SHOWTIME® ADDS TWO FEATHERWEIGHT FIGHTS TO 2018 BOXING LINEUP

Apr 11, 2018

SHOWTIME® ADDS TWO FEATHERWEIGHT FIGHTS TO 2018 BOXING LINEUP

 

April 21: Carl Frampton vs. Nonito Donaire – Interim WBO Championship

May 19: Lee Selby vs. Josh Warrington – IBF World Championship

June 9: Leo Santa Cruz vs. Abner Mares II – WBA World Championship

 

Five Consensus Top-10 Featherweights In Action

Across SHOWTIME Sports® Platforms This Spring

 

NEW YORK (April 10, 2018) – SHOWTIME Sports added two featherweight bouts to its robust boxing schedule with two high-stakes matchups from the U.K. streaming live on SHOWTIME Sports social media platforms, free to boxing fans in the U.S.

 

Former two-division world champion Carl Frampton will battle former four-division champion Nonito Donaire on Saturday, April 21 in Belfast, Ireland for the interim WBO Featherweight Title. Then, on Saturday, May 19, IBF World Champion Lee Selby will defend his 126-pound title against undefeated Josh Warrington live from Leeds, England. Both SHOWTIME BOXING INTERNATIONAL® social media offerings will stream live in the U.S. on SHOWTIME Boxing Facebook page and SHOWTIME Sports YouTube Channel. The events are promoted by Frank Warren with live coverage provided by BT Sport and BoxNation.

 

The previously announced rematch between WBA Featherweight World Champion Leo Santa Cruz and former three-division champion Abner Mares will take place just a few weeks later on Saturday, June 9 live on SHOWTIME® from the Staples Center in L.A.

 

In all, five of the consensus top-10 ranked featherweights will clash on SHOWTIME platforms in two months, including two world champions and four former multi-division champions. These matchups between titleholders and top-ranked featherweights will give further clarity to a stacked division.

 

“As we’ve seen at welterweight, super welterweight and even heavyweight, the top fighters in the featherweight division are looking to prove that they are undoubtedly the best in the world,” said Stephen Espinoza, President, Sports and Event Programming for SHOWTIME. “They are doing so by facing their toughest challengers and ultimately seeking to unify world titles. SHOWTIME proudly leads the industry with fights like these—the most competitive and important fights in boxing’s most talent-laden weight divisions. We commend the fighters who have dedicated themselves to this simple, yet dangerous premise. Their effort has been inspiring and contagious.”

 

Below are complete details on both upcoming events. For more information visit www.SHO.com/Sports, subscribe to the SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel, follow on Twitter @ShowtimeBoxing or become a fan on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/SHOBoxing.

 

 

April 21: Frampton vs. Donaire – SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Two Fighter of the Year award winners will meet in a 12-round bout for the interim WBO Featherweight Title. Carl Frampton (24-1, 14 KOs), of Northern Ireland, will face Nonito Donaire (38-4, 24 KOs) of General Santos,  Philippines, on  Saturday, April 21 from SSE Arena in Belfast live in the U.S. via SHOWTIME Sports YouTube Channel and SHOWTIME Boxing Facebook page.

 

Frampton’s all-action style and willingness to take tough challenges has made him a fan favorite all around the world and the 2016 Fighter of the Year. He handed featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz his only defeat after conquering rival Scott Quigg in their 122-pound unification bout in 2016. Fighting out of Belfast, the Irish national amateur champion became a world champion in 2014 when he defeated Kiko Martinez to earn a super bantamweight title. Frampton, 31, lost his featherweight belt in a hard fought rematch against Santa Cruz on SHOWTIME in January 2017. He defeated Horacio Garcia via unanimous decision last November.

 

Donaire, the consensus 2012 Fighter of the Year, is working his way back to another world title fight. The two-time winner of The Ring’s Knockout of the Year award, “The Filipino Flash” turned pro in 2001 and has won championships in four weight divisions. Donaire has participated in nearly two dozen world title bouts thus far in his career. He lost his featherweight title to Jesus Magdaleno in 2016 and is coming off of a one-sided 10-round unanimous decision win over Ruben Garcia Hernandez at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

 

The winner of this fight will be in position to challenge WBO Featherweight Champion Oscar Valdez, who is recovering from injury following his fourth title defense, a UD win over Scott Quigg on March 10.

 

The livestream of Frampton vs. Donaire will precede that evening’s SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® tripleheader that features former four-division champion Adrien Broner and former champion Jessie Vargas in a 12-round welterweight bout live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) from Barclays Center in Brooklyn. In the co-feature, Jermall Charlo will face Hugo Centeno Jr. for the interim WBC Middleweight World Championship and Gervonta Davis will meet Jesus Cuellar for the WBA Super Featherweight World Championship.

 

 

May 19: Selby vs. Warrington – Elland Road Football Ground, Leeds, England

Featherweight world champion Lee Selby (26-1, 9 KOs) of Cardiff, Wales, will make his 2018 debut when he puts his IBF belt on the line against undefeated Josh Warrington (26-0, 6 KOs) on Saturday, May 19.  This main event bout will stream live in the U.S. via SHOWTIME Sports YouTube Channel and SHOWTIME Boxing Facebook page. The fight will take place in Warrington’s hometown of Leeds, at the Leeds United’s Elland Road Football Ground.

