FS1

 

Las Vegas – The highly anticipated 28th season of The Ultimate Fighter® will see UFC® middleweight champion Robert Whittaker coach opposite No. 4 ranked contender Kelvin Gastelum. Following the series, which debuts Wednesday, August 29 on FS1, the two will clash for the middleweight title at a date that will be determined in the near future.

 

The Ultimate Fighter: Heavy Hitters will also feature a dynamic cast of men’s heavyweights and women’s featherweights. Each tournament winner will receive a six-figure UFC contract. Following the series, the live finale will take place on Friday, November 30 at The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV.

 

Whittaker (21-4) won The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes as a welterweight and has gone on to become one of the most successful TUF winners in the UFC. He is the reigning UFC middleweight champion and has claimed five post-fight bonus awards in his last four fights.

 

Gastelum (16-3, 1 NC) also won The Ultimate Fighter, claiming the middleweight trophy during the 17th season of the show. He has been dominant at 185 pounds, taking out former champions and superstars such as Michael Bisping, Jacare Souza and Tim Kennedy.

 

Below is a full list of competitors (name, age, professional record and fighting out of):

 

FEMALE FEATHERWEIGHTS

Leah Letson | 25 | 4-1 | Milwaukee, WI

Larissa Pacheco | 23 | 11-2 | Belem, Brazil

Marciea Allen | 36 | 7-2 | Wood Dale, IL

Pannie Kianzad | 26 | 9-3 | Copenhagen, Denmark

Bea Malecki | 26 | 2-0 | Stockholm, Sweden

Julija Stoliarenko | 25 | 4-2-1 | Kaunas, Lithuania

Katharina Lehner | 28 | 7-1 | Cologne, Germany

Macy Chiasson | 26 | 2-0 | New Orleans, LA

 

MALE HEAVYWEIGHTS

Ben Sosoli | 28 | 6-2 | Melbourne, Australia

Maurice Greene | 31 | 5-2 | St. Cloud, MN

Michel Batista | 34 | 4-0 | Miami, FL

Juan Francisco Espino Diepa | 37 | 8-1 | Las Palmas, Spain

Justin Frazier | 28 | 10-2 | Cave City, AR

Anderson Da Silva | 31 | 3-0-1 | Sao Paulo, Brazil

Przemyslaw Mysiala | 35 | 22-9-1 | Maidenhead, England

Josh Parisian | 28 | 7-2 | Brighton, MI

 

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

 

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JESÚS ROJAS DEFENDERÁ SU CORONA MUNDIAL PLUMA DE LA AMB ANTE JOSEPH ‘JOJO’ DÍAZ JR.

Jul 11, 2018
JESÚS ROJAS DEFENDERÁ SU CORONA MUNDIAL PLUMA DE LA AMB ANTE JOSEPH ‘JOJO’ DÍAZ JR. EN LA BATALLA ESTELAR DE LA EDICIÓN INAUGURAL DE GOLDEN BOY FIGHT NIGHT EN FACEBOOK WATCH
 
SÁBADO 11 DE AGOSTO EN EL AVALON THEATER DE HOLLYWOOD 
 
¡Los boletos están a la venta!
 
LOS ÁNGELES, California 10 de julio de 2018.- Golden Boy Promotions iniciará su nueva asociación con Facebook con una explosión cuando Jesús Rojas (16-1-2, 19 nocáuts) defienda su faja mundial pluma de la AMB ante Joseph Díaz Jr. (26-1, 14 nocáuts) en el duelo estelar de la edición inaugural de Golden Boy Fight Night desde el Avalon Theater en Hollywood. Toda la acción será transmitida en vivo el sábado 11 de agosto comenzando a las 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. Los aficionados puedan ver los combates apretando aquí
 
Rojas es un noqueador de 31 años de edad quien retornará tras una victoria por nocaut en el séptimo asalto contra Claudio Marrero, ex campeón interino pluma AMB. Durante su tiempo fuera del cuadrilátero, Rojas fue elevado al estado de campeón mundial y por ende defenderá ese título ante Díaz Jr. El nativo de Caguas, Puerto Rico ex un experimentado campeón quien se ha medido ante peleadores de la talla de Jorge “El Travieso”Arce y los contendientes de peso pluma Jorge “El Pilón” Lara Abraham “Chamaco” López.  
 
“Estoy listo para regresar de nuevo después de casi un año sin pelear”, afirmó Jesús Rojas. “Defenderé mi título por primera vez en una importante función de Golden Boy Promotions que a la misma vez iniciará una nueva asociación con Facebook. Diaz Jr. es fuerte, inteligente y rápido, pero tengo el poder y la experiencia para vencerlo de manera espectacular. Nos vemos este próximo 11 de agosto en Hollywood”, puntualizó.
 
Díaz Jr., el talentoso púgil zurdo del Sur del Monte, California, representó a Estados Unidos en los Juegos Olímpicos de 2012 en Londres. Díaz Jr. después firmó con Golden Boy Promotions y comenzó una impresionante carrera profesional en la que ascendió a la cima de la división pluma. La primera oportunidad de título mundial para el carismático peleador de 25 años de edad fue ante Gary Russell Jr. en mayo de este año. A pesar de no ganar, Díaz Jr. tendrá otra oportunidad al campeonato mundial debido a su impresionante esfuerzo, pero ahora lo hará ante Rojas.
 
“Siempre he dicho que voy a ser campeón mundial”, dijo Joseph Díaz Jr. “Aprendí de mi última pelea, y ahora sé los ajustes que tengo que realizar para salir con la faja mundial en mi cintura. Confirmaré mi calidad en las 126 libras, y a la misma vez será un honor pelear en el primer duelo estelar de una función de Golden Boy Promotions por Facebook. Esta oportunidad muestra la fe que mi impresa [GBP] tiene en mí para ser un nombre destacado en la nueva era del boxeo”, finalizó
 
Ferdinand “Lucky Boy” Kerobyan (9-0, 5 nocáuts) de North Hollywood, California tendrá acción en la batalla co estelar a seis asaltos en peso welter. Aarón “Silencer” McKenna(4-0, 3 nocáuts) de Monaghan, Irlanda participará en un duelo a cuatro asaltos en peso welter.
 
