Sep 12, 2019


(ABOVE: Jaime Munguia poses at his media workout in Los Angeles ahead of his fight against Patrick Allotey on Sept. 14 at Dignity Health Sports Park and streamed live on DAZN )

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LOS ANGELES (Sept. 11 2019): Jaime Munguia (33-0, 26 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico and African warrior Patrick Allotey (40-3, 30 KOs) hosted their media workout today at Azteca Boxing Club ahead of their 12-round fight for the WBO Junior Middleweight World Title. This battle will take place on Saturday, Sept. 14 at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif. and will be streamed live on DAZN.
Undercard fighters such as Ryan “Kingry” Garcia (18-0, 15 KOs), ), Franchon “The Heavy-Hitting Diva” Crews-Dezurn (5-1, 2 KOs), “Ruthless” Romero Duno (20-1, 15 KOs and Ivan “Striker” Delgado (13-2-2, 6 KOs) also participated in the workout.
Below is what some of today’s participants had to say at the event. 
JAIME MUNGUIA, WBO Junior Middleweight Champion:“It’s very important to me that I’m headlining on this special day. It’s a big responsibility but it’s very exciting and I promise to do a good job for all my fans. My trainer, Erick Morales, gets more out of me. I’m training harder and running harder. I’m going to give the best and I hope I can deliver the best to the fans. As a Mexican, I’m representing my country and it’s a huge responsibility but I’m happy to be taking it on. Patrick Allotey is coming ready to fight me and of course, I want to win by knockout. I felt really good during training camp and I hope to give a spectacular show.”
PATRICK ALLOTEY, Junior Middleweight Contender: “I’m happy to fight because it’s an opportunity to showcase myself. I love Mexico, I love Mexican fighters. I don’t feel worried to be fighting in a card that is so important for Mexican boxing because when I’m fighting with a Mexican, I’m Mexican too. And when the fans are shouting for my opponent, they are shouting to me too. I can’t define my style, because that is something that you decide at the ring. In boxing you don’t need style, you need to think. I’m a well-rounded fighter. I’m ready.”   
RYAN GARCIA. Lightweight Contender:“I feel good because I get another chance to show everyone that I’m a better fighter and that’s all I can ask for. During fight week I get excited and anxious, I just want to be in the ring. I feel like [Avery Sparrow] doesn’t have the power to knock me out but he has the power to make me aware. I have a competitive spirit. I never get angry in the ring, I always make it about boxing. Even my coach says, ‘when you’re outside the ring you’re a boy, and in the ring, you turn into something else.’ No matter what, you have to work hard. My daughter has me invested and I’m trying to be the best boxer I can be. It’s a big day for sports all around the world. There will be many eyes and everyone’s watching. I’m honored to be fighting and will give my best performance. The fans make the fighters and I want to thank all my fans for the support. Without my fans I wouldn’t be in this position. I know what you want to see and I’m going to give it to you.” 
FRANCHON CREWS-DEZURN, WBC Super Middleweight World Champion:“This is such an honor for me to come to LA, which is known as boxing royalty. I’m just happy because they appreciate boxing here. I want to make sure I’m giving a great show for my boxing fans. I’ve been a part of the movement of women in boxing and I’m doing my best to add to it so that women’s boxing can gain more respect. Hopefully [Alejandra Jimenez] did her homework on me. I do this for life and she does it for play. I’m here to fight and we’re going to have fun. I’ve been putting in a lot, I’m proud of myself. I take pride in being a business woman, making sure I fulfill my duties in being a good example for others. I want to make my own lane. I do fashion design, I’m in school. I’ve paid my dues and I’ve put in my work. This is my second fight under Golden Boy and they’ve been a huge support. Having them with me makes me feel like how I see myself in the future. Saturday is a great opportunity for me. It’s such an honor because it’s a big boxing holiday. The stars have aligned, and this is where I’m supposed to be. I want to show all my fans that boxing is life!”
ROMERO DUNO, NABO Lightweight Champion:“I know this is an event where the majority of the fighters are Mexican, but I’m happy to be a part of the event. I’ll show my best, because I’m confident about myself. I’ve learned from my mistakes in the past. I’ve learned from my mistakes at my last fight and the fans can expect a good fight. About my opponent, I know he hasn’t fought in a while and he wants to give a good show.”
IVAN DELGADO, Lightweight Contender:“I feel ready for the fight and what it’s going to bring. I’m a determined fighter and for Saturday, the one who makes the less mistakes is going to win.”
ALEJANDRO REYES, Lightweight Contender:“I’m very excited and ready. I’m content with the work we put in camp and I’m ready to give my fans a good show. This is my pro debut and it’s going to be a good one. When they told me I was fighting on this card, I was a little anxious and excited but I’m here to give the best I can, which is what the public wants, a great fight. I want to thank all the fans for supporting me, they can expect a great show. The Dignity Health Sports Park is known to be a war zone, so I hope to live up to it.”
JOSELITO VELAZQUEZ, Flyweight Contender: “I’m happy and very excited. I’m glad to fight in such an important city and where so many Mexicans live. That to me is a great responsibility. When I was little, I used to watch these September 14 fights, and I dreamed with the idea to be a part of them one day. For me this fight is important. Each fight is the most important of my career, so I do not relax and I learn from each of them. When Golden Boy told us that we were going to be part of this event we were happy because we were ready for it. I had two months of preparation by the hand of Freddy Roach and Wild Card boxing. I’ve grown and learned so much. I am a versatile boxer who can adapt to any situation within the ring.”
DIEGO PACHECO, Super Middleweight Contender:“I’m new to pro wins so I’m gaining experience with every fight. I’ve been training real hard for this fight and I’m ready to give a good performance for my hometown fans. I just fought in Mexico and it was amazing to be there. I’ve been staying in the gym and working on staying active so that I’m ready whenever. My height is a big advantage and I know how to use it really well. I was really happy to learn I was fighting on this card and I’m really excited to open up the show on Saturday. I want to make a statement to everybody, I’m ready to fight! Everyone tune in, it’ll be a great show.”
Munguia vs. Allotey is a 12-round fight for the WBO Junior Middleweight Championship presented by Golden Boy in association with Zanfer Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle,” and Orange Crush. The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 14 at Dignity Health Sports Park and will be streamed live on DAZN.

