Jose Ramirez and Trainer Robert Garcia Prepare for July 7 Title Defense

Jun 22, 2018

Jose Ramirez Set to Defend 140-Pound Title With Robert Garcia in His Corner

Ramirez to make first defense of WBC Super Lightweight title against Danny O’Connor
July 7 at Save Mart Center in Fresno, LIVE on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 9:30 p.m. ET

(Photo Credit: Mikey Williams/Top Rank)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (June 20, 2018) — The next chapter of Jose Ramirez’s career —  this one as a world champion —  will occur with a new voice in his corner. After a long and successful partnership with Freddie Roach, Ramirez (22-0, 16 KOs) hired Robert Garcia as his head trainer following his unanimous decision victory over Amir Imam on March 17 to win the vacant WBC super lightweight championship.

Ramirez, from Avenal, California, will make his first title defense on July 7 at the Save Mart Center in nearby Fresno against Danny O’Connor (30-3, 11 KOs).

Ramirez worked out for the media Wednesday at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy.

This is what Ramirez and Garcia had to say.

Jose Ramirez

On fighting in Fresno as a champion

“I believe the excitement of the people to see me return home as a world champion is going to be huge. Everybody in the Central Valley watched my fight March 17 at Madison Square Garden when I beat Amir Imam to become world champion. I think the excitement and the pride that they’re going to come into the Save Mart Center with is going to make the atmosphere so much better.”

“My goal was to fight in Fresno, to showcase my skills in front of my fans, family, and friends. Once that happened, I was able to headline a show in Fresno, and everything started to fall into place. I’m honored that we’re able to defend the title in Fresno, thanks to Top Rank and the team that worked hard to get this fight done. I’m living a dream.”

On being a big favorite against Danny O’Connor.

“I feel like I have a responsibility as a world champion, so that responsibility helps me stay focused and grounded. This fight will only lead to bigger fights. It’s another step to fighting the big fights.”

On the 140-pound division

“I want to fight all of the champions, but I have to take care of business July 7 against Danny O’Connor first. I am excited to come home and defend my title. It’s going to be a great night for the Central Valley of California.”

Robert Garcia

On working with Ramirez

“I’d met him before. In the amateurs, everyone knew about Jose. I saw him fight in Fresno, and he would come to my gym in Oxnard, spar a few rounds. I’ve known him for a long time, and it’s great to be working with him.”

Ramirez vs. O’Connor will be televised live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET. Undercard bouts, including appearances by Central Valley prospect Bryan Lua and heavyweight contender Andy Ruiz Jr., will stream on ESPN+ starting at 6:30 p.m. ET. Also appearing on ESPN+ in a six-round special attraction will be blue-chip prospect Gabe Flores Jr. of Stockton, California, who signed with Top Rank as a 16-year-old in November 2016, becoming the youngest fighter ever signed by the promotional company.

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Boxing Champion Abner Mares Statement on the separation of parents and children at the U.S. Borders

Jun 20, 2018
Abner Mares Statement on the separation of parents and children at the U.S. borders
June 20, 2018

“I came to the United States from Mexico at age seven. I came here without the proper documents and didn’t speak English. Like so many women before her, my mother brought my brother, sister and myself here for a better life. Life wasn’t easy, and we watched her work three jobs. We all did what we could – I would dumpster dive for bottles and cans to help pay for food.

But it didn’t matter, because we were working towards our dreams – our American dreams.

Now, as an American resident who will become an American citizen in 2019, as a father, a son and a brother, it makes my heart break to see and hear of the forced separation of parents from their children at the borders. We all have dreams, we all have family…regardless of borders. What is happening at the borders of this country, of MY country, it is simply inhuman.

I’m an example of the American AND Mexican dreams combined, the North American dream.  I have a successful career in boxing, and a successful business in the United States and Mexico that employs both American and Mexican citizens. I am lucky enough to have a loving family that is happy, healthy and together.

As a father and human being I can’t stay silent, and I cannot condone what is going on…putting children of any age in a prison camp is not what we as caring humans do.

