Top Rank Boxing http://www.toprank.com Top Rank boxing news, event, videos and photo galleries en-us Copyright Top Rank 09-04-2015 18:22:41 60 Rodriguez vs. Luna - Lightweights - 8/22/15 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-featuring-saul-rodriguez-vs-luna/ Sat, 22 Aug 2015 23:00:00 -0500 Sosa vs. Belmontes - Super Featherweights - 8/15/15 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-sosa-vs-belmontes-super-featherweights/ Sat, 15 Aug 2015 23:00:00 -0500 Avalos vs. Perez - Super Bantamweights - 8/01/15 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-avalos-vs-perez-super-bantamweights/ Frisco, Texas - World ranked super bantamweight Chris Avalos of Lancaster, California will replace injured Jessie Magdaleno of Las Vegas in the main event here Saturday night at the Dr. Pepper Arena.

Avalos will face Rey Perez of the Philippines on Top Rank's Solo Boxeo Tecate - UniMas on Saturday, August 1.

Top Rank made the announcement today.

Magdaleno was injured in sparring in Las Vegas last Thursday. "I caught a sparring partner with a nice right hook on  the top of his head. That punch caused a lot of pain in my right hand. When I took my glove off I had swollen knuckles on the hand. I hate not fighting but I will be back as soon as I can."

Avalos, 25-3, 19 KOs, is ranked IBF #9. He last fought in a world title fight on February 28 in Belfast, Ireland, where he was stopped by world champion Carl Frampton in the fifth round.

"No excuses. I just got caught. I trained hard for that title fight and would like to get a rematch. That's my goal. But Rey Perez is next. I've seen video of a couple of his fights so I know what he is all about. Even though I wasn't scheduled to fight I had been training for quite awhile when my manager Mike Criscio got the call for our team to head to Texas."

Avalos vs Perez is scheduled for 8 rounds. In the opening televised bout the very popular super featherweight Casey Ramos, 19-0, 5 KOs, of Austin, Texas will take on Daniel Evangelista Jr., 17-5-1, 13 KOs in an eight round bout. Casey has been training primarily in Austin with sparring in San Antonio.

Florida puncher Clarence Booth, 11-1, 7 KOs, will be in action on the card. He is a welterweight. Eric DeLeon, a 9-0, 4 KO lightweight, of Detroit is also scheduled to box.

There will be seven bouts on the Top Rank card.

Tickets are VIP Tables for 10 $850; reserved seating $50, $35, $20 and are available at Dr. Pepper Arena, Ticketmaster outlets and at Ticketmaster.com.

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Viloria vs. Soto - Flyweights - 7/25/15 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-featuring-flyweight-brian-viloria/ Get tickets to the Saturday, July 25th card at Florentine Gardens Hollywood, CA here. Doors at 7p.

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Yang vs. Cuenca - IBF Super Lightweight Championship - 7/18/15 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-yang-vs-cuenca-ibf-super-lightweight-championship/ MACAO, CHINA (July 3, 2015) -- Former Fighter of the Year and five-division world champion NONITO "Filipino Flash" DONAIRE and 2012 U.S. Olympian and undefeated super lightweight contender JOSE RAMÍREZ will headline"Victory at The Venetian," on the Saturday, July 18 edition of Solo Boxeo Tecate, which will be televised from The Venetian® Macao's Cotai Arena via same-day delay in the U.S. on UniMás, beginning at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.  Donaire, of the Philippines, in the hunt for another world title shot, will be taking on France's ANTHONY SETTOUL in a 10-round super bantamweight battle.  Ramírez, who hails from central California, will open the telecast in an eight-round super lightweight bout against RYUSEI YOSHIDA, of Japan.      

The exciting undercard, which will be streamed live to the U.S., beginning at 6:00 a.m. ET via www.toprank.tv, will feature undefeated No. 1 contender, CESAR "El Distinto" CUENCA, who is just three victories away from tying Rocky Marciano's hallowed 49-0 record, taking on undefeated No. 2 contender "IK" LIAN HUI YANG, who will attempt to become China's second professional boxer to win a world title.  Cuenca and Yang will rumble for the vacant International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior welterweight title.   The live stream will also feature No. 1 world-rated lightweight contenderDENIS "Genghis Khan" SHAFIKOIV, of Russia, and undefeated No. 4 world-rated junior bantamweight contender REX "The Wonder Kid" TSO, from Hong Kong, in separate bouts.

Promoted by Top Rank® and Sands China Ltd., in association with Tecate and SECA, remaining tickets to Victory at the Venetian can be purchased via Cotai Ticketing™; prices start at HKD/MOP 180, with ferry and hotel packages also available.

Donaire (34-3, 22 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 World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior featherweight title, unifying the title by defeating IBF junior bantamweight 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 fresh from capturing the vacant NABF super bantamweight title via a second round knockout victory of William Prado on March 28.  He is currently world-rated No. 3 and No. 4 by the WBO and the WBA, respectively.  

Settoul (20-3, 8 KOs), from Clermont-Ferrand, France, will be making his Asian ring debut on this card.  A former French and European Union bantamweight champion, six of his last nine victories have come by way of knockout.  He made his professional debut in 2008 and has fought outside of France just once.

Ramírez (14-0, 11 KOs), of Avenal, Calif., will be venturing outside the U.S. for the first time as a professional. Seven of his last eight fights have ended with knockout victories.  A member of the  2012 U.S. Olympic team, Ramirez was an 11-time National Amateur Champion.  Trained by Freddie Roach, the highly-respected junior welterweight prospect returns to the ring looking to extend his current knockout streak to four bouts.  His last fight was a fifth-round knockout victory of veteran Robert Frankel on May 9.

Yoshida (26-7, 13 KOs), from Kumamoto, Japan, makes his second visit to the Cotai Arena ring since 2013.  He enters this fight having four of his last five bouts with three of those victories coming by way of knockout.  

Cuenca (46-0, 2 KOs),  a southpaw who hails from Chaco, Argentina, made his pro debut in 2002.  Fighting exclusively in Argentina, Cuenca has steadily risen up the world ratings the old fashioned way -- by winning!  Just three fights shy of matching Rocky Marciano's mythical mark of 49-0, Cuenca has captured numerous regional titles throughout his 13-year career, all fought at the junior welterweight level.  His 12-round unanimous decision victory over Albert Mensah last year, in an IBF junior welterweight title elimination bout, made Cuenca the No. 1 contender and mandatory challenger for the world title.

