El delantero del LA Galaxy Giovani dos Santos aparecerá en programa especial de “Conan” esta noche

Mar 1, 2017

El delantero del LA Galaxy Giovani dos Santos aparecerá en programa especial de “Conan” esta noche

 

El delantero del Galaxy aparecerá en programa especial de Conan en México titulado “Conan Without Borders: Made in México”; El episodio será transmitido esta noche a las 10 p.m. PT y ET por TBS y Televisa

 

CARSON, Calif. (Miércoles, 1 de marzo, 2017) – El delantero del LA Galaxy Giovani dos Santos se unirá a Conan O’Brien en el programa “Conan” como parte del estreno del especial “Conan Without Borders: Made in México” esta noche a las 10 p.m. PT/ET por TBS en Estados Unidos y Televisa en México. Dos Santos y el conocido presentador Conan O’Brian viajaron a la Ciudad de México para jugar una “cascarita” en un parque local.

 

Dos Santos, portando su camiseta verde de la Selección Mexicana, se unió a Conan para sorprender a los jugadores locales del Parque Pilares en la delegación Benito Juárez de la Ciudad de México y jugar un partido de fútbol amistoso. Asimismo, al finalizar el partido, Dos Santos y O’Brien firmaron una petición para evitar la privatización de las canchas del parque de la colonia que hasta ahora son sin acceso restringidos, ni cobros, ni horarios. El episodio también se transmitirá en 15 países diferentes en todo Centro y Sudamérica en Unicable Latinoamérica el viernes, 3 de marzo.

 

Dos Santos, de 26 años de edad, nació en la Ciudad de México y es uno de los referentes de la Selección Nacional de México desde su debut en el 2007. El delantero mexicano ha representado a su país en varios torneos, incluyendo la Copa Mundial de la FIFA, Copa Oro de CONCACAF y las Olimpiadas. La temporada pasada, Dos Santos marcó 14 goles y sumó 12 asistencias para el Galaxy, siendo nombrado al Once Ideal de la MLS.

 

LA Galaxy abrirá la temporada regular 2017 de la MLS con un partido en el StubHub Center el sábado, 4 de marzo a la 1 p.m. PT ante FC Dallas. Boletos de temporada del LA Galaxy para la campaña 2017 ya están a la venta. Abonados y aficionados del Galaxy pueden visitar el sitio webwww.lagalaxy.com/tickets/seasontickets para asegurar sus paquetes de boletos de la temporada 2017 del LA Galaxy.

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LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE! LEGENDARY RING ANNOUNCER MICHAEL BUFFER TO BE VIP

Mar 1, 2017
LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE! LEGENDARY RING ANNOUNCER MICHAEL BUFFER TO BE VIP GUEST AT FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT CASINO ON MARCH 23RD ESPN CARD
 
MIDDLEWEIGHT PROSPECTS JASON “EL ANIMAL” QUIGLEY AND GLEN “JERSEY BOY” TAPIA TO FIGHT AS THE MAIN EVENT FOR THE VACANT NABF MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Tickets Still Available!
 
LOS ANGELES (March 1, 2017) – Renowned ring announcer and television personality Michael Buffer will serve as the VIP guest for the action-packed March 23rd ESPN show at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino headlined between Middleweight contenders Jason “El Animal” Quigley (23-3, 15 KOs) and Glen “Jersey Boy” Tapia (30-1, 27 KOs) for the vacant NABF Middleweight title.
Best known for iconic trademarked catchphrase, “Let’s get ready to rumble!” Buffer, who is a member of the International Boxing Hall Of Fame, brings nearly forty years of ring announcing to the sport of boxing. As the VIP guest of the night, Buffer will be in attendance for the fights and will be on hand to meet fans, sign autographs and take pictures inside the Fantasy Springs Special Events Center before the ESPN broadcast begins. The meet-and-greet is open to the public with the purchase of a ticket to the event.
Tickets for the event are on sale now, start at $25 and are available at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino box office, by calling 1-800-827-2946, or by purchasing online at www.FantasySprings.com.
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La Cerveza Modelo® de Constellation Brands se Une a CONCACAF como Socio Oficial

Mar 1, 2017
La Cerveza Modelo® de Constellation Brands se Une a CONCACAF como Socio Oficial 

El trato designa a Modelo como
“la cerveza oficial de Copa Oro de CONCACAF” y la Liga de Campeones de CONCACAF hasta el 2020

Miami (miercoles, 1 de marzo de 2017) – La Confederación de Norte, Centroamérica y el Caribe de Fútbol Asociación (CONCACAF) anunció hoy que la marca Modelo, de la familia Constellation Brands, se ha unido a la Confederación como socio oficial, dando inicio a su sociedad con la edición de este año de Copa Oro de CONCACAF, en la cual participaran las mejores 12 naciones de la región, y que está programada para jugarse durante el mes de julio en 13 ciudades de los Estados Unidos.

