Recap: World of Boxing Hosts Media Roundtable with WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Dmitry Bivol at MSG
New York, NY: On Saturday at Madison Square Garden, World of Boxing hosted a media roundtable withWBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Dmitry Bivol (12-0, 10 KOs). Bivol, the 26-year old from St. Petersburg, Russia by way of Kyrgystan, Moldova and Korea, charmed the media who came out to see him, many of whom met the young champ for the first time.
The wide-ranging conversation touched on Dmitry’s childhood in Kyrgystan, his Korean heritage, how we got into boxing, and the current state of the light heavyweight division.
On the light heavyweight division and his place in it, Bivol said, “number one is vacant. I’m not sure who exactly is the best. Maybe we’ll have a chance to figure it out.” He later continued, “I’m very happy for Andre Ward because I’m very happy for all the athletes that finish their careers on a successful note. But, of course, I’m upset that my division lost a really important opponent for me. Judging by the last couple fights of Andre Ward, he could definitely have stayed for a couple more and showed more fun battles for his fans.”
Bivol was asked how he would approach fighting on HBO and when he might fight two-time light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev. He replied, “It’s a hard question. It depends on my opponents just as much as it depends on me. If I keep showing very good fighting against all the different opponents, then hopefully the American people would be just as happy to see me as they are to see Kovalev.”
When asked if it’s true that he prefers knocking out his opponents, Bivol said, “I don’t necessarily like knockouts, but the crowd likes knockouts. They buy tickets, they come to see boxing because they like knockouts. They like to see blood, they like to see war. So, I like to fight so people are satisfied with buying my tickets and seeing my fights.”
Unlike many fighters, Dmitry did not get into boxing as a way of getting out of street fighting. He explained, “I was a huge fan of Jackie Chan growing up, so I kind of got into boxing because I wanted to do the same kind of stuff as Jackie Chan.”
The New York reporters were eager to know if Bivol had dreamed of one day fighting at “The Mecca of Boxing.” Dmitry said that, as an amateur, “it was my coach’s dream that his student would be fighting in the biggest boxing arena in the world, specifically Madison Square Garden, and I’m hoping that this will happen.”
It was also announced that World of Boxing will partner with Main Events on Bivol’s next fight, which will take place in the United States. World of Boxing is working with HBO Executive Vice President Peter Nelson to pick a date for the world champion’s second title defense. Andrey Ryabinsky of World of Boxing said, “In the first quarter of next year, we plan to organize a fight for Dmitry Bivol in the USA. We hope that we will be able to negotiate a deal with one of the top opponents in the division. Dmitry is ready to fight the best and has been asking for a top-rated opponent.” Bivol’s manager, Vadim Kornilov, added, “We are very excited with the way Dmitry’s career has progressed and are looking forward to his next appearance in the US, possibly in the legendary Madison Square Garden arena!” When asked about working with a US promoter, Bivol stated, “World of Boxing is partnering with Main Events. I’m happy with that.” Main Events CEO Kathy Duva adds, “Dmitry has the potential to be a big star here in America and on HBO. I look forward to showing World of Boxing, Dmitry, and Vadim what we can do!”
As it was Dmitry’s first time at Madison Square Garden, after the media roundtable he received a VIP tour of the facility, then sat ringside for the Kovalev-Shabranskyy event, promoted by Main Events and Krusher Promotions in association with Golden Boy Promotions and Shuan Boxing Promotions.
In the main event, two-time light heavyweight world champion Sergey Kovalev defeated Vyacheslav Shabranskyy to reclaim the WBO Light Heavyweight Title. In the co-feature, Sullivan Barrera topped Felix Valera in a contest to determine Bivol’s mandatory challenger.
After the event, Bivol tweeted that he would like to meet Sullivan Barrera in the ring:
“I have not changed my mind about Barrera – he’s a technical fighter with a hard punch. I would very much like to go out against him in the ring. For me it will be a serious experience, a serious challenge, a good chance to see a spectacular fight for boxing fans #BarreraValera”
UFC® ENDS YEAR WITH BLOCKBUSTER WOMEN’S FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP BOUT BETWEEN CRIS CYBORG AND HOLLY HOLM
Among the most dominant fighters in mixed martial arts, Cyborg captured the vacant UFC women’s featherweight championship with a spectacular TKO win over Tonya Evinger at UFC 214 in July. Holding 16 knockout wins to her name, the Brazilian slugger now looks to cement her title reign with a stunning stoppage against Holm.
A multiple-time boxing champion whose head kick KO win over Ronda Rousey sent shockwaves through the MMA world, Holm aims to become the first woman to hold championships in two separate UFC divisions. Known for her precision striking and slick footwork, Holm’s most recent outing saw her deliver another highlight-reel knockout over Bethe Correia.
