Dadashev vs. DeMarco y Herring vs. Moralde

Aug 15, 2018

Dadashev vs. DeMarco y Herring vs. Moralde formarán parte de las peleas preliminares del cartel Ramírez vs. Orozoco del 14 de septiembre

EN VIVO por ESPN y ESPN+ desde el Save Mart Center de Fresno, California

Taquillas ya están a la venta

FRESNO, Calif. (13 de agosto del 2018) – Maxim “Mad Max” Dadashev defenderá el título superligero de la NABF contra el ex campeón mundial peso ligero del CMB Antonio DeMarco el viernes 14 de septiembre en el Save Mart Center de Fresno, California. La pelea Dadashev-DeMarco servirá como combate co-estelar del choque por el título superligero del CMB entre José Ramírez y Antonio Orozco.

Los combates Ramírez vs.Orozco y Dadashev vs. Demarco serán televisados en vivo por ESPN y ESPN Deportes a las 10 p.m. ET. Toda la cartelera se transmitirá a  partir de las 7:30 p.m. ET en ESPN+: el servicio de transmisión por suscripción multideporte y directo al consumidor lanzado recientemente por el segmento Direct-to-Consumer & International de The Walt Disney Company en conjunto con ESPN.

Encabezando la transmisión de las peleas preliminares por ESPN+ estará el ex olímpicio estadounidense y veterano de los Marines de los Estados Unidos, Jamel Herring (17-2, 10 KOs), quien estará enfrentando a John Vincent Moralde (20-1, 10 KOs) por el título vacante de peso junior ligero de la USBA. También aparecerá en ESPN+ Hiroki Okada (17-0, 12 KOs), un contendiente de las 140 libras que hará su debut con Top Rank contra Cristian Coria (27-6-2, 11 KOs) en un duelo a 10 rounds. Y, en una atracción especial, Gabe Flores Jr. (9-0, 5 KOs), el fenómeno de 18 años de Stockton, California, verá acción en un combate de seis asaltos en peso pluma contra Roger Gutiérrez (7-1- 1, 4 KOs).

Dadashev (11-0, 10 KOs) viene de lograr un nocaut en el décimo asalto contra el ex campeón mundial Darleys Perez el 9 de junio en Las Vegas, mientras que DeMarco (33-6-1, 24 KOs) noqueó al entonces invicto Eddie Ramírez en el primer asalto en octubre del año pasado.

En una promoción de Top Rank, en asociación con Golden Boy Promotions, las entradas para este evento de campeonato mundial, con un precio de $150 (piso), $90, $60, $35 y $25, más tarifas aplicables, ya están a la venta. Los boletos se pueden comprar en línea en www.TicketMaster.com, por teléfono llamado al 800-745-3000, o en la boletería del Save Mart Center. Para obtener más información y horarios de boletería, visite www.savemartcenter.com.

“Esta va a ser la noche más grande en la historia del boxeo del Valle Central, ya que más de 14,000 fanáticos empacarán el Save Mart Center para ver a José Ramírez defender su título mundial,” dijo Rick Mirigian, manejador de Ramírez. “La cartelera es una especial, y no podemos esperar a que los fanáticos asistan y vean la función por ESPN y ESPN+.”

“DeMarco es un experimentado veterano y ex campeón mundial al que respeto mucho,” dijo Dadashev. “Estoy listo para pelear por un título mundial pronto, y DeMarco está en mi camino. Daré una actuación espectacular para los grandes fanáticos en Fresno y para todos los que verán el cartel por ESPN.”

“Me siento honrado y emocionado de volver al ring en esta cartelera,” dijo Herring. “Como algunos saben, José y yo éramos compañeros olímpicos, pero no hemos peleado la misma noche desde nuestros días de boxeo aficionado. Es genial reunirse nuevamente con un amigo cercano. Estoy muy motivado para pelear por mi primer título como profesional. Aunque no es por un título mundial, una gran victoria aquí me catapultará más alto en el ranking y un paso más cerca de un título mundial. También estoy motivado para esta pelea porque Moralde consiguió una victoria sobre uno de mis compañeros de entrenamiento {Ismail Muwendo} en su última salida, así que siento que debemos recuperar esa victoria. Veo cada pelea como una pelea por el título, y no nos olvidemos de que estoy peleando frente a mi familia de Marine Corps, ¡Así que es una obligación realizar una gran actuación!”

“Se siente genial estar peleando en el fin de semana del Día de la Independencia de México,” dijo Flores. “Este ha sido el mejor campo de entrenamiento de mi carrera, ¡Así que los fanáticos pueden esperar un explosivo Gabe Flores Jr.!”

“Estoy muy emocionado de firmar con Top Rank. Me gustaría dar las gracias al Sr. Bob Arum, el mejor promotor del mundo, por esta increíble oportunidad,” dijo Okada. “Desde que firmé, he estado entrenando más duro que nunca. Esta es una gran oportunidad, y haré todo lo posible para aprovecharla al máximo.”

En otros combates preliminares:

• El pegador de peso welter Alexander Besputin (10-0, 8 KOs), quienlogró un nocaut en el tercer asalto en el Save Mart Center el 26 de mayo, enfrentará a Alan Sánchez (20-3-1, 10 KOs) en un combate de 10 asaltos.

• El nativo de Fresno Isidro Ochoa (5-0, 1 KO) se enfrentará a Víctor Morales (9-0, 5 KOs) en un coque de peso ligero a seis asaltos.

