THE OSCAR DE LA HOYA FOUNDATION HOSTS 23rd ANNUAL TURKEY GIVEAWAY

Nov 26, 2019

(ABOVE: Participants from this past Saturday’s Turkey Giveaway pose for a photo after delivering turkeys to hundreds of families at Oscar De La Hoya Ánimo Charter School in East Los Angeles)

PhotosPhoto Credit: Cris Esqueda – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy 

LOS ANGELES (Nov. 25, 2019): The Oscar De La Hoya Foundation hosted its 23rdAnnual Turkey Giveaway this past Saturday at Oscar De La Hoya Ánimo Charter High School to lend a helping hand to East Los Angeles families as they celebrate Thanksgiving this year. The Foundation, along with Golden Boy fighters Joet GonzalezSeniesa “Superbad” EstradaJousce “Tito” GonzalezAaron “The Silencer” McKennaHerbert “Ace” Acevedo and Richard “Kansas Kid” Acevedo, served turkeys to hundreds of families today and distributed additional turkeys to local organizations, churches and Green Dot Public Schools. “The Annual Turkey Giveaway is an event that is very close to my heart,” said Oscar De La Hoya, CEO and Chairman of Golden Boy Promotions. “Having grown up in East Los Angeles, it’s important for me to give back to my hometown this holiday season. We’re thrilled that we’ve been able to help members of the East Los Angeles community for the past 23 years, and we look forward to continuing to support local families in need.” The event was made possible by Mission Foods, Tampico, 4Earth Farms and Sombra Apparel. About the Oscar De La Hoya Foundation:In 1995, Chairman and CEO Oscar De La Hoya started his honorable Oscar De La Hoya Foundation to help improve the quality of life for the community in his hometown of East Los Angeles. Today, with the help many partners, the foundation serves thousands of people annually.  The Oscar De La Hoya Foundation supports the Oscar De La Hoya Ánimo Charter High School, the Cecilia Gonzalez De La Hoya Cancer Center and the Oscar De La Hoya Labor and Delivery Center and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (both located at White Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles) in addition to various after school programs that promotes positive lives, and protect youth from the circumstances of living in underprivileged communities.

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RENE ‘GEMELO’ ALVARADO BEATS ANDREW ‘EL CHANGO’ CANCIO TO BECOME THE WBA SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION

Nov 26, 2019

ABOVE: Rene Alvarado lands a hard right hand on Andrew Cancio en route to a seventh-round stoppage win on Nov. 23 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California)

Photos and ScorecardsPhoto Credit: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

INDIO, CALIF. (Nov. 23, 2019): Rene “Gemelo” Alvarado (32-8, 20 KOs) of Managua, Nicaragua successfully defeated Andrew “El Chango” Cancio (21-5-2, 16 KOs) of Blythe, California via knockout at the end of the seventh round of a 12-round rematch for the WBA Super Featherweight World Title. The fight was stopped after the referee deemed Cancio’s cut to be too severe to continue. The event took place on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. and was streamed live DAZN.  “It’s a feeling very hard to describe,” said Rene Alvarado. “It’s something I’ve wanted ever since I started my career, and now Nicaragua has another world champion, twin brothers. We were looking for new opportunities, not necessarily to avenge a loss, but opportunities to become a world champion. And that’s what we did. Cancio’s going to come back from this but we fought our hearts out and it was a tough fight.”
“It was a plan to start dominating from the very beginning of the fight. That was the plan, by Sergio Gonzalez my trainer and my corner including my brother, who’s also a world champion with me now.”

“My objective was to make sure that I become a world champion on this important day, the 23rd of November, when 45 years ago, Alexis Argüello became a world champion for the first time [and Nicaragua’s first world champion]. And now for the first time, we have two world champions who are twin brothers from Nicaragua. That was the objective.” “We felt great throughout camp, and I just couldn’t get off,” said Andrew Cancio. “I fought a hell of a fight tonight. I was two steps behind him. There’s nothing I can say. He fought his fight tonight and he got his revenge in the rematch. Congratulations to him. He did exactly what I did. He had to come from behind to come over here and become a world champion. He fought a hell of a fight and there’s nothing I can say besides congratulate him and enjoy this.I know how it feels. Now we just have to go back to the drawing board, and I have to talk it over with my team. Tonight, wasn’t my night but it is what it is. I have to take this loss as a champion and just go back home and regroup and see what we have to do.”
“I kept trying, but tonight was his night. He got off very well. I got hit with too many shots. I had a great camp; there’s no excuses about it, and the better man won tonight. It’s well-deserved; he fought a tremendous fight. I’ve been here before. It is what it is. It’s part of the game.” In the co-main event, Xu Can (18-2, 3 KOs) of Kumming, China defeated Manny Robles (18-1, 8 KOs) of Los Angeles, California via unanimous decision to successfully defend his WBA Featherweight World Title. Can won with scores of 120-108, 119-109 and 118-110. “We trained very hard in the camp, three months for the fight,” said Xu Can “.We wanted to show everybody in the world. 

Who do you want next? “Josh [Harrington]! You coming out? Now I’m here. You see I’m here, right? Let’s fight. Let’s unify.”

Where would you want the fight? “Anywhere. I can fight anywhere. I promise I will bring the belt back home to China.” Rashidi “Speedy” Ellis (22-0, 14 KOs) of Boston, Mass. beat Eddie “E-Boy” Gomez (23-4, 13 KOs) of  the Bronx, New York via unanimous decision in a 10-round fight for the WBA Continental Americas Welterweight Title. Ellis won with scores of 100-90, 99-91 and 99-91. “This was a good fight and a good test for me,” said Rashidi Ellis. “For me it wasn’t personal. They made it personal. It was because I knocked him out in the first round of our first right. I’d be mad too if that were me. Now I just want bigger fighters. I want to fight for a world title.” Victor “El Tornado” Morales Jr. (13-0, 7 KOs) of Vancouver, Wash. defeated Diuhl Olguin (14-13-3, 9 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico via unanimous decision in an eight-round featherweight bout. Morales won with three scores of 80-72. “I felt good, but it also felt like my pro debut in a way,” said Victor Morales. “Props to my opponent. He was tough and came to fight. I knew he would be the toughest fight of my pro career thus far. Once I got loose, comfortable and got his timing, I knew I had him.”
Alberto “Impacto” Melian (6-1, 4 KOs) of Buenos Aires, Argentina stopped Juan Kantun (21-9-3, 15 KOs) of Phoenix, Arizona via knockout in the second round of an eight-round super bantamweight battle.  “There was a moment I didn’t feel his punches and I felt strong,” said Alberto Melian.”That’s when I knew I had to step it up. I would like to face Joshua Franco and any other title holder, but I’ll leave that to Roberto Diaz and my promoter” Baishanbo Nasiyiwula (16-3-1, 6 KOs) of Urumqi, China defeated Saul Corral (30-15, 20 KOs) of Sonora, Mexico via unanimous decision in an eight-round welterweight fight. Nasiyiwula won with three scores of 80-72. “Before I got into the ring, I was nervous,” said Baishanbo Nasiyiwula.”It’s my first time on Golden Boy and DAZN. But I feel better now. My goal now is to be back in the WBA ranking and challenge for a world title.” Cancio vs. Alvarado II was a 12-round fight for the WBA Super Featherweight World Title presented by Golden Boy. The event was sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” and Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle.” The event took place Saturday, Nov. 23 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. and was streamed live on DAZN.  

