“ROWDY” RONDA ROUSEY MAKES HISTORY AS FIRST WOMAN SELECTED FOR INDUCTION INTO UFC® HALL OF FAME

Jun 13, 2018

“ROWDY” RONDA ROUSEY MAKES HISTORY

AS FIRST WOMAN SELECTED FOR INDUCTION INTO UFC® HALL OF FAME

Las Vegas – UFC® today announced that former UFC and Strikeforce® women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame’s ‘Modern Wing’ as a member of the class of 2018. The 2018 UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Thursday, July 5, at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The event will be streamed live and exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS® starting at 7 p.m. PT.

“There would be no women in UFC without Ronda Rousey,” UFC President Dana White said. “Ronda is an absolute pioneer who helped me personally, and a lot of other people, look at women in combat sports differently. She accomplished everything she set out to do with UFC and became a global icon and role model in the process. Today, the women’s divisions are packed with incredibly talented fighters and they produce some of the best fights you’ll ever see. We’re proud to announce Ronda as the first woman to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.”

Rousey will enter the UFC Hall of Fame as a member of the Modern Wing, joining Forrest Griffin (2013), BJ Penn (2015) and Urijah Faber (2017) as the only members of this distinguished category. Rousey also joins Faber as only the second athlete to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame from the bantamweight division. The “Modern Era” category includes athletes who turned pro on or after November 17, 2000 (when the first UFC event under the unified rules of MMA was held), are a minimum age of 35 or who have been retired for one year or more.

“This is an immense honor, to not only take part in bringing women to the forefront of this sport, but now the UFC Hall of Fame,” Rousey said. “May I be the first of many.”

As the first female fighter signed to UFC following the global brand’s purchase of Strikeforce, Rousey was named the promotion’s first-ever women’s bantamweight champion in November of 2012, and she debuted inside the world-famous Octagon® at UFC® 157: ROUSEY vs. CARMOUCHE, on February 23, 2013 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Ronda defeated Liz Carmouche in the first round via armbar, becoming the first woman to win a UFC bout while defending her title in the process.

A veteran of 14 professional fights during her five-year career, Rousey, the last Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion and first-ever UFC women’s champion, compiled a record of 12-2, setting numerous records, highlighted by her six consecutive successful title defenses, the most by any female champion in UFC history. During her tenure in UFC and Strikeforce, Ronda secured seven submission victories via armbar, tying UFC Hall of Famer Minotauro Nogueria for most armbar submissions in the combined history of UFC, PRIDE, Strikeforce and WEC.

A prolific finisher, Rousey owns records for four of the five fastest finishes in UFC women’s bantamweight history, while her three wins by KO / TKO rank as the second most in UFC women’s bantamweight history. No other fighter in UFC history owns more than two of the five fastest finishes in their respective division.

Rousey’s average cumulative UFC fight time of 3:06 ranks as the second shortest in UFC history (min. five fights) and her collective Strikeforce fight time of 1:36 ranked as the shortest in company history (min. three fights). Ronda’s 14 second armbar submission victory over Cat Zingano at UFC® 184: ROUSEY vs. ZINGANO, was the fastest submission of the Modern Era and of any title fight in UFC history. Rousey also holds the record for fastest submission in Strikeforce history with her 25-second victory over Sarah D’Alelio during her debut at Strikeforce Challengers: Gurgel vs. Duarte on August 12, 2011.

As one of the most complete mixed martial artists in combat sports history, Ronda also holds numerous records for finishing her opponents via knockout. Her 16 second knockout of Alexis Davis at UFC® 175: WEIDMAN vs. MACHIDA is tied as the third-fastest knockout in a title fight in UFC history. Lastly, her 34-second knockout of Bethe Correia at UFC® 190: ROUSEY vs. CORREIA and 1:06 knockout of Sara McMann at UFC® 170: ROUSEY vs. MCMANN, are the second and fourth-fastest knockouts in UFC women’s bantamweight history, respectively.

Ronda headlined six UFC events during her career, including UFC® 193: ROUSEY vs. HOLM, which was held at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia on November 15, 2015. UFC 193 recorded a total attendance of 56,214 fight fans, which stands as the largest-attended event in UFC history.

Outside the Octagon, Rousey’s global popularity continued to rise as she was recognized by both her peers and the media with some of the most highly acclaimed awards in sports.

In 2015, Ronda became the first mixed martial artist to win an ESPY award for “Best Fighter,” and she was also acknowledged by ESPN with the ESPY for “Best Female Athlete” in 2014 and 2015, and in 2012 for “Submission of the Year” after her first victory over former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate.

In May of 2015, Sports Illustrated recognized Ronda as “World’s Most Dominant Athlete” as she graced the cover of that month’s issue. Later that month, Rousey also became a published author with the release of her autobiography entitled, “My Fight, Your Fight”, which chronicled her inspiring path from Olympic judo medalist to Hollywood star.

In November of 2015, Ronda became Electronic Arts’ first female global cover athlete with the release of EA SPORTS UFC 2 and also made history as the first woman to be featured on the cover of Men’s Fitness Australia.

