CHAMPIONS STIPE MIOCIC AND DANIEL CORMIER
COACH UNBEATEN CAST OF FIGHTERS ON
THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER®: UNDEFEATED
Season premieres Wednesday, April 18 on FS1
Las Vegas – The highly anticipated 27th season of The Ultimate Fighter® will see UFC® heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic coach opposite light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier. Following the series, which debuts Wednesday, April 18 on FS1, the two will battle for the heavyweight crown during the 7th annual UFC International Fight Week (July 3-7) at UFC 226®: MIOCIC vs. CORMIER at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday, July 7.
The Ultimate Fighter®: Undefeated will also feature a dynamic cast of unbeaten lightweight and featherweight fighters. Each tournament winner will receive a six-figure UFC contract. The season will air for 12 consecutive Wednesdays on FS1, followed by a live finale to be announced at a later date.
Both coaches recently defended their championships at UFC 220 earlier this month in Boston.
Miocic (18-2, fighting out of Independence, Ohio) netted his historic third heavyweight title defense with a dominant decision over dangerous striker Francis Ngannou. The NCAA Division I wrestler and Cleveland Golden Gloves boxing champion has been on a tear since 2015. Going into the bout with Ngannou, the consensus “baddest man on the planet” had earned five consecutive knockout victories against Junior Dos Santos, Alistair Overeem, Fabricio Werdum, Andrei Arlovski and Mark Hunt. Miocic now looks to lead his team to victory before further etching his name in the record books.
As for Cormier (20-1 1NC, fighting out of San Jose, Calif.), the former Olympian earned a spectacular TKO win against knockout artist Volkan Oezdemir. During his reign as light heavyweight champion, Cormier has also earned impressive title defense wins over Anthony Johnson and Alexander Gustafsson. The bout against Miocic will mark his first at heavyweight since defeating Roy Nelson in 2013. Prior to joining UFC, Cormier won the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix by besting Josh Barnett in the final. He now aims to join Georges St-Pierre, Conor McGregor, BJ Penn and Randy Couture as a two-division UFC champion.
Below is a full list of competitors (name, professional record, age and fighting out of):
BOXING LEGEND ROY JONES JUNIOR HITS UFC FIGHT PASS®
ALL-TIME POUND-FOR-POUND GREAT’S FINAL FIGHT STREAMS LIVE
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8
Las Vegas – One of the greatest boxers of all time – Roy Jones Junior – makes his final walk to the ring February 8 at the Bay Center in Pensacola, Florida, live and exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS, the UFC’s digital streaming service.
In the last fight of a Hall of Famer career which began three decades ago Jones, 65-9 (47 KOs), will face the aggressive Scott Sigmon, 30-11-1 (16KOs), in a cruiserweight main event. The card features both boxing and mixed martial arts bouts and is presented by Jones’s own organization, Square Ring Promotions.
The action gets underway on FIGHT PASS at 7:30pm ET, with Jones expected in the ring around 10pm ET.
Jones said: “Ya’ll musta forgot I always said that my final fight would be in my hometown of Pensacola. I meant it then, and I mean it now. This is where it all began for me, this will be my 75th professional fight, and it will be my last one. I have been friends with Dana White for years and am so excited for UFC FIGHT PASS to be streaming this event.”
UFC President Dana White added: “Roy Jones has had a long and distinguished career. We have wanted to work together for a long time and I’m glad that I could bring his final fight to all the fans who have UFC FIGHT PASS.”
Roy Jones’s prodigious talent first caught international attention 30 years ago, when he was awarded the prestigious Val Barker trophy as the most outstanding boxer of the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. Turning professional in May 1989, Jones stormed the middleweight division en route to winning the first of many world titles by beating future legend Bernard Hopkins in May 1993.
A year later, Jones cemented his status as the greatest fighter of his generation when he dominated the fearsome, undefeated James Toney to become the champion of the super-middleweight division. An eight-year reign atop the light heavyweight class followed from 1996 before, on March 1, 2003, Jones jumped all the way up to heavyweight and defeated the vastly bigger John Ruiz for the WBA heavyweight title.
In three decades as a professional boxer, Jones’s hit-list also includes Mike McCallum, Montell Griffin, Virgil Hill, Julio César González, Antonio Tarver and Felix Trinidad.
The five-fight live stream of Square Rings’ Island Fights 46 event, will also feature European boxing sensation Ikram Kerwat, who has five knockouts in eight professional wins, plus 25-year-old prodigy Mike Davis. A former New York State wrestling champion and BJJ purple belt under Marcelo Garcia, Davis has a combined combat sport record – MMA and boxing – of 22 fights, 22 wins and 22 stoppages. He fights Montrel James in a MMA lightweight fight.
