WORLD CHAMPIONS MIKEY GARCIA AND ROBERT EASTER JR. TO MEET IN LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP UNIFICATION

Jun 13, 2018

WORLD CHAMPIONS MIKEY GARCIA AND ROBERT EASTER JR. TO MEET IN LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP UNIFICATION

Unbeaten Stars Collide Saturday, July 28 Live on SHOWTIME® from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles in an Event Presented by

Premier Boxing Champions

 

Tickets on Sale Today at 12 p.m. PT!

 

LOS ANGELES, (June 11, 2018) – WBC Lightweight World Champion Mikey Garcia and IBF Lightweight World Champion Robert Easter Jr. will square-off in a 135-pound unification showdown between unbeaten stars Saturday, July 28 live on SHOWTIME from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

The main event of the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT) will see Garcia look to become a unified champion for the first time in a career that has seen him win titles in four weight classes.  Easter, who enters with a 5-inch height and 8-inch reach advantage, looks to stamp his name amongst boxing’s elite by unifying titles at 27 years old, less than two years after capturing his first belt.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Ringstar Sports and TGB Promotions, begin at $50, plus applicable fees, and are on sale today at 12 p.m. PT. To purchase tickets, visit AXS.com.

“SHOWTIME Sports continues to lead the industry with the biggest events, the most important matchups, week after week, month after month,” said Stephen Espinoza, President Sports & Events Programming, Showtime Network Inc. “Mikey Garcia vs. Robert Easter Jr. is the third world championship unification match on SHOWTIME this year. A consensus top-10 pound-for-pound champion facing an undefeated young champion while both are in the prime of their careers. July 28 has all the makings of an instant classic.”

“Mikey Garcia vs. Robert Easter is an outstanding lightweight matchup that is sure to deliver drama for fight fans at STAPLES Center and on SHOWTIME,” Said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. “Garcia will look to unify in his hometown and further solidify his credentials as boxing’s pound-for-pound best. He’ll have perhaps the toughest test of his career in the unbeaten Easter, who has a lethal combination of size, speed and power that he brings to the ring. With both fighters defending their titles and undefeated records, this is shaping up to be a can’t-miss night of boxing in downtown Los Angeles.”

“This is the kind of matchup that boxing fans love and a fight that I believe will certainly live up to expectations,” said Richard Schaefer, Chairman & CEO of Ringstar Sports. “With two undefeated world champions, and two of the top guys at 135 pounds, this fight is guaranteed drama. Mikey Garcia will look to become a unified world champion and add another accolade to a career that is already shaping up to be historic. Robert Easter Jr, a proud champion in his own right, is coming to STAPLES Center on July 28 to upset Mikey Garcia in his hometown. This is the quality of matchup that fans watching on SHOWTIME have come to expect and I suspect they will be fulfilled once again when these two warriors meet in the ring.”

“We are really looking forward to this incredible fight at STAPLES Center,” said Lee Zeidman, President, STAPLES Center. “These two fighters will undoubtedly headline an amazing night of fights for boxing fans in Los Angeles and we are looking forward to welcoming back Premier Boxing Champions and SHOWTIME for the second time in just two months.”

One of Southern California’s most popular fighters, Garcia returns to STAPLES Center for his first fight since becoming a world champion, and his first in California in seven years.  Easter returns to the site of his professional debut, having started his career at STAPLES Center in 2012 after serving as an alternate in the London Olympic Games.

Garcia (38-0, 30 KOs), of Moreno Valley by way of Oxnard, Calif., became only the third fighter in modern history to become champion at 126, 130, 135 and 140-pounds, joining future Hall of Famers Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao, when he defeated Sergey Lipinets for the IBF 140-pound title in March. The 30-year-old relinquished that title so that he can unify the WBC Lightweight World Championship that he won in January 2017 with a highlight reel knockout of Dejan Zlaticanin (Click HERE to watch Garcia-Zlaticanin KO video)

These wins, combined with a summer 2017 victory over Adrien Broner, have seen Garcia return to the top of pound-for-pound lists after a layoff of two and a half years. Garcia accrued wins over a list of notable names while winning his first two titles at 126 and 130-pounds, including Orlando Salido, Roman Martinez and Juan Manuel Lopez.

“This is the toughest fight of my career to date,” said the four-division champion Garcia. “Robert Easter Jr. is an undefeated world champion who presents serious challenges that I’m going to have to work hard to overcome. Unifying titles is something I’ve dreamed of doing for many years, and to do it at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles will make it even more special. This is the kind of fight that will help my legacy. To be the best you have to beat the best, and Easter is certainly one of the best out there. I’m very thankful to have this opportunity and I’m going to make the most of it on July 28.”

Representing his hometown of Toledo, Ohio, Easter (21-0, 14 KOs) has made three successful defenses since winning his world title in an exciting contest over Richard Commey in 2016. The 27-year-old delivered a fifth-round destruction of former champion Argenis Mendez to earn the title shot, and since winning the title has held off challenges from Javier Fortuna, Denis Shafikov and Luis Cruz to retain his 135-pound belt.

