NUIT BLANCHE HOUSTON Art Exhibit and Festival

Mar 28, 2019

Internationally acclaimed Art Festival Nuit Blanche will be transforming Downtown Houston on Saturday, April 6th for its inaugural debut! Imagine Houston animated at night, transformed by the magic of art with unique installations dotted around City Hall and the Houston Public Library. The public gets to take part in creating a work of art inspired by French Architect Yona Friedman and view an exhibit of his artwork inside the Central Library gallery (on the first floor). This unique celebration will engage both highly regarded international artists and local luminaries as well as school children. Visit www.houstonlibrary.org or call 832-393-1313 for more information.

Festival Nuit Blanche Activities
Saturday, April 6 | 12 PM – 9 PM
Central Library, Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza | 500 McKinney St., 77002 | 832-393-1313
Julia Ideson Building | 550 McKinney St., 77002 | 832-393-1313

“Space Chain Structure” Central Library Gallery
On Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza, visitors are invited to build a “space chain structure” with the help of art students and docents. Each installation, built using 1,500 hula hoops, is assembled spontaneously, creating new variations of space with each turn.

Specially trained docents will be available to offer tours that allow students to develop an understanding of art in both creative and historical contexts.

Movie: African Tales – Central Library Gallery 
Friedman’s second piece of art exhibited during Nuit Blanche is “African Tales,” a series of ten films produced by Yona Friedman and his wife Denise Charvein, between 1960 and 1963. The animations are constructed from wooden blocks, carved and assembled to create the different scenes. The soundtrack is taken from UNESCO African music library, and each film is inspired by an ancestral African tale. Broadcasted in Africa by ethnologist and moviemaker Jean Roch, the films encountered great success. Lost until 2007, the films were restored with the help of the National Center for Edition, Art and Image in France.

Olivier Modr art exhibit inside the Julia Ideson Building
“I can’t remember”

The Houston Public Library’s Community Engagement Team – Central Library
Paper Circuits and an Art Activity | 4 PM – 6 PM

The Houston Public Library’s Youth Services Team – Central Library
Arts and crafts

About the Houston Public Library
The Houston Public Library (HPL) operates 37 neighborhood libraries, three HPL Express Libraries, a Central Library, the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, The African American Library at the Gregory School, and the Parent Resource Library located in the Children’s Museum of Houston. With more than eight million visits per year in person and online, HPL is committed to excellent customer service and equitable access to information and programs by providing library customers with free use of a diverse collection of printed materials and electronic resources, Internet, laptop and computer use, and a variety of database and reference resources with live assistance online 24/7.

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Elisha Barno de Kenia y Askale Merachi de Etiopía campeones del Maratón de Los Angeles 2019

Mar 25, 2019

Elisha Barno de Kenia y Askale Merachi de Etiopía campeones del Maratón de Los Angeles 2019

México dio la sorpresa al sacar un merecido tercer lugar; por la lucha que sostuvo Juan Luis Barrios con los africanos por los primeros puestos; y fue así que terminó con un tiempo de (2:11:59)

Elisha Barno (Kenia) y Askale Merachi (Etiopía) ganaron la edición 34ª del Maratón de Los Angeles patrocinado por Skechers Performance. 24,000 atletas registrados llenaron las calles en la icónica carrera que también es conocida como “Stadium to the Sea” que quiere decir del Dodger Stadium a la playa en Santa Mónica. Miles de participantes llegaron a muy tempranas horas de la mañana para ser parte de uno de los maratones más famosos del mundo el Maratón de Los Angeles patrocinado por Sketchers Performance.

Como ya es una costumbre la carrera comenzó a las 6:30 de la mañana con los corredores de silla de ruedas y unos minutos después arrancó la categoría de bicicleta de mano; ambas escuadras estuvieron desde temprano en la madrugada

Siguiendo el protocolo tradicional la rama femenil Profesional Elite; salieron a las 6:45am con toda la intención de hacer un buen papel contra las atletas de Etiopía y Kenia. La categoría varonil profesional Elite salió 10 minutos más tarde acompañados del resto de la multitud de participantes aficionados al Maratón de Los Angeles. Según la información oficial del evento asistieron atletas de los 50 estados de la union americana y representantes de 66 países del mundo hicieron acto de presencia.

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“We stand as one.” Houston will honor the New Zealand shooting victims tonight.