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FOX SPORTS PBC PAY-PER-VIEW UNDERCARD & FS2 PRELIMS FINAL

Nov 26, 2019
FOX SPORTS PBC PAY-PER-VIEW UNDERCARD & FS2 PRELIMS FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE Fighters Competing in FOX Sports Pay-Per-View Action & Prelims on FS2 & FOX Deportes Preview Matchups Taking Place this Saturday, November 23 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas 

Photos from Nabeel Ahmad/Premier Boxing Champions

LAS VEGAS (November 21, 2019) – Fighters who will step in the ring this Saturday, November 23 in FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View and FS2 Prelims action went face-to-face and previewed their showdowns Thursday at a press conference before they enter the ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Competing in pay-per-view action beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT are WBA Super Bantamweight Champion Brandon Figueroa and former champion Julio Ceja, who battle for Figueroa’s title, and former bantamweight champions Luis Nery and Emmanuel Rodriguez, who open the pay-per-view with a 12-round matchup. FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View Prelims on FS2 and FOX Deportes begin at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT and are headlined by unbeaten Leduan Barthelemy and Eduardo Ramirez battling in a 10-round featherweight rematch. Prelims also feature 17-year-old prospect Vito Mielnicki Jr. in a four-round welterweight fight against Marklin Bailey, and unbeaten super lightweight prospect Omar Juarez taking on Kevin Shacks in a six-round bout. Boxing’s longest reigning heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder defends his WBC title against hard-hitting Cuban slugger Luis Ortiz in the pay-per-view main event, while three-division champion Leo Santa Cruz seeks a title in a fourth division against Miguel Flores when they battle for the vacant WBA Super Featherweight title in the co-main event. Tickets for the event, which is promoted by BombZquad Promotions, TGB Promotions and Mayweather Promotions, are on sale now and can be purchased at www.mgmgrand.com or www.axs.com. Prior to the start of the press conference, WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman recognized on stage U.S. Army Veteran Jim Rice and U.S. Marine Steven Cameron, and invited them to be guests for Saturday night’s event in addition to giving them honorary WBC belts. Here is what the fighters had to say Thursday from MGM Grand in Las Vegas: BRANDON FIGUEROA “I’m really excited for Saturday night. It’s going to be an amazing fight and an amazing fight night. We might have the fight of the night with me and Ceja. There are a lot of hungry fighters looking to put on a show and I can’t wait. “I’m prepared to go the full 12 rounds, but I know my skills and I’m confident in my power in both hands. I’m aiming for a stoppage win. “It’s a dream come true to be fighting here at MGM Grand. I’m so thankful to my team and my family who have helped me get to this point here. I’m very proud to be entering that ring Saturday night. “Fighting in my backyard for my last fight was a big moment for me. My fans had been waiting for me to headline there for years. I’m really grateful and I was more than ready to take advantage of the opportunity. “My opponents think I’m a pretty boy and don’t know how to fight, but once I hit them with my power, they know what I’m made of. We’ll see how Ceja reacts on Saturday. “My brother (former world champion) Omar has told me to take advantage of my youth and this moment in front of me. He told me to take it all in and experience this beautiful event. I’m here to give the fans a great moment. It’s definitely a milestone in my career that I’ll never forget. “Julio Ceja is going to come forward to fight and make this a great fight. We both come forward, but I can also box and switch between lefty and righty. I can fight with any style for any fight that I’m in. “I feel like this is going to be a stoppage. My volume of punches and my power will be there. I throw over 100 punches around. I’m going to be active. I’m confident in my conditioning and ready to take this 12 rounds if I have to.” JULIO CEJA “I know that I have my team 100 percent behind me and I’m going to win this fight for them and everyone in Mexico. “I prepared very well for this fight. I did not just come to fight. I came to win. That’s what’s going to happen on Saturday. We’re going to steal the show. “Experience is the most important factor in this fight. My experience combined with my preparation, all mixed together, will make this a great fight and a victory for me and my team. “The reason Brandon is a champion is because he’s a very good fighter. But just like he has power, I have power too. I have the power to deal with him and make this very exciting. “I had a very special and specific training camp for Figueroa’s style. He attacks, so we’re going to attack too. We’re going to be in front of him and fight. “This training camp has me prepared both mentally and physically to sustain an all-out assault for 12 rounds against a strong young fighter. “This is the most important fight of my career. I’m desperate for a win. Last time against Guillermo Rigondeaux, I believe they took the win away from me. I’m using this fight as a chance to catapult myself to the level where I belong.” LUIS NERY “I’m excited to be on this huge card headlined by Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz. I’ve had great preparation for this fight. I know that I am facing a strong opponent, but my intelligence and my ring IQ will help this fight end with me being victorious. “Me and Freddie Roach have put together a great game plan for Rodriguez. We’re very confident that we’re going to win this fight by knockout. “I trained very hard with Freddie Roach so that I could win in spectacular fashion. This has been a very good year and I want to end it with a bang and a knockout. “There are a lot of big names in the division, but first I have to win spectacularly this weekend. Then I will worry about that challenge and I’ll take on any of the big names and champions. “I have a hard fight in front of me. I don’t feel any pressure to compete against other champions and how they’ve done against Rodriguez. I’m going to win the way I know how to win. “My training camp has been so strong and I feel 100 percent perfect heading into Saturday night. I hope Rodriguez can say the same so that we can give the fans a great show.” LEDUAN BARTHELEMY “I want to thank my opponent or accepting the rematch. I’m here to win and I’m going to take the win home. “My tactics will be a little different for this fight. I prepared very hard and worked on some strategic improvements. I’m confident that I will win decisively this time. “I focused a lot on my physical training and strength and conditioning for this fight so that I’m 100 percent in that regard. My technical ability will always be with me. It’s in my DNA. So with those two things combined, I will come out victorious. “I want to show the world my caliber as a fighter. I’m ready to take the next step after this win and become a world champion. My true technical ability will be on display. “I’m very happy and excited to be fighting alongside a fellow Cuban in Luis Ortiz. He’s not just another great fighter but he’s also a good friend of mine who has always given me advice on how to become better.” EDUARDO RAMIREZ “I’m ready to put on a great rematch against Barthelemy. I’m excited to put on a good show and be on the winning side Saturday night. I’m going to show everyone what I trained for. “I prepared well and I’m 100 percent confident that I’m going to give a better fight than the first time. My training has put me in a position where I know I’ll be at my best. “For the first fight it was my first time fighting outside of Mexico and I was definitely a little bit nervous. I think the nerves did effect my performance. I wasn’t scared, but my mental game wasn’t perfect. “Since that first fight, I’ve had a lot of big fights in the U.S. and fighting Lee Selby for the title in the U.K. I’ve matured and I’m much more comfortable heading into this fight. “Barthelemy is a great rival. I don’t know what changes he’ll make, but it really doesn’t matter to me. There are key aspects to my game that I’m going to use to come out victorious.” VITO MIELNICKI JR. “I’m excited for this opportunity on a big stage. This is why I’m with PBC, to be a part of these events. I’m in the best shape of my life and ready to put on a show for the fans. “I’ve dreamt of fighting in Las Vegas my whole life, ever since I was a kid. Fighting on a stage like this under Deontay Wilder is amazing. I’m going to absorb the experience and put on a show Saturday. “I’ve been fighting my whole life so I’ve always balanced school work with boxing. Right now my focus is on Saturday and I’m ready to put on a show. “It’s been a great experience being here in Las Vegas. I’ve fought like an hour away from the strip a few times in the amateurs. But overall, the pro game is way different. In this kind of environment, it’s just been a great experience and I’m going to absorb it all. “I’ve had strong preparation in this training camp. I’m in the best shape of my life. I feel great mentally and physically, and I’m ready to fight on Saturday.” OMAR JUAREZ “I want to thank everyone for this opportunity. I’m physically and mentally in the best shape of my life. Come Saturday night, I’m looking to take that win. I’m a crowd pleasing fighter and I’m looking to give the fans a great show. “Just like any fighter, I come 100 percent prepared. I feel like mentally and physically this is the best I’ve ever been. I’m ready to get the job done. “This is my first six round fight and I know that my opponent is very durable, but I’m ready to get this victory on Saturday. “I’ve been training in San Antonio for a month before my fight. I was doing strength and conditioning in my hometown prior to that. We’ve been sparring everywhere and getting really good work. “I was sparring three times a week, training really hard, training twice a day. It was hard, but it’s awesome. I love it.”

