Tyson Fury Inks Co-Promotional Deal With Top Rank/ESPN

Feb 18, 2019

Heavyweight Star Tyson Fury and Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions Ink Co-Promotional Deal with Top Rank, ESPN

In Multi-Year Agreement, Lineal Heavyweight Champion will be Key Part of Multiplatform Top Rank on ESPN Lineup in US

Details of Debut Fight and Coverage to be Announced Soon

(Feb. 18, 2019) — Tyson Fury, one of the world’s most dynamic and popular heavyweight boxers, and Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren are joining forces with Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum’s Top Rank. The agreement will mean that Fury will be a headline part of the boxing lineup under the historic, long-term Top Rank on ESPN relationship.

Fury, the undefeated lineal heavyweight champion, will have his bouts co-promoted by Top Rank and Queensberry Promotions. The deal calls for a minimum of two bouts per year in the United States.

Since announcing the landmark Top Rank on ESPN agreement in 2017, and expanding it in August 2018, the comprehensive alliance has showcased blockbuster Top Rank fights and content across ESPN networks and ESPN+, the multi-sport, direct-to-consumer streaming service in the U.S.

All the parties will work closely to set and announce the details of Fury’s debut soon.

BT Sport will continue to be the television home in the United Kingdom for all of Fury’s fights.

Top Rank, Fury’s management team MTK Global and Queensberry Promotions, worked seamlessly to close the groundbreaking deal.

“Top Rank is very excited to enter into the promotional arrangement along with Queensberry Promotions for the lineal heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury,” Arum said. “He is a generational heavyweight talent at the peak of his powers. We also look forward to our growing relationship with MTK Global, which represents so many world-class fighters.”

‘I’m delighted that Frank and Queensberry Promotions have teamed up with Top Rank to promote my fights in America,” Fury said. “With ESPN and BT Sport behind me, the biggest sports platforms in the world are now linked up with the best heavyweight in the world!”

“This is a great move for Tyson Fury and a great move for Queensberry Promotions,” Warren said. “By partnering up with ESPN and Top Rank in America, we’re giving our boxers, including Tyson, the opportunity to perform on the biggest and most powerful platforms on both sides of the Atlantic and become truly global stars.”

“MTK Global are thrilled to have played a role in what can only be described as a monumental partnership, no doubt the biggest one in the boxing industry, and we’re looking forward to working more closely with the teams at Top Rank and ESPN well into the future,” said Sandra Vauaghan, CEO MTK Global.

Fury (27-0-1, 19 KOs) won the lineal heavyweight title in November 2015 with a unanimous decision over Wladimir Klitschko, who at the time had made 18 title defenses during a nearly decade-long reign. While never losing inside the ring, Fury relinquished the WBA, IBF, and WBO belts while dealing with well-documented mental health and substance abuse issues. After more than two-and-a-half years away from the ring, Fury, whose weight had ballooned to more than 400 pounds, returned in June of last year.

A pair of wins over Sefer Seferi and Francesco Pianeta set the stage for one of the most dramatic heavyweight title matches in boxing history. Against WBC World Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder on Dec. 1 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Fury put forth a boxing masterclass and survived a hellacious 12th-round knockdown to, seemingly, do enough to defeat Wilder. The judges, however, ruled the bout a split draw. Fury, still just 30, retained his status as lineal champion and realized an against-all-odds comeback story.

