MERECIDAMENTE ESTAMOS EN LA GRAN FINAL”: OSVALDO MARTÍNEZ

May 15, 2018

MERECIDAMENTE ESTAMOS EN LA GRAN FINAL”: OSVALDO MARTÍNEZ

Con la oportunidad en puerta de disputar una Gran Final más en su carrera, el volante paraguayo Osvaldo Martínez, aseguró que el apoyo de la afición albiverde será fundamental para buscar obtener una ventaja en el encuentro de Ida frente a Toluca:

“Sabemos que en la Final ya no hay diferencia de goles. El día jueves tenemos que venir saliendo como lo hemos hecho en los partidos de local, desde que empezó el torneo; hacernos respetar en casa, con nuestra gente apoyando desde el minuto uno. Debemos hacer un partido inteligente, porque el rival juega bastante bien de contragolpe, tiene jugadores de media cancha hacia el frente desequilibrantes. Tenemos que pensar solamente en lo que Santos Laguna va a hacer en estos partidos y esperemos que hagamos un encuentro perfecto para llevarnos una victoria en este primer cotejo”.

Compartió el hecho de que cumplió un objetivo al instalarse en su primera Final con los Guerreros, meta que se trazó desde su llegada a la Comarca Lagunera: “Es un logro más en mi carrera, porque me propuse, desde que llegué aquí a Santos Laguna jugar una Final, gracias a Dios se me dio muy pronto, ahora a tratar de disfrutar al máximo este momento. Estar en una Final no se da todos los días y contento por lo que estoy haciendo en lo personal, más por grupo porque se lo merece. Esperemos cerrar con broche de oro porque de verdad lo hicimos bastante bien”.

El futbolista de 32 años de edad afirmó que los dos mejores equipos en el Torneo Clausura 2018, son los que lograron instalarse en esta nueva Final: “En la Gran Final no hay favoritos, por algo los dos mejores equipos están en esta instancia. Toluca es un gran rival, fue la escuadra a vencer durante todo el torneo, por ser el líder del campeonato. Nosotros también estuvimos ahí en todo el certamen, entonces es porque son dos equipos que hicieron un gran torneo, pero esperemos que este jueves y domingo hagamos un partido excelente, inteligente. Salir a disfrutar de una linda Final, en la cual merecemos bastante”.

Martínez indicó que el siguiente objetivo de los Guerreros será buscar coronarse en el Estadio Nemesio Diez: “Desde el 5 de diciembre que nos presentamos, nos propusimos a ir paso a paso. Lo primero era hacer un gran torneo, lo logramos. Ahora entrar a la Liguilla y llegar a la Final, también lo logramos. El siguiente objetivo es salir campeón, porque un equipo cuando llega a la Final, es porque tiene esa hambre de alcanzar la gloria y esa gloria es el campeonato, así que nosotros estamos bien preparados, mentalizados en lo que va a ser este partido y saldremos con todo”.

CORTESIA: CLUB SANTOS

 

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SANTOS LAGUNA DISPUTARÁ SU ONCEAVA FINAL DE LIGA

May 15, 2018

SANTOS LAGUNA DISPUTARÁ SU ONCEAVA FINAL DE LIGA

Los Guerreros continúan demostrando de qué están hechos. Esta tarde-noche en el Estadio Azteca, vinieron de atrás y empataron a dos con América (global a favor por marcador de 6 a 3), en la Semifinal de Vuelta del Torneo Clausura 2018, lo que les permitirá disputar la onceava Final en su historia, buscando su sexto título.

Cecilio Domínguez adelantó a las Águilas en el minuto 12, con una ejecución desde los once pasos.

Al 23’, Bruno Valdez marcó el segundo para los azulcremas, tras un cobro de tiro de esquina.

En el minuto 29, el paraguayo Osvaldo Martínez intentó sorprender a Agustín Marchesín con un disparo bombeado, pasando cerca del arco americanista.

Con una brillante asistencia de Brian Lozano, el atacante Jonathan Rodríguez marcó para los Guerreros, mandando el esférico al fondo de las redes en el minuto 41, luego de sacarse de encima al arquero argentino.

“El Cabecita” estuvo cerca del segundo tanto en su cuenta personal al 50’, sin embargo estrelló el esférico en el travesaño de la cabaña capitalina.

En una jugada a pelota parada en el minuto 59, “El Huevo” estampó el balón en el poste izquierdo de Marchesín, quedando a escasos centímetros del gol albiverde.

Al 85’, Jesús Isijara sentenció la serie, consiguiendo la segunda diana para la escuadra albiverde, con un impacto cruzado que dejó sin oportunidad al cancerbero americanista, luego de un trazo por parte de Diego de Buen.

Una gran demostración tuvieron los dirigidos por Robert Dante Siboldi, con un planteamiento inteligente que dejó sin posibilidades al cuadro americanista. Cabe destacar el respaldo de la fiel afición santista, que se hizo sentir de forma importante en el inmueble capitalino.

Alineaciones Iniciales:

 América: 1.- Agustín Marchesín, 5.- Guido Rodríguez, 6.- Víctor Aguilera, 8.- Mateus Uribe, 10.- Cecilio Domínguez, 18.- Bruno Valdez, 20- Jérémy Ménez (11.- Andrés Ibargüen 60’), 21.- Henry Martin (34.- Diego Laínez 75’), 22.- Paul Aguilar, 24.- Oribe Peralta, 30.- Renato Ibarra.

DT: Miguel Herrera.

Goles: Cecilio Domínguez 12’, Bruno Valdez 23’.

Amonestaciones: Mateus Uribe 57’, Henry Martin 70’, Agustín Marchesín 81’.

Expulsiones: No hubo.

 

Santos Laguna: 1.- Jonathan Orozco, 2.- Javier Abella, 3.- Gerardo Alcoba, 9.- Julio Furch, 10.- Osvaldo Martínez (6.- Diego de Buen 82’), 13.- Jonathan Rodríguez (13.- Jesús Isijara 82’), 15.- Brian Lozano, 23.- José Juan Vázquez, 24.- Carlos Izquierdoz, 27.- Javier Cortés (19.- Jorge Villafaña 65’), 98.- Jesús Angulo.

