Second straight loss for Mexico in the Confederations Cup

Jun 19, 2013

The game between Mexico and Brazil started the way most people thought it was going to begin; with Brazil looking to score early. Within the first 5 minutes, Brazil started playing very close to Mexico’s goal. In the fifth minute Brazil scored a goal but was nullified because of an offside call, but Brazil was just getting confident with their early success. Neymar was offside in the play but he showed his crossing ability finding a wide open Fred who just redirected the ball into the goal. The crowd was about to erupt in celebration but the line judge raised his flag signiling an offside.

Just four minutes after that play, Brazil was able to score a beautiful goal. Dani Alves had the ball on the right flank. He went escaped two defenders and centered it towards Fred. Before Fred was able to head it, Mexico’s central defender, Francisco “El Masa” Rodriguez, was able to reach the ball before Fred. “El Masa” headed the ball out. The ball went straight to where Neymar was waiting for the ball. He kicked it with his left foot without letting the ball bounce and it shot off like a rocket towards the goal. J.J. Corona dove to try to block the ball, but the shot was too fast and Neymar scored the first goal of the game in the ninth minute.

Mexico finally reached Brazil’s goal in the 16th minute. Frank Meir was able to shot towards goal after a scramble for the ball. The ball missed the post and went a tad bit left. For a few minutes after that, Mexico was able to stay close to Brazil’s but they couldn’t create any sort of dangerous play. The only thing Mexico was able to accomplish by that is it slowed down the pace. Brazil didn’t have the same pace it did in the first 15 minutes of the match. Mexico was able to even the gameplay out and stopped being outclassed by Brazil. They began to have more possession of the ball but they still couldn’t break Brazil’s defense.

The second half started the same way the first half started, with Brazil scoring a goal but it again was nullified because of an offside. Neymar crossed the ball into the box. A Brazilian player reached the ball first and he passed it towards his teammate who just redirected the ball in. The line judge ruled that the first Brazilian player who touched the ball was outside so it negated the goal. Even with this nullified goal, Brazil didn’t seem to attack as much as the first half. Mexico started playing more defensive and there was less space for Brazil to find. When they would find space, their passing and speed would allow them to leave their marks but they weren’t precise in the final touch to score their second goal. Mexico had their first chance of the second half when Geo Dos Santos was able to evade his mark and tried centering it to Javier “El Chicharito” Hernandez but David Luiz was able to deflect the ball before it reached “El Chicharito”.

The game had opened up in the second half. Both teams started to create spaces with their movement and passing. Both teams were reaching each other’s goal but neither team was able to get that final touch and score a goal. As the game came close to the end, Mexico began to play more desperate and aggressive looking for the game tying goal. They had more possession of the ball and kept sending in crossing looking for “El Chicharito” but none found their mark. Brazil defended themselves perfectly and when they would get the ball, they knew how to hide it and keep it away from Mexico. Neymar helped put the game away in the 93rd minute of the game. He had the ball on the left flank. As he moved closer to the touch line, two Mexican defenders came to defend them. Neymar went through the middle of both and crossed the ball to a wide open Jo who kicked the ball in giving Brazil a 2 goal lead.

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Perfect in three, USA wins 1-0

Jun 18, 2013

(Photo: Samuel Coronado)

The United States Men’s National Soccer team had finally found their step. After starting the hexagonal qualifiers with a loss to Honduras, an unconvincing win versus Costa Rica and a tie with Mexico; they had two games in a row. Their last game versus Panama was the United States best game in the Jurgen Klinsmann era.
The game started with Honduras being the aggressor. They had three early crosses but Omar Gonzalez and Matt Besler were there to hit the crosses away. The United States responded right away earning a corner kick. Graham Zusi centered the ball and the first to head the ball was Clint Dempsey. He jumped and headed the ball towards goal but the ball sailed a bit left. The game did not let up after these early chances. Both teams knew what was at stake with a win. For Honduras, it would be second place in the qualifiers. For the US, it would add to their lead and almost securing them a trip to Brazil. In the 17th minute the US had a clear shot at goal. Michael Bradley started the counter attack with a long pass to Zusi. He quickly passed to Dempsey. Dempsey saw Fabian Johnson running freely on the left side. Dempsey passed it to Johnson who quickly centered it to Eddie Johnson. He kicked on goal but Noel Valladares was there to block the ball.

As the game went on, the rhythm of the game went down. Both teams seemed to be affected by the weather. It was a hot day with low humidity. The US was trying to use long balls to break Honduras’ defense. From midfield back, Honduras had 11 players defending themselves when the US had the ball. In the 41st minute of the game Honduras finally had another shot on goal. They had earned a free kick after Jozy Altidore committed a foul. They passed it to one of their players and he shot on goal. The shot flew towards goal but it went wide right. In the 45th minute, Honduras had their clearest scoring opportunity. Besler tried to clear the ball out but he hit it straight to Andy Najar. Najar controlled the ball and ran straight towards Tim Howard. Najar shot hard and low but Howard was in the perfect position to save the shot.

