MICHAEL “THE COUNT” BISPING HEADLINES UFC® HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2019 AS FIRST INDUCTEE

Mar 18, 2019

MICHAEL “THE COUNT” BISPING HEADLINES UFC® HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2019 AS FIRST INDUCTEE


Las Vegas ­– UFC® today announced that former UFC middleweight champion and winner of season three of The Ultimate Fighter®, Michael Bisping, will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame’s ‘Modern Wing’ as a member of the class of 2019. The 2019 UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Toyo Tires®, will take place on Friday, July 5 in Las Vegas. The event will be streamed live and exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS®.

“It’s hard to have the level of talent needed to compete in UFC for any amount of time, but Michael Bisping was able to have an 11-year career where he became a world champion and won The Ultimate Fighter, not many people can say that,” UFC President Dana White said. “He also came back and coached The Ultimate Fighter and is now one of the best analysts on our broadcast team. Michael has been a huge part of not only building our brand, but also the sport of mixed martial arts. He absolutely deserves to be in the UFC Hall of Fame. Congratulations.”

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

A veteran of 40 professional fights during his 13-year career, Bisping compiled a record of 31-9, while capturing the UFC middleweight title, as well as the Cage Warriors, and Cage Rage light heavyweight titles. During his impressive career, Bisping earned notable victories over UFC Hall of Famer Dan Henderson, former UFC middleweight champions Anderson Silva and Luke Rockhold, former Strikeforce® middleweight champion Cung Le, former WEC® light heavyweight champion Brian Stann, and former WEC middleweight champion Chris Leben.   

Following impressive stints with Cage Warriors and Cage Rage, Bisping entered the third installment of UFC’s The Ultimate Fighter: Team Ortiz vs. Team Shamrock, with a 10-0 record in 2006. Bisping breezed through his first two fights on the show, dispatching each opponent with first round stoppages, before finishing Josh Hayes via second round TKO to win the light heavyweight tournament. Bisping began his post-TUF career at UFC® 66: LIDDELL vs. ORTIZ, on December 30, 2006, defeating Eric Schafer via first-round TKO. 

In 2011, Bisping would return to The Ultimate Fighter as a coach for season 14 against Jason Miller, while training featherweights and bantamweights in The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller. Bisping defeated Miller via TKO in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller Finale.

During his remarkable tenure inside the world-famous Octagon®, “The Count”, complete with his trademark entrance music, “Song 2” by Blur, would become a global fan favorite, registering a 20-9 record in UFC, which included capturing the UFC middleweight title by defeating Luke Rockhold at UFC® 199: ROCKHOLD vs. BISPING 2 in June 2016. Having lost to Rockhold in 2014, Bisping took the fight as the main event’s second replacement, on 17 days’ notice, winning the contest via strikes in the first round. 

Bisping enters the UFC Hall of Fame with an impressive resume that includes:

  • 16 wins as a UFC middleweight – most in UFC history   
  • 20 wins – Tied for 2nd in UFC history
  • 29 total fights – Tied for 3rd most in UFC history
  • 5:15:15 of time inside the Octagon – most by a middleweight in UFC history    
  • 1,384 significant strikes as a middleweight – most in the history of the middleweight division
  • 1,567 total significant strikes – 2nd in UFC history (Max Holloway – 1,627)
  • 1 of 8 TUF winners to become an undisputed UFC champion
  • The only UFC athlete in UFC history to win a season of The Ultimate Fighter and become a UFC champion that also successfully defended their title   
  • 1 of 4 UFC athletes to land 100 or more significant strikes in five different fights (TJ Dillashaw, Max Holloway, Joanna Jedrzejczyk)
  • Headlined UFC events in seven different countries – most in UFC history

A native of Manchester, England, Bisping began training jiu-jitsu at the age of eight. At the age of 15, he competed as an amateur in Britain’s first “no holds barred” competition, a precursor to modern MMA. Outside the Octagon, Bisping has become an accomplished combat sports analyst and commentator for UFC, as well as a successful entrepreneur as a stakeholder in UFC GYM – Costa Mesa and UFC UK. He has also excelled as an actor with roles / cameos in Den of Thieves; XXX: Return of Zander Cage; My Name is Lenny; and Triple Threat. He lives with his wife and three children in Orange County, CA.

The remaining inductees of the UFC Hall of Fame class of 2019 will be announced in the coming weeks leading to the 8th Annual UFC International Fight Week ™, taking place from Wednesday, July 3 – Sunday, July 7 in Las Vegas. To view Bisping’s UFC FIGHT PASS collection please visit: https://www.ufc.tv/category/ufc-hall-of-fame-michael-bisping-2019.

