Top Rank Boxing http://www.toprank.com Top Rank boxing news, event, videos and photo galleries en-us Copyright Top Rank 08-27-2016 01:36:51 60 Robb Promises to Control the Action Against Marriaga http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-robb-promises-to-control-the-action-against-marriaga/

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thu, 04 Aug 2016 13:15:41 -0500
Rex Tso Headlines "Battle of the Victors" in Hong Kong http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-rex-tso-headlines-quotbattle-of-the-victorsquot-in-hong-kong/ August 1st, 2016, Hong Kong – Rex “The Wonder Kid” Tso is set for his highly anticipated return to the ring at “Battle of Victors” on Saturday, October 8th. Co-promoted by top Hong Kong boxing promoter DEF Promotions and world-leading boxing promoter Top Rank, Battle of Victors is sponsored in part by Formula Electric Racing Hong Kong Limited, and will be one of the highlights of the FIA Formula E Hong Kong ePrix weekend (8-9 October).

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

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

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

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

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

About Top Rank, Inc.

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

 

About the FIA Formula E Championship

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

 

About DEF Promotions

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

 

 

Contact information:

Dr. Ken Ho

Director of Marketing and Communications, DEF Promotions

(852) 6437 9552

kenho@def.com.hk

 

Lee Samuels

Publicist, Top Rank Boxing

+1 702 732 2717

+1 702 378 1083 (mobile)

lee@toprank.com

 

Gardy Lopez

Social Media Specialist, Top Rank Boxing

+1 787 246 3668

glopez@toprank.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

         

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

         

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

         

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

 

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

 

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FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (Media):

 

TOP RANK

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

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

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

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

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

 

HBO

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

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

 

MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL

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

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

 

CREDENTIALS:

www.MagnaMedia.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fri, 22 Jul 2016 00:10:20 -0500
The Golden Age of the Jr. Welterweight Division http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotionsthe-golden-age-of-the-jr-welterweight-division/ LAS VEGAS – Wednesday was yet another day of boxing fun and folly.  There may be more colorful sports on the day of the actual competition.  But there is none better than boxing during the run-up.  These guys could make a turtle race sound like a Super Bowl.

Some of it was legitimate, even charming.   

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

“Twin boys,” he said, beaming.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But no.  Never.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (Media):

 

TOP RANK

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

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

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

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

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

 

HBO

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

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

 

MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL

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

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

 

CREDENTIALS:

www.MagnaMedia.com

 

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Oscar Valdez's Title Search http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-oscar-valdezs-title-search/ LAS VEGAS -- As of mid-afternoon Tuesday, ÓSCAR VALDEZ knew he was fighting Saturday night in the co-main event of the Terence Crawford - Viktor Postol boxing card.  What he didn’t know was exactly what he was fighting for, other than a nice paycheck and another step forward in his career.

His was the World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight (126 pounds) title fight that maybe wasn’t going to be a title fight.  And maybe it was.  With three days to go before the event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, there was a hint of Abbott and Costello and “Who’s on First."

Valdez will fight MATÍAS "La Cobrita" RUEDA immediately before Crawford and Postol vie for the 140-pound WBO and World Boxing Council (WBC) title unification belts, and advance publicity material had listed the Valdez-Rueda bout as a title fight. Except one thing stood in the way.  VASYL LOMACHENKO.     

Lomachenko has quickly become the Manny Pacquiao of the 126 and 130-pound divisions.  When he knocked out Roman “Rocky” Martinez June 11, he became the WBO junior lightweight (130 pounds) champion.  That was in his seventh professional fight.  He was already the WBO’s 126-pound champion.  So, with a record of 6-1, the Ukrainian had become the fastest ever to win two world titles.  His success was no surprise, just the speed of it.  As an amateur, he had won World Championships in 2009 and 2011 and Olympic gold medals in 2008 and 2012.

His victory over Martinez presented him with a dilemma.  Would he stay at 126 pounds or vacate that title and keep the 130 pound belt.   