The founders of this country said that we are all ‘one people, under God, indivisible’ and that there is indeed, justice for all. The symbol of our country, the Statue of Liberty, herself, says to bring us your poor, your huddled masses…are we to remove that saying, ignore that line, that sentiment?

This isn’t unity, this isn’t diversity, this is division. This is going against what God asks of us as humans. The trauma these children and adults face will haunt them for their lifetime.

I join the world and condemn the unjust imprisonment of children and ask all my fans, followers and supporters to call their elected officials – Congressmen and Congresswomen, Senators, House Representatives, Councilmen, Mayors and Governors.

Your voice MUST be heard.

It’s simple. Go to facebook.com/townhall and all your representatives and their phone numbers appear. Or go to https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative to find your representative.

Email them, call them, and tell them that all it takes is one sentence of legislation, one phone call from the President to stop this.

“All families seeking asylum or crossing the border of the United States, either documented or not, shall not be separated from their minor children.”

It is not illegal to seek asylum at the border of any country. These people are not criminals. They are seeking asylum, a better life. It is not their fault the immigration system of the United States is broken and Congress has been unable to agree on a humane solution. They are innocent. They are children.

We can stop this.

It takes one sentence to put an end to this.

One sentence. It doesn’t take debate, pages of documents, weeks. One sentence, one vote, one call.

I urge lawmakers on all sides of the aisle to put people first and politics second.

Call your legislatures. Email your representatives. Demand a vote to end family separations today

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MIXED MARTIAL ARTIST LINDA DARROW CONFIRMED AS INAUGURAL UFC SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT

Jun 20, 2018

MIXED MARTIAL ARTIST LINDA DARROW CONFIRMED AS INAUGURAL UFC® SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT

OnePride MMA’s women’s strawweight champion secures scholarship to UFC’s state-of-the-art UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas

SINGAPORE – UFC®, the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization, and AirAsia today announced that current “OnePride MMA Pro Never Quit” women’s strawweight champion of Indonesia, Linda Darrow (6-0), has been selected as the first-ever student to be admitted into its UFC® Scholarship program.  As  part of this scholarship, Darrow, 28, will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the United States to train at the UFC Performance Institute® in Las Vegas, Nevada. Once at the Performance Institute, Darrow will have access to the facilities staff of experts in the fields of strength and conditioning, nutrition and physical therapy to help hone down her skills.

“We are excited to award this scholarship to Linda, as she is a wonderful role model for all aspiring mixed martial artists around the world,” UFC Vice President of International Partnerships Rene Valencia said. “Her journey is just beginning and we are immensely proud of our ground-breaking partnership with AirAsia, who are helping us create new MMA development opportunities for athletes.  We look forward to warmly welcoming Linda to Las Vegas and the UFC Performance Institute.”

The four-week curriculum, devised by UFC, will give athletes the opportunity to test themselves and train with the best MMA athletes in a world-class training facility.

“We are very pleased to receive this exciting news that Linda Darrow of Indonesia has been selected as the inaugural UFC training scholarship recipient,” Chairman Komite Olahraga Beladiri Indonesia (KOBI) A. Ardiansyah Bakrie said. “KOBI was established under the Ministry of Sports in Indonesia to support the growth and development of MMA in Indonesia, we appreciate the efforts of UFC and AirAsia as sponsors, and recognise both organisations as further enhancing the credibility of MMA in Indonesia and globally.”

“This is  a great honour for the Indonesian MMA community, we are honoured that Linda Darrow the “OnePride MMA Pro Never Quit” Women’s Strawweight Champion of Indonesia, has been selected for this prestigious scholarship,” Chairman, OnePride MMA Indonesia David Burke said. “We would like to thank both UFC and AirAsia for this sponsorship, and hopefully in the future other Indonesian MMA fighters might also be capable of qualifying for other UFC scholarships, this will go a long way to motivating Indonesian MMA Fighters and without a doubt have a positive impact to the MMA community in Indonesia.”

