Feb 7, 2019



WBA Super Featherweight Champion Davis Defends Title This Saturday Against Former World Champion Ruiz Live on SHOWTIME® From Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif. and Presented By Premier Boxing Champions

 Photos from Dave Mandel/SHOWTIME

 Photos from Sean Michael Ham/Mayweather Promotions

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (February 6, 2019) – WBA Super Featherweight World Champion Gervonta Davis and former world champion Hugo Ruiz were on-hand at Churchill Boxing Club in Santa Monica Wednesday as they near their showdown that headlines SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® Saturday, February 9 from Dignity Health Sports Park, formerly StubHub Center, in Carson, Calif.

Wednesday’s workout also featured fighters who will enter the ring live on SHOWTIME in televised undercard attractions. Undefeated super lightweight Mario Barrios will be facing Mexico’s Richard Zamora, while former world champion Javier Fortuna steps in against lightweight contender Sharif Bogere in the opening bout of the tripleheader beginning at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

Here is what the fighters had to say Wednesday in Santa Monica as they prepare for their Saturday night attractions:


“I was just watching Hugo Ruiz as I came in here. All I know is that he is fast, he has some speed. It looked like he has some power and good timing. I actually think that this is not a walk in the park, like people think. The fact that this is a late change doesn’t concern me because once I get in there, I’ll be able to make adjustments. I’m ready.

“It’s great to make it to this level. To have people under me like ‘Truck’ [Lorenzo Simpson], it feels amazing to inspire them to go further in life. It makes me want to push harder so that I can become the best that I can be.

“I come from a city with a lot of violence and things like that, but my mind was always focused on what I wanted to be in life. I traveled when I was super young, so my mindset was never like a typical eight-year-old. I won my first nationals when I was 10 years old. I’ve seen the world and I’ve seen the bigger picture. At that time, coming up in the gym, there were guys that I was looking up to that were getting killed in the streets. There were days in the gym where we would get a call that guys we trained with had been killed. I knew that it’s either boxing or things wouldn’t turn out too good. I knew I had to stay in the gym and stay focused.

“Camp is going great. I feel ready for Saturday night. I’m disappointed that I’m not facing Abner Mares but it doesn’t change too much. I heard that he hurt his elbow at first, I didn’t know that it was his eye. Once I heard it was his eye, I took it more seriously.

“I wanted to fight Abner. We could probably have done it back home but I gave him the chance to fight in LA. I am the champion, so I’m willing to give him another shot.”


“I feel great. I just came off of training for my last fight but I just feel like I’m continuing that training. I think it’s going to serve as great preparation for this next fight. It’s only going to be a benefit for me.

“I think this is going to be an explosive fight. We’re both known for our knockouts and this is a fight that can end at any moment. It’s going to be by a knockout.

“Out of my 39 wins, 33 of them are knockouts so I can say with confidence that I can knock out Gervonta Davis. No fighter is invincible and that’s a really possible outcome on Saturday.

“Gervonta Davis is a great fighter. I’ve watched him fight and I know that he’s a very strong fighter with a lot in his arsenal. There’s a reason why he’s a world champion right now but we know what we’re looking for. We have the hunger and the ambition to be triumphant. We have everything we need to beat Gervonta.

“I took the fight on short notice and I just fought, but I am ready. I trained very hard for my last fight and I still feel more than ready to go. I’m very excited to have this world championship opportunity and I am going to take advantage of it and show the world what I can do.

“I had a fight in November where I was training for a lefty. I then had another fight in January where I was preparing for a lefty.  They changed my opponent last minute but I was still ready to go. I’ve been preparing for a lefty for five months and I think that’s a huge advantage for me.

“The reason I have so many knockouts is because I like to surprise my opponents and I really think I have something that I can surprise Gervonta with. Come Saturday, we will see how many ways I can surprise him.

“Gervonta is a fighter just like I am. We both are going in there with all the will to win and come Saturday I think we are going to give the people the show that they really want to see. I am ready to put on a spectacular show.”