His Lithuanian manager, Egis Klimas, was at Top Rank Promotion’s gym Tuesday afternoon, watching another of his fighters.  He said Lomachenko was undecided, but had been given 60 days before announcing what he would do with his 126-pound title.  That would take decision time into early August, and leave the Valdez-Rueda fight as a match made in Limbo.

“I don’t know what will happen,” Klimas said, “but I think we will likely go to the 130-pound division. More big names there.”

That was just before 2 p.m.    

Shortly after, Valdez was interviewed and had no idea himself.  He was asked if it wasn’t a tough dilemma, going into a fight not knowing exactly what was at stake.  

“Not at all,” he said.  “I’m here to fight.  I take it all very seriously.  I expect a war every time I go out there.  That’s all I’m thinking about.  I’ve heard a lot of things about how this will surely be a title fight, but a lot of that comes from people who really don’t know.

“I just want to fight.  That’s all that’s on my mind.”

Of course, a few minutes later in the interview, Valdez said, “My dream is to become a champion.”

So, Lomachenko’s manager didn’t know.  Valdez didn’t know.  Presumably Rueda, himself in line to win a title by beating Valdez, didn’t know.

But somebody in a high place did.     

At 3:30, Bob Arum, Top Rank’s chief executive, in response to a phone call, said, “It’s a title fight.  All set.  Lomachenko is vacating to 130 pounds.”        

There was no desire to hear of the politics and arm-twisting that achieved that.  Watch the Netflix series “House of Cards” and you’ll get the picture.  This is boxing. Knowing too many details means somebody might have to kill you.

The good news is that, at least by Wednesday’s final press conference, Valdez, Rueda and even Lomachenko’s manager, Klimas, will know, and the world of boxing, like the soap opera, will keep turning.     

The best part of that is that Valdez, an unbeaten 25-year-old with a 19-0 record that includes 17 knockouts, will be in a spotlight he deserves.

Like Lomachenko, he is a two-time Olympian and as popular in Mexico as he is fast-rising in his division.  When he lost to Lomachenko in the semifinals of 2009 World Championships in Milan, Italy, it got him a bronze medal and made him the first from his country to get a medal in that event.  When he lost to Irishman Johnny Joe Nevin in the London Olympics, in a match that would have achieved at least a bronze medal with a victory, he wanted that so badly for his country that he was devastated.

“My world fell on me that day,” Valdez said. “I thought I had won.  When the fight ended, I went to my corner and looked at my trainer.  He is an honest guy.  He tells me when he thinks I have lost.  I could see it in his face.  He thought we won a bronze medal.”

Valdez had missed the opening ceremonies because he had to fight the next day.  He missed the closing ceremonies “because I was too sad.” He also missed both in Beijing, for similar reasons.     

“I regret that now,” he said.  “You cannot be a sore loser.

He said two things really picked him up in the aftermath of that near miss at an Olympic medal in London.      

“When we got back to Mexico City,” he said, “the people just lifted me.  Mexicans can be tough critics, but they seemed to understand that I had done my best and they treated me so well.”

The reaction of his opponent, Nevin, after that bronze-medal match, also helped.

“He sent out a tweet,” Valdez said, “that said: ‘It is an honor to win over a future pro world champ.’ ”

Valdez said he will watch the Rio Olympics with great interest, “because I have friends on the boxing team who wanted to make it in 2012 and now are there.”

But first things first.  He has a big fight Saturday night.  It will be on the HBO Pay-Per-View telecast.  A victory will mean an impressive 20-0 start as a pro.  

And, oh yes.  How could we forget?  It is for a world title.

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (Media):

 

TOP RANK

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

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

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

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

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

 

HBO

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

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

 

MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL

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

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

 

CREDENTIALS:

www.MagnaMedia.com

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Cara a cara Crawford y Postol en el MGM Grand http://www.toprank.com/news/cara-a-cara-crawford-y-postol-en-el-mgm-grand/

LAS VEGAS, NEV. (20 de julio del 2016) – En la tarde de hoy, durante una rueda de prensa en 'La Ciudad del Juego', los dos mejores peleadores de las 140 libras, los invictos monarcas de peso junior welter, Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford y Viktor ‘The Iceman’ Postol se vieron cara a cara por primera vez desde que se anunció el choque unificatorio de campeonato mundial que se celebrará este sábado, 23 de julio en el MGM Grand Graden Arena.

