Top Rank Boxing http://www.toprank.com Top Rank boxing news, event, videos and photo galleries en-us Copyright Top Rank 05-25-2015 06:36:00 60 Verdejo celebrará entrenamiento en el festival Cultural del Bronx http://www.toprank.com/news/verdejo-celebrara-entrenamiento-en-el-festival-cultural-del-bronx/ BRONX, NY (21 de mayo, 2015) – La gema del boxeo puertorriqueño, el invicto clasificado mundial de peso ligero, FÉLIX ‘EL DIAMANTE” VERDEJO, estará celebrando su debut en HBO al compartir un buen rato con su fanaticada en Nueva York. El próximo sábado, 30 de mayo a las 1:00 p.m. ET, “El Diamante” del boxeo boricua participará del Festival Cultural del Bronx (Calle 152, entre las Avenidas Jackson y Union) en donde compartirá un buen rato junto a sus fans. Sus seguidores podrán obtener su autógrafo o posar en fotos junto a él. Verdejo terminará su día en el Festival con un entrenamiento público y luego estará disponible para entrevistas.

“El año pasado los fans en Nueva York me hicieron sentir como en casa con todo el apoyo y cariño que recibí de ellos en el Festival del Bronx,” dijo Verdejo. “Estoy muy contento de regresar y compartir un buen rato con todos mis boricuas en Nueva York.”

FELIX VERDEJO EN EL FESTIVAL CULTURAL DEL BRONX:

 

  • 1:00 P.M.  - Verdejo en la tarima principal
  • 1:15 P.M.  - Compartir con Fans (Autógrafos y Fotos)
  • 2:00 P.M. a 3:00 P.M. - Entrenamiento Público

 

Verdejo (17-0, 13 KOs), de San Juan, Puerto Rico, defenderá su título Latino peso ligero de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) ante Iván “Bam Bam” Najera (16-0, 8 KOs), de San Antonio, el sábado, 13 de junio, en “El Teatro” del Madison Square Garden. 

En la cartelera también estará en acción el campeón peso Pluma de la Asociación Mundial de Boxeo (AMB) Nicholas “The Axe Man” Walters (25-0, 21 KOs), de Jamaica, quien defenderá su título ante el clasificado mundial Miguel "The Scorpion Marriaga (20-0, 18 KOs), de Colombia. 

Estos cuatro gladiadores tienen un record combinado perfecto de 78-0 (60 KO’s), que incluye victorias por nacaut a razón de un 77%. Ambos combates sera televisados en vivo por HBO Boxing After Dark®, comenzando a las 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. 

En una promoción de Top Rank®, en asociación con All Star Boxing, Tecate y Madison Square Garden, los boletos restantes para el evento de campeonato mundial Walters vs. Marriaga / Verdejo vs. Najera, a precios de $205, $105 y $55, pueden ser adquiridos en la boletería del Madison Square, todos los puntos de venta Ticketmaster, llamando a Ticketmaster por teléfono al (866-858-0008), y en línea en www.ticketmaster.com y www.thegarden.com.   

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Gilberto Ramírez regresa al ring el 26 de junio http://www.toprank.com/news/gilberto-ramirez-regresa-al-ring-el-26-de-junio/ FOTOS: Conferencia de prensa Ramírez vs. Edwards

HIDALGO, Texas -  El clasificado mundial invicto GILBERTO "Zurdo" RAMIREZ, uno de los boxeadores mexicanos más populares y carismático en el boxeo profesional regresará al ring en una explosiva función el próximo sábado 26 de junio en la arena State Farm de Hidalgo, TexasEl combate de Ramírez será televisados en vivo en la cuarta edición de la nueva serie boxística “metroPCS Friday Night Knockout" en truTV comenzando a las 10:00 p.m. (Este).  La serie es  presentada truTV y Top Rank y producida en asociación con HBO Sports®.  

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La función es una promoción de Top Rank® y Zapari Boxing Promotions en asociación con Nord Boxing Promotions y Promociones Zanfer. Los boletos saldrán a la venta este viernes 22 de mayo a las 10:00 a.m. (hora local) y tendrán un precio de $35, $25, $15, además hay mesas “VIP” para diez personas (10) a un costo de $800, $650 y $550.  Los boletos pueden ser adquiridos en las taquillas de la Arena State Farm y por Internet en www.ticketmaster.com y por teléfono llamando al  (956) 843-6688.

Ramírez expondrá su calidad de invicto ante el estadounidense Derek Edwards en un duelo pactado a 10 giros en peso supermediano. 

“Tengo un rival muy peligroso en Derek Edwards, quien tiene mucha experiencia es muy habilidoso. Voy estar preparado lo mejor posible para dar una gran pelea el próximo 26 de junio. Top Rank me está brindando una gran oportunidad al poner en truTV y la voy aprovechar. Esta es mi tercera pelea en Texas y la gente siempre me ha apoyado y sé que es una afición muy conocedora del boxeo” dijo Gilberto Ramírez.

“Gilberto Ramírez es uno de los mejores boxeadores en las 168 libras y el 26 de junio tendrá la oportunidad de demostrarlo. Derek Edwards, quien noqueo al actual monarca del CMB, Badou Jack será una dura prueba para Gilberto, quien con un triunfo demostrará que ya está listo para la oportunidad titular. Esta no es una tarea fácil para él”, dijo Carl Moretti, vice presidente de Top Rank.

Ramírez (31-0, 24 KOs) de Mazatlán, Sinaloa, México es el clasificado mundial número dos en peso supermediano del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB) y de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) y el número tres de la Asociación  Mundial de Boxeo (AMB) y de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo (FIB).

Ramírez de 23 años de edad, logró impresionantes triunfos en el 2014, noqueado a Giovanni Lorenzo para ganar los títulos de la NABF y de la NABO, conquistó el titulo Internacional de la OMB al fulminar a Junior Talipeau y defendió sus corona al noquear al colombiano Fulgencio Zuniga el pasado 15 de noviembre.

El pasado 24 de enero derrotó por puntos a Maxim Vlasov en Denver y este 26 de junio se enfrentará al experimentado DEREK "The Black Lion" EDWARDS (27-4-1, 14 KOs) de Las Vegas, Nevada, quien cuenta con un nocaut sobre Badou Jack actual monarca de peso supermediano del CMB.

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Gilberto Ramirez to Headline on truTV http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-gilberto-ramirez-to-headline-on-trutv/  HIDALGO, TX (May 21, 2015) -- Undefeated Mexican knockout artist GILBERTO "Zurdo" RAMIREZthe No. 2 world-rated super middleweight contender with the matinee idol looks, will headline an all-action card on Friday, June 26, at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, TX.  Ramirez will be taking on DERECK "The Black Lion" EDWARDS in a 10- round super middleweight bout which will be televised live on The MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV® at 10:00 p.m. ET.  The live boxing series is presented by truTV and Top Rank®, and produced in association with HBO Sports®.  Find truTV on YOUR TV:  http://trutvishere.com/

Promoted by Top Rank and Zapari Boxing Promotions, in association with Nord Boxing Promotions and Zanfer Promotions,  tickets to the Ramirez-Edwards boxing event go on sale Tomorrow!  Friday, May 22, at 10:00 a.m. CT.  Priced at $35, $25, $15, plus VIP tables of ten (10) at $800, $650 and $550, tickets can be purchased at the State Farm Arena box office, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at (956) 843-6688.

"My opponent Derek Edwards is a dangerous fighter with good skills and lot of experience," said Ramirez.  "I will be ready for the best of him. I expect a war.  We have been having a great training camp and I will give the fans the fight they want to see. I'm really motivated to be in the ring in June 26.  I'm very happy for this opportunity that Top Rank is giving me, to appear on its new truTv boxing series.  This is the third time that I am fighting in Texas. It feels like home to me because the fans always treat me very well.  I really like the people from Texas because there are big boxing fans."

