Inaugural MTK Global/Top Rank Card Coming to ESPN+

Apr 4, 2019

Friday: Inaugural MTK Global/Top Rank Card Coming to ESPN+

Aliu Bamidele Lasisi to battle Ricardo Blandon in super flyweight main event

Exclusive stream begins at 12:30 p.m. ET

(APRIL 4, 2019) — Top Rank and MTK Global’s exclusive multi-year licensing agreement kicks off Friday, April 5 with a special card from Emirates Golf Club in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Five bouts are scheduled to stream live and exclusively beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET on ESPN+ — the direct-to-consumer sports streaming service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer & International segment and ESPN.  

In the 12-round main event, Nigerian power puncher Aliu Bamidele “Lucky Boy” Lasisi (12-0, 8 KOs) will fight Ricardo Blandon (10-1, 6 KOs) for the vacant WBC International super flyweight belt. The co-feature will see Irishman David Oliver Joyce (9-0, 7 KOs) battle Stephen Tiffney (10-1, 4 KOs) in a 10-rounder for the vacant WBO European featherweight strap.

Lasisi’s last bout was a dominant unanimous decision over Mchanja Yohana in December. Blandon, who hails from Managua, Nicaragua, has won three straight bouts by knockout and will be making his first ring appearance outside of his home country.

Joyce, who represented Ireland at the 2016 Rio Olympics, is coming off a six-round unanimous decision over Jorge Rojas Zacazontetl last October at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden. Tiffney has won two straight since a decision loss to Lewis Paulin (10-0 at the time).

In other action:

Up-and-coming super middleweight Mateo Tapia (9-0, 5 KOs) will face Gaganpreet Sharma (8-1, 4 KOs) in an eight-rounder.

Shakhobidin Zoirov, who captured a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics for his native Uzbekistan, will make his professional debut against Anthony Holt (5-4-1, 3 KOs) in a six-round featherweight contest.

Lightweight prospect Majid Al-Naqbi will make his professional debut versus Vladimir Lytkin (0-2) in a four-rounder.

About ESPN+
ESPN+ is the multi-sport, direct-to-consumer video service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment and ESPN. It reached 2 million subscribers in less than a year and offers fans thousands of live events, on-demand content and original programming not available on ESPN’s linear TV or digital networks, along with premium editorial content.

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 filmsFans subscribe to ESPN+ for just $4.99 a month (or $49.99 per year) and can cancel at any time.

ESPN+ is available as an integrated part of the ESPN App (on mobile and connected devices) and ESPN.com. They are the industry-leading all-in-one digital sports platform, delivering a rich, personalized experience to tens of millions of fans every month.

About MTK Global
MTK Global is the world’s foremost fighter management company. Headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, it was founded in September 2012 by two-time European boxing champion, Matthew Macklin.

MTK Global delivers a wide range of support and services including career development, legal, media, endorsements and sponsorships to more than a hundred professional fighters. It provides boxing shows, events and training gyms in various locations worldwide: Marbella, Spain, London, Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle, United Kingdom, Johannesburg, South Africa, Sta. Catarina, Brasil and Sydney, Australia.

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Mikey Garcia Confirmed for Box Fan Expo May 4 in VEGAS

Apr 2, 2019

FOUR-DIVISION WORLD CHAMPION MIKEY GARCIA
CONFIRMED FOR FIFTH ANNUAL BOX FAN EXPO,
SATURDAY, MAY 4 AT LAS VEGAS CONVENTION CENTER

Box Fan Expo is the Ultimate Boxing Fan Event with Fighter Meet-and-Greets including Current and Former World Champions, Boxing Celebrities and members of the Boxing Industry

Tickets On-Sale Now at EventBrite

 Four-Division world champion Mikey Garcia has confirmed that that he will appear and hold a Meet & Greet at the fifth annual Box Fan Expo on Saturday May 4 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The Box Fan Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during Cinco De Mayo weekend. The Boxing Expo will also coincide with the highly anticipated fight between Canelo Alvarez vs Danny Jacobs, that will take place later that evening at the T-Mobile Arena. Tickets to the Box Fan Expo are available here.

Garcia will make his third appearance at the Expo and will be signing gloves, photos, personal items and also have merchandise for sale for fans to enjoy. Boxing Fans will have an opportunity to also take pictures with this Boxing Superstar and one of the top Pound for Pound best Boxer in the world at the FIGHT LABEL booth. More info:http://www.fightlabel.co.uk/ 

Garcia joins Errol Spence Jr., Marco Antonio Barrera, Mia St,John, Juan Manuel Marquez, Vinny Paz, Devin Haney, Earnie Shavers, Al Bernstein, Michael Spinks, WBC, Erik Morales, James Toney and Jessie Vargas as an early commitment to this year’s Box Fan Expo, with many more Top Boxing stars to be announced.

About Mikey Garcia
Mikey Garcia, is an American professional boxer of Mexican descent  and a four Division world champion as well as a unified lightweight world champion, having held the WBC title since 2017, and the IBF title since July 2018. Previously he held the WBO and Ring magazine featherweight titles in 2013, the WBO junior lightweight title from 2013 to 2014, and the IBF and lineal light welterweight titles from March to April 2018. On July 28, 2018, Garcia defended his WBC lightweight title and took away the IBF belt from Robert Easter Jr with a wide unanimous decision win, which included a third-round knockdown. More than 12,500 fans were on hand at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to witness this incredible achievement. 

