ANDREW ‘EL CHANGO’ CANCIO FINISHES ALBERTO ‘EXPLOSIVO’ MACHADO IN THE THIRD ROUND TO SUCCESSFULLY DEFEND HIS WBA SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE

Jun 22, 2019

ANDREW ‘EL CHANGO’ CANCIO FINISHES ALBERTO ‘EXPLOSIVO’ MACHADO IN THE THIRD ROUND TO SUCCESSFULLY DEFEND HIS WBA SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT TITLEELWIN ‘LA PULGA’ SOTO PULLS UPSET WIN AGAINST ANGEL ‘TITO’ ACOSTA TO CAPUTURE THE WBO LIGHT FLYWEIGHT WORLD TITLEJUNE 21, 2019 AT FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT CASINO AND STREAMED LIVE ON DAZN

(ABOVE: Andrew Cancio raises his hand in victory after defeating Alberto Machado in their rematch on June 21 at Fantasy Springs and live on DAZN)

PhotosPhoto Credit: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden BoyINDIO, CALIF.

(June 21, 2019): Andrew “El Chango” Cancio (21-4-2, 15 KOs), the pride of Blythe, Calif., successfully defended his WBA Super Featherweight World Title via third-round knockout in his rematch against Puerto Rico’s Alberto “Explosivo” Machado (21-2, 17 KOs). The event took place at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. and was streamed live exclusively on DAZN. After much toe-to-toe action, Cancio landed a body shot that ended matters at 1:01 of the third round. “It feels good,” said Andrew Cancio.“I was going for the head and the body was there and I took it. I’m here to stay. It’s not a fluke, and I’m ready for the other champions. After the knockdown, I thought he was getting up, but he knew if he got up I was coming for him.” “Like I said, I’m here to stay. It’s not a fluke. I did this twice, and you got to see the new and approved Andrew Cancio. Rene Alvarado has been sitting there waiting patiently as the number one mandatory, and he’s has proven himself and he’s number one. He’s has been waiting long enough, so let me get my cuts healed up and talk to my team and promoter.. I told them I don’t care who it is, Rene Alvarado or JoJo Diaz.”  “Look he’s a great champion and he showed that tonight,” said Alberto Machado. “I had an excellent training camp and he did his job. I have to check with my team and see if I should move up because this division is small for me. Look I was ready to get up, but the referee decided to stop the fight. I wanted to keep going.It was always my decision to have this fight be my last fight in this division. It was the risk I was willing to take in this rematch. Cancio did his thing tonight, and now I have to make a decision.” Elwin “Pulga” Soto (15-1, 10 KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico captured the WBO Light Flyweight World Title against Angel ‘Tito’ Acosta (20-2, 20 KOs) of San Juan, Puerto Rico via twelfth-round TKO in an action-packed fight. Soto won with time 0:23 of the just-mentioned round. “The truth is I feel nice,” said Elwin Soto. “It feels great to accomplish this. I worked very hard and put a lot of effort into this. To be honest I thought I was going to lose and thank god I landed that punch and won the fight. When I first dropped him, I felt I could have stopped him, but I knew it was going 12 rounds. This is victory means a lot and dedicate this belt to my family.” “I’m a little disappointed,” said Angel Acosta. “Sure, he hurt me but not enough for the stoppage. If I had the chance to do it again, I would have used my jab more and used my distance more just like I did in the gym. I told the referee he shouldn’t have stopped the fight. I was coming back to get him, but he shouldn’t have stopped the fight. Look it was the last round, there was not much more in the round. I would like to fight same opponent or the other champions in the division.” Luis Feliciano (12-0 8 KOs) of Milwaukee, Wisconsin stopped Fernando Carcamo (23-10, 18 KOs) of Sonora, Mexico in the seventh round of a super lightweight battle originally scheduled for ten rounds. Feliciano won via knockout with time of 2:16 of the aforementioned round. “In first round he was a little slow, so I was able to pick him apart,” said Luis Feliciano. “I knew it was going be a tough opponent. He had a weight advantage and we knew that, but that’s why we worked the body, and eventually we knew that would set up the late KO. We continue to move forward.” “Well I know every time that I was throwing