Summertime is in full swing and this season’s matchups are just as hot as the weather! Whether you’re playing or watching sports or kicking back to tune into a good movie we have you covered with the best of the best. Read below for the top sporting events, Mayweather Promotions events & recaps, and summer’s hottest films to catch, and much more.
WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:
May 19, 2018
Badou Jack vs. Adonis Stevenson
Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Canada
We produced our very first boxing event in Toronto, Canada on May 19th at the Air Canada Centre. This event was also promoted by Groupe Yvon Michel and Lee Baxter Promotions. The main event gained much buzz soon after the initial announcement and both the WBC Light Heavyweight World Champion, Adonis Stevenson, and former two-division world champion, Badou Jack, were excited to face off in as they formally announced the fight while on a 2-city tour in Canada. The event became one of the most anticipated boxing events this year. Fans were in utter anticipation as this was the biggest match in the Light Heavyweight division in a long time. The event drew a peak audience of 611,000 viewers on Saturday night for Showtime as Stevenson put his longest regaining championship title on the line. The main event did not disappoint. Stevenson (29-1-1, 24 KOs) opened up the fight as the aggressor and the more active fighter between the 2. But never count out “The Ripper” who’s calculated punches helped him gain an advantage over his opponent. Jack (22-1-3, 13 KOs) was able to switch gears to the offensive which helped him secure some of the later rounds. As for the overall decision, the judges determined the fight a majority draw.
August 3rd, 2018
Ladarius Miller vs. Dennis Galarza
Sam’s Town Live, Las Vegas, Nevada
Rising contender Ladarius Miller (17-1, 5 KOs) faced Dennis Galarza (16-4, 9 KOs) in a 10-round lightweight match that headlined Premier Boxing Champions on Bounce Friday, August 3 live from Sam’s Town in Las Vegas. Miller’s speed, aggressiveness and left hooks pushed the judges to score the bout: 96-94, 97-93 and 99-91 in his favor. The telecast was kicked off at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT by unbeaten junior welterweight Juan Heraldez (14-0, 8 KOs) who took on Kevin Watts (11-3, 4 KOs) in a bout scheduled for 10 rounds. Heraldez started off with an explosive left uppercut that sent Watts to the canvas in the opening round. Watts was able to rebound himself, but Heraldez remained consistent and landed the cleaner and more powerful punches and earning him the UD victory. Sharif Bogere (32-1, 20 KOs) was also featured on the telecast where he won a hard fought UD over Chilean fighter, Oscar Bravo (23-8, 11 KOs) in their 10-round super lightweight showdown. Bogere remained in control throughout the night. He got the best of Bravo early on with a left hook and combination that left his Bravo bleeding from his left eye.
Sanjarbek Rakhmanov (10-1-1) was defeated by Marquis Taylor (10-1) in a competitive bout. Both fighters went back and forth throughout each round but Taylor’s longer reach worked in his favor, scoring him the UD win. Angelo Leo (13-0) put on a great performance for his hometown fans, and was victorious over Sharone Carter (9-3) in their featherweight bout. The final scores were 80-72 and 79-73 twice. Super featherweight prospect, Andres Cortes (8-0) remained successful in the ring after defeating Jarret Jeter (7-3-1) by unanimous decision by being the more accurate puncher The final tallies were 60-54 on all three scorecards. Rolando “Rolly” Romero (5-0) also returned to the ring and went the distance for the first time in a unanimous decision victory over Javier Martinez (4-5) in their lightweight battle, Efren Lopez (3-0) opened up the card with a unanimous decision victory over Daniel Constantino (2-2-1) in their featherweight bout.
August 4th, 2018
Andre Berto vs. Devon Alexander & J’Leon Love vs. Peter Quillin
NYCB LIVE, Uniondale, New York
About: Former world champion Andre Berto (32-5, 24 KOs) won a back-and-forth brawl by split decision against fellow former champion Devon Alexander (27-4-1, 14 KOs) in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on FOX & FOX Deportes from NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. This event was promoted by Mayweather Promotions, TGB Promotions and DiBella Entertainment. The main event saw numerous clashes and tie ups, but as the rounds went on Berto’s relentlessness allowed him to score against a tiring Alexander. The scores reflected the close nature of the bout as once judge scored it 114-113 for Alexander, but was overruled by two judges scoring the bout 115-112 for Berto.
The co-main event on FOX and FOX Deportes saw former middleweight world champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (34-1-1, 23 KOs) earn a unanimous decision victory over J’Leon Love (24-2-1, 13 KOs) after 10 rounds of super middleweight action. Quillin’s power and punch output proved to be the difference as he focused on getting into range of Love while delivering power punches to back Love up. With his promoter, all-time great Floyd Mayweather, sitting ringside, Love focused on a strategy that saw him move throughout the 10 rounds while trying to build his offense off of his jab. Round eight began with Quillin on the offensive as he pinned Love in the corner and unloaded a massive series of shots, many of which landed flush. Love was able to avoid any serious danger from the onslaught, but was never able to land anything that bothered Quillin over the remaining moments of the fight. The judges scored the bout 99-91 and 98-92 twice, all in favor of Quillin.
