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World Championships first international tournament for America’s No. 1 ranked Light Welterweight Ravven Brown of San Antonio

Next month when No. 1 ranked light welterweight Ravven Brown enters the ring at the Elite Women’s World Championships, it’ll mark her first participation in an international tournament.

The 28-year-old Brown got a relatively late start in boxing, less than three years ago and quite by accident. She was about to ship off to boot camp in the U.S. Navy, but her enlistment date was pushed back, and instead she found boxing.

“Now,” she explained, “I look at it as a blessing in disguise. I then needed a job, so I started working at a Boys and Girls Club (in San Antonio, TX) and I overheard noise upstairs in the gym. I went there to check it out and that’s when I met (coach) Jeffrey Mays. He told me to hold off on the Navy and to trust him.”

She trusted him and today the Atlanta native has already captured two gold medals, 2018 Elite National Championships and 2018 Eastern Elite qualifier, and placed at four other tournaments. And already she’s preparing to compete in the largest amateur boxing tournament in the world, excluding the Olympics, which will be held October 3-13 in Ulan Ude, Russia.

“I feel that I’m blessed,” she said. “I have only been boxing for three years now, so to be at this level in such a short amount of time is an honor. Athletes work for years just to get where I am now. I want to take full advantage of this opportunity.

“I have never been out of the country (U.S.) and this will be my first time. I’m glad my first time going overseas will be to represent my country doing what I love.”

Ravven Brown (R) was excited to hear her name announced as The National Championships’ winner

She has taken full advantage of training with her teammates at the United States Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, which has helped her accelerate her amateur boxing career to the point where she’s fighting the best in the world on even terms.

“I’ve been able to prepare with the best training in Colorado Springs,” she added. “The intensity level is very high compared to our gym back home, and we have access to a lot more here. It’s the best of the best, so I have no choice but to improve.”

Brown is making a name for herself. And what’s behind her unique first name?

“No special meaning,” Ravven answered. “My mother loved the actor that played on the Cosby Show. The two ‘v’s’ came because my mom couldn’t take the pain and she was given stronger medicine. Then she mistakenly put two ‘v’s’ in my first name. I love it because it’s different and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

She eventually plans to join the U.S. Army and participate in the World Class Athlete Program (WCAP) and then use her boxing platform to inspire and motivate youth.

The U.S. Navy’s loss was USA Boxing’s gain.

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Toyo Tires Named Presenting Sponsor of Inagural UFC Honors

UFC®, the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization announced that it is expanding its long-time partnership with Toyo Tires to launch a new annual end-of-year awards program that recognizes UFC’s top fighters, performances and moments.


UFC Honors, Presented by Toyo Tires, will comprise a variety of categories within two groups, including:

  • UFC Honors President’s Choice:

ü  UFC Performance of the Year

ü  UFC Fight of the Year

  • UFC Honors Fan Choice

ü  Toyo Tires’ UFC Knockout of the Year

ü  Toyo Tires’ UFC Submission of the Year

ü  Toyo Tires’ UFC Event of the Year

ü  Toyo Tires’ UFC Comeback of the Year

The winners of the ‘UFC Performance of the Year’ and ‘UFC Fight of the Year’ awards will be personally chosen by UFC President Dana White, while winners in the ‘UFC Honors Fan Choice’ group will be determined through social and online voting.


“Every year, there are so many great fights and so many unbelievable performances in UFC,” said UFC President Dana White.  “It’s going to be almost impossible to pick the best, but I’m going to have fun trying.  It’s also cool that the fans will get to vote in some categories, like ‘Knockout of the Year’ and ‘Event of the Year.’  Toyo Tires’ is a great partner and we’re looking forward to working with them on this.”


“We are proud to be the presenting sponsor of the first-ever UFC Honors program,” said Tim Chaney, vice president of marketing, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. “As a longtime sponsor of UFC, and as fans ourselves, we are deeply committed to the growth of the sport and look forward to being a part of the UFC’s exciting future.”


The nominees for UFC Honors, Presented by Toyo Tires will be announced in early December on UFC.com and across UFC’s social channels.  Throughout December, UFC fans will have the opportunity to vote for their choices in four categories: Toyo Tires’ UFC Knockout of the Year; Toyo Tires’ UFC Submission of the Year; Toyo Tires’ UFC Event of the Year; and Toyo Tires’ UFC Comeback of the Year.  Winners will be announced before December 31.  Additional details on the voting process will be announced at a later date.


For more information, please visit UFC Honors FAQ page on UFC.com.


Toyo Tires has been the Official Tire of UFC since 2006 and has a significant branding presence inside the Octagon® across select UFC events, including Pay-Per-Views.  Toyo Tires is also integrated into live UFC Fight Nights via custom broadcast assets, social and digital activations, select fan experiences, and more.


