Top Rank Boxing Top Rank boxing news, event, videos and photo galleries en-us Copyright Top Rank 10-09-2015 12:54:58 60 Flanagan vs. Magdaleno - Lightweight World Championship Sat, 10 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Monaghan vs. George - WBC Continentals Light Heavyweight Title BROOKLYN (September 24, 2015) -- The Pride of Long Beach, New York, "Irish" SEANIE MONAGHAN, will risk his undefeated record and Top-Five world rating when he battles Chicago knockout artist DONOVAN "Da Bomb" GEORGE for the vacant North American Boxing Organization (NABO) light heavyweight title.  Monaghan vs. George will be televised livefrom the Brooklyn's AVIATOR Sports and Events Center (3159 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11234) on Friday, October 16,as the main event of "The MetroPC Friday Night Knockout on truTV", beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.  The telecast will open with a 10-round welterweight rumble between undefeated contender BRAD "King" SOLOMON of Layfayette, LA and Philadelphia's RAYMOND "Tito" SERRANO  The live boxing series is presented by truTV and Top Rank®, and produced in association with HBO Sports®. Find truTV on your TV:

These four warriors boast a combined record of 96-6-2 (56 KOs) -- a winning percentage of 92%, with over half of their combined victories coming by way of knockout. 

Promoted by Top Rank, tickets to the Monaghan vs. George light heavy heavyweight championship event are on salenow.  Priced at $100 and $50, tickets may be purchased by calling (201) 864-9566.

I'm taking this fight with Donovan George very seriously. I've never trained harder," said Monaghan.  "Each of us has been in exciting fights and the winner moves on to big opportunities.  We're both coming to win so expect fireworks right away."

”Monaghan is a very good fighter but I'm not coming to New York to lose.  I'm coming back to Chicago with a victory and Monaghan's scalp," said George.  "And when I get done with him I'm going back down the 168 pounds to take care of Jesse Hart but my first order of business is on October 16 on TRU TV  it's going to be a great night."

"The only thing going the distance in the main event will be the ring entrances," said Carl Moretti, vice president of Top Rank.  "If the victory by knockout percentages for Seanie and Donovan are any indication, you can bet that the fans are in for an action-packed fight!"  

One of the top boxing gate attractions in his native New York, Monaghan (25-0, 16 KOs) will be making his second appearance on truTV this year.  He captured the WBC Continental Americas light heavyweight title in 2012 via an eighth-round TKO of Romaro Johnson.  He has successfully defended the title five times during his three-year reign and has won six of his last eight bouts by way of knockout.  His most recent title defense was on truTV, on May 8, where he won a 10-round unanimous decision over 2000 Brazilian Olympian Cleiton Conceição whose previous five victories had come by stoppages. Monaghan is currently world-rated No. 4 by the World Boxing Association (WBA), No. 6 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF), No. 7 by the World Boxing Council (WBC) and No. 8 by the World Boxing Organization.

George (25-4-2, 22 KOs) has been a fan favorite in the Chicago area throughout his 11-year professional career.  His aggressive style always makes for exciting fights, as his 88% victory by knockout ratio will attest.  A former United States Boxing Association (USBA) super middleweight champion, all of George's victories since 2013 have been by knockout.

Solomon (25-0, 9 KOs), a former WBA International welterweight champion, has a professional resume that boasts victories over Demetrius Hopkins, Anges Adjaho, Kenny Galarza, Pablo Vazquez and Ray Robinson. Together they had a combined record of 98-5-1 when he defeated them.  In his last fight, Solomon won a 10-round split decision over Adrian Granados on May 2 on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather Jr - Manny Pacquiao World Welterweight Championship.

The resurgent Serrano (21-2, 9 KOs) returns to the ring riding a three-bout winning streak with victories over Wilfredo Acuna, Jerome Rodriguez and Jeremy Bryan.  The Rodriguez and Bryan bouts were only five weeks apart in the beginning of 2015. 

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Fri, 16 Oct 2015 22:00:00 -0500
Magdaleno vs. Nebran - Featherweights Club Doors: 4pm
Theatre Doors: 5pm
First Bell: 6pm

Tickets can be purchased online at or at the Celebrity Theatre Box Office or by phone via 602-267-1600.

