Apr 18, 2018

            LOS ÁNGELES, California 18 de abril de 2018. — Golden Boy Promotions emitió la siguiente declaración en respuesta al acuerdo de solución entre Canelo Álvarez y la Comisión Atlética de Nevada.

         “Como lo mantuvimos siempre, las pequeñas cantidades de _Clembuterol_ encontradas en el sistema de Canelo el pasado mes de febrero se debe a la contaminación de carne, y hemos ofrecido una gran cantidad de evidencia a la Comisión Atlética de Nevada para apoyar esos datos”.
            “A pesar que la mayoría de los deportes profesionales, las agencias anti dopaje internacional, y las comisiones de boxeo de Estados Unidos tratan el asunto de la contaminación en la carne diferente a otras pruebas positivas, el estado de Nevada no lo hace. Canelo y Golden Boy Promotions respetan las reglas del Nevada y por ende están satisfechos con el acuerdo de solución que se alcanzó el día de hoy.
            “Canelo espera con ansias su regreso al cuadrilátero en septiembre durante el festivo fin de semana del Día de la Independencia de México para representar a su país y el boxeo en lo que será el evento más grande del año para el deporte.
            De la misma manera está listo para continuar con su notable récord de pelear al nivel más alto”.
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Devin Haney vs. Mason Menard to Fight for USBA/IBF Lightweight Title on ShoBox

Apr 16, 2018
Devin Haney vs. Mason Menard
to Fight for USBA/IBF Lightweight Title on 
ShoBox: The New Generation
LAS VEGAS, NV (April 16, 2018) –  When undefeated lightweight sensation, Devin “The Dream” Haney (18-0, 12 KOs), makes his ShoBox: The New Generation debut on Friday, May 11, 2018, against Mason Menard (33-2, 24 KOs), the vacant USBA/IBF lightweight title will be on the line.  The 10-round main event bout will air live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT) from 2300 Arena in Philadelphia.
Haney, who fights out of Las Vegas, NV, is looking to become the youngest boxer to possess a world championship belt, and acquiring the vacant USBA/IBF title would get him one step closer to eventually fighting for the IBF World Championship.
“Capturing the USBA lightweight title against a tough opponent like Mason Menard, who has 35 fights under his belt, will certainly inch me closer to fighting for the IBF championship crown,” said Devin Haney, who captured the WBC Youth title in his 14th pro fight. “This fight against Menard is very important to me and my brand.  I want to show the world that I’m the next big star in boxing.  A dominating win against Menard on SHOWTIME will give the fans a taste of what I’m all about.”
Tickets for the event, which is promoted by Greg Cohen Promotions, Devin Haney Promotions & Hard Hitting Promotions, are priced at $125 for VIP, $75 for ringside and $50 for general admission and are available at the 2300 Arena Box office or online at
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Ryota Murata Meets the Media Ahead of Middleweight Title Clash Against Emanuele Blandamura

Apr 16, 2018

Ryota Murata Meets the Media Ahead of Middleweight Title Clash Against Emanuele Blandamura

Catch it LIVE on ESPN2, Sunday at 8 a.m. ET
(Courtesy: Naoki Fukuda/Teiken Promotions)

TOKYO (April 13, 2018) — Ryota Murata became a star in his home country of Japan after winning a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics. Now a word champion, he will make the first defense of his World Boxing Association (WBA) middleweight title on Sunday against Italian challenger and former European middleweight champion, Emanuele Blandamura, at the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan.

This special, international edition of Top Rank on ESPN will air live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes and stream on the ESPN App at 8 a.m. ET, with a same-day replay scheduled for 11 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

“I’m looking forward to defending my title in front of my home fans,” Murata said following Friday’s news conference at the Hotel Grand Palace. “Blandamura has excellent speed, and I think he has great timing and rhythm.”

As for what’s next, provided he beats Blandamura, Murata’s wish list is long. The middleweight division is loaded with talent, and Murata is ready to take on all comers.

“I will fight anyone, anywhere, anytime,” Murata said.

For more information visit:,  Facebook:; Twitter: @ESPNBoxeo @ESPNDeportes. Use the hashtag #MurataBlandamura to join the conversation on social media.

