Chalktoberfest 2019 en Marietta, GA

Oct 16, 2019

Marietta, GA- Bereavision-El evento anual Chalktoberfest tuvo lugar en la Plaza Marietta, del 18 al 19 de octubre.

Allí se presentaron artistas profesionales de todo el país que exhibieron sus creativos diseños callejeros.

Algunas piezas eran originales y otras inspiradas en la cultura pop.

También asistieron artistas de diversas partes de México y escolares, los participantes tuvieron la oportunidad de exhibir sus diseños artísticos y la música en vivo, la artesanía expuesta.

Durante el evento formaron una parte muy importante del festival, los dueños de negocios en Georgia tuvieron la oportunidad de promover sus artesanías, como el arte, la ropa y el vino.

El evento tuvo lugar durante dos días en los que los artistas trabajaron en sus piezas y otros realizaron murales de pie, las piezas se pusieron en un concurso y los asistentes tuvieron la oportunidad de votar por su tiza favorita.

El evento ha sido uno de los más populares para comenzar la temporada de otoño aquí en Marietta.

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Congreso pide a aficionados de la Selección Mexicana elimine grito homofóbico

Oct 15, 2019

(CDMX). Legisladora pidió en el Congreso de la Ciudad de México a los aficionados de la Selección Mexicana, previo al partido de hoy en el Estadio Azteca contra Panamá, evitar grito discriminatorio.

La diputada por Morena, Donají Olvera, tomó la palabra para pedir que se erradiquen las expresiones homofóbicas que ya tienen por costumbre mencionar en los encuentros del Tricolor, las cuáles calificó como vergonzosas y machistas, ya que en diversas ocasiones la Federación Mexicana de Futbol ha sido multada más de 10 veces con un monto de más de 3 millones de pesos.

“Para que, durante el partido de México de hoy contra Panamá, en el Estadio Azteca eviten gritar esa popular porra vergonzosa, homofóbica, palabras que no son más que odio y homofobia; por eso llamamos desde este Congreso para que ese grito de México no sea de descalificación homofóbica. Desde el Congreso hacemos este llamado a la afición mexicana para mostrar respeto porque nuestra gente capitalina es respetuosa, solidaria, no machista”, comentó en tribuna.

Asimismo, recalcó que este deporte es querido y amado por los mexicanos, pues al no pronunciar este enunciado, se lleva paz y se evita la violencia y discriminación.

“El fútbol es un deporte amable y familiar”, señaló.

BM

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Today we announced that the inaugural Jazz on the Hill concert will be at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park

Oct 15, 2019

#ICYMI: Today we announced that the inaugural Jazz on the Hill concert will be at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, featuring live performances GRAMMY® Award winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum.

Special guest is Poncho Sanchez and His Latin Jazz Band. The free show will open with the Houston High School All Stars featuring Derrick Hodge, presented by a collaboration of the Monterey Jazz Festival and Texas Southern University.

Jazz on the Hill was created to promote music education and highlight national and local jazz artists who began and/or developed their careers here.

I’m thrilled to invite my fellow Houstonians to this memorable evening of jazz with world-renowned and budding artists on the same stage. I’m equally proud to showcase this concert at Miller Outdoor Theatre, which hosts the largest always-free performing arts program of its kind in the country.

KIRK WHALUM
Forged from his Memphis gospel roots and his 1980‘s initiation into the thriving Houston nightclub scene, Whalum’s big, rich tenor sax sound is unmistakably his own. Whalum has played for notable artists including Barbara Streisand, Al Jarreau, Luther Vandross, Larry Carlton, Quincy Jones and Whitney Houston. He can be heard on Houston’s iconic hit, “I Will Always Love You.” Whalum followed that career high point with his phenomenal hit album released on Warner Bros. Records, For You, perhaps the most successful of over 25 solo recordings to date. In addition to his many solo projects, he was also a member of the popular soul/jazz group BWB, which features him as the “W” of the group with Rick Braun (trumpet) and Norman Brown (guitar).

