CANELO ALVAREZ AND DANIEL ‘MIRACLE MAN’ JACOBS NEW YORK CITY PRESS CONFERENCE

 SATURDAY, MAY 4, 2019 AND STREAMED LIVE EXCLUSIVELY ON DAZN

(ABOVE: Canelo Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs face off for the first time ahead of their 

 May 4 showdown at T-Mobile Arena and streamed live exclusively on DAZN)

Photo Credit: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
NEW YORK -Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs), WBC, WBA, Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion, and Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs (35-2, 29 KOs), IBF Middleweight World Champion, hosted a press conference today at Hard Rock Cafe in New York City ahead of their 12-round unification fight during the celebratory weekend of Cinco de Mayo. The champion-vs.-champion event will take place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Saturday, May 4 and will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN.
 
Below is what today’s participants had to say at the event:
CANELO ALVAREZ, WBC, WBA, Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion:
 
“I’ve always liked challenges, and this is not an exception. We know what Daniel Jacobs brings: his ability, his qualities, his talent. He knows how to move well in the ring. We’ll do what we always do to prepare ourselves to the fullest and to give the fans a great fight. This is not going to be an exception and we’re going to come out with our hands raised.”
 
“We know his style is going to be very difficult, very complicated, but at this level, that’s what you have to face. We’re prepared, we’re going to train, and we’re going to work for whatever he’s going to bring.”
 
 “Anything can happen. We’ll go in there looking for the knockout but prepare for the 12 rounds, expecting the unexpected. We’re ready for it.”
DANIEL JACOBS, IBF Middleweight World Champion:
“Much respect to Golden Boy and Canelo for accepting this fight. You’re a true champion and stepping in with another champion says a lot. I tip my hat off to you but I’m looking for a tremendous fight for the fans. Obviously my legacy is on the line. His legacy is already well-established so, for me, it’s about capturing all the titles and solidifying my legacy for my own right.”
 
“I never ever had it easy. I always had the long road, had to jump over hurdle after hurdle after hurdle, and when I step into the ring May 4th, that will be the last hurdle I ever have to step over because I will be declared the unified middleweight champion of the world. We have worked so hard for this moment.”
 
If you understand, boxing styles make fights. You can’t automatically think that because he defeated Golovkin, he’ll beat me. Physically I’m the bigger man. Golovkin was bigger than him and I’m bigger than Golovkin. Rocky was the biggest fighter that Canelo has faced, but he didn’t possess the skill set that I have. So, that’s the difference.”
EDDY REYNOSO, Head Trainer and Manager of Canelo Alvarez:
“After Canelo, the next best middleweight is Daniel Jacobs, and we know it’s going to be a strong fight. This year, we want to sweep the middleweight division and Daniel is in the way, so he’s going to have to lose. We’re going to do what we always do, prepare strong and properly. We won’t take any shortcuts because in 2019, we’re sweeping the division.

JOSE “CHEPO” REYNOSO, Trainer and Manager of Canelo Alvarez:
“We’re happy to be here after Canelo conquered a new division and won the super middleweight title in December. What a better way to announce his next fight being here in New York. We promise that when we have two great fighters, you’re going to get a great fight. Canelo was born for these challenges and to win these challenges.
ANDRE ROZIER, Trainer of Danny Jacobs:
“Canelo and Jacobs are two of my favorite fighters but my son [Jacobs] is my favorite fighter. We’re going to work very hard so that the last hand to be raised will be from the miracle man. He’s hungry to show the world how special he is. He’s done what no other man has done. He fears no man and has no need to. He’s been anointed as elite and come May 4th, Daniel “the miracle man” Jacobs will be the undisputed middleweight champion of the world.
OSCAR DE LA HOYA, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions:
“This fight is important because it will feature two world champions who will unify their titles to demonstrate who is the best at 160 pounds. This battle is also significant because it features two of the most resilient fighters in the history of the sport.”
 
“The best part about this event is it will be streamed live on DAZN. With DAZN, you can watch anytime, anywhere. Together with DAZN, we’re committed to making boxing more accessible and affordable for all fans, without the price of pay-per-view.” 
 
May 4 will be a historic night for Golden Boy and we expect a great performance by our champion Canelo as he delivers a great victory.”
EDDIE HEARN, Managing Director of Matchroom Sport:
“This is an amazing moment for DAZN and fight fans. For a long time, you’ve been paying a lot of money for the super fights and that’s really about to change.”
 
“We have to give a huge amount of credit to Canelo and Oscar and the team. They know how tough this fight is. You see just a little bit of worry…isn’t it great that we have a super fight? Isn’t it great that we have a moment in this sport when two great champions could come together?”
 
