Top Rank Boxing Top Rank boxing news, event, videos and photo galleries en-us Copyright Top Rank 02-07-2016 00:02:33 60 Felix vs. Sismundo - Lightweights - 1/30/16 Sat, 30 Jan 2016 23:00:00 -0600 Shiming vs. Santana - Flyweights - 1/30/16 Sat, 30 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0600 De Leon vs. Navarette - Lightweights - 1/16/16 Sat, 16 Jan 2016 23:00:00 -0600 Walters vs. Sosa - Jr. Lightweights - 12/19/15 VERONA, NY (November 9, 2015) -- Undefeated former World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight world champion NICHOLAS "Axe Man" WALTERS returns to the ring to take on granite-fisted Top-10 contender JASON "El Canito" SOSA in a 10-round junior lightweight rumble.  Walters vs. Sosa will take place on Saturday, December 19, atTurning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY.  Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Peltz Boxing Promotions and Warriors Boxing Promotions, Walters vs. Sosa will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark, beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT.  Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. ET.  The telecast will also feature Bryant "By-By" Jennings vs. Luis "The Real King Kong" Ortiz in a 12-round heavyweight battle for the WBA interim Heavyweight title. That fight will be presented by Golden Boy Promotions, in association with Gary Shaw Productions.    

Walters and Sosa boast a combined record of 44-1-3 (35 KOs) -- a winning percentage of 92% -- with 80% of their victories coming by way of knockout.

"I am training hard in Panama.  I know how important this fight is and I will be in optimum physical condition," said Walters.  "My team has been studying video of my opponent Sosa.  I cannot wait to leave Panama, get into Verona, New York and get inside the ring.  Boxing is my passion."

"First, I would like to thank God for all that he has done for me in my life.  I also would like to thank Russell Peltz, Top Rank and HBO," said Sosa.  "I would also like to thank Nicholas Walters for giving me the opportunity to fight on December 19th.  He is a very strong fighter and the toughest opponent that I have faced.  But I am up for the challenge.  I have a great team and they are getting me in the best shape of my life and making sure that I am mentally and physically ready to come away with the win.  I am sure we are both ready for war and fans are not going to want to miss this."

"I believe this will be the final Fight of the Year candidate for 2015," said Carl Moretti, Vice President of Top Rank.  "The making of this fight is the product of the right decision made at the right time by all the right people." 

Walters (26-0, 21 KOs), from Montego Bay, Jamaica, has won 11 of his last 13 fights by stoppage.  He captured the vacant WBA featherweight title on December 12, 2012, knocking out Daulis Presscott (26-1, 19 KOs) in the seventh round.  He successfully defended the title three times during his three year reign -- all by knockout -- stopping Alberto Garza, former two-division world champion Vic Darchinyan and 2012 Fighter of the Year and former four-division world champion Nonito Donaire in the fourth, fifth and sixth rounds, respectively.  A former amateur standout who collected gold medals at the 2007 Pan American Games Qualifier III and the  2005 and 2007 Caribbean Championships, Walters is known for his expert boxing skills and movement and two-fisted punching power that are at a caliber of a much higher weight class.  In his last fight, on June 13at Madison Square Garden, Walters was forced to vacate the title when he failed to make the weight limit by one pound. However, he emerged victorious, winning a unanimous decision over the previously undefeated Top-10 contender Miguel Marriaga.

Sosa (18-1-3, 14 KOs), from Camden, NJ, enters this fight riding a four-year, 17-bout unbeaten streak which includes 13 consecutive knockout victories dating back to 2012!  Many local fans, who flock to his fights, consider Sosa to be one of the best fighters to come out of Camden since Dwight Qawi.  Sosa's been a fan favorite since turning pro in 2009 because of his exciting and aggressive style, strong punching power and an average length of bouts of under four rounds.  He is currently world rated No. 8 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and No. 13 by the WBO.  

Host of the event, the Oneida Nation's Turning Stone Resort Casino, continues to distinguish itself as a premier destination for blockbuster boxing matches.  The December 19 card will mark Turning Stone Resort Casino's 16th nationally televised boxing event in less than two years, cementing the resort as a mecca for knockout televised fights.  Located in Upstate New York, the four-season destination resort offers world-class entertainment and gaming, award-winning accommodations, a diverse mix of restaurants, luxury spas and several nightlife options.

Professional media requesting credentials for then December 19 event must contact Kelly Abdo, Turning Stone Resort Casino Public Relations Manager at (315) 366-9291 or

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Sat, 19 Dec 2015 22:15:00 -0600
"The Homecoming" Featuring Valdez & Benavidez - 12/12/15 Tucson -- The #1 ranked featherweight in the world Oscar Valdez is coming home to Tucson. Valdez (18-0, 15 KOs), who grew up in Tucson, will take on Ernie Sanchez (15-6-1, 6 KOs) of The Philippines at the Tucson Arena on Saturday, December 12. Valdez is the WBO #1 world rated featherweight.

Jose Benavidez (23-0, 16 KOs), the powerful unbeaten junior welterweight from Phoenix, will also appear on the big Top Rank card. Benavidez is the interim WBA 140-pound champion.

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum will outline the big fight card at the press conference on Thursday, November 12, 11 am at the Tucson Arena. The big card will be televised by Solo Boxeo Tecate on UniMas.

Tickets $75, $50 and $25 will be available at the Tucson Convention Center Ticket Office, any Ticketmaster location, or charge by phone 800 745 3000.


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Sat, 12 Dec 2015 23:00:00 -0600
Campa vs. Herrera - Welterweights - 12/12/15 Glendale, CA: Top Mexican welterweights Pedro Campa and Aaron Herrera will collide on a Tripleheader of action on Saturday, December 12 at the Glendale Civic Center and televised live on HBO Latino Boxing (10pm ET/PT). Top Rank, in association with Main Events and Zanfer Promotions made the announcement today.

“Anytime Mexican welterweights with these type of styles faceoff in the LA area, fireworks are bound to happen,” said Carl Moretti, VP, Top Rank.

Campa (18-0, 14 KOs) of Hermosillo, Mexico will battle Hererra (21-3-1, 12 KOs) of Yucatan, Mexico in a 10 round bout. Campa has knockout wins in seven of his last eight bouts. Herrera has been unbeaten for two years.

