Top Rank Boxing http://www.toprank.com Top Rank boxing news, event, videos and photo galleries en-us Copyright Top Rank 04-20-2014 13:52:33 60 Solo Boxeo Tecate on UniMas http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-rodriguez-cruz-verdejo-solo-boxeo/ Orlando, Fla.  -  Orlando Cruz of Puerto Rico returns to the ring to challenge NABO featherweight champion Gamilier Rodriguez on a fight card which will include the undefeated electrifying Puerto Rico Olympian Felix Verdejo at the Bahia Shriners Event Center on Saturday, April 19.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A complete fight card will soon be announced.

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

Contacts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

HBO PAY-PER-VIEW

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

 

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

 

CREDENTIALS

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


Prices:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Solo Boxeo Tecate on UniMas http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-solo-boxeo-tecate-on-unimas-march-22-verdejo/ Sat, 22 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Solo Boxeo Tecate on UniMas http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-solo-boxeo-tecate-on-unimas-montiel-march-15/ Sat, 15 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0500 "Solo Boxeo Tecate" on UniMas http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-quotsolo-boxeo-tecatequot-on-unimas/ Sat, 08 Mar 2014 23:00:00 -0600 Chavez vs. Vera II on HBO http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-chavez-vera-ii-event/ SAN ANTONIO, TX (January 16, 2014) -- On the heels of their controversial collision which resulted in a hotly disputed decision, former World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight champion and Son of the Legend JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ JRand Top-Five contender and two-fisted Texan BRYAN VERA will square off in a 12-round super middleweight  battle in a rematch to settle their score once and for all. This time Vera will enjoy the home court advantage when they meet, Saturday, March 1, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. Chávez Jr. vs. Vera II will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.  The telecast will open with two-time Ukrainian Olympic gold medalist and 2013 Prospect of the Year, VASYL LOMACHENKO, in only his second professional bout, challenging World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight champion ORLANDO SALIDO

The non-televised undercard will feature former World Lightweight Champion JUAN DIAZ, of Houston, looking to extend his three-fight winning streak as he attempts to return to the top of the lightweight division after a three-year hiatus from boxing.

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Zanfer Promotions, Banner Promotions, Foreman Boys Promotions and Tecate, tickets to Chávez vs. Vera II go on sale This Friday!  January 17 at Noon CT.  Tickets, priced at $200, $100, $60, $40 and $25 (plus applicable taxes and fees), can be purchased at the Alamodome box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com and via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at (800) 745-3000.

The first Chávez Jr.-Vera fight took place on September 28, 2013, at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.  It was action-packed from the opening bell, with Vera giving a career-best performance.  The Texan outlanded Chávez Jr. in overall punches while the former world champion connected with the heavier artillery.  The judges scored it unanimously for Chávez Jr., a decision that was met with disbelief by fans and media.  And thus a rematch was born.     

"Chávez Jr. will return to the ring to fight Vera, coming off that controversial decision last September in California," said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.  "Chávez Jr. agreed to do this rematch because of the nature of their first fight.  We will also have on this card the great Olympian Vasyl Lomachenko, who will challenge defending WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido."

"We are looking forward to this opportunity to right a wrong that happened to Bryan in his last bout against Chávez Jr. on September 28 in California," said Arthur Pelullo, president of Banner Promotions.  "Bryan fought like a warrior and was denied the victory -- not by Chávez Jr. but by the judges.  As impossible as it seems, Bryan has been working even harder in the gym to get the win on March 1.  I am looking forward to a great event."

"At times, when a fight's drama ends in controversy, fans deserve a rematch to write a conclusive final act. On March 1, Chávez Jr.-Vera II will begin in San Antonio's Alamodome where the last bell of their first slugfest left us in California,” said Peter Nelson, director of programming, HBO Sports. “Opening the HBO show is a fascinating fight pitting professional experience against amateur virtuosity, when three-time world champion Orlando Salido faces two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko, who hopes to usurp Salido's featherweight title in only his second bout after Lomachenko declared his ascension to the professional ranks."

"It will be another tough fight with Vera, but I expect that I will be much better this time around," Chávez told ESPN Deportes in a recent interview.  "The long-layoff hurt me in the first fight, so I expect to be at my best this second time.  I know I can do much better than the first time and I owe the fans a much better performance and that is what they will get when we meet on March 1 in San Antonio."

"I am looking forward to the rematch with Chávez," said Vera.  "I know the fans want to see us fight again. especially after my very controversial loss to him.  I lost on the very "questionable" scorecards, but to the fans, I was the winner.  I've gained a lot of fans after the first fight.  I am coming ready to fight and am set on a victory in my home state of Texas.  I'll be ready.  You can count on that."

