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Confident Williams dedicating first title defense next Saturday to local child who died in tragic drowning
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (Aug. 16th, 2017) — Since setting his sights on becoming a world champion boxer nearly three and a half years ago, Jimmy Williams has never had to look far for motivation.
As a college student in 2008, Williams learned of the tragic passing of his mother, Belinda, found strangled to death behind an abandoned building. The case remains unsolved to this day, but Williams, the reigning, undefeated World Boxing Council U.S. Boxing Council Welterweight Champion out of New Haven, Conn., continues to fight in her memory, hoping one day to find the closure he’s sought for nearly a decade.
Williams’ mother would’ve been proud; the 30-year-old welterweight, a full-time truancy officer in West Haven whose wife is expecting twins in October, boasts a 13-0-1 record as he prepares to defend his title for the first time Saturday, Aug. 26th, 2017 at Foxwoods Resort Casino against Bronx, N.Y., vet Issouf Kinda (18-4, 7 KOs) in the 10-round main event, presented by Williams’ long-time promoter, CES Boxing.
One week from Saturday, he’ll have a second angel on his shoulder when he climbs through the ropes. Williams is dedicating this upcoming fight to the memory of the late Ben Callahan, a 10-year-old boy from nearby Branford who drowned in a drainage pipe one month ago while swimming with his two brothers in the Brandford River.
Williams is close with the family; the father, Dave Callahan, is a personal trainer at Shoreline Athletics CrossFit in Branford, where Williams works on his strength and conditioning. Through the years, Williams formed a strong bond with Ben. They often worked out together when Williams was in town.
“Great kid,” Williams said. “You see the faith of his family. I’m ready to go out here and be a warrior for myself and show that I’ll fight for anybody that’s lost somebody.”
As Williams prepares for the inevitable challenges of fatherhood, it’s impossible to not feel empathy for a family that suffered such a tragic loss. Confident as ever, Williams knows he’s in for the challenge of a lifetime against the 22-fight vet Kinda, but promises to retain his title, even as his challenger threatens to “bring the belt back to the Bronx.”
“I’ll die in that ring before I give up the title,” Williams said. “I train real hard. I know I’m a champion and I know everybody wants to take what’s mine and what I’ve worked hard for.
“I know where I came from. Nobody’s going to take this. I’m going to show on the 26th why I’m undefeated and why I’ve got the belt.”
The Aug. 26th extravaganza is a rare double-feature; the live boxing event, which features eight bouts, begins at 6 p.m. ET at The Premier Ballroom, and all fans who purchase a ticket receive free entry next door at the Grand Theater for the live Pay Per View showing of the Floyd Mayweather–Conor McGregor fight in Nevada later that night.
“This is the only place in the world you can see both live boxing and the most talked-about fight in years in one place for just one price,” CES Boxing president Jimmy Burchfield Sr. said.
Tickets are priced at $55, $90, $155 and $325 and can be purchased online at www.cesboxing.com, www.foxwoods.com, or www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 401-724-2253 or 800-200-2882 or at the Grand Theater Box Office. All $55, $90 and $155 tickets offer buyers a reserved ticket to the Mayweather-McGregor PPV. A $325 ticket purchase includes preferred seating. All bouts are subject to change.
Tickets for the closed-circuit event only can be purchased online at www.foxwoods.com, by phone at 800-200-2882 or through any Ticketmaster location.
As an added bonus, the entire eight-fight card at The Premier Ballroom, presented by CES Boxing, will stream live on Facebook, free of charge, as part of the FIGHTNIGHT LIVE Facebook Series.
Williams’ title defense against the dangerous Kinda comes four months after the New Haven welterweight captured the WBC USNBC title with a resounding win over Nick DeLomba in Rhode Island. Williams has won nine consecutive bouts since his lone blemish, a draw against New Jersey’s Greg Jackson in 2013.
Kinda, a former North American Boxing Organization (NABO) lightweight and WBC Continental Americas super lightweight title contender, handed New England prospect Zach Ramsey his first career loss in May of 2016 and has tangled with the best in the light welterweight division, among them unbeaten Jose Carlos Ramirez, Ismael Barroso and Mike Arnaoutis, whom be defeated by unanimous decision in 2012.
USNBC title-holders have enjoyed great success in their careers. Nine current or former title-holders have gone on to win world titles and 28 others have fought for a major world championship. Since capturing the title in April, Williams has risen to No. 12 among welterweights in the North American Boxing Federation (NABF) rankings.
“He’s a warrior, just like myself,” Williams said of Kinda. “He didn’t come to lose. He came to take whatever’s mine. He knows if he beats me, it puts him back on a roll. He’ll be in grea shape. I’m just ready to go ahead and make the right adjustments and go out and win this fight, somehow, some way.
“It won’t be a walk in the park, but at this level where I’m at now, no fight will be a walk in the park.”
Also on Aug. 26th, both Sicilian heavyweight Juiseppe Angelo Cusumano (11-1, 9 KOs), a.k.a. “Rocky,” and standout Worcester lightweight Jamaine Ortiz (4-0, 3 KOs), who competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials in Reno in 2015, make their Foxwoods’ debuts in separate bouts.
The Foxwoods undercard also includes a six-round junior welterweight showdown between unbeatens Cristobal Marrero (4-0, 3 KOs) of New London, Conn., and Springfield, Mass., native Miguel Ortiz (2-0, 1 KO), plus a cruiserweight showdown between Richard Rivera (2-0, 2 KOs) of Hartford, Conn., and eight-time Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) vet Leandro Silva of Sao Paolo, Brazil, an intriguing, four-round crossover bout following in the footsteps of Mayweather-McGregor.
