FIGHTERS COMPETING IN SATURDAY’S SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING

Jul 31, 2020

FIGHTERS COMPETING IN SATURDAY’S SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® MAIN AND CO-MAIN EVENTS, PLUS, SHOWTIME SPORTS® PRESIDENT STEPHEN ESPINOZA MEDIA AVAILABILITY QUOTES

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Uncasville, Conn. – July 30, 2020 – Fighters taking part in Saturday’s SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® main and co-main events participated in a virtual media availability ZOOM webinar on Thursday in advance of SHOWTIME®’s first live boxing event since March.

On Wednesday evening, it was announced previous main event fighter Stephen Fulton Jr. tested positive for COVID-19 and was removed from the 122-pound title fight versus Angelo Leo. Tramaine Williams will now step in to face fellow unbeaten Leo for the vacant WBO Jr. Featherweight World Championship in the main event. Ra’eese Aleem, who was previously scheduled to face Williams, will instead face 122-pound contender Marcus Bates in a rematch of their 2018 bout that saw Aleem walk away with a unanimous decision victory. The winner of Aleem vs. Bates will be in line for a shot at the WBA Super Bantamweight World Title.

The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast also features a light heavyweight rematch between Houston’s Joe George and Argentina’s Marcos Escudero that opens the telecast. The card is presented by Premier Boxing Champions and promoted by TGB and Mayweather Promotions in association with Kings Promotions. The main event is promoted in association with New World Sports and Warriors Boxing. 

SHOWTIME Sports’ President of Sports & Event Programming Stephen Espinoza also spoke on Thursday’s conference call.

FLASH QUOTES:

ANGELO LEO

“These things happen in boxing, so you just have to stay focused and prepared for anything. Luckily, Tramaine isn’t too much of a different fighter from Fulton. He’s got similar styles, the only difference is he’s southpaw. We’ll make some small adjustments but I’m in shape for whoever. I’m in the best shape of my life and once I get in that ring, I’ll make the necessary adjustments.

“I definitely want to paint a Picasso-like painting for the fans on Saturday night. Something really nice. I want to leave the fans happy with a great performance and I want them to know who the real Angelo Leo is.”

TRAMAINE WILLIAMS

“When I got the news that I would be stepping up the main event, it was bittersweet. It was bitter because Stephen Fulton prepared eight weeks to fight for a world title. He’s been dreaming of that his whole life and he didn’t get that opportunity so my heart goes out to him. It was sweet on my end because I get to fight for a world title and that’s something I’ve always wanted to do my whole life.

“About a year ago, I started a top-five or top-ten fighters I had on notice. I always paid attention to all of the fighters in my weight class. I’ve been prepared for the chance to face Leo for a while. I’ve had my eye on all of these guys for a year and some change now. It’s not like he’s a random opponent for me, I’ve had my eye on him.”

RA’EESE ALEEM

“My first fight against Marcus was a good fight, I believe I won every round. That was my first fight back after a two-and-a-half-year layoff. I just couldn’t get a fight and he accepted the challenge at that time. I gave him his first loss and you always remember your first loss. I’m sure he thinks about me at night.

“Facing a new opponent on late notice doesn’t take away from my aggression, if anything it amps it up. I’m probably going to be more aggressive, if anything, because it is more of a grudge match. The first time that I fought him, head-to-head, I beat him fair and square and he has the audacity to say that something was up with his water or whatever. Real fighters don’t make excuses and that’s exactly what he has done. He called me out and told people I was scared to fight him. Well, now he gets his chance and it’s going to be more than what he bargained for.”

MARCUS BATES

“I’ve been working hard to get to where I’m at and everybody who boxes dreams of being a world champion. For this to fall into place at this point of my career, I think it’s perfect timing a perfect opportunity. I’ve wanted the rematch with Aleem and I couldn’t get it, so for us to get the rematch on SHOWTIME is great. If I win this, I will be in position to fight for a world title and every boxer’s dream is to get a belt.