Chávez Jr. (47-1-1, 32 KOs), of Culiacán, México, will be making his 2014 debut in his first fight in San Antonio in over two years.  He captured the WBC middleweight crown in 2011, winning a majority decision over undefeated interim world champion  Sebastian Zbik at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.  Chávez Jr. successfully defended his title three times during his 15-month reign, knocking out Andy Lee and Peter Manfredo, Jr. in the seventh and fifth rounds, respectively, and winning a unanimous decision over two-time world title challenger Marco Antonio Rubio.  His thrilling world title loss to Sergio Martinez at their Méxican Independence Day spectacular on September 15, 2012 was the highest-attended boxing event in the history of the Thomas & Mack Center, with 19,186, topping the record set by the heavyweight championship rematch between Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield, which drew 19,151 in 1999.

Vera (23-7, 14 KOs), of Austin, TX, entered his first fight with Chávez, Jr. having won six of his last seven bouts and riding a 16-month, four-bout winning streak. Vera's  hot streak included NABO middleweight title victories over Sergio Mora, former world champion Sergeii Dzinziruk, and Donatas Bondoravas, with the last two victories coming by way of knockout.  Vera, who trains in Houston with Ronnie Shields, is currently world-rated No. 5 by the WBO.

Salido (40-12-2, 28 KOs), of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, México, completed a hat trick last year by winning a world featherweight  title for the third time.  He captured the vacant WBO featherweight title by knocking out No. 1 contender Orlando Cruz in the seventh round of their September 12, 2013 fight.  Salido captured his first world title in his third attempt.  After a No Decision to Robert Guerrero in 2006 and a split decision loss to Cristobal Cruz in 2008, Salido finally captured the International Boxing Federation (IBF) featherweight title in 2010, avenging his loss to Cruz by winning a split decision.  His title reign was short-lived, losing a unification fight to World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa later that same year.  Salido bounced back in a big way, stopping undefeated WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez in the eighth round in 2011 to capture his second world championship crown.  Salido successfully defended that title twice, knocking out Kenichi Yamaguchi and Lopez in a rematch during his two-year reign, before losing it to Mikey Garcia last January. He enters this title defense having won six of his last seven fights by knockout.

Two-time Ukrainian Olympic gold medalist Lomachenko (1-0, 1 KO) jumped into the deep end of boxing’s international-sized swimming pool when he made his professional debut in a 10-round featherweight bout against the WBO's No. 7-rated  featherweight contender Jose Luis Ramirez last September 12.  It didn't take Lomachenko long to take to the water.  He knocked out Ramirez (24-2-2, 15 KOs) in the fourth round to become the new WBO International featherweight champion.  He ended the year as the WBO's No. 5 world-rated featherweight contender as well as being proclaimed the 2013 "Prospect of the Year" by the majority of the major boxing media..  Lomachenko first gained international renown by winning gold medals in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 London Games as a featherweight and a lightweight, respectively.  Known for his all-out aggressive style of boxing, Lomachenko is equally aggressive in plotting his professional boxing plan to a world title where he insisted on making his pro debut in a 10-round bout against a seasoned Top-10 rated contender where a victory could propel him to a world title shot in his next fight.     

Diaz (38-4, 19 KOs) will continue his comeback bid in the featured bout, scheduled for 10 rounds at the lightweight class, on the non-televised undercard.   Diaz captured the WBA lightweight title in 2004, winning a unanimous decision over Lakva Sim. .During his four-year reign he unified the lightweight titles with knockout victories over Acelino Freitas and Julio Diaz, the respective WBO and IBF champions . After a three-year hiatus, Diaz, 30, returned to the ring wars last year and has fashioned a three-bout winning streak with two of those victories coming by way of knockout. 

For fight updates go to www.toprank.comwww.banner-promotions.com or www.hbo.com/boxing, on Facebook at facebook.com/trboxingfacebook.com/trboxeo, facebook.com/banner-promotions or facebook.com/hboboxing, and on Twitter at twitter.com/trboxingtwitter.com/trboxeotwitter.com/bannerboxing or twitter.com/hboboxing.

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FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (Media):

TOP RANK

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

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

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

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

 

BANNER PROMOTIONS

Joshua Roy/Vera: 215-670-2220 / info@banner-promotions.com

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

 

THE BEDFORD AGENCY

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

 

FOREMAN BOYS PROMOTIONS

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

 

HBO

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

 

MEDIA CREDENTIALS

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Ring of Gold: Shiming vs. Kokietgym on HBO 2 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-ring-of-gold-shiming-vs-kokietgym-event/ MACAU, CHINA (February 11, 2014) --  The Year of the Horse will get off to a galloping start when world championship boxing makes its 2014 debut at The Venetian® Macao's Cotai Arena.  International Boxing Federation (IBF) world lightweight champion MIGUEL "Titere" VAZQUEZ, of Mexico, and two-time Chinese Olympic gold medalist ZOU SHIMING headline "Ring of Gold," Saturday, February 22.  Vazquez will defend his title against undefeated top-rated contender DENIS "Ghengis Khan" SHAFIKOVof Russia, and Shiming will risk his undefeated record in an eight-round flyweight bout against the young seasoned YOKTHONG KOKIETGYM of Thailand.  Both fights will be televised on HBO2beginning at 5:00 p.m. ET/PT.  

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Tecate, the "Ring of Gold" HBO2 telecast will feature Fran Charles handling the blow-by-blow while former world champion Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini and Hall of Famer Larry Merchant will add expert analysis and commentary.