PONCHO SANCHEZ AND HIS LATIN JAZZ BAND
For more than three decades, Sanchez has created a combination of jazz and gritty soul music, with infectious melodies and rhythms from a variety of Latin American and South American sources. Born in Laredo to a Mexican-American family, Sanchez grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles, where he was raised on an unusual cross-section of sounds that included traditional jazz, Latin jazz and American soul. His album Latin Soul received a GRAMMY award for Best Latin Album of 1999, and he continued to release multiple albums throughout the next decade. With his latest project, Trane’s Delight, Sanchez continues to honor the giants whose music has helped shape his own, while building on the rich legacy they’ve left behind.

HOUSTON HIGH SCHOOL ALL STARS PRESENTED BY MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL AND TSU
Additional performances will include the formation of a new educational partnership between KTSU Radio, Texas Southern University and The Monterey Jazz Festival led by jazz musician and national recording artist Derrick Hodge (artist in residence.) This has led to a music symposium with Houston-area high school jazz ensembles from Oct. 23 – 26, 2019. Top jazz students will be selected from schools such as Waltrip, Heights, Kinder HSPVA, Westbury, Kempner, Taylor, Westside, MacArthur and more to perform with Hodge at Jazz on the Hill. Hodge was signed to Blue Note Records in September 2011 and in 2013, his solo album, Live Today, was released with guest appearances by Common, Robert Glasper and vocalist Alan Hampton (“Holding on to You”). He has also worked with Floetry, Osvaldo Golijov, Anthony Hamilton, Gerald Levert, Donnie McClurkin, James Moore, Mos Def, Musiq Soulchild, Q-Tip, Jill Scott, Timbaland, and Kanye West. He has toured and recorded with Clark Terry, Mulgrew Miller, Terell Stafford, and Terence Blanchard.

Sponsors include: Miller Outdoor Theatre, KTSU 90.9FM, Texas Southern University, and Houston First. The show is produced by the Mayor’s Office of Special Events.

For more information please visit www.houstontx.gov or www.houstonspecialevents.org.

CORTESIA: City of Houston

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UFC 245 HEADLINED BY THREE MASSIVE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHTS

Oct 15, 2019

UFC® 245 HEADLINED BY THREE MASSIVE

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHTS IN LAS VEGAS

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(C) KAMARU USMAN vs. (#2) COLBY COVINGTON

(C) MAX HOLLOWAY vs. (#1) ALEXANDER VOLKANOVSKI

(C) AMANDA NUNES vs. (#1) GERMAINE DE RANDAMIE

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Las Vegas – UFC®’s final Pay-Per-View event of 2019 will feature three blockbuster world championship bouts. In a highly anticipated welterweight championship grudge match, Kamaru Usman defends against No. 2 ranked contender Colby Covington. Featherweight champion and No. 7 ranked pound-for-pound fighter Max Holloway will go for his fourth successful defense against powerhouse No. 1 contender Alexander Volkanovski. Women’s bantamweight and featherweight champion, as well as No. 5 ranked pound-for-pound fighter, Amanda Nunes looks to continue building her historic legacy as she puts her 135-pound belt on the line in a rematch with former women’s featherweight titleholder and No. 1 ranked bantamweight Germaine de Randamie.

UFC® 245: USMAN vs. COVINGTON will take place Saturday, Dec. 14 at T-Mobile Arena and will stream live nationally on Pay-Per-View, exclusively through ESPN+ in the U.S. at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT in both English and Spanish.

ESPN+ is the exclusive provider of all UFC Pay-Per-View events to fans in the U.S. as part of an agreement announced in March and continuing through 2025.

As UFC® 245: USMAN vs. COVINGTON approaches, fans will be able to purchase itonline at ESPNPlus.com/PPV or on the ESPN App on mobile and connected-TV devices. ESPN+ is available as an integrated part of the ESPN App on all major mobile and connected TV devices and platforms, including Amazon Fire, Apple, Android, Chromecast, PS4, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, X Box One and more.

