Los Angeles Rams aseguran su primer título de la NFC en el 2017

Dec 24, 2017

Los Angeles Rams aseguran su primer título de la NFC en el 2017

Los Angeles Rams 27 vs 23 Tennesse Titans


Campeones de la Division NFC West. En solamente el segundo año en Los Angeles los Rams han asegurado su lugar en los playoffs este año y están a un paso mas cerca del Super Bowl. Los Rams (11-4) derrotaron a los Titans (8-7) 27-23 esta tarde tras el candidato de Jugador Mas Valioso en la liga en Todd Gurley. El corredor tuvo mas de 150 yardas en total en y 2 touchdowns.


El coach Sean Mcvay en su primer año dirigió a este equipo joven a los playoffs y entran con una de las ofensivas mas potentes de toda la liga. Jared Goff sigue mejorando en su segundo año con la ayuda de Sean Mcvay tirando por 301 yardas por el aire con 4 touchdowns.
Es el primer titulo de la división desde 2003 cuando el equipo todavía andaba en St Louis. Los Rams se preparan la semana que entra para jugar contra los 49ers y entran a los playoffs con una racha de victorias.

Nota Itai Fuentes

Fotografía: Rafael Perez

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Pumas tiene un gran plantel y buen grupo: Matías Alustiza

Dec 24, 2017

Pumas tiene un gran plantel y buen grupo: Matías Alustiza.

 

“Hay un buen grupo, todos estamos trabajando al parejo para estar a la disposición del técnico. Hay dos jugadores por cada posición y eso crea una competencia sana. Todos queremos jugar, pero será él quien elija al cuadro titular, sólo debemos estar preparados para cuando nos toque”, señaló Matías Alustiza en conferencia de prensa realizada en las instalaciones de la Cantera.

 

El delantero auriazul declaró: “poco a poco nos iremos adaptando porque tenemos un gran plantel, un buen grupo y sabemos lo que nos estamos jugando el siguiente torneo”. También añadió: “Creo y confío en mis compañeros, hay un buen grupo y todos vamos a salir adelante porque Pumas es un Club grande”.

 

Finalmente declaró: “Ayer se jugó un primer amistoso, sabemos que estos partidos solo nos sirven para prepararnos, pero estoy contento por lo que se hizo ayer ante Zacatepec”.

Cortesia: Club Pumas

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Kovalev-Mikhalkin & Bivol-Barrera March 3 at MSG