Yang (18-0, 13 KOs), from Dalian, China, is trained by Hall of Famer Freddie Roachwho also trains Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao and two-time Chinese Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming.  Yang, who made his pro debut in 2007, enters this fight having won seven of his last eight fights by way of knockout.  Having fought exclusively at Cotai Arena and in Shanghai since 2013, Yang has built up a loyal and rapid fan base in China due to his exciting style of fighting.  With 2014 knockout victories over Sukkasem Kietyongyuth and Fahsai Sakkreerin for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Asia Pacific lightweight title and the IBF Pan-Pacific junior welterweight title, respectively, and a sixth-round stoppage of Patomsuk Pathompothong, in an IBF junior welterweight world title elimination bout on March 7, Yang has seen his boxing stock, and his world ratings, soar.  He is now the IBF No. 2 world-rated junior welterweight contender.

Shafikov (35-1-1, 18 KOs), a native of Chelyabinsk, Russia who fights out of Los Angeles, will be making his second appearance at Cotai Arena.  The Russian southpaw unsuccessfully challenged Miguel Vazquez for his IBF lightweight world title on February 22, 2014, losing a competitive 12-round unanimous decision.  He returned to the ring six months later and knocked out Rustam Nugaev in the ninth round of their IBF lightweight world title elimination bout last August, becoming the IBF's No. 1 world-rated lightweight contender and mandatory challenger to then-champion Mickey Bey who vacated the title to avoid his mandatory title defense against Shafikov which had been scheduled for this card.  In his most recent bout, Shafikov won a lopsided unanimous decision over Miguel Mendoza in December. He'll be facing one-time world title challenger ROY MUKHLIS (18-3-2, 12 KOs), of Semarang, Indonesia, in a 10-round lightweight bout. 

Tso (13-0, 7 KOs), the Pride of Hong Kong, has been a Cotai Arena mainstay since 2013 where fans on both sides of the South China Sea have flocked to watch his exciting fights and his ascent up the world ratings.  Having already captured Asian and WBO Asia-Pacific junior bantamweight and WBC Asian super flyweight titles, Tso returns to the ring fresh from a 10-round unanimous decision Cotai Arena victory over Michael Enriquez on March 7, where he captured the vacant WBA International super flyweight title.  Currently world-rated No. 4 by the WBO, No. 6 by the IBF and No. 8 by the WBA, Tso will be facing KHUNKHIRI WOR WISARUTH (21-10-1, 13 KOs), from Bangkok, Thailand, in an eight-round super flyweight bout.

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Zepeda vs. Flanagan - WBO World Lightweight Title - 7/11/15 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-zepeda-vs-flanagan-wbo-world-lightweight-title/ Sat, 11 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Alvarez vs. GutiĆ©rrez - Super Welterweights - 7/4/15 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-alvarez-vs-gutierrez-super-welterweights/ Sat, 04 Jul 2015 23:00:00 -0500 Bradley vs. Vargas - Welterweight Championship - 6/27/15 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-bradley-vs-vargas-welterweights/ LOS ANGELES (May 18, 2015) -- Former two-division world champion and highly-rated pound for pound fighter TIMOTHY "Desert Storm" BRADLEY JR. and undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) super lightweight world champion JESSIE VARGAS will make their long-awaited 2015 debuts when they square off for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title, Saturday, June 27, under the stars at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.  The fight will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.      

These two gladiators boast a combined record of 57-1-1 (21 KOs) -- a winning percentage of 97%.

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Tecate, tickets to the Bradley vs. Vargas welterweight world championship event go on sale Tomorrow!  Tuesday, May 19, at 10:00 a.m. PT.  Priced at $150, $75, $50 and $25, (plus applicable taxes and fees), tickets can be purchased online at http://www.axs.com, by telephone at (888) 929-7849 or at the StubHub Center box office, Monday - Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Suites are available by calling (877) 604-8777.  For information on group discounts, please call (877) 234-8425. 

"I'm excited to be back in the ring with an undefeated champion," said Bradley.  "I look forward to the challenge and to take his 0 away from him on June 27th."

"I am thrilled to have this fight," said Vargas.  "I will be facing a very talented fighter and when you have two great talents with a lot of heart it always makes for a great fight.  I always elevate my game against better competition.  I am ready to show and prove that I am one of the best fighters out there. There is not one doubt in my mind that everyone will enjoy this fight.  I look forward to giving the fans the best of Jessie Vargas on June 27. " 

"Tim Bradley, one of the sport's elite fighters, will be looking to take another big step toward regaining a world title belt, while Jessie Vargas, a young and hungry world champion, will be moving up to a new weight division in the biggest test of his professional career.  It's a great matchup of Southern California natives in a perfect setting for their fans at StubHub Center," said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank.    

“The last time Timothy Bradley, Jr., entered the ring at the StubHub, he left having given the fans the fight of the year,” said Peter Nelson, Vice President of programming, HBO Sports. “Now, he returns for his 2015 debut against one of boxing's undefeated rising attractions, Jessie Vargas, in a fight that augurs to have great action and impact in the loaded welterweight division.”

Bradley (31-1-1, 12 KOs), from Palm Springs, Calif., a former two-division world champion, from 2008 to 2014, who unified the junior welterweight titles twice during his previous four-year reign, returns to the ring following a controversial draw against one-time interim world champion Diego Chaves last December.  The judges were taken to task by ringside media who had Bradley winning handily, an argument bolstered by the fact that Bradley landed 73 more punches than Chaves and controlled almost every round.  Bradley continues his comeback since suffering his first professional loss, in his welterweight championship rematch against Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao on April 12, 2014.  Before the Pacquiao rematch, Bradley posted three consecutive career-best victories.  After moving up in weight and beating Pacquiao in 2012 to capture the WBO welterweight crown, Bradley co-starred 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 a 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.

Vargas (26-0, 9 KOs), a native of Los Angeles who now lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, is trained by former four-division world champion and future Hall of Famer Roy Jones, Jr.  Vargas captured the WBA super lightweight title on April 19, 2014 in Las Vegas, winning a unanimous decision over undefeated defending champion Khabib Allakhverdiev. It was a close and competitive fight that proved Vargas' grit as he bit down hard during the championship rounds to pull away with the victory and the world championship belt.  Vargas successfully defended his title twice that same year, winning unanimous decisions over undefeated contender Anton Novikov in Las Vegas and former world champion Antonio DeMarco in Macao, China on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao - Chris Algieri world welterweight pay-per-view card.  Vargas' impressive resume also includes victories over former world champions Stevie Forbes and Vivian Harris and top contenders Josesito Lopez, Lucky Boy Omotoso, Ray Narh and Lanardo Tyner.

