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PUMA × Breanna Stewart

PUMA SIGNS WNBA SUPERSTAR BREANNA STEWART TO GROUNDBREAKING DEAL

PUMA and Breanna Stewart make history; partnership to include signature shoe

Global sports company PUMA has signed a long-term, groundbreaking partnership with WNBA MVP and Champion Breanna Stewart “Stewie.” The superstar athlete will serve as a brand ambassador both on and off the court and will play a vital role in helping grow PUMA’s business, by collaborating and creating products including a signature shoe.

“I am proud to join the PUMA family,” said Breanna Stewart. “We share a vision to grow the sport and welcome everyone – specifically women and girls – globally. The genuine investment PUMA has shown to collaborate with and activate around women, including the commitment to a signature performance shoe, is something that I hope serves to raise the expectations and standards of the generations of basketball players who follow me.”

Stewart has set a new standard throughout her career, including being the only player of any gender to win four consecutive NCAA Championships and a four-time Most Outstanding Player during her time at the University of Connecticut, being the first overall pick in the 2016 WNBA Draft, celebrating a gold medal in the 2016 Summer Olympics and capping off last year’s WNBA season with her second Championship and Finals MVP.  

Beyond the court, Stewart is known for advocacy work around equality and social justice, standing up for Black Lives Matter and the LGBTQ community. She also has embraced the opportunity to lend her support and give back to the community by investing in basketball development programs and donating to great organizations like the Black Future Lab.

“We are thrilled to welcome Breanna Stewart into our PUMA family,” said Adam Petrick, Global Director of Brand and Marketing for PUMA. “She embodies what it means to be a PUMA athlete with her on-court determination to her off-court activism for equality in all forms. We are excited to work together in many ways to not only be an advocate in the community but to also help grow the sport for women everywhere.”

Stewart also will be part of PUMA’s newest women’s platform “She Moves Us,” which celebrates women who move culture and sports forward and inspire other women around the world.

Six-Time World Champ Comes out of Retirement

A former six-time World Boxing champion from Miami is making a highly anticipated comeback to the sport at the ripe age of 40 years old, as part of a mission to reclaim the title once hers and raise the caliber of women’s professional boxing.

Puerto Rico-born Melissa Hernandez has been living in Miami for the last nine years, building a name for herself as one of the region’s most reputable boxing instructors—teaching a hardened class of fitness enthusiasts at the Continuum on South Beach Sporting Club for the last three years. As someone who is self-confessed as Married to Boxing, Hernandez now yearns for gold again, since retiring from the sport in 2016 and while keeping a watchful eye on the women rising up the ranks with utmost contempt for whom she considers as not that great.”

Last year, Melissa re-laced her gloves and returned to her New York gym to resume training at Gleason’s in Brooklyn, where she sparred at the height of her career. While considering Miami her home, she regularly travels to New York to train with her eye on the prize, after recently becoming the number one contender for the World WBC Welterweight Title, currently held by American fighter, Jessica McCaskill. With her new Las Vegas-based manager and promotor in New York behind her, Melissa is determined to de-throne the reigning champion when boxing resumes in the wake of COVID-19.

I decided to retire in 2016 after winning all the titles in my weight class because the purse that came with the glory was ridiculously low says Melissa when asked why she threw in the towel. “I decided to return to the sport because I’ve seen how competitively weak the field has now become and I want to change that. I love working with my classes at the Continuum Sporting Club in Miami Beach and I’ve seen the passion and hard-working talent that comes from Miami as a city with a strong boxing history. I like pushing the envelope and my body and mind feels just as able as I was ten years ago.”

Melissa moved from Puerto Rico to the Bronx in New York with her family in 1984. Melissa’s mother was as scientist and father a psychologist and she attended the Bronx Community College, but dropped out to pursue her love for the arts and a career in film, video and photography after an internship at the Whitney Museum at the age of 15 years old. Melissa wanted to be an editor in film but ended up in the fashion business working for the likes of Patagonia and The GAP in New York City for four years until she was 22 years old.

