Mayor Turner kicks off Demolition Day in the East End

Jul 22, 2019
MAYOR TURNER LAUNCHES SECOND ROUND OF DANGEROUS BUILDING DEMOLITIONS 46 blighted abandoned buildings to be demolished in 5 council districts
HOUSTON – Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner kicked off Demolition Day in front of a dilapidated, abandoned building at 115 Milby Street in Second Ward to launch the city’s second round of dangerous building demolitions throughout the city. 

Forty-six dangerous structures in city council districts B, D, H, I and K will be demolished over the next several months under the mayor’s ongoing initiative to eradicate blight and make city neighborhoods safer.
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Lomachenko vs. Campbell el 31 de agosto

Jul 22, 2019

Lomachenko vs. Campbell el 31 de agosto en vivo y en exclusiva por ESPN+ desde The O2 en Londres 

Los títulos mundiales peso ligero de la AMB, OMB y CMB estarán en la línea
La transmisión de ESPN+ comenzará a las 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT
En vivo por Sky Sports Box Office en el Reino Unido

 Londres llamó. Loma respondió.

El campeón mundial peso ligero de la Asociación Mundial de Boxeo (AMB) y de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), Vasiliy Lomachenko, el Picasso libra por libra del boxeo  y dos veces medallista de oro olímpico, defenderá sus cinturones el sábado 31 de agosto, contra el también medallista de oro olímpico “Cool Hand” Luke Campbell, el orgullo de Hull, Inglaterra, en The O2 de Londres.

El vacante título mundial peso ligero del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB) también estará en la línea en esta batalla de dos medallistas de oro olímpicos de Londres 2012.

El choque titular Lomachenko vs. Campbell estelarizará una edición especial por la tarde de Top Rank on ESPN por ESPN+, el servicio de transmisión de deportes líder en la industria, que comenzará a las 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT. La cartelera completa se transmitirá por ESPN+ a partir de la 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT.

Esta será la primera aparición de Lomachenko sobre un ring en Londres desde la Serie Mundial de Boxeo del 2013, cuando despachó a Sam Maxwell en cinco asaltos.

“Vasiliy Lomachenko es un talento único que va a conquistar el Reino Unido”, dijo Bob Arum, de Top Rank. “Luke Campbell es un excelente peleador, pero Lomachenko está en una clase propia. Los fanáticos de ese lado del la charca han querido que Lomachenko regrese desde que se convirtió en profesional. Va a ser una multitud loca y todo vendido en el O2 Arena, y no me sorprendería si Lomachenko tiene el apoyo de la multitud”.

“Esta es una pelea por la historia porque mi objetivo es unificar todos los cinturones en la división de peso ligero”, dijo Lomachenko. “Luke Campbell es el próximo desafío para mí en este viaje. Es un excelente peleador que recuerdo bien de los Juegos Olímpicos del 2012. Él tiene un estilo difícil, y no puedo permitirme pasarlo por alto”.

“Es muy especial para mí pelear en Londres. Visité el año pasado, y la respuesta de la gente fue abrumadora. Ellos respetan mi estilo de pelea y son apasionados por el boxeo. No puedo esperar para ofrecer un gran espectáculo para todos”.

“Estoy encantado de ver a Vasiliy Lomachenko ir al Reino Unido para conocer a la estrella británica Luke Campbell”, dijo Eddie Hearn, Director Ejecutivo de Matchroom Sport. “Loma es simplemente uno de los mejores boxeadores, el mejor peleador del planeta hoy en día y me siento honrado de promover su primera pelea profesional en el Reino Unido. Pero Luke también es un peleador de élite mundial, y con su alcance, habilidad y corazón, el as de Hull puede sorprender al mundo y quitarle los títulos de Loma en otra noche épica de boxeo en la capital”.

“Los mejores enfrentando a los mejores, esta va a ser una pelea increíble”, dijo Campbell. “Estoy en este deporte para ser el mejor y para convertirme en un campeón del mundo”. Para esto entreno y trabajo tan duro, para convertirme en un campeón del mundo y alcanzar mi potencial”.

“Él ocupa el puesto número uno libra por libra en el planeta, por lo que pelear con un tipo así solo me anima a ser lo mejor que puedo ser y es exactamente el nivel en el que quiero estar. Soy muy consciente de lo bueno que es y de lo que es capaz de hacer, pero también soy consciente de lo que puedo hacer y de lo que voy a hacer”.