The second half didn’t start like the first half. Both teams came out more cautious in the second half than they did in the first half. In the 55th minute, Zusi crossed the ball after earning a free kick. Besler was able to evade his mark and head the ball on goal. Valladares was able to follow the play and save the ball before it went it. With this play, it seemed to give the United States National team new life. In the 59th minute the US had another scoring chance coming out of a counter attack. Howard stopped a cross from coming in. He threw the ball to E. Johnson who passed the ball to Dempsey. He quickly passed the ball to Altidore and Altidore scored. The only problem was that he was offside.

After that play, the game picked up in intensity. Both teams began to play back in forth looking for the first goal. Honduras had a shot on goal from a free kick but the ball never dropped and went over the cross bar. Dempsey had a shot almost immediately after Honduras’ shot but his shot went wide right. Then the US had a shot after Zusi center the ball towards Dempsey who headed the ball on goal, but Valladares was there to block the shot again.

Jozy was finally able to get a good look at goal and was able to score the first goal of the game. Dempsey passed the ball to Zusi. Zusi had the ball and saw a cutting F. Johnson on the left side. He quickly passed it to F. Johnson with the back of his show. F. Johnson received the ball and ran towards the touch line. Altidore saw what F. Johnson and he backed off and his mark left him. F. Johnson passed it back to Altidore who shot it low and to the right and beat a diving Villadares. This gave the US the partial lead in the 73rd minute.
After the goal, the US began to become more defensive. They knew there was little time left in the game and they had to defend their lead. Honduras couldn’t find any more spaces even after subbing in more offensive minded players. The US defended themselves perfectly in the final minutes and was able to hold off Honduras and win their third straight qualifying game.

Jozy Altidore didn’t have the same type of game he had against Panama. Altidore wasn’t the only player who didn’t play like they played against Panama. The US team wasn’t as precise in their passing or as clinical in their finishing. Even with all this, Altidore was able to come through and give the US the win. It was his third goal in three games. The next game for the United States National team is until September.

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Galaxy travel to Utah to face Real Salt Lake

Jun 6, 2013

Galaxy travel to Utah to face Real Salt Lake on Saturday night
at 6:30 p.m. (PT) on TWC SportsNet and TWC Deportes

CARSON, Calif. (Tuesday, June 4, 2013) – Following Sunday’s 5-0 loss to the New England Revolution, the LA Galaxy will look to bounce back this Saturday when they travel to Utah to take on Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium. The game is a matchup of two of the top four teams in the MLS Western Conference standings, with Salt Lake in second place with a 7-5-3 record for 24 points and the Galaxy four points back in fourth place with a 6-5-2 record for 20 points.

The game, which kicks off at 6:30 p.m., will be carried live in English by Time Warner Cable SportsNet and in Spanish on Time Warner Cable Deportes. It will be the club’s first game on the networks since their 4-1 road win over the Philadelphia Union May 15. Coverage for the game starts at 6 p.m. on Time Warner Cable SportsNet, with a half-hour “Access SportsNet: Galaxy” pregame show hosted by Chris McGee and studio analyst Clint Mathis, and at 5:30 p.m. on Time Warner Cable Deportes, with an hour-long edition of “Galaxy en Vivo” pregame show hosted by Enrique Gutierrez along with studio analysts Steve Sampson and Francisco Rivera.

The Galaxy have won each of their last two visits to Rio Tinto Stadium, including a 2-0 win over RSL on April 27 when Mike Magee and Charlie Rugg scored inside the opening 15 minutes and Brian Rowe made eight saves to earn the win. The two sides will meet for the third and final time of the regular season on Saturday, August 17 at the soon-to-be-renamed StubHub Center.

Ahead of Saturday night’s game, the Galaxy will hold three training sessions at The Home Depot Center. All training sessions will be held on University Field #1, with Wednesday and Thursday’s sessions starting at 10 a.m. while Friday’s training session will start at 12 p.m., after which the team will fly to Salt Lake City.

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Bryant Jennings vs Andrey Fedosov

Jun 6, 2013

NBC Sports Network Fight Night
Friday, June 14 – Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem
Bryant Jennings vs. Andrey Fedosov
Sergey Kovalev vs. Cornelius White
Ronald Cruz vs. Ray Narh

Bryant “By By” Jennings Media Workout – NBCSN FIGHT NIGHT June 14th

Bryant Jennings (16-0, 8 KO’s) held a media workout today in preparation for his June 14th NBC Sports Network Fight Night clash against Andrey Fedosov (24-2, 19 KO’s). The fight is part of a triple header on a 7-bout card that will be held at Sands Casino Resort Bethlem.

