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The boxing Balderas brothers -- Carlos, the 2016 U. Blue 2018 Adidas NMD Outlet .S. Olympic lightweight, and Jose, also a standout amateur -- are going pro as the first fighters to sign with promoter Richard Schaefers newly formed Ringstar Promotions.Schaefer, the co-founder and former longtime CEO of Golden Boy Promotions before an acrimonious split with Oscar De La Hoya led to his leaving the company in 2014, founded Ringstar this past summer. He is co-promoting a Showtime-televised card on Dec. 10 that is filled with Al Haymon-managed fighters, but he does not have agreements with any of them. With the Balderas brothers signing with him, Schaefer has two sought-after prospects, Carlos in particular, to build his company around.Carlos, who will fight professionally as a junior lightweight (130 pounds), and Jose, who will campaign as a bantamweight (118 pounds), signed promotional agreements last week, and the deals were announced on Monday.Carlos Balderas was one of the most sought-after Olympians coming out of the 2016 Summer Games, and I am so pleased that he, and his brother Jose agreed to join Ringstar Sports, Schaefer said. Carlos, Jose and their entire family are the type of people that we want to do business with at our company. I am going to do whatever it takes to make Carlos the face of boxing, and his brother will be right there with him.Both of these young men are exceptional fighters with great skills and even better work ethics. Most importantly, they have a desire to be great, and so does Ringstar. I am looking forward to getting started.Schaefer said that Carlos, 20, and the 21-year-old Jose, both of Santa Maria, California, will make their professional debut in late February in Los Angeles.These are two clean-cut young men who can fight and talk intelligently. We have two young men who have an opportunity to carry the fight scene here in Los Angeles, Schaefer said. For me, this is my No. 1 priority, to help them become superstars of the sport.The sons of Mexican immigrants, Carlos and Jose were introduced to boxing by their father (and trainer) Zenon and uncles Emiliano and David (their manager) and said the sport helped give them structure and keep them away from gangs and drugs when they were growing up.Im very, very excited for the future for me and my brother, Carlos said. Im thankful to Mr. Schaefer and excited to get the ball rolling and do big things. I was looking to turn pro even before the Olympics. The Olympics was a good experience, but I am more excited for the pros. Its something Ive been looking forward to for a while now.Said Jose: [Schaefer] is a very smart man and he has a vision for both of us for what we want to be, which is world champions and superstars.Carlos, who was 175-9 as an amateur and won various titles, advanced to the quarterfinals at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August before losing to Cubas Lazaro Alvarez. Jose went 80-8 as an amateur.Carlos reminds me of a combination of Oscar and Fernando Vargas, and thats not a bad thing, Schaefer said. When you think about boxing in Los Angeles, and you go back to the days of the Olympic [Auditorium], there was [always] somebody who carries the Los Angeles and California boxing scene and was like the king of L.A. I believe that is missing today, but I believe the brothers will someday fill up the StubHub Center [in Carson] and the Staples Center.These kids have the skills inside the ring and they carry themselves the right way outside of the ring. The family still has a place in Mexico City and they are bilingual, so my plan is to also have them fight sometimes in Mexico. I am already in discussions with [Mexican television network] Televisa about them.Carlos was the target of several promoters, including Top Rank, Golden Boy and Japans Teiken Promotions, but Schaefer won the recruiting battle. I was myself. I think what I accomplished speaks for itself, he said. Carlos sparred with a lot of fighters, like Leo Santa Cruz and other guys [I worked with at Golden Boy], and when you ask the fighters what they think about me you get positive feedback. Im very much pro-fighter. Im there win or lose. Thats one of my strengths, my relationships. He saw that and liked that as well as my track record.Carlos said he and his brother decided to sign with Schaefer because they liked his honesty.He is a very trustworthy guy, a family man, Carlos said. He wanted to be with us from the beginning and he has the power and connections in Los Angeles, where my market is.Im looking forward to working with Richard for a long time. My brother and I chose Ringstar because we immediately felt comfortable with Richard. Im ready to start my career and grow my fan base. Im looking to do big things in this sport. Its not just about a paycheck. I want to win world titles and build a legacy.The brothers also became close with Raul Jaimes, one of Schaefers assistants, who Carlos said looked after him in Rio.My dad spoke a lot with these other promoters, Top Rank, Oscar, Mr. [Akihiko] Honda [of Teiken], Carlos said. I feel like they wanted to sign us just to sign us and not give us what we deserved. I didnt even want to have a meeting with them. They are very nice people but not the best decision for us to be with them.Said Zenon: Richard is a very smart man who is going to do amazing things for my sons. I know that my sons will be world champions. The question is, how many times? I believe that Richard has the mind to get us where we need to go. Red Adidas NMD Shoes . James, who turned 29 on Monday, injured his groin Friday during the Heats overtime loss at Sacramento. He sat out the following game, a 108-107 win Saturday in Portland, before coming back to help send the Nuggets to their seventh consecutive loss. Wholesale Adidas NMD 2018 . Meanwhile, there were huge victories for Sunderland and West Ham over fellow relegation rivals, leaving the battle to avoid the drop up for grabs with the bottom 11 teams separated by just six points. Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres scored second-half goals to seal a fourth straight victory for Chelsea, which climbed above Arsenal and Manchester City in the standings ahead of their games on Monday and Sunday respectively. . It was hard for Luck to pull off another comeback, or even get into the end zone, while standing on the sideline. Rivers threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to rookie Keenan Allen and Nick Novak kicked four field goals to give the Chargers a 19-9 victory against the Colts on Monday night.Eliaquim Mangala believes he is proving himself at Manchester City, but says the best is still to come. The defender has faced criticism following his big-money move from Porto in 2014 and admitted that his first season in the Premier League was difficult.However, he has shown signs of improvement, particularly in recent weeks with clean sheets against Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea. He told Sky Sports: My objective has been to prove myself, to prove that I can do something good. Every single training session and every game I try to improve the way I defend.I know I can do better. This is not my best. The most important thing for me is consistency. To have a good game and then maintain consistency.If I want to prove myself it is on the pitch. If you are good on the pitch that is the reality. Its very important for me and the manager. My objective is to make the manager believe in me because I want to win titles with Man City. Eliaquim Mangala helped Man City keep a clean sheet against PSG Mangala did not start for City in their Champions League semi-final first leg against Real Madrid last week, but sayss: Its very important for every player to be strong mentally. White Adidas NMD For Sale. When you dont play it is difficult to accept, which is normal because everybody wants to play every game, but you have to keep working and keep believing.You will have an opportunity to prove the manager and prove to everyone that you are a good player and can play well. You have to be focused and not feel sad. If you go that way it will be difficult because you will not be ready.Before travelling to Spain for the second leg of their semi-final on Wednesday, City travel to Southampton in the Premier League on Sunday. With Manchester United five points behind in fifth and with a game in hand, City are not yet guaranteed a top-four finish in the league.We want to finish as high as possible, says Mangala. If we could finish second it would be amazing but the objective is to win the last three games.We can feel we are playing as a team. We think in the same way and with this mentality we can do something very special for this club.Watch the interview with Mangala on Soccer Saturday on Sky Sports News HQ from midday. Also See: Southampton v Man City preview Paul Mersons predictions Man City fixtures Get a £10 free bet! 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