Aug. 26th also features a four-round middleweight bout between Hartford’s Jose Rivera (3-1, 3 KOs) and North Carolina vet Corwin Farmer (1-1), plus the professional debut of super middleweight Jarel Pemberton of Boston, the son of former world-title challenger “Sandman” Scott Pemberton, in a four-round bout against Nathan Schulte (0-2) of Woburn, Mass. Hartford welterweight Jeff Gonzalez, a two-time Western New England Golden Gloves champion, will make his professional debut in a separate four-round bout.
Oddsmakers favor Floyd Mayweather big over Conor McGregor going into their August 26, 2017 battle
Story by John and Alex Rinaldi
While out in Las Vegas watching the fighters train, we checked on the odds on the upcoming contest between the undefeated Floyd “Money” Mayweather vs. Conor “The Notorious” McGregor, and the “money” appears to be clearly on Floyd to defeat the Irishman rather easily.
Although the “fight” on paper appears to be a mismatch, it should be a pay-per-view blockbuster since Mayweather is the reigning boxing PPV king, while McGregor has headlined four of the six highest PPV events in the history of the UFC.
The bout will take place on Saturday, August 26, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
In two different sports books in Las Vegas, we saw the following odds favoring Mayweather to win:
At the MGM Resorts International Race & Sports:
At the Venetian/Palazzo Sports Book:
Interesting are the following odds:
Will Go/Won’t Go 9 Full Rounds Proposition
Will Go 9 Full Rounds +130
Won’t Go 9 Full Rounds -160
McGregor By Knockout 5/1
McGregor By Decision 13/1
Mayweather By Knockout -170
Mayweather By Decision – Even
Pick the K.O. Round Proposition
McGregor by KO in Round 1: 25/1
McGregor by KO in Round 2: 22/1
McGregor by KO in Round 3: 25/1
McGregor by KO in Round 4: 28/1
McGregor by KO in Round 5: 25/1
McGregor by KO in Round 6: 28/1
McGregor by KO in Round 7: 25/1
McGregor by KO in Round 8: 25/1
McGregor by KO in Round 9: 30/1
McGregor by KO in Round 10: 30/1
McGregor by KO in Round 11: 50/1
McGregor by KO in Round 12: 60/1
Mayweather by KO in Round 1: 15/1
Mayweather by KO in Round 2: 12/1
Mayweather by KO in Round 3: 10/1
Mayweather by KO in Round 4: 10/1
Mayweather by KO in Round 5: 12/1
Mayweather by KO in Round 6: 12/1
Mayweather by KO in Round 7: 12/1
Mayweather by KO in Round 8: 10/1
Mayweather by KO in Round 9: 10/1
Mayweather by KO in Round 10: 17/1
Mayweather by KO in Round 11: 17/1
Mayweather by KO in Round 12: 20/1
What those numbers show is that it is highly unlikely that McGregor will be scoring a knockout and that the oddsmakers feel that Mayweather could stop his foe in Rounds 3, 4, 8 and 9. The highest odds for this category is either fighter scoring a final round knockout.
Other interesting categories of betting on this fight are:
Fight Ends In Odd Or Even Round Number Proposition
Odd Round Number +140
Even Round Number -160
Wins BY KO/TKO/DQ In Which Round Proposition
McGregor Round 1-4: 10/1
McGregor Round 5-8: 17/1
McGregor Round 9-12: 20/1
Mayweather Round 1-4: 9/2
Mayweather Round 5-8: 17/1
Mayweather Round 9-12: 7/2
Will Floyd Mayweather Win By Disqualification?
Will Conor McGregor Get Knocked Down?
Will Floyd Mayweather Get Knocked Down?
Will The Fight Go the Distance? (12 Full Rounds)
Will The Fight Go At Least 2 Full Rounds?
Will The Fight Go At Least 4 Full Rounds?
Will The Fight Go At Least 6 Full Rounds?
Will The Fight Go At Least 10 Full Rounds?
So those are the various betting odds for this matchup. If one feels that McGregor can pull off a miracle win, then go for the big odds. If one believes that Mayweather is a sure thing to win, then it would be interesting to choose the various scenarios for him to win and what round.
We believe that the biggest betting will be those picking what round Mayweather would KO his adversary in.
Our prediction is that Mayweather will give the fans a show for the first six rounds, and then get down to business and finish off McGregor anywhere from Rounds 7 to 9.
Good luck out there!
MAYWEATHER vs. McGREGOR MEDIA DAYS VIA SATELLITE & YOUTUBE
THURSDAY: Floyd Mayweather At 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT
FRIDAY: Conor McGregor At 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT
Live Coverage Available For All News Outlets; Satellite Coordinates, Embed Codes & Instructions To Download Promotional B-Roll Are Below
WHAT: SHOWTIME Sports will present live HD Satellite and Internet coverage from Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor Media Days as the boxing legend and UFC superstar open their training camps in preparation for their August 26 SHOWTIME PPV® blockbuster from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Satellite coordinates, YouTube links/embed codes, and instructions to download past-fight, workout and lifestyle b-roll footage are included below. All Footage must credit SHOWTIME.