Also part of the triple header is a 12-round IBF light heavyweight eliminator showcasing Segey Kovalev (20-0-1, 18 KO’s) vs. Cornelius White (21-1, 16 KO’s) and a 10-round welterweight battle featuring Ronald Cruz (17-1, 12 KO’s) vs. Raymond Narh (25-2, 21 KO’s). The NBC Sports Network telecast begins at 8PM EDT.

Here’s what Jennings shared during the workout today at ABC Gym in Philadelphia:

Why take this fight with Fedosov? Boxing is a business. You have to build yourself, your marketability. This is our business we hit, we get hit, it’s what we do. I’m not gonna just wait around. A lot of it is patience. Patience is very much needed in this sport. As I always say, ‘welcome to the fight game.’

Photo credits to: phillyboxinghistory.com
What do you know about this guy you are going to fight (Fedosov)? I don’t know nothing about him. I very seldom know anything about any of my opponents. That’s my trainer’s job.

Were you trying to add new moves during sparring? No that’s just me. I was trying not to open up against him (sparring partner). Just trying to let him get comfortable punching, just get through the work and conditioning of it. I work on my techniques. We did train early this morning: we did 5 miles, my fastest mile this morning was 6:04; 20 minutes on the pads; then I went in the house and did push-ups, sit ups; drank a smoothie; and then tried to lay down so I could rest up to come back here.

Photo credits to: phillyboxinghistory.com

In sparring are you going for the knockout? No, it’s the push. This way I’ll be able to operate in the later rounds at a high pace, at a fast pace and still be conditioned. And then you go back to the corner, recover for those 30 seconds and come back out and do it all over again. I can do it for 20 rounds.

Photo credits to: phillyboxinghistory.com
When you train you seem to go twice as hard than other opponents – you train all day, put in 6 miles a day instead of 3. Was it that way for this camp and why? It’s that way for every camp. Running is easy for me. You have to remember I started later and didn’t have a big amateur career. I thought I have work twice as hard to get to this point, because I came in the game late. I had to fast track. It’s just my way.

Photo credits to: phillyboxinghistory.com
When you are fighting one of these guys (non American) does it give you any extra incentive to win for America? Yes, in fact sometimes it gives me the extra push. I know how it is for America to have a heavyweight champion, because it hasn’t been here in a long time. I’m a good role model, I have a son and I wouldn’t mind if my son lived the same exact life that I lived, because I don’t do nothing in front of my son or behind closed doors that I wouldn’t have my son do himself when he gets to my age. I just try to be an example for the youth, for the future, just to be that person to look up to. So all in all, being that next heavyweight champion of the world as an American is bigger than anything right now. That’s the goal.

Bryant Jennings and trainer Fred Jenkins
Photo credits to: phillyboxinghistory.com
Obviously being on NBC Sports Network is not as much money as being on HBO, but it’s important to you. Why? You get to be able to showcase on national television. To be able to fight on the national screen is a blessing. People look up to me and NBC Sports like an HBO or Showtime and I feel proud that I can make it appear to be so. Hopefully one day me, my fellow boxers and Main Events can push for that to be as big or even bigger then HBO or Showtime.

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The “new” new era begins with a loss… again

Jun 1, 2013

Carson City, California- Home Depot Center, June 1, 2013, (Photos: Victor Posadas)

This week started off very good for Chivas USA. They had beaten the L.A. Blues two to one in their first game of the U.S. Open Cup. It seemed that Chivas USA had taken a positive step forward in getting a good result even though it was against a non-MLS team, but almost immediately, they took many steps back. Chivas USA fired their head coach, Jose Luis “Chelis” Sanchez Sola after 12 games. According to Chivas USA, Chelis was not getting positive results even though he had a good enough team to do so. Sacha van der Most was going to be the interim head coach for the game against Seattle Sounders. Chivas USA announced that Jose Luis Real “El Guero Real” was going to be the new head coach but he was going to arrive in Los Angeles later on this upcoming week.
The game started off flat. Both teams lacked sharpness in their passing which impeded them from generating any real attack. Chivas USA created the first opportunity at goal when Jose Correa received a through ball and won the ball between two defenders. When he turned to shot on goal, he didn’t get any real power and the ball rolled safely towards Michael Gspurning, the Seattle goalkeeper.

