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Santizo: Seniesa Estrada Has Never Been in The Ring With a Fighter of My Caliber

Undefeated Guatemalan star and WBA #1 ranked minimumweight contender, Maria “La Imparable” Santizo (9-0, 5 KOs), is looking to dethrone Seniesa “Super Bad” Estrada (21-0, 8 KOs) for her WBA Title in the co-feature attraction this Saturday December 18th, on the Gilberto Ramirez vs. Yunieski Gonzalez card. The 10-round bout, promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN and takes place at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX.

Here is what Santizo had to say about recent training camp, her matchup with Estrada, and more.

On her recent training camp:

“I’m wrapping up the final days of training camp here in Las Vegas and I couldn’t ask for a better situation then what I’m experiencing right now. The sparring has been spectacular and the high elevation workouts have been fabulous. I feel strong and I’m going to be at my very best on Saturday.”

On her matchup with Estrada:

“To be honest with you, Estrada has never been in the ring with a fighter of my caliber. My record doesn’t show any high-level opponents but believe me, I’m a warrior with a lot of skills and determination. This will be the fight that the world will see what kind of athlete I am. Estrada is a great champion, but she’s in trouble, because I’m coming to dethrone her.

On fighting for her first world title:

“I’ve worked my whole life for this opportunity and I’m grateful for everyone who has helped me along the way. Coming from Guatemala, I take great pride representing my country men and women, and on Saturday night the first ever women’s world champion boxer will be crowned.

On fighting in 3-minutes rounds:

“Fighting in 3-minute rounds is crucial to the sport of women’s boxing. We deserve to fight at the same standards of the men, just like professional MMA. All women’s fights should be 3-minute rounds, especially if both fighters agree to it, as both Seniesa and myself have done for this fight.  The fans want to see knockouts and I know fighting 3-minute rounds will accomplish that.”

On what a win will do for her career:

“A victory against Estrada will solidify me as one of the best female fighters in the world. In addition, a victory will bring a lot of attention to my country and hope to those struggling to make it in the sport of boxing. I want to inspire all my people and win this world title for them.

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Ruben Torres Talking Training Camp, Clash With Francisco Armenta

Lightweight prospect, Ruben “Ace” Torres (16-0, 13 KOs), is set to fight fellow undefeated foe, Francisco Armenta (12-0, 4 KOs), of Orange, California, by way of Sinaloa, Mexico, in an eight-round co-main event this Friday, December 17th. The event titled, Path to Glory, will be taking place at DoubleTree Hotel in Ontario, California, promoted by Thompson Boxing Promotions. 

In the 10-round main event, Saul “The Beast” Sanchez (17-1, 10 KOs), will battle Jose “Hollywood” Estrella (23-17-1, 16 KOs). Doors open at 6:30 pm PT with the first fight starting at 8:00 pm PT. 

Here is what Torres had to say about his matchup with Armenta, training camp, and more.

On his upcoming fight with Francisco Armenta.

“I am very excited about this fight as this is my second undefeated fighter I have faced, previously I fought George Acosta, who is a good fighter, and he brought the best out of me. For me, the bigger the challenge the bigger the performance, I have been working hard with my coach Danny Zamora, and now more than ever, I am ready to perform come fight night. This will be a battle of two undefeated warriors and I plan to come out on top.”

On what a win will do for his career.

“A win puts me in the mix to compete for a world title in one of the most exciting weight classes in all of boxing as we will have a chance to compete against the very best fighters in the world, and on the biggest stages. I am ready for all challenges coming my way.”

On his recent training camp.

“This camp has been good, I feel great ending the year on a strong note and with the thoughts of being able to hopefully get back into the ring, in early 2022. Every camp seems to get better as I evolve as a fighter. I’m constantly learning new things about myself and my abilities. My goal is to constantly improve and bring fans exciting fights.”

On fighting in So-Cal on another Thompson Boxing Promotions card.

“Thompson Boxing Promotions has always taken great care of me and being that I am based out of the L.A. area, it is great that they focus on the L.A. market since that is where all my friends and family live. This will be like a holiday celebration a week before more people celebrate the holidays. I’m grateful that they have kept me busy during the pandemic. I’m going to give back by performing at my highest level.”

