Top Rank Boxing http://www.toprank.com Top Rank boxing news, event, videos and photo galleries en-us Copyright Top Rank 09-24-2016 21:33:54 60 Donaire, Valdez & Shiming to Fight on Pacquiao-Vargas Card http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-donaire-valdez-amp-shiming-to-fight-on-pacquiao-vargas-card/

LOS ANGELES (September 21, 2016) -- NONITO “The Filipino Flash” DONAIRE and ÓSCAR VALDEZWorld Boxing Organization (WBO) junior featherweight and featherweight world champions, respectively, top-rated contendersJESSIE MAGDALENO and ZOU SHIMING and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum will host a press conference luncheonNext Tuesday!  September 27, at The Conga Room, located at LA Live (800 West Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, Calif. 90015.)  Luncheon will be served at 12:30 p.m. with the press conference beginning at 1:15 p.m. PT.  All the participants and their teams will be available for one-on-one interviews. 

They will be announcing their championship battles which will be the co-main events to the MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO - JESSIE VARGAS WBO welterweight world title fight. 

Donaire (37-3, 24 KOs), of a General Santos City, Philippines, a five-division world champion and the 2012 Fighter of the Year, will be defending his world title belt against No. 1 contender and mandatory challenger Magdaleno (23-0, 17 KOs), from Las Vegas, NV, who has won eight of his last 10 fights by knockout.  Valdez (21-0, 18 KOs), a two-time Mexican Olympian who hails from Nogales, Mexico, will be making his first title defense, against No. 1 contender and mandatory challenger Hiroshige Osawa (30-3-4, 19 KOs), from Osaka, Japan, and Zou (8-1, 2 KOs), a two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time World Amateur Champion from from Guizhou, China, will battle Kwanpichit Onesongchaigym (39-1-2, 24 KOs), from Buriram, Thailand, in a rematch between the two Top-Three world-rated contenders in a 12-round flyweight fight.  Kwanpichit is riding  a two-year, 12-bout winning streak since his sole loss which was to Zou.  All of his victories during his current winning streak have come by way of knockout. 

The six gladiators have a combined record of 158-8-6 (104 KOs) -- a winning percentage of 92% with nearly 2/3 of those victories coming by way of knockout.

Pacquiao vs. Vargas will take place Saturday, November 5, at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.   The world championship event will be produced and distributed live by Top Rank® Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT, and will be available on all conventional platforms, including all major cable and satellite systems, as well as Top Rank's digital distribution via www.TopRank.tv and  mobile devices.       

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions and Wynn Las Vegas, remaining tickets to the Pacquiao vs. Vargas world championship event are priced at $1,000, $700, $500, $300, $100 and $50, not including applicable service fees.  They may be purchased at the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office, online athttp://www.unlvtickets.com/, 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).   

For fight updates go to www.toprank.com and www.pacvargas.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/trboxing orfacebook.com/trboxeo, and on Twitter at twitter.com/trboxing or twitter.com/trboxeo.  Use the Hashtag #PacVargas to join the conversation on Twitter. 

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Ramirez to 'Fight for Water' on UniMas http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-ramirez-headlines-fight-for-water-6-on-unimas/ Fresno, California -  USA Olympian, WBC Continental Americas champion and undefeated Jose Ramirez (18 -0, 13 KOs) will headline a Top Rank Championship event on Friday, December 2 at the Save Mart Center Arena in Fresno.

The previous card at Save Mart Center was Dec. 5 of last year, also headlined by Ramirez, and was a sell out at 13,100 – with 1,600 turned away.

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. Save Mart Center was one of seven SMG-managed arenas to rank in the Top 10 in this size category.

"There is no place like home for me to fight, this one is special for so many reasons but none more important then to bring awareness to serious issues going on right now" Jose Ramirez 

"We are very excited about our big December 2nd boxing event for all the Central California boxing fans. Jose Ramirez is a young, powerful future world champion who goes in to the ring to help all in his home town . Jose is someone very special in the sport of boxing," said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank.

“There is nothing in all of sports like a big fight and this is a big fight and it’s in our city and Valley,” promoter/agent Rick Mirigian said. “Ramirez will defend his WBC championship at home and deliver a powerful message with it on the positive contributions that immigrants do in our society and the continued importance of water issues in California.”

The big fight card will be televised nationally on Top Rank's Solo Boxeo series on UniMas.

Tickets $75, $45, $23 plus fees for the December 2 event will go on sale on tomorrow,Wednesday, September 14. VIP Floor tables for 10 are $1,530. Tickets are available at select Save Mart Supermarkets, online at ticketmaster.com, charge by phone 800 745 3000 or at the Save Mart Center Box Office. For Box Office hours and more information go to savemartcenter.com. Ticket fees may apply.

Contacts:

Lee Samuels, Top Rank lee@toprank.com  702 732 2717

Rick Mirigian,  559 500 9224 rmirigian@gmail.com

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Tue, 13 Sep 2016 16:28:39 -0500
"Pitufo" Fighting in Puerto Rican Stronghold of Central Florida http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotionsquotpitufoquot-headed-to-florida-for-solo-boxeo-scrap/ Kissimmee, FL (September 9, 2016) – One of the brightest rising stars in Puerto Rican boxing, unbeaten featherweight sensation, Christopher ‘Pitufo’ Diaz, will return to the city called ‘Little Puerto Rico’ to headline in front of his people the ‘Solo Boxeo’ card that will take place on Friday September 23 at the Silver Spurs Arena of the Osceola Heritage Park.
 
Díaz (17-0, 11 KO’s), from Barranquitas, Puerto Rico, will risk his undefeated record against his toughest opponent to date, Mexican veteran Raúl Hiráles  (22-5-1, 11 KO’s) in an eight round feather weight bout that will be the main event of the card that will be presented by Top Rank in association with All Star Boxing.
 
“We are just weeks away of my return to Kissimmee, Florida, where I will give the best of me, like I always do,” said Diaz. “I’m super focused on continuing growing as a fighter and as a person, because I’m committed with my future,” affirmed the fighter called ‘The Son of the Mountain’. The World Boxing Organization (WBO) Youth Featherweight world champion, added: “I want to see and feel the energy of all my boricuas from Florida on September 23 in Kissimmee.”
 
“No doubt we will continue to develop and promote in the Central Florida region along with our partners All-Star Boxing for all boxing fans, especially our Boricuas. ‘Pitufo’ is the perfect fighter to lead that charge given his fan friendly style and growing fan base.  Should be a great night of action with 140-pound top notch prospect Julian Rodriguez opening the telecast as well as local favorite Jean Carlos ‘Chapito’ Rivera,” said Carl Moretti, Vice-President of Top Rank.
 
Ricky Márquez, trainer and manager of Díaz, said: “Always happy of returning to Kissimmee where my diamonds have received a lot of support. I expect a tough test for ‘Pitufo’, but I know that he is ready to show what he is made off once again.”
 
In the fight that will start the television broadcast on UniMas and Univision Deportes Network, unbeaten welterweight prospect Julian ‘Hammer Hands’ Rodríguez (13-0, 10 KO’s0) from Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, will collide against Brazil’s Claudionel Lacerda (17-15-1, 12 KO’s) in an eight round rumble in the 140 pounds division.
 
Undefeated super bantamweight prospect Jean Carlos ‘Chapito’ Rivera (7-0, 4 KO’s) will also see action on the card.
 
Tickets priced at $55.00 (Ringside) and $30.00 (General Entrance), plus applicable charges, are now on sale and can be acquired in the Silver Spurs Arena box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, www.Ticketmaster.com, or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000.
 
Friday, September 23, will mark the return of live boxing to ‘Solo Boxeo’ with the simulcast of Díaz vs. Hirales and Rodriguez vs. Lacerda at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT from coast to coast in the United States on UniMás and Univision Deportes Network.
 
For updates about this card, visit: www.TopRank.com, on Facebook:www.Facebook.com/trboxeo or www.Facebook.com/trboxing, follow us on Twitter:www.Twitter.com/trboxeo or www.Twitter.com/trboxing.
 
Use the hashtag #SoloBoxeo to join the conversation on social media.

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Christopher ‘Pitufo’ Díaz estelarizará ‘Solo Boxeo’ el 23 de septiembre en Kissimmee http://www.toprank.com/news/christopher-pitufo-diaz-estelarizara-solo-boxeo-el-23-de-septiembre-en-kissimmee/ Kissimmee, FL (9 de septiembre del 2016) – Una de las más brillantes jóvenes estrellas en ascenso del boxeo puertorriqueño, el sensacional contendiente peso pluma, Christopher ‘Pitufo’ Díaz, regresará a la ciudad llamada ‘Pequeño Puerto Rico’ para estelarizar ante su gente el cartel ‘Solo Boxeo’ que se celebrará el viernes 23 de septiembre en el ‘Silver Spurs Arena’ del Osceola Heritage Park.

Díaz (17-0, 11 KO’s), de Barranquitas, Puerto Rico, arriesgará su invicto ante quien hasta el momento será el oponente más difícil de su carrera, el veterano púgil azteca Raúl Hiráles  (22-5-1, 11 KO’s), en una reyerta a ocho episodios en el peso pluma que será el evento estelar de la cartelera ‘Solo Boxeo’ que presentará Top Rank en asociación con All Star Boxing.