Los oponentes para esta explosiva función se anunciarán en breve. 
 
Rojas vs. Diaz Jr. es un combate a 12 asaltos por el campeonato mundial pluma de la AMB presentado por Golden Boy Promotions en asociación con Universal Promotions. El evento es patrocinado por Tecate,”THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” y Hennessy, “Never Stop, Never Settle.” Los combates se efectuarán el sábado 11 de agosto de 2018 en el Avalon Theater en Hollywood. El evento será transmitido en vivo por Facebook Watch en Estados Unidos y globalmente en la Pagina Facebook de Golden Boy Fight Night comenzando a las 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. Los aficionados puedan ver los combates siguiendo a la
Pagina Facebook de Golden Boy Fight Night.
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UFC® NAMES PARIMATCH AS OFFICIAL BETTING AND WAGERING PARTNER IN EMEA

Jul 11, 2018

UFC® NAMES PARIMATCH AS OFFICIAL BETTING AND WAGERING PARTNER IN EMEA

Parimatch to be Presenting Partner of UFC FIGHT NIGHT MOSCOW on Saturday, September 15

Las Vegas — UFC®, the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization, and international betting company Parimatch today announced a new, multi-year partnership that establishes Parimatch as the “Official Betting and Wagering Partner of UFC” across the entire EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region, excluding the United Kingdom and Ireland.

The new international collaboration also makes history as Parimatch will serve as UFC’s first-ever marketing partner from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region. Parimatch will also serve as the “Presenting Partner” of UFC’s first-ever event in Russia, UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: MOSCOW, on Saturday, September 15, at Olimpiysky Stadium in Moscow.

“We are thrilled to be in business with Parimatch, a global brand that has grown from a small firm to one of the world’s largest international gaming networks in just a few short decades,” UFC Vice President, International Marketing Partnerships Rene Valencia said. “We look forward to working with Parimatch as we continue to grow our brand and the sport of MMA around the world.”

This partnership represents a unique and unprecedented step for Parimatch into the promotion of mixed martial arts globally, while also signifying the growth and popularity of UFC in this territory.

“Partnering with UFC is massive for our holding and for the continued growth of mixed martial arts as a whole,” Parimatch General Manager Sergei Portnov said. “Our cooperation will mean that the Parimatch brand can infuse with the DNA of mixed martial arts in several countries and regions at once. On September 15, UFC will hold its first event in Russia and it will be a great showcase for our new collaboration.”

Among the sponsorship elements included with this partnership, athletes competing during UFC events held in the EMEA, Russia and CIS region (excluding UK and Ireland events) will feature Parimatch branding on their UFC Fight Collection. In addition to serving as a presenting sponsor during select live events in the territory, Parimatch branding will have a presence inside UFC’s world-famous Octagon®, on UFC.com and live-event programming, as well as being integrated across multiple UFC-based social and digital platforms.

Parimatch is currently developing its sports betting business throughout the EMEA region, as its sponsorship portfolio also includes contracts with several top European football clubs. Parimatch’s partnership with UFC marks a new line of development for the company, with support for the sport of mixed martial arts as a key priority.

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Kavaliauskas vs. Abreu / Vences vs. DeAlba – Noche de Pelea

Jul 11, 2018

 

Kavaliauskas vs. Abreu / Vences vs. DeAlba – Noche de Pelea
• Egidijus “The Mean Machine” Kavaliauskas logró defender su título peso welter de la NABF al derrotar a Juan Carlos Abreu por decisión unánime.• Andy “El Tiburón” Vences defendió exitosamente el título supepluma Continental Américas del CMB al derrotar a Frank DeAlba por decisión unánime.

(Credito de Fotos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank)
FRESNO, CALIF. (7 de julio del 2018) – Egidijus “The Mean Machine” Kavaliauskassufrió un corte en el primer asalto, pero no fue disuadido, y logró derrotar a Juan Carlos Abreu por decisión unánime con puntajes de 97-93, 97-93 y 96-94 para retener el título peso welter de la NABF en el evento estelar televisado por ESPN el sábado por la noche en el Save Mart Center.El comabte Kavaliauskas vs. Abreu fue elevado al estatus de evento principal el viernes después de que el oponente del campeón súper ligero del CMB, José Ramírez, Danny O’Connor, sufriera un severo caso de deshidratación antes del pesaje.

“No todo salió tan bien como esperaba. Abreu fue muy rápido y muy hábil. Al principio, necesité un par de asaltos para hacer ajustes,” dijo Kavaliauskas. “Estoy listo para todos los grandes nombres de la divisióm. Doy un 200 por ciento en el gimnasio y siempre daré lo mejor de mí en el ring.”

Kavaliauskas (20-0, 16 KOs) se mantiene en línea para una posible oportunidad de título mundial, mientras que Abreu (21-4-1, 19 KOs) vio su racha de dos victorias llegar a su fin.

En el combate co-estelar, Andy “El Tiburón’ Vences (21-0-1, 12 KOs) defendió exitosamente el título superpluma Continental Americas del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB) con una victoria por decisión unánime en 10 asaltos sobre Frank De Alba. Vences dictó el ritmo de pelea durante todo el combate y lastimó a DeAlba (22-4-2, 9 KOs) varias veces, pero DeAlba fue resistente en la derrota. Vences ahora se acerca más a una posible oportunidad de título mundial.

“Sentí que esta fue una buena experiencia de aprendizaje para mí. Era un peleador muy fuerte y siguió haciendo ajustes durante toda la pelea. Yo estaba tratando de consegui el nocaut, pero al mismo tiempo estaba siguiendo el plan de juego. Me quedé un poco corto en eso. Ahora seguiremos adelante. No miramos hacia atrás. Avanzamos hacia peleas más grandes,” dijo Vences.

El contendiente de peso pesado Andy Ruiz Jr. ganó su segunda pelea consecutiva, prevaleciendo por decisión unánime sobre el veterano Kevin Johnsonde con tarjetas de 97-93, 97-93 y 99-91. Ruiz (31-1, 20 KOs) presionó la acción, pero Johnson (32-10-1, 16 KOs) usó su defensa y movimiento lateral para extender la pelea a la distancia.

