Top Light Heavyweight Contenders Rematch in Rio Rancho

Dec 19, 2019

TOP LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CONTENDERS

(#5) COREY ANDERSON AND (#6) JAN BLACHOWICZ

REMATCH IN RIO RANCHO

UFC FIGHT NIGHT ON ESPN+®: ANDERSON vs. BLACHOWICZ

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LAS VEGAS – UFC® is set to make its debut at Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, N.M. with a critical rematch in the light heavyweight division, No. 5 ranked Corey Anderson and No. 6 Jan Blachowicz each look to secure the first title shot of their UFC careers.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT ON ESPN+®: ANDERSON vs. BLACHOWICZ will stream live from Santa Ana Star Center with all fights carried exclusively on ESPN+ in English and Spanish. The main card begins at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 15, with the prelims kicking off at 5 p.m. ET. Doors open at 4 p.m. ET.

Currently riding the longest winning streak of his UFC career, Anderson (14-4, fighting out of Robbinsville, N.J.) aims to prove that his first win over Blachowicz was no fluke. The winner of The Ultimate Fighter season 19, Anderson has been a perennial contender for much of his career and has recently netted impressive victories over Glover Teixeira, Ilir Latifi and Johnny Walker. He now looks to make it five wins in a row and finally earn his shot at UFC gold.

Coming off the two biggest victories of his UFC career, Blachowicz (25-8, fighting out of Warsaw, Poland) intends to avenge his 2015 loss to Anderson in impressive fashion. One of the most successful Polish athletes in UFC history, Blachowicz holds wins over Jacare Souza, Luke Rockhold, Jimi Manuwa and Jared Cannonier. Now, he aims to cement himself as the clear No. 1 contender in the division by snapping Anderson’s win streak.

Announced bouts on the card include:

  • Fan favorite Diego Sanchez (31-12, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.) meets Michel Pereira (23-10, fighting out of Tucuma, Para, Brazil) in a welterweight bout guaranteed to deliver action
  • No. 7 ranked flyweight contender Rogerio Bontorin (16-1, fighting out of State of Paraná, Brazil) battles hometown hero Ray Borg (12-4, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.)
  • Women’s featherweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter: Heavy Hitters and No. 12 ranked bantamweight Macy Chiasson (6-1, fighting out of Dallas, Texas) takes on former UFC flyweight champion Nicco Montano (5-3, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.)
  • Top women’s flyweight contenders clash as No. 11 Montana De La Rosa (10-5, fighting out of Fort Worth, Texas) and No. 13 Mara Romero Borella (13-6, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.) each look to break into the top 10
  • No. 14 ranked flyweight and Jiu Jitsu black belt Mark De La Rosa (11-3, fighting out of Fort Worth, Texas) meets No. 15 ranked Raulian Paiva (18-3, fighting out State of Amapá, Brazil)
  • Devin Clark (10-4, fighting out of Sioux Falls, S.D.) looks to bounce back into the win column against Gadzhimurad Antigulov (20-6, fighting out of Makhachkala, Russia) in a light heavyweight bout

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CANELO ÁLVAREZ DEJA VACANTE SU TÍTULO SEMICOMPLETO OMB

Dec 17, 2019

         

