Top Rank Boxing http://www.toprank.com Top Rank boxing news, event, videos and photo galleries en-us Copyright Top Rank 09-01-2015 05:17:08 60 Valdez vs. Avalos - Featherweights http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-valdez-vs-avalos-featherweights/ LAS VEGAS (August 17, 2015) – Top 10 contenders ÓSCAR VALDEZJESSE "Hard Work" HART and CHRIS "The Hitman" AVALOS and AARON PRYOR JR. headline the fall season debut of "The MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV," kicking off the Mexican Independence Day weekend on Friday, September 11, at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The fight will be televised live on truTV, beginning at 10 p.m. EDT/PDT.  The telecast will open with Hart defending his North American Boxing Organization (NABO) and United States Boxing Association (USBA) super middleweight championship titles against contender Pryor, followed by the featherweight battle between Valdez and Avalos. Both bouts are scheduled for 10 rounds.  The live boxing series is presented by truTV and Top Rank®, and produced in association with HBO Sports®.  Find truTV on your TV:  http://trutvishere.com/

These young warriors boast a combined record of 79-11-1 (59 KOs) - an 87 percent winning ratio with 3/4 of their victories coming by way of knockout.

Promoted by Top Rank®, tickets to the Valdez-Avalos / Hart-Pryor event go on sale Today!  Monday, August 17 at 10:00 a.m. PDT.  Priced at $100, $85, $65, $45 and $20, tickets will be available for purchase at www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 and www.ticketmaster.com.  Room and ticket packages are also available.  

"I am very happy to be fighting on September 11 in Las Vegas," said Valdez.  "I have a difficult opponent that night but the plan is to win and get myself closer to that world title shot I desire."

"I am excited for the fight.  It's an interesting matchup because not a lot of prospects get matched up with tough opponents these days," said Avalos.  "I am looking forward to not only winning the fight but moving on to another world title shot.  The best part about facing undefeated fighters is erasing the zero from their loss column.  Valdez is next on my hit parade."

"This is the battle of fighters' sons.  We will see who is the better fighters' son inside the ring," said Hart.  "I am predicting it won't go past four rounds.  Pryor is an OK fighter but he is old news, and I believe I am the future of boxing, so he has to go!"

"I am looking forward to fighting Jesse Hart on September 11," said Pryor.  "Hart is a tough opponent, and it's a great opportunity for me.  See you at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, live on truTV."

"As Mexico's only fighter to compete in two Olympics, who else but Óscar Valdez will be his country's star-featured fighter in Las Vegas' Mexican Independence Day weekend?  This historic weekend was originally anchored by Julio César Chávez, and the mantle is being passed to Valdez at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas which will be filled with Mexico's most avid fight fans," said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank. 

“Valdez will be joined by Jesse Hart.  Valdez and Hart have more in common than identical undefeated records.  They have carried the promise of stellar amateur careers into the pro ranks becoming fan favorites. They have leapt from exciting prospects into sensational bona fide Top 10 world-rated contenders.  When you win 14 of 17 bouts by knockout like they each have, any opponent who faces them in the ring knows he will be in harm's way."

Valdez (17-0, 14 KOs), who represented Mexico in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, was the first Mexican fighter to qualify for two Olympic games and is considered one of the bright lights of the featherweight division and a top prospect in boxing.  On the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao - Timothy Bradley welterweight world championship rematch last year, Valdez captured the North American Boxing Federation (NABF) super featherweight junior title, knocking out Adrian Perez in the fourth round.  Valdez successfully defended that title twice in 2014, knocking out Noel Echevarria and Alberto Gonzalez in the sixth and seventh rounds, respectively.  From Nogales, Sonora, Mexico Valdez, at age 24, returns to the ring looking for his third victory of 2015. On April 11, he fashioned a third-round blasting of Jose Ramirez in Laredo, Texas.  In his last bout, on June 27, he made his live HBO debut, winning a dominant 10-round unanimous decision over one-time world title challenger Ruben Tamayo in Carson, Calif.  He is currently world-rated No. 2 by the World Boxing Organization (WBO).

Avalos (26-3, 19 KOs), from Lancaster, Calif., challenged for his first world title on February 28, and lost to defending International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior featherweight champ Carl Frampton via a fifth-round TKO in Belfast.  Known for his aggressive, all-action fighting style, Avalos is a fan favorite because he always puts on exciting fights. Highlights from his impressive resume include winning the vacant WBO Inter-Continental junior featherweight via a 10-round unanimous decision over undefeated Khabir Suleymanov, an NABO junior featherweight title victory over former world champion Drian Francisco and becoming the IBF's mandatory junior featherweight contender last year when he knocked out Yasutaka Ishimoto in the eighth round which set up his title shot against Frampton.  He returned to the winner's circle on August 1, winning a unanimous decision over Rey Perez in Frisco, Texas. Avalos is currently world-rated No. 9 by IBF.

Hart (17-0, 14 KOs), the son of Philadelphia boxing legend Eugene "Cyclone" Hart, has transformed from a sensational prospect into a hot contender. He will be defending the NABO and USBA super middleweight titles he won in his last fight, a sixth-round TKO of undefeated Mike Jimenez on the pay-per-view undercard of the Floyd Mayweather - Manny Pacquiao world welterweight championship in Las Vegas. Trained by his father, the highly-rated middleweight contender of the late '60s and early '70s, the younger Hart, at age 26, enters this fight riding a four-bout victory by knockout streak. He is currently world-rated No. 6 by the WBO.

Pryor (19-8-1, 12 KOs), from Cincinnati, is the son of former world junior welterweight champion and Hall of Famer Aaron "The Hawk" Pryor, who manages and trains the younger Pryor.  He enters this fight with a 3-1-1 record in his last four fights, which includes a United States National Boxing Council (USNBC) super middleweight title victory over Kurtiss Colvin.

