Feb 7, 2019


Deloitte’s Commitment to Inclusion Highlighted by Foundational Sponsorship of U.S. Soccer’s “SheBelieves Summit” on March 9 in NYC

CHICAGO (Feb. 7, 2019) – U.S. Soccer and Deloitte announced today a multi-year agreement for Deloitte to be the Official Professional Services Provider of the U.S. Soccer Federation and Foundational Sponsor of SheBelieves, beginning with the 2019 season, and running through 2021. As part of the agreement, Deloitte will be the title sponsor of the second annual U.S. Soccer SheBelieves Summit, which will take place on Saturday, March 9 at Nike’s Headquarters in New York City (855 6th Ave, New York, NY 10001).

With a shared vision in empowering the next generation, the Deloitte-U.S. Soccer relationship, brokered by Soccer United Marketing (SUM), U.S. Soccer’s partner for the past 15 years, highlights both organizations’ commitment to forging positive change and providing opportunities for young women.

“Inspiring young women and girls to reach their dreams is key to moving the needle and getting more women in the workforce to have confidence and position themselves for leadership positions,” said Cathy Engelbert, chief executive officer of Deloitte. “Deloitte is dedicated to fostering an inclusive culture in the workplace and more broadly in communities, and is thrilled to see SheBelieves move that mission forward. We look forward to supporting not only the upcoming SheBelieves Cup, but also the SheBelieves Summit-helping to elevate the conversation around female leadership and empowerment.”

The SheBelieves Summit, presented by Deloitte, will showcase a diverse group of innovative women who are driving progress in sports, business, technology, entertainment and more. This year’s summit, scheduled the day after International Women’s Day, features former and current U.S. Women’s National Team members, in addition to the following speakers:

  • Safra Catz – Oracle CEO
  • Ibtihaj Muhammad – U.S. Olympic Fencer
  • Katie Sowers – San Francisco 49ers Offensive Assistant
  • Rosemary St. Clair – Vice President/General Manager Global Nike Women
  • Erin Magee – Head of Development, Special Projects and Production at Supreme

Additional speakers will be announced in the coming weeks. Open to 200 college students, attendees can walk away with practical information on developing confidence, their community and their careers. To register for the event, visit shebelieves.us.

As part of Deloitte’s longstanding commitment to supporting women in business, the professional services organization will also be participating in the SheBelieves Internship Program. Starting in 2020, select qualified candidates from the SheBelieves Summit will have the opportunity to interview for an opportunity in a Deloitte internship program.

“As our U.S. Women’s National Team continues to gear up for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, we are very excited to develop this relationship with an organization that is so dedicated to women’s empowerment,” said U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis, “We are certain this new sponsorship will be beneficial to all the U.S. Soccer programs and the overall development of the sport in the United States.”

Conceived and developed by U.S. Soccer and the Women’s National Team players, SheBelieves is a movement created to inspire and encourage girls and women of all ages to accomplish their goals and dreams, athletic or otherwise. The campaign was originally launched in the run-up to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup but has since evolved into a special bond between the team and its fans, taking its powerful message of empowerment and that of believing in yourself into communities across the nation.

“Soccer United Marketing is proud to facilitate this multi-year relationship between U.S. Soccer and Deloitte to make the SheBelieves Summit a dynamic and engaging experience for attendees,” said Jen Cramer, Senior Vice President of SUM. “This marquee event harnesses the power of diverse thinking, sparks actionable change and develops female leaders for the next generation. The event marks a key milestone in the U.S. Women’s National Team’s mission to empower women in advance of this summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup.”

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LA Galaxy ficha al defensa Diego Polenta

Feb 7, 2019

LA Galaxy ficha al defensa Diego Polenta

El defensa uruguayo de 27 años de edad se une al club después de jugar para el Club Nacional de Football en Uruguay

LOS ANGELES (Jueves, 7 de febrero, 2019) – LA Galaxy anunció hoy que el club ha fichado al defensa central Diego Polenta. Polenta, de 27 años de edad, se une al Galaxy después de jugar para el Club Nacional de Football en la Primera División de Uruguay, donde jugó 136 partidos en todas las competencias, incluyendo la Copa Libertadores, Copa Sudamericana y partidos de liga. Polenta, quien fue adquirido utilizando Fondos de Adquisición Específicos, ocupará un cupo de jugador internacional en la nómina del Galaxy y se incorporará al club a la espera de recibir su Visa P-1 y su Certificado de Transferencia Internacional (ITC).