“Gilberto Ramirez is one of the top 168-pounders in the world, but June 26 he’ll have to prove it," said Carl Moretti, vice president of Top Rank.  "Derek Edwards with his KO win over current world champion Badou Jack is the test that Gilberto needs to pass in order to gain his world title opportunity. Not an easy task”

Ramirez (31-0, 24 KOs), a two-fisted super middleweight wrecking machine who hails from Mazatlan, Mexico, is world-rated No. 2 by the World Boxing Council (WBC) and the World Boxing Organization (WBO), and No. 3 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and the World Boxing Association (WBA).  A sensational young contender, Ramirez, 23, has won four of his last five bouts by knockout.  Last year featured career-best performances which included an NABF-NABO title victory over Giovanni Lorenzo via fifth-round stoppage, a WBO International title knockout victory over Junior Talipeau and a successful defense of his NABF and WBO International titles, stopping Fulgencio Zuniga in the eighth round.  He returns to the ring fresh from a 10-round unanimous decision victory over once-beaten Maxim Vlasov on January 24. Ramirez will once again be putting his titles on the line, this time against division gatekeeper Edwards (27-4-1, 14 KOs), of Las Vegas, NV.  Last year Edwards scored a first-round knockout of previously undefeated Badou Jack, who recently won the WBC super middleweight world title.  He finished the year losing a 12-round decision to once-beaten one-time world title challenger Andre Dirrell. 

For fight updates go to www.toprank.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/trboxingfacebook.com/trboxeo, and on Twitter at twitter.com/trboxingtwitter.com/trboxeo or www.twitter.com/truTV.  Use the Hashtags #truTVBoxing and RamirezEdwards to join the conversation on Twitter.

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

 

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HBO

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

 

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Verdejo to Hold Public Event in the Bronx http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-verdejo-to-hold-public-event-in-the-bronx/ BRONX, NY (May 21, 2015) -- The boxing gem of Puerto Rico, undefeated No. 3 world-rated lightweight contender FELIX "El Diamante" VERDEJO will be celebrating his upcoming HBO Boxing debut by pressing the flesh and throwing some leather for his fans in New York.  He will make a two-hour special appearance at The Bronx Cultural Arts Festival (152nd Street, between Jackson and Union Avenues), Next Saturday!  May 30, beginning at 1:00 p.m. ET.   Verdejo will be taking the stage to answer questions followed by a meet & greet session where fans can get his autograph or pose for photos with him.  He will end his day at the Festival with an hour-long public workout.  Verdejo will be available for interviews.

"Last year the fans in New York made me feel like I was right at home with all the support and affection I received from them at the Bronx Festival," said Verdejo.  "I'm very happy to go back and share a good time with all my boricuas in New York."

FELIX VERDEJO BRONX CULTURAL ARTS FESTIVAL SCHEDULE 

  • · 1:00 P.M.  Q & A with Fans from Main Stage
  • · 1:15 P.M.  Meet & Greet (Autographs and Photos)
  • · 2:00 to 3:00 P.M.  Public Workout

Verdejo (17-0, 13 KOs), from San Juan, Puerto Rico, will defend his World Boxing Organization (WBO) International Latino lightweight title against Ivan "Bam Bam" Najera (16-0, 8 KOs), of San Antonio, Saturday, June 13, at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.  The card will also feature World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight champion Nicholas "The Axe Man" Walters (25-0, 21 KOs)of Jamaica, defending his world title against Top-10 contender Miguel "The Scorpion Marriaga (20-0, 18 KOs), of Colombia.  The four gladiators boast a perfect combined record of 78-0 (60 KOs), which includes a victory by knockout ratio of 77%.  Both fights will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark®, beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.  

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with All Star Boxing, Tecate and Madison Square Garden, remaining tickets to the Walters vs. Marriaga / Verdejo vs. Najera world championship boxing event, priced at $205, $105 and $55, 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.com, or www.hbo.com/boxing, on Facebook at facebook.com/trboxingfacebook.com/trboxeo or facebook.com/hboboxing, and on Twitter at twitter.com/trboxingtwitter.com/trboxeo, ortwitter.com/hboboxing.  Use the Hashtags #WaltersMarriaga and #VerdejoNajera to join the conversation on Twitter.

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

HBO

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

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

 

MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

Larry Torres:  212-631-5178 / Larry.Torres@msg.com   

 

MEDIA CREDENTIALS

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Thu, 21 May 2015 15:51:23 -0500
Ramirez Inks Endorsement Deal, Sets up Scholarship Fund http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-ramirez-inks-huge-endorsement-deal/ Fresno, California - USA Olympian, NABF champion and undefeated professional boxer  Jose Ramirez (14-0, 11 KOs), coming off a record setting 9,000 person arena sellout on  May 9 in Fresno on a Top Rank Solo Boxeo Tecate boxing event on UniMas, has signed a five-figure endorsement deal with Card City. Ramirez is now setting up a scholarship fund at Fresno State to help future students.

"There is no place like home and I am honored to have gotten the deal I did with Card  City. I feel it is important to help future students as well by setting up a scholarship fund  which my team will build as time goes on," Ramirez said.

"Top Rank is very proud of Jose Ramirez. When he goes into the ring he fights for his  community and helps those in need," said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank. "Sponsors like Card City have a special unique athlete in Jose, a future world champion."

Ali Mahmoodi, Chief Executive Officer at Card City, said "we support a number of   community activities and charities. Sports is important to us as it unites a community  like nothing else. We chose to sponsor Jose Ramirez because he is a fantastic example  of how a young person can excel in life through commitment, determination and   perseverance. We believe Jose is a tremendous natural athlete and will go to achieve  great things."

Ramirez was the first person in his family to attend a major University. He understands  the struggle many students have with the costs. 

"We are grateful for Jose Ramirez and his generosity in establishing a new scholarship  fund to support talented Valley students at Fresno State. He is a great role model for  youth throughout the Valley and beyond," said Joseph I Castro, PH.D M.P.P., President,  California State University, Fresno.

"I was please I could put these deals together for Jose but even more pleased with the kind  of deals they are and the people they will help," said Rick Mirigian, agent and promoter for  Ramirez.

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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

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Walters & Verdejo Headline on HBO http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-walters-amp-verdejo-headline-on-hbo/ NEW YORK (May 12, 2015) -- Undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight world champion NICHOLAS "Axe Man" WALTERS of Jamaica, and the boxing gem of Puerto Rico, undefeated No. 3 world-rated lightweight contender FELIX "El Diamante" VERDEJO will headline, in separate bouts, a world championship card in New York during Puerto Rican Day Parade weekend. With 34 knockout victories between them, fireworks are all but assured for this event which will take place Saturday, June 13, in The Theater at Madison Square Garden.  Both will be facing undefeated opponents. Walters, who is in the third year of his championship reign, will defend his world title against Top-10 contender MIGUEL "The Scorpion" MARRIAGA of Colombia.  Verdejo, in his live HBO debut, will make the first defense of his newly-won World Boxing Organization (WBO) Latino lightweight title against IVAN "Bam Bam" NAJERA, of San Antonio, TX.  Both fights will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark, beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

The four gladiators boast a perfect combined record of 78-0 (60 KOs), which includes a victory by knockout ratio of 77%.    

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with All Star Boxing, Tecate and Madison Square Garden, tickets to the Walters vs. Marriaga / Verdejo vs. Najera world championship boxing event will go on sale This Friday!  May 15, at Noon ET.  Priced at $205, $105 and $55, tickets 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 andwww.thegarden.com.   

"Headlining  at Madison Square Garden is every fighter's dream but to do it on HBO is a tremendous honor," said Walters.  "I have unfinished business with Miguel Marriaga.  He kept me out of the 2008 Olympics when he beat me in the Americas Olympic Qualifier and I am ready to pay him back.  I am going to chop him with the axe."

