MIKEY GARCIA vs. SERGEY LIPINETS WORLD TITLE SHOWDOWN RESCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, MARCH 10 LIVE ON SHOWTIME

Jan 19, 2018

MIKEY GARCIA vs. SERGEY LIPINETS WORLD TITLE SHOWDOWN RESCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, MARCH 10 LIVE ON SHOWTIMEâ AT THE FREEMAN COLISEUM IN SAN ANTONIO & PRESENTED BY

PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS

 

Unbeaten Three-Division World Champion Garcia Challenges Unbeaten Junior Welterweight World Champion Lipinets in SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Main Event

 

SAN ANTONIO (Jan. 19, 2018) – The highly anticipated showdown between undefeated three-division world champion Mikey Garcia and IBF 140-pound champion Sergey Lipinets has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 10th. The Premier Boxing Champions event was set to take place on February 10th, but Garcia’s quest for a fourth world title had to be rescheduled following a training injury to Lipinets’ hand. The fight will be live on SHOWTIME and will remain in San Antonio but move to the Freeman Coliseum.

 

Ticket information will be released early next week.  Those holding tickets for the original date at the Alamodome will receive priority on seat exchange for the new venue.   Tickets are priced at $250, $150, $75, $50 and $20 and will be available at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 210 556-6390.  The event is promoted by Ringstar Sports and TGB Promotions, in association with Leija-Battah Promotions.

 

The remainder of the card will remain the same including the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING co-feature, which will see two-division world champion Rances Barthelemy taking on Kiryl Relikh in a rematch of their thrilling fight last May, this time for the vacant WBA 140-pound world title. The doubleheader of title bouts in the wide-open 140-pound division sets the stage for a potential unification match.

 

The 29-year-old Garcia (37-0, 30 KOs), emphatically returned to pound-for-pound lists in 2017 by scoring a highlight reel knockout of Dejan Zlaticanin to win the WBC Lightweight World Championship in January and then dominating four-division champion Adrien Broner on his way to a unanimous decision in July. Garcia is a member of a renowned boxing family, and is noted for his sportsmanship and his commanding presence in the ring, honed by his brother and acclaimed trainer Robert Garcia.

 

Garcia, of Moreno Valley by way of Oxnard, Calif., returned to the ring after a two-and-half-year layoff in July 2016 without missing a beat by stopping former champion Elio Rojas. Garcia, who has held world titles at 126, 130 and 135 pounds, has stopped 19 of his last 22 opponents including Roman “Rocky” Martinez, Juan Manuel Lopez and Orlando Salido.

 

With a win, Garcia would become only the third fighter in modern history to become champion at 126, 130, 135 and 140-pounds, joining future Hall of Famers Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao*.

 

The unbeaten Lipinets (13-0, 10 KOs) captured a super lightweight world title in just his 13th pro fight by defeating Akihiro Kondo via a unanimous decision on November 4 on SHOWTIME. He is originally from Kazakhstan but moved to Russia when he was six years old. He currently lives in Beverly Hills, California, Lipinets and is trained by Buddy McGirt.

 

The 28-year-old moved up the 140-pound rankings with victories over then unbeaten Haskell Rhodes, Levan Ghvamichava and Walter Castillo before knocking out Leonardo Zappavigna in a world title eliminator last December. Lipinets will look to stamp his place as an elite fighter when he takes on the accomplished and dangerous Garcia on March 10.

 

*Pacquiao won lineal championships at 126 and 140-pounds, although he did not win alphabet titles.

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DONNIE TIENES VS. JUAN CARLOS REVECO AGREGAN DUELO TITULAR A SUPERFLY 2

Jan 19, 2018

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DONNIE TIENES VS. JUAN CARLOS REVECO

AGREGAN DUELO TITULAR A SUPERFLY 2

Sábado 24 de febrero del 2018

Desde el Forum de Inglewood

Televisado en vivo por HBO Boxing After Dark®

Los boletos ya están a la venta!

LOS ANGELES, California con el extraordinario interés en las peleas anunciadas previamente para la función SUPERFLY 2, se ha agregado un combate titular que abrirá la función que será televisada por HBO en su programa “Boxing After Dark® comenzando a las 9:30 p.m. (Este y Pacifico) cuando el orgullo de las Filipinas, el cuatro veces campeón mundial en tres divisiones diferentes DONNIE NIETES, (40-1-4, 22 KO’s) expondrá por primera vez su campeonato mundial de peso mosca de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo (FIB) ante el tres veces campeón JUAN CARLOS REVECO, (39-3-0, 19 KO’s) de Las Heras, Argentina. La función se realizará el sábado 24 de febrero en el Forum de Inglewood, California.

“Pelear en Los Angeles por tercera ocasión ante la afición filipina de Los angeles es un gran honor al igual que hacerlo a través de HBO. Sé que Reveco es un rival peligroso y que tengo que estar bien preparado para exponer mi campeonato el sábado 24 de febrero”, dijo Nietes.

“Esta es un gran oportunidad para mí de pelear finalmente en los Estados Unidos y hacerlo contra un gran campeón como Nietes. Sé que voy a tener el apoyo de toda la afición argentina de Los Angeles y vengo a ganar el campeonato mundial de la FIB ante todos ellos”, dijo Reveco.

“Estamos orgullosos de agregar a esta función uno de los máximos guerreros filipinos, el cuatro veces campeón mundial Donnie Nietes ante el tres veces campeón argentino Juan Carlos Reveco a esta magno evento del 24 de febrero en el Forum de Inglewood y en vivo por HBO”, dijo TOM LOEFFLER de 360 Boxing Promotions.

