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Monday, October 30, 2017

Charlie Cox & Jon Bernthal Join WWE Legend The Undertaker And WWE Superstars Bella Twins & Hardy Boyz At ACE Comic Con Long Island

-- Latest Additions to Powerful Lineup includes Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ray Fisher, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ciarán Hinds --

-- More than 90 vendors, 50 world-class artists & writers, Stellar programming, All Included in General Admission Ticket

NEW YORK, Oct. 30, 2017 -- ACE Universe, the new media company founded by Comic Con legends Stephen & Gareb Shamus, confirmed that Daredevil star Charlie Cox and The Punisher star Jon Bernthal will join WWE® Legend The Undertaker® and WWE Superstars The Bella Twins®, WWE Superstars The Hardy Boyz®, and WWE Superstar Corey Graves® at ACE Comic Con Long Island on December 8-10.

This inaugural ACE Comic Con will take place at NYCB Live, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island, and will feature the best of pop culture and entertainment throughout the weekend. Confirmed guests also include Henry Cavill (Superman) and Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Ray Fisher (Cyborg), Ezra Miller (The Flash), Jason Momoa (Aquaman) and Ciarán Hinds (Steppenwolf).

Seasoned fans and families will be among the first to experience the newest in Film, TV, Gaming, Comics, Collectibles and Virtual Reality along with live performances worthy of the Nassau Coliseum. More than 90 vendors and 50 top artists and writers will be showcasing their work and skills during the weekend. ACE Comic Con has also partnered with a unique family-themed show called "Kids Comic Con" to bring a fun "show within a show" programming for youngsters including art classes with master illustrators, costume contests and workshops to create their own comic books. WWE Superstar Corey Graves will host a WWE panel, and do a limited FREE autograph signing!

Charlie Cox stars in the Marvel/Netflix series Daredevil. His riveting work in the role of Matt Murdock, and his superhero alter ego Daredevil, has made the show a runaway hit. Charlie first came to the public's attention in the big-screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Stardust and has appeared in the esteemed series Downton Abbey and Boardwalk Empire.

Jon Bernthal will star in the upcoming series The Punisher, after appearing as Frank Castle / The Punisher on Daredevil alongside Charlie Cox. Jon portrayed Shane Walsh in Frank Darabont's The Walking Dead, and reunited with Darabont for the TNT series Mob City. Jon has also starred in The Wolf of Wall Street, Fury, Sicario and Pilgrimage.

WWE Legend The Undertaker has dominated the WWE landscape for 25 years like a menacing shadow, spelling out doom for those who dare cross him. A multiple WWE and World Heavyweight Champion, a six-time tag team titleholder and a Royal Rumble winner in 2007, Undertaker's accomplishments in WWE have cemented his place among the greatest in history.

WWE Superstars The Bella Twins have truly blazed a path for female athletes to follow over the years, both inside and outside the squared circle. Outside the ring, sisters Nikki and Brie have thrived as the center pieces of the hit E! reality shows Total Bellas and Total Divas. Nikki can be seen tearing up the dance floor on the current season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars.

WWE Superstars The Hardy Boyz are tag specialists with innate fraternal chemistry. Matt and Jeff are famous for their unmatched fortitude and innovative, risk-taking arsenal, which has carried them to Superstardom in the wrestling universe.

Tickets for ACE Comic Con Long Island are on sale now, and can be purchased online at www.Ticketmaster.com, www.nycblive.com, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or by visiting www.aceuniverse.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the Ticketmaster Box Office located at the Coliseum. Kids under 10 years-old get in for free.


ACE Universe (www.aceuniverse.com) is a New York-based media and experiential events company founded by Gareb and Stephen Shamus, who are the world's most experienced producers of Comic Con conventions. Stephen has personally produced over 175 Comic Con events, booked thousands of celebrity guests, and played host to millions of happy fans. Gareb is a leading pop-culture expert, founder of the largest Comic Con tour in the world, an original producer of national Comic Cons, and publisher of multiple award-winning magazines published in 75 countries worldwide. ACE Universe produces premium events in world-class venues that feature the best of Film, TV, Gaming, Virtual Reality, Collectibles, Comics, Original Art, Toys, Action Figures, Graphic Novels, Illustrators, Writers, Creators, and Entertainment Programming. Fans can live stream all ACE Universe events at www.aceuniverse.com and engage with us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.


Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment (BSE) develops and operates state-of-the-art venues and manages premier sports franchises, delivering dynamic content and experiences for audiences. BSE oversees programming, marketing, sales, and operations for Barclays Center, NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, and LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theatre. BSE manages and controls the NBA's Brooklyn Nets and its G League team, the Long Island Nets, as well as the business operations of the NHL's New York Islanders.

