Comeback Victory for Chivas USA

Mar 10, 2013

Home Depot Center, Carson Calif. March 10, 2013

The whistle blew to begin the game and almost as if on cue, Chivas USA began the game with a mental lapse. They let an FC Dallas player escape through their ranks and he had a one on one opportunity against Dan Kennedy, Chivas USA’s starting goalkeeper. Luckily for Chivas USA, Kennedy came up with an important save. That save seemed to calm down Chivas USA because they began to take control of the game. They had an opportunity to score a goal on a set play. Edgar Mejía, midfield player from Chivas USA, crossed the ball to the far post where Juan Agudelo, Chivas USA forward, was waiting for the pass. Agudelo controlled the ball, turned, and fired towards goal but an FC Dallas defender got in the way of the ball and stopped the shot from going in.

As the first half went on, FC Dallas continued to pressure the Chivas USA back line but the defense for Chivas USA would not break. At the 37th minute, Chivas USA had a great scoring opportunity. Tristan Bowen gave Laurent Courtois a long pass. The defensive player for Dallas misread the pass and let Courtois pass him. Courtois shot the ball low and the ball bounced in front of the FC Dallas goalkeeper but he was still able to save the shot.

The second half started a lot better for Chivas USA. They shook off their sluggish first half performance and seemed to be taking control of the game. They stated off with an excellent scoring opportunity by Miller Bolaños. He shot a low crossing shot to the far post but the FC Dallas goalkeeper was able to get a foot on it and made the ball miss its target. As the half continued Chivas kept pressuring FC Dallas’ defense but they lacked the finishing touch to be able to get their goal.

In the 57th minute of the game FC Dallas player David Ferreira scored after receiving a long pass from Fabian Castillo. Ferreira went by two Chivas USA defenders and shot the ball between Kennedy’s legs to score the first goal of the game.

The goal didn’t seem to affect Chivas USA who kept the pressure on FC Dallas. The pressure finally paid off in the 68th minute of play. Chivas USA stole the ball at midfield, Walter Vilchez saw a crossing Agudelo and passed the ball. Agudelo controlled the ball and faked a shot, cut the opposite way he was heading and switched the ball to his other foot causeing both the defender and goalkeeper to be out of position. Agudelo shot and scored drawing Chivas USA even with FC Dallas.

In the 76th minute of the match, Chivas USA had a goal kick. FC Dallas controlled the ball and headed the goal kick back towards their box. George John received the pass but couldn’t control it. Oswaldo Minda from Chivas USA stole the ball from a John, shot towards goal and scored. This gave Chivas USA a 2-1 lead.

To finish off the game, Chivas USA scored another goal in stoppage time. FC Dallas had a corner kick but Chivas USA defended it perfectly and they were able to go on a counter attack. Eric Avila started it with a long run down the middle of the field. As he got close to the box, the passed the ball to Edgar Mejía who passed it to Giovani Casillas. He received the ball and shot towards goal. The goal keeper slid forward but was unable to stop the ball. The ball rolled across the goal line and Chivas USA scored their third goal of the match. That ended up being the final score, Chivas USA 3- FC Dallas 1.

Chivas USA never let up. Even though they had the lead, they never stopped attacking or looking for scoring opportunities. That is what their new head coach, José Luis Sánchez Solà, is trying to implement in Chivas USA. His philosophy: always attack, never put your head down, never give up was easily seen in today’s game. After going down by 1 at home, Chivas USA did not give up. They didn’t put their heads down. What they did was continue to attack and they never let up. The result can speak for itself. Chivas Usa won.

Coach Chelis said after the match, “We cannot put our heads down. If I hate something, it is that my team put their head down and give up. I’m proud of how they never gave up even after being down by one at home again.” He is also trying to teach his team to enjoy what is happening now and worry about the future when it arrives. In his words, “We must celebrate here and now. What’s coming up will eventually be here but we must celebrate what we did today.”

