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Verdejo vs. Evangelista Jr. - WBO Latino Lightweight Title - 4/16/16 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-featuring-felix-verdejo-wbo-latino-lightweight-title/ Sat, 16 Apr 2016 23:00:00 -0500 Pacquiao vs. Bradley - Welterweight Championship - 4/9/16 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-pacquiao-vs-bradley-world-welterweight-championship/ LAS VEGAS, NV (February 10, 2016) -- Cinco de Mayo comes one month early with the  Manny Pacquiao - Timothy Bradley world welterweight championship pay-per-view undercard, which will feature four Hispanic contenders in three title fights.  Co-promoted by Sauerland Event and Zapari Boxing Promotions, World Boxing Organization (WBO) super middleweight champion "King" ARTHUR ABRAHAM  of Berlin, Germany, will defend his world title against undefeated WBO No. 1 super middleweight contender with the matinee idol looks and mandatory challenger GILBERTO "Zurdo" RAMIREZ of Mazatlan, Mexico, in the co-main event.  The undercard will also feature undefeated No. 1 WBO featherweight contender ÓSCAR VALDEZ of Nogales, Mexico, defending his NABO featherweight title against former International Boxing Federation (IBF) featherweight champion EVGENY GRADOVICH.  The pay-per-view telecast will open with JOSE RAMÍREZ of Avenal, Calif., risking his undefeated record and World Boxing Council (WBC) Continental Americas super lightweight title against seasoned veteran  MANNY PEREZ of Denver, CO.

These six warriors boast a combined record of 158-16-2 (96 KOs) -- a winning percentage of 90% -- with a victory by knockout ratio of 61%.

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with MP Promotions, the Pacquiao vs. Bradley world championship event will take place on Saturday, April 9, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.  It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®  beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.

Remaining Tickets to Pacquiao vs. Bradley are priced at $1,204, $804, $604, $404, $254 and $154, not including applicable service fees.  To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.  Tickets will also be available for purchase at mgmgrand.com or ticketmaster.com.  

“Fighting in Las Vegas on the biggest stage of them all is a dream come true for me, and sharing the spotlight with Manny Pacquiao, a true legend of the ring, makes this opportunity even sweeter," said Abraham.  "I have all the motivation I need including the challenge of a young hungry fighter in Gilberto Ramirez.  I respect Ramirez and see him as one of the toughest challenges in my career, but I will not be denied a victory in my U.S. breakout fight, and believe my experience will prove too much for him.  I promise to deliver a great fight for the American fans, and with another successful defense of my title I will pave the way for a great pay-per-view event and leave the fans screaming for more!”

"I am very happy to finally get my first opportunity to fight for a world title," said Gilberto Ramirez.  "I have worked very hard to get to this point and will work even harder to win the world championship on April 9.  I am going up against a great champion and that is why I will prepare myself like I never have before for a fight."

"I am happy to fight on April 9, I have a difficult opponent on that night but the plan is to get a win and get myself closer to that world title shot that I hunger for," said Valdez.

"This is going to be an exciting great battle," said Gradovich.  "Óscar Valdez is a very good fighter and I look forward to getting into the ring against him on such a big card with Manny Pacquiao against Tim Bradley in the main event on April 9."

"I'm excited and honored and feel blessed for this opportunity for myself and my team on one of boxing's biggest stages," said Jose Ramírez.  "I will be ready for the fans worldwide and I want thank to my manager Rick Mirigian for getting it done."

"I am very excited for this opportunity from Top Rank. It's a dream come true to be able to showcase my abilities on such a main stage," said Perez. "I promise boxing fans I will be 100% ready for the matchup with Jose. I'm ready to show the world who I am."

"On April 9 we will be presenting three of the top fighters in the world today engaging in significant bouts.  All three are of Mexican origin and represent the future of the sport of boxing.

"Jose Ramírez, a star from the Central Valley in California, will box in his first 10-round bout.  He is immensely popular in the Central Valley area and is a tremendous attraction at the gate.

"Óscar Valdez, a two-time Mexican Olympian, is considered to be one of the finest fighters in the world.  He is in a crossroads fight against former world champion Evgeny Gradovich which will be a true test. 

"Gilberto 'Zurdo' Ramirez, the No. 1 super middleweight contender in the world, will fight against  long-time champion Arthur Abraham. Gilberto is on a quest to become the first Mexican to win a world championship in this weight division.

"These three fights are all action, complementing the Pacquiao vs Bradley main event which should also be a tremendous battle," said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank.

Abraham (44-4, 29 KOs), of Berlin, Germany, is a three-time, two-division world champion.  He captured the vacant IBF middleweight world title in 2005 knocking out Kingsley Ikeke in the fifth round.  He successfully defended the title 11 times during his four-year reign, which included victories over top-rated contenders Shannan Taylor, Kofi Jantuah, Edison Miranda and former world champion Raul Marquez.  Abraham vacated the title in 2009 to move up to the super middleweight division.  He dethroned Robert Stieglitz in 2012 via a 12-round unanimous decision to claim the WBO super middleweight title and ending Stieglitz's three-year reign.  After losing the title in his second defense, a 2013 rematch to Stieglitz, Abraham reclaimed the title in 2014, again winning a 12-round unanimous decision over Stieglitz.  Abraham has successfully defended the title five times, including a sixth-round TKO of Stieglitz last year.

Ramirez (33-0, 24 KOs), a two-fisted super middleweight wrecking machine who hails from Mazatlan, Mexico, is the top world-rated contender in the WBO and the World Boxing Association (WBA) and is world-rated No. 2 by the WBC.  A sensational young contender, Ramirez, 24, has won four of his last seven bouts by knockout. 2014 featured career-best performances which included an NABF and NABO title victory over Giovanni Lorenzo via fifth-round stoppage, a WBO International title knockout victory over Junior Talipeau and a successful defense of his NABF and WBO International titles, stopping Fulgencio Zuniga in the eighth round.  Last year he successfully defended his titles via unanimous decisions over once-beaten Maxim Vlasov, division gate keeper Derek Edwards, who boasts a KO victory over world champion Badou Jack, and once-beaten Gevorg Khatchikian, who had scored knockouts in five of his last six victories.