Mar 18, 2019
“We stand as one.”
Houston will honor the New Zealand shooting victims tonight.
WHAT:In remembrance of the victims killed during the heinous attacks on two New Zealand mosques, Mayor Turner has authorized the lights of Houston city hall and the “Montrose” bridges over the Southwest Freeway to be turned dark blue with red and white accents, the colors of the country’s flag.
WHEN:This evening at dusk 
Friday, March 15, 2019
WHERE:Houston City Hall and the “Montrose” bridges over the Southwest Freeway.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:In a show of unity Friday afternoon, Mayor Sylvester Turner joined the Islamic Society of Greater Houston, Interfaith Ministries, American Jewish Committee and HPD Chief Acevedo to condemn the deadly attacks on two New Zealand mosques.
“We stand as one,” Mayor Turner said during the news conference. “We say to hatred in the face of evil, you will not win.”
HPD also announced its officers would patrol near Houston area mosques and make contact with staff and members as a safety measure.
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Top Rank firma a la superestrella amateur de 16 años Xander Zayas

Mar 18, 2019

Top Rank firma a la superestrella
amateur de 16 años Xander Zayas

El 11-veces campeón nacional de Puerto Rico y Estados Unidos se
convertirá en profesional bajo el banderín de Top Rank en septiembre

El joven Xander Zayas, nacido en Puerto Rico y quien pelea para USA Boxing como uno de los mejores aficionados del mundo, ha firmado un contrato profesional de varios años con Top Rank.

Con solo 16 años de edad, Zayas es el peleador más joven en firmar un contrato profesional con Top Rank. Zayas, 11-veces campeón nacional de Puerto Rico y de los Estados Unidos, hará su debut profesional como peso welter en septiembre.

Zayas, quien tiene marca de 118-14 como aficionado, representará al equipo de Estados Unidos el próximo mes en el Torneo en Memoria de Emil Jechev en Botevgard, Bulgaria.

“Xander Zayas es un tremendo peleador joven que está maduro más allá de sus años,” dijo Bob Arum, legendario promotor de Top Rank. “Tiene todo lo que se necesita para convertirse algún día en una superestrella del boxeo internacional.” “Después de crecer viendo las peleas de mi ídolo, Miguel Cotto, siempre ha sido mi sueño pelear para Top Rank, y hoy ese sueño se ha hecho realidad,” dijo Zayas. “Aunque tengo 16 años, he estado boxeando desde que tenía 5 años, y comprendo la magnitud de lo que significa ser promovido por la mejor empresa de promoción del mundo. Sé que tengo un largo camino por delante y permaneceré concentrado y hambriento mientras trabajo duro todos los días para lograr alcanzar mi meta de convertirme en campeón del mundo. Fue una experiencia surrealista reunirme con Bob Arum, ya que me brindó su sabiduría y consejos al comenzar mi carrera. Fue una gran experiencia, y estoy realmente agradecido por esta oportunidad.”

“Xander es un peleador especial. Es sabio más allá de sus años y entiende lo que significa ser parte de Top Rank cuando se embarca en su carrera profesional como el peleador más joven en ser firmado por la compañía,” dijo el manejador de Zayas, Peter Kahn. “Tenemos un equipo fuerte para apoyarlo dentro y fuera del ring a medida que madura. Xander tiene todas las herramientas para ser un campeón del mundo, y ahora depende de él ir a trabajar y comenzar su viaje como peleador profesional.”

Zayas nació en San Juan, Puerto Rico, y se mudó a Plantation, Florida, a los 11 años de edad. Zayas, un joven de secundaria que se graduará en el 2020, ganó el oro en los Campeonatos Nacionales del 2017 y 2018 y fue nombrado el boxeador más destacado del torneo en el 2018. Eligió convertirse en profesional, en parte, porque habría sido demasiado joven para participar en los Juegos Olímpicos del 2020.

Zayas se preparará para su debut profesional con el entrenador Javiel Centeno en el gimnasio Sweatbox Boxing & Fitness de Centeno en Davie, Florida.

“Sabía que Xander era algo especial desde el primer día que entró al gimnasio. Además de las habilidades del boxeo a tan temprana edad, tenía el carisma, la ética de trabajo y la madurez de un atleta de clase mundial. Me recordaron que me prometió desde el principio que será el primer campeón que desarrollé desde el principio, y ahora con el mejor motor de promoción en el deporte del boxeo detrás de nosotros, veo que estamos dando el primer paso para hacer que sus palabras se hagan realidad en un futuro cercano.”