• El ex bicampeón mundial interino Bryan Vasquez (37-3, 20 KOs) enfrentará a Carlos Cárdenas (21-14-1, 13 KOs) en una pelea de peso ligero.

• El prospecto de las 122 libras, Santos Ortega (2-0, 1 KO), quien subió al ring por última vez el 7 de julio en el Save Mart Center, peleará con Sebastián Baltazar (1-1, 0 KOs) en un combate de cuatro rounds.

• Rubén Rodríguez (3-0, 1 KO), de Indio, California, peleará en un combate de seis asaltos en peso superpluma contra un oponente que se anunciará  pronto.

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Superfly 3 Press Conference

Aug 10, 2018

#SUPERFLY3

Los Angeles, CA (August 9, 2018) Champions and contenders in the vaunted Super Flyweight Division came together today in Los Angeles to discuss their upcoming fight at the highly anticipated SUPERFLY 3 event set for Saturday, September 8, 2018 at the “Fabulous” Forum and televised on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT. Joining the fighters were special guest, four-division world champion Roman “Chocalatito” Gonzalez and 360 Promotions’ Tom Loeffler.
Juan Francisco Estrada
I’m very  happy to be here. I wanted the rematch with Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, hopefully that can happen at SUPERFLY 4. I would also like to fight ‘Chocolatito’ and avenge my loss from 2012.”
“I would like to thank ‘Chocolatito for opening the doors to our weight class which enables us to fight on HBO and at the Forum on such big shows.”
“I’m training very hard for this fight in the mountains of Mexico and will be ready for victory and to put on a great show on September 8.”
Donnie Nietes
“I’m happy to be given this opportunity. Thanks very much to ALA Promotions and 360 Promotions; this is a very big fight for me to possibly become a world champion for the fourth time. I know Aston very well, it’s a great fight between Filipino fighters but only in the ring. We have a lot of respect between us.”
Aston Palicte
“Thanks very much to my promoter, Roy Jones Jr. Promotions and 360 Promotions and also to HBO for this opportunity. I’ve known of Donnie for a long time and it will be an honor to share a ring with a Filipino legend. I’m training in Los Angeles for this fight and can’t wait to become a world champion.”
Kazuto Ioka
“I’m very happy to be fighting in the United States for the first time. The SUPERFLY series is the home of so many great champions in the division and I knew that I wanted to fight on this card. Mc Williams Arroyo is a very good fighter and Iook forward to challenging him in the ring on September 8. I’ll be training in Las Vegas for this fight with Ismael Salas.”
McWilliams Arroyo
“I’m so happy to be part of series, it meant so much to my career to defeat Carlos Cuadras in February. I know how good Kazuto Ioka is and I can’t wait to fight him on September 8. Thanks very much to 360 Promotions for this opportunity and to HBO for having me back.”
Roman Gonzalez
“Thank you to everyone for coming to this press conference to honor the great fighters we have here. I have a great deal of respect for all of them. I’m blessed to be part of this series and look forward to fighting and being victorious on September 15 in Las Vegas. Good luck to all the champions on this dais and I wish you all the very best and look forward to seeing your fights on September 8.”
Tom Loeffler/360 Promotions
“We’re honored to have not only these great fighters on SUPERFLY 3 in attendance but also the true flag-bearer for the SUPERFLY series here today, Roman ‘Chocalatito’ Gonzalez. Roman truly spear headed the interest in the super flyweight division when he knocked out Edgar Sosa in May 2016 as a flyweight on HBO and at the Forum. He also had the sensational victory over Carlos Cuadras to become a four-time world champion capturing the WBC Super Flyweight Title headlining on HBO and at the Forum.
“We have to give a lot of thanks to HBO for continuing to support this series along with the media and fans who have welcomed each one of our SUPERFLY events.”
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México vs. Puerto Rico

Aug 10, 2018

José ‘Sniper’ Pedraza Asegura Estar Listo Para Coronarse Campeón Mundial el 25 de Agosto Ante Ray Beltran

El ex campeón mundial retará a Ray Beltrán por el título peso ligero de la OMB el 25 de agosto en la Gila River Arena de Glendale, Arizona

EN VIVO a las 10:30 p.m. ET por ESPN y ESPN Deportes

 

(Credito de Fotos: Peter Amador / Top Rank)
CIDRA, P.R. (8 de agosto del 2018) – José “Sniper” Pedraza ya conoce como se siente tener un título mundial en sus manos. Ahora, el ex campeón boricua asegura volverá a experimentar esa sensación el 25 de agosto en en la Gila River Arena de Glendale, Arizona.

Ese día, Pedraza (23-1, 12KO’s) retará al campeón mexicano Ray “Sugar” Beltran (35-7-1, 21 KOs) por el título peso ligero de la Organización Mundial Boxeo (OMB) en el evento estelar del cartel que será televisado por ESPN

Pedraza, quien este sábado partirá hacia Las Vegas para finalizar su campamento de entrenamiento, entrenó esta tarde ante los medios de Puerto Rico. Esto fue lo que Pedraza tuvo que decir durante su entrenamiento en la ‘Isla del Encanto’:

Sobre su pelea titular: “Me siento bien motivado y sé que tendré una gran pelea ante Ray Beltran. Él es un peleador fuerte que siempre lo deja todo arriba del ring y batalló por mucho tiempo hasta convertirse en campeón mundial. Sé que esta será una guerra clásica entre México y Puerto Rico.”

Sobre lo que pueden esperar de él el 25 de agosto: “De mi parte pueden esperar mucho boxeo y una gran victoria. Estoy enfocado en mi carrera y en esta pelea. Definitivamente el 25 de agosto Puerto Rico tendrá un nuevo campeón mundial.”