Dec 24, 2017
 
Krusher Takes Manhattan
 
Two World Light Heavyweight Titles at Stake as
Sergey Kovalev Returns to New York vs. Igor Mikhalkin and Dmitry Bivol vs. Sullivan Barrera Share HBO Bill
“The Krusher”
Photo Credits: David Spagnolo/Main Events
New York, NY:        Sergey Kovalev continues his rise back to the top of the light heavyweight division when he returns to the Mecca of Boxing on Saturday, March 3rd to defend the WBO Light Heavyweight World Title versus southpaw Igor Mikhalkin, originally of Irkutsk, Russia, now fighting out of Hamburg, Germany.  A skilled boxer, Mikhalkin puts his ten-bout winning streak on the line as he steps up to challenge one of the most fearsome punchers in professional boxing at New York City’s Theater at Madison Square Garden.
In the co-main event, newly minted WBA World Light Heavyweight Champion Dmitry Bivol of Russia makes his second defense of the title against Cuba’s streaking Sullivan Barrera, the mandatory challenger. Viewed as a “toss-up” bout by boxing insiders, Bivol-Barrera matches a young, explosive champion against an experienced veteran hungry for his first world title fight. Presented by Main Events, Krusher Promotions and World of Boxing in association with EC Box Promotions, the doubleheader will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®. Ticket information will be announced shortly.
Last month, the Big Apple welcomed Kovalev (31-2-1, 27 KOs), the two-time light heavyweight world champion, with open arms as he made his New York debut with a stoppage of Vyacheslav Shabranskyy in the second round to reclaim his WBO Light Heavyweight World Title at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. Eager to return to the ring and to his new home, “Krusher” thrilled his large following of Russian fans last month and he expects an even bigger contingent to greet him in March. As he sits comfortably atop the light heavyweight rankings and in the top five pound-for-pound, Sergey’s goal is to put on a great show for the fans in attendance and watching on HBO.
Kovalev said, “I really enjoyed fighting at Madison Square Garden in November. It feels like my home. I’m very excited to go back to MSG and to fight on HBO. Everyone should to have a great time watching my fight!”
Kovalev’s manager, Egis Klimas, added, “It’s still very difficult to find light heavyweights who want to fight Sergey. I’m surprised! Many thanks to Igor Mikhalkin, who is confident enough to take on The Krusher and get a big opportunity. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Shabranskyy is Ukrainian and Igor is Russian. They’re tough! Not afraid!”
Mikhalkin (21-1, 9 KOs), 32, a southpaw originally from Irkutsk, Russia, now resides in Hamburg, Germany. He made his professional debut in 2007 with a second-round stoppage against Stefan Stanko and went on to win his first 11 bouts with seven of those wins coming by way of knockout. The lone blemish on Mikhalin’s record is a unanimous decision loss to former WBO Light Heavyweight Title contender Aleksy Kuziemski in 2010. In the eight years since, Igor amassed several belts: the IBO Light Heavyweight World Title, EBU Light Heavyweight Title and the WBO Intercontinental Light Heavyweight Title. Mikhalkin will be making his US debut against Kovalev on March 3.
When asked about his upcoming title shot against Kovalev, Mikhalkin replied, “It is a great honor for me to fight in the United States. This will undoubtedly be the biggest and hardest fight in my career. Kovalev is for me the strongest man in this weight class. But I feel ready. The fight against Kovalev comes at the perfect time. I feel stronger than ever and I want to show the American boxing audience a great fight.”
Mikhalkin’s promoter, Erol Ceylan, of EC Box Promotions added, “We are happy to organize this fight together with Main Events. Kovalev is a big name in the light heavyweight division. Igor has absolutely earned this fight and he has the class to defeat Kovalev. Igor has already won many great foreign victories in his career and I’m sure that he will be successful again.”
In the co-main event, the young champion, Dmitry Bivol (12-0, 10 KOs), makes his New York debut and fights in the United States and on HBO for the second time. Sullivan Barrera (21-1, 14 KOs), who has become a fixture on HBO, returns to The Garden for his first world title fight. Both men were very focused on making this fight and facing each other. Some boxing commentators believe this matchup could be the fight of the night.
“This is not the first time that I am training for the most important fight of my career, and this motivates me and makes me happy! Sullivan Barrera is what we wanted and I am glad that we will meet in the ring soon,” explained WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion, Dmitry Bivol.
Andrei Ryabinskiy, of World of Boxing, Bivol’s promoter, explained, “We have planned a very active schedule for Dmitry Bivol and World of Boxing in 2018 and are happy to start the year with an event at  Madison Square Garden on March 3rd with Dmitry Bivol vs Sullivan Barrera. I would like to thank Kathy Duva and HBO and hope that our partnership will prosper.”
Bivol’s manager, Vadim Kornilov added, “We are glad that our first appearance in 2018 will be against one of the best in the division in the legendary Madison Square Garden.  Sullivan Barrera is a serious test for Bivol and we have a lot of respect for him taking this fight. We want to prove to the world that it was not by accident that this young kid became a world champion in only his 12th ring appearance, he is already fighting on HBO for his third time, and he is fighting one of the best fighters in the division with only one career loss that came at the hands of Andre Ward. Bivol has already been mentioned as a possible pound for pound prospect by many and we will continue fighting the best out there to prove this!”
Barrera said, “I came from Cuba with one dream and that was to win a world title.  I know it won’t be easy and I know I chose the toughest road than anyone to get here.  But I know all of the tough opponents I have agreed to fight and hard work will pay off.  On March 3rd, I will become the most deserving light heavyweight champion in boxing.”
Main Events CEO Kathy Duva remarked, “We’re ready to showcase the light heavyweight division again at Madison Square Garden! We have Kovalev and Barrera both returning to The Theater after big wins in November and we’re adding another light heavyweight champion to the card! Dmitry is a young champion with a bright future ahead of him if he can get past Sullivan, which is no easy task. And Sergey is taking on Igor Mikhalkin, who is a young, but experienced, southpaw and that’s given him some trouble in the past. We’ll round out the show with another lineup of prospects and local guys in great fights to make sure the fans see a really entertaining and satisfying night of boxing.”
About Kovalev-Mikhalkin:  The Saturday, March 3 main event between Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev and Igor Mikhalkin is a 12-round match-up for the WBO Light Heavyweight World Title at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The co-main event features WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Dmitry Bivol versus Sullivan Barrera in a 12-round title fight. The event is promoted by Main Events, Krusher Promotions and World of Boxing in association with EC Box Promotions and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®. Ticket information will be available shortly.
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ROBERT EASTER DEFENDS AGAINST JAVIER FORTUNA IN CO-FEATURE SATURDAY, JAN. 20 LIVE ON SHOWTIME

