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Alex Kane enters the MLW Battle Riot in NYC

Major League Wrestling recently announced the National Openweight Champion Alex Kane as a participant in the 40-wrestler Battle Riot as MLW returns to New York City’s Melrose Ballroom on June 23, featuring an MLW Fusion TV taping.

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Grab your tickets at www.MLWNYC.com and on Eventbrite.

Who is taking a first class one-way trip to Suplex Island?

If it’s up to Alex Kane, it will be all 39 participants in the Battle Riot on June 23 in New York City.

The National Openweight Champion and member of the Bomaye Fight Club has plowed through all challengers to his championship since wining the belt last fall.

Now the “ultimate hybrid wrestler” looks to grab his golden ticket and get a crack at the World Heavyweight Champ. In order to do so, the Georgia grappler must outlast 39 other competitors! 

Undefeated since entering MLW with the 2021 Open Draft, Alex Kane predicts the Riot will be just another accolade in his meteoric rise in Major League Wrestling.

Will Alex Kane conquer the Battle Riot? Find out LIVE in New York City on June 23 at MLW Battle Riot IV!

Who will outlast, outfight and out riot 39 other wrestlers and earn a title shot against the World Champion? Find out June 23 in the Big Apple at the Melrose Ballroom!.

For more information on MLW fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

https://mlw.com/

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Washington Mystics on a roll at home in 70-50 victory over Atlanta

There were a lot of mixed emotions around the Washington Mystics and Atlanta Dream, as the news was released recently that 19 students were shoot at a Texas elementary school. 

With a mix of emotions surrounding the team the Washington Mystics continued to play well in the Entertainment and Sports Arena by earning a 70-50 victory over the Atlanta Dream in WNBA Action.

The Mystics have now have a seven-game home win streak over Atlanta, while also winning 10 of the last 11 against the Dream.

It turned out to be a special day for the team as  Elena Delle Donne needed 15 points to reach 4,000 for her career, and the forward was able to do so  with a 7-of-13 mark from the field to go along with three blocked shots. With the mark Delle Donne becomes the 40th, and is the second-fastest player in WNBA history to do so.

Guard Natasha Cloud, who used the media session afterward to talk about the events that had happened in Texas and in Buffalo, once again was a leader on the offensive side of the court as she was able to dish out a game-high seven assists.

Cloud and Associate Head Coach Eric Thibault shared their thoughts on the events that had happened and fans are encouraged to check out the video below to see what both had to say:

Finally Kennedy Burke rounded out the scoring with a season-high 13 points on 5-of-5 night.

Up next for the Washington Mystics will be a bit of a road stretch, as the ladies will head to Connecticut to take on the Sun on May 28th. Tip between the two teams is set for 7:00 p.m.

For more information on the Washington Mystics fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

https://mystics.wnba.com/

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Tensions build as clash between Dmitry Bivol and Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez builds 

Former World Super Middleweight Champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (44-0, 30 KOs) has done everything short of threatening the health of World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Light Heavyweight Champion Dmitry Bivol to get a title shot.

Ramirez has won not only one but two title eliminators, both by way of sensational knockout performances, the latest his recent 4th-round stoppage of an outclassed Dominic Boesel (32-3) to officially become the  WBA mandatory challenger for Bivol, yet fresh off his impressive decision over Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Bivol has said that he’d prefer to fight “Canelo” in a rematch or wait for the winner of next month’s unification fight between Artur Beterbiev and Joe Smith, Jr.

Apparently, Ramirez has become the boogeyman of the light heavyweight division, at least in Bivol’s opinion. After all, Bivol talked the talk for more than a year, claiming he wanted to fight “Zurdo” because it would be a great fight for fans.

“This is my division,” Ramirez proclaimed. “There’s a reason some of these guys have avoided me. They know I’m coming for all the belts and that it’s just a matter of time. Bivol was sent a contract last year, but he avoided fighting me to fight somebody else (Umar Salomov). I’ve been asking for Beterbiev and Smith Jr., but they both know they can’t compete on my level. As I said, it’s only a matter of time until this is proven.”

