Multiple-Division World Champion Robert Guerrero Returns March 9

Mar 5, 2019

Multiple-Division World Champion Robert Guerrero & Former Featherweight World Champion Jesus Cuellar Enter the Ring In Separate Matches to Lead a Packed Undercard on Saturday, March 9 at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, CaliforniaWBC Welterweight World Champion Shawn Porter Makes FirstTitle Defense Against Mandatory Challenger Yordenis Ugas inPremier Boxing Champions on FOX & FOX Deportes Main Event
CARSON, Calif. (March 4, 2019) – Multiple-division world champion Robert Guerrero returns to the ring to battle Colombia’s Hevinson Herrera in a 10-round welterweight bout, while former featherweight world champion Jesus Cuellar duels Colombia’s Carlos Padilla in an eight-round lightweight bout to lead a packed undercard on Saturday, March 9 at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. The event is headlined by PBC on FOX and FOX Deportes show that will see WBC Welterweight World Champion Shawn Porter making his first title defense in primetime against mandatory challenger Yordenis Ugas in the main event of the broadcast beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Televised prelims on FS1 feature undefeated bantamweight prospect Damien Vazquez battles former world champion Juan Carlos Payano in an eight or 10-round attraction, while unbeaten welterweight prospect and 2016 Lithuanian Olympian Eimantas Stanionis will face once-beaten Sammy Figueroa in an eight round showdown on the telecast beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT. In other undercard action, undefeated lightweight Rolando Romero (7-0, 6 KOs) meets Nicolas A. Velazquez (10-4, 3 KOs) in a four or six-round match that will be the TV swing bout on the FOX telecast and unbeaten featherweight Isaac Avelar (15-0, 10 KOs) clashes with Juan Antonio Lopez(12-5, 4 KOs) in a six or eight-round match that will be the TV swing bout on the FS1 prelims broadcast. Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions, are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased at AXS.com. The 35-year-old Guerrero (34-6-1, 19 KOs) has a rich career filled with intriguing matches against some of the best boxers of this generation – Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia – and has won titles at featherweight, super featherweight, lightweight and welterweight. Fighting out of Gilroy, California, he will be taking on Herrera (24-16-1, 18 KOs) following a knockout victory over Adam Mates in December. Cuellar (28-3, 21 KOs), who is from Buenos Aires, Argentina, won an interim featherweight title by defeating Claudio Marrero in 2013 that was eventually made the regular title as he made five successful defenses. He dropped the title the next year with a split decision loss to Abner Mares and followed that up with a TKO loss in a junior lightweight championship match against Gervonta Davis last April. The 33-year-old Cuellar is seeking to get back into the world title picture but first will have to get past Padilla (16-9-1, 10 KOs). In other undercard bouts unbeaten super featherweight Viktor Slavinskyi (7-0-1, 4 KOs) takes on Mexico’s Angel Morrell (11-11-2, 4 KOs) in a six-round match, super featherweight prospect Jose Perez (6-1, 2 KOs) battles Carlos Trevino (6-13-1, 1 KO) in a four-round bout, unbeaten super lightweight prospect Ruben Rodriguez (4-0, 2 KOs) meets Jeremiah De Los Santos of Brownsville, Texas, who will be making his pro debut in the four-round bout. Rounding out the action is unbeaten super lightweight prospect Justin Cardona dueling Phillip Bounds in a four-round affair, plus a pair of lightweights will be making their pro debuts as David Gomez of Huntington Park, California battles George Carranza in a four-round fight and Gabriel Muratalla of Fontana, California steps in for a four-round lightweight fight against Bryann Perez

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Teofimo Lopez, Shakur Stevenson and Felix Verdejo Ready to Crash Garden Party April 20

Mar 5, 2019

Crawford vs. Khan Undercard: Teofimo Lopez, Shakur Stevenson and Felix Verdejo Ready to Crash Garden Party April 20 on Inaugural PPV under Top Rank on ESPN Banner

Lopez takes step up against top lightweight contender Edis Tatli
Stevenson to battle former world title challenger Christopher “Pitufo” Diaz
Verdejo to open PPV telecast against Bryan Vasquez

LIVE PPV April 20 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT

 Before pound-for-pound king Terence “Bud” Crawford enters the ring to defend his WBO welterweight world title against Amir “King” Khan, a pair of 21-year-old wunderkinds — Teofimo Lopez and Shakur Stevenson — will look to steal the show in their respective co-feature bouts on ESPN PPV Saturday, April 20 at Madison Square Garden.

Stevenson, the 2016 U.S. Olympic silver medalist, will tangle with former 130-pound world title challenger Christopher “Pitufo” Diaz in a 10-round featherweight bout. Lopez, the consensus 2018 Prospect of the Year and top lightweight contender, will face two-time European lightweight champion and former world title challenger Edis Tatli in a 10-rounder. Tatli is ranked No. 3 by the IBF and No. 10.

And, in a special attraction that will open the broadcast, Puerto Rican star Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo will fight former two-time interim super featherweight world champion Bryan Vasquez in a 10-round lightweight bout that will thrust the winner into the world title picture.

Tickets priced at $606, $406, $306, $206, $106, $81, and $56 (including facility fees) are on sale now and can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008) and online atwww.ticketmaster.com and www.msg.com.

Details on how fans will be able to access the pay-per-view broadcast, which will begin at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, will be announced at a later date.

The entire undercard will stream live beginning at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN+, the new multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer & International segment in conjunction with ESPN.

“This terrific undercard accompanying the Crawford-Khan main event will be extremely entertaining and exciting,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “Shakur Stevenson and Teofimo Lopez are two of the brightest young lights in boxing and are facing seasoned opponents in Diaz and Tatli. Felix Verdejo is on the comeback trail, and Bryan Vasquez is a tough veteran who won’t give in.”

