Ancajas and Sultan Ready to Make History in Fresno

May 25, 2018
 Final Press Conference:
Ancajas and Sultan Ready to Make History

LIVE on ESPN+, Saturday, May 26 at 9:30 p.m. ET

(Photo Credit: Mikey Williams / Top Rank)
FRESNO, Calif. (May 24, 2018) — History is only two days away, as Jerwin “Pretty Boy’” Ancajas will defend the International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior bantamweight world title in the main event Saturday evening against countryman Jonas Sultan at the Save Mart Center. It marks the first world title bout featuring two Filipino fighters in 93 years, when Pancho Villa defended the world flyweight title against Clever Sencio on May 2, 1925.

In the co-feature, Great Britain’s Kal Yafai will make the third defense of his World Boxing Association (WBA) super flyweight title against David Carmona.

Ancajas vs. Sultan and Yafai vs. Carmona will be broadcast exclusively on ESPN+ beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET.

Undercard bouts will be shown on ESPN+ starting at 6:30 p.m. ET. The undercard includes undefeated welterweight prospect Alexander Besputin (9-0, 7 KOs) in a 10-rounder against Saul Corral (27-11, 18 KOs); unbeaten lightweight prospect Ismail Muwendo (19-0, 12 KOs) against John Moralde (19-1, 10 KOs) in an eight-rounder; and Central Valley 130-pound prospects Bryan Lua and Isidro Ochoa in separate six-round bouts.

This is what the fighters had to say.

Jerwin Ancajas

“For me, Filipino boxers fight with their heart, so I consider a Filipino opponent to be difficult in the ring.”

“It is God’s will that we are here, participants in the main event. I thank Top Rank for the opportunity.”

Jonas Sultan

“It has always been my dream to fight for a world championship, and this opportunity has come my way. Throughout my career, and when I was young, this is what I dreamed of. I am going to go all out to win this championship.”

“I studied Ancajas’ style very carefully, and now it’s my opportunity to do what I can.”

Kal Yafai

“I watch the fights with my trainer. Carmona is a tough fighter. He’s been in the ring with guys like Inoue and Cuadras, took them both the distance. Cuadras was close. He could’ve won that fight. So, yeah, he’s tough, experienced. He’s had three world title fights, so he knows what he’s doing in there. On Saturday, he’s going to come across someone who is very quick. I think I’m just too good all around, and especially when I’m looking to make an explosive performance in my U.S. debut. I think he’s in a little trouble, but I’m going to go out there, box him, take what I can, and go from there.”

“I’ve come out here to deal with business on Saturday night, defend my world title, impress, look good, and dazzle in front of an American audience on ESPN+.”

David Carmona

“I’m ready to fight. I hope to have a good opponent in the ring. He’s a champion, and we’re going to make a good fight.”

Bryan Lua

“I can show my power and my talent and my speed, but this Saturday night, I want to show that I can box, I have power, and I have the one-punch knockout power as well.”

Isidro Ochoa

“Look where I’m at now. Nine years after winning my first national title, I’m signed by Top Rank, one of the biggest promotional companies, fighting on the biggest cards.”

“I watch every fight. Every big fight I’m on, I stay and watch all the fights because I learn things. Although I’m outside the ring, you learn from watching the best.”