Easter will be making the move to work with Kevin Cunningham for the first time for this fight and conducting training camp in West Palm Beach with him. Cunningham, the longtime trainer of former world champions such as Devon Alexander and Cory Spinks, spurred Adrien Broner to a strong performance in a draw against Jessie Vargas and Gervonta Davis to a dominant knockout of Jesus Cuellar in their first fights together in April.

“This is a fight I’ve been waiting for and I’m really excited that the time is now,” said Easter. “This is the best fighting the best. These are the fights that boxing is all about. I made the move to train with Kevin Cunningham down in Florida and I think it’s going to help me reach another level. It’s just eat, sleep and train down there. We’re going to be ready on July 28 to put on a show and deliver fireworks.”

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LA Galaxy anuncia lista de eventos oficiales en Los Ángeles para disfrutar de la Copa Mundial

Jun 13, 2018

LA Galaxy anuncia lista de eventos oficiales en Los Ángeles para disfrutar de la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2018

Galaxy celebrará el evento deportivo más importante del mundo con eventos especiales donde aficionados podrán disfrutar de partidos de la fase de grupos del Mundial en el Sur de California

LOS ANGELES (Lunes, 11 de junio, 2018) – A tres días del inicio del evento deportivo más importante del mundo, LA Galaxy anunció hoy la lista de eventos oficiales donde aficionados podrán disfrutar de partidos mundialistas en el Sur de California para la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2018. Las proyecciones de los partidos se llevarán a cabo en ubicaciones en Los Ángeles de manera en que el LA Galaxy celebra el torneo de fútbol más importante del planeta en una de las ciudades más emblemáticas del mundo para el fútbol.

Los eventos de la Copa Mundial iniciarán en el Universal CityWalk, cuando los jugadores del LA Galaxy Giovani y Jonathan dos Santos comiencen su participación en la Copa Mundial con la Selección Nacional de México ante Alemania. El partido de apertura entre Brasil y Suecia le seguirá al partido de México, siendo mostrado en los restaurantes y bares del CityWalk.

LA Galaxy celebrará el lanzamiento de la línea de ropa LA Galaxy x Port Capsule el lunes, 23 de junio en el Long Beach Art Theater durante un evento oficial de la Copa Mundial de la FIFA y un torneo de cuatro contra cuatro de 8 a.m. a 12 p.m. PT. El evento dará inicio con la proyección del partido México vs. Corea del Sur seguido por Alemania vs. Suecia.

El 27 de junio, Galaxy presentará un evento para el partido Alemania vs. Corea del Sur en el histórico Alpine Village en Torrance. Alpine Village es un destino de inspiración alemana con restaurantes, entretenimiento y compras, y anualmente es sede de la celebración más grande en Los Ángeles de Oktoberfest.

El Torito será sede de eventos oficiales de los partidos de la fase de grupos de la Selección de México. Los partidos de México ante Alemania (6/17), Corea del Sur (6/23) y Suecia (6/27) serán mostrados en la ubicación de El Torito de Orange.

FECHA PARTIDO HORA UBICACIÓN
Domingo, 17 de junio México vs. Alemania

Brasil vs. Suiza

8 a.m.

11 a.m.

Universal CityWalk en el Escenario “5 Towers”

100 Universal City Plaza Universal City, CA 91608

Domingo, 17 de junio México vs. Alemania 8 a.m. El Torito

3520 The City Dr. S.

Orange, CA 92868

Sábado, 23 de junio Corea del Sur vs. México

Alemania vs. Suecia

8 a.m.

11 a.m.

Port Long Beach/Art Theatre of Long Beach

2025 E. 4th St.

Long Beach, CA 90814

Sábado, 23 de junio Corea del Sur vs. México 8 a.m. El Torito

3520 The City Dr. S.

Orange, CA 92868

Miércoles, 27 de junio Alemania vs. Corea del Sur 7 a.m. Alpine Village

833 W. Torrance Blvd.

Torrance, CA 90502

Miércoles, 27 de junio México vs. Suecia 7 a.m. El Torito

3520 The City Dr. S.

Orange, CA 92868

Boletos de temporada del LA Galaxy para la temporada 2018 de Major League Soccer ya están disponibles. Abonados y aficionados del Galaxy pueden visitar lagalaxy.com/since96 para asegurar sus Boletos de Temporada 2018 del LA Galaxy, los cuales comienzan a tan solo $323 por asiento ($17 por partido). Los aficionados también pueden llamar al 1.877.3GALAXY (342.5299) y presionar el 2 cuando se le indique para asegurar sus Boletos de Temporada. 

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Domènec Torrent Nombrado Entrenador del New York City FC

Jun 13, 2018

Domènec Torrent Nombrado Entrenador del New York City FC

 

Nueva York, N.Y., 11 de junio, 2018 – El New York City FC se complace en anunciar el nombramiento de Domènec Torrent como nuevo entrenador en sustitución de Patrick Vieira.