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Apr 16, 2018
(ABOVE: Francisco Vargas defeated Rod Salka via technical knockout at the end of the sixth round in the main event of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN on April 12 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino)
Photo Credit: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotion
INDIO, CALIF. (April 12, 2018): Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas (25-1-2, 18 KOs), former WBC Super Featherweight World Champion of Mexico City, Mexico, defeated “Lightning” Rod Salka (24-5, 4 KOs) of Bunola, Pa. in the main event of the April 12 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN and in front of a crowd of 1,456 boxing fans at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. Vargas dropped Salka with a solid combination in the fifth round and forced Salka’s corner to call a halt to the fight at the end of the sixth round.
“I wanted to put a great show,” said Francisco Vargas.“I did what he worked on in the gym, fighting cautiously and moving my head. I feel great because we did a great job. I want the rematch against Miguel Berchelt. We’re ready for that fight.”
In tonight’s co-main event, Andrew “El Chango” Cancio (18-4-2, 14 KOs) of Blythe, Calif. defeated the Kazakhstan-born Aidar Sharibayev (7-1, 6 KOs) via technical knockout in the tenth and final round of a bout contested for the vacant WBA Intercontinental Super Featherweight Title. Cancio dropped Sharibayev with a left hook in the third round, and scored another knockdown with a right hand in the fifth round. After dominating for a few more rounds, Cancio stopped Sharibayev at :43 of the tenth round.
“I listened to my corner, and I trained hard. That’s why I got the victory,” said Andrew Cancio. “I threw jabs and combinations, and I kept moving my head. This was a great performance in front of my fans. It feels amazing because hard work pays off.”
Rommel Caballero (0-0-1) of Coachella, Calif. made his professional debut in tonight’s swing bout by fighting to an unfortunate technical draw against Eric Rodriguez (1-2-1) of Los Angeles, Calif. The bout originally scheduled for four rounds in the lightweight division. However, the fight was halted at the end of the first round due to an accidental headbutt, which according to the California rules forces a technical draw decision.
“I don’t know what to say. It’s crazy,” said Rommel Caballero. “This is not what I wanted at all. It’s the California rules, so I have to respect them.”
Javier Padilla (6-0-1, 5 KOs) of Indio, Calif. scored a decisive four-round unanimous decision victory against Ricardo Arias (1-3-1) of Mexico City, Mexico in a super featherweight fight. Padilla won with scores of 39-37, 40-36 and 40-36.
“I’ve dedicated myself more to boxing this time around,” said Javier Padilla. “That’s why I won this rematch. I was working the graveyard shift before heading to the weigh-in for the first fight. But I’ve quit my job, so I was well rested for this one. I can’t wait to be back.”
Aaron “Silencer” McKenna (3-0, 2 KOs) knocked out Keasen Freeman (4-2, 2 KOs) in the first round a scheduled four-round welterweight fight. After dropping Freeman with a left hook to start the round, McKenna landed a right hand that ended the bout at 2:06 of the same round.
“I felt very strong,” said Aaron McKenna. “I landed some good, solid shots. After he went down the first time, I knew he couldn’t handle my power. I knew I had to start fast but at the same time be patient, and it all came together.”
Genaro “El Conde” Gamez (8-0, 5 KOs) defeated Japanese pugilist Shoki Sakai (22-8-2, 12 KOs) via unanimous decision over eight rounds of welterweight action. Gamez was victorious with scores of 79-73, 79-73, 77-75.
“I felt great, though he [Sakai] was much bigger,” said Genaro Gamez. “It was good experienced because he was tough, but at 130 or 135 nobody beats me.”
Jonathan “Thunder” Navarro (14-0, 7 KOs) of East Los Angeles, Calif. scored a tough eight-round unanimous decision victory against Justin Savi (9-15-1, 6 KOs) of Silver Spring, Md. in a welterweight bout. Navarro won with scores of 80-72, 80-72 and 79-72.
“It was a tough fight because he [Savi] can take a punch,” said Jonathan Navarro. “I’ve been staying very busy because I’ve been finishing my bouts clean and without taking too much punishment. Hopefully, I can take a little break and come back in the summer.”
Vargas vs. Salka was a 10-round lightweight fight presented by Golden Boy Promotions. The event was sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” and Hennessy, “Never Stop, Never Settle.” The event took place on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif.
Tickets for the event start at $25 and are available at the Fantasy Springs
Resort Casino box office, by calling 1-800-827-2946, or by purchasing online at
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Apr 16, 2018


Las Vegas – UFC®, the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization, today announced the launch of its ‘Faces of UFC’ campaign to celebrate the global brand’s passionate fan base as it commemorates its 25th anniversary in 2018.

