Feb 7, 2018
LOS ANGELES (Feb. 7, 2018): Following a 2017 that saw massive knockouts, shocking upsets and the rise of several Golden Boy Promotions prospects, LA FIGHT CLUB returns on March 16 for its inaugural 2018 show live from the Belasco Theater in Downtown, Los Angeles, Calif. and live on EstrellaTV’s Boxeo Estelar. The series will continue on April 6, June 1, July 6, Aug. 10, and Oct. 12, with more possible dates to follow.
“LA Fight Club was popular beyond any of our imaginations throughout 2017, and we are proud to bring it back,” said Oscar De La Hoya, CEO and Chairman of Golden Boy Promotions. “We saw a little bit of everything that boxing has to offer at the Belasco last year including upsets, knockouts, the development of future world champions, and I am looking forward to 2018 delivering even more.”
Among the highlights from 2017:
  • Virtually unknown outside of his native Philippines, lightweight “Ruthless” Romero Duno (16-1, 14 KOs) arrived at the Belasco Theater in March as an opponent to then-undefeated and hot prospect Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez (18-1, 15 KOs). Less than six minutes later, Duno scored a brutal knockout that led to a contract with Golden Boy Promotions and has placed him in position for huge fights in 2018 and beyond.
  • Longtime Nicaraguan super featherweight contender Rene “Gemelo” Alvarado (28-8, 19 KOs), once again upset the apple cart as an opponent, forcing the corner of then-undefeated Venezuelan Roger “The Kid” Gutierrez (17-1-1, 14 KOs) to call off the July 14 main event in the seventh round of a scheduled eight.  Alvarado would go on to knock off former world-title contender Denis Shafikov (38-4-1, 20 KOs) later in the year.
  • One-time highly touted super featherweight prospect Charles Huerta (20-5, 12 KOs) resurrected his career in the April main event at the Belasco Theater, knocking out then-unbeaten prospect Ivan “Striker” Delgado (11-1-1, 4 KOs). Once the referee waived off the bout following Huerta’s two knockdowns of Delgado in the third round, the Paramount, California native’s career was back in full swing.
Fighters appearing on the March 16 card will be announced shortly.
LA FIGHT CLUB is an innovative boxing series that showcases the best and brightest stars of the exclusive Golden Boy Promotions stable. The events will be sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” and Casa Mexico Tequila. The series will return to the Belasco Theater in Downtown Los Angeles, Calif. on Friday, March 16, along with EstrellaTV’s Boxeo Estelar. Mark your calendars and buy your tickets for the upcoming shows on April 6, June 1, July 6, Aug. 10, and Oct. 12.
Tickets for LA FIGHT CLUB start at the fan-friendly price of $25 and are available for purchase now at, the Golden Boy Promotions Facebook page, or by calling 213-233-2957.
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Ismael Villarreal Shoulders Responsibilities In and Out of the Ring

Feb 7, 2018
Ismael Villarreal Shoulders Responsibilities In and Out of the Ring
(Bronx, New York) – Sixty thousand community college students participate in athletic competition, according to the NCAA. Another 400,000 compete if you include four-year college students. Only two percent will ever become professional athletes.
Twenty-year-old Bronx native Ismael Villarreal (1-0) has already beaten those odds. The two-time New York Golden Gloves champion won his first bout as a professional boxer in November in his debut at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Villarreal returns to the big stage again at The Garden on Saturday, March 3 on the non-televised undercard of Sergey Kovalev vs. Igor Mikhalkin in a four-round junior middleweight bout against Anthony Woods (1-5) of Douglasville, Georgia.
“I never thought I was going to return (to Madison Square Garden) that quick,” said Villarreal. “It’s pretty cool, and I get to fight in my hometown, so I like it.”
Villarreal remains in New York between fights in order to balance his full-time training schedule and full-time course load at Brooklyn Community College. He is a physical education major, studying subjects including biology and education, with the goal of becoming a teacher. “You’ve always got to have a backup plan. Anything can happen… I can’t drop school.”
Villarreal competed as an amateur while attending Belmont Preparatory High School, founded in the Bronx in 2002 for academically talented students throughout the community. Many of his teachers there became boxing fans, and Villarreal expects to see many of them for his second fight at Madison Square Garden. “They’ve always been supportive,” said Villarreal.
His community college classmates and instructors aren’t as aware of Villarreal’s second full-time job as a professional boxer: “Sometimes they find me on the internet. I would have told them, but I don’t want to interrupt class saying ‘hey, I’m a boxer!'”
Juggling the demands of training and his school obligations makes time management critically important for Villarreal. “I have to go every day, my only day off is Friday. I still have to focus on running, on homework, on the gym. It’s tough but I’ll make it through,” said Villarreal.
Villarreal says the real exhaustion is mental more than physical. “When I go to school and I’m boxing, it’s definitely hard. Some can do it, some can’t … Sometimes it’s hard to manage… no one can say it’s easy, it’s a challenge.”
But Villarreal has discovered the value of discipline, and he says it benefits him in multiple ways. “I’ve always been disciplined when it comes to schoolwork. If anything, I become more disciplined with boxing from the schoolwork,” explained Villarreal.
For his upcoming fight, Villarreal is dropping from middleweight to junior middleweight (154 pounds). He says he’s working on being more active and throwing more punches, especially working to the body. Villarreal’s plan for 2018 is to stay active in the ring. But he also understands at this stage of his career, “sometimes you get tired of waiting, but patience is important … I know everything will pay off in the future.”
About March 3:  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. Tickets range from $50 to $300 and are available at and the Madison Square Garden box office. 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® at 10:05 p.m. ET/PT.
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New York City FC presenta su nueva camiseta secundaria del 2018