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Ramirez vs. Edwards - Super Middleweights - 6-26-15 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-ramirez-vs-edwards-super-middleweights/  HIDALGO, TX (May 21, 2015) -- Undefeated Mexican knockout artist GILBERTO "Zurdo" RAMIREZthe No. 2 world-rated super middleweight contender with the matinee idol looks, will headline an all-action card on Friday, June 26, at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, TX.  Ramirez will be taking on DEREK "The Black Lion" EDWARDS in a 10- round super middleweight bout which will be televised live on The MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV® at 10:00 p.m. ET.  The live boxing series is presented by truTV and Top Rank®, and produced in association with HBO Sports®.  Find truTV on YOUR TV:  http://trutvishere.com/

Promoted by Top Rank and Zapari Boxing Promotions, in association with Nord Boxing Promotions and Zanfer Promotions,  tickets to the Ramirez-Edwards boxing event go on sale Tomorrow!  Friday, May 22, at 10:00 a.m. CT.  Priced at $35, $25, $15, plus VIP tables of ten (10) at $800, $650 and $550, tickets can be purchased at the State Farm Arena box office, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at (956) 843-6688.

"My opponent Derek Edwards is a dangerous fighter with good skills and lot of experience," said Ramirez.  "I will be ready for the best of him. I expect a war.  We have been having a great training camp and I will give the fans the fight they want to see. I'm really motivated to be in the ring in June 26.  I'm very happy for this opportunity that Top Rank is giving me, to appear on its new truTv boxing series.  This is the third time that I am fighting in Texas. It feels like home to me because the fans always treat me very well.  I really like the people from Texas because there are big boxing fans."

“Gilberto Ramirez is one of the top 168-pounders in the world, but June 26 he’ll have to prove it," said Carl Moretti, vice president of Top Rank.  "Derek Edwards with his KO win over current world champion Badou Jack is the test that Gilberto needs to pass in order to gain his world title opportunity. Not an easy task”

Ramirez (31-0, 24 KOs), a two-fisted super middleweight wrecking machine who hails from Mazatlan, Mexico, is world-rated No. 2 by the World Boxing Council (WBC) and the World Boxing Organization (WBO), and No. 3 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and the World Boxing Association (WBA).  A sensational young contender, Ramirez, 23, has won four of his last five bouts by knockout.  Last year featured career-best performances which included an NABF-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.  He returns to the ring fresh from a 10-round unanimous decision victory over once-beaten Maxim Vlasov on January 24. Ramirez will once again be putting his titles on the line, this time against division gatekeeper Edwards (27-4-1, 14 KOs), of Las Vegas, NV.  Last year Edwards scored a first-round knockout of previously undefeated Badou Jack, who recently won the WBC super middleweight world title.  He finished the year losing a 12-round decision to once-beaten one-time world title challenger Andre Dirrell. 

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Felix vs. Amidu - Lightweights - 6/13/15 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-felix-vs-amidu-lightweights/ Sat, 13 Jun 2015 23:00:00 -0500 Championship Doubleheader Featuring Walters & Verdejo - 6/13/15 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-championship-doubleheader-featuring-walters-amp-verdejo/ NEW YORK (May 12, 2015) -- Undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight world champion NICHOLAS "Axe Man" WALTERS of Jamaica, and the boxing gem of Puerto Rico, undefeated No. 3 world-rated lightweight contender FELIX "El Diamante" VERDEJO will headline, in separate bouts, a world championship card in New York during Puerto Rican Day Parade weekend. With 34 knockout victories between them, fireworks are all but assured for this event which will take place Saturday, June 13, in The Theater at Madison Square Garden.  Both will be facing undefeated opponents. Walters, who is in the third year of his championship reign, will defend his world title against Top-10 contender MIGUEL "The Scorpion" MARRIAGA of Colombia.  Verdejo, in his live HBO debut, will make the first defense of his newly-won World Boxing Organization (WBO) Latino lightweight title against IVAN "Bam Bam" NAJERA, of San Antonio, TX.  Both fights will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark, beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

The four gladiators boast a perfect combined record of 78-0 (60 KOs), which includes a victory by knockout ratio of 77%.    

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with All Star Boxing, Tecate and Madison Square Garden, tickets to the Walters vs. Marriaga / Verdejo vs. Najera world championship boxing event will go on sale This Friday!  May 15, at Noon ET.  Priced at $205, $105 and $55, tickets can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008), and online at www.ticketmaster.com andwww.thegarden.com.   

"Headlining  at Madison Square Garden is every fighter's dream but to do it on HBO is a tremendous honor," said Walters.  "I have unfinished business with Miguel Marriaga.  He kept me out of the 2008 Olympics when he beat me in the Americas Olympic Qualifier and I am ready to pay him back.  I am going to chop him with the axe."

"I am happy to be fighting at the legendary Madison Square Garden," said Marriaga.  "I was born to be world champion and come June 13 I will be victorious.  I would like to thank All Star Boxing, Top Rank and the WBA for the opportunity."  

"I am very excited  to be fighting in New York once again. The New York area fans have been great and always make me feel like I am home," said Verdejo.  "I know that the fight against Ivan Najera will not be easy. I will prepare myself to the maximum and sacrifice everything in the gym so that on fight night I will be at my best and bring the belt back to Puerto Rico.  I am very thankful to Top Rank for giving me these types of opportunities."

"Verdejo is fast, strong and skilled but he hasn't fought anyone like me," said Najera.  "This is a big fight and I know it.  We are going to train in the high altitude of the mountains near Mexico City.  We plan to do a lot of running and conditioning work to get set for this fight at Madison Square Garden, the home of champions.  My parents are from Mexico and I feel good about training in Mexico City for the biggest fight of my career.  Believe me, I am a whole lot better than all of those Verdejo has already faced in the ring.  This is a real fight and I am thrilled that it will be in front of the fans at Madison Square Garden."

"Only a select few fighters are worthy of headlining at the 'Mecca Of Boxing' and Top Rank is proud to present two of them on June 13," said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank.  "The mighty Nicholas Walters, who has yet to have a world title fight go to the scorecards, and Felix Verdejo, Puerto Rico's next big thing and the lineal successor in talent and popularity to his mentor Felix Trinidad, are the perfect boxing complement to Puerto Rican Day Parade Weekend -- a partnership we innovated in 2005 and have developed into a highly-anticipated annual event."         

