ANDRZEJ FONFARA STOPS JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ JR., WINS BY 9TH-ROUND TKO AT STUBHUB CENTER

Apr 20, 2015

ANDRZEJ FONFARA STOPS JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ JR., WINS BY 9TH-ROUND TKO AT STUBHUB CENTER

 

Amir Imam Remains Unbeaten

With Unanimous Decision Over Walter Castillo

 

Unbeaten Moises Flores Outpoints Oscar Escandon To Win

WBA Super Bantamweight Interim World Title; Omar Chavez Triumphs

By Decision, Fabian Maidana by Knockout on SHO EXTREME

 

Catch SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Replay
Monday, April 20, at 10 p.m.ET/PT on SHO EXTREME

Photo Credit: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

 

CARSON, Calif. (April 18, 2015) – Confident and determined, Andrzej “The Polish Prince” Fonfara (27-3, 16 KOs) spoiled the ring return of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (48-2-1, 32 KOs) in resounding fashion Saturday night, flooring the former middleweight champion one time en route to a one-sided ninth-round TKO in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING live on SHOWTIME.

 

Fonfara, of Chicago by way of Radon, Poland, dropped Chavez, of Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico, with a wide left hook 50 seconds into the ninth round before a boisterous crowd of 8,636 predominately-Chavez fans at StubHub Center. It was the first time in 52 professional fights that Chavez had hit the canvas from a punch.

 

Upon returning to the corner, Chavez could be heard on the telecast telling trainer Joe Goossen that he had hurt his right leg and could no longer continue. Moments later, the fight was halted. The busier and more accurate fighter throughout, Fonfara was comfortably ahead on the three judges’ scorecards by scored of 89-80 and 88-81 twice after nine full rounds.

 

Offered an ecstatic Fonfara, who had his fair share of Polish fans at the venue: “I knew he was a tough fighter, quick and in good shape but when he hit me for the first time in the first round, I knew I was going to win this fight. He didn’t punch as hard as everybody said he did.

“I saw his punches easily coming in. I know I threw more punches. I was a little surprised that he did not come out for the (10th) but he was cut, had been getting beat up and had just got knocked down, so he knew what would happen if he came out.

“Chavez said before the fight that he didn’t think I could take his body punches. I think I took them pretty good and passed that test.

“I know there are things I can still work on in training to become a more complete boxer, but tonight was a dream come true. I want a rematch with (Light Heavyweight World Champion) Adonis Stevenson.”

Said Chavez, the son of legendary Mexican icon, Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. in the ring afterward and before he was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure, “Maybe 170,172 pounds is too big for me, maybe I’ll go back down. I’m not sure what my future holds. It was a very tough fight. But I congratulate Andrzej.”

 

Goossen told reporters afterward that he had “stopped the fight. It was my decision. I didn’t like what I saw. “

 

In the first half of a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING doubleheader, undefeated world-ranked super lightweight Amir Imam (17-0, 14 KOs), of Davie, Fla., by way of Albany, N.Y., won a lopsided 10-round decision over Walter “The Hammer” Castillo.

 

The talented, versatile, Imam, 24, controlled a fight that featured numerous exchanges especially early on with a left jab and straight right hand.

 

“My combinations were effective the whole night, we stuck to our gameplan and came out victorious,’’ said Imam. “I want any of the world champions next’’.

 

Castillo, who saw a nine-fight winning streak come to an end, said “I thought I won the fight. I didn’t get credit for the punches I threw. The judge who scored it 100-90; well, that gives me no chance to win here. The cut bothered me in the early rounds, but was not a factor after.”

 

Earlier Saturday, on SHOWTIME EXTREME, undefeated Moises “El Chucky” Flores (23-0, 16 KOs), of Guadalajara, Mexico, captured the WBA Super Bantamweight Interim World Championship with a thrilling 12-round split decision over defending champion Oscar Escandon (24-2 16 KOs), of Tolima, Colombia.

 

Flores, making his 2015 debut and third start in a row in the United States, triumphed by the scores of 116-112 twice and 113-115.

 

An emotional Flores was near tears afterward. “This is a dream come true – more than a dream come true – for me,’’ he said. “I saw my family on the beach, eating meat. I saw my babies better dressed. For me this is a life-changing victory and, yes, I thought it was very, very close but I absolutely feel I won.