Feb 7, 2018

New York City FC presenta su nueva camiseta secundaria del 2018


New York, N.Y., 7 Febrero 2018 – New York City FC está orgulloso en presentar hoy su nueva camiseta secundaria del 2018, diseñada por adidas.


El Club lanzó su tercer uniforme secundario con un video que narra el viaje de la camiseta desde la sede de adidas en Alemania, a Abu Dhabi donde se estampo el logotipo de Etihad Airways, a las calles de la ciudad de Nueva York y finalmente al vestuario en Yankee Stadium.


Teniendo en mente a los fanáticos de Nueva York, la inspiración del diseño para el nuevo uniforme del 2018 provino de la ciudad de Nueva York, la selva de concreto, resultando en un uniforme que es predominantemente gris con acentos azules. Esta revelación se produce después de meses de especulación de los fanáticos y una campaña en los medios sociales que insinuaba la paleta de colores grises, evocando el coraje y la actitud de la Ciudad. La insignia monocromática significa que esta camiseta se puede usar en cualquier lugar, desde el estadio hasta las calles.


Nueva York es el epítome de una ciudad internacional, y en un año Mundialista, la camiseta 2018 de NYCFC adopta el juego global con diseños de adidas de Copas Mundiales del pasado, evocando recuerdos del clásico uniforme de Colombia del año ’90.


La campaña en torno al lanzamiento de la camiseta también utiliza el mantra #EverywhereWeGo que ha sido adoptado por los fanáticos cuando NYCFC juega fuera de casa.

Mientras NYCFC y su camiseta tienen historias globales, la ciudad de Nueva York es el corazón de este club. En este espíritu, el Capitán David Villa y sus compañeros de equipo salieron a las calles de East Harlem para modelar la nueva camiseta por primera vez durante una visita a P.S. 083 / P.S. 182.


Una de las primeras 50 mini-canchas de la Iniciativa de Fútbol de la Ciudad de Nueva York (NYCSI), P.S. 083 / P.S. 182 es un lugar con un significado especial para el Club y los jugadores que han visto cómo el fútbol ha empoderado a esta comunidad desde su inauguración en octubre. Los jugadores regresaron al patio de la escuela para una sesión de fotos, dando a los miembros de la comunidad un vistazo a la nueva camiseta.


Las fotos fueron tomadas por VisualsByPierre, un creador de contenido local que combina el ánimo de la ciudad de Nueva York con la sofisticación de la moda a través de su fotografía y ha trabajado con marcas principales, incluyendo adidas.


El capitán del equipo, David Villa, compartió sus pensamientos sobre la nueva camiseta:


“Me enorgullece usar nuestra nueva camiseta secundaria y representar a la ciudad de Nueva York fuera de casa. Más importante, es una camiseta que creo que nuestros fanáticos leales realmente adorarán.


“Fue divertido hacer la sesión de fotos en East Harlem ya que la comunidad es tan importante para nuestro Club”.