Valdez (19-0, 16 KOs), who represented Mexico in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, was the first Mexican fighter to qualify for two Olympic games and is considered one of the bright lights of the featherweight division and a top prospect in boxing.  On the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao - Timothy Bradley welterweight world championship rematch in 2014, Valdez captured the NABF super featherweight junior title, knocking out Adrian Perez in the fourth round.  Valdez successfully defended that title twice in 2014, knocking out Noel Echevarria and Alberto Gonzalez in the sixth and seventh rounds, respectively.  From Nogales, Sonora, Mexico Valdez, at age 25, Valdez returns to the ring looking to build on the sterling year he had in 2015 where he won all four of his fights -- three by knockout.  On April 11, he fashioned a third-round blasting of Jose Ramirez in Laredo, Texas.  Valdez followed that  with his live HBO debut, winning a dominant 10-round unanimous decision over one-time world title challenger Ruben Tamayo on June 27  in Carson, Calif.  He ended the year with knockout victories of top-10 contender and one-time world title challenger Chris Avalos and Ernes Sanchez on September 11 and December 12, respectively.  The four fighters boasted a combined record of 91-19-5.  He is currently the WBO's No. 1 world-rated featherweight contender.

Gradovich (21-1-1, 9 KOs), a native of Igrim, Russia, fights out of Oxnard, Calif., under the tutelage Robert Garcia, the Boxing Writers Association of America 2012 Trainer of the Year.  Known as "El Ruso Mexicano" (The Mexican Russian) for his fan-friendly all-offensive style of fighting, Gradovich captured the IBF featherweight title when he dethroned defending champion Billy Dib in 2013 via a split decision.  The exciting fight was televised by ESPN2 which garnered Gradovich legions of new fans.  He successfully defended his title four times during his two-year reign, including a ninth-round stoppage of Dib in their rematch, before losing his title last May to Lee Selby via an eighth-round  technical decision due to an accidental clash of heads that produced a      

deep and bloody gash over Gradovich's right eye which forced an early stoppage of the fight.  The scorecards to that point were in favor of the challenger who became the new world champion.  Gradovich has bounced back since that disappointing loss, winning 10-round decisions over Aldimar Santos and Jesus Galicia.

Ramírez (16-0, 12 KOs), from Avenal, Calif. is trained by Hall of Famer Freddie Roach and will prepare for this fight as a sparring partner for Pacquiao.  Eight of his last 10 fights have ended with knockout victories.  His social activism on behalf of the Central Valley farmers' water rights has made him an icon in that area where he regularly sells out their largest venues as a fight card headliner.  In his last fight, in December, he captured the vacant WBC Continental Americas super lightweight title, winning a unanimous decision over battle-tested Johnny Garcia.  A member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team and an 11-time National Amateur Champion,  Ramírez surpassed multi-division world champions Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Shane Mosley to become USA Boxing’s all-time lightweight record holder.

Perez (25-11-1, 6 KOs), from Denver, CO., is a former NABA super lightweight and WBC Continental Americas featherweight champion.  He makes his 2016 debut having won five of his last six fights, including all three of his 2015 fights.  Two of his 2015 victories were by knockout, including a sixth-round stoppage of former world champion DeMarcus Corley.   

For fight updates go to www.toprank.comwww.hbo.com/boxing or  www.mgmgrand.com  on Facebook at  facebook.com/trboxing,  facebook.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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TOP RANK

Lee Samuels/Bradley:  702-732-2717 / Lee@toprank.com

Gardy Lopez::  787-246-3668 / GLopez@toprank.com

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

Ricardo Jimenez/Valdez & G. Ramirez:  909-615-3436 / ricardoej@aol.com 

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

 

SAUERLAND EVENT

Thomas Schlabe /Abraham:  +49-30-301297-18 / t.schlabe@se-box.de   

 

HBO Pay-Per-View

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

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

 

MGM Resorts International

Scott Ghertner:  702-692-6750 / sghertner@mgmresorts.com

 

CREDENTIALS:

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Santana vs. Paredes - Welterweights - 04/02/16 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-santana-vs-paredes-welterweights/ Sat, 02 Apr 2016 23:00:00 -0500 Double-header Featuring Juan Diaz & Mike Alvarado - 3/19/16 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-featuring-juan-diaz-lightweight/ HOUSTON, TX - Former world champs and proven in-ring warriors, Juan ‘Baby Bull’ Diaz and ‘Mile High’ Mike Alvarado, will return to action inside the squared circle on the ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate’ card that will take place on Saturday March 19 at the Arena Theatre in ‘Space City’. Opponents for both Diaz and Alvarado will be announced shortly.

Diaz (40-4, 19 KO’s), who has been crowned on multiple occasions as world monarch in the lightweight division and hopes to continue on the winning route so he can get another shot at a world title, will battle in the main event of the card that will be presented in front of his hometown fans.

"I am proud and excited to be partnering once again with Top Rank and Foreman Boys Promotions to bring world class boxing back to my hometown, the great city of Houston, Texas. It will be an honor and a privilege to fight before all of my fans, friends, and family. On March 19th, the Baby Bull is coming home," said Diaz.

On the co-featured bout, Alvarado (34-4, 23 KO’s), of Denver, Colorado, a former welterweight world titlist, is seeking redemption and hopes to return to the stellar spot he once occupied in the boxing world, after a few stumbles inside and outside the ring, being the most recent one – a dominant technical knockout loss against Brandon ‘Bam Bam’ Rios – on January of 2015. Alvarado, who has been in multiple ‘Fight of the Year’ candidates, will try to bounce back and give the first step in the right direction on the fight that will start the March 19 UniMas telecast.