About UFC®

UFC® is the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization (MMA), with more than 300 million fans and 70 million social media followers. The organization produces more than 40 live events annually in some of the most prestigious arenas around the world, while broadcasting to nearly one billion TV households across more than 170 countries. UFC’s athlete roster features the world’s best MMA athletes representing more than 60 countries. The organization’s digital offerings include FIGHT PASS®, one of the world’s leading streaming services for combat sports. UFC was acquired in 2016 by global entertainment, sports and content company Endeavor, along with strategic investors Silver Lake Partners and KKR. UFC is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information, visit UFC.com and follow UFC at Facebook.com/UFC, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram: @UFC.





Established in 1966, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. represents the innovation, quality, performance, and excellent service that Toyo Tires has delivered worldwide for more than 70 years. The company offers a full line of premium tires for nearly every vehicle including light trucks, SUVs, crossovers, sports cars, luxury cars and hybrids as well as commercial trucks.  Many of the tires are built in the United States at their state-of-the-art factory in Georgia. To find the right tire for your vehicle as well as an authorized dealer, visit www.toyotires.com. You can also join the Toyo Tires community on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

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PREVIEW: Sky Blue FC vs Chicago Red Stars at Yurcak Field

Sky Blue FC (4-12-4, 16 points) face the Chicago Red Stars (11-8-2, 35 points) at Yurcak Field on September 15th at 5:00 p.m. ET for the club’s Petpalooza Night. This is the third and final meeting of the season between the two teams.


The match will be streamed live on NWSL app. International fans can find the links to watch the match on NWSLsoccer.com.


Sky Blue FC is eighth place with a record of 4-12-4 and 16 points, nine points behind 7th place Washington Spirit. The Red Stars sit in third place with a record of 11-8-2 and 35 points and are in a tight race for a playoff spot. Sky Blue has won both matches this season against the Red Stars by a 2-1 scoreline.

Leading the attack for Sky Blue is Carli Lloyd with five goals and one assist followed by Raquel Rodriguez with three goals and two assists. In previous matchups against the Red Stars, Paige Monaghan, Jen Hoy, and Kailen Sheridan helped lead the team to victory. Monaghan scored her first career goal and brace against the Red Stars on August 14th to earn Sky Blue the stoppage time win. Hoy sealed the win for Sky Blue back on July 7th after netting the winning goal in the 81st minute. Sheridan has earned 12 saves between the two games against Chicago, stopping Sam Kerr multiple times on the attack. Sheridan currently leads the NWSL in saves with a total of 70.


The Red Stars are coming off a 1-0 win in stoppage time against the Orlando Pride thanks to a cross sent in by Kerr that found the head of Casey Short. Chicago dropped three straight games from August 14th to August 25th, conceding seven goals, but recently have found their form again after winning back to back games against Houston and Orlando.

Sam Kerr is looking to beat the NWSL single-season scoring record (17 goals) that she set back in 2017 playing for Sky Blue. Kerr currently leads the league with 15 goals and three assists. Another key player to watch is Yuki Nagasato who leads the NWSL in assists with six. The most dangerous combination on the field is the international connection between Kerr and Nagasato. Five of Nagasato’s assists this season have led to Kerr finding the back of the net.

Sky Blue FC vs. Chicago Red Stars Rewind 

The two teams last played each other at Yurcak Field on August 14th in a 2-1 win. Paige Monaghan scored in the 71st minute, to put sky blue up 1-0. The Red Stars tied up the game in the 91st minute from the feet of Kerr. In the 93rd minute, Monaghan sent the game-winning goal to the back of the next.

Looking ahead

Sky Blue head west on Saturday, September 21st to face Reign FC at Cheney at 10 p.m ET. The two teams last played each other at Red Bull Arena on August 18th in a 1-1 draw in front of 9,415 fans. Sky Blue FC’s final home game of the season will be on Sunday, September 29th against Alex Morgan, Ashlyn Harris, and the Orlando Pride.


Tickets to all Sky Blue FC home games are available now by calling 888-SBFC-TIX or by visiting skybluefc.com. All fans at the game will receive a Sky Blue FC game day poster.

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Matsui 55 Baseball Foundation Cinic Providing Hope for New York City Kids Teaching Passion, Precision and Pride

New York Yankees Great Hideki Matsui wanted an opportunity to teach the future of Major League Baseball the fundamentals of what made him a great not only in Japan, but in the United States. So after his amazing Major League Career is over he decided to start up the Matsui 55 Foundation.

Thanks to the Matsui 55 Foundation, Hideki has been able to provide hope and showing the future of Major League Baseball how to play the game properly. On a beautiful day at Richmond County Bank Ballpark home of the Staten Island Yankees. There were about 35-40 children from the Metropolitan Area getting to learn how to play the game of baseball with the same passion, precision and pride that he was able to bring not only to the Tokyo Dome and also to Yankee Stadium.