While an active UFC athlete, Rousey also became a global movie star, appearing in films such as The Expendables 3Furious 7 and Entourage, which collectively grossed more than $1.8 billion dollars combined in worldwide sales. She has also headlined popular television shows and series in primetime, hosting Saturday Night Live in 2016 and making a cameo appearance on Blindspot in 2017. Later this year, Rousey will co-star in Mile 22 with Mark Wahlberg and Academy-Award nominated actor John Malkovich.

Along with acting, Rousey is also currently a performer with World Wrestling Entertainment, where she competes weekly as one of the company’s top superstars on Monday Night Raw.

A native of Riverside, California, Rousey’s martial arts career began at age 11, when she started training judo with her mother, AnnMaria, a highly-decorated judoka who became the first American to capture a World Judo Championship in 1984. In 2004, at the age of 17, Ronda won the Gold medal at the World Junior Judo Championships. That same year, she qualified for the 2004 Olympic Games, becoming the youngest judoka to compete in the games that year. In 2006, Rousey won the Bronze medal at the World Junior Judo Championships, becoming the first U.S. athlete to capture two medals at the World Junior Judo Championships. Her ascent as a judoka continued in 2007, as she won the Gold medal at the Pan American Games and Silver medal at the World Judo Championships. In 2008, Ronda captured the Bronze medal at the Olympic Games, making history as the first American to win an Olympic medal in women’s judo since the sport joined Olympic competition in 1992. Overall, Ronda won more than 30 medals and represented the U.S. Judo team in over a dozen international tournaments. She currently resides in California with her husband, UFC heavyweight Travis Browne.

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DIEGO DE LA HOYA DEFENDS SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT TITLES AGAINST JOSE ‘SUGAR’ SALGADO IN MAIN EVENT OF GOLDEN BOY BOXING

Jun 13, 2018
DIEGO DE LA HOYA DEFENDS SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT TITLES AGAINST JOSE ‘SUGAR’ SALGADO IN MAIN EVENT OF GOLDEN BOY BOXING ON ESPN AT TURNING STONE RESORT CASINO IN VERONA, N.Y.
 
TRAVELL ‘BLACK MAGIC’ MAZION RETAINS UNDEFEATED RECORD WITH UNANIMOUS DECISION WIN AGAINST DAQUAN PAULDO 
(ABOVE: Diego De La Hoya defeated Jose Salgado to retain his NABF and NABO Super Bantamweight Titles on the June 8 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y.)
 
Photo Credit: Matt Heasley – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
 
VERONA, N.Y. (June 8, 2018): Diego De La Hoya (21-0, 10 KOs), the quick-handed super bantamweight contender of Mexicali, Mexico, successfully defended his NABF and NABO Super Bantamweight Titles against Jose “Sugar” Salgado (35-5-2, 28 KOs) of Cozumel, Mexico via technical knockout at the end of the seventh round of the scheduled 10-round main event of the June 8 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y. De La Hoya’s relentless and fast-paced aggression were too much for Salgado to handle, which forced his corner to call a halt to the bout at the end of the aforementioned round.
“We knew that he [Salgado] had been training since October of last year,” said Diego De La Hoya.“Obviously that’s because the fight was delayed, but the fight took place tonight and thank God it was great. I brawled so that people would see that I am indeed a Mexican fighter. He has a lot of experience and a lot of power, but I still brawled to give a great show. I’ll need to talk to my team about what’s next, but hopefully something very good.”
“I felt really tight in this fight, but that’s because the inactivity really affected me,” said Jose Salgado. “I take no credit away from Diego De La Hoya, and I fought a good fight despite the inactivity. He’s a great fighter, and he’ll be a future world champion.”
 
In tonight’s co-main event,Travell “Black Magic” Mazion (13-0, 11 KOs) of Austin, Texas retained his undefeated record as he beat Orlando, Florida’s Daquan Pauldo (17-2, 9 KOs) by unanimous eight-round decision. Mazion won with scores of 77-75, 77-75 and 78-74.
Danielto Zorrilla (7-0, 6 KOs) of Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico delivered a devastating left hook to the body to defeat stop Julio Perez (4-3) of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico in the first of a scheduled four-round super lightweight fight.
 
Golden Boy Promotions prospect Alex Rincon (4-0, 4 KOs) of Carrollton, Texas scored two knockdowns en route to a first-round technical knockout victory over Engelberto Valenzuela (11-14, 3 KOs)  of Agua Prieta, Mexico. The fight, which was originally slated for four rounds at the middleweight limit of 160 pounds, was stopped at 1:35 of the aforementioned round.
 