On March 16th of this year, Garcia went up 2 weight classes to challenge the IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr., who many consider to be one of the Top Pound for Pound best boxer in the world. In front of a 48,000 thousand electrifying crowd at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Garcia fought a very hard and incredibly brave fight that went the distance, but Spence came out on top to retain his world Title.

Garcia is considered and ranked in many organizations amongst some of the best pound for pound Boxers in the world. He is trained by his father Eduardo and his brother, former world champion and one of the top boxing trainers in the world Robert Garcia. Today, the boxing world awaits impatiently to see what Garcia will decide to do in his next fight and which division he will be competing at, with so many great fights to happen in the near future.   

About FIGHT LABEL inc.
FIGHT LABEL inc specializes in unique design of boxing apparel. The company was created by head Designer Sophie Whittam who has over 10 years of experience working as a fashion designer. Her ideas are trendy, stylish and gives her clients the edge on the competition. Her custom fight wear designs are tailor made and unlike any other, made with extraordinary materials, bringing fashion into the boxing ring. This is where fighting meets fashion. What ever you can imagine there are no limits to what she can create

About Box Fan Expo
Box Fan Expo is the ultimate boxing fan experience event, which allows fans to meet-and-greet boxing superstars of today, current and former world champions, legends of the sport and other boxing celebrities. Fans can expect to experience various interactions such as autograph and photos sessions, FaceOff with your favorite boxers, pictures with the Ring Card Girls, Live DJ Music, chance to win prizes, purchase merchandise and memorabilia from different booths Exhibitors, “ALL UNDER ONE ROOF”. You won’t want to miss this must-attend Expo! 

Box Fan Expo has been a huge success with fans and boxing industry people. Many boxing stars have attended the last four Expos such as Floyd Mayweather, Mike Tyson, Roberto Duran, Tommy Hearns, Marco Antonio Barrera, Roy Jones Jr., Andre Ward, Mikey Garcia, Marcos Maidana, Juan Manuel Marquez, Erik Morales, Errol Spence Jr., Sergio Martinez, Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia, Tim Bradley, Deontay Wilder, Amir Khan, Shawn Porter, Fernando Vargas, Zab Judah, James Toney, Jessie Vargas, Vinny Pazienza, Mia St.John, Leo Santa Cruz, Badou Jack, Terry Norris , Riddick Bowe , Earnie Shavers, Leon Spinks, Danny Jacobs, Abner Mares, Jorge Linares, Brandon Rios and many more…

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Amir Khan conoce a los Golden State Warriors

Apr 2, 2019

Amir Khan conoce a los Golden State Warriors

Khan retará a Terence “Bud” Crawford por el título welter
de la OMB el 20 de abril en el Madison Square Garden

¡EN VIVO POR ESPN PPV!

(Credito de Fotos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank)
 

OAKLAND, Calif. – El “Rey” del boxeo en el Reino Unido se reunió con los guerreros del Área de la Bahía. Antes de continuar su preparación para su batalla por el título mundial del 20 de abril contra  el mandamás libra por libra, Terence “Bud” Crawford, el ex campeón mundial Amir “King” Kang (33-4, 20 KOs) hizo una parada en la instalación de práctica de los Golden State Warriors para conocer a los jugadores y al personal de los cinco veces campeones de la NBA.

Durante su visita, Khan saludó, posó para fotos y regaló guantes firmados a Demarcus Cousins, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala y el entrenador en jefe de los Warriors, Steve Kerr.

Justo después de su parada en la práctica de los Warriors, Khan fue directamente al gimnasio para continuar su preparación para desafiar a Crawford por su título de peso welter de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), el 20 de abril, en el Madison Square Garden.

Promocionados por Top Rank, en asociación con Matchroom Boxing y Khan Promotions, las entradas restantes para este evento de campeonato mundial a un precio de $606, $406, $306, $206, $106, $81 y $56 (incluidas las tarifas de instalaciones) se pueden comprar en la boletería del Madison Square Garden, todos los puntos de venta de Ticketmaster, Ticketmaster por teléfono (866-858-0008) y en línea enwww.ticketmaster.com o www.MSG.com.

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

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Las revanchas Berchelt vs Vargas y Navarrete vs Dogboe estelarizarán el cartel Top Rank

Apr 2, 2019
 Las revanchas Berchelt vs Vargas y Navarrete vs Dogboe estelarizarán el cartel Top Rank on ESPN del 11 de mayo en Tucson


En vivo en ESPN y ESPN Deportes a las 10 p.m. ET

Taquillas a la venta mañana martes, 2 de abril a las 12 p.m. ET


Miguel “El Alacrán” Berchelt y Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas ya se enfrentaron en una guerra dentro del ring. Tras dos años desde esa impresionante batalla, los guerreros mexicanos están listos para enfrentarse una vez más.

Berchelt, quien le arrebató a Vargas el título súperpluma del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB) con un nocaut en el undécimo asalto en enero del 2017, realizará la quinta defensa de ese cinturón el sábado 11 de mayo en el Tucson Arena, ubicado dentro del Centro de Convenciones de Tucson.