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EL CAMPEÓN REGRESA A MÉXICO

Mar 18, 2019

EL CAMPEÓN REGRESA A MÉXICOJAIME MUNGUÍA DEFENDERÁ SU TITULO MUNDIAL SUPERWELTER OMB ANTE DENNIS ‘HURRICANE’ HOGAN EN EL ARENA MONTERREY SÁBADO 13 DE ABRIL DE 2019 EN MONTERREY, MÉXICO Y TRANSMITIDO EN VIVO POR DAZNLOS ÁNGELES, California 14 de marzo de 2019. – Jaime Munguía (32-0, 26 nocáuts) realizará la cuarta defensa de su faja mundial superwelter OMB cuando se enfrente al retador mandatorio Dennis “Hurricane” Hogan(28-1-1, 7 nocáuts) en una batalla a 12 asaltos. El evento se efectuará el sábado 13 de abril de 2019 en la Arena Monterrey en Monterrey, Nuevo León, México y será transmitido por DAZN.  Munguía es un nativo de Tijuana, Baja California, México de 22 años de edad quien se catapultó a los niveles más altos de la división superwelter luego de noquear al olímpico estadounidense Sadam ‘World Kid’ Ali para capturar la corona mundial superwelter OMB. El aguerrido púgil mexicano ha enfrentado desde entonces a peleadores de la talla de Liam “Beefy” Smith, Brandon “Bad Boy” Cook Takeshi Inoue. Munguía ahora retornará a México después de no haber peleado ahí desde el marzo de 2018, y a la misma vez en una pelea difícil ante Hogan. “Me siento contento de estar regresando a México”, dijo Jaime Munguía. “La última vez que peleé en México fue aquí en Monterrey, y estoy emocionado de regresar. Estoy contento de brindarle espectáculo a mi público mexicano. A la misma vez es importante pelear ante la plataforma de DAZN. Es un honor para mí estar en esa plataforma que es nueva, pero muy importante. Es el futuro del boxeo”, enfatizó. Hogan es un contendiente irlandés quien reside en Queensland, Australia. El púgil de 34 años de edad tuvo su primera oportunidad de título mundial ante “Golden” Jack Culcay en 2015. A pesar de no ganar, Hogan regreso tras su única derrota para obtener seis victorias en fila y el estado de retador obligatorio para el título que actualmente posee Munguía. “Tengo muchas ganas de enfrentar a Jaime Munguía el 13 de abril en Monterrey, México”, aseveró Dennis Hogan. “La cultura mexicana tiene una rica historia en el boxeo, y no puedo esperar para mostrarle a México y al resto del mundo que estoy listo para destronar a Munguía. No me preocupa su poder, ya que he combatido contra oponentes más grande y más fuerte. Mi presión y mi estilo le darán problemas a Munguía. He estado peleando por esta oportunidad desde que tenía ocho años. Mi equipo en DDP Sports y Peter Kahn trabajaron arduamente para finalizar esta pelea, y estoy ansioso por llevar el título de la OMB de peso mediano junior a Australia”, puntualizó. “Ya era tiempo que Golden Boy regresara a México con Jaime Munguía, uno de sus campeones mundiales más dominantes”, anotó Oscar de la Hoya, Presidente y Jefe Ejecutivo de Golden Boy. “Estamos entusiasmados por este esfuerzo con nuestros socios y co promotores en Zanfer Promotions, ya que estamos trabajamos duro para convertir a Munguía en un estrella internacional. No tengo dudas que Munguía agotará los boletos de la Arena Monterrey ya que personas de todo el país vendrán a verlo pelear. Munguía también ha demostrado ser un favorito de los fanáticos que disfrutan del boxeo en casa, así que espero que muchos aficionados se sintonicen a través de la mejor plataforma del boxeo, DAZN”, subrayó. “Este será el regreso de Jaime Munguía a tierras mexicanas después de una gran campaña en Estados Unidos”, afirmó Fernando Beltrán, Jefe Ejecutivo de Zanfer Promotions. ‘Y, sobre todo, se llevará a cabo en una gran plataforma, una que realmente ha cambiado el deporte. Es la plataforma que ha eliminado el pago por evento, y es DAZN. A la misma vez, regresamos con nuestra alianza estratégica con nuestros grandes amigos en Golden Boy. Estoy muy feliz que estemos aquí juntos, promoviendo al gran peleador y estrella mexicano en el nombre Jaime Munguía”, finalizó. Este explosivo respaldo también contará con tres combates adicionales con peleadores del establo de Golden Boy. El contendiente brasileño PatrickTeixeira (29-1, 22 nocáuts) regresará ante Thomas Lamanna (27-2-1, 9 nocáuts) de Millville, Nueva Jersey el evento co estelar a 10 asaltos por el cetro superwelter Latino de la OMB. Daniel Valladares (19-1, 11 nocáuts) de Monterrey, Nuevo León, México tendrá acción a seis asaltos en peso mini mosca.   Diego de la Hoya (21-0, 10 nocáuts) of Mexicali, Baja California, México chocará ante Enrique Bernache (24-12, 12 nocáuts) de Guadalajara, Jalisco, México en un duelo a 10 asaltos en peso pluma.              Arely “Ametralladora” Muciño (27-3-2, 10 nocáuts) de Monterrey, Nuevo León, México retornará en un combate a 10 giros en peso mosca. Irving Turrubiates (18-0, 12 nocáuts) de Monterrey, Nuevo León, México participará en una batalla a ocho episodios en peso pluma.  Javier González (13-0, 10 nocáuts) de Torreón, Coahuila, México peleará en un choque a seis asaltos en peso ligero. Alex Rincón (6-0, 6 nocáuts) de Dallas, Texas participará en un duelo a seis asaltos en peso superwelter ante Isaac Mireles (7-6, 3 nocáuts) de Chihuahua, México. Los oponentes de Valladares, Muciño, Turrubiates y González se anunciará en breve.

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La FIFA anuncia los países participantes y la ciudad anfitriona de la edición inaugural de la FIFA eNations Cup

Mar 18, 2019

La FIFA anuncia los países participantes y la ciudad anfitriona de la edición inaugural de la FIFA eNations Cup

· Londres será el escenario de la primera FIFA eNations Cup los próximos 13 y 14 de abril 
· 20 naciones de seis confederaciones confirmaron su participación en este primer torneo
· La FIFA eNations Cup se disputará en un innovador formato de dos contra dos

La FIFA ha confirmado hoy el elenco de países que competirán por primera vez en la FIFA eNations Cup, así como la ciudad en la que tendrá lugar la edición inaugural de la competición el próximo mes.