The event marks the first time UFC FIGHT PASS has added boxing to its live fight offering. FIGHT PASS already live streams weekly action from UFC, MMA organizations from around the world, kickboxing, Muay Thai and submission grappling. Plus subscribers have VOD access to over 16,000 historical fights from 37 promotions, Original content, documentaries and the UFC’s TV archive.
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For more details on FIGHT PASS’s schedule visit: https://www.ufc.tv/category/fightpass-live-events
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NOTES AND QUOTES FROM THE 2018 BOXING UPFRONT PRESENTED BY SHOWTIME SPORTS® AND PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS
Hosted By Charlamagne Tha God, Wednesday, Jan 24 at Cipriani’s 42nd Street, NYC
Click HERE for Photos from Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME
NEW YORK (Jan. 24, 2018) – SHOWTIME Sports and Premier Boxing Champions unveiled the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING television lineup for the first half of 2018 in an unprecedented, first-of-its-kind Boxing Upfront at Cipriani’s in New York City on Wednesday.
Legendary ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr. introduced the matchups of 10 marquee events featuring 12 world champions, 14 undefeated fighters and 12 World Championship fights across the first six months of 2018. Among the fighters in attendance included Deontay Wilder, Danny Garcia, Jermall Charlo, Jermell Charlo, Mikey Garcia, Erislandy Lara, Adrien Broner, Keith Thurman, Leo Santa Cruz, Abner Mares and Errol Spence Jr.
Radio presenter and television personality Charlamagne the God hosted Wednesday’s event and spoke to each fighter in attendance. Here are some highlights of what the fighters had to say:
“Ever since I’ve been a little boy, I’ve always been doubted no matter what. As a grown man now, I’m still being doubted. I like proving people wrong. There’s nothing like proving somebody wrong.
“As I see it, I’m 39-0 with 38 KOs. Every time I promise I’m going to knock somebody out, I’ve done that. Come March 3, I promise I’m going to knock him out too.”
“There’s an opportunity for a dreamer and March 3 is going to be a great fight.”
“My ideal goal is to show everyone why I’m the best in the world at 160 pounds.”
“2017 was a great year. Unifying the WBA and the WBC titles was a dream come true. Since then, we had the elbow surgery but 2018 is a get-back year. I’m truly looking forward to being back in the ring May 19. After that, I’m going to bring a more exciting fight later on this year. There are a lot of contenders and champions gunning for my number one spot but I’m going to have to let them know that I’ll be right here at the top.”
“Hopefully I get to accomplish this goal of winning the title in four different weight divisions on March 10. It’s an honor to be included on such a short list. This only opens up the doors to bigger fights and bigger things for my career. March 10 is just another small step closer to achieving my ultimate goal, which is to become the best fighter of this generation.”
“I’m very grateful for the opportunity to be on SHOWTIME and fight in this event. I will give my best before I get in the ring and when I get in the ring. I guarantee it will be a war and a great fight and you won’t be disappointed.”
“I’m trying to outshine everybody. I have to go crazy. I have to rematch Mikey. I have to fight Shawn Porter. This fight is the start of the turn-up. I’m ready. Let’s get it on. He’s undefeated, I’m trying to give him his first loss.”
“Young people make mistakes but the greats learn from it. I believe I’m the most skillful young guy that’s fighting on TV right now and in 2018, I want to show it.”
“It’s time to put everyone on notice who the best 154-pounder is. I know a win over Erislandy Lara will put me there so I’m coming for that number one spot.”
Leo Santa Cruz
“The fans can expect a full-action fight just like the first one, maybe even better. I know Abner Mares changed his trainer and Robert Garcia is a great trainer who will bring the best out of him. But we’re also smart. My dad is a great trainer who will bring the best out of me. It will be a great fight.”
“It’s been two years since I fought Leo Santa Cruz and all I’ve been thinking about is redemption. With Team Garcia, you’ve seen the change. If they think I’m going to fight the same way, they are in for a surprise.”
“I’m going to stay fly, get my body count up and let that lion roar.”
“It wasn’t my choice to relinquish the title, it was in the contract. Floyd [Mayweather] told me he would get me a bigger and better fight against Adonis Stevenson for the WBC title so I couldn’t pass that up.”
