Mar 6, 2020
(ABOVE Oscar Duarte and Andres Garcia face off at their press conference today ahead of their 10-round fight for the NABF Lightweight Title on Mar. 7 and streamed live on Facebook Watch) 

PhotosPhoto Credit: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

CHIHUAHUA, MEXICO. (Mar. 5, 2020): Oscar Duarte (18-1, 13 KOs) and Andres Garcia (13-2-1, 8 KOs) hosted their final press conference today at the J. Quissime Restaurant Bar in Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico ahead of their 10-round fight for the vacant NABF Lightweight Title. The event will take place Saturday, Mar. 7 at The Gimnasio Municipal in Chihuahua, Mexico and will be streamed live on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page
Below is what today’s participants had to say at the press conference: OSCAR DUARTE, Lightweight Contender:“The truth is, I’m super happy. I see all of this, and I don’t believe it. For me, it’s an honor to fight for the best promoter in the world, which is Golden Boy. And to fight here at my home, it’s also an honor. For this fight, I prepared myself very well, and I feel ready to win. We are going to win a new title this Saturday, and then we’re going for more.” ANDRES GARCIA, Lightweight Contender:“I want to thank God for the great opportunity to be part of this card. I’m here to tell you that I didn’t come to Mexico for nothing. I’ve been preparing. I’m coming to this fight, and I’m willing to take that title to my homeland, to my people in Fonseca, Colombia, who have never had a title like the one I am going to give them.” LUIS HERNANDEZ, Super Lightweight Contender:“I am very prepared, and I hope that my opponent is too. For me it’s a beautiful thing to return to Parral, Mexico. A lot of fighters have started their careers here, including some of my teammates. I also made my debut in Parral. I think it will be complicated for my opponent to take this title to Colombia.” PLACIDO RAMIREZ, Super Lightweight Contender:“I want to thank God, my agent, and my coaches for allowing me to fight as part of this undercard. I’m ready to show myself off and give a good fight. I’m prepared to take the title to my home city of Soplaviento, Colombia.” WILLIAM ZEPEDA, Lightweight Contender:“It’s an honor for me to be part of an undercard like this. I want to thank all the people who have supported me. I’ve trained well for this fight and I feel very motivated and prepared. I know I have a good rival here, but I have the desire to win and start 2020 on the right foot and keep moving forward.” Duarte vs. Garcia is a 10-round fight for the vacant NABF Lightweight Title presented by Golden Boy in association with the Municipality of Hidalgo del Parral and 2M Promotions. The event will take place Saturday, March 7 at the Gimnasio Municipal in Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico. The fights will be streamed live globally on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page.
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Mar 6, 2020
HOUSTON – The Houston Health Department announced today the first presumptive positive case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the city of Houston. The case is a male in the 60 to 70 age range with a history of international travel. 

The man is experiencing mild symptoms and is self-quarantine at home. He is part of the same group of travelers to Egypt associated with recent cases announced in Fort Bend County and Harris County. There is no evidence of community spread.

CDC is currently requesting COVID-19 specimens that test positive be sent to the CDC lab for further confirmation, but local testing is considered actionable.

The Houston Health Department laboratory this week began COVID-19 testing specimens collected by area medical providers from patients meeting COVID-19 testing criteria set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“All the cases in the Houston area have international travel in common and we’ve been actively monitoring these individuals since they were identified as being at-risk,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said. “I encourage Houstonians to limit international travel for the time being and heed the advice of public health officials about healthy hygiene habits. If you are feeling sick, stay at home. But do not be paralyzed by fear.”

The health department has launched an investigation to identify any potential contacts exposed to the virus. The department will provide close contacts guidance about the virus and monitor them for the development of symptoms.

“The patient knew to monitor for symptoms and quickly sought medical care when he started feeling ill” said Dr. David Persse, local health authority for the Houston Health Department. “His quick action and the response of the public health system signifies that the potential for public exposure in Houston is minimal.”