Lawrence Gabriel (3-1-1, 2 KOs) of Syracuse, New York scored a second-round technical knockout victory against Jimmy Blevins (0-3) of Buffalo, New York in a fight that was originally scheduled for four rounds in the heavyweight division.
Isaac Rodrigues (25-2, 20 KOs) Mocajuba, Brazil stopped Frankie Filippone (25-8-1, 9 KOs) of Chesapeake, Virginia in the fourth round of an eight-round light heavyweight clash. Rodrigues scored two knockdowns, the second of which forced the stoppage at 1:46 of the fourth round.
Armus Guyton (1-0) from Ithaca, N.Y. defeated Mike Diorio (0-1) from Cortland, N.Y. by unanimous decision in the opening bout, a four-round cruiserweight contest. Both fighters made their professional debut in a fight that Guyton won with scores of 39-37, 39-37 and 40-36.
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Santa Cruz vs. Mares 2 & Charlo vs Trout Final Press Conference

Jun 9, 2018

Leo Santa Cruz vs. Abner Mares 2 & Jermell Charlo vs. Austin Trout

Final Press Conference Quotes & Photos

 

Two World Title Showdowns Featured Saturday, June 9 Live on SHOWTIME from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles

 

 Photos from Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME

 

LOS ANGELES (June 7, 2018) – Featherweight world champion Leo Santa Cruz and four-time world champion Abner Mares went face-to-face at the final press conference Thursday, two days before they enter the ring for their highly-anticipated rematch this Saturday, June 9 from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

Also squaring-off at the final press conference were super welterweight world champion Jermell Charlo and former world champion Austin Trout, who step into the ring on the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast that begins at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed in the West Coast).

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Ringstar Sports and TGB Promotions, begin at $50, plus applicable fees, and are on sale now. To purchase tickets visit AXS.com or click HERE.

Here is what the press conference participants had to say Thursday from the Chick Hearn Press Room at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles:

LEO SANTA CRUZ

“The first fight was a really good one, but I think this one will be even better. Mares is a great fighter with a great trainer in Robert Garcia, and that’s the kind of challenge I want. We both want to give the fans great fights.

“I’ve learned a lot from my last few fights. I’m not coming in here worried about losing, I just worry about giving the fans a great show. If Mares is better than me that night, then he will win. But I’ve worked too hard and I’m going to be at my peak on Saturday night.

“I think that Mares has gotten a lot better. Robert Garcia is a trainer who has brought him up to a different level. He’s made a lot of improvements. I learned from the Frampton fights and my dad is a good trainer too. It’s even all the way around and it’s going to be a great fight.

“I think the winner of this fight will be number one in this division. Gary Russell Jr. is a great fighter and I definitely want a rematch of our amateur fight. But me and Abner put a lot of pressure on our opponents and I don’t think Gary would like the pressure from either of us.

“My team motivates me every day in the gym. They’re right next to me running every day towards the same goal. That’s what I love about training camp because it makes me work even harder.”

ABNER MARES

“I could stand up here and tell you what I’m going to do Saturday, but you’ve seen the first fight. You know how exciting the first fight was. I have even more to prove and I’m going to leave it all on the line this time.

“This is going to be an exciting fight. I know Leo has matured as an athlete and fighter by fighting Frampton twice. But if you look at my last couple of performances, they speak for themselves. I think both of us are seasoned and better fighters right now.

“There’s no doubt that the winner of this fight is number one in this division. There’s some great fighters at featherweight, but we’re fighting for the top spot in this division.

“Our focus isn’t on looking for a stoppage. That was my mistake the first fight. I tried to destroy him. I’m going to follow instructions and show I’m the better fighter in there.

“If I win Saturday night, and the fight is just as exciting as the first one, I’m ready for a trilogy. Let’s make it happen.

“I’m going to fight my heart out and win this fight this time. May the best man win. We’re going to give the fans what they want to see. I’m calling this ‘Fight of the Year’ guaranteed.”

JERMELL CHARLO

“My brother and I have been doing this a long time. Austin Trout has done it a long time as well. I’m hoping everyone gets there early, because I’m bringing excitement to the table right from the start.

“Some critics say that me and my brother haven’t fought the people required to be on the pound-for-pound list. My race to the top continues Saturday night to prove all those people wrong.

“A knockout is possible. If he wants that to be the way it goes, then I’m capable. Derrick and I have a great plan that we’re ready to use. None of our experience in the past matters, we’re both 0-0. Anything can happen on Saturday night.

“I look to do what my brother did against Trout, but way better. If that’s with a knockout or just picking him apart, I’m ready. I’m fighting for a lot more than just a win on Saturday. We’re going to keep shining and do what we have to do.

“We want everyone to know that my brother and I come from the trenches. We made it this far, so we’re not stopping now. Nobody is standing in my way. I know Trout wants a belt, but this is the wrong belt to go after.

“I have to deal with Austin Trout. Jarrett Hurd is not my focus right now. I definitely want to unify titles soon and I hope he comes out ringside on Saturday night so I can look at him after this fight. Everyone knows what time it is.”

AUSTIN TROUT

“I’m very excited to be here and have another once in a lifetime opportunity. I believe this is destiny. I’m coming into the lion’s den and I’m going to come out unscathed.

“As great as my win against Miguel Cotto was, I don’t think it compares to this fight here. People complained about Cotto being old after I beat him, but with Jermell, there’s no excuse you can make up. He’s an undefeated world champion, so if I get the win, this is definitely bigger than Cotto.

“I don’t think he’s overlooking me because I bet his brother told him not to sleep on Trout. Everyone’s going to see what I’ve been saying on Saturday night.

“My training camp with Barry Hunter was fantastic. We got all the work in that I needed and Barry is someone who always pushes me to be better than I believe I’m capable of.

“I learned from my mistakes when I fought the bigger brother. I’m going to be even better on Saturday and it’s going to be a totally different result.

“For everyone sleeping on me, you better wake up. It’s going to be an awakening on Saturday night.”