“Creo que puedo noquear a cualquiera que yo conecte bien, creo que soy uno de los mejores pegadores en la división de peso ligero. Esta va a ser la pelea más dura de mi vida y me estoy preparando física y mentalmente. Este es el año de Luke Campbell, es mi momento”.

Lomachenko (13-1, 10 KOs), quien tuvo marca de 396-1 como aficionado, ganó títulos mundiales en peso pluma, peso junior ligero y peso ligero en los rangos pagados. Luchó por un título mundial en su segunda pelea profesional y ganó el título mundial peso pluma de la OMB en su tercera salida, dominando a Gary Russell Jr. en 12 asaltos. Hizo su debut en el peso ligero en mayo pasado, rompiendo el labrum en su hombro derecho en la segunda ronda y recuperándose de una caída en el sexto asalto para noquear al campeón de la AMB, Jorge Linares, en el décimo episodio.

Lomachenko agregó el título peso ligero de la OMB a su colección en diciembre, cuando anotó un par de caídas en la el undecimo asalto y finalmente ganó una decisión unánime sobre el campeón mundial de dos pesos, José Pedraza. Peleó por última vez en abril en el Staples Center en Los Ángeles, eliminando al retador obligatorio Anthony Crolla en cuatro asaltos.

Campbell (20-2, 16 KOs), el contendiente de peso ligero Nº 1 del CMB, capturó el oro olímpico como peso gallo en los Juegos Olímpicos de Londres 2012, uno de los dos boxeadores masculinos (junto con Anthony Joshua) para ganar el oro frente a la afición en casa. Lomachenko ganó el oro como peso ligero en Londres, y un poco más de siete años después, sus caminos se cruzarán una vez más.

Campbell perdió ante Yvan Mendy por decisión dividida en su 13ª pelea profesional en diciembre del 2015, una derrota que fue vengada casi tres años después de manera convincente. Campbell desafió a Jorge Linares por el título de peso ligero de la AMB en septiembre del 2017 en Los Ángeles, dejando caer una decisión dividida altamente disputada. Ha ganado tres peleas en fila desde esa decepción, incluida la revancha de Mendy, y recientemente derrotó a Adrian Yung en cinco asaltos en Filadelfia.

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Teofimo Lopez Grinds Out Decision Over Nakatani

Jul 22, 2019

 Maryland Takeover: Teofimo Lopez Defeats Masayoshi Nakatani

Lopez prevails via unanimous decision in IBF Lightweight world title eliminator
 Subriel Matias KOs Maxim Dadashev in IBF Junior Welterweight world title eliminator

(Photo Credit: Mikey Williams / Top Rank)
OXON HILL, Md. (July 19, 2019) — Next up for Teofimo Lopez – a title shot. Lopez passed the toughest test of his young career, defeating the previously undefeated Masayoshi Nakatani via unanimous decision (118-110 2x and 119-109) in an IBF lightweight world title eliminator in front of 2,100 fans at The Theater at MGM National Harbor.

This was the first time Lopez had gone past seven rounds.

“They wanted to see me go the distance. I did 12 rounds. I’m still a champ,” Lopez said. “I just need little tune-ups. It’s part of the process. I’m thankful right now. It was my first main event. It was 12 rounds. Am I proud of it? No, but I’m proud that I showed everyone I could go 12 rounds.”

Said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum: “He has a lot to learn. It’s the tallest guy he ever fought. It was tough adjusting to it. The guy was a dangerous puncher. It was a good performance. I wanted him, when he had the guy going, to put the pedal down. The good thing that comes from this is that we know he can go 12 rounds. That’s always a question in my mind. Could he go 12 rounds, and the answer is yes.”  

Lopez (14-0, 11 KOs) will face world champion Richard Commey later this year. But against Nakatani (18-1, 12 KOs), he faced an immovable object and ultimately got the job done.Matias stops Dadashev in junior welterweight title eliminator

Subriel Matias (14-0, 14 KOs) used a hellacious body attack to stop Maxim Dadashev following the 11th round of an IBF junior welterweight world title eliminator.

At the time of the stoppage, Matias led comfortably by scores of 109-100, 108-101 and 107-102. He is now the top contender for the world title belt held by Scottish superstar Josh Taylor.