En un sensacional combate co-estelar, el campeón mundial de peso junior pluma de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), el mexicano Emanuel Navarrete, intentará repetir la acción cuando defienda su título en una revancha inmediata contra Isaac “Royal Storm” Dogboe, a quien derrotó por decisión unánime el 8 de diciembre pasado en el cartel Lomachenko vs. Pedraza. 

Los combates Berchelt vs. Vargas 2 y Navarrete vs. Dogboe 2 serán televisados en ESPN y ESPN Deportes a partir de las 10 p.m. ET. Las peleas de respaldo se transmitirán en vivo a partir de las 6:30 p.m. ET por ESPN+: el nuevo servicio de transmisión de suscripción de múltiples deportes, directo al consumidor del segmento Directo al Consumidor e Internacional de The Walt Disney Company junto con ESPN. 

En una promoción de Top Rank, en asociación con Golden Boy Promotions, los boletos para este evento de campeonato mundial a un precio de $102, $77, $52 y $27 estarán a la venta mañana martes, 2 de abril, a las 12 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. MST. Los boletos se pueden comprar en cualquier punto de venta de Ticketmaster, en línea en www.Ticketmaster.com, por teléfono al (800) 745-3000, o visitando la oficina de boletos del Centro de Convenciones de Tucson. 

“Francisco Vargas es un gran guerrero mexicano, igual que yo”, dijo Berchelt. “Estoy entrenando al máximo para demostrar una vez más que no solo soy mejor que él, sino que soy el mejor de los 130 libras del mundo”.

“No tengo dudas de que el 2019 será mi gran año de regreso”, dijo Vargas. “Los tres hombres sabios vinieron con regalos, y uno de ellos es mi muy esperada revancha contra Miguel Berchelt el 11 de mayo. Como dije antes de nuestra primera pelea, los mexicanos nunca retroceden, y lo demostraré una vez más en el ring”.

“Todos estamos deseando esta cartelera. Berchelt vs. Vargas y Navarrete vs. Dogboe fueron increíbles peleas de acción la primera vez, y las revanchas proporcionarán fuegos artificiales”, dijo el legendario promotor de Top Rank, Bob Arum. “Esta es sin duda una de las grandes carteleras del 2019, y no hay mejor lugar para que se lleve a cabo que la increíble ciudad de Tucson. Los fanáticos peleas son apasionados, informados y llenarán el edificio”.

“La primera pelea entre Francisco Vargas y Miguel Berchelt fue una guerra”, dijo Eric Gómez, presidente de Golden Boy Promotions. “Vargas se quedó corto esa noche, pero ha sido su única derrota. Desde entonces, ha mejorado mucho entrenando con Joel Díaz, por lo que estoy aún más confiado ahora que Vargas recuperará su cinturón. Golden Boy Promotions está comprometido en hacer las mejores peleas, y estamos felices de trabajar con Top Rank y Zanfer Promotions para hacer otra batalla clásica”.

Berchelt (35-1, 31 KOs) es un boxeador-golpeador puro que ha ganado 14 peleas en fila desde su única derrota, un nocaut polémico de primera ronda que la mayoría de los expertos creen que se detuvo prematuramente. Había sido campeón mundial interino antes de enfrentarse a Vargas en Indio, California. Fue un choque cuerpo a cuerpo que vio a Berchelt desgastar constantemente a Vargas hasta que el árbitro detuvo el combate a los 2:19 del undecimo asalto después de una serie de golpes. Berchelt se fue de 3-0 en el 2018, y recientemente detuvo a Miguel “Mickey” Roman en la novena ronda de un choque contendiente a Pelea del Año.

Vargas (25-1-2, 18 KOs), quien ha ganado dos combates seguidos desde la derrota de Berchelt, es incapaz de hacer una pelea aburrida. Estuvo involucrado en la Pelea del Año en el 2015 y el 2016. En el 2015, magullado, maltratado y con una cortadura en el ojo que casi hizo que la pelea se detuviera, regresó para noquear a Takashi Miura en el noveno asalto. En el 2016 luchó contra Orlando “Siri” Salido en una batalla que terminó en un empate. En su última pelea, eliminó a Rod Salka en seis asaltos, preparando el escenario para lo que promete ser una secuela llena de acción.

Navarrete (26-1, 22 KOs) ha ganado 20 combates consecutivos, irrumpiendo en la escena mundial con su sorprendente victoria ante Dogboe. En la primera pelea ante Dogboe, presionó la acción y detuvo al ghanés para lograr una decisión bien merecida. 

Dogboe (20-1, 14 KOs), 24, emergió en el  2018 como el último de la larga lista de campeones ghaneses. Dogboe, miembro de la familia Royal Badu de Anyako en la región de Volta en Ghana, le arrebató el título junior pluma junior de la OMB a Jessie Magdaleno en abril del 2018, al detener a Magdaleno en el undécimo asalto. Defendió su título en agosto, derribando a Hidenori Otake en una ronda. Luego, se topó con Navarrete, quien detuvo el empuje mágico de Dogboe. El 11 de mayo, Dogboe tendrá la oportunidad de recuperar su estatus como uno de los jóvenes talentos de élite del deporte.
 
