GOLDEN BOY POSPONE PELEA DE CANELO

Jul 17, 2019

LOS ÁNGELES, California 17 de julio de 2019. – 

Canelo Álvarez Golden Boy ha realizado la decisión estratégica de posponer su típica pelea de septiembre. La decisión se hizo para asegurar el mejor oponente y darle el suficiente esfuerzo al nivel de promoción requerido para un estrella del boxeo de su magnitud. Aunque normalmente el ídolo jalisciense pelea en mayo y septiembre, no es ajeno combatir más tarde en el año, pues Canelo tuvo acción en diciembre de 2018 en el Madison Square Garden. La próxima pelea de Canelo ahora se llevará a cabo a finales de 2019. “Como mexicano, es una gran responsabilidad y un honor representar a mi país en mayo y septiembre,” dijo Canelo Álvarez. “Esas son mis fechas. Sin embargo, como campeón del mundo en diferentes divisiones, también tengo la responsabilidad de brindar las peleas más emocionantes y competitivas posibles. Por eso Golden Boy y mi equipo decidimos posponer la fecha para hacer lo mejor para mis aficionados y con el mejor oponente posible”, finalizó. 

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AirAsia UFC® Training Scholarship now open

Jul 17, 2019

AMMA athlete from Asia-Pacific region will be selected to train at the newly opened, state-of-the-art UFC Performance Institute in Shanghai

SHANGHAI, CHINA – UFC®, the world’s premier mixed martial arts organisation, and AirAsia have announced the opening of the applications process for this year’s AirAsia UFC® Training Scholarship. Now in its second year, the training scholarship will provide an up-and-coming MMA athlete from Asia Pacific with the opportunity of a lifetime – an all-expenses-paid training program at the UFC Performance Institute® in Shanghai, China, the largest MMA training and development facility in the world.

The tailored four-week training program will give the chosen athlete the opportunity to train with other world-class MMA athletes under the tutelage of the UFC Performance Institute team, led by UFC Hall-of-Famer Forrest Griffin.

“Our primary objective for the UFC Performance Institute Shanghai is to accelerate the development of Mixed Martial Arts in the region by providing a world-class facility, best-in-class training, and an innovative approach to sports science,” said UFC Senior Vice President APAC, Kevin Chang. “We are delighted to work with AirAsia to offer this annual program, and we are confident it will increase the pool of talent in the region who are ready to sharpen their skills in the world’s most advanced MMA training facility.”

Indonesian strawweight Linda Darrow was awarded the scholarship in 2018 and trained at UFC’s Performance Institute® in Las Vegas.

AirAsia Group Head of Branding Rudy Khaw said, ““At AirAsia, we’ve always been committed to nurturing young talent, and it’s through our #DARETODREAM campaign that we continue to inspire up-and-coming athletes to realise their full potential. Last year, the scholarship supported Indonesia’s Linda Darrow, and this year, yet another fighter from Asia Pacific will be given the same opportunity – to train alongside the best in UFC.”

Applications for the scholarship can be made online at www.airasia.com/ufcscholarship. AirAsia’s integrated partnership showcases how innovative brands can come together to create authentic, life-changing opportunities for athletes around the world, while giving audiences engaging content they can enjoy.

For more information on AirAsia, please visit airasia.com or follow AirAsia on Facebook and YouTube (AirAsia); Twitter and Instagram (@airasia); Weibo (@亚航之家) or WeChat; and Zhihu (@亚洲航空). For more information on UFC, please visit UFC.com or follow us on follow Weibo: @UFC终极格斗冠军赛; Wechat: UFC终极格斗锦标赛(ufcofficial); Youku;  QQ;  Facebook (UFC Asia);  Twitter; and Instagram (@ufc).

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Pitbull vs. Archuleta Coming to the Forum September 28

Jul 17, 2019

PATRICIO ‘PITBULL’ & JUAN ARCHULETA COLLIDE FOR BELLATOR’S 145-POUND TITLE IN OPENING ROUND OF FEATHERWEIGHT WORLD GRAND PRIX

MIDDLEWEIGHT SUPERFIGHT BETWEEN LYOTO MACHIDA & GEGARD MOUSASI ALSO SET FOR SEPT. 28 AT THE FORUM IN INGLEWOOD, CALIF.