ERROL SPENCE JR. RETAINS IBF WELTERWEIGHT TITLE WITH RESOUNDING TKO VICTORY OVER LAMONT PETERSON SATURDAY NIGHT ON SHOWTIME® FROM BARCLAYS CENTER
Lightweight World Champion Robert Easter Defeats Javier Fortuna
in SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® Co-Feature
Don’t Miss The Replay Monday, January 22 at
10 p.m. ET/PT On SHOWTIME EXTREME
Photos from Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME
Photos from Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment
BROOKLYN (Jan. 21, 2018) – Undefeated welterweight world champion Errol Spence Jr. retained his IBF title with an impressive stoppage of former two-division champion Lamont Peterson in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Saturday night from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING®.
In his first defense since dethroning Kell Brook on SHOWTIME last May, Spence (23-0, 20 KOs) out boxed a tough Peterson (35-4-1, 17 KOs) from start to finish, showcasing a wide array of skills, speed and power. The fight was stopped prior to the start of the eighth round after Peterson’s trainer, Barry Hunter, called for the stoppage.
The fight played out similar to how both fighters predicted, starting in a cagey tactical affair before it turned into an aggressive fight in the middle rounds. Two minutes into round five, Spence used a blistering left hook to send Peterson to the canvas (Click HERE for highlight). The Washington, D.C. native returned to his feet and continued to battle, but Spence proved to be too much. The 2012 U.S. Olympian out landed Peterson 161-45, while connecting on 49 percent of his power punches to just 31 percent for Peterson.
After the fight Spence spoke to SHOWTIME Sports reporter Jim Gray and was quick to give credit to his opponent. “I want to thank Lamont,” he said. “A lot of guys turned down the fight and he took it like a real warrior and I commend him for that. He’s a tough fighter. He’s willing to die in there.” Click HERE to watch the interview highlight.
Despite earning the win in commanding fashion, Spence still believes he has room to improve. “I still can improve a lot on my defense,” said the unbeaten world champion. “I just have to keep perfecting my skills and keep progressing. You’re going to see a better Errol Spence next time I get in the ring.
“Everybody knows I’ve been waiting on “Some Time” Thurman,” said Spence, looking ahead to a possible unification match with WBC and WBA Welterweight World Champion Keith Thurman. “Since I was 15-0 I’ve been calling this guy out and he keeps making excuses. Let’s get it on. He has two of the belts and we both have big names. It’s an easy fight to make and I want it.”
Peterson, who fought valiantly against the younger Spence, respected the decision of his trainer to stop the fight, “If he asks me to fight a million people, I will. If he asks me to stop. I will stop. I will never question his decision. I know he has my best interests at heart.”
“It was really hard, but if you know Lamont, you know he was not going to give up,” said trainer Barry Hunter. “I had to stop it. At the end of the day, this is my son right here. There’s nothing more valuable than his well-being. If it comes to him or winning, I pick him. I care about him.”
Undefeated 135-pound world champion Robert Easter (21-0, 14 KOs) earned a split decision victory over former world champion Javier Fortuna (33-2-1, 23 KOs) in the co-main event of the SHOWTIME telecast. The judges scored the bout 114-113, 113-114 and 115-112.
The back-and-forth bout saw two skilled fighters stay in the pocket and look to do damage from the inside. A second round point deduction from Fortuna proved costly when the Dominican was warned and then penalized for hitting Easter behind the head. Without the one point deduction, the fight would have been scored a draw. While Easter Jr. was slightly busier, Fortuna landed the more powerful punches. Easter Jr., who held a significant height advantage, out landed Fortuna, connecting on 120 of 383 (31 percent) power punches while Fortuna connected on 113 of 441 (26 percent).
“It was a tough fight, he’s a former world champion for a reason,” Easter told Gray. “We made it tough trying to counter punch. He wasn’t throwing much and it made it difficult for me to chase this guy around.
“I couldn’t get the knockout but we got the win and that’s all that matters. I knew he was going to run once he felt my power. He just wanted to grab and hold the whole fight.”
Looking ahead, Easter made his intentions clear as he seeks unification bouts in the near future, “I want to fight the champions and unify these belts. Fights like these aren’t in my game plan. I’m ready for Mikey Garcia and Jorge Linares to sign the contract.”
A disgruntled Fortuna also spoke to Gray, “the public knows what happened here. They booed because they know that I won this fight.
“If he’s a man let’s fight again at 135-pounds,” said Fortuna, who failed to make weight on two attempts Friday, which meant that Easter’s belt would not be on the line. “I will definitely make the weight. I didn’t give myself enough time to train.”