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Sep 5, 2019


(ABOVE, L-R: Oscar De La Hoya, Jaime Munguia, Erik Morales and Fernando Beltranpose for the media during Munguia’s workout in Tijuana, Mexico)

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TIJUANA, MEXICO (Sept. 4, 2019): Jaime Munguia (33-0, 26 KOs) hosted a media workout yesterday in his hometown of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico ahead of defending his WBO Junior Middleweight World Title in a 12-round bout against African warrior Patrick Allotey (40-3, 30 KOs). The young star was joined by his trainer Erik Morales, along with Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy, and Fernando Beltran, CEO of Zanfer Promotions. The event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 14 atDignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif. and will be streamed live on DAZN. Below is what yesterday’s participants had to say at the media workout: Jaime Munguia, WBO Junior Middleweight World Champion:“For this camp, we’ve been working on keeping my hands up, moving my waist and using lateral movement. That’s what we have been practicing every day with my new trainer Erik Morales. Erik and I had known each other from before, but I never thought that I’d be training with him. Things happen for a reason, and I think it’s for the best.”

“Erik and I have a good relationship, and we get along well. We’re happy when we’re working with each other as I have been with my father and other trainers as well. Erik brings a lot of intelligence to camp. He knows what to do in the ring. He knows how to work on defense, and he gives me a lot of advice regarding what to do in a fight. It comes with his experience, and of course I execute what he says when I am in the ring. It has been really good.” Erik Morales, Hall of Famer and Trainer to Jaime Munguia“In Jaime Munguia’s last fight, he was criticized a lot. He showed vulnerabilities in his defense. However, he has a lot of potential. He’s young, strong and can hit very hard. We haven’t changed much. Rather, we’ve strengthened his combinations and focused on his offense. We’ve made some minor changes in his defense, but it will nevertheless make the a difference.” “We weren’t friends before working together, but we thought well of each other. When we’d see each other, we would greet each other happily. Now that we are together, we have a very cordial relationship. When you bring a new voice into a corner, it can be tough at first. But when you find a way to listen and you see that things are going your way, it can be a calming experience. If there’s any advice that I’d give to Jaime, it’s to listen to his corner, pay attention and let us help him.” Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy:“I like what I see in Jaime Munguia now that he has the legendary Erik Morales in his corner. He’s having him sit down more on his punches. Before, he was on his toes too much. Now he has him sitting on his punches and throwing combinations. At the same time, he is moving his head and being smart, so I like what I see.” “I’m expecting Jaime to box a little bit, but I also expect him to be more aggressive and throw combinations. Fighters today don’t throw as many combinations. They want to knock people out with one punch. But it’s not the first punch that knocks you out-it’s the third or fourth punch. I like Jaime is being more aggressive and throwing more combinations. We’ll see what happens on Sept. 14.” Fernando Beltran, CEO of Zanfer Promotions:“Jaime Munguia is improving a lot with Erik Morales. There are a lot of similarities between them. Both guys came from Tijuana and were undefeated when they became world champions at only 21 years of age. They both started with their fathers as well. This team will do a lot in boxing. I see Jaime Munguia is improving his defense and on not throwing punches for the sake of throwing them. He’s thinking more in there. He’s improving a lot.” “Erik Morales has a lot to prove as a trainer. As a former fighter, he has a lot of knowledge, which he can now pass down to other fighters who are coming up. They get along very well. We are very happy to have put them together and that they are getting along so well. We’re also happy with Jaime’s improvement. We just saw him moving his head in sparring and throwing a lot of punches. He’s not jumping as much. I really like it.” Munguia vs. Allotey is a 12-round fight for the WBO Junior Middleweight Championship presented by Golden Boy in association with Zanfer Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle,” and Orange Crush. The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 14 at Dignity Health Sports Park and will be streamed live on DAZN.

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Dana White: Lookin’ FWD to a Fight – UFC 242

Sep 5, 2019

In anticipation of UFC 242: Khabib vs. Poirier taking place this Saturday at The Arena in Abu Dhabi, UFC will be releasing a special episodic vlog all fight week long titled Dana White: Lookin’ FWD to a Fight, which will follow the UFC President Dana White, UFC Hall of Famer Matt Serra and coach Din Thomas on the trip of a lifetime as the guys experience the best of the world-class destination, from restaurants to racetracks, wildlife to wild rides, and more.

The first episode of Dana White: Lookin’ FWD to a Fight was released today and features the guys getting chauffeured to Yas Marina Circuit by the Arabian Gazelles. There, they drive some of the fastest cars in the world on the F1 track, site of the annual Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

UFC 242: Khabib vs. Poirier airs live on Saturday, September 7th at a special time of 2 pm ET/11 am PT on Pay-Per-View on ESPN+.


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Kovalev vs Yarde Weigh

Aug 23, 2019

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August 24: Kovalev-YardeHeadlines Special Afternoon of Boxing on ESPN+
WBO light heavyweight championship showdown to stream LIVEfrom Russia beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET/9:30 a.m. PT