As the world’s first mixed martial arts multi-disciplinary research, innovation and performance center, the Performance Institute is a state-of-the-art 30,000 square-foot facility providing benefits and services to all athletes competing under the UFC banner.

“We’re thrilled to support UFC’s scholarship and contender series programs,”  AirAsia Group Head of Branding Rudy Khaw said. “AirAsia is committed to helping people make their dreams come true, whether it’s connecting them to one of our 130 destinations or helping them to become world-class mixed martial artists. We look forward to working together with UFC on these two opportunities for eligible athletes in the Asia-Pacific region.”

UFC’s partnership with AirAsia will also see one athlete from the Asia-Pacific region take part in the UFC’s original content series, Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series. This UFC FIGHT PASS®program is focused on finding the next generation of UFC ready athletes by providing access to the world’s biggest MMA stage in front of UFC President Dana White.  Fans can tune in to watch the program on UFC Fight Pass®, the global brand’s digital subscription service.

For more information on AirAsia, please visit airasia.com or follow AirAsia on Facebook and YouTube (AirAsia), Twitter and Instagram (@airasia), Weibo (@亚航之家) or WeChat and Zhihu (@亚洲航空). Formore information on UFC, please visit UFC.com. Follow us on, WeChat, Youku, QQ, Facebook (UFC Asia), Twitter and Instagram (@ufc).

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COMPLETE SUCCESS AT THE 4TH ANNUAL GREEN BELT CHALLENGE!

Jun 20, 2018
COMPLETE SUCCESS AT THE 4TH ANNUAL GREEN BELT CHALLENGE!
Photos by Lina Baker @seeyouringside 
 
Photos by Cecy Sulaiman, Ray Navarrete and Valentin Romero
 
(June 19, 2018 – Los Angeles, CA) – The 4th Annual Green Belt Challenge hosted by the World Boxing Council, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, U.P.A.C. and USA Boxing was a complete success! With hundreds of boxers, and thousands attending over this three day show, The Green Belt Challenge has become one of the biggest shows in the United States. There were boxers competing from all over the U.S. including Georgia, New York, Texas, Massachussets, Arizona and even Tahiti! This completely free show for all boxers and their families, provide a healthy, fun and positive atmosphere for everyone to enjoy. World Champions and prospects stopped by to enjoy the three day show including, Leo Santacruz, Lucas Matthysse, Israel Vazquez, Mia St. John, Mariana “La Barby” Juarez, Sindy Amador, Aaron McKenna, Chango Carmona, Jose Armando Santacruz, Jose Balderas, Jousce Gonzalez, Joet Gonzalez, Oscar Negrete, Daniel Franco and many more!
The 4th Annual Green Belt Challenge had two ELITE bouts this year which were a huge hit on the last day as Iyana “ROXY” Verduzco faced Merari Vivar and Ezequiel Matthysse faced Jerry Bradford. It was two competitive and exciting fights, the venue was completely at capacity for these two great bouts.
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Gilberto Ramirez and Alex Saucedo Ready for Oklahoma City Fight Night

Jun 20, 2018

Gilberto Ramirez and Alex Saucedo Ready for Oklahoma City Fight Night

June 30 at Chesapeake Energy Arena, LIVE on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 9 p.m. ET
Ramirez to defend WBO super middleweight title against Alexis Angulo
Saucedo to return home in 140-pound battle against Lenny Zappavign

(Photo Credit: Mikey Williams/Top Rank)

Signal Hill, Calif. (June 19, 2018) — Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez and Alex “El Cholo” Saucedo showcased their skills for the media Tuesday at Hill Street Boxing Gym as they finalize preparations for their respective nationally televised bouts, June 30 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.

In the main event, Ramirez (37-0, 25 KOs) will defend the WBO super middleweight title against unbeaten Colombian challenger Alexis Angulo (23-0, 20 KOs), while Oklahoma City native Saucedo (27-0, 17 KOs) will face Australian puncher Lenny Zappavigna (37-3, 27 KOs) for the WBO International super lightweight title.