“I want to fight the best next, the top guys at 122 pounds and right now the top guy is Leo Santa Cruz. That’s who I’d like to fight next. I really want to thank all my team, from top to bottom, for giving me this wonderful opportunity. We’re very happy that we joined the Al Haymon team. We’re very loyal and we just really appreciate everything they’ve done for us.’’

Escandon felt he’d done enough to win despite injuring the right index finger on his right hand in the seventh round.

“I did all that I could, everything was in my reach, but I think I broke or fractured my finger,” he said. “In boxing things happen that are out of your control. Because I hurt my hand, I couldn’t throw punches the way I wanted to with my right hand. I tried to do all I could with it. But I didn’t want to injure it further. I’m OK, but I definitely would love a rematch.’’

In the SHOWTIME EXTREME co-feature, super welterweight Omar “El Businessman” Chavez (33-3-1, 22 KOs), of Culiacan, the younger brother of Chavez, Jr. and son of legendary Julio Cesar Sr., won an exciting, hard-fought, give-and-take eight-round unanimous decision over Richard Gutierrez (28-16-1, 17 KOs), of Arjona, Colombia. Chavez won by the scores of 78-75 twice and 77-74. There were no knockdowns. Unbeaten Argentine welterweight Fabian “TNT” Maidana (6-0, 5 KOs), of Santa Fe, Argentina, the brother of former world champion Marcos Maidana, registered a second-round TKO (32 seconds into the round) over outclassed Cory Vom Baur (2-3), of Vancouver, Wash.

 

The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING doubleheader will re-air this week as follows:

 

DAY                                                                CHANNEL

Monday, April 20, 22, 10 p.m.. ET/PT            SHOWTIME Extreme

 

Tuesday, June 24, at 10 p.m. ET/PT             SHO Extreme

 

Saturday’s two-fight telecast will be available at SHOWTIME ON DEMAND beginning Sunday, June 22 27.

Mauro Ranallo called the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING action with Hall of Fame analyst Al Bernstein and former world champion Paulie Malignaggi commentating and Jim Gray reporting. In Spanish, Alejandro Luna called the blow-by-blow with former world champion Raul Marquez serving as color commentator. Barry Tompkins called the SHOWTIME EXTREME action from ringside with boxing historian Steve Farhood serving as expert analyst.

 

The executive producer of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING is David Dinkins Jr. with Bob Dunphy directing.

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT: LUKE ROCKHOLD DERROTA A MACHIDA.

Apr 19, 2015

Newark, NJ. BereaVision– El Prudential Center fue el escenario de La UFC Noche de Pelea con sus siglas en Ingles ( UFC FIGHT NIGHT MACHIDA vs ROCKHOLD ) Una cartelera muy exitosa que presento la UFC, los aficionados salieron muy satisfechos del Prudential Center el cual estuvo con una asistencia de 13,306 aficionados 1.2 millones de entradas vendidas , bonus para Rockhold, pelea de la noche fue la de Jim Miller vs Beneil 50 mil de bonus para cada uno, Dana White muy contento por el resultado de esta cartelera.

PELEA PRINCIPAL
MACHIDA vs ROCKHOLD
Durante esta semana que de actividad de la UFC se comentaba que para Luke Rockhold esta pelea en contra de Lyoto Machida iba ser muy complicada, debido que Machida era el favorito en este encuentro, se mencionaba entre los medios, que quizás se iba a definir con el resultado de los jueces, pero creo que todos nos equivocamos acerca de este combate hemos de mencionar que Machida tiene un récord muy a su favor 22-5-0 y la experiencia entre dos países como es brasil donde se practica mucho el yuyutsu y las artes marciales de Japón, Machida es nacido en Brasil, pero su padre es nacido en el Japón.
Luke Rockhold con récord de tan solo 13-2-0 peleas, pero esta pelea fue la sorpresa de la noche,  al comienzo del primer asalto la afición en toda la arena gritaba MACHIDA en forma de apoyo, porque en el primer encuentro se veía una pelea que iba estar muy pareja y agresiva pero en el sugundo asalto Rockhold, golpeo bastante fuerte a Machida en la cara y en la pierna derecha, el cual podamos apreciar al Brasileño/Japones muy dolido y cansado en una oportunidad que tuvo Luke de llevarlo al piso y aplicarle un candado en cuello, el cual llevo a Machida a la sumisión del combate en el segundo asalto por la via de la submission en m.2:31

BereaVision/Nueva York.