Remaining tickets for Ring of Gold can be purchased via Cotai Ticketing; prices start at HKD/MOP 80, with ferry and hotel packages also available.

Rounding out the troika of 2012 Olympic gold medalists will be RYŌTA MURATA and EGOR MEKHONTSEV, from Japan and Russia, respectively, in separate bouts on the non-televised undercard.  It is exceptional for so many Olympic gold medalists to be featured on the same boxing card.  The "Ring of Gold" undercard will also feature former world champion and current No. 2-rated contender AKIFUMI "Sugar" SHIMODA of Japan, in a 12-round Word Boxing Organization (WBO) International featherweight title bout against fellow former world champion  MARVIN SONSONA of the Philippines, and undefeated Hong Kong super flyweight sensation REX TSO in a 10-round rumble with MAKO MATSUYAMA of Japan, with the World Boxing Council (WBC) Asian super flyweight and the WBO Asia Pacific junior bantamweight titles at stake.    

Vazquez (33-3, 13 KOs), of Guadalajara, México, captured the IBF lightweight title in 2010 when he won a 12-round unanimous decision over Jihoon Kim.  Since winning the world title, Vazquez has successfully defended it five times during his four-year reign.  Vazquez will be facing undefeated top-rated contender Shafikov (33-0-1. 17 KOs), from Chelyabinsk, Russia.  A southpaw with an aggressive style, good skills and movement, the former European junior welterweight champion Shafikov has good punching power and is not afraid to use it.

Zou (3-0), from Guizhou, China, and trained by Hall of Famer Freddie Roach, won his professional debut on April 6, 2013, via a dominant four-round unanimous decision over gritty Eleazar Valenzuela.  He followed that up with six-round unanimous decision victories over Jesus Ortega and Juan Toscano on July 27 and November 24, respectively, last year, and all at CotaiArena.   One of the most popular Olympic athletes in China, Zou was the world's greatest light flyweight, capturing gold medals in the World Amateur Championships in 2005, 2007 and 2011, along with gold medals in the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympic Games. He also owns an Olympic bronze medal from the 2004 games, making him his nation's first Olympic medallist in boxing as well as its first boxing gold medallist in the World Amateur Championships and the Olympics.  He will be graduating to an eight-round bout when he faces Kokietgym (14-3, 10 KOs), of Roi-Et, Thailand.   The vastly more experienced Thai enters this fight having won six of his last seven bouts, with two of those victories coming by way of knockout.

Murata (2-0, 2 KOs), from Tokyo, a sensational prospect at 160 pounds, captured the Olympic gold medal in the middleweight division at the 2012 Olympics held in London.  It was the first gold medal won by a Japanese boxer since Takao Sakurai in 1964, and also is the first-ever boxing medal in a weight class other than bantamweight or flyweight. The six-foot  Murata also became the 100th gold medalist in Japanese Olympic history.  He made his pro debut last August, knocking out OPBF middleweight champion Akio Shibata (21-7-1) in the second round.  Murata followed up that victory on December 6 with a fourth-round stoppage of David Peterson (13-1).  He will be facing battle-tested slugger and one-time world title challenger Carlos Nascimento (28-3, 22 KOs), of Sao Paulo, Brazil, who enters this fight having won 12 of his previous 14 bouts, nine by way of knockout.  Their fight is schedule for eight rounds at middleweight.

Mekhontsev (1-0, 1 KO), of Asbest, Russia, won his pro debut on December 4, knocking out Peter Cajigas in the third round.  Trained by his father Leonid, Mekhontsev captured the Olympic light heavyweight gold medal at the 2012 summer games and as a heavyweight he won gold at the 2009 World Amateur Championships and the 2010 and 1008 European Amateur Championships.  He'll be battling fellow undefeated prospect Jaritram Atthaporn (3-0, 1 KO), of Bangkok, in a six-round light heavyweight bout.     

Shimoda (28-3-2, 12 KOs), of Tokyo, captured the World Boxing Association (WBA) super bantamweight title in 2011, dethroning defending champion Ryol Li Lee via a unanimous decision aided by three knockdowns.  Shimoda's title reign was short-lived, losing his first title defense, to Rico Ramos, six months later.  He immediately moved up to featherweight and enters this fight riding a two-year unbeaten streak.   Sonsona (17-1-1, 14 KOs), of General Santos City, Philippines, captured the WBO junior bantamweight title in 2009, winning a decisive unanimous decision over defending champion Jose "Carita" Lopez .  Sonsona lost the title in his first defense on the scale coming in two pounds over the division limit, against Alejandro Hernandez, though the official decision was a draw. After losing to Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. in 2010 a battle for the vacant WBO junior featherweight title,  Sonsona returned to the winner's  circle and enters this fight on a two-year winning streak with his last two victories coming by way of knockout.  