Preliminary fights will air nationally in English on ESPN2 and on ESPN Deportes (in Spanish) starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT with the early prelims simulcast on UFC Fight Pass and ESPN+ at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT.

Winner of The Ultimate Fighter season 21, Usman (15-1, fighting out of Dallas, Tx. by way of Auchi, Nigeria) is unbeaten since joining the UFC roster in 2015. He ascended the 170-pound ranks with impressive wins against Rafael Dos Anjos, Demian Maia and Leon Edwards, and his last outing saw him dominate Tyron Woodley to capture the welterweight championship in March. Usman now looks to take out his most heated rival to earn his first successful title defense.

Former UFC interim welterweight champion Covington (15-1, fighting out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) is poised to prove he’s the best in the world at 170 pounds. Currently riding a seven-fight win streak, the NCAA Division I All-American wrestler has netted big victories over Dos Anjos, Maia and Dong Hyun Kim, but Covington secured his most impressive win to date in his last outing against former champion Robbie Lawler in August. He now aims to settle the score with Usman and take home the welterweight championship.

Among the most dominant champions on the UFC roster, Holloway (21-4, fighting out of Waianae, Hawaii) has beaten the who’s who of the featherweight division. Over the course of his career, he’s scored dominant wins over former UFC title holders Frankie Edgar, Jose Aldo (twice) and Anthony Pettis, as well as top contender Brian Ortega. The Hawaiian now looks to take out one of the division’s most dangerous contenders for his fourth successful title defense.

Unbeaten for over six years, Volkanovski (20-1, fighting out of Windang, New South Wales, Australia) aims to be the next Australian athlete to capture a world championship. The former rugby player has been on a tear since joining the UFC roster in late 2016, securing impressive victories over Aldo, Chad Mendes, Darren Elkins, Jeremy Kennedy and Mizuto Hirota. Volkanovski now has his sights on dethroning Holloway to hand the Hawaiian his first featherweight loss since 2013.

The greatest women’s fighter in mixed martial arts history, Nunes (18-4, fighting out of Coral Springs, Fla. by way of Bahia, Brazil) won her first encounter with De Randamie via TKO in 2013. Her resume also includes first-round stoppage wins over former bantamweight champions Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate and Holly Holm. Nunes also became the first female two-division titleholder in UFC history last December with a 51-second KO victory against Cris Cyborg. She now hopes to etch her fifth bantamweight title defense in dominant fashion.

Former UFC featherweight champion De Randamie (9-3, fighting out of Utrecht, The Netherlands) is gunning for a measure of revenge against Nunes. Since that loss, she has won five straight with dominant victories over Raquel Pennington, Holly Holm and Larissa Pacheco. In July, De Randamie delivered a spectacular 16-second TKO win against Aspen Ladd. She now aims to become the second woman to win UFC championships in two divisions by handing Nunes her first loss in over five years.

Additional bouts on the card include:

  • Perennial fan favorite Matt Brown (23-16, fighting out of Denver, Colo.) returns against dangerous Ben Saunders (22-12, fighting out of Orlando, Fla.) in an exciting welterweight bout
  • Recent flyweight title challenger and No. 2 ranked contender Jessica Eye (14-7, fighting out of Cleveland, Oh.) takes on rising No. 6 Viviane Araujo (8-1, fighting out of Brasilia, Brazil)
  • In a clash of flyweight contenders, No. 6 ranked Brandon Moreno (14-5-1, fighting out of Tijuana, Mexico) faces No. 7 Kai Kara France (20-7-1, fighting out of Auckland, New Zealand)
  • Undefeated Dana White’s Contender Series signee Punahele Soriano (6-0, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.) debuts against Oskar Piechota (11-2-1, fighting out of Gdynia, Poland)

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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City awards new round of grants to 22 local arts projects

Oct 15, 2019
HOUSTON –  The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (MOCA) is happy to announce another group of recipients of Let Creativity Happen! competitive arts grants.