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La FIFA anuncia los países participantes y la ciudad anfitriona de la edición inaugural de la FIFA eNations Cup

Mar 18, 2019

La FIFA anuncia los países participantes y la ciudad anfitriona de la edición inaugural de la FIFA eNations Cup

· Londres será el escenario de la primera FIFA eNations Cup los próximos 13 y 14 de abril 
· 20 naciones de seis confederaciones confirmaron su participación en este primer torneo
· La FIFA eNations Cup se disputará en un innovador formato de dos contra dos

La FIFA ha confirmado hoy el elenco de países que competirán por primera vez en la FIFA eNations Cup, así como la ciudad en la que tendrá lugar la edición inaugural de la competición el próximo mes.

Como uno de los grandes eventos de la EA SPORTS FIFA 19 Global Series, la FIFA ha añadido la FIFA eNations Cup al calendario profesional de eFootball de esta temporada, en la que participarán veinte selecciones de todas las confederaciones (Concacaf, CONMEBOL, CAF, OFC, AFC y UEFA).

Además del reconocimiento internacional y los 100 000 USD en premios para los equipos, los jugadores seleccionados por su federación miembro para participar en la FIFA eNations Cup 2019 también tendrán la oportunidad de ganar hasta 1500 puntos de la EA SPORTS FIFA 19 Global Series, lo que representa la posibilidad de ascender en el FIFA 19 Global Series Rankings y de dar un salto hacia adelante considerable rumbo a la FIFA eWorld Cup 2019.

Tras un amplio y minucioso proceso de evaluación e invitación realizado por la FIFA para el torneo inaugural, los 20 países que confirmaron su presencia en la FIFA eNations Cup 2019 son los siguientes:

• Argentina
• Australia
• Brasil
• RP China
• Dinamarca
• Inglaterra (anfitrión)
• Finlandia
• Francia
• Alemania
• México
• Países Bajos
• Nueva Zelanda
• Noruega
• Portugal
• Arabia Saudí
• Sudáfrica
• España
• Suecia
• Rusia
• EE. UU.

Además, la FIFA también ha confirmado que Londres será la anfitriona de la primera FIFA eNations Cup, que emitirán los titulares de los derechos audiovisuales. También se emitirá en directo en los canales digitales de la FIFA los días 13 y 14 de abril.

Christian Volk, director de eFootball y Gaming de la FIFA, declaró:

«Con 20 de los países en la élite del eFootball compitiendo mano a mano, la edición inaugural de este año de la FIFA eNations Cup será otro gran ejemplo de la pasión y la emoción del eFootball y dará a jugadores y federaciones miembro la oportunidad de competir con orgullo por sus países y granjearse el reconocimiento internacional. Tras el interés sin precedentes que ha despertado la competición, la decisión de ampliar la FIFA eNations Cup de 16 a 20 equipos dará a más federaciones miembro la posibilidad de competir a escala internacional en eFootball y servirá de plataforma para que, en el futuro, la FIFA continúe promoviendo y desarrollando este deporte y la FIFA eNations Cup para las federaciones miembro de todo el mundo y la comunidad global de aficionados».

Según el formato de la primera FIFA eNations Cup, los países y los jugadores participantes disputarán partidos individuales (uno contra uno) y en equipo (dos contra dos) tanto en Xbox como en Play Station durante la fase de grupos, y las dos naciones mejor clasificadas de cada uno de los cuatro grupos pasarán a la fase de eliminación directa.

Como explica Volk:

«Estamos muy satisfechos con el retorno del formato dos contra dos, que ya fue todo un éxito en la FIFA eClub World Cup el mes pasado, y que se utilizará en la primera FIFA eNations Cup de la historia. El nuevo formato de partidos “dos contra dos” constituye otra innovación en el eFootball esta temporada y aportará más emoción, así como otra dinámica, al torneo, el cual será una exhibición de dos días de algunos de los más grandes talentos internacionales del eFootball».

Las federaciones miembro se encargarán de realizar el proceso de clasificación de las selecciones que disputarán la FIFA eNations Cup.