En un acuerdo que durará hasta el 2020, Modelo firmó como socio de CONCACAF en una amplia gama de sus propiedades, incluyendo la Copa CONCACAF, el Campeonato Femenino, el Campeonato Preolímpico Femenino, el Campeonato de FUTSAL, el Campeonato de Beach Soccer y la Liga de Campeones CONCACAF Scotiabank.

“Estamos muy contentos de darle la bienvenida a Modelo como socio oficial de la Confederación”, dijo el Secretario General de CONCACAF, Philippe Moggio. “Compartimos su pasión por el fútbol, así como también el compromiso de crecer y mejorar los campeonatos elite de la Confederación, conectándonos con los aficionados a través de un compromiso continuo e innovador”.

Modelo se une a CONCACAF por primera vez como socio de los eventos de la Confederación y de la Copa Oro, el campeonato nacional oficial de la región, que incluye a Norteamérica y Centroamérica y el Caribe. La compañía tiene una importante historia de amplio apoyo hacia el fútbol en Norteamérica, incluyendo una relación con el defensor del equipo estadounidense Omar González, que próximamente protagonizará un anuncio de televisión en los Estados Unidos para Modelo, el cual celebrará su espíritu de lucha y determinación en la cancha.

Con el acuerdo, la familia de la Marca Modelo[1] – sede de la marca de cerveza de más rápido crecimiento en Estados Unidos, con Modelo Especial  – se convierte en la cerveza oficial de la Copa Oro, así como de la Liga de Campeones CONCACAF Scotiabank.

“Nuestra asociación con CONCACAF ofrece a Modelo una oportunidad increíble para celebrar a algunos de los competidores más fuertes de todo el mundo, a través de la gran combinación de torneos durante los próximos cuatro años”, dijo Ann Legan, Vicepresidente de Marketing de Modelo. “La pasión y el entusiasmo de los aficionados por el deporte se relaciona perfectamente con la energía de la marca y el espíritu de lucha de nuestros consumidores”.

A partir de este verano, Modelo se esforzará por encender la pasión de los aficionados por el fútbol con una sólida promoción comercial nacional, que contará con un sorteo para ganar un viaje internacional de fútbol en 2018. Modelo también traerá el “espíritu de lucha” de la marca a la vida, a través de activaciones para consumidores durante los torneos de la Copa Oro, en todo el país. Los aficionados al fútbol tendrán la oportunidad de obtener asientos VIP, con los “Dream Seats” de Modelo, lo que les permitirá vivir una experiencia VIP única para ver los partidos. La experiencia del consumidor también contará con señalización en el estadio, así como zonas de hospitalidad con la marca de la cervecería y zonas de experiencia para los aficionados.

La Copa Oro de CONCACAF, que se celebra cada dos años, es el campeonato nacional oficial de la región, que incluye a Norteamérica y Centroamérica y el Caribe. Atrayendo grandes multitudes y millones de televidentes en toda la región, la Copa Oro es una celebración de fútbol, deportividad y cultura.

Hasta la fecha, once de las doce Asociaciones Miembros programadas para participar se han clasificado para el torneo de este año. Canadá, Costa Rica, Curazao, El Salvador, Guayana Francesa, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinica, México, Panamá y Estados Unidos, las cuales competirán por el título de la Confederación en julio. Haití y Nicaragua se enfrentarán en una serie de ida y vuelta durante las fechas de partido de la FIFA a finales de marzo, para decidir la duodécima y última Asociación Miembro participante para el torneo.

El evento de este año será transmitido en vivo en los Estados Unidos en las cadenas de FOX y Univisión, así como en radio en español, por Fútbol de Primera, y por otros socios con derechos en países de todo el mundo.

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Danny Garcia primed to ‘stun’ Keith Thurman Saturday night in Brooklyn

Mar 1, 2017
DANNY GARCIA EMBRACES UNDERDOG ROLE HEADING INTO 147-POUND TITLE UNIFICATION AGAINST KEITH THURMAN
Garcia Primed to ‘Stun’ Thurman, Critics with Victory in Welterweight Showdown on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS, Presented By Premier Boxing Champions
 
Broadcast coverage begins Saturday at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT
BROOKLYN (MARCH 1, 2017) – Angel Garcia proudly holds up a poster promoting his son’s 147-pound title unification bout with Keith Thurman, and points to Thurman being on the left side of the poster, as favorite, or the so-called “A-side” fighter in the match-up.
 
It’s not viewed as a slight within the Garcia camp. The underdog role – the “B-side” – is one that Danny Garcia has come to embrace on the path to multiple world titles and a 33-0 professional record. It’s tough to be a B-side when you’ve put together the résumé that Danny Garcia has in 10 years as a professional. But this fight provided the opportunity, and Angel Garcia insists that he wanted it that way.
 
