Top Rank Boxing http://www.toprank.com Top Rank boxing news, event, videos and photo galleries en-us Copyright Top Rank 08-21-2014 05:47:01 60 Solo Boxeo Tecate on UniMas - 8/16/14 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-solo-boxeo-tecate-on-unimas-felix-verdejo-aug-16/ CAGUAS, PR – Chile’s rugged fighter Oscar "La Maquina" Bravo arrived late last night in "The Island of Enchantment," where Saturday, August 16, he assured he will do everything possible to defeat sensational Puerto Rican prospect Felix "El Diamante" Verdejo when they collide at the Hector Sola Bezares Coliseum.

"I like to fight. It will be a good show to everyone that enjoys boxing. You will see a war," said Bravo. "I’m going to throw a lot of punches; I’m going to bring the fight to him.” 

Bravo (21-5, 9 KO’s), who has never been knocked out and has gone the distance in three 12-round fights in his career, guaranteed he will leave everything in the ring and that he will be the toughest test for the young Puerto Rican prospect to date.

At the same time, Bravo recognizes the quality of his opponent and knows he can’t be overconfident and has to be very careful during the fight.

“I know that he (Verdejo) is a very good boxer. I can’t drop my hands. I have to keep my guard up. A wrong move can cost me the fight, and I could end up being knocked out,” said Bravo.

On the program, which will be broadcasted as part of UniMas’s "Solo Boxeo Tecate" series, unbeaten super bantamweight prospect José "Wonder Boy" López (13-0, 10 KO’s) will defend his FECARBOX regional title against Mexico’s Roberto "Azabache" Castañeda.

The card will also include six more bouts where Jose "Chiquiro" Martinez, Rashidi Ellis, Christopher "Pitufo" Diaz, Alberto Machado, Yomar Alamado and Freddy Ortiz will risk their undefeated records.

“FUTURE STARS” is presented by Cotto Promotions, in association with Top Rank and H2 Entertainment, and will be televised live at 11pm ET/PT on UniMas.

Tickets range from $50 (Red Carpet) to $20 (Ring Side) to $12 (General Entrance), and are available on Ticket Center or by calling (787) 792-5000 or visiting www.TCPR.com.

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Sat, 16 Aug 2014 23:00:00 -0500
Solo Boxeo Tecate on UniMas - 8/9/14 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-solo-boxeo-tecate-on-unimas-ruiz-najera/ The already stacked professional boxing card at the GLENDALE CIVIC AUDITORIUM in Glendale, California just got that much better with the addition of two World-Ranked boxers from the Top Rank stable. While previous main event fighter, Andy Ruiz, was forced to bow out last month due to a serious illness in his family, this Saturday's GLENDALE FIGHT NIGHT card will now include prized undefeated prospect and Top 15 world-ranked Jr. Welterweight Jose "El Chon" Zepeda (19-0, 16 KOs) as well as recent World Title Challenger Jose Felix Jr. (26-1-1, 21KOs).

Zepeda, a Southern California native born in Long Beach and residing in La Puente, is trained by Robert Alcazar, the former trainer of Oscar De La Hoya during his Gold Medal and historic run of seven World Titles. Felix Jr. hails from boxing rich Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico and lost a razor thin decision last April to Bryan Vasquez (33-1, 17KOs) for the interim WBA Super Featherweight World Title. Both Zepeda and Felix Jr. are known for their propensity for delivering a knockout in over 75% of their professional bouts.

As part of the Solo Boxeo Tecate televised portion of the evening on Unimas, undefeated San Antonio prospect Ivan "Bam Bam" Najera (13-0, 8KOs) will take on former #1 ranked amateur, Stan "The Man" Martyniouk (13-1, 2KOs). Also on the undercard, 2012 London Olympics Silver Medalist from Brazil, Esquiva Falcao (3-0, 1KO) will return to Southern California and a battle of unbeatens will take place between Egis Kavaliauskas (6-0, 5KOs) and Benjamin Whitaker (7-0, 2KOs). Local gate favorites Zachary "Kid Yamaka" Wohlman (8-1-1), Liam Vaughan (8-2), and Edgar Valerio (3-0), Luis Sedano (2-0), and Vic Pasillas (8-0) are also scheduled to appear.

GLENDALE FIGHT NIGHT, the 5th professional boxing show since a 60 year ban of professional boxing was lifted in the City of Glendale, California, is presented by Top Rank in association with Bash Boxing, Art of Boxing Promotions, and the Glendale Civic Auditorium in Glendale, California. As part of the televised Solo Boxeo Tecate boxing series on Unimas, GLENDALE FIGHT NIGHT takes place on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at the Glendale Civic Auditorium, located at 1401 North Verdugo Road in Glendale, California.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.bashboxing.com or by calling (626) 388-8888. Tickets start at $30 for General Admission and $45 for Reserved Open Seating. A limited number of VIP bottle service tables are also available.

 

Doors Open at 5:30pm;

First Bout at 6:00pm.

All bouts are subject to change.

 

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(702) 732-2717

 

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(805) 899-8162

 

ART OF BOXING:

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kahren.harutyunyan@gmail.com

(818) 521-2373

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Sat, 09 Aug 2014 23:00:00 -0500
Rios vs. Chaves on HBO Boxing After Dark - 8/2/14 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-rios-vs-chaves-on-hbo-boxing-after-dark-event/ LAS VEGAS, NV (June 18, 2014) – Former world lightweight champion and pound-for-pound all-action fighter BRANDON "Bam Bam" RIOS of Oxnard, Calif. makes his eagerly-anticipated 2014 debut when he takes on one-time interim world champion DIEGO "La Joya" CHAVES of Buenos Aires, in a 10-round welterweight battle, Saturday, August 2, in The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas (3708 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109). The fight will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark®. The telecast will also include the first title defense of World Boxing Association (WBA) super lightweight champion "The Pride of Las Vegas" JESSIE VARGAS against undefeated contender ANTON "The Pick Hammer" NOVIKOV, of Kopeysk, Russia. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. PT with the first bout beginning at 4:00 p.m. PT.  The HBO telecast, a split-site tripleheader, will begin at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.

These four warriors boast a combined record of 107-3-1 (60 KOs) -- a winning ratio of 96 percent with over half of those victories coming by way of knockout.

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Tecate, tickets to the Rios vs. Chaves / Vargas vs. Novikov world championship event go on sale This Friday!  June 20 at 10:00 a.m. PDT and will be available for purchase at www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 and www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are priced at $50, $75, $100, $150 and $200. Room / ticket packages will also be available.

"This is a do or die fight for me. I know this fight is very important for my career. I am training extremely hard," said Rios from his Oxnard-based training camp where he has been ensconced for the past six weeks.

"I cannot wait to be in the ring and perform in front of my hometown crowd," said Vargas. "I am very happy that my first world title defense will be in my hometown and that my friends, family and fans will all be part of it."

"The entire boxing world always eagerly anticipates Brandon Rios' return to the ring. His in-your-face style of fighting keeps fans glued to the action," said Top Rank president, Todd duBoef. "The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will be hosting boxing at the highest level on August 2 as HBO will open the telecast with local hero Jessie Vargas in his first world title defense."

Rios (31-2-1 (22 KOs), the former WBA lightweight champion, from Oxnard, Calif., is on the hunt for his second world title in as many weight divisions. Thirteen of his last 16 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. 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. In his last fight, on November 24, 2013, he lost a unanimous decision to Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao, headlining a pay-per-view event that emanated from Macau, China.

Chaves (23-1, 19 KOs), of Buenos Aires, is a power puncher who stalks his opponent with only one goal -- THE KNOCKOUT! His victory by knockout ratio of 83% proves it is usually "mission accomplished" for him. Chaves will be making his Las Vegas debut on this card in only his second fight outside his native Argentina. He captured the WBA interim welterweight title in 2012, knocking out defending champion Ismael El Massoudi in the second round. Chaves’ one-year title reign included a successful title defense against José Miranda, where he scored another second-round stoppage. He lost the title to Keith Thurman last July. Chaves' last fight was a third-round TKO of Juan Godoy on February 15. He is currently world-rated No. 7 by the WBA and No. 10 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF).