THURSDAY – Floyd Mayweather Media Day:
5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT From Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas
Satellite Window: 5 p.m. PT/2 p.m. PT to 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. Approx. 60 Minutes
Satellite Coordinates: Galaxy 25, Transponder 14K Slot AB; Location: 93 degrees west; Bandwidth: 18 MHz; Uplink Freq: 14262 Mhz V; Downlink Freq: 11962 Mhz H; Video: HD 1080i/59.94; Compression: MPEG 2; Chroma: 4:2:0; Modulation: DVBS-2, 8PSK; FEC Rate: 2/3; Symbol Rate: 15.0 Msym/s; Data Rate: 29.709543 mbps; Audio PID(s): 256: Ch. 1: Mono; Ch. 2: Mono
YouTube Link: http://s.sho.com/2uGDwY7
YouTube Embed Code:
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FRIDAY – Conor McGregor Media Day
6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT From UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas
Satellite Window: 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT to 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. Approx. 60 Minutes
Satellite Coordinates: Galaxy 25, Transponder 14K Slot AB; Location: 93 degrees west; Bandwidth: 18 MHz; Uplink Freq: 14262 Mhz V; Downlink Freq: 11962 Mhz H; Video: HD 1080i/59.94; Compression: MPEG 2; Chroma: 4:2:0; Modulation: DVBS-2, 8PSK; FEC Rate: 2/3; Symbol Rate: 15.0 Msym/s; Data Rate: 29.709543 mbps; Audio PID(s): 256: Ch. 1: Mono; Ch. 2: Mono
YouTube Link: http://s.sho.com/2vPrbpI
SHOWTIME Sports BOX LINK: https://cbs.box.com/s/ogkrd7925aoahng4a4vy8yp4au5z83sv
Available B-Roll Footage Includes:
- Mayweather vs. McGregor World Tour Highlights
- Floyd Mayweather: Past-fight highlights, Workout & Lifestyle footage
- Conor McGregor: Past-fight highlights & Lifestyle footage
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MAYWEATHER vs. McGREGOR
Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor is a 12-round super welterweight matchup that pits the legendary boxer Mayweather against the all-time MMA great McGregor in the main event of an unprecedented four-fight pay-per-view boxing event. Mayweather vs. McGregor takes place on Saturday, August 26 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The event is produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV and promoted by Mayweather Promotions.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING
RETURNS TO LOS ANGELES THIS WEEK!
WBO JR. LIGHTWEIGHT WORLD TITLE RUMBLE
VASYL LOMACHENKO VS. MIGUEL MARRIAGA
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RAY BELTRAN VS. BRIAN VASQUEZ
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LOS ANGELES (August 3, 2017) — Two-division world champion and pound for pound superstar VASYL “Hi-Tech” LOMACHENKO returns to a Los Angeles ring for the first time in over three years when he headlines an all-action card, This Saturday! August 5, at Microsoft Theater, located at LA Live! Lomachenko will be defending his World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior lightweight world title against two-time world title challenger and Top-10 contender MIGUEL “Escorpión” MARRIAGA. The co-main event will feature three-time world title challenger and top-rated lightweight contender RAY “Sugar” BELTRAN defending his NABF and NABO lightweight titles against former two-time interim World Boxing Association (WBA) super featherweight world champion and the current WBA No. 1 contender BRYAN VASQUEZ. The four gladiators boast a combined professional record of 102-12-1 (67 KOs).
Both title fights will be televised live and exclusively at 10 p.m. EDT on ESPN and ESPN Deportes and stream live on the ESPN app.
The non-televised undercard will feature the professional debut of 2016 U.S. Olympian and Los Angeles native MIKAELA MAYER in her first hometown fight since 2008. She will fight in a four-round lightweight bout.
Promoted by Top Rank®, remaining tickets to the Lomachenko vs. Marriaga / Beltran vs. Vasquez championship event are priced at $130, $105, $80, $55 and $30. They may be purchased at microsofttheater.com, AXS.com, by phone at 888-929-7849 or at the STAPLES Center Box Office.
For more information visit: www.toprank.com, www.espn.com/boxing;Facebook facebook.com/trboxing, facebook.com/trboxeo, facebook.com/espndeportes; Twitter twitter.com/trboxing, twitter.com/trboxeo, @ESPN @ESPNBoxeo @ESPNDeportes. Use the hashtags #LomachenkoMarriaga and BeltranVasquez to join the conversation on Twitter.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Aug. 3rd, 2017) — Two titans of the combat sports industry over the last quarter century, CES Boxing and Foxwoods Resort Casino, team up to bring fight fans an epic night of live championship boxing combined with one of the most highly-anticipated events in the sport’s history.
CES Boxing returns to Foxwoods’ The Premier Ballroom on Saturday, Aug. 26th, 2017 as New London, Conn., native Jimmy Williams (13-0-1, 5 KOs) defends his World Boxing Council U.S. National Boxing Council (WBC USNBC) Welterweight Title against Bronx, N.Y., vet Issouf Kinda (18-4, 7 KOs) just hours before the live showing of the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor bout in Nevada at Foxwoods’ Grand Theater.All fight fans who purchase a ticket to Williams-Kinda receive free entry into the exclusive Pay Per View showing of Mayweather-McGregor beginning at 9 p.m. ET. Tickets are priced at $55, $90, $155 and $325 and can be purchased online at www.cesboxing.com, www.foxwoods.com, or www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 401-724-2253 or 800-200-2882 or at the Grand Theater Box Office. All $55, $90 and $155 tickets offer buyers a reserved ticket to the Mayweather-McGregor PPV. A $325 ticket purchase includes preferred seating. All bouts are subject to change.
Tickets for the closed circuit event only can be purchased online at www.foxwoods.com, by phone at 800-200-2882 or through any TicketMaster location.
The live card at The Premier Ballroom also airs live in its entirety on FITE TV Pay Per View for just $14.99 beginning at 6 ET / 3 PT. This landmark event continues the year-long 25th anniversary celebrations for CES Boxing and Foxwoods, which both began operations in 1992; fittingly, both CES and Foxwoods featured the legendary “Sucra” Ray Oliveira of New Bedford, Mass., a member of the CES Ring of Honor, in its inaugural events, the beginning of a long, successful partnership between the two entities.
