Apr 26, 2019


(ABOVE: Yves Ulysse Jr. lands a vicious right hand on Steve Claggett en route to a decision victory on April 25 at Fantasy Springs Casino Resort)

PhotosPhotos by Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

INDIO, CALIF. (April 25, 2019): Rising 140-pound contender Yves Ulysse Jr. (18-1, 9 KOs) of Montreal, Canada captured the vacant WBA Gold Super Lightweight Title by defeating Steve Claggett (27-6-2, 17 KOs) of Calgary, Canada via unanimous decision in the high-paced, 10-round main-event of the April 25 edition of Golden Boy DAZN Thursday Night Fights at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. Ulysse won with scores of 96-94, 97-93, and 97-93. 

“I feel happy and relieved,” said Yves Ulysse Jr. “I was looking for this relief after my first loss, and now I have it. We still have to work hard for a world title shot, but it is definitely in my future.”
“I thought I won the fight,” said Steve Claggett. “I pushed the pace and hurt him twice. He also ran a few rounds. Not to discredit him, but the aggressor and effective puncher should win the rounds. I would love a rematch.”
Joshua “The Professor” Franco (15-1-1, 7 KOs) of San Antonio, Texas went to war against Colombian contender Oscar “El Jaguar” Negrete (18-2-1, 7 KOs) in a 10-round rematch for the NABF & vacant WBA International Bantamweight Titles. Franco won via split decision with scores of 96-94, and 97-93, while one judge scored it 98-92 in favor of Negrete. 
“I feel great. I’m feel excited to get these two belts,” said Joshua Franco. “It really wanted this, so it shows what happens when you really work hard.”
“It was obvious what people saw,” said Oscar Negrete. “At the very most, Franco won three rounds. But what can you do? It is what it is. Of course we want the rematch!”
Marlen Esparza (6-0, 1 KOs) of Houston, Texas claimed a victory against Jhosep Vizcaino(9-9, 3 KOs) of Quito, Ecuador via unanimous decision to earn the vacant NABO Flyweight Title in an eight-round fight. Esparza won with all three judges scoring 80-72.
“I was working on placing my punches well,” said Marlen Esparza. “I feel like I have gotten stronger since having my baby. I’m able to turn my punches more. I’d like to have two more fights before challenging for a world title.”
Alexis “Lex” Rocha (13-0, 8 KOs) of Santa Ana, Calif. defeated Shoki Sakai (23-10-2, 13 KOs) of Amagasaki, Japan via unanimous decision in a 10-round battle for the WBC Continental Americas Welterweight Title. Rocha  won with scores of 99-91, 97-93 and 97-93.
“I could have done better,” said Alexis Rocha. “I need to go back to the gym and work on my fundamentals. I’m coming off from a long layoff, so I need to get back in the gym and stay busy with more fights.”
Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed (24-2, 13 KOs) of Washington, D.C. defeated Yardley Cruz (25-14, 15 KOs) of Los Mochis, Mexico via second-round technical knockout in a six-round welterweight fight. The fight was stopped at 1:45 of the aforementioned round after a series of unanswered shots forced the referee to call a halt to the action. “It felt good to be back in the ring after 13 months,” said Mike Reed. “I had to take my time in there. He [Cruz] was looking for a way out, but I made sure to take care of business.”
Raul “Cougar” Curiel (5-0, 4 KOs) of Tamaulipas, Mexico scored a second-round technical knockout victory against Andrew Rodgers (4-7-1, 2 KOs) of Elkhart, Ind. in a scheduled six-round super welterweight fight. Rodgers could not continue after the second round due to an injury that he claims to have suffered during the second round.
“We expected more from this fighter,” said Raul Curiel. “Nevertheless, I thank God we got the win. We’ll keep working hard for the next one.”
Anthony Reyes (6-0, 4 KOs) of Coachella, Calif. beat a tough opponent in Roberto Pucheta(10-16-1, 6 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico via unanimous decision in a four-round featherweight bout. Reyes won with three scores of 40-36.  Ulysse Jr. vs. Claggett II was a 10-round fight for the WBA Gold Super Lightweight Title
presented by Golden Boy and Eye of the Tiger Management. The event was sponsored
by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING.”  The fights took place Thursday, April 25, 2019 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif.  

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Masayuki Ito-Jamel Herring Junior Lightweight Title Showdown Headlines Memorial Day Weekend Card on ESPN

Apr 26, 2019

May 25: Masayuki Ito-Jamel Herring Junior Lightweight Title Showdown Headlines Memorial Day Weekend Card on ESPN

Live from Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida
Jose Pedraza-Antonio Lozada Jr. to serve as lightweight co-feature
Coverage begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT

KISSIMMEE, Fla.(April 25, 2019)— Masayuki Ito won the WBO junior lightweight title last July in Kissimmee, Florida. For title defense number two, he’s returning to the city of his greatest triumph.  

