Combate Americas returns to Tucson, Arizona on Friday, June 7 with “Tucson Unbreakable,” which is going to be headlined by a bantamweight division bout as Jose Alday faces Irwin Rivera.
The following press release was issued on the upcoming event:
COMBATE AMERICAS ANNOUNCES ‘TUCSON UNBREAKABLE’
STAR-STUDDED MMA EVENT AT CASINO DEL SOL
LIVE ON UNIVISION, UDN AND DAZN ON FRIDAY, JUNE 7
BANTAMWEIGHT MAIN EVENT:
JOSE “POCHITO” ALDAY VS. IRWIN “THE BEAST” RIVERA
Middleweight: Joel Champion vs. Javier “Chunty Boy” Torres
Bantamweight: Jose “Puppy” Calvo vs. Eduardo “El Pube” Osuna
Lightweight: Levi Escobar vs. Austin Wourms
Tickets on sale now
LOS ANGELES – May 2, 2019 – Combate Americas today announced its return to Tucson, Ariz. with a star-studded Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event at AVA Amphitheater at Casino Del Sol on Friday, June 7, live on television in Spanish in the U.S. on both Univision (12 a.m. ET/PT) and UDN (12 a.m. ET/9 p.m.PT), and in English in the U.S. and Canada on DAZN (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT).
“Combate Americas: Tucson Unbreakable” will be headlined by the return of former world bantamweight (135 pounds) champion Jose “Pochito” Alday (12-4-1), who will square off with fellow Combate Americas veteran and prolific striker Irwin “The Beast” Rivera (7-4).
Priced from $15, tickets for “Combate Americas: Tucson Unbreakable” are on sale online at CasinoDelSol.com.
“Jose Alday and Irwin Rivera are two athletes that represent the warrior culture and indomitable spirit that Combate Americas embraces, and this matchup will be a phenomenal showdown with a lot at stake for both in our very competitive bantamweight division,” said Combate Americas CEO Campbell McLaren.
The first world champion in Combate Americas history, the 27-year-old Alday of Tucson, Ariz. via Hermosillo, Sonora, Mex. relinquished his title in a rematch with fellow, fast-rising star Gustavo Lopez, who scored a first round (2:19) TKO (strikes) on Alday at Casino Del Sol on March 29.
One fight prior to their second meeting, Alday was crowned champion after earning a split decision over Lopez last September 14.
The 30-year-old Rivera of West Palm Beach, Fla. via New Windsor, N.Y. is coming off what is arguably his career-best performance to date – a first round (1:40) TKO (punches and head kick) of Lazar Stojadinovic on March 15.
In other “Combate Americas: Tucson Unbreakable” action announced today, Javier “Chunty Boy” Torres (10-5) of Phoenix, Ariz. via Sonora, Nogales, Mex. will take on Joel Champion (5-1) of Tucson in a middleweight (185 pounds) contest.
Jose Luis “Puppy” Calvo (8-1) of Chicago, Ill. via Santo Domingo, Heredia, Costa Rica will make his Combate Americas promotional debut against Eduardo Alvarado “El Pube” Osuna (7-5) of Tijuana, B.C., Mex. in a bantamweight affair.
Unbeaten, 23-year-old upstart Levi Escobar (1-0) of Tucson will collide with Austin Wourms (1-1) of Phoenix.
Additional bouts will be announced soon.
Doors at the AVA Amphitheater will open for “Combate Americas: Tucson Unbreakable” at 6 p.m. local time, and the first preliminary bout will begin at 7 p.m.
# # #
ABOUT COMBATE AMERICAS
Combate Americas is the premier Hispanic Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) sports franchise, rapidly becoming the number two sport after soccer, for Spanish speaking fans worldwide. The Combate Americas franchise includes live event and original shoulder programming on some of the biggest television, OTT and digital platforms in Spanish and English, including Univision and Univision Deportes Network (UDN), DAZN, ESPN, GOL and Facebook Watch worldwide. The company also owns and operates a multi-platform media studio, La Jaula Studios.
Combate Americas CEO Campbell McLaren, also the co-founder/co-creator of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), has been described by New York Magazine as "the marketing genius behind the UFC,” while Yahoo Sports has said he "knows more about the sport than just about anyone in it today." With an unprecedented and cutting edge product and a blue-chip ownership and management team, Combate Americas is poised to break new ground and bring about a new era in world championship level MMA competition.
About Univision Deportes
Univision Deportes is the multimedia sports division of Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) and includes UDN, the No. 1 Spanish-language sports network in the U.S. Univision Deportes’ portfolio of rights includes all 18 teams in Liga MX, the Mexican National Team, the U.S. Men’s & Women’s National Teams, Major League Soccer, Copa MX, Copa Centroamericana, Copa América, CONCACAF Gold Cup, CONCACAF Champions League, international friendlies, select matches from Liga de Ascenso in Mexico, Portuguese First Division, Dutch First Division, FC Barcelona TV and Bayern Munich TV, Mexico’s Campeón de Campeones and SúperCopa, and Formula 1. Univision Deportes is also the exclusive home to shows such as Premios Univision Deportes, Solo Boxeo, Zona NBA, Republica Deportiva and Contacto Deportivo, the highest-rated Spanish-language sports studio show in the U.S., and delivers comprehensive coverage across platforms on all the latest from the NBA, NFL, MLB, and world of boxing.
Globally, DAZN is a live and on-demand sports streaming service created by fans, for fans, that is leading the charge to provide access to sports anytime, anywhere. DAZN guarantees no long-term contract, no bundles, just one affordable price for access to all the service’s sports on connected devices including Smart TVs, smartphones, tablets, games consoles and PCs. DAZN is currently available in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Japan, Canada, Italy and now the U.S. at just $9.99 per month after a one-month free trial – where it is set to become a must-have service for fight fans, with 100+ fight nights already lined up from Matchroom Boxing, Bellator MMA, the World Boxing Super Series, Combate Americas and the newly announced Golden Boy Promotions.