Lopez (12-0, 10 KOs) catapulted from prospect to contender in 2018 and early 2019 with a slew of headline-grabbing wins, including sensational knockout victories over Mason Menard and Diego Magdaleno in his last two fights. A 2016 Olympian for his parents’ native Honduras, the Brooklyn-born puncher last fought at Madison Square Garden’s big arena on May 12 of last year, punctuating his first-round knockout of Vitor Jones Freitas with a Fortnite dance that went viral. Tatli (31-2, 10 KOs) has never been stopped as a pro and has wins over current European lightweight champion Francesco Patera, top contender Yvan Mendy and former 130-pound world champion Mzonke Fana. A celebrity in his native Finland, Tatli recently took home the first prize on “Tanssii tähtien kanss,” the Finnish version of the popular BBC program, “Strictly Come Dancing.”

“Every time I fight in my hometown, I take over the show, and that’s what I plan on doing again,” Lopez said. “This is the year I become a world champion, and whoever stands in my way is going to get knocked out. If you think you’ve seen the best version of Teofimo Lopez, think again. The Takeover is coming to Madison Square Garden and ESPN pay-per-view.

“One thing I know for sure: Tatli will be dancing with the real star of The Takeover on April 20. This ain’t reality TV. This is a real fight.”

“This is a great matchup, and I can’t wait to get the job done,” Tatli said. “Lopez is a skilled fighter, and he is in for a real treat on April 20. My goal has been clear for a long time — to win a world title — and Lopez is not going to stop me from reaching it.”

Stevenson (10-0, 6 KOs) followed up a 5-0 campaign in 2018 with a spectacular fourth-round TKO over Jessie Cris Rosales on Jan. 18 in Verona, N.Y. A native of Newark, N.J. — a short train ride from Madison Square Garden — Stevenson hopes to move closer to a world title opportunity in front of his home fans. Diaz (24-1, 16 KOs), from Barranquitas, Puerto Rico, moved down to featherweight following his July 2018 decision loss to Masayuki Ito for the vacant WBO junior lightweight world title. He knocked out David Berna in the first round on Nov. 24 to set up the Stevenson showdown.

“Newark is going to be in the building on April 20 as I show Christopher Diaz what I’m all about,” Stevenson said. “After I get done with him, Diaz will wish he’d stayed at 130 pounds. Soon enough, the featherweight division is going to run through me.”

“I feel super motivated and focused as always for another big fight in another big event,” Diaz said. “I like these kinds of challenges. I’m fighting against a silver medalist of the 2016 Rio Olympics who is also a great prospect with a lot of potential. He needs to demonstrate that he has what nobody can teach him. He needs to show that he has heart and gallantry. We’ll see on April 20 when he faces his first real tough test. I will come prepared as I always do. On that night, he will understand that you can’t teach cojones and that I was born with very big ones.”

Verdejo (24-1, 16 KOs), a former amateur superstar for his native Puerto Rico, hopes to graduate to contender status with a victory over Vasquez. He suffered his first loss last March via 10th-round stoppage to Antonio Lozada Jr. in a fight he was leading. Verdejo was victorious in his comeback bout on Nov. 10 in Puerto Rico, knocking out Yardley Armenta Cruz in the second round. Vasquez (37-3, 20 KOs) has won two in a row since a tight majority decision loss to Ray Beltran in August 2017.

“I’m going into this new challenge ready to demonstrate my skills against a world-class fighter,” Verdejo said. “I hope that this fight will open the doors to big fights. I want to bring a world championship to Puerto Rico, and this is the year.”

“In order for me to lose to Verdejo, he’s going to have to kill me,” Vasquez said. “In order for him to kill me, he’s going to have to be willing to die with me. And he’s already shown that he’s not willing to die in there.”

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Paddy Barnes, Vladimir Nikitin and Joseph Adorno Added to St. Patrick’s Day Card at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

Mar 4, 2019
March 17: Paddy Barnes, Vladimir Nikitin and Joseph Adorno Added to St. Patrick’s Day Card at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

LIVE on ESPN+ beginning at 3 p.m. ET
NEW YORK CITY (March 4, 2019) — Vladimir Nikitin and Irish sensation Michael “Mick” Conlan are on a collision course for a rematch of their quarterfinal bout from the 2016 Rio Olympics, won by Nikitin via highly controversial decision. Nikitin will fight Juan Tapia (8-2, 3 KOs) in a six-round featherweight bout on the undercard of Conlan’s 10-round featherweight tilt against Ruben Garcia Hernandez on Sunday, March 17 at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden.
 
Conlan-Hernandez will be the special attraction for this special St. Patrick’s Day card, with the welterweight showdown between Luis Collazo and Samuel Vargas serving as the main event. In the newly announced co-feature, two-time Irish Olympic bronze medalist and former world title challenger Paddy Barnes (5-1, 1 KO) will look to get back in the win column against Oscar Mojica (11-5-1, 1 KO) in a six-rounder at bantamweight. Barnes challenged Cristofer Rosales for the WBC flyweight world title last August and lost via fourth-round knockout.
 
Promoted by Top Rank, tickets priced at $206, $156, $106, $81, $56, and $31 (including facility fees) are on sale now and can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008), and online at ticketmaster.com and MSG.com.
 
Conlan-Hernandez, Barnes-Mojica and Collazo-Vargas will stream live and exclusively at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN+, the direct-to-consumer sports streaming service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer & International segment and ESPN. The entire undercard, including Nikitin-Tapia, will stream live on ESPN+ beginning at 3 p.m. ET.
 
“The fight I want after I take care of business on March 17 is Michael Conlan,” Nikitin said. “He wants revenge, and I want to show everyone that I was, and still am, the superior fighter. I respect Michael and his team. While there is no bad blood outside the ring, we have unfinished business inside the ring.”

