As we enter 2020, only bigger and better things are to come for Mayweather Promotions! In this newsletter we will highlight the biggest accomplishments of 2019 from the newest additions to the stable to breaking records in new cities, recaps of year’s the boxing events, what’s to come in the sports and entertainment industry, our featured fighter, staff member, and fans of the quarter, PLUS! what’s trending in fashion and entertainment and much more!
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2019 was a year of growth for Mayweather Promotions, as we added to our stable of talent, promoted more boxing events, ventured to cities where fans hadn’t seen championship boxing in many years, and saw our fighters continue to be acknowledged for their accomplishments including very own President of Mayweather Promotions being crowned fighter of the decade by Boxing Writers Association of America and World Boxing News. We’re looking forward to continuing our success into 2020 and thank all of our fans that have joined the journey of the PAST.PRESENT.FUTURE of sports and entertainment!
Floyd Mayweather voted fighter of the decade by BWAA & World Boxing News
Floyd Mayweather has been awarded with one of the biggest prizes in the annual Boxing Writers Association of America awards. On Friday, January 17, 2019, Mayweather was voted the winner of the Joe Louis Fighter of the Decade award and will be honored with the rest of the award winners at the 95th annual BWAA awards dinner in the spring at a location that is yet to be determined. Although the undefeated five-division champion fought for only half the decade, his dominating performances and record-breaking events were enough to claim the award. He was the only two-time BWAA fighter of the year in the decade having won it in 2013 and 2015. “I would like to say, ‘Thank You’ to all the writers who voted for me!”- Floyd Mayweather
World Boxing News has officially named boxing legend and undefeated five-weight world champion, Floyd Mayweather, the Fighter of the Decade for 2010 to 2019. During the decade, the “Money” man defeated eight world champions and elevated the profile of boxing to reach new heights. Through the decade he kept his record intact, 50-0, and kept his case of being deemed as the ‘Great Fighter of All Time’.
City of Baltimore declares October 26 Gervonta “Tank” Davis Day
The City of Baltimore and Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young declared October 26 Gervonta “Tank” Davis day following a parade on October 26, 2019 up Pennsylvania Avenue to honor their hometown boxing hero.
Thousands of fans were lined up on the one mile stretch from Preston street to the Upton Boxing Center, where Davis first learned to box when he was just five years old under the tutelage of boxing trainer Calvin Ford. Following the parade, at a fan fest across the street from Upton Boxing Center, Mayor Young thanked Davis and Ford for their positive contributions to the city.
Gervonta Davis presented with the key to the city of Baltimore b Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young
WBA Super Featherweight World Champion and Baltimore native Gervonta “Tank” Davis was honored in his hometown on July 24, 2019 as Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young presented him with the Key to the City at a ceremony at City Hall. Davis became the first world champion from Baltimore to make a homecoming title defense in nearly 80 years when he faced Ricardo Nunez on July 27, 2019 live on SHOWTIME from Royal Farms Arena.
Mayweather Promotions signs undefeated cruiserweight prospect and internet sensation, Viddal Riley
Mayweather Promotions continues to build a promising stable of talent with the signing of UK’s Viddal Riley (3-0, 2KOs). The undefeated cruiserweight prospect made the deal official at Mayweather Boxing Club with CEO of Mayweather Promotions, Leonard Ellerbe, on October 15, 2019.
Riley was born in Hackney, East London where he began his boxing career at the young age of six. He was introduced to the sport by his father Derrick Riley. He went on to perfect his craft and dominate the amateurs collecting numerous titles over the course of ten years including eight national championships, European Junior Silver Medal, and becoming a 2014 Youth Olympian. Garnering so much success as an amateur, he turned professional in 2018 and is trained by Floyd Mayweather’s uncle, Jeff Mayweather. Stay tuned for more of Viddal Riley this 2020!
To learn more about Viddal Riley visit: http://mayweatherpromotions.com/fighters
Mayweather Promotions continues to build a budding stable of talent with signing of Baltimore prospect, Malik Warren
After a sensational professional debut from the nineteen-year-old Baltimore native on July 27, 2019 on the Davis vs. Nunez undercard, the young Jr. lightweight prospect joined the growing Mayweather Promotions stable. Malik “The King” Warren (3-0, 3KOs), who also fights out of Upton Gym under the guidance of coaching trio Calvin Ford, Kenny Ellis, and Russ Blakey.
Warren was born on June 9, 2000 in Catonsville, Maryland, a small suburb of Baltimore, Maryland. He was introduced to the sport by his father at the young age of eight years old. It wasn’t long before Warren found himself enamored by the sport and quickly found a way to juggle his training schedule at the legendary Upton Gym with his studies at eleven-years old. His amateur career blossomed shortly after. After competing with highly ranked amateurs, he made the choice to take his experience to the professional level and was given the opportunity to make his professional debut in front of a sold-out crowd on the Davis vs. Nunez undercard on July 27, 2019. Warren closed out 2019 with a victory on 11/1 in front of a sold out Las Vegas Sin City Showdown card. Stay tuned for more of The King in 2020!
