UFC® 217: BISPING vs. ST-PIERRE

Oct 11, 2017 0

UFC® 217: BISPING vs. ST-PIERRE

PRESS CONFERENCE

 

Friday, October 13 – Toronto, Canada  

 

Toronto, Canada – Three world titles will be at stake and a legend returns when the Octagon® lands at the historic Madison Square Garden in New York City for UFC 217®: BISPING vs. ST-PIERRE on Saturday, November 4. Middleweight champion Michael Bisping (31-7, fighting out of Manchester, England) looks to defend his crown for the second time against one of the greatest mixed martial artists in history and Canadian icon Georges St-Pierre (25-2, fighting out of Montreal, Canada), who makes his comeback after four years away from the sport.

 

Bisping is one of the most polarizing figures in UFC® history. His 20 Octagon wins are the most in UFC history, and coupled with his brash, in-your-face trash talk and his ability to back it up, the 185-pound champion has become a must-see every time he competes. In what could be his most intriguing matchup to date, he’ll welcome one of the most celebrated mixed martial artists of all-time back to competition when he meets St-Pierre. One of the most dominant champions ever, St-Pierre will move up from 170 pounds to challenge for the middleweight title, hoping to become only the fourth fighter to win UFC titles in two divisions (Conor McGregor, Randy Couture, BJ Penn). With wins over Johny Hendricks, Nick Diaz, BJ Penn and Matt Hughes, GSP has beaten a who’s who of MMA in the last decade.

 

In advance of this epic event, Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre will participate in a press conference in Toronto on Friday, October 13 at 10 a.m. ET at the Hockey Hall of Fame.

 

WHO:             Dana White, UFC President

Michael Bisping, UFC middleweight champion

Georges St-Pierre, UFC middleweight title challenger

 

WHAT:          UFC® 217: BISPING vs. ST-PIERRE PRESS CONFERENCE

 

WHEN:          Friday, October 13 at 10 a.m. ET

                        *Media check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. ET

 

WHERE:         Hockey Hall of Fame, Esso Great Hall, 30 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5E 1X8

 

Tickets for UFC 217®: BISPING vs. ST-PIERRE are available for purchase online at www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at (800) 745-3000 and will be available at www.msg.com. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person.

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UFC® AND MODELO® ANNOUNCE NEW PARTNERSHIP

Oct 9, 2017 0

UFC® AND MODELO® ANNOUNCE NEW PARTNERSHIP 

 

Las Vegas – UFC®, the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization and Modelo Especial, the nation’s fastest growing imported beer1, today announced a new multi-year marketing partnership that establishes Modelo as the “Official Beer and Malt Beverage” sponsor of UFC in the United States.

 

“Modelo is an amazing brand that shares UFC’s unmatched commitment to its fan base,” UFC President Dana White said. “I love Modelo and we’re already talking about doing a lot of exciting things together.”

 

“Uniting the passionate fans of UFC with Modelo, a brand that stands for the fighting spirit is an ultimate win for our consumers and our company,” said Ann Legan, Vice President of Marketing for Casa Modelo with Constellation Brands Beer Division. “With both UFC and Modelo driving unprecedented growth for our respective industries, this partnership is a game-changer for Modelo and we look forward to creating new experiences for fans.”

 

For the past five years Modelo has been the #1 growth leader in the U.S. beer industry and has posted double-digit growth for 32 years.

 

As part of this expansive, multi-million dollar partnership that begins in 2018, Modelo will be the presenting sponsor for select UFC Pay-Per-View events and VIP Experiences based in the U.S., along with signage and branding inside UFC’s world-famous Octagon®. Modelo will also feature UFC athletes and personalities in advertising.

 

In addition to in-venue programming exposure via multimedia platforms, retail point-of-sale, live-viewing parties at select UFC events and a national sweepstakes campaign, Modelo will also have a presence during live-event broadcasts and on UFC.com, as well as being integrated across multiple UFC-based social and digital platforms. UFC and Modelo will also work together to create unique and engaging content to inspire their fans.

 

For more information, please visit UFC.com or ModeloUSA.com.

 

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CHRISTIAN “CHIMPA” GONZALEZ DEFEATS GAMALIEL “EL PLATANO” DIAZ VIA EIGHT-ROUND UNANIMOUS DECISION IN ACTION-PACKED MAIN EVENT OF LA FIGHT CLUB ON ESTRELLA TV’S BOXEO ESTELAR

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CHRISTIAN “CHIMPA” GONZALEZ DEFEATS GAMALIEL “EL PLATANO” DIAZ VIA EIGHT-ROUND UNANIMOUS DECISION IN ACTION-PACKED MAIN EVENT OF LA FIGHT CLUB ON ESTRELLA TV’S BOXEO ESTELAR
 
EDGAR “KID NEZA” VALERIO DESTROYS MARTIN CARDONA BY SECOND-ROUND KNOCKOUT VICTORY IN CO-MAIN EVENT
(ABOVE: Christian Gonzalez scored an eight-round unanimous decision victory against Gamaliel Diaz in the main event of the Oct. 6 edition of LA FIGHT CLUB)

Photo Credit: Lina Baker/SeeYouRingside

LOS ANGELES (Oct. 6, 2017) Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez (18-1, 15 KOs) confirmed yet again that he is one of the best and brightest prospects of the exclusive Golden Boy Promotions stable with a hard-earned eight-round unanimous decision victory against former WBC Super Featherweight Champion Gamaliel “El Platano” Diaz (40-18-3, 19 KOs) of Michoacan, Mexico in the main event of the latest edition of LA FIGHT CLUB at the Belasco Theater in Downtown Los Angeles and televised live nationally on Estrella TV’s Boxeo Estelar. The charismatic knockout artist of Buena Park, Calif. won with scores of 79-72, 79-72 and 76-75 in a tough fight held in the super lightweight division.
 