OTHER SPORTS NEWS AND EVENTS:
European Sports Championships
Location: Multiple venues, Berlin & Glasgow
To be staged every four years, the European Championships will be a new highlight on the global sporting calendar, elevating the status of its competitors and their performances during an 11-day celebration of world-class sport. The games include: aquatics, cycling, track, golf, gymnastics and many other sports with 6 days of competition, 50 medal events and 1500 athletes! #Glasgow2018 #Berlin2018
Location: Multiple Locations
The NFL released the 2018 NFL preseason schedule and the 65-game slate features eight nationally televised games, incluing a tilt between the Eagles and the Browns at First Engery Stadium in Cleveland on Aug. 23 at 8 p.m. ET on FOX. The 2018 preseason will kick off Thursday, Aug. 2 (NBC, 8 p.m. ET), in Canton, Ohio, when the Chicago Bears take on the Baltimore Ravens in the annual Hall of Fame Game. All preseason games will be shown on NFL Network. For a complete list of pre-season games, visit: http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000925971/article/nfl-releases-65game-2018-preseason-schedule The 2018-19 season will definitely bring the action! The Patriots have the highest odds of reaching the Super Bowl (24.3 percent), while the Steelers have the best odds of winning it (13.8 percent). The Saints (14.3 percent) and Rams (13.5 percent) are the favorites to win the NFC. But as always, teams such as the Bucs, are looking revamped and ready to shake things up in the sport. #NFLPreseason
Click the link above for more game info: http://www.nfl.com
Location: Mutliple venues, Paris, France
Held every four years for more than 32 years, GAY GAMES, a hymn to love, advocates a society for all diversities. Paris will host and celebrate the 10th edition games, which expects to see 10,000 participants from over 80 countries! Supported by the highest French institutional and sporting bodies, PARIS 2018 prepares games celebrating diversity, respect, equality, solidarity and sharing. For 10 days, PARIS 2018 GAY GAMES 10 celebrates the international metropolis, the Ile-de- France Region and France and offers participants and visitors from around the world a unique opportunity to enjoy exclusive facilities. #GayGames
Location: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, New York
The United States Open Tennis Championships is a hard court tennis tournament. The tournament is the modern version of one of the oldest tennis championships in the world, the U.S. National Championship, for which men’s singles was first contested in 1881. The main tournament consists of five event championships: men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles, and mixed doubles, with additional tournaments for senior, junior, and wheelchair players. . Due to the increased prize pool and ranking points that go hand-in-hand with a Grand Slam tournament, virtually every able-bodied professional tennis player will compete in New York at the end of August. For the men’s singles portion of the tournament, Oddschecker.com has Roger Federer at 7/2 odds, Novak Djokovic at 9/2, last year’s champion Rafael Nadal at 11/2 and Andy Murray at 8/1. All four players have won the tournament before, so it makes sense that they would be favored going into the draw. On the women’s side of things, Oddschecker lists six-time tournament champion Serena Williams as the favorite at 6/1 while 2017 Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza comes in second at 12/1.#USOpen
Summer Youth Olympics
Location: Multiple venues, Buenos Aires, Argentina
The Youth Olympic Games are an elite sporting event for young people from all over the world. The sports program is based on that of the Olympic Games, with 28 sports featured on the summer program and 7 on the winter program. The summer sports include: archery, tennis, basketball, football, rugby, gymnastics and many, many other sports! The Int’l Olympic Committee has long recognized that it has a significant advocacy role to play in the promotion of sport and physical activity at all levels around the world. This advocacy role has been reflected in the Olympic Agenda – the strategic road map for the future of the Olympic Movement – and is part of the “Olympism in action” #YOGJourney
MOST POPULAR MOVIES OF THE YEAR (TO DATE):
Release date: June 15, 2018
Synopsis: Everyone’s favorite family of superheroes is back in “Incredibles 2” – but this time Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell) and Dash (voice of Huck Milner) to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life. It’s a tough transition for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) must find a way to work together again—which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible.
JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM
Release date: June 22, 2018
Synopsis: Three years after the destruction of the Jurassic World theme park, Owen Grady and Claire Dearing return to the island of Isla Nublar to save the remaining dinosaurs from a volcano that’s about to erupt. They soon encounter terrifying new breeds of gigantic dinosaurs, while uncovering a conspiracy that threatens the entire planet.