With the injury to Artur Beterbiev, Sullivan Barrera (16-0, 11 KOs) has regained his shot to fight for the mandatory position in the IBF and now the 33-year old from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba will face Karo Murat (27-2-1, 17 KOs). The winner will earn the right to challenge WBO, WBA, and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (28-0-1, 25 KOs) for his world titles in 2016.

Barrera has quietly risen through the ranks of the light heavyweight division since his defection from Cuba and his professional debut in 2009. He has an impressive 68% (11 of 16) knockout-to-win ratio and has stopped his last five opponents in eight rounds or less.

“I’m looking forward towards December 12, another step in my career to show I have what it takes to compete with the elite in my division,” said Barrera. He added, “I would like to thank the IBF for this opportunity and my whole team.”

He will have no easy bout with Murat. The 32-year old has nearly twice as many professional fights as Barrera. In 2013, he challenged Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins for the IBF Light Heavyweight World Championship and lost via unanimous decision to the legendary Hopkins. Since challenging Hopkins, Murat has stopped his last two opponents including Benjamin Simon earlier this year to take the vacant IBF International Light Heavyweight Title.

“I haven’t heard of Barrera before that he is such a world class fighter. I do have a Cuban friend who knows him from a time when Barrera was an amateur. I do have great respect that he wants to fight against me. I am hugely looking forward to fight in Glendale, California as there live 1.5 million Armenians, who of course will support me.”

Kathy Duva, CEO of Main Events added, “Barrera has slowly climbed his way through the light heavyweight division and we are pleased that he is finally able to fight for the mandatory position in the IBF. His stablemate, Arif Magomedov defeated Derrick Webster in his last televised bout and we are so excited that he will also make his HBO Latino debut on Dec. 12.”

The opening bout of the HBO Latino telecast will feature southpaw Jonatan “Oso” Tavira (12-3, 9 KOs) of Distrito Federal, Mexico against undefeated phenom Arif “The Mayhem” Magomedov (16-0, 9 KOs) of Chekhov, Russia in an eight-round welterweight battle presented by Main Events in association with All Star Boxing.

Tavira suffered two straight losses so he looks to make a statement against the 23-year old Mayhem. According to Tavira, “ I took some time off to rethink my career, have been training for four months and decided to come back as a middleweight where I'm more comfortable and feel stronger, I would like to thank All Star Boxing, Inc. and Main Events for giving the opportunity to make my US debut.”

In his last fight, Magomedov handed veteran Derrick “Take it to the Bank” Webster his first career loss in a ten-round unanimous decision to secure the vacant WBO NABO Middleweight Title. Now in his HBO debut Magomedov looks to establish himself as a force to be reckoned with in the middleweight division. He said, “I am very excited and happy to be back in the ring. After my last fight I went back home to Russia and had a great little vacation. I returned to camp the beginning of September to start training, so I had a couple months of good preparation for this fight. I am looking forward to be back in the ring on December 12. This is also my first appearance on HBO network and it makes me more motivated.”

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Sat, 12 Dec 2015 22:00:00 -0600
Verdejo vs. Santos - Lightweights - 12/11/15  SAN JUAN, P.R. (November 12, 2015) --  The boxing gem of Puerto Rico, undefeated Top-Five world-rated lightweight contender FELIX "El Diamante" VERDEJO, and former five-division world champion and 2012 Fighter of the YearNONITO “The Filipino Flash” DONAIRE, will headline, in separate title bouts, the year-end finale of MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV, on Friday, December 11.  Verdejo will be making his homecoming a 10-round defense of his World Boxing Organization (WBO) Latino lightweight title against Josenilson Dos Santos and Donaire, who is on the cusp of another world title shot, will be challenging WBO International junior featherweight champion and No. 1 world-rated contenderCesar Juarez in a 12-round rumble.  Both fights will be televised live from Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico on truTV, beginning at 10 :00 p.m. ET/PT.   The live boxing series is presented by truTV and Top Rank® and produced in association with HBO Sports®.  Find truTV at:    

The four warriors boast a combined record of 95-9 (64 KOs) -- a winning ratio of 91%, with 2/3 of their total victories coming by way of knockout.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Diamante Promotions, tickets to the Verdejo vs. Dos Santos / Donaire vs. Juarez championship event go on sale Today!  Priced at $150, $100, $75, $50, $40 and $25, plus applicable charges, tickets can be purchased at, all Ticket Center outlets or charge by phone at (787) 792-5000.                     

"Fighting as a headliner at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum and in front of my people is a dream that I have always had since I was a little kid," said Verdejo. "And now,  thanks to all the love and support Puerto Rico has given my career, onDecember 11, I'm going to be able to fulfill that dream.  I hope to give all that love back with a big win that unifies my people in a sentiment of happiness and brotherhood."

"My goal is to get back on top. I am refocused for what I must do in the ring," said Donaire.  That's why this fight in Puerto Rico is so important for me and my boxing career. I am reading a book called The Power of Habits. It is about getting rid of bad habits and instead using good habits each and every day.  It all restarts for me on December 11."

"Fighting in Puerto Rico is our way of giving our people a night of happiness and union," said Ricky Marquez, Verdejo's trainer and manager.  "This is the opportunity that Top Rank has given us -- to bring together to this Coliseum, whole families, friends, neighbors.  It will be a big Puerto Rican party where we all celebrate Felix's evolution from prospect to contender."

"December 11 promises to deliver a great night of fights with an unbelievable atmosphere for fans both watching at home on truTV and the thousands in attendance at Roberto Clemente Coliseum," said Carl Moretti, Vice President of Top Rank.

Verdejo (18-0, 13 KOs), from San Juan, Puerto Rico, who ended 2014 as a consensus "Prospect of the Year," is looking to conclude this year as a bona fide world title contender.  He returns to the ring having won seven of his last nine fights inside the distance, including his first fight of the year, a fifth round knockout of Marco Lopez, on April, 25, for the vacant WBO Latino lightweight title.  He successfully defended that title on June 13 at Madison Square Garden during Puerto Rican Day Parade weekend, winning a 10-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated contender Ivan Najera of San Antonio, TX. Already world-rated No. 4 by the World Boxing Association (WBA) and No. 5 by the WBO, Verdejo, 22, continues to develop into a major gate attraction, producing standing room only crowds every time he fights.  A former amateur standout who represented Puerto Rico in the 2012 Olympics, Verdejo has been mentored by Puerto Rican boxing icon and Hall of Fame inductee Felix Trinidad.

