|NFL to Host Community Events Across Philadelphia Throughout Draft Week|
Free events, community activities to reach thousands of Philadelphia residents
The impact of the 2017 NFL Draft will extend far beyond the Benjamin Franklin Parkway through the NFL’s many community events planned for Draft week across Philadelphia. From hospitals to schools, flag football to family football clinics, thousands of local children and their families will experience the excitement of Draft through a series of free events.
The following are some of the ways that the NFL will celebrate Draft week and leave a positive legacy in Philadelphia. Full details on each of these events and participating players will be available via media advisories during Draft Week.
NFL Draft Community Kickoff
On Tuesday, April 25 at 12:45 PM, the NFL will join the City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Eagles and the Philadelphia NFL Draft Host Committee at Starr Garden Park to celebrate the beginning of Draft Week.
Representatives from the partner organizations, including NFL Senior Vice President of Social Responsibility ANNA ISAACSON, Mayor of Philadelphia JIM KENNEY and former Eagles QB and Co-Chair of the Philadelphia NFL Draft Host Committee RON JAWORSKI, will kick off Draft festivities and recognize community grant recipients. Following the press event, the NFL will host a flag football clinic for local students from General George A. McCall Elementary and Middle School.
The NFL Foundation is providing a grant to the School District of Philadelphia to fund flag football programs for local youth athletes. The donation will be used to fund the expansion of flag football and supply key resources and equipment for in-school and after-school programs.
NFL Draft Prospects Shriners Hospital Visit
NFL Draft prospects will spend time with pediatric patients and their families and cheer them on while they participate in a PLAY 60 obstacle course at Shriners Hospitals for Children on Wednesday, April 26 at 10 AM. In 2015, the NFL and Shriners Hospitals for Children teamed to create the NFL PLAY 60 All-Ability Guide, which includes adaptive activities to help children with different physical abilities live an active lifestyle.
Character Playbook Philadelphia Launch, William Ziegler Elementary School
Character Playbook, a joint initiative of the NFL and United Way Worldwide powered by EverFi, an education technology leader in more than 20,000 schools across the nation, will launch in Philadelphia on Wednesday, April 26 at 1 PMat William Ziegler Elementary School (5935 Saul St.). The digital course uses evidence-based strategies to educate students on how to cultivate and maintain healthy relationships during their critical middle school years. Students will go through the six interactive modules that engage them with true-to-life scenarios including bystander intervention strategies and positive relationship examples. Philadelphia Eagles Legends will then engage in a conversation with students on the importance of character and integrity on and off the field.
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Visit
On Thursday, April 27, at 11 AM a group of NFL players will visit Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Players will spend time with patients and take part in games and activity sessions with children and their families.
Play Football Clinic, Play Football Field presented by Danimals, Benjamin Franklin Parkway
A group of NFL Draft prospects will lead 100 local children in a youth football clinic on Thursday, April 27 from 9-10 AM. Participants will learn on-field techniques and receive instruction from prospects at various football skills and drills stations, including passing, receiving and agility.
NFL PLAY 60 Clinics, Play Football Field presented by Danimals, Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Children from local schools and organizations will take part in private youth football clinics at the Play Football Field presented by Danimals April 27-29. Participants will take part in hour-long PLAY 60 skills and drills sessions, led by USA Football coaches.
Local schools and organizations taking part in the private clinics include:
In addition to these private clinics, thousands of children from the Philadelphia community are invited to take part in public youth football clinics, which will take place at the Play Football Field April 27-29. Parents can register their kids for the free clinics through Fan Mobile Pass – NFL Draft.