“Even though there was a chance I wouldn’t be fighting, I came here expecting to fight. I didn’t come all the way up here just to go home without a fight. Once they told me I was definitely fighting and it was going to be a rematch to the only guy I’ve lost to, I was very excited. I always wanted to fight him again after I lost to him so I’m so excited.”

STEPHEN ESPINOZA

“We are thrilled with the quality of the card, we are obviously disappointed for Stephen [Fulton], but it’s not a huge surprise to be completely honest. We have worked very hard to minimize the risk but we know we can’t eliminate the risk altogether. In some sense, this was inevitable. We were going to get some positive tests and we worked hard to be prepared. One of the things that we did notice in observing other combat sports and other sports generally, was that there really is no way to avoid positive tests. At this point, our focus was on being prepared and having backup fighters prepared, trained, COVID-tested, so that in the event of an unfortunate positive test we would be prepared and could move forward hopefully seamlessly as we have on this card.

“I think the key for this card is storylines. Even before the changes this was a card filled with up-and-coming young boxers, promising prospects and rising stars. With the loss of Stephen Fulton Jr., that has remained the same nonetheless. We have Angelo Leo, a Mayweather Promotions prospect from Albuquerque, N.M., who is a very good young boxer and excellent body puncher looking for the opportunity at his first world title. Tramaine Williams came here expecting to be on the undercard in the co-feature and instead he has found himself with the biggest opportunity of his career. We thank the WBO for working with us and maintaining the title fight. We have now instead of the No. 1 and No. 2 contenders in the WBO, we have the No. 2 and No. 6 so no real drop-off in quality of the fight.”

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Heavyweight finishers collide at UFC Apex

Jul 31, 2020

HARD-HITTING HEAVYWEIGHT FINISHERS

(#4) DERRICK LEWIS AND (#11) ALEKSEI OLEINIK

COLLIDE AT UFC® APEX

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FEATURED BOUTS:

(#11) OMARI AKHMEDOV vs. CHRIS WEIDMAN

(#14) BENEIL DARIUSH vs. SCOTT HOLTZMAN

Las Vegas – UFC® continues its run of August events at UFC APEX, headlined by a battle of heavyweight contenders, as No. 4 ranked Derrick Lewis squares off with No. 11 Aleksei Oleinik. The co-main event will feature No. 11 ranked middleweight contender Omari Akhmedov, who aims to take out his first former UFC champion when he faces Chris Weidman.

The event will be closed to the public and will be produced with only essential personnel in attendance pursuant to a Health, Safety and Operations plan approved by the Nevada Athletic Commission.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT ON ESPN+®: LEWIS vs. OLEINIK will take place Saturday, August 8 at UFC APEX in Las Vegas, with all fights carried exclusively on ESPN+ in English and Spanish. The main card begins at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT on Saturday, August 8, with the prelims kicking off at 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT.

A former title challenger, Lewis (23-7 1NC, fighting out of Houston, Texas) is among the most exciting KO artists in the heavyweight division. Throughout his UFC run, he has delivered impressive KO finishes against Alexander Volkov, Marcin Tybura and Travis Browne. Lewis also holds a decision victory over perennial top contender Francis Ngannou. Lewis now looks to earn his third consecutive win to re-assert himself as a dangerous title threat.

Considered among the most skilled heavyweight grapplers, Oleinik (59-13-1, fighting out of Moscow, Russia) continues to turn heads with his trademark Ezekiel choke submission. A 24-year MMA veteran, he has delivered spectacular victories over Fabricio Werdum, Mark Hunt and Mirko Cro Cop. Oleinik now hopes to add another top heavyweight to his hit list and crack the UFC heavyweight top five for the first time in his career.

Unbeaten since returning to the middleweight division in 2017, Akhmedov (20-4-1, fighting out of Makhachkala, Russia) goes for his most important win yet. A gritty Sambo fighter, Akhmedov secured hard-fought wins over Ian Heinisch, Zak Cummings and Tim Boetsch. In the biggest spotlight of his career, Akhmedov has his sights set on taking out his first former UFC champion to continue his ascent up the 185-pound ladder.

