Top Rank Boxing http://www.toprank.com Top Rank boxing news, event, videos and photo galleries en-us Copyright Top Rank 02-28-2015 15:33:45 60 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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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:54:28 -0600
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 difference 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.

Check out details on Jose Ramirez's next fight here

''He (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 22 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 main event on UNIMAS, with Shiming vs. Ruenroeng part of the fight card to be broadcast on HBO.

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Wed, 25 Feb 2015 13:27:20 -0600
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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Tue, 17 Feb 2015 18:26:03 -0600
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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Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:51:09 -0600
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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Fri, 06 Feb 2015 15:03:49 -0600
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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Thu, 05 Feb 2015 17:42:25 -0600
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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Wed, 04 Feb 2015 15:10:01 -0600
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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Tue, 03 Feb 2015 12:55:05 -0600
Ramirez to Headline at Home http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-ramirez-to-headline-at-home/ Fresno, Calif. - USA Olympian and undefeated professional boxer Jose Ramirez (13-0, 10 KO's) will return home to defend his NABF title in the “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.  

"There is no place like home, and I'm ready. It's an honor to fight in front of my friends, family and community. Nothing is more important than fighting for water," said Ramirez of defending his belt in Fresno.

The “Fight For Water” series was developed to help bring much-needed attention to the water issues in California. The overall goal of this installment is the same as the previous three: to focus attention on bringing water back to the Central Valley.

“With the successful passage of the water bond this past November, the California Latino Water Coalition thanks everyone that helped in the cause, along with all those who participated in our ‘Fight for Water’ boxing events,” said Executive Director Mario Santoyo. “However, the fight is far from over. Now, with ‘Fight for Water 4,’ our sights are set on getting back the valley’s water from the delta and through the pumps.”

Bob Arum, Hall of Fame promoter and founder of Top Rank, said: "We are very proud of Jose for what he has accomplished in the ring and, just as important, the way he has helped his community. He is a very special athlete, a future world champion. We are very excited to return to Fresno on May 9.”

Also featured on the card: Central Valley-based, Top Rank-promoted fighters Daniel Valdivia and Joe Lopez, as well as regional fighter Kalisto Madera and Alex Rojas, who will be making his pro debut.

Tickets go on sale Feb. 3rd and are priced at $18, $40, $68, and $110. There are also a select amount of VIP floor tables that seat 10. All tickets are available at the FCEC Main Box Office (Selland Arena, 700 M Street Fresno, Ca.) Mondays-Fridays from 10am-6pm. Tickets are also available through Ticketmaster at http://www.Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 1.800.745.3000, and all Ticketmaster outlets (including select Vallarta and Save Mart Supermarkets).

"This fight will make history in many ways. Don't miss your chance to be a part of it," said Ramirez’s agent and promoter Rick Mirigian.

Contacts:

Lee Samuels, Top Rank (702) 732 2717

Rick Mirigian, Promoter/Agent (559) 500 9224

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Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:00:30 -0600
'Solo Boxeo Tecate' este sábado desde Chiapas, México http://www.toprank.com/news/solo-boxeo-tecate-este-sabado-desde-chiapas-mexico/ El ex campeón mundial Francisco “Chihuas” Rodríguez encabezara una nueva edición de “Solo Boxeo Tecate” que se originara desde Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas y será televisado en Estados Unidos por Unimas.

Rodríguez (16-2-1, 11 KO’s) quiere hacer campaña para ir por el campeonato mundial Minimosca de la OMB, pero antes quiere dejar las cosas en claro contra el filipino Jomar Fajardo (14-5-2, 7 KO’s) en una función que presenta Zanfer.

En la pelea co estelar otro peleador que subirá al ring con el objetivo de retomar el camino de la victoria y demostrarle al aficionado que solo tuvo una mala noche ante ¨Maromerito´Páez Jr., es el yucateco Aarón ¨Joya¨ Herrera (14-1-3, 8 kos), quien enfrentará al colombiano  Wilfrido ¨La Roca¨Buelvas (15-3, 9 kos) en peso Superligero a diez vueltas.

¨Chihuas¨ a sacarse la espina

El 15 de noviembre pasado, el púgil regiomontano empató ante Fajardo en Filipinas, en una pelea que reconoce no enfrentó en su mejor forma física, le que le permitió al asiático sacarle el empate después de diez rounds.