Seattle Sounders drew first blood in the 22nd minute of the match. Seattle had the ball on the left flank. They passed it to Lamar Neagle who quickly passed it to Obafemi Martins. Martins received the ball and outran Bobby Burling towards goal. Dan Kennedy came out of his line to try to cut off Martins’ run and try to take away any shooting angle, but Martins was too smart for that and he chipped the ball of Kennedy’s head and scored the first goal of the game.

Chivas USA was not playing well at all. It seemed like there was no real clarity in what they were trying to do. They were not creating any space to attack even though they had more possession of the ball. To make matters worse, they helped Seattle increase their lead. In the 33rd minute, Mauro Rosales had the ball and ran down the right flank. He was about to reach the end line but he crossed the ball hoping to find someone in the middle of the box. There was no one there for Seattle. The only two people close to the ball was Kennedy and Chivas USA defender Mario de Luna. Kennedy didn’t go for the ball but de Luna did. It seemed like was wanted to header the ball outside but instead he hit it into his own net. All Kennedy could do was dive to try to block the ball but he was too far. Chivas USA scored Seattle’s second goal giving them a two-nil lead. Chivas USA couldn’t do anything in the first half.

The second half wasn’t any different for Chivas USA. They could create anything. Even after adding more offensive players through their substitutions, they couldn’t find spaces to create open opportunities. If they did get behind Seattle’s defensive line and send crosses into the box, Gspurning was there to catch any crosses. In the 71st minute of the match, Seattle’s Martins received a red card but even after being one man up, Chivas couldn’t do anything. Towards the end of the second half, Chivas started to finally get in some dangerous crosses but none resulted with the ball being in the back of the net. Seattle won the game two-nil.

Chivas USA travels to Canada to face Vancouver Whitecaps F.C. on June 19.

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Galaxy routes Seattle 4-0, Keane scores hat trick, Rodgers debuts

May 27, 2013

Carson City, California- Home Depot Center, May 26, 2013, (Photos: Samuel Coronado)

The game between LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders was setting up to be a good one. LA had been struggling as of late, losing 3 of their last 4 games. Seattle was beginning to get into form winning their previous games by a hefty margin. This was going to be a good test to see how LA was playing. This game was also going to be special for a different reason. Earlier that week, LA Galaxy had traded Mike Magee to the Chicago Fire for the rights to sign Robbie Rodgers. Rodgers was going to be the first openly gay player to play in a professional team in the United States.

The game began with LA Galaxy coming out very aggressive looking to score early in the game. They were attacking from the wing with Greg Cochrane sending crossing into the box. Gyasi Zardes and Robbie Keane had scoring chances but none of them were a clear chance. Galaxy’s first goal came in the 12th minute of the game. Galaxy was awarded a corner kick from the left side. Landon Donovan took the corner and centered it. It was cleared from the box but Cochrane was able to recover the ball. He passed it to Keane who took a quick step forward and passed it to Marcelo Sarvas. Sarvas passed it back to Keane who crossed the ball into the middle of the box where Sean Franklin was able to just tap the ball in and score the first goal of the match.
After the goal, Galaxy didn’t let up their aggressive play. Their aggressive play was rewarded again in the 24th minute. They were awarded a corner from the left side. Donovan passed it short to Michael Stephens. He passed it back to Donovan who swung a corner into the box. The ball bounced off the side of a jumping Omar Gonzalez and went straight to a waiting Keane who struck the ball with his right foot. The ball had a clear path towards goal and Keane scored the second goal of the game.

LA Galaxy never let up in the first half. They continued their aggressive play throughout the half always looking for a chance to score more goals. Given their resent struggles to hold leads late in the game and Seattle’s scoring power, LA knew that they couldn’t stop attacking. LA Galaxy scored their third goal of the game in the 32nd minute of the game and this time it came in the form of a penalty. Seattle dropped Zardes inside the box and the referee awarded Galaxy a penalty. Keane was giving the responsibility of taking the penalty shot. Before Keane, Donovan was the man to shot the penalties but after some resent struggles; Coach Bruce Arena decided to give Keane that job. Keane lined up and right before he shot, he hesitated, then shot low and to the left. Seattle Sounders goalkeeper, Michael Gspurning, guessed correctly and blocked the penalty shot. This seemed like the perfect play to get Seattle going but the referee awarded Galaxy a re-kick. Gspurning moved early and a Seattle player crossed the box before Keane shot the ball, and FIFA rules state that the referee must make the team retake the penalty. The second time around, Keane didn’t miss. He shot low and to the right and scored the third goal of the game.