 

Torrent, antiguo entrenador del Girona FC y entrenador asistente del FC Barcelona y el Bayern de Múnich, ha sido la mano derecha de Pep Guardiola en el Manchester City FC.

Domènec ha firmado con el Club hasta finales de la temporada 2020 y ocupará esta nueva posición con el NYCFC tan pronto como obtenga el permiso de trabajo en Estados Unidos.

 

Torrent ha sido el asistente de Guardiola durante los últimos 11 años, ganando el extraordinario número de 24 títulos en el FC Barcelona, ​​el FC Bayern Múnich y el Manchester City.

 

“Aunque he disfrutado de unos maravillosos 11 años trabajando junto a mi compañero y amigo Pep Guardiola, siempre ha sido mi ambición dirigir un equipo y no he podido tener una mejor oportunidad que en este club de fútbol”, dijo Torrent.

 

“Sé que tenemos un equipo con mucho talento. He visto muchos partidos y me gusta la forma en la que juega el equipo. Tengo muchas ganas de empezar a trabajar con los jugadores en los entrenamientos”.

 

“Aunque he tenido la suerte de visitar Nueva York en numerosas ocasiones, estoy deseando vivir y entrenar en esta ciudad especial y estoy deseando conocer los aficionados lo antes posible. Estoy ansioso por experimentar y participar de la cultura del fútbol en Nueva York”.

 

“Me gustaría dar las gracias a los jugadores y a mis colegas del Manchester City por haber hecho una experiencia tan maravillosa y memorable de mi tiempo en el club”.

 

El Vicepresidente del New York City FC, Marty Edelman, señala que este es un momento emocionante para el NYCFC y para la MLS.

 

“Domènec aporta una experiencia increíble y ha entrenado algunos de los mejores jugadores del mundo al más alto nivel. Su influencia en este deporte ha sido grande y este periodo es apasionante no sólo para el NYCFC, sino también para la MLS, una liga que sabemos que abraza las nuevas influencias y continúa creciendo a un ritmo increíble “.

 

“El City Football Group tiene una amplia red de entrenadores que nos ha permitido encontrar un talento excepcional de forma inmediata. Los entrenadores de Manchester siguen nuestros partidos y sé que Domènec está familiarizado con nuestro equipo, aprecia su calidad y la competitividad de la MLS “.

 

“Me complace que nos hayamos podido mover tan rápidamente para reemplazar a Patrick. Una transición fluida era sin duda una prioridad, especialmente para un grupo de jugadores que está haciendo una excelente campaña. Sé que Domènec está con muchas ganas de empezar”

El director deportivo del NYCFC, Claudio Reyna, dijo: “Domènec es alguien que conocemos muy bien y en quien tenemos mucha confianza tanto como persona como entrenador. Tiene una idea muy clara del estilo de juego que quiere: es un entrenador que quiere jugar el estilo de futbol de ataque y posesión que queremos seguir construyendo “.

 

” Domènec ha sido parte de la construcción de algunos de los equipos más memorables del fútbol. También proviene de clubes que tienen la filosofía de dar una oportunidad al talento más joven, esto continuará ofreciendo oportunidades a nuestros jugadores más jóvenes y es emocionante para nuestra academia “.

 

Torrent nació en Girona y jugó como centrocampista en dos de los equipos de la provincia en la década de 1980 (UE Olot y AD Guixols). Tras conseguir su título de entrenador, entrenó a Palafrugell CF, Palamos CF y al Girona FC.

 

La fructífera relación laboral de Torrent con Guardiola comenzó en el Barcelona B en 2007, donde consiguieron la victoria en la Segunda División B. Guardiola fue ascendido a entrenador del primer equipo del FC Barcelona y se llevó a Doménec con él para crear uno de los mejores equipos de la historia. El FC Barcelona ganó tres títulos de la Liga, dos Champions Leagues, dos Supercopas de Europa, dos Copas de España, tres Supercopas de España y dos Mundiales de Clubes. 14 trofeos a lo largo de cuatro increíbles temporadas en el Camp Nou.

 

Después de un año sabático, Guardiola se llevó a Torrent como persona de confianza a  Alemania para entrenar al FC Bayern Munich donde ganaron la Bundesliga en cada una de las tres temporadas que compitieron, ganando el doblete con la Copa en 2014 y 2016, además de una Supercopa de Europa y un Mundial de clubes. Un total de siete trofeos.

 

Después de tres años en el Allianz Arena, Domènec se unió a Guardiola en Inglaterra para entrenar al Manchester City.

 

Los llamados “Centurions” después de llegar a los 100 puntos, batieron numerosos récords ganando los títulos de la Premier League y la Copa de la Liga en la temporada final de Torrent en el estadio Etihad.

 

Domènec toma las riendas del New York City FC, que se encuentran en segundo lugar en la Conferencia del Este. Pronto se publicarán los detalles del personal técnico de Domènec.