TICKETS FOR BELLATOR 228: PITBULL VS. ARCHULETA ON SALENEXT FRIDAY,

JULY 19LOS ANGELES – The opening round of the Bellator Featherweight World Grand Prix will see Bellator’s two-division champion Patricio “Pitbull” (29-4) defend his 145-pound title against Juan Archuleta (23-1) in the main event of Bellator 228 on Saturday, September 28 at the “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood, Calif. In addition, a battle between two of the sport’s most prolific middleweights will also take place, as Lyoto Machida (26-8) looks to improve to 2-0 against former Bellator 185-pound champion, Gegard Mousasi (45-7-2). Additional bouts will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets for Bellator 228: Pitbull vs. Archuleta go on sale to the general public Friday, July 19 at 10 a.m. PT and can be purchased at the Forum box office, as well as www.Bellator.com and Ticketmaster.com. A special presale is scheduled to take place Wednesday, July 17 through Thursday, July 18 using code “BELLATOR” upon purchase. Bellator 228: Pitbull vs. Archuleta will stream live exclusively on DAZN at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT, while preliminary action will stream on Bellator.comDAZN and globally on the Bellator Mobile App. Hailing from Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil, two-time featherweight champ Patricio “Pitbull” will enter the Bellator cage for a promotional record 22th time on September 28. With impressive wins to his name overDaniel Straus (x3), Daniel Weichel (x2) and Pat Curran, the 32-year old returns to featherweight fresh off his lightweight championship win over Michael Chandler in May. Having earned a finish in 21 of his 29 wins as a professional, the simultaneous two-division champion has become synonymous with excitement and fans can certainly expect more fireworks when he meets Juan Archuleta in LA. A winner of 18 consecutive fights, including five under the Bellator banner and a highlight reel-knockout over former champ Eduardo Dantas at Bellator 222, Juan Archuleta has solidified himself as the rightful No. 1 contender to “Pitbull’s” title. “The Spaniard” was a standout collegiate wrestler at Purdue University before turning pro in MMA and going on to win championships in four different divisions on the regional scene. Training alongside fighters the likes of “Rampage” JacksonCheick Kongo, Cub Swanson and T.J. Dillashaw at HBUTC in Huntington Beach, Calif., the 31-year-old old Southern California native now looks to add Bellator gold to his trophy case with a win on September 28. After signing with Bellator last year, Machida has successfully defeated Rafael Carvalho and Chael Sonnenen route to his upcoming rematch with Mousasi. The former UFC light heavyweight champ is a two-division threat, who spends time training in both his native Brazil and Los Angeles. “The Dragon” owns notable career wins over Ryan Bader, Tito Ortiz, “Shogun” Rua, Dan Henderson, Rashad Evans and Randy Couture, and is looking to move up the divisional ladder and challenge for Rafael Lovato Jr.’s newly won middleweight title. On September 28, Gegard Mousasi will look to even the score with Machida a little more than five years after they met previously in Brazil. On that night, Machida took home the decision, but Mousasi now has revenge on his mind. Training out of The Netherlands, Mousasi holds one of the most impressive resumes in all of the sport, having held the Bellator middleweight title, the Strikeforce light heavyweight title and both the Dream light heavyweight and middleweight titles. With victories against some of the sport’s best, including Rory MacDonaldAlexander Shlemenko, Chris Weidman, Vitor Belfort, Uriah Hall, Dan Henderson, “Jacare” Souza, Mark Hunt and Ovince Saint Preux, the Judo black belt is looking to earn his way back to the belt. Updated Bellator 228: Pitbull vs. Archuleta Fight Card:Featherweight World Grand Prix Title Bout: Patricio “Pitbull” Freire (29-4) vs. Juan Archuleta (23-1)Middleweight Co-Main Event: Lyoto Machida (26-8) vs. Gegard Mousasi (45-7-2) 

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Shakur Stevenson y Joshua Greer Comparten con los Niños de Newark

Jul 11, 2019

(Credito de Fotos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank)


NEWARK, N.J. (10 de julio del 2019) — El invicto contendiente peso pluma Shakur Stevenson, nacido y criado en Newark, está preparado para su regreso a casa. En la tarde de hoy, Stevenson regresó al lugar donde todo comenzó. Stevenson, junto con el contendiente peso gallo Joshua Greer Jr., compartieron junto a más de 100 niños locales en el Centro de Recreación Boylan Street.

Stevenson y Greer mostraron a los niños los fundamentos del boxeo, firmaron autógrafos y hablaron sobre sus respectivos viajes a la prominencia pugilista.

Stevenson entrenó en el Centro Recreativo Boylan Street cuando comenzó su carrera boxistica y regresó a donde todo comenzó tres días antes de hacer su debut en Newark y en un evento principal como profesional.

Stevenson (11-0, 6 KOs) enfrentará a Alberto Guevara (27-4, 12 KOs) en el evento principal de 10 asaltos el sábado por la noche, mientras que Greer (20-1-1, 12 KOs) se medirá contra Nikolai Potapov en un choque eliminatorio peso gallo de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo (FIB).

Los combates Stevenson vs. Guevara y Greer vs. Potapov serán televisados en vivo por ESPN y ESPN Deportes a partir de las 10:30 p.m. ET / 7: 30 p.m. PT

Todas las peleas preliminares se transmitirá en vivo por ESPN+, el servicio de transmisión de deportes líder en la industria, a partir de las 7 p.m. ET

En una promoción de Top Rank, boletos restantes con un precio de $100, $75, $50 y $25 (sin incluir las tarifas aplicables) ya están a la venta y se pueden comprar en Ticketmaster.com, por teléfono llamando al 800-745-3000 y en persona en la boletería del Prudential Center.

Para más información, visite: www.toprank.comwww.espn.com/boxing; Facebook:facebook.com/trboxing; Twitter: twitter.com/trboxing.

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CANELO ALVAREZ WINS PRESTIGIOUS 2019 ESPY AWARD FOR BEST BOXER

Jul 11, 2019

CANELO ALVAREZ WINS PRESTIGIOUS 2019 ESPY AWARD FOR BEST BOXER
THE FACE OF BOXING AND MIDDLEWEIGHT KING ADDS YET ANOTHER

Photo Credit: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden BoyCANELO ALVAREZ WINS PRESTIGIOUS 2019 ESPY AWARD FOR BEST BOXER