"I am happy to be fighting at the legendary Madison Square Garden," said Marriaga.  "I was born to be world champion and come June 13 I will be victorious.  I would like to thank All Star Boxing, Top Rank and the WBA for the opportunity."  

"I am very excited  to be fighting in New York once again. The New York area fans have been great and always make me feel like I am home," said Verdejo.  "I know that the fight against Ivan Najera will not be easy. I will prepare myself to the maximum and sacrifice everything in the gym so that on fight night I will be at my best and bring the belt back to Puerto Rico.  I am very thankful to Top Rank for giving me these types of opportunities."

"Verdejo is fast, strong and skilled but he hasn't fought anyone like me," said Najera.  "This is a big fight and I know it.  We are going to train in the high altitude of the mountains near Mexico City.  We plan to do a lot of running and conditioning work to get set for this fight at Madison Square Garden, the home of champions.  My parents are from Mexico and I feel good about training in Mexico City for the biggest fight of my career.  Believe me, I am a whole lot better than all of those Verdejo has already faced in the ring.  This is a real fight and I am thrilled that it will be in front of the fans at Madison Square Garden."

"Only a select few fighters are worthy of headlining at the 'Mecca Of Boxing' and Top Rank is proud to present two of them on June 13," said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank.  "The mighty Nicholas Walters, who has yet to have a world title fight go to the scorecards, and Felix Verdejo, Puerto Rico's next big thing and the lineal successor in talent and popularity to his mentor Felix Trinidad, are the perfect boxing complement to Puerto Rican Day Parade Weekend -- a partnership we innovated in 2005 and have developed into a highly-anticipated annual event."         

“On June 13, fans who love knockouts should cancel their Saturday night out and plan to watch HBO,” said Peter Nelson, Vice President of programming, HBO Sports. “Combined, Nicholas Walters and Miguel Marriaga have knocked out 87% of their opposition, and now they'll face each other at Madison Square Garden's Theater for the featherweight title. In addition, our co-feature spotlights the charismatic Puerto Rican sensation Felix Verdejo against game Mexican-American Ivan Najera in a clash of undefeated prospects.”

Walters (25-0, 21 KOs), from Montego Bay, Jamaica, has won 11 of his last 12 fight by stoppage.  He captured the vacant WBA featherweight title on December 12, 2012, knocking out Daulis Presscott (26-1, 19 KOs) in the seventh round. He has successfully defended the title three times -- all by knockout -- stopping Alberto Garza, former two-division world champion Vic Darchinyan and 2012 Fighter of the Year and former four-division world champion Nonito Donaire in the fourth, fifth and sixth rounds, respectively.  A former amateur standout who collected gold medals at the 2007 Pan American Games Qualifier III and the  2005 and 2007 Caribbean Championships, Walters is known for his expert boxing skills and movement and two-fisted punching power that are at a caliber of a much higher weight class.

Marriaga (20-0, 18 KOs), from Arjona, Colombia, enters this fight having won 12 of his previous 13 fights by way of knockout with 14 of his 18 knockouts coming in four rounds or less.  Fighting mainly in Colombia and Mexico, Marriaga's sole U.S. bout was last October in Santa Monica, a sixth-round knockout of Christopher Martin in a fight that televised nationally via ESPN's Friday Night Fights.  He is current;y world-rated No. 9 by the World Boxing Council (WBC).  This will be the second time he has faced Walters.  Marriaga defeated Walters in a 2008 Olympic qualifier. 

Verdejo (17-0, 13 KOs), from San Juan, Puerto Rico, ended 2014 as a consensus "Prospect of the Year," and enters 2015 as a contender to be reckoned with.  He returns to the ring having won seven of his last eight fights inside the distance, including his most recent victory, a fifth round knockout of Marco Lopez, on April, 25, for the vacant WBO Latino lightweight title.  Already world-rated No. 3 by the WBA, Verdejo, 21, continues to develop into a major gate attraction, producing standing room only crowds every time he fights.  A former amateur standout who represented Puerto Rico in the 2012 Olympics, Verdejo has been mentored by Puerto Rican boxing icon and Hall of Fame inductee Felix Trinidad.

Najera (16-0, 8 KOs), from San Antonio, TX, is known for his crowd-pleasing aggressive style of fighting and good punching power.  Texas boxing fans have been flocking to his fights because he delivers all-action performances.  Najera made his national television debut on February 7, winning a unanimous decision over veteran Robbie Cannon in Najera's toughest professional fight to date. 

For fight updates go to www.toprank.com, or www.hbo.com/boxing, on Facebook at facebook.com/trboxingfacebook.com/trboxeo orfacebook.com/hboboxing, and on Twitter at twitter.com/trboxingtwitter.com/trboxeo, or twitter.com/hboboxing.  Use the Hashtags #WaltersMarriaga and #VerdejoNajera to join the conversation on Twitter.

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FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (Media):

 

TOP RANK

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

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

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

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

 

HBO

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

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

 

MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

Larry Torres:  212-631-5178 / Larry.Torres@msg.com   

 

MEDIA CREDENTIALS

www.toprank.com/credentials

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Bradley & Vargas to Battle for Welterweight Championship http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-bradley-amp-vargas-to-battle-for-welterweight-championship/ LOS ANGELES (May 18, 2015) -- Former two-division world champion and highly-rated pound for pound fighter TIMOTHY "Desert Storm" BRADLEY JR. and undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) super lightweight world champion JESSIE VARGAS will make their long-awaited 2015 debuts when they square off for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title, Saturday, June 27, under the stars at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.  The fight will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.      

These two gladiators boast a combined record of 57-1-1 (21 KOs) -- a winning percentage of 97%.

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Tecate, tickets to the Bradley vs. Vargas welterweight world championship event go on sale Tomorrow!  Tuesday, May 19, at 10:00 a.m. PT.  Priced at $150, $75, $50 and $25, (plus applicable taxes and fees), tickets can be purchased online at http://www.axs.com, by telephone at (888) 929-7849 or at the StubHub Center box office, Monday - Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Suites are available by calling (877) 604-8777.  For information on group discounts, please call (877) 234-8425. 

"I'm excited to be back in the ring with an undefeated champion," said Bradley.  "I look forward to the challenge and to take his 0 away from him on June 27th."

"I am thrilled to have this fight," said Vargas.  "I will be facing a very talented fighter and when you have two great talents with a lot of heart it always makes for a great fight.  I always elevate my game against better competition.  I am ready to show and prove that I am one of the best fighters out there. There is not one doubt in my mind that everyone will enjoy this fight.  I look forward to giving the fans the best of Jessie Vargas on June 27. " 

"Tim Bradley, one of the sport's elite fighters, will be looking to take another big step toward regaining a world title belt, while Jessie Vargas, a young and hungry world champion, will be moving up to a new weight division in the biggest test of his professional career.  It's a great matchup of Southern California natives in a perfect setting for their fans at StubHub Center," said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank.    

“The last time Timothy Bradley, Jr., entered the ring at the StubHub, he left having given the fans the fight of the year,” said Peter Nelson, Vice President of programming, HBO Sports. “Now, he returns for his 2015 debut against one of boxing's undefeated rising attractions, Jessie Vargas, in a fight that augurs to have great action and impact in the loaded welterweight division.”

