Top Rank Boxing http://www.toprank.com Top Rank boxing news, event, videos and photo galleries en-us Copyright Top Rank 12-19-2014 23:05:36 60 Verdejo vs. Ouazghari - Lightweights - 12/13/14 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-verdejo-vs-ouazghari-lightweights/ Sat, 13 Dec 2014 23:00:00 -0600 Bradley vs. Chaves - Welterweights - 12/13/14 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-bradley-vs-chaves-welterweights/ LAS VEGAS, NV (October 20, 2014) -- Former two-division world champion TIMOTHY "Desert Storm" BRADLEY JR. returns to the ring where he will battle one-time interim welterweight world champion DIEGO "La Joya" CHAVES in a 12-round welterweight rumble, Saturday, December 13, inside The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas (3708 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, NV 89109).  The fight will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®beginning at 10:00 p.m. EST/PST.  The telecast will open with World Boxing Association (WBA) Interim Super Lightweight World Champion MAURICIO "El Maestro" HERRERA defending his title against undefeated contender JOSE BENAVIDEZ, JR.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bradley (31-1, 12 KOs), from Palm Springs, Calif., a former two-division world champion who unified the junior welterweight titles twice during his previous four-year reign, returns to the ring after suffering his first professional loss, in his welterweight championship rematch against Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao last April. Before the Pacquiao rematch, Bradley posted three consecutive career-best victories.  After moving up in weight and beating Pacquiao in 2012 to capture the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight crown, Bradley co-starred in the Fight of the Year on  March16, 2013, winning a brutal 12-round decision over future world champion Ruslan Provodnikov though Bradley was suffering from a concussion throughout most of the fight.  In his most recent fight, on October 12, 2013, Bradley gave a virtuoso performance in defeating three-division world champion and Mexican icon Juan Manuel Márquez proving that Bradley is indeed one of boxing's elite pound for pound fighters.

Chaves (23-2, 19 KOs), from Buenos Aires, is a power puncher who stalks his opponent with only one goal -- THE KNOCKOUT! His victory by knockout ratio of 83% proves it is usually "mission accomplished" for him. Chaves made his Las Vegas debut on August 2 when he fought former world champion Brandon Rios at The Cosmopolitan.  The fight was all blood and guts as both warriors tore into each other in a foul-filled bout that ended in the ninth round with Chaves being disqualified by referee Vic Drakulich.  At the time of the stoppage, Chaves was ahead by one point on one scorecard and down one point on the other two cards.  Chaves captured the WBA interim welterweight title in 2012, knocking out defending champion Ismael El Massoudi in the second round. Chaves’ one-year title reign included a successful title defense against José Miranda, where he scored another second-round stoppage. He lost the title to Keith Thurman July 23, 2013. Chaves began 2014 with a third-round TKO of Juan Godoy on February 15. He is currently world-rated No. 7 by the WBA and No. 10 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF). 

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

Benavidez (21-0, 15 KOs), from Phoenix, AZ,  was a sensational amateur prospect, winning a Gold Medal at the 2009 National Golden Gloves Championships at the age of 16, the youngest fighter to ever win the National Golden Gloves Championships.  He turned professional one year later, at age 17, where he became the youngest professional boxer to be licensed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.  He was granted an exception (the minimum age requirement was 18) because of his exceptional talent.  After spending most of 2013 sidelined with a broken hand he has come back to win all three of his 2014 fights decisively, including a first-round TKO of Henry Auraad on July 26.  

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

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

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THE COSMOPOLITAN OF LAS VEGAS

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

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Tecate, tickets to the Crawford vs. Beltran World Lightweight Championship event will go on sale This Friday!  October 3, at 10:00 a.m. CT.   Reserved seat tickets start at just $27, with remaining tiers priced at $52, $77 and $127.  They will be available for purchase at the CenturyLink Center Omaha box office and all Ticketmaster outlets. To charge-by-phone call 800-745-3000.  To order online, visit Ticketmaster.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

Crawford (24-0, 17 KOs), of Omaha, returns to the ring fresh from his dramatic and critically-acclaimed knockout victory of Gamboa.  Not only did Crawford retain his title, he also made himself a contender for Fighter of the Year.  He is only the second Nebraska native to be recognized as a boxing world champion.  Perry “Kid” Graves, from Rock Bluff, captured the welterweight crown, knocking out Johnny Alberts in Brooklyn, in 1914, according to the Omaha World-Herald.  After a short but impressive amateur career, which included victories over future world champions Danny Garcia, Mikey Garcia and one-time world title challenger Diego Magdaleno, Crawford made his professional debut on March 14, 2008 – a first-round knockout victory of Brian Cummings.  On March 1, 2014 – just 13 days short of the sixth anniversary of his pro debut, Crawford captured the WBO lightweight title, dethroning defending champion Ricky Burns on Burns’ home turf of Glasgow, Scotland. Scoring a powerful and unanimous decision, Burns put the boxing world on notice that with his virtuoso performance.  Crawford pulled out all stops in dismantling Burns as he rocked the defending champion throughout the fight, while switching back and forth between orthodox and southpaw stances.   