“A win is a win, and this was a difficult fight,” said Gonzalez. “We knew watching the tapes that he’d be a more experienced, slightly dirty fighter. But we weren’t expecting him to be that dirty with all the headbutting and hitting to the back of the head. I want my next fight to be a ten-rounder.”
 
“I take comfort in one of the judges’ scores because the fight was close,” said Diaz. “Being in the game for so long, I know when I win. It’s always difficult coming into the house of another boxer. Either way, I’m a professional, and I will take this loss. This isn’t the first time I’ve been robbed.”
 
VIP fighters for tonight’s event included Oscar “El Jaguar” Negrete, Niko “Baby Face” Valdes, Charles Huerta and Joet Gonzalez.
 
In the co-main event, Edgar “Kid Neza” Valerio (12-0, 7 KOs) dropped Martin Cardona (24-9, 16 KOs) a total of three times to win via second-round knockout in a scheduled eight-round featherweight fight. In the opening round, the native of Los Angeles, Calif. scored two knockdowns, the second of which was caused by a left uppercut that sent Cardona flying across the ring. Cardona, of Tucson, Arizona, managed to survive the first round, but only for Valerio to catch him with an overhand right to the temple that immediately ended matters at 21 seconds of the second round.
 
“I felt good. I had an amazing training camp,” said Valerio. “I was being smart, and working smart pays off. I give all the glory to God, my family and my manager, Joel De La Hoya. What’s next for me? Only God knows.”
 
Lightweight prospect Jousce “Tito” Gonzalez (6-0, 6 KOs) opened the Boxeo Estelar transmission with a first-round technical knockout victory against Ricardo Fernandez (3-7-4) of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico in a scheduled eight-rounder. Gonzalez, who is extremely good at bending his knees to get the most amount of leverage possible from his punches, dropped Fernandez hard in the opening seconds before stopping him a few combinations later at 2:10 of the first round.
 
“I’m happy with the victory, but there are mistakes that I could fix,” said Gonzalez. “I could maintain my composure a little bit more after I see that my opponent’s been hurt. But those are just things you learn as a professional. Hopefully, I’ll be back in the ring soon.”
 
In the first bout of the evening, Ferdinand Kerobyan (6-0, 3 KOs) of North Hollywood, Calif. scored a first-round knockout victory against Uriel Gonzalez (1-2-1) of San Diego, Calif. in a scheduled six-round super welterweight fight. Keroyban stalked Gonzalez in the opening seconds of fight and hurt him with a right hand that immediately reddened his face. Then, Keroyban landed a hard counter left hook to the body of Gonzalez, sending him reeling back before unleashing a series of left hooks to the chin that knocked him down immediately. Gonzalez could not make it back to his feet before the count, forcing the referee to call the fight at 1:08 of the first round.
 
“I felt great, and I didn’t want to rush it,” said Kerobyan. “But when the opportunity presented itself, I had to take full advantage of it. Hopefully, I’ll be fighting again very soon and hope to deliver another knockout performance.”
 
Gonzalez vs. Diaz was an eight-round super lightweight fight presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by “TECATE, THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” and Casa Mexico Tequila. The event was held at the Belasco Theater on Friday, October 6.
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EONTAY WILDER TO DEFEND WBC HEAVYWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP AGAINST MANDATORY CHALLENGER BERMANE STIVERNE LIVE ON SHOWTIME®

Oct 6, 2017 0

DEONTAY WILDER TO DEFEND WBC HEAVYWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP AGAINST MANDATORY CHALLENGER BERMANE STIVERNE LIVE ON SHOWTIME® ON SATURDAY, NOV. 4 AT BARCLAYS CENTER IN BROOKLYN & PRESENTED BY

PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS

 

Wilder vs. Stiverne World Title Rematch Headlines SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® Tripleheader Beginning Live At 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT

Photo Use Must Credit: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

 

BROOKLYN (Oct. 5, 2017) – WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder will defend his title against mandatory challenger Bermane Stiverne on Saturday, Nov. 4 live on SHOWTIME in a rematch of their 2015 world title fight.  The event is presented by Premier Boxing Champions from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™.

 

Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) dethroned defending champion Stiverne in January 2015 via unanimous decision in what was the promising challenger’s toughest fight to date.  With the win, Wilder became the first American heavyweight champion in nearly a decade and he has gone on to defend the title five times.  Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KOs) remains the only Wilder opponent to go the distance with the hard-hitting Tuscaloosa, Ala., native who has knocked out every other professional opponent on his long resume.

 

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and TGB Promotions, are on sale now and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, barclayscenter.com or by calling 800-745-3000.  Tickets can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center.  Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.

 

The Nov. 4 main event will be the second heavyweight world championship bout to air live on SHOWTIME on back-to-back Saturdays.  On Oct. 28 unified heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua will meet Kubrat Pulev for Joshua’s IBF and WBA world titles in the main event of a fight card from Cardiff, Wales.

 

After Wilder vs. Stiverne I, Stiverne was hospitalized at University Medical Center in Las Vegas for severe dehydration and muscle damage, which he claimed affected his performance in his first title defense.  Stiverne bounced back with a win over Derric Rossy and has been advocating for a rematch since.

 

“Stiverne asked for it, so he’s going to get it,” Wilder said. “Whatever happens happens. Ask and you shall receive.  I’m relieved to be getting my mandatory out of the way.  At least now I won’t have to deal with that down the road.

 

“In the first fight, I broke my hand in the third round, and I still dominated.  That was a lot of the reason why it went the distance.  This time it’s a different day, different time and different fight.  This time it won’t end well for him.

 

“Despite all of these obstacles that are thrown in my path, it still will not stop me from reaching my ultimate goal, which is to be the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.”

