Brant-Murata 2 to Kick Off International Three-Card Weekend Extravaganza on ESPN+

Jul 10, 2019

(Photo Credit: Naoki Fukuda)(July 10, 2019) — Before hometown hero and WBO No. 1 featherweight contender Shakur Stevenson headlines against Alberto Guevara at Newark’s Prudential Center on Saturday evening (ESPN and ESPN Deportes, 10:30 p.m. ET), boxing fans will be treated to a trio of world-class cards exclusively on ESPN+, the industry-leading sports streaming service.

Set your alarm clocks and smartphone alerts and get ready for a weekend fistic extravaganza.
FRIDAY (7 a.m. ET on ESPN+)
“Breakfast and Boxing” returns with one of the year’s most highly anticipated rematches, as Rob Brant will make the second defense of his WBA middleweight world title against the man he defeated to win the belt, Ryota Murata, at EDION Arena Osaka in Osaka, Japan.

Brant (25-1, 17 KOs) upset Murata last October in Las Vegas, snatching the belt in a thrilling performance that saw him throw 1,262 punches, the second-most ever recorded by CompuBox in a middleweight bout. Murata (14-2, 11 KOs), who became a sporting hero in Japan after capturing Olympic gold at the 2012 London Olympics, has not fought since. Brant, meanwhile, defended his belt in February on his home turf with an ESPN-televised 11th-round TKO over the previously undefeated Khasan Baysangurov in Hinckley, Minnesota.

In the co-feature, Ken “The Amazing Boy” Shiro will make the sixth defense of his WBC light flyweight title against Filipino challenger Jonathan Taconing.

Shiro (15-0, 8 KOs), Japan’s longest-reigning current world champion, won the title May 20, 2017, with a majority decision over Ganigan Lopez. He went 3-0 in 2018, including a second-round knockout over Lopez in May on a card that streamed on ESPN+. In his last fight, Dec. 30 in Tokyo, he won a near-shutout decision over Saul Juarez. Taconing (28-3-1, 22 KOs) will be making his third attempt at the WBC light flyweight title. He lost a technical decision to Kompayak Porpramook in 2012 and a unanimous decision to Ganigan Lopez in 2016.
FRIDAY (3 p.m. ET on ESPN+)
#MTKFightNight returns from Liverpool Olympia, as former world title challenger James “Jazza” Dickens will battle Australian contender Nathaniel May in a 10-rounder for the vacant IBF European featherweight title.

Dickens (26-3, 11 KOs) has won four in a row since back-to-back losses to Guillermo Rigondeaux and Thomas Patrick Ward. May (21-1, 12 KOs) has won 17 consecutive bouts and is coming off a first-round stoppage over Jose Miguel Tamayo on June 14 in Tijuana, Mexico.

In other streaming action, former middleweight and super middleweight world title challenger Martin Murray (37-5-1, 17 KOs) will face Rui Manuel Pavanito (10-8-1, 5 KOs) in a 10-round super middleweight bout; former British amateur standout Natasha Jones (7-1, 5 KOs) will take on Bec Connolly (2-5, 0 KOs) in a six-rounder at lightweight; and former lightweight world champion Terry Flanagan (33-2, 13 KOs) will look to halt a two-bout skid against Jonas Segu (19-8-2, 6 KOs) in an eight-round lightweight bout.
SATURDAY (2:45 p.m. ET on ESPN+)
Queensberry Promotions presents a can’t-miss heavyweight doubleheader from the famed O2 Arena in London.

In the main event battle of unbeatens, Daniel “Dynamite” Dubois will fight Nathan Gorman in a scheduled 12-rounder for the vacant British title. Dubois (11-0, 10 KOs) has seven stoppages in two rounds or less and is coming off a spectacular fourth-round knockout April 27 over Richard Lartey on a card that streamed on ESPN+. Gorman (16-0, 11 KOs) has defeated former world title challengers in his last two bouts (Kevin Johnson and Razvan Cojanu) and is confident that he’ll pull off the upset.

In the 12-round co-feature, 2016 Olympic silver medalist Joe Joyce (9-0, 9 KOs) will take a seismic step up in class versus former world title challenger Bryant Jennings (24-3, 14 KOs). Joyce has extended his perfect KO record with knockout wins this year over former world title challenger Alexander Ustinov and former world champion Bermane Stiverne, while Jennings is hoping to rebound from a shocking January TKO loss to the undefeated Oscar Rivas. The winner will be in prime position to challenge for a world title in the near future..

