Top Rank Boxing http://www.toprank.com Top Rank boxing news, event, videos and photo galleries en-us Copyright Top Rank 06-30-2016 09:05:53 60 Jose Ramirez - WBC Continental Americas Title http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-jose-ramirez-wbc-continental-americas-title/ Fresno, California - Coming off a packed MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 9th and on HBO PPV televised to the world, USA Olympian, WBC Continental Americas Champion, NABF Champion and undefeatedJose Ramirez (17-0, 12 KOs) won in dominant fashion and retained his title. Ramirez now will return July 9th in his home town where he will main event a Nationally televised fight at Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino which looks to sell out in a week. Ramirez last fought at home December 5th at the Save Mart Center drawing 13,100 and before that 10,000 in May at the Selland Arena.

A victory will give Ramirez a Top-10 world rating and further his journey to a world title. Champions including Evander Holyfield and Roy Jones and many other superstars have held the WBC Continental Americas belt.

"Jose Ramirez is one of the greatest, young talents in recent years and has all the elements of becoming a Superstar. The WBC is very proud to have been hand-in-hand with him since the beginning of his career," said WBC President, Mauricio Sulaiman

"Fresh off a spectacular performance on the Pacquiao - Bradley card, USA Olympian Jose Ramirez returns to the ring on Saturday, July 9 at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore to continue his march towards a world championship fight. I am sure all of the fans from the Central Valley will continue to support this great athlete and the special person Jose is. I want to thank Jose's advisor and agent Rick Mirigian for all he is doing to make this a very special event," said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank.

"I’m happy to come home and be able to bring a big fight to where I live and defend my belts at Tachi Palace as they have supported me since day one and it is important to me to fight there, I will take a week off to be with family and get right back to the gym" Jose Ramirez.

"No days off in this sport, we are right back to getting big fights put together, big sponsors and his evolution to becoming a world champion and dont wait to get tickets on this fight as they will be tough to get and Tachi Palace is the premier resort and casino in the central valley so make a weekend out of this huge event" agent/promoter Rick Mirigian.

Tickets priced at $1000 per table (VIP 10 people per table), $65 (Reserved) and $35 (General Entrance), plus applicable charges, go on sale April 29th, come in and purchase tickets at the Tachi Palace Hotel Gift Shop (17225 Jersey Ave. Lemoore, CA 93245), by phone at 1-866-4PALACE, or online at: www.TachiPalace.com.

A $3 Ticket fee will apply and be donated to the city of Avenal where Jose Ramirez was born and raised to help with their water issues.

 

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Ramos vs. Paredes - Lightweights http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-ramos-vs-paredes-lightweights-event/ To get tickets to Ramos-Paredes, visit the Pioneer Events Center at uavpec.com or call 661-726-1911 ext. 101.

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Sat, 16 Jul 2016 23:00:00 -0500
Crawford-Postol - Jr. Welterweight World Title Unification http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-crawford-postol-jr-welterweight-world-title-unification/ LAS VEGAS, NV (May 31, 2016) --  GILBERTO "Zurdo" RAMIREZ, Mexico's undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) super middleweight world champion with the matinee idol looks and two-time Mexican Olympian and undefeated No. 1 featherweight contender ÓSCAR VALDEZ, will headline the pay-per-view undercard topped by the junior welterweight world title unification battle between undefeated world champions TERENCE "Bud" CRAWFORD and "The IcemanVIKTOR POSTOL.   Ramirez will be making the first defense of the championship crown he decisively won from three-time world champion "King" Arthur Abraham in April.  Ramirez will be defending his title against  DOMINIK BRITSCH.  Valdez will rumble with undefeated No. 2 world-rated contender MATÍAS "La Cobrita" RUEDA for the vacant WBO featherweight world title.  The pay-per-view telecast will open with former interim world champion  JOSE BENAVIDEZ, JR, risking his undefeated record and Top-10 world-rating, in a 10-round welterweight battle against FRANCISCO "Chia" SANTANA.

The eight pay-per-view warriors boast a combined record of 216-6-2 (135 KOs) -- a winning percentage of 96% with nearly 2/3 of their victories coming by way of knockout.  

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Tecate and the motion picture "Hands of Stone,"  the Terence Crawford - Viktor Postol world championship pay-per-view event will take place on Saturday, July 23, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.  It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®  beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.

Remaining tickets to Crawford vs. Postol are priced at $304, $204, $104, and $54, not including applicable service fees.  To charge by phone with a major credit card, call AXS at (888) 929-7849.  Tickets are also available for purchase at mgmgrand.com or www.AXS.com (http://bit.ly/24ORYhs)    

"I am very excited to be making my first world title defense.  I am working hard to make it a successful defense as I plan to be a world champion for a long time," said Ramirez.  "Dominik is a tough challenger, very strong.  I don't know a lot about him personally but I will train hard as always.  It feels great being on another HBO Pay-Per- View event.  One day I want to be in the main event of a pay per view.  That goal motivates me to do my best."

"I am very happy to be fighting the No. 1 super middleweight -- world champion Gilberto Ramirez," said Britsch.  "My slogan is, 'Only those who dare to lose can win.'  Gilberto, I am ready for you." 

"I really believe that looking at my past few fights I have earned the opportunity to fight for a world championship," said Valdez.  "Now is the time to take advantage of this opportunity."

"Although this will be my second fight in the U.S. and many people might think I am not the favorite, I will surprise lots of fans," said Rueda.  "I respect my opponent, but I am going to Las Vegas determined and with only one thing on my mind – winning the belt and bringing it back to Argentina with me.  You can all be sure of that.  My opponent is going to lose.  I respect him, he is a very good fighter, but he will lose."

"This fight is very important because I want to show everyone that I am ready to beat world-class fighters in the welterweight pound division," said Benavidez.  "I know Santana is a good fighter but I have what it takes to outclass and beat him on July 23.  I have been training hard and am more than ready to show what I bring to the table on fight night and prove I belong."