Bradley (31-1-1, 12 KOs), from Palm Springs, Calif., a former two-division world champion, from 2008 to 2014, who unified the junior welterweight titles twice during his previous four-year reign, returns to the ring following a controversial draw against one-time interim world champion Diego Chaves last December.  The judges were taken to task by ringside media who had Bradley winning handily, an argument bolstered by the fact that Bradley landed 73 more punches than Chaves and controlled almost every round.  Bradley continues his comeback since suffering his first professional loss, in his welterweight championship rematch against Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao on April 12, 2014.  Before the Pacquiao rematch, Bradley posted three consecutive career-best victories.  After moving up in weight and beating Pacquiao in 2012 to capture the WBO welterweight crown, Bradley co-starred in the Fight of the Year on March 16, 2013, at StubHub Center, winning a brutal 12-round decision over future world champion Ruslan Provodnikov though Bradley was suffering from a concussion throughout most of the fight.  Seven months later, Bradley encored with a virtuoso performance in defeating three-division world champion and Mexican icon Juan Manuel Márquez on October 12, 2013, proving that Bradley is indeed one of boxing's elite pound for pound fighters.

Vargas (26-0, 9 KOs), a native of Los Angeles who now lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, is trained by former four-division world champion and future Hall of Famer Roy Jones, Jr.  Vargas captured the WBA super lightweight title on April 19, 2014 in Las Vegas, winning a unanimous decision over undefeated defending champion Khabib Allakhverdiev. It was a close and competitive fight that proved Vargas' grit as he bit down hard during the championship rounds to pull away with the victory and the world championship belt.  Vargas successfully defended his title twice that same year, winning unanimous decisions over undefeated contender Anton Novikov in Las Vegas and former world champion Antonio DeMarco in Macao, China on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao - Chris Algieri world welterweight pay-per-view card.  Vargas' impressive resume also includes victories over former world champions Stevie Forbes and Vivian Harris and top contenders Josesito Lopez, Lucky Boy Omotoso, Ray Narh and Lanardo Tyner.

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Tue, 19 May 2015 12:37:45 -0500
Bradley y Vargas batallarán el 27 de junio por campeonato welter OMB http://www.toprank.com/news/bradley-y-vargas-batallaran-el-27-de-junio-por-campeonato-welter-omb/ FOTOS: Conferencia de prensa Bradley vs. Vargas

El dos-veces campeón del mundo Tim "Desert Storm" Bradley y el campeón mundial invicto de peso superligero de la Asociacion mundial de Boxeo (AMB) Jessie Vargas estarán haciendo su debut en el 2015 cuando se enfrenten el próximo sábado 27 de junio en el StubHub Center de Carson, California., en un combate en el cual estará en juego el título welter de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB).

El duelo entre estos guerreros será televisada por HBO en su gustado programa “World Championship Boxing” comenzando a las 9:45 p.m. Este/Pacifico.      

Estos dos boxeadores tienen un record combinado de 57-1-1 (21 KOs) – un promedio de victorias de 97%.

La función es una promoción de Top Rank®, en asociación con Tecate. Los boletos que saldrán la venta mañana martes, 19 de mayo a las 10:00 a.m. (Pacifico) tiene un precio de: $150, $75, $50 y $25, (mas impuestos y costo de servicio), pueden ser adquiridos en http://www.axs.com, por teléfono llamando al (888) 929-7849 o en las taquillas del StubHub Center de Lunes a Viernes a las 10:00 a.m. a las 6:00 p.m. Los palcos están disponibles llamando (877) 604-8777.  Para información sobre descuentos en compra de grupos llame al  (877) 234-8425

“Estoy emocionado de enfrentar a un peleador invicto. Estare listo para este gran reto y le voy a quitar el invicto el próximo 27 de junio”, dijo Bradley.

“Estoy muy contento con esta pelea, pues se que estare enfrentando un boxeador muy talentoso. Cuando se enfrentan dos peleadores con talento y corazón, se dan grandes peleas. Yo siempre peleo mejor cuando tengo rivales que me exigen y estoy listo para dar a los aficionados lo mejor de mi este 27 de junio”, dijo Vargas.

“Tim Bradley es uno de los mejores boxeadors del mundo y buscara dar otro paso rumbo a otro titulo mundial, mientras que Jessie Vargas, es un campeón mundial joven, con mucha hambre ante la prueba mas fuerte de su carrera  profesional. Es una batalla perfecto para la afición del Sur de California y en un gran escenario como lo es el StubHub Center”, dijo Todd duBoef, presidente de Top Rank.    

“La ultima vez que Timothy Bradley Jr., subio al ring en el StubHub Center, nos dio la pelea del año. Esta vez regresa para enfrentar Jessie Vargas un campeón invicto que quiere seguir subiendo su nombre en el deporte. Es un duelo que luce promete mucha acción y que dara la división de peso welter otra interesante contienda”, dijo Peter Nelson, Vice Presidente de prograacion de HBO Sports.

Bradley (31-1-1, 12 KOs) de Palm Springs, California es un ex campeón en dos divisiones diferentes en donde reino del 2008 al 2014, unificando coronas en el peso superligero en dos diferentes ocasiones. En su mas reciente actuacion el pasado 13 de diciembre en Las Vegas los jueces le dieron un empate ante el argentino Diego Chaves en una pelea que la majoria de la prensa y la afición vieron ganar a Bradley.

Bradley sufrio su unico reves professional en april 12 del 2014 en Las Vegas en la revancha contra el peleador de la década Manny Pacquiao. Antres de ese combate Bradley habia derrotado en forma consecutiva a Pacquiao para arrebarle el campeon mundial de peso welter de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), luego derroto a Ruslan Provodnikov en la mejor pelea del 2013 y en octubre de ese mismo año derroto por puntos al gran Juan Manuel Marquez para avalar su calidad de boxeador elite.

Vargas (26-0, 9 KOs) oriundo de Los Angeles, California, pero actual residente de Las Vegas, Nevada es entrenado por el cuatro veces campeon del mundo y futuro integrante del Salón de la Fama de Boxeo, Roy Jones Jr.

Vargas conquisto el campeonato mundial superligero de la AMB el 19 de abril del 2014 en Las Vegas al arrebatar la corona a Khabib Allakhverdiev en una aguerrida batalla de 12 asaltos. Desde entonces el joven boxeador ha hecho dos exitosas defensas de su corona ante Anton Novikov en Las Vegas  y en su mejor actuación como profesional derroto en Macao, China al ex campeón mundial Antonio DeMarco en un combate en que demostró mucho corazón ante el boxeador mexicano. Entre sus victimas están los ex campeones Stevie Forbes y Vivian Harris asi como Josesito Lopez, Lucky Boy Omotoso, Ray Narh y Lanardo Tyner. 

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Mon, 18 May 2015 17:01:34 -0500
Benavidez y Paez prometen una gran pelea este viernes en Phoenix http://www.toprank.com/news/benavidez-y-paez-prometen-una-gran-pelea-este-viernes-en-phoenix/ FOTOS: Conferencia de prensa final Benavídez vs. Páez

El invicto local José Benavidez Jr. quien expondrá su campeonato mundial  interino de la Asociación Mundial de Boxeo (AMB) de peso Jr. Welter ante Jorge “Maromerito” Páez este viernes en la arena US Airways Center de esta ciudad confían que darán una pelea cuando se enfrente en el duelo estelar de la serie boxística “The MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout" que será televisado por truTV a toda la nación.

“Yo tuve que sacrificarme mucho para conseguir este cinturón y no lo voy a dejar ir en mi primera defensa. Es una pelea fuerte y difícil, pero estoy listo para esta clase de retos y espero darles una gran pelea a todos mis seguidores”, dijo José Benavídez hoy en la última conferencia de prensa previo al combate de este viernes.

Páez Jr. quien hizo su preparación en las montañas del estado de México también dijo estar listo para dar una gran pelea.

“Es la pelea más importante de mi carrera y gane o pierda, yo voy a dar lo mejor de mí y les quiero dar a los aficionados  una gran pelea. Más allá del resultado quiero que la gente salga contenta y que desquitemos el precio de ese boleto que la gente paga por vernos pelear”, dijo Páez Jr., quien lucio muy confiado durante la conferencia de prensa.