my shot he was going to counter to the body. He’s a tough guy, a heavy hitter. I wanted to take my time, be patient. I knew it was going to go ten rounds, and that would set up at a late knockout. The important thing is we got a knockout and the win.” “The jab is very important. We have a philosophy in camp that the jab is the most important thing in boxing. We switch to southpaw, we switch up the hands, a little light, a little hard, and stay unpredictable. That’s what we wanted to do stay unpredictable and surprise him and set up the knockout. Blair “The Flair” Cobbs (11-0-1, 7 KOs) of Las Vegas, Nevada defeated Robert Redmond (7-2-2, 6 KOs) of Houston, Texas via knockout in the sixth round of a welterweight fight originally scheduled for eight rounds. Cobbs won with time of 1:52 of the aforementioned round. “It was wonderful experience being with you guys in the crowd,” said Blair Cobbs. “Give it up for my opponent; he did a hell of a job. He kept on fighting after the knockdown, and he’s true warrior.” “Well, it’s was an experience. After the knockdown, I could have pushed it. I got true ability; I could have blasted him early. I decided to show a little bit more technique, be a little calmer in there, show my experience, and gained some experience trying to break him down through the rounds little by little.” Aaron “Silencer” Mckenna (8-0, 5 KOs) of Monaghan, Ireland stopped Daniel Perales (10-18-2, 5 KOs) of Monterrey, Mexico in the second round of a super welterweight fight originally slated for six rounds. Mckenna won with time of 0:42 of the aforementioned round. “Once I landed the first hard shot, I knew he wouldn’t be able to take more,” said Aaron Mckenna.“I stepped it up, and that’s how I got the second-round victory. I want to become a world champion. I want to be a world champion. I’m 19, so every fight is a step-up fight.” Anthony Garnica (2-0, 1 KO) of Oakland, Calif. defeated Gilberto Duran (3-3, 3 KOs) of Yakima, Washington via unanimous decision in a four-round super bantamweight bout. Garnica won with three scores of 40-35. “Thanks to coaches Manny Robles and Edgar Jasso,” said Anthony Garnica.“If it weren’t for then, I wouldn’t be here. I’m coming off the amateurs. There’s good vibes at the gym [Legendz, where Andy Ruiz trains]. Nowadays everyone wants to take coach away to interview him when I’m working with him!” Emilio Rodriguez (3-1-1, 2 KOs) of Van Nuys, Calif. vs. Clay Collard (1-1-2) of Cache Valley, Utah ended in a majority draw of a four-round super middleweight fight. One judge scored 40-36 for Rodriguez while two judges scored it 38-38, and 38-38. “He is a tough guy. I didn’t know too much about him,” said Emilio Rodriguez.“I knew he had an MMA background. I think I should have boxed him better, but he did his job by earning a draw. I take my hat off to him.” Cancio vs. Machado II was a 12-round fight for the WBA Super Featherweight World Title presented by Golden Boy and Miguel Cotto Promotions. The event was sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” and Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle.” The event took place Friday, June 21 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino and was streamed live on DAZN.  For more information,visit www.goldenboypromotions.com and DAZN.com. Follow on Twitter @GoldenBoyBoxing and @DAZN_USA. Become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing and https://www.facebook.com/DAZNUSA/. Follow on Instagram @GoldenBoy and @DAZN_USA. Follow the conversation using #CancioMachado2. 

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UNDEFEATED SUPER WELTERWEIGHT PROSPECT SEBASTIAN FUNDORA SCORES TKO OVER MANUEL ZEPEDA IN MAIN EVENT OF SHOBOX FRIDAY ON SHOWTIME

Jun 22, 2019

Undefeated Prospect Michel Rivera Scores Unanimous Decision over Rene Tellez Giron; Yeis Solano Keeps Unbeaten Record in All-Action Telecast Opener

Catch The Replay Monday, June 24 At 10 p.m. ET/PT On SHOWTIME EXTREME®

Photos; Credit Dave Mandel/SHOWTIME

SLOAN, Iowa – June 22, 2019 – Undefeated prospect Sebastian Fundora used his five-and-a-half-inch height advantage to cruise to victory Friday night in his first ShoBox: The New Generation appearance, forcing a TKO stoppage of Manuel Zepeda after four rounds from WinnaVegas Casino in Sloan, Iowa.