A former UFC middleweight champion, Weidman (14-5, fighting out of Baldwin, N.Y.) returns to the 185-pound division ready to climb back to the top of the mountain. A decorated grappler, Weidman dethroned all-time great Anderson Silva for the middleweight belt in 2013. During his reign he netted successful title defenses against Silva, Lyoto Machida and Vitor Belfort. Weidman now aims to re-enter the middleweight rankings with a dominant win over a tough emerging contender.

Additional bouts on the card include:

  • Maki Pitolo (12-5, fighting out of Mākaha, Hawaii) squares off with Darren Stewart (11-4 1NC, fighting out of London, England) in an exciting middleweight bout
  • No. 8 ranked women’s bantamweight contender and former women’s featherweight title challenger Yana Kunitskaya (12-5 1NC, fighting out of Coconut Creek, FL by way of Saint Petersburg, Russia) meets debuting Julija Stoliarenko (9-3-1, fighting out of Kaunas, Lithuania)
  • In a battle of rising lightweights, No. 14 ranked contender Beneil Dariush (18-4-1, fighting out of Yorba Linda, Calif.) takes on Scott Holtzman (14-3, fighting out of Knoxville, Tenn.)
  • Tim Means (29-12-1 1NC, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.) makes his 22nd UFC appearance against Laureano Staropoli (9-2, fighting out of La Plata, Argentina)
  • Nasrat Haqparast (11-3, fighting out of Hamburg, Germany) hopes to return to his winning ways when he faces undefeated Alex Munoz (6-0, fighting out of Sacramento, Calif.)
  • Andrew Sanchez (12-5, fighting out of Montreal, Quebec, Canada) locks horns with Wellington Turman (16-3, fighting out of Curitiba, Brazil)
  • Gavin Tucker (11-1, fighting out of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada) meets Justin Jaynes (16-4, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.) in a clash of entertaining featherweights
  • Youssef Zalal (9-2, fighting out of Englewood, Colo. by way of Casablanca, Morocco) aims to continue his momentum when he meets Peter Barrett (11-3, fighting out of Somerville, Mass.)
  • Irwin Rivera (9-5, fighting out of Hudson Valley, N.Y. by way of Mexico City, Mexico) hopes to earn his first UFC victory when he takes on Ali Alqaisi (8-3, fighting out of Jordan)

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Houston Health Department launches multilingual COVID-19 education campaign, Mayor Turner proclaims August Better.

Jul 31, 2020
HOUSTON HEALTH DEPARTMENT LAUNCHES MULTILINGUAL COVID-19 EDUCATION CAMPAIGN, MAYOR TURNER PROCLAIMS AUGUST BETTER. TOGETHER. MONTH
HOUSTON – Mayor Sylvester Turner and the Houston Health Department today launched Better. Together., a multilingual public health education campaign empowering Houstonians with the knowledge and skills to protect their families and communities from COVID-19.

Mayor Turner also proclaimed August 2020 Better. Together. Month, encouraging Houstonians to work toward the goal of reducing city’s COVID-19 positivity rate, currently at 23 percent, to 5 percent or lower.

“Thousands of our family and friends have been sickened and hundreds of Houstonians have died because of the virus,” said Mayor Turner. “Better. Together. means it will take Houstonians working together for our city to get better. It also reminds us the proven behaviors of wearing a mask, social distancing, washing hands and getting tested work better together to slow the spread.”

In addition to television, radio, print and digital advertisements, Better. Together. includes direct outreach into the city’s most vulnerable communities through neighborhood canvassing, signage in public places, toolkits for businesses and organizations, and virtual education sessions.  

“In order to bring our positivity rate down, we must continue to go directly into communities,” said Dr. Faith Foreman-Hays, chief of the health department’s Office of Chronic Disease, Health Education and Wellness. “This means we must educate people in their homes, schools, parks, businesses, houses of worship, restaurants and other places.”

As of July 30, there are 45,415 cases of COVID-19 and 432 associated deaths in Houston. The city’s Hispanic community is affected disproportionally and accounts for approximately 40 percent of cases and 45 percent of deaths.