Release date: June 5, 2018
Synopsis: Five years, eight months, 12 days and counting — that’s how long Debbie Ocean has been devising the biggest heist of her life. She knows what it’s going to take — a team of the best people in the field, starting with her partner-in-crime Lou Miller. Together, they recruit a crew of specialists, including jeweler Amita, street con Constance, suburban mom Tammy, hacker Nine Ball, and fashion designer Rose. Their target — a necklace that’s worth more than $150 million.
Release date: June 8, 2018
Synopsis: When Ellen passes away, her daughter’s family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited.
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR
Release date: April 26, 2018
Synopsis: Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet — the evil Thanos. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the artifacts to inflict his twisted will on reality. The fate of the planet and existence itself has never been more uncertain as everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment.
Release date: May 18, 2018
Synopsis: Wisecracking mercenary Deadpool meets Russell, an angry teenage mutant who lives at an orphanage. When Russell becomes the target of Cable — a genetically enhanced soldier from the future — Deadpool realizes that he’ll need some help saving the boy from such a superior enemy. He soon joins forces with Bedlam, Shatterstar, Domino and other powerful mutants to protect young Russell from Cable and his advanced weaponry.
SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY
Release date: May 10, 2018
Synopsis: Young Han Solo finds adventure when he joins a gang of galactic smugglers, including a 196-year-old Wookie named Chewbacca. Indebted to the gangster Dryden Vos, the crew devises a daring plan to travel to the mining planet Kessel to steal a batch of valuable coaxium. In need of a fast ship, Solo meets Lando Calrissian, the suave owner of the perfect vessel for the dangerous mission — the Millennium Falcon.
Release date: February 16, 2018
Synopsis: After the death of his father, T’Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king — and as Black Panther — gets tested when he’s drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people.
MOST ANTICIPATED UPCOMING RELEASES
Release date: September 7, 2018
Synopsis: When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate. Together, they uncover the order’s unholy secret. Risking not only their lives but their faith and their very souls, they confront a malevolent force in the form of a demonic nun.
Release date: September 14, 2018
Synopsis: From the outer reaches of space to the small-town streets of suburbia, the hunt comes home. The universe’s most lethal hunters are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before, having genetically upgraded themselves with DNA from other species. When a boy accidentally triggers their return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled science teacher can prevent the end of the human race.
Release date: October 5, 2018
Synopsis: One of Marvel’s most enigmatic, complex and badass characters comes to the big screen, starring Academy Award® nominated actor Tom Hardy as the lethal protector Venom.
Release date: August 17, 2018
CIA operative James Silva leads a small but lethal paramilitary team on an urgent and dangerous mission. They must transport a foreign intelligence asset from an American embassy in Southeast Asia to an airfield for extraction — a distance of 22 miles. Silva and the soldiers soon find themselves in a race against time as the city’s military, police and street gangs close in to reclaim the asset.
Release date: Sept. 28, 2018
A Yeti named Migo stirs up his community when he discovers something that he didn’t know existed — a human.
Release date: Sept. 28, 2018
A man’s life takes an unexpected turn when he accidentally blows up his place of employment. Forced to attend night school to get his GED, he must now deal with a group of misfit students and a feisty teacher who doesn’t think he’s too bright.
For two summers in a row the tropical print shirt has made its way into closets as the staple summer shirt. Stand out in a sea of millennials with a bold and loud print.
It’s the warm weather trend that won’t go away for one good reason: every guy looks great wearing a Hawaiian print shirt. Or an aloha shirt. Or a floral print shirt. Or however you refer to the wavy patterned short-sleeve button-ups that have flooded the menswear market. That means you can get a great one right now for $50 or $500, but either way it’s the one piece that’s going make dressing for summer, and beyond a breeze.
Offset with a pair of ripped shorts, white socks, bandana in your left back pocket, and a pair of high top Chuck Taylors to seal the look of a veteran festival concertgoer. The best thing about this signature style is that it can be dressed both up and down for a great fashion look.
The Welcome to L.A. LeBron James Starter Pack
By now we’ve all taken in the news of LeBron becoming a Laker. With jersey sales jumping 600% and King James latest footwear collaboration with John Elliott x Nike, being a fan of the basketball great is pretty much unavoidable at this point and you may find yourself indulging in one of James marked endeavors. Nike brought back a classic aesthetic with the release of James jersey, while also housing James collaboration with John Elliott for a shoe & clothing collection release. Read more below.
A translucent mid-top upper construction featuring a mixture of white leather and black/white synthetic materials, with a full-length white Max Air midsole inspired by the LeBron 8, and Nike Swoosh branding on the toe box.
The collection is predicated on LeBron’s need for versatility. As Elliott points out, “interesting people live outside their comfort zones,” and that’s where James constantly is as he aims to improve as an athlete or businessman. James needs a wardrobe that goes from work on Nike campus to home in L.A. to meetings in New York and back again.