Ito, who recently signed a long-term co-promotional contract with Top Rank, will defend his title against 2012 U.S. Olympic boxing team captain and U.S Marine Corps veteran Jamel “Semper Fi” Herring Saturday, May 25 at Osceola Heritage Park. Ito-Herring will headline a special Memorial Day weekend edition of Top Rank on ESPN beginning at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on ESPN and ESPN Deportes. In the 10-round lightweight co-feature, former two-division world champion Jose “Sniper” Pedraza looks to get back in the win column against Antonio Lozada Jr.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with All Star Boxing and Teiken Promotions, tickets to this world championship event go on sale Friday, April 26 at 10 a.m. ET. Priced at $100 (ringside) and $50 (general admission), including all taxes and facility fees, tickets may be purchased online via ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800.745.3000 or in person Osceola Heritage Park box office (open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. — 4 p.m. and on event days). For more information: www.ohpark.com.

“I am excited to return to the United States to defend my world title,” Ito said. “I will be at my best, as I know Herring is a tough and experienced fighter. While I ultimately want to unify the 130-pound division, Herring is the task at hand. There is no sense in talking about the future until I take care of business on May 25.”

“I need to thank my management team and Top Rank for this opportunity,” Herring said. “Not only is this fight landing on Memorial Day weekend, but May 25 would’ve been my daughter Ariyanah’s 10th birthday. She passed away from sudden infant death syndrome, and I am dedicating this fight to her.

“I have tremendous respect for Ito, but I plan on being his most difficult challenge. I don’t want to release too much of the game plan, but I won’t be bullied like his last two opponents once the bell rings.”

Ito (25-1-1, 13 KOs) claimed the vacant WBO junior lightweight title with an upset decision win over Christopher “Pitufo” Diaz at the Kissimmee Civic Center. The Diaz fight marked Ito’s United States debut and the first time he’d fought away from his native Japan. He returned home for his first title defense on Dec. 30, scoring a seventh-round TKO over Evgeny Chuprakov.

Herring (19-2, 10 KOs), who served two tours of duty in Iraq as a field electrician, turned pro in December 2012 and won the first 15 bouts of his career. He lost a pair of fights as a lightweight, including a razor-thin decision to Ladarius Miler in August 2017. Following the Miller defeat, Herring signed on with Top Rank, hired trainer/manager Brian McIntyre and moved down to 130 pounds. Since then, he is 3-0, including an ESPN-televised decision victory over John Vincent Moralde last September on the Jose Ramirez-Antonio Orozco card in Fresno, California. In his last bout, Dec. 14 in Corpus Christi, Texas, he notched a clear points decision over Adeilson Dos Santos.

Pedraza (25-2, 12 KOs) won the IBF junior lightweight title in 2015 and made a pair of title defenses. Following a 2017 TKO loss to Gervonta Davis, he moved up to the lightweight division. In his third bout at lightweight, he won a unanimous decision over Ray Beltran to claim the WBO title. Less than four months later, he faced off against WBA champion Vasiliy Lomachenko to unify world titles. He was competitive, but Lomachenko scored a pair of 11th-round knockdowns to secure the unanimous decision. Lozada (40-2-1, 34 KOs) burst onto the world stage last March, knocking out highly touted prospect Felix Verdejo in the 10th and final round. Since then, he is 1-0-1, including a disputed draw versus Hector Ambriz.

“I feel very happy because on May 25 I will be fighting in a big world championship event where I will be facing a great Mexican warrior like Antonio ‘Cañitas’ Lozada in front of my people in Kissimmee,” Pedraza said. “I know I will get all that affection and support of all the Puerto Rican fans. They can’t miss this great card. I want them to enjoy it and leave the venue happy.

“I’m more than ready to get back in the picture for a world championship opportunity.”

The entire undercard will stream live in the United States exclusively on ESPN+ starting at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT and will showcase a host of prospects in competitive matchups.