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LEO SANTA CRUZ RETUVO CAMPEONATO MUNDIAL EN LOS ANGELES

Feb 18, 2019
LEO SANTA CRUZ RETUVO CAMPEONATO MUNDIAL EN LOS ANGELES
 
 
Photos from Andy Samuelson/Premier Boxing Champions
El campeón mundial Leo Santa Cruz demostró una vez más porque es considerado el mejor peso pluma del mundo al derrotar al mexicano Rafael “Big Bang” Rivera en un aguerrido combate en el Microsoft Theater de Los Angeles en el duelo estelar de una función que presentó Premier Boxing Champions.
Santa Cruz (35-1-1, 19 KOs) retuvo el campeonato mundial de peso pluma de la Asociación Mundial de Boxeo (AMB) al vencer por decisión unánime a  Rivera (26-2-, 17, KOs) de Tijuana, Baja California, México quien dejó un buen sabor de boca ante la afición angelina con valentía.
Rivera, llega en reemplazo de Miguel Flores quien se lastimó y no pudo pelear, lo que le dio la oportunidad al boxeador tijuanense quien hizo un papel muy digno ante el monarca angelino.
Santa Cruz mostró toda su experiencia y talento al lanzar fuertes y certeras combinaciones al rostro y cuerpo del retador tijuanense a lo largo de los 12 asaltos que duró el combate en lo que fue la cuarta exitosa defensa titular del angelino con raíces en Michoacán.
Con una técnica de altos quilates y un ataque al cuerpo fuerte y consistente Santa Cruz fue mucha pieza para Rivera quien a pesar de no rendirse no pudo hacer mucho para lastimar al campeón en ningún momento de la entretenida contienda.
Los tres jueces vieron ganar a Santa Cruz por puntuaciones de 119-109. En una pelea que quizá fue un poco más cerrada de lo que vieron los jueces.
En el duelo co-estelar de la función el ex campeón mundial Omar Figueroa (28-0-1, 19 KO’s) de Weslaco,Texas venció por puntos a John Molina (30-8, 24 KOs) de Covina, California en una guerra sin cuartel ya que ambos lanzaron golpes a diestras y siniestras desde el campanazo inicial.
Figueroa lució el más fuerte sobre el ring además quien siempre dictó el ritmo de la pelea con sus fuertes combinaciones al cuerpo ganando los intercambios a lo largo de los 10 rounds que duró el combate.
El ex olímpico estadounidense Karlos Balderas (7-0,  6 ko) mantuvo su invicto al noquear al yucateco Juan Torres (13-12) en el tercer asalto. Balderas derrumbó a Torres en el segundo round con un tremendo gancho al cuerpo y en el tercero lo abrumó con golpes arriba y abajo con ambas manos a Torres quien no salió para el cuarto round.
En un duelo eliminatorio de la FIB en las 122 libras entre el mexicano Cesar “Corazón” Juárez (23-6, 17)  y el japonés Ryoduke Isawa (25-3, 16 Kos) que fue una guerra sin cuartel desde su inicio pero que a final de cuentas resulto contra productivo para el mexicano quien impuso un ritmo muy alto que no pudo mantener al caer ante al ex campeón del mundo quien se llevó la victoria por decision mayoritaria tras 10 rounds cuando el doctor determino que Juárez no podía continuar por varias cortadas en las cejas tras cabezazos accidentales.
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Brant-Baysangurov, Greer-Escaner, & Mayer-Larios

Feb 18, 2019

Bravo! Rob Brant Defends Middleweight Title

Joshua Greer Jr. scores body shot KO 
Mikaela Mayer retains NABF super featherweight belt

(Photo Credit: Mikey Williams / Top Rank)

HINCKLEY, Minn. (Feb. 15. 2019) — Rob “Bravo” Brant crashed the world boxing scene last October with a dominant decision over Ryota Murata to win the WBA middleweight title. For title defense number one, he returned to his home state and sent the partisan crowd home happy.

Brant (25-1, 16 KOs) cruised to an 11th-round TKO over Khasan Baysangurov (17-1, 7 KOs) Friday evening at the Grand Casino Hinckley, a short drive from Brant’s hometown of St. Paul.

A sold-out crowd of 2,225 watched as Brant overwhelmed Baysangurov with consistent, effective pressure. In the 11th, Baysangurov, who was knocked down in the second round, could not keep Brant at bay. A knockdown and a follow-up attack, punctuated by a right hand, forced referee Mark Nelson to stop the fight.

This is what Brant had to say in the ring after he retained the title.

“Today, I feel like a true champion. I was happy with my performance. I had some cramps later in the fight, but this shows I can carry my power later in fights.”

“Middleweight is one of the deepest divisions in boxing. There are fights to be made. We just have to keep pushing forward. Canelo Alvarez is recognized by many as the champion at middleweight, and I’d love a fight with him down the road.”

“{Baysangurov} had a good jab. I started a little sloppy, and my trainer (Eddie Mustafa Muhammad) told me in the corner to relax. I waited for the opportunity to come, and it came in the 11th round.”

Greer Jr. KOs Escaner

Joshua “Don’t Blink” Greer Jr. (20-1-1, 12 KOs) extended his knockout streak to seven and defended his WBC Continental Americas bantamweight title with an eighth-round stoppage of Giovanni Escaner (19-4, 12 KOs).

Greer landed a right uppercut to the stomach that put Escaner down for the count. Escaner had the momentum early, dropping Greer with a looping right hand as the bell sounded to end the third round.

