Ricardo “Hindu” Espinoza clashes for WBO interim Bantamweight Title

Miami, FL: The busiest contender, WBO Latino Bantamweight Champion Ricardo “Hindu” Espinoza(23-2 20 KO’s) of Tijuana, Mexico has been rewarded for his activity. Espinoza has been the WBO #1 contender for several months now but due to the World Boxing Super Series(WBSS) has been sidelined of his title shot. Today, the WBO Championship Committee has approved his long awaited dream, a chance at the WBO Interim Bantamweight title this Saturday as he squares off against former world champion, #6 contender John Riel Casimero(26-4 17 KO’s) at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson this Saturday as part of Danny Garcia vs Adrian Granados undercard.

“Hindu” Espinoza will be making his 3rd appearance in a span of 5 months, something unusual for a #1 contender. Espinoza is 3-0 with 3 KO’s in his title fights and is currently riding a 10 fight knockout streak dating back to 2017. He add a few words on how he feels going into his title fight.

“I am happy to be fighting for a world title, i have proven that i am ready for the moment” he continued ” i want to thank all my team for making this possible on Saturday night, Tijuana will have a new world champion”

Felix “Tuto” Zabala President of All Star Boxing also stated “We are proud of Espinoza’s progress up to date, he has shown he belongs at the top of the division” he added “We are sure of Espinoza ability and experience in title fights will prevail him victorious on Saturday”

DANIEL ‘MIRACLE MAN’ JACOBS NEW YORK MEDIA WORKOUT

SATURDAY, MAY 4, 2019 AT T-MOBILE ARENA AND LIVE EXCLUSIVELY ON DAZN IN THE US AND ON SKY SPORTS IN THE UK

Photo Credit: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing USA

LONG ISLAND, N.Y. – IBF Middleweight World Champion Daniel

Jacobs (35-2, 29KOs) of Brooklyn, N.Y. hosted a media workout today at CEA Fitness in Long Island, N.Y. ahead of his 12-round unification fight against Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico. Andre Rozier, his trainer, also attended the workout. The event will take place Saturday, May 4 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN.

Here is what today’s participants had to say at the workout:

DANIEL JACOBS, IBF MIDDLEWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION:

“I don’t necessarily think Canelo can bully me. I think that it’s going to be really hard for him being the smaller guy to dictate that. I’m a rough guy when it comes to being in the ring. From the outside looking in, it might look different. But in the ring, I’m a physically big guy with speed and power, so it’s more about the tactics that I choose to use to be victorious.”

“All I see is my hand being raised. I’ve envisioned KOs, decisions, all the positive things. As far as controversy or negativity, him being able to take my punches or push me back, that’s not entered my mind. We only think positively before going into the ring, we’re ready for every possibility, but ultimately, we are on a positive path to victory.”

“Victory would truly show the fans that whether you think I beat Golovkin or not. I am the best Middleweight in the world. I’ve always said that I am the best, and I’ve also always been vocal that the win over Golovkin was taken from me. So, a win over Canelo puts a new idea in the fans’ minds that this guy is the best as he’s proven it against a guy that bean Golovkin – and then I can give Golovkin the rematch and prove that I am better than him.”

“I’ve switched up the sparring partners a lot and we’ve worked a lot on footwork. I’ve been the come-forward aggressor in my previous fights, the power-puncher; Canelo takes a good shot and he’s very elusive with his upper body, so we wanted to make sure we’re faster on our feet, with our hands and with our combinations than in previous fights.”

“I give Canelo all the respect in the world. He’s definitely top-ten, pound for pound. There are some controversial fights that he’s had that where I thought he lost, including both Golovkin fights. But I respect any man that has the courage to fight as this is a kill or be killed sport, but that’s where the respect ends. As far as getting in the ring with him goes, I want to be the victor. I want to take his head off and prove that I am the best gladiator in the world. That’s my true intentions so there’s no respect when it comes to that. But we’re both gentlemen and in my opinion, we’re great ambassadors for the sport. But take that away, and it’s going to be a blood sport in the ring.”

“It’s a little annoying to have to keep talking about the judges and Canelo getting favoritism, but it’s also a fact in most people’s mind so that’s why it comes up so much. I don’t mind answering the questions, but it can be annoying as I don’t want the mindset to be going in there to fight Canelo and the judges. I don’t need any more stress in this fight as Canelo is a force in himself and it’s going to take a lot to figure him out.”