Barclays Center, which opened on September 28, 2012, offers 17,732 seats for basketball, 15,795 for hockey, and up to 19,000 seats for concerts, and has 101 luxury suites, four bars/lounges, four clubs, and 40/40 CLUB & Restaurant by Tanduay.

NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, reopened on April 5, 2017 after undergoing an extensive renovation. The Coliseum offers 14,500 seats for basketball, MMA and boxing, 13,900 for hockey, up to 15,000 for concerts, and 4,500 seats for its theater configuration. With a focus on emerging businesses, BSE identifies and creates alliances, strategic partnerships and other business opportunities to ensure the success of its assets.

SOURCE: ACE Universe

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Ronda Rousey To Feel True Power With Xbox One X And Assassin's Creed® Origins

Rousey to Show Stealth and Power Moves on Xbox Live Sessions

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 25, 2017 -- American mixed martial artist, model and actress, Ronda Rousey will feel true power when she joins the first-ever Xbox Live Sessions to be played on the new Xbox One X console. The interactive livestream hosted on the Mixer Xbox Channel, will have Rousey playing the new Assassin's Creed® Origins on Thursday, October 26th at 6 p.m. PT.

Fans will experience the stunning details, beautiful landscapes and incredible cities of Ancient Egypt when they tune into the Xbox Live Session for Assassin's Creed Origins, which will be released on October 27th. The livestream will feature Rousey who most recently executive produced the Go90 documentary series, "Why We Fight."

In addition to being the first American woman to earn an Olympic medal in Judo which she won at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Rousey is the first UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion and the last Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Champion. She has also appeared in "The Expendables 3," "Furious 7," and "Entourage."

"I'm always up for a physical and mental challenge, so I jumped at the opportunity to see the power behind the new Xbox One X and play one of the most anticipated video games a day before its release," said Rousey. "The storyline and visuals of Assassin's Creed® Origins are truly impressive, and I'm excited for my fans to tune in and watch."

Fans who tune-in to the livestream will have the chance to submit questions to Ronda for the opportunity to win prizes. Ronda will also be joined by Microsoft Studios Community Manager, Rukari Austin as host of this Xbox Live Session.

"Ronda playing Assassin's Creed Origins on Xbox One X is going to be amazing to watch," said Aaron Greenberg, GM of Games Marketing at Xbox. "We look forward to seeing how her fearlessness translates to playing Bayek, protector of Egypt, in Assassin's Creed Origins."

Assassin's Creed Origins will let fans dive into a new adventure every time they play with each quest telling an intense, emotional and memorable story set in Ancient Egypt. From deserts to lush oases, from the Mediterranean Sea to the tombs of Giza, fans will fight against ancient factions and wild beasts while they try to uncover the story of the Assassin's brotherhood.

Since its launch in August, Xbox Live Sessions has welcomed top celebrities such as DJ Khaled, Marlon Wayans, James Corden, Scott Eastwood, Chandler Riggs, Josef Newgarden and Tanner Foust to play newly release titles on Xbox.


Thursday, October 19, 2017

New Boxing Chapter To Start For Former UFC Heavyweight Title Challenger Gabriel "Napao" Gonzaga

October 28 in Worcester, MA

WORCESTER, Mass. (October 19, 2017) - The next chapter of former UFC heavyweight title challenger Gabriel "Napao" Gonzaga starts October 28th when he makes his professional boxing debut fighting on the "New England Future 4" card, the fourth and final 2017 installment of the popular professional boxing series, "New England's Future", to be held at the DCU Center (Exhibition Hall) in Worcester, Massachusetts.

"New England's Future 4" is presented by Rivera Promotions Entertainment (RPE), which is owned and operated by retired three-time, two division world champion Jose Antonio Rivera and his son, Anthonee (A.J.) Rivera.

The 38-year-old Gonzaga teaches Brazilian Ju-Jitsu (BJJ) in Worcester and lives nearby in Ludlow (MA). An imposing physical fighter, the 6' 2", 260-pound Gonzaga (17-11-0, 7 KOs, 9 SUBs, 1 DEC), holds 4th degree black belt in BJJ. The highlight of his MMA career was at the 2007 UFC 70, held in Manchester, United Kingdom, in which he knocked out K-1, Pride and Rizen champion Mirko Cro Cop with a head kick in the opening round, positioning Gonzaga for his unsuccessful challenge of UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture in his next fight.

Gonzaga, who retired from MMA 1 ½ years ago, also defeated Ben Rothwell, Shawn Jordan and Chris Tuchscherer, among the more notable UFC fighters he faced in the Octagon.