"I feel extremely blessed to be fighting against Benavidez on HBO Pay-Per-View.  He is a talented fighter but I am ready to rise to the occasion and prove to the world that I am an elite fighter and a future world champion," said Santana.  "I view this fight as getting me one step closer to a world title shot.  On the night we get into the ring I will live up to my motto - 'Train, Fight, Win' - one fight at a time."

Ramirez (34-0, 24 KOs), a two-fisted super middleweight wrecking machine who hails from Mazatlan, Mexico, made history in the co-main event to the Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley welterweight pay-per-view on April 9 when he became Mexico's first fighter to win a super middleweight world title.  Entering the fight as the top world-rated contender, Ramirez gave a virtuoso performance over the defending WBO champion Abraham.  All three judges scored it as a 120-108 blitzkrieg.  "I took him to Mexican boxing school," a jubilant Ramirez boasted as he put on the world championship belt .  A sensational young champion, Ramirez, 24, has won four of his last eight bouts by knockout.  Career-highlight performances include an NABF and 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, all in 2014.  Last year he successfully defended his titles via unanimous decisions over once-beaten Maxim Vlasov, division gate keeper Derek Edwards, who boasts a KO victory over world champion Badou Jack, and once-beaten Gevorg Khatchikian, who had scored knockouts in five of his last six victories.

Britsch (32-2-1, 11 KOs), of Neckarsulm, Germany, enters this fight riding a four bout winning streak  and having won six of his last seven bouts dating back to 2013.  Known for his body punching prowess and his excellent skills and movement, Britsch's trophy case features the International Boxing Federation (IBF) Intercontinental middleweight and German super middleweight championship belts.  This will be his first fight in the U.S. since 2011.

Valdez (20-0, 17 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 new face for boxing's next generation.  In his last fight, on the undercard of the April 9 Pacquiao-Bradley pay-per-view, Valdez solidified his status as the World Boxing Council (WBC) and WBO No. 1 contender by scoring a fourth-round TKO of former IBF featherweight world champion Evgeny Gradovich.  It was the first time Gradovich had ever been stopped in his 24-bout professional career.  On the undercard of Pacquiao - Bradley II welterweight world championship rematch in 2014, Valdez captured the 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, 25, won all four of his  2015 fights -- three by knockout.  He fashioned a third-round blasting of Jose Ramirez on April 11, in Laredo, Texas.  Valdez followed that with his live HBO debut, winning a dominant 10-round unanimous decision over one-time world title challenger Ruben Tamayo on June 27  in Carson, Calif.  He ended 2015 with knockout victories of top-10 contender and one-time world title challenger Chris Avalos and Ernes Sanchez on September 11 and December 12, respectively.  The four fighters boasted a combined record of 91-19-5.

Rueda (26-0, 23 KOs), from Tandil, Buenos Aires, Argentina, enters this world championship fight having won his last 10 fights by way of knockout which he credits to  his exciting "seek and destroy" style and deadly punching power.  He has made six defenses of the WBO Latino featherweight title he captured in 2013 via a third-round knockout of Juan Solis,  On January 16, he also became the South American featherweight champion, scoring an eighth round knockout of Leandro Mendes.  In his last fight, which took place on April 2, Rueda iced Nestor Pamigua in the third round to successfully defend both of his titles.    

Benavidez (24-0, 16 KOs), from Phoenix, AZ, won his first world title in 2014 when he won a hotly-contested unanimous decision over defending World Boxing Association (WBA) interim super lightweight champion Mauricio Herrera.  After one successful title defense -- a 12th-round knockout of Jorge Paez, Jr. in 2015 -- Benavidez vacated the title to move up to the welterweight division.  His debut in the heavier weight class took place on December 12, where he won a blistering 10-round  unanimous over Sidney Siqueira.  An amateur standout, at 16, Benavidez was the youngest boxer to ever win the National Golden Gloves Championships, in 2009.  He was also the youngest boxer, at 17, to be licensed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.  An exception was made for the minimum age requirement of 18 years because of his exceptional talent.  Benavidez is currently the WBA's No. 6 world-rated welterweight contender.     

Santana (24-4-1, 12 KOs), from Santa Barbara, Calif., enters this fight having won 12 of his last 13 bouts, with half of those victories coming by way of knockout..  A favorite of Southern California fight fans because of his exciting style and two-fisted power, Santana boasts several notable victories including a first-round knockout of undefeated contender Kendal Mena for the WBA International welterweight title in 2015, and back-to-back  unanimous decisions over former world champion Joachim Alcine and Freddy Hernandez in 2013.  In his last fight, on April 2, he scored a 10-round unanimous decision over Edward Paredes.       

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, or twitter.com/hboboxing.  Use the Hashtag #CrawfordPostol to join the conversation on Twitter. 

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TOP RANK

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

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

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

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

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

 

HBO

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

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

 

MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL

Scott Ghertner:  702-692-6750 / sghertner@mgmresorts.com

 

MEDIA CREDENTIALS

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Diaz vs. Vazquez - Lightweights http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-diaz-vs-vazquez-lightweights/ TUCSON, AZ (June 24, 2016) – Here comes the ‘Baby Bull’! Former world champion and proven in-ring warrior, Juan ‘Baby Bull’ Diaz will return to action inside the squared circle on the ‘Solo Boxeo UniMás’ card that will take place on Saturday, August 6, at the Grand Ballroom of the Casino del Sol Resort in the city also known as ‘The Sunshine Factory’.
 
Diaz (41-4, 20 KO’s), from Houston, Texas, who has been crowned in multiple occasions as lightweight king, hopes to continue his steady pace towards the opportunity to fight for a world title once again when he battles against Mexico’s’Cesar Vazquez (27-3, 16 KO’s) – a former world title challenger – in a ten-round bout on the main event of the card that will be televised from coast to coast in the United States by UniMás.
 
