Days have become dark sooner, a sure sign that summer is over. While it was a great one it’s time to start planning for holiday season. Time to trade the swimsuits for outerwear like scarves and jackets, rooftop yoga classes for indoor cycling, and of course get ready for the iphone X release! Great trends in tech, fashion, and entertainment that are closer to surfacing as we inch closer to the close of 2017. We’ve compiled the best ones to help you prepare and plan the rest of your year.
FASHION & LIFESTYLE
Cristiano Ronaldo expands his empire with the release of his CR7 Fragrance
“For this fragrance, [I wanted to make something] for both kids and adults,” says Ronaldo. The fragrance is a combination of cinnamon and vanilla mostly, which the mega star reveals are some of his favorite scents. The fragrance can be purchased online starting at $51 USD.
THE FIRST NIKE SKATE SHOE DESIGNED FOR WOMEN
From female Nike SB athletes including Leticia Bufoni, Sarah Meurle, and Josie Millard, as well as multiple female skate crews surveyed by Nike. Some of these adjustments are admittedly ritualistic, potentially helping to boost an athlete’s confidence, and involve tape, microwaving, and other similar actions. Yet they point to a very real need: a skateboarding shoe built for a woman’s foot that doesn’t compromise performance or require modification. This led to the development of the first Nike skate shoe designed for women: the Women’s Nike SB Bruin High.
That desired snugness is solved by a new, women’s-specific last, which debuts in the Women’s Nike SB Bruin High. With a new, sculpted fit, a shallower forefoot and a more tapered heel than the typical Men’s skate last, the shoe hugs the foot and prevents unwanted, distracting movement. This creates a close fit with enough room width-wise for necessary comfort.
GUCCI MANE DROPS CLOTHING LINE DELANTIC IN TIME FOR FALL
Gucci Mane has had a great year! From dropping the hottest songs this year, a New York Times best-selling autobiography, and his recent engagement, Gucci now has something else to celebrate, his new clothing line Delantic.
Delantic, which takes its name from Gucci Mane’s middle name, launched its inaugural drop Friday, September 29th The first drop features four different T-shirts designs, including Gucci-inspired work from celebrated pop artist Kristofferson San Pablo and photographer Geordie Wood. Shop the collection here: https://delantic.com/
STREET STYLE TRENDS
ASSEMBLE YOUR SQUADRON @ TRAP KARAOKE
“You’ve been preparing for this your whole life. In the car. In the shower. In front of your bedroom mirror. Now here’s your chance. TRAP Karaoke” – TRAP Karaoke
Celebrities like Lebron James, 2Chainz, Bun B, Amanda Seales, and Yo Gotti just to name a few have all been #spotted at Trap Karaoke! The newest experience that’s challenging your vocal chords, best moves, and inner Beyonce. TRAP Karaoke began in the fall of 2015 after Jason Mowatt, a music festival organizer, envisioned what he calls a “user-generated concert” experience, placing fans at the center of the concert experience. The result? A platform on top of music; a backdrop for life; a nexus into cultural participation, personal empowerment, cherished moments, human connection, and community! TRAP Karaoke is currently on a multi-city tour, for more information click here.
NETFLIX SUBSCRIPTION RAISES IN U.S. AHEAD OF STRANGER THINGS 2 RELEASE
With the second season of one of Netflix’s most well-known shows, Stranger Things, releasing later this month, the streaming service has announced changes to its subscription prices in the United States. Some but not all of its subscription options are now more expensive for US customers.
Netflix’s Stranger Things has abruptly emerged from the proverbial Upside Down to take its place as a pop culture phenomenon. It also happens to be one of the streaming outlet’s biggest hits ever with a reported 8.2 million people watching Season 1 in its first 16 days,
The standard $10 per month option increases by $1 to $11, while the 4K-supporting $12 tier jumps up $2 to $14. At least for the time being, the basic $8 plan will remain at its current price. It’s been two years since Netflix prices last increased in the US. At the time, the standard tier went from $9 to $10, while the $8 option remained at that price.
FALL/WINTER MOVIE RELEASES
THE SNOWMAN Scary: A serial killer who went silent becomes active again. Possibly not as scary: The killer strikes at snowfall and leaves snowmen as calling cards. Michael Fassbender and Rebecca Ferguson investigate. Tomas Alfredson (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”) directed this adaptation of a best seller by Jo Nesbo.
TYLER PERRY’S BOO 2! A MADEA HALLOWEEN Tyler Perry puts on his grandma outfit yet again, but this is the first time she’s had to deal with actual Halloween monsters.
JIGSAW Jigsaw died long ago, it seemed, and his copycats have been quiet since “Saw 3D” in 2010. But what if — hear us out — he didn’t actually die? Or there’s another copycat? One of these things will prove true in the resurrection of a truly unkillable franchise.