“For a long, long time since we signed Daniel Jacobs, he has told me three special words: ‘Bring me Canelo.’ And on May 4, he finally has the chance.”
 
“I have never been so confident in a 50-50 fight. I believe this young man walks with faith and I believe on May 4th, he will become the unified middleweight champion in the world. Faith is a wonderful thing and when you combine it with talent, you can’t beat it.”
JOSEPH MARKOWSKI, Executive Vice President, DAZN North America:
 
“Boxing is having a bit of a moment right now. This fight stands out as the most significant of the calendar year that DAZN will stream exclusively. It’s champion vs. champion, we have a global superstar in Canelo and an inspiring New York story with Jacobs. Having a world class location is just the icing on the cake. With any other network, a fight like this would cost up to $100, and with DAZN we’re having a transformational moment for the business of boxing by offering an affordable viewing option.
Canelo vs. Jacobs is a 12-round fight for the WBC, WBA, Lineal, Ring Magazine and IBF Middleweight World Titles presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Matchroom Boxing. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” and Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle.” The event will take place Saturday, May 4, 2019 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN.

Tickets for Canelo vs. Jacobs are one sale now and are priced at $2,505, $1,505, $1,205, $805, $605, $405, $305, $205 and $105, not including applicable service charges and taxes. There will be a limit of 10 per person at the $2,505, $1,505, $1,205, $805, $605, $405, and $305 price levels with a limit of two (2) per person at the $205 and $105 price levels. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849). Tickets also will be available for purchase at www.t-mobilearena.com or www.axs.com.

WBO #1 Ricardo “Hindu” Espinoza Headlines Friday on Telemundo

Miami, FL: The popular series Boxeo Telemundo Ford continues with a blockbuster card this Friday, March 1st at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.Felix “Tuto” Zabala Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc and Kris Lawrence of The Heavyweight Factory have joined forces once again to bring live televised boxing back to south Florida.

The main event features hard punching WBO #1 rated Latino Champion, Ricardo “Hindu” Espinoza of Tijuana, Mexico set to face rugged veteran Ricardo “El Matematico” Nunez of Panama City, Panama in a bout scheduled for 10 rounds with Espinoza’s WBO Latino title on the line. “Hindu” Espinoza, 21, is boasting a record of 22-2-19 KO’s, having knocked out his past 9 opponents including two of them in title fights. “Hindu” looks to continue his knockout streak as he makes his 3rd appearance on Telemundo Friday night.

The challenger, Ricardo Nunez 29-8-23 KO’s, 31, carries the veteran experience in the fight. Nunez, has contested multiple title opportunities, including two world title fights. Nunez will look to impose his experience Friday night as he makes his 2nd appearance on U.S soil, in his first fight he lost a close split decision to cuban prospect Leduan Barthelemmy (13-0-1).

The Co-Main event of the night is Undefeated prospect Derreck Cuevas (19-0-1-14 Ko’s) of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Cuevas, battles local idol Ed “The Lion” Paredes (38-7-25 KO’s) of Pembrook Pines, Florida in a bout scheduled 10 rounds for the vacant World Boxing Association(WBA) Latin Welterweight title.

Making his return once again to the Telemundo airwaves, unbeaten local prospect Hairon “El Maja” Socarras (20-0-3-13 KO’s) faces his toughest opponent up to date in Carlos “Fino” Ruiz of Mexico City, Mexico. The bout is scheduled for 8 rounds in the featherweight division.

Felix “Tuto” Zabala President of All Star Boxing, INC stated “We are delighted to be back at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in South Florida as we continue to celebrate Boxeo Telemundo 30th anniversary with another spectacular night of boxing”

“Hindu” Espinoza vs “Matematico” Nuñez will air live at 11:35EST on Telemundo

7 more bouts round off the show. Doors Open 6:00PM. First bell at 7:00 PM. Tickets are already on sale at http://www.ticketmaster.com.All Star Boxing, Inc in association The Heavyweight Factory and Telemundo Deportes is presenting the show.

