Top Rank Boxing Top Rank boxing news, event, videos and photo galleries en-us Copyright Top Rank 11-27-2015 00:22:53 60 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
Verdejo vs. Santos - Lightweights  SAN JUAN, P.R. (November 12, 2015) --  The boxing gem of Puerto Rico, undefeated Top-Five world-rated lightweight contender FELIX "El Diamante" VERDEJO, and former five-division world champion and 2012 Fighter of the YearNONITO “The Filipino Flash” DONAIRE, will headline, in separate title bouts, the year-end finale of MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV, on Friday, December 11.  Verdejo will be making his homecoming a 10-round defense of his World Boxing Organization (WBO) Latino lightweight title against Josenilson Dos Santos and Donaire, who is on the cusp of another world title shot, will be challenging WBO International junior featherweight champion and No. 1 world-rated contenderCesar Juarez in a 12-round rumble.  Both fights will be televised live from Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico on truTV, beginning at 10 :00 p.m. ET/PT.   The live boxing series is presented by truTV and Top Rank® and produced in association with HBO Sports®.  Find truTV at:    

The four warriors boast a combined record of 95-9 (64 KOs) -- a winning ratio of 91%, with 2/3 of their total victories coming by way of knockout.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Diamante Promotions, tickets to the Verdejo vs. Dos Santos / Donaire vs. Juarez championship event go on sale Today!  Priced at $150, $100, $75, $50, $40 and $25, plus applicable charges, tickets can be purchased at, all Ticket Center outlets or charge by phone at (787) 792-5000.                     

"Fighting as a headliner at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum and in front of my people is a dream that I have always had since I was a little kid," said Verdejo. "And now,  thanks to all the love and support Puerto Rico has given my career, onDecember 11, I'm going to be able to fulfill that dream.  I hope to give all that love back with a big win that unifies my people in a sentiment of happiness and brotherhood."

"My goal is to get back on top. I am refocused for what I must do in the ring," said Donaire.  That's why this fight in Puerto Rico is so important for me and my boxing career. I am reading a book called The Power of Habits. It is about getting rid of bad habits and instead using good habits each and every day.  It all restarts for me on December 11."

"Fighting in Puerto Rico is our way of giving our people a night of happiness and union," said Ricky Marquez, Verdejo's trainer and manager.  "This is the opportunity that Top Rank has given us -- to bring together to this Coliseum, whole families, friends, neighbors.  It will be a big Puerto Rican party where we all celebrate Felix's evolution from prospect to contender."

"December 11 promises to deliver a great night of fights with an unbelievable atmosphere for fans both watching at home on truTV and the thousands in attendance at Roberto Clemente Coliseum," said Carl Moretti, Vice President of Top Rank.

Verdejo (18-0, 13 KOs), from San Juan, Puerto Rico, who ended 2014 as a consensus "Prospect of the Year," is looking to conclude this year as a bona fide world title contender.  He returns to the ring having won seven of his last nine fights inside the distance, including his first fight of the year, a fifth round knockout of Marco Lopez, on April, 25, for the vacant WBO Latino lightweight title.  He successfully defended that title on June 13 at Madison Square Garden during Puerto Rican Day Parade weekend, winning a 10-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated contender Ivan Najera of San Antonio, TX. Already world-rated No. 4 by the World Boxing Association (WBA) and No. 5 by the WBO, Verdejo, 22, continues to develop into a major gate attraction, producing standing room only crowds every time he fights.  A former amateur standout who represented Puerto Rico in the 2012 Olympics, Verdejo has been mentored by Puerto Rican boxing icon and Hall of Fame inductee Felix Trinidad.

Dos Santos (25-3, 15 KOs), of Sao Paulo, Brasil, is a two-time WBO Latino junior lightweight champion.  His first reign began with a 12-round unanimous decision victory over Alejandro Burella in 2008.  He successfully defended the title twice in 2009, via a 12-round unanimous decision over David Paredes and a fourth-round knockout of Leandro Almagro.  He regained the WBO junior lightweight title in 2012 via a 12-round unanimous decision over Carlos Rodriguez.  This will be just the fifth time Dos Santos, 28, has fought outside his native Brasil.

Donaire (35-3, 23 KOs), a native of General Santos City, Philippines, now living in Las Vegas, is a former five-division world champion on the comeback trail for another world title shot. His banner year in 2012 featured four world championship victories which included beating former world champion Israel Vazquez, Jr. to capture the vacant WBO junior featherweight title, unifying the title by defeating IBF junior featherweight champion Jeffrey Mathebula, followed by Donaire collecting his third belt of the year with a knockout of World Boxing Council (WBC) Diamond Belt super bantamweight champion Toshiaki Nishioka, ending Nishioka’s eight-year, 16-bout, winning streak, and concluding his magnificent year by blasting out Mexican icon Jorge Arce in the third round and sealing his 2012 Fighter of the Year honors while extending his 12-year, 30-bout winning streak.  He lost his title to undefeated Cuban sensation and WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux in a title unification bout at a sold-out Radio City Music Hall on April 13, 2013.  He bounced back in 2014, dethroning World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight world champion Simpiwe Vetyeka at Cotai Arena.  Career highlights for Donaire also include knockout victories of world champions Vic Darchinyan, Wladimir Sidorenko, and Fernando Montiel, ending Montiel's 25-bout winning streak. That victory was named the 2011 Knockout of the Year. Donaire returns to the ring having won both his 2015 fights -- capturing the vacant NABF super bantamweight title via a second-round knockout victory of William Prado on March 28 and  scoring another second-round knockout win over Anthony Settoul on July 18.  Donaire, 32, is currently world-rated No. 2 and No. 5 by the WBO and the WBA, respectively.  