“Diego es un defensor fuerte y talentoso que se encuentra en su mejor momento y que creemos puede convertirse en el mejor defensa de Major League Soccer”, dijo el Gerente General del LA Galaxy, Dennis te Kloese. “Tiene experiencia jugando a un nivel muy alto en Uruguay y contribuirá a nuestra línea defensiva. Estamos encantados de agregarlo a nuestra plantilla y esperamos integrarlo a nuestro equipo mientras nos preparamos para el comienzo de la temporada”.

Polenta originalmente fichó para Genoa de la Serie A italiana después de salir de la cantera donde jugó para el club antes de unirse al Club Nacional de Uruguay en el 2014 y jugar 136 partidos y convertirse en uno de los mejores defensas centrales de la liga.

En el 2014, su primera temporada con Nacional, Polenta llevó a su equipo a capturar el título de la Primera División uruguaya y además fue nombrado Jugador Defensivo del Año esa temporada. Dos años después, Polenta y su equipo ganaron un Segundo título de liga antes de ser nombrado capital del club, En el 2017, el defensa central ayudó a su equipo a ganar el Torneo Intermedio.

En total, Polenta a disputado competencias como la Primera División de Uruguay, Copa Libertadores, Copa Sudamericana, Torneo Intermedio y el Campeonato Uruguayo Especial durante su tiempo con el club.

A nivel internacional, el defensa central ha representado a Uruguay durante varios niveles juveniles, siendo convocado a la selección mayor de Uruguay en varias ocasiones. Desde el 2008, ha jugado para la sub-17, sub-20 y sub-23, disputando un total de 37 partidos y jugando durante la Copa Mundial de la FIFA sub-17 del 2009, la Copa Mundial de la FIFA sub-20 del 2011 y durante las Olimpiadas 2012 en Londres.

LA Galaxy comenzará la temporada regular 2019 de la MLS ante Chicago Fire el sábado, 2 de marzo a las 5 p.m. PT.  Boletos para el partido están a la venta ahora, oprimiendo aquí.

Transacción: LA Galaxy ficha al defensa Diego Polenta utilizando Fondos de Adquisición Específicos (TAM).

Nombre: Diego Polenta

Posición: Defensa

Estatura: 6’1”

Peso: 192 lbs.

Fecha de Nacimiento: 6 de febrero, 1992

Edad: 26

Último Club: Club Nacional de Football (Uruguay)

Ciudad Natal: Montevideo, Uruguay

Lugar de Nacimiento: Montevideo, Uruguay

Nacionalidad: Uruguay

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FIFA Legends assemble for exclusive FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ campaign

Feb 7, 2019

FIFA Legends assemble for exclusive FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ campaign

Some of the biggest stars in football, including Alex Scott, Marcel Desailly, Nadine Kessler, Michael Essien, Laura Georges and Gilberto Silva, have assembled as part of a 23-strong FIFA Legends squad for a campaign that will see these illustrious footballing personalities harness their sporting superpowers and turn into superheroes on a mission to promote the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 and the women’s game in general.

With just four months to go before FIFA’s flagship women’s football tournament kicks off, 23 current and former players, representing 19 of the tournament’s qualified nations, are coming together in a one-of-a-kind promotional initiative to support the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 and drive match attendances, increase TV viewership, generate engagement and inspire a new generation to play women’s football.

Made up of 13 women and ten men, the squad members were selected for their superhuman qualities and unshakeable commitment on and off the pitch. Each has had to overcome obstacles in the face of adversity and as part of the campaign and the wider FIFA #DareToShine movement, will be encouraging women and girls to push boundaries to succeed in all areas of life.

Former England footballer Alex Scott said: “Who hasn’t dreamed of being a superhero?! I’m so excited about #LegendsAssemble because my alter ego, Trail Blazer, has only one objective – to empower girls and women and encourage them to play football!”

