GOLDEN BOY POSPONE PELEA DE CANELO

Jul 17, 2019

LOS ÁNGELES, California 17 de julio de 2019. – 

Canelo Álvarez Golden Boy ha realizado la decisión estratégica de posponer su típica pelea de septiembre. La decisión se hizo para asegurar el mejor oponente y darle el suficiente esfuerzo al nivel de promoción requerido para un estrella del boxeo de su magnitud. Aunque normalmente el ídolo jalisciense pelea en mayo y septiembre, no es ajeno combatir más tarde en el año, pues Canelo tuvo acción en diciembre de 2018 en el Madison Square Garden. La próxima pelea de Canelo ahora se llevará a cabo a finales de 2019. “Como mexicano, es una gran responsabilidad y un honor representar a mi país en mayo y septiembre,” dijo Canelo Álvarez. “Esas son mis fechas. Sin embargo, como campeón del mundo en diferentes divisiones, también tengo la responsabilidad de brindar las peleas más emocionantes y competitivas posibles. Por eso Golden Boy y mi equipo decidimos posponer la fecha para hacer lo mejor para mis aficionados y con el mejor oponente posible”, finalizó. 

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CANELO ALVAREZ WINS PRESTIGIOUS 2019 ESPY AWARD FOR BEST BOXER

Jul 11, 2019

CANELO ALVAREZ WINS PRESTIGIOUS 2019 ESPY AWARD FOR BEST BOXER
THE FACE OF BOXING AND MIDDLEWEIGHT KING ADDS YET ANOTHER

Photo Credit: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden BoyCANELO ALVAREZ WINS PRESTIGIOUS 2019 ESPY AWARD FOR BEST BOXER


LOS ANGELES (July 10, 2019): Golden Boy is proud to share the exciting news that Canelo Alvarez, boxing’s biggest star and the veritable king of the middleweight division, has won the prestigious 2019 ESPY award for Best Boxer.
“I want to thank the ESPY Awards for having nominated me as best boxer of the year,” said Canelo Alvarez. “And more than anything I want to thank the fans for allowing me to win. I am very thankful. Thank you, and we will be working toward even more. God willing, we will be working towards more, and we will keep making the best fights, and I will keep being the best boxer. Thank you to everyone. Thank you to my fans. Thank you to all the people at the ESPYs. Your friend Canelo sends his salutations!”
This award is yet another achievement in what is becoming a historic career for the 28-year-old star from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Aside from capturing world titles in the super welterweight, middleweight and super middleweight divisions, Canelo is also recognized for having signed the most lucrative sports contract for an athlete in history by initiating a five-year partnership with DAZN, the global leader in sports streaming. 
Oscar De La Hoya, who himself earned ESPY awards for Best Boxer in 1999 and 2006, was delighted at the news and congratulated Canelo for his achievement.
“People all around the world are acknowledging what we have been saying for years: Canelo Alvarez is the best boxer in the world,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy. “Aside from being the king of the middleweight division, Canelo is also the biggest star in boxing. He embodies a perfect mix of strength, skill, courage and marketability that has made him into a breakout star. On behalf of everyone at Golden Boy, we thank the ESPY Awards. Congratulations, champ!”
About Golden BoyLos Angeles-based Golden Boy was established in 2002 by Oscar De La Hoya, the first Hispanic to own a national boxing promotional company. Golden Boy is a media and entertainment brand committed to making fighting entertainment more accessible and affordable. The company’s in-house production team develops creative original programming for ESPN, RingTV.com and international channels across the globe. The company holds the exclusive rights to top boxers and has promoted some of the biggest and highest grossing events in the history of the sport. Now, Golden Boy is one of the most successful boxing entertainment companies in the world and shapes the future of boxing for fighters and fans alike through its 2019 partnership with streaming platform, DAZN.


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REY VARGAS VS. TOMOKI KAMEDA LOS ANGELES MEDIA WORKOUT QUOTES

Jul 11, 2019

REY VARGAS VS. TOMOKI KAMEDA LOS ANGELES MEDIA WORKOUT QUOTES, PHOTOS AND VIDEOSSATURDAY, JULY 13 AT DIGNITY HEALTH SPORTS PARK AND STREAMED LIVE ON DAZN

(ABOVE, L-R: Rey Vargas and Tomoki Kameda shadowbox for the media ahead of their 12- round fight this Saturday at Dignity Health Sports Park and streamed live on DAZN)

Photo Credit: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden BoyVideo Credit: Golden Boy