LOS ANGELES (July 10, 2019): Golden Boy is proud to share the exciting news that Canelo Alvarez, boxing’s biggest star and the veritable king of the middleweight division, has won the prestigious 2019 ESPY award for Best Boxer.
“I want to thank the ESPY Awards for having nominated me as best boxer of the year,” said Canelo Alvarez. “And more than anything I want to thank the fans for allowing me to win. I am very thankful. Thank you, and we will be working toward even more. God willing, we will be working towards more, and we will keep making the best fights, and I will keep being the best boxer. Thank you to everyone. Thank you to my fans. Thank you to all the people at the ESPYs. Your friend Canelo sends his salutations!”
This award is yet another achievement in what is becoming a historic career for the 28-year-old star from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Aside from capturing world titles in the super welterweight, middleweight and super middleweight divisions, Canelo is also recognized for having signed the most lucrative sports contract for an athlete in history by initiating a five-year partnership with DAZN, the global leader in sports streaming. 
Oscar De La Hoya, who himself earned ESPY awards for Best Boxer in 1999 and 2006, was delighted at the news and congratulated Canelo for his achievement.
“People all around the world are acknowledging what we have been saying for years: Canelo Alvarez is the best boxer in the world,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy. “Aside from being the king of the middleweight division, Canelo is also the biggest star in boxing. He embodies a perfect mix of strength, skill, courage and marketability that has made him into a breakout star. On behalf of everyone at Golden Boy, we thank the ESPY Awards. Congratulations, champ!”
About Golden BoyLos Angeles-based Golden Boy was established in 2002 by Oscar De La Hoya, the first Hispanic to own a national boxing promotional company. Golden Boy is a media and entertainment brand committed to making fighting entertainment more accessible and affordable. The company’s in-house production team develops creative original programming for ESPN, RingTV.com and international channels across the globe. The company holds the exclusive rights to top boxers and has promoted some of the biggest and highest grossing events in the history of the sport. Now, Golden Boy is one of the most successful boxing entertainment companies in the world and shapes the future of boxing for fighters and fans alike through its 2019 partnership with streaming platform, DAZN.


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REY VARGAS VS. TOMOKI KAMEDA LOS ANGELES MEDIA WORKOUT QUOTES

Jul 11, 2019

REY VARGAS VS. TOMOKI KAMEDA LOS ANGELES MEDIA WORKOUT QUOTES, PHOTOS AND VIDEOSSATURDAY, JULY 13 AT DIGNITY HEALTH SPORTS PARK AND STREAMED LIVE ON DAZN

(ABOVE, L-R: Rey Vargas and Tomoki Kameda shadowbox for the media ahead of their 12- round fight this Saturday at Dignity Health Sports Park and streamed live on DAZN)

Photo Credit: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden BoyVideo Credit: Golden Boy

 LOS ANGELES (July 10, 2019): WBC Super Bantamweight World Champion Rey Vargas (33-0, 22 KOs) and No 1. Contender Tomoki “El Mexicanito” Kameda (36-2, 20 KOs) hosted a media workout today at Westside Boxing Club in Los Angeles ahead of their 12-round battle. The event will take place on Saturday, July 13 at Dignity Health Sports Park and will be streamed live on DAZN Fighters from the undercard, including Diego De La Hoya (21-0, 10 KOs), Ronny Rios(30-3, 14 KO), Joet Gonzalez (22-0, 13 KOs), Rocky Hernandez (28-0, 25 KOs), Alexis Rocha (13-0, 8 KOs) and Jousce Gonzalez (8-0-1, 8 KOs), also participated in the workout. Below is what today’s participants had to say: REY VARGAS, WBC Super Bantamweight World Champion: “I’m happy with how camp went. Kameda is a good rival. We fought a long time ago but that doesn’t count. Right now, it’s a new story. I’m very calm and have been working hard. It’s going to be a different fight in terms of style and quality. We’ve both improved. I can promise you it’s going to be a good fight. Whatever kind of tune he dances to, I’ll dance to that as well. He’s a strong, quick fighter but he won’t be better than me. I won’t underestimate him, but you have to complete these things, not just say it. That’s why I train hard and I’m a world champion. The fights in Los Angeles are always good and are very special for me, I want to thank all my fans that have been supporting me. This Saturday will be a spectacular fight.”  TOMOKI KAMEDA, No. 1 Contender for the WBC Super Bantamweight Championship: “I feel prepared. I did great preparation in Osaka, Japan and I feel confident. Vargas and I were amateurs together, and I know his style. He’s very technical and a tall fighter but we have a good strategy and I’m going to show it in the ring. When we fought as amateurs, I had only fought 10 fights when he had 100 fights. I have more experience now and have fought around the country against different rivals including Mexican, Pilipino and Thai so I can say I have more experience than him. This fight will be a really good fight, we both have good styles. I have a Japanese Mexican style, and he has a Mexican style. Mexican fighters are warriors. I have a lot of Mexican and Japanese fans and I hope this Saturday, both fans can see the kind of boxing I bring. It’s going to be a good fight and I’m going to do everything possible to make sure it’s a great night.” DIEGO DE LA HOYA, NABF Super Bantamweight Champion: “I feel really proud to be a part of this bout. My rival, Rios, is a really good fighter so this is a good opportunity for me. I’m happy that my fans have followed me along my journey and I want to show them that I’m ready to take the title. I’m proud to return to the ring and give the type of fight where fans will say Diego De La Hoya has returned. I know it’s a hard fight and that’s why I took it, to show that I’m back. It’ll be a good fight, especially for the fans.” RONNY RIOS, Super Bantamweight Contender: “I’m more excited now than I’ve ever been before. I’m going to give it everything I’ve got. I want people to know that I’m not here for easy challenges. I’m 33 but I’ve fought a lot of fighters and I haven’t shied away from a fight. I’m here to be the best, to fight the best, and to keep fighting the best. I have one focus right now, which is July 13, and I plan on putting the pressure in the ring. I plan on focusing on my positive and not negatives. I’m prepared to do what I need to do and I’m ready physically and mentally. I had the best camp, my weight’s been good so I’m ready to go out there and show myself.” JOET GONZALEZ, Featherweight Champion: “I’ve been dedicated since day one. I’m ready for the weigh in and Saturday night, I’ll come out ready. There are some challenges in Avila, he’s a good boxer. I know what he brings to the table and I know his strengths and weaknesses. On Saturday, I plan to exploit his weaknesses. It’s going to be a great fight. It’ll be an exciting card because my brother is fighting on the same card. It’s going to be the second time we’re fighting on the same card and we’re excited. I get nervous for him and he gets nervous for me but we know we’re ready. We’ll show what all that training has done. I’ve waited long enough. I want the world title shot after this fight and I believe my team will make this happen.”   ROCKY HERNANDEZ, Super Featherweight Contender: “This is going to be a strong fight. My work will speak for itself. To all my fans, you won’t want to miss this Saturday and especially this fight. We’re going to come out and give it our all and show what we’ve learned. I’m very happy and grateful for this opportunity and I’m ready to show why I deserve to win. My family is my motivation and I’m going to be a world champion.” ALEXIS ROCHA, Welterweight Prospect:“Everything’s been going very well. I feel ready. I want to thank Golden Boy for putting me on this great card. Abreu is a good rival but I’m ready for Saturday. Outside of the ring I’m very friendly and shy but inside the ring, I’m aggressive. I have a good technique. My dream is to be a world champion and I want to get more titles. After my last fight I learned that I need to take my time and be patient. I’ve well trained and I’ve trained very hard. I’m fighting with my brother on the card so I’m excited. I hope you all tune into for my fight, it’s going to be a firework action show.” JOUSCE GONZALEZ, Lightweight Prospect: “I’ve had a long training camp and I’m excited for this fight. I had a long time off but I’m ready to go. During my time off, I learned that I should take my health into consideration and be smarter with the decisions I make. I had knee surgery and rushed back to it too soon, I let my pride get to me. I should be smarter as it pertains to my health and I want to give it my 100 percent and get more experience in the ring. I’m very excited to be fighting on the same card as my brother. It’s motivating to see him work hard, it makes me work harder. I learn from him and my dad the most. It’s really cool to see the support from the fans too.”  Vargas vs. Kameda is a 12-round fight for the WBC Super Bantamweight World Title presented by Golden Boy in association with Promociones del Pueblo and TGB Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” and Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle.” The event will take place Saturday, July 13 at Dignity Health Sports Park and will be streamed live on DAZN

