Top Rank Boxing http://www.toprank.com Top Rank boxing news, event, videos and photo galleries en-us Copyright Top Rank 03-31-2015 18:55:32 60 TruTV y Top Rank se asociarán para presentar serie de boxeo en vivo los viernes http://www.toprank.com/news/trutv-y-top-rank-se-asociaran-para-presentar-serie-de-boxeo-en-vivo-los-viernes/ truTV Top Rank se asociarán para presentar un serie de boxeo en vivo que comenzará el viernes 1ro de mayo a las 10:00 p.m. (Este). La nueva serie de boxeo será en asociación con Turner Sports y HBO Sports y debutará la noche antes del esperado combate que será televisando en el sistema de pago por evento entre Floyd Mayweather y Manny Pacquiao. La primera función cobrará vida en el Chelsea Theater del Comospolitan de Las Vegas y contará con dos peleas de campeonato.

Para darle más visibilidad a esta nueva serie en truTV se televisarán tres funciones en forma consecutiva durante el mes de mayo – todas servirán de antesala a funciones de HBO el sábado después de estas peleas. También se realizará cinco funciones más en lo que resta del año. En estas peleas se presentará a jóvenes boxeadores ya establecidos como figuras del deporte. Turner Sports y HBO Sports tienen una rica y larga historia en el deporte del boxeo y contribuirán  a esta nueva serie todos sus recursos, mercadotecnia y proyección en todas sus plataformas digitales.

En el duelo estelar del 1 de mayo, el dos veces campeon del mundo Takahiro Ao (27-3-1, 16 KOs) de Chiba, Japón se enfrentara a Ray Beltran (29-7-1, 17 KOs) de Los Mochis, Sinaloa, México en un combate pactado a 12 rounds por el campeonato mundial vacante de peso ligero de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (CMB) y el duelo co-estelar dos jóvenes invictos Mikael Zewski (26-0, 23 KOs) de Quebec, Canadá yKonstantin Ponomarev (27-0, 13 KOs) de Miass, Rusia  disputaran el campeonato welter de NABF en un duelo pactado a 10 asaltos.

“Estamos muy emocionados de asociarnos con Top Rank y nuestros colegas de HBO Sports para brindar esta serie de boxeo de alto nivel en truTV. Tenemos la misma visión de presentar estos eventos de una manera nueva y creativa en lo que será un contenido interesante para nuestra audiencia” dijo Lenny Daniels, presidente de Turner Sports.

“Esta es una gran oportunidad de presentar programación deportiva en vivo para nuestra cadena y creo que lo viernes es una gran noche para esta serie que será seguida por nueva joven audiencia en truTV” dijo Chris Linn, presidente y jefe de programación de truTV.

“Esta asociación con Turner Sports y truTv para esta nueva e interesante serie boxística ayudara a energizar y hacer crecer el deporte. Turner Sports a demostrado su creatividad en la producción y programación que ha brindado a miles de aficionados durante sus programas de la NBA, Beisbol de grandes ligas, NCAA y Golf Profesional y hará lo mismo con el boxeo en truTV. Además con la colaboración de HBO y truTV ayudara a desarrollar y darle exposición a actuales y futuros campeones and clasificados mundiales que podrá ser vistos consistentemente por una gran audiencia”, dijo Todd duBoef presidente de Top Rank,     

“Hay que darles el crédito a Turner y sus directivos  David Levy de Turner Sports, Lenny Daniels y Chris Linn de truTv, quienes entienden la importancia del impacto que tiene la programación de deportes en vivo y el concepto de esta serie a sus plataformas”, agrego duBoef.

“Todos en HBO estamos contentos en ver una nueva plataforma para el boxeo professional que sera lanzanda en una cadena tan creative como lo es truTV. Felicitamos a Top Rank y Turner Sports por esta nueva alianza y estamos listos para apoyar esta nueva e importante franquicia de boxeo a lo máximo que será de gran beneficio para el deporte, los boxeadores y los aficionados desde el debut de esta serie”, dijo   Ken Hershman, presidente de HBO Sports.

 

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Mon, 30 Mar 2015 19:17:06 -0500
truTV & Top Rank to Launch Boxing Series http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-trutv-amp-top-rank-to-launch-boxing-series/ truTV and Top Rank will partner to exclusively televise a live Friday night primetime boxing series beginning Friday, May 1, at 10 p.m. ET.  The new boxing series, in association with Turner Sports and HBO Sports, will launch on the eve of the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao pay-per-view fight with a card featuring two title bouts inside The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Maximizing visibility, the inaugural series on truTV will feature three consecutive weeks of boxing coverage in May – all airing on the evening prior to a Saturday night HBO fight event – along with a slate of five additional fights to be scheduled over the remainder of the year.  The schedule will regularly feature some of the most exciting, established young talent in boxing. Turner Sports and HBO Sports, with its long and rich history with the sport of boxing, will contribute resources as well as marketing and digital platforms in support of the new series.   

The main event on Friday, May 1, will showcase Takahiro Ao (27-3-1, 16 KOs) from Chiba, Japan, vs. Ray Beltran (29-7-1, 17 KOs) from Los Mochis, Mexico, in a 12-round bout for the vacant WBO Lightweight World Championship.  The undercard will include two undefeated fighters in action – Mikael Zewski (26-0, 23 KOs) from Quebec, Canada, vs. Konstantin Ponomarev (27-0, 13 KOs) from Miass, Russia – in a 10-round bout for the NABF Welterweight Championship.

“We’re excited to partner with Top Rank and our colleagues at HBO Sports to bring this high-caliber boxing series to truTV,” said Lenny Daniels, president of Turner Sports.  “We share a common vision to present these events in a new and inventive way and look forward to offering this compelling content to our viewers.”

“We see this as a great opportunity to bring more coveted live sports programming to the network and believe Friday night primetime fights will resonate with truTV’s young audience,” said Chris Linn, truTV president and head of programming.

“Partnering with Turner Sports and truTV for a new and unique boxing series will further invigorate and grow the sport,” said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank.  “Turner Sports’ innovative approach to production and programming has attracted and engaged tens of millions of fans of the NBA, MLB, NCAA and PGA and we believe the same will be true for boxing.  Additionally, the collaboration between the HBO and truTV programming will help develop and expose current and future champions and world-rated contenders to a broad audience with consistency.  All credit goes to Turner’s David Levy, Turner Sports’ Lenny Daniels and truTV’s Chris Linn who understand the impact of live sports and were instrumental in developing this concept into a program for their platforms.”

“Everybody at HBO is thrilled to see a new platform for live coverage of professional boxing being launched by a bold and creative network such as truTV,” said Ken Hershman, president of HBO Sports. “We congratulate Top Rank and Turner Sports on this new initiative.  We look forward to lending our support to this important new franchise that will clearly benefit the sport, the fighters and the fans from day one of the series’ debut.” 

About Turner Sports

Turner Sports, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is an industry leader in the delivery of premium sports content across all multimedia screens. Turner Sports’ television coverage includes the NBA, Major League Baseball, NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship and professional golf.  The company also manages some of the most popular sports destinations across broadband and mobile platforms including Bleacher Report and its top-rated Team Stream app, NCAA.com and the critically-acclaimed NCAA March Madness Live suite of products, PGA.com and the Sports Emmy Award-winning PGA Championship LIVE, as well as an accompanying collection of mobile sites and connected device apps.  Turner Sports and the NBA also jointly manage NBA Digital, a robust collection of offerings including NBA TV, NBA.com, NBA LEAGUE PASS, NBA Mobile, the NBA Game Time App, NBADLEAGUE.com and WNBA.com.                         