“I feel great. I’ve been training out in the Bay Area with Virgil Hunter since the beginning of December. I was getting great work, sparring with Devin Haney. We got about two or three weeks of great work just going at it. That was tremendous experience just keeping up with him. He’s a very explosive fighter and ahead of the curve for his age. I finished off camp sparring with Amir Khan, who is getting ready for his Terrence Crawford fight. So overall, camp was great.

“This is going to be one of my toughest fights but I put in all the hard work in camp and I’m going into Saturday night with no doubts. If I get him hurt, I’m going to look to finish him off but the knockout is not something I’ll be looking for right away in the fight.

“I’m thinking about the weather a little bit, but at the end of the day I’m a fighter and I’m going to overcome anything I have to in the ring. Whether it’s raining, whether it’s cold, once the bell rings it doesn’t matter what the weather is.

“I always try to go into my fights being as smart as possible. I always want to box as much as I can but at the end of the day, I’m Mexican so if I get caught with a good punch I’m going to want to sit there and bang. I’m definitely expecting some fireworks. It’s going to be an action-packed fight and I guarantee you one of us is going to go down. I’ve worked my ass off to make sure I’m not going to be the one on the canvas.

“Sparring top guys like Devin Haney and Amir Khan has been great and a huge advantage for me. People would pay top dollar to see that, but all of us were just there appreciating the work because we all need it. That was world class work. You really can’t beat it.

“Texas has always been a hotbed for boxing, especially in the cities of San Antonio, Dallas and Houston. Now, we have a lot of upcoming fighters that are really showing out. It’s only a matter of time before Texas becomes one of the main capitals for boxing.

“In the next 18 months, I’ll hopefully get a shot at a world title. I want to face any one of the champions right now. I feel I’m ready. I’ve worked my ass off to get to this point and I feel it’s only a matter of time before we get that title shot. Right now, my sight is set on the junior welterweight division and we’re going to try to take over the division as much as I can. But at the same time, I’m 6’1” and it’s only a matter of time before I outgrow the division but as long as I’m here and I can make the weight healthy and I feel strong, we’re going to continue to dominate.”


“This is my first time in Los Angeles and I’m really excited to fight in a place like LA. This is a really well-known place to fight that I’ve known about my whole life and I’m ready to put on a showcase that people will recognize. I want people to see me as a great fighter from here on out.

“I’ve been very focused this entire training camp. My opponent changed late but my objective has not changed whatsoever. Whoever I face on Saturday, I’m ready to fight.

“I’m only 25 years old. Some would say I got a late start because I only started training and boxing when I was 15 or 16 years old but it’s always been in my blood. My grandfather was a boxer and I always knew the sport was going to be my calling at the end of the day.

“We look forward to showing off this weekend. I’m ready to show the people of the United States who I am. I want to stand out and showcase what I’m all about. I’ve shown what I can do in Mexico and now I want everybody in the U.S. to show who I am in America now. To be surrounded by so many talented fighters here, this is the type of fighter I want to be. I want to be recognized the same way the other top fighters around here are.

“I think that Barrios’ height is something that I need to think about but I’m not worried about it. I’ve learned how to fight against different styles and I’ve fought many different fighters so I am ready for whatever comes my way. I just want to put on a great show so the fans will only have good things to say about me.”


“I feel good. We are in weight and in great shape. On Saturday, I will be the best fighter I can be. My new trainer and I are in top shape. We had a really good training camp. This fight is important for me. On Saturday my career at 135 will be defined.

“I have been working very hard in the gym. I have a great strategy and the fans will see on Saturday night what I’m all about. Bogere is aggressive, he comes forward and is a very good boxer but I’m not concerned. I move forward and I’m aggressive too. I can take him.

“Hopefully, that chicken Gervonta Davis will go up to 135. If not, I’m willing to come down to 130 to fight him. I want his belt. I respect his promoters, they know how to take care of him and I have no problem with that but I’m just hoping that he’s willing to fight me. He has shown a lack of respect as a human being. He hasn’t done what a champion should do and he’s fighting guys he shouldn’t be fighting.

“What do I think of Gervonta’s new opponent? Everybody has social media and can see what the fans are saying about it.