The Sacred Killing of a Deer Winner of a screenwriting prize at Cannes, this warped blend of horror film and morality play from Yorgos Lanthimos (“The Lobster”) stars Colin Farrell as a cardiologist and Barry Keoghan (“Dunkirk”) as an ingratiating boy who knows something about his past. Nicole Kidman plays the wife of Mr. Farrell’s character.
THOR: RAGNAROK Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is slinging his hammer again in theaters — or would be, if he had it in hand. Instead, he’s across the universe fighting in a gladiatorial contest against the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). Taika Waititi (“What We Do in the Shadows”) may bring an offbeat sensibility to this Marvel tentpole.
A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS It seems like only yesterday that Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn were laying waste to good-mom stereotypes. They’re at it again, only this time it’s the holidays. The original writer-director team, Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, returns.
LBJ Woody Harrelson plays Lyndon B. Johnson from roughly the time of his loss at the 1960 Democratic National Convention through the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 during his unexpected presidency. Jennifer Jason Leigh plays Lady Bird Johnson. Rob Reiner directed.
DADDY’S HOME 2 When we last saw Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell, they had buried the hatchet and found a way to split parenting duties (Mr. Ferrell’s character being married to Linda Cardellini, who plays the mother of Mr. Wahlberg’s children). Now the pals are faced with the prospect of seeing their own dads over the holidays. Mr. Ferrell’s effusive and emotional father is played by John Lithgow, while Mr. Wahlberg’s is played by Mel Gibson. Enough said.
MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS The question hovering over this Kenneth Branagh-directed adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic murder mystery is whether it will change the ending, which at this point is known to anyone who’s read the book, seen Sidney Lumet’s all-star 1974 movie version or just absorbed it through cultural osmosis. Mr. Branagh plays Hercule Poirot. The other celebrity train passengers include Penélope Cruz, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer.
WONDER A boy with a facial deformity (Jacob Tremblay) must deal with the difficulty of being the new kid in school. Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson play his parents. Stephen Chbosky, the author and filmmaker of “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” directed.
JUSTICE LEAGUE The conventional wisdom on “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is that the director Zack Snyder probably pushed thebrooding-superhero template a bit too far. On the evidence of the first trailer, “Justice League” takes a more tongue-in-cheek tone. Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) and Batman (Ben Affleck) assemble a team that includes Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and the Flash (Ezra Miller).
COCO Pixar takes inspiration from the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) — a name Disney tried to trademark — for an animated outing in which a boy (Anthony Gonzalez) who aspires to be a musician discovers a world filled with skeletons and hidden secrets. Gael García Bernal and Benjamin Bratt are among the voices.
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME A teenager (Timothée Chalamet) in northern Italy for the summer is drawn to an American doctoral student (Armie Hammer) who arrives at the villa. Luca Guadagnino directed this adaptation of André Aciman’s novel, and the reaction at film festivals has been nothing short of rapturous. With Michael Stuhlbarg.
THE DISASTER ARTIST In the history of the medium, only a handful of movies are so incompetent that they defy all explanation. The midnight movie “The Room” certainly qualifies. One of its actors, Greg Sestero, along with Tom Bissell, wrote an account of that film’s making, and now James Franco has turn that account into a movie, casting himself as Tommy Wiseau, the fiercely independent personality who willed “The Room” into being. With Dave Franco, Seth Rogen and Ari Graynor.
GOTTI John Gotti, the crime boss and “first media don,” was already the focus of a 1996 TV movie, in which he was played by Armand Assante. In this theatrical film, which covers 30 years, John Travolta assumes impersonation duties, as he did for Robert Shapiro. Mr. Travolta’s wife, Kelly Preston, plays Gotti’s. The screenwriters are Lem Dobbs (“The Limey”) and the character actor Leo Rossi; directed by Kevin Connolly of “Entourage” fame.
Apple Watch Series 3
While Apple has already captured the attentions of everyone around the world with the latest iPhone 8 and iPhone X announcement, what some may have overlooked is the announcement of the Apple watch series 3. The new Series 3, will have up to 18 hours of battery life and is just a fraction of a millimeter thicker that its previous Series 2.
Another great feature that will allow you to workout in peace is you no longer need your phone connection. The Apple watch will feature cellular for the first time, meaning it can be used to make calls, send messages and stream music without having to be connected to your phone. Another updated feature is the new Heart Rate app, which includes enhanced heart rate monitoring and fitness tracking features, sending notifications when abnormal spikes are spotted by the device.
Less than a month after Apple announced their iPhone 8 and the upcoming iPhone X, Google announced a new slate of products: a few new iterations of Google Home, the Pixelbook and a Pixel Pen, and the new Google Pixel 2, which comes about a year after the release of the Google Pixel in 2016. For feature and more information on the Google Pixel 2 click here.
Hotels That Bring Sports Fans Close to Their Teams
A number of new hotels aim to allow fans to stay close to their favorite sports teams, encouraging tourism outside of game time.
For baseball fans, the new Omni Hotel at the Battery Atlanta is scheduled to open in early 2018, well before opening day for the Atlanta Braves, who play next door at the new SunTrust Park. The 264-room hotel will feature an elevated pool deck with views of the baseball stadium, which opened this spring.