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Second Suspect Arrested in Fatal Shooting at 3500 Fountain View Drive

Jul 10, 2019

A second suspect wanted and charged in the fatal shooting of one man and the wounding of another that occurred at 3500 Fountain View Drive about 9:40 a.m. on June 16 has been arrested.    

Terrance Jones (b/m, 37), is charged with murder in the 262nd State District Court and is now in custody.  A previously arrested suspect, Patrick Randall Walker (w/m, 41), is charged with assault with bodily injury in Harris County Criminal Court # 13. 

Booking photos of both suspects are attached to this news release.  

One victim, Reginal Odom, 44, was pronounced dead at the scene.  The second victim, Victor Odom, 42, was transported to an area hospital with what are believed to be non life-threatening wounds.

HPD Homicide Division Detectives N. Sharp and K. Fregia reported:

The two men were sleeping under the Southwest Freeway (South U.S. Highway 59) overpass at Fountain View when they were shot by an unknown male who then walked away from the scene. At that time, witnesses described the suspect, who is possibly homeless, only as a white male with long brown or blonde hair.  

Further investigation identified Walker and Jones as suspects in this case and both were charged on June 17 for their roles.  Walker was detained on June 17 without incident.  Jones was taken into custody on July 5, also without incident. 

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Four venues appointed for historic FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019c

Jul 10, 2019
The Estádio Bezerrão in Brasília (Gama) will make football history on 26 October when it hosts the opening match of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, the first-ever edition of this prestigious tournament to be staged in Brazil. The competition has previously served as a springboard for an array of world stars, such as Gianluigi Buffon, Francesco Totti, Ronaldinho, Xavi, Toni Kroos and Neymar.

The other tournament venues will be Goiânia’s Estádio Olímpico and Estádio da Serrinha, as well as the Estádio Kléber Andrade in Vitória (Cariacica), in line with FIFA and the LOC’s commitment to bringing the excitement of the FIFA U-17 World Cup to local communities that have never before hosted a FIFA event.The successors to current FIFA U-17 World Cup champions England will be decided on 17 November, also at the Estádio Bezerrão. Hosts Brazil, who are three-time winners of the tournament, will be preassigned to position A1 in the draw and will therefore feature in the opening match. The full match schedule is available on FIFA.com.“With their great passion for football and vast experience of organising world-class sporting events, I am convinced that Brazil and the Brazilian Football Association (CBF) will be fantastic hosts of this year’s FIFA U-17 World Cup. I believe that the four selected stadiums offer the right size and facilities for this competition, and we are very excited to bring this thrilling tournament to venues that have never hosted a FIFA event before. Thanks to the excellent cooperation and contribution of the CBF and Local Organising Committee, I am sure that we will be able to provide all teams, fans and officials with the best possible conditions,” said FIFA Chief Tournaments & Events Officer Colin Smith.Beside hosts Brazil, the following member associations have qualified for the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2019:AFC: Australia, Japan, Korea Republic and TajikistanCAF: Angola, Cameroon, Nigeria and Senegal*Concacaf: Canada, Haiti, Mexico and the USACONMEBOL: Argentina, Chile, Ecuador and ParaguayOFC: New Zealand and the Solomon IslandsUEFA: France, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain
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Official Emblem of the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 unveiled

Jul 10, 2019
FIFA and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) are delighted to unveil the Official Emblem of the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019. The emblem launch further whets appetites ahead of the draw, which will take place at the Home of FIFA in Zurich tomorrow, 11 July at 15:00 CET and will be live‑streamed on FIFA’s YouTube channel.

The emblem takes its inspiration from the country’s rich history and diverse landscapes, with a variety of distinctive elements coming together to form the shape of the tournament trophy. The base evokes the lush green of Brazil’s natural scenery. Sweeping vegetation leads the viewer’s eye past the intense reds of the Brazilian soil and yellowy orange of the country’s world‑famous gemstones towards a celebratory figure. That figure, in turn, reaches towards a ball, the design of which is inspired by the iconic curved columns of Brasília cathedral, a masterpiece by renowned Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer.Football is every bit as fundamental to Brazil’s identity as are its landscapes and history. In addition to A Seleção‘s success on the pitch, the country’s experience as a host of global football competitions dates back almost 70 years to the 1950 FIFA World Cup™. More recently, the nation staged the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, which saw almost 3.5 million fans pack out stadiums in 12 Host Cities around the country.While recent major events held in Brazil have featured stars at the height of their careers, the FIFA U-17 World Cup brings together the best young footballers in the world for a unique opportunity to showcase their skills on the international stage.A string of big names – such as Fernando Torres, Gianluigi Buffon, Toni Kroos and James Rodríguez – have lit up the competition on their way to global fame. Brazilian fans will be hoping to catch a glimpse of the next Ronaldinho or Neymar, who competed in the tournament in 1997 and 2009 respectively. Moreover, with 24 teams participating, the football-loving locals are sure to be treated to a wide array of talent.The FIFA U-17 World Cup will take place from 26 October to 17 November 2019.Please visit https://www.fifa.com/u17worldcup for more information.
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FIFA launches child safeguarding programme and toolkit – FIFA Guardians™