“My fight against [Robert] Easter is hard to swallow. It was one of those fights where you go in there, you work hard, you show you are the better fighter but the judges don’t reward you for it. I know I was the better fighter. I won that fight. A lot of people saw it the same way but sometimes the judges go for the business side of things. I was hoping for a rematch but nobody ever gave me the opportunity.

“I want to fight the best fighters out there. I don’t care who they are. If they have a title, I’ll fight them. If they are good, I’ll fight them as well.”


“Javier Fortuna is a veteran. We have similar experience. He’s been there for a long time but so have I. I think we’re going to put a on a good show for the people. He makes mistakes and I’m going to capitalize on those.

“This is a dream for me. I’ve been doing this for over 20 years since I was a little kid. I have a passion for this sport and a lot of people to make proud. Those people keep me going through all of the tough times, the injuries, the setbacks, I’m just so thankful that I have another day and another blessing. I’m so thankful for this opportunity.

“I’m happy to have an opponent finally step up to the plate. I feel people have been avoiding me but he stepped up and I think we’re going to put on a great show. We both have an exciting style and I’m looking forward to Saturday. In his fight against Robert Easter Jr., I think he did his best to win the fight but he came up short.

“As my trainer always tells me, keep knocking on the door. One day, they’re going to open the door. Saturday, they will open the door. After Saturday night, the world is going to see the ‘The Lion’ back in the top ten in the world.”

LEONARD ELLERBE, CEO of Mayweather Promotions


“This is a guy [Ruiz] that just fought on the Broner card. He’s in great shape, he’s a great fighter and he’s coming to put on a performance on Saturday night. ‘Tank’ is in great shape but he’s got to be cognizant of a guy that he hasn’t prepared for. We’ve seen what has happened in other fights, specifically the [Jermall] Charlo fight. [Matvey] Korobov came in as a last-minute replacement and it was a tough fight. Certainly tougher than he had anticipated but that’s part of the sport. ‘Tank’ has to be ready for anything.

“Gervonta has a tough opponent in front of him Saturday night. Any time you are preparing for a specific guy, it’s going to take a minute to get used to your new opponent. It will be interesting. ‘Tank’ will have to figure it out but I think he will be able to go to work and figure it out.

“I’m always confident in ‘Tank’. He’s one of the top fighters out there in the sport. He’s the biggest puncher in the entire sport and he’ll eventually be the biggest star in the sport. This is the start of a very big career for all of his U.S. fans and the international fans as well. He’s ready to take over the entire sport and Saturday night is just the start.

“Anytime you lose a great fighter like Abner Mares from your card, obviously there is always a little bit of a shakeup. My prayers go out to him and his family and we wish him a speedy recovery. Abner is a great champion, a great human being and a guy that I have a tremendous amount of respect for. He will be able to hopefully bounce back.”