UFC® 219: CYBORG vs HOLM will also feature a thrilling lightweight co-main event between No. 2-ranked contender Khabib Nurmagomedov (24-0, fighting out of Dagestan, Russia) and No. 3 Edson Barboza (19-4, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).
A perennial contender, undefeated Nurmagomedov has torn through the 155-pound competition with dominant victories over former champ Rafael Dos Anjos, Michael Johnson and Thiago Tavares. The two-time World Sambo champion looks to use Barboza as a stepping stone to a title shot.
A dangerous striker, Barboza’s victories over Terry Etim and Beniel Dariush are among the most sensational knockouts in UFC history. Known for his crushing kicks and knees, the Brazilian has also earned impressive wins over Gilbert Melendez, former champion Anthony Pettis and Paul Felder. Adding Nurmagomedov to his resume will launch Barboza straight into the title mix.
Additional bouts on the card include:
· No. 4-ranked bantamweight contender Jimmie Rivera (21-1, fighting out of Ramsey, New Jersey) looks to stake his claim for a title shot when he meets heavy-handed and No. 5-ranked John Lineker (30-8, fighting out of Paranagua, Parana, Brazil)
· Former interim welterweight champion and No. 8-ranked contender Carlos Condit (30-10, fighting out of Albuquerque, New Mexico) returns against No. 11-ranked Neil Magny(19-7, fighting out of Denver, Colorado)
· KO artists collide as Khalil Rountree Jr. (7-2, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nevada) takes on UFC newcomer Michal Oleksiejczuk (12-2, fighting out of Barki, Poland)
· In a pivotal strawweight bout, surging No. 7-ranked contender Cynthia Calvillo (6-0, fighting out of Sacramento, California) faces her toughest test in former champion and No. 8-ranked Carla Esparza (13-4, fighting out of Irvine, California)
· No. 14-ranked featherweight Myles Jury (16-2, fighting out of San Diego, California) aims to continue his momentum against gritty Rick Glenn (20-4-1, fighting out of Sacramento, California)
· In a battle of dynamic lightweight strikers, Dan Hooker (15-7, fighting out of Auckland, New Zealand) squares off with Marc Diakiese (12-1, fighting out of Doncaster, England by way of Democratic Republic Congo)
· No. 13-ranked flyweight Louis Smolka (11-4, fighting out of Kapolei, Hawaii) looks to snap a three-fight skid when he faces streaking Matheus Nicolau (12-2-1, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
· In a clash of middleweight prospects, Marvin Vettori (12-3, fighting out of Mezzocorona, Italy) meets Omari Akhmedov (17-4, fighting out of Makhachkala, Russia)
For the latest information on additional bouts for this event, please visit www.ufc.com. All bouts live and subject to change.
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UFC® 219: CYBORG vs HOLM will air live on PPV at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on Saturday, Dec. 30, with the prelims kicking off the evening on FS1 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and on UFC FIGHT PASS® at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT.
Tickets for UFC® 219: CYBORG vs HOLM go on sale Friday, Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. PT and are priced at $500, $425, $350, $275, $225, $180, $150, $120, $100, $75 and $50 USD (prices do not include applicable service charges or fees). Tickets are available for purchase online at www.axs.com and will be available at the T-Mobile Arena box office. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person.
Krusher Is Back! Kovalev tops Shabranskyy in Two
New York, NY: Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev regained his WBO Light Heavyweight World Title in classic Krusher fashion with a second round stoppage of Vyacheslav Shabranskyy at the Theater at Madison Square Garden and live on HBO World Championship Boxing. Kovalev came out of the gates swinging, knocking down Shabranskyy twice in the first round. The second round continued with more hard shots from The Krusher and a third knockdown. Finally, at 2:36 of the second round, the referee called a halt to the action and Kovalev was named the new WBO champ.
The punch stats clearly favor Kovalev, who connected for 50 of 113 punch attempts (44%) compared to 16 of 71 for Shabranskyy (23%). The Krusher also landed 62% of his power punches (36 of 58), compared to 30% (8 of 27) for Shabranskyy. Finally, for jabs Sergey landed 25% (14 of 55) and Shabranskyy landed 18% (8 of 44).
After the fight Kovalev said, “I did it and worked very hard to get to champion status. My brain, mentally, my conditioning, my body – I’m back. It’s my goal to be the best in this division. I am here, I love boxing, I love to make great fights. This makes boxing interesting. We can make good fights for boxing fans, and make boxing history. Let’s find out who is the best. Chickenson is on my list.This is very good for boxing. Let’s do it.”