Juarez (17-3, 13 KOs), of Mexico City, will be fighting outside Mexico for only the second time.  He returns to the ring riding a two-year winning streak which has included victories over Francisco Leal, Octavio Hernandez, Cesar Seda, and in his most recent fight, on July 25, Juan Sanchez, Jr., where he captured the WBO International junior featherweight title via a 12-round unanimous decision.  Juarez, 24, is world-rated No. 1 by the WBO.

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Fri, 11 Dec 2015 22:00:00 -0600
Campa vs. Herrera - Welterweights Glendale, CA: Top Mexican welterweights Pedro Campa and Aaron Herrera will collide on a Tripleheader of action on Saturday, December 12 at the Glendale Civic Center and televised live on HBO Latino Boxing (10pm ET/PT). Top Rank, in association with Main Events and Zanfer Promotions made the announcement today.

“Anytime Mexican welterweights with these type of styles faceoff in the LA area, fireworks are bound to happen,” said Carl Moretti, VP, Top Rank.

Campa (18-0, 14 KOs) of Hermosillo, Mexico will battle Hererra (21-3-1, 12 KOs) of Yucatan, Mexico in a 10 round bout. Campa has knockout wins in seven of his last eight bouts. Herrera has been unbeaten for two years.

With the injury to Artur Beterbiev, Sullivan Barrera (16-0, 11 KOs) has regained his shot to fight for the mandatory position in the IBF and now the 33-year old from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba will face Karo Murat (27-2-1, 17 KOs). The winner will earn the right to challenge WBO, WBA, and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (28-0-1, 25 KOs) for his world titles in 2016.

Barrera has quietly risen through the ranks of the light heavyweight division since his defection from Cuba and his professional debut in 2009. He has an impressive 68% (11 of 16) knockout-to-win ratio and has stopped his last five opponents in eight rounds or less.

“I’m looking forward towards December 12, another step in my career to show I have what it takes to compete with the elite in my division,” said Barrera. He added, “I would like to thank the IBF for this opportunity and my whole team.”

He will have no easy bout with Murat. The 32-year old has nearly twice as many professional fights as Barrera. In 2013, he challenged Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins for the IBF Light Heavyweight World Championship and lost via unanimous decision to the legendary Hopkins. Since challenging Hopkins, Murat has stopped his last two opponents including Benjamin Simon earlier this year to take the vacant IBF International Light Heavyweight Title.

“I haven’t heard of Barrera before that he is such a world class fighter. I do have a Cuban friend who knows him from a time when Barrera was an amateur. I do have great respect that he wants to fight against me. I am hugely looking forward to fight in Glendale, California as there live 1.5 million Armenians, who of course will support me.”

Kathy Duva, CEO of Main Events added, “Barrera has slowly climbed his way through the light heavyweight division and we are pleased that he is finally able to fight for the mandatory position in the IBF. His stablemate, Arif Magomedov defeated Derrick Webster in his last televised bout and we are so excited that he will also make his HBO Latino debut on Dec. 12.”

The opening bout of the HBO Latino telecast will feature southpaw Jonatan “Oso” Tavira (12-3, 9 KOs) of Distrito Federal, Mexico against undefeated phenom Arif “The Mayhem” Magomedov (16-0, 9 KOs) of Chekhov, Russia in an eight-round welterweight battle presented by Main Events in association with All Star Boxing.

Tavira suffered two straight losses so he looks to make a statement against the 23-year old Mayhem. According to Tavira, “ I took some time off to rethink my career, have been training for four months and decided to come back as a middleweight where I'm more comfortable and feel stronger, I would like to thank All Star Boxing, Inc. and Main Events for giving the opportunity to make my US debut.”

In his last fight, Magomedov handed veteran Derrick “Take it to the Bank” Webster his first career loss in a ten-round unanimous decision to secure the vacant WBO NABO Middleweight Title. Now in his HBO debut Magomedov looks to establish himself as a force to be reckoned with in the middleweight division. He said, “I am very excited and happy to be back in the ring. After my last fight I went back home to Russia and had a great little vacation. I returned to camp the beginning of September to start training, so I had a couple months of good preparation for this fight. I am looking forward to be back in the ring on December 12. This is also my first appearance on HBO network and it makes me more motivated.”