“En esa ocasión no iba muy bien preparado, pero aun así siento que gané la pelea, fue una batalla muy dura y emocionante”, declaró Rodríguez. “Lo que le puedo decir a los aficionados es que no voy a decepcionarlos, ni a la gente, ni me voy a decepcionar a mí mismo y ganaré"/

El “Chihuas” ya tiene varias semanas concentrado en Villa Nicolás Romero, Estado de México, en busca de alcanzar su mejor condición física para el combate del próximo 31 de enero en Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas.

La preparación de Rodríguez consiste en subir a correr de madrugada al Centro Ceremonial Otomí y por la tarde hace trabajo de aparatos y sparrings en el Gimnasio Pancho Rosales, auxiliado por Julio "Pollito" Ceja y peleadores del Gimnasio "Zorrita" Luna.

“Me siento muy bien, he tenido un campamento de altura muy bueno y van a ver una pelea totalmente distinta”, dijo el “Chihuas”.

“Mi estrategia contra Fajardo será atacarlo con ganchos al cuerpo”, añadió, “me di cuenta que ahí le duele, es un boxeador fuerte y que aguanta, pero muy franco para atacar, lo que da la posibilidad de meterle muchos golpes”.

Los problemas para dar el peso Paja, obligaron al “Chihuas” a renunciar a los títulos de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) y de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo (FIB), con la intención de ir por el título Minimosca de la OMB, cuando el filipino Donnie Nietes confirme que dejará la división para ir por la corona Mosca.

Con 21 años de edad, el “Chihuas” se consolidó como uno de los mejores peleadores mexicanos del 2014, luego de haber conquistado el título Paja de laOMB ante el filipino Merlito Sabillo y haber unificado el cinturón de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo (FIB), con el japonés Katsunari Takayama en la que considerada una de las mejores peleas del 2014.

 

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Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:15:23 -0600
Verdejo returns to the ring on February 28 in Tampa http://www.toprank.com/news/verdejo-returns-to-the-ring-on-february-28-in-tampa/

In 2013 and 2014, Puerto Rico’s Felix Verdejo planted his flag on Florida soil by conquering Orlando with impressive victories in three visits to “The City Beautiful.” Now, “El Diamante” will try to conquer another Florida city when he fights in Tampa in his first bout of 2015.

Verdejo, who is undefeated with a record of 16-0 and 12 wins via knockout, will face Mexico’s Marco Antonio “El Kua Kua” Lopez (24-5, 15 KO’s) on Saturday, February 28 in the main event of a “Solo Boxeo Tecate” card, which will take place at ‘The Corral” in the Sun Dome at the University of South Florida.

“I want to give the fans in Tampa a great fight so they can enjoy it just like the fans in Orlando have enjoyed my fights,” said Verdejo. “I’m very grateful for all the love and support that the fans in Florida have given me.” He added, laughing, “I want to see the Orlando fans in Tampa, because is not that far.”

“February 28 marks the start of the 2015 campaign for Felix. We love fighting all over the state of Florida which is obviously becoming a hotbed for Verdejo,” said Carl Moretti, Vice President of Top Rank. “We are hoping to get rounds out of this match with Lopez much like we were trying to get towards the end of 2014. This is the first fight in a big year to come”.      

Lopez is an experienced and rugged opponent who has battled three times to 8 rounds, in five occasions to 10 rounds and has gone the 12 rounds once.

“We expect a strong and experienced opponent,” said Verdejo, who has won seven of his last ten fights by knockout. “That’s what we are looking for. We don’t want easy fights. We want fights that will make me work and use all my tools in the ring,” The fight against “El Kua Kua” Lopez will be Verdejo’s last 8-round bout.

In his last fight, Verdejo defeated Spain’s Karim “El Diablo” El Ouazghari by technical knockout in the fourth round. That card took place last December at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia.

In the co-main event of the card, unbeaten prospect Julian “Hammer Hands” Rodriguez (8-0, 7 KO’s) will face Raul Tovar (14-8-1, 4 KO’s).

Tickets to the card that will be presented by Top Rank in association with All Star Boxing can be acquired on: www.Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, the Sun Bowl box office, and charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

Unimas will televise the card from coast to coast in the United States.

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Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:59:52 -0600
Verdejo regresará al ring el 28 de febrero en Tampa http://www.toprank.com/news/verdejo-regresara-al-ring-el-28-de-febrero-en-tampa/

En el 2013 y el 2014 el puertorriqueño Félix Verdejo plantó bandera en suelo floridano y conquistó la ciudad de Orlando con contundentes triunfos en sus tres visitas a ‘La Ciudad Hermosa’. Ahora ‘El Diamante’ del boxeo boricua intentará conquistar otro territorio del estado de la Florida cuando pelee en Tampa en su primer combate del 2015.