Como uno de los grandes eventos de la EA SPORTS FIFA 19 Global Series, la FIFA ha añadido la FIFA eNations Cup al calendario profesional de eFootball de esta temporada, en la que participarán veinte selecciones de todas las confederaciones (Concacaf, CONMEBOL, CAF, OFC, AFC y UEFA).

Además del reconocimiento internacional y los 100 000 USD en premios para los equipos, los jugadores seleccionados por su federación miembro para participar en la FIFA eNations Cup 2019 también tendrán la oportunidad de ganar hasta 1500 puntos de la EA SPORTS FIFA 19 Global Series, lo que representa la posibilidad de ascender en el FIFA 19 Global Series Rankings y de dar un salto hacia adelante considerable rumbo a la FIFA eWorld Cup 2019.

Tras un amplio y minucioso proceso de evaluación e invitación realizado por la FIFA para el torneo inaugural, los 20 países que confirmaron su presencia en la FIFA eNations Cup 2019 son los siguientes:

• Argentina
• Australia
• Brasil
• RP China
• Dinamarca
• Inglaterra (anfitrión)
• Finlandia
• Francia
• Alemania
• México
• Países Bajos
• Nueva Zelanda
• Noruega
• Portugal
• Arabia Saudí
• Sudáfrica
• España
• Suecia
• Rusia
• EE. UU.

Además, la FIFA también ha confirmado que Londres será la anfitriona de la primera FIFA eNations Cup, que emitirán los titulares de los derechos audiovisuales. También se emitirá en directo en los canales digitales de la FIFA los días 13 y 14 de abril.

Christian Volk, director de eFootball y Gaming de la FIFA, declaró:

«Con 20 de los países en la élite del eFootball compitiendo mano a mano, la edición inaugural de este año de la FIFA eNations Cup será otro gran ejemplo de la pasión y la emoción del eFootball y dará a jugadores y federaciones miembro la oportunidad de competir con orgullo por sus países y granjearse el reconocimiento internacional. Tras el interés sin precedentes que ha despertado la competición, la decisión de ampliar la FIFA eNations Cup de 16 a 20 equipos dará a más federaciones miembro la posibilidad de competir a escala internacional en eFootball y servirá de plataforma para que, en el futuro, la FIFA continúe promoviendo y desarrollando este deporte y la FIFA eNations Cup para las federaciones miembro de todo el mundo y la comunidad global de aficionados».

Según el formato de la primera FIFA eNations Cup, los países y los jugadores participantes disputarán partidos individuales (uno contra uno) y en equipo (dos contra dos) tanto en Xbox como en Play Station durante la fase de grupos, y las dos naciones mejor clasificadas de cada uno de los cuatro grupos pasarán a la fase de eliminación directa.

Como explica Volk:

«Estamos muy satisfechos con el retorno del formato dos contra dos, que ya fue todo un éxito en la FIFA eClub World Cup el mes pasado, y que se utilizará en la primera FIFA eNations Cup de la historia. El nuevo formato de partidos “dos contra dos” constituye otra innovación en el eFootball esta temporada y aportará más emoción, así como otra dinámica, al torneo, el cual será una exhibición de dos días de algunos de los más grandes talentos internacionales del eFootball».

Las federaciones miembro se encargarán de realizar el proceso de clasificación de las selecciones que disputarán la FIFA eNations Cup.

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UFC Returns to Fort Lauderdale with Pivotal Middleweight Rematch

Mar 18, 2019

UFC® RETURNS TO FORT LAUDERDALE

WITH PIVOTAL MIDDLEWEIGHT REMATCH BETWEEN

(#1) YOEL ROMERO AND (#3) JACARE SOUZA

UFC® returns to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. with a thrilling middleweight rematch between No. 1 ranked contender Yoel Romero and No. 3 Jacare Souza. In a battle of light heavyweight sluggers, No. 11 ranked Glover Teixeira takes on hard-hitting Ion CutelabaUFC FIGHT NIGHT® ON ESPN: ROMERO vs. JACARE 2 takes place at the BB&T Center on Saturday, April 27 with ESPN airing the main card live at 9 p.m. ET. Prelims start at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN+ kicks off the event with a live stream of the early prelims at 5:30 p.m. ET. ESPN Deportes will air the prelims live at 7 p.m. ET and stream the main card in Spanish at 9 p.m. ET on the ESPN App. All UFC live events on ESPN+ will also be available in English and Spanish.

Romero (13-3, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla. by way of Pinar Del Rio, Cuba) got his hand raised in the competitive first encounter, edging out a split decision win. A silver medalist in freestyle wrestling in the 2000 Olympics, Romero has earned emphatic wins over the 185-pound elite. He has delivered spectacular knockouts against Luke Rockhold, Chris Weidman, Lyoto Machida and Derek Brunson, and now he aims for another show-stealing finish to stake his claim for a title shot.

Among the most decorated grapplers in MMA, Souza (26-6 1NC, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) has shown his striking can be just as dangerous as his submission game. During his UFC run, he’s netted impressive victories against Vitor Belfort, Gegard Mousasi, Derek Brunson and Tim Boetsch. His most recent outing saw him earn a sensational KO over former champion Chris Weidman. He now looks to earn a measure of revenge against Romero and secure the No. 1 contender’s spot.

