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These Latinos Are Helping To Make The 2019 Super Bowl The Greatest Possible For Latino Fans

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The countdown to the 2019 Super Bowl is on. With just a couple days away until the championship, we wanted to recognize the Latinos in front and behind the scenes who are helping to bring the spirit and action of the Super Bowl to millions of NFL fans around the world.

Alfonso Garcia

When the Los Angeles Rams take the field at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Alfonso Garcia will be in the stands cheering them on with his son. Garcia was gifted tickets to the big game, flights and hotel accommodations by Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks in appreciation for Garcia’s work maintaining the Cal Lutheran field where the team holds its practices.

Catherine Gonzalez Pack

During football season, Catherine Gonzalez Pack is busy calling the shots to bring the NFL Sunday Ticket viewing experience to NFL fans. Gonzalez Pack is the assistant vice president of video operations at AT&T’s Los Angeles Broadcast Center. NFL fans who have the DIRECTV package will be able to catch the game on any device thanks to Gonzalez Pack’s team.

Rodolfo Landeros

When Latinos who want to see the 2019 Super Bowl in Spanish turn on the TV to Fox Deportes, Mexican native Rodolfo Landeros will be one of the faces. He will be giving fans a play-by-play of the action. Landeros has been giving fans an inside look into Super Bowl LIII with his Instagram Stories straight from the ATL.

Gevrina Catalina

Reporting on the biggest moments of an NFL team is no easy feat, but LA Rams reporter Gevrina Catalina handles it in two languages. Fans of the carneros can catch her in videos from the Super Bowl media area on the team’s Vamos Rams website section.

Patriots Nation Monterrey

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When kickoff starts on Sunday, the New England Patriots will be cheered on by die-hard Pats fans across fan clubs in Mexico, including Monterey, Chihuahua, Toluca, Saltillo, Guadalajara, Mexico City and Mexicali. If you’re in Mexico and want to catch the game with these fan clubs, check out the full list.

SoCal Rams Booster Club

Supporting a team in good times and bad is the sign of a true fan. However, supporting your team when they aren’t even in the same city? That’s the hallmark of a mega fan. The SoCal Rams Booster Club was started in 2004, years before the Los Angeles Rams changed from St. Louis to their home in the city of Angels. President Ralph Valdez wanted a family atmosphere where Rams fan could enjoy the games with their kids and familia just like he and many of his supporters had done generations before when the Rams would originally play at the Los Angeles Sports Coliseum.

You can be sure many of the SoCal Rams Booster Club will be in attendance in Atlanta to yell, “Whose house? Rams House!” in the stands.

Joe ‘Silver Fox’ Ramirez

Joe ‘Silver Fox’ Ramirez has been an ardent supporter of the Los Angeles Rams since 1968. The Rams are the first NFL team he ever heard of, he told Vice Sports.

He has been collecting Rams memorabilia for decades and is instantly recognizable thanks to his ram horned-construction hat, which he designed himself.

Ramirez never wavered in his support of his LA Rams, attending games in San Diego or Phoenix when the Rams moved out of town. He eventually became an advisory council member for the SoCal Rams Booster Club.

“I would promote the Rams as my team and share my certainty that one day they would return to Los Angeles,” Ramirez told Vice Sports.

Now he is bringing the blue and gold spirit to the Super Bowl! Follow this OG fan on his official fan Facebook Page.

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For those who are watching the Super Bowl only for the commercials, Maluma baby will be one of the celeb faces endorsing a product on Super Bowl Sunday. Beer brand Michelob ULTRA tapped the Colombian singer to be himself—Juan Luis to be exact— in his first Super Bowl ad while enjoying an ice cold beer with friends in the TV spot. Although he isn’t performing at the Super Bowl Halftime Show, the singer told Forbes this commercial might help him be one step closer to that goal.

“This is such a huge dream for me and it would be a dream come true for the Latino community,” he told Forbes. “With the way things are going, seeing a Latino perform during the halftime show isn’t an impossibility anymore. It’s going to happen and I hope that this commercial is helping me get closer to that prize.

Raúl Allegre

ESPN Deportes ramped up its Super Bowl coverage with a whole team of TV commentators, analysts, sideline reporters, and multimedia reporters. One of the analysts who will be live from Atlanta is Mexican-born former NFL player, Raúl Allegre. Allegre played for four different teams during his tenure in the NFL, including the Baltimore Colts, Indianapolis Colts, New York Giants, and New York Jets. He knows plenty about the game and will be giving fans in-depth analysis between the Rams and the Patriots.