 

Selby, the 31-year-old Welshman, has held the IBF Featherweight Title since 2015 when he wrested it from Evgeny Gradovich with an eighth-round TKO. He has since made four successful defenses, the latest being a unanimous decision over Eduardo Ramirez last December.

 

Warrington, 27, won the British Featherweight Title in just his twelfth outing as he outpointed Chris Male in 2012. He stopped Samir Mouneimne in his hometown of Hull to win the Commonwealth Championship in 2013 and continued his campaign with victories over Martin Lindsay, David Dieli and Dennis Tubieron. He defeated Dennis Ceylan via stoppage in the 10th round in his last outing to earn his shot at the IBF title.

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TWO BLOCKBUSTER CHAMPIONSHIP BOUTS HEADLINE UFC® 225 IN CHICAGO

Apr 10, 2018

TWO BLOCKBUSTER CHAMPIONSHIP BOUTS
HEADLINE UFC® 225 IN CHICAGO

FEATURED BOUTS:
(C) ROBERT WHITTAKER vs. (#1) YOEL ROMERO
(#2) RAFAEL DOS ANJOS vs. (#3) COLBY COVINGTON
(#2) ALISTAIR OVEREEM vs. (#4) CURTIS BLAYDES

TICKETS FOR UFC® 225: WHITTAKER vs. ROMERO 2

AT UNITED CENTER GO ON SALE FRIDAY, APRIL 13

Las Vegas – UFC® will bring its first Pay-Per-View event to Chicago, featuring two thrilling championship bouts. Middleweight titleholder Robert Whittaker will rematch No.1-ranked contender Yoel Romero and No.2-ranked welterweight contender Rafael Dos Anjos will battle No.3 Colby Covington to crown an interim 170-pound champ. UFC® 225: WHITTAKER vs. ROMERO 2 goes down Saturday, June 9 at United Center and will air live on Pay-Per-View.

Undefeated at 185 pounds, middleweight champion Whittaker (20-4, fighting out of Sydney, Australia) is gunning for his first successful title defense. He captured the title following a thrilling unanimous decision over Romero (13-2, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla. by way of Pinar del Rio, Cuba) in their first encounter last summer. Known for his heavy hands and dynamic striking, Whittaker has earned spectacular wins against Jacare Souza, Derek Brunson, Uriah Hall and Brad Tavares.

Aiming to even the score, Romero looks to fulfill his destiny and capture the middleweight title. An Olympic silver medalist wrestler for Cuba known for his knockout power, Romero’s only setback in the UFC has been to Whittaker. His most recent outing saw him score a sensational KO against former champion Luke Rockhold in February. During his incredible run, he has also earned stoppage victories over Chris Weidman, Lyoto Machida, Derek Brunson and Tim Kennedy.

Though the interim welterweight championship will be on the line in the co-main event, there’s more than just a belt at stake for Dos Anjos (28-9, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) in the co-main event, as the former UFC lightweight champion also looks to defend his country’s honor when he squares off with brash contender Covington (13-1, fighting out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.).

Unbeaten since moving up to welterweight, Dos Anjos has been on a tear. Following impressive wins against Tarec Saffiedine and Neil Mangy, he earned a spectacular and dominant win over former welterweight kingpin Robbie Lawler. Now with Covington in his sights, he aims to become only the fifth fighter to capture championships in two separate UFC divisions.

A former NCAA Division I wrestler, Covington has turned heads both in and out of The Octagon®. Currently riding a five-fight win streak, he’s earned dominant victories over Dong Hyun Kim and Bryan Barberena. However, it was his impressive win over former title challenger Demian Maia where he staked his claim as a welterweight title threat.

Additional bouts on the card include:

  • In a battle of top heavyweights, No.2-ranked contender Alistair Overeem (43-16, 1NC, fighting out of Amsterdam, The Netherlands) faces No.4 and hometown favorite Curtis Blaydes (9-1, 1NC, fighting out of Chicago, Ill.)
  • No.1-ranked flyweight contender Joseph Benavidez (25-4, fighting out of Las Cruces, N.M.) returns against No.5 Sergio Pettis (16-3, fighting out of Milwaukee, Wisc.)
  • No.3-ranked women’s strawweight contender Claudia Gadelha (15-3, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) locks horns with No.6 Carla Esparza (14-4, fighting out of Irvine, Calif.)
  • Former heavyweight champion and No.9-ranked contender Andrei Arlovski (27-15 1NC, fighting out of Chicago, Ill.) looks to turn back undefeated No.13 Tai Tuivasa(9-0, fighting out of Sydney, Australia)
  • Former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans (24-7-1, fighting out of Boca Raton, Fla.) takes on aggressive finisher Anthony Smith (28-13, fighting out of Omaha, Neb.) in a 205-pound showdown
  • In a clash of talented finishers, Rashad Coulter (8-3, fighting out of Dallas, Tex.) meets Allen Crowder (9-3, fighting out of Mebane, N.C.)
  • Chicago’s own Mike Santiago (21-11, fighting out of Chicago, Ill.) squares off with Dan Ige (8-2, fighting out of Haleiwa, Hawaii)

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

Visit the UFC® Press Portal for information and content to support your UFC coverage.