“On June 13, fans who love knockouts should cancel their Saturday night out and plan to watch HBO,” said Peter Nelson, Vice President of programming, HBO Sports. “Combined, Nicholas Walters and Miguel Marriaga have knocked out 87% of their opposition, and now they'll face each other at Madison Square Garden's Theater for the featherweight title. In addition, our co-feature spotlights the charismatic Puerto Rican sensation Felix Verdejo against game Mexican-American Ivan Najera in a clash of undefeated prospects.”

Walters (25-0, 21 KOs), from Montego Bay, Jamaica, has won 11 of his last 12 fight 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 has successfully defended the title three times -- 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.

Marriaga (20-0, 18 KOs), from Arjona, Colombia, enters this fight having won 12 of his previous 13 fights by way of knockout with 14 of his 18 knockouts coming in four rounds or less.  Fighting mainly in Colombia and Mexico, Marriaga's sole U.S. bout was last October in Santa Monica, a sixth-round knockout of Christopher Martin in a fight that televised nationally via ESPN's Friday Night Fights.  He is current;y world-rated No. 9 by the World Boxing Council (WBC).  This will be the second time he has faced Walters.  Marriaga defeated Walters in a 2008 Olympic qualifier. 

Verdejo (17-0, 13 KOs), from San Juan, Puerto Rico, ended 2014 as a consensus "Prospect of the Year," and enters 2015 as a contender to be reckoned with.  He returns to the ring having won seven of his last eight fights inside the distance, including his most recent victory, a fifth round knockout of Marco Lopez, on April, 25, for the vacant WBO Latino lightweight title.  Already world-rated No. 3 by the WBA, Verdejo, 21, 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.

Najera (16-0, 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 made his national television debut on February 7, winning a unanimous decision over veteran Robbie Cannon in Najera's toughest professional fight to date. 

For fight updates go to www.toprank.com, or www.hbo.com/boxing, on Facebook at facebook.com/trboxingfacebook.com/trboxeo orfacebook.com/hboboxing, and on Twitter at twitter.com/trboxingtwitter.com/trboxeo, or twitter.com/hboboxing.  Use the Hashtags #WaltersMarriaga and #VerdejoNajera to join the conversation on Twitter.

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FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (Media):

 

TOP RANK

Lee Samuels:  702-378-1083 / Lee@toprank.com

Ricardo Jimenez:  909-615 -3436 / Ricardoej@aol.com  

Fred Sternburg: 303-548-0707 / TooFred@aol.com

Ed Keenan:  609-399-1330 / Keenan@emcevents.com

 

HBO

Kevin Flaherty:  212-512-5052 / kevin.flaherty@hbo.com         

Patrick Byrne: 212-512-1361 / patrick.byrne@hbo.com  

 

MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

Larry Torres:  212-631-5178 / Larry.Torres@msg.com   

 

MEDIA CREDENTIALS

www.toprank.com/credentials

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Rodriguez vs. Capuline - Lightweights - 5/30/15 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-rodriguez-vs-capuline-lightweights/ Get tix via hollywoodfightnight.com

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Sat, 30 May 2015 23:00:00 -0500
Benavidez vs. Paez - Interim Super Lightweight Championship - 5/15/15 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-benavidez-vs-paez-interim-super-lightweight-championship-event/ PHOENIX, AZ (April 30, 2015) -- Phoenix's favorite son is coming home -- to defend his world title.  Undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) interim super lightweight world champion JOSE BENAVIDEZ, JR. will be making his first title defense, against Mexican buzz saw JORGE "Maromerito" PAEZ, JR., Saturday, May 15 at US Airways Center.  The world championship battle will be televised live on “The MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV” at 10:00 p.m. ET.  The live telecast will open with undefeated Top-10 contender ANTONIO "Relentless" OROZCO in a 10-round super lightweight rumble with power-punching EMMANUEL "The Tranzforma" TAYLOR.

The four warriors boast a combined record of 98-8-2 (65 KOs) -- a winning ratio of 91% with two-thirds of those victories coming by way of knockout.

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Golden Boy Promotions, tickets to the Benavidez vs. Paez / Orozco vs. Taylor world championship event, priced at $100, $75, $60, $40 and $20, may be purchased online at www.Ticketmaster.comor www.USAirwaysCenter.com. To charge by phone call 1-800-745-3000.

“The Valley of the Sun will play host to one of its favorite sons as Jose Benavidez returns as World Champion to his hometown to face the son of a legend, and world-ranked contender, Jorge Paez, Jr., where his father made a great name for himself on so many occasions,” said Carl Moretti, vice president of Top Rank.  “All fans at US Airways Center or watching on truTV will be in for an exciting evening of boxing.”

Benavidez (22-0, 15 KOs), from Phoenix, will be making his 2015 debut as a world champion.  He won the title in his last fight, which took place on December 13 in Las Vegas, winning a unanimous decision over defending champion Mauricio Herrera.  A sensational amateur prospect, winning a Gold Medal at the 2009 National Golden Gloves Championships at the age of 16, the youngest fighter to ever win the National Golden Gloves Championships.  He turned professional one year later, at age 17, where he became the youngest professional boxer to be licensed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.  He was granted an exception (the minimum age requirement was 18) because of his exceptional talent.  After spending most of 2013 sidelined with a broken hand he came back to win all four of his 2014 fights decisively, including a first-round TKO of Henry Auraad on July 26 and his world title victory over Herrera in December.

Paez (38-5-2, 23 KOs), from Mexicali, Mexico, is the son and namesake of "The Clown Prince of Boxing" Jorge "Maromero" Paez, one of the most popular Mexican world champions.  He is 11-1-1 in his last 13 fights, which includes impressive victories against Charlie Navarro and two against Omar Chávez, son of International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Julio César Chávez.  He returns to the ring fresh from a February 21 fourth round knockout victory of once-beaten Ronald Montes and world-rated No. 10 by the WBA.

Orozco (21-0, 15 KOs), a native of Tecate, Baja California, Mexico who fights out of San Diego, has won seven of his last nine bouts by knockout.  Impressive victories over former world champion Stevie Forbes and seasoned veterans Martin Honorio, Ivan Hernandez and Miguel Huerta have propelled Orozco to No. 9 in the International Boxing Federation’s (IBF) junior welterweight world ratings.