Vargas (24-0, Nine KOs), of Las Vegas, Nevada, will be making his world champion debut a homecoming. He captured the WBA super lightweight title on April 19 in Las Vegas, winning a unanimous decision over undefeated defending champion Khabib Allakhverdiev. It was a close and competitive fight that proved Vardas' grit as he bit down hard during the championship rounds to pull away with the victory and the world championship belt. Vargas has proved himself a very popular ring performer in his hometown with nearly half of his fights taking place in Las Vegas. His impressive resume includes victories over former world champions Stevie Forbes and Vivian Harris and top contenders Josesito Lopez, Lucky Boy Omotoso, Ray Narh and Lanardo Tyner.

Novikov (29-0, 10 KOs), of Kopeysk, Russia, is a southpaw with good skills and movement. After a strong amateur career he seamlessly made the transition into the professional ranks in 2006. He captured the World Boxing Council Silver welterweight title in 2012, winning a unanimous decision over Karlo Tabaghua. He returns to the ring fresh from a 10-round unanimous decision victory over Javier Castro on May 17 in Fresno, California, where he blitzed him winning every round on the three judges' scorecards. 

For fight updates go to www.toprank.com or www.hbo.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/trboxing and on Twitter at twitter.com/trboxing and twitter.com/trboxeo.

For more information on The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, visit www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com. Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/cosmopolitan_lv or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thecosmopolitan.   

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (Media):

 

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Kimberly Diller: 702-698-7140 / pr@cosmopolitanlasvegas.com

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MEDIA CREDENTIALS:  www.toprank.com/credentials 

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Solo Boxeo Tecate on UniMas http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-solo-boxeo-tecate-on-unimas-benavidez-valdez/ PHOENIX  — June 20, 2014 — Iron Boy Promotions, in conjunction with Top Rank Boxing, returns to the Celebrity Theatre July 26th for Iron Boy 14.   Valley prodigy Jose Benavidez, Jr. headlines the Solo Boxeo Tecate card, which will be broadcast on Unimas, with two-time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez in the co-main event bout. 

Fighting in his hometown of Phoenix, Arizona, for the first time since 2011, Benavidez (20-0 14KO) is coming off a May victory over Gary, Indiana’s Angel Hernandez in Fresno.  Hernandez was down three times in the fight, which ended in a wide unanimous decision in Benavidez’s favor.   He will be fighting for the vacant NABF Welterweight Youth title.

“I’m very excited to fight in my hometown, and I’m especially excited about fighting for the NABF Welterweight Youth Title,” said Benavidez.  “It was great that my May fight was broadcast for the fans at home on Solo Boxeo Tecate, and now they’ll get a chance to see me live.  We’re preparing for and expecting a tough fight.”

Nogales, Sonora’s Oscar Valdez (11-0, 11KO) co-headlines the show.  Valdez is coming off a successful first defense of his NABF Super Lightweight Youth title on May 17th on the undercard of Marquez-Alvarado.  “I’m excited to be fighting in Arizona, so close to my hometown of Nogales. I want to give the fans a great show and I’m pumped about showing everyone why I’m tomorrow’s next big star,” said Valdez.  The only two-time Mexican Olympian boxer in history, Valdez broke several records during the course of his amateur career and is widely considered to be one of the best prospects in the world.

In a bout that has Arizona boxing fans buzzing, Joey “Boxer” Ruelas (8-0 3KO) faces the also undefeated Andrew “Hurricane” Hernandez (6-0-1-1 1KO) in a six round contest at 168 lbs.  Both fighters hail from the Valley of the Sun. 

Rounding out the card are Francisco De Vaca, who is trained by Oscar De La Hoya’s former trainer Roberto Alcazar, Cameron Dunkin-signed prospect Alexis Zazueta (2-0, 2KO), and Emmanuel Nieves, who will be making his long-awaited professional debut.

“We have worked hard to put on consistent, high quality shows here in Phoenix. This is our thirteenth consecutive show at Celebrity Theatre, and we’re thrilled to be working with Top Rank Boxing,” said Iron Boy Promotions President Roberto Vargas.  We have wanted to have [ Benavidez] Junior headline a show of ours for a long time, and we’re excited to work with Top Rank to bring both he and Oscar Valdez to Arizona’s boxing fans.”

The Official Weigh-in for Iron Boy 14 will be at Crescent Crown in Mesa, Arizona at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 25th

Tickets for the event may be purchased at www.iron-boy.com or at the Celebrity Theatre Box Office  and are priced at $65, $50 and $30.   Doors open at 5 p.m. on July 26th, and first bell is at 6 p.m. 

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Iron Boy Promotions is a Phoenix-based boxing promotions company. Established in 2011, Iron Boy Promotions is committed to providing quality, high-powered boxing shows with talented fighters. 

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For more information, press only:

Emily Pandelakis                                                                   Lee Samuels

Iron Boy Promotions                                                              Top Rank Boxing

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Top Rank Boxing

909-615-3436

Ricardoej@aol.com

 

For more information on Iron Boy Promotions, or for tickets to Iron Boy 14

http://www.iron-boy.com

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Sat, 26 Jul 2014 23:00:00 -0500
Solo Boxeo Tecate on UniMas - 7/19/14 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-solo-boxeo-tecate-unimas-rigondeaux-looknongyantoy/ MACAU, CHINA (July 9, 2014) – Undefeated unified junior featherweight world champion and Cuban sensation GUILLERMO “El Chacal” RIGONDEAUX will defend his titles against Top-Five contender and two-time world title challenger SOD LOOKNONGYANTOY, Saturday, July 19.at The Venetian® Macao's Cotai Arena.  Promoted by Top Rank® and Sands China Ltd., in association with Tecate, All Star Boxing, Caribe Promotions and Foreman Boys Promotions, the Rigondeaux vs. Looknongyangtov world junior featherweight championship fight will be televised via same-day delay as the main event of Solo Boxeo Tecate on UniMásbeginning at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT. 

Remaining tickets for the Rigondeaux vs. Looknongyangtov world junior featherweight championship event can be purchased via Cotai Ticketing™.  Prices start at HKD/MOP 80, with ferry and hotel packages also available.

Rigondeaux (13-0, 8 KOs), of Miami, Florida, one of boxing's top pound for pound fighters, returns to the ring making his 2014 debut. Last year he unified the World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Organization (WBO) 122-pound titles by defeating 2012 Fighter of the Year Nonito Donaire on April 13, 2013, at a sold-out Radio City Music Hall in New York. Rigondeaux thoroughly dominated Donaire via a unanimous decision victory, ending the Filipino Flash's 12-year, 30-bout winning streak, as well as claiming his WBO junior featherweight title. Rigondeaux had a stellar amateur career, winning Olympic gold medals in 2004 and 2000, World Amateur Championship titles in 2005 and 2001, and Pan American Games gold medals in 2005 and 2003, all at 119 pounds, before leaving Cuba to embark on a professional career which began in Miami in 2009. In only his seventh professional fight where both fighters scored knockdowns, Rigondeaux captured the WBA interim super bantamweight title, winning a tough split decision over the vastly more experienced former world champion Ricardo Cordoba in 2010. After successfully defending the interim title in 2011 with a first-round knockout of previously undefeated former European super bantamweight champion Willie Casey, Rigondeaux won the WBA world super bantamweight championship with a sixth-round knockout of previously undefeated defending champion Rico Ramos, January 20, 2012. Rigondeaux has successfully defended that title four times since then, blasting out once-beaten Teon Kennedy in the fifth round, which included Kennedy suffering five knockdowns en route to the loss, and winning a dominant unanimous decision over once-beaten contender Roberto Marroquin, both in 2012, besting Donaire in their April 2013 title unification fight and most recently, defeating former two-time world champion Joseph Agbeko, December 7 via a dominant unanimous decision.

 

Looknongyantoy (63-2-1, 27 KOs), of Srithep, Thailand, has twice challenged for the WBO junior featherweight title, losing to Daniel De Leon both times, in 2005 and 2006. Since then he has fashioned a nine -year, 37-bout unbeaten streak, which has included Asian, WBO Asia-Pacific and WBA Pan Asian 122-pound title victories. Possessing a style that features good skills and movement, he is currently world-rated No. 5 by the WBO and No. 10 by the WBA.