The co-feature of the evening started off with a bang as both Sullivan Barrera (21-1, 14 KOs) of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Felix Valera (162, 13 KOs) of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic scored knockdowns in the first round.
In the second round, Valera began to taunt Sullivan with his antics but Barrera countered with hard shots that put a quick end to the showboating. However, Barrera suffered a cut over his left eye that started to swell in the second round. Shortly after the bell rang to start the third round, Valera hit Barrera with a low blow that cost him a point on the judges’ scorecards.
Both fighters continued to trade hard shots over the next few rounds. In the sixth, the action continued to intensify and referee Mike Ortega deducted another point from Valera for hitting Sullivan with the second low-blow of the night. The low blows continued in the eighth and the referee took another point away from Valera. However, at the start of the ninth round, it was Barrera who lost a point for a low blow. This exciting grudge match continued into the tenth and final round with both competitors trading big shots. At the end of ten exciting rounds, the judges all scored the bout in favor of Barrera (98-88, 97-90 and 97-89).
“It was a tough, awkward fight,” explained Barrera. “I have beaten two of the three light heavyweights shown on HBO. I’m just waiting to finally get the opportunity I deserve.”
The live HBO telecast began with a controversial decision between Yuriorkis Gamboa (28-2, 17 KOs) of Miami, Florida and Jason Sosa (20-3-4, 15 KOs) of Camden, New Jersey. Despite a deducted point for holding in the tenth, Gamboa was declared the winner by majority decision after ten hard-fought rounds. The scorecards varied widely for this bout. One referee scored the contest 94-94. The other two judges scored the fight for Gamboa 95-93 and 96-92.
In the ring following the fight the two fighters had this exchange:
Gamboa: “I’m sorry I didn’t give you a better match. I only had 3 weeks to prepare.”
Sosa: “That’s boxing”
Gamboa: “You gave a great fight. You have a great heart.”
Sosa: “I was a fun fight. I took some breaks but I thought I did enough to win. I know I did enough to win the fight. I didn’t get hurt at all during the fight. I spar with middleweights so that was nothing.”
Gamboa: “It was a good fight. I didn’t have enough time to train. I only had three weeks. I didn’t have time to get ready. I needed 2 or 3 more weeks to lose the weight correctly. Of course the decision was good. I think I won every round. Except for the knockdown and the point deduction.”
Grozny, Russia native Bakhram Murtazaliev (11-0, 9 KOs) kept his stoppage streak alive with his seventh straight knockout over Carlos Galvan (16-6-1, 15 KOs) of Antioquia, Colombia at 1:31 of round five.
After the fight Murtazaliev said, “The fight went as it went. I didn’t think my opponent would be in the ring that long. He has a big heart. All respect to him.”
When asked about fighting at Madison Square Garden he added, “It looked like what I dreamed all my life. I’m not that famous a boxer, but I want to say thank you to all my fans. I promise more exciting fights in the future.”
After a 14-month layoff Brooklyn’s own Frank “Notorious” Galarza (18-2-2, 11 KOs) made his triumphant return to the ring with a lopsided unanimous decision victory over Jaime Herrera (15-5-1, 8 KOs) of Chicago, Illinois. Herrera suffered a cut over his left eye in the fifth round but managed to finish the fight. The judges scored the fight 78-74, 80-72 and 79-73 all in favor of the hometown hero.
The comeback kid was ecstatic after the fight. He said, “I feel good after a 14-month layoff, shaking off some ring rust. I’m so grateful for Main Events to put me on their card. Hopefully I’ll be back in the Garden soon. It felt great, it was where I belong. It felt right. Not many places you can call home but this is one for me. I’m grateful for my supporters, for people who waited it out for me. As a Brooklyn native, a person from New York who’s been around, they support me and that’s the best thing.”
Middleweight prospect Meiirim “The Sultan” Nursultanov (5-0, 4 KOs) of Astana, Kazakhstan needed less than two rounds to stop the previously undefeated Eric Moon (7-1, 6 KOs) of Atlanta, Georgia. The referee stopped the contest at 1:54 of the second round.
“I prepared to fight more rounds,” explained Nursultanov. “I think I showed a very professional fight. Many people thanked me, I win more fans every fight. I’m looking forward to having more success. I want to be a unified world champion someday. I sparred with [Sergey] Kovalev, we helped each other. Tonight’s fight was so far because of this very good experience. Thank you to Sergey.”
New York native “Lightning” LeShawn Rodriguez (8-0, 7 KOs) stopped Alex Duarte (7-3, 5 KOs) of Sao Paulo, Brazil at 1:48 of the third round. Rodriguez recently returned to the ring last month after an 11-month injury layoff. His performance against Duarte tonight proves the 24-year is back!