Tickets are priced at $30, $50, & $65.

Celebrity Theatre is located at 440 N. 32nd Street in Phoenix, 85008.

Sat, 17 Oct 2015 23:00:00 -0500
Crawford vs. Jean - Jr. 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


             "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.

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Sat, 24 Oct 2015 21:30:00 -0500
Verdejo vs. Dos Santos - WBO Latino Lightweight Title Sat, 31 Oct 2015 23:00:00 -0500 Bradley vs. Rios - Welterweights LAS VEGAS, NV. (September 16, 2015) -- FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELT! THE SURE-FIRE FIGHT OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE IS ONLY 61 DAYS AWAY!

Two-division world champion TIMOTHY "Desert Storm" BRADLEY JR. and former world champion BRANDON "Bam Bam" RIOSboth who have fought in Fights of the Year in 2013 and 2012, respectively, will collide for Bradley's World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight world championship crown in an all-Southern California showdown.  Bradley vs. Rios will take place on Saturday, November 7, at the Thomas & Mack Center, located on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.  The telecast will open with two-time Ukrainian Olympic gold medalist VASYL LOMACHENKOdefending his WBO featherweight world title against Top-10 world-rated contender ROMULO KOASICHA of Mexico.

These four warriors boast a combined record of 93-8-2 (51 KOs) -- a winning percentage of 90% with over half of their victories coming by way of knockout.

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with the Wynn Las Vegas and Tecate, tickets to the Bradley vs. Rios world welterweight championship event go on sale Tomorrow!  Thursday, September 17, at 1:00 p.m. ET / 10:00 a.m. PT.  Priced at $400, $250, $150, $100 and $50, tickets may be purchased at the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office, online at, at UNLVtickets Outlet Town Square Las Vegas and La Bonita Supermarkets.  To charge by phone call 702-739-FANS (3267) or 866-388-FANS (3267).       

"I am excited to get back into the ring on November 7th against a very game and very dangerous Brandon Rios," said Bradley.  "I know that Rios is dedicated to giving the fans what they pay for and so am I. I guarantee you that the Thomas and Mack Center will once again deliver a great event."   

"We've been looking for a big fight and at last we have it.  I'll be ready," Rios.

"If I was going to come back to train a fighter, it was going to be one who had shown character in and out of the ring just like Tim Bradley," said Teddy Atlas, Bradley's new trainer.

"Fighting for the world welterweight championship is the most important thing in this fight plus I know Rios and Bradley will give the fans one of the best fights of the year.  Both Bradley and Rios are warriors and will give the fans want they want to see.  Thanks to Team Bradley for taking this fight.  Let's go out and give Southern California a fight that fans will never forget," said Robert Garcia, chief trainer for Rios.

"The battle between Bradley and Rios should be a real classic as both fighters give it their all in the ring.  Without a doubt this will be a candidate for the Fight of the Year," said  Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank.

"In one of the fall's biggest fights, with two impressive careers defined by unbreakable wills on the line, Timothy Bradley Jr. faces Brandon Rios on November 7 to see whose grit is the truest," said HBO Sports Vice President of Programming Peter Nelson. "The Thomas & Mack in Las Vegas is a venue rich in history and HBO is privileged to broadcast the event for our World Championship Boxing franchise."

“Wynn Las Vegas is pleased to once again partner with Top Rank to bring this anticipated event to Las Vegas,” said Maurice Wooden, president of Wynn Las Vegas. “All eyes will be on Bradley and Rios as they battle for the World Welterweight Title.”