In Chicago, the new Hotel Zachary adjacent to Wrigley Field is also slated to open in spring 2018. The Ricketts family, who own the Chicago Cubs, are behind the hotel, named for Zachary Taylor Davis, the architect who designed Wrigley Field in 1914. It is poised to open with 175 rooms and branches of popular local restaurants, including Big Star and Smoke Daddy.
In time for football season, the 300-room Omni Frisco Hotel will join the 91-acre Star development, home to the Dallas Cowboys headquarters, the team’s practice arena and two outdoor playing fields, in suburban Dallas. Starting rates are $229 a night.
The new Lodge Kohler opened in July near Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis., home of the Green Bay Packers. Run by the Kohler, the plumbing fixtures company that also operates golf and spa resorts in Kohler, Wis., and St. Andrews, Scotland, the 144-room hotel is part of the Titletown District. Adjacent to Lambeau, the 34-acre development aims to attract fans, on game days and beyond, with a medical sports clinic that treats pro and amateur athletes, a microbrewery restaurant, a sledding hill and an ice rink.
Queenstown, New Zealand
On the other side of the equator, summer is in full swing. Take advantage of the gorgeous weather by hopping aboard a Skyline Queenstown gondola or bungee jumping off the Kawarau Bridge. Prefer to keep your feet on the ground? Hike the Ben Lomond Track. Queenstown is ranked as #4 in Best Adventure Vacations in Australia and the Pacific, #10 in Best Places to Visit in Australia, and #11 in Best Winter Vacations.
With more than 8,100 acres and 200 trails, Whistler Blackcomb Mountain is a skier’s paradise. Even if you’re not one to schuss the slopes, you can still hit the buzzing après-ski scene. Just make sure you book in advance – this is the resort town’s busy season. Whistler is ranked #1 in Best Winter Family Vacations, #1 in Best Ski destinations, and #6 in Best Winter Vacations.
UPCOMING MP EVENTS
11/18 Smith vs. Williams
Former World Champion Ishe Smith (29-8) returns to The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, November 18th, for another night of boxing while he takes on Top 154-Pound Contender Julian “J-Rock” (23-1-1) Williams in a 10-round Super Welterweight Showdown. The co-main event of the night will showcase a 10-round light heavyweight bout featuring Mayweather Promotions’ own, Lionell Thompson (18-4) taking on unbeaten prospect Earl Newman (10-0-1). This card will feature former champions, rising prospects, and boxing’s top contenders all in one night full of back-to-back action.
Ishe makes his return to The Cosmoplitan after defeating Frank Galarza last September by majority decision. A seasoned veteran with a resume boasting some impressive challenges, like Danny Jacobs and Erislandy Lara just to name a few, Ishe is ready to take to his next challenge in Julian Williams. Julian is on the comeback road after suffering his first loss against Jermall Charlo back in December of 2016. He’s one of the toughest in the 154 division, and will put his skills to the test against a veteran and former world champion come November 18th.
MP EVENT RECAPS
Richardson Hitchins comes out with the victory by UD on Showtime’s triple-header card, October 14 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
Richardson Hitchins remains undefeated since making his pro-debut earlier this year at Barclays Center on the Thurman vs. Garcia undercard on March 4. The former Olympian who gave Haiti a presence in the in the 2016 Olympic Games, being the only fighter to represent the country is making leaps by making his third appearance on a high-profile boxing card. The triple-header featured two championship bouts featuring WBA world champion Erislandy Lara vs. former Olympian Terrell Gausha, WBC Super Welterweight champion Jermell Charlo vs. Erickson Lubin, and an exciting battle between former champion Austin Trout and top contender Jarrett Hurd. Hitchins took on Jordan Morales in 4-rounds of actions and successfully gained another win. The young fighter has ambitions of becoming the youngest world champion in the Lightweight division, he remains focused and looks ahead to his next challenge.
Sin City Showdown returned with a bang on Saturday, October 21st
Mayweather Promotions returned for another edition of Sin City Showdown with Sharif Bogere and Jose Rodriguez headlining the night on October 21st with Bogere coming out with the UD victory over Rodriguez. The co-feature saw Vegas native and crowd favorite, Cameron Krael in action against Mexico’s Shoki Sakai that ended in a majority draw. The undercard featured multiple Mayweather Promotions’ prospects including another Las Vegas native, Andres Cortes who opened up the night defeating Thomas Herrera with a 4th round TKO. followed by Rolando Romero returned to the ring for his 3rd professional win against Johnny Estrada by way of KO. Sanjarbek was not one to disappoint, as he defeated John Delperdang by UD in his scheduled 8 round welterweight bout.
FEATURED FALL EVENTS
NFL Football London
The NFL International Series in the United Kingdom began back in 2007 with the Giants vs. Dolphins at Wembley Stadium. Ever since then the London NFL games have been taking on the UK with a game each year and three scheduled since the 2014 season. For more information about the NFL schedule check out www.SportsTravel.com
10/24 – TBD
MLB World Series
More information about this event and the participating teams is forthcoming. Also visit, www.mlb.com .