After the fight, Dadashev was taken to a local hospital, and he is scheduled to undergo brain surgery.

“First of all, I’m very grateful for this opportunity,” Matias said. “I showed that I am not just a power puncher. I also can box. I was dominating the fight. I focused my offense on going to the body, and that’s how I stopped him from running.

“I hope that Maxim is alright. He is a great fighter and a warrior.”— Esquiva Falcao (24-0, 16 KOs) continued his march towards a middleweight world title shot, stopping Jesus Antonio Gutierrez (25-4-2, 12 KOs) in the eighth round of a scheduled 10-rounder. Falcao scored a knockdown in the eighth, and an accumulation of punches forced referee Kenny Braslow to stop the bout.

“He was a very tough fighter. I was prepared because of that,” Falcao said. “I saw that I hurt him, and I went for the knockout. I told myself that if I want to be a world champion, I needed to knock out this guy. Bob Arum, I’m ready for my title shot! I’ll go anywhere. Japan, Brazil, it doesn’t matter.”

— Tyler McCreary (16-0-1, 7 KOs) escaped with a split decision over veteran Jessie Cris Rosales (22-3, 10 KOs) in an eight-round lightweight fight. The scores were as followed: 77-75 McCreary, 77-75 Rosales and 78-74 McCreary.

— Middleweight prospect Tyler Howard (18-0, 11 KOs) secured an eight-round unanimous decision over Jamaal Davis (18-15-1, 7 KOs) by scores of 80-72 2X and 78-73.

— Heavyweight prospect Cassius Chaney (16-0, 10 KOs) knocked out Joel Caudle (8-3-2, 5 KOs) in the first round of a scheduled eight-rounder, knocking Caudle out of the ring before finishing things off moments later.

— Washington, D.C. native Dusty Hernandez-Harrison  (33-0-1, 19 KO) thrilled the hometown fans, knocking out Colombian veteran Juan De Angel (21-12-1, 19 KOs) in the seventh round of a middleweight bout.

— In a battle of unbeaten lightweights, Rolando Vargas (3-0, 3 KOs) stopped Nathaniel Davis (1-1, 1 KO) at 1:50 of the second round of a crowd-pleasing brawl.

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TUREANO JOHNSON STOPS JASON QUIGLEY TO CAPTURE THE NABF MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE

Jul 22, 2019

TUREANO JOHNSON STOPS JASON QUIGLEY TO CAPTURE THE NABF MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLELEONARDO BAEZ DEFEATS ALBERTO MELIAN TO WIN THE NABA SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIPTHURSDAY, JULY 18 AT FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT CASINO