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Entertainment at Sands China Ltd. Properties

Sands China Ltd. has as a clear vision to establish Macao as Asia’s top entertainment destination.

The 15,000-seat Cotai Arena is the only venue in Asia ranked in Pollstar’s Top 100 Worldwide Arena Venues based on ticket sales. It is the top entertainment destination in southern China, hosting the world’s and the region’s biggest names in music, sports and awards shows. Superstars frequently choose the venue as the starting point of their Asian tours.

The 1800-seat, multi-purpose Venetian Theatre is one of the most luxurious entertainment venues in greater China. Featuring ushers in black-tie, champagne service, gourmet food and beverage items and other unique, premium amenities, it offers an intimate, luxurious and exclusive venue experience. The Venetian Theatre is playing a key role in bringing the best in international and Chinese entertainment to Macao, with a luxury theatre experience like no other in the region.

The 650-seat Sands Theatre regularly features internationally-renowned singers, performers and artists of the highest calibre. From traditional Chinese-costumed dancers to modern performances, and from singing troupes to contemporary bands, everything from Western rock to Cantonese pop is covered.

With an unbeatable diversity, the entertainment offering of Sands China Ltd. is ushering in a new era of entertainment in Macao.

For information about upcoming shows and events, visit www.venetianmacao.com/entertainment.html.

About The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel

Opened in 2007, The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel is Macao's first integrated resort featuring stunning replicas of the famous canals and architectural icons of Venice, Italy. The Venetian Macao features 3,000 suites, 1.2 million square feet (111,000 square metres) of convention and meeting facilities as well as a 15,000-seat Cotai Arena designed for world-class sports events and electrifying entertainment. The Venetian Macao is also home to the unique, 1,800-seat luxury Venetian Theatre, hosting the best in international and Chinese entertainment; more than 30 renowned restaurants; TAIVEXMALO Day Hospital & Spa; the incredibly fun QUBE indoor playground and more than 300 retailers at Shoppes at Venetian. Outdoor recreation areas include swimming pools and cabanas and a mini-golf course.

For more information, please visit www.venetianmacao.com.

About Cotai Strip Resorts Macao – Macao’s Integrated Resort City

Sands China Ltd. is the leading developer, owner and operator of integrated resorts in Macao. The befittingly named Cotai Strip Resorts Macao, situated on reclaimed land between the islands of Coloane and Taipa, is the one destination that provides a stunning array of experiences at the heart of Cotai. Cotai Strip Resorts Macao has transformed a gaming-centric day-trip market into an integrated resort city and international hub for business and leisure travellers.

Pulsating with life, both night and day, Cotai Strip Resorts Macao features an expansive offering of affordable luxury available nowhere else in Macao, with approximately 9,000 hotel rooms and suites, international superstar live entertainment, duty-free shopping with 600 retailers offering an unparalleled array of name brands, 1.3 million square feet (120,000 square metres) of meeting and exhibition space for Asia’s leading conferences and exhibitions, gaming excitement, transportation offerings and well over 100 dining options, including international restaurants, bars and lounges. Cotai Strip Resorts Macao is a must-see destination providing every guest with an unforgettable experience and unparalleled excitement.

Comprised of The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel; The Plaza™ Macao, featuring the Four Seasons Hotel Macao; and Sands® Cotai Central, featuring the world’s largest Conrad, Sheraton, and Holiday Inn hotels, Cotai Strip Resorts Macao is where Asia’s ultimate destination is all within reach.

Cotai Strip Resorts Macao….Macao Starts Here. For more information, please visit http://en.cotaistrip.com.

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Fred Sternburg: +1 303 548 0707 / TooFred@aol.com

Ed Keenan: +1 609 399 1330 / Keenan@emcevents.com   

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Champions of Gold on HBO 2 - 7/19/14 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-champions-of-gold/ MACAO (May 31, 2014) – Two-time Chinese Olympic gold medallist and national icon ZOU SHIMING and undefeated unified junior featherweight world champion and Cuban sensationGUILLERMO “El Chacal” RIGONDEAUX will headline Champions of Gold  world championship boxing’s return to The The Venetian® Macao's Cotai Arena. Promoted by Top Rank® and Sands China Ltd., in association with Tecate, PS4, Caribe Promotions and Foreman Boys Promotions, Champions of Gold will take place Saturday, July 19.                

Tickets for Champions of Gold are on sale now and can be purchased via Cotai Ticketing™; prices start at HKD/MOP 80, with ferry and hotel packages also available. Featherweight Fury ticketholders will want to act fast to take advantage of a 30 per cent early bird discount*, available for three days only, until June 2 (HKD/MOP 80 tickets excluded).

Rigondeaux will be defending his titles against top-five contender and two-time world title challenger SOD LOOKNONGYANTOY of Thailand. The undercard will feature former three-time world champion BRIAN VILORIA, undefeated NABF/NABO super middleweight champion GILBERTO “Zurdo” RAMIREZ, 2012 Russian Olympic gold medallist EGOR MEKHONTSEV, plus local favourites REX “The Wonder Kid” TSO, IK YANG and “The Macao Kid” NG KUOK KUN, each in separate bouts.

Zou (4-0, 1 KO), from Guizhou, China, and trained by Hall of Famer Freddie Roach, won his professional debut April 6, 2013 at Fists of Gold, via a dominant four-round unanimous decision over gritty Eleazar Valenzuela. He followed that up with six-round unanimous decision victories last year over Jesus Ortega and Juan Toscano July 27 at Fists of Gold II and November 24 at The Clash in Cotai, respectively, and celebrated his 2014 debut with his first professional knockout February 22 at Ring of Gold, stopping Yokthong Kokietgym in the seventh round. All of his professional bouts have taken place at the Cotai Arena. One of the most popular Olympic athletes in China, Zou was the world's greatest amateur light flyweight, capturing gold medals in the World Amateur Championships in 2005, 2007 and 2011, along with gold medals in the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympic Games. He also owns an Olympic bronze medal from the 2004 games, making him his nation's first Olympic medallist in boxing as well as its first boxing gold medallist in the World Amateur Championships and the Olympics. He will be graduating to a 10-round bout against an opponent who will be named shortly, taking Zou one step closer to a world title challenge.

Rigondeaux (13-0, 8 KOs), of Miami, Florida, returns to the ring making his 2014 debut. Last year he unified the World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Organization (WBO) 122-pound titles by defeating 2012 Fighter of the Year Nonito Donaire April 13, 2013, at a sold-out Radio City Music Hall in New York. Rigondeaux thoroughly dominated Donaire via a unanimous decision victory, ending his 12-year, 30-bout winning streak, as well as claiming his WBO junior featherweight title. Rigondeaux had a stellar amateur career, winning Olympic gold medals in 2004 and 2000, World Amateur Championship titles in 2005 and 2001, and Pan American Games gold medals in 2005 and 2003, all at 119 pounds, before leaving Cuba to embark on a professional career which began in Miami in 2009. In only his seventh professional fight where both fighters scored knockdowns, Rigondeaux captured the WBA interim super bantamweight title, winning a tough split decision over the vastly more experienced former world champion Ricardo Cordoba in 2010. After successfully defending the interim title in 2011 with a first-round knockout of previously undefeated former European super bantamweight champion Willie Casey, Rigondeaux won the WBA world super bantamweight championship with a sixth-round knockout of previously undefeated defending champion Rico Ramos January 20, 2012. Rigondeaux has successfully defended that title four times since then, blasting once-beaten Teon Kennedy in the fifth round, which included Kennedy suffering five knockdowns en route to the loss, and winning a dominant unanimous decision over once-beaten contender Roberto Marroquin, both in 2012, besting Donaire in their April 2013 title unification fight and most recently, defeating former two-time world champion Joseph AgbekoDecember 7 via a dominant unanimous decision.

Looknongyantoy (61-2-1, 25 KOs), of Srithep, Thailand, has twice challenged for the WBO junior featherweight, losing to Daniel De Leon both times, in 2005 and 2006. Since then he has fashioned an eight-year, 35-bout unbeaten streak, which has included Asian, WBO Asia-Pacific and WBA Pan Asian 122-pound title victories. He is currently world-rated No. 5 by the WBO and No. 8 by the WBA.