Verdejo, quien marcha invicto con marca de 16-0 y 12 triunfos por la vía del sueño, enfrentará al mexicano Marco Antonio ‘El Kua Kua’ López (24-5, 15 KO’s) el sábado 28 de febrero en el evento estelar de la función ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate’ que se celebrará en ‘The Corral’ del Sun Dome de la Universidad del Sur de la Florida.

“Espero regalarle una bonita pelea a la fanaticada de Tampa para que se la disfruten como ya se las han gozado los fans de Orlando”, dijo ‘El Diamante’. “Estoy súper agradecido por todo el cariño y el apoyo incondicional que el público de Florida siempre me ha dado. Espero ver a los fans de Orlando también en Tampa porque queda cerca”, dijo entre risas el invicto prospecto peso ligero.

“El 28 de febrero marca el inicio de la campaña 2015 de Félix. Nos encanta que él pelee en el estado de Florida, que obviamente, se está convirtiendo en un bastión de fans para Verdejo," dijo Carl Moretti, vicepresidente de Top Rank. "Esperamos más asaltos de esta pelea con López al igual que estábamos tratando de hacer a finales de 2014. Esta es la primera pelea de lo que promete ser un gran año en la carrera de Félix".

López en un oponente de mucha experiencia y resistencia que ha batallado tres veces a ocho asaltos, en cinco ocasiones ha llegado a diez capítulos y una vez a la distancia de los doce episodios. 

 “Esperamos un oponente fuerte y de experiencia. Eso es lo que buscamos. No queremos peleas fáciles. Queremos peleas que me hagan trabajar y que me hagan emplearme al máximo en el ring”, afirmó Verdejo, quien ha ganado siete de sus últimos diez combates por nocaut.

El combate ante ‘El Kua Kua’ López será el último de Verdejo a un máximo de ocho asaltos.

En su último combate Verdejo derrotó por nocaut técnico en el cuarto round al español Karim ‘El Diablo’ El Ouazghari en un combate que se llevó a cabo el pasado mes de diciembre en el 2300 Arena de Filadelfia.

En la pelea co-estelar del cartel, el invicto prospecto de Nueva Jersey Julian “Hammer Hands’ Rodríguez (8-0, 7 KO’s) enfrentará a Raul Tovar (14-8-1, 4 KO’s).

El invicto prospecto brasileño y ex medallista Olímpico Esquiva Falcao también estará en acción en la cartelera.

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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Fri, 23 Jan 2015 09:31:37 -0600
Alvarado & Rios: Their Uncensored Media Day http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-alvarado-amp-rios-their-uncensored-media-day/ DENVER (January 14, 2014) -- Just 10 days before they write the final chapter of their epic trilogy,  former world champions and co-stars of one this era's most intense and exciting boxing rivalries, Denver's "Mile High" MIKE ALVARADO and BRANDON "Bam Bam" RIOS of Oxnard, Calif.,  met with the media today at a media workout at Alvarado's Denver-based gym.  Alvarado (34-3, 23 KOs) and Rios (32-2-1, 22 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., who each own a victory in the series -- both of which were candidates for Fight of the Year in 2012 and 2013 -- discussed the upcoming  Alvarado-Rios 3, which is scheduled for 12 rounds with the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) International welterweight championship on the line.  Taking place Saturday, January 24, at the 1STBANK Centerlocated in the Denver suburb of Broomfield, CO,  Alvarado-Rios 3 will be televised live on HBO,  beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.  The last boxing event hosted by 1STBANK Center was sold out in advance -- the October 19, 2013 WBO junior welterweight world championship between Alvarado and Ruslan Provodnikov.

The telecast will open with undefeated No. 2-world-rated super middleweight contenderGILBERTO "Zurdo" RAMIREZ of Mexico, facing the toughest challenge of his professional career, when he rumbles with once-beaten Top-10 contender MAXIM VLASOV from Russia, in a 10-round light heavyweight battle. 

The four gladiators boast a combined record of 126-6-1 (84 KOS) -- a winning percentage of 95% -- with two-thirds of those victories coming by way of knockout.

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Zapari Boxing and Tecate, remaining tickets to the Alvarado-Rios welterweight championship, priced at $250, $200, $125, $65 and $40, tickets are available at www.AltitudeTickets.com, by phone at 866-461-6556.and at the Pepsi Center box office.

WORKOUT QUOTES

 

BRANDON RIOS

"This will be the best fight of the trilogy, as it should be."