  • In a 10-round crossroads bout featuring a pair of one-loss featherweight prospects, Adam Lopez (12-1, 5 KOs) will face off against Puerto Rican puncher Jean Carlos Rivera (15-1, 10 KOs). Lopez has won four in a row, while Rivera is looking to rebound from a unanimous decision loss last October to the unbeaten Jason Sanchez.
  • Jeyvier Cintron (10-0, 5 KOs), one of the sport’s fastest-rising 115-pound prospects, will face his toughest test to date against former interim flyweight world champion and one-time super flyweight world title challenger Koki Eto (24-4-1, 19 KOs) in a 10-rounder. Cintron represented his native Puerto Rico at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, becoming the first two-time boxing Olympian in his nation’s history.
  • Steve “So Cold” Nelson (13-0, 10 KOs), a stablemate of pound-for-pound king Terence “Bud” Crawford, will take on Victor “The Spartan” Darocha (8-4-1, 6 KOs) in an eight- round super middleweight bout.
  • NABO junior welterweight champion Yomar “The Magic” Alamo (16-0, 12 KOs) will defend his belt in a 10-rounder against an opponent to be determined.
  • Antonio Vargas (10-0, 4 KOs), who represented the United States at the 2016 Rio Olympics, will fight Jose Maria Cardenas (16-4, 13 KOs) in an eight-round bantamweight bout.
  • Middleweight dynamo Edgar “Pachanga” Berlanga (10-0, 10 KOs) will look to make it 11 first-round KOs in as many fights against Hungarian veteran Gyorgy Varju (7-4, 4 KOs) in an eight-rounder.
  • Super featherweight prospect Henry “Moncho” LeBron (8-0, 6 KOs) will seek to extend his knockout streak to three versus Luis Ruiz LizarragaJr. (6-12-1, 2 KOs) in a six-rounder.

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Brant-Murata Middleweight Title Rematch Set For July 12 in Japan

Apr 26, 2019

Brant-Murata Middleweight Title Rematch Set For July 12 in Japan

Live from Edion Arena Osaka in Osaka, Japan
Broadcast details to be announced soon

(April 24, 2019) — Rob “Bravo” Brant and Ryota Murata have a painful shared history. They waged a toe-to-toe battle last October in Las Vegas that saw Brant wrest the WBA middleweight title away from Murata via unanimous decision.

It’s time for the rematch.

Brant will make the second defense of that title against Murata Friday, July 12 at Edion Arena Osaka in Osaka, Japan. Murata, who captured a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics, is one of his nation’s most revered sporting heroes and will look to gain vengeance in front of his home fans.

Promoted by Teiken Promotions, in association with Top Rank, Greg Cohen Promotions and Rapacz Boxing, U.S. broadcast information for this world championship event will be announced soon.

“I am very excited to be defending my title in Japan against Ryota Murata. Ever since I beat him for the belt, I have always known this fight was on the horizon,” Brant said. “I feel Murata is only at his full potential while in front of his people. This fight is me showing the world that I can bring my full potential with me wherever I go.”

“Rob Brant beat me fair and square, but I am ready to get revenge,” Murata said. “I want to show everyone the real Ryota Murata and regain my world title in spectacular fashion. I took some time off after my last fight, but I never lost my fighting desire. In fact, I am more motivated than ever.”

“There is no doubt that the rematch with Murata will be a terrific fight filled with tension, excitement and anticipation in front of the supportive Japanese crowd,” Cohen said. “We expect Rob to perform even better the second time around and look forward to another impressive performance. It certainly won’t be easy, but we are confident that the cream will once again rise to the top.”

Brant (25-1, 17 KOs), a native of St. Paul, Minnesota, is unbeaten when fighting as a middleweight. He entered the first Murata fight as a sizable underdog, but his activity told the story. Brant threw 1,262 punches — the second-most ever recorded by CompuBox in a middleweight fight — to overwhelm Murata. For his first title defense, in front of a standing-room-only crowd at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, Minnesota, Brant knocked out the previously unbeaten Khasan Baysangurov in the 11th round.

Murata (14-2, 11 KOs) had a fast rise through the pro ranks after turning pro in August 2013. He won the first 12 bouts of his career before losing a highly controversial split decision to Hassan N’Dam in May 2017 for the vacant WBA middleweight title. He exacted revenge five months later, stopping N’Dam in seven rounds to win the title. Murata made one successful title defense before running into the Brant buzzsaw last October.

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Tyson Fury vs. Tom Schwarz Event Tickets @ MGM Grand Go On Sale TOMORROW, April 25

Apr 26, 2019

Tyson Fury vs. Tom Schwarz Event Tickets Go On Sale TOMORROW, April 25

Tickets start at $50 and can be purchased via AXS.com
Live and exclusive stream begins at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST on ESPN+

Here comes the “Gypsy King.”

Tickets for the Las Vegas debut of lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury — Saturday, June 15 at MGM Grand Garden Arena — will go on sale TOMORROW, April 25 at 10 a.m. PST/1 p.m. EST/6 p.m. GMT.