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FORMER WORLD CHAMPIONS DANNY GARCIA AND SHAWN PORTER

Aug 10, 2018

FORMER WORLD CHAMPIONS DANNY GARCIA AND SHAWN PORTER DETERMINED TO RECAPTURE GLORY IN SEPTEMBER 8 WELTERWEIGHT TITLE BOUT LIVE ON SHOWTIME®

 

“This gives me the opportunity to be back on the mountain top.” – Danny Garcia

 

“I finally have the opportunity to get what I want.” – Shawn Porter

 Photo Credit: Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME

 

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SHOWTIME Sports® provides a glimpse into the mindsets of Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter as the two former world champions met face-to-face last week in New York City to officially announce their September 8 bout for the vacant WBC Welterweight World Championship, live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™.

 

The main event will pit two of the division’s biggest names against each other as former 147-pound champions Garcia (34-1, 20 KOs) and Porter (28-2-1, 17 KOs) are both eager regain their status at the pinnacle of one of boxing’s deepest divisions.

 

“I’m coming to fight and when I say that, I mean it,” said Garcia, who lost the WBC belt via a close split decision to Keith Thurman last year. “I feel motivated again and this gives me the opportunity to be back on the mountain top where I’ve been at for so long.”

 

“When you have a belt, everything else comes to you,” said Porter, who also lost to Thurman via decision in a 2016 Fight of the Year candidate. “I want the WBC title and I’ve said for a long time it didn’t matter who I had to go through to get it. It’s icing on the cake that it happens to be this gentleman next to me.”

 

The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast also features top 147-pound contender Yordenis Ugas (22-3, 11 KOs) taking on Argentine power puncher Cesar Barrionuevo (34-3-2, 24 KOs)  in a 147-pound title eliminator and unbeaten Polish heavyweight contender Adam Kownacki (17-0, 14 KOs) facing former heavyweight champion Charles Martin (25-1-1, 23 KOs).

 

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CARL FRAMPTON’S INTERIM TITLE DEFENSE AND TYSON FURY’S

Aug 8, 2018

SHOWTIME SPORTS® TO PRESENT CARL FRAMPTON’S INTERIM TITLE DEFENSE AND TYSON FURY’S SECOND COMEBACK FIGHT ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 18 LIVE FROM BELFAST

 

Two-Fight Coverage To Stream Live On SHOWTIME Sports Social Platforms With A Primetime Encore Presentation On SHOWTIME EXTREME®

Photo credit: Frank Warren

 

NEW YORK – August 7, 2018 – SHOWTIME Sports will present Carl Frampton’s interim featherweight title defense and the second comeback fight of lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury on Saturday, August 18 live from Belfast, Northern Ireland. SHOWTIME BOXING INTERNATIONAL® will stream live exclusively to U.S. audiences on the SHOWTIME Boxing Facebook page and SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel beginning at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT with an encore presentation later that evening on SHOWTIME EXTREME (10 p.m. ET/PT).

 

The August 18 event will be the network’s 24th live presentation of boxing through the first eight months of 2018. It will be the sixth live streaming boxing event of the year on SHOWTIME Sports social media platforms and the third from the United Kingdom as the network continues to deliver boxing’s biggest events from around the globe.

 

Former two-division champion Frampton will defend his interim WBO Featherweight Title against undefeated Australian contender Luke Jackson on the pitch at Windsor Park, where an expected 30,000 fans will witness the first boxing event at the home of Northern Irish football. In the opening bout, former IBF, WBA and WBO Heavyweight World Champion Fury will square off against two-time heavyweight title challenger Francesco Pianeta in Fury’s second comeback fight after a two-and-a-half year layoff.

 

Live coverage for the Frank Warren-promoted event will be provided by BT Sport with U.K. sportscasters John Rawling calling the action, Barry Jones providing analysis, and Ronald McIntosh conducting post-fight interviews for Fury-Pianeta. SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® host Brian Custer and Hall of Fame analyst Steve Farhood will deliver pre-and post-fight analysis from New York for the SHOWTIME Sports audience.

 

The 31-year-old Frampton (25-1, 14 KOs), who rolled back the years with an inspired performance to win the interim WBO belt against Nonito Donaire in April, will face the unbeaten Jackson as he looks to earn a second world title in one of boxing’s deepest divisions. With a victory, Frampton will target blockbuster showdowns with WBA World Champion Leo Santa Cruz, WBC World Champion Gary Russell Jr., and IBF World Champion Josh Warrington, all of whom have appeared on SHOWTIME platforms in 2018. The WBO’s interim champion is also in line to fight full titlist Oscar Valdez, who is recovering from surgery to repair a fractured jaw.

 

Jackson (16-0, 7 KOs) was the captain of the Australian boxing team at the 2012 London Olympics and has won 16 consecutive fights since turning pro in 2013. The 33-year-old is confident he can upset Frampton in front of his hometown fans and earn a title shot in the deep 126-pound division.

 

Fury (26-0, 19 KOs) returned to the ring in June with a victory over Sefer Seferi, an outmatched opponent who retired on his stool after four rounds. Southpaw Francesco Pianeta (35-4-1, 21 KOs) represents a significant step-up in opposition for the 29-year-old Manchester native. Prior to his nearly three-year layoff, the 6-foot-9 Fury established himself as the premier heavyweight boxer in the world by becoming the first man to defeat Wladimir Klitschko in more than 11 years—and by taking the IBF, WBA and WBO world title belts from the Ukrainian great in the process.