JOSE SANTA CRUZ, Santa Cruz’s Father & Trainer

“Now all there is left to do is wait for fight night. The work up to this point has been done and it has been done well. We are ready to do what needs to be done when the time comes.

“Usually at this point ahead of a fight the biggest feat is to make weight but he had no problem there. Leo was on target weight about a month ago so it’s not something we’re worried about at this point. He’s eating good and maintaining weight well and feeling really strong for this fight.

“Leo is in incredible shape and I am confident he will win on Saturday. I’m sure Abner and his team are going to bring their best and we’re bringing our best too, but on fight night there will only be two who will clash. We’re ready for war.”

ROBERT GARCIA, Mares’ Trainer

“Just the fact that Abner is in my training camp and we communicate so well, it’s given me a lot of confidence. Everyone has done a great job doing their part in camp and I believe we’ve worked on all the tools we need to defeat Leo Santa Cruz.

“Leo is a great fighter but Abner knows he can win this fight. The confidence he’s gained, and how much more seasoned Abner looks since joining my camp, should translate to a strong performance Saturday.

“This has been a really smooth training camp and that’s exactly what Abner needed. We’re primed for a big victory.”

DERRICK JAMES, Charlo’s Trainer

“I think that Jermell has shown a great level of maturity while also being an aggressive fighter. He’s also very positive about what he wants to do every day in camp, and in the ring on Saturday.

“Being able to spar with Errol Spence Jr. every day in camp has definitely helped Jermell. They say it all the time, but iron sharpens iron and that’s the mentality we have to help both guys improve and get to where we know they can get to.

“Austin is a crafty fighter who has a lot of experience and a lot of tools. The most important thing though is that we’re focused on getting Jermell to be the best version of himself on Saturday night.”

RICHARD SCHAEFER, Chairman & CEO of Ringstar Sports

“Finally the wait is over. We waited three years for this rematch. Everyone asked me when this fight was going to happen. Now there’s just two days to go.

“You know it’s a big fight when you have the fight here at the premier venue in Los Angeles, STAPLES Center. These fighters here deserve it, because they are the best fighters in the sport, regardless of division. They’re going to show everyone on Saturday night why we love boxing so much.

“Each of these fights could have been a main event in its own right. I’m glad that these fighters were okay all being together on an event that really elevates the sport of boxing.

“Jermell Charlo is a once-in-a-generation talent in this sport. He has all the skills you need, but also has that one thing that makes you a superstar. He has charisma, and you cannot learn that. However, anyone who is doubting Austin Trout, is making a big mistake. I have no doubt that he’ll be more than ready for this challenge.

“I’ve been fortunate to follow these main event fighters from their first fight, all the way to now, with them being multiple time world champions and fantastic men outside of the ring. Leo and Abner live the kind of lives that make this sport proud. But on Saturday night, may the best man win.

“SHOWTIME delivers week after week of the best fighting the best. This fight is no different and will be another treat for the fans watching on SHOWTIME who have come to expect these great matchups.”

STEPHEN ESPINOZA, President Sports & Events Programming, Showtime Network Inc.

“These four guys up here have been on SHOWTIME a combined 41 times. That’s a lot and it doesn’t happen by accident. The reason it happens is because these fighters embody everything we want SHOWTIME Boxing to be about. They have some of the strongest resumes in the sport. None of these guys have ever shied away from taking a tough fight. They don’t come with excuses, they want the best and biggest fights. We’ ae proud to have all four of them on SHOWTIME.

“Right now we have a matchup between two of the biggest stars and faces of Southern California boxing. The featherweight division has seen top five fighters on SHOWTIME already this year—This  is a rematch between two more of the top 5. In the first fight, they threw a combined 2,000 punches, which I would bet will be matched again on Saturday.

“Austin Trout has been in there with the biggest and best stars in the sport of boxing. But Jermell has quite a bit of momentum. He has four consecutive stoppages, which is very impressive at the championship level. As everyone has said this is another main event quality matchup and I look forward to seeing it on Saturday night.”

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Bivol-Chilemba Added to Kovalev-Alvarez Card