“Nietes ha lucido muy impresionantes en funciones en las cuales él ha encabezado en Los Angeles y esperamos que tenga el respaldo de todos sus paisanos filipinos nuevamente en esta ocasión cuando exponga su corona ante un Reveco que vendrá con muchos deseos de darle una grata sorpresa a sus seguidores”, agregó Loeffler.

“Con cuatro peleas de gran calidad ya anunciadas para SUPERFLY 2, tres de ellas de campeonato mundial, esta cartelera será el standard para las funciones que se darán en el 2018, pues los ocho boxeadores en estas peleas están clasificados entres los mejores 10 clasificados de sus respectivas categorías”, dijo Loeffler.

Nietes conquistó el campeonato vacante de peso mosca de la FIB el 29 de abril del 2017 en Cebu City, Filipinas al derrotar por decisión unánime a Komgrich Nantapech. Antes de eso había

ganado el cinturón mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) al derrotar a Juan Alejo el 17 de octubre del 2015 en el StubHub Center de Carson, California, y ese mismo escenario lo defendió exitosamente el 24 de septiembre del 2016 ante el mexicano Edgar Sosa, ambos triunfos ganados en dominantes actuaciones y por decisiones unánimes.

Nietes no conoce la derrota desde Septiembre del 2004.

En su más reciente actuación el 8 de septiembre del 2017 en Argentina, Reveco derrotó por decisión unánime a Komgrich Nantapech. Reveco quien ha ganado sus últimos tres combates ha hecho la mayoría de sus combates en Argentina y Japón y esta será su primera pelea en Estados Unidos.

En el duelo estelar de SUPERFLY 2 el monarca supermosca del CMB SRISAKET SOR RUNGVISAI, (43-4-1, 39 KO’s) de Si Sa Ket, Tailandia, expondrá su corona por segunda ocasión en un combate pactado a 12 giros ante el clasificado mundial número uno JUAN FRANCISCO “El Gallo” ESTRADA, (36-2, 25 KO’s) de Puerto Peñasco Sonora, México.

En el duelo semi estelar de la función, el ex campeón mundial supermosca del CMB, CARLOS “Príncipe” CUADRAS, (36-2-1, 27 KO’s) de Guamúchil, Sinaloa, México, se enfrentará a MC WILLIAMS ARROYO, (16-3, 14 KO’s) de Fajardo, Puerto Rico en un combate de 10 asaltos en peso supermosca.

El cuatro veces campeón mundial en dos divisiones BRIAN “The Hawaiian Punch” VILORIA, (38-5, 22 KO’s) de Waipahu, Hawái se enfrentará al clasificado mundial #1 ARTEM DALAKIAN, (15-0, 11 KO’s), de Dniepropetrovsk, Ucrania por el campeonato mundial de peso mosca de la Asociación Mundial de Boxeo (AMB) que está vacante en la cartelera SUPERFLY 2 que se realizará el sábado 24 de febrero en el Forum de Inglewood.

Los boletos para Superfly 2 ya están disponibles y tienen un precio de $250, $150, $100, $60 y $30 y pueden ser adquiridos a través de Ticketmaster (Ticketmaster.com, 1-800-745-3000) y en las taquillas del Forum localizado en el 3900 W. Manchester Blvd, Inglewood CA 90305. Las puertas se abrirán a las 4:30 p.m. la noche del evento.

SUPERFLY 2 es presentado por Tom Loeffler’s 360 Promotions en asociación con Nakornluong Promotions y Zanfer Promotions. Cuadras vs. Arroyo es presentado en asociación con Promociones del Pueblo y PR Best Boxing. Viloria vs. Dalakian es presentado en asociación con Teiken Promotions. Nietes vs. Reveco es presentado en asociación con ALA Promotions y OR Promotions.

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Errol Spence Jr. vs. Lamont Peterson Final Press Conference

Jan 19, 2018

Errol Spence Jr. vs. Lamont Peterson Final Press Conference 

Quotes & Photos

 

Welterweight World Title Showdown Headlines Saturday, January 20 Live on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center in Brooklyn & Presented by Premier Boxing Champions

 

Photos from Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

 

Photos from Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment

BROOKLYN (January 18, 2018) – Undefeated welterweight world champion Errol Spence Jr. and two-division world champion Lamont Peterson faced off Thursday at the final press conference before they enter the ring Saturday, January 20 in the main event live on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING®, and presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features unbeaten lightweight world champion Robert Easter and former world champion Javier Fortuna, who met face to face for the first time on Thursday.

Competing in SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING PRELIMS on Saturday will be unbeaten light heavyweight Marcus Browne and once-beaten Francy Ntetu, who meet in a 10-round bout, plus undefeated heavyweight Adam Kownacki and once-beaten Iago Kiladze, who step into the ring for a 10-round affair.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and TGB Promotions, are priced starting at $50, and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.combarclayscenter.com, at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center or by calling 800-745-3000. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.

Here is what the participants had to say Thursday from the Dream Hotel Downtown:

ERROL SPENCE JR.

“This fight means everything to me. I still have a chip on my shoulder. I want to be the last man standing. I want to beat the top fighters in my division. Lamont is the one standing in front of me, so it’s fight time.

“I think it’s going to turn into a war. A lot of people have thought this would be an easy fight for me. But if you follow Lamont Peterson, you know this will be tough. He’s always in great shape and has a lot of skills. IT might be a dog fight and that’s what I wanted. He’s the guy who wanted to fight and I said of course. It’s going to be a rugged fight. Later on in the fights, he always gets rough and stands toe-to-toe.

“There might not be a lot of talking and bad blood between us, but you know that the two of us always give a great fight for the fans.

