Top Rank Boxing http://www.toprank.com Top Rank boxing news, event, videos and photo galleries en-us Copyright Top Rank 07-22-2014 02:53:51 60 Solo Boxeo Tecate on UniMas 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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Rios vs. Chaves on HBO Boxing After Dark 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 http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-solo-boxeo-tecate-on-unimas-ruiz-najera/ Top Rank, in association with Bash Boxing, Art of Boxing Promotions, and the Glendale Civic Auditorium in Glendale, California, will bring Solo Boxeo Tecate on Unimas back to the "Jewel City" on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 6:00pm.

In the main event, rising undefeated Mexican-American Heavyweight prospect, Andy "The Destroyer" Ruiz Jr. (22-0, 16KOs), will defend his NABF and WBO Intercontinental Heavyweight titles against world-class veteran Nagy "Dominican Dynamite" Aguilera (19-8, 13 KOs). Ruiz, the former amateur standout and Mexican Olympic Team member, has quickly ascended the pro ranks in his last three bouts by displaying his speed and explosiveness in early knockouts of Manueal Quezada (28-9), Tor Hamer (21-2) and previously undefeated prospect Joe Hanks (21-0). Ruiz is currently ranked #2 in the world in the WBO and #11 in the world in the WBC. Aguilera, gained world class recognition in 2009 when he knocked out former WBC Heavyweight Champion Oleg Maskaev in the first round and has since fought a Who’s Who of Heavyweight talent including Tomasz Adamek, Antonio Tarver, Chris Arreola, Samuel Peter, and Dominic Breazeale.

An enticing co-main event will feature undefeated San Antonio prospect Ivan "Bam Bam" Najera (13-0, 8KOs) versus former #1 ranked amateur, Stan "The Man" Martyniouk (13-1, 2KOs). Also on the undercard, 2012 London Olympics Silver Medalist Esquiva Falcoa (3-0, 1KO) faces hard-hitting Mike Noreiga (4-4, 4KOs), a battle of unbeatens will take place between Egidijus Kavaliauskas (6-0, 5KOs) and Benjamin Whitaker (7-0, 2KOs), and local gate favorites Zachary "Kid Yamaka" Wohlman (8-1-1), Liam Vaughan (8-2), and Edgar Valerio (3-0) will 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, 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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Solo Boxeo Tecate on UniMas http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-solo-boxeo-tecate-on-unimas-felix-verdejo-aug-16/ Sat, 16 Aug 2014 23:00:00 -0500