En el otro duelo que será televisado el invicto Antonio “Relentless” Orozco se enfrentara a Emmanuel “The Tranzforma” Taylor en un duelo pactado a 10 rounds en peso superligero.

“La preparación está hecha y solo nos falta subir al ring y buscar la victoria. Voy a dejar todo sobre el ring y para salir con el brazo en alto este sábado”, dijo Orozco.

Por su parte Taylor dijo: “Esta es una gran oportunidad para mí y no la pienso desaprovechar. Sé que tengo un rival de calidad enfrente de mí, pero vengo a ganar esta pelea”.

Estos cuatro guerreros tiene un record combinado de 98-8-2 (65 KOs) – un promedio de victorias  91% con dos tercios de esos triunfos logrado por nocaut.

Producida en asociación con HBO Sports, Benavidez vs Paez es presentada por Top Rank en asociación con Golden Boy Promotions y Iron Boy Promotions. Orozco vs Taylor es presentada por Golden Boy Promotions en asociación con Star Boxing.

Para encontrar a truTV en su sistema televisivo, visite: www.trutvishere.com

Los boletos que tienen precio de $100, $75, $60, $40 y $20, pueden ser adquiridos visitando las paginas www.Ticketmaster.com o www.USAirwaysCenter.com y por teléfono llamando al  1-800-745-3000.

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Wed, 13 May 2015 20:10:09 -0500
Walters y Verdejo encabezarán función de HBO el 13 de junio en Nueva York http://www.toprank.com/news/walters-y-verdejo-encabezaran-funcion-de-hbo-el-13-de-junio-en-nueva-york/

El campeón mundial invicto de peso pluma de la Asociacion Mundial de Boxeo (AMB), el jamaiquino Nicholas "Axe Man" Walters y la joya del boxeo de Puerto Rico, el invicto y clasificado mundial número tres del mundo en peso ligero Félix "El Diamante" Verdejo encabezarán una cartelera de campeonato mundial en Nueva York en la víspera de la tradicional Parada Puertorriqueña, en donde se espera una noche explosiva en el ring.

La función se realizará el sábado, 13 de junio en el Teatro del histórico Madison Square Garden y ambos noqueadores se enfrentarán a boxeadores invictos. Walters en su tercer año como campeón mundial expondrá su corona ante el clasificado mudial Miguel "The Scorpion" Marriaga de Colombia, mientras que Verdejo en su primera presentación en HBO expondrá su recién conquistado cinturón Latino de peso ligero de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) ante Iván "Bam Bam" Najera, de San Antonio, Texas.  

Las dos peleas serán televisadas por HBO en su gustado programa “Boxing After Dark” iniciando a las 10:00 p.m. Este/Pacifico.

Estos cuatro boxeadores tiene un record combinado de 78-0 (60 KOs), que incluyen un promedio de victorias del 77% por nocaut.    

La función es una promoción de Top Rank®, en asociación con All Star Boxing, Tecate y el Madison Square Garden, los boletos para esta cartelera saldrán a la venta este viernes 15 de mayo a las 12:00 del mediodía (Este) y tendrán un precio de $205, $105 y $55 y pueden ser adquiridos en la boletería del Madison Square Garden, los puntos de venta de Ticketmaster, por teléfono en Ticketmaster al (866) 858-0008 y por internet en las páginas: www.TicketMaster.com y www.TheGarden.com.

“El sueño de todo boxeador es encabezar una función en el Madison Square Garden y hacerlo en HBO es un gran honor. Tengo un cuenta pendiente con Miguel Marriaga, quien me dejó fuera de los Juegos Olímpicos del 2008 al vencer en la etapa clasificatoria y esta será la oportunidad de vengar esa derrota”, dijo Walters.

"Estoy muy contento de estar boxeando en el histórico Madison Square Garden. Yo nací para ser campeón mundial y este 13 de junio saldré con la victoria. Le quiero agradecer a All Star Boxing, Top Rank y a la AMB por esta oportunidad” dijo Marriaga.

“Estoy muy emocionado de volver a pelear en Nueva York una vez más. La gente de Nueva York, siempre me hace sentir como si estuviera en casa. Sé que tengo un compromiso difícil ante Iván Nájera y por eso me voy a preparar al máximo en el gimnasio para esta pelea y voy a darlo todo para regresar con mi correa a Puerto Rico. Le doy gracias a Top Rank por esta gran oportunidad que me brindan”, dijo Verdejo.

“Verdejo es rápido, fuerte y tiene talento, pero nunca ha enfrentado a un peleador como yo. Esta es una pelea importante y yo lo sé, pero eso voy a ir a las montañas del estado de México para hacer una gran preparación. Voy a estar en óptimas condiciones para enfrentar a Verdejo en el Madison Square Garden. Soy el mejor rival que Verdejo ha enfrentado en su carrera y esta es una pelea de verdad que tendrá a la afición de Nueva York en pie”, dijo Nájera.

“Solo unos cuantos boxeadores pueden encabezar una función en la Meca del Boxeo y este 13 de junio Top Rank tendrá a dos. El gran Nicholas Walters, quien ha ganado todas sus peleas de campeonato antes del límite y Félix Verdejo quien es la siguiente estrella de Puerto Rico y el sucesor en talento y popularidad de su ídolo Félix Trinidad y un digno representante de la isla en la víspera de la Parada Puertorriqueña que continúa la tradición que comenzamos en el 2005 y que continúa con la anticipada función anual este fecha”, dijo Todd duBoef

“Este 13 de junio todos aquellos que les gusta ver nocauts, tendrán que cancelar sus planes para estar enfrente de la televisión y ver HBO. Nicholas Walters y Miguel Marriaga han noqueado al 87% de sus rivales y estará frente a frente en el Madison Square Garden en duelo por campeonato de peso pluma, además el seccional y carismático Félix Verdejo se medirá al mexicoamericano Iván Nájera en un duelo de invictos”, dijo Peter Nelson, vicepresidente de programación de HBO Sports.

Walters (25-0, 21 KOs) de Montego Bay, Jamaica, quien ha ganado 11 de sus últimas 12 peleas por la vía rápida, conquisto el campeonato mundial de peso pluma de la AMB que estaba vacante el 12 de diciembre del 2012 cuando noqueo al colombiano Daulis Presscott (26-1, 19 KOs) en el séptimo asalto.

El fuerte pegador jamaiquino ha hecho tres exitosas defensas de su derrotando al mexicano Alberto Garza, al dos veces campeón del mundo Vic Darchinyan y boxeador del año  del 2012 Nonito Donaire a quienes noqueo en el cuarto, quinto y sexto round respectivamente.

Walters, un sensacional boxeador amateur, conquistó medalla de oro en las clasificatorias a los Juegos Panamericanos del 2007, y en los Juegos del Caribe en el 2005 y 2007. Es reconocido por su buen boxeo y poder en ambos puños.

Marriaga (20-0, 18 KOs) de Arjona, Colombia, llega a esta cita con 12 nocauts en 13 peleas y 14 de sus 18 nocauts han sido antes del cuarto round.

Peleado primordialmente en Colombia, Marriaga hizo su única pelea en Estados Unidos el pasado mes de octubre en Santa Mónica, California y noqueo en el sexto asalto a Chris Martin en una pelea que fue televisada por ESPN.

El colombiano es el noveno clasificado mundial en peso pluma del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB) y estará su segunda pelea ante Walters a quien derroto en el en el 2008 en el torneo clasificatorio para los Juegos Olímpicos del 2008.

Verdejo (17-0, 13 KOs) de San Juan, Puerto Rico, quien fue reconocido como el el prospecto del 2014, entra al 2015 como todo un clasificado mundial. Regresa al ring tras haber ganado siete de sus últimas ocho peleas antes del límite. En su más reciente actuación el pasado 25 de abril en Puerto Rico noqueo en el quinto asalto al mexicano Marco López para conquistar el título Latino de peso ligero de la OMB.

