Suspect Charged, Wanted in 2018 Fatal Crash at 7800 Hammerly Boulevard

Mar 18, 2019
Suspect Charged, Wanted in 2018 Fatal Crash at 7800 Hammerly Boulevard
***Note Time & Location of Investigators’ Availability**
 Charges have been filed against a suspect wanted in a fatal crash involving an 11-year-old boy that occurred at 7800 Hammerly Boulevard about 10:10 p.m. on June 8, 2018.
 
The suspect, Omar Aregnis Reyes-Ventura (H/m, 27), is charged with intoxication manslaughter, two counts aggravated assaulted causing serious bodily injury and two counts intoxicated assault in the 338th State District Court.  A photo of Reyes-Ventura, taken in 2014, is attached to this news release.  He remains at large at this time.

The victim, Alex Mendiola, 11, was pronounced dead at an area hospital. 
 
HPD Vehicular Crimes Division Sergeant S. Maness and Officer M. Nicotra reported:

The victim was a backseat passenger in a gray Honda Civic traveling southbound on Hammerly Boulevard as a black Ford F-150 pickup truck was traveling northbound.  The driver of the truck failed to yield the right of way while turning left and struck the Honda. 

Alex Mendiola was one of three juvenile backseat passengers not properly restrained in seat belts.  He was pronounced dead at Memorial Hermann Hospital.  Another boy, 6, and the female front seat passenger 28, suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries.  A girl, 4, and the female driver, 28, were not seriously injured.
 
The driver of the Ford (Reyes-Ventura) was not injured.  He consented to a blood draw and was questioned and released. 
 
Following the return of the blood results, Reyes-Ventura was found to be intoxicated at the time of the crash and subsequently charged in this incident.
Suspect Reyes-Ventura remains charged and wanted at this time.  Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact the HPD Traffic Enforcement Division at 713-247-5900 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
 
At 2:30 p.m. TODAY (Monday, March 18), officers with the HPD DWI Task Force and HPD Vehicular Crimes Division will be available to answer media questions about this incident in the first floor Media Briefing Room of the HPD Edward A. Thomas Building at 1200 Travis.
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Conlan Victorious on St. Patrick’s Day

Mar 18, 2019

11-0: Michael Conlan Rolls to Victory over Ruben Garcia Hernandez

Conlan notches unanimous decision victory
Luis Collazo edges Samuel Vargas, keeps title hopes alive
Oscar Mojica stuns Paddy Barnes, wins split decision

 For the third consecutive year, Irish sensation Michael “Mick” Conlan fought at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden on St. Patrick’s Day. And for the third consecutive year, the rowdy Irish faithful left the building happy.

Conlan (11-0, 6 KOs) defeated Ruben Garcia Hernandez by 10-round unanimous decision (100-90 3x) to retain his WBO Intercontinental featherweight strap in front of 3,712 fans.

The Belfast native, who was flanked to the ring by WWE superstar Finn Balor, alternated between southpaw and orthodox and kept Hernandez (24-4-2, 10 KOs) guessing throughout the evening.

The two-time Olympian never was in danger, and once again, emerged victorious on his nation’s holiday.

This is what Conlan and his trainer, Adam Booth, had to say after the fight

Conlan: “I think I just used my skills as I said I would. I think I showed a lot of good defensive movements and things I’ve been working on. We were in no rush to try and take out this guy. He’s tough. He went the distance with {Nonito} Donaire and a few other top fighters. He had a tough head on him. There were a few times I probably could’ve stepped on it, but we wanted to practice things we’ve been working on. I felt I did that tonight.”

“Vladimir {Nikitin}, I know you’re here tonight. We need to do it again for the fans. I need to write a wrong that shouldn’t have been written.”

Booth: “These are developmental rounds that will help him become a world champion. I am very pleased with what I saw in there. He is working on exactly what we are practicing in the gym, and it’s working.”

Collazo Edges Vargas

Brooklyn native and former welterweight world champion Luis Collazo kept his championship hopes alive with a split decision over Samuel Vargas (30-5-2, 14 KOs) in a 10-round welterweight brawl. The judges scored the bout as followed: 96-94 Collazo, 96-94 Vargas, and 98-92 Collazo. The 37-year-old Collazo (39-7, 20 KOs) battled Vargas in what was a phone booth battle, with little separating the two combatants.

Collazo has won three in a row since challenging Keith Thurman for the welterweight title in 2015.

Collazo landed nearly 50 percent of his power shots, while Vargas landed 190 of 753 total punches.
 “As a fighter, we always want to fight for a world title. I want to be a world champion again,” Collazo said. “I still got the desire. I still got the fire. And I would like to fight the top guys in the welterweight division. They know who they are. I called them out before. It just hasn’t happened.”

Mojica Stuns Barnes

Veteran Oscar Mojica (12-5-1, 1 KOs) scored, by far, the biggest win of his career, defeating three-time Irish Olympian Paddy Barnes (5-2, 1 KO) via six-round split decision in a bantamweight bout.

Mojica knocked Barnes to the canvas with a body shot in the second round, but the referee did not rule it a knockdown. Barnes, who suffered a broken nose in the opening round, never could get on track.