“I have been itching to get back into the ring. I am very happy and excited to be part of another Top Rank event.  After my last fight in Houston, I felt great and I am looking forward to the next bout scheduled in Tucson at the Casino Del Sol and to be with Arizona boxing fans.  With a win in Tucson I am one step closer to the ultimate goal which is obtaining a fifth world title,” said Diaz.
 
Regarding his August 6 opponent, the ‘Baby Bull’ added: “He (Vazquez) has previously challenged for a world title, I am respectful of that, he is a tough professional and he will also be ready for the bout. This will be a fan friendly and interesting fight”.
 
“Casino Del Sol is excited to team up with Top Rank, one of the truly premier promoters in the history of boxing, as we continue to provide our boxing fans with the best bouts possible.  This card truly reflects our desire to always put on world class fights, and we know that people in the audience, as well as on TV, will be in for a real treat,” said Kim Van Amburg, CEO de Casino Del Sol.
 
In the fight that will start the UniMás broadcast, unbeaten Phoenix contender, Trevor McCumby (22-0, 17 KO’s) will risk his undefeated record against Puerto Rico’sManny Siaca (25-8, 20 KO’s) in an eight-round bout on the Light Heavyweight division.
 
Diaz vs. Vazquez / McCumby vs. Siaca will be televised on August 6 at 11 p.m. ET/PT on ‘Solo Boxeo UniMás’.
 
Also, 2012 Olympic gold medalist and undefeated Russian prospect, Egor Mekhontsev (11-0, 7 KO’s), will also see action on the August 6 card. Mekhontsev will face Alexander Johnson (16-4, 7 KO’s) in an 8-round light heavyweight rumble.
 
Presented by Top Rank, tickets priced at: $100 (Elite), $75 (Platinum), $40 (Gold) and $25 (Silver), plus applicable charges, are now on sale and can be acquired on the website: www.CasinoDelSol.com.
 
For updates about this card, visit: www.TopRank.com or www.CasinoDelSol.com.
 
Use the hashtag #SoloBoxeo to join the conversation on social media.
 

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

 

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Marriaga vs. Robb - Featherweights http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-marriaga-vs-robb/ Sat, 27 Aug 2016 23:00:00 -0500 Terence Crawford/Brian McIntyre Blog: Part 1 http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-terence-crawfordbrian-mcintyre-blog-part-1-1/ Do you feel you are being avoided?

TERENCE CRAWFORD

"I'm not worried if I am being avoided by anyone as long as I get to fight the best out there.  In this business if you don't fight you don't eat.  And the fans are smart enough to know a good fight.  They are not about to settle for anything less.  Why should they? They work hard for their money too.  So if other fighters want to go hungry because they are looking for easy fights, that's their business.  But that's not for me.  I love this sport too much and I owe a lot to the fans who pay to see me fight.  They deserve to see the best fight the best, which is why I am fighting Postol.  We are two undefeated champions risking our world titles and our undefeated records to fight each other to determine the best fighter in the division.  It's the ultimate test.  We both want to know who the best junior welterweight is and on July 23 we are going to find out."

 

BRIAN McINTYRE

"Everyone knows that most 140 pound champions have avoided Terence.  That is not a problem because our feeling is either fight us or get out of the game.  Fighters are like buses.  If one speeds off as you approach you don't run after it.  You wait a few minutes for the next one to come by.  Terence isn't chasing anyone.  He only wants to fight the top fighters who are confident enough in their talents to meet him head on.  And that's what you're going to see on July 23rd -- a head-on collision between two undefeated world champions and the class of the 140 pound division."

The HBO Sports Special, Terence Crawford: My Fight,

debuts Saturday, July 9 at 12:15 a.m. ET/PT on HBO.

Liev Schreiber narrates.

 

Get an exclusive first look at the HBO Sports special -- Terence Crawford: My Fight (Click to Watch)

Link: https://youtu.be/kqPOMXUmw7U 

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

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

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FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (Media):

 

TOP RANK

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

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

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

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

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

 

HBO

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

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

 

MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL

Scott Ghertner:  702-692-6750 / sghertner@mgmresorts.com

 

CREDENTIALS:

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Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:48:50 -0500
"Baby Bull" Continues World Title Hunt http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-quotbaby-bullquot-continues-world-title-hunt/ TUCSON, AZ (June 24, 2016) – Here comes the ‘Baby Bull’! Former world champion and proven in-ring warrior, Juan ‘Baby Bull’ Diaz will return to action inside the squared circle on the ‘Solo Boxeo UniMás’ card that will take place on Saturday, August 6, at the Grand Ballroom of the Casino del Sol Resort in the city also known as ‘The Sunshine Factory’.
 
Diaz (41-4, 20 KO’s), from Houston, Texas, who has been crowned in multiple occasions as lightweight king, hopes to continue his steady pace towards the opportunity to fight for a world title once again when he battles against Mexico’s’Cesar Vazquez (27-3, 16 KO’s) – a former world title challenger – in a ten-round bout on the main event of the card that will be televised from coast to coast in the United States by UniMás.
 
“I have been itching to get back into the ring. I am very happy and excited to be part of another Top Rank event.  After my last fight in Houston, I felt great and I am looking forward to the next bout scheduled in Tucson at the Casino Del Sol and to be with Arizona boxing fans.  With a win in Tucson I am one step closer to the ultimate goal which is obtaining a fifth world title,” said Diaz.
 
Regarding his August 6 opponent, the ‘Baby Bull’ added: “He (Vazquez) has previously challenged for a world title, I am respectful of that, he is a tough professional and he will also be ready for the bout. This will be a fan friendly and interesting fight”.
 
“Casino Del Sol is excited to team up with Top Rank, one of the truly premier promoters in the history of boxing, as we continue to provide our boxing fans with the best bouts possible.  This card truly reflects our desire to always put on world class fights, and we know that people in the audience, as well as on TV, will be in for a real treat,” said Kim Van Amburg, CEO de Casino Del Sol.
 
