Top Rank Boxing http://www.toprank.com Top Rank boxing news, event, videos and photo galleries en-us Copyright Top Rank 07-23-2014 11:58:14 60 Todo listo para 'Campeones de Oro' en Macao http://www.toprank.com/news/todo-listo-para-campeones-de-oro-en-macao/ FOTOS: Pesaje del cartel 'Champions Of Gold'

Todos los integrantes de la función boxística ¨Campeones de oro¨ de este sábado cumplieron con el pesaje oficial que se efectuará en la Arena Cotai del hotel Venetian de Macao, China, y que será televisada por HBO2 en diferido a las 5 de la tarde (Este/Pacífico) y en México serán transmitidas por Azteca 7, La Casa del Boxeo.

El clasificado mundial supermediano mexicano Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramírez (28-0, 22 KOs) se enfrentará al neozelandés Junior “The One” Talipeau (20-2-1, 7 KOs) exponiendo sus títulos supermedianos de la Organización Norteamericana de Boxeo (NABO) de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) y el de la Federación Norteamericana de Boxeo (NABF), la cual es avalada por el Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (WBC), en el duelo semiestelar de la noche. Ramírez marcó 167.6 libras en el pesaje oficial, mientras que Talipeau subió a la balanza con 167.2.

Talipeau, con residencia en Australia, fue campeón nacional de peso mediano de Australia una corona que mantuvo por dos años y donde hizo cinco exitosas defensas que incluyeron un triunfo sobre Shannan Taylor, quien disputó una corona mundial en dos ocasiones. Talipeau quien ha ganado dos de sus últimas tres peleas venció por puntos al argentino Walter Cruce para conquistar el título fedelatin supermediano de la Asociación Mundial de Boxeo (AMB) y el clasificado número 14 de la AMB en las 168 libras.

La cartelera incluye una defensa titular del campeón mundial supergallo de la Asociación Mundial de Boxeo (AMB) y la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), el invicto cubano Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux (13-0, 8 KOs), quien expondrá sus coronas ante el tailandés Sad Kokietgym(63-2-1, 28 KOs) de 37 años, que será televisada por UniMás en “Solo Boxeo Tecate”.
Rigondeaux dio 121.4 libras en el pesaje oficial, mientras que Looknongyantoy estuvo en el límite de las 122 libras.

Zou Shiming,  ex doble campeón olímpico y triple campeón mundial amateur, quien hizo su debut profesional hace sólo 15 meses estará haciendo su primera pelea a diez rounds ante el experimentado colombiano Luis “Chino” De La Rosa, quien ha disputado la corona mundial en dos ocasiones y representara una verdadera prueba de fuego para el ídolo local, en disputa del título internacional mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), que se encuentra vacante, en lo que será su primera presentación a diez asaltos.

Shiming (4-0, 1 KO), de Guizhou, China, es uno de los atletas más queridos de su país y ha revivido el boxeo profesional en China. Entrenado por el legendario estadounidense Freddie Roach, hizo su debut profesional el 6 de abril del 2013 en Macao con una victoria sobre el mexicano Eleazar Valenzuela. Sus triunfos todos en la Cotai Arena de Macao, han sido sobre el mexicano Jesús Ortega el 27 de julio 27 de 2013, el mexicano Juan Toscano en noviembre de 2013, y en su más reciente actuación el 22 de febrero último, cuando logró su primer nocaut profesional en el séptimo round sobre el tailandés Yokthong Kokietgym. Además de sus dos medallas de oro en los Juegos Olímpicos del 2008 y 2012, ganó el bronce en el 2004. 

También conquistó medallas de oro en el Mundial Amateur e Boxeo en el 2005, 2007 y 2011 en peso minimosca. Zou es el sexto clasificado de la AMB y una victoria lo podría llevar a su primera oportunidad titular.

De La Rosa (23-3-1, 13 KOs), de Barranquilla, Colombia, es un peleador agresivo fuerte quien ha disputado un título mundial interino en tres ocasiones, es el campeón nacional de Colombia y ha ganado cuatro de sus últimas seis peleas por nocaut incluyendo su más reciente sobre Deivis Marvaez a quien noqueó en el segundo round el 30 de noviembre de 2013. De La Rosa está clasificado numero11 de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo (FIB). Shiming marcó 111,5 libras, una más que su oponente quien subió a la báscula con 110.5.

Bryan Viloria, de Waipahu, Hawái, quien ha sido campeón mundial en dos divisiones estará haciendo su segunda pelea de 2014 en Macao en donde perdió su título mundial mosca en abril del 2013 ante el mexicano Juan Francisco Estrada. El hawaiano ha sido monarca minimosca del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (WBC) y de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo (FIB), fue monarca mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), categoría en la derrotó a los mexicanos Julio César “Pingo” Miranda, Giovani Segura, Omar Niño y Hernán “Tyson” Márquez, que todos ellos fueron campeones mundiales. En su más reciente combate, el pasado 29 de marzo en Las Vegas, venció puntos al mexicano Juan Herrera en un combate de diez asaltos.

Juan Carlos Zúñiga de Matamoros, Tamaulipas, México, viene de disputar la corona interina de peso minimosca de la AMB ante el peruano Alberto Rossel en Lima, Perú, la casa del campeón en donde cayó por puntos en una pelea muy disputada en agosto del 2013. Zúñiga había derrotado al mexicano Luis Ceja para ganarse esa oportunidad titular el 8 de junio. Viloria dio 112.6 libras en el pesaje oficial, mientras que Zuniga dio 112.4 libras.

Por su parte, el medallista olímpico Egor Mekhontsev se medirá a Mike Merafuentes en un choque a seis asaltos. Mekhontsev marcó 177,2 libras y Merafuentes dio 169,4 libras. 

La velada que es una promoción de Top Rank y Sands China Ltd., en asociación con Tecate, All Star Boxing, Caribe Promotions y Foreman Boys Promotions.

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Listo “Zurdo” Ramírez para hacer vibrar a la Arena Cotai http://www.toprank.com/news/listo-zurdo-ramirez-para-hacer-vibrar-a-la-arena-cotai/

FOTOS: Ramírez comparte con empleados del Venetian Macao 

Ya está todo listo para el combate del mexicano Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramírez (28-0, 22 Nocauts) en la cartelera “Champions of Gold” que la empresa Top Rank promoverá este próximo sábado, 19 de julio en la Arena Cotai del Venetian Center de Macao, China.

En dicha cartelera, Ramírez realizará la primera defensa de los cetros súper medio de la Federación Norteamericana de Boxeo (NABF) y de la Organización Norteamericana de Boxeo (NABO), que se agenció el pasado 11 de abril demoliendo al tres veces contendiente al título del mundo el dominicano Francisco Lorenzo.

Su adversario es el australiano Junior “El Único” Talipeau (20-2-1, 7 Nocauts), clasificado mundial que busca aguarle la fiesta a este prometedor contendiente, en el debut de ambos dentro de las transmisiones de boxeo de HBO.

Ramírez cerró preparación en La Roca Boxing Club de Carson, consiguiendo llenar las expectativas de su mánager Jesús Zápari, quien asegura que el público que asista el 19 de julio a la Arena Cotai de Macao, vibrará con la presentación de su pupilo.

“Gilberto ha evolucionado muy bien en las esparreadas, está agarrando más experiencia y cada día luce mejor. La afición china verá a un Gilberto con mucho talento, con mucha fortaleza y sobre todo con mucha hambre de trascender en este deporte,” dijo Jesús Zápari, agregando que será en el 2015 cuando veamos al púgil mazatleco contender por una faja del orbe.

La privilegiada posición que tiene el “Zurdo” dentro de los ranking de los cuatro organismos mundiales (Es No. 2 por el CMB, No. 3 por la OMB, No. 3 por la AMB y No. 5 en la FIB) lo mantienen como una opción viable para cualquiera de los campeones súper medianos. Sin embargo, ese no es suficiente motivo como para apresurar su proceso de desarrollo.

“Este trabajo lo venimos desarrollando desde que Gilberto empezó su carrera, ahorita está en un proceso de maduración en el que ha avanzado a grandes pasos. Él ya puede medirse a lo mejor del mundo, pero es un muchacho joven de 23 años de edad y será el próximo año cuando esté peleando en el nivel que todos esperan,” aseguró.

Ramírez llegó a Macao con nueve días de anticipación con los que le darán suficiente tiempo para adaptarse a la zona horaria y a las condiciones climáticas de China.

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Rigondeaux defenderá títulos en 'Solo Boxeo Tecate' http://www.toprank.com/news/rigondeaux-defendera-titulos-en-solo-boxeo-tecate/ FOTOS: Rigondeaux entrena en China

El campeón mundial invicto de peso supergallo el cubano Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux expondrá su campeonatos mundiales ante el clasificado mundial y dos veces retador a un campeonato mundial Sod Looknongyantoy el sábado 19 de julio en la Cotai Arena del Hotel Venetioan en Macao, China en un pelea que será televisada en diferido por Unimás en su gustado programa “Solo Boxeo Tecate” a las 11:00 p.m. (Este/Pacifico)

La función es un promoción de Top Rank y Sands China Ltd en asociación con Tecate, All Star Boxing, Caribe Promotions y Foreman Boys Promotions.

Rigondeaux (13-0, 8 KOs), quien es residente de Miami, Florida, es considerado uno de los mejores boxeadores libra por libra del mundo estará haciendo su debut en el 2014. El año pasado unifico los títulos de la Asociación Mundial de Boxeo (AMB) y de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) de las 122 libras al derrotar a Nonito Donaire.

Rigondeaux, oriundo de Cuba, gano medallas de Oro en los Juegos Olimpicos del 2000 y 2004, fue campeon mundial amateur en el 2001 y 2005 asi como melladista de oro en los Juegos Panamericanos en el 2005 y 2003 todo esto en las 119 libras.

El estilista zurdo cubano hizo su debut profesional en el 2009, conquisto el campeonato interino supergallo de al AMB en el 2010 en solo su séptima pelea profesional. Se convirtió en súper campeón de la AMB al noquear a Rico Ramos en enero del 2012 y ha defendió su corona exitosamente en cuatro ocasiones, incluyendo su duelo unificatorio ante Donaire.