“In just 25 years, we’ve built a revolution, and we couldn’t have done it without our fans,” UFC President Dana White said. “For our 25th anniversary, we want to celebrate all the believers by hearing your UFC stories. If you became a fan of UFC because of a fighter, a love of martial arts or just because fighting’s in your DNA, we want to hear your favorite UFC memory, first fight or how UFC has inspired you.”

The ‘Faces of UFC’ campaign will feature an exciting sweepstakes that will be offered to UFC fans 18 years and older in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Ireland and the United Kingdom, who want to share their personal UFC fan stories. The sweepstakes begins on Thursday, April 19 and ends on Saturday, September 29. On Monday, October 1, 25 winners will be selected and awarded the ultimate prize — an exclusive trip to the UFC 25th Anniversary event on Saturday, November 10.

To enter the ‘Faces of UFC’ sweepstakes, fans must submit their online registration at, where they can also upload a photo and short description detailing their UFC fan story. Examples may include their first UFC memory or favorite UFC moment. Pre-registration for the ‘Faces of UFC’ sweepstakes opens on Thursday, April 12

On Thursday, April 19, will officially launch as the ‘Faces of UFC’ engagement hub, featuring personal fan stories, unique UFC videos, UFC trivia, and more. Fans can also receive additional sweepstakes entries for watching videos and answering trivia questions on the engagement hub.

Fans are encouraged to also share their UFC stories on their individual Twitter or Instagram accounts by posting a photo and description with the following hashtags from their specific country:

  • U.S. – #UFC25Years #Sweepstakes
  • Canada – #UFC25Years #PrizeDrawCA
  • U.K. – #UFC25Years #PrizeDrawUK
  • Ireland – #UFC25Years #PrizeDrawIE
  • Mexico – #UFC25Anos #MX

For more information, please visit Stay tuned for more information regarding separate fan activations in additional regions around the world.

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Apr 11, 2018
¡Boletos están a la venta!
LOS ÁNGELES, California 11 de abril de 2018.– Javier “El Intocable” Molina (17-2, 8 nocáuts), contendiente de las 140 libras, retornará al cuadrilátero para enfrentar a Jessie Román (22-3, 11 nocáuts) en el pleito estelar a ocho asaltos en peso superligero de la edición del 1 de junio de LA FIGHT CLUB en el Belasco Theater de Los Ángeles, California y televisado en vivo por EstrellaTV a través de Boxeo Estelar.
Molina, el orgullo de Norwalk, California de 28 años, es un tercio del reconocido trio de hermanos con el boxeo en su sangre. Molina y su hermano gemelo Óscar participaron en los Juegos Olímpicos de Pekín 2008. Su hermano mayor, Carlos, fue contendiente en las 140 libras también. Molina se ha enfrentado a fuertes oponentes en una trayectoria de casi 10 años.
“No puedo esperar para realizar mi retorno”, dijo Javier Molina. “Tengo la experiencia de amateur y profesional para hacerme reconocido en la categoría de las 140 libras, y estoy seguro que los aficionados saldrán de esta pelea satisfechos de una emocionante noche de boxeo. Jessie Román ha estado en peleas difíciles, pero se enfrentará a su reto más grande el 1 de junio”, aseveró.
Román, el oriundo de Santa Ana, California de 26 años, es un emocionante contendiente con un agresivo estilo. Tras una cruenta guerra ante Eddie Ramírez en 2016, Román se ha anotado dos victorias por la vía rápida. Molina y Román tienen estilos que prometen acción de toma y daca en el histórico escenario del Belasco.
“Ha sido mi sueño pelear en un evento de Golden Boy Promotions”, explicó Jessie Román. “Así que estoy emocionado por la oportunidad para combatir contra Javier Molina en este evento estelar. Estoy confiado de que saldré de esta pelea con mi tercera victoria en fila, y estoy más hambriento que nunca porque sé que habrá peleas más grandes e importantes cuando salga con la mano en alto”, finalizó.
Pablo “The Shark” Rubio (10-0, 3 nocáuts) y Rafael “El Alikin” Gramajo (9-1-2, 2 nocáuts) chocarán en una emocionante batalla a ocho asaltos en peso supergallo entre dos favoritos de la fanaticada local. Rubio es un invicto prospecto que tiene un explosivo estilo de corta distancia a pesar de tener brazos largos. Gramajo, quien es originalmente de Garden City, Kansas y miembro del Westside Boxing Club, es un aguerrido púgil quien sin alguna duda participará en una guerra ante Rubio.
Niko “Baby Face” Valdes (6-0, 5 nocáuts) abrirá la transmisión de EstrellaTV en un combate a seis asaltos en peso supermediano. Herbert Acevedo (14-2, 6 nocáuts), el noqueador de Garden City, Kansas quien también es miembro de Westside Boxing Club, participará en un combate a seis asaltos en la categoría de peso welter. 
Los oponentes de este evento serán anunciados en breve. 
Molina vs. Román es un choque a ocho asaltos en peso superligero presentado por Golden Boy Promotions. El evento es patrocinado por Tecate “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” y Casa México Tequila. La transmisión en vivo de Boxeo Estelar a través de EstrellaTV iniciará a las 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT., y también por y YouTube a través de LBI Media, Inc.’s Fenómeno Studios. Marque su calendario y compre boletos por adelantado antes que se agoten para los eventos del 6 de julio, 10 de agosto, y el 12 de octubre, con posiblemente más fechas en el futuro.
Medios interesados en cubrir la edición del 6 de abril de LA FIGHT CLUB deben ser aprobados previamente para las credenciales. La solicitud de acreditación se vence el lunes 2 de abril a las 5:00 p.m. y se pueden encontrar aquíSometer una solicitud no garantiza la aprobación de una credencial. No puede transferir su credencial a otra persona. Los medios de comunicación no pueden acreditarse en el escenario de la cartelera, sin excepciones.
Los boletos para LA FIGHT CLUB comienzan desde el precio, al alcance de los aficionados, de $25 dólares y están disponible para su compra en www.goldenboytickets.comy en la página oficial de Facebook de Golden Boy Promotions.
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El dominicano Carlos Adames estará en acción en el combate co-estelar de Linares vs. Lomachenko el 12 de mayo