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Brant-Murata 2 to Kick Off International Three-Card Weekend Extravaganza on ESPN+

Jul 10, 2019

(Photo Credit: Naoki Fukuda)(July 10, 2019) — Before hometown hero and WBO No. 1 featherweight contender Shakur Stevenson headlines against Alberto Guevara at Newark’s Prudential Center on Saturday evening (ESPN and ESPN Deportes, 10:30 p.m. ET), boxing fans will be treated to a trio of world-class cards exclusively on ESPN+, the industry-leading sports streaming service.

Set your alarm clocks and smartphone alerts and get ready for a weekend fistic extravaganza.
FRIDAY (7 a.m. ET on ESPN+)
“Breakfast and Boxing” returns with one of the year’s most highly anticipated rematches, as Rob Brant will make the second defense of his WBA middleweight world title against the man he defeated to win the belt, Ryota Murata, at EDION Arena Osaka in Osaka, Japan.

Brant (25-1, 17 KOs) upset Murata last October in Las Vegas, snatching the belt in a thrilling performance that saw him throw 1,262 punches, the second-most ever recorded by CompuBox in a middleweight bout. Murata (14-2, 11 KOs), who became a sporting hero in Japan after capturing Olympic gold at the 2012 London Olympics, has not fought since. Brant, meanwhile, defended his belt in February on his home turf with an ESPN-televised 11th-round TKO over the previously undefeated Khasan Baysangurov in Hinckley, Minnesota.

In the co-feature, Ken “The Amazing Boy” Shiro will make the sixth defense of his WBC light flyweight title against Filipino challenger Jonathan Taconing.

Shiro (15-0, 8 KOs), Japan’s longest-reigning current world champion, won the title May 20, 2017, with a majority decision over Ganigan Lopez. He went 3-0 in 2018, including a second-round knockout over Lopez in May on a card that streamed on ESPN+. In his last fight, Dec. 30 in Tokyo, he won a near-shutout decision over Saul Juarez. Taconing (28-3-1, 22 KOs) will be making his third attempt at the WBC light flyweight title. He lost a technical decision to Kompayak Porpramook in 2012 and a unanimous decision to Ganigan Lopez in 2016.
FRIDAY (3 p.m. ET on ESPN+)
#MTKFightNight returns from Liverpool Olympia, as former world title challenger James “Jazza” Dickens will battle Australian contender Nathaniel May in a 10-rounder for the vacant IBF European featherweight title.

Dickens (26-3, 11 KOs) has won four in a row since back-to-back losses to Guillermo Rigondeaux and Thomas Patrick Ward. May (21-1, 12 KOs) has won 17 consecutive bouts and is coming off a first-round stoppage over Jose Miguel Tamayo on June 14 in Tijuana, Mexico.