Fury (27-0-1, 19 KOs), who defeated long-reigning champion Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015 to win the crown, will defend his title against unbeaten German contender Tom Schwarz (24-0, 16 KOs).

Fury-Schwarz will be available live in the United States exclusively on ESPN+ — the leading multi-sport streaming service – beginning at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST.

The event will be promoted by Top Rank, in association with Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions and SES Boxing.

Tickets priced at $500, $300, $100 and $50 can be purchased online through axs.com, charge by phone at 866-740-7711 or in person at any MGM Resorts box office.

Richard Sturm, President of Las Vegas Live Entertainment and Sports, said, “We look forward to hosting the Fury-Schwarz heavyweight fight at MGM Grand on June 15. These two exciting fighters, known by boxing fans worldwide, will be sure to put on a blockbuster event this summer.”

Fury will be making his first ring appearance since a draw last December 1 versus WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder. Despite being knocked down twice, including the 1-2 combination felt around the world in the 12th round, most ringside observers believed Fury did more than enough to win the fight.

Schwarz, the WBO No. 2 heavyweight contender, is one of Europe’s leading heavyweights and has not gone the distance in his last six fights. He has fought all but two of his bouts in his native Germany and will be making his United States debut against Fury. In his last fight, March 2 in Magdeburg, Germany, he knocked out Kristijan Krstacic in two rounds.

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Top Rank
Evan Korn:  516-510-6014 / ekorn@toprank.com
Gardy López:  787-246-3668 / glopez@toprank.com

Santa Brito: 646-547-5602 / santa.brito@espn.com
Ardi Dwornik: 646-547-5612 / ardi.r.dwornik@espn.com

SES Boxing
Christoph Hawerkamp: Christof.Hawerkamp@sesboxing.de

MGM Grand
Katharine Sherrer: 702-692-6724 / ksherrer@mgmresorts.com

About Top Rank
Innovation has been the standard at Top Rank since it was established in 1966 by Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. The boxing industry’s leading promotional company, Top Rank has shaped, developed, and promoted the careers of top international pay-per-view superstars and Hall of Famers, including Muhammad Ali, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Tommy Hearns, George Foreman, Sugar Ray Leonard, Aaron Pryor, Alexis Arguello, Oscar De La Hoya, Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Miguel Cotto, Erik Morales, Terence Crawford, and Vasiliy Lomachenko. 

Top Rank has promoted some of the most memorable fights in the sport’s history, including 26 Ali events, Leonard vs. Hearns, Pryor vs. Arguello, Duran vs. Leonard, Hagler vs. Hearns, Leonard vs. Hagler, Foreman vs. Holyfield, Morales vs. Barrera, De La Hoya vs. Trinidad, and the most lucrative fight in boxing history, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao. In addition to the previously mentioned super fights, Top Rank possesses one of the largest sports libraries, which includes nearly 10,000 fights.

Known for creating strategic collaborations between athletes, sponsors, and television networks, Top Rank has been an architect of boxing’s global growth by staging high-profile events in landmark settings around the world, including Madison Square Garden, MGM Grand Garden Arena, Staples Center, Wembley Arena, Araneta Coliseum, The Venetian Macao, Yankee Stadium, Radio City Music Hall, The “Fabulous” Forum, and AT&T Stadium. Top Rank has also been the leader within the boxing industry in creating unforgettable in-arena experiences for fans and embracing 21st century technological advancements to distribute world-class fights and shoulder programming across a variety of platforms.

About Queensberry Promotions 
Queensberry Promotions is the promotional vehicle of Hall of Fame Promoter Frank Warren.

Frank Warren has promoted some of the sport of boxing’s biggest names in his 35+ year career including the likes of Prince Naseem Hamed, Joe Calzaghe, Mike Tyson, Frank Bruno and Ricky Hatton; as well as current stars Tyson Fury, Billy Joe Saunders, Josh Warrington and Carl Frampton.

Some of the events promoted by Frank Warren during his illustrious career include Frank Bruno v Oliver McCall at Wembley Stadium, David Haye v Derek Chisora at Upton Park, Ricky Hatton v Kostya Tszyu at Manchester Arena, Prince Naseem Hamed v Kevin Kelley at Madison Square Garden and Joe Calzaghe v Mikkel Kessler at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.

Queensberry Promotions has a long-term exclusive deal in the UK to promote boxing events on BT Sport, the sport broadcast platform of telecoms giant BT.

