UFC Returns to Philadelphia March 30

Feb 5, 2019

UFC® RETURNS TO PHILADELPHIA MARCH 30 WITH

FIGHT OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE BETWEEN

(#6) EDSON BARBOZA AND (#7) JUSTIN GAETHJE

FEATURED BOUT:

(#6) KAROLINA KOWALKIEWICZ vs. (#8) MICHELLE WATERSON

 

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Las Vegas – UFC® will return to Philadelphia with a bout guaranteed to deliver fireworks, as No. 6 ranked lightweight contender Edson Barboza takes on No. 7 Justin Gaethje. In a pivotal strawweight bout, No. 6 ranked contender Karolina Kowalkiewicz faces No. 8 Michelle WatersonUFC FIGHT NIGHT® ON ESPN: BARBOZA vs. GAETHJE takes place at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday, March 30 with ESPN airing the Main Event and Prelims live at 5 p.m. ET and ESPN+ kicking off the event with a live stream of the Early Prelims at 3:30 p.m. ET.  ESPN Deportes will air the Prelims live at 5 p.m. ET and stream the Main Event in Spanish at 7 p.m. ET on the ESPN App.  All UFC live events on ESPN+ will also be available in English and Spanish.

A devastating Muay Thai specialist, Barboza (20-6, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) has delivered some of the most spectacular knockouts in UFC history. During his run, he has earned thrilling wins against Beneil Dariush, Gilbert Melendez, Anthony Pettis and Paul Felder. He now looks to continue building on the momentum of his recent victory over Dan Hooker with another show-stealing performance against one of the division’s most aggressive finishers.

Known as the “The Highlight,” Gaethje (19-2. Fighting out of Arvada, Colo.) has proven to be must-watch television since joining the UFC in 2017. He has earned five performance bonuses in only four appearances, including legendary wars with Dustin Poirier and Eddie Alvarez, as well as incredible knockouts against James Vick and Michael Johnson. Gaethje is now poised to once again steal the show against one of the most dangerous strikers on the UFC roster.

A former title challenger, Kowalkiewicz (13-3, fighting out of Lodz, Poland) aims to reassert herself as one of the top competitors in the strawweight division. During her UFC run, she has netted impressive victories over current champion Rose Namajunas, Felice Herrig, Randa Markos and Heather Jo Clark. Kowalkiewicz now hopes to make a statement against a tough and surging veteran contender.

Currently riding a two-fight win streak, Waterson (16-6, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.) looks to continue her ascent up through the rankings. A former Invicta champion, she has secured thrilling victories against Paige VanZant, Felice Herrig, Cortney Casey and Jessica Penne. She is now gunning to establish herself as a title threat in the talent-rich strawweight division.

Announced bouts on the card include:

  • No. 13 ranked strawweight contender Alexa Grasso (10-2, fighting out of Guadalajara, Mexico) looks to get back in the win column against unbeaten Marina Rodriguez (10-0-1, fighting out of Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil)
  • Ross Pearson (22-14 1NC, fighting out of Sunderland, England) makes his 26th UFC appearance against tough Desmond Green (21-8, fighting out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
  • Kennedy Nzechukwu (6-0, fighting out of Dallas, Tex.) looks to remain undefeated against battle-tested Paul Craig (9-3, fighting out of Coatbridge, Scotland)
  • Featherweight prospects collide when Sodiq Yusuff (7-1, fighting out of Bladensburg, Md.) faces Sheymon Moraes (11-1, fighting out of Los Angeles, Calif.)
  • Sabina Mazo (6-0, fighting out of Huntington Beach, Calif. by way of Medellín, Colombia) takes on Maryna Moroz (8-3, fighting out of Volnogorsk, Ukraine) in a strawweight bout

For the latest information on additional bouts for this event, please visit www.ufc.com. All bouts live and subject to change.

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MI OBJETIVO EN RAYADOS ES HACER HISTORIA CON TÍTULOS: MIGUEL LAYÚN

Feb 5, 2019

MI OBJETIVO EN RAYADOS ES HACER HISTORIA CON TÍTULOS: MIGUEL LAYÚN

Duilio Davino, Presidente Deportivo de los Rayados de Monterrey, presentó este lunes formalmente a Miguel Layún como nuevo jugador del plantel que defenderá nuestra camiseta a partir de este torneo.

Layún ha jugado en la Primeira Liga de Portugal, la Premier League de Inglaterra, la Seriea A de Italia y La Liga de España. Además, ha disputado dos Copa de Oro y dos Mundiales con la Selección Mexicana. Parece que ha logrado todo. Un periodista cuestionó: ¿Cuál es tu motivación de llegar a Rayados?

