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Jaime Munguia Vs. Patrick Allotey Final Press Conference Quotes

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When: SATURDAY, SEPT. 14 AT DIGNITY HEALTH SPORTS PARK IN CARSON, CALIF. AND STREAMED LIVE ON DAZN

LOS ANGELES (Sept. 12, 2019): Jaime Munguia (33-0, 26 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico and African warrior Patrick Allotey (40-3, 30 KOs) hosted their final press conference today at Dignity Health Sports Park ahead of their 12-round fight for the WBO Junior Middleweight World Title. The event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 14 at the aforementioned Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif. and will be streamed live on DAZN.

 

Undercard fighters such as Ryan “Kingry” Garcia (18-0, 15 KOs), Avery “A-Plus” Sparrow (10-1, 3 KOs), and Franchon “The Heavy-Hitting Diva” Crews-Dezurn (5-1, 2 KOs) also participated in the event.

 

Below is what some of today’s participants had to say at the presser.
JAIME MUNGUIA, WBO Junior Middleweight Champion:
“I feel very honored and happy to be representing my country on this important date.  I feel ready and I’m prepared to deliver everyone a great show that is worthy of the date of Sept. 14. I had a great preparation, perhaps one of my best training camps, and I want to thank Erik Morales for everything he’s been showing me along with Fernando as well. I hope that this Saturday you see a Jaime Munguia that’s totally different. I’m ready, I’m going to give it my everything.”
PATRICK ALLOTEY, Junior Middleweight Contender: 
“I feel good. I feel good for this Saturday because I prepared for this fight. When I heard the rumors about this fight, I thought wow, this fight needs to happen, I need to be a world champion too. Like Oscar said, in Ghana we have great fighters, and I’m very happy to become one of them. I know Munguia is a very good fighter and he has power like I do, and I know come Saturday, Munguia is coming to throw his big shots and he thinks he can knock Patrick Allotey out. But no, because I’m also a great fighter and also have power like he does. I’m coming to fight and win. So I think on Saturday it will be a very good fight. I think the best man will win.”

 

RYAN GARCIA. Lightweight Contender:
“This Saturday, I just plan to show all my improvements in the ring. [Avery] claims that he has a lot of experience. He has 11 fights – I don’t know how much experience you can have with that. I was in amateurs maybe even longer than him. I have just as much experience, and I’ve been working in the gym to get better and better every single day. I know there’s a lot of pressure on me, a lot of hype, and I know the things people say about me. The only thing I look to do is to become the best fighter I can be. This Saturday, stay tuned, it’s going to be a good one, I’m looking to prove myself and earn that respect in the ring.”
“A lot of people like to focus on my Instagram, you don’t hear me talk about it, everybody else just talks about it. It just connects me to my fans, and why wouldn’t I want to connect to the people who support me?”

 

AVERY SPARROW, Super Featherweight Contender:
“I naturally weigh 126 pounds, I can get here easy. Unfortunately, we can’t get no fights there, we can’t get no fights at 130. My last fight was at 135 pounds, I dropped him two times, I controlled the whole fight. I felt good, I felt strong, and that was coming off a year layoff. This time, I had a great camp, I’m feeling solid, I got a lot of people backing me, supporting me. This opportunity I’m going to take full advantage of.”
“Ryan Garcia is a great fighter but he’s yet to be proven. When I fought in 2017, which is some years ago, I defeated Jose Lopez, who was Ryan’s last opponent. He’s getting guys that I already beat. He hasn’t really been put in tough. To me, I really don’t see this as a tough fight. He comes in, he only has one plan, to knock everybody out. When he goes the distance, he has a tough time, he has no inside game. It’s a lot of things that Ryan has to prove. There’s not a lot of things that I have to prove. The first 15, 16 fights when you’ve signed with an elite promotional company are favored for you to win. So this opportunity is for Ryan Garcia to show he is who he really says he is. If he beats me, then you can be sure Ryan Garcia is on to do big things. But after I beat him, he still has time to grow, he still has time to be a world champion, but I think he bit off more than he can chew. Come this weekend, the world will see that Ryan Garcia is over with. Ryan Garcia has a lot to prove, and he’s going to have to prove it because I’m coming to fight. You better tune in because it’s going to be an exciting fight and Ryan Garcia is done.”