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Mar 2, 2013



Ledyard, CT (2/28/13) – Earlier tonight IBF Featherweight Champion Billy “The Kid” Dib (35-1-1NC, 21KO’s) and undefeated Russian Challenger Evgeny Gradovich (15-0, 8KO’s) both made weight for their championship bout tomorrow night at MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods.  Both Dib and Gradovich looked to be in tremendous shape, with each fighter tipping the scales at 125 lbs.

The event tomorrow is promoted by 50 Cent’s SMS Promotions and DiBella Entertainment and sponsored by SMS Audio.  The championship bout will be televised live tomorrow night on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights.  Below are the complete weights for the entire card.

IBF Featherweight Championship (12)

Billy Dib (35-1-0-1NC, 21 KOs), Champion, Sydney, Australia 125 LBS.

Evgeny Gradovich (15-0, 8 KOs), Challenger, Igrim, Russia   125 LBS.


NABF Super Welterweight Championship (10)

Willie Nelson (19-1-1, 11 KOs), Champion, Cleveland, OH   152 LBS.

Michael Medina (26-3-2, 19 KOs), Challenger, Los Angeles, CA   154 LBS.


Junior Lightweights (8)

Ryan Kielczweski (15-0, 3 KOs), Quincy, MA   127 LBS.

Gil Garcia (5-3-1, 1 KO), Houston, TX   129 LBS.


Super Bantamweights (8)

Luis Rosa Jr. (12-0, 6 KOs), New Haven, CT   124 LBS.

Jhovany Collado (4-6-2, 1 KO), Jamaica, NY   123 LBS.


Junior Welterweights (4)

Luis Oliveras (pro debut), Glendale, AZ   140 LBS.

Rafael Munoz (1-1), Houston, TX   140 LBS.


Female Junior Featherweights (6)

Shelly Vincent (7-0), Providence, RI   124 LBS.

Mikayla Nevel (0-3), Columbus, OH   122 LBS.


Welterweights (4)

Jimmy Williams (1-0, 1 KO), New Haven, CT   146 LBS.

Raynard Younger (0-1), Alpharetta, GA   147 LBS.


The 12-round main event on ESPN Friday Night Fights features International Boxing Federation (IBF) Featherweight Champion Billy “The Kid” Dib (35-1-0-1NC, 21 KOs), who is promoted by 50 Cent, defending against undefeated Russian challenger Evgeny Gradovich. NABF Super Welterweight Champion Willie “The Great” Nelson defends his title against Michael “Medina in the 10-round co-feature.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. ET with the first bout scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. ET. The ESPN Friday Night Fights card will air live at 9 p.m. ET. The Nelson-Medina bout is promoted in association with Rumble Time Promotions. The event is sponsored by SMS Audio.


***50 Cent will be performing live on fight night***


Tickets priced at $200, $100, $75 and $40 may be purchased online at, by calling the Foxwoods’ box office at 800-200-2882, or in person at the Foxwoods’ box office.



L-R: Michael Medina,Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Steve Smith (Rumble Time) and Willie Nelson





***50 Cent will be performing live on fight night***


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Medina going to Woods to take NABF Belt back from Nelson

Feb 28, 2013


March 1 ESPN Friday Night Fights co-feature at MGM Grand at Foxwoods

Michael “El Magnifico” Medina


(photo by Chris Farina)

NEW YORK (February 27, 2013) – Former North American Boxing Federation (NABF) super welterweight champion Michael “El Magnifico” Medina (26-3-2, 19 KOs) challenges present NABF titleholder Willie “The Great” Nelson (19-1-1, 11 KOs) tomorrow in the 10-round co-feature on ESPN Friday Night Fights, airing live from the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.

 “I wasn’t active,” Medina explained, regarding why he was stripped by the NABF. “Now, I’m getting my belt back. I feel that it’s really still my belt. He’s the NABF champion but he didn’t take my belt from me. I’m looking forward to this fight. He’s a strong, young fighter and it’ll be awesome to add his name to my resume. A win will take me from this level to a higher one with bigger fights. I’m confident that, after this fight, I’ll be getting more fights on television networks.”