“I had to wait for my title defense and then I had a lot of guys not answer the call for this fight. I have a belt and I still have to call these other guys out. Lamont Peterson answered the call like a real fighter.

“In a perfect world I’d be unifying with Keith Thurman this year. I’m going to fight three times this year though. You don’t get time back. I’m ready to strike now.

“I’m just excited to fight. I like to fight. I can’t wait to be in front of those bright lights in front of the fans. Brooklyn is a great place to fight and my family from the area can come see me live. I can’t wait to display my skills.

“A true champion can’t fight everybody who calls them out, it’s still a business. But a true champion fights other champions, especially when they’re available. You can’t avoid questions and try to delay a fight. You fight the next champion that’s available, that’s what a true champion does.”

LAMONT PETERSON

“When I got into boxing, I had goals. First I wanted to be a National Champion, then a world champion as a professional, but the ultimate goal is to be in the Hall of Fame. With that being my goal, I wouldn’t put myself in that conversation yet. With wins over a guy like Errol Spence and the other top welterweights, I think I’m right there in it. That’s my goal and I’ll give it my all to get there.

“If you left it to me I’d fight every month. That’s how much I love the sport. I know a victory would help me get in the ring even more often. Sometimes if you lose at the top level, other top guys don’t want to take a chance against you. I can fix all of that this weekend

“I don’t worry about any negativity. My resume is written in the history books. All I can do is respect the opinion of others and work hard to get this win.

“I’m excited and looking forward to the skill level that’s going to be displayed this weekend. It’s going to be a rough fight for sure. But I look forward to the technique and skill level. Defense, offense and transitioning between the two. That’s the part of boxing that I love.

“Errol even taking the Kell Brook fight was impressive to me. Most guys in his position take their time leading up to the first title shot, but he ended up fighting someone in his prime in his country. To will himself to that win was very impressive.

“When you get to the big stages and those big fights, you have to win more than you lose. I think if I can win some big fights these next few years my career will be in a good place.”

ROBERT EASTER

“I have no concerns fighting a southpaw. I made my last fight hard, but this time I’m going to use my reach, my feet and my speed to dominate.

“I’m looking for a great performance. This is going to be the best Robert Easter the fans have ever seen. We prepared to dominate this fight.

“Javier Fortuna is an accomplished fighter but I don’t know too much about him. I know what I came to do. I’m a world champion and everyone knows what I bring to the fight game. I won’t leave without my strap.

“I’m ready to fight the best in this sport. I want to become the man at this weight and I know I have to beat the other champions to do that.

“Boxing is all about showing you’re the best and fighting the best. I just want to fight these other champions in my weight class. I’m looking to stay healthy in 2018 and remain on top.”

JAVIER FORTUNA

“I have no excuses on January 20. I hope he doesn’t either. I will be taking that title to the Dominican Republic for my fans. I’ve been dreaming about it and I will take it.

“I have the style and the skills to beat Robert Easter. I know how to make sure his height does not affect me at all. Everyone will see it on fight night.

“I’ve prepared myself very well. I have a plan to win every round. If he’s able to stand there, I’m going to break him down round by round.

“I am fighting for more than just myself and that is why I’ll be successful. I am going to prove that I’m truly one of the top fighters in the sport.

“Robert Easter is a fighter I respect, but I believe I can defeat anyone in front of me. If he takes me lightly, it will go even worse for him. I’ve been training hard to make sure I’m at my absolute best on fight night.

“A win would be great for my country, my fans and my family. Winning this title is everything for me. That’s why I’m here and I will not be stopped.”

DERRICK JAMES, Spence’s Trainer

“I started training Errol about nine years ago but I never really knew just how special he was until about a year or so into our training. I thought Olympics were definitely possible, because I didn’t want to look too far ahead. Now that we’re here, I think he can beat any of the top guys. I want him to be undisputed welterweight champion just like he wants to be.

“I never worry about comparing Errol to other guys in the sport. He’s a hard puncher who breaks ribs and breaks faces. The longer the fight goes, the more pain he inflicts. I’ve never seen anybody who punches that hard.

“I think Lamont knew when he moved up to welterweight that this fight would be a possibility. It’s time for us to go to work because I know Lamont and Barry Hunter are working on a game plan. They have a great team and I know Lamont will be ready for what we bring.”

BARRY HUNTER, Peterson’s Trainer

“We stay in the gym all the time. We didn’t have to deal with the weight monster this camp. Weight issue can really derail a camp leading up to a fight of this magnitude. We didn’t have to deal with any of that.

“There are several different things in Errol’s arsenal that I think we can exploit. Errol will make adjustments though, so I think strategy will be a key in this fight.

“Lamont has always been a coach’s dream. He’s the type of athlete that you would love to coach. He does everything a coach asks of him. He will train until he passes out. All he wants is to work hard and compete.”

LOU DIBELLA, President of DiBella Entertainment

“This is a great night for boxing. The first January date of the year drums up a lot of excitement and we expect a great turnout on Saturday night at Barclays Center. It’s going to be a great crowd and an exciting night from top to bottom

“Errol Spence Jr. is one of the best young fighters in the world testing himself against another great fighter in Lamont Peterson It’s the best fighting the best. Lamont Peterson is a guy with a tremendous resume. If anybody thinks Errol is going to take Lamont lightly, they’re mistaken and he would be too.

“Both of these main event fighters are lucky to have trainers who are real teachers. They are old school and two of the best. Derrick James and Barry Hunter know the game inside and out.

“Robert Easter is a beast, he’s got reach, power and boxing ability. He’s facing a guy in Javier Fortuna who is a confident former world champion. Javier has been talking a big game. He’s talking about knockouts. You want to see a guy come into a fight like this with that kind of confidence.