Apr 11, 2018

El dominicano Carlos Adames estará en acción en el combate co-estelar de Linares vs. Lomachenko el 12 de mayo en el Madison Square Garden

El invicto peso welter Carlos Adames enfrentará a Alejandro Barrera

Además, los invictos prospectos Michael Conlan, Teofimo López, Jamel Herring, Mikaela Mayer y Fazliddin Gaibnazarov estarán en acción en las peleas de respaldo

NUEVA YORK (11 de abril del 2018) — En la noche en la cual VASILIY ‘Hi-Tech’ LOMACHENKO reterá al campeón peso ligero de la Asociación Mundial de Boxeo (AMB) y The Ring Magazine JORGE ‘El Niño de Oro’ LINARES por la supremaciá de la división, una gran cantidad de prospectos y contendientes buscarán robarse el espectáculo el 12 de mayo en el Madison Square Garden.

El contendiente peso welter Carlos ‘Caballo Bronco’ Adames (13-0, 11 KOs) hará su debut con Top Rank en un combate a 10 asaltos contra Alejandro Barrera (27-4, 17 KOs), en el combate co-estelar de la función que será televisada por ESPN; el sensacional prospecto irlandés Michael Conlan (6-0, 5 KOs) verá a acción en un combate a ocho asaltos en el peso pluma contra Ibon Larrinaga (10-1, 2 KOs); Jamel Herring (16-2, 9 KOs) se enfrenta al fuerte Juan Pablo Sánchez (29-15, 14 KOs) en una pelea de peso ligero a ocho asaltos; el máximo prospecto de peso ligero Teofimo López (8-0, 6 KOs) se enfrentará al veterano Vitor Freitas (13-1, 7 KOs) de Salvador, Brasil, en una reyerta de ocho asaltos; La sensación femenina del boxeo Mikaela Mayer (4-0, 3 KOs) se enfrentará a Baby Nansen (6-2-1, 0 KOs) de Auckland, Nueva Zelanda, en una pelea de peso ligero a seis asaltos; y el medallista de oro olímpico de 2016 Fazliddin ‘Fayzi’ Gaibnazarov (3-0, 1 KO) regresa en una pelea programada a ocho asaltos contra Jesús Silveyra (8-5-2, 3 KOs) de Monterrey, México.

Linares vs. Lomachenko y Adames vs. Barrera serán televisados en vivo y exclusivamente a las 8:00 p.m. ET por ESPN y ESPN Deportes, y los combates preliminares se transmitirán en vivo en la aplicación móvil de ESPN a partir de las 4:30 p.m. ET.