Looknongyantoy (63-2-1, 27 KOs) de Srithep, Tailandia ha disputado sin éxito la corona de peso pluma junior de la OMB, ambas fueron ante el mexicano Daniel Ponce de León en el 2005 y 2006, desde entonces ha ganado 37 peleas seguidas y ha conquistados los títulos de Asia, el Asia-Pacifico de la AMB y el Pan-Asiático de la AMB en las 122 libras.

El fuerte tailandés ha el clasificado mundial número cinco de la OMB y el número 10 de la AMB.

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En acción Shiming y Ramírez este sábado por HBO2 http://www.toprank.com/news/en-accion-shiming-y-ramirez-este-sabado-por-hbo2/ FOTOS: Shiming y Ramírez entrenan en Macao

El dos veces campeón Olímpico y héroe nacional de China Zou Shiming y el clasificado mundial mexicano Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramírez encabezara la función en peleas por separado “Campeones de Oro” que se realizara en la Arena Cotai del hotel Venetian Macao el sábado 19 de julio y que serán televisadas por HBO2 en diferido a las 5:00 de la tarde (Este/Pacifico).

La cartelera incluirá una defensa titular del cubano invicto Guillermo Rigondeaux (que será televisada por Unimás en “Solo Boxeo Tecate”) y el regreso del ex campeón mundial Brian Viloria (televisada por TopRank.com) es una promoción de Top Rank y Sands China Ltd., en asociación con Tecate, All Star Boxing, Caribe Promotions y Foreman Boys Promotions.

Zou quien hizo su debut profesional hace sólo 15 meses estará haciendo su primera pelea a 10 rounds ante el experimentado Luis “Chino” de la Rosa, quien ha disputado la corona mundial en dos ocasiones y representara una verdadera prueba de fuego para el ídolo local.

En duelo Co-Estelar de la función Ramírez quien está clasificado entre los primero cinco retadores por las cuatro organizaciones que rigen el boxeo expondrá sus títulos supermedianos de la NABF y NABO ante Junior “The One” Talipeau.

Zou (4-0, 1 KO) de Guizhou, China es uno de los atletas más queridos de su pais y ha revivido el boxeo profesional en China. Entrenado por el legendario Freddie Roach, Zou hizo su debut profesional el 6 de abril del 2013 en Macao con una victoria sobre Eleazar Valenzuela.

Sus triunfos todos en la Cotai Arena de Macao, China han sido sobre Jesús Ortea en Julio 27 del 2013, Juan Toscano en Noviembre del 2013 y en su as reciente actuación el 22 de febrero del 2014 logro su primer nocaut profesional en el séptimo round sobre Yokthong Kokietgym.

Además de sus dos medallas de oro en los Juegos Olimpicos del 2008 y 2012, gano bronce en el 2004. También conquisto medallas de oro en el Mundial Amateur de Boxeo en el 2005, 2007 y 2011 en peso minimosca. Zou es el sexto clasificado de la AMB y una  victoria lo podría llevar a su primera oportunidad titular.

De La Rosa (23-3-1, 13 KOs) de Barranquilla, Colombia, es uno peleador agresivo fuerte quien ha disputado un título mundial interino en tres ocasiones, es el campeón nacional de Colombia y ha ganado cuatro de sus últimas seis peleas por nocaut incluyendo su más reciente sobre Deivis Marvaez a quien noqueo en el segundo round el 30 de noviembre del 2013.  De La Rosa es clasificado numero11 de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo (FIB)

Ramírez (28-0, 22 KOs) de Mazatlán, Sinaloa, México, es el clasificado mundial número 2 del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB), el número 3 de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) y de la AMB así como el número cuatro de la FIB. El sensacional zurdo conquisto los títulos supermedianos de la NABF y NABO el pasado 11 de abril al noquear al ex retador de un título mundial Giovanni Lorenzo en Las Vegas. 

Talipeau (20-2-1, 7 KOs) oriundo de Nueva Zelandia, pero residente de Australia, fue campeón nacional de peso mediano de Australia una corona que mantuvo por dos años y donde hizo cinco exitosas defensas que incluyeron un triunfo sobre Shannan Taylor, quien disputo una corona mundial en dos ocasiones. Talipeau quien ha ganado dos de sus últimas tres peleas venció por puntos a Walter Cruce para conquistar el título supermediano Latinoamericano de la AMB y el clasificado número 14 de la AMB en las 168 libras.

Brian Viloria se enfrentara a José Alfredo “Diablito” Zúñiga en un duelo pactado a 10 rounds en peso mosca.

Viloria (33-4, 19 KOs) de Waipahu, Hawái quien ha sido campeón mundial en dos divisiones estará haciendo su segunda pelea del 2014 en Macao en donde perdió su título mundial de las 112 libras en abril del 2013 ante el mexicano Juan Francisco Estrada.

Viloria quien ha sido monarca de las 108 libras del CMB y de FIB, fue monarca de las 112 libras de la OMB categoría en la derroto a los mexicanos Pingo Miranda, Giovani Segura, Omar niño y Hernán Márquez todos ellos fueron campeones mundiales.

En su más reciente combate el pasado 29 de marzo en Las Vegas derroto puntos a Juan Herrera en un combate de 10 asaltos.

Zúñiga (11-5-1, 5 KOs) de Matamoros, Tamaulipas, México viene de disputar la corona interina de peso mosca Jr. de la AMB ante Alberto Rossel en Lima, Perú la casa del campeón en donde cayó por puntos en una pelea muy disputada en agosto del 2013.  

Zúñiga había derroto a Luis Ceja para ganarse esa oportunidad titular el 8 de junio.

 

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Rigondeaux to Headline Solo Boxeo Tecate on UniMas http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-rigondeaux-to-headline-solo-boxeo-tecate-on-unimas/ MACAU, CHINA (July 9, 2014) – Undefeated unified junior featherweight world champion and Cuban sensation GUILLERMO “El Chacal” RIGONDEAUX will defend his titles against Top-Five contender and two-time world title challenger SOD LOOKNONGYANTOY, Saturday, July 19.at The Venetian® Macao's Cotai Arena.  Promoted by Top Rank® and Sands China Ltd., in association with Tecate, All Star Boxing, Caribe Promotions and Foreman Boys Promotions, the Rigondeaux vs. Looknongyangtov world junior featherweight championship fight will be televised via same-day delay as the main event of Solo Boxeo Tecate on UniMásbeginning at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT. 

Remaining tickets for the Rigondeaux vs. Looknongyangtov world junior featherweight championship event can be purchased via Cotai Ticketing™.  Prices start at HKD/MOP 80, with ferry and hotel packages also available.

Rigondeaux (13-0, 8 KOs), of Miami, Florida, one of boxing's top pound for pound fighters, returns to the ring making his 2014 debut. Last year he unified the World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Organization (WBO) 122-pound titles by defeating 2012 Fighter of the Year Nonito Donaire on April 13, 2013, at a sold-out Radio City Music Hall in New York. Rigondeaux thoroughly dominated Donaire via a unanimous decision victory, ending the Filipino Flash's 12-year, 30-bout winning streak, as well as claiming his WBO junior featherweight title. Rigondeaux had a stellar amateur career, winning Olympic gold medals in 2004 and 2000, World Amateur Championship titles in 2005 and 2001, and Pan American Games gold medals in 2005 and 2003, all at 119 pounds, before leaving Cuba to embark on a professional career which began in Miami in 2009. In only his seventh professional fight where both fighters scored knockdowns, Rigondeaux captured the WBA interim super bantamweight title, winning a tough split decision over the vastly more experienced former world champion Ricardo Cordoba in 2010. After successfully defending the interim title in 2011 with a first-round knockout of previously undefeated former European super bantamweight champion Willie Casey, Rigondeaux won the WBA world super bantamweight championship with a sixth-round knockout of previously undefeated defending champion Rico Ramos, January 20, 2012. Rigondeaux has successfully defended that title four times since then, blasting out once-beaten Teon Kennedy in the fifth round, which included Kennedy suffering five knockdowns en route to the loss, and winning a dominant unanimous decision over once-beaten contender Roberto Marroquin, both in 2012, besting Donaire in their April 2013 title unification fight and most recently, defeating former two-time world champion Joseph Agbeko, December 7 via a dominant unanimous decision.

 

Looknongyantoy (63-2-1, 27 KOs), of Srithep, Thailand, has twice challenged for the WBO junior featherweight title, losing to Daniel De Leon both times, in 2005 and 2006. Since then he has fashioned a nine -year, 37-bout unbeaten streak, which has included Asian, WBO Asia-Pacific and WBA Pan Asian 122-pound title victories. Possessing a style that features good skills and movement, he is currently world-rated No. 5 by the WBO and No. 10 by the WBA.

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Entertainment at Sands China Ltd. Properties

Sands China Ltd. has as a clear vision to establish Macao as Asia’s top entertainment destination.

The 15,000-seat Cotai Arena is the only venue in Asia ranked in Pollstar’s Top 100 Worldwide Arena Venues based on ticket sales. It is the top entertainment destination in southern China, hosting the world’s and the region’s biggest names in music, sports and awards shows. Superstars frequently choose the venue as the starting point of their Asian tours.

The 1800-seat, multi-purpose Venetian Theatre is one of the most luxurious entertainment venues in greater China. Featuring ushers in black-tie, champagne service, gourmet food and beverage items and other unique, premium amenities, it offers an intimate, luxurious and exclusive venue experience. The Venetian Theatre is playing a key role in bringing the best in international and Chinese entertainment to Macao, with a luxury theatre experience like no other in the region.

The 650-seat Sands Theatre regularly features internationally-renowned singers, performers and artists of the highest calibre. From traditional Chinese-costumed dancers to modern performances, and from singing troupes to contemporary bands, everything from Western rock to Cantonese pop is covered.

With an unbeatable diversity, the entertainment offering of Sands China Ltd. is ushering in a new era of entertainment in Macao.

For information about upcoming shows and events, visit www.venetianmacao.com/entertainment.html.