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Ardientes las eliminatorias en Phoenix, Denny Hamlin califica para campeonato

Nov 10, 2019

La gesta #Bluegreen500 en el Autódromo #ISMRACEWAY cumplió su cometido y ofreció un excelente espectáculo a todos los asistentes de inicio a fin. Hamlin se cuela a la final.

Denny Hamlin calificó para campeonato 2019 MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
Denny Hamlin calificó para campeonato 2019 MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES

AVONDALE, Arizona. 10 de noviembre de 2019. (Berea Deportes).  El día de hoy, la ciudad de Avondale amaneció con una agradable temperatura, típica de otoño. La máxima pronosticada fue de 26C (79F). Caliente en otras zonas de la tierra, templado para el desierto sonorense.

Conforme a la tabla de calificaciones, hay dos lugares disponibles para que 6 pilotos pudieran alcanzar la oportunidad de disputar el campeonato 2019 MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES en Miami Homestead. Sin embargo, las posiciones al inicio de la gesta, mostrados en la siguiente tabla, señalaban un panorama aún más agresivo para estas eliminatorias.

Posición de Arranque (Auto) Conductor
1 (19) MARTIN TRUEX, JR
2   (4) KEVIN HARVICK
3 (18) KYLE BUSCH
4 (22) JOEY LOGANO
5 (11) DENNY HAMLIN
6 (12) RYAN BLANEY
7 (42) KYLE LARSON
8   (9) CHASE ELLIOTT
9   (2) BRAD KESELOWSKI
10 (24) WILLIAM BYRON
11 (14) CLINT BOWYER
12 (88) ALEX BOWMAN
13 (10) ARIC ALMIROLA
14   (1) KURT BUSCH
15   (6) RYAN NEWMAN
16 (20) ERIK JONES
17 (41) DANIEL SUAREZ
18 (48) JIMMIE JOHNSON
19 (21) PAUL MENARD
20 (37) CHRIS BUESCHER

En el Autódromo de Phoenix #ISMRACEWAY alrededor de la vuelta 67 de 312; la avería en el neumático de uno de los automóviles, ocasionó bandera amarilla (precaución) en la pista, momento que fue aprovechado por la mayoría de los pilotos para reemplazar neumáticos. Al regresar al óvalo, as posiciones cambiaron y al final de la ETAPA 1, los resultados parciales eran los siguientes:

Posición Auto No. Piloto
1 11 Denny Hamlin
2 9 Brad Keselowski
3 18 Kyle Busch
4 22 Joey Logano
5 42 Kyle Larson

Inició la segunda etapa y Joey Logano (22), casi inmediatamente se coló a la primera posición, buscando calificar en estas las eliminatorias. Fue precisamente quien se llevó la segunda etapa.

Mientras tanto, el piloto regiomontano, Daniel Suárez, a bordo del auto número 41 caía hasta a la posición 21.

Posición Auto No. Piloto
1 22 Joey Logano
2 11 Denny Hamlin
3 9 Brad Keselowski
4 18 Kyle Busch
5 12 Ryan Blaney
6 19 Martin Truex Jr.
7 4 Kevin Harvick
8 42 Kyle Larson

En la tercera manga – vuelta 165 – Brad Keselowski (9) se impactó contra el muro de contención al salir de la curva, situación que lo dejó fuera de la temporada. Después de que la bandera roja fue levantada y la carrera reiniciara, Denny Hamlin (11) y Kyle Busch (18) pasaron a Logano (22), enviándolo a la tercera posición. Ryan Blaney (12), Kevin Harvick (4), Kyle Larson (42) y Martin Truex Jr. (19) se colocaron en las posiciones 4 a la 7. No pasaron muchas vueltas antes de que Ryan Blaney (12) le quitase la posición a Logano. Dejándolo, hasta ese momento fuera de la posibilidad de defender su campeonato y calificar para la final. Poco tiempo después, era obvio que algo no estaba bien con el auto 22, pues cayó hasta la décima posición a tan solo 91 vueltas de concluir la semifinal.

Un reinicio de carrera debido a una bandera amarilla permitió a Logano arrancar en la segunda posición, detrás de Hamlin a tan sólo 3 vueltas de la final. De manera impresionante, Denny Hamlin, al llevarse la victoria en esta semifinal, calificó para competir por el campeonato 2019; de ganar, sería el primero en su carrera.