In the fight that will start the UniMás broadcast, unbeaten Phoenix contender, Trevor McCumby (22-0, 17 KO’s) will risk his undefeated record against Puerto Rico’sManny Siaca (25-8, 20 KO’s) in an eight-round bout on the Light Heavyweight division.
 
Diaz vs. Vazquez / McCumby vs. Siaca will be televised on August 6 at 11 p.m. ET/PT on ‘Solo Boxeo UniMás’.
 
Also, 2012 Olympic gold medalist and undefeated Russian prospect, Egor Mekhontsev (11-0, 7 KO’s), will also see action on the August 6 card. Mekhontsev will face Alexander Johnson (16-4, 7 KO’s) in an 8-round light heavyweight rumble.
 
Presented by Top Rank, tickets priced at: $100 (Elite), $75 (Platinum), $40 (Gold) and $25 (Silver), plus applicable charges, are now on sale and can be acquired on the website: www.CasinoDelSol.com.
 
For updates about this card, visit: www.TopRank.com or www.CasinoDelSol.com.
 
Use the hashtag #SoloBoxeo to join the conversation on social media.
 

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

 

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Juan ‘Baby Bull’ Díaz regresará a la acción el 6 de agosto en ‘Solo Boxeo UniMás’ http://www.toprank.com/news/juan-baby-bull-diaz-regresara-a-la-accion-el-6-de-agosto-en-solo-boxeo-unimas/ TUCSON, AZ (24 de junio del 2016) - ¡Por ahí viene ‘El Torito’! El ex campeón mundial Juan ‘Baby Bull’ Díaz regresará a la acción sobre el ensogado en el cartel ‘Solo Boxeo UniMás’ que se celebrará el sábado 6 de agosto en el Grand Ballroom del Casino del Sol Resort en la llamada ‘Fabrica del Sol’.

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

“Estoy muy alegre de ser parte de otro evento de Top Rank. Después de mi última pelea en Houston, me sentí muy bien y estoy listo para el próximo encuentro. Con una victoria en Tucson tomo un paso más rumbo a la meta de obtener un quinto titulo mundial,” dijo Díaz.

En cuanto a su rival del 6 de agosto, el ‘Baby Bull’ añadió: “Respeto que mi contrincante previamente haya peleado por un titulo mundial. Es un profesional con experiencia que también estará bien preparado para nuestro encuentro. La pelea en si será muy interesante y entretenida para los aficionados.”

“Casino Del Sol está muy emocionado de unirse a Top Rank, una de las mejores promotoras en la historia del boxeo, mientras continuamos proveyendo a nuestros fans del boxeo las mejores peleas posibles. Esta cartelera realmente refleja nuestro deseo de siempre presentar peleas de clase mundial, y sabemos que los fans en la audiencia, al igual que TV, disfrutarán de un gran regalo,” dijo Kim Van Amburg, CEO de Casino Del Sol.

En la pelea que comenzará la transmisión de televisión de la cadena UniMás, el invicto contendiente de Phoenix, Arizona, Trevor McCumby (22-0, 17 KO’s) arriesgará su marca invicta ante el puertorriqueño Manny Siaca (25-8, 20 KO’s) en un combate a ochos episodios en el peso semipesado.

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

Además, el medallista de oro olímpico e invicto prospecto ruso, Egor Mekhontsev (11-0, 7 KO’s), también estará en acción en la función del 6 de agosto. Mekhontsev chocará ante el estadounidense Alexander Johnson en una reyerta a ocho vueltas en la división de los semipesados.

Los boletos para esta presentación de Top Rank ya están a la venta a precios de $100 (Ellite), $75 (Platinum), $40 (Gold) y $25 (Silver), más cargos aplicables,  pueden ser adquiridos en el sitio web www.CasinoDelSol.com/tucson-entertainment.

Para más detalles de esta cartelera, visita: www.TopRank.com o www.CasinoDelSol.com/tucson-entertainment.

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

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Mon, 27 Jun 2016 15:24:18 -0500
Viktor Postol/Freddie Roach Blog: Part 2 http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-viktor-postolfreddie-roach-blog-part-2/

Tell us about your fight with Lucas Matthysse and what that victory meant to you.

 

VIKTOR POSTOL

"The fight with Matthysse was my most challenging and memorable because it was my first world championship fight and I was fighting for the title against one of the strongest punchers in the division.  The importance of this fight for my career and my life was not lost on me.  It was all I thought about during training camp at Wild Card.  It's all I ever wanted since I started boxing in a gym outside Kiev as a 12-year-old boy.  I followed Freddie's game plan from beginning to end. Even the last combination I landed -- right uppercut, left hook -- we worked on daily.  It was a reflex to throw them when he charged in at me. He was perfect for that punch.  Freddie Roach had me well prepared for that fight.  My trainers made me a champion and helped me realize a dream I have had for a very long time.  Every time I look at that green belt I will think of Freddie and everyone at Wild Card who helped me become a champion.  I loved showing it off to all my friends, family members and fans in Ukraine. I am very proud to represent my country as a world champion."

      

FREDDIE ROACH

"It was a very good performance.  We were in charge of the fight the whole time.  Viktor followed the game plan perfectly.  I remember before the last round I told our corner that Matthysse was very tired and ready to go out.  He was coming in with his head leaning down.   We told Viktor, 'Now is the time for a right uppercut and a left hook.  Viktor took him out when he was ready to take him out.  He is a good student of the game.  Viktor deserved that victory.  I've never had a fighter work harder in training camp than he did.  I was so happy for him when the fight was stopped.  I just knew that a lot of doors would be opening for him now that he was a world champion and because of how he won that fight.  This was, really, one of the greatest wins of my career as a trainer."

 

The HBO Sports Special, Terence Crawford: My Fight,

debuts Saturday, July 9 at 12:15 a.m. on HBO.