The respective fights of these two warriors will be televised from coast to coast in the United States at 11 p.m. ET/PT on UniMas’s ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate’.

Tickets for this presentation of Top Rank, in association with Foreman Boys Promotions, are now on sale at prices of: $100, $60 and $30, plus applicable charges, and can be purchased on the Arena Theatre’s box office, on www.ArenaHouston.com or by calling 713-772-5900.

For more details about this card, visit: www.TopRank.com or www.ArenaHouston.com.

Use the hashtag #SoloBoxeo to join the conversation on social media.

 

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CONTACTS:

 

TOP RANK

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

Gardy Lopez: 787-246-3668 / GLopez@toprank.com 

 

FOREMAN BOYS PROMOTIONS

George Foreman Jr.:  832- 477-0784 / ForemanBros5@gmail.com

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Hart vs. Johnson - Super Middleweights - 3/18/16 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-hart-vs-johnson-super-middleweights/ Philadelphia, PASuper middleweight Jesse Hart brings his boxing skills back home for the first time in 15 months when he defends his North American Boxing Organization (NABO) title against Dashon Johnson, of Escondido, CA, in the scheduled 10-round main event Friday evening, March 18, at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia.  First of seven fights is at 7 p.m.

Hart, 26, is the son of former Philly middleweight contender Eugene “Cyclone” Hart, whose legendary left hook terrorized the 160-pound division in the 1970s.

The younger Hart (left), a pro since 2012, is 19-0, 16 K0s.  He is ranked No. 3 in the world among 168-pounders by the World Boxing Organization (WBO), No. 8 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and No.10 by the World Boxing Association (WBA).

“I’m beyond excited to be fighting in my first main event in front of my home town fans,” Hart said.  “I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Hart last boxed in Philadelphia on Dec. 13, 2014, when he knocked out Colombian Samuel Miller in two rounds at the 2300 Arena.

In three subsequent fights in 2015—two in Las Vegas, NV, one in Tucson, AZ--Hart scored knockouts over Mike Jimenez, of Chicago, IL, Aaron Pryor, Jr., of Cincinnati, OH, and Andrik Saralegui, of Tijuana, Mexico.

Hart won the vacant NABO super middleweight title by beating Jimenez and he defended it against Pryor.

Johnson (right), 28, has turned his career around by winning his last  four fights, including an eighth-round stoppage of one-time conqueror Mike Gavronski in Gavronski’s Tacoma, WA, backyard last November. He followed that upset with another one in his last fight Jan. 15, when he earned a 10-round decision over Izaak Cardona, of Colorado Springs, CO, also in Tacoma, WA.

“I’m ready and I’m excited,” Johnson said.  “We took a different and more difficult route to get here but we’re here now.  I hope the 2300 Arena in packed because somebody is going to sleep.”

A pro since 2008, Johnson is 19-18-3, 6 K0s, but his record was compiled against some of the best from 154 to 168:  Aaron Martinez, Glen Tapia, Jermell Charlo, Yudell Johnson, Julian Williams, Joshua Clottey, Dominic Wade and Luis Arias.  He has boxed 10 men who were undefeated when he fought them and he has only been stopped twice in 41 fights.

The preliminary card will feature popular local favorites:  lightweight Victor Vasquez; junior middleweight Ismael “Tito” Garcia; lightweight Jerome Conquest; junior middleweight Fred Jenkins, Jr., junior welterweight Scott Kelleher.

ABOUT MARCH 18

The Jesse Hart-Dashon Johnson Homecoming Fight headlines a seven-bout card at the 2300 Arena, located at 2300 South Swanson Street in South Philadelphia (between Ritner & Porter, Front and 2d Streets).  The March 18 fight is being sponsored by Parx Casino. Doors open at 6 pm; first fight at 7pm.  Tickets are $40, $50 and $75 and can be purchased by calling Peltz Boxing (215-765-0922) and Wanamaker’s Tickets (215-568-2400).  Tickets also can be purchased online at www.wanatix.com.  The March 18 card is promoted by Top Rank, Peltz Boxing, Joe Hand Promotions and BAM Boxing.

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Press request deadline is Friday, March 11, 2016

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Ramos vs. Perez - Lightweights - 3/12/16 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-ramos-vs-perez-lightweights/ Another packed house is anticipated for the only regular professional boxing show in the San Fernando Valley on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at the Burbank Marriott Events and Convention Center.

As part of Top Rank's Solo Boxeo Tecate telecast on Unimas, undefeated prospect Casey Ramos (21-0) of Austin, Texas will headline the televised portion against Columbian knockout artist Jonathan Perez (34-13, 27KOs).

In a battle of Southern vs. Northern California prospects, South El Monte's Arnold Barbosa (10-0, 4KOs) will battle Vacaville's Max Becerra (8-1-2, 5KOs) NoCal will also be represented by Sacramento's Guy Robb (17-1, 7KOs) taking on Carlos Padilla (15-3-1, 9KOs). While former World Title Challenger Miguel "The Scorpion" Marriaga (21-0, 18KOs) will look to make it three wins in a row since suffering his first loss at the hands of Featherweight Kingpin Nicholas Walters (26-0-1, 21KOs).

Central California will also be represented, as undefeated Fresno Middleweight Joe Louie Lopez (7-0, 4KOs) faces off against Wildcard Boxing Club's British import, Liam "Punch" Vaughan (9-2, 2KOs). Vaughan's Wildcard stable mate Zachary "Kid Yamaka" Wohlman will also make his return to the ring after an 18-month layoff.

Rounding out the undercard will be two boxers who had successful pro debuts on recent Top Rank/Bash Boxing cards, Konstantin Kupianskii (1-0) and Miguel Alcantara (1-0).