“I study all the fights, and the ones I believed he lost as those are the fighters that showed his bad habits and the opponents were able to exploit them. Canelo has great upper body and head movement, but his legs and his knees don’t hold up well. He doesn’t cut the ring off well like Sergey Derevyanchenko or Golovkin. We look at things like that. I’m one of the longest fighters that he’s faced too, and I’m so fast, so I think I can use all that to my advantage.”

“Sometimes in boxing you have to prove yourself. If you don’t have the name, the power and the brand to really be marketed to the world, you have to work harder to get recognition. I think that with the win over Canelo, I would be given everything I rightfully deserve. The pound-for-pound list doesn’t worry me as that’s for the fans. They can pick and choose who they see fit and who they like. That’s a favoritism thing anyway, so if I’m not the fans favorite after this fight, I’ve got a lot more work to do. I need to not worry about that but concentrate on winning the fight in the ring and the rest will come.”

“Controversy sells but that’s not who I am. That’s not where I came from. I’m not sure if that’s why I am not a household name, but I can’t concentrate on that. I stay true to who I am and how I was raised. I’ll always keep that integrity and try to be a stand-up guy. Also, by having a son, I know he watches everything that I do, and I can’t be acting up and being goofy to get more ratings. Boxing is my job, I have to stay professional and disciplined to get the job done.”

“I never look past any fighter, but it’s absurd that Golovkin and his team would always say that people are fearful of facing them and that they were in it for the love of the sport and to fight the best. Me getting the win over Canelo, you would think that they would want the rematch, but we heard it out of their own mouths that they still wouldn’t want the rematch if I win. They would rather fight Canelo. So, we see from that that boxing is a business. It’s a compliment for sure that he thinks that way. Golovkin knows he lost the fight against me. I saw it in his eyes when they gave me the decision, and he’s never been vocal about giving me the rematch. It’s either been small talk or just swept under the rug. So, for me, I just want to make sure that I not only fight Golovkin again and prove the naysayers wrong, but show him that he knows that I am better than he is.”

“I love energy. Regardless of the fans rooting for Canelo or booing me, I take it and use it as fuel. I want people to chant, roar, raise the roof, it doesn’t matter if it’s for me or against me, I just want that energy in the arena to feed off, and that’s what I am expecting on May 4.”

“I haven’t done anything majorly different than in any other training camp. We’ve had a lot of guys who spar similar to Canelo’s style, and I’ve kept my camp here in New York. We have everything we need here at Competitive Edge Athletics. I’ve been here for six years and this is the biggest fight I’ve ever had. I wanted to be at home and feel that energy from where it all started. I wanted feel the vibes and then go to Las Vegas for the victory.”

“We leave tomorrow, so I’m going to go to Brownsville before I go to get some love to take with me that I was raised from and go out and conquer the world. It’s Brooklyn versus everyone where I’m from. This is the opportunity and my one shot to achieve my dreams. It’s hard to explain the feeling you get of being from Brooklyn, so to go back and feel the love before I go to Vegas is important.”

ANDRE ROZIER, TRAINER OF DANIEL JACOBS:

“This is what we’ve groomed Danny for since he was 13 years old. Now is his time. It’s the biggest fight of his life and one of the biggest and best fights in boxing, and Danny will be the victor on May 4. This is not something that’s just fallen into Danny’s lap as a gift. This is many years of hard work and dedication and now his moment is here.”

“You train fighters to be ready for everything and anything you might get. You never know what Canelo might bring into the ring. He could show something new. So, we’re not training for Canelo the counter-puncher or Canelo the boxer-mover; we’re ready for everything, and there’s no particular way to prepare for that. We just have to stay sharp and smart, and we should be ready for anything.”

“He’s my baby, my boy. Danny showed early that he was elite and special. When he was afflicted with cancer, we thought we were going to lose him. God put his hand on him, kept him with us, and he started coming to the gym. Then, he had this huge brace on and he’d walk down the steps one and a time and the kids would help him. He’d do a little bit of shadow boxing and then a bit on the bag, and every day he would improve until he became a world champion. That’s why I believe that he’s still improving and will unify the titles.”

“Canelo and Golden Boy have been completely professional and great to work with from day one – but now it’s fight time. I know that they are getting ready and we’re getting ready. Danny has never let me down and in Las Vegas he becomes unified middleweight champion of the world. We did the ten pounds to win the IBF title against Sergey, so it won’t be a problem, he’ll make it easily.”