This coming together of FIFA Women’s World Cup Legends is visualised through a launch video, where each player is given a call to arms and transformed into their alter-ego showing them in their national team colours and sporting superpowers that range from shapeshifting to genius intelligence and X-ray vision. This will be followed up with a 23-episode series of mini-films that will give an insight into the #LegendsAssemble movement and reveal the relationships that defined them as footballers as well as the struggles that influenced them to become advocates for the women’s game.

Speaking about the #LegendsAssemble project, Michael Essien said: “Watch out –  as The Bison I am indestructible! I will use this power to change the way people see women’s football and get everyone to rally behind the biggest sporting competition this summer – the FIFA Women’s World Cup!”

As part of the #LegendsAssemble campaign, the FIFA Legends have committed to raising the profile of women’s football both on- and offline. Fans will be able to meet their superheroes ahead of the tournament kick-off, when individual squad members will take part in almost 100 events across the world that will include trophy tours, Host City activations and media appearances, in addition to attending matches during the tournament.

Speaking about the #LegendsAssemble launch, FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura said:

“The eighth edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup will be very special and it takes place at a time when women around the globe are uniting to make their voices heard. The tournament’s official slogan “Dare to Shine” echoes the current world movement towards female empowerment and I am looking forward to seeing teams of strong and passionate women, from 24 different countries, illuminate football stadiums in France with their skill. Our superheroes will help us to reach a global audience of one billion and make the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 our biggest and best yet – for players, for fans, for local communities and for the empowerment of girls and women.”

To download the video and graphics, please click HERE.

More information on the campaign can be found on FIFA.com and the following LINK


Name Country Superhero name Superpower
Vero Boquete Spain Verocity Relentless resilience
Tim Cahill Australia K.O. Knockout punch
Esteban Cambiasso Argentina Illusion Mental manipulation
Marcel Desailly France The Mystic Can see into the future
Michael Essien Ghana The Bison Indestructible
Julie Fleeting Scotland Air Scotland Flight
Laura Georges France Martial Lore Close combat
Nadine Kessler Germany The Magician Magic
Karina LeBlanc Canada LeBlur Superhuman reflexes
Kristine Lilly USA Emulator Can transfer power to others
Aya Miyama Japan RiFT X-ray vision
Portia Modise South Africa Sonic Shaker Sonic scream
Peter Odemwingie Nigeria Aeonian Resurrection
Park Ji-sung Korea Republic Three Lungs Superhuman endurance
Míchel Salgado Spain Encendio Shapeshift
Lotta Schelin Sweden Lotta Lightning Breaking the sound barrier
Mark Schwarzer Australia The Schwarzinator Lightning reflexes
Alex Scott England Trail Blazer Genius intelligence
Gilberto Silva Brazil The Invisible Wall Moves silently
Mikaël Silvestre France The Surge Teleporting
Kelly Smith England Midas Midas touch
Sun Wen China PR Sun Shadow Telekinesis
Tashana Vincent Jamaica Electric Dash Elastic agility


Les FIFA Legends se rassemblent pour une campagne exclusive en lien avec la Coupe du Monde Féminine de la FIFA, France 2019™

Certains des plus grands noms du football, dont Alex Scott, Marcel Desailly, Nadine Kessler, Michael Essien, Laura Georges et Gilberto Silva, se sont regroupés pour former une équipe de vingt-trois FIFA Legends dans le cadre d’une campagne numérique qui verra ces illustres personnalités utiliser leurs super-pouvoirs sportifs et devenir des super-héros afin de promouvoir la Coupe du Monde Féminine de la FIFA 2019™ et le football féminin en général.

À tout juste quatre mois du coup d’envoi de la compétition phare du football féminin, vingt-trois joueurs et joueuses actuel(le)s et ancien(ne)s – qui représentent dix-neuf nations qualifiées pour la Coupe du Monde Féminine de la FIFA 2019™ – se réunissent dans le cadre d’une initiative unique en son genre visant à promouvoir France 2019, attirer les spectateurs et téléspectateurs, susciter un engouement et inciter une nouvelle génération à pratiquer et suivre le football féminin.

Composée de treize femmes et dix hommes, l’équipe a été constituée sur la base des qualités surnaturelles de chacun et de leur engagement de tous les instants sur le terrain et en dehors. Chacune de ces Legends a dû faire face à l’adversité et, dans le cadre de la campagne #DareToShine (#LeMomenDeBriller) de la FIFA, elles encourageront les jeunes filles et les femmes à repousser leurs limites afin de réussir dans la vie, et ce à tous les niveaux.