“Todavía necesito trabajar en algunas cosas, pero haber peleado estos 10 asaltos fue una buena experiencia. Simplemente estamos mejorando y mejorando. Me encantaría enfrentarme a Jarrell Miller o cualquiera de los grandes, y probablemente me subestimen después de esta actuación. La próxima será diferente,” dijo Ruiz.

El cotizado prospecto Gabe Flores Jr. sobrevivió a una dura prueba, pero se impuso por decisión unánime sobre James De Herrera en un combate a seis asltos. Flores, de 18 años (9-0, 5 KOs) de Stockton, California, ganó todos los asaltos en las tarjetas de puntuación de los jueces.

“Creo que hice bien en esta pelea, pero podría haberlo hecho mucho mejor. Debería haber escuchado a mi padre. Me estaba pidiendo que usara mis piernas, pero vi que estaba lastimando a De Herrera y casi lo logré noquear. Es por eso que seguí tirando a la cabeza. La próxima vez prometo una demostración mucho mejor,” dijo Flores Jr.

El invicto prospecto boricua Joseph “Blessed Hands” Adorno (8-0, 8 KOs) continuó su racha de poder con un nocaut técnico en el tercer asalto sobre el veterano Guadalupe De León en un choque en el peso súper pluma. El nocaut llegó a los 2:32. Esta fue la primera vez que una pelea de Adorno se extendió más allá del segundo asalto en su carrera profesional.​

“Él era un peleador duro y con mucha experiencia. Vino a pelear. Me conectó con un par de golpes, pero tan pronto como comencé a aterrizar mis golpes, vi en sus ojos que lo estaba lastimando y era solo una cuestión de tiempo. Pasé del segundo round por primera vez en mi carrera. Esta fue una buena experiencia de aprendizaje para mí.”​

OTROS RESULTADOS DEL CARTEL:

• Sergio López y Manuel Manzo empatarón en una pelea de cuatro asaltos en peso súper gallo.

• El súper gallo Santos Ortega de Sacramento, California, mejoró a 2-0 con una decisión unánime en cuatro asaltos sobre Ivan Martino. Los tres jueces anotaron la pelea 40-36.

• El prospecto súperligero Rubén Rodríguez de Indio, California, mejoró su récord profesional a 3-0 con una decisión unánime en cuatro asaltos sobre Richard Howell (40-36, 40-36, 39-37).

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WHITTAKER VS. GASTELUM TO TAKE PLACE LATER THIS YEAR

Jul 11, 2018

UFC MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION ROBERT WHITTAKER AND NO. 4 CONTENDER KELVIN GASTELUM TO COACH ‘THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: HEAVY HITTERS’

 

PREMIERES AUGUST 29th ON FS1

 

WHITTAKER VS. GASTELUM TO TAKE PLACE LATER THIS YEAR

 

Las Vegas – Later this summer, The Ultimate Fighter returns for an incredible 28th season. The Ultimate Fighter: Heavy Hitters, premiering August 29 on FS1, will feature male heavyweights and female featherweights. This season also sees the return of two previous season winners as UFC® middleweight champion Robert Whittaker coaches opposite No. 4-ranked contender Kelvin Gastelum.

Whittaker (21-4) won The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes as a welterweight and has gone on to become one of the most successful TUF winners in the UFC. He is the reigning UFC middleweight champion and has claimed five post-fight bonus awards in his last four fights.

Gastelum (16-3, 1 NC) also won The Ultimate Fighter, claiming the middleweight trophy during the 17th season of the show. He has been dominant at 185 pounds, taking out former champions and superstars such as Michael Bisping, Jacare Souza and Tim Kennedy.

Whittaker and Gastelum will face each other for the undisputed middleweight championship later this year.  The Ultimate Fighter: Heavy Hitters premieres on August 29 on FS1, running through November 28. The Ultimate Fighter is the longest running reality sports program in television, and is the most-watched original series on FS1.

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

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ESPN+ Acquires U.S. Broadcast Rights to Pacquiao-Matthysse

Jul 11, 2018

July 14: Pacquiao-Matthysse WBA Welterweight Title Fight Exclusively on ESPN+
ESPN+ Live Stream to begin at 9 p.m.  ET

(JULY 7, 2018) ‑ The next chapter in the storied career of former eight-division world champion and future first-ballot Hall of Famer, Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, will stream live and exclusively in the United States on Saturday, July 14 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN+ — the recently-launched multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer & International segment in conjunction with ESPN. This will be Pacquiao’s first fight since headlining cable television’s highest-rated and most-watched boxing telecast since 2006, when he fought Jeff Horn in July of 2017 on ESPN.

Pacquiao will challenge Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse for the WBA welterweight title at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In addition, in the world championship co-feature, Filipino power puncher Jhack Tepora (21-0, 16 KOs) will face Edivaldo “Indio” Ortega (26-1-1, 12 KOs) for the vacant WBA featherweight title. Pacquiao and Matthysse are expected to enter the ring at roughly 11:30 p.m. ET. ESPN+ is available to all fans on the ESPN App and ESPN.com.

Pacquiao-Matthysse will cap a full day of boxing on the ESPN family of networks, as Regis “Rougarou” Prograis will defend the WBC Diamond super lightweight title against Juan Jose Velasco, and lightweight sensation Teofimo Lopez will face William Silva, live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 7 p.m. ET and via streaming on the ESPN App from the Lakefront Arena in New Orleans. Undercard action from New Orleans will stream live on ESPN+ starting at 4:30 p.m. ET.

“I am very happy that all of my fans in America will have a chance to watch my next fight on ESPN+, and I am looking forward to putting on a show,” Pacquiao said. “Matthysse is a great opponent. I am training with all of my heart because I want to be champion again.”

“This extraordinary event only affirms ESPN’s commitment to providing boxing fans with the biggest and best fights in the sport,” said Bob Arum, Top Rank’s founder and CEO. “Manny Pacquiao is one of the greatest champions in boxing history, and his fight against Matthysse promises to be a sensational one.”

“This matchup is a perfect example of the world-class caliber of events we envisioned for ESPN+ when we announced our agreement with Top Rank,” said Burke Magnus, ESPN Executive Vice President of Programming and Scheduling. “Pacquiao vs. Matthysse, which will stream live and exclusively on ESPN+, shows the commitment we have to delivering fans the best of boxing year-round on our direct-to-consumer platform.”

Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs), the living legend from General Santos City, Philippines, will look to score his first knockout victory since 2009. Before losing the WBO welterweight world championship to Jeff Horn via controversial unanimous decision last July, Pacquiao recaptured the title on November 5, 2016 by defeating then-champion Jessie Vargas at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. In a career that has spanned more than two decades, Pacquiao has victories against legendary fighters like Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto, Juan Manuel Marquez, Shane Mosley, Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera, and Ricky Hatton.

Matthysse (39-4, 36 KOs) won the vacant WBA welterweight title Jan. 27 in Los Angeles with an eighth-round knockout over Thailand’s Tewa Kiram. One of boxing’s best punchers, pound-for-pound, he is an all-action brawler who has participated in multiple Fight of the Year contenders, including an 11th-round knockout win over John Molina in 2014 and a 12-round majority decision victory over Ruslan Provodnikov in 2015. Matthysse has won two straight since a 10th-round knockout loss to then-undefeated Viktor Postol on Oct. 3, 2015.

Upcoming exclusive boxing on ESPN+ includes the July 28 battle for the vacant World Boxing Organization 130-pound title as Puerto Rican star Christopher Diaz faces Masayuki Ito at the Kissimmee Civic Center.  Diaz-Ito will stream live and exclusively in the United States at 9:30 p.m. ET with undercard action starting at 6:30 p.m. ET.

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Entrenamiento de Medios: José Ramírez Regresa a Casa Para Defender Su Título

Jul 5, 2018

Entrenamiento de Medios:
José Ramírez Regresa a Casa Para Defender Su Título

 Ramirez defenderá su título superligero del CMB ante Danny O’Connor

EN VIVO este sábado en el  Save Mart Center, a las 9:30 p.m. ET por ESPN
(Credito de Fotos: Mark Davis)
FRESNO, Calif. (4 de julio del 2018) – Se acerca el día en el cual José Ramírez defenderá su título miundial en casa. Ramírez, el campeón superligero del CMB, hará la primera defensa de su título contra Danny O’Connor el sábado en el Save Mart Center en Fresno, a poca distancia de Avenal, la ciudad natal de Ramírez.

El combate Ramírez vs. O’Connor y el enfrentamiento de peso welter a 10 asaltos entre Egidijus Kavaliauskas y Juan Carlos Abreu serán televisados en vivo por ESPN y ESPN Deportes comenzando a las 9:30 p.m. ET.

Toda la cartelera se mostrará en ESPN+ a partir de las 6:30 p.m. incluyendo el combate del contendiente de peso pesado Andy Ruiz Jr. (30-1, 20 KOs) contra Kevin Johnson (32-9-1, 16 KOs); al invicto contendiente mexicoamericano Andy ‘El Tiburón’ Vences (20-0-1, 12 KOs) contra Frank De Alba (22-3-2, 9 KOs) en una pelea de 10 asaltos en peso superpluma, y el niño prodigio de 18 años Gabe Flores Jr. (8-0, 5 KOs) contra James De Herrera (4-3, 3 KOs) en una reyerta de peso ligero a seis asaltos.

Esto fue lo que los peleadores tuvieron que decir.

Jose Ramírez

“Ha sido una experiencia hermosa desde que me convertí en campeón mundial. Estoy muy agradecido por todas las bendiciones. Soy una persona muy agradecida y espero que todos se sientan orgullosos de mi como campeón. Mis fanáticos me han visto crecer como peleador.”

“Este fue mi sueño. Desde que era pequeño, quería convertirme en campeón mundial y luego poder defender el título frente a los fanáticos del Valle Central. Eso estará sucediendo el sábado.”

“Como peleador, quiero aprender más y más. Quiero seguir afinando mis habilidades. Quiero ser un peleador completo y ahora aún más que soy un campeón mundial. Estoy listo para luchar contra los mejores campeones y despejar todas las dudas sobre quién es el mejor peleador en la división.”

Robert García

“Esta es nuestra primera pelea trabajando juntos y no quiero que José cambie mucho. Esta pelea será similar a lo que la gente ha visto de él anteriormente. Creo que los fanáticos comenzarán a notar los ajustes en los cuales hemos trabajado después de nuestro segundo campamento de entrenamiento juntos. Tendremos más tiempo para trabajar.”

“Tenemos que presionar a O’Connor y tenemos que ir al cuerpo. Esas son dos cosas que José ha sido muy bueno durante toda su carrera.”

“Su gancho de izquierda al cuerpo es muy fuerte, pero su jab izquierdo es el más fuerte que he sentido como entrenador.”

“Siempre hay fuegos artificiales cada vez que José pelea, pero como este es el fin de semana del 4 de julio, los fuegos artificiales serán aún mejores.”

Danny O’Connor

“No sientio presión de entrar en su territorio para pelear contra él. Soy bombero y usualmente corro hacia edificios en llamas. No hay presión en absoluto. Al final del día vamos a ser solo él y yo dentro del ring. Entiendo que los fans lo estarán animando porque esta es su ciudad natal, pero eso no me molesta. Estoy aquí para hacer lo que hago. Esto es solo otro combate de boxeo y podría ser en el planeta Marte por todo lo que me importa. Voy a dejar Fresno con el título mundial súperligero del CMB.”

Egidijus Kavaliauskas

“Los fanáticos pueden esperar una gran pelea de mi parte el sábado. Cada vez que me meto en el ring trato de darle a los fanáticos una pelea entretenida. Quiero mostrarles lo que puedo hacer. Aunque siempre estoy sonriendo; soy muy malvado en el ring. Es por eso que me llaman ‘The Mean Machine’.”

“Siento que estoy listo para retar por un título mundial. Retar al ganador de Pacquiao vs. Matthysse será un sueño hecho realidad para mi.”

Andy Vences

“Sé que estaré peleando contra un oponente muy duro en Frank De Alba. Él es alguien que definitivamente no pasaré por alto. Estoy concentrado en la pelea y estoy listo para mostrar quién es ‘El Tiburón’.”