“Estoy listo para mostrarle al mundo que nuestra primera pelea no fue un accidente”, dijo Navarrete. “Soy el mejor peleador, y lo mostraré de nuevo. Dogboe cometió un error al tomar esta revancha”.

“Mira, en mi última pelea, no estaba en forma. Subestimé a Emanuel Navarrete”, dijo Dogboe. “Pero sabes algo, en mi punto más bajo, él no pudo noquearme. Esta pelea, el 11 de mayo, es una garantía: Isaac Dogboe está aquí para dejar las cosas claras. Tucson, no querrás perderte esta pelea. Es una pelea de la que la gente va a estar hablando durante mucho, mucho tiempo. Un Isaac Dogboe en forma es un Isaac “Royal Storm” Dogboe muy peligroso. ¡El 11 de mayo, voy por mi título! “
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RYAN GARCIA DEFEATS JOSE ‘WONDER BOY’ LOPEZ IN FRONT OF SOLD-OUT

Apr 2, 2019

RYAN GARCIA DEFEATS JOSE ‘WONDER BOY’ LOPEZANGEL ‘TITO’ ACOSTA STOPS GANIGAN LOPEZ IN CO-MAIN EVENTSATURDAY MARCH 30, 2019 AT FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT CASINO AND STREAMED LIVE EXCLUSIVELY ON DAZN

(ABOVE: Ryan Garcia scored a dominant stoppage victory against Jose Lopez at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino and streamed live on DAZN)

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


INDIO, CALIF. (March 30, 2019): Rising lightweight star Ryan Garcia (18-0, 14 KOs) of Victorville, Calif. viciously stopped Jose Lopez (20-4-1, 14 KOs) of Carolina, Puerto Rico at the end of two rounds of a scheduled 10-round battle that headlined a stacked night of Golden Boy action. The event took place on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the sold-out Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. and was streamed live on DAZN .  “I’m training with Eddy Reynoso, one of the best trainers in the world right now,” said Ryan Garcia. “My improvements are even going to get better and better. My fights are going to get better and better, and the competition is going to get better. And I’m going to be ready for it. I’m showing everybody that I need to put up the competition because the more I get better, the opposition has to get better. And do I think I’m ready for a world title this year? Hell yes. Defense is the one thing with Eddy that we’re working on every day, and I’ve seen Canelo do it. You’ve seen how much he’s improved over the years, and I’m just learning from the best. So, the more and more I train with my brother [Canelo] right here, the more we’re going to get better” “I just caught him with that right hand over the top,” Garcia continued. “He kept ducking his head, and I just smacked him wherever he went. Boom. It’s like the cobra bag, everywhere he went, I went for it. The first round, I started letting my hands go, because I was going to try to work on some punches, but then I’m like man, I’m going to start hitting him. And that’s when I knew I could get him. Hopefully I fight on the undercard of my guy right here, May 4th, Canelo vs. Jacobs. But wherever my destiny takes me, that’s where I’m going to fight. I’m going to spend time with my new baby, Riley. I did this one for you baby. And all the other fights are for you, baby.” “He’s learning a lot and I’m very impressed because he’s the kind of fighter who, he does what he does in the gym, in the ring, and he did that tonight,” said Canelo Alvarez. “I think he’s the best prospect today.” “He’s on his way,” said Oscar De La Hoya. “Look, he proved it again tonight. There’s a lot of fans that want to see him win that world title. And believe me, it’s going to happen sooner than later.” Angel Acosta (20-1, 19 KOs) of San Juan, Puerto Rico successfully defended his WBO Light Flyweight World Title against Ganigan Lopez (35-9-1, 19 KOs) of Carolina, Puerto Rico via knockout in the eighth round of a fight originally scheduled for twelve rounds. The fight was stopped at 1:55 of the aforementioned round. “We did all the work that we did in the gym,” said Angel Acosta. “Ganigan came here very intelligently. He knew how to move and how to avoid punches, especially after the first round when I hurt him. I want to unify but I also want to get the big purses. I’ve shown that I can knock people out just like the people in the bigger divisions. I’ve had 21 fights and 20 of them have ended by knockout, so I want the big money.” Rocky Hernandez (28-0-3, 24 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico stopped Ibrahim Class (22-6, 10 KOs) of Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania via knockout at 1:58 of the second round of a super featherweight originally slated for ten rounds.  “I showed my ability in there,” said Rocky Hernandez. “This year I plan to show everyone the Mexican style we all love. I also want the world to know who Rocky Hernandez is. Hopefully I can get a world title shot by the end of the year.” Aaron McKenna (7-0, 4 KOs) of Monaghan, Ireland defeated Loretto Olivas, (3-1, 1 KO) Santa Fe, New Mexico via six-round unanimous decision in a welterweight fight. McKenna won with three scores 60-53. “It was fantastic to fight on DAZN,” said Aaron McKenna. “I felt great in there tonight. I felt like I dominated from the first bell. I take my hat off to my opponent. I hit him with some great shots, and I hurt him. But he stuck in there until the end. I’m happy with my performance, and I’m looking forward to fighting on DAZN again soon.” Danielito Zorrilla (11-0, 8 KOs) of Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico stopped Gamaliel Diaz (40-20-3, 19 KOs) of Michoacan, Mexico via knockout in the second round of a welterweight battle originally slated for eight rounds. “I feel good,” said Danielito Zorrilla. “This was the kind of fight we were looking. We wanted experienced fighters. I knew what I had to do in there, and thank God for the victory.” Joet Gonzalez (22-0, 12 KOs) of Glendora, Calif. scored a fifth-round knockout victory against Rodrigo Guerrero (26-8-2, 16 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico in a scheduled ten-round featherweight fight. Gonzalez stopped Guerrero at 2:27 of the aforementioned round. “It feels great, said Joet Gonzalez. “He’s [Guerrero] never been knocked out, never been stopped, and I was the first to do it. I came in with a game plan, with my mind set that I was going to be the first one, and I did that.” Antonio Orozco (28-1, 17 KOs) of San Diego, California defeated Jose Rodriguez (25-13-1, 16 KOs) of Tamaulipas, Mexico via unanimous decision in a ten-round welterweight bout. Orozco won with scores of 99-91, 97-93 and 97-93. “This was my first camp with Freddie Roach, and it was a lot to absorb,” said Antonio Orozco. “Overall, we got the win, and that’s what is important. We are back in business and debuted on DAZN.” Jeremy Ramos (11-6, 4 KOs) of Bayamon, Puerto Rico defeated Neeco Macias (17-2, 10 KOs) of Palm Desert, Calif via split decision in an eight-round super welterweight war. Ramos won with scores of 77-75 and 78-74, while one judge had it 77-75 for Macias.  Herbert Acevedo Jr. (15-2, 6 KOs) of Garden City, Kansas and Alfonso Olvera (11-5-1, 4 KO) of Tucson, Arizona fought to a split draw in an eight-round super lightweight fight. One judge had 77-75 for Acevedo and another judge had it the same for Olvera; a third judge had it a 76-76 draw.  Garcia vs. Lopez was a 10-round lightweight fight presented by Golden Boy and Miguel Cotto Promotions. The event was sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” and Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle.” The event took place on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. and was streamed live exclusively on DAZN.