For fight updates go to www.toprank.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/trboxingfacebook.com/trboxeo, and on Twitter at twitter.com/trboxingtwitter.com/trboxeo or www.twitter.com/truTV. Use the hashtags #truTVBoxing and #(waiting for info) to join the conversation on Twitter.

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

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FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (Media):

TOP RANK

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

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

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

 

TURNER SPORTS

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

           

HBO

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

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

 

THE COSMOPOLITAN OF LAS VEGAS

Nicole Sanchez: 702-698-7140 / pr@cosmopolitanlasvegas.com  

Tasha Walker/Kirvin Doak Communications: 702-737-3100 / thecosmopolitan@kirvindoak.com   

 

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Featuring Super Lightweight Jose Felix http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-featuring-super-lightweight-jose-felix-unimas/ Sat, 19 Sep 2015 23:00:00 -0500 Featuring Jose Ramirez - Super Lightweights http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-featuring-jose-ramirez-super-lightweights/ Lemoore, California - USA Olympian, NABF champion and undefeated professional boxer Jose Ramirez (15-0, 12 KOs), coming off a big TKO win in Macau a few weeks ago where he was in the co-main event, is now coming home.

Ramirez will defend his NABF title on Saturday, September 26 at Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino as the main event broadcast on Top Rank's Solo Boxeo Tecate UniMas National TV, in what will now be his homecoming event, located just minutes from Avenal where he grew up. Tickets go on sale August 12th at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino Hotel Gift shop and at tachipalace.com. There are only 2,000 tickets for this exclusive event!

"Top Rank is very proud of Jose and all that he has accomplished inside and out of the ring while helping his community. He is a great person, a great fighter and a future world champion," said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank.

"There is no place like home and I am honored to fight at Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino which has been a huge supporter of me since day one. It is the premier gaming and resort destination in the Central Valley," Ramirez said.

"I was pleased I could put this deal together for Jose. It was a long time in the making and I want to say thank you to the Santa Rosa Rancheria, Tachi Palace Casino and the incredible staff they have that helped make this possible. This will be the toughest ticket in the Central Valley in years to come by," said Rick Mirigian, agent and promoter for Ramirez. 

The championship fight card will include hometown fighter Danny Valdivia, 8-0, 6 KOs, of Fresno, against Jeremy Ramos, 9-1, 4 KOs, of Denver, in a NABF jr. title bout televised co-main event and undefeated.

Top Rank fighter and Central Valley star Joe Lopez will also be featured.

Contacts:

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

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

Rick Mirigian, Promoter/Agent (559) 500 9224

Credentials

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Sat, 26 Sep 2015 23:00:00 -0500
Matthysse vs. Postol - Super Lightweight World Championship http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-matthysse-vs-postol-super-lightweight-world-championship/ Tickets for Matthysse vs. Postol are priced at $150, $75, $50 and $25, plus applicable taxes, fees and services charges, and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased at AXS.com, by phone at 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849), and at StubHub Center Box Office (Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. PT to 6 p.m. PT).  VIP Suites are available by calling 877-604-8777.  For more information on group discounts or VIP packages, call 877-234-8425.

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Flanagan vs. Magdaleno - WBO World Lightweight Title http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-flanagan-vs-magdaleno-wbo-world-lightweight-title/ Sat, 10 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Crawford vs. Jean - Junior Welterweight World Championship http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-crawford-vs-jean-junior-welterweight-world-championship/ OMAHA, NEB. (August 24, 2015) -- Undefeated two-division world champion and the reigning Fighter of the Year, TERENCE "Bud" CRAWFORD, Omaha's favorite son, will make a homecoming defense of his World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight title against one-time world title challenger and current No. 2 world-rated contender, DIERRY "Dougy Style" JEAN, Saturday, October 24, at CenturyLink Center Omaha (455 North 10th St., Omaha, Neb. 68102).  The championship event will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.

            The two warriors boast a near-perfect combined record of 55-1 (38 KOs) -- a winning ratio of 98% with nearly 70% of those victories coming by way of knockout.

            Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Tecate, tickets to the Crawford vs. Jean world championship event go on sale at 2:00 p.m. CT Today!  Priced at $27, $52, $77 and $127, reserved seat tickets are available at the CenturyLink Center Omaha box office and all Ticketmaster outlets.  To charge-by-phone call (800) 745-3000.  To order online, visit ticketmaster.com.

 

             "I will be totally prepared for whatever Dierry Jean brings to the ring," said Crawford.  "I love this big event as it is not often Omaha fans get to attend a prize fight

live on HBO."

               "I just can't wait! I want this.  I'm hungry," said Jean.  "Crawford is the HBO darling who is supposed to be the next big thing but I will hurt him.  Mark my words!  I will be crowned world champion on October 24th."

               "Terence is well on his way to topping his breakout year in 2014 where he won three career-best world championship victories en route to earning Fighter of the Year accolades,” said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank.  “Now that Terence is a two-division world champion he will be bringing that momentum on October 24 when he returns home to the great fans of Omaha and to HBO, defending his newly-won junior welterweight world title against the Canadian cold front known as Dierry Jean, who has iced seven of his last ten opponents."

 

            "This is a BIG fight for Terence. Dierry Jean is an excellent fighter and Terence knows it," said Cameron Dunkin, Crawford's co-manager.  "Terence is very focused and is training harder than ever anticipating a very competitive fight.  Believe me, Terence will be ready!"

            "Dierry Jean is recognized by most observers as one of the most talented boxers to ever come out of Canada," said Camille Estephan, Jean's manager.  "His lone loss was in his first world title challenge and he doesn't want to miss his chance for a world title this time.  Dierry wants to fulfill his potential and I believe he's learned from his world title shot experience in January 2014.  It's great that we have a chance at redemption and October 24th will be his moment.  This fight has the makings of a great battle for the fans."