Tso (8-0, 5 KOs), is the Pride of Hong Kong.  This will mark his third time fighting at Cotai Arena where he has begun to develop a very big following.  In his last bout, on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao vs. Brandon Rios event last November, Tso scored a first-round knockout of Susu Sithjadaeng  Tso will be facing Mako Matsuyama (7-7-1, 3 KOs) of Tokyo, who enters this fight having won a unanimous decision victory over Masatoshi Nakamura last November.  They will be facing each other in a 10-round bout for Tso's WBC Asian super flyweight title and the vacant WBO Asia Pacific junior bantamweight title.

The undercard will also feature local favorite, "The Macao Kid" KUOK KUN NG (2-0), from Macao, China, who will be in a six-round super featherweight and a four-round super welterweight bout, respectively.

Tickets for the Ring of Gold multi-bout boxing extravaganza are on sale now at all Cotai Ticketing box offices*, and can be purchased in one of seven categories: HKD/MOP 4,680 (Gold), 1,680 (Silver), 1,280 (Bronze), 980 (A Reserve), 580 (B Reserve), 280 (C Reserve) and 80 (D Reserve). Packages with round trip Cotai Water Jet ferry tickets between Hong Kong and Macao are available for HKD/MOP 4,768 (Gold), 1,768 (Silver), 1,368 (Bronze), 1,068 (A Reserve), 668 (B Reserve) and 368 (C Reserve). Hotel packages are also available. Tickets can be booked online at www.CotaiTicketing.com, or by phone at +853 2882 8818 (Macao) / +852 6333 6660 (HK) / 4001 206 618 (China). Tickets are also available through Hong Kong Ticketing (customer service fee applies), online at www.HKTicketing.com or by phone at +852 3128 8288; and through Macao Kong Seng Ticketing Network, online at www.macauticket.com, by phone at +853 2855 5555, or in person at selected retail outlets (for locations, visit www.macauticket.com/TicketWeb/ServiceStations.aspx).

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Entertainment at Sands China Ltd. Properties

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

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

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

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

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

About The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel

Opened in 2007, The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel is Macao's first integrated resort featuring stunning replicas of the famous canals and architectural icons of Venice, Italy. The Venetian Macao features 3,000 suites, 1.2 million square feet (111,000 square metres) of convention and meeting facilities as well as a 15,000-seat Cotai Arena designed for world-class sports events and electrifying entertainment. The Venetian Macao is also home to the unique, 1,800-seat luxury Venetian Theatre, hosting the best in international and Chinese entertainment; more than 30 renowned restaurants; TAIVEXMALO Day Hospital & Spa; the incredibly fun QUBE indoor playground and more than 330 retailers at Shoppes at Venetian. Outdoor recreation areas include swimming pools and cabanas and a mini-golf course.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (Media):

TOP RANK

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

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

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

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

 

HBO

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

 

VENETIAN MACAU LIMITED

Mabel Wu

Tel: +853 8118 2268 / +853 6240 5635

Email: mabel.wu@sands.com.mo



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

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Solo Boxeo Tecate on UniMas http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-solo-boxeo-tecate-unimas-feb-22/ Sat, 22 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0600 "Solo Boxeo Tecate" on UniMas http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-solo-boxeo-tecate-unimas-feb-15/ The arena is at 21815 Pioneer Blvd., Hawaiian Gardens, Ca. Tickets are $100, $75, $50. First bell is 5:30 pm.

To purchase tickets, call 562-652-4424 or 323-866-9943.

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

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"Solo Boxeo Tecate" on UniMas http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-solo-boxeo-tecate-unimas-feb-8/ Sat, 08 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0600 "Solo Boxeo Tecate" on UniMas http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-solo-boxeo-tecate-unimas-feb-1/ TICKET SALE INFO for Feb. 1 event at the Laredo Energy Arena - Laredo, Texas:

Front Row 10 seat table - $800 (includes all fees – not available online – need to call 956-523-7736)

·         Second Row table 10 seat - $600  (same as above)

·         Small 4 seat cocktail table - $200 (same as above)

·         Ringside seats - $40 (includes facility fee) available online at LEA box office – ticketmaster outlets –ticketmaster.com or charge by phone 800-745-3000.

·         Reserved lower bowl - $20 (same as above)

·         Reserved upper bowl - $20 (same as  above)

·         Free Vouchers available at all MetroPCS locations – up to 4 free tickets with voucher or can upgrade at $15 or $5 to reserved seating-Vouchers will also be available at all 15 LEA sponsor locations

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Garcia vs. Burgos on HBO http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-garcia-burgos-hbo-event/ NEW YORK (December 16, 2013) -- Undefeated two-division world champion and  Ventura County Police and Sheriff's Reserve Officer Academy graduate MIKEY GARCIA returns to the stage where he won his first world title 12 months earlier -- The Theater at Madison Square Garden -- only this time he'll be defending his second world championship belt in as many weight classes.  Garcia will put his World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior lightweight title on the line against two-time world title challenger and current No. 1 contender  JUAN CARLOS "Mini" BURGOS.  Garcia vs. Burgos will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark®, Saturday, January 25beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.  The telecast will open with a 10-round battle between undefeated heavyweight contenders  BRYANT JENNINGS and ARTUR SZPILKA.

