Top Rank Boxing http://www.toprank.com Top Rank boxing news, event, videos and photo galleries en-us Copyright Top Rank 03-28-2015 06:08:24 60 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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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..

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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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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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Verdejo vs. Ouazghari - Lightweights - 12/13/14 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-verdejo-vs-ouazghari-lightweights/ Sat, 13 Dec 2014 23:00:00 -0600 Bradley vs. Chaves - Welterweights - 12/13/14 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-bradley-vs-chaves-welterweights/ LAS VEGAS, NV (October 20, 2014) -- Former two-division world champion TIMOTHY "Desert Storm" BRADLEY JR. returns to the ring where he will battle one-time interim welterweight world champion DIEGO "La Joya" CHAVES in a 12-round welterweight rumble, Saturday, December 13, inside The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas (3708 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, NV 89109).  The fight will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®beginning at 10:00 p.m. EST/PST.  The telecast will open with World Boxing Association (WBA) Interim Super Lightweight World Champion MAURICIO "El Maestro" HERRERA defending his title against undefeated contender JOSE BENAVIDEZ, JR.

These four gladiators boast a combined record of 96-7 (53 KOs) -- a winning ratio of 93% with over half of those victories coming by way knockout.

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Golden Boy Promotions and Tecate, tickets to the Bradley-Chaves/Herrera-Benavidez world championship event go on sale  Friday,  October 24 at 10:00 a.m. PDT.  Priced at $40, $60, $100, $125 and $150, tickets will be available for purchase at www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com/ or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 and www.ticketmaster.com/.  Room/ticket packages will also be available.

"I'm excited to get back into the ring and showcase myself," Bradley told ESPN.com.  "Chaves is not that well known but the boxing fans know him. The boxing fans know that this guy can fight and that it won't be a walk in the park for me. I think it's going to be a great fight. I can't wait."

"I give Timothy Bradley all the credit in the world for coming back after his first loss to face me, especially after seeing how I hurt Brandon Rios in my last fight," said Chaves.  "We both have a lot to prove on December 13.  If Bradley thought he had it rough against Ruslan Provodnikov, wait until he collides with me."

"I'm so happy that this fight was made and I get to showcase my skills once again on a huge stage," said Herrera. "I'm coming off of one of the most important wins of my career and I plan on using that momentum to defend my title and convincingly defeat Benavidez on December 13."

"I'm obviously excited and grateful for the opportunity to fight for the title.  It's something I've worked for since I was a kid," said Benavidez.  "I know I'll be bringing the title back to Phoenix with me. I have heard Herrera is looking past me and talking about moving up in weight when he wins, and I'm sorry that I'll be disrupting those plans on December 13th." 

"Tim Bradley's return to the ring may be taking place at the end of the year but it's the beginning of a new and exciting phase of the boxing career of one of the sport's elite fighters, a man who has held a world title every year dating back to 2008," said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank.  "Diego Chaves came so close when he faced Brandon Rios in his last fight and I anticipate seeing that same intensity and aggressiveness when he faces Tim.  This will be a war.  The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will once again be hosting boxing at the highest level on December 13 and the world will be able to watch it on HBO."  

"So much hangs in the balance for both of these fighters – Herrera’s WBA Super Lightweight World Title, Benavidez’ undefeated record and much more,” said Golden Boy Founder and President Oscar De La Hoya. “With Herrera’s straight-ahead style against Benavidez’ Olympic pedigree, we have all the makings of a fantastic fight for fans.”  

"There is no better way to present boxing fans with a pre-holiday gift than to feature the return of Timothy Bradley Jr. headlining an attractive card on World Championship Boxing, Live on HBO," said Peter Nelson, Vice President of Programming, HBO Sports. “Bradley squares off against Diego Chaves, whose in-your-face style of fighting will keep Tim on his toes the entire night. And we anticipate fireworks from the rest of the telecast action.”