Canelo vs. Jacobs is a 12-round fight for the WBC, WBA, Lineal, Ring Magazine and IBF Middleweight World Titles presented by Golden Boy 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 on sale now and are priced at $2,505, $1,505,

$1,205, $805, $605, $405, $305, and 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. 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 http://www.t-mobilearena.com or http://www.axs.com.

Loma Destroys Crolla In LA

By Damon Gonzalez

Los Angeles, CA. – The WBA/WBO lightweight champion Vasiliy “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko (13-1, 10 KOs) destroyed WBA mandatory challenger Anthony Crolla (34-7-3, 13 KOs) in four one-sided rounds on Friday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in front of 10,101 fans the fight was stopped at .58 seconds of round four by TKO victory.

Welterweight sensation Alexander Busputin (13-0, 9 KO’s) in his USBA defense outworks Alfredo Blanco (20-8, 11 KO’s) by scoring a 10 round unanimous decision victory Judges Official scores 100 90 (2x) 99-91.

Heavyweight Italian puncher Guido Vianello (3-0, 3 KO’s) brings the smoke tonight waisted no time destroying Lawrence Gabriel (3-2-2, 2 KO’s) at the official time of

49 seconds of round one by way of KO victory for Vianello.

Welterweight puncher Ruben Rodriguez (6-0, 2 KO’s) dictates most of the six round affair Rodriguez pulls out the majority decision win over tough Ramel Snegur (3-4-1, 2 KO’s) Judges Official scores 38-38, 39-37, 40-36.

Middleweight Janibek Alimkhanuly (6-0, 2 KO’s) scores a Unanimous Decision victory over Cristian Olivas (16-5, 13 KO’s) Judges Official scores 100-90 (2x) 99-91. in a

WBC Continental Americas

WBO Global Title fight.

Super Lightweight Arnold Barboza, Jr. (21-0, 8 KO’s) proves that he is the real deal by stopping veteran Mike Alvarado (40-5, 28 KO’s) by ways of TKO victory at the official time of

.49 seconds round three for Barbosa.

The WBO super middleweight champ Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (40-0, 26 KOs) made his light heavyweight debut with a fourth round stoppage at the official time of .58 seconds over tough Tommy Karpency (29-7-1, 18 KOs) who didn’t come out his corner for the start of round five.

@trboxing @BobArum @ToddDuboef

@oshaaj @americanlovemachine

@crystinaponcher @4mikeywilliams @mrgardyroots @BruceTrampler @jasonmtang @kornerman44 @espn

#ESPN+ @klimasmanagement

Rodriguez Beats Snegur

By Damon Gonzalez

Los Angeles, CA – Welterweight puncher Ruben Rodriguez (6-0, 2 KO’s) dictates most of the six round affair Rodriguez pulls out the majority decision win over tough Ramel Snegur (3-4-1, 2 KO’s) Judges Official scores 38-38, 39-37, 40-36.

#LomaCrolla

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.

@trboxing @BobArum @ToddDuboef

@oshaaj @americanlovemachine

@crystinaponcher @4mikeywilliams @mrgardyroots @BruceTrampler @jasonmtang @kornerman44 @espn

#ESPN+ @klimasmanagement

Vianello Crushed Gabriel In One Round

By Damon Gonzalez

Los Angeles, CA – Heavyweight puncher Guido Vianello (3-0, 3 KO’s) brings the smoke tonight waisted no time destroying Lawrence Gabriel (3-2-2, 2 KO’s) at the official time of

49 seconds of round one by way of KO victory for Vianello.

#LomaCrolla 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.

@trboxing @BobArum @ToddDuboef

@oshaaj @americanlovemachine

@crystinaponcher @4mikeywilliams @mrgardyroots @BruceTrampler @jasonmtang @kornerman44 @espn

#ESPN+ @klimasmanagement

Zurdo Ramirez finds success In Light Heavyweight Debut

By Damon Gonzalez

Los Angeles, CA – The WBO super middleweight champ Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (40-0, 26 KOs) made his light heavyweight debut with a fourth round stoppage at the official time of .58 seconds over Tommy Karpency (29-7-1, 18 KOs) who didn’t come out his corner for the start of round five.