(Aug. 14, 2019) — WBO light heavyweight champion and future Hall of Famer Sergey Kovalev will face off against his hard-hitting mandatory challenger, Anthony Yarde, in a highly anticipated showdown Saturday, Aug. 24 from Traktor Arena in Kovalev’s hometown of Chelyabinsk, Russia. Kovalev-Yarde will stream live and exclusively in the United States on ESPN+, the leading multi-sport streaming service, beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET/9:30 a.m. PT. The stream will also showcase the co-feature bout between unbeaten cruiserweight contender Aleksei Papin (11-0, 10 KOs) and former world title challenger Ilunga Makabu (25-2, 24 KOs). Fans in the U.S. can sign up at www.ESPNplus.com or on the ESPN App. “I am thrilled to fight for the first time in my hometown of Chelyabinsk,” Kovalev said. “It is a dream to defend my WBO title in front of all my friends and family back home. I am also thankful ESPN+ will show the fight to my fans in the U.S. Thank you to Igor Altushkin, Egis Klimas, Main Events and Top Rank for making this dream a reality, and thank you to Anthony Yarde for agreeing to fight in my home.” “Sergey has done just about everything a professional fighter can do, other than fight in his own hometown,” said promoter Kathy Duva, CEO of Main Events. “One of the sport’s greatest road warriors, Sergey will finally get the chance to salute his legion of fans in Chelyabinsk, where he grew up. It will be an exciting, long overdue homecoming for Sergey. And I am so happy to confirm that Sergey’s many fans in the U.S. will be able to watch this great event only on ESPN+. I wish to thank Igor Altushkin, German Titov and everyone at RCC for making this all possible. I also wish to thank Bob Arum and Top Rank for their continued support.” Kovalev (33-3-1, 28 KOs) is a veteran of 15 world title bouts and has won the light heavyweight world title on three occasions. A former unified champion, he revived his career in February by scoring a wide points win over Eleider Alvarez, the man who’d knocked him out less than six months prior. One of this generation’s most decorated champions, Kovalev holds victories over Jean Pascal, Nathan Cleverly and living legend Bernard Hopkins. In Yarde (18-0, 17 KOs), he faces a London native with a giant hand who is taking a giant step up in competition. Yarde has won his last 16 bouts by knockout, most recently stopping Travis Reeves in five rounds in a bout that streamed on ESPN+. This will be only his second pro bout outside of England. For more information, visit: www.toprank.comwww.espn.com/boxing; Facebook:facebook.com/trboxing; Twitter: twitter.com/trboxing.