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He’s Been Called The Greatest Latino Boxer Of All Time And Panamanian Boxer Roberto Duran Might Just Prove His Case In This Documentary

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He’s Been Called The Greatest Latino Boxer Of All Time And Panamanian Boxer Roberto Duran Might Just Prove His Case In This Documentary

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No one can deny the impact Latinos have had in the sport of boxing. The rough upbringing of many young men from the region has led trainers and managers to generate a vast quantity of world champions. Names like Julio Cesar Chávez, Ricardo López Nava, Felix Tito Trinidad, Alexis Arguello, and Carlos Monzón bring tears of joy to fans from countries as diverse as Mexico, Puerto Rico, Argentina, and Nicaragua. Boxing champions encapsulate the dreams and aspirations of young Latinos. Because it is often the case that in our continent governments fail the population and each person has to fend for themselves, boxing has become a metaphor for individual progress amidst the most adverse circumstances. 

Roberto Durán is one of the most iconic boxers from Latin America to embody the fighting spirit of Panama.

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Panamanian legend Roberto “Manos de Piedra” Durán broke into the Latin American and U.S. mainstream pop culture due to his volatile personality and the brutal precision of his fighting style. Now retired, Durán is again in the spotlight due to the release of the documentary “I Am Durán,” directed by Mat Hodgson and which features other personalities such as Oscar De La Hoya and Robert De Niro, a big fan of his.

So before you watch the documentary, here are some facts about the proud son of Panama. Keep your guard up!

He was born on June 16, 1951.

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He was born in Guararé, where his mother Clara Samaniego was from. His father was from Arizona in the United States and was of Mexican descent. 

He was abandoned by his dad when he was only 5-years-old.

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As a way of survival, his family could not keep him in school but rather had to send him to work in the streets as a shoeshine boy. Just like the Filipino great Manny Pacquiao, Durán learned the ropes of life in the streets. That made him hungry for success, a hunger he translated into surgically performed combinations in the boxing ring. 

He laced up the gloves when he was 8-years-old. 

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His fighting spirit was there from the beginning. He grew up in the slums of El Chorrillo, so he had to learn how to defend himself in the rough streets. He visited the gym Neco de La Guardia as a kid and the rest is history: before they knew it, he was up there in the ring sparring experienced boxers. What a chico maravilla

He began his pro career with 31 straight wins.

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Durán got a reputation of being a killer in the ring due to his hard punches, solid body frame and general toughness. He won the lightweight championship against Ken Buchanan in 1972 but lost for the first time that same year against Esteban de Jesus. The fight in Madison Square Garden was his Waterloo. Two years later he rematched De Jesus and knocked him out. It is important to note that the De Jesus fight was his sixth in 1972, so he was worn out. 

He was the first Latin American boxer to rule in four weight classes.

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Others would follow (the Mexican greats JC Chávez, Juan Manuel Márquez, and Travieso Arce), but Roberto was the first bad hombre from Latin America to rule in four weight classes. And he did so in a day and age when a world championship was hard to get (in today’s corrupt boxing world there are up to four champions per each one of the 17 weight classes, so being a champ is relatively easier). He also fought many fights scheduled for 15 rounds instead of the current 12. Even though his best years were at lightweight, he rules the following classes:  lightweight, welterweight, light middleweight, and middleweight. 

He made 12 defenses of the lightweight title.

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Roberto was practically indestructible for a period of time. He won eleven title defenses by KO and reached a record of 62-1. He gave up the lightweight title in 1979. He basically dominated world boxing in the 1970s with those hands of stone that sent opponents to sleep, one after an another. 

His biggest night: beating Sugar Ray Leonard in 1980 for the welterweight title.

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After vacating the lightweight title “Manos de Piedra” moved to welterweight. He defeated Carlos Palomino and Zeferino Gonzales, two tough opponents. Once comfortable in the new weight, he faced the golden boy of US boxing, Sugar Ray Leonard, in a fateful June 20 night in Montreal, Canada. Roberto’s relentless pressure broke down Sugar Ray. Thunder defeated lighting and Durán won by a unanimous decision. 

But then came the infamous “No Más.”

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After defeating Leonard “Manos de Piedra” became even more legendary. He went back to Panama and partied like there was no tomorrow. The rematch was fought in November. Leonard trained like a champ, while Roberto had to cut weight extremely fast and just wasn’t in the right frame of mind. Leonard was magnificent: he played with Roberto, mocked him, slipped the Panamanian’s punches and basically humiliated him. In the eighth round, Roberto turned his back to Leonard and said: “No sigo” (this were his actual words, although the infamous “No Mas” is how the event was remembered. 