The ESPN Friday Night Fights card, co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and 50 Cent’s SMS Promotions, will air live at 9 p.m. ET. The Nelson-Medina bout is promoted in association with Rumble Time Promotions. The event is sponsored by SMS Audio.

The 12-round main event on ESPN Friday Night Fights features International Boxing Federation (IBF) Featherweight Champion Billy “The Kid” Dib (35-1-0-1NC, 21 KOs), who is promoted by 50 Cent, defending his title against undefeated Russian challenger Evgeny Gradovich (15-0, 8 KOs), who is rated No. 11 by the IBF.

WBC No. 17-ranked Medina captured the NABF belt on December 22, 2011, winning a 10-round decision over veteran Grady Brewer. However, Medina was later stripped of his belt because he failed to defend his title due to him being unable to land fights, not because he turned down opponents.

“He didn’t have a promoter and Mike just got caught in the middle of things,” his manager Steve Feder noted. “I wasn’t with him until his last fight which, ironically, was on the same card (Sergio Martinez vs. Julio Caesar Chavez Jr. PPV, September 15, 2012, in Las Vegas) that Willie Nelson last fought. So, Mike will be fighting for the same belt that he didn’t lose in the ring. He signed with Lou (DiBella) and now he’s in a fight to get his belt back. He’s always wanted to be in these kinds of fights. This is a good fight for both guys.

“Mike’s a good boxer who adapts well depending on who he’s fighting. He gets a lot of different looks sparring at Wild Card Gym. Eric Brown (Medina’s trainer) has done a good job with him. Mike likes to mix it up. He’s hoping that the two of them stand there and go at it. He’s not looking to box and move, which should make for a lot of action.”

Nelson won the vacant 154-pound title stripped from Medina by way of a 10-round decision in his aforementioned title fight against World Boxing Council (WBC) Youth champion and Virgin Islands Olympian, John “Dah Rock” Jackson (13-1, 12 KOs).

Standing 6’4″ with an imposing 84-inch reach, WBC No. 5-rated Nelson (19-1-1, 11 KOs) is a freakishly built super welterweight, against whom Medina will be giving away three-and-a-half inches in height, as well as a nine-inch reach advantage.

“It’s unusual,” Medina spoke about fighting such a tall opponent. “I haven’t fought guys that tall but I have been sparring with taller guys, middleweights and super middleweights, and I’ve also been working with good technical boxers like (Nobuhiro) Ishida. He’s a good teacher and I’m comfortable that I’ll benefit from that.

“He’s (Nelson) tall but I’ve watched some tapes of his fights and he likes to fight on the inside. If he does, that will help me because I’m aggressive. His height and reach can only be a factor if he jabs and moves, but we’ve been working on different strategies for whatever way he fights.”

Tickets priced at $200, $100, $75 and $40 may be purchased online at, by calling the Foxwoods’ box office at 800-200-2882, or in person at the Foxwoods’ box office.


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Final Presser Quotes Dib & Gradovich Fireworks 50 Cent in Live Performance

Feb 28, 2013




ESPN Friday Night Fights at MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino

(L-R) Billy Dib, 50 Cent, Lou DiBella and Evgeny Gradovich

(Presser Gallery Below – All pictures by Edward Diller)

NEW YORK (February 27, 2013) – Co-promoters Lou DiBella, of DiBella Entertainment, and 50 Cent, of SMS Promotions, hosted the final press conference today at the Strand Hotel in New York City for this week’s (Mar. 1) ESPN Friday Night Fights at the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.