En una promoción de Top Rank, en asociación con Golden Boy Promotions, Teiken Promotions, y Madison Square Garden, las taquillas para el evento de campeonato mundial Linares vs. Lomachenko están A LA VENTA AHORA. Con un precio de $506, $406, $306, $206, $106 y $56, incluidas las tarifas de las instalaciones, las taquillas se pueden comprar en la boletería del Madison Square Garden, todas las tiendas Ticketmaster, llamando a Ticketmaster por teléfono (866-858-0008) y en línea en y

Adames, de Santo Domingo, República Dominicana, es un corpulento pegador de 5 pies y 11 pulgadas. Después de una larga carrera amateur, Adames se convirtió en profesional el 24 de julio de 2015 y noqueó a 10 de sus primeros 11 oponentes. Detuvo al olímpico venezolano Patrick López en el cuarto asalto en abril de 2016, y en febrero de 2017, se anotó un nocaut técnico en el segundo asalto sobre el olímpico venezolano, Jean Carlos Prada.

Su triunfo profesional más impresionante hasta la fecha fue su decisión unánime de 11 asaltos sobre el ex campeón mundial de peso mediano junior de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo (FIB), Carlos Molina, el 26 de julio de 2017.

“Tengo un mensaje para todos los fanáticos del boxeo: pongan sus alarmas y marquen sus calendarios para el 12 de mayo porque iré por el nocaut,” dijo Adames. “Estoy muy feliz de estar debutando con Top Rank. Esto será un gran paso en mi carrera, y el 12 de mayo, enviaré un mensaje a la división de peso welter.”

Conlan, un olímpico irlandés de 2016, regresa a su hogar lejos de casa. El nativo de Belfast hará su cuarta aparición en Nueva York como profesional, y su debut en la gran arena en el Madison Square Garden. La última vez que  peleó fue en el Día de San Patricio, cuando ayudó a reunir a casi 5,000 admiradores en el Hulu Theater del Madison Square Garden. Conlan usó un ataque de cuerpo sostenido para noquear a David Berna en la segunda ronda.

“Me sentí muy bien contra Berna,” dijo Conlan. “Los fanáticos y la atmósfera fueron sencillamente increíble. Ojalá la pelea hubiera durado más, pero así son las cosas a veces.”

Herring, de Coram, N.Y., hará su debut en el Madison Square Garden. Un ex marine de los EE. UU. Que sirvió dos turnos de servicio en Irak como electricista de campo, fue capitán del equipo de boxeo olímpico de EE. UU. del 2012 y se convirtió en profesional más adelante ese año. Herring ganó sus primeros 15 combates profesionales antes de sufrir un nocaut técnico en décimo asalto ante Denis Shafikov el 2 de julio de 2016. Tras una victoria por nocaut técnico en el tercer asalto sobre Art Hovhannisyan, perdió una cerrada decisión unánime contra Ladarius Miller el 22 de agosto de 2017. Desde la derrota de Miller, Herring ha cambiado a su equipo, firmando con Top Rank y el B&B Boxing de Brian ‘Bomac’ McIntyre. Entrenado por McIntyre, Esau Dieguez y Red Spikes, Herring ha servido recientemente como compañero de entrenamiento del élite libra-por-libra TERENCE ‘Bud’ CRAWFORD.

“Estoy feliz de volver a casa porque no he peleado en Nueva York desde el 2013. Estar en una gran cartelera como esta, es un gran honor,” dijo Herring. “Con mis nuevos entrenadores y Bud, es una bendición. Bud quiere verme mejor y tener éxito. Él me critica mucho, pero lo considero una crítica constructiva. Es una gran sensación estar cerca de alguien con tanta experiencia que también quiere verte triunfar.”

López irrumpió en la escena profesional después de una ilustre carrera amateur que lo vio competir por el lugar de nacimiento de sus padres, Honduras, en los Juegos Olímpicos de 2016. Hizo su debut profesional en la cartelera de Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas el 5 de noviembre de 2016 y se fue de 6-0 con cinco nocauts en el 2017. En su última pelea, el 3 de febrero, superó un corte sobre su ojo izquierdo  y superó a Juan Pablo Sánchez por decisión unánime en seis asaltos.

La última vez que López peleó en el Madison Square Garden, el 20 de mayo de 2017, noqueó a Ronald Rivas en la segunda ronda con un sólido gancho de izquierda.

“Qué mejor manera de volver en el 2018 que en una cartelera como esta,” dijo López. “Todos sabemos lo que sucedió la última vez que peleé en The Garden, y espero volver a hacerlo. Sé cómo va a ser la atmósfera, y estoy emocionado de mostrar mis habilidades en una gran plataforma.”