David Calderon

Foto: Levi Morales.

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT MACHIDA vs ROCKHOLD: Pesaje Oficial.

Apr 17, 2015

 

 

Newark, NJ. Bereavision-Nuestras camaras estuvieron presentes en el Pesaje Oficial previo al evento UFC FIGHT NIGHT MACHIDA vs ROCKHOLD. este sabado 18 de Abril desde el Prudential Center de Newark, Nueva Jersey. En VIVO por FOX

CARTELERA

CARTELERA PRINCIPAL 8PM/5PM ETPT
Lyoto Machida vs. Luke Rockhold
Ronaldo Souza vs. Chris Camozzi
Cub Swanson vs. Max Holloway
Felice Herrig vs. Paige VanZant

CARTELERA PRELIMINAR 6PM/3PM ETPT
Jim Miller vs. Beneil Dariush
Ovince Saint Preux vs. Patrick Cummins
Corey Anderson vs. Gian Villante
Takeya Mizugaki vs. Aljamain Sterling

EARLY PRELIMINAR
George Sullivan vs. Tim Means
Diego Brandão vs. Jimy Hettes
Eddie Gordon vs. Chris Dempsey

 

 

 

BereaVision/Nueva York.

David Calderon

Fotos: Levi Morales

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INSIDE MAYWEATHER vs. PACQUIAO Premieres This Saturday on SHOWTIME

Apr 17, 2015

CLIP LIFT OF EPISODE 1 OF INSIDE MAYWEATHER VS. PACQUIAO

AVAILABLE NOW IN ADVANCE OF SATURDAY’S PREMIERE

 

Saturday, April 18 on SHOWTIME® Immediately Following

SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® Chavez vs. Fonfara

 

The fight the fans craved is finally here.  Now, after years of anticipation and negotiation, the reality of Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao stepping into the ring is just over two weeks away.  Check out this clip lift from Episode 1 of the SHOWTIME Sports® documentary series INSIDE MAYWEATHER vs. PACQUIAO.  Don’t miss the full episode this Saturday immediately following SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Andrzej Fonfara at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on SHOWTIME.

 

Click on this link to watch, share and embed this video: http://s.sho.com/1J4oInr

 

Photo Credit: Esther Lin / SHOWTIME

For more information visit www.mayweatherpromotions.com, www.toprank.com, www.SHO.com/Sports,www.hbo.com/boxing and www.mgmgrand.com and follow on Twitter at @floydmayweather, @MannyPacquiao @mayweatherpromo, @TRBoxing, @SHOSports, @HBOboxing and @Swanson_Comm, and become a fan on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/FloydMayweather, www.facebook.com/TopRankMannyPacquiao www.facebook.com/MayweatherPromotions, www.facebook.com/TRBoxing, www.facebook.com/SHOsports andwww.facebook.com/HBOBoxing.

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TERENCE “Bud” CRAWFORD VS THOMAS “Thunder” DULORME

Apr 13, 2015

EL BOXEADOR DEL AÑO TERENCE CRAWFORD,

EL CLASIFICADO NUMERO DOS THOMAS DULORME

CAMPEONATO WELTER JUNIOR DE LA OMB

CONFERENCIA TELEFONICA

 

Mañana! Lunes 13 de abril

3 P.M. Este/ Medio día Pacifico

 

            ARLINGTON, TEXAS – El campeón mundial invicto de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) y el boxeador del año de la Asociación de Escritores de boxeo de Estados Unidos TERENCE “Bud” CRAWFORD (25-0, 17 KOs) de Omaha, Nebraska y el Puertorriqueño THOMAS “Thunder” DULORME (22-1, 14 KOs) el clasificado mundial número dos participaran en una conferencia internacional telefónica mañana lunes 13 de abril comenzado a las 3:00 p.m. Este / 12:00 de mediodía Pacifico. En la cual estarán hablando de su combate titular en el cual disputaran el campeonato mundial de peso welter junior de la OMB que está vacante y que se realizara este sábado 18 de abril en el College Park Center de la Universidad de Texas en Arlington localizado en cercas de la ciudades de Dallas y Fort Worth. La función es parte de una doble jornada en diferentes localizades que televisara en vivo HBO en su programa Boxing After Dark® comenzando a las 9:45 p.m. Este/Pacfico.