“It was really important for me {to hurt him with that body shot}, even though they didn’t count it as a knockdown. It gave me confidence,” Mojica said. “I knew I could hurt him throughout the other rounds. I got a little away from my game plan, but I stayed sharp for the most part. I deserved to win. If I win here in New York, Madison Square Garden, St. Patrick’s Day, and I came out with the win, it was because I deserved it.

“I give the most credit to Paddy Barnes. He’s a great fighter, ex-Olympian. He had an amazing career.”

Said Barnes: “In the first round, he broke my nose. And to be honest, I don’t know how the judges scored it close because I thought he won every round.”

In other action:

Josue “The Prodigy” Vargas (13-1, 8 KOs) extended his winning streak to seven with an eight-round unanimous decision over the durable Adriano Ramirez (10-3, 6 KOs) in an eight-round super lightweight fight. Vargas, who hails from the Bronx, won via shutout on all three judges’ cards.

“I put on a great eight-round performance, the first time I went eight rounds as a pro,” Vargas said. “I was happy to see my family and friends support me. I’ll be back soon to put on another show.”

Michael Conlan’s 2016 Olympic nemesis, Vladimir Nikitin, moved to 3-0 with a six-round majority decision over Juan Tapia (8-3, 3 KOs). The scores were as followed: 57-57 and 59-55 (2x) for Nikitin.
 “I don’t know how one judge scored the fight a draw, but I am happy with my performance,” Nikitin said. “I look at every single fight like a championship fight and fighting at Madison Square Garden was a great thrill. The Conlan fight will happen eventually. That is what we both want.”

Joseph “Blessed” Hands Adorno (12-0, 10 KOs) passed the stiffest test of his career, notching a unanimous decision against Victor Rosas (10-9, 4 KOs) in a six-round lightweight contest. All three judges scored the fight 58-54 for Adorno, who scored a knockdown in the fifth round.

“I felt a little bit weird inside the ring tonight. I don’t want to give any excuses, but I think the weight cut affected me,” Adorno said. “I’m thinking of maybe moving up in weight to the lightweight division. For some reason, I couldn’t let my hands go. I couldn’t get my rhythm going. I also didn’t listen to the instructions of my corner very much, but we got the job done. This was a learning experience. We got the win. On to the next one.”

Top 140-pound prospect John “El Terrible” Bauza (12-0, 5 KOs) cruised to a shutout six-round unanimous decision over Ricardo Maldonado (8-9-1, 1 KO) by identical scores of 60-54. It was the Top Rank debut for Bauza, who was born in Puerto Rico.

Super lightweight prospect Lee Reeves improved to 3-0 with a unanimous decision over Eduardo Torres (1-2, 0 KOs). All three judges scored the four-rounder 40-36.

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La estrella peso pluma Carl Frampton se une al establo de Top Rank

Mar 18, 2019

El acuerdo de múltiples peleas traerá las peleas del ex campeón mundial de dos divisiones a las plataformas de ESPN en los Estados Unidos.

El ex campeón mundial de dos divisiones Carl “The Jackal” Frampton y Queensberry Promotions de Frank Warren firmaron un acuerdo de promoción de múltiples peleas con Top Rank en la que es la más reciente colaboración entre Top Rank, MTK Global y Queensberry Promotions.
Frampton, quien hará campaña como peso pluma, traerá uno de los nombres más grandes a una de las divisiones más profundas del boxeo a las plataformas ESPN en los Estados Unidos.

Top Rank, MTK Global y Queensberry Promotions anunciarán pronto la próxima pelea de Frampton. 
“Es una gran noticia que Carl Frampton se haya unido a nosotros en Top Rank”, dijo Bob Arum, legendario promotor de Top Rank. “Él es el epítome de un verdadero guerrero, y estamos orgullosos de estar promoviéndolo mientras trabaja para convertirse en el campeón de peso pluma del mundo una vez más”. “Es un honor para mí asociarme con Top Rank para lo que será el último capítulo de mi carrera”, dijo Frampton. “Mucho crédito para mi equipo de manejo, MTK Global, por haber logrado un acuerdo con la mejor compañía de promoción de boxeo en el planeta. También hace una posibilidad real una pelea, en algún momento en el futuro, con el campeón de la OMB, Oscar Valdez. Mi objetivo, en esta etapa de mi carrera, aún es convertirme en campeón del mundo, y siento alcanzaré mi meta con MTK y Top Rank en mi esquina”.
Jamie Conlan, gerente de desarrollo profesional de MTK Global, dijo: “Carl Frampton es uno de los boxeadores más talentosos que Irlanda haya producido y ahora se ha vinculado con Top Rank, una de las mejores compañías de promoción en el juego. Esta asociación le dará a Carl fantásticas oportunidades para mostrar su talento en el escenario internacional, así como a fortalecer su búsqueda para volver a ser campeón mundial. MTK Global está encantado de haber sido parte de este gran movimiento para Carl”. “Estoy encantado de que hayamos llegado a un acuerdo con Top Rank para promocionar a Carl”, dijo Warren. “La enorme plataforma ofrecida por ESPN en los Estados Unidos es el lugar perfecto para que Carl muestre que aún tiene todo para ofrecer en el nivel superior. Compartimos plenamente la creencia de que Carl puede convertirse nuevamente en un campeón del mundo. Mostró un tremendo corazón contra Josh Warrington en diciembre, y bien podrían terminar encontrándose nuevamente en una gran pelea unificatoria. Los fanáticos del Reino Unido pueden esperar ver cada paso de la aventura estadounidense de Carl en vivo por BT Sport”.
Frampton (26-2, 15 KOs) es un profesional de 10 años que ha batallado contra los mejores peleadores de las 122 y 126 libras. Ganó el título mundial de peso pluma junior de la FIB ante Kiko Martínez en septiembre de 2014, defendió ese cinturón dos veces y luego unificó con una merecida victoria por decisión dividida sobre Scott Quigg el 27 de febrero de 2016. En su próxima pelea, subió hasta peso pluma y se llevó el récord invicto de Leo Santa Cruz por decisión mayoritaria. Perdió una pelea muy disputada ante Santa Cruz en la revancha inmediata y luego logró tres victorias consecutivas hasta su última pelea, una derrota por decisión unánime ante el campeón de peso pluma de la FIB, Warrington, en una de las mejores peleas de acción del 2018.

