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Pacquiao-Marquez 4; Italia looking to bounce back, More!



ESPN is presenting comprehensive multi-platform pre- and post-fight coverage of the Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez 4 bout scheduled for December 8 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. ESPN Deportes and SportsCenter are on site to provide daily news and information.

As part of ESPN and HBO Sports’ multi-year boxing programming and marketing agreement, ESPN news and information platforms will have access to key content, including post-fight, in-ring interviews, HBO’s behind-the-scenes four-part series 24/7 Pacquiao-Marquez 4, and Marquez-Pacquiao non-televised undercard fights (ESPN3).

Pacquiao-Marquez 4 Coverage Across ESPN Platforms:

· ESPN Deportes’ Una Semana Desde Las Vegas (one week from Las Vegas)

Television:

o Golpe a Golpe: Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 8 p.m. and through the week, David Faitelson, Jose Ramon Fernandez, Bernardo Osuna, Jorge Eduardo Sanchez, and Kary Correa anchor from Las Vegas.

o Cronometro: Wednesday, Dec. 5 through Friday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m., Faitelson and Fernandez discuss the latest news in sports from Las Vegas, with special segments around the bout.

o Raza Deportiva & Nación ESPN: Wednesday, Dec. 5 through Friday, Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. & 10 p.m. respectively, Faitelson to host both shows from Las Vegas through the entire week.

o A Los Golpes: Monday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m., Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., David Faitelson and Osuna provide in-depth analysis and discussion of the results.

ESPN Deportes Radio: Miguel Angel Cebreros hosts radio boxing talk show A Los Golpes from Las Vegas and reports for ESPN Deportes Radio’s SportsCenter.

ESPNDeportes.com: Carlos Nava reports from Las Vegas. Content includes: historical analysis of both fighters, video blogs and podcasts from Vegas, press conference coverage, interviews, opinion, fight preview, post analysis, video recap and live updates.

24/7 Pacquiao/Marquez 4 (ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Classic, ESPN.com and online through WatchESPN.com, and on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, see schedule below): HBO Sports’ all-access reality series, follows both fighters as they prepare for their fourth meeting.

Pacquiao-Marquez non-televised undercard fights (ESPN3; Saturday, Dec.8, 7 p.m.): ESPN’s multiscreen network accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members.

· ESPN Boxing: Friday Night Fights Special Edition (ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN, Thursday, Dec. 6, at 10 p.m.): Studio host Bernardo Osuna will be on site at the Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas when Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas describe the action between ESPN.com’s No. 8 ranked Lightweight contender Ray Beltran (26-6, 17 KOs) and former Lightweight title challenger Ji-Hoon “Volcano” Kim (24-7, 18 KOs) in the 10-round main event. Alex Pombo and Delvin Rodriguez will call the fights for ESPN Deportes’ Viernes de Combates (Friday Night Fights) with Leopoldo Gonzalez and Pablo Viruega in the studio.

Pacquiao-Marquez I-II-III (ESPN Deportes, ESPN Classic, see schedule below): re-airs of their first three fights.

· On-Site Presence Dec. 5-9 (SportsCenter): ESPN’s Friday Night Fights’ studio host Osuna and ESPN.com boxing writer Dan Rafael report.

· 1-on-1 with Pacquiao (SportsCenter): Jeremy Schaap interviews Pacquiao.

· Pacquiao-Marquez Press Conference (SportsCenter, ESPN3, ESPN Deportes, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 3 p.m.): will include Osuna interviews with each fighter.

· Live Interviews (SportsCenter Thursday, Dec. 6): Pacquaio 3:20 p.m.; Marquez 4:20 p.m.

· “Atlas Fight Plan” (ESPN’s Friday Night Fights; SportsCenter) analyst Teddy Atlas will illustrate what each fighter needs to do to win.

· Pacquiao-Marquez Weigh-In (SportsCenter, ESPN3, ESPN Deportes, Friday, Dec. 7, 6:15 p.m.): will include Osuna 1-on-1 interviews with each fighter and a Rafael “Instant Analysis.”

· Teddy Atlas Analysis (SportsCenter, Dec. 7-8) The Friday Night Fights analyst and former trainer will appear on shows previewing the fight.

· Pre-fight Reports (SportsCenter, ESPN Deportes’ Golpe a Golpe, Saturday, Dec. 8,): Osuna and Rafael report live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena; in-locker room reports.

· Round-by-Round Scoring (SportsCenter, throughout the fight): Rafael’s scoring at the end of each round.

· Post-fight Coverage (SportsCenter, ESPN Deportes’ Golpe a Golpe): will include a Rafael “Instant Analysis”; Osuna interviews with each fighter; live press conference coverage; expanded highlights.

· #TeamPacquiao vs. #TeamMarquez (@ESPN Twitter and ESPN Facebook; Fight week): ESPN will ask its Twitter followers why they’re for #TeamPacquiao or #TeamMarquez, and re-Tweet the best replies; share Facebook cover images and Twitter avatars that announce someone as either #TeamPacquiao or #TeamMarquez.