“A solo semanas para ir nuevamente a Kissimmee, Florida, a dar lo mejor de mi como lo sé hacer,” dijo Díaz. “Estoy súper enfocado en seguir creciendo como boxeador y como persona porque tenemos un compromiso con el futuro. El título mundial nos espera,” afirmó el llamado ‘Hijo de la Montaña’. El actual campeón mundial juvenil peso pluma de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), añadió: “espero poder ver y sentir todo ese cariño de los boricuas de Florida el 23 de septiembre en Kissimmee”.

“Sin duda alguna continuaremos desarrollando y promoviendo en la región de Florida Central junto a nuestros socios de All Star Boxing, para todos los fanáticos del boxeo, en especial nuestros boricuas. ‘Pitufo’ es el peleador perfecto para liderar la carga con su estilo de pelea y creciente base de fanáticos. Esta debe ser una gran noche de boxeo en la que también estarán en acción el cotizado prospecto de las 140 libras Julian Rodríguez abriendo la transmisión de televisión, al igual que el favorito local, Jean Carlos ‘Chapito’ Rivera” añadió Carl Moretti, Vicepresidente de Top Rank.

Por su parte, Ricky Márquez, entrenador y manejador de Díaz, dijo: “Contento siempre de volver a Kissimmee donde tanto apoyo le han dado a mis Diamantes. Espero una prueba exigente para Pitufo, pero se que estará listo para mostrar sus quilates nuevamente.”

En el combate que comenzará la transmisión de televisión por UniMás y Univision Deportes Network, el invicto prospecto peso welter Julian ‘Hammer Hands’ Rodríguez (13-0, 10 KO) de Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, chocará ante el pugilista brasilero Claudionel Lacerda (17-15-1, 12 KO) en una pelea a ocho vueltas en la división de las 147 libras.

El boricua residente en Orlando, Florida, el invicto prospecto supergallo, Jean Carlos ‘Chapito’ Rivera (7-0, 4 KO’s) también estará en acción en la velada.

Los boletos para el cartel, a precios de $55.00 (Ringside) y $30.00 (Entrada General), más cargos aplicables, ya están a la venta y pueden ser adquiridos en la boletería de la Silver Spurs Arena, en el sitio web www.Ticketmaster.com, todos los puntos de ventas Ticketmaster, o cargando por teléfono llamando a Ticketmaster al 1-800-745-3000.

El viernes, 23 de septiembre marcará el regreso de las peleas en vivo a ‘Solo Boxeo’ con la trasmisión simultánea desde Kissimmee, Fla., de los combates Díaz vs. Hirales y Rodríguez vs. Lacerda a las 11:00 p.m ET/PT de costa a costa en los Estados Unidos por UniMás y Univision Deportes Network.

Para actualizaciones, visita nuestro sitio web: www.TopRank.com, en Facebook: www.Facebook.com/trboxeo o www.Facebook.com/trboxing, síguenos en Twitter: www.Twitter.com/trboxeo o www.Twitter.com/trboxing.

Utiliza el hashtag #SoloBoxeo para unirte a la conversación en las redes sociales.

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Manny Pacquiao y Jessie Vargas batallarán por título mundial peso welter el 5 de noviembre en Las Vegas http://www.toprank.com/news/manny-pacquiao-y-jessie-vargas-batallaran-por-titulo-mundial-peso-welter-el-5-de-noviembre-en-las-vegas/ LAS  VEGAS, NV. (8 de septiembre del 2016) – El único campeón mundial en ocho divisiones en la historia del boxeo y actual ‘Peleador de la Década’, el ídolo filipino, MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO, hará campaña para convertirse en el primer congresista y senador activo en ganar un campeonato mundial, cuando rete al dos-veces monarca mundial, JESSIE VARGAS en un combate doce as altos por la corona peso welter de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB).

Pacquiao buscará coronarse campeón mundial peso welter de la OMB por tercera ocasión, mientras que Vargas intentará ponerle límite a la carrera boxística del futuro miembro del salón de la fama.

Pacquiao vs, Vargas se llevará a cabo el sábado 5 de noviembre en el Thomas & Mack Center ubicado en el campus de la Universidad de Nevada, Las Vegas. Este evento de campeonato mundial será producido y distribuido en vivo por Top Rank® Pay-Per-View, comenzando a las  9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.

En una promoción de Top Rank®, en asociación con MP Promotions y Wynn Las Vegas,  Taquillas para el evento de campeonato mundial Pacquiao vs. Vargas ya están a la venta a precios de: $1,000, $700, $500, $300, $100 y $50, sin incluir cargos aplicables, y podrán ser adquiridos en la boletería del Thomas & Mack Center, en el sitio web www.UNLVtickets.com, en los puntos de venta UNLV Ticktes en Town Square Las Vegas y Supermercados La Bonita.  Para cargar por teléfono, llama al 702-739-FANS (3267) o 866-388-FANS (3267).

“El servicio público es mi labor, pero el boxeo es mi pasión. Me di cuenta este verano que no estaba listo para retirarme del ring,” dijo Pacquiao. “Hice historia cuando me convertí en el primer congresista en ganar un título mundial y ahora que las buenas personas de Filipinas me han elegido al Senado, quiero hacer más historia y convertirme en el primer senador en ganar un campeonato del mundo. Le prometí a los votantes que no me perdería una sesión de Senado y es por eso que estaré entrenando en Manila hasta que el Senado recese a finales de octubre. Le dedico esta pelea a mis fans y a mis compatriotas alrededor del mundo que me han mantenido en sus oraciones.  Y como siempre pelearé para traerle gloria a Filipinas.”

“El pasado mes de abril, Manny probó ante Tim Bradley que aún tiene grandes y  buenas peleas dentro de él,” dijo el entrenador de Pacquiao, Freddie Roach. “Estoy emocionado de regresar a Manila y de entrenar junto a Manny para este gran reto. Jessie Vargas tiene nuestro respeto. Vimos lo que él le hizo a Sadam Ali para ganar su segundo título mundial. Manny estará preparado para coronarse campeón mundial una vez más. Ese es nuestro mandato.”

“Cuando era más joven, vi lo que Manny le hizo a mis ídolos del boxeo, Erik Morales y Marco Antonio Barrera – dos grandes guerreros mexicanos. Me dije a mi mismo, algún día voy a enfrentar a Manny y voy a vengar lo que él le hizo a ellos. Ahora voy a pelear por ellos, al igual que por mi. Para mi, esta pelea no es sobre una amistosa rivalidad entre nuestros países. Esta pelea es sobre venganza,” dijo Vargas.

“Jessie y yo consideramos esta pelea como un pase de antorcha. Apreciamos el trabajo que ha compilado a través de su lustrosa carrera. Pero, sabemos que todas las cosas buenas llegan a un fin y eso sucederá el 5 de noviembre," dijo Dewey Cooper, entrenador de Vargas.  "Este será nuestro momento, nuestro tiempo para que un joven campeón mundial brille y se gane la admiración del mundo del boxeo. Este momento no es muy grande para nosotros. Después de esta pelea, levantaré orgullosamente el brazo de Jessie en victoria. Se pasará la antorcha.”

"Realmente creo, con todo mi corazón, que Jessie ganará esta pelea. Todas las personas que dicen lo contrario, seguramente se llevarán una gran sorpresa. Este es, al fin, el momento de Jessie,” dijo Cameron Dunkin, manejador de Vargas.

"La pelea entre Manny Pacquiao y Jessie Vargas será una llena de acción. Jessie no irá a jugar e irá tras Manny en la clase de combates a los que a Manny Pacquiao le gusta estar,” dijo el legendario promotor Bob Arum. 

Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs), un ex congresista de dos términos, fue elegido a un asiento en el Senado de Filipinas en el pasado mes de mayo, capturando sobre 16 millones de votos nacionalmente. Un ícono internacional, Pacquiao es el único peleador en ganar ocho campeonatos mundiales en igual número de divisiones de peso. Un tres-veces ‘Peleador del Año’ y  actual ‘Peleador de la Década’, el resume de Pacquiao presenta victorias sobre actuales y futuros miembros del Salón de la Fama, incluyendo: Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, Miguel Cotto, Shane Mosley, Juan Manuel Márquez y Timothy  Bradley. Desde el 2008 al 2010, cinco de sus siete triunfos fueron victorias de título mundial y en cinco divisiones de peso diferente, de 130 a 154 libras. Ningún otro boxeador activo ha vendido más taquillas en los Estados Unidos, que Pacquiao, quien a su crédito tiene sobre 18 millones de ventas de Pay-Per-View. Tras su derrota por decisión unánime ante Floyd Mayweather Jr. el 2 de mayo del 2015, una pelea de campeonato mundial que generó una cifra record de 4.5 millones de ventas de Pay-Per-View y sobre 400 millones en ingresos de televisión solamente, un saludable Pacquiao (había sufrido una lesión en el hombro derecho en el cuarto round de su pelea ante Mayweather) regresó a la ruta ganadora el 9 de abril en su segunda revancha ante el cinco-veces campeón mundial Tim Bradley. En una batalla de peleadores libra por libra, Pacquiao envío a Bradley a la lona en dos ocasiones en ruta a una dominante victoria por decisión unánime.