Said Conlan: “Nikitin is a rival from the 2016 Olympics and clearly someone who I look forward to fighting in the professional ranks. This is the second time we’ve fought on the same card, and I look forward to seeing his progress as a professional.”
 
Nikitin (2-0, 0 KOs) was a standout amateur for his native Russia who won medals at the European Championships and World Championships. At the 2016 Rio Olympics, his disputed decision over Conlan advanced him to the medal round and made headlines around the globe. Conlan’s double middle-finger salute to the AIBA-appointed judges became the indelible image of the Rio Olympics. As a pro, Nikitin has won a pair of dominant six-round decisions and hopes another victory sets the stage for the long-awaited rematch.
 
In other undercard action:
  
Joseph “Blessed Hands” Adorno (11-0, 10 KOs), the 19-year-old power punching prodigy, will face the durable Victor Rosas (10-8, 4 KOs) in a six-rounder at lightweight. Adorno has seven first-round stoppages on his ledger.
 
Bronx native Josue “The Prodigy” Vargas (12-1, 8 KOs) will take on Adriano Ramirez (10-2, 6 KOs) in an eight-round super lightweight bout. Vargas has won six in a row since a controversial disqualification loss.
 
Puerto Rican super lightweight prospect John “El Terrible” Bauza (11-0, 5 KOs) will make his Top Rank debut against Ricardo Maldonado (8-8-1, 1 KO) in a six-rounder.
 
Lee Reeves (2-0, 2 KOs), a two-time Irish national champion as an amateur, will continue his professional journey against Eduardo Torres (1-1, 0 KOs) in a four-round welterweight fight.
 
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BRIAN CASTAÑO & ERISLANDY LARA FIGHT TO HIGHLY COMPETITIVE SPLIT-DRAW IN TITLE FIGHT

Mar 4, 2019

ERISLANDY LARA & BRIAN CASTAÑO FIGHT TO HIGHLY COMPETITIVE SPLIT-DRAW IN TITLE FIGHT SATURDAY ON SHOWTIME® FROM BARCLAYS CENTER IN BROOKLYN

Heavyweight Slugger Luis Ortiz Earns Unanimous Decision

Over Christian Hammer

Eduardo Ramirez Scores Ninth-Round TKO of Bryan De Gracia

In Telecast Opener

 Watch The Encore Presentation Monday At 10 P.M. ET/PT On

SHOWTIME EXTREME®

Photos from Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME

Photos from Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

BROOKLYN (March 3, 2019) – Former 154-pound world champion Erislandy Lara and WBA Super Welterweight Champion Brian Castaño fought to a highly competitive split-draw Saturday at Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™, in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions. With the draw, Castaño retains the WBA belt in what was the toughest test of his career against the longtime top 154-pounder in Lara. The judges scored the fight 115-113 (Castaño), 115-113 (Lara) and 114-114.

Castaño (15-0-1, 11 KOs), who was fighting in his first U.S. main event, held a large advantage in power connects (181-103) while Lara (25-3-3, 14 KOs) found success landing his left hand down the middle on his way to a 34 percent to 27 percent advantage in power accuracy.

In the close, difficult-to-score fight, five of the rounds were separated by three or fewer connects and three of those rounds favored Lara. In the final two rounds, Castaño ramped up the pressure and connected on 44 punches, while Lara landed only 24 punches across the championship rounds. Castaño won the final three rounds on all three judges’ scorecards. Without doing so, the Argentine would have lost his belt.

After the hotly contested fight, both fighters have options, including a rematch, in the talent-rich super welterweight division.

“I know I won the fight. I feel I was robbed,” a disappointed Castaño told SHOWTIME’s Jim Gray. “If he wants the rematch, I’ll give him the rematch. I waited for him this time so I can wait for him again if he wants the rematch. I would give him the rematch if he wants. I can also go ahead and fight any other champion that wants to fight me. I’m ready for whoever they put in front of me. Hurd or anyone else.”

Lara, on the other hand, felt he did enough to claim the belt: “I thought I won the fight by landing the more accurate and effective punches. Castaño came to fight but he never hurt me and I hurt him.  All I can do is give the fans great fights and that’s what I’ll continue to do.  I have a lot of fight left in me and I’m not going anywhere.

“If we have to fight him again, I’ll fight him. Hurd or Castaño.  Anybody, I’ll have the rematch with both.”

In the co-feature, Cuban heavyweight slugger Luis Ortiz (31-1, 26 KOs) earned a unanimous decision victory over a game Christian Hammer (24-6, 14 KOs). Although the judges scored the fight 100-90 and 99-91 twice, both men fought through bloody noses at different points in the fight and both were stunned in a back-and-forth second round.

Ortiz, who earned his third consecutive victory since dropping a thrilling slugfest with WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder one year ago, is now looking for another world title shot.

“The fight wasn’t what I was expecting,” said Ortiz. “It was a hard fight and my corner really had to work with me. After I got the rhythm, I heated up a little bit. Every heavyweight out there should know that I still have it at 40-years-old. Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder, I’m ready.”

Although Hammer fought with more energy and with more resolve than in previous fights with other top-tier heavyweights Tyson Fury and Alexander Povetkin, Ortiz used his superior technique and skills to eventually cruise to the lopsided decision. Ortiz averaged 45 jabs thrown per round and landed 61 jabs to just 20 for Hammer, while also connecting on 49 percent of his power punches. Ortiz made a conscious effort to attack Hammer’s body with 33.6% of his total connects (45 of 140) coming via body shots. 

“I fought a fight that I hadn’t for years, which is box and work,” said Ortiz. “So I’m not disappointed I didn’t knock him out because I showed some of my boxing skills tonight.”

“Ortiz is a very good and experienced fighter,” said the 31-year-old Hammer, who was making his American debut. “He’s technical and smart but he’s not as intimidating as people say he is. I respect Ortiz but I don’t think he’s the best fighter I’ve ever faced.