Mayer, una olímpica de los EE. UU. en el 2016, peleó por última vez el 10 de marzo en las peleas preliminares de Oscar Valdez vs. Scott Quigg, anotandose un nocaut en 35 segundos sobre Maria Semertzoglou. La nativa de Los Ángeles hará su segunda aparición en Nueva York, después de haber peleado en el Hulu Theater del Madison Square Garden el pasado 9 de diciembre.

“Tengo muchas ganas de competir en la Meca del boxeo de nuevo y junto a mis compañeros olímpicos,” dijo Mayer. “Planeo darles a los fanáticos otro nocaut emocionante. ¡Nos vemos en la ciudad de Nueva York!”

Gaibnazarov, un dos-veces olímpico, ganó una medalla de oro para Uzbekistán en los Juegos Olímpicos de 2016 (141 libras). Gaibnazarov se convirtió en profesional en abril del año pasado e inmediatamente comenzó a pelear en combates programados a ocho asaltos. En su última aparición en el ring, el 22 de septiembre de 2017, ganó una decisión de ocho asaltos sobre Victor Rosas.

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Apr 11, 2018



April 21: Carl Frampton vs. Nonito Donaire – Interim WBO Championship

May 19: Lee Selby vs. Josh Warrington – IBF World Championship

June 9: Leo Santa Cruz vs. Abner Mares II – WBA World Championship


Five Consensus Top-10 Featherweights In Action

Across SHOWTIME Sports® Platforms This Spring


NEW YORK (April 10, 2018) – SHOWTIME Sports added two featherweight bouts to its robust boxing schedule with two high-stakes matchups from the U.K. streaming live on SHOWTIME Sports social media platforms, free to boxing fans in the U.S.

Former two-division world champion Carl Frampton will battle former four-division champion Nonito Donaire on Saturday, April 21 in Belfast, Ireland for the interim WBO Featherweight Title. Then, on Saturday, May 19, IBF World Champion Lee Selby will defend his 126-pound title against undefeated Josh Warrington live from Leeds, England. Both SHOWTIME BOXING INTERNATIONAL® social media offerings will stream live in the U.S. on SHOWTIME Boxing Facebook page and SHOWTIME Sports YouTube Channel. The events are promoted by Frank Warren with live coverage provided by BT Sport and BoxNation.

The previously announced rematch between WBA Featherweight World Champion Leo Santa Cruz and former three-division champion Abner Mares will take place just a few weeks later on Saturday, June 9 live on SHOWTIME® from the Staples Center in L.A.

In all, five of the consensus top-10 ranked featherweights will clash on SHOWTIME platforms in two months, including two world champions and four former multi-division champions. These matchups between titleholders and top-ranked featherweights will give further clarity to a stacked division.

“As we’ve seen at welterweight, super welterweight and even heavyweight, the top fighters in the featherweight division are looking to prove that they are undoubtedly the best in the world,” said Stephen Espinoza, President, Sports and Event Programming for SHOWTIME. “They are doing so by facing their toughest challengers and ultimately seeking to unify world titles. SHOWTIME proudly leads the industry with fights like these—the most competitive and important fights in boxing’s most talent-laden weight divisions. We commend the fighters who have dedicated themselves to this simple, yet dangerous premise. Their effort has been inspiring and contagious.”


Below are complete details on both upcoming events. For more information visit, subscribe to the SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel, follow on Twitter @ShowtimeBoxing or become a fan on Facebook at


April 21: Frampton vs. Donaire – SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Two Fighter of the Year award winners will meet in a 12-round bout for the interim WBO Featherweight Title. Carl Frampton (24-1, 14 KOs), of Northern Ireland, will face Nonito Donaire (38-4, 24 KOs) of General Santos,  Philippines, on  Saturday, April 21 from SSE Arena in Belfast live in the U.S. via SHOWTIME Sports YouTube Channel and SHOWTIME Boxing Facebook page.

Frampton’s all-action style and willingness to take tough challenges has made him a fan favorite all around the world and the 2016 Fighter of the Year. He handed featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz his only defeat after conquering rival Scott Quigg in their 122-pound unification bout in 2016. Fighting out of Belfast, the Irish national amateur champion became a world champion in 2014 when he defeated Kiko Martinez to earn a super bantamweight title. Frampton, 31, lost his featherweight belt in a hard fought rematch against Santa Cruz on SHOWTIME in January 2017. He defeated Horacio Garcia via unanimous decision last November.