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Aug 23, 2019



ABOVE: Luis Felciano throws a right hand at Genaro Gamez en route to his unanimous decision win on the Aug. 22 edition of Thursday Night Fights at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino)
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INDIO, CALIF. (August 22, 2019): Undefeated Puerto Rican prospect Luis Feliciano(13-0, 8 KOs) scored a 10-round unanimous decision victory against Genaro “El Conde” Gamez (9-1, 6 KOs) to capture the NABF Super Lightweight Title in the main event of the Aug. 22 edition Golden Boy DAZN Thursday Night Fights at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. The fights were streamed live on RingTV.com and on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page. The series is also available on regional sports networks around the nation.
“It was a very tough fight,” said Luis Feliciano. “I knew he was going to come ready. A lot of people were criticizing him because of his problems in the past. But I knew he would come 100%, and he did. I’m taking these tough fights like these because I want to go from prospect to contender status.”
Gamez was unavailable for comment as he was taken to the hospital right after the fight.
In the co-main event, undefeated prospect Blair “The Flair” Cobbs (12-0-1, 8KOs) of Las Vegas, Nevada successfully defended his Junior NABF Welterweight Title against Steve “Manos de Oro” Villalobos (11-1-1, 9 KOs) of Indio, Calif. via knockout in the ninth round of a fight originally scheduled for 10 rounds. Cobbs won with a time 1:20 of the aforementioned round.
“Every round I had to learn,” said Blair Cobbs. “I had to grow with him. I could’ve just ran threw him with a bunch of punches, but he would’ve been resilient and try to survive the storm. This time I tried to place my shots, break him down little by little. Towards the end we got the final big show and boom it’s on baby! All the Villalobos fans you guys are terrific. Villalobos is a tough competitor, he came and brought his ‘A’ game and I highly respect him.”
Richard “Kansas Kid” Acevedo (5-0-1, 5 KOs) of Garden City, Kansas went the distance to a draw against Jose Rivera (8-4-1, 5 KOs) of Manchester, Connecticut in a six-round middleweight battle. The scores were 59-55 in favor of Acevedo, 55-59 in favor of Rivera and a 57-57 draw. 
“I grade my performance a C+,” said Richard Acevedo. “My opponent was a tough guy. He came in with experience. He has 12 fights. And this was his 13th fight. This was my first time going past the fourth round, so it was a whole new experience for me, and also coming in with new trainers. It was a close fight but I still think I won. It is what it is, just go back to the gym and work harder. I want to thank the Lord. I want to thank my team and my family.”
“I felt like it was a good performance,” said Jose Rivera. “He was a good tough opponent. A little less experienced than me. I felt like he had OK power. I don’t know if it was the heat from Indio, 115 degrees. I don’t know if that was holding me back, but no excuses. Thanks to Golden Boy for the opportunity.”  
Raul “Cougar” Curiel (7-0, 5 KOs) of Tamaulipas, Mexico beat Alphonso Black (8-7-1, 4 KOs) of Saint Peterson, Florida via knockout in a six-round middleweight bout. Curiel won with a time 0:50 of the sixth round.
“I felt good tonight, very strong,” said Raul Curiel. “My opponent took a lot of my punches but we did good work with Freddie Roach in the gym. My opponent was strong. He had a heavy hand. It’s my first fight at 154 pounds, but I knew how to handle his punches. Let’s see what Golden Boy, my promoter Oscar De La Hoya has to say. We’ll see what’s next for us. We’re going to keep working hard in the gym and we expect another fight soon.”
Nicholas “Slick Nick” Sullivan (1-0) of Norfolk, Virginia defeated Jose Palacios (1-4, 1 KO) of Chihuahua, Mexico via unanimous decision in a four-round lightweight fight. Sullivan won with two scores of 40-36, and one of 39-37.