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Feb 7, 2019
(ABOVE, L-R: Alberto Machado, Andrew Cancio, Rey Vargas and Franklin Manzanilla pose 
for the media ahead of their respective world title bouts on Saturday, Feb. 9 at Fantasy Springs Resort 
Casino and streamed live on DAZN)
Photo Credit: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
Video Credit: Golden Boy Promotions
Tickets Still on Sale!
LOS ANGELES (Feb. 6, 2019): WBA Super Featherweight World Champion Alberto “Explosivo” Machado (21-0, 17 KOs) of San Juan, Puerto Rico and 130-pound contender
Andrew “El Chango” Cancio (19-4-2, 14 KOs) of Blythe, Calif. hosted their final press conference at the Golden Boy Promotions headquarters in Los Angeles ahead of their 12-round battle. The event will take place on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. and will be streamed live on DAZN – which is just $9.99 per month after a one-month free trial.
Fighters from the undercard also attended the press conference, including WBC Super Bantamweight World Champion Rey Vargas (32-0, 22 KOs), who will defend his title against Franklin Manzanilla (18-4, 17 KOs) of Caracas, Venezuela in the co-main event.
Below is what today’s participants had to say at the press conference:
ALBERTO MACHADO, WBA Super Featherweight World Champion:
“I fulfilled my dreams of having a world title fight on HBO. This fight will also be something great for Puerto Rico as I headline on this new platform, DAZN. I want everyone in Puerto Rico to know that I will be ready to defend my title. We’ve had an extremely successful camp in Los Angeles. This is my fifth camp here. I want to thank my manager Juan De Leon and Freddie Roach for helping me become a better fighter and person. Andrew Cancio is a strong and hungry fighter because he wants to become a world champion. But we trained hard to make a successful defense this Saturday.”
ANDREW CANCIO, Super Featherweight Contender:
“I want to thank Golden Boy Promotions for this opportunity. I want to thank the champion as well for this opportunity to fight for a world title. I’m going to come in well prepared to give an exciting fight for everyone on Saturday night. I know it will be tough, but Im well prepared for this fight. It’s been a long road to get here, but we’re here. We’re going to do everything in our power to win on Saturday night.”
REY VARGAS, WBC Super Bantamweight World Champion:
“I’m very happy to return again to the ring. We are highly motivated. Instead of just talking with words, I’ll do my talking in the ring. They say we are over confident, but we are going in the ring intelligently. He’s a strong fighter. He has some technical deficiencies, but that’s his style. We’ll be careful in there, but we’re looking for the knockout. Though would like to unify titles by the end of the year, I’m 100% focused on the fight I have ahead of me.”
FRANKLIN MANZANILLA, Super Bantamweight Contender:
“I want to thank God because I’m here because of him. I want to thank Golden Boy Promotions. I’m waiting for February 9 to give the best of me. I know it’s going to be a war. Rey Vargas has said that I must prepare for this fight psychological because I will walk away with a loss. I’m here to tell him to not get too confident because things can change. Thank you all, and I hope you are all well.”
JOSEPH DIAZ JR., Super Featherweight Contender:
“This is my first fight at 130 pounds, so I know it’s going to be a big step up.  I know that the power will be different, and the opponents will be stronger. I’m going to have to adapt in there, though I feel I was a big 126-pounder anyway. I’m ready to showcase and demonstrate that I’m going to be threat at 130 pounds. Charles [Huerta] is a dangerous opponent and I know it will be a big step up and a hard fight, but I’m ready. I’m going to be a major threat in the 130-pound weight class.”
CHARLES HUERTA, Super Featherweight Contender:
“I want to thank everyone for coming out today. I want to thank Joseph Diaz, Jr. and his camp. I want to thank Golden Boy Promotions for giving me this opportunity after being off for so long. I had two injuries, but I’m healthy. We’ve been training strong at the gym and we’re ready to go. Come Saturday, you will see the same Charles Huerta who leaves everything in the ring and gives a great show.”
Machado vs. Cancio is a 12-round fight for the WBA Super Featherweight World
Title presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions. Vargas vs. Manzanilla is a 12-round battle for the WBC Super Bantamweight World Championship presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Promociones del Pueblo. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” and Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle.” The event will take place Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino and will be streamed live on DAZN.
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Feb 6, 2019
¡Información de los boletos se anunciará en breve!
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA 6 de febrero de 2019. – La T-Mobile Arena será anfitrión del evento boxístico más grande del año cuando Canelo Álvarez (50-1-2, 34 nocáuts) defienda sus títulos mundiales mediano CMB, AMB, Lineal y Ring Magazine en un duelo unificatorio ante Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs (35-2, 29 nocáuts), monarca mundial mediano FIB, durante el festivo fin de semana de Cinco de Mayo. El combate de campeón contra campeón se llevará a cabo el sábado 4 de mayo de 2019 y será transmitido en vivo exclusivamente por DAZN.
Información de los boletos se anunciará en breve, junto con un electrizante respaldo lleno de acción.
“Estoy emocionado de volver a la T-Mobile Arena por quinta vez,” dijo Canelo Álvarez.  “Inauguré este escenario al boxeo internacional dónde he realizado algunas de mis peleas más grandes. Esta contienda contra Daniel Jacobs no será la excepción, y estoy listo para capturar otro título mundial frente a un lleno total y escuchando el apoyo incondicional de los aficionados presentes, así como también los que la observarán a través de la pantalla de la poderosa plataforma DAZN. Quiero que cuando hablen de la T-Mobile, la gente diga que ahí es donde peleaba Canelo Álvarez”, puntualizó.
“Estoy encantado que esta gran noche haya aterrizado en Las Vegas”, dijo Daniel Jacobs. “Hice mi debut ahí en el 2007, pero no he combatido ahí durante casi nueve años, y por eso tener la pelea más importante de mi carrera en la T-Mobile Arena es la ocasión perfecta para regresar a las brillantes luces y resplandecer en un gran escenario. Canelo es un campeón y ha peleado contra los mejores, así que es un honor para mí enfrentarlo, y por supuesto es una pelea genial para los fanáticos. Pero mi legado está en juego y tengo mucho que ganar. Quiero ser algún día un miembro del Salón de la Fama, y este es el tipo de peleas que me conducirá a eso”, indicó.
“Combates de esta magnitud tienen un hogar, y ese hogar es Las Vegas”, dijo Óscar de la Hoya,Presidente y Jefe Ejecutivo de Golden Boy Promotions. “Desde que Canelo Álvarez inauguró la T-Mobile Arena a los fanáticos del boxeo, él ha presentado sus peleas más grandes ahí. Esperamos un lleno total de aficionados de todo el mundo este 4 de mayo para ver a Canelo capturar otro título mundial con una gran victoria ante Daniel Jacobs, en un mega combate que será transmitido exclusivamente a través de DAZN, la enorme plataforma deportiva global”, subrayó.

