Top Rank Boxing http://www.toprank.com Top Rank boxing news, event, videos and photo galleries en-us Copyright Top Rank 02-08-2016 13:01:44 60 Saucedo vs. Booth - Welterweights http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-saucedo-vs-booth-welterweights/ Sat, 13 Feb 2016 23:00:00 -0600 Magdaleno vs. Mansito - Super Bantamweights http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-magdaleno-vs-mansito-super-bantamweights/ Sat, 20 Feb 2016 23:00:00 -0600 Championship Doubleheader Featuring Crawford & Verdejo http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-championship-doubleheader-featuring-crawford-amp-verdejo/  

 

 

 

 

NEW YORK (January 6, 2016) -- Undefeated superstar champions TERENCE "Bud" CRAWFORD and FELIX "El Diamante" VERDEJO, and Top-10 contender "Hammerin'" HANK LUNDY will host a New York press conference Next Tuesday! January 12, at Chase Square in Madison Square Garden. Media may report at 11:30 a.m., with the press conference beginning at Noon ET.  Crawford, Verdejo, Lundy, their teams and Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank will be available for one on one interviews.

Media should enter at Chase Square at 32nd St. and 7th Ave.

Crawford (27-0, 19 KOs), of Omaha, the 2014 Fighter of the Year and a two-division world champion, will be defending his World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight world title against Top-10 contender Lundy (26-5-1, 13 KOs), of Philadelphia, PA.  Verdejo (19-0, 14 KOs), of San Juan, Puerto Rico, will be risking his WBO Latino lightweight title, Top-Five world ranking and his impending world title shot when he takes on William Silva (23-0, 14 KOs), of São Paulo, Brasil, in a battle of undefeated contenders.

These four warriors boast a combined record of 95-5-1 (60 KOs) -- a winning percentage of 94% with close to 2/3 of their victories coming by way of knockout.

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Tecate, Classic Entertainment & Sports and Madison Square Garden, the Crawford/Verdejo championship doubleheader will take place on Saturday, February 27 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.  Both fights will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing® beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.      

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 at twitter.com/trboxing,twitter.com/trboxeo, or twitter.com/hboboxing.  Use the Hashtags #CrawfordLundy or #VerdejoSilva to join the conversation on Twitter.

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

 

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

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

 

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Featuring Saul Rodriguez - Lightweight http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-featuring-saul-rodriguez/ Sat, 12 Mar 2016 23:00:00 -0600 Hart vs. Johnson - Super Middleweights http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-hart-vs-johnson-super-middleweights/ Philadelphia, PASuper middleweight Jesse Hart brings his boxing skills back home for the first time in 15 months when he defends his North American Boxing Organization (NABO) title against Dashon Johnson, of Escondido, CA, in the scheduled 10-round main event Friday evening, March 18, at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia.  First of seven fights is at 7 p.m.

Hart, 26, is the son of former Philly middleweight contender Eugene “Cyclone” Hart, whose legendary left hook terrorized the 160-pound division in the 1970s.

The younger Hart (left), a pro since 2012, is 19-0, 16 K0s.  He is ranked No. 3 in the world among 168-pounders by the World Boxing Organization (WBO), No. 8 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and No.10 by the World Boxing Association (WBA).

“I’m beyond excited to be fighting in my first main event in front of my home town fans,” Hart said.  “I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Hart last boxed in Philadelphia on Dec. 13, 2014, when he knocked out Colombian Samuel Miller in two rounds at the 2300 Arena.

In three subsequent fights in 2015—two in Las Vegas, NV, one in Tucson, AZ--Hart scored knockouts over Mike Jimenez, of Chicago, IL, Aaron Pryor, Jr., of Cincinnati, OH, and Andrik Saralegui, of Tijuana, Mexico.

Hart won the vacant NABO super middleweight title by beating Jimenez and he defended it against Pryor.

Johnson (right), 28, has turned his career around by winning his last  four fights, including an eighth-round stoppage of one-time conqueror Mike Gavronski in Gavronski’s Tacoma, WA, backyard last November. He followed that upset with another one in his last fight Jan. 15, when he earned a 10-round decision over Izaak Cardona, of Colorado Springs, CO, also in Tacoma, WA.

“I’m ready and I’m excited,” Johnson said.  “We took a different and more difficult route to get here but we’re here now.  I hope the 2300 Arena in packed because somebody is going to sleep.”

A pro since 2008, Johnson is 19-18-3, 6 K0s, but his record was compiled against some of the best from 154 to 168:  Aaron Martinez, Glen Tapia, Jermell Charlo, Yudell Johnson, Julian Williams, Joshua Clottey, Dominic Wade and Luis Arias.  He has boxed 10 men who were undefeated when he fought them and he has only been stopped twice in 41 fights.

The preliminary card will feature popular local favorites:  lightweight Victor Vasquez; junior middleweight Ismael “Tito” Garcia; lightweight Jerome Conquest; junior middleweight Fred Jenkins, Jr., junior welterweight Scott Kelleher.