DT: Robert Dante Siboldi.

Goles: Jonathan Rodríguez 41’, Jesús Isijara 85’.

Amonestaciones: Carlos Izquierdoz 45’, Jesús Angulo 55’, Brian Lozano 87’.

Expulsiones: No hubo.

CORTESIA: CLUB SANTOS

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Ciudades y Sedes en Estados Unidos Para La Copa Oro 2019 de Concacaf se Anunciarán Esta Semana

May 15, 2018
Ciudades y Sedes en Estados Unidos Para La Copa Oro 2019 de Concacaf se Anunciarán Esta Semana, Empezando Hoy, 14 de Mayo

Miami (lunes, 14 de mayo, 2018) – Las ciudades seleccionadas para ser sedes de la Copa Oro Concacaf 2019 serán anunciadas a lo largo de la semana, empezando hoy, lunes, 14 de mayo.

Cada una de las ciudades estadounidenses que será sede de la histórica decimoquinta edición de la Copa Oro Concacaf lo anunciará de forma independiente, mediante comunicados o conferencias de prensa, en sus respectivos mercados. Quede atento a la serie de anuncios que se llevarán a cabo en cada una de las ciudades a lo largo de la semana.

Como se anunció previamente, empezando con la edición del 2019, la Copa Oro se jugará en un formato expandido, con 16 selecciones participando en el torneo. Por primera vez también, la edición del 2019 incluirá partidos que se jugarán en países de Centroamérica y el Caribe. Esas ciudades y sedes se anunciarán en una fecha futura, luego de los anuncios de las sedes en Estados Unidos, de esta semana.

La Copa Oro de Concacaf, disputada cada dos años, es el campeonato oficial de la región a nivel de selecciones. El torneo cuenta con algunos de los mejores jugadores del hemisferio y corona al campeón de Norteamérica, Centroamérica y el Caribe.

QUÉ: Eventos presentando las sedes en Estados Unidos de la Copa Oro Concacaf 2019

CUÁNDO: Toda la semana, empezando hoy, lunes, 14 de mayo

PORQUÉ: Para oficialmente empezar las preparaciones para la decimoquinta edición de la Copa Oro, que será expandida a 16 selecciones participantes

CORTESIA: CONCACAF

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UFC Debuts In Boise With A Hard-Hitting Heavyweight Headliner

May 15, 2018

UFC® DEBUTS IN BOISE WITH A HARD-HITTING HEAVYWEIGHT HEADLINER BETWEEN FORMER CHAMPIONJUNIOR DOS SANTOS AND BLAGOY IVANOVFEATURED BOUTS:

(#11) JAMES VICK vs. (#14) PAUL FELDER
(#15) MYLES JURY vs CHAD MENDES

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Las Vegas – UFC® will debut in Boise, Ida. with a thrilling heavyweight main event between former champion Junior Dos Santos and dangerous newcomer Blagoy Ivanov. In the co-main, lightweight contenders collide, as No. 11 James Vick battles No.14 Paul FelderUFC FIGHT NIGHT®: DOS SANTOS vs. IVANOV takes place at CenturyLink Arena on Saturday, July 14 and will air live on FS1.

Back in action following a one-year hiatus, Dos Santos (18-5, fighting out of Salvador, Brazil) is gunning to get back in the title mix. The vicious KO artist has beaten some of the biggest names in the heavyweight division. He holds impressive victories over current champ Stipe Miocic, and former titleholders Cain Velasquez, Fabricio Werdum and Frank Mir. He now looks to reassert himself as a heavyweight threat.

A champion outside the UFC, Ivanov (16-1, fighting out of Sofia, Bulgaria) aims to make a statement in his anticipated debut. In 2008, he captured the World Sambo championship, which included a win against Fedor Emelianenko. During his MMA career, Ivanov has netted victories over former UFC champ Ricco Rodriguez, Lavar Johnson and Shawn Jordan. A win over Dos Santos will immediately thrust him into the UFC title picture.
The co-main event will see a pair of exciting lightweight contenders jockey for a crack at the division’s top 10.

Currently riding a four-fight win streak, Vick (13-1, fighting out of Fort Worth, Tex.) hopes to catapult himself further up the 155-pound rankings. During his impressive run, he’s dispatched Francisco Trinaldo, Joseph Duffy, Polo Reyes and Abel Trujillo. With momentum on his side, The Ultimate Fighter veteran now plans to slay “The Irish Dragon.”

No stranger to spectacular runs, Felder (15-3, fighting out of Philadelphia, Penn.) has delivered three consecutive knockout victories. The talented striker’s vicious elbows were on full display as he stopped Charles Oliveira, Stevie Ray and Alessandro Ricci. With Vick in his sights, Felder’s focused on delivering yet another show-stealing performance.

Additional bouts on the card include:

  • No.15-featherweight contender Myles Jury (17-2, fighting out of San Diego, Calif.) welcomes back two-time title challenger Chad Mendes (17-4, fighting out of Sacramento, Calif.)
  • No.10-ranked featherweight contender Darren Elkins (24-5, fighting out of Portage, Ind.) faces rising prospect Alexander Volkanovski (17-1, fighting out of Windang, Australia)
  • No.6-ranked women’s bantamweight contender Cat Zingano (9-3, fighting out of Denver, Colo.) takes on surging No.7 Marion Reneau (9-3-1, fighting out of Visalia, Calif.)
  • No.8-ranked women’s flyweight contender Liz Carmouche (10-6, fighting out of San Diego, Calif.) looks to spoil the debut of Invicta FC champion Jennifer Maia(15-4-1, fighting out of Curitiba, Brazil)
  • Entertaining flyweight Justin Scoggins (11-4, fighting out of Spartanburg, S.C.) battles newcomer Said Nurmagomedov (11-1, fighting out of Makhachkala, Russia)
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Suma Marco Tovar su sexto triunfo en el beisbol de verano

May 15, 2018

Suma Marco Tovar su sexto triunfo en el beisbol de verano

El serpentinero zurdo Marco Tovar, elemento de los Charros de Jalisco en la Liga Mexicana del Pacífico (LMP), sigue con su paso ganador en la pelota veraniega, donde ya llegó a seis victorias en la temporada.