People who recently returned to the United States from a COVID-19 outbreak area need to monitor for fever, cough and difficulty breathing for at least 14 days and seek medical care right away if they develop symptoms. Before going to a doctor’s office or emergency room, symptomatic people with a travel history to a COVID-19 outbreak area must call ahead to tell the healthcare professionals about their recent travel and symptoms.

If a person has not been around anyone with COVID-19 or has not visited an ongoing COVID-19 outbreak area, they are not at risk.

Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:Respiratory droplets released into the air by coughing and sneezing;Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands;Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands; andWhile COVID-19 is a new respiratory virus, daily precautions recommended to prevent respiratory illnesses are the same:Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.Avoid close contact with people who are sick.Stay home when you are sick.Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use the elbow of your sleeve.Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.Privacy protection laws only permit the release of limited patient information. The health department is unable to release any additional patient information.
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2nd Suspect Arrested, Charged in Fatal Shooting in 2100 Johnson Street

Mar 6, 2020
2nd Suspect Arrested, Charged in Fatal Shooting in 2100 Johnson Street
Charges have been filed against a second suspect arrested in the fatal shooting of two men at 2100 Johnson Street about 11 p.m. on Sunday (March 1).  

The male juvenile suspect, 16, has been referred to Harris County Juvenile Probation authorities on a capital murder charge.  Another suspect, Daniel Puccio (w/m, 19), is in custody and charged with capital murder in the 180th State District Court.  

Both are accused in the death of Tristan Youngs, 23.  The second deceased male has been identified as Tomas Amieza-Mejia, 18.  

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

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant J. Horn and Detective J. Escobar reported:  

Mr. Youngs agreed to meet with Puccio at the above address to sell narcotics.  During the transaction, Puccio fled on foot.  Youngs was confronted by Amiez-Mejia and the 16-year-old male, who ran up to the vehicle from a nearby vacant residence.  Youngs exchanged gunfire with Amiez-Mejia, who died at the scene.  Youngs was transported to St. Joseph’s Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased.  

A preliminary investigation identified Puccio as a suspect in this case and he was later detained.  Puccio admitted to homicide investigators he contacted the victim to purchase narcotics and intended to rob the victim of his money.  

Further investigation identified the 16-year-old male as a second suspect in this case.  He was arrested today (March 5) and has been charged for his involvement in this incident.   

Anyone with additional information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. 
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First African-American woman appointed to Port of Houston Authority board

Mar 6, 2020
First African-American woman appointed to Port of Houston Authority board
Mayor Turner and City Council approved historic nomination
HOUSTON – Mayor Sylvester Turner and the Houston City Council voted yesterday to approve the nomination of Cheryl Creuzot to serve as a member of the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority.

Creuzot, a  highly respected business and civic leader, will be the first African-American female port commissioner in the nearly 116 year history once she is sworn in.

“I am confident Cheryl Creuzot will be outstanding as Port Commissioner and that she will be a uniter for the community,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “She brings a breadth of experience to her new role and I’m pleased to be a part of this historic moment.”

“I look forward to working diligently. I am not only proud, but understand the immense responsibility of this appointment and I will work very hard with the seated commissioners to enable the port to accomplish its strategic goals,” said Cheryl Creuzot, Port of Houston Authority Port Commissioner. “Going into a new position, I will first continue listening and learning, and then rolling up my sleeves to get to work along with the other commissioners.and staff to make our port a global leader.”
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Mar 6, 2020