These four warriors have a combined record of 96-1-2 (69 KOs) -- a winning percentage of 97% and a victory by knockout ratio of 72%.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Banner Promotions, Thompson Boxing Promotions, Gary Shaw Productions, Warriors Boxing Promotions, Madison Square Garden and Tecate, tickets, priced at $200, $100, $50 and $25, go on sale This Friday!  December 20 at Noon ET -- THE perfect holiday gift for boxing fans.  Tickets can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008), and online at www.ticketmaster.com and www.thegarden.com.    

The non-televised undercard will feature New York's favorite light heavyweight, undefeated Top-10 contender "Irish" SEANIE MONAGHAN2012 Puerto Rican Olympian and undefeated lightweight contender FELIX VERDEJO and undefeated super middleweight contender JESSE HARTthe son of Philadelphia boxing legend Eugene "Cyclone" Hart.  The trio of young contenders boast a perfect record of  39-0 (29 KOs).

"We are proud to be presenting Mike Garcia once again," said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.  "We believe Mikey is the next big superstar in boxing and in 2014 that will become evident."

“We are really excited for Juan Carlos Burgos and his opportunity to win the world title that he should have already had," said Arthur Pelullo, president of Banner Promotions, who co promotes Burgos with Thompson Boxing Promotions .  "Juan was given that very questionable draw against Rocky Martinez last January 25th at The Garden that robbed him of the title.  Mikey Garcia is a tremendous fighter, but we feel that Juan has the tools and the experience to get the win and become the new Junior Lightweight Champion of the World.”

"Burgos is primed for a big year in 2014," said Ken Thompson, president of Thompson Boxing. "He's one of the more talented boxers in his division and he'll prove that against Mikey Garcia."

"I'm happy to be returning to the ring," said Garcia. " Burgos is a very good fighter. He did very well against Rocky Martinez at The Garden last January and I think he is deserving of this title shot. There is no question we will give the fans a very exciting fight."

"I've been looking forward to getting back in the ring," Burgos said. "We've had a strong training camp with excellent sparring sessions.  I know Mikey is a tough boxer, but I've been putting in the work and I expect a win on January 25."

"With his two titles won in three victories on Boxing After Dark in 2013,” said Peter Nelson, director of programming, HBO Sports, "Mikey Garcia joined an elite class of fighters who emerged throughout the past season as boxing's rising stars. Now, we'll see if he can keep up that momentum or if his challenger Juan Carlos Burgos can steal it for himself. Opening the show, two undefeated heavyweights, Bryant Jennings and Artur Szpilka, face off in their HBO debuts, a compelling addition to the season premiere.”  

“Madison Square Garden is excited to welcome back one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world -- Mikey Garcia -- for another great night of world championship boxing,” said Joel Fisher, executive vice president, MSG Sports.  “Garcia versus Juan Carlos Burgos along with Seanie Monaghan and Felix Verdejo will be a thrilling night for fight fans and a great way to kick off another exciting year of boxing at The Garden.” 

Garcia (33-0, 28 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., returns to the ring having won 16 of his past 18 bouts by knockout and has not gone the distance in over three years.  He became a two-division world champion in his last fight, stopping defending WBO junior lightweight champion Roman "Rocky" Martinez in the eighth round with a vicious body shot to the liver on November 9, in Corpus Christi, TX.  Garcia won his first world title --  the WBO featherweight championship -- on January 19, at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, dethroning two-time featherweight champion Orlando Salido via an eighth-round technical win that had Garcia winning virtually every round against the seasoned veteran.  He was forced to vacate the title in his first defense, for not being able to make the 126-pound weight limit.  Though drained, he was still able to rise to the occasion and knock out former two-division world champion Juan Manuel "Juanma" Lopez in the fourth round last June 15.  Garcia, 26, had a great year in 2012 too, knocking out one-time world title challenger Bernabe Concepcion and former world champion Mauricio Pastrana, in the seventh and second rounds, respectively. He ended his 2012 campaign by knocking out former World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight champion Jonathan Barros in the eighth round.  Garcia is trained by his father Eduardo Garcia and co-managed and trained by his brother, 2012 Trainer of the Year Robert Garcia, the former International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior lightweight champion.

Burgos (30-1-2, 20 KOs), of Tijuana, México, will be making his third attempt at a world title.  After unsuccessfully challenging Hozumi Hasagawa for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) featherweight title in 2010, he moved up to the junior lightweight division stringing together a two-year, five-bout winning streak, including victories over Luis Cruz for the  NABO title in 2011, and former world champion Cristobal Cruz for the WBC Silver championship belt in February 2012.  In July 2012 Burgos stopped undefeated Cesar Vazquez in the third round to catapult himself into the No. 1 contender position.  Burgos challenged defending WBO junior lightweight champion Rocky Martinez on the same card that saw Mikey Garcia stop Orlando Salido.  Unfortunately Burgos' efforts were not rewarded the same way as both fighters walked away with a disputed draw despite Burgos landing 93 more punches than Martinez, according to CompuBox statistics, including 70 more power punches, and his 36% connect rate was 13% higher than Martinez.  Burgos, who turns 26 on December 26 -- Boxing Day -- returns to ring world-rated No. 1 by the WBO.