Galaxy had complete control of the first half. They did whatever they wanted to. They were carving Seattle’s defense and creating opportunities left and right. In the 43rd minute of the game, Galaxy scored their fourth goal of the game. Zardes had the ball on the left flank and ran towards goal. As he crossed the box, he centered the ball to Juninho. He was about to shot but Seattle defender, Brad Evans, slide and dropped Juninho inside the box. The referee awarded Galaxy their second penalty of the half. Keane had the honors again, and scored. This time, he shot low and to the left. At the end of the half, LA Galaxy had a comfortable 4-0 lead over Seattle Sounders

Galaxy didn’t come out as aggressive in the second half. LA didn’t come out defending, but they weren’t playing aggressive. They were taking their time looking for openings in Seattles formation, probing left and then probing right. Donovan had a scoring opportunity but Gspurning blocked the shot. Later on in the half, Franklin almost scored his second goal of the match, but he headed the ball just above the cross bar.

In the 77th minute of the game, LA Galaxy made history. It is rare that a team can make history with a substitution, but LA Galaxy did that. They took out Juninho but more importantly, they substituted Robbie Rodgers in. Rodgers became the first openly gay player to play in a professional sport league. As he jogged into the field, the crowd stood up and cheered him on. He almost scored a goal, but his shot hit the post and dinged out.

Galaxy not only won the game 4-0, but played one of their best games of the year. They dominated Seattle throughout the game. They only allowed Seattle to shot twice and none of them were on goal. Galaxy shot 15 times and most of the shots were on goal. Coach Arena said that they finally got a result they deserved. Galaxy needed this win. Especially after losing three of their last four matches.

They travel east and face the Carolina Railhawks in their first U.S. Open Cup game. Last year, LA Galaxy lost to the Railhawks and were eliminated from the U.S Open Cup. They will face them Wednesday and then travel to face New England Revolution in Boston on Sunday.

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Chivas USA thoroughly gets outplayed, losing 4-1 to Real Salt Lake

May 20, 2013

Carson City, California- Home Depot Center, May 19, 2013, (Photos: Victor Posadas)

Chivas USA finally had a home match after two straight away matches. They wanted to take advantage of being on their home field because they had lost their last two matches. The game didn’t start the way they had planned it because they allowed Real Salt Lake to score an early goal. In the fourth minute of play, Real Salt Lake’s Javier Morales had the ball at the top of the box. He tried shooting towards goal but the ball hit the side of his leg. The ball rolled towards Ned Grabavoy. Bobby Burling tried reaching out his leg far enough to stop the ball but couldn’t and Grabavoy had a one v. one against Dan Kennedy. He ran straight at Kennedy and shot the ball low and to the left. Kennedy couldn’t do anything to block it and the goal gave Real Salt Lake a one-nil led.

It took Chivas USA 15 minutes to finally get things going after the goal. They had a corner kick in the 19th minute of the game. They ran a set piece in which the player taking the corner kick passed the ball to the outside of the box instead of crossing it towards the box. A Chivas USA player got the pass and kicked towards goal. The ball was hit a tad bit high and hit the crossbar. After that shot, both teams couldn’t really find any open space to try to create anything. The half ended 1-nil.

Sadly for Chivas USA, the second half did not start any better than the first. It actually started worse because they allowed a goal just three minutes into the second half. Martin Ponce tried kicking the ball away from danger but the ball hit Kyle Beckerman on the face. The ball deflected off his face and headed towards the direction of three players, two being from Chivas USA and one from Real Salt Lake. Joao Plata from Real Salt Lake outraced and beat both Chivas USA defenders to the ball. He ran towards goal, shot, and scored the second goal of the game.

This time Chivas USA responded with a goal of their own in the 55th minute. Gabriel Farfan received a pass from Eric Avila. Farfan then passed it to Edgar Mejia who was on the right flank. He faked the defender covering him. By doing this, Mejia opened up enough space to send a cross towards the far post where Jorge Villafaña headed it and scored Chivas USA’s first goal of the game. The score was 2-1 in favor of Real Salt Lake.

In the 78th minute Real Salt Lake scored their third goal of the game. This goal came off a corner kick. The player taking the corner kick passed it to a Real Salt Lake player who crossed the ball to where Robbie Findley was at. He shot the ball and scored giving Real Salt Lake a two goal advantage again.

Then Real Salt Lake added insult to injury scoring their fourth goal in the 90th minute of the game. Khari Stephenson passed the ball to Grabavoy. He recived the pass and ran towards Kennedy. Grabavoy shot the ball between Kennedy’s legs and scored the fourth goal for Real Salt Lake and his second goal of the match.

Chivas USA lost for the third straight game. In this three game losing streak they have allowed 11 goals while only scoring once. After the game, Chivas USA coach Chelis was asked how can the team fix all the problems that they have showed in this losing streak. He said, “We can’t fix this. This is all we have. The players are giving everything they have and I am very proud of what they have done.” He was then asked why Chivas USA looks completely different than they looked at the beginning of the season when they had success. He answered the question by saying, “The players that we had at the beginning of the season are not the same players we have now.”