            "In 2014 lightweight champion Terence Crawford emerged as a superstar earning Fighter of the Year honors," said Peter Nelson, vice president of programming, HBO Sports. “He kicked off 2015 with a huge statement by moving up to a new division and knocking out Thomas Dulorme to remain undefeated and become a world champ at 140 pounds. Now Terence will defend his new title against Canada’s Dierry Jean who has won his last four bouts and looks to upset the champion before a partisan hometown crowd in Omaha.”

 

Crawford (26-0, 18 KOs), of Omaha, Neb., makes his ring debut as WBO junior welterweight world champion.  The consensus Top-10 pound-for-pound fighter will be looking to build on his star-making 2014 which featured three world championship victories as well as Fighter of the Year honors from the BWAA and major media alike.  Crawford, 27. captured the vacant WBO junior welterweight crown on April 18, via a devastating sixth-round knockout of once-beaten No. 2 world-rated contender Thomas Dulorme.  Crawford began his career-best year on March 1, 2014, just 13 days short of the sixth anniversary of his professional debut.  He captured the WBO lightweight title, dethroning defending champion Ricky Burns on Burns’ home turf of Glasgow, Scotland. Scoring a powerful and unanimous decision, Crawford put the boxing world on notice with his virtuoso performance as he pulled out all stops in dismantling Burns, rocking the defending champion throughout the fight, while switching back and forth between orthodox and southpaw stances.  He followed that with a dramatic and critically-acclaimed knockout victory of undefeated former world champion and Cuban Olympic gold medalist Yuriorkis Gamboa on June 28, 2014, in a Fight of the Year nominee.  It was one of the most-watched fights of the year with over 1.2 million viewers catching the live, first-time airing of the fight, according to Nielsen Media Research.  He concluded 2014 on November 29 with a thorough shellacking of one-time world title challenger and No. 1 contender Ray Beltran, winning 11 of the 12 rounds.   Crawford is only the second Nebraska native to be recognized as a boxing world champion.  Perry “Kid” Graves, from Rock Bluff, captured the welterweight crown, knocking out Johnny Alberts in Brooklyn, in 1914, according to the Omaha World-Herald

Jean (29-1, 20 KOs), a native of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, who now fights out of Montréal, Québec, Canada, returns to the ring riding a four-bout winning streak, with three of those victories coming by way of knockout, since suffering a 12-round decision loss to International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior welterweight world champion Lamont Peterson on January 25, 2014.  Career highlights include an IBF junior welterweight title elimination victory over Cleotis Pendarvis, which led to his world title challenge of Peterson, NABF and NABA super lightweight title victories over Lanardo Tyner, Ivan Cano and Juan Rivera, and NABF lightweight title victories over Mario Perez and Daniel Ruiz.  Only Tyner avoided losing by knockout.  Jean, 33, is currently world-rated No. 2 by the World Boxing Council (WBC) and No. 6 by the WBO.

            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/hboboxingUse the Hashtag #CrawfordJean to join the conversation on Twitter.

 

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TOP RANK

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

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

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

 

HBO

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

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

 

CENTURYLINK CENTER

Kristi Andersen, MECA:  402-599-6916 / kandersen@omahameca.com  

 

MEDIA CREDENTIALS

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Featuring Felix Verdejo - WBO Latino Lightweight Title http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-puerto-rican-star-felix-verdejo/ Sat, 31 Oct 2015 23:00:00 -0500 Hart to Hold Media Day Sept. 2 in Philly http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-hart-to-hold-media-day-sept-2-in-philly/ LAS VEGAS (August 17, 2015) – Top 10 contenders ÓSCAR VALDEZ , JESSE "Hard Work" HART and CHRIS "The Hitman" AVALOS and AARON PRYOR JR. headline the fall season debut of "The MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV," kicking off the Mexican Independence Day weekend on Friday, September 11, at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas . The fight will be televised live on truTV, beginning at 10:00 p.m. EDT.  The telecast will open with Hart defending his North American Boxing Organization (NABO) and United States Boxing Association (USBA) super middleweight championship titles against contender Pryor, followed by the featherweight battle between Valdez and Avalos. Both bouts are scheduled for 10 rounds.  The live boxing series is presented by truTV and Top Rank®, and produced in association with HBO Sports®.  Find truTV on your TV:  http://trutvishere.com/

Jesse Hart will host media day on Wednesday, September 2 from 11 am – 1 pm at Joe Hand Gym, Philadelphia (545 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA  19123.) One-on-one interviews will also be available.

Promoted by Top Rank®, tickets, priced at $100, $85, $65, $45 and $20, are available for purchase at www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 and www.ticketmaster.com .  Room and ticket packages are also available.  

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

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

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (Media):

           

TOP RANK

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

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

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

 

TURNER SPORTS

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

           

HBO

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

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

 

THE COSMOPOLITAN OF LAS VEGAS

Nicole Sanchez: 702-698-7140 / pr@cosmopolitanlasvegas.com  

Tasha Walker/Kirvin Doak Communications: 702-737-3100 / thecosmopolitan@kirvindoak.com   

 

MEDIA CREDENTIALS:   www.toprank.com/credentials  

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Tix to Crawford-Jean Now On Sale! http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-tix-to-crawford-jean-now-on-sale/  OMAHA, NEB. (August 24, 2015) -- Undefeated two-division world champion and the reigning Fighter of the Year, TERENCE "Bud" CRAWFORDOmaha's favorite son, will make a homecoming defense of his World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight title against one-time world title challenger and current No. 2 world-rated contender, DIERRY "Dougy Style" JEANSaturday, October 24, at CenturyLink Center Omaha (455 North 10th St., Omaha, Neb. 68102).  The championship event will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxingbeginning at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.

The two warriors boast a near-perfect combined record of 55-1 (38 KOs) -- a winning ratio of 98% with nearly 70% of those victories coming by way of knockout.