 LOS ÁNGELES, California 17 diciembre de 2019.- Para cumplir con la Organización Mundial del Boxeo (OMB por sus siglas en inglés) con la prohibición de dejar a sus campeones tener títulos de otros organismos en diferentes categorías, Canelo Álvarez (53-1-2, 36 nocáuts), cuádruple campeón mundial divisional, y la OMB, han llegado a un acuerdo para que Canelo deje vacante el titulo mundial semicompleto OMB. Canelo capturó el campeonato de la OMB cuando venció a Sergey Kovalev por nocaut en el undécimo asalto el 2 de noviembre de 2019. Canelo mantendrá su estatus y privilegios como Súper Campeón de la OMB, incluyendo el privilegio de ser designado retador obligatorio al campeón mundial OMB de cualquiera división.              Canelo dijo al respecto: “Sé que mis éxitos en el ring han dado orgullo a mis fanáticos y a mi país. He disfrutado de mi relación con la OMB por mucho tiempo y aprecio todo lo que hacen para preservar y mejorar el deporte del boxeo. Este acuerdo permite que la OMB tenga su título semicompleto para que sea disputado regularmente y me permite perseguir peleas contra los mejores oponentes independientemente de la división”, agregó.             Francisco “Paco” Valcárcel, Presidente de la OMB, indicó: “Canelo ya ha logrado mucho en el boxeo, y todavía es un hombre joven. Cuando termine su carrera será considerado como uno de los mejores boxeadores que haya ingresado al ring, y uno de los mejores boxeadores de México. Esperamos con ansias sus futuras peleas contra rivales en la cima de las divisiones de peso mediano, supermediano, semicompleto y otras divisiones”, concluyó.             “Apoyamos completamente la decisión tomada por Canelo Álvarez y la OMB”, afirmó Óscar de la Hoya, Presidente y Jefe Ejecutivo de Golden Boy. “Canelo hizo historia al noquear a Sergey Kovalev de manera impresionante para convertirse en cuádruple campeón mundial divisional. No sólo demostró que es una real amenaza en las 175 libras, sino también probó que es capaz de moverse totalmente a través de varias divisiones para buscar las peleas más emocionantes para los fanáticos. A la misma vez, esperamos con ansias continuar promoviendo a nuestros otros campeones de la OMB como Patrick Teixeira y Franchon Crews-Dezurn”, puntualizó. 

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DIEGO DE LA HOYA SCORES UNANIMOUS DECISION VICTORY AGAINST RENSON ‘GATO’ ROBLES

Dec 17, 2019

DIEGO DE LA HOYA SCORES UNANIMOUS DECISION VICTORY AGAINST RENSON ‘GATO’ ROBLESROGER ‘THE KID’ GUTIERREZ DEFEATS ANDRES ‘MARAVILLA’ TAPIA SATURDAY DEC. 14 AT THE AUDITORIO DEL ESTADIO

(ABOVE: Diego De La Hoya throws straight left against Renson Robles en route to a unanimous decision victory on Dec. 14 at the Auditorio Del Estadio in Mexicali, Mexico)

PhotosPhoto Credit: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

MEXICALI, MEX (Dec. 14, 2019): Diego De La Hoya (22-1, 10 KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico defeated Renson “Gato” Robles (16-7, 9 KOs) of La Victoria, Venezuela via unanimous decision in a 10-round featherweight fight at The Auditorio del Estado in Mexicali, Mexico.De La Hoya won with scores of 97-94, 99-89 and 99-89. The event was streamed live on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page. “I was a difficult fight because I hurt my left hand in the second round,” said Diego De La Hoya.“I had to fight the entire fight with one hand. Still, I came to fight, and I never gave up.” In the co-main event, Roger “The Kid” Guitierrez (23-3-1, 19 KOs) of Maracaibo, Venezuela defeated Andres “Maravilla” Tapia (16-8-3, 9 KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico via unanimous decision in a 10-round super featherweight brawl. Gutierrez won with three scores of 98-91. “Tapia is a great warrior,” said Roger Gutierrez.”To fight a Mexican is a great honor for me. Thank you to all who came out to support today.” William “Camaron” Zepeda (20-0, 18 KOs) of San Mateo Atenco, Mexico stopped Jampier Oses (15-6-1, 12 KOs) of Ocumare, Venezuela via technical knockout in the third round of a lightweight bout originally scheduled for 10 rounds. Zepeda won with time of 2:32 of the aforementioned round. “I felt good,” said William Zepeda. “He surprised me for a bit. But I was able to recover due to my preparation. I think the fans were the winners tonight from a great show.” Luis “El Venado” Lopez (20-2-, 11 KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico defeated Cristian “Gaurico” Baez (18-1, 17 KOs) of Caracas, Venezuela via technical knockout in the fifth round of a 10-round lightweight fight. Lopez won with time :28 of the aforementioned round. “I would like to make a fight with Diego De La Hoya,” said Luis Lopez.”I feel great. We knew this opportunity would open many doors. And thank God we achieved our objective.” De La Hoya vs. Robles was a 10-round featherweight fight presented by Golden Boy. The event was sponsored by Tecate “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING.” The fight took place Saturday, Dec.14, 2019 at The Auditorio del Estado in Mexicali, Mexico. The event was streamed live on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page.