"I am ready for anything Mike Alvarado brings to the table.  I know all his tricks.  He can't surprise me this time.

"No one should be surprised if this fight ends in a knockout.  It's happened once already.  I'm not looking for the knockout but you can bet I won't be avoiding it if the opportunity presents itself.  

For both of us it's do or die.  If I lose this fight I may just call it a day as a fighter.  I've been at this a long time.

"I've been training in Greeley for 30 days to get acclimated to the thin air.  I have been staying at a friend's house.  He built a full gym for me in his garage.  It's been great.

"Manny Pacquiao and Mike Alvarado are the two best fighters I have ever faced.

"I am so ready for chapter three on January 24.  This is the ending the fans have been waiting for and I promise you they will not be disappointed!" 

 

MIKE ALVARADO

”I feel great.  I know the kind of fight this will be.  He's going to try to cut off the ring and when he does, he'll open himself up and when he does that I will be cracking him.

"I will not fight his fight.  I am sticking to our plan.  But you can bet I will shoot the works when I have him in my sights. 

"Brandon is right about one thing, it IS do or die for us   We are both the same person inside the ring and outside the ring."

"I have not allowed anything to distract me from my training.  I am focused and ready. 

"Fighting Brandon Rios has and continues to be an honor.  This is a trilogy fans will remember for a very long time.  We are entertainers and our fight on January 24 will be the grand finale.  I intend to start the fireworks early in the fight." 

The “Road to Alvarado-Rios 3” special will replay on Friday, January 16 (9:45 p.m.), 18 (1:15 p.m.), 20 (9:45 a.m. & 11:00 p.m.), 23 (6:00 p.m. & 1:30 a.m.) and 24 (11:45 a.m.). All times are ET/PT. The 15-minute special will also be available on the HBO On Demand® service, HBO GO® and atwww.hbo.com/boxing.

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

 

1STBANK CENTER

Meghan Webking:  303-405-1284 / mwebking@pepsicenter.com

Jennifer Nordhues: 303-405-1685 / jnordhues@pepsicenter.com

 

MEDIA CREDENTIALS:  www.toprank.com/credentials 

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Thu, 15 Jan 2015 14:29:52 -0600
En acción 'Chon' Zepeda y Saúl Rodríguez este sábado en 'Solo Boxeo Tecate' http://www.toprank.com/news/en-accion-chon-zepeda-y-saul-rodriguez-este-sabado-en-solo-boxeo-tecate/ Dos de los prospectos más cotizados en el boxeo profesional el mexicano José “Chon” Zepeda y Saúl “Kid Dinamita” Rodríguez estará en acción este sábado en una nueva edición de “Solo Boxeo Tecate” que televisara la cadena Unimas a todos los Estados Unidos desde el Oceanview Pavillion de Port Hueneme, California en las orillas de la ciudad de Oxnard.

Zepeda (22-0, 19 KOs) de La Puente, California uno de los prospectos más brillantes de la reconocida empresa latinoamericana Zanfer que preside Fernando Beltrán se enfrentara a Orlando Vázquez (15-5-1 9 KOs) de Puerto Rico en el duelo estelar de la función en una pelea pactada a ocho giros en peso superligero.

Zepeda viene de lograr uno de los mejores triunfos de su carrera, ya que el pasado 8 de noviembre en Monterrey, Nuevo León, México fulmino en un asalto al experimentado dominicano Victor Manuel Cayo.

Rodríguez (15-0-1, 12 KOs) de Riverside, California se medirá a Carlos Rodriguez (9-1, 4 KOs) de Chihuahua, México en un duelo pactado a ocho giros en peso superpluma. Rodríguez viene de lograr un impresionante triunfo sobre el argentino Juan Solís a quien noqueo en el sexto round el pasado 6 de diciembre en Glendale, California en una verdadera guerra.

Zepeda ya está cerca de la oportunidad titular pues el clasificado número ocho de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) y el número 12 de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo (FIB) en las 140 libras, mientras que Rodríguez busca escalar las clasificaciones mundiales en busca de establecerse como un serio contendiente en el 2015.

Estos son dos jóvenes con mucho potencial, pues tiene un buen estilo boxístico y un tremendo poder en ambas manos que suelen lograr contundentes nocauts.

La cartelera incluirá a varios boxeadores populares como Daniel “Twich” Franco (9-0-3, 6 KOs) de Riverside, California, Abraham Lopez (5-1-1, 2 KOs) de Oxnard, California  y Arnold Barbosa (4-0) de Los Angeles, California.