Former light heavyweight title challenger Teixeira (28-7, fighting out of Danbury, Conn. by way of Minas Gerais, Brazil) looks to earn his way back into the championship conversation. He has defeated some of the most iconic names in the sport, including former champions Rashad Evans and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. With 14 of his last 16 wins coming by stoppage, Teixeira is eager to show he can still compete with the best in the world by taking out up-and-coming prospect Cutelaba.

Cutelaba (14-3, fighting out of Chisinau, Moldova) is gunning to earn his third stoppage victory in a row against the toughest test of his career in Teixeira. A 25-year-old with an impressive 10 wins in under 1:13, Cutelaba is one of the brighter prospects at 205 pounds, most recently taking out Luis Henrique da Silva and Gadzhimurad Antigulov via first-round KO. Now, Cutelaba looks to break into the rankings and work his way to title contention with his most impressive performance yet.

Announced bouts on the card include:

  • No. 8-ranked bantamweight contender John Lineker(31-8, fighting out of Paranagua, Brazil) goes for his 15th career KO as he looks to hand rising prospect Cory Sandhangen(10-1, fighting out of Aurora, Colo.) his first UFC loss
  • Former UFC heavyweight champion and No. 14-ranked contender Andrei Arlovski (27-17, fighting out of Chicago, Ill.) sets his sights on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series signeeAugusto Sakai (11-1-1, fighting out of Curitiba, Brazil)
  • In a welterweight bout guaranteed to deliver fireworks, Alex Oliveira (19-5-1 2NC, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) takes on Li Jingliang (15-5, fighting out of Beijing, China)
  • In an early Fight of the Night candidate, long-time veteran Jim Miller(29-13, fighting out of Sparta, N.J.) guns for his 19th UFC victory by taking out Jason Gonzalez (11-4, fighting out of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.)
  • Former strawweight champion and No. 10-ranked contender Carla Esparza (14-6, fighting out of Irvine, Calif.) collides with surging prospect Livinha Souza (12-1, fighting out of Sao Paulo, Brazil)
  • The Ultimate Fighter season 11 winner Court McGee (20-6-1, fighting out of Orem, Utah) hopes to keep his momentum going against Dhiego Lima (15-7, fighting out of Atlanta, Ga.)
  • Former strawweight title challenger Jessica Penne (12-6, fighting out of Huntington Beach, Calif.) aims to rebound against Jodie Esquibel (6-4, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.)
  • Former NFL standout Greg Hardy (2-1, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.) goes for his first UFC victory when he meets Dmitrii Smoliakov (9-2, fighting out of Kaliningrad City, Russia)

For the latest information on additional bouts for this event, please visit www.ufc.com. All bouts live and subject to change.

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT® ON ESPN: ROMERO vs. JACARE 2 will air live from BB&T Center on ESPN at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on Saturday, April 27, with the ESPN broadcast prelims kicking off the ESPN broadcast at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. Early prelims stream on ESPN+ at 5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT.

Tickets for UFC FIGHT NIGHT® ON ESPN: ROMERO vs. JACARE 2 go on sale Friday, March 15 at 10 a.m. ET. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.ticketmaster.com. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person.

UFC Fight Club® members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets Wednesday, March 13 at 10 a.m. ET via the website www.ufcfightclub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Thursday, March 14 starting at 10 a.m. ET. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.

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GOLDEN BOY Y DAZN UNEN FUERZAS PARA PRESENTAR UNA SERIE MENSUAL CON DESTACADOS PROSPECTOS Y CONTENDIENTES EN ASCENSO

Mar 18, 2019

GOLDEN BOY Y DAZN UNEN FUERZAS PARA PRESENTAR UNA SERIE MENSUAL CON DESTACADOS PROSPECTOS Y CONTENDIENTES EN ASCENSOLA NUEVA SERIE INCLUIRÁ UN PROGRAMA DE ESTUDIO QUE CONTARÁ CON ANÁLISIS Y AVANCES DE LOS PRÓXIMOS EVENTOS DEL BOXEO MUNDIALGOLDEN BOY DAZN THURSDAY NIGHT FIGHTS DEBUTARÁ EL 21 DE MARZO DE 2019 EN EL AVALON HOLLYWOOD


       LOS ÁNGELES, California 13 de marzo de 2019. –  Golden Boy, una de lasprincipales marcas de media y entretenimiento, se ha unido con DAZN, el gigante de transmisión deportiva global, para anunciar el inicio de una nueva serie mensual de boxeo con los mejores prospectos y contendientes en ascenso. La serie se estrenará el jueves 21 de marzo de 2019 en Avalon Hollywood, y consiste en un programa de tres horas que incluye un bloque de dos horas de peleas en vivo seguidas de un programa de estudio de una hora. El programa de estudio contará con escritores de renombre de la revista Ring Magazine que brindarán un análisis profundo y vistas previas de los eventos de boxeo en todo el orbe. La serie se distribuirá a los canales de cable regionales en Estados Unidos, así como en todo el mundo, en las estaciones y redes internacionales de televisión.        “Esta serie Golden Boy DAZN refuerza nuestro compromiso de hacer que el entretenimiento de combates sea más accesible y disponible para las masas”, dijo Óscar de la Hoya, Presidente y Jefe Ejecutivo de Golden Boy. “Estamos orgullosos de ofrecer a los fanáticos del boxeo grandes peleas en vivo junto con el nuevo Ring Report, un programa de estudio semanal que cubre el mundo del boxeo con un aspecto innovador de redes sociales y contenido de los mejores bloggers de boxeo en el negocio”, explicó.        Los fanáticos del arte de fistiana han deseado una noche y hora constante para el boxeo, dejado por la ausencia causada por la pérdida de los USA Tuesday Night Fights, que duró 16 años, y ESPN Friday Night Fights, que se ejecutó durante otros 17 años antes de ser cancelado en el 2015. Una noche y una hora constante para la acción pugilística fue parte de la cultura del boxeo durante más de 30 años, y Golden Boy se enorgullece de traerlo de vuelta y hacer crecer una nueva base de fanáticos alrededor de esta serie.        Estos eventos también introducirán y familiarizarán a los aficionados los campeones del mundo y las estrellas de la próxima generación, peleadores que luego se graduarán al tipo de alto calibre de eventos DAZN que actualmente cuentan con peleadores de la talla de Canelo ÁlvarezAnthony JoshuaJaime Munguía, y muchos otros. La serie boxística en vivo se transmitirá cada mes en las siguientes fechas: 