 

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

 

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Viktor Postol/Freddie Roach Blog: Part 1 http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-viktor-postolfreddie-roach-blog-part-1/  

Do you feel like the underdog in this fight? What would a win do for your career?

VIKTOR POSTOL:

"I do not consider myself an underdog in this fight. Terence Crawford's fans might consider me as the underdog but that does not bother me. I'm 100% confident in myself and in my victory on July 23rd and the reasons are simple.  I work harder in training camp than my opponents because I have to. Because I want to. I have the best trainer working with me and his name his Freddie Roach. He has been named Trainer of the Year a record seven times and he is in the Hall of Fame. Crawford has no one like that on his team. Since I have been training with Freddie I have knocked out two of the three opponents I have faced -- Lucas Matthysse and Selcuk Aydin. Both were No. 2 world-rated contenders and both times I was considered the underdog. I have passed every test that I have taken as a professional fighter and with the best teacher in boxing working with me I intend to pass this one on July 23rd with flying colors. This victory will prove to everyone that I am the best fighter at 140 pounds and the king of the division."

 

FREDDIE ROACH:

"I do not feel that Viktor is an underdog going into this fight. Why should I? In his two toughest tests -- Lucas Matthysse and Selcuk Aydin -- he didn't just knock them out, he took their will to fight away. He broke them down brick by brick. His experience against blue chip opposition has been great preparation for his fight with Terence Crawford. Don't get me wrong. I have a lot of respect for Crawford. He has a lot of talent. But I think this is going to come down to resumes and I think Postol has fought tougher and better opponents than Crawford. Postol even spent an entire training camp with Manny Pacquiao in 2014 when Manny was preparing for Chris Algieri. Viktor more than held his own against Manny. Crawford is going to find out that defending a title against Hank Lundy and Dierry Jean is a lot different than fighting a fellow undefeated world champion like Viktor Postol. A win for Viktor will mean that the U.S. and the world has a new star in boxing. A star as bright as boxing has ever seen."  

The HBO Sports Special, Terence Crawford: My Fight, debuts Saturday, July 9 at 11:15 p.m. on HBO.

Crawford vs. Postol takes place Saturday, July 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.   

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Tue, 21 Jun 2016 09:39:30 -0500
Terence Crawford/Brian McIntyre Blog: Part 1 http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-terence-crawfordbrian-mcintyre-blog-part-1/ How will it feel fighting in Vegas for first time?  PPV for the first time?

TERENCE CRAWFORD

"It is an honor to fight in Las Vegas, especially at the MGM Grand where so many historic fights have taken place and so many great fighters have made their mark. It's the same way I felt when I headlined my first card at Madison Square Garden earlier this year. Many fighters dream of fighting on such a big stage but it's something you have to earn. I have worked very hard to get to this point in my career -- to earn the right to headline my first pay-per-view event. I can't think of a better place to do it than in the Fight Capital of the World. It's very exciting, but I need to keep my eye on the ball. There will be a lot of hard work to do in training camp to make my pay-per-view debut successful. This isn't just opening night for a new phase of my career. I want this to be the beginning of a long run as boxing's next pound for pound star and a worthy successor to Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr."

BRIAN McINTYRE:

"Fighting in Las Vegas in the main event and headlining a pay-per-view is a tremendous honor. Years ago I never imagined we would get to this point. We are representing Omaha on the biggest stage boxing has to offer and Terence is not about to let his hometown down. He is proud to represent Omaha and he will be carrying that pride in his heart and soul when he enters the ring on July 23rd and beats Viktor Postol. We know we are in this position because of hard work and more hard work. And with hard work came success, success that produced an undefeated record against the best fighters and two world titles in two different divisions. No one has ever been able to outthink or outfight Terence and that's a lesson Postol is going to learn the hard way -- in front of a very big audience."          

The HBO Sports Special, Terence Crawford: My Fight, debuts Saturday, July 9 at 11:15 p.m. on HBO.

Crawford vs. Postol takes place Saturday, July 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. 

 

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Mon, 20 Jun 2016 16:50:39 -0500
Martínez y Lomachenko prometen guerra en el Madison Square Garden http://www.toprank.com/news/martinez-y-lomachenko-prometen-guerra-en-el-madison-square-garden/ NUEVA YORK (9 de junio del 2016) - El ucraniano Vasyl 'Hi-Tech' Lomachenko y el boricua Román 'Rocky' Martínez se vieron cara a cara en la tarde de hoy en 'La Gran Manzana' durante la conferencia de prensa final del cartel en el cual chocarán este sábado, 11 de junio -- en la víspera de la parada puertorriqueña -- en 'El Teatro' del Madison Square Garden. Tanto Lomachenko, como Martínez prometieron un combate lleno de acción.

Lomachenko (5-1, 3 KO's), un dos-veces medallista de oro olímpico y actual campeón peso pluma de la  Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), subirá de división para retar a Martínez (29-2-3, 17 KOs) por el título junior ligero de la OMB. Ante Martínez, Lomachenko intentará hacer historia al convertirse en el primer peleador en ser campeón mundial en dos divisiones en tan sólo siete peleas profesionales.

“La preparación fue muy buena. Me siento muy bien y estoy listo para esta pelea. Yo sólo espero que el sábado me enfrente al mejor ‘Rocky’ Martínez. Yo creo que este será un combate muy bueno, ya que ambos somos campeones. Será interesante,” dijo Lomachenko.

Por su parte, 'Rocky' Martínez aseguró que retendrá su título exitosamente ante Lomachenko.

"Yo voy a subir como campeón y voy a bajar como campeón. Yo confío en mi preparación. Estoy listo para lo que Lomachenko traiga el sábado y sé que tengo las herramientas para derrotarlo," dijo el veterano peleador boricua. "Si él me quiere ganar, va a tener que matarme, pero para matarme él también va a tener que estar dispuesto a morir,” finalizó diciendo Martínez.