Ramirez-Angulo and Saucedo-Zappavigna will be televised live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 9 p.m. ET. Undercard action, including appearances by 2016 Olympic gold medalist Robson Conceicao, female fighting sensation Mikaela Mayer, and heavyweight knockout artist Trey Lippe Morrison, will be broadcast on ESPN+ beginning at 6 p.m. ET.

Promoted by Top Rank, tickets to this world championship extravaganza are ON SALE NOW. Priced at $200, $100, $60, $40 and $25, not including facility and service fees, tickets may be purchased at the Chesapeake Energy Arena box office, online at Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

This is what the fighters had to say.

Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez

On Alexis Angulo

“We’ve seen a couple of tapes. He’s a big puncher. He has a good record, and I have been preparing very hard for him. I’ve been doing a lot of sparring with different guys, and I’m ready to put on a great performance for Oklahoma City and the people watching on ESPN.”

“He’a dangerous fighter because we don’t know what he brings. Like I said, I prepared really well for this fight. We don’t know what kind of strategy he brings to the ring, so we’re preparing with different styles.”

On the super middleweight division

“I am looking for unification fights. That’s what I want. But first things first. We have a tough fight with Angulo, and after that, we are looking at any of those fighters. Let’s do it. Let’s make it happen.”

On being active after a long layoff

“For me, being more active is helpful. I like fighting three or four times a year. It makes me feel good and motivated. If you don’t fight enough, it hurts you in the ring.”

Alex “El Cholo” Saucedo

On Lenny Zappavigna

“Lenny is an aggressive fighter and I am as well. We both have great knockout percentages, so it’s going to be a great fight for Oklahoma City. I’m ready.”

On Oklahoma City

“I want to give all my people back home a great event. We have ESPN and Top Rank coming through. It’s going to be a special night for the city, and I am proud to represent my people. I want everyone to come out and support this event. If everything goes well, we’ll be back with bigger things.”

“I wanted to bring a tough fight to the city, so they could see that we’re ready to move on to bigger things. It’s going to be a tough fight, but I believe I’m ready to put him out of there as well.”

“I was born in Chihuahua, Mexico. I came to Oklahoma City when I was 7 years old. I started third grade in Oklahoma City, and I’ve been there ever since. Everyone watched me as an amateur fighter, as a professional fighter. Now they have the opportunity to see me fight on ESPN, at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, on one of the biggest boxing events in Oklahoma. I’m really motivated about and excited to give everyone a show.”

On a future title shot

“There are two guys with belts, Jose Ramirez and Maurice Hooker, who I’d love to fight. But right now, I need to worry about June 30.”

On his preparation

“I felt great in sparring. I feel like my trainer {Abel Sanchez} and I worked on everything we wanted to.”

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Zurdo’ Ramirez, Alex Saucedo & Jose Ramirez to host Media Workouts in L.A. Area

Jun 20, 2018

‘Zurdo’ Ramirez, Alex Saucedo & Jose Ramirez

• NEXT TUESDAY! ‘Zurdo’ and Saucedo Media Day @ Hill St. Boxing Gym

• NEXT WEDNESDAY! Jose Ramirez Media Day @ Robert Garcia Boxing Academy

LOS ANGELES (June 15, 2018) – Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez, Alex ‘El Cholo’ Saucedo, andJose Ramirez will host media workouts this upcoming Tuesday, June 19, and Wednesday, June 20 in preparation for their respective ESPN-televised bouts.

On Tuesday at noon, ‘Zurdo’ and Saucedo, who will headline the June 30 world championship event at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, will train at the Hill St. Boxing Gym (1201 E Hill St, Signal Hill, CA 90755).

On Wednesday at noon, Jose Ramirez, the newly crowned WBC super lightweight world champion, will work out for the media ahead of his July 7 world title defense at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California. Ramirez’s media day will take place at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy (18815 Roberts Rd, Riverside, CA, 92508).

The June 30 doubleheader featuring Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez making the fourth defense of his WBO super middleweight title against the hard-hitting Alexis Angulo, and Oklahoma City’s Saucedo against Lenny Zappavigna in a 10-round special attraction, will be televised live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 9 p.m. ET.