Jun 9, 2018
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City Announces
Dmitry Bivol vs. Isaac Chilemba Added to 
Sergey Kovalev vs. Eleider Alvarez Card on 
Saturday, Aug. 4
Televised Live on HBO World Championship Boxing®
Atlantic City, NJ:   WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Dmitry Bivol (13-0, 11 KOs) of St. Petersburg, Russia will make his third title defense against light heavyweight contender Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba (25-5-2, 10 KOs) of Blantyre, Malawi as the co-main event on the Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev vs. Eleider “Storm” Alvarez card at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City on Saturday, August 4. The event will be presented by Main Events and Krusher Promotions in association with Groupe Yvon Michel and World of Boxing. The doubleheader will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Bivol, 27, made his professional debut in 2014 with six straight knockouts. In 2016, he defeated Felix Valera to secure the Interim WBA Light Heavyweight Title. After the retirement of Andre Ward in September of last year, the WBA elevated Dmitry to WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion. In November 2017, he made his first successful title defense against Trent Broadhurst in Monte Carlo with a first round knockout. In March at Madison Square Garden, Bivol handed Sullivan Barrera his second defeat and first career knock out loss with a thrilling 12th round stoppage. This will Bivol’s first fight in Atlantic City and mark his third appearance on HBO®.
When asked about his upcoming bout with Chilemba, Bivol said, “I am glad that my next opponent will be a tough and well-known boxer in Chilemba! I will do my best to put on another exciting performance for all my fans!”
Bivol’s promoter, Andrei Ryabinskiy, of World of Boxing added, “Looking forward to another great event with Main Events! I believe Dmitry Bivol is a star in the making; he is very impressive!”
According to Bivol’s manager, Vadim Kornilov, “We are glad another great event will take place on the East Coast featuring two great Russian champions on one card. We had to go through many different opponents and finally were in a tough position trying to find an opponent that would fight Bivol. Happily, Chilemba is a good opponent who has proven to be tough in his previous fights. I’m looking forward to another great event!”
Chilemba, 31, who is from Malawi and fights out of Johannesburg, South Africa is no stranger to tough competition. After making his professional debut in 2005 at the age of 18, Chilemba quietly worked his way through the light heavyweight rankings. In 2013, he traveled to Liverpool, England to face Tony Bellew in Bellew’s backyard for the WBC Silver Light Heavyweight Title. The bout ended in a draw and less than two months later Chilemba returned to the UK to face Bellew again in a hard-fought loss. Then in 2015, Chilemba travelled to Quebec City, Canada to face Eleider “Storm” Alvarez to be the mandatory challenger for WBC Light Heavyweight World Champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson. Alvarez defeated Chilemba in a close majority decision. In Chilemba’s next fight, he travelled to Ekaterinburg, Russia to challenge then unified light heavyweight titleholder Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev in Kovalev’s backyard. Chilemba stood toe-to-toe with the Krusher for 12 rounds, but lost via unanimous decision. After suffering an arm injury in his next fight against Oleksandr Gvozdyk that forced his trainer, Roy Jones, to stop the fight, Chilemba took nearly a year off to recover from the injury. In his most-recent bout, he defeated former world title contender Blake Caparello in Caparello’s backyard.
Chilemba said, “Firstly, I thank God for always watching over me. I thank my manager for never giving up on me, Roy Jones Jr. for all his knowledge and support and I thank Main Events for this opportunity. 2017 was a bad year for me, recovering from surgery and thinking that my career was over, but I’m a fighter; I couldn’t give up and I won’t give up. I’m going to take this opportunity and give it everything I have. A big thanks to the rest of my team and all my supporters.”
His manager, Jodi Solomon, added, “Thank you to Main Events for the opportunity and thank you to Isaac for fighting for his dreams. This promises to be an interesting match -up.”
Chilemba trainer, former world titleholder Roy Jones, Jr., said, “So happy to have this fight for Isaac. It’s a great opportunity at a great time. I look forward to a great night for Isaac.”
About Kovalev-Alvarez: In the first boxing event at the newly opened Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ, Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev will defend his WBO Light Heavyweight World Title against undefeated contender Eleider “Storm” Alvarez on Saturday, August 4, 2018. In the co-main event, WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Dmitry Bivol will defend his title against Isaac “Golden Boy’ Chilemba. Tickets range between $50 and $200 and are on sale now through HardRockHotelAtlanticCity.com and Ticketmaster.com. The event is promoted by Main Events and Krusher Promotions in association with Groupe Yvon Michel and World of Boxing and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
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Austin ‘NO DOUBT’ Trout on Saturday’s WBC Super Welterweight Title Fight

Jun 9, 2018
FORMER BOXING WORLD CHAMPION AUSTIN TROUT:
‘I TRULY BELIEVE I’M THE BEST AND IN ORDER TO PROVE THAT YOU’VE GOT TO FIGHT THOSE THAT CLAIM TO BE THE BEST… NO MATTER WHAT JERMELL CHARLO BRINGS – WHETHER ITS ROUGH, TOUGH, LONG HARD-FOUGHT 12 ROUNDS, I’M READY FOR THAT. ‘

  Former World Champion Heads to Los Angeles Today
for WBC Super Welterweight Matchup against Jermell Charlo Saturday live on SHOWTIME® from the Staples Center in Los Angeles

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – June 5, 2018  – Austin Trout (31-4, 17 KOs), the former super welterweight world champion, is headed to Los Angeles today to meet current WBC Super Welterweight world champion Jermell Charlo inside the ring this Saturday, June 9 live on SHOWTIME from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions. 

The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast begins at 10 p.m. ET/PT and is headlined by the featherweight world championship rematch between Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares.

In Trout’s words, this fight is finishing the mission. Spiritually centered and in his prime physical condition, it is, in his own words, his time.

“People are underestimating me and overlooking me,” said Trout. “I earned and continue to earn respect in this sport and my competition can choose to ignore it or acknowledge it. I’ve beaten champions and taken titles. I’ve lost in controversial decisions to champions like Canelo. This is my time. Don’t underestimate the power I bring to boxing as well as the international competitors I’ve already stepped into the ring against and beaten.”

After his October fight against Jarrett Hurd and February’s unanimous decision victory over Juan De Angel, this WBC title bout, in Trout’s words, is the fight that no one saw coming.