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33º Congreso Ordinario de Concacaf culmina en Moscú

Jun 13, 2018
33º Congreso Ordinario de Concacaf culmina en Moscú; con un enfoque en crecimiento inclusivo a través de la expansión de competencias y los esfuerzos de desarrollo claves  

Moscú, Rusia (lunes, 11 de junio, 2018) – La Confederación de Norteamérica, Centroamérica, y el Caribe de Fútbol Asociación (Concacaf) llevó a cabo hoy su 33º  Congreso Ordinario en Moscú, Rusia, donde los delegados celebraron los logros de la Confederación en 2017.

“Después de culminar exitosamente los esfuerzos de reforma durante los últimos dos años, nuestra Confederación ha forjado una nueva era. Trabajando juntos como una familia, hemos cumplido con nuestra Visión de Una Concacaf para continuar expandiendo y produciendo beneficios tangibles para nuestro juego”, dijo el Presidente de Concacaf Víctor Montagliani. “Esta es una era de colaboración y compromiso a servir nuestras Asociaciones Miembro, así como de incrementar la inversión en desarrollo y en competencias más amplias e inclusivas”.

El Congreso aprobó el reporte del Consejo de Concacaf 2017, así como los estados financieros auditados y el presupuesto de 2018. Como parte del compromiso para continuar asegurando la integridad y transparencia de la organización, y de cumplir con los estándares de gobernabilidad, la Confederación divulgó su Libro del Congreso, incluyendo los estados financieros y el presupuesto de 2018, el cual está disponible aquí.

En otros eventos del Congreso, Randolph Harris de Barbados fue electo como Vicepresidente del Consejo de Concacaf. El Sr. Harris no tuvo oposición a su candidatura.

Concacaf también presentó el Reporte del Secretario General sobre los logros durante el año 2017 como resultado de una estructura organizacional eficiente, en cada una de las áreas operativas de la Confederación – Operaciones de Fútbol, Comercial, Asociaciones Miembro, Finanzas y Administración y Legal y Cumplimiento.

La organización anunció el incremento de un 35 por ciento para el Programa de Fondos Una Concacaf, continuando el compromiso a invertir directamente en el crecimiento de las Asociaciones Miembro como promotoras del éxito del deporte.

2017 marcó un momento definitivo en la evolución de las competencias de Concacaf. En el área de torneos de clubes, la Confederación lanzó los nuevos formatos de eliminatorias de la Liga de Campeones Concacaf Scotiabank y la Liga Concacaf Scotiabank, asimismo rediseñó los Campeonatos del Caribe. En el área de selecciones nacionales, Concacaf anunció un nuevo expandido formato para su competencia premier, Copa Oro. A partir de 2019, la Copa Oro incluirá 16 equipos y una expansión panregional con la próxima selección de sedes adicionales en el Caribe y Centroamérica.

A comienzos de este año, la Confederación presentó la Liga de Naciones, una innovadora e inclusiva competencia de selecciones nacionales que arranca en septiembre, proporcionando un fútbol de equipos nacionales más significativo y sostenible para todas las Asociaciones Miembro.

La Liga de Naciones de Concacaf es una extensión de la nueva imagen y estructura de marca de Concacaf, que fue también anunciada recientemente, enmarcando los esfuerzos de la Visión de Una Concacaf de desarrollar y administrar el juego sobre los pilares de Unidad, Acceso, Fútbol y Calidad. En ese espíritu, la Liga de Naciones proveerá un acceso significativamente expandido para las Asociaciones Miembro al fútbol internacional, mejorando el desarrollo del fútbol a través de la región y a todos los niveles.

El Congreso contó con la asistencia de las delegaciones de las Asociaciones Miembro de Concacaf, el Presidente de la FIFA Gianni Infantino, el Presidente de CONMEBOL Alejandro Domínguez, el Presidente de UEFA Aleksander Ceferin, la Secretaria General de la FIFA Fatma Samoura, miembros de la Unión de Fútbol Rusa y del Comité Organizador Local de la Copa Mundial de la FIFA Rusia 2018. También estuvieron presentes el Comisionado de la Major League Soccer Don Garber, el Presidente de la Liga MX Enrique Bonilla, así como los socios comerciales estratégicos de Concacaf.

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FIFA Council designates bids for final voting by the FIFA Congress

Jun 13, 2018

2026 FIFA World Cup™: FIFA Council designates bids for final voting by the FIFA Congress

  • Moroccan bid and United bid both ratified and put forward to be voted for on 13 June
  • New formula to calculate the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking approved
  • Amended version of the FIFA Code of Ethics to come into force on 1 August

As it gears up for the opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™, Moscow hosted meeting number 7 of the FIFA Council this Sunday, 10 June. FIFA’s strategic body decided on a number of important competition matters, chief of which was another key step in the bidding process for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™.

Following the publication of the Bid Evaluation Report by the 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force, the FIFA Council designated the two bids – the one jointly submitted by the Canadian Soccer Association, the Mexican Football Association and the United States Soccer Federation, as well as the one submitted by the Moroccan Football Association – to be voted on by the 68th FIFA Congress.

On Wednesday, 13 June, the FIFA Congress will determine whether to award the right to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup to one of the two candidates. In the event that the 68th FIFA Congress decides not to choose either of the candidates, FIFA will then launch a new procedure by inviting all member associations – except the four that are taking part in the current process – to submit a bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. More details on Wednesday’s procedure are available here.