Valley Fight Night 8 will be presented by Top Rank in association with Bash Boxing.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.valleyfightnight.com or by calling (626) 388-8888 and start at $45 for General Admission and $60 for Assigned Seating.

Doors Open at 5:30pm; First Bout at 6:00pm. All bouts are subject to change.

CONTACTS:
TOP RANK INC.:
Lee Samuels
(702) 378 1083
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Gardy Lopez
(787) 246 3668
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BASH BOXING:
Steve Bash
(626) 388-8888
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Ali vs. Vargas - World Welterweight Championship - 3/5/16 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-ali-vs-vargas-world-welterweight-championship/ Sat, 05 Mar 2016 22:00:00 -0600 Championship Doubleheader Featuring Crawford & Verdejo - 2/27/16 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-championship-doubleheader-featuring-crawford-amp-verdejo/  

 

 

 

 

NEW YORK (January 6, 2016) -- Undefeated superstar champions TERENCE "Bud" CRAWFORD and FELIX "El Diamante" VERDEJO, and Top-10 contender "Hammerin'" HANK LUNDY will host a New York press conference Next Tuesday! January 12, at Chase Square in Madison Square Garden. Media may report at 11:30 a.m., with the press conference beginning at Noon ET.  Crawford, Verdejo, Lundy, their teams and Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank will be available for one on one interviews.

Media should enter at Chase Square at 32nd St. and 7th Ave.

Crawford (27-0, 19 KOs), of Omaha, the 2014 Fighter of the Year and a two-division world champion, will be defending his World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight world title against Top-10 contender Lundy (26-5-1, 13 KOs), of Philadelphia, PA.  Verdejo (19-0, 14 KOs), of San Juan, Puerto Rico, will be risking his WBO Latino lightweight title, Top-Five world ranking and his impending world title shot when he takes on William Silva (23-0, 14 KOs), of São Paulo, Brasil, in a battle of undefeated contenders.

These four warriors boast a combined record of 95-5-1 (60 KOs) -- a winning percentage of 94% with close to 2/3 of their victories coming by way of knockout.

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Tecate, Classic Entertainment & Sports and Madison Square Garden, the Crawford/Verdejo championship doubleheader will take place on Saturday, February 27 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.  Both fights will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing® beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.      

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 at twitter.com/trboxing,twitter.com/trboxeo, or twitter.com/hboboxing.  Use the Hashtags #CrawfordLundy or #VerdejoSilva to join the conversation on Twitter.

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FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (Media):

 

TOP RANK

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

Gardy Lopez (Verdejo): 787-246-3668 / GLopez@toprank.com  

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

 

HBO

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

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

 

MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

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

 

MEDIA CREDENTIALS

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Magdaleno vs. Perez - Super Bantamweights - 2/20/16 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-magdaleno-vs-perez-super-bantamweights/ Sat, 20 Feb 2016 23:00:00 -0600 Saucedo vs. Booth - Welterweights - 2/13/16 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-saucedo-vs-booth-welterweights/ Sat, 13 Feb 2016 23:00:00 -0600 Felix vs. Sismundo - Lightweights - 1/30/16 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-felix-vs-sismundo-lightweights/ Sat, 30 Jan 2016 23:00:00 -0600 Shiming vs. Santana - Flyweights - 1/30/16 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-shiming-vs-santana-flyweights/ Sat, 30 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0600 De Leon vs. Navarette - Lightweights - 1/16/16 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-de-leon-vs-navarette-lightweights/ Sat, 16 Jan 2016 23:00:00 -0600 Walters vs. Sosa - Jr. Lightweights - 12/19/15 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-walters-vs-sosa-jr-lightweights-event/ VERONA, NY (November 9, 2015) -- Undefeated former World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight world champion NICHOLAS "Axe Man" WALTERS returns to the ring to take on granite-fisted Top-10 contender JASON "El Canito" SOSA in a 10-round junior lightweight rumble.  Walters vs. Sosa will take place on Saturday, December 19, atTurning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY.  Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Peltz Boxing Promotions and Warriors Boxing Promotions, Walters vs. Sosa will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark, beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT.  Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. ET.  The telecast will also feature Bryant "By-By" Jennings vs. Luis "The Real King Kong" Ortiz in a 12-round heavyweight battle for the WBA interim Heavyweight title. That fight will be presented by Golden Boy Promotions, in association with Gary Shaw Productions.    

Walters and Sosa boast a combined record of 44-1-3 (35 KOs) -- a winning percentage of 92% -- with 80% of their victories coming by way of knockout.

"I am training hard in Panama.  I know how important this fight is and I will be in optimum physical condition," said Walters.  "My team has been studying video of my opponent Sosa.  I cannot wait to leave Panama, get into Verona, New York and get inside the ring.  Boxing is my passion."

"First, I would like to thank God for all that he has done for me in my life.  I also would like to thank Russell Peltz, Top Rank and HBO," said Sosa.  "I would also like to thank Nicholas Walters for giving me the opportunity to fight on December 19th.  He is a very strong fighter and the toughest opponent that I have faced.  But I am up for the challenge.  I have a great team and they are getting me in the best shape of my life and making sure that I am mentally and physically ready to come away with the win.  I am sure we are both ready for war and fans are not going to want to miss this."

"I believe this will be the final Fight of the Year candidate for 2015," said Carl Moretti, Vice President of Top Rank.  "The making of this fight is the product of the right decision made at the right time by all the right people." 