  • 21 de marzo de 2019
  • 25 de abril de 2019
  • 16 de mayo de 2019
  • 13 de junio de 2019
  • 18 de julio de 2019
  • 22 de agosto de 2019
  • 26 de septiembre de 2019
  • 24 de octubre de 2019
  • 14 de noviembre 2019
  • 5 de diciembre 2019 

       La entidad de producción interna de Golden Boy producirá la serie en vivo como una presentación de Golden Boy DAZN. Las peleas mensuales en vivo y el show de estudio se transmitirá de 10:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. ET/7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. PT en canales de cable regionales en todo Estados Unidos, así como en todo el mundo en estaciones de televisión y redes internacionales. Golden Boy trabajará estrechamente con sus filiales estadounidenses e internacionales, proveyendo promociones personalizadas y materiales de mercadeo para impulsar a los aficionados a sintonizar la serie
       Los detalles sobre los filiales de Golden Boy DAZN se anunciarán en breve.   Sobre Golden Boy:Golden Boy, ubicado en Los Ángeles, fue establecido en 2002 por Óscar de la Hoya, el primer hispano de ser dueño de una compañía nacional de promoción de boxeo. Golden Boy es una marca de medios y entretenimiento comprometido a hacer que el entretenimiento de combates sea más accesible y disponible. El equipo de producción interno de la compañía desarrolla programación creativa original para ESPN, RingTV.com y canales internacionales en todo el mundo. La compañía tiene los derechos exclusivos de los mejores boxeadores y ha promovido algunos de los eventos más grandes y de mayor recaudación en la historia del deporte. Ahora, Golden Boy es una de las compañías de entretenimiento boxístico más exitosas del mundo y configura el futuro del boxeo para peleadores y fanáticos a través de su asociación de 2019 con la poderosa plataforma de transmisión, DAZN.        Para más información, visite www.goldenboypromotions.com y DAZN.com. Síganos en Twitter en @GoldenBoyBoxing y @DAZN_USA. Conviértase en un fanático de Facebook en www.facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing y https://www.facebook.com/DAZNUSA/. Síganos en @GoldenBoyBoxing y @DAZN_USA. Siga la conversación utilizando #ThursdayNightFights y #TNF

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Vasiliy Lomachenko y Zurdo Ramirez se preparan para sus combates

Mar 15, 2019

Vasiliy Lomachenko y Zurdo Ramírez se preparan para sus combates del 12 de abril en el Staples Center

Lomachenko vs. Anthony Crolla y Ramírez vs. Tommy Karpency encabezarán la función de que se transmitirá por ESPN+ a partir de las 11 pm ET / 8 pm PT

El campeón mundial peso ligero de la Asociación Mundial de Boxeo (AMB) y Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), Vasiliy “Loma” Lomachenko, y el invicto monarca mexicano, Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramírez, llegaron al Fortune Gym de Hollywood el lunes en la mañana para un entrenamiento de medios mientras se preparan para sus respectivos combates, el 12 de abril en el Staples Center.
Lomachenko, el Picaasso libra por libra del boxeo, defenderá sus títulos ante el ex campeón mundial de peso ligero Anthony “Million Dollar” Crolla.

En el choque co-estelar, el invicto campeón mexicano y largo rey de peso súpermediano de la OMB, Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramírez, hará su debut en el peso semipesado en un combate a 10 asaltos contra Tommy Karpency.

Los combates Lomachenko vs. Crolla y Ramírez vs. Karpency se transmitirá en vivo y exclusivamente en los Estados Unidos a partir de las 11 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. PT por ESPN+ – el servicio de transmisión de suscripción directa al consumidor, que marcará su primer aniversario desde el lanzamiento el día de la pelea. La cartelera completa también se transmitirá en vivo por ESPN+ a partir de las 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT 

En una promoción de Top Rank, en asociación con Matchroom Boxing USA, los boletos con un precio de $310.50, $207, $103.50, $77.65 y $51.75 (incluidas las tarifas de las instalaciones) están disponibles ahora y se pueden comprar visitando AXS.com.

Esto fue lo que dijeron Loma y Zurdo durante el entrenamiento de medios:

Vasiliy Lomachenko

Sobre Anthony Crolla como peleador.

“No me sé mucho de él. Lo conozco por sus dos peleas con Jorge Linares. Sé que él es un peleador agresivo, y me gusta pelear con los peleadores que vienen adelante.”

En la preparación para su pelea con Crolla

“Me preparo como siempre. Estamos entrenando duro. He estado entrenando por un par de meses y ofreceré una gran demostración para mis fanáticos en Los Ángeles y en ESPN+. Mostraré a todos mi mejor estilo y espero que todos lo disfruten.”