UFC® 225: WHITTAKER vs. ROMERO 2
 will air live on Pay-Per-View at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on Saturday, June 9, with the prelims kicking off the evening on FS1 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and on UFC FIGHT PASS® at 6:15 p.m. ET/3:15 p.m. PT. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. ET/2:15 p.m. PT.

Tickets for UFC® 225: WHITTAKER vs. ROMERO 2 go on sale Friday, April 13 at 10 a.m. CT and are priced at $303, $233, $188, $143, $113, $98, $83, $73 and $63 (does not include fees). Tickets are available for purchase online at www.ticketmaster.com. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person.

UFC Fight Club® members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets Wednesday, April 11 at 10 a.m. CT via the website www.ufcfightclub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Thursday, April 12 starting at 10 a.m. CT. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.

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FLOYD MAYWEATHER INTERVIEW TONIGHT ON SHOWTIME

Apr 8, 2018

Boxing Media,

On tonight’s SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast from Las Vegas, Floyd Mayweather spoke with ringside reporter Jim Gray and discussed his intent to fight in the Octagon, Conor McGregor’s recent incident and more.  See below for select quotes.

Best,

SHOWTIME Sports

FLOYD MAYWEATHER:

“Retirement has been great but as you know and everyone knows, I go in retirement and I come back.  It is possible I do come back, but if I do come back, it has to be in the Octagon.

“I spoke with my team, I spoke with Al Haymon.  Al Haymon says no.  I spoke with SHOWTIME, I spoke with CBS.  If I do come back, SHOWTIME and CBS has to be involved.

On McGregor’s incident at Barclays Center in New York:

“I feel that when you have reached such high status you have to carry yourself in a classy way.  Outside the ring you have to carry yourself as a gentleman.”

On what weight he’d fight:

“When I do go to the Octagon I look forward to going to 145 (pounds).”

Do you want to do it (come back)? 

“Absolutely. If the money is right.”

On the money:

“You got to talk to SHOWTIME, CBS.  The money is going to be crazy.  I can do whatever I want to do.  I’m Floyd Mayweather.”

On if he would box again:

“I would not box again.”

On Mayweather Promotions fighter Gervonta Davis, who fights April 21 on SHOWTIME:

“I already spoke to Top Rank.  If Gervonta Davis wins on April 21 he’s going to fight (Vasyl) Lomachenko.  We’re going to make that fight.”

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BRUCE CONNAL NAMED TO 2018 UFC® HALL OF FAME CLASS

Apr 8, 2018

BRUCE CONNAL NAMED TO 2018 UFC® HALL OF FAME CLASS

Las Vegas – UFC® today announced that pioneering television producer Bruce Connal has been named to the UFC Hall of Fame class for 2018 as a Contributor. With his selection, Connal becomes the fifth inductee of the UFC Hall of Fame’s ‘Contributor Wing’ and third welcomed posthumously. The 2018 UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Thursday, July 5 in Las Vegas. The event will be streamed live and exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS®.

“Bruce was a close friend to all of us here at UFC and he was also one of the most talented television producers I’ve ever seen,” UFC President Dana White said. “Bruce did an amazing job producing the most successful events in UFC history and he will be sorely missed. I’m thrilled that his family is here with us tonight at UFC 223, and we’re looking forward to having them join us in Las Vegas to celebrate Bruce’s life and career when we induct him into the UFC Hall of Fame class of 2018.”

A native of Nyack, New York, Bruce was raised in Old Greenwich, Connecticut and attending Ithaca (NY) College. Following his graduation in 1979, Bruce briefly worked at NBC Sports before joining ESPN as one of the network’s first associate producers. During his tenure at ESPN, Connal led a team of producers who played a critical role in launching numerous shows that covered a wide range of sports that included the College World Series, Sunday Night Baseball and the NHL, to name a few.

After an impressive run with ESPN, Bruce played a pivotal role with the television production company, Concom, which began directing UFC Pay-Per-View events at UFC® 17: REDEMPTION, which took place on Friday, May 15, 1998 at the Mobile Civic Center in Mobile, Alabama.  Over the next 19 years (1998 – 2018), Bruce led the production of more than 300 UFC televised events, including the largest and most successful in UFC history.

“Bruce was an amazing friend, husband, father and member of the Zuffa family whose presence will be greatly missed,” UFC Executive Vice President of Operations and Production Craig Borsari said. “Bruce’s influence on our live event production over the past two decades has played a vital role in shaping how millions of fans watch UFC events. We’re honored to induct him into the UFC Hall of Fame as a member of the class of 2018.”

Connal is survived by his mother, Mathilde, wife Karen and children, Tyler, Carly and Trevor. Bruce was 61 years old.

The remaining inductees of the UFC Hall of Fame class of 2018 will be announced in the coming weeks leading to the 7th Annual UFC International Fight Week™, which takes place from Tuesday, July 3 through Saturday, July 7 in Las Vegas.