Greer took charge in the middle rounds and ended things with one blow.

“I had to wait for him to soften up, but I did what I had to do,” Greer said. “It’s all a learning experience for me. But I’m from Chicago. I had to go take it.”

At the time of the stoppage, Greer was ahead 67-66 and 67-65 (2X).

Mayer Wears Down Larios 

Mikaela Mayer (10-0, 4 KOs) won an old-fashioned, toe-to-toe battle, grinding down Yareli Larios (13-2-1, 3 KOs) to prevail via eight-round unanimous decision and defend her NABF super featherweight belt.

The scores were as followed: 80-72, 79-73, and 78-74.

“It’s more about strategy in the pros. I was relaxed and took my time in there” Mayer said. “We knew she was going to be tough. She has that Hispanic blood in her.

“I think I’m ready for more belts. I want those belts this year.”

In other action:

Young middleweight knockout artist Tyler Howard (17-0, 11 KOs) passed the biggest test of his career, notching an eight-round split decision over Cristian Olivas (16-4, 13 KOs) in a neck-and-neck fight. The judges scored the fight 79-73 Howard, 77-75 Olivas, and 77-75 Howard.

“This was my first time going eight rounds,” Howard said. “I felt like I prepared well for this fight. Olivas came to fight. All I can do is go back to camp and continue to work harder and be ready for my next fight. This experience is going to help me moving forward.”

Steve “So Cold” Nelson (13-0, 10 KOs) recovered from a flash knockdown in the first round to score a six-round unanimous decision over Felipe Romero  (20-17-1, 14 KOs) in a light heavyweight bout. Nelson knocked down Romero in the third round and won by scores of 59-54 (2X) and 58-54.

“He’s a tough guy who can take a good punch. That’s why we picked him,” Nelson said. “I had him hurt a few times, but we got the job done.”

Lennox Allen (22-0-1, 14 KOs) picked up the vacant WBA gold super middleweight belt with a 10-round unanimous decision over Derrick Webster (28-2, 14 KOs).

In a six-round lightweight contest, Ismail “Sharp Shooter’ Muwendo (21-1, 12 KOs) won via shutout six-round unanimous decision (60-54 3X) over Hevinson Herrera (24-16-1, 18 KOs).

Super lightweight Joe James moved his record to 4-0 with a four-round unanimous decision over Demetrius Wilson (2-11) by identical scores of 40-35.

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BAM BAM BRANDON RIOS FINISHES CAMP STRONG

Feb 18, 2019
BAM BAM BRANDON RIOS FINISHES CAMP STRONG AHEAD
OF HIS FIGHT FEBRUARY 23 AGAINST HUMBERTO “ZORRITA” SOTO
LIVE ON DAZN FROM TIJUANA, MEXICO
(February 15, 2019 – Riverside, CA) – BAM BAM BRANDON RIOS faces the tough HUMBERTO “ZORRITA” SOTO February 23, 2019 LIVE on DAZN on their first show in Mexico from AUDITORIO MUNICIPAL in TIJUANA, MEXICO. Rios finished camp strong and expects a war against Soto next Saturday in Tijuana, Mexico.
” I had a really good training camp in Oxnard and at RGBA in Riverside. My trainer Robert (Garcia) always has good sparring here. They make me give my best. My weight cut has gone smooth thanks to my wife, travel back and forth from Oxnard to Riverside hasn’t been too rough. I really have a great team.” – Brandon Rios
 
 
” Winning this fight means a lot to me so I’m going out there to win, I’m ranked #20 right now by the WBC, I want to work my way up the rankings again and hopefully get that title shot once again.” – Brandon Rios 
 
 
” Soto is no walk in the park, I know he is coming with a winning mentality like me. We were supposed to fight at 135 lbs. but that never happened. Now here we are at 147 lbs. Let’s finish this once and for all!” – Brandon Rios 
 
 
” Even though Soto will be in his own country, I have a lot of Mexican fans, my dad was born in Chihuahua, Mexico and LA is just a couple hours away so I hope to see my fans, TEAM RIOS there supporting.” – Brandon Rios 
 
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BAM BAM BRANDON RIOS FINISHES CAMP STRONG

