Top Rank Boxing http://www.toprank.com Top Rank boxing news, event, videos and photo galleries en-us Copyright Top Rank 05-25-2015 20:39:52 60 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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TOP RANK

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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

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MEDIA CREDENTIALS:  www.toprank.com/credentials 

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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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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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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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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).

For fight updates go to www.toprank.com, or www.hbo.com/boxing, on Facebook at facebook.com/trboxing,facebook.com/trboxeofacebook.com/GaryShawProductions or facebook.com/hboboxing, and on Twitter attwitter.com/trboxingtwitter.com/trboxeotwitter.com/GaryShawBoxing or twitter.com/hboboxing.  Use the Hashtag #CrawfordDulorme to join the conversation on Twitter.

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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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Lopez vs. Padilla - WBA Super Featherweight Championship http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-lopez-vs-padilla-wba-super-featherweight-championship/ Sat, 21 Mar 2015 23:00:00 -0500 Nunez vs. Rodriguez - Super Featherweights http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-rodriguez-vs-nunez-super-featherweights/ Sat, 14 Mar 2015 23:00:00 -0500 Felix Jr. vs. Sermona - Lighweights - 3/7/15 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-felix-jr-vs-sermona-lighweights/ Super Featherweight Jose Felix Jr. 28-1 (23KOs) will be facing Filipino Raymond Sermona (18-4-5, 8KOs) on March 7th at the Cotai Arena in the Venetian Resort and Hotel in Macao, China.

Felix Jr. - Sermona will be part of the Top Rank-promoted fight card with Chinese gold medalist Zou Shiming 6-0 (1KO) challenging Amnat Ruenroeng 14-0 (5KOs) for the IBF flyweight title in the main event.

The cards promoted in the venue by Top Rank have been a success since their inception, which Felix Jr. sees as a big opportunity to capitalize on.

''I was offered the fight and took it. It is a great chance to showcase my skills at the international level and have been told that with a good performance, I will be put in line in the not-so-long future for another world title shot,'' said Felix Jr.

The Los Mochis, Sinaloa fighter is on a two-fight KO win streak, following his lone loss--a one-point decision loss on two cards when he challenged reigning interim WBA Super Featherweight champion Bryan Vasquez on the Pacquiao vs. Bradley rematch eleven months ago.

In Sermona, a reported switch-hitter, Felix Jr. knows a win is a must.

Check out details on Jose Ramirez's next fight here

''(Sermona) is a very good boxer--quick with good power. He is dangerous as most Filipinos tend to be. I'm not overlooking him, as a good win will open the doors for me with another title shot, one which I will not let go to waste," said the twenty-two-year-old fighter.

''It is an honor to be part of this card, and I'm excited and grateful for the opportunity,'' concluded Felix Jr.

Felix Jr vs. Sermona is scheduled for eight rounds and will be the main event on UNIMAS, with Shiming vs. Ruenroeng part of the fight card to be broadcast on HBO.

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Zou vs. Ruenroeng - World Flyweight Championship - 3/7/15 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-zou-vs-ruenroeng-world-flyweight-championship/ MACAO (February 17, 2015) -- The upcoming Chinese New Year will begin on February 19, 2015 -- The Year of the Sheep.  But Chinese boxing fans from around the world are hoping it will also usher in the beginning of The Shiming Dynasty.  After winning three World Championships and two Olympic gold medals as an amateur, ZOU SHIMIINGin only his seventh professional fight and 23 months removed from his professional debut, will be challenging undefeated International Boxing Federation (IBF) flyweight world champion AMNAT RUENROENG.  The Showdown at Sands: Zou Shiming vs. Amnat Ruenroeng will headline an exciting all-action world championship boxing event,Saturday, March 7, at The Venetian® Macao's Cotai Arena.

Promoted by Top Rank® and Sands China Ltd., in association with Tecate, SECA, Kreerin Promotions, Sampson Boxing and Foreman Boys Promotions, the Zou Shiming - Amnat Ruenroeng World Flyweight Championship fight will be televised via same-day delay on HBO2, beginning at 5:00 p.m. ET/PT.  The HBO2 telecast will open with a 10-round NABO junior middleweight title tilt betweenGLEN TAPIA (22-1, 14 KOs), of Passaic, NJ, and one-time world title challenger DANIEL DAWSON(40-4-1, 26 KOs), of Perth, Australia.  Veteran boxing blow-by-blow man and WNBC-TV's lead sports anchor Bruce Beck and award-winning broadcaster and analyst Rich Marotta will be calling the action from ringside.