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Juan Manuel Marquez to appear at Box Fan Expo May 4 in VEGAS

Mar 18, 2019

4 DIVISION WORLD CHAMPION JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ CONFIRMED FOR 5TH ANNUAL BOX FAN EXPOSATURDAY 
MAY 4, IN LAS VEGAS

Tickets On-Sale Now at EventBrite

4-Division World Champion Juan Manuel Marquez has confirmed that he will appear, have a booth and hold a Meet & Greet with his fans at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the 5th Annual Box Fan Expo on Saturday May 4, 2019 from 10a.m to 5pm, during Cinco De Mayo weekend. The Boxing Expo will also coincide with the highly anticipated fight between Canelo Alvarez vs Danny Jacobs, that will take place later that evening at the T-Mobile Arena.

Marquez will make his second appearance at this years’ Expo and will be signing gloves, photos, personal items and memorabilia. Marquez will also have merchandise to sell for fans to enjoy. Boxing Fans will also have an opportunity to take pictures with this boxing legend also known as “Dinamita”

Marquez joins Vinny Paz, Devin Haney, Earnie Shavers, Al Bernstein, Michael Spinks, WBC, Erik Morales, James Toney and Jessie Vargas as an early commitment to this year’s Box Fan Expo.

About Juan Manuel Marquez
Marquez is a Mexican former professional boxer who competed from 1993 to 2014. He is the third Mexican boxer (after Erik Morales and Jorge Arce) to become a world champion in four weight classes, having held nine world championships including the WBA (Super), IBF and WBO featherweight titles between 2003 and 2007; the WBC super featherweight title from 2007 to 2008; the WBA (Super), WBO, Ring magazine and lineal lightweight titles between 2008 and 2012; and the WBO junior welterweight title from 2012 to 2013. 

In a career that spanned over twenty years, Marquez was known for being a fast and highly technical boxer who was exceptionally skilled at combinations and counterpunches, yet also willing to engage in slugfests with opponents. He was also credited for his toughness, and never lost a fight by stoppage. His most notable bouts include his four-fight saga with Manny Pacquiao and his fight against fello:

Box Fan Expo is the ultimate boxing fan experience event, which allows fans to meet-and-greet boxing superstars of today, current and former world champions, legends of the sport and other boxing celebrities. Fans can expect to experience various interactions such as autograph and photos sessions, FaceOff with your favorite boxers, pictures with the Ring Card Girls, Live DJ Music, chance to win prizes, purchase merchandise and memorabilia from different booths Exhibitors, “ALL UNDER ONE ROOF”. You won’t want to miss this must-attend Expo! 

Box Fan Expo has been a huge success with fans and boxing industry people. Many boxing stars have attended the last four Expos such as Floyd Mayweather, Mike Tyson, Roberto Duran, Tommy Hearns, Marco Antonio Barrera, Roy Jones Jr., Andre Ward, Mikey Garcia, Marcos Maidana, Juan Manuel Marquez, Erik Morales, Errol Spence Jr., Sergio Martinez, Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia, Tim Bradley, Deontay Wilder, Amir Khan, Shawn Porter, Fernando Vargas, Zab Judah, James Toney, Jessie Vargas, Vinny Pazienza, Mia St.John, Leo Santa Cruz, Badou Jack, Terry Norris , Riddick Bowe , Earnie Shavers, Leon Spinks, Danny Jacobs, Abner Mares, Jorge Linares, Brandon Rios and many more…

Exhibitors include: boxing promoters, gear, apparel, equipment, energy drinks, supplement products, broadcasting media, sanctioning bodies, and other companies who wish to participate will once again have a chance to showcase their brand to fans and the boxing industry.

Tickets to the Box Fan Expo are available online at: 
http://www.boxfanexpo.eventbrite.com

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Rungvisai and Estrada Rematch Coming to the Forum April 26

Mar 7, 2019

TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR LA BLOCKBUSTER!
Rungvisai and Estrada rematch with Roman and Doheny aiming to unify on Friday, April 26 at the Forum
 Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Francisco Estrada rematch and Daniel Roman and TJ Doheny clash in a unification bout at the “Fabulous” Forum in Los Angeles on Friday, April 26 live on DAZN in the UK and on Sky Sports in the US – and tickets for the blockbuster fight night are on sale now! **TICKETS START FROM JUST $25 AND ARE ON SALE NOW FROM TICKETMASTER**
Rungvisai (47-4-1 41KOs) and Estrada (38-3 26KOs) served up a fight of the year candidate in February in the same LA venue – with Rungsivai edging it over Estrada by majority decision.