To view the UFC Hall of Fame fight library, please visit UFCHOF. To see a complete list of UFC athletes and fights currently enshrined in the UFC Hall of Fame, as well as details regarding the UFC Hall of Fame format, please visit UFCHOFFAQ. For additional information, please visit UFC.com and follow UFC Fight Week on Twitter @UFCFightWeek.

UFC FIGHT PASS is available on personal computers, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Amazon Fire TV and Amazon devices, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Android and Android devices, Chromecast, Samsung Smart TV, LG Smart TV and Roku devices.

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MARLEN ESPARZA DEFEATS LAETIZIA CAMPANA VIA THIRD-ROUND TKO IN ACTION-PACKED MAIN EVENT OF APRIL 6

Apr 8, 2018
MARLEN ESPARZA DEFEATS LAETIZIA CAMPANA VIA THIRD-ROUND TKO IN ACTION-PACKED MAIN EVENT OF APRIL 6 EDITION OF

LA FIGHT CLUB ON ESTRELLATV’S  

BOXEO ESTELAR
(ABOVE: Marlen Esparza stopped Laetizia Campana via third-round technical knockout on the April 6 edition of LA FIGHT Club in Los Angeles, Calif.)
 
 
LOS ANGELES (April 6, 2018): Marlen Esparza (5-0, 1 KO), the 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist of Houston, Texas, scored an exciting third-round TKO victory against Laetizia Campana (2-5) of Philadelphia, Pa. in the exciting main event of the April 6 edition of LA FIGHT CLUB at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, Calif. and televised nationally on EstrellaTV’s Boxeo Estelar. After landing several unanswered right hands, Esparza stopped Campana at :11 of the third round of a scheduled eight-round super flyweight fight.
“We worked on being more aggressive and on landing the right hand,” said Marlen Esparza. “People aren’t used to seeing that side of me, so I showed it to make a statement. Who do I want next? Seniesa Estrada. Did you not see me point at her after I won?”
VIP guests for tonight’s event included Seniesa Estrada, Azat Hovhannisyan, Alexis Rocha, Charles Huerta, Oscar Negrete, Carlos Morales, Maricela Cornejo, Niko Valdes, Aaron McKenna, Javier Molina, Jessie Roman, Metta World Peace and Louis Lombardi.
 
In the co-main event, Hector “El Finito” Tanajara, Jr. (13-0, 5 KOs) of San Antonio, Texas scored a dominant unanimous decision victory against Hector Ambriz (12-5-1, 6 KOs) of Ensenada, Mexico across eight rounds of super featherweight action. Tanajara, Jr. won with three scores of 80-72.
“I feel good. I almost had him out, but this guy [Ambriz] can take a punch. I hope to be back as early as June or July. I’m ready for a regional title as soon as Golden Boy Promotions says we’re ready for it.”
 
Jose Vargas (4-0, 3 KOs) of Pasadena, Calif scored a first-round knockout victory against Jorge Careaga (1-2) of Agua Prieta, Mexico in a scheduled four-round featherweight battle. After a quick feel-out process, Vargas dropped Careaga with a hard right hand that ended matters at :52 of the very first round.
“After all this hard work, I feel great,” said Jose Vargas. “I get in a lot of good work with my teammates Joet Gonzalez and Jousce Gonzalez. They really push me hard. I landed a hard right uppercut that ended the fight quickly, so I hope to be back soon.”
Esparza vs. Campana was an eight-round flyweight fight presented by Golden Boy Promotions. The event was sponsored by Tecate “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” and Casa Mexico Tequila. The event took place on Friday, April 6, 2018 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, Calif. Mark your calendars and buy your tickets for the upcoming shows on June 1, July 6, Aug. 10, and Oct. 12.
Tickets for LA FIGHT CLUB start at the fan-friendly price of $25 and are available for purchase now at www.goldenboytickets.comand the Golden Boy Promotions Facebook page.

 

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25 Aniversario de la UFC- Festeja en el Pesaje UFC 223 en Nueva York

Apr 6, 2018

Brooklyn, NY-Desde su fundación en 1993 la Empresa WMEIMG que es dueña y administradora de la UFC Ultimate Fighting Championship este 2108 celebra 25 años, promoviendo las Artes Marciales por todo el Mundo.

Todo este año 2018 seguirá celebrando sus 25 Aniversarios en todos los eventos que ofrezca en todo el mundo, en esta ocasión le toco celebrar en el Barclay Center de Brooklyn en Nueva York en el Pesaje de la  UFC 223 cartelera que se llevara el día sábado 7 en Barclay Center.

La UFC también promoverá su nuevo logotipo conmemorativo para celebrar su 25 aniversario que será utilizado durante todos los eventos del 2018.

La afición celebro en grande cada vez la UFC hace presencia en Nueva York, hemos de recordar que Dana White sostuvo una grande lucha legal con la ciudad de Nueva York por varios años, ya que este deporte por su agresividad se consideraba ilegal.

Pero La buena noticia llego en Marzo del 2016 donde la asamblea del estado de Nueva York en Albany, aprobó legalizar las Artes Marciales, dicha noticia alegró a toda una afición neoyorquina amantes a este deporte.