Gonzago has a new opponent for his four-round bout, Tampa's pro-debuting Alejandro Esquilin Santiago, who also has a pro MMA background.

"I like challenges in my life," Gonzaga explained why he's making his pro debut. "I set new goals because I like to be competitive in sports. I have a good boxing coach who told me I should try. I was a BJJ (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) world champion and UFC title contender. I have good boxing skills and plan to put on a good show. I do have one-punch power and hit hard.

"I started boxing in 2001 and worked at it every day for two years to learn, but then I was competing in MMA. Now, I'm focused on boxing. I think boxing is the hardest part of MMA. I know you can't make mistakes in boxing and there's no time to relax. In MMA, I could relax a little at times in clinches, but the referee won't allow that in boxing. I'll probably fight more than once but not too many because of my age and I'm not really at the high-level of boxing like I was in MMA."

Gonzaga's head boxing trainer, Rocky Gonzalez, has been working with several MMA fighters, including Gonzaga, for more than a decade to help them improve their striking skills. Gonzalez freely admits that Gonzaga knew how to box before he started working with him, crediting Gonzaga's Muay Thai coach, and that boxing came naturally to the big Brazilian who has made an easy adjustment from the Octagon to the ring. Gonzalez also feels that leg positioning differences for MMA fighters switching to boxing, in terms of throwing proper punches, is somewhat overrated.

"In boxing," Gonzalez said, "fighters need their hands like their legs and elbows in MMA. Distance and timing is more important than where their legs and feet are positioned. Gabriel doesn't like sparring with headgear, so, his sparring is more like real fighting. He's been hot with some real shots but he's responded well. He's always going to have a puncher's chance and he's deceptive because he doesn't look as fast as he is.

"We didn't really plan anything but he got this good opportunity. He's always wanted to turn pro as a boxer and go from there. Gabriel is a good listener who keeps working hard to get better. When he first brought up boxing, he was contracted by the UFC, but we started talking about him boxing after the UFC released him. He knew Jose from him teaching boxing. Gabriel isn't doing this for the money. He's a competitive guy who wanted to try boxing."

Former WBU Americans and IBU North American cruiserweight champion, Vinnie "American Nightmare" Carita (16-1-1, 15 KOs), fighting out of Pembroke (MA), will take on Bolivian heavyweight champion Saul "El Fenjx Asesino" Faraff (64-23-3, 56 KOs) in the eight-round main event.

Hartford's (CT) popular Richard "Popeye The Sailor Man" Rivera (3-0, 2 KOs) meets Hansen Castillo (0-2) in the four-round, co-featured event to be contested at a 180-pound catchweight.

Many of New England's best and most popular N.E. fighters will be in action, including 2014 N.E. Golden Gloves champion Adrian "Tonka" Sosa (4-0, 3 KOs), fighting out of nearby Lawrence (MA), vs. veteran Norwalk (CT) welterweight Shakha Moore (12-23-3, 2 KOs) in a six-round match.

Also fighting on the undercard in four-round fights include 2016 N.E. Golden Gloves champio, Anthony Laureano (5-0, 3 KOs), of East Hartford (CT) vs. Bruno Dias (0-3), of Woburn (MA), New Haven (CT) Edwin Soto (10-2-2, 4 KOs) vs. Anthony Everett (1-6). of Lawrence, at a 150-pound catchweight, three-time USA Boxing Nationals champion Elvis Figueroa (2-0, 1 KO), of New Haven (CT), vs. pro-debuting Brazilian native Rene Nazare, Southbridge (MA) junior welterweight Wilfredo "El Sucaro" Pagan (2-0) vs. Patrick Leal (0-3), of Woburn (MA), at a 150-pound catchweight, Danbury (CT) junior welterweight Omar Bordoy, Jr. (2-0) vs. Schenectady (NY) veteran Bryan "The Brick" Abraham (6-30, 6 KOs), and Timmy Ramos (4-0-1, 4 KOs), of Framingham (MA) vs. Seth Basler (0-2), of Illinois.

All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Tickets, priced at $75.00 (ringside) and $45.00 (general admission), are on sale and available to purchase at the DCU Center box office, www.dcu.centerworcester.com, by contacting Jose Rivera (elgallojar@gmail.com/508.864.6954), AJ Rivera
(anthoneerivera@gmail.com/774.272.2269) or any of the fighters

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., first bout 7:00 p.m. ET.

Sponsors include Lundgren Honda, Championsofhealth.usna.com, and American Pyramids.

Part of the proceeds will go to Worcester Latino Dollars For Scholars.

Twitter: @RiveraPromoEnt @joseriverachamp @KingRivera_

SOURCE: Full Court Press