To learn more about Malik Warren visit: http://mayweatherpromotions.com/fighters
Undefeated welterweight prospect Malik “Ice Man” Hawkins signs with Mayweather Promotions
Mayweather Promotions expands their roster with the signing of Baltimore’s latest prodigy, Malik “Ice Man” Hawkins (18-0, 11KOs) who fights out of Upton Gym under the tutelage of highly acclaimed coaches Calvin Ford, Kenny Ellis, and Russ Blakey. Hawkins was born and raised in West Baltimore, Maryland where he began competing at age nine. His amateur career consists of multiple national championships, a bronze medal from the 2012 Jr. Olympics, and an impressive record of 160-15. In 2014, Hawkins turned pro and made a powerful statement during his debut with a KO victory over his opponent.
The quickly rising, twenty-three-year-old, prospect has fought his way to sixteen straight victories and four Showtime appearances. On July 27th Hawkins appeared on the Davis vs. Nunez card, and put on a spectacular performance against Jonathan Steele in front of a sold-out hometown crowd at Royal Farms Arena. His talent and hunger caught the eye of Mayweather Promotions CEO, Leonard Ellerbe, ultimately leading to the signing of the undefeated Welterweight. Hawkins made 2 more Mayweather Promotions appearances in 2019 where he came out victorious.
To learn more about Malik Hawkins visit: http://mayweatherpromotions.com/fighters
2019 consisted of record-breaking performances, taking talent to cities where boxing was in need of revival, and building upon our platform making for a bigger stage for all things Mayweather Promotions. Our club shows at the local Sam’s Town Live and Cannery Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas became platforms for our young stable to showcase their growing talent. We went from coast-to-coast, bringing fight fans 15 boxing events, that included 8 championship title fights, with broadcasts televised on Showtime Sports pay-per-view and Fox pay-per-view, and Showtime, PBC on Fox, Shobox, FS2, and Facebook Live stream. We’ll be carrying the momentum into 2020 with more stellar events!
2019 Boxing Events:
- Thursday Night Fight Live from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas – January 17, 2019
- Manny Pacquiao vs. Adrien Broner From MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas – January 19, 2019
- Gervonta Davis vs. Hugo Ruiz From Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, CA – February 9, 2019
- Angelo Leo vs. Neil Tabanao From Sam’s Town Live in Las Vegas – April 5, 2019
- Danny Garcia vs. Adrian Granados From Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, CA – April 20, 2019
- Robert Easter Jr. vs. Rances Barthelemy From the Chelsea inside the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas – April 27, 2019
- Deontay Wilder vs. Dominic Breazeale From the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY – May 18, 2019
- Jermell Charlo vs. Jorge Cota From the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas – June 23, 2019
- Angelo Leo vs. Marjohn Yap From Sam’s Town Live in Las Vegas – June 28, 2019
- Manny Pacquiao vs. Keith Thurman From the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas – July 20, 2019
- Gervonta Davis vs. Ricardo Nunez From Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, MD – July 27, 2019
- Lionell Thompson vs. Scott Sigmon From the Cannery Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas – September 20, 2019
- Xavier Martinez vs. Jessie Cris Rosales From Sam’s Town Live in Las Vegas – November 1, 2019
- Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz From the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas – November 23, 2019
- Gervonta Davis vs. Yuriorkis Gamboa From the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA – December 28, 2019
Upcoming Events/Sporting Events/Recaps
Our 2020 vision has the best boxing events plus top sports news and games in its sight line all quarter long. With news of the best players in the NFL to NBA exclusives and all the details on fights you want to relive and future fights you want to watch. Get into the best sporting news for the top of the New Year by reading below!
UPCOMING MAYWEATHER PROMOTIONS EVENTS:
SIN CITY SHOWDOWN
February 28, 2020
Sam’s Town Live, Las Vegas, Nevada
Click HERE for more information and to purchase tickets.
Undefeated welterweight prospect Malik Hawkins returns to the ring to make his ShoBox: The New Generation series debut as part of a three-fight telecast when he faces fellow undefeated Vegas native Keith Hunter in the main event that is scheduled for 10 rounds on Friday, February 28, live on SHOWTIME (10:45 p.m. ET/7:45 PT) from Sam’s Town Live in Las Vegas.
Two other Mayweather Promotions’ top prospects will showcase their talent, as 2016 Olympian Richardson Hitchins (10-0, 5 KOs) and once-beaten Las Vegas native Kevin Newman II (11-1-1, 6 KOs) both return for their second ShoBox: The New Generation appearances fighting in separate bouts. Undefeated welterweight prospect Hitchins will take on Rhode Island’s Nick DeLomba (16-2, 5KOs) in a ten-round bout, while middleweight prospect Newman will seek his fifth consecutive victory when he steps in the ring with undefeated Kalvin Henderson (12-0-1, 8 KOs).