“It feels good always to win, but to win by knockout is better, sensational, spectacular,” said Rodriguez. “I felt at home. A lot of people came out to see me. This is the first time I’ve fought in New York since I turned pro.”
Former kickboxer Enriko Gogokhia (7-0, 3 KOs) of Zugdidi, Georgia improved his undefeated record with a unanimous decision victory over Jose Abreu (13-3, 8 KOs) of the Dominican Republic. Two judges had the score 59-54 and the third judge scored the bout 60-53, all in favor of Gogokhia.
When asked about the fight Gogokhia replied, “It was a good fight, good opponent with a good record. it was harder because the opponent was ready and he also wanted to win. I was just getting started by the last round. Still, a victory is a victory.”
In the first bout of the evening Bronx native Ismael Villarreal (1-0) made his professional debut with an impressive shutout unanimous decision over Race Sawyer (0-5) of Salt Lake City, Utah. One judge scored the bout 40-35 while the other two scored the contest 40-36 in favor of Villarreal.
After the fight Villarreal said, “It totally felt different than the amateurs. There were so many more people looking at me. I was trying to look good, I was focused on the knockout because it was my very first professional fight. I learned I have to work harder and be careful not to get hit.”
|PETE DURAN REGRESA AL RING EL 9 DE DICIEMBRE EN LAS VEGAS
Peter Duran, uno de los prospectos más cotizados del sur de California regresará al ring el próximo sábado 9 de Diciembre en la función que estelarizará Orlando “El Siri” Salido en el Mandalay Events Center del Hotel & Casino Mandalay Bay.
Duran (15-0, 12 KO’s) de Paramount, California un suburbio al este de Los Angeles es un joven boxeador con mucho poder que se ha convertido en uno de los más populares de la región por sus espectaculares nocauts y entrega sobre el ring.
El joven de 24 años tuvo una brillante carrera amateur y desde que debutó como profesional el 23 de febrero del 2013 ha demostrado ser un pegador nato que da espectáculo y siempre deja todo sobre el ring.
Duran quien es conocido en el ámbito boxístico cono “Little Pete” tiene un gran número de seguidores en todo el sur de California. Después de ganar sus primeras 14 peleas seguidas, once de ellas antes del límite, Duran ha empatado dos de sus últimos tres combates.
La pelea del 9 de diciembre marcará su debut en Las Vegas y será su tercer combate del año, en enero en Tecate, Baja California noqueó a Jesús Eduardo Soto y en febrero en la misma ciudad empató con Eleazar Valenzuela. La pelea en Las Vegas está pactada a ocho giros en peso ligero.
Su inactivad este año se debió a una lesión en la mano derecha que lo obligó a mantenerla enyesada por varios meses.
Duran entrena en el gimnasio Azteca de Bell, California, su apoderado es Ricardo “Ricky” Mota, su entrenador es Mario “Yuka” Morales y es representado promocionalmente por Promociones Zanfer.
FOTO CREDITO: Promociones Zanfer
UFC FIGHT PASS® IS PROUD TO HIGHLIGHT TOP FEMALE ATHLETES IN COMBAT SPORTS THROUGHOUT ‘WOMEN’S WEEK’
DECEMBER 1-8 WILL FEATURE MORE THAN 12 HOURS OF LIVE ACTION,
PLUS ORIGINAL AND FIRST-RUN PROGRAMMING
Las Vegas, Nevada – Today, UFC FIGHT PASS® announced the world’s greatest digital destination for combat sports with an incredible lineup of female-driven content next month. Women’s Week will highlight some of the top female stars in combat sports, which coincides with the five-year anniversary of Ronda Rousey being crowned the first female champion of the UFC.
A pioneer of MMA, Rousey’s elevation to the pinnacle of the UFC helped establish the popularity of women across all combat sports disciplines – and UFC FIGHT PASS pays homage to half a decade of female fighters from December 1 through December 8.
Women’s Week will feature over 12 hours of fight action across two weekends, three combat sports, four promotions and four cities. This includes:
Friday, December 1:
Saturday, December 2:
Sunday, December 3:
Friday, December 8:
In addition to these amazing live events, UFC FIGHT PASS’s Women’s Week will showcase Original and first-run content featuring UFC stars Miesha Tate, Cris Cyborg, Michelle Waterson, Ronda Rousey, Rose Namajunas along with presenting the definitive collection of the greatest female fights of all time.
FIGHT PASS currently offers subscribers VOD access to 16,000+ fights from more than 35 MMA, grappling and kickboxing organizations, along with UFC’s archive of television shows including The Ultimate Fighter.
For more details on FIGHT PASS’s schedule visit: https://www.ufc.tv/category/fightpass-live-events