Viloria (32-4, 19 KOs), from Waipahu, Hawaii, was a 2000 U.S. Olympian. He captured his first world title in 2005, knocking out Eric Ortiz in the first round to become the World Boxing Council (WBC) light flyweight champion. He held the title for nearly one year before losing it. In 2008, he captured the International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior flyweight title, knocking out Ulises Solis in the 11th round. After losing the title in his second defence the following year, Viloria moved up one weight division and captured the WBO flyweight title via unanimous decision over Julio Miranda in 2011. The following year, he unified the title with a 10th-round knockout of WBA champion Hernan Marquez. He lost the titles on theFists of Gold II card, losing a split decision to Juan Estrada.

Ramirez (28-0, 22 KOs), of Mazatlan, Mexico, is world-rated No. 2 by the WBC, No. 3 by the WBO, No. 6 by the WBA and No. 7 by the IBF. A sensational young contender, Ramirez, 22, has won both his 2014 bouts by knockout. In his last outing, April 11, he captured the NABF and NABO super middleweight titles via a fifth-round knockout of two-time world title challenger Yovanny Lorenzo.     

Mekhontsev (3-0, 3 KOs), of Asbest, Russia, won his pro debut last December 4, knocking out Peter Cajigas in the third round. On February 22, Mekhontsev made his Cotai Arena debut at Ring of Gold, knocking out undefeated Jaritram Atthaporn in the second round. His most recent fight was a third-round stoppage of Dwayne Williams April 11. Trained by his father Leonid, Mekhontsev captured the Olympic light heavyweight gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games and as a heavyweight he won gold at the 2009 World Amateur Championships and the 2010 and 1008 European Amateur Championships.       

Hong Kong’s Tso (12-0, 8 KOs), the undefeated WBC Asian super flyweight and WBO Asia Pacific junior bantamweight champion recently named 2013 WBC Asia Prospect of the Year, Yang (13-0, 8 KOs)of Dalian, China and local favourite Ng (4-0, 2 KOs) will be featured in separate bouts on the undercard against opponents who will be announced soon.

Tickets to the July 19 Champions of Gold can be purchased at all Cotai Ticketing box offices*, and are available in seven categories, ranging from HKD/MOP 80 to HKD/MOP 4,680. HKD/MOP 88 adds a round trip Cotai Water Jet ferry ticket between Hong Kong and Macao (HKD/MOP 80 tickets excluded). Tickets can be booked online at www.cotaiticketing.com, or by phone at +853 2882 8818 (Macao) / +852 6333 6660 (HK) / 4001 206 618 (China) / +63 2 395 3370 (Philippines). Tickets are also available through Hong Kong Ticketing (customer service fee applies), online at www.HKTicketing.com or by phone at +852 3128 8288, and via Macao Kong Seng Ticketing Network, online at www.macauticket.com, by phone at+853 2855 5555, or in person at selected retail outlets (for locations, visitwww.macauticket.com/TicketWeb/ServiceStations.aspx). Hotel packages including two tickets and one night’s accommodation at a choice of The Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel; Conrad Macao, Cotai Central; Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central; or Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central are also available for purchase starting at HKD/MOP 3,800† through Cotai Ticketing.

 

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Crawford-Gamboa on HBO Boxing After Dark - 6/28/14 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-crawford-gamboa-on-hbo-boxing-after-dark/ OMAHA, NEB. (May 8, 2014) – Undefeated world champions TERENCE CRAWFORD, the Pride of Omaha, and Cuban sensation YURIORKIS GAMBOAwho share identical 23-0 (16 KOs) professional ring records, will battle for Crawford’s newly-won World Boxing Organization (WBO) lightweight title, Saturday, June 28, at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha.  This will be the first world championship fight Omaha has hosted in 42 years, when Joe Frazier successfully defended his heavyweight title against Nebraska’s-own Ron Stander in 1972.  It is also a professional homecoming for Crawford, who has not fought in his home state since 2011.  The fight will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark, in its first-ever visit to Omaha, beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. 

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with SMS PromotionsPS4 and Tecate, tickets to Crawford vs. Gamboa will go on sale Tomorrow!  Friday, May 9 at 10:00 a.m. CT.  Reserved seat tickets start at just $27, with remaining tiers priced at $52 and $102.  They will be available for purchase at the CenturyLink Center Omaha box office and all Ticketmaster outlets. To charge-by-phone call 800-745-3000.  To order online, visit Ticketmaster.com

"This is what I always wanted to do, make my first world title defense in Omaha where I grew up,” said Crawford.  "As soon as this fight was announced my phone and Facebook lit up. Everyone wants to be at this fight. This is extremely exciting, something I always dreamed about. Gamboa is fast and he hits with power. This is a serious fight. I fought and beat a lot of great fighters as an amateur.  I was at 132 pounds then and Gamboa, as an amateur, was 112. But now we are about to go at it. I plan to train in Colorado Springs. During  fight week, I will be away from the main fight hotel. It'll be me and just my team to be by ourselves in the final days leading to the biggest fight of my life.  It's been a long ride to get here but at last my dream has come true. This will be a great action-packed fight."

"I am glad to be back in the ring and continue my quest at being recognized as one the best in the sport,” said Gamboa.  “I know that Crawford is a great talent and a good champion and I welcome the chance at beating one of the best in the lightweight division.

I know all about him. There is one major difference - my speed and my power. I am going right into his hometown because I know I will win. I want that title belt.  Certainly by beating him, God willing - I know that bigger and better opportunities will come.  It is time to remind fans all around the world that El Ciclon de Guantanamo is here for the long run."

"When we made this fight Terence asked me to please make the tickets reasonable for all of his fans. We did exactly that at $102, $52 and $27," said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.  "He is so happy. This is a great event, the first big championship boxing event in over 40 years in this wonderful city  Terence Crawford and Yuriorkis Gamboa are considered to be the two best lightweights in the world. We are looking forward to a great action fight."

“After 42 years, it’s going to be a historical moment in Omaha.  Gamboa and Crawford have identical records so it’s surely going to be an amazing showdown,” commented 50 Cent.

"This fight brings together two prodigious, undefeated talents,” said Peter Nelson, director of programming, HBO Sports. “A few months ago, Terence Crawford earned his first world title the hard way, traversing the Atlantic Ocean to beat down the then lightweight champ in his hometown in Scotland. Now, intrepid Cuban sensation Yuri Gamboa heads to Crawford's own backyard of Omaha, attempting to wrest his second divisional title from the newly-crowned champ. As both men can tell you, there is no such thing as a hometown advantage against a straight right hand or a left hook from a man from out of town. The creativity of these two elite fighters pit against each other in the ring will undoubtedly elevate esteem for the winner with fans everywhere."

“CenturyLink Center Omaha is proud to host this significant event,” said Roger Dixon, President and CEO of the Metropolitan Entertainment & Convention Authority (MECA).  “Not only will we have a high-profile title fight, but the defending world champion is a hometown hero. This will truly be unprecedented for our venue and our community.”

Crawford (23-0, 16 KOs), of Omaha, 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.  After a short but impressive amateur career, which included victories over future world champions Danny Garcia, Mikey Garcia and one-time world title challenger Diego Magdaleno, Crawford made his professional debut on March 14, 2008 – a first-round knockout victory of Brian Cummings.  On March 1, 2014 – just 13 days short of the sixth anniversary of his pro 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, Burns put the boxing world on notice that with his virtuoso performance.  Crawford pulled out all stops in dismantling Burns as he rocked the defending champion throughout the fight, while switching back and forth between orthodox and southpaw stances.                     

Gamboa (23-0, 16 KOs), of Miami, Fla., captured Olympic gold for the Cuban team in 2004, fighting in the 112-pound division.  Known as “The Cyclone of Guantanamo,” Gamboa defected to freedom in 2007 the same year he made his professional debut.  Two years and 14 bouts later, in 2009, he won the World Boxing Association’s (WBA) Interim Featherweight Championship via a 10th-round stoppage of Jose Rojas.  Soon elevated to full world champion status, Gamboa successfully defended the WBA title five times during his two-year reign, which included unifying the title with a 12-round decision victory over International Boxing Federation (IBF) World Champion Orlando Salido.  Gamboa captured the WBA Interim super featherweight title in 2012, winning a dominant unanimous decision over Michael Farenas.  In his last fight, on June 8, 2013, Gamboa captured the WBA Interim lightweight title, handing undefeated Darleys Perez, a former Colombian Olympian, his first professional defeat.  Gamboa scored the unanimous decision victory by outboxing and outworking Perez throughout their fight.        