Walters (26-0, 21 KOs), from Montego Bay, Jamaica, has won 11 of his last 13 fights by stoppage.  He captured the vacant WBA featherweight title on December 12, 2012, knocking out Daulis Presscott (26-1, 19 KOs) in the seventh round.  He successfully defended the title three times during his three year reign -- all by knockout -- stopping Alberto Garza, former two-division world champion Vic Darchinyan and 2012 Fighter of the Year and former four-division world champion Nonito Donaire in the fourth, fifth and sixth rounds, respectively.  A former amateur standout who collected gold medals at the 2007 Pan American Games Qualifier III and the  2005 and 2007 Caribbean Championships, Walters is known for his expert boxing skills and movement and two-fisted punching power that are at a caliber of a much higher weight class.  In his last fight, on June 13at Madison Square Garden, Walters was forced to vacate the title when he failed to make the weight limit by one pound. However, he emerged victorious, winning a unanimous decision over the previously undefeated Top-10 contender Miguel Marriaga.

Sosa (18-1-3, 14 KOs), from Camden, NJ, enters this fight riding a four-year, 17-bout unbeaten streak which includes 13 consecutive knockout victories dating back to 2012!  Many local fans, who flock to his fights, consider Sosa to be one of the best fighters to come out of Camden since Dwight Qawi.  Sosa's been a fan favorite since turning pro in 2009 because of his exciting and aggressive style, strong punching power and an average length of bouts of under four rounds.  He is currently world rated No. 8 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and No. 13 by the WBO.  

Host of the event, the Oneida Nation's Turning Stone Resort Casino, continues to distinguish itself as a premier destination for blockbuster boxing matches.  The December 19 card will mark Turning Stone Resort Casino's 16th nationally televised boxing event in less than two years, cementing the resort as a mecca for knockout televised fights.  Located in Upstate New York, the four-season destination resort offers world-class entertainment and gaming, award-winning accommodations, a diverse mix of restaurants, luxury spas and several nightlife options.

Professional media requesting credentials for then December 19 event must contact Kelly Abdo, Turning Stone Resort Casino Public Relations Manager at (315) 366-9291 or kelly.abdo@turningstone.com.

Tickets will go on sale in early November.  Additional ticket information will be announced soon.                

For fight updates go to www.toprank.comwww.hbo.com/boxingwww.goldenboypromotions.com,www.garyshawproductions.com and www.turningstone.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/trboxing,www.facebook.com/trboxeowww.facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxingwww.facebook.com/Gary-Shaw-Productions,www.facebook.com/TurningStoneResort or www.facebook.com/hboboxing, and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/trboxing,www.twitter.com/trboxeowww.twitter.com/GoldenBoyBoxingwww.twitter.com/GaryShawBoxing,www.twitter.com/TurningStone or twitter.com/hboboxing. Use the hashtags #WaltersSosa #JenningsOrtiz to join the conversation on Twitter.

 

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FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (Media):

TOP RANK

Lee Samuels:  702-732-2717 / Lee@toprank.com

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

 

GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS

Ramiro Gonzalez/Cecilia Zuniga:  213-489-5631

 

MERCURY  

Stefan Friedman/Kristen Rockwell Caloca:  323-308-8598

 

GARY SHAW PRODUCTIONS

Mario Serrano:  408-607-5756

 

HBO

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

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

 

TURNING STONE / MEDIA CREDENTIALS

Kelly Abdo:  315-366-9291 / kelly.abdo@turningstone.com  

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"The Homecoming" Featuring Valdez & Benavidez - 12/12/15 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-featuring-valdez-amp-benavidez/ Tucson -- The #1 ranked featherweight in the world Oscar Valdez is coming home to Tucson. Valdez (18-0, 15 KOs), who grew up in Tucson, will take on Ernie Sanchez (15-6-1, 6 KOs) of The Philippines at the Tucson Arena on Saturday, December 12. Valdez is the WBO #1 world rated featherweight.

Jose Benavidez (23-0, 16 KOs), the powerful unbeaten junior welterweight from Phoenix, will also appear on the big Top Rank card. Benavidez is the interim WBA 140-pound champion.

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum will outline the big fight card at the press conference on Thursday, November 12, 11 am at the Tucson Arena. The big card will be televised by Solo Boxeo Tecate on UniMas.

Tickets $75, $50 and $25 will be available at the Tucson Convention Center Ticket Office, any Ticketmaster location, ticketmaster.com or charge by phone 800 745 3000.

Contacts:

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

Kate Breck Calhoun, Tucson Arena, kate.calhoun@tucsonaz.gov  520-837-4757

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Campa vs. Herrera - Welterweights - 12/12/15 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-campa-vs-herrera-welterweights/ Glendale, CA: Top Mexican welterweights Pedro Campa and Aaron Herrera will collide on a Tripleheader of action on Saturday, December 12 at the Glendale Civic Center and televised live on HBO Latino Boxing (10pm ET/PT). Top Rank, in association with Main Events and Zanfer Promotions made the announcement today.

“Anytime Mexican welterweights with these type of styles faceoff in the LA area, fireworks are bound to happen,” said Carl Moretti, VP, Top Rank.

Campa (18-0, 14 KOs) of Hermosillo, Mexico will battle Hererra (21-3-1, 12 KOs) of Yucatan, Mexico in a 10 round bout. Campa has knockout wins in seven of his last eight bouts. Herrera has been unbeaten for two years.

With the injury to Artur Beterbiev, Sullivan Barrera (16-0, 11 KOs) has regained his shot to fight for the mandatory position in the IBF and now the 33-year old from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba will face Karo Murat (27-2-1, 17 KOs). The winner will earn the right to challenge WBO, WBA, and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (28-0-1, 25 KOs) for his world titles in 2016.

Barrera has quietly risen through the ranks of the light heavyweight division since his defection from Cuba and his professional debut in 2009. He has an impressive 68% (11 of 16) knockout-to-win ratio and has stopped his last five opponents in eight rounds or less.

“I’m looking forward towards December 12, another step in my career to show I have what it takes to compete with the elite in my division,” said Barrera. He added, “I would like to thank the IBF for this opportunity and my whole team.”

