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

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

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with All Star Boxing, Tecate and Madison Square Garden, tickets to the Walters vs. Marriaga / Verdejo vs. Najera world championship boxing event will go on sale This Friday!  May 15, at Noon ET.  Priced at $205, $105 and $55, tickets can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008), and online at www.ticketmaster.com andwww.thegarden.com.   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Vargas Has "Terrible" News for Bradley http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-vargas-has-quotterriblequot-news-for-bradley/ LAS VEGAS, NV (May 29, 2015) --  Former four-division world champion and Mexican boxing icon ERIK "El Terrible"MORALES is the new trainer for undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) super lightweight world champion JESSIE VARGAS.  Morales, who received the call a few days ago, is already in Vargas' Las Vegas-based training camp preparing him for the biggest fight of his professional career, against former two-division world champion TIMOTHY "Desert Storm" BRADLEY JR.  Vargas (26-0, 9 KOs), a native of Los Angeles who now lives in Las Vegas, and Bradley (31-1-1, 12 KOs), from Palm Springs, Calif., will go mano a mano for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight world title,Saturday, June 27, at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.  The fight will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.     

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

"I am very religious so I began to pray for the right person to train me," said Vargas.  "Instantly, the name of Erik Morales came to me. I was able to track him down and he came right to our training camp in Las Vegas.  I watched practically of all Erik's big fights - the wars with Marco Antonio Barrera, the fights against Manny Pacquiao.  Erik always fought hard and with all his heart. That's who I want in my corner, someone who will give me everything they have to beat Bradley."

"I've trained many fighters in Mexico.  But Jessie is the best fighter I will be working with and this is the biggest fight, against Bradley," said Morales.  "We will win this fight.  Jessie will put on pressure with intelligence and mix it up, using counter-punching.  Bradley likes to go into his comfort zone in the ring.  We will attack there too."

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

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Jessie Vargas le tiene una "Terrible" noticia a Tim Bradley http://www.toprank.com/news/jessie-vargas-le-tiene-una-terrible-noticia-a-tim-bradley/ El cuatro veces campeón del mundo y uno de los mejores boxeadores en la historia del boxeo mexicano ERIK "El Terrible" MORALES es el nuevo entrenador del campeón superligero invicto de la Asociación Mundial de Boxeo (AMB) JESSIE VARGAS. Morales recibió una llamada de Vargas desde su campo de entrenamiento en Las Vegas, donde se estaba preparando para su la pelea más importante de su carrera ante el dos veces campeón del mundo TIMOTHY "Desert Storm" BRADLEY JR.  

Vargas (26-0, 9 KOs), oriundo de Los Angeles pero quien reside en Las Vegas y Bradley (31-1-1, 12 KOs) de Palm Springs, California, disputarán el campeonato mundial de peso welter de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) el próximo sábado 27 de junio en el StubHub Center de Carson, California. El duelo será televisado por HBO en su gustado programa World Championship Boxing®, comenzando a las 9:45 p.m. Este/Pacifico.   

“Soy una persona muy religiosa y comencé a rezar por una persona correcta que me pudiera entrenar y se me vino el nombre de Erik Morales rápidamente y afortunadamente lo pude contactar y vino a Las Vegas donde estoy entrenando. Yo he visto casi todas sus peleas especialmente recuerdos sus guerras con Marco Antonio Barrera y Manny Pacquiao. Erik siempre peleó fuerte y con todo su corazón. Esa es la clase de persona que quiero en mi esquina alguien que me va dar todo para prepararme para vencer a Bradley,” dijo Vargas.

“He tenido la oportunidad de preparar a varios boxeadores para peleas importantes en México, pero esta la primera vez que tengo un boxeador como Jessie quien se está preparado para una pelea de alto nivel contra un gran boxeador como lo es Bradley. Jessie tiene que ser inteligente, debe poner presión y cambiar de estrategia durante la pelea, deberá ser contragolpeador en ocasiones y en otras tendrá que ser agresivo. Bradley es un boxeador que le gusta pelear a su ritmo y hay que cambiarle el ritmo a lo largo de la pelea para incomodarlo”, dijo Morales. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Saúl Rodríguez y Alex Saucedo este sábado en "Solo Boxeo Tecate" http://www.toprank.com/news/rodriguez-y-saucedo-este-sabado-en-solo-boxeo-tecate/ El boxeo profesional de primer línea regresara a Hollywood, California este sábado 30 de mayo, cuando Top Rank, Bash Boxing y Art of Boxing Promotions presente una nueva edición de “Solo Boxeo Tecate” que la cadena nacional Unimás televisara a toda la nación desde el “Florentine Gardens Nightclub” de esta ciudad.

La cartelera es la novena edición “Hollywood Fight Night” que incluye el glamour de modelos, música y entretenimiento como parte de la velada que brinda a los aficionados algo más que boxeo en una noche de mucha energía adentro y afuera del cuadrilátero.

En el duelo estelar Saúl “Kid Dinamita” Rodríguez (16-0, 13 KOs) de Riverside, California se enfrentara al también invicto Antonio Capulin (14-0, 6 KOs) de Houston, Texas en una pelea programada a ocho rounds en peso pluma.