Bradley (31-1, 12 KOs), from Palm Springs, Calif., a former two-division world champion who unified the junior welterweight titles twice during his previous four-year reign, returns to the ring after suffering his first professional loss, in his welterweight championship rematch against Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao last April. Before the Pacquiao rematch, Bradley posted three consecutive career-best victories.  After moving up in weight and beating Pacquiao in 2012 to capture the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight crown, 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, 2013, 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.

Chaves (23-2, 19 KOs), from 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 made his Las Vegas debut on August 2 when he fought former world champion Brandon Rios at The Cosmopolitan.  The fight was all blood and guts as both warriors tore into each other in a foul-filled bout that ended in the ninth round with Chaves being disqualified by referee Vic Drakulich.  At the time of the stoppage, Chaves was ahead by one point on one scorecard and down one point on the other two cards.  Chaves 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 July 23, 2013. Chaves began 2014 with 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). 

Herrera (21-4, 7 KOs), from Riverside, Calif. and promoted by Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions, will be making the first defense of his interim world title.  He won the championship in his last fight, on July 12, dethroning Johan Perez via a majority decision in a fight that was as close as it was competitive.  It was a victory made sweeter by the fact Herrera had lost his previous title shot, against undefeated unified super lightweight world champion Danny Garcia on March 15, via a controversial majority decision that many thought Herrera had won.  Herrera's professional resume includes impressive victories over former WBO Junior Welterweight World Champion Ruslan Provodnikov and former amateur standout Mike Dallas, who had a combined record of 34-1-1 when he faced them.

Benavidez (21-0, 15 KOs), from Phoenix, AZ,  was 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 has come back to win all three of his 2014 fights decisively, including a first-round TKO of Henry Auraad on July 26.  

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

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.

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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  

 

 

GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS

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

Kelly Swanson/Lisa Milner:  202-783-5500 / lmilner@swansonpr.com

 

HBO

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

 

THE COSMOPOLITAN OF LAS VEGAS

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

Wendy Sloan/Kirvin Doak Communications: 702-737-3100 / thecosmopolitan@kirvindoak.com   

 

MEDIA CREDENTIALS:  www.toprank.com/credentials  

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Featuring Lightweight Jose Felix - 12/6/14 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-featuring-lightweight-jose-felix/ Sat, 06 Dec 2014 23:00:00 -0600 Crawford vs. Beltran - World Lightweight Championship - 11/29/14 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-crawford-vs-beltran-on-hbo-boxing-after-dark/ OMAHA, NEB (September 30, 2014) -- Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) lightweight champion TERENCE "Bud" CRAWFORDOmaha's favorite son, will make an encore hometown title defense on the heels of his wildly successful victory over previously undefeated world champion and Cuban sensation Yuriorkis Gamboa.  Crawford will defend his title against No. 1 contender and mandatory challenger RAY BELTRAN on Thanksgiving weekend, Saturday, November 29, at the CenturyLink Center.  The fight will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark, beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Tecate, tickets to the Crawford vs. Beltran World Lightweight Championship event will go on sale This Friday!  October 3, at 10:00 a.m. CT.   Reserved seat tickets start at just $27, with remaining tiers priced at $52, $77 and $127.  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

Crawford successfully defended his title on June 28, at the CenturyLink Center, knocking out previously undefeated world champion Yuriorkis Gamboa in front of an energized crowd. The fight, a candidate for Fight of the Year honors, was televised live on HBO®, and according to Nielsen Media Research, garnered an average audience of 1.208 million viewers to the live, first-time airing, making it the second most-watched fight of the year so far.  Crawford vs. Gamboa was the first world championship fight the city of Omaha had hosted in 42 years when Joe Frazier defended his World Heavyweight Championship crown against Ron Stander in 1972.   

"It's an honor to fight in my hometown during the holiday season in front of my fans and family who will be traveling to Omaha," said Crawford.  "It's great that Top Rank and HBO are coming back into town to promote another show on one of the biggest weekends of the year.  Beltran feels I have something - a world title belt - which belongs to him.  He thought he beat Ricky Burns and I thought Beltran won too. But he didn't and I did.  Beltran can fight.  We know that.  I am going to fight him like a bad dog, fight fire with fire.  Let's see if he really has a will to win in Omaha.  My will to win is off the charts. He won't be coming straight at me the way he did against Ricky Burns.  My team and I are training hard to put on a good show for everyone. No one will be disappointed."