“The Hurd fight was the danger fight,” he said of his October 2017 match. “It was part of the process of knocking out the ring rust, and De Angel was part of that as well. Everything I do or don’t do is circumstantial. Because of the layoffs, it’s been challenging; now I’m back on track timing wise and I plan on changing boxing’s plans for me. I’m not sitting back and waiting.

“I started boxing as a kid to stand up for people that were being disrespected, and as an adult I continue to do that in the ring.”

A long time top ten and former #2 in the 154-pound division by Ring magazine, Trout will be once against be working with D.C. based world champion trainer Barry Hunter, to whom his longtime cornerman, Louie Burke, worked as an assistant.

“We are calling this fight ‘finishing the mission.’ I’m squarely in a dangerous division  that’s full of talent. It’s one of the top divisions in my opinion. Everyone’s a killer including myself. It has the perfect balance of speed and power. This is where I excel, plus I have the brain.”

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Ringstar Sports and TGB Promotions, begin at $50, plus applicable fees, and are on sale now. To purchase tickets visit AXS.com or click HERE.

For more information visit www.SHO.com/Sports, www.premierboxingchampions.com and www.staplescenter.comfollow on Twitter @ShowtimeBoxing, @SHOSports, @PremierBoxing @LeoSantaCruz2, @AbnerMares, @Ringstar, @TGBPromotions @STAPLESCenter and @Swanson_Comm or become a fan on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/SHOSports, www.Facebook.com/PremierBoxingChampions and www.facebook.com/STAPLESCenter.PBC is sponsored by Corona, La Cerveza Mas Fina.

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OSCAR DE LA HOYA FOUNDATION HOSTS 18th ANNUAL GOLF CLASSIC

Jun 9, 2018

OSCAR DE LA HOYA FOUNDATION HOSTS 18 

th ANNUAL GOLF CLASSIC WITH CELEBRITY GUESTS TO RAISE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FOR YOUTH AND COMMUNITY PROGRAMS
  
(ABOVE: L-R: Michael Peña, Oscar De La Hoya, and Andy Garcia pose at the Oscar De La Hoya Foundation’s 18th Annual Golf Classic.)
 
Photo Credit: Tom Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions
Video Credit: Golden Boy Promotions
 
LOS ANGELES (June 4, 2018):  The Oscar De La Hoya Foundation hosted its 18th annual Golf Classic today at the Lakeside Golf Club to raise funds to help support programs that will benefit the youth and community of East Los Angeles. Celebrities such as George Lopez, Michael Peña, Andy Garcia, Richard Schiff, Cedric the Entertainer and Don Cheadle joined De La Hoya at Lakeside Golf Club for a day of fun competition on the green.
The Foundation annually hosts a boxing gym equipment donation, Thanksgiving dinner giveaway and holiday toy giveaway in addition to supporting the Oscar De La Hoya Ánimo Charter High School, the Cecilia Gonzalez De La Hoya Cancer Center and the Oscar De La Hoya Labor and Delivery Center and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (both located at White Memorial Hospital in East Los Angeles).
“I am humbled to serve the neighborhoods that I grew up in. It’s super important for me personally to give back to the communities that support kids and families that were like mine,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “I am extremely thankful and proud of the partnerships, sponsors, and special guests who have helped the Oscar De La Hoya Foundation Golf Classic raise money for important programs and services that benefit the community of East Los Angeles.”
The 18th Annual Oscar De La Hoya Foundation Golf Classic was sponsored by MGM Resorts International, T-Mobile Arena, Barry’s Tickets, Tecate, California Municipal Finance Authority, HBO Sports, World Boxing Authority, and National Funding Inc. Other sponsors include Chapman, Bird & Tessler, Merrill Lynch, Key Code Media, Fantasy Springs Casino, Adventist Health White Memorial, Clear Channel, World Boxing Organization, and Barker Pacific Group
About The Oscar De La Hoya Foundation:
In 1995, Chairman and CEO Oscar De La Hoya started the Oscar De La Hoya Foundation to help improve the quality of life for the community in his hometown of East Los Angeles.Today, with the help many partners, the foundation serves thousands of people annually. The Oscar De La Hoya Foundation supports the Oscar De La Hoya Ánimo Charter High School, the Cecilia Gonzalez De La Hoya Cancer Center and the Oscar De La Hoya Labor and Delivery Center and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (both located at White Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles) in addition to various after school programs that promotes positive lives and protect youth from the circumstances of living in underprivileged communities.
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Inside The Ring with Teddy Atlas and Terence Crawford”

Jun 8, 2018
“Inside The Ring with Teddy Atlas and Terence Crawford” Reviews Crawford’s Biggest Fights Debuts Tuesday, June 5 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2
  
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Terence “Bud” Crawford looks to conquer a third weight class when he battles WBO welterweight champion Jeff “The Hornet” Horn, Saturday, June 9 at 9:30 p.m. ET exclusively on ESPN+—the recently-launched multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International segment and ESPNIn anticipation of this superfight, Teddy Atlas sits down with Crawford for “Inside The Ring with Teddy Atlas and Terence Crawford,” a one-hour special analyzing the pound-for-pound superstar’s biggest fights and his progression to becoming one of the world’s best fighters today.
Teddy’s Takeaways
“Whether through the actual physical experience or the magic of television, most people have stepped into the batter’s box on a baseball diamond, visited–or at least peeked–into the huddle on the gridiron and shot a few free throws on the hardwood of a basketball court, but few to none have ever been inside that squared circle called a boxing ring.  This new show takes you into that seemingly black hole where most have never ventured, and shines a revealing light, so that you walk away saying, ‘I’m glad I did.’  And even better, you can do it without getting a bloody nose.”   
 