Rugby League World Cup
The Rugby League World Cup is Rugby League’s premier international competition. First held in 1954, the 2017 Rugby League World Cup is the 15th iteration of the historic tournament. The 2017 Rugby League World Cup will feature 14 men’s and 6 women’s teams from around the globe hosted in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. For additional information visit: http://www.rlwc2017.com
Known as the race that stops a nation. The Melbourne Cup race is a handicap contest in which the weight of the jockey and riding gear is adjusted with ballast to a nominated figure. Older horses carry more weight than younger ones, and weights are adjusted further according to the horse’s previous results. Weights were theoretically calculated to give each horse an equal winning chance in the past, but in recent years the rules were adjusted to a “quality handicap” formula where superior horses are given less severe weight penalties than under pure handicap rules. https://www.flemington.com.au/melbournecupcarnival
Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights
Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights is the nation’s go-to Halloween event of the year. The streets of Universal Studios come alive with horrifying mutants, monsters, and maniacs. It brings together the scariest minds in horror to make you feel like you are living, breathing, a three-dimension world of terror. This is the most intense Halloween event that takes over Universal Studios Hollywood and Orlando. You can explore terrifying haunted houses, make your way through multiple scare mazes, enjoy live shows, and experience the park’s exciting rides and attractions. For more information visit: http://bit.ly/2xu6q34
Knott’s Scary Farm
Orange County, California
Knott’s Scary Farm is the largest and most haunting Halloween experience in Southern California. The horror-filled theme park includes 13 haunted mazes and attractions, sinister shows, and over 1,000 horrific creepy creatures that are lurking around the theme park. You don’t want to miss out on this terror filled Halloween! https://www.knotts.com/tickets-passes
Los Angeles Haunted Hayride
Los Angeles, California
This spooky hayride frees all sorts of monsters and demons at Griffith Park. It is an actual hayride that is paired with a “scary-go-round”, scare zones, and mazes. This year’s theme is Clowns and it will sure be frightful event! For more information on the event and where to purchase tickets visit: http://losangeleshauntedhayride.com/tickets/
Columbus, Ohio is gearing up for the nation’s biggest and most elaborate Halloween costume party of the year! This isn’t just a costume party, it is an exclusive Halloween event that brings costumes and couture together. This one night event began back in 2008 and has now turned into a wild weekend of Halloween fun that includes a street party, live art, stage performances, a costume contest, and most importantly the featured event of the night, the Battelle Costume Couture Fashion Show. To learn more visit: http://highballcolumbus.org/
Village Halloween Party
New York, New York
The city that never sleeps sure knows how to bring in Halloween. Each year New York City shuts down 6th Ave. so that costumed participants can show off their costumes to the residents of the city. The Village Halloween Parade is known as the nation’s most wildly creative public event that invites thousands of New Yorkers to join and march down 6th Ave in their costumes. You don’t want to miss out on this Halloween extravaganza! For more information on this event visit: http://halloween-nyc.com/
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
New York, New York
It has become a yearly tradition for the nation to tune in Thanksgiving morning and watch the classic Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade before enjoying some football action. This parade has viewers and attendees enjoy giant balloons, marching bands, floats, celebrities, dancers, and much more. To learn more about the 90th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade visit: https://www.macys.com/social/parade/
Festival of Lights
This will be the 24th year that the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa have presented the thousands of lights along with events such as the Switch-On Ceremony, Santa Claus, Horse Carriages and entertainment. This is the place to be to experience a fun-filled holiday spectacle. Visit http://www.riversideca.gov/fol/ to learn more!
UPCOMING CONCERT TOURS
Janet Jackson: State of the World Tour
October 25, 2017 – November 16, 2017
Jay Z: 4:44 Tour
October 27, 2017 – December 21, 2017
Lady Gaga Joanne World Tour
November 5, 2017- December 18, 2017
Bruno Mars: 24k Magic World Tour 2017
October 25, 2017- February 19, 2018
Shakira- El Dorado World Tour
January 9, 2018 – February 10, 2018
FEATURED FIGHTER: Savannah Marshall
Savannah Marshall recently turned professional and comes packed with an accomplished amateur background. She’s a young inspirational fighter from the small town of Hartlepool, England who recently made her debut in Las Vegas, Nevada. On August 26th, Marshall was victorious with a unanimous decision win in her pro-debut, appearing in the opening bout of the Mayweather vs. McGregor undercard. This quarter we had the pleasure of sitting down with the ‘Silent Assassin’ to get to know more about her, what the young fighter likes to do in her spare time, how she’s adjusted as a newly turned professional boxer, and what’s next.
How did it feel making your pro-debut on the biggest card in boxing?
