ESPN+ Acquires U.S. Broadcast Rights to Pacquiao-Matthysse

Jul 11, 2018

July 14: Pacquiao-Matthysse WBA Welterweight Title Fight Exclusively on ESPN+
ESPN+ Live Stream to begin at 9 p.m.  ET

(JULY 7, 2018) ‑ The next chapter in the storied career of former eight-division world champion and future first-ballot Hall of Famer, Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, will stream live and exclusively in the United States on Saturday, July 14 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN+ — the recently-launched multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer & International segment in conjunction with ESPN. This will be Pacquiao’s first fight since headlining cable television’s highest-rated and most-watched boxing telecast since 2006, when he fought Jeff Horn in July of 2017 on ESPN.

Pacquiao will challenge Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse for the WBA welterweight title at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In addition, in the world championship co-feature, Filipino power puncher Jhack Tepora (21-0, 16 KOs) will face Edivaldo “Indio” Ortega (26-1-1, 12 KOs) for the vacant WBA featherweight title. Pacquiao and Matthysse are expected to enter the ring at roughly 11:30 p.m. ET. ESPN+ is available to all fans on the ESPN App and ESPN.com.

Pacquiao-Matthysse will cap a full day of boxing on the ESPN family of networks, as Regis “Rougarou” Prograis will defend the WBC Diamond super lightweight title against Juan Jose Velasco, and lightweight sensation Teofimo Lopez will face William Silva, live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 7 p.m. ET and via streaming on the ESPN App from the Lakefront Arena in New Orleans. Undercard action from New Orleans will stream live on ESPN+ starting at 4:30 p.m. ET.

“I am very happy that all of my fans in America will have a chance to watch my next fight on ESPN+, and I am looking forward to putting on a show,” Pacquiao said. “Matthysse is a great opponent. I am training with all of my heart because I want to be champion again.”

“This extraordinary event only affirms ESPN’s commitment to providing boxing fans with the biggest and best fights in the sport,” said Bob Arum, Top Rank’s founder and CEO. “Manny Pacquiao is one of the greatest champions in boxing history, and his fight against Matthysse promises to be a sensational one.”

“This matchup is a perfect example of the world-class caliber of events we envisioned for ESPN+ when we announced our agreement with Top Rank,” said Burke Magnus, ESPN Executive Vice President of Programming and Scheduling. “Pacquiao vs. Matthysse, which will stream live and exclusively on ESPN+, shows the commitment we have to delivering fans the best of boxing year-round on our direct-to-consumer platform.”

Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs), the living legend from General Santos City, Philippines, will look to score his first knockout victory since 2009. Before losing the WBO welterweight world championship to Jeff Horn via controversial unanimous decision last July, Pacquiao recaptured the title on November 5, 2016 by defeating then-champion Jessie Vargas at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. In a career that has spanned more than two decades, Pacquiao has victories against legendary fighters like Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto, Juan Manuel Marquez, Shane Mosley, Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera, and Ricky Hatton.

Matthysse (39-4, 36 KOs) won the vacant WBA welterweight title Jan. 27 in Los Angeles with an eighth-round knockout over Thailand’s Tewa Kiram. One of boxing’s best punchers, pound-for-pound, he is an all-action brawler who has participated in multiple Fight of the Year contenders, including an 11th-round knockout win over John Molina in 2014 and a 12-round majority decision victory over Ruslan Provodnikov in 2015. Matthysse has won two straight since a 10th-round knockout loss to then-undefeated Viktor Postol on Oct. 3, 2015.

Upcoming exclusive boxing on ESPN+ includes the July 28 battle for the vacant World Boxing Organization 130-pound title as Puerto Rican star Christopher Diaz faces Masayuki Ito at the Kissimmee Civic Center.  Diaz-Ito will stream live and exclusively in the United States at 9:30 p.m. ET with undercard action starting at 6:30 p.m. ET.

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Entrenamiento de Medios: José Ramírez Regresa a Casa Para Defender Su Título

Jul 5, 2018

Entrenamiento de Medios:
José Ramírez Regresa a Casa Para Defender Su Título

 Ramirez defenderá su título superligero del CMB ante Danny O’Connor

EN VIVO este sábado en el  Save Mart Center, a las 9:30 p.m. ET por ESPN
(Credito de Fotos: Mark Davis)
FRESNO, Calif. (4 de julio del 2018) – Se acerca el día en el cual José Ramírez defenderá su título miundial en casa. Ramírez, el campeón superligero del CMB, hará la primera defensa de su título contra Danny O’Connor el sábado en el Save Mart Center en Fresno, a poca distancia de Avenal, la ciudad natal de Ramírez.

El combate Ramírez vs. O’Connor y el enfrentamiento de peso welter a 10 asaltos entre Egidijus Kavaliauskas y Juan Carlos Abreu serán televisados en vivo por ESPN y ESPN Deportes comenzando a las 9:30 p.m. ET.

Toda la cartelera se mostrará en ESPN+ a partir de las 6:30 p.m. incluyendo el combate del contendiente de peso pesado Andy Ruiz Jr. (30-1, 20 KOs) contra Kevin Johnson (32-9-1, 16 KOs); al invicto contendiente mexicoamericano Andy ‘El Tiburón’ Vences (20-0-1, 12 KOs) contra Frank De Alba (22-3-2, 9 KOs) en una pelea de 10 asaltos en peso superpluma, y el niño prodigio de 18 años Gabe Flores Jr. (8-0, 5 KOs) contra James De Herrera (4-3, 3 KOs) en una reyerta de peso ligero a seis asaltos.

Esto fue lo que los peleadores tuvieron que decir.

Jose Ramírez

“Ha sido una experiencia hermosa desde que me convertí en campeón mundial. Estoy muy agradecido por todas las bendiciones. Soy una persona muy agradecida y espero que todos se sientan orgullosos de mi como campeón. Mis fanáticos me han visto crecer como peleador.”

“Este fue mi sueño. Desde que era pequeño, quería convertirme en campeón mundial y luego poder defender el título frente a los fanáticos del Valle Central. Eso estará sucediendo el sábado.”

“Como peleador, quiero aprender más y más. Quiero seguir afinando mis habilidades. Quiero ser un peleador completo y ahora aún más que soy un campeón mundial. Estoy listo para luchar contra los mejores campeones y despejar todas las dudas sobre quién es el mejor peleador en la división.”

Robert García

“Esta es nuestra primera pelea trabajando juntos y no quiero que José cambie mucho. Esta pelea será similar a lo que la gente ha visto de él anteriormente. Creo que los fanáticos comenzarán a notar los ajustes en los cuales hemos trabajado después de nuestro segundo campamento de entrenamiento juntos. Tendremos más tiempo para trabajar.”

“Tenemos que presionar a O’Connor y tenemos que ir al cuerpo. Esas son dos cosas que José ha sido muy bueno durante toda su carrera.”

“Su gancho de izquierda al cuerpo es muy fuerte, pero su jab izquierdo es el más fuerte que he sentido como entrenador.”

“Siempre hay fuegos artificiales cada vez que José pelea, pero como este es el fin de semana del 4 de julio, los fuegos artificiales serán aún mejores.”

Danny O’Connor

“No sientio presión de entrar en su territorio para pelear contra él. Soy bombero y usualmente corro hacia edificios en llamas. No hay presión en absoluto. Al final del día vamos a ser solo él y yo dentro del ring. Entiendo que los fans lo estarán animando porque esta es su ciudad natal, pero eso no me molesta. Estoy aquí para hacer lo que hago. Esto es solo otro combate de boxeo y podría ser en el planeta Marte por todo lo que me importa. Voy a dejar Fresno con el título mundial súperligero del CMB.”