Sobre su empate contra De Léon

“Fue una pelea muy dura, pero sigo pensando que gané la pelea. Ya puse eso en el pasado. Es por eso que este sábado todos verán cuánto he mejorado como peleador.”

Gabe Flores Jr.

“Quiero seguir creciendo y mejorando como peledor.” Este es un deporte que debes tomar en serio. Y yo lo hago. Yo como, duermo, todo es boxeo para mi. Para esta pelea, trabajamos mucho en nuestro trabajo de pies. Usaremos eso para atacar en ángulos.”

Andy Ruiz

“He estado entrenando con Manny Robles en Legendz Boxing Gym en Norwalk, California. Me siento genial allí. Siento que su estilo y mi estilo es una combinación perfecta.”

“Quiero pelear con todos los grandes nombres. Cuantas más peleas me den, mejor estaré. Ya es hora de que vuelva a pelear contra uno de esos grandes nombres de la división de los pesados. Este es mi turno de montar un buen espectáculo y pasar a peleas más grandes. Estoy listo.”

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CANELO ALVAREZ AND GENNADY ‘GGG’ GOLOVKIN FACEBOOK SATELLITE PRESS CONFERENCE

Jul 4, 2018
CANELO ALVAREZ AND GENNADY ‘GGG’ GOLOVKIN FACEBOOK SATELLITE PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT, AUDIO AND VIDEO
 
Tickets on Sale Now!
 
