Jr. Welterweight Melissa “Huracan Shark” Hernandez Inks a Promotional Deal with VegasStar Boxing.

Miami, Florida- Puerto Rican puncher Melissa Hernandez (22-7-3, 7 KO’s) from Miami, Florida. getting set to jump start her boxing return to the ring in 2019 signing a exclusive contract with VegasStar Boxing out of Las Vegas, Nevada.

We spared Q&A with the Champ today:

Melissa Hernandez:

Nickname?

HuracánShark

Favourite all-time boxer?

Hector Camacho

Belinda Laracuente

Favourite current boxer?

Terence “Bud” Crawford

Favourite fight?

Marvin Hagler vs Tommy Hearns

Boxing clubs?

Amateur: Webster PAL in the Bronx

Professional: Gleasons Brooklyn, New York

Amateur honours?

2003 New York Golden Gloves runner up 138lbs

2004 New York Golden Gloves winner 132lbs

2005 New York Golden Gloves winner 132lbs

2005 PAL nationals winner 132lbs

Biggest achievement in boxing?

The coming pound for pound best female in the world in boxrec.com

Toughest ever opponent?

Chevelle Hallback

Goals in boxing?

Becoming champion again.

Retirement age?

I retired at 36 due to loss of love for the sport.

Team?

Cutman Pete Grant and my mangers Bill Nelson and Marvin from Vegas Star Boxing management

Boxing style?

My own. lol.

Ring walk song?

Anything from the disco era

Pre-fight rituals?

Dancing, laughing, chopping it up with my team.

Favourite brand of gloves?

I love grants and rivals gloves

Best venue?

Hard Rock Las Vegas – The Joint

Favourite belt?

Of course the WBC green belt.

Favourite sportsman?

None

Favourite music?

Old rock – house music and disco

Favourite food?

Steak with rice and beans. Con aguacate maduro

Favourite superhero?

None

Next fight?

TBA

What fight do you want to see happen this year?

Women to Finally get equality when it comes to our purses to fight.

If you could fight anyone, past or present, who would it be?

I’d like to fight

Christie Martin, Lucia Riker, Melissa Del Valle, Belinda Laracuente

What is the best division in boxing to watch?

Featherweight to Middleweight

(Can’t really choose. We’re in a good place with boxing right now. For men and women.)

Titles or money?

I care about the money. To get the money you need the titles. So they go hand in hand.

Thank you Champ

Interview by Damon Gonzalez/Latinbox Sports

DEONTAY WILDER VS. TYSON FURY FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE EXPLODED

WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder & Lineal Champion Tyson Fury Erupt at Heated Press Conference for Blockbuster Heavyweight Showdown 
 
Saturday, December 1 Live on SHOWTIME PPV® from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles
Photos from Esther Lin/SHOWTIME
 LOS ANGELES Undefeated heavyweight giants Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury erupted in Los Angeles on Wednesday at the final press conference for their WBC Heavyweight World Championship this Saturday, December 1 on SHOWTIME PPV® from STAPLES Center in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions. 
 
The 6-foot-7 Wilder and the 6-foot-9 Fury went back-and-forth with verbal haymakers before nearly coming to blows while posing for photos onstage. The unbeaten heavyweights will meet in just three days in the most significant heavyweight event in the U.S. in more than 15 years. 
 
The SHOWTIME PPV begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features unified 154-pound world champion Jarrett Hurd returning to take on Jason Welborn, Cuban heavyweight slugger Luis Ortiz facing-off against Travis Kauffman and rising heavyweight Joe Joyce battling Joe Hanks.
 
Tickets for the event, which is promoted by BombZquad Enterprises and Queensberry Promotions, in association with TGB Promotions and DiBella Entertainment, are on sale now and are available via AXS.com. Wilder vs. Fury will be produced and distributed by SHOWTIME PPV. The suggested retail price (SRP) for the pay-per-view telecast is $64.99 for standard definition. 
 
Here is what the press conference participants had to say Wednesday from Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites Los Angeles:
 
DEONTAY WILDER
 
“This is going to be an amazing event. I’ve been so happy in my camp and in my life. Everything has come together. I’m just so happy to be here fighting at STAPLES Center and ready to bring the stars out for this special fight.
 
“I cannot wait for this fight. The time is coming. Only three days now. Can you feel the energy? The two best heavyweights in the world are right here. This is a moment that I’ve waited for my entire career. This is my time. Tyson Fury had his time.
 
“What I care about is showing people what I’m all about it. I’m showing you each and every time and I’m giving you a knockout. America has a mighty man in me. America has the baddest man on the planet. 
 
“I put in the hard work to make it here. I’ve grinded and worked. There’s no way I’m going to let a man come from another country and take what I’ve been building.
 