"Crawford has shown to be a talented fighter, someone I respect.," said Beltran.  "But I see this fight as an opportunity for me to achieve the recognition in the boxing world and the public's eye.  This fight is Champion vs. Champion. It's not about the belts. It's about us.  Crawford is talented, has skill, but I have the ability to adapt and will be ready for what he brings.  The situation against Burns made me stronger, I felt the love of the crowd and all of their respect that night.  I feel blessed with my family and friends.  All of that will be with me when I fight Crawford in Omaha. I am the No.  2 fighter in the world. Crawford is No. 1. That is what this is all about.  I believe in me.  This is my moment."

"This fight between Crawford and Beltran could very well be the fight of the year. The styles and skills of both fighters guarantee as much," said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.

"When Terence Crawford fought in front of his Omaha hometown crowd last June, the atmosphere produced one of the most spectacular fights of 2014 on HBO,” said Peter Nelson, vice president, programming, HBO Sports.  “The spotlight returns to the American heartland November 29, as the undefeated champ faces Ray Beltran, a challenger who has earned more opportunities than he's been given and always gives the fans his all."

"CenturyLink Center Omaha is honored to have the opportunity once again to host this world championship boxing event,” said Roger Dixon, President and CEO of the Metropolitan Entertainment & Convention Authority. "The atmosphere was electric in June and we expect even more excitement this time around."

Crawford (24-0, 17 KOs), of Omaha, returns to the ring fresh from his dramatic and critically-acclaimed knockout victory of Gamboa.  Not only did Crawford retain his title, he also made himself a contender for Fighter of the Year.  He 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.   

Beltran (29-6-1, 17 KOs), a native of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, who now lives in North Hollywood, Calif.,  is one of the lightweight division's toughest and most experienced fighters.  A former NABF and USBA lightweight champion,  Beltran enters this fight riding a two-year five-bout winning streak, which includes a disputed draw against defending WBO lightweight champion hometown favorite Ricky Burns in Glasgow, Scotland last year.  In that fight, Beltran fractured Burns' jaw in the first two rounds and dominated the fight, consistently landing the harder punches.  Beltran scored a knockdown in the eighth round and finished the fight strongly.  Ringside observers and television viewers alike screamed "home cooking!" when the fight was declared a draw.  Beyond his professional fight, Beltran has had the benefit of being a main sparring partner for Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao for several years before becoming a top-rated contender in his own right.  In his last fight, on April 12,  he claimed the NABO lightweight title, winning  a 12-round unanimous decision against once-beaten Arash Usmanee on the undercard of the Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley Jr world welterweight championship rematch.   

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 #CrawfordBeltran 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   

 

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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Pacquiao vs. Algieri - World Welterweight Championship - 11/22/14 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-pacquiao-vs-algieri-on-hbo-pay-per-view/ LAS VEGAS, NV (August 20, 2014) -- Fighter of the Decade Congressman MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAOboxing 's only eight-division world champion, defends his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title against New York's undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion CHRIS ALGIERIwho has Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Management, a Masters degree in Clinical Nutrition and a Ph.D. in Upsets Inside the Ring. Promoted by Top Rank® and Sands China Ltd., in association with MP Promotions, Joe DeGuardia's Star BoxingBanner Promotions and Tecate, the Pacquiao vs. Algieri world welterweight championship event will take place Saturday, November 22, at The Venetian® Macao's Cotai Arena.  It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.   

Pacquiao (56-4-3), the Filipino icon, and Algieri (20-0), the scholar fighter, along with their respective trainers Freddie Roach and Tim Lane, promoters Bob Arum, Joe DeGuardia and Artie Pelullo, and Ed Tracy, President and CEO of Sands China Ltd., will embark on a 27,273-Mile Media Tour, beginning on Monday, August 25 at The Venetian Macao, the 12-day tour includes press conferences or public and private appearances scheduled for Shanghai, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York.