Dec 24, 2017

UNDEFEATED 135-POUND CHAMPION ROBERT EASTER DEFENDS AGAINST FORMER WORLD CHAMPION JAVIER FORTUNA IN THE SPENCE-PETERSON CO-FEATURE SATURDAY, JAN. 20 LIVE ON SHOWTIME® FROM BARCLAYS CENTER IN BROOKLYN & PRESENTED BY PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS

 

Light Heavyweight Contender Marcus Browne Clashes with Canada’s Francy Ntetu & Heavyweight Sensation Adam Kownacki Battles Iago Kiladze in the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING PRELIMS Streaming Live on SHOWTIME Sports® Digital Platforms

 

BROOKLYN (December 22, 2017) – Undefeated 135-pound world champion Robert Easter will defend his IBF Title against former world champion Javier Fortuna in the co-main event of Errol Spence Jr. vs. Lamont Peterson live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) on Saturday, Jan. 20 from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING® and presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

 

Easter vs. Fortuna rounds out the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING doubleheader that features IBF Welterweight World Champion and 2012 U.S. Olympian Spence making his first title defense against former two-division world champion Peterson.

 

In the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING PRELIMS, unbeaten light heavyweight Marcus Browne, from Staten Island, will take on once-beaten Francy Ntetu in a 10-round fight and undefeated heavyweight sensation Adam Kownacki, who fights out of Brooklyn by way of Lomza, Poland, will face once-beaten Iago Kiladze of Kiev, Ukraine in a 10-round bout.

 

The live digital offering will be exclusive in the U.S. on the SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel and the SHOWTIME Boxing Facebook page.

 

SHOWTIME is the only network to offer live streaming coverage of boxing on social media platforms in the U.S., having first done so in 2016 with the presentation of two heavyweight world championship bouts live on YouTube.

 

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and TGB Promotions, are priced starting at $50, and are on sale now. The Easter-Fortuna bout is promoted in association with Sampson Boxing and About Billions Promotions. Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.combarclayscenter.com, at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center or by calling 800-745-3000. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.

 

Easter (20-0, 14 KOs) will be making the third defense of his lightweight world title since he won it with a split decision over Richard Commey on Sept. 9, 2016. The 26-year-old Easter successfully defended the title twice in his hometown of Toledo, Ohio last year, defeating Luis Cruz by unanimous decision on Feb. 10 and then following it up with a unanimous decision victory over Denis Shafikov in his last outing on June 30.

 

“When I first won the title I knew that many obstacles would be thrown at me, but that’s what the game is all about,’’ Easter said. “I’ve successfully overcome them and defended the title in some tough fights and on January 20th we’re looking to do the same thing. I believe every fighter can give you problems, but professionals make adjustments and take over the fight. That’s what I’m going to do. I know he’s a former world champion looking to regain a title, but this time he signed up for the wrong guy. We always work hard and we’ve turned it up a notch since we found out who the opponent would be. I’m just excited. I’m ready to go today if I have to.’’

 

Fortuna (33-1-1, 23 KOs) is returning to the scene of his first world championship victory when he defeated then champion Bryan Vasquez by unanimous decision for the 130-pound title at Barclays Center on May 29, 2015. Fortuna lost the title to Jason Sosa by technical knockout in Beijing, China on June 24, 2016 in a fight Fortuna led on the scorecards. The 28-year-old southpaw who fights out of Braintree, Mass. by way of Dominican Republic, has won four straight since his lone loss to get in contention for a title at 135 pounds, including triumphs over then undefeated fighters Omar Douglas and Nicolas Polanco.