About truTV

truTV takes viewers on a fun ride that surprises and entertains. The network delivers a dynamic mix of action, comedy and competition, featuring engaging characters and compelling new worlds that pull you in and leave you wanting more. Currently seen in 92 million U.S. households, truTV features such popular original series as Impractical Jokers, The Carbonaro Effect, Friends of the People, Hack My Life, How to Be a Grown-Up, Barmageddon and Breaking Greenville as well as the upcoming Billy on the Street, Those Who Can't, Six Degrees of Everything, Santas in the Barn and The Hustlers.  In addition, truTV is a partner in airing the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news; entertainment; kids and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

About Top Rank

Innovation has been the mantra at Top Rank since it was established in 1966 by Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. The boxing industry’s leading promotional company for nearly half a century, Top Rank has shaped, developed and promoted the careers of top international pay-per-view superstars and Hall of Famers, including Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Oscar De La Hoya, Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Miguel Cotto and Erik Morales.  Known for creating strategic collaborations between athletes, sponsors and television networks, Top Rank launched in 1980, Top Rank Boxing on ESPN which ran for a historic 16 years.  Recognizing the boom in US based Hispanics, Top Rank then launched another very popular televised boxing series in 1996 titled Solo Boxeo on Univision.

Some of the most legendary and spectacular events in boxing history were promoted by Top Rank, which include: 26 Muhammad Ali Events; Leonard vs. Hearns: Arguello vs Pryor; Duran vs. Leonard; Hagler vs. Hearns: Leonard vs. Hagler; Foreman vs. Holyfield; Morales vs. Barrera and De La Hoya vs. Trinidad to name a few.  In addition to the previously mentioned super fights Top Rank possess one of the largest sports libraries which includes nearly 10,000 fights and dates back nearly 50 years.

Top Rank has been an architect of the global growth of the sport by staging high profile events in landmark settings around the world, including every major arena in Las Vegas, The Venetian Macao, Yankee Stadium, Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, The “Fabulous” Forum and Cowboys Stadium to name a few. Top Rank has also been the leader within the boxing industry in creating unforgettable in-arena experiences for fans while also producing live telecasts which generate high ratings for our television partners.   Committed to supporting the vitality and growth of boxing, Top Rank will co-promote one of the biggest sporting events in history -- Mayweather vs. Pacquiao on May 2 in Las Vegas.         

 

About HBO Sports

HBO Sports has brought the best in sports to television for four decades – from world championship boxing events, to intriguing documentaries and specials, to the most honored and compelling reality programming franchise, and the most provocative sports magazine program on TV.

HBO has covered the sport of boxing unlike anyone else over the last 40 years. Three series comprise the HBO Boxing franchise, including the flagship World Championship Boxing® series, the HBO Pay-Per-View® service, which is the pay-per-view arm of Home Box Office and a premier supplier of event programming to the pay-per-view industry, and the late-night HBO Boxing After Dark® series, which was introduced in 1996. 

Visit the Turner Sports online pressroom for additional press materials; follow Turner Sports on Twitter at @TurnerSportsPR.

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Media contacts:

 

Nate Smeltz, Turner Sports: (404) 827-4786 / nate.smeltz@turner.com

Samantha Graham, truTV: (212) 275-6821 / samantha.graham@turner.com

 

Kevin Flaherty, HBO: (212) 512-5052 / kevin.flaherty@hbo.com

Patrick Byrne, HBO: (212) 512-1361 / Patrick.byrne@hbo.com

 

Lee Samuels, Top Rank: (702) 378-1083 / Lee@toprank.com

Ricardo Jimenez, Top Rank:  (909) 615-3436 / ricardoej@aol.com   

Fred Sternburg, Top Rank: (303) 740-7746 / Toofred@aol.com   

 

Media credentials:  

 

www.toprank.com/credentials  

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Mon, 30 Mar 2015 12:53:45 -0500
Championship Boxing Returns to Vegas http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-championship-boxing-returns-to-vegas/ LAS VEGAS, NV. (March 30, 2015) – The Chelsea inside the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas welcomes an exciting evening of boxing featuring former two-division world champion TAKAHIRO AO who returns to the ring in his 2015 debut where he will battle two-time world title challenger RAY BELTRAN in a 12-round rumble for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) lightweight world championship on Friday, May 1.

The fight will be televised live on tru-TV beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.  The telecast will open with a battle between the undefeated with North America Boxing Federation (NABF) welterweight champion MIKAEL ZEWSKI defending his title against world-rated contender KONSTANTIN PONOMAREV.  The first bout will begin at 5:00 p.m. with the tru-TV bouts beginning at 7:00 p.m. local time.

These four gladiators boast a combined record of 109-10-2 (62 KOs) -- a winning ratio of 90% with over half of those victories coming by way knockout.

Promoted by Top Rank®, tickets, priced at $50, $75, 85 and $100 (plus applicable taxes and fees), are on sale and available for purchase at The Cosmopolitan Concierge Desk, all Ticketmaster outlets, and online at www.ticketmaster.com.

Ao (27-3-1, 12 KOs), from Chiba, Japan, captured his first world title in 2009, dethroning Oscar Larios to become the World Boxing Council (WBC) featherweight champion.  He lost the title that same year in his first defense, which took place four months later, via a unanimous decision to Elio Rojas.  He immediately moved up to the next weight class and 16 months later claimed the WBC super featherweight title winning a unanimous decision over Vitali Tajbert.  Ao’s two-year world championship reign included three successful title defenses before losing a 12-round decision to Gamaliel Diaz in 2012.  Ao has been campaigning as a lightweight ever since, going 4-0 (2 KOs), including a 10-round unanimous decision victory over former two-time world champion Juan Carlos Salgado last October en route to being world-rated No. 2 by the WBO, No. 3 by the World Boxing Association (WBA) and No. 4 by the WBC.

Beltran (29-7-1, 17 KOs), a native of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, who now lives in North Hollywood, Calif.,  is one of the lightweight division's toughest and most experienced fighters.  A former NABF and United States Boxing Association (USBA) lightweight champion, Beltran had his two-year five-bout unbeaten streak broken in his last fight, losing a unanimous decision to WBO lightweight champion and 2014 Fighter of the Year Terence Crawford last November.  Crawford has since vacated that title to challenge for the WBO junior welterweight crown. Beyond his professional fights, Beltran has had the benefit of being a main sparring partner for Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao for several years before becoming a top-rated contender in his own right.  He is currently world-rated No. 6 by the WBO.

Zewski (26-0, 20 KOs), a native of Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada, now living in Las Vegas, has won five of his last six bouts by knockout.  The former amateur standout captured the vacant NABF welterweight title with a fourth-round knockout of Prince Doku, Jr. last June.  In his last fight, in December, he successfully defended the title, at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, via a 10-round majority decision over savvy veteran Jeremy Bryan.  Zewski is currently world-rated No. 7 by the WBO and No. 10 by the WBC. 

Ponomarev (27-0, 13 KOs), from Miass, Russia, is trained by renowned trainer Abel Sanchez.  At the age of 22, Ponomarev is already a five-year pro with an impressive resume which includes WBC Baltic and WBC Youth welterweight title victories.  A crowd-pleasing fighter with power in both fists and an aggressive fighting style, Ponomarev is poised to break though this year.  He is currently world-rated No. 15 by the WBC.   

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 #AoBeltran to join the conversation on Twitter.

 

ABOUT THE COSMOPOLITAN OF LAS VEGAS:

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is a luxury resort offering a decidedly different perspective. Located at the heart of The Strip, the resort’s uniquely vertical multi-tower design offers spectacular views of the vibrant city. The new 2,995-room resort features oversized residential-style living spaces with expansive, one-of-a-kind private terraces. The Cosmopolitan’s luxurious resort amenities include a 100,000 square foot casino; Sahra Spa & Hammam and Violet Hour Hair Nails Beauty; three unique pool experiences; Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub, a multi-level integrated indoor/outdoor nightclub; 150,000 square feet of state-of-the-art convention and meeting space; 40,000-square foot performance and event space The Chelsea; and modern supper club Rose. Rabbit. Lie. An eclectic line-up of new-to-market retailers include:  AllSaints Spitalfields, CRSVR Sneaker Boutique, DNA2050, EATDRINK, Jason of Beverly Hills, Kidrobot, Molly Brown's Swimwear, Rent the Runway, Retrospecs & Co, Skins 62 Cosmetics, Stitched and Utique. Signature restaurants include: Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill by restaurateurs Bruce and Eric Bromberg; Estiatorio Milos, by international restaurateur Costas Spiliadis; Holsteins from Block 16 Hospitality; Jaleo and China Poblano restaurants by acclaimed Chef José Andrés; Scarpetta and D.O.C.G. by award-winning Chef Scott Conant; and popular steakhouse STK from The ONE Group; bustling culinary food hall The Wicked Spoon; and The Henry, an all-day dining concept.