               “Estoy encantado que esta brillante pelea se dirija a Las Vegas,”, dijo Eddie Hearn, Director Ejecutivo de Matchroom Sport. “Sabemos que las peleas de Canelo durante el fin de semana del Cinco de Mayo siempre son especiales, y con el tamaño de esta pelea, podría ser la más grande hasta ahora. Daniel ha estado en una carrera impresionante desde que firmó con Matchroom Boxing USA, y se ha elevado a la ocasión, derrotando a tres rivales con récords invictos en sus últimas tres peleas, y ha recuperado su posición de campeón mundial. El 4 de mayo será una gran noche para Daniel, Matchroom Boxing USA, DAZN y Sky Sports, y creo que Daniel unificará los títulos bajo las luces brillantes de Las Vegas y su extraordinaria historia tendrá otro capítulo increíble”, puntualizó.

“El vibrante ambiente y las multitudes de alto perfil que rodean las peleas de Canelo en la T-Mobile Arena son verdaderamente únicas”, dijo Joseph MarkowskiVicepresidente Ejecutivo de DAZN de América del Norte. “Esperamos destacar ese entorno para todos aquellos que lo vean en vivo en casa por DAZN”, finalizó.
“Estamos orgullosos de celebrar el fin de semana del Cinco de Mayo con nuestros socios Golden Boy Promotions, Matchroom Sport y DAZN,” afirmó Richard Sturm, Presidente de Las Vegas Sports & Entertainment. “Canelo Álvarez y Daniel Jacobs, dos de los mejores peleadores de este deporte, están seguros de ofrecer a los fanáticos del boxeo un evento sensacional en el escenario más grande en vivo desde la T-Mobile Arena en Las Vegas”, aseveró. 
Canelo vs. Jacobs es un combate a 12 asaltos por los cetros mundiales mediano CMB, AMB, Lineal, Ring Magazine y FIB presentado por Golden Boy Promotions en asociación con Matchroom Boxing. El evento es patrocinado por Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” y Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle.” El evento se efectuará el sábado 4 de mayo de 2019 en la T-Mobile Arena en Las Vegas y será transmitido en DAZN.
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José Ramírez busca defender su título mundial y darle un KO al cáncer

Feb 6, 2019
José Ramírez busca defender su título mundial y darle un KO al cáncer
Los combates José Ramírez vs. José Zepeda y Ray Beltrán vs. Hiroki Okada
serán televisados en vivo este domingo, 10 de febrero por
ESPN y ESPN Deportes comenzando a las 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT
FRESNO, Calif (6 de febrero del 2019) — El campeón mundial súper ligero del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB), José Ramírez, tiene un par de peleas esta semana.

En el cuadrilátero, el nativo de Avenal, California, defenderá su título mundial súper ligero del CMB contra José “Chon” Zepeda este domingo en el Save Mart Center de Fresno, California. Fuera del cuadrilátero, Ramírez ayudará a recaudar fondos y crear conciencia sobre el cáncer para ayudar a hombres, mujeres y niños que padecen la enfermedad.