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VERGIL ORTIZ JR. SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDS HIS WBA GOLD WELTERWEIGHT TITLE BY STOPPING BRAD SOLOMON IN ROUND 5

Dec 17, 2019

VERGIL ORTIZ JR. SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDS HIS WBA GOLD WELTERWEIGHT TITLE BY STOPPING BRAD SOLOMON IN ROUND 5 ALBERTO MACHADO STOPS LUIS POROZO IN HIS LIGHTWEIGH DEBUTFRIDAY DEC. 13 AT FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT CASINO

(ABOVE: Vergil Ortiz Jr. lands a left hook to the body of Brad Solomon en route to a fifth-round knockout win on Dec. 13 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif.)

VERGIL ORTIZ JR. SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDS HIS WBA GOLD WELTERWEIGHT TITLE BY STOPPING BRAD SOLOMON IN ROUND 5 PhotosPhoto Credit: Kyte Monroe-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

INDIO, CALIF. (Dec. 13, 2019):  Vergil Ortiz Jr. (15-0, 15 KOs) of Grand Prairie, Texasended the 2019 year with another spectacular knockout win to successfully defend his WBA Gold Welterweight Title against Brad “King” Solomon (28-2, 9 KOs) of Douglasville, Georgia. The fight was stopped at 2:22 of the fifth round. The event took place Friday, Dec. 13 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. and was streamed live on DAZN.   “I have to give him [Solomon] some credit,” said Vergil Ortiz Jr. “He’s difficult to figure out and made me use my brain. I tried to take my time, and not rush things. I had to utilize my jab, figure out the right time to throw a punch. I think I tripped with him with my foot, so I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. He came to fight.” “I shouldn’t be chasing on the ropes like that. He let his guard now. Luckily, I did throw the right punch and hurt him. I knew he would be a tough cookie to break. Luckily, I have a good team behind me and all my smarts. I felt I was very patient, and needed to pick it up, can’t lay low. I did a good job. I would say high B or A on this one.” In the co-main event, Alberto “Explosivo” Machado (22-2, 18 KOs) of San Juan, Puerto Rico stopped Luis Porozo (14-2, 7 KOs) of Santo Domingo, Ecuador via knockout in the second round of a 10-round lightweight fight. Machado won with time of 2:59 of the aforementioned round. On the 3rd knockdown: “It’s a shot we were working on in camp,” Alberto Machado.”He was a fighter that would open up, so we worked on that in camp, going to the body. They told me to put my hands up, be more passive with my offense, throw my jab more, and as you could see he had a chaotic style. Thank god we got the victory we were looking for.” “No because I actually was trying to land to the head, but saw the opportunity to the body, so took advantage of it. I was landing that good hand. I only had ten seconds till the end of the round, so wanted to end on a good note, and threw my hands, and got the win.” On his performance: “I think I did well, made good adjustments. He’s a good fighter, I know the style he has. I think I did well because of the adjustments I made. I’m happy I ended the year on a positive note with the victory. I’ve been through very difficult situations that all of us boxers go through, some changes in camp, and in my weight. I’m ready for this division and the big challenge. I’m ready for another big fight against a former world champion, Mexico vs Puerto Rico, come on Francisco Vargas, let’s do it.” Bektemir “Bully” Melikuziev (4-0, 3 KOs) of Indio, Calif. defeated Vaughn Alexander (15-4, 9 KOs) of St. Louis, Missouri via unanimous decision to successfully defend the WBA Continental Americas Super Middleweight Title in a 10-round bout. Melikuziev won with three scores of 100-90. Joel Diaz (trainer) on behalf of Bektemir: “I’m happy that he went rounds and was able to get in the ring with a veteran and break him down.” Alexis “Lex” Rocha (15-0, 10 KOs) of Santa Ana, Calif. stopped Roberto Valenzuela (17-2, 16 KOs) of Sonora, Mexico via knockout at the end of the third to successfully defend his WBC Continental Americas Welterweight Title in a 10-round fight. Rocha won with time of 3:00 of the just-mentioned round. “He caught me in the second round,” said Alexis Rocha.”I got lazy. It’s my fault. I started letting my hands go after the third, and then I kept hurting him. It was important that I finished the fight. It’s a learning experience.” Luis Feliciano (14-0 8 KOs) of Milwaukee, Wisconsin defeated Herbert “Ace” Acevedo (16-3-1, 6 KOs) of Garden City, Kansas via unanimous decision to retain his NABF Super Lightweight Title in a 10-round brawl. Feliciano won with scores of 91-92, 100-89 and 99-90. “I give props to Herbert Acevedo,” said Luis Feliciano.”He’s a tough and rugged fighter. I thought he was out when I dropped him in the third round. I tried to get the finish, but he weathered the storm. I’m happy to finish year with a win, and we are on to the next.” Erik Bazinyan (24-0, 18 KOs) of Quebec, Canada beat Saul Roman (45-14, 37 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico via knockout in the third round of a super middleweight fight originally scheduled for eight rounds. Bazinyan won with a time of 0:46 of the round just mentioned. “I learned from fighting a veteran, someone with almost 60 fight,” said Erik Bazinyan.”I tried to show my skills and fight my fight. The timing was right, so I got him out of there.” Ferdinand “Lucky Boy” Kerobyan (13-1, 8 KOs) of North Hollywood, Calif. stopped Fernando Carcamo (23-11, 18 KOs) of Sonora, Mexico via knockout at 1:46 of the first round of an eight-round super welterweight fight.  “This was a great victory,” said Ferdinand Kerobyan.”This was everything I imagined. A great birthday gift for myself!” Serhii Bohachuck (17-0, 17 KOs) of Big Bear, Calif. defeated Carlos Galvan (17-10, 16 KOs) of Apartado, Colorado via knockout in the fifth round of an eight-round super welterweight bout. Bohachuck won with time of 1:40 of the aforementioned round. “I felt very well,” said Serhii Bohachuck. “It was a quality opponent for a tune up fight. I fought not too long ago. It was good fight to finish the year. Now it’s time to get some rest and prepare for the next fight.” Ortiz Jr. vs. Solomon was a 12-round fight for the WBA Gold Welterweight Title presented by Golden Boy. The event was sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” and Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle.” The event took place Friday, Dec. 13 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. and was streamed live on DAZN.