Egidijus Kavaliauskas

“Los fanáticos pueden esperar una gran pelea de mi parte el sábado. Cada vez que me meto en el ring trato de darle a los fanáticos una pelea entretenida. Quiero mostrarles lo que puedo hacer. Aunque siempre estoy sonriendo; soy muy malvado en el ring. Es por eso que me llaman ‘The Mean Machine’.”

“Siento que estoy listo para retar por un título mundial. Retar al ganador de Pacquiao vs. Matthysse será un sueño hecho realidad para mi.”

Andy Vences

“Sé que estaré peleando contra un oponente muy duro en Frank De Alba. Él es alguien que definitivamente no pasaré por alto. Estoy concentrado en la pelea y estoy listo para mostrar quién es ‘El Tiburón’.”

Sobre su empate contra De Léon

“Fue una pelea muy dura, pero sigo pensando que gané la pelea. Ya puse eso en el pasado. Es por eso que este sábado todos verán cuánto he mejorado como peleador.”

Gabe Flores Jr.

“Quiero seguir creciendo y mejorando como peledor.” Este es un deporte que debes tomar en serio. Y yo lo hago. Yo como, duermo, todo es boxeo para mi. Para esta pelea, trabajamos mucho en nuestro trabajo de pies. Usaremos eso para atacar en ángulos.”

Andy Ruiz

“He estado entrenando con Manny Robles en Legendz Boxing Gym en Norwalk, California. Me siento genial allí. Siento que su estilo y mi estilo es una combinación perfecta.”

“Quiero pelear con todos los grandes nombres. Cuantas más peleas me den, mejor estaré. Ya es hora de que vuelva a pelear contra uno de esos grandes nombres de la división de los pesados. Este es mi turno de montar un buen espectáculo y pasar a peleas más grandes. Estoy listo.”

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CANELO ALVAREZ AND GENNADY ‘GGG’ GOLOVKIN FACEBOOK SATELLITE PRESS CONFERENCE

Jul 4, 2018
CANELO ALVAREZ AND GENNADY ‘GGG’ GOLOVKIN FACEBOOK SATELLITE PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT, AUDIO AND VIDEO
 
Tickets on Sale Now!
 