The FIFA Council also took some other significant decisions, including:

  • New formula for the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking

Following over two years of reviews and studies of different alternatives and a comprehensive consultation process with all confederations, the FIFA administration put forward to the FIFA Council an overhauled formula to calculate the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking – a system that was today approved and will thus be inaugurated with the first official ranking following the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.

Under the guiding principles of making the formula more intuitive and accurate; eliminating the potential for ranking manipulation; and providing equal opportunities to ascend for all teams, a group of sports specialists and statisticians developed a formula based on the Elo method of calculation. This formula works not by averaging points for each individual match, but by adding them to or subtracting them from a team’s existing points total – a calculation in which weights are determined by the relative strength of the two opponents and the importance of each match. This means that the annual average point calculation, which is currently used in the World Ranking formula, will no longer be factored.

Furthermore, the approved formula allows for a smooth transition from the current ranking, without displacement of teams in the existing ranking table. A complete explanation of the new system is available here.

  • Proposal submitted by the CONMEBOL member associations to the 68th FIFA Congress

The FIFA Council unanimously agreed that the matter raised by the member associations of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela – i.e. the proposal of a feasibility study to increase the number of teams from 32 to 48 in the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ – will first be discussed by FIFA with the host country, Qatar, and therefore it would be premature to put it forward to the FIFA Congress.

  • Electoral process for the position of FIFA President

In accordance with article 45 of the FIFA Governance Regulations, the FIFA Council formally called for the FIFA presidential election, which is scheduled to take place during the 69th FIFA Congress in Paris on 5 June 2019. FIFA’s strategic body ratified the official electoral period – from the 68th FIFA Congress to election day – and the milestones of the electoral calendar:

  • 10 June 2018: Call for election
  • 13 June 2018: Start of electoral period
  • 5 February 2019: Deadline for submission of candidatures for the office of FIFA President by FIFA member associations
  • 5 May 2019: Deadline for notifying the FIFA member associations of the names of the proposed and admitted candidates
  • 5 June 2019: FIFA presidential election at the 69th FIFA Congress
  • Amendments to the FIFA Code of Ethics

Following an express request from the chairpersons of the investigatory and adjudicatory chambers of the Ethics Committee, the current FIFA Code of Ethics – issued in 2012 – has gone through a thorough review process, in which the six confederations were involved.

The result is an amended version, which was approved by the FIFA Council. Among other things, the new version implements a more efficient procedure; specifies sanctions and the roles of each of the two chambers; and gives more responsibilities to the confederations. The new version of the Code of Ethics will come into force on 1 August 2018.

  • Dates of 2019 youth tournaments defined

The FIFA Council approved the proposed dates for the two FIFA youth tournaments scheduled for next year:

  • FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland 2019: 23 May – 15 June
  • FIFA U-17 World Cup Peru 2019: 5-27 October

The next FIFA Council meeting is set to be held in Kigali, Rwanda, from 25 to 26 October 2018.

CORTESIA: FIFA

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LEO SANTA CRUZ OUTPOINTS ABNER MARES IN REMATCH TO RETAIN WBA FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE BY UNANIMOUS DECISION

Jun 13, 2018

 

LEO SANTA CRUZ OUTPOINTS ABNER MARES IN REMATCH TO RETAIN WBA FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE BY UNANIMOUS DECISION

 

WBC 154-POUND CHAMPION JERMELL CHARLO RECORDS MAJORITY DECISION VICTORY OVER AUSTIN TROUT ON SHOWTIME® FROM STAPLES CENTER IN LOS ANGELES

Watch The Encore Presentation Monday At 10 P.M. ET/PT On SHOWTIME EXTREME®

 Photos from Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME

 

LOS ANGELES (June 9, 2018) – In an electrifying war that had the STAPLES Center crowd on its feet chanting for more, Leo Santa Cruz defended his WBA Featherweight World Championship by winning a unanimous decision against four-division world champion Abner Mares in their rematch Saturday night on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING ®.

In almost an exact replica stat-wise of the first fight that Santa Cruz won by majority decision in 2015, the Los Angeles-native and three-division world champion Santa Cruz won on all three of the judges’ scorecards against Mares by scores of 115-113, 116-112, and 117-111.

With the win, Santa Cruz (34-1-1, 19 KOs) takes one more step toward a possible unification fight in the competitive 126-pound division, one of boxing’s deepest.

“It feels great,” Santa Cruz said. “Abner is a great fighter. He left his heart out there. It was a tough fight but thank God we got the victory. I had to be smarter, that’s why it was not a bigger war but it was a good one.”

Similar to the first time the two Mexican-American warriors met, which resulted in more than 2,000 punches being thrown, a total of 1,992 totals punches were thrown in Saturday’s fight with Santa Cruz throwing 1,061 to Mares’ 931. Santa Cruz landed 357 punches compared to 208 for Mares.

