Mikey Garcia vs. Sergey Lipinets Media Workout

Mar 8, 2018

Mikey Garcia vs. Sergey Lipinets Media Workout Quotes & Photos


Junior Welterweight World Title Showdown Headlines SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Saturday, March 10 from Freeman Coliseum

In San Antonio


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SAN ANTONIO (March 7, 2018) – Unbeaten three division world champion Mikey Garcia and IBF Junior Welterweight World Champion Sergey Lipinets kicked off fight week in San Antonio Wednesday by participating in media workouts at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy before they enter the ring Saturday, March 10 live on SHOWTIME (10:15 p.m. ET/PT) from Freeman Coliseum.

Also participating in Wednesday’s workout and competing on the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast was two-division world champion Rances Barthelemy, who meets Kiryl Relikh in a rematch of their thrilling fight last May, this time for the vacant WBA 140-pound world title.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Ringstar Sports and TGB Promotions in association with Leija-Battah Promotions, are priced at $250, $150, $75, $50 and $20 and are on sale now. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000 or 210 556-7390.

Unbeaten contender Mario Barrios, of San Antonio, was also in attendance on Wednesday as he prepares for his SHOWTIME EXTREME matchup against Eudy Bernardo. The SHOWTIME BOXING in SHO EXTREME telecast begins live at 8 p.m. ET/PT and features undefeated Alejandro Luna facing former world title challenger Richard Commey in a 12-round IBF Lightweight Title Eliminator.

Here is what the fighters had to say:


“I want to take on these big opportunities because I want to challenge myself. This is another chance to prove to all the fans what kind of fighter I am.

“Everything depends on my opponent. If I find there’s an opportunity to go for a knockout, I’m definitely going to take it. If it goes 12 rounds, then he’s a very tough fighter and I expect Lipinets to be tough. I’m just going to do whatever it takes to win the fight. If the opportunity is there, I’m definitely going to go for the knockout because that’s what we’re here to do. I’m here to make the fight as easy as possible.

“I feel good. I’m fighting a bigger man naturally, so that’s something I have to get adjusted to but I still feel that my ability and my skills are enough to compete at the highest level with these men and that’s why I’m comfortable fighting at 140. I still feel that 135 might be a better fit for me because I’m a little bit of a naturally bigger, stronger man at 135, but at 140 I feel just as good as far as my speed, my footwork and my reflexes.

“It would be very nice to win a fourth division title. That would obviously be a big accomplishment in my career and it would be the second time I won the title here in the state of Texas. I have a lot of appreciation and love for San Antonio boxing fans.

“Some critics aren’t giving Lipinets much credit because he’s only had 13 fights, but that tells you how good of a fighter he is. It took me 30 fights to be a world champion. He’s a high caliber fighter who brings great danger. At the end of the day, I believe I’m the better boxer and that will help me get the win.”


“It was a great camp. We had a lot of different sparring partners that were giving me different looks as far as boxing abilities. Every single one of them had styles similar to Mikey. I’m ready to go. I’m not going to let anything get in the way. I’ll come out victorious Saturday night.

“I feel great. It doesn’t matter if I’m an underdog or not, I’m ready to prove everybody wrong. I really want to show everybody that I’m the one that they should be looking at; that I’m the champion.

“Mikey’s records and accomplishments don’t matter to me. He’s got two hands, two feet and one head. He’s just another person, he’s just another fighter I’m fighting. I prepared for little different things to fight Mikey but once I get in the ring, it’s going to be Mikey and me and you’ll see how it’s going to go down.

“My hand injury took place over the course of sparring. We were changing sparring partners two rounds at a time. I hit one of them at some point and the next morning [the injury] blew up. I didn’t really feel it at the time when I hurt it.

“It’s completely cured; there is no problem with the hand and you’ll see it in action on Saturday night – no problem at all.”


“I studied [Relikh] a lot so I expect the same type of performance that I’ve studied, based off what he’s done in his past fights and what he did with me in our last fight. I know he’s strong, he’s a hard-hitter, and he always looks for that punch. I expect that this time around as well. He likes to exchange; that’s another thing I’m looking for. I know he’s going to come with all those tools in to the ring so I expect that and my team has prepared exactly for that.

“I feel like a completely new guy. In the past, I’ve eaten poorly before and after fights. I feel like I’ve reconnected with my youth. My energy has come back thanks to Bob Santos, my new strength and conditioning coach, who has taught me a lot about nutrition and things that I can use not just in the ring, but also outside of the ring — things I can use to prolong my life.

“I’m unlocking some of the skills I had in my younger days. They will be one of the key determining factors in how I perform on Saturday. I haven’t felt this good in a long time and I’m thankful for that because I feel like a new guy. I usually have concerns about making weight, but not this time around.

“My nutrition and physical condition took a toll on me last time I fought. I didn’t think my body was going to react the way it did when I got into the ring. My legs really gave out on me. But not now. This time around, I’m coming with a whole new gameplan and I’m not going to have to force myself to adapt to [Relikh’s] strategy. The first time we fought, I felt like I had to fight his fight. I had to make adjustments in the ring and exchange a lot with him. I took a lot of punishment.

“I’m definitely not looking past Relikh, I’m really focused on this fight. I want to win this fight. I’m looking for big names after. I can fight anyone between 135 and 147 now. Broner, Garcia, Lomachenko, it’s only big names what I’m after next.”


“This fight it’s a huge step up and probably my toughest fight to date. My opponent looks really good on paper and he has a lot of power. But I’m not concerned. I had a great camp and I’m ready to give my best in front of my hometown fans. I really hope he is ready to fight because I’m going to go in there on Saturday and take care of business. It’s going to be a very explosive fight.

“We are going to continue climbing the ranks at 140. I hope that I can face Mikey Garcia or Rances Barthelemy at some point. I think early next year I may be ready to go toe-to-toe with them.