 

Pianeta (35-4-1, 21 KOs), a 6-foot-5 southpaw who fights out of Germany, has twice challenged for the heavyweight world title. Pianeta faced then-unified champion WladimirKlitschko in 2013 and lost in a bid for a secondary title against Ruslan Chagaev in 2015. A win over Fury would could put the 33-year-old Italian native back in the heavyweight title picture.

 

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RYAN ‘KINGRY’GARCÍA SE MIDE ANTE CARLOS ‘THE SOLUTION’ MORALES

Aug 8, 2018
RYAN ‘KINGRY’GARCÍA SE MIDE ANTE CARLOS ‘THE SOLUTION’ MORALES EN EL EVENTO ESTELAR DE GOLDEN BOY FIGHT NIGHT EN FACEBOOK WATCH EL 1 DE SEPTIEMBRE DESDE EL FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT CASINO
 
MARCO ANTONIO BARRERA, EL LEGENDARIO EX CAMPEÓN MUNDIAL Y MIEMBRO DEL SALÓN DE LA FAMA, SERÁ EL INVITADO ESPECIAL VIP 
 
¡Los Boletos Saldrán a la Venta el Viernes 17 de Agosto a las 10:00 a.m. PT!
 
          INDIO, CALIFORNIA 7 de agosto de 2018.Ryan “Kingry” García (15-0, 13 nocáuts), campeón superpluma NABF y NABO, se enfrentará al reto más difícil de su carrera cuando se mida ante el campeón NABA de las 130 libras Carlos “The Solution” Morales (17-2-3, 6 nocáuts) en un combate a 10 asaltos en la división ligero. El combate, que no será por un título, representará el evento principal de la edición del 1 de septiembre de Golden Boy Fight Night en el Fantasy Springs Resort Casino de Indio, California. El evento será transmitido en vivo por Facebook Watch en Estados Unidos y globalmente en la Pagina Facebook de Golden Boy Fight Night. 
 
          García, orgullo de Victorville, California y de 19 años de edad, es el futuro del boxeo. El joven púgil estampósu firma con Golden Boy Promotions en noviembre de 2016 tras capturar múltiples campeonatos nacionales como amateur y varias victorias como profesional en México. García desde entonces ha ganado casi todas sus peleas por la vía del cloroformo, incluyendo un nocaut sensacional ante Miguel Carrizoza para obtener la faja Juvenil superpluma de la NABF y un triunfo por nocaut en el primer episodio ante Fernando VargasGarcía derrotó por decisión unánime al experimentado contendiente puertorriqueño Jayson “La Maravilla” Vélez para capturar los títulos superpluma NABF and NABO en su actuación más reciente. El joven estrella peleará contra un también campeón regional en su prueba mas difícil hasta la fecha.
 
          “Me siento asombrado, honrado y emocionado”, dijo Ryan García. “He cambiado mi equipo y hemos estado trabajando en mi técnica. Ahora estoy más concentrado que nunca, y he trabajado en los golpes al cuerpo. No revelaré mucho ahora, así que todos tendrán que sintonizar. Mostraré a los fanáticos por qué somos los mejores en el boxeo”, puntualizó.
 
          Morales tiene 28 años de edad y reside en Los Ángeles, California. A pesar de iniciar su carrera con un récord de 0-1-3, Morales se anotó 16 triunfos en fila, incluyendo una victoria por decisión dividida ante Charles Huerta por la faja NABA de las 130 libras. El nativo de Tulancingo, Hidalgo, México después venció a César Alan Valenzuela, oponente común de García, antes de perder ante Alberto “Explosivo” Machado un una cerrada y difícil pelea. Morales recuperó el titulo superpluma a finales del año pasado con una victoria por decisión técnica sobre Dardan Zenunaj e intentará derribar el ascenso del joven estrella.
 
            “Estoy muy emocionado de estar nuevamente en Indio, California peleando por Golden Boy Promotions”, afirmó Carlos Morales. “Esta debería ser una pelea entretenida. Ryan García es un buen peleador, y siempre me gusta combatir contra buenos oponentes. Esta pelea estará en Facebook Watch para que todos mis fanáticos la puedan ver”, finalizó.
 
           Marco Antonio Barrerael ex campeón mundial y miembro del Salón de la Fama, será el invitado especial VIP para este explosivo evento. El nativo de la Ciudad de México, México es reconocido como uno de los mejores pugilistas que México ha dado. El llamado “Baby-Faced Assasin”, derrotó en su legendaria carrera a peleadores de la talla de Naseem “Prince” Hamed, Johnny “Mi Vida Loca” Tapiay Kevin “The Flushing Flash” Kelley. Barrera también tuvo dos espectaculares combates ante Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao y participó en un legendario trilogía ante Erik “El Terrible” MoralesBarrera estará presente para los combates y también disponible para saludar a los aficionados, firmar autógrafos, y tomarse fotos en el Fantasy Springs Special Events Center. El evento especial de saludar y conocer estará abierto al público con la compra de un boleto para el evento.
 
          Marvin Cabrera (8-0, 6 nocáuts) de Los Ángeles peleará contra Neeco “The Rooster” Macias (16-0, 9 nocáuts) de Lancaster, California en un duelo a ocho asaltos en peso superwelter. Esta batalla será un choque entre invictos y aguerridos boxeadores.
 