 LOS ANGELES (July 10, 2019): WBC Super Bantamweight World Champion Rey Vargas (33-0, 22 KOs) and No 1. Contender Tomoki “El Mexicanito” Kameda (36-2, 20 KOs) hosted a media workout today at Westside Boxing Club in Los Angeles ahead of their 12-round battle. The event will take place on Saturday, July 13 at Dignity Health Sports Park and will be streamed live on DAZN Fighters from the undercard, including Diego De La Hoya (21-0, 10 KOs), Ronny Rios(30-3, 14 KO), Joet Gonzalez (22-0, 13 KOs), Rocky Hernandez (28-0, 25 KOs), Alexis Rocha (13-0, 8 KOs) and Jousce Gonzalez (8-0-1, 8 KOs), also participated in the workout. Below is what today’s participants had to say: REY VARGAS, WBC Super Bantamweight World Champion: “I’m happy with how camp went. Kameda is a good rival. We fought a long time ago but that doesn’t count. Right now, it’s a new story. I’m very calm and have been working hard. It’s going to be a different fight in terms of style and quality. We’ve both improved. I can promise you it’s going to be a good fight. Whatever kind of tune he dances to, I’ll dance to that as well. He’s a strong, quick fighter but he won’t be better than me. I won’t underestimate him, but you have to complete these things, not just say it. That’s why I train hard and I’m a world champion. The fights in Los Angeles are always good and are very special for me, I want to thank all my fans that have been supporting me. This Saturday will be a spectacular fight.”  TOMOKI KAMEDA, No. 1 Contender for the WBC Super Bantamweight Championship: “I feel prepared. I did great preparation in Osaka, Japan and I feel confident. Vargas and I were amateurs together, and I know his style. He’s very technical and a tall fighter but we have a good strategy and I’m going to show it in the ring. When we fought as amateurs, I had only fought 10 fights when he had 100 fights. I have more experience now and have fought around the country against different rivals including Mexican, Pilipino and Thai so I can say I have more experience than him. This fight will be a really good fight, we both have good styles. I have a Japanese Mexican style, and he has a Mexican style. Mexican fighters are warriors. I have a lot of Mexican and Japanese fans and I hope this Saturday, both fans can see the kind of boxing I bring. It’s going to be a good fight and I’m going to do everything possible to make sure it’s a great night.” DIEGO DE LA HOYA, NABF Super Bantamweight Champion: “I feel really proud to be a part of this bout. My rival, Rios, is a really good fighter so this is a good opportunity for me. I’m happy that my fans have followed me along my journey and I want to show them that I’m ready to take the title. I’m proud to return to the ring and give the type of fight where fans will say Diego De La Hoya has returned. I know it’s a hard fight and that’s why I took it, to show that I’m back. It’ll be a good fight, especially for the fans.” RONNY RIOS, Super Bantamweight Contender: “I’m more excited now than I’ve ever been before. I’m going to give it everything I’ve got. I want people to know that I’m not here for easy challenges. I’m 33 but I’ve fought a lot of fighters and I haven’t shied away from a fight. I’m here to be the best, to fight the best, and to keep fighting the best. I have one focus right now, which is July 13, and I plan on putting the pressure in the ring. I plan on focusing on my positive and not negatives. I’m prepared to do what I need to do and I’m ready physically and mentally. I had the best camp, my weight’s been good so I’m ready to go out there and show myself.” JOET GONZALEZ, Featherweight Champion: “I’ve been dedicated since day one. I’m ready for the weigh in and Saturday night, I’ll come out ready. There are some challenges in Avila, he’s a good boxer. I know what he brings to the table and I know his strengths and weaknesses. On Saturday, I plan to exploit his weaknesses. It’s going to be a great fight. It’ll be an exciting card because my brother is fighting on the same card. It’s going to be the second time we’re fighting on the same card and we’re excited. I get nervous for him and he gets nervous for me but we know we’re ready. We’ll show what all that training has done. I’ve waited long enough. I want the world title shot after this fight and I believe my team will make this happen.”   ROCKY HERNANDEZ, Super Featherweight Contender: “This is going to be a strong fight. My work will speak for itself. To all my fans, you won’t want to miss this Saturday and especially this fight. We’re going to come out and give it our all and show what we’ve learned. I’m very happy and grateful for this opportunity and I’m ready to show why I deserve to win. My family is my motivation and I’m going to be a world champion.” ALEXIS ROCHA, Welterweight Prospect:“Everything’s been going very well. I feel ready. I want to thank Golden Boy for putting me on this great card. Abreu is a good rival but I’m ready for Saturday. Outside of the ring I’m very friendly and shy but inside the ring, I’m aggressive. I have a good technique. My dream is to be a world champion and I want to get more titles. After my last fight I learned that I need to take my time and be patient. I’ve well trained and I’ve trained very hard. I’m fighting with my brother on the card so I’m excited. I hope you all tune into for my fight, it’s going to be a firework action show.” JOUSCE GONZALEZ, Lightweight Prospect: “I’ve had a long training camp and I’m excited for this fight. I had a long time off but I’m ready to go. During my time off, I learned that I should take my health into consideration and be smarter with the decisions I make. I had knee surgery and rushed back to it too soon, I let my pride get to me. I should be smarter as it pertains to my health and I want to give it my 100 percent and get more experience in the ring. I’m very excited to be fighting on the same card as my brother. It’s motivating to see him work hard, it makes me work harder. I learn from him and my dad the most. It’s really cool to see the support from the fans too.”  Vargas vs. Kameda is a 12-round fight for the WBC Super Bantamweight World Title presented by Golden Boy in association with Promociones del Pueblo and TGB Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” and Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle.” The event will take place Saturday, July 13 at Dignity Health Sports Park and will be streamed live on DAZN

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PUMA PRESENTA EL NUEVO JERSEY DE RAYADAS 2019 – 2020

Jul 11, 2019

Monterrey, Nuevo León 17 de julio, 2019. Las Rayadas de Monterrey, mejor conocidas como “La Pandilla”, han demostrado ser una fuerza imparable en el balompié mexicano como uno de los equipos más fuertes de la Liga Mx Femenil. Para este Apertura 2019, presentan su nuevo uniforme, que portarán con la pasión y el orgullo que las caracteriza.