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May 25, 2018


El presidente de los Estados Unidos de América, Donald Trump, otorgó el perdón este jueves a Jack Johnson, quien fue  el primer campeón de peso completo afroamericano y que fue condenado en 1913 por transportar a una mujer blanca a través de las fronteras estatales.
Décadas después de que Johnson fue declarado culpable en virtud de la Ley Mann, su caso llamó mucho la atención al ser considerado un error grave en la justicia, siendo un episodio que describe el profundo impacto del racismo en el sistema judicial estadounidense de aquella época.
Johnson fue declarado culpable en 1913 de violar la Ley Mann por haber transportado a una mujer blanca a través de las fronteras estatales “con fines inmorales”. Jack Johnson fue sentenciado a un año de prisión, pero huyó del país por varios años y regresó en 1920 para cumplir su condena.
Johnson, quien fue monarca mundial de peso pesado de 1908 a 1915, se convirtió en el primer hombre afroamericano en ganar el título más prestigioso de nuestro deporte, el cinturón de los completos.
Durante su carrera profesional Johnson provocó el odio de muchas personas, incluso muchos ciudadanos afroamericanos sufrieron represalias después de que Jack destrozara a peleadores como Tommy Burns y James J. Jeffries.
No fue sino hasta 1915, que estando fuera de forma y siendo un veterano, que “El Gigante de Galveston” fuera despojado del título por Jess Willard, quien lo venció en el round 26, en pelea efectuada en la Habana.
Los reyes de peso pesado Lennox Lewis y Deontay Wilder, el gran actor Sylvester Stallone, el presidente del WBC Mauricio Sulaimán, el presidente de Scholas Ocurrentes México, Héctor Sulaimán, entre otros, se reunieron en la Casa Blanca para ser parte de este histórico evento, en el que fueron recibidos por el presidente Donald Trump, quien en alguna parte de su vida promovió algunas peleas en sociedad con Don King; una de esas batallas fue protagonizada por Mike Tyson y Michael Spinks.

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May 24, 2018
Photo Credit: Leon Bennett / Getty Images for Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation 

Santa Monica, CA (May 23, 2018) – The B. Riley FBR, Inc. 9th Annual “Big Fighters, Big Cause” Charity Boxing Night returned to the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel for a star-studded night of boxing presented by Golden Boy Promotions to benefit the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation, and their mission to fund life-changing research, care & awareness for pediatric type 1 & 2 diabetes, and to help children live healthier lives through diet and exercise.
Emceed by actor and comedian Bill Bellamy, the night featured a national anthem performance by Kennedy Stephens, as well as a live and silent auction display, which included iconic memorabilia and other one-of-a-kind items and experiences to benefit the foundation. Additionally, the evening honored actor, comedian, and committed philanthropist, Cedric “The Entertainer” with the 2018 Golden Glove Award. The award was presented to him by Sugar Ray Leonard in recognition of Cedric’s numerous charitable endeavors, including his work with Step On Up™, the educational program shedding light on diabetic nerve pain, developed by Pfizer Inc. in collaboration with the American Diabetes Association.
Celebrities and Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation supporters in attendance included Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, Oscar de la HoyaArsenio Hall (Actor/Comedian), Catherine Bach (Actress), Chris Hale (Former NFL Player), Chris Tucker (Actor/Comedian), Holly Robinson Peete (Actress), Jimmy Jam, Johnny Gill (Actor/Recording Artist), Rodney Peete (Former NFL Player), Tommy Chong (Actor/Comedian), Daisy Lang (Boxer), and more.
Super featherweight prospect Jousce “Tito” Gonzalez (8-0, 8 KOs) of Glendora, Calif. scored a technical knockout victory at the end of the fourth round against Juan Sandoval (7-22-1, 4 KOs) of Toluca, Mexico in tonight’s main event.
“I’m happy with a victory but I think I should’ve done better in this fight,” said Jousce Gonzalez. “I feel I should’ve use my distance more and thrown straight punches. Next time I will use my job more and my footwork.”
Rising welterweight Aaron “Silencer” McKenna (4-0, 3 KOs) of Monaghan, Ireland defeated Darel Harris (1-2-1, 1 KO) of Sarasota, Florida via technical knockout after a cut, which was caused by a punch, forced the referee to stop the fight.
“When I saw the blood, I wanted to go after him even more,” said Aaron McKenna.“Though I thought I was going to stop him in the next round, it was a good learning experience.”
Rommel Caballero (1-0-1) of Coachella, Calif. defeated Daniel Bastien (4-8, 1 KO) of Nuevo Leon, Mexico via unanimous decision across four rounds of lightweight action. Caballero won with three scores of 40-35.
“After the first body shot, I thought I was going to drop him,” said Rommell Caballero.“But he’s tough and stayed in there. I learned a lot from this fight and I’m happy it turned out better than the first bout.”
In the first bout of the evening, super featherweight Oscar “El Motorcito” Acevedo (3-0) of Garden City, Kansas scored a four-round unanimous decision victory against Ricardo Fernandez (3-8-4) of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Acevedo won with three scores of 40-36.
“Out of all my previous opponents, he had the most fights,” said Oscar Acevedo. “That’s why it was a learning experience. It showed me where I am. Now I’m ready to come back and fix all my mistakes at the gym on Monday.”
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Ancajas and Sultan Prepare for Historic Fight