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Devin Haney Has Successful Surgery Procedure on Injured Shoulder

Dec 17, 2019

LAS VEGAS, NV (December 13, 2019) – WBC Lightweight World Champion, Devin “The Dream” Haney (24-0, 15 KOs), is recovering from a successful surgery to his injured right shoulder. The procedure was performed this week in Los Angeles by world renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. Neal S. ElAttrache. Haney suffered a microscopic tear of his right labrum on November 9, 2019, during his WBC title defense against Alfredo Santiago. The tear required immediate surgery. Now in recovery, Haney is focused on getting the proper rest and rehabilitation needed to make a full recovery. “In my last fight with Alfredo Santiago, my right shoulder came completely out of the socket in the 12th round,” said Devin. Haney. “I stayed focused and showed the grit of a true champion. I’m very happy with my performance considering the injury. I’m the youngest world champion in the last 23 years. Unfortunately, my injury required that I have surgery, but I’m happy I went with Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who in my opinion is the best surgeon in the world with these types of injuries. His resumé speaks for itself and the procedure was a success. Right now, I’m all about healing so I can get back in the ring as soon as possible.” Haney’s surgeon Dr. ElAttrache has performed procedures on other distinguished athletes such as Tom Brady.  ElAttrache serves as team physician for the LA Dodgers and LA Rams.  In addition, he serves as an orthopaedic consultant for the LA LakersLA KingsLA Angels and the Anaheim Ducks. Devin, who was expected to defend his WBC world title against mandatory challenger and the #1 ranked contender, Javier Fortuna, is expected to be out of the ring for at least six months. Upon a healthy recover, Haney plans to solidify his position as the best young fighter in boxing. “As soon as I feel I’m ready to get back in the ring, I’m coming for everyone,” continued Haney. LomachenkoLopezCommey…who ever, I’m coming for all the belts! I’ll be back stronger than ever, that you can bet.”