Marco Tovar (6-2, 3.31) sumó otro éxito el domingo, en el encuentro donde su equipo, los Sultanes de Monterrey, se impusieron con marcador de 6-2 a los Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos.

En seis entradas de labor, el nativo de Tijuana, Baja California toleró cuatro hits, junto con una base por bolas regalada, sin recibir anotación, entre tanto, retiró a un par de oponentes por la vía del “chocolate”.

Con sus seis victorias, Marco Tovar está solamente a un triunfo del liderato de juegos ganados, departamento que encabeza Carlos Hernández (Tijuana) quien lleva siete victorias en la campaña.

Otro lanzador que pertenece a Charros en la pelota invernal que tuvo destacada salida en la semana dentro de la LMB fue el guasavense Octavio Acosta, quien forma parte de la rotación de abridores de los Diablos Rojos del México.

Octavio Acosta (3-0, 3.07) lució sobre el montículo para guiar a la victoria a los Diablos Rojos del México con pizarra de 3-1 frente a los Leones de Yucatán, en duelo celebrado el pasado jueves.

Su trabajo en el encuentro fue de siete episodios, en los cuales apenas permitió tres imparables, además de otorgar cuatro pasaportes, para salir del encuentro con una carrera a cuestas, la cual fue sucia, a cambio, recetó cinco ponches.

En la ofensiva, su compañero de equipo tanto en Charros de Jalisco como con los “pingos”, el jardinero Carlos Figueroa, tuvo una semana sobresaliente con el madero.

En 22 turnos al bat que tuvo en la semana, Carlos Figueroa conectó siete hits, para dejar en el lapso un promedio de .318, con tres carreras anotadas y tres producidas, además de un robo de base.

Así, el oriundo de Hermosillo, Sonora mejoró su porcentaje de bateo en la campaña a .313, llegando ya a 43 carreras anotadas, y colocarse como líder en este rubro dentro de la LMB, mientras que en robos de base es el tercero en la clasificación, al tener 17 estafas, dos menos que el puntero Isaac Rodríguez (Tijuana), quien se ha robado 19 colchonetas.

Por su parte, el parador en corto sinaloense Amadeo Zazueta, quien milita con los Bravos de León en el circuito veraniego, sumó en la semana siete imparables, para ubicarse como sub líder en hits conectados con 71, únicamente superado por Brian Hernández (Quintana Roo), quien lleva 72 inatrapables.

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Club Atlético Pantoja Campeón del Campeonato Flow del Caribe

May 15, 2018

Club Atlético Pantoja Campeón del Campeonato Flow del Caribe

El Club Atlético Pantoja mantuvo el dominio regional de los clubes de República Dominicana cuando al coronarse campeón del Campeonato Flow de Clubes del Caribe de Concacaf.

En la final en el Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex en Kingston el domingo por la noche, Pantoja se convirtió en el segundo equipo de la República Dominicana en alzar el título venciendo al Arnett Gardens por 6-5 en una tanda de penales.

Después de un empate 0-0 en el tiempo reglamentario se fueron directamente a la definición desde el punto de penal

Por el Club Atlético Pantoja anotaron, Jean López, Nicolás Rebollo, Eduardo Centeno, Jesús Quintero, Carlos Russell y el arquero Odalis Báez.

Armando Maita falló el quinto lanzamiento para los vencedores.

Mientras tanto por Arnett lograron definir Lennox Russell, Newton Sterling, Al Nesbeth, Jabeur Johnson y Jarmar Martin, el delantero Fabián Reid lo falló.

Pantoja sigue los pasos de Cibao FC en la gloria del torneo de clubes del Caribe, ya que este último levantó el título de 2017 y compitió en la Liga de Campeones de la Concacaf Scotiabank 2018.

Con la victoria, Pantoja ha obtenido la calificación automática para la prestigiosa Liga de Campeones de Concacaf, el torneo insignia de clubes de la confederación.

Mientras tanto, Arnett competirá en la Liga de Concacaf que comienza en Agosto del 2018.

En el partido por el tercer lugar del domingo entre los ex campeones, el Portmore United de Jamaica superó al Central FC de Trinidad y Tobago por 2-1.

Rosario Harriott (59 minutos) y Jermie Lynch (63) anotaron para Portmore, mientras que Duane Muckette (27) encontró el consuelo del Central FC.

Portmore, como Arnett, competirá en la Liga Concacaf. Central FC, por su parte, se enfrentará al campeón del Concacaf Caribbean Club Shield, el Club Franciscain de Martinica, para el puesto final en el Caribe en la Liga Concacaf.

Pantoja reservó su lugar en la final del domingo al derrotar a Portmore por 4-3 el viernes, mientras que Arnett al Central FC por 2-0.

CORTESIA: CONCACAF

 

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Concacaf Lanza NextPlay, Programa de Responsabilidad Social

May 15, 2018
Concacaf Lanza NextPlay, Programa de Responsabilidad Social que Utiliza al Fútbol para Crear Bienestar Social
El programa de desarrollo está siendo implementado en cinco países del Caribe, con un enfoque en la misión principal de la Confederación de proveer acceso y oportunidades a lo largo de la región

Miami (lunes, 14 de mayo de 2018) – La Confederación de Norteamérica, Centroamérica y el Caribe de Fútbol Asociación (Concacaf)  anunció el lanzamiento oficial de Concacaf NextPlay, un programa de desarrollo integral de grassroots que promueve el acceso al fútbol dentro de la región, utilizando al mismo tiempo el poder del juego para el bienestar social.