“No added pressure fighting at home, all of this is motivation. I’ve been waiting to fight back here for a while. I’m excited for this opportunity

“Every time I’m out there in the Bay Area at Virgil Hunter’s gym I’m always picking up different things. Every camp, l learn from different guys at the gym – Andre Dirrell, Andre Ward, Amir Kahn. We have our game plan, which I can’t discuss, but going for it on Saturday. We should be able to go in there and take care of business, no problem.”

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Jesse “Bam” Rodriguez (4-0, 2 KOs) Looking to Shine This Friday in Hometown of San Antonio, TX

Mar 7, 2018
  Jesse “Bam” Rodriguez (4-0, 2 KOs) Looking to Shine This Friday in Hometown of San Antonio, TX
SAN ANTONIO, TX (March 7, 2018) – This Friday, March 9, 2018, TMB & PRB Entertainment, sponsored by Mikey Garcia Promotions, present “Friday Night Fights”, live professional boxing from the Mi Mercado Event Center in San Antonio, TX.
The card will showcase ten fights headlined by local favorite and Robert Garcia Boxing Academy fighter Jesse “Bam” Rodriguez (4-0, 2 KOs), taking on Jose “El Cuate” Casiano.  The 4-round main event will take place in the featherweight division. The co-main event will showcase junior bantamweight Angel Alejandro (1-0 1KO) vs. Jose Elizondo in a 4-round bout.
“This is a big weekend for boxing fans in San Antonio and it starts on Friday as I’m looking to put on a great show for my hometown fans,” said Jesse “Bam” Rodriguez, who makes his second appearance in San Antonio. “All the hard work is done and now its time to give my people their money’s worth with a great performance.  I’m going all out for as long as it last and my hand will be raised when its all said and done.”
“Bam is a true talent in the sport of boxing and fighters like him don’t come along that often,” said Robert Garcia, Rodriguez’s trainer.  “It’s always great to see him be afforded great oppurtunies, like a main event in his hometown.  It is also exciting working with great partners like TMB and PRB Entertainment.  Mikey [Garcia] and I are interested in bringing great fights together with Rick Morones and Greg Hannely of Prince Ranch Boxing.”
“Robert and Mikey Garcia are well respected in the boxing world and great people to interact with,” said Rick Morones.  “It’s a great pleasure to put on a world-class show in San Antonio, Texas with them.  The fans are going to see a great night of boxing this Friday.”
Undercard 4-Round Bouts:
(Lightweight) Frank “Bloodhound” Brown (2-1-1, 1 KO) vs. Joe Zambrano (5-5 1KO), (Junior welterweight) Wesley Diana (2-0 2 KOs) vs. Ousmane Sylla (2-1), (Super middleweight) Patrick Clarke (pro debut) vs. Taylor Ray Saucedo (1-3), (Heavyweight) Tyrrel “Too Real” Herndon (7-2 4 KOs) vs. Brandon Glanton (4-0, 4KOs), (Middleweight) Steven Ramos (1-0 1KO) vs. Jacob Landin (0-1), (Junior bantamweight) Aaron Morales (pro debut) vs. Jorge De Leon (0-1), (Featherweight) Ben Guerrero (0-1) vs. Vincente Loredo (pro debut) and (Middleweight) Eddie Hunter Ortiz (5-0-2, 2 KOs) vs. TBA
Multiple division world champion Mikey Garcia, former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios, 3-time world champion Abner Mares, and world title contender Josesito Lopez, will all be special guests at the event.
Weigh-ins will be held on Thursday at 3:00 P.M. at the “Burger Fi” located at 9630 Huebner Rd. San Antonio, TX, 78240. Media arrival at 2:30 P.M.
Ringside tickets priced at $100, and general admission $30, are on sale now and can be purchased by calling (210) 449-5599 or (210) 322-9974. The Mi Mercardo Event Center is located at 227 New Laredo Hwy, San Antonio, TX. Doors open at 6:30 PM, first bell at 8:00 PM.
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Mar 7, 2018
¡Boletos están a la venta!
          LOS ÁNGELES, California 7 de marzo de 2018 – Julio Cesar Chávez Sr., uno de los mejores púgiles de México y séxtuple campeón mundial en tres categorías, será el invitado especial VIP de la función estelarizada por el duelo entre Ryan “Kingry” García (13-0, 12 nocáuts), el proclamado prospecto del año de 2017 y orgullo de Victorville, California, y el aguerrido púgil mexicano Fernando Vargas (32-15-3, 24 nocáuts) por el centro juvenil superpluma NABF y el vacante cinto superpluma NABA USA en la edición del 22 de marzo de Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN desde el Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. García, quien también tiene el apodo “The Flash,” ha terminado 92% de sus combates por la vía del cloroformo.
           La transmisión de ESPN y ESPN Deportes comenzará a las 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. ESPN 3 transmitirá las peleas empezando a las 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT. Las puertas del Fantasy Springs Special Events Center se abren a las 4:15 p.m. PT, y el primer combate comienza a las 4:30 pm PT.
Chávez Sr., durante una legendaria trayectoria, capturó títulos mundiales en tres divisiones, y mantiene los records de más defensas de títulos mundiales (27), más victorias en combates de campeonato mundial (31), y más peleas de campeonato mundial (37). Chávez Sr., miembro del salón de la fama, también estableció el segundo record de más defensas de título mundial por la vía del nocaut, y mantuvo la calidad de invicto más larga en la histórica del boxeo por 13 años. Chávez Sr. estará presente para los combates y también estará disponible para saludar a los aficionados, firmar autógrafos, y tomarse fotos en el Fantasy Springs Special Events Center antes del inicio de Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN. El evento especial de saludar y conocer estará abierto al público con la compra de un boleto para el evento del 31 de marzo.
Dos fuertes contendientes chocarán buscando una oportunidad de ascender en la división de las 147 libras cuando KeAndre “The Truth” Gibson (18-1-1, 7 nocáuts) de San Luis, Missouri se mida ante Eddie “EBoy” Gómez (20-3, 11 nocáuts) del Bronx, Nueva York, pero de raíces hondureñas, en el choque co estelar a 10 asaltos.
Joet González (18-0, 10 nocáuts), el nativo de Glendora, California quien se transformó en un verdadero contendiente en el año 2017, tendrá acción contra Rolando Magbanua (26-6, 18 nocáuts) de Cotabato, Filipinas en una batalla a 10 episodios en las 126 libras. 
Raúl “El Cugar” Curiel (2-0, 1 nocáut), el prospecto de peso welter quien represento a México en los Juegos Olímpicos de 2016, regresará en el pleito comodín a seis giros contra Quantavious Green (1-1, 1 nocaut) de Shreveport, Lousiana. 
Jonathan “Thunder” Navarro (12-0, 6 nocáuts) del Este de Los Ángeles, California, participará en un duelo a seis asaltos en peso superligero ante un oponente que se anunciará en breve. Emilio Sánchez (16-0, 11 nocáuts) de Pacoima, California abrirá la emocionante velada en un choque a ocho asaltos en peso supergallo ante Eugene Lagos (12-5-2, 7 nocáuts)
García vs. Vargas es una batalla a 10 asaltos por el cetro juvenil superpluma NABF y el vacante título superpluma NABA USA presentado por Golden Boy Promotion. El evento es patrocinado por Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” y Hennessy, “Never Stop, Never Settle.” El evento se efectuará el jueves 22 de marzo de 2018 en el Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. La transmisión de ESPN y ESPN Deportes comenzará a las 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. ESPN 3 transmitirá las peleas empezando a las 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT. Las puertas del Fantasy Springs Special Events Center se abren a las 4:15 p.m. PT, y el primer combate comienza a las 4:30 pm PT.
Los boletos para el evento están a la venta comenzando desde $25 dólares en la taquilla de Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. Para comprarlos por teléfono llamar a 1-800-827-2946. Los boletos también están disponibles para su compra en