May 24, 2018

Media Workout Notes & Quotes: Ancajas, Sultan Prepare for First All-Filipino World Title Bout in 93 Years

England’s Kal Yafai to defend WBA 115-pound title against David Carmona

Central Valley fan favorites Bryan Lua and Isidro Ochoa to see action on the undercard

(Photo Credit: Mikey Williams/Top Rank)

FRESNO, Calif (May 23, 2018) – No matter the result, history will be made Saturday evening at the Save Mart Center, when Jerwin Ancajas defends the IBF junior bantamweight title against Jonas Sultan. It will be the first all-Filipino world title bout contested since 1925.

In the co-feature, WBA 115-pound champion Kal Yafai of Birmingham, England, will make his U.S. debut against two-time world title challenger David Carmona.

Appearing on the undercard will be a pair of 4-0 Central Valley junior lightweight prospects: Isidro Ochoa of Fresno and Bryan Lua of nearby Madera, Calif.

Many of the fighters from Saturday’s card worked out for the media Wednesday at Heartbeat Boxing.

This is what they had to say.

Jerwin Ancajas“My goal is to entertain the crowd. For my fans, the Filipino community here, I’m looking forward to this fight.”

“I’m proud that my dream has come true. All of my sacrifices paid off.”

“Sultan is hungry for a world title fight, to prove he is the best. I am confident, but not overconfident, because he’s also Filipino. We are expecting a good fight for the fans.”

“There are many great fighters in the Philippines, and I am happy that Jonas and myself can share this big stage. We are making history, and I am glad that we can fight to see who is the best.”

Jonas Sultan

“For me, I’m really proud for this fight because I am the one fighting for a championship that is history-making in the Philippines. I am very grateful that I am the one. This is my dream in life, to fight for the world championship.”

“This is very good for me because this is an important opportunity. Jerwin is a good fighter. He has speed and power. I trained hard. I have a really good plan for this fight.”

Kal Yafai

“It was the right time in my career {to make my American debut}. I had the opportunity, to not only to fight in the U.S., but fight on a Top Rank card. Top Rank is a very respected promoter, and my promoter, Eddie Hearn, thought it was the best opportunity for me. So, that’s what we did.”

“At this moment, I don’t really care about {Ancajas-Sultan} because I have a job to do myself. I’m not looking past this fight. After my fight, I’ll obviously watch the fight if I’m not too tired. I always concentrate on what I have in front of me.”

“There are plenty of great fighters at 115 pounds. Jonas Sultan is a great fighter, and he can’t be written off on Saturday night. Jerwin is a great fighter also, who I expect to win on Saturday.”

Bryan Lua

“My first three opponents, I tried to hit them with everything, and they went in survival mode for the rest of the four rounds. With my last fight (a first-round KO), I just took my time, let him in, and caught him with a left hook.”

“It’s like I’ll be fighting in my backyard. All the people that have been supporting me from Madera, Fresno, and the entire Central Valley will be there. I’m just excited to put on a show.”

“Now that I’m training with Jose Ramirez and {trainer} Robert Garcia in Riverside, it motivates me more to showcase my talent here, so one day I can be the main event or the co-main event with Jose.”

Isidro Ochoa 

“I’m really excited for this. It’s been my dream since I was little to fight in big arenas like the Save Mart Center. All of my family and friends in Fresno will be able to make it here.”

“Since Jose Ramirez turned pro, I feel like it’s opened the doors for a lot of Central Valley fighters. There is really good talent here in the Central Valley. Everyone knows Fresno as this really bad neighborhood, but deep down inside Fresno, there are a bunch of kids who want to do something with their lives. Boxing pushes people to accomplish their dreams.”