Dos Santos (25-3, 15 KOs), of Sao Paulo, Brasil, is a two-time WBO Latino junior lightweight champion.  His first reign began with a 12-round unanimous decision victory over Alejandro Burella in 2008.  He successfully defended the title twice in 2009, via a 12-round unanimous decision over David Paredes and a fourth-round knockout of Leandro Almagro.  He regained the WBO junior lightweight title in 2012 via a 12-round unanimous decision over Carlos Rodriguez.  This will be just the fifth time Dos Santos, 28, has fought outside his native Brasil.

Donaire (35-3, 23 KOs), a native of General Santos City, Philippines, now living in Las Vegas, is a former five-division world champion on the comeback trail for another world title shot. His banner year in 2012 featured four world championship victories which included beating former world champion Israel Vazquez, Jr. to capture the vacant WBO junior featherweight title, unifying the title by defeating IBF junior featherweight champion Jeffrey Mathebula, followed by Donaire collecting his third belt of the year with a knockout of World Boxing Council (WBC) Diamond Belt super bantamweight champion Toshiaki Nishioka, ending Nishioka’s eight-year, 16-bout, winning streak, and concluding his magnificent year by blasting out Mexican icon Jorge Arce in the third round and sealing his 2012 Fighter of the Year honors while extending his 12-year, 30-bout winning streak.  He lost his title to undefeated Cuban sensation and WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux in a title unification bout at a sold-out Radio City Music Hall on April 13, 2013.  He bounced back in 2014, dethroning World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight world champion Simpiwe Vetyeka at Cotai Arena.  Career highlights for Donaire also include knockout victories of world champions Vic Darchinyan, Wladimir Sidorenko, and Fernando Montiel, ending Montiel's 25-bout winning streak. That victory was named the 2011 Knockout of the Year. Donaire returns to the ring having won both his 2015 fights -- capturing the vacant NABF super bantamweight title via a second-round knockout victory of William Prado on March 28 and  scoring another second-round knockout win over Anthony Settoul on July 18.  Donaire, 32, is currently world-rated No. 2 and No. 5 by the WBO and the WBA, respectively.  

Juarez (17-3, 13 KOs), of Mexico City, will be fighting outside Mexico for only the second time.  He returns to the ring riding a two-year winning streak which has included victories over Francisco Leal, Octavio Hernandez, Cesar Seda, and in his most recent fight, on July 25, Juan Sanchez, Jr., where he captured the WBO International junior featherweight title via a 12-round unanimous decision.  Juarez, 24, is world-rated No. 1 by the WBO.

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Fri, 11 Dec 2015 22:00:00 -0600
Featuring Jose Ramirez - Super Lightweight - 12/5/15 Fresno, California - USA Olympian, NABF champion and undefeated Jose Ramirez (15-0, 12 KOs) will headline a Top Rank event on Saturday, December 5 at the Save Mart Center Arena in Fresno.

One of the most prestigious arenas in America, 'Venues Today,' a leading trade publication, listed Save Mart Center among its 'Top Stops' for venues in the 10,000 to 15,000 capacity category. The venue came in as the No. 1-ranked collegiate venue, the No. 4 in the U.S. and No. 12 in the world based on concert grosses from October 2013 to October 2014. Save Mart Center was one of seven SMG-managed arenas to rank in the Top 10 in this size category.

Hall of Fame boxing promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank said: "The Save Mart Center is the perfect setting for Jose. We at Top Rank are proud of Jose. He is a future world champion who cares for his community and its fight for water."

"I have worked hard on setting up this fight for months. I have pushed the limit with Jose from day one, and he has cashed every check we wrote. In 2011, when we met, this was something I knew would get done. It is one of America's top arenas and will be the first ever to be done and forever a piece of history," said Rick Mirigian, promoter/agent.

Mario Santoya, executive director for the California Latino Water Coalition, said: "With the fourth year of California's historic drought, the timing for Jose's big fight at the Save Mart Center is perfect to remind everyone to build the Temperance Flat Dam is NOW. Jose is a true champion, both in and out of the ring, and our Water Coalition is very proud of what he and Bob Arum are doing to help us in this valley."

The big fight card will be televised nationally on Top Rank's Solo Boxeo Tecate series on UniMas.

Tickets are priced at $75, $43, $23 for the December 5 event, and will go on sale on Friday, September 17. VIP tables for 10 are $1,510. Tickets are available at select Save Mart Supermarkets, online at, or by phone at 800 745 3000 or at the Save Mart Center Box Office. For Box Office hours and more information, go to Ticket fees may apply.


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Sat, 05 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0600
Ramirez vs. Khatchikian - Super Middleweights - 11/20/15  LAS VEGAS, NEV. (October 12, 2015) – Undefeated Mexican knockout artist and No. 1 world-rated super middleweight contender GILBERTO "Zurdo" RAMIREZ will risk his upcoming world title shot in a 10-round World Boxing Organization (WBO) International / North American Boxing Federation (NABF) super middleweight title defense againstGEVORG KHATCHIKIAN, of the Netherlands, making his U.S. debut, Friday, November 20at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las VegasRamirez vs. Khatchikian will be televised live on The MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.  The telecast will open with a 10-round junior lightweight rumble between once-beaten IVAN "Bam Bam" NAJERA of San Antonio and unbeaten SAÚL "Kid Dynamite" RODRÍGUEZ, of Riverside, Calif.. The live boxing series is presented by truTV and Top Rank® and produced in association with HBO Sports®.  Find truTV at:                            

These young warriors boast a combined record of 88-2 (55 KOs) – a winning ratio of 98 percent with close to 2/3 of those victories coming by way of knockout.