Sobre si cree que va a dominar Crolla

“No lo sé. No puedo ver el futuro. Depende de cómo él pelee. Ya veremos.”

Sobre su categoría de peso ideal

“En este momento, soy un peso ligero, pero el peso ligero no es mi categoría de peso ideal. Mi objetivo ahora es unificar los cuatro títulos, y luego veremos. Tal vez voy a bajar a 130 libras y ganar títulos mundiales allí por segunda vez.”

Sobre futuros oponentes

“Quiero pelear con los mejores. Pero ahora, Crolla es la mejor opción. Él es el retador obligatorio y quería pelear conmigo. Por eso acepté esta pelea.”

Sobre Teofimo López

“Estoy listo para todos. Necesito todos los cinturones. Si él tiene un cinturón, puede entrar en el ring y pelearé con él.”

Gilberto Ramírez

“Hice historia cuando me convertí en el primer campeón supermediano en la historia del boxeo mexicano, y ahora subo a las 175 libras para continuar haciendo historia.”

“Quiero enfrentar a los mejores y limpiar la división. Quiero todos los títulos. Quiero ser uno de los mejores peleadores libra por libra. Estoy listo para demostrar que soy un peleador elite.”

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

Utilice el hashtag #LomaCrolla para seguir la conversación en las redes sociales.

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Rungvisai and Estrada Rematch Coming to the Forum April 26

Mar 7, 2019

TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR LA BLOCKBUSTER!
Rungvisai and Estrada rematch with Roman and Doheny aiming to unify on Friday, April 26 at the Forum
 Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Francisco Estrada rematch and Daniel Roman and TJ Doheny clash in a unification bout at the “Fabulous” Forum in Los Angeles on Friday, April 26 live on DAZN in the UK and on Sky Sports in the US – and tickets for the blockbuster fight night are on sale now! **TICKETS START FROM JUST $25 AND ARE ON SALE NOW FROM TICKETMASTER**
Rungvisai (47-4-1 41KOs) and Estrada (38-3 26KOs) served up a fight of the year candidate in February in the same LA venue – with Rungsivai edging it over Estrada by majority decision.

The Thai star will defend his WBC and Ring Magazine titles against the Mexican ace, with both men pocketing a pair of wins apiece since their epic tussle in California. Rungvisai was unable to make this week’s launch press conference in LA, but the challenger and former Flyweight World ruler believes that he will settle the score in another epic showdown.

“I’m extremely excited for this rematch,” said Estrada. “I know a lot of fans were asking for it. I’m getting ready to bring the title back to Mexico.

“I’m confident that I’m going to win the fight, but I’m also very excited to watch some of the undercard fights. I think it’s a stacked card, I like a lot of these fighters, so it will be a good card for everybody.”

Roman’s clash with Doheny promises fireworks, and it’s rich reward for two men who enjoyed great years in 2018.

WBA champion Roman (26-2-1 10KOs) made the first defense of his WBA crown in Japan over Ryo Matsumoto in February and followed that with another authoritative points triumph over Moises Flores in Frisco, Dallas in June, and then put the cherry on top of a fine year by stopping Brit challenger Gavin McDonnell in the tenth round of their clash on the first American boxing bill live on DAZN in October.

Like Roman, Doheny (21-0 15KOs) also went to the Far East for a massive fight, ripping the IBF crown from Ryosuke Iwasa in August in Tokyo. The Irishman’s first defense saw another Japanese look to take the title back to Japan, but Ryohei Takahashi was stopped by the 32 year old champion at Madison Square Garden in January.

“I’m excited to be back home,” said Roman. “This is a fight you want to see. The best against the best, champion against champion. I’ve been asking for this fight since I won the World title, and finally it’s here. It’s going to be a great card, but I feel we’re going to steal the show that night.”

“This is the kind of fight I want to be involved in,” said Doheny. “It’s a dream of mine – as soon as I got my World title that’s all I’ve been pushing for is a unification. I want to thank Daniel Roman for taking the fight and wanting to unify the division. In my opinion this is probably the best two 122 fighters in the world going off right now.

“There’s a lot of respect between myself and Danny, a fight of this magnitude does not need that kind of stuff. Come April 26 when that first bell goes, the respect will be gone out the window, and the fans can expect fireworks.”

A stacked undercard in support of the two World title battles is led by former two-weight World champion Jessie Vargas (28-2-2 10KOs) taking his first steps at 154lbs in his attempts to become a three-weight World ruler.

That will be Vargas’ first fight under new trainer Freddie Roach, and it’s a busy night for the Hall of Fame coach as Scott Quigg (35-2-2 26KOs) continues his charge to becoming a two-weight World champ.

Unbeaten Super-Middleweight talent Anthony Sims Jr is set for a breakout year and will fight for his first title on the bill. Sims (17-0 16 KOs), who is in action in Peterborough, England on Saturday night live on DAZN and Sky Sports, clocked three stoppage wins in the second half of 2018, and will look to convert that momentum in style in first the UK and then in LA.

Shakhram Giyasov (7-0 6KOs) and Diego Pacheco (2-0 1KO) landed wins in Tijuana, Mexico this weekend and will fight on the bill, while Eddie Hearn’s latest addition to his blossoming stable of young USA talents, Houston’s Austin ‘Ammo’ Williams, will make his pro debut on the card.

Tickets are on sale now prices from just $25 – to charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets are also available for purchase at www.fabulousforum.com or www.ticketmaster.com, and also at the Forum Box Office.