PUMA y Rayadas de Monterrey idearon un kit que toma como inspiración la creatividad y el movimiento de su ciudad. El nuevo jersey de local cuenta con formas dinámicas que crean la silueta de la letra “M”dentro de las rayas azules, luce cuello redondo, cuatro rayas en el lienzo frontal, los ribs de la manga en color rosa y el escudo especial propio del equipo femenil, mientras que en la espalda muestra un bloque de color blanco y sign off en color rosa con el cerro de la silla como ícono de la ciudad.

Por su parte, el kit de visita está inspirado en un mix de ideas relacionadas al Club, con la finalidad de crear un jersey con identidad que, al momento de portarlo, contagie el espíritu combativo y las ganas de hacer historia de las Rayadas. La nueva indumentaria presenta rayas que van de menor a mayor tamaño, usando una técnica de marca de agua en tonos blancos, cuello redondo y vivos en color rosa y azul cielo. 

La colección de local estará disponible a partir del 22 de julio en tiendas Innovasport, Liverpool, Sears, Netshoes, Martí y Amazon y en la tienda oficial del Club con un precio de $1,599.00 y la colección de visita estará disponible el 28 de agosto en las mismas tiendas

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FIFA launches child safeguarding programme and toolkit – FIFA Guardians™

Jul 10, 2019
FIFA Guardians™ is a new major initiative to help member associations and confederations around the world introduce stronger child safeguarding measures in football.Click HERE to read more about FIFA Guardians™Millions of children around the world are involved in football, almost all of whom follow a favourite team. Many children play in organised matches or kick-abouts and some also take an early interest in coaching and refereeing.However they may be involved in the game, what these children all have in common is the right to enjoy football in a safe environment and a culture of respect and understanding.With this firmly in mind, today FIFA launched a new dedicated programme and toolkit – FIFA Guardians™ – designed to enhance child safeguarding standards within football.Developed by FIFA together with its Child Safeguarding Expert Working Group, this new initiative aims at providing practical guidance to support the 211 FIFA member associations (MAs) in reviewing their existing safeguarding measures, to help prevent any risk of harm to children in football, and to appropriately respond if concerns arise.Containing practical guidance and support materials, the new online toolkit is based on “five principles and five steps” that are underpinned by recognised international standards and best practice in child safeguarding across sports. The FIFA Guardians toolkit is also based on the premise that keeping children safe from harm is “Up to all of Us”, no matter the country we are from or the role we hold in football.The FIFA Guardians programme will be rolled out in the coming months through a series of training modules and workshops to promote global awareness and its implementation in all FIFA MAs and by working together with the confederations.In launching the new programme today, FIFA Secretary General, Fatma Samoura, said:“FIFA’s vision is to promote the game of football, protect its integrity and bring the game to all. In realising this vision, we aim to ensure that involvement in football, in any form, is a positive experience for all children.“Furthermore, as the world governing body of football, FIFA has a duty and responsibility to ensure that those who play football can do so in a safe, positive and enjoyable environment.“Today’s launch is a landmark step for FIFA and the world of football in general, and I am confident that the FIFA Guardians programme will help to mobilise action and guide our 211 member associations around the world in reviewing and implementing their own safeguarding measures to keep children safe in football. FIFA believes this to be every child’s right.”Joyce Cook, FIFA Chief Member Associations Officer, added:“Whilst some member associations have well-developed policies and procedures in place, it is clear that many others are just starting out on their safeguarding journey.“FIFA’s new child safeguarding toolkit builds on the confidential reporting structures and safeguarding frameworks FIFA already has in place, and provides clear and practical guidance for our member associations and their stakeholders.“We will be rolling out the FIFA Guardians programme over the coming months, starting with a series of workshops and training modules to help address the needs of our members, as well as assisting them in developing partnerships with expert agencies and statutory authorities on the ground.“We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the members of FIFA’s Child Safeguarding Expert Working Group, who are leading experts in this field, for their support and expertise in developing the new toolkit.“We are delighted that they have also agreed to advise us in the further development of the FIFA Guardians programme, so that we can ensure the continued delivery of the most current and best possible guidance, to address the needs of our members in safeguarding children across the game.”To read more about the FIFA Guardians™ programme and FIFA’s child safeguarding toolkit, please click HERE.
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FIFA eWorld Cup 2019 to return to London on 2 – 4 August

Jul 9, 2019
  • 32 of the world’s best EA SPORTS FIFA 19 players will compete to become the official World Champion and win the top prize of USD 250,000
  • FIFA eWorld Cup will be live-streamed on FIFA’s and EA’s digital platforms and provide fans with the chance to experience the broadcasted event on-site at The O2 on 4 August
  • Limited event tickets are now available on fifa.com/fewc

FIFA has announced today that the FIFA eWorld Cup™ will return to London later this year, confirming that this season’s pinnacle event will once again take place at The O2 from 2 to 4 August 2019.