En la noche del sábado, Crawford (28-0, 20 KOs), de Omaha, Nebraska y actual campeón junior welter de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), participará de su primer evento como estelar de un Pay-Per-View y de su primera pelea en el MGM Grand Garden Arena. El peleador que es considerado uno de los mejores libra por libra en la actualidad confía en sus habilidades y asegura que hará lo necesario para que su tercera defensa como campeón sea exitosa.

"Si para ganar tengo que presionarlo, lo voy a presionar. Si lo tengo que boxear, lo voy a boxear. Yo no soy un peleador unidimensional," dijo Crawford, quien ha ganado cuatro de sus últimas cinco peleas por la vía del cloroformo. "No me gusta predecir lo que va a pasar en mis peleas, pero yo voy a estar listo para lo que él traiga. Yo haré mis ajustes" aseguró el invicto dos-veces campeón divisional. "Lo único que escucho es que hablan de su jab. El sábado veremos quién tiene el mejor jab," finalizó diciendo el peleador al que llaman 'Bud'.

Postol (28-0, 12 KOs), de Kiev, Ucrania, impresionó al mundo del boxeo al lograr una dominante victoria por nocaut ante el gran favorito Lucha Matthysse, para capturar el vacante título superligero del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB). Postol, quién es entrenado por el legendario Freddie Roach, estará realizando ante Crawford la primera defensa de su título.

"Esta será una pelea emocionante. Yo voy a dar lo mejor de mi para retener mi título y capturar el de él," afirmó Postol. "Mucha gente en Ucrania estará viendo mi pelea, yo voy a seguir las instrucciones de Freddie. Él ve desde afuera las cosas que tengo que hacer para ganar y entre asalto siempre me pide que haga cosas simples que funcionan en la pelea," añadió el invicto monarca ucraniano.

El respaldo del pay-per-view presentará al dos-veces olímpico mexicano e invicto contendiente peso pluma Oscar Valdez batallando ante el fuerte pegador argentino Matías ‘La Cobrita’ Rueda por el vacante título peso pluma de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), al ex campeón mundial interino José Benavídez Jr., arriesgando su invicto y su clasificación mundial en un combate a 10 asalto en el peso welter ante Francisco ‘Chia’ Santana y al invicto contendiente Oleksandr 'The Nail' Gvozdyk defendiendo su título semi pesado de la NABF ante el dos-veces retador a título mundial Tommy Karpency.

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

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

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Los protagonistas de la función Crawford vs. Postol muestran sus armas en Las Vegas http://www.toprank.com/news/los-protagonistas-de-la-funcion-crawford-vs-postol-muestran-sus-armas-en-las-vegas/ FOTOS: Entrenamiento de Medios CRawford vs. Postol en Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, NV - La semana de pelea de uno de los choques más interesantes del año ya comenzó con un entrenamiento de medios en 'La Capital Mundial de Peleas'. Los invictos campeones de peso junior welter Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford y Viktor ‘The Iceman’ Postol demostraron que se encuentran en gran condición física y mental de cara a la pelea unificatoria en la cual batallarán este próximo sábado, 23 de julio en el MGM Grand Graden Arena para determinar el rey de la división de las 140 libras.

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

Crawford (28-0, 20 KOs), de Omaha, Nebraska, es un dos-veces campeón divisional que ha ganado cuatro de sus últimas cinco peleas por nocaut. El peleador que es considerado uno de los mejores libra por libra realizará su debut en el MGM Grand Garden Arena y su tercera defensa como campeón junior welter de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB).