          Alex Rincón (4-0, 4 nocáuts) de Dallas, Texas retornará en una batalla a seis giros en las 154 libras. Kevin Ventura (9-0, 8 nocáuts) de Omaha, Nebraska participará en un choque a seis episodios en peso ligero. George Rincón (4-0, 2 nocáuts) tendrá acción en un pleito a cuatro asaltos en la división superligero. 
 
          Los horarios para este evento, junto con los oponentes para este explosivo respaldo, se anunciarán en breve.
 
         García vs. Morales es un duelo a 10 asaltos en peso ligero presentado por Golden Boy Promotions. El evento es patrocinado por Tecate,”THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” y Hennessy, “Never Stop, Never Settle.” El evento se efectuará el sábado 1 de septiembre de 2018 en el Fantasy Springs Resort Casino de Indio, California.  El evento será transmitido en vivo por Facebook Watch en Estados Unidos y globalmente en la Pagina Facebook de Golden Boy Fight Night.

 

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Arizona Media Workout: Ray Beltran Prepares to Defend World Title

Aug 8, 2018

Arizona Media Day: Ray Beltran Prepares to Defend World Title

Beltran to defend WBO lightweight title against Jose Pedraza Aug. 25 at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona
Credit: Chas Wright)
LIVE on ESPN and ESPN Deportes

(Aug. 6, 2018) — Ray Beltran scratched and clawed and spent nearly 19 years as a pro boxer before earning his first world title. He outpointed Paulus Moses on Feb. 16 in Reno, Nevada, to win the vacant WBO lightweight title, a lifelong dream finally fulfilled. A native of Los Mochis, Mexico, Beltran is now a proud resident of Phoenix, a short drive from where he will make his first title defense.

Beltran (35-7-1, 21 KOs) will defend his title against former 130-pound world champion Jose “Sniper” Pedraza as the headliner of an ESPN-televised card, Aug. 25 at the Gila River Area in Glendale, Arizona.

Beltran returned home Saturday for a full slate of media activities, including an open workout at Gent’s Boxing Club in Glendale and as a guest broadcaster for the second inning of the Arizona Diamondbacks Alumni Game.

This is what he had to say.

On his future: Hopefully, we have another big fight coming up against {Vasiliy} Lomachenko. I’m pretty happy when I fight the best. I’ve had no easy fights in my boxing career. We made our own way. We made our own name. We got a contract with Top Rank after 20-something fights. Nobody created our record. I have a lot of knockouts, but I have more power than it looks like on {my record}. All the losses that I have, four or five were robberies. I’m ready. Right now, I’m focused on Pedraza, but we dream big.”

On fighting for Phoenix and Mexico: “I feel like my heart is in half. I feel like a Phoenix fighter, but I’m also a Mexican fighter from my hometown. I can’t believe what I’ve come from. I come from nothing. I come from a place where nobody is supposed to make it. I think it’s important that the people where I came from know about it, so they get the message — whatever you want to do in life, if you work hard, you can make a change.”

On his opponent: “Pedraza is a former world champion. I believe he’s going to bring some heat. He’s going to come and fight hard to take the belt away from me. He bobs and moves around the ring a lot. He’s got good footwork, but we’ve been working at Wild Card with all different types of styles.”

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Final Results From Atlantic City

Aug 5, 2018
Fight Results From Atlantic City:
Eleider Alvarez Scores Shocking KO Over Sergey Kovalev;
Dmitry Bivol Wins Decision Against Isaac Chilemba
 
Photos: Credit David Spagnolo/Main Events

Photo Credit: David Spagnolo/Main Events

(Atlantic City, New Jersey) – In a stunning turnaround, Eleider Alvarez (24-0, 12 KOs) of Montreal, Canada scored a seventh round knockout victory over Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (32-3-1, 28 KOs) of Russia before a sellout crowd of 5,642 fans at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Etess Arena. Alvarez now becomes the WBO and IBA World Light Heavyweight Champion.
Alvarez found success with his jab early in the fight, snapping Kovalev’s head back at times. In the fourth round, Kovalev found his range and started strafing Alvarez with pounding head shots from right and left, with body work mixed in. Most other opponents would have withered under the assault, but Alvarez made it out of the round on his feet.
The pair continued to trade punches for several rounds. Two minutes into the seventh round, Alvarez, not previously known as a knockout puncher, delivered perhaps the single hardest punch of his life, a perfectly placed right to the head which threw Kovalev back onto the canvas. Kovalev beat the count, but as the final seconds ticked down, Alvarez knocked Kovalev down twice more, and referee David Fields ended the fight at 2:45 of the seventh round.
“I can’t describe how I feel,” said an elated Alvarez, thanking God and his entire team including trainer Marc Ramsey and promoter Yvon Michel, along with his family and the people of both Quebec and Colombia.
“I wanted to show him I’m strong, I have a good chin, and I’m ready for big things,” said Alvarez. On the knockout blow, Alvarez said “We practiced that punch during training camp, and that’s how it went … I always practiced that punch in training.”
Alvarez, a native of Colombia, had waited on a title shot as the WBC mandatory challenger for three years. When offered, he jumped at the chance to face Kovalev, earning him tremendous respect. Now he sits at the top of the division. Asked if he’d like to face the winner of the co-main event, Dmitry Bivol, Alvarez said “I’m ready for the best in the world. I’m ready for the best in the division. I’ve been waiting for five years. I’m ready for anybody.”
Speaking on Instagram from the back of an ambulance en route to a local hospital, an upbeat Kovalev reassured fans he was all right. “I am on my way to the hospital to check my head, check my body … I feel OK. Thank you everyone, thank you very much to all the fans around the world for your support. I love you, and I’m fine.”