In other streaming action, former middleweight and super middleweight world title challenger Martin Murray (37-5-1, 17 KOs) will face Rui Manuel Pavanito (10-8-1, 5 KOs) in a 10-round super middleweight bout; former British amateur standout Natasha Jones (7-1, 5 KOs) will take on Bec Connolly (2-5, 0 KOs) in a six-rounder at lightweight; and former lightweight world champion Terry Flanagan (33-2, 13 KOs) will look to halt a two-bout skid against Jonas Segu (19-8-2, 6 KOs) in an eight-round lightweight bout.
SATURDAY (2:45 p.m. ET on ESPN+)
Queensberry Promotions presents a can’t-miss heavyweight doubleheader from the famed O2 Arena in London.

In the main event battle of unbeatens, Daniel “Dynamite” Dubois will fight Nathan Gorman in a scheduled 12-rounder for the vacant British title. Dubois (11-0, 10 KOs) has seven stoppages in two rounds or less and is coming off a spectacular fourth-round knockout April 27 over Richard Lartey on a card that streamed on ESPN+. Gorman (16-0, 11 KOs) has defeated former world title challengers in his last two bouts (Kevin Johnson and Razvan Cojanu) and is confident that he’ll pull off the upset.

In the 12-round co-feature, 2016 Olympic silver medalist Joe Joyce (9-0, 9 KOs) will take a seismic step up in class versus former world title challenger Bryant Jennings (24-3, 14 KOs). Joyce has extended his perfect KO record with knockout wins this year over former world title challenger Alexander Ustinov and former world champion Bermane Stiverne, while Jennings is hoping to rebound from a shocking January TKO loss to the undefeated Oscar Rivas. The winner will be in prime position to challenge for a world title in the near future..

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Programming on ESPN+ includes hundreds of MLB and NHL games, exclusive UFC, Top Rank boxing and PFL fights and events, top domestic and international soccer (Serie A, MLS, FA Cup, UEFA Nations League, EFL Championship, EFL Carabao Cup, Eredivisie, and more), thousands of college sports events (including football, basketball and other sports), Grand Slam tennis, international and domestic rugby and cricket, new and exclusive series, acclaimed studio shows and the full library of ESPN’s award-winning 30 for 30 films. Fans subscribe to ESPN+ for just $4.99 a month (or $49.99 per year) and can cancel at any time.

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Keith Thurman Reviews his Title Defense Fights prior to Manny Pacquaio

Jul 9, 2019

KEITH ‘ONE TIME’ THURMAN BREAKS DOWN HIS NINE CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHTS AND EIGHT TITLE DEFENSES IN ADVANCE OF SATURDAY, JULY 20 SHOWDOWN AGAINST MANNY PACQUIAO

Pacquiao vs. Thurman Headlines Premier Boxing Champions FOX Sports Pay-Per-View Event from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas

“You’re going to see a world class performance on July 20 that has me standing alone on top of the division.” – Thurman

ST. PETERSBURG, FL.(July 8, 2019) – Keith “One Time” Thurman’svictories have always been the center of conversation. Even with nine championship fights and eight title defenses already under his belt, his Saturday, July 20 fight against Manny Pacquaio could prove to be the most significant, as he steps onto boxing’s biggest stage looking to capture a momentous victory. 

Pacquiao vs. Thurman will pit the undefeated WBA Welterweight World Champion Thurman against boxing’s only eight-division world champion and Philippine Senator Manny “PacMan” Pacquiao in the main event of a Premier Boxing Champions on FOX Sports Pay-Per-View event from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The FOX pay-per-view begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and 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.

Coming off a majority decision over Josesito Lopez that ended a 22-month ring absence in January, Thurman (29-0, 22 KOs), 30, had won a close unanimous decision over former title holder “Showtime” Shawn Porter in June 2016 and a split-decision over two-division title winner Danny “Swift” Garcia in March 2017, adding Garcia’s WBC crown to his WBA version, before he vacated the WBC title due to injury. 

Thurman broke down all of his title performances in anticipation of the fight that could cement his place amongst boxing’s best of this era. 

KO 10 Diego Chaves, July 27, 2013, AT&T Center, San Antonio:The 24-year-old Thurman came off a near-shutout unanimous decision over former champion Jan Zaveck in March 2013 and faced an unbeaten Argentine interim WBA champion who was after his fifth consecutive stoppage win and had knocked out 18 of 22 opponents.

Thurman traded early power shots, controlled tempo with his athleticism and boxing ability and floored Chaves with a ninth round left hook to the liver before dropping him for the final time with a right hand in the 10thround. Chaves failed to beat the count as Thurman became a 147-pound titleholder.

“The Diego Chaves fight was the biggest fight of my career, elevating me to the WBA interim champion,” said Thurman. “I broke him down round by round and landed a beautiful body shot in the ninth round and after that it was a matter of time. That was a fight that earned me worldwide respect and was the start of everything for me.”

TKO 9 Jesus Soto Karass, December 14, 2013, Alamodome, San Antonio: Soto Karass’ previous victory was a 12th-round stoppage of two-time belt holder Andre Berto in a fight that saw him rise from an 11th-round knockdown. Hurt by a hard right in the first round, Thurman recovered, flooring Soto Karass with a left uppercut in the fifth and again from a powerful combination in the ninth as the referee ended matters.

“Soto Karass was coming off a victory over Andre Berto which made it an important measuring stick fight for me,” said Thurman, “He did open the fight by tagging me in the first round, but I dropped him in the fifth and again in the ninth and was able to finish him off for my first title defense.”

RTD 3 Julio Diaz, April 26, 2014, StubHub Center, Carson, Calif:In a one-sided beat-down, former champion Diaz took a knee from a left to the temple the second round and retired prior to the fourth from a body shot that caused rib damage. Diaz never fought again.