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Vijender Singh Tabs Freddie Roach as Head Trainer for April 12 Ring Return

Mar 7, 2019

Vijender Singh Hires Freddie Roach as Head Trainer

Singh to fight April 12 at Staples Center on Lomachenko-Crolla card LIVE on ESPN+

 Indian boxing sensation and undefeated super middleweight contender Vijender Singh is set to begin the next phase of his career with a new trainer — Hall of Famer Freddie Roach — in his corner.

The 33-year-old Singh recently relocated his training base to Southern California to work with Roach, a 2012 International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) inductee.

Singh will make his ring return Friday, April 12 at Staples Center in a scheduled eight-round bout on the Vasiliy Lomachenko-Anthony Crolla undercard against an opponent to be named. His bout will stream live in the United States on ESPN+ and will be featured on the undercard broadcast, which begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

“I am thrilled to start my training under such a legendary figure in world boxing,” Singh said. “It’s a great honor for me to train with Freddie, who has already trained the likes of so many world champion boxers. Professional boxing in the United States is of the highest level, and I believe Freddie is the right guy to bring the best out of me. I look forward to showing the boxing fans a new and improved Vijender Singh. I know that with Freddie’s guidance, I can become a world champion.”

“I believe Vijender has the talent and the dedication to become a world champion,” Roach said. “He has a great amateur background, a style that will give any super middleweight in the world problems, and power in both hands.”

“Vijender represents the most populous country in the world,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “We believe that with Freddie in his corner, Vijender will become a major star and open up the great country of India to boxing.”

Singh (10-0, 7 KOs), one of India’s most revered sporting figures, became the first Indian boxer to capture an Olympic medal when he took bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He has not fought since a unanimous decision win over Ernest Amuzu on Dec. 23, 2017, in Jaipur, India, and will be making his American debut on April 12. No Indian boxer has ever won a professional world title, and Singh, with Roach in his corner, hopes to make history yet again.

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UFC RETURNS TO ATLANTA WITH TWO PIVOTAL CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHTS

Mar 5, 2019

FEATURED BOUTS:

(C – FTW) MAX HOLLOWAY vs. (#3 – LW) DUSTIN POIRIER

(#4) KELVIN GASTELUM vs. (#5) ISRAEL ADESANYA

TICKETS FOR UFC® 236: HOLLOWAY vs. POIRIER 2 AT THE ALL-NEW STATE FARM ARENA GO ON SALE FRIDAY, MARCH 8

PRELIMINARY FIGHTS LIVE ON ESPN, ESPN DEPORTES

Las Vegas – For the first time in over two years, the UFC returns to Atlanta and brings with it two pivotal title fights, as reigning featherweight champion and No. 4-ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the world Max Holloway moves up in weight to attempt to become the fourth athlete to hold two UFC belts at the same time when he takes on No. 3-ranked lightweight contender Dustin Poirier for the interim UFC lightweight crown. Also, top middleweight contenders clash for the interim 185-pound belt as No. 4-ranked Kelvin Gastelum and No. 5-ranked Israel Adesanya vie for their first gold strap. UFC® 236: HOLLOWAY vs. POIRIER 2 takes place Saturday, April 13 at the all-new State Farm Arena and will air live on Pay-Per-View.

Preliminary fights will air nationally in English and Spanish on ESPN and ESPN Deportes starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. In addition to linear coverage of the preliminaries, fans will be able to purchase and watch UFC 236 on ESPN.com/UFC236, beginning in late March. Once purchased, fans will be able to watch the event on the web or in the ESPN App on mobile or TV-connected devices. They also can purchase and watch UFC 236 on UFC.com or the UFC App.

After dominating 13 opponents in a row at featherweight, reigning champion Holloway (20-3, fighting out of Waianae, Hawaii) moves up in weight for the first time in his career, as he chases the top of the pound-for-pound rankings by joining Conor McGregor, Daniel Cormier and Amanda Nunes as the only athletes to hold two UFC belts at the same time. During his run at featherweight, Holloway finished former long-time featherweight champion Jose Aldo twice, former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, and previously undefeated challenger Brian Ortega. Now, Holloway looks to avenge the first loss of his professional career by being only the second man to defeat Poirier in the last four years. 

Poirier (24-5, 1 NC fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.) aims to capitalize on the best run of his UFC tenure, as he looks to capture his first UFC title by proving his 2012 win over Holloway was no fluke. With his last four wins all earning him post-fight bonuses, Poirier has established himself as one of the most dangerous and entertaining competitors in arguably the deepest division in UFC. With his most recent stoppage wins coming over former lightweight champions Eddie Alvarez and Anthony Pettis, as well as durable top-contender Justin Gaethje, Poirier is confident that he has what it takes to stop Holloway from joining the ranks of double champions.

Six years to the day that he became The Ultimate Fighter: 17 middleweight champion Gastelum (16-3, 1 NC fighting out of Yuma, Ariz., by way of Huntington Beach, Calif.) is set to compete for the first UFC title of his career. Previously scheduled to face current middleweight champion Robert Whittaker at UFC 234 in February before Whittaker was forced to withdraw due to illness, Gastelum now looks to further cement his status in the division by becoming the only man to defeat fellow top-contender Adesanya. Coming off impressive wins over former middleweight champion Michael Bisping and No. 3-ranked contender Jacare Souza, Gastelum believes that the time is now for him to prove that he is the best middleweight in the world.

