Cuenta regresiva; Canelo contra Julio César Chávez Jr

Feb 20, 2017

Lunes 20 de febrero del 2017


Cuenta regresiva; Canelo contra Julio César Chávez Jr

Este lunes comenzó la gira de medios para promocionar la esperada pelea Julio César Chávez Jr contra Saul el Canelo Alvarez que se realizará el día 6 de mayo en la Vegas, con esta primera conferencia inicia la cuenta regresiva de este encuentro que ha creado gran expectativa; seguidores del box, más de 400 medios de comunicación, comentaristas y directivos se dieron cita para presenciar este evento.

Tuvimos la oportunidad de escuchar a grandes leyendas del box como Oscar de la Olla que agradeció el apoyo tanto de México como de los fanaticos del boxeo y a Julio César Chávez quien no duda de la capacidad de su hijo y cree que bien preparado puede ganarle al Canelo.

Julio César Chaves Jr “No me gusta hablar mucho… la gente se dará cuenta quién es el mejor peleador” “lo que si les puedo decir que yo nunca le he rehuido a un rival”

Por su parte el Canelo agradeció el apoyo y dijo entregaría todo en el cuadrilátero, “les prometo que esta pelea quedará para la historia”

Durante los próximos días se seguirá dando promoción a esta pelea en el Hard Rock Café de Nueva York, el Minute Maid Park de Houston, Texas y concluirán con la gira en la Plaza México de Los Ángeles, California. El próximo 6 de mayo esperamos ver un encuentro de Titanes en la T-Mobile Arena de Las Vegas.

Nota: Tabita Hernandez

Fotografia y video: Levi Hernandez

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Feb 16, 2017




Season premieres Wednesday, April 19 at 10 p.m. ET on FS1


Las Vegas – The landmark 25th season of FS1’s highest-rated and most-watched original series, The Ultimate Fighter® premieres Wednesday, April 19 at 10 p.m. ET on FS1. This season 14 former cast members will compete for redemption in the tournament comprised of welterweights and the largest cash prize in the show’s history. The competitors will be coached by bantamweight world champion Cody Garbrandt and No. 2 contender TJ Dillashaw. All of the athletes have previously competed on the series and the cast includes a member of the current UFC® roster in James Krause as well as two previous winners of The Ultimate Fighter, with Joe Stevenson winning season two and Eddie Gordon capturing the honor during season 19.


Undefeated 135-pound kingpin Garbrandt (11-0, fighting out of Sacramento, Calif.) has become one of the most exciting and feared fighters in mixed martial arts. At just 25 years old, “No Love,” the No. 5 ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the world, and has nine knockouts in 11 pro fights – seven in the first round. Garbrandt defeated longtime champion Dominick Cruz in December 2016 in dominating fashion and now has his sights set on former Team Alpha Male training partner and fierce rival, Dillashaw.


Former bantamweight champion Dillashaw (15-3, fighting out of Denver, Colo.) has come full circle in his UFC career. He entered the company as a competitor on season 14 and is now coaching a team of his own. While the No. 14 pound-for-pound fighter in the world did not win his season, he’s one of only six athletes to compete on The Ultimate Fighter to go on to win UFC gold and is no doubt hoping to become a two-time champion at the season’s end.


The show will feature 12 episodes airing Wednesdays on FS1. Each episode’s winner will advance in the tournament, with the two semi-finalists meeting at the finale in July for a UFC contract and a $250,000 prize.


Below is a full list of competitors (name, professional record, age and fighting out of):


Seth Baczynski – 20-14, 35, Gilbert, Ariz. Julian Lane – 11-6, 29, Mansfield, Ohio
Mehdi Baghdad – 11-5, 31, Los Angeles, Calif. Dhiego Lima – 12-5, 28, Dacula, Ga.
Justin Edwards – 9-5, 34, Bellefontaine, Ohio Ramsey Nijem – 9-6, 28, Salt Lake City, Utah
Tom Gallicchio – 19-9, 30, Temecula, Calif. Gilbert Smith – 12-6, 35, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Eddie Gordon – 8-4, 33, Freeport, N.Y. Joe Stevenson – 33-16, 34, Victorville, Calif.
Hayder Hassan – 6-3, 34, Coconut Creek, Fla. Jesse Taylor – 30-15, 34, Temecula, Calif.
James Krause – 23-7, 30, Lee’s Summit, Mo. Hector Urbina – 17-10, 29, Coconut Creek, Calif.