· ESPN The Magazine (newsstands Friday, November 30): Schaap’s interview with Pacquiao is featured in ESPN The Magazine’s “Interview” issue highlighting 2012 newsmakers. Schaap discussed his interview with Pacquiao in detail with The Mag’s Editor in Chief Chad Millman on his weekly podcast.

· ESPN Radio and ESPN Los Angeles 710: ESPN Radio will present news leading up to the fight, as well as SportsCenter updates during the fight and immediate results; 710’s Max & Marcellus (3-7 p.m. PT, M-F) will originate from Las Vegas Thursday and Friday.

· ESPN.com

o Fight reviews: Pacquiao and Marquez provide analysis of their first three fights, and then look ahead to No. 4.

o Fight Credential: An all-access pass to ESPN.com’s prefight, live and postfight coverage.

Cover It Live: ESPN.com’s live blog of fight-night action from the MGM Grand on Dec. 8.

· Marquez 1-on-1 (ESPNFrontRow.com, December 7): Marquez discusses (In Spanish) the fight and doubling as an ESPN Deportes analyst for ESPN’s blog site.

Schedule of Pacquiao-Marquez 4 Coverage Across ESPN Platforms:

Date

Time (ET)

Coverage

Platform

Wed, Dec 5

3 p.m.

Pacquiao-Marquez Press Conference

ESPN3, SportsCenter, ESPN Deportes

7:30 p.m.

24/7 Pacquiao/Marquez 4

Episode 2

ESPN Deportes

8 p.m.

24/7 Pacquiao/Marquez 4

Episode 1

ESPN Classic

8:30 p.m.

24/7 Pacquiao/Marquez 4

Episode 2

ESPN Classic

9 p.m.

Pacquiao vs. Marquez I

ESPN Classic

Thur, Dec 6

3:20 and 4:20

Live Pacquiao-Marquez Interviews

SportsCenter

7 p.m.

24/7 Pacquiao/Marquez 4

Episode 2

ESPN Classic

7:30 p.m.

24/7 Pacquiao/Marquez 4

Episode 3

ESPN Classic, ESPN Deportes

8 p.m.

Pacquiao vs. Marquez II

ESPN Classic

10 p.m.

ESPN Boxing: Friday Night Fights Special Edition

ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

Fri, Dec 7

12 a.m.

Pacquiao vs. Marquez III

ESPN Classic

1 a.m.

24/7 Pacquiao/Marquez 4

Episode 2

ESPN Classic

1:30 a.m.

24/7 Pacquiao/Marquez 4

Episode 3

ESPN Classic

4 a.m.

24/7 Pacquiao/Marquez 4

Episode 1

ESPN Deportes

4:30 a.m.

24/7 Pacquiao/Marquez 4

Episode 2

ESPN Deportes

5 a.m.

24/7 Pacquiao/Marquez 4

Episode 3

ESPN Deportes

In the morning

Marquez 1-on-1

ESPNFrontRow.com

ESPNFrontRow.com

12 p.m.

Pacquiao vs. Marquez I

ESPN Deportes

1 p.m.

Pacquiao vs. Marquez II

ESPN Deportes

2 p.m.

Pacquiao vs. Marquez III

ESPN Deportes

6 p.m.

Pacquiao- Marquez Live Weigh-In

ESPN3, SportsCenter

7 p.m.

Pacquiao vs. Marquez III

ESPN Classic

Sat, Dec 8

12:30 a.m.

24/7 Pacquiao/Marquez 4

Episode 3

ESPN2, WatchESPN

1 a.m.

All-star Italia looking to bounce back versus Ukraine

Lausanne, Switzerland, 05 December 2012 – After succumbing to defeat on British soil last time out, a full strength Dolce & Gabbana Italia Thunder will now be gunning for victory when they host a strong Ukraine Otamans side at the Mediolanum Forum this Saturday 8 December (21:00 local time). The Italians will be lining up some of their stellar performers, including Domenico ‘Mirko’ Valentino, William Mc Laughlin and Clemente Russo, to make the difference in this World Series of Boxing (WSB) Group B encounter.

Domenico Valentino of Dolce & Gabbana Milano Thunder

In the first contest of the night, the home team’s Italian Bantamweight (50-54kg) southpaw Jahyn Vittorio Parrinello will be tasked with overcoming the threat posed by dangerous Moldovan Alexandr Riscan, a two-time European bronze medallist. Parrinello is vastly experienced, having participated in both the Beijing and London Olympic Games, but with both boxers evenly matched in all departments, the onus will be on the Thunder’s 29-year-old to deliver before an expectant crowd.