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UFC® RETURNS TO NEW ORLEANS

Apr 8, 2015

UFC® RETURNS TO NEW ORLEANS

LOUISIANA’S DANIEL CORMIER TAKES ON RYAN BADER IN FIVE-ROUND MAIN EVENT

 

PLUS:

(#9) BEN ROTHWELL vs. (#13) MATT MITRIONE

(#13) TIM BOETSCH vs. DAN HENDERSON

LSU GRADUATE SHAWN JORDAN vs. DERRICK LEWIS

 

TICKETS FOR UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: CORMIER vs. BADER

AT SMOOTHIE KING CENTER

ON SALE FRIDAY, APRIL 10

Las Vegas – UFC® returns to the Bayou State with a light heavyweight showdown between Lafayette’s Daniel Cormier and fifth-ranked Ryan Bader on Saturday, June 6 at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. This marks the first UFC event in New Orleans since 2011.

 

Born and raised in the heart of Cajun Country, third-ranked UFC light heavyweight Cormier (15-1, fighting out of San Jose, Calif.), comes home to face rising contender Bader in hopes of getting another shot at the 205-pound world title. The former two-time U.S. Olympian makes his return to the Octagon® after challenging UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones at UFC 182 in January. Fueled by another chance at the world title, “DC” looks to put on an impressive performance against Bader to cement his place at the top of the division’s contenders.

 

Since winning The Ultimate Fighter® Season eight, Bader (20-4, fighting out of Tempe, Ariz.) has made a steady climb through the 205-pound rankings by besting top-ranked opponents Phil Davis, Ovince Saint Preux, former UFC light heavyweight champion Rampage Jackson and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. After rattling off four consecutive wins, the former two-time Division I All-American wrestler at Arizona State University has earned a shot against one of the UFC’s elite in Cormier. With a win over DC, a title shot for Bader will undoubtedly soon follow.

 

In addition to Cormier’s homecoming, UFC FIGHT NIGHT® showcases Louisiana’s best as former LSU fullback and member of the 2007 NCAA Division I National Football Championship team Shawn Jordan (17-6, fighting out of Baton Rouge, La.)meets New Orleans-born Derrick Lewis (12-3, 1NC, fighting out of Houston, Texas), whose resume includes 11 knockout victories.  Plus, after making an impressive UFC lightweight debut against Diego Ferreira at UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MENDES vs. LAMAS, surging lightweight contender Dustin ‘The Diamond’ Poirier (17-4, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.) makes a quick return to the Octagon to fight in his home state of Louisiana.

 

Additional bouts include:

  • Knockout artist and No. 9 heavyweight Ben Rothwell (34-9, fighting out of Kenosha, Wis.) will meet (No. 13) Matt Mitrione (9-3, fighting out of Indianapolis, Ind.), the owner of three consecutive first-round knockout wins.
  • 13th-ranked middleweight Tim Boetsch (18-8, fighting out of Sunbury, PA by way of Lincolnville, Maine) goes head-to-head with former STRIKEFORCE and PRIDE champion Dan Henderson (30-13, fighting out of Temecula, Calif.) in a 185-pound showdown.
  • MMA veteran Brian Ebersole (51-16-1, 1NC, fighting out of Phuket, Thailand) takes on heavy-hitting Omari Akhmedov (14-2, fighting out of Makhachkala, Russia), an owner of 10 first-round finishes.
  • The Ultimate Fighter®: Brazil contestant Daniel Sarafian (10-5, fighting out of Sao Paulo, Brazil) meets Ricardo Abreu (5-1, fighting out of Las Vegas) at 185 pounds.
  • The Ultimate Fighter Season 15 standout Joe Proctor (10-3, fighting out of Bridgewater, Mass.) meets TUF® Season 13 cast member Justin Edwards (9-4, fighting out of Bellefontaine, Ohio) in a lightweight bout.
  • Former bantamweight title challenger Joe Soto (15-3, fighting out of Porterville, Calif.) makes his second UFC appearance against Anthony Birchak (11-2, fighting out of Tucson, Ariz.).

