Boxing: Ryota Murata vs Rob Brant ordered by WBA

first_imgAdvertisementThe WBA has ordered the Ryota Murata defend his “regular” middleweight title against Rob Brant. Murata will be looking to make his second successful defense of the title.Brant made an unsuccessful jump to super middleweight, joining the World Boxing Super Series Tournament. He lost handily to Juergen Braehmer in a bout that was not competitive at all. Shortly after suffering the first lost of his career he decided to comeback down to the middleweight division.Brant made a successful return to the ring when he defeated Colby Courter by first round knockout. He is simply better suited for the middleweight division, as at the moment he lacks the size to campaign at super middleweight.Murata has become sort of a rockstar like figure in his native country of Japan. His last bout not only sold out but drew a whopping 17 million viewers, to put it in perspective 15 percent of the population watched his bout.He faced Emanuel Felice Blandamura, scoring a eighth round technical knockout. He dominated the contest from the opening bell, methodically taking his opponent apart. He showed great poise, and stalked his opponent all night, applying smart aggression.Whether or not the bout will happen remains to be seen as both sides must now try to negotiate a deal. If it does happen the bout will more than likely be in Japan perhaps sometime this summer.Advertisementlast_img read more

San Josés Chinatown woes continue

first_imgCosta Rica’s most intense rainy-season months are bringing more problems to National Liberation Party (PLN) presidential candidate Johnny Araya’s pet project as mayor, San José’s Chinatown, known as Barrio Chino.Several floods in recent weeks have swamped many businesses along the Barrio’s main boulevard, and the city’s old sewage system has been unable to handle the excessive water.Stephanie Mendoza, manager at Paso Canoas, said the store has flooded at least five or six times in the past few weeks.“We wanted to increase the width of drain grates in front of our store so that rainfall could drain better, but municipal officials wouldn’t authorize us to do that, saying they [the drain grates] are public property, and that we could be fined for altering them,” Mendoza said.“We were forced to move all of our merchandise that was at ground level. Some of our metal shelves are now rusting, and others made of wood are becoming moldy,” she added.Passage on most of the seven blocks of Chinatown’s main boulevard was closed for several hours during a strong rain shower on Sep. 16, and local employees were up to their waists in water. Store employees struggled to keep up with the rising water by using brooms in a losing battle to keep merchandise dry.“The situation worsens when motorists pass at certain speeds and send waves of standing water into the stores on both sides [of the boulevard],” Mendoza said.Litter to blame, city official saysDuring a recent renovation, workers replaced the sewers along the old 9th Street with one central sewer system that is covered with a layer of porous concrete that functions as a filter.Rodolfo Sancho, director of the city’s Public Works Department, said the filtering system was the first of its kind in Costa Rica and was working as expected, but “excessive pollution, mainly litter thrown by pedestrians, and oil and grease from vehicles and nearby businesses have saturated the cement layer and reduced its absorption capacity. … And heavy rains like those we have seen in recent days definitely aggravated the problem.”He said that the recent flooding along the boulevard was not related to the construction of Barrio Chino, “but rather was due to a sewage system that is over 100 years old.”However, the municipality now will be forced to fix the problems with the city’s drainage system to hopefully stop the flooding of local businesses.City officials already have increased the number of workers to clear Chinatown of debris and litter, Sancho told The Tico Times. On Friday morning, at least four municipal cleaning crews were collecting trash along the boulevard.Officials also plan to install drain grates in parts of the porous concrete lawyer, although that job isn’t expected to get underway for up to three weeks, and even then it’s a temporary solution. Meanwhile, additional heavy seasonal rainstorms are expected in coming weeks.City engineers will continue to study the problem, and work on a permanent solution likely will begin next year.Polemic projectSan José’s Barrio Chino was one of the flagship projects of former San José Mayor Johnny Araya, now the PLN’s top candidate for president in 2014.But the Tico Chinatown has faced several problems, even before it was inaugurated. First, civic groups and public school students protested against the project because it is located on an historic landmark known as “Paseo de los Estudiantes,” which refers to the daily transit of many public school students in the area.Many terminals and bus stops also were located along 9th Street, and business owners complained that closing the road would reduce customer traffic.Those fears soon became reality, and by the inauguration of the project in December 2012, several businesses had already closed or were sold due to a sharp drop in customers during Chinatown’s construction.In June, six months after Chinatown opened, another controversy made headlines when the city was forced to remove four massive speed bumps along the boulevard following constant complaints from motorists.The removal of the concrete “domes” cost the city an additional ₡11 million ($22,000).As if that weren’t enough, the Chinese arch at the entrance of Barrio Chino on Avenida 2 – a $1 million gift that Araya secured on one of several trips to China – was vandalized. Since then, the arch has become a canvas for graffiti and pigeon droppings.City officials don’t know how much this latest setback will cost, but Sancho promised that “the municipality will use funds from its public works maintenance budget, which will not require any additional funding.” Facebook Comments Related posts:After last year’s flooding, San José officials say city is prepared for the rainy season Municipal Police target street vending in downtown San José President Arias Inagurates New Public Works Projects Costa Rican capital hit by heavy rains, flash floodslast_img read more

Arizona Cardinals defensive end Chandler Jones has

first_img Arizona Cardinals defensive end Chandler Jones has set a noble challenge for the final two games of the regular season.Jones will donate $20,000 to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital for every sack he records against the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks.It’s a good bet Jones will empty his pockets for the children.The 28-year-old has recorded 12 sacks this season, which ranks eighth in the NFL.Related LinksCardinals waive Johnson and Rollins, elevate undrafted rookie CBsCardinals’ Patrick Peterson spreads holiday cheer with ‘Shop with a Jock’Cardinals coach Steve Wilks doesn’t feel like a broken recordCardinals atop 2019 NFL Draft order after loss to FalconsEven better, Jones has 5.5 and 8.5 sacks, respectively, against the Rams and Seahawks in his career. 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Let’s hope it’s a fruitful final two weeks for Jones and the Cardinals, who haven’t had much to cheer for this season. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Arizona Cardinals defensive end Chandler Jones smiles as he walks onto the field prior to an NFL football practice Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)last_img read more