MATCHROOM SPORT AND KLITSCHKO MANAGEMENT GROUP INK DEAL FOR U.S. TELEVISION RIGHTS TO HEAVYWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BLOCKBUSTER EVENT: ANTHONY JOSHUA vs. WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO

Apr 17, 2017

MATCHROOM SPORT AND KLITSCHKO MANAGEMENT GROUP INK DEAL FOR U.S. TELEVISION RIGHTS TO HEAVYWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BLOCKBUSTER EVENT: ANTHONY JOSHUA vs. WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO

American Premium Television Giants SHOWTIME and HBO To Produce Separate Telecasts on Saturday, April 29 From London’s Wembley Stadium

 

SHOWTIME Live at 4:15 p.m. ET/1:15 p.m. PT;

HBO Telecast in Primetime at approx. 10:45 p.m. ET/PT

hoto Credit: Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME

LONDON (April 17, 2017) – Matchroom Sport, Klitschko Management Group (KMG) and K2 Promotions have reached agreement with U.S. premium television giants Showtime and HBO to televise the most significant heavyweight world championship match in more than a decade.  On Saturday, April 29, IBF Heavyweight World Champion Anthony Joshua will face former unified world champion Wladimir Klitschko from a sold-out Wembley Stadium in London.

Showtime is the exclusive U.S. television partner of Joshua, while HBO has an exclusive agreement with Klitschko in the States.  Each premium network will produce its own separate telecast of the main event match for the U.S. audience.  SHOWTIME will televise its SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING presentation live at 4:15 p.m. ET/1:15 p.m. PT, while HBO will televise its WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING production at approximately 10:45 p.m. ET/PT.

Joshua (18-0, 18 KOs) and Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) will meet for Joshua’s IBF World Championship and the vacant IBO and WBA World Championships.  The British sensation Joshua has knocked out all 18 of his professional opponents in a meteoric rise to stardom, while the long-reigning world champion from Ukraine, Klitschko, aims to win back titles he previously held in his 11-year rule as heavyweight world champion.  Joshua vs. Klitschko is promoted by Matchroom Boxing, KMG and K2 Promotions and has officially sold out Wembley Stadium with a record-setting 90,000 tickets sold.

“I’m extremely happy and thankful that our respective U.S. TV partners Showtime and HBO reached an agreement,” said Bernd Boente, Managing Director of Klitschko Management Group.  “This happened before in the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao and the Lewis vs. Tyson fights and shows you the magnitude of our event at Wembley Stadium on April 29.”

“I’m delighted to announce this historic deal that will see Britain’s biggest ever fight shown on both HBO and SHOWTIME in the U.S.,” said Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport.  “It takes a special fight to break down barriers and boundaries but also networks and executives who believe in working with the best interest of fight fans in mind. With the obstacles in place it would have been any easy resolution to not air the fight in the States but I want to thank HBO and Showtime for their perseverance and allowing America to see one hell of a fight at our national stadium in front on 90,000 passionate fans.  Joshua vs. Klitschko is a fight for the ages and we look forward to the show!”

“We are thrilled to be delivering Joshua vs. Klitschko to the U.S. audience live on SHOWTIME,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports.  “On the afternoon of April 29, U.S. sports fans will be able to tune in to SHOWTIME to join a record-breaking crowd of 90,000 at Wembley Stadium and a worldwide television audience in witnessing an event that represents not only the contesting of the heavyweight world championship, but potentially the changing of the guard in the most influential division in boxing.  We are proud to be Anthony Joshua’s exclusive U.S. television partner as he attempts to establish his legacy against the legendary Wladimir Klitschko, live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, as Showtime continues its unrivaled commitment to the sport.”

Said Peter Nelson, executive vice president, HBO Sports: “Both promoters and both networks have found a solution that enables boxing fans in the U.S. to watch the world heavyweight championship. This agreement ensures that our subscribers have access to same-day primetime coverage of the fight. It will mark Wladimir Klitschko’s 22nd appearance on HBO and the first for Anthony Joshua.”