UPCOMING FLOYD MAYWEATHER FOUNDATION EVENTS:
5th Annual Fight-4-Fitness
March 8, 2020
Sunset, Las Vegas, Nevada
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The Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation (TFMJF) proudly presents the 5th Annual Fight-4-Fitness 5K Run, 1K FAMILY FUN RUN/WALK and Community Day at Sunset Park in Las Vegas, Sunday, March 8, 2020.
The Fight-4-Fitness run/walk will be kicked off with the 5K Run, followed by a 1K FAMILY FUN RUN/WALK. An awards ceremony to celebrate our participants for joining the “fight” will follow. The Community Day event will kick off immediately after the awards ceremony, which will include: good food, great music, fun games, raffled prizes, and knowledgeable health and fitness exhibitors who will offer their services to enhance your fitness goals.
The mission of Fight-4-Fitness is to form community alliances where awareness and empowerment serve as the nucleus for an improved quality of life. From children to adults, everyone is welcome to join the “fight” in reversing health trends that are adversely affecting our quality of life. We are convinced that Fight-4-Fitness will be your starting line, and your finish line will be a lifestyle that incorporates consistent exercise, healthy eating habits, raised awareness of your own health, and an innate desire to inspire others to join the “fight!”
EVENTS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:
November 23, 2019
DEONTAY WILDER VS. LUIS ORTIZ II
MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada
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WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder continued his title reign with a one-punch knockout victory over Luis “King Kong” Ortiz in the seventh round of their rematch on November 23 in the headline of FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Wilder made his 10th consecutive successful title defense, tying him with Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Larry Holmes, Tommy Burns and Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko as the only heavyweight champions to achieve that feat.
In a rematch of their epic 2018 fight that saw Wilder rally back from nearly being stopped to knock out Ortiz in round 10, the fight again saw both men hold the momentum of the fight at different times.
Ortiz controlled much of the action of the fight as he sought to become the first Cuban heavyweight champion in history. Wilder was not very active in the early rounds, while Ortiz was able to effectively jab, move and throw overhand lefts to rack up rounds on the scorecard.
Click HERE for complete fight night results.
December 28, 2019
GERVONTA DAVIS VS. YURIORKIS GAMBOA
State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
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Undefeated two-time super featherweight world champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis (23-0, 22 KOs) successfully moved up to 135 pounds and won the WBA Lightweight Title with a 12th round knockout of former unified champion Yuriorkis Gamboa (30-3, 18 KOs) Saturday night live on SHOWTIME in front of 14,129 fans from the award-winning State Farm Arena in Atlanta.
Watch the KO HERE:
Baltimore’s Davis further cemented his status as one of boxing’s most must-watch attractions, delivering knockdowns in rounds two and eight before delivering the final blow in round 12. Davis’ trademark left-hand was on display all night, causing all three knockdowns including a devastating uppercut in the final round that closed the show in style and brought the fans in a raucous State Farm arena to their feet.
The power-punching southpaw landed on 48 percent of his power punches and established overall leads of 120-78 in overall punches, 27-9 in jabs and 93-69 in power. Davis’ excellent defense was also on display as Gamboa was only able to connect on 13 percent of his punches, including just 3 percent of his jabs.
The 38-year-old Gamboa, who was severely hampered early on by what he believes to be a ruptured Achilles tendon that occurred just before the second-round knockdown, showed tremendous heart and resilience to survive what looked like multiple knockout blows from the 25-year-old Davis.
In an action-packed and entertaining co-featured bout in which both fighters went down, Jean Pascal (35-6-1, 20 KOs) defended his WBA Light Heavyweight Title with a split-decision victory over two-division champion Badou Jack (22-3-3, 13 KOs), much to the dismay of a pro-Jack crowd at State Farm Arena. The judges scored the fight 114-112 in favor of Pascal twice, and 114-112 in favor of Jack once.
Fought at a blazing pace from the opening bell, the bout was a tale of two halves. Pascal led 50-44 on all three scorecards after five rounds and controlled much of the fight’s first half as he started quickly and scored a fourth-round knockdown. Jack, who went down for the fourth time in his career, was caught on the temple by a massive overhand right that sent him stumbling to the canvas.
In the telecast opener, Lionell Thompson (22-5, 12 KOs) made his debut at 168 pounds in phenomenal fashion, upsetting former IBF titlist Jose Uzcátegui (29-4, 24 KOs) with a decisive unanimous decision. The judges scored the fight 95-94 and 96-92 twice.
Thompson, who had campaigned as a light heavyweight his entire career, overcame a cut over his right eye in the third round and a point deduction for holding in the fourth. He scored the fight’s only knockdown in the first round, landing a textbook one-two combination that floored the Venezuelan Uzcátegui for the fifth time in his career.