 

Stiverne replaces Luis Ortiz, who was pulled from the fight by the WBC on Wednesday after he failed a VADA anti-doping test.

 

“Stiverne will pay for Luis Ortiz screwing up,” Wilder concluded.

 

Stiverne was in camp preparing to fight Dominic Breazeale in a heavyweight attraction on the Nov. 4 undercard.  Now the Haitian-born Las Vegas resident gets a shot at winning back the heavyweight crown he first won with a knockout of Chris Arreola in 2014.

 

“I am ready, willing and able to seize back my title from Wilder,” Stiverne said.  “We all know that Wilder dodged a bullet in the first fight, but not this time.  It was my fault, but I learn from my mistakes.  On November 4, Wilder will feel my pain.”

 

After defeating Stiverne, Wilder went on to knockout each of his next five challengers including twice as the headliner on SHOWTIME.  Wilder-Stiverne II will be the 10th heavyweight world championship fight to air live on SHOWTIME in the last two years as the heavyweight division continues its resurgence.

 

“The show must go on, as they say, and Deontay Wilder still plans to put on a show for New York City,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment and promoter of the stacked Nov. 4 event.  “Considering Stiverne’s status as mandatory challenger, he was always going to be a roadblock in Deontay’s quest for heavyweight unification.  Now it’s time to see if Deontay can clear that roadblock and continue on his path to becoming the undisputed heavyweight champion and the most recognizable and dominant force in boxing.”

 

In the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING co-feature, former welterweight world champion Shawn Porter will battle perennial contender Adrian Granados in a matchup of two all-action fighters.  In the opening bout of the three-fight telecast beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, unbeaten contender Sergey Lipinets will take on Akihiro Kondo for the vacant IBF Junior Welterweight World Championship.

 

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UFC® ANNOUNCES NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH BODYARMOR®

Oct 6, 2017 0

UFC® ANNOUNCES NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH BODYARMOR®

 

Las Vegas – UFC®, the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization, today announced a multi-year partnership with BODYARMOR® Sports Drink, establishing the isotonic brand as the first-ever “Official Sports Drink” of UFC.

 

As part of this ground-breaking collaboration, which covers the United States and begins in 2018, BODYARMOR will supply its line of high-end sports hydration products: BODYARMOR sports drink and BODYARMOR LYTE, to the UFC Performance Institute’s two “BODYARMOR Hydration Stations”.

 

“BODYARMOR is an industry leader in sports hydration and they are a perfect fit to partner with UFC,” UFC President Dana White said. “Providing UFC athletes with safe, nutritional products while training at the UFC Performance Institute is an important part of helping them maximize their overall performance and BODYARMOR will help us do that.”

 

“With the explosive growth that BODYARMOR has seen in recent years – it’s an exciting time for the brand to team up with UFC,” said Mike Repole, co-founder and chairman, BODYARMOR. “A partnership between the fastest-growing sports drink and the fastest-growing sports organization creates a tremendous opportunity for BODYARMOR to play an important role in the hydration needs of some of the best athletes in the world.”

 

In addition to product placement at the UFC Performance Institute, BODYARMOR will also serve as the presenting sponsor of select UFC weigh-in events, along with providing corner branding of stools, towels and buckets inside UFC’s world-famous Octagon® during all U.S.-based events. BODYARMOR will also have a presence on UFC.com and live-event programming, as well as being integrated across multiple UFC-based social and digital platforms.

 

BODYARMOR is the fastest growing sports drink in its category, having seen a 110% increase in sales from last year. The consumer demand for a better-for-you sports drink has made BODYARMOR the #3 sports drink in the U.S. Kobe Bryant is the number three shareholder in BODYARMOR.

 

“BODYARMOR offers a better-for-you hydration option at a time when athletes in every sport are paying more attention to what they put into their bodies,” said Bryant. “UFC athletes demand the best in hydration and nutrition, and we’re excited to be partnering with the UFC on such a large scale.”

 

BODYARMOR has amassed a superstar roster of professional athletes who are also investors in the company, including James Harden, Mike Trout, Andrew Luck and Dustin Johnson, among others.

 

For more information, please visit UFC.com.

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Vaughn Alexander vs. Elvin Ayala Official Weigh-In

Oct 6, 2017 0
Vaughn Alexander vs. Elvin Ayala 
Official Weigh-In
Alexander and Ayala Exchange Heated Words During Face-off
Photo Credits: Main Events


 
Vaughn “The Animal” Alexander Elvin Ayala
St. Louis, Missouri New Haven, Connecticut
10-0, 7 KOs
30-8-1, 13 KOs
Weight: 161, Trunks: Black/Red
Weight: 161, Trunks: WHT/BLK
Nate Green
Josh Crespo
New Haven, Connecticut
New Haven, Connecticut
9-0, 2 KOs 6-5-3, 3 KOs
Weight:  123.5, Trunks: BLK/PNK
Weight: 124, Trunks: Red/WHT/Blue
Cassius Chaney Jon Bolden
New London, Connecticut Brooklyn, New York
10-0, 5 KOs 8-11-1, 6 KOs
Weight: 245, Trunks: White/Gold Weight: 226, Trunks: BLK/SLVR
LeShawn Rodriguez Romon Barber
Shirley, New York Wichita, Kansas
6-0, 5 KOs 7-15, 6 KOs
Weight: 159, Trunks: Camo Weight: 157, Trunks: BLU/WHT
Enriko Gogokhia Joaquin de la Rosa
Oxnard, California Mexico
5-0, 2 KOs 6-2-1, 3 KOs
Weight: 148, Trunks: White/Red Weight: 149, Trunks: GLD/Red
Kevin Asmat Rafael Castillo Rosendo
North Bergen, New Jersey Bronx, New York
2-1, 2 KOs Professional Debut
Weight: 128, Trunks: BLK/Red/WHT Weight: 122, Trunks: Red/WHT
Bakhram Murtazaliev Robson de Assis
Grozny, Russia Sao Paulo, Brazil
9-0, 7 KOs 14-4, 8 KOs
Weight: 157, Trunks: BLK/Silver Weight: 163.5, Trunks: Silver
About October 5: The Mohegan Sun’s Rising Stars Boxing Series hosts its third installment with a rare Thursday Night edition at the Arena at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. The Main Event features a ten-round middleweight match-up between Rising Stars’ staple Vaughn Alexander and former middleweight title contender Elvin Ayala. The series is presented by Mohegan Sun and Main Events and feature boxing prospects from New England and around the world. Tickets start at $40 and are available now through Ticketmaster and the Mohegan Sun box office.
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WBC MANDATORY DEFENCES