The tradition continues Aug. 26th as CES brings its brand of competitive, evenly-matched fights to the region’s preeminent combat sports destination while offering true fight fans a once-in-a-lifetime experience featuring the pageantry and splendor of professional boxing on all levels.
“No promoter has brought more events to Foxwoods Resort Casino than CES Boxing,” CES president Jimmy Burchfield Sr. said, “so it’s only fitting we return as we both celebrate our 25th anniversaries.
“Where else on Aug. 26th can you witness live boxing along with one of the most talked-about Pay Per View events in combat sports history in the same venue for just one price?”
“Jimmy Burchfield has been a legend in boxing throughout New England for 25 years, so it’s only fitting he deliver yet another unforgettable boxing card to Foxwoods Resort Casino as we celebrate our 25th anniversary,” said Monique Sebastian, Foxwoods’ vice president of entertainment and entertainment marketing. “We are proud to have had Jimmy as a partner since day one and to have hosted many of his marquee events right here at the ‘Fight capital of the Northeast.'”
The Williams-Kinda 10-round headliner promises fireworks in the welterweight division as the unbeaten Williams faces his toughest test to date against the 29-year-old Kinda, a veteran of 22 professional fights and a former North American Boxing Organization (NABO) lightweight and WBC Continental Americas super lightweight title contender who boasts wins over Philadelphia vet Mike Arnaoutis and previously-unbeaten Zack Rasmey.
Williams is coming off his most impressive win to date, a dominant, 10-round unanimous decision victory over Rhode Island’s Nick DeLomba in April to capture the then-vacant WBC USNBC crown. The 30-year-old Williams, a full-time truancy officer for the West Haven school department, returns to his home base at Foxwoods – where he owns a 3-0 lifetime record – for the first time since July of 2016.
The preliminary card features several Connecticut standouts, among them New London junior welterweight Cristobal Marrero (4-0, 3 KOs), and cruiserweight Richard Rivera (2-0, 2 KOs), junior middleweight Jose Rivera (3-1, 3 KOs) and junior welterweight Jonathan Figueroa (2-1, 1 KO) of Hartford.
Marrero battles Springfield, Mass., native Miguel Ortiz (2-0, 1 KO) in a six-round battle of unbeatens, a bout originally scheduled for June before Ortiz suffered a shoulder injury in training camp, while Rivera faces his toughest test to date against Auburn, Maine, vet Cristiano Pedro (1-1).
The Aug. 26th preliminary card also features the Foxwoods debut of 6-foot-4 Sicilian heavyweight Juiseppe Cusumano (11-1, 9 KOs), who recently returned from an eight-month layoff in June with a devastating second-round knockout win over veteran Dan Biddle, his ninth consecutive victory.
The relationship between CES and Foxwoods over the past 25 years includes some of the region’s greatest fights and fight cards, a total of 30 events spanning a quarter century.
The highlights include Oliveira’s thrilling majority-decision win over Vince Phillips on ESPN in 2000; Oliveira’s record-setting ESPN showdown with Ben Tackie in 2001, which included 2,729 total punches, the third most punches thrown in a fight; a classic back-and-forth war between “Sandman” Scott Pemberton and Omar Sheika on ESPN in 2003; plus the WBC World Super Middleweight Championship between Eric Lucas and Rhode Island’s Vinny Paz in 2002, followed two years later by Paz’s historic 50th win over Tocker Pudwill.
In 2007, junior welterweight sensation Jaime Clampitt defeated female boxing pioneer Jane Couch for the vacant International Women’s Boxing Federation (IWBF) world title, a card headlined by a thrilling super middleweight bout between Rhode Island icon Peter Manfredo Jr. and David Banks, also on ESPN. Three years later, CES Boxing ushered in a new decade of excellence at Foxwoods with a sold-out crowd at The Fox Theater to witness the highly-anticipated rematch between Connecticut fan-favorite Tony Grano and New Jersey heavyweight “Oak Tree” Mark Brown. Foxwoods was also the home of eight of the first 15 career bouts for former light heavyweight world champion and New Haven native Chad Dawson, who rose to prominence in the early 2000s under the guidance of Burchfield and CES Boxing.
Fight fans can stream the entire Aug. 26th event live on their television by downloading the FITE app free from iTunes or Google Play and using the instant stream-to-TV function for full-screen viewing, or watch online from any device at www.fite.tv. The FITE app also works with any Wi-Fi connected TV, iOS and Android devices, as well as streaming devices such as Roku, Chromecast and more. Replays will be available for those unable to watch live.
IOC to contribute USD 1.8 billion to the local Organizing Committee
July 31 -In line with Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC is pleased to release today the Host City Contract 2028 following the declaration of candidature by the Los Angeles Olympic and Paralympic Candidature Committee for the Olympic Games 2028. In it, the IOC stipulates that it will make contributions to the Organizing Committee representing an overall estimated value of USD 1.8 billion.
In comparison to the Host City Contract 2024, the IOC is making two major changes: the IOC will advance funds to a Los Angeles Organizing Committee in view of the longer planning period and to increase participation and access to youth sports programs in the City of Los Angeles in the years leading up to the Games.
The IOC welcomes this decision of the Los Angeles Olympic and Paralympic Candidature Committee. and we are pleased to release the Host City contract 2028 in a transparent and timely manner, said IOC President Thomas Bach. Los Angeles presented an excellent candidature that embraces the Olympic Agenda 2020 sustainability priorities by maximising the use of existing facilities and encouraging the engagement of more youth in the Olympic Movement. Therefore, we are very happy that, as part of this Host City Contract, we are able to increase the access of the citys youth to sport, and encourage the healthy lifestyle of Angelenos for the next 11 years. We are very confident that we can reach a tripartite agreement under the leadership of the IOC with LA and Paris in August, creating a win-win-win situation for all three partners. This agreement will be put forward to the IOC Session in Lima in September for ratification.