So far Hideki has been able to make a tremendous impact with his foundation, which started in April 2015, the Matsui 55 Baseball Foundation has hosted baseball clinics for children in Los Angeles, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, San Francisco and Japan. 

Fans can expect to see more of the Matsui 55 Foundation, and these young men are hopefuls to make the Major League Baseball Opening Day roster in the future.

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A Video look at the Clinic:

Interview with Hideki Matsui


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New York City FC Captures Huge 2-1 Victory over San Jose at Yankee Stadium

On a perfect day in the Bronx, NY the New York City FC earn a huge 2-1 victory over the San Jose Earthquake in Major league Soccer Action at Yankee Stadium. With this victory NYCFC has now clinched Home Field advantage for their MLS Playoff games.

Both teams are entering from some long stretches of soccer, but it was San Jose who looked good early as Major League Soccer’s all-time leading goalscorer Chris Wondolowski who opened up the scoring at the 20′ mark.  New York City FC, as they have always done throughout their history kept battling and kept to the game plan of Head Coach Domènec Torrent, as they were able to tie up the game before the whistle blue for the start of the halftime break.

It was at the 40′ minute that Keaton Parks was able to record his first MLS goal by tearing up the midifield and attempting to set-up his teammate Gary Mackay-Steven. As the attempt by Steven was dribbling away from the Earthquake cage Parks struck fast and quick to notch up the game at 1-1. For Parks he has been playing brilliant for Torrent and NYCFC as he has been able to drop back as a defending midfielder or to stride up and create chances.

Three Minutes later the Boys in Blue were able to secure Yankee Stadium as the location for the MLS Playoffs, via a beautiful goal by Alexandru Mitriță, making the final tally 2-1. Things got extremely physical and tough as the minutes ticked down, and both teams were able to create some amazing opportunities, but New York City and their amazing defense were able to stand their ground and secure the clutch victory on this day. As always stellar in the cage for NYCFC was keeper Sean Johnson who made some stellar stops during the course of the game.

Up next for New York City FC will be a tough road game against FC Dallas on September 22 for the team’s first meeting of the season. The next time the Boys in Blue will return back to Yankee Stadium will be three days later as they will take on Atlanta United for the final home game of the regular season.

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following Post Game Report Featuring

Head Coach Domènec Torrent, Keaton Parks and Rónald Matarrita




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New York City FC and Toronto Battle to a 1-1 draw in a Heated matchup at Yankee Stadium

New York City FC Vs Toronto FC

New York City 1, Toronto 1

2019 MLS Regular-Season Match

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 – Wednesday

Yankee Stadium | Bronx, NY

Toronto FC and New York City FC finished 1-1 in a contested battle on Wednesday nights matchup at Yankee Stadium. When New York City FC first was born into existence one of the first things they did was to be sure to honor all those first responders who serve New York City with the Tunnel of Honor. On this huge match, on this huge day were those lost due to the tragic events of 9/11 that tunnel had a special significance and meaning.

New York City FC played hungry and opened up the scoring in the 6th minute as forward Alexandru Mitrita rifled in a free kick from the top of the box.

The game took a turn in the 40th minute when Toronto City FC forward Jozy Altidore was dragged down in the box by defender Sebastien Ibeagha. After a quick decision from VAR referee Chris Penso decided there was enough to award a penalty kick. Alejandro Pozuelo calmly put the ball in the right corner to tie the game at 1.

Later on in the 78th minute Toronto had a glorious chance to put the game away with a penalty that was ultimately saved by NYCFC goalkeeper Sean Johnson.

Deep into the last minutes of play NYCFC forward Taty Castellanos went down in the box from a swing by center back Chris Mavinga. After video review it was determined that there was no foul on the play leaving home supporters in disarray. 

After the 1-1 tie NYCFC still find themselves in first place and look to continue their strong play Saturday at 12:30 versus the San Jose Earthquakes at Yankee Stadium.



  • 6’ Alexandru Mitrita (NYCFC)
  • Alejandro Pozuelo (Toronto FC)


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Heavyweight Boxing Returns to the Catskills This Saturday (September 14)

Star Boxing is bringing heavyweight boxing back to the historical Catskills in Saturday nights “CATSKILLS CLASH II,” featuring heavyweight title contender, CARLOS TAKAM (36-5-1 28KO’s) as he takes on CRAIG LEWIS (14-3-1 7KO’s) in a 10-round bout.