Photo Credit: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

INDIO, CALIF. (July 18, 2019): Tureano Johnson (22-2-1, 14 KOs) of Nassau, Bahamas scored a ninth-round stoppage victory against Irish contender Jason Quigley (16-1, 12 KOs) in the 10-round main event of the July 18 edition of the Golden Boy DAZN Thursday Night Fights at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. The fight was stopped after Quigley’s corner advised the referee to call a halt to the fight after the ninth round. “You don’t know what I’ve been through,” said Tureano Johnson. “But soon you’ll see why everything I went through was worth it. I pay my respects to Jason Quigley. He showed a lot of heart. I hit him with everything but the kitchen sink, and he still didn’t quit. I’m here to get a big strap. I want a world title.” “I wish Tureano Johnson the best,” said Jason Quigley. “I have respect for you. I congratulate you on your win.”Leonardo Baez (16-2, 9 KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico captured the NABA Super Bantamweight Title with a 10-round unanimous decision victory against Alberto “Impacto” Melian (5-1, 3 KOs) of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Baez won with three scores of 97-93. “I feel excellent. This is my first time fighting in the United States,” said Leonardo Baez. “I want to thank Golden Boy for the opportunity. I won because of my heart. I threw the harder punches. I’ll be honest, I lost the last round, but I won this fight because of my heart.”Marlen Esparza (7-0, 1 KO) of Houston, Texas successfully defended her NABO Flyweight Title via eight-round unanimous decision against Sonia Osorio (13-7-1, 3 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico. The judges scored the fight 78-74, 79-73 and 79-73. “I think I did okay,” said Marlen Esparza. “I’m always so hard on myself, though. She kept putting her head on my chest, which I didn’t like. The referee never stopped her, which makes me think he was letting us fight. That’s good, but I also figured I had to take matters into my own hands. So, I found my timing and started landing the counter right hand. I want to beat Seniesa Estrada’s ass first, and then I want to fight for a world title.” Local hero Anthony “The Quiet Storm” Reyes (7-0, 5 KOs) of Coachella, Calif. scored a first-round knockout victory against Gilberto Duran (3-4, 3 KOs) of Yakima, Wash. in a scheduled six-round super bantamweight fight. Reyes stopped a bloody Duran at 2:10 of the round just mentioned. “I like that I came out smart and strong,” said Anthony Reyes. “I worked hard to be able to go the distance and fight all six rounds. But we got the knockout, which is even better.” Ricardo “El Niño” Sandoval (16-1, 11 KOs) of Rialto, Calif.defended his WBC Youth Intercontinental Flyweight title via fifth-round knockout against Marco Sustaita (12-1-1, 10 KOs) of Oceanside, Calif. The battle, which was originally scheduled for 10 rounds, was stopped at 1:16 of the fifth round. Both men exchanged two knockdowns before Sustaita was stopped. “I faced a good opponent,” said Ricardo Sandoval. “We knew he was strong, so our plan was to box and take our time. Little by little we found our rhythm. Hopefully, Golden Boy can give me another opportunity.”Carlos “The Solution” Morales (19-4-3, 7 KOs) of Los Angeles scored a second-round knockout victory against Rosekie Cristobal (15-5, 11 KOs) of Cotabato, Philippines in a scheduled 10-round lightweight clash. The time of the stoppage was 1:08. “The great Morales is back,” said Carlos Morales.“I’ve moved up to lightweight, and I plan to stay there. I want to get into the top ten of the world and fight for at title.” Charles Huerta (21-6, 12 KOs) of Paramount, Calif. defeated Filipino fighter Recky “The Terror” Dulay (11-6, 8 KOs) via eight-round unanimous decision in tonight’s opening bout, which was in the lightweight division. Huerta won with scores of 78-74, 78-74, and 77-75. “I give my performance a C,” said Charles Huerta. “I think I could have hit the body more. His trying to land headbutts played a big factor though, and he didn’t get warned until he actually headbutted me. We’ll see what’s next for me. I’m going to get back in the gym soon, and hopefully I get one more fight before the year ends.”Quigley vs. Johnson was a 10-round fight for the NABF Middleweight Title presented by Golden Boy. The event was sponsored by Tecate “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING.” The fights took place on Thursday, July 18 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. The event was streamed live on RingTV.com and on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page. The series is also available on regional sports networks around the nation. To see when and where the series is available in your area, click here. For more information, visit www.goldenboypromotions.com and DAZN.com. Follow on Twitter @GoldenBoyBoxing and @DAZN_USA. Become a fan on Facebookat www.facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing and https://www.facebook.com/DAZNUSA/. Follow on Instagram @GoldenBoyBoxing and @DAZN_USA. Follow the conversation using #QuigleyJohnson, #ThursdayNightFights and #TNF.

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Suspect Arrested, Charged in Fatal Stabbing at 1333 Eldridge Parkway

Jul 22, 2019
Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the fatal stabbing of a man at 1333 Eldridge Parkway #1418 about 6:35 p.m. on Wednesday (July 17).  

The suspect, Carlos Raushawn Cacho (b/m, 17), is charged with murder in the 209th State District Court.  He is accused in the death of his father, Carlos Colon Cacho, 49, who was pronounced dead at the scene.  

A booking photo of Carlos Raushawn Cacho is attached to this news release. 