Promoted by Top Rank and Zapari Boxing Promotions, tickets to the Ramirez-Khatchikian championship boxing event go on sale This Friday! October 16, at 10:00 a.m. PT.  Priced at $100, $85, $75, $50 and $40, tickets will be available for purchase at or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 and

"This is the second time that I have fought in Las Vegas.  When I was younger I dreamed of fighting in Las Vegas because it was the boxing capital of the world where the best events took place," said Ramirez. "November 20th is a memorable date for Mexico. I am dedicating this fight to all Mexicans. I have been training more than a month because this fight is so important. I’ve been promised a world championship fight if I win this one, so I am preparing like this is a world championship fight. It is do or die for me and my career to win and to have the opportunity to make history by becoming the first Mexican to win a super middleweight world title in this division."

"I am going to the U.S. to be recognized as an elite fighter," said Khatchikian. "My opponent Gilberto Ramírez is a quality fighter, but I promise I will put on the performance of my life and beat him. On November 20th, the world will know who Gevorg Khatchikian is."

"I know I have a very talented fighter in front of me. I am preparing myself like never before," said Rodriguez. "I will give all boxing fans a very exciting fight and guarantee those in attendance and those watching on truTV a great performance. I do want to thank Top Rank, Cameron Dunkin, truTV and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas for this great opportunity."

"I'm very excited to be back in the ring, especially in Las Vegas, against another undefeated opponent," said Najera. I am ready to take my place back after the loss with Felix Verdejo. And, I'm very happy it will be on truTV, which gives my family and everyone that can't make it to The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas a chance to watch it."

"Saul and our team are taking this fight very seriously. I know Najera is a very dedicated fighter with tremendous skills," said Rodriguez's trainer Robert Garcia.  "We want to thank Top Rank and Cameron Dunkin for this opportunity. We want to show the world that Saul Rodriguez is a future world champion."

"Gilberto gets better and better with each outing," said Carl Moretti, vice president of Top Rank. "We expect a great challenge from Gevorg Gilberto will have to be at his best to beat him and secure his long-awaited title shot in the early part of 2016.  Najera vs. Rodriguez is one of those can't miss matchups.  We've seen what Najara is all about with his battle last June against Verdejo.  Saul is an excellent puncher but will need more than that competing at the next level, which this showdown truly is.  Fight fans attending at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas or watching at home on truTV are in for a great night of action, kicking off an exciting weekend of world class boxing."

Ramirez (32-0, 24 KOs), a two-fisted super middleweight wrecking machine who hails from Mazatlan, Mexico, is the top world-rated contender in the WBO and the International Boxing Federation (IBF) rankings and is world-rated No. 2 by the World Boxing Association (WBA) and the World Boxing Council (WBC). A sensational young contender, Ramirez, 24, has won four of his last six bouts by knockout. Last year featured his career-best performances which included an NABF and North American Boxing Organization (NABO) title victory over Giovanni Lorenzo via fifth-round stoppage, a WBO International title knockout victory over Junior Talipeau and a successful defense of his NABF and WBO International titles, stopping Fulgencio Zuniga in the eighth round. This year he has scored 10-round unanimous decision victories over once-beaten Maxim Vlasov and division gate keeper Derek Edwards, who boasts a KO victory over world champion Badou Jack, on January 24 and June 26, respectively.

Khatchian (22-1, 10 KOs), 27, from Heerlen, Netherlands, has a fighting style that features strong boxing skills and excellent movement. Five of his last six victories have come by way of knockout. The lone blemish on his professional resume is an 11th-round TKO by future world champion James DeGale last year. A strong amateur background, Khatchian produced a 99-11 record, which included a gold medal victory in the 2005 Dutch National Championships.

Rodriguez (18-0-1, 13 KOs), from Riverside, California, has gone the distance just twice in his last 10 fights, a testament to his one-punch knockout power and his ring name, "Kid Dynamite." Trained by 2012 "Trainer of the Year" Robert Garcia, Rodriguez, 22, returns to the ring for the fourth time this year having already claimed victories over Ramsey Luna, Antonio Capulin and Carlos Rodriguez, who had a combined record of 35-4 when he defeated them.

Najera (16-1, 8 KOs), from San Antonio, TX, is known for his crowd-pleasing aggressive style of fighting and good punching power. Texas boxing fans have been flocking to his fights because he delivers all-action performances. Najera, 24, made his national television debut on February 7, winning a unanimous decision over veteran Robbie Cannon in Najera's toughest professional fight to date. He followed that with his HBO debut in a battle of unbeaten contenders, losing a spirited 10-round decision to 2012 Puerto Rican Olympian and No. 3 world-rated Felix Verdejo at Madison Square Garden on June 16.   

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Fri, 20 Nov 2015 23:00:00 -0600
Bradley vs. Rios - Welterweights - 11/7/15 LAS VEGAS, NV. (November 2, 2015) -- FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELT! THE SURE-FIRE FIGHT OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE IS JUST DAYS AWAY!

Two-division world champion TIMOTHY "Desert Storm" BRADLEY JR. and former world champion BRANDON "Bam Bam" RIOS, both who have fought in Fights of the Year in 2013 and 2012, respectively, will collide in a 12-round all-Southern California welterweight showdown.  Bradley vs. Rios will take place This Saturday!  November 7, at the Thomas & Mack Center, located on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.  The telecast will open with two-time Ukrainian Olympic gold medalist VASYL LOMACHENKO, defending his WBO featherweight world title against Top-10 world-rated contender ROMULO KOASICHA of Mexico.

These four warriors boast a combined record of 93-8-2 (51 KOs) -- a winning percentage of 90% with over half of their victories coming by way of knockout.

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with the Wynn Las Vegas and Tecate, remaining tickets to the Bradley vs. Rios event, priced at $400, $250, $150, $100 and $50, may be purchased at the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office, online at, at UNLVtickets Outlet Town Square Las Vegas and La Bonita Supermarkets.  To charge by phone call 702-739-FANS (3267) or 866-388-FANS (3267).       

"I am excited to get back into the ring on November 7th against a very game and very dangerous Brandon Rios," said Bradley.  "I know that Rios is dedicated to giving the fans what they pay for and so am I. I guarantee you that the Thomas and Mack Center will once again deliver a great event."   

"We've been looking for a big fight and at last we have it.  I'll be ready," Rios.

"If I was going to come back to train a fighter, it was going to be one who had shown character in and out of the ring just like Tim Bradley," said Teddy Atlas, Bradley's new trainer.