#LomaCrolla 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.

@trboxing @BobArum @ToddDuboef

@oshaaj @americanlovemachine

@crystinaponcher @4mikeywilliams @mrgardyroots @BruceTrampler @jasonmtang @kornerman44 @espn

#ESPN+ @klimasmanagement

Barbosa JR Stops Alvarado In Three

By Damon Gonzalez

Los Angeles, CA – Super Lightweight Arnold Barboza, Jr. (21-0, 8 KO’s) proves that he is the real deal by stopping veteran Mike Alvarado (40-5, 28 KO’s) by ways of TKO victory at the official time of .49 seconds round three for Barbosa.

#LomaCrolla 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.

@trboxing @BobArum @ToddDuboef

@oshaaj @americanlovemachine

@crystinaponcher @4mikeywilliams @mrgardyroots @BruceTrampler @jasonmtang @kornerman44 @espn

#ESPN+ @klimasmanagement

Vasiliy Lomacheko Ready for STAPLES Center Debut

Lomachenko-Anthony Crolla and Gilberto Ramirez-Tommy Karpency to stream LIVE Friday on ESPN+ beginning at 11 p.m. EST/8 p.m. PST

Arnold Barboza Jr. vs. Mike Alvarado to headline undercard broadcast starting at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST

Photos by Damon Gonzalez Latinbox Sports

LOS ANGELES – WBO/WBA lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko came to Los Angeles to defend his titles. Anthony Crolla hopes to shock the world.

Lomachenko and Crolla faced off for the first time Wednesday at the final press conference two days before their STAPLES Center showdown, which will stream on ESPN+ starting at 11 p.m. EST/8 p.m. PST. In the co-feature, WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez will make his light heavyweight debut against Tommy Karpency in a 10-rounder.

And, in the featured bout on the undercard stream (ESPN+, 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST), former 140-pound world champion Mike Alvarado will take on the unbeaten Arnold Barboza Jr. in a 10-rounder.

This is what the fighters and Top Rank chairman Bob Arum had to say.

Vasiliy Lomachenko

“I saw his fights with Linares. Anthony Crolla has a very defensive style. I have my strategy, and I plan on showing it Friday night. I will find the key to his defense. I have to be aggressive and throw a lot of punches. I want to win and I don’t like to lose. That is my motivation. I always think about the fans and putting on a show in the ring.”

“I need two more belts to become undisputed champion. In my next fight, maybe I will unify with Richard Commey. Everyone asks me about Mikey Garcia, but can he make 135? If he vacates his belt, we will see what happens. If he can cut the weight, I’m ready.”

Bob Arum

“I think this is going to be a very good and interesting fight, but I have to say that any Loma fight is worth watching. It’s the equivalent of watching Picasso do a painting. What a great thrill that would be. It’s a great thrill for people who love boxing to watch this guy fight. It’s something that’s unique. It’s something that we won’t see again for many years. All fans should come out and watch this because this is an artist at work.”

Anthony Crolla

“We always knew the April 12 date was penciled in with the Top Rank team for {IBF lightweight champion} Richard Commey to fight Vasiliy. We also knew it was a very quick turnaround from the Commey-Isa Chaniev fight {on Feb. 2}. I was watching it, and people think I had only seven weeks’ notice, but {trainer} Joe {Gallagher} always stresses the importance of staying in the gym, staying ready. A lot of people think to have only seven weeks to prepare for a guy like Lomachenko isn’t long, but we had a full 12-week camp just in case this popped up. And, lo and behold, after Commey stopped Chaniev, we saw an interview after the fight and his hand was wrapped up. And we thought, ‘Oh, there’s a chance of this happening. I’m thankful for the opportunity, like {Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn} said. And I prepared the best I possibly can. I’m in, without a doubt, the best shape of my life physically and mentally. That’s what it should be in a fight like this.”

“I’ve been loving it over here. I’ve trained here lots of times in the Wild Card and boxed in Las Vegas, but never in LA, so it’s brilliant to be fighting here.”

“This would be the pinnacle of my career and then some. I think we’ll see a bit of everything on the night. I know I am prepared to leave everything in the ring. I’ve got fans, family, friends and gym mates coming to LA to cheer for me and that just spurs me on even more.”

Gilberto Ramirez

“I feel very blessed for all that’s happened. It’s the right moment for me in my career. I am grateful.”