“I knew that Terence Crawford had both the physical skills and the mental fortitude it takes to be a special fighter. I also appreciated his ability to be diverse in the ring. What I wasn’t sure of before, was whether the great things he was able to do were part of his innate ability or just part of his consciousness.  Did he realize what he was doing at times or did he just do them?  What I found out may surprise you and I’m hoping it sheds a better light on what makes him tick and so well. I spent a day with him breaking down film of his most important and formative fights.”
 
Highlighted Fights include:
Crawford vs. Breidis Prescot, March 30, 2013
Crawford’s major American TV debut and a dominant performance against the fighter who knocked out British superstar Amir Khan in the first round.
 
Crawford vs. Ricky Burns, March 1, 2014
Crawford traveled to Scotland to meet Burns and won his first world title, the WBO lightweight crown.
 
Crawford vs. Yuriorkis Gamboa, June 28, 2014
In his hometown of Omaha, Crawford made his first title defense against 2004 Cuban Olympic gold medalist and former unified featherweight titleholder Gamboa. Crawford stated at the time that Gamboa was his toughest fight to date.
 
Crawford vs. Viktor Postol, July 23, 2016
The highly anticipated Super Lightweight unification fight. Both fighters entered the ring a perfect 28-0. With the victory, Crawford staked his claim to division supremacy and set himself up for bigger fights.
 
Crawford vs. Julius Indongo, August 19, 2017
The Super Lightweight unification fight between Crawford and WBA (Unified) and IBF champion Indongo.

Crawford became the first boxer to hold all four major world titles (WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO) in any weight class in more than a decade.
 
Inside The Ring with Teddy Atlas and Terence Crawford on ESPN2 and ESPNEWS

Date Time (ET) Network
Tues. June 5 9:00 p.m. ESPN2
Wed. June 6 10:00 p.m. ESPNEWS
Thurs. June 7 2:00 a.m. ESPN2
  5:00 a.m. ESPNEWS
Fri. June 8 10:00 p.m. ESPNEWS
Sat. June 9 9:55 a.m. ESPN2
  4:00 p.m. ESPNEWS

About ESPN+

ESPN+ is the first-ever multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer & International segment in conjunction with ESPN.  ESPN+ offers fans two exclusive, original boxing programs The Boxing Beat with Dan Rafael(Mondays, weekly) and In This Corner (twice monthly).  In additional to boxing content, fans can watch thousands of additional live events, on-demand content and original programming not available on ESPN’s linear TV or digital networks. This includes hundreds of MLB, NHL and MLS games, Grand Slam tennis, Top Rank boxing, PGA Tour golf, college sports, international rugby, cricket, the full library of ESPN Films (including 30 for 30) and more. Fans can subscribe to ESPN+ for just $4.99 a month (or $49.99 per year) and cancel at any time.

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El Club Pumas informa que Leandro Augusto es el nuevo Director Deportivo

Jun 2, 2018

El Club Pumas informa que Leandro Augusto es el nuevo Director Deportivo

El Club Universidad Nacional, A.C., informa que Leandro Augusto es el nuevo Director Deportivo para atender todos los asuntos del primer equipo.

Después de su retiro como futbolista, Leandro Augusto se ha mantenido ligado a la institución en distintos ámbitos, tanto deportivos -como auxiliar técnico- como en puestos directivos. Le deseamos éxito en este nuevo cargo a quien fue campeón de liga con nuestros Pumas en cuatro ocasiones.

CORTESIA:CLUB PUMAS

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Top Rank Signs Super Bantamweight Contender Carlos Castro to Multi-Year Promotional Agreement

Jun 2, 2018

Top Rank Signs Super Bantamweight Contender
Carlos Castro to Multi-Year Promotional Agreement

LAS VEGAS (June 1, 2018) – Undefeated super bantamweight contender Carlos Castro has signed a multi-year promotional agreement with Top Rank, Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum announced today. Castro, a 24-year-old resident of Phoenix, Arizona, has a record of 20-0 with nine knockouts and is the current WBC USNBC super bantamweight champion.

“I am very proud of this achievement. I know that signing with Top Rank is a great opportunity for me and will bring other great opportunities to my career,” Castro said. “I am ready to continue developing my talent and demonstrate why Top Rank signed me.”

Castro was born in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico, and moved to Phoenix with his family when he was 2 years old. He had an extensive amateur career consisting of nearly 200 fights, and as a youngster, he won a pair of National Silver Gloves titles. Castro made his pro debut as an 18-year-old on June 16, 2012, winning a four-round unanimous decision over Tony Green at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix.

Castro has fought 16 of his 20 pro bouts at the Celebrity Theater, cultivating a loyal fan base in his hometown. He lives and trains in Phoenix under the guidance of Angel Soto, who has been his trainer since he was 10 years old.