La tabla final fue la siguiente:

Posición Auto No. Piloto
1 11 Denny Hamlin
2 18 Kyle Bush
3 12 Ryan Blaney
4 42 Kyle Larson
5 4 Kevin Harvick
6 19 Martin Truex Jr.
7 20 Chris Buescher
8 14 Clint Bowyer
9 22 Joey Logano
10 2 Brad Keselowski
Denny Hamlin explicó a los medios que, por sentirse más cómodo en los carriles externos, siguió esa estrategia y le sirvió muy bien, se llevó la victoria. #Bluegreen500 #ISMRaceway
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CANELO ALVAREZ STOPS SERGEY KOVALEV TO CAPTURE THE WBO LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT WORLD TITLE AND BECOME A FOUR-DIVISION CHAMPION

Nov 5, 2019


CANELO ALVAREZ STOPS SERGEY KOVALEV TO CAPTURE THE WBO LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT WORLD TITLE AND BECOME A FOUR-DIVISION CHAMPION RYAN GARCIA STOPS ROMERO DUNO TO CAPTURE WBA SILVER AND NABO LIGHTWEIGHT TITLES SATURDAY, NOV. 2 AT MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA IN LAS VEGAS, NEVADA

ABOVE: Canelo Alvarez throws a right hand en route to knockout victory against Sergey Kovalev on Nov. 2 at MGM Grand Garden Arena and streamed exclusively live on DAZN)

for Photos/VideosPhoto Credit: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden BoyVideo Credit: Golden BoyLAS VEGAS (Nov. 2, 2019) – Canelo Alvarez (53-1-2, 36 KOs), the face of boxing and the king of the middleweight division, successfully stopped Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (34-4-1, 28 KOs) in the eleventh round of a 12-round fight to capture the WBO Light Heavyweight World Title and become a four-division world champion. The event took place Saturday, Nov. 2 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and was streamed exclusively live on DAZN. “I’m very thankful,” said Canelo Alvarez. “This is just a step in my career, in my history, and all I ask of you, is to be patient because Canelo will make history. That’s a guarantee.” “The plan overall was patience, that was basically it – to have patience. We knew it was going to be five, six rounds and it was going to take some time for me to get him. But honestly he’s a great fighter. I’m new at this weight, new in this division. Much credit to him, he’s a great fighter, but we stuck to our game plan. It was delayed a little bit but overall it was successful.” “It was a very close fight because he was defensive, he was closing up his guard. All he was doing was trying to establish points, but we knew what was coming. Inevitably it would come, and everything came out the way we had planned.” “[After this] the plan was to go down to 160, 165, but why not – maybe 175 again.” “We have to see what happens. We have to do what’s best for us. We have to look for the best fights, the big fights, but obviously give the victories to Mexico.” On GGG:”It’s really not a challenge to me. We’ve fought 24 rounds and I beat him. It’s really not a challenge for me, but if it represents business, why not?” “I was tired after round 6, because I had my last fight very close to this one, but it’s okay, it’s a new experience for me,” said Sergey Kovalev. “Canelo is really a great champion. A little bit right now, I didn’t recover from my last fight. But it’s okay. Thanks for the fight Canelo, I have big respect for him. He made history.” “To open my body less, I had to use more jabs, more safe. I’ll be back. I’ll be back much stronger.” “I know that I can be a unified champion, let’s make a unification fight. But nobody wants to fight me in my division. This guy is more fresh, he came into my division more fresh. He has more stamina, but it’s okay, it’s a good experience for me.” In the co-main event, Ryan Garcia (19-0, 16KOs) of Victorville, Calif. stopped “Ruthless” Romero Duno (21-2, 16 KOs) of Los Angeles, Calif.via knockout in the first round of a 12-round bout for the WBC Silver and NABO Lightweight Titles. Garcia won with a time of 1:38 of the aforementioned round. “I feel good,” said Ryan Garcia.”It’s kind of what I expected. All respect to Duno, he came to fight, he came in shape, he caught me with an overhand right and I took it and from there I knew I could keep taking them and keep coming at him. When I took his best shot, I knew alright, I got him. Everybody knows he has a big overhand right, he’s put a lot of people to sleep with that, and then when I took it, I thought – oh okay, that’s what it is. And I felt good from then.” “He came at me like a bull. I was like damn, oh shoot, I was trying to move out the way. I’m like, okay I’m going to start swinging. I’m going to let mine go then. I tried to fake with the overhand, jab right, bang bang, and it’s over – temple shot. Once you hit the temple, it’s almost over right there. There’s three places to knock somebody out, it’s right in the temple, behind the ear, and right in the chin. You hit anywhere with a solid punch and it’s over.” “I’m just learning my overall game, footwork, speed, power, I’m just soaking it in. With Canelo there, it’s an honor. It makes me feel good just watching him spar, watching him train. He tells me I’m gonna do good, and I feel good.” “I just want better competition, the more I step up. I’m only 21 and a lot of people forget that. But I’m going at my pace, whatever I feel I’m ready for, I’ll take on. Those fights down the line are huge fights, once my team feels I’m prepared. I’m always going to listen to my team.” Seniesa “Super Bad” Estrada (18-0, 7 KOs) of East Los Angeles, Calif. defeated Marlen Esparza (7-1, 1 KO) of Houston, Texas via technical unanimous decision in the ninth round of a 10-round fight for the WBA Interim Flyweight Title. The fight was stopped in the aforementioned ninth round due to a cut that was caused by an accidental headbutt in the fifth round. Estrada won with scores of 90-81, 89-82 and 88-83. “I had an amazing training camp and I felt great tonight,” said Seniesa Estrada.”Head butt or not, I still whooped her ass every round. I didn’t really target it too much. I felt great, I’m made for the late rounds. I can go 15 rounds, take it back old school.” “It didn’t’ change my fight. l I fought with a gash on my head, blood was dripping down my face, I still won the rounds because I’m a fighter, that’s what I do.” Rematch?”I mean, no, I clearly won every round head butt or not, and I mean, this isn’t even my weight class. I came up to fight her.” “Of course there’s a difference because I walk around at 113, 112. Every week here in Vegas, I was eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner. She was underestimating me, I don’t hit like a 108 pounder. I hit like a middleweight. I would like to go to 108 pounds and fight one of the champions there. I want belts.” “No, the beef is not settled. Respect to her team, but I still don’t like her.” On the head butt:”You know, it was early,” said Marlen Esparza.”So I was really trying to decide if it was ok or not. I’m sorry guys I couldn’t continue but I couldn’t see anything. I could have stopped after the 3rd round, 4th round, whenever it happened, but it was really hard to deal with, it was really hard to see. I didn’t think I was losing that many rounds at all though. She says she has a lot of power, she doesn’t, it was a head butt. I continued fighting but I had to stop because I couldn’t see. I think it was a poor decision. Some of the rounds she did win, but it wasn’t like that. I couldn’t see.” “It was multiple head butts. A lot of times when we were clinging, and you saw me leaning in, it was because she rushed in with the head butt. A lot of times it was making me dizzy. There wasn’t anything I could do with her head, I really thought I was winning. I could have gone two more rounds at the beginning, I was like, I’m just going to keep going. But I couldn’t see. I think it was a bad decision at the end. I didn’t think I lost that many rounds. I want to be sad but I can’t, because I got head butted really early. “I was really surprised. I didn’t feel that was what was happening at all. I was landing the punches on the outside, she was landing stuff on the inside after she head butted me. I think the score cards were bad. Without that head butt, It would have been a completely different story. It’s unfortunate.” Blair “The Flair” Cobbs (13-0-1, 9 KOs) of Las Vegas, Calif. defeated Carlos Ortiz (11-5, 11 KOs) of Torreon, Mexico via TKO in the sixth round of a 10-round fight for the NABF Welterweight Title. Cobbs won with a time of 3:00 of the aforementioned round. “It was a wonderful performance, I tip my hat off to my opponent,” Blair Cobbs.”He’s a tremendous athlete and had tremendous power. Ortiz took a tremendous shot to the back of my head, but I just got right back up. I got right back on my horse and kept persevering. I’m working and getting better and better every time, there’s nothing I can’t do. Now it’s game time baby. I’m ready for anybody, anytime, anywhere. Nobody can stop me, viva Mexico!” Evan “Yung Holy” Holyfield (1-0, 1 KO) of Atlanta, Georgia stopped Nick Winstead (0-2) of Abita Springs, Louisianavia TKO in the first round of a four-round middleweight fight. Holyfield won with time of 0:16 of the aforementioned round. “I feel very good,” said Evan Holyfield. “I was listening to the coach. I didn’t try to force anything and I was just listening to my coach. To all my fans, continue to watch my fans. I’ll get better and better and better.” Bakhram Murtazaliev (17-0, 13 KOs) of Gronzy, Russia beat Jorge Fortea (20-2-1, 6 KOs) of Sueca, Spain via unanimous decision in a 12-round fight for the IBF Super Welterweight Title. Murtazaliev won with scores of 120-108, 119-109 and 118-110.  “I feel very good,” said Bakhram Murtazaliev.”I was listening to the coach, I didn’t try to force anything and I was just listening to my coach. To all my fans, continue to watch my fans. I’ll get better and better and better.” Tristan Kalkreuth (3-0, 2 KOs) of Arlington, Texas defeated Twon Smith (3-4, 2 KOs) of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma via unanimous decision in a 4-round cruiserweight battle. Kalkreuth won with scores of 40-36, 40-36 and 39-37.  “I knew he was tough, he had twice the pro experience I did,” said Tristan Kalkreuth.”He’s pretty much a veteran but for that being my third fight I think I did good. I wish I put more punches on him and obviously the one thing that boxers want is to get the KO and that didn’t happen but I know this fight is going to help me later down in the road. I want to thank all my Latino fans for coming out here!” Meiirim “The Sultan” Nursultanov (13-0, 8 KOs) of Merki, Kazakhstan defeated Cristian Olivas (16-6, 13 KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico via unanimous decision in a 10-round fight for the USNBC Middleweight title. Nursultanov won with three scores of 100-90.  “I feel good. I prepared well for this opponent,” said Meiirim Nursultanov.”I know this guy, tough guy. I was ready and prepared for all 10 rounds. Thank you everybody, I want to say thanks to those that support me. I want to say hello to Kazakhstan, I love you.” Bektemir “Bully” Melikuziev (3-0, 3 KOs) of Indio, Calif. stopped Clay Collard (4-2-3, 1 KO) of Las Vegas, Nevada via TKO in the fourth round of a light heavyweight fight originally scheduled for eight rounds. Melikuziev won with time of 2:22 of the aforementioned round. “I was very surprised at how durable he was,” said Bektemir Melikuziev . “But it was a good experience. He was very tough. I needed this to get rounds of experience.” Canelo vs. Kovalev was a 12-round fight for the WBO Light Heavyweight World Title presented by Golden Boy, Main Events and Krusher Promotions. The event was sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle” and Brand-New Grapefruit Crush, Knockout Flavor. The event took place Saturday, Nov. 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be streamed live  exclusively on DAZN. The title clash was one of several highlights this fight season on DAZN – an entire fall featuring boxing’s biggest matchups in one of the best schedules in boxing history.