“Mi ambición es ser un referente aquí y quedar en la historia de los Rayados. Llego aquí con un objetivo a mediano y largo plazo. No vengo pensando en estar aquí un equis tiempo y después a ver qué pasa. Me gustaría quedar en la historia de un club tan importante y la manera de hacerlo es ganar títulos”, enfatizó el futbolista.

Luego de cinco jornadas disputadas, los Rayados de Monterrey se ostentan como superlíderes de la Liga Bancomer MX. Sin embargo, Layún consideró que el proceso de adaptación será corto.

“Llegué y los compañeros me abrieron los brazos de una manera increíble el cuerpo técnico, la directiva y toda la gente que ha estado conmigo en el club. Para mí no ha sido en lo absoluto complicado. Es un equipo que está haciendo las cosas y muy bien, que cada jornada muestra cosas muy interesantes. Vengo a complementar lo que ya hay”, compartió.

En el evento estuvieron presentes seis aficionados Rayados que ganaron un lugar a través de una dinámica en redes sociales. Dos de ellos tuvieron la oportunidad de hacer preguntas al nuevo jugador Rayado sobre la competencia interna que habrá en el plantel.

“Mi filosofía es que en medida en que hay competencia interna, genera y eleva la exigencia en cada uno de nosotros. Todos ustedes conocen la calidad que hay en esta plantilla. Y competir con ellos me va a ayudar a llegar a un mejor nivel y el estar todos en nuestro máximo nivel genera que el equipo esté en un mejor rendimiento, con lo cual podemos estar más cerca del objetivo que tenemos”, respondió.

Con esto, los Rayados de Monterrey se reportan listos para enfrentar la Liga Bancomer MXy la Liga de Campeones CONCACAF Scotiabank 2019.

¡Vamos, Rayados!

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CLUB TIJUANA 2-0 CD TOLUCA 

Feb 4, 2019

CLUB TIJUANA 2-0 CD TOLUCA 

Los Xoloitzcuintles sumaron tres valiosas unidades en la quinta jornada de la LIGA MX-Clausura 2019, tras el triunfo de 2-0 ante el CD Toluca, realizado este sábado en el Estadio Caliente.

Los Canes Aztecas realizaron un partido redondo, en el que lograron adelantarse en el marcador por conducto de Miller Bolaños, quien definió una jugada dentro del área visitante sobre el minuto 14 del encuentro, después de recibir un pase de Omar Mendoza.

En el complemento, los Diablos Rojos dejaron ir la oportunidad del empate en un penalti errado por su capitán Antonio Ríos, quien estrelló el balón en el marco ante el achique del arquero Rojinegro, Gibran Lajud.

Después, los Canes Aztecas se adueñaron del encuentro y sumaron el segundo gol de la noche en una jugada individual de Fabián Castillo, quien cruzó por abajo la salida de Alfredo Talavera sobre el 68′ para el 2-0 definitivo.

En la recta final, Ariel Nahuelpán estuvo cerca de estrenarse como goleador Xoloitzcuintle, pero en esta ocasión Talavera logró contener el remate del ariete Rojinegro.

En el tiempo suplementario se dio la expulsión de Omar Tobio, zaguero del CD Toluca, quien cometió una falta sobre el mismo Ariel Nahuelpán.

Con este resultado, el conjunto dirigido por Óscar Pareja llegó a seis unidades tras cinco jornadas disputadas en el certamen. Ahora el equipo fronterizo se enfocará en la vuelta a la acción en la COPA MX-Clausura 2019, en la que visitarán al Atlante FC en la jornada 5 del torneo copero, duelo que se jugará el miércoles 6 de Enero en el Estadio Andrés Quintana Roo.

CORTESIA: CLUB TIJUANA

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DUELO DE PODER A PODER EN LA VISITA DE SANTOS AL UNIVERSITARIO

Feb 4, 2019

DUELO DE PODER A PODER EN LA VISITA DE SANTOS AL UNIVERSITARIO

Esta tarde-noche en el Estadio Universitario, Santos Laguna visitó al conjunto de Tigres, en actividad de la jornada 5 del Torneo Clausura 2019, cayendo por marcador de 2 a 1.

En el minuto 15 de iniciado el compromiso, Tigres se fue arriba en el marcador, luego de un disparo del ecuatoriano Enner Valencia.

La respuesta albiverde llegó en el minuto 22, después de que Brayan Garnica rematara de bote pronto, tras un rechace por parte de la zaga felina, enviando la de gajos ligeramente por encima de la meta local.

El argentino Javier Correa buscó sorprender a Nahuel Guzmán con una ejecución elevada de lejana distancia al 25’, pero el cancerbero argentino desvió hacia tiro de esquina.