The IOC will continue to work in close collaboration with Los Angeles in the lead-up to the possible ratification of the tripartite agreement by the full IOC membership at the 131st IOC Session in Lima, Peru, in September 2017.
Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor World Tour Hits Fever Pitch at New York City Press Conference
By Joseph Rinaldi
NEW YORK (July 13, 2017) – Day three of their blockbuster world tour sawboxing legend Floyd Mayweather and UFC superstar Conor McGregor continue to trade verbal jabs as the global stars went face-to-face in front of over 13,000 fans at Barclays Center ahead of their Aug. 26 showdown on SHOWTIME PPV from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. After filling venues in Los Angeles and Toronto, an electric crowd greeted the two fighters Thursday as Mayweather and McGregor picked up right where they left off, building on the two increasingly combative press conferences held Tuesday and Wednesday.The world tour concludes on Friday when the fighters travel to The SSE Arena, Wembley in London. Here is what the fighters had to say Thursday:
“I knew that this was going to be a huge event. We had to give the people what they wanted to see and if we break the PPV record, all I’ll be doing is breaking my own record. “I’m just thankful to be in this position. To be at this age and compete against young guys, it’s a blessing. He’s bigger, he has a longer reach and I’ve been inactive. Plus, we’ve never seen him lose standing up. He feels like he’s the best. I was the best when I was competing. So I think I had to come back for this last hurrah. “Even though I haven’t been competing in boxing, you still have young guys calling me out all the time. Even the MMA fighters call me out. “My thing is that either I’m going to get him, or he’s going to get me. The outcome is going to be what it’s going to be. Once you have that mindset, you’re going to be okay. He’s coming for me and I’m coming for him. “Nobody knows that squared circle like me. I know angles. I know where to touch you at. I know what you don’t like. I don’t have to watch your tapes. That’s something I’m blessed with. But, he’s unorthodox. So it’ll definitely be something different in the ring. I just have to keep my composure. “I have to stand up for the Americans and the American fight fans. He represents his country and I represent the red, white and blue. I represent everyone in this country.”I’ve been doing this for 21 years in five weigh classes. I’ve never quit.”
“Floyd saying he’s going to knock me out is the funniest comment of the whole tour. I hope he comes for it and I hope he brings it. I’ll be prepared for anything and anticipate whatever he brings. “I’m in great shape, that’s why I’m not wearing a shirt. I’m in shape to fight right now. I don’t have a nick on my body right now. I’m going to be 100 percent on fight night. “I have a very high fight IQ. I understand when to go and when not to. Only me and the opponent can see these details. I’m very confident whether it’s in a ring or an octagon. “The rounds are two minutes shorter than I’m used to and there’s a lot less action than I’m used to. He’s going to feel like he’s wrestling a bear when we tie up for the first time. He’s too small. I’m going to have my way with him. “I know every shot he throws. I know what to expect. He fights the same every time. So we’re preparing. But he knows nothing about me. He has no idea how I’m going approach him. “I’m not tired of this. It’s really a lot of fun. We’ll keep it professional for now. I could never get tired of this. It’s such a great time to be a fight fan. “Floyd is saying a lot about me tapping out, but he’s never had a true fight. He knows nothing about the game that I’m involved with. We’ll see who is quitting on Aug. 26. “To come back here in New York, where I
made history and become the first fighter in UFC history to win
titles simultaneously, I’m blown away by the support.”
MAYWEATHER vs. MCGREGOR
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In loving memory of Eddie Lopez
Please help us to remember our father, brother, uncle, and champion, Edward Richard Lopez otherwise known as The Handsome Heavyweight, Eddie “The Animal” Lopez. He will not only be remembered for his boxing career, but also for the wonderful memories he shared with his family, friends, and strangers too lol. He was a man of many words. His stories were extraordinary. Not to mention his jokes that made everyone smile. He was unstoppable and always fought the battle til the very end. He loved all of his children and grandchildren. His legacy will remain in our hearts for eternity. He wasn’t like any one else and that’s what made him special.
Any donations and prayers will be greatly appreciated. Please share this with your family and friends if you can. Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts.
– The Lopez family
Eddie Lopez retired with a final record of 25-4-2. Lopez lost to top heavyweights Tony Tucker, Gerry Cooney, Big John Tate and Marty Monroe. The ‘Animal’ had a draw with Leon Spinks and beat South African Jimmy Abbott, who was 12-0 at the time.
IOC makes historic decision in agreeing to award 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games at the same time
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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today unanimously agreed in principle to award both the Olympic Games 2024 and 2028 at the same time, paving the way for a “win-win-win” situation for the Olympic Movement, Los Angeles and Paris.
The 130th IOC Session met today at the SwissTech Convention Centre in Lausanne to discuss the proposal made by the IOC Executive Board on 9 June.
The IOC membership approved the following proposal:
“Recognising the exceptional circumstances and unique opportunities presented by the candidatures of Los Angeles and Paris for the Olympic Games 2024, the International Olympic Committee takes the following decision:
- To authorise the IOC Executive Board to conclude a tripartite agreement with Los Angeles and Paris and their respective NOCs for the simultaneous election of the host cities of the Olympic Games 2024 and 2028 during the 131st IOC Session in Lima;
- Should such tripartite agreement be concluded, the 131st IOC Session will ratify the tripartite agreement, thereby electing one city for the Olympic Games 2024 and the other city for the Olympic Games 2028. To that effect, the 130th IOC Session hereby waives the seven-year deadline set out in Rule 33.2 of the Olympic Charter; and
- Should such tripartite agreement not be concluded, the 131st IOC Session will proceed with the election of the host city 2024 in accordance with the current election procedure.”