 

“I’m just very gracious, appreciative and honored for the opportunity to fight for the world title again,’’ Fortuna said. “I feel really good about this fight. With God first I will be a world champion again. Easter is tall, active and he’s strong. But I feel like I’m stronger and I can punch much harder. Training is going smooth now, but the intensity will pick up as we get closer to the fight. ‘’

 

Browne (20-0, 15 KOs) has put together back-to-back impressive knockout victories to continue his rapid rise up the highly competitive 175-pound division. The 27-year-old southpaw knocked out Thomas Williams, Jr. in Cincinnati on Feb. 18, and followed it up with another stunning knockout victory over then unbeaten Seanie Monaghan in Long Island on July 15. The 2012 U.S. Olympian will look to put himself in position for a world title fight with a convincing win on Jan. 20.

 

Ntetu (17-1, 4 KOs) was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo but lives and trains out of Quebec, Canada. The veteran won his first 16 pro fights, including victories over experienced challengers Milton Nunez and Oscar Riojas. Ntetu previously fought at Barclays Center in June 2016 when he went toe-to-toe with current super middleweight world champion David Benavidez before eventually suffering the first loss of his career.

 

Kownacki (16-0, 13 KOs) has made steady progress up the heavyweight ladder, scoring knockout victories in his last three matches. The 28-year-old Kownacki will be fighting for the sixth time at Barclays Center in his hometown of Brooklyn. In his last fight he knocked out former world title challenger Artur Szpilka at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. on July 15 in a matchup of top Polish heavyweights.

 

Kiladze (26-1, 18 KOs) will be fighting for a second straight time at Barclays Center after the 31-year-old scored a TKO victory over Pedro Rodriguez in his last fight on Nov. 4 in the non-televised undercard of Wilder-Stiverne II. The only loss of his career came via knockout to Youri Kayembre Kalenga in Berlin, Germany in 2013 back when he was fighting at cruiserweight. Kiladze is unbeaten since campaigning at heavyweight full time and looks to mark his arrival on the division on January 20th.

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Confirmado para los Octavos de Final de la Liga de Campeones Scotiabank CONCACAF 2018

Dec 24, 2017
Calendario Confirmado para los Octavos de Final de la Liga de Campeones Scotiabank CONCACAF 2018
Dieciséis de los mejores clubes de CONCACAF disputarán una competencia llena de acción durante tres meses

 

Miami (viernes, 22 de diciembre, 2017) – La Confederación de Norte, Centroamérica y el Caribe de Fútbol Asociación (CONCACAF) dio a conocer hoy las fechas y los horarios de los partidos de la ronda de cuartos de final de la Liga de Campeones CONCACAF Scotiabank 2018, principal competencia de clubes de la región.

La Liga de Campeones CONCACAF Scotiabank coronará a un campeón de los dieciséis clubes clasificados de Norte, Centroamérica y el Caribe. Los emparejamientos para los octavos de final fueron determinados en el sorteo oficial, el cual se llevó a cabo el lunes, 18 de diciembre en Miami.

Los partidos de ida de los octavos de final están programados a jugarse del 20 al 22 de febrero. La acción comenzará el martes, en Centroamérica, con un enfrentamiento entre CS Herediano (CRC) y Tigres UANL (MEX). Mas tarde, en Colorado, los campeones de la Copa Canadiense y la MLS Cup 2017, Toronto FC (CAN) visitarán al equipo estadounidense de la MLS, Colorado Rapids (USA).

Los partidos de ida del martes serán los primeros en jugarse entre los ocho partidos programados para la primera semana de la Liga de Campeones.

El miércoles por la noche, el siete veces campeón de CONCACAF Club América (MEX) visitará al Deportivo Saprissa (CRC) en San José, Costa Rica, mientras que el Tauro FC (PAN) recibirá al FC Dallas (USA) en Panamá. Para cerrar la noche, FC Motagua (HON) se enfrentará al Club Tijuana (MEX).