Taylor (18-3, 12 KOs), of Edgewood Arsenal, MD, returns to the ring with two of his last three victories coming by way of knockout, including No. 4-wold-rated contender Victor Cayo, once-defeated Raymond Serrano and highly-touted Karim Mayfield.  Carrying dangerous power in both fists, Taylor has also recently gone the distance against former world champions Adrien Broner and Chris Algieri in nationally-televised bouts.              

About US Airways Center

US Airways Center, home to the Phoenix Suns (NBA), Phoenix Mercury (WNBA) and Arizona Rattlers (AFL), hosts nearly 200 events annually. The 19,000 seat venue treats more than two million guests each year to sporting events, concerts, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Disney on Ice shows, other family shows, and conventions. More information about US Airways Center can be found by logging on to www.usairwayscenter.com.

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FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (Media):

                             

TOP RANK

Lee Samuels:  702-378-1083 / Lee@toprank.com

Ricardo Jimenez:  909-615-3436 / ricardoej@aol.com   

Fred Sternburg:  303-740-7746 / Toofred@aol.com   

 

GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS

Ramiro Gonzalez:  213-489-5631 / Ramiro@goldenboypromotions.com

 

TURNER SPORTS

Nate Smeltz:  404-827-4786 / nate.smeltz@turner.com

                             

HBO

Kevin Flaherty, 212-512-5052 / kevin.flaherty@hbo.com

Patrick Byrne, 212-512-1361 / Patrick.byrne@hbo.com

 

US AIRWAYS CENTER

Allie Dicken:  602-379-2032 / ADicken@suns.com

 

MEDIA CREDENTIALS:  www.toprank.com/credentials 

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Fri, 15 May 2015 22:00:00 -0500
Featuring Light Welterweight Champion Jose Ramirez - 5/9/15 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-featuring-light-welterweight-champion-jose-ramirez/ Fresno, Calif. - USA Olympian and undefeated professional boxer Jose Ramirez (13-0, 10 KO's) will return home to defend his NABF title in the “Fight For Water 4,” Saturday, May 9 at the Selland Arena. The card will be televised nationally at 11p ET/PT on Top Rank's “Solo Boxeo Tecate” on UniMas.

Ramirez last fought Oct 25th in his hometown, where a record-setting 10,000 people watched him capture his first title.  

"There is no place like home, and I'm ready. It's an honor to fight in front of my friends, family and community. Nothing is more important than fighting for water," said Ramirez of defending his belt in Fresno.

The “Fight For Water” series was developed to help bring much-needed attention to the water issues in California. The overall goal of this installment is the same as the previous three: to focus attention on bringing water back to the Central Valley.

“With the successful passage of the water bond this past November, the California Latino Water Coalition thanks everyone that helped in the cause, along with all those who participated in our ‘Fight for Water’ boxing events,” said Executive Director Mario Santoyo. “However, the fight is far from over. Now, with ‘Fight for Water 4,’ our sights are set on getting back the valley’s water from the delta and through the pumps.”

Bob Arum, Hall of Fame promoter and founder of Top Rank, said: "We are very proud of Jose for what he has accomplished in the ring and, just as important, the way he has helped his community. He is a very special athlete, a future world champion. We are very excited to return to Fresno on May 9.”

Also featured on the card: Central Valley-based, Top Rank-promoted fighters Daniel Valdivia and Joe Lopez, as well as regional fighter Kalisto Madera and Alex Rojas, who will be making his pro debut.

Tickets go on sale Feb. 3rd and are priced at $18, $40, $68, and $110. There are also a select amount of VIP floor tables that seat 10. All tickets are available at the FCEC Main Box Office (Selland Arena, 700 M Street Fresno, Ca.) Mondays-Fridays from 10am-6pm. Tickets are also available through Ticketmaster at http://www.Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 1.800.745.3000, and all Ticketmaster outlets (including select Vallarta and Save Mart Supermarkets).

"This fight will make history in many ways. Don't miss your chance to be a part of it," said Ramirez’s agent and promoter Rick Mirigian.

Contacts:

Lee Samuels, Top Rank (702) 732 2717

Rick Mirigian, Promoter/Agent (559) 500 9224

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Sat, 09 May 2015 23:00:00 -0500
Tapia vs. Soro - Jr. Middleweight Title - 5/8/15 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-tapia-vs-soro-jr-middleweight-title/ (Find truTV on your TV here!)

NEWARK (April 8, 2015) --  Local favorites and Top-10 contenders GLEN "Jersey Boy" TAPIA and "Irish" SEANIE MONAGHAN will headline an action-packed boxing card – live on truTV® beginning at 10 p.m. ET/PT – on Friday, May 8 from Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.

Tapia, who hails from nearby Passaic, will defend his NABO junior middleweight title against one-time world title challenger MICHEL SORO of France.  Monaghan, the undefeated World Boxing Council (WBC) Continental light heavyweight champion from Long Beach, NY, will risk his undefeated record, title and No. 3 world rating when he battles 2000 Olympian CLEITON CONCEIÇÃfrom Brazil.  The four warriors boast a combined record of 91-8-3 (61 KOs) and a winning ratio of 89-percent, with over two-thirds of their victories by way of knockout.

Promoted by Top Rank®, tickets to the Tapia vs. Soro / Monaghan vs. Conceição boxing event will go on sale Friday, April 10, beginning at 10:00 a.m. ET.  Tickets are available at $105, $60, $40 and $25, plus applicable taxes and fees, and may be purchased online at www.Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or any Ticketmaster outlet.  Tickets may also be purchased at Prudential Center's box office beginning Monday, April 13, at 11:00 a.m. ET.

“It will be great to be in New Jersey fighting in front of my hometown fans,” said Tapia.  “Freddie Roach and I have been working very hard in training camp to make May 8 a knockout of a homecoming.”       

"I am very excited to fight at Prudential Center and live on truTV,” said Monaghan.  “I am defending my title and I am delighted to fight at a great venue where my army of fans can come support me. I want to fight for a world title this year so watch me bring it on May 8 and show the world why I really deserve a world title shot."

“Prudential Center is known as ‘The Rock’ and we expect this crowd to be just that – ROCKING,” said Carl Moretti, Vice President of Top Rank.  “Fan favorites Glen Tapia and Seanie Monaghan as well as a host of undercard prospects including local rising star Julian Rodriguez, from Hasbrouck Heights, will make the feeling at The Rock like a Devils-Rangers game.”   