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Gvozdyk Retiene Título Semi Pesado del CMB

Apr 2, 2019

Gvozdyk Retiene Título Semi Pesado del CMB

Gvozdyk venció a Doudou Ngumbu por nocaut técnico

Kavaliuskas vs. Robinson culmina en empate mayoritario

(Credito de Fotos: Top Rank)
Filadlefia (30 de marzo del 2019) — Oleksandr “The Nail” Gvozdyk logró la primera defensa exitosa de su título mundial semipesado del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB), despachando a Doudou Ngumbu en la quinta ronda.

Ngumbu (38-9, 14 KOs) se lesionó la pantorrilla derecha y no pudo continuar, lo que obligó al árbitro Eric Dali a detener la pelea.

Gvozdyk (17-0, 14 KOs) controló la acción y estaba en camino a la victoria cuando se produjo la lesión de Ngumbu. Gvozdyk conectó 47 de 204 golpes, mientras que Ngumbu conectó 18 de 108.

“No fue lo que esperaba, pero hice mi mejor esfuerzo”, dijo Gvozdyk. “A veces esto sucede en el deporte del boxeo. Es lo que es.”

“Mi objetivo es unificar títulos. Esperaré a ver qué me dice mi equipo que haga a continuación”.​

MEAN MACHINE VS. ROBINSON CULMINA EN EMPATE

El contendiente peso welter de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), Egidijus “Mean Machine”, Kavaliauskas se mantuvo carrera para una oportunidad de retar al campeón Terence “Bud” Crawford, aunque no logró el resultado que quería, ya que su combate ante Ray Robinson culminó en un empate mayoritario de 10 asaltos que dejó a ambos peleadores insatisfechos.

Kavaliauskas (21-0-1-0, 17 KOs) presionó la acción, pero ninguno de los dos peleadors resultó herido en lo que fue en gran parte una competencia táctica. Las tarjetas de puntuación (97-93 Robinson, 95-95 2X) reflejaron una pelea con numerosas rondas difíciles de anotar.

Kavaliauskas aún espera que esta pelea lo lleve a una oportunidad de título mundial.

“Gané la pelea y la gané claramente”, dijo Kavaliauskas. “Los jueces no estuvieron de acuerdo, y no puedo controlar qué pelea estaban viendo. Todavía quiero pelear por un título mundial porque considero que esta pelea es una victoria. Todavía estoy invicto, y sé que puedo vencer a todos los campeones en la división peso welter”.

Robinson cree que debería estar en la fila para retar al rey de libra por libra.

“Creo que todos en Filadelfia saben que gané esta pelea”, dijo Robinson. “Al final de la noche, sé que lo derroté. Soy la última persona en vencer a Terence Crawford entre los amateurs, y esa es la pelea que quiero”.

En otros resultados del cartel: • Kudratillo “The Punisher” Abdukakhorov (16-0, 9 KOs) realizó un exitoso debut en los Estados Unidos, logrando una decisión unánime de 12 asaltos (118-110, 117-111, 115-113) sobre Keita Obara (20-4 -1, 18 KOs) en un combate eliminatorio de título mundial peso welter de la FIB. Abdukakhorov, un nativo de Uzbekistán que ahora llama a Malasia su hogar, fue el agresor durante toda la pelea y se acercó a una oportunidad por el título contra el campeón mundial de la FIB Errol Spence Jr.