The southpaw Fundora (13-0, 9 KOs), nicknamed “The Towering Inferno”, started on the front foot and continuously backed up Zepeda (17-1, 4 KOs) with his activity, strong jab and excellent body punching. Fundora averaged 84 punches per round to Zepeda’s 54 and landed 26 jabs to just four for Zepeda. Despite being perhaps the tallest fighter in the history of the 154-pound division, Fundora was effective and persistent in his body attack, connecting on 35 body punches.

“I’m pretty happy with my performance,” said the six-foot-five-and-a-half Fundora. “I got to do what I wanted to do, which was show off a little bit more of my boxing skills.”

Between rounds, Zepeda’s trainer, Romulo Quirarte, continuously warned his fighter that he would stop the fight unless Zepeda showed more aggression. After a lackluster fourth round, a frustrated Quirarte stuck to his word and informed referee Mark Nelson that his fighter would no longer continue.

“Honestly, Zepeda was a pretty tough guy so I didn’t think that they were going to stop it,” said Fundora, who has now registered five straight stoppages. “I thought that it would have taken the ref stopping it, but either way we still got the stoppage and the result we were looking for.”

Zepeda, the 188th fighter to lose his unblemished record in the prospect-oriented series, knew he was in trouble from the beginning of the fight, “He caught me with a good punch in the first round and that took a toll on me,” said a disappointed Zepeda. “It affected my performance.

“My trainer Romulo Quirarte has been around and he knew better. Stopping the fight was what needed to be done. I was not performing well. We are going to keep on working hard and move forward. I’m not giving up on my dream. One day I will be a world champion.”

In the co-feature, Dominican Republic’s Michel Rivera (16-0, 10 KOs) made his U.S. debut in style, scoring a near-shutout unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Rene Tellez Giron (13-1, 7 KOs). The judges scored the fight 78-73, 78-73 and 79-72. Click HERE for highlights.

In a clash of young, undefeated lightweight prospects, it was the 21-year-old Rivera who showed that he is one to watch, dominating the outmatched but gamed Tellez Giron throughout the eight rounds. Rivera capped a special performance with a knockdown late in the final round, finishing off a lightning quick combination with a right hook that sent Tellez Giron to the canvas for the first time in his career.

Rivera’s blistering power punches landed at a 57 percent rate, while Tellez Giron was limited to 23 percent power accuracy. In all, Rivera led 205-101 in overall punches connected and 158-86 in power punches landed.

Despite Rivera’s impressive performance, the Santo Domingo native feels he has more to give.

“I’m my harshest critic and although I won tonight, I’m not happy with performance,” he said. “I was hoping to showcase my skills and I don’t think I did that. You saw half of what I can do in the ring. I can do so much better.

“There have been world champions from the Dominican Republic, but none of them have had long reigns. I want to be the first long reigning champion from my country, and to get there I have to work hard.”

Tellez Giron, who became the 187th fighter to lose his undefeated record on the developmental series, disagreed with the judges’ scorecards.

“I felt the fight was closer than the judges saw it,” he said. “It could have been a draw. Rivera caught me off balance and that’s why I went down.

“Today we didn’t lose, this was a learning experience. You have to know the taste of defeat to appreciate a victory.”

In the opening bout of the tripleheader, undefeated prospect Yeis Solano (15-0, 10 KOs) kept his record intact in an all-action, punishing affair with Elias Araujo (19-2, 7 KOs). Solano won via split-decision in a battle of Colombia vs. Argentina where a total of 1,470 punches were thrown. The judges scored the fight 76-75, 78-73 and 74-77. Click HERE for highlights.