Verdejo quien es el clasificado número 3 de la OMB en peso ligero demostró su popularidad al llenar por completo el Coliseo Mario Morales de Guaynabo el pasado 25 de abril. El espigado boxeador represento a su país en los Juegos Olímpicos del 2012.

Nájera (16-0, 8 KOs) de San Antonio, Texas tiene un estilo muy agresivo que lo ha convertido en un boxeador muy popular en el estado de Texas. En su más reciente actuación el pasado 7 de febrero en Hidalgo, Texas derrotó por puntos al experimentando Robbie Cannon en una aguerrida pelea.

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Tue, 12 May 2015 19:01:28 -0500
Mayweather-Pacquiao Highest-Grossing PPV Ever http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-mayweather-pacquiao-highest-grossing-ppv-ever/ NEW YORK (May 12, 2015)—The boxing blockbuster event, Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao, shattered the previous record for total pay-per-view buys and now ranks as the highest-grossing pay-per-view of all time.  Initial reports from distributors indicate that the event generated more than 4.4 million U.S. buys and more than $400 million in domestic pay-per-view revenue alone.  With additional revenue from the live gate at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, international television distribution, sponsorships, closed circuit and merchandise sales, the event is expected to generate in excess of $500 million in gross worldwide receipts.  The news was announced jointly by Showtime Networks Inc., a subsidiary of CBS Corporation, and HBO in conjunction with event promoters Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank, Inc. 

The welterweight world championship unification bout nearly doubled the previous record of 2.48 million buys generated by the Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather boxing event in 2007 and nearly tripled the record $150 million in U.S. pay-per-view revenue generated by Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez in 2013. 

Live gate receipts for the star-studded event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena produced more than $71 million in revenue, dramatically eclipsing the previous live gate record of $20 million (for Mayweather vs. Canelo) for both the sport of boxing and Las Vegas.  

Additionally, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao set the record for closed circuit admissions and revenue both in Las Vegas and at establishments nationwide.  The event sold nearly 46,000 closed circuit admissions at MGM Resorts International properties in Las Vegas alone and was available at more than 5,000 bars, restaurants and commercial establishments throughout the U.S.  

Distributed in 175 countries worldwide, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao was available in essentially 75 percent of the world’s territories, setting the revenue record for international distribution.

As reported last week, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao drew enormous numbers on social media.  For example, Facebook reported that 37 million unique people contributed more than 115 million interactions from the start of the event to 30 minutes following its completion, a new record for a boxing event. 

The May 2 promotion included unprecedented marketing and cross-promotional support from distributors as well as record revenue from the event’s major sponsors.

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao was a 12-round welterweight world championship unification bout promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank Inc., and co-produced and co-distributed by HBO PPV® and SHOWTIME PPV®

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CONTACTS: 

Kelly Swanson/Lisa Milner, Swanson Communications/Floyd Mayweather: (202) 783-5500

Nicole Craig, Mayweather Promotions: (702) 807-1788

Lee Samuels, Top Rank: (702) 378-1083

Ricardo Jimenez, Top Rank: (909) 615-3436

Fred Sternburg, Top Rank/Manny Pacquiao: (303) 740-7746

Chris DeBlasio, Showtime Networks Inc.: (212) 708-1633

Matt Donovan, Showtime Networks Inc.: (212) 708-1663

Flo Jocou, Showtime Networks Inc.: (212) 708-7319

Kevin Flaherty, HBO Sports: (212) 512-5052

Patrick Byrne, HBO Sports: (212) 512-1361

John Beyrooty/Jared Kaufer, BZA/SHOWTIME: (562) 233-7477/(818) 621-1111

Scott Ghertner, MGM Resorts International: 702-692-6750

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Tue, 12 May 2015 18:39:45 -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:  

 

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MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV Debuts May 1 http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-metropcs-friday-night-knockout-on-trutv-debuts-may-1/ (Find truTV on your TV here.)

truTV and Top Rank will partner to exclusively present the MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV, a live primetime boxing series set to debut 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.

The network’s presentation will feature the first-ever domestic use of “Spidercam” technology for a live boxing telecast, providing dynamic coverage of this new series.  “Spidercam” operates on a four-point system of cables from designated points beyond the corners of the boxing ring. The suspended camera has the ability to provide compelling 360-degree angles of the action including the ability to move in three dimensions – left/right, forward/backward and up/down.

“Spidercam” will provide the definitive views of the action throughout the series, including a main event on Friday, May 1, showcasing 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.

Commentators for the event will include Kevin Kugler providing play-by-play with analyst Timothy Bradley and reporter Crystina Poncher. Kugler is a veteran announcer who has called college basketball and NFL coverage for Westwood One and college football for the Big Ten Network.  Bradley is a former WBO welterweight champion and former WBO and two-time WBC junior welterweight champion, including a win over Pacquiao during his career.  Poncher is a commentator and reporter for Top Rank, as well as a host, reporter and correspondent for NFL Network and NFL.com. Additionally, closed captioning in Spanish will be available.

The second week of the MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV series – live from Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., on Friday, May 8, at 10 p.m. – will be headlined by Top-10 contenders Glen “Jersey Boy” Tapia (23-1, 15 KOs) from Passaic, N.J., and “Irish” Seanie Monaghan (23-0, 15 KOs) in action.  Tapia will defend his NABO junior middleweight title against Michael Soro (25-1-1, 15 KOs) from France, with Monaghan (defending his WBC Continental Americas light heavyweight title) facing Cleiton Conceicao (20-6-2, 16 KOs) from Brazil.

As part of its entitlement sponsorship of the boxing series on truTV, MetroPCS will receive camera-visible center ring and corner pad brand placement for each fight, as well as inclusion in all promotional messaging across truTV and other Turner Broadcasting networks.

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

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

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

 

Media credentials:  

www.toprank.com/credentials  

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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

Find us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/thecosmopolitan

Follow us on Instagram at: www.instagram.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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Tue, 12 May 2015 16:59:20 -0500
Benavidez to Defend Title at Home in Phoenix http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-benavidez-to-defend-title-at-home-in-phoenix/ PHOENIX, AZ (April 30, 2015) -- Phoenix's favorite son is coming home -- to defend his world title.  Undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) interim super lightweight world champion JOSE BENAVIDEZ, JR. will be making his first title defense, against Mexican buzz saw JORGE "Maromerito" PAEZ, JR., Friday, May 15 at US Airways Center.  The world championship battle will be televised live on “The MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV” at 10:00 p.m. ET.  The live telecast will open with undefeated Top-10 contender ANTONIO "Relentless" OROZCO in a 10-round super lightweight rumble with power-punching EMMANUEL "The Tranzforma" TAYLOR.

The four warriors boast a combined record of 98-8-2 (65 KOs) -- a winning ratio of 91% with two-thirds of those victories coming by way of knockout.

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Golden Boy Promotions, tickets to the Benavidez vs. Paez / Orozco vs. Taylor world championship event, priced at $100, $75, $60, $40 and $20, may be purchased online at www.Ticketmaster.comor www.USAirwaysCenter.com. To charge by phone call 1-800-745-3000.

“The Valley of the Sun will play host to one of its favorite sons as Jose Benavidez returns as World Champion to his hometown to face the son of a legend, and world-ranked contender, Jorge Paez, Jr., where his father made a great name for himself on so many occasions,” said Carl Moretti, vice president of Top Rank.  “All fans at US Airways Center or watching on truTV will be in for an exciting evening of boxing.”