The 27-year-old Joshua has been perfect since turning professional shortly after winning Gold at the 2012 Olympics for Great Britain.  Joshua, of Watford, England, won the IBF Heavyweight World Championship with a second-round knockout of defending champion Charles Martin in April 2016, earning a heavyweight belt in the fewest number of fights in more than 20 years.  He has since successfully defended the title twice—against Dominic Breazeale in June and Eric Molina in December.

Joshua is just the sixth Olympic Gold Medalist at super heavyweight to go on to win a professional heavyweight world title, joining Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Lennox Lewis, Alexander Povetkin and his rival on April 29, Wladimir Klitschko.

HBO has been the long-time home of Klitschko’s professional boxing career in the States.  The 41-year-old has been a kingpin in the heavyweight division since winning Gold at the 1996 Olympic Games.   He turned pro shortly after the Atlanta games and ran an undefeated campaign for 24 fights before suffering his first defeat to experienced veteran Ross Puritty.  Klitschko quickly rebounded by winning 10 in a row and captured his first world title (WBO) with a unanimous decision victory over Chris Byrd in 2000, a win which avenged a loss by his brother, Vitali, earlier that year.

Klitschko’s most recent reign at heavyweight began in 2006 when he captured the IBF and IBO belts via knockout in a rematch against Chris Byrd.  He went on to make 17 consecutive defenses of the IBF and IBO crowns, 13 consecutive defenses of the WBO belt, and eight consecutive defenses of the WBA title.  Along the way, he amassed victories over Sultan Ibragimov, Hasim Rahman, Ruslan Chagaev, David Haye, Samuel Peter, Alexander Povetkin, Kubrat Pulev and more.  In total he has fought in 28 total world title fights – a unique record in the history of the heavyweight division – compared to just 18 total professional fights for Anthony Joshua.  He was the longest reigning world champion (2006-2015) after Joe Louis.

This will be Klitschko’s first outing since losing the IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO titles to Tyson Fury in 2015, his first defeat in 11 years

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Rayados empata de visita ante Toluca

Apr 17, 2017

Rayados empata de visita ante Toluca

Los Rayados de Monterrey igualan a un gol ante los Diablos Rojos del Toluca

Los Rayados de Monterrey igualaron a un gol ante los Diablos Rojos del Toluca en el partido celebrado este domingo en la cancha del Estadio Nemesio Díez.

En un partido ofensivo de los dos Equipos, Rayados pudo sacar un empate de la casa de los Diablos Rojos y así llegar a 24 unidades en la tabla general del Clausura 2017.

En el partido, el inicio fue del cuadro de Toluca que intentó abrir pronto el marcador, pero la figura del arquero Rayado, Hugo González se hizo presente para poder evitarlo.

Poco a poco Rayados fue controlando el juego y a realizar sus propios movimientos que le dieron opciones de gol hasta que al minuto 40, Edwin Cardona pudo definir con un disparo dentro del área, que desvía un defensor de Toluca y vence el arco de Talavera para el 1-0 en el marcador.

El cuadro local reaccionó pronto y empató al 43 por medio de Gabriel Hauche para así finalizar la primera parte.

En el segundo tiempo, los dos Equipos siguieron con su idea ofensiva, Rayados siempre buscó el arco rival, incluso con el ingreso de Dorlan Pabon, pero sin poder conseguir ese gol que les diera la ventaja.

Al final, el cuadro albiazul sacó la igualada de la cancha de Toluca y ahora se prepara para lo que será una edición más del Clásico Regio este fin de semana ante Tigres en el Estadio BBVA Bancomer.