 

For more information visit: www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com

Follow us on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/cosmopolitan_lv

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TOP RANK

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

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

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

 

TURNER SPORTS

Nate Smeltz:  404-827-4786 / nate.smeltz@turner.com

                             

HBO

Kevin Flaherty, (212) 512-5052 / kevin.flaherty@hbo.com

Patrick Byrne, (212) 512-1361 / Patrick.byrne@hbo.com

 

THE COSMOPOLITAN OF LAS VEGAS

Robert Jarrett:  702-698-7140 / pr@cosmopolitanlasvegas.com 

Brad Seidel/Kirvin Doak Communications: 702-737-3100 / thecosmopolitan@kirvindoak.com   

 

MEDIA CREDENTIALS:  www.toprank.com/credentials 

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Mon, 30 Mar 2015 12:45:29 -0500
2 Days: Terence Crawford Premieres April 6 on HBO http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-2-days-crawford-dulorme-premieres-april-6-on-hbo/ March 27, 2015 – HBO Sports® debuts an all-new installment of “2 Days” when the feature segment returns Monday, April 6 at 10:15 p.m. (ET/PT) with a behind-the-scenes look at undefeated sensation Terence Crawford, one of boxing’s fastest rising stars.

“2 Days” is a revealing and intimate look at a 48-hour span in the life of a boxer in the lead-up to one of his fights and the next edition will focus on Omaha native Terence Crawford.  HBO cameras followed the 2014 BWAA “Fighter of the Year” last November when he defeated Ray Beltran on Thanksgiving Weekend in front of the hometown fans.  The win was Crawford’s 25th consecutive triumph as a pro and his last at 135 pounds where he was the premier lightweight performer.  His upcoming fight will see the 27-year-old make his debut at 140 pounds.

HBO air times include: April 6 (10:15 p.m.), 9 (5:30 p.m. & 12:35 a.m.), 12 (1:15 p.m.), 13 (8:15 a.m.), 15 (1:45 p.m. & 10:15 p.m.), 17 (2:00 a.m. & 7:15 p.m.) and 18 (8:45 a.m.).

HBO2 air times include: April 8 (11:50 a.m. & 8:00 p.m.), 10 (2:40 a.m. & 4:30 p.m.), 11 (10:05 a.m.), 14 (3:30 p.m.), 17 (11:00 p.m.) and 18 (4:30 p.m.).

HBO Latino air times include: April 6 (10:15 p.m.), 9 (5:30 p.m.), 12 (1:15 p.m.), 13 (8:15 a.m.), 15 (1:45 p.m. & 9:45 p.m.), 17 (2:25 a.m.) and 18 (8:45 a.m.).

All times are ET/PT.

Crawford is slated to return to the ring on Saturday, April 18 when he meets the formidable Thomas Dulorme from the College Park Center at the University of Texas Arlington on HBO Boxing After Dark.  The event will be part of terrific split site doubleheader on HBO starting at 9:45 p.m. (ET/PT).

“2 Days” will also be available on the HBO On Demand® service, HBO GO® and at www.hbo.com/boxing as well as various other new media platforms that distribute the series.

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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:33:15 -0500
Donaire to Challenge for Title in the Philippines http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-donaire-to-challenge-for-title-in-the-philippines/ Quezon City, Philippines - "Fans are going to find out where I am at on Saturday night," Nonito 'Filipino Flash' Donaire said at a press conference this week in Cebu.

He is taking on William Prado of Brazil for the vacant NABF Super Bantamweight Championship at the historic Araneta Coliseum on Saturday night. The event is called Pinoy Pride 30 - D Day.

Donaire, a five-division world champion, has trained for weeks in the Philippines. After his last bout - a loss to hard-punching featherweight Nicholas Walters, Donaire made a decision to return to the 122 pound weight division. He was in that division when he won the 2012 Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) Fighter of the Year Award.

Donaire's record is 33-3, 21 KOs. Prado is 22-4-1, 15 KOs.

"I know exactly what is at stake in this fight. It's very important when I get into the ring on Saturday night," Donaire told reporters here.

Donaire was inducted into the prestigious 'Flash' Elorde Hall of Fame earlier this week at the historic Manila Hotel.

Contacts:

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

Ricardo Jimenez, Top Rank ricardoej@aol.com 909 615 3436

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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 07:01:05 -0500
A la venta desde MAÑANA los boletos para el debut 2015 de Félix “El Diamante” Verdejo http://www.toprank.com/news/a-la-venta-desde-manana-los-boletos-para-el-debut-2015-de-felix-el-diamante-verdejo/ SAN JUAN, P.R. –  ¡Se acabó la espera! A partir de las 9 a.m. de mañana miércoles, 25 de marzo estarán disponibles los boletos para la cartelera del 25 de abril en la cual Félix “El Diamante” Verdejo irá tras el primer título de su carrera profesional.

Boletos para la función que se celebrará en el Coliseo Mario "Quijote" de Guaynabo en una presentación de Top Rank en asociación con Diamante Promotions,  podrán ser adquiridos en www.TicketCenterPR.com, en todos los puntos de ventas Ticket Center o llamando al (787) 792-5000. Los boletos tendrán precios de: $100, $70, $30 y $15, más cargos aplicables. 
 
Ticket Center tiene puntos de ventas en: Plaza Las Américas, Kioscos “U Box Network” localizados en centros comerciales a través de toda la Isla, Ralph’s Food Warehouse, Cooperativa Ahorro y Crédito Oriental, Supermercados Hatillo Kash N’ Karry. Los boletos también estarán disponibles en el Doble Seis de Villa Blanca en Caguas.

En el que marcará su primer combate del 2015 y el primero en “La Isla del Encanto” desde que peleó en suelo boricua en agosto del 2014, Verdejo (16-0 y 12 KO’s), disputará el título Latino peso Ligero de la OMB ante el mexicano Marco Antonio “El Kua Kua” López (24-5, 15 KO’s) en un duelo a diez asaltos en el evento estelar del cartel “Solo Boxeo Tecate” que televisará UniMás de costa a costa en los Estados Unidos.
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Tue, 24 Mar 2015 17:51:46 -0500
Popular Florida Welterweight Booth Signs with Top Rank http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-popular-florida-welterweight-booth-signs-with-top-rank/ Las Vegas -- The wildly popular Florida welterweight Clarence 'Son of St. Pete' Booth, of St. Petersburg, has signed with Top Rank. He has eight straight wins and is 10-1 with 7 KOs.

"Clarence Booth has great size with power and speed," said Carl Moretti, VP of Boxing at Top Rank. "He should be a force in the junior welterweight and welterweight divisions. His fan base in the Tampa - St. Petersburg areas will make him into a major attraction."

Manager Pat Lynch said "Clarence is a great young prospect with a very bright future. He's an extremely hard worker with a great attitude."

Booth joins Pat Lynch's stable which includes Glen 'Jersey Boy' Tapia and hard-hitting contender Julian RodriguezBooth began boxing at age 18. He trained with Nick Sityar in Florida and had his first amateur fight at 19. After nearly 30 amateur bouts, Booth turned pro in 2011. All of his fights have been in Florida except for a win over Javier Garcia last year in Puerto Rico.

He and his wife Natasha have four children. The 'Son of St. Pete' is a huge fan favorite in his hometown and surrounding areas.

Another Top Rank signee:

Contact: 

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

Ricardo Jimenez, Top Rank rjimenez@toprank.com  909 615 3436

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Wed, 18 Mar 2015 13:27:27 -0500
Jose Ramirez to Kickoff Responsible Athletes Program http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-ramirez-to-kickoff-responsible-athletes-program/ Avenal, Calif. - USA Olympian and undefeated professional boxer Jose Ramirez (13-0, 10 KO's) will return home to Avenal, Ca this Saturday March 21st to team up with RAP (Responsible Athletes Program)  to give back to his community and stress the importance of the program he once was in. Ramirez will give a motivational speech and coach an all-star team this night as well as help make a few lucky winners dream come true and take them out to eat and buy them the equipment  they need in their related sports.