Photo Credit: David Spagnolo/Main Events

Dmitry Bivol (13-0, 11 KOs) of St. Petersburg, Russia showed he belongs with the elite of this competitive division. He retained his WBO World Light Heavyweight Championship belt over one of the toughest contenders in the division, Isaac Chilemba (25-6-2, 10 KOs) of Malawi. Scores were 120-108 on two cards, and 116-112 on the third.
Bivol came out aggressively, backing up Chilemba with snapping jabs, setting up an array of power shots. Chilemba, known for his fortitude as one of the toughest tests for any light heavyweight to pass, found himself battered by Bivol and trying to find a way past his defensive movement.
Chilemba has earned his reputation as a worthy challenger, and remained determined. In the later rounds, he adjusted to Bivol’s offense, finding ways to score punches on the young Russian and slow down his offense. But in the end, Bivol’s speed, power, and accuracy were too much for Chilemba.
“Chilemba is a good fighter, and he had champion spirit tonight,” said Bivol. “He is a strong fighter. I want to fight more good fighters. I don’t know who my next opponent will be.
“We will see what will happen … I just want to fight the best fighters.”
Chilemba said, “I believe I won every round from the fifth. I pushed Bivol backwards and made him miss. I deserve a rematch.”

Photo Credit: David Spagnolo/Main Events
Meiirim “The Sultan” Nursultanov (8-0, 7 KOs) made it a quick night, needing only two rounds to defeat Jonathan Batista (17-15, 10 KOs) of the Dominican Republic. Batista’s corner called an end to the fight after the second round, following a tremendous headshot by Nursultanov at the end of the round. While it did not cause a knockdown, Batista had already taken enough punishment through both rounds for his team to protect their fighter.
Despite the victory, Nursultanov wanted to put on more of a show. “I didn’t like that he quit. I wanted a real knockout, so it is not how I planned.” Nursultanov said he had a solid five weeks of training camp and “I was ready, 100 percent.” To his fans, ‘The Sultan’ said “Thank you everybody, thank you Atlantic City. It’s a very good place and I hope to come back here again.”
Photo Credit: David Spagnolo/Main Events
Karl Dargan (18-1, 9 KOs) of Philadelphia launched his comeback after three years away from the sport with a unanimous decision in six rounds over Jonathan Perez of Colombia (37-23, 29 KOs). All three judges saw the fight as a shutout for Dargan with scores of 60-54.
Dargan took nearly three years off after his first loss in 2015, pursuing his interests in music and reality TV. Now back training under the respect Brother Naazim Richardson, Dargan thrilled his many fans in the Etess Arena.
Dargan said he was satisfied with the results after the layoff. “I mainly wanted to get the rounds in. There are a lot of things I saw that I could have done. But I didn’t want to make no mistakes.” Dargan said the win gives him new motivation going forward. “It was like a pro debut again. I’m going to stay ready, and stay in the gym. As long as I am healthy, I am going to keep moving.”
Photo Credit: David Spagnolo/Main Events 
In a borough battle, Brooklyn native Frank “Notorious” Galarza (20-2-2, 12 KOs) blasted an overwhelmed Alex Duarte of New York City (13-6-1, 10 KOs) in a junior middleweight contest. The local hero dropped Duarte with a left hook to the body, then sealed the deal with another body shot at 1:57 of round two.
As referee Eddie Claudio counted Duarte out for the KO victory, Galarza repeatedly drew a finger across his throat, signaling the win to his many fans.
After the bout, Galarza reflected on the win. “I feel good, I feel like a rock star at the Hard Rock! There is always room for improvement.”
Galarza was treated for a cut on top of the head after the bout. “I think he gave me a head butt, he gave me a little laceration on the top of my head. But we executed – you know, he was a little wild. We came in and stood tight, stayed low, and went for the body. We did the job, we took him out with a body shot.”
Galarza said he has ambitious plans for his next fight. “I want to start getting some names, get some TV, some HBO. Let’s start fighting someone big!”
 Photo Credit: David Spagnolo/Main Events
Bakhram Murtazaliev (13-0, 11 KOs) of Grozny, Russia extended his knockout streak to eight, stopping Fernando Carcamo of Mexico (23-9, 18 KOs) in just 41 seconds of round one for a successful defense of his IBA Junior Middleweight World Title. Murtazaliev came forward with bad intentions at the opening bell, intent on getting the stoppage. Carcamo had little to offer in response.
“It happened so fast, I still don’t understand,” Murtazaliev admitted. “I just left, and I am in the dressing room already. Of course, I’m very happy. A win is a win. We are moving forward fast.” Murtazaliev said he wants to fight a world champion next for a title. To his fans, Murtazaliev said, “Thank you very much for supporting me. Please continue to support me, I promise I will show you the best fights.”
Photo Credit: David Spagnolo/Main Events 
Madiyar Ashkeyev (10-0, 6 KOs) of Kazakhstan wasted no time in his junior middleweight contest, stopping Eduardo Flores of Ecuador (24-30-4, 14 KOs) after referee Maulana Murdaugh waved off the contest at 50 seconds of the fourth round.
Ashkeyev, 29, repeatedly scored with a vicious body assault, then began landing punches to the head, causing Flores to repeatedly spit out his mouthpiece. Referee Murdaugh took a point from Flores for his actions and he will serve a 30-day suspension.
“I listened to my trainer Marcos Contreras, I followed his direction and you see the results,” said Ashkeyev. “I’m very happy with the results I showed today. I will keep moving forward.” Ashkeyev said he heard the fans cheering their approval. “I heard everybody. I’m very proud of all my fans.”