The July 7 event featuring Jose Ramirez’s first defense of his WBC super lightweight title against former amateur standout and longtime contender Danny O’Connor will be televised live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET.

If you plan on attending the workouts, please RSVP to Evan Korn (EKorn@toprank.com) and Gardy Lopez (Glopez@toptank.com) by Monday, June 18 at noon PT.

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2018 UFC HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY TICKETS GO ON SALE TODAY!

Jun 20, 2018

2018 UFC® HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY TICKETS GO ON SALE TODAY!

INDUCTEES INCLUDE RONDA ROUSEY, BRUCE CONNAL, ART DAVIE AND MATT SERRA

CEREMONY TO TAKE PLACE ON THURSDAY, JULY 5 AT THE PEARL AT THE PALMS CASINO RESORT STARTING AT 7 P.M.

Las Vegas – UFC® today announced that tickets to the 2018 UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be available at 10 a.m. PT on Friday, June 15, via Ticketmaster. The 2018 UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Thursday, July 5, at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Tickets to the 2018 UFC Hall of Fame Induction ceremony are priced at $20.00 (does not include fees), with all proceeds benefitting Three Square Foodbank, southern Nevada’s largest hunger-relief organization.

The UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony stands as one of the marquee events during the 7th annual UFC International Fight Week™, which takes place from Tuesday, July 3 through Sunday, July 8.

The 2018 UFC Hall of Fame class of 2018 includes:

  • Ronda Rousey (Modern) – Former UFC and Strikeforce bantamweight champion and the first and only UFC women’s champion to successfully defended her title six times.
  • Bruce Connal (Contributor) – Pioneering television producer who led the production of more than 300 UFC televised events during his 19-year tenure with UFC.
  • Art Davie (Contributor) – UFC creator and co-founder who partnered with legendary Brazilian jiu-jitsu master Rorian Gracie on a project that would eventually be rebranded to the Ultimate Fighting Championship®.
  • Matt Serra (Pioneer) – Former UFC welterweight champion and winner of Season four of The Ultimate Fighter®.
  • Dan Henderson vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (Fight) – Classic 2011 fight between former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and UFC 17 middleweight tournament champion and former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson.

To see a complete list of UFC athletes and fights currently enshrined in the UFC Hall of Fame, as well as details regarding the UFC Hall of Fame format, please visit UFCHOFFAQ.

Established in 2007 to provide hunger relief, Three Square Food Bank offers wholesome, nutritious food to nonprofit and faith-based organizations, schools and feeding sites that serve a wide range of Southern Nevadans. Three Square’s mission is to provide wholesome food to hungry people, while passionately pursuing a hunger-free community. For more information, please visit THREESQUAREFOODBANK.

To view the UFC Hall of Fame fight library, please visit UFCHOF. For additional information, please visit UFC.com.

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Top Rank Firma al Cotizado Peleador Aficionado Chris Zavala a un Contrato Promocional

Jun 13, 2018

Top Rank Firma al Cotizado Peleador Aficionado
Chris Zavala a un Contrato Promocional

 

LAS VEGAS (12 de junio del 2018) — Uno de los boxeadores aficionados más importantes de los Estados Unidos, Chris “The Boy” Zavala, ha firmado un acuerdo promocional multianual con Top Rank, anunció el legendario promotor, Bob Arum.

Zavala competirá en la división peso pluma y hará su debut profesional el 30 de junio en el Chesapeake Energy Arena de Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, en las peleas de respaldo del evento de campeonato mundial donde el invicto campeón mexicano Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramírez defenderá su título súpermediano de la OMB contra Alexis Angulo. La pelea de Zavala está programada para ser transmitida por ESPN+, que transmitirá todas las peleas preliminares de la función a partir de las 6:30 p.m. ET.