En el combate co-estelar del cartel, el invicto contendiente boricua Félix 'El Diamante' Verdejo (21-0, 14 KO’s) defenderá su título latino peso ligero de la OMB y arriesgará su invicto ante el mexicano Juan José 'Piquet' Martínez (25-2, 17 KO's) en la pelea que abrirá la transmisión de la cadena HBO.

“He estado bien enfocado en esta pelea. Me siento muy bien físicamente y mentalmente. Ha sido un campo de entrenamiento excelente. Estoy preparado para el sábado. Voy a seguir desarrollándome para ser un gran campeón en este deporte,” dijo 'El Diamante' del boxeo boricua.

El 'Piquet' Martínez dejó claro que no vino a vacacionar a Nueva York

“Sabemos que Verdejo es un buen peleador que es fuerte y rápido, pero no vinimos aquí de paseo, vinimos a dar pelea, a complicarle la noche y a llevarnos ese título a México,” garantizó el púgil azteca.

Además, el dos-veces campeón olímpico, el ídolo del boxeo chino Zou Shiming (7-1, 2 KO's) realizará su debut en los Estados Unidos cuando se mida a Jozsef Ajtai (15-2, 10 KO's) en la parte del respaldo de la función que serán transmitidos en vivo por www.TopRank.tv

También los invictos prospectos Christopher ‘Pitufo’ Díaz (16-0, 10 KO’s), Julian 'Hammer Hands' Rodríguez (12-0, 9 KO's), Mike 'Yes Indeed' Reed (18-0, 10 KO's)  y Jean Carlos 'Chapito' Rivera (6-0, 3 KO's) verán acción en los combates preliminares que se transmitirán a través del app Top Rank TV.

Los combates titulares Martínez vs. Lomachenko y Verdejo vs. Martínez serán televisados desde las 10pm ET/PT por la cadena HBO.

En una promoción de Top Rank®, en asociación con Puerto Rico Best Boxing y Diamante Promotions, SECA y Madison Square Garden, las taquillas restantes para la doble tanda estelar Martínez vs. Lomachenko / Verdejo vs. Martínez a precios de: $300, $200, $100, $50 y $35, pueden ser adquiridos en la boletería del Madison Square Garden, todos los puntos de venta Ticketmaster, cargando por teléfono llamando a Ticketmaster al 866-858-0008, y en los sitios web: www.TicketMaster.com y www.TheGarden.com.

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Thu, 09 Jun 2016 18:12:17 -0500
Listos Félix ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo y Christopher ‘Pitufo’ Díaz para comenzar la fiesta boricua en ‘La Gran Manzana’ http://www.toprank.com/news/listos-felix-el-diamante-verdejo-y-christopher-pitufo-diaz-para-comenzar-la-fiesta-boricua-en-la-gran-manzana/

 
FOTOS: Entrenamiento de medios de Verdejo y 'Pitufo' en P.R.
 
SAN JUAN, P.R. (6 de junio del 2016) – Los jóvenes púgiles puertorriqueños Félix ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo y Christopher 'Pitufo' Díaz aseguraron estar preparados para comenzar la fiesta boricua en la cartelera que se celebrará este sábado, 11 de junio -- en la víspera de la parada puertorriqueña -- en el 'El Teatro' del Madison Square Garden.
 
Verdejo (21-0, 14 KO’s), actual monarca latino peso ligero de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), defenderá su título y arriesgará su invicto ante el mexicano Juan José 'Piquet' Martínez (25-2, 17 KO's) en el combate co-estelar del cartel que será estelarizado por el choque por el título junior ligero de la OMB entre el ucraniano Vasyl ‘Hi-Tech’ Lomachenko y el boricua Román 'Rocky' Martínez.
 
“Me siento listo para comenzar esa gran fiesta boricua en Nueva York. Estoy lleno de optimismo y deseoso de que suene la campana para regalarle a mi gente una gran pelea frente a un duro rival que también viene a dar un gran combate,” dijo Verdejo, quien realizará la quinta defensa de su título. 
 
Por su parte, el invicto prospecto barranquiteño Christopher ‘Pitufo’ Díaz (16-0, 10 KO’s) enfrentará a Neftalí Campos (11-1, 9 KO’s) en un combate a ocho asaltos en la división peso pluma en una de las peleas preliminares del cartel que serán transmitidas en vivo por www.TopRank.tv y a través del app móvil ‘Top Rank TV’.
 
“Estoy emocionado con esta nueva oportunidad de pelear en el Madison Square Garden ante todos esos boricuas que estarán allí apoyándonos en este nuevo duelo de México vs. Puerto Rico,” dijo el llamado ‘Hijo de la Montaña’.
 
Ricky Márquez, entrenador y manejador de Verdejo y Díaz, añadió: “estamos positivos, pero sin sobre confiarnos ante el reto de estos rivales mexicanos ya que sabemos de su fuerza y reciedumbre.”
 
Los combates titulares Martínez vs. Lomachenko y Verdejo vs. Martínez serán televisados desde las 10pm ET/PT por la cadena HBO.
 
En una promoción de Top Rank®, en asociación con Puerto Rico Best Boxing y Diamante Promotions, SECA y Madison Square Garden, las taquillas restantes para la doble tanda estelar Martínez vs. Lomachenko / Verdejo vs. Martínez a precios de: $300, $200, $100, $50 y $35, pueden ser adquiridos en la boletería del Madison Square Garden, todos los puntos de venta Ticketmaster, cargando por teléfono llamando a Ticketmaster al 866-858-0008, y en los sitios web: www.TicketMaster.com y www.TheGarden.com.
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Gilberto Ramírez y ÓscarValdéz estelarizarán respaldo de lujo el 23 de julio en Las Vegas http://www.toprank.com/news/gilberto-ramirez-y-oscarvaldez-estelarizaran-respaldo-de-lujo-el-23-de-julio-en-las-vegas/ FOTOS: Conferencia de Prensa Preliminares Crawford vs. Postol
 
LAS VEGAS, NV (31 de mayo del 2016) – El invicto campeón supermediano de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramírez y el dos-veces olímpico mexicano Óscar Valdéz estelarizarán las preliminares del evento que será protagonizado por la batalla unificatoria entre Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford y ‘The Iceman’ Viktor Postol.
 