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DIEGO DE LA HOYA VS. RENSON ROBLES FINAL PRESS

Dec 13, 2019

DIEGO DE LA HOYA VS. RENSON ROBLES FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE PHOTOS, QUOTES AND VIDEOS

SATURDAY, DEC. 14 AT THE AUDITORIO DEL ESTADO EN MEXICALI, MEXICO AND STREAMED LIVE ON FACEBOOK WATCH

(ABOVE: Diego De La Hoya and Renson Robles pose for the media at their final press conference ahead of their 10-round fight at the Auditorio Del Estado in Mexicali, Mexico

Photos/VideosPhoto Credit: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Video Credit: Golden Boy

Tickets Still on Sale! MEXICALI, MEXICO. (Dec. 12, 2019): Diego De La Hoya (21-1, 10 KOs) and Renson Robles (16-6, 9 KOs) hosted their final press conference today at the Lobby Bar at Hotel Araiza ahead of their 10-round fight. The event will take place Saturday, Dec. 14 at The Auditorio del Estado in Mexicali, Mexico and will be streamed live on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page.  Below is what today’s participants had to say at the press conference: DIEGO DE LA HOYA, Featherweight Contender:    “I’m happy and motivated for this fight in Mexicali. I’m happy to go to war and score a victory for everyone here in my hometown. I’ve worked hard for my career, and I’m going to fight hard this Saturday.”
RENSON ROBLES, Featherweight Contender: “I’ve been preparing a lot in Venezuela. I know it’s going to be a very hard fight, but no matter what I’m here to win.” ROGER GUTIERREZ, Super Featherweight Contender: “I’m prepared 100%. I love being here and I love Mexicans because they mean war and I’m ready for war.” ANDRES TAPIA, Super Featherweight Contender: “I’m doing a good job of keeping my confidence high. You don’t waste these types of opportunities. Roger is a great fighter and I’m going to fight hard and that trophy is staying in Mexicali.” WILLIAM ZEPEDA, Lightweight Contender: “I’m so honored to be here. I’m thankful for my Dad’s support and I’m excited to see all these fighters here. I’m ready to give it my all!” JAMPIER OSES, Lightweight Contender: “Thank you for the support. Thank you for the opportunity and we’re here for victory only. We are going to do everything right, we’re ready for Saturday.” CHRISTIAN BAEZ, Lightweight Contender: “It’s an honor to be here. It’s a good opportunity and thank you to the public. We’re ready for war, it’s going to be a good fight. This is my first but not my last time in Mexico.” LUIS LOPEZ, Lightweight Contender: “Thank you for GB for the opportunity and for being here in Mexicali and I’m excited to represent Mexicali. Christian is a great fighter, but I prepared for this fight. Like he said I’m ready for war and we’ll see each other this Saturday.” 

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“THE GHOST” IS LOOKING TO FACE BIG NAMES 2020

Dec 11, 2019

GILROY, CA (December 11, 2019) – After winning three fights on his comeback trail, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (36-6-1, 20 KOs) is ready to step up in competition. The former multiple division world champion is looking to step in the ring with any of the big names at welterweight in the upcoming 2020 year. “In 2020 I want to step up and fight any of the big names at welterweight,” said Guerrero. “I wouldn’t mind stepping in the ring with Mikey Garcia, who I think is one of the best fighters in boxing. I’ve always respected Mikey and I think that would be a good fight for the fans. Manny Pacquiao is another big name that I can see myself fighting. I also wouldn’t mind doing a rematch with Danny Garcia.” In 2013, Guerrero fought Floyd Mayweather Jr., followed by some tough fights with Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia to name a few.  The Ghost always gives the fans their money’s worth and he’s looking to do the same in the upcoming year. “Everyone knows I always come to fight, who ever it is,” Guerrero continued. “I feel the time off during my lay off did my body some justice as I needed the proper rest. I’ve won all my comeback fights and now its time to step up.  Given my track record, I feel I’ve earned the right to be in a big fight.  2020 is going to be a big year for me and I’m ready to take on all the big names.”

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A PAIR OF THRILLING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHTS HEADLINE UFC® 247 IN HOUSTON

Dec 11, 2019

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(C) JON JONES vs. (#4) DOMINICK REYES

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Las Vegas – UFC® returns to Toyota Center with two blockbuster world championship fights. UFC light heavyweight champion and No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter Jon Jones looks to continue his dominance when he meets undefeated No. 4 ranked contender Dominick Reyes. UFC women’s strawweight champion and No. 11 pound-for-pound Valentina Shevchenko aims for her third successful title defense when she faces battle-tested No. 1 contender Katlyn Chookagian.

UFC® 247: JONES vs. REYES will take place Saturday, Feb. 8 at Toyota Center and will stream live nationally on Pay-Per-View, exclusively through ESPN+ in the U.S. at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT in both English and Spanish.

ESPN+ is the exclusive provider of all UFC Pay-Per-View events to fans in the U.S. as part of an agreement announced in March and continuing through 2025.