ABOUT MARCH 18

The Jesse Hart-Dashon Johnson Homecoming Fight headlines a seven-bout card at the 2300 Arena, located at 2300 South Swanson Street in South Philadelphia (between Ritner & Porter, Front and 2d Streets).  The March 18 fight is being sponsored by Parx Casino. Doors open at 6 pm; first fight at 7pm.  Tickets are $40, $50 and $75 and can be purchased by calling Peltz Boxing (215-765-0922) and Wanamaker’s Tickets (215-568-2400).  Tickets also can be purchased online at www.wanatix.com.  The March 18 card is promoted by Top Rank, Peltz Boxing, Joe Hand Promotions and BAM Boxing.

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Featuring Juan Diaz - Lightweight http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-featuring-juan-diaz-lightweight/ Sat, 19 Mar 2016 23:00:00 -0500 Pacquiao vs. Bradley - World Welterweight Championship http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-pacquiao-vs-bradley-world-welterweight-championship/ LAS VEGAS, NV (January 19, 2016) -- Boxing's only eight-division world champion and the reigning Fighter of the Decade, Congressman MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO, and five-time world champion TIMOTHY “Desert Storm” BRADLEY, will collide in a 12-round World Welterweight Championship battle of pound for pound titans, Saturday, April 9, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.  This will also mark the first time former Trainers of the Year Freddie Roach and Teddy Atlas have faced each other from opposite corners.  Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with MP Promotions, the Pacquiao vs. Bradley world championship event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.

Tickets to Pacquiao vs. Bradley, priced at $1,204, $804, $604, $404, $254,and $154, not including applicable service fees,  go on sale This Friday! January 22, at 1:00 p.m. ET / 10:00 a.m. PT.  To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.  Tickets will also be available for purchase at mgmgrand.com or ticketmaster.com.   

"I look forward to my battle with Timothy Bradley on April 9 and giving boxing fans a fight they will always remember," said Pacquiao.  "This fight has a very special meaning to me and I will pour every ounce of my being -- physically, emotionally and spiritually -- into preparing for Bradley.  He has my full attention.  I dedicate this fight to my fans and to my countrymen throughout the world who have kept me in their prayers. And as always, I fight to bring glory to the Philippines."  

"I've never needed to light a fire under Manny to get him ready for a fight.  He's a professional," said Roach.  "April 9 will be Manny's finest hour."

"I have always dedicated myself to who I am on fight night.  However on April 9th I will not only have dedicated myself to that but also delivering the performance that everyone has long awaited," said Bradley.

"The greatest responsibility we have is to care for our families.  But our greatest privilege is to be given a challenge to achieve something special that our families can share and always remember.  Fighting Pacquiao is exactly that challenge," said Atlas.

"I am looking forward to this fight between Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley.  We will see how much Manny has recovered from shoulder surgery and whether he has been able to retain all of his power.  We saw in Tim's last fight a new, improved Tim Bradley thanks and largely due to his astute trainer Teddy Atlas. One thing is for sure, this fight will be vastly different from the first two these two warriors have had," said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank.

"Manny Pacquiao has had an electrifying career and is destined to be enshrined in the Boxing Hall of Fame.  Fight fans worldwide are attracted to his spirited fighting style and the grace and humility he displays outside the ring.  He is one of the sport's giants," said Peter Nelson, Executive Vice President, HBO Sports. "Timothy Bradley Jr. has consistently beaten the odds and produced a brilliant career that has but a single blemish on it. Now on April 9, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Bradley gets to try and avenge the one loss on his record."

Richard Sturm, president of Sports and Entertainment for MGM Resorts International, said, “We are thrilled to host the third fight in what has become a fantastic rivalry between two extremely talented fighters at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in April.  There is no doubt both Pacquiao and Bradley will arrive to Las Vegas ready to face-off in an incredible showdown, providing boxing fans worldwide a conclusion to this storied trilogy.”

Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs), the lone congressional representative from the Sarangani province in the Philippines and an international icon, is the only fighter to win eight world titles in as many different weight divisions.  A three-time Fighter of the Year and the Boxing Writers Association of America's "Fighter of the Decade," Pacquiao's resumé features victories over present and future Hall of Famers, including Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, Miguel Cotto, Shane Mosley, Juan Manuel Márquez and Bradley.  From 2008 to 2010, five of his seven victories were world title victories in five different weight classes, from 130 to 154 pounds.  No active boxer has sold more live tickets in the U.S. than Pacquiao, who is also credited with over 18 million domestic pay-per-view buys.  He returns to the ring after a disappointing unanimous decision loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr.  The May 2 world championship fight generated a record 4.5 million pay-per-view buys and over $400 million in television revenue alone. 