PACQUIAO  vs.  ALGIERI

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA TOUR ITINERARY

(All Times Are Local)

 

MONDAY, AUGUST 25 -  2:00 P.M.

Macao Press Conference

The Venetian Macao - Florence Ballroom 2204

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 26 -  2:00 P.M.

Shanghai Press Conference

Sheraton Shanghai Pudong Hotel - Ballroom C

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 29 - 1:00 to 8:00 P.M.

Media Day with the San Francisco Giants

AT&T Park in San Francisco

  • Press Conference
  • Ballpark Competition
  • Group Photo Opp with Giants Players
  • VIP Fans Q&A
  • Pregame Ceremony
  • Giants Twitter Takeover

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 30

Private Event

The Venetian Las Vegas

 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 - 4:00 to 5:30 P.M.

Dodger Stadium

Manny Pacquiao Throws Out the First Pitch for Dodgers vs. Nationals

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 - 11:00 A.M.

Los Angeles Press Conference

Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel - Los Angeles Room

2025 Avenue of the Stars

Los Angeles, Calif. 90067

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 - 10:30 A.M.

New York Press Conference

Liberty Theater

234 West 42nd Street

New York, NY 10036

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 - 4:00 P.M.

Ringing of the Closing Bell

New York Stock Exchange

 

Details on all the events will be forthcoming via specific alerts.

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 #PacAlgieri to join the conversation 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/Pacquiao:  303-548-0707 / TooFred@aol.com

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

 

STAR BOXING

Dottie Raven:   718-823-2000 / pr@starboxing.com

Bernie Bahrmasel : 773-592-2986 / berniebahrmasel@yahoo.com

 

BANNER PROMOTIONS

Marc Abrams: 856-287-7611 / marc@banner-promotions.com

 

HBO PAY-PER-VIEW

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

 

VENETIAN MACAU LIMITED

Mabel Wu: +853 8118 2268 / mabel.wu@sands.com.mo

Carmina Ho: +853 8118 2051 / carmina.ho@sands.com.mo 

 

MEDIA CREDENTIALS

www.toprank.com/credentials

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Featuring Gilberto Ramirez & Oscar Valdez - 11/15/14 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-ramirez-super-middleweights-hbo-latino/ SAN ANTONIO, TX (October 10, 2014) --  Undefeated No. 2-world-rated super middleweight contender  GILBERTO "Zurdo" RAMIREZ  and two-time Mexican Olympian and undefeated featherweight knockout artist ÓSCAR VALDEZ will headline an exciting boxing card,Saturday, November 15at San Antonio's Alamodome.   Ramirez , of Mazatlan, Mexico, will be defending his NABF and WBO International  super middleweight titles in a 10-round battle against four-time world title challenger  FULGENCIO ZUNIGA of Barranquilla, Colombia.  Valdez, of Nogales, Mexico, will battle one-time world title challenger ALBERTO GARZA of Mexico City in an eight-round featherweight rumble.  Both fights will be televised live on HBO Latino, beginning at9:45 p.m. ET/PT

The non-televised undercard will feature undefeated Texans IVAN NAJERA of San Antonio and CASEY RAMOS of Austin, in separate eight-round lightweight bouts, and 2012  Russian Olympic gold medalist EGOR MEKHONTSEV of Asbest, Russia, in an eight-round light heavyweight fight.

Promoted by Top Rank®, Miguel Cotto Promotions and Zapari Boxing Promotions, in association with Foreman Boys Promotions and Tecate, tickets to the Ramirez-Zuniga / Valdez-Garza San Antonio boxing event will go on sale Today!  Friday, October 10 at 10:00 A.M. CT. 

Tickets are priced at $100, $50, $35 & $20, plus applicable convenience and facility fees. VIP Tables are also available. They can be purchased at the Alamodome Box Office, Ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets. They are also available by phone at: (toll free) 1-800-884-3663 or (local) 210-207-3663.