Feb 15, 2019
BAM BAM BRANDON RIOS FINISHES CAMP STRONG AHEAD
OF HIS FIGHT FEBRUARY 23 AGAINST HUMBERTO “ZORRITA” SOTO
LIVE ON DAZN FROM TIJUANA, MEXICO
(February 15, 2019 – Riverside, CA) – BAM BAM BRANDON RIOS faces the tough HUMBERTO “ZORRITA” SOTO February 23, 2019 LIVE on DAZN on their first show in Mexico from AUDITORIO MUNICIPAL in TIJUANA, MEXICO. Rios finished camp strong and expects a war against Soto next Saturday in Tijuana, Mexico.
” I had a really good training camp in Oxnard and at RGBA in Riverside. My trainer Robert (Garcia) always has good sparring here. They make me give my best. My weight cut has gone smooth thanks to my wife, travel back and forth from Oxnard to Riverside hasn’t been too rough. I really have a great team.” – Brandon Rios
 
 
” Winning this fight means a lot to me so I’m going out there to win, I’m ranked #20 right now by the WBC, I want to work my way up the rankings again and hopefully get that title shot once again.” – Brandon Rios 
 
 
” Soto is no walk in the park, I know he is coming with a winning mentality like me. We were supposed to fight at 135 lbs. but that never happened. Now here we are at 147 lbs. Let’s finish this once and for all!” – Brandon Rios 
 
 
” Even though Soto will be in his own country, I have a lot of Mexican fans, my dad was born in Chihuahua, Mexico and LA is just a couple hours away so I hope to see my fans, TEAM RIOS there supporting.” – Brandon Rios 
 
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Weigh-In Results: Brant-Baysangurov, Greer-Escaner and Mayer-Larios

Feb 15, 2019

Weigh-In Results: Brant-Baysangurov, Greer-Escaner and Mayer-Larios

Rob Brant defends WBA middleweight world title versus Khasan Baysangurov
TOMORROW at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on ESPN and ESPN Deportes

Undercard Streaming on ESPN+ at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT

LIVE from Grand Casino Hinckley

(Photo Credit: Mikey Williams / Top Rank)

ESPN & ESPN Deportes (9 p.m. ET)

Rob Brant 158.6 lbs vs. Khasan Baysangurov 158.8 lbs
(Brant’s WBA Middleweight world title – 12 Rounds)

Joshua Greer Jr. 117.8 lbs vs. Giovanni Escaner 116.2 lbs
(Greer’s WBC Continental Americas Bantamweight title – 10 Rounds)

Mikaela Mayer 129.6 lbs vs. Yareli Larios 129.6 lbs
(Mayer’s NABF Super Featherweight title – 8 Rounds)

ESPN+ (6 p.m. ET)

Tyler Howard 159.8 lbs vs. Cristian Olivas 159.6 lbs

(Middleweight – 8 Rounds)

    Lennox Allen 168 lbs vs. Derrick Webster 165.2 lbs
(vacant WBA Gold super middleweight tite – 10 Rounds)

Ismail Muwendo 134.6 lbs vs. Hevinson Herrera 133.8 lbs
(Lightweight  – 8/6 Rounds)

Steven Nelson 172.4 lbs vs. Felipe Romero 179 lbs
(Light Heavyweight – 8/6 Rounds)

Joe James 139.4 lbs vs. Demetrius Wilson * 
(Super Lightweight – 4 Rounds)
* Wilson to weigh in later

Swing Bouts (ESPN+, Time Permitting)

Cem Kilic 167.4 lbs vs. Zach Kelley 165.2 lbs
(Super Middleweight – 6 Rounds)

Ramiro Hernandez 126.8 lbs vs. Gavino Guaman 125.6 lbs
(Featherweight – 6 Rounds)

Kevin Cruz 134.2 lbs vs. Rondale Hubbert 139 lbs
(Lightweight – 8/6 Rounds)
Albert Bell 133 lbs vs. Edward Kakembo 132.6 lbs
(Lightweight – 8/6 Rounds)
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RAFAEL RIVERA QUIERE LLEVARSE EL TITULO A TIJUANA