About The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel

Opened in 2007, The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel is Macao's first integrated resort featuring stunning replicas of the famous canals and architectural icons of Venice, Italy. The Venetian Macao features 3,000 suites, 1.2 million square feet (111,000 square metres) of convention and meeting facilities as well as a 15,000-seat Cotai Arena designed for world-class sports events and electrifying entertainment. The Venetian Macao is also home to the unique, 1,800-seat luxury Venetian Theatre, hosting the best in international and Chinese entertainment; more than 30 renowned restaurants; TAIVEXMALO Day Hospital & Spa; the incredibly fun QUBE indoor playground and more than 300 retailers at Shoppes at Venetian. Outdoor recreation areas include swimming pools and cabanas and a mini-golf course.

For more information, please visit www.venetianmacao.com.

About Cotai Strip Resorts Macao – Macao’s Integrated Resort City

Sands China Ltd. is the leading developer, owner and operator of integrated resorts in Macao. The befittingly named Cotai Strip Resorts Macao, situated on reclaimed land between the islands of Coloane and Taipa, is the one destination that provides a stunning array of experiences at the heart of Cotai. Cotai Strip Resorts Macao has transformed a gaming-centric day-trip market into an integrated resort city and international hub for business and leisure travellers.

Pulsating with life, both night and day, Cotai Strip Resorts Macao features an expansive offering of affordable luxury available nowhere else in Macao, with approximately 9,000 hotel rooms and suites, international superstar live entertainment, duty-free shopping with 600 retailers offering an unparalleled array of name brands, 1.3 million square feet (120,000 square metres) of meeting and exhibition space for Asia’s leading conferences and exhibitions, gaming excitement, transportation offerings and well over 100 dining options, including international restaurants, bars and lounges. Cotai Strip Resorts Macao is a must-see destination providing every guest with an unforgettable experience and unparalleled excitement.

Comprised of The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel; The Plaza™ Macao, featuring the Four Seasons Hotel Macao; and Sands® Cotai Central, featuring the world’s largest Conrad, Sheraton, and Holiday Inn hotels, Cotai Strip Resorts Macao is where Asia’s ultimate destination is all within reach.

Cotai Strip Resorts Macao….Macao Starts Here. For more information, please visit http://en.cotaistrip.com.

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Crawford Tapped as Special Guest on ESPN's FNF http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-crawford-tapped-as-special-guest-on-espns-fnf/ BRISTOL, CT (July 7, 2014) -- On the heels of his scintillating ninth-round knockout victory of undefeated Cuban icon  Yuriorkis Gamboa to retain his world title, undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) lightweight champion TERENCE "Bud" CRAWFORD will be joining Doug Kezirian as the in-studio guest on this week's edition of ESPN Friday Fights, which will air live, This Friday!  July 11, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT on ESPN2.  Topics Crawford and Kezirian will be discussing will most certainly include a recap of Crawford-Gamboa, arguably the Fight of the Year at the midpoint of 2014 as well as making Crawford (24-0, 17 KOs), the Pride of Omaha, a serious consideration for Fighter of the Year.

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with SMS Promotions, PS4 and Tecate, Crawford-Gamboa attracted nearly 11,000 fans to the CenturyLink Center in the  first world title fight to take place in Omaha, Neb. in 42 years, when Joe Frazier defended his heavyweight title against Ron Stander on May 25, 1972. According to Nielsen Media Research, Crawford-Gamboa, which was televised live on HBO®, was the second-most viewed fight of the year so far on U.S. television, attracting an average audience of 1.208 million viewers to the live, first-time airing.

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TERENCE CRAWFORD MEDIA CENTRAL

July 7 Edition

Dan Rafael, ESPN.com:  "Crawford Ready For The Big Time"

http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/11166810/terence-crawford-ready-next-level

 

Tony Boone, Omaha World-Herald:  "It's Unanimous:  Omaha is Now Bud Crawford's Town"

http://www.omaha.com/sports/it-s-unanimous-omaha-is-now-bud-crawford-s-town/article_dfbd5a8c-04b9-11e4-959d-0017a43b2370.html#.U7mbzGfJdLE.twitter

 

Josh Planos, The Washington Post:  "Terence Crawford's High-Risk, High-Reward Move Pays Off With WBO Title"

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fancy-stats/wp/2014/07/03/terence-crawfords-high-risk-high-reward-move-pays-off-with-wbo-title/

 

Dan Rafael, ESPN.com:  "Crawford-Gamboa Ratings a Hit"

http://espn.go.com/blog/dan-rafael/post/_/id/9669/crawford-gamboa-ratings-a-hit

 

NBC Omaha (Video):  Omaha City Council Salutes Terence Crawford"

http://www.wowt.com/home/headlines/Council-Salutes-Terence-Crawford-265623151.html

 

Lem Satterfield, The Ring:  "Terence Crawford Becomes a Crowd-Pleaser vs. Yuriorkis Gamboa

http://ringtv.craveonline.com/news/346197-terence-crawford-becomes-a-crowd-pleaser-vs-yuriorkis-gamboa#.U7VGdXH-14A.twitter  

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Rios & Vargas to Hold a Press Conference July 8 in L.A. http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-rios-amp-vargas-to-hold-a-press-conference-july-8-in-la/ HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. (July 7, 2014) -- Former world lightweight champion and pound-for-pound all-action fighter BRANDON "Bam Bam" RIOSundefeated WBA super lightweight champion "The Pride of Las Vegas" JESSIE VARGAS, his next opponent, undefeated contender ANTON "The Pick Hammer" NOVIKOV, and 2012 U.S. Olympian and social activist JOSE RAMÍREZ will host a Los Angeles press conference Tomorrow! Tuesday, July 8 at Avalon Hollywood (1735 Vine St. - between Hollywood Blvd and Yucca St - Hollywood, Calif. 90028).  Media may report at 1:00 p.m. with the press conference beginning at 1:30 p.m. PT.  Joining the fighters and their teams will be Todd duBoef,President of Top Rank and Fedor Banuchi, Vice President of Entertainment and Nightlife at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

The four fighters will be discussing their upcoming fights, which will headline an exciting boxing event, Saturday, August 2, in The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.  Rios (31-2-1, 22 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., will be making his eagerly-anticipated  2014 debut, taking on one-time interim world champion DIEGO "La Joya" CHAVES (23-1, 19 KOs), of Buenos Aires, in a 10-round welterweight battle.  Vargas (24-0, 9 KOs), of Las Vegas, NV., will be making his world champion debut, defending his title against Novikov (29-0, 10 KOs), of Kopeysk, Russia.  Both fights will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark®, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.  Ramírez (10-0, 8 KOs), of Avenal, Calif., will be featured in an eight-round lightweight bout on the non-televised undercard.

The fighters and their teams will be available for one-on-one interviews. 

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Tecate, remaining tickets to the Rios vs. Chaves / Vargas vs. Novikov world championship event are available for purchase atwww.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 and www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are priced at $50, $75, $100, $150 and $200. Room / ticket packages are also available.

 

For fight updates go to www.toprank.com or www.hbo.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/trboxingand on Twitter at twitter.com/trboxing and twitter.com/trboxeo

For more information on The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, visit www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com. Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/cosmopolitan_lv or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thecosmopolitan.

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FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (Media):

 

TOP RANK

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

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

Fred Sternburg:  303-740-7746 / Toofred@aol.com  

 

HBO

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

 

THE COSMOPOLITAN OF LAS VEGAS

Kimberly Diller: 702-698-7140 / pr@cosmopolitanlasvegas.com

Wendy Sloan/Kirvin Doak Communications: 702-737-3100 / thecosmopolitan@kirvindoak.com   

 

MEDIA CREDENTIALS:  www.toprank.com/credentials 

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Pre-Fight Events for July 26 Show in Phoenix http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-media-events-for-july-26-solo-boxeo-show-in-phoenix/ Members of the Media:

We will be hosting the following pre-fight events prior to Iron Boy 14 on July 26th.

Media Workout 

Our Media Workout Day will be held next Thursday, July 10th at 2:00 p.m. at Power MMA and Fitness in Gilbert, Arizona.  The following fighters will be on hand:

Main Event fighter Jose Benavidez Jr. (20-0, 14 KOs)

Trevor McCumby

Joey Ruelas

Emmanuel Nieves

Alexis Zazueta

Francisco De Vaca

We will be serving food for this event as well.

Power MMA and Fitness

855 N. Gilbert Road

Gilbert, AZ 85234

 

Fighter Meet & Greet Appearances (Open to the Public)

Fighters will be on hand at the following times/locations on July 12th for fan autographs, photos etc. We will be doing t-shirt and ticket giveaways as well. I've attached a graphic for your use.

Saturday, July 12th 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Central Boxing Gym

1755 W. Van Buren Street, Phoenix

 

Saturday, July 12th 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Sonny's Boxing Gym

13765 W. Auto Drive, Goodyear

 

Media Credential Requests are due by 7/18.  You can request a credential by visiting this webpage: http://ironboypromotions.com/credentials.php

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Thu, 03 Jul 2014 14:31:58 -0500
Tapia Headlines June 14 Card in Atlantic City http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-tapia-headlines-june-14-card-in-atlantic-city/ Atlantic City, NJ - The 'Jersey Boy' Glen Tapia is back in action, taking on Keenan Collins
at Bally's Atlantic City on Saturday, June 14.

The Jersey Boy, fighting at junior middleweight, has a record of 20-1 with 12 KOs. Collins is 15-8-3, 10 KOs. The main event is scheduled for 10 rounds. This will be Tapia's first bout since he took on and lost to James Kirkland in December here in Atlantic City.

Tapia, from Passaic, NJ, trained for weeks with 'Trainer of the Year'  Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Gym and then at the Trinity Gym in New York during fight week of Cotto vs Martinez. 

The Top Rank card will be in the Grand Ballroom. Tickets are $75, $50 plus applicable fees and are available now at the Bally's box office and at Ticketmaster.com

Also appearing on the card will be unbeaten middleweight puncher Jesse Hart, the fighting son of Philadelphia legend Eugene 'Cyclone' Hart.  Hart has a record of 13-0, 10 KOs. He will take on Shujaa El Amin, 12-5, 6 KOs, of Flint, Michigan. Hart is one of the best young contenders at Top Rank.