Concacaf NextPlay es un programa de grassroots de participación y orientación para niños, administrado en módulos de seis semanas, para proveerle a los niños las herramientas para aprender el juego del fútbol, y fomentar a la vez una amplia gama de valores sociales. NextPlay está ejecutado en alianza con Asociaciones Miembro de Concacaf, así como con escuelas y gobiernos locales.

“Concacaf NextPlay cumple con un principio crucial de nuestra Visión Una Concacaf – proporcionando acceso al deporte, de un modo significativo y sustentable que una a nuestra Confederación a través del fútbol”, dijo el Presidente de Concacaf, Víctor Montagliani. “Estamos orgullosos de trabajar con nuestras Asociaciones Miembro en sociedad con los gobiernos, escuelas y voluntarios a lo largo de toda la región, para crear una plataforma de fútbol grassroots, la cual servirá como motor del crecimiento del deporte y como un impacto social positivo en sus respectivos países”.

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El sábado, Concacaf lanzó los módulos iniciales del programa, junto con Asociaciones Miembro del Caribe, con festivales de grassroots que se llevaron a cabo en cuatro países. Las Asociaciones Miembro anfitrionas para el debut del programa fueron la Asociación de Fútbol de Bahamas, la Asociación de Fútbol de Barbados, la Federación de Fútbol de Jamaica, y la Federación de Fútbol de San Vicente y Las Granadinas. En el curso del mes de mayo, tendrá lugar un quinto programa, en Trinidad y Tobago.

Colaborando con las Asociaciones Miembro, voluntarios y Ministerios de Deportes y Educación, y escuelas afiliadas con un currículum en Educación Física, encabezarán la implementación de la iniciativa, ejerciendo un impacto inmediato en las vidas de cientos de niños de la región.

Para más información sobre el programa Concacaf NextPlay hacer clic aquí. 

Coordinadores locales de cada país, que recientemente adquirieron la Licencia D de capacitación de entrenadores a través del Programa de Concacaf “Entrenar a Entrenadores” – proveerán instrucción mediante el currículum NextPlay para beneficiar a los niños de las escuelas seleccionadas, asegurando un legado duradero en el aspecto educativo para las instituciones participantes.

“NextPlay está creado con base en una sólida metodología, para capacitar a los entrenadores y trabajar con los jóvenes dentro y fuera de la cancha, promoviendo los valores sociales del deporte”, manifestó el Director de Desarrollo de Concacaf, Jason Roberts. “Además de enseñarles a los niños los fundamentos de cómo jugar al fútbol, estamos utilizando el amor por nuestro juego para inculcar los mejores valores, y transmitir mensajes que quedarán marcados en ellos por el resto de su vida, ya sea que se conviertan en futbolistas profesionales, médicos, educadores, o se dediquen a labores similares”.

A través de las primera serie de módulos, NextPlay, Concacaf y sus Asociaciones Miembro se han aliado exitosamente con agencias gubernamentales en cada país, incluyendo el Ministerio de Educación de Bahamas, el Ministerio de Educación, Ciencias, Tecnología e Innovaciones de Barbados, el Ministerio de Educación de Jamaica, el Ministerio de Turismo, Deportes y Cultura de San Vicente y Las Granadinas, y el Ministerio de Educación de Trinidad y Tobago.

Concacaf y las Asociaciones Miembro continuarán monitoreando, evaluando y trabajando con los participantes y sus aliados, para identificar las oportunidades de expansión del programa y currículum de NextPlay en el futuro próximo, e incrementar el acceso y participación en el juego en la región de Concacaf.

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Sergey Kovalev vs. Eleider Alvarez Announcement Press Conference

May 15, 2018

Sergey Kovalev vs. Eleider Alvarez Announcement Press Conference Quotes and Photos