Vargas (27-1 10 KOs), nativo de Los Ángeles que ha vivido en Las Vegas, Nevada en los pasados 22 años, capturó el título superligero de la Asociación Mundial de Boxeo (AMB) el 19 de abril del 2014 en Las Vegas al derrotar por decisión unánime al hasta entonces invicto campeón Khabib Allakhverdiev. Vargas  defendió exitosamente su título en dos ocasiones en el mismo año, ganando decisiones unánimes ante el invicto Anton Novikov en Las Vegas y el ex campeón mundial Antonio DeMarco en Macao, China, en el respaldo del cartel Manny Pacquiao vs, Chris Algieri. Vargas subió de división para retar al ex campeón mundial Tim Bradley por el vacante título peso welter de la OMB en el 2015, perdiendo una decisión controversial. En el último minuto del asalto final, Vargas lastimó malamente y casi derribó a Bradley con una fuerte derecha que puso al dos-veces campeón divisional en problemas. Cuando Vargas iba a rematar a Bradley, el referee incorrectamente pensó que el combate se había acabado cuando aún quedaban siete segundos. Vargas hizo lo mejor que pudo en su próximo oportunidad de pelear por el título peso welter y dio la mejor demostración de su carrera. Con el nuevo entrenador Dewey Cooper, un ex campeón mundial de kickboxing, Vargas fue a Washington, D.C. y noqueó al invicto contendiente y ex olímpico estadounidense Sadam Ali, en el noveno asalto para ganar el vacante título mundial peso welter de la OMB. El impresionante resume de Vargas incluye victorias sobre los ex campeones mundiales: Stevie Forbes, Vivian Harris y los contendientes Josesito López, Wale ‘Lucky Boy’ Omotoso, Ray Narh y Lanardo Tyner. 

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SOLO BOXEO” DE TOP RANK INICIA UNA NUEVA SERIE EL 16 DE SEPTIEMBRE EN UNIVISION DEPORTES http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-solo-boxeo-de-top-rank-inicia-una-nueva-serie-el-16-de-septiembre-en-univision-deportes/ LAS VEGAS, NV (16 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2016) – Top Rank y Univision Deportes, la división deportiva multimedia de Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) que incluye UDN, la cadena deportiva número uno de cable en español, anuncian el muy esperado estreno de serie “Solo Boxeo” en su nuevo horario, el viernes, 16 de septiembre a las 11:00 p.m. Este/Pacífico con una trasmisión simultánea en las cadenas UDN y UniMás. El primer episodio de la serie incluirá peleas clásicas de los archivos de Top Rank con renombrados luchadores mexicanos en honor al Día de la Independencia de México.

Los fans del boxeo pueden esperar incluso más emocionantes peleas repletas de acción como las que vienen disfrutando desde la creación de la serie en el año 2000. Se presentará encuentros excepcionales con contrincantes de nivel mundial y sobresalientes boxeadores de gran futuro.

“Nuestra programación siempre evoluciona y, a partir del 16 de septiembre, continuaremos esa tradición”, dijo Todd duBoef, presidente de Top Rank. “Ahora que ‘Solo Boxeo’ se trasmitirá en un día distinto en UniMás, aumentaremos el alcance y la visibilidad de nuestro contenido. Llegaremos a una audiencia incluso más extensa, y “Solo Boxeo” estará listo para continuar su histórica trayectoria como la mejor serie de boxeo en español”.

“Nos complace ofrecer esta nueva serie de 'Solo Boxeo' con incluso más de las peleas que le encantan a nuestra audiencia”, dijo Juan Carlos Rodríguez, presidente de Univision Deportes. “Univision Deportes se propone transformar las noches de viernes en UniMás en una velada taquillera que los fanáticos del boxeo no se querrán perder”.

La serie “Solo Boxeo” se estrenará con un programa especial por el Día de la Independencia de México, con dos peleas clásicas de campeonatos mundiales de los  archivos de Top Rank, protagonizadas por cuatro legendarios campeones mexicanos: la revancha entre Óscar de la Hoya y Julio César Chávez, y la pelea entre Erik ‘El Terrible’ Morales y Marco Antonio Barrera, ambos del Pabellón de la Fama.

Las peleas en vivo volverán a “Solo Boxeo” el viernes, 23 de septiembre con una trasmisión simultánea desde Kissimmee, Fla., de las contiendas entre Julián “Hammer Hands” Rodríguez, invicto peso superligero (13-0, 10 KO) de Hasbrouch Heights, NJ, y el pugilista brasilero Claudionel Lacerda (17-15-1, 12 KO), y entre el invicto peso pluma Christopher ‘Pitufo’ Díaz (17-0, 11 KO), de Barranquitas, Puerto Rico y Raúl Hirales (22-5-1, 11 KO) de La Paz, México.

La serie “Solo Boxeo” de Top Rank es la preferida por los fans hispanos del boxeo desde hace 16 años. Ha presentado 800 eventos y más de 1,600 peleas en ciudades en todo Norteamérica. “Solo Boxeo” ha ofrecido peleas con los boxeadores más famosos del pasado, entre ellos Julio César Chávez padre, Juan Manuel Márquez y Miguel Cotto, además de superestrellas del futuro, incluyendo a Óscar Valdez, Gilberto ‘El Zurdo’ Ramírez, Félix ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo, Christopher ‘Pitufo’ Díaz, José Carlos Ramírez, Jessie Magdaleno y Andy Ruiz.

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Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) es la principal empresa de medios de comunicación al servicio de la comunidad hispana en los Estados Unidos. La Compañía, creadora líder de contenido en el país incluye la Cadena Univision, una de las principales cadenas televisivas de EE.UU., independientemente del idioma, y la cadena de televisión de habla hispana de mayor sintonía en el país, disponible en aproximadamente 93% de los hogares que ven televisión hispana en EE.UU.; UniMás, una cadena líder de televisión en español disponible en aproximadamente 87% de los hogares que ven televisión hispana en EE.UU.; Univision Cable Networks, que incluye Galavisión, el canal de entretenimiento por cable en español más visto del país, así como UDN (Univision Deportes Network), la cadena de deportes por cable en español de mayor sintonía en EE.UU.; Univision tlnovelas, una cadena de televisión por cable en español dedicada a transmitir telenovelas las 24 horas del día; ForoTV, una cadena de televisión por cable en español dedicada a noticias internacionales las 24 horas del día; y un conjunto adicional de señales de cable compuesto por De Película, De Película Clásico, Bandamax, Ritmoson y Telehit; Univision Television Group, división que es propietaria de 59 estaciones de televisión en los principales mercados hispanos de EE.UU. y en Puerto Rico; propiedades digitales que consisten en sitios web y aplicaciones para dispositivos móviles, entre ellos Univision.com, el sitio web en español más visitado por los hispanos en EE.UU., Univision Now, un servicio de videos directo al consumidor y Uforia, una aplicación de música que ofrece contenido musical en medios múltiples, The Root, el destino en línea preferido por los afroamericanos para noticias, opinión y cultura, y participación en The Onion, la principal marca del país para comedia y sátira noticiosa; y Univision Radio, el principal grupo radial hispano en EE.UU., que es propietario y administrador de 67 emisoras de radio en 16 de los 25 mercados hispanos más importantes de EE.UU. y Puerto Rico. Los activos de UCI también incluyen una participación minoritaria en El Rey Network, una cadena de cable en inglés que trasmite contenido de entretenimiento general las 24 horas, y una empresa conjunta con Disney/ABC Television Network para Fusion, una cadena digital de televisión que trasmite noticias y contenido sobre estilo de vida las 24 horas. UCI tiene su sede corporativa en la ciudad de Nueva York, opera sus cadenas de televisión desde Miami y tiene estaciones de televisión y radio, además de oficinas de ventas, en las principales ciudades de Estados Unidos. Para más información, por favor visite corporate.univision.com.

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Tue, 06 Sep 2016 13:19:31 -0500
"Solo Boxeo" Begins New Series Sept. 16th on Univision Deportes http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-quotsolo-boxeoquot-begins-new-series-sept-16th-on-univision-deportes/ LAS VEGAS, NV (SEPT 6, 2016) – Top Rank, and Univision Deportes, the multimedia sports division of Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) that includes UDN, the No. 1 Spanish-language cable sports network, announce the highly awaited series premiere of “Solo Boxeo” in its new time slot, on Friday, September 16th at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT with a simulcast on UDN and UniMás Network. The series opener will include classic matches from the Top Rank Vault featuring beloved Mexican fighters in honor of Mexico’s Independence Day.

Boxing fans can continue to expect even more of the exciting action-packed fights they have been enjoying since the series’ inception in 2000. World-rated contenders and outstanding prospects will continue to be featured in outstanding matchups.

“Our programming is always evolving and starting on September 16, we will continue with that tradition," said Todd duBoef, President of Top Rank.  "With the move of “Solo Boxeo” to a new day of the week on UniMás, we will expand the reach and visibility of our content.  We will reach an even broader audience and ‘Solo Boxeo’ will be primed to continue its historic run as the top Spanish language boxing series.”

“We are pleased to bring our audience this new series of 'Solo Boxeo' with even more of the fights they love,” said Juan Carlos Rodriguez, President of Univision Deportes. “Univision Deportes seeks to transform Friday nights on UniMás into the go-to blockbuster night for boxing fanáticos.” 