The undercard will feature JOSE FELIX, Jr. (28-1-1, 23 KOs), from Los Mochis, Mexico, battlingRAYMOND SERMONA, (17-4-5, 8 KOs), of Manila, in an eight-round lightweight bout which will be televised via same-day delay on UniMás, and Top-10 contenders IK YANG (17-0, 12 KOs), of Dalian, China and PATOMSUK PATHOMPOTHONG (30-2-1, 18 KOs), of Kalasin, Thailand, squaring off in a 12-round IBF junior welterweight title elimination bout.

Making the Zou-Ruenroeng fight even more intriguing is the history these two warriors already have with each other.  Their amateur trilogy began with Ruenroeng winning their first battle -- as a late substitute called up by the Thailand amateur team -- at the 2007 King's Cup, which was also Ruenroeng's first international competition.  Zou won the next two times they fought, including a reverse in their semi-final of the 2010 Asian Games that could have gone either way -- and did.  Now that they are professionals, the stakes are much higher and their simmering rivalry is set to become a roiling boil.      

"Beloved in the Peoples' Republic of China and an incredible talent, Zou has earned his right to fight for a professional world championship belt," said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.  "It is fitting that the Zou vs. Ruenroeng world flyweight title fight take place at The Venetian Macao, which has become one of the great boxing capitals of the world."       

Zou (6-0, 1 KO), from Guizhou, China, and trained by Hall of Famer Freddie Roach, returns to the ring fresh from his most impressive professional victory -- a 12-round unanimous decision victory over undefeated No. 3 contender Kwanpichit Onesongchaigym in a world flyweight title elimination bout. Their fight was the co-main event to the Manny Pacquiao - Chris Algieri world welterweight championship on November 22 at Cotai Arena.  Zou scored three knockdowns en route to a 119-106, 119-106 and 120-103 victory over his vastly more experienced opponent.  He showed his mettle by fighting through numerous head butts that swelled his left eye shut as well as weathering numerous low blows.  But Zou kept his composure throughout the fight showing the world he was ready for a world title shot.  Last July 19, Zou stepped up to his first 10-round fight, where he captured the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) International flyweight title with a unanimous decision victory over Top-10 contender Luis De La Rosa, proving to the world that he had developed into a world title contender.  Zou is currently world-rated No. 1 by the WBO and No. 4 by the IBF.  He 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 Zou's 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.

Ruenroeng (14-0, 5 KOs), of Si Racha, Thailand, overcame a troubled past to reach the pinnacle of his division.  Beating a severe drug addiction and enduring three prison terms, Ruenroeng found his salvation through a prison boxing program that saw him become a national amateur champion, while still an inmate,  as a member of the Thai Corrections Department team.  A bronze medallist at the 2007 World Amateur Championships in Chicago and a member of Thailand's 2008 Olympic team, Ruenroeng made his professional debut in 2012 when he didn't make the 2012 Olympic team.  He made his presence known to his division in his second year as a professional winning the IBF/Asia flyweight title and successfully defending it three times.  He captured the vacant IBF flyweight world title on January 22, 2014, scoring a unanimous decision over Rocky Fuentes.  He has successfully defended the title twice since winning it   His first title defense was against unbeaten two-division world champion Kazuto Ioka, in Iaoka's homeland of Oska, Japan, last May 7.  In his most recent title defense, on September 10, Ruenroeng survived a knockdown en route to s split decision victory over mandatory challenger McWilliams Arroyo.  

Remaining tickets to The Showdown at Sands:  Zou Shiming vs. Amnat Ruenroeng, priced from HKD/MOP 180 to 4,680, may be purchased online via Cotai Ticketing (www.cotaiticketing.com) or at the following Cotai Ticketing box offices, including The Venetian Macao (Cotai Arena and Main Lobby box offices), Four Seasons Hotel Macao (The Plaza™ Macao box office), Sands® Macao (Level 1 box office) or Sands® Cotai Central (Sheraton Main Lobby and Holiday Inn Main Lobby box offices.)  To charge by phone call +853 2882 8818 (Macao) or +852 6333 6660 (Hong Kong).  Hotel packages at The Venetian Macao, Conrad Macao-Cotai Central, Sheraton Macao Hotel-Cotai Central and Holiday Inn-Cotai Central are available through Cotai Ticketing only, starting at HDK/MOP 3,800 (plus 5% government tax and 10% service charge.)  Packages include two tickets and one night's room accommodation.  

