Top Rank Boxing http://www.toprank.com Top Rank boxing news, event, videos and photo galleries en-us Copyright Top Rank 08-30-2015 08:59:53 60 Valdez vs. Avalos - Featherweights http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-valdez-vs-avalos-featherweights/ LAS VEGAS (August 17, 2015) – Top 10 contenders ÓSCAR VALDEZJESSE "Hard Work" HART and CHRIS "The Hitman" AVALOS and AARON PRYOR JR. headline the fall season debut of "The MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV," kicking off the Mexican Independence Day weekend on Friday, September 11, at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The fight will be televised live on truTV, beginning at 10 p.m. EDT/PDT.  The telecast will open with Hart defending his North American Boxing Organization (NABO) and United States Boxing Association (USBA) super middleweight championship titles against contender Pryor, followed by the featherweight battle between Valdez and Avalos. Both bouts are scheduled for 10 rounds.  The live boxing series is presented by truTV and Top Rank®, and produced in association with HBO Sports®.  Find truTV on your TV:  http://trutvishere.com/

These young warriors boast a combined record of 79-11-1 (59 KOs) - an 87 percent winning ratio with 3/4 of their victories coming by way of knockout.

Promoted by Top Rank®, tickets to the Valdez-Avalos / Hart-Pryor event go on sale Today!  Monday, August 17 at 10:00 a.m. PDT.  Priced at $100, $85, $65, $45 and $20, tickets will be available for purchase at www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 and www.ticketmaster.com.  Room and ticket packages are also available.  

"I am very happy to be fighting on September 11 in Las Vegas," said Valdez.  "I have a difficult opponent that night but the plan is to win and get myself closer to that world title shot I desire."

"I am excited for the fight.  It's an interesting matchup because not a lot of prospects get matched up with tough opponents these days," said Avalos.  "I am looking forward to not only winning the fight but moving on to another world title shot.  The best part about facing undefeated fighters is erasing the zero from their loss column.  Valdez is next on my hit parade."

"This is the battle of fighters' sons.  We will see who is the better fighters' son inside the ring," said Hart.  "I am predicting it won't go past four rounds.  Pryor is an OK fighter but he is old news, and I believe I am the future of boxing, so he has to go!"

"I am looking forward to fighting Jesse Hart on September 11," said Pryor.  "Hart is a tough opponent, and it's a great opportunity for me.  See you at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, live on truTV."

"As Mexico's only fighter to compete in two Olympics, who else but Óscar Valdez will be his country's star-featured fighter in Las Vegas' Mexican Independence Day weekend?  This historic weekend was originally anchored by Julio César Chávez, and the mantle is being passed to Valdez at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas which will be filled with Mexico's most avid fight fans," said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank. 

“Valdez will be joined by Jesse Hart.  Valdez and Hart have more in common than identical undefeated records.  They have carried the promise of stellar amateur careers into the pro ranks becoming fan favorites. They have leapt from exciting prospects into sensational bona fide Top 10 world-rated contenders.  When you win 14 of 17 bouts by knockout like they each have, any opponent who faces them in the ring knows he will be in harm's way."

Valdez (17-0, 14 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 last year, Valdez captured the North American Boxing Federation (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 24, returns to the ring looking for his third victory of 2015. On April 11, he fashioned a third-round blasting of Jose Ramirez in Laredo, Texas.  In his last bout, on June 27, he made his live HBO debut, winning a dominant 10-round unanimous decision over one-time world title challenger Ruben Tamayo in Carson, Calif.  He is currently world-rated No. 2 by the World Boxing Organization (WBO).

Avalos (26-3, 19 KOs), from Lancaster, Calif., challenged for his first world title on February 28, and lost to defending International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior featherweight champ Carl Frampton via a fifth-round TKO in Belfast.  Known for his aggressive, all-action fighting style, Avalos is a fan favorite because he always puts on exciting fights. Highlights from his impressive resume include winning the vacant WBO Inter-Continental junior featherweight via a 10-round unanimous decision over undefeated Khabir Suleymanov, an NABO junior featherweight title victory over former world champion Drian Francisco and becoming the IBF's mandatory junior featherweight contender last year when he knocked out Yasutaka Ishimoto in the eighth round which set up his title shot against Frampton.  He returned to the winner's circle on August 1, winning a unanimous decision over Rey Perez in Frisco, Texas. Avalos is currently world-rated No. 9 by IBF.