 

For more information or current fight news, visit www.ufc.comAll bouts live and subject to change.

 

Previous UFC events held in the state of Louisiana: UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: SHIELDS vs. ELLENBERGER (9/17/2011, New Orleans), UFC 37: High Impact (05/10/2002, Bossier City), UFC 27: Ultimate Bad Boyz (09/22/2000, New Orleans), UFC 24: First Defense (03/10/2000, Lake Charles), UFC 22: Only One Can Be Champion (09/24/1999, Lake Charles), UFC 18: The Road to the Heavyweight Title (01/8/1999, New Orleans), and UFC 16: Battle in the Bayou (3/13/1998, New Orleans).

 

Tickets for UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: CORMIER vs. BADER go on sale Friday, April at 10 a.m. CT and are priced at $175, $125, $90, $75 and $50 (plus applicable service charges). Tickets are available for purchase at all Ticketmaster outlets including the Smoothie King Center box office, online at www.ticketmaster.com or via Phonecharge at (800) 745-3000. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person.

 

UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: CORMIER vs. BADER will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT on Saturday, June 6, with the prelims kicking off on FOX Sports 2 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

 

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UFC® PARTNERS WITH INTERNATIONAL MIXED MARTIAL ARTS FEDERATION TO SUPPORT THE GLOBAL GROWTH OF AMATEUR MMA

Apr 8, 2015

UFC® PARTNERS WITH INTERNATIONAL MIXED MARTIAL ARTS FEDERATION TO SUPPORT THE GLOBAL GROWTH OF AMATEUR MMA

 

IMMAF will return to International Fight Week and the UFC Fan Expo

July 10 and 11, 2015 in Las Vegas

 

Las Vegas – UFC® today announced a partnership with the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) in a move to champion the growth of safe, clean mixed martial arts (MMA) at the amateur level. UFC® will work closely with the IMMAF and provide vital financial and administrative backing, while also leveraging the vast global platform the UFC has built for communication and education initiatives.

 

Formed in 2012, the IMMAF has undertaken a number of important initiatives including athlete safety, regulatory work and grass roots development of the sport as well as being the global governing body of amateur MMA with 40 national federation members.

 

Lou Lauria, UFC Vice President for Federation Relationships and Corporate Social Responsibility said: “UFC® believes in the ability of amateur sport to affect positive change in society and is committed to contributing to those efforts globally. If you are an amateur MMA athlete, you should become engaged with the IMMAF on the national and community level and contribute to the positive developments being made in the sport.”

 

IMMAF Chief Executive Officer Densign White also believes the partnership will help elevate amateur MMA at all levels of the sport, saying: “IMMAF’s renewed and strengthened partnership with UFC is game-changing for MMA as a whole. Not only do we have the continued support of a key originator of contemporary mixed martial arts, but also of the world’s biggest player in the sport; based on its confidence that IMMAF can and is making a difference.

 

“IMMAF’s main work is to develop safety standards for all participants, particularly at recreational and amateur levels. The forward thinking approach of UFC in supporting IMMAF, which evolved from the MMA community for the MMA community, will surely help the sport to develop. Longer term it will enable the sport to prosper and grow to a point where its participants can enjoy the same levels of protection, education, respect and benefits as those practicing other sports. UFC partnership will help IMMAF substantially on many levels, from commercial to technical to media, and in turn this will benefit amateur MMA’s practitioners globally.”

 

Additionally, UFC® will again play host to the IMMAF World Championships as part of International Fight Week, which in 2014 saw 110 male and female athletes represent 22 countries in over 100 fights. The tournament, which runs from July 6 through 11, will culminate at the UFC Fan Expo at the Sands Expo & Convention Center, July 10-11, 2015 in Las Vegas and will be broadcast live on UFC FIGHT PASS. The IMMAF World Championships of MMA is the first international competition for amateur MMA to be organized by a non-profit, democratic governing body in accordance with Olympic values.