¡Los Boletos Saldrán a la vente el viernes 13 de marzo a las 10:00 a.m. PT!
LOS ÁNGELES, California 5 de marzo de 2020.— Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (34-3-1, 29 nocáuts), el ex monarca mundial de peso semicompleto y uno de los noqueadores más peligrosos en los últimos años, realizará su anticipado retorno ante el ex retador al campeonato mundial Sullivan Barrera (22-3, 14 nocáuts) en una batalla a 12 giros en peso crucero. La cartelera contará con pugilistas de cuatro países combatiendo por los cuatro organismos que rigen el boxeo mundial. El evento se efectuará el 25 de abril desde el Fantasy Springs Resort Casino y será transmitido en vivo exclusivamente por DAZN.
            “Me siento muy entusiasmado de poder anunciar una súper cartelera de corte Internacional en la que estarán envueltos peleadores de cuatro continentes, así como los cuatro organismos que rigen el boxeo mundial”, dijo Óscar de la Hoya, Presidente y Jefe Ejecutivo de Golden Boy. “Si, el exigente aficionado al boxeo de paga tendrá un festín de grandes peleas encabezada por el duelo estelar entre Sergey ‘Krusher’ Kovalev contra Sullivan Barrera, junto con los retornos de los campeones mundiales Patrick Teixeira, René y Félix Alvarado, y Chayaphon Moonsri. No se pierdan este festival de monarcas mundiales este 25 de abril desde el Fantasy Springs Resort Casino y en vivo por DAZN”, puntualizo.
            Kovalev es un artista de nocáut y ex triple monarca mundial semicompleto quién capturó su primer titulo en el 2013 cuando noqueó a Nathan Cleverly en Gales. El poderoso ruso viajó después a Atlantic City para derrotar por clara decisión al Salón de la Fama Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins y a la misma vez unificar los títulos OMB, AMB y FIB. El llamado “Krusher” como campeón mundial unificado, defendió sus títulos ante Jean Pascal y una vez ante Isaac Chilemba. El contendiente de 36 años de edad, a pesar de perder ante Andre “S.O.G.” Ward Eleider Alvarez, vengó su derrota ante Álvarez y se anotó un triunfo por la vía del nocaut técnico ante el entonces invicto Anthony Yarde. Kovalev regresará después de haber escenificado el evento boxístico más importante del año 2019 frente a Canelo Álvarez. 
            “Estoy feliz de volver al ring para ponerme en el camino a los combates de campeonato mundial”, dijo Sergey Kovalev. “Barrera es un boxeador cubano y, aunque nunca me enfrenté a ningún peleador cubano como profesional, en mi tiempo como amateur siempre teníamos boxeadores rusos compitiendo con boxeadores cubanos, así que espero recordar mi tiempo como púgil amateur. Estoy muy contento de regresar y traerles mi boxeo a mis fanáticos el 25 de abril”, aseveró.
            Barrera, después de una espectacular carrera amateur, desertó Cuba a los Estados Unidos en 2009 y realizó su debut profesional en Miami, Florida. En sólo su octava pelea capturó dos títulos regionales al derrotar a Frank Paines en 2011, y después siguió con victorias contra púgiles como Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy y Karo Murat. Barrera sufrió su primera derrota contra Andre Ward, pero regresó para borrar la calidad de invicto de Vyacheslav Shabranskyy y se anotó una victoria por decisión contra Joe Smith Jr. Las únicas otras derrotas del contendiente de 38 años han sido contra Dmitry Bivol y Jesse Hart en peleas muy duras, y ahora buscará otra oportunidad al título mundial en este 2020.
            “Esta pelea es la más importante de toda mi carrera porque siempre he perseguido a Sergey Kovalev”, afirmó Sullivan Barrera. “Sé que Kovalev tiene que ganar para continuar con su carrera, pero para mí es igual. Es muy importante ganar esta pelea, y sería como obtener el campeonato mundial. Esto es lo que significa finalmente enfrentarme a Kovalev. Quiero agradecer a Golden Boy por creer en nosotros y por brindarnos la oportunidad que siempre hemos querido de enfrentar a Kovalev. Nos vemos este 25 de abril”, agregó.             “Sullivan Barrera pasó la mayoría de su carrera profesional con Main Events, así que una pelea entre Kovalev y Barrera es algo que naturalmente anticipábamos por mucho tiempo,” afirmo Kathy Duva, Jefa Ejecutiva de Main Events. “¡Y ahora aquí estamos! Este es un combate solido entre dos peleadores de acción que jamás han rechazado un reto”, subrayó.