Ramírez realizará una visita especial al Community Cancer Institute en Clovis, California, el jueves a la 12:30 p.m., donde se reunirá con pacientes y miembros del personal. Luego subastará sus guantes y uniforme que usará la noche de pelea, y todas las ganancias beneficiarán al Instituto Comunitario de Cáncer. Una parte de todas las ventas de boletos se donará al Community Cancer Institute, y Ramírez y su manejador, Rick Mirigian, también donarán 1,000 boletos a los pacientes del Community Cancer Institute y sus familias.

“Esto no es sólo de boxeo. Estoy orgulloso de dedicar mi pelea contra Zepeda a la lucha contra el cáncer y de trabajar con las grandes personas en el Instituto de Cáncer de la Comunidad,” dijo Ramírez. “Las personas en el Valle Central me han apoyado desde mis días de aficionado, y creo que es importante para mí usar mi plataforma de una manera positiva.”

“Perdí a mis dos abuelos por cáncer. La madre de Rick Mirgian está luchando contra el cáncer. Es una cosa universal. Muchas familias conocen a alguien que está afectado por el cáncer. Cuando alguien tiene cáncer, le pega a toda la familia. Hacer un evento dedicado a personas que padecen cáncer les mostrará que son apoyados y amados.”

El choque titular Ramírez vs. Zepeda y el combate entre el ex campeón mexicano Ray Beltrán y el invicto japonés Hiroki Okada encabezarán una función especial de Top Rank on ESPN a partir de las 7 p.m. ET por ESPN y ESPN Deportes.

Las peleas preliminares del cartel se transmitirán en vivo a partir de las 4 p.m. ET por ESPN+: el nuevo servicio de transmisión de suscripción multideporte, directo al consumidor del segmento Directo al Consumidor e Internacional de The Walt Disney Company en conjunto con ESPN.

En una promoción de Top Rank, los boletos para este evento de campeonato mundial, con un precio de $150, $90, $60, $35 y $25, se pondrán a la venta el lunes 24 de diciembre a las 10 a.m. y se pueden comprar en la boletería del Save Mart Center, Ticketmaster. com, o llamando al 800-745-3000.

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Suma México segundo tropiezo en Serie del Caribe, ante Cuba

Feb 5, 2019

Suma México segundo tropiezo en Serie del Caribe, ante Cuba

Una reacción tardía le impidió al conjunto de México, representado por los Charros de Jalisco, obtener su primera victoria en la Serie del Caribe 2019 y terminó cayendo 3-1 ante la selección de Cuba, en actividad del Grupo A esta tarde en el Estadio Nacional Rod Carew, de Panamá.

En las últimas dos entradas, cuatro hombres se quedaron en las bases en espera de ser remolcados, pero el batazo a la hora buena sólo alcanzó para producir una carrera, insuficiente para concretar la remolcada ante unos cubanos que tuvieron en el abridor Lázaro Blanco a su mejor hombre.

Blanco colgó ceros en los siete innings que se mantuvo sobre la loma, permitiendo únicamente 3 hits y otorgando una base por bolas, a cambio de 3 ponches recetados (0.00); por su parte, Will Oliver, quien abrió por los Charros, lanzó 4.2 entradas, toleró 6 hits y 3 carreras, regaló una base y ponchó a 4 (5.79).

Alfredo Despaigne produjo las tres anotaciones de los isleños con dos imparables al jardín izquierdo, el primer par de éstas en el tercer episodio, impulsando a Jorge Jhonson y Danel Castro a la registradora, y la restante, en la apertura del quinto rollo, empujando a Yuniesky Larduet al plato.

La única carrera tricolor llegó en el cierre la novena con un sencillo de Jesús Valdez que le permitió a Amadeo Zazueta alcanzar tierra prometida, colocar 3-1 el score y mantener la esperanza de la afición mexicana, misma que se diluyó al ver cómo un elevado al derecho de Agustín Murillo sentenciaba el juego.