Cartelera UFC 223 

                               Edson Barboza – No. 4 UFC lightweight (UFC Fight Night Atlantic City)

                        Kevin Lee – No. 7 UFC lightweight (UFC Fight Night Atlantic City)

Amanda Nunes – UFC women’s bantamweight champion (UFC 224 – Rio de Janeiro)

Raquel Pennington – No. 4 UFC women’s bantamweight (UFC 224 – Rio de Janeiro)

                        Kamaru Usman – No. 7 UFC welterweight (UFC Fight Night Santiago)

                        Santiago Ponzinibbio – No. 10 UFC welterweight (UFC fight Night Santiago)

                        Stephen Thompson – No. 1 UFC welterweight (UFC Fight Night Liverpool)

                        Darren Till – No. 7 UFC welterweight (UFC Fight Night Liverpool)

                        Jimmie Rivera – No. 4 UFC bantamweight (UFC Fight Night Utica)

                        Marlon Moraes – No. 5 UFC bantamweight (UFC Fight Night Utica)

                        Robert Whittaker – UFC middleweight champion (UFC 225 – Chicago)

                        Yoel Romero – No.1 UFC middleweight (UFC 225 – Chicago)

Stipe Miocic – UFC heavyweight champion (UFC 226 – Las Vegas)

                        Daniel Cormier – UFC light heavyweight champion (UFC 226 – Las Vegas)

BereaVision Nueva York
Ben Caridi
Fotos: Rodolfo Duron
Brandon M. Lopez

                     

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Taquillas a la venta este viernes: Crawford vs. Horn en el MGM Grand de Las Vegas

Apr 6, 2018

Taquillas a la venta este viernes: Crawford vs. Horn
en el  MGM Grand de Las Vegas

 TERENCE ‘BUD’ CRAWFORD & JEFF ‘THE HORNET’ HORN
Batallarán por el título peso welter de la OMB
el sábado, 9 de junio, en el MGM Grand Garden Arena

LAS VEGAS (4 de abril del 2018) — Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford está listo para estelarizar en Las Vegas por segunda vez. Crawford intentará ganar un título mundial en una tercera categoría de peso cuando rete al campeón welter de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) Jeff ‘The Hornet’ Horn el sábado 9 de junio en el MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Los boletos comienzan en $50, sin incluir los cargos por servicio aplicables, y saldrán a la venta este viernes, 6 de abril, a las 12 p.m. PST. Los boletos se pueden comprar en línea a través de axs.com, cargando por teléfono al 866-740-7711, o en persona en cualquier boletería de MGM Resorts.

Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs) estelarizó una función en el MGM Grand Garden Arena el 23 de julio de 2016, cuando unificó los títulos de la OMB y del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB) de 140 libras con una decisión unánime completamente dominante sobre el hasta entonces invicto Viktor Postol . En su última pelea, Crawford cautivó a sus fans ante un todo vendido en el Pinnacle Bank Arena en Lincoln, Nebraska, noqueando al antes invicto Julius Indongo en el tercer asalto para unificar los cuatro principales cinturones de título mundial en las 140 libras.

Horn (18-0-1, 12 KOs), de Brisbane, Australia, es mejor conocido por su victoria titular por decisión unánime ante la leyenda viviente Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao en una batalla campal que tuvo lugar frente a 51,000 fans en el Suncorp Stadium de Brisbane, Australia, el 2 de julio de 2017. Horn representó a Australia en los Juegos Olímpicos de 2012 y ante Crawford est ará haciendo la segunda defensa de su título. Su última pelea fue el 13 de diciembre, noqueando a Gary Corcoran en el 11vo asalto.

Para más información, visite: www.toprank.com, www.espn.com/boxing, www.mgmggrand.com Facebook: facebook.com/trboxing, facebook.com/espndeportes; Twitter: twitter.com/trboxing, @ESPN @ESPNBoxeo @ESPNDeportes. Use el hashtag #CrawfordHorn para unirse a la conversación en las redes sociales.

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REY VARGAS PONDRÁ EN JUEGO SU CAMPEONATO MUNDIAL SUPERGALLO DEL CMB ANTE EL EXPLOSIVO CONTENDIENTE AZAT ‘CRAZY A’ HOVHANNISYAN

Apr 6, 2018
REY VARGAS PONDRÁ EN JUEGO SU CAMPEONATO MUNDIAL SUPERGALLO DEL CMB ANTE EL EXPLOSIVO CONTENDIENTE AZAT ‘CRAZY A’ HOVHANNISYAN EN EL CHOQUE ESTELAR DE ALI VS. SMITH
 
SÁBADO 12 DE MAYO DESDE EL TURNING STONE RESORT CASINO Y TELEVISADO EN VIVO POR HBO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®  
 
¡Boletos están a la venta!
 