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

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

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

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

 

HBO

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

 

CENTURYLINK CENTER

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

 

MEDIA CREDENTIALS

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

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

PACQUIAO  vs.  ALGIERI

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA TOUR ITINERARY

(All Times Are Local)

 

MONDAY, AUGUST 25 -  2:00 P.M.

Macao Press Conference

The Venetian Macao - Florence Ballroom 2204

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 26 -  2:00 P.M.

Shanghai Press Conference

Sheraton Shanghai Pudong Hotel - Ballroom C

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 29 - 1:00 to 8:00 P.M.

Media Day with the San Francisco Giants

AT&T Park in San Francisco

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

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 30

Private Event

The Venetian Las Vegas

 

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

Dodger Stadium

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

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 - 11:00 A.M.

Los Angeles Press Conference

Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel - Los Angeles Room

2025 Avenue of the Stars

Los Angeles, Calif. 90067

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 - 10:30 A.M.

New York Press Conference

Liberty Theater

234 West 42nd Street

New York, NY 10036

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 - 4:00 P.M.

Ringing of the Closing Bell

New York Stock Exchange

 

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

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

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

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

 

STAR BOXING

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

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

 

BANNER PROMOTIONS

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

 

HBO PAY-PER-VIEW

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

 

VENETIAN MACAU LIMITED

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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TOP RANK

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

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

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

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

 

SPORTS PROMOTIONS OF TEXAS, INC.

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

 

MIGUEL COTTO PROMOTIONS

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

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

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

 

FOREMAN BOYS PROMOTIONS

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

 

HBO

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

 

ALAMODOME

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

 

MEDIA CREDENTIALS

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

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Abregu vs. Ali - Welterweights - 11/08/14 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-abregu-vs-ali-welterweights/ Sat, 08 Nov 2014 22:45:00 -0600 Vazquez vs. Arrellano - Featherweights http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-vazquez-vs-arrellano-featherweights/ Sat, 01 Nov 2014 23:00:00 -0500 Ramirez vs. Rodela - Jr. Welterweights - 10/25/14 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-solo-boxeo-tecate-on-unimas-jose-ramirez-fight-for-water-3/ Jose Ramirez, 2012 US Olympian, and now undefeated Top Rank pro boxer (11-0,8 KOs) home town of Avenal, Ca could completely run out of water and be the first victim in California’s fight for water.

"We must correct the water situation in Avenal. To ignore the problem and the people there of this vital resource is a form of genocide which as Americans we should not tolerate," said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank.

Ramirez, like in the ring has come out fighting and with the help of the California Latino Water Coalition has come up with a “Fight Plan” to keep his town flowing with water. “I went to Mario Santoyo our Executive Director and one of the state’s leading experts on water issues and with the help of Kings County Supervisor Richard Valle we have come up with a plan to beat this situation, this is my home and where my family is,” said Ramirez

Avenal California, this community of 14,000, principally Latino farm workers, was just about to dry up because its sole source of water from the federal government was about out. However, as soon as the California Latino Water Coalition was informed by Jose Ramirez and Kings County Supervisor Richard Valle (a Coalition member) about this dire situation the Coalition reacted quickly and assisted the city in identifying various actions with both the state and federal government which would result in the supplemental water this poor community needed.

“I’m proud of Jose and what he stands for and with that I will work as hard as I can to support this situation and generate the awareness needed for it,” said Ramirez agent/promoter Rick Mirigian.

Avenal is well known to the Latino Water Coalition given that one of its more famous members Jose Ramirez, 2012 US Olympian, and now undefeated pro boxer calls Avenal home. Jose these past several years has been fighting for a more reliable water supply for California’s Central Valley to provide better employment for the tens of thousands of Latino farm workers that were unemployed due to the water supply shortages from both the prolonged drought and federal rules and regulations.

“The Latino Water Coalition along with Jose have generated tons of water awareness to millions of people and the boxing world via the Fight for Water series, I & II which set records in boxing for attendance, media, revenue and sponsorships. The upcoming Nationally Televised Fight on Top Rank's Solo Boxeo Tecate series televised on UniMas for Water III is set for thisOctober 25 at the Selland Arena in Fresno. We will all look at the end the year with success on the Water Bond in California. Little did they expect that the city of Avenal and Jose’s hometown would be the first victim but in a sense what better town to fight for than your hometown," said executive director Mario Santoyo.