Thompson was the far more accurate puncher, holding advantages of 32 percent to 19 percent in overall punches and 32 percent to 13 percent in jabs. The Buffalo, N.Y. native also out-landed Uzcátegui in nine of the ten rounds including an overall advantage of 80-21 connected jabs.
Click HERE for complete fight night results.
TOP NFL NEWS
MIKE MCCARTHY SAYS HE’S SIGNED TO BE COWBOYS HC
McCarthy spent last season out of football after 13 seasons served as the head coach of the Packers. He came into this year’s hiring cycle prepared; completing interviews with the Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns and New York Giants in the last few weeks before heading to Frisco, Texas, over the weekend.Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was apparently sold on what McCarthy was offering, securing the franchise’s eighth full-time head coach in one of the quickest head-coaching searches one will ever see in the NFL. Marvin Lewis was the only other candidate to be interviewed by the Cowboys before they decided on McCarthy, a candidate who boasts 26 years of NFL coaching experience. SOURCE
COIN FLIPS ARE NO WAY TO DETERMINE GAME WINNERS, AND NFL NEEDS TO CHANGE ITS OVERTIME RULES
Why not use one of those skills contests they do at the NFL scouting combine to break a tie? For a second consecutive season, a team with legitimate Super Bowl aspirations is going home because of a coin flip. The league’s best players shouldn’t be spectators when the game is on the line because of a half-baked rule. Finding a tiebreaking format that is fair to everyone and won’t add too much time to games is a challenge, and nobody in football has found the right answer. But a proposal by the Chiefs last spring came the closest. SOURCE
TUA TAGOVAILOA, ALABAMA’S STAR QUARTERBACK, WILL ENTER THE N.F.L. DRAFT
Tua Tagovailoa, the celebrated Alabama quarterback whose season ended with an injury in November, said on Monday that he would enter the N.F.L. draft and skip a final college campaign. Tagovailoa, who entered the 2019 season as a leading contender for the Heisman Trophy, said at a news conference in Tuscaloosa, Ala., that he had reached his decision after “lots of prayers, thoughts and guidance.” He made his announcement less than two months after he played against Mississippi State and dislocated his right hip, which led to surgery two days later. SOURCE
THE TOP NFL COACHING CANDIDATES WHO COULD BE HIRED FOR THE 2020 SEASON
Finding a new head coach is tough. Several teams are about to try to navigate that minefield to fill vacancies. Washington, the Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, and New York Giants all fired their coaches in 2019. Who will they target? Get a list of coaches who could be candidates in 2020 and where they may fit best: SOURCE
KEY PLAYOFF DATES
WILD CARD ROUND:
Saturday, Jan. 4
Houston Texans 22-19 Buffalo Bills
Tennessee Titans 20-13 New England Patriots
Sunday, Jan. 5
Minnesota Vikings 26-20 New Orleans Saints
Seattle Seahawks 17-9 Philadelphia Eagles
Saturday, Jan. 11
Minnesota Vikings 10-27 San Francisco 49ers
Tennessee Titans 28-12 Baltimore Ravens
Sunday, Jan. 12
Houston Texans 31-51 Kansas City Chiefs
Seattle Seahawks 23-28 Green Bay Packers
Sunday, Jan. 19
Tennessee Titans 24-35 Kansas City Chiefs
Green Bay Packers 20-37 San Francisco 49ers
Sunday, Feb. 2
Kansas City Chiefs vs. San Francisco 49ers at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, 6:30 p.m. ET (FOX, stream on fuboTV here)
TOP MLB NEWS
MLB DISCUSSING ON-FIELD TECHNOLOGY TO PREVENT SIGN STEALING
Amid growing paranoia about sign stealing, MLB is discussing on-field technology for communicating pitch calls and plans to start soliciting feedback from players this spring training, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The commissioner’s office is in the process of developing a handful of prototype devices to encode pitcher-catcher communication, including a wearable random-number generator and lights in the mound, sources said.
Concern within the game that traditional methods of relaying signs are vulnerable to nefarious theft predates the bombshell reporting this offseason on the Houston Astros’ alleged trashcan scheme of 2017. Signs have become increasingly complicated over the years, sometimes even without a runner on second base. Against the Astros in the World Series last season, the Washington Nationals relied on a rotating sequence of multiple signs that changed frequently.
MLB PROSPECT WATCH: ONE RISING PROSPECT FROM EACH FRANCHISE ENTERING 2020
The start of a new year often brings hope — be it in life, or baseball, where fans are counting down the days until pitchers and catchers report. With that optimism in mind, we wanted to bring in 2020 by highlighting one prospect per team who appears to be on the rise. The players are the so-called “risers” in each system and who could be on the way to bigger and better things in 2020. Click source for the full list and additional info. SOURCE
TOP NBA NEWS
NBA ALL-STAR GAME 2020: ROSTERS, SCHEDULE, NEWS AND HOW TO WATCH
The 2020 NBA All-Star Game will tip off on Feb. 16 at the United Center in Chicago. This will be the third year in which captains will participate in a fantasy draft and select their own teams, compared to the traditional East vs. West format.