Solano, of Monteria, Colombia, earned the split-decision due to his sharper punching and a key knockdown in the closing seconds of a frantic fourth round. The 26-year-old Solano staggered his opponent on three occasions and despite Araujo’s best efforts to survive the round, he finally went down for just the second time in his career when a right hook sent him face first into the ropes.

“I agree with the judges’ decision, I won the fight,” said Solano. “It wasn’t easy but I feel I won. I hurt him in the fourth.

“He’s a tough fighter. He’s hard to counter. He was coming forward, pushing me against the ropes, not allowing me to bring the fight to the center of the ring. Now I’m going to go back to the drawing board and work with my team to correct the mistakes I made tonight. I let Araujo dictate the pace and that almost cost me the fight.”

Araujo’s workmanlike, high-volume punching approach made the fight difficult to score. He averaged more than 100 punches thrown per round. Solano, despite throwing fewer punches, showed more power and precision. He connected on 33 percent of his power punches compared to Araujo’s 22 percent.

“I thought I won the fight,” said Araujo. “I was so sure I was winning by points. I was surprised when I heard the judges’ decision. I’m disappointed but I won’t let this bring me down. I’ll go back to California and continue training for the next opportunity that comes my way.”

Friday’s fights were promoted by Sampson Boxing in association with Paco Presents. The full telecast will replay on Monday, June 24 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME and will be available on SHOWTIME ANYTIME®and SHOWTIME on DEMAND®.

Barry Tompkins called the action from ringside with boxing historian Steve Farhood and former world champion Raul Marquez serving as expert analysts. The executive producer was Gordon Hall with Richard Gaughan producing and Rick Phillips directing.

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Zlatan Ibrahimović y Jonathan dos Santos nombrados a Los Primeros Once de la Afición del MLS All-Star Game 2019 presentado por Target

Jun 22, 2019

Zlatan Ibrahimović y Jonathan dos Santos nombrados a Los Primeros Once de la Afición del MLS All-Star Game 2019 presentado por Target

Ibrahimović y Dos Santos reciben su segunda selección consecutiva al Partido de las Estrellas de la MLS

LOS ANGELES (Viernes, 21 de junio, 2019) – El delantero del LA Galaxy Zlatan Ibrahimović y el mediocampista Jonathan dos Santos han sido nombrados a Los Primeros Once de la Afición del MLS All-Star Game 2019 presentado por Target, Major League Soccer anunció hoy. Ibrahimović, Dos Santos y el resto de las Estrellas de la MLS enfrentarán al 10 veces campeón de La Liga, Atlético de Madrid, en el MLS All-Star Game 2019 presentado por Target en el Exploria Stadium en Orlando el miércoles, 31 de julio (5 p.m. PT, FS1 / UniMás / TSN / TVA Sports).

En su segunda temporada con Galaxy, Ibrahimović se ubica en el segundo lugar en la tabla de goleadores en la MLS con 11 goles. En el 2018, Ibrahimović se convirtió en el tercer jugador en la historia de la MLS en registrar más de 20 goles y más de 10 asistencias en una temporada con su club. Después de fichar con el Galaxy el año pasado, Ibrahimović es tan solo uno de tres jugadores en el mundo en sumar más de 500 goles combinados para su club y su selección nacional junto a Lionel Messi y Cristiano Ronaldo. El capitán del Galaxy actualmente mantiene a su equipo en el segundo lugar de la Conferencia del Oeste con 28 puntos en lo que va de la temporada. Esta es la segunda selección al Partido de las Estrellas de la MLS para Ibrahimović (2018, 2019).

Dos Santos recibe su segundo nombramiento consecutivo al Partido de las Estrellas después de tener su mejor arranque de temporada en sus tres años de carrera en la MLS. Miembro de la Selección Nacional de México, dos Santos actualmente represente a su país en la Copa Oro de Concacaf 2019 además de representar a su selección en la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2018 en Rusia, así como la Copa Confederaciones de la FIFA 2017. Dos Santos fichó con LA Galaxy en el 2017 como Jugador Franquicia después de jugar para el Barcelona y el Villarreal de España.