Trained by Hall of Famer Freddie Roach and co-managed by Pat Lynch, Tapia (23-1, 15 KOs) enters this fight with six of his last seven victories coming by way of stoppage, including his last three.  World-rated No. 6 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and the World Boxing Organization (WBO), Tapia returns to the ring on the heels of his biggest professional victory, a third-round knockout of former Australian junior middleweight and middleweight champion Daniel Dawson to claim the vacant NABO junior middleweight title.  The fight took place on March 7 in Macau, China, and the sellout crowd made up mostly of Chinese boxing fans joyously chanted "Jersey Boy! Jersey Boy!" as the referee raised his hand.  It was the second time he hard-hitting Tapia has reigned as the NABO junior middleweight champion.  Tapia first claimed the title in 2013 when he upset the previously undefeated contender Abie Han via an eighth-round TKO.

Soro (25-1-1, 15 KO), a native of Abidjan, Ivory Coast who now fights out of Villeurbanne, Rhône, France, enters this fight riding a three-year, eight-bout unbeaten streak with his last three victories coming by way of knockout, including two this year.

 Boasting two-fisted power and experience against quality opposition, Soro is a former French and WBO European junior middleweight champion.  The only blemish on his record was a 12-round decision loss to International Boxing Organization (IBO) junior middleweight world champion Zaurbek Baysangurov in 2012, though he did knock the defending champion down in the second round and staggered him in the fifth.    

One of the top boxing gate attractions in his native New York, Monaghan (23-0, 15 KOs) will be making his 2015 debut.  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 four times during his three-year reign and has won five of his last six bouts by way of knockout.  Monaghan is currently world-rated No. 3 by the World Boxing Association (WBA) and No. 6 by the WBC and the International Boxing Federation (IBF).

Conceição (20-6-2, 16 KOs), of São Paulo, Brazil, has scored his last five victories by way of knockout.  His strong amateur background included being a member of the 2000 Brazilian Olympic team as well as being a two-time Brazilian National Champion.  In his last fight, on February 20, Conceição scored a first-round knockout of Nei De Lima.            

About Prudential Center

Prudential Center is a world-class sports and entertainment venue located in downtown Newark, New Jersey. Opened in October 2007, the state-of-the-art arena is the home of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) three-time Stanley Cup Champion New Jersey Devils, Seton Hall University’s NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball program, and more than 175 concerts, family shows and special events each year. Ranked in the Top 10 nationally by Pollstar, Billboard and Venue’s Today, Prudential Center is recognized as one of the premier venues in the United States, and welcomes 1.75 million guests annually. For more information about Prudential Center, visit PruCenter.com and Facebook, and follow @PruCenter on Twitter.

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FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (Media):

                             

TOP RANK

Lee Samuels:  702-378-1083 / Lee@toprank.com

Ricardo Jimenez:  909-615-3436 / ricardoej@aol.com   

Fred Sternburg:  303-740-7746 / Toofred@aol.com   

 

TURNER SPORTS

Nate Smeltz:  404-827-4786 / nate.smeltz@turner.com

                             

HBO

Kevin Flaherty, 212-512-5052 / kevin.flaherty@hbo.com

Patrick Byrne, 212-512-1361 / Patrick.byrne@hbo.com

 

PRUDENTIAL CENTER

Kerry Graue:  973-757-6246 / KGraue@prucenter.com

 

MEDIA CREDENTIALS:  www.toprank.com/credentials 

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Fri, 08 May 2015 22:00:00 -0500
Mayweather vs. - Pacquiao - Welterweight Championship - 2/2/15 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-mayweather-vs-pacquiao-welterweight-championship/ Sat, 02 May 2015 21:00:00 -0500 Beltran vs. Ao - World Lightweight Championship - 5/1/15 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-beltran-vs-ao-world-lightweight-championship/ truTV (find your local channel here) and Top Rank will partner to exclusively televise a live Friday night primetime boxing series beginning Friday, May 1, at 10 p.m. ET.  The new boxing series, in association with Turner Sports and HBO Sports, will launch on the eve of the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao pay-per-view fight with a card featuring two title bouts inside The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Maximizing visibility, the inaugural series on truTV will feature three consecutive weeks of boxing coverage in May – all airing on the evening prior to a Saturday night HBO fight event – along with a slate of five additional fights to be scheduled over the remainder of the year.  The schedule will regularly feature some of the most exciting, established young talent in boxing. Turner Sports and HBO Sports, with its long and rich history with the sport of boxing, will contribute resources as well as marketing and digital platforms in support of the new series.   

The main event on Friday, May 1, will showcase Takahiro Ao (27-3-1, 16 KOs) from Chiba, Japan, vs. Ray Beltran (29-7-1, 17 KOs) from Los Mochis, Mexico, in a 12-round bout for the vacant WBO Lightweight World Championship.  The undercard will include two undefeated fighters in action – Mikael Zewski (26-0, 23 KOs) from Quebec, Canada, vs. Konstantin Ponomarev (27-0, 13 KOs) from Miass, Russia – in a 10-round bout for the NABF Welterweight Championship.

“We’re excited to partner with Top Rank and our colleagues at HBO Sports to bring this high-caliber boxing series to truTV,” said Lenny Daniels, president of Turner Sports.  “We share a common vision to present these events in a new and inventive way and look forward to offering this compelling content to our viewers.”

“We see this as a great opportunity to bring more coveted live sports programming to the network and believe Friday night primetime fights will resonate with truTV’s young audience,” said Chris Linn, truTV president and head of programming.

“Partnering with Turner Sports and truTV for a new and unique boxing series will further invigorate and grow the sport,” said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank.  “Turner Sports’ innovative approach to production and programming has attracted and engaged tens of millions of fans of the NBA, MLB, NCAA and PGA and we believe the same will be true for boxing.  Additionally, the collaboration between the HBO and truTV programming will help develop and expose current and future champions and world-rated contenders to a broad audience with consistency.  All credit goes to Turner’s David Levy, Turner Sports’ Lenny Daniels and truTV’s Chris Linn who understand the impact of live sports and were instrumental in developing this concept into a program for their platforms.”

“Everybody at HBO is thrilled to see a new platform for live coverage of professional boxing being launched by a bold and creative network such as truTV,” said Ken Hershman, president of HBO Sports. “We congratulate Top Rank and Turner Sports on this new initiative.  We look forward to lending our support to this important new franchise that will clearly benefit the sport, the fighters and the fans from day one of the series’ debut.” 

