The 26-year-old Mexican American is the new WBO junior featherweight world champion after a unanimous decision win over Tramaine Williams in the main event of Saturday’s Premier Boxing Champions card.
Williams, a slick southpaw, gave Leo problems to start the fight, but by the middle rounds it was Leo’s steady pressure and relentless attack to the body that slowly wore down his opponent.
The judges at Mohegan Sun Casino & Resort in Uncasville, Connecticut, scored the fight 117-111, 118-110 and 118-110.
Leo (20-0, 9 KOs) is not a power puncher, but instead throws punches in bunches. He crowded and smothered Williams (19-1, 6 KOs) to a point where Williams was just staving off Leo, more than actually fighting him. While Williams was effective in the first few rounds, boxing from the southpaw stance and throwing quick straight left hands, he was soon overwhelmed by Leo, who never stopped coming.
“First few rounds, I was just feeling him out,” Leo said after the fight. “Getting his timing, getting the feel of him. I felt him loosening up, breaking down and that’s when I started putting the pressure on him a little bit more.
“That was the key factor in this fight, the body work and the pressure.”
Fight week was anything but typical for Leo as he also had to overcome a late change of opponent. He was originally slated to face Stephen Fulton, but Fulton tested positive for COVID-19 and was ruled ineligible to fight.
Williams, who was scheduled to fight in the co-main event against Ra’eese Aleem, stepped in for the title opportunity. So instead of facing a well-schooled right-hander, Leo was tasked with facing a slick southpaw on late notice.
Leo handled this adversity and just simply overwhelmed Williams with a committed effort to win his first world title.
“It feels good,” Leo said. “It still hasn’t sunken in, yet. It feels surreal.”
The 18-year-old Mexican professional footballer joined French Ligue 1 club Lille OSC, the team has confirmed.
Pizzuto captained Mexico at the under-17 World Cup in 2019 and was awarded the Bronze Ball for his performance as El Trireached the final.
“I feel confident in myself,” Pizzuto said at a news conference. “I think I’ll be able play this year without any problem.
“Like in any team, if you are the new guy you have to come in and work really hard so you can win a place in the starting 11 or on the bench, but I’m just going to work and do my best to be on the field.”
Pizzuto joined Lille on a free transfer after coming through thePachuca youth system.
Hector Herrera and Hirving Lozano also came through the youth system and were signed to European clubs.
Pizzuto only made one appearance in Liga MX, fracturing his fibula and dislocating his ankle in a horror injury just nine minutes after coming off the bench against Leon last January.
“About the injury, I’m much better, I’m just finishing the last things to be back on the field, but I’m 100% to play for Lille,” Pizzuto added.
The Ligue 1 season begins on Saturday, August 22 with Lille taking on Rennes at home.
The team was in fourth position when the 2019-20 Ligue 1 season was ended on April 28 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Justina Machado is counting the day(s) until this year’s virtual PaleyFest LA.
The Paley Center for Media has announced plans to take its PaleyFestLA event online for the first time ever due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the 47-year-old Puerto Rican actress and her One Day at a Time colleagues set to appear.
In addition to Machado, the 2020 edition of the event – taking place in August – the guest lineup for the 10 participating series includes Cate Blanchett, Justin Bieber and Dolly Parton, with moderators including Stacey Abrams and Martha Raddatz.
The event was originally scheduled to take place in mid-March at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
The festival will be available for viewing by Citi cardmembers and Paley members beginning August 7, with panels available to the public on August 10. All will be hosted on the Paley Center’s YouTube channel. Citi is an official sponsor of the event.
The lineup featured changes from the one originally unveiled in January.
In addition to Machado’s One Day at a Time, the remaining participating series are Netflix’s Dolly Parton’s Heartstringsand Ozark, Starz’s Outlanderand Schitt’s Creek.
They are joined by YouTube’s Justin Bieber: Seasons, NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers, Amazon Prime Video’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, FX on Hulu’s Mrs. America and Netflix’s Queer Eye.
The Schitt’s Creek panel reflecting on the comedy’s sixth and final season will be available exclusively for Citi cardmembers and Paley Center members.
“PaleyFest LA has been the premier television festival in the country for more than 35 years, and, we’re so pleased to bring this best-in-class festival to millions of fans virtually for the first time through our Paley YouTube channel,” said Maureen J. Reidy, the Paley Center’s president and CEO. “We look forward to presenting this incredible lineup of programs featuring the shows that make us laugh, take us into a world of mystery, comfort us, and shine a light on pressing social issues. We’re thrilled to welcome back Citi as the official card of PaleyFest and we couldn’t ask for a better partner.”