Cortesia: Club Monterrey

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Barrera Stops Parker: Results from Mohegan Sun

Apr 17, 2017

Sullivan Barrera Stops Paul Parker in an Action-Packed Light Heavyweight Showdown Live on
HBO Latino Boxin

Barrera and Parker
Photo Credits: Ray Bailey/Main Events
Photos-Credit Ray Bailey/Main Events
Uncasville, CT:  The Mohegan Sun’s Rising Stars Boxing Series teamed up with HBO Latino for another exciting night of boxing at the Uncas Ballroom at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino. The stacked undercard of international and local prospects was the perfect lead-in to the exciting televised event on HBO Latino.
In the first fight of the evening, Kazakhstan middleweight Meiirim “The Sultan” Nursultanov (2-0, 1 KO) stopped Javier Olvera (1-1, 1 KO) of Mexico in the second round. This was Nursultantov’s first appearance in the Mohegan Sun’s Rising Stars Boxing Series.
The next fight featured former kickboxer Enriko Gogokhia (4-0, 2 KOs) of Georgia (country) against Bryan Goldsby (4-3) of Macon Georgia. Gogokhia appeared on the Rising Stars’ premiere back in November 2016. Goldsby quit on the stool after only two rounds with Gogokhia.
Madiyar Ashkeyev
Photo Credits: Ray Bailey/Main Events
Junior middleweights Madiyar Ashkeyev of Kazakhstan (8-0, 4 KOs) and Brooklyn native Shawn Cameron (10-3, 5 KOs) were set to square off for eight rounds of action. Ashkeyev suffered a cut over his right eye in the first round. The injury did not affect his precision. He continued to connect his vicious combination attacks on Cameron. Shawn managed to hang in against the always-tough Ashkeyev until 1:06 of the seventh in a gutty and gritty performance but the referee called a halt to the action.
Goode and Chaney
Photo Credits: Cassius Chaney/Main Events

The only fight on the undercard to go the distance was the eight-round heavyweight battle between local sensation Cassius Chaney (10-0, 5 KOs) and Detroit, MI native Juan Goode (8-5, 6 KOs). All three judges scored the bout 59-55 in the lopsided unanimous decision for Chaney. After the fight, Chaney said, “Goode was a tough opponent. He has never been knocked out. I was hoping to be the first.”

The HBO Latino telecast began with the ten-round middleweight contest between St. Louis’ own Vaughn Alexander (8-0, 5 KOs) and Andres Calixto (14-4, 9 KOs) of Mexico. This was the first ten-round fight for Alexander, who accepted the additional rounds on just a few days’ notice when the original co-feature fell out due to illness. The fight was exciting from bell-to-bell. The referee deducted a point from Calixto in the tenth round for holding and hitting. It was Andres’ third offense. Vaughn secured the unanimous decision victory with the judges scoring the contest 100-89 and 99-90 (2).

Alexander and Calixto
Photo Credits: Ray Bailey/Main Events

After the fight, Alexander said, “It was a great experience for me. My first time going 10 rounds. I went in with a clear mind. I got the job done. Going back to the gym, I know what to expect now.”

The main event featured a brawl between Sullivan Barrera (19-1, 14 KOs) and Paul “Pay Per View” Parker (8-2, 4 KOs). The fight started off with both fighters trading shots and feeling each other out. Then Parker took five minutes to recover from a head butt and Barrera immediately knocked him down at the start of the next round. Parker managed to get back up and Barrera suffered a head butt shortly after. Barrera took just a moment to recover then came out with a vengeance and knocked down Parker. Within seconds of Parker getting up from the knockdown, the referee stopped the fight and Parker’s night was done at 2:08 of the fifth round.

An elated Sullivan said about his performance, “I feel great. Paul Parker is a great boxer but the only time he hurt me was with the head butt. I guess what happened with the head butt and everything, finally in the fifth round I was able to hit him as I wanted and everything went exactly the way I wanted it to. I am ready for the next level!”
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CHARLES HUERTA GETS KNOCK OUT VICTORY OVER IVAN “STRIKER” DELGADO AT SOLD OUT LA FIGHT CLUB

Apr 17, 2017
CHARLES HUERTA GETS KNOCK OUT VICTORY OVER IVAN “STRIKER” DELGADO AT SOLD OUT LA FIGHT CLUB 
 
JONATHAN “THUNDER” NAVARRO MAINTAINS PERFECT RECORD IN KNOCKOUT VICTORY IN CO-MAIN EVENT LIVE ON ESTRELLA TV
(Left to Right: Charles Huerta lands a body shot on Ivan “Striker” Delgado that led him to a third round knock out victory.)
 