“This year in boxing is starting out just like last year started, at Barclays Center with a great, even matchup like Badou Jack vs. James DeGale last year.”

STEPHEN ESPINOZA, Executive Vice President & General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports

“In terms of representing the sport, you don’t get any better than Errol Spence Jr. and Lamont Peterson. The professionalism of these guys is unmatched and they represent the best of the sport. I’m proud to have them on the network.

“You can’t play boxing. You have to be dedicated and passionate. Those values are going to be reflected in the ring on Saturday.

“This is a special fight. These are the best in the sport. They’re both top 10 guys. Errol Spence Jr. has grown up on SHOWTIME. He made his pro debut on ShoBox and won his first world title on SHOWTIME. This is Lamont’s eighth appearance on SHOWTIME and he has one of the strongest resumes in the sport.

“Robert Easter and Javier Fortuna is another matchup of top 10 guys. What we’re doing here is special. This isn’t just another network doing boxing, this is the cream of the crop.”

BRETT YORMARK, CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment

“I’m really excited about Saturday night. We’ve been very fortunate to host the first big event of the year. There’s an appetite to get back into the game and we’re happy to be hosting it.

“I want to welcome back Errol and Lamont to Barclays Center. Both have been there before and we’re thrilled to have you back. We’re pleased that Robert has finally decided to take his show to Barclays Center and give the fans a performance. Last time Javier won at Barclays Center he won his world title and we’re happy to have him back.

“We’re going to create something great here in Brooklyn and it continues on Saturday night at Barclays Center.”

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JUAN FRANCISCO ESTRADA EN LOS ANGELES

Jan 16, 2018

JUAN FRANCISCO ESTRADA EN LOS ANGELES

El ex campeón mundial mexicano Juan Francisco “El Gallo” Estrada esta en Los Angeles para anunciar oficialmente su pelea del próximo 24 de febrero en el Forum de Inglewood por el campeonato supermosca del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB). Hoy Estrada estuvo en el programa “A los Golpes” que se graba en el estudio de ESPN en el centro de Los Angeles.

Junto con Estrada estuvo el puertorriqueño McWilliams Arroyo, quien se enfrentara al mexicano Carlos Cuadras en el duelo semi estelar de la función Superfy 2. El mexicano se enfrentara al campeón Srisaket Sor Rungvisai en el duelo estelar. Tanto Estrada como Arroyo estarán en una conferencia de prensa mañana para hacer el anuncio oficial de la cartelera que será televisada por HBO en su programa “Boxing after Dark”

“Sé que mucha gente piensa que Rungvisai me va a ganar y esta noquear porque se vio muy bien contra Román “Chocalate” González, pero el boxeo es cuestión de estilos. Cuadras le gano a Rugvisai,  y yo le gane a Cuadras, pero los dos perdimos con González, pero una pelea nada tiene que ver con otra. Me estoy preparando para una pelea dura y para ganar el campeonato mundial”, dijo Estrada.

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INFORMACION DE CONFERENCIA DE PRENSA

SUPERFLY 2 CONFERENCIA DE PRENSA EN LOS ANGELES

Martes 16 de enero del 2018 – 1:00 P.M. Pacifico

 

The Palm – en el Centro de Los Angeles

QUIEN:                            Juan Francisco Estrada/Clasificado Mundial #1 del CMB

Carlos Cuadras/Ex campeón mundial mosca del CMB

McWilliams Arroyo/Clasificado mundial mosca

Brian Viloria/Cuatro veces campeón mundial

Abel Sánchez/entrenador de Carlos Cuadras

Tom Loeffler/Presidente de 360 Promotions

QUE:                                 Anuncio oficial de Superfly 2

CUANDO:                       Martes 16 de enero del 2018

12:00 p.m. PT – Comida

1:00 p.m. PT – Conferencia de prensa

DONDE:                                  The Palm Restaurant

                                           1100 S. Flower Street

Los Angeles, CA 90015

En el duelo estelar de SUPERFLY 2 el monarca supermosca del CMB SRISAKET SOR RUNGVISAI, (43-4-1, 39 KO’s) de Si Sa Ket, Tailandia, expondrá su corona por segunda ocasión en un combate pactado a 12 giros ante el clasificado mundial número uno JUAN FRANCISCO “El Gallo” ESTRADA, (36-2, 25 KO’s) de Puerto Peñasco Sonora, México.

En el duelo semi estelar de la función el ex campeón mundial supermosca del CMB, CARLOS “Príncipe” CUADRAS, (36-2-1, 27 KO’s) de Guamúchil, Sinaloa, México, se enfrentará a MC WILLIAMS ARROYO, (16-3, 14 KO’s) de Fajardo, Puerto Rico en un combate de 10 asaltos en peso supermosca.

El cuatro veces campeón mundial en dos divisiones BRIAN “The Hawaiian Punch” VILORIA, (38-5, 22 KO’s) de Waipahu, Hawái se enfrentará al clasificado mundial #1 ARTEM DALAKIAN, (15-0, 11 KO’s), de Dnipropetrovsk, Ucrania por el campeonato mundial de peso mosca de la Asociación Mundial de Boxeo (AMB) que está vacante en la cartelera SUPERFLY 2 que se realizará el sábado 24 de febrero en el Forum de Inglewood.

Los boletos para Superfly 2 ya están disponibles y tienen un precio de $250, $150, $100, $60 y $30 y pueden ser adquiridos a través de Ticketmaster (Ticketmaster.com, 1-800-745-3000) y en las taquillas del Forum localizado en el 3900 W. Manchester Blvd, Inglewood CA 90305. Las puertas se abrirán a las 4:30 p.m. la noche del evento.