Feb 15, 2019
Photos from Luis Mejia/TGB Promotions
 
RAFAEL RIVERA QUIERE LLEVARSE EL TITULO A TIJUANA
 
El mexicano Rafael “Bang Bang” Rivera sabe que tiene un fuerte reto ante Leo Santa Cruz este sábado, pero confía en que tiene el talento y la preparación necesaria para llevarse el campeonato mundial a Tijuana.
Este sábado en el Microsoft Theater de Los Angeles, Santa Cruz (35-1-1, 19 KOs) expondrá el campeonato mundial de peso pluma de la Asociación Mundial de Boxeo (AMB) ante Rivera (26-2-, 17, KOs) de Tijuana, Baja California, México en el duelo estelar de una función que presentara Premier Boxing Champions y que será televisado en vivo por FOX y FOX Deportes.
Rivera, llega en remplazo de Miguel Flores quien se lastimo y no pudo pelear, lo que le dio la oportunidad al boxeador tijuanense de disputar la corona mundial.
“Yo estaba en el gimnasio preparando para pelear, cuando me ofrecieron la pelea y no la pensé dos veces es una gran oportunidad y vengo bien preparado para enfrentar a un gran peleador y brindar a la afición angelina una gran pelea”, dijo Rivera, quien es entrenado por Pedro Moran.
“Estudiamos bien a Leo es un peleador que tira muchos golpes, pero es lento y se le puede contra golpear y hay que movérsele en el ring, soy más rápido y tengo que trabajar con inteligencia y aprovechar mi rapidez y poder este sábado”, dijo Rivera.
En el duelo co-estelar de la función el ex campeon mundial Omar Figueroa (27-0-1, 19 KO’s) de Weslaco, Texas se medirá a John Molina (30-7, 24 KOs) de Covina, California en un pelea pactada a 10 rounds que promete ser una guerra por el estilo de ambos boxeadores.
“Yo pienso que será una pelea de choque, pues me iré sobre Molina desde el inicio del combate y tratare de acabarlo lo más pronto posible, sé que es un peleador fuerte con mucha experiencia, pero también se que vengo muy fuerte”, dijo Figueroa, quien es entrenado por Joel Díaz.
Molina está listo para una guerra, si así lo quiere Figueroa.
“Vamos a ver qué tipo de pelea nos dará el sábado, yo estoy listo para una guerra y todos saben que yo no voy a dar un paso atrás. Es una pelea de mucho riesgo para los dos, pero también sé que el ganador recibirá muy buenas oportunidades a corto plazo”, dijo Molina.
El ex olímpico estadounidense Karlos Balderas (6-0, 5 Kos) de Santa Maria, California estará en acción ante el yucateco Juan “Chen” Torres (13-10, 1 Kos) de Mérida, Yucatán.
“Me siento bien, fuerte y voy dar lo mejor de mi para dar una gran pelea este sabado. Vamos estar más activos este año y sé que tengo mucho que mejorar para alcanzar las metas que tengo en el boxeo profesional”, dijo Balderas.
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Gvozdyk-Ngumbu Tops ESPN Bill at 2300 Arena in Philadelphia

Feb 15, 2019

Gvozdyk-Ngumbu Tops ESPN Bill at 2300 Arena in Philadelphia

Mean Machine-Ray Robinson welterweight bout tabbed as co-feature
LIVE on ESPN/ESPN Deportes at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT

Abdukakhorov-Obara IBF welterweight title eliminator headlines undercard
LIVE on ESPN+ at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT

PHILADELPHIA (Feb. 13, 2019) — The Nail and the Mean Machine are ready for their South Philly close-up.

WBC and lineal light heavyweight champion Oleksandr “The Nail” Gvozdyk will make the first defense of his world title against Doudou Ngumbu on Saturday, March 30 at the 2300 Arena. In the 10-round co-feature, Gvozdyk’s stablemate, top welterweight contender Egidijus “Mean Machine” Kavaliauskas, will take on Philadelphia native Ray Robinson.

Gvozdyk-Ngumbu and Kavaliauskas-Robinson will air live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. The undercard, including the IBF welterweight title eliminator between Kudratillo “The Punisher” Abdukakhorov and Keita Obara and an appearance by Philadelphia-born heavyweight prospect Sonny Conto (1-0, 1 KO), will stream live on ESPN+ beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Peltz Boxing, tickets priced at $125, $75, and $50 go on sale Thursday, Feb. 14 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at 2300arena.com, the 2300 Arena box office at (267) 758-2173, or by calling Peltz Boxing at (215) 765-0922.

“It was a long journey for me to become a world champion, and I plan on showing everyone why I am the best light heavyweight in the world,” Gvozdyk said. “Ngumbu is a tough fighter who I cannot afford to overlook. My goal in 2019 is to unify with the other champions, but before I can do that, I have to take care of business on March 30.”

“It is a great opportunity to face arguably the best light heavyweight fighter in the world. After 12 years and 46 fights in my career with serious opposition, I get my first shot at a major world title,” Ngumbu said. “I have the utmost respect for Oleksandr Gvozdyk, a great champion who took the WBC title in a war against Adonis Stevenson. It is not going to be easy, but I believe I am much more experienced as a pro and I intend to use that to my advantage.”