Luego de dicho córner, el defensor Matheus Dória intentó adelantar a los Guerreros con un potente ensayo desde las cercanías del área chica, el cual fue desviado por el arquero argentino.

La insistencia albiverde tuvo respuesta satisfactoria en el minuto 41, cuando el delantero argentino Julio Furch igualó los cartones, gracias a un potente ensayo que techó al guardameta sudamericano para incrustarse en la portería universitaria.

En el amanecer de la parte complementaria, el francés André-Pierre Gignac marcó el segundo para Tigres.

El estratega Salvador Reyes envió al terreno de juego al ecuatoriano Ayrton Preciado por Brayan Garnica al 64’, buscando refrescar el ataque para conseguir la igualada.

Luego de quedarse con 10 hombres por una polémica expulsión a Matheus Dória, el timonel santista sustituyó a Brian Lozano por Hugo Rodríguez, en el minuto 70.

Al 77’, el colombiano Marlos Moreno debutó en la Liga MX defendiendo los colores de Santos Laguna, ingresando por Javier Correa.

Más allá de jugar con un hombre menos gran parte de la segunda mitad, los Guerreros no bajaron los brazos e insistieron en todo momento para buscar el tanto del empate.

Los Guerreros buscarán regresar a la senda del triunfo el próximo domingo en el Estadio Corona, cuando reciban a Tijuana, en acción de la jornada 6 del Torneo Clausura 2019.

Alineaciones Iniciales:

Tigres: 1.- Nahuel Guzmán, 4.- Hugo Ayala, 5.- Rafael de Souza, 10.- André – Pierre Gignac (33.- Julián Quiñones 85’), 13.- Enner Valencia (9.- Eduardo Vargas 79’), 15.- Francisco Venegas, 19.- Guido Pizarro, 20.- Javier Aquino (29.- Jesús Dueñas 75’), 21.- Francisco Meza, 26.- Luis Quiñones, 28.- Luis Rodríguez.

DT: Ricardo Ferretti.

CORTESIA; CLUB SANTO

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Cruz Azul enfrenta a aguerrido León

Feb 4, 2019

Cruz Azul enfrenta a aguerrido León

 

La Máquina celeste de Cruz Azul visitará a los esmeraldas de León y buscará sacar los tres puntos de una difícil plaza.

Los dirigidos por Pedro Caixinha hicieron el viaje al estado de Guanajuato el día de ayer con la mente en la victoria y con sed de revancha, pues en el enfrentamiento anterior entre estas dos escuadras, los panzas verdes derrotaron a los celestes 3-2, esto en la Copa MX.

Lesionados en Cruz Azul

La escuadra azul presenta varias bajas para este partido. Y es que, en el encuentro correspondiente a la jornada 4, Stephen Eustáquio y Adrián Aldrete, tuvieron que abandonar el campo de juego lesionados.

El portugués, por una rotura de ligamento cruzado anterior. Por su parte, el mexicano tuvo una lesión grado 2 de ligamento colateral medial.

Además, Jordan Silva, Pablo Aguilar y Edgar Méndez, no podrán participar en el partido de esta tarde, pues también presentan lesiones.

Liga MX

Cruz Azul viene de ganar en el Estadio Azteca a Xolos de Tijuana, con gol de Elías Hernandez anotado por la vía penal.

Por su parte, los esmeraldas fueron a Querétaro y sacaron la victoria por marcador de 4-0.

La Máquina se encuentra en el sexto lugar de la tabla general con 7 puntos. Por otro lado, los leoneses están en la decimosegunda posición y registran 5 unidades.

Encuentros anteriores

En el Apertura 2018, Cruz Azul venció 3-0 a los de Guanajuato en la cancha del Estadio Azteca.

Recordar también que celestes y esmeraldas se enfrentaron en las semifinales de la Copa MX el torneo pasado. Llave que se llevó Cruz Azul tras una emocionante serie de penales.

Nos volvimos a ver las caras en la fase de grupos de la Copa MX en el Clausura 2019, esta vez, los verdes se llevaron la victoria, pero los celestes buscarán revancha este sábado e intentarán sacar los tres puntos de su estadio.

Así Cruz Azul y León se enfrentarán en punto de las 19:00 hr. El partido será transmitido por Fox Sports 2.

CORTESIA: CLUB CRUZ AZUL

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Super Saturday: Kovalev Gains Revenge Over Alvarez

Feb 4, 2019

Super Saturday: Kovalev Gains Revenge Over Alvarez

Oscar Valdez retains WBO featherweight world title
Richard Commey captures IBF lightweight crown
Teofimo Lopez KOs Diego Magdaleno, remains undefeated

(Photo Credit: Mikey Williams / Top Rank)

FRISCO, Texas (Feb. 2. 2019) —Sergey Kovalev gained a measure of revenge, and in the process, regained his title. Kovalev bested Eleider Alvarez (24-1, 12 KOs) via unanimous decision to win the WBO light heavyweight world title, becoming a three-time world champion.