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Liga de Naciones de Concacaf Lanzada Oficialmente

Mar 7, 2018

Liga de Naciones de Concacaf Lanzada Oficialmente 

El Torneo de Duración Anual Arranca en Septiembre, Construyendo sobre la Plataforma Una Concacaf de Unidad, Acceso, Fútbol y Calidad para todos los Miembros

Miami (martes, 6 de marzo de 2018) – La Confederación de Norteamérica, Centroamérica y el Caribe de Fútbol Asociación (Concacaf) anunció hoy los detalles y estructura de la Liga de Naciones de Concacaf, una nueva competencia centralizada de selecciones nacionales que representa una nueva era para el fútbol de selecciones nacionales para las Asociaciones Miembro de Concacaf.

La competencia Liga de Naciones de Concacaf comienza en el mes de septiembre, con una fase de clasificación, mientras la fase de grupo, que consiste en ligas de tres niveles comenzará en 2019. La mejor liga terminará con una Final para coronar al campeón de Liga de Naciones, y la competencia también servirá para unificar el camino a la clasificación de las selecciones nacionales de la región hacia la recientemente expandida Copa Oro.

“El lanzamiento de la Liga de Naciones de Concacaf, concebido a lo largo de los dos últimos años, paralelamente al desarrollo de la Visión Una Concacaf para la unidad y el acceso al fútbol en nuestra región, es un momento decisivo, que marca la culminación de nuestra transición a una nueva era para nuestra familia de Concacaf de 41 miembros”, dijo el Presidente de Concacaf, Víctor Montagliani.  “La Liga de Naciones garantiza que todos nuestros miembros tendrán la oportunidad de jugar y competir más, lo cual promoverá a la vez un mayor desarrollo del deporte a todos los niveles”.

La competencia inaugural de la Liga de Naciones de Concacaf se jugará en las ventanas de partidos oficiales de la FIFA, en los meses de septiembre, octubre, noviembre de 2019, y la Final del campeonato se jugará en marzo de 2020. Con base en desempeño deportivo, se asignará a todas las Asociaciones Miembro de Concacaf elegibles, en tres ligas: A, B, y C.

Cada liga será subdividida en grupos, en los cuales las Asociaciones Miembro participantes competirán en un formato round-robin, en casa y afuera, a lo largo de la fase de grupo. El calendario de la Liga de Naciones estará centralizado en un formato de “semana de fútbol” homogéneamente distribuido, aficionado-amistoso, permitiendo que los espectadores de toda la región disfruten de partidos de fútbol internacionales de calidad, en diversos horarios de inicio, todos los días, durante toda la ventana de partido.

Cómo funciona la Liga de Naciones de Concacaf – ¡Observe el Video!

La Liga A constará de cuatro grupos de tres equipos. Los ganadores de cada grupo de Liga A se clasificarán al Campeonato Final de la Liga de Campeones de Concacaf, el cual determinará el campeón de la nueva competencia. Los equipos inferiores de cada grupo de la Liga A serán relegados a la Liga B para la siguiente edición del torneo.

La Liga B consistirá en cuatro grupos de cuatro equipos. El ganador de cada grupo de la Liga B será promovido a la Liga A, y los equipos inferiores de cada grupo de la Liga B serán relegados a la Liga C para la próxima edición. La Liga C consistirá en las restantes Asociaciones Miembro divididas en cuatro grupos. El ganador de cada grupo de la Liga C será promovido a la Liga B.

La primera edición de la Liga de Naciones de Concacaf comenzará con una fase Clasificatoria fuera de la Liga de Naciones de Concacaf, que determinará qué equipo serán asignados a cada liga. En virtud de haberse clasificado a la Ronda Hexagonal de la Clasificatoria de la Copa Mundial FIFA Rusia 2018, Costa Rica, Honduras, México, Panamá, Estados Unidos y Trinidad y Tobago han ganado el derecho a ser posicionados directamente en la Liga A, y por lo tanto no participarán en la Clasificatoria de la Liga de Naciones. Dada la suspensión aún vigente impuesta por la FIFA, Guatemala no podrá participar en la Clasificatoria de la Liga de Naciones de Concacaf.

Video de la Clasificatoria de la Liga de Naciones-¡Observe el Video!