Gvozdyk (16-0, 13 KOs) captured an Olympic bronze medal for his native Ukraine in 2012 as part of a national team that included two-time gold medalist and future promotional stablemate Vasiliy Lomachenko. He climbed the rankings with dominant wins over the likes of Nadjib Mohammedi and Yunieski Gonzalez and won the WBC interim light heavyweight title last March with a unanimous decision against Mehdi Amar. As the mandatory challenger, he traveled to Quebec City and, behind on two of the three judges’ scorecards, knocked out longtime champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson in the 11th round. Ngumbu (38-8, 14 KOs) is coming off perhaps the most significant win of his career, a 12-round majority decision over then-unbeaten Yoann Kongolo in May of last year. A native of the Democratic Republic of Congo who is now based in France, Ngumbu will be making his first attempt at a world title.

Kavaliauskas (21-0, 17 KOs) is universally regarded as one of the welterweight division’s top contenders, a massive puncher who rolled through then-beaten Roberto Arriaza in three rounds last November in Oklahoma City. He has knocked out five of his last six foes and is the WBO’s top contender for the belt currently held by pound-for-pound great Terence “Bud Crawford. Robinson (24-3, 12 KOs) is a rangy southpaw boxer who rebounded from back-to-back losses early in his career to Shawn Porter and Brad Solomon to win 13 in a row. In his last bout, Feb. 17, 2018 against Yordenis Ugas, he saw that winning streak come to an end when Ugas scored a seventh-round stoppage.

“I know a lot of Robinson’s fans will be in Philadelphia to cheer him on, but they will leave the 2300 Arena disappointed,” Kavaliauskas said. “This is the year that I fight for, and win, a welterweight world title. I am ready for anybody, including the Crawford-Khan winner. I will show everyone in Philadelphia and watching on ESPN what the ‘Mean Machine’ is all about.”

“I am always excited to come home and put on for my city,” Robinson said. “Every fight is a risk, but the higher the risk, the bigger the reward.”

Abdukakhorov (15-0, 9 KOs), a native of Uzbekistan who now lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, went 2-0 in 2018, including a convincing 12-round unanimous decision over Laszlo Toth in defense of his WBC silver welterweight belt. Obara (20-3-1, 18 KOs), who hails from Tokyo, is one of the division’s heaviest punchers. He knocked out Alvin Lagumbay in three rounds last August, a measure of revenge over the man who knocked him out in two rounds less than four months earlier.

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Crawford vs. Khan se celebrará el 20 de abril en el Madison Square Garden

Feb 11, 2019

Crawford vs. Khan se celebrará el 20 de abril
en el Madison Square Garden

Taquillas comienzan desde $56 y salen a la venta
este miércoles, 13 de febrero a las 12 p.m. ET

NUEVA YORK (11 de febrero del 2019) — ¡Comiencen a divulgar la noticia! El choque peso welter más esperado del año se dirige a la arena más famosa del mundo.

El invicto monarca Terence “Bud” Crawford defenderá su título mundial peso welter de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) contra el ex campeón mundial Amir “King” Khan el sábado 20 de abril en el Madison Square Garden.

En una promoción de Top Rank, en asociación con Matchroom Boxing y Khan Promotions, las taquillas para este evento de campeonato mundial saldrán a la venta este miércoles 13 de febrero a las 12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT. Los boletos con un precio de: $606, $406, $306, $206, $106, $81 y $56 (incluidas las tarifas de instalaciones) se pueden comprar en la boletería del Madison Square Garden, todos los puntos de venta de Ticketmaster, por teléfono llamando al 1-866-858-0008 y en línea en www.ticketmaster.com owww.MSG.com.

Los detalles sobre peleas de respaldo y de cómo los fanáticos podrán acceder al evento Pay-Per-View se anunciarán en una fecha posterior.

“No puedo esperar a regresar a la ciudad de Nueva York y al Madison Square Garden para esta pelea con Amir Khan. El Garden es el lugar perfecto para una pelea de esta magnitud,” dijo Crawford. “Sé que mis fanáticos viajarán a Nueva York y tendré un montón de apoyo cuando llegue al ring. Espero que los fanáticos británicos de Khan vengan también, y creo que tendremos una casa llena el 20 de abril. Será una gran pelea, así que asegúrate de conseguir tus boletos pronto.”