“That was a tremendous fight for me as the headliner in my first main event,” said Thurman. “Diaz was coming off of good showings against Shawn Porter, fighting Porter to a draw once, and Amir Khan, whom he dropped in their fight. I also had the opportunity to make a statement. I did that by stopping him in only three rounds.”

UD 12 Leonard Bundu, December 13, 2014, the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas:A previously unbeaten 40-year-old switch-hitting veteran, Bundu (31-1-2, 11 KO) was dropped by a first-round right hand in a shutout victory (120-107 three times) for Thurman who ended an eight-month ring absence and was recovering from an injured left shoulder.

“Bundu was a switch-hitting awkward fighter. I switched [to southpaw] on him in the first round and dropped him with a right hand,” said Thurman. “I out boxed him and really gave the world a taste of how good of a boxer I am. It was an easy blowout.”

UD 12 Robert Guerrero, March 7, 2015, MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas:Thurman entered this bout after having been elevated to the full champion before facing Guerrero (32-3-1, 18 KOs), a two-division title winner. He overcame a grotesque hematoma above his left eye from an accidental clash of heads, dropped “The Ghost” in the ninth-round, and lost a combined four rounds in PBC’s first ever main event. 

“Guerrero had fought Floyd Mayweather and I was happy to have a common opponent with Floyd, so that I could prove to the world that I deserved a shot at Mayweather,” said Thurman. “I had to overcome that adversity of having that hematoma by knocking him down in the ninth round. That fight really raised my stock to another level.”

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RTD 7 Luis Collazo, July 11, 2015, USF Sundome, Tampa:Thurman overcame a crippling left hand to the liver in the fifth round to become only the man to stop Collazo, a former champion who had gone the distance in losses to Ricky Hatton, Shane Mosley, Andre Berto and Amir Khan. In a homecoming fight, Thurman opened a deep gash over Collazo’s right eye with his own left hook, eventually resulting in the southpaw’s retiring on his stool after the seventh round.

“I was able to survive that body shot to perform in the next round. The fight was taking its toll on him though. I was becoming more comfortable and accurate as I physically broke him down,” said Thurman. “The arena was electric, and the love was amazing. It was a great homecoming to defend my world title near where I grew up in Clearwater, Florida.”

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 UD 12 Shawn Porter, June 25, 2016, Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York:Thurman overcame a bullish former champion in Porter (26-2-1, 16 KOs) before an electric crowd, winning a give-and-take, blood-and-guts brawl by scores of 115-113, on all three judges’ cards. Highlights were Thurman’s clean right hand-left hook combination that buckled Porter’s knees late in the third round, a 10th-round left hook that did the same, and an even more vicious head-swiveling hook in Round 11 of a Fight of The Year standout from 2016. 

 “Our fight was tough, back and forth, but by no means was Shawn Porter going to take my title,” said Thurman.  “I pushed myself over the final rounds to make sure I’d be victorious in what was one of the ‘Fight of The Year’ contenders that year. That fight proved to everyone that I can win any type of fight, against any type of fighter.”

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SD 12 Danny Garcia, March 4, 2017, Barclays Center:  Thurman won a clash of 28-year-olds over the then unbeaten Garcia (33-0, 19 KOs), along with the WBC’s crown in just the 10th title unification in division history and only the third between a pair of unbeaten fighters. The crowd of 16,533 represented the highest attended boxing match at Barclays Center to date. Thurman’s movement disrupted the timing of Garcia, a Philadelphia-based fighter who was a unified champion at 140-pounds. 

“This was two undefeated welterweights going toe-to-toe in the prime of their careers. Danny Garcia’s a sharp puncher who won the WBC’s vacant title that Floyd Mayweather gave up for retirement,” said Thurman. “But after beating Shawn Porter, I knew Danny would be an easy fight. This was my first chance to beat an undefeated world champion, and I came out swinging on him in round one to make a statement that his world title was about to be mine.”

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MD 12 Josesito Lopez, January 26, 2019, Barclays Center, Brooklyn:Thurman ended an injury-hampered 22-month ring absence against Lopez (36-8, 19 KOs), scoring a second-round knockdown with a left hook, being hurt by a right hand in the seventh, and using his mobility and athleticism down the stretch for the victory.

“I was really nervous about making weight after walking around at 182 for the past two years,” said Thurman. “But even though I got hit and hurt in the seventh round, I knew my boxing ability would get me through. It was a relief to make it through that fight feeling strong and healthy and I’ve taken those feelings right into this training camp.”

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Manny Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs), July 20, 2019, the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas:The 40-year-old Pacquiao has earned back-to-back victories over former champions by seventh-round TKO over Lucas Matthysse (July 2018) and unanimous decision Adrien Broner (January).

“Does Manny belong in the ring with a fighter in his prime? Is Keith Thurman still Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman after some vulnerability against Josesito Lopez?” said Thurman, rhetorically speaking. “Of course, I’d like to get the knockout or TKO, but either way, you’re going to see a world class performance that has me standing alone on top of a division that has so many great fighters. I’m trying to be that great, devastating champion once again, and come July 20, I will prove that I am.”

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Order the PPV and visit PremierBoxingChampions.com for Fight Night Info and more on Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman. 

Pacquiao vs. Thurman will pit boxing’s only eight-division world champion and Philippine Senator Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao against undefeated WBA Welterweight World Champion Keith “One Time” Thurman in the main event of a Premier Boxing Champions on FOX Sports Pay-Per-View event Saturday, July 20 from the MGM Grand Gardden Arena in Las Vegas.