Some of the greatest heavyweights of all time played a major role in the prominence of boxing in the Catskills. Names like, Mike Tyson, Rocky Marciano and Muhammad Ali have all left a clear impact in the majestic New York region’s affinity for boxing. Calling the Hudson Valley village home, Iron Mike Tyson’s famous rise to stardom began under the watchful eye of legend Cus D’Amato at the Cus D’Amato Boxing Club, in Catskill, New York

With a direct link to boxing, the Catskills played a major role in boxing as arguably the greatest training area for boxers dating back to the 20th century. It was not uncommon for multiple high-profile boxers to be training in hotels in the Catskills at the same time.Other greats from Sonny Liston and Muhammad Ali to Larry Holmes, Joey Archer and Emile Griffith, to Roberto Duran and Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, have all called Sullivan County and the Catskills their temporary homes while training for fights, and for most of the 20th century, very few places in the world could claim a greater link as a professional boxing training camp mecca.

Carlos Takam is well respected in the heavyweight division as someone who comes ready to fight and is not afraid to trade punches. Having fought some of the best heavyweights in the world, like Anthony Joshua, Dereck Chisora, Joseph Parker and Alexander Povetkin, Takam has proven he will fight anyone, anywhere, anytime. Making his US debut in the Catskills is fitting for the Cameroon born French heavyweight, where so many greats came before him. Opposing Takam, is Detroit’s Craig Lewis, a tough heavyweight with a granite chin and will.

With the Takam-Lewis heavyweight bout set to headline Saturday nights highly anticipated night of fights at Resorts World Catskills, great boxing action, and specifically thrilling heavyweight boxing, lives on in the Catskills.

“CATSKILLS CLASH II” is promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, on a thrilling night of fights from Resorts World Catskills, featuring elite heavyweight action in the main event as heavyweight title contender CARLOS TAKAM (France, 36-5-1 28KO’s) takes on heavy-handed heavyweight, CRAIG LEWIS (Detroit, MI 14-3-1 8KO’s). Also featured is New England, top undefeated prospects, “ACTION” ANTHONY LAUREANO (E. Hartford, CT 11-0 4KO’s), defending his ABO America’s Super Lightweight title against BRIAN “SWEET” JONES (Clarksville, TX 15-10 9KO’s), who is coming off a massive upset KO over undefeated prospect Julian Sosa. Co-featured is RICHIE “POPEYE THE SAILOR MAN” RIVERA (Hartford, CT 12-0 10KO’s) who returns to the Catskill’s against ISRAEL “BUMAYE” DUFFUS (19-5 16KO’s), in a fight between two hard punching bangers. On the undercard, undefeated welterweight, BOUBACAR SYLLA (Cincinnati, OH 10-0 7KO’s) will take on the tough Mount Vernon, NY, product, JERMAINE CORLEY (3-6 1KO). Finally hometown fan favorite, BRYANT COSTELLO, will be fighting in a 4-round bout.

FITE, the world leader in the digital distribution of combat sports will stream the event live on the www.FITE.TV website, FITE mobile apps for iOS, Android, and the FITE channels of Amazon Fire, Android, Apple TV, and Roku on a PPV basis. The FITE PPV will stream all “Catskills Clash II,” bouts and be available for just $14.99. Check availability in your area by going to the FITE.tv website.
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Tickets for Star Boxing’s “Catskills Clash II” are available now via ticketmaster.com. Tickets start at just $35. Purchase your tickets, HERE.

Located in the heart of New York’s Catskill region, Resorts World Catskills Casino Resortoffers guests unmatched experiences in excitement, entertainment, and luxury. The integrated casino resort includes an 18-story all-suite hotel, and a casino featuring 100,000 square feet of gaming action including 150 live Las-Vegas style table games, 1,600 state-of-the art slot machines, a poker room, private gaming salons and a 100 seat sportsbook lounge. The casino resort also offers more than 10 varied bar and restaurant experiences, which includes an Italian steakhouse created by celebrity chef Scott Conant, and year-round live entertainment at the 2,500-seat RW Epicenter, casino bars and lounges. The luxurious hotel located within Resorts World Catskills is comprised of 332 suites, the Crystal Life Spa, two indoor pools, and two fitness centers. The integrated casino resort also includes additional stay and play destinations on its campus, including The Alder, an adjacent 101-room lifestyle hotel featuring the first Topgolf Swing Suites in New York State, and Dos Gatos, a cantina-style Mexican eatery and the recently opened Kartrite Resort and Indoor Waterpark, and will be expanded to include a Rees Jones redesigned golf course.

For a quarter century, Star Boxing keeps on swinging! Star Boxing has consistently delivered boxing events of the highest caliber and attracts loyal fans from all corners of the globe. From the Antonio Tarver – Roy Jones trilogy to the meteoric rise of Chris Algieri and Joe Smith Jr. through the Rockin’ Fights Paramount Series, Star Boxing continues to work with and develop world rated contenders and red-hot prospects into future world champions. Star Boxing is revered worldwide throughout the industry for its credibility, integrity, and exciting fights.

For more information on Star Boxing, visit official website: www.StarBoxing.com