About MTK Global
MTK Global is the world’s foremost fighter management company. Headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, it was founded in September 2012 by two-time European boxing champion, Matthew Macklin.

MTK Global delivers a wide range of support and services including career development, legal, media, endorsements and sponsorships to more than a hundred professional fighters. It provides boxing shows, events and training gyms in various locations worldwide: Marbella, Spain, London, Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle, United Kingdom, Johannesburg, South Africa, Sta. Catarina, Brazil and Sydney, Australia.

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, Top Rank boxing and PFL fights and 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 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.

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“Honoring Boxing’s History and Supporting Boxing’s Future”

Apr 26, 2019
NEVADA BOXING HALL OF FAME 7th Annual Induction Weekend August 9th and 10th 2019 at Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa in Las VegasTICKETS ON SALE NOW
LAS VEGAS, NV (April 24, 2019) – A diverse and glittering array of boxing greats will be honored with induction into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame at the 7th Annual Induction Weekend spectacular August 9th and 10th 2019 at Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa in Las Vegas. The partnership with the Red Rock Casino and Spa is just the beginning of a wonderful relationship with the NVBHOF.

Tickets priced $95 (Ceremony only)  $250$350 (Dinner and Ceremony), and $500 (Access to all weekend events) for the weekend’s events and Induction Gala are on sale now at NVBHOF.com.   All proceeds go to support the mission of building a Hall of Fame Museum to honor Boxing’s Legends and to develop programs for the community to help young people improve their lives through the many positive aspects of Boxing.
The Inductees were announced at a press conference hosted by NVBHOF Founder Rich Marotta and 2014 NVBHOF Inductee, “Colonel” Bob Sheridan. CEO and President Michelle Corrales-Lewis said, “I’m extremely excited about this year’s Class. I feel it’s one of our most glamorous ever!”
The 2019 Induction Class consists of Nevada Resident Boxers Joel CasamayorLeroy HaleyWayne McCullough and Hasim Rahman.  Non-Nevada Resident Boxers “School Boy” Bobby ChaconHumberto “Chiquita” GonzalesBernard HopkinsJuan Manuel Marquez“Terrible” Terry Norris and Ronald “Winky” Wright.  Non-Boxer ParticipantsDuane FordDan GoossenDr. Flip HomanskyFloyd Mayweather Sr. and Marc Risman.
   The weekend will kick off with a fan friendly Meet and Greet in the afternoon on Friday August 9th.  Come get autographs, take pictures or just have a conversation with some of your favorite boxers or industry contributors. In the morning of Saturday August 10th watch as the future stars of boxing showcase their talents in our 3rd Annual WBC Amateur Green Belt Challenge.  Finally, in the evening of Saturday August 10th the moment we all are waiting for, the 7th Annual Induction Ceremony.  Join us as we honor the entire 2019 Induction Class for what they meant to the sport of Boxing in Nevada. 

The Hall was founded in 2013 by noted boxing broadcaster Rich Marotta.   For more information, phone 702-3NVBHOF, or 702-368-2463.  Below is the weekends  itinerary. 
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Dignity Health Sports Park será sede de la quinta edición anual de los partidos de la Liga MX Campeón de Campeones y SúperCopa MX

Apr 26, 2019

Dignity Health Sports Park será sede de la quinta edición anual de los partidos de la Liga MX Campeón de Campeones y SúperCopa MX el 14 de julio 

Los mejores equipos de la Liga MX se enfrentarán en Los Ángeles por cuarto año consecutivo para definir a los campeones absolutos de la Liga MX y de la Copa MX; Los partidos se transmitirán en vivo en EE.UU. por Univision y Univision Deportes Network

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Miércoles, 24 de abril, 2019) – Liga MX, en conjunto con Univision Deportes, anunciaron hoy que el partido de la Liga MX Campeón de Campeones, el duelo emblemático de campeonato del fútbol mexicano entre los dos campeones más recientes de la Liga MX, regresará a Los Ángeles en su quinta edición anual en los Estados Unidos. El partido de la SúperCopa MX, el cual decidirá al campeón de campeones entre los últimos dos ganadores de la Copa MX, también se disputará como parte del evento.

Por cuarto año consecutivo, la doble cartelera se llevará a cabo en el Dignity Health Sports Park, casa del equipo más exitoso de Major League Soccer, LA Galaxy, en Carson, Calif., el domingo, 14 de julio a las 3 p.m. PT (SúperCopa MX) y a las 6 p.m. PT (Campeón de Campeones).

Boletos para la doble cartelera se pondrán a la venta al público general el viernes, 26 de abril a las 10 a.m. PT llamando al 877.3GALAXY (342.5299), a través de axs.com, DignityHealthSportsPark.com y en las taquillas del Dignity Health Sports Park. 