Fundado en 1903, el rival del MLS All-Star Atlético de Madrid es uno de los clubes más venerados y populares del mundo. Los 10 campeonatos de La Liga del club lo posicionan entre los tres primeros en España. Con 30 trofeos conquistados en todas las competencias, los campeones de la Europa League 2018 terminaron la temporada 2018-2019 de la Liga en el segundo lugar en la tabla de posiciones. El Partido de las Estrellas de la MLS será televisado en más de 170 países alrededor del mundo.   

La nómina completa del MLS All-Star Game 2019 presentado por Target será anunciada próximamente y también incluirá a dos jugadores seleccionados por el Comisionado Garber y aquellos jugadores seleccionados por el Director Técnico del MLS All-Star James O’Connor del Orlando City SC.

Boletos para el Partido de las Estrellas de la MLS 2019 están a la venta ahora por medio de  Ticketmaster.com.

 
LOS PRIMEROS ONCE DE LA AFICIÓN DEL MLS ALL-STAR GAME 2019 PRESENTADO POR TARGET
 
PORTEROS (3): BRAD GUZAN (ATLANTA UNITED)
 
DEFENSAS (3): LEANDRO GONZÁLEZ PÍREZ (ATLANTA UNITED), WALKER ZIMMERMAN (LOS ANGELES FOOTBALL CLUB), GRAHAM ZUSI (SPORTING KANSAS CITY)
 
MEDIOCAMPISTAS (4): EZEQUIEL BARCO (ATLANTA UNITED), JONATHAN DOS SANTOS (LA GALAXY), GONZALO “PITY” MARTÍNEZ (ATLANTA UNITED), NANI (ORLANDO CITY SC)
 
DELANTEROS (3): ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIĆ (LA GALAXY – EA SPORTS™ “MORE THAN A VOTE” CHALLENGE), WAYNE ROONEY (D.C. UNITED), CARLOS VELA (LOS ANGELES FOOTBALL CLUB)

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Two Suspects Arrested, Charged in Shooting Incident at 9603 Bissonnet Street

Jun 22, 2019

Charges have been filed against two suspects following an officer-involved shooting incident at 9603 Bissonnet Street about 3:10 p.m. on Wednesday (June 19).

One suspect, Dahani D. Davis (b/m, 23), is charged with aggravated robbery and felon in possession of a weapon in the 176th State District Court.  Davis sustained at least one gunshot wound and is currently in stable condition at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital.  A 2018 booking photo of Davis is attached to this news release. 

The other suspect, Keon Crosby (b/m, 22), is charged with felony evading arrest in a motor vehicle and felon in possession of a weapon in the 176th State District Court.  A booking photo of Crosby is attached to this news release.

Two Houston police officers, D. Baskin and J. Baker, discharged their duty weapons.  The officers, assigned to the Westside Patrol Division, were not injured.  Officer Baskin was sworn in as an officer in February 2008 and Baker as an officer in October 2012.  

A third law enforcement officer, an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) crime gun strike force, also discharged a weapon.

HPD Special Investigations Unit Officers R. Lujan, G. Garcia and J. Snook reported:

Officers assigned to the Westside Divisional Gang Unit and the ATF agent were conducting a joint robbery investigation when an officer observed a vehicle reported stolen in an aggravated robbery.  The officer radioed – to officers in marked patrol vehicles – the location of the vehicle and a description of the occupants.  Once officers in the patrol vehicles located the vehicle, they conducted a felony traffic stop and arrested the driver, Crosby.

The front passenger, later identified as Davis, fled on foot and was later located at a restaurant parking lot at the above address.  Officer Baker observed Davis attempting to carjack a motorist in the drive-thru lane.  The officer gave verbal commands and ordered Davis to drop his weapon.  Davis turned toward Officer Baker and the ATF agent.  The agent and officer feared for their lives and discharged their weapons.  Davis ran into the restaurant and out the back door, with Officer Baskin in pursuit. 