 

Tickets to the UFC Fan Expo are available at www.ufcfanexpo.com with two-day passes beginning at $60 online and $65 onsite. One-day passes begin at $35 online and $45 onsite.

 

For additional information please visit UFC.com, and follow UFC on Twitter @ufc.

 

For more information regarding the IMMAF, please visit www.immaf.org and follow on Twitter @IMMAFed

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Anti-doping expert Jeff Novitzky joins UFC as Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance

Apr 6, 2015

ANTI-DOPING EXPERT JEFF NOVITZKY JOINS UFC® AS VICE PRESIDENT OF ATHLETE HEALTH AND PERFORMANCE

 

Novitzky to lead development of UFC athlete health and performance program

 

Las Vegas – In a further commitment to the health and safety of its athletes, UFC® announced today the hiring of Jeff Novitzky as Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance. Novitzky will spearhead the development of the organization’s clean initiative education program designed to ensure that every athlete competes with natural ability on an even playing field.

 

A federal agent for the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since 2008, Novitzky led investigations into companies suspected of illegal distribution of dietary supplements and designer steroids. Prior to joining the USFDA, Novitzky was a special agent for the Internal Revenue Service in their Criminal Investigation Department, where he oversaw and investigated some of the highest-profile performance enhancing drug (PED) cases in professional sports. A former collegiate athlete who played basketball for San Jose State University from 1989-91, Novitzky graduated with a degree in accounting.

 

UFC is committed year-round to the health, safety, and education of its athletes. Led by Novitzky, UFC will continue to invest in state of the art sports science studies, further develop its out-of-competition PED testing policy and enrich its education and prevention programs.

 

“There is no bigger advocate of clean professional sports than Jeff Novitzky,” UFC Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Lawrence Epstein said. “When we announced our commitment for an enhanced drug testing program in February, we wanted to ensure that the best people would be helping move this program forward and Jeff will lead the UFC in developing the most comprehensive anti-doping policy in professional sports.”

 

Novitzky added: “I am thrilled to be joining a world-class organization like UFC, that is committed to taking the necessary steps to ensure all of its athletes are competing in a clean sport. I am confident that UFC will be able to create a new gold standard testing program and implement it so a sustainable and level playing field is provided for all athletes.”

 

As part of its broader athlete health program, which includes the Athlete Accident Insurance Plan implemented in 2011, UFC announced in February the development of an expanded drug-testing program that will increase out-of-competition testing and pledged significant financial commitments for targeted testing protocols. Novitzky will play a leading role in the creation and implementation of the program, scheduled to be unveiled in July 2015.

 

Novitzky, who will join the UFC later this month in the organization’s Las Vegas headquarters, will be made available to the media in the coming weeks.

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FRANKIE “PITBULL” GOMEZ MEDIA ROUNDTABLE QUOTES

Apr 6, 2015

FRANKIE “PITBULL” GOMEZ MEDIA ROUNDTABLE RECAP REGARDING HIS UPCOMING BOUT AS THE CO-MAIN EVENT FOR 

CANELO VS. KIRKLAND

 

OSCAR DE LA HOYA AND PETER NELSON WERE ALSO IN ATTENDANCE

 

CANELO VS. KIRKLAND LIVE ON HBO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 

BOXING ® MAY 9

Photo Credit: Golden Boy Promotio

LOS ANGELES (April 6) – Frankie “Pitbull” Gomez hosted a special roundtable on Thursday, April 2 at The Belasco Theater, with members of the media to discuss his upcoming bout against Humberto “La Zorrita” Soto, which will serve as the co-main event for Canelo Alvarez vs. James Kirkland on May 9 at Minute Maid Park, Houston. Oscar De La Hoya, Founder and President of Golden Boy Promotions and Peter Nelson, HBO Sports Vice President of Programming were also in attendance.

 

Below is what they had to say at the roundtable:

 

FRANKIE GOMEZ, Super Lightweight Contender:

 

“I would like to thank Golden Boy Promotions and HBO for giving me the opportunity to show the world what I can do in the ring. I plan to conquer the 140 weight class and May 9 is a great way to show the fans my strengths as a fighter.

 

“Soto has a lot of experience, he is a former world champion, and I know our fight will be exciting. I like the pressure of this fight. It motivates me to train harder.