Jennings (17-0, 9 KOs), of Philadelphia, PA, is picking up steam, winning four of his last five bouts by knockout. One of the brightest lights among U.S. heavyweight contenders, Jennings, 29, captured the USBA heavyweight title in June of 2012, winning a 10-round decision over Steve Collins.  He successfully defended that title in December 2012, knocking out Bowie Tupou in the fifth round.  He only had one fight in 2013 -- a sixth-round stoppage victory of Andrey Fedosov in June.  Collins, Tupou and Fedosov had a combined record of 71-5-1 when they faced Jennings, who enters this fight with a new managerial and promotional team.  He is currently world-rated No. 4 by the WBC and  No. 5 by the WBA.

Szpilka (16-0, 12 KOs), of Krakow, Poiland, enters this fight having won 10 of his previous 12 fights by knockout, including three of the four bouts he fought in 2013.  He has picked up an American following thanks to his two nationally-televised knockout victories over Mike Mollo in 2013, where both men hit the deck in each of their action-packed fights.  Another highlight for Szpilka was his 10-round unanimous decision victory over Brian Minto for the interim WBC Baltic heavyweight title.  He enters this fight world-rated No. 14 by the WBC.

One of New York's top boxing attractions, Monaghan (19-0, 12 KOs), of Long Beach, NY, is the reigning WBC Continental Americas light heavyweight champion.  He captured that title in June 2012, knocking out Romaro Johnson in the eighth round, and has successfully defended it twice -- via a 10-round unanimous decision in October 2012 and in his pay-per-view debut, on the Timothy Bradley vs. Juan Manuel Márquez welterweight champion card,  by stopping Anthony Caputo-Smith in the third round.  Monaghan enters this fight having won four of his last six fights by stoppage and world-rated No. 6 by the IBF and  No. 10 by the WBA.  He will be facing Fabio Garrido (19-4, 15 KOs), of Säo Paulo, Brazil, in a 10-round light heavyweight battle.  Garrido, who has won his last three fights by knockout, captured the vacant Brazilian light heavyweight title on December 7, knocking out Ernesto Gonzalez in the first round.          

Verdejo (9-0, 6 KOs), of San Juan, Puerto Rico, has not only transitioned from a stellar amateur, where he fought on Puerto Rico's 2012 Olympic team, to an exciting professional, he has also ignited the passions of his island's boxing fans who currently have no world champions representing them.  In short, he is showing the potential for being Puerto Rico's next big boxing star, following the lineage of Felix Trinidad and Miguel Cotto in attracting legions of fans to his all-action fights not only in Puerto Rico, but in New York, Las Vegas and Florida.  Verdejo, 20, fought eight times in 2013 and only went the distance twice.  He will be facing Lauro Alcantar (8-0, 1 KO), of Agua Prieta, México, in a six-round battle of undefeated lightweight contenders.

Hart (11-0, 10 KOs), of Philadelphia, PA , won all six of his 2013 fights by knockout, with only one of those bouts reaching the third round.  Trained by his father, the highly-rated middleweight contender of the late '60s and early '70s Eugene "Cyclone" Hart,  the younger Hart, 24, will be taking on durable veteran Derrick Findley (20-11-1, 13 KOs), of Gary IN.  Findley, who scored a second-round TKO of contender Ronald Hearns in 2012, has gone the distance against undefeated contenders Matt Korobov, Gilberto Ramirez  and J'Leon Love.  

For fight updates go to www.toprank.comwww.banner-promotions.com www.thompsonboxing.com or www.hbo.com/boxing, on Facebook at facebook.com/trboxingfacebook.com/trboxeo, facebook.com/banner-promotions, facebook.com/thompsonboxing or facebook.com/hboboxing, and on Twitter at twitter.com/trboxingtwitter.com/trboxeo, twitter.com/bannerboxing,  twitter.com/thompsonboxing or twitter.com/hboboxing.  Use the Hashtag #GarciaBurgos to join the conversation on Twitter.

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FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (Media):

TOP RANK

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

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

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

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

 

BANNER PROMOTIONS (BURGOS)

Joshua Roy:  215-670-2220 / info@banner-promotions.com

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

 

THOMPSON BOXING PROMOTIONS (BURGOS)

Alex Camponovo:  714-420-4004 / alex@thompsonboxing.com

Pierre Kacsinta:  714-935-0900 / pierre@thompsonboxing.com  

 

GARY SHAW PRODUCTIONS (JENNINGS)

Gary Shaw:  973-904-0008 / garyshaw@garyshawproductions.com

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

 

WARRIORS BOXING PROMOTIONS (SZPILKA)

Leon Margules:  954-985-1155 / leon@warriorsboxing.com

Andre Courtemanche:  519-991-5213 / bigmediabuzz@msn.com

 

HBO

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

 

MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

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

 