"Fighting the world welterweight champion is the most important thing in this fight plus I know Rios and Bradley will give the fans one of the best fights of the year.  Both Bradley and Rios are warriors and will give the fans want they want to see.  Thanks to Team Bradley for taking this fight.  Let's go out and give Southern California a fight that fans will never forget," said Robert Garcia, chief trainer for Rios.

"The battle between Bradley and Rios should be a real classic as both fighters give it their all in the ring.  Without a doubt this will be a candidate for the Fight of the Year," said  Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank.

"In one of the fall's biggest fights, with two impressive careers defined by unbreakable wills on the line, Timothy Bradley Jr. faces Brandon Rios on November 7 to see whose grit is the truest," said HBO Sports Vice President of Programming Peter Nelson. "The Thomas & Mack in Las Vegas is a venue rich in history and HBO is privileged to broadcast the event for our World Championship Boxing franchise."

“Wynn Las Vegas is pleased to once again partner with Top Rank to bring this anticipated event to Las Vegas,” said Maurice Wooden, president of Wynn Las Vegas. “All eyes will be on Bradley and Rios as they battle on November 7.”

Bradley (32-1-1, 12 KOs), from Palm Springs, Calif., a two-division world champion who has held a world title every year since 2008, completed his comeback from his sole professional loss, to Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao in their world title rematch and a controversial draw against former interim world champion Diego Chaves -- both in 2014 -- when he beat undefeated world champion Jessie Vargas on June 27, to reclaim the WBO welterweight world title.  A consensus Top-10 pound for pound fighter, Bradley returns to the ring in his second stint as welterweight world champion with a new trainer in Teddy Atlas.  A former junior welterweight world champion who unified the junior welterweight titles twice during his previous four-year reign, Bradley moved up to the 147 pound division and beat Pacquiao on June 9, 2012 to capture the WBO welterweight crown for the first of three consecutive career-best victories.  Bradley followed that by co-starring in the Fight of the Year on March 16, 2013, at StubHub Center, winning a brutal 12-round decision over future world champion Ruslan Provodnikov though Bradley was suffering from a concussion throughout most of the fight.  Seven months later Bradley encored with another virtuoso performance in defeating three-division world champion and Mexican icon Juan Manuel Márquez on October 12, 2013, proving that Bradley is indeed one of boxing's elite pound for pound fighters.

Rios (33-2-1, 23 KOs), the former World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight champion, from Oxnard, Calif., is on the hunt for his second world title in as many weight divisions.  Fourteen of his last 18 victories have come by way of knockout.  One of boxing’s most exciting fighters, Rios is known for his all-action fan-friendly fighting style.  His trainer, former International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior lightweight champion and 2012 Trainer of the Year Robert Garcia, calls it a “throwback” style with a warrior’s mentality that screams excitement. Highlight knockout victories on Rios’ resume include Miguel Acosta, Anthony Peterson, Urbano Antillon, John Murray and Mike Alvarado (twice). Alvarado, the natural 140-pounder, entered that fight as the undefeated WBO No. 1 junior welterweight contender.  Many consider it 2012's Fight of the Year.  In their exciting rematch, which took place on March 30, 2013, Rios lost a close decision for the vacant WBO interim junior welterweight title.  It was considered a finalist for the 2013 Fight of the Year award.  After losing a unanimous decision to Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao, on November 24, 2013, which headlined a pay-per-view event that emanated from Macau, China, Rios returned to the winner's circle on August 2, 2014, winning a gritty, foul-filled battle against former interim world welterweight champion Diego Chaves, via a ninth-round disqualification. In his last fight, on January 24, Rios stopped Alvarado in the sixth round of the rubber match of their exciting trilogy, in Alvarado's hometown of Denver to put himself back into position for a world title shot.  

The greatest amateur boxer of his era and arguably of all time, two-time Ukrainian Olympic gold medalist Lomachenko (4-1, 2 KOs), of Odessa, captured the vacant WBO featherweight title on June 21, 2014, winning a scintillating majority decision over the previously unbeaten Gary Russell Jr.  It was Lomachenko's third professional bout, tying him with Thailand's Saensak Muangsurin for fewest fights to win a world title.  Muangsurin won a junior welterweight title in 1975, also in his third professional fight.  Russell, a former U.S. Olympian, was totally blitzed by Lomachenko, battered around the ring throughout the fight.  From the outset of his professional career, Lomachenko made it known that he was ready for the best in his division.  He made his professional debut in 2013 knocking out the WBO's No. 7-rated featherweight contender Jose Luis Ramirez (24-2-2, 15 KOs) in the fourth round of a bout that was scheduled for 10.  Less than five months later, on March 1, 2014, in his second professional bout, he challenged WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido, losing a split decision to the heavier defending champion whose title had been stripped because he could not make the weight limit. Since winning the world title, Lomachenko has successfully defended it twice, winning a 12-round unanimous decision on November 23, 2015,  against No. 1 contender Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (51-1, 33 KOs) and a ninth-round knockout of Gamalier Rodriguez (25-2-3, 17 KOs) on the undercard of the May 2 Floyd Mayweather - Manny Pacquiao extravaganza.  Lomachenko first gained international renown by winning gold medals in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 London Games as a featherweight and a lightweight, respectively. 

Koasicha (24-4, 14 KOs), from San Luis Potosi, Mexico, has won eight of his last 10 fights with five of those victories coming by way of knockout fight.  A two-time USNBC featherweight champion, the only blemishes on his record during that span were 12-round decision losses to future world champion Lee Selby last year and Jesus Galicia in 2013. In his last bout, on July 24, Koasicha captured the vacant Mexican featherweight crown via an impressive seventh-round TKO of Guillermo “Borrego” Avila in Mexico City.  Koasicha is currently world-rated No. 7 by the WBO.    

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Sat, 07 Nov 2015 22:00:00 -0600
Featuring Daniel Cruz - Welterweight - 10/31/15 San Juan, P.R. (October 22, 2015) – Puerto Rican lightweight sensation Félix ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo was scheduled to see action on the October 31 card that will take place at the Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida, but discomfort in his surgically repaired left hand forced the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Lightweight champion to cancel his bout on this event.