As UFC® 247: JONES vs. REYES approaches, fans will be able to purchase itonline at ESPNPlus.com/PPV or on the ESPN App on mobile and connected-TV devices. ESPN+ is available as an integrated part of the ESPN App on all major mobile and connected TV devices and platforms, including Amazon Fire, Apple, Android, Chromecast, PS4, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, X Box One and more.

Preliminary fights will air nationally in English on ESPN and on ESPN Deportes (in Spanish) starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT with the early prelims simulcast on UFC Fight Pass and ESPN+ at 6:15 p.m. ET/3:15 p.m. PT.

The most dominant light heavyweight champion in UFC history, Jones (25-1 1NC, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.) aims to tie the UFC record for total title defenses at 11. Throughout his storied career, Jones has earned impressive victories over world champions Daniel Cormier, Rashad Evans, Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and Shogun Rua. He now looks to put on another show-stealing performance to further etch his name in the history books.

A dangerous finisher sporting a perfect record, Reyes (12-0, fighting out of Victoriaville, Calif.) looks to become the first fighter to stop Jones. Since joining the UFC roster in 2017, he has delivered memorable wins against Chris Weidman, Volkan Oezdemir, Ovince Saint Preux and Jared Cannonier. He now hopes to become the 14th undefeated fighter to earn a UFC world championship by dethroning one of the biggest names in mixed martial arts.

Undefeated since moving to the UFC flyweight division in 2018, Shevchenko (18-3, fighting out of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan) has proven to be a force at 125 pounds. After capturing the vacant championship last year against Joanna Jedrzejczyk, the former kickboxer has delivered successful title defenses over Jessica Eye and Liz Carmouche. Shevchenko aims to keep her spot at the top with another spectacular performance.

A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt under Renzo Gracie, Chookagian (13-2, fighting out of Kenilworth, N.J.) has proven herself to be one of the toughest fighters on the UFC flyweight roster. Throughout her career, she has secured impressive wins against Jennifer Maia, Joanne Calderwood and Alexis Davis. Chookagian looks to stop Shevchenko and achieve her dream of winning a UFC championship.

Additional bouts on the card include:

  • No. 5 ranked contender Derrick Lewis (22-7 1NC, fighting out of Houston, Texas) goes for another highlight-reel KO when he welcomes Ilir Latifi (15-7 1NC, fighting out of Malmo, Sweden) to the heavyweight division
  • In a pivotal flyweight contenders’ bout, No. 6 ranked Lauren Murphy (11-4, fighting out of Glendale, Ariz.) takes on No. 8 Andrea Lee (11-3, fighting out of Shreveport, La.)
  • Heavyweight prospects collide when Juan Adams (5-2, fighting out of Houston, Texas) faces Justin Tafa (3-1, fighting out of Brisbane, Australia)
  • Mirsad Bektic (13-2, fighting out of Montreal, Canada by way of Srebrenica, Bosnia) squares off with Dan Ige (12-2, fighting out of Haleiwa, Hawaii) in an exciting featherweight bout

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ISMAEL BARROSO UPSETS YVES ULYSSE JR. TO CAPTURE THE WBA GOLD SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE IN MAIN EVENT OF THURSDAY NIGHT FIGHTS

Dec 6, 2019


ISMAEL BARROSO UPSETS YVES ULYSSE JR. TO CAPTURE THE WBA GOLD SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE IN MAIN EVENT OF THURSDAY NIGHT FIGHTS
D’MITRIUS ‘BIG MEECH’ BALLARD AND YAMAGUCHI FALCAO TO BATTLE TO A MAJORITY DRAWTHURSDAY DEC. 5 AT THE HANGAR AT THE OC FAIR & EVENT CENTER

(ABOVE: Ismael Barroso throws a left hook against Yves Ulysse Jr. en route to a unanimous decision win on Dec. 5 at the Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, Calif.)