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Contact:

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

Ricardo Jimenez, Top Rank  ricardoej@aol.com<mailto:ricardoej@aol.com>  909 615 3436

Rick Mirigian  rmirgian@gmail.com<mailto:rmirgian@gmail.com>  559 500 9224

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Sat, 25 Oct 2014 23:00:00 -0500
Donaire vs. Walters - Featherweight World Championship - 10/18/14 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-donaire-vs-walters-world-featherweight-title/ Sat, 18 Oct 2014 22:00:00 -0500 Tapia vs. Bondorvas - 10/4/14 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-tapia-vs-bondorvas/ Atlantic City, NJ -  The Jersey Boy, super welterweight contender Glen Tapia of Passiac, N.J., returns to the ring at Bally's Park Place on Saturday, October 4.

Tapia, 21-1 with 13 knockouts, will take on Donatas Bondorvas, 18-5-1, 6 KOs, of Lithuania in the 10 round main event. 

Tapia, 24, is coming off a powerful performance here at Bally's, blasting out Keenan Collin in one round several months ago.

"I want to entertain. This is what I live for, I love boxing. I like being inside the ring more than anything," Tapia said.

Tapia is handled by Pat Lynch, the longtime manager of former superstar champion Arturo Gatti of New Jersey.

The big Top Rank boxing card will include super middleweight contender Jesse 'Hard Work' Hart of Philadelphia. Hart, 14-0 with 11 knockouts, will take on Robert Acevedo, 8-2, 5 KOs, of Bayamon, Puerto Rico. The bout is scheduled for eight rounds.

Jesse will have his father - the famous Philadelphia champion Eugene 'Cyclone' Hart - in his corner on fight night. Jesse, 25, is a sensational prospect at 168 pounds. He is a former amateur star, a gold medalist at the 2011 U.S. National Championships and the National Golden Gloves Championships.

Also on the card:

Mikael Zewski, a hard-punching 24-0, 19 KOs welterweight from Trois-Riveres, Canada.

Michael Reed, a 10-0, 6 KO super lightweight from Maryland.

Toka Kahn Clary, a superstar amateur now 12-0-1 as a pro super featherweight from Providence, Rhode Island.

Julian Rodriguez, a dynamic, exciting 5-0, 4 KO super lightweight from Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey.

Doors open 6:30 pm and the bouts will begin 7 pm local time.

Tickets are $75 VIP ringside and $50.  Tickets may be purchased on Ticketmaster.com

At Bally's Atlantic City, guests can choose their experience from two casinos: Bally's Park Place and the Wild Wild West Casino. With multiple dining destinations including Guy Fieri's Chophouse and Buca di Beppo, four hotel towers, an unrivaled hotel spa, big name entertainment and championship fights, Bally's certainly defines being in The Center of Action.

Bally's is located at the famed address of  Boardwalk and Park Place in Atlantic City, New Jersey. For more information, call 609 340 2000 or visit www.ballysac.com

For more information:

Top Rank

Lee Samuels  lee@toprank.com  702 732 2717

Ricardo Jimenez  ricardoej@aol.com 909 615 3436

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Sat, 04 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Solo Boxeo Tecate on UniMas - 10/4/14 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-solo-boxeo-tecate-on-unimas-oct-4-2014/ Unbeaten lightweight Felix Verdejo will return to Orlando Florida to take on Sergio Villanueva of Mexico in an eight round bout on Saturday, October 4.

The bout will headline a Top Rank/ All Star Boxing card that will take place at the Bahia Shrine Auditorium and Events Center. It's the third fight Verdejo has had in this Florida city with a large Puerto Rican community.

UniMas will broadcast the "Solo Boxeo Tecate" telecast live on the East Coast and via tape-delay on the West Coast.

“I am very happy to return to Orlando. This will be my third fight there and feel like I am home with all my fellow countryman in the audience. They make me feel very welcome here, and I want to give them a great fight,” said Verdejo

Verdejo (14-0, 10 KOs) is coming off an eight-round unanimous decision over Oscar Bravo Aug. 16 at the Coliseo Hector Sola Bezares in Caguas, Puerto Rico.

It was Verdejo's first scheduled eight-round bout, and while he dominated the action, the Bravo fight fulfilled the purpose of getting Verdejo needed rounds.

Said Verdejo: "I don’t know anything about Villanueva, but I know that Mexican fighters give everything in the ring and will be well-prepared for this bout. My work in the gym will be very important, as I truly believed that to win in the ring, you must put the work in the gym."