El Sorteo para la Clasificatoria de la Liga de Naciones, que tuvo lugar también el miércoles en Miami, sorteó a las 34 Asociaciones Miembro participantes en un total de 68 partidos, que se jugarán en las fechas de partido de la FIFA, desde septiembre de 2018 hasta marzo de 2019.

Los resultados de la Clasificatoria de la Liga de Naciones serán compilados en una table global, posicionando a los equipos participantes 1-34 con base en los puntos ganados, la diferencia de goles, y las series de desempates adicionales. La tabla será utilizada para dividir a los equipos en las Ligas A, B, y C, para la primera edición completa de la Liga de Naciones de Concacaf. Los seis mejores equipos de la tabla global se unirán a los seis participantes de la Ronda Hexagonal Clasificatoria de la Copa Mundial en la Liga A, los siguientes 16 equipos se clasificarán para la Liga B, y los equipos restantes serán asignados a la Liga C.

Los mejores diez finalistas en la tabla final de la Clasificatoria de la Liga de Naciones, se unirán  también a las seis naciones de la Ronda Hexagonal de la Copa Mundial, en la Copa Oro 2019, que ha sido recientemente expandida a 16 equipos, proporcionando a más Asociaciones Miembro de Concacaf un mayor acceso al fútbol de primer nivel.

La Liga de Naciones de Concacaf es una extensión de la nueva imagen y estructura de marca de Concacaf, que fue también anunciada el miércoles, enmarcando los esfuerzos de la Confederación en torno al núcleo de la Visión de Una Concacaf de desarrollar y administrar el juego sobre los pilares de Unidad, Acceso, Fútbol y Calidad. En ese espíritu, la Liga de Naciones proveerá un acceso significativamente expandido para las Asociaciones Miembro al fútbol internacional, mejorando el desarrollo del fútbol a través de la región y a todos los niveles.

“La nueva imagen de marca consolida nuestra filosofía unificada de Una Concacaf, y la Liga de Naciones le da vida a esa filosofía en la cancha, prometiendo un futuro más brillante en el fútbol para todas nuestras Asociaciones Miembro y los jugadores y aficionados que ellas representan”, manifestó Montagliani.

Video del Manifiesto de la Marca de Concacaf–¡Observe el Video!

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Mar 7, 2018



Las Vegas – UFC® returns to Atlantic City, N.J. with an action-packed card, headlined by a thrilling lightweight contenders’ bout between No.4-ranked Edson Barboza and No.7 Kevin Lee. UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: BARBOZA vs. LEE takes place Saturday, April 21 from Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall and will air live on FS1. The event comes as a result of a partnership with the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA).

A dangerous Muay Thai striker, Barboza (19-5, fighting out of Toms River, N.J. by way of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) aims to continue his ascent up the 155-pound rankings. Known for his spectacular knockouts, Barboza holds impressive victories over Gilbert Melendez, Anthony Pettis and Beneil Dariush. His stunning spinning heel kick KO win against Terry Etim has remained a fixture in UFC highlight reels. Barboza now looks to return to the win column following a gutsy loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov in December.

Standing in his way is Lee (16-4, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.), who is gunning for another opportunity at UFC gold. During his run, ‘The Motown Phenom’ has picked up sensational victories over Michael Chiesa, Francisco Trinaldo and Jake Matthews. As charismatic outside the Octagon® as he is skilled inside it, Lee came close to capturing the interim lightweight championship last October. He now plans to use Barboza as a stepping stone back into the title mix.

will also feature a clash between talented wrestlers and light heavyweight contenders, as New Jersey resident and No.9-ranked Corey Anderson looks to blow the roof off Boardwalk Hall when he meets No.10 Patrick Cummins.

A NCAA Division III wrestler with heavy ground-and-pound, Anderson (10-4, fighting out of Robbinsville, N.J.) looks to kick off 2018 with a dominant victory. Over the course of his UFC stint, he’s delivered impressive wins against Sean O’Connell, Fabio Maldonado and Jan Błachowicz. Anderson now aims to get back on track and resume his run up the 205-pound rankings.

Following a strong 2017, Cummins (10-4, fighting out of Boca Raton, Fla.) is gunning for his third consecutive win. The NCAA Division I wrestler has bested Gian Villante, Jan Błachowicz and Rafael Cavalcante during his UFC tenure. Cummins is now poised to build on his momentum and make a dash towards the light heavyweight title picture.
Additional bouts on the card include:

  • No.8-ranked middleweight contender David Branch (21-4, fighting out of Brooklyn, N.Y.) takes on No.11 Thiago Santos (17-5, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
  • Gritty grappler Ryan LaFlare (13-2, fighting out of Farmingdale, N.Y.) meets power puncher Alex Garcia (15-4, fighting out of Montreal, Canada by way of Santiago, Dominican Republic)
  • No.8-ranked bantamweight contender Aljamain Sterling (14-3, fighting out of Uniondale, N.Y.) returns against unbeaten No.14 Brett Johns (15-0, fighting out of Swansea, Wales)
  • New Jersey native and submission ace Jim Miller (28-11 1NC, fighting out of Sparta, N.J.) locks horns with surging Dan Hooker (16-7, fighting out of Auckland, New Zealand)
  • Magomed Bibulatov (14-1, fighting out of Grozny, Russia) takes on Ulka Sasaki (20-5-2, fighting out of Shizuoka, Japan)
  • Siyar Bahadurzada (23-6-1, fighting out of Amsterdam, Netherlands) goes for another big finish when he meets Luan Chagas (15-2-1, fighting out of Curitiba, Brazil)
  • Tony Martin (12-4, fighting out of Boston, Mass.) moves up to welterweight to face tough grappler Keita Nakamura (33-8-2 1NC, fighting out of Tokyo, Japan)
  • In his sophomore UFC outing, Merab Dvalishvili (7-3, fighting out of Long Island, N.Y. by way of Tbilisi, Georgia) squares off with Augusto Mendes (6-2, fighting out of Glendale, Ariz. by way of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
  • No.10-ranked women’s bantamweight contender Leslie Smith (10-7-1, fighting out of Pleasant Hill, Calif.) looks for her third straight win against No.11 and undefeated Aspen Ladd (6-0, fighting out of El Dorado Hills, Calif.)
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Felix ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo Headlines March 17 Undercard at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