That type of hardcore seasoning is what the younger Garcia believes gives him an edge on Thurman heading into their meeting next Saturday night – the headliner of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS, presented by Premier Boxing Champions. Broadcast coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
 
“My honest assessment is he’s a built-up champion,” Danny Garcia said. “I came up the hard way. I’ve had to take the title off of the champion (at 140 pounds), everything against me. From the gloves, to the size of the ring to the promotion, everything was against me. He’s never had that before.”
 
Garcia won a vacant 147-pound belt – previously held by Floyd Mayweather Jr. – in January 2016 by edging Robert Guerrero in a gritty, 12-round war. He was out of the ring for 10 months before tuning up for the Thurman bout against Samuel Vargas in November.
 
While he hasn’t been through waves of adversity in the ring in his brief time at 147 pounds, few can question his accomplishments at 140, where he cleaned out an entire division and was a unified champion in an impressive run of 2-plus years.
 
Garcia didn’t have many soft touches on the way up to the top at 140 pounds, including the two most significant wins of his career – unification championship bouts with Lucas Matthysse and Amir Khan.
 
He was an underdog in both and won both in convincing fashion.
 
“I’m pretty seasoned for my age,” he said. “I feel like I was made for this big stage. That’s what separates me from a lot of these other fighters. A lot of other fighters get to that big stage and they freeze up. Me, you know what I do. I come and deliver.”
 
Garcia fought five times at 140 pounds as either a unified champion or to unify belts. He’ll now do so for the first time at 147 pounds against Thurman in a bout that has been hyped since moments after his one-sided victory over Vargas last November.
 
Thurman was ringside that night, working as an analyst on the Spike broadcast. As Garcia’s hand was raised after the fight, Thurman had already been brought into the ring to formally announce their upcoming bout. Garcia knew what to do from there.
 
“The whole time I was training for that fight, I was training for this fight, so I just had to get over that one fight, and I knew he was going to be there. So I had to let the people know,” he said. “It’s kind of like wrestling. I really meant (what I said), but sometimes you also have to give the fans what they want, and that’s entertainment.”
 
Garcia lit the flames in just that manner, grabbing the microphone and stoking his hometown crowd in Philadelphia into a blaze with one line: “If y’all wanna see me whip this guy’s ass, make some noise!”
 
From there, it was a blur of red-faced screaming between the two sides.
 
“I was ready to fight right there,” Garcia said. “I would have fought him right there if they put the gloves on.”
 
Those theatrics play into what has also made Garcia so successful in big-time title fights – the mental edge he builds up, no matter the opponent. This fight is no different. He gives a ready assessment of what he’s up against Saturday night in comparison to past challenges.
 
“He’s probably like fourth or fifth,” Garcia said, ranking Thurman against former opponents. “You’re talking about Amir Khan, Olympic silver medalist, two-division champion. Lamont Peterson. Those guys have skills. I’m just fighting someone with a lot of momentum who thinks he can knock everyone out, that’s it. Once I break his momentum, then what?”
 
Should he follow through, it would lead some to believe that Garcia’s long list of detractors would automatically shrink.
 
One of boxing’s more polarizing stars, he has his theories on why so many love to hate him. Without that legion of naysayers lingering, though, it would be hard to continue billing himself as an underdog – his favorite role of them all.
 
“I beat their favorite fighters and they’re still mad about it,” Garcia said. “I came up the hard way. They don’t understand why I’m still here. They don’t. I earned my way by beating people. I wasn’t sitting next to anyone on a jet promoting me. I created my brand. I created Danny Garcia off the strength of me beating good fighters and nothing else.”
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Triunfo y liderato para Rayados en Copa MX

Mar 1, 2017

Triunfo y liderato para Rayados en Copa MX

El Monterrey cierra marca perfecta en la Fase de Grupos

Primera meta cumplida por el Monterrey en la Copa MX Clausura 2017. El triunfo 2-1 ante FC Juárez no solamente significó paso perfecto de los albiazules en Fase de Grupos, sino amarrar el liderato de la competencia.

Los goles de Alfonso González y Antonio Portales dieron tres puntos a Rayados que les permite ser el primer sembrado en la Fase de Eliminación directa, lo que representa recibir todos los partidos en el Estadio BBVA Bancomer conforme se avance en cada etapa.

Necesitados del triunfo para tomar el sitio de honor en la Tabla General, los locales asumieron con responsabilidad el encuentro siendo ofensivos en busca de la ventaja, misma que llegó al minuto 15′ después de una jugada colectiva que culminó González dentro del área ante la salida de Iván Vázquez para el 1-0.