LOS ANGELES (July 3, 2018): MAURICIO PEDROZA: To everyone, watching on Facebook Live today, we want to hear from you. Leave your questions for the fighters, the promoters in the comments section below for a chance to have your questions answered live on the air today.
So stay tuned for that. All right. Let’s get this started. Let’s go straight to our fighters, to our promotors and we go live to Guadalajara, Mexico.
Both fighters have already started their training camps and we will introduce everyone around this fantastic fight. Joining Canelo from his gym in Guadalajara is his manager and co-trainer Jose “Chepo” Reynoso, his trainer Eddy Reynoso, and the and chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, Oscar De La Hoya who will open our press conference with a few remarks.
Oscar, welcome.
OSCAR DE LA HOYA: Thank you very much. Thank you for having us. I want to express my gratitude to everybody around the world watching us live for the first time ever holding a press conference on Facebook. We greatly appreciate the support, and today, as of 10:00 in the morning, tickets went on sale. They are going extremely well, extremely fast, and we are grateful to all the fans who can be watching live on September 15 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
I want to thank Team Canelo. I want to thank Team GGG for making this fight once again for the fans. The fans got to witness an incredible, incredible fight the first time around, and we strongly believe that the second fight will be a continuation, round No. 13, of their first fight televised live on HBO Pay-Per-View.
The telecast does begin at 8:00 Eastern. This will give an opportunity for the fans across the globe to watch this fight at an earlier time. So we want to thank HBO and their teams.
Mauricio Pedroza: Thank you, Oscar.
Joining GGG live from the summit gym in bear, California is his trainer, Abel Sanchez and promotor for GGG, Tom Loeffler, who will also begin with a few remarks. Tom?
TOM LOEFFLER: Today, this rematch really feels like it’s a much bigger event than the first time. There was a lot of controversy around the scoring for the first fight, and both guys don’t want to leave it in the judges’ hands this time.
We’re up here where Abel Sanchez has his training camp in Big Bear, California. GGG is training to make a much more decisive victory over Canelo the second time around. You see we have all the titles here.
GGG is the champion, and if Canelo wants to become a champion, he actually has to fight and try to take the titles away.
So we are looking forward to seeing everyone September 15 at T-Mobile and on HBO Pay-Per-View.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: Tom, thank you very much.
So first question is for you, Canelo. What happened, and what would you like to say to your fans that were disappointed in you?
CANELO ALVAREZ: The reason for the cancellation, we all talked about that. The main thing is the fight got here, the fight got done. I did it for the fans. This is the fight you wanted to see and come September 15, I can assure you it will be a much better fight than what you would have seen in May.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: How disappointed were you the fight didn’t happen in May?
GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN: Of course we were all disappointed. I was disappointed and the fans were disappointed that this first May 15 bout didn’t happen, but right now everybody is happy that we all agreed to have this next fight on September 15.
So both us and our fans should be happy.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: Gennady, do you really believe the reason Canelo tested positive for clenbuterol was tainted meat?
GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN: First of all, I respect the fighters of the level of Canelo, and the fact that they screwed up, it was not my decision to disqualify him, and I think it was a team failure, but it doesn’t matter right now. It doesn’t matter right now. It’s important that we’re going to have a fight.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: Abel Sanchez, do you believe the reason Canelo tested positive for clenbuterol was tainted meat? You were very vocal when this news first came around that Canelo might be suspended.
ABEL SANCHEZ: We had been waiting for the commission to do their investigation, and come on, whatever the findings were, unfortunately they made a mistake. We have a fight on our hands September 15. They found him innocent of anything, any wrongdoing, so we have to go with that.
My personal feelings have nothing to do or should have nothing to do with the actual findings of the commission.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: But why are you saying you think they made a mistake? What mistake did they make?
ABEL SANCHEZ: Well, they felt that he made a mistake. They felt that he ingested some bad beef. Hopefully this time that they are in Mexico, he doesn’t do that again. We’d like to have a fight on the 15th and the fans deserve that.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: Even though your rematch against Canelo Alvarez says was cancelled, you still fought in May in Los Angeles at the StubHub Center against Vanes “Nightmare” Martirosyan. What were you trying to prove in the fight?
GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN: Well, because I like to be active, I like this box, I like this sport, and I like the fans. You know, the fans wanted me to fight, and why shouldn’t I? Why shouldn’t I fight, particularly on such an important day, May the 5th.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: Did you watch GGG’s fight in May?
CANELO ALVAREZ: Yes. Yes, I did see the fight in May. Of course I would. He’s the opponent that I have at hand and that’s my job to watch him.
As far as what I thought about the fight, look, you can’t call that a fight. You have no opponent. That’s not my level of opponent. I didn’t pay attention as far as that being a fight.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: Oscar, could you take us through the negotiations that have taken place over the last few months?
OSCAR DE LA HOYA: The negotiations are the negotiations. The bottom line is that we have a fight. Obviously we know who the A side is, and that’s Canelo Alvarez.
We obviously know that all of Mexico is behind Canelo Alvarez. Everywhere I go, everywhere we walk, the Mexican National is behind Canelo Alvarez, and I strongly believe that, look, Canelo going into the ring last, wanting to win those belts, for honor and pride.
You know, he’s going to show it up in the ring, and we strongly feel that you know, it’s a big advantage and once that first bell rings, you know, we have a fight.
So we strongly feel that, look, whatever the negotiations were, we’re extremely happy with and the fans are going to be even happier when they see a fight on September 15.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: Tell us why is it so important for this rematch to take place on September 15? So important, that you had to put up your own money to make happen.
OSCAR DE LA HOYA: Well, that was the big hail maker — I mean, you know, we can all here talk about percentages and this and that but there was a few things that I had to throw in myself.
But the bottom line is, is that look, Canelo has the bigger piece of the pie, and because he’s the champion, he’s the draw. He’s the one that brings in the people. On September 15, you will have millions and millions of fans supporting Canelo and supporting GGG, as well.
But this fight had to be made because we didn’t want to experience another Hagler/Hearns or Hagler/Sugar Ray Leonard because we didn’t see the second fight that didn’t take place. We didn’t want to see – like Trinidad and myself, we didn’t see the second fight.
So this fight had to take place. The first time was a draw and finally we have it. September 15, will be such an important day for boxing. I strongly feel that the way this fight is going to turn out, the fans are going to be extremely happy, extremely proud and boxing will once again rise to the pinnacle of where it should be.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: Why is it so important for GGG, for this fight to take place and to make the compromises GGG has had to take in order to ensure the rematch? For example, letting go of your position that the percentage for the rematch should be an even and even split.
TOM LOEFFLER: On our side we know who the champion is. It doesn’t matter who is announced first. Doesn’t matter whose name appears first on the poster.
GGG is the champion. He’s going to walk in with his belts and the important thing is he’s going to walk out with his belts. There were a lot of back and forth with the negotiations but again, we have to give both fighters credit. We have to give GGG credit. We have to give Canelo credit. We have to give Oscar and Golden Boy Promotions credit.
The bottom line is, we are not just talking about the rematch. We are actually seeing the rematch happen September 15. A lot of fighters can’t even fight the first time, and here are two of the biggest stars in boxing fighting the rematch.
Neither side wants to let it go to the judges. Canelo is predicting a KO. GGG doesn’t want to go through the same thing he went through last year in September — where his fate is in the hands of three people. He wants to make sure he controls his destiny and wants to make sure there’s going to be no question who walks out of the ring as the champion on September 15.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: We heard Oscar describing why Canelo Alvarez is the main man in this fight, so why do you think you deserve a 50/50 split?
GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN: I always believe that and I know Oscar says, and I not always agree with what Oscar says. For example, I don’t believe all Mexico will be rooting for Canelo. I understand that all Oscar think that Canelo is the main locomotive behind this fight, but I think we’re both worthy of this fight.
As far as the 45 to 55, yes, we made a concession. I think that we make a big concession, but I think it’s right now, it’s the most important thing that we are going to have a fight and our fans will love it.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: Canelo, Gennady just said he doesn’t believe that whole of Mexico will be rooting for you. Do you agree, and why do you think GGG believes he has some part of the Mexican fans behind him?
CANELO ALVAREZ: Look, I’ve always had detractors, regardless I’m fighting him or who I’m fighting. There’s always that side of the fans that are the detractors, but I have much more, many more, that love and support me.
And now, that little respect that I had or that we had, it’s been lost, and come September 15, it’s just him and I in the ring, whether I have the support or not. It’s just going to be him and I, and he’ll see.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: Now I want to go back to Oscar De La Hoya. As a fighter, does being in a fight like this motivate you more in training camp, especially when you just heard Canelo saying he doesn’t respect GGG anymore?
OSCAR DE LA HOYA: Well, that’s exactly what a fighter needs, and that’s exactly why this fight is going to be such a great fight.
Like Canelo said, the little respect they had for each other is out the window, and when you’re a fighter and you have no respect for your opponent, magic happens. Magic takes place inside the ring. You train harder in the gym. You run extra miles. You assure yourself that you’re in tiptop shape but more importantly it’s mental, the mental aspect of it is at its highest level. That’s why I think that these bullfighters are going to be in tiptop shape come September 15 and we will see an amazing fight.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: As a fight fan and promotor, how excited are you for the fight and how excited shot fans be for the fight?
TOM LOEFFLER: Not only as a promotor but as a boxing fight, this is the fight everyone is looking forward to. This is the fight the fans are looking forward to, that the media has been asking about.
And GGG, I get a lot of comments, a lot of messages on social media from fans in Mexico saying, please knock out Canelo, don’t let it in the judges’ hands this time and GGG is going to come out that way.
I know Oscar is down there in Mexico with Canelo. Make sure, Canelo, less Mexican meat, more Mexican style this time, September 15. Make sure everything goes the right way.
There’s two warriors getting in the ring. The gloves are off this time around. Both guys, you know, feel disrespected by what happened last May 5, so I think the fans are going to win coming up September 15 when these guys get in the ring with each other.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: Oscar De La Hoya on May 15 Tweeted the following, “In the meantime, @GGGBoxing making 3million and #Canelo making 40million without you. #signthecontract. #scared. #CaneloGGG2. #stopcrying.”
We just talked about respect. Gennady, how do you respond to this, to what Oscar De La Hoya had to say about you on May 11?
GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN: Oscar De La Hoya can say a lot of things, and it’s not always correct.
As far as the money concerned, I’m a fighter, and I go and work, do my work. I fight. As far as Oscar De La Hoya, I suggest that he should take care of his own fighter and if he wants him to make more money, let’s have a fight. Put him on the ring.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: I want to go back to Abel. This quote from Canelo Alvarez, this past week on RingTV.com, “The truth is that this fight means a lot to me because of all that has happened and all that has been said.”
Alvarez said, Friday, one day officially before tickets go on sale, “I will prove with my fists that I am the best and Golovkin will eat all his words and speculations. I will demonstrate who the best when I defeat Golovkin soundly on September 11 during Independence Day weekend, and I will make it clear that Mexican boxing is the best.”
Abel, do you think Canelo has what it takes to knockout GGG?
ABEL SANCHEZ: All those same things were said prior to the first fight and it ended up being a track meet.
I think that on the 15th when Oscar and Canelo were having breakfast, Oscar needs to remind him, he needs to bring his courage to the venue that night because he’s going to need it.
If he intends to knock out Golovkin, he’s going to have to fight him. And if he fights him, he’s going to get knocked out. I said that before; he would have gotten knocked out the first time, but he decided to make it a track meet that night.