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Featuring Rodriguez & Falcao - 2/28/15 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-verdejo-vs-lopez-lightweights/

SAN JUAN, P.R. – An injury to the left hand of Puerto Rico’s Felix Verdejo suffered during training forced him to cancel his February 28 bout in Tampa, Florida. The remaining fights on the card will still take place at “The Corral” in the Sun Dome at the University of South Florida. It will also still air at 11p ET/PT on “Solo Boxeo Tecate” on the Spanish-language network UniMas.

“I was very happy because I was going to fight for the first time in Tampa, and I know that a lot of people want to see me fight there,” said Verdejo (16-0, 12 KO’s), who’d been scheduled to face Mexico’s Marco Antonio “El Kua Kua” Lopez (24-5, 15 KO’s) in the main event.

He continued: “I’ll still be in Tampa on February 28 to support my teammates [Christopher “Pitufo” Diaz and Francisco “Pechuga” Vargas], who will be fighting on the card. I know that I’ll be fighting in Tampa this year, if God permits it.”

An MRI ordered by Dr. Gaspar R Garcia showed Verdejo suffers from swelling of the metacarpal ligament tendon in his left hand. There are no fractures or tears, but Verdejo will be out of action from three to four weeks without any contact, which is why the Lopez fight was canceled.

“Unfortunately, this unexpected situation happened and we decided to take all the precautions necessary to avoid future injuries,” said Ricky Marquez, Verdejo’s trainer and manager.

"Hand injuries are unfortunately part of the temporary roadblocks that all fighters suffer regardless of their level. Felix is no different in that aspect. We hope to re-schedule him as soon as his injury is properly healed,” said Carl Moretti, Vice President of Top Rank.

Unbeaten prospect Julian “Hammer Hands” Rodriguez (8-0, 7 KO’s) and former Olympic medalist Esquiva Falcao (6-0, 4 KO’s) will still be in action.

Presented by Top Rank in association with All Star Boxing Tickets, tickets to the card can be purchased via www.Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, the Sun Bowl box office, or charged by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

Unimas will televise the card in the United States.

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Sat, 28 Feb 2015 23:00:00 -0600
Paez Jr. vs. Montes - Super Welterweights http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-paez-jr-vs-montes-super-welterweights/ Jorge "Maromerito" Paez Jr. will headline the latest edition of "Solo Boxeo Tecate" on Unimas (11:00 pm East/Pacific) Feb. 21 from the Municipal Auditorium in Ocozocoautla, Chiapas, Mexico.

Super welterweight Paez (37-5-2, 22 KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico will face Ronald Montes (16-1, 14 KOs) of Colombia in the 10-round main event.

Paez has won 10 of his last 11 bouts, five of them by knockout. Last August, Paez landed a controversial draw against Aaron Herrera, and in March, Paez lost to former world champion Vivian Harris by a narrow decision.

"I am anxious to get into the ring after two disappointing fights last year. I know I can fight better than I did against Harris, and I had dominated Herrera for most of that fight,"said Paez. 

Mexican legend Jorge Arce has previoulsy appeared on UniMas "Solo Boxeo Tecate":

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Featuring Unbeaten Ivan Najera & Alex Saucedo - 2/7/15 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-featuring-unbeaten-ivan-najera-amp-alex-saucedo/ Hidalgo, Texas - High-action contender Ivan 'Bam Bam' Najera of San Antonio said "now the world will see what I am all about" when he makes his main event debut on Top Rank's Solo Boxeo Tecate fight card at the State Farm Arena on Saturday, Feb 7.

Najera, a 15-0, 7 KOs, lightweight, will take on Robbie Cannon, 14-10-1, 6 KOs, of Missouri  in an eight round bout.  It will be Najera's first time in a main event which will be televised nationally by UniMas.

"This is what working hard in the gym - and I sparred very hard rounds, over 60 of them - will mean for me when I go into the ring Saturday night. "Fighting in the main event is exciting for me and my team," said Najera who was born and raised in San Antonio.

"They call me Bam Bam. A lot of people think I took that name from Brandon Rios but I didn't. I was a strong little kid while growing up and it was my parents who called me Bam Bam. I wore it on my trunks as an amateur. It just stuck with me," Najera said.