“I don’t believe Fury has the confidence to come and beat me. His last opponent hit Fury with any shot he wanted. If he’s going to knock me out, why didn’t he knock out his last opponent? He doesn’t believe he can knock me out. When I say it, I believe it. My numbers don’t lie. I’m going to prove it again.
 
“It’s so beautiful to have two great giants in the ring. Two great guys with great stories. We will determine who is the best. You will get to see who is the best heavyweight in the world. One champion, one face and one name. That is what I’m seeking.
 
“I’m grateful for all the opponents I’ve faced. Every fighter has brought something to the table and made me bigger and bigger. I had to prove myself over and over again. I have to show everyone with my actions. 
 
“This means everything to me. There are so many emotions running through my body. I’ve been ready for two weeks. We went through the process of camp so that we stayed sharp, but I’ve been ready. I’m a different breed in this sport. 
 
“I’m going to show you domination. I’m going to show you my boxing skill. I’m going to beat him, then knock him out. He’s going to have to back up everything he’s said to promote this fight.”
 
TYSON FURY
 
“It is my anniversary today. It’s been three years since I went to Germany and beat Wladimir Klitschko all over Dusseldorf to becoming heavyweight champion. I’m only three days away from doing the same to the ‘Bronze Bomber’. 
 
“We’ve had a fantastic training camp. We’ve put nine weeks in. I can’t remember a better training camp. We’ve had no injuries and fantastic sparring. I’m here to do a job and enjoy myself.
 
“I hope the boxing fans around the world are going to enjoy this as much as I will. I’ve looked forward to this fight since 2011. On Saturday night, I’m going to finally get my chance to punch him in the face. Deontay Wilder is getting knocked out. 
 
“It’s been a long, hard road. I had many obstacles in the way. My absence from the ring has been well documented, but it’s made me stronger and more determined. I’ve never been as happy during a training camp as I was in this one. 
 
“Having Freddie Roach on the team is fantastic. He’s helped us out a lot in the gym and I’m glad we have him on our side. I’m thrilled to have him.
 
“The fire in me has been lit again. Nothing in life was given to me. I’ve worked for everything I earned. I am the people’s champion and I am the man who gives the people hope. I’m not just fighting for myself. I’m fighting for the millions of people around the world who look to me for inspiration.
 
“I don’t need to beat Deontay Wilder to prove I’m the best. I’m the lineal champion. If Deontay wins, he will be the best, but he’s not going to beat me. I’m the best heavyweight alive, and there’s only one way to get that title. You have to come take it from me. There’s never been a man who could better me in a fight. 
 
“Once I knew that I was going to box again, I knew that I would be heavyweight champion of the world again. I know that it’s destiny. I’m showing up on Saturday night, beating Wilder up and becoming WBC champion.”
 
JAY DEAS, Wilder’s Trainer
 
“These are two very big tall guys, who are also very athletic, and that’s not something you get to see very often. These aren’t bulky guys who are going to hug all night. These guys are coming to fight. It’s going to make it a very exciting night.
 
“Typically Deontay doesn’t fight people as tall as he is, but he always fights people heavier than himself. That’s never been an issue. As far as preparation, we felt that because of Fury’s athleticism, we were better off bringing guys who maybe weren’t as tall, but were very athletic. His prevailing attribute is the athleticism, more so than his height.
 
“It’s been great to see Deontay’s growth over the years. His boxing IQ and maturity level has come so far. He realizes he needs to do what is best for his body each and every day while still getting all of the work done. He’s so much healthier going through the progressions of camp than he ever used to be. He’s really on point with his health, nutrition and workouts. He knows himself so well. 
 
“Deontay and I have been together since his very first day in a boxing gym. We’ve gone through this road together. We had to look up on the internet what someone has to do to make the Olympics. We just had no experience. We’ve been through it all. The ups and the downs. We’re proud to be here and in this position.” 
 
BEN DAVISON, Fury’s Trainer
 
“These men are both so confident and have such high levels of self-belief, that they’re never willing to give an inch. If it was a race to tie their shoelaces, neither one would want to lose. When they get together, it’s just exciting.
 
“I knew that Tyson Fury was elite in every department, but he’s even stronger mentally than I imagined. He’s so confident and relaxed. Deontay will have to convince himself of things that are not true to build confidence. That’s the big difference. 
 
“Freddie Roach is a genuinely great person who’s been very accommodating and helpful while we’ve trained in Southern California. You couldn’t have a better person in the corner than Freddie. He’s a legend in the game and we’re blessed to have him in the corner.”
 
LOU DIBELLA, President of DIBella Entertainment
 
“There’s nothing like a great heavyweight title fight. As goes the division, so goes boxing. There aren’t truer words. I’ll put a great heavyweight fight against any sporting event you can go to in the world. Saturday night at STAPLES Center, we have a great one.
 
“We know that Tyson Fury deserves to be here and that he presents a threat. He’s a great champion who can box. He’s a champion for people who have had to overcome struggles. He’s back to looking better than I’ve ever seen him and he’s an inspiration to a lot of people.
 