• Christian Mbilli (14-0, 13 KOs) llegó a la distancia por primera vez como profesional, logrando una victoria por decisión unánime de ocho asaltos sobre Humberto Gutiérrez (33-8-2, 22 KOs) en una pelea de peso súpermediano. Las puntuaciones fueron las siguientes: 80-72 y 79-73 (2x). • El boricua José “Chino” López obligó al prospecto de las 140 libras, Askhat Ualikhanov, a retirarse en su banquillo después de la sexta ronda. Con este triunfo, López (12-1, 10 KOs) se recuperó de una derrota por nocaut en el segundo asalto en agosto pasado. 
•En una de las mayores sorpresas del año en  calendario, Juan Ruiz (22-4, 14 KOs) anotó un nocaut en la cuarta ronda ante el contendiente de peso welter Fredrick Lawson (27-2, 21 KOs). 
 • El prospecto de peso pesado nacido en Filadelfia, Sonny Conto (2-0, 2 KOs) eliminó a Omar Acosta (1-6, 1 KO) con un gancho de izquierda en la primera ronda. Acosta se puso de pie, pero no estaba en condiciones de continuar.
 • El prospecto boricua Jeremy “Magic Hands” Adorno fue victorioso en su debut profesional, eliminando a Sebastian Baltazar (1-4, 0 KOs) con un triunfo por decisión unánime en cuatro asaltos (40-36 3x) en un combate de peso súpergallo.

• El prospecto de peso súper pluma Joshafat “Truth” Ortiz (6-0, 4 KOs) hizo trabajo rápido de James Thomas (6-5, 6 KOs), eliminando a Thomas a los 2:53 de la primera ronda.

• El nativo de Filadelfia Donald Smith (9-0, 6 KOs) noqueó a José Antonio Martínez (11-18, 6 KOs) en la cuarta ronda de una pelea en el peso súperpluma.

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8TH ANNUAL UFC INTERNATIONAL FIGHT WEEK™ TAKES OVER LAS VEGAS FROM JULY 3 – 7

Apr 2, 2019

Week-Long Celebration Includes UFC 239, UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and UFC Fan Experience


Las Vegas – UFC® today announced that the 8th Annual UFC International Fight Week™ will take place in Las Vegas from Wednesday, July 3, through Sunday, July 7, headlined by UFC® 239, presented by Modelo,the 2019 UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonyand a two-day, interactive UFC Fan Experience®.


Among the highlights, the prestigious 2019 UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Toyo Tires® will be held on Friday, July 5, and will honor specific achievements and contributions to UFC and the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. 

On Friday, July 5, and continuing on Saturday, July 6, fans will be able to take part in an  easily-accessible and fully interactive, free two-day UFC Fan Experience at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. The two-day fan experience will feature meet and greets, autograph sessions, and partner activations that provide unprecedented access to UFC champions, top-ranked contenders, Hall of Famers, and other UFC personalities.

In addition, fans from around the world who converge on Las Vegas for UFC International Fight Week will be able to enjoy the open workouts, weigh-ins, press conferences and live entertainment of a traditional Fight Week leading to the schedule’s culminating event, UFC® 239, on Saturday, July 6, at T-Mobile Arena.

Details regarding UFC Hall of Fame inductees and venue, the bout card for UFC 239, and additional events for UFC International Fight Week will be announced at a later date. Beginning in June, fans can download the UFC International Fight Week app on the App Store and Google Play.

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Exciting Welterweight Matchup Headlines UFC Debut in Rochester

Mar 27, 2019

EXCITING WELTERWEIGHT MATCHUP HEADLINES UFC® DEBUT IN ROCHESTER AS

 (#4) RAFAEL DOS ANJOS BATTLES (#5 – LW) KEVIN LEE

FEATURED BOUTS:

(#6) ASPEN LADD vs. (#2 – WFLW) SIJARA EUBANKS

(#12) ANTONIO CARLOS JUNIOR vs. IAN HEINISCH

UFC FIGHT NIGHT ON ESPN+®: DOS ANJOS vs. LEE TICKETS

AT BLUE CROSS ARENA GO ON SALE FRIDAY, MARCH 29

Las Vegas – UFC® heads to Rochester, N.Y. for the first time with a marquee matchup featuring former UFC lightweight champion and No. 4-ranked welterweight contender Rafael Dos Anjos welcoming former interim lightweight title challenger and No. 5-ranked lightweight Kevin Lee to the 170-pound division. In a high-stakes rematch at bantamweight, undefeated prospect and No. 6-ranked contender Aspen Ladd looks to prove that her first win over No. 2-ranked flyweight contender Sijara Eubanks was no fluke.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT ON ESPN+®: DOS ANJOS vs. LEE will stream live from Blue Cross Arena exclusively on ESPN+ at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 18, with prelims kicking off at 5 p.m. ET. Doors open at 4 p.m. ET. All UFC live events on ESPN+ will also be available in English and Spanish.