Hart (17-0, 14 KOs), the son of Philadelphia boxing legend Eugene "Cyclone" Hart, has transformed from a sensational prospect into a hot contender. He will be defending the NABO and USBA super middleweight titles he won in his last fight, a sixth-round TKO of undefeated Mike Jimenez on the pay-per-view undercard of the Floyd Mayweather - Manny Pacquiao world welterweight championship in Las Vegas. Trained by his father, the highly-rated middleweight contender of the late '60s and early '70s, the younger Hart, at age 26, enters this fight riding a four-bout victory by knockout streak. He is currently world-rated No. 6 by the WBO.

Pryor (19-8-1, 12 KOs), from Cincinnati, is the son of former world junior welterweight champion and Hall of Famer Aaron "The Hawk" Pryor, who manages and trains the younger Pryor.  He enters this fight with a 3-1-1 record in his last four fights, which includes a United States National Boxing Council (USNBC) super middleweight title victory over Kurtiss Colvin.

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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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Featuring Super Lightweight Jose Felix http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-featuring-super-lightweight-jose-felix-unimas/ Sat, 19 Sep 2015 23:00:00 -0500 Featuring Jose Ramirez - Super Lightweights http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-featuring-jose-ramirez-super-lightweights/ Lemoore, California - USA Olympian, NABF champion and undefeated professional boxer Jose Ramirez (15-0, 12 KOs), coming off a big TKO win in Macau a few weeks ago where he was in the co-main event, is now coming home.

Ramirez will defend his NABF title on Saturday, September 26 at Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino as the main event broadcast on Top Rank's Solo Boxeo Tecate UniMas National TV, in what will now be his homecoming event, located just minutes from Avenal where he grew up. Tickets go on sale August 12th at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino Hotel Gift shop and at tachipalace.com. There are only 2,000 tickets for this exclusive event!

"Top Rank is very proud of Jose and all that he has accomplished inside and out of the ring while helping his community. He is a great person, a great fighter and a future world champion," said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank.

"There is no place like home and I am honored to fight at Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino which has been a huge supporter of me since day one. It is the premier gaming and resort destination in the Central Valley," Ramirez said.

"I was pleased I could put this deal together for Jose. It was a long time in the making and I want to say thank you to the Santa Rosa Rancheria, Tachi Palace Casino and the incredible staff they have that helped make this possible. This will be the toughest ticket in the Central Valley in years to come by," said Rick Mirigian, agent and promoter for Ramirez. 

The championship fight card will include hometown fighter Danny Valdivia, 8-0, 6 KOs, of Fresno, against Jeremy Ramos, 9-1, 4 KOs, of Denver, in a NABF jr. title bout televised co-main event and undefeated.

Top Rank fighter and Central Valley star Joe Lopez will also be featured.

Contacts:

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

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

Rick Mirigian, Promoter/Agent (559) 500 9224

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Matthysse vs. Postol - Super Lightweight World Championship http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-matthysse-vs-postol-super-lightweight-world-championship/ Tickets for Matthysse vs. Postol are priced at $150, $75, $50 and $25, plus applicable taxes, fees and services charges, and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased at AXS.com, by phone at 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849), and at StubHub Center Box Office (Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. PT to 6 p.m. PT).  VIP Suites are available by calling 877-604-8777.  For more information on group discounts or VIP packages, call 877-234-8425.

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Flanagan vs. Magdaleno - WBO World Lightweight Title http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-flanagan-vs-magdaleno-wbo-world-lightweight-title/ Sat, 10 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Crawford vs. Jean - Junior Welterweight World Championship http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-crawford-vs-jean-junior-welterweight-world-championship/ OMAHA, NEB. (August 24, 2015) -- Undefeated two-division world champion and the reigning Fighter of the Year, TERENCE "Bud" CRAWFORD, Omaha's favorite son, will make a homecoming defense of his World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight title against one-time world title challenger and current No. 2 world-rated contender, DIERRY "Dougy Style" JEAN, Saturday, October 24, at CenturyLink Center Omaha (455 North 10th St., Omaha, Neb. 68102).  The championship event will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.

            The two warriors boast a near-perfect combined record of 55-1 (38 KOs) -- a winning ratio of 98% with nearly 70% of those victories coming by way of knockout.

            Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Tecate, tickets to the Crawford vs. Jean world championship event go on sale at 2:00 p.m. CT Today!  Priced at $27, $52, $77 and $127, reserved seat tickets are available 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.

 

             "I will be totally prepared for whatever Dierry Jean brings to the ring," said Crawford.  "I love this big event as it is not often Omaha fans get to attend a prize fight

live on HBO."