NFL PLAY 60 Zone presented by Campbell’s & SpaghettiOs, Benjamin Franklin Parkway
An interactive area specifically designed for the youngest NFL fans to get active and moving, the NFL PLAY 60 Zone presented by Danimals includes an obstacle course, virtual fitness stations and more. A sampling of attractions include:
Special Olympics Unified Flag Football Game and Skills Clinic, Play Football Field presented by Danimals, Benjamin Franklin Parkway
The NFL and Special Olympics will host a football skills and drills clinic followed by a Special Olympics Unified Flag Football game featuring Special Olympics Pennsylvania athletes on Friday, April 28 from 10:30 AM-12 PM on the Play Football Field presented by Danimals at NFL Draft Experience. Philadelphia Eagles players will lead skills and drills stations and serve as coaches for the game.
In January, the NFL and Special Olympics kicked off their partnership to provide opportunities for athletes of all abilities to ‘PLAY 60’ through the expansion of Special Olympics Unified Flag Football. The partnership leverages the football community to promote awareness, respect and inclusion of Special Olympics athletes amongst NFL players, clubs, supporters and partners.
NFL Draft High School 7-on-7 Tournament
Football players representing 8 local high school teams will participate in a single elimination 7-on-7 tournament on Friday, April 28 from 6 – 8 PM at the South Philadelphia Supersite (2926 S. 10th St). A character development speech led by Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver JORDAN MATTHEWS and Philadelphia Eagles Legend JASON AVANT will take place between games at approximately 7 PM
The two remaining teams will face off in the tournament final on Saturday, April 29 from 9 AM – 12 PM at the Play Football Field Presented by Danimals at the NFL Draft Experience. The winning team of the tournament will appear onstage during the Philadelphia Eagles’ Round 7 pick selection at the NFL Draft Theater.
Players from the following high schools will participate:
NFL Draft Family Football Clinic, Play Football Field presented by Danimals, Benjamin Franklin Parkway
The NFL Draft Family Football Clinic will be held on Saturday, April 29 at 9 AM. This event will give local kids an opportunity to participate in a youth football clinic with USA Football coaches while their parents listen to football-themed discussion panels on topics ranging from the X’s and O’s of the game to health and safety, heat and hydration and strength and conditioning. The clinic will include Heads Up Football tackling and blocking drills and conclude with kids and parents taking the field together to participate in side-by-side activities.
Participants will include SAM and WILMA MCNABB, parents of former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, and JON RUNYAN, NFL vice president of Football Operations and former Philadelphia Eagles tackle.
Families can register for the free Family Football Clinic through Fan Mobile Pass – NFL Draft.
Fuel Up to Play 60 NFL Draft Ambassadors
ARIANA HINMON and WISDOM AGBEYOME, two local middle school students, will serve as Fuel Up to Play 60 student ambassadors and receive a behind-the-scenes experience at the 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia. Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by the National Dairy Council and the NFL, in collaboration with the USDA, to help encourage kids to lead healthier lives. The experience will include an opportunity to cover the Red Carpet, an exclusive tour of the Draft Theater and access to press conferences with prospects after they’ve been drafted.
NFL Draft Special Guests
The following are unique ways that special guests from several of the NFL’s nonprofit partners will participate in Draft festivities.
MAKE-A-WISH® Pick Announcement
Make-A-Wish recipient TJ ONWUANIBE will have his wish granted when he joins COMMISSIONER GOODELL to announce the Baltimore Ravens Round 1 pick on Thursday, April 27. A football-loving 13-year old, TJ is a cancer survivor and devoted Ravens fan from Laurel, MD.
This is the third wish granted at the NFL Draft since 2010. The NFL and Make-A-Wish have a longstanding partnership and have teamed up to grant hundreds of wishes dating back to the Super Bowl in 1982.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® Pick Announcement
St. Jude patient KATE FOSTER will join COMMISSIONER GOODELL and Chicago Bears Legend JAY HILGENBERG to announce the Bears’ Round 2 pick on Friday, April 28. A competitive gymnast, Kate, 17, from Rockford, IL, lost her left leg to an infection during treatment for Acute Myeloid Leukemia at age 12 but overcame her illness and returned to the gym less than a year later. Today, she continues to compete around the country and has received national recognition for her leadership, strength and determination, winning the 2016 USA Gymnastics Robert Miller Spirit of the Flame Award.