SUPERFLY 2 es presentado por Tom Loeffler’s 360 Promotions en asociación con Nakornluong Promotions y Zanfer Promotions. Cuadras vs. Arroyo es presentado en asociación con Promociones del Pueblo y PR Best Boxing. Viloria vs. Dalakian es presentado en asociación con Teiken Promotions.

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CLAVES PARA LA VICTORIA ERROL SPENCE JR. vs. LAMONT PETERSON

Jan 15, 2018

***ALERTA DE VIDEO***

CLAVES PARA LA VICTORIA

ERROL SPENCE JR. vs. LAMONT PETERSON

Sábado 20 de Enero a las 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT

En Vivo Por SHOWTIME ®

PARA MIRAR, ENLAZAR O COMPARTIR EL VIDEO: http://s.sho.com/2DRaIRH

PARA DESCARGAR EL VIDEO: https://we.tl/rJPEM2wVvH

Crédito de Video y Fotográfico: SHOWTIME

El campeón mundial peso welter Errol Spence Jr. hace la primera defensa de su cetro mundial en contra del ex monarca mundial en dos divisiones Lamont Peterson en una batalla emocionante el sábado 20 de enero en vivo por SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) desde Barclays Center en Brooklyn, N.Y.

Ex campeón mundial Raúl “El Diamante” Márquez explora las claves para la victoria y advierte que Spence tiene que arrimarse y ser constante con un jab preciso mientras que Peterson deberá boxear inteligente con buen movimiento de piernas. Vea el video aquí: http://s.sho.com/2DRaIRH.

SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® estará disponible en español a través de programación de audio secundario (SAP).

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VETERAN MMA AND BOXING ANNOUNCER JIMMY SMITH TO JOIN UFC BROADCAST TEAM IN 2018

Jan 15, 2018

VETERAN MMA AND BOXING ANNOUNCER JIMMY SMITH TO JOIN UFC BROADCAST TEAM IN 2018

Las Vegas – UFC® is excited to announce the addition of veteran color commentator Jimmy Smith to the UFC broadcast team. Smith is one of the most respected voices in both mixed martial arts and boxing and will join UFC broadcasts for Fox Sports and Pay-Per-View events, as well as for pre-fight programming.

Jimmy Smith had the following to say, “I am honored to join the world’s premier combat sports brand in 2018. It is a privilege to call fights for a living and I can’t wait to join the tremendous UFC broadcast team to call the best fights in the world. To the UFC fans, I am thrilled to join you for this wild ride. See you all very soon!”

“We’re very excited to have Jimmy Smith join the UFC production team and look forward to working him into a variety of different on-air talent roles,” adds UFC Executive Vice President of Operations and Production Craig Borsari. “Jimmy’s extensive experience in mixed martial arts gives him a unique voice and great insight to breakdown the intricacies of our sport. We are excited to welcome him to the family.”

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LUCAS ‘LA MAQUINA’ MATTHYSSE MEDIA WORKOUT

Jan 12, 2018
LUCAS ‘LA MAQUINA’ MATTHYSSE MEDIA WORKOUT 
QUOTES, PHOTOS AND VIDEOS
 
VACANT WBA WORLD WELTERWEIGHT CROWN ON THE LINE AS MATTHYSSE LOOKS FOR FIRST WORLD TITLE OF IMPRESSIVE CAREER AGAINST UNDEFEATED THAI SENSATION TEWA KIRAM
 
JORGE ‘EL NIÑO DE ORO’ LINARES TO DEFEND HIS WBA, WBC DIAMOND AND RING MAGAZINE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS AGAINST
MERCITO ‘NO MERCY’ GESTA
 
SATURDAY, JAN. 27, 2018 TELEVISED LIVE ON HBO BOXING AFTER DARK
ABOVE: Former interim WBC Super Lightweight Champion Lucas Matthysse poses at his media workout at
the Boys and Girls Club of Coachella Valley in Indio, Calif. on Jan. 11, 2018)
Photo/Video Credit: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
 
Tickets still on Sale!
 
INDIO, CALIF. (Jan. 11, 2018): Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse (38-4, 35 KOs) hosted a media workout today in Indio, Calif. ahead of his 12-round fight against Tewa Kiram (38-0. 28 KOs) for the vacant WBA Welterweight World Championship on Jan. 27, 2018 in a special double main event at the “Fabulous” Forum Inglewood, Calif. In the second part of the double main event, Jorge “El Nino De Oro” Linares (43-3, 27 KOs)  will defend his WBA, WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine Lightweight Titles against Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (31-1-2, 17 KOs) in a 12-round battle. The doubleheader will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.
 
On the non-televised portion of the card, Marcelino “Nino” Lopez (33-2, 18 KOs), who will return in 10-round super lightweight fight against a soon-to-be announced opponent, and Vergil Ortiz, Jr. (8-0, 8 KOs), who is preparing for his 2018 comeback on a soon-to-be announced card, also participated in the workout. Featherweight prospect and training partner of the fighters, Javier Martinez (4-0, 3 KOs), also was in attendance as he prepares to open the night of action in a six-round bout.
 
Here’s what today’s participants had to say at the media workout:
 
LUCAS MATTHYSSE, Former Interim WBC Super Lightweight
Champion:
“Training camp has been excellent. I did a little bit of training in Argentina before coming here. to Indio. Training with Joel Diaz and the entire team has been great. I know that Tewa Kiram is a hard puncher and can fight on the outside, but on Jan. 27 I’ll become world champion. I’ve beaten the best at 140 pounds, and now I’ll beat the best at 147 pounds. A win against Kiram will put me at the top of the division.”
 