            “Esta puede ser la ultima oportunidad para ambos púgiles”, afirmó Joseph Markowski, Vicepresidente Ejecutivo de DAZN. “Una victoria puede lanzar a cualquier de los dos hacia una oportunidad titular. Una derrota puede significar que el fin está cerca. Habrá mucho en juego cuando Kovalev y Barrera entren al ring el 25 de abril”, aseveró.
            Patrick Teixeira (31-1, 22 nocáuts) de Sau Paulo, Brasil realizará la primera defensa de su título mundial superwelter OMB ante el invicto retador Brian “El Boxi” Castaño (16-0-1, 12 nocáuts) de Buenos Aires, Argentina en una batalla a 12 episodios.
            “Estoy contento y emocionado de defender mi campeonato mundial por primera vez,” afirmó Patrick Teixeira. “Trabajé muy duro para convertirme en monarca mundial, y no voy a dejar que alguien me lo quite. Sé que Castaño es el retador obligatorio que es fuerte y experimentado, pero mi equipo y yo estamos más que listos para dar una guerra y brindar una gran actuación para los fanáticos en el Fantasy Springs”, finalizó.
            René “El Gemelo” Alvarado (32-8, 21 nocáuts) pondrá en línea su campeonato mundial superpluma AMB ante Roger “The Kid” Gutiérrez (24-3-1, 20 nocáuts) de Maracaibo, Venezuela. Alvarado defenderá su cinturón por primera vez tras despojar violentamente el titulo al otrora campeón Andrew “El Chango” Cancio en noviembre de 2019, mientras que Gutiérrez vendrá tras una racha invicta de cinco peleas incluyendo un triunfo sorpresivo ante Eduardo “Rocky” Hernández
Chayaphon Moonsri (54-0, 18 nocáuts), el púgil tailandés quien actualmente posee el récord invicto más impresionante en el boxeo, defenderá su campeonato mundial CMB de peso mínimo ante Marco J.Rementizo (12-3, 9 nocáuts) de Misamis Oriental, Filipinas.
            Félix “El Gemelo” Alvarado (35-2, 30 nocáuts) de Managua, Nicaragua defenderá su campeonato mundial minimosca FIB ante DeeJay Kriel (16-1-1, 8 nocáuts) de Boksburg, Sudáfrica en una batalla a 12 episodios. Félix, quien es el hermano gemelo de René, combatirá por primera vez tras firmar con Golden Boy.
            El ex monarca mundial Alberto “Explosivo” Machado (22-2, 18 nocáuts) de San Juan, Puerto Rico buscará acercarse a su esperada meta de ser campeón en dos divisiones cuando se enfrente a Cristian Báez (18-1, 17 nocáuts) de Caracas, Venezuela en un combate a 10 vueltas en la división de peso ligero.
            Diego de la Hoya (22-1, 10 nocáuts) de Mexicali, Baja California, México y Manuel “Tino” Ávila (23-2-1, 8 nocáuts) de Fairfield, California se medirán en un combate a 10 asaltos entre dos destacados contendientes de peso pluma.
            Shane Mosley Jr. (15-3, 9 nocáuts) el recién firmado contendiente de las 160 libras de Pomona, California, realizará su debut con Golden Boy en un combate a ocho giros contra Abraham Cordero (13-5-21, 7 nocáuts) de Guadalajara, Jalisco, México.
            Héctor Valdez (12-0, 8 nocáuts) de Dallas, Texas retornará en un duelo a ocho episodios en peso supergallo frente a un oponente que se anunciará en breve,
            Kovalev vs. Barrera es una atracción especial a 12 asaltos en peso crucero presentado por Golden Boy, Main Events y Krusher Promotions. El evento es patrocinado por Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle.” El evento se efectuará el 25 de abril desde el Fantasy Springs Resort Casino y será transmitido en vivo exclusivamente por DAZN.
            Los boletos para Kovalev vs Barrera saldrán a la venta el viernes 13 de marzo a las 10:00 a.m. PT. Los boletos tienen un precio de $65, $45 y $35 dólares. Los precios no incluyen cargos por servicio. Los boletos están disponibles en la taquilla de Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, llamando al 1-800-827-2946, o comprando en línea en www.fantasyspringsresort.com.