One of the fastest-rising prospects in UFC history, Adesanya (16-0, fighting out of Auckland, New Zealand) is fresh off an impressive victory over legendary former middleweight champion Anderson Silva and is now set to compete for his first title just over a year after joining the promotion. A multiple-time kickboxing champion with a reported record of 75-4, Adesanya is one of the highest-level strikers to ever compete in the Octagon, as evidenced by 13 of his 16 MMA wins coming via KO. Adesanya is now poised on the break of superstardom and intends to show that he is as good as he says by becoming the first person in history to KO Gastelum.

Additional bouts on the card include:

  • Former light heavyweight title challenger and No. 12-ranked contender Ovince Saint Preux (23-12, fighting out of Knoxville, Tenn.) looks to bounce back into the win column against Ukrainian prospect Nikita Krylov (25-6, fighting out of Donetsk, Ukraine)
  • Knockout artists clash as former football player Eryk Anders (11-3, fighting out of Birmingham, Ala.) and The Ultimate Fighter veteran Khalil Rountree (8-3, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.) look to establish themselves as fighters to watch in the light heavyweight division
  • Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series signee Montel Jackson (7-1, fighting out of Milwaukee, Wisc.) hunts for another first-round finish against the durable Andre Soukhamthath (13-6, Lake Worth, Fla. by way of Woonsocket, R.I.)
  • Former flyweight title challenger and current No. 5-ranked contender Wilson Reis (23-9, fighting out of San Diego, Calif.) aims to defend his rank and work his way back to another title shot by taking out No. 6-ranked contenderAlexandre Pantoja (20-3, Arraial Do Cabo, Brazil)
  • The first athlete officially signed from Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series Boston Salmon (6-1, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.) makes his long-anticipated UFC debut against German prospect Khalid Taha (12-2, fighting out of Dortmund, Germany)

For the latest information on additional bouts for this event, please visit www.ufc.com. All bouts live and subject to change.

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CANELO ALVAREZ AND DANIEL ‘MIRACLE MAN’ JACOBS LOS ANGELES PRESS CONFERENCE

Mar 5, 2019

CANELO ALVAREZ AND DANIEL ‘MIRACLE MAN’ JACOBS LOS ANGELES PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES, PHOTOS AND VIDEOSSATURDAY, MAY 4, 2019 AND STREAMED LIVE EXCLUSIVELY ON DAZN

(ABOVE: Canelo Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs pose for the media in Los Angeles during thethird and final stop of their three-city press tour to promote their May 4 showdown at T-Mobile Arena and streamed live exclusively on DAZN)

Photos/VideosPhoto Credit: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy PromotionsVideo Credit: Golden Boy Promotions 

LOS ANGELES  (March 4, 2019): Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs), WBC, WBA, Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion, and Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs (35-2, 29 KOs), IBF Middleweight World Champion, completed the final stop of their three-city press tour with a spectacular press event at Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live.The 12-round unification fight will take place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Saturday May 4 and will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN. Below is what today’s participants had to say at the event: CANELO ALVAREZ, WBC, WBA, Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion: “I know Jacobs is a tough opponent and it’s going to be work, but I’ve always believed to be the best you must beat the best. I love challenges. I want people to experience a good fight when they come watch my fights. I may lose, but my heart is a winning heart and I want to give the fans a spectacular finish and I’m going to put up a good fight.” DANIEL JACOBS, IBF Middleweight World Champion: “I have the will and desire to go inside to go in that ring and be victorious and I see myself with my hand raised by the end of night. I know the odds are stacked against me and Canelo’s resume speaks for itself, but he’s never faced a tall, fast and big guy all at once and that’s what I’m going to give him. We’re going to give you what you’re looking for and the fans going to get a great fight come May 4.” EDDY REYNOSO, Head Trainer and Manager of Canelo Alvarez: “Our objective this year is win all the belts and become the first Mexican to win the all the world championships.” JOSE “CHEPO” REYNOSO, Trainer and Manager of Canelo Alvarez: “The moment he set foot in the gym we knew he was something special, the day he debuted he was great, but the day he retires the world will know how great of a fighter he is.” ANDRE ROZIER, Trainer of Danny Jacobs:
“Jacobs is the best middleweight walking on this planet, his capabilities, skillset and gentleman ship will be what wins the fight on May 4.” OSCAR DE LA HOYA, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions: “I guarantee this is going to be the fight of the year. You have two fighters who don’t have a quit in their game, this is a fight for the ages. The fact that Jacobs and Canelo both want to be great, there’s no other way than to make this one great for the fans, they will get their money’s worth come May 4.” FRANK SMITH, CEO of Matchroom Boxing: “We believe Jacobs will unify all of those belts and he’ll take on Canelo and win that fight.” JOSEPH MARKOWSKI, Executive Vice President, DAZN North America:
“We’re deeply honored and proud to be exclusively showing this champion versus champion fight in the U.S.”
RICHARD STURM, President of Las Vegas Sports & Entertainment
“We are tremendously excited to bring the Canelo versus Jacobs fight to Las Vegas; it’s going to be a great event.”
Canelo vs. Jacobs is a 12-round fight for the WBC, WBA, Lineal, Ring Magazine and IBF Middleweight World Titles presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Matchroom Boxing. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” and Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle.” The event will take place Saturday, May 4, 2019 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN.
Tickets for Canelo vs. Jacobs are one sale now and are priced at $2,505, $1,505, $1,205, $805, $605, $405, $305, $205 and $105, not including applicable service charges and taxes. There will be a limit of 10 per person at the $2,505, $1,505, $1,205, $805, $605, $405, and $305 price levels with a limit of two (2) per person at the $205 and $105 price levels. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849). Tickets also will be available for purchase at www.t-mobilearena.com or www.axs.com.

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