MEDIA CREDENTIALS

www.toprank.com/credentials   

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"Solo Boxeo Tecate" on UniMas http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-solo-boxeo-tecate-unimas-jan-18/ Sat, 18 Jan 2014 23:00:00 -0600 "Solo Boxeo Tecate" on UniMas http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-solo-boxeo-tecate-unimas-jan-11/ Sat, 11 Jan 2014 23:00:00 -0600 "Solo Boxeo Tecate" on UniMas http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-solo-boxeo-unimas-dec-14/ Sat, 14 Dec 2013 00:00:00 -0600 "Solo Boxeo Tecate" on UniMas http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-solo-boxeo-tecate-unimas-marroquin/ Sat, 07 Dec 2013 23:00:00 -0600 Rigondeaux vs. Agbeko on HBO http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-rigondeaux-agbeko-hbo-event/  ATLANTIC CITY (November 13, 2013) -- Undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) / World Boxing Organization (WBO) 122-pound world champion and Cuban sensation GUILLERMO  "El Chacal" RIGONDEAUX returns to the ring fresh from his career-best victory.  Rigondeaux will be bidding forFighter of the Year honors when he defends his unified titles against former two-time world championJOSEPH "King Kong" AGBEKOSaturday, December 7, at Boardwalk Hall's Adrian Phillips Ballroom in Atlantic City.  The card will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark® beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.  The live telecast will also feature local favorite GLEN "Jersey Boy" TAPIA risking his Top-10 rating and undefeated record in a 10-round junior middleweight battle against knockout artist JAMES KIRKLAND and three-time world title challenger MATTHEW MACKLIN in a 10-round middleweight rumble against undefeated contender LAMAR RUSS.

These six gladiators boast a combined record of 135-10, 96 KOs -- a winning percentage of 93% and a victory by knockout ratio of 71%. 

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Caesars Atlantic City, Caribe Promotions, SMS Promotions, DiBella Entertainment and Tecate, tickets to the Rigondeaux vs. Agbeko world championship event go on sale Tomorrow!  Thursday, November 14, at Noon ET.  Priced at $200, $100. $50 and $25, plus applicable service charges, tickets can be purchased at Boardwalk Hall box office, all Ticketmaster locations and online at www.ticketmaster.com.  To charge by phone call 800-736-1420

"After a brilliant performance against Nonito Donaire, Rigondeaux puts his extraordinary skills to test on December 7 against Joseph Agbeko," said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank. “This bout epitomizes the contrast of style of slick boxer versus brawler.  Which style will prevail?"

“On December 7, fans will see some of the fight game's purest boxing and punching at its most distilled," says Peter Nelson, director of programming, HBO Sports. "The Boardwalk in Atlantic City is the perfect home for three such intriguing match-ups."

"I'm very excited to get back in the ring,” said Rigondeaux.  “Joseph Agbeko is a great champion, and I believe all fans will be pleased with the type of performance we will both exhibit to end a great year of boxing. I believe Agbeko will come prepared, ready to engage and be very aggressive. We will both showcase our skills, and I am very pleased to have the opportunity to end 2013 the way I opened it up, with surprise and pure boxing class for the world to see. I would like to thank HBO, my promoters Top Rank and Caribe promotions, my manager Gary Hyde, advisor Alex Bornote, trainers Ramon Garbey, Joel Casamayor, Pedro Luis, and all those that have a part in making this fight happen."

"This is going to be a great fight. I'm extremely motivated. I plan to make my country proud by becoming world champion again after I defeat Rigondeaux," declared Agbeko.

“I've been waiting for this opportunity my whole life. Now that it’s here it's time for me to show the world that I'm here to stay. This is just the beginning,” said Tapia.

"Tapia hasn't fought anyone near my level. I'm going for the knockout," said Kirkland.

"I am looking forward to getting back in the ring and back to my winning ways," said Macklin. "I've seen a few of Russ' fights and he's very sharp, very skilled and he's always in exciting fights as am I. This should be a great fight for the fans both in Atlantic City and those watching on HBO. A big win against Lamar will set me up nicely for a big 2014."

"This is great opportunity for me and my team," said Russ.  "I want it to be known to the fans and to Macklin that on December 7th I am coming to fight and I am coming to win."

"We are delighted that Joseph Agbeko has stepped up to the plate by challenging Rigo for his WBA and WBO world titles and we are looking forward to putting on a "master class performance" against little Joe December 7th," said Gary Hyde, Rigondeaux's manager.

"Joseph Agbeko is a great warrior in the tradition of African fighters like Azumah Nelson. He's coming for the title and plans to lay it all on the line. He's a legitimate danger to Rigondeaux,” said Frank Espinoza, Agbeko’s manager.

“I'd like to thank Top Rank and HBO for giving Glen this opportunity,” said Tapia’s manager Pat Lynch.  “I know it's something he’s worked really hard for. It's going to be a great fight and Glen will not disappoint his fans on December 7.”

"Kirkland brings all-out aggression into the ring. He's strong, powerful and exciting," said Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, of SMS Promotions.

“Macklin-Russ should be a barnburner between two fighters who can bang,” said Lou DiBella, Macklin’s promoter. “The fight means so much to both boxers that it can’t help but be a good one and we are happy that it is on such a high quality card in Atlantic City.”