A total of $55,000 will support 22 creative and innovative projects throughout the City of Houston. The $2,500 grants were awarded to 13 artists, eight organizations and one group.

Funded by the portion of the City of Houston Occupancy Tax that is dedicated to the arts, Let Creativity Happen! is administered by MOCA with the Houston Arts Alliance.

“Since the launch of this grant program last year, the City has offered unique opportunities to risk-taking creative projects that presents the public with bold bodies of work,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said. “These projects have taken place throughout the City of Houston and have drawn visitors and Houstonians alike to engage with arts and cultural events created through local talent.”

“With the beginning of each cycle, it is always exciting to see how these group of recipients will continue to take a dynamic and fresh approach to engage with their communities, introduce new and unique art experiences, and involve the public in their creativity,” said MOCA Director Debbie McNulty.

 “The projects culminate in a presentation where recipients talk about what they created, learned and have an opportunity to engage with other grant recipients,” she said. “I invite everyone to join me at the next 8×8, eight artists x eight minutes, on Thursday, Oct. 17 at The Print Museum (1324 W Clay St, Houston, TX 77019), 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.”

MOCA congratulates all award recipients as they embark on their projects and thank them for their dedication to the arts and cultural vitality of Houston.

To learn more about the Let Creativity Happen! Express Grant program visit: https://www.houstonartsalliance.com/opportunities/grants/let-creativity-happen-express-grants

The next deadline for grant applications is 5:30 pm Nov. 1.

In photo below: Waterscapes with Buffalo Bayou Partnership by Carrie Schneider

 Grant Recipients:Project TitleDiscipline#Afro-LatinHTX#Afro-LatinHTXLiterature, Radio and PodcastGbenga AyeniHouston Open Canvas: Version 2.0PainterChapman DanceFolding and Unfolding: a dance and visual art collaborationDanceDavid DoveDown TimeMusicFrame DanceMicro DancesDance, Music and FilmIrraschenal PicturesWhistleFilm ProducerJUICEBOXJUICEBOXMusicBrandon KafarelaBUSSANT Fashion Collective – LaunchFashion & TextilesKRISTINA KOUTSOUDASDance of the Maghreb: A Taste of CultureDanceLynn LaneThe NoctambulistMulti-media performance artMelinda Laszcynski and John ForseYou know what I could go for…Ceramics and digitalDeniz LopezAll Real Children’s Rising ProgrammingMedia and Electronic ArtsAnna MayerWe Are Not Only EverythingSculpture/Social SculptureJesus MedelJournal Writing and Collective MemoryLiterature (Creative)Mystery Loves CompanyMystery NightsMusicObsidian TheaterOthello The RemixTheaterReyes RamierezThe Three Masks of Iturbide Villalobos: A Reading and Wrestling PerformanceLiterary, Performing ArtsBABA RUEROBRue’s WorldMusic/FilmCarrie SchneiderWaterscapes with Buffalo Bayou PartnershipSocially Engaged ArtMich StevensonA Lot A LandMultidisciplinarySarah SudhoffPoint of OriginDance and Kinetic Sound InstallationYoung Audiences Inc., of HoustonHCJPD Youth Mural ProjectVisual Art
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Suspect Arrested, Victims Sought in “Wobbly Wheel” Scam Investigation

Oct 15, 2019
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 Charges have been filed against two suspects, one arrested and one at-large, following an investigation into fraudulent activity known as the “wobbly wheel” scam.  

Both suspects are charged with arson and endangering a child in the 185th State District Court.  One suspect, Speed Lorenzo Thompson (w/m, 24), has been arrested.  The second suspect, Guliano Christopher Thomson (w/m, 31), is not in custody.  Though the males have different last name spellings, they are brothers.  Booking photos of both suspects are attached to this news release.    