Los partidos de ida cerraran finalizarán el jueves por la noche, cuando el actual campeón de la Liga CONCACAF Scotiabank CD Olimpia (HON) reciba a los New York Red Bulls (USA) y Santa Tecla FC (SLV) enfrentándose al Seattle Sounders FC (USA).

Además, Cibao FC (DOM) será sede del primer partido de la Liga de Campeones en la República Dominicana, cuando reciba al CD Guadalajara (MEX).

Los partidos de vuelta de los octavos de final se jugarán entre el 27 de febrero y el 1 de marzo, comenzando con Toronto FC (CAN) vs. Colorado Rapids (USA), Tigres UANL (MEX) vs. CS Herediano (CRC) y Club Tijuana (MEX) vs. FC Motagua (HON) el martes, 27.

Los partidos continuarán el miércoles con FC Dallas (USA) vs. Tauro FC (PAN), CD Guadalajara (MEX) vs. Cibao FC (DOM) y Club América (MEX) vs. Deportivo Saprissa (CRC). Los dos últimos partidos de los octavos de final, verán a New York Red Bulls (USA) en casa frente a CD Olimpia (HON) y Santa Tecla FC (SLV) en Seattle Sounders FC (USA).

El rango de fechas para los cuartos de final de ida, que se disputarán entre los ocho ganadores de los octavos de final, es del 6 al 8 de marzo. Los cuartos de final de vuelta están programados entre el 13 y el 15. Las semifinales y la final de ida y vuelta de la competencia están programadas para abril.

El ganador de la Liga de Campeones CONCACAF Scotiabank 2018 representará a la región en la Copa Mundial de Clubes de la FIFA 2018, que se disputará en los Emiratos Árabes Unidos.

Calendario de la Liga de Campeones CONCACAF Scotiabank 2018 – Octavos de Final

*En hora del este (hora local) y el equipo local aparece primero

Martes, 20 de febrero de 2017
20:00 CS Herediano (CRC) vs. Tigres UANL (MEX)
22:00 Colorado Rapids (USA) vs. Toronto FC (CAN)

Miércoles, 21 20 de febrero de 2017
20:00 Deportivo Saprissa (CRC) vs. Club América (MEX)
20:00 Tauro FC (PAN) vs. FC Dallas (USA)
22:00 FC Motagua (HON) vs. Club Tijuana (MEX)

Jueves, 22 de febrero de 2017
20:00 Cibao FC (DOM) vs. CD Guadalajara (MEX)
22:00 CD Olimpia (HON) vs. New York Red Bulls (USA)
22:00 Santa Tecla FC (SLV) vs. Seattle Sounders FC (USA)

Martes, 27 de febrero de 2017
20:00 Toronto FC (CAN) vs. Colorado Rapids (USA)
20:00 Tigres UANL (MEX) vs. CS Herediano (CRC)
22:00 Club Tijuana (MEX) vs. FC Motagua (HON)

Miércoles, 28 de febrero de 2017
20:00 FC Dallas (USA) vs. Tauro FC (PAN)
20:00 CD Guadalajara (MEX) vs. Cibao FC (DOM)
22:00 Club América (MEX) vs. Deportivo Saprissa (CRC)

Jueves, 1 de marzo de 2017
20:00 New York Red Bulls (USA) vs. CD Olimpia (HON)
22:00 Seattle Sounders FC (USA) vs. Santa Tecla FC (SLV)

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TWO-DIVISION WORLD CHAMPION DANNY GARCIA RETURNS TO THE RING TO FACE FORMER WORLD CHAMPION BRANDON RIOS SATURDAY, FEB. 17

Dec 24, 2017

TWO-DIVISION WORLD CHAMPION DANNY GARCIA RETURNS TO THE RING TO FACE FORMER WORLD CHAMPION BRANDON RIOS SATURDAY, FEB. 17 LIVE ON SHOWTIME FROM MANDALAY BAY EVENTS CENTER & PRESENTED BY PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS

 

Plus, 168-Pound Champion David Benavidez Makes First World Title Defense in a Rematch with Ronald Gavril in the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® Co-Feature

 

Tickets on Sale Saturday, December 23 at 10 a.m. PST!