“RAP keeps kids in school, out of gangs and provides guidance for the entire area for anyone that needs it, I am honored to be involved and help out with this amazing program” said Ramirez

"We are very proud of Jose and his efforts to help all in his hometown," said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Aum of Top Rank

There is over 1000 people expected to attend and in typical Ramirez fashion he will provide each and every person from his home town a FREE ticket to his NABF title bout “Fight For Water 4,” Saturday, May 9 at the Selland Arena. The card will be televised nationally at 11p ET/PT on Top Rank's “Solo Boxeo Tecate” on UniMas.

Ramirez last fought Oct 25th in his hometown, where a record-setting 10,000 people watched him capture his first title.  

For the first time Responsible Athletes Program will have a special guest, former US Olympian Jose Ramirez. The All-Star showcase will consists of three different age groups; Juniors, Seniors and Adults. Upon entrance, all RAP youth basketball participants will be entered in a raffle drawing for a chance to win lunch with Ramirez and a shopping spree for sports equipment of his/her choice. During halftime Team Ramirez will take on the Junior All-Stars in a scrimmage. This is a free admission event and the first 1,000 guests will receive a free voucher ticket for Jose Ramirez's upcoming ‘Fight for Water 4’ on May 9 at the Selland Arena in Fresno, Ca.

            Location & Date Line: Schedule

            All-Star Showcase will be held at the Avenal High School gym on March 21, 2015.

            5:00pm            Junior All-Star game

            6:00pm            Senior All-Star game

            6:45pm            Award Ceremony (15 Min)

            7:15pm            Adult Game

            7:40pm            Half-time Speech by Jose Ramirez

            7:50pm            Team Ramirez vs Junior All-Stars (10 Min)

            8:00pm            Raffle Drawing

            8:05pm            Second Half Concludes

Company Information: Responsible Athletes Program is a federally and privately funded non profit organization providing children K-8 and adults with year round sports and after school programs.

Contacts:

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

Ricardo Jimenez, Top Rank ricardoej@aol.com (909) 615 3436

Rick Mirigian, Promoter/Agent (559) 500 9224

 

 

            ENRIQUE JIMENEZ Executive Director

            e.jimenez@rapteam.org

            (559) 305-5544

 

            ANDRE MCMAHON Director of Operations          

            a.mcmahon@rapteam.org

            (559) 260-6625

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Félix “El Diamante” Verdejo will fight for a title on April 25 in Puerto Rico http://www.toprank.com/news/felix-el-diamante-verdejo-will-fight-for-a-title-on-april-25-in-puerto-rico/

SAN JUAN, P.R. – After a successful tour of fights along the east coast of the United States, “El Diamante” returns home for the first title bout of his professional career. Fully recovered from the injury on his left hand, rising Puerto Rican star Felix "El Diamante" Verdejo will battle for a World Boxing Organization (WBO) regional title on an April 25 card that will take place at the Mario "Quijote" Morales Coliseum in Guaynabo.

"For me there is nothing better than representing Puerto Rico, honoring my flag and bringing joy to my Island. I'm more than happy and thankful with Top Rank for the opportunity of fighting for a title in front of my people," said the young prospect that is considered by many as ‘The Next Big Thing’ in Puerto Rican boxing. "I am very grateful with the fans on the Island for the unconditional support they have always given me and that’s why I wanted to give them my first title fight," said the sensational boxer that was selected by ESPN.com as "Prospect of the Year".

In what will be his first in-ring appearance of 2015 and his first in Puerto Rico since August of 2014, Verdejo, who is undefeated with a record of 16-0 and 12 knockouts, will battle for a WBO regional title against Mexico’s Marco Antonio "El Kua Kua" Lopez (24-5, 15 KO's) in a 10-round duel in the lightweight division on the main the main event of the "Solo Boxeo Tecate" card that will take place on April 25 card at the Mario "Quijote" Morales Coliseum in Guaynabo.

“Puerto Rico's favorite son returns to his Island and his fans on April 25 for his 2015 debut and the first title fight of his promising career. We are looking forward to work with Diamante Promotions to continue developing the career of this young talent in Puerto Rico. We know this will be a great night of boxing headlined by ‘El Diamante’," said Carl Moretti, Vice President of Top Rank.

"I want to thank Top Rank for giving us the opportunity of being the partners in Puerto Rico of the world's leading promoter. Diamante Promotions will become the local promoter of the most beloved rising athlete on the Island and whom I consider my little brother, because I saw him grow and develop from scratch," expressed Jason Marquez, President of Diamante Promotions.

Verdejo added: "Thanks to God I feel fully recovered from the injury on my left hand. The rest came in handy, but the vacations are over,” said a laughingly Verdejo. "Despite the rest I kept running in the mornings. I'm ready to return to the gym to prepare and get ready to bring that title to my people”.

Ricky Marquez trainer and manager of Verdejo, said: "We are just at the beginning of training camp. I know we will be training hard and it will get ‘harder and harder’ as I always say. I wanted to make sure that the injury that Felix suffered healed 100% for his first ten-round bout. I'm sure 'El Diamante' will be ready to shine and conquer that title on April 25".

Tickets to the card that will be presented by Top Rank in association with Diamante Promotions are priced at: $ 100, $ 70, $ 30 and $ 15, plus applicable charges. Tickets will be on sale on Friday, March 13 and can be purchased at TicketCenterPR.com or by calling (787) 792-5000.

The card will be televised from coast to coast in the United States by UniMas and  in Puerto Rico by Univision Puerto Rico.

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Mon, 09 Mar 2015 11:51:06 -0500
Félix “El Diamante” Verdejo peleará por un título el 25 de abril en Puerto Rico http://www.toprank.com/news/felix-el-diamante-verdejo-peleara-por-un-titulo-el-25-de-abril-en-puerto-rico/

 
SAN JUAN, P.R. – Tras una exitosa gira de combates por la costa este de los Estados Unidos, “El Diamante” regresará a casa para el primer combate titular de su carrera profesional. Totalmente recuperado de la lesión en su mano izquierda, el sensacional prospecto puertorriqueño Félix “El Diamante” Verdejo disputará un título regional de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) el 25 de abril en una función que se celebrará en el Coliseo Mario “Quijote” Morales de Guaynabo.

“Para mi no hay nada mejor que representar a Puerto Rico, poner mi bandera en alto y traerle alegría a mi Isla. Me siento más que contento y agradecido con Top Rank por la oportunidad de pelear por un título ante mi gente,” aseguró el joven que es considerado por muchos como la próxima gran figura del boxeo boricua. “Yo estoy bien agradecido con el pueblo puertorriqueño por el apoyo incondicional que siempre me han dado y por eso quise regalarles mi primera pelea titular,” afirmó el cotizado peleador que fue seleccionado por ESPN.com como “Prospecto del Año”.

En la que será su primera presentación sobre el ensogado del 2015 y su primera en Puerto Rico desde Agosto del 2014, Verdejo, quien marcha invicto con marca de 16-0 y 12 nocauts, disputará un título regional de la OMB ante el mexicano Marco Antonio “El Kua Kua” López (24-5, 15 KO’s) en un duelo a diez asaltos en la división peso ligero en el evento estelar del cartel “Solo Boxeo Tecate” que se celebrará el sábado 25 de abril en el el Coliseo Mario “Quijote” Morales de Guaynabo.

“El hijo favorito de Puerto Rico regresa a su Isla y sus fans el 25 de abril para su debut del 2015 y la primera pelea titular de su prometedora carrera. Estamos muy entusiasmados de trabajar con Diamante Promotions para continuar desarrollando la carrera de este joven talento en la Isla. Sabemos que el 25 de abril tendremos una gran noche de boxeo encabezada por ‘El Diamante’" dijo Carl Moretti, Vicepresidente de Top Rank.

“Quiero agradecer a Top Rank por darnos la oportunidad de ser los socios en Puerto Rico de la promotora más importante del mundo y que Diamante Promotions se convierta en el promotor local del atleta en ascenso más querido en la Isla y a quien considero como mi hermanito porque lo vi crecer y desarrollarse desde cero,” expresó Jason Márquez, Presidente de Diamante Promotions.