The NBA’s midseason celebration comes with plenty of questions: Will LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo repeat as the leading vote-getters and captains? Who will claim All-Star Game MVP with 2019 winner Kevin Durant out because of injury? How many first-time All-Stars will make the cut? Will commissioner Adam Silver open up legacy spots the way he did last season for Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki? SOURCE
KEY ALL-STAR GAME DATES
All-Star voting begins: Dec. 25
Fan voting updates: Jan. 2, Jan. 9 and Jan. 16
All-Star starters revealed: Jan. 23
All-Star reserves revealed: Jan. 30
All-Star Weekend: Feb. 14-16
COULD THE GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS CREATE SUPERTEAM 2.0 IN 2020?
The Warriors’ 2019-20 NBA season has been a disappointment, but their failure might be the best thing for the next phase of the franchise’s future. On the latest Crossover podcast, SI’s Chris Mannix and Jeremy Woo discuss the Warriors’ recent downfall but highlight how the franchise can quickly find their way back to NBA dominance with the help of the NBA draft. SOURCE
THE MOST AND LEAST CONSISTENT STARS IN THE NBA
Not much has budged in the MVP race over the past month. Four leading contenders still pace the field: Giannis Antetokounmpo, averaging 30.4 points in 30.9 minutes per game for the league-best Bucks; James Harden, posting the best scoring season since Wilt Chamberlain; LeBron James, guiding the Lakers to the best record in the West; and Luka Doncic, averaging nearly a triple-double when healthy.
In November, Giannis and Luka were named player of the month for the Eastern and Western Conference, respectively. In December, Giannis and Harden earned those honors. Each member of the quartet has missed a game or four due to injury recently, but they’ve played well enough when healthy to maintain the status quo. SOURCE
TOP NHL NEWS
5 BREAKOUT PLAYERS AT 2020 WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
The 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship featured several players stepping up and having strong efforts to lead their team. SOURCE
NHL POWER RANKINGS: A NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION FOR EACH TEAM
Click source to identify each teams ranking and New Year’s resolution. SOURCE
NHL’S TOP 5 DEFENSIVE FORWARDS OF THE DECADE
Defensive forwards are some of the most underrated commodities on any hockey team. Often, incredible leaders, they play stellar hockey anywhere on the ice and can often fix holes created by purely offensive players.
The last decade produced some of the best two-way forwards in NHL history. Here is a list of the five best from the previous decade. SOURCE
Out with the old and in with the new! We’ve got you covered on 2020’s top fashion trends to kick off the year on the right foot. Plus read up on our athlete of the quarter who’s taken his team from the lowest NFL rankings last season to championship heights this season. Keep reading to get into what’s trending for 2020:
BEST OF THE BRA SETS
Sometimes less is more and in this trend that’s a fact. Dress it up or down depending on the occasion, either way you’re guaranteed to stop the show.
NOT YOUR GRANDMA’S CROCHET
It’s time to breakout your crochet hooks and good ‘How To” tutorial because this crafty fabric is the new trend of the year.
CUBAN COLLAR SHIRTS
The Cuban culture reaches all ends of fashion and entertainment. Get a piece of that Cuban pie by purchasing a Cuban collar shirt of your own.
Streetwear is a fashion staple that can be worn however you want, whenever you want. Check out the best 2020 inspo from top stylists in the industry.
PLAYER OF THE QUARTER
Patrick Mahomes is the hopeful quarterback the Kansas City Chiefs have been waiting for. The 23-year-old enrolled at Texas Tech University after high school where he was selected for the 2014 Major League Baseball draft by Detroit Tigers, but he didn’t put the pen down on paper with them as he was more interested in football. He was named ‘Male Athlete of the year’ by MaxPreps.
Just before the 2016 season, Mahomes made it public that he was quitting baseball to concentrate on football. Fresh out of College, analysts and scouts had premonitions that he would be a first or second-round pick. 28 NFL teams were present at his pro day, he had 18 closed-door workout and visits which was the record for 2017 prospects. Kansas City Chiefs picked him in the first round, making him the first quarterback they picked in the first round since 1983. Mahomes put pen on paper for the Kansas City Chiefs on 20th July 2017 in a four year deal with $16.42m alongside $10.08m as signing bonus. December 27, he got his first career start in a game against Denver Broncos, which he helped them to win completing most of his passes and making an interception. On 30th of January 2018, Mahomes became Kansas City starting quarterback. In the first game, he helped his team beat the Los Angeles Chargers. His performance in the game got him named offensive player of the game week by AFC. He went on to break records that include most touchdown passes. He also went on to win most offensive player of the week, becoming one of the players in NFL history to get over 5,000 passing yards in a season, helping the Chiefs to their third consecutive division title. He helped get the team to their first AFC championship after their last in 1993. And now, Mahomes is hoping to lead them to a Super Bowl Championship.