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant C. Mangano and Detective A. Lopez reported:  

HPD patrol officers responded to a cutting call at the above address and found Mr. Carlos Colon Cacho deceased inside the apartment.  Paramedics responded to the scene and pronounced him deceased from a stab wound.  His son, Carlos Raushawn Cacho, was detained at the scene and later confessed to investigators he had stabbed his father. 
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Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev vs. Anthony Yarde Mandatory Bout Scheduled for August 24 in Chelyabinsk, Russia

Jul 22, 2019
Photo Credit: David Spagnolo / Main Events

Chelyabinsk, Russia: Fighting in his own hometown for the first time in his professional boxing career, WBO World Light Heavyweight Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (33-3-1, 28 KOs) takes on the WBO’s mandatory challenger, Anthony Yarde (18-0, 17 KOs) of the UK, on Saturday, August 24th at the Traktor Arena in Chelyabinsk, Russia. The event will be presented by RCC Promotions, Main Events, Krusher Promotions and Queensberry Promotions. This will be Kovalev’s 16th consecutive world title bout. That is more than the three other light heavyweight champions combined.
The Three-Time World Light Heavyweight Champ, Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, explained the significance of this fight. “I am thrilled to fight for the first time in my home town of Chelyabinsk. It is a dream to defend my WBO title in front of all my friends and family back home. Thank you to Igor Altushkin, Egis Klimas and Main Events for making this dream a reality and thank you to Anthony Yarde for agreeing to fight in my backyard.”
Challenger, Anthony Yarde, replied, “I am more than happy to achieve my goal in Russia and I think it is only right that a great world champion such as Kovalev is given the opportunity to defend in his home country. He has earned that right. What I know is that on Aug. 24 another World Title belt will be under British ownership and I will have done it the hard way-one that nobody will be able to question” He continued, “This is my time and I am going to show the world what I am all about. Everything has fallen perfectly into place for me. This will be my coronation as world champion and I am going to realize my dream by beating the most decorated of the current world title holders.”
“We are so pleased that Sergey, one of boxing’s greatest all-time road warriors, will finally get the chance to defend his title in his own hometown, where he grew up and where his most-devoted fan base resides,” said promoter Kathy Duva of Main Events. “I can only imagine how excited Sergey’s friends and neighbors will be to finally get the chance to see him perform in person. We are most grateful to Igor Altushkin, RCC Promotions, Queensberry Promotions and Anthony Yarde for making this great event possible.”
Kovalev’s long-time manager and friend, Egis Klimas added, “Sergey has wanted to fight in his hometown for a long time. But he has always been the one to go and fight in another fighter’s backyard. Now that he is back where he rightfully belongs, on top of the light heavyweight division, it is exciting that he finally gets this opportunity. Thank you to RCC Promotions, Igor Altushkin, Queensberry Promotions and, of course, Anthony Yarde for making this fight possible.”
“It is a fantastic opportunity for Anthony and he has earned his shot by working his way to the No.1 spot in the rankings. He has showed what he is all about by being prepared to go into Kovalev’s backyard and it demonstrates the confidence he has in his own ability,” explained Yarde’s promoter, Frank Warren. “Everybody knows Kovalev is a tremendous puncher and a fearsome presence in the ring. It is something we first saw over here when he fought Nathan Cleverly, and he has continued to operate at the very highest level. Anthony possesses tremendous self-belief and we back him to come away with the spoils. But whatever does happen in the fight, it is one that he will take a lot of valuable experience from.”
The fight will be seen on Match TV in Russia, BT Sport in the UK and US distribution information will be released soon.

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FIFA eWorld Cup Grand Final 2019 – Media registration now open

Jul 22, 2019
Dear media colleagues,The FIFA eWorld Cup™ 2019 returns to The O2 in London from 2-4 August and will feature the world’s best 32 competitive FIFA players, who will battle it out to be crowned FIFA eWorld Cup 2019 champion.We are looking forward to welcoming you in London and to providing media with live on-site access to one of the fastest growing sports at one of the world’s most iconic music and entertainment venues.In order to apply for media accreditation, please register HERE. Should your registration be accepted, a confirmation email will be sent to you prior to start of the event.Please note that accredited media can collect passes at The O2 reception desk upon arrival. Desk opening hours will be as follows:2 August:  8:30-18:003 & 4  August: 10:00-18:00A FIFA eWorld Cup Grand Final 2019 Media Booklet including general event information, background stories on all 32 Grand Finalists and detailed information on the rundown, content production opportunities and restrictions will also be available before 2 August. In order to access, please click HERE.A provisional schedule of media activities at the FIFA eWorld Cup 2019 can be found below. Please note that all timings and media activities are subject to change:1 August – Opening NightWelcome Night – Please note that accredited media interested in one-to-one interviews and photo opportunities with players and FIFA representatives before the event are invited to attend the FIFA eWorld Cup 2019 Welcome Night.To register your interest in attending the Welcome Night, please contact media@fifa.org for further details.2 August – Group Stage Day10:00-15:00: Group Stage Matches – Groups A & C15:00-15:30: Mixed Zone Media Session15:30-20:30: Group Stage Matches – Groups B & D20:30-21:00: Mixed Zone Media Session3 August – Knockout Stage Day11:00-13:00: Final Group Stage Matches – Groups A & C13:00-13:30: Mixed Zone Media Session13:30-15:30: Final Group Stage Matches – Groups B & D15:30-16:00: Mixed Zone Media Session16:00-19:30: Round of 16 and Quarter-Finals19:30-20:00: Mixed Zone Media Session (Losing players only)19:30-21:00: Press conference with the semi-finalists as well as with EA SPORTS and FIFA representatives4 August – Final Showdown Day14:00: Doors open15:00-17:00: PlayStation and Xbox Semi-Finals17:00-17:30: Mixed Zone Media Session17:30-19:00: Final Showdown19:00-20:00: Mixed Zone Media SessionAdditional media opportunities29 July – 2 August
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Teofimo Lopez: “Nobody is Going to Stand in My Way”