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Crypto Boxers Announces Open Call for Contenders to #GetIntheGame

May 24, 2018
Crypto Boxers Announces
Open Call for Contenders to
May 23, 2018 – Crypto Boxers, the first and only boxing game operating on blockchain technology, has announced an open call for all boxers to #GetInTheGame!  Professional contenders, of all ranks, can now apply to have their own avatar created for game inclusion and thereby receive residual income after the game’s launch.Crypto Boxers is slated to launch this summer and will feature real life boxing professionals as collectible tokens for the virtual fighting action on Ethereum, an open-source, public, blockchain-based distributed computing platform and operating system featuring smart contract functionality.
By playing Crypto Boxers, gamers engage in virtual matches with the boxer of their choice, creating an actual ‘gloves on’ in the ring experience! By offering gamers a unique opportunity to compete while exploring the new realm of digital currency via their wins and losses, Crypto Boxers will do for cryptocurrency what Madden did for the game industry. Moving beyond the PlayStation realm, the game allows the player the opportunity to not only just compete, but to also earn upon winning as the game’s virtual boxers reap digital rewards for their wins.
Boxing champion Yahu “Rock” Blackwell is spearheading the game after delaying his initial fight game release to expand the concept as a means to merge into the cryptocurrency space. Hall of Famer and legendary referee Joe “Mr. Fair But Firm” Cortez is the first celebrity announcement with his own avatar calling all the fights on the game!
“This all started as a boxing game then became an innovative cryptocurrency concept,” explains Andrew Gilliam, Blackwell’s manager and Crypto Boxer consultant. “We then sat down as a team to discuss how can we make the game a more inclusive experience for the entire boxing community. It just made sense to invite our industry’s pioneers, current contenders and newcomers to “Get in the Game” with us! By coming on board now, fighters have an opportunity to earn long term residual income by lending their personas as fight opponents for gamer selections. It becomes a win-win for all involved!”
Crypto Boxers has received an overwhelming positive response with numerous professional boxers already signed up.  Perspective participants can log on at for sign up details and information.
Crypto Boxers is currently fielding offers from multiple silent investors and will make the game available for pre-orders in the upcoming months. To stay updated on launch details and to earn early game rewards, sign up at
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May 24, 2018
(ABOVE: Lucas Matthysse works the mitts with Mario Narvaez in preparation for his fight against
 Manny Pacquiao on July 15 Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Photo Credit: Kelly Owen
Video Credit: Golden Boy Promotions
INDIO, CALIF. (May 23, 2018): Argentine knockout artist Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse (39-4, 36 KOs) discussed his training camp routine ahead of his super fight against future Hall of Famer Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs) in a scheduled 12-round welterweight clash. The fight, which will be for Matthysse’s WBA Welterweight World Title, will take place Sunday, July 15 at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The 35-year-old champion is now entering the first stages of sparring at the Boys and Girls Club in Indio, California, with head trainers Joel and Antonio Diaz. This team of brothers oversee a training camp that includes other fighters from the exclusive Golden Boy Promotions stable, including Francisco “El Bandido” VargasDiego De La HoyaMarcelino “Nino” Lopez, Vergil Ortiz Jr., Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez and Oscar Duarte. Mario Narvaez, who is the brother of former two-division world champion Omar “El Huracan” Narvaez, also forms an important part of the Matthysse team, while Federico Wittenkamp is in charge of his strength and conditioning training. For the native of Trelew, Chubut, Argentina, this is not an ordinary training camp as his career will be defined by the result of this highly anticipated fight.
Matthysse’s training camp schedule consists of:
  • Strength and conditioning with Federico Wittenkamp at 8:00 a.m.
  • Training in the gym at 3:30 p.m.
  • Sparring sessions on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
  • Mitts, strategy and boxing routine on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
Matthysse had the following to say regarding his break from boxing, his training camp, and his fight against Pacquiao:
“I have been training in the United States for about a month already after having trained for two months in Argentina. I still have about a month and a half left, and I’m preparing very well. We’re focused very much on this fight, and people will see the same Lucas Matthysse as always, the one who always looks for the action. It’s a fight that I like because of our similar styles and because we are of the same height.
“After my last loss against Viktor Postol, I decided to take a break of about nine months where I would do nothing but enjoy my time with my family. I would fish, ride my motorcycle, be at home or spend time with my friends. I needed the time to forget about boxing and recharge my batteries so I could start again fresh with my training.
“I’ve been a professional for several years. I’ve fought with good fighters, and I got a lot of experience in Argentina and the United States. Training with Joel Diaz now is something that’s really good for me. After having lost to Postol, I wanted to return, but I didn’t know where and how. I had known Joel Diaz for some time already, so I decided to start my career again with him in the United States.
“I expect the same Manny Pacquiao as always. He is a respectable champion, but I’m a champion as well. I’ve been fighting for a long time. I know he has a lot of experience as well. It will be a great fight, and I expect to see the same Manny Pacquiao I watched on television. Now I’m going to see him in the ring. This is something very big for me and my career.”