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MICHAEL “THE COUNT” BISPING HEADLINES UFC® HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2019 AS FIRST INDUCTEE

Mar 18, 2019

MICHAEL “THE COUNT” BISPING HEADLINES UFC® HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2019 AS FIRST INDUCTEE


Las Vegas ­– UFC® today announced that former UFC middleweight champion and winner of season three of The Ultimate Fighter®, Michael Bisping, will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame’s ‘Modern Wing’ as a member of the class of 2019. The 2019 UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Toyo Tires®, will take place on Friday, July 5 in Las Vegas. The event will be streamed live and exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS®.

“It’s hard to have the level of talent needed to compete in UFC for any amount of time, but Michael Bisping was able to have an 11-year career where he became a world champion and won The Ultimate Fighter, not many people can say that,” UFC President Dana White said. “He also came back and coached The Ultimate Fighter and is now one of the best analysts on our broadcast team. Michael has been a huge part of not only building our brand, but also the sport of mixed martial arts. He absolutely deserves to be in the UFC Hall of Fame. Congratulations.”

Bisping, the first British fighter to become a UFC champion, will enter the UFC Hall of Fame as a member of the Modern Wing, joining Forrest Griffin (2013), BJ Penn (2015), Urijah Faber (2017) and Ronda Rousey (2018). The “Modern Era” category includes athletes who turned pro on or after November 17, 2000 (when the rules of mixed martial arts were adopted), are a minimum age of 35, or have been retired for one year or more.

A veteran of 40 professional fights during his 13-year career, Bisping compiled a record of 31-9, while capturing the UFC middleweight title, as well as the Cage Warriors, and Cage Rage light heavyweight titles. During his impressive career, Bisping earned notable victories over UFC Hall of Famer Dan Henderson, former UFC middleweight champions Anderson Silva and Luke Rockhold, former Strikeforce® middleweight champion Cung Le, former WEC® light heavyweight champion Brian Stann, and former WEC middleweight champion Chris Leben.   

Following impressive stints with Cage Warriors and Cage Rage, Bisping entered the third installment of UFC’s The Ultimate Fighter: Team Ortiz vs. Team Shamrock, with a 10-0 record in 2006. Bisping breezed through his first two fights on the show, dispatching each opponent with first round stoppages, before finishing Josh Hayes via second round TKO to win the light heavyweight tournament. Bisping began his post-TUF career at UFC® 66: LIDDELL vs. ORTIZ, on December 30, 2006, defeating Eric Schafer via first-round TKO. 

In 2011, Bisping would return to The Ultimate Fighter as a coach for season 14 against Jason Miller, while training featherweights and bantamweights in The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller. Bisping defeated Miller via TKO in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller Finale.

During his remarkable tenure inside the world-famous Octagon®, “The Count”, complete with his trademark entrance music, “Song 2” by Blur, would become a global fan favorite, registering a 20-9 record in UFC, which included capturing the UFC middleweight title by defeating Luke Rockhold at UFC® 199: ROCKHOLD vs. BISPING 2 in June 2016. Having lost to Rockhold in 2014, Bisping took the fight as the main event’s second replacement, on 17 days’ notice, winning the contest via strikes in the first round. 

Bisping enters the UFC Hall of Fame with an impressive resume that includes:

  • 16 wins as a UFC middleweight – most in UFC history   
  • 20 wins – Tied for 2nd in UFC history
  • 29 total fights – Tied for 3rd most in UFC history
  • 5:15:15 of time inside the Octagon – most by a middleweight in UFC history    
  • 1,384 significant strikes as a middleweight – most in the history of the middleweight division
  • 1,567 total significant strikes – 2nd in UFC history (Max Holloway – 1,627)
  • 1 of 8 TUF winners to become an undisputed UFC champion
  • The only UFC athlete in UFC history to win a season of The Ultimate Fighter and become a UFC champion that also successfully defended their title   
  • 1 of 4 UFC athletes to land 100 or more significant strikes in five different fights (TJ Dillashaw, Max Holloway, Joanna Jedrzejczyk)
  • Headlined UFC events in seven different countries – most in UFC history

A native of Manchester, England, Bisping began training jiu-jitsu at the age of eight. At the age of 15, he competed as an amateur in Britain’s first “no holds barred” competition, a precursor to modern MMA. Outside the Octagon, Bisping has become an accomplished combat sports analyst and commentator for UFC, as well as a successful entrepreneur as a stakeholder in UFC GYM – Costa Mesa and UFC UK. He has also excelled as an actor with roles / cameos in Den of Thieves; XXX: Return of Zander Cage; My Name is Lenny; and Triple Threat. He lives with his wife and three children in Orange County, CA.