A perennial top contender since joining UFC over a decade ago, Dos Anjos (28-11, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) has defeated some of the biggest names in the sport. He holds impressive victories over former UFC champions Anthony Pettis, Benson Henderson and Robbie Lawler. A fan-favorite for his aggressive fighting style, Dos Anjos now aims to work his way back into the title picture by spoiling Lee’s welterweight debut and earning his eighth UFC post-fight bonus.

Hailed as the next generation of MMA talent since he debuted in the UFC at just 21 years old, Lee (17-4, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.) looks to make a statement in his welterweight debut. While at lightweight, Lee impressed with notable stoppage victories over Francisco Trinaldo, Michael Chiesa and Edson Barboza. Now, Lee intends to make an immediate impact in his new division by being the first man to finish Dos Anjos at 170-pounds and asserting himself as one of the top contenders for the belt.

One of the top rising women’s prospects in the UFC, Ladd (7-0, fighting out of El Dorado Hills, Calif.) aims to break into the top-5 rankings for the first time in her career. Still only 24 years old, Ladd has finished all but one of her opponents, including stopping former title challenger Tonya Evinger and multiple-time Muay Thai world champion Lina Lansberg. Now, Ladd looks to improve on the only decision victory on her resume by being the first person to finish Eubanks in their rematch.

A multiple-time jiu-jitsu world champion, Eubanks (5-2, fighting out of Toms River, N.J.) competes at bantamweight for the first time in her UFC tenure. A finalist on The Ultimate Fighter: 26, Eubanks has established herself as one of the top contenders in women’s MMA by following her appearance on the show with dominant victories over Lauren Murphy and Roxanne Modafferi. Now, Eubanks looks to even the score with Ladd and show that she is worthy of title contention in any division she competes in.

Announced bouts on the card include:

  • Heavyweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3 and the current No. 12-ranked middleweight contender Antonio Carlos Junior (11-2, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.) aims to extend his winning streak to six when he battles Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series signee Ian Heinisch (12-1, fighting out of Englewood, Colo.)
  • Looking for her eight stoppage victory in a row, Megan Anderson (9-3, fighting out of Kansas City, Mo. by way of Gold Coast, Australia) welcomes the debuting Felicia Spencer (6-0, fighting out of Orlando, Fla. by way of Montreal, Quebec, Canada) to the UFC women’s featherweight division
  • Looking to stay unbeaten at middleweight in the UFC, Zak Cummings (22-6, fighting out of Kansas City, Mo.) intends to hand undefeated prospect Trevin Giles (11-0, fighting out of Houston, Texas) his first career loss
  • Lightweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter: 27 Michael Trizano (9-0, fighting out of Ramsey, N.J.) looks to maintain his perfect record by taking out Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series signee Grant Dawson (13-1, fighting out of Lee’s Summit, Mo.)
  • In a light heavyweight slugfest that is sure to please fans, Patrick Cummins (10-5, fighting out of Boca Raton, Fla.) meets proven veteran Ed Herman (24-14, fighting out of Portland, Ore.)

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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Pulev and Magdaleno are victorious at The Hangar in Costa Mesa

Mar 26, 2019

(Photo Credit: Mikey Williams / Top Rank)
COSTA MESA (March 23, 2019)— Kubrat Pulev wanted to send a resounding message to the big names of the heavyweight division, and he did so by scoring an emphatic knockout victory in front of a sold-out crowd at The Hangar.

After recovering from a flurry of punches that caused a dangerous cut on his left eyebrow in the fourth episode, the Bulgarian contender blasted Bogdan Dinu by technical knockout at 2:40 of the seventh round.

“This is just part of being in a fight. The cut was not such a big problem. Sometimes blood makes me very hungry”, said Pulev. “I was very well prepared. I was ready for anything. At this moment I feel I can do anything inside the ring. I showed very good boxing skills. I also showed that I have good punching power and a good strategy”.

MAGDALENO DOMINATES RAMOS

In his featherweight debut, former world champion Jessie Magdaleno returned to the winning route by scoring a unanimous decision victory over former world titleholder Rico Ramos to capture the WBC USNBC Featherweight title. This was Magdaleno’s first fight since losing his WBO super bantamweight world title in April of 2018 against Isaac Dogboe.

“I came back from a long layoff and felt great against a tough opponent and a former world champion”, said Magdaleno. “Ramos is a great fighter, he was a former world champion for a reason, but tonight only one of us could come out victorious, and that was me. Now I’m going to sit down with my team, go back to the drawing board, and see what I have to keep working on to become a world champion once again”. 

In other action:

• Top 140-pound contender Maxim Dadashev (13-0, 11 KOs) scored a spectacular technical knockout victory against Ricky Sismundo (35-13-3, 17 KOs) at 2:30 of the fourth round. 

• South African welterweight contender Chris Van Heerden (27-2-1, 12 KOs) defeated Mahonry Montes (35-9-1, 24 KOs) via technical unanimous decision after an accidental clash of heads forced the referee to stop the fight at 1:44 of the sixth round.