Once outside the restaurant, Officer Baskin observed Davis still holding the weapon. Officer Baskin gave Davis verbal commands to drop the weapon and, fearing for his life and the lives of patrons, discharged his duty weapon striking Davis, who was then taken into custody.  Officers immediately began administering first aid to Davis prior to arrival of Houston Fire Department paramedics.  Davis was transported to the hospital where doctors stated he is expected to survive his injuries.

As is customary in officer-involved shooting incidents in the city limits, this case is being investigated by the HPD Special Investigations Unit and Internal Affairs Division, as well as the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.

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U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM CONTINUES 2019 CONCACAF GOLD CUP GROUP PLAY ON JUNE 22 AGAINST TRINDAD & TOBAGO

Jun 22, 2019

U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM CONTINUES 2019 CONCACAF GOLD CUP GROUP PLAY ON JUNE 22 AGAINST TRINDAD & TOBAGO
U.S. MNT Takes on Soca Warriors with an Eye Towards Advancing to the Knockout Phase;
 
Kickoff from FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland is set for 8 p.m. ET on FS1, Univision, UDN and the Futbol de Primera Radio Networks

CHICAGO (June 20, 2019) – Following a comprehensive 4-0 win against Guyana to open 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup group play, the U.S. Men’s National Team now sets its sights on Saturday’s match against Trinidad & Tobago. The first meeting between the teams since October 2017 takes place in Cleveland, Ohio, with coverage from FirstEnergy Stadium beginning at 8 p.m. ET on FS1, Univision, UDN and the Futbol de Primera radio networks. Fans can follow all the matches on U.S. Soccer’s official Facebook, Twitter (@USMNT) and Instagram (@USMNT) accounts.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION (Club; Caps/Goals): 
GOALKEEPERS (3) : 12-Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 7/0), 22-Tyler Miller (LAFC; 0/0), 1-Zack Steffen (Manchester City/ENG; 11/0)

DEFENDERS (8) :14-Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas; 2/0), 3-Omar Gonzalez (Toronto FC/CAN; 50/3), 2-Nick Lima (San Jose Earthquakes; 5/0), 23-Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 7/0), 16-Daniel Lovitz (Montreal Impact/CAN; 5/0), 19-Matt Miazga (Chelsea/ENG; 14/1), 13-Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG; 31/1), 5-Walker Zimmerman (LAFC; 8/2)

MIDFIELDERS (6) : 4-Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/CAN; 146/17), 8-Weston McKennie (Schalke/GER; 10/1), 20-Djordje Mihailovic (Chicago Fire; 4/1), 10-Christian Pulisic (Chelsea/ENG; 26/10), 15-Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; 12/0), 6-Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; 18/0)

FORWARDS (6) :17-Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC/CAN; 111/41), 7-Paul Arriola (D.C. United; 24/4), 21-Tyler Boyd (Vitória Guimãres/POR; 2/2), 18-Jonathan Lewis (Colorado Rapids; 4/0), 11-Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC; 28/5), 9-Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew SC; 46/8)

BOYD MAKES HISTORY IN 4-0 WIN AGAINST GUYANA IN GOLD CUP OPENER
 
In front of a sellout crowd of 19,418 fans at Allianz Field, the U.S. Men’s National Team opened its 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup campaign with a 4-0 win against Guyana . Paul Arriola and Gyasi Zardes scored a goal apiece, while Tyler Boyd notched two, the first of which opened his account with the USA and also marked the 1,000th goal in USMNT history.

Nine players made their Concacaf Gold Cup debut in the shutout, while Michael Bradley registered his 23rd career assist on Boyd’s goal, moving him past Cobi Jones into sole possession of second place on the USMNT’s all-time assist list.

GROUP D REWIND
 
The USA (1-0-0; 3pts) sits atop Gold Cup Group D with a superior goal differential to Panama (1-0-0; 3pts), which defeated Trinidad & Tobago 2-0 in the opener. Group D action now shifts to FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland where Panama will play Guyana and the USA will face Trinidad & Tobago on June 22.