Making my pro-debut on the Mayweather vs. McGregor undercard in August was brilliant! It was an amazing opportunity for me and I’m really grateful to Mayweather Promotions and Affiliation Management for giving me the opportunity. I don’t think I’ll ever top that in my career; it was an amazing feeling and moment. The atmosphere was brilliant and crazy; there were so many fans from all around the world for the event. Everyone was in high spirits and it felt good to be part of something like that.
What were your emotions throughout fight camp and going into fight night?
I was really looking forward to the fight, and I really enjoyed the build-up to the fight and everything that was going on with the Mayweather and McGregor press conferences. I was excited more than anything else, really excited! I had nerves but they were good nerves.
What’s it like relocating from a small town like Hartlepool to a city like Las Vegas?
It’s definitely crazy. It constantly rains where I’m from and it’s not like that here. The whole lifestyle is on another level here in Las Vegas. Everything is going 100 miles an hour, but away from the strip it’s more laid back and relaxed. I really like it here.
How have you adjusted with living away from “home” and family?
I was part of team GB before I turned pro with Mayweather Promotions, so I was always away in training camps and tournaments. I haven’t really felt homesick and I’m well looked after here so I’m not missing home too much yet.
What goals have you set for yourself as a fighter and individual over the next year?
My goals within the next year, I would like to stay really active in the ring and hopefully pick up a European Commonwealth title and maybe an International title as well.
How did you get the ring name ‘Silent Assassin’?
I got my ring name because when I was younger I was really shy and hated doing media. I would never speak to the media so that’s where ‘Silent Assassin’ came from.
What do you enjoy doing most when you’re not boxing?
When I’m not boxing I like seeing my friends, going out, socializing, eating—I love eating out and seeing my family!
What’s your all-time favorite food?
My all time favorite food is a roast dinner, I haven’t had one since I’ve been here in Las Vegas. Back home we would have one every week for Sunday dinner. I’ve been here for 7 weeks and I haven’t had one, so I’ve been craving it.
Being a fighter is tough mentally and physically, what are ways that you stay motivated in the gym to become a better fighter?
The way I stay motivated is reminding myself this is my job now, so if I don’t win I always think of it like I won’t get a lot of fights. If I don’t get fights, I won’t get paid. Therefore, I must stay motivated.
Are there any athletes that you look up to/have looked up to as you’ve progressed in the sport of boxing?
There’s loads of athlete’s I look up to. I’ve discovered that boxing in the Mayweather Boxing Club and back home; you come across many different fighters. At the moment I like Vasyl Lomachenko. I really like him, especially because he’s from the Ukraine, which was part of the Soviet Union, and look at where he’s at now. He’s creeping up on the pound-4-pound list—he’s amazing, really.
FEATURED TRAINER: EDDIE MUSTAFA MUHAMMAD
Former WBA World Light Heavyweight Champion and world renowned trainer Eddie Mustafa Muhammad recently sat down with the Mayweather Promotions to discuss his journey from boxer to trainer, his personal relationship with Muhammad Ali, and the key characteristic to becoming a world champion. See the interview below with the “Flame” to get a glimpse into Eddie Mustafa Muhammad’s life and why he has been so successful in the sweet science!
MP: You’re originally from Brooklyn, what brought you to Las Vegas?
E.M.: I always knew that I would come to Las Vegas. When I was boxing in the early 70s I came to Las Vegas for tournaments in the winter and loved it! The weather was perfect and I said to myself, “One day I’m going to move out here”. That day came in 1990 and I’ve been here ever since.
MP: When did you get introduced to boxing and how?
E.M.: Back in Brooklyn I was known for street fighting. One day a gentleman by the name of Jessie Watson watched me knock out a few guys. Afterward, he told me that my skills and energy would be more useful in the boxing ring. Jessie introduced me to the sport of boxing at the age of 12; he took me to a gym and showed me how to use my hands.
MP: Tell us about your experiences as a professional boxer in the past and now a trainer and how they differentiate.
E.M.: My experience as a professional boxer was always a new learning experience. Before turning pro, I won the Golden Glove titles in 1971 and 1972. I turned pro in 1972 and my first title fight was in 1977, against Victor Emilio Galindez. After that tough loss, I had seven back-to-back wins. I then became light heavyweight champ of world when I fought Marvin Johnson in 1980 by TKO. I defended my title twice before unfortunately losing it in 1981. I am still very proud of my growth throughout my career and retiring with a 50-8-1 record. I was also getting paid so that made it even better. I feel that you can never learn it all in boxing. Once you think you know it all it’s time for a new job or new experience. I try and incorporate this with the fighters that I train now, so that they know there will always be room for improvement and growth.
MP: You’ve previously stated that you like to incorporate techniques into your training regimen for boxers that make it more fun. Can you elaborate on those techniques?
E.M.: Training shouldn’t feel like a task or a job, so I like to have fun when I train my guys and girls. I won’t say exactly what techniques are used to make it a fun experience, but know that I have a lot of success when I incorporate fun into my training regimen. In fact, my fighters look forward to coming to the gym because they know they’re going to learn something new, and enjoy the routine.