Ce rassemblement de FIFA Legends est mis en scène dans une vidéo de lancement, qui voit chaque joueur et chaque joueuse répondre à l’appel et se transformer en un alter ego héroïque aux couleurs de son équipe nationale. Chaque héro dispose de super-pouvoirs uniques, comme la métamorphose, le génie intellectuel ou la vision aux rayons X. Une série de 23 mini-films donneront ensuite un aperçu détaillé du mouvement #LegendsAssemble et des Legends qui le composent, revenant sur leur vie de footballeur et sur ce qui les a poussés à devenir des porte-paroles du football féminin.

Michael Essien a déclaré au sujet du projet #LegendsAssemble : « Attention ! je suis l’indestructible Bison ! J’utiliserai mon pouvoir pour changer la perception vis-à-vis du football féminin et attirer l’attention du monde entier sur la plus grande compétition sportive de l’été : la Coupe du Monde Féminine de la FIFA ! »

À l’approche de France 2019, une série de vingt-quatre vidéos donneront un aperçu de l’initiative #LegendsAssemble et des raisons qui ont poussé certaines des plus grandes stars du football à le rejoindre. Les épisodes reviendront sur leur vie de footballeur et sur ce qui les a incités à devenir des porte-paroles du football féminin. Ils dévoileront également, bien entendu, les super-pouvoirs uniques de chacun.

L’ancienne internationale anglaise Alex Scott a pour sa part déclaré : « Qui n’a jamais rêvé d’être un super-héros ? Je suis emballée par #LegendsAssemble car mon alter ego, Trail Blazer, n’a qu’un seul objectif – autonomiser les jeunes filles et les femmes et les encourager à jouer au football ! »

À travers leur implication dans la campagne #LegendsAssemble, les FIFA Legends entendent renforcer le profil et la visibilité du football féminin. Les fans auront de nombreuses opportunités de venir rencontrer les super-héros avant et pendant la compétition, puisque ces derniers participeront à près de 100 événements à travers le monde – tournée du trophée, activités dans les villes hôtes, apparitions publiques, etc.

En octobre 2018, la FIFA a lancé sa toute première Stratégie pour le football féminin en vue d’accroître la participation à ce sport et de renforcer sa valeur commerciale et ses fondations. Cette stratégie entend notamment améliorer l’image de la Coupe du Monde Féminine de la FIFA™ et l’utiliser comme élément moteur du développement du football féminin.

Évoquant le lancement de #LegendsAssemble, la Secrétaire Générale de la FIFA, Fatma Samoura, a déclaré : « La huitième édition de la Coupe du Monde Féminine de la FIFA sera d’autant plus spéciale qu’elle se déroulera à un moment où les femmes du monde entier s’unissent pour faire entendre leur voix. Le slogan officiel du tournoi, ‘Le moment de briller’, fait écho au mouvement mondial actuel pour l’autonomisation des femmes et je me réjouis de voir vingt-quatre équipes de femmes fortes et passionnées illuminer de leur talent les stades de football en France. Nos super-héros nous aideront à toucher une audience mondiale d’un milliard de personnes et à faire de la Coupe du Monde Féminine de la FIFA 2019 la plus grande et la plus belle des éditions – pour les joueuses, pour les supporters, pour les communautés locales et pour l’autonomisation des jeunes filles et des femmes. »

Annexe :