Nike LeBron James x John Elliott Icon Collection will initially release August 4 in North America, Japan, Southeast Asia, Australia and Brasil. Subsequent launches come August 25 in China and September 1 in Europe.
The new Los Angeles Lakers jersey brings back an element of the 1980s Showtime Era — updated numbers, which use a vertical drop shadow — along with a rounded neckline. The font effect references the Lakers’ storied past, while also positioning a fresh direction for the franchise.
Black is the New Black: Must See Black Sand Beach Destinations
If black sand is your thing then we’ve got your travel needs covered. Travelers are opting for a richer experience when it comes to beaches. Black sand beaches have skyrocketed on the travel destination lists globally. Grab your passport and get ready to fill your Instagram feed with these content worthy destinations.
Vik Beach, Iceland
Iceland’s home to around 130 volcanos (18 of which have erupted since the island was settled in the 9th century) and black beaches have risen from the ashes. Vik Beach, or Reynisfjara as it’s known to locals, is the island’s most famous and boasts insane basalt columns, lava formations, towering cliffs, and caves.
Greece has increasingly become a top destination for travelers. Location-wise, you can enjoy Greece for a few days then make your way to other nearby European destinations. Istoria is the latest property to hit the black sands of Greece. With its sensuously curved whitewashed architecture, blinding blue views of the Aegean, and inky black sand beach, Istoria is a place where contrasts enchant. Debuted earlier this summer on the quieter eastern shores of Santorini, the boutique property lives up to its Design Hotels designation with aplomb, mixing iconic Grecian motifs with an authentic sense of laid-back, toes in the (black) sand luxury.
Eater’s Best New Restaurants 2018
Famed foodie critic news site Eater has released its “Best New Restaurants of 2018” list. From L.A. to Austin, across to Chicago and beyond, there’s a place on this list that were sure everyone can enjoy! We’ve previewed a few restaurants, but you can click the link below for the entire list for your eating pleasure.
In Bavel they realize their goal. Nubbly duck ’nduja gilds some of the smoothest, most purely earthen hummus in America. Chermoula, preserved orange, smoked anchovy, and herbs wrap grilled dorade in a pleasing surround-sound of flavors. The flatbreads, the roasted lamb neck, the walnut and apricot variation on baklava from Gergis (who is a pastry chef): all sensational.
The food may careen into French territory here and there, but this is really exuberant, zigzagging American cooking. Just have it: oeufs en mayonnaise, scented with smoked maple, bacon, and roasted garlic and beaded with trout roe; sliders dubbed “steam burgers,” the beef patty revved with French onion soup; and the already-famous duck stack, a mound of pancakes pummeled with duck gravy, Tabasco onions, a runny duck egg, and, to add excess to overindulgence, optional seared foie gras on top. This all tastes way more of restrained balance than seems possible.
Marveling over a feast at Alex Paredes’s counter-service restaurant on the South Side of San Antonio brought to mind Japan’s concept of shokunin, or absorption and virtuosity in one’s profession. Paredes is master of carnitas. He slow-cooks them for hours until the ropy, near-greaseless hunks of pork reveal a gamut of textures in every bite: crisp, supple, lacy, chewy.
The American steakhouse, as a class of restaurant, is always morphing to stay relevant — sometimes fresh models may resemble a nightclub or brasserie, or a chef will butcher steaks in-house to steer customers toward lesser-known but equally righteous cuts. In Cote, the chophouse evolves with a quantum nudge from owner Simon Kim, who grafts its fundamental qualities with the tabletop-grill format of Korean barbecue restaurants.
View the full list of Best New Restaurants here:
Janet Jackson, The Weeknd, Shawn Mendes, and Cardi B Headlining Global Citizen Festival in NYC
On Tuesday (Aug. 7), the Global Citizen Festival announced its star-studded lineup for the free-ticketed event, featuring performances by Janet Jackson, The Weeknd, Shawn Mendes, and more.
The festival, which is an annual event organized by Global Citizen, is dedicated to promoting advocacy. Anyone can win tickets to the event by downloading the Global Citizen app, which allows one to earn points in exchange for acts of advocacy. Whether it’s sending a tweet that spreads awareness about one of the organization’s causes — which range from ending global poverty to education equality — or making a phone call to people in positions of power asking for a change, each of the actions is about using one’s voice to make a change rather than their wallet.
The Global Citizen Festival will be held on the Great Lawn in New York City’s Central Park on Sept. 29.
LeBron James Teaming With Showtime for ‘Shut Up And Dribble’ Documentary Series
The three-part series will look at the changing role of athletes the current political climate.