Unbeaten light heavyweight contender Marcus Browne (21-0, 16 KOs) made quick work of Francy Ntetu (17-2, 4 KOs) in SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING PRELIMS action, as he dropped and battered his opponent early to force referee Arthur Mercante to stop the bout at just 2:15 of the first round. Fighting for his 12th time at the Barclays Center, the 27 year-old Staten Island native kept his unblemished record intact by utilizing his powerful left hand on the overmatched Ntetu.
Browne established his dominance from the start, landing a clean overhand left that dropped Ntetu halfway through the round. The Montreal, Québec native was never able to regain his feet and found himself cornered against the ropes just thirty seconds later. A barrage of powerful combinations landed on the defenseless Ntetu left the referee with little option but to stop the fight with 45 seconds remaining in round number one.
“We worked for this win. He walked into a sure shot and I made him pay,” said Browne. “The overhand left caught him and that was the beginning of the end for him. I knew he was hurt.
“I need a world title shot. I’m ready to take on any of the champions. I don’t have any preferences. I’m glad I put together another great performance here at Barclays Center. I’m going to keep improving until I really become Mr. Barclays Center.”
Ntetu, who moved up to the light heavyweight division for this fight, had a hard time dealing with Browne’s combination of speed and power on his way to the second loss of his pro career.
“[Browne] is very explosive, congrats to him,” said Ntetu. “He’s fast, he’s smart and I did not expect him to be that explosive. He got me with his right hook and a straight left.
“I was in enough shape to fight for 10 rounds. This is not my weight class, but I don’t want to make excuses.”
In the opening bout of the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING PRELIMS, undefeated Adam Kownacki (17-0, 14 KOs) delivered a brutal knockout of Iago Kiladze (26-2, 18 KOs) at 2:08 of the sixth round of their heavyweight matchup. Kownacki, born in Lomza, Poland but fighting out of Brooklyn, New York, enjoyed the support of his hometown crowd as he steadily wore Kiladze down.
Kownacki was the more aggressive and accurate of the two fighters, landing 43 percent of his power punches and 35 percent of his total punches, compared to just 30 percent and 18 percent, respectively, for Kiladze. Despite a bloody nose that Kownacki suffered in the first round, the Polish heavyweight began to pour it on and tire Kiladze with a series of uppercuts and one-two combinations in the fourth round. The action-packed bout came to an end when Kownacki connected on a combination of two uppercuts and a right hand that sent Kiladze on his back in the final minute of the sixth round. After a stunned Kiladze returned to his feet, referee Shada Murdaugh called the fight at the suggestion of the ringside doctor.
“I’m so thankful to all my Polish fans who come out and give me that extra support”, said Kownacki, who fought in front of hundreds of his compatriots. “I’m going to keep fighting for the fans and give everyone a great show.
“I think I made the fight a lot harder than I should have. It’s another learning experience and I got the win. That’s all that matters.”
The Republic of Georgia-born Kiladze, who fights out of Los Angeles, was unable to speak to media as he was taken to NYU Lutheran Hospital for precautionary reasons.
Saturday’s telecast will replay on Sunday, January 21 at 9 a.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME and Monday, January 22 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME and will be available on SHOWTIME ON DEMAND® and SHOWTIME ANYTIME®.
DONNIE TIENES VS. JUAN CARLOS REVECO
AGREGAN DUELO TITULAR A SUPERFLY 2
Sábado 24 de febrero del 2018
Desde el Forum de Inglewood
Televisado en vivo por HBO Boxing After Dark®
Los boletos ya están a la venta!
LOS ANGELES, California con el extraordinario interés en las peleas anunciadas previamente para la función SUPERFLY 2, se ha agregado un combate titular que abrirá la función que será televisada por HBO en su programa “Boxing After Dark® comenzando a las 9:30 p.m. (Este y Pacifico) cuando el orgullo de las Filipinas, el cuatro veces campeón mundial en tres divisiones diferentes DONNIE NIETES, (40-1-4, 22 KO’s) expondrá por primera vez su campeonato mundial de peso mosca de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo (FIB) ante el tres veces campeón JUAN CARLOS REVECO, (39-3-0, 19 KO’s) de Las Heras, Argentina. La función se realizará el sábado 24 de febrero en el Forum de Inglewood, California.
“Pelear en Los Angeles por tercera ocasión ante la afición filipina de Los angeles es un gran honor al igual que hacerlo a través de HBO. Sé que Reveco es un rival peligroso y que tengo que estar bien preparado para exponer mi campeonato el sábado 24 de febrero”, dijo Nietes.