“For my first fight It felt good to just get it out the way,” said Nicholas Sullivan. “It was a lot of anxiousness and nervousness. I wasn’t scared of anything I was just nervous of the big stage, new lights. Glad I got it out the way. It’s only up from here. It’s going to get a lot better now.”
Feliciano vs. Gamez was a 10-round super lightweight fight for the NABF Super Lightweight Title presented by Golden Boy. The event was sponsored by Tecate “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING.” The fight took place Thursday, August 22, 2019 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. The event was streamed live on RingTV.com and on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page beginning. The series is also available on regional sports networks around the nation. To see when and where the series was available in your area, click here. For more information, visit www.goldenboypromotions.com and DAZN.com. Follow on Twitter @GoldenBoyBoxing and @DAZN_USA. Become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing and https://www.facebook.com/DAZNUSA/. Follow on Instagram @GoldenBoyBoxing and @DAZN_USA. Follow the conversation using #FelicianoGamez, #ThursdayNightFights and #TNF.

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Aug 22, 2019

 Los Angeles, CA): David “El Bandera Roja” Benavidez is in the middle of training camp for his upcoming fight against Anthony Dirrell, September 28th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Ca and LIVE on FOX PPV, but yesterday he decided to make a change in his training schedule to surprise kids at a local gym. A week ago he saw a video of kids at The Rock Boxing Gym, a gym he used to spar at a couple of years ago. The Rock is a non-profit gym, it doesn’t charge anyone 17 and under to train. The trainers, Elvis, Greg and Miguel volunteer every single evening to train the youth. Their goal is to help the youth get off the streets in a fun, healthy way. Team Benavidez was very touched by this and decided to go pay them a surprise visit. 
David Benavidez and Team walked into the gym yesterday evening, as soon as the youth saw David with his Green and Gold WBC Belt, their jaws dropped. The kids gathered around him as he presented The Rock Boxing Gym with an Honorary WBC Mini Belt in recognition for all they do for the community. David spoke about his journey as an Amateur, A Professional and how important it is to stay disciplined in Boxing. There was a Q & A with the kids, autographs, photos, David also brought plenty of gifts on behalf of the World Boxing Council. Team Benavidez ended their visit with a short training session where the kids asked more questions. They were very impressed with the tips David and his Father/Trainer Jose Benavidez Sr. gave them.
The Rock was very grateful for the visit by Team Benavidez:
Thank you so much for this, you have no idea the impact this has on the youth. This gym is not luxurious, we are in need of an upgrade, but it has a lot of heart and as long as the kids keep coming, we will not charge them. If they win, we win.” Quotes from David Benavidez:
” I was a young kid like them once, being here helps me remember everything I have gone through to be here today. The hard work doesn’t stop though, in life, we got to keep working harder to be better than we were yesterday.”“It’s my obligation as a Professional Boxer to come back to the gyms and do whatever I can to inspire the youth. They’re the future, they’re the ones we have to keep our eyes on. One day they will be the Champions and will also go back to inspire the youth.”“I want to make a couple a visits before my next fight, it really motivates me as well to see the youth. They’re the ones who support us the boxers, its only right we give them our time as well.”Follow David Benavidez and Team at:@benavidez300
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UFC Travels Back To Tampa With A Pivotal Women’s Strawweight Bout