The scores were 116-112 (2X) and 120-108.

Alvarez knocked out Kovalev (33-3-1, 28 KOs) in seven rounds last August. This time, Kovalev controlled the action with his jab, and in the 12th round, he stunned Alvarez with an assortment of blows.

“We worked a lot on my jab,” Kovalev said. “Right now, I am working with {trainer} Buddy {McGirt} the way I was when I was an amateur

“After this, I want unification fights.”

Said Alvarez: “I don’t see myself as a loser tonight, but I do give him credit, especially in that 12th round. I think that he went out and proved that he wanted to win.”

In the end, the judges were in agreement, and Kovalev is a champion once again.

Valdez Knocks Out Tommasone, Retains Featherweight Title

After nearly 11 months out of the ring recovering from a broken jaw, WBO featherweight world champion Oscar Valdez did not miss a beat. Valdez made the fifth defense of his title, notching a seventh-round TKO over the previously unbeaten Carmine Tommasone.

Valdez (25-0, 20 KOs) scored a pair of knockdowns in the fourth, the first one coming courtesy of a counter right hand and the second one via a left hook to the belt line.

Valdez knocked down Tommasone again in the sixth, which spelled the beginning of the end for the game Italian. Early in the seventh, an uppercut floored Tommasone, and the referee immediately stopped the fight.

“I was very excited. I kind of didn’t want to get too crazy in there. It was tough the first round to get {my rhythm},” Valdez said. “But finally, I got the job done. I congratulate him. He’s a great fighter. I wish him nothing but the best.

“We started 2019 well. The sky’s the limit.”

Teofimo Lopez Brutalizes Magdaleno

The 2018 Prospect of the Year started 2019 off in style. Teofimo Lopez (12-0, 10 KOs) knocked out former two-time world title challenger Diego Magdaleno (31-3, 13 KOs) in the seventh, retaining his NABA, NABF, and USBA lightweight titles.

A pair of left hooks knocked Magdaleno down and out for the count.

“I take nothing away from Diego Magdaleno. We picked our shots, and we knew that in the later rounds, he’d drown in those deep waters,” Lopez said. “As the competition gets tougher, you will see more of what I can do. I dissected him like a surgeon.”

Commey Steamrolls Chaniev in 2

Talk about a statement. Richard Commey (28-2, 25 KOs) steamrolled Isa Chaniev (13-2, 6 KOs) in two brutal rounds to win the vacant IBF lightweight world title. He scored a knockdown with a crunching right hand in the first, knocked him down again with an uppercut in the second, and followed up with a flurry to secure the TKO.

“This is everything for me. This is what I worked so hard for,” Commey said. “Finally being a world champion, I feel like I fulfilled a destiny for me.”

Next up for Commey is a potential showdown with WBA/WBO lightweight champion and pound-for-pound great Vasiliy Lomachenko. He hurt his right knuckle in the opening round, and if receives a clean bill of health, Lomachenko will be next.

“When I hit him in the first round, I hurt my right knuckle,” Commey said. “I’m going to have to get it looked at and see what happens.”

In other action:

Middleweight prospect Janibek Alimkhanuly (5-0, 2 KOs) picked up his biggest win to date, knocking out Steven Martinez (18-5, 13 KOs) at :21 of the fifth round.

“I showed what I was capable of against a tough opponent,” Alimkhanuly said. “I am close to world title contention. It’s going to be a big year for me in 2019. This is only the beginning of my journey.”

Featherweight prospect Jason “El Alacrancito” Sanchez (14-0, 7 KOs) made quick work of Daniel Olea (13-7-2, 5 KOs), knocking out the rugged veteran at 1:35 of the second round. Olea had only been knocked out once before as a pro.

“I wanted to be patient in there. I wasn’t necessarily looking for the knockout right away,” Sanchez said. “But the opportunity came, and I took advantage of the opening.”

Pat Day (17-2-1, 6 KOs) extended his winning streak to six with a hard-fought unanimous decision against the previously unbeaten Ismail Iliev (11-1-1, 3 KOs) to retain the WBC Continental Americas super welterweight title and win the vacant IBF Intercontinental junior middleweight belt. The scores were as followed: 98-92, 97-93, and 96-94.