“Solo Boxeo” will make its series premiere with a special Mexican Independence Day program featuring two classic world championship fights from the Top Rank vaults, starring four legendary Mexican champions -- the rematch between Oscar De La Hoya and Julio Cesar Chavez and the battle between future Hall of Famers Erik ‘El Terrible’ Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera.

Live boxing will return to “Solo Boxeo” on Friday, September 23.  The live simulcast, from Kissimmee, Fla., will feature undefeated super lightweight contender Julian "Hammer Hands" Rodriguez (13-0, 10 KOs) of Hasbrouch Heights, NJ, against Brazilian buzz saw Claudionel Lacerda (17-15-1, 12 KOs) and undefeated featherweight contender Christopher ‘Pitufo’ Diaz (17-0, 11 KOs), from Barranquitas, Puerto Rico against Raul Hirales (22-5-1, 11 KOs) of La Paz, Mexico.

Top Rank's “Solo Boxeo” series has been a staple for Hispanic boxing fans for 16 years, televising 800 events and over 1,600 fights in cities throughout North America. “Solo Boxeo” has featured fights from the biggest names of the past, including Julio César Chávez Sr., Juan Manuel Márquez and Miguel Cotto, as well as future superstars, including Óscar Valdez, Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez, Félix ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo, Christopher ‘Pitufo’ Diaz, José Carlos Ramirez, Jessie Magdaleno and Andy Ruiz.

 

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About Univision Communications Inc.

Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) is the leading media company serving Hispanic America. The Company, a leading content creator in the U.S., includes Univision Network, one of the leading networks in the U.S. regardless of language and the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the country available in approximately 93% of U.S. Hispanic television households; UniMás, a leading Spanish-language broadcast television network available in approximately 87% of U.S. Hispanic television households; Univision Cable Networks, including Galavisión, the most-watched U.S. Spanish-language entertainment cable network, as well as UDN (Univision Deportes Network), the most-watched U.S. Spanish-language sports cable network, Univision tlnovelas, a 24-hour Spanish-language cable network dedicated to telenovelas, ForoTV, a 24-hour Spanish-language cable network dedicated to international news and an additional suite of cable offerings - De Película, De Película Clásico, Bandamax, Ritmoson and Telehit; Univision Television Group, which owns 59 television stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; digital properties consisting of online and mobile websites and apps, including Univision.com, the most visited Spanish-language website among U.S. Hispanics, Univision Now, a direct to consumer video service, Uforia, a music application featuring multimedia music content, The Root, the leading online news, opinion and culture destination for African-Americans and a stake in The Onion, the nation’s leading comedy and news satire brand; and Univision Radio, the leading Spanish-language radio group in the U.S. which owns and operates 67 radio stations including stations in 16 of the top 25 U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico. UCI’s assets also include a minority stake in El Rey Network, a 24-hour English-language general entertainment cable network and a joint venture with Disney/ABC Television Network for Fusion, a 24-hour English-language news and lifestyle TV and digital network. Headquartered in New York City, UCI has television network operations in Miami and television and radio stations and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States. For more information, please visit corporate.univision.com.

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Tue, 06 Sep 2016 13:06:05 -0500
Pacquiao-Vargas Tix Go On Sale Sept. 8th! http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-pacquiao-vargas-tix-go-on-sale-sept-8th/ BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF. (August 29, 2016) -- Boxing's only eight-division world champion and the reigning Fighter of the Decade, MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO, two-division world champion JESSIE VARGAS and Hall of Fame promoter BOB ARUM will host a Los Angeles press conference luncheon  on Next Thursday! September 8 in the Crystal Ballroom at The Beverly Hills Hotel (9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills, Calif. 90210).  Luncheon will be served at 12:30 p.m. with the press conference beginning at 1:00 p.m. PT.

Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs), from General Santos City, Philippines, will be campaigning to become the only sitting Congressman and Senator to win a world title when he collides with defending World Boxing Organization (WBO)welterweight world champion Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs), from Las Vegas, Nev.  Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with MP Promotions and Wynn Las Vegas, the Pacquiao vs. Vargas world championship event will take place Saturday, November 5, at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  Pacquiao vs. Vargas  and its co-main event fights will be distributed live on pay-per-view.

Tickets to the Pacquiao vs. Vargas world championship event go on sale Thursday, September 8 at 3:00 p.m. ET / Noon PT.  Priced at $1,000, $700, $500, $300, $100 and $50, not including applicable service fees, tickets may be purchased at the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office, online at http://www.unlvtickets.com/, 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).             

For fight updates go to www.toprank.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/trboxing or facebook.com/trboxeo, and on Twitter at twitter.com/trboxing or twitter.com/trboxeo.  Use the Hashtag #PacVargas to join the conversation on Twitter. 

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Mon, 29 Aug 2016 15:13:17 -0500
Felix Targets Flanagan http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-felix-targets-flanagan/ Fallon, Nevada - After he weighed in today WBO #3 lightweight contender Jose Felix Jr. of Los Mochis, Mexico said he will ask Top Rank to next make a fight with WBO champion Terry Flanagan.

"I've got to take care of Rob Frankel first - and he has a complicated style, the way he blocks shots and stuff - but after I win let's do a fight with Flanagan. I will fight Flanagan in His House, overseas. It doesn't matter where. Let's get it done."

Felix, 33-1-1, 25 KOs, was born and raised in Los Mochis, Mexico. He trained weeks in Los Mochis to get ready for Frankel, a rugged 34-16-7, 7 KO fighter from Denver. The fight is scheduled for 10 rounds in an outdoor arena and will open Top Rank's televised card on Solo Boxeo Unimas here Saturday night at the Churchhill County Fairgrounds in Fallon, Nevada.

Felix weighed 137.6 pounds today, as did Frankel.

In the main event - a NABO Featherweight title bout - Guy Robb, 18-1, 8 KOs, of Sacramento will battle Miguel Marriaga, 23-1, 19 KOs, of Cartegena, Colombia. Guy is trained by Ray Woods, the stepfather of the great Diego 'Chico' Corrales.  At the weigh-in in Robb weighed 126 pounds, as did Marriaga.

The Top Rank fight card includes New York featherweight prospect Jose Gonzalez, 4-0-1, 2 KOs who will take on Gelacio Cruz, 2-3-2,1 KO of McAllen, Texas.  Jose trained primarily in New York but stopped in Las Vegas to train which included a sparring session with Yuriorkis Gamboa.

Tickets for the fight Saturday are $20 adults, $10 children under 10 general admission and $35 ringside. The event is promoted by Top Rank, Let's Get It On Boxing and the City of Fallon.

The Unimas telecast will air 11 pm eastern, 10 pm central, 11 pm pacific.

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Mon, 29 Aug 2016 11:38:12 -0500
Robb Promises to Control the Action Against Marriaga http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-robb-promises-to-control-the-action-against-marriaga/

Jose Felix appears on Saturday's card in Fallon, Nevada. 

Fallon, NV (August 25, 2016) – Featherweight contender Guy Robb assures he has the perfect plan and necessary confidence to control the action and come out with a big win on his next fight, this Saturday, August 27, that will take place at the Churchill County Fairgrounds.

Robb (18-1, 8 KO’s), from Sacramento, California, will battle for the vacant North American Boxing Organization (NABO) featherweight title against Colombia’s Miguel Marriaga (23-1, 19 KO’s) in the main event of the ‘Solo Boxeo’ card that will be presented by Top Rank, Let’s Get It On Promotions, and the city of Fallon.
 
“Marriaga has power and he likes to take control of fights. He also likes to fight at his pace, not mine. I will take control of the fight early with a hard jab and angles,” assured Robb. “My trainer is Ray Woods – Stepfather of Diego Corrales – and he has big pictures of ‘Chico’ at our gym in Fresno. Those photos from ‘Chico’ motivate me. Ray has been in big fights and he has trained me for a big fight this Saturday. Ray gives me all the necessary confidence for a fight like this,” added Robb.
 
In the fight that will start the television broadcast on UniMas, Mexican lightweight contender, José Félix Jr. (33-1-1, 25 KO’s), from Los Mochis, Sinaloa, will clash against Rob Frankel (34-16-1, 7 KO’s) in a ten-round bout.
 
Also on the card, unbeaten featherweight prospect, José ‘El Chocolatito’ González (4-0-1, 2 KO’s) from New York, will face Gelacio Cruz in a four-round fight.
 
Robb vs. Marriaga and Felix Jr. vs. Frankel will be televised this Saturday, August 27 from coast to coast in the United States at 11 p.m. ET/ PT on ‘Solo Boxeo’ UniMás.
 
Tickets priced at: $35.00 (Ringside) and $20.00 (General Entrance), plus applicable charges, can be acquired on the website www.VisitFallonNevada.com/FallonFights or charging by phone by calling 775-423-4556. VIP tables ($600) and Ringside tables ($250.00) will also be available.
 
Use the hashtag #SoloBoxeo to join the conversation on social media.

 

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CONTACTS:
 
TOP RANK
Lee Samuels:  702-378-1083 / Lee@toprank.com
Gardy Lopez: 787-246-3668 / GLopez@toprank.com                                                                     

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Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:37:14 -0500
Guy Robb asegura controlará la acción este sábado en ‘Solo Boxeo’ http://www.toprank.com/news/guy-robb-asegura-controlara-la-accion-este-sabado-en-solo-boxeo/ Fallon, NV (25 de agosto del 2016) – El contendiente peso pluma Guy Robb asegura tener el plan perfecto y la confianza necesaria para controlar la acción y  salir con un gran triunfo de su próximo compromiso sobre el ensogado, que se llevará a cabo este sábado, 27 de agosto en la función ‘Solo Boxeo’ que se celebrará en el Churchill County Fairgrounds.