“I’m very sad about all this. I wanted to give back all the love the fans in Kissimmee have given me, with a good fight, but they deserve the best of me and in order to give my best inside the ring, I need to be 100% ready,” said the unbeaten fighter that has a record of 18-0, 13 KO’s.

“We understand Felix’s frustration and disappointment not being able to go through with this fight. Unfortunately the hand has just not recovered enough to fight as originally planned. Felix will continue his rehab and we will reschedule his next fight as soon as possible,“ added Carl Moretti, Vice-President of Top Rank.

Verdejo will continue his recovery process after the successful surgical procedure to which he was subjected in his left hand to treat the injury he suffered in his last bout.

In his last appearance in the ring, Verdejo defeated previously unbeaten Mexican prospect Ivan 'Bam Bam' Najera via wide unanimous decision in a bout  that was held last June at Madison Square Garden in New York.

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Sat, 31 Oct 2015 23:00:00 -0500
Crawford vs. Jean - Jr. Welterweight World Championship - 10/24/15 OMAHA, NEB. (August 24, 2015) -- Undefeated two-division world champion and the reigning Fighter of the Year, TERENCE "Bud" CRAWFORD, Omaha's favorite son, will make a homecoming defense of his World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight title against one-time world title challenger and current No. 2 world-rated contender, DIERRY "Dougy Style" JEAN, Saturday, October 24, at CenturyLink Center Omaha (455 North 10th St., Omaha, Neb. 68102).  The championship event will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.

            The two warriors boast a near-perfect combined record of 55-1 (38 KOs) -- a winning ratio of 98% with nearly 70% of those victories coming by way of knockout.

            Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Tecate, tickets to the Crawford vs. Jean world championship event go on sale at 2:00 p.m. CT Today!  Priced at $27, $52, $77 and $127, reserved seat tickets are available at the CenturyLink Center Omaha box office and all Ticketmaster outlets.  To charge-by-phone call (800) 745-3000.  To order online, visit


             "I will be totally prepared for whatever Dierry Jean brings to the ring," said Crawford.  "I love this big event as it is not often Omaha fans get to attend a prize fight

live on HBO."

               "I just can't wait! I want this.  I'm hungry," said Jean.  "Crawford is the HBO darling who is supposed to be the next big thing but I will hurt him.  Mark my words!  I will be crowned world champion on October 24th."

               "Terence is well on his way to topping his breakout year in 2014 where he won three career-best world championship victories en route to earning Fighter of the Year accolades,” said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank.  “Now that Terence is a two-division world champion he will be bringing that momentum on October 24 when he returns home to the great fans of Omaha and to HBO, defending his newly-won junior welterweight world title against the Canadian cold front known as Dierry Jean, who has iced seven of his last ten opponents."


            "This is a BIG fight for Terence. Dierry Jean is an excellent fighter and Terence knows it," said Cameron Dunkin, Crawford's co-manager.  "Terence is very focused and is training harder than ever anticipating a very competitive fight.  Believe me, Terence will be ready!"

            "Dierry Jean is recognized by most observers as one of the most talented boxers to ever come out of Canada," said Camille Estephan, Jean's manager.  "His lone loss was in his first world title challenge and he doesn't want to miss his chance for a world title this time.  Dierry wants to fulfill his potential and I believe he's learned from his world title shot experience in January 2014.  It's great that we have a chance at redemption and October 24th will be his moment.  This fight has the makings of a great battle for the fans."

            "In 2014 lightweight champion Terence Crawford emerged as a superstar earning Fighter of the Year honors," said Peter Nelson, vice president of programming, HBO Sports. “He kicked off 2015 with a huge statement by moving up to a new division and knocking out Thomas Dulorme to remain undefeated and become a world champ at 140 pounds. Now Terence will defend his new title against Canada’s Dierry Jean who has won his last four bouts and looks to upset the champion before a partisan hometown crowd in Omaha.”


Crawford (26-0, 18 KOs), of Omaha, Neb., makes his ring debut as WBO junior welterweight world champion.  The consensus Top-10 pound-for-pound fighter will be looking to build on his star-making 2014 which featured three world championship victories as well as Fighter of the Year honors from the BWAA and major media alike.  Crawford, 27. captured the vacant WBO junior welterweight crown on April 18, via a devastating sixth-round knockout of once-beaten No. 2 world-rated contender Thomas Dulorme.  Crawford began his career-best year on March 1, 2014, just 13 days short of the sixth anniversary of his professional debut.  He captured the WBO lightweight title, dethroning defending champion Ricky Burns on Burns’ home turf of Glasgow, Scotland. Scoring a powerful and unanimous decision, Crawford put the boxing world on notice with his virtuoso performance as he pulled out all stops in dismantling Burns, rocking the defending champion throughout the fight, while switching back and forth between orthodox and southpaw stances.  He followed that with a dramatic and critically-acclaimed knockout victory of undefeated former world champion and Cuban Olympic gold medalist Yuriorkis Gamboa on June 28, 2014, in a Fight of the Year nominee.  It was one of the most-watched fights of the year with over 1.2 million viewers catching the live, first-time airing of the fight, according to Nielsen Media Research.  He concluded 2014 on November 29 with a thorough shellacking of one-time world title challenger and No. 1 contender Ray Beltran, winning 11 of the 12 rounds.   Crawford is only the second Nebraska native to be recognized as a boxing world champion.  Perry “Kid” Graves, from Rock Bluff, captured the welterweight crown, knocking out Johnny Alberts in Brooklyn, in 1914, according to the Omaha World-Herald

Jean (29-1, 20 KOs), a native of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, who now fights out of Montréal, Québec, Canada, returns to the ring riding a four-bout winning streak, with three of those victories coming by way of knockout, since suffering a 12-round decision loss to International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior welterweight world champion Lamont Peterson on January 25, 2014.  Career highlights include an IBF junior welterweight title elimination victory over Cleotis Pendarvis, which led to his world title challenge of Peterson, NABF and NABA super lightweight title victories over Lanardo Tyner, Ivan Cano and Juan Rivera, and NABF lightweight title victories over Mario Perez and Daniel Ruiz.  Only Tyner avoided losing by knockout.  Jean, 33, is currently world-rated No. 2 by the World Boxing Council (WBC) and No. 6 by the WBO.

