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Large turnout for recent 1st USA Boxing Alumni Association gathering on West Coast

A large group of past and present amateur boxers, as well as others involved in the sport, recently turned out in force for the first USA Boxing Alumni Association gathering on the West Coast.

The inaugural West Coast gathering of the USA Boxing Alumni Association, held at Fortune Gym in Hollywood (Los Angeles), resulted in memorable storytelling, welcome reunions, even between past foes, in addition to a substantial increase in membership ranks.

In addition to longtime amateur boxing supporter, actor/singer Frank Stallone, along with the Godmother of amateur boxing, Melanie Ley, attending past and present boxers and trainers included Mickey Bey, Alex Ramos, Maureen Shea, Ronnie Essett, Paul Banke, Jorge Hawley, Les Fabri, Frank Vassar, Don Deverges, Michael and Anna Keopuhiwa, Zachary Padilla, Lenny Gargaliano, Tony Lesbeur, Felix Nance, Derrick and Vince Hudson, Rudy Garza, Justine Fortune, Alan Santana, Willie Tubbs, Randy Crippen, Alan Santana, Jacquie Richardson, Steven Stokes, Manny Salcido, Jason and Jeremy Williams, Mike Simms, Jeff Bumpus, current Team USA heavyweight Richard Torres (Tulare, CA), and 2018 Youth World Champion and Los Angeles local Iyana Verduzco. 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist Henry Tilman was also in attendance and registered as a new Alumni Association member.

USA Boxing board advisor and fighter liaison, “Iceman” John Scully, was responsible for recruiting most of the attendees.

“The USA Boxing Alumni Association gathering in Hollywood fully demonstrated our mission: Connecting Generations of Champions,” said attendee Chris Cugliari, USA Boxing Alumni Association Executive Director. “While former opponents reunited after exiting the ring decades ago, two of today’s champions and Team USA members, Richard Torres and Roxy Verduzco, were proudly recognized for their recent success. The Alumni Association wants to thank Fortune Gym for hosting this gathering, and we look forward to connecting with our West Coast members at future events.”

Created to champion a lifelong, mutually beneficial relations between USA Boxing and its alumni, –boxers, officials, coaches and boxing fans — the Alumni Association connects generations of champions, inspiring and giving back to USA Boxing’s future boxing champions, in and out of the ring.

The USA Boxing Alumni Association is open to anyone who has a love for boxing and would like to stay connected with amateur boxing. Members are granted access to a wide variety of special events host by the Alumni Association, including Friday evening’s USA Boxing Alumni Association Hall of Fame reception.

To join the USA Boxing Alumni Association, simply register at alumni@usaboxing.org for a $40.00 per year membership fee. New members will receive a T-shirt, keychain and e-wallet.

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Houston featherweight Roma Martinez represents next wave of USA female boxers

Houston featherweight Roma Martinez, who represents the next wave of USA female boxers, is currently In Argentina to make a statement at the ongoing Summer Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018.

The Summer Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018 continues through Oct. 18 at Parque Polidesportivo Roca in Argentina.

The 18-year-old Martinez started boxing six years ago, when her step-father came into her life, taking her to a local boxing gym to help keep her out of potential trouble, as well to defend herself.

She is an online student at the University of Saint Thomas in Houston, planning to major in business, and Roma has been able to balance her busy schedule for a simple reason. “I don’t have much of a social life,” she admitted, “so it’s easy for me to train and study.”

Argentina is the second foreign country she’s traveled to having competed last November in India. Although she has a relatively limited amateur career, Martinez has managed to capture top honors at six national events: 2016 USA Boxing Nationals, 2014 & 2015 Batte lf the Universe, 20-15 Women’s Golden Glove, 2-15 Junior Olympics Nationals, and 2014 Brown Gloves.

Like many of her Team USA teammates, in addition to opponents from all over the world, Roma hopes she can parlay an impressive performance in Buenos Aires to improve her chances to eventually qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Japan.

“The Youth Olympics is the biggest thing in my career because I hope to compete in the 2020 Olympics,” Martinez said. “The Youth Olympics is almost as big as the Olympics, only younger athletes compete. I take things one day at a time, but I do have goals to make the Olympics, win a gold medal, and then turn pro and win a world title.