WBO #1 Ricardo “Hindu” Espinoza Headlines Friday on Telemundo

Miami, FL: The popular series Boxeo Telemundo Ford continues with a blockbuster card this Friday, March 1st at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.Felix “Tuto” Zabala Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc and Kris Lawrence of The Heavyweight Factory have joined forces once again to bring live televised boxing back to south Florida. 
The main event features hard punching WBO #1 rated Latino Champion, Ricardo “Hindu” Espinoza of Tijuana, Mexico set to face rugged veteran Ricardo “El Matematico” Nunez of Panama City, Panama in a bout scheduled for 10 rounds with Espinoza’s WBO Latino title on the line. “Hindu” Espinoza, 21, is boasting a record of 22-2-19 KO’s, having knocked out his past 9 opponents including two of them in title fights. “Hindu” looks to continue his knockout streak as he makes his 3rd appearance on Telemundo Friday night.
The challenger, Ricardo Nunez 29-8-23 KO’s, 31, carries the veteran experience in the fight. Nunez, has contested multiple title opportunities, including two world title fights. Nunez will look to impose his experience Friday night as he makes his 2nd appearance on U.S soil, in his first fight he lost a close split decision to cuban prospect Leduan Barthelemmy (13-0-1).
The Co-Main event of the night is Undefeated prospect Derreck Cuevas (19-0-1-14 Ko’s) of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Cuevas, battles local idol Ed “The Lion” Paredes (38-7-25KO’s) of Pembrook Pines, Florida in a bout scheduled 10 rounds for the vacant World Boxing Association(WBA) Latin Welterweight title.
Making his return once again to the Telemundo airwaves, unbeaten local prospect Hairon “El Maja” Socarras (20-0-3-13 KO’s) faces his toughest opponent up to date in Carlos “Fino” Ruiz of Mexico City, Mexico. The bout is scheduled for 8 rounds in the featherweight division.
Felix “Tuto” Zabala President of All Star Boxing, INC stated “We are delighted to be back at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in South Florida as we continue to celebrate Boxeo Telemundo 30th anniversary with another spectacular night of boxing”
“Hindu” Espinoza vs “Matematico” Nuñez will air live at 11:35EST on Telemundo
7 more bouts round off the show. Doors Open 6:00PM. First bell at 7:00 PM. Tickets are already on sale at www.ticketmaster.com.All Star Boxing, Inc in association The Heavyweight Factory and Telemundo Deportes is presenting the show.

LA-CHENKO: Lomachenko Headlines Staples Center Card April 12 Against Anthony Crolla Exclusively on ESPN+

Lomachenko to defend WBO/WBA lightweight titles against WBA No. 1 contender Crolla

Exclusively on ESPN+ at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 12 p.m. PT

LOS ANGELES — After thrilling Big Apple audiences in his last three bouts, Vasiliy “Loma” Lomachenko is ready to bring his lightweight world titles to the City of Angels.

Lomachenko, the pound-for-pound Picasso and the WBA and WBO lightweight world champion, will defend his titles against former lightweight world champion Anthony “Million Dollar” Crolla on Friday, April 12 at Staples Center. In the co-feature, longtime WBO super middleweight world champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez will make his light heavyweight debut against an opponent to be announced in a 10-rounder.

Lomachenko-Crolla and Ramirez’s fight will stream live and exclusively in the United States beginning at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT on ESPN+ — the direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service, which will mark its one-year anniversary since launching on the day of the fight. The entire undercard will also stream live on ESPN+ starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Matchroom Boxing USA, tickets priced at $310.50, $207, $103.50, $77.65, and $51.75 (including facility fees) go on sale Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 12 p.m. PT. Lomachenko’s last headlining appearance in Los Angeles came in August 2017 at the Microsoft Theater when he defended his 130-pound world title against Miguel Marriaga via seventh-round TKO.

“Staples Center is the perfect venue to showcase one of boxing’s great fighters, Vasiliy Lomachenko, who will test himself against a top contender in Anthony Crolla of Great Britain,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum.

“Los Angeles boxing fans are passionate and knowledgeable, and I look forward to putting on a spectacular show for them at Staples Center,” Lomachenko said. “Crolla is my mandatory challenger, and I like that he always comes to fight. He’s going to make the most of this opportunity.”

“I cannot wait for this. These are the fights you are in the sport for,” Crolla said. “People will say that I have got nothing to lose, but I am genuinely going over to LA to shock the world. I will concentrate on me. Firstly, I have to make sure the best Anthony Crolla turns up that night. I’m not worried about that. Preparing for Lomachenko is hard because he’s so unorthodox. He’s that good that when he does something wrong he gets away with it. You wouldn’t teach some of the things that he does. He’s so unique in that respect.”

“I’m delighted that Anthony gets another chance at a world title, this time against pound-for-pound star Vasiliy Lomachenko,” said Eddie Hearn, Managing Director of Matchroom Sport. “After losing his world title to Jorge Linares, Anthony has fought his way back into the mandatory position, and he is more than ready for the challenge. It’s been a fairytale story for him and now he gets another big chance on the big stage in a fight that means everything to him.”