Mares (31-2-1, 15 KOs) started fast, winning the first two rounds on SHOWTIME’s unofficial scorer Steve Farhood’s card before Santa Cruz kicked it in another gear and went to work.

“It was a ‘Fight of the Year’ like I told you,” said Mares. “I hope you like the fight because we fought for you, Los Angeles. Win or lose, we did it for the fans. It was a great fight.“

He added: “It is what it is. I don’t want to discuss scores. The judges decided that, and that’s it. I’ll do it again. Let’s do it again. Mares-Santa Cruz 3.”

In what SHOWTIME announcer Mauro Ranallo termed a “Featherweight Fiesta,” Santa Cruz dictated the pace from the third round on, utilizing his reach and working off the jab.

Santa Cruz suffered a cut above his left eye in the eighth round. “A cut is a cut, it wasn’t bothering me as much,” Santa Cruz said. “I didn’t let that distract me. I had cuts before. You keep on fighting.”

Mares, a former three-division world champion and a veteran of 10 world championship fights, had famed trainer Robert Garcia in his corner for this fight. “I said it before the fight: whoever wins this fight will be the number one featherweight. Santa Cruz won so he’s No. 1. I tip my hat off to him.”

When asked if he’s the No. 1 featherweight in the division, Santa Cruz replied: “Hopefully I am. I’ll leave it to the fans to decide. I want Gary Russell Jr. next. I want to unify. I’m ready for everyone, whoever and whenever.”

In the co-main event of the doubleheader, Jermell Charlo (31-0, 15 KOs) recorded a majority decision victory by outpointing former world champion AustinTrout (31-5, 17 KOs) to defend his WBC Super Welterweight World Championship. Charlo’s four-fight knockout streak ended in his third world title defense. Two judges scored it 118-108 and 115-111 in favor of Charlo, and third scored it 113-113.

“Sometimes you knock them out, sometimes you just beat them.” said Charlo, who has now defended his 154-pound title three times. “I went to fish, I tried to get some trout but I couldn’t catch him on the hook. I know they’re used to seeing me knock boys out but at least they saw me take care of business.”

Charlo recorded two knockdowns in the bout. Trout hit the canvas for the first time in the final minute of the third round as Charlo applied heavy pressure, first connecting on a big right followed by a counter left hook that knocked Trout off balance. Just eight seconds into the ninth, Trout went to one knee on a Charlo left hook to the side of Trout’s head. It was the sixth time Trout had been down in his career. Charlo continued to exert punishment on the game but tiring Trout.

“Take those knockdowns away I won the fight,” said the southpaw Trout, 32, who also went the distance in a unanimous-decision loss against Jermell’s twin brother and interim middleweight titleholder Jermall in 2016. “I can’t make any excuses, the better man won with those knockdowns.

“Both Jermell and Jermall are really good. They are the future. But I’m not done yet. I’m not defined by my results. I’m defined by the risks I take. I’ve taken the risks and I’ve stood my ground every time against giants and killers. And I’m still here.”

More accurate than Trout connecting on his punches the entire fight, Charlo went on a relentless attack in the 10th, connecting on multiples power punches that seemed to faze Trout. Charlo continued his attack in the 11th and 12th, choosing to stay upstairs as opposed to going to the body.

“Trout will tell you who will win that fight,” Charlo said of a potential unification with IBF and WBA 154-pound titleholder Jarret Hurd. “That’s why he survived 12. If Hurd sat in front of me and took those shots he’s done.”

During the SHOWTIME BOXING CHAMPIONSHIP telecast it was announced that WBC Lightweight World Champion Mikey Garcia and IBF Lightweight World Champion Robert Easter Jr. will meet in a 135-pound unification showdown between unbeaten stars Saturday, July 28 live on SHOWTIME from STAPLES Center.

“We were fighting at 140 but I always had my mind set act coming back to lightweight,” Garcia said. “The only fight that made sense was a unification and the fighter available was Robert Easter Jr. He’s a champion and the man to beat. It’s great to be back to finally give my fans here in Southern California a fight.  Now that we are I get to give them a unification match and the biggest fight of my career to date.”

“I got my fight on July 28, but there’s been a lot of talk about [Vasyl] Lomachenko and me over the past year.  If I get through Robert Easter I’d be unified champ and the only other fight that makes sense is Lomachenko,” he added.

Easter recently changed trainers and is now working with Kevin Cunningham. “Lomachenko and Mikey are two skillful guys in the lightweight division and two guys I want to fight,” Easter said. “Me and Mikey will do the talking in the ring. My height and my reach will give anyone problems as long as I use them skillfully.”

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“ROWDY” RONDA ROUSEY MAKES HISTORY AS FIRST WOMAN SELECTED FOR INDUCTION INTO UFC® HALL OF FAME

Jun 13, 2018

“ROWDY” RONDA ROUSEY MAKES HISTORY

AS FIRST WOMAN SELECTED FOR INDUCTION INTO UFC® HALL OF FAME

Las Vegas – UFC® today announced that former UFC and Strikeforce® women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame’s ‘Modern Wing’ as a member of the class of 2018. The 2018 UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Thursday, July 5, at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The event will be streamed live and exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS® starting at 7 p.m. PT.