Jul 10, 2019
FIFA Guardians™ is a new major initiative to help member associations and confederations around the world introduce stronger child safeguarding measures in football.Click HERE to read more about FIFA Guardians™Millions of children around the world are involved in football, almost all of whom follow a favourite team. Many children play in organised matches or kick-abouts and some also take an early interest in coaching and refereeing.However they may be involved in the game, what these children all have in common is the right to enjoy football in a safe environment and a culture of respect and understanding.With this firmly in mind, today FIFA launched a new dedicated programme and toolkit – FIFA Guardians™ – designed to enhance child safeguarding standards within football.Developed by FIFA together with its Child Safeguarding Expert Working Group, this new initiative aims at providing practical guidance to support the 211 FIFA member associations (MAs) in reviewing their existing safeguarding measures, to help prevent any risk of harm to children in football, and to appropriately respond if concerns arise.Containing practical guidance and support materials, the new online toolkit is based on “five principles and five steps” that are underpinned by recognised international standards and best practice in child safeguarding across sports. The FIFA Guardians toolkit is also based on the premise that keeping children safe from harm is “Up to all of Us”, no matter the country we are from or the role we hold in football.The FIFA Guardians programme will be rolled out in the coming months through a series of training modules and workshops to promote global awareness and its implementation in all FIFA MAs and by working together with the confederations.In launching the new programme today, FIFA Secretary General, Fatma Samoura, said:“FIFA’s vision is to promote the game of football, protect its integrity and bring the game to all. In realising this vision, we aim to ensure that involvement in football, in any form, is a positive experience for all children.“Furthermore, as the world governing body of football, FIFA has a duty and responsibility to ensure that those who play football can do so in a safe, positive and enjoyable environment.“Today’s launch is a landmark step for FIFA and the world of football in general, and I am confident that the FIFA Guardians programme will help to mobilise action and guide our 211 member associations around the world in reviewing and implementing their own safeguarding measures to keep children safe in football. FIFA believes this to be every child’s right.”Joyce Cook, FIFA Chief Member Associations Officer, added:“Whilst some member associations have well-developed policies and procedures in place, it is clear that many others are just starting out on their safeguarding journey.“FIFA’s new child safeguarding toolkit builds on the confidential reporting structures and safeguarding frameworks FIFA already has in place, and provides clear and practical guidance for our member associations and their stakeholders.“We will be rolling out the FIFA Guardians programme over the coming months, starting with a series of workshops and training modules to help address the needs of our members, as well as assisting them in developing partnerships with expert agencies and statutory authorities on the ground.“We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the members of FIFA’s Child Safeguarding Expert Working Group, who are leading experts in this field, for their support and expertise in developing the new toolkit.“We are delighted that they have also agreed to advise us in the further development of the FIFA Guardians programme, so that we can ensure the continued delivery of the most current and best possible guidance, to address the needs of our members in safeguarding children across the game.”To read more about the FIFA Guardians™ programme and FIFA’s child safeguarding toolkit, please click HERE.
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Suspect Arrested in Fatal Shooting at 3400 Liberty Road

Jul 10, 2019
 A suspect charged and wanted in the fatal shooting of one man and the wounding of two others that occurred at 3400 Liberty Road about 10 p.m. on June 8 has been arrested.

The suspect, Johnelle D. Johnson (b/m, 22), is charged with murder in the 185th State District Court for his role in the killing of Robert Givens, Jr., 30. 

A booking photo of Johnson is attached to this news release.

Two other victims, Thomas Watson, 21, and Jovan Washington, 27, were transported to area hospitals.

HPD Homicide Division Detectives L. Patterson and E. Martinez reported:

Officers were dispatched to a shooting call and found three men with multiple gunshot wounds.  All three were taken to area hospitals.  Mr. Givens was pronounced deceased on June 21.  There were no known suspects in the shooting.

Further investigation identified Johnson as the suspect and he was charged last Friday (July 5).  He was taken into custody today (July 9) without incident. 
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