Both men erroneously advise victims that one of their vehicle’s wheels is loose or damaged and then force the victim to pay for a repair.  They also state the wheel is on fire or is smoking to get the driver’s attention.  

The scam begins when the suspects approach the victim in a parking lot or attempt to motion the citizen over while driving.  In most cases, the suspects represent themselves as mechanics and offer to address the issue for the victim.  One suspect then pretends to fix the victim’s tire while other suspects distract the victim(s).  More recently, a suspect has been known to set the tire’s wheel well on fire with a lighter to show the car owner the tire is smoking and there is melted plastic.  The suspect then pressures the victim into payment for repairs.  

Investigators believe there are more victims and are asking anyone who may have had contact with Speed Thompson or Guliano Thomson to contact the HPD Major Offenders Division at 713-308-3100 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. 
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Mourinho: Football is a school for life

Oct 15, 2019
In an exclusive interview during the launch of the second FIFA Football for Schools pilot project in Lebanon, José Mourinho sat down with FIFA.com to talk about his previous role and experiences as a school teacher, what the FIFA Football for Schools programme means to him as well as the impact that football and education can have on people and society.Also featuring a special ‘team-talk’ Mourinho gave to teachers at Chouf Stadium in Lebanon during the launch of the pilot project in Lebanon, media can now download the interview via the following link on the FIFA Media Channel (HERE).A Video News Release (VNR) from the activities at Chouf Stadium with FIFA Legends on Sunday 13 October is also available. To access the VNR, please click HERE.
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Surveillance Video of Suspect Wanted in Sexual Assault at 6200 Antoine Drive

Oct 15, 2019
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Houston police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect wanted in the sexual assault of a juvenile female at 6200 Antoine Drive about 1 p.m. on August 31.  

The suspect is described only as a black male with a thin build and facial hair.  He was wearing a gray and blue tank top shirt, long pants and black open-toed shoes.  Surveillance video of the suspect can be viewed on the HPD YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/iUzPVv78HRs.  

The suspect entered an apartment complex at the above address and paced and walked around the area near the mailboxes, where the victim was waiting for the mail.  The suspect then grabbed the victim and sexually assaulted her in a common open area of the apartment complex.  He then fled the scene southbound on Antoine Drive.  The victim was transported to an area hospital to be treated for injuries sustained during the assault.  

Anyone with information on the identity and whereabouts of the wanted suspect is urged to contact the HPD Special Victims Division at 713-308-1100 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.  
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FIFA President and FIFA Legends help kick off second Football for Schools pilot project in Lebanon