De esta manera, México –quien recibirá descanso este miércoles– se coloca 0-2 en la Serie y está obligado a obtener victorias en sus dos encuentros restantes de la segunda vuelta, ante Venezuela y Cuba, este jueves y viernes respectivamente, para mantener sus aspiraciones de disputar la Final el próximo domingo.

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UFC Returns to Nashville with a March 23rd Battle Between Elite Strikers, Exclusively on ESPN+

Feb 5, 2019








Las Vegas – UFC® returns to Nashville, Tenn. for the first time in almost two years with a battle between two of the most elite strikers in UFC history as two-time welterweight title challenger and current No.4-ranked contender Stephen Thompson looks to spoil the 170-pound debut of former UFC lightweight champion Anthony PettisAlso, No.4-ranked heavyweight contender Curtis Blaydes intends to bounce back into the win column by handing Justin Willis his first loss in the UFC. UFC FIGHT NIGHT ON ESPN+®: THOMPSON vs. PETTIS will stream live from Bridgestone Arena exclusively on ESPN+ at 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 23, with the ESPN+ prelims kicking off the evening at 4 p.m. CT/5 p.m. ET. Doors open at 3 p.m. CT/4 p.m. ET. All UFC live events on ESPN+ will be available in English and Spanish.

A five-time world champion in kickboxing with an incredible record of 58-0 with over 40 KOs, Thompson (14-3-1, fighting out of Simpsonville, S.C.) is one of the most highly-decorated strikers to ever compete in the UFC. Since joining the UFC in 2012, Thompson compiled a record of 9-3-1, including first-round KOs over former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks and current middleweight champion Robert Whittaker. Now set to compete for this first time in almost a year, Thompson aims to re-enter the championship conversation by securing the sixth post-fight bonus of his career with another highlight-reel KO.

Former lightweight champion and featherweight title challenger Pettis (21-8, fighting out of Milwaukee, Wis.) competes in his third weight class under the UFC banner as he moves up to welterweight in the Octagon for the first time. A third-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, Pettis has landed some of the most spectacular KOs in UFC history, including back-to-back first-round KOs over Joe Lauzon and Donald Cerrone. Coming off one of the best fights of 2018 against Tony Ferguson in the co-main event of UFC 229, Pettis is eager to return to the Octagon and put on another bonus-winning performance for his fans.

Hoping to kick off 2019 with another long winning streak, Blaydes (10-2, fighting out of Chicago, Ill.) will look to secure his ninth victory by way of KO. A 2012 NJCAA national champion in wrestling, Blaydes smoothly transitioned to MMA and has already defeated legends such as Mark Hunt and Alistair Overeem in his young career. Now, Blaydes aims to insert himself back into the title picture with his sixth win in the Octagon.

Willis (8-1, fighting out of San Jose, Calif.) intends to stay undefeated in the UFC as he prepares to take on the highest-ranked opponent of his career. After losing his first professional fight, Willis has won eight bouts in a row, with four of those victories coming by way of KO. Coming off the biggest win of his career against Hunt, Willis now looks to continue his momentum and work towards his first UFC title shot.

Announced bouts on the card include:

  • No.1-ranked flyweight contender Jussier Formiga (22-5, fighting out of Natal, Brazil) looks to secure his first UFC title shot by being the only man to defeat No.4-ranked Deiveson Figueiredo (15-0, fighting out of Soure, Brazil)
  • No.5-ranked women’s flyweight contender Alexis Davis (19-8, fighting out of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada) intends to defend her spot in line for the title when she battles former Invicta flyweight champion Jennifer Maia (15-5-1, fighting out of Curitiba, Brazil)
  • No.14-ranked women’s strawweight contender Randa Markos (8-7-1, fighting out of Windsor, Ontario, Canada) aims to break into the top-10 with an impressive performance over veteran Angela Hill (8-5, fighting out of San Diego, Calif.)
  • In a flyweight bout, Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series standout Maycee Barber (6-0, fighting out of Denver, Colo.) looks to stay undefeated in her career when she takes on JJ Aldrich (7-2, fighting out of Westminster, Colo.)
  • Both hungry for their first UFC win, Martin Day (8-3, fighting out of Kailua, Hawaii) battles Chris Gutierrez (12-3-1, fighting out of  Littleton, Colo.)
  • The Ultimate Fighter semi-finalist Bryce Mitchell (10-0, fighting out of Searcy, Ark.) looks to stay undefeated as he takes on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series signeeBobby Moffett (14-3, fighting out of Homewood, Ill.)
  • John Makdessi (16-6, fighting out of Montreal, Quebec, Canada) aims to make it three wins in a row when he takes on German prospect Nasrat Haqparast (10-2, fighting out of Hamburg, Germany)