La nueva camiseta secundaria se usará por primera vez en la cancha cuando el Club se enfrenta al LA Galaxy en un amistoso de pretemporada el sábado 10 de febrero.


La camiseta ya está a la venta en y en la tienda insignia de adidas en NYC.

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Feb 7, 2018





Las Vegas – One of the greatest careers in ring history will come to close this Thursday night, when the legendary Roy Jones Junior competes in his final bout as a professional boxer.


Widely considered one of the very best pound-for-pound fighters of all time Jones, 65-9 (47KOs), competes in cruiserweight (200lbs) bout vs Scott Sigmon, 30-11-1 (16KOs). The 10-rounder serves as the main event to a five fight Island Fights main card which features both boxing and mixed martial arts bouts.


The event will be live-streamed and available on video-on-demand basis exclusively on UFCFIGHTPASS, the UFC’s digital streaming service.


Joining combat sport play-by-play veteran TJ De Santis in the commentator booth will be Jeff Lacy. Known as “Left Hook” during his boxing career, Lacy represented the United States at the 2000 Olympics and went on to win the same IBF super-middleweight title Jones had annexed a decade earlier. Lacy also fought Jones in 2009 (the entire fight is available on UFC FIGHT PASS) and will bring a wealth of knowledge to the event.





“This is the first live boxing on UFC FIGHT PASS. I love being the first to do something, so to be the first boxing event on UFC FIGHT PASS is cool. When I turned pro back in 1989, I said I wanted to bring new audiences boxing and that’s what I tried to do. By having my last night as a fighter on the UFC’s (streaming service) I’m bringing new eyeballs to boxing and I’m throwing a spotlight on the boxing and MMA fighters who are on the event.


“I’m been a fan of the UFC for years. Me and (UFC President) Dana White have been friends for a long time, since before he even got started with the UFC. We’ve talked about FIGHT PASS showing a fight (of mine) and it has come about perfectly.”



“It feels different. I’m emotional even thinking about how I’m going to feel on the day. I’m almost tearing up talking. I’m worried about how I am going to feel all day of the fight. I may be crying all day – but once I am in the ring I’ll have to put those tears away because there’s gonna be a guy in the other corner looking to beat me. Scott Sigmon won’t care about those tears. He cares about getting the win, that’s the reality.


“I turned professional in May 1989 in this same arena, but I’ve been doing this since 1979. In 39 years there’s not been a single day where I didn’t put on glove, skip, watch tape or spend time thinking about boxing. 


“Boxing has been my life and it is my life. I’ve enjoyed every moment of it. So much of it is still fresh (in my mind), not one thing but so much jumps out when I look back… representing my country at the Olympics in 1988, becoming a world champion for the first time, becoming the No.1 pound-for-pound vs James Toney, winning the world heavyweight title… like it was all yesterday.”



“I’m not sad to get older, we all get old. I had a great prime. I was good in my prime, y’know? I wasn’t surprised that I was getting old, and that my abilities were getting more limited. Everybody knows everybody gets old, but I think some guys really don’t think their body will get old.


“I accepted it. People told me to retire but I knew what I could do and I’ve never let anyone tell me what to do.


“There are things I wanted to accomplish that I knew were no longer within my reach. I love boxing, even out of my prime I love boxing like I did when I was champ. But you can’t go on forever no matter how much you love it. It’s time, I’m ready to say goodbye.”



Vs Bernard Hopkins, May 22, 1993, wins IBF middleweight title on points

“It was a good fight for my first world title. The thing about that fight was I just wanted to make sure I stayed smart and I stayed focused because one of the first goals in my life was to turn professional and become a world champion. I felt a lot of pressure on my back because this was what I’d worked so hard to do for all those years. I fought the fight with one hand due to injury, but I did what I needed to become world champion.”


Vs James Toney , Nov 18, 1994, wins IBF super-middleweight title on points

“I was already a world champion, but he was the boss. James Toney was The Man at that time, they were calling him the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, and to be the man you have to beat The Man. I couldn’t just get a win, I had to dominate him and show the world that not only was he not the best pound-for-pound, but there was no-one else close to Roy Jones Junior. And that’s what happened. I annihilated the man, dominated him. That was my coming-out party, I showed all my weapons in that fight, I showed everyone, no, hey, this is what the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world really looks like!”