 In the 12-round main event, SMS Promotions’ IBF Featherweight Champion Billy “The Kid” Dib (35-1-0-1NC, 21KO’s) puts his world title on the line against Russia’s undefeated IBF #11 rated Evgeny Gradovich (15-0, 8KO’s). In the televised co-feature, former amateur standout and now top-ten rated junior middleweight contender Willie Nelson (19-1-1, 11KO’s) squares off against Michael Medina (26-3-2, 19KO’s) in a 10-round showdown for Nelson’s NABF super welterweight title. The Nelson-Medina bout is promoted in association with Rumble Time Promotions. The event is sponsored by SMS Audio. Both bouts will air on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET.

50 Cent will perform live on fight night.

Tickets priced at $200, $100, $75 and $40 may be purchased online at, by calling the Foxwoods’ box office at 800-200-2882, or in person at the Foxwoods’ box office.



 LOU DIBELLA: “First and foremost, I want to thank everyone here for coming out and also everyone that is involved in this event, particularly 50 cent, Foxwoods and our great sponsor, SMS Audio.

“We have an outstanding event coming up this Friday and I think it is important for everyone to know that we are not doing this event to make a ton of money.  We are doing this to give the public an opportunity to see a great event and also to give this great champion, Billy Dib, the exposure that he truly deserves here in the US.

“We have a terrific card from top to bottom, including a dynamite co-feature with NABF Junior Middleweight Champion Willie Nelson defending his title against Michael Medina. It is a co-feature that easily could have been a main event on its own, in fact, it was originally, but then we had this great opportunity to put Billy Dib in the main event, defending his world championship live on ESPN and we just couldn’t pass that up.  I want to thank Doug Loughrey from ESPN for giving us this opportunity and for working so hard on making this a reality.

“There are an awful lot of haters when you start a new business, especially in the boxing world. No one has laid out a red carpet for Curtis “50 Cent’ Jackson. Everything that he has achieved thus far he has worked to get.  I am totally impressed by working with him to see his intellect and how hard he actually works.  I only see great things for him in this sport moving forward and just wanted to say it really is an absolute pleasure to work with you and your company.”

CURTIS “50 CENT” JACKSON: “I am excited about Friday night. This has been a great partnership I have formed with Lou (DiBella) and it has just been an amazing process for me.  This is the first boxing event that I have been involved with for the entire process, from beginning to end, and it really is going to be a special night for me on Friday night.

“To actually be in Billy’s camp and to see the sacrifices that he makes day in and day out is really something special.  It makes you realize really what these fighters go through. It gives you a whole new appreciation for them and for this great sport.

“The level of the actual talent involved in this promotion is exciting for me and excites me for what the future has to hold for me in this sport. I believe by combining the right elements we can bring back that younger demographic to this sport, and that is something we are going to be working on constantly.”

BILLY “THE KID” DIB: “I want to thank everyone who was involved with this promotion. March 1st is going to be a great event. The whole team has worked very hard. This is my second coming. I am coming back here to America to showcase my ability. I am a completely different animal right now and you will see that Friday night.  I know Gradovich is going to fight out of his skin, being this is his first world championship opportunity, so I can promise you that this is going to make for fireworks in this fight. We respect Gradovich; we know that he is ready, and these are the type of fights we want.”


“Thank you for this opportunity, I am very excited. I know that this is going to be a great fight. We trained very hard for this fight, and I know it is going to be a very good fight for everyone involved, especially the fans in attendance and those watching at home on ESPN.”




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Lawsuit claims USC doctors used drug that ‘Keeps injured players on the field’

Feb 22, 2013

LOS ANGELES — A former USC defensive end can move forward with most of the allegations in his lawsuit against the school that claims  team doctors gave him painkillers that caused a heart attack and damaged his future potential as an NFL player, a judge ruled today.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos said there were enough details in Armond Armstead’s complaint to support for now his allegations of fraud and negligence.

She also said his lawyers can file within 20 days an amended complaint clarifying how USC purportedly interfered with Armstead’s economic prospects as a professional player, his emotional stress claim and how team physician Dr. James Tibone allegedly battered him.

Palazuelos dismissed the suit’s products liability allegations.