“Every experience, good or bad, you have to learn from.” Patrick Mahomes.
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Fighter Feature: Ava Knight
Ava “The Lady of Boxing” Knight has worked diligently over the years to solidify her position in professional boxing. Boxing has been Ava’s first love since she gloved up as a youth, a love that has resulted in a 12-year career with no end in sight. In fact, Ava has recently ventured further into new areas of combat sports, taking on mixed martial arts. Learn more about the road Ava has traveled in the sport, her thoughts on the growth of women’s boxing, and why she’s excited for 2020.
Photo Credit: Vannessa Rose
Q: Complete the sentence: I fell in love with boxing when…
A: I fell in love with boxing the first day I sparred at age 13. I had been in the gym learning and taking boxing classes for about 3 months. I asked my friend to spar with me and I got knocked down on my rear in the second round. Everyone ran to check on me and see if I was okay, but I couldn’t stop laughing. I couldn’t believe what happened and I knew from that day on I never wanted it to happen again; and it hasn’t. To this day I have never been knocked down by an opponent.
Q: Early in your career most of your fights took place on Mexican soil, where you were nicknamed “La distructora de Mexicanas”. What sparked this decision?
A: The promoter I fought for in Mexico dubbed me the name “La distructora de Mexicanas” and I assume it was because I was beating some big names down there. At the time, no one else other than myself was going down to Mexico and beating fighters. It was quite an honor for them to give me the name. I was feared by many and called out by Mexico’s best boxers. In a foreign country amongst people who constantly boo’ d me I proved myself worthy of that nickname.
Q: Can you describe what a typical day of training for Ava Knight is like?
A: My training days are milder than they used to be. After 12 years as a pro you get into a routine. I start my day with a run or bike ride and head to the gym around noon. At the gym, my workout includes jump rope, shadow boxing, bag and mitt work for two hours. Since starting MMA, I have added in an additional hour of Jujitsu three times a week.
Q: In recent years, women’s boxing has reached new heights. Where do you see the future of women’s boxing going, and where do you see yourself?
A: Women are doing a whole lot better in boxing than they were when I started. After Laila Ali retired, promoters lost interest in supporting women’s boxing and things went downhill quickly. For women’s boxing, the road has been rough and still is but now more women have caught the eyes of promoters, which has afforded us with better opportunities to display our talents on a larger stage. As a woman, I am happy to finally see that we are headlining fight cards and fighting on the undercards of big fights. This is how it should always be.
Photo Credit: Bellator
Q: You recently ventured into professional MMA. How has your experience in boxing helped your performance in the octagon?
A: Boxing made me who I am as a fighter and champion, and no matter what I do in life I know that this sport has laid the groundwork for my choices. MMA has been a hard journey in new arts of combat, and I love the challenge. Boxing hasn’t embraced women as easily as MMA, so it’s been a great experience in and out of the cage. My striking skills are good, so I am ahead in that department while I focus on my ground game, which is coming along great.
Q: Of your 19 professional wins, which fight do you believe was your best and/or your most memorable in-ring performance?
A: I fought Mariana Juarez in Mexico City in front of her hometown crowd filled with family and fans, and I took her crown. I was able to take her most prized possession, which made me feel like I was where I belonged. I out boxed and out fought Mariana almost every round and it was a great achievement for me as a fighter.
Q: Name one fighter, past or present that has inspired you.
A: I love Tommy Hearn’s style and demeanor in the ring. He fought his heart out and worked hard. Even in defeat, it was never mentally a challenge for him; Tommy would always come back stronger and ready to fight again. His skills were great both inside and outside of the ring, and if there was anyone I wanted to be like, it was him.
Q: How do you spend your time when you’re not in the gym training?
A: I love to cook, garden, and hang with my dog. I’m a simple girl who enjoys a simple life. Fighting gets me high in life but my garden and my dog keep me grounded.
Photo credit: SFGate
Q: You’ve amassed the love and support of many boxing fans worldwide over your 12-year professional career. Tell the fans what they can expect from Ava “Lady of Boxing” Knight in 2020?
A: 2020 is going to be a fun year. I am looking to challenge myself in MMA and reach new heights in my life. I want to be a positive role model and a woman known for defeating all odds. I want to fight for a world title again and get mine back. I am a woman with little to fear and I am excited and positive about the upcoming year.
Featured Staff Member: Rasheda Watson
Rasheda Watson, a member of the digital marketing team began her position with Mayweather Promotions 5 years ago. Shortly after getting started, Rasheda experienced the fast-paced boxing industry first-hand, which helped her to settle into what is now the new normal. We recently sat down with Rasheda to ask her first-hand what it takes to keep up in the sports and entertainment industry and how she manages her workload successfully.
Q: What is your role at Mayweather Promotions? How did you get started and how long have you been with the company?