Mar 7, 2018

The Return of El Diamante: Felix Verdejo Headlines March 17 Undercard at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden 

ALSO On the Card:
Jose Ramirez vs. Amir Imam for the WBC Super Lightweight World Title

The Return of Jose Pedraza

Irish Olympic Hero, Michael Conlan

Live on ESPN and the ESPN App

NEW YORK (March 6, 2018) — After more than 13 months away from the ring, FELIX ‘El Diamante’ VERDEJO makes his long-awaited return on March 17 at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden. Verdejo (23-0, 15 KOs), from San Juan, Puerto Rico, will face Antonio Lozada, Jr. in a 10-round lightweight special attraction on the undercard of the St. Patrick’s Day world title extravaganza featuring Irish sensation MICHAEL CONLAN and the World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Lightweight championship bout between JOSE RAMIREZ and AMIR ‘Young Master’ IMAM.

The undercard will include Verdejo, CHRISTOPHER ‘Pitufo’ DIAZ, and former International Boxing Federation (IBF) Junior Lightweight world champion JOSE ‘Sniper’ PEDRAZA making his debut under the Top Rank banner.

The Ramirez – Imam world championship event will be televised live and exclusively at 8 p.m. EST on ESPN and stream on the ESPN App. The night’s undercard bouts, including Verdejo, will stream live on the ESPN App at 5:30 p.m. EST. ESPN Deportes will air the bout on Sunday, March 18 at 8 p.m. EST.

Verdejo, who represented Puerto Rico at the 2012 Olympics, last fought on February 3, 2017, when he won a 10-round unanimous decision over Oliver Flores. He had been scheduled to fight England’s Terry Flanagan on November 5, 2016, for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Lightweight title, but was injured in a motorcycle accident in Puerto Rico three months prior.

Verdejo will be making his sixth appearance at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, last fighting there on June 11, 2016, when he knocked out Juan Jose Martinez in the fifth round. Lozada (38-2, 32 KOs) is riding a six-bout winning streak dating back to 2013.

“I’m very happy to return to New York with the task of showing the world that I’m back to retake what is mine,” Verdejo said. “I was hardened by the tough times we went through after Hurricane Maria, but like my people, I will rise again stronger than ever. March 17 will be the first step in that direction.”

Diaz (22-0, 14 KOs), ranked No. 3 by the WBO at 130 pounds, will defend the NABO Junior Lightweight belt against Braulio Rodriguez (19-2, 17 KOs) in a 10-rounder as he continues his march toward a world title shot. He last fought on December 9 as one of the co-features on the Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux card, stopping Bryant ‘Pee Wee’ Cruz in the third round. Diaz knocked down Cruz four times, ending the fight with a crisp right hand. Rodriguez, who has won four of his last five, will be making his U.S. debut.

“On March 17, the fans can expect a more experienced, more explosive and more aggressive Pitufo,” Diaz said. “I’m hungry and I want to keep improving as a fighter. I’m coming to steal the show once again at The Garden. After March 17, I will be closer to a world title fight.”

Pedraza (22-1, 12 KOs) will face veteran Jose Luis Rodriguez (26-11-1, 14 KOs) in an eight-round lightweight bout. He made two defenses of the IBF Junior Lightweight title before suffering a knockout defeat at the hands of Gervonta Davis on January 14, 2017.

“I feel very happy to be fighting for a promotional company like Top Rank. They want to take my career to the next level and part of that is fighting in venues like Madison Square Garden,” Pedraza said. “I’m going to give it my all so fans will enjoy my return to the ring. With Top Rank in my corner, I will become world champion once again, and I know that I have the potential to become a superstar.”

Also appearing on the undercard are a pair of exciting, undefeated prospects: 18-year-old Joseph Adorno (5-0, 5 KOs) will fight Ivan de la Madrid in a four-round super featherweight bout, while super bantamweight Jose Gonzalez (8-0-2, 2 KOs) will take on Adan Gonzales in a six-round rematch of their December 9 fight, which was ruled a majority draw.

Promoted by Top Rank and Don King Productions, in association with Madison Square Garden, tickets to the Ramirez-Imam world championship event are priced at $206, $156, $106, $81, $56 and $31, and can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008), and online at www.ticketmaster.com and www.MSG.com.


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4 Division World Boxing Champion Erik Morales to appear at Box Fan Expo in Las Vegas

Mar 7, 2018


Tickets on-sale now at EventBrite!
Box Fan Expo is the ultimate fan experience event that gives boxing fans the opportunity to meet-and-greet top fighters, current and former world champions, boxing celebrities and industry people in an up-close personal setting.
Las Vegas (March 6, 2018) – Four-division world boxing champion Erik “El Terrible” Morales has been confirmed for the Box Fan Expo on Saturday May 5 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Morales will appear at his booth for a meet & greet with his fans during the Expo. Expo hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Boxing Expo takes place over the Cinco de Mayo weekend and also coincides with the mega fight between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, that will take place later that evening.
Morales will have merchandise to sell to his fans, as well as photos, signatures and memorabilia. This is Morales first appearance at the Boxing Expo and is looking forward in meeting his fans.
Erik Morales Nicknamed “El Terrible,” is a retired Mexican boxing legend and is being inducted into the International Boxing Hall of fame in Canastota on June 10th, 2018). Morales compiled a 52-9 record in 61 fights, including 41 straight wins to start his career, and won world titles in four different weight classes (junior featherweight, featherweight, junior lightweight, junior welterweight). He also ended Manny Pacquiao’s six-year unbeaten streak in 2005 with a unanimous decision win.
Morales notable fights came against Marco Antonio Barrera (nicknamed “The Baby Face Assassin”). The Morales versus Barrera trilogy is one of Boxing’s most famous fight trilogies of all time, involving two of Mexico’s most revered boxers. Their memorable fights were also named Ring Magazine’s fight of the year on February 19, 2000 and once again on November 27, 2004.
Box Fan Expo has been a huge success with fans and boxing industry people. Many boxing stars have attended the last two Expo’s such as Mike Tyson, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Roberto Duran, Tommy Hearns, Marco Antonio Barrera, Roy Jones Jr., Marcos Maidana, Sergio Martinez, Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia, Tim Bradley, Deontay Wilder, Amir Khan, Shawn Porter, Fernando Vargas, Zab Judah, James Toney, Vinny Pazienza, Mikey Garcia , Mia St.Johns, Leo Santa Cruz, Badou Jack, Terry Norris , Riddick Bowe , Earnie Shavers, Leon Spinks, Danny Jacobs, Abner Mares, Jorge Linares, Brandon Rios and many more…
Exhibitors such as boxing gear, apparel, new equipment, energy drinks, alcohol, supplement products, broadcasting media, sanctioning bodies and other companies who wish to participate will once again have a chance to showcase their brand to fans, media and the boxing industry.
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Mario Barrios Training Camp Quotes