 

FRANCHON CREWS-DEZURN, WBC Super Middleweight World Champion:
“I’m just so excited right now, I feel like a kid in a candy store. Sept. 14 is long etched in boxing history for the last decade. That’s when some of the best fights take place. To have the opportunity through Golden Boy to defend the title and to get to present myself to the world as I see it – as a champion not only in boxing, but in life – is a highlight of my life. Everyone is talking about how strong and big my opponent is, but my heart and my intellect is going to be stronger. I fought an undisputed unified champion and was blessed to hold my own, and with a good training camp and people in my corner, having then in my behind me, you guys are going to see the best version of me. I’m not coming to play, I’m coming to slay, I’m coming to entertain. I make my own outfits, I make my own boxing attire. Get ready for a show.”

 

ERIK MORALES, Trainer to Jaime Munguia:
“It’s an honor to be training the new face of Mexican boxing. And overall, very satisfying to be training a younger boxer who has a lot of desire, a lot of motivation, and has the goal set on being one of the faces of boxing. What we’ve done is to make sure we utilize what he has and exploit those abilities in the ring, and this Saturday, you will see that.”

 

FERNANDO BELTRAN, CEO of Zanfer Promotions:
“I think it’s going to be a sensational fight. Sept. 16 is sensational and I think it’s a great, great fight. I think Oscar putting fighters with other promoters is what boxing is all about. I congratulate Oscar and I’m very happy to be in this strategic partnership. And, I think Munguia is the next face of boxing – without a doubt.”

 

OSCAR DE LA HOYA, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy:
“Sept. 16 has held the biggest boxing events in the history of the sport. You have to go back to Julio Cesar Chavez, some of my fights, Canelo, and now, Jaime Munguia and Ryan Garcia and all these fights here. It’s about staging the best event at the best stadium, but there’s something about Saturday night that’s going to be fireworks.”
“We decided to headline Jaime Munguia, who is a world champion in his own right, he’s a WBO world champion, but we had to put him with a real tough fighter. A real fighter who’s going to come and derail those plans. That’s what boxing’s all about – a coin flip. And when we were looking at his opponent, or the contender, when I talked to Roberto Diaz and Eric Gomez, they mentioned to me a fighter from Ghana. It instantly reminded me of Azumah Nelson, Ike Quartey, it reminded me of tough, tough fighters. We instantly said yes, [Allotey] is the guy because fighters from Ghana – they come to fight, they have passion.”
“We signed [Ryan] in 2016, and he’s been developing as a solid contender, as a fighter we feel can reach the stars. He’s trained by a great trainer in Eddy Reynoso, who is bringing out the best in him. So we feel very excited to see exactly what is yet to come. He’s defeated fighters such as Carlos Morales, Jayson Velez, Jose Lopez, Braulio Rodriguez, and like I said, being trained by Eddy Reynoso is going to take him to that next level that everybody aspires to be at.”
“Women’s boxing is not on the rise. It’s already here. We at Golden Boy Promotions feel proud that we can showcase these talents and continue to open the doors for much bigger and better things for women’s boxing.”
BERNARD HOPKINS, Golden Boy Partner and Future Hall of Famer:
“I believe the women’s match is probably going to really try to take over this entire card. I’m excited to see that. Everybody here has the opportunity to show their talents on a high scale. Enjoy the fight. Look at the talent that’s here, there’s champions and some wannabe champions. Understand that this is what boxing is all about – to bring the best, whether they’re starting at a level before they get to the top level or they’re already there.”
Munguia vs. Allotey is a 12-round fight for the WBO Junior Middleweight Championship presented by Golden Boy in association with Zanfer Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle,” and Orange Crush. The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 14 at Dignity Health Sports Park and will be streamed live on DAZN.
Tickets for Munguia vs. Allotey are on sale and are priced at $200, $100, $50 and $25, plus applicable taxes, fees and services charges. Tickets can be purchased at goldenboytickets.comhttps://www.axs.com/, by phone at 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849), and at Dignity Health Sports Park Box Office (Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. PT to 6 p.m. PT). VIP Suites are available by calling 877-604-8777. For more information on group discounts or VIP packages, call 877-234-8425.
For more information, visit www.goldenboypromotions.com and DAZN.com. Follow on Twitter @GoldenBoyBoxing and @DAZN_USA. Become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing and https://www.facebook.com/DAZNUSA/. Follow on Instagram @GoldenBoy and @DAZN_USA. Follow the conversation using #MunguiaAllotey