Armstead filed his suit last Aug. 30. It alleges that Tibone and other USC doctors irresponsibly treated Armstead while he played for the Trojans, requiring him to take the painkilling drug Toradol several times without informing him of the possible side effects.   Armstead’s lawyers maintain Tibone battered Armstead by giving him Toradol “without limitation” and “without his informed consent.”

The suit — which also names Tibone and University Park Health Center — alleges that USC knew Armstead suffered a heart attack and purposely withheld that he had received Toradol from his doctors. Attorney Robert Bale, on behalf of Armstead, told Palazuelos that USC officials knew Toradol was inherently dangerous to administer to Armstead.

“It’s really not a lot different from steroids,” Bale said. “It made him feel like Superman, that he was invincible.”

According to Bale, Toradol is not used for medical reasons, but instead to keep injured players playing instead of recuperating.

“It keeps injured players on the field to benefit USC financially,” he said.  Armstead was given an ultimatum regarding the drug, Bale said.

“If you don’t get this shot, you don’t play, and if you don’t play, you don’t get scouted, and if you’re not scouted, you don’t play in the NFL,” Bale said.

Armstead had wanted since childhood to play in the NFL, Bale said.

“This was his goal, his dream, his desire,” Bale said.

But USC attorney Louis Pappas disputed Bale’s characterization of Toradol.

“Toradol is a safe drug,” he said.

Armstead, 22, played three seasons for USC from 2008-10, starting 17 games and recording 59 tackles. He was not medically cleared to play for the Trojans in 2011 because of a training incident.   Armstead was not taken in the draft, but played last season with the Grey Cup-winning Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. The Argonauts released him in January and that same month he signed with the New England Patriots. He is listed on the team roster as a defensive tackle.

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Feb 19, 2013











SINGAPORE (Feb. 19, 2013) – Glory Sports International (GSI), the parent company of the world’s new premiere kickboxing league, announced today that it will bring it’s ROAD TO GLORY USA development fight series designed to identify America’s next great kickboxing superstars, to Capitale in New York, N.Y., on Friday, March 22.

The winner of the eight-man, single-elimination welterweight (170 pounds/77 kilograms) tournament featuring a host of prolific, up-and-coming competitors, will be awarded a $20,000 grand prize and a multi-year contract with GLORY, home of the world’s elite kickboxing champions and superstars.

Tickets for the event are priced from $40 and can be purchased by phone at 516-458-4989.  The tournament is being held as part of a kickboxing fight card being promoted by former world champion Louis Neglia.

“We are thrilled to bring our all-new ROAD TO GLORY development tournament series to fight fans in New York City, one of the world’s greatest sports and entertainment epicenters,” said GLORY CEO Andrew Whitaker.

“With the two ROAD TO GLORY tournaments we’ve held in the U.S. thus far,” continued Whitaker, “we’ve been able to discover tremendously bright and promising young kickboxers who could be developed to one day compete on GLORY’s championship stage, which is exactly what ROAD TO GLORY was created for.  We are confident that we will continue to unearth all kinds of new talent across the country, beginning with the upcoming event in New York.”

Undefeated rising stars Ryan Parker (14-0, 3 KOs) of Rochester, N.Y. and Brett Hlavacek (6-0, 2 KOs) of New York will be joined in the tournament draw by KO artists Anthony Nieves (10-4, 8 KOs) of Atlanta, Ga. and Jeremy Carper (5-1, 5 KOs) of Martinsburg, W. Va., battle-tested star Tarek Rached (24-3, 11 KOs) of New York, road warrior Marcus Fisher (16-9, 3 KOs) of Pittsburg, Pa. and promising upstarts Eric Utsch (5-1, 1 KO) of Breinigsville, Pa. and Francois Ambang (6-2, 2 KOs) of Mechanicsville, Va.