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Tecate, tickets to the Crawford vs. Jean world championship event go on sale at 2:00 p.m. CT Today!  Priced at $27, $52, $77 and $127, reserved seat tickets are available at the CenturyLink Center Omaha box office and all Ticketmaster outlets.  To charge-by-phone call (800) 745-3000.  To order online, visit ticketmaster.com.

"I will be totally prepared for whatever Dierry Jean brings to the ring," said Crawford.  "I love this big event as it is not often Omaha fans get to attend a prize fight live on HBO."

"I just can't wait! I want this.  I'm hungry," said Jean.  "Crawford is the HBO darling who is supposed to be the next big thing but I will hurt him.  Mark my words!  I will be crowned world champion on October 24th."

"Terence is well on his way to topping his breakout year in 2014 where he won three career-best world championship victories en route to earning Fighter of the Year accolades,” said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank.  “Now that Terence is a two-division world champion he will be bringing that momentum on October 24 when he returns home to the great fans of Omaha and to HBO, defending his newly-won junior welterweight world title against the Canadian cold front known as Dierry Jean, who has iced seven of his last ten opponents."

"This is a BIG fight for Terence. Dierry Jean is an excellent fighter and Terence knows it," said Cameron Dunkin, Crawford's co-manager.  "Terence is very focused and is training harder than ever anticipating a very competitive fight. Believe me, Terence will be ready!"

"Dierry Jean is recognized by most observers as one of the most talented boxers to ever come out of Canada," said Camille Estephan, Jean's manager.  "His lone loss was in his first world title challenge and he doesn't want to miss his chance for a world title this time.  Dierry wants to fulfill his potential and I believe he's learned from his world title shot experience in January 2014.  It's great that we have a chance at redemption and October 24th will be his moment.  This fight has the makings of a great battle for the fans."

"In 2014 lightweight champion Terence Crawford emerged as a superstar earning Fighter of the Year honors," said Peter Nelson, vice president of programming, HBO Sports. “He kicked off 2015 with a huge statement by moving up to a new division and knocking out Thomas Dulorme to remain undefeated and become a world champ at 140 pounds. Now Terence will defend his new title against Canada’s Dierry Jean who has won his last four bouts and looks to upset the champion before a partisan hometown crowd in Omaha.”

Crawford (26-0, 18 KOs), of Omaha, Neb., makes his ring debut as WBO junior welterweight world champion.  The consensus Top-10 pound-for-pound fighter will be looking to build on his star-making 2014 which featured three world championship victories as well as Fighter of the Year honors from the BWAA and major media alike.  Crawford, 27. captured the vacant WBO junior welterweight crown on April 18, via a devastating sixth-round knockout of once-beaten No. 2 world-rated contender Thomas Dulorme.  Crawford began his career-best year on March 1, 2014, just 13 days short of the sixth anniversary of his professional debut.  He captured the WBO lightweight title, dethroning defending champion Ricky Burns on Burns’ home turf of Glasgow, Scotland. Scoring a powerful and unanimous decision, Crawford put the boxing world on notice with his virtuoso performance as he pulled out all stops in dismantling Burns, rocking the defending champion throughout the fight, while switching back and forth between orthodox and southpaw stances.  He followed that with a dramatic and critically-acclaimed knockout victory of undefeated former world champion and Cuban Olympic gold medalist Yuriorkis Gamboa on June 28, 2014, in a Fight of the Year nominee.  It was one of the most-watched fights of the year with over 1.2 million viewers catching the live, first-time airing of the fight, according to Nielsen Media Research.  He concluded 2014 on November 29 with a thorough shellacking of one-time world title challenger and No. 1 contender Ray Beltran, winning 11 of the 12 rounds.   Crawford is only the second Nebraska native to be recognized as a boxing world champion.  Perry “Kid” Graves, from Rock Bluff, captured the welterweight crown, knocking out Johnny Alberts in Brooklyn, in 1914, according to the Omaha World-Herald

Jean (29-1, 20 KOs), a native of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, who now fights out of Montréal, Québec, Canada, returns to the ring riding a four-bout winning streak, with three of those victories coming by way of knockout, since suffering a 12-round decision loss to International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior welterweight world champion Lamont Peterson on January 25, 2014.  Career highlights include an IBF junior welterweight title elimination victory over Cleotis Pendarvis, which led to his world title challenge of Peterson, NABF and NABA super lightweight title victories over Lanardo Tyner, Ivan Cano and Juan Rivera, and NABF lightweight title victories over Mario Perez and Daniel Ruiz.  Only Tyner avoided losing by knockout.  Jean, 33, is currently world-rated No. 2 by the World Boxing Council (WBC) and No. 6 by the WBO.

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

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FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (Media):

 

TOP RANK

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

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

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

 

HBO

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

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

 

CENTURYLINK CENTER

Kristi Andersen, MECA:  402-599-6916 / kandersen@omahameca.com  

 

MEDIA CREDENTIALS

www.toprank.com/credentials 

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Terence Crawford defenderá su título el 24 de octubre en Omaha http://www.toprank.com/news/terence-crawford-defendera-su-titulo-el-24-de-octubre-en-omaha/ Terence "Bud" Crawford, considerado uno de los mejores boxeadores del mundo, regresará a casa el sábado 24 de octubre para exponer por primera vez su campeonato mundial junior welter de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) anunció hoy Carl Moretti vice presidente de Top Rank en una conferencia de prensa en Omaha, Nebraka.

Crawford un doble campeón invicto se enfrentará al clasificado mundial Dierry Jean en un combate pactado a 12 giros en 140 libras en un combate que será televisado por HBO en “World Championship Boxing” desde el Century Link Center de Omaha, Nebraska.

“Como siempre yo me voy a preparar muy bien para darle a mi gente otra gran pelea. Estoy muy contento de poder volver a casa para una pelea de campeonato y les garantizo que todos saldrán muy contentos el próximo 24 de octubre”, dijo Crawford en la conferencia de prensa hoy en Omaha.