Photo Credit: Lina Baker/ See You Ringside Photography    
 
LOS ANGELES (April 14, 2017)  Charles Huerta (19-5, 12 KOs) obtained the knock out victory in LA FIGHT CLUB‘s sold out event going head to head with South Central’s Ivan “Striker” Delgado (11-1-1, 4 KOs) in the main event at the Belasco Theater that was televised live nationally on Estrella TV’s Boxeo Estelar. The action was hot, both fighters feeling the urgency to get the win. Delgado went down at the beginning of the third round after being on the receiving end of a powerful shot to the body, and attempted to carry on. Huerta came forward even stronger,  and the referee ultimately stopped the match giving him the victory at the 3:36 mark of the third round.
“He was a tough fighter, but I knew I had to stick to the jab,” said Huerta. “As the fight went on, I was seeing everything he was giving me and after the second round when I went back to my corner, I told my dad, ‘I got him.’ Coming into this fight I knew my experience was key, and that is what I was able to show.”
In the crowd at the sold out Belasco Theater, guests included NBA star Metta World Peace, NABF Middleweight Champion Jason “El Animal” Quigley, NABA Middleweight Champion Abraham “Chamaco” Lopez, NABA Super Featherweight Champion Carlos “The Solution” Morales, Oscar “El Jaguar” Negrete, Luis Coria, former Mexican Olympian Raul “Cugar” Curiel, Joshua Franco, Hector “Finito” Tanajara, Jr., and Ryan Garcia.
 
In the Boxeo Estelar co-main event, Jonathan “Thunder” Navarro (9-0, 6 KOs) defeated Chula Vista’s Joan Valenzuela (4-8-1, 4 KOs) in round five of the scheduled six round super welterweight bout. Valenzuela went down with a powerful body shot during the fifth round, and by the 2:21 mark, the referee stopped the fight awarding Navarro the technical knockout victory.
“It’s been a while since I’ve had a knock out, so it feels great to end on that note,” said Navarro. “Valenzuela kept taunting me during the first two rounds, but I adjusted myself to his style by the third round and was able to start landing my shots to the body. I’m really proud of my performance, and I can’t wait to get back into the ring.”
Making his debut as an official Golden Boy fighter, Manny “Chato” Robles, Jr. (12-0, 4 KOs) opened up the Estrella TV Boxeo Estelar telecast against Durango, Mex.’s Antonio “Chore” Martinez (6-9, 5 KOs) in a six round featherweight fight. In a fight that went the distance, Martinez received a cut over his right eye during the third round. The judges scored the fight 60-54, 60-54 and 59-55, awarding the unanimous decision victory to Robles, Jr.
“I’m happy to be back at a Golden Boy event, and I’m glad I got this first fight with them out of the way,” said Robles, Jr. “The plan was to go to the body, and try to hurt him there. I still have a lot to work on, and when I go back to the gym I’ll be working on everything.”
As part of the live stream tonight, LA FIGHT CLUB regular Pablo “The Shark” Rubio, Jr. (9-0, 3 KOs) went the distance against Mexico City’s AngelMaikol” Aguilar (8-12, 1 KO) in a six round super featherweight fight. Aguilar landed a number of power shots throughout the bout, nabbing Rubio, Jr. at the body. However, “The Shark” responded to Aguilar pressing forward by landing his jab and power combinations. All three judges scored the bout unanimously at 59-55, allowing Rubio, Jr. to maintain his undefeated status.
“Every time I would try to press forward and land my combinations, he would just run away,” said Rubio, Jr. “He brought in a lot of ring experience, and he caught me off guard with some of his punches. My dad and I came in with a game plan to win, and that’s what helped us secure the victory.”
Adding another knock out win to his clean record, the undefeated Edgar “Kid Neza” Valerio (10-0, 6 KOs) faced up against Juarez, Mex.’s Francisco “Panchito” Dominguez (8-12, 2 KOs). During the first round, the referee had to call time out due to a low blow to the mid-section landed by Dominguez. Angered by the punch, “Kid Neza” entered the second round with a vengeance, .ultimately knocking out Dominguez with a left hook to the temple in the last seconds of the round.
“My dad and I plan for everything, it’s just a matter of timing,” said Edgar Valerio. “I feel good about the win, but like how all fighters say, I’m just ready for the next win.”
 