VERONA, NUEVA YORK 5 de abril de 2018. – Rey Vargas (31-0, 22 nocáuts), el poderoso e invicto campeón mundial mexicano, defenderá por tercera vez su título supergallo del CMB ante el explosivo contendiente armenio Azat “Crazy A” Hovhannisyan (14-2, 11 nocáuts) en el choque co estelar a 12 asaltos estelarizada por el combate entre Sadam “World Kid” Ali y Liam “Beefy” Smith por la faja mundial superwelter de la OMB el 12 de mayo en el Turning Stone Resort Casino de Verona, Nueva York. El evento se efectuará el sábado 12 de mayo y será televisado en vivo por HBO World Championship Boxing comenzando a las 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
 
Vargas, de 27 años de edad, posee una considerable ventaja de altura y alcance, lo que ha utilizado para anular a todos sus oponentes hasta la fecha. Vargas viajó al Reino Unido en febrero de 2017 para derrotar a Gavin McDonnell por el vacante cinto supergallo del CMB. Para esa batalla, el oriundo de Cuidad de México, México, consiguió la ayuda del mentor Salón de la Fama Ignacio “Nacho” Beristáin, quien lo ha entrenado desde entonces. Vargas después defendió su título ante Ronny Ríos y Oscar “El Jaguar” Negrete, e intentará defenderlo por tercera vez ante un fuerte contendiente en el nombre de Hovhannisyan.
 
“Estoy listo para realizar la tercera defensa de mi título mundial en lo que será el siguiente paso de una histórica trayectoria”, afirmó Rey Vargas. “He enfrentado a los mejores contendientes desde que me convertí en campeón mundial, y el 12 de mayo no será la excepción. Hovhannisyan [Azat] es explosivo y rápido, pero estaré preparado para ganar de manera emocionante y para demostrar que soy el mejor peso supergallo del mundo”, finalizó.
 
Hovhannisyan es un feroz contendiente quien ha trabajado duro para su oportunidad de campeonato mundial. Hovhannisyan, de 29 años de edad, combatió con una mano derecha lesionada por 10 episodios de acción a granel para capturar el vacante título supergallo Continental de las Américas del CMB en la cartelera de Linares vs. Campbellen septiembre de 2017. El aguerrido púgil armenio regresó en marzo de este año para su victoria más importante hasta la fecha cuando derrotó al ex retador al campeonato mundial Ronny Ríos por nocaut técnico en el sexto asalto. Tras vencer a un oponente en común con Vargas y de manera más impresionante, Hovhannisyan buscará utilizar su rápido y agresivo estilo para capturar su primera y anhelada faja mundial.
 
“Esta es la pelea más importante de mi carrera”, declaró Azat Hovhannisyan. “Me he preparado para este combate por toda mi vida. Vargas es un gran campeón y será una pelea muy difícil, pero haré todo lo necesario para ganar este título”, amenazó.
 
“Estas dos peleas de campeonato mundial del 12 de mayo presentarán acción a granel desde el primer tañido de la campana”, indicó Óscar de la Hoya, Presidente y Jefe Ejecutivo de Golden Boy Promotions. “Rey Vargas es el hombre a vencer en la categoría de las l22 libras, Azat Hovhanniysan ha hecho todo el trabajo para potencialmente destronar a Vargas”, puntualizó.
 
“Promociones del Pueblo y Golden Boy Promotions están comprometidos a realizar grandes combates como este”, señaló Oswaldo KuchleDirector General de Promociones del Pueblo.Vargas [Rey] tiene todas las herramientas para salir con la mano en alto, y borrará todas las dudas respecto a su posición como el mejor peleador de las 122 libras”, enfatizó.
  
Ali vs. Smith es un choque a 12 asaltos por el campeonato mundial superwelter de la OMB presentado por Golden Boy Promotions en asociación con Frank Warren. Vargas vs. Hovhannisyan es un combate a 12 asaltos por el título mundial supergallo del CMB presentado por Golden Boy Promotions en asociación con Promociones del Pueblo. El evento es patrocinado por Tecate“THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” y Casa México Tequila. El evento se efectuará el sábado 12 de mayo en el Turning Stone Resort Casino y será televisado en vivo por HBO World Championship Boxing comenzando a las 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
 
El Turning Stone Resort Casino, anfitrión del evento del 12 de mayo y ganador del premio de Cuatro Estrellas de Forbes, continúa distinguiéndose como un destino de primera para las funciones boxísticas de gran éxito. La cartelera de mayo marcará el evento boxístico número 25 de boxeo televisado en el Turning Stone, consolidando el lugar como la meca de los deportes televisados de combate. El Turning Stone cuenta con instalaciones de clase mundial que incluye cuatro hoteles, más de 20 restaurantes exclusivos y opciones gastronómicas, dos lujosos balnearios, un piso de juego estilo Las Vegas de 125 mil pies cuadrados, un showroom de cabaret, un campo de 5 mil asientos, cinco campos de golf y varios bares, salas de cócteles y varias opciones de vida nocturna.
 
Boletos para esta esperada pelea están a la venta, y tienen un precio de $95 y $75 dólares para ringside. Los demás boletos tendrán precios de $55 y $45 dólares, más cargos de servicio. Boletos están disponibles para su compra en la taquilla del Turning Stone Resort llamando al 315-361-7469 o en línea en Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com).
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EX REY LIBRA POR LIBRA ROY JONES JR. SERÁ EL INVITADO ESPECIAL VIP DE LA EDICIÓN DEL 12 DE ABRIL DE GOLDEN BOY BOXING

Apr 4, 2018
EX REY LIBRA POR LIBRA ROY JONES JR.  SERÁ EL INVITADO ESPECIAL VIP DE LA EDICIÓN DEL 12 DE ABRIL DE GOLDEN BOY BOXING ON ESPN DESDE EL FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT CASINO
 
FRANCISCO ‘EL BANDIDO’ VARGAS, EX MONARCA MUNDIAL, CHOCARÁ CONTRA ‘LIGHTNING’ ROD SALKA EN EL EVENTO ESTELAR
¡Boletos están a la venta!
 