Vs Montel Griffin II, Aug 7, 1997, regains WBC light heavyweight title via first round KO

“Losing my undefeated record the way I did (on a controversial disqualification five months earlier) was really bad for me. Y’know, even though everybody who ever saw that thought it was wrong, my undefeated record was still gone. Done. They took my “and 0” away and there was no getting it back. So the second fight came and I made sure to prove who was the better fighter.


“It wasn’t personal. I don’t blame the guy, he didn’t decide to disqualify me for nothin’. It was a life lesson, that’s life. But I made sure nobody would ever think he was a better fighter than me in that rematch.”


Vs John Ruiz, March 1, 2003, wins WBA heavyweight title on points 

“I wanted to be a world champion my whole life but I never once thought of the heavyweight title until it presented itself. This was something that God gave me, way and above more than I ever asked for or expected. It was the chance to make history, to do something nobody would dream of me doing.


“This was history, the first fighter to jump from middleweight to win the heavyweight title in over 100 years. John Ruiz had no clue what he was dealing with or what he was facing. He found out the hard way.”



“The great thing today is it don’t matter what anyone says or what anyone writes, you can type “sickest boxing highlights” into YouTube or Google and you see Roy Jones Junior doing this thing. Nobody can change your mind after you see that. That is pound-for-pound! I did what I did – it happened – it is a fact.


“Nobody else comes close. You can watch me side-by-side with anyone and it’s not close.


“Floyd Mayweather was TBE (The Best Ever) at making money, but look at his highlights and look at mine. You can’t pretend it’s the same. You can’t pretend there’s ever been anyone come close to doing what I did. Nobody you could name could touch me – and I’m talking about nobody who’s around now, nobody who was around in my prime, and nobody who was around any time you can mention outta your mouth.


“In my prime, I was the ruler. Simple as that.


“I understand there’s a lot of great fighters who’ve followed me already since I was the champ – and I hope there’s another who comes along does even better because want to see that – but I haven’t seen anyone do what I did yet. I haven’t seen anyone turn pro at 154lbs and win the heavyweight championship of the world.


“Even the great Sugar Ray Robinson, the pound-for-pound guy that he was, couldn’t win the light heavyweight title after turning pro as a welterweight. He had a difficult time trying that. So that tells you how hard it is to jump up that kind of weight and win.


“So, pound-for-pound the greatest of all time? It isn’t hard to figure out, Roy Jones Junior is your king of the hill.”

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Feb 7, 2018


El boxeo profesional en vivo regresa al Agua Caliente Casino de Rancho Mirage California con la edición número 83 de “World Fighting Championship” (WFC) en una función que se realizará este sábado 10 de febrero y que incluirá a los más talentosos prospectos del desierto del Sur de California.

La WFC es una empresa de boxeo que busca darle taller a boxeadores jóvenes que apenas comienza sus carreras y donde puedan tener una oportunidad de desarrollar su talento en un escenario profesional ante un público local que los seguirá el resto de su carrera profesional.

También estará en acción Javier “Boom Boom” Padilla (4-0-1,4 KO’s) de Rancho Mirage, quien es entrenado y manejado por el experimentado entrenador Joel Díaz Padilla y quien logró un espectacular nocaut el pasado 24 de junio en este mismo escenario donde se presenta por tercera ocasión.

Padilla estará en acción en una pelea pactada a cuatro rounds en peso pluma ante Brennan Benton (0-1) de Costa Mesa, California.

La WFC ha presentado 82 funciones de boxeo y Artes Marciales (MMA) a lo largo y ancho de Estados Unidos en los últimos cinco años, pero éste será su tercer evento en California. Sus funciones les brindan oportunidades de destacar su talento de jóvenes locales ante su propia gente.

“Hemos tenido la fortuna de tener el respaldo de casinos y sin el respaldo de los boxeadores locales, entrenadores y aficionados no hubieran tenido el éxito que hemos tenido. Venimos de nuestro mejor año ya que promovimos 19 eventos en el 2017 y el 2018 luce aún más ocupado con la mejorías de nuestra funciones serán de boxeo”, dijo el presidente de la WFC, Matt McGovern.

Las puertas se abrirán a las 6:00 de la tarde y la primera pelea será a las 7:00 de la noche.