Aug 22, 2019








LAS VEGAS – For the first time since 2016, UFC® will return to the AMALIE Arena in Tampa, Fla. with a crucial bout in the women’s strawweight division as former champion and No. 4-ranked contender Joanna Jedrzejczyk looks to earn another shot at her lost crown by stopping the win streak of No. 7-rankedMichelle Waterson. Also on the card, longtime veteran Cub Swanson looks to hand undefeated submission specialist Kron Gracie his first career loss.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT ON ESPN+®: JOANNA vs. WATERSON will stream live from the AMALIE Arena with all fights carried exclusively on ESPN+ in English and Spanish. The main card begins at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, October 12, with the prelims kicking off at 5 p.m. ET.  Doors open at 4 p.m. ET.

Competing in her adopted home state of Florida for the first time, Jedrzejczyk (15-3, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla. by way of Olsztyn, Poland) returns to strawweight after recently attempting to become just the second woman to hold UFC championships in two divisions. Before moving up, Jedrzejczyk had established herself as the greatest strawweight champion in UFC history with dominant wins over Jessica Andrade, Claudia Gadelha (twice) and Karolina Kowalkiewicz. She now looks to get back to her winning ways and into the title conversation by taking out yet another top contender.

Currently on the longest win streak of her UFC career, Waterson (17-6, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.) looks to add a UFC champion to her resume and insert herself into the title picture. A former Invicta FC champion, Waterson has been a contender from the moment she joined the UFC roster in 2015 and has already proven herself against some of the top competitors in the division, such as Paige VanZant, Felice Herrig and Karolina Kowalkiewicz. She now aims to secure the biggest win of her career and earn her first shot at UFC gold.

With seven UFC post-fight bonuses to his name, Swanson (25-11, fighting out of Palm Springs, Calif.)  has established himself as one the most exciting athletes on the roster. During his career he has claimed impressive wins over the likes of Dooho Choi, Artem Lobov and Jeremy Stephens. Competing in his 18th UFC bout, Swanson hopes to prove he can still compete with the best in the world and break back into the rankings with another crowd-pleasing performance.

Looking to remain undefeated, Gracie (5-0, fighting out of Culver City, Calif.) aims to secure the most important victory of his career with another signature submission. The latest member of the legendary Gracie family to join the UFC roster, Kron made his debut in impressive fashion by submitting the experienced Alex Caceres in the first round. Now, he looks to take out his second veteran in a row and announce himself as the next prospect to watch in the featherweight division.

Announced bouts on the card include:

  • In a clash of top ranked flyweights, No. 3-ranked contender Deiveson Figueiredo (16-1, fighting out of Condor Belem, Para, Brazil) takes on former title challenger and No. 6-ranked Tim Elliott (16-8-1, fighting out of Lee’s Summit, Mo.)
  • Middleweight finishers meet as Eryk Anders (12-4, fighting out of Birmingham, Ala.) battles Gerald Meerschaert (29-11, fighting out of Milwaukee, Wisc.)
  • Undefeated Mackenzie Dern (7-0, fighting out of Peoria, Ariz.) aims to lock in another submission in her return to action againstAmanda Ribas (7-1, fighting out of Varginha, Minas Gerais, Brazil)
  • Max Griffin (15-6, fighting out of Sacramento, Calif.) and Alex Morono (16-5, fighting out of Houston, Texas) both look to extend their win streaks and move up the welterweight ranks
  • Promising women’s flyweight competitors look to bounce back into the win column as JJ Aldrich (7-3, fighting out of Westminster, Colo.) meets Dana White’s Contender Series veteran Lauren Mueller (5-2, fighting out of San Diego, Calif.)
  • Dana White’s Contender Series alum Ryan Spann (16-5, fighting out of Beaumont, Texas) aims to remain undefeated in UFC when he takes on Devin Clark (10-3. Fighting out of Sioux Falls, S.D.)