Oct 6, 2017 0

WBC MANDATORY DEFENCES

At the fifty fifth World Boxing Council Convention,  this year in Baku, Azerbaijan, the Board of Governors discussed and decided mandatory defences for the Champions atop each weight category.

Minimum weight champion Wanheng Menayothin  makes a voluntary defence in November.  The number one contender remains Leroy Estrada.

In the light flyweight division, champion Ken Shiro fights number one contender Pedro Guevara. The winner of that must then face Ganigan Lopez.

In the flyweight division champion Daigo Higa fights Thomas Masson in a voluntary defence on October 22nd.

In the super flyweight division champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai requests a voluntary defence before a mandatory against Juan Francisco Estrada.

In the bantamweight division the WBC Clean Boxing Program still has to rule on the findings on a positive test for champion Luis Nery.  Number two Emmanuel Rodríguez will fight a final eliminator against third ranked Petch Sor Chitpattana.

In the super bantamweight division,  Champion Rey Vargas fights mandatory contender Julio Ceja, who won the final eliminator.  Diego De La Hoya ranked at number two  and  Hugo Ruiz, who’s number three will fight a final eliminator.

At featherweight, champion Gary Russell fights  Jo Jo Diaz next. That will be mandated for around May.

At super featherweight Miguel Berchelt will fight a voluntary against Orlado Salido in December.  Francisco Vargas and Jhonny Gonzalez at two and three, will fight a final eliminator.

At lightweight, champion Mikey García  will fight Diamond champion Jorge  Linares.

At super lightweight, if champion Terence Crawford vacates, Number one contender Amir Imam will fight third ranked Jose Carlos Ramirez for the title. While number two ranked Regis Prograis will fight number four Viktor Postol for the interim title.

At welterweight champion Keith Thurman who was injured, returns  to the ring in January, Mandatory contender Shawn Porter fights Adrian Granados on November 4th for the silver title.

At super welterweight champion Jermell Charlo fights a  mandatory defence on October 14th against Erickson Lubin.  The winner of the semi final between number four Maaclej Sulecki and number five Jack Culcay then fights number three Vanes Martirosyn.

At middleweight, the WBC Board of Governors has already voted for a direct rematch between champion Gennady Golovkin and Saúl “Canelo” Alvarez.  Number one contender Jermall Charlo will fight an available contender.

At super middleweight champion David Benavidez, aged just twenty in support of the Super Series, will fight  a rematch  against Ronald Gavril.  This Saturday number ranked Avni Yildirim fights number four Chris Eubank.

At light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson fights a mandatory against number contender Eleider Alvarez in December.

At cruiserweight champion Mairis Briedis is in the Super Series. So it’s whoever emerges as the winner.

At heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder awaits the result of the doping test on number two ranked contender  Luis Ortiz. While number one contender Bermane Stiverne fights  number six Dominic Breazeale, to fight the  winner of the championship bout.

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OCT. 13 EDITION OF GOLDEN BOY BOXING ON ESPN AND OCT. 6 LA FIGHT CLUB MEDIA WORKOUT

Oct 4, 2017 0
OCT. 13 EDITION OF GOLDEN BOY BOXING ON ESPN AND OCT. 6 EDITION OF LA FIGHT CLUB MEDIA WORKOUT QUOTES, PHOTOS AND VIDEOS
 
FIDEL “THE ATRISCO KID” MALDONADO TO TAKE ON ISMAEL BARROSO ON OCT. 13 AT FANTASY SPRING RESORT CASINO
 
CHRISTIAN “CHIMPA” GONZALEZ TO TAKE ON FORMER WBC SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPION GAMALIEL “EL PLATANO” DIAZ IN LA FIGHT CLUB MAIN EVENT

                                                                   Photos and Videos!

Photo Credit: Lina Baker/Seeyouringside Photo 
Video Credit: Golden Boy Promotions
LOS ANGELES (Oct. 3, 2017) Undercard fighters on the Oct. 13 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN and participants on the Oct. 6 edition of LA FIGHT CLUB hosted a media workout today at Azteca Boxing Club ahead of their respective events.
 
On the Oct. 18 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN, Fidel “The Atrisco Kid” Maldonado, Jr.  (24-3-1, 19 KOs) will take on Ismael Barroso (19-1-2, 18 KOs) in the 10-round main event for the vacant WBA Fedelatin Super Lightweight Title. In the co-main event, former WBA Interim Super Lightweight Champion Pablo “El Demoledor” Cesar Cano (30-6-1, 21 KOs) will battle against Argentina’s Marcelino “Nino” Lopez (32-2-1, 17 KOs) in a scheduled 10 rounds of super lightweight furry. In the TV swing bout of the night, LA’s newest competitor from Mexico City, Marvin Cabrera (5-0, 4 KOs) will participate in four or six rounds of super welterweight action against Cesar Soriano (10-1, 5 KOs). Indio’s Ruben Rodriguez (1-0, 1 KO) will participate in four rounds of super lightweight combat against Mexico City’s Israel “Isra” Villela (5-6, 2 KOs). Parral, Mex’s Oscar Duarte (11-0-1, 7 KOs) will be in a scheduled eight-round lightweight battle against a soon-to-be announced opponent, and Dallas’s Javier Martinez (2-0, 2 KOs) will participate in a six-round featherweight bout against Ricardo Arias (1-1-1).
 