NFL PLAY 60 is the “official champion of play” at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, helping to give all kids the chance to PLAY 60 and lead active and healthy lives. Earlier this year, during the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine, NFL Network host RICH EISEN ran the 13th annual ‘Run Rich Run’ 40-yard dash to benefit the NFL PLAY 60 relationship with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Salute to Service – Military Appreciation
The NFL will honor and welcome active duty service members, veterans and their families at events throughout Draft week in Philadelphia.
On Thursday evening, a joint color guard and veterans from Wounded Warrior Project will join talent onstage during the National Anthem to open the Draft.
The NFL has teamed with the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) to honor the Frisons, a Gold Star Family. A Lancaster, Pa. native and passionate Philadelphia Eagles fan, U.S. Army 1st Lt. DEMETRIUS FRISON lost his life in combat in Afghanistan in 2011. Frison’s wife and son will accompany Eagles 2016 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year winner and Long Snapper JON DORENBOS onstage to announce the Eagles’ Round 3 pick on Friday, April 28.
In addition, active duty service members from all five branches of the military and veterans from the USO and Wounded Warrior Project will be guests at the Draft on Saturday for Rounds 4-7. Prior to entering the Draft Theater, military members will enjoy a complimentary meal provided by MISSION BBQ. MISSION BBQ is dedicated to serving those who serve and donates proceeds to local military members, firefighters, police officers, and first responders.
Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Recognition
Round 3 Draft announcements will feature past recipients and team winners of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award presented by Nationwide, including the 2013 national award winner and former Chicago Bears cornerback CHARLES TILLMAN.
The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award recognizes a player for his excellence on and off the field and represents the best of the NFL’s commitment to philanthropy and community impact.
NFL Draft Experience presented by Oikos Triple Zero
As previously announced, thousands of fans will have the opportunity to take part in free activities throughout Draft week at NFL Draft Experience presented by Oikos Triple Zero. Tickets are not required.
NFL Draft Experience is an expansive, interactive Draft celebration along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway that is free to the public and open all three days of the Draft. NFL Draft Experience will feature interactive elements, flag football competitions, concessions, player appearances/autographs, a Super Bowl Museum and more.
The Draft, which was held in Chicago the previous two years, will once again be set in primetime for Rounds 1-3. Round 1 will take place on Thursday, April 27 while Rounds 2-3 will be held on Friday, April 28. The Draft will conclude on Saturday, April 29 with Rounds 4-7.
For more information on NFL Draft media opportunities or community events, visit NFL.com/DraftExperience.
SHOWTIME SPORTS® UNVEILS FULL SPRING BOXING SCHEDULE, HEADLINED BY LIVE TELECAST OF HEAVYWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT: JOSHUA vs. KLITSCHKO
SHOWTIME® To Present Seven World Championship Fights Across Seven Live Telecasts In Eight Weeks
Video/Graphic Credit: SHOWTIME
Watch Joshua-Klitschko launch spot: http://s.sho.com/2ouhMgN
NEW YORK (April 17, 2017) – SHOWTIME Sports has unveiled the network’s complete spring 2017 boxing schedule following today’s earlier announcement that the heavyweight boxing event of the year will be televised live on SHOWTIME. The stacked lineup includes seven world championship fights across eight live boxing telecasts over an eight-week span.
On Saturday, April 29, Anthony Joshua will face Wladimir Klitschko in the most significant heavyweight world championship fight in more than a decade. The event will air live on SHOWTIME at 4:15 p.m. ET/1:15 p.m. PT from a sold-out Wembley Stadium, where a record crowd of more than 90,000 spectators is expected.
Also announced today, SHOWTIME and Premier Boxing Champions will present the rematch between WBC Light Heavyweight Champion Adonis Stevenson and Andrzej Fonfara on Saturday, June 3. This bout is an encore of a 2014 action-packed fight in which Stevenson edged Fonfara to defend his 175-pound crown.