Other featured boxers include: 

//Toka Khan Clary, a tremendously skilled and action 11-0, 8 KOs, featherweight contender from New England. 

//Olympian Egidijus Kavaliaukas, a hard punching 5-0, 4 KO, welterweight from Lithuania. 

//Michael Reed, a 9-0, 6 KO, junior welterweight from Washington DC. 

//Julian Rodriguez, an unbeaten 3-0 junior welterweight from Hasbrouck Heights, N.J. 

First Bell is 7 pm. 

About Bally's Atlantic City:

At Bally's Atlantic City, guests can choose their experience from two casinos: Bally's Park Place, the Wild Wild West Gaming Hall. With multiple dining destinations, four hotel towers, an unrivaled hotel spa, a beach bar, big name entertainment, and champions hip fights, Bally's certainly defines being in The Center of The Action. Bally's is located at the famed address of Boardwalk and Park Place in At lantic City, New Jersey. For more information, call 609-340-2000 or visit www.ballysac.com.


Contacts 

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

Media Credentials

Ed Keenan, EMC Events  keenan@emcevents.com

 

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Thu, 03 Jul 2014 13:14:02 -0500
Benavidez to Headline July 26 Solo Boxeo Tecate Card http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-benavidez-to-headline-july-26-solo-boxeo-tecate-card/ PHOENIX  — June 20, 2014 — Iron Boy Promotions, in conjunction with Top Rank Boxing, returns to the Celebrity Theatre July 26th for Iron Boy 14.   Valley prodigy Jose Benavidez, Jr. headlines the Solo Boxeo Tecate card, which will be broadcast on Unimas, with two-time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez in the co-main event bout. 

Fighting in his hometown of Phoenix, Arizona, for the first time since 2011, Benavidez (20-0 14KO) is coming off a May victory over Gary, Indiana’s Angel Hernandez in Fresno.  Hernandez was down three times in the fight, which ended in a wide unanimous decision in Benavidez’s favor.   He will be fighting for the vacant NABF Welterweight Youth title.

“I’m very excited to fight in my hometown, and I’m especially excited about fighting for the NABF Welterweight Youth Title,” said Benavidez.  “It was great that my May fight was broadcast for the fans at home on Solo Boxeo Tecate, and now they’ll get a chance to see me live.  We’re preparing for and expecting a tough fight.”

Nogales, Sonora’s Oscar Valdez (11-0, 11KO) co-headlines the show.  Valdez is coming off a successful first defense of his NABF Super Lightweight Youth title on May 17th on the undercard of Marquez-Alvarado.  “I’m excited to be fighting in Arizona, so close to my hometown of Nogales. I want to give the fans a great show and I’m pumped about showing everyone why I’m tomorrow’s next big star,” said Valdez.  The only two-time Mexican Olympian boxer in history, Valdez broke several records during the course of his amateur career and is widely considered to be one of the best prospects in the world.

In a bout that has Arizona boxing fans buzzing, Joey “Boxer” Ruelas (8-0 3KO) faces the also undefeated Andrew “Hurricane” Hernandez (6-0-1-1 1KO) in a six round contest at 168 lbs.  Both fighters hail from the Valley of the Sun. 

Rounding out the card are Francisco De Vaca, who is trained by Oscar De La Hoya’s former trainer Roberto Alcazar, Cameron Dunkin-signed prospect Alexis Zazueta (2-0, 2KO), and Emmanuel Nieves, who will be making his long-awaited professional debut.

“We have worked hard to put on consistent, high quality shows here in Phoenix. This is our thirteenth consecutive show at Celebrity Theatre, and we’re thrilled to be working with Top Rank Boxing,” said Iron Boy Promotions President Roberto Vargas.  We have wanted to have [ Benavidez] Junior headline a show of ours for a long time, and we’re excited to work with Top Rank to bring both he and Oscar Valdez to Arizona’s boxing fans.”

The Official Weigh-in for Iron Boy 14 will be at Crescent Crown in Mesa, Arizona at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 25th

Tickets for the event may be purchased at www.iron-boy.com or at the Celebrity Theatre Box Office  and are priced at $65, $50 and $30.   Doors open at 5 p.m. on July 26th, and first bell is at 6 p.m. 

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Iron Boy Promotions is a Phoenix-based boxing promotions company. Established in 2011, Iron Boy Promotions is committed to providing quality, high-powered boxing shows with talented fighters. 

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For more information, press only:

Emily Pandelakis                                                                   Lee Samuels

Iron Boy Promotions                                                              Top Rank Boxing

602-540-5075                                                                         702-732-2717

Emilyk610@gmail.com                                                          Lee@TopRank.com

 

Ricardo Jimenez

Top Rank Boxing

909-615-3436

Ricardoej@aol.com

 

For more information on Iron Boy Promotions, or for tickets to Iron Boy 14

http://www.iron-boy.com

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Thu, 03 Jul 2014 13:08:29 -0500
Rios-Chaves to Headline Aug. 2 Las Vegas Card http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-rios-chavez-to-headline-aug-2-las-vegas-card/ LAS VEGAS, NV (June 18, 2014) – Former world lightweight champion and pound-for-pound all-action fighter BRANDON "Bam Bam" RIOS of Oxnard, Calif. makes his eagerly-anticipated 2014 debut when he takes on one-time interim world champion DIEGO "La Joya" CHAVES of Buenos Aires, in a 10-round welterweight battle, Saturday, August 2, in The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas (3708 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109). The fight will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark®. The telecast will also include the first title defense of World Boxing Association (WBA) super lightweight champion "The Pride of Las Vegas" JESSIE VARGAS against undefeated contender ANTON "The Pick Hammer" NOVIKOV, of Kopeysk, Russia. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. PT with the first bout beginning at 4:00 p.m. PT.  The HBO telecast, a split-site tripleheader, will begin at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.

These four warriors boast a combined record of 107-3-1 (60 KOs) -- a winning ratio of 96 percent with over half of those victories coming by way of knockout.

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Tecate, tickets to the Rios vs. Chaves / Vargas vs. Novikov world championship event go on sale This Friday!  June 20 at 10:00 a.m. PDT and will be available for purchase at www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 and www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are priced at $50, $75, $100, $150 and $200. Room / ticket packages will also be available.

"This is a do or die fight for me. I know this fight is very important for my career. I am training extremely hard," said Rios from his Oxnard-based training camp where he has been ensconced for the past six weeks.

"I cannot wait to be in the ring and perform in front of my hometown crowd," said Vargas. "I am very happy that my first world title defense will be in my hometown and that my friends, family and fans will all be part of it."

"The entire boxing world always eagerly anticipates Brandon Rios' return to the ring. His in-your-face style of fighting keeps fans glued to the action," said Top Rank president, Todd duBoef. "The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will be hosting boxing at the highest level on August 2 as HBO will open the telecast with local hero Jessie Vargas in his first world title defense."

Rios (31-2-1 (22 KOs), the former WBA lightweight champion, from Oxnard, Calif., is on the hunt for his second world title in as many weight divisions. Thirteen of his last 16 victories have come by way of knockout. One of boxing’s most exciting fighters, Rios is known for his all-action fan-friendly fighting style. His trainer, former International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior lightweight champion and 2012 Trainer of the Year Robert Garcia, calls it a “throwback” style with a warrior’s mentality that screams excitement. Highlight knockout victories on Rios’ resume include Miguel Acosta, Anthony Peterson, Urbano Antillon, John Murray and Mike Alvarado. Alvarado, the natural 140-pounder, entered that fight as the undefeated WBO No. 1 junior welterweight contender. Many consider it 2012's Fight of the Year. In their exciting rematch, which took place on March 30, 2013, Rios lost a close decision for the vacant WBO interim junior welterweight title. It was considered a finalist for the 2013 Fight of the Year award. In his last fight, on November 24, 2013, he lost a unanimous decision to Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao, headlining a pay-per-view event that emanated from Macau, China.

Chaves (23-1, 19 KOs), of Buenos Aires, is a power puncher who stalks his opponent with only one goal -- THE KNOCKOUT! His victory by knockout ratio of 83% proves it is usually "mission accomplished" for him. Chaves will be making his Las Vegas debut on this card in only his second fight outside his native Argentina. He captured the WBA interim welterweight title in 2012, knocking out defending champion Ismael El Massoudi in the second round. Chaves’ one-year title reign included a successful title defense against José Miranda, where he scored another second-round stoppage. He lost the title to Keith Thurman last July. Chaves' last fight was a third-round TKO of Juan Godoy on February 15. He is currently world-rated No. 7 by the WBA and No. 10 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF).

Vargas (24-0, Nine KOs), of Las Vegas, Nevada, will be making his world champion debut a homecoming. He captured the WBA super lightweight title on April 19 in Las Vegas, winning a unanimous decision over undefeated defending champion Khabib Allakhverdiev. It was a close and competitive fight that proved Vardas' grit as he bit down hard during the championship rounds to pull away with the victory and the world championship belt. Vargas has proved himself a very popular ring performer in his hometown with nearly half of his fights taking place in Las Vegas. His impressive resume includes victories over former world champions Stevie Forbes and Vivian Harris and top contenders Josesito Lopez, Lucky Boy Omotoso, Ray Narh and Lanardo Tyner.

Novikov (29-0, 10 KOs), of Kopeysk, Russia, is a southpaw with good skills and movement. After a strong amateur career he seamlessly made the transition into the professional ranks in 2006. He captured the World Boxing Council Silver welterweight title in 2012, winning a unanimous decision over Karlo Tabaghua. He returns to the ring fresh from a 10-round unanimous decision victory over Javier Castro on May 17 in Fresno, California, where he blitzed him winning every round on the three judges' scorecards. 

For fight updates go to www.toprank.com or www.hbo.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/trboxing and on Twitter at twitter.com/trboxing and twitter.com/trboxeo.

For more information on The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, visit www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com. Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/cosmopolitan_lv or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thecosmopolitan.   