Below is what undercard fighters on the Oct. 13 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN had to say at today’s media workout:
 
MARCELINO “NINO” LOPEZ, Super Lightweight Contender:
“I’m happy knowing that this fight will be very big and important. It is especially important to win if I want to keep moving up in my career. I am ready to give good battle. I know that Pablo Cesar Cano is young but experienced boxer, but I’m very experienced as well. I’m only focusing on Oct. 13 right now, and then we’ll see what happens, though we know we want a very big fight next.”
“I’m being held to a higher standard because I’ll be fighting on television, and that motivates me. I feel good. Hopefully, some of the little details from the previous disappointments are fixed this time around. When it comes down to it, it’s on you. You have to work on yourself. I’ve been training really hard.”
MARVIN CABRERA, Super Welterweight Prospect:
“Everybody wants to be on TV, and I respect that, and that’s how we’re training. We’ve been training for more than 2 months. I’m really excited and this is a great opportunity. It’s going to be a show inside the ring. That’s what the fans want, I’m excited to give that to the fans.”
RUBEN RODRIGUEZ, Super Lightweight Prospect:
“My first professional fight took place in August of this year and it was exciting, especially because I opened up the Cotto-Kamegai card. Now that it’s my second fight, I still feel some pressure because I’ll be fighting in my hometown of Indio, California, and I have family and friends going. But I focus on fighting, not on what happens outside.”
OSCAR DUARTE, Lightweight Prospect:
“I’m very happy to return to the ring, and to enjoy doing what I like most, which is fighting. We have worked on new things, and we are excited to bring those to the ring. My last two fights were in Mexico, but I’m ready to fight again in the United States.”
JAVIER MARTINEZ, Featherweight Prospect:
“Like any other fighter, I’m working on discipline. That’s the struggle, staying focused. This has been one of the best training camps I’ve ever had. I feel like in this fight I’m going to show all my skills. In other fights I was a little too aggressive. This time I’m going to be smarter. I’m an exciting fighter. Everyone should come out to see the fight.”
On the Oct. 6 edition of LA FIGHT CLUB, lightweight knockout artist Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez (17-1, 15 KOs) will seek to confirm that he is one of the brightest prospects when he faces former WBC World Super Featherweight Champion Gamaliel “El Plátano” Diaz (40-17-3, 19 KOs) in an eight-round bout. LA Fan favorite Edgar “Kid Neza” Valerio (11-0, 6 KOs) will up the ante as he steps into the ring with the experienced Martin “Marciano” Cardona (24-8, 16 KOs) in an eight-round featherweight fight. Rising star Jousce “Tito” Gonzalez (5-0, 5 KOs) will open up the televised card as he takes on Ciudad Juarez’s Ricardo “Maniac” Fernandez (3-6-4) in a six-round lightweight bout.
 
Below is what undercard fighters on the Oct. 6 edition of LA FIGHT CLUB had to say at today’s media workout:
CHRISTIAN “CHIMPA” GONZALEZ, Lightweight Prospect:
“It will be an accomplishment when I fight a former world champion, Gamaliel Diaz, this Friday. I never thought that at such a young age this would be happening, but I’m looking forward to the challenge. I haven’t done anything different for this fight. I always train at 110 percent and I always give it my all. If everything comes out well, I’ll hopefully fight once more this year in my last eight round fight. Next year, I’ll move up to 10 rounds.”
 
EDGAR “KID NEZA” VALERIO, Featherweight Prospect:
“I feel great; training was fantastic. I was working on many things, correcting my mistakes from the last fight. I’m becoming a better fighter. There’s an old saying that perfection is impossible, but I can try to be perfect. There’s no such thing as failure; everything is a learning lesson.”
JOUSCE “TITO” GONZALEZ, Lightweight Prospect:
“I’m very excited. I’m ready to get back to the show. I’ve been in training camp. I’m ready. I’m in shape. I’m ready to go. I feel like I have everything. I always give people a show, and I’m ready to give the fans and everybody else a show this Friday.”
 
Oct. 13 Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN: Tickets for the event start at $25 and will be available at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino box office, by calling 1-800-827-2946, or by purchasing online at www.FantasySpringsResort.com.
 
Oct. 6 LA FIGHT CLUB: Tickets for LA FIGHT CLUB are starting at only $20 with Flex Passes for multiple fight packages. Group Tickets and BOLD Experience upgrade are available for purchase now at www.goldenboypromotions.com, the Golden Boy Promotions Facebook page, by calling 213-233-2957.
 
Maldonado, Jr. vs. Barroso, a 10-round super lightweight fight for the vacant WBA Fedelatin Super Lightweight Title, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions. The event is sponsored by “TECATE, THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING.” and Hennessy, “Never Stop. Never Settle.” Doors open at 5:00 p.m. ESPN Deportes will transmit the fights live from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. ESPN3 will live stream of all the fights on the card beginning at approximately 8:30 p.m. ET/ 5:30 p.m. PT.
 