The SHOWTIME boxing lineup also includes two significant welterweight bouts with world title implications: Andre Berto vs. Shawn Porter (April 22) and Kell Brook vs. Errol Spence Jr. (May 27). Both events are presented in association with Premier Boxing Champions. The April 22 Berto vs. Porter event will feature an anticipated 154-pound world title fight between Jermell Charlo and Charles Hatley as well as world champion Amanda Serrano attempting to become the first woman—and first fighter of Puerto Rican decent—to win a world title in five different weight classes.
On Saturday, May 20, SHOWTIME will present a unique twin-bill of world championship fights. First, boxing’s hottest young star, newly minted world champion Gervonta Davis, will make his first world title defense against Liam Walsh from London. Later that evening, featherweight world champion Gary Russell Jr. and former world champion Andre Dirrell will be featured in separate bouts. Start times for both live telecasts are to be determined.
In all, SHOWTIME Sports will present one live SHOWTIME BOXING INTERNATIONAL telecast, one live ShoBox: The New Generation telecast, and five SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecasts, all free to network subscribers. Plus, SHOWTIME is in the early stages of planning for the return of four-division world champion Adrien Broner and undefeated star Mikey Garcia in separate events this summer.
The spring lineup complements the network’s robust 2017 boxing schedule. In the first 10 weeks of the year, SHOWTIME Sports presented eight world championship fights, including two world title unification bouts (Jack vs. DeGale and Thurman vs. Garcia, SHOWTIME Boxing on CBS), two world title rematches (Frampton vs. Santa Cruz II and Linares vs. Crolla II), the live-stream of the first-ever boxing event on Twitter (Broner vs. Granados), the resurgence of women’s boxing (Serrano vs. Rivas) and the first women’s boxing main event in premium television history (Shields vs. Szabados).
“SHOWTIME continues its unrivaled commitment to the sport. There simply is no other network in boxing delivering world-class events on a consistent basis,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President & General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports.
“Our 2017 schedule already includes some 17 live boxing telecasts, 15 world championship fights, with the top-rated fighters squaring off in boxing’s deepest weight divisions. We continue to break the glass ceiling on women’s boxing, deliver the biggest bouts from overseas and see champions take on champions to unify divisions. We are proud to be re-shaping the boxing landscape both in and out of the ring.”
See below for the SHOWTIME boxing spring calendar. This is the network’s third major boxing schedule announcement of the past 13 months.
MATCHROOM SPORT AND KLITSCHKO MANAGEMENT GROUP INK DEAL FOR U.S. TELEVISION RIGHTS TO HEAVYWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BLOCKBUSTER EVENT: ANTHONY JOSHUA vs. WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
American Premium Television Giants SHOWTIME and HBO To Produce Separate Telecasts on Saturday, April 29 From London’s Wembley Stadium
SHOWTIME Live at 4:15 p.m. ET/1:15 p.m. PT;
HBO Telecast in Primetime at approx. 10:45 p.m. ET/PT
hoto Credit: Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME
LONDON (April 17, 2017) – Matchroom Sport, Klitschko Management Group (KMG) and K2 Promotions have reached agreement with U.S. premium television giants Showtime and HBO to televise the most significant heavyweight world championship match in more than a decade. On Saturday, April 29, IBF Heavyweight World Champion Anthony Joshua will face former unified world champion Wladimir Klitschko from a sold-out Wembley Stadium in London.
Showtime is the exclusive U.S. television partner of Joshua, while HBO has an exclusive agreement with Klitschko in the States. Each premium network will produce its own separate telecast of the main event match for the U.S. audience. SHOWTIME will televise its SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING presentation live at 4:15 p.m. ET/1:15 p.m. PT, while HBO will televise its WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING production at approximately 10:45 p.m. ET/PT.