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Feb 5, 2019


Unbeaten Super Lightweight Barrios Takes on Mexico’s
Richard Zamora Live on SHOWTIME Saturday, February 9 From
Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif. & Presented By
Premier Boxing Champions
Photos from Brett Ostrowski/Team Barrios
OAKLAND, Calif. (February 4, 2019) – Undefeated super lightweight contender Mario Barrios will look to continue his push toward a world title shot when he faces Mexico’s Richard Zamora (19-2, 12 KOs) live on SHOWTIME this Saturday, February 9 from Dignity Health Sports Park, formerly StubHub Center, in Carson, California and presented by Premier Boxing Champions.
The three-fight SHOWTIME telecast begins live at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT and is headlined by super featherweight world champion Gervonta Davis defending his title against former world champion Hugo Ruiz.
The 23-year-old from San Antonio can increase his knockout streak to seven on February 9, all since he moved up to 140-pounds. Here is what Barrios (22-0, 14 KOs) had to say about his upcoming matchup and more from training camp in Oakland, Calif.:
On his matchup with Richard Zamora:
“Zamora is my toughest opponent to date in my opinion. He’s won his last five fights, so I know he’s coming into this fight with a lot of confidence. He has power in both hands and he’s very tough. But I’m going into this fight with a lot of confidence myself. This is going to be a war and one I’m looking forward to. I have no doubt in my mind that I’m going to come out on top.”
On his recent training camp:
“Camp started back home with my dad Martin and he really got me ready before I left for California. I’ve spent the last six weeks training in the Bay Area with Virgil Hunter. I’ve also been training with Victor Conte and Remi Korchemny at the SNAC facility. Right now, my body is in the best shape of my life. I got good sparring with Devin Haney and a few other top-level fighters. All the hard work is almost done. We have one week left and then its fight week. Virgil and I are working great together and I’m ready to go.”
On fighting in the co-main event on SHOWTIME:
“I’m very excited to be fighting on SHOWTIME on a big card once again, this time in the co-main event. I’m going to bring a lot of excitement to those watching on TV. My style is fan friendly and everyone tuning in is going to see the next superstar in boxing. I’m going to take full advantage of this opportunity fighting on the big stage.”
On when he’ll be fighting for a world title:
“I’m currently ranked #1 in the WBA, so I know a world title shot is very close. Right now, my main focus is defeating Zamora. I must get past this fight and then it’s time to face all the top guys in the super lightweight division. I’m looking to be in a world title fight sometime this year.”
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UFC Returns to Philadelphia March 30

Feb 5, 2019









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

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

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

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

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

Announced bouts on the card include:

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

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Feb 5, 2019


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

¡Vamos, Rayados!

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Suspect Arrested, Charged in Fatal Shooting at 7915 South Braeswood Boulevard

Feb 5, 2019
Suspect Arrested, Charged in Fatal Shooting at 7915 South Braeswood Boulevard
Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the fatal shooting of a man that occurred at 7915 South Braeswood Boulevard about 2:35 p.m. on Sunday (February 3).

The suspect, Jaimel Demetruis Smith (b/m, 43), is charged with murder in the 208th State District Court.  A booking photo of Smith is attached to this news release.

The identity of the victim, 39, is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant. M. Burrow and Detective A. Lopez reported:

HPD patrol officers responded to a shooting call at the above address and detained a man (Smith) still inside the residence.  Officers then found the victim toward the rear of the residence who had suffered multiple gunshot wounds.  He was pronounced deceased by Houston Fire Department paramedics.

Further investigation and witness statements identified Smith, the victim’s roommate, as the suspect and he was subsequently arrested and charged for his role in the shooting

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