LOS ANGELES (July 3, 2018): MAURICIO PEDROZA: To everyone, watching on Facebook Live today, we want to hear from you. Leave your questions for the fighters, the promoters in the comments section below for a chance to have your questions answered live on the air today.
So stay tuned for that. All right. Let’s get this started. Let’s go straight to our fighters, to our promotors and we go live to Guadalajara, Mexico.
Both fighters have already started their training camps and we will introduce everyone around this fantastic fight. Joining Canelo from his gym in Guadalajara is his manager and co-trainer Jose “Chepo” Reynoso, his trainer Eddy Reynoso, and the and chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, Oscar De La Hoya who will open our press conference with a few remarks.
Oscar, welcome.
OSCAR DE LA HOYA: Thank you very much. Thank you for having us. I want to express my gratitude to everybody around the world watching us live for the first time ever holding a press conference on Facebook. We greatly appreciate the support, and today, as of 10:00 in the morning, tickets went on sale. They are going extremely well, extremely fast, and we are grateful to all the fans who can be watching live on September 15 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
I want to thank Team Canelo. I want to thank Team GGG for making this fight once again for the fans. The fans got to witness an incredible, incredible fight the first time around, and we strongly believe that the second fight will be a continuation, round No. 13, of their first fight televised live on HBO Pay-Per-View.
The telecast does begin at 8:00 Eastern. This will give an opportunity for the fans across the globe to watch this fight at an earlier time. So we want to thank HBO and their teams.
Mauricio Pedroza: Thank you, Oscar.
Joining GGG live from the summit gym in bear, California is his trainer, Abel Sanchez and promotor for GGG, Tom Loeffler, who will also begin with a few remarks. Tom?
TOM LOEFFLER: Today, this rematch really feels like it’s a much bigger event than the first time. There was a lot of controversy around the scoring for the first fight, and both guys don’t want to leave it in the judges’ hands this time.
We’re up here where Abel Sanchez has his training camp in Big Bear, California. GGG is training to make a much more decisive victory over Canelo the second time around. You see we have all the titles here.
GGG is the champion, and if Canelo wants to become a champion, he actually has to fight and try to take the titles away.
So we are looking forward to seeing everyone September 15 at T-Mobile and on HBO Pay-Per-View.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: Tom, thank you very much.
So first question is for you, Canelo. What happened, and what would you like to say to your fans that were disappointed in you?
CANELO ALVAREZ: The reason for the cancellation, we all talked about that. The main thing is the fight got here, the fight got done. I did it for the fans. This is the fight you wanted to see and come September 15, I can assure you it will be a much better fight than what you would have seen in May.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: How disappointed were you the fight didn’t happen in May?
GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN: Of course we were all disappointed. I was disappointed and the fans were disappointed that this first May 15 bout didn’t happen, but right now everybody is happy that we all agreed to have this next fight on September 15.
So both us and our fans should be happy.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: Gennady, do you really believe the reason Canelo tested positive for clenbuterol was tainted meat?
GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN: First of all, I respect the fighters of the level of Canelo, and the fact that they screwed up, it was not my decision to disqualify him, and I think it was a team failure, but it doesn’t matter right now. It doesn’t matter right now. It’s important that we’re going to have a fight.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: Abel Sanchez, do you believe the reason Canelo tested positive for clenbuterol was tainted meat? You were very vocal when this news first came around that Canelo might be suspended.
ABEL SANCHEZ: We had been waiting for the commission to do their investigation, and come on, whatever the findings were, unfortunately they made a mistake. We have a fight on our hands September 15. They found him innocent of anything, any wrongdoing, so we have to go with that.
My personal feelings have nothing to do or should have nothing to do with the actual findings of the commission.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: But why are you saying you think they made a mistake? What mistake did they make?
ABEL SANCHEZ: Well, they felt that he made a mistake. They felt that he ingested some bad beef. Hopefully this time that they are in Mexico, he doesn’t do that again. We’d like to have a fight on the 15th and the fans deserve that.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: Even though your rematch against Canelo Alvarez says was cancelled, you still fought in May in Los Angeles at the StubHub Center against Vanes “Nightmare” Martirosyan. What were you trying to prove in the fight?
GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN: Well, because I like to be active, I like this box, I like this sport, and I like the fans. You know, the fans wanted me to fight, and why shouldn’t I? Why shouldn’t I fight, particularly on such an important day, May the 5th.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: Did you watch GGG’s fight in May?
CANELO ALVAREZ: Yes. Yes, I did see the fight in May. Of course I would. He’s the opponent that I have at hand and that’s my job to watch him.
As far as what I thought about the fight, look, you can’t call that a fight. You have no opponent. That’s not my level of opponent. I didn’t pay attention as far as that being a fight.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: Oscar, could you take us through the negotiations that have taken place over the last few months?
OSCAR DE LA HOYA: The negotiations are the negotiations. The bottom line is that we have a fight. Obviously we know who the A side is, and that’s Canelo Alvarez.
We obviously know that all of Mexico is behind Canelo Alvarez. Everywhere I go, everywhere we walk, the Mexican National is behind Canelo Alvarez, and I strongly believe that, look, Canelo going into the ring last, wanting to win those belts, for honor and pride.
You know, he’s going to show it up in the ring, and we strongly feel that you know, it’s a big advantage and once that first bell rings, you know, we have a fight.
So we strongly feel that, look, whatever the negotiations were, we’re extremely happy with and the fans are going to be even happier when they see a fight on September 15.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: Tell us why is it so important for this rematch to take place on September 15? So important, that you had to put up your own money to make happen.
OSCAR DE LA HOYA: Well, that was the big hail maker — I mean, you know, we can all here talk about percentages and this and that but there was a few things that I had to throw in myself.
But the bottom line is, is that look, Canelo has the bigger piece of the pie, and because he’s the champion, he’s the draw. He’s the one that brings in the people. On September 15, you will have millions and millions of fans supporting Canelo and supporting GGG, as well.
But this fight had to be made because we didn’t want to experience another Hagler/Hearns or Hagler/Sugar Ray Leonard because we didn’t see the second fight that didn’t take place. We didn’t want to see – like Trinidad and myself, we didn’t see the second fight.
So this fight had to take place. The first time was a draw and finally we have it. September 15, will be such an important day for boxing. I strongly feel that the way this fight is going to turn out, the fans are going to be extremely happy, extremely proud and boxing will once again rise to the pinnacle of where it should be.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: Why is it so important for GGG, for this fight to take place and to make the compromises GGG has had to take in order to ensure the rematch? For example, letting go of your position that the percentage for the rematch should be an even and even split.
TOM LOEFFLER: On our side we know who the champion is. It doesn’t matter who is announced first. Doesn’t matter whose name appears first on the poster.
GGG is the champion. He’s going to walk in with his belts and the important thing is he’s going to walk out with his belts. There were a lot of back and forth with the negotiations but again, we have to give both fighters credit. We have to give GGG credit. We have to give Canelo credit. We have to give Oscar and Golden Boy Promotions credit.
The bottom line is, we are not just talking about the rematch. We are actually seeing the rematch happen September 15. A lot of fighters can’t even fight the first time, and here are two of the biggest stars in boxing fighting the rematch.
Neither side wants to let it go to the judges. Canelo is predicting a KO. GGG doesn’t want to go through the same thing he went through last year in September — where his fate is in the hands of three people. He wants to make sure he controls his destiny and wants to make sure there’s going to be no question who walks out of the ring as the champion on September 15.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: We heard Oscar describing why Canelo Alvarez is the main man in this fight, so why do you think you deserve a 50/50 split?
GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN: I always believe that and I know Oscar says, and I not always agree with what Oscar says. For example, I don’t believe all Mexico will be rooting for Canelo. I understand that all Oscar think that Canelo is the main locomotive behind this fight, but I think we’re both worthy of this fight.
As far as the 45 to 55, yes, we made a concession. I think that we make a big concession, but I think it’s right now, it’s the most important thing that we are going to have a fight and our fans will love it.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: Canelo, Gennady just said he doesn’t believe that whole of Mexico will be rooting for you. Do you agree, and why do you think GGG believes he has some part of the Mexican fans behind him?
CANELO ALVAREZ: Look, I’ve always had detractors, regardless I’m fighting him or who I’m fighting. There’s always that side of the fans that are the detractors, but I have much more, many more, that love and support me.
And now, that little respect that I had or that we had, it’s been lost, and come September 15, it’s just him and I in the ring, whether I have the support or not. It’s just going to be him and I, and he’ll see.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: Now I want to go back to Oscar De La Hoya. As a fighter, does being in a fight like this motivate you more in training camp, especially when you just heard Canelo saying he doesn’t respect GGG anymore?
OSCAR DE LA HOYA: Well, that’s exactly what a fighter needs, and that’s exactly why this fight is going to be such a great fight.
Like Canelo said, the little respect they had for each other is out the window, and when you’re a fighter and you have no respect for your opponent, magic happens. Magic takes place inside the ring. You train harder in the gym. You run extra miles. You assure yourself that you’re in tiptop shape but more importantly it’s mental, the mental aspect of it is at its highest level. That’s why I think that these bullfighters are going to be in tiptop shape come September 15 and we will see an amazing fight.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: As a fight fan and promotor, how excited are you for the fight and how excited shot fans be for the fight?
TOM LOEFFLER: Not only as a promotor but as a boxing fight, this is the fight everyone is looking forward to. This is the fight the fans are looking forward to, that the media has been asking about.
And GGG, I get a lot of comments, a lot of messages on social media from fans in Mexico saying, please knock out Canelo, don’t let it in the judges’ hands this time and GGG is going to come out that way.
I know Oscar is down there in Mexico with Canelo. Make sure, Canelo, less Mexican meat, more Mexican style this time, September 15. Make sure everything goes the right way.
There’s two warriors getting in the ring. The gloves are off this time around. Both guys, you know, feel disrespected by what happened last May 5, so I think the fans are going to win coming up September 15 when these guys get in the ring with each other.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: Oscar De La Hoya on May 15 Tweeted the following, “In the meantime, @GGGBoxing making 3million and #Canelo making 40million without you. #signthecontract. #scared. #CaneloGGG2. #stopcrying.”
We just talked about respect. Gennady, how do you respond to this, to what Oscar De La Hoya had to say about you on May 11?
GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN: Oscar De La Hoya can say a lot of things, and it’s not always correct.
As far as the money concerned, I’m a fighter, and I go and work, do my work. I fight. As far as Oscar De La Hoya, I suggest that he should take care of his own fighter and if he wants him to make more money, let’s have a fight. Put him on the ring.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: I want to go back to Abel. This quote from Canelo Alvarez, this past week on RingTV.com, “The truth is that this fight means a lot to me because of all that has happened and all that has been said.”
Alvarez said, Friday, one day officially before tickets go on sale, “I will prove with my fists that I am the best and Golovkin will eat all his words and speculations. I will demonstrate who the best when I defeat Golovkin soundly on September 11 during Independence Day weekend, and I will make it clear that Mexican boxing is the best.”
Abel, do you think Canelo has what it takes to knockout GGG?
ABEL SANCHEZ: All those same things were said prior to the first fight and it ended up being a track meet.
I think that on the 15th when Oscar and Canelo were having breakfast, Oscar needs to remind him, he needs to bring his courage to the venue that night because he’s going to need it.
If he intends to knock out Golovkin, he’s going to have to fight him. And if he fights him, he’s going to get knocked out. I said that before; he would have gotten knocked out the first time, but he decided to make it a track meet that night.
But if he comes to fight and if he comes to knock out Golovkin as he said he’s going to; if he doesn’t defraud the fans again, then he’s going to get knocked out. I’ve said it and I’ll say it again.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: Canelo, you just heard Abel saying you didn’t want to fight the first time. I want to go back to you now and let you answer that statement because it seems like from GGG’s camp, you were never willing to engage during the fight. Will this time be any different?
CANELO ALVAREZ: I did my fight. I did what I set out to do. I did what I trained to do but I did a great fight.
But on September 15, I’m going to do the necessary adjustments and the necessary things to win. This man just likes to talk. He likes to talk a lot and bring up every excuse possible, but you’ll see, on September 15, what Canelo Alvarez is all about and what he’s capable of doing.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: Gennady, you just heard Canelo saying that was his fight, that was his strategy, but he says it’s going to be different.
How about from your side? How different is your strategy going to be to face with Canelo once again?
GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN: As the champion, I know my strategy and of course in this upcoming fight, a lot will depend on Canelo and the more Canelo had show, the more interesting will be the fight.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: Eddy, why is your fighter the better fighter?
EDDY REYNOSO: He’s a fighter with more arguments. He has more talent and is more versatile. He knows how to walk in the ring and make you miss, counterpunch, attack. I mean, he has the total package.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: Chepo, what did you learn from that first fight that can expose GGG’s weaknesses?
CHEPO REYNOSO: He’s an intelligent fighter and regardless of what people thought, I thought he clearly won the fight, clearly but come September 15, I can assure you two things. Not only is he going to take away GGG’s undefeated record, he’s also going to shut up Mr. Abel Sanchez.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: Abel, you just heard Canelo saying, we’ll see a different Canelo, even Chepo Reynoso said we’ll see a different Canelo. What did you learn from Canelo Alvarez on the first fight, and do you think we’ll see a different Canelo Ãlvarez September 15?
ABEL SANCHEZ: Well, in the first 40-some fights we saw Canelo fight, he fought a totally different fight and he promised the fans he was going to give them the same type of action against Golovkin. After the first couple rounds, he found out he couldn’t.
I hope September 15 coming up is different because I think the fans deserve what we have been promising them. Golovkin fights in his style. He’s the champion. He’s going to go at Canelo, and if Canelo thinks he can knock him out, then I think we’ll see a classic fight.
It doesn’t matter how smart Canelo is, when he gets hit and he get hurt, he’s going to be knocked out. Smarts have nothing to do with it. He’s going to get hit and get hurt.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: Several times Sanchez called Alvarez a cheater after all the controversy surrounding his suspension. How did that make you feel, and what do you think of Abel Sanchez as a trainer?
CHEPO REYNOSO: I think Abel Sanchez likes to talk. He talks too much. At the end of the day it’s going to be Canelo Alvarez and GGG fighting with their fists and not with their mouths. He likes to be the star of the movie, and it’s not him.
This is about Canelo and GGG. And what we need to do as corner men, as trainers, is do our job quietly because it’s not about us.
Abel, learn to be quiet, please.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: Oscar, what have you seen so far from Canelo’s team and the way they are preparing for September 15?
OSCAR DE LA HOYA: Well, it’s clear that for team canal low, it’s a totally different mind-set. It’s a totally different fight. Just being an ex-fighter myself, I know what type of preparations you must do in order to fulfill your goal, to fulfill your goal come September 15 against GGG, and I can assure you, I mean, it’s clear that Canelo is in a stronger state of mind. There’s obviously bad blood, and therefore, that’s why it’s going to be an amazing fight.
Look, Canelo, yes, he can box. He can move. He’s the more skillful fighter. He can do all that stuff, but he can also fight. And GGG hasn’t seen that, but I’ll assure you one thing: Come September 15, it’s all business. It’s all going in there and proving not to everyone who is watching but proving to GGG that he’s the better fighter.
So will Canelo be in different shape? Will he be in better shape in will he be stronger, faster? He’s going to be all that, and then some.