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Sat, 24 Oct 2015 21:30:00 -0500
Magdaleno vs. Nebran - Featherweights - 10/17/15 Club Doors: 4pm
Theatre Doors: 5pm
First Bell: 6pm

Tickets can be purchased online at or at the Celebrity Theatre Box Office or by phone via 602-267-1600.

Tickets are priced at $30, $50, & $65.

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Sat, 17 Oct 2015 23:00:00 -0500
Monaghan vs. George - WBC Continentals Light Heavyweight Title - 10/16/15 BROOKLYN (September 24, 2015) -- The Pride of Long Beach, New York, "Irish" SEANIE MONAGHAN, will risk his undefeated record and Top-Five world rating when he battles Chicago knockout artist DONOVAN "Da Bomb" GEORGE for the vacant North American Boxing Organization (NABO) light heavyweight title.  Monaghan vs. George will be televised livefrom the Brooklyn's AVIATOR Sports and Events Center (3159 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11234) on Friday, October 16,as the main event of "The MetroPC Friday Night Knockout on truTV", beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.  The telecast will open with a 10-round welterweight rumble between undefeated contender BRAD "King" SOLOMON of Layfayette, LA and Philadelphia's RAYMOND "Tito" SERRANO  The live boxing series is presented by truTV and Top Rank®, and produced in association with HBO Sports®. Find truTV on your TV:

These four warriors boast a combined record of 96-6-2 (56 KOs) -- a winning percentage of 92%, with over half of their combined victories coming by way of knockout. 

Promoted by Top Rank, tickets to the Monaghan vs. George light heavy heavyweight championship event are on salenow.  Priced at $100 and $50, tickets may be purchased by calling (201) 864-9566.

I'm taking this fight with Donovan George very seriously. I've never trained harder," said Monaghan.  "Each of us has been in exciting fights and the winner moves on to big opportunities.  We're both coming to win so expect fireworks right away."

”Monaghan is a very good fighter but I'm not coming to New York to lose.  I'm coming back to Chicago with a victory and Monaghan's scalp," said George.  "And when I get done with him I'm going back down the 168 pounds to take care of Jesse Hart but my first order of business is on October 16 on TRU TV  it's going to be a great night."

"The only thing going the distance in the main event will be the ring entrances," said Carl Moretti, vice president of Top Rank.  "If the victory by knockout percentages for Seanie and Donovan are any indication, you can bet that the fans are in for an action-packed fight!"  

One of the top boxing gate attractions in his native New York, Monaghan (25-0, 16 KOs) will be making his second appearance on truTV this year.  He captured the WBC Continental Americas light heavyweight title in 2012 via an eighth-round TKO of Romaro Johnson.  He has successfully defended the title five times during his three-year reign and has won six of his last eight bouts by way of knockout.  His most recent title defense was on truTV, on May 8, where he won a 10-round unanimous decision over 2000 Brazilian Olympian Cleiton Conceição whose previous five victories had come by stoppages. Monaghan is currently world-rated No. 4 by the World Boxing Association (WBA), No. 6 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF), No. 7 by the World Boxing Council (WBC) and No. 8 by the World Boxing Organization.

George (25-4-2, 22 KOs) has been a fan favorite in the Chicago area throughout his 11-year professional career.  His aggressive style always makes for exciting fights, as his 88% victory by knockout ratio will attest.  A former United States Boxing Association (USBA) super middleweight champion, all of George's victories since 2013 have been by knockout.

Solomon (25-0, 9 KOs), a former WBA International welterweight champion, has a professional resume that boasts victories over Demetrius Hopkins, Anges Adjaho, Kenny Galarza, Pablo Vazquez and Ray Robinson. Together they had a combined record of 98-5-1 when he defeated them.  In his last fight, Solomon won a 10-round split decision over Adrian Granados on May 2 on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather Jr - Manny Pacquiao World Welterweight Championship.

The resurgent Serrano (21-2, 9 KOs) returns to the ring riding a three-bout winning streak with victories over Wilfredo Acuna, Jerome Rodriguez and Jeremy Bryan.  The Rodriguez and Bryan bouts were only five weeks apart in the beginning of 2015. 

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Fri, 16 Oct 2015 22:00:00 -0500
Flanagan vs. Magdaleno - Lightweight World Championship - 10/10/15 Sat, 10 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Matthysse vs. Postol - Super Lightweight World Championship - 10/3/15 Tickets for Matthysse vs. Postol are priced at $150, $75, $50 and $25, plus applicable taxes, fees and services charges, and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased at, by phone at 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849), and at StubHub Center Box Office (Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. PT to 6 p.m. PT).  VIP Suites are available by calling 877-604-8777.  For more information on group discounts or VIP packages, call 877-234-8425.

Sat, 03 Oct 2015 22:15:00 -0500
Featuring Andy Ruiz- NABF/WBO Inter-Continental Champion - 9/26/15 Lemoore, California - USA Olympian, NABF champion and undefeated Jose Ramirez (13-0, 10 KOs) is injured and will return to action December 5 at the Save Mart Center in Fresno. Andy Ruiz, the undefeated Mexican heavyweight (24-0, 14 KOs) and NABF, WBO Inter-Continental Champion will replace Ramirez in a title bout at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino on Saturday, September 26. 

Ramirez said, "I will be back strong and ready in five weeks. This card is stacked with great local boxers.  I will be at the fight doing meet and greets, hanging out with fans and look forward to watching a night of world class boxing at Tachi Palace. As a gift we will be giving a FREE ticket to my return fight at Save Mart Center on December 5, to all who attend the fights. 

“We are wishing Jose a quick recovery and are looking forward to his December 5 fight,” said Director of Marketing Kyle Gawthorp.  “We are very proud to have a relationship with Jose and we are pleased he is committed to being here to interact with the fans and support the other outstanding local boxers like Danny and Joe that have been working so hard on this fight.  Adding Andy to this card just solidifies what will be a great night of boxing in our outdoor venue.”

"Jose will be with us at ringside on September 26 at Tachi Palace," said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. "Andy Ruiz has been training for weeks getting prepared to get back into the ring. He is an action packed heavyweight with firepower."