“Entiendo que Jean pidió esta pelea porque piensa que me puede ganar, pero ya sobre el ring se dará cuenta porque soy el campeón. Estaré al cien o mejor para poder demostrar todo mi talento esa noche”, agrego Crawford.

Crawford tiene un marca de 4-0 en peleas de campeonato mundial y esta será su tercera pelea de campeonato mundial en Omaha. Crawford fue monarca de peso ligero de la OMB, título que defendió exitosamente en dos ocasiones.

Los representes de Jean, Camille Estephan su manager, pidió disculpas a nombre de Jean, quien dijo no haber encontrado su pasaporte para viajar a la conferencia de prensa en Omaha.

“Obviamente estamos apenados por la ausencia de Jean, pero sabemos que estará listo para esta gran oportunidad que está recibiendo y creo que aprendió mucho de esa primera pelea titular y dará una gran pelea el próximo 24 de octubre, la cual ganará y estamos dispuestos a regresar a Omaha para darle la revancha a Terence”, dijo Estephan.

El entrenador de Jean, Mike Moffa comento que él considera que Crawford es un boxeador mucho más completo que Floyd Mayweather.

“Omaha es una gran ciudad, tiene un gran campeón mundial y será un honor para Dierry arrebatarle el cinturón a Crawford y llevárselo a Canadá en donde debe de estar”, dijo Moffa.

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Crawford & Jean to Host Fight Announcement in Omaha http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-crawford-jean-to-host-fight-announcement-in-omaha/ OMAHA, NEB. (August 20, 2015) -- Undefeated two-division world champion and the reigning Fighter of the Year, TERENCE "Bud" CRAWFORD, Omaha's favorite son, and one-time world title challenger and current No. 2 world-rated contender, DIERRY "Dougy Style" JEAN, will host a news conference announcing their World Junior Welterweight Championship fight This Monday!  August 24, at the CenturyLink Center in the Bud Light Zone (455 North 10th St., Omaha, Neb. 68102).  The news conference, which will be open to the public, will begin at 1:00 p.m. CT, with doors opening at 12:30 p.m. CT.  Joining Crawford and Jean will be Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank.  The press conference will be streamed live, beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. PT, via www.toprank.tv.

Crawford (26-0, 18 KOs) will be making the first defense of his World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight title.  It will be the third time Omaha has hosted a world title fight for its hometown hero Crawford.  Jean (29-1, 20 KOs), from Montréal, Québec, Canada, returns to the ring riding a four-bout winning streak, three of those victories coming by way of knockout, since losing a 12-round decision to world champion Lamont Peterson last year.   

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Tecate, the Crawford vs. Jean World Junior Welterweight Championship fight will take place Saturday, October 24, at the CenturyLink Center.  The championship event will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®, beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.

All the participants will be available for one-on-one interviews.  Media may park in Parking Lot A and enter through the Security/Media Entrance.

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Terence Crawford defenderá su título ante Dierry Jean http://www.toprank.com/news/terence-crawford-defendera-su-titulo-ante-dierry-jean/ OMAHA, Nebraska – El doble campeón invicto y actual boxeador del año  TERENCE "Bud" CRAWFORDel hijo predilecto de Omaha y el clasificado mundial  DIERRY "Dougy Style" JEAN, quien buscará el campeonato mundial por segunda ocasión estarán en una conferencia de prensa el próximo lunes, 24 de agosto para anunciar su combate titular que se realizará el próximo sábado 24 de octubre en el Century Link Center de Omaha, Nebraska.

La conferencia de prensa se realizará en la “Bud Light Zone” del Century Link Center (455 North 10th. St., Omaha, Nebraska 68102) a la una de la tarde y estará abierta al público y las puertas se abrirán a las 12:30 del mediodía.

Junto con Crawford y Jean, estará el presidente de Top Rank, Todd duBoef y Roger Dixon, presidente de the Metropolitan Entertainment & Convention Authority (MECA).  La conferencia de prensa podrá ser vista en vivo a través del internet comenzando a las 2:00 p.m. Este/11:00 a.m. Pacifico en www.TopRank.tv

Crawford (26-0, 18 KOs) de Omaha Nebraska estará exponiendo por primera vez su campeonato welter junior de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB). Esta será la tercera vez que Ohama presente una pelea de campeonato mundial del héroe local Crawford.

Jean (29-1, 20 KOs) de Montreal, Quebec, Canadá, ha ganado cuatro peleas seguidas desde que sufrió su única derrota profesional por puntos ante Lamont Peterson en un duelo por el campeonato mundial de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo (FIB) el año pasado en Washington, D.C. la casa de su rival.

La función es una promoción de Top Rank® en asociación con Tecate, el duelo titular entre Crawford y Jean será televisado en vivo por HBO®, iniciando a las 10:00 p.m. Este/Pacifico.

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Saúl Rodríguez encabezará "Solo Boxeo Tecate" este sábado http://www.toprank.com/news/saul-rodriguez-encabezara-solo-boxeo-tecate-este-sabado/ El invicto Saúl “Kid Dinamita” Rodríguez de Riverside, California pondrá en juego su record perfecto ante el aguerrido Tejano Ramsey Luna este sábado, 22 de agosto en el duelo estelar de una nueva edición de “Solo Boxeo Tecate” que UniMás televisará en Estados Unidos (11 p.m. Este/Pacifico).

La cartelera de siete peleas que es una promoción de Top Rank, Let’s Get On Boxing y la Ciudad de Fallon se realizará al aire libre en los terrenos de la Feria del Condado de Churchill en Fallon, Nevada.

Saúl (17-0-1, 13 KOs) se medirá a Ramsey (12-3, 5 KOs) de Corpus Christi, Texas en un duelo pactado a ocho rounds en peso superpluma. Esta será la tercera pelea del 2015 para Rodríguez que ha ganado ocho de sus últimas nueve peleas antes del campazo final.