“There would be no women in UFC without Ronda Rousey,” UFC President Dana White said. “Ronda is an absolute pioneer who helped me personally, and a lot of other people, look at women in combat sports differently. She accomplished everything she set out to do with UFC and became a global icon and role model in the process. Today, the women’s divisions are packed with incredibly talented fighters and they produce some of the best fights you’ll ever see. We’re proud to announce Ronda as the first woman to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.”

Rousey will enter the UFC Hall of Fame as a member of the Modern Wing, joining Forrest Griffin (2013), BJ Penn (2015) and Urijah Faber (2017) as the only members of this distinguished category. Rousey also joins Faber as only the second athlete to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame from the bantamweight division. The “Modern Era” category includes athletes who turned pro on or after November 17, 2000 (when the first UFC event under the unified rules of MMA was held), are a minimum age of 35 or who have been retired for one year or more.

“This is an immense honor, to not only take part in bringing women to the forefront of this sport, but now the UFC Hall of Fame,” Rousey said. “May I be the first of many.”

As the first female fighter signed to UFC following the global brand’s purchase of Strikeforce, Rousey was named the promotion’s first-ever women’s bantamweight champion in November of 2012, and she debuted inside the world-famous Octagon® at UFC® 157: ROUSEY vs. CARMOUCHE, on February 23, 2013 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Ronda defeated Liz Carmouche in the first round via armbar, becoming the first woman to win a UFC bout while defending her title in the process.

A veteran of 14 professional fights during her five-year career, Rousey, the last Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion and first-ever UFC women’s champion, compiled a record of 12-2, setting numerous records, highlighted by her six consecutive successful title defenses, the most by any female champion in UFC history. During her tenure in UFC and Strikeforce, Ronda secured seven submission victories via armbar, tying UFC Hall of Famer Minotauro Nogueria for most armbar submissions in the combined history of UFC, PRIDE, Strikeforce and WEC.

A prolific finisher, Rousey owns records for four of the five fastest finishes in UFC women’s bantamweight history, while her three wins by KO / TKO rank as the second most in UFC women’s bantamweight history. No other fighter in UFC history owns more than two of the five fastest finishes in their respective division.

Rousey’s average cumulative UFC fight time of 3:06 ranks as the second shortest in UFC history (min. five fights) and her collective Strikeforce fight time of 1:36 ranked as the shortest in company history (min. three fights). Ronda’s 14 second armbar submission victory over Cat Zingano at UFC® 184: ROUSEY vs. ZINGANO, was the fastest submission of the Modern Era and of any title fight in UFC history. Rousey also holds the record for fastest submission in Strikeforce history with her 25-second victory over Sarah D’Alelio during her debut at Strikeforce Challengers: Gurgel vs. Duarte on August 12, 2011.

As one of the most complete mixed martial artists in combat sports history, Ronda also holds numerous records for finishing her opponents via knockout. Her 16 second knockout of Alexis Davis at UFC® 175: WEIDMAN vs. MACHIDA is tied as the third-fastest knockout in a title fight in UFC history. Lastly, her 34-second knockout of Bethe Correia at UFC® 190: ROUSEY vs. CORREIA and 1:06 knockout of Sara McMann at UFC® 170: ROUSEY vs. MCMANN, are the second and fourth-fastest knockouts in UFC women’s bantamweight history, respectively.

Ronda headlined six UFC events during her career, including UFC® 193: ROUSEY vs. HOLM, which was held at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia on November 15, 2015. UFC 193 recorded a total attendance of 56,214 fight fans, which stands as the largest-attended event in UFC history.

Outside the Octagon, Rousey’s global popularity continued to rise as she was recognized by both her peers and the media with some of the most highly acclaimed awards in sports.

In 2015, Ronda became the first mixed martial artist to win an ESPY award for “Best Fighter,” and she was also acknowledged by ESPN with the ESPY for “Best Female Athlete” in 2014 and 2015, and in 2012 for “Submission of the Year” after her first victory over former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate.

In May of 2015, Sports Illustrated recognized Ronda as “World’s Most Dominant Athlete” as she graced the cover of that month’s issue. Later that month, Rousey also became a published author with the release of her autobiography entitled, “My Fight, Your Fight”, which chronicled her inspiring path from Olympic judo medalist to Hollywood star.

In November of 2015, Ronda became Electronic Arts’ first female global cover athlete with the release of EA SPORTS UFC 2 and also made history as the first woman to be featured on the cover of Men’s Fitness Australia.

While an active UFC athlete, Rousey also became a global movie star, appearing in films such as The Expendables 3Furious 7 and Entourage, which collectively grossed more than $1.8 billion dollars combined in worldwide sales. She has also headlined popular television shows and series in primetime, hosting Saturday Night Live in 2016 and making a cameo appearance on Blindspot in 2017. Later this year, Rousey will co-star in Mile 22 with Mark Wahlberg and Academy-Award nominated actor John Malkovich.