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

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FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (Media):

TOP RANK

Lee Samuels (Crawford):  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   

 

SMS PROMOTIONS

Yvette Gayle (Gamboa): yvettegayle@me.com  

 

HBO

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

 

CENTURYLINK CENTER

Kristi Andersen, MECA:  402-599-6916 / kandersen@omahameca.com  

 

MEDIA CREDENTIALS

www.toprank.com/credentials  

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Provodnikov vs. Algieri on HBO - 6/14/14 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-provodnikov-vs-algieri-on-hbo/ Sat, 14 Jun 2014 22:00:00 -0500 Tapia vs. Collins - 6/14/14 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-tapia-collins/ Sat, 14 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Cotto vs. Martinez on HBO PPV - 6/7/14 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-cotto-vs-martinez-on-hbo-pay-per-view/ HATO REY, PUERTO RICO.  (March 3, 2014) --  Three-division world champion and the Pride of Puerto Rico MIGUEL COTTO and World Boxing Council (WBC)/The Ring middleweight champion and Argentina’s favorite son SERGIO "Maravilla" MARTÍNEZwill begin their national media tour in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico, with a press conference luncheon at Coliseo de Puerto Rico - José Miguel Agrelot (#500 Arterial B St., Hato Rey, P.R. 00918) Next Monday!  March 10.  Martínez and Cotto will host separate interview sessions at 11:00 a.m. ET and 11:30 a.m. ET,respectively.  The news conference will begin at Noon ETfollowed by luncheon for the media. Cotto and Martínez will be talking about their eagerly-anticipated World Middleweight Championship collision which will take place on Saturday, June 7, at the “Mecca of Boxing,” Madison Square Garden

The press conference will be open to the public.

Promoted by Miguel Cotto Promotions, Top Rank®, DiBella Entertainment and Sampson Boxing, in association with Maravilla Box, Tecate and Madison Square Garden, the Cotto - Martínez World Middleweight Championship event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.

Cotto (39-4, 31 KOs), of Caguas, Puerto Rico, who has sold more tickets to The Garden than any other fighter in this millennium, will attempt to become Puerto Rico’s first four-division world champion while Martínez (51-2-2, 28 KOs), of Quilmes, Buenos Aires, Argentina, who has never lost a world championship fight, defends the title he first won in 2010.  Both gladiators boast a combined record of 89-6-2 (59 KOs) – a winning percentage of 92% and a victory by knockout ratio of 66%.

Tickets to the Cotto vs. Martínez world middleweight championship event go on saleWednesday, March 12, at Noon ET / 9:00 A.M. PT.  Priced at $750, $500, $300, $200, $100 and $50, 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.

For fight updates go to www.toprank.com,  www.hbo.com/boxingwww.dbe1.com,www.sampsonboxing.com,  www.promocionesmiguelcotto.com and www.maravillabox.com, Facebook at facebook.com/trboxingfacebook.com/trboxeofacebook.com/DiBellaentertainment,facebook.com/TopRankMiguelCottofacebook.com/maravillabox, and  facebook.com/hboboxing, and on Twitter at twitter.com/trboxingtwitter.com/trboxeotwitter.com/dibellaent,twitter.com/SampsonBoxing,  twitter.com/hboboxingtwitter.com/realmiguelcotto ortwitter.com/maravillabox. Use the Hashtag #CottoMartinez 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   

 

MIGUEL COTTO PROMOTIONS

Héctor H. Soto:  787-975-0039 / hsoto@cottopromotions.com  

Bryan Perez:  787-975-0025 / bryan@cottopromotions.com  

Gabriel A. Peñagaricano:  305-439-9194 / gpenagaricano@me.com  

 

DIBELLA ENTERTAINMENT

Kevin Rooney, Jr:  212-947-2577 / kevin@dbe1.com  

 

HBO Pay-Per-View

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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Solo Boxeo Tecate on UniMas - 5/31/14 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-solo-boxeo-tecate-on-unimas-ishimoto-avalos/ Sat, 31 May 2014 23:00:00 -0500 Vetyeka vs. Donaire on HBO - 5/31/14 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-vetyeka-vs-donaire-on-hbo2/ MACAO (April 22, 2014) – A press conference in Manila on Tuesday announced the details of Featherweight Fury – a championship event with three featherweight world title main event fights to be hosted by The Venetian® Macao on Saturday, May 31 at the Cotai Arena.

The world-class event is headlined by three spectacular featherweight title matchups: four-division world champion and 2012 Fighter of the Year NONITO “The Filipino Flash” DONAIRE will challenge World Boxing Association (WBA) undisputed featherweight world champion SIMPIWE “V12” VETYEKA; undefeated WBA world featherweight champion NICHOLAS “The Axe Man” WALTERS will defend his title against two-division world champion VIC “Raging Bull” DARCHINYAN; and undefeated International Boxing Federation (IBF) champion EVGENY “The Mexican Russian” GRADOVICH, making his third consecutive featherweight title defense at the Cotai Arena, will be battling No. 1 contender ALEXANDER MISKIRTCHIAN. 

The Donaire-Vetyeka title fight will be televised on the same day in the U.S. on HBO, beginning at 4:00 p.m. ET/PT.  The telecast will also include the world super middleweight title rematch between defending champion Carl Froch and top contender George Groves, which will take place at Wembley Stadium in London.

All "Featherweight Fury" undercard bouts will be streamed live via http://www.toprank.tv with Fran Charles handling the blow-by-blow and former world champion Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini and Hall of Famer Larry Merchant adding their expert analysis and commentary, except for the IBF junior featherweight title elimination bout between Top-Five contenders CHRIS  "The Hit Man" AVALOS and YASUTAKA ISHIMOTO.  That fight will be televised via same-day delay as the main event on Sólo Boxeo Tecate on UniMás.  The winner will be declared the IBF's No. 1 contender and mandatory challenger to IBF junior featherweight world champion Kiko Martinez.

“All eyes will be on the fabulous Cotai Arena with these three world title fights in one of boxing's hottest divisions,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. “Featherweight Fury is one of the most exciting events I have promoted in a long time.”      

“This is our fifth time working with Bob Arum and Top Rank to bring sports entertainment at its best to Macao,” said Edward Tracy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sands China Ltd. “The world’s eyes will continue to be drawn to Macao as we continue to establish our city as a world centre of tourism and leisure with the diverse offerings of our multi-tiered entertainment strategy.”

Donaire (32-2, 20 KOs), a native of General Santos City, Philippines, now living in Las Vegas, has been a consensus Top-10 pound-for-pound fighter for several years. His banner year in 2012 included four world championship victories. He beat former world champion Israel Vazquez, Jr. to capture the vacant WBO junior featherweight title, then unified the title by defeating IBF junior bantamweight champion Jeffrey Mathebula. Donaire collected his third belt of the year by knocking out WBC Diamond Belt super bantamweight champion Toshiaki Nishioka, ending Nishioka’s eight-year, 16-bout, winning streak. Donaire concluded his magnificent year by blasting out Mexican icon Jorge Arce in the third round and sealing his 2012 Fighter of the Year honours 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. Career highlights for Donaire also include knockout victories of defending IBF flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan, former WBA bantamweight champion Wladimir Sidorenko, and defending WBC/WBO bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel, ending Montiel's 25-bout winning streak. That victory was named the 2011 Knockout of the Year. Donaire’s last fight was a ninth-round knockout victory of Darchinyan in their eagerly-awaited rematch which took place on November 9, 2013.

Vetyeka (26-2, 15 KOs), of Mdantsane, South Africa, will be making the first defence of the title he won from the legendary Chris John. A 12-year professional, four of Vetyeka’s five last victories have been by knockout. He scored a major upset to win his world title last December, knocking out the undefeated defending WBA featherweight champion John in the sixth round. John had celebrated the 10th year of his title reign two months earlier, which included 18 title defences.