“Tanto su manager Cameron Dunkin como yo, sabemos de la importancia de este pelea. Saúl tiene que ganar y hacerlo impresionante pues ya está cercas de recibir una oportunidad titular y por eso ha trabajado tan fuerte para este pelea”, dijo su entrenador Roberto García.

Ramsey Luna es un boxeador agresivo que buscará a toda costa la victoria.

En la pelea que abrirá la transmisión de UniMás, el invicto del Este de Los Angeles Victor Pasillas (10-0, 3 KOs) se á a Andres Tapia (8-4-2, 2 KOs) de Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico en su primer duelo pactado a ocho giros en peso supergallo.

Pasillas quien tuvo brillante carrera amateur en donde acumuló una marca de 272-6 y cosecha más de 20 medallas de oro, ha estado entrenando en San Carlos, California en la bahía del norte de California en busca de mejorar sus poder.

Pasillas buscará su tercera victoria del 2015, ya el pasado mes de enero derroto a Karl Garcia y el 1 de mayo venció a Marcelo Gallardo. Ambos combates fueron en Las Vegas.

Tambien estará en acción uno de los boxeadores más populares de la región, Oscar “Chapito” Vazquez (8-1, 1 KOs) de Reno, Nevada quien se medira a Jose Toribio (6-1, 1 KO) de San Diego en un duelo pactado a ocho giros en peso mosca.             

Los boletos tienen un precio de $27, $12, $10 y $7 para niños de 10 años o menos, pueden ser adquiridos llamando al (775) 423-4556.

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Oscar Valdez enfrentará a Chris Avalos el 11 de septiembre http://www.toprank.com/news/oscar-valdez-enfrentara-a-chris-avalos-el-11-de-septiembre/ Los clasificados mundiales Oscar Valdez, Jesse Hart y Chris Avalos, así como Aaron Pryor Jr. encabezarán el inicio de la temporada de otoño de la serie boxística "MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout" para arrancar el fin de semana de festejo del Día de la Independencia de México.

La función cobrará vida el viernes 11 de septiembre en el teatro The Chelsea del Cosmopolitan de Las Vegas. Las peleas serán televisadas en vivo a todo los Estados Unidos por truTV, comenzando a las 10:00 p.m. (Este).

En el primer combate televisado, Hart expondrá sus coronas de peso supermediano de la Organización de Boxeo de Norte America (NABO) y de la Asociación de Boxeo de Estados Unidos (USBA) contra Pryor y en el duelo estelar Valdez se enfrentará a Avalos en peso pluma. Los dos combates son a diez rounds.

Esta serie es presentada por truTV y Top Rank® y producida por HBO Sports®. Busque la cadena truTV en su televisor:  http://trutvishere.com/

La función es una promoción de  Top Rank® y los boletos que tiene un precio de $100, $85, $65, $45 y $20, ya estan disponibles y pueden ser adquiridos por Internet en www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com y a través  de Ticketmaster llamando al (800) 745-3000 y www.ticketmaster.com.  Paquetes de boletos y habitaciones están disponibles.

“Estoy muy contento de pelear en Las Vegas el 11 de septiembre en donde estaré enfrentando a un peleador difícil en busca de una importante victoria que me acercará más a lo que más anhelo en este momento: la oportunidad titular”, dijo Valdez.    

“Estoy muy emocionado para esta pelea. Es un duelo interesante porque no muchos prospectos enfrentan fuerte rivales como yo. Estoy ansioso de subir al ring, ganar la pelea y recibir otra oportunidad de disputar una corona mundial. La mejor parte de enfrentar a un peleador invicto es borrar el cero de su record”, dijo Avalos.

“Este es un duelo entre dos hijos de boxeadores y sobre el ring veremos cuál es el mejor hijo boxeador. Yo no creo que esta pelea pase más de cuatro rounds, Pryor es bueno pero su tiempo ya paso y el mío apenas comienza”, dijo Hart.

“Estaré listo para enfrentar a Jesse Hart el 11 de septiembre. Hart es un fuerte rival, pero esta es una gran oportunidad para mí y no la desaprovechare. Nos vemos en el Cosmopolitan de Las Vegas y en vivo por truTv”, dijo Pryor Jr.

“Oscar Valdez representó a México en dos juegos olímpicos y ahora como invicto en el profesionalismo, quien mejor para representar a su país en esta fecha tan importante como lo es el Dia de la Independencia, una fecha que el gran Julio Cesar Chavez hizo grande para el boxeo, pero que ahora pasará al joven boxeador de Sonora”, dijo Todd duBoef, presidente de Top Rank.

“Estamos seguros que el teatro Chelsea del Cosmopolitan estará lleno con sus compatriotas que vendrán a celebrar esta gran fecha junto con Oscar Valdez en su primer duelo estelar en Las Vegas. Junto a Valdez estará Jessie Hart quien además de estar invicto, también fueron sensacionales boxeadores amateur  y como profesionales han pasado de ser prospectos a clasificados mundial, cuando ganas 14 de tus 17 peleas por nocaut como ellos lo han hecho todos saben que habrá acción y dinamita sobre el ring este 11 de septiembre”, agrego duBoef.

Valdez (17-0, 14 KOs) de Nogales, Sonora, México representó a su país en los Juegos Olímpicos del 2008 y 2012 y como profesional se ha convertido en una las mas grandes promesas del boxeo azteca. En abril del año pasado conquistó el título de peso pluma de la Federación Norte Americana de Boxeo (NABF) al noquear a Adrian Pérez en el cuarto asalto en una función encabezada por Manny Pacquiao.