Castro took a big step up in competition in September 2016 against longtime contender Jorge Diaz, stopping Diaz in the opening round. He went 2-0 in 2017, shutting out Juan Palacios over eight rounds in April and knocking out Basilio Nieves in the fourth round in October.

In his last bout, on Feb. 24 in Phoenix, Castro knocked out Alexis Santiago in the 10th and final round after Santiago’s corner threw in the towel. It was the first time Santiago (21-5-1 entering the fight) had been knocked out as a pro.

Castro’s first fight under the Top Rank banner will be announced soon.

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ÓSCAR ‘EL JAGUAR’ NEGRETE RETORNARÁ EN EL DUELO ESTELAR DE LA FIGHT CLUB ANTE DIUHL OLGUIN EL 6 DE JULIO

Jun 1, 2018
ÓSCAR ‘EL JAGUAR’ NEGRETE RETORNARÁ EN EL DUELO ESTELAR DE LA FIGHT CLUB ANTE DIUHL OLGUIN EL 6 DE JULIO EN EL BELASCO THEATER Y TELEVISADO EN VIVO POR BOXEO ESTELAR A TRAVÉS DE ESTRELLATV
 
LOS DESTACADOS PROSPECTOS SENIESA ‘SUPER BAD’ ESTRADA Y RAÚL ‘COUGAR’ CURIEL REGRSARÁN EN PELEAS SEPARADAS
 
¡Boletos están a la venta!
 
LOS ÁNGELES, California 1 de junio de 2018. – Óscar “El Jaguar” Negrete (17-1, 7 nocáuts), el actual campeón NABF de las 118 libras, realizará su esperado retorno ante Dhiul Olguín (13-9-3, 9 nocáuts) en el evento estelar de la edición del 6 de julio de LA FIGHT CLUB en el Belasco Theater de Downtown Los Ángeles, California y televisado en vivo por Boxeo Estelar televisado a través de EstrellaTV.
 
Negrete, de Tierraalta, Colombia, ha derrotado a un ritmo constante a varios oponentes de las divisiones gallo y supergallo. En su victoria más importante hasta la fecha, bajó a las 118 libras para superar a Sergio Frías y capturar el titulo gallo NABF en el choque estelar de la edición del 30 de junio de Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN. Posteriormente, el púgil cafetalero sufrió su primer revés ante el monarca mundial supergallo del CMB Rey Vargas, en el cual dio fierra batalla, pero al final sucumbió frente al espigando campeón capitalino. Ahora, y gracias esa actuación ante Vargas, Negrete regresará por sus fueros intentando colocarse de nuevo en la cima de las clasificaciones y buscar una nueva oportunidad de título.
 
“Estoy muy contento porque voy a retornar,” afirmó Óscar Negrete. “Regresaré después de pelear por un título mundial, pero esa derrota fue en las 122 libras. Ahora mi meta es pelear por un título mundial en la división donde verdaderamente pertenezco, que son las 118 libras. Olguín tiene un récord muy engañoso en el que sus rivales no pueden confiarse. Mi gusta este combate porque es un oponente que te exige y que te la idea de dónde estás. Después pelearé por un título mundial.”
 
Olguín es conocido como verdugo de prospectos y contendientes. Además de ofrecer peleas difíciles a Manuel “Tino” Ávila Emilio Sánchez, Olguín se ha anotado impresionantes victorias ante Kevin “K-Smooth” Rivers, Jr. Horacio “Violento” García.El aguerrido púgil mexicano buscará prevenir que Negrete se haga campeón mundial con un triunfo el 6 de julio.
 
“Agradezco otra nueva oportunidad que me ofrece Golden Boy Promotions,” dijo Diuhl Olguín.“Y una vez más no voy a desaprovecharla como lo hice contra García y Rivers Jr. Óscar Negrete es un tremendo boxeador y creo que nuestros estilos se acoplarán para ofrecer una digna batalla para el exigente y conocedor publico angelino.”
 
Seniesa “Súper Bad” Estrada (13-0, 3 nocáuts) regresará en una batalla a ocho asaltos en peso mini mosca. La nativa del Este de Los Ángeles, California participará en su segunda actuación del año en el LA FIGHT CLUB tras estelarizar el evento en abril. La pugilista vendrá tras una victoria por nocaut técnico ante Amarilis Adorno y tiene planes de combatir por un título mundial en un futuro cercano. 
 
El ex olímpico Raúl “Cougar” Curiel (3-0, 2 nocáuts) de Tampico, Tamaulipas, México tendrá acción en la primera batalla televisada a seis asaltos en peso welter. Blair Cobbs (7-0-1, 5 nocáuts), prospecto de peso superligero, participará en un choque a cuatro asaltos en peso welter. Los oponentes para ambos se anunciarán en breve.
 
Negrete vs. Olguín es un combate a ocho asaltos en peso gallo presentado por Golden Boy Promotions. El evento es patrocinado por Tecate “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” y Casa México Tequila. Los combates se llevarán a cabo el viernes 6 de julio de 2018 en el Belasco Theater en Los Ángeles, California. 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 EstrellaTV.com 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 10 de agosto y el 12 de octubre.
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