Chivas USA will face Colorado Rapids in Colorado on May 25.

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America’s Cup remains on track while review under way

May 17, 2013

San Francisco, May 14, 2013 – America’s Cup organizers have confirmed that this summer’s events remain on track.

In parallel with completing the final arrangements for the America’s Cup, a highly experienced panel of sailing and safety at sea experts has been appointed and charged with reviewing the training and racing of AC72 yachts in the 2013 America’s Cup.

Members of the Committee – have strong backgrounds in the sport at its highest levels.

Iain Murray, the Regatta Director, will chair and lead the Review Committee comprised of:

• Iain Murray (AUS, Chair)
• Sally Lindsay Honey (USA, Deputy Chair)
• John Craig (USA)
• Chuck Hawley (USA)
• Vincent Lauriot-Prévost (FRA)
• Jim Farmer QC (NZL)

The U.S. Coast Guard supports this approach.

Tom Ehman, the Vice Commodore of the Golden Gate Yacht Club (the America’s Cup Trustee), said, “The America’s Cup will go ahead this summer. We will see the world’s best sailors racing at the highest level on one of the most iconic race tracks in sport.”

 

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Quotes From Today’s Lamont Peterson, Anthony Peterson & Undercard Fighters Washington, D.C. Media Workout

May 11, 2013

Fighters Preparing For Respective May 18 Bouts
At Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City

Doubleheader Headlined By Lamont Peterson vs. Lucas Matthysse
To Be Televised Live on SHOWTIME®

Caption for DCWorkoutGroupPic_Derek Barbanti/SHOWTIME Sports.jpg: (From Left to Right) Undefeated lightweight prospect Robert Easter Jr., IBF Junior Welterweight World Champion Lamont Peterson, Three-Time U.S. Olympian Rau’Shee Warren, Lightweight Contender Anthony Peterson and Undefeated 2012 U.S. Olympian Jamel Herring pose on May 9, 2013 in Washington, DC during a media workout in preparation for their May 18, 2013 fights at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey where Lamont Peterson will face Lucas Matthysse which will be televised live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING while Easter, Herring, Warren and Anthony Peterson will compete in non-televised action. NOTE – Photo Credit: Derek Barbanti/SHOWTIME Sports

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 9) – IBF Junior Welterweight World Champion Lamont Peterson held an open workout in Washington, D.C. in preparation for his May 18 fight against WBC Interim Super Lightweight World Champion Lucas Matthysse at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey which will be televised live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®. Lightweight contender and Lamont’s brother Anthony Peterson as well as Three-Time U.S. Olympian Rau’shee Warren and lightweight prospects Robert Easter and Jamel Herring joined Lamont at the Bald Eagle Recreation Center as they finalize preparations for their non-televised undercard bouts.

Here’s what the fighters and Lamont and Anthony’s trainer Barry Hunter had to say on Wendesday.

LAMONT PETERSON, IBF Junior Welterweight World Champion

“I’m not worried about Matthysse. I’ve known him for a while. He’s a strong guy. He’s going to bring it all night. Pretty much the way I like it to be and it’s going to be a great fight.

“Everyone keeps asking me about his [Matthysse] punching power. I know what I signed up for. I realize I’m going to get hit in the face, but I will be hitting him back. I’m not worried about taking a few punches. I’m prepared to go 12 rounds.

“I believe I’m at the top level, but at this point a win over Lucas [Matthysse] solidifies me as a top guy not only in the weight class, but a top 15 pound-for-pound guy in the game. It would lead to bigger fights. That’s where I want to land. If I were climbing a ladder, a win over Matthysse would be a big jump up to the top.

“I’ll feel my way through the fight in the first few rounds. We have game plans and will work through all of them, pick the best one and go from there.

“There is a lot of energy in the gym. The intensity is high. Everyday we train; everyone is encouraging each other inside and outside of the ring. We’re pushing each other and having fun at the same time. It’s always good to have fun while you’re working.

“I definitely wanted to get right back in the ring and capitalize on the performance I had in February. I’ve had a three-month layoff. I didn’t take too much contact in the Kendall Holt fight, so at I can’t wait to get out there and give a great performance.

“I think it will be a hard fought fight. We’re both going to be matching each other punch for punch. I’m not going to let him get an inch on me. I’m sure he is thinking the same thing.

“At the end of the day, I’m preparing for a hard fought 12 round fight. I’ll be there every step of the way. May the best man win, but I have more to my game and more strategies to work with.”

ANTHONY PETERSON, Lightweight Contender & Lamont’s Brother

“I’m preparing for a championship. That’s the ultimate goal.   I want to be one of the top 10 in my division.