Valdez defendió esa corona en dos ocasiones en el 2014 y esta será su tercera pelea del 2015. En pasado 11 de abril en Laredo, Texas noqueo a José Ramírez en el tercer round y en su más reciente actuación el pasado 27 de junio en Carson, California derroto por puntos a Rubén Tamayo en su debut en HBO. Valdez es el clasificado mundial número dos de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) en peso pluma.

Avalos (26-3, 19 KOs) de Lancaster, California disputo la corona mundial por primera vez el pasado 28 de febrero y cayó ante Carl Frompton en Irlanda en un duelo por el campeonato pluma junior de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo (FIB). Avalos es un peleador agresivo que siempre lo dejo todo en el ring. En su más reciente combate el pasado 1 de agosto en Frisco, Texas derrotó por puntos al filipino Ray Sánchez. Avalos es el clasificado mundial número nueve de la FIB.

Hart (17-0, 14 KOs), hijo del legendario boxeador de Filadelfia Eugene "Cyclone" Hart, se ha convertido de prospecto a contendiente en gran rapidez. Hart expondrá sus coronas de peso supermediano de la NABO y USBA que conquistó en más reciente combate al noquear al entonces invicto Mike Jiménez el pasado 2 de mayo en Las Vegas en la función en la cual Manny Pacquiao enfrentó a Floyd Mayweather.  Hart ha ganado sus últimas cuatro peleas por nocaut y el clasificado número seis de la OMB.

Pryor (19-8-1, 12 KOs), de Cincinnati, Ohio es el hijo del legendario campeón mundial y miembro del salón de la fama de boxeo Aaron "The Hawk" Pryor, quien es entrenador y manejador de su hijo. Pryor Junior tiene marca de 3-1-1 en sus ultimas cuatro peleas que incluye un triunfo sobre Kurtiss Colvin que le dipo el titulo supermediano del Consejo Nacional de Boxeo de los Estados Unidos (USNBC).

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Christopher “Pitufo” Díaz le ganó la guerra a Alcides Santiago http://www.toprank.com/news/christopher-pitufo-diaz-le-gano-la-guerra-a-alcides-santiago/ BAYAMÓN, P.R. – El aún invicto prospecto barranquiteño, Christopher "Pitufo" Díaz, superó su primera prueba como estelar al apuntarse un emocionante triunfo por nocaut  técnico ante Alcides Santiago en el evento estelar del cartel "Solo Boxeo Tecate" que se celebró ante cerca de tres mil fans en el Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez.

Díaz y Santiago habían prometido que el combate entre ambos sería una guerra mientras durara y así mismo fue. Desde el campanazo inicial los dos púgiles salieron a intercambiar fuertes golpes y por instantes fue Santiago quien llevó la mejor parte al conectar varios ganchos que sacudieron al "Pitufo".

Estos intercambios provocaron que a mediados del asalto Díaz levantara la intensidad de su ataque y tomara control de la pelea tras una ráfaga de golpes que envío a Santiago a la lona.

A pesar de estar en muy malas condiciones y de estar sangrando profusamente por la nariz, Santiago se puso de pie para continuar con el combate, pero tal y como había dicho, Díaz no desaprovechó la oportunidad de acabar la pelea y desató una brutal embestida que provocó que el referee José H. Rivera detuviese la contienda a los 2:26 del primer episodio. Con el triunfo ante Santiago, Díaz mejoró su marca a 12-0, 7 KO's.

En el combate co-estelar de la función, Jason Sosa, boricua radicado en Candem, New Jersey, despachó a Jerry Belmontes en el primer capítulo tras una sólida combinación de gancho de izquierda y recta de derecha de la cual el peleador tejano no se pudo recuperar. Sosa mejoró sus palmares a 17-1-3 y 13 KO's.

• OTROS RESULTADOS:

- Jean Carlos Rivera se alzó con un triunfo por nocaut en el primer asalto ante José Román.

- Jean Carlos Torres consiguió una victoria por nocaut sobre Jonathan Guzmán en el asalto inicial.

- Luis Lebrón despachó a Mike Erosa en el tercer asalto.

- Maxwell Ortiz derrotó a Rafael Márquez por decisión unánime.

- Jovanni Santiago se anotó un nocaut en el primer capítulo ante Leroy Padilla

- Adalberto Zorrilla fulminó a Antonio Vera en el primer episodio.

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Christopher “Pitufo” Díaz y Alcides Santiago cumplen con el requisito de la báscula http://www.toprank.com/news/christopher-pitufo-diaz-y-alcides-santiago-cumplen-con-el-requisito-de-la-bascula/ FOTOS: Pesaje Oficial "Pitufo" Díaz vs. Alcides Santiago

BAYAMÓN, P.R. – El invicto peleador barranquiteño Christopher "Pitufo" Díaz y el fuerte pegador Alcides Santiago superaron la primera batalla de su prometida guerra. 

Ambos púgiles cumplieron sin ningún tipo de problemas con el requisito de marcar el peso establecido para la reyerta que estelarizará el cartel "Solo Boxeo Tecate" que se celebrará mañana sábado, 15 de agosto, en el Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez de esta ciudad.

Díaz (11-0, 6 KO's) fijó la báscula en 127 libras, justo en el límite de peso máximo pactado para el combate. Por su parte, Santiago (5-1, 4 KO's) marcó 126 libras en la romana. 
  
En el combate co-estelar de la cartelera, el boricua radicado en Candem, New Jersey, Jason Sosa (16-1-3, 12 KO’s) enfrentará al tejano Jerry Belmontes (19-7, 5 KO’s). Durante el pesaje oficial, Sosa detuvo la pesa en 130 libras, mientas que Belmontes marcó 131 libras. 
 
Boletos a precios de: $60 (Red Carpet), $32 (Ringside) y $15 (General), más cargos aplicables, están disponibles en www.PRTicket.com, en todos los puntos de ventas de PR Ticket o llamando al (787) 303-0334. PR Ticket también tiene puntos de ventas en: La Gran Discoteca de Sears y Cooperativa Las Piedras.
 