But if he comes to fight and if he comes to knock out Golovkin as he said he’s going to; if he doesn’t defraud the fans again, then he’s going to get knocked out. I’ve said it and I’ll say it again.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: Canelo, you just heard Abel saying you didn’t want to fight the first time. I want to go back to you now and let you answer that statement because it seems like from GGG’s camp, you were never willing to engage during the fight. Will this time be any different?
CANELO ALVAREZ: I did my fight. I did what I set out to do. I did what I trained to do but I did a great fight.
But on September 15, I’m going to do the necessary adjustments and the necessary things to win. This man just likes to talk. He likes to talk a lot and bring up every excuse possible, but you’ll see, on September 15, what Canelo Alvarez is all about and what he’s capable of doing.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: Gennady, you just heard Canelo saying that was his fight, that was his strategy, but he says it’s going to be different.
How about from your side? How different is your strategy going to be to face with Canelo once again?
GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN: As the champion, I know my strategy and of course in this upcoming fight, a lot will depend on Canelo and the more Canelo had show, the more interesting will be the fight.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: Eddy, why is your fighter the better fighter?
EDDY REYNOSO: He’s a fighter with more arguments. He has more talent and is more versatile. He knows how to walk in the ring and make you miss, counterpunch, attack. I mean, he has the total package.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: Chepo, what did you learn from that first fight that can expose GGG’s weaknesses?
CHEPO REYNOSO: He’s an intelligent fighter and regardless of what people thought, I thought he clearly won the fight, clearly but come September 15, I can assure you two things. Not only is he going to take away GGG’s undefeated record, he’s also going to shut up Mr. Abel Sanchez.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: Abel, you just heard Canelo saying, we’ll see a different Canelo, even Chepo Reynoso said we’ll see a different Canelo. What did you learn from Canelo Alvarez on the first fight, and do you think we’ll see a different Canelo Ãlvarez September 15?
ABEL SANCHEZ: Well, in the first 40-some fights we saw Canelo fight, he fought a totally different fight and he promised the fans he was going to give them the same type of action against Golovkin. After the first couple rounds, he found out he couldn’t.
I hope September 15 coming up is different because I think the fans deserve what we have been promising them. Golovkin fights in his style. He’s the champion. He’s going to go at Canelo, and if Canelo thinks he can knock him out, then I think we’ll see a classic fight.
It doesn’t matter how smart Canelo is, when he gets hit and he get hurt, he’s going to be knocked out. Smarts have nothing to do with it. He’s going to get hit and get hurt.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: Several times Sanchez called Alvarez a cheater after all the controversy surrounding his suspension. How did that make you feel, and what do you think of Abel Sanchez as a trainer?
CHEPO REYNOSO: I think Abel Sanchez likes to talk. He talks too much. At the end of the day it’s going to be Canelo Alvarez and GGG fighting with their fists and not with their mouths. He likes to be the star of the movie, and it’s not him.
This is about Canelo and GGG. And what we need to do as corner men, as trainers, is do our job quietly because it’s not about us.
Abel, learn to be quiet, please.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: Oscar, what have you seen so far from Canelo’s team and the way they are preparing for September 15?
OSCAR DE LA HOYA: Well, it’s clear that for team canal low, it’s a totally different mind-set. It’s a totally different fight. Just being an ex-fighter myself, I know what type of preparations you must do in order to fulfill your goal, to fulfill your goal come September 15 against GGG, and I can assure you, I mean, it’s clear that Canelo is in a stronger state of mind. There’s obviously bad blood, and therefore, that’s why it’s going to be an amazing fight.
Look, Canelo, yes, he can box. He can move. He’s the more skillful fighter. He can do all that stuff, but he can also fight. And GGG hasn’t seen that, but I’ll assure you one thing: Come September 15, it’s all business. It’s all going in there and proving not to everyone who is watching but proving to GGG that he’s the better fighter.
So will Canelo be in different shape? Will he be in better shape in will he be stronger, faster? He’s going to be all that, and then some.
So on our side, we strongly feel they haven’t seen Canelo the way they are going to see him September 15. We have seen GGG. We know what he does. All he does is come forward and fights and that’s it. Canelo has many other things he does, so come September 15, you’ll be able to witness them.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: Oscar, I want to give you a chance to respond to one of Tom’s comments, also Gennady’s comments, when they say that Mexico is actually split. It’s divided. Not everyone is rooting for Canelo, and some Mexicans are rooting for Gennady Golovkin.
OSCAR DE LA HOYA: Everybody has their fans. Everybody has their fans. There’s a reason why when Canelo fights on HBO Pay-Per-View, which he’s the only Pay-Per-View star in boxing, there’s a reason why they support him. There’s a reason why he generates the numbers he does. There’s a reason why the gates are so high. There’s a reason why the numbers are so high.
Look, every fighter has their naysayers, and every fighter has their non-supporters, but the truth of the matter is that Canelo has millions and millions of fans all over the world just like GGG.
But we have to recognize one thing; that Canelo is the Mexican champion, the star of Mexico, the star of boxing.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: GGG, you just heard Canelo Alvarez saying how he has lost some respect for you. Let me ask you something. Have you also lost respect for Canelo Alvarez, the boxer, or even the person?
GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN: Respect is respect. We have different mentality. We have different understanding of what respect is. I think Canelo team, by doing what they did, and they lost some respect from their fans. But it’s not important.
I do have respect to all the fighters, all the athletes, all the champions who fight at this level, and I think at the very end, we will find a way to shake each other’s hand, regardless what the outcome, regardless what we think before the fight. As two men, we should be able to stand against each other and shake each other’s hand at the end.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: I remember before the first fight, you both were behaving in a very respectful manner. Why does this time feel like more personal to you, actually to both of you, but for you, is this personal this time?
CANELO ALVAREZ: Yes, absolutely, it’s changed, totally. They disrespected me for everything they have been saying, everything they have been doing, all their actions. Now it’s different. It’s personal.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: A lot has been said from both camps about you and GGG, but one of your biggest critics so far is Abel Sanchez, and you haven’t really talked to him yet, so we’ll give that you opportunity to address him correctly.
What do you want to say to Abel Sanchez who is listening to you right now live?
CANELO ALVAREZ: I have nothing to say to him. He knows what I think of him.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: Abel, what do you think about Canelo? He’s listening now. You’ve talked a lot about him, as well.
ABEL SANCHEZ: I talked about him because of what his actions have been and I think the consequences it has caused for us as a team here, the GGG team.
He’s an exceptional fighter. Two guys at the top of their game are going to duke is out on the 15th. I hope we get the kind of fight that we are expecting.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: Gennady, is there anything you would like to say to him?
GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN: Well, I want to tell him that we should be ready for the fight. You know, we should be ready for his fight for us. We should be ready for his fight for our fans. We should get ready. I think we should both be in the best shape for this fight, and the better we will be for this fight; the more, the sweetest taste the victory will have for us.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: Canelo, you have the floor. What do you have to say to Gennady Golovkin?
CANELO ALVAREZ: Nothing. We’ll see you September 15.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: And to all of you watching, is there anything you would like to say to GGG? Is there anything you would like to say to Canelo? Let us know in the comments section below for a chance to have your questions answered directly. But before we check out what the fans have been posting in that comments section below, let me ask you one question to all of you in our Facebook Live broadcast.
I want to start with Gennady Golovkin. Why aren’t we all hanging out in the same room? Why are you in Big Bear, California? Why is Canelo in Guadalajara, and why aren’t we shaking hands in person?
GGG, I’ll start with you.
GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN: We are in a space, we are in a room where it’s best for all of us and which is more comfortable for all of us. It’s better to meet on September 15 and show all the best of what we can demonstrate.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: Canelo, usually when we are promoting a fight, we have both boxers looking at each other, sometimes shaking hands, sometimes having a little more action than that.
Why didn’t you want to face Gennady Golovkin before September 15? Why didn’t you want to be in the same room with him at the same time?
CANELO ALVAREZ: I assure you we’ll see each other face-to-face before September 15. We already got the tour and we already got the promotion. It wasn’t necessary for this one. But I’ll see him very soon.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: That’s fair. Well, we certainly have a lot to look forward to this September 15. In just a moment, we will open the phones to ask questions from members of the media.
Q. This is for Canelo. As a Mexican, do you believe Abel Sanchez deserves a handshake? Can you actually shake Abel Sanchez’s hands?
CANELO ALVAREZ: He deserves that and much more.
Q. Canelo, real quick, do you feel like the things that Abel and Gennady are saying to you about making this a toe-to-toe fight just a tactic to draw you in, when it may make more sense for you to box yourself to victory in this fight?
CANELO ALVAREZ: Yes, that’s probably their tactic. You know what, the sentiment that I have inside of me, it’s going to help me a lot, intelligently, to bring out what I have to do. I know what I have to do.
Q. This first question is for Canelo. There are lots of rumours that have spread around about you wearing a knee wrap in different pictures. Is there anything wrong with the knee and can you address that?
CANELO ALVAREZ: Simply put, it’s a brace just to support. I’ve been training really hard. It’s part of rehabilitation and I’ve been working really hard, and that is not going to be a problem, trust me.
Q. The numbers from your last fight show that GG out-landed you by 49 punches and out-threw you by 198. Do you feel that you need to increase your work rate in order to win the rematch?
CANELO ALVAREZ: Yes, that’s part of the plan and part of what we are working on. Yes, we know what we have to do, and yes, we have to throw more punches. To win fights, you have to throw punches, and that’s what I do in all my fights.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: Now it’s time to take a look at the questions and comments for the fighters and their teams on Facebook Live. We’ll go straight to that. We’ll start with Rob.
Q. Asking them both, what will be the difference from the first fight? Gennady, what do you think will be the difference from fight No. 1?
GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN: I think this fight will be interesting. It will be tougher fight. It will be fiercer fight and I think we made our conclusion from the first fight, and this fight will be more colorful and more interesting.
Q. Canelo, what do you think the difference will be from the first fight?
CANELO ALVAREZ: Without a doubt it’s going to be a different fight. It’s going to be a better fight.
Look, we know what we have to do. I’m going it take even a stronger strategy, a better strategy, and it’s going to be a much better fight. We already know each other. Now we know what we have to do.
Q. To Team GGG, are you doing anything different in this camp from the last time you fought Canelo?
ABEL SANCHEZ: We prepare ourselves and we prepare Gennady to be the best Gennady can be. We won the first fight. A lot of people know we won the last fight. He knows he won the last fight.
Some adjustments obviously will be made in camp but Gennady fights in a style that is not only fan-pleasing but a style that he has mastered with a 23-knockout streak, in, what, 20 defenses, making it the 21st on the 15th. I think that’s the best in history. He’s tied Hopkins’ record. He’s got a knockout ratio, the best in middleweight history. I think the changes are going to be minimal. But I think it’s all going to defend if Canelo brings his courage.
Q. Gennady, are you doing anything different for this second fight, this rematch?
GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN: No. As always, I’m going 100 percent what I need to do and I’ll be ready 100 percent for this fight.
Q. Can you talk about your impressive footwork and mobility in the first fight, and now that you’ve had surgery on your knee, do you think your footwork might be even better in the rematch?
CANELO ALVAREZ: That’s always been part of my arsenal. I know how to move inside the ring. The knee is not a problem. We’ve been working hard now and we’ve been training here and it hasn’t given me any issues and if it does come up during the fight that it gives me problems, we’ll already have a Plan B, a strategy, behind that, as well.
MAURICIO PEDROZA: Thank you, everyone, for joining us today watching this special Facebook live GGG special event. A reminder that tickets for September 15 are on sale now and they are going fast. You can also join Canelo GGG September 15 live from the T Mobile Arena on Pay-Per-View.
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UFC FLYWEIGHT CHAMPION DEMETRIOUS JOHNSON HEADLINES EA SPORTS UFC 3 ICON EDITION