 

LAS VEGAS (December 21, 2017) – Two-division world champion Danny “Swift’’ Garcia returns to the ring to take on former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam’’ Rios in a welterweight showdown on Saturday, February 17 live on SHOWTIME at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

 

In the co-feature, boxing’s youngest world champion David “El Bandera Roja” Benavidez will defend his Super Middleweight World Championship for the first time against Ronald Gavril in a rematch of their thrilling September 2017 bout in which Benavidez won the vacant title by split decision.

 

The card is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and TGB Promotions in association with DSG Promotions. The Benavidez-Gavril rematch is co-promoted by Sampson Boxing.  Tickets for the live event go on sale Saturday, Dec. 23 at 10 a.m. PST and will be available at AXS.com.

 

“I’m excited just to get back in the ring,” said Garcia, who was reigning world champion for the better part of six years dating back to his win over Hall of Famer Erik Morales in 2012 through March 2017. “I needed the time off to recuperate and let my body heal.”

 

Garcia (33-1, 19 KOs) was a unified world champion at super lightweight and welterweight and has fought and defeated many of the most formidable opponents in both divisions spanning two generations—Morales, Zab Judah, Kendall Holt, Amir Khan, Lucas Matthysse, Paulie Malignaggi and Lamont Peterson among them.  Four of his five opponents in the welterweight division were world champions and 10 of his last 14 opponents were world champions or former world champions.

 

“I was the reigning champion for six years, so I needed the rest,” continued the 29-year old Philadelphia fighter.  “I’m ready to kick off the year in style and take over the welterweight division.”

 

In his last fight, a welterweight clash of world title holders, Garcia lost via split decision to now unified 147-pound world champion Keith Thurman in a hard-fought, exciting fight that aired live on CBS. The SHOWTIME BOXING on CBS broadcast drew the biggest boxing audience of the year, more than five million viewers which remains the largest audience to witness a primetime boxing broadcast since 1998.

 

Now, Garcia looks to re-establish his once dominant position at welterweight, a division that boasts more top-10 pound-for-pound fighters in the sport than any other weight class; fighters including world champions Errol Spence Jr., Thurman, Shawn Porter, Kell Brook, Lamont Peterson and more.

 

“What’s interesting in this fight with Brandon Rios is our styles. We both like to come forward. This kind of matchup will bring out the best in both of us. I’m excited to be back in Las Vegas. I’ve had some of my best performances and some of my biggest fights there. I beat Lucas Matthysse and Amir Khan in Vegas. You fight in Las Vegas, you’re a superstar,” added Garcia.

 

Like Garcia, Rios has fought many of the top welterweights of this era including world champions Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao. The hard-nosed slugger from Oxnard, Calif., has 34 wins, 25 by knockout. The 31-year-old Rios always comes prepared to battle. With an aggressive style and granite chin, he is one of the most entertaining boxers in the sport. In his last fight he scored a TKO victory over Aaron Herrera on June 11. A victory over Garcia, a top-10 welterweight in his own right, would immediately change the course of Rios’ career and demand that he be placed among the top-ranked in the division.

 

“I’m excited to prove my critics wrong again,” said Rios. “I’m bring a ‘Bam Bam’ Rios slugfest to my fans. Danny is a great fighter, but I will beat him just like I have beat others in the past. I am focused and will make this a classic Mexican-Puerto Rican battle!’’

 

“SHOWTIME is poised to start the year with two crucial welterweight main event matchups,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager of SHOWTIME Sports®. “Following the January 20th event pitting Errol Spence Jr. vs. Lamont Peterson, Garcia vs. Rios features two of the most battle-tested and ferocious 147-pound fighters in the world. Add in the Benavidez vs. Gavril II co-feature, a fight that is guaranteed to deliver dramatic action, and we are picking up right where we left off in 2017 delivering the most compelling and important matchups in boxing’s deepest divisions.”