Nom Pays Nom de super-héros Super-pouvoir
Vero Boquete Espagne Verocity Persévérance ultime
Tim Cahill Australie K.O. Super coup de poing
Esteban Cambiasso Argentine Illusion Manipulation mentale
Marcel Desailly France The Mystic Peut voir le futur
Michael Essien Ghana The Bison Indestructible
Julie Fleeting Écosse Air Scotland Vol
Laura Georges France Martial Lore Combat rapproché
Nadine Kessler Allemagne The Magician Magie
Karina LeBlanc Canada LeBlur Réflexes surnaturels
Kristine Lilly États-Unis Emulator Peut transférer du pouvoir aux autres
Aya Miyama Japon RiFT Vision aux rayons X
Portia Modise Afrique du Sud Sonic Shaker Cri supersonique
Peter Odemwingie Nigeria Aeonian Résurrection
Park Ji-sung République de Corée Three Lungs Endurance surhumaine
Míchel Salgado Espagne Encendio Métamorphose
Lotta Schelin Suède Lotta Lightning Peut franchir le mur du son
Mark Schwarzer Australie The Schwarzinator Réflexes fulgurants
Alex Scott Angleterre Trail Blazer Génie intellectuel
Gilberto Silva Brésil The Invisible Wall Déplacements furtifs
Mikaël Silvestre France The Surge Téléportation
Kelly Smith Angleterre Midas Toucher de Midas
Sun Wen RP Chine Sun Shadow Télékinésie
Tashana Vincent Jamaïque Electric Dash Agilité élastique
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Feb 7, 2019



WBA Super Featherweight Champion Davis Defends Title This Saturday Against Former World Champion Ruiz Live on SHOWTIME® From Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif. and Presented By Premier Boxing Champions

 Photos from Dave Mandel/SHOWTIME

 Photos from Sean Michael Ham/Mayweather Promotions

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (February 6, 2019) – WBA Super Featherweight World Champion Gervonta Davis and former world champion Hugo Ruiz were on-hand at Churchill Boxing Club in Santa Monica Wednesday as they near their showdown that headlines SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® Saturday, February 9 from Dignity Health Sports Park, formerly StubHub Center, in Carson, Calif.

Wednesday’s workout also featured fighters who will enter the ring live on SHOWTIME in televised undercard attractions. Undefeated super lightweight Mario Barrios will be facing Mexico’s Richard Zamora, while former world champion Javier Fortuna steps in against lightweight contender Sharif Bogere in the opening bout of the tripleheader beginning at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

Here is what the fighters had to say Wednesday in Santa Monica as they prepare for their Saturday night attractions:


“I was just watching Hugo Ruiz as I came in here. All I know is that he is fast, he has some speed. It looked like he has some power and good timing. I actually think that this is not a walk in the park, like people think. The fact that this is a late change doesn’t concern me because once I get in there, I’ll be able to make adjustments. I’m ready.

“It’s great to make it to this level. To have people under me like ‘Truck’ [Lorenzo Simpson], it feels amazing to inspire them to go further in life. It makes me want to push harder so that I can become the best that I can be.

“I come from a city with a lot of violence and things like that, but my mind was always focused on what I wanted to be in life. I traveled when I was super young, so my mindset was never like a typical eight-year-old. I won my first nationals when I was 10 years old. I’ve seen the world and I’ve seen the bigger picture. At that time, coming up in the gym, there were guys that I was looking up to that were getting killed in the streets. There were days in the gym where we would get a call that guys we trained with had been killed. I knew that it’s either boxing or things wouldn’t turn out too good. I knew I had to stay in the gym and stay focused.

“Camp is going great. I feel ready for Saturday night. I’m disappointed that I’m not facing Abner Mares but it doesn’t change too much. I heard that he hurt his elbow at first, I didn’t know that it was his eye. Once I heard it was his eye, I took it more seriously.

“I wanted to fight Abner. We could probably have done it back home but I gave him the chance to fight in LA. I am the champion, so I’m willing to give him another shot.”


“I feel great. I just came off of training for my last fight but I just feel like I’m continuing that training. I think it’s going to serve as great preparation for this next fight. It’s only going to be a benefit for me.

“I think this is going to be an explosive fight. We’re both known for our knockouts and this is a fight that can end at any moment. It’s going to be by a knockout.

“Out of my 39 wins, 33 of them are knockouts so I can say with confidence that I can knock out Gervonta Davis. No fighter is invincible and that’s a really possible outcome on Saturday.

“Gervonta Davis is a great fighter. I’ve watched him fight and I know that he’s a very strong fighter with a lot in his arsenal. There’s a reason why he’s a world champion right now but we know what we’re looking for. We have the hunger and the ambition to be triumphant. We have everything we need to beat Gervonta.

“I took the fight on short notice and I just fought, but I am ready. I trained very hard for my last fight and I still feel more than ready to go. I’m very excited to have this world championship opportunity and I am going to take advantage of it and show the world what I can do.