Las puertas se abrirán a las 6:00 de la tarde, la función arrancara a las 6:30 de la tarde y la televisión a las 8:00 de la noche (hora local).

“Boxeo en La Playa” es presentado por Top Rank, Bash Boxing y Art of Boxing Promotions en asociación con Tecate y Vallarta Supermarkets.  ElOceanview Pavilion esta localizado en el 575 E. Surfside Drive en Port Hueneme, California. Los boletos tiene precio de $60 y $40 pueden ser adquiridos en la página www.boxingbythebeach.com o por teléfono llamando al(805) 889-8162.

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Tue, 13 Jan 2015 12:51:46 -0600
"Unbeatable" Magdaleno to face Top Contender Ruiz http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-quotunbeatablequot-magdaleno-to-face-top-contender-ruiz/ Photo: Mikey Garcia. 

Las Vegas -  World-rated Jessie Magdaleno of Las Vegas and contender Erik Ruiz of Oxnard, Ca. will weigh in today  - Friday 5 pm - in the Houston Ballroom at the Texas Station Gambling Hall and Hotel in Las Vegas. 

Magdaleno is putting all of his world ratings - WBO #2, IBF #4, WBA #7 - on the line against Ruiz in the main event of Top Rank's Solo Boxeo Tecate boxing card here Saturday night in the Texas Events Center.

Both fighters have top trainers - Magdaleno with Joel Diaz, Ruiz with Robert Garcia.

Diaz said at Media Day on Thursday that Magdaleno is "unbeatable at 122 pounds and after this fight we will take on any of the world champions."

It was Diaz who tweaked Magdaleno's attack, saying "he always punched hard but was landing in the wrong spots. That has been corrected."

"He's some kind of coach - the best," Magdaleno said about Diaz.

Robert Garcia said Ruiz trained hard including sparring sessions with world champion Vasyl Lomachenko.

"I look at Erik's fight against Jessie Magdaleno as a battle between two young hungry contenders. Erik worked very hard in training and he is here to win."

In the opening televised bout, unbeaten Rodrigo Garcia, 16-0, 11 KOs, of Santa Ana, California, takes on Jailton Dejesus, 13-3, 11 KOs, of Brazil. The 8 round bout is in the super welterweight division. Garcia boxes for Zanfer Promotions in Mexico.

Magdaleno and Ruiz will fight for the Jr NABF 122 pound crown in the main event. Fight fans are welcome to attend the weigh in today and take pictures and get autographs from all fighters on the card. The fighters will report 4 pm and be on the scale 5 pm.

First Bell Saturday is 6:30 pm. The televised bouts on UniMas begin 8 pm.  Tickets are $50, $25 plus applicable fees and are available on Ticketmaster.com and at the Texas Station box. 

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, 09 Jan 2015 15:51:49 -0600
Magdaleno vs. Ruiz en el primer 'Solo Boxeo Tecate' del 2015 http://www.toprank.com/news/magdaleno-vs-ruiz-en-el-primer-solo-boxeo-tecate-del-2015/ FOTOS: Magdaleno entrena ante los medios en el Top Rank Gym

La primera edición del 2015 de “Solo Boxeo Tecate” se realizara este sábado 10 de enero en el Dallas Event Center del Hotel & Casino Texas Station en Las Vegas, Nevada y será televisado en todos los Estados Unidos a través de la cadena Unimás.

En el duelo estelar el invicto Jessie Magdaleno (19-0, 15 KOs) de Las Vegas se enfrentara a Erik Ruiz (13-1, 6 KOs) de Oxnard, California en un duelo pactado a ocho giros por el campeonato supergallo de la Federación Norte Americana de Boxeo (NABF).

Magdaleno es entrenado por Joel Díaz, quien también entrena al dos veces campeon del mundo, Tim Bradley y al hermano mayor de Jessie, Diego Magdaleno.

“Yo no tengo ninguna duda que Jessie va hacer campeón del mundo. Tiene poder en ambos puños, es rápido y esta mejorado mucho su boxeo”, dijo Joel Díaz.

Ruiz es entrenado por Robert García, quien fue nombrado el mejor entrenador en el 2012 y quien entrena a boxeadores de la talla de Brandon Ríos, Evgany Gradovich y Micky Garcia entre otros.

“Sabemos que es una pelea dura para Erik, pero ha trabajado muy fuerte para esta pelea e incluso hizo guantes con los campeón mundial Vasyl Lomanchenko durante esta preparación y se vio muy bien”, dijo Robert García.