Tae Kwon Do black belt and Muay Thai champion Cyrus Washington (52-21-1, 48 KOs) of Macallen, Texas will square off with Chris Clodfelter (7-3-1, 3 KOs) of King, N.C. in a tournament “reserve” bout on the card.  Should any of the tournament’s quarterfinal round fight winners be unable to return to the ring for semifinal round action due to injury sustained en route to victory, the winner of the matchup between Washington and Clodfelter will take the injured fighter’s place in the tournament.

A draw to determine the ROAD TO GLORY USA welterweight tournament’s quarterfinal round matchups will take place on a date and at a location to be announced soon.

Doors at Capitale will open for the event at 7 p.m. EST and the first preliminary bout begins at 8 p.m.

 For more information, visit

 About GLORY:

GLORY World Series ( is the world’s new premier kickboxing league, producing live events across the globe and offering up to $2 million in prize money to the winners of one-night, 16-man ‘Grand Slam’ tournaments, which are open to only the best fighters in each of six different weight classes. The fight series also includes 8-man ‘Slam’ tournaments and 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, Holland, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and soon in the USA. 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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Feb 16, 2013





TOTOWA, NJ ( 02-16-2013). Ring  Pride of Huntington, New York”, undefeated junior welterweight prospect Chris Algieri, 15-0-0 (7KO’s) will face the biggest fight of his career, challenging Jersey City, New Jersey’s Jose “Mangu” Peralta, 10-1-0 (6KO’s) in the televised co-main event of the acclaimed and nationally televised NBC Sports Network, FIGHT NIGHTcard on Saturday, FEBRUARY 23, LIVE from The Paramount in Huntington. The telecast will begin at 10:30PM ET.

Kathy Duva, CEO of Main Events and Joe DeGuardia, President of Star Boxing are very enthusiastic about the opportunity to showcase the Algieri/Peralta battle along with the sensational, sold out crowds that have become common on Long Island’s premier boxing venue.

“We’re very excited to bring NBC Sports Network to the boxing hotbed of Long Island, New York and The Paramount in Huntington where we’ve sold out five straight shows and have a received a tremendous amount of fan and media support,” said Joe DeGuardia.

DeGuardia spoke of the welterweight match up, “Chris Algieri is a very talented junior welterweight that has improved with each outing and Star Boxing is very proud that sports fans across the country will be able to see him fight against Jose Peralta, a very tough prospect from nearby Jersey City, New Jersey-it’s like a throwback to the old cross-town fights. ”

Born and raised in Huntington, New York, Algieri is looking forward to his nationally televised debut against Peralta.

“This is the national exposure I’ve wanted for my career. It’s a great opportunity to be in the spotlight. I’ve see video of Jose Peralta and I know guys he’s trained with. We’re two hungry guys and it’s a perfect fight for both of us.”

About fighting at The Paramount, Algieri stated, “Although I’ve headlined four times at The Paramount in my hometown of Huntington, I don’t see it as an advantage. When the bell rings its just us in the ring and I need to stick to my game plan. That said, the fan support I’ve always received has been terrific and is greatly appreciated.”


Kathy Duva spoke of Peralta’s opportunity, “It is refreshing for a fighter like Peralta to gain national exposure on NBC Sports Network Fight Night. Peralta was given the opportunity to step up and gladly accepted it. Fighting an undefeated competitor like Algieri in his hometown will add a level of excitement that our Fight Night fans have come to expect.”


Peralta is thrilled about fighting on NBC Sports Network, “Fighting on NBC Sports Network is a great way for me to showcase my skills. I am grateful to Main Events for giving me this opportunity. I will not let my fans down.”

Peralta expressed his thoughts about fighting in his opponent’s backyard, “I have no reservations about fighting in Algieri’s hometown. I will be totally prepared for him no matter where we fight. I intend to give it my all and hope to make some new fans in Huntington myself!”


The sport of boxing is alive and well and doing great as the success of the NBC Sports Network FIGHT NIGHT has illustrated.


The February 23rd card is promoted by Main Events, Star Boxing and Goossen Tutor.

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