He will have no easy bout with Murat. The 32-year old has nearly twice as many professional fights as Barrera. In 2013, he challenged Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins for the IBF Light Heavyweight World Championship and lost via unanimous decision to the legendary Hopkins. Since challenging Hopkins, Murat has stopped his last two opponents including Benjamin Simon earlier this year to take the vacant IBF International Light Heavyweight Title.

“I haven’t heard of Barrera before that he is such a world class fighter. I do have a Cuban friend who knows him from a time when Barrera was an amateur. I do have great respect that he wants to fight against me. I am hugely looking forward to fight in Glendale, California as there live 1.5 million Armenians, who of course will support me.”

Kathy Duva, CEO of Main Events added, “Barrera has slowly climbed his way through the light heavyweight division and we are pleased that he is finally able to fight for the mandatory position in the IBF. His stablemate, Arif Magomedov defeated Derrick Webster in his last televised bout and we are so excited that he will also make his HBO Latino debut on Dec. 12.”

The opening bout of the HBO Latino telecast will feature southpaw Jonatan “Oso” Tavira (12-3, 9 KOs) of Distrito Federal, Mexico against undefeated phenom Arif “The Mayhem” Magomedov (16-0, 9 KOs) of Chekhov, Russia in an eight-round welterweight battle presented by Main Events in association with All Star Boxing.

Tavira suffered two straight losses so he looks to make a statement against the 23-year old Mayhem. According to Tavira, “ I took some time off to rethink my career, have been training for four months and decided to come back as a middleweight where I'm more comfortable and feel stronger, I would like to thank All Star Boxing, Inc. and Main Events for giving the opportunity to make my US debut.”

In his last fight, Magomedov handed veteran Derrick “Take it to the Bank” Webster his first career loss in a ten-round unanimous decision to secure the vacant WBO NABO Middleweight Title. Now in his HBO debut Magomedov looks to establish himself as a force to be reckoned with in the middleweight division. He said, “I am very excited and happy to be back in the ring. After my last fight I went back home to Russia and had a great little vacation. I returned to camp the beginning of September to start training, so I had a couple months of good preparation for this fight. I am looking forward to be back in the ring on December 12. This is also my first appearance on HBO network and it makes me more motivated.”

Tickets are $60 reserved, $40 general admission are available at www.glendalefightnight.com . The ticket hotline is 626 388 8888.

 

CONTACTS

 

TOP RANK

Lee Samuels lee@toprank.com 702 378 1083

Gardy Lopez glopez@toprank.com 787 246 3668

 

MAIN EVENTS

Ellen Haley ehaley@mainevents.com 973 903 6715

 

HBO

Patrick Byrne Patrick.byrne@hbo.com  212 512 1361

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Verdejo vs. Santos - Lightweights - 12/11/15 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-featuring-felix-verdejo-on-trutv/  SAN JUAN, P.R. (November 12, 2015) --  The boxing gem of Puerto Rico, undefeated Top-Five world-rated lightweight contender FELIX "El Diamante" VERDEJO, and former five-division world champion and 2012 Fighter of the YearNONITO “The Filipino Flash” DONAIRE, will headline, in separate title bouts, the year-end finale of MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV, on Friday, December 11.  Verdejo will be making his homecoming a 10-round defense of his World Boxing Organization (WBO) Latino lightweight title against Josenilson Dos Santos and Donaire, who is on the cusp of another world title shot, will be challenging WBO International junior featherweight champion and No. 1 world-rated contenderCesar Juarez in a 12-round rumble.  Both fights will be televised live from Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico on truTV, beginning at 10 :00 p.m. ET/PT.   The live boxing series is presented by truTV and Top Rank® and produced in association with HBO Sports®.  Find truTV at: http://trutvishere.com/.    

The four warriors boast a combined record of 95-9 (64 KOs) -- a winning ratio of 91%, with 2/3 of their total victories coming by way of knockout.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Diamante Promotions, tickets to the Verdejo vs. Dos Santos / Donaire vs. Juarez championship event go on sale Today!  Priced at $150, $100, $75, $50, $40 and $25, plus applicable charges, tickets can be purchased at www.TicketCenterPR.com, all Ticket Center outlets or charge by phone at (787) 792-5000.                     

"Fighting as a headliner at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum and in front of my people is a dream that I have always had since I was a little kid," said Verdejo. "And now,  thanks to all the love and support Puerto Rico has given my career, onDecember 11, I'm going to be able to fulfill that dream.  I hope to give all that love back with a big win that unifies my people in a sentiment of happiness and brotherhood."

"My goal is to get back on top. I am refocused for what I must do in the ring," said Donaire.  That's why this fight in Puerto Rico is so important for me and my boxing career. I am reading a book called The Power of Habits. It is about getting rid of bad habits and instead using good habits each and every day.  It all restarts for me on December 11."

"Fighting in Puerto Rico is our way of giving our people a night of happiness and union," said Ricky Marquez, Verdejo's trainer and manager.  "This is the opportunity that Top Rank has given us -- to bring together to this Coliseum, whole families, friends, neighbors.  It will be a big Puerto Rican party where we all celebrate Felix's evolution from prospect to contender."

"December 11 promises to deliver a great night of fights with an unbelievable atmosphere for fans both watching at home on truTV and the thousands in attendance at Roberto Clemente Coliseum," said Carl Moretti, Vice President of Top Rank.

Verdejo (18-0, 13 KOs), from San Juan, Puerto Rico, who ended 2014 as a consensus "Prospect of the Year," is looking to conclude this year as a bona fide world title contender.  He returns to the ring having won seven of his last nine fights inside the distance, including his first fight of the year, a fifth round knockout of Marco Lopez, on April, 25, for the vacant WBO Latino lightweight title.  He successfully defended that title on June 13 at Madison Square Garden during Puerto Rican Day Parade weekend, winning a 10-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated contender Ivan Najera of San Antonio, TX. Already world-rated No. 4 by the World Boxing Association (WBA) and No. 5 by the WBO, Verdejo, 22, continues to develop into a major gate attraction, producing standing room only crowds every time he fights.  A former amateur standout who represented Puerto Rico in the 2012 Olympics, Verdejo has been mentored by Puerto Rican boxing icon and Hall of Fame inductee Felix Trinidad.