Oct 15, 2019
• FIFA President and FIFA Legends – including Kaka, Laura Georges, Tim Cahill, Marcel Desailly, Samuel Eto’o and Jose Mourinho – in Lebanon to launch second Football for Schools pilot project
• School children in the country to receive interactive sessions focussed on developing life-skills and promoting values through football
• Online resources and mobile applications to be developed for teachers as part of the FIFA Football for Schools programme – worldwide launch scheduled for early 2020FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, alongside FIFA Legends – including Kaka, Laura Georges, Tim Cahill, Marcel Desailly, Samuel Eto’o and Jose Mourinho – visited schoolchildren in Lebanon this weekend to host several interactive sessions to mark the start of the second pilot project for the FIFA Football for Schools programme, which is set to be launched early next year.Following the first pilot project, which began in Puerto Rico last month, FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, alongside FIFA Legends took part in two workshops – one today in Mount Lebanon and one at Bir Hassan Technical College in Beirut tomorrow (Monday 14 October), which will see nearly 300 schoolchildren from different schools take part in interactive life-skills lessons.As part of the FIFA Football for Schools programme – a new initiative set to be implemented around the world by the FIFA Foundation from early 2020 – participating schools will help to deliver a variety of fun and interactive sessions designed to educate boys and girls across three age groups (4 to 7, 8 to 11 and 12-14 years) about important life-skills and positive values.The lessons will also aim to address some of the social challenges facing young people in the world face today, including bullying, staying in school and leading a healthy and active lifestyle.Speaking today, FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, said:“Football and education play a vital role in nurturing talent and young people in society today. As we launch the second pilot project of the Football for Schools programme here in Lebanon, today marks an important step forward for the programme as we look to combine football and education together in a programme that not only aims to teach boys and girls around the world important values and life-skills through football but also aims to inspire real and positive change within society. Football for schools is ultimately about lessons for life.”As part of the session that took place in Chouf Stadium today, 36 teachers from local schools in Lebanon delivered lessons focussed on life-skills and several themes. The lessons also trialled several online resources and mobile applications that have been developed by FIFA for teachers and schools that will participate in the programme and aim to be delivered as part of the school curriculum and extracurricular school activitiesDuring today’s workshop, Jose Mourinho, FIFA Legend, said:“Football is a school for life and teachers and coaches in schools around the world play a vital role in shaping the lives of young people and teaching them about important values – like hard work, fair play and respect. By giving teachers the right resources and right tools, we can influence more young people around the world through this programme and have a positive impact on society.” On the sidelines of today, FIFA Legend and FIFA Foundation CEO Youri Djorkaeff, added:“Football has played such an important part of my life. As a player, football has taught me important values like teamwork and respecting others. Football has a truly special power to connect and reach into the hearts and minds of young people and communities. It is vital that as former players and FIFA Legends, we give back to society and pass on the valuable lessons that football has taught us to a new generation.“As the FIFA Foundation begins the first Football for Schools pilot projects, we look forward to working with more member associations, governments and programme partners, like the World Food Programme (WFP), over the coming months ahead of the official launch next year.”Further information on the Football for Schools programme can also be found on FIFA.com.
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DEONTAY WILDER VS. LUIS ORTIZ II & LEO SANTA CRUZ VS. MIGUEL FLORES

Oct 1, 2019

Deontay Wilder Defends His WBC Heavyweight Title in Highly Anticipated Rematch Against Luis Ortiz on FOX SportsPBC Pay-Per-View Saturday, November 23 at theMGM Grand Garden Arena in Las VegasThree-Division Champion Leo Santa Cruz Seeks Title in Fourth Division When He Battles Miguel Flores for the WBA Super Featherweight Championship in Co-Main Event