Un parpadeo en la zaga costó caro a los dirigidos por Antonio Mohamed en su partido 100 al frente de los del Cerro de La Silla, ya que Bravos aprovechó un contragolpe siendo Josué Gómez quien cerró la pinza al 61′ para el 1-1 momentáneo.

Sin embargo, eso no detuvo a los regiomontanos y en un balón parado, ‘Poncho’ González mandó centro pasado a Aldo de Nigris, quien de cabeza dejó a la llegada de Portales para que el juvenil marcara el de la diferencia al 65′, siendo su primer tanto con Rayados.

Con el resultado final, el Monterrey solamente requiere que concluya la Jornada 6 de la competencia para conocer a su rival en Octavos de Final, primera estación en busca de la Copa MX.

Cortesia: Club Monterrey

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Aseguran localía

Mar 1, 2017

Aseguran localía

Los Gallos de Querétaro serán locales en los octavos de final de la Copa Corona MX tras golear 3-0 a Alebrijes de Oaxaca en el Estadio Corregidora.

1-0 Camilo Sanvezzo 6’Camilo Sanvezzo abrió el marcador al definir de primera intención un servicio de Yerson Candelo.

Los dos equipos tuvieron llegadas en el resto del primer tiempo, por lo cual las emociones continuaron.

2-0 Kevin Gutiérrez 81’Hubo momentos en que el partido perdió atractivo, sin embargo, los emplumados reaccionaron y Kevin Gutiérrez, con fortísimo zurdazo, luego de un pase retrasado de Emanuel ‘Tito’ Villa, anotó el 2-0.

3-0 Emanuel Villa 86’El ‘Tito’ no solamente se quedó con la asistencia, también se hizo presente en el marcador luego de quitarse a un defensor e hizo el 3-0 definitivo.

Los Gallos de Querétaro esperan rival para los octavos de final.

Cortesia: Club Queretaro

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FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017 Draw Results

Mar 1, 2017

Bahamas to play Switzerland in their opening match of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2017

The Official Draw for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2017, which will be played in Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, between 27 April and 7 May 2017, took place today at the Hotel Atlantis in Nassau. The draw revealed the host Bahamas will play Switzerland in their opening match of the competition on 27 April.

The draw ceremony was held in the special presence of the Rt. Hon. Perry Gladstone Christie, Prime Minister Commonwealth of The Bahamas. Assisting in the draw ceremony were FIFA Legend Emerson, former midfielder for Brazil’s national football team and the Miss Bahamas Universe 2016 Cherell Williamson.

Draw results:

Group A
– Bahamas
– Switzerland
– Ecuador
– Senegal

Group B
– Nigeria
– Italy
– AFC 1
– Mexico

Group C
– AFC 2
– Paraguay
– Portugal
– Panama

Group D
– Brazil
– Tahiti
– AFC 3
– Poland

AFC’s three representatives at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017 will be determined at the regional qualifiers taking place between 4 and 11 March.

The complete results of the draw and the general background information on the event (including the match schedule, team profiles and reports) will be published soon on the competition’s official website, FIFA.com, where the groups can already be found here.

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DAVID LEMIEUX VS. CURTIS SEVENTS MEDIA CONFERENCE CALL TRANSCRIPT AND RECORDING

Mar 1, 2017
DAVID LEMIEUX VS. CURTIS SEVENTS MEDIA CONFERENCE CALL TRANSCRIPT AND MP3 RECORDING FROM FEBURARY 28, 2017
 
Click HERE for an MP3 of the Conference Call
OSCAR DE LA HOYA, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions: Thank you for joining us on the media call with former IBF Middleweight Champion David Lemieux and WBC Continental Americas Middleweight Champion Curtis “The Cerebral Assassin” Stevens.

First off, I would like to introduce Team Curtis Stevens. He is the trainer of Curtis Stevens, and he was a great fighter. He’s a good friend. He’s a great trainer today. It is my pleasure to introduce to you John David Jackson. So a few words, if you can, how camp is going.

JOHN DAVID JACKSON, Trainer to Curtis Stevens: Camp is going real well. Curtis is a true professional. He’s dedicated to his craft. This is a fight that he wanted for some time. Like you alluded to, it’s a fight that the fans definitely don’t want to miss.

It’s a bigger fight. Camp is going the way it’s supposed to go. And we’re right on time. And come March 11th you should see an exciting fight from both fighters.

OSCAR DE LA HOYA: It’s my pleasure now to introduce to you the WBC Continental Americas Champion Curtis “The Cerebral Assassin” Stevens, with 29 wins and five losses and 21 KOs.

He hails from Brownsville, Brooklyn to become former NABF and now Continental Americas middleweight champion, and has won two straight fights with a thunderous knockout over then undefeated Patrick Teixeira in May of 2016. And he followed that by a unanimous decision victory over James De La Rosa later in the year. So now he’s ready to end the war of words with Lemieux once and for all. It’s my pleasure to introduce to you Curtis Stevens.