The remaining inductees of the UFC Hall of Fame class of 2019 will be announced in the coming weeks leading to the 8th Annual UFC International Fight Week ™, taking place from Wednesday, July 3 – Sunday, July 7 in Las Vegas. To view Bisping’s UFC FIGHT PASS collection please visit: https://www.ufc.tv/category/ufc-hall-of-fame-michael-bisping-2019.

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“We stand as one.” Houston will honor the New Zealand shooting victims tonight.

Mar 18, 2019
“We stand as one.”
Houston will honor the New Zealand shooting victims tonight.
WHAT:In remembrance of the victims killed during the heinous attacks on two New Zealand mosques, Mayor Turner has authorized the lights of Houston city hall and the “Montrose” bridges over the Southwest Freeway to be turned dark blue with red and white accents, the colors of the country’s flag.
WHEN:This evening at dusk 
Friday, March 15, 2019
WHERE:Houston City Hall and the “Montrose” bridges over the Southwest Freeway.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:In a show of unity Friday afternoon, Mayor Sylvester Turner joined the Islamic Society of Greater Houston, Interfaith Ministries, American Jewish Committee and HPD Chief Acevedo to condemn the deadly attacks on two New Zealand mosques.
“We stand as one,” Mayor Turner said during the news conference. “We say to hatred in the face of evil, you will not win.”
HPD also announced its officers would patrol near Houston area mosques and make contact with staff and members as a safety measure.
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EL CAMPEÓN REGRESA A MÉXICO

Mar 18, 2019

EL CAMPEÓN REGRESA A MÉXICOJAIME MUNGUÍA DEFENDERÁ SU TITULO MUNDIAL SUPERWELTER OMB ANTE DENNIS ‘HURRICANE’ HOGAN EN EL ARENA MONTERREY SÁBADO 13 DE ABRIL DE 2019 EN MONTERREY, MÉXICO Y TRANSMITIDO EN VIVO POR DAZNLOS ÁNGELES, California 14 de marzo de 2019. – Jaime Munguía (32-0, 26 nocáuts) realizará la cuarta defensa de su faja mundial superwelter OMB cuando se enfrente al retador mandatorio Dennis “Hurricane” Hogan(28-1-1, 7 nocáuts) en una batalla a 12 asaltos. El evento se efectuará el sábado 13 de abril de 2019 en la Arena Monterrey en Monterrey, Nuevo León, México y será transmitido por DAZN.  Munguía es un nativo de Tijuana, Baja California, México de 22 años de edad quien se catapultó a los niveles más altos de la división superwelter luego de noquear al olímpico estadounidense Sadam ‘World Kid’ Ali para capturar la corona mundial superwelter OMB. El aguerrido púgil mexicano ha enfrentado desde entonces a peleadores de la talla de Liam “Beefy” Smith, Brandon “Bad Boy” Cook Takeshi Inoue. Munguía ahora retornará a México después de no haber peleado ahí desde el marzo de 2018, y a la misma vez en una pelea difícil ante Hogan. “Me siento contento de estar regresando a México”, dijo Jaime Munguía. “La última vez que peleé en México fue aquí en Monterrey, y estoy emocionado de regresar. Estoy contento de brindarle espectáculo a mi público mexicano. A la misma vez es importante pelear ante la plataforma de DAZN. Es un honor para mí estar en esa plataforma que es nueva, pero muy importante. Es el futuro del boxeo”, enfatizó. Hogan es un contendiente irlandés quien reside en Queensland, Australia. El púgil de 34 años de edad tuvo su primera oportunidad de título mundial ante “Golden” Jack Culcay en 2015. A pesar de no ganar, Hogan regreso tras su única derrota para obtener seis victorias en fila y el estado de retador obligatorio para el título que actualmente posee Munguía. “Tengo muchas ganas de enfrentar a Jaime Munguía el 13 de abril en Monterrey, México”, aseveró Dennis Hogan. “La cultura mexicana tiene una rica historia en el boxeo, y no puedo esperar para mostrarle a México y al resto del mundo que estoy listo para destronar a Munguía. No me preocupa su poder, ya que he combatido contra oponentes más grande y más fuerte. Mi presión y mi estilo le darán problemas a Munguía. He estado peleando por esta oportunidad desde que tenía ocho años. Mi equipo en DDP Sports y Peter Kahn trabajaron arduamente para finalizar esta pelea, y estoy ansioso por llevar el título de la OMB de peso mediano junior a Australia”, puntualizó. “Ya era tiempo que Golden Boy regresara a México con Jaime Munguía, uno de sus campeones mundiales más dominantes”, anotó Oscar de la Hoya, Presidente y Jefe Ejecutivo de Golden Boy. “Estamos entusiasmados por este esfuerzo con nuestros socios y co promotores en Zanfer Promotions, ya que estamos trabajamos duro para convertir a Munguía en un estrella internacional. No tengo dudas que Munguía agotará los boletos de la Arena Monterrey ya que personas de todo el país vendrán a verlo pelear. Munguía también ha demostrado ser un favorito de los fanáticos que disfrutan del boxeo en casa, así que espero que muchos aficionados se sintonicen a través de la mejor plataforma del boxeo, DAZN”, subrayó. “Este será el regreso de Jaime Munguía a tierras mexicanas después de una gran campaña en Estados Unidos”, afirmó Fernando Beltrán, Jefe Ejecutivo de Zanfer Promotions. ‘Y, sobre todo, se llevará a cabo en una gran plataforma, una que realmente ha cambiado el deporte. Es la plataforma que ha eliminado el pago por evento, y es DAZN. A la misma vez, regresamos con nuestra alianza estratégica con nuestros grandes amigos en Golden Boy. Estoy muy feliz que estemos aquí juntos, promoviendo al gran peleador y estrella mexicano en el nombre Jaime Munguía”, finalizó. Este explosivo respaldo también contará con tres combates adicionales con peleadores del establo de Golden Boy. El contendiente brasileño PatrickTeixeira (29-1, 22 nocáuts) regresará ante Thomas Lamanna (27-2-1, 9 nocáuts) de Millville, Nueva Jersey el evento co estelar a 10 asaltos por el cetro superwelter Latino de la OMB. Daniel Valladares (19-1, 11 nocáuts) de Monterrey, Nuevo León, México tendrá acción a seis asaltos en peso mini mosca.   Diego de la Hoya (21-0, 10 nocáuts) of Mexicali, Baja California, México chocará ante Enrique Bernache (24-12, 12 nocáuts) de Guadalajara, Jalisco, México en un duelo a 10 asaltos en peso pluma.              Arely “Ametralladora” Muciño (27-3-2, 10 nocáuts) de Monterrey, Nuevo León, México retornará en un combate a 10 giros en peso mosca. Irving Turrubiates (18-0, 12 nocáuts) de Monterrey, Nuevo León, México participará en una batalla a ocho episodios en peso pluma.  Javier González (13-0, 10 nocáuts) de Torreón, Coahuila, México peleará en un choque a seis asaltos en peso ligero. Alex Rincón (6-0, 6 nocáuts) de Dallas, Texas participará en un duelo a seis asaltos en peso superwelter ante Isaac Mireles (7-6, 3 nocáuts) de Chihuahua, México. Los oponentes de Valladares, Muciño, Turrubiates y González se anunciará en breve.