Having already played host to last year’s final, which saw Mosaad Aldossary crowned world champion, 32 of the world’s best EA SPORTS FIFA 19 players will compete once more at The O2. They will battle it out to become the FIFA eWorld Cup champion and to win a life-changing USD 250,000 in prize money, along with a trip to The Best FIFA Football Awards™.

As a further indication of the growing interest in competitive FIFA, the total prize money for the FIFA eWorld Cup has also been increased compared to last year’s final, and a total of USD 500,000 will be distributed among the 32 competitors.

Building on the profile of competitive FIFA this season, the culmination of this year’s EA SPORTS FIFA 19 Global Series will offer fans an exciting three-day broadcast. Fans will also have the opportunity to experience the excitement and intensity of the broadcasted event at one of the world’s most iconic music and entertainment venues on August 04.

On-site guests will be able to meet well-known faces from the EA SPORTS FIFA scene such as Spencer Owen, Mike LaBelle and others, as well as watch the decisive matches of the FIFA eWorld Cup 2019 live in person.

Regular tickets will provide access for 4 August, including the two semi-finals as well as the final, while premium tickets will additionally offer exclusive access to the after-show party on 4 August and preferred seating. FIFA is proud to work with its worldwide partner Visa and to offer a discounted Visa pre-sale with reduced ticket prices, starting at £10 for regular tickets and £25 for the premium tickets.

Tickets are on sale now on fifa.com/fewc.

“After the incredible success of the tournament last year at The O2 in London, we are excited to once again host the FIFA eWorld Cup at such an iconic venue and to create a one-of-a-kind EA SPORTS FIFA event for the community,” said Christian Volk, Director of eFootball & Gaming at FIFA.

“With the increased prize money and a world title on the line, the tension will be higher than ever before and will create an incredible atmosphere. This season, we have seen a great appetite for content consumption of the EA SPORTS FIFA 19 Global Series and we are excited to give more fans the chance to witness the greatest competitive FIFA event to date either on-site or at home, as we crown the ultimate champion at The O2 after an exciting season.”

The top 32 players in the FIFA 19 Global Series Rankings will be determined after the FIFA 19 Global Series Playoffs, taking place from 5 – 7 July in Hamburg (Xbox) and from 12 – 14 July in Berlin (PlayStation).

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HE SÚPER CLÁSICO ARRIVES TO CHICAGOChivas de Guadalajara vs. Club América September 8th at Soldier Field

Jul 9, 2019


THE SÚPER CLÁSICO ARRIVES TO CHICAGO
Chivas de Guadalajara vs. Club América September 8th at Soldier Field 

CHICAGO, IL – July 8th, 2019 – PRIMETIME Sports, CD Chivas de Guadalajara, and Club América officially announced today that the internationally known Súper Clásico returns to the United States this September celebrating Mexico’s Independence month. This rivalry dates back to 1926 and was last played in Los Angeles in 2018 in front of over 60,000 fans. The latest edition of the Clásicowill be played at the legendary Soldier Field in Chicago on Sunday, September 8thand will be broadcast on Univision Deportes in the U.S. and on Televisa in Mexico.   El Súper Clásico involves the two biggest teams in Mexican soccer history and is considered one of the most prestigious sporting events in the Americas. Witnessing the rivalry match-up between Club América and CD Chivas Guadalajara is an unforgettable experience, giving fans in the United States the opportunity to attend an event like no other.  Various activities around the greater Chicago area will take place leading up to the game; including team legends, official mascots, trophies, celebrities, musical performances, food festival, as well as other celebrations that will be revealed as the game approaches.  Ticket pre-sale for Soldier Field patrons starts on Monday, July 15that 12:00 p.m. CST at Ticketmaster and for the general public on Friday, July 17that 12:00 p.m CST.  Tickets will be available at the stadium’s box office, Ticketmaster and select points of sale starting at only $40. For more information regarding this event please feel free to call 1-800-668-8080 or visit superclasicousa.com.

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Keith Thurman Reviews his Title Defense Fights prior to Manny Pacquaio

Jul 9, 2019

KEITH ‘ONE TIME’ THURMAN BREAKS DOWN HIS NINE CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHTS AND EIGHT TITLE DEFENSES IN ADVANCE OF SATURDAY, JULY 20 SHOWDOWN AGAINST MANNY PACQUIAO

Pacquiao vs. Thurman Headlines Premier Boxing Champions FOX Sports Pay-Per-View Event from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas

“You’re going to see a world class performance on July 20 that has me standing alone on top of the division.” – Thurman

ST. PETERSBURG, FL.(July 8, 2019) – Keith “One Time” Thurman’svictories have always been the center of conversation. Even with nine championship fights and eight title defenses already under his belt, his Saturday, July 20 fight against Manny Pacquaio could prove to be the most significant, as he steps onto boxing’s biggest stage looking to capture a momentous victory. 