Robb (18-1, 8 KO’s), de Sacramento, California, disputará el vacante título regional peso pluma NABO de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) ante el colombiano Miguel Marriaga (23-1, 19 KO’s) en el evento estelar de la cartelera ‘Solo Boxeo’ que presentará Top Rank en asociación con Let’s Get It On Promotions y la ciudad de Fallon.

“Marriaga tiene poder y le gusta tener el control de la pelea. También sé que le gusta pelear a su paso y no al mío. Tomaré el control de la pelea temprano con un fuerte jab y trabajando en ángulos,” dijo Robb. “Mi entrenador es Ray Woods -- Padrastro de ‘Chico’ Corrales -- y él tiene fotos de ‘Chico’ en nuestro gimnasio en Sacramento. Esas fotos de ‘Chico’ me motivan. Ray ha estado en peleas grandes y él me ha preparado para una gran pelea el sábado. Ray me da toda la confianza que necesito en una pelea como esta,” añadió Robb.

En el combate que comenzará la transmisión de televisión por la cadena UniMás, el contendiente peso ligero, el mexicano José Félix Jr. (33-1-1, 25 KO’s) de Los Mochis, Sinaloa, chocará ante Rob Frankel (34-16-1, 7 KO’s) en un combate a diez asaltos.

Además, el invicto prospecto pluma José ‘El Chocolatito’ González (4-0-1, 2 KO’s) de Nueva York, enfrentará a Gelacio Cruz en un combate a cuatro rounds.

Los combates Robb vs. Marriaga y Felix Jr. vs. Frankel serán televisados en el gustado programa ‘Solo Boxeo’ que se transmitirá este sábado, 27 de agosto a las 11 p.m. ET/PT de costa a costa en los Estados Unidos por UniMás.

Taquillas a precios de $35.00 (Ringside) y $20.00 (Entrada General), más cargos aplicables pueden ser adquiridas en el sitio web www.VisitFallonNevada.com/FallonFights o cargando por teléfono llamando al 775-423-4556. También tendremos disponible mesas VIP ($600) y mesas ringside ($250.00). Debe llamar con anticipación para realizar reservación de mesas.

Para actualizaciones, visita nuestro sitio web: www.TopRank.com, en Facebook: www.Facebook.com/trboxeo o www.Facebook.com/trboxing, síguenos en Twitter: www.Twitter.com/trboxeo o www.Twitter.com/trboxing. Utiliza el hashtag #SoloBoxeo para unirte a la conversación en las redes sociales.

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Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:14:46 -0500
Fuera del hospital Félix ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo http://www.toprank.com/news/fuera-del-hospital-felix-el-diamante-verdejo/ SAN JUAN, P.R. – El invicto contendiente mundial, el boricua Félix ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo, fue dado de alta del hospital Centro Médico tras haber sufrido un accidente en motocicleta.

El ex olímpico puertorriqueño sufrió el accidente el pasado domingo, 7 de agosto, cuando transitaba por la carretera PR-3 en dirección de Rio Grande a Carolina y perdió el control de su motocicleta al tratar de esquivar un hoyo específicamente en el kilometro 28.0 de esta carretera.

“Definitivamente he aprendido una gran lección. No soy perfecto. Sigo creciendo como persona y hoy estoy más comprometido que nunca con mi pueblo y con mi carrera,” afirmó Verdejo. “Quiero agradecer al pueblo puertorriqueño y a toda la fanaticada del boxeo por sus mensajes de apoyo en este momento difícil. Gracias por preocuparse por mi y por ponerme en sus oraciones,” añadió ‘El Diamante’. “Gracias a Dios estoy en pie de lucha, con cicatrices que me recordarán esta experiencia de la que he aprendido mucho. Me siento más maduro, decidido y deseoso de darle a mi isla la alegría de un título mundial,” finalizó diciendo Verdejo.

“Un accidente costoso que esperamos le provea a Félix y a todos los atletas jóvenes una lección que le dure toda la vida. Sinceramente nosotros estamos muy agradecidos por el apoyo y el cariño que él ha recibido de su isla y de toda la comunidad del boxeo,” dijo Carl Moretti, vicepresidente de Top Rank.

Verdejo, quien tiene marca profesional de 22-0, 15 nocauts, se tomará el tiempo que sea necesario para recuperarse de sus heridas y una vez se recupere totalmente, retomará su carrera boxística.

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Fri, 12 Aug 2016 22:07:56 -0500
Felix Verdejo Released from Hospital http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-felix-verdejo-released-from-hospital/
SAN JUAN, P.R. –
 Unbeaten world title contender, Puerto Rico’s Felix ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo, was released from the hospital after suffering a motorcycle accident.

The former Puerto Rican Olympian suffered the accident last Sunday, August 7, when he was riding on road PR-3 from Rio Grande to Carolina and lost control of his motorcycle after trying to avoid a bump on the road, specifically in the Kilometer 28.0 of this road.

“I have definitely learned a big lesson. I'm not perfect. I'll keep growing as a person and today I'm more committed than ever with my people and my career,” affirmed Verdejo. “I want to thank Puerto Rico and all the boxing fans for all the messages of support during this difficult time, for worrying about me and for putting me in your prayers,” added ‘El Diamante’. “Thanks to God, I'm ready to keep on fighting, with scars that will make me remember this learning experience. I feel more mature, focused and anxious to bring to my Island the happiness of a world title,” finalized saying Verdejo.

“A painful and costly accident that will hopefully provide Felix and all young athletes life long lasting lessons. We sincerely appreciate the support & love he has received from his island and the boxing community,” said Carl Moretti, Vice President of Top Rank.

Verdejo, who has a professional record of 22-0, 15 knockouts, will take the time necessary to recover from his injuries and once he is fully recovered, he will resume his boxing career.

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Fri, 12 Aug 2016 21:55:18 -0500
Diaz Needs Win for Shot at 5th World Title Shot http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-diaz-needs-win-for-shot-at-5th-world-title/ TUCSON, AZ – Former lightweight world champion and proven in-ring warrior, Juan ‘Baby Bull’ Diaz has the hunger to capture a world title once again and he knows that to get even closer to that precious championship opportunity he will have to surpass the test that he will have in front of him this Saturday, August 6, in front of a sold out crowd on the ‘Solo Boxeo Unimas’ card that will take place at the Grand Ballroom of the Casino del Sol Resort in the city known as ‘The Sunshine Factory’.
 
Diaz (41-4, 20 KO’s), from Houston, Texas, who has been crowned in multiple occasions as lightweight king, hopes to continue his steady pace towards the opportunity to fight for a world title once again when he battles against Mexico’s ‘Cesar Vazquez (27-3, 16 KO’s) – a former world title challenger – in a ten-round bout on the main event of the card that will be televised this Saturday at 11 p.m. ET/PT in the United States by UniMás.
 
“I have been there before and I know what it takes to get back onto the big stage again. I am only fighting now for one reason. I want to win a fifth world title. That puts a mark of importance on my fight Saturday night because I must win to get to where I want to go,” recognized Diaz. “I can not, must not have any setbacks. Winning is the only thing now. This is what I am dealing with when I fight Vazquez on Unimas at Casino del Sol in Tucsonon Saturday night,” added ‘The Baby Bull”
 
"I want big fights now. I want to wear the belt again," said Diaz. “At home in my trophy room I have spotlights beamed right on my four world title belts. I have another spotlight ready to shine on my 5th world title belt,” said Diaz. "When you are a champion you are a different person. Your are the Champion. This motivates me now every time I get into the ring to train and every time I get into the ring to fight.”
 

In the fight that will start the UniMás broadcast, Jose Maruffo (8-4-2, 0 KO's) from Phoenix, Arizona, will face Mexico's Alfonso Olvera (7-2, 3 KO's) in a six round super lightweight fight. 

Diaz vs. Vazquez / Maruffo vs. Olvera will be televised on August 6 at 11 p.m. ET/PT on ‘Solo Boxeo UniMás’.
 
Also on the card, unbeaten Phoenix contender, Trevor McCumby (22-0, 17 KO’s) will risk his undefeated record against Puerto Rico’sManny Siaca (25-8, 20 KO’s) in an eight-round bout on the Light Heavyweight division.

2012 Olympic gold medalist and undefeated Russian prospect, Egor Mekhontsev (11-0, 7 KO’s), will also see action on Saturday's event. Mekhontsev will face Alexander Johnson (16-4, 7 KO’s) in an 8-round light heavyweight rumble.
  
For updates about this card, visit: www.TopRank.com or www.CasinoDelSol.com.
 
Use the hashtag #SoloBoxeo to join the conversation on social media.
 