Gonzalez vs. Diaz is an eight-round lightweight fight presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by “TECATE, THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” and Casa Mexico Tequila. The event will be held at the Belasco Theater on Friday, October 6. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. PT and the first fight and Ring TV livestream begins at 6:15 p.m. PT.  The Boxeo Estelar broadcast will air on Estrella TV and will begin at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT and also be livestreamed on EstrellaTV.com and on YouTube via LBI Media, Inc.’s Fenomeno Studios.
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Matchroom’s Jacobs vs Arias / Miller vs. Wach Presser

Oct 4, 2017 0
Daniel Jacobs, Luis Arias, Jarrell Miller & Mariusz Wach
New York City Press Conference Quotes, Photos & Video
 

                                             for Press Conference Video Highlights

Photos Courtesy Matchroom Boxing/Ed Mulholland
Video Courtesy Matchroom Boxing
 
Daniel ‘Miracle Man’ Jacobs takes on undefeated Luis Arias and 
Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller faces Mariusz Wach in Heavyweight Tilt
 
Saturday, November 11 at NYCB LIVE, home of
the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Televised Live on HBO World Championship Boxing®
 
Earlier this week in Manhattan, Matchroom Boxing officially announced their U.S. debut with Daniel Jacobs facing off against Luis Arias in a 12-round middleweight bout and Jarrell Miller taking on Mariusz Wach in a 12-round heavyweight tilt. The event will take place Saturday, November 11 at NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT in the US and on Sky Sports in the UK.
 
Below are highlights from the press conference:
 
EDDIE HEARN:
“Look at this guy (turning to Luis Arias), if you can dress like that, you can fight – there is no doubt whatsoever.  This is a young lion.  This is a guy that is 19-0.  We saw him on the Ward-Kovalev card it was a destruction of Magomedov and he’s coming here he is confident and this is the opportunity he has been waiting for, for a long, long time.  We have plans for Daniel to go to the top – Canelo, Golovkin – but right now he is the only thing that should be in Danny Jacobs’ mind is this young man.  The co-main event – what a fight in what a division – the heavyweight division – so many great young fighters and of course our charge who I believe is the biggest star in world boxing – Anthony Joshua, looking for opponents, looking for people to fight.  And on the card here on November 11 you have a heavyweight match-up that I think is a mouth-watering opportunity.  Top 10 heavyweights – Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller, the star out of Brooklyn who always has plenty to say and who is already making waves in the heavyweight division and his opponent is Mariusz, the giant here over to my left.  He is sensational and we had him in  for sparring with Anthony Joshua for the Klitschko fight.   Wach is No. 7 with the WBC and Top 10 with the IBF.  This is a Top 10 heavyweight match-up that is very important and instrumental to the division moving forward..  We wouldn’t be here without our partners and it is wonderful to be teaming up with HBO and Peter Nelson – he is a guy that lives and breathes the sport of boxing.  He can phone me up and 3 or 4 o’clock in the morning it doesn’t matter I will pick up the call.  We look forward to working together.  Of course Brooklyn Boxing, who has been working closely with Danny Jacobs as well, and their new home the Coliseum and coming back to Brooklyn in March or April.  It is an absolute honor to be promoting live boxing in America and you can really enjoy what we are going to bring.  It is going to be fresh, exciting, tickets go on sale Thursday priced from $30 up to $350 for our VIP package.  Trust me, in about 6 months time every promoter in the business over here will be trying to copy our VIP package – you are going to enjoy it a lot.”
DANIEL “MIRACLE MAN” JACOBS – (32-2, 29 KOs):
“I have much respect for Luis and his team for taking this fight I want to thank HBO and my promoter Eddie Hearn thank you for believing in me and thanks for giving me this platform to me so I can showcase my skills.  I always wanted to make sure that I prove to the fans that I step inside the ring with the best and even though a lot of people don’t know who Luis Arias is, a lot of people on the inside of the boxing world know who this guy is.  He is an undefeated champion and he is looking to ruin all of the things that I have and that HBO and my promoter have for me, so I have to take this guy serious – I didn’t take serious what he said now but I have to take this guy serious because this is an opportunity of a lifetime.  I have to continue to do what I do and win so I can have my opportunities in the near future.  I am taking this fight very serious.  It’s in my hometown.  Its added pressure.  Main event.  It is my first appearance on HBO, officially as a signed fighter with my new promoter.  This is nerve wracking.  This is supposed to be my showcase.  Now this man is going to try and ruin it all.  I am going to do my best.  I am going to give a great show.  Whether or not he can last, whether or not the chin…I think I’ve proven those things.  Yea, I went down in amateurs against Sean Porter.  I went down in the pros against Dmitri Pirog (words from Arias) OK, Sergio Mora I went down.  But guess what? (Looking at Arias) None of that matters.  None of that stuff matters.  You cannot base all of those things on how you are going to perform.  You are none of those guys and I am no one you have ever fought before.  We can stand here and compare amateur records.  We can talk about your two national, one national championship versus my trips out of the country, international duels – we can go on and on and on about that but none of that matters.  What matter is that we prepare ourselves well, we step in and we give the best foot forward.  But I’m honestly, I’m really not (looking at heckler in crowd) Sergio Mora was the only guy I said I was going to knock out and I knocked out.  I don’t really like knocking out guys but I thought this was going to be a cool press conference and we were going to come up here and take pictures but this guy is taking it to another level.  This guy is really taking it to another level.  He’s got the jewels on, he’s got the Fruity Pebbles suit on.  I’m mean New York is, you are in for a treat guys.  Bit shout out to my team – Andre Rozier, my trainer Victor Roundtree up in heaven and my family, my ”Get In The Ring’ Foundation and everyone who has supported me in my career.  I cannot begin to tell you how much this opportunity means to me.  I will show you November 11 and that’s going to be one of my best outings because this guy – he needs to get his mouth shut, so tune in if you can’t be there it’s going to be a good fight.”
 