“I never want to fight my brother. There is always competition between us, but brotherly competition.

“I’ve been fighting forever. A long layoff isn’t a problem for me. I’m in the gym everyday preparing for this.

“I haven’t fought in 17 months and I’m itching to get back in the ring, but I’m not going to rush it. I’m not going to go in there looking for the knockout. I’m going to go in there and take my time.

RAU’SHEE WARREN, Three-Time U.S. Olympian

“I’ve been thinking about training with these guys since I found out I was fighting on a card with Lamont. This is like family. We are all training with each other. We’re all pushing each other and we’re going to give the crowd a show from the beginning to the end.

“This is going to be a crazy show. I know I’ve got the best outfit for my ring walk, but everyone else here is telling me they have something in mind and that’s how we do it here. Friendly competition all day.

“This training camp has been looser and different. The talent here isn’t half stepping it. We’re pushing each other to the next level and I’m loving it. I can’t wait for fight night.”

ROBERT EASTER, Lightweight Prospect

“Training with Lamont is great motivation because he’s a real champion. It motivates me and makes me train harder so I can get to where he is.

“I’ve been focusing on a lot of cardio to build stamina and strength. I need to get stronger in my weight division.

“My coaches [Mike Stafford and Barry Hunter] have been helping me a lot with my strength.

“I think it is going to be a quick fight because I have been preparing really well for this one. It should be a good fight for me.”

JAMEL HERRING, Lightweight Prospect

“The last time I fought in Atlantic City, I opened the show so I’m getting used to it. I just want to get everyone hyped up and start the night off right.

“Working along side Barry Hunter and Lamont Peterson has been so intense, but we’ve had fun overall.

“This camp has been a chance for me to learn and get great advice. Barry’s a great trainer and Lamont is a world champion. I’ve gotten a lot of experience in this camp. It’s a great atmosphere.”

BARRY HUNTER, Lamont & Anthony Petersons’ Trainer

“Lamont is a fighter that can make all kinds of adjustments in the ring. There are a lot of fighters that can’t go toe to toe [like he can].

“Lamont is a little more versatile than other fighters that I have seen and definitely more versatile than other fighters Matthysse has faced in the past.

“This fight ends with us raising our hands and going on to the next one.

“We’re approaching this fight differently than fights in the past. If you look around in the gym, there are a lot of people that Lamont has been sparring with – junior middleweights, middleweights and even light heavyweights.

“This isn’t anything that we can’t handle.

“All of Lamont’s other fights leading up to this point have been very good fights, some of them even great fights, but I believe this is the fight that can totally take him over the top and put him in the lotto for a fight with someone like a Floyd Mayweather.

“Lamont has had to deal with pressure his whole life. This fight, as opposed to some of the things he’s gone through as a kid, won’t get to him or shake his confidence.”

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Peterson vs. Matthysse, a 12-round 141 pound catch-weight fight, will take place Saturday, May 18 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  The event is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, sponsored by Caesars Atlantic City, Corona and AT&T and will be televised live on SHOWTIME® at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast)  immediately following ALL ACCESS: MAYWEATHER vs. GUERRERO Epilogue.  In the co-main event, IBF Welterweight World Champion Devon Alexander defends his title against  IBF number four rated welterweight contender Lee Purdy.  SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® is available in Spanish on secondary audio programming (SAP).  Preliminary fights will air live on SHOWTIME EXTREME® at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

Tickets priced at $250, $125, $75, $50 and $25, plus applicable taxes and service charges, are available for purchase at the Boardwalk Hall box office, by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 736-1420 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

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HARD-HITTING SUPERSTAR TYRONE SPONG ENTERS GLORY 9 NEW YORK

May 8, 2013

 

HARD-HITTING SUPERSTAR TYRONE SPONG
ENTERS GLORY 9 NEW YORK
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT KICKBOXING TOURNAMENT
TICKETS ON SALE NOW
FOR HISTORIC, STAR-STUDDED EVENT AT
MANHATTAN’S HAMMERSTEIN BALLROOM
ON SATURDAY, JUNE 22

SINGAPORE (May 7, 2013) – Twenty-seven year-old martial arts fighting superstar Tyrone “King of the Ring” Spong (69-6-1 43 KOs) of Boca Raton, Fla. via Suriname will compete in the one-night, single-elimination GLORY 9 New York tournament featuring a lineup of the world’s top light heavyweight (209 pounds/95 kilograms) kickboxers, at Hammerstein Ballroom at Manhattan Center in New York City on Saturday, June 22, Glory Sports International (GSI) announced today.

“We are excited to enter Tyrone into this historic, first GLORY championship series event in the U.S. that will determine who is physically and mentally the top athlete in kickboxing’s light heavyweight division,” said Glory Sports International CEO Andrew Whitaker.