Seconds after this decision, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo signalled their desire to reach an agreement by making a surprise joint appearance before the Session to thank IOC Members.
Earlier in the day, the delegations of Los Angeles 2024, led by Mayor Garcetti, and Paris 2024, led by the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, made outstanding and emotional presentations at the 2024 Candidate City Briefing.
IOC President Thomas Bach called the IOC decision a “golden opportunity” for all concerned.
“Ensuring the stability of the Olympic Games for 11 years is something extraordinary,” the IOC President said later at a press conference with the two mayors and leaders from the two candidatures. “That is why we say this is a great day for the Olympic Games and the Olympic Movement, and it’s a great day also for these two wonderful cities, these two great Olympic cities,” he stressed.
President Bach added that it was only the second time he had been stunned into momentary silence by good news, the first being after he was elected IOC President in 2013.
The two mayors said they were eager to start their discussions over which city would go first and expressed confidence that they can reach an agreement.
“In Olympic history there’s only been 37 times in which there has been a tie for a gold medal. Maybe today is the 38th,” Mayor Garcetti said. “For Los Angeles, it’s a golden opportunity, one that we don’t take lightly.”
Mayor Hidalgo said: “I am fully committed with the Paris team to putting all my energy, our creativity and my resolve into reaching an agreement for Paris to experience once again this Olympic adventure that it has been longing for for 100 years.”
French President Emmanuel Macron said earlier that he had signalled his support for a dual award even before the IOC formally approved the concept.
“We are ready to work with them on this ‘win-win-win’ approach,” President Macron said.
July 10 – OC nominates six representatives to form the Election Committee
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board today approved the candidatures of six winter sports athletes for the IOC Athletes’ Commission elections, which will be held during the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 next February.
Welcoming this approval, current Chair of the Commission Angela Ruggiero said: “I am delighted with the calibre of candidates running for a place in the IOC Athletes’ Commission. I have every confidence in each candidate to strongly represent athletes in the Olympic Movement and continue the excellent work of the IOC Athletes’ Commission to date. I wish all of them the best of luck, and urge all Olympians competing in PyeongChang next year to vote for the candidates they wish to represent them on the IOC.”
Nominated by their respective National Olympic Committees (NOCs), the candidates vying for two available positions originate from three continents and represent five different sports.
The candidates* are: Astrid Uhrenholdt JACOBSEN (NOR) (skiing/cross-country); Ander MIRAMBELL (ESP) (skeleton); Kikkan RANDALL (USA) (skiing/cross-country); Emma TERHO (FIN) (ice hockey); Hong ZHANG (CHN) (skating/speed-skating); and Armin ZOEGGELER (ITA) (luge).
Two seats on the Commission will become available in 2018, with current Chair Angela Ruggiero and member Adam Pengilly finishing their terms of office next February. All athletes participating in the next Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang will be eligible to vote for their preferred candidates. After approval by the IOC Session, the two elected Olympians will become IOC Members for an eight-year term.
Find the list of candidates (*in alphabetical order) and their biographies here.
Six representatives have been nominated by the IOC President to form the Election Committee to oversee the IOC Athletes’ Commission election. The Committee is composed of: Nicole Hoevertsz (Chair of the IOC Election Committee and representing the IOC Legal Affairs Commission); Pierre-Olivier Beckers-Vieujant (representing the IOC Ethics Commission); James Tomkins (representing the IOC Athletes’ Commission); Dagmawit Girmay Berhane (representing the IOC Members Election Commission); Ivo Ferriani (representing the Association of International Olympic Winter Federations (AIOWF)); and Mikaela Cojuangco Jaworski (representing ANOC).
The Election Committee will be responsible for ensuring that the procedures and regulations are followed at all times as well as certifying the final vote count.
A joint meeting to discuss future strategies
Following the candidatures’ approval, the IOC Athletes’ Commission joined the Executive Board for a joint meeting in order to discuss the development and implementation of their future strategy.
“Our mission is to represent athletes within the Olympic Movement and support them to succeed on and off the field of play,” explains Angela Ruggiero. “Today, we discussed the key challenges of the Olympic Movement relating to athletes and highlighted the ways in which our strategy would help address these points. I look forward to building on this incredible momentum and maximising the positive impact we can make on behalf of athletes and the Olympic Movement.”
Throughout the strategy development process, the IOC Athletes’ Commission has engaged with a number of stakeholders and partners, including IOC leadership, International Federations and Continental Associations Athletes’ Commissions, to mention but a few.
Vice-Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission Tony Estanguet said: “We recognise that the Olympic Movement is not free of challenges, and the IOC Athletes’ Commission has been, and continues to be, key to addressing issues such as doping.”
He added: “We are absolutely delighted to have the full support of the IOC President and IOC Executive Board, and very much recognise the fundamental role of the Olympic Movement stakeholders in the successful delivery of our strategy. We look forward to continuing our strong partnership and collaboration with all stakeholders to ensure that we can serve our peers in the best possible way.”
The IOC Athletes’ Commission will finalise its strategy over the coming months, and it will be formally presented for approval by the IOC Executive Board this September.