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 Returns to Boston With Light Heavyweight Thriller

Aug 22, 2019








LAS VEGAS – UFC® returns to Boston with a spectacular light heavyweight bout, as undefeated No. 4 ranked contender Dominick Reyes welcomes former middleweight champion Chris Weidman to the 205-pound division. In a featherweight contenders’ bout guaranteed to deliver fireworks, No. 5 ranked Zabit Magomedsharipov battles No. 11Calvin Kattar.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT ON ESPN®: REYES vs. WEIDMAN will air live from the TD Garden exclusively on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes at 9 p.m. ET on Friday, October 18, with the prelims kicking off at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and on ESPN Deportes.  Doors open at 5 p.m. ET.

Reyes (11-0, fighting out of Victorville, Calif.) immediately turned heads upon joining the UFC in 2017 by delivering a Performance of the Night victory over Joachim Christensen. He has since made a rapid ascent up the light heavyweight rankings after securing impressive wins against Jared Cannonier, Ovince Saint Preux and former title challenger Volkan Oezdemir. Reyes now aims to add a former UFC champion to his resume and stake his claim for a title shot.

Weidman (14-4, fighting out of Baldwin, N.Y.) shocked the MMA world in 2013 by dethroning long-reigning middleweight champion Anderson Silva via knockout. He then went on to deliver spectacular title defenses against Silva, Lyoto Machida and Vitor Belfort. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and NCAA Division I wrestler now sets his sights on taking over the light heavyweight class by stopping one of the division’s biggest rising stars.

In less than two years on the UFC roster, Magomedsharipov (17-1, fighting out of Dagestan, Russia) has proven to be a must-watch featherweight contender. Known for his dynamic striking and slick grappling, he has netted memorable victories over Jeremy Stephens, Brandon Davis, Kyle Bochniak and Sheymon Moraes. Magomedsharipov now looks to once again steal the show and secure his 14th consecutive win.

A thrilling striker, Kattar (20-3, fighting out of Methuen, Mass.) has delivered sensational knockouts in his last three victories. During his UFC tenure, he has stopped Ricardo Lamas, Chris Fishgold and earned Fight of the Night honors for his TKO against Shane Burgos. Kattar is now poised to crack the featherweight top 5 with another highlight-reel finish in his Boston backyard.

Announced bouts on the card include:

  • In a clash of surging flyweights, No. 12 ranked contender Maycee Barber (5-0, fighting out of Greeley, Colo.) takes on dangerous finisher and No. 15 ranked Gillian Robertson (7-3, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla. by way of  Niagara Falls, Ont., Canada)
  • Deron Winn (6-0, fighting out of Gilroy, Calif.) looks to remain undefeated against tough Darren Stewart (10-4 1NC, fighting out of London, England)
  • Daniel Spitz (6-2, fighting out of Spokane, Wash.) welcomes newcomer Tanner Boser (16-5-1, fighting out of Edmonton, Alta., Canada) to the UFC heavyweight division

·       Molly McCann (9-2, fighting out of Liverpool, England) goes for her third straight win against Diana Belbita (13-4, fighting out of Drobeta-Turnu Severin, Romania)

·       Dana White’s Contender Series signeeBrendan Allen (11-3, fighting out of Milwaukee, Wisc.) debuts against Eric Spicely(12-6, fighting out of Olneyville, R.I.)