               "I just can't wait! I want this.  I'm hungry," said Jean.  "Crawford is the HBO darling who is supposed to be the next big thing but I will hurt him.  Mark my words!  I will be crowned world champion on October 24th."

               "Terence is well on his way to topping his breakout year in 2014 where he won three career-best world championship victories en route to earning Fighter of the Year accolades,” said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank.  “Now that Terence is a two-division world champion he will be bringing that momentum on October 24 when he returns home to the great fans of Omaha and to HBO, defending his newly-won junior welterweight world title against the Canadian cold front known as Dierry Jean, who has iced seven of his last ten opponents."

 

            "This is a BIG fight for Terence. Dierry Jean is an excellent fighter and Terence knows it," said Cameron Dunkin, Crawford's co-manager.  "Terence is very focused and is training harder than ever anticipating a very competitive fight.  Believe me, Terence will be ready!"

            "Dierry Jean is recognized by most observers as one of the most talented boxers to ever come out of Canada," said Camille Estephan, Jean's manager.  "His lone loss was in his first world title challenge and he doesn't want to miss his chance for a world title this time.  Dierry wants to fulfill his potential and I believe he's learned from his world title shot experience in January 2014.  It's great that we have a chance at redemption and October 24th will be his moment.  This fight has the makings of a great battle for the fans."

            "In 2014 lightweight champion Terence Crawford emerged as a superstar earning Fighter of the Year honors," said Peter Nelson, vice president of programming, HBO Sports. “He kicked off 2015 with a huge statement by moving up to a new division and knocking out Thomas Dulorme to remain undefeated and become a world champ at 140 pounds. Now Terence will defend his new title against Canada’s Dierry Jean who has won his last four bouts and looks to upset the champion before a partisan hometown crowd in Omaha.”

 

Crawford (26-0, 18 KOs), of Omaha, Neb., makes his ring debut as WBO junior welterweight world champion.  The consensus Top-10 pound-for-pound fighter will be looking to build on his star-making 2014 which featured three world championship victories as well as Fighter of the Year honors from the BWAA and major media alike.  Crawford, 27. captured the vacant WBO junior welterweight crown on April 18, via a devastating sixth-round knockout of once-beaten No. 2 world-rated contender Thomas Dulorme.  Crawford began his career-best year on March 1, 2014, just 13 days short of the sixth anniversary of his professional debut.  He captured the WBO lightweight title, dethroning defending champion Ricky Burns on Burns’ home turf of Glasgow, Scotland. Scoring a powerful and unanimous decision, Crawford put the boxing world on notice with his virtuoso performance as he pulled out all stops in dismantling Burns, rocking the defending champion throughout the fight, while switching back and forth between orthodox and southpaw stances.  He followed that with a dramatic and critically-acclaimed knockout victory of undefeated former world champion and Cuban Olympic gold medalist Yuriorkis Gamboa on June 28, 2014, in a Fight of the Year nominee.  It was one of the most-watched fights of the year with over 1.2 million viewers catching the live, first-time airing of the fight, according to Nielsen Media Research.  He concluded 2014 on November 29 with a thorough shellacking of one-time world title challenger and No. 1 contender Ray Beltran, winning 11 of the 12 rounds.   Crawford is only the second Nebraska native to be recognized as a boxing world champion.  Perry “Kid” Graves, from Rock Bluff, captured the welterweight crown, knocking out Johnny Alberts in Brooklyn, in 1914, according to the Omaha World-Herald

Jean (29-1, 20 KOs), a native of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, who now fights out of Montréal, Québec, Canada, returns to the ring riding a four-bout winning streak, with three of those victories coming by way of knockout, since suffering a 12-round decision loss to International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior welterweight world champion Lamont Peterson on January 25, 2014.  Career highlights include an IBF junior welterweight title elimination victory over Cleotis Pendarvis, which led to his world title challenge of Peterson, NABF and NABA super lightweight title victories over Lanardo Tyner, Ivan Cano and Juan Rivera, and NABF lightweight title victories over Mario Perez and Daniel Ruiz.  Only Tyner avoided losing by knockout.  Jean, 33, is currently world-rated No. 2 by the World Boxing Council (WBC) and No. 6 by the WBO.

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

 

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Featuring Felix Verdejo - WBO Latino Lightweight Title http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-puerto-rican-star-felix-verdejo/ Sat, 31 Oct 2015 23:00:00 -0500