• Unbeaten Mexican contender Erick De León (19-0-1, 11 KOs) recovered from a flash knockdown in the fifth round to score a seventh-round technical knockout victory against Jose Luis Gallegos (16-6, 12 KOs) in an eight-round junior lightweight fight. 
 • Undefeated prospect Tervel Pulev (13-0, 11 KOs), brother of heavyweight contender Kubrat Pulev, scored a unanimous decision victory against Mitch Williams (16-8-3) in a six-round cruiserweight fight. 

• Javier Molina (19-2, 8 KOs) notched a unanimous decision victory against Abdiel Ramirez (24-4-1, 22 KOs) in an eight-round super lightweight battle.

• Middleweight prospect David Kaminsky improved to 4-0 with a unanimous decision over Estevan Payan (1-7-1, 1 KO). All three judges scored the four-rounder 40-36.

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7-TIME WORLD CHAMPION MARCO ANTONIO BARRERA CONFIRMED FOR 5TH ANNUAL BOX FAN EXPO

Mar 26, 2019
7-TIME WORLD CHAMPION 
MARCO ANTONIO BARRERA CONFIRMED FOR 
5TH ANNUAL BOX FAN EXPO, DURING CINCO DE 
MAYO WEEKEND, SATURDAY MAY 4, IN LAS VEGAS
Box Fan Expo is the ultimate fan experience event that gives boxing fans the opportunity to meet-and-greet top fighters, current and former world champions, boxing celebrities and industry people in an up-close personal setting.
Tickets On-Sale Now at EventBrite

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Las Vegas (March 20, 2019) – 7-Time World Champion Marco Antonio Barrera has confirmed that he will appear, have a booth and hold a Meet & Greet with his fans at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the 5th Annual Box Fan Expo on Saturday May 4, 2019 from 10a.m to 5pm, during Cinco De Mayo weekend. The Boxing Expo will also coincide with the highly anticipated fight between Canelo Alvarez vs Danny Jacobs, that will take place later that evening at the T-Mobile Arena.
Barrera will make his 3rd appearance at this years’ Expo and will be signing gloves, photos, personal items and memorabilia. Barrera will also have merchandise to sell for fans to enjoy. Boxing Fans will also have an opportunity to take pictures with this boxing legend also known as “The Baby Faced Assassin”
Barrera joins Mia St.John, Juan Manuel Marquez, Vinny Paz, Devin Haney, Earnie Shavers, Al Bernstein, Michael Spinks, WBC, Erik Morales, James Toney and Jessie Vargas as an early commitment to this year’s Box Fan Expo, with many more Top Boxing stars to be announced.
About Marco Antonio Barrera
Barrera is a Mexican former professional boxer who competed from 1989 to 2011. He held multiple world championships in three weight classes, including the WBO super bantamweight title three times from 1995 to 2001; the WBC super featherweight title from 2004 to 2007; and the IBF super featherweight title from 2005 to 2006. Additionally, he held the IBO featherweight title in 2001; the lineal featherweight title from 2001 to 2003; and the Ring magazine featherweight title from 2002 to 2003. Barrera is well known for his trilogy with fellow Mexican legend Erik Morales, as well as his duology with Manny Pacquiao, and rivalry with Juan Manuel Marquez. ESPN ranked Barrera as number 43 on their list of the 50 greatest boxers of all time. Barrera was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2017.

About Box Fan ExpoBox Fan Expo is the ultimate boxing fan experience event, which allows fans to meet-and-greet boxing superstars of today, current and former world champions, legends of the sport and other boxing celebrities. Fans can expect to experience various interactions such as autograph and photos sessions, FaceOff with your favorite boxers, pictures with the Ring Card Girls, Live DJ Music, chance to win prizes, purchase merchandise and memorabilia from different booths Exhibitors, “ALL UNDER ONE ROOF”. You won’t want to miss this must-attend Expo!
Box Fan Expo has been a huge success with fans and boxing industry people. Many boxing stars have attended the last four Expos such as Floyd Mayweather, Mike Tyson, Roberto Duran, Tommy Hearns, Marco Antonio Barrera, Roy Jones Jr., Andre Ward, Mikey Garcia, Marcos Maidana, Juan Manuel Marquez, Erik Morales, Errol Spence Jr., Sergio Martinez, Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia, Tim Bradley, Deontay Wilder, Amir Khan, Shawn Porter, Fernando Vargas, Zab Judah, James Toney, Jessie Vargas, Vinny Pazienza, Mia St.John, Leo Santa Cruz, Badou Jack, Terry Norris , Riddick Bowe , Earnie Shavers, Leon Spinks, Danny Jacobs, Abner Mares, Jorge Linares, Brandon Rios and many more…

Exhibitors include: boxing promoters, gear, apparel, equipment, energy drinks, supplement products, broadcasting media, sanctioning bodies, and other companies who wish to participate will once again have a chance to showcase 

Tickets to the Box Fan Expo are available online at: https://boxfanexpo.eventbrite.com
Throughout the next couple of months leading up to the event, there will be weekly updates on the many stars that will commit their appearance at the Boxing Expo. And for anyone in the Boxing industry or other Exhibitors (non-industry), who would like to be involved and reserve a Booth, contact Box Fan Expo:
Telephone number: (514) 572-7222 or Las Vegas Number (702) 997-1927

For any inquiries please email: boxfanexpo@gmail.com

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