Delgado vs. Huerta was an eight-round super featherweight bout presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by “Tecate, BORN BOLD,” Casa Mexico Tequila, and Adriana’s Insurance. Mark your calendars and buy your tickets for the upcoming shows on June 2, and July 14.
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OSCAR VALDEZ LISTO PARA EXPONER SU CAMPEONATO MUNDIAL EL PROXIMO SABADO

Apr 17, 2017

OSCAR VALDEZ LISTO PARA EXPONER

SU CAMPEONATO MUNDIAL EL PROXIMO SABADO

22 DE ABRIL EN EL STUBHUB CENTER DE CARSON

 

            LOS ANGELES, California — El campeón mundial invicto de peso pluma de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) el mexicano Oscar Valdez quien expondrá su corona ante el clasificado número uno Miguel “Escorpión” Marriaga de Colombia el próximo 22 de Abril en una función de pago por evento que transmitirá Top Rank y que se realizará en el StubHub Center de Carson, California se declaró listo para lo que será su segunda defensa titular durante un entrenamiento para la prensa local.

“Estoy muy entusiasmo para esta pelea porque es en un gran escenario y ante un rival muy fuerte. Sé que la pelea es muy dura y por eso hicimos un trabajo muy fuerte y vamos estar bien preparados para el sábado 22 de abril”, dijo Valdez.

En la misma función, los campeones invictos de la OMB, Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramírez (34-0, 24 KOs) de Mazatlán, Sinaloa, México monarca súper mediano y Jessie Magdaleno (24-0, 17 KOs) monarca súper gallo expondrán sus coronas ante Max “Tigre” Burak (33-4-1, 15 KOs) de Kiev, Ucrania y Adeilson Dos Santos (18-2, 14 KOs) de Brasil, respetivamente y también marcará el debut del medallista Olímpico de plata de los Estados Unidos Shakur Stevenson, quien peleará a seis rounds en peso pluma.

“Sé que tengo una gran responsabilidad en esta función, pues voy en la pelea estelar y quiero darle a la afición una gran pelea. Voy a tener que dejar todo en el ring y espero brindarle a un pelea memorable a los aficionados que este en el StubHub y a los que la vea por televisión”, afirmo Valdez.

La función es una promoción de Top Rank en asociación con All Star Boxing, Zapari Boxing y Antonio Leonard Production que será producida y distribuida por Top Rank Pay-Per-View comenzando a las 9:00 p.m. (Este)/6:00 p.m. (Pacífico).

Los boletos para esta magna cartelera están a la venta y tienen un costo de $128.50, $77.50, $52.00 y $36.70, y pueden ser adquiridos en el Internet en AXS.com, por teléfono marcando el (888) 9AXS-TIX y en las taquillas del StubHub Center.

Los seis púgiles en las tres peleas de campeonatos mundiales tienen un récord combinado de 156-7-1 con un promedio de victorias de 95% y de 71% por nocaut.

“Como siempre mi equipo de trabajo me ayudo a conseguir la mejor preparación posible. Es un pelea donde tengo que utilizar mi inteligencia y demostrar a todos que estoy en el elite de mi categoría”, dijo Valdez.