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Denis Douglin (20-6, 12 KOs) of Marlboro, New Jersey made his home state fans happen with a unanimous decision victory over Vaughn “Da Animal” Alexander (12-1, 8 KOs) of St. Louis, Missouri, dealing Alexander his first professional loss. Scores were 100-90, and 99-91 X 2.
The tough super middleweights traded power shots throughout a rough and tumble fight. Douglin was the busier fighter and it was the difference
“I give myself a C-plus,” said Douglin of the win. “I had a little bit of ring rust. I felt like I should have done more to him in the earlier rounds. It took a little bit to get comfortable. Fighters shouldn’t be fighting once a year. It took me time to shake off the nerves, but once I felt good, I felt good. I’ll be back in the gym on Monday. I’m from Jersey, so people are looking for me to keep coming.”
After the fight, Alexander said it just wasn’t his night. “The dude was tough like I knew he would be.” Alexander said he would now give some thought to his future. “I have to go and think about what I want to do – I don’t know.”
Photo Credit: David Spagnolo/Main Events
Welterweight Enriko “Gogo” Gogokhia of Georgia (8-0, 3 KOs) made a successful return to the ring after a 10-month layoff due to injury with a solid unanimous decision over tough veteran Ronald Montes of Colombia (18-10, 16 KOs) to remain undefeated. Scores were 60-56 on all three scorecards.
“I felt very good,” said Gogokhia after the bout. “I’m happy with only 50 percent of everything. I won, but I didn’t knock him out. I didn’t fight for nine months due to injury. This was a good warmup for the next fight. I’ll fight everybody they give to me.”
Gogokhia had a message for his loyal fans. “Thank you very much to everybody who came to support me. I’m going to show you very nice fights in the future.”

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Opening the evening, two-time NY Daily News Golden Gloves Champion Ismael Villarreal (3-0) from the Bronx, New York remained undefeated with a unanimous decision over against the previously undefeated Kieran Hooks (3-1, 1 KO) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. All three judges gave Villarreal the same scores on the cards, 39-37.
Villarreal called it a good fight. “I feel great. I am happy that I got to Puerto Rico and prepare myself for this. I think that really helped a lot for this fight,” said Villarreal. “I want to say thank you for everybody supporting me, and especially Joe (trainer Jose Santiago) for telling me to go to Puerto Rico to train.”
Villarreal, 20, son of former super lightweight fighter Otilio Villarreal, is building his own fan base and legacy, while simultaneously carrying a full course load at Brooklyn Community College, majoring in secondary education. Villarreal will be back to school in a few weeks. And then? “Whatever fight is next, I’m going to fight. Hopefully it’s soon.”
“It was a great night of boxing, Boxing is back in Atlantic City,” declared Kathy Duva, CEO of Main Events.
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UFC RETURNS TO CHINA WITH FIRST-EVER EVENT IN BEIJING

Aug 5, 2018

UFC® RETURNS TO CHINA WITH FIRST-EVER EVENT IN BEIJING ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24 
Limited early bird tickets on sale now

 

BEIJING, CHINA – UFC® today confirmed its first-ever event in Beijing, China, will be held at the Cadillac Arena on Saturday, November 24. Limited early bird tickets for UFC FIGHT NIGHT® BEIJING, Presented by General Tire, are on-sale now via Damai.cn and 247tickets.cn.

 

Following last year’s highly successful  sell-out debut in mainland China, UFC, the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization, is primed to deliver another thrilling night of action to fans in Beijing. Over the past few years, UFC has worked to identify and nurture the talents of top tier Chinese athletes who have shown great strength, skill and determination to succeed inside the Octagon®.  UFC fans around the world have witnessed the sharp rise of local athletes such as Li Jingliang, Song Yadong, Yan Xiaonan, Song Kenan, and Pingyuan Liu, who have put their respective divisions on notice.

 

“China is the next frontier for the growth of  UFC and the sport of mixed martial arts, and this market is paramount to our success internationally,” UFC Vice President of Asia-Pacific Kevin Chang said. “We are excited to bring our next live event to China’s  capital and show the world just how far we have come. Our loyal fans in China demand nothing but the best, and one year on since our debut in Shanghai, UFC Fight Night® BEIJING, Presented by General Tire, is set to be a night to remember.”

 

UFC will be working together with Endeavor China, a subsidiary of Endeavor to deliver the live event.
“Endeavor China is excited to once again bring UFC – the world’s premier professional MMA organization – to Chinese audiences. After the great success of last year’s event in Shanghai, we are happy to announce that this year’s UFC Fight Night event will take place in the country’s capital, Beijing,” said Michael Ma, Endeavor China CEO. He continued, “MMA’s popularity is quickly rising in China, and we look forward to bringing our growing fanbase the best that UFC has to offer.”

 

Once again the live UFC event in China will be presented by General Tire, Mitchell Golledge, Head of Marketing RE PLT Tyres APAC stated, “The General Tire brand speaks to consumers that possess an adventurous spirit who believe that Anywhere is Possible. We are thrilled to take this next adventure to Beijing, a city where tradition meets the contemporary – just as martial arts now meets UFC.”

 

A limited amount of discounted Early Bird Tickets in riser categories for UFC Fight Night® BEIJING, Presented by General Tire are on sale now via Damai.cn and 247tickets.com.  Riser ticket categories are Lower Bowl 1 RMB1,480, Lower Bowl 2 RMB1,280, Lower Bowl 3 RMB880, Lower Bowl 4 RMB680, Upper Bowl 1 RMB480, Upper Bowl 2 RMB380, Upper Bowl 3 RMB280.