CURTIS STEVENS, WBC Continental Americas Middleweight Champion: Good afternoon, everyone. Training camp, like John said, is going good. Right on time. A lot of work has been done. Last time going in just putting the work in with the hands.

OSCAR DE LA HOYA: Now I’m going to introduce to you Team Lemieux. We have on the line Marc Ramsay, who is the trainer, who has been doing an amazing job. He’s getting better, more experience, and thanks to his team and leading the charge is Marc Ramsay.

MARC RAMSAY, Trainer to David Lemieux: Hi, everybody. Stevens came back to the gym the beginning of December. Right now, the last week, it was very predictive. And we know that we have a good challenge in front of us, but at the same time everything is in place for a great performance, I believe, next week.

OSCAR DE LA HOYA: I want to introduce my partner, Eye of the Tiger Management, and that’s Camille.

CAMILLE ESTEPHAN: Hey, Oscar. Hey, everybody. Thank you very much for being here. We’re extremely excited for this fight. We are going to definitely see the knockout-of-the-year or fight-of-the-year, or both. So keep your seats buckled as you’re watching this fight.

We can’t wait for March 11th around the corner. Thank you for the opportunity. Our partner is Golden Boy, HBO and Tecate, and thank you to both teams for making this happen.

OSCAR DE LA HOYA: It’s my pleasure now to introduce to you Canada’s former IBF middleweight world champion, posting a stellar record of 36 wins with three losses and 31 of those wins coming by way of knockout.

Lemieux’s coming off of back-to-back impressive victories over perennial contender and fighter Glen “Jersey Boy” Tapia. He had a hard-fought unanimous decision against Argentine fighter Cristian Fabian Rios. And now obviously he’s ready to kick off 2017 with a great fight once again to prove himself that he is someone to reckon with in the middleweight division. My pleasure to introduce to you David Lemieux.

DAVID LEMIEUX, Former IBF Middleweight Champion: Hi, guys. Great to be back. Great to be on. It’s an exciting fight. It’s been a while. I want to shut Stevens down, and here it’s finally set and I’m very excited for this fight.

Obviously he’s a guy that’s come to fight. He’s going to give a good show. So the moment it lasts. I promise one thing if I promise anything, but one thing is for sure: My fans will not be disappointed. And the fans of the boxing world. It’s going to be a great fight.

It’s going to be a great night. Great night for me. I’m extremely excited to get back on top. Curtis Stevens is a step to where I want to go. And I’m very excited and extremely ready. I’ve had a great camp. And there’s nothing that — I’m extremely excited to show the world what I can do. And it’s going to be exciting, and I can’t wait for the fans to watch this fight.

OSCAR DE LA HOYA: Thank you very much to David. And also fight fans, like I said, you can catch this fight on HBO Boxing After Dark. And now I would like to open it up for questions.

Q. This is for both Curtis and David. Obviously there’s a lot of talk about two other fighters in your division who people would like to see get together. Does this take away, do you think, from attention towards you two, who feel in any other era would be being talked about perhaps a lot more? Your division has a lot of attention because of two names that people are interested in, and that would be of course Canelo Álvarez and Gennady Golovkin. And you both faced Golovkin. Do you think in some ways that it’s diverting attention away from the two of you who, in another era, might be getting a lot more attention?

CURTIS STEVENS: To me, not necessarily, because Gennady and Canelo isn’t happening just yet. Stevens/Lemieux is happening March 11th. So I believe everyone is just waiting until March 11th until the fight day come, see what happens.

DAVID LEMIEUX: I believe after March 11th, a lot of people are going to be talking about Lemieux. They’ll be saying that Lemieux/Canelo which would be, those will be the names.

Q. I saw both of you on the Canelo/Khan undercard. And it seemed that the post fight news conference, you know, you two were pretty friendly with each other; you seem to get along pretty well. Would that be true? And are you having to kind of put a serious face on now that you’re going to face each other?

CURTIS STEVENS: No, I don’t necessarily think we was kind of cool at the start of it. Or at the end of the event, in general.

Like, you know, I am who I am, 24/7, seven days a week. If I’ve got something to say about you I say it to you.

I believe the difference between me and David is David says it to the camera and I say it to directly to his face, instead of when he’s seeing me he has something to say.

So David’s seeing me, David doesn’t say anything. David usually focus shit to the press than —

DAVID LEMIEUX: I don’t think that’s the case.

CURTIS STEVENS: I see it — I see it later on. David, I saw you the week, we came back from the gym. I said what’s up, David? You looked at me, put your head down and kept walking. You was walking inside MGM.

DAVID LEMIEUX: That’s in the movies. March 11th you’re going to put your head down.

CURTIS STEVENS: No —

DAVID LEMIEUX: Put your body down.