"Estoy muy emocionado de estar en este gran escenario y estoy aquí porque he pagado el precio en el gimnasio y en el ring. Esa es la razón por la cual he logrado tanto como peleador y esa es la razón por la que voy a ganar este próximo 23 de julio," dijo Crawford. "Voy a solidificar mi posición como la nueva cara del boxeo y comenzaré unificando la división de las 140 libras," aseguró el invicto dos-veces campeón divisional.

Postol (28-0, 12 KOs), de Kiev, Ucrania, impresionó al mundo del boxeo al lograr una dominante victoria por nocaut ante el gran favorito Lucha Matthysse, para capturar el vacante título superligero del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB). Postol, quién es entrenado po el legendario Freddie Roach, estará realizando ante Crawford la primera defensa de su título.

"Estoy 100% seguro de mi victoria este próximo 23 de julio y la razón es simple. Yo trabajo más duro que mis oponentes," afirmó Postol. "Tengo al mejor entrenador y su nombre es Freddie Roach. Crawford no tiene a nadie como él en su equipo. Desde que estoy entrenando con Freddie he noqueado a dos de mis últimos tres oponentes -- Lucas Matthysse y Selcuk Aydin. Los dos eran clasificados mundiales y yo no era considerado el favorito," finalizó diciendo el invicto monarca ucraniano.

El respaldo del pay-per-view presentará al dos-veces olímpico mexicano e invicto contendiente peso pluma Oscar Valdez batallando ante el fuerte pegador argentino Matías ‘La Cobrita’ Rueda por el vacante título peso pluma de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), al ex campeón mundial interino José Benavídez Jr., arriesgando su invicto y su clasificación mundial en un combate a 10 asalto en el peso welter ante Francisco ‘Chia’ Santana y al invicto contendiente Oleksandr 'The Nail' Gvozdyk defendiendo su título semi pesado de la NABF ante el dos-veces retador a título mundial Tommy Karpency.

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

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Tue, 19 Jul 2016 22:33:58 -0500
Viktor Postol/Freddie Roach Blog: Part 4 http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-viktor-postolfreddie-roach-blog-part-4/ Describe your relationship with Freddie Roach. How much has Freddie Roach helped you?

VIKTOR POSTOL

"When I first met Freddie Roach in his gym in Hollywood I saw a man who was fully committed to his job.  I saw that this was the job of his entire life.  He lived in and lived for boxing.  No matter how many people are in the gym training, Freddie always finds time for everyone to give advice and correct something for somebody.  The same was in my case as he always put his heart and soul into my training as a boxer and anyone can see the result of our working together.  Freddie has always believed in me and given me his full and undivided attention, even in our first training camp in the Philippines where Manny was training for his fight against Chris Algieri.  He allowed me to spar with Manny and when it was my time to train after Manny had left the gym, he gave me 110% of his attention.  It has always been that way.  He gives me confidence and teaches me many things.  He is a wonderful teacher and I am lucky to be his student.  He has had me work a lot on the small things because details are important.  That has turned me into a stronger professional fighter.  We are a great team."


FREDDIE ROACH

"I called Viktor my favorite Russian fighter after he knocked out Matthysse to win the world title and he corrected me and told me he's from the Ukraine.  I have the utmost respect for him as a person and as a fighter.  He works hard every day.  He's always on time.  He listens and then he practices what we work on for for hours.  He has developed into a great student of the sport both mentally and physically.  When someone like Viktor comes in daily and gives you everything in the gym you cannot help but root for him.  We have total trust in each other.  I was so happy for him when he knocked out Matthysse to win the world title.  Viktor deserved it.  I have been in the game a long time but the night Viktor became world champion was one of the greatest victories of my training career.  But I think Viktor's performance on July 23 will surpass that.  We have a solid game plan for Crawford.  We are going right at him from the opening bell. This is a real 50-50 fight.  The best man will win and the loser will go back to Nebraska."  

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

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

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Tue, 19 Jul 2016 12:40:22 -0500
Terence Crawford/Brian McIntyre Blog: Part 4 http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-terence-crawfordbrian-mcintyre-blog-part-4/ Discuss the pressure on being seen as one of the NEW faces in boxing.