Donaire, the consensus 2012 Fighter of the Year, is working his way back to another world title fight. The two-time winner of The Ring’s Knockout of the Year award, “The Filipino Flash” turned pro in 2001 and has won championships in four weight divisions. Donaire has participated in nearly two dozen world title bouts thus far in his career. He lost his featherweight title to Jesus Magdaleno in 2016 and is coming off of a one-sided 10-round unanimous decision win over Ruben Garcia Hernandez at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

The winner of this fight will be in position to challenge WBO Featherweight Champion Oscar Valdez, who is recovering from injury following his fourth title defense, a UD win over Scott Quigg on March 10.

The livestream of Frampton vs. Donaire will precede that evening’s SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® tripleheader that features former four-division champion Adrien Broner and former champion Jessie Vargas in a 12-round welterweight bout live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) from Barclays Center in Brooklyn. In the co-feature, Jermall Charlo will face Hugo Centeno Jr. for the interim WBC Middleweight World Championship and Gervonta Davis will meet Jesus Cuellar for the WBA Super Featherweight World Championship.

May 19: Selby vs. Warrington – Elland Road Football Ground, Leeds, England

Featherweight world champion Lee Selby (26-1, 9 KOs) of Cardiff, Wales, will make his 2018 debut when he puts his IBF belt on the line against undefeated Josh Warrington (26-0, 6 KOs) on Saturday, May 19.  This main event bout will stream live in the U.S. via SHOWTIME Sports YouTube Channel and SHOWTIME Boxing Facebook page. The fight will take place in Warrington’s hometown of Leeds, at the Leeds United’s Elland Road Football Ground.


Selby, the 31-year-old Welshman, has held the IBF Featherweight Title since 2015 when he wrested it from Evgeny Gradovich with an eighth-round TKO. He has since made four successful defenses, the latest being a unanimous decision over Eduardo Ramirez last December.

Warrington, 27, won the British Featherweight Title in just his twelfth outing as he outpointed Chris Male in 2012. He stopped Samir Mouneimne in his hometown of Hull to win the Commonwealth Championship in 2013 and continued his campaign with victories over Martin Lindsay, David Dieli and Dennis Tubieron. He defeated Dennis Ceylan via stoppage in the 10th round in his last outing to earn his shot at the IBF title.

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WBA Middleweight Champion Ryota Murata to Defend Title Against Emanuele Blandamura

Apr 11, 2018

April 15: WBA Middleweight Champion Ryota Murata to Defend Title Against Emanuele Blandamura

LIVE on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes

Special Sunday Morning Broadcast to Begin at 8 a.m. ET

YOKOHAMA, JAPAN (April 10, 2018) — It’s breakfast with the middleweights on Sunday, April 15, as Ryota Murata makes the first defense of his World Boxing Association (WBA) middleweight title against Italian challenger Emanuele ‘Sioux’ Blandamura at Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan. This special, international edition of Top Rank on ESPN will air live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes and stream on the ESPN App at 8 a.m. ET, with a same-day replay scheduled for 11 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

Murata (13-1, 10 KOs), from Nara, Japan, captured a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics (165 pounds), becoming the first Japanese boxer to accomplish that feat since Takao Sakurai at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo. He turned pro on Aug. 25, 2013, and by his fifth pro bout, was already fighting in scheduled 10-rounders. Murata made a big statement on U.S. soil on July 23, 2016 in Las Vegas, when he knocked out George ‘Comanche Boy’ Tahdooahnippah in the opening round.

His first title challenge came this past May against Hassan N’Dam for the vacant WBA middleweight title at Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo. In one of the year’s most controversial verdicts, N’Dam prevailed via split decision. The WBA ordered an immediate rematch, and the two judges who scored the bout for N’Dam were suspended for six months and ordered to pass several evaluations before being allowed to judge WBA-sanctioned fights again. Murata got his revenge — and the WBA world title — in the rematch on Oct. 22, when he dominated the action and forced N’Dam to retire on his stool following the seventh round.

Blandamura (27-2, 5 KOs), ranked No. 8 in the WBA middleweight rankings, is a former European middleweight champion who captured the title with a 12-round split decision over Matteo Signani on Dec. 3, 2016. In his last ring outing, on June 17, 2017, Blandamura retained the European title with a unanimous decision against Alessandro Goddi. He later vacated the title and heads into his first world title bout riding a four-bout winning streak.