“Tyrone’s recent performances in the ring have distinguished him as one of the best and most powerful martial arts fighters in the world who can showcase our great sport at its highest level,” continued Whitaker, “so we look forward to seeing him compete against the other superstars who have been enlisted for action in the tournament.”

In his last GLORY start on March 23, Spong, a member of the vaunted Blackzilians fight squad that boasts the likes of fellow martial arts fighting greats Rashad Evans, Alistair Overeem and Vitor Belfort, triggered a changing of the guard in the ring at ExCel Arena in London, England, decimating Remy “The Flying Gentleman” Bonjasky, a three-time champion of the old K-1 series and one of kickboxing’s greatest athletes of all time, with a vicious right hook in the second round (2:02) of their highly-anticipated main event showdown.

The explosive KO marked Spong’s fifth consecutive kickboxing victory.  One fight prior, on June 30, 2012, Spong toppled another icon of the sport and future Hall of Famer, Peter Aerts, scoring a thunderous KO on Aerts in the third round (2:10) of their matchup in Brussels, Belgium.

Since turning professional as a middleweight in 2003 and winning 12 fights that year, Spong, a former protégé of retired heavyweight kickboxing legend Ernesto Hoost, has since climbed his way to the top in four different weight divisions.  He has faced and defeated a host of top-ranked rivals in addition to Bonjasky and Aerts, including Kaoklai Kaennorsing, Ray Sefo and Melvin Manhoef.

Tickets for GLORY 9 New York, priced from $48 (plus handling fees), are on sale at all Ticketmaster locations, online at Ticketmaster.com and charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000.

Also slated for battle in the star-studded, eight-man single-elimination tournament, are hard-hitting KO artist Brian Collette (19-1, 16 KOs) of Norfolk, Va.; developmental Road To GLORY USA light heavyweight tournament winner Dustin Jacoby (9-3, 7 KOs) of Arenzville, Illin.; four-time world champion Danyo Ilunga (51-4, 41 KOs) of Germany; Muay Thai sensation Filip Verlinden (40-9-1, 16 KOs) of Belgium; Aerts-protégé Mourad “The Silent Power” Bouzidi (75-20-2, 34 KOs) of Tunisia; world Muay Thai and Karate champion Steve McKinnon (42-5, 29 KOs) of Australia; and Michael Duut (38-3, 17 KOs) of The Netherlands.

The GLORY 9 New York light heavyweight tournament’s quarterfinal stage matchups will be announced soon.

In one of several Superfights also scheduled for the event, heavyweight superstar and former secret service agent Daniel “The Savage Samurai” Ghita (46-9, 35 KOs) of Romania will face Muay Thai champion Brice Guidon (28-8, 13 KOs) of France.

In other Superfight action, hard-hitting “Bazooka” Joseph Valtellini (8-1, 7 KOs) of Toronto, Ontario Canada will square off with fellow rising star Francois Ambang (9-2, 4 KOs) of Mechanicsville, Va. in a welterweight (170 pounds/77 kilograms) matchup.

Valtellini has earned six of his eight professional career victories in New York.   Ambang emerged the winner of the development, eight-man, developmental Road To GLORY USA tournament, created to identify new talent and potential future champions for GLORY’s championship series, at New York City’s Capitale on March 22.

Phil Nurse protégé Brett Hlavacek (8-1, 3 KOs) of New York, N.Y., the runner-up in the developmental Road To GLORY USA  tournament on March 22, will face three-time Muay Thai titlist Paul Marfort (10-5, 4 KOs) of Orlando, Fla. at welterweight.

Additional Superfights will be announced soon.

Doors at Hammerstein Ballroom will open at 5 p.m. EST and the first preliminary bout will begin at 6 p.m.

For more information, visit www.gloryworldseries.com.
About GLORY:
GLORY World Series (www.gloryworldseries.com) is the world’s premier kickboxing league, producing live events across the globe featuring one-night, 16-man ‘Grand Slam’ tournaments and 8-man ‘Slam’ tournaments, which are open to only the best fighters in each of six different weight classes. The fight series also includes events with traditional, single bouts.
With television deals spanning every continent, online live video streaming of all shows and the world’s largest online martial arts library, GLORY is one of the world’s most widely distributed sporting organizations.
Owned and operated by Glory Sports International (GSI), the organization has offices in the UK, Netherlands, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and the US. Its personnel include an unprecedented mix of accomplished entrepreneurs and senior level executives from the diverse worlds of finance, sports marketing, television and martial arts fighting.
In 2013, GLORY launched the Road To GLORY tournament fight series to identify and develop new kickboxing talent in the United States, Japan and elsewhere around the globe into future champions and superstars of the sport.

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