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (Media):

 

TOP RANK

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

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

Fred Sternburg:  303-740-7746 / Toofred@aol.com

 

HBO

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

 

THE COSMOPOLITAN OF LAS VEGAS

Kimberly Diller: 702-698-7140 / pr@cosmopolitanlasvegas.com

Wendy Sloan/Kirvin Doak Communications: 702-737-3100 / thecosmopolitan@kirvindoak.com   

 

MEDIA CREDENTIALS:  www.toprank.com/credentials 

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Thu, 03 Jul 2014 13:07:37 -0500
A la venta desde MAÑANA los boletos para Ríos vs. Chaves http://www.toprank.com/news/a-la-venta-desde-manana-los-boletos-para-rios-vs-chaves/ Boletos salen a la venta MAÑANA Viernes 20 de Junio a las 10 a.m. Pacifico.

El ex campeón mundial de peso ligero y uno de los boxeadores más espectaculares del planeta, BRANDON "Bam Bam" RIOS hará su debut del 2014 cuando se enfrente al argentino DIEGO "La Joya" CHAVES en un duelo pactado a 10 rounds en peso welter el próximo sábado 2 de agosto en el Chelsea delCosmopolitan de Las Vegas (3708 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109).

La pelea será televisada por HBO en su gustado programa Boxing After Dark® y también incluirá la primera defensa titular del orgullo de Las Vegas JESSIE VARGASquien expondrá su campeonato mundial de peso superligero de la Asociación Mundial de Boxeo (AMB) ante el invicto ANTON "The Pick Hammer" NOVIKOV de Rusia.

Estos guerreros tiene un record combinado de 107-3-1 con 60 KOs) y promedio de victorias de 96% y más de la mitad de los triunfos han sido por la vía del nocaut.

Esta cartelera es una promoción de Top Rank en asociación con Tecate, los boletos esta función tiene un precio de $200, $150, $100, $75 y $50 y saldrán a la venta este viernes 20 de junio y pueden ser adquiridos por internet en la pagina: www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com o por Ticketmaster por telefono llamando al (800) 745-3000 y en www.ticketmaster.com.

“Esta es una pelea muy importante para mi carrera y se que tengo que ganarla y por eso estoy trabajando muy fuerte”, dijo Ríos, quien está entrenando en Oxnard, California desde hace seis semanas.

“Este muy emocionado de volver al ring y hacerlo ante mi gente. Estoy muy contento de mi primera defensa titular esta en casa y mi familia, amigos y seguidores pondrán estar presentes”, dijo Vargas.

“El mundo boxístico ha estado esperado con mucha anticipación el regreso de Brandon Ríos, quien cada vez que sube al ring da espectáculo y emociones a todos los aficionados por su estilo agresivo de combatir. El Cosmopolitan de Las Vegas será a anfitrión de un boxeo de alto nivel este 2 de Agosto y HBO abrirá su transmisión con el héroe local Jessie Vargas en su primera defensa titular ”, dijo Todd duBoef, presidente de Top Rank.

Ríos (31-2-1, 22 KOs) de Oxnard, California fue campeón de peso ligero de la AMB. Y ahora busca una segunda corona mundial en peso welter. 13 de sus últimas 16 victorias han sido por la vía del nocaut y es reconocido por su valentía.

Ríos, quien es entrenado por Robert García, el entrenador del año en 2013 tiene triunfos sobre Miguel Acosta, Anthony Peterson, Urbano Antillon, John Murray y Mike Alvarado. En su más reciente actuación el pasado 24 de noviembre en Macao cayo por puntos ante Manny Pacquiao en un duelo por título welter de la  OMB.

Chaves (23-1, 19 KOs) de Buenos Aires, Argentina es un fuerte ponchador quein fue monarca welter interim de la AMB. Esta sera solo su segunda pelea fuera de su pais. Su única derrota fue ante Keith Thurman un una guerrida batalla en Julio del 2013. En su más reciente actuación el pasado 15 de febrero noqueo a Juan Godoy en el tercer asalto en Argentina y el tercer clasificado mundial de la AMB.

Vargas (24-0, 9 KOs) de Las Vegas, Nevada, expondrá el campeonato superligero de la AMB por primera en su casa. El pasado 19 de abril en Las Vegas, Vargas le arrebato la corona por puntos al entonces monarca Khabib Allakhverdiev.

Novikov (29-0, 10 KOs) de Kopeysk, Rusia, es un peleador zurdo de mucha habilidad quien tuvo una gran trayectoria amateur. Es el actual campeón plata del CMB y en su más reciente actuación el pasado 17 de mayo en Fresno, California derroto por puntos al mexicano Javier Castro. 

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Thu, 19 Jun 2014 15:51:03 -0500
Cotto es recibido en Caguas tras su histórico triunfo ante Martínez http://www.toprank.com/news/cotto-es-recibido-en-caguas-tras-su-historico-triunfo-ante-martinez/ FOTOS: Cotto regresa a Puerto Rico tras hacer historia

Miguel Cotto fue recibido formalmente en su ciudad natal tras completar la histórica gesta del pasado sábado en la cual apabulló al argentino Sergio ‘Maravilla’ Martínez en el Madison Square Garden para convertirse en el primer puertorriqueño en alcanzar títulos mundiales en cuatro divisiones.

El nuevo monarca peso mediano del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB) fue recibido por el Alcalde de la ciudad, William Miranda Torres, al igual que por miembros de la prensa y por un gran grupo de fanaticos que se dieron cita a la Casa Alcaldía William Miranda Marín.

“Han sido muchos años de sacrificio” fue lo primero que dijo Cotto cuando se dirigió a los presentes.

Acto seguido el cagüeño tuvo un emotivo momento cuando le dirigió palabras de agradecimiento a su señora madre, sus hijos, su esposa y también al hablar sobre el apoyo que siempre recibió de parte de su padre, quien falleció recientemente.

“Sé que mi familia se siente orgullosa de mi, pero no descansaré hasta hacerlos sentir mucho más orgullosos”, dijo el cuatro veces campeón divisional. “He sido bendecido. La madurez que uno adquiere durante los años te hace entender que no hay nada mejor que la familia. Mi familia es lo que me mueve, es lo que me motiva” dijo entre lagrimas el campeón peso mediano.

Cotto aseguró que el éxito alcanzado en su carrera se debe a la perseverancia, esfuerzo, dedicación y disciplina que siempre ha demostrado durante su entrenamiento.

“El trabajo duro lo puede todo como quedó evidenciado el pasado sábado. Esta es la victoria más grande de mi carrera” afirmó el boricua. “Seguiremos trabajando de igual o mejor manera para seguir dándole alegría como la del pasado sábado al pueblo de Puerto Rico” dijo Cotto.

El puertorriqueño también agradeció al legendario entrenador Freddie Roach y a su grupo de trabajo, quienes lograron que Cotto llegará en óptimas condiciones para el encuentro ante Martínez.

“Freddie es una persona de admirar. He tenido muy buena química con él. La nota para él y para todo el equipo del Gimnasio Wild Card es de A+” finalizó diciendo Cotto.

Durante la conferencia de prensa Cotto recibió reconocimientos de parte del Senado y de la Cámara de Representantes de Puerto Rico.

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Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:58:13 -0500
Celebs Share Cotto-Martinez Predictions http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-celebs-share-cotto-martinez-predictions/ NEW YORK (June 6, 2014) – One day before three-division world champion and the Pride of Puerto Rico MIGUEL COTTO challenges World Boxing Council (WBC)/The Ring middleweight champion and Argentina’s favorite son SERGIO "Maravilla" MARTÍNEZopinions are flying on who will emerge victorious.  Below, please find some select celebrity predictions. Cotto vs. Martínez will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View, Saturday, June 7, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT, from the “Mecca of Boxing,” Madison Square Garden

 

“Both are excellent fighters. And most have Martinez winning this match. And no disrespect to Sergio - who I love, but are you kidding me? How can I not root for my fellow Boricua?!  I'd be run outta town! Win, lose or draw, Miguel Cotto!”

-       Rosie Perez

 

“I've met both of these incredible fighters with such a wonderful demeanor outside the ring and the question is who has the most boxing ingredients left at this point in their career? Sergio always will have that power which never leaves a boxer even past his prime and Cotto will always have that knowledge to break down an opponent during the fight.  A slight edge to Cotto but don’t bet the house. Good luck to two great fighters and decent men!”

-       Sugar Ray Leonard

 

“I am a big Cotto fan. I think he's out-matched in this fight. He's the smaller guy plus his hand speed isn't faster. I'd love for Cotto to beat this guy but I don't think it's going to happen.” -       Brandon Jacobs

 

“Sergio by close decision. He must use his smarts or Cotto will take it.”

-       Micky Ward

 

“Martinez will take it. He's bigger, stronger, and more physical.”

-       Reggie Miller

 

“This will be a defining moment for Cotto. If he gives his absolute best and uses everything he has learned from his experience in boxing he will give a great account of himself. I would like to see him do well because he has gotten some bad breaks in his career. He is going to have to cut Martinez off in the ring because is a great mover.  He's like a tango mover when he boxes. My personal opinion I think this is going to be one of the greatest fights of the year. I am looking forward to taking my wife on a great date night to celebrate our fifth anniversary.” 

-       Mike Tyson

 

“It is an interesting fight for the boxing world and also for Team Cotto. Cotto should win by decision.”

-       Felix Trinidad

 

Promoted by Miguel Cotto Promotions, Top Rank®, DiBella Entertainment and Sampson Boxing, in association with Maravilla Box, PS4, Tecate and Madison Square Garden, the Cotto vs. Martínez World Middleweight Championship event will take Saturday, June 7, at the “Mecca of Boxing,” Madison Square Garden.  It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View,beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET /

6:00 p.m. PT.

 

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Cotto (38-4, 31 KOs), of Caguas, Puerto Rico, who has sold more tickets to The Garden than any other fighter in this millennium, will attempt to become Puerto Rico’s first four-division world champion while Martínez (51-2-2, 28 KOs), of Quilmes, Buenos Aires, Argentina, who has never lost a world championship fight, defends the title he first won in 2010.  Both gladiators boast a combined record of 89-6-2 (59 KOs) – a winning percentage of 92% and a victory by knockout ratio of 66%.