Lomachenko (12-1, 9 KOs) entered the professional ranks following an amateur career that included a pair of Olympic gold medals for his native Ukraine and an unprecedented 396-1 record. He set a boxing record by winning world titles in three weight classes in 12 fights, shattering the previous mark of 20 set by Jeff Fenech 30 years prior. He was named 2017 Fighter of the Year by most boxing outlets after forcing all three of his opponents — Jason Sosa, Marriaga and fellow two-time Olympic gold medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux — to quit on their stools.

In May 2018, he moved up in weight and captured the WBA lightweight title when he rebounded from a torn labrum and a sixth-round knockdown to stop Jorge Linares at Madison Square Garden with a body shot in the 10th round. That December, in front of a sold-out Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden crowd, he scored a pair of knockdowns and won a wide unanimous decision over WBO lightweight champion Jose “Sniper” Pedraza to unify titles.

Crolla (34-6-3, 13 KOs), from Manchester, England, turned pro in October 2006 and won the British lightweight title in 2011. He won the WBA lightweight title with a fifth-round knockout over Darleys Perez in November 2015, knocking Perez out for the count with a vicious left hook to the liver. Crolla defended the belt with an upset seventh-round knockout win against Ismael Barroso, scoring the finishing blow on a right hand to the body. He lost the title via competitive unanimous decision to Linares in September 2016, then lost the immediate rematch by unanimous decision the following March. Crolla earned another world title shot by authoring three consecutive decision wins, including a unanimous decision over former three-weight world champion Ricky Burns in October 2017.

Ramirez (39-0, 25 KOs) is ready to make his mark at light heavyweight after making five successful defenses of his WBO world title. The native of Mazatlán, Mexico, is a 10-year pro who won the world title in April 2016 with a shutout unanimous decision over two-weight world champion Arthur Abraham. In his last bout, Dec. 14 in Corpus Christi, Texas, he closed the show strong and defeated Jesse “Hollywood” Hart via majority decision. Ramirez, who has not ruled out returning to super middleweight to defend his title, also has his sights set on the light heavyweight division’s leading names.

“I am very motivated because of all the new things I have been doing to advance my career,” Ramirez said. “I am very excited to fight at Staples Center for the first time, as I consider Los Angeles my second home. I knew there will be many Latino fans supporting me. I want to become an idol of Mexican boxing, and nothing will stop me as I work to fulfill my dreams. I am also working with a new trainer, Julian Chua, who is pushing me to become the best fighter possible.”

Cusumano wins NBA Heavyweight World Title

The heavyweight co-main event was a wild scene with Sicilian heavyweight Juiseppe Cusumano (18-2, 16 KOs) capturing the vacant National Boxing Association (NBA) World Title by seventh-round knockout over California’s Brendan Barrett (7-3-2) in a fight that featured six knockdowns, one fighter getting tossed out of the ring and a melee at the end following the final blow from Cusumano. 

 

With a six-inch height advantage, Cusumano had trouble letting his hands go against the shorter, stockier Barrett, who kept charging, but would unload with one punch, maybe two, at a time and then clinching to avoid Cusumano’s counter. The 6-foot-4 Sicilian finally found his distance and sent Barrett tumbling to the canvas three times in the fourth round, but not without a complaint from Barrett, who felt Cusumano pushed him in the back of the head.

 

Cusumano eventually sustained a cut on the forehead, which only heightened the intensity as the fight progressed, and the war reached its fever pitch in the fifth when the two became entangled in the middle of the ring and Barrett picked up Cusumano and tossed him through the ropes and onto the scorer’s table. The chaos momentarily unraveled Cusumano, who got caught with an overhand right in the sixth – Barrett’s best punch of the night – and hit the ground halfway through the round. 

 

The shift in momentum was short-lived as Cusumano got his legs back and finally finished the fight for good at the 2:51 mark of the seventh, catching Barrett with a right cross that buckled his opponent’s legs and sent him crashing to the canvas for the fourth time. The referee waved it off, but that was only the beginning and a brawl ensued shortly after the final bell between the respective camps and fans sitting ringside, forcing Twin River security to quiet the storm.

 

Once the dust settled, Cusumano had his third consecutive win and 16th in his last 17 bouts.

 

WEIGHTS FROM TWIN RIVER

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Listed below are weights for all of the participants on Saturday night’s CES Boxing 2019 season opener scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET at Twin River Casino Hotel in Lincoln, R.I.