The Najera vs Cannon main event replaces Saul Rodriguez vs Daniel Diaz.  Diaz, from Managua, had a visa problem and could not get to Hidalgo.

In the opening televised bout, Alex 'El Cholo' Saucedo,, 16-0, 11 KOs, of Oklahoma City, will take on welterweight Eduardo Flores, 27-16-3, of Ecuador in an eight round bout. This will be El Cholo's first time in the ring with his new trainer Ronnie Shields of Houston.

"Alex knows how to fight. He sits down on his punches very well. He hits hard," said Ronnie. "When he first came to the gym I watched him spar. He was patient and I encouraged him to be more busy, to let his hands go. He's a young exciting fighter."

Najera and Saucedo are managed by Lou Mesorana who handles many star fighters in the greater Texas area.

Tickets range from $10 to $50 plus applicable fees and are available at the State Farm Arena and on Ticketmaster.comDoors open 6 pm and the first bell will be at 6:30 pm

Contacts:

Lee Samuels, Top Rank  lee@toprank.com  702 378 1083

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

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Rodriguez vs. Farjardo - Rematch - 1/31/15 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-rodriguez-vs-farjardo-rematch/ Sat, 31 Jan 2015 00:01:00 -0600 Alvarado vs. Rios 3 - Welterweight Championship - 1/24/15 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-alvarado-vs-rios-3-welterweights/ DENVER (December 9, 2014) -- Former world champions and co-stars of one this era's most intense and exciting boxing rivalries -- Denver's "Mile High" MIKE ALVARADO and BRANDON "Bam Bam" RIOS of Oxnard, Calif. -- announced the final chapter of their epic trilogy at a Denver press conference today.  Boasting a combined record of 66-5-1 (45 KOs) -- a winning percentage of 92% and a victory by knockout ratio of 68% --  each warrior owns a victory in the series -- both of which were candidates for Fight of the Year in 2012 and 2013.  Alvarado-Rios 3 is scheduled for 12 rounds with the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) International welterweight championship on the line.  It will take place Saturday, January 24, at the 1STBANK Center, located in the Denver suburb of Broomfield, CO.  The fight will be televised live on HBO beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.  The last boxing event hosted by 1STBANK Center was sold out in advance -- the October 19, 2013 WBO junior welterweight world championship between Alvarado and Ruslan Provodnikov.

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Tecate, tickets to the Alvarado-Rios welterweight championship event will go on sale just in time for the holiday gift giving season -- This Friday!  December 12, at 10:00 a.m. MT.  Priced at $250, $200, $125, $65 and $40, tickets will be available at www.AltitudeTickets.com or by phone at 866-461-6556. Tickets may also be purchased at the Pepsi Center box office, beginning on Saturday, December 13.

"This is going to be like our wars in fight no. 1 and fight no. 2.  We are two warriors. We will go into the middle of the ring and mix it up. For me, all of this is for one thing -- redemption," said Alvarado.          

"If Alvarado wants to go the center of the ring and trade, he will feel my power right away," responded Rios. "A few of my big punches and he will change his game plan. That's when I hunt him down, win the fight."

"This is a rematch made in heaven," said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank.  "Their first two fights were barn burners and arguably Fights of the Year.  Alvarado and Rios know what is at stake. Fans can expect to see a finale that will rival, if not surpass, the legendary Morales-Barrera and Pacquiao-Marquez wars."

"In 2015, we begin with a trilogy's conclusion. In the course of two years and 3,003 punches exchanged between them, Mike Alvarado and Brandon Rios traded triumphs,” said Peter Nelson, vice president, programming, HBO Sports. “Now, in their third fight, both seek to author their saga's definitive chapter. Styles make fighters, but fights themselves are made from heart, and fans recognize that these men have two of the biggest hearts in boxing. On January 24, Alvarado-Rios 3 promises to be a must-see event."