El campeón del Torneo Apertura 2018 de la Liga MX, Club América, regresará al Dignity Health Sports Park en julio para participar en la quinta edición del partido de campeonato Campeón de Campeones. Club América enfrentará al campeón del Torneo Clausura 2019 de la Liga MX, el cual se decidirá el domingo, 26 de mayo, para coronar al Campeón de Campeones de la Liga MX 2019.

Para la edición 2019 de la SúperCopa MX, el campeón del Torneo Apertura 2019 de la Copa MX, Cruz Azul, enfrentará al Club Necaxa, el campeón de la edición 2018 de la SúperCopa MX coronado en el Dignity Health Sports Park el 15 de julio del 2018. El campeón de la SúperCopa MX 2018, Necaxa, reemplazará al campeón del Torneo Clausura 2019 de la Copa MX, Club América, ya que el América estará peleando por el título al Campeón de Campeones 2019 ese mismo día.

El ganador de Campeón de Campeones 2019 de la Liga MX enfrentará al campeón de la MLS del 2018 Atlanta United en la segunda edición del Campeones Cup, diseñada para aprovechar la creciente rivalidad entre la MLS y los clubes de la Liga MX. Más detalles sobre Campeones Cup 2019 se anunciarán próximamente.

Ambos partidos serán transmitidos en vivo por Univision y Univision Deportes Network, la cadena deportiva número uno de cable en español. El calendario de transmisión por las cadenas de Univision será anunciado próximamente.

Liga MX y Univision Deportes se han asociado con Soccer United Marketing (SUM) y el LA Galaxy para organizar el evento. Detalles adicionales sobre el evento, incluyendo información de acreditaciones de prensa, serán anunciadas en una fecha próxima. 