A: My primary role at Mayweather Promotions involves digital marketing, but I also help with our overall marketing and PR strategies as well. Additionally, I have a key role in branding and merchandising for The Money Team and Mayweather Sports lifestyle brands. I was hired by MP in 2014 when the company was looking to hire staff to assist with growth of social platforms.
Q: You have an opportunity to work with Mayweather Promotions remotely in California. How does working remotely affect your duties, contributions, and experience as a staff member?
A: I enjoy working remotely but it does have its positive and negative effects on my overall experience at MP. Mayweather Promotions isn’t just all work; we do make time to enjoy each other’s company to connect and keep moral high in the workplace. However, I often miss out on these staff outings because of my distance from the office. Secondly, I don’t get the opportunity to work in the office atmosphere or truly connect with other staff members on a personal level. Unfortunately, most of my conversations with others in the company are email and phone calls, but the positive is that I am more than capable of fulfilling my job duties. I also try to keep the levels of communication open with my coworkers so they can reach me when needed.
Q: What key characteristics do you possess that allow you to successfully complete your duties at MP while also staying motivated?
A: I believe my creativity, knowledge of my role and the role of others I work closely with, coupled with my accessibility and easy-going personality allow me to successfully complete my duties at MP. I’m also motivated by numbers and feedback so I’m ways looking to perform better than the previous event, week, or month of duties.
Q: Did you have any knowledge of boxing before joining Mayweather Promotions? How has your familiarity with boxing impacted your work?
A: No, my knowledge of boxing was minimal. Since learning about the sport from Mayweather Promotions’ CEO Leonard Ellerbe and VP of Marketing and Operations Nicole Craig, I’ve been able to expand my knowledge of the sport greatly, which has helped me to fulfill my digital marketing role.
Q: What do you value most working at MP and what is the most important thing you’ve learned since being employed?
A: I value the respect that’s given to every employee. Although working is our top priority, the executives at MP understand that the staff members have families, at times our children get sick, and unforeseen circumstances happen. We work together as a team and all of us are willing to step in and help out to make sure the ball keeps rolling.
The most important thing I’ve learned is avoid waiting to complete tasks. At MP, we may have multiple events scheduled simultaneously, often back-to-back. It’s important to make sure that I’m not waiting to complete any assignments at the last minute and managing my time properly.
Q: What do you find to be the biggest challenge trying to balance your career and family?
A: Time is the biggest challenge. I’m always wishing there were more hours in the day. I’m married with two children, the youngest being 3 months old, and I also help take care of others in my family so I’m constantly being pulled in different directions.
Q: Fight week is usually a combination of excitement and chaos, especially when promoting multiple events at once. What keeps you calm and focused?
A: That’s very true; fight weeks are a combination of excitement and chaos and are not meant for the faint of heart. You’re always being pulled in different directions and things are constantly changing which forces us all to adapt. What keeps me calm is knowing that in the end, all things will fit together like a masterpiece. People don’t know or see all the hard work that goes into putting on a production, but their enjoyment of the final product is what keeps me calm and focused.
Q: Since you began working at Mayweather Promotions, what has been the highlight of your career (an event, advice, friendship, etc.)?
A: The highlight of my career was the Mayweather vs. Maidana II press tour. I hadn’t been working with Mayweather Promotions for long and had no idea what to expect. Not only was this my first tour experience, but I traveled across the country with people I had only known for a few months. We were in each city for less than 48 hours and every city resulted in a different set of issues for us to tackle. Within that small time frame, we worked diligently to set up, execute the event, mingle with the fans, and break down. It was a worthwhile learning experience.
Q: What do you envision for the future of Mayweather Promotions, and how do you fit in the picture?
A: The future of Mayweather Promotions is unlimited. Thanks to the smart decisions of our President, Floyd Mayweather, there’s so many directions in which the company can go. We can branch out into other sports like football and basketball, or venture further into the fashion. As we continue to make our mark in the sports and entertainment industry, I believe my role will continue to grow in marketing and public relations.
Q: Tell us one fun fact about yourself that most people wouldn’t know.
A: Most people don’t know that I love the outdoors. Many think I’m very ‘girly’, but I genuinely prefer being outdoors, hiking, playing in snow, and exploring. I’m always on my phone or computer for work so I love to do the opposite when I get free time.
The love of sports fans has no boundaries. Near or far, fans will find ways to support athletes who are making a positive impact on the sport and their lives. Meet Rene Camarillo and Jon Carlos, two boxing fans that don’t allow distance to get in the way of them continuously supporting their favorite fighters. Connect with our chosen fans as they describe in detail below why Kevin Newman and Floyd Mayweather, respectively, top their list of favorite boxers.
In a world that offers so many digital and streaming options of sporting events, it’s rare that fans are willing to travel to watch an athlete perform. Kevin Newman is lucky to have a fan like Rene Camarillo who travels from Laguna Hills, California to Las Vegas, Nevada to watch him fight live. Rene is a retirement benefits supervisor by day and avid boxing fan by night who grew up watching the legends in the sport. Today, Rene’s interest in the sport centers around Mayweather Promotions prospect Kevin “Second Coming” Newman. Read on to discover why Rene is so fond of Kevin.