“Como peleador, firmar con Top Rank es un sueño hecho realidad,” dijo Zavala. “Y tener a Richard Anthony como manejador, puedo decir que es una de las mejores decisiones que he tomado en mucho tiempo. Mi familia y yo juntos, todos hemos trabajado duro para llegar exactamente a este punto. Ellos son la razón por la que peleo y por la cual me levanto todos los días y entreno tan duro como lo hago. Gracias a Richard y a mi familia, pero también a Top Rank por darme una oportunidad de grandeza, algo que nunca daré por sentado.”

“Chris es un gran tipo con un alto cociente intelectual tanto dentro como fuera del ring,” dijo Anthony. “Su extenso historial en el boxeo aficionado habla por sí mismo, y estoy muy emocionado de comenzar el viaje profesional con él y su familia. Estamos muy contentos de unirnos a Bob Arum y a la familia Top Rank y esperamos ansiosos años de prosperidad.”

Zavala ha sido entrenado por Manny Robles desde que tenía 9 años y hará su hogar profesional en el Legendz Boxing Gym de Norwalk, California. Como amateur, entrenó con peleadores profesionales como Oscar Valdez, Jessie Magdaleno y Michael Conlan.

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UFC RETURNS TO L.A. WITH TWO THRILLING CHAMPIONSHIP REMATCHES

Jun 13, 2018

UFC® RETURNS TO L.A. WITH TWO THRILLING

CHAMPIONSHIP REMATCHES

FEATURED BOUTS:

(C) TJ DILLASHAW vs. (#1) CODY GARBRANDT

(C) DEMETRIOUS JOHNSON vs. (#2) HENRY CEJUDO

 

TICKETS FOR UFC® 227: DILLASHAW vs. GARBRANDT 2

AT STAPLES CENTER GO ON SALE FRIDAY, JUNE 15

Las Vegas – UFC® will return to Los Angeles with a blockbuster bantamweight championship rematch that will see T.J. Dillashaw defend against former champ and No.1 contender Cody Garbrandt. In the co-main event, UFC flyweight champion and No.1 pound-for-pound fighter Demetrious Johnson will run it back with No.2-ranked contender Henry CejudoUFC® 227: DILLASHAW vs. GARBRANDT 2 goes down Saturday, August 4 at STAPLES Center and will air live on Pay-Per-View.

Among the most heated rivals in UFC history, Dillashaw (16-3, fighting out of Angels Camp, Calif.) and Garbrandt (11-1, fighting out of Sacramento, Calif.) first locked horns last November. Following a series of exciting back-and-forth exchanges, Dillashaw delivered a spectacular second-round KO to recapture the 135-pound title.

Dillashaw now looks to get the last laugh over his former teammate. A diverse striker and talented grappler, he’s earned victories over a who’s who in the bantamweight division. Over the course of his UFC career, he’s bested Renan Barao (twice), Raphael Assuncao and John Lineker. Another impressive victory will allow him to close the book on his feud with Garbrandt.

As for Garbrandt, the former titleholder aims for a measure of revenge. Known for his highlight-reel knockouts, he tore a path of destruction through the division en route to dethroning Dominick Cruz in 2016. During his UFC stint, the heavy-handed striker has stopped Takeya Mizugaki, Thomas Almeida and Augusto Mendes. Garbrandt now aims to even the score and reclaim the bantamweight championship.

Also, at UFC® 227: DILLASHAW vs. GARBRANDT 2, flyweight champion Johnson (27-2-1, fighting out of Parkland, Wash.) will see a familiar face in Cejudo (12-2, fighting out of Phoenix, Ariz.), as he goes for his record 12th consecutive title defense. The two originally met two years ago, with Johnson defending his title via impressive TKO.

Since then, Johnson has picked up three more sensational wins, including highlight-reel submissions against Wilson Reis and Ray Borg. The latter set a new record for UFC title defenses. Johnson has also bested Joseph Benavidez (twice), John Dodson (twice) and Kyoji Horiguchi. He now plans to notch another defense and continue building his already impressive legacy.