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Oscar De La Hoya Denies Sexual Assault Allegations

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Boxing Hall of Famer Oscar De La Hoya has been accused of sexual assault by an unidentified woman via court papers that were submitted for filing in the Californica Superior Court for Los Angeles County, according to ESPN’s Dan Rafael.

On October 17th, Greg Kirakosian, the attorney for the San Bernardino, California, woman, submitted the 10-page lawsuit, and the unidentified woman is reportedly seeking a jury trial and unspecified damages for alleged sexual assault, sexual battery, gender violence, negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress, according to documents obtained by ESPN.

“To date, Plaintiff continues to suffer from extreme distress, humiliation, indignation and outrage as a result of De La Hoya’s conduct,” the lawsuit said. “As a result of said distress, Plaintiff has suffered and continues to suffer constant and daily symptoms of depression, anxiety, and related symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress disorder.”

The woman, who did not indicate within the lawsuit if she filed a report with the police, claims that she met and became friends with De La Hoya in late 2016 before they eventually began a consensual sexual relationship. However, she claims that on November 12th, 2017 the things turned violent when she was invited by De La Hoya to see a new home he had purchased in Pasadena, California.

While the woman claims that the two would have consensual sex later that night, an allegedly intoxicated De La Hoya became more aggressive when she denied his requests for a specific sex act stating; “Plaintiff repeatedly said no and demanded that De La Hoya stop.” It then says De La Hoya “overpowered her” and violently sexually assaulted her.

The woman states in the lawsuit that she “screamed in pain,” got away from De La Hoya and screamed at him, but that De La Hoya laughed “and responded by repeatedly urging Plaintiff to take a shot of alcohol.” The woman eventually collected herself and left “in extreme shock and pain.”

Additionally, the lawsuit states that the woman “felt extreme swelling and pain” and sought medical treatment at an urgent care facility, where she was prescribed medication. According to the lawsuit, the woman later was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the alleged assault.

De La Hoya, 46, has denied the allegations.

“A frivolous lawsuit was filed recently alleging that Oscar De La Hoya sexually assaulted ‘Jane Doe,’ which is completely false,” the statement from his spokesman said. “Oscar is a very successful businessman, running one of the country’s leading sports and entertainment companies — thus a prime target. It is worth noting that both recent lawsuits have been filed by the same attorney who is looking to make a name for himself. We vehemently deny these allegations and look forward to vigorously defending Oscar’s good name and reputation.”

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Boxer Patrick Day Dies of Brain Injuries Following Knockout

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Less than a week from suffering a brutal 10th-round knockout loss on Saturday night, Junior middleweight Patrick Day died from brain injuries endured from the fight on Wednesday at Northwestern Hospital in Chicago, promoter Lou DiBella said, according to ESPN’s Dan Rafael.

Day, 27, was knocked out by unbeaten 21-year old Charles Cornwell, a blue chip prospect and 2016 United States Olympian, in a fight that Cornwell controlled throughout although Day put up a fight.

Cornwell delivered two rights along with a left hook that knocked out Day, slamming the back of his head on the canvas hard and prompting referee Celestino Ruiz to stop the fight without a count.

