Top Rank Boxing Top Rank boxing news, event, videos and photo galleries en-us Copyright Top Rank 06-25-2016 04:00:19 60 Alvarado vs. Torres - Welterweights Sat, 25 Jun 2016 23:00:00 -0500 Jose Ramirez - WBC Continental Americas Title Fresno, California - Coming off a packed MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 9th and on HBO PPV televised to the world, USA Olympian, WBC Continental Americas Champion, NABF Champion and undefeatedJose Ramirez (17-0, 12 KOs) won in dominant fashion and retained his title. Ramirez now will return July 9th in his home town where he will main event a Nationally televised fight at Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino which looks to sell out in a week. Ramirez last fought at home December 5th at the Save Mart Center drawing 13,100 and before that 10,000 in May at the Selland Arena.

A victory will give Ramirez a Top-10 world rating and further his journey to a world title. Champions including Evander Holyfield and Roy Jones and many other superstars have held the WBC Continental Americas belt.

"Jose Ramirez is one of the greatest, young talents in recent years and has all the elements of becoming a Superstar. The WBC is very proud to have been hand-in-hand with him since the beginning of his career," said WBC President, Mauricio Sulaiman

"Fresh off a spectacular performance on the Pacquiao - Bradley card, USA Olympian Jose Ramirez returns to the ring on Saturday, July 9 at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore to continue his march towards a world championship fight. I am sure all of the fans from the Central Valley will continue to support this great athlete and the special person Jose is. I want to thank Jose's advisor and agent Rick Mirigian for all he is doing to make this a very special event," said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank.

"I’m happy to come home and be able to bring a big fight to where I live and defend my belts at Tachi Palace as they have supported me since day one and it is important to me to fight there, I will take a week off to be with family and get right back to the gym" Jose Ramirez.

"No days off in this sport, we are right back to getting big fights put together, big sponsors and his evolution to becoming a world champion and dont wait to get tickets on this fight as they will be tough to get and Tachi Palace is the premier resort and casino in the central valley so make a weekend out of this huge event" agent/promoter Rick Mirigian.

Tickets priced at $1000 per table (VIP 10 people per table), $65 (Reserved) and $35 (General Entrance), plus applicable charges, go on sale April 29th, come in and purchase tickets at the Tachi Palace Hotel Gift Shop (17225 Jersey Ave. Lemoore, CA 93245), by phone at 1-866-4PALACE, or online at:

A $3 Ticket fee will apply and be donated to the city of Avenal where Jose Ramirez was born and raised to help with their water issues.


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Magdaleno vs. Vargas - Featherweights Sat, 16 Jul 2016 23:00:00 -0500 Crawford-Postol - Jr. Welterweight World Title Unification LAS VEGAS, NV (May 31, 2016) --  GILBERTO "Zurdo" RAMIREZ, Mexico's undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) super middleweight world champion with the matinee idol looks and two-time Mexican Olympian and undefeated No. 1 featherweight contender ÓSCAR VALDEZ, will headline the pay-per-view undercard topped by the junior welterweight world title unification battle between undefeated world champions TERENCE "Bud" CRAWFORD and "The IcemanVIKTOR POSTOL.   Ramirez will be making the first defense of the championship crown he decisively won from three-time world champion "King" Arthur Abraham in April.  Ramirez will be defending his title against  DOMINIK BRITSCH.  Valdez will rumble with undefeated No. 2 world-rated contender MATÍAS "La Cobrita" RUEDA for the vacant WBO featherweight world title.  The pay-per-view telecast will open with former interim world champion  JOSE BENAVIDEZ, JR, risking his undefeated record and Top-10 world-rating, in a 10-round welterweight battle against FRANCISCO "Chia" SANTANA.

The eight pay-per-view warriors boast a combined record of 216-6-2 (135 KOs) -- a winning percentage of 96% with nearly 2/3 of their victories coming by way of knockout.  

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Tecate and the motion picture "Hands of Stone,"  the Terence Crawford - Viktor Postol world championship pay-per-view event will take place on Saturday, July 23, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.  It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®  beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.

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"I am very excited to be making my first world title defense.  I am working hard to make it a successful defense as I plan to be a world champion for a long time," said Ramirez.  "Dominik is a tough challenger, very strong.  I don't know a lot about him personally but I will train hard as always.  It feels great being on another HBO Pay-Per- View event.  One day I want to be in the main event of a pay per view.  That goal motivates me to do my best."

"I am very happy to be fighting the No. 1 super middleweight -- world champion Gilberto Ramirez," said Britsch.  "My slogan is, 'Only those who dare to lose can win.'  Gilberto, I am ready for you." 

"I really believe that looking at my past few fights I have earned the opportunity to fight for a world championship," said Valdez.  "Now is the time to take advantage of this opportunity."

"Although this will be my second fight in the U.S. and many people might think I am not the favorite, I will surprise lots of fans," said Rueda.  "I respect my opponent, but I am going to Las Vegas determined and with only one thing on my mind – winning the belt and bringing it back to Argentina with me.  You can all be sure of that.  My opponent is going to lose.  I respect him, he is a very good fighter, but he will lose."

"This fight is very important because I want to show everyone that I am ready to beat world-class fighters in the welterweight pound division," said Benavidez.  "I know Santana is a good fighter but I have what it takes to outclass and beat him on July 23.  I have been training hard and am more than ready to show what I bring to the table on fight night and prove I belong."