También estarán en acción en la función los invictos Rodrigo Garcia (16-0, 11 KOs) de Los Angeles, California y Víctor Pasillas (8-0, 3 KOs) del Este de Los Angeles, California.

García enfrentara al brasileño Jailton de Jesus (13-3, 11 KOs) en un duelo pactado a ocho giros en peso superwelter y Pasillas se enfrentara a Karl Garcia (4-3, 1 KOs) de Bayamón, Puerto Rico en un duelo pactado a seis giros en peso pluma.

Hoy Magdaleno, Garcia y Pasillas estuvieron en el gimnasio de Top Rank en Las Vegas para un entrenamiento público y este viernes se realizara el pesaje oficial a las cuatro de la tarde en el Hotel y Casino Texas Station,

La función que se realizara en el Dallas Events Center del hotel Texas Station comenzara a las 6:30 de la tarde y la televisión a las 8:00 de la noche.

Los boletos que tiene un costo de $50 y $25 más gastos de servicios ya están disponibles en las taquillas de todos los Stations Casinos y en Ticketmaster.com

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Fri, 09 Jan 2015 12:24:04 -0600
Rios "Proud" of Association with Alvarado http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-rios-quotproudquot-of-association-with-alvarado/ Discuss your first two bouts against Alvarado and what to expect in the final chapter of this trilogy.

"Our first two fights were exciting and have become legendary.  I am proud to be associated with them and with Mike Alvarado.  We gave the fans and ourselves the best we had to offer and produced spectacular performances.  It was so intense and so close.  All I kept thinking in each fight was 'Don't stop.  Keep moving forward.'  

"I am training hard and well for this fight. Robert [Garcia] and I are working on using the ring in case Alvarado tries to run. I run in the mornings at 6 am if the weather permits it.  On mornings when it is raining I run on the treadmill in my home. The training method I am using is going back to the basics that I used in our first fight.

"I expect Alvarado to do what he did in the second fight, which is to run and move. He thinks I am going to follow him like I did in the second fight.  His fight game did change from one fight to the other as he didn't fight toe to toe in the second fight. He did move and run around more in the second fight. At least I think he did, you can call it whatever you want. We are working on everything we think he will be bringing to the table, but this time we will be 100% ready for him.  Preparation is our motto.

"No I don't have any concerns fighting in Alvardo's hometown.  It is only a few of hours away from my hometown, Garden City, Kansas. We are looking to get some Garden City friends and family to come and support me in Denver.  I am actually looking forward to fighting in his hometown.  It is part of what makes boxing and sports so fun and challenging.  Look, he fought me in Carson, California, which is close to my home base of Oxnard.  I look forward to fighting him in front of his fans this time."

The “Road to Alvarado-Rios 3” special premieres Saturday, January 10 at Midnight ET/PT on HBO.

Alvarado vs. Rios 3 takes place Saturday, January 24 live on HBO beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.

 

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Fri, 09 Jan 2015 00:21:20 -0600
'Zurdo' Ramirez debutará en HBO el 24 de enero http://www.toprank.com/news/zurdo-ramirez-debutara-en-hbo-el-24-de-enero/ FOTOS: 'Zurdo' Ramírez entrena en Big Bear

El clasificado mundial número dos en los pesos supermedianos el mexicano GILBERTO "Zurdo" RAMIREZ enfrentara una de las pruebas más fuertes de su carrera profesional cuando se enfrente al también clasificado mundial MAXIM VLASOV de Rusia en un duelo pactado a 10 giros que será el duelo co-estelar en la función en la cual "Mile High" MIKE ALVARADO y BRANDON "Bam Bam" RIOS cerraran su histórica trilogía.

Ramírez vs. Vlasov y el duelo entre Alvarado y Ríos que será por el titulo Internacional de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) se realizara el sábado 24 de enero en el 1STBANK Center,  de Broomfield, un suburbio de Denver, Colorado.  Ambos combates serán televisados en vivo por HBO,comenzando a las 9:45 p.m. Este/Pacifico.

Estos cuatro guerreros tiene un record combinado de 126-6-1 (84 KOs) – un promedio ganador de 95% - con más de dos tercios de sus triunfos por la vía del nocaut.

La función es una promoción de Top Rank®, en asociación con Zapari Boxing y Tecate. Los boletos que tiene un precio de $250, $200, $125, $65 y $40, están disponibles en Internet: www.AltitudeTickets.com,  por teléfono en866-461-6556 y en las taquillas de Pepsi Center.