HBO will present both episodes of “24/7 Cotto/Martínez” back-to-back Friday, June 6 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday June 7 at 11:30 a.m.  All times are ET/PT.

Face Off: Cotto/Martínez HBO Replay Schedule (All times ET/PT): June 6 (8:00 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.) and 7 (10:30 a.m.)               

Remaining tickets to the Cotto vs. Martínez world middleweight championship event, priced at $750, $500, $300, $200, $100 and $50, can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008), and online atwww.ticketmaster.com and www.thegarden.com.

For fight updates go to www.toprank.com,  www.hbo.com/boxingwww.dbe1.com,www.promocionesmiguelcotto.com and www.maravillabox.com, Facebook atfacebook.com/trboxingfacebook.com/trboxeofacebook.com/DiBellaentertainmentfacebook.com/TopRankMiguelCottofacebook.com/maravillabox and facebook.com/hboboxing, and on Twitter attwitter.com/trboxingtwitter.com/trboxeotwitter.com/dibellaenttwitter.com/hboboxing,twitter.com/realmiguelcotto or twitter.com/maravillabox. Use the Hashtag #CottoMartinez to join the conversation on Twitter.

 

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Cotto-Martinez Weigh-ins Open to the Public! http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-cotto-martinez-weigh-ins-open-to-the-public/ NEW YORK (June 5, 2014) – The final face-off between three-division world champion and the Pride of Puerto Rico MIGUEL COTTO and World Boxing Council (WBC)/The Ring middleweight champion and Argentina’s favorite son SERGIO "Maravilla" MARTÍNEZ, before their world championship rumble, will take place at the Official Weigh-In Tomorrow!  Friday, June 6, in The Theater at Madison Square Garden.

The Official Weigh-In will also be open to 3,000 lucky fans.  Complimentary passes will be distributed on Friday.  Fans may line up in North Breezeway – adjacent to main box office off 7th Avenue and 32nd Street, beginning at Noon. 

Doors to the theater will open at 2:00 p.m.  The undercard weigh-in will begin at 2:30 p.m.  Cotto and Martínez will step on the scale at approximately 3:10 p.m. ET.

Media may enter through Glass Doors on corner of 33rd Street and 8th Avenue.

Promoted by Miguel Cotto Promotions, Top Rank®, DiBella Entertainment and Sampson Boxing, in association with Maravilla Box, PS4, Tecate and Madison Square Garden, the Cotto vs. Martínez World Middleweight Championship event will take Saturday, June 7, at the “Mecca of Boxing,” Madison Square Garden.  It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET /6:00 p.m. PT.

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Cotto (38-4, 31 KOs), of Caguas, Puerto Rico, who has sold more tickets to The Garden than any other fighter in this millennium, will attempt to become Puerto Rico’s first four-division world champion while Martínez (51-2-2, 28 KOs), of Quilmes, Buenos Aires, Argentina, who has never lost a world championship fight, defends the title he first won in 2010.  Both gladiators boast a combined record of 89-6-2 (59 KOs) – a winning percentage of 92% and a victory by knockout ratio of 66%.

HBO’s Emmy-Award-winning series “24/7 Cotto/Martínez” – Episode No. 2 premieres Tonight!  Thursday, June 5 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.

Face Off: Cotto/Martínez HBO Replay Schedule (All times ET/PT): 

June 5 (1:00 a.m.), 6 (8:00 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.) and 7 (10:30 a.m.)                

Remaining tickets to the Cotto vs. Martínez world middleweight championship event, priced at $750, $500, $300, $200, $100 and $50, can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008), and online at www.ticketmaster.com and www.thegarden.com.

For fight updates go to www.toprank.comwww.hbo.com/boxing, www.dbe1.com, www.promocionesmiguelcotto.com and www.maravillabox.com, Facebook at facebook.com/trboxing, facebook.com/trboxeo, facebook.com/DiBellaentertainment, facebook.com/TopRankMiguelCotto, facebook.com/maravillabox and facebook.com/hboboxing, and on Twitter at twitter.com/trboxing, twitter.com/trboxeo, twitter.com/dibellaent, twitter.com/hboboxing, twitter.com/realmiguelcotto or twitter.com/maravillabox. Use the Hashtag #CottoMartinez to join the conversation on Twitter.

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Thu, 05 Jun 2014 14:39:13 -0500
Cotto y Martinez ya están en La Gran Manzana http://www.toprank.com/news/cotto-y-martinez-ya-estan-en-la-gran-manzana/ FOTOS: Cotto y Martínez en el Empire State Building

El tres veces campeón del mundo y orgullo de Puerto Rico, Miguel Cotto y su próximo rival  el  campeón de peso mediano del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (WBC) Sergio “Maravilla” Martínez de Argentina, ya están en Nueva York y hoy visitaron el histórico Empire State Building de esta ciudad para dar el inicio a la promoción de su esperado duelo por la supremacía de las 160 libras.

“Ya estamos aquí y listo para dar otra gran pelea a los aficionados de Nueva York que siempre me han apoyado. Vamos el cuarto título va por Puerto Rico”, dijo Cotto, quien ha peleado 10 veces en Nueva York, ocho de esos combates los ha disputado en el Madison Square Garden.

El combate de este sábado será nuevamente en el histórico Madison Square Garden de Nueva York. La función será producida y distribuida en vivo por HBO Pay-Per-View, a través del sistema de pago por evento comenzado a las 9:00 p.m. Este/6:00 p.m. Pacifico.

“Es un orgullo para mi pelear en el Madison Square Garden donde han peleado tantos grandes boxeadores. Nueva York es sin lugar a dudas una de las plazas mas importantes del boxeo y estoy contento de estar aquí”, dijo Martínez, quien después de su visita al Empire State Building hizo un entrenamiento publico en la tienda deportiva Modell’s del Time Square.

La función es una promoción de Miguel Cotto Promotions, Top Rank®, DiBella Entertainment y Sampson Boxing, en asociación con Maravilla Box, Tecate y Madison Square Garden, los boletos para la duelo de Campeonato Mundial entre Cotto y Martínez ya están a la venta y tienen un precio de  $750, $500, $300, $200, $100 y $50, y pueden ser adquiridos en las taquillas del Madison Square, todas las agencias de Ticketmaster y por teléfono a través  Ticketmaster llamando al (866-858-0008) y por Internet visitando las paginas www.ticketmaster.com y www.thegarden.com.

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Mon, 02 Jun 2014 17:45:45 -0500
Gold Medalists Featured on July 19th Card in Macau http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-gold-medalists-featured-on-july-19th-card-in-macau/ MACAO (May 31, 2014) – Two-time Chinese Olympic gold medallist and national icon ZOU SHIMING and undefeated unified junior featherweight world champion and Cuban sensationGUILLERMO “El Chacal” RIGONDEAUX will headline Champions of Gold  world championship boxing’s return to The The Venetian® Macao's Cotai Arena. Promoted by Top Rank® and Sands China Ltd., in association with Tecate, PS4, Caribe Promotions and Foreman Boys Promotions, Champions of Gold will take place Saturday, July 19.                

Tickets for Champions of Gold are on sale now and can be purchased via Cotai Ticketing™; prices start at HKD/MOP 80, with ferry and hotel packages also available. Featherweight Fury ticketholders will want to act fast to take advantage of a 30 per cent early bird discount*, available for three days only, until June 2 (HKD/MOP 80 tickets excluded).

Rigondeaux will be defending his titles against top-five contender and two-time world title challenger SOD LOOKNONGYANTOY of Thailand. The undercard will feature former three-time world champion BRIAN VILORIA, undefeated NABF/NABO super middleweight champion GILBERTO “Zurdo” RAMIREZ, 2012 Russian Olympic gold medallist EGOR MEKHONTSEV, plus local favourites REX “The Wonder Kid” TSO, IK YANG and “The Macao Kid” NG KUOK KUN, each in separate bouts.

Zou (4-0, 1 KO), from Guizhou, China, and trained by Hall of Famer Freddie Roach, won his professional debut April 6, 2013 at Fists of Gold, via a dominant four-round unanimous decision over gritty Eleazar Valenzuela. He followed that up with six-round unanimous decision victories last year over Jesus Ortega and Juan Toscano July 27 at Fists of Gold II and November 24 at The Clash in Cotai, respectively, and celebrated his 2014 debut with his first professional knockout February 22 at Ring of Gold, stopping Yokthong Kokietgym in the seventh round. All of his professional bouts have taken place at the Cotai Arena. One of the most popular Olympic athletes in China, Zou was the world's greatest amateur light flyweight, capturing gold medals in the World Amateur Championships in 2005, 2007 and 2011, along with gold medals in the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympic Games. He also owns an Olympic bronze medal from the 2004 games, making him his nation's first Olympic medallist in boxing as well as its first boxing gold medallist in the World Amateur Championships and the Olympics. He will be graduating to a 10-round bout against an opponent who will be named shortly, taking Zou one step closer to a world title challenge.

Rigondeaux (13-0, 8 KOs), of Miami, Florida, returns to the ring making his 2014 debut. Last year he unified the World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Organization (WBO) 122-pound titles by defeating 2012 Fighter of the Year Nonito Donaire April 13, 2013, at a sold-out Radio City Music Hall in New York. Rigondeaux thoroughly dominated Donaire via a unanimous decision victory, ending his 12-year, 30-bout winning streak, as well as claiming his WBO junior featherweight title. Rigondeaux had a stellar amateur career, winning Olympic gold medals in 2004 and 2000, World Amateur Championship titles in 2005 and 2001, and Pan American Games gold medals in 2005 and 2003, all at 119 pounds, before leaving Cuba to embark on a professional career which began in Miami in 2009. In only his seventh professional fight where both fighters scored knockdowns, Rigondeaux captured the WBA interim super bantamweight title, winning a tough split decision over the vastly more experienced former world champion Ricardo Cordoba in 2010. After successfully defending the interim title in 2011 with a first-round knockout of previously undefeated former European super bantamweight champion Willie Casey, Rigondeaux won the WBA world super bantamweight championship with a sixth-round knockout of previously undefeated defending champion Rico Ramos January 20, 2012. Rigondeaux has successfully defended that title four times since then, blasting once-beaten Teon Kennedy in the fifth round, which included Kennedy suffering five knockdowns en route to the loss, and winning a dominant unanimous decision over once-beaten contender Roberto Marroquin, both in 2012, besting Donaire in their April 2013 title unification fight and most recently, defeating former two-time world champion Joseph AgbekoDecember 7 via a dominant unanimous decision.