“I’m not sure if he (Bivol) means what he says. He’s had a few opportunities to sign a contract (to fight Ramirez) but he didn’t. If the ‘Canelo’ rematch doesn’t happen, I’ll be in line to take the world championship away from him. We’ll see what my promoter (Golden Boy) comes up with (if a ‘Canelo’ rematch doesn’t happen next for Bivol). I’m just surprised by all the talk and lack of action from Bivol. It’s sad to see but, maybe he mans-up this time.”

Even Zurdo’s former promoter, Bob Arum (Top Rank), wants Bivol to fight Zurdo if Canelo Alvarez decides against exercising his rematch clause vs. Bivol. Arum noted that Bivol and Zurdo both fight on DAZN, while the winner of a June 18th unification fight between the other world light heavyweight champions – Artur Beterbiev (WBC & IBF) and Joe Smith, Jr. (WBO) – fights exclusively on ESPN. Arum doesn’t want the Beterbiev-Smith victor to fight Bivol on DAZN.  

“So, my suggestion to Bivol is if the Canelo rematch isn’t available,” Arum recently said in and interview, “he should fight Gilberto Ramirez, who is promoted by Golden Boy, and Golden Boy and Eddie Hearn both do their fights on DAZN. So, it shouldn’t be a hard fight to make.”

Zurdo, of course, agreed with Arum: “I am not surprised by Bob’s comments. Bivol can’t just demand what he wants to Top Rank. It just doesn’t work that way. If Canelo doesn’t commit to the rematch, I’m curious what other excuses he (Bivol) might make to avoid me.”

“My team and I still have a tremendous amount of respect for Bob and Top Rank. He is one of the greatest promoters and I will always appreciate Bob for giving me an opportunity. Although we disagreed, it doesn’t mean we can’t do good business together down the line. I still cherish all my time with Top Rank and wish nothing but the best for Bob and the Top Rank family.”

Ramirez has won  all five of his fights by knockout, displaying vicious body punching, since he moved up to the light heavyweight division in 2019. He simply outclassed Boesel, the International Boxing Organization (IBO) Light Heavyweight World Champion, closing the show with a damaging right hook to the German’s liver.

“I performed as expected,” Ramirez self-evaluated his fight versus Boesel. “I went into camp in great shape and continued to work with my team to become the best version of myself, Body work is something we focused on and I’m glad I was able to display it in a fight.”

The great Joe Louis once said, “They can run but they can’t hide.” Bivol shouldn’t be allowed by the WBA to continue hiding from “Zurdo”.   

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Website: www.ZurdoPromotions.com

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Killer Kross enters the MLW Battle Riot in NYC

Major League Wrestling today announced Killer Kross as a participant in the 40-wrestler Battle Riot as MLW returns to New York City’s Melrose Ballroom on June 23, featuring an MLW Fusion TV taping.

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Grab your tickets at www.MLWNYC.com and on Eventbrite.

Tick tock… could the countdown soon begin for Killer Kross challenging for the World Heavyweight Championship?

With Kross officially entering the Battle Riot, speculation has already begun about a future dream match between Hammerstone and Killer Kross.

But first the Sin City native must outlast 39 other combatants and win the Battle Riot. No easy task. Then again, this isn’t just any fighter.

A harbinger of chaos, the 6’4″ fighter has been a threat wherever he’s battled. Returning to MLW two months ago, Killer Kross decimated his opponent and in the process put the entire league on notice. 

Killer Kross is looking for a fight when he walks into the Melrose Ballroom in New York City. With his eyes set on grabbing his golden ticket to a title shot anytime, anywhere will anyone be able to stop his path of destruction in the Battle Riot? 

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Washington Mystics fall to Chicago Sky, 82-73

The Washington Mystics were unable to contain the reigning WNBA Champs the Chicao Sky, as the ladies lost by a final score of 82-73 in the team’s first meeting of the season.

Chicago had themselves a better rounded offensive game plan, while the Mystics were unable to find themselves an offensive rhythm.

One of the leaders on the offensive side of things for the Mystics was Ariel Atkins, who had a game-high 20 points. Atkins (222) was able to hit four three-point field goals today, that puts her ahead of Alana Beard (220) for the second-most three-point field goals made in franchise history.