Bakhram Murtazaliev (15-0, 12 KOs) retained his WBC USNBC super welterweight title with a ninth-round TKO over Elvin Ayala (29-13-1, 13 KOs). An accumulation of blows forced the referee to stop the bout at 2:05.

Enriko Gogokhia (11-0, 6 KOs) knocked out Vitor Jones Freitas (15-4, 9 KOs) at 2:04 of round three, as referee Neal Young stopped the bout following a barrage of punches.

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THE NEW GENERATION FRIDAY ON SHOWTIME®

Feb 4, 2019

DeANDRE WARE UPSETS RONALD ELLIS VIA MAJORITY DECISION VICTORY IN MAIN EVENT OF SHOBOX: THE NEW GENERATION FRIDAY ON SHOWTIME®

 

Will Madera Scores Unanimous Decision Victory

Over Thomas Mattice In Co-Feature

 

Catch The Replay Monday, February 4 At 10 p.m. ET/PT On SHOWTIME EXTREME®

Credit Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME

ROCHESTER – February 2, 2019 – DeAndre Ware rose to the occasion and scored the biggest win of his career with an upset majority decision over previously undefeated Ronald Ellis in the main event of ShoBox: The New GenerationFriday on SHOWTIME from Main Street Armory in Rochester.  Both fights of the doubleheader were upsets, as Albany, N.Y. native Will Madera defeated Thomas Mattice in an eight-round lightweight co-feature.

Ellis (15-1-2, 10 KOs), who had the advantage over Ware in both height and reach, became the 185th fighter to lose their undefeated record on the prospect developmental series after Mattice suffered his first defeat and became fighter number 184.

Ware (13-1-2, 8 KOs), who edged Ellis 95-95 and 96-94 twice, pressed the action from the outset. While Ellis threw a higher volume of punches throughout the night, Ware was more effective with the punches he landed and worked Ellis inside as the fight progressed.

“I controlled the fight.  The whole fight I was landing the harder shots,” said Ware.  “I finally had a chance to get in shape and have a full camp, and we were able to show what we really have. I applied the pressure.  He was just flicking the jab and it wasn’t doing anything.”

Ellis, who fought his past three fights with his right hand either broken or badly injured, largely stopped using his right hand during the fourth round, indicating he might have re-injured the surgically repaired hand. By the later rounds, he was mainly jabbing with his left and delivering punches in volume that lacked power.

“I couldn’t tell if he hurt his hand,” Ware continued.  “I just listed to my coaches and did what I had to do.”

Ellis, who was fighting on ShoBox for the fourth time, didn’t agree with the officials’ decision and was eager for a rematch

“I think I outboxed him,” Ellis said. “He was pressuring the whole fight but he didn’t land anything clean. I hurt my hand a little in the third but I was still able to triple jab him and keep him on the outside. I would do a rematch in a second.”

In the opening bout of the telecast, Will Madera handed ShoBox veteran Thomas Mattice the first loss of his career via a unanimous decision in a battle of unbeaten lightweights.

 

Madera (13-0-2, 6 KOs), who took the fight on short notice in his national television debut, dominated the pace from the outset.  He stayed busy and controlled the first three rounds, coming forward and working the body against a stagnant Mattice (13-1-1, 10 KOs). While Mattice tried to establish his jab, Madera’s movement and insistence on pressing inside made it impossible.

“I had to make some adjustments.  He’s a good, tough fighter, but it’s all about staying composed,” Madera said.  “I wasn’t fazed by any of his punches.  He had a little pop, but nothing that I was afraid of.”

In a fight that started out reminiscent of his 2017 ShoBox debut, Mattice came to life in the later rounds, relying on his jab and increasing his overall volume of work. But his increase in output still lagged behind Madera, who had landed 21 body shots midway through the fight compared to just three landed by Mattice.

“He had a good jab that I just had to time,” Madera said.  “With the win, I’m ready to step-up.  Whatever they have for me, I’ll take it next.”

Mattice’s best work came in the sixth round, when he relied on a higher volume of combos and a steady jab.  Both men traded punches throughout the final round, and Madera closed out the fight with a five-punch combo that had Mattice on the ropes.

“I still feel like I’m the better fighter, I just didn’t get started.  I didn’t do what we came here to do, which was box and use my speed,” said Mattice. “I’m kind of glad this one didn’t go my way so we can learn from this and go back to the drawing board.”

The event was promoted by GH3 Promotions in association with Greg Cohen Promotions. The full telecast will replay on Monday, February 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME and will be available on SHOWTIME ANYTIME®and SHOWTIME on DEMAND®.

Barry Tompkins called the action from ringside with boxing historian Steve Farhood and former world champion Raul Marquez serving as expert analysts. The executive producer was Gordon Hall with Richard Gaughan producing and Rick Phillips directing.