Mar 6, 2018
Mario Barrios Training Camp Quotes & Photos
Unbeaten 140-Pound Contender Fights in His Hometown Against Eudy Bernardo Saturday, March 10 Live on SHOWTIME BOXING on SHO EXTREME from Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio
Photos from Brett Ostrowski
SAN ANTONIO (March 6, 2018) – Unbeaten 140-pound contender Mario Barrios makes his ring return in his hometown of San Antonio when he faces Eudy Bernardo in SHOWTIME BOXING on SHO EXTREME action Saturday, March 10 from Freeman Coliseum.
The SHO EXTREME telecast begins live at 8 p.m. ET/PT and features undefeated Alejandro Luna facing former world title challenger Richard Commey in a 12-round IBF Lightweight Title Eliminator.
The Premier Boxing Champions event is headlined by a showdown between three-division world champion Mikey Garcia and unbeaten IBF 140-pound champion Sergey Lipinets. The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast begins at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT and also features 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.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Ringstar Sports and TGB Promotions in association with Leija-Battah Promotions, are priced at $250, $150, $75, $50 and $20 and are on sale now. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000 or 210 556-7390.
Barrios has won four fights in a row by knockout since moving up to the 140-pound division in 2017, all while under the tutelage of renowned trainer Virgil Hunter in Oakland. Here is what Barrios had to say about training camp, his upcoming fight and more:
On his matchup with Eudy Bernardo…
“He is a solid opponent with a lot of experience. He has a high work rate that you can tell that by his nickname ‘AK-47’. He is the perfect opponent for me at this point in my career as I start my climb to a world title. I know he’s coming to fight as am I, so there will definitely be some fireworks.”
On filling in to the 140-pound division…
“I have filled out perfectly for this division and working with Virgil Hunter has helped a lot. It is no secret that I have had four fights with Virgil Hunter and each one of them has ended with a knockout. I am stronger than ever, and I feel completely comfortable at junior welterweight. This is the weight class that I’ll be campaigning for a world title at.”
On fighting in his hometown of San Antonio….
“It is a blessing to fight in my hometown. I get homesick sometimes when I train as I think about family, friends and all the places I love to visit back home. It feels good, not just to be able to fight at home, but to put on a great show for everyone that knows me as well. San Antonio needs a big star they can get behind and I feel I can be the one to fill that role.”
On fighting on SHO EXTREME…
“Whenever your fight is televised it is a great honor, but I truly believe SHOWTIME is doing amazing things for boxing right now, and to be on this telecast is tremendous. I work very hard in the gym and pride myself on a fan-pleasing style and getting opportunities to show off my skills on such a large platform is amazing and something I am very grateful for.”
On his recent training camp…
“This camp has been very good. I’ve gotten lots of different looks and I’m well prepared to go into battle. I love training at Virgil Hunter’s Boxing Gym because we have a great routine, with a lot of top fighters. I also started training with SNAC’s Remi Korchemny, who is increasing my speed and endurance, which will be very noticeable in this fight. I have trained very hard for this fight, so you can expect a great performance.”
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Mar 6, 2018
¡Boletos están a la venta en MurphysBoxing.com!
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS 6 de marzo de 2018. – Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN retornará al área de Boston por segunda vez, cuando Mark “Bazooka” DeLuca (20-0, 12 nocáuts), campeón superwelter de la IBA y NABA, se mida ante Michael Moore (15-1, 7 nocáuts) de Cleveland, Ohio en la batalla estelar a 10 asaltos programada para el 31 de marzo desde el Marina Bay Sportsplex en Quincy, Massachusetts.
La pelea co estelar contará con el anticipado retorno del carismático púgil irlandés Jason Quigley (13-0, 10 nocáuts) en una batalla a ocho asaltos en peso mediano contra el puertorriqueño Daniel Rosario (11-3, 10 nocáuts). ESPN2 transmitirá los combates empezando a las 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT y en diferido por ESPN Deportes iniciando a las 11:00 p.m. ET/8:00 p.m. PT. ESPN3 transmitirá las peleas comenzando a las 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.
DeLuca, de 31 años de edad y oriundo de Whitman, Massachusetts, ha sido estudiante del deporte de boxeo por toda su vida después que su padre lo metió a esta exigente disciplina deportiva a los 3 años edad. La única vez que DeLuca no tuvo parte en el deporte es cuando fue enlistado como marino y enviado a Afganistán. El llamado “Bazooka” DeLuca ha logrado desde entonces un impresionante palmarés, pues ha tenido mucho éxito con su poder en ambos puños en su natural posición de peleador zurdo.
“Estoy emocionado que Murphys Boxing, Golden Boy Promotions y ESPN se asociaran para ser anfitrión de una tremenda cartelera en Boston”, afirmó Mark DeLuca. “Soy afortunado de tener el apoyo de mis extraordinarios aficionados en Boston, y ellos merecen una gran noche como esta”, subrayó.
Moore, por otro lado, solamente tiene una mancha en una carrera de ocho años. Moore, de 31 años de edad promete a dar una pelea competitiva en su primer combate televisado ante un público nacional.
En el evento co estelar Jason Quigley regresara tras su reto más difícil ante Daniel Rosario. Quigley, uno de los boxeadores más prometedores de la categoría mediano, también estará realizando su retorno después de lesionarse su mano derecha en una victoria ante Glen “Jersey Boy” Tapia para capturar el cinto mediano de la NABF en marzo de 2017. Este combate será el primero para Quigley bajo la tutela del reconocido entrenador Dominic Ingle.
“Estoy listo para iluminar la noche”, indicó Jason Quigley. “Sera increíble pelear de nuevo, pero será aún mejor porque estoy la costa Este con todos los fanáticos irlandeses. Será una noche especial, y daré un espectáculo”, finalizó.
Yamaguchi Falcao (14-0, 7 nocáuts), el invicto púgil zurdo brasileño, regresará en una pelea a ocho asaltos en peso mediano. Falcao, medallista bronce en los Juegos Olímpicos de 2012, buscará mantener su calidad de invicto buscando obtener la ansiada oportunidad de campeonato mundial en las 160 libras.
Damon “No Smilin'” Allen, Jr. (14-0-1, 5 nocáus), el prospecto del exclusivo establo de Golden Boy Promotions y estudiante de la escuela boxística de filadelfia, mostrará su impresionante técnica ante Alex del Bosque (13-4, 9 nocáuts) de Dallas, Texas en un pleito a ocho asaltos en peso ligero.
Los mejores prospectos de Massachusetts exhibirán sus habilidades frente una multitud local para completar este explosivo respaldo. Raymond Moylette (8-0, 3 nocáuts) de County Mayo, Irlanda se enfrentará a Matt Doherty (8-3-1, 4 nocáuts) de Salem, Massachusetts en una anticipada batalla a seis episodios en las 135 libras.
Mike Ohan Jr. (5-0, 3 nocáuts) de Holbrook, Massachusetts chocará contra Anthony Everett (1-7) de Lawrence, Massachusetts en una pelea a seis asaltos en peso welter. Joe Farin (1-0, 1 nocaut), prospecto welter de sur Boston, Massachusetts, participará en un duelo a cuatro asaltos en las 147 libras ante Maleek Jackson (3-10-4, 2 nocáuts) de Newark, N.J.
Jillian Diauto (1-0, 1 nocaut) de Boston, Massachusetts combatirá contra Karen Dulin (2-13, 1 nocaut) en un pleito a cuatro asaltos en peso ligero. Julio Campusano (1-0, 1 nocaut) de Quincy, Massachusetts tendrá acción en la división supermediano contra Nathan Schulte (0-5) de Framingham, Massachusetts en una batalla a seis asaltos.
Travis Gambardella (2-1-1) de Revere, Massachusetts abrirá la velada boxística ante Eric Palmer (10-13-5, 1 nocaut) de Uniontown, Pensilvania en un choque a cuatro asaltos en peso mediano.
DeLuca vs. Moore es un choque a 10 asaltos en peso superwelter presentado por Golden Boy Promotions y Murphy’s Boxing Promotions. El evento es patrocinado por Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” y Hennessy, “Never Stop, Never Settle.” El evento se llevará a cabo el 31 de marzo en el Marina Bay Sportsplex en Quincy, Massachusetts. ESPN2 transmitirá los combates empezando a las 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT y en diferido por ESPN Deportes iniciando a las 11:00 p.m. ET/8:00 p.m. PT. ESPN3 transmitirá las peleas comenzando a las 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.
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Four-Division Champion Adrien Broner to Face Former Champion Jessie Vargas in Main Event of SHOWTIME

