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Unbeaten Former World Champion Jermall Charlo Meets Middleweight Contender Jorge Sebastian Heiland in World Title Eliminator Presented by Premier Boxing Champions on Saturday, July 29 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn

 
Charlo vs. Heiland Featured on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® Live on SHOWTIME®
 
Plus! Heavyweight Attraction Pits Former Title Challenger Gerald Washington Against Unbeaten Jarrell Miller in Undercard Showdown
 
BROOKLYN (June 27, 2017) – Unbeaten former world champion Jermall Charlo returns to face Argentina’s Jorge Sebastian Heiland in a middleweight world title eliminator featured on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, Saturday, July 29 live on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. Charlo vs. Heiland is presented by Premier Boxing Champions live from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™.
Televised coverage is headlined by a 12-round super lightweight showdown between four-division world champion Adrien Broner and unbeaten three-division champion Mikey Garcia.  Additional undercard action will see former title challenger Gerald Washington (18-1-1, 12 KOs) take on unbeaten Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (18-0-1, 16 KOs) in a 10-round heavyweight matchup. Highlights from Washington vs. Miller will be featured on the SHOWTIME telecast.
Charlo (25-0, 19 KOs) and Heiland (29-4-2, 16 KOs) will meet in a 12-round eliminator to become the mandatory challenger for the WBC 160-pound championship. Charlo will make his middleweight debut after successfully defending his 154-pound belt three times, including a highlight reel knockout of then unbeaten Julian Williams last December on SHOWTIME.
“I’ve been training since end of January to prepare myself for the move up to middleweight,” said Charlo. “I’m feeling stronger, I’m feeling smarter and overall, I’m feeling better. Heiland is a tough fighter and I know he plans on bringing his A-game on July 29. He’s just as hungry as me. We both want to be in a place to fight the best in the division, but I never overlook the opponent in front of me. It’s been a great camp so far and I’m ready for this fight. It’s time to make my mark so I can become a two-division world champion. I plan to take care of business at 160 just like I did at 154.”
“I’m thrilled to be facing a great fighter like Jermall Charlo,” said Heiland. “I’ve waited a long time for a chance like this, so I will give it my all. I am fearless and I promise that this bout will be an all-out war because my career and livelihood are on the line.”
Tickets to the event, which is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and DiBella Entertainment, are priced at $950, $750, $350, $300, $250, $150, $75, and $50 (not including applicable fees), are on sale now, and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com,barclayscenter.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP. The Charlo vs. Heiland bout is promoted in association with TGB Promotions.
“The Charlo vs. Heiland and Washington vs. Miller matchups are fantastic additions to night of action that is already eagerly anticipated by boxing fans,” said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions. “Jermall Charlo is a star on the rise, but he’ll have a stiff challenge against Jorge Sebastian Heiland as he seeks a path to becoming a two-division world champion. The heavyweight matchup is a very intriguing showdown with Gerald Washington hoping to prove that he deserves another opportunity at the belt and Jarrell Miller fighting in his hometown and looking to earn his first world title shot. You’re not going to want to miss this night of fights at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and on SHOWTIME.”
“This is a great opportunity for SHOWTIME viewers to witness Jermall Charlo’s ascent in the middleweight division in an ordered title elimination bout,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “Huge fights could be ahead for him.  Washington and Miller is a significant heavyweight match up. SHOWTIME viewers will see highlights of someone establishing themselves as an immediate player.  Fans at Barclays Center are in-store for a terrific tripleheader.”
“Jermall Charlo was a powerful force as a 154-pound world champion and everyone is curious to see if he can bring the same ferocity to the middleweight division,” said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. “Heiland has been waiting for his chance at a middleweight world title and now he’s one step closer, but Charlo is standing in his way. This will be two fearless boxers, with something to prove and everything to gain, going at each other. The fact that it’s on the card with one of the best matchups in boxing this year – Broner versus Garcia – makes for a terrific night of boxing at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and on SHOWTIME on July 29.”
The twin brother of unbeaten 154-pound champion Jermell, the Charlos became the first twins to hold world titles in the same weight class simultaneously when Jermell won his title in May 2016 while Jermall defended his belt the same night with a victory over Austin Trout. The 27-year-old will move up in weight as he seeks to become a two-division world champion after delivering a Knockout of the Year candidate against Williams in December. Fighting out of Houston and training with Ronnie Shields, Charlo won his title in 2015 by stopping Cornelius Bundrage before making his three defenses.
Fighting out of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Heiland enters this bout on an eight-fight winning streak including seven by knockout. The 30-year-old turned pro in 2007 with 16 straight victories before challenging for an interim title in 2010. Heiland’s current winning streak included a knockout victory in Ireland over Irish star Matthew Macklin in 2014. Heiland will be fighting in the U.S. for the second time as a professional after making his U.S. debut last September with a stoppage of Angel Hernandez.
Washington, a U.S. Navy veteran who also played tight end and defensive end at the University of Southern California, returns to the ring after challenging heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder in February in a bout that was nearly even on the scorecards before Wilder earned the stoppage victory. Fighting out of Vallejo, California, Washington had previously picked up victories over veterans such as Ray Austin, Eddie Chambers Nagy Aguilera and Jason Gavern on the way to his world title opportunity.
Unbeaten since turning pro in 2009, Brooklyn’s Miller will make his Barclays Center debut on July 29 when he enters the ring. The 28-year-old picked up three stoppage victories in 2016, including his most recent triumph over Fred Kassi on ShoBox: The New Generation that saw him retire the veteran in round three. Miller has won his last seven bouts by knockout and he will look to continue that streak when he steps in against his toughest pro opponent to date.
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Adrien Broner vs. Mikey Garcia is a 12-round super lightweight showdown that headlines SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Saturday, July 29 live on SHOWTIME. Broner vs. Garcia is presented by Premier Boxing Champions at Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING®.
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Elite Prospect Michael Dutchover Highlights “Path to Glory” Undercard Friday Night