Pacquiao vs. Thurman will pit the undefeated WBA Welterweight World Champion Thurman against boxing’s only eight-division world champion and Philippine Senator Manny “PacMan” Pacquiao in the main event of a Premier Boxing Champions on FOX Sports Pay-Per-View event from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The FOX pay-per-view begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and tickets for the event, which is promoted by MP Promotions, Mayweather Promotions and TGB Promotions, are on sale now and can be purchased online through AXS.com, charge by phone at 866-740-7711 or in person at any MGM Resorts International box office.

Coming off a majority decision over Josesito Lopez that ended a 22-month ring absence in January, Thurman (29-0, 22 KOs), 30, had won a close unanimous decision over former title holder “Showtime” Shawn Porter in June 2016 and a split-decision over two-division title winner Danny “Swift” Garcia in March 2017, adding Garcia’s WBC crown to his WBA version, before he vacated the WBC title due to injury. 

Thurman broke down all of his title performances in anticipation of the fight that could cement his place amongst boxing’s best of this era. 

KO 10 Diego Chaves, July 27, 2013, AT&T Center, San Antonio:The 24-year-old Thurman came off a near-shutout unanimous decision over former champion Jan Zaveck in March 2013 and faced an unbeaten Argentine interim WBA champion who was after his fifth consecutive stoppage win and had knocked out 18 of 22 opponents.

Thurman traded early power shots, controlled tempo with his athleticism and boxing ability and floored Chaves with a ninth round left hook to the liver before dropping him for the final time with a right hand in the 10thround. Chaves failed to beat the count as Thurman became a 147-pound titleholder.

“The Diego Chaves fight was the biggest fight of my career, elevating me to the WBA interim champion,” said Thurman. “I broke him down round by round and landed a beautiful body shot in the ninth round and after that it was a matter of time. That was a fight that earned me worldwide respect and was the start of everything for me.”

TKO 9 Jesus Soto Karass, December 14, 2013, Alamodome, San Antonio: Soto Karass’ previous victory was a 12th-round stoppage of two-time belt holder Andre Berto in a fight that saw him rise from an 11th-round knockdown. Hurt by a hard right in the first round, Thurman recovered, flooring Soto Karass with a left uppercut in the fifth and again from a powerful combination in the ninth as the referee ended matters.

“Soto Karass was coming off a victory over Andre Berto which made it an important measuring stick fight for me,” said Thurman, “He did open the fight by tagging me in the first round, but I dropped him in the fifth and again in the ninth and was able to finish him off for my first title defense.”

RTD 3 Julio Diaz, April 26, 2014, StubHub Center, Carson, Calif:In a one-sided beat-down, former champion Diaz took a knee from a left to the temple the second round and retired prior to the fourth from a body shot that caused rib damage. Diaz never fought again.

“That was a tremendous fight for me as the headliner in my first main event,” said Thurman. “Diaz was coming off of good showings against Shawn Porter, fighting Porter to a draw once, and Amir Khan, whom he dropped in their fight. I also had the opportunity to make a statement. I did that by stopping him in only three rounds.”

UD 12 Leonard Bundu, December 13, 2014, the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas:A previously unbeaten 40-year-old switch-hitting veteran, Bundu (31-1-2, 11 KO) was dropped by a first-round right hand in a shutout victory (120-107 three times) for Thurman who ended an eight-month ring absence and was recovering from an injured left shoulder.

“Bundu was a switch-hitting awkward fighter. I switched [to southpaw] on him in the first round and dropped him with a right hand,” said Thurman. “I out boxed him and really gave the world a taste of how good of a boxer I am. It was an easy blowout.”

UD 12 Robert Guerrero, March 7, 2015, MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas:Thurman entered this bout after having been elevated to the full champion before facing Guerrero (32-3-1, 18 KOs), a two-division title winner. He overcame a grotesque hematoma above his left eye from an accidental clash of heads, dropped “The Ghost” in the ninth-round, and lost a combined four rounds in PBC’s first ever main event. 

“Guerrero had fought Floyd Mayweather and I was happy to have a common opponent with Floyd, so that I could prove to the world that I deserved a shot at Mayweather,” said Thurman. “I had to overcome that adversity of having that hematoma by knocking him down in the ninth round. That fight really raised my stock to another level.”

WATCH FULL FIGHT HERE FROM PBC

RTD 7 Luis Collazo, July 11, 2015, USF Sundome, Tampa:Thurman overcame a crippling left hand to the liver in the fifth round to become only the man to stop Collazo, a former champion who had gone the distance in losses to Ricky Hatton, Shane Mosley, Andre Berto and Amir Khan. In a homecoming fight, Thurman opened a deep gash over Collazo’s right eye with his own left hook, eventually resulting in the southpaw’s retiring on his stool after the seventh round.

“I was able to survive that body shot to perform in the next round. The fight was taking its toll on him though. I was becoming more comfortable and accurate as I physically broke him down,” said Thurman. “The arena was electric, and the love was amazing. It was a great homecoming to defend my world title near where I grew up in Clearwater, Florida.”