Jul 4, 2018

UFC FLYWEIGHT CHAMPION DEMETRIOUS JOHNSON HEADLINES EA SPORTS UFC 3 ICON EDITION

Game Now Includes UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz and 2018 UFC Hall of Fame inductee Matt Serra, 

along with UFC / PRIDE legends Mirko Cro Cop and Wanderlei Silva and fan favorite Kimbo Slice for All Players

 

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – July 3, 2018 – Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) today provided the best reason yet to step inside UFC’s world-famous Octagon® with the launch of EA SPORTS UFC 3 Icon Edition, headlined by UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson, whose record 11 successful title defenses are the most in UFC® history. In addition to delivering standout features like the new G.O.A.T. Career mode and Real Player Motion Tech that revolutionizes character movement, the Icon Edition adds legendary and fan-requested fighters such as UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz, former UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra, former PRIDE FC middleweight champion Wanderlei Silva, former PRIDE FC world open-weight grand prix champion Mirko Cro Cop and fan favorite Kimbo Slice. Current EA SPORTS UFC 3 owners will also receive all five of the new legendary athletes that were added and more key gameplay updates for free in today’s content release.

“This one is for all the hard-working gamers out there. Games are a big part of my life, so to be on a cover of an EA SPORTS game for the first time ever, that’s incredibly special,” UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson said. “I worked hard to get here, and it’s a great feeling to be immortalized as an Icon.”

The Icon Edition also includes one permanent champion fighter and move in UFC Ultimate Team for players to choose from, including Demetrious Johnson, former UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor, former UFC women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk, former two-time UFC welterweight and former UFC middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre or former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, as well as additional UFC Ultimate Team content.

EA SPORTS UFC 3 Icon Edition is available now through July 17 for Xbox One and PlayStation®4 for $39.99. To learn more about EA SPORTS UFC 3 visithttps://www.ea.com/games/ufc/ufc-3. EA Access members receive a 10 percent discount when they purchase a digital version of EA SPORTS UFC 3 on Xbox Live.*

For more information about EA SPORTS games, including news, video, blogs, forums and game apps, please visit https://www.ea.com/games/ufc/ufc-3 to connect, share and compete.

About Electronic Arts
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In fiscal year 2018, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $5.2 billion. Headquartered in Redwood City, California, EA is recognized for a portfolio of critically acclaimed, high-quality brands such as The Sims™, Madden NFL, EA SPORTS™
FIFA, Battlefield™, Need for Speed™, Dragon Age™ and Plants vs. Zombies™. More information about EA is available at www.ea.com/news.

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GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS PARTNERS WITH FACEBOOK TO BRING LIVE BOXING FOR FREE TO THE WORLD