For more show information, bios, videos and photos, visit and follow us on Twitter @UltimateFighter and Facebook.

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Feb 15, 2017





Las Vegas – The UFC FIGHT PASS® Original Series Where Are They Now? returns with a new season on Tuesday, February 14 with all six episodes dropping at 6 a.m. PT.


Now in its fourth season, Where Are They Now? catches-up with the biggest names from the UFC’s past and explores their lives after the Octagon®. The new season checks in with six former UFC fighters in total, representing all eras of the UFC’s history.


Media are welcome to use both the teasers for each episode as well as the free fights. Links are below and the episodes break down as follows:


Tim Sylvia

A 6’8” giant who twice punched his way to the UFC title, Tim Sylvia loomed over the heavyweight landscape throughout his six year run, dating from 2002 – 2008, in the world’s leading MMA organization. A polarizing figure during his MMA career, “the Maine-iac” fought a who’s who of his era including Frank Mir, Randy Couture and Minotauro Nogueira.


In his episode of WATN, the former champion reflects on his eventful MMA career, his new endeavors as a building contractor and television hunting show presenter, and how becoming a father changed his life.


WATN teaser:

Free fight vs Rico Rodriguez (UFC 41):


Marcus Davis

Before Conor McGregor, Irish MMA found a hero in fiercely proud Irish-American Marcus Davis. The “Irish Hand Grenade” was a boxer who switched to MMA and was involved in 15 UFC bouts including memorable wars with Chris Lytle, Dan Hardy and Nate Diaz.


Sharing a day in his post-retirement life as a coach and gym owner, Davis reflects on his memorable UFC run and how he is adjusting to contributing to the sport outside of the Octagon.



WATN teaser:

Free Fight vs Paul Taylor (UFC 75):



Marco Ruas

Although he only competed in two UFC events, with his unique mix of submission and striking skills Marco Ruas is undoubtedly one of the progenitors of modern mixed martial arts. A Luta Livre fighter who competed in ‘anything goes’ bouts in the mid-1980s, Ruas made his UFC debut at UFC 7, going on to win the tournament and made the semi-finals of the Ultimate Ultimate event in 1995, before moving on to other promotions including PRIDE®.

WATN finds the 57-year-old former “King of the Streets” at peace with the legacy he left to the sport.


WATN teaser:

Free Fight vs Paul Varelans (UFC 7):



Josh Haynes

With the distinctive dyed blue hair and the unforgettable story of drawing courage from his son’s battle with cancer, Josh Haynes struck a memorable character during the third season of The Ultimate Fighter® in 2006.


Haynes met Michael Bisping in the series finale, but while the Bisping is now the reigning UFC middleweight champion, Haynes has moved on from MMA completely.


WATN teaser:

Free fight vs Jesse Forbes (TUF 3)



Pete Spratt

College football standout Pete Spratt made his MMA debut in 1999, and over the next 14 years fought the best of his era, including Carlos Newton, Georges St-Pierre and Robbie Lawler.


A cast member of the ‘comeback’ season of The Ultimate Fighter over a decade ago Spratt, in shape at 46-years-old, tells WATN he is planning a final bout in 2017 while also balancing teaching MMA, a music career and being a father.


WATN teaser:

Free Fight vs Robbie Lawler (UFC 42):



Joe Stevenson

A popular fighter who won the second season of The Ultimate Fighter, Joe “Daddy” Stevenson fought some of the biggest names in the UFC’s lightweight division including: BJ Penn for the 155-pound UFC title and defeating Nate Diaz in a Fight of the Night bout.


But, as WATN found, his greatest battle came after the Octagon when a deep depression and alcoholism threatened to derail his life.



WATN clip:

Free Fight vs Melvin Guillard (UFC Fight Night):

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Feb 15, 2017







Las Vegas – One of the most highly anticipated rematches in UFC® history will take place when the Octagon® touches down in Buffalo, N.Y. for the first time in more than 20 years, as light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and No. 1 Anthony Johnson clash for the second time. Plus, New York’s favorite son, Chris Weidman, looks to stay in the title picture in the middleweight division when he meets surging Gegard Mousasi. Buffalo’s KeyBank Center will host UFC® 210: CORMIER vs. JOHNSON 2 Saturday, April 8, live on Pay-Per-View.