“This is my last youth competition. This December I will move up to Elite Division. There will be a difference in age (of her opponents) and more international competition, but I need that experience to reach my goals.”

Roma, she says, is a technical boxer who occasionally brings pressure. Her favorite boxer is the great “Sugar” Ray Leonard and she looks up to Nicola Adams (2012 & 2016 Olympic gold medalist from Great Britain) and Mikaela Mayer (2016 USA Olympian). Roma has taken advantage of sparring sessions with Adams and Mayer, respectively, in Houston and Colorado Springs.

Martinez believes female boxing is on the upswing and she looks forward to its future. “The more top female boxers will mean bigger things for us,” Martinez added, “We’ll get more TV time and make more money.”

Roma credits USA Boxing for her learning how to be disciplined and she’s grateful for the outstanding coaching she’s received. Martinez plans to travel a lot in the future and when she earns her business degree, Roma is determined to use it to her advantage, owning a restaurant and, possibly, a gym so that she can remain in boxing after she hangs up her gloves way down the road.

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2018 Eastern Elite Qualifier & Regional Open Championships has Largest Turnout in USA Boxing History

The 2018 Eastern Elite Qualifier & Regional Open Championships in Chattanooga, Tenn. will begin tonight with the largest turnout in USA Boxing national tournament history.

After check-in and general weigh-in, a total of 834 boxers and 550 boxers will take part in the weeklong national tournament at the Chattanooga Convention Center.

“We have seen our national tournaments continually grow each event,” stated USA Boxing Executive Director Mike McAtee. “Since 2017, USA Boxing has been providing extra opportunities with our regional qualifying tournaments for all boxers, aged 8-40, to step onto the national stage and box the best in the nation.”

This marks the second year the Eastern Elite Qualifier & Regional Open has been held in Chattanooga, which saw a total of 645 boxers and 307 coaches participate last year. The first regional qualifying tournament, the 2017 Western Elite Qualifier & Regional Open in Albuquerque, N.M., had 302 boxers and 102 coaches and the 2018 edition had 719 boxers and 482 coaches attend.

With the large turnout in Chattanooga, the opening days of the event will include the addition of a fifth ring to hold the increased number of bouts.

USA Boxing will be providing a free live stream throughout the tournament, which can be found here.
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New York Jets Transcript – Head Coach Todd Bowles, 10.5

On the severity of Trumaine Johnson injury…
He’ll be out this week, so we’re just monitor it after that and see how he’s feeling.

On is it a season-ending injury…
Not at this time, no it’s not.

On what is the injury…
Just a strain (quad).

On this injury happened yesterday…

On was Buster Skrine excused today…
Yes, he had an emergency.

On will Buster be fine for Sunday…

On with Trumaine being out will you go with Morris Claribone and Buster Skrine as your outside corners…
We’ll toy around a little bit and reveal it on Sunday.

On are you confident Marcus Maye will play on Sunday…
We will see, he’s questionable right now. We’ll warm him up before the game.

On if Buster Skrine can play corner and then play slot if needed…
Correct, if (it) came to that.

On is Rashard Robinson going to be activated on Sunday…
No, we have til Monday to make a decision. So, we’ll make it sometime that day.

On will he be activated for this game…

On how big is the Trumaine loss…
Anytime you lose a starter, it’s a big deal but we have guys that’s played over the past couple of years. That played that we liked in (Darryl) Roberts, Buster, (Parry) Nickerson, as well as (Juston) Burris and we’re go from there, next guy up.

On what have you liked about Darryl Roberts…
He’s tough, he’s a good tackler, we know he’s a good corner, he plays man, he plays zone well and he competes, so you like that about him.

On what have you seen from Henry Anderson that has made him so effective…
Just smart, he’s a very good technician, he’s very intelligent. He understands what’s happening to him and he understands the game. He’s taking advantage of his opportunity.

On no lingering question on Quincy Enunwa or Darryl Roberts health…
No, they were full today.

On did Neal Sterling pass through concussion protocol…
He’s out.