TERENCE CRAWFORD

"There is no pressure on me being looked at as boxing's next superstar, but there is a lot of hard work in becoming one.  I'm really excited to be on the big stage and I'm on that big stage because I paid my dues in the gym and in the ring.  That's the reason I have accomplished so much as a fighter -- pride of performance -- and that's why I am going to win on July 23.  If I'm going to solidify my position as the new face of boxing it starts by unifying the 140 pound division.  I've been fighting people taller than me and larger than me all my life.  I've been short for 28 years and I haven't been stopped yet.  Postol is nothing to me. He's just another guy that I'm fighting.  I'm not training for Postol, I'm training for myself -- to be the best I can possibly be.  I do that, then no one can beat me.  I'm confident in my abilities and I am confident that I am going to destroy Postol."

 

BRIAN McINTYRE

"There is no pressure because it's his destiny. All we have to do is keep on winning.  The media and the public will see Terence as the best fighter in the world.  I don't care who Postol has in his corner, there is no way we're letting Postol come to our country and take home Terence's title.  We are a way better team than they are.  We have a deep history with each other and we have the heritage that produces legends as well as champions.  Postol cannot beat Terence.  And Freddie Roach is going to have a front row seat to watch his fighter get drilled." 

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

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

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Tue, 19 Jul 2016 12:36:21 -0500
World Champion Terence Crawford Takes a Shot & Succeeds http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-world-champion-terence-crawford-takes-a-shot-amp-succeeds/ To borrow from a sports cliché, life is a game of inches.         

In the case of Terence Crawford, who currently stands on the horizon of boxing fame, his existence is a result of winning a game of millimeters.  Think of it as survival by the margin of the tip of your fingernail.  

It was a September night in 2008 in Omaha, Neb., where Crawford lives.  He was about to turn 21. Life was good.  He had just won his fourth fight as a pro a month earlier.  It was at the Johnson County Fairgrounds in Iowa City.  Not exactly Madison Square Garden or the MGM in Las Vegas, but you have to start somewhere when you have your eyes on world titles and big stages in the 140-pound division.  In a couple of weeks, he would fight on ESPN.  Hundreds already knew who he was; now thousands, maybe millions would. 

He should have been training that night.  He admits that now.  But when you are 21 and come from the hard streets of Omaha, or any other sizable city, you hang out with your boys.

So there he was, shooting dice under a street light.  And winning.

The game went on, but Crawford saw a good exit moment.  Take the money and run.  It was the smart thing.  The thing that turned out not to be smart was counting it first.

Crawford has told the story so many times that he no longer wants any part of it, even as the media descends on him in advance of Saturday night’s 140-pound WBC, WBO title unification fight against Victor Postol of Kiev, Ukraine, at the MGM Grand.

“I’m burned out talking about it,” Crawford says.

Nevertheless, what happened that night eight years ago on that street corner in Omaha, under that street light, will remain part of the lore of the now 28-year-old, undefeated star-in-the-making.  There is no switching it off.

Crawford took his wad of cash, sat down in the driver’s seat of his 1986 Pontiac Cutlass Supreme and, instead of turning the ignition key and stepping on the accelerator, started counting his stash.  He was easy to see in the car.  He was parked under the same street light that had lit the dice game, a game which continued after he decided to leave.  

He remembers all too well what happened next.

“I was counting,” he says. “…$20, $40….then, POW!”

He had been shot through the rear window of his car. The bullet, from a 9-millimeter gun, hit him in the right side of his head, just below his ear and above his neck.  The shooter hadn’t been aiming at him, but at somebody in the group with whom he had been playing dice.

“I got hit,” Crawford says, “and so did one other guy.  His arm was shattered and he still has to walk around like this.”  Crawford illustrates, putting his arm against his chest, in a sling position.

The bullet didn’t lodge in Crawford’s head.  But it did its damage -- deep wound and lots of blood -- and they found the shell casing later.  Had the bullet not changed course ever so slightly as it went through the back window, it would have hit more directly, penetrated deeply and done enough damage to, most likely, be fatal.