Pacquiao vs. Matthysse is a 12-round fight for the WBA Welterweight World Championship presented by Manny Pacquiao Promotions in association with Golden Boy Promotions and Arano Box. The fight will take place Sunday, July 15, 2018 at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The event will air live in the United States on Saturday, July 14, 2018. Tickets for this event will be announced shortly.
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Join UFC President Dana White at UFC 226 with EA SPORTS UFC 3 #BeTheBoss Contest

May 24, 2018

Join UFC President Dana White at UFC 226 with EA SPORTS UFC 3 #BeTheBoss Contest

Become a UFC champion as Dana White in EA SPORTS UFC 3 and Earn a Chance to Sit Octagon-side with White at UFC 226

Las Vegas – UFC® and EA SPORTS™ today announced the launch of the first-ever #BeTheBoss contest with EA SPORTS™ UFC® 3, where six prize winners will receive the ultimate UFC prize pack that includes a trip to the highly-anticipated UFC® 226: MIOCIC vs. CORMIER on Saturday, July 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Contest entry begins today and concludes on Wednesday, June 6 at 11:59 p.m. PT.

To enter the contest, players must complete an official entry form by visiting the #BeTheBoss Contest Website. Contestants will then start Career Mode, selecting UFC President Dana White as their playable character and compete through their respective weight class with the goal of becoming a champion.

At the conclusion of the contest, six winners will be chosen to win an all-expenses paid trip to UFC 226 to experience UFC like never before! One of the six winners will be upgraded to stand on-stage with Dana at the UFC 226 weigh-ins, tickets to sit in Dana’s personal section during the event and a reserved seat Octagon-side with Dana for the main event superfight between UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier. The grand prize winner will also receive a private tour of UFC’s global headquarters and the UFC Performance Institute, along with a chance to play EA SPORTS UFC 3 with Dana himself.

All winners will receive two tickets to UFC 226, reserved seats at the UFC 226 weigh-ins, a $500 UFC store gift card and a $1,500 Visa gift card. One winner from the UK/Ireland and five winners from USA/Canada will be announced around June 14, 2018. The estimated prize pack value is approximately $7,000 for North American winners and $8,500 for the international selection. The contest is open to legal residents of Canada (excluding Quebec), United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, and the United States (including the District of Columbia and excluding Florida and New York).

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May 24, 2018
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel 
Santa Monica, CA
About Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation
The Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation was established in 2009 by boxing legend and six-time world champion Sugar Ray Leonard and his wife, Bernadette. The Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation is committed to funding research and care for pediatric type 1 & 2 diabetes and creates awareness for both diseases. The Foundation also strives to help children live healthier lives through diet and exercise.
Type 1 diabetes strikes both children and adults at any age. It comes on suddenly, causes dependence on injected or pumped insulin for life, and carries the constant threat of devastating complications. Type 2 diabetes in children is on the rise, fueled largely by the obesity epidemic.
Leonard draws from his personal experience and boxing career to provide inspiration for funding research to combat the disease. For more information, visit, like and follow on twitter at @SugarRayLeonard and Facebook at
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Inoue and Shiro Title Defenses to be Broadcast in the U.S. LIVE and Exclusively on ESPN+

May 24, 2018

FRIDAY: Naoya “Monster” Inoue and Ken Shiro Title Defenses to be Broadcast in the U.S. LIVE and Exclusively on ESPN+

World championship doubleheader to begin Friday, May 25 at 7:15 a.m. ET.
(May 22, 2018) — The “Monster” will wake up American fight fans on Friday morning.