Ramirez (29-0, 23 KOs), of Mazatlan, Mexico, is world-rated No. 2 by the World Boxing Council (WBC) and the World Boxing Organization (WBO), No. 3 by the World Boxing Association (WBA) and No. 4 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF).  A sensational young contender, Ramirez, 23, has won all three of his 2014 bouts by knockout.  In his last outing, on July 19, he successfully defended his NABF and WBO International super middleweight titles via a second-round knockout of world-rated contender Junior Talipeau   Ramirez will once again be putting his titles on the line, this time against four-time world title challenger Zuniga (27-9-1, 24 KOs), of Barranquilla, Colombia.  Zuniga, whose resume boasts victories over Jose Zertuche and Antwun Echols, also went the distance when he challenged WBO junior middleweight champion Daniel Santos, WBO super middleweight champion Denis Inkin and IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud.  His last three victories have been by knockout.

Valdez (13-0, 11 KOs), who represented Mexico in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, is considered one of the bright lights of the featherweight division.  On the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley welterweight championship rematch last April, he captured the NABF super featherweight title, knocking out Adrian Perez in the fourth round.  Valdez successfully defended that title one month later, again by knockout, stopping Noel Echevarria in the sixth round. Garza (26-8-1, 21 KOs), of Mexico City, looks to be the toughest opponent Valdez has faced.  A former WBC Continental Americas featherweight champion and a former WBC Silver featherweight champion, he unsuccessfully challenged WBA featherweight champion Nicolas Walters in 2013. Fifteen of Garza's last 17 victories have been by knockout.        

Najera (14-0, 8 KOs), of San Antonio, a rising young prospect who fights with an aggressive style and good punching power, always makes exciting fights.  In his last fight, on August 9, he scored his most impressive win to date -- and eight-round split decision over fellow-prospect Stan Martyniouk.

Ramos (18-0, 5 KOs), of Austin, TX, has a strong amateur background and great stamina having gone the distance in 10 of his 11 last bouts.  His best recent victories have been over Angel Hernandez (8-2), Joselito Collado (12-0), Georgi Kevlishvili (12-2), and John Jackson (15-2-1).

Mekhontsev (5-0, 5 KOs), of Asbest, Russia, was Russia's light heavyweight Olympic gold medalist at the 2012 London games.  In the five bouts he has fought as a professional, no opponent has been able to last past the third round.  He enters this fight fresh from a third-round TKO of veteran Samuel Miller (28-8) in September.  

The undercard will be rounded out with a trio of prospects from Miguel Cotto Promotions -- strawweight JANIEL RIVERA (12-2-2, 7 KOs), of Vega Baja, Puerto Rico; welterweight RASHIDIELLIS (12-0, 9 KOs), of Lynn, MA and junior flyweight ANGEL ACOSTA (8-0, 8 KOs), of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

For fight updates go to www.toprank.com, or www.hbo.com/boxing, on Facebook atfacebook.com/trboxingfacebook.com/trboxeofacebook.com/hboboxing orfacebook.com/hbolatino, and on Twitter at twitter.com/trboxingtwitter.com/trboxeo,twitter.com/hboboxing or twitter.com/hbolatino

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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   

 

SPORTS PROMOTIONS OF TEXAS, INC.

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

 

FOREMAN BOYS PROMOTIONS

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

 

HBO

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

 

ALAMODOME

Andrea DeLaune:  210-207-3642 / Andrea.Delaune@alamodome.com 

 

MEDIA CREDENTIALS

www.toprank.com/credentials  

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Magdaleno vs. Herrera - Lightweights - 11/08/14 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-featuring-lightweight-contender-diego-magdaleno/ Get tickets to the Nov. 8 "Solo Boxeo Tecate" fight card featuring Diego Magdaleno here

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Abregu vs. Ali - Welterweights - 11/08/14 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-abregu-vs-ali-welterweights/ Sat, 08 Nov 2014 22:45:00 -0600