WATCH FULL FIGHT HERE FROM PBC

 UD 12 Shawn Porter, June 25, 2016, Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York:Thurman overcame a bullish former champion in Porter (26-2-1, 16 KOs) before an electric crowd, winning a give-and-take, blood-and-guts brawl by scores of 115-113, on all three judges’ cards. Highlights were Thurman’s clean right hand-left hook combination that buckled Porter’s knees late in the third round, a 10th-round left hook that did the same, and an even more vicious head-swiveling hook in Round 11 of a Fight of The Year standout from 2016. 

 “Our fight was tough, back and forth, but by no means was Shawn Porter going to take my title,” said Thurman.  “I pushed myself over the final rounds to make sure I’d be victorious in what was one of the ‘Fight of The Year’ contenders that year. That fight proved to everyone that I can win any type of fight, against any type of fighter.”

WATCH FIGHT HIGHLIGHT HERE FROM PBC

SD 12 Danny Garcia, March 4, 2017, Barclays Center:  Thurman won a clash of 28-year-olds over the then unbeaten Garcia (33-0, 19 KOs), along with the WBC’s crown in just the 10th title unification in division history and only the third between a pair of unbeaten fighters. The crowd of 16,533 represented the highest attended boxing match at Barclays Center to date. Thurman’s movement disrupted the timing of Garcia, a Philadelphia-based fighter who was a unified champion at 140-pounds. 

“This was two undefeated welterweights going toe-to-toe in the prime of their careers. Danny Garcia’s a sharp puncher who won the WBC’s vacant title that Floyd Mayweather gave up for retirement,” said Thurman. “But after beating Shawn Porter, I knew Danny would be an easy fight. This was my first chance to beat an undefeated world champion, and I came out swinging on him in round one to make a statement that his world title was about to be mine.”

WATCH FULL FIGHT HERE FROM PBC

MD 12 Josesito Lopez, January 26, 2019, Barclays Center, Brooklyn:Thurman ended an injury-hampered 22-month ring absence against Lopez (36-8, 19 KOs), scoring a second-round knockdown with a left hook, being hurt by a right hand in the seventh, and using his mobility and athleticism down the stretch for the victory.

“I was really nervous about making weight after walking around at 182 for the past two years,” said Thurman. “But even though I got hit and hurt in the seventh round, I knew my boxing ability would get me through. It was a relief to make it through that fight feeling strong and healthy and I’ve taken those feelings right into this training camp.”

WATCH FULL FIGHT HERE FROM PBC

Manny Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs), July 20, 2019, the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas:The 40-year-old Pacquiao has earned back-to-back victories over former champions by seventh-round TKO over Lucas Matthysse (July 2018) and unanimous decision Adrien Broner (January).

“Does Manny belong in the ring with a fighter in his prime? Is Keith Thurman still Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman after some vulnerability against Josesito Lopez?” said Thurman, rhetorically speaking. “Of course, I’d like to get the knockout or TKO, but either way, you’re going to see a world class performance that has me standing alone on top of a division that has so many great fighters. I’m trying to be that great, devastating champion once again, and come July 20, I will prove that I am.”

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ABOUT PACQUIAO VS. THURMAN
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Pacquiao vs. Thurman will pit boxing’s only eight-division world champion and Philippine Senator Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao against undefeated WBA Welterweight World Champion Keith “One Time” Thurman in the main event of a Premier Boxing Champions on FOX Sports Pay-Per-View event Saturday, July 20 from the MGM Grand Gardden Arena in Las Vegas.

The pay-per-view begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and will also feature undefeated former world champion Omar “El Panterita” Figueroa Jr. taking on Yordenis Ugás in a WBC welterweight title eliminator, plus hard-hitting former world champion Sergey Lipinets goes toe-to-toe against rugged veteran John “The Gladiator” Molina, Jr. and undefeated power-puncher Luis “Pantera” Nery faces slick-boxing Juan Carlos Payano in a bantamweight bout.

Preceding the pay-per-view is FOX PBC Fight Night on FOX and FOX Deportes, which is headlined by undefeated IBF Super Middleweight World Champion Caleb “Sweethands” Plant making the first defense of his title against unbeaten contender Mike Lee. Televised coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT with rising unbeaten heavyweight sensation Efe Ajagba squaring off against undefeated 2016 Turkish Olympian Ali Eren Demirezen.

Tickets for the event, which is promoted by MP Promotions, Mayweather Promotions and TGB Promotions, are on sale now and can be purchased online through AXS.com, charge by phone at 866-740-7711 or in person at any MGM Resorts International box office.

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USA WINS 2019 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP WITH 2-0 TRIUMPH AGAINST THE NETHERLANDS

Jul 7, 2019


Second-Half Goals from Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle Lift USA to Victory; 
Rapinoe Wins Golden Ball as Tournament’s Best Player, Lavelle Receives Bronze Ball; 
Rapinoe Wins Golden Boot as Tournament’s Top Scorer, Alex Morgan Wins Silver Boot; 
The USA Finishes World Cup as the Highest Scoring Team in Tournament History;
Back-to-Back Championships Gives the USA Four Women’s World Cup Titles

LYON, France (July 7, 2019) – A sellout crowd of 57,900 fans that thundered “USA” chants throughout the game turned up at Stade de Lyon to witness the U.S. Women’s National Team claim its record fourth FIFA Women’s World Cup title with a 2-0 triumph over 2017 UEFA Women’s Euro champions the Netherlands.