“I had a fight in November where I was training for a lefty. I then had another fight in January where I was preparing for a lefty.  They changed my opponent last minute but I was still ready to go. I’ve been preparing for a lefty for five months and I think that’s a huge advantage for me.

“The reason I have so many knockouts is because I like to surprise my opponents and I really think I have something that I can surprise Gervonta with. Come Saturday, we will see how many ways I can surprise him.

“Gervonta is a fighter just like I am. We both are going in there with all the will to win and come Saturday I think we are going to give the people the show that they really want to see. I am ready to put on a spectacular show.”


“I feel great. I’ve been training out in the Bay Area with Virgil Hunter since the beginning of December. I was getting great work, sparring with Devin Haney. We got about two or three weeks of great work just going at it. That was tremendous experience just keeping up with him. He’s a very explosive fighter and ahead of the curve for his age. I finished off camp sparring with Amir Khan, who is getting ready for his Terrence Crawford fight. So overall, camp was great.

“This is going to be one of my toughest fights but I put in all the hard work in camp and I’m going into Saturday night with no doubts. If I get him hurt, I’m going to look to finish him off but the knockout is not something I’ll be looking for right away in the fight.

“I’m thinking about the weather a little bit, but at the end of the day I’m a fighter and I’m going to overcome anything I have to in the ring. Whether it’s raining, whether it’s cold, once the bell rings it doesn’t matter what the weather is.

“I always try to go into my fights being as smart as possible. I always want to box as much as I can but at the end of the day, I’m Mexican so if I get caught with a good punch I’m going to want to sit there and bang. I’m definitely expecting some fireworks. It’s going to be an action-packed fight and I guarantee you one of us is going to go down. I’ve worked my ass off to make sure I’m not going to be the one on the canvas.

“Sparring top guys like Devin Haney and Amir Khan has been great and a huge advantage for me. People would pay top dollar to see that, but all of us were just there appreciating the work because we all need it. That was world class work. You really can’t beat it.

“Texas has always been a hotbed for boxing, especially in the cities of San Antonio, Dallas and Houston. Now, we have a lot of upcoming fighters that are really showing out. It’s only a matter of time before Texas becomes one of the main capitals for boxing.

“In the next 18 months, I’ll hopefully get a shot at a world title. I want to face any one of the champions right now. I feel I’m ready. I’ve worked my ass off to get to this point and I feel it’s only a matter of time before we get that title shot. Right now, my sight is set on the junior welterweight division and we’re going to try to take over the division as much as I can. But at the same time, I’m 6’1” and it’s only a matter of time before I outgrow the division but as long as I’m here and I can make the weight healthy and I feel strong, we’re going to continue to dominate.”


“This is my first time in Los Angeles and I’m really excited to fight in a place like LA. This is a really well-known place to fight that I’ve known about my whole life and I’m ready to put on a showcase that people will recognize. I want people to see me as a great fighter from here on out.

“I’ve been very focused this entire training camp. My opponent changed late but my objective has not changed whatsoever. Whoever I face on Saturday, I’m ready to fight.

“I’m only 25 years old. Some would say I got a late start because I only started training and boxing when I was 15 or 16 years old but it’s always been in my blood. My grandfather was a boxer and I always knew the sport was going to be my calling at the end of the day.

“We look forward to showing off this weekend. I’m ready to show the people of the United States who I am. I want to stand out and showcase what I’m all about. I’ve shown what I can do in Mexico and now I want everybody in the U.S. to show who I am in America now. To be surrounded by so many talented fighters here, this is the type of fighter I want to be. I want to be recognized the same way the other top fighters around here are.

“I think that Barrios’ height is something that I need to think about but I’m not worried about it. I’ve learned how to fight against different styles and I’ve fought many different fighters so I am ready for whatever comes my way. I just want to put on a great show so the fans will only have good things to say about me.”


“I feel good. We are in weight and in great shape. On Saturday, I will be the best fighter I can be. My new trainer and I are in top shape. We had a really good training camp. This fight is important for me. On Saturday my career at 135 will be defined.

“I have been working very hard in the gym. I have a great strategy and the fans will see on Saturday night what I’m all about. Bogere is aggressive, he comes forward and is a very good boxer but I’m not concerned. I move forward and I’m aggressive too. I can take him.