Benavidez (22-0, 15 KOs), from Phoenix, will be making his 2015 debut as a world champion.  He won the title in his last fight, which took place on December 13 in Las Vegas, winning a unanimous decision over defending champion Mauricio Herrera.  A sensational amateur prospect, winning a Gold Medal at the 2009 National Golden Gloves Championships at the age of 16, the youngest fighter to ever win the National Golden Gloves Championships.  He turned professional one year later, at age 17, where he became the youngest professional boxer to be licensed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.  He was granted an exception (the minimum age requirement was 18) because of his exceptional talent.  After spending most of 2013 sidelined with a broken hand he came back to win all four of his 2014 fights decisively, including a first-round TKO of Henry Auraad on July 26 and his world title victory over Herrera in December.

Paez (38-5-2, 23 KOs), from Mexicali, Mexico, is the son and namesake of "The Clown Prince of Boxing" Jorge "Maromero" Paez, one of the most popular Mexican world champions.  He is 11-1-1 in his last 13 fights, which includes impressive victories against Charlie Navarro and two against Omar Chávez, son of International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Julio César Chávez.  He returns to the ring fresh from a February 21 fourth round knockout victory of once-beaten Ronald Montes and world-rated No. 10 by the WBA.

Orozco (21-0, 15 KOs), a native of Tecate, Baja California, Mexico who fights out of San Diego, has won seven of his last nine bouts by knockout.  Impressive victories over former world champion Stevie Forbes and seasoned veterans Martin Honorio, Ivan Hernandez and Miguel Huerta have propelled Orozco to No. 9 in the International Boxing Federation’s (IBF) junior welterweight world ratings.

Taylor (18-3, 12 KOs), of Edgewood Arsenal, MD, returns to the ring with two of his last three victories coming by way of knockout, including No. 4-wold-rated contender Victor Cayo, once-defeated Raymond Serrano and highly-touted Karim Mayfield.  Carrying dangerous power in both fists, Taylor has also recently gone the distance against former world champions Adrien Broner and Chris Algieri in nationally-televised bouts.              

About US Airways Center

US Airways Center, home to the Phoenix Suns (NBA), Phoenix Mercury (WNBA) and Arizona Rattlers (AFL), hosts nearly 200 events annually. The 19,000 seat venue treats more than two million guests each year to sporting events, concerts, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Disney on Ice shows, other family shows, and conventions. More information about US Airways Center can be found by logging on to www.usairwayscenter.com.

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FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (Media):

                             

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   

 

GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS

Ramiro Gonzalez:  213-489-5631 / Ramiro@goldenboypromotions.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

 

US AIRWAYS CENTER

Allie Dicken:  602-379-2032 / ADicken@suns.com

 

MEDIA CREDENTIALS:  www.toprank.com/credentials 

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Bradley & Vargas to Announce Upcoming Bout http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-bradley-amp-vargas-to-announce-upcoming-bout/ LOS ANGELES (May 11, 2015) -- Former two-division world champion TIMOTHY "Desert Storm" BRADLEY, JR. (31-1-1, 12 KOs), of Palm Springs, Calif., and undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) super lightweight world championJESSIE VARGAS (26-0, 9 KOs), of Las Vegas, NV, will host a Los Angeles press conference luncheon This Monday!   May 18, at The Conga Room located at LA Live (800 West Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, Calif. 90015), beginning at Noon PT.  Both fighters will be announcing their upcoming 12-round welterweight battle, scheduled for June 27, at StuHub Center in nearby Carson.  Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Tecate, the Bradley vs. Vargas welterweight rumble will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing® beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.

The fighters, who have a combined record of 57-1-1 (21 KOs), will be joined by their teams -- For Team Bradley, trainerJoel Diaz and father Tim Bradley and for Team Vargas, trainer Roy Jones, Jr. and manager Cameron Dunkin -- along with Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.  All the participants will be available for one-on-one interviews.  

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/trboxingtwitter.com/trboxeo, ortwitter.com/hboboxing.  Use the Hashtag #BradleyVargas to join the conversation on Twitter.

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FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (Media):

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

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

HBO

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

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

MEDIA CREDENTIALS

www.toprank.com/credentials

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Benavidez Jr. expondrá su campeonato ante Paez este viernes por truTV http://www.toprank.com/news/benavidez-jr-expondra-su-campeonato-ante-paez-este-viernes-por-trutv/ El invicto local José Benavidez Jr. expondrá su campeonato mundial interino de la Asociación Mundial de Boxeo (AMB) de peso Jr. Welter ante Jorge “Maromerito” Páez este próximo viernes, 15 de mayo en la arena US Airways Center de Phoenix, Arizona, en una pelea que será televisada en vivo a toda la nación en la serie boxística “MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout" de truTV comenzando a las 10pm ET / 7pm PT.

Otro duelo televisado será entre invicto Antonio “Relentless” Orozco quien se enfrentará a  Emmanuel “The Tranzforma” Taylor en un duelo pactado a 10 rounds en peso superligero.

Para encontrar a TruTv en su sistema televisivo, visite:  http://trutvishere.com

Estos cuatro guerreros tienen un record combinado de 98-8-2 (65 KOs) – un promedio de victorias  91% con dos tercios de esos triunfos logrado por nocaut.

Producida en asociación con HBO Sports, Benavidez vs Paez es presentada por Top Rank en asociación con Golden Boy Promotions y Iron Boy Promotions. Orozco vs Taylor es presentada por Golden Boy Promotions en asociación con Star Boxing.

Los boletos que tienen precio de $100, $75, $60, $40 y $20, pueden ser adquiridos visitando las paginas www.Ticketmaster.com o www.USAirwaysCenter.com y por teléfono llamando al  1-800-745-3000.

Benavidez (22-0, 15 KOs) de Phoenix, Arizona estará haciendo su debut en el 2015 como campeón mundial. Benavidez le arrebato la corona mundial el pasado 13 de diciembre en La Vegas a Mauricio Herrera quien derroto por puntos en una aguerrida pelea. Después de una brillante carrera en el boxeo amateur, Benavidez hizo su debut profesional a los 17 años de edad tras ser el boxeador más joven en recibir una licencia para boxear en el estado de Nevada.

Después de estar fuera de acción en el 2013 por una lesión en la mano derecha,  Benavidez tuvo un gran 2014 al ganar cuatro peleas ante fuerte rivales que incluyeron su espectacular nocaut sobre Henry Auraad el 26 de julio en Phoenix y su triunfo sobre Herrera.

Páez (38-5-2, 23 KOs) de Mexicali, Baja California, México, es hijo del ex campeón mundial Jorge “Maromero” Páez, uno de los campeones mexicanos más populares en el deporte y uno de sus más coloridos personajes. Páez Jr. tiene una marca 11-1-1 en sus últimas 13 peleas, que incluyen impresionantes victorias sobre Charlie Navarro y dos sobre Omar Chávez, hijo del gran campeón mexicano Julio César Chávez.  En su más reciente actuación el pasado 21 de febrero noqueo en el cuarto asalto al clasificado mundial Ronald Montes.

Orozco (21-0, 15 KOs), oriundo de Tecate, Baja California, Mexico, pero hoy en dia residente de San Diego, California ha ganado siete de sus ultimas nueve peleas por nocaut. Sus impresionantes victorias sobre Stevie Forbes, Martin Honorio, Iván Hernández y Miguel Huerta lo han convertido en el noveno clasificado mundial en las 140 libras de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo (FIB).

Taylor (18-3, 12 KOs) de Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland, regresa al ring tras ganar dos de sus últimas tres peleas por nocaut que incluyen triunfos sobre Víctor Cayo, Raymond Serrano y Karim Mayfield.  Con dinamita en ambos puños Taylor a recorrido la distancia con los ex campeones mundiales Adrien Broner y Chris Algieri en peleas televisadas nacionalmente.  