Walters (23-0, 19 KOs), of Montego Bay, Jamaica, enters this fight having won nine of his last 10 fights by knockout. He captured the vacant WBA featherweight title on December 12, 2012, knocking out Daulis Presscott (26-1, 19 KOs) in the seventh round. He made his first title defence on November 9, 2013, stopping Alberto Garza (25-5-1, 20 KOs) in the fourth round.

Darchinyan (39-6-1, 28 KOs), a native of Armenia whose home base has been Sydney, Australia, is one of the lower division's  most exciting fighters.  A member of Armenia’s 2000 Olympic boxing team, he won his first world title in his 22nd professional bout, knocking out undefeated IBF flyweight champion Irene Pacheco in the 11th round of their 2004 battle, ending Pacheco’s five-year reign.  During his own three-year tenure as world champion, Darchinyan successfully defended his title six times – all by stoppage – against the division’s top contenders.  After losing the title and his undefeated record to Donaire, in 2007, Darchinyan moved up in weight and claimed the IBF junior bantamweight crown, knocking out defending champion Dimitri Kirilov in the fifth round.  He unified the 115 pound world titles in his next fight, knocking out World Boxing Council (WBC) / WBA super flyweight champion Cristian Mijares in the ninth round.  The first person to unify three of the titles in that weight division, Darchinyan successfully defended his titles three times during his two-year reign as unified super flyweight champion, including an 11th-round stoppage of Méxican icon Jorge Arce.  Darchinyan vacated his titles in mid-2010 to campaign as a bantamweight, defeating former IBF bantamweight champion Yonnhy Perez, Evans Mbamba and Eric Barcelona, while losing competitive decisions to world champions Abner Mares, Joseph Agbeko and Shinsuke Yamanaka.  Last November, Darchinyan finally got his long-awaited rematch with Donaire.  It was an exciting fight that had Darchinyan leading on the judges’ scorecards through eight rounds until he got caught by Donaire and was stopped in the ninth round.    

Gradovich (18-0, 9 KOs), of Igrim, Russia, captured the IBF featherweight title on March 1, 2013, winning a gritty split decision over defending champion Billy Dib. He has successfully defended the twice – both at Cotai Arena – where he has developed a rabid fan following. At Fists of Gold II last July, Gradovich won a dominating unanimous decision over Mauricio Muñoz and on the November 24 Pacquiao-Rios undercard, he knocked out Dib in the ninth round of their rematch.

Miskirtchian (24-2-1, 9 KOs), of Namur, Belgium, will be making his Asian debut. He enters this fight riding a five-year, 11-bout winning streak, with over half those victories coming by way of knockout. After winning the European featherweight title and defending it twice during his two-year reign, he won a 12-round decision over Sofiane Takoucht, in an IBF featherweight title elimination bout, to become the IBF's No. 1 contender and mandatory challenger to Gradovich. This will be Miskirtchian's first world title shot.

Avalos (23-2, 17 KOs), of Lancaster, Calif., enters this fight riding a two-year, four-bout winning streak, including an NABO junior featherweight title victory over Drian Francisco last July.  He is currently world-rated No. 1 by the WBO, No. 4 by the IBF and the WBC and No. 5 by the WBA.

Ishimoto (24-6, 7 KOs), of Tokyo, Japan, is riding a two-year, five-bout winning streak himself, with four of those victories coming by way on knockout.  His most impressive victory during his current streak was for the WBO International junior featherweight title, where he won a majority decision over former world champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. at the Coati Arena on April 6, 2013.  He is world-rated No. 5 by the IBF, No. 7 by the WBO and No. 8 by the WBC.          

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Tecate, PS4 and Foreman Boys Promotions, Featherweight Fury will take place on Saturday,  May 31, with the first bout beginning at 5:30 p.m. local time. Tickets to the multi-bout event can be purchased at all Cotai Ticketing box offices*, and are available in seven categories, ranging from HKD/MOP 80 (~PHP 450) to HKD/MOP 3,280 (~PHP 18,800). HKD/MOP 88 adds a round trip Cotai Water Jet ferry ticket between Hong Kong and Macao (HKD/MOP 80 tickets excluded). Tickets can be booked online at www.cotaiticketing.com, or by phone at +853 2882 8818 (Macao) / +852 6333 6660 (HK) / 4001 206 618 (China) / +63 2 395 3370 (Philippines). Tickets are also available through Hong Kong Ticketing (customer service fee applies), online at www.HKTicketing.com or by phone at +852 3128 8288, and via Macao Kong Seng Ticketing Network, online at www.macauticket.com, by phone at +853 2855 5555, or in person at selected retail outlets (for locations, visit www.macauticket.com/TicketWeb/ServiceStations.aspx). Hotel packages including two tickets and one night accommodation at your choice of The Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel, Conrad Macao, Cotai Central; Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central; Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central; or Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Cotai Strip are also available for purchase starting at HKD/MOP 3,240 (~PHP 18,500) through Cotai Ticketing.

 

NOTE: Bouts and times subject to change

 

Photos from the press conference and workout session will be available at: http://tinyurl.com/Featherweight-Fury

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Entertainment at Sands China Ltd. Properties

Sands China Ltd. has as a clear vision to establish Macao as Asia’s top entertainment destination.

The 15,000-seat Cotai Arena is the only venue in Asia ranked in Pollstar’s Top 100 Worldwide Arena Venues based on ticket sales. It is the top entertainment destination in southern China, hosting the world’s and the region’s biggest names in music, sports and awards shows. Superstars frequently choose the venue as the starting point of their Asian tours.

The 1800-seat, multi-purpose Venetian Theatre is one of the most luxurious entertainment venues in greater China. Featuring ushers in black-tie, champagne service, gourmet food and beverage items and other unique, premium amenities, it offers an intimate, luxurious and exclusive venue experience. The Venetian Theatre is playing a key role in bringing the best in international and Chinese entertainment to Macao, with a luxury theatre experience like no other in the region.

The 650-seat Sands Theatre regularly features internationally-renowned singers, performers and artists of the highest calibre. From traditional Chinese-costumed dancers to modern performances, and from singing troupes to contemporary bands, everything from Western rock to Cantonese pop is covered.

With an unbeatable diversity, the entertainment offering of Sands China Ltd. is ushering in a new era of entertainment in Macao.

For information about upcoming shows and events, visit www.venetianmacao.com/entertainment.html.

About The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel

Opened in 2007, The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel is Macao's first integrated resort featuring stunning replicas of the famous canals and architectural icons of Venice, Italy. The Venetian Macao features 3,000 suites, 1.2 million square feet (111,000 square metres) of convention and meeting facilities as well as a 15,000-seat Cotai Arena designed for world-class sports events and electrifying entertainment. The Venetian Macao is also home to the unique, 1,800-seat luxury Venetian Theatre, hosting the best in international and Chinese entertainment; more than 30 renowned restaurants; TAIVEXMALO Day Hospital & Spa; the incredibly fun QUBE indoor playground and more than 300 retailers at Shoppes at Venetian. Outdoor recreation areas include swimming pools and cabanas and a mini-golf course.

For more information, please visit www.venetianmacao.com.

About Cotai Strip Resorts Macao – Macao’s Integrated Resort City

Sands China Ltd. is the leading developer, owner and operator of integrated resorts in Macao. The befittingly named Cotai Strip Resorts Macao, situated on reclaimed land between the islands of Coloane and Taipa, is the one destination that provides a stunning array of experiences at the heart of Cotai. Cotai Strip Resorts Macao has transformed a gaming-centric day-trip market into an integrated resort city and international hub for business and leisure travellers.

Pulsating with life, both night and day, Cotai Strip Resorts Macao features an expansive offering of affordable luxury available nowhere else in Macao, with approximately 9,000 hotel rooms and suites, international superstar live entertainment, duty-free shopping with 600 retailers offering an unparalleled array of name brands, 1.3 million square feet (120,000 square metres) of meeting and exhibition space for Asia’s leading conferences and exhibitions, gaming excitement, transportation offerings and well over 100 dining options, including international restaurants, bars and lounges. Cotai Strip Resorts Macao is a must-see destination providing every guest with an unforgettable experience and unparalleled excitement.