On he’s still on concussion protocol…

Closing Statement on Kacy Rodgers…
On a side note, Coach Rodgers couldn’t do his interviews today because he is ill of a nature we can’t discuss right now and we’ll see going forward where he is and go from there. He won’t be here today and he was not at practice.

On will he coach on Sunday…
We’ll see.

On is this a serious thing…
He’s a tough guy, it’s a serious thing.

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Notes for the New York Jets vs Denver Broncos Game

GAME THEME: This week’s game presented by Atlantic Health System, will highlight Pediatric Cancer as part of the NFL’s “Crucial Catch” campaign. The game will also center around the theme, Kid’s Day featuring WWE with WWE Superstars in attendance.

CO-PILOT OF THE GAME: The Co-Pilot of the game is Kevin Dillon, a Jets Season Ticket Holder since 1993. Kevin redeemed this experience through Jets Rewards.
NATIONAL ANTHEM: Former WWE Superstar Lilian Garcia will sing the National Anthem.

BUD LIGHT GARDEN: Head to the Bud Light Beer Garden from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and enjoy music, a special giveaway, $5 Bud Light and more. Jets Legend Johnnie Mitchell will be in attendance from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
CLEAN EATS: Stop by to sample Clean Eats meals and receive a special giveaway with the purchase of a meal plan.
IDENTOGO TSA PRE ✓®: Located in the Mobile RV, IdentoGo will be enrolling fans that sign-up for TSA Pre-Check. Each fan that enrolls at the RV will receive a $20 MLS gameday gift card, 250 Jets Rewards and a fast pass credential for quicker entry into MetLife Stadium. The enrollment will begin when the parking lot opens at 2:30 p.m. until kickoff.
M&T BANK: Stop by the photobooth and receive giveaways and prizes for opening a new account.
PREMIO: At noon, stop by Premio on the Island for the annual Premio Sausage eating contest.

ESPN RADIO: Dan Graca, Greg Buttle and Anthony Becht will be hosting the pregame radio show starting at 11 a.m. live from the MetLife Central stage.
JETS FEST: On the plaza, kids can explore a variety of inflatable rides, player cutouts and take photos with the WWE title championship belt.
METLIFE GATE: This Sunday, MetLife will be thanking all the dedicated Healthcare Professionals who work hard and root harder. Visit the MetLife Gate to receive your certificate of recognition, meet Wayne Chrebet on the MetLife stage between 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. and participate in all the other activities prior to kick-off.
SAP: Stop by SAP on the plaza to participate in the new Fan Combine and compete with other fans for a spot on the leaderboard. The top performing fans will win an exclusive prize.
TOYOTA: Visit Toyota on the plaza for your chance to score a commemorative prize. If you are a loyal customer of Toyota, show your Toyota key and receive a special thank you gift. Check out the winning RAV4 Adventure Grande custom wrap vehicle, voted on by the fans. You can also test your Jets knowledge in the Toyota Trivia game in the Toyota Club.
VERIZON UP FAN ZONE: A Verizon activation will be on the Plaza from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Fans will get to snap a virtual selfie with Leonard Williams at the game day photo op. Verizon Up members can score signed gear, gift cards and more at the Rewards Wall. Additionally, Jets Legend Freeman McNeil will be in attendance.

50/50 RAFFLE PRESENTED BY FLORIDA TECH: During this game, the New York Jets Foundation will host the Jets 50/50 Raffle presented by Florida Institute of Technology. Fans can purchase raffle tickets and the lucky winner will split the jackpot with Atlantic Health System’s Goryeb Children’s Hospital. The winner will be announced in the fourth quarter.
TEAM INTRO SONG: Listen to the new Jets run-out song produced by Def Jam Recordings, featuring New York recording artists Jadakiss and Desiigner. This song can only be heard inside of MetLife Stadium.
YOUTH FOOTBALL: During halftime, youth football teams from the New Jersey area will scrimmage each other. The Flemington Falcons will take on the Colonie Pop Warner, while the Hunterdon Central Falcons will play North Hunterdon.