Cormier (18-1, fighting out of San Jose, Calif.) will go down as one of the greatest combat athletes in history when all is said and done. He’s a two-time Olympian, NCAA Div. 1 All-American in wrestling and has been a champion in almost every promotion he’s competed in as a mixed martial artist. His reign over the 205-pound division began with a third-round submission victory over Johnson (22-5, fighting out of Boca Raton, Fla.) in 2015 and “DC” knows another win over “Rumble” will solidify his place amongst the best. Looking for revenge, Johnson will enter the second go-around with Cormier sporting a full camp to prepare for the champ’s world-class wrestling. Owner of one of the most feared right hands in the sport, the 32-year-old challenger has 16 knockouts and 12 first round finishes to go along with his national championship pedigree wrestling background.


Setting the stage for the championship bout is a matchup between former middleweight champion and No. 4-ranked contender Weidman (13-2, fighting out of Baldwin, N.Y.) and former Dream and Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Mousasi (41-6-2, fighting out of Leiden, the Netherlands) in a bout with major title implications. Weidman has become the face of MMA in New York, and for the second time in his career, he’ll get to compete on home soil. Known for his wrestling, the New Yorker is also a decorated jiu-jitsu player with the ability to finish a fight on the feet or by submission. Mousasi has some of the most fluid striking in the sport and has 24 wins by knockout and an undefeated kickboxing record of 8-0 to show for it. He’s riding a four-fight winning streak and hopes a fifth will put him in line for the next shot at the 185-pound crown.


Additional Bouts:

  • No. 14 light heavyweight and NCAA Div. 1 All-American wrestler Patrick Cummins (8-4, fighting out of Dana Point, Calif.) takes on dangerous finisher, No. 15 Jan Blachowicz (19-6, fighting out of Warsaw Poland)
  • Surging welterweight No. 12 Kamaru Usman (9-1, fighting out of Boca Raton, Fla.) clashes with heavy-hitting Sean Strickland (18-1, fighting out of Corona, Calif.)
  • A clash between two of the women’s bantamweight division’s brightest prospects Katlyn Chookagian (8-1, fighting out of Kenilworth, N.J.) and Irene Aldana (7-3, fighting out of Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico)
  • Undefeated upstate New Yorker Shane Burgos (8-0, fighting out of Monroe, N.Y.) meets submission ace Charles Rosa (11-2, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.) in a featherweight duel


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

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Feb 6, 2017



Jornada 8, Estadio Ricardo Saprissa

En un nuevo clásico Nacional es Saprissa que se pone adelante en el marcador al minuto 3 por intermedio del delantero Daniel Colindres , pero la liga llega a la igualdad al minuto 12 con la anotación de Kenner Gutiérrez , finalizando el primer tiempo igualados en el marcador.

Ya en el complemento es Saprissa quien busca el partido y al minuto 12  Julio Cascante le da el segundo gol a el equipo morado, el triunfo  y metiéndolo en zona de clasificación ,terminando el encuentro con victoria Saprissista.

Nota: David Urbina

Fotografia: Josue Rodriguez

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Feb 3, 2017




Houston – As fight night approaches, here is what the stars of UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: BERMUDEZ vs. THE KOREAN ZOMBIE had to say leading up to their Saturday night matchups:


Dennis Bermudez: “I’m just trying to enjoy it (the experience) and not worry about what’s actually at stake here. It’s a super big opportunity and super big scene here; I’m trying to have fun with the whole experience. All the hard work is done; I’m going to go out there and do what I do and I’ll be fine. After I win here, realistically I would like to fight Max Holloway. I have a win over him, he has the interim belt. That’s the reason I signed up to be in the UFC, it’s to be a world champion.”


“The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung: “It’s really good to be back and it’s really nice to see all these people come out to support us. I don’t know exactly what is going to happen once we get in the Octagon, but I think we can always expect an exciting fight. There are no easy fights in the UFC, everyone is tough. So, if I’m going to come back I might as well fight the toughest guy I can so I can make my road back to championship contention as quick as possible.”


Alexa Grasso: “I know she is very well-rounded, she’s very dangerous for me, but I’ve been training very hard for this fight. This is a great opportunity, not just for the weekend because there are so many people here, but it’s great for both of us.”