“I’m very confident going forward. I know that I can go the distance with anyone and I’m willing to fight anyone. People thought I’d get knocked out but I proved them wrong.”

In the telecast opener, Eduardo Ramirez (22-1-3, 9 KOs) caught Bryan De Gracia (24-2-1, 20 KOs) with a vicious right uppercut in the ninth, stunning his opponent and suddenly breaking open a close fight. Ramirez pounced on the dazed De Gracia and unleashed a wave of punches which forced referee Benjy Esteves to call the fight at 2:10 of round nine.

The southpaw Ramirez, of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, was trailing on the scorecards at the time of the stoppage according to two out of three judges (the third had it even). Ramirez, known to grow stronger in the later rounds, connected on 36 punches in round number nine, by far his highest connect total on the night. Although De Gracia was the more aggressive fighter, the Panamanian failed to consistently land punches. De Gracia was accurate on just 27 percent of his power punches, while Ramirez landed 38 percent of his. 

“I definitely knew it was close but my corner kept telling me to keep going and going, and that’s when I caught him,” said Ramirez, who was fighting with a heavy heart following the passing of his grandfather. “I didn’t just come here to fight.  I came here to do something and I did it.”

With the win, Ramirez is now in line to face WBA (Regular) Featherweight World Champion Can Xu and will be looking to challenge for a world title fight in the deep featherweight division.

In SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING COUNTDOWN action that streamed live on the SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel and SHOWTIME Boxing Facebook page, Edwin Rodriguez(31-2, 20 KOs) won a 10-round cruiserweight fight via unanimous decision over Mitch Williams (16-7-3, 11 KOs) by scores of 96-94 twice and 98-92. Coverage on social media also sawAntonio Russell (13-0, 11 KOs), younger brother of WBC Featherweight Champion Gary Russell Jr., stop Jose Maria Cardenas (16-4, 13 KOs) 22 seconds into the sixth round of their bantamweight fight. In the opening bout of the digital presentation, Leduan Barthelemy (14-0-1, 7 KOs) remained unbeaten with a unanimous decision over Miguel Angel Aispuro (11-7-2, 7 KOs) by scores of 80-72 twice and 79-73 in their eight-round super featherweight attraction.

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CANELO ALVAREZ AND DANIEL ‘MIRACLE MAN’ JACOBS MEXICO CITY PRESS

Mar 4, 2019

CANELO ALVAREZ AND DANIEL ‘MIRACLE MAN’ JACOBS MEXICO CITY PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES, PHOTOS AND VIDEOSSATURDAY, MAY 4, 2019 AND STREAMED LIVE EXCLUSIVELY ON DAZN

(ABOVE: Canelo Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs pose for the media in Mexico City during the second stop of their three-city press tour to promote their May 4 showdown at T-Mobile Arena and streamed live exclusively on DAZN)Click HERE for Photos/VideosPhoto Credit: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy PromotionsVideo Credit: Golden Boy Promotions MEXICO CITY (March 1, 2019): Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs), WBC, WBA, Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion, and Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs(35-2, 29 KOs), IBF Middleweight World Champion, completed the second stop of their three-city press tour with a full day of interviews and a press conference at the TV Azteca Studios in Mexico City, Mexico. The 12-round unification fight will take place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Saturday May 4 and will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN. Below is what today’s participants had to say at the event: CANELO ALVAREZ, WBC, WBA, Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion: “It’s important to fight in May and September on the dates where Mexican fighters have represented the country. I accept the responsibility of participating in big fights like these. It’s an honor to represent my country the way others have.”
“This will not be my last fight at 160 pounds. It’s the weight where I feel best. I will be here for a while. I would still like to have challenges at 168, but I’m fine at 160 pounds.” “All fighters look for the knockout. It’s always spectacular. I will go out there to look for it. But I will train for 12 rounds. If the opportunity for the knockout presents itself, I will take it.” DANIEL JACOBS, IBF Middleweight World Champion: “This means everything to me. I take my hat off to Canelo for accepting this fight. He’s a true champion to me. That said, it’s our duty to make sure you all receive a great fight. I will bring my arsenal to make sure it’s a great fight.”
“Whether it ends by knockout or decision, you will see a great battle. I can speak for Canelo and myself by saying that we will give everything in this fight. I guarantee that I will not only be champion on May 4, but also king.”  EDDY REYNOSO, Head Trainer and Manager of Canelo Alvarez: “This is what we wanted. We wanted big fights to leave a big footprint in the history of boxing. It appeared impossible at first. Based on hard work and discipline, we grew little by little-he as a fighter and we as trainers. Thank you to Saul for your loyalty and of believing in us. “Now the only thing left is to prepare day by day in boxing. We have a big fight, and I want Canelo to be the first-ever Mexican fighter to unify all the titles in a division. No one has ever done that, but Saul will.” JOSE “CHEPO” REYNOSO, Trainer and Manager of Canelo Alvarez: “I can’t help but remember watching him fight here for the first time. But the times have changed. I feel nostalgic seeing so many people and seeing what the presence of Canelo does to the boxing public. There have been many years of working to get where we are. Thank you, Saul. Thank you for believing in us.” “This May 4, you will see a great fight. They say styles make fights. And that’s what will happen in this fight. We have the two best middleweights in the world. When you have the best fighters in the world fighting each other, you can expect a great fight.” 
ANDRE ROZIER, Trainer of Danny Jacobs:
“Danny is a very special individual. He is a dedicated, hardworking family man. He has survived a lot on his life. I affectionately refer to him as my son. We have worked for a long time to get this far. On May 4, when he steps into the ring, I will look forward to him finishing the fight with his hand raised.” OSCAR DE LA HOYA, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions: “This fight is important because it will feature two world champions who will unify their titles to demonstrate who is the best at 160 pounds. This battle is also significant because it features two of the most resilient fighters in the history of the sport.”
“With Canelo, we have a young man who has fought as a professional since the age of 15. He’s fought the best fighters at 147 and 154, and in December moved up to 168 pounds to become a three-division world champion. With Jacobs, we have a man who defeated a challenge much tougher than a fight: a battle with cancer. He then returned to win two world titles.” “May 4 will be a great night for Golden Boy and we expect a tremendous performance from our champion, Canelo Alvarez.” EDDIE HEARN, Managing Director of Matchroom Sport: “I want to congratulate many people involved in this promotion. We thank Golden Boy Promotions and Canelo for accepting this challenge. We want to thank DAZN, who are really changing the sport in the United States. We want to thank Tecate, the sponsors, and TV Azteca, for hosting this magnificent event.” “When you have a champion like Canelo who wants to be the best and fights the best, we have what it makes for a great moment. With Danny Jacobs, he will not only face a great champion, but a great man. They told him he may not live again and might not walk again. They also told him that he would definitely never fight again. But here he is. We have a fight that you will forget on May 4.”  JOSEPH MARKOWSKI, Executive Vice President, DAZN North America: “Boxing is having a bit of a moment. And after much discussion and investment across the industry, this fight – Canelo vs. Jacobs – stands out to me as the most significant matchup on the calendar. This is the fight of the year and I am very, very proud to say that DAZN will be broadcasting it exclusively in the U.S.” “Simply put, this fight has got everything. Champion vs. champion. A global superstar. An inspiring New Yorker with a story for the history books. And a world-class venue in the world-class fight city. The only thing missing from this blockbuster showdown is the pay-per-view price tag – and that’s because DAZN is different.” “And so, to the two DAZN fighters on this stage, I wish you tremendous luck in camp over the next two months and I look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas for this great fight.”
Canelo vs. Jacobs is a 12-round fight for the WBC, WBA, Lineal, Ring Magazine and IBF Middleweight World Titles presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Matchroom Boxing. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” and Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle.” The event will take place Saturday, May 4, 2019 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN.
Tickets for Canelo vs. Jacobs are one sale now and are priced at $2,505, $1,505, $1,205, $805, $605, $405, $305, $205 and $105, not including applicable service charges and taxes. There will be a limit of 10 per person at the $2,505, $1,505, $1,205, $805, $605, $405, and $305 price levels with a limit of two (2) per person at the $205 and $105 price levels. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849). Tickets also will be available for purchase at www.t-mobilearena.com or www.axs.com.