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UFC 245 HEADLINED BY THREE MASSIVE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHTS

Oct 15, 2019

UFC® 245 HEADLINED BY THREE MASSIVE

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHTS IN LAS VEGAS

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(C) KAMARU USMAN vs. (#2) COLBY COVINGTON

(C) MAX HOLLOWAY vs. (#1) ALEXANDER VOLKANOVSKI

(C) AMANDA NUNES vs. (#1) GERMAINE DE RANDAMIE

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Las Vegas – UFC®’s final Pay-Per-View event of 2019 will feature three blockbuster world championship bouts. In a highly anticipated welterweight championship grudge match, Kamaru Usman defends against No. 2 ranked contender Colby Covington. Featherweight champion and No. 7 ranked pound-for-pound fighter Max Holloway will go for his fourth successful defense against powerhouse No. 1 contender Alexander Volkanovski. Women’s bantamweight and featherweight champion, as well as No. 5 ranked pound-for-pound fighter, Amanda Nunes looks to continue building her historic legacy as she puts her 135-pound belt on the line in a rematch with former women’s featherweight titleholder and No. 1 ranked bantamweight Germaine de Randamie.

UFC® 245: USMAN vs. COVINGTON will take place Saturday, Dec. 14 at T-Mobile Arena and will stream live nationally on Pay-Per-View, exclusively through ESPN+ in the U.S. at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT in both English and Spanish.

ESPN+ is the exclusive provider of all UFC Pay-Per-View events to fans in the U.S. as part of an agreement announced in March and continuing through 2025.

As UFC® 245: USMAN vs. COVINGTON approaches, fans will be able to purchase itonline at ESPNPlus.com/PPV or on the ESPN App on mobile and connected-TV devices. ESPN+ is available as an integrated part of the ESPN App on all major mobile and connected TV devices and platforms, including Amazon Fire, Apple, Android, Chromecast, PS4, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, X Box One and more.

Preliminary fights will air nationally in English on ESPN2 and on ESPN Deportes (in Spanish) starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT with the early prelims simulcast on UFC Fight Pass and ESPN+ at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT.

Winner of The Ultimate Fighter season 21, Usman (15-1, fighting out of Dallas, Tx. by way of Auchi, Nigeria) is unbeaten since joining the UFC roster in 2015. He ascended the 170-pound ranks with impressive wins against Rafael Dos Anjos, Demian Maia and Leon Edwards, and his last outing saw him dominate Tyron Woodley to capture the welterweight championship in March. Usman now looks to take out his most heated rival to earn his first successful title defense.

Former UFC interim welterweight champion Covington (15-1, fighting out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) is poised to prove he’s the best in the world at 170 pounds. Currently riding a seven-fight win streak, the NCAA Division I All-American wrestler has netted big victories over Dos Anjos, Maia and Dong Hyun Kim, but Covington secured his most impressive win to date in his last outing against former champion Robbie Lawler in August. He now aims to settle the score with Usman and take home the welterweight championship.

Among the most dominant champions on the UFC roster, Holloway (21-4, fighting out of Waianae, Hawaii) has beaten the who’s who of the featherweight division. Over the course of his career, he’s scored dominant wins over former UFC title holders Frankie Edgar, Jose Aldo (twice) and Anthony Pettis, as well as top contender Brian Ortega. The Hawaiian now looks to take out one of the division’s most dangerous contenders for his fourth successful title defense.