Felice Herrig: “I was really excited for this fight, this matchup. I think I’m at a good place mentally and physically. I think styles make fights and I’m at a point in my career where I want to put on fun and exciting fights for the fans and I want to put on fights that people are excited for and pumped up about. I’m really pumped up; I think it will be Fight of the Night and I think it’ll be fun to watch.”


Abel Trujillo: “This fight is like every fight, you’re only as good as your last fight. This fight I want to put on a great performance and make sure people remember my name. I’m prepared and I’m ready to take on whoever. After this victory, I definitely want another top-10 opponent.”


James Vick: “This is my state! I was born and raised here in Texas. I love fighting in Texas. If I could pick, I’d always fight here in Texas, every fight. This is a big fight for me.”

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Jan 31, 2017



Mikey Garcia Knocks Out Dejan Zlaticanin To Become Three-Division World Champion; VIDEO:


An Encore Presentation of Saturday’s SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® Telecast Will Air Monday at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME

Click HERE For Photos from Esther Lin/SHOWTIME


LAS VEGAS (Jan. 28, 2017) – Leo Santa Cruz reclaimed the WBA Featherweight Championship, executing a brilliant game plan to dethrone Carl Frampton in a rematch of their epic first fight in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Saturday in front of 10,085 raucous fans at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.


With the scores 114-114 draw, and 115-113 twice, both fighters now own a majority decision and promised to settle the score in a trilogy.


The fight picked up where the champions left off last July in Brooklyn with tremendous action and back and forth exchanges, but it became immediately evident that Santa Cruz had adjusted his game plan.  The three-division world titlist worked off the jab, fought with patience at range and picked his spots perfectly.  The brawler out-boxed the boxer.


Frampton (23-1, 14 KOs) was more aggressive in the second half of the fight and attacked on the inside, but his aggression opened him up to effective counter shots from Santa Cruz (33-1-1, 18 KOs).


Santa Cruz, who has made a living with trademark aggression and high volume output, was clearly more patient in the second fight.  He threw 884 punches, well below his division-leading average, including over 400 jabs.  Frampton, of Belfast, Northern Ireland, managed to throw nearly 600 punches, but he connected at just 22 percent.


As was the case in the first fight, the rematch was fought at times at a blistering pace, especially in the second half.  Frampton and Santa Cruz combined to throw 193 punches in the final round, 90 of which were thrown by Frampton, the most he threw in any round of the fight.


“Before the fight, I said I wanted revenge and I wanted to work hard,” said the 28-year-old Santa Cruz.  “I went to the gym and I worked hard and I did what I had to do.


“My head was telling me to go forward and pressure him, but my dad and corner were telling me to box him. That’s what I had to do. I always fight for the fans, but tonight I fought for myself too.”


Leading into the rematch, it became evident that Santa Cruz and Frampton were perhaps forever linked.  Santa Cruz had promised to earn back his title and grant Frampton a rematch, while Frampton didn’t shy away from expressing his desire to make their rivalry a trilogy.  VIDEO:


“Of course I want the rematch,” Santa Cruz said after the fight.  “I’m a man of my word and I said if I won I would give him the trilogy.  Carl Frampton is a good fighter.  Let’s make a third fight.”


The two-division titlist Frampton, who was the consensus 2016 Fighter of the Year, told SHOWTIME Sports reporter Jim Gray that Santa Cruz deserved the decision.


“It was a very tough fight,” said Frampton, who turns 30 years old next month.  “Some of the rounds were close.  I really think Leo deserved it.  He told me what he was going to do. The brawler was out-boxing the boxer. My fault.  I’m sorry. We will have to do it again.  We have to do it again.

“He was very clever and he used his reach.  I think he deserved it.  I’m being honest.  But it was a very good fight.  I think I can perform slightly better.  No excuses.

“Let’s do it again. I hope he’s a man of his word and comes to Belfast.  I hope he does.”



Mikey Garcia became a three-division world champion with a vicious third-round knockout of previously undefeated defending WBC Lightweight World Champion Dejan Zlaticanin in the co-main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.


The rousing and definitive victory marked Garcia’s return to boxing’s elite.  The Oxnard, Calif., native was an undefeated two-division champion when he entered a two-and-a-half year layoff due to promotional issues.  He returned last July on SHOWTIME with an impressive performance and made a statement on Saturday by capturing a title in a third weight class in just his second fight in three years.