Earlier this month, the health department launched Todos Juntos. Mejor, the Spanish-language segment of Better. Together., educating Hispanics about preventing the spread of the virus and sharing valuable information for families needing food, housing and mental health assistance.

The health department also saturated high-positivity communities with more than 71,000 flyers, 401,000 robocalls and 71,000 text messages in English and Spanish and engaged community stakeholders, including faith-based groups, to amplify the message.

Houstonians should visit HoustonHealth.org for information about free testing sites and protecting their families and communities from this deadly virus. The site provides information in many languages, including a Spanish section.
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First training session at Houston Sports Park after MLS is Back Tournament

Jul 31, 2020

Dynamo DF Maynor Figueroa (translated from Spanish)

(on the team returning to training after competing in the MLS is Back Tournament) “This is a process, we are still disappointed with the outcome of the tournament. We did not plan to be home right now, we planned to continue in the tournament. Now, we just have to keep growing and move forward. The first training session went well, our focus shifts to being in the best condition for when we begin playing again. Hopefully that is soon.”

(on preparing for the remainder of the season) “Well, we can only focus on ourselves and doing our part to execute Tab’s (Ramos) game plan as a team. That’s the most important thing right now. From there, we just have to do our part to be ready. Obviously, we want to continue playing, we want to compete and build on the last three games we had in Florida. Until then, we will remain patient and focused, just preparing in the best way possible for whatever is next.”

Defensa del Houston Dynamo Maynor Figueroa

(sobre el regreso del equipo tras competir en el torneo MLS is Back) “Claramente que estamos golpeados, por así decirlo. Por haber regresado a casa en el tiempo que no lo teníamos estipulado. Pero, bueno, al final seguimos en una línea ascendente y el primer entrenamiento ha sido muy bueno. Y esperando pues, encontrarnos cada día en la mejor condición para poder estar listos para cuando el torneo se reanude lo más pronto posible”.

(sobre cómo se mantiene el equipo enfocado tras no tener fechas para jugar) “Bueno, nosotros únicamente nos estamos enfocando en cada día ir perfeccionando la idea que el profe quiere como equipo. Y creo que eso es lo más importante. De allí, por lo demás, pues tenemos que estar listos. Claro está que nosotros queremos seguir jugando, queremos seguir competiendo más allá de estos tres partidos que hemos jugado. Pero, hay que ser paciente. Tanto hay que seguir enfocados y preparándonos de la mejor manera”.

Dynamo DF Kiki Struna

(on returning to training after participating in the MLS is Back Tournament) “It’s nice to be back in Houston, to be back with our families. We were three weeks without our families, so, it is very nice to be back home. Today was the first training session and we are preparing for what’s next. Right now, we are not sure 100 percent what is next, but we are preparing, and we hope to play as soon as possible.”

(on preparing to play for the rest of the season) “It is difficult, this is like the third preseason. But we have done this before, a few months ago. So, I think we must just take it day-by-day, give it 100 percent every day and when it is time, we will be ready.

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ANGELO LEO, TRAMAINE WILLIAMS, RA’EESE ALEEM, JOE GEORGE AND MARCOS ESCUDERO