Dos Santos (25-3, 15 KOs), of Sao Paulo, Brasil, is a two-time WBO Latino junior lightweight champion.  His first reign began with a 12-round unanimous decision victory over Alejandro Burella in 2008.  He successfully defended the title twice in 2009, via a 12-round unanimous decision over David Paredes and a fourth-round knockout of Leandro Almagro.  He regained the WBO junior lightweight title in 2012 via a 12-round unanimous decision over Carlos Rodriguez.  This will be just the fifth time Dos Santos, 28, has fought outside his native Brasil.

Donaire (35-3, 23 KOs), a native of General Santos City, Philippines, now living in Las Vegas, is a former five-division world champion on the comeback trail for another world title shot. His banner year in 2012 featured four world championship victories which included beating former world champion Israel Vazquez, Jr. to capture the vacant WBO junior featherweight title, unifying the title by defeating IBF junior featherweight champion Jeffrey Mathebula, followed by Donaire collecting his third belt of the year with a knockout of World Boxing Council (WBC) Diamond Belt super bantamweight champion Toshiaki Nishioka, ending Nishioka’s eight-year, 16-bout, winning streak, and concluding his magnificent year by blasting out Mexican icon Jorge Arce in the third round and sealing his 2012 Fighter of the Year honors while extending his 12-year, 30-bout winning streak.  He lost his title to undefeated Cuban sensation and WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux in a title unification bout at a sold-out Radio City Music Hall on April 13, 2013.  He bounced back in 2014, dethroning World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight world champion Simpiwe Vetyeka at Cotai Arena.  Career highlights for Donaire also include knockout victories of world champions Vic Darchinyan, Wladimir Sidorenko, and Fernando Montiel, ending Montiel's 25-bout winning streak. That victory was named the 2011 Knockout of the Year. Donaire returns to the ring having won both his 2015 fights -- capturing the vacant NABF super bantamweight title via a second-round knockout victory of William Prado on March 28 and  scoring another second-round knockout win over Anthony Settoul on July 18.  Donaire, 32, is currently world-rated No. 2 and No. 5 by the WBO and the WBA, respectively.  

Juarez (17-3, 13 KOs), of Mexico City, will be fighting outside Mexico for only the second time.  He returns to the ring riding a two-year winning streak which has included victories over Francisco Leal, Octavio Hernandez, Cesar Seda, and in his most recent fight, on July 25, Juan Sanchez, Jr., where he captured the WBO International junior featherweight title via a 12-round unanimous decision.  Juarez, 24, is world-rated No. 1 by the WBO.

For fight updates go to www.toprank.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/trboxingfacebook.com/trboxeo, and on Twitter at twitter.com/trboxingtwitter.com/trboxeo or www.twitter.com/truTV. Use the hashtag #truTVBoxing to join the conversation on Twitter.

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TOP RANK

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

Gardy Lopez (Verdejo):  787-246-3668 / GLopez@toprank.com   

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

 

TURNER SPORTS

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

           

HBO

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

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

 

MEDIA CREDENTIALS:  www.toprank.com/credentials 

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Featuring Jose Ramirez - Super Lightweight - 12/5/15 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-featuring-jose-ramirez-super-lightweight-december-event/ Fresno, California - USA Olympian, NABF champion and undefeated Jose Ramirez (15-0, 12 KOs) will headline a Top Rank event on Saturday, December 5 at the Save Mart Center Arena in Fresno.

One of the most prestigious arenas in America, 'Venues Today,' a leading trade publication, listed Save Mart Center among its 'Top Stops' for venues in the 10,000 to 15,000 capacity category. The venue came in as the No. 1-ranked collegiate venue, the No. 4 in the U.S. and No. 12 in the world based on concert grosses from October 2013 to October 2014. Save Mart Center was one of seven SMG-managed arenas to rank in the Top 10 in this size category.

Hall of Fame boxing promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank said: "The Save Mart Center is the perfect setting for Jose. We at Top Rank are proud of Jose. He is a future world champion who cares for his community and its fight for water."

"I have worked hard on setting up this fight for months. I have pushed the limit with Jose from day one, and he has cashed every check we wrote. In 2011, when we met, this was something I knew would get done. It is one of America's top arenas and will be the first ever to be done and forever a piece of history," said Rick Mirigian, promoter/agent.

Mario Santoya, executive director for the California Latino Water Coalition, said: "With the fourth year of California's historic drought, the timing for Jose's big fight at the Save Mart Center is perfect to remind everyone to build the Temperance Flat Dam is NOW. Jose is a true champion, both in and out of the ring, and our Water Coalition is very proud of what he and Bob Arum are doing to help us in this valley."

The big fight card will be televised nationally on Top Rank's Solo Boxeo Tecate series on UniMas.

Tickets are priced at $75, $43, $23 for the December 5 event, and will go on sale on Friday, September 17. VIP tables for 10 are $1,510. Tickets are available at select Save Mart Supermarkets, online at ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 800 745 3000 or at the Save Mart Center Box Office. For Box Office hours and more information, go to savemartcenter.com. Ticket fees may apply.