“The man I’m lucky to be able to introduce is the best heavyweight in the world. This fight is happening because his team has worked tirelessly for years to get him this kind of opportunity. Finally, on Saturday night, there is a champion brave enough to get in the ring with Deontay Wilder and allow him to realize his dream.
 
“For years Deontay has been speaking to try to get this opportunity. He didn’t have an easy road growing up or getting into this sport. But he’s always believed in himself. He believes he has the strength to overcome all of those obstacles. On Saturday he’s going to receive his just reward.”
 
FRANK WARREN, President of Queensbury Promotions
 
“We’ve got a great fight coming up on Saturday. Team Fury has done a fantastic job getting Tyson Fury into tremendous shape. What’s so significant about this fight is that today is three years to the day when he became heavyweight champion by beating Wladimir Klitschko. He went into his opponent’s backyard and took the title and he intends to do the same on Saturday.
 
“To see where Tyson Fury is at today is a testament to to his character. He’s here as the lineal champion, undefeated in the ring and back to win his title on Saturday.
 
“He’s been a consummate professional in training and he has a formidable opponent with tremendous power. But if boxing was about who was the biggest puncher, you wouldn’t need judges. Styles will make this fight. Tyson has answered a lot of questions already and I know he’s in a great place mentally to finish the job.”
 
STEPHEN ESPINOZAPresident Sports & Event Programming, Showtime Networks Inc.
 
“Heavyweight boxing is back. SHOWTIME has done 13 heavyweight title fights in the last four years, including three this year. I can’t think of two guys I’d rather do a big heavyweight fight like this with than Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury. 
 
“Both of these men have beaten the odds to make it here. Tyson Fury’s obstacles have been well-documented and he will again beat the odds on Saturday night just by making it into the ring.
 
“Who would have thought that when Deontay Wilder picked up gloves at 18-years-old, that he’d be the WBC Heavyweight Champion and headlining a pay-per-view at STAPLES Center, not bad for a kid from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. We’re excited about this fight and we’ll see you on Saturday night.”

Heavyweight Champions Deontay Wilder & Tyson Fury Visit L.A. Firefighters & Invite Them to Saturday’s Heavyweight World Title Fight

WILDER PRESENTS TICKETS TO LAFD FIRE CHIEF AT 
ENGINE 3 HOUSE IN DOWNTOWN L.A. 
&
FURY GIFTS TICKETS TO LA COUNTY FIRE CHIEF AT 
L.A. COUNTY FIRE HEADQUARTERS 
 Photos from Esther Lin/SHOWTIME
 LOS ANGELES WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder and lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury presented tickets for this Saturday’s heavyweight title showdown to area first responders in recognition of the men and women who battled the recent fires in Southern California.
 
Before he meets Fury on SHOWTIME PPV®from STAPLES Center, Wilder delivered tickets for first responders alongside L.A. Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas at LAFD Station 3. Wilder spent time with the first responders and donned the firefighter uniform while conducting interviews.
 
“These men and women risk their lives each and every day,” said Wilder. “When the duty calls, they’re at the top of their game. I really respect the hard work that they do and I’m blessed to be here and be amongst so many brave people. 
 
“I just really appreciate everyone here and I’m looking forward to seeing them at the fight on Saturday night. This donation is for all of the things that they do on a daily basis, and everything they do that people don’t see. They are always ready when the time comes. I know that the city and the state appreciates everything you do.”
 
“We’re very proud to host the champ here at LAFD Station 3,” said Chief Terrazas. “We wish you well and we look forward to celebrating with you on Saturday night. It’s very special that Deontay wanted to come here and recognize all the hard work that these men and women do.”
 
Fury, who spent his training camp Southern California, joined L.A. County Fire Chief Daryl Osby at the L.A. County Fire Department Headquarters to meet with first responders.
 
“These firefighters are heroes who have been out there every day saving lives,” said Fury. “Since I’ve been here I’ve been following the situation and the fantastic job these men and women have been doing. I’m glad to be here to tell them how thankful I am for what they do and help give them a break Saturday night. 
 
“Training in California has really opened my eyes to see so many different cultures and so many different things that are going on here. There’s a lot of homeless people on the streets and when I go home I’m going to build homes for the homeless and set up funds for those in need. Being here has given me that extra push to do more.”
 
“We’re very thankful for these tickets and for the support shown today for our firefighters,” said Chief Osby. “They put their lives on the line to protect our citizens and our community and we’re happy that their efforts are acknowledged.”

Dargan Pounds Out Delgadillio In Decision Win

Lightweight Karl “The Dynamite” Dargan improves to (19-1, 9 KO’s) over Moises Delgadillio with a Unanimous decision after six hardly fought rounds of boxing, All three judges had it 78-73 for Dargan.

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