Los boletos tienen un precio de $60 (Ringside), $40 (Premium) y $25 (Admisión General) en el Mezzanine y Balcón y pueden ser adquiridos en:

World Fighting Championships™ presenta lo mejor del talento local y promueven eventos llenos de energía con mujeres hermosas y boxeo explosivo a lo largo de la noche. World Fighting Championships™ se dedica a darle a los mejores atletas en el deporte un lugar en donde demostrar su talento. Venga a vivir la acción en vivo en una de las mejores sedes en el sur de california.

El pesaje oficial para la función será este viernes 9 de febrero en “The Lounge” del Agua Caliente Casino y estará abierto al público. Comenzará a las 5:30 de la tarde y todos los aficionados están invitados para apoyar a sus boxeadores favoritos.

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Galaxy regresa a Los Ángeles para disputar su segundo partido de pretemporada

Feb 7, 2018

Galaxy regresa a Los Ángeles para disputar su segundo partido de pretemporada y primer amistoso del año en el StubHub Center


LOS ANGELES (Lunes, 5 de febrero, 2018) – LA Galaxy regresa a Los Ángeles después de pasar una semana de entrenamiento en Tucson, Arizona para disputar el primer partido de pretemporada en casa. Galaxy enfrentará a New York City FC el sábado, 10 de febrero en el StubHub Center (7 p.m. PT, por transmitirse en vivo por


LA Galaxy enfrentó a Real Salt Lake en lo que fue el primer partido de pretemporada del 2018, en donde se destacó la participación de 33 jugadores del Galaxy en la derrota de 3-1 en el Kino Sports Complex de Tucson. En sus primeros minutos de regreso a las canchas después de sufrir una lesión la temporada pasada, el mediocampista Sebastian Lletget fue el encargado de poner el pase al gol marcado por Michael Ciani a favor del Galaxy durante el encuentro amistoso.


Los nuevos fichajes del LA Galaxy Ola Kamara, Perry Kitchen, Jorgen Skjelvik, Rolf Feltscher, David Bingham, Servando Carrasco, Emrah Klimenta, Chris Pontius, Tomas Hilliard-Arce, Nate Shultz y Brian Sylvestre también sumaron minutos durante el partido.

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Confirmadas sedes alternas para los octavos de Final de FC Motagua y CD Olimpia en la SCCL

Feb 7, 2018

Confirmadas sedes alternas para los octavos de Final de FC Motagua y CD Olimpia en la SCCL

Los partidos fueron movidos fuera de Honduras debido a la situación social que atraviesa el país

Miami – La Confederación de Norte, Centroamérica y el Caribe de Fútbol Asociación (CONCACAF) anunció hoy la aprobación de las solicitudes de cambio de sede hechas por FC Motagua y CD Olimpia, reubicando sus partidos de octavos de final de la Liga de Campeones CONCACAF Scotiabank.

Después de la aprobación del Consejo de CONCACAF para mover los partidos, y un proceso de aprobación de los estadios seleccionados por parte de los clubes, FC Motagua recibirá al Club Tijuana de la Liga MX en el HEB Park, de Edinburg, TX. El partido de ida está programado para el miércoles, 21 de febrero a las 10:00 PM ET (9:00 PM local).

Al día siguiente, jueves, 22 de febrero, CD Olimpia enfrentará a los New York Red Bulls en el Estadio Nacional de San Jose, Costa Rica. El partido que comenzará a las 10:00 PM ET (9:00 PM local), se jugará a puerta cerrada, como parte de las sanciones pendientes en contra del CD Olimpia durante la edición 2017 de la Liga CONCACAF Scotiabank.

Los dos partidos han sido reubicados debido a la situación política y social que ha afectado a Honduras en los últimos meses. La programación de los partidos de vuelta a disputarse en el Estadio Caliente en Tijuana, México y el Red Bull Arena se mantendrá como se anunció previamente

Las solicitudes para mover los partidos, sometidas individualmente por cada club, fueron aprobadas por el Consejo de CONCACAF según la sección XVII. A. del Reglamento de la Liga de Campeones CONCACAF Scotiabank 2018, que trata casos de fuerza mayor. El Consejo de CONCACAF también aprobó, en caso de que alguno de los clubes hondureños avance a los cuartos de final, disputar esos partidos fuera de Honduras, con el propósito de dar más tiempo para que la situación de ese país se estabilice.