      

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ORANGE, Calif. (June 20, 2017) – Junior lightweight Michael Dutchover (4-0, 4 KOs), a highly accomplished amateur and recently turned professional, highlights Friday night’s “Path to Glory” undercard  from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif. 
Watch Dutchover vs. Carrizoza and the rest of the 6-fight card on TB Presents: Path To Glory, live streaming on ThompsonBoxing.com and Facebook Live beginning at 7:45 p.m. PST / 10:45 p.m. EST.
Tickets for “Path to Glory” are priced at $40, $60, & $100 and are available for purchase online at ThompsonBoxing.com, or by calling 714-935-0900.
Dutchover, who trains in Southern California but resides in Midland, Tex., faces his toughest opponent to date: once-beaten Miguel Carrizoza (10-1, 2 KOs) of Hermosillo, Mex.
The bout marks Dutchover’s second 6-round fight of his young career. He stormed into the paid ranks with four straight knockout wins.
“The plan this year is to up my level of competition,” said Dutchover, who recently sparred with world title challenger Petr Petrov. “I know I’m ready for the challenge. I want to work my way to the top, and in order to do that I need to challenge myself.”
Dutchover had a successful amateur run that saw him win nine national titles, a bronze at the 2015 U.S. Olympic Trials, and a runner-up finish at last year’s National Golden Gloves competition. Dutchover, 19, believes he was built to fight professionally.
“As an amateur, I often boxed in the pro-style,” said Dutchover, who counts Danny Zamora, older brother Junior Dutchover, and Javier Gomez as coaches.  “I didn’t really throw a lot of quick, small punches that define the amateurs. I was more aggressive in my approach. I worked the body and threw a lot of power shots.”
Detailed opponent scouting reports in the early years of a boxer’s professional career are often not available. Dutchover has an idea of what to expect from Carrizoza, but he will rely mostly on his extensive amateur background.
“I had such a long amateur career that I’ve seen basically every style in the book,” said Dutchover, who is promoted by Banner Promotions and Thompson Boxing. “I’m going to adapt in the ring and be prepared for whatever he brings. I had an excellent training camp. I’m in great shape and ready to go after another win.”
“We are looking forward to Micheal stepping up in competition on Friday night,” said Matthew Rowland, Vice-President of Banner Promotions.  “Michael has shown that he is ready for this challenge, and we expect another terrific performance.”
Photo Credit:  Carlos Baeza /Thompson Boxing Promotions.

POUND-4-POUND BOXING PROGRAM BRINGS HOME 9 TITLES FROM SO-CAL STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Press Release
For Immediate Release

Below is a list of the Pound-4-Pound who brought home titles.
 