Jul 31, 2020
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Uncasville, Conn. – July 29, 2020 – Boxing is back on SHOWTIME and five fighters taking part in Saturday’s SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® tripleheader participated in a media availability on Wednesday to discuss the bouts Presented by Premier Boxing Champions and taking place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Philadelphia’s 122-pound rising star Stephen Fulton Jr. will headline Saturday’s tripleheader (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) against talented, fellow undefeated contender Angelo Leo of the Mayweather stable in a marquee 12-round matchup for the vacant WBO junior featherweight world title. The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast features Tramaine Williams, of New Haven, Conn., clashing with Las Vegas-based Ra’eese Aleem in an intriguing, 50-50 matchup between talented, undefeated prospects in the co-featured bout and a light heavyweight rematch between Houston’s Joe George and Argentina’s Marcos Escudero that opens the telecast. Here is what the fighters had to say on today’s call. Due to a scheduling conflict, Fulton was unable to participate. ANGELO LEO “This is something I’ve worked my whole life for, so my preparation has been the best I’ve ever had, both physically and mentally. This is the day I’ve been waiting for and I have to seize the opportunity. “Floyd was in the gym with me a couple of times giving me pointers and helping work through my game plan. His wisdom combined with my trainer’s knowledge really meshed together for me. Floyd just told me to just stay calm, treat it like any other fight and do what I do best. I know the mental strength that Floyd has, and I’ve learned from it. I’ve learned from the best. “I definitely expect to be able to hurt Fulton. He talks a lot about how he’s fought a lot of undefeated fighters, but if you look closely, he’s been hurt before. I just want to make that point clear that he’s not untouchable. “This would be a great win for my hometown of Albuquerque. We haven’t had a champion since Johnny Tapia and to become a champion after him would mean a great deal to me and to the city. “It’s possible he’s overconfident. He’s been talking a lot, and I know he has to have confidence, but I think he’s a bit overconfident. I don’t really get effected by his talk or people thinking I’m the underdog. I’m just focused on the job. “As far as not having fans in the arena, I don’t think it will have an effect on this fight. It’s like sparring but more intense. I’m the type of fighter that if I smell blood, I’m going to go for the kill. “Being in Las Vegas was probably the best move I made in my career. I’ve seen Fulton’s style in the gym and it’s nothing I’m not prepared for. I’ll adapt in the ring and make my adjustments. Ultimately, I’m going to come out with the victory. “I just need to vary up my attack. I have good footwork to get on the inside. My head movement is strong, and all of that is going to be key in this fight. I think he has some trouble with fighters who move backwards against him, so I’m going to use my boxing too. We’re prepared for anything we need to do in there.” TRAMAINE WILLIAMS “It’s a bit of an unusual situation but I take every fight as if were just another day in the gym or another sparring session, so this will be nothing different. As boxers, as fighters, as humans, we just have to adapt. No excuses, whatever comes our way we’ve got to figure it out and that’s what I’m going to do on Saturday. I’ll adapt to no crowd and you guys may hear me talk a little bit in the ring. “My preparations changed a bit because of the social distancing and you want to be careful with who you interact with. If you’re sparring with a select few guys, you want to make sure those guys are practicing social distancing as well. It was kind of hard to get a lot of people to spar with because you want to be careful. “I prepared for Aleem the same way I prepare for every fighter. I stay focus and try to prepare for 10 or 12 rounds, whatever the fight may be, and focus three minutes at a time. He’s a little awkward. You never want to underestimate anyone so I’m treating him like he is a world champion. “I’m pretty sure I’ll take him to deep waters, and deep waters doesn’t mean the seventh, eighth, or ninth round -deep waters means the third round and he’s still got seven to go. “Aleem is much different from my last opponent (Yenifel Vicente) because he’s a cleaner fighter. You can tell he’s a respectful opponent and he comes from a good boxing lineage in Detroit. He’s a lot different from Vicente, who came in there just swinging for the fences and looking to land a lucky shot. I had him frustrated so maybe he was looking for an out or try to distract me but Aleem will be much different from that. “If I win this fight, I definitely think a title shot could be next against the winner of Saturday’s main event. Or I would fight Figueroa or [Murodjon Akhmadaliev]. I’ve been ready for all of these guys. I should have already been in the position that Fulton and Leo are at right now, fighting for a world title.” RA’EESE ALEEM “I feel like my win over Adam Lopez was definitely a big upset. I feel like I made a big statement and I want to make another big statement on Saturday night. As far as that being my TV debut, there was no extra emotion behind it. I