 

UFC VIP Experience packages and floor seats are available at a later date. VIP Packages start at RMB 9,880 (row 3), rmb 13,880 (row 2), to rmb 16,680 (row 1), each with exclusive VIP privileges. Remaining floor seats are rmb 3,880.

 

Further details on UFC FIGHT NIGHT® BEIJING, Presented by General Tire will be announced in coming weeks. Keep up to date with all the latest news by following us on Weibo: @UFC终极格斗冠军赛, Wechat: UFC终极格斗锦标赛(ufcofficial) Youku, QQ, Facebook (UFC Asia), Twitter and Instagram (@ufc), and use our official hashtag: #UFCBEIJING

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Weights for Kovalev-Alvarez and Bivol-Chilemba

Aug 4, 2018
Sergey Kovalev vs. Eleider Alvarez
Dmitry Bivol vs. Isaac Chilemba
Official Weigh-In
Kovalev-Alvarez Face-Off
Photo Credit: David Spagnolo/Main Events
Please Note: Start time for the first bout in the exciting “Super Men” fight card at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Etess Arena on Saturday, August 4, has now been changed.
The new start time for the first bout is 5:30 p.m. ET.
This does not affect the rest of the schedule. The HBO World Championship Boxing broadcast start time remains the same, 10:00 p.m. ET and PT.
Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev
Eleider “Storm” Alvarez
Chelyabinsk, Russia Montreal, Canada
32-2-1, 28 KOs 23-0, 11 KOs
Weight: 174.0, Trunks: Russian Flag Weight: 174.4, Trunks: WHT/BLK

Bivol vs. Chilemba
Photo Credit: David Spagnolo/Main Events
 
Dmitry Bivol Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba
St. Petersburg, Russia Malawi
13-0, 11 KOs 25-5-2, 10 KOs
Weight: 174.6, Trunks:  Black Weight: 175.0, Trunks:  GLD/BLK


                                 Nursultanov vs. Batista
Photo Credit: David Spagnolo/Main Events
 
Meiirim “The Sultan” Nursultanov Jonathan Batista
Astana, Kazakhstan San Pedro, Dominican Republic
7-0, 6 KOs 17-14, 10 KOs
Weight: 159.4, Trunks:  Red/BLK Weight: 164.0, Trunks: BLK/WHT
 
Murtazaliev vs. Carcamo
Photo Credit: David Spagnolo/Main Events 
 
Bakhram Murtazaliev Fernando Carcamo
Grozny, Russia Ciudad, Mexico
12-0, 10 KOs 23-8, 18 KOs
Weight: 153.0, Trunks:  Pink Weight: 164.0, Trunks:  Green

 

Galarza vs. Duarte
Photo Credit: David Spagnolo/Main Events
 

Frank Galarza

Alex Duarte
Brooklyn, NY New York, NY
19-2-2, 11 KOs 13-5-1, 10 KOs
Weight: 154.4, Trunks: WHT/Blue Weight: 151.6, Trunks: Red/Blue

  Ashkeyev vs. Flores
  Photo Credit: David Spagnolo/Main Events 
 
Madiyar Ashkeyev Eduardo Flores
Merki, Kazakhstan Quito, Ecuador
9-0, 5 KOs 24-29-4, 14 KOs
Weight: 153.0, Trunks: Red/BLK Weight: 153.0, Trunks: YLW/BLK

Alexander vs. Douglin
     Photo Credit: David Spagnolo/Main Events 
 
Vaughn Alexander Denis Douglin
St. Louis, MO Marlboro, NJ
12-0, 8 KOs 19-6, 12 KOs
Weight: 166.4, Trunks: BLK/Red Weight: 167.2, Trunks:  BLK/GLD/Blue

Dargan vs. Perez 
Photo Credit: David Spagnolo/Main Events
 
Karl “Dynamite” Dargan Jonathan Perez
Philadelphia, PA Barranquilla, Columbia
17-1, 9 KOs 37-22, 29 KOs
Weight: 135.6, Trunks:  BLK/GLD Weight: 136.0, Trunks:  Red/WHT

 
Gogokhia vs. Montes 
Photo Credit: David Spagnolo/Main Events
 
Enriko Gogokhia Ronald Montes
Zugdidi, Georgia Barranquilla, Columbia
7-0, 3 KOs 18-9, 16 KOs
Weight: 147.4, Trunks: WHT/Red Weight: 148.8, Trunks: Blue

 Villarreal vs. Hooks
 Photo Credit: David Spagnolo/Main Events
 
Ismael Villarreal  Kieran Hooks
Bronx, NY Philadelphia, PA
2-0 3-0-1, 1 KO
Weight: 156.4, Trunks: Red/BLU Weight: 156.4, Trunks:  WHT/Red

About Kovalev-Alvarez: In the first boxing event at the newly opened Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ, Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev will defend his WBO Light Heavyweight World Title against undefeated contender Eleider “Storm” Alvarez on Saturday, August 4, 2018. In the co-main event, WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Dmitry Bivol will defend his title against Isaac “Golden Boy’ Chilemba. Tickets range between $50 and $200 and are on sale now through HardRockHotelAtlanticCity.com and Ticketmaster.com. The event is promoted by Main Events and Krusher Promotions in association with Groupe Yvon Michel and World of Boxing and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
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