Angel Barrientes 14-yrs (95 lbs)Chavez Barrientes 14-yrs (101 lbs), Dorian Khan 14-yrs (106 lbs), Isaiah Hooker 13-yrs (110lbs)Jair Aguilar 10-yrs (65 lbs)Jayden Orpilla 8-yrs (55 lbs)John Armstrong 10-yrs (65 lbs)Jathan Barajas 10-yr (85 lbs)Tysean Tillman 13-yrs (95 lbs)
LAS VEGAS, NV (June 14, 2017) – This past Saturday, the “Pound-4-Pound” boxing gym out of Las Vegas, sent 15 boxers to the 6th Annual Southern California State Championships, in Menifee, California.  Out of the 15 who participated, 9 brought home belts and were crowned champions.
“It was a very successful weekend for our program,” said head coach Richard Barrientes. “Everyone gave it their all and we came home with 9 belts.  I’m very proud of all our boys and girls who participated, even those who didn’t bring home titles.  Boxing is a great sport and its teaching these kids the valuable lessons of hard work. The goal for this program is to build young leaders who will always take account for their actions.”

WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING HITS EVERETT, WASHINGTON WITH STAR-STUDDED MEGA-EVENT

SATURDAY, JULY 30, LIVE ON NBCSN

FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP REMATCH:
ALEXANDRE ALMEIDA VS. LANCE PALMER

CO-MAIN EVENT:
FAMILY FEUD COMES TO A HEAD AS BROTHERS
PHOENIX JONES AND CAROS FODOR COLLIDE

TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, MAY 6

LAS VEGAS (May 3, 2016) –World Series of Fighting (WSOF.com) announced today that it will head to Washington State for the first time ever with a star-studded Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) mega-event, headlined by a world featherweight (145 pounds) championship rematch between reigning kingpin Alexandre “Capitao” Almeida (18-5) and the man he took the title from – Lance Palmer (10-2) – at XFINITY Arena at Everett on Saturday, July 30, live on NBCSN at 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT.

Priced from $29, tickets for WSOF32: Almeida vs. Palmer go on sale at 10 a.m. PT on Friday, May 6, at XFINITYArenaEverett.com and WSOF.com.

In the co-main event, the long-standing and well-documented sibling rivalry between costumed crusader Phoenix Jones (6-1-1) aka Ben Fodor, and Caros “The Future” Fodor (10-5) will come to a head when the adopted brothers from Seattle face off against each other at a catchweight of 162 pounds.

“We are excited to make our debut in the great state of Washington with such a spectacular affair that will feature one of the most anticipated and well-deserved rematches of the year, as well as a something that you rarely see in combat sports – a matchup between family members whose competitive rivalry is so intense that, after so many years, it has resulted in the two agreeing to settle their differences in the cage,” said World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo.

Additional bouts for WSOF32: Almeida vs. Palmer will be announced soon.

Alexandre Almeida vs. Lance Palmer

On December 18, the 5-foot-11, 27-year-old Almeida of Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil notched his fifth consecutive win, seizing the World Series of Fighting featherweight title from Palmer of Sacramento, Calif. via a controversial, unanimous decision after Almeida used his significant height and reach advantage to continuously frustrate the 5-foot-6, 28-year-old Palmer for the duration of their five-round matchup.

The loss snapped a three-fight win streak for Palmer, who captured the featherweight strap when he submitted Rick Glenn with a rear-naked choke in the third round (3:09) of their matchup on December 13, 2014.

Phoenix Jones vs. Caros Fodor

Over the course of the last five years, Jones and Fodor of Seattle have each, on several occasions, gone on the record expressing their desires to fight one another, despite the fact that they grew up under the same roof and train in the same camp owned by head coach Matt Hume.

The 6-foot, 27-year-old Jones, whose local crime fighting escapades have made national headlines, will make his first start in the decagon cage since September 18 when he submitted Roberto Yong with a rarely seen, highlight reel scissor choke in the first round (3:09) of their meeting at WSOF23.

Fodor, a 5-foot-9, 32-year-old veteran of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and Strikeforce, made his debut under the World Series of Fighting banner, after a five-fight stint with ONE in Asia, on January 23, losing a unanimous decision to Luiz Firmino in the main event of WSOF27.

During his seven-year professional career, Fodor, a former U.S. Marine who did battle in the Iraq War, has notched impressive wins over the likes of Team AKA member Justin Wilcox and Cung Le-trained James Terry.

Del Valle to meet Crespo April 9!

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Bayamon, PR (April 1, 2016) – Super bantamweight contender Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle returns to the ring on Saturday, April 9 to face New England titlist Josh Crespo in an eight round bout at Rockingham Park in Salem, NH.