Here’s the lineup with scheduled guests:
Dolly Parton & Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings
Dolly Parton, Executive Producer, Sam Haskell, Executive Producer, Kathleen Turner (Miss Mary Shaw), and Ginnifer Goodwin (Genevieve Carson). Moderated by Jim Halterman, West Coast Bureau Chief, TV Guide Magazine/TV Insider
Justin Bieber: Seasons Justin Bieber, Hailey Bieber, Michael D. Ratner, Director, Scooter Braun, Executive Producer, Allison Kaye, Poo Bear, Josh Gudwin, Joe Termini, Ryan Good, and Alex Piper. Moderated by Shirley Halperin, Variety
Late Night with Seth Meyers Seth Meyers, Host, Mike Shoemaker, Producer, Alex Baze, Head Writer & Producer, Sal Gentile, Supervising Producer & Closer Look Supervising Writer, Amber Ruffin, Writer, and Jenny Hagel, Writer. Moderated by Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Amy Sherman-Palladino, Creator/Executive Producer, Daniel Palladino, Executive Producer, Rachel Brosnahan, (Miriam “Midge” Maisel), Alex Borstein (Susie Myerson), Tony Shalhoub (Abe Weissman), Marin Hinkle (Rose Weissman), Michael Zegen (Joel Maisel), Kevin Pollak (Moishe Maisel), Caroline Aaron (Shirley Maisel), Jane Lynch (Sophie Lennon), Luke Kirby (Lenny Bruce), LeRoy McClain (Shy Baldwin), Stephanie Hsu (Mei). Moderator TBA
Mrs. America Cate Blanchett (Phyllis Schlafly), Executive Producer, Rose Byrne (Gloria Steinem), Uzo Aduba (Shirley Chisholm), Sarah Paulson (Alice Macray), Margo Martindale (Bella Abzug), Ari Graynor (Brenda Feigen-Fasteau), John Slattery (Fred Schlafly), Dahvi Waller, Creator, Executive Producer, Showrunner, & Writer, Stacey Sher, Executive Producer, Ryan Fleck, Executive Producer & Director, and Coco Francini, Executive Producer. Moderated by Martha Raddatz, ABC News’ Chief Global Affairs Correspondent
One Day at a Time Mike Royce, Executive Producer, Brent Miller, Executive Producer, Gloria Calderon Kellett, Executive Producer, Justina Machado (Penelope Alvarez), Rita Moreno (Lydia Riera), Isabella Gomez (Elena Alvarez), Marcel Ruiz (Alex Alvarez), Todd Grinnell (Pat Schneider), Stephen Tobolowsky (Dr. Leslie Berkowitz), India de Beaufort (Avery), Sheridan Pierce (Syd), Ed Quinn (Max Ferraro), Raquel Justice (Nora). Moderated by Stacey Abrams, Founder, Fair Fight
Outlander Caitriona Balfe (Claire Fraser), Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser), Sophie Skelton (Brianna Fraser MacKenzie), Richard Rankin (Roger MacKenzie), Diana Gabaldon, Author, Maril Davis, Executive Producer, and Matthew B. Roberts, Executive Producer. Moderator: Kate Hahn, TV Guide Magazine
Ozark Jason Bateman (Martin ‘Marty’ Byrde), Executive Producer, Laura Linney (Wendy Byrde), Julia Garner (Ruth) Janet McTeer (Helen Pierce), Tom Pelphrey (Ben Davis), and Chris Mundy, Executive Producer. Moderator: Dave Karger, Host, Turner Classic Movies; Special Correspondent, IMDB
Queer Eye Bobby Berk, Host, Karamo Brown, Host, Tan France, Host, Antoni Porowski, Host, and Jonathan Van Ness, Host. Moderated by Patrick Gomez, Editor in Chief, A.V. Club
Schitt’s Creek (Members only) Dan Levy (David Rose), Co-creator & Executive Producer, Eugene Levy (Johnny Rose), Co-creator & Executive Producer, Catherine O’Hara (Moira Rose), Consulting Producer, and Annie Murphy (Alexis Rose). Moderated by Patrick Gomez, Editor in Chief, A.V. Club
The 46-year-old Peruvian filmmaker has signed on to direct and co-write the social thriller Danielwith first-time feature writer Owen Renfroe.
The story follows, Daniel, an unlicensed Latinx doctor who works for a dying billionaire on his private, remote estate. When he suddenly uncovers a sinister secret about his boss’s foster daughter, he must fight for the life he worked so hard to build. The film is the first social thriller to tackle head-on the plight of Latinx professionals and the struggles they endure in dealing with systemic discrimination.
“Daniel explores the very real struggles that minorities and disenfranchised groups have to endure in America, at a historic time when these pressures are finally getting broadly exposed,” said de Montreuil.