"I feel extremely blessed to be fighting against Benavidez on HBO Pay-Per-View.  He is a talented fighter but I am ready to rise to the occasion and prove to the world that I am an elite fighter and a future world champion," said Santana.  "I view this fight as getting me one step closer to a world title shot.  On the night we get into the ring I will live up to my motto - 'Train, Fight, Win' - one fight at a time."

Ramirez (34-0, 24 KOs), a two-fisted super middleweight wrecking machine who hails from Mazatlan, Mexico, made history in the co-main event to the Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley welterweight pay-per-view on April 9 when he became Mexico's first fighter to win a super middleweight world title.  Entering the fight as the top world-rated contender, Ramirez gave a virtuoso performance over the defending WBO champion Abraham.  All three judges scored it as a 120-108 blitzkrieg.  "I took him to Mexican boxing school," a jubilant Ramirez boasted as he put on the world championship belt .  A sensational young champion, Ramirez, 24, has won four of his last eight bouts by knockout.  Career-highlight performances include an NABF and NABO title victory over Giovanni Lorenzo via fifth-round stoppage, a WBO International title knockout victory over Junior Talipeau and a successful defense of his NABF and WBO International titles, stopping Fulgencio Zuniga in the eighth round, all in 2014.  Last year he successfully defended his titles via unanimous decisions over once-beaten Maxim Vlasov, division gate keeper Derek Edwards, who boasts a KO victory over world champion Badou Jack, and once-beaten Gevorg Khatchikian, who had scored knockouts in five of his last six victories.

Britsch (32-2-1, 11 KOs), of Neckarsulm, Germany, enters this fight riding a four bout winning streak  and having won six of his last seven bouts dating back to 2013.  Known for his body punching prowess and his excellent skills and movement, Britsch's trophy case features the International Boxing Federation (IBF) Intercontinental middleweight and German super middleweight championship belts.  This will be his first fight in the U.S. since 2011.

Valdez (20-0, 17 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 new face for boxing's next generation.  In his last fight, on the undercard of the April 9 Pacquiao-Bradley pay-per-view, Valdez solidified his status as the World Boxing Council (WBC) and WBO No. 1 contender by scoring a fourth-round TKO of former IBF featherweight world champion Evgeny Gradovich.  It was the first time Gradovich had ever been stopped in his 24-bout professional career.  On the undercard of Pacquiao - Bradley II welterweight world championship rematch in 2014, Valdez captured the NABF super featherweight junior title, knocking out Adrian Perez in the fourth round.  Valdez successfully defended that title twice in 2014, knocking out Noel Echevarria and Alberto Gonzalez in the sixth and seventh rounds, respectively.  From Nogales, Sonora, Mexico Valdez, 25, won all four of his  2015 fights -- three by knockout.  He fashioned a third-round blasting of Jose Ramirez on April 11, in Laredo, Texas.  Valdez followed that with his live HBO debut, winning a dominant 10-round unanimous decision over one-time world title challenger Ruben Tamayo on June 27  in Carson, Calif.  He ended 2015 with knockout victories of top-10 contender and one-time world title challenger Chris Avalos and Ernes Sanchez on September 11 and December 12, respectively.  The four fighters boasted a combined record of 91-19-5.

Rueda (26-0, 23 KOs), from Tandil, Buenos Aires, Argentina, enters this world championship fight having won his last 10 fights by way of knockout which he credits to  his exciting "seek and destroy" style and deadly punching power.  He has made six defenses of the WBO Latino featherweight title he captured in 2013 via a third-round knockout of Juan Solis,  On January 16, he also became the South American featherweight champion, scoring an eighth round knockout of Leandro Mendes.  In his last fight, which took place on April 2, Rueda iced Nestor Pamigua in the third round to successfully defend both of his titles.    

Benavidez (24-0, 16 KOs), from Phoenix, AZ, won his first world title in 2014 when he won a hotly-contested unanimous decision over defending World Boxing Association (WBA) interim super lightweight champion Mauricio Herrera.  After one successful title defense -- a 12th-round knockout of Jorge Paez, Jr. in 2015 -- Benavidez vacated the title to move up to the welterweight division.  His debut in the heavier weight class took place on December 12, where he won a blistering 10-round  unanimous over Sidney Siqueira.  An amateur standout, at 16, Benavidez was the youngest boxer to ever win the National Golden Gloves Championships, in 2009.  He was also the youngest boxer, at 17, to be licensed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.  An exception was made for the minimum age requirement of 18 years because of his exceptional talent.  Benavidez is currently the WBA's No. 6 world-rated welterweight contender.     

Santana (24-4-1, 12 KOs), from Santa Barbara, Calif., enters this fight having won 12 of his last 13 bouts, with half of those victories coming by way of knockout..  A favorite of Southern California fight fans because of his exciting style and two-fisted power, Santana boasts several notable victories including a first-round knockout of undefeated contender Kendal Mena for the WBA International welterweight title in 2015, and back-to-back  unanimous decisions over former world champion Joachim Alcine and Freddy Hernandez in 2013.  In his last fight, on April 2, he scored a 10-round unanimous decision over Edward Paredes.       

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