MOBILE TICKETING: Entry for New York Jets home games is MOBILE ONLY. Season Ticket Holders should use their Jets Rewards Cards or the virtual Jets Rewards Card in the New York Jets Mobile App. Fans are strongly encouraged to add their tickets to their Apple or Google Pay wallets in advance. For more information, click here (nyjets.com/mobileticketing). Print-at-home PDF tickets are available for parking. Season ticket holders are encouraged to use their hang tags. Parking can also be managed on the Jets mobile app.
JETS REWARDS EARLY ENTRY BONUS: Jets Season Ticket Holders who enter MetLife Stadium 45 minutes prior to kickoff will receive a special 1,000-point early entry bonus. Fans that enter 15 minutes prior to kickoff will receive 500 early entry bonus points.
FANS FIRST: Show our young fans how to represent Jets Nation. If you see someone’s passion cross the line and set a bad example for our young fans, text the word JETS to 78247 or call the Jets Guest Service Hotline at 201-559-1515. Remember, young fans will follow your lead, so please be respectful.
FOOD & BEVERAGE: $9 Nachos Grande.
MERCHANDISE: 25% off sweatshirts and outerwear.
UBER: Uber is the official rideshare partner of the New York Jets. The pickup location will default to a pin in the official Uber Zone, located in Lot E off of West Peripheral Road, right outside of the Verizon Gate.

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Heather Hardy vs. Shelly Vincent added to October 27 HBO World Championship Boxing Telecast

In a rematch of their epic 2016 “Fight of the Year”, Brooklyn’s Heather “The Heat” Hardy (21-0, 4 KOs) and Shelly “Shelito’s Way” Vincent (23-1, 1 KO) will clash once again on Saturday, October 27, at the Hulu Theater from Madison Square Garden. The scheduled 10-round bout, for the vacant WBO Women’s Featherweight World title, will open a sensational tripleheader televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Previously announced on the telecast, Daniel Jacobs (34-2, 29 KOs) and Sergiy Derevyanchenko (12-0, 10 KOs) will battle for the vacant IBF World Middleweight Title and Alberto Machado (20-0, 16 KOs) will defend his WBA Super Featherweight Title against Yuandale Evans (20-1, 14 KOs).

“I’m so excited and so honored to be fighting on HBO,” said Hardy. “Shelly and I have wanted a rematch since the first fight ended and it’s fitting that it’s on this huge card and will be telecast on HBO from Madison Square Garden. The first fight was one of the very best of 2016 and the rematch will start right where we finished off.”

Said Vincent emphatically about the world title bout and prospect of winning the title belt, “I’m not leaving without my property!”

“I was thrilled to call Heather and Shelly and let them know that their rematch will be telecast on HBO,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “I have to give a lot of credit to Peter Nelson and HBO for advancing women’s boxing by stepping up to air this fight.”

“The first fight between Heather and Shelly was an outstanding, back-and-forth battle, reminiscent of the Gatti-Ward fights that I co-promoted. I anticipate nothing less when the bell rings for the rematch. October 27 is a stacked card, in the intimate setting of Hulu Theater from Madison Square Garden, and I encourage as many fans as possible to join us live.”

Fighting on August 21, 2016, in Coney Island, NY, and in a nationally telecast bout, Hardy won a hard-fought majority decision over 10 rounds. Hardy has since won three additional fights including two victories versus former world title challenger Edina Kiss. Most recently, Hardy scored an eight-round decision against Iranda Torres on April 21, in Brooklyn.

A native of Providence, RI, Vincent has stayed busy with five wins since her loss to Hardy, the only defeat of her eight years as a professional. As a result of her performance against Hardy, the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame named her their “Fighter of the Year” for 2016, with Vincent becoming the first female recipient of that award. In her last bout on July 21, Vincent took home an eight-round decision victory against Calista Silgado.

Tickets are on sale NOW from ticketmaster.com priced from $46, $66, $106, $206 and $356 (ringside). The Jacobs vs. Derevyanchenko event is promoted by Matchroom Boxing and DiBella Entertainment in association with Fight Promotions Inc., Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions.