Mar 6, 2018

Four-Division Champion Adrien Broner to Face Former Champion Jessie Vargas in Main Event of SHOWTIME Tripleheader Saturday, April 21 From Barclays Center in Brooklyn & Presented by Premier Boxing Champions


Vargas Replaces Injured Omar Figueroa for Broner Showdown


Undefeated Former Champion Jermall Charlo Battles

Once-Beaten Hugo Centeno Jr. for Interim

160-Pound World Championship


Former Champions Gervonta Davis and Jesus Cuellar

Square-Off in a 130-Pound World Championship Bout


Tickets on Sale Wednesday, March 7 at 10 a.m. ET!


BROOKLYN (March 5, 2018) – Four-division champion Adrien Broner will battle former welterweight world champion Jessie Vargas in the 12-round main event of a SHOWTIME tripleheader on Saturday, April 21 in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™.


Former champion Omar Figueroa suffered a shoulder injury in training that forced him to withdraw from his previously scheduled showdown against Broner.


Undefeated former world champion Jermall Charlo clashes with once-beaten Hugo Centeno, Jr. for the interim 160-pound world title in the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING co-feature. Also featured on the telecast, which begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, are former champions Gervonta “Tank” Davis and Jesus Cuellar as they square off for the WBA 130-pound Super World Championship.


Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Mayweather Promotions, DiBella Entertainment and TGB Promotions, start at at $50, go on sale Wednesday, March 7 at 10 a.m. ET, and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, barclayscenter.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center starting Thursday, March 8 at noon. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.


“The April 21 card features Adrien Broner, Jermall Charlo and Gervonta Davis – three of boxing’s “must-see” attractions – in highly competitive matchups against top contenders,” said Stephen Espinoza, President, Sports & Event Programming, Showtime Networks Inc.  “Adrien Broner is once again proving that he’s willing to take on the toughest available opponent in consensus top-10 welterweight Jessie Vargas. Hugo Centeno Jr. represents another tough challenge for knockout artist Jermall Charlo as he continues his quest to become a two-division champion. Gervonta Davis vs. Jesus Cuellar is another great matchup, with two power-punchers facing off for the 130-pound world title.”