 

“I am training at 100 percent to make sure I am ready for May 9.  This is not going to be an easy fight.  I will plan to go 10 rounds against Soto.

 

“After Soto, the next step is take on world champions.  I am ready and I know I have to train with the best and be disciplined.  By the end of this year, I think I will be ready for someone like Danny Garcia, but it also depends on the plans that my manager and Golden Boy Promotions have for me.

 

“I have trained with both Lucas Matthysse and Ruslan Provodnikov, and I can’t decide who will win the fight on April 18. They are both great, aggressive fighters. Ruslan keeps coming at you, he is relentless and Lucas is a fast, hard puncher.  It’s going to be a tough fight.”

 

OSCAR DE LA HOYA, Founder and President of Golden Boy Promotions:

 

“We are announcing the return of Frankie Gomez; we are all excited to see a young fighter with so much talent take on a tough fighter like Humberto Soto on May 9.  Soto is a dangerous fighter who is undefeated since 2012 and beat John Molina last year.

 

“We are happy and grateful to HBO for the opportunity to show this tremendous, action-packed fight. HBO is about bringing the best fights to the fans, everything else is just boxing.

 

“140-147 pounds is the weight class for Frankie. It’s an exciting weight class that is full of talented fights and world champions.  The weight class has young and veterans fighters and Frankie will challenge the very best. We believe in Frankie and support him 100 percent..

 

“Canelo vs. Kirkland is the perfect spot to showcase the next generation, the next world champion, and Frankie is the future.  He will be fighting in front of 40,000 roaring fans and it’s the perfect launching pad for Frankie. We know he is ready and we know he wants this.

 

“The audience will be watching a young fighter who is the whole package. He is smart, aggressive, fast and has explosive punching power. People will love him. May 9is just the beginning for Frankie.

 

“Frankie has a hunger, humility and passion that are missing in a lot of fighters today.  I have seen him in the ring during his fights and during his training and I can see that there is passion and fire in his style. There is something special about Frankie and it’s just a matter of bringing it out.  We need to guide him towards his goal to becoming a world champion.

 

“Freddie Roach is a genius. He knows how to bring out the best in a fighter. He is an aggressive trainer that will get you in great shape but at the same time Freddie is smart and teaches a fighter to be smart. I think he is the perfect trainer for Frankie.  I know he will guide him in the right direction.”

 

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MMA Lawsuit Dismissed on Technicality

Apr 1, 2015

Despite Finding that New York is Misapplying Its MMA Law, Court Dismisses on a Technicality UFC’s lawsuit Challenging the Law

 

Las Vegas – Judge Kimba Wood of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled on UFC® and other Plaintiffs’ claim that New York’s mixed martial arts (MMA) law is so vaguely written that reasonable people could not understand what it prohibited.

 

While avoiding ruling on the legality of New York’s MMA statute on technical grounds, the judge advised UFC to “consider filing new vagueness claims.”  She said that the Attorney General’s “recent statements that the Ban prohibits sanctioned MMA” were made “despite [the law’s] plain language to the contrary.”

 

The Court’s decision confirms that New York law allows sanctioned professional MMA and that the AG is wrong in prohibiting it. UFC is a responsible corporate citizen and has chosen not to act contrary to the AG’s position, even though that position is legally unsustainable.

 

UFC, through the legislative process, has worked for years to have professional MMA legalized in New York, as it is in every other state in the nation.  New York’s law was passed in 1997, when MMA was in its infancy and lacked the safety regulations that the UFC has introduced over the last decade.

 

The poorly written law, as interpreted by the State Athletic Commission, prohibits professional MMA, but allows (without State regulation) martial arts events that combine martial arts styles, like K-1 and Muay Thai. Also the law – which the AG conceded in this lawsuit does not prohibit amateur MMA – leaves amateur MMA wholly unregulated, a fact the Association Boxing Commissioners have condemned.

 

UFC and the Plaintiffs are considering all options, including an appeal of the decision and the Court’s suggestion that they file new claims challenging the law.

The plaintiffs are being represented in this action by Barry Friedman, the Jacob D. Fuchsberg Professor of Law at New York University School of Law, and Jamie A. Levitt of Morrison & Foerster LLP in New York.

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