LeBron James has yet to play a minute for the Los Angeles Lakers, yet the NBA superstar is already busy in Hollywood. James is behind the three-part documentary series, Shut Up and Dribble, announced Monday (Aug. 6) by Showtime.
Set to debut in October, the same month James suits up for his new team, the series looks at the changing role of athletes in the current political and cultural climate against the backdrop of the NBA. Its title comes from a comment Fox News host Laura Ingraham made to James in February when she sought to rebuke him for talking politics during an interview.
August/September Movie Releases
For the full list of movie releases click here: https://www.moviefone.com/movies/2018/august/
Mayweather Sports expands Women’s Sportswear Collection
Mayweather Sports, a high-quality sportswear line brings lightweight, sleek, versatile sporty designs fit for any fitness or athleisure enthusiast. This drop marks the 2nd of womenswear for Mayweather Sports, featuring pink and black, gray and black camouflage, and black on black colorway design tanks, leggings, and jacket styles perfect for running errands or sweating it out in a gym session.
Looks from the upcoming Mayweather Sports Look Book feature former 3x World Champion Mayweather Promotions, Ava Knight. Each style pictured is available for purchase in our Mayweather Sports online shop, or by clicking here.
TMT Pays Homage to Las Vegas and Beyond
The lifestyle brand created by The Champ, Floyd Mayweather, continues its influence across the globe bringing new and exciting releases to fans around the world. The latest releases feature a classic “Vegas Gold” snapback in honor of The Champs backyard and fan favorite NHL team, The Golden Knights, you can also find a restock for our other best-selling hats like the “And Still” Mexico, the “Maple Leaf” snapback worn by The Champ during the Mayweather vs. McGregor press tour, and the widely-popular “Union Jack” for UK fans.
Another in demand release that sold out quickly during its first run from The Money Team brand is the classic “Money Bag” duffle bags, available in black and gold, army green and black, and navy and pink colorways. Shop TMT apparel and merchandise right here (hyperlink) or by visiting: www.themoneyteam.com
Featured Fighter: Dylan Price
Dylan “The Real Dyl” Price grew up with boxing in his blood. The Philly-born former youth Olympian has his focus, set on becoming boxing’s next superstar. At the early age of 9, Price developed his skill and built an impressive amateur record, which included accolades such as: 2009 Ringside 2009 National PAL, 2012 Jr. Golden Gloves, 2013 Junior Olympic National Championship – Pinweight, and many more. We sat down with The Real Dyl for our exclusive interview to introduce fans to this promising prospect.
Walk us through the moment of when and how you got signed to Mayweather Promotions.
I had my pro-debut in North Carolina, where I won that fight. My manager Dejuan Blake and Leonard Ellerbe the CEO of Mayweather Promotions were on my Instagram live and they saw my KO win. Later that night I received a call from Dejaun and he told me he was proud of me and told me I have big things coming. A week later I received another call from Dejuan he said “Today is your lucky day, do you really want to sign with Mayweather Promotions?” I said I would love to. Leonard Ellerbe spoke with my dad and they made it happen.
Coming from a family with a boxing background, do you feel that the exposure contributed to your success as an amateur and into your professional career?
I feel like the exposure from my amateur career does help because I won quite a few nationals so my name is rising and I’m doing my thing on the road. I would say it’s definitely helped.
You have fought in big arenas as an amateur but as a pro, it seems you’ve made Barclays Center your home. Name a few cities you’d like to fight in in the coming years.
A few cities would be: Las Vegas, I would love to fight at the MGM Grand or the Mandalay Bay one day, but I do love fighting at Barclays Center. All my family comes out to support me since it’s not far from where I currently live. Barclays is like my second home but I would love to fight in Vegas in the future and in Dallas, TX at the AT&T Stadium where the Cowboys play.
What advice would you give to other young fighters like yourself who are chasing their dream in this sport or any other sport?
The advice I would give to any other fighter would be to stay focused, stay dedicated; don’t let any obstacles take you off your square. You’re going to have bad days and good days- never get too high or too low just stay leveled. You have to stay focused and hungry.
Do you have any rituals or routines you do prior to stepping in the ring on fight night? Describe the feelings or thoughts running through your mind as your walking through the arena?
I don’t really have any rituals but after the weigh-in I like to be around my family and friends and have a good time with them. I don’t really think too much about the fight. We may go to breakfast on the morning of the weigh-in and dinner later that night. Afterwards I go to the hotel room and have a good time with my friends, chilling and laughing. On fight day I get in my zone, I start mentally preparing for the fight. I go over the game plan over and over again to stay prepared and at that point I’m just anxious to get into the ring.
Which fighters do you look up to and why?
A fighter I look up to is Floyd Mayweather, because when I was around him I saw how hard he worked and I respect everything he’d does in and for the sport of boxing plus all of his success- he’s been able to change so many lives. I really respect that about him, he’s helped so many people, especially family. That’s what I want to do; I want to have so much money I don’t know what to do with it and take care of my family, that’s my goal.