Tickets from $35 are on sale by calling 860-982-2532 or 603-898-2311.

A blood and guts warrior who gives fans their monies worth every time he enters the squared circle, Del Valle has an outstanding 20-2 record with 15 wins by knockout. In November 2015, the Bayamon native stopped 50-plus fight veteran Jose Juan Beltran after two rounds in Comerio, Puerto Rico. Currently signed to an exclusive promotional contract with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports, Del Valle has his sights set on another big fight but first must conquer the task at hand.

Born and raised in New Haven, CT, Crespo is riding a wave of confidence having defeated Jorge Abiague (9-1) for the New England super bantamweight championship last November. Crespo’s professional ledger is a deceptive 6-2-3 with 2 KO’s but he’s unbeaten in his last five, facing two undefeated fighters in the process.

If victorious, Del Valle is expected to appear in a televised bout in the immediate future. While some potentially view this fight as a given for Del Valle prior to bigger and better things, the 29-year-old knows that records don’t tell the whole story and Crespo’s hunger can’t be overlooked.

“I’ve got big plans but that all goes out the window if I don’t do what I have to against Crespo,” Del Valle said from his training camp in Puerto Rico. “Anybody who really knows boxing understands that a record doesn’t determine how good a fighter is. I’ve seen Crespo before. He’s tough and willing to take on anybody which is evident by the fact that he’s facing me rather than a lesser opponent. I’m training like I’m the underdog since this fight is close to his hometown and I’ve got a lot on the line.”

Fans can interact with Del Valle on Twitter @Orlanditoboxing or via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Orlandito-Del-Valle-111406195543360

Amateur standout Ruben Villa IV & undefeated Super Bantamweight Jhordy Ramirez sign with manager Danny Zamora

Featherweight prospect set to debut this Spring;
Undefeated Ramirez coming off big win this past Friday night
Ruben Villa IV signs contract.
Los Angeles, CA–Noted boxing manager Danny Zamora is proud to announce the signing of featherweight prospect Ruben Villa IV and undefeated Super Bantamweight Jhordy Ramirez to exclusive managerial contracts.
Villa of Salinas, California placed 2nd at the 2015 United States Olympic Trials which culminated an outstanding career which saw him accumulate a record of 165-17.
Villa also was the 2014 & 2015 National Golden Gloves champion as well as the 2012 & 2013 Olympic Junior National Champion.
“I just want to thank my family for always being there for me and allowing me to follow my dreams of becoming a professional boxer,” Said Villa.  “I can’t wait to turn pro. I have a great team in Manager Danny Zamora, trainer Rudy Puga , cutman Mike Rodriguez, and my sponsors SNAC and WAR Tape.”
Jhordy Ramirez following a win
Ramirez of Santa Maria, California has a record of 2-0 with one knockout, also was a distinguished amateur as he went 71-16 and won Won Desert Show Tournament in 2008, Oxnard Pal Adidas Tournament in 2009, 2010 and 2011 as well as the BCR Belt at Fantasy Springs 2014 and 2015.
He turned professional on November 20, 2015 with a first round stoppage over Joel Cano.  The 20 year-old Ramirez won a 4-round unanimous decision over Juan Carlos Diaz in February 12th in Ontario, California.
Along with Zamora, Ramirez is co-managed by Zenon and David Balderas.  Ramirez trains alongside 2016 U.S. Olympian Karlos Balderas.
Said Danny Zamora, ” Jhordy is a very good fighter and best of all he is a good young man.  He trains and attends college at the same time.  I truly believe that Jhordy and Ruben are two great acquisitions to my stable that also includes 2012 Olympian Lightweight Cesar Villarraga who is 8-1 4 KO’s , Super Middleweight Rudy Puga Jr. who is 7-0 6 KO’s & Petr Petrov who is 36-4-2 with 17 KO’s and is considered one of the top Lightweights in the world as he is ranked number-three by the WBA, number-five by the WBO and number-nine by the IBF.”