Joshua (18-0, 18 KOs) and Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) will meet for Joshua’s IBF World Championship and the vacant IBO and WBA World Championships. The British sensation Joshua has knocked out all 18 of his professional opponents in a meteoric rise to stardom, while the long-reigning world champion from Ukraine, Klitschko, aims to win back titles he previously held in his 11-year rule as heavyweight world champion. Joshua vs. Klitschko is promoted by Matchroom Boxing, KMG and K2 Promotions and has officially sold out Wembley Stadium with a record-setting 90,000 tickets sold.
“I’m extremely happy and thankful that our respective U.S. TV partners Showtime and HBO reached an agreement,” said Bernd Boente, Managing Director of Klitschko Management Group. “This happened before in the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao and the Lewis vs. Tyson fights and shows you the magnitude of our event at Wembley Stadium on April 29.”
“I’m delighted to announce this historic deal that will see Britain’s biggest ever fight shown on both HBO and SHOWTIME in the U.S.,” said Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport. “It takes a special fight to break down barriers and boundaries but also networks and executives who believe in working with the best interest of fight fans in mind. With the obstacles in place it would have been any easy resolution to not air the fight in the States but I want to thank HBO and Showtime for their perseverance and allowing America to see one hell of a fight at our national stadium in front on 90,000 passionate fans. Joshua vs. Klitschko is a fight for the ages and we look forward to the show!”
“We are thrilled to be delivering Joshua vs. Klitschko to the U.S. audience live on SHOWTIME,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports. “On the afternoon of April 29, U.S. sports fans will be able to tune in to SHOWTIME to join a record-breaking crowd of 90,000 at Wembley Stadium and a worldwide television audience in witnessing an event that represents not only the contesting of the heavyweight world championship, but potentially the changing of the guard in the most influential division in boxing. We are proud to be Anthony Joshua’s exclusive U.S. television partner as he attempts to establish his legacy against the legendary Wladimir Klitschko, live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, as Showtime continues its unrivaled commitment to the sport.”
Said Peter Nelson, executive vice president, HBO Sports: “Both promoters and both networks have found a solution that enables boxing fans in the U.S. to watch the world heavyweight championship. This agreement ensures that our subscribers have access to same-day primetime coverage of the fight. It will mark Wladimir Klitschko’s 22nd appearance on HBO and the first for Anthony Joshua.”
The 27-year-old Joshua has been perfect since turning professional shortly after winning Gold at the 2012 Olympics for Great Britain. Joshua, of Watford, England, won the IBF Heavyweight World Championship with a second-round knockout of defending champion Charles Martin in April 2016, earning a heavyweight belt in the fewest number of fights in more than 20 years. He has since successfully defended the title twice—against Dominic Breazeale in June and Eric Molina in December.
Joshua is just the sixth Olympic Gold Medalist at super heavyweight to go on to win a professional heavyweight world title, joining Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Lennox Lewis, Alexander Povetkin and his rival on April 29, Wladimir Klitschko.
HBO has been the long-time home of Klitschko’s professional boxing career in the States. The 41-year-old has been a kingpin in the heavyweight division since winning Gold at the 1996 Olympic Games. He turned pro shortly after the Atlanta games and ran an undefeated campaign for 24 fights before suffering his first defeat to experienced veteran Ross Puritty. Klitschko quickly rebounded by winning 10 in a row and captured his first world title (WBO) with a unanimous decision victory over Chris Byrd in 2000, a win which avenged a loss by his brother, Vitali, earlier that year.
Klitschko’s most recent reign at heavyweight began in 2006 when he captured the IBF and IBO belts via knockout in a rematch against Chris Byrd. He went on to make 17 consecutive defenses of the IBF and IBO crowns, 13 consecutive defenses of the WBO belt, and eight consecutive defenses of the WBA title. Along the way, he amassed victories over Sultan Ibragimov, Hasim Rahman, Ruslan Chagaev, David Haye, Samuel Peter, Alexander Povetkin, Kubrat Pulev and more. In total he has fought in 28 total world title fights – a unique record in the history of the heavyweight division – compared to just 18 total professional fights for Anthony Joshua. He was the longest reigning world champion (2006-2015) after Joe Louis.