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Sat, 12 Dec 2015 22:00:00 -0600
"The Homecoming" Featuring Valdez & Benavidez Tucson -- The #1 ranked featherweight in the world Oscar Valdez is coming home to Tucson. Valdez (18-0, 15 KOs), who grew up in Tucson, will take on Ernie Sanchez (15-6-1, 6 KOs) of The Philippines at the Tucson Arena on Saturday, December 12. Valdez is the WBO #1 world rated featherweight.

Jose Benavidez (23-0, 16 KOs), the powerful unbeaten junior welterweight from Phoenix, will also appear on the big Top Rank card. Benavidez is the interim WBA 140-pound champion.

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum will outline the big fight card at the press conference on Thursday, November 12, 11 am at the Tucson Arena. The big card will be televised by Solo Boxeo Tecate on UniMas.

Tickets $75, $50 and $25 will be available at the Tucson Convention Center Ticket Office, any Ticketmaster location, or charge by phone 800 745 3000.


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Sat, 12 Dec 2015 23:00:00 -0600
Walters vs. Sosa - Jr. Lightweights VERONA, NY (November 9, 2015) -- Undefeated former World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight world champion NICHOLAS "Axe Man" WALTERS returns to the ring to take on granite-fisted Top-10 contender JASON "El Canito" SOSA in a 10-round junior lightweight rumble.  Walters vs. Sosa will take place on Saturday, December 19, atTurning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY.  Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Peltz Boxing Promotions and Warriors Boxing Promotions, Walters vs. Sosa will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark, beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT.  Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. ET.  The telecast will also feature Bryant "By-By" Jennings vs. Luis "The Real King Kong" Ortiz in a 12-round heavyweight battle for the WBA interim Heavyweight title. That fight will be presented by Golden Boy Promotions, in association with Gary Shaw Productions.    

Walters and Sosa boast a combined record of 44-1-3 (35 KOs) -- a winning percentage of 92% -- with 80% of their victories coming by way of knockout.

"I am training hard in Panama.  I know how important this fight is and I will be in optimum physical condition," said Walters.  "My team has been studying video of my opponent Sosa.  I cannot wait to leave Panama, get into Verona, New York and get inside the ring.  Boxing is my passion."

"First, I would like to thank God for all that he has done for me in my life.  I also would like to thank Russell Peltz, Top Rank and HBO," said Sosa.  "I would also like to thank Nicholas Walters for giving me the opportunity to fight on December 19th.  He is a very strong fighter and the toughest opponent that I have faced.  But I am up for the challenge.  I have a great team and they are getting me in the best shape of my life and making sure that I am mentally and physically ready to come away with the win.  I am sure we are both ready for war and fans are not going to want to miss this."

"I believe this will be the final Fight of the Year candidate for 2015," said Carl Moretti, Vice President of Top Rank.  "The making of this fight is the product of the right decision made at the right time by all the right people." 

Walters (26-0, 21 KOs), from Montego Bay, Jamaica, has won 11 of his last 13 fights by stoppage.  He captured the vacant WBA featherweight title on December 12, 2012, knocking out Daulis Presscott (26-1, 19 KOs) in the seventh round.  He successfully defended the title three times during his three year reign -- all by knockout -- stopping Alberto Garza, former two-division world champion Vic Darchinyan and 2012 Fighter of the Year and former four-division world champion Nonito Donaire in the fourth, fifth and sixth rounds, respectively.  A former amateur standout who collected gold medals at the 2007 Pan American Games Qualifier III and the  2005 and 2007 Caribbean Championships, Walters is known for his expert boxing skills and movement and two-fisted punching power that are at a caliber of a much higher weight class.  In his last fight, on June 13at Madison Square Garden, Walters was forced to vacate the title when he failed to make the weight limit by one pound. However, he emerged victorious, winning a unanimous decision over the previously undefeated Top-10 contender Miguel Marriaga.

Sosa (18-1-3, 14 KOs), from Camden, NJ, enters this fight riding a four-year, 17-bout unbeaten streak which includes 13 consecutive knockout victories dating back to 2012!  Many local fans, who flock to his fights, consider Sosa to be one of the best fighters to come out of Camden since Dwight Qawi.  Sosa's been a fan favorite since turning pro in 2009 because of his exciting and aggressive style, strong punching power and an average length of bouts of under four rounds.  He is currently world rated No. 8 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and No. 13 by the WBO.  

Host of the event, the Oneida Nation's Turning Stone Resort Casino, continues to distinguish itself as a premier destination for blockbuster boxing matches.  The December 19 card will mark Turning Stone Resort Casino's 16th nationally televised boxing event in less than two years, cementing the resort as a mecca for knockout televised fights.  Located in Upstate New York, the four-season destination resort offers world-class entertainment and gaming, award-winning accommodations, a diverse mix of restaurants, luxury spas and several nightlife options.

Professional media requesting credentials for then December 19 event must contact Kelly Abdo, Turning Stone Resort Casino Public Relations Manager at (315) 366-9291 or

Tickets will go on sale in early November.  Additional ticket information will be announced soon.                

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Sat, 19 Dec 2015 22:15:00 -0600