En el combate co-estelar de la función el fuerte pegador Alex “El Cholo” Saucedo (17-0, 12 KOs) oriundo de Chihuahua, México, pero residente de Oklahoma City, estará enfrentado  a Jake Giuriceo (17-3-1, 6 KOs) de Ohio en un combate pactado a ocho giros en peso welter.

Rodríguez quien a ha ganado sus últimas ocho peleas por nocaut estará haciendo su segunda pelea en el 2015, ya que el pasado 17 de enero en Oxnard, California despacho en dos asaltos a Carlos Rodríguez en otra impresionante actuación para el joven que es entrenado por Eduardo García, quien entreno en su mejor momento a Fernando “Feroz” Vargas e hizo campeones mundiales a sus hijos Robert García y Miguel Angel García.

Saucedo es uno de los prospectos más cotizados de Top Rank, también buscara su segunda victoria en el 2015, ya que el pasado 2 de febrero en Hidalgo, Texas fulmino en tres rounds al experimentado ecuatoriano Eduardo Flores.

También estarán en acción los jóvenes locales Arnold Barboza (6-0, 2 KOs) de El Monte, California, Luis Sedano (4-0-1, 1 KO) de Duarte, California, Rafel Espinoza (6-0, 5 KOs) de Guadalajara, Jalisco, México.

Los boletos que tiene un precio de $125, $75 y $50, ya están disponibles y pueden ser adquirido enwww.hollywoodfightnight.com o llamando al 626 388-8888.

Florentine Gardes está localizado en el 5955 Hollywood Blvd. en Hollywood, California. Las puertas se abrirán a las 6:30 p.m. (hora local) y el primer campanazo será a las 7:00 p.m.

 

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Tue, 26 May 2015 19:26:54 -0500
Guy Robb Signs with Top Rank http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-guy-robb-signs-with-top-rank/ Las Vegas - Guy Robb, an action featherweight from Sacramento, has signed with Top Rank. Robb has a record of 15-1-0, has won eight fights in a row, four by knockout. He is trained by Ray Woods, stepfather and the original trainer of the late champion Diego 'Chico' Corrales.

"Guy has an aggressive, entertaining style of boxing and is always in exciting fights," said Hall of Fame matchmaker Bruce Trampler of Top Rank.

Manager Herb Stone said  "Guy has wins over undefeated fighters. He competes at a high level. Fight fans are really going to like his in-ring intensity and will to win."

Robb, 26, said "I train at Golden State Bloodhounds Gym in Sacramento. It's Ray Woods' gym. I used to try to knock everyone out. He is teaching me to more creative, set up my opponents, then go for the big punch when I am in the ring."

Robb was a 2008 Ringside National Amateur champion and in the same year was a bronze medalist at the U.S. National Championships at 125 pounds.

Top Rank will soon announce Robb's debut with the company, Trampler said.

Take a look back at Felix Verdejo's signing with us. He makes his HBO debut June 13 at Madison Square Garden. 

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

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

FELIX VERDEJO EN EL FESTIVAL CULTURAL DEL BRONX:

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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Thu, 21 May 2015 16:59:10 -0500
Gilberto Ramirez to Headline on truTV http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-gilberto-ramirez-to-headline-on-trutv/  HIDALGO, TX (May 21, 2015) -- Undefeated Mexican knockout artist GILBERTO "Zurdo" RAMIREZthe No. 2 world-rated super middleweight contender with the matinee idol looks, will headline an all-action card on Friday, June 26, at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, TX.  Ramirez will be taking on DERECK "The Black Lion" EDWARDS in a 10- round super middleweight bout which will be televised live on The MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV® at 10:00 p.m. ET.  The live boxing series is presented by truTV and Top Rank®, and produced in association with HBO Sports®.  Find truTV on YOUR TV:  http://trutvishere.com/

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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HBO

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

 

MEDIA CREDENTIALS:  www.toprank.com/credentials

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

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

FELIX VERDEJO BRONX CULTURAL ARTS FESTIVAL SCHEDULE 

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

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

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with All Star Boxing, Tecate and Madison Square Garden, remaining tickets to the Walters vs. Marriaga / Verdejo vs. Najera world championship boxing event, priced at $205, $105 and $55, can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008), and online at www.ticketmaster.com and www.thegarden.com.  

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

 

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TOP RANK

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

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

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

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

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

 

HBO

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

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

 

MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

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

 

MEDIA CREDENTIALS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Contacts:

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

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

Rick Mirigian, Promoter/Agent (559) 500 9224

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

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

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with All Star Boxing, Tecate and Madison Square Garden, tickets to the Walters vs. Marriaga / Verdejo vs. Najera world championship boxing event will go on sale This Friday!  May 15, at Noon ET.  Priced at $205, $105 and $55, tickets can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008), and online at www.ticketmaster.com andwww.thegarden.com.   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (Media):

 

TOP RANK

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

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

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

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

 

HBO

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

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

 

MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

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

 

MEDIA CREDENTIALS

www.toprank.com/credentials

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