Verdejo añadió: “Gracias a Dios ya me siento totalmente recuperado de la lesión. El descanso me vino muy bien, pero ya se me acabaron las vacaciones,” dijo entre risas Verdejo. “A pesar del descanso me mantuve haciendo la carrera de por la mañana. Ya estoy listo para regresar de lleno al gimnasio y prepararme al máximo para regalarle ese título a mi gente”.

Por su parte, Ricky Márquez, entrenador y manejador de Verdejo, dijo: “Estamos apenas en el comienzo del entrenamiento que sé será uno duro y más duro como siempre digo. Quise asegurarme que la lesión que Félix sufrió sanará al 100% para esta su primera pelea a diez asaltos. Estoy seguro que ‘El Diamante’ va a estar listo para brillar y conquistar ese título el 25 de abril”.
 
Boletos para la cartelera que será presentada por Top Rank en asociación con Diamante Promotions, a precios de: $100, $70, $30 y $15, más cargos aplicables, estarán a la venta a partir del próximo viernes, 13 de marzo y podrán ser adquiridos en www.TicketCenterPR.com o llamando al (787) 792-5000.
 
La función será televisada en el gustado programa “Solo Boxeo Tecate” de costa a costa en los Estados Unidos por UniMás y en Puerto Rico por Univision Puerto Rico.
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Crawford-Dulorme Tix Go On Sale March 6 http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-crawford-dulorme-tix-go-on-sale-march-6/ ARLINGTON, TX (March 5, 2015) -- Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) lightweight champion and the Boxing Writers Association of America's (BWAA) Fighter of the Year TERENCE "Bud" CRAWFORD is movin' on up -- to the junior welterweight division -- where he will take on THOMAS "Thunder" DULORME, the No. 2-world-rated contender, for the vacant WBO World Junior Welterweight title.  Crawford vs. Dulorme will take place Saturday, April 18,  at College Park Center located on the campus of the University of Texas Arlington in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.  The world championship fight will be televised as part of a split site doubleheader live on HBO Boxing After Dark®, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.

Promoted By Top Rank®, in association with Gary Shaw Productions, Foreman Boys Promotions and Tecate, tickets to the Crawford-Dulorme world championship event will go on sale Tomorrow!  Friday, March 6, at 10:00 a.m. CT.  Priced at $200, $100, $60, $40 and $25, plus applicable fees, tickets can be purchased at College Park Center box office, online atwww.utatickets.com/ or www.utacollegepark.com/ or by phone at (817) 272-9595.

"I am ready to do bigger and better things at 140," said Crawford.

"I'm here to prove to the world that I am the best fighter in the junior welterweight division," said Dulorme. "Crawford has an undefeated record but he's never won a fight at 140 lbs. I'm envisioning a hard-fought victory, one that I will bring back home to my people of Puerto Rico."

"Dulorme is a good, well-rounded boxer. We are excited because the 140 pound division will bring the best out of Terence," said Brian McIntyre, Crawford's co-trainer and co-manager.  "The 140 division is loaded with top fighters. This is great for Terence as everyone will soon see."

"Terence had a breakout year in 2014 capturing the world's attention with three career-best world championship victories en route to earning Fighter of the Year accolades,” said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank.  “He will be looking continue that momentum on April 18 when he returns to HBO, on the hunt for another world title against Thomas Dulorme of Puerto Rico."

"I'm very pleased that I was able to get this fight done with Top Rank," said Gary Shaw. "Terence Crawford is considered one of the best Lightweights in boxing, but he is moving up to junior welterweight where he will face a very determined and talented Thomas Dulorme, who's undefeated at 140 pounds. I want to thank HBO for showcasing what I perceive is another great fight for the fans.  I smell an upset in the making.  This will be the start of a great run of fantastic fights for HBO."

"With Terence Crawford's star having emerged in 2014, the question now is how high that star ascends or if his opponent Thomas Dulorme will invert the trajectory," said Peter Nelson, vice president of programming, HBO Sports. “As lightweight champion last year, Crawford earned his BWAA Fighter of the Year honors with bold, stylish victories against top competitors, a streak which continues in stride up the scale against the hungry Dulorme, who is undefeated at 140-lbs. It will be a split-site doubleheader not to be missed on our late night Boxing After Dark franchise.”

Crawford (25-0, 17 KOs), of Omaha, NE, makes his 2015 ring debut looking to build on his star-making 2014 which featured three world championship victories as well as Fighter of the Year honors from the BWAA and major media alike.  He began his career-best year last March 1, just 13 days short of the sixth anniversary of his professional debut.  Crawford captured the WBO lightweight title, dethroning defending champion Ricky Burns on Burns’ home turf of Glasgow, Scotland. Scoring a powerful and unanimous decision, Crawford put the boxing world on notice with his virtuoso performance as he pulled out all stops in dismantling Burns, rocking the defending champion throughout the fight, while switching back and forth between orthodox and southpaw stances.  He followed that with a dramatic and critically-acclaimed knockout victory of undefeated former world champion and Cuban Olympic gold medalist Yuriorkis Gamboa on June 28 in a Fight of the Year nominee.  It was one of the most-watched fights of the year with over 1.2 million viewers catching the live, first-time airing of the fight, according to Nielsen Media Research.  He concluded 2014 on November 29 with a thorough shellacking of one-time world title challenger and No. 1 contender Ray Beltran, winning 11 of the 12 rounds.   Crawford is only the second Nebraska native to be recognized as a boxing world champion.  Perry “Kid” Graves, from Rock Bluff, captured the welterweight crown, knocking out Johnny Alberts in Brooklyn, in 1914, according to the Omaha World-Herald  

Dulorme (22-1, 14 KOs), of Carolina, Puerto Rico, graduated to the professional ranks in 2008 after a stellar amateur career which included a sterling 140-2 record.  He has long been a fan-favorite of Puerto Ricans for his slick all-action fighting style.  Dulorme enters this fight riding a two-year six-bout winning streak, with his career-best victories coming in back-to-back fights in 2014 and both televised on HBO.  He opened up 2014 with a 10-round unanimous decision victory over undefeated contender Karim Mayfield to capture the NABF super lightweight title and ended the year unifying his NABF title with the NABO junior welterweight title via an exciting 10-round decision over Hank Lundy.  A consensus Top-Five contender, Dulorme is world-rated No. 2 by the World Boxing Association (WBA), No. 3 by the World Boxing Council (WBC) and No. 4 by the WBO and the International Boxing Federation (IBF).

For fight updates go to www.toprank.com, or www.hbo.com/boxing, on Facebook at facebook.com/trboxing,facebook.com/trboxeofacebook.com/GaryShawProductions or facebook.com/hboboxing, and on Twitter attwitter.com/trboxingtwitter.com/trboxeotwitter.com/GaryShawBoxing or twitter.com/hboboxing.  Use the Hashtag #CrawfordDulorme to join the conversation on Twitter.

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Crawford to Battle Dulorme for Jr. Welterweight Title http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-crawford-to-battle-dulorme-for-jr-welterweight-title/  ARLINGTON, TX (March 3, 2015) -- Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) lightweight champion and the Boxing Writers Association of America's (BWAA) 2014 Fighter of the Year TERENCE CRAWFORD and THOMAS DULORME, the No. 2 world-rated junior welterweight contender, will host a Dallas/Fort Worth area press conference announcing their world championship rumble, This Thursday!  March 5, on the arena floor of the College Park Center, located on the campus of the University of Texas Arlington (600 South Center St., Arlington, TX 76010-1814).  The press conference will begin at1:30 p.m. CT. 

Joining the fighters will be Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank, and Gary Shaw, president of Gary Shaw Promotions, who promote Crawford and Dulorme, respectively.  All the participants will be available for one-on-one interviews.

Media may enter through the main entrance, located on the north side of the building.  Media parking will be available in the garage, also located on the north side of the building

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Gary Shaw Promotions, Foreman Boys Promotions and Tecate, Crawford and Dulorme will be battling for the vacant WBO junior welterweight world title, Saturday, April 18 at College Park Center.  The world championship fight will be televised as part of a split site doubleheader live on HBO Boxing After Dark®, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.