Montreuil broke onto the scene when he was tapped by Blumhouse to direct the coming-of-age drama Lowriders in 2016. The film stars Demian Bichir, Eva Longoria and Gabriel Chavarria and earned strong reviews with Montreuil landing a number of jobs following its release.
Amazon Studios has released the first trailer for Lili Reinhart’s coming-of-age drama Chemical Hearts, featuring the Dominican actress.
Based on the novel by Krystal Sutherland, the film hits Amazon Prime Video on Friday, August 21.
Reinhart plays Grace Town, a high school transfer student still recuperating, physically and emotionally, from a car crash that she doesn’t talk about. She meets classmate Henry Page (Austin Abrams), and, as the Amazon description says, Henry soon “learns the heartbreaking secret that has changed her life” and “finds himself falling in love with her — or at least the person he thinks she is.”
Written, directed and produced by Richard Tanne, Chemical Hearts also stars Peña, Sarah Jones, Adhir Kalyan, Kara Young, and C.J. Hoff.
Peña’s previous credits include 24: Legacy, Blue Bloods and The Enemy Within.
In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the 50-year-old half-Venezuelan American songstress’ debut album, Carey has released two more remix EPs for her No. 1 hit “Emotions” and her No. 5 hit “Make It Happen.”
A week ago, Mimi dropped two unreleased remix EPs of “Someday” and “Way,” which was previously only available in the United Kingdom, to keep up the celebration of her debut eponymous album turning 30 last month.
Today, she’s out with the 12″ club mix and C&C club mix of “Emotions,” as well as the special motion edit, C&C dub-dub mix and 12″ instrumental. C&C represents the dance duo C+C Music Factory consisting of Robert Clivillés and David Cole, who co-wrote and -produced both of these singles with her in 1991 from her sophomore album Emotions.
The “Make It Happen” vintage makeover features six versions, two live mixes from her Madison Square Garden performance in 1995 and VH1 Divas Live from 1998; the radio, extended and dub versions; and a C&C classic mix.
In kicking off the Emotions era, the 50-year-old megawatt star also released her live performance video of “Can’t Let Go” from Top of the Pops, which she declared on Twitter is “Still one of my favorite songs to this day,” as well as the remastered music videos for “Emotions” and “Make It Happen.”
Carey’s #MC30 celebration began two weeks ago on July 17 when she released The Live Debut – 1990, a four-song EP featuring the songstress’ vocals from her first live show at New York’s Club Tatou.
Carey’s self-titled debut studio album was released on June 12, 1990, by Columbia Records. It earned her two Grammy awards, including Best New Artist.
There’s one last heist in Úrsula Corberó’s future…
Netflix has renewed the 30-year-old Spanish actress’ highly popular Spanish drama series La Casa de Papel, aka Money Heist, for a fifth and final season.
Season four, which consisted of eight episodes, launched in April.
Created by Alex Pina and produced by Vancouver Media, the fifth season will consist of 10 episodes and start production in Spain on August 3.
In addition to Úrsula Corberó (Tokyo), the series stars Álvaro Morte (The Professor), Itziar Ituño (Lisbon), Pedro Alonso (Berlin), Miguel Herrán (Rio), Jaime Lorente (Denver), Esther Acebo (Stockholm), Enrique Arce (Arturo), Darko Peric (Helsinki), Hovik Keuchkerian (Bogotá), Luka Peros (Marseille), Belén Cuesta (Manila), Fernando Cayo (Coronel Tamayo), Rodrigo de la Serna (Palermo), Najwa Nimri (Inspector Sierra), and José Manuel Poga (Gandía).
Miguel Ángel Silvestre (Sense 8) and Patrick Criado (La Gran Familia Española) are set to join the cast for this final installment.
Pina will act as executive producer and showrunner with Jesús Colmenar, Koldo Serra and Álex Rodrigo directing.
Pina said, “We’ve spent almost a year thinking about how to break up the band. How to put the Professor on the ropes. How to get into situations that are irreversible for many characters. The result is the fifth part of La Casa de Papel. The war reaches its most extreme and savage levels, but it is also the most epic and exciting season.”
The 27-year-old Mexican professional footballer has signed with Atlanta United after placing Josef Martinez on the season-ending injury list.
Martinez, the 2018 Major League Soccer MVP, tore the ACL in his right knee in Atlanta’s season-opening 2-1 win over Nashville SC on February 29. He underwent surgery on March 18.
By being placed on the season-ending injury list, Martinez won’t be able to play in any MLS competitions for the remainder of the 2020 season. Per MLS roster rules, the Martinez move allowed Atlanta to obtain roster relief in the form of an open roster spot, as well as salary budget relief up to $250,000 to sign a replacement.