Bradley (32-1-1, 12 KOs), from Palm Springs, Calif., a two-division world champion who has held a world title every year since 2008, completed his comeback from his sole professional loss, to Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao in their world title rematch and a controversial draw against former interim world champion Diego Chaves -- both in 2014 -- when he beat undefeated world champion Jessie Vargas on June 27, to reclaim the WBO welterweight world title.  A consensus Top-10 pound for pound fighter, Bradley returns to the ring in his second stint as welterweight world champion with a new trainer in Teddy Atlas.  A former junior welterweight world champion who unified the junior welterweight titles twice during his previous four-year reign, Bradley moved up to the 147 pound division and beat Pacquiao on June 9, 2012 to capture the WBO welterweight crown for the first of three consecutive career-best victories.  Bradley followed that by co-starring in the Fight of the Year on March 16, 2013, at StubHub Center, winning a brutal 12-round decision over future world champion Ruslan Provodnikov though Bradley was suffering from a concussion throughout most of the fight.  Seven months later Bradley encored with another virtuoso performance in defeating three-division world champion and Mexican icon Juan Manuel Márquez on October 12, 2013, proving that Bradley is indeed one of boxing's elite pound for pound fighters.

Rios (33-2-1, 23 KOs), the former World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight champion, from Oxnard, Calif., is on the hunt for his second world title in as many weight divisions.  Fourteen of his last 18 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 (twice). Alvarado, the natural 140-pounder, entered that fight as the undefeated WBO No. 1 junior welterweight contender.  Many consider it 2012's Fight of the Year.  In their exciting rematch, which took place on March 30, 2013, Rios lost a close decision for the vacant WBO interim junior welterweight title.  It was considered a finalist for the 2013 Fight of the Year award.  After losing a unanimous decision to Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao, on November 24, 2013, which headlined a pay-per-view event that emanated from Macau, China, Rios returned to the winner's circle on August 2, 2014, winning a gritty, foul-filled battle against former interim world welterweight champion Diego Chaves, via a ninth-round disqualification. In his last fight, on January 24, Rios stopped Alvarado in the sixth round of the rubber match of their exciting trilogy, in Alvarado's hometown of Denver to put himself back into position for a world title shot.  

The greatest amateur boxer of his era and arguably of all time, two-time Ukrainian Olympic gold medalist Lomachenko (4-1, 2 KOs), of Odessa, captured the vacant WBO featherweight title on June 21, 2014, winning a scintillating majority decision over the previously unbeaten Gary Russell Jr.  It was Lomachenko's third professional bout, tying him with Thailand's Saensak Muangsurin for fewest fights to win a world title.  Muangsurin won a junior welterweight title in 1975, also in his third professional fight.  Russell, a former U.S. Olympian, was totally blitzed by Lomachenko, battered around the ring throughout the fight.  From the outset of his professional career, Lomachenko made it known that he was ready for the best in his division. He made his professional debut in 2013 knocking out the WBO's No. 7-rated featherweight contender Jose Luis Ramirez (24-2-2, 15 KOs) in the fourth round of a bout that was scheduled for 10.  Less than five months later, on March 1, 2014, in his second professional bout, he challenged WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido, losing a split decision to the heavier defending champion whose title had been stripped because he could not make the weight limit. Since winning the world title, Lomachenko has successfully defended it twice, winning a 12-round unanimous decision on November 23, 2015,  against No. 1 contender Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (51-1, 33 KOs) and a ninth-round knockout of Gamalier Rodriguez (25-2-3, 17 KOs) on the undercard of the May 2 Floyd Mayweather - Manny Pacquiao extravaganza.  Lomachenko first gained international renown by winning gold medals in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 London Games as a featherweight and a lightweight, respectively. 

Koasicha (24-4, 14 KOs), from San Luis Potosi, Mexico, has won eight of his last 10 fights with five of those victories coming by way of knockout fight.  A two-time USNBC featherweight champion, the only blemishes on his record during that span were 12-round decision losses to future world champion Lee Selby last year and Jesus Galicia in 2013. In his last bout, on July 24, Koasicha captured the vacant Mexican featherweight crown via an impressive seventh-round TKO of Guillermo “Borrego” Avila in Mexico City.  Koasicha is currently world-rated No. 8 by the WBO and No. 9 by the World Boxing Council (WBC).    

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Sat, 07 Nov 2015 22:00:00 -0600
Ramirez vs. Khatchikian - Super Middleweights Fri, 20 Nov 2015 23:00:00 -0600 Featuring Jose Ramirez - Super Lightweight 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, or by phone at 800 745 3000 or at the Save Mart Center Box Office. For Box Office hours and more information, go to Ticket fees may apply.


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Sat, 05 Dec 2015 23:00:00 -0600