An Olympic gold medalist wrestler, Cejudo is gunning for his first UFC championship. A decorated grappler with heavy hands, he’s topped Sergio Pettis, Henry Cejudo and Jussier Formiga during his climb up the flyweight ranks. With the 125-pound title in his sights, Cejudo not only plans to reach his destiny, but also plans to hand Johnson his first loss in almost seven years.

Additional bouts on the card include:

  • In a clash of featherweight contenders, No.5-ranked Cub Swanson (25-8, fighting out of Palm Springs, Calif.) faces No.9 Renato Moicano (12-1-1, fighting out of Brasilia, Brazil).
  • No.6-ranked middleweight contender Derek Brunson (18-6, fighting out of Wilmington, N.C.) looks to turn back surging No.12 Antonio Carlos Junior (11-2 1NC, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla. by way of Joao Pessoa, Brazil)
  • Former women’s bantamweight title challenger and No.10-ranked contender Bethe Correia (10-3-1, fighting out of Campina Grande, Brazil) locks horns with No.12 Irene Aldana (7-4, fighting out of Culiacan, Mexico)
  • Polyana Viana (10-1, fighting out of Sao Geraldo do Araguaia, Brazil) looks to keep the momentum going when she meets rising star JJ Aldrich (6-2, fighting out of Westminster, Colo.)
  • Ricardo Ramos (11-1, fighting out of Campinas, Brazil) goes for another highlight-reel KO against streaking Kyung Ho Kang (13-7 1NC, fighting out of Busan, South Korea)
  • Danielle Taylor (9-3, fighting out of Van Nuys, Calif.) aims to get back in the win column against debuting Weili Zhang (16-1, fighting out of Hebei, China)
  • Buren Wuliji (10-5, fighting out of Beijing, China) takes on fellow prospect Bharat Khandare (5-3, fighting out of Mumbai, India)
  • In a battle of exciting prospects, Benito Lopez (9-0, fighting out of Oroville, Calif.) meets Ricky Simon (10-1, fighting out of Vancouver, Wash.)

For the latest information on additional bouts for this event, please visit www.ufc.com. All bouts live and subject to change.

Visit the UFC® Press Portal for information and content to support your UFC coverage.

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Christopher ‘Pitufo’ Díaz batallará contra Masayuki Ito por el título Jr. Ligero de la OMB el 28 de julio en Kissimmee

Jun 13, 2018

Christopher ‘Pitufo’ Díaz batallará contra Masayuki Ito por el título Jr. Ligero de la OMB el 28 de julio en Kissimmee

El invicto peso welter Carlos Adames enfrentará a Artemio Reyes en el combate co-estelar
ESPN+ transmitirá los combates Díaz-Ito y Adames-Reyes EN VIVO a las 9:30 p.m. ET

Kissimmee, Fla. (11 de junio del 2018) — Christopher “Pitufo” Díaz quiere agregar su nombre a la lista de campeones mundiales de Puerto Rico. El invicto contendiente boricua tendrá esa oportunidad el 28 de julio en el Kissimmee Civic Center, cuando enfrente al japonés Masayuki Ito por el vacante título de peso junior ligero de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB).

Y, en la pelea co-estelar, el invicto peso welter dominicano Carlos “Caballo Bronco” Adames enfrentará a Artemio Reyes de San Bernardino, California.

Los combates Díaz vs. Ito y Adames vs. Reyes se transmitirán en vivo y exclusivamente en los Estados Unidos a las 9:30 p.m. ET por ESPN+ – el nuevo servicio de transmisión por suscripción directo al consumidor, multideporte que recientemente fue lanzado por The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer en conjunto con ESPN. Los combates preliminaes se transmitirán en vivo por ESPN+ a partir de las 6:30 p.m. ET. ESPN+ está disponible en los Estados Unidos continentales para todos los fanáticos en la aplicación móvil de ESPN y ESPN.com. Pronto se anunciarán los detalles de transmisión de este evento de camponato mundial para Puerto Rico.