Melissa admired fellow Puerto Rican boxer, Héctor Camacho, and began hanging-out with friends at a local boxing gym in the Bronx. In 2002 at 22 years old, Melissa started sparring with a trainer who saw tremendous potential and encouraged her to train for participation in the prestigious New York Golden Gloves boxing tournament at Madison Square Garden where she lost in the final. Melissa grew to enjoy her time in the ring and realized she was made for boxing.

After fighting at the USA Boxing Nationals as an amateur, Melissa became certified by USA Boxing in 2003 to train amateur boxers, but was determined to continue with her own career in Florida where she was scouted by a number of trainers. Melissa continued to hone her boxing skills for a year before moving back to New York City, where she continued her training in the Bronx at The Webster Police Athletic League Center. Melissa won the New York Golden Gloves tournament over two consecutive years in 2004 and 2005 and turned pro in the winter of 2005 under the mentorship of trainer Belinda Laracuente. Melissa began training as a professional at the renowned Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn and fought her first WBA Junior Welterweight World Title fight against Kelsey Jeffries in 2006. In the same year, Melissa claimed her first title and became the WIBA Super Bantamweight World Champion after beating Lisa Brown in Edmonton, Canada. By 2008, Melissa became the top ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the world and would travel the globe defending her titles and claiming many more along the way, before moving to Florida in 2011 where she would train at the world famous 5th Street Gym in Miami Beach.

After winning six World Boxing titles over a ten-year period, Melissa decided to hang up her gloves in 2016, citing how female boxers were financially being treated unfairly. Over the next several years, Melissa would concentrate on being a successful boxing instructor, teaching at local gyms throughout Miami and building her individual client base for one-on-one instruction. Melissa’s elite talent as a boxing instructor was spotted by a fellow trainer who introduced her to the Continuum Sporting Club in Miami Beach, where Melissa would become immensely popular among the residents and homeowners at the luxury beachfront community.

Last year, Melissa resumed her training at Gleason’s Gym in New York City in her quest to reclaim the WBC Welterweight title that she hopes will be planned for later this year, after winning her first comeback fight in Louisiana in 2019. Known as Melissa “HuracanShark” Hernandez, her previous titles include: WIBA Super Bantamweight, GBU Lightweight World Title, WIBA Lightweight World Title, WIBA Super Featherweight World Title, WBA Intercontinental Featherweight Title, WIBA Interim Lightweight Title, IBS Light Welterweight World Title, WBC Featherweight World Title and UBF Super Lightweight World Title.

While age 40 is considered old for women’s boxing, this doesn’t deter Melissa, who wants to continue fighting for another two years until she claims the one or more titles she vows to bring home to Miami. Her long-term plans are to open her own boxing studio while continuing to paint and discover new art galleries in her spare time. Melissa lives in Miami Beach, Florida and is currently single.

Mikaela Shiffrin Dominates World Cup

Red Bull cameras have been following Mikaela Shiffrin all season giving the inside peek into her life.

Part 5: The World Cup Hustle– available today. Download it HERE.

“I have to trust that I know what I’m going to do.” Get a peak behind the scenes before Mikaela Shiffrin gets to the start gate at a World Cup stop. From doing the dishes to dishing out dance moves on stage, Mikaela keeps busy in preparation to race. With selfies stops for eager fans off the hill and the calculated training on the slopes, all in a day’s work in her run up to her biggest season yet.

For more B-roll and interview footage of Mikaela Shiffrin, updated monthly:

http://www.redbullcontentpool.com/mikaela

Previously:

Part 1: Summer Grind
“I have to go harder because somebody else out there is” – Mikaela showcases her gains in the gym through her intense two-a-day workouts in Park City, Utah. Download it HERE.

Part 2: An American Girl in Paris
“Elegance is the name of the game here” – Though vacation days are rare for the FIS World Cup overall champion, Mikaela found a few days this summer to explore Paris for the first time. She also served as host at the Grand Prix de Diane Longines horse race in Chantilly. Download it HERE.