Looknongyantoy (61-2-1, 25 KOs), of Srithep, Thailand, has twice challenged for the WBO junior featherweight, losing to Daniel De Leon both times, in 2005 and 2006. Since then he has fashioned an eight-year, 35-bout unbeaten streak, which has included Asian, WBO Asia-Pacific and WBA Pan Asian 122-pound title victories. He is currently world-rated No. 5 by the WBO and No. 8 by the WBA.

Viloria (32-4, 19 KOs), from Waipahu, Hawaii, was a 2000 U.S. Olympian. He captured his first world title in 2005, knocking out Eric Ortiz in the first round to become the World Boxing Council (WBC) light flyweight champion. He held the title for nearly one year before losing it. In 2008, he captured the International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior flyweight title, knocking out Ulises Solis in the 11th round. After losing the title in his second defence the following year, Viloria moved up one weight division and captured the WBO flyweight title via unanimous decision over Julio Miranda in 2011. The following year, he unified the title with a 10th-round knockout of WBA champion Hernan Marquez. He lost the titles on theFists of Gold II card, losing a split decision to Juan Estrada.

Ramirez (28-0, 22 KOs), of Mazatlan, Mexico, is world-rated No. 2 by the WBC, No. 3 by the WBO, No. 6 by the WBA and No. 7 by the IBF. A sensational young contender, Ramirez, 22, has won both his 2014 bouts by knockout. In his last outing, April 11, he captured the NABF and NABO super middleweight titles via a fifth-round knockout of two-time world title challenger Yovanny Lorenzo.     

Mekhontsev (3-0, 3 KOs), of Asbest, Russia, won his pro debut last December 4, knocking out Peter Cajigas in the third round. On February 22, Mekhontsev made his Cotai Arena debut at Ring of Gold, knocking out undefeated Jaritram Atthaporn in the second round. His most recent fight was a third-round stoppage of Dwayne Williams April 11. Trained by his father Leonid, Mekhontsev captured the Olympic light heavyweight gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games and as a heavyweight he won gold at the 2009 World Amateur Championships and the 2010 and 1008 European Amateur Championships.       

Hong Kong’s Tso (12-0, 8 KOs), the undefeated WBC Asian super flyweight and WBO Asia Pacific junior bantamweight champion recently named 2013 WBC Asia Prospect of the Year, Yang (13-0, 8 KOs)of Dalian, China and local favourite Ng (4-0, 2 KOs) will be featured in separate bouts on the undercard against opponents who will be announced soon.

Tickets to the July 19 Champions of Gold can be purchased at all Cotai Ticketing box offices*, and are available in seven categories, ranging from HKD/MOP 80 to HKD/MOP 4,680. HKD/MOP 88 adds a round trip Cotai Water Jet ferry ticket between Hong Kong and Macao (HKD/MOP 80 tickets excluded). Tickets can be booked online at www.cotaiticketing.com, or by phone at +853 2882 8818 (Macao) / +852 6333 6660 (HK) / 4001 206 618 (China) / +63 2 395 3370 (Philippines). Tickets are also available through Hong Kong Ticketing (customer service fee applies), online at www.HKTicketing.com or by phone at +852 3128 8288, and via Macao Kong Seng Ticketing Network, online at www.macauticket.com, by phone at+853 2855 5555, or in person at selected retail outlets (for locations, visitwww.macauticket.com/TicketWeb/ServiceStations.aspx). Hotel packages including two tickets and one night’s accommodation at a choice of The Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel; Conrad Macao, Cotai Central; Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central; or Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central are also available for purchase starting at HKD/MOP 3,800† through Cotai Ticketing.

 

NOTE: Bouts and times subject to change

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Doniare & Vetyeka Make Weight for Title FIght http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-doniare-amp-vetyeka-make-weight-for-title-fight/ MACAU, CHINA (May 30, 2014) – WBA Undisputed featherweight champion SIMPHIWE “V12” VETYEKA (26-2, 15 KOs), of Mdantsane, South Africa, and 2012 Fighter of the Year NONITO “The Filipino Flash” DONAIRE (32-2, 20 KOs), a native of General Santos City, Philippines, now living in Las Vegas, weighed in at 125.5 and 126 pounds, respectively, on Friday in their final faceoff before their world title battle.  Promoted by Top Rank® and Sands China Ltd, in association with Tecate, PS4 and Foreman Boys Promotions, Vetyeka vs. Donaire will be televised from The Venetian® Macao Cotai Arena opening Saturday’s HBO World Championship Boxing® telecast, beginning at 4:00 p.m. ET/PT.  The telecast will also feature the world super middleweight championship rematch between Carl Froch and George Groves.          

VETYEKA

“I trained three months for this fight. When I fought Chris John it is was my third fight at 126 lbs.  I knew at that point I had the power to beat him.  I was shocked I made him quit on his stool.

“I expect to see the Nonito Donaire that is a bully in the ring.  I am prepared to frustrate him.  There is only one way to handle a bully.  I am a warrior and I am going to return everything he tries to serve me, only it will be hotter.  I will take the fight to Donaire from the first bell.  I intend to end this fight early.

"It is an honor to be on such special card featuring three world champions from the same division.  I have a great deal of respect for Nonito Donaire but I have no fear of him.  I'm glad he accepted to challenge me but he is not going beat me.  This is my title and more importantly this is my time.”         

DONAIRE

“I only want to fight the best.  In the featherweight division, that’s Vetyeka.  He beat Chris John. Vetyeka’s the true featherweight champion. I have trained harder for this fight than I have in years. I will be moving all over the ring and hitting Vetyeka from different angles. I feel so strong. I’m still evolving. As good as I am going to be on Saturday, it’s not even close to fulfilling my potential as a championship fighter.  The way I feel today, I think I could be world champion in more divisions…all the way up to 140 pounds.  I love training again.  Boxing is so important to me.  Saturday night at The Venetian Macao is going to be my finest hour.”     

Donaire vs. Vetyeka is one of three featherweight world championship battles headliningFeatherweight Fury! at Cotai Arena.  Undefeated WBA world featherweight champion NICHOLAS “The Axe Man” WALTERS will defend his title against two-division world champion VIC “Raging Bull” DARCHINYAN; and undefeated IBF champion EVGENY “The Mexican Russian” GRADOVICH,making his third consecutive featherweight title defense at the Cotai Arena, will be battling No. 1 contenderALEXANDER MISKIRTCHIAN.  Walters vs. Darchinyan and Gradovich vs. Miskirtchian and most of the undercard will be streamed live via http://www.toprank.tv, beginning at 7:30 a.m. ET / 4:30 a.m. PT.  The only major undercard bout not available via the live stream will be the IBF junior featherweight title elimination bout between Top-Five contenders CHRIS "The Hit Man" AVALOS and YASUTAKA ISHIMOTO.  That fight will be televised via same-day delay as the main event on Sólo Boxeo Tecate onUniMás.  The winner will be declared the IBF's No. 1 contender and mandatory challenger to IBF junior featherweight world champion Kiko Martinez.

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Donaire Back on Track for May 31 Title Fight http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-donaire-back-on-track-for-may-31-title-fight/ MACAU, CHINA (May 28, 2014) – It’s back to the future for four-division world champion and 2012 Fighter of the Year Year NONITO “The Filipino Flash” DONAIRE as he finishes off a training camp that hasn’t been this rigorous and back to basics since his stellar year in 2012.  Donaire is moving up yet another weight division, this time to challenge World Boxing Association (WBA) Undisputed featherweight world champion SIMPIWE “V12” VETYEKA.

Promoted by Top Rank® and Sands China Ltd, in association with Tecate, PS4 and Foreman Boys Promotions, Vetyeka vs. Donaire will be televised from the Cotai Arena at The Venetian® Macao This Saturday!  May 31, on HBO, beginning at 4:00 p.m. ET/PT.   The telecast will also include the world super middleweight title rematch between defending champion Carl Froch and top contender George Groves, which will take place at Wembley Stadium in London.     

“Last year I got away from what made me successful and I paid the price for that when I met Guillermo Rigondeaux.  And even when I knocked out Vic Darchinyan in our rematch last year, that wasn’t the best me,” said a very candid Donaire.

“I agree with Nonito 100%,” said his father Nonito Donaire, Sr., who is back in his corner as head trainer.  “Nonito got away from what made him great – his speed and footwork in combination with his power.  Last year he just came forward, didn’t move his head and relied too much on his power, and that’s exactly the wrong way to fight a pure boxer like Rigondeaux as we all saw.  This camp we went back to Nonito’s bread and butter – creating a mix that combines speed, movement and power.  I have never seen a fighter work harder and totally dedicate himself to his tasks than Nonito did during this training camp.”        

The Donaires remember all too well what it was like to enter a world championship fight as underdogs.  Seven years and 15 pounds ago, Donaire shook up the boxing world with a one-punch stoppage of undefeated International Boxing Federation flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan, ending his three-year world title reign.  It was the consensus Knockout of the Year and Upset of the Year for 2007.

“It’s been a long time since I entered a fight as an underdog but that has inspired me more,” said the four-division world champion.  “I reevaluated everything. I moved my training camp to the Philippines to take advantage of the heat and humidity and to eliminate the distractions I had in Las Vegas.  It was a great move.  I let a lot of things I worked hard to achieve slip through my fingers last year.  I want to return to where I was in 2012 and go beyond that for the reminder of my boxing career.

“I had to work on a lot of things in camp because Vetyeka is so multidimensional inside the ring. He’s dangerous and has a lot of weapons.  His last two fights were knockout victories of Daud Yordan and Chris John.  Those are two tough guys.  But I am confident I have the game plan and the talent to beat him.  There is no doubt that May 31 at The Venetian Macao is going to be my finest hour.”