Kovalev and Alvarez
Photo Credits: David Spagnolo/Main Events
 
Hard Rock Cafè, New York, NY:WBO Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (32-2-1, 28 KOs) and Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (23-0, 11 KOs) addressed the media at Hard Rock Café in Times Square to officially announce their upcoming “Super Men” showdown at the brand new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, on Saturday, August 4 televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®.
Kathy Duva
Photo Credits: David Spagnolo/Main Events
Kathy Duva – CEO, Main Events: “Welcome to the fabulous Hard Rock Café in Times Square. We’re delighted to announce today that the WBO World Light Heavyweight Champion, Sergey Kovalev, will face undefeated number one contender, Eleider Alvarez, in an HBO World Championship Boxing event at the brand new, soon to open, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City on Saturday, August 4th. The TV bouts start at 10 p.m. The event will be promoted by Main Events and Krusher Promotions, in association with Groupe Yvon Michel.
“Ever since Sergey and Bernard Hopkins drew a million-dollar gate to unify the light heavyweight titles in November of 2014, at the last major boxing event to take place in Atlantic City, we at Main Events have been itching to find a way back to the place where we promoted so many big events and spent so much of our lives. While this city has dealt with the same challenges that have bedeviled most of the world economy during the last decade, the arrival of the iconic Hard Rock brand heralds a new beginning that I believe will lead to the re-birth of a streamlined, modernized and revitalized destination resort.
“And so, with my dear friend, Bernie Dillon, who I have known and worked with many times since we were all starting out our careers in the early ’80s … When he called and asked me if Main Events could help him bring big time boxing back to Atlantic City in his new role as the V.P. of Entertainment at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, I was delighted to be able to tell him that I had just the thing he was looking for.
“Sergey participated in the last big fight on the Boardwalk, and how fitting it is that he would be in a position to bring HBO back to Atlantic City and kickoff the next chapter of the city’s boxing history.
“And speaking of history, I am pleased and still a little amazed to be able to mark a big milestone in the story of Main Events today. In May of 1978, my late husband, Dan Duva, incorporated Main Events. So, this month we celebrate our 40th anniversary and I can’t think of a better place to mark that occasion than here today among so many friends.
“During the last 40 years, we have had the privilege to promote many hundreds of events. A lot of those big events took place in Atlantic City. Holyfield-Foreman, Pazienza-Camacho, Gatti-Ward II and III, Gatti-Mayweather and Kovalev-Hopkins come to mind immediately. There are a lot of others. Lennox Lewis, Evander Holyfield, Meldrick Taylor, Pernell Whitaker … All the great fighters we worked with. I think even Fernando Vargas once or twice fought in Atlantic City.
“So, let’s move on to the future now, and talk about what we have in store for you on August 4th. Supermen. Krusher and Storm. Sounds like a couple of superheroes, right? Today Sergey sits at the top of the light heavyweight division. Alvarez, the long-time number one contender in the division finally gets his shot at the title when they share the ring on August 4th.
“They, of course, have something else in common besides their date in August. Both have been avoided a lot by the same guy and so, tired of waiting for that guy to step up and face them, despite multiple attempts to put those fights together as Yvon can well attest, they have decided to simply fight each other. And we think it is most fitting to declare that they are the true supermen.
“As for our co-feature, that fight is still being made and will be announced separately. It will most likely be that dynamic young WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Dmitry Bivol will defend his title.
“Before I introduce the principals, I would like to bring up Rhonda Utley who is here representing Larry Hazzard and the New Jersey Athletic Control Board. That is the same athletic commission that regulated our first fight 40 years ago, and that wasn’t too long before Larry Hazzard began his storied career as a referee. As you know, he is now the Commissioner of the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board, and it’s good to see you again, Rhonda, it’s been way too long.”
Rhonda Utley-Herring
Photo Credits: David Spagnolo/Main Events
Rhonda Utley-Herring – Deputy Commissioner, New Jersey State Athletic Control Board: “Thank you, Kathy, for that introduction. Good afternoon, everyone. On behalf of Commissioner Larry Hazzard, I’d like to extend his apologies for not being here today, as he’s attending his granddaughter’s graduation from college at Hampton University.
“Nonetheless he, as well as the rest of us at the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board, would like to extend a very warm welcome home to Kathy Duva and the Main Events family as you kick off the resurgence of Atlantic City casinos’ partnerships with major boxing events.
“For those of us who were around in the early ’80s for the initial rise of casino gambling and professional boxing and all that it brought to the Jersey Shore, you may agree that it’s very fitting that Main Events … which, by the way, is one of New Jersey’s founding fathers of boxing promotions … is at the forefront, making history once again with the first major boxing event opening the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City this summer.
“The SACB is very pleased to welcome back casino executive veterans James Allen and Bernie Dillon who were also at the center of the action during some of the most competitive and great boxing matches held in Atlantic City. We sincerely thank you for your interest in New Jersey as a major boxing venue, and we look forward to what we hope is the first of many, many exciting combat sports promotions at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City.
“I’m certain that boxing fans will be in for a real treat on August the 4th, when these exciting, talented fighters demonstrate their skills and their greatness in the ring. And I’m very proud and happy to have my seat at ringside to witness the rise of major boxing once again in the Garden State. So, on behalf of the State of New Jersey, I extend best wishes for a very successful event. Thank you.”
Duva: “Thank you, Rhonda. I a sense of theme here. This is like we’re all coming home.
“Now I would like to acknowledge our television partner, HBO, Peter Nelson, Jonathan Galst, Ray Stallone and all the many wonderful people that work there. During those 40 years, it seems that so many of the memories were made with that HBO logo in the background, and Jim Lampley’s voice ringing in my ear. I am so happy to be able to stand here today, 40 years into this crazy ride, and say that Main Events’ relationship with boxing’s number one network is still as strong as ever. We have made so many stars with you, HBO, over the years, and we look forward to making many more in the future.
“On to our host. On to Bernie Dillon. If you had told me back in 1983, when Vinny Pazienza fought on the undercard of a fight between Thomas Hearns and Murray Sutherland, that when I first met Bernie Dillon when he worked at the host hotel at that time, that we’d be standing here today in these roles, doing these big jobs, I would’ve had a lot of trouble envisioning it. Bernie’s been involved with boxing throughout most of his career in his various positions at Caesar’s Atlantic City, Trump Plaza, the Taj, HBO, Hard Rock in Ft. Lauderdale, the Revel, and now at the Hard Rock in Atlantic City.