From the Ota-City General Gymnasium in Tokyo, two-weight world champion Naoya “Monster” Inoue will move up in weight to face WBA bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell, and WBC light flyweight champion Ken Shiro will make the third defense of his belt in a rematch against Ganigan Lopez. This world championship doubleheader, promoted by Ohashi Promotions and Teiken Promotions, will be broadcast live and exclusively in the United States at 7:15 a.m. ET on ESPN+ — the recently-launched multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International segment and ESPN.

Inoue (15-0, 13 KOs) has been competing at the world level since 2014 when, in his sixth professional bout, he knocked out Adrian Hernandez in the sixth round to win the WBC light flyweight title. Later that year, he moved up two weight classes and stopped longtime WBO junior bantamweight champion Omar Narvaez in the second round. After making seven defenses of that title, Inoue is moving up to fight an established champion in McDonnell (29-2-1, 13 KOs), who has made six title defenses since winning the belt in May 2014.

Shiro (12-0, 6 KOs) won the WBC light flyweight over Lopez via majority decision in a closely contested bout May 20 of last year in Tokyo. Lopez (28-7, 17 KOs) fought valiantly in the championship rounds, but Shiro did just enough to earn the decision. Shiro last fought on December 30, scoring a fourth-round TKO over Gilberto Pedroza. For Lopez, this will be his first sanctioned fight since he lost the title.

ESPN+ is the first-ever multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International segment and ESPN.ESPN+ also offers fans two exclusive, original boxing programs The Boxing Beat with Dan Rafael (Mondays, weekly) and In This Corner (twice monthly). In addition to boxing content, fans that subscribe to ESPN+ get thousands of additional live events, on-demand content and original programming not available on ESPN’s linear TV or digital networks – for just $4.99 a month (or $49.99 per year).

About ESPN+
ESPN+ is the first-ever multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International segment  and ESPN. It offers fans thousands of additional live events, on-demand content and original programming not available on ESPN’s linear TV or digital networks. This includes hundreds of MLB, NHL and MLS games, Grand Slam tennis, Top Rank boxing, PGA Tour golf, college sports, international rugby, cricket, the full library of ESPN Films (including 30 for 30) and more. Fans can subscribe to ESPN+ for just $4.99 a month (or $49.99 per year) and cancel at any time.

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Pedraza y Stevenson buscan brillar en las preliminares de Crawford-Horn el 9 de junio en Las Vegas

May 22, 2018

José Pedraza y Shakur Stevenson Buscan Brillar en las Preliminares Crawford vs. Horn del 9 de junio en el MGM Grand de Las Vegas

Crawford vs. Horn vs. Pedraza vs. Antonio Moran serán televisadas
por ESPN+ comenzando a las 9:30 p.m. ET

Las peleas preliminares, incluyendo a Stevenson, Steve Nelson, José Benavídez, y Gabe Flores Jr. se transmitirán por ESPN+ comenzando a las  6:30 p.m. ET.

¡Taquillas ya están disponibles!

LAS VEGAS (22 de mayo del 2018) – José “Sniper” Pedraza está cerca de obtener una oportunidad de título mundial, mientras que Shakur Stevenson ya da sus primeros pasos en esa dirección. Pedraza y Stevenson verán acción el 9 de junio en el evento de campeonato mundial Terence Crawford vs. Jeff Horn que se celebrará en el MGM Grand Garden Arena de Las Vegas.

Pedraza (23-1, 12 KOs), de Cidra, Puerto Rico, desafiará a Antonio Moran (22-2, 15 KOs) en un combate a 10 asaltos por el cinturón Latino peso ligero de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), mientras que Stevenson (6-0, 3 KOs), medallista de plata olímpica para Estados Unidos en el 2016, subirá su nivel de oposición cuando se mida a  Aelio Mesquita (16-1, 14 KOs) en un combate a ocho asaltos en el peso pluma.

Y, en una batalla de invictos, el contendiente de peso welter José Benavidez (26-0, 17 KOs) enfrentará las manos duras de Frank Rojas (22-0, 21 KOs) de Caracas, Venezuela, en un combate a 10 asaltos.