The Thai star will defend his WBC and Ring Magazine titles against the Mexican ace, with both men pocketing a pair of wins apiece since their epic tussle in California. Rungvisai was unable to make this week’s launch press conference in LA, but the challenger and former Flyweight World ruler believes that he will settle the score in another epic showdown.

“I’m extremely excited for this rematch,” said Estrada. “I know a lot of fans were asking for it. I’m getting ready to bring the title back to Mexico.

“I’m confident that I’m going to win the fight, but I’m also very excited to watch some of the undercard fights. I think it’s a stacked card, I like a lot of these fighters, so it will be a good card for everybody.”

Roman’s clash with Doheny promises fireworks, and it’s rich reward for two men who enjoyed great years in 2018.

WBA champion Roman (26-2-1 10KOs) made the first defense of his WBA crown in Japan over Ryo Matsumoto in February and followed that with another authoritative points triumph over Moises Flores in Frisco, Dallas in June, and then put the cherry on top of a fine year by stopping Brit challenger Gavin McDonnell in the tenth round of their clash on the first American boxing bill live on DAZN in October.

Like Roman, Doheny (21-0 15KOs) also went to the Far East for a massive fight, ripping the IBF crown from Ryosuke Iwasa in August in Tokyo. The Irishman’s first defense saw another Japanese look to take the title back to Japan, but Ryohei Takahashi was stopped by the 32 year old champion at Madison Square Garden in January.

“I’m excited to be back home,” said Roman. “This is a fight you want to see. The best against the best, champion against champion. I’ve been asking for this fight since I won the World title, and finally it’s here. It’s going to be a great card, but I feel we’re going to steal the show that night.”

“This is the kind of fight I want to be involved in,” said Doheny. “It’s a dream of mine – as soon as I got my World title that’s all I’ve been pushing for is a unification. I want to thank Daniel Roman for taking the fight and wanting to unify the division. In my opinion this is probably the best two 122 fighters in the world going off right now.

“There’s a lot of respect between myself and Danny, a fight of this magnitude does not need that kind of stuff. Come April 26 when that first bell goes, the respect will be gone out the window, and the fans can expect fireworks.”

A stacked undercard in support of the two World title battles is led by former two-weight World champion Jessie Vargas (28-2-2 10KOs) taking his first steps at 154lbs in his attempts to become a three-weight World ruler.

That will be Vargas’ first fight under new trainer Freddie Roach, and it’s a busy night for the Hall of Fame coach as Scott Quigg (35-2-2 26KOs) continues his charge to becoming a two-weight World champ.

Unbeaten Super-Middleweight talent Anthony Sims Jr is set for a breakout year and will fight for his first title on the bill. Sims (17-0 16 KOs), who is in action in Peterborough, England on Saturday night live on DAZN and Sky Sports, clocked three stoppage wins in the second half of 2018, and will look to convert that momentum in style in first the UK and then in LA.

Shakhram Giyasov (7-0 6KOs) and Diego Pacheco (2-0 1KO) landed wins in Tijuana, Mexico this weekend and will fight on the bill, while Eddie Hearn’s latest addition to his blossoming stable of young USA talents, Houston’s Austin ‘Ammo’ Williams, will make his pro debut on the card.

Tickets are on sale now prices from just $25 – to charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets are also available for purchase at www.fabulousforum.com or www.ticketmaster.com, and also at the Forum Box Office.

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UFC RETURNS TO ATLANTA WITH TWO PIVOTAL CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHTS

Mar 5, 2019

FEATURED BOUTS:

(C – FTW) MAX HOLLOWAY vs. (#3 – LW) DUSTIN POIRIER

(#4) KELVIN GASTELUM vs. (#5) ISRAEL ADESANYA

TICKETS FOR UFC® 236: HOLLOWAY vs. POIRIER 2 AT THE ALL-NEW STATE FARM ARENA GO ON SALE FRIDAY, MARCH 8

PRELIMINARY FIGHTS LIVE ON ESPN, ESPN DEPORTES

Las Vegas – For the first time in over two years, the UFC returns to Atlanta and brings with it two pivotal title fights, as reigning featherweight champion and No. 4-ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the world Max Holloway moves up in weight to attempt to become the fourth athlete to hold two UFC belts at the same time when he takes on No. 3-ranked lightweight contender Dustin Poirier for the interim UFC lightweight crown. Also, top middleweight contenders clash for the interim 185-pound belt as No. 4-ranked Kelvin Gastelum and No. 5-ranked Israel Adesanya vie for their first gold strap. UFC® 236: HOLLOWAY vs. POIRIER 2 takes place Saturday, April 13 at the all-new State Farm Arena and will air live on Pay-Per-View.

Preliminary fights will air nationally in English and Spanish on ESPN and ESPN Deportes starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. In addition to linear coverage of the preliminaries, fans will be able to purchase and watch UFC 236 on ESPN.com/UFC236, beginning in late March. Once purchased, fans will be able to watch the event on the web or in the ESPN App on mobile or TV-connected devices. They also can purchase and watch UFC 236 on UFC.com or the UFC App.

After dominating 13 opponents in a row at featherweight, reigning champion Holloway (20-3, fighting out of Waianae, Hawaii) moves up in weight for the first time in his career, as he chases the top of the pound-for-pound rankings by joining Conor McGregor, Daniel Cormier and Amanda Nunes as the only athletes to hold two UFC belts at the same time. During his run at featherweight, Holloway finished former long-time featherweight champion Jose Aldo twice, former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, and previously undefeated challenger Brian Ortega. Now, Holloway looks to avenge the first loss of his professional career by being only the second man to defeat Poirier in the last four years. 

Poirier (24-5, 1 NC fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.) aims to capitalize on the best run of his UFC tenure, as he looks to capture his first UFC title by proving his 2012 win over Holloway was no fluke. With his last four wins all earning him post-fight bonuses, Poirier has established himself as one of the most dangerous and entertaining competitors in arguably the deepest division in UFC. With his most recent stoppage wins coming over former lightweight champions Eddie Alvarez and Anthony Pettis, as well as durable top-contender Justin Gaethje, Poirier is confident that he has what it takes to stop Holloway from joining the ranks of double champions.

Six years to the day that he became The Ultimate Fighter: 17 middleweight champion Gastelum (16-3, 1 NC fighting out of Yuma, Ariz., by way of Huntington Beach, Calif.) is set to compete for the first UFC title of his career. Previously scheduled to face current middleweight champion Robert Whittaker at UFC 234 in February before Whittaker was forced to withdraw due to illness, Gastelum now looks to further cement his status in the division by becoming the only man to defeat fellow top-contender Adesanya. Coming off impressive wins over former middleweight champion Michael Bisping and No. 3-ranked contender Jacare Souza, Gastelum believes that the time is now for him to prove that he is the best middleweight in the world.

One of the fastest-rising prospects in UFC history, Adesanya (16-0, fighting out of Auckland, New Zealand) is fresh off an impressive victory over legendary former middleweight champion Anderson Silva and is now set to compete for his first title just over a year after joining the promotion. A multiple-time kickboxing champion with a reported record of 75-4, Adesanya is one of the highest-level strikers to ever compete in the Octagon, as evidenced by 13 of his 16 MMA wins coming via KO. Adesanya is now poised on the break of superstardom and intends to show that he is as good as he says by becoming the first person in history to KO Gastelum.

Additional bouts on the card include:

  • Former light heavyweight title challenger and No. 12-ranked contender Ovince Saint Preux (23-12, fighting out of Knoxville, Tenn.) looks to bounce back into the win column against Ukrainian prospect Nikita Krylov (25-6, fighting out of Donetsk, Ukraine)
  • Knockout artists clash as former football player Eryk Anders (11-3, fighting out of Birmingham, Ala.) and The Ultimate Fighter veteran Khalil Rountree (8-3, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.) look to establish themselves as fighters to watch in the light heavyweight division
  • Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series signee Montel Jackson (7-1, fighting out of Milwaukee, Wisc.) hunts for another first-round finish against the durable Andre Soukhamthath (13-6, Lake Worth, Fla. by way of Woonsocket, R.I.)
  • Former flyweight title challenger and current No. 5-ranked contender Wilson Reis (23-9, fighting out of San Diego, Calif.) aims to defend his rank and work his way back to another title shot by taking out No. 6-ranked contenderAlexandre Pantoja (20-3, Arraial Do Cabo, Brazil)
  • The first athlete officially signed from Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series Boston Salmon (6-1, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.) makes his long-anticipated UFC debut against German prospect Khalid Taha (12-2, fighting out of Dortmund, Germany)