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CONTACTS:
 
TOP RANK
Lee Samuels:  702-378-1083 / Lee@toprank.com
Gardy Lopez: 787-246-3668 / GLopez@toprank.com                                                      

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Thu, 04 Aug 2016 20:13:32 -0500
Juan ‘Baby Bull’ Díaz quiere regresar a la cima http://www.toprank.com/news/juan-baby-bull-diaz-quiere-regresar-a-la-cima/ TUCSON, AZ - El ex campeón mundial de peso ligero, el mexicano Juan ‘Baby Bull’ Díaz tiene hambre de capturar nuevamente un título mundial y sabe que para estar aún más cerca de la ansiada oportunidad de disputar un cinto mundialista, tendrá que pasar la prueba que se le presenta este sábado, 6 de agosto ante un todo vendido en la función ‘Solo Boxeo UniMás’ que se llevará a cabo en el ‘Grand Ballroom’ del Casino del Sol Resort en la llamada ‘Fabrica del Sol’. 

Díaz (41-4, 19 KO’s), de Houston, Texas,  quien se ha coronado en múltiples ocasiones como monarca peso ligero y espera continuar su paso firme rumbo a una oportunidad que le permita disputar su quinto título mundial, batallará en un combate a diez asaltos ante el mexicano Cesar Vázquez (27-3, 16 KO’s) – un ex retador de campeonato mundial -- en el evento estelar del cartel que será televisado este sábado a las 11 p.m. ET/PT  en los Estados Unidos por la cadena UniMás.

“Ya yo he estado en la cima y sé lo que necesito hacer para regresar a los grandes escenarios nuevamente. Yo solamente estoy peleando por una razón. Quiero ganar un quinto título mundial. Eso le pone una marca de importancia a mi pelea del sábado porque debo ganar para llegar a donde quiero,” reconoció Díaz. “No puedo tener ningún contratiempo. Ganar es lo único que debo hacer ahora mismo. Con eso estaré lidiando cuando pelee ante Vázquez en la noche del sábado,” añadió el ‘Baby Bull’.

“Yo quiero las peleas grandes ahora. Quiero tener el título otra vez. En el cuarto de trofeos en mi casa tengo luces enfocadas en mis cuatro títulos mundiales. Tengo otra luz lista para brillar en mi quinto título,” dijo Díaz. “Cuando eres campeón, eres una persona diferente. Eres el campeón. Eso me motiva ahora cada vez que subo al ring para entrenar y a pelear.”

En el combate que comenzará la transmisión de televisión de la cadena UniMás, Jose Maruffo (8-4-2, 0 KO's) de Phoenix, Arizona, enfrentará al mexicano Alfonso Olvera (7-2, 3 KO's) en un combate a seis asaltos en el peso superligero.

Los combates Díaz vs. Vázquez / Maruffo vs. Olvera serán televisados el sábado, 6 de agosto a las 11 p.m. ET/PT en el gustado programa ‘Solo Boxeo UniMás’ de la cadena UniMás.

Además, el invicto contendiente de Phoenix, Arizona, Trevor McCumby (22-0, 17 KO’s) arriesgará su marca invicta ante el puertorriqueño Manny Siaca (25-8, 20 KO’s) en un combate a ochos episodios en el peso semipesado.

El medallista de oro olímpico e invicto prospecto ruso, Egor Mekhontsev (11-0, 7 KO’s), también estará en acción en la función de este sábado. Mekhontsev chocará ante el estadounidense Alexander Johnson (16-4, 7 KO’s) en una reyerta a ocho vueltas en la división de los semipesados.

Para más detalles de esta cartelera, visita: www.TopRank.com o www.CasinoDelSol.com.

Utiliza el hashtag #SoloBoxeo para unirte a la conversación en las redes sociales.

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Thu, 04 Aug 2016 19:32:20 -0500
Oscar Valdez regresará a Tucson como campeón mundial http://www.toprank.com/news/oscar-valdez-regresara-a-tucson-como-campeon-mundial/ TUCSON, ARIZONA - ¡Valdez regresa a casa como campeón! El nuevo monarca pluma de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), el invicto pegador azteca Óscar Valdez, regresará victorioso a la ciudad que lo vio crecer, tras alcanzar su meta de conquistar un título mundial. El dos-veces olímpico mexicano compartirá un buen rato junto a su gente, este sábado, 6 de agosto, en el cartel ‘Solo Boxeo UniMás’ que se celebrará en el Casino Del Sol.

Valdez (20-0, 18 KO’s), quién nació en Nogales, Sonora, México, alcanzó su sueño de conquistar un título mundial el pasado mes de julio al fulminar en dos asaltos al argentino Matías ‘La Cobrita’ Rueda en el evento coestelar del cartel Crawford vs. Postol que se llevó a cabo en el MGM Grand Garden Arena de Las Vegas.

“He soñado con este día desde que tengo ocho años,” dijo el invicto púgil sonorense. “Regresar a Tucson como campeón mundial. El boxeo es mi pasión. Quiero agradecer a Top Rank, a mi padre y a mi manejador Frank Espinoza. ¡Los sueños si se hacen realidad!,” afirmó Valdez.

Pronto se estarán anunciando detalles de la primera defensa titular de Valdez.

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Rex Tso Headlines "Battle of the Victors" in Hong Kong http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-rex-tso-headlines-quotbattle-of-the-victorsquot-in-hong-kong/ August 1st, 2016, Hong Kong – Rex “The Wonder Kid” Tso is set for his highly anticipated return to the ring at “Battle of Victors” on Saturday, October 8th. Co-promoted by top Hong Kong boxing promoter DEF Promotions and world-leading boxing promoter Top Rank, Battle of Victors is sponsored in part by Formula Electric Racing Hong Kong Limited, and will be one of the highlights of the FIA Formula E Hong Kong ePrix weekend (8-9 October).

Tso (19W – 0L, 12 KO), coming off a resounding victory against top Korean Young Gil Bae on May 14th, 2016, is scheduled to face fellow undefeated fighter Ryuto Maekawa (11W – 0L – 1D, 7 KO) of Japan for the vacant WBO International Junior Bantamweight (115 lbs) title. The always-dangerous Maekawa, rated #2 in Asia by the WBO Asia-Pacific, is a highly regarded prospect training out of the fabled Watanabe Gym and is managed by former world champion Yoko Gushiken, who made 13 successful title defenses. Maekawa, coming off a stunning 1st round KO victory in March, is known for his speed and counterpunching.

With an audience of more than 5,000 and eight scheduled bouts with fighters from Australia, Japan, the UK, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Nepal, Hong Kong, and Macau on the fight card, Battle of Victors is set to be biggest professional boxing event in Hong Kong history. Also on the card are Rex Tso’s stablemate Raymond Poon, “The Macau Kid” Ng Kuok Kun, and white-collar standout Tom Taw of the UK, who is set to face former Indonesian bantamweight champion Marco Tuhumury.

Battle of Victors will be the Saturday evening entertainment for the inaugural FIA Formula E Hong Kong ePrix event. The world-class racing event will attract a large number of overseas visitors, and almost all tickets for the two-day racing event are sold out. Mr Alan Fang, CEO of Formula E Racing Hong Kong Limited, commented on this unique sports-entertainment collaboration, saying, “Our partnership with DEF Promotions and Top Rank reinforces our vision of making the inaugural Formula E HKT Hong Kong ePrix weekend the highlight of Hong Kong’s social and sporting calendar. We are confident that the confluence of world-class sport in this premier fight card and the on-track action at the HKT Hong Kong ePrix will provide a compelling weekend of entertainment for both local and international visitors.”

Top Rank is working with DEF Promotions to organise its second-ever event in Hong Kong, with Battle of Victors marking Top Rank-signed boxer Rex Tso’s milestone 20th professional bout. Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank said, “I am very pleased to see Rex Tso emerge as a big star in this part of the world. Rex is world-rated and we expect to see Rex continue to succeed and impress in the ring and to become one of the big stars in Asia.”

Tickets for Battle of Victors will be priced at HK$380, HK$580, HK$880, HK$1,280, and HK$1,880, and will be available for sale through HK Ticketing beginning in mid-August.

About Top Rank, Inc.

Las Vegas-based Top Rank, Inc. has nurtured some of boxing’s all-time greats and produced some of its most exciting bouts. Since promoting his first fight for Muhammad Ali in 1966, Top Rank founder and International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee CEO Bob Arum has played a major role in positioning Las Vegas as the “Fight Capital of the World”. Top Rank promotes fights across the globe, and its roster includes stars and champions such as Manny Pacquiao, Terence Crawford, Timothy Bradley, Zou Shiming, Vasyl Lomachenko, Gilberto 'Zurdo' Ramirez and Nonito 'Filipino Flash' Donaire. The company made its first foray in Greater China in April 2012, and has promoted events in Macau, Shanghai, and beginning with Clash of Champions on May 14th, 2016, in Hong Kong.

 

About the FIA Formula E Championship

Formula E is a ground-breaking FIA championship and the world’s first fully-electric racing series. It represents a vision for the future of the motor industry, serving as a framework for research and development around the electric vehicle, accelerating general interest in these cars and promoting sustainability. Organised by Formula Electric Racing (Hong Kong) Limited, the HKT Hong Kong ePrix is the opening event on the 2016/17 Formula E circuit and will focus the attention of motorsport fans worldwide on Hong Kong for the first major international motorsport race in the city in over 30 years.

 

About DEF Promotions

DEF Promotions, is the premier combat sports promotion company in Hong Kong. In addition to being the driving force behind professional boxing in Hong Kong, the company is also the representative of Rex “The Wonder Kid” Tso, who has taken professional boxing by storm since his professional debut in September 2011.