Crawford (25-0, 17 KOs), of Omaha, NE, boxing's brightest young star, captured the WBO lightweight title last March, dethroning Ricky Burns in the defending champion's native Scotland, with a virtuoso performance.  Crawford successfully defended the title twice in 2014, knocking out undefeated Cuban superstar and former world champion Yuriorkis Gamboa -- a Fight of the Year nominee -- and a one-sided unanimous decision over one-time world title contender and mandatory challenger Ray Beltran last November.  

Dulorme (22-1, 14 KOs), of Carolina, Puerto Rico, is a fan-favorite in one of boxing's hottest and most passionate markets.  He enters his first world championship fight riding a two-year, six-bout winning streak, including his most recent victory, an NABF/NABO junior welterweight title victory over Hank Lundy, which was televised on HBO last December. Dulorme is world-rated No. 2 by the World Boxing Association (WBA), No. 3 by the World Boxing Council (WBC) and No. 4 by the WBO and the International Boxing Federation (IBF). 

For fight updates go to www.toprank.com, or www.hbo.com/boxing, on Facebook at facebook.com/trboxing,facebook.com/trboxeofacebook.com/GaryShawProductions or facebook.com/hboboxing, and on Twitter attwitter.com/trboxingtwitter.com/trboxeotwitter.com/GaryShawBoxing or twitter.com/hboboxing.  Use the Hashtag #CrawfordDulorme to join the conversation on Twitter.

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

 

SPORTS PROMOTIONS OF TEXAS, INC.

Lester Bedford:  817-296-4546 / wlbedford@aol.com  

 

FOREMAN BOYS PROMOTIONS

George Foreman IV:  713-822-6637 / foreman4@foremanboys.com

 

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Felix Jr. to Face Sermona in Must-Win Bout http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-felix-jr-to-face-sermona-on-quotsolo-boxeo-tecatequot/ Super Featherweight Jose Felix Jr. 28-1 (23KOs) will be facing Filipino Raymond Sermona (18-4-5, 8KOs) on March 7th at the Cotai Arena in the Venetian Resort and Hotel in Macao, China.

Felix Jr. - Sermona will be part of the Top Rank-promoted fight card with Chinese gold medalist Zou Shiming 6-0 (1KO) challenging Amnat Ruenroeng 14-0 (5KOs) for the IBF flyweight title in the main event.

The cards promoted in the venue by Top Rank have been a success since their inception, which Felix Jr. sees as a big opportunity to capitalize on.

''I was offered the fight and took it. It is a great chance to showcase my skills at the international level and have been told that with a good performance, I will be put in line in the not-so-long future for another world title shot,'' said Felix Jr.

The Los Mochis, Sinaloa fighter is on a two-fight KO win streak, following his lone loss--a one-point decision loss on two cards when he challenged reigning interim WBA Super Featherweight champion Bryan Vasquez on the Pacquiao vs. Bradley rematch eleven months ago.

In Sermona, a reported switch-hitter, Felix Jr. knows a win is a must.

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''(Sermona) is a very good boxer--quick with good power. He is dangerous as most Filipinos tend to be. I'm not overlooking him, as a good win will open the doors for me with another title shot, one which I will not let go to waste," said the twenty-two-year-old fighter.

''It is an honor to be part of this card, and I'm excited and grateful for the opportunity,'' concluded Felix Jr.

Felix Jr vs. Sermona is scheduled for eight rounds and will be the main event on UNIMAS, with Shiming vs. Ruenroeng part of the fight card to be broadcast on HBO.

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Zou Predicts Title Win in Macau http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-zou-predicts-title-win-in-macau/ HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. (February 26, 2015) --  Despite having only six professional fights under his belt, ZOU SHIMIINGthe two-time Chinese Olympic gold medalist and three-time world amateur champion is ready for his close-up.  Just 23 months removed from his professional debut, Zou (6-0, 1 KO), of Guizhdou, China, the No. 1 world-rated contender and an icon in the People's Republic of China, will challenge amateur rival and defending International Boxing Federation (IBF) flyweight world champion AMNAT RUENROENG (14-0, 5 KOs), of Si Racha, Thailand, in the main event of The Showdown at Sands: Zou Shiming vs. Amnat Ruenroeng, Saturday, March 7, at The Venetian® Macao's Cotai Arena.

Promoted by Top Rank® and Sands China Ltd., in association with Tecate, SECA, Kreerin Promotions, Sampson Boxing and Foreman Boys Promotions, the Zou Shiming - Amnat Ruenroeng World Flyweight Championship fight will be televised via same-day delay on HBO2®, beginning at 5:00 p.m. ET/PT.  The HBO2 telecast will open with a 10-round NABO junior middleweight title tilt between GLEN TAPIA (22-1, 14 KOs), of Passaic, NJ, and one-time world title challenger DANIEL DAWSON (40-4-1, 26 KOs), of Perth, Australia.  Veteran boxing blow-by-blow man and WNBC-TV's lead sports anchor Bruce Beck and award-winning broadcaster and analyst Rich Marotta will be calling the action from ringside.    

At a recent Media Workout at Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach's Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, Calif., Zou discussed the upcoming fight:

 

            "Expect me to be champion.

 

            "This will be the biggest test for me.

 

            "I am very calm, not nervous.  I have been prepared for this moment for a long time.  I am focused on myself -- on executing Freddie's gameplan.  I felt a lot more pressure when I was in the Olympics.  This time the pressure is on Ruenroeng.    

           

            "I feel very confident with the professional fighting style now.  In my last fight, which went 12 rounds [12-round unanimous decision victory over Kwanpichit Onesongchaigym], I really felt like a professional fighter.  That was a turning point for me -- a landmark fight.

 

            "The three Olympics, the World Amateur Championships and the past two years as a professional have prepared me for March 7.  I don't need any more fights to prepare me for challenging for a world title.

 

            "Ruenroeng and I fought each other three times as amateurs.  What I remember most is that he is good at gauging the distance between us to land his punches.  He's very lengthy with his reach.  He was also very good at timing his punches. 

 

            "I am asked a lot which means more, winning Olympic gold or a world title.  They are equally important to me.  TheMarch 7 fight is the next step for me.  It is the biggest thing for me right now, but for me personally, not bigger than winning the gold medals.

 

            "I really want to win the world title and bring it back to China.  It would be the first time a Chinese fighter won Olympic gold and a world championship belt as a professional.  No one has ever done that.  I want to make my country proud and advance the sport of boxing throughout China.  I am ready for my date with destiny."    

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 The undercard will feature JOSE FELIX, Jr. (28-1-1, 23 KOs), from Los Mochis, Mexico, battling RAYMOND SERMONA, (17-4-5, 8 KOs), of Manila, in an eight-round lightweight bout which will be televised via same-day delay on UniMás, and Top-10 contenders IK YANG (17-0, 12 KOs), of Dalian, China and PATOMSUK PATHOMPOTHONG (30-2-1, 18 KOs), of Kalasin, Thailand, squaring off in a 12-round IBF junior welterweight title elimination bout.

Remaining tickets to The Showdown at Sands:  Zou Shiming vs. Amnat Ruenroeng, priced from HKD/MOP 180 to 4,680, may be purchased online via Cotai Ticketing (www.cotaiticketing.com) or at the following Cotai Ticketing box offices, including The Venetian Macao (Cotai Arena and Main Lobby box offices), Four Seasons Hotel Macao (The Plaza™ Macao box office), Sands® Macao (Level 1 box office) or Sands® Cotai Central (Sheraton Main Lobby and Holiday Inn Main Lobby box offices.)  To charge by phone call +853 2882 8818 (Macao) or +852 6333 6660 (Hong Kong).  Hotel packages at The Venetian Macao, Conrad Macao-Cotai Central, Sheraton Macao Hotel-Cotai Central and Holiday Inn-Cotai Central are available through Cotai Ticketing only, starting at HDK/MOP 3,800 (plus 5% government tax and 10% service charge.)  Packages include two tickets and one night's room accommodation.  