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UFC®, OSCAR MAYER P3, AND DEVOUR ANNOUNCE MULTI-YEAR MARKETING PARTNERSHIP

Mar 4, 2019

UFC®, OSCAR MAYER P3, AND DEVOUR ANNOUNCE MULTI-YEAR MARKETING PARTNERSHIP


DEVOUR Joins Oscar Mayer P3 as Official UFC Sponsor

LAS VEGAS and CHICAGO – UFC®, the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization, and two Kraft Heinz Company brands, Oscar Mayer P3 and DEVOUR, today announced a comprehensive multi-year partnership that expands on the innovative marketing relationship the companies began last year.  The DEVOUR™ frozen food brand has been named “Official Frozen Meal of UFC,” joiningOscar Mayer P3 Portable Protein Pack, which was named “Official Protein Snack” of UFC in 2018. Both designations are new and mark exclusive sponsorship categories for UFC.

DEVOUR™ launched in 2016 with the mission to shake up the frozen aisle by taking an unapologetic stand for mouthwatering, craveable frozen foods. Over the past 3 years, DEVOUR™ has successfully built awareness with its bold and disruptive approach to communications, which has fueled its rapid growth in popularity with consumers. The brand offers frozen meals, frozen sandwiches, and instant bowls, which are widely distributed in retail grocery and convenience stores across the country. Similar to Oscar Mayer P3’s strategic partnership with UFC, DEVOUR’s™ collaboration with UFC will focus on reaching the loyal MMA fan base that comprises key demographics, including millennials, early adopters, and trendsetters. 

Under the terms of the expanded partnership, both Oscar Mayer P3 and DEVOUR™will be integrated extensively into select UFC live events, highlighted by a branded presence inside the world-famous Octagon®; custom integrations throughout UFC’s telecasts; in-venue activations; unique social media campaigns; custom content pieces, and Fight Week and Fight Night integrations.

In 2019, both Oscar Mayer P3 and DEVOUR™ will launch dedicated UFC products at select participating retail locations across the country. An exclusive Oscar Mayer P3 product line will feature co-developed product nutritionals focused on workout performance, certified by the UFC Performance Institute®, along with the integration of UFC-themed packaging. DEVOUR™ will also leverage UFC marks on various product offerings.

In addition, the Oscar Mayer P3 and DEVOUR™ brands will be further integrated with UFC through dedicated custom content pieces. Oscar Mayer P3 will leverage UFC fighter talent within an original series produced at the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas, highlighting the importance of protein in an athlete’s preparation and daily routine. DEVOUR™ will integrate into Dana White: Lookin’ for a Fight program, featuring unique DEVOUR™ marketing placements and mentions.  

Oscar Mayer P3 has been a tremendous partner for UFC, and during the short time we have been working together, we have discovered opportunities for natural collaboration that make sense for both our brands,” said Paul Asencio, UFC Senior Vice President, Global Partnerships. “With the introduction of DEVOUR™ as an official partner in 2019, we look forward to the continued growth of our relationship with the Kraft Heinz family that will enhance our brands and reach consumers in authentic ways.”

“We couldn’t be more excited about our P3/UFC partnership,” said Don Fussner, General Manager of Oscar Mayer.  “Our relationship kicked off in September of last year, where we developed key learnings from those first fights, particularly in how to best connect with the UFC fan and bring our P3 proposition to life.  With many early successes, we are now entering into an expanded, multi-year agreement that comprises holistic marketing communications, co-developed customized products and original content series.”  