 

“We’re looking forward to the action at Mandalay Bay Events Center in February,’’ said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO Mayweather Promotions. “Both Garcia and Rios are seasoned fighters that have faced the toughest competition in the welterweight division and they are both very hungry for a big win. The co-feature rematch between the youngest reigning world champion David Benavidez and challenger Ronald Gavril we already know will be thrilling. All four of these men have proven that they’ll put it all on the line in the boxing ring to leave no doubt about who the better man is. In addition, we are working on a crowd-pleasing undercard now. Everyone on this card will need to bring their ‘A game’ to Las Vegas in order to be victorious on February 17.”

 

“Danny Garcia is one of the most battle-tested, skillful boxers in the sport. What he did in running through the 140-pound division before moving up to welterweight is simply amazing,’’ said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. “’Bam Bam’ Rios is a throwback warrior. He never met a fight that he backed down from. Putting Garcia and Rios into the ring against each other promises nothing but fireworks in a match that should provide maximum entertainment for fans.  It’s the kind of fight that belongs in Las Vegas, a classic battle that harkens to welterweight wars of the past.  The first match between Benavidez and Gavril left enough room for doubt that a rematch should settle any remaining questions. I’d expect both boxers to come in with something to prove and that translates into a fan-friendly match.’’

 

The 21-year-old Benavidez (19-0, 17 KOs) became the youngest reigning world champion in boxing and the youngest 168-pound champion in history at 20-years, nine months old when he scored a split decision against Gavril to win the super middleweight title on September 8. The bout featured multiple swings of momentum, thrilling exchanges and a wild 12th round. Benavidez and Gavril pushed each other to deliver the best performance of their respective careers thus far.

 

“I feel I won the fight,” said Gavril immediately after the decision. “I dominated the pace. I can’t say anything else… The only thing I can do is to ask for a rematch.”

 

On February 17, Gavril will get it.

 

“No excuses this time,” said Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing. “The minute Benavidez finished the fight I requested the rematch—on behalf of the winner—for the sole reason that he needed to win by emphatically and not by split decision. I wanted the public to be able to have the rematch so that everyone will know who the best is. I expect this time Gavril will say that he’s really been beaten. As the youngest reigning champion in the sport today, I want no doubt that Benavidez is the better man. It was a great fight the first time and this time we’ll see who the best truly is. No excuses. No doubt.’’

 

Fighting out of Phoenix, Ariz., Benavidez had scored 10 straight knockouts leading up to the match against Gavril. His eight-round KO victory over Rogelio Medina put him position for the vacant title.

 

“This is a fight that my father, my team and I decided to take again to show everybody that I’m really the champion and there’s more to me than just being the youngest world champion,”  Benavidez said. “I feel like I’m the better fighter and I’m going to definitely show it this time. I learned from that first fight that he puts on a lot of pressure. He likes to throw at the same time that I’m throwing. There are a couple different approaches to take against that. It’s going to be a great night of fights. Danny Garcia and ‘Bam Bam’ Rios, these are two fighters I look up to in the sport and it’s an honor to fight in their undercard. My training has been going well. We decided to bring in a strength and conditioning coach and I feel really strong. I believe I’ll be very prepared.”

 

Gavril (18-2, 14 KOs) rose rapidly through the ranks by scoring seven straight victories including four by knockout since 2015. The 31-year-old Gavril was born in Bacau, Romania and now lives and fights out of Las Vegas. He fought a brilliant match against Benavidez, seizing control in the middle rounds and even dropping the young contender in the 12th with less than a minute left in the fight. Ultimately, it wasn’t enough as Gavril lost on two of the three judges’ scorecards.

 

“I can’t wait to get into the ring again and take that belt,” said Gavril. “I learned his game plan quickly during the first fight, I blocked it well then, and I plan to do the same again. He has fast hands and power, I won’t take that from him, but I am prepared for whatever plan he comes in the ring with. I know I have what it takes to win this time. Preparing for this fight the second time around has been different, training has been more intense, and my team is preparing me to take him out once and for all. I can’t let him win. Some people said I won back in September, and were surprised by my performance. I thought it was close, and I thought the knock down gave me the advantage to win. All I can do is be ready. I don’t think either of us will upset the fans on fight night. I want to thank Floyd Mayweather and Leonard for another opportunity against Benavidez. He’s a great fighter and tough competitor and this will certainly be a great fight.”

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