So on our side, we strongly feel they haven’t seen Canelo the way they are going to see him September 15. We have seen GGG. We know what he does. All he does is come forward and fights and that’s it. Canelo has many other things he does, so come September 15, you’ll be able to witness them.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: Oscar, I want to give you a chance to respond to one of Tom’s comments, also Gennady’s comments, when they say that Mexico is actually split. It’s divided. Not everyone is rooting for Canelo, and some Mexicans are rooting for Gennady Golovkin.
OSCAR DE LA HOYA: Everybody has their fans. Everybody has their fans. There’s a reason why when Canelo fights on HBO Pay-Per-View, which he’s the only Pay-Per-View star in boxing, there’s a reason why they support him. There’s a reason why he generates the numbers he does. There’s a reason why the gates are so high. There’s a reason why the numbers are so high.
Look, every fighter has their naysayers, and every fighter has their non-supporters, but the truth of the matter is that Canelo has millions and millions of fans all over the world just like GGG.
But we have to recognize one thing; that Canelo is the Mexican champion, the star of Mexico, the star of boxing.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: GGG, you just heard Canelo Alvarez saying how he has lost some respect for you. Let me ask you something. Have you also lost respect for Canelo Alvarez, the boxer, or even the person?
GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN: Respect is respect. We have different mentality. We have different understanding of what respect is. I think Canelo team, by doing what they did, and they lost some respect from their fans. But it’s not important.
I do have respect to all the fighters, all the athletes, all the champions who fight at this level, and I think at the very end, we will find a way to shake each other’s hand, regardless what the outcome, regardless what we think before the fight. As two men, we should be able to stand against each other and shake each other’s hand at the end.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: I remember before the first fight, you both were behaving in a very respectful manner. Why does this time feel like more personal to you, actually to both of you, but for you, is this personal this time?
CANELO ALVAREZ: Yes, absolutely, it’s changed, totally. They disrespected me for everything they have been saying, everything they have been doing, all their actions. Now it’s different. It’s personal.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: A lot has been said from both camps about you and GGG, but one of your biggest critics so far is Abel Sanchez, and you haven’t really talked to him yet, so we’ll give that you opportunity to address him correctly.
What do you want to say to Abel Sanchez who is listening to you right now live?
CANELO ALVAREZ: I have nothing to say to him. He knows what I think of him.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: Abel, what do you think about Canelo? He’s listening now. You’ve talked a lot about him, as well.
ABEL SANCHEZ: I talked about him because of what his actions have been and I think the consequences it has caused for us as a team here, the GGG team.
He’s an exceptional fighter. Two guys at the top of their game are going to duke is out on the 15th. I hope we get the kind of fight that we are expecting.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: Gennady, is there anything you would like to say to him?
GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN: Well, I want to tell him that we should be ready for the fight. You know, we should be ready for his fight for us. We should be ready for his fight for our fans. We should get ready. I think we should both be in the best shape for this fight, and the better we will be for this fight; the more, the sweetest taste the victory will have for us.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: Canelo, you have the floor. What do you have to say to Gennady Golovkin?
CANELO ALVAREZ: Nothing. We’ll see you September 15.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: And to all of you watching, is there anything you would like to say to GGG? Is there anything you would like to say to Canelo? Let us know in the comments section below for a chance to have your questions answered directly. But before we check out what the fans have been posting in that comments section below, let me ask you one question to all of you in our Facebook Live broadcast.
I want to start with Gennady Golovkin. Why aren’t we all hanging out in the same room? Why are you in Big Bear, California? Why is Canelo in Guadalajara, and why aren’t we shaking hands in person?
GGG, I’ll start with you.
GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN: We are in a space, we are in a room where it’s best for all of us and which is more comfortable for all of us. It’s better to meet on September 15 and show all the best of what we can demonstrate.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: Canelo, usually when we are promoting a fight, we have both boxers looking at each other, sometimes shaking hands, sometimes having a little more action than that.
Why didn’t you want to face Gennady Golovkin before September 15? Why didn’t you want to be in the same room with him at the same time?
CANELO ALVAREZ: I assure you we’ll see each other face-to-face before September 15. We already got the tour and we already got the promotion. It wasn’t necessary for this one. But I’ll see him very soon.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: That’s fair. Well, we certainly have a lot to look forward to this September 15. In just a moment, we will open the phones to ask questions from members of the media.
Q. This is for Canelo. As a Mexican, do you believe Abel Sanchez deserves a handshake? Can you actually shake Abel Sanchez’s hands?
CANELO ALVAREZ: He deserves that and much more.
Q. Canelo, real quick, do you feel like the things that Abel and Gennady are saying to you about making this a toe-to-toe fight just a tactic to draw you in, when it may make more sense for you to box yourself to victory in this fight?
CANELO ALVAREZ: Yes, that’s probably their tactic. You know what, the sentiment that I have inside of me, it’s going to help me a lot, intelligently, to bring out what I have to do. I know what I have to do.
Q. This first question is for Canelo. There are lots of rumours that have spread around about you wearing a knee wrap in different pictures. Is there anything wrong with the knee and can you address that?
CANELO ALVAREZ: Simply put, it’s a brace just to support. I’ve been training really hard. It’s part of rehabilitation and I’ve been working really hard, and that is not going to be a problem, trust me.
Q. The numbers from your last fight show that GG out-landed you by 49 punches and out-threw you by 198. Do you feel that you need to increase your work rate in order to win the rematch?
CANELO ALVAREZ: Yes, that’s part of the plan and part of what we are working on. Yes, we know what we have to do, and yes, we have to throw more punches. To win fights, you have to throw punches, and that’s what I do in all my fights.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: Now it’s time to take a look at the questions and comments for the fighters and their teams on Facebook Live. We’ll go straight to that. We’ll start with Rob.
Q. Asking them both, what will be the difference from the first fight? Gennady, what do you think will be the difference from fight No. 1?
GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN: I think this fight will be interesting. It will be tougher fight. It will be fiercer fight and I think we made our conclusion from the first fight, and this fight will be more colorful and more interesting.
Q. Canelo, what do you think the difference will be from the first fight?
CANELO ALVAREZ: Without a doubt it’s going to be a different fight. It’s going to be a better fight.
Look, we know what we have to do. I’m going it take even a stronger strategy, a better strategy, and it’s going to be a much better fight. We already know each other. Now we know what we have to do.
Q. To Team GGG, are you doing anything different in this camp from the last time you fought Canelo?
ABEL SANCHEZ: We prepare ourselves and we prepare Gennady to be the best Gennady can be. We won the first fight. A lot of people know we won the last fight. He knows he won the last fight.
Some adjustments obviously will be made in camp but Gennady fights in a style that is not only fan-pleasing but a style that he has mastered with a 23-knockout streak, in, what, 20 defenses, making it the 21st on the 15th. I think that’s the best in history. He’s tied Hopkins’ record. He’s got a knockout ratio, the best in middleweight history. I think the changes are going to be minimal. But I think it’s all going to defend if Canelo brings his courage.
Q. Gennady, are you doing anything different for this second fight, this rematch?
GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN: No. As always, I’m going 100 percent what I need to do and I’ll be ready 100 percent for this fight.
Q. Can you talk about your impressive footwork and mobility in the first fight, and now that you’ve had surgery on your knee, do you think your footwork might be even better in the rematch?
CANELO ALVAREZ: That’s always been part of my arsenal. I know how to move inside the ring. The knee is not a problem. We’ve been working hard now and we’ve been training here and it hasn’t given me any issues and if it does come up during the fight that it gives me problems, we’ll already have a Plan B, a strategy, behind that, as well.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: Thank you, everyone, for joining us today watching this special Facebook live GGG special event. A reminder that tickets for September 15 are on sale now and they are going fast. You can also join Canelo GGG September 15 live from the T Mobile Arena on Pay-Per-View.
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