Alvarado (34-3, 23 KOs) of Denver, had won 10 of his last 14 bouts by stoppage en route to his rematch victory over Brandon "Bam Bam" Rios, on March 30, 2013, which not only avenged Alvarado's loss to Rios in 2012's Fight of the Year, but also made Alvarado a world champion.  Alvarado had lost to Rios on October 13, 2012, via a seventh-round technical knockout in one of the most action-packed fights of the millennium. Going into round seven, two of the three judges' scorecards had it 57-57. In the sequel, which was as action-packed as the first fight, Alvarado made subtle adjustments to eke out a narrow but unanimous decision and win the WBO junior welterweight world title.  Notable Alvarado knockout victims have included Breidis Prescott, Ray Narh, Emmanuel Clottey and Cesar Bazan.  In 2012 Alvarado fought in two Fights of the Year-nominated fights.  On April 14, 2012, Alvarado went toe-to-toe for 10 brutal and exciting rounds winning a unanimous decision over Mauricio Herrera (18-1, 7 KOs).  Herrera entered that fight world-rated No. 7 and riding a two-year, five-bout winning streak, highlighted by victories over future world champion Ruslan Provodnikov (17-0) and Mike Dallas, Jr. (17-1-1).  That was followed by his first fight with Rios in October.  Alvarado's world title reign ended in his first defense, on October 19, 2013, where he suffered a12th-round TKO to Provodnikov in front of a sold-out crowd at the 1STBANK Center in his Denver homecoming.   Rios returns to the ring after losing a unanimous decision, in his most recent fight, to Mexican icon and four-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez last May 17.

Rios (32-2-1, 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 17 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. After losing a unanimous decision to Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao, on November 24, 2013, which headlined a pay-per-view event that emanated from Macau, China, Rios returned to the winner's circle in his last fight, on August 2, winning a gritty, foul-filled battle against former interim world welterweight champion Diego Chaves, via a ninth-round disqualification..

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/trboxing, twitter.com/trboxeo, or twitter.com/hboboxing.  Use the Hashtag #AlvaradoRios to join the conversation on Twitter.

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Zepeda vs. Cobos - Welterweights - 1/17/15 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-zepeda-vs-cobos-welterweights-event/ Sat, 17 Jan 2015 23:00:00 -0600 Super Bantamweights Magdaleno-Ruiz - 1/10/15 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-featuring-super-bantamweight-jessie-magdaleno-event/ North Las Vegas -- Jessie Magdaleno will return home to take on Erik Ruiz of Oxnard, Ca. at Texas Station Gambling Hall and Casino on a big Top Rank boxing card on Saturday, January 10.

Magdaleno, 19-0, 15 KOs, is from Las Vegas. He has been training in Palm Springs, Ca. with Joel Diaz who also is the chief trainer for Timothy Bradley. Magdaleno is managed by Frank Espinoza in California. Ruiz has a record of 13-1, 6 KOs. Magdaleno vs Ruiz will headline a seven-bout card.

"Jessie Magdaleno is among the best worldwide in his division (super bantamweight)," Diaz said. "He's explosive, has power in both hands and has great defense. He is getting close to fighting for a world title."

The big card will also feature Saul Rodriguez, a 15-0-1 super featherweight from Riverside, California and Victor Pasillas, an 8-0-0 featherweight from East L.A.  Their opponents will be announced.

Doors in the Dallas Events Center open 6 pm and the first bout will be at 6:30 pm. The main bouts will be on Top Rank's Solo Boxeo Tecate series televised by by UniMas.

Tickets $50, $25 plus applicable fees are now on sale at Stations Casinos and on Ticketmaster.com.

Contacts

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

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

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Sat, 10 Jan 2015 23:00:00 -0600
Ruiz vs. Liakovich - Heavyweights - 12/20/14 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-ruiz-vs-liakovich-heavyweights/ Phoenix - World-ranked unbeaten heavyweight Andy 'Destroyer' Ruiz of Mexicali is off to Phoenix today to take on former champion Sergei Liakhovich at the Celebrity Theatre on Saturday, December 20Ruiz, 23-0, 17 KOs, has been training for weeks at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas.

He is ranked WBO #3, WBC #14. Liakhovich has a record of 26-6, 16 KOs. Ruiz vs. Liakhovich is the main event on Top Rank's Solo Boxeo Tecate UniMas broadcast (11 pm et, 11 pm pt).

"The opponent in this fight means everything for Andy," said trainer Big Jeff Gramoja."In the heavyweight division one punch can change everything. Andy's preparation has been good. We've been working on good head movement and punching in combinations. We are expecting a good performance from Andy."

The event, co-promoted by Iron Boy Promotions, will include two-time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez, 14-0, 12 KOs.  Valdez will take on Jean Sotelo, 19-13-2, 10 KOs, of Colombia. The bout is scheduled for 8 rounds in the featherweight division.

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