“I can’t wait to put on a great show at STAPLES Center. I’m ready to show the fans what I bring to the ring.”

“I know Tommy is an experienced guy, but if Bob gives me a big fight with Callum Smith at 168, I can make the weight. That would be a fantastic fight.”

Tommy Karpency

“I expect an action-packed fight. He’s an undefeated world champion moving up. I’ve fought a lot of world champions and elite challengers at light heavyweight. Also, I expect an action-packed fight because he lets his hands go and I let mine go a little bit. We’re both southpaws, so that makes for a better flow than righty versus lefty. And we’ll see what happens.”

“Any fight at this level, this is the best in boxing. It can catapult you to whatever. Options are endless {after} winning a fight like this. I’m really not looking past this. These are elite guys all around, so beating him is like beating a world champion from any other division. It’ll be a huge win and a huge opportunity.”

Arnold Barboza Jr.

“We know what Mike brings. I think his time has passed. It’s my time now. Friday night, you’re going to see what we’ve been working on. We’re going to showcase our skills.”

On a potential world title shot in the near future should he win

“This fight is everything to me. A win over Alvarado will assure me that I belong with the top guys. We’re ready to go on Friday.”

“I’m not getting caught up in the moment. At the end of the day, I’m here for business. We can worry about that after.”

Mike Alvarado

On his comeback to boxing after overcoming personal issues

“After God reinvented me and gave me another opportunity {at a} shot at peace, I could’ve never thought {I’d be here}, but being here makes sense. I was born, and I was meant to be here. I’m here, and I’m giving it another shot. I’m going after it.”

On if a win would lead to a world title shot

“I know getting past Barboza would open the doors up and would catapult me to that next level. I’m excited, and I’m focused, and I’ve been working hard. I had great preparation, so everyone will find out. Friday night.”

“It’s going to be a good fight. We’re going to put on a good show.”

“Hot Rod” Kalajdzic Ready For Beterbiev

@hotrodboxing Radivoje “Hot Rod” Kalajdzic getting set to go to war against IBF Light Heavyweight Champion Artur Beterbiev On May 4th

@arturbeterbiev vs. @hotrodboxing

Beterbiev-Hot Rod, Ancajas-Funai and Hometown Hero Gabriel Flores Jr. Headline ESPN Card at Stockton Arena May 4th

LIVE on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT

Entire Undercard LIVE on ESPN+ at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT

IBF light heavyweight world champion Artur Beterbiev, the only current world champion with a 100 percent knockout ratio, will take his iron fists to California for the second defense of his title.

Beterbiev, who recently signed a long-term pact with Top Rank, will face top contender Radivoje “Hot Rod” Kalajdzic in the main event Saturday, May 4 at Stockton Arena. In the co-feature, Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas, the world’s longest-reigning 115-pound world champion, will make the seventh defense of his IBF junior bantamweight title against No. 1 contender Ryuichi Funai.

And, in a six-round lightweight special attraction, 18-year-old Stockton native and blue-chip prospect Gabriel Flores Jr. will face off against Eduardo Pereira.

@trboxing @BobArum @ToddDuboef

@oshaaj @americanlovemachine

@crystinaponcher @4mikeywilliams @mrgardyroots @BruceTrampler @jasonmtang @kornerman44

@dibellaent @loudibella @coachrick_boxing

AMIR KHAN MEETS THE GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS

Khan will challenge Terence “Bud” Crawford for his
WBO welterweight title April 20 at Madison Square Garden

Live on ESPN PPV!

Photo credits: Mikey Williams/TopRank

OAKLAND, Calif. – The “King” of boxing in the United Kingdom met the kings of the NBA.

Before continuing his preparation for his April 20world title showdown against pound-for-pound kingpin Terence “Bud” Crawford, former world champion Amir “King” Khan (33-4, 20 KOs) made a pit stop Monday at the Golden State Warriors practice facility to meet the players and staff of the two-time defending NBA champions.

During his visit, Khan posed for photos and gifted signed gloves for DeMarcus Cousins, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala and head coach Steve Kerr.

Immediately following the Warriors practice, Khan returned to the gym as he prepares to challenge Crawford for his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title at Madison Square Garden. 

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Matchroom Boxing and Khan Promotions, tickets for this world championship event priced at $606, $406, $306, $206, $106, $81, and $56 (including facility fees) 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 or www.MSG.com.