“Sé que Mariaga está preparándose con todo para ganarme y quiere lo que yo tengo, pero yo no pienso dejar mi cinturón tan fácil y voy a defenderlo con todo” agrego Valdez.

Por su parte Magdaleno comento:

“Cuando uno gana el campeonato mundial es como tener un blanco en la espalda, todos los retadores quieren el cinturón. Sé que Dos Santos están en Las Vegas haciendo una gran preparación, pero no importa yo sé que mi estilo es muy difícil y saldré con mi cinturón el próximo 22 de abril”.

Ramírez quien tiene más de un año sin pelear, dijo:

“Ya estoy totalmente recuperado y estoy ansioso de subir al ring y darle una gran pelea a mis seguidores”.

Valdez (22-0, 19 KOs) de Nogales, Sonora, México, es el único boxeador mexicano en clasificar a los Juegos Olímpicos en dos diferentes ocasiones –en el 2008 y 2012 – es considerado uno de los más brillantes boxeadores en el mundo y el rostro de la nueva generación del boxeo. El sonorense estará haciendo la segunda exposición del cinturón pluma de la OMB que conquistó el 23 de julio del 2016 en Las Vegas cuando noqueó en el segundo asalto al argentino Matías Rueda quien llegó con 10 nocauts a esa pelea y como el segundo clasificado mundial de la OMB. Valdez de 26 años de edad inicio su 2016 con un espectacular nocaut en el cuarto asalto sobre el ex campeón mundial pluma de la Federación Mundial de Boxeo (FIB) Evgany Gradovich el 9 de abril en Las Vegas en la función en la cual Manny Pacquiao enfrentó a Tim Bradley por tercera vez. Fue la primera vez que Gradovich fue noqueado en su carrera.

            En su más reciente actuación el pasado 5 de noviembre en Las Vegas, el mexicano retuvo su corona con un fulminante nocaut sobre el primer clasificado mundial de la OMB Hiroshige Osawa en el séptimo asalto.

Marriaga (25-1, 21 KOs) de Arjona, Colombia llega a este combate con 15 nocauts en sus últimas 19 peleas. Su única derrota profesional fue por decisión ante Nicholas “Axe Man” Walters en el 2015 en Nueva York, en un pleito por el campeonato de peso pluma de la Asociación Mundial de Boxeo (AMB). Walters ganó la pelea, pero había perdido el cinturón un día antes del pesaje cuando no dio las 126 libras que son el límite de la división de peso pluma. Desde entonces, Marriaga de 30 años de edad ha ganado cinco peleas seguidas incluyendo dos nocauts en sus últimos dos combates sobre Guy Robb y Eduardo Montoya en peleas por el título pluma de la NABO que lo convirtieron en el primer clasificado de la OMB a finales del año pasado.

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FOTOS: MIKEY WILLIAMS/ TOP RANK INC

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El Houston Dynamo y Minnesota United terminan Empatados

Apr 17, 2017

El Houston Dynamo y Minnesota United terminan Empatados

Abril 15 del 2017, estadio BBVA Compass.

El equipo del Houston Dynamo se enfrento a su rival el Minnesota United, donde terminaron igualados a dos goles, ya en la primera mitad del encuentro el equipo local se puso al frente en el marcador, con las anotaciones de parte de Mauro Manotas al minuto 14 y de Alberth Elis al minuto 43, le daban la victoria momentánea al equipo de Dynamo.

En la parte complementaria los visitantes del Minnesota United salieron con gran impetud, con poder ofensivo y aprovecharon los espacio del equipo de local, los visitantes supieron aprovechar el buen momento con los goles de Christian Ramirez al minuto 47 y de Johan Venegas al minuto 59 y de esta manera rescatar el encuentro con un buen empate de dos a dos, la próxima jornada el equipo del Houston Dynamo se enfrentarán a los Terremotos de San Jose queriendo aprovechar la localía.

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