Atlanta has struggled in Martinez’s absence, failing to score a single goal while losing all three games at the MLS is Back tournament. That run of results led to the team parting ways with manager Frank de Boer on July 24.
“Josef’s rehab is progressing well and is going to plan; however, it was important for us to make this move as it gives us roster relief and flexibility for the rest of the 2020 season,” Atlanta United Vice President and Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra said. “We will miss his ability and leadership on the field this season, but we look forward to having him back at the start of preseason next year.”
In Martinez’s place, the Five Stripes acquired Torres, who was out of contract after spending the last two years with Liga MX side CD Tijuana. Having played previously with two other MLS teams — the now-defunct Chivas USA and the Houston Dynamo — Torres is familiar with the league, and has the added benefit of holding a green card, meaning he will count as a domestic player.
“‘Cubo’ is a natural goal-scoring forward who will bolster our frontline and we’re pleased to add a player of his quality to the team,” Bocanegra said. “He has consistently shown his finishing abilities in MLS, Liga MX and on the international stage, and we expect him to immediately contribute to the second half of our season.”
Torres was at one point considered an up-and-coming star in Mexico, breaking in with Guadalajara as a 17-year-old in 2010. He was loaned to Chivas USA in 2013, scoring 23 goals in 51 league and cup appearances over the next two seasons.
Following Chivas USA’s folding after the 2014 season, MLS purchased Torres’ contract, making him a Designated Player. He eventually landed in Houston, though his form was uneven during his tenure there. He went 23 league and cup appearances without scoring and was twice loaned to Guadalajara and Cruz Azul during that time.
Torres bounced back in 2017, scoring 14 goals in 31 league and playoff appearances, five of which came from the penalty spot. Torres returned to Mexico in 2018 with Pumas and later Tijuana, but has struggled to find success since. Over the last two years, he has scored nine goals in 45 league and cup appearances. At the international level, Torres scored one goal in seven appearances for Mexico.
Gael García Bernal is hitting the ring to play a Lucha Libre legend.
The 41-year-old Mexican actor/filmmaker will star in Cassandro, an independent feature from Oscar winning and two-time Emmy nominee filmmaker Roger Ross Williams.
Cassandro tells the true story of Saúl Armendáriz, a gay amateur wrestler from El Paso who rises to international stardom after he creates the “exotico” character Cassandro, the “Liberace of Lucha Libre,” and in the process upends not just the macho wrestling world but also his own life.
Armendáriz at the age of 15 quit school and began training for Lucha Libre, beginning his professional wrestling career in 1988 under the mask as Mister Romano. Ultimately he would abandon the character and take on the exotico character of Baby Sharon. Exoticos are male wrestlers who dress in drag.
Ultimately, Armendáriz would take the new ring name of Cassandro, from a Tijuana brothel keeper Cassandra whom he appreciated.
In January 1991, after bad press that he was going to wrestle El Hijo del Santo in the UWA World Welterweight Championship, Armendáriz reportedly attempted suicide by cutting his wrists with a razor blade, but was saved.
The title match occurred a week later and Armendáriz credits it as the match that earned him the lucha libre community’s acceptance.
While Cassandro failed to win the UWA World Welterweight Championship from El Hijo del Santo, he managed to win his first title, the UWA World Lightweight Championship in October 1992, by defeating Lasser, becoming the first exótico in history to hold a championship in UWA.
Bernal, who will star in M. Night Shyamalan’s new secret movie from Universal, will shoot that movie first before stepping into the ring for Cassandro, which is eyeing a November start in Mexico.
Cassandro will rep the feature narrative directorial debut for Williams, who took home the Oscar for his short docu Music by Prudence in 2010, and recently was nominated at the Emmys a second time, this time in Outstanding Documentary/Nonfiction Special category for the HBO doc The Apollo. That movie, which made its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival last year, follows the historic and famed Harlem NYC venue and its legacy.
“As a filmmaker, my own life experience has inspired my passion to tell inspirational stories about outsiders and uplift the voices of people we don’t normally see on screen. The true story of Cassandro, Saúl Armendáriz, was one I knew I wanted to tell from the moment I met him. I look forward to being able to bring Saúl’s story to a wide audience,” said Williams.
Williams wrote Cassandro with Emmy-winner David Teague and Julián Herbert (Satelite).
Bernal is a two-time Golden Globe nominee and winner for the Amazon series Mozart in the Jungle. He was part of the SAG ensemble nominated cast of Paramount’s Babel, and a BAFTA nominee for Focus Features’ 2004 The Motorcycle Diaries.
The filmmakers are reportedly in talks with Amazon to acquire Cassandro once complete, but that deal is contingent on several factors before it’s a negative pick-up.