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D’MITRIUS ‘BIG MEECH’ BALLARD AND ELIAS ‘LATIN KID’ ESPADAS FIGHT TO A NO DECISION IN MAIN EVENT OF GOLDEN BOY FIGHT NIGHT

Jun 22, 2019

D’MITRIUS ‘BIG MEECH’ BALLARD AND ELIAS ‘LATIN KID’ ESPADAS FIGHT TO A NO DECISION IN MAIN EVENT OF GOLDEN BOY FIGHT NIGHTEDDIE ‘E-BOY’ GOMEZ RETURNS WITH A SECOND-ROUND STOPPAGE VICTORY AGAINST SAUL CORRALTHURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2019 AT OCEAN CASINO RESORT 

(ABOVE: Elias Espadas and D’Mitrius Ballard demonstrated a lot of sportsmanship after fighting to a no decision in the third-round of their fight on June 20 at Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City)

PhotosPhoto Credit: Jeff Fusco-Hoganphotos/Golden BoyATLANTIC CITY, N.J.

(June 20, 2019): Middleweight contenders D’Mitrius “Big Meech” Ballard (20-0, 13 KOs) of Temple Hills, Maryland and Elias “Latin Kid” Espadas (18-5, 13 KOs) Yucatan, Mexico fought to a no decision in the third round due to a cut caused by an accidental head-butt in the 10-round main event of the June 20 edition of Golden Boy Fight Night on Facebook Watch at Ocean Casino Resort/Ovation Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. The event was streamed live globally on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page. “I felt like the fight could’ve went on,” said D’mitrius Ballard. “I’m not the judge. I’m not the doctor. He decided to stop the fight, so I just have to live with the decision and move forward.” “If I don’t fight Espadas in the next fight, I want to do a rematch for a belt. This is my first time fighting at 160, and I feel good and strong. I’m confident in my abilities, and there are a lot of great fighters at 160. I’m here to take my claim in the ring.” “I respect any man that comes into that ring. We are battling for our lives on that ring. Espadas is a tough fighter; he is a good quality opponent and a real quality fighter. I’m sure he will be back after this and I have much respect for him.” “I knew this was a hard and complicated fight, but my team did a great job,” said Elias Espadas. “I think we are doing things correctly. I would love to get better, continue to train hard and my team will decide if we do a rematch with Ballard.” Eddie “E-Boy” Gomez (23-3, 12 KOs) of the Bronx, New York defeated Saul Corral (30-14, 20 KOs) of Douglas, Arizona via knockout in the second round of a welterweight fight originally scheduled for ten rounds. Gomez won with time of 1:55 of the aforementioned round. “It was a great fight,” said Eddie Gomez. “We have a great team. I worked hard and it showed tonight. My opponent was a tough fighter, and we knew he was tough coming in. I just knew I had to do my job.” Franchon “The Heavy-Hitting Diva” Crews-Dezurn (5-1, 2 KOs) of Norfolk, Maryland stopped Kayla Williams (0-3-1) of New Iberia, Louisiana in the fifth round of a super middleweight battle originally slated for eight rounds. Crews won via TKO with time of 1:40 of the round just mentioned. “Thank you so much Golden Boy for letting me fight on this show,” said Franchon Crews.“I hope the fans enjoyed it. Every time I come, I’m going to bring action, and I’m just going to fight because I’m fighting for my dreams. My opponent definitely brought it to the ring, and she is a tough cookie; I appreciate her for taking the fight.”
Gabriel Pham (11-1, 5 KOs) of Atlantic City, New Jersey defeated Jaba Khositashvili (4-1, 2 KOs) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania via unanimous decision in a six-round super middleweight fight. Pham won with scores of 54-59, 53-60, and 54-59. “I boxed well,” said Gabriel Pham.“He was a tough guy and kept coming forward. I just had to use the angles and move around, just like my trainer told me to do. I followed the game plan and came out victorious, so I’m happy.” Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed (25-2, 13 KOs) of Washington, D.C. defeated Angel Hernandez (15-14-2, 9 KOs) of McAllen, Texas via unanimous decision in an eight-round welterweight battle. Reed won with scores of 79-73, 79-73, and 78-74.  “This was a very tough fight, exactly what I needed right now,” said Mike Reed. “I’m looking for the world title at 135 or 140. I feel really good.” George Rincon (7-0, 4 KOs) of Dallas, Texas stopped Greg Young (4-2, 1 KO) of Hoover, Alabama in the fourth round via knockout in a welterweight clash originally scheduled for six rounds. Rincon won with time of 2:01 of the aforementioned round.  “I started strong and I thought I got him on the first round,” said George Rincon. “I was a little anxious to finish, but it was a great fight. I learn with each fight and I’m ready for the next one.” Dan Murray (5-2) of Barnegat, New Jersey defeated Leonardo Kenon (3-6, 1 KO) of Quincy, Florida via unanimous decision in a four-round super lightweight fight. Murray won with scores of 40-36, 39-37, and 40-36. “It was a good fight,” said Dan Murray.“I was thinking too much in there, that’s why I hesitated a lot, but all around I had him a couple of times. It’s a learning experience. This is why we are here. I’m glad for my win, my team, my advisor, my manager. Thank you, Golden Boy, for this opportunity.”Ballard vs. Espadas was a 10-round middleweight fight presented by Golden Boy. The event was sponsored by Tecate “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” and Hennessy “Never Stop, Never Settle.” The event took place Thursday, June 20 at Ocean Casino Resort/Ovation Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. The fights was streamed live globally on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page