Ah, but for that silly little millimeter.

Put yourself in this situation and ponder what you would have done.  Speculate on your fear, your panic, your lack of cogent thought.  Crawford drove himself to the hospital, calling both his mother, Deborah, and his trainer, Brian McIntyre, en route.  It was nuts, as McIntyre readily attests to: Hi, how ya doing?  I just got shot in the head.

“I had two immediate reactions,” McIntyre says. “My first was…(fill in your favorite cuss word. They all work).  Then, I thought, why are you talking to me if you just got shot in the head?”

After sitting in a hospital emergency room with the usual chaos flying around him -- “One woman was just out, unconscious; a guy came in with his face bashed in from a baseball bat, and I’m sitting there all bloody and they are telling me they will get to me as soon as they can but that I was in no danger and the others were,” Crawford says -- he got stitched up and left, five hours later, with Deborah and McIntyre.  

“He tells me he wants to go ahead with the ESPN fight in a couple of weeks,” McIntyre says.  “I tell him he’s crazy, that that’s not going to happen.”   

A short time later, Crawford’s son was born.  That further helped him come to his senses.  Nights out, running with the neighborhood boys, would be no more.  Boxing was his way out, his way to a better and safer life.  On Nov. 8, 2008, Crawford was back in the ring for career-bout No. 5, fighting and knocking out Michael Williams in the Valencia Ballroom in York, Pa.

The next 23 fights would bring the same results, as well as 20 knockouts and lots better venues. Saturday night’s battle with a lethal Postol could put Crawford well in the current forefront of boxing’s stars, especially if he wins impressively and is granted, by promoter Bob Arum and Top Rank, a shot at Manny Pacquiao in Pacquiao’s comeback fight.    

But oh, how close that was to never being possible.

McIntyre says the bullet wound changed everything for Crawford, all in the right direction.  It was, clearly, the ultimate dose of perspective.   

We ask two last questions of Crawford: Did you find out who the shooter was? And was he caught?

The answers come in order of questions.  First, a nod.  Next, a shake of the head.  Then, quick and chilling elaboration. 

“The shooter is dead,” Crawford says. “He got shot in the head.”

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Tue, 19 Jul 2016 10:34:47 -0500
Crawford-Postol: Fan Events Schedule http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-crawford-postol-fan-events-schedule/ THURSDAY, JULY 23

UNDERCARD FIGHTER FAN FEST - Open to the Public

MGM Grand - The Central (by Race and Sports Book)

  • ·           2:00 P.M.     Meet & Greet Session Begins

 

FRIDAY, JULY 22

OFFICIAL WEIGHT-IN - Open to the Public

MGM Grand Garden Arena

  • ·           1:00 P.M.     Doors Open
  • ·           2:30 P.M.     Weigh-In Begins
  • ·           3:15 P.M.     Crawford and Postol on the Scale

 

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Casey Ramos quiere el título verde del CMB http://www.toprank.com/news/casey-ramos-quiere-el-titulo-verde-del-cmb/ El invicto contendiente Casey 'The Wizard' Ramos siente que está cerca de alcanzar su meta de disputar un campeonato mundial y sabe lo que tiene que hacer para alcanzar su sueño. Mañana sábado, 16 de julio, Ramos arriesgará su marca invicta y su clasificación mundial en el evento estelar del cartel 'Solo Boxeo Tecate' que se celebrará en el Pioneer Event Center de Lancaster, California.

Ramos (22-0, 5 KO's) de Austin, Texas, se medirá al chileno Hardy Paredes (18-13, 11 KO’s) en el combate que será la atracción estelar de la función que será televisada de costa a costa en los Estados Unidos a las 11pm ET/PT por la cadena UniMás.

“Siempre he querido el título verde, el campeonato mundial  del CMB, yo peleo en las 130 libras y ese es el título que quiero" afirmó Ramos, quien el sábado enfrentará a Paredes en un combate a diez asaltos en la división Superpluma. “El sábado enfrentaremos a un peleador difícil con mucha experiencia. Siempre hay peligros en peleas como esta, pero me siento bien y fuerte,” añadió el peleador que correrá para concejal en Austin, Texas.