He rebuilt his career.

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It would be hard for any sports figure to come back after such a meaningful defeat. It is not the same being knocked out after a valiant effort as quitting. It was such a disappointment not only for the fighter but also for his millions of fans. So what did the great fighter do? What all elite pugilists do: he came back with a vengeance. He defeated Wilfred Benitez and Davey Moore, two of the best fighters in the world.

He is one of the 1980s Magnificent Four.

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Boxing in the 1980s was defined by four greats: Roberto, Sugar Ray Leonard, Tommy Hearns, and Marvin Hagler. These four all fought each other and gave fans thrills. Roberto lost to Hearns by KO and to Hagler by a tough decision, but his name will always be attached to one of boxing’s golden eras. 

He fought until 2000.

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It is unusual for a fighter in this day an age to compete across four decades, but Durán did it. His professional debut was on February 23, 1968, and his last fight was a loss to Puerto Rican extraordinaire Hector Macho Camacho on July 14, 2000. At the end of his career, his record read 103 wins, 16 losses, and a whopping 70 KOs. Wow, just wow.

The debate continues: is he the greatest Latino fighter ever?

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That is hard to tell. The main contenders for this mythic title are here in this photograph with him: Mexicans Julio Cesar Chávez and Juan Manuel Márquez, who also faced myriad of champions and former champions over their storied careers. One thing is for certain, Roberto wrote his name on the annals of boxing history in golden letters. And he will never be forgotten.

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In One Week This Latina Became Homeless, Her Mom Abandoned Her, Yet She Landed A Huge Scholarship That Changed Her Life

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In One Week This Latina Became Homeless, Her Mom Abandoned Her, Yet She Landed A Huge Scholarship That Changed Her Life

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Anya Sifuentes knows how to outrun adversity. The high school athlete from Northside High School in Arkansas has overcome homelessness and is now on her way to college.

And so much of her success has to do with her strength and determination, key traits of any prime athlete.

Last October, Sifuentes, went home after school to find she was permanently locked out of her own home.

“It was late September that things just started getting strange,” Sifuentes explained in an interview with CBS affiliate KFSM-TV. “On October 1, I went home right after I went after school and realized that I couldn’t get in my home anymore.”

The reason why Sifuentes and her family were expelled from their home is unknown but according to CBS, as soon as she learned the news she went straight to her track coach.

“She called me and she was just distraught,” Jeff Smith, Sifuentes’ track coach told CBS News. “I said, ‘What’s the matter?’ She goes, ‘I’m homeless. I don’t have any clothes. I don’t have a place to go.'”

Sifuentes’ story took a turn for the even worse when her mother told her that she was leaving the family as well.

“My mom started really acting weird and you could tell that she was late on all of her bills and she wasn’t acting the same anymore,” Sifuentes said. “My mom said that ‘I’m not gonna stay with y’all.’ I thought, ‘Why?'”

Left to raise two younger siblings and a nephew, Sifuentes says she realized she had to step up and take things into her own hands. “To think that we’d be separated — I did not like the feeling,” she said. “I knew it wasn’t going to be the same anymore.”

Determined to keep her siblings and family together, Sifuentes took on multiple jobs, got her family into a new apartment and started to sign the checks for bills. This, all while attending classes and going to track practice.

“It just slaps you in the face — knowing that you’re an adult now,” Sifuentes explained in an interview. “You can’t play around now. You can’t just slack off one day because it will hit you later.”

Still, despite all of the stress she had over money and keeping her family together, Sifuentes says she overcame her depression by keeping her goal of being happy in mind.

“I set a goal in my mind. I have a goal to be happy, even though all this is going on and my family doesn’t seem like a family anymore,” Sifuentes said. “I’m depressed and I’m stressed and money is overwhelming right now. I thought to myself, ‘God is the only thing that’s going to get me through all this pain.'”

Running became an outlet for the teen, and eventually, it became her champion.

This past year, the high school senior was offered a scholarship by the University of the Ozarks to run for their team. She signed with them last month and will be headed to their track field in the coming Fall semester.

“I just look back and think, ‘This is who you are. You’re someone strong,'” Sifuentes stated on her impression of herself after overcoming so much. “You don’t give up easily. Even though times get rough, you have to keep going. Even though you fall down, you have to keep going.”

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