Los dos partidos reubicados son parte de los ocho encuentros que se juagarán la primera semana, a medida que la Liga de Campeones CONCACAF Scotiabank comienza en la Confederación. Los partidos de vuelta de los octavos de final están programados a jugarse ente el 27 de febrero y el 1 de marzo.

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 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 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)

Estadios para los Octavos de Final
*En orden alfabético

CD Guadalajara (MEX) – Estadio Akron, Guadalajara, México
CD Olimpia (HON) – Estadio Nacional, San Jose, Costa Rica
Cibao FC (DOM) – Estadio Cibao FC, Santiago, Republica Dominicana
Club América (MEX) – Estadio Azteca, Ciudad de México, México
Club Tijuana (MEX) – Estadio Caliente, Tijuana, México
Colorado Rapids (USA) – Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, CO, USA
CS Herediano (CRC) – Estadio Eladio Rosabal Cordero, Heredia, Costa Rica
Deportivo Saprissa (CRC) – Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Ayma, San José, Costa Rica
FC Dallas (USA) – Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX, USA
FC Motagua (HON) – HEB Park, Edinburg, TX, USA
New York Red Bulls (USA) – Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ, USA
Santa Tecla FC (SLV) – Estadio Las Delicias, Santa Tecla, El Salvador
Seattle Sounders FC (USA) – CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA, USA
Tauro FC (PAN) – Estadio Rommel Fernández, Ciudad de Panamá, Panamá
Tigres UANL (MEX) – Estadio Universitario, Monterrey, México
Toronto FC (CAN) – BMO Field, Toronto, ON, Canadá

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Feb 7, 2018



All Four Heavyweight World Championship Titles At Stake On Industry-Leading 2018 SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® Schedule

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NEW YORK – February 5, 2018 – SHOWTIME Sports will present the heavyweight world championship unification between undefeated IBF and WBA World Champion Anthony Joshua and unbeaten WBO World Champion Joseph Parker on Saturday, March 31 live on SHOWTIME from Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.


The British sensation Joshua, who has knocked out all 20 of his professional opponents, burst onto the global scene with a dramatic knockout of long-reigning heavyweight kingpin Wladimir Klitschko in the universally acclaimed 2017 Fight of the Year. In two fights last year, Joshua drew 168,000 spectators combined to massive stadium events in the U.K. Now, he faces another significant challenge in Parker, a native of New Zealand with 24 wins, no losses and 18 knockouts.  Parker is attempting the third world title defense of his WBO belt.


With the addition of Joshua vs. Parker, all four heavyweight world championship belts will be at stake in the same month on SHOWTIME as undefeated American Deontay Wilder (39-0, 38 KOs) will defend his WBC title against unbeaten Luis Ortiz (28-0, 24 KOs) on Saturday, March 3 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The four top-rated heavyweights — Wilder, Ortiz, Joshua and Parker — boast a combined record of 111 wins, zero losses and 100 knockouts.


Both heavyweight championships are cornerstones of a remarkable 2018 SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING schedule that now includes 16 undefeated fighters and 13 world titles fights across 11 marquee events through the first six months of the year.


“The heavyweight division is in the midst of a renaissance, and SHOWTIME is delivering all of the pivotal bouts to our subscribers,” said Stephen Espinoza, President, Sports and Event Programing, Showtime Networks Inc. “Anthony Joshua is a global superstar, and we’re proud to present his sixth, and perhaps most challenging, world title fight to the U.S. audience. Joshua vs. Parker will be the 12th heavyweight world championship match on SHOWTIME since Deontay Wilder won his title in 2015, an undisputed industry-leading offering in boxing’s preeminent division.”


Joshua vs. Parker is just the second heavyweight championship unification in history between undefeated world titleholders. The only fighter to emerge victorious from a matchup of unbeaten heavyweight world champions was Mike Tyson in 1987.


The event is promoted by Matchroom Boxing in association with Duco Events. SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING will televise the event live from Principality Stadium where organizers expect a sell-out of 80,000 spectators. The host of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING is Brian Custer. Mauro Ranallo calls the action from ringside along with International Boxing Hall of Fame analyst Al Bernstein and former two-division world champion Paul Malignaggi. SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSIP BOXING is produced by David Dinkins Jr, and directed by Chuck McKean. The start time for the March 31 telecast will be announced.


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