“Mi papá siempre me enseñó sobre el trabajo duro y lo lejos que te puede llevar. Esa es la razón por la cual estaré corriendo para concejal de Austin. Quiero ayudar a la gente. Estaré en la papeleta el 8 de noviembre. ¿Pueden imaginar eso? Top Rank tendrá en mi al peleador concejal y el peleador senador en Pacquiao,” dijo Ramos.

En el combate co-estelar del cartel, el invicto prospecto Arnold Barboza Jr. (11-0, 4 KO’s), de South El Monte, California, se medirá Jon David Charles (9-7, 1 KO) en una pelea a seis asaltos en la división Superligero.

También estarán en acción en la cartelera: el peso welter Egidijus ‘The Mean Machine’ Kavliuskas (13-0, 11 KO’s) y el invicto prospecto Maxim Dadashev (2-0, 2 KO's), entre otros.

En una promoción de Top Rank en asociación con Bash Boxing, boletos restantes para el cartel ‘Solo Boxeo UniMás’ pueden ser adquiridos en el sitio web www.BashBoxingt.com o llamando al 661-538-1997. 

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Crawford Ready to Announce Himself at Debutant Brawl http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-crawford-ready-to-announce-himself-at-debutant-brawl/ Terence Crawford is in line to become boxing’s next celebrated debutant. All the things are in order for his coming-out party July 23rd in Las Vegas.  It could be a ball.

He won’t be wearing a long gown.  No corsage on his wrist.  Just shorts and shoes and the tools of his trade, the boxing gloves with which he hopes to leave impressions on the face of Viktor Postol, and in the minds of a crowd of around 9,000 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

If boxing could produce a list of who is next, Crawford would certainly be high on it.  The likes of Gennady Golovkin (Triple G), Canelo Alvarez and Andre Ward have all had their big moments and made their big impressions.  No debutants there.  They have been to big dances and now are maneuvering for the top of the heap in the sport.  Nothing new about them.  They have arrived and become gold-plated.  Floyd Mayweather Jr., says he’s retired, and, surprisingly, he has remained that way.  For now.

Manny Pacquiao said he was retired after the April victory over Tim Bradley. Few bought that, even with his impending Senator duties in the Philippines.  The skeptics were right, as they usually are in boxing.  Pacquiao announced this week that he will fight again, in either late October or mid-November.  Suddenly, Terence Crawford’s debutante ball in Las Vegas is high on the list of sports’ big dances. That’s because, in all likelihood, the winner will get to go toe to toe with Pacquiao.

Big exposure.  Big money.  A fox trot into the big time.

Twin that with the ever-present thirst for something new and compelling and it becomes clear that Crawford, the favorite to prevail against Postol, can become boxing’s next emerging market.

In a conference call Wednesday, Crawford answered any and all questions about this sudden golden opportunity tossed in his lap by saying, about ten times, “I am only focused on this fight [Viktor Postol].  I haven’t even thought about what comes next.”

Indeed, and Donald Trump will soon make Ruth Bader Ginsburg his vice-presidential running mate.

Even before the Pacquiao situation arose, there were compelling factors about Crawford:

  • He is a kid from Omaha whose nickname is “Bud” because his mother didn’t like people calling him “Spud.”  He comes from a rough neighborhood in that Nebraska city and got in trouble a lot as a younger man. He even got shot in the head in 2008, while he was parked under a street light in Omaha, counting the money he had just won shooting craps under that same streetlight. 

“It was like $20, $40…pow,” he tells an Omaha TV interviewer.

He drove himself to the hospital, calling his family along the way to let them know what had happened.

  • He has a bit of a baby face, with sleepy eyes, and a smile that lights up the room.  He is friendly, well-spoken, except for lots of verbs that don’t agree with nouns and reflect a somewhat typical inner-city education.  He is friendly to the press, open and not the least-bit mysterious.  He is also, at age 28 and 28 fights into his pro career (28-0 with 20 knockouts) fairly savvy about the ways and means of a major fight promotion.