CURTIS STEVENS: Hey, champ, I’ve been working right —

(Multiple speakers)

CURTIS STEVENS: I can’t wait, champ. I can’t wait.

DAVID LEMIEUX: You’re going to get knocked out. Don’t believe it.

CURTIS STEVENS: Tell the doctor to bring smelly salts. They’re going to need to wake your ass up.

DAVID LEMIEUX: Yeah, yeah, okay. You’re going to get knocked out.

CURTIS STEVENS: No problem. No problem.

DAVID LEMIEUX: You ain’t never fought a guy like me.

CURTIS STEVENS: And you ain’t never fight nobody like me. The difference is I fought a million yous. You never fought someone like me. I don’t see — ain’t no problem. But, listen, no problem. No problem. That could be (indiscernible) guys that beat me. But one thing for sure, you are not —

DAVID LEMIEUX: I’m going to destroy you. March 11th.

CURTIS STEVENS: No problem. March 11, meet me in the middle of the ring, and that’s it, okay. Just meet me in the middle of the ring.

DAVID LEMIEUX: That’s what I’m going to do.

CURTIS STEVENS: That’s all you’ve gotta do. Meet me in the middle of the ring. That’s all you’ve got to do.

DAVID LEMIEUX: You don’t have to talk so much.

CURTIS STEVENS: I plan on —

(Multiple speakers)

CURTIS STEVENS: The fight is made. I don’t got nothing to say.

DAVID LEMIEUX:
Don’t talk so much.

Q. My first question is for —

CURTIS STEVENS: I got what I want.

You’re going to get right what you want. Your whole front furniture will be missing out of your mouth.

Q. Do you feel like maybe, kind of alluded to what the first question was of attention being taken away from this fight, but maybe the fact that this fight is in between two big fights, March 4th, Danny Garcia Sherman and “Triple G” and Jacobs, maybe the fact that there’s a lot of awareness in the sport of boxing because of those fights, maybe it’s a blessing in disguise. So this whole month is going to bring more viewers to the fact that there’s a lot of great boxing going on. So maybe that helps instead of hurt it. What do you think, Oscar?

OSCAR DE LA HOYA: Well, yes, you’re absolutely right. Look, the bottom line is that this fight is on HBO. And millions of fans will be watching it. That’s the bottom line. Not only because it’s the best network in boxing, but because this is a great fight. And this is a real fight.

As you can hear, these guys, they just want to fight. And so the fact that it’s on HBO, the fact that it’s in between two great events, you know, it’s going to create a lot of buzz and attention and the fact that it’s going to be a great fight.

So the fight fans know what exactly is going to happen on March 11th. So everyone’s excited.

DAVID LEMIEUX: You’re going to get knocked out, that’s what’s going to happen.

CURTIS STEVENS: Listen, David, you never talked so much in your life. You must have got to bullshit something; you never talked so much in your life. You gotta bullshit — you never talked so much in your life. You need an energy — energy battery, I see.

Q. David Lemieux’s trainer, what concerns you the most about Curtis going into this fight?

DAVID LEMIEUX: Nothing.

MARC RAMSAY: To be honest, it’s more about what David Lemieux can bring to that ring, not Curtis Stevens. Curtis is a good boxer. Curtis is a powerful boxer like everybody know. But at the end of the day, I don’t focus that much about Curtis Stevens because I know the result of that fights are on the hands — not in the hand of Curtis. And I think David is a more complete fighter and we’re going to show it next week.

Q. Curt, phenomenal win on your last fight. I know you had some issues with that hand over there and wanted to know like obviously if that hand is obviously feeling 100 percent to go for that fight; and really for David, do you feel that that hand is 100 percent, and if you don’t think it’s 100 percent, do you feel that you could exploit that?

CURTIS STEVENS: My hand is — I hurt it in the De La Rosa fight. It wasn’t broken or anything, just had a little hand contusion. It’s good. Doctors told me to take a month and a half off, don’t use it. I treated it with therapy, and everything’s ready to go.

Q. David, what about you and your team, do you guys think that if the hand is 100 percent, do you think it’s something that you can exploit? What do you guys think on that?

DAVID LEMIEUX: I don’t care if his hand is 100 percent or a thousand percent. I’m going to go in there, I’m going to destroy him.

CURTIS STEVENS: You ain’t doing shit. That’s why — if my hand was messed up (indiscernible).

(Multiple speakers)

CURTIS STEVENS: Falling down the steps, shit.

DAVID LEMIEUX: This is what I want. I want you to come like a raging bull. I want you to come like a raging bull, champ. Come.

CURTIS STEVENS: Got a nice spare for you, too.

Q. Curtis, it was your left hand that you hurt in your last fight. You said that you weren’t allowed to use it for about a month and a half. How confident do you feel in your left hand at this point heading into this fight?