Jul 2, 2018
GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS PARTNERS WITH FACEBOOK TO
BRING LIVE BOXING FOR FREE TO THE WORLD
MAIN EVENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN SERIES
LOS ANGELES (July 2, 2018): Golden Boy Promotions is excited to launch an innovative partnership with Facebook to bring live boxing and original programming to a global community of fans on the platform.
The first of five live fight nights on Facebook will debut on August 11 and will feature Jesus Rojas (26-1-2, 19 KOs) defending his WBA World Featherweight Title against Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr . (26-1, 14 KOs) at the world-famous Avalon Theater in Hollywood. The second live fight will feature light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera (21-2, 14 KOs) against a soon-to-be announced opponent on August 18 from the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
August 11 LIVE from The Avalon in Hollywood
Jesus Rojas (26-1-2, 19 KOs)
WBA World Featherweight Champion
Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr. (26-1, 14 KOs)
Golden Boy Promotions is also proud to announce that Kathy Duva’s Main Events will participate in the live series. The action will be available to fans in the U.S. on Facebook Watch and globally via the Golden Boy Promotions Page.
“This game-changing deal for the sport of boxing places Golden Boy Promotions and its stable of fighters at the intersection of live sports mega-casting and ultimate fan engagement. Our team is now positioned to present world-class boxing from Silicon Valley, to Madison Avenue, to Hollywood and to the rest of the world. The reach of Facebook is just incredible, and our sponsorship conversations will truly resonate with brands across all categories,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions.
Golden Boy Media and Entertainment will serve as the production entity producing the live fights and original programming. De La Hoya will serve as Executive Producer and will invoke his extremely high standards across the board and push for entirely new approaches to presenting the sport to the Facebook audience. For example, the live broadcasts will incorporate the real-time fan interaction and engagement made possible by Facebook’s social video platform.
“We’re thrilled to team with Golden Boy Promotions to make Facebook a home for championship-caliber boxing this year,” said Devi Mahadevia, North America Live Sports Programming Lead at Facebook. “Through this unique partnership, a global community of sports fans will have free access to some of boxing’s most exciting live bouts and be able to interact with the action like never before.”
The deal has several underlying elements that will work in harmony to heighten the sport of boxing on a global scale. The live boxing series will be bolstered with strategic shoulder programming, including rebroadcasts of past fights featuring commentary from the boxers themselves. Shoulder programming will also feature major celebrities, prominent influencers, and top-tier boxing authorities from print, TV and the internet. The debut episode of this complementary content will be on July 13, with details to be announced.
This blueprint follows Golden Boy’s charter to produce live and original programming for its distribution partners and its owned operated channels such as CaneloGGG.com, GoldenBoyPPV.com, ESPN, and RingTV.com.
“Our goal is to provide the best fights in the world to the largest audiences across the globe. Through our amazing partnership with Facebook, Golden Boy Promotions can now truly grow the sport organically. We now have the ability to reach and speak to younger fans, while at the same time making our fighters and matches available to a larger audience for free on the world’s strongest and most prolific social media platform,” said Eric Gomez, President of Golden Boy Promotions.
With Golden Boy’s commitment to making the world’s greatest fights, they have partnered with Kathy Duva’s Main Events. This unique partnership will beautifully cultivate boxing on Facebook as it bolsters the number of world-class fighters to be featured and will ensure that audiences are treated with the best matchups possible.
Main Events CEO, Kathy Duva, said, “Main Events has a rich history in this sport; boxing is in our DNA. For too long, promotional companies have been at odds over a limited number of television dates. We look now to a future with Facebook with unlimited opportunity, where promoters can work together to best serve the interests of the fighters and fans all over the world.”
Boxing is changing. The way the sport is watched is changing. Golden Boy Promotions is adapting to these changes to ensure that it remains at the pinnacle of the sport for years to come. This revolutionary deal will give fans great matchups at no cost, thus powering the sport for growth across new and existing demographics.
To stay up-to-date on the latest Golden Boy Promotions content and add episodes to their Watchlists, fans should follow the Golden Boy Promotions Page.
About Golden Boy Promotions:
Los Angeles-based Golden Boy Promotions was established in 2002 by Oscar De La Hoya, the first Hispanic to own a national boxing promotional company. Golden Boy Promotions is one of boxing’s most active and respected promoters, presenting shows in packed venues around the United States on networks such as HBO, ESPN, ESPN Deportes and EstrellaTV.
About Facebook Watch:
Facebook Watch is a place to discover and enjoy shows on Facebook. Home to a wide range of shows – from scripted comedy and drama, to competition and reality series, to individual creators and live sports – Facebook Watch is a video platform where episodic content, community and conversation come together. This is a personalized viewing experience, where you can discover new series based on what your friends are watching and catch up on the shows you follow. Facebook Watch is available for free on mobile apps across Apple and Android, on desktop, laptop and on TV apps listed here: https://videoapp.fb.com/.
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7TH ANNUAL UFC INTERNATIONAL FIGHT WEEK™ TAKES OVER LAS VEGAS FROM JULY 3 – 8

Jun 22, 2018

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

Las Vegas – The 7th annual UFC International Fight Week™ will take place from Tuesday, July 3 through Sunday, July 8, with numerous events taking place throughout Las Vegas, including the Downtown Las Vegas Event Center, The Palms Casino Resort, and T-Mobile Arena.

UFC International Fight Week is highlighted by the prestigious 2018 UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, an easily-accessible and fully interactive two-day UFC Fan Experience® and THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER® FINALE: TAVARES vs. ADESANYA. The week-long festivities are anchored by the highly anticipated Superfight between UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier in the main event of UFC® 226: MIOCIC vs. CORMIER, presented by Modelo, which takes place on Saturday, July 7 at T-Mobile Arena. Tickets for UFC 226 are available via AXS.

On Thursday, July 5, UFC will host the 2018 UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at 7 p.m. at The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort.  The annual ceremony honors contributors and athletes that helped shape UFC and left an indelible mark on the sport of mixed martial arts. Tickets to the induction ceremony are priced at $20.00 (does not include fees), with all proceeds benefitting Three Square Foodbank, southern Nevada’s largest hunger-relief organization. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster. The ceremony will also be streamed live and exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS®.

Spanning more than 85,000 square feet, UFC’s two-day Fan Experience at the Downtown Las Vegas Event Center will be the one-stop shop for all fight fans, providing unparalleled free access to UFC champions, top-ranked contenders, UFC Hall of Famers, celebrities, legendary fighters, Octagon Girls®, UFC letters and a UFC store dome. This year, the UFC Fan Experience will also host several activations centered around UFC’s 25th anniversary, which is being celebrated throughout the year.

UFC fans will have the opportunity to engage with a record-number of athletes and talent during free autograph sessions and meet and greets at the Downtown Las Vegas Event Center. These sessions will be from 12:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 6, and 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 7. This free event will be part of the two-day UFC Fan Experience at the Downtown Las Vegas Event Center, which will operate from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Friday, July 6, and 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 7.

Fans will be able to purchase exclusive UFC merchandise at the UFC store dome and at other UFC store locations, while also having the chance to participate in numerous activities with brand partners such as: BODYARMOR, Modelo, Toyo Tires®, Monster Energy, MetroPCS® and Motel 6.

The 27th season of UFC’s landmark reality series, The Ultimate Fighter®, will conclude on Friday, July 6, with THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER® FINALE: TAVARES vs. ADESANYA at T-Mobile Arena. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster.

UFC will also host two official pool parties during the week at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino’s Rehab Beach Club on Wednesday, July 4 (11 a.m. – 4 p.m.) and Sunday, July 8 (11 a.m. – 4 p.m.). On Saturday, July 7, the official UFC 226 after party will take place at Hakkasan beginning at 11 p.m.

The UFC International Fight Week app will be the official destination for the most updated schedule of events, as well as the only place to secure your spot for autograph sessions. The app is scheduled to launch on Monday, June 25. All of these exciting events are in addition to the regularly scheduled fight week activities. For additional information, please visit UFC.com/fightweek.

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Enfocado Christopher ‘Pitufo’ Díaz en su Oportunidad de Título Mundial del 28 de julio en Kissimmee

Jun 22, 2018

Enfocado Christopher ‘Pitufo’ Díaz en su Oportunidad de Título Mundial del 28 de julio en Kissimmee

El invicto boricua disputará el vacante título Jr. Ligero de la OMB ante Masayuki Ito. 

(Credito de Fotos: Peter Amador / Top Rank)

SAN JUAN, P.R. (21 de junio del 2018) — Enfoque total. El invicto contendiente puertorriqueño Christopher “Pitufo” Díaz tiene un solo objetivo en mente: coronarse como campeón mundial. Durante una rueda de prensa que se celebró en la tarde del jueves en ‘La Isla del Encanto’, Díaz aseguró que el 28 de julio saldrá del Kissimmee Civic Center como campeón mundial.

Esa noche, ante la fanaticada de la ciudad llamada “Pequeño Puerto Rico” en el estado de Florida, Díaz disputará el vacante título peso Junior Ligero de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) ante el japonés Masayuki Ito. En la pelea co-estelar, el invicto peso welter dominicano Carlos “Caballo Bronco” Adames enfrentará a Artemio Reyes de San Bernardino, California.