was completely confident in myself and just ready to go in there and do what I do. “The super bantamweight division is a very stacked division. It’s tough because a lot of the champions have been champs for years. The big money fights are there, they just need to be made and right now is the perfect time to make those fights because we have to give the fans what they want. I’m ready for the big fights right now. “This is a huge opportunity for me to catapult myself into the top spots. It’s going to raise me in the rankings and even if my next fight isn’t for a world title fight, I’m going to be next. It’s a huge opportunity and I’m really looking forward to it. “Leo and Fulton are both great fighters so to be able to see them up close is great because I want to fight both of them. Either one, it doesn’t matter. Whoever wins, that’s who I want. I have to show up and show out because just winning isn’t good enough for me. I have to dominate and that will really solidify what I’m about. “Tramaine Williams is a really smart fighter. He has really fast hands, fast feet. I think my biggest advantage going into this is he’s never fought a fighter like me. I just have to be cautious. I don’t believe he’s a big puncher but I have to be cautious of his skill and his boxing IQ. I don’t feel like he’s faced a real dog. Somebody who is showing up to win, somebody who has faster hands and feet than him. “I’m telling myself I have 10 rounds to knock him out. You can expect a lot of action from me on Saturday night. I don’t think my opponent really wants a lot of action, but I definitely want to get him out of there. But I’m going to let it come to me, I’m not going to just go in there and force it. It will come, though. It won’t go the distance. I’m prepared to go the distance but my ultimate goal is to get him out of there.” JOE GEORGE “I’m in better shape for this fight compared to our first fight. We’re working on fighting off of the ropes better and fighting in the center of the ring more effectively. “A knockout is always good, but I like to take it one round at a time. If the knockout comes, it comes, and we’re going to take advantage. I’ve been dropping fighters in camp, so the chance of a knockout is pretty high. “He was an okay opponent. He had a chin and was in shape. His punches weren’t effective though. I made sure my punches landed and I hurt him a few times, I just couldn’t really finish him. “This fight will be different because I’m going to work off the ropes more instead of letting him gain momentum with his punches. Last fight was just him being really active and having a good chin -that’s all that stopped him from getting knocked out. If I was in better shape, I could have finished him. If I get the opportunity this fight, I’ll finish it. “I expect to see a slight difference in Escudero. If you change trainers, then you should have made some changes. I had a good hard camp and whatever he brings, I’ll be ready for it. “Some people think that Escudero won, and that’s their opinion. But I knew what I was doing. He wasn’t effective. I think just by me being on the ropes it made some people think that I was losing. But for me, I’m very comfortable fighting on the ropes. “I didn’t really spar with people my weight in camp, it was either with heavyweights or guys who are lighter. The lighter guys helped with my speed and the heavyweights helped with my power. It worked out perfectly and I got the best of both worlds. “My manager Trent Williams is a young athlete so he knows how this goes. He knows the things to do and what to say. You never see him angry or frustrated, the only time he’s aggressive is when he’s training or on the field. His work ethic is incredible and that’s motivation in itself. He’s a great role model and I learn a lot from watching him.” MARCOS ESCUDERO “Everyone saw what happened in the first fight. I believe I did enough to get the win, but it is what it is. I’ve changed my team and am working with Kevin Cunningham now and that is going to make the biggest difference heading into this rematch. Everyone is going to see a different fighter than the first fight on Saturday night. “With Coach Kevin we’ve watched the tape of the first fight over and over again. We knew we needed to take care of little details, be more effective and that we couldn’t leave it up to the judges. I have to be more intelligent in my game plan and change my angles. I think those were the most important things we worked on. “Obviously we plan to bring the fight to George and make it entertaining. I know that I have enough power to make sure it doesn’t go to the cards. That’s what we’re looking for. “I’ve known Kevin for a while. He’s worked with a lot of world champions and I’ve seen how different it is to have a strong team on my side. To be a great fighter you need to have a great team supporting you. “I’m much more confident heading into this fight than the last one. He knows that he lost the fight. I know that I did enough work to get the victory. Now in the rematch, I’m going to show my confidence in the ring. My only goal is to beat Joe George. I am working toward becoming a world champion, so I had to get this rematch settled before anything else. After Saturday night, we’ll keep moving forward.
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Mario “El Azteca” Barrios Arrives in Bay Area to Start Training Camp with Virgil Hunter