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Ramirez Faces Tough Challenge Saturday on UniMas http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-ramirez-faces-tough-challenge-saturday-on-unimas/ Fresno - Contender Rob "Red Hot"  Frankel of Denver says he is the "better fighter."  Frankel's manager/trainer Steve Mestas said, "Bob Arum may not like what he will see on Saturday night."

Frankel is in town taking on hometown USA Olympian Jose Ramirez of Avenal, Ca. before an expected crowd of 10,000 at the Selland Arena.  Frankel describes Ramirez, trained by Freddie Roach, as a fighter who has "good hand speed, a good left hook and is a decent fighter."

"It's just that I am a 12-round level fighter and he isn't," said Frankel, 33-15-1 with 6 KOs. Ramirez, a 2012 USA Olympian, is 13-0 with 10 KOs.

The main event is scheduled for eight rounds in the super lightweight division and will be televised by Top Rank's Solo Boxeo Tecate on UniMas.  Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum will be at ringside here Saturday night.

Frankel trains at the 'House of Pain Gym' in Denver. Mestas said Frankel never had an amateur bout.  "Rob went right to professional boxing from day one," he said.

Ramirez has trained for weeks at Freddie Roach's Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California. He said he would "fight my best" and he thanked Frankel for coming into Fresno for the fight.  The two posed for photographs at the press conference.

There are seven bouts on the Saturday card. Tickets are $110, $68, $40, $18.  All tickets are available at the FCEC Main Box Office at the Selland Arena, 700 M Street, Fresno from 10 am to 6 pm. Tickets are also available on Ticketmaster.com and by phone at 800-745-3000 and all Ticktmaster outlets including select Vallarta and Save Mart Supermarkets.

Doors open 5:30 pm. The first bell is at 6:30 pm and the UniMas telecast bouts begin 8 pm local time.

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Thu, 07 May 2015 18:55:00 -0500
De estelar José Ramírez este sábado en Fresno http://www.toprank.com/news/de-estelar-jose-ramirez-este-sabado-en-fresno/ El ex olímpico estadounidense José Ramírez regresará a casa este sábado 9 de mayo para encabezar una nueva edición de “Solo Boxeo Tecate” que la cadena Unimas televisará desde la Arena Selland de esta ciudad localizada en el centro de California.

Esta función es parte del movimiento para crear atención a la falta de agua en esta región del estado de California que depende tanto de la agricultura y que ha sido devastada por la falta de agua, esta es la cuarta edición de la serie que ha sido denominada “La Lucha por el Agua 4”, Ramírez está muy activo en este movimiento pues el viene de los campos agrícolas de la región.

Ramírez (13-0, 10 KOs) de Avenal, California expondrá su record invicto ante el experimentado Rob Frankel (33-15-1, 6 KOs) de Denver, California en una pelea pactada a ocho giros en  peso ligero que representara la primera prueba fuego para el joven californiano.

“Para mi es siempre un gran honor pelear ante mi gente. Estoy en casa y vengo a darles una buena pelea. Estoy listo para esta clase de rivales y será una gran noche para todos  los que estén presentes este sábado”, dijo Ramírez, quien el pasado mes de octubre fue apoyado por más de 10 mil aficionados en este mismo escenario.

En el primer duelo que será televisado este sábado Irving García (10-2, 6 KOs) de Stratford, California se enfrentara Oscar Valenzuela (8-1-1, 4 KOs) de Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, México en un duelo pactado a ocho giros en peso superligero.

También estará en acción el popular Danny Valdivia (6-0, 5 KOs) de Tulare, California quien enfrentara a Rick Graham (3-5-2, 1 KOs) de Detroit, Michigan en un duelo pactado a seis giros en peso mediano.

Cuatro boxeadores de Fresno también estará en la velada, Joe Louie López (4-0, 3 KOs), Julian López (1-0), Erik Altamirano (2-1, 1 KOs) y Alex Rojas quien estará haciendo su debut.

Los boletos para la función tiene un precio de $110, $68, $40 y $18 y pueden ser adquiridos en las taquillas de la Arena Selland o por Internert en Ticketmaster.com y por teléfono llamando al 1 (800) 745-3000.

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Tapia y Monaghan encabezan función de truTV en Newark http://www.toprank.com/news/tapia-y-monaghan-encabezan-funcion-de-trutv-en-newark/ En la segunda edición de “Metro PCS Friday Night Knockout”, dos de los boxeadores más populares de la región, los clasificados mundiales Glen "Jersey Boy" Tapia y "Irish" Seanie Monaghan encabezarán una explosiva función este viernes, 8 de mayo que se realizarán en el Prudential Center de Newark, Nueva Jersey.

Tapia, quien es oriundo de Passaic, Nueva Jersey expondrá su título superwelter de la NABO contra el ex retador mundial Michel Soro de Francia, mientras que Monaghan de Long Beach, Nueva York quien es el monarca invicto Continental del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB) peso semi completo se medirá al ex olímpico brasileño Cleiton Conçeicao. Ambos combates serán televisados por tru-TV comenzando a las 10:00 p.m. (Este) / 7:00 p.m. (Pacifico).   

Estos cuatro guerreros tienen un record combinado de 91-8-3 (61 KOs) - un promedio de victorias del 89% y tres cuartos de sus triunfos han sido por nocaut.

La función es una promoción de Top Rank®, los boletos Tapia vs. Soro/ Monaghan vs. Conceição tienen  un precio de $105, $60, $40 y $25, más costos de servicio e impuestos y pueden ser adquiridos en el internet: www.Ticketmaster.com o por teléfono llamando al 1-800-745-3000  y comenzando el 13 de abril en las taquillas del Prudential Center.

Tapia (23-1, 15 KOs) quien es el clasificado mundial número seis de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) y de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo (FIB) en las 154 libras, ha ganado seis de sus últimas siete peleas por nocaut.

El pasado 7 de marzo en Macao, China Tapia logro una de las más impresionantes victorias de su carrera al noquear al clasificado mundial Daniel Dawson para conquistar el campeonato superwelter de la Organización Norteamericana de Boxeo (NABO).

Soro (25-1-1, 15 KOs) oriundo de la Costa de Marfil, pero hoy en dia residente de Rhone, Francia ha ganado ocho peleas seguidas las últimas tres por nocaut y no ha sido derrotado en más de tres años.

Monaghan (23-0, 15 KOs) es el clasificado número tres de la Asociacion Mundial de Boxeo (AMB) y número seis del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB) y de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo (FIB) en peso semicompleto (175 libras).

En su más reciente actuación el pasado 13 de diciembre en Las Vegas, Nevada Monaghan retuvo el título semicompleto Continental de las Américas del CMB al fulminar en tres asaltos al clasificado mundial Daniel Regi.        

Conceição (20-6-2, 16 KOs) de San Paulo, Brasil ha ganado sus últimas cinco peleas por la vía rápida y represento a su país en los Juegos Olímpicos del 2000  en Sídney, Australia. En su más reciente actuación el pasado 7 de febrero noqueo a Nei de Lima en el primer round.     

También en estará en acción los prospectos Esquiva Falcao (8-0, 5 KOs) de Vitoria, Brasil, ganador de medalla de plata en los Juegos Olímpicos de Londres en el 2012, Julian Rodríguez (9-0, 8 KOs) de Hasbrouck Heightsm, Nueva Jersey y Michael Reed (13-0, 7 KOs) de Waldorf, Maryland.

Falcao se enfrentara a Paul Harness (5-4-1, 4 KOs) de Kansas City, Missouri en un duelo pactado a ocho rounds en peso superwelter, Rodriguez cambiara metralla con Peter Olouch (14-8-2, 8 KOs) de Miami, Florida en un duelo pactado a ocho giros en peso super ligeros y Reed se medirá a Osenohad Vazquez (8-3-1, 3 KOs) de Vega Baja, Puerto Rico en un duelo pactado a ocho giros en peso superligero.

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