An active Commission for and by athletes
Reflecting the Olympic Agenda 2020 aim of placing the athletes at the heart of the Olympic Movement and strengthening the support to athletes, the IOC Athletes’ Commission serves as a link between athletes and the IOC. The majority of members of the Commission are elected directly by Olympic athletes and act as the athletes’ representatives in the Olympic Movement. Members of the Commission are also present on the majority of IOC commissions, and the Chair serves on the IOC Executive Board as a full member.
The goal of the IOC Athletes’ Commission is to ensure that the athletes’ viewpoint remains at the heart of the Olympic Movement decisions. Additionally, an integral part of the work is to support athletes on and off the field of play and to promote the protection of clean sport.
The Commission members are also involved in many key IOC activities and fully integrated into the IOC decision-making process. This includes the process for evaluating Candidate Cities seeking to host the Olympic Games and the composition of the sports programme for the Games.
Montreal boxing referee Marlon Wright dies at age 51
Published on: July 7, 2017 | Last Updated: July 7, 2017 7:10 PM EDT
MONTREAL — Marlon B. Wright was remembered Friday as a promising welterweight fighter who went on to become one of Canada’s top boxing referees, officiating title bouts around the world.
The 51-year-old Wright died Thursday night at Sacré-Coeur Hospital surrounded by his family, said Michel Hamelin, head of Quebec’s combat sports commission.
The Jamaica native who grew up in Montreal had been suffering from melanoma, a form of skin cancer, since 2014 but was still working as recently as Feb. 24 when he handled a bout in Quebec City between former super-middleweight champion Lucian Bute and Eleider Alvarez.
Wright’s resume in two decades as third man in the ring includes Kell Brook’s loss to Gennady Golovkin in a middleweight title unification bout in London in September and David Lemieux of Montreal’s middleweight title win over Hassan N’Dam in 2015.
He worked title fights in Europe, Asia and North America but was also a regular on fight cards large and small around Quebec.
“It’s a big loss,” said Hamelin. “We’ll miss him for sure.”
Several fighters, including Bute, Lemieux and World Boxing Council light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson of Montreal, posted messages of condolence on social media.
Despite the accolades, Wright is perhaps best known in the boxing world for his controversial call in 2008, when Bute retained his International Boxing Federation title despite being knocked senseless late in the final round by Librado Andrade.
Wright stopped midway through his count to wave Andrade back to a neutral corner. What some criticized as a long count gave Bute time to get up just before the final bell and get the victory by decision in a fight he had dominated through the first 10 rounds. Wright’s actions, televised live in the U.S., were scorched by many fans and media members, including some who nicknamed him Marlon B. Wrong.
“The Andrade fight really gave him a scar on his career that might have hurt his advancement, but to me, he was one of the best referees I’ve ever seen,” said trainer, cutman and broadcaster Russ Anber. “I always thought he should be up there with the best refs in the game.”
Anber helped train a 12-year-old Wright at the Olympic Boxing Club in Montreal in the early 1980s.
He described the young pugilist as “a hell of a fighter. He had that something — that flow, that co-ordination, that jive.”
Wright turned pro in 1983 but fought only 11 times, going 10-1, all in Quebec. He won his last bout in 1992 over Alain Boismenu. Anber said he could have gone far, but boxing was in a lull in his era and he didn’t have a manager willing to take him on the road, as Anber did with two other Jamaican Montrealers, Otis and Howard Grant.
Otis Grant, who won the World Boxing Organization middleweight title in the 1990s, recalled that one of his first amateur fights was against Wright.
“He is one of only three guys in the world who have victories over me and my brother,” said Grant, who later became Wright’s teammate on the Quebec amateur squad. “He didn’t shine in the pros, but when he transitioned into a referee, he excelled.”
Howard Grant was Andrade’s trainer for the Bute fight and drew a six-month suspension for shoving Wright in the ring.
“I lost my cool in the heat of the moment,” said Howard Grant. “I apologized to him.
“We were friends. We lost one of the good ambassadors for our sport. I’m happy he’s not suffering anymore. He’s had it rough the last few months.”
When Wright decided to become a referee, he had a first-rate mentor in Guy Jutras, who many consider the best Canadian boxing official of all time.
Fight promoter Yvon Michel, a former Canadian Olympic team coach, said he was always pleased when Wright was assigned to one of his fights.
“Most of the time, you didn’t notice him in the ring and that’s a good quality in a ref,” said Michel. “He was a real pro.
“He knew the impact a ref had on a fight. He had good judgement. I know a lot of people will remember him from when he saved Bute but it was the perfect call. He gave the benefit of the doubt to the world champion.”