LOS ÁNGELES, California 4 de abril de 2018 – Roy Jones Jr., el ex rey libra por libra y futuro Salón de la Famaserá el invitado especial VIP de la función estelarizada por el duelo entre Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas (24-1-2, 17 nocáuts), el dos veces ganador de la Pelea del Año y ex campeón mundial superpluma del CMB, y “Lightning” Rod Salka (24-4, 4 nocáuts) en el choque estelar a 10 episodios en peso superpluma de la edición del 12 de abril de GoldenBoy Boxing on ESPN desde el Fantasy Springs Resort Casino en Indio, California.
 
Las puertas del Fantasy Springs Special Events Center se abren a las 4:00 p.m. PT, y el primer combate comienza a las 4:45 pm PT. La transmisión de ESPN y ESPN Deportes comenzará a las 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. ESPN 3 transmitirá las peleas empezando a las 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.
 
Tras una impresionante trayectoria como amateur, Roy Jones Jr. inició su legendaria carrera en el año 1989, derrotando a oponente tras oponente con una invisible velocidad y poder devastador que lo hizo invencible en su mejor momento como peleador. El nativo de Pensacola, Florida venció a peleadores de la talla de Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins y James “Lights Out” Toney, y capturó títulos mundiales en las categorías de peso mediano, peso supermediano, peso semicompleto y peso completo. Por estos logros muchos consideran a Jones Jr. como el mejor peleador de los 90s, especialmente porque solamente perdió una pelea en esa década, que fue por descalificación ante Montell “Ice” Griffin. Jones Jr. revindicó después esa derrota en la revancha. El multicitado peleador estará presente para los combates y también disponible para saludar a los aficionados, firmar autógrafos, y tomarse fotos en el Fantasy Springs Special Events Center antes del inicio de Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN. El evento especial de saludar y conocer estará abierto al público con la compra de un boleto para el evento del 4 de abril.
 
Aidar Sharibayev (7-0, 6 nocáuts) radicado en Miami, Florida combatirá contra Andrew Cancio (17-4-2, 13 nocáuts) de Blythe, California en un choque a 10 asaltos por el cetro Intercontinental superpluma de la AMB en el pleito co estelar. Sharibayev, quien es oriundo de Almaty, Kazakhstan está ascendiendo rápidamente en las clasificaciones de la división superpluma, ya está efectuando peleas de 10 asaltos no obstante a tener solamente siete contiendas en su palmarés.
 
Rommel Caballero, un favorito de la fanaticada local y hermano menor del ex campeón mundial gallo FIB Randy “El Matador” Caballero, realizará su debut profesional ante Eric Rodríguez (1-2) de Los Ángeles, California en una pelea a cuatro asaltos en las 130 libras. Javier Padilla (5-0-1, 5 nocáuts) de Indio, California se enfrentará a Ricardo Arias (1-2-1) of de Ciudad de México, México en una batalla a cuatro asaltos en peso supergallo.
 
Aaron “Silencer” McKenna (2-0, 1 nocaut), en prospecto irlandés de peso welter, regresará en un pleito a cuatro asaltos, mientras que Genaro “El Conde” Gámez (7-0, 5 nocáuts) tendrá acción en una pelea a ocho asaltos en peso ligero. Oponentes para ambos se anunciarán en breve.
 
Jonathan Navarro (13-0, 7 nocáuts) del Este de Los Ángeles, California abrirá la velada en un choque a ocho asaltos en peso superligero ante el púgil japonés Shoki Sakai (22-7-2, 12 nocáuts).
 
Vargas vs. Salka es un pleito a 10 asaltos en peso superpluma presentado por Golden Boy Promotions. El evento es patrocinado por Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” y Hennessy, “Never Stop, Never Settle.” Los combates se efectuarán el jueves 2 de abril de 2018 en el Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. ESPN2 y ESPN Deportes transmitirán los combates empezando a las 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. La transmisión en vivo de ESPN3 iniciará a las 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.
 
Los boletos para el evento estarán a la venta el viernes 16 de marzo a las 10:00 a.m. PT comenzando desde $25 dólares en la taquilla de Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. Para comprarlos por teléfono llamar a 1-800-827-2946. Los boletos también están disponibles para su compra en www.FantasySprings.com
 
Los medios interesados en asistir a Golden Boy Boxing: Vargas vs. Salka deben solicitar credenciales enviando un correo electrónico a clavoie@fantasysprings.net antes de las 5:00 p.m. PT del viernes 6 de abril.
 