This will be Klitschko’s first outing since losing the IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO titles to Tyson Fury in 2015, his first defeat in 11 years
Rayados empata de visita ante Toluca
Los Rayados de Monterrey igualan a un gol ante los Diablos Rojos del Toluca
Los Rayados de Monterrey igualaron a un gol ante los Diablos Rojos del Toluca en el partido celebrado este domingo en la cancha del Estadio Nemesio Díez.
En un partido ofensivo de los dos Equipos, Rayados pudo sacar un empate de la casa de los Diablos Rojos y así llegar a 24 unidades en la tabla general del Clausura 2017.
En el partido, el inicio fue del cuadro de Toluca que intentó abrir pronto el marcador, pero la figura del arquero Rayado, Hugo González se hizo presente para poder evitarlo.
Poco a poco Rayados fue controlando el juego y a realizar sus propios movimientos que le dieron opciones de gol hasta que al minuto 40, Edwin Cardona pudo definir con un disparo dentro del área, que desvía un defensor de Toluca y vence el arco de Talavera para el 1-0 en el marcador.
El cuadro local reaccionó pronto y empató al 43 por medio de Gabriel Hauche para así finalizar la primera parte.
En el segundo tiempo, los dos Equipos siguieron con su idea ofensiva, Rayados siempre buscó el arco rival, incluso con el ingreso de Dorlan Pabon, pero sin poder conseguir ese gol que les diera la ventaja.
Al final, el cuadro albiazul sacó la igualada de la cancha de Toluca y ahora se prepara para lo que será una edición más del Clásico Regio este fin de semana ante Tigres en el Estadio BBVA Bancomer.
Cortesia: Club Monterrey
Sullivan Barrera Stops Paul Parker in an Action-Packed Light Heavyweight Showdown Live on
HBO Latino Boxin
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Uncasville, CT: The Mohegan Sun’s Rising Stars Boxing Series teamed up with HBO Latino for another exciting night of boxing at the Uncas Ballroom at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino. The stacked undercard of international and local prospects was the perfect lead-in to the exciting televised event on HBO Latino.
In the first fight of the evening, Kazakhstan middleweight Meiirim “The Sultan” Nursultanov (2-0, 1 KO) stopped Javier Olvera (1-1, 1 KO) of Mexico in the second round. This was Nursultantov’s first appearance in the Mohegan Sun’s Rising Stars Boxing Series.
The next fight featured former kickboxer Enriko Gogokhia (4-0, 2 KOs) of Georgia (country) against Bryan Goldsby (4-3) of Macon Georgia. Gogokhia appeared on the Rising Stars’ premiere back in November 2016. Goldsby quit on the stool after only two rounds with Gogokhia.
Junior middleweights Madiyar Ashkeyev of Kazakhstan (8-0, 4 KOs) and Brooklyn native Shawn Cameron (10-3, 5 KOs) were set to square off for eight rounds of action. Ashkeyev suffered a cut over his right eye in the first round. The injury did not affect his precision. He continued to connect his vicious combination attacks on Cameron. Shawn managed to hang in against the always-tough Ashkeyev until 1:06 of the seventh in a gutty and gritty performance but the referee called a halt to the action.
The only fight on the undercard to go the distance was the eight-round heavyweight battle between local sensation Cassius Chaney (10-0, 5 KOs) and Detroit, MI native Juan Goode (8-5, 6 KOs). All three judges scored the bout 59-55 in the lopsided unanimous decision for Chaney. After the fight, Chaney said, “Goode was a tough opponent. He has never been knocked out. I was hoping to be the first.”