Undefeated Alex Martin ready for first national television exposure on TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX DEPORTES

   
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9
FROM SANDS BETHLEHEM EVENTS CENTER IN BETHLEHEM, PA.
Televised Coverage Begins At 11 P.M. ET/8 P.M. PT
BETHLEHEM, PA. (February 3, 2016) – Unbeaten prospect Alex Martin (11-0, 5 KOs) steps up in the co-featured bout when he takes on Rossemberth Gomez (17-4-1, 13 KO’s) of Minagua, Nicaragua in a welterweight bout scheduled for eight-rounds.
The bout takes place on an exciting night of boxing that will be part of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes Tuesday, February 9 from Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Televised coverage begins at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT and is headlined by undefeated 2012 U.S. Olympian Jamel Herring (14-0, 8 KOs) taking on Colombia’s Luis Eduardo Flores (21-2, 17 KOs) in a 10-round lightweight bout.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by King’s Promotions, are priced at $100, $75 and $45, not including applicable service charges and taxes and are on sale now. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com. To charge by phone call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.

In addition to his 2012 National Golden Gloves Championship, Martin won three Chicago Golden Gloves and a National PAL championship fighting out of nearby Harvey, Illinois. An owner of 340 amateur wins, he made it to the United States finals where he lost to eventual Olympian, Errol Spence Jr. Martin turned pro in 2013 and is yet to lose. The 26-year-old picked up four victories in 2015 and will begin 2016 against the 29-year-old Nicaraguan Gomez who will be making his U.S. debut.

“Training is good.  I really do not know much about Gomez, but that doesn’t matter much at all because I just go in there and like to fight.”
Martin is ready to showcase his skills for the first time in front of a nationally televised audience and he knows this is just the beginning of positioning himself into bigger fights.
“It is a big step for me.  This will show me and the fans how good I am and where I can go in my career.”
Without looking too far down the line, Martin would love a chance at his old amateur rival, Spence.  Martin knows that he needs to continue winning and looking good to get that opportunity within in the next year.
“Spence is definitely on my radar.  I can see us fighting by the end of 2016 or early 2017.  I feel that I will be ready for that fight.  He is just one of a few guys that I want to fight on my way to the top.  I am just hoping that everyone tunes in on February 9th and the fans will remember my national television debut.”
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OLIVER “TROMBITA” FLORES WBA # 6 SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT CONTENDER

OLIVER FLORES
TALKS WBA WORLD TITLE FIGHT WITH UCHIYAMA
 
 
LEON, NICARAGUA (December 28, 2015) – With just a few days away from his first world title opportunity, WBA #6 rated super-featherweight contender, Oliver Flores(27-1-2, 17 KOS) talks about his upcoming fight with WBA world champion Takashi Uchiyama (23-0-1, 19 KOs).  Uchiyama vs. Flores is set to take place on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2015 at the Ota-City General Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan.
Flores speaks on his upcoming showdown with Uchiyama…
On December 31, 2015 you fight WBA super-featherweight world champion Takashi Uchiyama for his title.  This will be your first would title opportunity.  How do you feel going into this fight?
Oliver Flores:  I’m very excited for the opportunity to be fighting for a world title.  I’m very grateful to my promoter Havoc Boxing, who came through and put this fight together for me.  I’ve worked my whole life to get in this position.  I’m 100 prepared to give Uchiyama the fight of his life.  My body is healthy and I’m in the best shape of my life.  I’m going to seize the opportunity to the best of my ability.
What kind of fight are you expecting from the champion?
Oliver Flores: Takashi Uchiyama is an incredible fighter.  He’s defended his title many times over and his record is unblemished.  Most of his title defenses have ended in a knockout so I know he’s a very powerful puncher.  I’m expecting him to be aggressive in his approach.
How is the relationship with you and your father, who also serves as your trainer?
Oliver Flores:  My father Roger Flores is a former pro boxer who has been guiding my corner since I turned professional.  He knows my strengths and weaknesses and is very good at finding flaws in my opponents.  He’s been with me from day one and I wouldn’t want it any other way.
How special would it be for you if you were to bring the World Championship home to you countrymen of Nicaragua?
Oliver Flores:  To bring the title home would be a dream come true for me.  I have a lot of support from family and friends that will be looking forward to the outcome.  I know I’m the underdog going into this fight but I have a country that will be showing support when I go to battle in Japan.  My goal is to follow in the footsteps of Alexis Arguello and Roman Gonzalez, who brought great pride to Nicaragua?
Can you talk about training camp?
Oliver Flores:  Training camp has been very demanding.  I’m on a strict diet that has me at my optimum best. I’ve had some great sparring here in Nicaragua where I’m working out with a few different guys.  Everyone is pushing me to the limit.  It’s this type of training camp that’s going to get ready for Uchiyama, who I know is going to be at his best.  I’m executing every possible situation that I feel will come up in this fight.  I’m ready for battle.
Without giving up your game plan, what do you feel you’ll need to do to come out victorious against Uchiyama?
Oliver Flores:  I need to be aware of his powerful right hand power punchers.  He also likes to land he left hook to the body, so I need to be ready to counter those punches.
Are you concerned about getting a fair decision in Japan where Uchiyama resides?
Oliver Flores:  No, I believe the WBA judges will be fair.  Of course my goal is to end the fight early if possible, to avoid any argument.  I know it’s going to be a very difficult task to come out with a victory, but a task I feel I can accomplish.
Talk about you relationship with Havoc Boxing Promotions.
Olivier Flores: Fighting for Havoc Boxing has been a tremendous blessing to for me and my career.  I signed with them in June and shortly after I had a fight in August.  Now remarkably I’m fighting for a world title and I couldn’t be happier.  As a fighter you want to stay busy and put yourself in position to take your career to the next level.  With Havoc Boxing, I’ve been able to do all of the above.  My dad and I are very pleased to be part of Team Havoc Boxing.