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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Teofimo Lopez, Shakur Stevenson and Felix Verdejo Ready to Crash Garden Party April 20

Mar 5, 2019

Crawford vs. Khan Undercard: Teofimo Lopez, Shakur Stevenson and Felix Verdejo Ready to Crash Garden Party April 20 on Inaugural PPV under Top Rank on ESPN Banner

Lopez takes step up against top lightweight contender Edis Tatli
Stevenson to battle former world title challenger Christopher “Pitufo” Diaz
Verdejo to open PPV telecast against Bryan Vasquez

LIVE PPV April 20 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT

 Before pound-for-pound king Terence “Bud” Crawford enters the ring to defend his WBO welterweight world title against Amir “King” Khan, a pair of 21-year-old wunderkinds — Teofimo Lopez and Shakur Stevenson — will look to steal the show in their respective co-feature bouts on ESPN PPV Saturday, April 20 at Madison Square Garden.

Stevenson, the 2016 U.S. Olympic silver medalist, will tangle with former 130-pound world title challenger Christopher “Pitufo” Diaz in a 10-round featherweight bout. Lopez, the consensus 2018 Prospect of the Year and top lightweight contender, will face two-time European lightweight champion and former world title challenger Edis Tatli in a 10-rounder. Tatli is ranked No. 3 by the IBF and No. 10.

And, in a special attraction that will open the broadcast, Puerto Rican star Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo will fight former two-time interim super featherweight world champion Bryan Vasquez in a 10-round lightweight bout that will thrust the winner into the world title picture.

Tickets priced at $606, $406, $306, $206, $106, $81, and $56 (including facility fees) are on sale now and can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008) and online atwww.ticketmaster.com and www.msg.com.

Details on how fans will be able to access the pay-per-view broadcast, which will begin at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, will be announced at a later date.

The entire undercard will stream live beginning at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN+, the new multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer & International segment in conjunction with ESPN.

“This terrific undercard accompanying the Crawford-Khan main event will be extremely entertaining and exciting,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “Shakur Stevenson and Teofimo Lopez are two of the brightest young lights in boxing and are facing seasoned opponents in Diaz and Tatli. Felix Verdejo is on the comeback trail, and Bryan Vasquez is a tough veteran who won’t give in.”

Lopez (12-0, 10 KOs) catapulted from prospect to contender in 2018 and early 2019 with a slew of headline-grabbing wins, including sensational knockout victories over Mason Menard and Diego Magdaleno in his last two fights. A 2016 Olympian for his parents’ native Honduras, the Brooklyn-born puncher last fought at Madison Square Garden’s big arena on May 12 of last year, punctuating his first-round knockout of Vitor Jones Freitas with a Fortnite dance that went viral. Tatli (31-2, 10 KOs) has never been stopped as a pro and has wins over current European lightweight champion Francesco Patera, top contender Yvan Mendy and former 130-pound world champion Mzonke Fana. A celebrity in his native Finland, Tatli recently took home the first prize on “Tanssii tähtien kanss,” the Finnish version of the popular BBC program, “Strictly Come Dancing.”

“Every time I fight in my hometown, I take over the show, and that’s what I plan on doing again,” Lopez said. “This is the year I become a world champion, and whoever stands in my way is going to get knocked out. If you think you’ve seen the best version of Teofimo Lopez, think again. The Takeover is coming to Madison Square Garden and ESPN pay-per-view.

“One thing I know for sure: Tatli will be dancing with the real star of The Takeover on April 20. This ain’t reality TV. This is a real fight.”

“This is a great matchup, and I can’t wait to get the job done,” Tatli said. “Lopez is a skilled fighter, and he is in for a real treat on April 20. My goal has been clear for a long time — to win a world title — and Lopez is not going to stop me from reaching it.”