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following Washington Mystics Post Game Press Conference from 5/22/2022. This was after the team’s 82-73 loss to the Chicago Sky in WNBA action on Washington D.C. Video features thoughts from General Manager Head Coach Mike Thibault, Elizabeth Williams and Ariel Atkins:

Natasha Cloud was one of the leaders for the team, as she was able to dish out a season-best and game-high 10 assists. Cloud has been able to dish out 10+ assists in a single game six times in her career.

Shakira Austin was able to have a 14 point and a five rebound performance in the game against the Sky, as Austin has been impressive with her play with the Mystics thus far. Austin has now had at least 10+ points and 5+ rebounds in a single game four times this season, that includes three consecutive games. 

The Mystics will return to the Entertainment and Sports Arena on Tuesday, May 24, as the ladies play host to the Atlanta Dream. Game time between the two teams is set for 7:00 p.m.

For more information on the Washington Mystics fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

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D.C. United earn draw against Toronto FC 2-2

In what was a beautiful day at Audi Field, one in which featured a fireworks display and a helicopter flyover D.C. United were able to earn a draw against Toronto FC in MLS action on May 21.

The match had fireworks of its own on the field, as both squads were able to produce quality chances on the offensive side of the field.

The evening started off on a great note for the black-and-red as Edison Flores found the back of the net for a 1-0 lead. Flores who was able to get a beauty of a cross from Michael Estrada had the supporters of the D.C. United feeling hopeful. As for Flores that was his first goal of the season.

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following D.C. United Post Match Press Conference featuring thoughts from Interim Head Coach Chad Ashton:

From there the home side attempted to maintain their 1-0 lead, but Toronto and their speed and wonderful passing ability were able to tie the match up thanks to a Ayo Akinola goal in the 36 minute. For Akinola that was his first MLS goal since July 3, 20221.

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following photos from the match between D.C. United and Toronto FC:

When the Second Half of play D.C. United were able to put together some nice combinations and eventually a Taxi Fountas’s rebound was booted into the cage by Estrada for a 2-0 lead. For Estrada that was his fourth goal of the season.

Fountas has been playing well for D.C. United as the forward now has five goals and three assists in seven appearances.

Hanging on the edges of their seats the wonderful crowd at Audi Field held their breath in the hopes of earning a home victory. Ultimately it was not meant to be as Toronto FC found the tying goal as Jonathan Osorio scored in the 89th minute.

Up next for D.C. United will play a road match against the New York Red Bulls on May 28, with the match scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

For more information on D.C. United fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

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Defense one of the keys for the Washington Mystics in 78-73 victory over Atlanta

It was a close one for the Washington Mystics, but ultimately the ladies were able to earn a 78-73 victory over the Atlanta Dream in WNBA Action on 5/20/2022.

One of the keys to the team’s victory was that of the stellar defensive play by Alysha Clark, who had some big moments during the course of the night.

With the victory the Mystics are off to their best start (5-1) through six games since the 2018 season. The Mystics had themselves a fine offensive effort as well, outrebounding Atlanta 25 to 10, while the ladies also outrebounded their opponent 33-26.

The ladies have played well on the road as they hold a 3-0 mark, the last time the team had accomplished this feat was during the 2015 season.

One of the leaders on the offensive side of the floor was Ariel Atkins, who had a team-high 18 points. Shakira Austin netted 10 points, while also adding seven rebounds, while continue to show the WNBA that she is going to be a rookie to watch for during the 2022 season.

Austin has now recorded at least 10 plus points and five plus rebounds in a single game three times this season.

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following Washington Mystics Post Game Press Conference from 5/20/2022. This was after the team’s 78-73 victory over the Atlanta Dream and features thoughts from General Manager Head Coach Mike Thibault, Ariel Atkins, Shakira Austin and Natasha Cloud

Natasha Cloud was a huge part of the team’s successful offensive night, as the guard was able to dish out a team-high five assists. Cloud has tallied at leat five plus assist in a franchise record eight consecutive games.

Making her debut with the Mystics was Elizabeth Williams, who had five rebounds, one block in 15 minutes of action. 

It will be a quick turnaround for the ladies who will return to the Washington D.C. area for a game on Sunday against the reigning WNBA Champions the Chicago Sky. The game between the Mystics and the SKy is set for 3:00 p.m. with the game set to air on the ABC Network.

For more information on the Washington Mystics fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

https://mystics.wnba.com/