The pay-per-view begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and will also feature undefeated former world champion Omar “El Panterita” Figueroa Jr. taking on Yordenis Ugás in a WBC welterweight title eliminator, plus hard-hitting former world champion Sergey Lipinets goes toe-to-toe against rugged veteran John “The Gladiator” Molina, Jr. and undefeated power-puncher Luis “Pantera” Nery faces slick-boxing Juan Carlos Payano in a bantamweight bout.

Preceding the pay-per-view is FOX PBC Fight Night on FOX and FOX Deportes, which is headlined by undefeated IBF Super Middleweight World Champion Caleb “Sweethands” Plant making the first defense of his title against unbeaten contender Mike Lee. Televised coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT with rising unbeaten heavyweight sensation Efe Ajagba squaring off against undefeated 2016 Turkish Olympian Ali Eren Demirezen.

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.

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VERGIL ORTIZ JR. TO FACE ANTONIO ‘RELENTLESS’ OROZCO IN A HOMETOWN BATTLE IN GRAND PRAIRIE, TEXAS

Jun 26, 2019

VERGIL ORTIZ JR. TO FACE ANTONIO ‘RELENTLESS’ OROZCO IN A HOMETOWN BATTLE IN GRAND PRAIRIE, TEXASCARD TO BE FILLED WITH PROSPECTS AND CONTENDERS FROM TEXASSATURDAY, AUG. 10 AT THE THEATRE AT GRAND PRAIRIE IN TEXAS AND STREAMED LIVE ON DAZN

Tickets on Sale Thursday, June 27 at 10:00 a.m. PT / 12:00 p.m. CT!GRAND PRAIRIE, TEXAS (June 26, 2019): Rising knockout artist Vergil Ortiz Jr. (13-0, 13 KOs) will return to his hometown of Grand Prairie, Texas to face former world title challenger Antonio “Relentless” Orozco (28-1, 17 KOs) in a 10-round main event in the welterweight division. The card will be utterly stacked with Golden Boy prospects and contenders, most of whom are from the Lone Star State.The event will take place on Saturday, Aug. 10 at The Theatre at Grand Prairie in Texas and will be streamed live on DAZN. “In his fight against Mauricio Herrera, Vergil Ortiz Jr. went from being the very best prospect in boxing to a serious contender in just three rounds,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy. “Ortiz has dynamite in both hands as shown by the way he easily handled Herrera, who had never been stopped before in his career. On the other hand, Antonio Orozco has the capabilities to ruin Ortiz’s homecoming party as he is one of the best contenders to come out of the 140-pound division. Fans can expect a crazy fight for as long as it lasts, so don’t miss it either in person or live on DAZN. We’ll also be presenting a full card of our prospects and contenders from the Texas area, so it will be a complete night of action!” Since debuting as a professional in 2016, Ortiz Jr. has never heard the final bell of a fight, and it doesn’t look like he’ll be hearing it anytime soon. Ortiz Jr., who has his roots in Michoacan, Mexico, will return after a stunning third-round knockout victory against Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera in the co-main event of Canelo vs. Jacobs. Ortiz Jr. is excited to headline in his hometown for the very first time against a very tough challenge in Orozco. “This will mean a lot to me,” said Ortiz Jr. “This is my first time fighting in my hometown, so this is very special to me. I know Antonio Orozco. Since I had about three professional fights, I kind of knew that we’d be facing each other at some point. He definitely is a tough fighter. He only has one loss, which was against Jose Carlos Ramirez, a world champion. It will be a tough fight. They don’t call him ‘Relentless’ for nothing. The fans are going to win in this fight. I have a lot of supporters in Texas, especially in my hometown, and they have been wanting to watch me fight. I know there will be a lot of people talking about it, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a full house.” Orozco is a 31-year-old contender who has defeated the likes of KeAndre “The Truth” Gibson, Humberto “La Zorrita” Soto and Emanuel “Tranzformer” Taylor. The native of San Diego, Calif. participated in his first world title opportunity against WBC Super Lightweight Champion Jose Carlos Ramirez in September 2018. Though unsuccessful, Orozco demonstrated his toughness, and he promises to return to title contention if successful against Ortiz Jr. “My manager called me and offered me this fight,” said Orozco. “As soon as I heard the name, I didn’t hesitate. This is a big opportunity to showcase my skills and my Mexican style. Honestly, I’m ready to derail the dreams of Vergil Ortiz Jr. On August 10, I will remind everyone why I deserve another shot at the title.”Hector “El Finito” Tanajara (17-0, 5 KOs) of San Antonio, Texas will defend his USNBC Lightweight Title in a 10-round clash. Joshua “The Professor” Franco (15-1-1, 7 KOs), the unified NABF and WBA International Bantamweight Champion of San Antonio, Texas, will defend his titles in a 10-round fight.Alex Rincon (6-0, 5 KOs), the hard-hitting southpaw of Dallas, Texas, will fight in a six-round battle.Travell “Black Magic” Mazion (14-0, 12 KOs) of Austin, Texas will participate in an eight-round super welterweight clash.George Rincon (6-0, 3 KOs) of Dallas, Texas will return in a six-round super lightweight battle.Newly-signed Golden Boy prospect Tristan Kalkreuth of Duncanville, Texas will make his professional debut in a four-round light heavyweight fight. Opponents for this card will be announced shortly.
Ortiz vs. Orozco is a 10-round welterweight fight presented by Golden Boy. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” and Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle.” The event will take place on Saturday, Aug. 10 at The Theatre at Grand Prairie in Texas and will be streamed live on DAZN.  