“Estoy muy agradecido con Bob Arum, HBO y mi equipo Zapari Boxing por esta oportunidad. Estas son la clase de pelea que estado esperado. Vlasov será mi verdadera prueba de fuego y una victoria sobre él me dar la credibilidad que necesito para poder disputar una corona mundial. Voy a brindarle a todos una gran pelea el 24 de enero”, dijo Ramírez.

“Yo boxeo para vivir y vivo para boxear. Quiero esta victoria más que nunca y momento de demostrar mi verdadero talento”, dijo Vlasov, desde su campo de entrenamiento.

Ramírez (30-0, 24 KOs) de Mazatlan, Sinaloa, México, es el clasificado número dos del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB) y de la OMB, así como el tercero de la Asociación Mundial de Boxeo (AMB) y de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo (IBF).

Un sensacional joven retador, Ramírez de 23 años de edad, ha ganado sus cuatro combates del 2014 por la vía rápida. En su más reciente actuación el pasado 15 de Noviembre en San Antonio, el mexicano venció por nocaut técnico en ocho giros al cuatro veces contendiente a un título mundial Fulgencio Zúñiga. Sus otros tres triunfos en el 2014 fueron ante Junior Talipeau (KO 1) el 19 de julio en Macao, China, el 11 de abril ante Giovanni Lorenzo (KOT 5) en Las Vegas y ante Don Mouton (TKO 1) el 1 de febrero en Laredo. Sus cuatro rivales del 2014 tenían una marca combinada de 92-24-3 – y un porcentaje de triunfo de 77%.

Vlasov (30-1, 15 KOs) de Samara, Rusia, llega a la cita con una racha victoriosa de 11 peleas y no conoce de la derrota en los últimos cuatro años. Ha ganado tres de sus últimas cuatro peleas por nocaut y está clasificado entre los mejores 10 del mundo por tres de los organismos más importantes del boxeo profesional.   

El potente ruso de 28 años de edad está clasificado como número seis de la FIB, número nueve de la OMB y número 10 del CMB. En su más reciente actuación el pasado 26 de julio noqueo en ocho asaltos al contendiente mundial Rubén Acosta. Entre sus víctimas se encuentran los ex clasificados mundiales Jerson Ravelo, Artem Redko, Roman Shkarupa y  Geard Ajetovic.

Para detalles sobre la función visite las paginas www.toprank.com owww.hbo.com/boxing, en Facebook en facebook.com/trboxing,facebook.com/trboxeo, o facebook.com/hboboxing y en Twitter entwitter.com/trboxing, twitter.com/trboxeo, o twitter.com/hboboxing.  Utilize Hashtag #AlvaradoRios para hablar sobre la pelea en Twitter.

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Magadaleno to Hold Open Workout in Vegas http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-magadaleno-to-hold-open-workout-in-vegas/ Las Vegas -- Jessie Magdaleno is returning home and will be at a Media Workout at the Top Rank Gym, 3041 Business Lane, Las Vegas on Thursday, January 8. Magdaleno and Erik Ruiz of Oxnard, California will rumble in the main event this Saturday night on Top Rank's Solo Boxeo Tecate fight card at Texas Station Hotel Gambling Hall and Hotel.

Fight fans are invited to attend to take pictures and get autographs from all of the fighters at the workout inside of the Top Rank Gym.

Noon - Victor Pasillas

12:30 pm - Rodrigo Garcia

1:00 pm - Jessie Magdaleno

Magdaleno, 19-0, 15 KOs, and Ruiz, 13-1, 6 KOs, will box for the Jr NABF Super Bantamweight Championship at 122 pounds.  Magdaleno's world ratings are WBO #2, IBF #4, WBA #7.

Magdaleno, from Las Vegas, is managed from Frank Espinoza and trained by Joel Diaz who also is the chief trainer of the Desert Storm, two-time world champion Timothy Bradley.

"Jessie is explosive, power in both hands, great defense. He is among the best fighters in his division is very close to getting an opportunity for a world title," Diaz said.

Ruiz, managed by Mike Levy, is trained by former BWAA Trainer of the Year Robert Garcia in Oxnard, California.

"Erik knows this is a very difficult fight but he has trained like never before with Vasyl Lomachenko and Jesus Cuellar to get ready for Magdaleno. This should be a good battle on Saturday night between two hungry prospects," Garcia said

In the opening televised bout on UniMas, super welterweight Rodrigo Garcia, 16-0, 11 KOs, of Los Angeles will take on Jailton DeJesus, 13-3-1, 11 KOs, of Brazil.  Victor Pasillas, 8-0, 3 KOs, of East Los Angeles faces Karl Garcia, 4-3, 1 KO, of Baymon, Puerto Rico. Pasillas is is in the Cameron Dunkin stable of stars and champions.