“UFC is both a collaborative and innovative partner, and I couldn’t be happier with the early results and the path ahead,” added Fussner. “The timing of this newly expanded partnership aligns perfectly with the launch of UFC on ESPN, an exciting chapter as UFC continues to expand their young, growing, and extremely loyal fan base.  Being the Official Protein Snack of UFC is a powerful platform for P3, and our team is looking forward to embedding our brand into UFC culture, helping both athletes and fans alike find a more interesting way to get their protein.”

The expanded partnership will begin on Saturday, March 2, with UFC® 235: JONES vs. SMITH, featuring two highly anticipated world championship fights. Light heavyweight champion Jon Jones wastes no time getting back in the Octagon as he takes on dangerous finisher and No. 3-ranked contender Anthony Smith. Also, welterweight champion Tyron Woodley goes for his fifth consecutive title defense against No. 2-ranked contender Kamaru Usman.

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De Estelar Lomachenko el 12 de abril en el Staples Center ante Anthony Crolla

Feb 26, 2019

De Estelar Lomachenko el 12 de abril en el Staples Center ante Anthony Crolla y en Exclusiva por ESPN+

Lomachenko defenderá sus títulos peso ligero de la OMB y AMB
ante el primer clasificado contendiente de la AMB, Anthony Crolla

En exclusiva por ESPN+ a las 11 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. PT

Taquillas salen a la venta mañana martes, 26 de febrero a las 12 p.m. PT

 Luego de deslumbrar al público de la Gran Manzana con sus últimos tres combates, Vasiliy “Loma” Lomachenko está listo para traer sus títulos mundiales de peso ligero a la Ciudad de los Ángeles. Lomachenko, el Picaasso libra por libra del boxeo, y monarca peso ligero de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) y Asociación Mundial de Boxeo (AMB), defenderá sus títulos ante el ex campeón mundial de peso ligero Anthony “Million Dollar” Crolla el viernes 12 de abril en el Staples Center. En el choque co-estelar, el invicto campeón mexicano y largo rey de peso súpermediano de la OMB, Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramírez, hará su debut en el peso semipesado en un combate a 10 asaltos contra un oponente que se anunciará pronto. El combate Lomachenko vs. Crolla y la pelea de Ramírez se transmitirá en vivo y exclusivamente en los Estados Unidos a partir de las 11 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. PT por ESPN+ – el servicio de transmisión de suscripción directa al consumidor, que marcará su primer aniversario desde el lanzamiento el día de la pelea. La cartelera completa también se transmitirá en vivo por ESPN+ a partir de las 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT  En una promoción de Top Rank, en asociación con Matchroom Boxing USA, los boletos con un precio de $310.50, $207, $103.50, $77.65 y $51.75 (incluidas las tarifas de las instalaciones) saldrán a la venta mañana martes 26 de febrero a las 12 p.m. PT. La última aparición de Lomachenko en Los Angeles fue en agosto del 2017 en el Microsoft Theatre cuando defendió su título mundial de las 130 libras ante el colombiano Miguel “El Escorpión” Marriaga con un nocaut técnico en el séptimo asalto.  “El Staples Center es el lugar perfecto para exhibir a uno de los grandes peleadores del boxeo, Vasiliy Lomachenko, quien se pondrá a prueba contra un competidor destacado en Anthony Crolla de Gran Bretaña,” dijo el legendario promotor de de Top Rank, Bob Arum. “Los fanáticos del boxeo de Los Ángeles son apasionados y bien informados, y espero poder ofrecerles una gran demostración y un gran espectáculo en el Staples Center,” dijo Lomachenko. “Crolla es mi retador obligatorio, y me gusta que siempre viene a pelear. Él va a aprovechar al máximo esta oportunidad.” “No puedo esperar por esta oportunidad. Estas son las peleas por las que estás en el deporte,” dijo Crolla. “La gente dirá que no tengo nada que perder, pero realmente voy a Los Ángeles para sorprender al mundo. Me concentrare en mi. En primer lugar, tengo que asegurarme de que el mejor Anthony Crolla aparezca esa noche. No estoy preocupado por eso. Prepararse para Lomachenko es difícil porque es un poco ortodoxo. Es tan bueno que cuando hace algo mal, se sale con la suya. No enseñarías algunas de las cosas que él hace. Él es tan único en ese sentido.” “Estoy encantado de que Anthony tenga otra oportunidad de ganar un título mundial, esta vez contra la estrella libra por libra, Vasiliy Lomachenko,” dijo Eddie Hearn, Director Ejecutivo de Matchroom Sport. “Después de perder su título mundial ante Jorge Linares, Anthony luchó para regresar a la posición obligatoria y está más que listo para el desafío. Ha sido una historia de cuento de hadas para él y ahora tiene otra gran oportunidad en el gran escenario en una pelea que significa todo para él.” Lomachenko (12-1, 9 KOs) ingresó en las filas profesionales luego de una carrera amateur que incluyó un par de medallas de oro olímpicas para su Ucrania natal y un récord sin precedentes de 396-1. Él estableció un récord de boxeo al ganar títulos mundiales en tres categorías de peso en tan solo 12 peleas, rompiendo la marca anterior de 20 peleas establecida por Jeff Fenech, 30 años atrás. Fue nombrado “Peleador del Año” en el 2017 por la mayoría de los escritores de boxeo después de obligar a sus tres oponentes, Jason Sosa, Marriaga y al también medallista de oro olímpico Guillermo Rigondeaux, a rendirse en sus banquetas.