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Top Rank firma a la superestrella amateur de 16 años Xander Zayas

Mar 18, 2019

Top Rank firma a la superestrella
amateur de 16 años Xander Zayas

El 11-veces campeón nacional de Puerto Rico y Estados Unidos se
convertirá en profesional bajo el banderín de Top Rank en septiembre

El joven Xander Zayas, nacido en Puerto Rico y quien pelea para USA Boxing como uno de los mejores aficionados del mundo, ha firmado un contrato profesional de varios años con Top Rank.

Con solo 16 años de edad, Zayas es el peleador más joven en firmar un contrato profesional con Top Rank. Zayas, 11-veces campeón nacional de Puerto Rico y de los Estados Unidos, hará su debut profesional como peso welter en septiembre.

Zayas, quien tiene marca de 118-14 como aficionado, representará al equipo de Estados Unidos el próximo mes en el Torneo en Memoria de Emil Jechev en Botevgard, Bulgaria.

“Xander Zayas es un tremendo peleador joven que está maduro más allá de sus años,” dijo Bob Arum, legendario promotor de Top Rank. “Tiene todo lo que se necesita para convertirse algún día en una superestrella del boxeo internacional.” “Después de crecer viendo las peleas de mi ídolo, Miguel Cotto, siempre ha sido mi sueño pelear para Top Rank, y hoy ese sueño se ha hecho realidad,” dijo Zayas. “Aunque tengo 16 años, he estado boxeando desde que tenía 5 años, y comprendo la magnitud de lo que significa ser promovido por la mejor empresa de promoción del mundo. Sé que tengo un largo camino por delante y permaneceré concentrado y hambriento mientras trabajo duro todos los días para lograr alcanzar mi meta de convertirme en campeón del mundo. Fue una experiencia surrealista reunirme con Bob Arum, ya que me brindó su sabiduría y consejos al comenzar mi carrera. Fue una gran experiencia, y estoy realmente agradecido por esta oportunidad.”

“Xander es un peleador especial. Es sabio más allá de sus años y entiende lo que significa ser parte de Top Rank cuando se embarca en su carrera profesional como el peleador más joven en ser firmado por la compañía,” dijo el manejador de Zayas, Peter Kahn. “Tenemos un equipo fuerte para apoyarlo dentro y fuera del ring a medida que madura. Xander tiene todas las herramientas para ser un campeón del mundo, y ahora depende de él ir a trabajar y comenzar su viaje como peleador profesional.”

Zayas nació en San Juan, Puerto Rico, y se mudó a Plantation, Florida, a los 11 años de edad. Zayas, un joven de secundaria que se graduará en el 2020, ganó el oro en los Campeonatos Nacionales del 2017 y 2018 y fue nombrado el boxeador más destacado del torneo en el 2018. Eligió convertirse en profesional, en parte, porque habría sido demasiado joven para participar en los Juegos Olímpicos del 2020.

Zayas se preparará para su debut profesional con el entrenador Javiel Centeno en el gimnasio Sweatbox Boxing & Fitness de Centeno en Davie, Florida.