Contacts:

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

Rick Mirigian, Promoter/Agent  559 500 9224

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Ramirez vs. Khatchikian - Super Middleweights - 11/20/15 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-featuring-gilberto-ramirez-super-middleweight/  LAS VEGAS, NEV. (October 12, 2015) – Undefeated Mexican knockout artist and No. 1 world-rated super middleweight contender GILBERTO "Zurdo" RAMIREZ will risk his upcoming world title shot in a 10-round World Boxing Organization (WBO) International / North American Boxing Federation (NABF) super middleweight title defense againstGEVORG KHATCHIKIAN, of the Netherlands, making his U.S. debut, Friday, November 20at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las VegasRamirez vs. Khatchikian will be televised live on The MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.  The telecast will open with a 10-round junior lightweight rumble between once-beaten IVAN "Bam Bam" NAJERA of San Antonio and unbeaten SAÚL "Kid Dynamite" RODRÍGUEZ, of Riverside, Calif.. The live boxing series is presented by truTV and Top Rank® and produced in association with HBO Sports®.  Find truTV at: http://trutvishere.com/.                            

These young warriors boast a combined record of 88-2 (55 KOs) – a winning ratio of 98 percent with close to 2/3 of those victories coming by way of knockout.

Promoted by Top Rank and Zapari Boxing Promotions, tickets to the Ramirez-Khatchikian championship boxing event go on sale This Friday! October 16, at 10:00 a.m. PT.  Priced at $100, $85, $75, $50 and $40, tickets will be available for purchase at www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 and www.ticketmaster.com.

"This is the second time that I have fought in Las Vegas.  When I was younger I dreamed of fighting in Las Vegas because it was the boxing capital of the world where the best events took place," said Ramirez. "November 20th is a memorable date for Mexico. I am dedicating this fight to all Mexicans. I have been training more than a month because this fight is so important. I’ve been promised a world championship fight if I win this one, so I am preparing like this is a world championship fight. It is do or die for me and my career to win and to have the opportunity to make history by becoming the first Mexican to win a super middleweight world title in this division."

"I am going to the U.S. to be recognized as an elite fighter," said Khatchikian. "My opponent Gilberto Ramírez is a quality fighter, but I promise I will put on the performance of my life and beat him. On November 20th, the world will know who Gevorg Khatchikian is."

"I know I have a very talented fighter in front of me. I am preparing myself like never before," said Rodriguez. "I will give all boxing fans a very exciting fight and guarantee those in attendance and those watching on truTV a great performance. I do want to thank Top Rank, Cameron Dunkin, truTV and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas for this great opportunity."

"I'm very excited to be back in the ring, especially in Las Vegas, against another undefeated opponent," said Najera. I am ready to take my place back after the loss with Felix Verdejo. And, I'm very happy it will be on truTV, which gives my family and everyone that can't make it to The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas a chance to watch it."

"Saul and our team are taking this fight very seriously. I know Najera is a very dedicated fighter with tremendous skills," said Rodriguez's trainer Robert Garcia.  "We want to thank Top Rank and Cameron Dunkin for this opportunity. We want to show the world that Saul Rodriguez is a future world champion."

"Gilberto gets better and better with each outing," said Carl Moretti, vice president of Top Rank. "We expect a great challenge from Gevorg Gilberto will have to be at his best to beat him and secure his long-awaited title shot in the early part of 2016.  Najera vs. Rodriguez is one of those can't miss matchups.  We've seen what Najara is all about with his battle last June against Verdejo.  Saul is an excellent puncher but will need more than that competing at the next level, which this showdown truly is.  Fight fans attending at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas or watching at home on truTV are in for a great night of action, kicking off an exciting weekend of world class boxing."

Ramirez (32-0, 24 KOs), a two-fisted super middleweight wrecking machine who hails from Mazatlan, Mexico, is the top world-rated contender in the WBO and the International Boxing Federation (IBF) rankings and is world-rated No. 2 by the World Boxing Association (WBA) and the World Boxing Council (WBC). A sensational young contender, Ramirez, 24, has won four of his last six bouts by knockout. Last year featured his career-best performances which included an NABF and North American Boxing Organization (NABO) title victory over Giovanni Lorenzo via fifth-round stoppage, a WBO International title knockout victory over Junior Talipeau and a successful defense of his NABF and WBO International titles, stopping Fulgencio Zuniga in the eighth round. This year he has scored 10-round unanimous decision victories over once-beaten Maxim Vlasov and division gate keeper Derek Edwards, who boasts a KO victory over world champion Badou Jack, on January 24 and June 26, respectively.

Khatchian (22-1, 10 KOs), 27, from Heerlen, Netherlands, has a fighting style that features strong boxing skills and excellent movement. Five of his last six victories have come by way of knockout. The lone blemish on his professional resume is an 11th-round TKO by future world champion James DeGale last year. A strong amateur background, Khatchian produced a 99-11 record, which included a gold medal victory in the 2005 Dutch National Championships.

Rodriguez (18-0-1, 13 KOs), from Riverside, California, has gone the distance just twice in his last 10 fights, a testament to his one-punch knockout power and his ring name, "Kid Dynamite." Trained by 2012 "Trainer of the Year" Robert Garcia, Rodriguez, 22, returns to the ring for the fourth time this year having already claimed victories over Ramsey Luna, Antonio Capulin and Carlos Rodriguez, who had a combined record of 35-4 when he defeated them.

Najera (16-1, 8 KOs), from San Antonio, TX, is known for his crowd-pleasing aggressive style of fighting and good punching power. Texas boxing fans have been flocking to his fights because he delivers all-action performances. Najera, 24, made his national television debut on February 7, winning a unanimous decision over veteran Robbie Cannon in Najera's toughest professional fight to date. He followed that with his HBO debut in a battle of unbeaten contenders, losing a spirited 10-round decision to 2012 Puerto Rican Olympian and No. 3 world-rated Felix Verdejo at Madison Square Garden on June 16.   

For fight updates go to www.toprank.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/trboxingfacebook.com/trboxeo, and on Twitter at twitter.com/trboxingtwitter.com/trboxeo or www.twitter.com/truTV. Use the hashtag #truTVBoxing to join the conversation on Twitter.

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

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