2009 AIBA World Champion Valentino, one of the Thunder poster-boys, will then take to the ring in the Lightweight (57-61kg) contest to face tough Ukrainian Vyacheslav Kyslytsyn. The 28-year-old orthodox fighter struggled with injuries last season but after coming back to full fitness, the unpredictable Valentino is now ready to set the competition alight.

The tattooed Italian told us, “I feel strong. This will be my first fight of the season and I am really fired up. After my unsatisfying Olympic Games in London, I am now looking for redemption. I want to give to people a clear signal that Valentino is back, and back to defeat all before him”. On his opponent, he declared, “Ukraine has a great boxing tradition, so I know he will be dangerous. He is taller than me but I have devised a clever tactical plan and victory will be mine”.

The Middleweight (68-73kg) showdown between unbeaten Irishman McLaughlin and the Ukraine Otamans’ Dmytro Mytrofanov is guaranteed to be one of the night’s most explosive bouts. The Italia Thunder man is a class act but will have to wary of his rival with Mytrofanov having pushed two-time WSB champion Sergiy Derevyanchenko all the way in his last appearance.

The 23-year-old Ukrainian stated, “I am confident of victory in Italy after my good showing against Derevyanchenko. The pressure is on McLaughlin and I will be exploiting this. Training with the Ukrainian team has been fantastic and we are all pumped up”.

McLaughlin was also confident ahead of this match, telling us, “I am fitter and in better shape than I was last season so yes I am ready. I see Mytrofanov as being my toughest opponent to date. I know however that if I box at my best, I will beat him”.

In the fourth bout, Dolce & Gabbana Italia Thunder’s vastly experienced Hungarian Imre Szello will find himself giving a lot of height away to the tall Ukrainian Denys Poyatsyka at Light Heavyweight (80-85kg). Szello will be banking on his expert shot-making skills to give him the edge in this one. It will be very close.

WSB superstar Russo will seek to extend his perfect record in the competition to sixteen wins when the Italia Thunder team captain battles Rostyslav Arkhypenko of Ukraine. The two-time Olympic silver medallist always puts on a great show in front of his fans and this bout will be no different for the charismatic Italian.

The Mediolanum Forum in Milan always brings out the best from boxers and with Ukraine Otamans set to provide some stiff resistance, it promises to be a real nail-biter. Tickets are still available for this quality match, click HERE for more details.

International Fight Night Press Conference

QUEENS, NY (December 5, 2012)—Tuesday afternoon, fighters that will participate in Saturday night’s big boxing event at the Resorts World Casino were present for the final news Conference.

This historic boxing event is promoted by New Legend Boxing, Old World Boxing & W.O.N. Promotions, with the main event being promoted in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing.

In the main event, popular Heavyweight Vinny Maddalone (35-8, 26 KO’s) takes on Byron Polley (25-13-1, 11 KO’s) in a ten round Heavyweight bout. In the co-feature, undefeated Super Featherweight Juan Dominguez of Brooklyn, NY (via Dominican Republic) will battle veteran John Alberto Molina of Cartagena, Colombia.

Also seeing action will be undefeated Jr. Middleweight Frank Galarza battling Roberto Lopez. Galarza of Brooklyn, NY, with a record of (7-0-1, 4 KO’s) is a popular fighter who attracts a large fan base due to his crowd pleasing style. That style was evident in his last bout when he and Alantez Fox waged a memorable eight round slugfest which ended in a draw on September 22nd at the Resorts World
Casino.

UNDERCARD:

In a six round Featherweight bout, Rafael Vazquez (8-1, 6 KO’s) of Queens, NY, takes on Israel Suarez (4-3-1, 1 KO) of Luquillo, Puerto Rico

In a six round Bantamweight bout, Elton Dharry (10-5-1, 5 KO’s) of Queens, NY, looks for his ninth consecutive win he takes on an opponent to be named

In a four round Lightweight bout, Angel Garcia (3-1, 2 KO’s) of Brooklyn, NY, battles Victor Galindo (1-0, 1 KO) of Puerto Rico

In a four round female Super Bantamweight bout, Heather Hardy (2-0) of Brooklyn, NY, fights Ivana Coleman (0-3) of Slidell, Louisiana

Bryant Cruz of Port Chester, NY makes his pro debut against Jonathan Caban (0-3) of Queens, NY in a four round Lightweight bout.

Forty-seven year old Rob Garris makes his pro debut after twenty-six years away from the ring when he boxes Abdellah Smith (1-4) of Queens, NY in a four round Super Middleweight affair.

Rounding out the card will be Neuky Santelises (1-0, 1 KO) of New York battles Micah Branch (1-2) of Cincinnati, OH in a four round Featherweight bout.

Tickets prices are $50 General Admission, $125 Ringside and $225 VIP (Includes Open Bar & Buffet) and can be purchased by calling New Legend Boxing 718-487-4474 and/or logging on to www.NewLegendBoxing.com

A portion of the ticket proceeds will be donated to the victims of Hurricane Sandy