“Sabía que Xander era algo especial desde el primer día que entró al gimnasio. Además de las habilidades del boxeo a tan temprana edad, tenía el carisma, la ética de trabajo y la madurez de un atleta de clase mundial. Me recordaron que me prometió desde el principio que será el primer campeón que desarrollé desde el principio, y ahora con el mejor motor de promoción en el deporte del boxeo detrás de nosotros, veo que estamos dando el primer paso para hacer que sus palabras se hagan realidad en un futuro cercano.”

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La FIFA anuncia los países participantes y la ciudad anfitriona de la edición inaugural de la FIFA eNations Cup

Mar 18, 2019

La FIFA anuncia los países participantes y la ciudad anfitriona de la edición inaugural de la FIFA eNations Cup

· Londres será el escenario de la primera FIFA eNations Cup los próximos 13 y 14 de abril 
· 20 naciones de seis confederaciones confirmaron su participación en este primer torneo
· La FIFA eNations Cup se disputará en un innovador formato de dos contra dos

La FIFA ha confirmado hoy el elenco de países que competirán por primera vez en la FIFA eNations Cup, así como la ciudad en la que tendrá lugar la edición inaugural de la competición el próximo mes.

Como uno de los grandes eventos de la EA SPORTS FIFA 19 Global Series, la FIFA ha añadido la FIFA eNations Cup al calendario profesional de eFootball de esta temporada, en la que participarán veinte selecciones de todas las confederaciones (Concacaf, CONMEBOL, CAF, OFC, AFC y UEFA).

Además del reconocimiento internacional y los 100 000 USD en premios para los equipos, los jugadores seleccionados por su federación miembro para participar en la FIFA eNations Cup 2019 también tendrán la oportunidad de ganar hasta 1500 puntos de la EA SPORTS FIFA 19 Global Series, lo que representa la posibilidad de ascender en el FIFA 19 Global Series Rankings y de dar un salto hacia adelante considerable rumbo a la FIFA eWorld Cup 2019.

Tras un amplio y minucioso proceso de evaluación e invitación realizado por la FIFA para el torneo inaugural, los 20 países que confirmaron su presencia en la FIFA eNations Cup 2019 son los siguientes:

• Argentina
• Australia
• Brasil
• RP China
• Dinamarca
• Inglaterra (anfitrión)
• Finlandia
• Francia
• Alemania
• México
• Países Bajos
• Nueva Zelanda
• Noruega
• Portugal
• Arabia Saudí
• Sudáfrica
• España
• Suecia
• Rusia
• EE. UU.

Además, la FIFA también ha confirmado que Londres será la anfitriona de la primera FIFA eNations Cup, que emitirán los titulares de los derechos audiovisuales. También se emitirá en directo en los canales digitales de la FIFA los días 13 y 14 de abril.

Christian Volk, director de eFootball y Gaming de la FIFA, declaró:

«Con 20 de los países en la élite del eFootball compitiendo mano a mano, la edición inaugural de este año de la FIFA eNations Cup será otro gran ejemplo de la pasión y la emoción del eFootball y dará a jugadores y federaciones miembro la oportunidad de competir con orgullo por sus países y granjearse el reconocimiento internacional. Tras el interés sin precedentes que ha despertado la competición, la decisión de ampliar la FIFA eNations Cup de 16 a 20 equipos dará a más federaciones miembro la posibilidad de competir a escala internacional en eFootball y servirá de plataforma para que, en el futuro, la FIFA continúe promoviendo y desarrollando este deporte y la FIFA eNations Cup para las federaciones miembro de todo el mundo y la comunidad global de aficionados».

Según el formato de la primera FIFA eNations Cup, los países y los jugadores participantes disputarán partidos individuales (uno contra uno) y en equipo (dos contra dos) tanto en Xbox como en Play Station durante la fase de grupos, y las dos naciones mejor clasificadas de cada uno de los cuatro grupos pasarán a la fase de eliminación directa.

Como explica Volk:

«Estamos muy satisfechos con el retorno del formato dos contra dos, que ya fue todo un éxito en la FIFA eClub World Cup el mes pasado, y que se utilizará en la primera FIFA eNations Cup de la historia. El nuevo formato de partidos “dos contra dos” constituye otra innovación en el eFootball esta temporada y aportará más emoción, así como otra dinámica, al torneo, el cual será una exhibición de dos días de algunos de los más grandes talentos internacionales del eFootball».

Las federaciones miembro se encargarán de realizar el proceso de clasificación de las selecciones que disputarán la FIFA eNations Cup.

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UFC Returns to Fort Lauderdale with Pivotal Middleweight Rematch

Mar 18, 2019

UFC® RETURNS TO FORT LAUDERDALE

WITH PIVOTAL MIDDLEWEIGHT REMATCH BETWEEN

(#1) YOEL ROMERO AND (#3) JACARE SOUZA

UFC® returns to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. with a thrilling middleweight rematch between No. 1 ranked contender Yoel Romero and No. 3 Jacare Souza. In a battle of light heavyweight sluggers, No. 11 ranked Glover Teixeira takes on hard-hitting Ion CutelabaUFC FIGHT NIGHT® ON ESPN: ROMERO vs. JACARE 2 takes place at the BB&T Center on Saturday, April 27 with ESPN airing the main card live at 9 p.m. ET. Prelims start at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN+ kicks off the event with a live stream of the early prelims at 5:30 p.m. ET. ESPN Deportes will air the prelims live at 7 p.m. ET and stream the main card in Spanish at 9 p.m. ET on the ESPN App. All UFC live events on ESPN+ will also be available in English and Spanish.