Stevenson (10-0, 6 KOs) followed up a 5-0 campaign in 2018 with a spectacular fourth-round TKO over Jessie Cris Rosales on Jan. 18 in Verona, N.Y. A native of Newark, N.J. — a short train ride from Madison Square Garden — Stevenson hopes to move closer to a world title opportunity in front of his home fans. Diaz (24-1, 16 KOs), from Barranquitas, Puerto Rico, moved down to featherweight following his July 2018 decision loss to Masayuki Ito for the vacant WBO junior lightweight world title. He knocked out David Berna in the first round on Nov. 24 to set up the Stevenson showdown.

“Newark is going to be in the building on April 20 as I show Christopher Diaz what I’m all about,” Stevenson said. “After I get done with him, Diaz will wish he’d stayed at 130 pounds. Soon enough, the featherweight division is going to run through me.”

“I feel super motivated and focused as always for another big fight in another big event,” Diaz said. “I like these kinds of challenges. I’m fighting against a silver medalist of the 2016 Rio Olympics who is also a great prospect with a lot of potential. He needs to demonstrate that he has what nobody can teach him. He needs to show that he has heart and gallantry. We’ll see on April 20 when he faces his first real tough test. I will come prepared as I always do. On that night, he will understand that you can’t teach cojones and that I was born with very big ones.”

Verdejo (24-1, 16 KOs), a former amateur superstar for his native Puerto Rico, hopes to graduate to contender status with a victory over Vasquez. He suffered his first loss last March via 10th-round stoppage to Antonio Lozada Jr. in a fight he was leading. Verdejo was victorious in his comeback bout on Nov. 10 in Puerto Rico, knocking out Yardley Armenta Cruz in the second round. Vasquez (37-3, 20 KOs) has won two in a row since a tight majority decision loss to Ray Beltran in August 2017.

“I’m going into this new challenge ready to demonstrate my skills against a world-class fighter,” Verdejo said. “I hope that this fight will open the doors to big fights. I want to bring a world championship to Puerto Rico, and this is the year.”

“In order for me to lose to Verdejo, he’s going to have to kill me,” Vasquez said. “In order for him to kill me, he’s going to have to be willing to die with me. And he’s already shown that he’s not willing to die in there.”

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VICTORIA CON AROMA A CAFÉ

Mar 5, 2019

VICTORIA CON AROMA A CAFÉ

Los rayados del Monterrey vencieron a domicilio a las Chivas con par de anotaciones de Dorlan Pavón.

Como cada 15 días el estadio Akron se vistió de gala para recibir un encuentro más del rebaño sagrado, sin embargo la fiesta rojiblanca no fue del todo plena, pues mucha afición visitante también se hizo presente en el inmueble para presenciar a su invicto equipo librar una batalla más dentro de la Liga Mx, procurando salir victoriosos para mantenerse en los primeros lugares de la tabla general para seguir palmo a palmo con su rival directo de la ciudad, y con esfuerzo, concentración y buen futbol lograron el objetivo de llevarse los 3 puntos a casa con un marcador de 2 a 0 y una excepcional actuación de su delantero colombiano Dorlan Pavón, todo esto ante un rebaño sagrado que mantuvo el esférico en su poder pero no fue capaz de marcar tantos.

El encuentro inició en punto de las 21:00 horas del tiempo local y el cafetalero no tardó mas de 2 minutos en hacerse presente en el marcador, cuando apenas al minuto 2 logró horadar la meta defendida por Gudiño, para silenciar de manera prematura a la afición local que se encontraba reunida en el estadio.

El encuentro continuó muy disputado y en ciertos momentos con ventaja de la posición del esférico de los locales, sin embargo por más que intentaron no lograron batir la meta de Barovero, inclusive tuvieron la ventaja numérica en la segunda parte cuando Rodolfo Pizarro salió expulsado después de una falta que el arbitro consideró como agresión y no dudó ni un segundo en mostrarle el cartón rojo al jugador regio.

Casi al final del encuentro fue nuevamente el Colombiano Pavón marcó la diferencia en el marcador, y con ello dar la cifra definitiva al encuentro, para terminar con las aspiraciones de los tapatíos de escalar en la tabla general y con dichos 3 puntos fueron precisamente los dirigidos por Diego Alonso quienes se mantuvieron en la 2da posición general, demostrando así que hoy por hoy los equipos de la sultana del norte son quienes mejor futbol desempeña y secuestran los primeros lugares del certamen cuando llega ya a la mitad de la temporada regular.

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