LUIS “Cuba” ARIAS – (18-0, 9 KOs):
“Yea ( in a loud voice) down goes Jacobs, down goes Jacobs.  He’s not getting up Jim, he’s not getting up.  Let’s not act like it’s not happened before now.  That chin has been checked and he has hit that deck so it’s not far fetched.  Yea you are a good fighter.  You did your thing.  You put up a valiant effort versus Triple G.  Eddie Hearn and HBO is giving you way too much credit for just making it to the 12th round.  I’ve been fighting my whole life, since I’ve been 8-years old.  I know the difference between boxing and running, and there were a lot of points in that fight where I didn’t know if you were boxing or running.  So like I said I am ready for this opportunity and like he said it didn’t take any time to get this fight done.  They offered me the fight Friday morning and at 12:30 I said give me the Jacobs fight and now we are here.  I’d like to thank HBO – Peter, you did say you were going to bring me back on HBO.  When we spoke before the Magomedov fight I told you who I wanted and you delivered.  I took the fight and I’m ready.  I’m undefeated and I’m hungry.  I never hit the deck, never been hurt.  I’m moving.  If I fought the guys he fought I’d be 30-0 too.   He’s had a great team, he’s been taken care of but at the end of the day that chin is suspect.  I’m training for a fight I don’t plan on training for a marathon.  Please, when I hit you, just don’t run.  I am going to be in the middle of the ring.  You’re not going to have to find me.  I am going to be right there ready to fight.  So like I said on November 11 I am shocking the world and everyone is going to see who Luis Arias is.  (To heckler)  Who’s hitting that deck?”  How many times as your man his that deck?  (To more hecklers) I hit the deck?  How many time as he hit the deck?  Sergio Mora had eight knockouts. – he put him down.  Did you see Sergio Mora?  What happened to Pirog?  Do you remember Pirog?  HBO set it up for him to be a star.  (Yelling from crowd) November 11 we are going to find out.  I’ll be ready, like I said.  I am going to be read – 100% ready.  I’ve been watching Daniel Jacobs since I was 15, 16-years old and even back then he was getting dropped.  I stand a very good chance to win this fight.  I suggest you guys go and do your homework.  Ike I said, like I told Peter, everything Danny did, I did it.  Danny couldn’t even get out of the US in the amateurs.  They never took Danny out of the US to fight the world champions.  Why?  Because he would lose.  It’s the truth.  I was there – I was the national champ.  When did you win, in 2006?  I won in 2008 and 2010, so I am right there.  I belong in this fight and I am going to be ready.  Like I said, I am training for the hardest fight of my life, I will be in tip-top shape and I’ll be ready.  I just want to take the time right now and let everyone know, everyone in Las Vegas my prayers are with you guys and I suggest everyone that can donate some blood go donate some blood.  Puerto Rico and Mexico still need our help and keep donating.  Roc Nation and Title – we have a big plan that we are getting ready to send over to Puerto Rico.  I highly suggest you go to tidal.com/puertorico and in Brooklyn her Club Lust is open for donations every day.  Just keep pushing.  We are in good positions in our lives but there are people out there in the world that need us.  See you in November.”
JARRELL “Big Baby” MILLER – (19-0, 17 KOs):
“This is a long time coming to get to this point.  If you know anything about the streets or anything about fighters, it’s been a long time to get to where I am at and no easy routs taken – 15 years and we are finally somewhere.  I want to thank Eddie Hearn from the bottom of my heart for giving me the opportunity in a country where I am not from for him to see the talent in me and people that are from the country that I am from kind of overlook me.  HBO stepped up – Salita, he’s a pain in my butt, but I’ve known him since I was 16-years old and he’s a pretty good guy when he wants to be and he’s still my boy – Shalom. It took my team to get me here.  If I said I did it all by myself I would be lying to you – there were some days where I didn’t have a place to sleep.  There were days I had no money and Harry gave me a couple bucks.  It took a lot for me to get to where I am today.  I am super motivated.  I am relaxed right now.  I am super motivated.  I fought at 296 my last fight and I am at 296 right now so imagine 5 weeks from now where I am going to be.  I am so angry on the inside from what happened a couple weeks ago because they wanted me to fight my best friend, but I sacrificed so much to get here, I would quit and die before I would give in the need to somebody else – that’s not the way how this works.  November 11 is going to be war.  I’m an actually black/polish if you didn’t know that.  I am going to give you a history lesson.  A lot of people don’t know that the Polish helped the Haitians against the French to overthrow the French and to give Haitian people their independence.  Since then, Poland is recognized as the only European country as being black.  So he’s (pointing at Wach) actually black – he might not know that, so that means he can fight his ass off twice as much.  It took teamwork to get to where I am at I could not get here by myself but in that ring I am by myself and come November 11 I am going to kick your behind.  He’s got no idea.  If I am throwing 70 punches at 296 on five weeks notice imagine what I’m going to bring to the ring on November 11 – it’s going to be fireworks.  I thank everyone for giving me the opportunity t let me show my skills on TV.  If you track me from amateurs, from kick-boxing till now I’ve been kicking but for a long time and that’s what’s going to happen on November 11 – I am going to kick butt again.  I’m not Adam or whoever you have sparred with.  I’m not Klitschko – I am something different.  I’m mean.  I’m a killer.  I’m going to knock your head off.  I thank you for signing the contract because it was hard to find another dummy to step in and I appreciate it.  Thanks again – support your local fighters, support Brooklyn and of course look out for one another no matter if you are white. Muslim, Jew, Irish, Puerto Rican, no matter, we only have each other at the end of the day.”
DARIUSZ WACH – (33-2, 17 KOs):
“I would like to thank everybody that is out here especially HBO for giving me this chance in this big fight coming up with Joel Miller on November 11.  We do know that Jarrell Miller is a strong fighter and a big heavyweight but he hasn’t met a warrior like me, he hasn’t met a heavyweight like me and on November 11 it is going to be war.  I can’t wait to see everyone inside the Coliseum on November 11.  Thank you.”
PETER NELSON, HBO SPORTS:
“I would like to thank Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing.  After the signing a lot of people said ‘Wow, HBO is making some great moves here,’ and made us look terrific.   I’ll tell you exactly how complicated this was – Keith Connolly and Eddie Hearn came to us and said “Do you want to sign Daniel Jacobs?’   I said yes and that was about as complicated a discussion as it needed to be.  He is a star on his way to superstardom and one of the greatest stories in the sport but that is not why we are here.  We are here because this is a great fight.  I asked Luis Arias ‘How old are you?’ and he said ‘Let me tell you something – everything that Daniel Jacobs did as an amateur I did twice.’  I didn’t ask how good you are I asked how old you are.  This is going to be a great fight.   Luis Arias is undefeated.  Daniel Jacobs is on the rise.  Daniel has all of the experience.  This one is a little younger.   We are also going to have a tremendous co-feature with the HBO debut of “Big Baby” Miller along with Wach and as Eddie said the heavyweight division right now is very exciting.”
Tickets for the live event are on sale on Thursday, October 5 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, NYCBLIVE.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the Ticketmaster Box Office at the Coliseum, starting Friday, October 6 at noon.
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Erislandy Lara vs. Terrell Gausha Training Camp