“Nueva York es, sin duda, una de mis ciudades favoritas en el mundo, y es como un segundo hogar para mí,” dijo Khan. “Esta es la pelea más grande de mi carrera contra una de los mejores del mundo en Terence Crawford, y el Madison Square Garden es el lugar perfecto para una pelea de esta magnitud. Es un vuelo corto para mis fanáticos del Reino Unido, y vendrán en masa para ver esta fantástica pelea. Quiero ser tres veces campeón del mundo, y esa es mi motivación principal para ganar esta pelea.”

“Terence Crawford es uno de los mejores peleadores libra por libra en el deporte, siempre presenta un gran espectáculo en el Madison Square Garden y estamos emocionados de que los fanáticos del boxeo en Nueva York puedan verlo pelear nuevamente en el  Garden el 20 de abril,” dijo Joel Fisher, vicepresidente ejecutivo de MSG Marquee Events. “Esta será una pelea llena de acción entre Crawford y Amir Khan, y The Garden está emocionado de ser seder esta gran noche de boxeo.”

Crawford (34-0, 25 KOs), considerado como el mejor peleador del mundo, es un campeón mundial de tres pesos que ha fulminado a cinco oponentes consecutivos. Crawford, ex campeón mundial indiscutible de 140 libras, ganó el título peso welter de la OMB en junio del 2018 con un nocaut en la novena ronda ante Jeff “The Hornet” Horn. Defendió el cinturón en octubre con un nocaut técnico en el asalto número 12 ante José Benavidez Jr. en su ciudad natal de Omaha, Nebraska. Esta será la segunda aparición de Crawford en el escenario principal en el Madison Square Garden. En mayo del 2017,despachó al medallista de oro olímpico del 2008, el dominicano Félix Díaz, en 10 asaltos.

Khan (33-4, 20 KOs), ex campeón mundial unificado de 140 libras, ha ganado dos peleas en fila desde su derrota por nocaut en el 2016 ante el campeón de peso mediano Saúl “Canelo” Alvarez. Tiene marca de 4-0 en su carrera cuando pelea como peso welter, incluyendo victorias sobre los ex campeones mundiales Devon Alexander, Chris Algieri y Luis Collazo. Khan fue estelar en el Madison Square Garden cuando defendió su título mundial de la Asociación Mundial de Boxeo (AMB) de las 140 libras contra Paulie Malignaggi en el Teatro el 15 de mayo del 2010.

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ANDREW ‘EL CHANGO’ CANCIO UPSETS ALBERTO ‘EXPLOSIVO’ MACHADO TO CAPTURE WBA SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT WORLD TITLE

Feb 11, 2019
ANDREW ‘EL CHANGO’ CANCIO UPSETS ALBERTO ‘EXPLOSIVO’ MACHADO TO CAPTURE WBA SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT WORLD TITLE
 
REY VARGAS DEFENDS WBC SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT WORLD 
TITLE IN CO-MAIN EVENT
 
SATURDAY FEB. 9, 2019 AT FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT CASINO AND STREAMED LIVE ON DAZN
 

(ABOVE: Andrew Cancio celebrates his victory over Alberto Machado with Bernard Hopkins 
and Oscar De La Hoya at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino and streamed live on DAZN)
 
Photos by Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
 
INDIO, CALIF. (Feb. 9, 2019): Andrew Cancio (20-4-2, 15 KOs) of Blythe, Calif. scored an upset victory over Alberto Machado (21-1, 17 KOs) of San Juan, Puerto Rico in front of a sold-out crowd of hometown fans at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino to become the new WBA Super Featherweight World Champion. Cancio, who himself was dropped in the first round, scored three knockdowns over Machado, forcing the fight to be stopped at 2:16 of the fourth round. The fight was streamed live on DAZN.
“This was the fight of my life,” said Andrew Cancio. “I feel extremely great winning this world title by knockout. I did not let this fight go to the judges’ scorecards. It’s been a long road, and it felt like we thought it would: unbelievable. For me to execute a plan like we did feels great. He caught me early, but it was a flash knockdown. I got my legs back and got my composure. I was never out of the fight. I’m extremely happy.”
“I felt weak in there,” said Alberto Machado. “The rematch would be nice, but I think I have to move up to 130 pounds. We will see.”
 