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Apr 10, 2018





Las Vegas – UFC® will bring its first Pay-Per-View event to Chicago, featuring two thrilling championship bouts. Middleweight titleholder Robert Whittaker will rematch No.1-ranked contender Yoel Romero and No.2-ranked welterweight contender Rafael Dos Anjos will battle No.3 Colby Covington to crown an interim 170-pound champ. UFC® 225: WHITTAKER vs. ROMERO 2 goes down Saturday, June 9 at United Center and will air live on Pay-Per-View.

Undefeated at 185 pounds, middleweight champion Whittaker (20-4, fighting out of Sydney, Australia) is gunning for his first successful title defense. He captured the title following a thrilling unanimous decision over Romero (13-2, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla. by way of Pinar del Rio, Cuba) in their first encounter last summer. Known for his heavy hands and dynamic striking, Whittaker has earned spectacular wins against Jacare Souza, Derek Brunson, Uriah Hall and Brad Tavares.

Aiming to even the score, Romero looks to fulfill his destiny and capture the middleweight title. An Olympic silver medalist wrestler for Cuba known for his knockout power, Romero’s only setback in the UFC has been to Whittaker. His most recent outing saw him score a sensational KO against former champion Luke Rockhold in February. During his incredible run, he has also earned stoppage victories over Chris Weidman, Lyoto Machida, Derek Brunson and Tim Kennedy.

Though the interim welterweight championship will be on the line in the co-main event, there’s more than just a belt at stake for Dos Anjos (28-9, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) in the co-main event, as the former UFC lightweight champion also looks to defend his country’s honor when he squares off with brash contender Covington (13-1, fighting out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.).

Unbeaten since moving up to welterweight, Dos Anjos has been on a tear. Following impressive wins against Tarec Saffiedine and Neil Mangy, he earned a spectacular and dominant win over former welterweight kingpin Robbie Lawler. Now with Covington in his sights, he aims to become only the fifth fighter to capture championships in two separate UFC divisions.

A former NCAA Division I wrestler, Covington has turned heads both in and out of The Octagon®. Currently riding a five-fight win streak, he’s earned dominant victories over Dong Hyun Kim and Bryan Barberena. However, it was his impressive win over former title challenger Demian Maia where he staked his claim as a welterweight title threat.

Additional bouts on the card include:

  • In a battle of top heavyweights, No.2-ranked contender Alistair Overeem (43-16, 1NC, fighting out of Amsterdam, The Netherlands) faces No.4 and hometown favorite Curtis Blaydes (9-1, 1NC, fighting out of Chicago, Ill.)
  • No.1-ranked flyweight contender Joseph Benavidez (25-4, fighting out of Las Cruces, N.M.) returns against No.5 Sergio Pettis (16-3, fighting out of Milwaukee, Wisc.)
  • No.3-ranked women’s strawweight contender Claudia Gadelha (15-3, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) locks horns with No.6 Carla Esparza (14-4, fighting out of Irvine, Calif.)
  • Former heavyweight champion and No.9-ranked contender Andrei Arlovski (27-15 1NC, fighting out of Chicago, Ill.) looks to turn back undefeated No.13 Tai Tuivasa(9-0, fighting out of Sydney, Australia)
  • Former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans (24-7-1, fighting out of Boca Raton, Fla.) takes on aggressive finisher Anthony Smith (28-13, fighting out of Omaha, Neb.) in a 205-pound showdown
  • In a clash of talented finishers, Rashad Coulter (8-3, fighting out of Dallas, Tex.) meets Allen Crowder (9-3, fighting out of Mebane, N.C.)
  • Chicago’s own Mike Santiago (21-11, fighting out of Chicago, Ill.) squares off with Dan Ige (8-2, fighting out of Haleiwa, Hawaii)

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

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 will air live on Pay-Per-View at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on Saturday, June 9, with the prelims kicking off the evening on FS1 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and on UFC FIGHT PASS® at 6:15 p.m. ET/3:15 p.m. PT. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. ET/2:15 p.m. PT.

Tickets for UFC® 225: WHITTAKER vs. ROMERO 2 go on sale Friday, April 13 at 10 a.m. CT and are priced at $303, $233, $188, $143, $113, $98, $83, $73 and $63 (does not include fees). Tickets are available for purchase online at Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person.

UFC Fight Club® members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets Wednesday, April 11 at 10 a.m. CT via the website A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Thursday, April 12 starting at 10 a.m. CT. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through

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