Jul 31, 2020

OAKLAND, CA (July 28, 2020) – Undefeated WBA Super Lightweight champion, Mario “El Azteca” Barrios (25-0, 16 KOs), has arrived in the Bay Area, CA, to start training camp with his coach, 2011 Trainer of the Year, Virgil Hunter. Barrios is scheduled to defend his title against Ryan Karl (18-2, 11 KOs) in a 12-round bout as part of SHOWTIME / Premier Boxing Champions PPV Doubleheader on September 26, 2020.  
Barrios vs. Karl will be the co-feature to the 12-round unification bout, showcasing Jermell Charlo (33-1, 17 KOs) vs. Jeison Rosario (20-1-1, 14 KOs) for the WBC, WBA and IBF 154-Pound titles.  Jermall Charlo (30-0, 22 KOs) vs. Sergiy Derevyanchenko (13-2, 10 KOs) for the WBC Middleweight World Championship will be the opening main event on the two-part SHOWTIME / Premier Boxing Champions PPV.
“I’m extremely excited to be defending my title on SHOWTIME against a tough opponent like Ryan Karl,” said Mario Barrios, who was the first fighter to capture a world title from his hometown of San Antonio, TX, in the last 25 years. “I wanted to get a full training camp with Virgil, so I made the decision to get out to the Bay Area as soon as my fight was announced. Right now, Virgil and I are working on a great strategy for this upcoming fight. I came to camp in great shape as me and my dad Martin were putting in a lot of hard work back home. I’m going to be ready to put on a great performance come September 26th.”
Mario Barrios captured the WBA Super Lightweight title with a gritty performance last September, defeating a tough undefeated fighter in Batyr Akhmedov, a fight that happened close to a year ago. Barrios is ready to take his career to the next level.
“Now that I’m champion, I’m working harder than ever to keep my belt.” Barrios continued. “I more dedicated now than ever to stay on top. I know with hard work, I’ll become one of the biggest names in the sport. I’m very grateful to my team and the fans for all their support. Everyone can expect me to take my career to new heights.” 

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Medicamentos e insumos de salud para todos los mexicanos, una realidad de la 4T: ERC

Jul 29, 2020
  • El legislador, Emmanuel Reyes, comenta que por primera vez en la historia se le hace justicia y se cumple lo que invoca el artículo 4to constitucional, donde establece que toda persona tiene derecho a la protección de la salud
  • El también integrante de la comisión de salud, celebra que ahora sea el gobierno federal a través de las instituciones públicas quienes adquieran insumos, medicamentos y servicios de salud ante organismos internacionales, mismos que cumplirán con los filtros y requisitos sanitarios establecidos por la OMS

(CDMX). El secretario de la comisión de salud de la Cámara de Diputados, Emmanuel Reyes Carmona, avaló la reforma al Artículo 1° a la Ley de Adquisiciones, Arrendamientos y Servicios del Sector Público, que tiene como finalidad el dotar al gobierno federal de los elementos necesarios, así como del marco jurídico oportuno para la compra y abasto de medicamentos e insumos a bajos costos.

Reyes Carmona, se congratuló con la aprobación del dictamen con 290 votos a favor, el cual abre el paso para terminar con las viejas prácticas de sexenios pasados, donde muchos empresarios del ramo farmacéutico servían de forma errónea como intermediarios en la compra de medicamentos, mismos que de forma ilícita y coludidos con el gobierno, justificaban las adquisiciones a altos costos, perjudicando de manera directa el bolsillo de los mexicanos y abonando a la corrupción.

“Me siento satisfecho y orgulloso de poder ser parte de otro hecho histórico para el país, hoy como nunca se hace efectivo lo que invoca el artículo 4to constitucional, que establece como un derecho de toda persona la protección de la salud, además de que este es un derecho humano”, argumentó el diputado.

El legislador morenista, manifestó que pese a la oposición de algunos sectores, incluidos legisladoras y legisladores, ello no fue impedimento para aprobar la reforma que permite que México cuente con un marco legal en afinidad de los organismos internacionales, y que a su vez permitirá hacerle frente y mejorar las condiciones del país ante la pandemia por Covid-19.