“Bernie told me that when he left Atlantic City to work for a cruise line a few years ago, he thought that he had finally left boxing behind. But, Bernie, we don’t let anyone get away that easily. I am so glad to welcome you back, and I can’t think of anyone better positioned to help resurrect big time boxing in our state because you are one of us, and you always have been.
“And, so, it is my pleasure to introduce the Vice President of Entertainment for Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, Mr. Bernie Dillon.”
Bernie Dillon
Photo Credits: David Spagnolo/Main Events
Bernie Dillon – VP of Entertainment, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City: “Thank you, Kathy. It’s great to be here. I want to thank our sister Hard Rock Café New York here in Times Square for hosting this event today. And it’s great to be back in Atlantic City and I hope that each and every one of you will be able to make the trek to our new property on the Boardwalk. It’s very special. It is going to be … It is a resurrection. It’s a transformation. Hard Rock is investing $500 million to make the property something the Boardwalk and the entire city has never seen before. It is a destination in itself.
“We will have a completely revamped arena. You remember the old Etess Arena. We are keeping the name. Etess Arena is very special to a lot of us. Mark Etess would be happy, and I’m sure he’s watching us right now. But it used to have a capacity of 5,000 people. We have created the opportunity to increase that capacity up to 6,000 for boxing. There is not a bad seat in the house. If you remember from the events we’ve done there in the past, it’s a great room. It can create the electricity that certainly boxing deserves and I know it’ll play well for HBO as well.
“The property itself, 2,000 rooms. It will have 125 table games, 2,100 slot machines, over 20 bars and restaurants throughout the facility. Like I was talking about the Etess Arena, we also have the Sound Wave, which is a theater. It has a capacity of 2,000 people which will be doing over 200 nights of programming a year. The Arena will have over 80 nights of programming a year, which is unprecedented in Atlantic City.
“We’ll also have five other live entertainment facilities on property. Any time, 365 days a year, we will be presenting live entertainment on an ongoing basis. Just a great, great, electricity that we will be creating. Hard Rock brand is all about music, and add to that comedy, add to that boxing, and I think you’ll just find it entertaining any time you come.
“Our grand opening will be on June 28th. June 29th, we just announced yesterday that we have Carrie Underwood performing, a super country star. And then we have Pitbull the next night. As it’s been told to me, you can’t start the party without Pitbull. Great lineup throughout the rest of the summer, including … I’ll just mention a few which we have. We have Florida Georgia Line for two nights. We have Maroon 5 coming in. Rascal Flatts. Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, an old time Atlantic City favorite. We also have STP and Colt. We have Counting Crows. We have Blake Shelton. We have Toby Keith. Amy Schumer. Kid Rock for a couple nights. Steely Dan. I mean, we really cover a whole gamut across the entertainment scene, and I’m sure this property will be shining in the months to come.
“We could not be happier than to be a part of this promotion. The fight itself certainly with Mr. Kovalev and Mr. Alvarez. We are excited, and may the best man win. We know we’ll have a great promotion and look forward to working with you guys. It’ll be our pleasure to host you.
“Working again with Kathy Duva and Main Events … Like Kathy was saying before, her and her husband, Dan, we had a lot of great promotions together back in the ’80s and the ’90s, and I’m sure that this event will go a long way in helping restore boxing to its heyday like it was before.
“The Etess Arena, like I was talking about before, has a rich history in boxing already. I just want to read to you a few of the names that have performed there in the past. Starting off with Thomas Hearns, Michael Moorer, George Foreman, Roy Jones, Jr., Vinny Pazienza, Roberto Duran, Hector Camacho, Arturo Gatti and Buster Douglas, just to name a few. There were many more and I could go on and on about it. But, again, it’s a great room for boxing, and not a bad seat in the house.
“With that said, in our commitment to making this event work, making boxing work, back in Atlantic City, our ticket prices are very fairly scaled. We’re not trying to go out and charge what we probably could for this show. Ringside seats are topping out at $200. More than half the house — 3,500 seats — are priced $100 or less: 1,500 tickets at $100 and 2,000 tickets at $50. So hopefully boxing fans will respond. I’m sure they will. And in our estimation, a very affordable rate for such a great event like we’re putting on August 4th.
“So, I hope to see you all there, and thank you all for coming out today. Kathy, it’s great to be back and working with you. Thank you very much.”
Duva: “You know, Bernie just made me realize Mark Etess is definitely up there watching us along with Dan, and they’re both scratching their heads like … Kathy and Bernie are running this thing? How the hell is that? Who would have known? They would be telling us everything to do. But, you know, we learned from the best, and that’s why we know what to do.
“So, let’s move on to the fight. That’s why we’re all here. When I called Yvon Michel a few weeks ago to ask if Eleider Alvarez might possibly want to be interested in challenging Sergey Kovalev, he sounded very happy. And he asked me to give him a couple of days. A couple of days later, he called back and we had a deal. I sent him the contract a couple days after that and found it signed in my email queue the next morning.
“I tell that story to illustrate two points: 1. The relationship between Yvon and Kathy is not the reason that a certain fight hasn’t happened. Yvon is a good promoter and when left unfettered to do his job, he gets it done in a most professional manner. 2. When fighters really want to fight, making the fights that you, the fans, want to see is easy. And we have two fighters here who want to fight. This is the way it’s supposed to be.
“Yvon asked me when we first spoke if we might be able to bring this fight to Quebec. Well, as it turned out, I was not able to make that happen, because Bernie made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. However, we are bringing Quebec to the fight.”
“When I used to ride down the Parkway in my father’s Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser as a child during our annual trek to the Jersey Shore for our vacation during the first two weeks of August, I used to wonder why there were always so many license plates from Quebec. Well, I learned why just a few weeks ago. Every year, during late July or early August, thousands of contractors from Quebec travel to the Jersey Shore for their vacations. And so, it seems that much of Montreal will be within a short drive of Atlantic City on August 4th, enjoying their Contractors’ Holiday, which apparently is a big deal and none of us in New Jersey knew about it.
“We expect a big, bipartisan crowd to be in the newly renovated and improved Mark Etess Arena at the Hard Rock and it’s going to be a lot of fun. It is my pleasure to introduce the President of Montreal’s Groupe Yvon Michel, m friend, Yvon Michel, who will introduce his team.”
Yvon Michel
Photo Credits: David Spagnolo/Main Events
Yvon Michel – President & General Manager, Groupe Yvon Michel: “Thank you very much, Kathy. You can’t imagine how excited we are to be here today. There’s one person more excited than me, Eleider Alvarez. Thank you very much for being here. Thank you very much, Kathy, for this important opportunity. It was unexpected, really. We were fighting hard to have another world championship opportunity, but that will fall at the right time, at the right place. The way you have handled our negotiation … really, really it was professional. We’re very, very pleased how it turned out.