Unbeaten for over six years, Volkanovski (20-1, fighting out of Windang, New South Wales, Australia) aims to be the next Australian athlete to capture a world championship. The former rugby player has been on a tear since joining the UFC roster in late 2016, securing impressive victories over Aldo, Chad Mendes, Darren Elkins, Jeremy Kennedy and Mizuto Hirota. Volkanovski now has his sights on dethroning Holloway to hand the Hawaiian his first featherweight loss since 2013.

The greatest women’s fighter in mixed martial arts history, Nunes (18-4, fighting out of Coral Springs, Fla. by way of Bahia, Brazil) won her first encounter with De Randamie via TKO in 2013. Her resume also includes first-round stoppage wins over former bantamweight champions Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate and Holly Holm. Nunes also became the first female two-division titleholder in UFC history last December with a 51-second KO victory against Cris Cyborg. She now hopes to etch her fifth bantamweight title defense in dominant fashion.

Former UFC featherweight champion De Randamie (9-3, fighting out of Utrecht, The Netherlands) is gunning for a measure of revenge against Nunes. Since that loss, she has won five straight with dominant victories over Raquel Pennington, Holly Holm and Larissa Pacheco. In July, De Randamie delivered a spectacular 16-second TKO win against Aspen Ladd. She now aims to become the second woman to win UFC championships in two divisions by handing Nunes her first loss in over five years.

Additional bouts on the card include:

  • Perennial fan favorite Matt Brown (23-16, fighting out of Denver, Colo.) returns against dangerous Ben Saunders (22-12, fighting out of Orlando, Fla.) in an exciting welterweight bout
  • Recent flyweight title challenger and No. 2 ranked contender Jessica Eye (14-7, fighting out of Cleveland, Oh.) takes on rising No. 6 Viviane Araujo (8-1, fighting out of Brasilia, Brazil)
  • In a clash of flyweight contenders, No. 6 ranked Brandon Moreno (14-5-1, fighting out of Tijuana, Mexico) faces No. 7 Kai Kara France (20-7-1, fighting out of Auckland, New Zealand)
  • Undefeated Dana White’s Contender Series signee Punahele Soriano (6-0, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.) debuts against Oskar Piechota (11-2-1, fighting out of Gdynia, Poland)

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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DEONTAY WILDER VS. LUIS ORTIZ II & LEO SANTA CRUZ VS. MIGUEL FLORES

Oct 1, 2019

Deontay Wilder Defends His WBC Heavyweight Title in Highly Anticipated Rematch Against Luis Ortiz on FOX SportsPBC Pay-Per-View Saturday, November 23 at theMGM Grand Garden Arena in Las VegasThree-Division Champion Leo Santa Cruz Seeks Title in Fourth Division When He Battles Miguel Flores for the WBA Super Featherweight Championship in Co-Main Event

Photos from Sean Michael Ham/Mayweather Promotions


LOS ANGELES (September 30, 2019) – WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder and hard-hitting Cuban slugger Luis “King Kong” Ortiz went face to face on Saturday at a press conference to officially announce their highly anticipated rematch that headlines a FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View Saturday, November 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Also squaring off at Saturday’s event in Los Angeles were three-division champion and current WBA Featherweight Champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz and exciting contender Miguel “El Michoacan” Flores, who meet for the WBA Super Featherweight Championship in the co-main event of pay-per-view action that begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. WATCH THE FULL PRESS CONFERENCE HEREClick HERE to see Wilder’s breakdown of the rematch against Ortiz Tickets for the event, which is promoted by BombZquad Promotions, TGB Promotions and Mayweather Promotions, are on sale now and can be purchased at www.mgmgrand.com or www.axs.com. Here is what the fighters had to say Saturday from the Lexus Club at STAPLES Center: DEONTAY WILDER “Here we go again. The only way for there to be a rematch was for there to be an exciting first fight. When I first met this man in the ring, it was amazing and inspiring to go up against such a skillful fighter. It was such a great experience for me and an honor for me to face him. “That first fight was a test for me to show me where my skill level was in the heavyweight division. He was the bogeyman in the heavyweight division for a reason. To this day, they still don’t fight him for a reason. “I’m the best in the world. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I believe in that and I’ve proven that. I’ve proved so many people wrong and I still have to do it. That gives me the motivation and the will to keep going. “I created a bond with Ortiz fighting the first time because of our daughters. We were two fathers in the ring who had to battle it out for our families. There’s no better feeling than going for war against another gladiator. “There wasn’t really anything that I learned about myself in the first fight, but it was confirmation of something I had already known. I know what I can do and I believe in myself. I didn’t feel like I was proving anything to myself, it was just proving it to others. “We’re passionate about this and we want to give the fans the best fight possible. We will do that again because I never leave you without having a great time and giving you excitement. If you’ve never seen a boxing match before, I’m the person to come see. If you want to see excitement, this is the fight to be at. This is the fight to order. “I’m a true champion. A true champion can walk it like he talks it, and I walk it like I talk it every time. On November 23 I expect to see everyone there or ordering it on pay-per-view, because I can’t wait.” LUIS ORTIZ “I’m very happy to have this opportunity at the rematch. Wilder had the courage to take the rematch and that’s a big part of why this is happening. I’m excited for this fight and I’m going to make the most of it. “There are no excuses from me. The first fight is over. Now we’re on to this fight. I’m going to get the victory. There are things that are being done differently, but it will all be decided in the ring. “I’m focused on this fight and only this fight. I’m not a man of many words, but the opportunity is here and it was destined to be. Here we go. “A warrior doesn’t abandon his mission. My mission is to become world champion. I’ve trained very hard since my loss and it will all culminate on November 23. “I won’t make the same mistake this time like I made in the last fight. I’m going to be more prepared, more aggressive and have more of everything. I’m taking it all up a level. “There was no reason for me not winning the first fight, it just is what it is. We knew that one of us was going to get knocked out. I have that same sentiment for the rematch. This fight is not going 12 rounds. “I want November 23 to get here sooner than later. I’m ready to step into the ring and do the job and become heavyweight world champion.” LEO SANTA CRUZ “I work hard for every fight and it’s going to be the same for this fight. This opportunity came to fight for the 130-pound title and I’m excited to fight for it. I want to become a four-division world champion. “I’m going to see how I feel at 130. If I’m strong I definitely feel like I will have more fights there. My goal right now is to win this world title. That’s what I’m focused on. “I’m very happy and excited to have this opportunity to become a four-division world champion. My goal when I began boxing was just to become a world champion. To go for a fourth time is an even bigger dream. “Miguel Flores is a tough fighter and I don’t underestimate him. I know it’s going to be a hard fight. He’s going to come with everything he has. It’s the opportunity of his lifetime. “I’m really motivated like this is my first world title. This is something big for me. It will help me be remembered as one of the best Mexican fighters and that’s my goal. “Most importantly, we’re going to give the fans a great show on fight night. To be the co-main event for Deontay Wilder is amazing. He always gives a great show, but my job is to give everyone even more excitement.” MIGUEL FLORES “They say you don’t get second chances in life, but I am getting that and I’m very grateful. Everything happens for a reason. This fight was meant to happen and I plan to take full advantage of it. “Being at 130 or 126 doesn’t make a difference to me when fighting Leo, it’s still the same guy. He started his career at 118 anyway and I’ve had it in my brain for so long about how I’m going to beat him. “The strategy is to outdo him in anything. Outsmart him, out hustle him and just be able to do it all. He does everything well and he’s a veteran. I know he has tricks under his sleeve, but we need to be ready for that and have something ready to go back at him. “This is an even bigger scene being the co-main event to the heavyweight championship of the world in Las Vegas. Everything has worked out perfect for me. That wasn’t my mentality when the injury happened, but now it all makes sense. “I want to be able to be the guy. By beating Leo, I become the guy. It’s both of our jobs to turn everyone into believers. After this fight, everyone is going to know this was a great fight. “Our focus is on Leo Santa Cruz. November 23 is all that’s on my mind. A lot of people don’t know how good my boxing skills are and how crafty I can be in the ring. They’re going to be in for a surprise.”

