Top Rank Boxing Top Rank boxing news, event, videos and photo galleries en-us Copyright Top Rank 02-10-2016 09:17:16 60 Saucedo vs. Booth - Welterweights Sat, 13 Feb 2016 23:00:00 -0600 Magdaleno vs. Mansito - Super Bantamweights Sat, 20 Feb 2016 23:00:00 -0600 Championship Doubleheader Featuring Crawford & Verdejo  





NEW YORK (January 6, 2016) -- Undefeated superstar champions TERENCE "Bud" CRAWFORD and FELIX "El Diamante" VERDEJO, and Top-10 contender "Hammerin'" HANK LUNDY will host a New York press conference Next Tuesday! January 12, at Chase Square in Madison Square Garden. Media may report at 11:30 a.m., with the press conference beginning at Noon ET.  Crawford, Verdejo, Lundy, their teams and Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank will be available for one on one interviews.

Media should enter at Chase Square at 32nd St. and 7th Ave.

Crawford (27-0, 19 KOs), of Omaha, the 2014 Fighter of the Year and a two-division world champion, will be defending his World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight world title against Top-10 contender Lundy (26-5-1, 13 KOs), of Philadelphia, PA.  Verdejo (19-0, 14 KOs), of San Juan, Puerto Rico, will be risking his WBO Latino lightweight title, Top-Five world ranking and his impending world title shot when he takes on William Silva (23-0, 14 KOs), of São Paulo, Brasil, in a battle of undefeated contenders.

These four warriors boast a combined record of 95-5-1 (60 KOs) -- a winning percentage of 94% with close to 2/3 of their victories coming by way of knockout.

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Tecate, Classic Entertainment & Sports and Madison Square Garden, the Crawford/Verdejo championship doubleheader will take place on Saturday, February 27 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.  Both fights will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing® beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.      

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Gardy Lopez (Verdejo): 787-246-3668 /  

Fred Sternburg: 303-740-7746 /



Kevin Flaherty:  212-512-5052 /         

Patrick Byrne: 212-512-1361 /  



Larry Torres:  212-631-5178 /   



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Ali vs. Vargas - World Welterweight Championship Sat, 05 Mar 2016 22:00:00 -0600 Featuring Saul Rodriguez - Lightweight Sat, 12 Mar 2016 23:00:00 -0600 Hart vs. Johnson - Super Middleweights Philadelphia, PASuper middleweight Jesse Hart brings his boxing skills back home for the first time in 15 months when he defends his North American Boxing Organization (NABO) title against Dashon Johnson, of Escondido, CA, in the scheduled 10-round main event Friday evening, March 18, at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia.  First of seven fights is at 7 p.m.

Hart, 26, is the son of former Philly middleweight contender Eugene “Cyclone” Hart, whose legendary left hook terrorized the 160-pound division in the 1970s.

The younger Hart (left), a pro since 2012, is 19-0, 16 K0s.  He is ranked No. 3 in the world among 168-pounders by the World Boxing Organization (WBO), No. 8 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and No.10 by the World Boxing Association (WBA).

“I’m beyond excited to be fighting in my first main event in front of my home town fans,” Hart said.  “I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Hart last boxed in Philadelphia on Dec. 13, 2014, when he knocked out Colombian Samuel Miller in two rounds at the 2300 Arena.

In three subsequent fights in 2015—two in Las Vegas, NV, one in Tucson, AZ--Hart scored knockouts over Mike Jimenez, of Chicago, IL, Aaron Pryor, Jr., of Cincinnati, OH, and Andrik Saralegui, of Tijuana, Mexico.

Hart won the vacant NABO super middleweight title by beating Jimenez and he defended it against Pryor.

Johnson (right), 28, has turned his career around by winning his last  four fights, including an eighth-round stoppage of one-time conqueror Mike Gavronski in Gavronski’s Tacoma, WA, backyard last November. He followed that upset with another one in his last fight Jan. 15, when he earned a 10-round decision over Izaak Cardona, of Colorado Springs, CO, also in Tacoma, WA.

“I’m ready and I’m excited,” Johnson said.  “We took a different and more difficult route to get here but we’re here now.  I hope the 2300 Arena in packed because somebody is going to sleep.”

A pro since 2008, Johnson is 19-18-3, 6 K0s, but his record was compiled against some of the best from 154 to 168:  Aaron Martinez, Glen Tapia, Jermell Charlo, Yudell Johnson, Julian Williams, Joshua Clottey, Dominic Wade and Luis Arias.  He has boxed 10 men who were undefeated when he fought them and he has only been stopped twice in 41 fights.

The preliminary card will feature popular local favorites:  lightweight Victor Vasquez; junior middleweight Ismael “Tito” Garcia; lightweight Jerome Conquest; junior middleweight Fred Jenkins, Jr., junior welterweight Scott Kelleher.