 

Limited tickets are available online at www.cesboxing.com or www.showclix.com or by phone at 401-724-2253/2254. Doors open at 6 p.m. ET and the first preliminary bout begins at 6:30. VIVE Network TV will stream two bouts for free on Facebook beginning at 8before the 4K televised pay-per-view main card kicks off at 9. Visit https://tickets.vivetv.network to purchase Saturday’s 4K UHD stream.

 

Visit www.cesboxing.com,www.twitter.com/cesboxing or www.facebook.com/cesboxing for more information, or follow CES Boxing on Instagram at @CESBOXING. 

 

JAMAINE ORTIZ

Worcester, Mass.

9-0, 4 KOs

135

 

RICARDO QUIROZ

Oxnard, Calif.

10-0, 5 KOs

135

 

SHELLY VINCENT

New London, Conn.

23-2, 1 KO

126

 

EDINA KISS

Budapest, Hungary

15-9, 9 KOs

126

 

JUISEPPE CUSUMANO

Carini, Sicily

17-2, 15 KOs

234

 

BRENDAN BARRETT

Ventura, Calif.

7-1-2, 5 KOs

231

 

MARCIA AGRIPINO

Ledyard, Conn.

3-1-1

120

 

AMANDA PAVONE

Boston, Mass.

6-0, 2 KOs

121

 

RICKY DELOSSANTOS

Pawtucket, R.I.

6-0, 1 KO

126

 

JAVAR JONES

Anderson, Ind.

7-1, 2 KOs

126

 

MARQUS BATES

Taunton, Mass.

5-2, 3 KOs

145

 

JAIR RAMOS

Waterbury, Conn.

5-2-2, 2 KOs

147

 

LAMONT POWELL

Providence, R.I.

2-0, 1 KO

155

 

KENNETH CHERY

Montreal, Quebec

1-1, 1 KO

154

 

VICTOR REYNOSO

Providence, R.I.

2-0, 2 KOs

153

 

JOHN WILLIAMS

Baton Rouge, La.

1-0, 1 KO

160

 

ARNOLD GONZALEZ

Manhattan, N.Y.

Pro debut

145

 

STACEY ANDERSON

Falls Church, Va.

0-4

144

 

NICHOLAS BRIGGS

Worcester, Mass.

2-0, 2 KOs

141

 

ANDY AIELLO

Bridgewater, Mass.

1-1-1

138

Photo credits: Christian Nuñez

Boxeo Telemundo Weights from Kissimmee

Boxeo Telemundo Weights from Kissimmee

Kissimmee, FL: The popular series Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford will kick off its 2019 spring season this Friday, February 22 at the Osceola Heritage Park Events Center in Kissimmee, Florida. The longest running Boxing series on US Spanish television its also celebrating its 30thAnniversary.

In the main event unbeaten prospect Yomar “The Magic” Alamo of Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico will put his undefeated record on the line against rugged contender Manuel “La Tormenta” Mendez of Los Angeles, California in a bout schedule for 10 rounds for the vacant World Boxing Organization NABO Jr. Welterweight championship. Alamo, 23, has won the WBC Youth and FECARBOX Titles in his young career and in his last fight he knocked out Wilfrido Buelvas in 4 rounds last July 25 on the ESPN undercard of the Masayuki Ito-Christopher Diaz before a sold out crowd in Kissimmee and improved his record to 15-0-12 KO’s. Mendez, 28, has beaten 6 undefeated fighters and in his last outing he lost a highly disputed majority decision to Robert Garcia’s protégé undefeated Jonathan Navarro and his record fell to 16-4-3-11 KO’s.

WBO/NABO Jr. Welterweight Title 10 Rounds

Yomar Alamo: 140

Manuel Mendez: 140

8 Rounds Bantamweight

Antonio Vargas 119

Lucas Baez 118.4

10 Rounds Middleweights

Jonathan Tavira: 161

Carlos Monroe Jr: 162

4 Rounds Lightweights

Oscar Garcia: 137

Linomar Rios: 140

4 Rounds Welterweights

Deron Thompson: 147

Ivan Reyes 144

4 Rounds Featherweights

Dominique Francis: 121

Christian Reed: 124

6 Rounds Lightweights

Pedro Amigon: 138

Emmanuel Morales: 137

First bell at 8:00 PM. Tickets are already on sale at http://www.ticketmaster.comor http://www.ohpark.com. All Star Boxing, Inc in association with Telemundo Deportes and Experience Kissimmee is presenting the show. The Vargas-Baez fight is in association with Top Rank Boxing. Main event will be televised live on Telemundo at 11:35 PM.