Donaire vs. Vetyeka is one of three featherweight world championship battles headliningFeatherweight Fury! at Cotai Arena.  Undefeated WBA world featherweight champion NICHOLAS “The Axe Man” WALTERS will defend his title against two-division world champion VIC “Raging Bull” DARCHINYAN; and undefeated IBF champion EVGENY “The Mexican Russian” GRADOVICH,making his third consecutive featherweight title defense at the Cotai Arena, will be battling No. 1 contenderALEXANDER MISKIRTCHIAN.  Walters vs. Darchinyan and Gradovich vs. Miskirtchian and most of the undercard will be streamed live via http://www.toprank.tv.  The only undercard bout not available via the live stream will be the IBF junior featherweight title elimination bout between Top-Five contenders CHRIS "The Hit Man" AVALOS and YASUTAKA ISHIMOTO.  That fight will be televised via same-day delay as the main event on Sólo Boxeo Tecate on UniMás.  The winner will be declared the IBF's No. 1 contender and mandatory challenger to IBF junior featherweight world champion Kiko Martinez. 

Donaire (32-2, 20 KOs), a native of General Santos City, Philippines, now living in Las Vegas, has been a consensus Top-10 pound-for-pound fighter for several years. His banner year in 2012 included four world championship victories. He beat former world champion Israel Vazquez, Jr. to capture the vacant WBO junior featherweight title, then unified the title by defeating IBF junior bantamweight champion Jeffrey Mathebula. Donaire collected his third belt of the year by knocking out WBC Diamond Belt super bantamweight champion Toshiaki Nishioka, ending Nishioka’s eight-year, 16-bout, winning streak. Donaire concluded his magnificent year by blasting out Mexican icon Jorge Arce in the third round and sealing his 2012 Fighter of the Year honours 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. Career highlights for Donaire also include knockout victories of defending IBF flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan, former WBA bantamweight champion Wladimir Sidorenko, and defending WBC/WBO bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel, ending Montiel's 25-bout winning streak. That victory was named the 2011 Knockout of the Year. Donaire’s last fight was a ninth-round knockout victory of Darchinyan in their eagerly-awaited rematch which took place on November 9, 2013.

Vetyeka (26-2, 15 KOs), of Mdantsane, South Africa, will be making the first defence of the title he won from the legendary Chris John. A 12-year professional, four of Vetyeka’s five last victories have been by knockout. He scored a major upset to win his world title last December, knocking out the undefeated defending WBA featherweight champion John in the sixth round. John had celebrated the 10th year of his title reign two months earlier, which included 18 title defences.

Walters (23-0, 19 KOs), of Montego Bay, Jamaica, enters this fight having won nine of his last 10 fights by knockout. He captured the vacant WBA featherweight title on December 12, 2012, knocking out Daulis Presscott (26-1, 19 KOs) in the seventh round. He made his first title defence on November 9, 2013, stopping Alberto Garza (25-5-1, 20 KOs) in the fourth round.

Darchinyan (39-6-1, 28 KOs), a native of Armenia whose home base has been Sydney, Australia, is one of the lower division's  most exciting fighters.  A member of Armenia’s 2000 Olympic boxing team, he won his first world title in his 22nd professional bout, knocking out undefeated IBF flyweight champion Irene Pacheco in the 11th round of their 2004 battle, ending Pacheco’s five-year reign.  During his own three-year tenure as world champion, Darchinyan successfully defended his title six times – all by stoppage – against the division’s top contenders.  After losing the title and his undefeated record to Donaire, in 2007, Darchinyan moved up in weight and claimed the IBF junior bantamweight crown, knocking out defending champion Dimitri Kirilov in the fifth round.  He unified the 115 pound world titles in his next fight, knocking out World Boxing Council (WBC) / WBA super flyweight champion Cristian Mijares in the ninth round.  The first person to unify three of the titles in that weight division, Darchinyan successfully defended his titles three times during his two-year reign as unified super flyweight champion, including an 11th-round stoppage of Méxican icon Jorge Arce.  Darchinyan vacated his titles in mid-2010 to campaign as a bantamweight, defeating former IBF bantamweight champion Yonnhy Perez, Evans Mbamba and Eric Barcelona, while losing competitive decisions to world champions Abner Mares, Joseph Agbeko and Shinsuke Yamanaka.  Last November, Darchinyan finally got his long-awaited rematch with Donaire.  It was an exciting fight that had Darchinyan leading on the judges’ scorecards through eight rounds until he got caught by Donaire and was stopped in the ninth round.    

Gradovich (18-0, 9 KOs), of Igrim, Russia, captured the IBF featherweight title on March 1, 2013, winning a gritty split decision over defending champion Billy Dib. He has successfully defended the twice – both at Cotai Arena – where he has developed a rabid fan following. At Fists of Gold II last July, Gradovich won a dominating unanimous decision over Mauricio Muñoz and on the November 24Pacquiao-Rios undercard, he knocked out Dib in the ninth round of their rematch.

Miskirtchian (24-2-1, 9 KOs), of Namur, Belgium, will be making his Asian debut. He enters this fight riding a five-year, 11-bout winning streak, with over half those victories coming by way of knockout. After winning the European featherweight title and defending it twice during his two-year reign, he won a 12-round decision over Sofiane Takoucht, in an IBF featherweight title elimination bout, to become the IBF's No. 1 contender and mandatory challenger to Gradovich. This will be Miskirtchian's first world title shot.

Avalos (23-2, 17 KOs), of Lancaster, Calif., enters this fight riding a two-year, four-bout winning streak, including an NABO junior featherweight title victory over Drian Francisco last July.  He is currently world-rated No. 1 by the WBO, No. 4 by the IBF and No. 5 by the WBA.

Ishimoto (24-6, 7 KOs), of Tokyo, Japan, is riding a two-year, five-bout winning streak himself, with four of those victories coming by way on knockout.  His most impressive victory during his current streak was for the WBO International junior featherweight title, where he won a majority decision over former world champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. at the Coati Arena on April 6, 2013.  He is world-rated No. 5 by the IBF and No. 8 by the WBO.         

Promoted by Top Rank and Sands China Ltd, in association with Tecate, PS4 and Foreman Boys Promotions, Featherweight Fury will take place on Saturday, May 31, with the first bout beginning at 5:30 p.m. local time. Tickets to the multi-bout event can be purchased at all Cotai Ticketing box offices*, and are available in seven categories, ranging from HKD/MOP 80 (~PHP 450) to HKD/MOP 3,280 (~PHP 18,800). HKD/MOP 88 adds a round trip Cotai Water Jet ferry ticket between Hong Kong and Macao (HKD/MOP 80 tickets excluded). Tickets can be booked online at www.cotaiticketing.com, or by phone at +853 2882 8818 (Macao) / +852 6333 6660 (HK) / 4001 206 618 (China) / +63 2 395 3370 (Philippines). Tickets are also available through Hong Kong Ticketing (customer service fee applies), online atwww.HKTicketing.com or by phone at +852 3128 8288, and via Macao Kong Seng Ticketing Network,online at www.macauticket.com, by phone at +853 2855 5555, or in person at selected retail outlets (for locations, visit www.macauticket.com/TicketWeb/ServiceStations.aspx). Hotel packages including two tickets and one night accommodation at your choice of The Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel, Conrad Macao, Cotai Central; Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central; Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central; or Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Cotai Strip are also available for purchase starting at HKD/MOP 3,240† (~PHP 18,500) through Cotai Ticketing.

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Listo Verdejo para debutar en el Madison Square Garden http://www.toprank.com/news/listo-verdejo-para-debutar-en-el-madison-square-garden/ FOTOS: Entrenamiento de medios Félix Verdejo  

SAN JUAN, P.R. – El sensacional prospecto boricua Félix “El Diamante’ Verdejo abrió hoy las puertas de su gimnasio a la prensa del País y demostró la constante mejoría de sus habilidades durante un entrenamiento en el cual se cantó listo para su compromiso del 7 de junio en la ciudad de Nueva York.

Verdejo (12-0, 9KO’s), enfrentará a Engelberto ‘Guarura’ Valenzuela (8-1, 3 KO’s), de Agua Prieta, Sonora, México en un combate a seis asaltos que formará parte de las peleas preliminares del mega cartel en el cual el tres-veces campeón divisional Miguel Cotto buscará hacer historia cuando intente convertirse en el primer boxeador puertorriqueño en ganar títulos en cuatro divisiones cuando rete al argentino Sergio ‘Maravilla’ Martínez por el título peso mediano del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB).

“Es un honor para mi participar de un evento tan importante en el cual sé que yo y al igual que todos mis compañeros recibiremos el apoyo de todos esos fans de Nueva York”, comentó el ex olímpico. “Me siento bendecido por la oportunidad de poder seguir demostrando mi talento en estos grandes escenarios y estoy listo para el reto”, afirmó Verdejo.

El combate Verdejo vs. Valenzuela será el evento estelar de la histórica transmisión de las peleas preliminares de la función Cotto vs. Martínez que serán televisadas en Puerto Rico a través de WAPA 2 Deportes y en los Estados Unidos por WAPA America. El combate del invicto prospecto José ‘Wonder Boy’ López y el debut  del ex olímpico Jantony Ortiz también formarán parte de la transmisión de la edición especial de ‘Boxeo Boricua’ que comenzará a las 7:30pm por WAPA 2 Deportes y WAPA América.

“Estoy bien contento de saber que mi gente de Puerto Rico podrá disfrutar en vivo de mi pelea y la de mis compañeros como aperitivo a ese gran combate entre Cotto y Martínez”, dijo ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo.

La pelea de Verdejo ante Valenzuela representará la cuarta pelea del boricua en la ciudad de Nueva York y su primera en ‘La Arena más Famosa del Mundo’, el Madison Square Garden. ‘El Diamante’ tiene una racha de tres nocauts en el primer asalto en los tres combates que ha realizado hasta el momento en ‘La Gran Manzana’.

El sábado 31 de mayo Félix Verdejo y Jantony Ortiz participarán de un entrenamiento abierto al público de Nueva York durante el Festival Cultural del Bronx (152nd Street entre Jackson y Union Avenue, Bronx, NY, 10455).

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