 

 

Contact information:

Dr. Ken Ho

Director of Marketing and Communications, DEF Promotions

(852) 6437 9552

kenho@def.com.hk

 

Lee Samuels

Publicist, Top Rank Boxing

+1 702 732 2717

+1 702 378 1083 (mobile)

lee@toprank.com

 

Gardy Lopez

Social Media Specialist, Top Rank Boxing

+1 787 246 3668

glopez@toprank.com

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Terence Crawford Adds a Title to Become Division King http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-terence-crawford-adds-a-title-to-become-division-king/  LAS VEGAS – Speed kills.  Saturday night, in a big-time boxing arena, in a big-time battle for future fame and riches, a Porsche took on a Ford Fairlane.  The result at the finish line was never in doubt.    

"The IcemanVIKTOR POSTOL, a nice 140-pounder from Kiev, Ukraine, with a title belt that said WBC, summarized:  “He was too fast.  I had no answer for him.” 

Freddie Roach, a Hall-of-Fame trainer who had prepared Postol, seconded that summary:  “He surprised me how fast he was.”   

The “he” in all this was  TERENCE "Bud" CRAWFORD, the pride of Omaha, Neb., and now lineal king of the sport’s 140-pounders, with ownership of both Postol’s  World Boxing Council (WBC) belt and his own  World Boxing Organization (WBO).  In boxing, they call that title unification.  Also in boxing, they call what Crawford did to Postol, in front of 7,027 in the  MGM Grand Garden Arena here, a rout.   

The three judges, Guido Cavalleri, Don Trella and Dave Moretti, made the rout official.  Cavalleri and Trella scored it 118-107, or 10 rounds to two with a 10-7 fifth round, when Crawford knocked Postol down twice.  Those were both kind of rinky-dink knockdowns, Postol losing his balance and touching his knee down after a routine punch, and then later touching the canvas with his glove after another.  The most interesting part of the scoring was Moretti’s 117-108 that included a 10-9 round for Postol, even though he had been penalized a point during the 11th round by referee Tony Weeks for hitting Crawford behind the head.

Those details mattered much less than the significance of Crawford’s victory, and the domination therein.  Top Rank Promotions, of whom Crawford is a part, must now find the best-possible opponent for its star, Manny Pacquiao, who took a boxer’s retirement (defined as saying you are going to quit and then you don’t) and will fight Nov. 5 at the Thomas and Mack Center here.  If boxing is to creep back into the sports’ public mainstream, as it recovers from the 2015 Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr., farce, Pacquiao’s next fight must be appealing and actually competitive.  Not just promoted as such.   

While Saturday night’s Crawford - Postol fight wasn’t one of those on-the-edge-of-your-seat battles, Crawford’s speed and excellence will certainly give some fans hope for some real drama against Pacquiao. Bob Arum, Top Rank’s founder and chief executive, kept it close to his vest after the fight, saying that the night was for celebration for Crawford and not for decision-making quite yet on a Pacquiao foe.  All reports had Arum grinning as he said it.

Boxing is in deep need of mainstream superstars.  Crawford may have just sprinted into that picture. The current biggest name in the sport -- Mayweather is retired, too, and likely will be back soon -- is Gennady Golovkin, known affectionately as Triple G.  Golovkin has a hard time getting big-name fighters to box him.  Most recently, one of those, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, beat Amir Khan impressively and motioned to Golovkin, in the audience, that he wanted him next.  But after Canelo and his handlers slept on it, they decided to take a different fight in September in Dallas. Speculation now is that Canelo will be ready to fight Triple-G sometime around 2040, if they can find an arena in a rest home.    

After Crawford-Postol, the only hesitation in canonizing Crawford might be the question of just how good Postol really was.  He had earned the spot in this fight with a stunning knockout of Lucas Matthyyse. But once Postol got in the ring with Crawford, it was readily apparent that a good fighter was taking on a great one. 

Postol tried to stalk Crawford, but it was like trying to catch a bird with your bare hands.  Postol was like a hunter, trying to adjust his gunsight.  But once he did, the target had disappeared.  He fought from a straight-up, jab-arm-extended stance that triggered memories of grainy news-reel films of Max Schmeling. Crawford’s strategy was simpler: Now you see him, now you don’t.    

Crawford gave credit to his trainer, Brian McIntyre, who studied Postol on film and concluded that he had to be stationary to throw a decent punch.   

“We kept moving, so he couldn’t do that,” Crawford said.     

The only possible negative for Crawford Saturday night was his hot-dogging and trash-talking in the 12th and final round.  Postol was trying his best to swing for a knockout.  He and all 7,027 in the place knew that was his only chance.  Crawford, of course, was too fast for that, but taunted Postol’s valiant effort. Crawford could take a lesson on that from Mayweather, who probably made close to a billion dollars in purses in his splendid and unbeaten career, but had fewer fans than he might have, had his comportment been a bit less abrasive.    

As it turned out, the 7-1 Vegas odds on Crawford that so many found out of line -- Roach called that outrageous and said it should have been an even fight -- were about right. Roach had even put down a $1,000 bet on his fighter, but it is clear now that that was more in investment in public relations enhancement than a real expectation of a cash windfall.

Crawford’s windfall from Saturday night was $1.3 million.  That’s likely a pittance compared to what he might get to fight Pacquiao.      

Postol will take home $675,000, and that may go fast.  When he arrives, he will see, for the first time, his twin sons, born last Tuesday. Diapers aren’t cheap.

 

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* This column was not subject to the approval of Top Rank.  Any editorial usage of all or part of this column is welcome but must include credit to Bill Dwyre.

 

Bill Dwyre will be writing a series of weekly columns on the Crawford vs. Postol world championship event. Bill was sports editor of The Los Angeles Times for 25 years, ending in 2006.  He was a sports columnist for 9 1/2 years at The Times, ending Nov. 25 with his retirement.  Boxing was among his most frequent column topics.  Bill can be contacted at BillPatDwyre@gmail.com or via Twitter at @BillDwyre.

 

 

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             The  Crawford - Postol world championship event was promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Tecate, All Star Boxing and the motion picture "Hands of Stone," and was produced and distributed live byHBO Pay-Per-View®.    

 

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HBO Sports® presents WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®: TERENCE CRAWFORD VS. VIKTOR POSTOL, the exclusive replay of their highly anticipated junior welterweight unification title fight, THIS SATURDAY! JULY 30 at 10:15 p.m. (ET/PT).  The HBO Sports team, which was ringside at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 9, called the action, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino.

         

Other HBO playdates: July 31 (10:15 a.m.) and Aug. 2 (11:20 p.m.)

         

HBO2 playdate: July 31 (5:15 p.m.) and Aug.1 (12:30 a.m.)

         

The fight will also be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO® and HBO On Demand®.

 

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            For fight updates go to www.toprank.com, or www.hbo.com/boxing, on Facebook atfacebook.com/trboxingfacebook.com/trboxeo or facebook.com/hboboxing, and on Twitter attwitter.com/trboxingtwitter.com/trboxeo, or twitter.com/hboboxing.  Use the Hashtag #CrawfordPostol to join the conversation on Twitter. 

 

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FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (Media):

 

TOP RANK

Lee Samuels:  702-378-1083 / Lee@toprank.com

Gardy Lopez: 787-246-3668 / GLopez@toprank.com 

Ricardo Jimenez/Valdez:  909-615-3436 / ricardoej@aol.com 

Fred Sternburg: 303-548-0707 / TooFred@aol.com

Ed Keenan:  609-399-1330 / Keenan@emcevents.com

 

HBO

Kevin Flaherty:  212-512-5052 / kevin.flaherty@hbo.com        

Patrick Byrne: 212-512-1361 / patrick.byrne@hbo.com  

 

MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL

Scott Ghertner:  702-692-6700 / sghertner@mgmresorts.com

Lisa Campos:  702-692-6700 / lcampos@mgmresorts.com

 

CREDENTIALS:

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Oscar Valdez va tras el sueño de coronarse campeón mundial este sábado en la función Crawford vs. Postol http://www.toprank.com/news/oscar-valdez-va-tras-el-sueno-de-coronarse-campeon-mundial-este-sabado-en-la-funcion-crawford-vs-postol/ LAS VEGAS, NEV. (21 de julio del 2016) – Desde los ocho años de edad, el invicto contendiente mexicano Oscar Valdez ha soñado con conquistar un campeonato mundial, este sábado, 23 de julio, el dos-veces olímpico azteca tendrá la oportunidad de alcanzar esa meta en la función que será estelarizada por el choque unificatorio entre los invictos monarcas de peso junior welter, Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford y Viktor ‘The Iceman’ Postol en el MGM Grand Graden Arena.

Valdez (20-0, 17 KOs), quien representó a  México en las olimpiadas del 2008 y 2012, y fue el primer mexicano en cualificar a dos Juegos Olímpicos, enfrentará al fuerte pegador argentino Matías "La Cobrita" Rueda (26-0, 23 KOs), de Tandil, Buenos Aires, Argentina, por el vacante título peso pluma de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB).

"Soñé con este momento desde que tenía ocho años. Pelear por el título de la OMB es lo más grande para mi. Estoy muy emocionado y ansioso de subir al ring," dijo Valdez "Hicimos un gran trabajo en el gimnasio y ahí es donde realmente se ganan las peleas. Voy a dar lo mejor de mi para traerme el título a México. No voy a desaprovechar esta gran oportunidad," añadió el dos-veces olímpico.