Emmanuel Reyes, aclaró que el hecho de permitir a las instituciones públicas el tener la posibilidad y de forma directa la compra de insumos médicos, medicamentos o prestación de servicios ante organismos intergubernamentales internacionales, no significa que no se apostara por la calidad de los mismos, pues el compromiso es de que todo insumo o servicio, cumpla con los requisitos y filtros sanitarios que la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) establece.

“Se acabaron las ventas a sobreprecios, los recursos del pueblo se deben gastar e implementar de manera transparente y eficiente, este fue el compromiso de la Cuarta Transformación y hoy es una realidad”, señaló.

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Senadora Martha Márquez toma la silla de la presidente de la Mesa Directiva

Jul 29, 2020

(CDMX). La sesión extraordinaria en el Senado de la República programada para este miércoles, fue retrasada por la protesta personal de la senadora panista Martha Márquez, quien tomó la tribuna para impedir el inicio del acto, que fue convocado para aprobar la prisión preventiva oficiosa y la reforma a la Ley de adquisiciones.

Con una manta como protesta para exigir un Ingreso Básico Universal y medicamentos para niños con cáncer, la legisladora del blanquiazul impidió que se formalizara el extraordinario.

“¿Qué es lo que pido? El Senado tiene facultades, qué pido: uno, que la Comisión de Salud en un mes resuelva el desabasto de medicinas, que se cite a comparecer al secretario de Salud, al subsecretario de Salud, no pueden seguir muriendo niños con cáncer”, mencionó la senadora Martha.

Ante ello, la presidenta de la Mesa Directiva, Mónica Fernández Balboa suspendió el inicio de la sesión hasta que hubiera orden en el Pleno, lo cual demoró alrededor de tres horas.

A las 2:20 horas finalmente se instaló el segundo periodo extraordinario de sesiones.

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AMLO dice que sí habrá grito y el desfile en septiembre

Jul 29, 2020

(CDMX). Aunque el subsecretario de Salud, Hugo López-Gatell, había mencionado a principios de mes que aún no había decisiones concretas sobre los festejos de independencia en México, en su conferencia matutina el presidente Andrés Manuel López Obrador anunció que sí habrá grito y desfile.

Lo único que no confirmó el primer mandatario, es que estos actos se lleven a cabo con público.

“Va a haber grito y va a haber desfile, guardada la sana distancia en todo, con protocolos de salud pero si va a haber, no sabemos si vaya a haber gente, Viva México”, dijo el mandatario.

Esto provocó burlas y críticas, ya que el Covid-19 sigue cobrando vidas en el mundo y México rebasa las 44 mil 500 muertes por el virus, y dentro de casi 40 días, esa cifra será más grande, por lo que el riesgo de realizar un festejo es máximo.

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Persiste el debate por la despenalización del aborto

Jul 29, 2020

(CDMX). Este miércoles la Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación (SCJN) discutió la despenalización del aborto, en particular, un proyecto que respalda a un juez federal de Xalapa, Veracruz, que el año pasado emitió un amparo en el que ordena al Congreso de la entidad reformar tres artículos del Código Penal que criminalizan este acto.

Ante ello, se realizaron movilizaciones en la Ciudad de México, de organizaciones proaborto y provida, quienes enfrentaron sus opiniones a favor y en contra del tema al exterior de la Corte.

En la conferencia presidencial de esta mañana, la secretaria de Gobernación, Olga Sánchez Cordero se pronunciaba en contra de criminalizar a las mujeres a causa del aborto.

Y aunque las expectativas de que este proyecto se aprobara hoy, la Suprema Corte lo rechazó con cuatro votos en contra y uno a favor. Para que la despenalización de la interrupción del embarazo fuera un hecho, por lo menos en Veracruz, se necesitaban tres votos a favor.

Por ahora las entidades que ya pueden considerar el aborto por cualquier causa antes de las 12 semanas son la Ciudad de México y Oaxaca.

Para los movimientos provida, el rechazo de este proyecto ameritó una celebración, mientras que para los movimientos feministas proaborto esto significó intensificar la lucha por una interrupción legal del embarazo en todos los estados de la República.

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