PhotosPhoto Credit: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden BoyCOSTA MESA, CALIF. (Dec. 5, 2019): Venezuelan puncher Ismael Barroso (22-3-2, 20 KOs) scored an upset 12-round unanimous decision against Canadian contender Yves Ulysse Jr. (18-2, 9 KOs) to capture the WBA Gold Super Lightweight Title in the main event of Thursday Night Fights on Dec. 5 at the Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, Calif. Barroso won with scores of 111-117, 113-115 and 113-115. The fights were streamed live on DAZN and on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. The series is also available on regional sports networks around the nation. “I want to thank God for this win,” said Ismael Barroso.”I didn’t just win on my strength; I won by the will of God. My trainer told me to push hard and so I won the championship rounds. I want to thank my whole team and everyone who stood by me.” D’Mitrius “Big Meech” Ballard (20-0-1, 13 KOs) of Temple Hills, Maryland and Yamaguichi Falcao (16-1-1, 7 KOs) of San Paulo, Brazil fought to a 10-round majority draw in a bout that was for the then and still vacant NABF Middleweight Title. One judge scored the bout 97-93 for Ballard, which was overruled by two scores of 95-95. “I thought I came stronger in the later rounds,” said D’Mitrius Ballard. “I felt I won this fight. I controlled the pace, walked him down and finish strong. But this is boxing. What can you do?” “I felt I did better,” said Yamaguchi Falcao. “I respect the judges’ decision. He is a very good fighter. I trained for several months, and this was not the result I expected. But now I want to train even harder for the next fight.” Mihai Nistor (1-0, 1 KO) of Bucharest, Romania made his professional debut with a third-round knockout win against Christian Mariscal (13-5, 6 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico in a scheduled six-rounder in the heavyweight division. The fight was stopped at 2:00 of the aforementioned round. “It was my first time as a professional with all these people and on TV,” said Mihai Nistor. “I had to warm up for a bit, but then I was able to finish the fight.” George Rincon (9-0, 6 KOs) of Dallas, Texas defeated Antonio Flores (8-2, 2 KOs) of Northglenn, Colorado via knockout in a scheduled four-round super lightweight fight. Rincon ended the clash at :34 of the fifth round. “I’m always looking for the knockout,” said George Rincon.”He was a tough fighter with a good chin, so I had to make some adjustments. Then, I found the right shot that ended the fight.” Jason Quigley (17-1, 13 KOs) of Donegal, Ireland bounced back from his first and only loss with a dominant stoppage victory against Abraham Cordero (13-5-2, 7 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico in a scheduled eight-round super middleweight clash. Quigley ended matters at 1:36 minutes of the third round. Irish prospect Aaron “Silencer” McKenna (10-0, 6 KOs) scored a knockout win against Victor Gaytan (6-5, 3 KOs) of Guanajuato, Mexico in a super welterweight fight originally scheduled for six rounds. The fight was stopped at 1:58 of the second round. “I got him with the perfect body shot,” said Aaron McKenna. “You can see the progress I’m making with Robert Garcia. We were working on that in camp, and now you see the result.” Rianna Rios (1-0) of Colorado Springs, Colorado made a successful professional debut by defeating Elizabeth Tuani (0-1) of SeaTac, Washington via unanimous decision in a four-round bantamweight bout. Rios won with three scores of 40-36 “This is a dream come true,” said Rianna Rios.”I’m so grateful, especially since this is on a Golden Boy card and have my team with me. This has been a blessing.”

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UNIFIED WORLD CHAMPION JOSE RAMIREZ AWARDED 2019 ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AT THE SOL BUSINESS AWARDS PRESENTED BY THE LATIN BUSINESS ASSOCIATION

Dec 6, 2019

(December 5, 2019 – Burbank, CA) : Last night at the 43rd Annual Sol Business Awards Gala in Burbank, CA. Unified WBC and WBO World Super Lightweight Champion, Jose Ramirez was awarded the Athlete of the Year Award for his accomplishments not only in the ring,  but also outside of the ring. Ramirez, who unified the WBC and WBO World Super Lightweight Titles this past July by defeating Maurice Hooker, has proven to the world you can accomplish your dreams with discipline, dedication and responsibility. On top of becoming World Champion, he has SOLD OUT every fight in Fresno, CA but most importantly, every fight has been a fight within itself. Fight for Water, KO Cancer, Immigration Reform, Jose Ramirez has used the platform Boxing has given him, to give back to his community. 
“I’m grateful for this recognition, I’m just getting started. I truly hope I can continue to win the fights inside the ring, so I can fight the ones to help my community outside the ring. Once you are a Champion, it is a huge responsibility to not only stay a Champion, but set an example for the community, for the world, together we can fight many causes and build even more Champions!”  ~Jose Ramirez
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