MARCELINO LOPEZ, Super Lightweight Contender:
“Whether I not I know who my opponent is does not make a difference. I will still train hard. When I knocked out Pablo Cesar Cano, it was a great victory for me because he’s a tough former world champion. He’s fought the best and has fought to decisions with them as well. I finished the fight in two rounds, and I know I’ll be having bigger and better fights in the future because of that.”
 
VERGIL ORTIZ, JR., Super Lightweight Prospect:
“Lucas Matthysse is a great person and a funny guy. Sparring with him was great. You have to watch out because he hits hard and has a lot of tricks. I feel like I’ll do my best under the Joel Diaz training camp. I feel like I won’t slack off with him and do my best. Maybe in 2018 my knockout streak will end as I fight tougher and tougher opponents.”
 
DANIEL MARTINEZ, Featherweight Prospect:
“Whatever they put in my way in this new year, I’ll do. I’d like to fight more rounds and fight better opponents. I want to move up the rankings this year and be in very tough fights.”
ERIC GOMEZ, President of Golden Boy Promotions:
“This fight with Lucas Matthysse was mandated by the WBA. This is a dangerous fight. He’s an undefeated puncher with a great style, and they’re both big punchers. I know it’s going to be a great fight, and I’m really looking forward to it.”
 
Matthysse vs. Kiram is a 12-round fight for the vacant WBA Welterweight World Championship and is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Arano Box and Galaxy Promotions. Linares vs. Gesta, a 12-round fight for the WBA, WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine Lightweight World Championships is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Teiken Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” Hennessy “Never Stop, Never Settle,” and Casa Mexico Tequila. The event will take place Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 at the “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood, Calif. and will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. The non-televised undercard action will be streamed live on RingTV.com beginning at 3:00 p.m. PT/ 6:00 p.m. ET.
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UFC RETURNS TO ORLANDO FEBRUARY 24TH

Jan 9, 2018

UFC® RETURNS TO ORLANDO WITH AN

ACTION-PACKED CARD

 

FEATURED BOUTS:

(#1) YOEL ROMERO vs. (#10) DAVID BRANCH

(#2) JESSICA ANDRADE vs. (#5) TECIA TORRIES

 

TICKETS FOR UFC FIGHT NIGHT®

AT AMWAY CENTER GO ON SALE FRIDAY, JAN. 12

Las Vegas – UFC® returns to the Sunshine State with a thrilling fight card, featuring a battle between two exciting middleweight contenders, as No.1-ranked Yoel Romero looks to get back into the title picture when he clashes with No.10 David Branch. UFC FIGHT NIGHT® takes place at Orlando’s Amway Center on Saturday, Feb. 24.

In his most recent outing, Romero (12-2, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla. by way of Pinar del Rio, Cuba) came close to realizing his dream of being UFC champion. The 2000 Olympic silver medalist wrestler dropped a close and captivating decision to Robert Whittaker last summer, earning Fight of the Night honors in the process. Prior to the bout, Romero was undefeated at middleweight and scored stunning knockout wins over Chris Weidman, Lyoto Machida and Derek Brunson.

Looking to play spoiler and resume his climb up the middleweight rankings is dangerous grappler and boxer Branch (21-4, fighting out of Brooklyn, N.Y.). A two-division champion outside the UFC, Branch returned to the world’s largest MMA organization last year with a win over ranked Krzysztof Jotko. Throughout his career, he’s earned victories over Yushin Okami, Jesse Taylor and Paulo Filho. Following a recent setback against Luke Rockhold, Branch aims to use Romero as a stepping stone into the division’s top five.

Also at UFC FIGHT NIGHT®, top strawweight contenders collide when No.2-ranked Jessica Andrade faces No.5 Tecia Torres.

A former strawweight title challenger, Andrade (17-6, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) put on the most dominant performance of her career in September when she won a spectacular decision against Claudia Gadelha. During her stint in the UFC’s 115-pound weight class, she’s also netted impressive victories over Angela Hill, Joanne Calderwood and Jessica Penne. Andrade hopes an emphatic win will propel her into another title shot.

Torres (10-1, fighting out of Colorado Springs, Colo.) is gunning for a rubber match with newly-minted strawweight champion Rose Namajunas. The two originally met under the Invicta FC banner in 2013, with Torres winning a unanimous decision. Namajunas returned the favor in April 2016. Since then, Torres has gone on a three-fight winning streak, picking up victories against Bec Rawlings, Juliana Lima and Michelle Waterson.

Additional bouts on the card include:

  • Hometown welterweight Ben Saunders (21-8-2, fighting out of Orlando, Fla.) looks to blow the roof off the Amway Center when he takes on Alan Jouban (15-6, fighting out of Los Angeles, Calif.)
  • No.8-ranked bantamweight contender Sara McMann (11-4, fighting out of Gaffney, S.C.) welcomes Invicta FC champ Yana Kunitskaya (10-3, fighting out of Saint Petersburg, Russia)
  • Light heavyweight standout Gadzhimurad Antigulov (20-4, fighting out of Makhachkala, Russia) looks for his 15th consecutive win when he faces hot prospect Aleksandar Rakic (8-1, fighting out of Vienna, Austria)
  • In a battle of submission aces, Gilbert Burns (12-2, fighting out of Boca Raton, Fla. by way of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) meets Olivier Aubin-Mercier (11-2, fighting out of Montreal, Canada)

For the latest information on additional bouts for this event, please visit www.ufc.com. All bouts live and subject to change.

Visit the UFC® Press Portal for information and content to support your UFC coverage.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT® will air live on FOX at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Saturday, Feb. 24, with the prelims kicking off the evening on FS1 at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT and on UFC FIGHT PASS® at 3:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. PT. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT.