Romero (13-3, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla. by way of Pinar Del Rio, Cuba) got his hand raised in the competitive first encounter, edging out a split decision win. A silver medalist in freestyle wrestling in the 2000 Olympics, Romero has earned emphatic wins over the 185-pound elite. He has delivered spectacular knockouts against Luke Rockhold, Chris Weidman, Lyoto Machida and Derek Brunson, and now he aims for another show-stealing finish to stake his claim for a title shot.

Among the most decorated grapplers in MMA, Souza (26-6 1NC, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) has shown his striking can be just as dangerous as his submission game. During his UFC run, he’s netted impressive victories against Vitor Belfort, Gegard Mousasi, Derek Brunson and Tim Boetsch. His most recent outing saw him earn a sensational KO over former champion Chris Weidman. He now looks to earn a measure of revenge against Romero and secure the No. 1 contender’s spot.

Former light heavyweight title challenger Teixeira (28-7, fighting out of Danbury, Conn. by way of Minas Gerais, Brazil) looks to earn his way back into the championship conversation. He has defeated some of the most iconic names in the sport, including former champions Rashad Evans and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. With 14 of his last 16 wins coming by stoppage, Teixeira is eager to show he can still compete with the best in the world by taking out up-and-coming prospect Cutelaba.

Cutelaba (14-3, fighting out of Chisinau, Moldova) is gunning to earn his third stoppage victory in a row against the toughest test of his career in Teixeira. A 25-year-old with an impressive 10 wins in under 1:13, Cutelaba is one of the brighter prospects at 205 pounds, most recently taking out Luis Henrique da Silva and Gadzhimurad Antigulov via first-round KO. Now, Cutelaba looks to break into the rankings and work his way to title contention with his most impressive performance yet.

Announced bouts on the card include:

  • No. 8-ranked bantamweight contender John Lineker(31-8, fighting out of Paranagua, Brazil) goes for his 15th career KO as he looks to hand rising prospect Cory Sandhangen(10-1, fighting out of Aurora, Colo.) his first UFC loss
  • Former UFC heavyweight champion and No. 14-ranked contender Andrei Arlovski (27-17, fighting out of Chicago, Ill.) sets his sights on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series signeeAugusto Sakai (11-1-1, fighting out of Curitiba, Brazil)
  • In a welterweight bout guaranteed to deliver fireworks, Alex Oliveira (19-5-1 2NC, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) takes on Li Jingliang (15-5, fighting out of Beijing, China)
  • In an early Fight of the Night candidate, long-time veteran Jim Miller(29-13, fighting out of Sparta, N.J.) guns for his 19th UFC victory by taking out Jason Gonzalez (11-4, fighting out of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.)
  • Former strawweight champion and No. 10-ranked contender Carla Esparza (14-6, fighting out of Irvine, Calif.) collides with surging prospect Livinha Souza (12-1, fighting out of Sao Paulo, Brazil)
  • The Ultimate Fighter season 11 winner Court McGee (20-6-1, fighting out of Orem, Utah) hopes to keep his momentum going against Dhiego Lima (15-7, fighting out of Atlanta, Ga.)
  • Former strawweight title challenger Jessica Penne (12-6, fighting out of Huntington Beach, Calif.) aims to rebound against Jodie Esquibel (6-4, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.)
  • Former NFL standout Greg Hardy (2-1, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.) goes for his first UFC victory when he meets Dmitrii Smoliakov (9-2, fighting out of Kaliningrad City, Russia)

For the latest information on additional bouts for this event, please visit www.ufc.com. All bouts live and subject to change.

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT® ON ESPN: ROMERO vs. JACARE 2 will air live from BB&T Center on ESPN at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on Saturday, April 27, with the ESPN broadcast prelims kicking off the ESPN broadcast at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. Early prelims stream on ESPN+ at 5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT.

Tickets for UFC FIGHT NIGHT® ON ESPN: ROMERO vs. JACARE 2 go on sale Friday, March 15 at 10 a.m. ET. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.ticketmaster.com. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person.

UFC Fight Club® members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets Wednesday, March 13 at 10 a.m. ET via the website www.ufcfightclub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Thursday, March 14 starting at 10 a.m. ET. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.

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About UFC®

UFC® is a premium global sports brand and the largest Pay-Per-View event provider in the world. UFC boasts 278 million fans worldwide and has produced over 460 events in 24 countries since its inception in 1993. Acquired in 2016 by global sports, entertainment and fashion leader Endeavor (formerly WME | IMG), together with strategic partners Silver Lake Partners and KKR, UFC is headquartered in Las Vegas with a network of employees around the world. UFC produces more than 40 live events annually that consistently sell out some of the most prestigious arenas around the globe, while programming is broadcast in over 165 countries and territories to 1.0 billion TV households worldwide in over 40 different languages. UFC FIGHT PASS®, the world’s leading digital subscription service for combat sports, delivers exclusive live events, thousands of fights on-demand and original content to fans around the world. For more information, visit UFC.com and follow UFC at Facebook.com/UFC, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram: @UFC.