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Madison Square Garden College Schedule Featuring top Colleges and Univerisites to play in World’s Most Famous Arena

The Villanova Wildcats, the defending NCAA Men’s Basketball Champions, will visit Madison Square Garden at least three times this season highlighting an exciting college basketball slate at The World’s Most Famous Arena. The 2018 – 2019 season will also feature projected Top 25 teams Kentucky, Duke, Oregon, Maryland, West Virginia and Syracuse.

The Madison Square Garden college basketball schedule, presented by Advance Auto Parts, will also feature marquee events including the annual 2K Empire Classic, Jimmy V Classic, Citi Hoops Classic and Ameritas Insurance Classic.

Once again, the season will tip-off with the annual 2K Empire Classic Benefiting Wounded Warrior Project. The semifinal matchups, which take place on Thursday, November 15th, will feature UConn vs. Syracuse, followed by Iowa vs. Oregon. All four teams will return on Friday, November 16th for the consolation and championship games. The Orange and Huskies will meet for the 95th time dating back to 1956, with Syracuse owning a 56-38 series advantage.

The Jimmy V Classic returns to The Garden for the 16th consecutive year on Tuesday, December 4th, and will feature a national doubleheader pitting Notre Dame vs. Oklahoma, who will meet for the first time, and West Virginia vs. Florida.

The Jimmy V Classic will be part of the 12th annual V Week for Cancer Research to help raise funds for cancer research.

The Citi Hoops Classic returns for the second year when John Calipari’s storied Kentucky Wildcats battle Seton Hall on December 8th.

The Ameritas Insurance Classic takes place on Thursday, December 20th when perennial powerhouse Duke, and its top recruiting class, face off against Texas Tech. Coach Krzyzewski holds an impressive 29-11 record at Madison Square Garden including the record breaking 903rd victory on November 16, 2011 and his 1000th win on January 25, 2015.

Head coach Jay Wright brings his defending National Champions, the Villanova Wildcats, into Madison Square Garden to face old Big East rivals UConn and new head coach Dan Hurley on Saturday, December 22nd.

The annual Madison Square Garden Holiday Festival Presented by Advance Auto Parts is back in action on Sunday, December 9th showcasing local programs. The Holiday Festival is the longest-running holiday season college basketball event in the country and will feature Columbia and Iona in game one followed by a St. John’s / Princeton tilt.

For the fourth year, the Big Ten Super Saturday starts on the hardwood in the afternoon with a changeover to hockey that evening. The unique doubleheader on Saturday, January 26, 2019 will feature Maryland vs. Illinois in basketball followed by Penn State vs. Michigan in hockey.

The Big East Tournament, which has provided many of The Garden’s most memorable college basketball moments, takes over The Garden from Wednesday, March 13th through Saturday, March 16th. This will mark the 37th time the season ending conference championship will take place at Madison Square Garden. The event is college basketball’s longest running postseason conference tournament held at the same venue.

St. John’s will call The Garden home again for the 2018-19 season, with their first game at MSG against conference rival Georgetown on Saturday, January 27th. This will be the second-time old Big East rivals, Chris Mullin and New York Knicks great Patrick Ewing meet as head coaches of their respective alma maters at Madison Square Garden. The Red Storm will later face Providence on Saturday, February 9th, Villanova on Saturday, February 17th and Seton Hall on Saturday, February 23rd.

The 82nd Annual Postseason NIT concludes The Garden’s 2018-19 college basketball slate with the semifinals on Tuesday, April 2nd and the Championship set for Thursday, April 4th.

As the “Presenting Partner of College Hoops” at The Garden, Advance Auto Parts will receive brand exposure inside the arena during a select lineup of premier college basketball tournaments and games. The company will serve as the Presenting Partner of the Holiday Festival and will have branding opportunities at the NIT, Jimmy V Classic, 2K Classic, Big Ten Super Saturday and all St. John’s games. In addition, Advance Auto Parts will have the opportunity to engage fans with on-court and digital promotions.

A number of industry leading companies will partner with MSG Sports for the college basketball season, including: Anheuser-Busch, Under Armour and Kia Motors. All will receive promotion via MSG’s unique array of assets, including digital courtside signage, branding on the multimedia displays, GardenVision and other promotions.

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