“On behalf of Patrick’s family, team, and those closest to him, we are grateful for the prayers, expressions of support and outpouring of love for Pat that have been so obvious since his injury,” DiBella said in a statement. “He was a son, brother, and good friend to many. Pat’s kindness, positivity, and generosity of spirit made a lasting impression with everyone he met.”

Day received medical attention and was removed from the ring via stretcher where he was taken to an ambulance and transported to a hospital.

Day never regained consciousness. Day had a seizure at one point, and then lapsed into a coma before undergoing emergency brain surgery with doctors giving him very little chance for survival.

“During his short life, boxing allowed Patrick to impact many communities, both big and small,” DiBella said. “In his hometown of Freeport, Long Island, he was a beacon of light and the star pupil at the Freeport PAL, the gym he trained in from the moment he began boxing until the last bout of his career. He was recognized as one of Long Island’s finest professional fighters for years. He was a fixture in the boxing community throughout New York City. Patrick was even known in Japan, which he visited to spar with his friend and colleague, world champion Ryota Murata.”

The fight was streamed live on DAZN, who issued the following:

“DAZN is incredibly saddened to learn about the passing of Patrick Day,” a DAZN spokesman said in a statement. “Our heartfelt thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time.”

“I never meant for this to happen to you,” Conwell wrote. “All I ever wanted to do was win. If I could take it all back I would. No one deserves for this to happen to them. I replay the fight over and over in my head thinking what if this never happened and why did it happen to you. I can’t stop thinking about it myself. I prayed for you so many times and shedded so many tears because I couldn’t even imagine how my family and friends would feel. I see you everywhere I go and all I hear is wonderful things about you.”

“Before establishing himself as a world class professional fighter, Pat was a highly decorated amateur,” DiBella said. “He won two nationals titles, the New York Golden Gloves tournament and was an Olympic team alternate, all in 2012. Day turned pro in 2013 and overcame early career struggles to become a world-rated (junior middleweight) contender. He captured the WBC Continental Americas championship in 2017 and the IBF Intercontinental championship in 2019. In June 2019, he was rated in the top 10 by both the WBC and IBF.

“He was also a dedicated college student, having earned an associate’s degree in food and nutrition from Nassau Community College and, subsequently, a bachelor’s degree in health and wellness from Kaplan University.”

“Patrick Day didn’t need to box,” DiBella said. “He came from a good family, he was smart, educated, had good values and had other avenues available to him to earn a living. He chose to box, knowing the inherent risks that every fighter faces when he or she walks into a boxing ring. Boxing is what Pat loved to do. It’s how he inspired people and it was something that made him feel alive.”

Dibella went on to say that he hopes Day’s death will lead to ways to make boxing a safer sport.

“It becomes very difficult to explain away or justify the dangers of boxing at a time like this,” DiBella said. “This is not a time where edicts or pronouncements are appropriate, or the answers are readily available. It is, however, a time for a call to action. While we don’t have the answers, we certainly know many of the questions, have the means to answer them, and have the opportunity to respond responsibly and accordingly and make boxing safer for all who participate.

“This is a way we can honor the legacy of Pat Day. Many people live much longer than Patrick’s 27 years, wondering if they made a difference or positively affected their world. This was not the case for Patrick Day when he left us. Rest in peace and power, Pat, with the angels.”

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Errol Spence Jr. Hospitalized Following Car Crash

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Unified Welterwight World Champion Error Spence Jr. has been hospitalized with serious injuries following a one-car crash early Thursday, according to ESPN’s Dan Rafael.

Spence crashed his Ferrari overnight and is currently in intensive care, but is expected to live.

“Errol was in an accident, and his parents are with him at the hospital,” Premier Boxing Champions spokesman Tim Smith said, per the report. “The doctors are monitoring his condition, but his injuries are not life-threatening. We will have further updates as the doctors update his condition. We’re all wishing the best for Errol.”

“The Ferrari veered left over the center median onto the southbound lanes and flipped multiple times, ejecting the driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt,” police said.

Police are investigating the cause of the crash, which they say occurred at 2:53 am when the car was traveling at “a high rate of speed.”

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