En una promoción de Top Rank, en asociación con All Star Boxing y Teiken Promotions, los boletos para este evento del campeonato mundial saldrán a la venta mañana martes, 12 de junio, a las 10 a.m. ET. Los boletos a precios de $100 (alfombra roja en el ringside), $50 (tazón inferior) y $30 (admisión general), se pueden comprar en la boletería del Kissimmee Civic Center, en línea en ticketerapr.com o por teléfono al (787) 305- 3600.

“Esta pelea va dedicada a todo Puerto Rico y a mi familia que siempre ha estado ahí para apoyarme,” dijo Díaz. “Ahora es el momento de convertirme en campeón del mundo, y les prometo que llevaré a casa el título mundial. Los amo, Puerto Rico. ¡Esta va por ustedes!”

“Estoy muy contento de poder enfrentar a un gran peleador como Christopher Díaz por el título de la OMB. Díaz es un peleador muy bueno con poder y velocidad, pero el 28 de julio me convertiré en el campeón,” dijo Ito. “Traeré el cinturón de regreso a Japón. Se lo prometí a mi esposa e hijos. Lucharé como si mi vida dependiera de esto.”
“Estoy feliz y emocionado de regresar al ring rápidamente porque quiero mantenerme tan activo como sea posible. Esta será mi segunda pelea con Top Rank, y ahora regresaré al ring mucho mejor preparado porque tengo la experiencia y la confianza de pelear en grandes escenarios,” dijo Adames. “Vengo preparado para dar al público lo que siempre esperan de mí… ¡Un nocaut espectacular! El 28 de julio, el ‘Caballo Bronco’ vendrá a Kissimmee con todo el ‘Platano Power’ de la República Dominicana.”

Díaz (23-0, 15 KOs), de Barranquitas, Puerto Rico, entrará a su primera pelea de título mundial corriendo una racha de cuatro victorias por nocaut. Díaz, quien es el primer clasificado en el peso junior ligero por la OMB, ganó el vacante título de peso junior ligero NABO en diciembre pasado con un nocaut en el tercer asalto sobre Bryant Cruz, derribando a Cruz cinco veces en camino un triunfo por detención. En su última pelea, el 17 de marzo en la cartelera de José Ramírez vs. Amir Imam en el Hulu Theater del Madison Square Garden, Díaz derrotó a Braulio Rodríguez por nocaut técnico en el cuarto asalto para ganar la oportunidad por el título mundial. Para Díaz, esta oportunidad de título mundial es un faro de esperanza, ya que el hogar de su familia y la mayoría de sus posesiones fueron destruidas cuando el huracán María devastó a Puerto Rico el año pasado.

Ito (23-1-1, 12 KOs), de Tokio, Japón, es el segundo clasificado en el peso junior ligero junior por la OMB. Ito ha ganado siete combates consecutivos desde la única derrota de su carrera, una decisión mayoritaria en 10 asaltos ante el invicto Rikki Naito en febrero del 2015. Ito, que ha peleado todos sus combates profesionales en Japón, ha ganado cuatro de sus últimos cinco combates por nocaut, incluyendo una detención en la novena ronda ante Lorenzo Villanueva en abril del año pasado. En su última pelea, el 3 de marzo en Korakuen Hall en Tokio, Ito detuvo a Vergil Puton en el noveno asalto.

Adames (14-0, 11 KOs), uno de los contendientes de más rápido ascenso de la división welter, hizo su debut en Top Rank como co-protagonista de los combates televisados por ESPN el 12 de mayo en la función Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Jorge Linares, logrando a una victoria por decisión unánime contra Alejandro Barrera. El nativo de República Dominicana peleará por segunda vez bajo el reconocido entrenador Joel Díaz y está entrenando en Palm Springs, California. Reyes (25-2, 20 KOs) tiene marca de 10-0 con ocho nocauts desde su última derrota, cuando subrió un nocaut tecnico en el primer asalto a manos de Alan Sánchez el 13 de abril de 2012, en Las Vegas. En su ultimo combate, en agosto del año pasado, Reyes noqueó a Steve Márquez con un golpe al cuerpo en el cuarto asalto.

 

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