Tickets for UFC FIGHT NIGHT® go on sale Friday, Jan. 12 at 10 a.m. ET and are priced at $195, $160, $135, $110, $95, $85, $75, $65 and $55 USD (prices do not include applicable service charges or fees). Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com or through the Amway Center box office. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person.

UFC Fight Club® members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 10 a.m. ET via the website www.ufcfightclub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Thursday, Jan. 11 starting at 10 a.m. ET. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.

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FORMER WORLD TITLE CHALLENGER YOSHIHIRO ‘EL MAESTRITO’ KAMEGAI TO SQUARE OFF AGAINST DAQUAN ‘KING’ PAULDO ON NON-TELEVISED UNDERCARD OF MATTHYSSE VS. KIRAM AND LINARES VS. GESTA

Jan 9, 2018
FORMER WORLD TITLE CHALLENGER YOSHIHIRO ‘EL MAESTRITO’ KAMEGAI TO SQUARE OFF AGAINST DAQUAN ‘KING’ PAULDO ON NON-TELEVISED UNDERCARD OF MATTHYSSE VS. KIRAM AND LINARES VS. GESTA
 
VACANT WBA WORLD WELTERWEIGHT CROWN ON THE LINE AS LUCAS ‘LA MÁQUINA’ MATTHYSSE LOOKS FOR FIRST WORLD TITLE OF IMPRESSIVE CAREER AGAINST UNDEFEATED THAI SENSATION TEWA KIRAM
JORGE ‘EL NIÑO DE ORO’ LINARES TO DEFEND WBA, WBC DIAMOND AND RING MAGAZINE WORLD TITLES AGAINST MERCITO ‘NO MERCY’ GESTA
SATURDAY, JAN. 27 AT LOS ANGELES’ ‘FABULOUS’ FORUM AND TELEVISED LIVE ON HBO BOXING AFTER DARK®
Tickets still available!
LOS ANGELES (Jan. 8, 2018): Japanese slugger Yoshihiro “El Maestrito” Kamegai (27-4-2, 24 KOs) will return after his impressive first shot at a world title to take on Orlando, Florida’s Daquan “King” Pauldo (16-1, 9 KOs) in a 10-round super welterweight fight that will top off the non-televised undercard of Matthysse vs. Kiram and Linares vs. Gesta on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 at the “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood, Calif. The non-televised undercard action will be streamed live on RingTV.com beginning at 3:00 p.m. PT/ 6:00 p.m. ET.
As previously announced, Argentine knockout artist Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse (38-4, 35 KOs) of Chubut, Argentina will take on the explosive undefeated Thai superstar Tewa Kiram (38-0, 28 KOs) in a 12-round battle for the vacant WBA Welterweight World Championship in the first co-main event. Jorge “El Nino De Oro” Linares (43-3, 27 KOs) will defend his WBA, WBC Diamond, and Ring Magazine Lightweight Titles against Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (31-1-2, 17 KOs) in a 12-round bout in the second co-main event. This special double main event will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.
Kamegai will return after his impressive outing against former six-time, four-division world champion Miguel Cotto, which was for the WBO Junior Middleweight World Title in an HBO-televised main event in August 2017 at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. Before that fight, Kamegai took part in two consecutive Fight of the Year candidates against Jesus “Renuente” Soto Karass in June and Sept. of 2016. Kamegai will look to earn another shot at a 154-pound title if successful against Pauldo.
Pauldo, a 25-year-old super welterweight contender who was formerly known as Daquan Arnett, has only suffered one loss in his impressive career, which was when he dropped down to 147 pounds to take on tough Golden Boy Promotions contender Eddie “Eboy” Gomez. After returning to 154 pounds, Pauldo has defeated five people in a row, including the experienced Jorge “Pantera” Silva in his last bout in July 2017. A win against Kamegai would give Pauldo a much-earned boost in the super welterweight rankings.
Marcelino “Nino” Lopez (33-21, 18 KOs) the native of Buenos Aires, Argentina and member of the exclusive training camp of Joel Diaz in Indio, Calif., will return in a 10-round super lightweight fight against an opponent that will be announce shortly. Lopez will return after defeating former interim WBA Super Lightweight Champion Pablo “El Demoledor” Cesar Cano via second-round technical knockout.
After seven spectacular wins in 2017, Armenian welterweight prospect Ferdinand Kerobyan (7-0, 4 KOs) will start the new year in a six-round welterweight fight against an opponent that will be announced soon. In his last fight, Kerobyan defeated Tavorus Teague in the ESPN3-streamed undercard of the Dec. 14 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN.
In an exciting and rarely-seen battle between two undefeated prospects, Los Angeles native Tenochtitlan “T-Dog” Nava (7-0, 1 KO) will participate in an eight-round 126-pound clash against Las Vegas’ Francisco “El Alacran” Esparza (6-0-1, 2 KOs). Both fighters are known for their come-forward, all-action styles, and with so much on the line, the bout will surely produce fireworks.
Romero “Ruthless” Duno (15-1, 13 KOs) will fight for a second consecutive time at the “Fabulous” Forum in an eight-round lightweight battle against Sacramento, Calif.’s Yardley Armenta (21-9, 12 KOs). The Filipino prospect made his U.S. debut and introduced himself in exciting fashion via a devastating second-round knockout victory against the previously undefeated prospect Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez. Since then, Duno has scored two more victories, which were against Jason Tinampay and Juan Pablo Sanchez respectively.
Undefeated prospect Javier Martinez (4-0, 3 KOs) of Dallas, Texas will kick off highly-anticipated night of action in a six-round featherweight fight against a soon-to-be-announced opponent.
Matthysse vs. Kiram is a 12-round fight for the vacant WBA Welterweight
World Championship, and is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Arano Box and Galaxy Promotions. Linares vs. Gesta, a 12-round fight for the WBA, WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine Lightweight World Championships is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Teiken Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” and Hennessy “Never Stop, Never Settle.” The event will take place Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 at the ‘Fabulous’ Forum in Inglewood, Calif. and will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. The non-televised undercard action will be streamed live on RingTV.com beginning at 3:00 p.m. PT/ 6:00 p.m. ET.
For more information visit www.goldenboypromotions.com and www.hbo.com/boxing, follow on Twitter at @GoldenBoyBoxing, @hboboxing; become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing; visit us on Instagram at @GoldenBoyBoxing; and follow the conversation using #MatthysseKiram.
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Brian Viloria vs. Artem Dalakian WBA Flyweight World Championship Added to Superfly 2 Event at the Forum on February 24