Jul 22, 2019
Friday: Teofimo Lopez Set to Begin Lightweight Takeover Against Masayoshi Nakatani LIVE on ESPN+ 

LIVE and exclusively on ESPN+ beginning at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT

Entire undercard to stream on ESPN+ at 6:30 p.m ET/ 3:30 p.m. PT

(Photo Credit: Mikey Williams / Top Rank) 


OXON HILL, Md. (July 17, 2019) —Teofimo Lopez is on the fast track to a world title shot. Standing in his way is a fellow unbeaten fighter, Masayoshi Nakatani, the longtime OBPF lightweight king who represents the stiffest test of Lopez’s young career.

Lopez (13-0, 11 KOs) and Nakatani (18-0, 12 KOs) will meet Friday at MGM National Harbor in an IBF world title eliminator, with the winner assured a shot at world champion Richard Commey later this year. The stakes are high, and Lopez, who has never gone past seven rounds as a pro, might have to go significant professional rounds for the first time. The consensus 2018 Prospect of the Year, Lopez has knocked out his last five opponents, most recently stopping Edis Tatli in five rounds April 20 on the Terence Crawford-Amir Khan pay-per-view undercard. 

Lopez-Nakatani and the IBF junior welterweight world title eliminator between unbeatens Maxim Dadashev and Subriel Matias will stream live on ESPN+ — the industry-leading sports streaming service — starting at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

The middleweight clash between Esquiva Falcao and Jesus Antonio Gutierrez will be the featured bout on the undercard stream live on ESPN+ beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT. 

Two days before his first main event as a pro, at a media workout at Old School Boxing, this is what Lopez had to say.

On Friday’s fight

“I see myself as a performer in the ring, and I am coming to the MGM National Harbor to put on a show. I have respect for Nakatani because he is undefeated like me, but nobody is going to stand in my way.”

On the future

“This is what my father and I have worked for since I started training as a young kid. He envisioned this type of success for me, and here we are, headlining a card on ESPN+ one win away from a world title shot.”

“We all know what is at stake on Friday. But if you think too far ahead, you get careless. Nakatani is my only concern right now. After Friday night, we can talk about the future. Nakatani has been fighting 12-rounders since before I turned pro, so he has a lot of valuable experience. I believe my talent will outweigh his experience.”

“I say this before all of my fights — I go in there to take over the show. I’m a main event fighter now, and that won’t change. When people watch me fight, they put down their phones because they don’t want to miss anything. For the boxing fans living in the Northeast, come down and watch me fight. And if you can’t make it down, check out the best show of the weekend on ESPN+.” 

On his role as an entertainer

“I do all of that stuff — the backflips and the Fortnite celebrations — because I want to entertain. I want people to remember my name. I’m a fighter, but I am also an entertainer. That’s been lost in today’s game. I’m unique in the sport of boxing.”

On his recent weight struggles

“The weight is not an issue. I’ve been working with a new nutrition team, Perfecting Athletes, and they have made all the difference. I’ll be able to make lightweight for a few more fights.”Promoted by Top Rank, tickets priced at $100, $75, $50 and $25 (not including applicable fees) are on sale now and can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com or in person at the MGM National Harbor.

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