Rey Vargas (33-0, 22 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico defeated Franklin Manzanilla (18-5, 17 KOs) of Caracas, Venezuela via unanimous decision to retain his WBC Super Bantamweight World Title. Vargas won with three scores of 117-108.
“I feel good but he fought too dirty,” said Rey Vargas. “I like to fight clean, not dirty like he did. It was a complicated and he’s tough. But I adjusted to his style, and that’s how I won. I wished he would have fought cleaner, but I did what I could.”
“I felt uncomfortable because he was taller than me, said Franklin Manzanilla. “I haven’t fought anyone that tall before. I hurt him in the second round and I tried to continue that momentum. I feel I did well.”
 
Joseph Diaz (28-1, 14 KOs) of South El Monte, Calif. defeated Charles Huerta (20-6, 12 KOs) of Paramount, Calif. via unanimous decision in a ten-round super featherweight battle. Diaz won with three score of 99-91.
“I did really good,” said Joseph Diaz. “I moved up in weight and showcased in this new 130-pound division. I was able to look good and push back a super featherweight in Huerta. I had him hurt a few times, but I couldn’t finish him because he’s such a warrior. At the end of the day, I had to do my job and that’s what I did.”
“It was the right decision,” said Charles Huerta. “Besides the first round, I took the pedal off the gas. I waited too much. He countered me well, and I let him dictate the pace. I had a 17-month layoff, and I feel I did well. I hope I come back for another opportunity soon.”
 
Adrian Estrella (29-3, 24 KOs) of Nuevo Leon, Mexico defeated Oscar Duarte (15-1-1, 10 KOs) of Parral, Mexico via majority decision for the vacant WBC Continental Americas Lightweight Title in a ten-round fight. Two judges scored the fight 96-94 and 98-92 in favor of Estrella, while one judge scored it 96-94 in favor of Duarte.
“This is something I’ve worked hard to get for many years,” said Adrian Estrella. “Working my distance was key in this fight. It’s hard to knockout Oscar Duarte. And he was getting stronger in every round. So, I decided to jab and work the distance. I got a split decision, but that’s okay. As long as I get the win, that’s fine with me.”
“I don’t think the decision was right,” said Oscar Duarte. “I thought it was a draw. I was pressuring the whole time. I feel I need to learn a lot more.”
Tureano Johnson (20-2-1, 14 KOs) of Nassau, Bahamas and Fernando Castaneda (26-13-1, 17 KOs) of Aguascaliente, Mexico fought to a split draw in an eight-round middleweight fight. One judge scored it 77-75 in favor in Johnson, while another scored it 77-75 in favor of Castaneda. One judge scored it 76-76, resulting in a split draw
“I want to thank God for this opportunity,” said Tureano Johnson. I want to thank Golden Boy and DAZN. He [Castaneda] did an awesome job. It is a disappointment for me, but now I’m looking for bigger and better things. It wasn’t me overlooking him. My corner was there. I didn’t execute the way I should have. I wasn’t listening to my corner. Next time I will do better. Tureano will be back.”
“We did a good fight,” said Fernando Castaneda. “It was against a fighter without a lot of experience. I want a rematch because I did a good job. I worked him to the body and wore him down. I want to thank Golden Boy for this opportunity.”
 
Azat Hovhannisyan (16-3, 13 KOs) of Los Angeles, Calif. defeated Lolito Sonsona (22-3-4, 9 KOs) of General Santos City, Philippines via KO in the fifth round of a super bantamweight bout originally scheduled for 10 rounds. Azat Hovhannisyan won with a time of 2:30 of the aforementioned round.
 
“I feel good about the fight,” said Azat Hovhannisyan. “I trained hard for this fight. I’m surprised [Sonsona] prepared so well. I wish I could have looked better, but a win is a win and a knockout is a knockout. I hope to look better next time!”
Rommel Caballero (5-0, 4 KOs) of Coachella, Calif. defeated Javier Rojas (1-3, 1 KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico via knockout in the first round of a super featherweight fight originally slated for four rounds. Caballero won with time of 1:58 of the first round.
“It feels great coming back,” said Rommel Caballero. “I’m back doing what I love and what I do best: boxing. I want to dedicate this fight to an important person who passed away, Marcos Brambila.”
Machado vs. Cancio was a 12-round fight for the WBA Super Featherweight World
Title presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions. Vargas vs. Manzanilla was a 12-round battle for the WBC Super Bantamweight World Championship presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Promociones del Pueblo. The event was sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” and Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle.” The event took place Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. The fights were streamed live on DAZN.
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