"We know that Russ will come to fight but we are very confident in Matt’s skills and experience and know those two assets will put us back into the win column," said Macklin's advisor Anthony Catanzaro.

“Caesars Atlantic City’s commitment to sponsoring some of the top sporting events on the East Coast is no more evident than with this December 7th HBO triple header set for historic Boardwalk Hall,” said Kevin Ortzman, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Caesars, Bally’s, and Showboat Atlantic City. “As a boxing fan, I’m particularly looking forward to the Tapia v. Kirkland bout.  Given Tapia’s New Jersey roots and his quick growing reputation as an up and comer, this match already possesses a great storyline and will certainly be a high energy affair.”

Rigondeaux (12-0, 8 KOs), of Miami, Fla., returns to the ring after unifying the titles by defeating 2012 Fighter of the Year Nonito Donaire on April 13 at a sold-out Radio City Music Hall in New York. Rigondeaux thoroughly dominated Donaire via a unanimous decision victory, ending his 12-year, 30-bout winning streak, as well as claiming his WBO junior featherweight title.  Rigondeaux had a stellar amateur career, winning Olympic gold medals in 2004 and 2000, World Amateur Championship titles in 2005 and 2001, and Pan American Games gold medals in 2005 and 2003, all at 119 pounds, before defecting from Cuba and embarking on a professional career which began in Miami in 2009. In only his seventh professional fight where both fighters scored knockdowns, Rigondeaux captured the WBA interim super bantamweight title, winning a tough split decision over the vastly more experienced former world champion Ricardo Cordoba in 2010. After successfully defending the interim title in 2011 with a first-round knockout of previously undefeated former European super bantamweight champion Willie Casey, Rigondeaux won the WBA world super bantamweight championship with a sixth-round knockout of previously undefeated defending champion Rico Ramos on January 20, 2012. Rigondeaux has successfully defended that title thrice since then, blasting once-beaten Teon Kennedy in the fifth round, which included Kennedy suffering five knockdowns en route to the loss, and winning a dominant unanimous decision over once-beaten contender Roberto Marroquin last year, on June 9 and September 15, respectively, and Donaire in their April title unification fight.

Before moving up to the junior featherweight division, Agbeko (29-4, 22 KOs), of Accra, Ghana, was one of the dominant forces of the bantamweight division.  He captured his first  International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight title just one month removed from his U.S. debut, on September 29, 2007, knocking out defending champion Luis Perez in the seventh round, ending Perez's seven-year winning streak.  Agbeko successfully defended the title twice, winning decisions over William Gonzalez and Vic Darchinyan, before losing it to Yonnhy Perez in October 2009.  Agbeko avenged that loss and reclaimed the title in their rematch 15 months later.  His second reign ended in his first defense, August 2011, a majority decision loss to Abner Mares, who also won the rematch in December of that same year.  After taking over a year off, Agbeko returned to the ring last March 22, and defeated Luis Melendez to capture the IBO bantamweight title.  Agbeko will be training with Roger Mayweather for his upcoming world title challenge.

Tapia (20-0, 12 KOs), of Passaic, NJ, will be fighting for the fifth time this year, only the second time he has fought this much in a calendar year.  And why not?  Tapia has starched three of the four opponents he has faced so far this year, with the highlight being his nationally-televised eighth-round knockout of undefeated Abie Han, in July, to capture the vacant NABO junior middleweight title. He returns to the ring fresh from knocking out Elco Garcia in the fifth round on September 28, in Atlantic City.  Tapia is currently world-rated No. 9 and No. 10, by the WBO and IBF, respectively.

Promoted by rap star 50 Cent's SMS Promotions, Kirkland (31-1, 27 KOs), of Austin, TX, returns to the ring after a 21-month hiatus spent dealing with legal issues.  The two-fisted wrecking machine has acquired 11 of his last 12 victories by knockout dating back to 2007 and his victory by knockout ratio is an incredible 87%.  Prominent victories on his resume include Alfredo Angulo, Carlos Molina, Joel Julio and Bryan Vera.

Macklin (29-5, 20 KOs), of Birmingham, England, has collected Irish, British and European middleweight and junior middleweight titles since making his pro debut in 2001.  His steady rise up the ratings matched by his impressive victories earned him his first title shot, against WBA middleweight titlist Felix Sturm in 2011, in the defending champion's backyard, Cologne, Germany.  Macklin took it to Sturm from the opening bell but came up short on the judges' scorecards, losing a split decision that many observers thought reeked of "home cooking" in favor of the out-gunned Sturm  His performance earned him two more title fights, against middleweight champions Sergio Martinez and  Gennady Golovkin, losing to both by stoppage.

Russ (14-0, 7 KOs), of Wilmington, NC, has twice served as WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin's lead sparring partner in previous training camps.  Career highlights include spectacular back-to-back knockout victories over Jose Alonzo and Jonathan Cepeda, who boasted a combined record of 25-0 when Russ fought them in 2012.  A graduate of Fayetteville State University with a degree in Business Administration, Russ has taken care of business in 2013 winning all three bouts by unanimous decision. 

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