MARIO BARRIOS JOINS THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT BY DONATING GIFTS TO BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB IN SAN ANTONIO

Photos by Team Barrios
SAN ANTONIO, TX (December 24, 2015) – Yesterday hot undefeated super-featherweight prospect, Mario Barrios (14-0, 8 KOs), joined the Christmas spirit by donating gifts to the local boys and girls club in San Antonio.  Barrios, along with cornerman Rick Nunez, delivered shoes and toys to the kids, brining smiles to everyone involved.
“It was great to see the smiles on all the kids when Rick and I dropped off the gifts,” said Mario Barrios. “I know there are a lot of kids out there that don’t get to receive many gifts during Christmas so it was nice to provide something extra for these children.  It was fun and everyone was happy.”
“Mario Barrios has a big heart and he’s a great role model to everyone out here in San Antonio.” said Rick Nunez. “When he asked me to join him I didn’t hesitate.  Together we were able to put a lot of smiles on those kids.  It was very rewarding and Mario and I are very happy to be part of something special during Christmas.”

WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING RETURNS TO NBC WITH ‘GREATEST HITS’ SHOW    ON SUNDAY, DEC. 27   

Chael Sonnen, Bas Rutten and Todd Harris to co-host
one-hour program filled with the year’s most dramatic action

“Fight of the Year” will be determined by fan votes cast online
LAS VEGAS (December 22, 2015) –World Series of Fighting (WSOF.com) will return to NBC with a special, one-hour program filled with an assortment of the most memorable and impactful moments of 2015 in the decagon cage, on Sunday, December 27, at 2 p.m. ET/11 am P.T.

Co-hosted by Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) icons and World Series of Fighting color commentators Chael Sonnen and Bas Rutten, along with veteran play-by-play man Todd Harris, “WSOF: Greatest Hits 2015” will feature highlights from bouts recognized as candidates for “Fight of the Year,” “Finish of the Year” and “Upset of the Year.”

“This was an incredible year filled with some of the best action we have seen in the cage from our world-class athletes, so we are excited to be able to package the most powerful highlights into a phenomenal hour-long program for a broadcast television audience and deliver it to our fans who have the opportunity, beforehand, to vote for ‘Fight of the Year,’” said World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo.

Fans can cast their votes for “Fight of the Year” online at http://2015.wsof.com/.  The winning bout will be announced on NBC during the ‘Greatest Hits’ program.

The show will include highlights from World Series of Fighting’s historic, first-ever, one-night tournament that saw eight fighters battle for the number one contender spot in the coveted lightweight (155 pounds) division.

Additionally, an “International Fighter of the Year” segment will showcase footage featuring each of seven different, prolific World Series of Fighting athletes, including reigning heavyweight champion Blagoy Ivanov and reigning bantamweight (135 pounds) kingpin Marlon Moraes, who turned in at least one impressive performance in 2015.

The year-end program on NBC comes shortly after World Series of Fighting’s 26thlive event and towards the close of its third year of operation.

Among the accolades the world championship MMA league garnered in 2015 were two “Fight of the Month” honors.  The first world lightweight championship showdown between reigning, undefeated champion Justin “The Highlight Gaethje and battle-tested challenger Luis “Baboon” Palomino on March 28, as well as the rematch between the two gritty fighters on September 18, were each bestowed with the award.

World Series of Fighting action will return to NBCSN on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT with a re-airing of “WSOF26: Palmer vs. Almeida” world championship fight card that took place on Friday, Dec. 18.