CURTIS STEVENS: Oh, I’m confident about it. I use it every day. I use it in sparring. I use it on the bag. I use it. It’s good. My doctor told me not to use it so it could just heal. It was a little contusion. It’s good. I’m ready to go. He cleared me to fight. He cleared me to use it. So I’m good. I’m good to go.

Q. When you say “contusion”, what exactly happened to your hand? Was there like a —

CURTIS STEVENS: No, it must have, was broken before and I didn’t know it was broken. It just healed up on its own. And I believe something was rubbing against it, I believe. Something, I can’t really break it down to you because I’m no doctor. But like something was rubbing, like it was rubbing on something inside my hand that was giving me the pain when I was hitting him. But it’s okay. And he said I’m ready to go.

Q. David, I’m not sure I’ve seen you this emotionally charged before a fight since Purnell Gates. Just describe your emotions going into this and why is it exactly that you’re so worked up?

DAVID LEMIEUX: I’m not really worked up at all. It’s just stuff sometimes it really makes me laugh just the trash he is, the way he talks and the lack of professionalism he has.

It’s just — to me it doesn’t make no difference. Only making his entrance a lot more rough. So doesn’t matter. But sometimes when he says some things I’ve got to reply just concentrate on my camp and on my stuff.

So there’s emotion — nothing really gets to me. I know what I’m going to do on March 11th. My focus is there. He’s a clown. He wants to play around and put off some funny stuff on Instagram, put my picture up, me getting hit by Golovkin, when he got destroyed a lot worse by Golovkin.

It’s funny to me, like the games he plays. I don’t understand why he has to put other opponents, intermingle with what’s going to happen between him and me. Emotion, no there’s no emotion. I’m going to destroy him and that’s the only emotion I have.

Q. Curtis, question for you: Three of the last four of your fights have gone the distance. Can we somehow maybe expect the unexpected here and see this go longer than the slugfest we all think is going to happen?

CURTIS STEVENS: You know, this is boxing. Anything can happen. He could be knocked out. I could win by a decision. Come March 11th we’ll just have to see what happens. But you never know. This is boxing, anything can happen at the end of the day, you know?

Q. Is there anything that you’re banking on? You say you’re going to destroy him. Do we look forward to three, four round bombs away, or do you think this could actually go to the scorecards?

CURTIS STEVENS: No, I don’t — we personally, no, I don’t think necessarily it’s going to go to the scorecards, no. But like you said, everyone has a turn to get hurt. He may try to survive.

He may just go. You never know. You dig what I’m saying is? And, David, with respect to what you just said, I don’t control Curtis “The Cerebral Assassin” Stevens’ page. But notice you all watching what’s going in life. I don’t gotta to put a picture up of you getting hit. I really don’t give a damn what happens between you and Golovkin. We both lost to him at the end of the damn day. Just to clear that up with you.

I don’t control that page. But I know you be watching that, you be watching every move I make, huh? Shit. I think it’s funny. Shit.

Q. Obviously with what’s going on in the division right now, the loser of this fight finds himself in a pretty uphill battle. What does the desperation of that do to your efforts for this fight? Does it change the fight plans? Does it make you try to do something that’s more aggressive or more fueled by “I need to be sensational” and kind of maybe let things go a little bit more than I do because I don’t want this in the judge’s hands, because a loss here could be something close to fatal to championship hopes?

CURTIS STEVENS: We both are powerful fighters. So we’re both coming ready at the end of the day. Like I say, we can never really understand what’s going to go on March 11th, you know?

But the winner shall be victorious. To answer your question about what’s going to happen after, I can’t. Because I can’t see into the future. I can’t see March 12th. I can’t see what’s going to happen, you know, but we both are going to come in there to win at the end of the day.

I know he’s going to be in the best shape to put on a good fight and I’ll be in the best shape of my life for the fight.

Q. David?

DAVID LEMIEUX: Coming in to win, coming in strong. And Stevens is going to be in front of me, I’m going to take care of him. Put on a great show. What I can promise is my fans are going to have a great show. It’s going to be very nice and it’s going to be a great night for me.

So I’m excited, ready, March 11th. You guys be watching.

Q. Oscar, can you weigh in on that issue? You’ve seen enough flights like this where like the winner is still in that title talk; the loser, his relevance is going to be a little bit dubious. Is that why you can sell this as a real frontbed?

OSCAR DE LA HOYA: Obviously, if the loser puts himself into a small corner. But didn’t necessarily mean that — it’s an uphill battle from there, but because of their styles, because of the fan-friendly style they always produce in the ring, I mean, people are watching them fight and obviously the animosity is going to transcend inside the ring and it’s going to be a great fight.

But you’re right, the winner obviously goes and gets in line to fight. They’re the biggest guys in the sports today in the middleweight division, and the loser then has to fight an uphill battle.