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8TH ANNUAL UFC INTERNATIONAL FIGHT WEEK™ TAKES OVER LAS VEGAS FROM JULY 3 – 7

Jun 22, 2019

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Las Vegas – The 8th annual UFC International Fight Week™ will take place from Wednesday, July 3 through Sunday, July 7, with numerous events throughout Las Vegas, including the Downtown Las Vegas Event Center, The Palms Casino Resort, and T-Mobile Arena.

UFC International Fight Week is highlighted by the prestigious 2019 UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and an easily-accessible and fully interactive two-day UFC Fan Experience®, concerts, and more! The week-long festivities are anchored by the highly anticipated UFC® 239: JONES vs. SANTOSpresented by Modelo, which takes place on Saturday, July 6 at T-Mobile Arena. Tickets for UFC 239 are available viaAXS.

On Friday, July 5, UFC will host the 2019 UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonypresented by Toyo Tires®, at 7 p.m. at The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort.  The annual ceremony honors contributors and athletes that helped shape UFC and left an indelible mark on the sport of mixed martial arts. Tickets to the induction ceremony are priced at $20.00 (does not include fees), with all proceeds benefitting Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster. The ceremony will be streamed live on UFC FIGHT PASS®

Immediately following the ceremony, UFC will host its Official UFC International Fight Week Concert, headlined by multi-platinum recording artist Godsmack, at 10 p.m. at the Joint at Hard Rock Hotel. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster

Spanning more than 85,000 square feet, UFC’s two-day Fan Experience at the Downtown Las Vegas Event Center will be the one-stop shop for all fight fans, providing unparalleled free access to UFC champions, top-ranked contenders, UFC Hall of Famers, UFC personalities, and a UFC store.

UFC fans will have the opportunity to engage with a record-number of athletes and talent during free autograph sessions and meet and greets at the Downtown Las Vegas Event Center. This free of charge event will be part of the two-day UFC Fan Experience at the Downtown Las Vegas Event Center, which will be open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on both Friday, July 5 and Saturday, July 6.

Fans will be able to purchase exclusive UFC merchandise at the UFC store and, while also having the chance to participate in numerous activities with brand partners such as: Assault Fitness, Modelo, Monster Energy, Motel 6, PokerStars, Trifecta and Toyo Tires®.

The UFC International Fight Week app is the official destination for the most updated schedule of events, as well as the only place to secure your spot for autograph sessions. All of these exciting events are in addition to the regularly scheduled fight week activities. The UFC International Fight Week app is available on the App Store and Google Play.

For additional information, please visit UFC.com/fightweek.

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