Garcia (36-0, 30 KOs) kept Zlaticanin off balance and out of range with his jab, setting up powerful rights that repeatedly backed up his opponent.  The 29-year-old hurt Zlaticanin with a flush right uppercut in the final minute of the third, followed by a punishing and perfectly timed right that immediately knocked the Montenegrin out cold.  Zlaticanin remained on the canvas for several minutes before returning to his feet as a concerned Garcia paced the ring.


It was the first time Zlaticanin (18-1, 11 KOs), the most avoided fighter at 135 pounds, was ever hurt or knocked down.


“I’m thankful Dejan, my opponent, is okay now,” Garcia said. “We never wish any bad on anyone in this sport and I’m glad he was able to get up and be OK.  I wished him a great career still, and he said thank you.  I told him he’s still a champion.  Once a champion, always a champion.


“He kept coming in and I saw the opportunity for the uppercut.  He was hurt.  When he turned back to look at me I knew he was hurt and I went for the overhand right.  I saw it in his eyes.  It was just the perfect time and perfect distance.


“I think the layoff allowed me to reignite my fire and my passion and bring back that love for the sport.  And in that two-and-a-half year layoff I always had the support of my loyal fans.”


Garcia now sets his sites on unifying the lightweight division.  WBA Lightweight World Champion Jorge Linares and former titlist Anthony Crolla will fight in a highly anticipated rematch on March 25 live on SHOWTIME from Manchester, England.  The WBC, the belt Garcia picked up on Saturday, has mandated that the winner of Linares vs. Crolla II must face the winner of Zlaticanin vs. Garcia.


“I’m available to unify any titles. If we can get the organizations to come together and unify titles we would love that. Maybe move up to 140 pounds by the end of the year.”


Zlaticanin, who was the first champion in the history of Montenegro, was frustrated with his performance and inability to execute his game plan.


“I was just getting ready to pick it up a little bit and I got between the ropes and then he hit me with a good, hard punch,” Zlaticanin said.


“Mikey is a good fighter without a doubt.  I never was able to get into the fight.  I was pressuring and trying to break him down in the early rounds.”



Ivan Redkach outclassed Demond Brock, utilizing effective uppercuts and body shots en route to an eighth-round knockout victory (2:30) on SHOWTIME BOXING on SHOWTIME EXTREME.


Once a highly-touted prospect, Redkach (20-2-1, 16 KOs) was looking to get back to his winning ways after entering 1-2-1 in his last four bouts.  He stamped his return by closing the show in impressive fashion in the eighth and final round, flooring Brock with two big left hooks with little more than one minute left in the fight.  Brock (13-4-1, 4 KOs) beat the count but was on unsteady legs and defenseless against a barrage of combo shots, forcing referee Jay Nady to step in and halt the contest with just 30 seconds left on the clock.


“I’m very excited. I couldn’t be happier,” Redkach said.  “I want to thank Team Santa Cruz.   They are my family.  We had a great camp and I can’t wait to see Leo fight.  I’m just so happy I won the fight.”


Highly-regarded super middleweight prospect David Benavidez made quick work Sherali Mamadjanov, knocking down the previously once-beaten fighter twice en route to a second round TKO (1:04).


The 20-year-old Benavidez (17-0, 16 KOs) floored Mamadjanov (14-2, 7 KOs) with just seconds left in the first round with a vicious left hook to the stomach followed by a straight right.  It was the first time the Uzbekistan native had touched the canvas in his professional career.  Benavidez connected with another big left hook to the body one minute into the second, Mamadjanov got up but was clearly unsteady and Russell Mora immediately halted the contest.


The Phoenix native connected on 55 percent of his power shots, while Mamadjanov landed just one power punch.


“I am a little disappointed because I wanted to give the crowd a spectacular knockout,” Benavidez said.  “This is my first time fighting at MGM Grand and I will never forget it.  The atmosphere here is amazing.  This fight week has been the best experience of my life.


“I want to continue to fight as much as I can.  I want to perfect my craft, train as hard as I can and be the best that I can be.”


Super lightweight prospect Josh Taylor won a hard-fought unanimous decision victory over a game Alfonso Olvera, scored 79-72, 78-73 twice, in the opening bout of SHOWTIME BOXING on SHOWTIME EXTREME.  Taylor, who entered the bout with a perfect record of 7-0 with seven knockouts, was extended past the fifth round for the first time in his career.