En mayo del 2018, subió de peso y capturó el título peso ligero de la AMB cuando se recuperó de un hombri desgarrado y una caída en el sexto asalto para detener a Jorge Linares en el Madison Square Garden con un golpe al cuerpo en el décimo asalto. Ese diciembre, frente a un todo vendido en el Hulu Theater del Madison Square Garden, anotó un par de caídas y ganó una amplia decisión unánime sobre el campeón de la OMB en el peso ligero José “Sniper” Pedraza para unificar títulos. Crolla (34-6-3, 13 KOs), de Manchester, Inglaterra, se convirtió en profesional en octubre del 2006 y ganó el título de peso ligero británico en el 2011. Ganó el título de peso ligero de la AMB con un nocaut en el quinto asalto sobre Darleys Pérez en noviembre del 2015, tras derribar a Pérez para el conteo con un cruel gancho de izquierda al hígado. Crolla defendió el cinturón con un triunfo por nocaut en el séptimo asalto contra Ismael Barroso, marcando el golpe final en una mano derecha al cuerpo. Perdió el título por decisión unánime competitiva ante Linares en septiembre del 2016, luego perdió la revancha inmediata por decisión unánime en marzo siguiente. Crolla obtuvo otra oportunidad por el título mundial al ser autor de tres victorias de decisión consecutivas, incluida una decisión unánime sobre el ex campeón mundial de peso Ricky Burns en octubre del 2017.

Ramírez (39-0, 25 KOs) está listo para dejar su marca en el peso semipesado después de haber logrado cinco defensas exitosas de su título mundial de la OMB. El nativo de Mazatlán, México, es un profesional de 10 años que ganó el título mundial en abril del 2016 con una decisión unánime sobre el campeón mundial de dos pesos, Arthur Abraham. En su última pelea, el 14 de diciembre en Corpus Christi, Texas, cerró la pelea con fuerza y derrotó a Jesse “Hollywood” Hart por decisión mayoritaria. Ramírez, quien no ha descartado regresar al peso súper mediano para defender su título, también tiene la vista puesta en los principales nombres de la división de peso semipesado. “Estoy muy motivado por todas las cosas nuevas que he estado haciendo para avanzar en mi carrera,” dijo Ramírez. “Estoy muy emocionado de pelear en el Staples Center por primera vez, ya que considero a Los Ángeles como mi segundo hogar. Sé que habrán muchos fanáticos latinos apoyándome. Quiero convertirme en un ídolo del boxeo mexicano, y nada me detendrá mientras trabajo para cumplir mis sueños. También estoy trabajando con un nuevo entrenador, Julian Chua, quien me está presionando para que sea el mejor peleador posible.” 
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Utilice el hashtag #LomaCrolla para seguir la conversación en las redes sociales.

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Hector Coronado Sings Managerial with Prince Ranch Boxing and Promotional with TMB & PRB Entertainment

Feb 21, 2019

HECTOR CORONADO

SIGNS WITH PRINCE RANCH BOXING AND TMB & PRB ENTERTAINMENT

SAN ANTONIO, TX (February 21, 2019) – Prince Ranch Boxing signs highly decorated amateur, Hector Coronado (1-0, 1 KO), to a managerial pact with TMB & PRB Entertainment, working as his promoter as his next bout will be February 23rd, 2019, at the Floresville Event Center, in Floresville, TX.   The event titled “Small Town Big Showdown” is being presented by TMB & PRB Entertainment.  The super welterweight, Coronado will face Kenny Williams, an experienced veteran, who will be taking his tenth professional bout when facing Coronado on Saturday. The 19-year old Coronado who resides in Del Rio, Texas, will campaign at the super-welterweight division.   He’ll look to continue his knockout ways as his first win was extremely dominate, scoring a fourth-round TKO over Carlos Eduardo Garcia on May 16th, 2018. “I am excited to have my career guided by experienced people,” said Coronado, who is managed by Greg Hannley, CEO of Prince Ranch Boxing. “To have a professional team around me as I march forward in my professional boxing career, is a blessing. Now it’s time for me to perform.” “I grew up here in Texas and did well as an amateur, and now it’s time shine as a professional,” Coronado continued. “Entertaining my friends, family, and new fans in the state I call home is going to be exciting. Come out and enjoy the show!” “Hector Coronadoi is a fine young man and his talent is extraordinary,” Greg Hannleysaid. “He’s a decorated amateur who is proud to represent Texas and is always looking to put on a show. I see him doing big things in this sport.” “We are thrilled that Coronado decided to sign with us,” said Rick Morones, of TBM & PRB Entertainment, who promotes the young fighter.  “We are busy building a young pool of talented fighters who can grow into world champions and Coronado is one of the fighters we believe will do so.”  “He just has all the things you want to see from a young fighter and he works hard,” stated Alex Draghici, of TMB & PRB Entertainment. “We’re very excited to see what the future holds for him.”
“Small Town Big Showdown” takes place at the Floresville Event Center on Feb. 23, 2019.  Tickets priced $25 General Admission, $80 Ringside and $800 VIP Tables (10 seats) are on sale now and can be purchased by calling (210) 449-5599 or (210) 322-9974.  The Floresville Event Center is located at 600 SH 97West, Floresville, TX 78114.  Doors open at 6:00 PM, first bell at 7:30 PM.

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UFC® AND CANADIAN ICON GEORGES ST-PIERRE RETIRES

Feb 21, 2019

UFC® AND CANADIAN ICON

GEORGES ST-PIERRE RETIRES

FORMER TWO-DIVISION CHAMPION EXITS SPORT WITH MOST WELTERWEIGHT TITLE DEFENCES

Montreal, Canada – UFC® legend and former two-division champion Georges St-Pierre announced his retirement from mixed martial arts (MMA) today at a press conference in Montreal. Widely considered the greatest welterweight champion of all time, he holds the record for the most 170-pound title defences at nine.