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LA Galaxy viajará a Houston para enfrentar el último partido de la temporada regular

Oct 1, 2019

LOS ANGELES (Lunes, 30 de septiembre, 2019) – LA Galaxy (16-14-3, 51 puntos) cerrará la temporada Regular de la MLS este domingo, 6 de octubre a la 1 p.m. PT con un partido ante Houston Dynamo en el BBVA Compass Stadium (Spectrum SportsNet).

LA Galaxy registra un récord de 11-11-7 en todos los tiempos ante el Houston Dynamo, incluyendo una marca de 5-7-3 en partidos jugados en condición de visitante. En su más reciente enfrentamiento ante el Dynamo, Galaxy consiguió una victoria de 2-1 el 19 de abril en el Dignity Health Sports Park.

LA Galaxy sufrió una derrota de 4-3 ante Vancouver Whitecaps FC el domingo por la tarde en el Dignity Health Sports Park. El resultado marcó la primera derrota del Galaxy en los últimos cuatro partidos jugados, registrando un récord de 3-1-0 durante esa racha. Con un partido por jugarse durante la temporada regular de la MLS, Galaxy actualmente se ubica en la cuarta posición de la Conferencia del Oeste.

El partido del domingo determinará la posición final del LA Galaxy para los Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs después de que el club haya clasificado a la postemporada la semana pasada. Boletos para un posible partido de Playoffs en el Dignity Health Sports Park están a la venta aquí.

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Tigres U.A.N.L. y Club Santos Laguna se enfrentarán en BBVA Stadium en fecha FIFA

Sep 24, 2019

DATOS CLAVES:

  • El partido está programado para el sábado 12 de octubre a las 5:30 p.m. CDT
  • Los boletos saldrán a la venta el lunes 23 de septiembre con precios desde $29
  • Socios del Houston Dynamo y Dash reciben una oportunidad exclusiva de preventa

HOUSTON (viernes 20 de septiembre de 2019) – BBVA Stadium albergará a dos de los equipos más exitosos de México el sábado 12 de octubre, anunciaron hoy los funcionarios del estadio. El inicio del partido está programado para las 5:30 p.m. CDT

Los dos clubes populares actualmente ocupan un lugar de liguilla en el torneo Apertura 2019 de la LigaMX. Tigres, el actual campeón del Clausura 2019, se encuentra en el sexto lugar de la clasificación, mientras que Santos está en tercer lugar, pero solo está a tres puntos de su rival del norte.

Las entradas para el partido saldrán a la venta el lunes 23 de septiembre a las 12 p.m. CDT, con precios desde $29. Los boletos se pueden comprar en línea en BBVAStadium.com, por teléfono al 1 (888) 929-7849, o en persona en la taquilla del BBVA Stadium, que está abierta de lunes a viernes de 9 a.m. a 5 p.m. CDT Los socios del Houston Dynamo y Dash tendrán acceso a una oportunidad exclusiva de preventa a partir del lunes a las 9 a.m.

“Estamos muy emocionados de recibir a Tigres y Santos Laguna en BBVA Stadium en octubre”, dijo el gerente general de BBVA Stadium, Juan Rodríguez. “Ambos clubes tienen muchos seguidores aquí en Houston y se encuentran entre los equipos más exitosos de México en los últimos años. Esperamos un partido divertido y emocionante”.

Tigres U.A.N.L. ha sido campeón de la LigaMX siete veces y ganó la CopaMX en tres ocasiones. Más recientemente, el club ganó la Copa de Campeones 2018 contra el Toronto FC y terminó como subcampeón de la Concacaf Champions League después de ser derrotado por sus rivales, C.F. Monterrey. Liderados por el delantero francés André-Pierre Gignac, Tigres se recuperó convirtiéndose en campeones de LigaMX en el torneo Clausura 2019 cuando derrotaron al Club León el 26 de mayo, 1-0.

El Club Santos Laguna ha ganado seis campeonatos y un título de CopaMX desde que se unió a la liga mexicana en 1983, capturando recientemente el torneo Clausura en 2018. El club de Torreón está liderado por el delantero argentino Julio Furch, quien ha marcado 46 goles desde que se unió al club. en 2017. Junto con Furch, el arquero Jonathan Orozco se ha convertido en una pieza clave para el equipo y un destacado en el equipo nacional mexicano, compitiendo más recientemente en la Copa de Oro 2019 de la Concacaf.

SOBRE BBVA STADIUM

BBVA Stadium es un estadio de última generación. Este estadio esta al aire libre y estuvo diseñado para ser la casa del Houston Dynamo, Houston Dash y del equipo de futbol americano colegial Texas Southern University. El estadio también tiene capacidad de albergar eventos deportivos profesionales, colegiales, locales, conciertos, exhibiciones y eventos especiales. El estadio abrió sus puertas el 12 de mayo del 2012. El estadio es de 340,000 pies cuadrados, con capacidad de hasta 22,000 personas y fue el primer estadio de Major League Soccer localizado en el centro de una ciudad. Dada su locación en el centro de la ciudad, el estadio es parte de un “distrito de estadios,” el cual incluye Minute Maid Park y el Toyota Center, como el George R. Brown Convention Center, Discovery Green, Warehouse Live y House of Blues.   