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Glasgow ask Exeter fans to not wear Native American-style headdresses

Glasgow Warriors have asked Exeter fans not to wear Native American-style headdresses at their Heineken Champions Cup match this Saturday evening at Scotstoun.

Warriors bosses have also urged Exeter supporters not to sing their trademark “Tomahawk Chop” chant at the European clash on Saturday.

Exeter are reviewing the use of their “Chiefs” nickname amid pressure to drop links to Native Americans.

The National Congress of American Indians urged Exeter to drop their “Chiefs” moniker last month, while Wasps have previously asked fans not to wear headdresses at matches in Coventry.

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Joseph Parker: My Career is On The Line in Chisora Rematch

Joseph Parker says his “career is on the line” when he meets British veteran Derek Chisora for a second time at the AO Arena in Manchester this Saturday December 18, live worldwide on DAZN (with the exception of New Zealand and Samoa).

The New Zealand star (29-2, 21 KOs) overcame a first-round knockdown to edge past former World Title challenger Chisora last time out at the same venue back in May via a hard-fought split decision in his first fight with former WBO Middleweight king Andy Lee. 

Ranked at No.2 in the world with the WBO, former World Champion Parker heads into this weekend’s huge rematch knowing that a loss to Chisora would prove to be disastrous in his pursuit of becoming a two-time Heavyweight ruler. 

“The first fight wasn’t the longest camp together with Andy, we were just getting to know each other and getting ready for the fight,” said Parker. “A longer camp is more beneficial as I am understanding more what Andy is trying to teach me. We’ve worked so hard every day and I think that it’s really going to show on the night.

“Andy and I have been working on a lot of things in camp and the goal is to go in there and look better, and win but win well. I can say that I am going to be more dominant, more aggressive, and that sort of stuff, but I just want to go out there and fight and I will let my actions do the talking for me. 

“I want the best Derek Chisora. I got a hard pressure fighter in the first fight with Derek and I think that he’ll be looking to make little adjustments to improve, so I am looking forward to what he’s going to bring. As long as I do what I can do it’s not going to go the distance, but I know he feels the same way. There’s no issues for me in the build up with a great camp and injury free.

“I like Derek and respect him, but this is not the time to be friends before the fight. I need to take care of business because my career is on the line here. He’s achieved a lot and I respect him, but that can wait until after the fight.

“I think the result was right. I did enough to win, it wasn’t the most dominant or best performance, it was a close fight but I believe I won it and it’s good to be able to run it back and to show the improvements I’ve made with Andy. It’s the first rematch of my career so I am excited for that and I just want to go out and fight hard, beat him up and put on a better performance and win in better fashion.”

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Anthony Taylor Confident Jake Paul Would Have Overwhelmed Tommy Fury

Anthony Taylor, who faced Tommy Fury back in August, believes the light heavyweight prospect would have been overwhelmed by Jake Paul.

Fury secured a lackluster four round decision win over Taylor. On the same card, which took place in Cleveland, Paul appeared in the main event and won an eight round split decision over former UFC champion Tyron Woodley.

Paul and Fury were scheduled to collide in the main event of a Showtime Pay-Per-View this coming Saturday night in Tampa, Florida.

Less than two weeks ago, Fury withdrew with a broken rib and a chest infection.

He was quickly replaced by Woodley, who gets the opportunity to avenge his August loss.

Taylor, who worked in the past as a sparring partner for Paul, believes his friend would have boxed Fury’s ears off.

“[Fury is] a novice. He just had height on me. He doesn’t have knockout power. If Jake fought Tommy, it would have been the same fight as Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk. Usyk moves like Jake moves. Jake, against Tyron Woodley, touched every corner and crevice of that ring. Jake has better cardio than Tommy. His IQ and his awareness are better,” Taylor told Sky Sports.

“The real reason [Fury withdrew] is that his conditioning was not on point. I fought Tommy – his cardio was bare, even in important rounds. He had six weeks to get into shape but it takes longer than that. Big John Fury knew that and, I guarantee, he pulled the trigger on this fight because he didn’t trust Tommy’s cardio.