Photos from Sean Michael Ham/Mayweather Promotions


LOS ANGELES (September 30, 2019) – WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder and hard-hitting Cuban slugger Luis “King Kong” Ortiz went face to face on Saturday at a press conference to officially announce their highly anticipated rematch that headlines a FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View Saturday, November 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Also squaring off at Saturday’s event in Los Angeles were three-division champion and current WBA Featherweight Champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz and exciting contender Miguel “El Michoacan” Flores, who meet for the WBA Super Featherweight Championship in the co-main event of pay-per-view action that begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. WATCH THE FULL PRESS CONFERENCE HEREClick HERE to see Wilder’s breakdown of the rematch against Ortiz Tickets for the event, which is promoted by BombZquad Promotions, TGB Promotions and Mayweather Promotions, are on sale now and can be purchased at www.mgmgrand.com or www.axs.com. Here is what the fighters had to say Saturday from the Lexus Club at STAPLES Center: DEONTAY WILDER “Here we go again. The only way for there to be a rematch was for there to be an exciting first fight. When I first met this man in the ring, it was amazing and inspiring to go up against such a skillful fighter. It was such a great experience for me and an honor for me to face him. “That first fight was a test for me to show me where my skill level was in the heavyweight division. He was the bogeyman in the heavyweight division for a reason. To this day, they still don’t fight him for a reason. “I’m the best in the world. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I believe in that and I’ve proven that. I’ve proved so many people wrong and I still have to do it. That gives me the motivation and the will to keep going. “I created a bond with Ortiz fighting the first time because of our daughters. We were two fathers in the ring who had to battle it out for our families. There’s no better feeling than going for war against another gladiator. “There wasn’t really anything that I learned about myself in the first fight, but it was confirmation of something I had already known. I know what I can do and I believe in myself. I didn’t feel like I was proving anything to myself, it was just proving it to others. “We’re passionate about this and we want to give the fans the best fight possible. We will do that again because I never leave you without having a great time and giving you excitement. If you’ve never seen a boxing match before, I’m the person to come see. If you want to see excitement, this is the fight to be at. This is the fight to order. “I’m a true champion. A true champion can walk it like he talks it, and I walk it like I talk it every time. On November 23 I expect to see everyone there or ordering it on pay-per-view, because I can’t wait.” LUIS ORTIZ “I’m very happy to have this opportunity at the rematch. Wilder had the courage to take the rematch and that’s a big part of why this is happening. I’m excited for this fight and I’m going to make the most of it. “There are no excuses from me. The first fight is over. Now we’re on to this fight. I’m going to get the victory. There are things that are being done differently, but it will all be decided in the ring. “I’m focused on this fight and only this fight. I’m not a man of many words, but the opportunity is here and it was destined to be. Here we go. “A warrior doesn’t abandon his mission. My mission is to become world champion. I’ve trained very hard since my loss and it will all culminate on November 23. “I won’t make the same mistake this time like I made in the last fight. I’m going to be more prepared, more aggressive and have more of everything. I’m taking it all up a level. “There was no reason for me not winning the first fight, it just is what it is. We knew that one of us was going to get knocked out. I have that same sentiment for the rematch. This fight is not going 12 rounds. “I want November 23 to get here sooner than later. I’m ready to step into the ring and do the job and become heavyweight world champion.” LEO SANTA CRUZ “I work hard for every fight and it’s going to be the same for this fight. This opportunity came to fight for the 130-pound title and I’m excited to fight for it. I want to become a four-division world champion. “I’m going to see how I feel at 130. If I’m strong I definitely feel like I will have more fights there. My goal right now is to win this world title. That’s what I’m focused on. “I’m very happy and excited to have this opportunity to become a four-division world champion. My goal when I began boxing was just to become a world champion. To go for a fourth time is an even bigger dream. “Miguel Flores is a tough fighter and I don’t underestimate him. I know it’s going to be a hard fight. He’s going to come with everything he has. It’s the opportunity of his lifetime. “I’m really motivated like this is my first world title. This is something big for me. It will help me be remembered as one of the best Mexican fighters and that’s my goal. “Most importantly, we’re going to give the fans a great show on fight night. To be the co-main event for Deontay Wilder is amazing. He always gives a great show, but my job is to give everyone even more excitement.” MIGUEL FLORES “They say you don’t get second chances in life, but I am getting that and I’m very grateful. Everything happens for a reason. This fight was meant to happen and I plan to take full advantage of it. “Being at 130 or 126 doesn’t make a difference to me when fighting Leo, it’s still the same guy. He started his career at 118 anyway and I’ve had it in my brain for so long about how I’m going to beat him. “The strategy is to outdo him in anything. Outsmart him, out hustle him and just be able to do it all. He does everything well and he’s a veteran. I know he has tricks under his sleeve, but we need to be ready for that and have something ready to go back at him. “This is an even bigger scene being the co-main event to the heavyweight championship of the world in Las Vegas. Everything has worked out perfect for me. That wasn’t my mentality when the injury happened, but now it all makes sense. “I want to be able to be the guy. By beating Leo, I become the guy. It’s both of our jobs to turn everyone into believers. After this fight, everyone is going to know this was a great fight. “Our focus is on Leo Santa Cruz. November 23 is all that’s on my mind. A lot of people don’t know how good my boxing skills are and how crafty I can be in the ring. They’re going to be in for a surprise.”

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