About Turner Sports

Turner Sports, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is an industry leader in the delivery of premium sports content across all multimedia screens. Turner Sports’ television coverage includes the NBA, Major League Baseball, NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship and professional golf.  The company also manages some of the most popular sports destinations across broadband and mobile platforms including Bleacher Report and its top-rated Team Stream app, NCAA.com and the critically-acclaimed NCAA March Madness Live suite of products, PGA.com and the Sports Emmy Award-winning PGA Championship LIVE, as well as an accompanying collection of mobile sites and connected device apps.  Turner Sports and the NBA also jointly manage NBA Digital, a robust collection of offerings including NBA TV, NBA.com, NBA LEAGUE PASS, NBA Mobile, the NBA Game Time App, NBADLEAGUE.com and WNBA.com.                         

About truTV

truTV takes viewers on a fun ride that surprises and entertains. The network delivers a dynamic mix of action, comedy and competition, featuring engaging characters and compelling new worlds that pull you in and leave you wanting more. Currently seen in 92 million U.S. households, truTV features such popular original series as Impractical JokersThe Carbonaro EffectFriends of the PeopleHack My LifeHow to Be a Grown-UpBarmageddon and Breaking Greenville as well as the upcoming Billy on the StreetThose Who Can't, Six Degrees of EverythingSantas in the Barn and The Hustlers.  In addition, truTV is a partner in airing the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news; entertainment; kids and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

About Top Rank

Innovation has been the mantra at Top Rank since it was established in 1966 by Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. The boxing industry’s leading promotional company for nearly half a century, Top Rank has shaped, developed and promoted the careers of top international pay-per-view superstars and Hall of Famers, including Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Oscar De La Hoya, Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Miguel Cotto and Erik Morales.  Known for creating strategic collaborations between athletes, sponsors and television networks, Top Rank launched in 1980, Top Rank Boxing on ESPN which ran for a historic 16 years.  Recognizing the boom in US based Hispanics, Top Rank then launched another very popular televised boxing series in 1996 titled Solo Boxeo on Univision.

Some of the most legendary and spectacular events in boxing history were promoted by Top Rank, which include: 26 Muhammad Ali Events; Leonard vs. Hearns: Arguello vs Pryor; Duran vs. Leonard; Hagler vs. Hearns: Leonard vs. Hagler; Foreman vs. Holyfield; Morales vs. Barrera and De La Hoya vs. Trinidad to name a few.  In addition to the previously mentioned super fights Top Rank possess one of the largest sports libraries which includes nearly 10,000 fights and dates back nearly 50 years.

Top Rank has been an architect of the global growth of the sport by staging high profile events in landmark settings around the world, including every major arena in Las Vegas, The Venetian Macao, Yankee Stadium, Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, The “Fabulous” Forum and Cowboys Stadium to name a few. Top Rank has also been the leader within the boxing industry in creating unforgettable in-arena experiences for fans while also producing live telecasts which generate high ratings for our television partners.   Committed to supporting the vitality and growth of boxing, Top Rank will co-promote one of the biggest sporting events in history -- Mayweather vs. Pacquiao on May 2 in Las Vegas.         

 

About HBO Sports

HBO Sports has brought the best in sports to television for four decades – from world championship boxing events, to intriguing documentaries and specials, to the most honored and compelling reality programming franchise, and the most provocative sports magazine program on TV.

HBO has covered the sport of boxing unlike anyone else over the last 40 years. Three series comprise the HBO Boxing franchise, including the flagship World Championship Boxing® series, the HBO Pay-Per-View® service, which is the pay-per-view arm of Home Box Office and a premier supplier of event programming to the pay-per-view industry, and the late-night HBO Boxing After Dark® series, which was introduced in 1996. 

Visit the Turner Sports online pressroom for additional press materials; follow Turner Sports on Twitter at @TurnerSportsPR.

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Media contacts:

 

Nate Smeltz, Turner Sports: (404) 827-4786 / nate.smeltz@turner.com

Samantha Graham, truTV: (212) 275-6821 / samantha.graham@turner.com

 

Kevin Flaherty, HBO: (212) 512-5052 / kevin.flaherty@hbo.com

Patrick Byrne, HBO: (212) 512-1361 / Patrick.byrne@hbo.com

 

Lee Samuels, Top Rank: (702) 378-1083 / Lee@toprank.com

Ricardo Jimenez, Top Rank:  (909) 615-3436 / ricardoej@aol.com   

Fred Sternburg, Top Rank: (303) 740-7746 / Toofred@aol.com   

 

Media credentials:  

 

www.toprank.com/credentials  

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Fri, 01 May 2015 22:00:00 -0500
Verdejo vs. Lopez - Lightweight Regional Championship - 4/25/15 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-verdejo-vs-lopez-lightweight-regional-title/ SAN JUAN, P.R. – After a successful tour of fights along the east coast of the United States, “El Diamante” returns home for the first title bout of his professional career. Fully recovered from the injury on his left hand, rising Puerto Rican star Felix "El Diamante" Verdejo will battle for a World Boxing Organization (WBO) regional title on an April 25 card that will take place at the Mario "Quijote" Morales Coliseum in Guaynabo.

"For me there is nothing better than representing Puerto Rico, honoring my flag and bringing joy to my Island. I'm more than happy and thankful with Top Rank for the opportunity of fighting for a title in front of my people," said the young prospect that is considered by many as ‘The Next Big Thing’ in Puerto Rican boxing. "I am very grateful with the fans on the Island for the unconditional support they have always given me and that’s why I wanted to give them my first title fight," said the sensational boxer that was selected by ESPN.com as "Prospect of the Year".

In what will be his first in-ring appearance of 2015 and his first in Puerto Rico since August of 2014, Verdejo, who is undefeated with a record of 16-0 and 12 knockouts, will battle for a WBO regional title against Mexico’s Marco Antonio "El Kua Kua" Lopez (24-5, 15 KO's) in a 10-round duel in the lightweight division on the main the main event of the "Solo Boxeo Tecate" card that will take place on April 25 card at the Mario "Quijote" Morales Coliseum in Guaynabo.

“Puerto Rico's favorite son returns to his Island and his fans on April 25 for his 2015 debut and the first title fight of his promising career. We are looking forward to work with Diamante Promotions to continue developing the career of this young talent in Puerto Rico. We know this will be a great night of boxing headlined by ‘El Diamante’," said Carl Moretti, Vice President of Top Rank.