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Apr 26, 2019


 LOS ÁNGELES, California 24 de abril de 2019. – Vergil Ortiz Jr. (12-0, 12 nocáuts) tendrá la oportunidad de su vida, pues su combate a 10 asaltos en peso welter frente a Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera (24-8, 7 nocáuts) ahora será el co estelar de Canelo vs. Jacobs. Como fue anunciado previamente, la noche también contará con peleadores de la talla de Pablo César “El Demoledor” Cano, Lamont Roach Jr., John “The Gorilla” Ryder, Sadam “World Kid” Ali y Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr. en combates separados. El combate a 12 asaltos se efectuará el sábado 4 de mayo de 2019 en la T-Mobile Arena en Las Vegas y será transmitido por la poderosa plataforma de DAZN.        “Esta será una gran prueba para Vergil Ortiz Jr.”, dijo Óscar de la Hoya, Presidente y Jefe Ejecutivo de Golden Boy. “Este joven tiene todo lo que se necesita para convertirse en un dominante campeón mundial, por lo que es justo que un prospecto como él tenga la oportunidad de ser el co estelar de una pelea de Canelo [Álvarez]. A la misma vez, sabemos el tipo de peleador que es Mauricio [Herrera]. Tiene mucha experiencia y ha estado en peleas cerradas con los mejores de su división, incluyendo lo que todos sabemos que fue una victoria frente a Danny García. Si Ortiz Jr. puede lucir espectacular contra Herrera, entonces demostrará lo que ya sabemos: que es una verdadera realidad”, aseveró.        Desde su debut como profesional en 2016, Ortiz Jr. nunca ha escuchado la campanada final de una pelea, y espera mantener su índice de nocaut de 100% en la pelea más dura de su carrera. El nativo de Dallas, Texas, que tiene sus raíces en Michoacán, México, regresará después de derrotar a Jesús Valdezen enero de este año. Ortiz Jr. subirá a la división welter solo para esta pelea, y planea mandar un mensaje fuerte a los peleadores de la división de las 140 libras, donde el joven púgil de 21 años de edad quiere regresar después de esta difícil pelea.
      “Esta es una gran oportunidad para que los fanáticos de todo el mundo me conozcan”, dijo Vergil Ortiz Jr. “Todos estarán observando este evento, así que espero mostrarles a los fanáticos del boxeo de qué estoy hecho. Es muy difícil lucir bien ante Mauricio Herrera, pues los grandes que lo enfrentaron batallaron para encontrarle el modo y se vieron mal. Si puedo lucir bien y ser el primero en noquearlo, entonces dejaré una grata impresión”, finalizó.
       Herrera, ex campeón mundial interino superligero AMB, es un experimentado veterano del deporte. El nativo de Riverside, California ha peleador contra el verdadero quien es quien de las divisiones superligero y welter, incluyendo peleas contra Ruslan “The Siberian Rocky” Provodnikov, Mike “Mile High” Alvarado, Danny “Swift” Garcia, Johan “El Terrible” Perez, y Jose “Merciless” Benevidez Jr., entre otros. Herrera traerá a esta pelea toda una gama de experiencia adquirida durante su gran trayectoria.        “Todos saben el tipo de experiencia que tengo”, dijo Mauricio Herrera. “Ya sea contra campeones del mundo, contendientes o prospectos, siempre doy lo mejor de mí. Quizás Vergil Ortiz pidió más de lo que le corresponde, especialmente ahora que somos el evento co estelar. Estoy feliz por otra oportunidad más, y esperamos poder robarnos el show esa noche”, concluyó.        Pablo Cesar “El Demoledor” Cano (32-7-1, 22 nocáuts) defenderá su cinto superligero Internacional Plata del CMB ante Michael “The Artist” Pérez (25-3-2, 11 nocáuts) en un choque a 10 asaltos. Cano retornará tras su fulminante victoria por nocaut ante el ex triple campeón mundial divisional venezolano Jorge “El Niño de Oro” Linares       John “The Gorilla” Ryder (27-4, 15 nocáuts) de Londres, Inglaterra peleará contra el juvenil Bilal Akkawy (20-0-1, 16 nocáuts) de Sídney, Australia por el vacante cinto mundial interino supermediano AMB. Inicialmente, Ryder iba a pelear contra David Lemieux, pero el combate fue cancelado debido a una lesión que sufrió el canadiense en su mano derecha. Ryder ahora peleará contra el invicto contendiente que es entrenado por Eddy Reynoso, el mismo que comanda la esquina del súper estrella Canelo Álvarez.        Sadam “World Kid” Ali (27-2, 14 nocáuts) retornará en un combate a 10 asaltos por el cinto vacante welter Plata USNBC ante Anthony Young (20-2, 7 nocáuts) de Atlantic City, Nueva Jersey.        Joseph “JoJo” Díaz Jr. (28-1, 14 nocáuts) de sur El Monte combatirá contra Freddy Fonseca (26-1-1, 17 KOs) de Managua, Nicaragua en una cita 12 asaltos por el cetro vacante superpluma Oro de la AMB. Diaz Jr. regresa tras una dominante victoria frente al aguerrido púgil angelino Charles Huerta.      Alexis Espino (1-0, 1 nocaut) de Las Vegas, Nevada participará en un duelo a cuatro asaltos en peso supermediano ante Billy Wager (1-0) de Great Falls, Montana.
       Canelo vs. Jacobs is a 12-round fight for the WBC, WBA, Lineal, Ring Magazine and IBF Middleweight World Titles presented by Golden Boy in association with Matchroom Boxing. Ortiz vs. Herrera is a 10-round welterweight fight presented by Golden Boy. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” and Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle.” The event will take place Saturday, May 4, 2019 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN.
       Tickets for Canelo vs. Jacobs are on sale now and are priced at $2,505, $1,505, $1,205, $805, $605, $405, $305, and not including applicable service charges and taxes. There will be a limit of 10 per person at the $2,505, $1,505, $1,205, $805, $605, $405, and $305 price levels. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849). Tickets also will be available for purchase at www.t-mobilearena.com or www.axs.com.
       For more information, visit  www.goldenboypromotions.comhttp://www.matchroomboxing.com, and DAZN.com. Follow on Twitter @GoldenBoyBoxing, @Canelo, @DanielJacobsTKO, @MatchRoomBoxing, and @DAZN_USA. Become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing,  

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Celebrate El Dia de los Niños at the Stanaker Neighborhood Library

Apr 26, 2019
WHAT:Join us in celebrating El Dia de los Niños at your library with traditional dances by “Las Américas Ballet Folklórico”, Mariachi band, face paint, photobooth, traditional dances, and delicious food.