MP: Who are some notable fighters you’ve trained in the past, and which fighters do you currently train?
E.M.: Past notable fighters that I have trained include: former world champions Iran Barkley, Michael Bentt, Carl Daniels, Arthur Williams, Chad Dawson, and Badou Jack. I currently train former IBF World Super Welterweight Champion Ishe Smith and Ronald Gavril, totaling seven world champions that I’ve trained.
MP: Name one quality that you feel is essential for any boxer to become a champion and why.
E.M.: Listen, you must listen. I’ve been a world champ myself so I know what it takes to become a champion. I tell all my guys that I can show them how to become a world champion, and as long as they listen, they will achieve that goal.
MP: Looking back on your career, what are some highlights you can walk us through?
E.M: Some highlights of my career include: four hall of fame inductions- New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame in 1999, the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame in 2013 and Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame in 2015 and a fourth in the upcoming Spring 2018, winning a world championship, and working with fighters to help them fulfill their dreams of becoming world champions also.
MP: You’ve had the opportunity to be trained and mentored by the late G.O.A.T. Muhammad Ali. What was your biggest take-away from that experience and do you apply it to your current training with your fighters?
E.M.: Yes, I definitely apply what I learned from Muhammad Ali to my current training. Muhammad Ali was a very influential person in my career and my life. I spent plenty of time just being in his presence and traveling around the world with him, enjoying one-on-one conversations and taking the opportunity to learn as much as possible! I believe that Ali’s love for traveling made me want to become a world traveler as well; it was that worldwide experience while learning about the sport that not only helped me to grow as a fighter, but also as a trainer bringing that experience to my fighters. It was sad when he passed but those close to him knew that the time was near. I miss him every day.
MP: Do you have a go-to album or artist you like to listen to when you are training your fighters?
E.M: I listen to all types of music and usually have a rotation of great albums in play, but Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, and Motown Records recording artists are at the top of the list! Smokey Robinson is a good friend of mine that I met traveling.
MP: When you can spend some time away from the gym, what are your favorite leisure activities?
E.M.: I’m an avid reader. I try to keep up with all current events around the world. I also teach boxing to different fighters and camps around the world. I have trips coming up to Qatar, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai. I was also invited by the World Boxing Council to hold a boxing clinic in Trinidad.
MP: What does boxing represent to you?
E.M.: Boxing is the art of hitting and not being hit. You are going to get hit, but I teach my fighters defense tactics that will prevent them from getting hit on a regular basis. I also stress the importance of moving your head. This is a dangerous sport and your next fight could be your last.
MP: What do you want to be remembered by at the end of your career both as a boxer and trainer?
E.M.: First and foremost, I would like to be known as a person that set out to accomplish my goals of becoming the best person, trainer, and teacher in and out of the squared circle. I also want to be known for putting the goals of my fighters first and doing whatever I can to make them come true. As a boxer and trainer, I want to be known for keeping the sport of boxing at the forefront of entertainment and continue building the sport until I am no longer able. I want to thank those in my life who have helped shine a light on me and put me in a position to grow and help others. Floyd Mayweather asked me to come to Mayweather Boxing Club to train because he knows that type of person, trainer, and teacher that I am. I helped train the first two champions for TMT and I am working with Ronald Gavril to achieve the same goal. People will also remember me for the roles I played in a few movies like the 1980 Oscar-winning film “Raging Bull” where I played the role of Billy Fox and Leon Isaac Kennedy’s 1981 version of “Body and Soul” where I played myself.
FEATURED STAFF: Jesus Martinez
Mayweather Promotions’ graphic designer Jesus Martinez joined the team two years ago and has since assumed additional roles with the company, perfected his multitasking abilities, and taken his love for boxing to new heights! Read on to discover why Jesus is proud to be part of the Mayweather Promotions team, his advice about switching career paths, and how Mayweather vs. McGregor is a story he intends to share with his future offspring!
Q: You relocated to Las Vegas from Fresno in 2015. How have you settled into Vegas, and what advice would you give to someone who is relocating to a new place for work?
A: After six years at Fresno State, I have settled into Vegas well, especially with the help of great connections. In fact, my advice for anyone relocating geographically for work would be to utilize your connections that are familiar with the area. If you are willing to reach out to people you already know or network with new faces, they can steer you in the right direction when its necessary to make decisions.
Q: Since joining Mayweather Promotions as a graphic designer 2 years ago, how has your role with the company changed?
A: My role has changed a lot since I initially joined the team. When I started, I was only creating graphics and didn’t have the background knowledge or experience that I do today. Over time, I also completed my degree in Business Marketing, which opened the door for me to start working on Mayweather Promotion’s social media platforms and event marketing. Having experience in both fields helps the team, while also increasing my input in decision-making processes and allowing me to express my creativity.
Q: What makes you proud to be part of the Mayweather Promotions team?