Oct 4, 2017 0
Erislandy Lara vs. Terrell Gausha Training Camp Notes
 
Super Welterweight Title Fight Headlines SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Tripleheader Saturday, October 14 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn & Presented by Premier Boxing Champions
Training Camp Photos
BROOKLYN (October 2, 2017) – WBA Super  Welterweight World Champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara will defend his belt for the fifth time, and the first against an unbeaten opponent, when he battles 2012 U.S. Olympian Terrell Gausha in the headlining fight of a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING tripleheader on Saturday, October 14 from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING®.
Coverage on SHOWTIME begins live at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT and features hard-hitting unbeaten champion Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo taking on top contender Erickson “Hammer” Lubin and “Swift” Jarrett Hurd making his first title defense against tough former world champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout.
 
Tickets to the event are on sale now and start at $50 (not including applicable fees). Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, barclayscenter.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.
 
Here is what the fighters had to say from their respective training camps:
ERISLANDY LARA
 
(24-2-2, 14 KOs) From Guantanamo, Cuba & Training with Ronnie Shields in Houston
 
Q. How has training camp gone? Has it been affected by the Hurricanes and what is your message for the people effected in your training home in Houston and home in Miami? 
“Training camp is going smooth as always.  A lot of hard work has been put into the camp.  As far as the Hurricanes, it flooded bad in the areas close to our gym, but we were only gone for a couple of days.  The roads to the gym were flooded, so we couldn’t go to the gym on those days.  I just want to say I’m praying for all those affected by the hurricanes in both Houston and Miami.”
Q. What do you know about Gausha and what kind of problems does he present? What do you have to be prepared to do to get the win?
“Gausha is a very good fighter.  I know he was an Olympian and is currently undefeated as a professional.  There’s nothing he does that I haven’t already seen.  So, I’m just going to stick to my game plan and listen to my corner. If I stay composed I will be able to put on the performance I’m looking for.”
Q. What does it mean to you to be on a card with all of these 154-pound champions and top contenders? How important is it to make a statement to the rest of the division? 
“It’s a great honor, especially since I’m in the main event.  It shows I’m the top fighter in the division.  Getting the win by all means necessary will be my statement.  If I get the knockout, it will be icing on the cake as the say here in the U.S.”
Q. What do you think is the significance of you being the longest-reigning 154-pound champion? If you’re able to win on October 14 what fights in the division do you want to make in the future? 
“It means a lot.  I have a goal to break the record, held by Gianfranco Ross, for most title defenses at 11.  But I’ll always be ready to fight anyone they put in front of me. I want big challenges so I would love to fight with GGG or Canelo, and I would also jump at the chance to unify against Cotto or Hurd.”
TERRELL GAUSHA
(20-0, 9 KOs) From Cleveland, Ohio & Training with Manny Robles in Norwalk, California
 
Q. How has training camp gone so far? Who have you been sparring with and what have they been able to do to prepare you for Lara? Have you tried anything new this training camp?
“Training has been great. We’ve been at it for 10 weeks. I’ve been sparring with good partners, even though I can’t pronounce most of their names. We brought in a bronze medalist from the 2012 Olympics, Chris Pearson and a great Nigerian fighter as well. They’re defensively skilled and as close as we could find to Lara’s style. He’s hard to mimic, but they’re close. We’re not really doing anything new, just working more rounds. I’ve done lots of 12-rounders in sparring, but we’ll save the rest of our secrets for fight night.”
Q. What does it mean to you to fight for a world title for the first time? Is there extra motivation from seeing other 2012 Olympians who’ve picked up titles?
“It’s a blessing and a dream come true. I’ve been working on this since I first laced up the gloves. Not everyone gets this shot and I plan on taking full advantage. Those guys from the 2012 Olympics are my brothers. We talked about things like this back at the Olympics. Then they went out and showed me it’s possible. I want to be the next one to pick up a title to fulfill my promise too.”
Q. What kind of problems does Lara present in the ring? How do you prepare for his skill set and what he does well in the ring?
“I’ve been watching Lara for a while. I know he’s a mover. Guys like that are slick and he’s a good counter-puncher. He’s a crafty veteran and has fought a lot of top guys. But I have a lot of experience myself. I’m undefeated and it’s my time.”
Q. What does it mean to you to be part of a tripleheader with the top talent in the division? How important is it to take advantage of this opportunity and put on the best performance possible?
“Being involved in this lets me know where I’m at. Not just anybody got on this card. We earned our way here and this night will open up other big fights in the division. There’s no pressure for me, though. I put in all the hard work at the gym. On fight night, I just let things flow.”
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