How important is it to you to have good corner and who is currently entrusted to be in your corner?
It’s very important to have someone good in your corner. They’re guiding you, they’re like the pilot—if you’re on a plane without a good pilot, you’ll crash so it’s very important to have a good corner. My dad and a close friend of mine are my 2 corner-men.
Tell us 3 keys to success that you incorporate daily to become the best?
3 keys of success would be: focus, you have to stay focused, work hard, of course, you can’t do the minimum and think you’ll get by and perform, you can train as hard as you want and be as focused as ever but if you don’t perform it’s a waste of your hard work. I believe performing is the main key, then it’s hard work and being focused because you can train and do as many rounds as you want but if you don’t perform it was just a waste of time.
What makes Dylan Price so unique as a fighter, and what is something you want your fans to know about you?
I’m fast; I have the speed, power, and illusiveness. I’m slick; I just believe I’m a special fighter! To all my fans- I love and appreciate you guys. Continue to support me I’m working everyday to get closer to a world title and when I get the world title shot, know I’m bringing the belt home with me. It doesn’t matter what I have to go through I will most definitely be ready.
Featured Staff: Mason Haralson
Mason Haralson wasn’t initially searching for employment with Mayweather Promotions, but when confronted with the opportunity, the decision was a no brainer. Working for a company that is highly regarded as the best at their craft in the sports & entertainment industry would prove to be fruitful in the end, allowing Mason to establish a new love for the sport of boxing, cherish new experiences, and be part of a great team. Read on to discover how Mason ended up in Las Vegas, what he considers are necessary characteristic to survive in a fast-paced industry, and what he enjoys doing in his spare time.
Where are you originally from and how does it differ from Las Vegas?
I was born in Lawrence, Kansas and raised a little further south in Wichita, Kansas. As you can already imagine, Kansas and Nevada are nothing alike. Where I’m from you are greeted with greenery and the Arkansas River, which runs right through the city of Wichita. Growing up, riding on country roads was considered fun but in Las Vegas you have all sorts of entertainment at your fingertips. On top of that, Las Vegas is the city that never sleeps, and there are no rivers or stream flowing through this hot, dry desert!
What is your role at Mayweather Promotions? How did you get started and how long have you been with the company?
I currently work as an Operations & Merchandise associate. On any given day, I am providing hospitality and executing logistical duties to fighters, helping with event production, fulfilling merchandise orders. Additionally, I help with logistics and events for the Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation.
Three years ago, I was doing some freelance work when I ran into someone who informed me that the Mayweather Promotions team needed help with transporting fighters to and from the airport. They suggested that I help during fight week (Mayweather vs. Pacquiao) and was informed that a good word would be put in for me. Soon after I was contacted by MP and asked to help transport fighters and any other talent or staff during fight week. One fight week turned into two as I was called back to help again 4 months later for Mayweather vs. Berto event. I believe that I had proved that I would be a great asset to the team and was brought on as a full-time employee a few months later.
How has your interest/knowledge in boxing grown since your employment at Mayweather Promotions?
To be honest, I didn’t follow boxing much before working at MP. I was a casual fan; I loved Lennox Lewis growing up so I watched a lot of his fights. Since working at MP, I’ve had a chance to learn about the sport, what boxers go through mentally and physically as they prepare to step in the ring, and it is amazing to watch them grow personally and as professionals in the sport. Boxing is one of the most physical sports and boxers are the most fit. All boxers have my utmost respect.
What are your 5-year goals, both personally and career-wise?
I was introduced to the world of hospitality when I met the director for a summer camp at Disney World on a plane. Since then, my career goal has been to learn all I can within the field. I know that event production is an ever-changing field that will require constant growth on my part.
Personally, I love hiking, brewing beer, and the idea of being a pilot. I have 3 lofty personal goals but know that if I focus on them I will succeed. I am an avid hiker and would like to continue my hiking journey by finding great destinations to climb and climbing the highest peak. Additionally, I am a home brewer and would love to produce a solid beer that can be sold at local breweries, bars, and possibly further. Lastly, I would like to get my commercial pilots license. I’ve been thinking about it for the last 7 years but have never taken the time to start the process.
What do you value most working at MP and what is the most important thing you’ve learned since being employed?
It takes a solid, trustworthy team to execute the high level events that Mayweather Promotions promotes year round. How can you pack the best venue in the city and produce a great show without being able to trust your team? It’s simply impossible. Not only have I learned that trust is the glue that allows us to continue to showcase epic events year after year, but knowing that the executives at MP deem me trustworthy is what I value most. I know the importance of trust and I value that I am being trusted to perform my duties and whatever I’m being asked without anyone expressing concern.