Taylor (8-0, 7 KOs) broke down Olvera (8-3-1, 3 KOs) with a steady diet of body shots, a sharp jab and effective counter punching.  The 2012 Olympic representative for Scotland landed 57 percent of his power shots and 43 percent of his total punches, while Olvera connected at just a 17 percent clip.


“I wasn’t surprised he didn’t go down,” Taylor said.  “I wasn’t looking for the knockout. Just wanted to get the win.


“He was very awkward.  I couldn’t get going like I wanted to, but I did get some shots off and felt like I hurt him at times.”


Taylor’s trainer Shane McGuigan said, “I’m happy with his performance.  It wasn’t his best, but he did enough to win.  He is young.  He is still a novice.  I’m looking forward to continuing to see his progress and what he will do moving forward.”

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Jan 27, 2017




Las Vegas – As fight night approaches, here is what the stars of UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: SHEVCHENKO vs. PENA had to say leading up to their Saturday night matchups:


Valentina Shevchenko: “It’s a very important fight, not only because it’s very close to a title shot, but because every fight is very important to me. For each fight, I prepare like it’s my last fight and I know exactly what victory can bring me. I am very motivated for this. I feel very great and I push myself to the limit every time.”



Julianna Pena: “My mind is my biggest weapon in the Octagon. My determination is my biggest weapon in the Octagon. I can beat anyone at 135-pounds that steps in the Octagon with me.  I think, 110 percent, the winner of this fight is getting a title shot. Numbers one and two are going at it and the winner definitely deserves a crack at the belt.”



Donald Cerrone: “I am so excited to fight at home, we’re going to blow the roof off this place on Saturday night. Home court, home turf, I don’t know what that means but I feel like I have some kind of advantage. I’m looking to finish; I’m looking for a second-round finish. Hopefully a win puts me in line for the number one contender.”



Jorge Masvidal: “This week has been great, I’m ready to fight. I’m doing what I love to do. I think Cowboy is easy money. I see me beating his a**, I don’t know if I finish or if I just beat his a** for three rounds, but I’m beating him. I prefer to leave the judges out of it, I prefer to fight.”



Andrei Arlovski: “Fighting is easy, but it’s a little bit cold in Denver. Francis is big, cocky and strong. He said he was going to knock me out in the first round, but we’ll see how it happens.”



Francis Ngannou: “I’m very excited to fight Andrei Arlovski. I will probably finish him. My first choice is by knockout, second maybe by submission – but knockout first. I know that the fight is going to be strong and hard, but I expect to finish him before the end of the fight.”



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Jan 26, 2017
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Photo Credit: Matchroom Boxing
(Left to Right: WBC Diamond, WBA and Ring Magazine Lightweight World Champion Jorge Linares and Anthony Crolla faced off at today’s press conference in Manchester)
MANCHESTER (Jan. 24, 2017) – WBC Diamond, WBA and Ring Magazine Lightweight World Champion Jorge “El Niño de Oro” Linares (41-3, 27 KOs) and Anthony “Million Dollar” Crolla (31-5-3, 15 KOs) met today in Manchester for a press conference ahead of their highly anticipated rematch for Linares’ titles set at the Manchester Arena on March 25, live on Sky Sports and sponsored by Betfred.
Here is what the participants had to say at today’s press conference:
JORGE LINARES (41-3, 27 KOs), WBC Diamond, WBA and Ring Magazine Lightweight World Champion:
“I wasn’t supposed to win, but I’m glad I did so I can come back. Manchester treated me so well and I am so happy to return. The belts mean so much to me and my country, and I am going to work very hard to make sure that I take them home again.
“It’s a new year and a new day, Anthony is going to be better and hungrier, and that means I will work harder, come with more skill and an even better game plan to win. I hope to see another huge crowd in Manchester and we’re going to provide the fans with another beautiful fight.”
ANTHONY CROLLA (31-5-3, 13 KOs), Lightweight Contender:
“I want the belt back, simple. Fighting for these prizes in front of us is huge, I’m so lucky to have a second chance and it’s one I have to take. It was a special night last time, great crowd and it’ll be even bigger this time. The setting was perfect but I lost my belt. I lost to a great fighter but I don’t celebrate losing, I don’t want to feel it again and I want to go down in history by beating a great fighter. I am better in rematches and I’m locking myself away to work harder and smarter to make sure these belts stay here.
“Jorge is the best and I want to be the best – beating him stakes my claim. I didn’t win the first one but I had success and I can work on that. We’ve both got great teams behind us, I believe if I make the right changes for the fight I will take the titles.
ROBERT DIAZ, Head of Matchmaking Golden Boy Promotions:

“I didn’t know how Jorge was going to react to the fans, as I know that Anthony has great fans. I think that Jorge won a lot of fans that night and he’ll have his share. Anthony didn’t have to take the fight, he could’ve gone elsewhere and got some wins, but that shows what a man this guy is. He wants the belts and we expect a better Anthony. I said you would see the best Jorge ever and you did – he’s going to be even better this time.”
JOE GALLAGHER, Trainer of Anthony Crolla:
“I need a nasty Anthony Crolla for this fight. Jorge is the best in the world so I need to keep him locked away and getting nasty – he won’t be doing any fan signings or selling tickets. If you like Anthony and care about him, leave him alone, let him work, and come and watch him win on the night.”
EDDIE HEARN, Managing Director of Matchroom Boxing:
“The first fight was a hell of a fight, Anthony was the favorite and now Jorge is the favorite. Anthony is the challenger, he’s done it before against Darleys Perez and he came back better, and he needs to do that again as Jorge is the #1 in the division and proved it here last time.
“It gives me huge pleasure to announce that the fight will be on Showtime in the U.S. and I want to thank Stephen Espinosa and his team for making this happen.”
Tickets for Linares vs. Crolla II are on sale now and available at or by calling 0844 847 8000 in the UK.
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Oscar Valdez de regreso a entrenar en Los Angeles

Jan 26, 2017

Oscar Valdez de regreso a entrenar en Los Angeles

El campeón mundial de peso pluma Oscar Valdez está de regreso en el Sur de California y listo para embarcar en otro gran año en el 2017. Desde conquistar su primer campeonato mundial en el 2016 el ex olímpico mexicano seguirá trabando muy duro para mantener su cinturón,

“Todos en el boxeo siempre ha dicho que ganar un campeonato mundial es más fácil que retenerlo. Y yo sé que tendré que trabajar aún más duro en el 2017 y eso es lo que voy hacer para retener mi cinturón”, dijo Valdez, quien regreso a Carson, California hace dos semanas.

Valdez, ya comenzó a trabajar bajo la tutela de Manny Robles y Edgar Jasso en el Rocky Gym al lado del nuevo campeón mundial Jessie Magdaleno y el medallista Olímpico Michael Conlan entre otros cotizados boxeadores que entrenan Robles y Jasso.

“Apenas estamos calentando motores y buscando la mejor condición posible para estar listos para lo que sigue. Me gusta entrenar con Manny y Edgar, porque siempre están haciendo algo nuevo y diferente para mejorarnos como boxeadores”, dijo Valdez.

Valdez de Nogales, Sonora comenzó su 2016 en abril con una contundente victoria sobre el ex campeón mundial Evgany Gradovich, en Julio conquisto el campeonato de peso pluma de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) fulminando al argentino Matías Rueda y en noviembre defendió su corona exitosamente al noquear al japonés Hiroshige Osawa en el séptimo round.

“Trabajamos muy fuerte para esas peleas y me hizo bien descansar tras la pelea de noviembre y me ayudo a recupérame y pasar tiempo en casa, pero ya me sentía listo para regresar a trabajar y hay que prepararnos para un gran 2017”, dijo Valdez.

Todas las peleas del año pasado de Valdez fueron en Las Vegas como parte de las peleas de respaldo en funciones encabezadas por Manny Pacquiao y Terence Crawford.

“Estoy muy agradecido con Top Rank por la oportunidad que me ha dado. Pelear en esos tipos de eventos es importante para mi carrera. Ante casas llenas en Las Vegas y a través de la televisión me vieron en todo el mundo”, dijo Valdez, considerado por varios medios en México como el mejor boxeador mexicano en el 2016.

Valdez es promovido por Top Rank, su carrera es dirigida por Frank Espinoza y su hijo Frankie así como su padre Oscar Valdez y sus entrenadores son Manuel “Manny” Robles Jr. y Edgar “Estrellita” Jasso. Frank Espinoza y Manny Robles están nominados por la Asociación de Escritores de Boxeo de Estados Unidos (BWAA) como el mejor manager y entrenador del 2016 respectivamente.

CREDITO DE FOTO: Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc.

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