Para más información visite: www.goldenboypromotions.com y http://www.espn.com/boxing/. Síganos en Twitter: @GoldenBoyBoxing, @OscarDeLaHoya, @ESPN, and @ESPNBoxeo; conviértase en un fanático de Facebook en www.Facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing; y visítenos en Instagram: @GoldenBoyBoxing y @OscarDeLaHoya. Siga la conversación utilizando #GBPonESPN.
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Philly Fight Night

Apr 4, 2018

Philly Fight Night: Olympic Medalists, Local Talent Headline April 28 Undercard at Temple’s Liacouras Center

Featuring USA Silver Medalist Shakur Stevenson, Brazilian Gold Medalist Robson Conceicao, hard-hitting Joseph Adorno, and Philadelphia Prospect Christian Carto

LIVE on ESPN and Streaming on the ESPN App

PHILADELPHIA (April 4, 2018) —  A pair of 2016 Olympic medalists — USA silver medalist Shakur Stevenson and Brazilian gold medalist Robson Conceicao — will see action on the undercard of the WBO junior featherweight title fight between defending champion Jessie Magdaleno and No. 1 contender Isaac Dogboe on April 28 at The Liacouras Center on the campus of Temple University.

Joseph Adorno, Kent Cruz, and Philadelphian Christian Carto will appear in separate bouts on the card, which also features the Philadelphia heavyweight grudge match between Bryant ‘By-By’ Jennings and Joey ‘The Tank’ Dawejko as well as the Jesse ‘Hollywood’ Hart-Demond Nicholson super middleweight bout.

Magdaleno-Dogboe, Jennings-Dawejko and Hart-Nicholson will be televised LIVE on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, and streaming on the ESPN App at 7 p.m. ET. Undercard bouts will stream on the ESPN App beginning at 4 p.m. ET.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Peltz Boxing, tickets, priced at $100 (ringside), $65 and $35, are ON SALE NOW and can be purchased at The Liacouras Center Box Office and www.liacourascenter.com, or by calling Peltz Boxing at 215-765-0922.

Stevenson (5-0, 2 KOs), from Newark, N.J., will have his hometown fans in the crowd when he makes his second appearance of 2018. His opponent in the scheduled eight-round featherweight bout is undefeated Roxberg Riley (12-0, 6 KOs) of Dallas, Ga. Stevenson is coming off a shutout unanimous decision victory over Juan Tapia on Feb. 16 in Reno, Nev.

“I’m excited to head back to the East Coast for my second fight of the year,” Stevenson said. “I have family in Philadelphia and it’s close to my hometown, so I know I will have a lot of support on April 28. I’m going to put on a great show for them and everyone at The Liacouras Center. It’s important to me to stay busy, so I’m ready to get right back at it after my first eight-rounder in February.”

Conceicao (6-0, 4 KOs) will fight Alejandro Torres (6-1, 3 KOs) of Calgary, Canada, in an eight-round super featherweight bout. In his last bout, on Feb. 16 in Reno, Nev., Conceicao saw his four-fight knockout streak come to an end, but he still managed to outpoint previously undefeated Ignacio Holguin by unanimous decision.

“I’m always looking for the knockout, and this time will be no different,” Conceicao said. “Fans can expect an aggressive and intelligent Robson in the ring. I’m hungry, and I want to bring the world championship belt to Brazil in 2018.”

Adorno (6-0, 6 KOs), from Allentown, Pa., has scored five first-round knockouts, most recently stopping Ivan de la Madrid in the opening round on the St. Patrick’s Day card at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden. He will face Jorge Padron (3-1, 3 KOs) of Agua Prieta, Mexico, in a six-round super featherweight bout.

“I am pumped to be on a card with such great prospects, including myself,” Adorno said. “Most importantly, it’s a short drive from Allentown, and I will have my family and friends there cheering me on.”

Carto (14-0, 11 KOs) is no stranger to fighting in the City of Brotherly Love, having boxed there 11 times as a pro. He will fight in an eight-round bantamweight bout against an opponent to be determined. Carto has Philadelphia boxing in his blood. His grandfather, Frankie Carto, was a lightweight contender in the 1940s, while his great uncle, Nunzio, also fought as a Philadelphia-based lightweight in the 1940s. His other great uncle, Joe Carto, turned pro in Philadelphia back in 1932.

“I’m very excited to be fighting April 28 at The Liacouras Center with so many talented fighters,” Carto said.  “It means a lot to be on such a strong card in the heart of the city.”

Cruz (14-0, 9 KOs), from St. Louis, is looking to extend his KO streak to four when he faces Carlos Rodriguez (11-4, 4 KOs) in an eight-round lightweight bout.

“This is the hurt business, and I’m definitely going for the knockout,” Cruz said. “I just don’t want a knockout, I want to get one in spectacular fashion.”

Philadelphia’s Marcel Rivers (4-0, 3 KOs) will see action in a four-round welterweight bout. Rivers is a union foreman for Philadelphia Gas Works, often training at 4 a.m. before he begins his shift. This will be the fourth time Rivers has fought in Philadelphia as a professional.

For more information visit: www.toprank.comwww.espn.com/boxing,  Facebook: facebook.com/trboxingfacebook.com/espndeportes; Twitter: twitter.com/trboxing, @ESPN @ESPNBoxeo @ESPNDeportes. Use the hashtags #MagdalenoDogboe, #HartNicholson and #JenningsDawejko to join the conversation on social media.

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