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Zou Shiming Vying for First Title Against Long-time Foe http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-zou-shiming-vying-for-first-title-against-long-time-foe/ MACAO (February 17, 2015) -- The upcoming Chinese New Year will begin on February 19, 2015 -- The Year of the Sheep.  But Chinese boxing fans from around the world are hoping it will also usher in the beginning of The Shiming Dynasty.  After winning three World Championships and two Olympic gold medals as an amateur, ZOU SHIMIINGin only his seventh professional fight and 23 months removed from his professional debut, will be challenging undefeated International Boxing Federation (IBF) flyweight world champion AMNAT RUENROENG.  The Showdown at Sands: Zou Shiming vs. Amnat Ruenroeng will headline an exciting all-action world championship boxing event,Saturday, March 7, at The Venetian® Macao's Cotai Arena.

Promoted by Top Rank® and Sands China Ltd., in association with Tecate, SECA, Kreerin Promotions, Sampson Boxing and Foreman Boys Promotions, the Zou Shiming - Amnat Ruenroeng World Flyweight Championship fight will be televised via same-day delay on HBO2, beginning at 5:00 p.m. ET/PT.  The HBO2 telecast will open with a 10-round NABO junior middleweight title tilt betweenGLEN TAPIA (22-1, 14 KOs), of Passaic, NJ, and one-time world title challenger DANIEL DAWSON(40-4-1, 26 KOs), of Perth, Australia.  Veteran boxing blow-by-blow man and WNBC-TV's lead sports anchor Bruce Beck and award-winning broadcaster and analyst Rich Marotta will be calling the action from ringside.

The undercard will feature JOSE FELIX, Jr. (28-1-1, 23 KOs), from Los Mochis, Mexico, battlingRAYMOND SERMONA, (17-4-5, 8 KOs), of Manila, in an eight-round lightweight bout which will be televised via same-day delay on UniMás, and Top-10 contenders IK YANG (17-0, 12 KOs), of Dalian, China and PATOMSUK PATHOMPOTHONG (30-2-1, 18 KOs), of Kalasin, Thailand, squaring off in a 12-round IBF junior welterweight title elimination bout.

Making the Zou-Ruenroeng fight even more intriguing is the history these two warriors already have with each other.  Their amateur trilogy began with Ruenroeng winning their first battle -- as a late substitute called up by the Thailand amateur team -- at the 2007 King's Cup, which was also Ruenroeng's first international competition.  Zou won the next two times they fought, including a reverse in their semi-final of the 2010 Asian Games that could have gone either way -- and did.  Now that they are professionals, the stakes are much higher and their simmering rivalry is set to become a roiling boil.      

"Beloved in the Peoples' Republic of China and an incredible talent, Zou has earned his right to fight for a professional world championship belt," said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.  "It is fitting that the Zou vs. Ruenroeng world flyweight title fight take place at The Venetian Macao, which has become one of the great boxing capitals of the world."       

Zou (6-0, 1 KO), from Guizhou, China, and trained by Hall of Famer Freddie Roach, returns to the ring fresh from his most impressive professional victory -- a 12-round unanimous decision victory over undefeated No. 3 contender Kwanpichit Onesongchaigym in a world flyweight title elimination bout. Their fight was the co-main event to the Manny Pacquiao - Chris Algieri world welterweight championship on November 22 at Cotai Arena.  Zou scored three knockdowns en route to a 119-106, 119-106 and 120-103 victory over his vastly more experienced opponent.  He showed his mettle by fighting through numerous head butts that swelled his left eye shut as well as weathering numerous low blows.  But Zou kept his composure throughout the fight showing the world he was ready for a world title shot.  Last July 19, Zou stepped up to his first 10-round fight, where he captured the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) International flyweight title with a unanimous decision victory over Top-10 contender Luis De La Rosa, proving to the world that he had developed into a world title contender.  Zou is currently world-rated No. 1 by the WBO and No. 4 by the IBF.  He 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 Zou's 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.

Ruenroeng (14-0, 5 KOs), of Si Racha, Thailand, overcame a troubled past to reach the pinnacle of his division.  Beating a severe drug addiction and enduring three prison terms, Ruenroeng found his salvation through a prison boxing program that saw him become a national amateur champion, while still an inmate,  as a member of the Thai Corrections Department team.  A bronze medallist at the 2007 World Amateur Championships in Chicago and a member of Thailand's 2008 Olympic team, Ruenroeng made his professional debut in 2012 when he didn't make the 2012 Olympic team.  He made his presence known to his division in his second year as a professional winning the IBF/Asia flyweight title and successfully defending it three times.  He captured the vacant IBF flyweight world title on January 22, 2014, scoring a unanimous decision over Rocky Fuentes.  He has successfully defended the title twice since winning it   His first title defense was against unbeaten two-division world champion Kazuto Ioka, in Iaoka's homeland of Oska, Japan, last May 7.  In his most recent title defense, on September 10, Ruenroeng survived a knockdown en route to s split decision victory over mandatory challenger McWilliams Arroyo.  

Remaining tickets to The Showdown at Sands:  Zou Shiming vs. Amnat Ruenroeng, priced from HKD/MOP 180 to 4,680, may be purchased online via Cotai Ticketing (www.cotaiticketing.com) or at the following Cotai Ticketing box offices, including The Venetian Macao (Cotai Arena and Main Lobby box offices), Four Seasons Hotel Macao (The Plaza™ Macao box office), Sands® Macao (Level 1 box office) or Sands® Cotai Central (Sheraton Main Lobby and Holiday Inn Main Lobby box offices.)  To charge by phone call +853 2882 8818 (Macao) or +852 6333 6660 (Hong Kong).  Hotel packages at The Venetian Macao, Conrad Macao-Cotai Central, Sheraton Macao Hotel-Cotai Central and Holiday Inn-Cotai Central are available through Cotai Ticketing only, starting at HDK/MOP 3,800 (plus 5% government tax and 10% service charge.)  Packages include two tickets and one night's room accommodation.  

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Paez Jr. Seeks Redemption After Struggling in Previous Bouts http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-solo-boxeo-returns-feb-21-to-mexico/ Jorge "Maromerito" Paez Jr. will headline the latest edition of "Solo Boxeo Tecate" on Unimas (11:00 pm East/Pacific) Feb. 21 from the Municipal Auditorium in Ocozocoautla, Chiapas, Mexico.

Super welterweight Paez (37-5-2, 22 KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico will face Ronald Montes (16-1, 14 KOs) of Colombia in the 10-round main event.

Paez has won 10 of his last 11 bouts, five of them by knockout. Last August, Paez landed a controversial draw against Aaron Herrera, and in March, Paez lost to former world champion Vivian Harris by a narrow decision.

"I am anxious to get into the ring after two disappointing fights last year. I know I can fight better than I did against Harris, and I had dominated Herrera for most of that fight,"said Paez. 

Mexican legend Jorge Arce has previoulsy appeared on UniMas "Solo Boxeo Tecate":

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Félix Verdejo estará en Tampa el 28 de febrero http://www.toprank.com/news/felix-verdejo-estara-en-tampa-el-28-de-febrero/ SAN JUAN, PR – Una lesión obligó a que Félix Verdejo  cancelara su pelea en la cartelera del 28 de febrero en el Sun Dome de la Universidad del Sur de la Florida, pero eso no significa que “El Diamante” va a dejar pasar la oportunidad de conocer a sus fans de Tampa y apoyar a sus compañeros de cuadra que aún siguen pautados para ver acción en la función.

El 28 de febrero de 6 p.m a 7 p.m., Verdejo realizará una sesión de firma de autógrafos y fotos para los fans que estén en el evento que será presentado por Top Rank en asociación con All Star Boxing en “The Corral” del Sun Dome de la USF.

“No puedo esperar a conocer por primera vez a todos los fanaticos de Tampa,” afirmó el joven que marcha invicto con marca de 16-0 y 12 nocauts. “Muchos de ellos me han deseado una rápida recuperación a través de las redes sociales y quiero compartir un buen rato con ellos para devolverles todo esa cariño que me han demostrado,” dijo el sensacional púgil boricua que fue seleccionado por ESPN.com como “Prospecto del Año” 2014.