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Mar 6, 2020


Week-Long Celebration Includes UFC 252, UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, and UFC Fan Experience

Las Vegas – UFC® today announced that the 9th Annual UFC International Fight Week™ will take place in Las Vegas from Tuesday, July 7, through Sunday, July 12. The week-long series of events will be headlined by UFC® 252, presented by Modelo,the 2020 UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonyand a two-day, interactive UFC Fan Experience®.

Among the highlights, the prestigious 2020 UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Toyo Tires® will be held on Thursday, July 9, at The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort. The event will honor specific achievements and contributions to UFC and the sport of Mixed Martial Arts, as well as recognize the global brand’s inaugural Forrest Griffin Community Award recipient.

On Friday, July 10, and continuing on Saturday, July 11, fans will be able to take part in a fully interactive and easily accessible free, two-day UFC Fan Experience at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. The two-day experience will feature meet and greets, autograph sessions, and partner activations that provide unparalleled access to UFC champions, Hall of Famers, top-ranked contenders, and other UFC personalities.

In addition, fans from around the world who converge on Las Vegas for UFC International Fight Week will be able to enjoy the open workouts, weigh-ins, press conferences and live entertainment of a traditional Fight Week leading to the schedule’s culminating event, UFC® 252, on Saturday, July 11, at T-Mobile Arena. Details regarding UFC Hall of Fame inductees, the bout card for UFC 252, and additional events for UFC International Fight Week will be announced at a later date. For more information, visit UFCFIGHTWEEK.com.

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Suspect Arrested, Charged in Fatal Crash at 7100 South Gessner Road

Mar 6, 2020
Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in a fatal crash at 7100 South Gessner Road about 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday (March 3).  

The suspect, Abigail Annette Johnson (b/f, 25), is charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter in the 209th State District Court.  A booking photo of Johnson is attached to this news release.  

The identity of the male and female victims are pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.  

HPD Vehicular Crimes Division Sergeant P. Lee and Officer C. Loring reported:  

The driver of a red Kia, traveling westbound on Neff Street, left a stop sign at the intersection of South Gessner and attempted to turn left.  Suspect Johnson was driving a gold Ford Expedition northbound on South Gessner, possibly at a high rate of speed, when her vehicle struck the Kia.  The Kia was pushed across the median and struck a silver Toyota Corolla traveling southbound on South Gessner.  The Ford spun and also struck the Corolla.  

The male driver and female passenger of the Kia were pronounced dead at the scene. 

Johnson was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital in an unknown condition.  She was determined to be intoxicated and subsequently charged for her role in the crash.  The driver of the Corolla was not injured. 
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Sam Clarkson Jr. Squares off Against Israel Duffus for Ring Of Hope’s “Night To Fight” on March 7 in Irving TX