The Jesse Hart-Dashon Johnson Homecoming Fight headlines a seven-bout card at the 2300 Arena, located at 2300 South Swanson Street in South Philadelphia (between Ritner & Porter, Front and 2d Streets).  The March 18 fight is being sponsored by Parx Casino. Doors open at 6 pm; first fight at 7pm.  Tickets are $40, $50 and $75 and can be purchased by calling Peltz Boxing (215-765-0922) and Wanamaker’s Tickets (215-568-2400).  Tickets also can be purchased online at  The March 18 card is promoted by Top Rank, Peltz Boxing, Joe Hand Promotions and BAM Boxing.

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For press credentials, contact Bam Rogers:  (215-280-6709)

Press request deadline is Friday, March 11, 2016

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Featuring Juan Diaz - Lightweight Sat, 19 Mar 2016 23:00:00 -0500 Pacquiao vs. Bradley - World Welterweight Championship LAS VEGAS, NV (January 19, 2016) -- Boxing's only eight-division world champion and the reigning Fighter of the Decade, Congressman MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO, and five-time world champion TIMOTHY “Desert Storm” BRADLEY, will collide in a 12-round World Welterweight Championship battle of pound for pound titans, Saturday, April 9, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.  This will also mark the first time former Trainers of the Year Freddie Roach and Teddy Atlas have faced each other from opposite corners.  Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with MP Promotions, the Pacquiao vs. Bradley world championship event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.

Tickets to Pacquiao vs. Bradley, priced at $1,204, $804, $604, $404, $254,and $154, not including applicable service fees,  go on sale This Friday! January 22, at 1:00 p.m. ET / 10:00 a.m. PT.  To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.  Tickets will also be available for purchase at or   

"I look forward to my battle with Timothy Bradley on April 9 and giving boxing fans a fight they will always remember," said Pacquiao.  "This fight has a very special meaning to me and I will pour every ounce of my being -- physically, emotionally and spiritually -- into preparing for Bradley.  He has my full attention.  I dedicate this fight to my fans and to my countrymen throughout the world who have kept me in their prayers. And as always, I fight to bring glory to the Philippines."  

"I've never needed to light a fire under Manny to get him ready for a fight.  He's a professional," said Roach.  "April 9 will be Manny's finest hour."

"I have always dedicated myself to who I am on fight night.  However on April 9th I will not only have dedicated myself to that but also delivering the performance that everyone has long awaited," said Bradley.

"The greatest responsibility we have is to care for our families.  But our greatest privilege is to be given a challenge to achieve something special that our families can share and always remember.  Fighting Pacquiao is exactly that challenge," said Atlas.

"I am looking forward to this fight between Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley.  We will see how much Manny has recovered from shoulder surgery and whether he has been able to retain all of his power.  We saw in Tim's last fight a new, improved Tim Bradley thanks and largely due to his astute trainer Teddy Atlas. One thing is for sure, this fight will be vastly different from the first two these two warriors have had," said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank.

"Manny Pacquiao has had an electrifying career and is destined to be enshrined in the Boxing Hall of Fame.  Fight fans worldwide are attracted to his spirited fighting style and the grace and humility he displays outside the ring.  He is one of the sport's giants," said Peter Nelson, Executive Vice President, HBO Sports. "Timothy Bradley Jr. has consistently beaten the odds and produced a brilliant career that has but a single blemish on it. Now on April 9, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Bradley gets to try and avenge the one loss on his record."

Richard Sturm, president of Sports and Entertainment for MGM Resorts International, said, “We are thrilled to host the third fight in what has become a fantastic rivalry between two extremely talented fighters at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in April.  There is no doubt both Pacquiao and Bradley will arrive to Las Vegas ready to face-off in an incredible showdown, providing boxing fans worldwide a conclusion to this storied trilogy.”

Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs), the lone congressional representative from the Sarangani province in the Philippines and an international icon, is the only fighter to win eight world titles in as many different weight divisions.  A three-time Fighter of the Year and the Boxing Writers Association of America's "Fighter of the Decade," Pacquiao's resumé features victories over present and future Hall of Famers, including Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, Miguel Cotto, Shane Mosley, Juan Manuel Márquez and Bradley.  From 2008 to 2010, five of his seven victories were world title victories in five different weight classes, from 130 to 154 pounds.  No active boxer has sold more live tickets in the U.S. than Pacquiao, who is also credited with over 18 million domestic pay-per-view buys.  He returns to the ring after a disappointing unanimous decision loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr.  The May 2 world championship fight generated a record 4.5 million pay-per-view buys and over $400 million in television revenue alone. 

Bradley (33-1-1, 13 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 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.  Bradley put an exclamation point on his banner 2015 year in his title defense, under the guidance of new trainer Teddy Atlas, by knocking out former world champion Brandon Rios on November 7.  It was the first time Rios had ever been stopped in his 11-year, 36-bout professional career, sending him into a temporary self-imposed retirement.  A consensus Top-10 pound for pound fighter, Bradley returns to the ring a new fighter thanks to Atlas' tutelage.  A former junior welterweight world champion who unified the junior welterweight titles twice during his previous four-year world championship 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, at The Forum, proving that Bradley is indeed one of boxing's elite pound for pound fighters.

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