There are seven bouts on the card.  First bell is 6:30 pm in the Dallas Events Center in the Texas Station Hotel Casino. The televised bouts begin 8 pm.

Tickets $50, $25 are available at Ticketmaster.com and at the Texas Station box office.

Contact

Lee Samuels, Top Rank lee@toprank.com  70-2 732 2717

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

Media Credentials

Toprank.com/credentials

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"Zurdo" Ramirez to Make HBO Debut http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-quotzurdoquot-ramirez-to-make-hbo-debut/ (Photo credit: Mikey Williams.)

DENVER (January 6, 2015) -- Undefeated No. 2-world-rated super middleweight contender GILBERTO "Zurdo" RAMIREZ of Mexico will face the toughest challenge of his professional career when he rumbles with once-beaten Top-10 contender MAXIM VLASOV from Russia.  The 10-round light heavyweight battle will  be the co-main event to the final chapter of one of this era's most exciting trilogies -- Denver's "Mile High" MIKE ALVARADO vs. BRANDON "Bam Bam" RIOS of Oxnard, Calif .Ramirez vs. Vlasov and the 12-round World Boxing Organization (WBO) International welterweight title fight between Alvarado and Rios will headline an all-action cardSaturday, January 24, at the1STBANK Center,  located outside Denver in Broomfield, CO.  Both fights will be televised live on HBO,beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.

The four gladiators boast a combined record of 126-6-1 (84 KOS) -- a winning percentage of 95% -- with two-thirds of those victories coming by way of knockout.

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Zapari Boxing and Tecate, remaining tickets to the Alvarado-Rios welterweight championship event, priced at $250, $200, $125, $65 and $40, are available at www.AltitudeTickets.com, by phone at 866-461-6556 and at the Pepsi Center box office.      

"I really appreciate Bob Arum, HBO and my team at Zapari Boxing  for giving me this opportunity. I have been waiting so long for this caliber of fight," said Ramirez.  "Vlasov is the biggest test of my career.  A victory over him will validate me as a worthy challenger for a world title.  I promise to give the fans a very exciting fight on January 24."

"I box to live and I live to box," said Vlasov, from his Russia-based training camp.  "I want this victory very badly.  This is my time and I am ready to prove it."

Ramirez (30-0, 24 KOs), of Mazatlan, Mexico, is world-rated No. 2 by the World Boxing Council (WBC) and the WBO, and No. 3 by the World Boxing Association (WBA) and the International Boxing Federation (IBF).  A sensational young contender, Ramirez, 23, won all four of his 2014 bouts by knockout.  In his last outing, on November 15, he scored an eighth-round TKO victory over four-time world title challenger Fulgencio Zuniga. The other three 2014 victories included Junior Talipeau (TKO 1) on July 19, two-time world title challenger Giovanni Lorenzo (TKO 5) on April 11 and Don Mouton (TKO 1) on February 1.  Ramirez's vanquished opponents had a combined record of 92-24-3 -- a winning percentage of 77% -- when he fought them.

Vlasov (30-1, 15 KOs), from Samara, Russia, enters this fight riding a four-year, 11-bout winning streak, with three of his last four victories coming by way of knockout.  A consensus Top-10 world-rated contender (No. 6 IBF / No. 9 WBO / No. 10 WBC), Vlasov, 28, is nearing prime as his recent fights have shown.  In his last fight, on July 26, he knocked out former world title challenger Ruben Acosta in the eighth round to capture the vacant WBC Baltic light heavyweight title.  Highlight victories include a third-round TKO of 2000 Dominican Republic Olympian Jerson Ravelo, a sixth-round TKO of Artem Redko, a third-round TKO of Roman Shkarupa to capture the vacant WBC Baltic super middleweight title and a 10-round unanimous decision over Geard Ajetovic.

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 attwitter.com/trboxing, twitter.com/trboxeo, or twitter.com/hboboxing.  Use the Hashtag #AlvaradoRios 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   

 

1STBANK CENTER

Meghan Webking:  303-405-1284 / mwebking@pepsicenter.com

Jennifer Nordhues: 303-405-1685 / jnordhues@pepsicenter.com

 

MEDIA CREDENTIALS:  www.toprank.com/credentials 

 

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