Mar 6, 2020


IRVINE, TX (March 4, 2020) – Fort Worth born-and-bred boxer Sam Clarkson Jr. was highly motivated by the wrong forces growing up. He was heading down dangerous Dallas roads, ones that could potentially not only derail his life, but spoil his boxing talents as well.
Before the Cedar HIll native found the sweet science at the age of 17, he was already going in and out of jail. 
Reflecting on his regressions today, Clarkson Jr. is not proud of his decisions, but he doesn’t regret them either because it made him the stronger. 
Non-profit organization Ring Of Hope was created in 2010 to help kids like Clarkson Jr. in the greater Dallas area escape trouble. Over the last decade, Ring Of Hope has transformed communities and changed the lives of the youth by educating, empowering and engaging students through the fundamentals of boxing.
Clarkson Jr. is proof of the promise that Ring Of Hope presents. He embodies the organization’s mission , and now, Clarkson Jr. (22-5, 15 KOs) will headline Ring Of Hope’s ninth annual “Night To Fight” on Saturday, March 7 when he takes on the Freddie Roach-trained Israel Duffus (19-6, 16 KOs) at the Toyota Music Factory in Irving, Texas. 
“It’s truly a huge blessing to headline Ring of Hope’s event,” said Clarkson Jr. “It’s great to see how Ring of Hope opens its doors to everyone and people of all different backgrounds. I want to become a part of a movement to show kids who may have troubled backgrounds that boxing accepts you no matter who you are.”
The light heavyweight Clarkson is a nine-year veteran who’s defeated the likes of Cedric Agnew and also challenged Dmitry Bivol and Jesse Hart in the past. 
Before the 29-year-old southpaw appeared multiple times under the bright lights of Showtime television, he racked up an amateur record of 89-9 and won the National Pals in 2009 and the Ringside silver medal in 2010. Clarkson is also a two-time Texas Golden Gloves champion.
“I was a firecracker always up for a fight,” said Clarkson Jr. “I turned a negative into a positive. When I got introduced to boxing, it was mine, and I have stayed out of trouble for the last 13 years. Boxing has changed my life. For kids who are like me when I was growing up, if you have the right passion, there are no limitations to who you can become.”
Clarkson Jr. has frequented Ring of Hope gyms ever since its inception, whether it be for sparring, reconnecting with coaches and old friends or simply speaking and guiding children.
“A lot of the kids at Ring of Hope look up to me because I am a professional boxer. It feels great to motivate them,” said Clarkson Jr. “Ring of Hope is a great platform to help kids escape the streets. I take my hat off to them.
“I’ve returned to my comfort zone with spirituality. I’ve been reading the Bible a lot more and believe that God will set-up everything for me as a family man and a provider. I’ve fallen short a lot in the past, but ever since I’ve refocused my career, everything is falling back into place. I’m excited, and I can’t wait to put on a great show. Everyone will be pleased to see my skills. I’ll be coming to make a statement. I’m coming with a chip on my shoulder and I’m looking to dominate.”
Clarkson Jr. will attempt to conquer the Panamanian pugilist Duffus, a 27-year-old who’s been training with the Hall of Fame coach Roach at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles ever since he permanently moved to the United States in 2014. 
“The last few years have been rough for me. I split with my wife, and we have two very young children. The last thing on my mind in the middle of the storm was boxing,” said Duffus. “My personal issues were affecting me, but I’m doing better now, and I’m focused on putting my career back on track.”
Duffus was riding an eight-fight winning from 2017 and 2018 before his problems outside of the ring took over. He lost his next two fights by unanimous decision. Finally in a better place, he’s looking to bounce back versus Clarkson Jr.
“Freddie has a lot of confidence in me and my talent,” said Duffus, who also has an amateur record of 98-10. “He tells me exactly what I need to do to take advantage of my opponent, and that’s what I plan on doing March 7.”
Also to be featured in separate bouts are welterweights Jessy Martinez (14-0, 9 KOs) and Brandyn Lynch (10-1, 8 KOs), cruiserweight Robin Safar (10-0, 7 KOs) and heavyweight Patrick Mailata (4-0, 2 KOs), Austin-based super lightweight Robert Kevin Garcia (6-0, 5 KOs) and the Corpus Christi-based lightweight John Rincon (4-0, 2 KOs).
Night To Fight will be available live on Integrated Sports Pay Per View on cable, satellite and digital pay-per-view via iN DemandVubiquityDIRECTV and DISH in the United States, Shaw PPV in Canada and worldwide via the FITE.TV app and website.
Hall of Fame Showtime TV broadcaster Al Bernstein, former two-division world champion Paulie Malignaggi and LA Times and Boxing Scene journalist and writer Manouk Akopyan will call the action from ringside.

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