Finish this sentence: Kevin Newman is my favorite Mayweather Promotions fighter because…
Kevin is smart, powerful, and entertaining in the ring. He always puts on a great show for boxing fans.
Describe one way you have supported Kevin Newman on his boxing journey.
I’ve been supporting Kevin since his amateur days. I like to show my support by attending as many of his fights that I can.
Which Kevin Newman fight tops your list? What did you enjoy about Kevin Newman’s performance in the ring?
Kevin’s last fight versus Mark Anthony Hernandez tops my list. He got his payback by out boxing him all night long. That night Kevin came out of the dressing room with a purpose and it showed by his dominance in the ring.
Have you seen a Kevin Newman fight live? If so, how was that experience? If you haven’t, describe your ideal experience?
Yes, I’ve been to most of Kevin’s fights. Mayweather Promotions always puts on a great show for the fans so its hard to resist traveling to enjoy the action live.
If you could pick a theme song to describe Kevin Newman you choose?
I’d definitely say “Run this Town” by Jay Z.
Choose one word to describe Kevin Newman and tell us why you chose it.
One word to describe Kevin is humble and I chose it because he is a true gentleman.
What is your favorite memory of Kevin Newman in or out of the ring?
My favorite memory of Kevin is his recent rematch with Mark Anthony Hernandez. It’s my favorite because I’ll never forget how great it was seeing Kevin avenge his loss and dominate Hernandez, silencing the Hernandez camp for good.
What would you like to see Kevin Newman accomplish professionally?
One day I would like for Kevin to become a world champion.
If you could travel far and wide with Kevin Newman for the weekend, and money was no object, what would your day consist of?
If money was no object, Kevin and I would go to Monte Carlo, Monaco and watch the Formula 1 Grand Prix from a private yacht. All boxers need a day to just relax.
How has Kevin Newman inspired you?
Kevin has inspired me by showing me that hard work and dedication to your craft will help you achieve your goals, both personally and professionally.
Jon Carlos, also known as JC, hails from Orlando, Florida. After high school, JC began using boxing as an outlet for his anger and frustration. As he learned boxing techniques inside the ring, JC looked to Floyd Mayweather as a motivator outside of it. Like many who grew up watching Floyd fight, JC holds Floyd Mayweather in high regard because he knows every other fighter pales in comparison. Continue reading to learn how JC turned his childhood anger into a love for boxing, and used Floyd Mayweather’s hard work and dedication as motivation.
Finish this sentence: Floyd Mayweather is my favorite Mayweather Promotions fighter because…
He changed the sport of boxing! I’m very thankful for him; nobody compares. He has amazing boxing skills, fights beautifully, and everything he said he was going to do he did. He’s a legend in this sport; boxing was dead before Floyd came around.
Describe one way you have supported Floyd Mayweather on his boxing journey.
I support Floyd Mayweather by watching all of his fights, going to-to-toe with others on social media who doubt his boxing abilities, and promote and encourage all of his business ventures.
Which Floyd Mayweather fight tops your list? What did you enjoy about Floyd Mayweather’s performance in the ring?
All Mayweather fights are amazing, but his fight versus Canelo is my favorite. He’s a genius in the ring; Floyd’s boxing IQ in conjunction with his speed in the ring was no match for Canelo.
Have you seen a Floyd Mayweather fight live? If so, how was that experience? If you haven’t, describe your ideal experience?
I’ve never seen Floyd fight live, but if given the opportunity I would be grateful and wouldn’t miss a second. I imagine the experience being very intense as I would watch anxiously as the King of boxing puts in work for up to 12 rounds. No experience would be greater.
If you could pick a theme song to describe Floyd Mayweather’s performances inside the ring, what song would you choose?
I would definitely choose Future’s “Coming Out Strong”.
Choose one word to describe Floyd Mayweather and tell us why you chose it.
I chose the word hope because one man’s hopefulness can change the world for the better. When one man has hope, the possibilities are infinite.
What is your favorite memory of Floyd Mayweather in or out of the ring?
It would be hard for me to choose one favorite memory; Floyd Mayweather’s consistent hard work and dedication throughout his career is a constant motivation.
What would you like to see Floyd Mayweather accomplish professionally?
I’d love for Floyd to accomplish anything his heart desires.
If you could travel far and wide with Floyd Mayweather for the weekend, and money was no object, what would your day consist of?
I’m sure others would love to spend money, but I’d prefer to just visit him at the Mayweather Boxing Club so we can train together.
How has Floyd Mayweather inspired you?
I’m very grateful for Floyd Mayweather. He inspires me to be a go-getter; Floyd’s never let anyone get in the way of what he was trying to accomplish, and I plan to do the same. Floyd’s not concerned with people who want to change him or speak ill of him. Instead, he has the courage to continue living his life to his heart’s desires.
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