About ESPN+

ESPN+ is the multi-sport, direct-to-consumer video service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment and ESPN. It reached 2 million subscribers in less than a year and offers fans thousands of live events, on-demand content and original programming not available on ESPN’s linear TV or digital networks, along with premium editorial content.

Programming on ESPN+ includes hundreds of MLB and NHL games, exclusive UFC and Top Rank boxing events, top domestic and international soccer (Serie A, MLS, FA Cup, UEFA Nations League, EFL Championship, EFL Carabao Cup, Eredivisie, and more), thousands of college sports events (including football, basketball and other sports), Grand Slam tennis, international and domestic rugby and cricket, new and exclusive series, acclaimed studio shows and the full library of ESPN’s award-winning 30 for 30 filmsFans can subscribe to ESPN+ for just $4.99 a month (or $49.99 per year) and can cancel at any time.

ESPN+ is available as an integrated part of the ESPN App (on mobile and connected devices) and ESPN.com. They are the industry-leading all-in-one digital sports platform, delivering a rich, personalized experience to tens of millions of fans every month.

About ESPN

ESPN, the world’s leading sports entertainment enterprise, features more than 50 assets – eight U.S. television networks, ESPN Radio, ESPN.com, ESPN International, ESPN The Magazine and more.  ESPN is 80 percent owned by ABC, Inc. (an indirect subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company) and 20 percent by Hearst.

About BB&T Center

Home to the Florida Panthers Hockey Club and leading international concerts and events, the Broward County-owned BB&T Center is one of the top ranked venues of its kind in the world, servicing Broward, 

Collier, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach Counties. For the latest info about upcoming events, visit www.thebbtcenter.com and follow BB&T Center on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.

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Juan Manuel Marquez to appear at Box Fan Expo May 4 in VEGAS

Mar 18, 2019

4 DIVISION WORLD CHAMPION JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ CONFIRMED FOR 5TH ANNUAL BOX FAN EXPOSATURDAY 
MAY 4, IN LAS VEGAS

Tickets On-Sale Now at EventBrite

4-Division World Champion Juan Manuel Marquez has confirmed that he will appear, have a booth and hold a Meet & Greet with his fans at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the 5th Annual Box Fan Expo on Saturday May 4, 2019 from 10a.m to 5pm, during Cinco De Mayo weekend. The Boxing Expo will also coincide with the highly anticipated fight between Canelo Alvarez vs Danny Jacobs, that will take place later that evening at the T-Mobile Arena.

Marquez will make his second appearance at this years’ Expo and will be signing gloves, photos, personal items and memorabilia. Marquez will also have merchandise to sell for fans to enjoy. Boxing Fans will also have an opportunity to take pictures with this boxing legend also known as “Dinamita”

Marquez joins Vinny Paz, Devin Haney, Earnie Shavers, Al Bernstein, Michael Spinks, WBC, Erik Morales, James Toney and Jessie Vargas as an early commitment to this year’s Box Fan Expo.

About Juan Manuel Marquez
Marquez is a Mexican former professional boxer who competed from 1993 to 2014. He is the third Mexican boxer (after Erik Morales and Jorge Arce) to become a world champion in four weight classes, having held nine world championships including the WBA (Super), IBF and WBO featherweight titles between 2003 and 2007; the WBC super featherweight title from 2007 to 2008; the WBA (Super), WBO, Ring magazine and lineal lightweight titles between 2008 and 2012; and the WBO junior welterweight title from 2012 to 2013. 

In a career that spanned over twenty years, Marquez was known for being a fast and highly technical boxer who was exceptionally skilled at combinations and counterpunches, yet also willing to engage in slugfests with opponents. He was also credited for his toughness, and never lost a fight by stoppage. His most notable bouts include his four-fight saga with Manny Pacquiao and his fight against fello:

Box Fan Expo is the ultimate boxing fan experience event, which allows fans to meet-and-greet boxing superstars of today, current and former world champions, legends of the sport and other boxing celebrities. Fans can expect to experience various interactions such as autograph and photos sessions, FaceOff with your favorite boxers, pictures with the Ring Card Girls, Live DJ Music, chance to win prizes, purchase merchandise and memorabilia from different booths Exhibitors, “ALL UNDER ONE ROOF”. You won’t want to miss this must-attend Expo! 

Box Fan Expo has been a huge success with fans and boxing industry people. Many boxing stars have attended the last four Expos such as Floyd Mayweather, Mike Tyson, Roberto Duran, Tommy Hearns, Marco Antonio Barrera, Roy Jones Jr., Andre Ward, Mikey Garcia, Marcos Maidana, Juan Manuel Marquez, Erik Morales, Errol Spence Jr., Sergio Martinez, Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia, Tim Bradley, Deontay Wilder, Amir Khan, Shawn Porter, Fernando Vargas, Zab Judah, James Toney, Jessie Vargas, Vinny Pazienza, Mia St.John, Leo Santa Cruz, Badou Jack, Terry Norris , Riddick Bowe , Earnie Shavers, Leon Spinks, Danny Jacobs, Abner Mares, Jorge Linares, Brandon Rios and many more…

Exhibitors include: boxing promoters, gear, apparel, equipment, energy drinks, supplement products, broadcasting media, sanctioning bodies, and other companies who wish to participate will once again have a chance to showcase their brand to fans and the boxing industry.

Tickets to the Box Fan Expo are available online at: 
http://www.boxfanexpo.eventbrite.com

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