Los combates Díaz vs. Ito y Adames vs. Reyes se transmitirán en vivo y exclusivamente en los Estados Unidos a las 9:30 p.m. ET por ESPN+ – el nuevo servicio de transmisión por suscripción directo al consumidor, multideporte que recientemente fue lanzado por The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer en conjunto con ESPN. Los combates preliminaes se transmitirán en vivo por ESPN+ a partir de las 6:30 p.m. ET. ESPN+ está disponible en los Estados Unidos continentales para todos los fanáticos en la aplicación móvil de ESPN y ESPN.com.

Pronto se anunciarán los detalles de transmisión de este evento de campeonato mundial para Puerto Rico.

Esto fue lo que tuvieron que decir Díaz y su entrenador Raúl ‘Chino’ Rivas durante la conferencia de prensa.

CHRISTOPHER ‘PITUFO’ DÍAZ

Sobre la Oportunidad de Título Mundial

“Estamos a solo un paso. Quedan cinco semanas. He trabajado 15 años de mi vida por este momento. Tengo mucho enfoque, mucha disciplina y tengo unas ganas inmensas de ser alguien en la vida.”

“En esta pelea no hay excusas. Esta pelea es ganar o ganar. Yo me he preparado durante toda mi carrera para este momento. Ya llegó el momento y ahora es cuestión de actuar y de saber hacer las cosas dentro del cuadrilátero. Un error que yo cometa dentro del ring, lo pagará mi familia y yo no voy a permitir que pase eso.”

“Esperen el 28 de julio un nuevo campeón para Puerto Rico. Y no tan solo seré el mejor 130 libras de Puerto Rico, seré el mejor 130 libras del mundo. Se los prometo.”

Sobre la Motivación para Coronarse como Campeón Mundial

“Tengo la motivación de mi hija, mis gemelas que vienen en camino, mi esposa, mi madre, mis hermanos. Tengo una familia que me sigue a donde quiera que voy. Por ellos lo doy todo.”

RAÚL ‘CHINO’ RIVAS

Sobre el Campamento de Entrenamiento 

“El campamento de entrenamiento ha sido excelente. Las sesiones de guanteo son bien importantes para esta pelea y nosotros tenemos los compañeros de guanteo que son perfectos para Christopher este pelea. El 28 de julio estaremos listos y en excelentes condiciones.”

Díaz (23-0, 15 KOs), de Barranquitas, Puerto Rico, entrará a su primera pelea de título mundial corriendo una racha de cuatro victorias por nocaut. Díaz, quien es el primer clasificado en el peso junior ligero por la OMB, ganó el vacante título de peso junior ligero NABO en diciembre pasado con un nocaut en el tercer asalto sobre Bryant Cruz, derribando a Cruz cinco veces en camino un triunfo por detención. En su última pelea, el 17 de marzo en la cartelera de José Ramírez vs. Amir Imam en el Hulu Theater del Madison Square Garden, Díaz derrotó a Braulio Rodríguez por nocaut técnico en el cuarto asalto para ganar la oportunidad por el título mundial. Para Díaz, esta oportunidad de título mundial es un faro de esperanza, ya que el hogar de su familia y la mayoría de sus posesiones fueron destruidas cuando el huracán María devastó a Puerto Rico el año pasado.

Ito (23-1-1, 12 KOs), de Tokio, Japón, es el segundo clasificado en el peso junior ligero junior por la OMB. Ito ha ganado siete combates consecutivos desde la única derrota de su carrera, una decisión mayoritaria en 10 asaltos ante el invicto Rikki Naito en febrero del 2015. Ito, que ha peleado todos sus combates profesionales en Japón, ha ganado cuatro de sus últimos cinco combates por nocaut, incluyendo una detención en la novena ronda ante Lorenzo Villanueva en abril del año pasado. En su última pelea, el 3 de marzo en Korakuen Hall en Tokio, Ito detuvo a Vergil Puton en el noveno asalto.

En una promoción de Top Rank, en asociación con All Star Boxing y Teiken Promotions, los boletos para este evento del campeonato mundial ya están a la venta y los boletos a precios de $100 (alfombra roja en el ringside), $50 (tazón inferior) y $30 (admisión general), se pueden comprar en la boletería del Kissimmee Civic Center, en línea en www.ticketerapr.com o por teléfono al (787) 305- 3600.

Para más información, visite: www.toprank.com, www.espn.com/boxing; Facebook: facebook.com/trboxing, facebook.com/trboxeo, facebook.com/espndeportes; Twitter: twitter.com/trboxing, twitter.com/trboxeo, @ESPN @ ESPNBoxeo, @ ESPNDeportes. Use los hashtags #DiazIto y #AdamesReyes para unirse a la conversación en las redes sociales.
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RASHIDI ‘SPEEDY’ ELLIS SE MIDE ANTE ALBERTO ‘METRALLETA’ MOSQUERA

Jun 22, 2018

RASHIDI ‘SPEEDY’ ELLIS SE MIDE ANTE ALBERTO ‘METRALLETA’ MOSQUERA EN EL DUELO ESTELAR DE  

GOLDEN BOY BOXING ON ESPN EL 29 DE JUNIO EN EL OASIS ARENA EN CANCÚN, QUINTANA ROO, MÉXICO
 
EL RESPALDO ESTARÁ LLENO DE LOS MEJORES PROSPECTOS Y CONTENDIENTES DE MÉXICO 
 
LOS ÁNGELES, California 21 de junio de 2018. — Rashidi “Speedy” Ellis (19-0, 13 nocáuts), el candente contendiente de peso welter de Boston, Massachusetts, retornará al cuadrilátero en un duelo a 10 asaltos en las 147 libras ante el aguerrido púgil panameño Alberto “Metralleta” Mosquera (25-3-2, 15 nocauts) en el choque estelar de la edición del 29 de junio de Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN desde el Oasis Arena in Cancún, Quintana Roo, México. ESPN y ESPN Deportes transmitirá los combates iniciando a las 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. ESPN3 translimitará el respaldo en vivo comenzando a las 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.
 
Ellis es un elusivo boxeador con rapidez en ambos puños quien capturó su primera faja regional derrotando a Eddie “E-Boy” Gómez por la vía del cloroformo en el primer asalto en diciembre de 2016. Ellis también ha derrotado a fuertes peleadores de la talla de John Karl Sosa. El joven púgil de 25 años de edad retornará tras su victoria por nocaut técnico ante Fidel Monterrosa Muñoz, quien es un oponente común de Mosquera. 
 
“Estoy emocionado de combatir por primera vez en México en una cartelera de corte internacional y transmitida por ESPN,” afirmó Rashidi Ellis. “Mi rival de ocasión Alberto Mosquera tiene mucha experiencia, pues enfrentó a varios grandes peleadores. Todo eso es una doble motivación para mi, pues un triunfo tendrá una mayor importancia.”
 
            Mosquera es un púgil de 31 años de edad quien también se ha medido ante fuertes retadores, incluyendo peleas ante Erick Bone Sammy “The Who Can Mexican” Vázquez. El zurdo contendiente también ha vencido a Fidel Monterrosa Muñoz por nocaut, y esta listo para romper los planes de Ellis.
 
“Sabemos de la calidad de Rashidi Ellis, pero mi basta experiencia me va a sacar adelante y no tengo duda de la victoria,” explicó Alberto Mosquera.“He enfrentado a la crema y nata del boxeo internacional, y con todo respecto, no creo que Ellis traerá algo distinto a lo que ya he visto. Tengo plena seguridad que saliendo con el triunfo vendrán cosas aun mas importantes”.
 