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CANELO ALVAREZ VS. SERGEY KOVALEV LOS ANGELES PRESS CONFERENCE

Sep 20, 2019

CANELO ALVAREZ VS. SERGEY KOVALEV LOS ANGELES PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES, PHOTOS AND VIDEOSATURDAY, NOV. 2 AT MGM GRAND IN LAS VEGAS AND STREAMED LIVE ON DAZN

(ABOVE: Canelo Alvarez and Sergey Kovalev pose for the media to announce their fight on Nov. 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and streamed live on DAZN)

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LOS ANGELES (Sept. 18, 2019): Canelo Alvarez (52-1-2, 35 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico and Russian warrior Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (34-3-1, 29 KOs) hosted a press conference today at Union Station in Los Angeles, Calif. to formally announce their 12-round fight for the WBO Light Heavyweight World Title. The event will take place on Saturday, Nov. 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be streamed live on DAZN. Below is what today’s participants had to say at the presser.  CANELO ALVAREZ, WBC, WBA, Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion: “I’m very grateful to all the fans as always. I’m very motivated here, it’s an honor for me toshare the ring with a fighter like Kovalev who I met in 2012. Now we’re about to makehistory. I know it’s going to be the most difficult fight of my professional career. I will give the best I have in the ring and that day we can yell “Viva Mexico.” SERGEY KOVALEV, Current WBO Light Heavyweight World Champion and Three-Time Light Heavyweight World Champion: “I’m very happy to be here back in Los Angeles. Thanks to God and thanks to Canelo and his team for making this opportunity to get this fight. I think this is a big test for me in my boxing career because this is one of the best fighters in the world in boxing right now. I’m happy and I am excited. Thank you very much for the support.” EDDY REYNOSO, Head Trainer and Manager of Canelo Alvarez: “Thank you to Golden Boy and DAZN – this was a very difficult fight to make happen but the fight is now here. Only the big fighters and those that leave a footprint become these type of fighters. We know Kovalev well and we know the challenge that we are facing. He’s a great fighter that leaves everything in the ring and in one punch, he could end the fight. And we know it’s going to be a great challenge. We want Saul to be a champion in four weight classes,.” JOSE “CHEPO” REYNOSO, Trainer and Manager of Canelo Alvarez: “I’m nostalgic and cannot help but remember the beginnings of all this. To look back and see everything-all the victories that Saul has given myself and my son, and the future victories, makes me happy. The Reynosos have been with Saul for over 15 years-ever since he was a child. We trust that he will gain victory here.” BUDDY MCGIRT, Trainer of Sergey Kovalev: “Both these guys are true champions. Canelo, I’ve always admired you. Your trainers did agreat job with you. I gotta admit that. I really take my hat off to you for having the balls fortaking a step up and not having a catch weight and stepping up to the challenge. Sergey, Ilove you to death, I respect you for accepting the challenge. In all honestly, the only loserson November 2 are the people who don’t want the fight or come to the fight.” EGIS KLIMAS, Manager of Sergey Kovalev: “I don’t think this fight needs to be introduced. When you hear the names Canelo Alvarez,Krusher Kovalev, it says all that’s going to happen on November 2. I don’t need to talkabout Sergey – everybody knows who he is in boxing, and regarding Canelo, they knowwhat they mean when they say – grandes kajones.”
OSCAR DE LA HOYA, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy: “Canelo hopes to become the fourth Mexican to win a world title in four divisions, with the only other ones being Erik Morales, Juan Manuel Marquez and Jorge Arce. One big difference is that Canelo is at a higher weight class. And this opens the possibility for many more matchups, and bigger opponents with strong punching and star power. When talking with Canelo about his career goals, he said he wanted to make history, and fight the best. This is why we had to be very strategic and thoughtful in planning out his next fight and while it may have taken a bit longer than we wanted, we know that it was worth the wait. Canelo has been preparing for this moment and we know that on Nov. 2 he’ll write a new chapter in boxing history by becoming the second Mexican ever to win a world title in the 175-pound division (Light Heavyweight). Together with DAZN, we’re committed to making boxing more accessible and affordable by giving fans the best fights – without the price tag of pay-per-view. Historic fights are a hallmark of this company and Golden Boy continues to deliver the biggest fights of the year. November 2 will be no exception, and we expect a great performance by our champion, Canelo Alvarez, as he becomes the new WBO Light Heavyweight World Champion.” “I’m happy to announce that with a major bout like this one, the fans deserve the bestundercard possible. Our next big major star in the making, Ryan Garcia, will be fighting inLas Vegas. He’s fighting Duno-it’s a fight the fans wanted and it’s going to be a tough fight.” BERNARD HOPKINS, Hall of Famer and Golden Boy Business Partner: “I know a little bit about history. And for Canelo to take a big leap from 160 to 175, to dareto be great, to make history, anyone that’s not educated in boxing history, wouldn’t knowwhat I’m talking about right now. But just in case you want to learn because it’s never toolate, it’s very historic to be in the position of Canelo. And to bite off challenges andchallenge himself and dare to be great to make history. As Oscar said, not only Mexicanhistory, but also boxing history. There’s very few fighters who have accomplished 160 to175 and been successful. As you know, you’re standing and hearing from one right now.I have a personal feeling about making history because I’ve been there and done thatand now it’s Canelo’s time. I understand what it’s like to be in there with the Krusher. Heearned that and I respect that and I respect that to this day. Enjoy this historic fight andwatch Canelo Alvarez – who I call the Evil Knievel in boxing – who’s taken on the bestso far and is now taking on the best at light heavyweight.” KATHY DUVA, CEO of Main Events: “I want to give special thanks to Sergey Kovalev and Canelo Alvarez – as a lifelongboxing fan, not just as a promoter. Unfortunately, sometime around the turn of the lastcentury, boxing began to lose its way. Instead of building a legacy, avoidingunnecessary risk became the goal and to this day, some fighters are praised for it.Competitions suffer because of that. When we first met, Sergey was so adamant that hewanted to test his skills against the very best. He wanted to find out how good he reallywas. Canelo, you may have bit off more than you can chew, but that’s okay. Great fighters are not afraid to challenge themselves. And win or lose, history will reward you for taking a risk. Congratulations Ryan, you will not be the only spectacular young fighter on the card that night, because also sharing that ring is another intelligent, well-spoken, absolutelyfantastic young fighter – his name is Evan Holyfield. And he is the son of the greatEvander Holyfield. I can’t tell you how grateful I am to work with Evander’s son after allthese years. You’re all going to see him and meet him, and I think you will all be thrilled.”
RYAN GARCIA, Lightweight Contender: “I want to thank the fans for coming out because it’s a weekday, you guys didn’t need tocome here. Thank you guys for coming. I’m excited. The co-main event on the biggest cardof the year. I’m so honored. It’s a big night. I get to fight the guy I wanted to fight most,Romero Duno. They all said I was scared and I was worried about him and now I have thechance to get my respect and show everyone I’m a real fighter. Everybody stay tuned. It’sgoing to be a big fight. Thank you to everybody for believing in me and thank you to Golden Boy for getting the job done. Let’s make history.” JOSEPH MARKOWSKI, Executive Vice President, DAZN North America: “In one year’s time, I believe we’ve managed to assemble the best schedule in the history ofboxing. Let’s just look where we are: Canelo vs. Kovalev – boxing’s biggest star jumping uptwo weight classes; Ruiz vs. Joshua II – the rematch of the biggest heavyweight upset insome year; KSI vs. Logan Paul, bringing millions of new fans to the sport of boxing; GGG,back in title contention from MSG; the list goes on for DAZN. To our subscribers, you’re infor a tremendous end to 2019 and tremendous year to come.” Canelo vs. Kovalev is a 12-round fight for the WBO Light Heavyweight World Title presented by Golden Boy, Main Events and Krusher Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle” and Brand-New Grapefruit Crush, Knockout Flavor. The event will take place Saturday, Nov. 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN.

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