Una imagen de resonancia magnética mostró que Verdejo sufre de hinchazón en el ligamento del tendón metacarpiano de la mano izquierda. No hay fractura, ni desgarro, pero Verdejo tendrá que estar de tres a cuatro semanas sin ningún tipo de contacto, razón por la cual se canceló su pelea en el cartel.

Verdejo estaba programado a enfrentar al mexicano Marco Antonio “El Kua Kua” López (24-5, 15 KO’s) en el evento estelar de la función que será televisada en el gustado programa “Solo Boxeo Tecate” de costa a costa en los Estados Unidos por UniMás y en Puerto Rico a través de Univision Puerto Rico.

Los fanaticos que deseen un reembolso de su compra original podrán reclamarlo antes del 13 de febrero del 2015 en la boletería del Sun Dome.

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Avalos Unafraid of Challenging Frampton in Ireland http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-avalos-unafraid-of-challenging-frampton-in-ireland/ Lancaster, Ca. - Chris Avalos is wiring in for his title fight, training at  the Durango Boxing Club here in town and sparring twice a week  at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood. Avalos, 25-2, 19 KOs, is getting set to take on IBF super bantamweight world champion Carl Frampton in his hometown at the Odyessy Arena, Belfast, on February 28.

"Chris is ready to rock," said his manager Mike Criscio. "I think Chris will dominate Frampton. Chris is very tough, strong, has a lot of pride and is hungry to win a world championship."

Avalos, 25, has a record of 25-2, 19 KOs. Frampton is 19-0 with 13 KOs. Avalos was born in San Diego and now lives and trains in Lancaster.

"My dad Felipe is my coach. I've got four brothers and two sisters. I am second youngest of the boys. I used to get into fights in school.  All of my brothers started boxing but they train now. I'm the only one who stuck with it, since I was 11 when I started," Avalos said.

He had 104 amateur bouts - 96 wins, 14 losses - and fought in a number of national tournaments.

"I've been working on using a lot of combinations. I used to be straight-ahead brawling but we're boxing more, throwing more jabs, mixing it up," he said.

Avalos won an IBF eliminator when he won by TKO 8 over Yasutaka Ishimoto, 24-6, on a co-feature bout with the Nonito Donaire vs Simphiwe Vetyeka title fight last May 31 at the Cotai Arena inside of the Venetian Macao.

Carl Moretti, VP of Boxing Operations at Top Rank, likes Avalos in the world title fight in Belfast.

"Carl Frampton is a terrific young champion, but with Chris' punching power it really doesn't matter where the fight is. The partisan crowd won't affect  Chris at all. He has one goal, to become the new IBF champion. There will be plenty of celebrating after the fight, but it will be Chris and his team having the honors."

Contacts:

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

Ricardo Jimenez, Top Rank ricardoej@aol.com  909 615 3436

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Najera: "The World Will See What I'm About" http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-najera-quotthe-world-will-see-what-im-aboutquot/ Hidalgo, Texas - High-action contender Ivan 'Bam Bam' Najera of San Antonio said "now the world will see what I am all about" when he makes his main event debut on Top Rank's Solo Boxeo Tecate fight card at the State Farm Arena on Saturday, Feb 7.

Najera, a 15-0, 7 KOs, lightweight, will take on Robbie Cannon, 14-10-1, 6 KOs, of Missouri  in an eight round bout.  It will be Najera's first time in a main event which will be televised nationally by UniMas.

"This is what working hard in the gym - and I sparred very hard rounds, over 60 of them - will mean for me when I go into the ring Saturday night. "Fighting in the main event is exciting for me and my team," said Najera who was born and raised in San Antonio.

"They call me Bam Bam. A lot of people think I took that name from Brandon Rios but I didn't. I was a strong little kid while growing up and it was my parents who called me Bam Bam. I wore it on my trunks as an amateur. It just stuck with me," Najera said.

The Najera vs Cannon main event replaces Saul Rodriguez vs Daniel Diaz.  Diaz, from Managua, had a visa problem and could not get to Hidalgo.

In the opening televised bout, Alex 'El Cholo' Saucedo,, 16-0, 11 KOs, of Oklahoma City, will take on welterweight Eduardo Flores, 27-16-3, of Ecuador in an eight round bout. This will be El Cholo's first time in the ring with his new trainer Ronnie Shields of Houston.

"Alex knows how to fight. He sits down on his punches very well. He hits hard," said Ronnie. "When he first came to the gym I watched him spar. He was patient and I encouraged him to be more busy, to let his hands go. He's a young exciting fighter."

Najera and Saucedo are managed by Lou Mesorana who handles many star fighters in the greater Texas area.

Tickets range from $10 to $50 plus applicable fees and are available at the State Farm Arena and on Ticketmaster.comDoors open 6 pm and the first bell will be at 6:30 pm

Contacts:

Lee Samuels, Top Rank  lee@toprank.com  702 378 1083

Ricardo Jimenez, Top Rank  ricardoej@aol.com  909 615 3436

 

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Fuera Félix Verdejo del cartel del 28 de febrero tras sufrir lesión durante entrenamiento http://www.toprank.com/news/fuera-felix-verdejo-del-cartel-del-28-de-febrero-tras-sufrir-lesion-durante-entrenamiento/ SAN JUAN, P.R. – Una lesión en la mano izquierda del cotizado púgil puertorriqueño Félix Verdejo obligó a que “El Diamante” y su equipo de trabajo cancelaran el próxima actuación sobre el ensogado que tenía pautada el invicto prospecto. El joven peleador peso ligero se lastimó su mano izquierda durante su preparación para su combate del 28 de febrero en Tampa, Florida.

Verdejo (16-0, 12 KO’s), estaba supuesto a enfrentar al mexicano Marco Antonio “El Kua Kua” López (24-5, 15 KO’s) en la función “Solo Boxeo Tecate” que aún sigue en pie y se celebrará en “The Corral” del Sun Dome de la Universidad del Sur de la Florida.

“Estaba súper contento porque esta iba a ser mi primera pelea en Tampa y sé que mucha gente me quería ver pelear,” dijo un apenado Verdejo. “De todas maneras voy a estar en Tampa el 28 de febrero compartiendo con la fanaticada y apoyando a mis compañeros de escuadra (Christopher “Pitufo” Díaz y Francisco “Pechuga” Vargas) que pelearán en la cartelera,” añadió Verdejo. “Sé que este año estaré peleando en Tampa si Dios me lo permite,” afirmó el ex Olímpico.

Una imagen de resonancia magnética ordenada por el Dr. Gaspar R. García mostró que Verdejo sufre de hinchazón en el ligamento del tendón metacarpiano de la mano izquierda. No hay fractura, ni desgarro, pero Verdejo tendrá que estar de tres a cuatro semanas sin ningún tipo de contacto, razón por la cual se canceló su pelea ante López.

“Lamentablemente sucedió esta situación que no esperábamos y decidimos tomar todas las precauciones necesarias para que no hayan lesiones posteriores,” dijo Ricky Márquez, entrenador y manejador de Verdejo.

“Desafortunadamente las lesiones en las manos son obstáculos temporeros que sufren peleadores de todos los niveles. Félix no es diferente en ese aspecto. Esperamos volver a programar su próxima pelea tan pronto su lesión sane correctamente," culminó diciendo Carl Moretti, Vicepresidente de Top Rank.

El invicto prospectos de Nueva Jersey Julian “Hammer Hands’ Rodríguez (8-0, 7 KO’s) y el ex medallista Olímpico, el brasileño Esquiva Falcao (6-0, 4 KO’s) estarán en acción en la cartelera del 28 de febrero en Tampa.

Boletos para la cartelera que será presentada por Top Rank en asociación con All Star Boxing podrán ser adquiridos en el sitio web www.Ticketmaster.com, todos los establecimientos Ticketmaster, en la boletería del Sun Dome o llamando al 1-800-745-3000.

La función será televisada en el gustado programa ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate’ de costa a costa en los Estados Unidos y en Puerto Rico a través de Univision Puerto Rico.

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