This event is part of the Library’s Living Room Series Programs. This event is free and open to the public. For more details visit: www.houstonlibrary.org,
WHEN:Saturday, April 27 | 1:30 PM
WHERE:Stanaker Neighborhood Library | 611 S/Sgt. Macario Garcia, 770011 | 832-393-2080
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:About the Houston Public LibraryThe Houston Public Library (HPL) operates 35 neighborhood libraries, four HPL Express Libraries, a Central Library, the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, The African American Library at the Gregory School, and the Parent Resource Library located in the Children’s Museum of Houston. With more than eight million visits per year in person and online, HPL is committed to excellent customer service and equitable access to information and programs by providing library customers with free use of a diverse collection of printed materials and electronic resources, Internet, laptop and computer use, and a variety of database and reference resources with live assistance online 24/7.
For further information, visit the Houston Public Library at www.houstonlibrary.org, on Twitter @houstonlibrary, on Facebook – houstonlibrary or call 832-393-1313.
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Suspects Arrested, Charged in Shooting Incident at 4310 Gessner

Apr 26, 2019
Suspects Arrested, Charged in Shooting Incident at 4310 Gessner
Charges have been filed against two suspects arrested in an incident in which a Harris County Precinct 6 deputy constable discharged his duty weapon at 4310 Gessner about 10:45 p.m. on Sunday (April 21).  

The suspects, Ramon Alonso Martinez (H/m, 19) and Arthur Jess Villarreal (H/m, 20), are charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon in the 174th State District Court.  A booking photo of Martinez is attached to this news release.  A booking photo of Villarreal is not available at this time, as he remains hospitalized.  

The Harris County Precinct 6 deputy constable, who discharged his duty weapon, was not injured in the incident.  

HPD Special Investigations Unit Detectives R. Gonzales and E. Contreras reported:  

A Harris County Precinct 6 deputy constable, off-duty and in full uniform, was in his personal vehicle at the intersection of Gessner and Clay and saw four male suspects running into a gas station at the above address.  The deputy saw the store employee raise his hands and appear to be the victim of a robbery.  The deputy then saw the four suspects, armed with guns, run out of the store.  

The deputy gave the suspects verbal commands to stop and saw one of the suspects carrying a long-barrel firearm.  Fearing for his life, the deputy discharged his duty weapon at the suspect (Villareal) and struck him.  The deputy then detained him and a second suspect (Martinez) at the scene. 

Martinez was arrested at the scene and subsequently charged.  Villareal was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital with a gunshot wound to the torso in an unknown condition.  He was also charged for his role in the incident.  

The two other suspects fled the scene in a white Chevrolet Trailblazer waiting nearby, driven by an unknown fifth suspect. 

As is customary in officer-involved shooting incidents in the Houston city limits, this case is being investigated by the HPD Special Investigations Unit and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.  
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Apr 26, 2019


LOS ANGELES, CA (April 23, 2019): Golden Boy, the leading media and entertainment brand, along with global sports streaming giant DAZN, are proud to announce that the new monthly boxing series, Thursday Night Fights, will be distributed to regional cable channels throughout the U.S. 
The series will be available on networks such as NBC Sports Regionals, Spectrum Sportsnet, AT&T SportsNet, and Root Sports Networks. The combination of these regional sports networks brings the reach of Thursday Night Fights to 62 million U.S. households. Fight fans who want to learn more about when and where the program will be available in their area can use our interactive widget below.

Thursday Night Fights will continue with its second installment on April 25 in an event headlined by the 10-round rematch between super lightweight contender Yves Ulysse Jr. (17-1, 9 KOs) of Montreal, Canada and Steve Claggett (27-5-2, 17 KOs) of Calgary, Canada. The fight will take place at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif.  The series consists of a three-hour program, featuring a two-hour block of live fights followed by a one-hour studio show. The studio show will feature renowned writers from Ring Magazine as they provide in-depth analysis and previews from boxing events around the globe. The three-hour program will air from 10:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. ET/7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. PT and will also be available on RingTV.com and on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page. The monthly series will continue on the following dates:

  • May 16, 2019
  • June 13, 2019
  • July 18, 2019
  • August 22, 2019
  • September 26, 2019
  • October 24, 2019
  • November 14, 2019
  • December 5, 2019 

Details for these upcoming cards will be announced in the near future.
Ulysse Jr. vs. Claggett II is a 10-round fight for the WBA Gold Super Lightweight Title presented by Golden Boy and Eye of the Tiger Management. The event is sponsored by Tecate,”THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING.”  The fights will take place Thursday, April 25, 2019 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif.  The Thursday Night Fights broadcast will be streamed live on RingTV.com and on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. The series will also be available on regional sports networks around the nation. To see when and where the series is available, click here. Tickets for the event are on sale and start at $25. Tickets will be available at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino box office, by calling 1-800-827-2946, or by purchasing online at www.fantasyspringsresort.com. Media interested covering Ulysse Jr. vs. Claggett II must be pre-approved for credentials. Credential applications are due Monday, April 22, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. PT. Click here to apply for a media credential. Submitting an application does not guarantee approval for a credential. You cannot transfer your credentials to someone else. Media will not be credentialed on-site, no exceptions.

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