"No cabe duda que nosotros vinimos a ganar. Vengo de Argentina con una gran preparación para dar una gran pelea ante un gran rival," ripostó Rueda. "No venimos a ver que pasa y a ver cuantos rounds aguantamos. Vinimos a ganar y a seguir el legado de argentinos que han sido campeones del mundo. A eso vinimos," finalizó diciendo el peleador al que apodan 'La Cobrita'.

El respaldo del pay-per-view también presentará al ex campeón mundial interinoJosé Benavídez Jr., arriesgando su invicto y su clasificación mundial en un combate a 10 asalto en el peso welter ante Francisco ‘Chia’ Santana y al invicto contendiente Oleksandr 'The Nail' Gvozdyk defendiendo su título semi pesado de la NABF ante el dos-veces retador a título mundial Tommy Karpency.

Presentada por Top Rank®, en asociación con Tecate, All Star Boxing y la película‘Hands of Stone’, el evento de campeonato mundial Crawford vs. Postol será producido y distribuido en vivo por HBO Pay-Per-View comenzando el sábado, 23 de julio, a las 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.

Taquillas restantes para el evento de campeonato mundial Crawford vs. Postol, a precios de: $304, $204, $104 y $54, sin incluir los cargos aplicables pueden ser adquiridas cargando por teléfono con tarjeta de crédito, llamando a AXS al (888) 929-7849 o visitando los sitios web: mgmgrand.com o www.axs.com.

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The Golden Age of the Jr. Welterweight Division http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotionsthe-golden-age-of-the-jr-welterweight-division/ LAS VEGAS – Wednesday was yet another day of boxing fun and folly.  There may be more colorful sports on the day of the actual competition.  But there is none better than boxing during the run-up.  These guys could make a turtle race sound like a Super Bowl.

Some of it was legitimate, even charming.   

Viktor Postol of Ukraine, who will fight Terence Crawford of Omaha for the unified World Boxing Organization (WBO) / World Boxing Council (WBC)140-pound title here Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, greeted reporters with the news that he was a new father, as of Tuesday.

“Twin boys,” he said, beaming.

Then, in the middle of the media session, his phone rang and soon everybody was looking, via Facetime, at a weary and smiling mom.  There was Olga Postol, telling her husband from Ukraine, that the anesthesia was just starting to wear off.

He was quickly asked the usual sportswriter cliché question of whether or not this would affect him in any way in the ring Saturday night.

“It maybe gives me extra energy,” Postol said, “but I’m just happy that everybody (Olga and new sons Lukian and Timofey) is healthy.  All I have to do now is win.”     

Postol’s trainer, the famed Freddie Roach, weighed in on things by saying he measured his own confidence in his fighters by his willingness to make a bet on them.  He said he would do that at the Sports Book on Postol.

“Odds against him are 6-1,” Roach said.  “That’s outrageous.”               

Crawford started his media session by assuring everybody he hated all interviews.  Then he spent half an hour charming a room full of interviewers.   

He has built a gym in North Omaha, and said he did that because, as a youngster, the closest one for him to use was downtown.

“I’d ride my bike down there,” he said, “and then, when I was done working out, I was too little and too tired -- and it was too far -- to ride it back home.  So coaches drove me home.          

“I work out in my gym now, but not at any set time.  When I get there, the kids are just kind of fooling around.  But when I start to work, they look at me and then they start to get to work.  I need to be a role model.  Kids need somebody to give them hope, to tell them they have some talent and some skills.”        

He was quizzed about who taught him to switch, so effectively and often in mid-fight, from an orthodox right-handed fighting stance to a lefty approach.      

“I taught myself,” he said.  “The first time I did it in training, my coach yelled at me.  Then I did it again and he yelled at me again.  Then we got into fights and I did it and he yelled at me, but it worked and he saw that.  Pretty soon, he said we need to work that into our training sessions.”     

But it was left to the master of all boxing ceremonies, Top Rank Promotions Chief Executive Bob Arum, to top it all, as he always does.  Wednesday of big fight week is also always final news conference day. Which means Arum has a podium and an audience. Only God knows what will ensue.  

It always starts fairly innocently, with introductions of hotel officials and HBO officials and other boxing dignitaries.  You always think, about halfway through, that this time has a chance to be normal, maybe even boring.    

But no.  Never.

Bob Bennett, executive director of the Nevada Athletic Commission and one of several on the dais as sort of official window dressing, unknowingly gave Arum the little nudge he needed.  Bennett spoke of good things going on in the sports he and his organization sanction and regulate and he made the serious mistake of tossing in mixed martial arts with boxing.  His said both sports are now cooperating with drug testing programs.

Bennett yielded the microphone back to Arum, the volume turned up and lights on the soapbox got brighter.  MMA is the most direct competitor that boxing has and Arum likes the sport like a five-year-old likes spinach.  He said that drug testing was nice but not all that necessary because boxers don’t generally cheat. But as for MMA, “They aren’t concerned with drug testing.  Why should they be?  Their results come out after the fights.  By then, everybody has their money.”   

Then, with David Copperfield sleight of segue, he made it political.  

“I’ll give you a little (New Jersey governor) Chris Christie here,” he said, gesturing above the audience like someone about to multiply bread and fishes: “Here.  MMA.  Guilty.”

He quickly made sure that everyone understood that his anger for Donald Trump supporter Christie was Christie’s Tuesday night convention speech attack against Arum’s longtime favorite, Hillary Clinton.   

Arum was followed to the microphone by the president of the WBO, a Puerto Rican lawyer named Francisco Valcarcel, who said what many were thinking:  “You are my hero, Bob Arum.  If I say what you say, I am in prison.”  

But in this state of Nevada, in this country of free speech, there was no holding back Arum.  He ended the program with one last shot at Trump and the Republicans, referencing their decision to have MMA president Dana White speak at their national convention.

“Here we have this great intellectual analyst,” Arum said, sarcasm dripping, “opining on the state of our country.”

The proceedings wound down with more assurances that this would be a great fight and would certainly be worth HBO’s $49.95 pay-per-view price.

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* This column was not subject to the approval of Top Rank.  Any editorial usage of all or part of this column is welcome but must include credit to Bill Dwyre.

 

Bill Dwyre will be writing a series of weekly columns on the Crawford vs. Postol world championship event. Bill was sports editor of The Los Angeles Times for 25 years, ending in 2006.  He was a sports columnist for 9 1/2 years at The Times, ending Nov. 25 with his retirement.  Boxing was among his most frequent column topics.  Bill can be contacted at BillPatDwyre@gmail.com or via Twitter at @BillDwyre.

 

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Undefeated junior welterweight champions TERENCE "Bud" CRAWFORD (28-0, 20 KOs) and "The IcemanVIKTOR POSTOL (28-0, 12 KOs) will go mano a mano in a 12-round world title unification fight to determine the lineal king of the exciting 140 pound division.  Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Tecate, All Star Boxing and the motion picture "Hands of Stone," the Crawford vs. Postol World Boxing Organization (WBO) / World Boxing Council (WBC) / The Ring junior welterweight world championship event takes place This Saturday!  July 23, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.  Remaining tickets are priced at $304, $204, $104, and $54, not including applicable service fees.  To charge by phone with a major credit card, call AXS at (888) 929-7849 Tickets are also be available for purchase at mgmgrand.com orAXS.com (http://bit.ly/24ORYhs)    

 

The pay-per-view undercard will feature two-time Mexican Olympian and undefeated No. 1 featherweight contender ÓSCAR VALDEZ battling undefeated No. 2 world-rated contender MATÍAS "La Cobrita" RUEDAfor the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight world title, former interim world champion JOSE BENAVIDEZ, JR, risking his undefeated record and Top-10 world-rating, in a 10-round welterweight rumble against FRANCISCO "Chia" SANTANA and undefeated Top-10 contender OLEKSANDR GVOZDYKdefending his NABF light heavyweight title, in a 10-round fight, against two-time world title challengerTOMMY KARPENCY.

 

 

For fight updates go to www.toprank.com, or www.hbo.com/boxing, on Facebook at facebook.com/trboxing,facebook.com/trboxeo or facebook.com/hboboxing, and on Twitter at twitter.com/trboxing,twitter.com/trboxeo, or twitter.com/hboboxing.  Use the Hashtag #CrawfordPostol to join the conversation on Twitter. 

 

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FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (Media):

 

TOP RANK

Lee Samuels:  702-378-1083 / Lee@toprank.com

Gardy Lopez: 787-246-3668 / GLopez@toprank.com 

Ricardo Jimenez/Valdez:  909-615-3436 / ricardoej@aol.com 

Fred Sternburg: 303-548-0707 / TooFred@aol.com

Ed Keenan:  609-399-1330 / Keenan@emcevents.com

 

HBO

Kevin Flaherty:  212-512-5052 / kevin.flaherty@hbo.com        

Patrick Byrne: 212-512-1361 / patrick.byrne@hbo.com  

 

MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL

Scott Ghertner:  702-692-6700 / sghertner@mgmresorts.com

Lisa Campos:  702-692-6700 / lcampos@mgmresorts.com

 

CREDENTIALS:

www.MagnaMedia.com

 

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