Comprised of The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel; The Plaza™ Macao, featuring the Four Seasons Hotel Macao; and Sands® Cotai Central, featuring the world’s largest Conrad, Sheraton, and Holiday Inn hotels, Cotai Strip Resorts Macao is where Asia’s ultimate destination is all within reach.

Cotai Strip Resorts Macao….Macao Starts Here. For more information, please visit www.cotaistrip.com.

 

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (Media):

 

TOP RANK

Lee Samuels:  +1 702 378 1083 / Lee@toprank.com

Ricardo Jimenez:  +1 909 615 3436 / Ricardoej@aol.com

Fred Sternburg:  +1 303 548 0707 / TooFred@aol.com

Ed Keenan:  +1 609 399 1330 / Keenan@emcevents.com   

 

HBO

Kevin Flaherty:  +1 212 512 5052 / Kevin.Flaherty@hbo.com

 

MEDIA CREDENTIALS

www.toprank.com/credentials  

 

VENETIAN MACAU LIMITED

Mabel Wu

Tel: +853 8118 2268 / +853 6240 5635

Email: mabel.wu@sands.com.mo



* The Venetian Macao – Cotai Arena and Main Lobby box offices; Four Seasons Hotel Macao – The Plaza™ Macao box office; Sands® Macao – L1 box office; Sands® Cotai Central – Sheraton Main Lobby and Holiday Inn Main Lobby box offices

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Solo Boxeo Tecate on UniMas - 5/17/14 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-solo-boxeo-tecate-unimas-ramirez-ruiz/ FRESNO, Calif. — As part of a special night dedicated to raising awareness about water shortages in the Central Valley, former U.S. Olympic boxer turned undefeated professional lightweight JOSE RAMIREZ will throw out the ceremonial first pitch during The Fresno Grizzlies’ game against the El Paso Chihuahuas at 7:05 p.m. on Friday, May 9 at Chukchansi Park. Ramirez, the fighting pride of nearby Avenal, will also be available on the concourse to sign autographs throughout the game. 

"It’s an honor to throw the first pitch out at the game,” said Ramirez, who will be joined by Mario Santoyo, executive director of the Latino Water Coalition. “It’s even more special that it’s ‘Ag Night,’ as we all know the need for water to service both farmers and communities in the Central Valley.”

In a continued effort to help his region resolve its water issues, Ramirez (9-0, 7 KOs) will battle Mexico’s JESUS SELIG (12-2-1-2, 6 KOs) in a six-round rumble at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 17 at the Selland Arena. Dubbed the “Fight for Water II,” the card marks the second major fight event Ramirez has dedicated to the Central Valley’s water struggles. Other fights featured include a four-round featherweight bout between GARY SALAZAR (3-0, 2 KOs) of Fresno and DANIEL VALDIVIA (3-1, 0 KOs) of Renton, WA, as well as NABF heavyweight champion ANDY RUIZ (21-0, 15 KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico against MANUEL QUEZADA (29-8, 18 KOs), of Chihuahua, Mexico in Fresno’s first-ever heavyweight championship contest. The card will air on the Spanish-language network UniMas at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.

"This is the largest fight ever to hit Fresno. Come be a part of a special night and watch a piece of history,” said Ramirez’s agent Rick Mirigian of the highly anticipated card, which has already sold 6,000 tickets.

"Jose Ramirez cares deeply about his community and its 'Fight for Water,'” added Top Rank Boxing CEO and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, who signed the all-time U.S. boxing record-holder and 12-time U.S. National Champion in 2012. “He is a wonderful young man and is on his way to stardom in the sport of boxing."

Tickets to “Fight for Water II” are priced at $33, $53, $103, and $203 and are available at the main box office at Selland Arena (700 M Street, Fresno, Calif.). Box office hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday-Friday and weekends on show dates only. Tickets are also available through Ticketmaster at http://www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, and at all Ticketmaster outlets, including select Vallarta and Save Mart supermarkets. Reserved seating and VIP tables are available.

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Sat, 17 May 2014 23:00:00 -0500
Marquez vs. Alvarado on HBO - 5/17/14 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-marquez-vs-alvarado-on-hbo/ INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA (May 2, 2014) – Boxing's return to the Forum (3900 West Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, Calif. 90305) will start a little sooner than originally announced.  The historic inaugural brawl on Saturday May 17, featuring four-division world champion and Méxican icon JUAN MANUEL “Dinamita” MÁRQUEZ battling former junior welterweight world champion and the pride of Colorado “Mile High” MIKE ALVARADO in the main event, will now start at a new earlier time -- 3:15 p.m. PT, with doors opening at 3:00 p.m. PT.

"We wanted to make boxing's return to the Forum something special for the fans and the best way to do that was to add more bouts to the undercard.  We expect more than 10 bouts on this show," said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.  "However, since Márquez-Alvarado will be televised live on HBO®, we needed to push the start time of the undercard up to 3:15 p.m. to accommodate all the fights."

Márquez (55-7-1, 40 KOs), of México City, a longtime Forum stalwart who never lost a fight at the legendary boxing venue, and Alvarado (34-2, 23 KOs), of Denver, CO., will collide in a 12-round World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title elimination bout. The Márquez-Alvarado welterweight rumble will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®, beginning at10:15 p.m. ET/PT.  The winner will be declared the mandatory challenger to WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao.  Márquez and Alvarado boast a combined record of 89-9-1 (63 KOs) -- a winning percentage of 90% and a victory by knockout ratio of 71%.

The undercard will be announced shortly.

Promoted by Top Rank® in association with Zanfer Promotions, Márquez Boxing PS4 and Tecate, remaining tickets to Márquez vs. Alvarado are priced at $400, $250, $150, $100, $75 and $35.  Tickets can be purchased at the Forum box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (800-745-3000), and online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.fabulousforum.com

For fight updates go to www.toprank.com or www.hbo.com/boxing, on Facebook atfacebook.com/trboxingfacebook.com/trboxeo, or facebook.com/hboboxing, and on Twitter attwitter.com/trboxingtwitter.com/trboxeo or twitter.com/hboboxing. Use the hashtag #MarquezAlvarado to join the conversation on Twitter.

For more information on the Forum visit www.fabulousforum.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:  303-548-0707 / TooFred@aol.com

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

 

HBO

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

 

FORUM

Larry Solters and Erik Stein (Scoop Marketing): 818-761-6100 / EStein@solters.com

Anjali Raval (Forum, Marketing & Promotions): 310-981-7831 / Anjali.Raval@msg.com

 

MEDIA CREDENTIALS

www.toprank.com/credentials  

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Sat, 17 May 2014 22:15:00 -0500
Solo Boxeo Tecate on UniMas - 3/26/14 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-solo-boxeo-tecate-on-unimas-zepeda-rodriguez/ Sat, 26 Apr 2014 23:00:00 -0500 Solo Boxeo Tecate on UniMas - 3/19/14 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-rodriguez-cruz-verdejo-solo-boxeo/ Orlando, Fla.  -  Orlando Cruz of Puerto Rico returns to the ring to challenge NABO featherweight champion Gamilier Rodriguez on a fight card which will include the undefeated electrifying Puerto Rico Olympian Felix Verdejo at the Bahia Shriners Event Center on Saturday, April 19.

Top Rank and All-Star Boxing made the announcement today.

Cruz, stopped by world champion Orlando Salido in October, said he is anxious to get back into the ring.

"I want to thank Top Rank and All-Star Boxing for this opportunity to redeem myself by getting me this title fight with Rodriguez. By winning this fight, I will be right back on the verge of another world title opportunity and conquer my dream of being a world champion," Cruz said.

The Gamilier vs Rodriguez title fight plus Verdejo, in a six round lightweight bout will be televised on Solo Boxeo Tecate on UniMas.

Gamilier, from Bayamon, Puerto Rico, has a record of 23-2-3, 16 KOs. He has won 15 fights in a row, unbeaten since 2009. This will be his 4th defense of his NABO featherweight crown.

Cruz has a record of 20-3-1, 10 KOs. He is a former WBO Latin American champion and has fought 11 times with a title on the line.