Crawford vs. Horn y Pedraza vs. Moran se transmitirán en exclusiva por ESPN+ a partir de las 9:30 p.m. ET., mientras que Stevenson vs. Mesquita, Benavidez vs. Rojas, y otras peleas preliminares se mostrarán en ESPN+ a partir de las 6:30 p.m. ET.

Los boletos para Crawford vs. Horn, con un precio de $500, $300, $200, $ 100 y $50 (disponibilidad limitada), están a la venta ahora y se pueden comprar en línea a través de, llamando por teléfono al 866-740-7711 o en persona en cualquier boletería de MGM Resorts.

Pedraza, un ex campeón súper pluma de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo (FIB) que logró dos defensas exitosas de título mundial, regresó de un descanso de 14 meses el 17 de marzo para anotarse una decisión vía blanqueada de ocho asaltos sobre José Luis Rodríguez. Moran tiene una racha ganadora de tres combates desde que derrotó por decisión dividida a Emanuel López.

“Estoy emocionado porque esta será mi primera pelea en Las Vegas, que todos saben es la capital del boxeo en el mundo. Estoy decidido a dar un gran pelea,”dijo Pedraza. “Sé que Moran es un buen peleador y viene con intenciones de tronchar mis planes, pero he trabajado muy duro para asegurarme de que eso no suceda. Espero salir victorioso el 9 de junio y continuaré demostrando que soy una fuerza en el peso ligero.”

Benavidez, quien ya una vez tuvo el título interino superligero de la AMB, peleará por segunda vez desde que regresó de un desscanso de 18 meses. Rojas ha noqueado a 19 oponentes consecutivos y ha peleado todos menos uno de sus encuentros profesionales en su natal Venezuela.

“Tengo 21 nocauts en 22 peleas. El 9 de junio, añadiré otro nocaut a mi record,” dijo Rojas. “¡Voy por ti, Benavidez! Estoy 100 por ciento listo para darle a los fanáticos una gran pelea. Espero que estés listo porque voy a noquearte. Voy a arrancarle la cabeza. Preparense.”

“Espero que Rojas haya entrenado duro y que venga bien preparado porque estoy decidido a detenerlo,”dijo Benavidez. “Rojas no me tocará en absoluto. No me va a arrancar la cabeza porque yo voy a arrancarle la cabeza primero a él”.

Stevenson viene de la mejor actuación de su joven carrera el 28 de abril en Filadelfia, cuando noqueó al invicto Patrick Riley en la segunda ronda.

“He tenido la oportunidad de pelear en el Madison Square Garden, y ahora estoy listo para mi debut en Las Vegas en el MGM Grand el 9 de junio,”dijo Stevenson. “Han habido tantas peleas históricas en esa arena y ahora es mi turno. Siempre es divertido pelear en las carteleras de Terence. La familia Crawford me ha adoptado, así que voy a hacer un gran espectáculo para ellos y para todos los que estén presentes en el MGM y viendo por ESPN+.”

También verá acción en la cartelera Maxim “Mad Max” Dadashev (10-0, 9 KOs), un peleador manejado por Egis Klimas, que enfrentará al ex campeón mundial de peso ligero de la AMB Darleys Perez (33-3-2, 21 KOs) en un combate a 10 asaltos por el título vacante  superligero de la NABF.

El prospecto de peso semipesado Steve Nelson (10-0, 8 KOs), quien es entrenado y manejado por Brian “BoMac” McIntyre, enfrentará a Dashon Webster (10-1, 8 KOs) en un comabte a seis asaltos.

Gabe Flores, Jr. (7-0, 5 KOs) luchará contra el invicto Dustin Southichack (4-0-1, 1 KO) en un combate de seis asaltos en peso pluma. Flores, de 18 años, quien hizo su debut profesional justo después de su cumpleaños número 17, hará su tercera aparición en el ring en el 2018.

El máximo prospecto David Kaminsky (1-0) verá acción en una pelea de peso superwelter a seis asaltos contra Trevor Lavin (1-0, 1 KO) de Topeka, Kan.

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