“Tommy has no shame. He is not a prideful man. He’s not Tyson Fury. Tommy is a good kid, young and upcoming, maybe a world champion in seven years’ time. But now? He’s in over his head. His dad and Tyson are talking him up. He is a level behind Jake in terms of his trash talk and his boxing.”

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Metta Sandiford-Artest on why he thinks Lakers will win NBA title this year

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Former NBA champion Metta Sandiford-Artest thinks that the Los Angeles Lakers are going to win the NBA championship this season, even though they are going through struggles.

According to him, in order to win a title, a team needs to go through some adversity, which is what is happening now with the Lakers.

“We know that if LeBron was here, our record would be maybe 7 losses,” Sandifor-Artest said on Spectrum SportsNet. “And he would have probably had more 30-point games. It’s just amazing that he’s taking so much importance on his career and want to finish off strong. Melo wants to finish off strong.

“And it’s just so impressive to see. And that’s why I think that these guys are going to be champions because it’s something special about this season. It’s failure, you failure to be successful because of adversity. And that’s why there’s something special happening here.”

The Lakers are 15-13 so far this season which is good enough for the sixth place in the Western Conference. The top team in the West is the Golden State Warriors with 22 wins and 5 losses.

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Dirk Nowitzki picks young NBA player with most potential

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There is a plethora of young players in the NBA that have high potential. Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki was asked which of those players has the most potential according to him.

The former NBA champion went with Luka Doncic with whom the German forward played during his final year in the league. According to Nowitzki, there are no holes in Luka’s game and he still has plenty of upside.

Via Reuters:

“Luka is, for me, the guy that’s on the top of the list because he’s only 22-years-old,” Nowitzki said on a call with reporters when asked which young player had the most potential.

“He still has so much upside and stuff to learn. His creativity, the way he reads the game, the way he spreads the ball, the way he can score really from the post all the way out to half court, there are no holes in his game. That, at 22, is unbelievable.”

Doncic is one of the most dominant players in the NBA, despite being just 22 years old. He entered the MVP conversation already in his second year in the league.

This season, the Slovenian is averaging 25.6 points, 8 rebounds and 8.5 assists per game for the Mavericks.

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Steph Curry on getting close to breaking Ray Allen’s record: “I’m enjoying the moment, knocking on the doorstep”

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Golden State Warriors superstar Steph Curry came two three-pointers short of breaking Ray Allen’s record in a win over the Indiana Pacers. The 33-year-old point guard is expected to break the record tonight against the New York Knicks.

Curry will have to wait a little longer before making history, but he is already sensing it. “I’m enjoying the moment, knocking on the doorstep. It’s pretty surreal,” he said via ESPN. “You just keep playing basketball, taking shots you think you can make and enjoy the experience.”

The three-time NBA champion attempted 15 three-pointers against the Pacers, but made only five of them. Curry has made 2,972 three-pointers during his career so far and is just a single three-pointer behind Allen.

It should be noted that it took the Hall of Famer 1,300 games to score 2,973 three-pointers whereas Curry caught him with just 788 games under his belt.

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Metta Sandiford-Artest on Russell Westbrook: “I think he’s doing great”

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Los Angeles Lakers newcomer Russell Westbrook is getting used to a new role after being the go-to guy for a large part of his career. According to Metta Sandiford-Artest, previously known as Metta World Peace, the 33-year-old point guard is doing good job so far with his new team.

“I think he’s doing great,” Sandiford-Artest said of Westbrook on Spectrum SportsNet. “I can’t expect Russ to jell right away. Even when this team was put together and I’m thinking about it, we all know that good ol’ Laker team that took them a little time and they were hurt. And that’s the same thing now.

“You got five Hall of Famers on one team. It’s going to take them a little time to jell. Russ is going to do his thing early and then you have AD come back. AD is the franchise player here. Someone’s going to have to make a decision and sacrifice.”

After 28 regular season games, Westbrook is averaging 19.5 points, 7.7 rebounds and 8.4 assists per game for the purple and gold.

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