A: I am proud to be part of the Mayweather Promotions team because we are continuously impacting the community on a large scale. We put together several events throughout the year via the promotions company and the Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation that allow us to give back to the community, while making an impact on children and/or families. It’s cool to be part of something bigger and be recognized for your contributions to the community.
Q: Fight week is usually a combination of excitement and chaos, especially when promoting multiple events at once. How do you balance your workload?
A: During fight week, I honestly just try to focus on balancing my workload as much as I can by keeping track of tasks in an online task-tracker called Basecamp, prioritize, and ensuring that time is dedicated to completing each task daily. Oftentimes, maintaining a balance also requires me to work outside of my set schedule in order to get the job done. Additionally, collaboration with co-workers is key to ensure that we’re working as a team to manage and complete the tasks at hand. Teamwork and patience help our shows run smoothly with minimal hiccups. Luckily, I have a lot of patience which is a good quality to have especially when fight weeks are chaotic.
Q: In your last staff feature you stated that multitasking and versatility are essential in this business. How have you strived to be better at both since then?
A: Since my last feature, I’ve been able to implement my multitasking and versatility skills to the planning and execution of larger events like, Mayweather vs. McGregor, which required us to work on countless tasks/events simultaneously. I’ve shown that I can work on multiple projects at once and step in to help others where needed. My goal is to help my coworkers to the best of my ability; when they need something, I put in the work to get the task done.
Q: How has your interest/knowledge in boxing grown since your employment at Mayweather Promotions?
A: My boxing IQ has increased a lot and I love it! I was a fan of boxing before working at MP, but boxing has since piqued my interest on a greater level. Now, I follow fighters’ careers, their opponents, and can explain a fighter’s skills in the ring with great detail. It’s the little details that make the sport so intriguing, and nothing beats attending live boxing matches.
Q: Mayweather Promotions hosts several different events for leisure and the community each year. What is your favorite event and why?
A: My favorite Mayweather Promotions event is the B2S (Back-2-School) event that we host in conjunction with the Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation. To take a vision, cultivate it, and execute it from drafting flyers, to marketing, event planning, and experiencing the final product is so amazing! Every year we start from ground zero and in the end impact over 700 families by providing them with necessities such as backpacks and school supplies, which is a great accomplishment. The B2S is definitely my favorite event.
Q: You have a unique experience when it comes to your career path because your initial interest was medicine. What words of advice would you share with someone who would like to explore other opportunities but they are scared to take the plunge?
A: Try different things. We all have ideas about what we would like to do, but its always essential to see where your heart will guide you. Your fire may be ignited by what you least expect. Explore as many avenues as possible to get a feel for what interests you the most, including colleges and career paths.
Q: What are your go-to spots in Vegas for food and entertainment?
A: I like going downtown to Fremont Street for entertainment because it is a chill spot for the locals. My ‘go-to’ cuisine is Mexican food because It reminds me of home and my culture. I’m always trying out new Mexican spots to determine who has the best tacos and burritos. Some of my favorite spots so far include Tacos el Gordo which has some of the best adobada tacos I’ve ever had. Los Tacos, El Rincon de Los Remedios, and El Pollo Mobile also have delicious Mexican food.
Q: How does it feel to have worked the last two fights of Mayweather’s stellar career and to be part of the history that was made on August 26, 2017?
A: It’s an amazing feeling! Being part of Mayweather vs. Berto in 2015 when history was made with Mayweather tying the record for being undefeated, and Mayweather vs. McGregor this summer where more records were broken are two highlights of my career. Being a contributor to such captivating and historical events is not something that a lot of people can say they have experienced in their careers. One day I will tell my children how I was a part of boxing history and let them know that nothing is beyond their reach!
We have fans across the globe that we enjoy staying connected with via social media and at our events. Each quarter, we select some of our top fans to highlight and show our appreciation. Read below to learn more about this quarter’s top fans as they open up about their favorite Mayweather Promotions fighter.
Joe “Dino” Audino is a professional photographer and assistant boxing trainer in the Las Vegas area who has conveyed a love for boxing since early childhood. Joe admits his history as a semi-pro football player and power lifter doesn’t compare to his love for the sweet science! Since his first exposure to boxing back in the 60’s, Joe has had an opportunity to experience boxing on many levels, from Ali vs. Frasier to recent decades of the Floyd Mayweather era. Read on to learn more about how Joe first became a fan of Floyd and what he feels Floyd’s biggest contribution to the sport has been!
What was the first Floyd Mayweather fight you watched?
One of the first fights I watched was in November of 2001, when Floyd fought against Jesus Chavez, where Chavez’ trainer Ronnie Shields stopped the fight in the 9th round.
Which fight was your favorite Floyd Mayweather fight?