“Thank you very much, Sergey ‘Krusher’ for giving us the opportunity. Thank you, HBO, also Peter Nelson for bringing that fight there.
“Kathy is right. The last week of July and the first week of August, it’s by legislation in Quebec. It’s the law. It’s Construction Holiday. And used to be, not that long ago, why Atlantic City was the main place for Quebecers to go for their vacation. And I’m telling you, we have received a lot of calls and it has been announced only a couple days ago. We have received a lot of calls and there will be buses that are going to be just to go to Atlantic City for this weekend, because Eleider Alvarez has a lot of fans. He’s very liked, very loved in Quebec. And there will be a lot of people that are going to come.
“I remember Atlantic City, and I believe Arturo Gatti was fighting his last five years in his career over there. And we were going there. We were so happy all the time to bring a lot of people from Quebec to go to see Arturo Gatti. He fought only once in Quebec.”
“Again, thanks to Main Events, but like Kathy was saying, it was when Gatti was fighting in Atlantic City, we were bringing Quebec and a lot of people over there. And when Mr. Dillon called Kathy and asked her if she had a good event for you, you can’t imagine how good it will be. I’m telling you, it’s good. It will be exceptional. And you said 6,000 seats, and I’m sure it will be sold out pretty quick.
“Eleider Alvarez is an undefeated, 23-0, 11 KOs. He’s pro since 2009. He resides and lives and trains in Montreal. He’s married but his family they still reside in Colombia. He’s 34 years old. He’s been number one contender since 2015. He’s a former amateur star. He had participated in the Olympic Games in Beijing. He won a gold medal in the Pan Am Games in Rio in 2007.
“He is one of the few fighters in America who holds a winning record against Cubans. Even he has three wins against the current gold medalist of the last Olympic Games, Julio Cesar La Cruz. He is rated by Ring Magazine for 218 months. So over four years, he’s been rated in the top ten … the best contender in the world. He fought on his way up, he beat Edison Miranda and Alexander Johnson. He traveled in Monaco to defeat Ryno Liebenberg, where he got his Silver Belt. He traveled in Chicago to beat Anatoliy Dudchenko. He fought and beat Isaac Chilemba to become the mandatory contender in Quebec City in November 2015.
“Since then, even if the timing was not there, he did not have the opportunity to fight against Adonis Stevenson for the title, he was very active. He fought four times. We took that opportunity to raise his value to bring his confidence higher, and he beat two former stars in Quebec. He knocked out Lucian Bute in the fifth round. And remember, Bute was just fresh from a draw that has been reversed since then, but a draw against Badou Jack. And he beat also, soundly Jean Pascal. So, it was his last fight. And he was supposed after that last fight, he was supposed to fight Superman.
“By the way, I’m pretty sure he will be happy to see Superman. And I’m convinced also that Superman will be there to watch that fight, because Eleider will be there also next week to watch his fight against Badou Jack.
“So, I’m telling you, Eleider Alvarez is the number one, is the best contender in the world. And I know that we got that fight because another fight fell apart, but I’m telling you Eleider Alvarez would not have been a 50/50 fight against Marcus Brown. He has more experience. He is a man who has more maturity. And I’m convinced he would beat any contender in the world. I’m also convinced, looking at all the fighters, the four champions have fought, I’m convinced Eleider Alvarez would have won against all of them. And I’m really, really convinced of that.
“So, when you get the fighter who has a lot of talent, great speed, a great environment, excellent training with Marc Ramsay and an excellent management team with Stèphane Lèpine. I’m telling you he’s also excited, fully vindicated. He trained and lived in Montreal and his family still in Colombia, because he still wants to focus on his career. But he plans to bring them back in Montreal very soon. So, he is hungry, determined, a dangerous contender and August the 4th, with all due respect, he will be the new WBO Light Heavyweight Champion of the World. Thank you very much.
“So, I’d like to introduce the undefeated number one contender of the world, Eleider ‘Storm’ Alvarez.”
Eleider “Storm” Alvarez
Photo Credits: David Spagnolo/Main Events
Eleider “Storm” Alvarez: “Good afternoon, everybody. First of all, I would like to thank Yvon Michel, Stèphane Lèpine who’s not here currently, Main Events, Kathy Duva, HBO and Sergey Kovalev for this opportunity. I feel really overwhelmed. It’s my first press conference outside of my country.
“I want to speak a little bit about myself. The first time that they offered me to fight against Sergey Kovalev, I didn’t think about it too much, and I said, at once, yes. Because everybody knows I’ve been three years waiting for Stevenson for the world championship. I have this kind of opportunity and I wanted to take advantage of it at once. It’s the same thing; it’s a world championship. But the importance of this fight is the man that I’m facing. The man that I’m going to be fighting with. He’s the best in the category of the 175 pounds. And after I took the position to fight as a professional boxer, I wanted to face the best ones. Sergey Kovalev is one of the best ones. For this sport of ours, you’re going to know more about who Eleider Alvarez is.
“Many know me from BoxRec because I didn’t have before to have the fight of such importance as the one that I’m going to have on the 4th of August. It’s going to be a chance for me to show what I have and everything I went through throughout my career. The next 4th of August, WBO’s going to have our next champion, and it’s going to be Eleider Alvarez.
“I have a lot of respect for Sergey Kovalev. He’s a great champion but I like these kinds of fights. I know it’s going to be a difficult fight but I know what I have. I know of my training and my preparation, and on next August 4th, I’m going to be the champion. Thank you very much.”
Duva: “Thank you, Yvon and Eleider. Now on to the champion. Last night, you, the boxing writers, honored Egis Klimas as your Manager of the Year for the second year in a row.
“When I met Egis six years ago, right here in a restaurant down the street in Times Square, he was managing fighters as a hobby. As I look at the outstanding group of fighters whose careers he now guides, I have to wonder how many more times you’re going to have to give him that award. You will probably have to retire it at some point.
“One thing is certain. No matter how many times you make him your Manager of the Year, he will richly deserve it, and this is sure not his hobby anymore. So please allow me to introduce my friend, Egis Klimas.”
Egis Klimas
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Egis Klimas – Manager, Sergey Kovalev: “Thank you very much, Kathy. Thank you very much, writers who saw me working, doing job … and by the way, it still is a hobby. Still is.
“I really like what I do. I really enjoy what I do. And that’s probably why coming along very well. I don’t see that as my work, as my job. I see that as my life. And all the fighters with me, I really don’t pay attention … Is he the best? Is he a champion? Or he’s just starting today … Is he going to turn into pro? I even thought of some who’s still amateur boxers and I treat them all the same. Sometimes some writers are asking me like, ‘Which out of your fighters are the best? Which out of your fighters you like most?’