What characteristics/skills does it take to be successful at MP?
In order to be successful on this team you must possess the following skills: flexibility, understanding, being aware of your surroundings, and fearlessness are essential. Our jobs require us to be flexible with our schedule because we are put in unforeseen circumstances with fight cards or events or certain conflicts that need resolving that may arise at the last hour. Additionally, when you are a representation of one of the best promoters in the industry, it is necessary to be at your best always because you never know who’s watching. Lastly, Mayweather Promotions will help guide you out of your comfort zones by putting you in positions that you’ve previously deemed uncomfortable or once considered an imperfection. The key is taking every task and understanding that each piece of the puzzle is a meaningful contributing factor to an overall successful outcome.
What are your go-to spots in Vegas for food and entertainment?
Izakaya Go is an Asian restaurant in Vegas that services amazing tapas, fresh fish, and sushi. Tapas are a favorite of mine so tops my list of eateries in the area. You can also find me at the Velveteen Rabbit for entertainment, a bar that is known for having a good rotation of underground deejays on the weekend and offers a good selection of craft beers.
What has been your most memorable or impactful experience since joining the Mayweather Promotions team (fight, event, day of service, workday)?
The most memorable experience I’ve had since joining the Mayweather Promotions team was having the opportunity to meet Rae Sremmurd ahead of the Mayweather vs. Berto fight. My primary duty for the fight was transportation for fighters and entertainment, and in this case Rae Sremmurd were not only down to earth, but we were able to get to know each other a little better which ended up with them inviting me to their fight after party.
At Mayweather Promotions, we aim to stay connected with our fans through events, social media, and any other ways we can reach them. One way we consistently shine a light on our fans is by highlighting their loyalty to our fighters in our quarterly newsletter. This quarter, we have selected 3 individuals that are dedicated Mayweather Promotions’ fans and got a chance to find out about their appreciation and admiration for their favorite fighter. Read below to learn more about some of our biggest fans and who they rally to support.
Lawrence is a 35-year old boxing enthusiast from Newport News, VA. For Lawrence, his pick was easy, his favorite fighter helps to shine a light on women within the sport- who also pour their blood, sweat, and tears in the ring. Women have been working to prove that they are a force to be reckoned with in the sport of boxing, and Lawrence has taken note. His love for women’s boxing is what made him notice Chico California-native, Ava Knight, someone that Lawrence now regards as his favorite fighter.
How long have you been a fan of Ava Knight?
I’ve been watching Ava Knight in the squared circle since she fought Kaliesha West in 2008. Knight and West seemed to have a natural rivalry in the ring that led to a two non-stop action fights; the two fought a second time 3 years later.
Do you remember how you first got introduced to Ava Knight? Tell us about that experience.
I’m a huge women’s boxing fan and ran across Ava’s first few professional fights on YouTube. I was amazed by her skills in the squared circle and was instantly a fan. Ava’s power is deceptive; it’s hard to believe that much power comes from such a small frame. She also has a high ring IQ.
In what ways do you or have you supported Ava Knight?
Aside from watching her fights on YouTube, I hope to one day be able to catch her live. I attempted to see her fight when she was scheduled for a bout at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas on April 7th, but her fight didn’t happen.
Which was your favorite Ava Knight fight, and why?
My favorite fight of Ava’s was her win over Arely Mucino of Mexico. Hands down it’s the best women’s KO I’ve ever seen! Moments before, Ava felt like a knockdown should’ve been called by the referee but the call wasn’t made. Ava took that anger out on Arely with a left hook to the body and then chin; Ava made sure the decision was not left up to the judges that time.
What makes you the biggest Ava Knight fan?
I am the biggest fan of Ava Knight because I watched all her fights, I follow her journey on social media, have attempted to support her by purchasing tickets to see her fight, and I support her as a fan through her struggles in a male-dominated industry. I am constantly rooting for her to be the best boxer she can be and she will always have my support.
What impact has Ava had on your life or in what ways has he/she inspired you?
Ava has inspired me to remain patient. Good things are always just ahead but waiting for them to happen can be difficult. Ava’s experienced the waiting game in boxing just like I have experienced the same in my life. But patience is a virtue and I am slowly learning that because of her.
What advice would you ask Ava Knight for if you were to ever meet?
If I met Ava, I would ask her to show me how to throw a mean left hook like hers; she does it so effortlessly.
What accomplishments and future successes do you see for Ava Knight?
I see Ava winning at least 3 more world titles and finally getting the respect she deserves in boxing.
If you could provide Ava Knight with any advice, words of encouragement, or gratitude, what would you say?
I would tell Ava to keep grinding, continue working hard, and always remember to stay positive.
Amateur boxer Pete Panci is 22 years old with a passion for boxing and love of traveling. When he is not traveling the world, you can find Pete in the boxing gym, often around his favorite fighter Angelo Leo.