Megan Rapinoe, who was awarded the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player and the Golden Boot as its top scorer with six goals and three assists in 428 minutes played, opened the scoring for the USA in the second half from the penalty spot. Rose Lavelle, who was awarded the Bronze Ball as the tournament’s third best player, scored the USA’s second goal of the Final as the USWNT wrote another amazing chapter in the women’s soccer history books as the highest scoring team in Women’s World Cup history with 26 goals scored. The victory makes the USA only the second nation to successfully defend a World Cup crown.

U.S. head coach Jill Ellis, who is now only four wins short of becoming the winningest coach in USWNT history, made two changes to the USA’s starting XI from the semifinal, returning Rapinoe to the forward line alongside Silver Boot winner Alex Morgan (six goals, three assists in 490 minutes played) and offensive dynamo Tobin Heath, and inserting Samantha Mewis into midfield alongside defensive stalwart Julie Ertz and the all-around brilliant Lavelle.

The U.S. was methodical in its approach to the game, attacking the flanks of the Dutch defense early and often in an effort to spread the field and create chances for its plethora of attacking talents. Despite dominating 60 percent of possession in the first half, the U.S. initially had some difficulty with a packed-in Netherlands squad that played a four back with three midfielders sitting deep as neither team recorded a shot on goal in the first 20 minutes.

As the half wore on, the USA found set pieces as a productive avenue for generating shots on goal, ultimately ending the half with four on target that forced Netherlands goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal to make as many saves in the opening half as she’d had to make in the entirety of any previous match in the tournament.

Veenendaal, who was awarded the Golden Glove as the tournament’s best ‘keeper, showed why she had been given that distinction beginning in the 27 th minute when she batted away a blistering volley from Ertz. In the 27th minute, she then blocked a point-blank header from Mewis with her body before recovering to claw a Morgan redirection back into her arms as it rolled toward the goal line moments later. Veenendaal brilliantly denied Morgan a second time in the 40th minute when the U.S. forward curled a left-footed drive toward the bottom right corner.

After being held without a touch in the USA penalty area for nearly the entire opening 45 minutes, the Dutch conjured a late flurry of offense but was unable to truly trouble Alyssa Naeher in the U.S. goal as the USWNT defense cleared away three Netherlands crosses into the box.

At halftime, veteran defender Ali Krieger entered the game for right back Kelley O’Hara who was withdrawn after suffering a knock in the final moments of the first half.

Krieger proved an assured deputy as the U.S. continued its dominance in the second half, finally finding the crucial breakthrough near the hour mark. A long ball over the Netherlands defense for Morgan resulted in Stefanie van der Gragt missing an attempt to clear the ball and instead kicking Morgan in the midsection with a high boot. French referee Stephanie Frappart consulted a replay after the Video Assistant Referee contacted her and duly awarded the U.S. a penalty kick.

After Veenendaal made the first move, Rapinoe sent the spot kick into the lower right side of the goal to give the USA the 1-0 lead and become the oldest player (34 years and two days) to score in a World Cup final, breaking Carli Lloyd’s record set in the 2015 edition of the tournament.

Eight minutes later Lavelle gave the USA much-deserved breathing room with a fantastic strike into the lower right corner after carrying the ball from midfield to the edge of the Netherlands penalty area.

The 2-0 score line in favor of the U.S. forced the Netherlands forward, which opened up the game with the USA almost scoring several more goals on the counter-attack as Heath, Morgan and Dunn all drew impressive stops from Veenendaal over the final 20 minutes.

Naeher and the U.S. defense did their part at the other end, limiting the Netherlands to four second half shots, only one of which was on goal.

The USA’s historic World Cup title triumph that was celebrated by thousands of fans across France and the United States who attended matches and tuned into games in record numbers throughout the tournament comes 33 years and a continent away from the U.S. Women’s National Team first ever program win, a 2-0 result against Canada in Blaine, Minnesota on July 7, 1986.

Goal Scoring Rundown: 
USA – Megan Rapinoe (penalty kick), 61st minute: 
Ali Krieger’s attempted cross was deflected by a Dutch defender and arced into the Netherlands penalty area. Alex Morgan was first to the ball before taking a high boot from Stefanie van der Gragt in the right side of the box. After consulting with the VAR booth, referee Stephanie Frappart award the penalty kick. Rapinoe stepped to the spot for the third time in the tournament and coolly waited for Veenendaal to make the first move before dispatching the spot kick into the right side of the goal. USA 1, NED 0 [WATCH]

USA – Rose Lavelle (Samantha Mewis), 69th minute: Samantha Mewis picked out Lavelle with a short, sideways pass near midfield. With acres of space in front of her, Lavelle drove straight up field toward goal. As she approached the box, Lavelle feinted to the right to move her defender and create space for a low, left-footed shot into the bottom right corner for her third goal in her first World Cup. USA 2, NED 0 [WATCH] FINAL

Additional Notes:

  • This is the third World Cup in which the USWNT has never trailed throughout the tournament, a feat also achieved in 1991 and 2015.
  • The U.S. is unbeaten in its last 17 Women’s World Cup matches (14W-3D), winning the last 12 in a row. They are the only team to win 12 consecutive WWC matches, besting Norway’s run from ’95 to ’99. Seven of the USA’s 12 wins have been by multiple-goal margins.
  • After the win vs. the Netherlands, the USWNT is now 40-4-6 all-time in World Cup play, outscoring opponents 138-38 in 50 games. The 40 wins, 50 games-played and 138 goals scored are all FIFA Women’s World Cup records.
  • Megan Rapinoe is only the second player to start three Women’s World Cup Finals (2011, 2015, 2019), after Germany’s Birgit Prinz (1995, 2003, 2007).
  • The victory was the 102nd of Jill Ellis’ career at the helm of the USWNT. Only the late Tony DiCicco (105) has more.
  • The USWNT has had nine different goal scorers at this tournament. Only the 2003 German team (10) and the 1999 American team (10) have had more at a single WWC.

– U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report –

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Netherlands
Date: July 7, 2019
Competition: 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup; Final
Venue: Stade de Lyon; Lyon, France
Kickoff: 11 a.m. ET (5 p.m. local)
Attendance: 57,900 (sellout)
Weather: 88 degrees, sunny

Scoring Summary: 1   2   F
USA                          0   2   2
NED                          0   0   0

USA – Megan Rapinoe (penalty kick)          61st minute
USA – Rose Lavelle (Samantha Mewis)      69

Lineups:
USA: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 5-Kelley O’Hara (11-Ali Krieger, 46), 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 19-Crystal Dunn; 16-Rose Lavelle, 8-Julie Ertz, 3-Samantha Mewis; 17-Tobin Heath (10-Carli Lloyd, 87), 15-Megan Rapinoe (capt.) (23-Christen Press, 79), 13-Alex Morgan
Substitutes not used: 18-Ashlyn Harris, 21-Adrianna Franch, 2-Mallory Pugh, 6-Morgan Brian, 9-Lindsey Horan, 12-Tierna Davidson, 14-Emily Sonnett, 18-Allie Long, 20-Allie Long, 22-Jessica McDonald
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

NED: 1-Sar Van Veendendaal (capt.); 2-Desiree Van Lunteren, 3-Stefanie Van Der Gragt, 20-Dominique Bloodworth, 6-Anouk Dekker (7-Victoria Pelova, 73); 14-Jackie Groenen, 8-Sherida Spitse, 10-Danielle Van De Donk; 21-Lineth Beerensteyn, 9-Vivianne Miedema, 11-Lieke Martens (19-Jill Roord, 71)
Substitutes not used: 4-Merel Van Dongen, 5-Kika Van Es, 13-Renate Jansen, 15-Inessa Kaagman, 16-Lize Kop, 17-Ellen Jansen, 18-Danique Kerkdijk, 22-Liza Van Der Most, 23-Loes Geurts
Head Coach: Sarina Wiegman

Stats Summary: USA / NED
Shots: 17 / 5
Shots on goal: 10 / 1
Saves: 1 / 8
Corner Kicks: 8 / 2
Fouls: 9 / 7
Offside: 3 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
NED – Sherida Spitse (caution)                 10th minute
USA – Abby Dahlkemper (caution)             41
NED – Stefanie Van Der Graft (caution)     60

Officials:
Referee: Stephanie Frappart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Manuela Nicolosi (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Michelle O’Neill (IRL)
Fourth Official: Claudia Umpierrez (URU)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Megan Rapinoe

– ussoccer.com 

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Daily Media Update for 7 July

Jul 7, 2019

And then there were two. #LaGrandeFinale promises to be a historic occasion with a number of intriguing, interweaving storylines. USA are back for their third consecutive final, with a number of players remaining from the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ squad. The 2015 title-winning coach Jill Ellis will no doubt be calling on the experience of four years ago to drive her fresh team forward.

Standing in the way of the ‘fourth star’ for the US are the Netherlands, who have reached their maiden Women’s World Cup final in only their second appearance at the global finals. Their meteoric rise has been fuelled by a golden generation, spearheaded by the attacking flair of Vivianne Miedema, Lieke Martens and Shanice van de Sanden.

Both sides’ outstanding attacking talents should make for a mouthwatering final, with the race for the adidas Golden Boot another interesting subplot. For the Stars and Stripes, Alex Morgan (6 goals) and Megan Rapinoe (5) are jostling for position at the top of the standings, while Miedema (3) is perhaps a bit too far back to catch the dynamic duo – or England’s Ellen White – atop the list of sharp shooters.

A record-extending fourth title for the US, or a maiden crown for the Dutch – who will be the history-makers on Sunday?

Stats of the Day
The USA and the Netherlands have met in eight previous encounters with six wins for USA, two for the Netherlands and no draws. The Dutch were victorious in the first two meetings in 1991 and 1996 but the Americans prevailed in the remaining six, most recently winning 3-1 in September 2016.

Current Oranje coach Sarina Wiegman played in four of those past duels between 1996 and 1999, collecting one win and three defeats.

This is the fifth Final in eight editions for USA, who are also the first side to contest three consecutive world title deciders. The Netherlands have reached the Final for the first time, in their second Women’s World Cup participation.

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