The HBO Latino telecast began with the ten-round middleweight contest between St. Louis’ own Vaughn Alexander (8-0, 5 KOs) and Andres Calixto (14-4, 9 KOs) of Mexico. This was the first ten-round fight for Alexander, who accepted the additional rounds on just a few days’ notice when the original co-feature fell out due to illness. The fight was exciting from bell-to-bell. The referee deducted a point from Calixto in the tenth round for holding and hitting. It was Andres’ third offense. Vaughn secured the unanimous decision victory with the judges scoring the contest 100-89 and 99-90 (2).
After the fight, Alexander said, “It was a great experience for me. My first time going 10 rounds. I went in with a clear mind. I got the job done. Going back to the gym, I know what to expect now.”
The main event featured a brawl between Sullivan Barrera (19-1, 14 KOs) and Paul “Pay Per View” Parker (8-2, 4 KOs). The fight started off with both fighters trading shots and feeling each other out. Then Parker took five minutes to recover from a head butt and Barrera immediately knocked him down at the start of the next round. Parker managed to get back up and Barrera suffered a head butt shortly after. Barrera took just a moment to recover then came out with a vengeance and knocked down Parker. Within seconds of Parker getting up from the knockdown, the referee stopped the fight and Parker’s night was done at 2:08 of the fifth round.
An elated Sullivan said about his performance, “I feel great. Paul Parker is a great boxer but the only time he hurt me was with the head butt. I guess what happened with the head butt and everything, finally in the fifth round I was able to hit him as I wanted and everything went exactly the way I wanted it to. I am ready for the next level!”
OSCAR VALDEZ LISTO PARA EXPONER
SU CAMPEONATO MUNDIAL EL PROXIMO SABADO
22 DE ABRIL EN EL STUBHUB CENTER DE CARSON
LOS ANGELES, California — El campeón mundial invicto de peso pluma de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) el mexicano Oscar Valdez quien expondrá su corona ante el clasificado número uno Miguel “Escorpión” Marriaga de Colombia el próximo 22 de Abril en una función de pago por evento que transmitirá Top Rank y que se realizará en el StubHub Center de Carson, California se declaró listo para lo que será su segunda defensa titular durante un entrenamiento para la prensa local.
“Estoy muy entusiasmo para esta pelea porque es en un gran escenario y ante un rival muy fuerte. Sé que la pelea es muy dura y por eso hicimos un trabajo muy fuerte y vamos estar bien preparados para el sábado 22 de abril”, dijo Valdez.
En la misma función, los campeones invictos de la OMB, Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramírez (34-0, 24 KOs) de Mazatlán, Sinaloa, México monarca súper mediano y Jessie Magdaleno (24-0, 17 KOs) monarca súper gallo expondrán sus coronas ante Max “Tigre” Burak (33-4-1, 15 KOs) de Kiev, Ucrania y Adeilson Dos Santos (18-2, 14 KOs) de Brasil, respetivamente y también marcará el debut del medallista Olímpico de plata de los Estados Unidos Shakur Stevenson, quien peleará a seis rounds en peso pluma.
“Sé que tengo una gran responsabilidad en esta función, pues voy en la pelea estelar y quiero darle a la afición una gran pelea. Voy a tener que dejar todo en el ring y espero brindarle a un pelea memorable a los aficionados que este en el StubHub y a los que la vea por televisión”, afirmo Valdez.
La función es una promoción de Top Rank en asociación con All Star Boxing, Zapari Boxing y Antonio Leonard Production que será producida y distribuida por Top Rank Pay-Per-View comenzando a las 9:00 p.m. (Este)/6:00 p.m. (Pacífico).
Los boletos para esta magna cartelera están a la venta y tienen un costo de $128.50, $77.50, $52.00 y $36.70, y pueden ser adquiridos en el Internet en AXS.com, por teléfono marcando el (888) 9AXS-TIX y en las taquillas del StubHub Center.
Los seis púgiles en las tres peleas de campeonatos mundiales tienen un récord combinado de 156-7-1 con un promedio de victorias de 95% y de 71% por nocaut.