Jan 9, 2018
SUPERFLY 2
BRIAN VILORIA VS. ARTEM DALAKIAN
WBA FLYWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
ADDED TO SENSATIONAL SUPERFLY 2 EVENT
Saturday, February 24, 2018
From the Forum in Los Angeles, CA
Tickets Now On Sale!
Los Angeles, CA (January 5, 2018) Four-time world champion in two divisions and #2 ranked BRIAN “The Hawaiian Punch” VILORIA, (38-5, 22 KO’s) of Los Angeles, CA via Waipahu, Hawaii will challenge undefeated and #1 ranked ARTEM DALAKIAN, (15-0, 11 KO’s), of Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine for the vacant WBA Flyweight World Title taking place prior to the HBO Boxing Triple Header at SUPERFLY 2 set for Saturday February 24, 2018, at the Forum in Los Angeles, CA, it was announced today by TOM LOEFFLER of 360 Promotions.
“We’re very excited to add this 12-round WBA Flyweight World Title to the highly anticipated SUPERFLY 2 event on February 24 at the Forum,” said Loeffler. “Adding this outstanding matchup to an already great show really makes this a must-see event.”
“Brian is attempting to become a world champion for a fifth time and has long been one of Southern California’s most popular fighters while Dalakian is undefeated and hungry for his first world title. Anytime #1 faces #2 for a world title, fans truly see the best in the division vying for the belt.”
“I’ve worked very hard to earn this shot for a fifth world title and I’m not going to let it slip away,” said Viloria. “I won my first world title in Los Angeles and I couldn’t be more excited to be back home to fight for the WBA Flyweight World Championship in front of my friends, family and supportive fans.”
“I’ve been working in the gym for more than a month in the hope that this fight would materialize. I want to thank Mr. Honda and his staff at Teiken Promotions for delivering this opportunity, and also to Tom Loeffler of 360 Promotions for including this bout on the second successful ‘Superfly’ event.”
“I’m eager to prove once again that I’m the premier flyweight in the world and you can count on seeing the best Brian Viloria ever. I’ve always given the fans an honest account in the ring and they won’t be disappointed on February 24.”
Said Dalakian, “Brian Viloria is a good boxer and was a champion, but his time is up. I’m going to the United States to become a world champion and to prove to everyone that I’m the best.”
Previously holder of the WBA Flyweight World Title, Viloira thrilled the fans at the initial SUPERFLY event, stopping Miguel Cartagena in the fifth round on September 9 at the Stubhub Center.
Among the notable victories on Viloiria’s ledger throughout his illustrious career are Hernan Marquez, Giovanni Segura, Ulises Solis, and Angel Priolo. He has also previously held the WBC Junior Flyweight World Title, the IBF Junior Flyweight World Title and the WBO Flyweight World Title.
In an epic battle at The Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden on October 17, 2015, Viloria would challenge then #1 Pound-for-Pound Fighter and WBC Flyweight World Champion Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez losing valiantly in a battle that had the sold-out crowd on their feet throughout.
Having fought exclusively in Ukraine since turning professional five years ago, the 30-year-old Dalakian won the vacant WBA Continental Flyweight Title on July 17, 2015 with a 12-round decision victory over Angel Moreno Kiev, Ukraine.
The heavy-handed Dalakian has defended his title four times, all victories by knockout. Most recently he stopped Luis Manuel Macias in the sixth round on April 22, 2017 in Kiev.
SUPERFLY 2 is headlined by WBC Super Flyweight World Champion SRISAKET SOR RUNGVISAI, (43-4-1, 39 KO’s), of Si Sa Ket, Thailand, defending his title over 12-rounds for the second time against former world champion and #1 ranked mandatory challenger JUAN FRANCISCO “El Gallo” ESTRADA, (36-2, 25 KO’s), of Sonora, Mexico.
Co-featured on the HBO Boxing After Dark telecast beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT, former WBC Super Flyweight World Champion, CARLOS “Principe” CUADRAS, (36-2-1, 27 KO’s), of Mexico City, MX facing hard-hitting, two-time world title challenger MC WILLIAMS ARROYO, (16-3, 14 KO’s), of Fajardo, Puerto Rico in an outstanding ten round super flyweight clash.
Tickets for SUPERFLY 2, priced at $250, $150, $100, $60 and $30 are now on sale and can be purchased through Ticketmaster (Ticketmaster.com, 1-800-745-3000) and the Forum Box Office. The Forum is located at 3900 W. Manchester Blvd, Inglewood CA 90305. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. on the night of the event.
SUPERFLY 2 is presented by Tom Loeffler’s 360 Promotions in association with Nakornluong Promotions and Zanfer Promotions. Cuadras vs. Arroyo is presented in association with Promociones del Pueblo and PR Best Boxing. Viloria vs. Dalakian is presented in association with Teiken Promotions.
Additional information on this tremendous night of world class professional boxing will be announced shortly.
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