Ramirez (34-0, 24 KO’s), realizará la primera defensa del título que le arrebató a ‘King’ Arthur Abraham el pasado mes de abril. El ‘Zurdo’ defenderá su campeonato ante el alemán Dominik Britsch (32-2-1, 11 KOs).
 
“Estoy muy emocionado por hacer mi primera defensa de título mundial. Estoy trabajando duro para que sea una defensa exitosa, ya que planeo ser campeón por mucho tiempo,” dijo Ramírez. “Dominik es un retador difícil y fuerte. No sé mucho de él, pero entrenaré duro como siempre. Se siente tremendo estar en otro evento de HBO Pay-Per-View. Algún día quisiera estar en el evento estelar de un Pay-Per-View. Esa meta me motiva a dar lo mejor de mi.”
 
“Estoy muy contento de pelear ante el mejor supermediano del mundo – el campeón mundial Gilberto Ramírez,” dijo Britsch. "Mi lema es, ‘Solo esos que se arriesgan a perder, pueden ganar’. Gilberto estoy listo para ti.”
 
Valdéz (20-0, 17 KOs), quién viene de conseguir un impresionante triunfo por nocaut técnico ante el excampeón mundial Evgeny Gradovich, batallará ante el segundo clasificado contendor peso pluma, el argentino Matias ‘La Cobrita’ Rueda. El combate Valdéz vs. Rueda podría ser por el vacante título peso pluma de la OMB. 
 
“Al mirar mis últimas peleas, realmente creo que me he ganado la oportunidad de pelear por un título mundial,” dijo Valdéz. “Ahora es el momento de tomar vantaje de esta oportunidad.”
 
“Aunque esta será mi segunda pelea en los Estados Unidos y muchos piensan que no soy el favorito, voy a sorprender a muchos fans,” dijo Rueda. “Yo respeto a mi oponente, pero voy a Las Vegas con una sola cosa en mente – ganar el título y traerlo conmigo a Argentina. Pueden estar seguros de eso.”
 
La transmisión del Pay-Per-View comenzará con la pelea entre José Benavídez Jr.(24-0, 16 KOs), quien arriesgará su record invicto y su clasificación mundial, en una batalla peso welter a diez asaltos ante el californiano Francisco ‘Chia’ Santana(24-4-1, 12 KOs).
 
“Esta pelea es muy importante porque quiero demostrarle a todos que estoy listo para derrotar a peleadores de clase mundial en la división peso welter,” dijo Benavídez. “Sé que Santana es un buen peleador, pero tengo lo necesario para derrotarlo el 23 de julio.”
 
“Me siento extremadamente bendecido de pelear ante Benavídez en HBO Pay-Per-View. Él es un peleador talentoso, pero estoy listo para demostrarle al mundo que soy un peleador elite y un futuro campeón mundial,” dijo Santana. “Veo esta pelea como un paso más cerca de un título mundial.
 
El evento de Pay-Per-View Crawford vs. Postol se celebrará el sábado, 23 de julio en el MGM Gran Garden Arena en Las Vegas, Nevada. El evento será producido y distribuido en vivo por HBO Pay-Per-View®  comenzando a las  9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.
 
En una promoción de Top Rank®, en asociación con Tecate y  'Hands of Stone’, taquillas restantes para el evento Crawford vs. Postol, a precios de: $304, $204, $104 y $54, sin incluir los cargos aplicables, pueden ser adquiridos cargando por teléfono con tarjeta de crédito llamando a AXS  al (888) 929-7849. Los boletos también estarán disponibles para compra en los sitios web: www.MGMgrand.com o www.AXScom.  
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Three World Championship Bouts on Crawford-Postol Card http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-three-world-championship-bouts-on-crawford-postol-card/ LAS VEGAS, NV (May 31, 2016) --  GILBERTO "Zurdo" RAMIREZ, Mexico's undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) super middleweight world champion with the matinee idol looks and two-time Mexican Olympian and undefeated No. 1 featherweight contender ÓSCAR VALDEZ, will headline the pay-per-view undercard topped by the junior welterweight world title unification battle between undefeated world champions TERENCE "Bud" CRAWFORD and "The Iceman" VIKTOR POSTOL.   Ramirez will be making the first defense of the championship crown he decisively won from three-time world champion "King" Arthur Abraham in April.  Ramirez will be defending his title against  DOMINIK BRITSCHValdez will rumble with undefeated No. 2 world-rated contender MATÍAS "La Cobrita" RUEDA for the vacant WBO featherweight world title.  The pay-per-view telecast will open with former interim world champion  JOSE BENAVIDEZ, JR, risking his undefeated record and Top-10 world-rating, in a 10-round welterweight battle against FRANCISCO "Chia" SANTANA.

The eight pay-per-view warriors boast a combined record of 216-6-2 (135 KOs) -- a winning percentage of 96% with nearly 2/3 of their victories coming by way of knockout.  

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Tecate and the motion picture "Hands of Stone,"  the Terence Crawford - Viktor Postol world championship pay-per-view event will take place on Saturday, July 23, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.  It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®  beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.

Remaining tickets to Crawford vs. Postol are priced at $304, $204, $104, and $54, not including applicable service feesTo charge by phone with a major credit card, call AXS at (888) 929-7849.  Tickets are also available for purchase at mgmgrand.com or www.AXS.com (http://bit.ly/24ORYhs)    

"I am very excited to be making my first world title defense.  I am working hard to make it a successful defense as I plan to be a world champion for a long time," said Ramirez.  "Dominik is a tough challenger, very strong.  I don't know a lot about him personally but I will train hard as always.  It feels great being on another HBO Pay-Per- View event.  One day I want to be in the main event of a pay per view.  That goal motivates me to do my best."