       En el evento co estelar, Francisco Horta (16-3-1, 10 nocáuts) de Cancún, Quintana Roo, México peleará contra David Reyes (17-4-1, 6 nocáuts) de Ciudad Obregón Sonora, México en una batalla a ocho asaltos en peso supergallo. Eduardo Núñez (10-0, 10 nocáuts) de Los Mochis, Sinaloa, México se enfrentará a Hiram Gallardo (6-2-1, 1 KO) de Chetumal, Quintana Roo, México en un choque a seis episodios en las 126 libras que abrirá a transmisión de ESPN.
 
Carlos Licona (12-0, 2 nocáuts) de Westminster, California tendrá acción contra José Ramírez (9-3, 4 nocáuts) de Tlalchapa, Guerrero, México en un duelo a ocho giros en peso mínimo. Éric Gamboa (14-1, 9 nocáuts) de Cancún, Quintana Roo, México y José López (9-3-2, 6 nocáuts) chocarán en una batalla a ocho vueltas en las 118 libras.
 
Luis Salamanca (12-1-1, 5 nocáuts) peleará contra José Aguilar (8-3-1, 1 nocaut) en una pelea a seis asaltos en las 140 libras entre dos nativos de Cancún, Quintana Roo, México.
 
Simón Madsen (3-0, 2 nocáuts) de Horsens, Dinamarca se enfrentará a Pascual Mendoza (0-1) de Cancún, Quintana Roo, México en un combate a cuatro asaltos en peso mediano. Calex Castro realizará su debut en el boxeo de paga en el primer combate de la velada, que esta programada a cuatro giros en la división competitiva superpluma ante Daniel Hoil (0-1) de Playa del Carmen, México.
 
Ellis vs. Mosquera es un pleito a 10 asaltos en peso welter presentado por Golden Boy Promotions en asociación con Cancún Boxing. El evento es patrocinado por Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” y Hennessy, “Never Stop, Never Settle.” Los combates se efectuarán el viernes 29 de junio de 2018 en el Oasis Arena de Cancún, Quintana Roo, México. ESPN y ESPN Deportes transmitirá los combates iniciando a las 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. ESPN3 translimitará el respaldo en vivo comenzando a las 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.
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UFC GYM ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH NF FITNESS PTE LTD TO OPEN FRANCHISE LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT SINGAPORE STARTING IN 2019

Jun 22, 2018

UFC GYM® ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH NF FITNESS PTE LTD TO OPEN
FRANCHISE LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT SINGAPORE STARTING IN 2019

SINGAPORE – UFC GYM®, the rapidly expanding fitness franchise that creates training programs for all levels and ages inspired by the training regimens of UFC® athletes, today announced a new partnership with NF FITNESS PTE LTD to open 15 franchise locations throughout Singapore. The 15 locations will span across the fitness brand’s franchise offerings including CLASS by UFC GYM® Studios, the newest concept in boutique fitness that focuses on boxing, kickboxing and High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). This announcement continues the brand’s continued world-wide expansion, with the first Singapore location scheduled to open in 2019.

“Our global growth is exciting and bringing UFC GYM’s TRAIN DIFFERENT® philosophy to Singapore is a huge opportunity with an amazing partner,” UFC GYM President Adam Sedlack said. “The dynamic spirit and energy in Singapore perfectly aligns with what our members will find in UFC GYM and we’re proud to continuously grow our brand with this synergy.”

Since debuting in 2009, UFC GYM has opened more than 150 locations throughout the Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam, United States, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Mexico, Oman, the United Arab Emirates. Other recent deals will bring hundreds of UFC GYM locations to India, the United Kingdom and Ireland.

“UFC has an amazing fanbase in Singapore and we’re thrilled that UFC GYM will be bringing its ground-breaking training methods to this market,” UFC Vice President of Asia Kevin Chang said. “UFC GYM is a perfect brand extension of our organization that helps introduce the sport and the positive values of mixed martial arts to audiences of all ages.”

UFC GYM members benefit from a full-range of functional fitness classes, along with group, private and youth MMA training, as well as group fitness, in addition to personal and group dynamic performance-based training. UFC GYM programming has been developed through exclusive access to the training regimens of internationally-acclaimed UFC athletes, providing members with everything they need for the entire family to move, get fit and live a healthy life.

In addition to corporate-owned Signature clubs, UFC GYM offers the unique opportunity to own and operate a UFC GYM franchise domestically and internationally. For franchise information, contact Heather Wilson at Heather.Wilson@ufcgym.com and visit UFCGYMFranchise.com. For more information about UFC GYM, please visit UFCGYM.com.

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Miguel Berchelt, Martin Murray Headline Full Day of Championship Boxing on ESPN+

Jun 22, 2018

June 23: Miguel Berchelt, Martin Murray Headline Full Day of Championship Boxing on ESPN+

Berchelt to defend WBC super featherweight title in Mexico, while Murray headlines card from London
(JUNE 21, 2018) — ESPN+ will have a full day of boxing on Saturday, June 23, with a pair of broadcasts from two continents.

From the O2 Arena in London, Martin Murray will face off against Roberto Garcia in the main event for the WBC Silver middleweight title. Also appearing on the broadcast will be undefeated heavyweight sensation Daniel Dubois (7-0, 7 KOs) against Tom Little for the vacant British title, unbeaten light heavyweight Anthony Yarde (15-0, 14 KOs) versus Dariusz Sek (27-3-3, 9 KOs) for the WBO Intercontinental light heavyweight title, and 140-pound contender Ohara Davies (17-1, 13 KOs) will challenge WBC International super lightweight champion Paul Kamanga (21-1, 12 KOs). The broadcast will begin at 2:30 p.m. ET, with the Murray-Garcia bout expected to air shortly after 5:30 p.m. ET.

Then, at 11 p.m. ET, from Poliforum Zamna in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, WBC super featherweight champion Miguel Berchelt (33-1, 29 KOs) will make the third defense of his title against Jonathan Barros (41-5-1, 22 KOs).

Murray (36-4-1, 17 KOs,), a four-time world title challenger, is riding a three-bout winning streak. He lost a split decision to Arthur Abraham for the WBO super middleweight title in November 2015 and has had three previous cracks at middleweight world titles. He was held to a controversial draw against Felix Sturm for the WBA crown in 2011, lost a disputed unanimous decision to WBC champion Sergio Martinez in 2013, and was knocked out in the 11th round by unified champion Gennady Golovkin on Feb. 21, 2015 in Monte Carlo.

Berchelt will be making the third defense of his title against Barros, an Argentine who once held the WBA featherweight title. Berchelt won the title via 11th-round KO against Francisco Vargas on Jan. 28, 2017 in what was one of the year’s best fights. Less than six months later, he outboxed former world champion Takashi Miura en route to a unanimous decision. In his last bout, Feb. 10 in Cancun, Mexico, Berchelt stopped Maxwell Awuku in the third round. Barros will be hitting the road for a title shot once again. He came up short in his last bout, on July 15, 2017 in London, losing a unanimous decision to Lee Selby for the IBF featherweight crown.

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The ESPN+ lineup includes 18 exclusive, live Top Rank events per year, dozens of fights from other Top Rank undercards, an unmatched library of the greatest fights in boxing history, and two exclusive, original boxing programsThe Boxing Beat with Dan Rafael (Tuesdays) and In This Corner (twice monthly).

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