There were many action-packed fights where Floyd showed his skill set and had to adapt and defend very aggressive, nonstop attacks from opponents, but it was his fight versus Victor Ortiz that became my favorite. I might make some enemies here because many of my friends didn’t think it was “fair”, but it WAS! When Victor got aggressive he had pretty good rounds, although he missed many punches due to Floyd’s defensive skills. I remember the 4th round being a great one for Ortiz, but I got angry when he launched his head into Floyd’s chin and mouth. I was even more upset when he tried to apologize after he did it. To me, that wasn’t ‘losing your cool in the heat of battle’, it was intentional. So, when the round re-started and Victor still wanted to make up, I was actually yelling for Floyd to take action! At that moment, everyone was looking at me not understanding that the round had started, then down Ortiz went from a set up left and a beautiful straight right.
If you could meet Floyd Mayweather, what would you ask him?
I would like to ask him more in-depth questions about his childhood and how he overcame adversity. I believe that Floyd could offer words of advice to many of us who need encouragement when times are tough. It takes a strong, positive person to remain dedicated to achieving goals, especially as a child. I don’t think people know or realize just how dedicated he was from the time he was a young kid until now. I’d also like to ask Floyd questions about other sports and activities that he enjoys outside of boxing; the answers would allow people to experience a side of him that isn’t often shared with the world.
We think Floyd Mayweather is unmatched talent. What is it about him that you like?
What I like most about Floyd is his versatility as a fighter, his skill level has grown and it’s a combination of both natural ability and learned technique. He’s like the Michael Jordan and Jerry Rice of boxing. Both of those legends were naturally talented but also dedicated the time to perfecting their craft. Floyd is so skilled that most would assume he puts very little effort into learning new techniques, but he works harder than everyone in the sport. Floyd also has an exceptional attitude. The first time I heard “All work is easy work”, I was hooked! If you think about it, it’s the attitude you MUST HAVE to have to become great, exceptional. You’re training your MIND more than your body once you start thinking that way.
In your opinion, how has Floyd Mayweather positively impacted the sport of boxing?
Floyd’s impacted the sport of boxing by being who he is. He draws crowds that both love and hate him, which is what Ali did. That’s what it takes to get people’s interest back in the sport. He filled a huge void, especially after the heavyweight division declined. Floyd kept the fans coming back for more with all of his fights, he helped keep boxing alive throughout his career, and recently gaining an audience in the sport of MMA with his fight against Conor. He’s shown that people still love boxing, and while doing so he’s provided a platform to allow younger upcoming fighters a chance to showcase their talents with Mayweather Promotions. It’s important because boxing doesn’t have a “feeder” program like other sports. Also, Floyd is very loyal to the city of Las Vegas in many ways contributing to the culture and economy of the boxing capital of the world.
In what ways has Floyd Mayweather inspired you?
Floyd’s work ethic has inspired me the most, and the fact that he gives back to the community so much. The Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation is one example of how Floyd reaches out continuously to youth and families in Las Vegas, the surrounding communities, and nationwide helping youth realize the importance of their education and wellness. But what inspires me the most about his giving is that he doesn’t brag about it; I love when wealthy people donate money or help others without seeking the media and press to acknowledge their efforts. I’m also inspired by his work ethic, “all work is easy work”, which has allowed me to show my family and friends that I too can put my money where my mouth is and accomplish my own goals just as Floyd has.
Karmen Michel is surrounded by plenty of fighters in her hometown of Philadelphia, but Badou Jack gets the top spot on her list of boxers! She’s a sports fanatic that grew up enjoying boxing greats like Pernell Whitaker, Prince Naseem Hamed, and Roy Jones Jr. Karmen thanks her additional interest in the sport to her 17-year marriage, because in that timeframe her home has become the “go-to” place for watching the most exciting boxing matches on television. Karmen appreciates Badou Jack for his ability to entertain the world while displaying his incredible talents, and being a positive influence on others. Read on as Karmen expresses her opinions about why she’s a big fan of Badou Jack!
If you could meet Badou Jack, what would you ask him?
I would ask him if he always dreamed of being a boxer as a kid. I know he started boxing at the age of 18 and most boxers start boxing a lot younger than that, so I would want to know when he knew boxing was what he wanted to do, and what other aspirations did he have before boxing.
We think Badou Jack is an exceptional fighter. What is it about him that you like?
I agree Badou is an exceptional fighter, I like that he has stamina, and he is patient in the ring.
Finish this sentence: I am the number #1 Badou Jack fan because…
He’s a really hard worker and I admire that It takes courage to come from another country and make a name for yourself, that is very remarkable. Plus, if you caught the eye of the great Floyd Mayweather, then you’re doing something right.
In your opinion, how has Badou Jack positively impacted the sport of boxing?
In my opinion, Badou has impacted boxing by adding the element of excitement back into boxing. Badou’s style is very intriguing and that’s what boxing fans like to see, including myself. It’s just exciting to see someone like Badou on the rise and I believe he is the next up and coming boxing of this era.
Are there any fighters you’d like to see Badou Jack take on in the future?
I wouldn’t mind seeing him fight James Degale again but if not, I think Adonis Stevenson would be a great matchup.
What made you choose Badou Jack as your favorite fighter?
I see his dedication and heart in the ring, and I just think he is next in line to make noise in the sport of boxing.