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Cambio de rival para Shakur Stevenson el 13 de julio en Newark

Jun 26, 2019

 Cambio de rival para Shakur Stevenson el 13 de julio en Newark

Los combates Stevenson vs.Manzanilla y Joshua Greer Jr.vs. Nikolai Potapov serán televisados por ESPN y ESPN Deportes a partir de las 10:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. PT

Las peleas preliminares se transmitirán en vivo por ESPN+ a las 7 p.m. ET / 4p.m. PT

¡TAQUILLAS A LA VENTA AHORA!

NEWARK, N.J. (25 de junio del 2019) — El nativo de Newark y ex medallista olímpico, Shakur Stevenson, se graduó de co-estelar a atracción principal, y regresará a su ciudad natal por primera vez como profesional cuando enfrente al ex retador al título mundial Franklin Manzanilla en una pelea de 10 asaltos de peso pluma el sábado 13 de julio en el Prudential Center.

Manzanilla reemplaza al oponente original Hairon Socarras, quien abandonó la pelea.

Los combates Stevenson vs. Manzanilla y el choque eliminatorio peso gallo de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo (FIB) entre el invicto contendiente Joshua Greer Jr. y Nikolai Potapov serán televisados ​​en vivo por ESPN y ESPN Deportes a partir de las 10:30 p.m. ET / 7: 30 p.m. PT

Las peleas preliminares se transmitirá en vivo por ESPN+, el servicio líder de transmisión de múltiples deportes, a partir de las 7 p.m. ET

En una promoción de Top Rank, los boletos con un precio de $100, $75, $50 y $25 (sin incluir las tarifas aplicables) ya están a la venta y se pueden comprar en Ticketmaster.com, por teléfono llamado al 800-745-3000 y en persona en la boletería del Prudential Center. “No importa a quien enfrente. Estoy listo para darle un gran espectáculo a mi ciudad natal”, dijo Stevenson. “Newark saldrá con toda su fuerza, y sé que una victoria el 13 de julio me acercará más a una oportunidad por el título mundial, que es mi objetivo final”.

“Batallé por un título mundial contra Rey Vargas en mi última pelea, y dejé escapar esa oportunidad”, dijo Manzanilla. “Contra Shakur, no quiero que eso me vuelva a pasar. Será un honor estar en el cuadrilátero con un atleta olímpico en un escenario tan grande. Estoy inspirado para dar a los fanáticos un gran espectáculo y arruinar la fiesta”.
Stevenson (11-0, 6 KOs), el contendiente No. 1 de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), regresó de los Juegos Olímpicos de Río 2016 como uno de los mejores prospectos del deporte. Se graduó de prospecto a estatus de contendiente en el 2018, eliminando al contendiente de larga data Viorel Simion en un asalto en el evento co-estelar televisado por ESPN en la cartelera de Terence Crawford ante Jose Benavídez en Omaha, Nebraska. Stevenson brilló en la cartelera Crawford-Amir Khan el 20 de abril en el Madison Square Garden, dominando al ex retador al título mundial Christopher “Pitufo” Díaz en 10 asaltos.

Manzanilla (18-5, 17 KOs) es un fuerte pegador colombiano que hizo su debut en Estados Unidos a principios de este año cuando desafió al invicto campeón súpergallo del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB), Vargas. Derribó a Vargas en el segundo asalto de una pelea dura, y finalmente cayó por una decisión unánime. Manzanilla posee una victoria por nocaut técnico en el 2018 sobre el ex campeón súpergallo del CMB, Julio Ceja, y solo ha sido noqueado una vez como profesional. 
Las peleas preliminares se transmitirán por ESPN+ e incluirán las siguientes peleas:
• Vijender Singh, medallista de bronce olímpico en el 2008 para India y el único medallista de boxeo olímpico en la historia de su país, se enfrentará a Mike Snider (13-5-3, 8 KOs) en una pelea de ocho asaltos de peso súper mediano. Singh peleó por última vez en diciembre del 2017 y espera acercarse a una oportunidad por el título mundial con un fuerte final de año.
• El invicto pegador boricua Joseph “Blessed Hands” Adorno (12-0, 10 KOs), verá acción en una pelea de ocho asaltos ante el veterano dominicano Adriano Ramírez (10-3, 6 KOs). Adorno tiene siete nocauts de primer asaltos en su record.
• Vito Mielnicki Jr. se convertirá en el primer boxeador de Nueva Jersey en convertirse en profesional a la edad de 17 años cuando pelee en un combate a cuatro asalto en peso súperwelter contra Tamarcus Smith (2-2, 2 KOs). Mielnicki recibió una exención especial para convertirse en profesional de la Junta de Control Atlético de Nueva Jersey.

• Julian Rodriguez (16-0, 10 KOs) regresará de un descanso de casi dos años para pelear contra Hevinson Herrera (24-17-1, 18 KOs) en una pelea de seis asaltos en el peso súperligero. Antes de convertirse en profesional en septiembre del 2013, Rodríguez ganó un título de Golden Gloves en el 2013.
• Josue “The Prodigy” Vargas (13-1, 8 KOs), del Bronx, buscará extender su racha ganadora a ocho contra Manuel López (14-3-1, 7 KOs) en una pelea de ocho asaltos en el peso súperligero.

• John “El Terrible” Bauza (12-0, 5 KOs), el prospecto superligero nacido en Puerto Rico que ahora reside en North Bergen, Nueva Jersey, se enfrentará al veterano mexicano Angel Sarinana (10-8-2, 4 KOs) en un choque a ocho rondas.
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