"I want to thank Top Rank for giving us the opportunity of being the partners in Puerto Rico of the world's leading promoter. Diamante Promotions will become the local promoter of the most beloved rising athlete on the Island and whom I consider my little brother, because I saw him grow and develop from scratch," expressed Jason Marquez, President of Diamante Promotions.

Verdejo added: "Thanks to God I feel fully recovered from the injury on my left hand. The rest came in handy, but the vacations are over,” said a laughingly Verdejo. "Despite the rest I kept running in the mornings. I'm ready to return to the gym to prepare and get ready to bring that title to my people”.

Ricky Marquez trainer and manager of Verdejo, said: "We are just at the beginning of training camp. I know we will be training hard and it will get ‘harder and harder’ as I always say. I wanted to make sure that the injury that Felix suffered healed 100% for his first ten-round bout. I'm sure 'El Diamante' will be ready to shine and conquer that title on April 25".

Tickets to the card that will be presented by Top Rank in association with Diamante Promotions are priced at: $ 100, $ 70, $ 30 and $ 15, plus applicable charges. Tickets will be on sale on Friday, March 13 and can be purchased at TicketCenterPR.com or by calling (787) 792-5000.

The card will be televised from coast to coast in the United States by UniMas and  in Puerto Rico by Univision Puerto Rico.

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Crawford-Dulorme - Jr. Welterweight Championship - 4/18/15 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-crawford-dulorme-jr-welterweight-championship/ ARLINGTON, TX (March 5, 2015) -- Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) lightweight champion and the Boxing Writers Association of America's (BWAA) Fighter of the Year TERENCE "Bud" CRAWFORD is movin' on up -- to the junior welterweight division -- where he will take on THOMAS "Thunder" DULORME, the No. 2-world-rated contender, for the vacant WBO World Junior Welterweight title.  Crawford vs. Dulorme will take place Saturday, April 18,  at College Park Center located on the campus of the University of Texas Arlington in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.  The world championship fight will be televised as part of a split site doubleheader live on HBO Boxing After Dark®, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.

Promoted By Top Rank®, in association with Gary Shaw Productions, Foreman Boys Promotions and Tecate, tickets to the Crawford-Dulorme world championship event will go on sale Tomorrow!  Friday, March 6, at 10:00 a.m. CT.  Priced at $200, $100, $60, $40 and $25, plus applicable fees, tickets can be purchased at College Park Center box office, online atwww.utatickets.com/ or www.utacollegepark.com/ or by phone at (817) 272-9595.

"I am ready to do bigger and better things at 140," said Crawford.

"I'm here to prove to the world that I am the best fighter in the junior welterweight division," said Dulorme. "Crawford has an undefeated record but he's never won a fight at 140 lbs. I'm envisioning a hard-fought victory, one that I will bring back home to my people of Puerto Rico."

"Dulorme is a good, well-rounded boxer. We are excited because the 140 pound division will bring the best out of Terence," said Brian McIntyre, Crawford's co-trainer and co-manager.  "The 140 division is loaded with top fighters. This is great for Terence as everyone will soon see."

"Terence had a breakout year in 2014 capturing the world's attention with three career-best world championship victories en route to earning Fighter of the Year accolades,” said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank.  “He will be looking continue that momentum on April 18 when he returns to HBO, on the hunt for another world title against Thomas Dulorme of Puerto Rico."

"I'm very pleased that I was able to get this fight done with Top Rank," said Gary Shaw. "Terence Crawford is considered one of the best Lightweights in boxing, but he is moving up to junior welterweight where he will face a very determined and talented Thomas Dulorme, who's undefeated at 140 pounds. I want to thank HBO for showcasing what I perceive is another great fight for the fans.  I smell an upset in the making.  This will be the start of a great run of fantastic fights for HBO."

"With Terence Crawford's star having emerged in 2014, the question now is how high that star ascends or if his opponent Thomas Dulorme will invert the trajectory," said Peter Nelson, vice president of programming, HBO Sports. “As lightweight champion last year, Crawford earned his BWAA Fighter of the Year honors with bold, stylish victories against top competitors, a streak which continues in stride up the scale against the hungry Dulorme, who is undefeated at 140-lbs. It will be a split-site doubleheader not to be missed on our late night Boxing After Dark franchise.”

Crawford (25-0, 17 KOs), of Omaha, NE, makes his 2015 ring debut 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.  He began his career-best year last March 1, just 13 days short of the sixth anniversary of his professional debut.  Crawford 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 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  

Dulorme (22-1, 14 KOs), of Carolina, Puerto Rico, graduated to the professional ranks in 2008 after a stellar amateur career which included a sterling 140-2 record.  He has long been a fan-favorite of Puerto Ricans for his slick all-action fighting style.  Dulorme enters this fight riding a two-year six-bout winning streak, with his career-best victories coming in back-to-back fights in 2014 and both televised on HBO.  He opened up 2014 with a 10-round unanimous decision victory over undefeated contender Karim Mayfield to capture the NABF super lightweight title and ended the year unifying his NABF title with the NABO junior welterweight title via an exciting 10-round decision over Hank Lundy.  A consensus Top-Five contender, Dulorme is world-rated No. 2 by the World Boxing Association (WBA), No. 3 by the World Boxing Council (WBC) and No. 4 by the WBO and the International Boxing Federation (IBF).

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TOP RANK

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Ricardo Jimenez:  909-615 -3436 / Ricardoej@aol.com  

Fred Sternburg: 303-548-0707 / TooFred@aol.com

Ed Keenan:  609-399-1330 / Keenan@emcevents.com  

 

GARY SHAW PRODUCTIONS:

Mario Serrano:  408-607-5756 / boxingpublicist@aol.com   

 

HBO

Kevin Flaherty:  212-512-5052 / kevin.flaherty@hbo.com        

Patrick Byrne: 212-512-1361 / patrick.byrne@hbo.com  

 

SPORTS PROMOTIONS OF TEXAS, INC.

Lester Bedford:  817-296-4546 / wlbedford@aol.com  

 

FOREMAN BOYS PROMOTIONS

George Foreman IV:  713-822-6637 / foreman4@foremanboys.com

 

COLLEGE PARK CENTER

Sharon Carey:  817-272-0140 / scarey@uta.edu  

 

MEDIA CREDENTIALS

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Valdez vs. Ramirez - Featherweights - 4/11/15 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-valdez-vs-ramirez-featherweights/ Buy tickets to the April 11th Solo Boxeo Tecate bout here

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