“Hopefully, that chicken Gervonta Davis will go up to 135. If not, I’m willing to come down to 130 to fight him. I want his belt. I respect his promoters, they know how to take care of him and I have no problem with that but I’m just hoping that he’s willing to fight me. He has shown a lack of respect as a human being. He hasn’t done what a champion should do and he’s fighting guys he shouldn’t be fighting.

“What do I think of Gervonta’s new opponent? Everybody has social media and can see what the fans are saying about it.

“My fight against [Robert] Easter is hard to swallow. It was one of those fights where you go in there, you work hard, you show you are the better fighter but the judges don’t reward you for it. I know I was the better fighter. I won that fight. A lot of people saw it the same way but sometimes the judges go for the business side of things. I was hoping for a rematch but nobody ever gave me the opportunity.

“I want to fight the best fighters out there. I don’t care who they are. If they have a title, I’ll fight them. If they are good, I’ll fight them as well.”


“Javier Fortuna is a veteran. We have similar experience. He’s been there for a long time but so have I. I think we’re going to put a on a good show for the people. He makes mistakes and I’m going to capitalize on those.

“This is a dream for me. I’ve been doing this for over 20 years since I was a little kid. I have a passion for this sport and a lot of people to make proud. Those people keep me going through all of the tough times, the injuries, the setbacks, I’m just so thankful that I have another day and another blessing. I’m so thankful for this opportunity.

“I’m happy to have an opponent finally step up to the plate. I feel people have been avoiding me but he stepped up and I think we’re going to put on a great show. We both have an exciting style and I’m looking forward to Saturday. In his fight against Robert Easter Jr., I think he did his best to win the fight but he came up short.

“As my trainer always tells me, keep knocking on the door. One day, they’re going to open the door. Saturday, they will open the door. After Saturday night, the world is going to see the ‘The Lion’ back in the top ten in the world.”

LEONARD ELLERBE, CEO of Mayweather Promotions


“This is a guy [Ruiz] that just fought on the Broner card. He’s in great shape, he’s a great fighter and he’s coming to put on a performance on Saturday night. ‘Tank’ is in great shape but he’s got to be cognizant of a guy that he hasn’t prepared for. We’ve seen what has happened in other fights, specifically the [Jermall] Charlo fight. [Matvey] Korobov came in as a last-minute replacement and it was a tough fight. Certainly tougher than he had anticipated but that’s part of the sport. ‘Tank’ has to be ready for anything.

“Gervonta has a tough opponent in front of him Saturday night. Any time you are preparing for a specific guy, it’s going to take a minute to get used to your new opponent. It will be interesting. ‘Tank’ will have to figure it out but I think he will be able to go to work and figure it out.

“I’m always confident in ‘Tank’. He’s one of the top fighters out there in the sport. He’s the biggest puncher in the entire sport and he’ll eventually be the biggest star in the sport. This is the start of a very big career for all of his U.S. fans and the international fans as well. He’s ready to take over the entire sport and Saturday night is just the start.

“Anytime you lose a great fighter like Abner Mares from your card, obviously there is always a little bit of a shakeup. My prayers go out to him and his family and we wish him a speedy recovery. Abner is a great champion, a great human being and a guy that I have a tremendous amount of respect for. He will be able to hopefully bounce back.”