And I just say, ‘Simple. If you cut my finger on my hand, no matter which one you’re going to cut, it’s going to still the same pain.’ So, all of my fighters I would say are treat same. I look at them and they are same to me.
“As far as Sergey Kovalev, we went with him through the long road, I would say. And I wanted to say to the fighters who are starting today, or who started a year ago, Sergey Kovalev opened a lot of doors to new fighters from Russia, from Ukraine, from all over the former Soviet Union, because everyone was looking up to him. And when we started, nobody knew much about the Russian fighters and he was very patient. And I was also very patient, too. So, we went a very, very long run.
“Before I met Kathy Duva, I had to manage, promote, do everything for Sergey, and we went through 18 fights. He was 18-0 when I brought him here. Sergey played the big, big role into my management career and I wanted to thank him personally. That the trophy I got yesterday, it wouldn’t be without Sergey. So, he played a big role.
“As far as August 4th, I think we got outside of the champions, we got the best opponent is available today in the light heavyweight division. I was actually even surprised that Alvarez agreed to fight, because he gave away his mandatory position to fight a WBC and he choose to fight Sergey. So, it’s a lot of respect for that.
“In closing, I wanted to thank writers, fans, HBO, promoters and hosts, Hard Rock. To whoever is not going to make it to Atlantic City to watch it, to watch it live, turn on the TV and watch on HBO. Thank you very much. We’ll see you August 4th.”
Duva: “Thank you, Egis. Also, I want to acknowledge Sergey’s trainer, Abror Tursunpulatov, who is not still here. He’s got some guys fighting tonight on the undercard, but he’s played a big role in the second half of Sergey’s career.
“Sergey is making, by the way, his 14th appearance on HBO on August 4th, and this will be his 14th world title fight. He is what I would call a real champion. He has traveled throughout the world, challenging his opponents in their own hometown, many times. He has taken on every challenge that has been offered to him without a moment’s hesitation. He has reached the point in his career where we get to see how real champions cement their legacies. I don’t believe … and, again, we’ll go back to my 40 years … I saw Marvin Hagler. I saw Ray Leonard. I saw Muhammed Ali. I saw every great fighter, really of this last 40-50 years, and you know very few of them didn’t suffer a loss.
“When you come down to it, a career is not measured by the W’s and the L’s on your record. In the end, it’s measured by the richness of the challenges you accept, and the memories you make for the fans along the way.
“We have seen some pretty special things from Sergey since we met him just six years ago and I suspect that he has a lot more thrills to give all of us before he decides to call it a career, because that’s what great champions do. As always, it is my privilege and my delight to introduce you to WBO Light Heavyweight Champion of the World, Sergey ‘Krusher’ Kovalev.”
Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev Flexes Above the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City
Photo Credits: David Spagnolo/Main Events
Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev – Two-Time Light Heavyweight World Champion: “Thank you. Thank you very much for everything and I’m happy to be here and back to New York and I’m glad to be here again.
“First of all, I want to say thank you to Egis, who one day believed in me and gave me opportunity to be a professional fighter and may my dreams happen for me. And, also, thank you to Kathy Duva who supports us and gave opportunity fighting on HBO. Thanks also to HBO for great opportunity to be in team of HBO boxing. And personal thank you for help to Peter Nelson and Hard Rock for expressing confidence in me.
“Thanks to Yvon Michel and Eleider Alvarez for approve the fight. I am sure that we will show really great fight August 4th because I have a plan to defend my title. He has a plan to get a title and to be champion. It will be very big battle and we must be ready and be the best shape of our boxing career. Because in the future, happening huge fights, unification fights, I hope.
“Thank you to all the writers. To the writers who gave award that Egis best manager in the world, Lomachenko was the best fighter in the world, and his father, Anatoly, won the best trainer in the world.
“Thank you very much for everything and see you and at next press conference before August 4th. God bless you everyone, and thank you.”
Duva: “Thank you, Sergey. I want to leave you with a couple of final thoughts: 1. Many of you have been asking me lately about Ellen. You haven’t seen Ellen Haley lately. Some of you met Ellen when she was by Evander Holyfield’s side. Others of you met her later in her career with Main Events. I just wanted to let you all know she hasn’t been around lately. She is going through a very difficult time. Her brother is desperately ill. Her nephew, Jeffrey, who many of you know, also just had very serious surgery. You know, Ellen is not a mother, but I think we’ve all, everyone in this room, has been mothered by her at one time or another. So, if you’re thinking about her, this would be a great time to send her a little text and ask her how she’s doing.
“2. It was pointed out to me by our matchmaker extraordinaire and Vice President of Operations, Jolene Mizzone, that I should tell you something very important. You should advise your listeners and your readers to make sure they show up in time to see the undercard. The reason why really says a lot about the way our sport evolves and surprises.
“Almost 26 years ago, to this day, May 15, 1992, Main Events promoted its first ever boxing event at the Mark Etess Arena. Michael Moorer fought Burt Cooper in one of the most hellacious heavyweight fights that I have ever personally seen. It was a great card overall, with future champions, Livingstone Bramble and Gerald McClellan featured in the undercard bouts. Can you believe that? But the most important and interesting thing about that night was the guy who won a six-round decision in the first bout of the evening. His name was Arturo Gatti. And it was the first time he ever fought in the city where he cemented his legacy so many years ago.
“So, mark your calendars, and be there for all the action. The ticket pricing is spectacular, very similar to the kind of pricing we had when Arturo started his fantastic nine-fight run in Atlantic City. And I wouldn’t be at all surprised if, in addition to watching a terrific main event, you might see a future world champion, or even a legend in the making before the TV fights even get started.
“Tickets will go on sale Friday, May 18th, at 10 a.m. and will be available through the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino box office and Ticketmaster. If you can’t be there in person, TV starts at 10 p.m. on HBO.
“Thank you to the Hard Rock Times Square for hosting us today, and HBO, the New Jersey Athletic Control Board, and the brand spanking new Hard Rock Casino and Hotel in Atlantic City. See you all there on August 4th.”
About Kovalev-Alvarez: In the first boxing event at the newly opened Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ, Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev will defend his WBO Light Heavyweight World Title against undefeated contender Eleider “Storm” Alvarez on Saturday, August 4, 2018. The event is promoted by Main Events and Krusher Promotions in association with Groupe Yvon Michel and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing® beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, May 18 and will be available through the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Box Office and Ticketmaster.
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