“This is a knockout deal, one of a kind, and I think it will show immediate results and it is something special to grow in the world of boxing", said promoter/agent Rick Mirigian.

The big fight card will be televised on Top Rank's Solo Boxeo Tecate series on UniMas.

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Sat, 26 Sep 2015 23:00:00 -0500
Felix vs. Jimenez - Super Lightweights - 9/19/15 Sat, 19 Sep 2015 23:00:00 -0500 Valdez vs. Avalos - Featherweights - 9/11/15 LAS VEGAS (August 17, 2015) – Top 10 contenders ÓSCAR VALDEZJESSE "Hard Work" HART and CHRIS "The Hitman" AVALOS and AARON PRYOR JR. headline the fall season debut of "The MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV," kicking off the Mexican Independence Day weekend on Friday, September 11, at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The fight will be televised live on truTV, beginning at 10 p.m. EDT/PDT.  The telecast will open with Hart defending his North American Boxing Organization (NABO) and United States Boxing Association (USBA) super middleweight championship titles against contender Pryor, followed by the featherweight battle between Valdez and Avalos. Both bouts are scheduled for 10 rounds.  The live boxing series is presented by truTV and Top Rank®, and produced in association with HBO Sports®.  Find truTV on your TV:

These young warriors boast a combined record of 79-11-1 (59 KOs) - an 87 percent winning ratio with 3/4 of their victories coming by way of knockout.

Promoted by Top Rank®, tickets to the Valdez-Avalos / Hart-Pryor event go on sale Today!  Monday, August 17 at 10:00 a.m. PDT.  Priced at $100, $85, $65, $45 and $20, tickets will be available for purchase at or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 and  Room and ticket packages are also available.  

"I am very happy to be fighting on September 11 in Las Vegas," said Valdez.  "I have a difficult opponent that night but the plan is to win and get myself closer to that world title shot I desire."

"I am excited for the fight.  It's an interesting matchup because not a lot of prospects get matched up with tough opponents these days," said Avalos.  "I am looking forward to not only winning the fight but moving on to another world title shot.  The best part about facing undefeated fighters is erasing the zero from their loss column.  Valdez is next on my hit parade."

"This is the battle of fighters' sons.  We will see who is the better fighters' son inside the ring," said Hart.  "I am predicting it won't go past four rounds.  Pryor is an OK fighter but he is old news, and I believe I am the future of boxing, so he has to go!"

"I am looking forward to fighting Jesse Hart on September 11," said Pryor.  "Hart is a tough opponent, and it's a great opportunity for me.  See you at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, live on truTV."

"As Mexico's only fighter to compete in two Olympics, who else but Óscar Valdez will be his country's star-featured fighter in Las Vegas' Mexican Independence Day weekend?  This historic weekend was originally anchored by Julio César Chávez, and the mantle is being passed to Valdez at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas which will be filled with Mexico's most avid fight fans," said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank. 

“Valdez will be joined by Jesse Hart.  Valdez and Hart have more in common than identical undefeated records.  They have carried the promise of stellar amateur careers into the pro ranks becoming fan favorites. They have leapt from exciting prospects into sensational bona fide Top 10 world-rated contenders.  When you win 14 of 17 bouts by knockout like they each have, any opponent who faces them in the ring knows he will be in harm's way."

Valdez (17-0, 14 KOs), who represented Mexico in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, was the first Mexican fighter to qualify for two Olympic games and is considered one of the bright lights of the featherweight division and a top prospect in boxing.  On the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao - Timothy Bradley welterweight world championship rematch last year, Valdez captured the North American Boxing Federation (NABF) super featherweight junior title, knocking out Adrian Perez in the fourth round.  Valdez successfully defended that title twice in 2014, knocking out Noel Echevarria and Alberto Gonzalez in the sixth and seventh rounds, respectively.  From Nogales, Sonora, Mexico Valdez, at age 24, returns to the ring looking for his third victory of 2015. On April 11, he fashioned a third-round blasting of Jose Ramirez in Laredo, Texas.  In his last bout, on June 27, he made his live HBO debut, winning a dominant 10-round unanimous decision over one-time world title challenger Ruben Tamayo in Carson, Calif.  He is currently world-rated No. 2 by the World Boxing Organization (WBO).

Avalos (26-3, 19 KOs), from Lancaster, Calif., challenged for his first world title on February 28, and lost to defending International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior featherweight champ Carl Frampton via a fifth-round TKO in Belfast.  Known for his aggressive, all-action fighting style, Avalos is a fan favorite because he always puts on exciting fights. Highlights from his impressive resume include winning the vacant WBO Inter-Continental junior featherweight via a 10-round unanimous decision over undefeated Khabir Suleymanov, an NABO junior featherweight title victory over former world champion Drian Francisco and becoming the IBF's mandatory junior featherweight contender last year when he knocked out Yasutaka Ishimoto in the eighth round which set up his title shot against Frampton.  He returned to the winner's circle on August 1, winning a unanimous decision over Rey Perez in Frisco, Texas. Avalos is currently world-rated No. 9 by IBF.

Hart (17-0, 14 KOs), the son of Philadelphia boxing legend Eugene "Cyclone" Hart, has transformed from a sensational prospect into a hot contender. He will be defending the NABO and USBA super middleweight titles he won in his last fight, a sixth-round TKO of undefeated Mike Jimenez on the pay-per-view undercard of the Floyd Mayweather - Manny Pacquiao world welterweight championship in Las Vegas. Trained by his father, the highly-rated middleweight contender of the late '60s and early '70s, the younger Hart, at age 26, enters this fight riding a four-bout victory by knockout streak. He is currently world-rated No. 6 by the WBO.

Pryor (19-8-1, 12 KOs), from Cincinnati, is the son of former world junior welterweight champion and Hall of Famer Aaron "The Hawk" Pryor, who manages and trains the younger Pryor.  He enters this fight with a 3-1-1 record in his last four fights, which includes a United States National Boxing Council (USNBC) super middleweight title victory over Kurtiss Colvin.

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Fri, 11 Sep 2015 22:00:00 -0500
Rodriguez vs. Luna - Lightweights - 8/22/15 Sat, 22 Aug 2015 23:00:00 -0500