How long have you been a fan of Angelo Leo?
I met Angelo Leo 7 years ago and have been a huge fan of his for the last couple of years.
Do you remember how you first got introduced to Angelo Leo? Tell us about that experience.
My initial encounter with Angelo Leo was when he first came into the Wild Card Boxing Gym in Los Angeles. At the time he was looking for sparring. While in the gym, he stood out because his style of fighting was distinguishably different from everyone else. I knew at that moment he was skillful; he also used training methods that were uncommon to me.
In what ways do you or have you supported Angelo Leo?
Sometimes I am able to support Angelo Leo during his training camp by keeping him company when he’s running during training camp or working his corner when he’s sparring, but I also make sure he knows he has my support by continuing to encourage him.
Which was your favorite Angelo Leo fight, and why?
My favorite fight of Angelo Leo’s was his debut with Mayweather’s Promotions at the Cosmopolitan hotel in Las Vegas back in November of last year. It was electrifying to see him fighting in the ring, displaying much sharper and stronger skills since the last time I saw him fight. Even his ring IQ had improved. But most importantly, the way Angelo ended his fight was key; he TKO’d Basilio Nieves in the 4th round.
What makes you the biggest Angelo Leo fan?
I consider myself Angelo Leo’s biggest fan because I am enamored by his will, fighting style, and suave in the ring. I have done my best to get to know Angelo as a professional and as a boxer, and I support him in every way possible. Many people will stake claim as the biggest fan of a fighter without knowing anything about them.
What impact has Angelo Leo had on your life or in what ways has he/she inspired you?
Angelo Leo has impacted and inspired my life in many ways. For one his confidence inside and out of the ring influences how I carry myself on a daily basis. Additionally, Angelo and his father bring something exciting to the sport. Together, the father-son duo pushes through and solves obstacles that are set before them, which encourages me to keep pushing forward in my own life.
What accomplishments and future successes do you see for Angelo Leo?
The opportunities in boxing for Angelo Leo are endless. He’s a world-class fighter; I can already see him dominating multiple weight classes and sporting a WBC green belt across his waist.
When life gets hard, for many the best remedy is throwing yourself into a sport or activity. For Groovey Lindell that sport was boxing. Growing up, Groovey would describe his childhood as “rough” and thanks his interest in boxing for keeping him safe on the streets of San Antonio, TX. He was able to rely on his boxing skills to get him through expulsion, countless fights, and the passing away of his mother. Groovey used boxing to stay sane and cope with the hand he was dealt, and applied his knowledge of the sport to spot a captivating boxer named Andrew “The Beast” Tabiti.
How long have you been a fan of Andrew Tabiti?
I’ve been a fan of Andrew Tabiti for 4 years now.
Do you remember how you first got introduced to Andrew Tabiti? Tell us about that experience.
The first time I really took notice of Andrew Tabiti was when I saw the video of him and J’Leon Love sparring on YouTube. I’m a big fan of skilled fighters that have a superb defense and Tabiti has that plus more. He can really crack when he lands his punches!
In what ways do you or have you supported Andrew?
I’ve watched just about every fight of Andrew’s that’s currently on YouTube or any fight that comes on of his, that’s televised.
Which was your favorite Andrew Tabiti fight, and why?
My favorite fight is Tabiti vs. Cunningham on the Mayweather vs. McGregor undercard. Tabiti came into the fight with a shorter ring resume, very little experience with fights that go the distance, and yet he fought through the adversity to win a 10 round unanimous decision on the biggest stage of his career.
What makes you the biggest Andrew Tabiti fan?
I haven’t missed a fight! I can’t wait until he puts his brand on the market for his fans to purchase. I guarantee you that I’ll be one of his biggest supporters, rocking the clothing wherever I go.
What impact has Andrew Tabiti had on your life or in what ways has he/she inspired you?
Andrew Tabiti has inspires and motivates me to keep up the hard work and dedication to accomplish my life goals.
What advice would you ask Andrew for if you were to ever meet?
If given the chance, I would ask Tabiti what keeps him motivated during the tough times.
What accomplishments and future successes do you see for Andrew Tabiti?
I truly believe that Andrew Tabiti can be just as great or better than any of the current champions. A hungry “Beast” is capable of anything!
If you could provide Andrew Tabiti with any advice, words of encouragement, or gratitude, what would you say?
My advice to Tabiti would be to let your goals and success guide you. Also, never accept defeat; you will become a stronger man and fighter when you push through adversity.
Thank you to all Mayweather Promotions fans who allowed us to document their love for the sport of boxing and thank you for your overwhelming support! If you would like to be featured in our next newsletter send us a tweet @MayweatherPromo or DM us @MayweatherPromotions on IG.