“It takes a lot of discipline to become and stay champion. It also takes a lot of discipline to stop while still feeling that you’re in the best physical and mental shape of your life but I’ve always planned to leave the sport when I’m at the top and in good health,” said St-Pierre (26-2, fighting out of Montreal, Canada). “I want to thank my family, my fans, my coaches, trainers and training partners, my sponsors and my agents for their indefectible support during all these years. I will forever be grateful for the work of Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta, as well as Dana White and all UFC employees for giving me the opportunity to showcase my skills before the world, from UFC 46 to UFC 217. I also want to thank each of my opponents. All of them are incredible athletes who brought out the best in me. I retire from competition with great pride at having had a positive impact on my sport. I intend to keep training and practicing martial arts for as long as I live and I look forward to watching the new generation of champions carry our sport into the future.”

During his time at the top of the weight class, St-Pierre earned spectacular victories over Nick Diaz, Carlos Condit, Jake Shields, B.J. Penn (twice) and Josh Koscheck (twice). He also avenged his sole losses to both Matt Hughes and Matt Serra. In November 2017, St-Pierre captured the middleweight championship with a thrilling third-round submission win against Michael Bisping.

“Georges has cemented his legacy as one of the pound-for-pound greatest fighters ever,” UFC President Dana White said. “He beat all the top guys during his welterweight title reign and even went up a weight class to win the middleweight championship. He spent years as one of the biggest names in MMA and remains one of the best ambassadors for the sport. He put Canada on the MMA map.”

Born in the small municipality of Saint-Isidore, Quebec, St-Pierre was frequently bullied by older and stronger students throughout his childhood. However, he used this conflict as fuel to dedicate himself to martial arts. After working his way up the ranks through Quebec regional promotion TKO MMA, he debuted on the big stage with a unanimous decision win over Karo Parisyan at UFC 46 in 2004. He won his first welterweight championship via knockout over Matt Hughes at UFC 65 in 2006. After losing the title to Matt Serra, he later recaptured the belt via TKO in their rematch at UFC 83 in Montreal. He then went on to secure nine consecutive defences before stepping away from competition indefinitely. Following a four-year hiatus, St-Pierre returned in November 2017 to defeat Michael Bisping at UFC 217 to become a two-division champion.

In 2011 St-Pierre set the largest UFC gate outside the U.S. at $12,075,000 when he headlined UFC 129 at Rogers Centre in Toronto. The event currently holds the second largest attendance in UFC history with 55,724 fans. St-Pierre won Sports Illustrated Fighter of the Year in 2009. He was named Rogers Sportsnet Canadian Athlete of the Year in 2008, 2009 and 2010. He was nominated for best fighter at the ESPY Awards in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2018. Outside the Octagon®, St-Pierre was featured in films Captain America: The Winter Soldierand Kickboxer: Vengeance.

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“MAD MAN” MARCOS HERNANDEZ

Feb 21, 2019

12 ROUNDS WITH MARCOS HERNANDEZ

Once-beaten middleweight says he’s ready to graduate from “The Contender” to title contention when he squares off with Jeison Rosario this Saturday on PBC on FS1.
 By Lem Satterfield – Premier Boxing Champions A lot has occurred in the life of Marcos Hernandez since he and Jeison Rosario fought to a draw in February 2018. It began when he was selected among 16 professional fighters to compete at 160 pounds on The Contender television series.Hernandez, 25, 13-1-1 (3 KOs), earned a split decision over Danny Valdivia in May and a unanimous verdict over Quantavious Cash in November to finish behind champion Brandon Adams and runner-up Shane Mosley Jr.This Saturday, February 23, he’ll square off against Rosario (17-1-1, 12 KOs) again, on the undercard of the WBC super middleweight title fight between Anthony Dirrell and Avni Yildirum at the Minneapolis Armory in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The bout will be televised on FS1 (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT).Has your Contender experience changed your life?I made more money last year than I had in the past. You’re getting weekly checks while you’re there being filmed. There’s a winner’s purse and a loser’s purse, and when I got sent home between fights after being cut over my right eye, they gave me the loser’s side even though I didn’t fight. That was very generous of them.Plus, I’ve received a lot of exposure. Once, in a hotel parking lot, there was this guy marveling at me, so excited to see me. That was a really cool feeling, having somebody so happy to see me. I have people coming to me at supermarkets wanting to take pictures. They know who I am now as a fighter. Beside Brandon Adams, I’m the only Contender who didn’t lose on the show.Any regrets?If I had the chance, I believe I would have beaten Shane Mosley if I hadn’t had to come home with the cut, but it’s time to move forward.I wouldn’t say I feel any more pressure heading into this fight as a result of being on the show, but I do want to show I’m a better fighter than the one who faced Rosario before.What is your proudest moment as a fighter?Beating Kevin Newman on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor in August 2017. I lost my previous fight in March to Kyrone Davis by split decision.Kyrone just out-boxed me. It’s a tough feeling to think you’re better than somebody but to lose, anyway. Against Davis, being honest with myself, my heart and mind weren’t in the ring with me.You took your father’s [Joseph “Joey” Hernandez] advice and replaced him as a trainer with Henry Ramirez.It was tough at first when my Dad first told me that I should find a new trainer. I thought he was giving up on me after losing one time. My mind was racing, but I got the call for the Newman fight, and my first camp with Henry Ramirez was great.Being able to bounce back from that loss and fighting at a weight above 160 for the first time, I showed everybody a lot. I went up 10 pounds from 153 to 163, I bounced back against an undefeated fighter, and I did it on a Floyd Mayweather card, beating him handily and knocking him down in the last round.What improvements have you made since the series?My father was very good at molding me into the fighter I became, allowing me to develop into a well-rounded boxer.Now, Henry Ramirez has tightened and refined some things within my style. I’m learning to sit down more on my punches, which is really translating into my power.  Continue Reading…

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