“Como siempre mi equipo de trabajo me ayudo a conseguir la mejor preparación posible. Es un pelea donde tengo que utilizar mi inteligencia y demostrar a todos que estoy en el elite de mi categoría”, dijo Valdez.
“Sé que Mariaga está preparándose con todo para ganarme y quiere lo que yo tengo, pero yo no pienso dejar mi cinturón tan fácil y voy a defenderlo con todo” agrego Valdez.
Por su parte Magdaleno comento:
“Cuando uno gana el campeonato mundial es como tener un blanco en la espalda, todos los retadores quieren el cinturón. Sé que Dos Santos están en Las Vegas haciendo una gran preparación, pero no importa yo sé que mi estilo es muy difícil y saldré con mi cinturón el próximo 22 de abril”.
Ramírez quien tiene más de un año sin pelear, dijo:
“Ya estoy totalmente recuperado y estoy ansioso de subir al ring y darle una gran pelea a mis seguidores”.
Valdez (22-0, 19 KOs) de Nogales, Sonora, México, es el único boxeador mexicano en clasificar a los Juegos Olímpicos en dos diferentes ocasiones –en el 2008 y 2012 – es considerado uno de los más brillantes boxeadores en el mundo y el rostro de la nueva generación del boxeo. El sonorense estará haciendo la segunda exposición del cinturón pluma de la OMB que conquistó el 23 de julio del 2016 en Las Vegas cuando noqueó en el segundo asalto al argentino Matías Rueda quien llegó con 10 nocauts a esa pelea y como el segundo clasificado mundial de la OMB. Valdez de 26 años de edad inicio su 2016 con un espectacular nocaut en el cuarto asalto sobre el ex campeón mundial pluma de la Federación Mundial de Boxeo (FIB) Evgany Gradovich el 9 de abril en Las Vegas en la función en la cual Manny Pacquiao enfrentó a Tim Bradley por tercera vez. Fue la primera vez que Gradovich fue noqueado en su carrera.
En su más reciente actuación el pasado 5 de noviembre en Las Vegas, el mexicano retuvo su corona con un fulminante nocaut sobre el primer clasificado mundial de la OMB Hiroshige Osawa en el séptimo asalto.
Marriaga (25-1, 21 KOs) de Arjona, Colombia llega a este combate con 15 nocauts en sus últimas 19 peleas. Su única derrota profesional fue por decisión ante Nicholas “Axe Man” Walters en el 2015 en Nueva York, en un pleito por el campeonato de peso pluma de la Asociación Mundial de Boxeo (AMB). Walters ganó la pelea, pero había perdido el cinturón un día antes del pesaje cuando no dio las 126 libras que son el límite de la división de peso pluma. Desde entonces, Marriaga de 30 años de edad ha ganado cinco peleas seguidas incluyendo dos nocauts en sus últimos dos combates sobre Guy Robb y Eduardo Montoya en peleas por el título pluma de la NABO que lo convirtieron en el primer clasificado de la OMB a finales del año pasado.
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Abril 15 del 2017, estadio BBVA Compass.
El equipo del Houston Dynamo se enfrento a su rival el Minnesota United, donde terminaron igualados a dos goles, ya en la primera mitad del encuentro el equipo local se puso al frente en el marcador, con las anotaciones de parte de Mauro Manotas al minuto 14 y de Alberth Elis al minuto 43, le daban la victoria momentánea al equipo de Dynamo.
En la parte complementaria los visitantes del Minnesota United salieron con gran impetud, con poder ofensivo y aprovecharon los espacio del equipo de local, los visitantes supieron aprovechar el buen momento con los goles de Christian Ramirez al minuto 47 y de Johan Venegas al minuto 59 y de esta manera rescatar el encuentro con un buen empate de dos a dos, la próxima jornada el equipo del Houston Dynamo se enfrentarán a los Terremotos de San Jose queriendo aprovechar la localía.