Along with acting, Rousey is also currently a performer with World Wrestling Entertainment, where she competes weekly as one of the company’s top superstars on Monday Night Raw.

A native of Riverside, California, Rousey’s martial arts career began at age 11, when she started training judo with her mother, AnnMaria, a highly-decorated judoka who became the first American to capture a World Judo Championship in 1984. In 2004, at the age of 17, Ronda won the Gold medal at the World Junior Judo Championships. That same year, she qualified for the 2004 Olympic Games, becoming the youngest judoka to compete in the games that year. In 2006, Rousey won the Bronze medal at the World Junior Judo Championships, becoming the first U.S. athlete to capture two medals at the World Junior Judo Championships. Her ascent as a judoka continued in 2007, as she won the Gold medal at the Pan American Games and Silver medal at the World Judo Championships. In 2008, Ronda captured the Bronze medal at the Olympic Games, making history as the first American to win an Olympic medal in women’s judo since the sport joined Olympic competition in 1992. Overall, Ronda won more than 30 medals and represented the U.S. Judo team in over a dozen international tournaments. She currently resides in California with her husband, UFC heavyweight Travis Browne.

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DIEGO DE LA HOYA DEFENDS SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT TITLES AGAINST JOSE ‘SUGAR’ SALGADO IN MAIN EVENT OF GOLDEN BOY BOXING

Jun 13, 2018
DIEGO DE LA HOYA DEFENDS SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT TITLES AGAINST JOSE ‘SUGAR’ SALGADO IN MAIN EVENT OF GOLDEN BOY BOXING ON ESPN AT TURNING STONE RESORT CASINO IN VERONA, N.Y.
 
TRAVELL ‘BLACK MAGIC’ MAZION RETAINS UNDEFEATED RECORD WITH UNANIMOUS DECISION WIN AGAINST DAQUAN PAULDO 
(ABOVE: Diego De La Hoya defeated Jose Salgado to retain his NABF and NABO Super Bantamweight Titles on the June 8 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y.)
 
Photo Credit: Matt Heasley – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
 
VERONA, N.Y. (June 8, 2018): Diego De La Hoya (21-0, 10 KOs), the quick-handed super bantamweight contender of Mexicali, Mexico, successfully defended his NABF and NABO Super Bantamweight Titles against Jose “Sugar” Salgado (35-5-2, 28 KOs) of Cozumel, Mexico via technical knockout at the end of the seventh round of the scheduled 10-round main event of the June 8 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y. De La Hoya’s relentless and fast-paced aggression were too much for Salgado to handle, which forced his corner to call a halt to the bout at the end of the aforementioned round.
“We knew that he [Salgado] had been training since October of last year,” said Diego De La Hoya.“Obviously that’s because the fight was delayed, but the fight took place tonight and thank God it was great. I brawled so that people would see that I am indeed a Mexican fighter. He has a lot of experience and a lot of power, but I still brawled to give a great show. I’ll need to talk to my team about what’s next, but hopefully something very good.”
“I felt really tight in this fight, but that’s because the inactivity really affected me,” said Jose Salgado. “I take no credit away from Diego De La Hoya, and I fought a good fight despite the inactivity. He’s a great fighter, and he’ll be a future world champion.”
 
In tonight’s co-main event,Travell “Black Magic” Mazion (13-0, 11 KOs) of Austin, Texas retained his undefeated record as he beat Orlando, Florida’s Daquan Pauldo (17-2, 9 KOs) by unanimous eight-round decision. Mazion won with scores of 77-75, 77-75 and 78-74.
Danielto Zorrilla (7-0, 6 KOs) of Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico delivered a devastating left hook to the body to defeat stop Julio Perez (4-3) of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico in the first of a scheduled four-round super lightweight fight.
 
Golden Boy Promotions prospect Alex Rincon (4-0, 4 KOs) of Carrollton, Texas scored two knockdowns en route to a first-round technical knockout victory over Engelberto Valenzuela (11-14, 3 KOs)  of Agua Prieta, Mexico. The fight, which was originally slated for four rounds at the middleweight limit of 160 pounds, was stopped at 1:35 of the aforementioned round.
 
Lawrence Gabriel (3-1-1, 2 KOs) of Syracuse, New York scored a second-round technical knockout victory against Jimmy Blevins (0-3) of Buffalo, New York in a fight that was originally scheduled for four rounds in the heavyweight division.
Isaac Rodrigues (25-2, 20 KOs) Mocajuba, Brazil stopped Frankie Filippone (25-8-1, 9 KOs) of Chesapeake, Virginia in the fourth round of an eight-round light heavyweight clash. Rodrigues scored two knockdowns, the second of which forced the stoppage at 1:46 of the fourth round.
Armus Guyton (1-0) from Ithaca, N.Y. defeated Mike Diorio (0-1) from Cortland, N.Y. by unanimous decision in the opening bout, a four-round cruiserweight contest. Both fighters made their professional debut in a fight that Guyton won with scores of 39-37, 39-37 and 40-36.
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