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UNIDOS POR EL AZUL Y BLANCO

Feb 4, 2019

JORNADA RAYADA: UNIDOS POR EL AZUL Y BLANCO

La unión, el compromiso y la actitud Rayada, es lo primordial para que el Equipo siga por el buen camino y se mantenga en las primeras posiciones en este Clausura 2019.

Los Rayados nos mantenemos unidos y con un gran ambiente, cerramos la preparación en el Centro de Entrenamiento BBVA Bancomer El Barrial, para emprender el viaje a la Ciudad de México, en donde enfrentaremos a Pumas.

Bajo las órdenes de Diego Alonso, el Equipo realizó varios ejercicios de activación, fuerza, potencia, velocidad y convivencia grupal. El control y dominio del balón, así como el disparo a portería y la agilidad fue lo que predominó esta mañana en El Barrial.

Un interescuadras de alta intensidad dio paso a la parte final de la práctica matutina, en la que los albiazules dejamos el máximo en cada balón, sin dejar de lado el gran ambiente que se vive al interior del Plantel.

Definición y tiro a gol cerró el Entrenamiento Rayado para comenzar el viaje a la capital en donde buscaremos mantener el buen paso y seguir estando en los primeros lugares de la Tabla General.

CORTESIA: CLUB MONTERREY

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BAM BAM BRANDON RIOS VS. HUMBERTO “ZORRITA” SOTO

Feb 4, 2019
BAM BAM BRANDON RIOS VS. HUMBERTO “ZORRITA” SOTO
OFFICIAL FOR FEBRUARY 23RD DEBUT OF DAZN IN MEXICO
Design by Hector De La Cruz – Team Rios 
 
( February 1st, 2019 – Los Angeles, CA ) – BAM BAM Brandon Rios vs. Humberto Soto Made Official For February 23

Matchroom Boxing USA will promote its first show in Mexico as Brandon Rios and Humberto Soto will clash in an all-Mexican affair at the Municipal Auditorium Fausto Gutierrez Moreno in Tijuana on Saturday February 23, live on DAZN in the US and on Sky Sports in the UK.

Rios vs. Soto is in association with Zanfer and Paco presents.

Former World Lightweight King Brandon Rios (35-4-1 26 KOs) returned to winning ways in style in November, stopping Ramon Alvarez in the ninth round of their high octane clash in Mulvane, near KS, pocketing a 26th win inside the distance in his 40th pro fight.

“Bam Bam” will look to further his claims for title shots in 2019, and the American-Mexican believes the love from the fans will roar him to victory and onto his goal of regaining his World title stats as he boxes in Mexico for the first time since September 2009.

“I’m grateful to Eddie Hearn for getting me on a card early in the year,” said Rios. “I want to stay active so I can get closer to my goal and becoming a Champion once again.”

“Man, I’m excited to fight in Mexico, I haven’t fought there in ten years. The Mexican fanbase has supported me since day one and everything I give in the ring is for my family and my fans, who have never let me down.”

“I’ve been staying busy in the gym, so I’m ready to give the fans a great fight. The fights the fans love to see!”

“I’m excited to be in Tijuana on March 23 for our first Mexican show with a real old school shoot-out between Brandon Rios and Humberto Soto,” said promoter Eddie Hearn“Brandon stole the show in Kansas recently on DAZN against Ramon Alvarez and there should be real fireworks in this one.”

“It’s a stacked card with a tasty rematch between Jose Quiniro and Joel Cordoba, unbeaten Mexicans in Olympian Joselito Velasquez, Omar Aguilar and Sulem Urbina, and the return of our 17 year old star Diego Pacheco along with Robert Garcia trained Alexis Espino who will also make his debut on the card.”

The fight will take place at Auditorio Municipal in Tijuana, Mexico. Tickets will be ON SALE soon at http://haztj.com/venues/auditorio-municipal and fight will be LIVE on DAZN! Click this link http://bit.ly/DAZNxSupremeBoxing for a 30 day trial and watch Rios vs. Soto FREE on February 23rd.