“Esta es un gran oportunidad para mí de pelear finalmente en los Estados Unidos y hacerlo contra un gran campeón como Nietes. Sé que voy a tener el apoyo de toda la afición argentina de Los Angeles y vengo a ganar el campeonato mundial de la FIB ante todos ellos”, dijo Reveco.
“Estamos orgullosos de agregar a esta función uno de los máximos guerreros filipinos, el cuatro veces campeón mundial Donnie Nietes ante el tres veces campeón argentino Juan Carlos Reveco a esta magno evento del 24 de febrero en el Forum de Inglewood y en vivo por HBO”, dijo TOM LOEFFLER de 360 Boxing Promotions.
“Nietes ha lucido muy impresionantes en funciones en las cuales él ha encabezado en Los Angeles y esperamos que tenga el respaldo de todos sus paisanos filipinos nuevamente en esta ocasión cuando exponga su corona ante un Reveco que vendrá con muchos deseos de darle una grata sorpresa a sus seguidores”, agregó Loeffler.
“Con cuatro peleas de gran calidad ya anunciadas para SUPERFLY 2, tres de ellas de campeonato mundial, esta cartelera será el standard para las funciones que se darán en el 2018, pues los ocho boxeadores en estas peleas están clasificados entres los mejores 10 clasificados de sus respectivas categorías”, dijo Loeffler.
Nietes conquistó el campeonato vacante de peso mosca de la FIB el 29 de abril del 2017 en Cebu City, Filipinas al derrotar por decisión unánime a Komgrich Nantapech. Antes de eso había
ganado el cinturón mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) al derrotar a Juan Alejo el 17 de octubre del 2015 en el StubHub Center de Carson, California, y ese mismo escenario lo defendió exitosamente el 24 de septiembre del 2016 ante el mexicano Edgar Sosa, ambos triunfos ganados en dominantes actuaciones y por decisiones unánimes.
Nietes no conoce la derrota desde Septiembre del 2004.
En su más reciente actuación el 8 de septiembre del 2017 en Argentina, Reveco derrotó por decisión unánime a Komgrich Nantapech. Reveco quien ha ganado sus últimos tres combates ha hecho la mayoría de sus combates en Argentina y Japón y esta será su primera pelea en Estados Unidos.
En el duelo estelar de SUPERFLY 2 el monarca supermosca del CMB SRISAKET SOR RUNGVISAI, (43-4-1, 39 KO’s) de Si Sa Ket, Tailandia, expondrá su corona por segunda ocasión en un combate pactado a 12 giros ante el clasificado mundial número uno JUAN FRANCISCO “El Gallo” ESTRADA, (36-2, 25 KO’s) de Puerto Peñasco Sonora, México.
En el duelo semi estelar de la función, el ex campeón mundial supermosca del CMB, CARLOS “Príncipe” CUADRAS, (36-2-1, 27 KO’s) de Guamúchil, Sinaloa, México, se enfrentará a MC WILLIAMS ARROYO, (16-3, 14 KO’s) de Fajardo, Puerto Rico en un combate de 10 asaltos en peso supermosca.
El cuatro veces campeón mundial en dos divisiones BRIAN “The Hawaiian Punch” VILORIA, (38-5, 22 KO’s) de Waipahu, Hawái se enfrentará al clasificado mundial #1 ARTEM DALAKIAN, (15-0, 11 KO’s), de Dniepropetrovsk, Ucrania por el campeonato mundial de peso mosca de la Asociación Mundial de Boxeo (AMB) que está vacante en la cartelera SUPERFLY 2 que se realizará el sábado 24 de febrero en el Forum de Inglewood.
Los boletos para Superfly 2 ya están disponibles y tienen un precio de $250, $150, $100, $60 y $30 y pueden ser adquiridos a través de Ticketmaster (Ticketmaster.com, 1-800-745-3000) y en las taquillas del Forum localizado en el 3900 W. Manchester Blvd, Inglewood CA 90305. Las puertas se abrirán a las 4:30 p.m. la noche del evento.
SUPERFLY 2 es presentado por Tom Loeffler’s 360 Promotions en asociación con Nakornluong Promotions y Zanfer Promotions. Cuadras vs. Arroyo es presentado en asociación con Promociones del Pueblo y PR Best Boxing. Viloria vs. Dalakian es presentado en asociación con Teiken Promotions. Nietes vs. Reveco es presentado en asociación con ALA Promotions y OR Promotions.