But that uphill is not that steep because of their styles, they’re such fan-friendly styles that people want to keep watching them fight.

THE MODERATOR: Does Team Stevens have any closing comments?

CURTIS STEVENS: No additional comments. See you on March 11th.

THE MODERATOR: Team Lemieux?

DAVID LEMIEUX: Thank you all for being here. Don’t miss March 11th, guys, because you’re going to see Lemieux at his best, the best Lemieux you’ll ever see, that you have ever seen. March 11th, 2017 is our year.

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UFC Returns To Nashville For A Featherweight Showdown

Mar 1, 2017

 

UFC Returns To Nashville For A Featherweight Showdown

UFC RETURNS TO NASHVILLE FOR A FEATHERWEIGHT SHOWDOWN BETWEEN NO. 4 CUB SWANSON AND KNOCKOUT ARTIST ARTEM LOBOV

Plus:
(#14) AL IAQUINTA vs. DIEGO SANCHEZ
(#8) OVINCE SAINT PREUX vs. MARCOS ROGERIO DE LIMA
(#12) THALES LEITES vs. (#15) SAM ALVEY

TICKETS FOR UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: SWANSON vs. LOBOV
AT BRIDGESTONE ARENA ON SALE MARCH 3

Las Vegas – When UFC® returns to Nashville on Saturday, April 22, fans in Music City will be in for a treat when No. 4-ranked featherweight Cub Swanson collides with hard-hitting Artem Lobov in the main event of UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: SWANSON vs. LOBOV. The always-entertaining Swanson is back in action for the first time since his potential Fight of the Year victory over Dooho Choi in December. Lobov, a teammate of lightweight champion Conor McGregor, will be headlining his first UFC event, as he brings a two-fight win streak to the Octagon® at Bridgestone Arena.

Swanson (24-7, fighting out of Palm Springs, Calif.) has won three consecutive fights and nine of his last 11 UFC contests, earning seven Fight of the Night bonuses inside the Octagon. The featherweight staple looks to continue his run through the 145-pound division with another barnburner in Nashville. Lobov (14-12-1, 1 NC) fighting out of Dublin, Ireland) will be seeking the biggest win of his career against Swanson, as he plans to propel himself into the featherweight rankings. The 27-fight veteran is no stranger to stiff competition, and he hopes that Nashville will supply the backdrop for his UFC breakthrough.

No. 14-ranked lightweight Al Iaquinta (12-3-1, fighting out of Wantagh, N.Y.) has posted an impressive record of 7-2 inside the UFC, reeling off four consecutive wins, three of those coming by knockout. Iaquinta returns for the first time since April 2015 to take on Diego Sanchez (29-9, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.), a fan-favorite since his days on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter®. The “Nightmare” has been a part of some of the greatest fights in UFC history, and fans should expect nothing less this time around.

Tennessee’s own Ovince Saint Preux (19-10, fighting out of Knoxville, Tenn.) gets his second home game since joining the UFC in 2013 when he meets Marcos Rogerio de Lima (15-5-1, fighting out of Sao Paulo Brazil). The No. 8 ranked light heavyweight in the world, Saint Preux has fought a who’s who of division including former champions Jon Jones and Shogun Rua. He’ll look to leverage that experience against the world class striking of de Lima, who is coming off a first-round knockout in January. The Brazilian has finished all four of his UFC wins in the first round and has 10 first round finishes overall. With 12 knockouts and two submissions, de Lima has the ability to finish the fight wherever it goes.

Additional bouts:

  • Nashville’s own No. 6 Dustin Ortiz (16-6, fighting out of Franklin, Tenn.) faces the fast-rising No. 9 Brandon Moreno(13-3, fighting out of Tijuana, México) in a flyweight clash

  • No. 12 Thales Leites (26-7, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and No. 15 Sam Alvey (30-8, 1 NC, fighting out of Temecula, Calif.) meet in a clash of top-15 middleweights

  • Former title challenger and No. 14 strawweight Jessica Penne (12-5, fighting out of Huntington Beach, Calif.) meets the dangerous and versatile Danielle Taylor (8-2, fighting out of Van Nuys, Calif.)

  • In a battle of up and coming flyweight prospects, Mexico’s Hector Sandoval (13-3, fighting out of Sacramento, Calif.) collides with lethal finisher Matt Schnell (10-3, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.)

  • Tennessee native Scott Holtzman (9-2, fighting out of Knoxville, Tenn.) faces jiu-jitsu ace Michael McBride (8-2, fighting out of Webster City, Iowa.) at 155 pounds

  • Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and No. 11 Alexis Davis (17-7, fighting out of San Jose, Calif.) welcomes UFC newcomer Cindy Dandois (8-2, fighting out of Belgium) to the Octagon in a bantamweight battle

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