Follow BAM BAM Brandon Rios on his social media at: 

Instagram: @brandonrios1

Twitter: @Brandon_Rios1

Facebook: BAM BAM BRANDON RIOS

Web: www.bambamrios.com

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4 of 1,300 ALBERTO ‘EXPLOSIVO’ MACHADO AND ANDREW ‘EL CHANGO’ CANCIO

Feb 1, 2019
ALBERTO ‘EXPLOSIVO’ MACHADO AND ANDREW ‘EL CHANGO’ CANCIO 
LOS ANGELES MEDIA WORKOUT QUOTES, PHOTOS AND VIDEOS
SATURDAY, FEB. 9, 2019 AT FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT CASINO 
AND STREAMED LIVE ON DAZN
(ABOVE, L-R: Alberto Machado and Andrew Cancio pose for the media ahead of their 12-round world 
title fight on Feb. 9 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino and live on DAZN)
 
Photo Credit: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
Video Credit: Golden Boy Promotions
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LOS ANGELES (Jan. 31, 2019): WBA Super Featherweight World Champion Alberto “Explosivo” Machado (21-0, 17 KOs) of San Juan, Puerto Rico and 130-pound contender
Andrew “El Chango” Cancio (19-4-2, 14 KOs) of Blythe, Calif. 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, Feb. 9, 2019 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. and will be streamed live on DAZN – which is just $9.99 per month after a one-month free trial.
Four fighters from the undercard also participated in the workout. Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr. (27-1, 14 KOs) of South El Monte, Calif. will return in a 10-round super featherweight battle against Charles Huerta (20-5, 12 KOs) of Paramount, Calif. Genaro “El Conde” Gamez (8-0, 5 KOs) will battle against Ivan “Striker” Delgado (13-1-2, 6 KOs) in an eight-round lightweight battle between a current Golden Boy prospect and an ex-Golden Boy fighter.
Below is what today’s participants had to say at the workout:
ALBERTO MACHADO, WBA Super Featherweight World Champion:
“Being a father is one of the most important things that has happened to me. Now I dedicate my time off to being a father, to being a family man. I’m boxing full time, but it’s an extra motivation because I want to provide the best for baby. That is one of the reasons I’m in Los Angeles working hard for six weeks in camp without my family. I’m ready to defend my title.”
“I hope to fight four times this year and make four defenses. I am very excited for all that has been happening in my career. Thank you to Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions. I’m very happy for all the opportunities.”
“I am big for this division. I’m tall. I have power, and I have speed. Cancio is a great warrior. I’m ready to defend my title. It’s another challenge in my career and I’m happy for this opportunity. Training camp has gone well. Freddie Roach is a great trainer and a great person. He has more time for me now, and I’m getting a lot of experience from him every day. I feel and see the difference in my fights and my sparring. Everyone who saw my last fight saw that I did better. I will continue that momentum in this fight.”
“DAZN is the new platform for boxing. DAZN has a lot of fighters now. Boxing is going through a great time right now. If my promoter gives me the opportunity to unify the titles–it would be a dream come true. I’m waiting for that opportunity this year on DAZN. I may even close the year in the lightweight division as well.”
ANDREW CANCIO, Super Featherweight Contender:
“It’s very surreal to be fighting for a world title. I thought my career was done. I took a tough loss in my first pay-per-view fight [against Joseph Diaz in 2016], and that wasn’t good at all. I told my best friend I was going to retire. It took 17 months for me to get back in the ring. I missed the sport. I also had a lot to prove. But I knew that I could be here. I knew that I could fight for a world title. I finally got things in order. I won some fights that people thought I would lose, but here I am. I’m looking to do the same thing February 9.”
“Life changed me. I got hit with some things that I had never seen coming. I guess it humbled me and changed me as a person. I became a different person. I didn’t take things for granted anymore. I had to come back and do things right this time around.”
“I feel great now. I feel like I’m a different fighter than the one who fought JoJo Diaz. This is a big deal. This is for a world title. It’s not my first time being on the big stage, but it’s the first time I’m the main event on the big stage. But I feel prepared for this. It’s my time.”
“For this fight we will have to work on the inside. If we let him get his range, he will get more leverage. He will get more powerful. They say he’s a big 130-pounder, but I’ve won all my best fights at 130. When I fought Jerry Belmontes, it was at 130 and I won clearly. When I fought Aidar Sharibayev, it was at 130. When I beat Rocky Juarez, it was at 130. I’m glad that this opportunity at 130. This division will benefit us.”
“I always bring action to a fight. The fans can expect me to be in good shape, mentally and physically. I will be ready to go all 12 rounds. But he’s a hard-hitter, and so am I. So, I don’t think this fight will go to the scorecards. Whether it’s me or him going down, we will collide. The fight fans will win that night no matter who walks away with the victory.”
JOSEPH DIAZ JR., Super Featherweight Contender:
“I took 2018 as a learning opportunity. It was a year where I had to learn and fight through adversity. I fought Gary Russell Jr. in my first world title opportunity [and came up short]. Then I came back for my second opportunity and didn’t make weight. It was hard for me. It was a heartbreaking year. Ever since I was kid, I was dreaming to become a world champion, and it didn’t happen that year. I was very heartbroken, and I was depressed for a long time. But at the end of the day I just had to keep having faith in God and know that everything happens for a reason. I just have to keep pushing forward because I’m a strong-minded person. I know my worth and skill level, and I know what I’m capable of doing. As long as I work hard, everything else will fall into place.”
“Now I have this opportunity to fight on Feb. 9 on DAZN. It’s against a very strong opponent in Charles Huerta. I’m ready to show that I’m back and that I’m ready for all the opportunities that are put in front of me.”
“I moved training camps [to Indio, Calif. with Joel Diaz] to get a different look, a different feel. I was getting too comfortable training at the same place for years. I had been training there [at Teamsters Boxing in South El Monte, Calif.] my entire life, and there wasn’t that spark there anymore. So, I ended up telling my manager [Ralph Heredia] and my dad that I still want my dad still in my corner because I trust him and he’s a great trainer. But I also want to get a different feel and hear different voices in my corner as well, so we brought in Joel Diaz, who has a lot of experience and a lot of great advice. We’ve been in camp for six weeks. I love it out there. I’m extremely focused on this fight and we’ve been getting great sparring as well. This has been one of the best camps we’ve had in a while.”
“I can fight at 126 or 130. I’ve been sparring guys who weigh up to 155 or 160 pounds, so I’ve adjusted to 130 pounds.  I can fight at either weight. Right now, I’m fighting at 130 pounds because I want to feel it out and because there are a lot of opportunities at this weight. There are also a lot of opponents for me at that weight, like Gervonta Davis, Abner Mares, Alberto Machado and Andrew Cancio. There are a lot of fights to be made at that weight.”
CHARLES HUERTA, Super Featherweight Contender:
“It’s been a while since 2017. In my last fight against Miguelito Gonzalez, I ended up tearing a ligament in my left thumb. We tried to fight through it, but I ended up having to get surgery in December 2017. We rested and were training for a fight in April 2018, but I ended up tearing fibers in my achilles tendon. So, we’ve just been recovering since then.
“The back-to-back injuries were very frustrating. But we stayed in the gym and now something good has come out of it. We’ve been training hard. We’ve been sparring hard. Only time will tell if the layoff will affect me, but I’m coming strong and ready to win next week. Win, lose or draw, I’m always in a great fight. I always give a good fight for the fans, and I’m going to come and bring it. I’m going to give everybody an exciting show that night.”
“Me and JoJo [Diaz] have sparred a few times, so he knows what I bring to the table, and vice-versa. But fights are different. Come February 9, we will find out.”
GENARO GAMEZ, Lightweight Prospect:
“When I was an amateur, I did 100 fights. I was active the entire year. It’s been three years since I’ve turned pro. My body has grown, and I’ve gotten stronger. I’m getting better. I’m just waiting for my moment. I’m just waiting for the fights to come. Then I’ll show who I am.”
“2019 will be different. I’m going to give the best fights. Fans are going to ask for my fights. Everyone will want to see my fights. I’m going to give the most exciting fights so that everyone can see who I am. Delgado is a warrior. He likes to fight. He’s only going to bring the best out of me, but I’m ready for that. I’m excited.”
IVAN DELGADO, Lightweight Prospect:
“In my last fight, I went against [Golden Boy prospect] Jousce Gonzalez. It was a great fight. It was my comeback after being away for eight months. It was a close fight, and it could have gone either way. It was a draw, but now it’s time to move on. We have Genaro Gamez in front of us, so it’s going to be a good fight.”
“It feels great to be coming back. It feels great to get my rhythm back little by little after that tough lost against Charles Huerta. I took some time off. But it feels great to be back and get another opportunity.”
“The biggest change I’ve made is to train harder. I’m focusing more on my family; focusing on them makes me work even harder. They are my motivation. When I was defeated, I was slacking a bit. It was getting to me a little bit. But now I am more humble.”
“On February 9, I’m going to show that I belong here. I’m going to try to be one of the best prospects in my division. What makes Genaro Gamez dangerous is that he is undefeated. He’s hungry to keep that undefeated record. I’m one of his toughest fights, so I’ve seen him training hard. He has a big following, and I know he doesn’t want to disappoint his crowd. That’s what makes him tough: he’s hungry.”
 
Machado vs. Cancio is a 12-round fight for the WBA Super Featherweight World Title presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions. Vargas vs. Manzanilla is a 12-round battle for the WBC Super Bantamweight World Championship presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Promociones del Pueblo. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” and Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle.” The event will take place Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 at  Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. and will be streamed live on DAZN.
Tickets for the event are on sale and are priced at $35, $45 and $55.Tickets will be available at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino box office, by calling 1-800-827-2946, or by purchasing online at www.fantasyspringsresort.com.

 

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