Villanueva (26-4-2, 13 KOs), of Tepic, has a faced a handful of prospects and contenders in his last couple of fights.

In his last bout on May 10, Villanueva lost a close 10-round unanimous decision to Rey Bautista. In June of last year, Villanueva was stopped in the seventh round by unbeaten Jose Pedraza. Regardless of Villanueva's recent results, Verdejo is not underestimating his opponent.

Also on the card, Gamalier Rodriguez (24-2-3, 16 KOs) will fight Charlie Serrano (16-4-1, 5 KOs) in an eight-round bout. Silver Olympic Medalist Esquiva Falcao and Puerto Rican Olympian Jantony Ortiz will also be in action.

Tickets could be purchased at the Bahia Shrine Auditorium and Events Center box office or by calling (407) 660-8811.

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Solo Boxeo Tecate on UniMas - 9/20/14 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-solo-boxeo-tecate-unimas-rivera-ponomarvev/ Sat, 20 Sep 2014 23:00:00 -0500 Solo Boxeo Tecate on UniMas - 9/6/14 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-solo-boxeo-tecate-on-unimas-diaz-cardenas/ JUAN DIAZ - MAIN EVENT
LAREDO ENERGY CENTER
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6

TICKET INFORMATION
Ticket prices are: $40 / $20 / $10 (single seats)
Tables prices are: $500 (ten top) / $400 (ten top) / $150
(four top) to reserve tables call 956-791-9192
 
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Sat, 06 Sep 2014 23:00:00 -0500
Yang vs. Kietyongyuth - 8/26/14 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-yang-vs-kietyongyuth/ Tue, 26 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Solo Boxeo Tecate on UniMas - 8/16/14 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-solo-boxeo-tecate-on-unimas-felix-verdejo-aug-16/ CAGUAS, PR – Chile’s rugged fighter Oscar "La Maquina" Bravo arrived late last night in "The Island of Enchantment," where Saturday, August 16, he assured he will do everything possible to defeat sensational Puerto Rican prospect Felix "El Diamante" Verdejo when they collide at the Hector Sola Bezares Coliseum.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Doors Open at 5:30pm;

First Bout at 6:00pm.

All bouts are subject to change.

 

CONTACTS:

TOP RANK INC.:

Lee Samuel

lee@toprank.com

(702) 732-2717

 

BASH BOXING:

Steve Bash

steve@bashboxing.com

(805) 899-8162

 

ART OF BOXING:

Kahren Harutyunyan

kahren.harutyunyan@gmail.com

(818) 521-2373

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rios (31-2-1 (22 KOs), the former WBA lightweight champion, from Oxnard, Calif., is on the hunt for his second world title in as many weight divisions. Thirteen of his last 16 victories have come by way of knockout. One of boxing’s most exciting fighters, Rios is known for his all-action fan-friendly fighting style. His trainer, former International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior lightweight champion and 2012 Trainer of the Year Robert Garcia, calls it a “throwback” style with a warrior’s mentality that screams excitement. Highlight knockout victories on Rios’ resume include Miguel Acosta, Anthony Peterson, Urbano Antillon, John Murray and Mike Alvarado. Alvarado, the natural 140-pounder, entered that fight as the undefeated WBO No. 1 junior welterweight contender. Many consider it 2012's Fight of the Year. In their exciting rematch, which took place on March 30, 2013, Rios lost a close decision for the vacant WBO interim junior welterweight title. It was considered a finalist for the 2013 Fight of the Year award. In his last fight, on November 24, 2013, he lost a unanimous decision to Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao, headlining a pay-per-view event that emanated from Macau, China.

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

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

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

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

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

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (Media):

 

TOP RANK

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

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

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

 

HBO

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

 

THE COSMOPOLITAN OF LAS VEGAS

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

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

 

MEDIA CREDENTIALS:  www.toprank.com/credentials 

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Solo Boxeo Tecate on UniMas - 7/26/14 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-solo-boxeo-tecate-on-unimas-benavidez-valdez/ PHOENIX  — June 20, 2014 — Iron Boy Promotions, in conjunction with Top Rank Boxing, returns to the Celebrity Theatre July 26th for Iron Boy 14.   Valley prodigy Jose Benavidez, Jr. headlines the Solo Boxeo Tecate card, which will be broadcast on Unimas, with two-time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez in the co-main event bout. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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For more information, press only:

Emily Pandelakis                                                                   Lee Samuels

Iron Boy Promotions                                                              Top Rank Boxing

602-540-5075                                                                         702-732-2717

Emilyk610@gmail.com                                                          Lee@TopRank.com

 

Ricardo Jimenez

Top Rank Boxing

909-615-3436

Ricardoej@aol.com

 

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

http://www.iron-boy.com

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