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Feb 7, 2019
(ABOVE, L-R: Alberto Machado, Andrew Cancio, Rey Vargas and Franklin Manzanilla pose 
for the media ahead of their respective world title bouts on Saturday, Feb. 9 at Fantasy Springs Resort 
Casino and streamed live on DAZN)
Photo Credit: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
Video Credit: Golden Boy Promotions
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LOS ANGELES (Feb. 6, 2019): WBA Super Featherweight World Champion Alberto “Explosivo” Machado (21-0, 17 KOs) of San Juan, Puerto Rico and 130-pound contender
Andrew “El Chango” Cancio (19-4-2, 14 KOs) of Blythe, Calif. hosted their final press conference at the Golden Boy Promotions headquarters in Los Angeles ahead of their 12-round battle. The event will take place on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. and will be streamed live on DAZN – which is just $9.99 per month after a one-month free trial.
Fighters from the undercard also attended the press conference, including WBC Super Bantamweight World Champion Rey Vargas (32-0, 22 KOs), who will defend his title against Franklin Manzanilla (18-4, 17 KOs) of Caracas, Venezuela in the co-main event.
Below is what today’s participants had to say at the press conference:
ALBERTO MACHADO, WBA Super Featherweight World Champion:
“I fulfilled my dreams of having a world title fight on HBO. This fight will also be something great for Puerto Rico as I headline on this new platform, DAZN. I want everyone in Puerto Rico to know that I will be ready to defend my title. We’ve had an extremely successful camp in Los Angeles. This is my fifth camp here. I want to thank my manager Juan De Leon and Freddie Roach for helping me become a better fighter and person. Andrew Cancio is a strong and hungry fighter because he wants to become a world champion. But we trained hard to make a successful defense this Saturday.”
ANDREW CANCIO, Super Featherweight Contender:
“I want to thank Golden Boy Promotions for this opportunity. I want to thank the champion as well for this opportunity to fight for a world title. I’m going to come in well prepared to give an exciting fight for everyone on Saturday night. I know it will be tough, but Im well prepared for this fight. It’s been a long road to get here, but we’re here. We’re going to do everything in our power to win on Saturday night.”
REY VARGAS, WBC Super Bantamweight World Champion:
“I’m very happy to return again to the ring. We are highly motivated. Instead of just talking with words, I’ll do my talking in the ring. They say we are over confident, but we are going in the ring intelligently. He’s a strong fighter. He has some technical deficiencies, but that’s his style. We’ll be careful in there, but we’re looking for the knockout. Though would like to unify titles by the end of the year, I’m 100% focused on the fight I have ahead of me.”
FRANKLIN MANZANILLA, Super Bantamweight Contender:
“I want to thank God because I’m here because of him. I want to thank Golden Boy Promotions. I’m waiting for February 9 to give the best of me. I know it’s going to be a war. Rey Vargas has said that I must prepare for this fight psychological because I will walk away with a loss. I’m here to tell him to not get too confident because things can change. Thank you all, and I hope you are all well.”
JOSEPH DIAZ JR., Super Featherweight Contender:
“This is my first fight at 130 pounds, so I know it’s going to be a big step up.  I know that the power will be different, and the opponents will be stronger. I’m going to have to adapt in there, though I feel I was a big 126-pounder anyway. I’m ready to showcase and demonstrate that I’m going to be threat at 130 pounds. Charles [Huerta] is a dangerous opponent and I know it will be a big step up and a hard fight, but I’m ready. I’m going to be a major threat in the 130-pound weight class.”
CHARLES HUERTA, Super Featherweight Contender:
“I want to thank everyone for coming out today. I want to thank Joseph Diaz, Jr. and his camp. I want to thank Golden Boy Promotions for giving me this opportunity after being off for so long. I had two injuries, but I’m healthy. We’ve been training strong at the gym and we’re ready to go. Come Saturday, you will see the same Charles Huerta who leaves everything in the ring and gives a great show.”
Machado vs. Cancio is a 12-round fight for the WBA Super Featherweight World
Title presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions. Vargas vs. Manzanilla is a 12-round battle for the WBC Super Bantamweight World Championship presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Promociones del Pueblo. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” and Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle.” The event will take place Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino and will be streamed live on DAZN.
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Feb 7, 2019


Book a Librarian is the Houston Public Library’s (HPL) newest service being provided at the Central Library. This service was created because the Library has so much to offer and some customers may not know that it offers more than just books. Book a Librarian will introduce customers to a library world that they may not know is there. The Library offers an array of diverse resources at its facility and also online that are available when they need them. Book a Librarian is a free service. A professional reference librarian or another trained staff member will assist you. For details visit: http://houstonlibrary.org or call 832-393-1313.
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Schedule a free session with a professional reference librarian or another trained staff member at the Central Library.

Appointments are generally available Monday – Friday, 10 AM – 5 PM. Please allow 1-2 business days for appointment confirmation.

  • We offer assistance in using the library’s resources
  • Sessions last approximately 45 minutes
  • You may request up to one session per month
  • Appointments take place on the 2nd Floor Compass Center at Central Library
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