TO STOP IN NEW YORK ON NATIONAL PRESS TOUR FOR ‘SUPREMACY: CANELO VS. GOLOVKIN” AND WILL HOST PREMIERE OF NEW FILM “I AM BOXING”
‘I AM BOXING’ HIGHLIGHTS GOLDEN AGES
OF BOXING WITH WORLD-RENOWNED
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Tuesday, June 20 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden
WHO: CANELO ALVAREZ
Lineal & RING Magazine Middleweight World Cham
GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN,
IBO/IBF/WBA/WBC Middleweight World Champion
OSCAR DE LA HOYA, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions
ICE CUBE, Hip-Hop Musician and Actor
Future Hall of Famer and Golden Boy Promotions Business Partner
TOM LOEFFLER, Promoter of Gennady Golovkin
JOSE “CHEPO” REYNOSO, Manager and Trainer of Canelo Alvarez
EDDY REYNOSO, Head Trainer of Canelo Alvarez
WHEN: Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Press Arrival Time: 5:00 p.m. ET
Red Carpet Opens: 6:00 p.m. ET
Event Begins: 8:00 p.m. ET
WHERE: The Theater at Madison Square Garden
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Check-in: Chase Square at 32nd and 7th
Red Carpet: located at South VIP Entrance on 31st St. between 7th and 8th
WHAT: Lineal Middleweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez
(49-1-1, 34 KOs) and IBO/IBF/WBA/WBC Middleweight World Champion
Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) will host a press conference in
New York on Tuesday, June 20, ahead of their Sept.16 showdown at
T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas presented live by HBO Pay-Per-View®
FACTS: Canelo vs. Golovkin is a 12-round fight for the middleweight championship
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WARD vs KOVALEV 2
SATURDAY, JUNE 17, MANDALAY BAY
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Videos Leading Up to the Big Fight
Today’s Presser – Kovalev abruptly Exits & Ward Responds
1ST RElEASE – Kovalev Fight Week Roundtable
1ST RELEASE – Andre Ward Fight Week Roundtable
Ward Grand Arrival
Kovalev Grand Arrival
Kovalev & Ward on Fighting Inside
Kovalev Media Day Workout
Andre Ward Media Day Workout
Andre Ward Media Day Q & A
Kovalev Media Day Q & A
- TEDDY ATLAS OUTLOOK and PREDICTION
As i look at this rematch between Kovalev and Ward the first thing I think of is timing, simply put Wards was slightly off in their first match due to inactivity he was a mila-second late pulling the trigger, which I believe will be different this time – punches that just missed will find the mark – also on the side of Ward I believe he will be able to find his rhythm sooner in the fight and he will have a healthy amount of respect and awareness for Kovalev’s right hand. I see Ward feinting at the front door to get the right hand out of the way then either coming in the side entrance or just countering in front after he eludes the right, also Ward will recognize that although Kovalev’s right is the danger point, it is his jab that must set up its delivery so I think Ward will look to take Kovalev’s jab out of play by dominating with his own perhaps a little slip of his head to either side with a sharp jab will do the trick then once he owns the jabbing war he will have easy access to the inside where he is just simply better suited to be effective then Kovalev is. As for Kovalev to win the second time around he must do a better job of acting like the longer taller guy and not just the more explosive guy in other words he must consistently control range and use both his jab and feet to do that. Ward comes in 4 inches then kovalev should be back 7 inches make him earn his way in and make Ward take chances and make him pay for every inch of real estate in that ring. If you are going to lose make him beat you on the outside, not in the trenches; and finally when the moments is right throw 3 even perhaps 4 punch combos, instead of the 1 and 2 punch action you settled for in the first fight. Do more when you can do more. In the end I see a sharper and mentally more aware Ward winning a unanimous decision.
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Andre Ward declares that outcome of this fight will leave no doubt
“I am looking forward to making a statement,” said undipsuted light-heavyweight champion Andre Ward. “And removing any doubt that may be out there. Some of you [to the press] think I lost the fight, but you’ve got to look at the other side of the coin. There are a lot of people who are convinced I won it.”
The thing is, though, when you have to explain something – then there lies the inherent problem. People absolutely thought he lost the first fight and no matter how many charts and calculations someone produces, the fight viewer’s eyes seem to rule out anything and everything else.
Ward added, “I have learned not to care what so many think if the’re wrong. I am not going to defend myself for winning that fight. I won it and that’s that. And I will leave here on Sunday with everything I brought here – I’m talking about my championship belts.”
Death of Hein Verbruggen, IOC Honorary Member
June 15 – It is with great sadness that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has learnt of the death of Hein Verbruggen, IOC Honorary Member in the Netherlands, at the age of 75.
A cycling fanatic and a true sports fan, Hein Verbruggen was President of the International Cycling Union (UCI) from 1991 to 2005. He also headed the SportAccord Convention from 2003 to 2013.
“Hein Verbruggen was a fearless fighter for his sport. Thanks to his great engagement and his management skills, he greatly contributed to the success of the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 as Chair of the Coordination Commission. For this he will be always remembered”, said IOC President Thomas Bach.
Hein Verbruggen joined the IOC in 1996 and became an Honorary Member in 2008. He headed the Evaluation Commission for the Olympic Games 2008 (2001) and became Chairman of the Coordination Commission for Olympic Games Beijing 2008 (2001-2008). Verbruggen played an instrumental role in supporting the Organising Committee over the seven years of preparations, and hence contributed significantly to the success of the Games in Beijing.
He was also a member, as a representative of an International Federation, of the Evaluation Commission for the Olympic Games 2004 (1996-1997) and consequently sat at the Coordination Commission for the Olympic Games 2004 in Athens (1998-2001). Throughout his career at the IOC, he was a member of the following Commissions: Marketing (1997-2008), “IOC 2000” (1999), Olympic Truce (2000-2013) and IOC 2000 Reform Follow-up (2002), and was also Chair of the Board of Directors of Olympic Broadcasting Services S.A. (Switzerland) (2003-2014).
Verbruggen started his career in sales before running his own consultancy business. In 1979, he joined the board of the Fédération Internationale de Cyclisme Professionnel (FICP) before becoming Vice-President in 1982, and President in 1984.
He was a Board member of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) from 2000 to 2003, and represented the International Federations on the Foundation Board of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) from 1999 to 2002. Verbruggen played an active role within the National Olympic Committee of the Netherlands; he was made an Honorary Member in 2008.
Verbruggen received a number of distinctions during the course of his career. He became an Officer in the Order of Orange Nassau; was made an Honorary Citizen of Beijing, People’s Republic of China, in 2009; and was awarded the Olympic Order in 2010.
The IOC expresses its deepest sympathies to Hein Verbruggen’s family. As a mark of respect the Olympic flag will be flown at half-mast at the IOC Headquarters.