Broner (33-3, 24 KOs) is one of the most gifted boxers in the sport, having won world titles in four different weight classes by the age of 28. The Cincinnati, Ohio native has won championships at 130, 135, 140 and 147 pounds while facing top competition across the various divisions. In his last fight, Broner lost a unanimous decision to Mikey Garcia on July 29 at Barclays Center after previously defeating Adrian Granados earlier last year.


“I’m feeling really good and I’m excited that this is an even bigger fight than Figueroa,” said Broner. “I had to switch up some sparring partners but everything is going great in camp. We’re fighting at 144 pounds, so he’ll have a slight weight advantage, but it won’t matter. I’m going to be in great shape for this fight. Coach Kevin Cunningham is my head coach for this camp, but I did not fire Mike Stafford. I just added to my camp, because I needed the help. I know what I have to do at the end of the day to get back on top where I belong.”


Vargas (28-2, 10 KOs), a 28-year-old former welterweight champion who was born in Los Angeles and now lives in Las Vegas, is always up for a challenge. His only two losses have come in welterweight title matches against pound-for-pound greats. He lost a controversial fight to Timothy Bradley, Jr. and dropped a unanimous decision Manny Pacquiao in a world title defense. Vargas won the welterweight title with a TKO victory over Sadam Ali in 2016 prior to the Pacquiao fight. Vargas is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Aaron Herrera in December as he works toward another world title opportunity.


“This is a fight that should garner a lot of attention from boxing fans and they deserve a fight like this,” said Vargas. “We are two entertaining fighters who come in and give it their all. This is a fight that will have a lot of fireworks. I respect Broner and his skills, but he’s very beatable. The fight was presented to me and I didn’t think twice about taking it.. We as fighters and entertainers have to give the fans what they want. We had a fantastic fight on Saturday in Brooklyn and we’ll have another one in April. I will have my hand raised and let everyone know I’m still a danger to anyone I face.”


Charlo (26-0, 20 KOs) won his super welterweight title with a dominant knockout of Cornelius Bundrage in 2015 and eventually achieved the distinction of holding a world title in the same weight class (154 pounds) as his twin brother after Jermell won a title in 2016. After successfully defending his 154-pound title three times, Charlo of Houston, Texas, made the move to 160 pounds with the goal of becoming a d-division world champion. In his debut at 160-pounds, the 27-year-old scored a TKO victory over Jorge Sebastian Heiland at Barclays Center on July 29. Charlo vs. Centeno was originally scheduled for March 3 before being rescheduled due to a rib injury suffered by Centeno.


“I really love fighting in Brooklyn and at Barclays Center,” said Charlo. “The fans in Brooklyn always show me a lot of love. Since my last fight I’ve had a chance to work on my patience and work on improvements to my game. Before the injury to Centeno, I was having the best camp of my life. I’ve got the same feeling that I had before I won my first world title. I want to be a champion at 160 more than I did the first time at 154. Centeno is a tough fighter. He’ll be a hard test but he’s someone who isn’t at my level. I’m not taking anything away from him. But he’s just another fighter that’s in my way.”


The 26-year-old Centeno (26-1, 14 KOs) caught everyone’s attention when he scored a stunning knockout of Immanuwel Aleem in his last fight on Aug. 25. It was enough to springboard Centeno into middleweight title contention. Centeno of Oxnard, Calif., successfully rebounded from a tough TKO loss to Maiej Sulecki on June 18, 2016 with a victory over Ronald Montes before his match against Aleem. Centeno expects to be 100 percent healed and ready for the challenge by fight night.


“I’m excited for the opportunity,” said Centeno. “I was really devastated when we had to reschedule the fight, but I know I have to be 100 percent for this challenge. I think my last outing had a lot to do with me getting this fight. It helped to put me in this position. Charlo is a great fighter with a lot of talent. I feel like we have similar statures. It’s going to be an interesting fight. I think it’s going to come down to who is the smarter fighter that night and who has more left in the tank toward the end. This is a life-changing, career-changing fight for me that could lead to bigger and better things. I’m coming to win.”


Davis (19-0, 18 KOs) is a proof that dynamite can come in a 130-pound package. The 23-year-old, of Baltimore, fought three times last year and ended all of his fights by stoppage. He won the 130-pound world title with a TKO victory over Jose Pedraza in a star-making performance at Barclays Center on Jan. 14, 2017. He traveled to London for his first title defense and stopped Liam Walsh by TKO on his home turf to retain the title on May 21, and most recently scored a knockout victory over Francisco Fonseca on Aug. 26 on the Mayweather vs. McGregor PPV undercard. Davis look to recapture a title in the 130-pound division after failing to make weight prior to the Fonseca fight.


“I’m the most exciting and skilled fighter on television and in 2018 I plan to show it,” said Davis. “On April 21 I’ll be back in the ring, live on SHOWTIME. Jesus Cuellar is arguably my toughest opponent to date. He is rough and tough, but I’m looking forward to the challenge. I’m more than happy to be fighting at Barclays Center where I won my first world title. Brooklyn is very close to Baltimore, so all of my people will be there to witness me become a world champion again.”


Cuellar (28-2, 21 KOs) is seeking to win a world title in a second weight class when he takes on Davis. A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, the 31-year-old Cuellar won a featherweight world title with a TKO victory against Vic Darchinyan on June 6, 2015. Six months later he made a successful defense by winning a unanimous decision against Jonathan Oquendo before losing the belt to Abner Mares by split decision on December 10, 2016.


“The time I’ve had off since the Mares fight has refreshed me for this new opportunity,” said Cuellar. “It took a lot out of my body to make 126 pounds for all of those years. Now I feel fresher and hungrier than ever before. I’ve been offered fights against lesser opponents in the last year but I’ve preferred to wait a little longer so that I can get a chance to fight the best. Gervonta Davis is one of the best in the world, so he’s the one I want to face and beat. Davis has never faced a fighter like me and he will see me at my very best on April 21.”


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