Gamilier vs Cruz is scheduled for 10 rounds for the NABO crown.

Verdejo is coming off a spectacular knockout win over Juan Santiago in Caguas, Puerto. Verdejo is a rising star with a record of 11-0, 8 KOs. 

A complete fight card will soon be announced.

Tickets are available now at $52.00 ringside and $27 reserved. Please call 407- 660-8822 for ticket information. The Bahia Shriners Event Center is located at 2300 Pembrook Drive, Orlando, Fla. 32810.

Contacts:

Lee Samuels, Top Rank  lee@toprank.com 702 732 2717

Ricardo Jimenez, Top Rank ricardoej@aol.com   909 615 3436 

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Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 on HBO PPV - 3/12/14 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-pacquiao-vs-bradley-on-hbo-pay-per-view/ LAS VEGAS, NEV. (February 4, 2014) – In a battle of pound for pound titans, undefeated two-division world champion TIMOTHY “Desert Storm” BRADLEY will defend his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title against Fighter of the Decade Congressman MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO.  This will be Pacquiao's first fight in the U.S. since 2012.  Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with MP Promotions and Tecate, Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 will take place, Saturday, April 12, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.  It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

Tickets for Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2, priced at $1,000, $800, $600, $400, $250 and $150, not including applicable service charges, go on sale Tomorrow!  Wednesday, February 5 at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT.  There will be a total ticket limit of 12 per person with a limit of 10 per person at the $1,000, $800, $600, $400 and $250 price levels and a limit of two (2) per person at the $150 price level.  To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.  Tickets will also be available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

When Pacquiao and Bradley rumbled the first time on June 9, 2012 at MGM Grand, Bradley's hand was raised via a controversial split decision, ending Pacquiao's welterweight title reign as well as his seven-year, 15-bout winning streak.  Though both fighters claimed victory neither was satisfied.  Destiny may have played a hand in their first battle but it will be survival of the fittest that determines the winner of this exciting rematch.

"I want my title back and I am prepared to endure my hardest training camp ever to win this fight against Tim Bradley," said Pacquiao.  "It is very exciting to be returning to Las Vegas.  And as always, I dedicate this fight to my countrymen throughout the world and to bring glory to the Philippines."

"This fight is to get the credit I did not get the first time," said Bradley.  "I must beat Pacquiao as convincingly as I beat Juan Manuel Márquez."

"Tim Bradley is one of the toughest guys in the world and I saw that up close  when he fought Ruslan Provodnikov last year," said  Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach, who worked Provodnikov's corner.  "Tim looked even better in beating Márquez in his last fight.  Tim is the champion and Manny and I know we have our work cut out for us to successfully challenge him on April 12."

"This is a fight which will give us peace of mind after the controversy of our first fight," said Bradley's trainer Joel Diaz.. "We have to win and make it clear. It's not going to be easy for Pacquiao if he thinks he can beat Bradley. I will guarantee that."

"At long last a competitive super fight," said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.  "I am sure the sports books in Las Vegas are gearing up for huge two-way action."

"Rarely do we see two marquee fighters wanting to fight each other in order to settle doubt," said Todd duBoef, President of Top Rank. "Someone is going to be very disappointed after the fight."

"Fight fans have been clamoring for a rematch ever since the decision of Pacquiao vs. Bradley I was announced on June 9, 2012," said Mark Taffet, Senior Vice President, HBO Pay-Per-View.  "These are two exceptional athletes, elite world class prizefighters, who do not hesitate to accept difficult challenges on the sport's biggest stage.  We can't wait for April 12th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena."

"It is an honor to host this international championship boxing event at MGM Grand in April," said Richard Sturm, president of Entertainment & Sports for MGM Resorts International. "We look forward to another successful fight and know the rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley will be exciting for the fans in the Arena and watching on television worldwide."

"Based on the results of their first fight and considering Bradley’s recent success against Márquez and Provodnikov, this fight’s price will be much closer than the first time," said Jay Rood, Vice President of Race & Sports for MGM Resorts International.

 "Our opening number is Pacquiao -180 and +160 for Bradley which means Manny is slightly less than a 2-to-1 favorite.  This line may in fact move up and down with most of our action picking up during fight week in April.”

Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs), the lone congressional representative from the Sarangani province in the Philippines (he was reelected to a second term, running unopposed last year), is the only fighter to win eight world titles in as many different weight divisions.  A three-time Fighter of the Year and the Boxing Writers Association of America's "Fighter of the Decade," Pacquiao's resumé features victories over future Hall of Famers, including Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, Miguel Cotto, Shane Mosley and Juan Manuel Márquez. From 2008 to 2010, five of his seven victories were world title victories in five different weight classes, from 130 to 154 pounds.  No active boxer has sold more live tickets in the U.S. than Pacquiao, who is also credited with more than 12 million pay-per-view buys.  He returns to the ring after a scintillating beatdown of former world champion Brandon Rios last November in Macau, China.

Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs), from Palm Springs, Calif., a two-division world champion who unified the junior welterweight titles twice during his previous four-year reign, returns to the ring after three consecutive career-best victories.  After moving up in weight and beating Pacquiao in 2012, Bradley co-starred in the Fight of the Year on  March16, 2013, winning a brutal 12-round decision over future world champion Ruslan Provodnikov though Bradley was suffering from a concussion throughout most of the fight.  In his most recent fight, on October 12, Bradley gave a virtuoso performance in defeating three-division world champion and Mexican icon Juan Manuel Márquez proving that Bradley is indeed one of boxing's elite pound for pound fighters.

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

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FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (Media):

TOP RANK

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

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

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

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

 

HBO PAY-PER-VIEW

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

 

MGM GRAND

Scott Ghertner:  702-891-1838 / sghertner@mgmresorts.com

 

CREDENTIALS

www.MagnaMedia.com

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Sat, 12 Apr 2014 21:00:00 -0500
Friday Night Fights on ESPN - 3/11/14 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-friday-night-fights-espn-gilberto-ramirez/ ESPN and TOP RANK Presents FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS at Mandalay Bay Events Center
Friday, April 11, 2014
Doors: 4 pm/1st Bout:5 pm/TV:7 pm
Card Subject to Change


Prices:

P1    $50.00 + 9.10 Service Fees = $59.10 inclusive  (Floor Seats)
P2    $25.00 + 6.55 Service Fees = $31.55 inclusive  (Bleacher Seats)

Tickets available on line, by phone, face to face purchases @ any MGM box office or concierge and also through TicketMaster.

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Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:00:00 -0500
Solo Boxeo Tecate on UniMas - 4/5/14 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-segura-salguero-unimas/ Sat, 05 Apr 2014 23:00:00 -0500 "Solo Boxeo Tecate" on UniMas - 3/29/14 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-solo-boxeo-unimas-march-29/ North Las Vegas - USA Olympian Jose Ramirez, an electrifying, action performer in the ring, will box at the Texas Station Gambling Hall and Hotel on Saturday, March 29.

Ramirez, 21, of Avenal, California, was the crown jewel of the 2012 USA Olympic team which competed in London. As a professional fighter, he is 8-0, 6 KOs and boxes in the super lightweight division.

"Jose is on the fast track to greatness," said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank.

Ramirez will take on Wendel Henley, 10-3-1, 9 KOs, of Kansas City. Ramirez vs Henley will be the opening bout on the Solo Boxeo Tecate telecast on UniMas.

Featherweight Alejandro Perez of Salinas, California, has won four straight bouts since he lost to Diego Magdaleno of Las Vegas at Texas Station two years ago. Perez, 19-3-1, 13 KOs, will box in the main event.

Also appearing will be the former world champion Brian 'Hawaiian Punch' Viloria of Waipahu, Hawaii. He is scheduled to box 10 rounds in the super flyweight division.

Las Vegas fighter Rocco Santamuro, 11-0, will box six rounds in the super featherweight division.

Highly decorated amateur and tremendously skilled Toka Kahn-Clary, 9-0, 5 KOs, of Providence, R.I. will also be on the Top Rank card.

Tickets are $50, $25 plus applicable fees and may be purchased at any Station Casino Rewards Center, by phone  at 1-800-745-3000 or at slv.com/concerts.com

Doors are at 4 pm. First bell is 5 pm.

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