"I want to be a worthy successor to Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather,” he says, showing respect for his sport's history and its recent greats, while also elevating himself to their level by implication.

He also says, for those boxing fans who hate the nice-guy approach to a                       fight, “After July 23, my record will be 29-0, with 21 knockouts.”           

  • Depending on how you look at it, and how you read certain situations, Crawford might be a candidate for sainthood.  Or for San Quentin.  That covers the territory for most boxing fans.

He reconnected a couple of years ago with his favorite grade school teacher, Jamie Nollette.  She told him she was traveling frequently to Africa, to places such as Uganda and Rwanda, on humanitarian and fact-finding missions.  He said he wanted to go along and has done so.  Twice.  From all reports, the experience has touched him deeply, so much so that, at one point, he literally gave away the shirt on his back.

“We take so many things for granted,” he says, “like food and water.” And  Then he talks about the horror of watching desperately thirsty people drink from dirty puddles on the street.  “The same place where the tires go through,” he says.    

But then, there was the incident last April in Omaha, when he and several friends went to an auto shop, apparently were displeased with the paint job on Crawford’s car and caused such a ruckus -- including taking the car down off the hydraulic lift themselves and damaging the lift -- that Crawford was arrested.  He turned himself in to police and the case now appears headed to a civil court.  

  • Even before Pacquiao said he was coming back, the July 23rdfight was a real one, not a stepping stone to another stepping stone. It will be Crawford’s first main event pay-per-view show.  It will be held in what has become a cradle for big-deal fights, the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.  It will unify the 140-pound division.  Crawford is the WBO champion and Postol the WBC king. The $49.95 price tag that promoter Top Rank has put on the fight confirms that it thinks this is a big deal, and Top Rank has been gauging big deals for more than 50 years.

Crawford’s opponent, Postol, became a big deal himself when he beat the feared and favored Lucas Matthysse last fall.  Not a lot of people in boxing saw that coming.  Postol went from “who is he?” to “OMG, you don’t want to fight him.”

Nor is it likely that Postol, of Kiev, Ukraine, also 28-0 with 12 knockouts, is a one-shot wonder.  His trainer is Freddie Roach, one of the best-ever in the sport. Roach says Postol followed the game plan against Matthysse to perfection and that there will be a game plan against Crawford.

In answer to a question about specifics to that plan, Roach says, “He [Postol] has a height advantage, a reach advantage, and a jab to set everything up.”

Roach was so impressed that one of his fighters listened so intently to him that he called Postol’s victory over Matthysse “one of the greatest wins of my career.”

Were Postol to win and Top Rank decide that he is worthy of the shot against Pacquiao, it would mean one Roach-trained fighter against another.  Who Roach would train is a no-brainer.  “I’ve been with Manny for 15 years,” he says. “We are like father and son.”

Postol says he understands that and has another trainer in Ukraine, if needed. 

Crawford can dance and he can slug. He often switches from conventional right-handed stance to lefty.  He did so against a tough guy named Yuriorkis Gamboa two years ago, in a fight in Omaha.  It was one of a series of recent building block tests, as Top Rank watched with great interest.  He lost the first few rounds, just figuring out the awkward Gamboa, who alternately charged and flailed, then just charged and held on.  Eventually, Crawford knocked Gamboa down four times, the fight being stopped the fourth time.

It was an impressive performance.  Crawford never showed a moment of panic or concern.  He was both workmanlike and flashy, making him and his future prospects intriguing.

One veteran ringside observer in that one, broadcaster Larry Merchant -- a man not given to easy hyperbole -- came, saw and was conquered.

“Terence Crawford has become an American star,” Merchant said.

Merchant is seldom wrong, but if the boxing world needs more, July 23offers a chance for the perfect exhibit A.  Perhaps followed by Crawford-Pacquiao.

They could call that one “Dancing with the Stars.”

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

 

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

 

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

 

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