"I am very happy to be fighting the No. 1 super middleweight -- world champion Gilberto Ramirez," said Britsch.  "My slogan is, 'Only those who dare to lose can win.'  Gilberto, I am ready for you." 

"I really believe that looking at my past few fights I have earned the opportunity to fight for a world championship," said Valdez.  "Now is the time to take advantage of this opportunity."

"Although this will be my second fight in the U.S. and many people might think I am not the favorite, I will surprise lots of fans," said Rueda.  "I respect my opponent, but I am going to Las Vegas determined and with only one thing on my mind – winning the belt and bringing it back to Argentina with me.  You can all be sure of that.  My opponent is going to lose.  I respect him, he is a very good fighter, but he will lose."

"This fight is very important because I want to show everyone that I am ready to beat world-class fighters in the welterweight pound division," said Benavidez.  "I know Santana is a good fighter but I have what it takes to outclass and beat him on July 23.  I have been training hard and am more than ready to show what I bring to the table on fight night and prove I belong."

"I feel extremely blessed to be fighting against Benavidez on HBO Pay-Per-View.  He is a talented fighter but I am ready to rise to the occasion and prove to the world that I am an elite fighter and a future world champion," said Santana.  "I view this fight as getting me one step closer to a world title shot.  On the night we get into the ring I will live up to my motto - 'Train, Fight, Win' - one fight at a time."

Ramirez (34-0, 24 KOs), a two-fisted super middleweight wrecking machine who hails from Mazatlan, Mexico, made history in the co-main event to the Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley welterweight pay-per-view on April 9 when he became Mexico's first fighter to win a super middleweight world title.  Entering the fight as the top world-rated contender, Ramirez gave a virtuoso performance over the defending WBO champion Abraham.  All three judges scored it as a 120-108 blitzkrieg.  "I took him to Mexican boxing school," a jubilant Ramirez boasted as he put on the world championship belt .  A sensational young champion, Ramirez, 24, has won four of his last eight bouts by knockout.  Career-highlight performances include an NABF and 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, all in 2014.  Last year he successfully defended his titles via unanimous decisions over once-beaten Maxim Vlasov, division gate keeper Derek Edwards, who boasts a KO victory over world champion Badou Jack, and once-beaten Gevorg Khatchikian, who had scored knockouts in five of his last six victories.

Britsch (32-2-1, 11 KOs), of Neckarsulm, Germany, enters this fight riding a four bout winning streak  and having won six of his last seven bouts dating back to 2013.  Known for his body punching prowess and his excellent skills and movement, Britsch's trophy case features the International Boxing Federation (IBF) Intercontinental middleweight and German super middleweight championship belts.  This will be his first fight in the U.S. since 2011.

Valdez (20-0, 17 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 new face for boxing's next generation.  In his last fight, on the undercard of the April 9 Pacquiao-Bradley pay-per-view, Valdez solidified his status as the World Boxing Council (WBC) and WBO No. 1 contender by scoring a fourth-round TKO of former IBF featherweight world champion Evgeny Gradovich.  It was the first time Gradovich had ever been stopped in his 24-bout professional career.  On the undercard of Pacquiao - Bradley II welterweight world championship rematch in 2014, Valdez captured the 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, 25, won all four of his  2015 fights -- three by knockout.  He fashioned a third-round blasting of Jose Ramirez on April 11, in Laredo, Texas.  Valdez followed that with his live HBO debut, winning a dominant 10-round unanimous decision over one-time world title challenger Ruben Tamayo on June 27  in Carson, Calif.  He ended 2015 with knockout victories of top-10 contender and one-time world title challenger Chris Avalos and Ernes Sanchez on September 11 and December 12, respectively.  The four fighters boasted a combined record of 91-19-5.

Rueda (26-0, 23 KOs), from Tandil, Buenos Aires, Argentina, enters this world championship fight having won his last 10 fights by way of knockout which he credits to  his exciting "seek and destroy" style and deadly punching power.  He has made six defenses of the WBO Latino featherweight title he captured in 2013 via a third-round knockout of Juan Solis,  On January 16, he also became the South American featherweight champion, scoring an eighth round knockout of Leandro Mendes.  In his last fight, which took place on April 2, Rueda iced Nestor Pamigua in the third round to successfully defend both of his titles.    

Benavidez (24-0, 16 KOs), from Phoenix, AZ, won his first world title in 2014 when he won a hotly-contested unanimous decision over defending World Boxing Association (WBA) interim super lightweight champion Mauricio Herrera.  After one successful title defense -- a 12th-round knockout of Jorge Paez, Jr. in 2015 -- Benavidez vacated the title to move up to the welterweight division.  His debut in the heavier weight class took place on December 12, where he won a blistering 10-round  unanimous over Sidney Siqueira.  An amateur standout, at 16, Benavidez was the youngest boxer to ever win the National Golden Gloves Championships, in 2009.  He was also the youngest boxer, at 17, to be licensed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.  An exception was made for the minimum age requirement of 18 years because of his exceptional talent.  Benavidez is currently the WBA's No. 6 world-rated welterweight contender.     

Santana (24-4-1, 12 KOs), from Santa Barbara, Calif., enters this fight having won 12 of his last 13 bouts, with half of those victories coming by way of knockout..  A favorite of Southern California fight fans because of his exciting style and two-fisted power, Santana boasts several notable victories including a first-round knockout of undefeated contender Kendal Mena for the WBA International welterweight title in 2015, and back-to-back  unanimous decisions over former world champion Joachim Alcine and Freddy Hernandez in 2013.  In his last fight, on April 2, he scored a 10-round unanimous decision over Edward Paredes.       

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