Part 3: Inside Out in Germany
“It’s the strangest thing I’ve ever seen. We’re sleeping, eating and skiing all in the same building.” – Mikaela prepared for the new season with her first experience of indoor skiing. The three-day training session in Wittenberg, Germany was intense but crucial. Download it HERE.

Part 4: New peaks in Chile
For the top skiers on the circuit, the foundation of a successful season is built in Chile. See how Mikaela Shiffrin got herself ready to defend her World Cup title by spending time in the Southern Hemisphere as she displays a work ethic that never rests. Download it HERE.

Anthony Joshua × Destiny 2

Anthony Joshua Channels His Inner Titan Ahead Of Destiny 2 Game Launch

World heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua met the Bungie development team for an early look at Destiny 2. One of the most successful new gaming franchises of all time upon release, and BAFTA award winner, Destiny; is a first-person action game that takes the player on an epic journey to defend humanity from annihilation.

AJ channelled his inner Titan whilst challenging gamers on consoles throughout the convention after linking up with project lead, Mark Noseworthy, for an informal back and forth on the game. AJ reminisced about his personal gaming experiences and about how they compliment his training regime. Alongside some soundbites about his prediction on the Golovkin vs Canelo fight.

In the story of Destiny 2, the last safe city on Earth has fallen and lies in ruins, occupied by a powerful new enemy, Lord Ghaul, and his elite army, the Red Legion. Every player creates their own character called a “Guardian,” humanity’s chosen protectors. As a Guardian in Destiny 2, players must master new abilities and weapons to reunite the city’s forces, stand together and fight back to reclaim their home.

Destiny 2 will be available worldwide from Wednesday 6th September. For more game information, visit www.DestinyTheGame.com and follow the official Destiny social channels on Facebook and @DestinyTheGame on Instagram and Twitter. The community can interact directly with the developers at www.Bungie.net, Facebook, @Bungie on Twitter, Instagram and www.Twitch.tv/Bungie on Twitch.  

ANTHONY JOSHUA AT NIKKI BEACH MARBELLA

Olympic Gold Medalist and Professional Boxer Anthony Joshua Enjoyed Time with Family at Nikki Beach Marbella

 

Today Anthony Joshua and family enjoyed a swim and a beach cabana at Nikki Beach Marbella. The group sipped on cocktails including a Piña Colada and Sex on the Beach while dining on an assortment of sashimi, sushi, kebabs and Nikki Beach’s signature beef sliders. The group soaked in the Spanish sun and embodied the Nikki Beach mantra “Celebration of Life.”

 


About Nikki Beach Marbella:

 

Nikki Beach Marbella opened in 2003 and is located on one of the finest white sandy beaches in Spain. The beach club is comprised of a swimming pool with VIP beds on a raised deck, large open air restaurant, centrally located octagon-shaped bar, Lifestyle Boutique and VIP terrace with spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea.

 

About Nikki Beach Worldwide:

In 1998, entrepreneur Jack Penrod introduced the world to Nikki Beach, the first and original luxury beach club concept that combines the elements of music, dining, entertainment, fashion, film and art into one. Today, the Nikki Beach concept has transcended its international venues and grown into a global, multifaceted luxury lifestyle and hospitality brand comprised of a Beach Club Division; a Hotels & Resorts Division; a Lifestyle Divisiona Special Events Division and Nikki Cares, a 501c3 Non-Profit Charity Division.

Nikki Beach can now be experienced in: Miami Beach, Florida, USA; Saint Tropez, France; Saint Barth, French West Indies; Marbella, Spain; Marrakech, Morocco; Koh Samui, Thailand; Mallorca, Spain; Ibiza, Spain; Porto Heli, Greece; Monte Carlo, Monaco; Dubai, UAE; Bodrum, Turkey and Versilia, Italy. Nikki Beach has a pop-up location during the Cannes International Film Festival. The Hotels & Resorts division has properties in Koh Samui, Thailand; Porto Heli, Greece; Bodrum, Turkey and Dubai, UAE.

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