·       Massachusetts native Randy Costa (4-1, fighting out of Taunton, Mass.) looks for an impressive win at home against Boston Salmon (6-2, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.)

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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Former Three-Time Champion Robert Guerrero & Sensational Unbeaten Super Welterweight Prospect Joey Spencer

Aug 16, 2019

Former Three-Time Champion Robert Guerrero & Sensational Unbeaten Super Welterweight Prospect Joey Spencer Appear in Separate Bouts on FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View Prelims on FS1 & FOX Deportes Saturday, Sept. 28

Super Welterweight Prospect Joey Spencer Appear in Separate Bouts on FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View Prelims on FS1 & FOX Deportes Saturday, Sept. 28Guerrero & Spencer Matches Provide Lead-In for Errol Spence Jr. vs. Shawn Porter Welterweight Unification Showdown Headlining FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View from STAPLES Center in Los AngelesLOS ANGELES (August 13, 2019) – Former three-time world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero battles Jerry Thomas in a 10-round welterweight match and sensational undefeated super welterweight prospect Joey Spencer appears in a six-round attraction in FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View Prelims on FS1 and FOX Deportes Saturday, September 28 from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. The 90-minute prelims show begins at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT and will serve as the lead-in to the highly anticipated FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View headlined by the welterweight title unification showdown between IBF champion Errol Spence Jr. and WBC champion Shawn Porter. WBC Super Middleweight Champion Anthony Dirrell defends his title against undefeated former champion David Benavídez in the co-feature, while unbeatens clash when Mario Barrios takes on Batyr Akhmedov for the WBA Super Lightweight title and hard-hitting veteran sluggers Josesito López and John Molina, Jr. meet in a 10-round welterweight bout in pay-per-view action beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. Tickets for the live event are on sale now and can be purchased AXS.com. “An already great card just got better,” said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. “Robert Guerrero and Joey Spencer will provide the perfect lead in to the Pay-Per-View event. Guerrero has one of the most distinguished careers in boxing and he has never been in a bad match. Spencer is at the beginning of a career that promises to be spectacular. Combined with the other fights on the pay per view telecast, this is going to be an all-action show.” Guerrero (35-6-1, 20 KOs) has won world titles at featherweight and super featherweight, and has fought a stacked lineup of elite fighters during a superb career. The 35-year-old Guerrero is from Gilroy, California and is coming off a stoppage victory over Hevinson Herrera on March 9 after previously scoring a TKO win in December 2018. “It feels great to be back in the ring, especially fighting in front of my fans at STAPLES Center,” said Guerrero. “I had a couple tune up fights and now I’m stepping up in competition. My boxing skills will be on display and I’m ready to take that next step to a big fight. I’m in great shape and I’m ready to let my hands go. Lastly, I’m dedicating this fight to the victims of the Gilroy mass shooting and I’ll be donating a portion of my purse to their fund.” Thomas (14-1-1, 8 KOs) has won three straight bouts since losing the first match of his career against Danny O’Connor in 2016. Thomas of St. Marys, Kansas is coming off a TKO victory over Brad Robison in his most recent fight last May 19. The 19-year-old Spencer (8-0, 6 KOs) turned pro last year after an impressive amateur career and scored knockouts in his first six fights. Fighting out of Linden, Michigan, Spencer continued his unbeaten string in his most recent match when he scored a hard-fought unanimous decision over Akeem Black in June on FOX. “It was really exciting to find out that I would be on a card of this magnitude,” said Spencer. “I just want to keep becoming a better pro each time I get in the ring. This experience is a big part of it. I’m working crazy hard each day to improve my stamina and pace and get to my maximum level. I’m looking forward to showing people what I can do, one fight at a time.” For more information: visit www.premierboxingchampions.comhttp://www.foxsports.com/presspass/homepageandwww.foxdeportes.com, follow on Twitter @PremierBoxing, @PBConFOX, @FOXSports, @FOXDeportes, @TGBPromotions and @Swanson_Comm or become a fan on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/PremierBoxingChampionswww.facebook.com/foxsports & www.facebook.com/foxdeportes.

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