La cartelera será televisada de costa a costa en los Estados Unidos por la cadena UniMás.

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"MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout" to Make Its Fall Debut http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-quotmetropcs-friday-night-knockoutquot-to-make-its-fall-debut/ LAS VEGAS (August 17, 2015) – Top 10 contenders ÓSCAR VALDEZ, JESSE "Hard Work" HART and CHRIS "The Hitman" AVALOS and AARON PRYOR JR. headline the fall season debut of "The MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV," kicking off the Mexican Independence Day weekend on Friday, September 11, at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The fight will be televised live on truTV, beginning at 10 p.m. EDT/PDT.  The telecast will open with Hart defending his North American Boxing Organization (NABO) and United States Boxing Association (USBA) super middleweight championship titles against contender Pryor, followed by the featherweight battle between Valdez and Avalos. Both bouts are scheduled for 10 rounds.  The live boxing series is presented by truTV and Top Rank®, and produced in association with HBO Sports®.  Find truTV on your TV:  http://trutvishere.com/

These young warriors boast a combined record of 79-11-1 (59 KOs) - an 87 percent winning ratio with 3/4 of their victories coming by way of knockout.

Promoted by Top Rank®, tickets to the Valdez-Avalos / Hart-Pryor event go on sale Today!  Monday, August 17 at 10:00 a.m. PDT.  Priced at $100, $85, $65, $45 and $20, tickets will be available for purchase at www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 and www.ticketmaster.com.  Room and ticket packages are also available.  

"I am very happy to be fighting on September 11 in Las Vegas," said Valdez.  "I have a difficult opponent that night but the plan is to win and get myself closer to that world title shot I desire."

"I am excited for the fight.  It's an interesting matchup because not a lot of prospects get matched up with tough opponents these days," said Avalos.  "I am looking forward to not only winning the fight but moving on to another world title shot.  The best part about facing undefeated fighters is erasing the zero from their loss column.  Valdez is next on my hit parade."

"This is the battle of fighters' sons.  We will see who is the better fighters' son inside the ring," said Hart.  "I am predicting it won't go past four rounds.  Pryor is an OK fighter but he is old news, and I believe I am the future of boxing, so he has to go!"

"I am looking forward to fighting Jesse Hart on September 11," said Pryor.  "Hart is a tough opponent, and it's a great opportunity for me.  See you at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, live on truTV."

"As Mexico's only fighter to compete in two Olympics, who else but Óscar Valdez will be his country's star-featured fighter in Las Vegas' Mexican Independence Day weekend? This historic weekend was originally anchored by Julio César Chávez, and the mantle is being passed to Valdez at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas which will be filled with Mexico's most avid fight fans," said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank. 

Valdez will be joined by Jesse Hart.  Valdez and Hart have more in common than identical undefeated records.  They have carried the promise of stellar amateur careers into the pro ranks becoming fan favorites. They have leapt from exciting prospects into sensational bona fide Top 10 world-rated contenders.  When you win 14 of 17 bouts by knockout like they each have, any opponent who faces them in the ring knows he will be in harm's way."

Valdez (17-0, 14 KOs), who represented Mexico in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, was the first Mexican fighter to qualify for two Olympic games and is considered one of the bright lights of the featherweight division and a top prospect in boxing.  On the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao - Timothy Bradley welterweight world championship rematch last year, Valdez captured the North American Boxing Federation (NABF) super featherweight junior title, knocking out Adrian Perez in the fourth round.  Valdez successfully defended that title twice in 2014, knocking out Noel Echevarria and Alberto Gonzalez in the sixth and seventh rounds, respectively.  From Nogales, Sonora, Mexico Valdez, at age 24, returns to the ring looking for his third victory of 2015. On April 11, he fashioned a third-round blasting of Jose Ramirez in Laredo, Texas.  In his last bout, on June 27, he made his live HBO debut, winning a dominant 10-round unanimous decision over one-time world title challenger Ruben Tamayo in Carson, Calif.  He is currently world-rated No. 2 by the World Boxing Organization (WBO).

Avalos (26-3, 19 KOs), from Lancaster, Calif., challenged for his first world title on February 28, and lost to defending International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior featherweight champ Carl Frampton via a fifth-round TKO in Belfast.  Known for his aggressive, all-action fighting style, Avalos is a fan favorite because he always puts on exciting fights. Highlights from his impressive resume include winning the vacant WBO Inter-Continental junior featherweight via a 10-round unanimous decision over undefeated Khabir Suleymanov, an NABO junior featherweight title victory over former world champion Drian Francisco and becoming the IBF's mandatory junior featherweight contender last year when he knocked out Yasutaka Ishimoto in the eighth round which set up his title shot against Frampton.  He returned to the winner's circle on August 1, winning a unanimous decision over Rey Perez in Frisco, Texas. Avalos is currently world-rated No. 9 by IBF.

Hart (17-0, 14 KOs), the son of Philadelphia boxing legend Eugene "Cyclone" Hart, has transformed from a sensational prospect into a hot contender. He will be defending the NABO and USBA super middleweight titles he won in his last fight, a sixth-round TKO of undefeated Mike Jimenez on the pay-per-view undercard of the Floyd Mayweather - Manny Pacquiao world welterweight championship in Las Vegas. Trained by his father, the highly-rated middleweight contender of the late '60s and early '70s, the younger Hart, at age 26, enters this fight riding a four-bout victory by knockout streak. He is currently world-rated No. 6 by the WBO.

Pryor (19-8-1, 12 KOs), from Cincinnati, is the son of former world junior welterweight champion and Hall of Famer Aaron "The Hawk" Pryor, who manages and trains the younger Pryor.  He enters this fight with a 3-1-1 record in his last four fights, which includes a United States National Boxing Council (USNBC) super middleweight title victory over Kurtiss Colvin.

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

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