Bradley (33-1-1, 13 KOs), from Palm Springs, Calif., a two-division world champion who has held a world title every year since 2008, completed his comeback from his sole professional loss, to Pacquiao in their world title rematch, and a controversial draw against former interim world champion Diego Chaves -- both in 2014 -- when he beat undefeated world champion Jessie Vargas on June 27, to reclaim the WBO welterweight world title.  Bradley put an exclamation point on his banner 2015 year in his title defense, under the guidance of new trainer Teddy Atlas, by knocking out former world champion Brandon Rios on November 7.  It was the first time Rios had ever been stopped in his 11-year, 36-bout professional career, sending him into a temporary self-imposed retirement.  A consensus Top-10 pound for pound fighter, Bradley returns to the ring a new fighter thanks to Atlas' tutelage.  A former junior welterweight world champion who unified the junior welterweight titles twice during his previous four-year world championship reign, Bradley moved up to the 147 pound division and beat Pacquiao on June 9, 2012 to capture the WBO welterweight crown for the first of three consecutive career-best victories.  Bradley followed that by co-starring 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 another virtuoso performance in defeating three-division world champion and Mexican icon Juan Manuel Márquez on October 12, 2013, at The Forum, proving that Bradley is indeed one of boxing's elite pound for pound fighters.

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

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MGM Grand Hotel & Casino is “The Entertainment Authority,” creating the ultimate Las Vegas experience.  A variety of accommodations serve every need while guests discover signature dining by celebrity chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Michael Mina’s PUB 1842, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill and Michelin three star restaurant, Joël Robuchon. The resort offers a wide-range of world-class entertainment at the MGM Grand Garden Arena; the epic KÀ by Cirque du Soleil; world-famous dance crew Jabbawockeez; master illusionist David Copperfield; Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club; and Hakkasan Las Vegas in addition to a pampering spa and salon and an elaborate 380,000-square-foot conference center. MGM Grand is a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). For more information and reservations, visit mgmgrand.com, call toll free at (877) 880-0880 or find us on Facebook and Twitter or follow our blog

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

 

HBO Pay-Per-View

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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Gilberto Ramirez Gets 1st Title Shot Against Abraham http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-gilberto-ramirez-gets-1st-title-shot-against-abraham/ LOS ANGELES (January 28, 2016) -- Undefeated contenders GILBERTO "Zurdo" RAMIREZÓSCAR VALDEZ and JOSE RAMÍREZ, former world champion EVGENY GRADOVICH and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum will host a Los Angeles press conference luncheon on Wednesday, February 10, at The Conga Room, located at LA Live (800 West Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, Calif. 90015.)  The participants will be announcing their championship fights on the Manny Pacquiao - Timothy Bradley pay-per-view undercard.  Luncheon will be served at 11:30 a.m. with the press conference beginning at 12 p.m. PT. 

Gilberto Ramirez (33-0, 24 KOs), from Mazatlan, Mexico, co-promoted by Zapari Boxing Promotions, the World Boxing Organization (WBO) No. 1 super middleweight contender and mandatory challenger, will get his first world title shot when he challenges WBO super middleweight champion ARTHUR ABRAHAM(44-4, 29 KOs), of Berlin Germany.  Valdez (19-0, 16 KOs), of Nogales, Mexico, the WBO's No. 1 featherweight contender, will defend his NABO featherweight title against former International Boxing Federation (IBF) featherweight champion Gradovich (21-1-1, 9 KOs), a Russian native who lives in Oxnard, Calif.  Jose Ramírez (16-0, 12 KOs), of Avenal, Calif., and a 2012 U.S. Olympian, will defend his World Boxing Council (WBC) Continental America super lightweight title against MANNY PEREZ (25-11-1, 6 KOs), of Denver, CO.

These six warriors boast a combined record of 158-16-2 (96 KOs) -- a winning percentage of 90% -- with a victory by knockout ratio of 61%.

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with MP Promotions, the Pacquiao vs. Bradley world championship event will take place on Saturday, April 9, 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 Pacquiao vs. Bradley world championship event are priced at $1,204, $804, $604, $404, $254 and $154, not including applicable service fees.  To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.  Tickets are also be available for purchase at mgmgrand.com orticketmaster.com.  

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

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Lee Samuels/Bradley:  702-732-2717 / Lee@toprank.com

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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Freddie Roach y Teddy Atlas: Punto Contrapunto http://www.toprank.com/news/freddie-roach-y-teddy-atlas-punto-contrapunto/ FREDDIE ROACH Y TEDDY ATLAS: PUNTO CONTRAPUNTO | Por: Bill Dwyre *

Las imagines de TV del boxeo el sábado pasado en la noche fueron de un Jean Pascal de ojos cristalinos y un preocupado Freddie Roach.

Era el final del sexto asalto de una pelea de título de peso semi-pesado entre Pascal y Sergei Kovalev en Montreal, el pueblo natal de Pascal. Ellos habían peleado antes. Pascal quería otro chance y contrató al siete-veces entrenador del año para que lo guiara por la tormenta de fuego esta vez.

Ahora, Roach solo estaba siendo el único tipo de guía que  quedaba. No había necesidad de instrucciones de usar el jab, o agacharse o contragolpear. En la esquina, le estaba diciendo a Pascal que todo había terminado. Roach estaba haciendo su mejor Roberto Duran. No Más, Jean.

Esto entonces, mientras continuamos revisando la pelea del 9 de abril entre MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO y TIMOTHY "Desert Storm" BRADLEY JR., dispara una discusión en de las responsabilidades, humanidad y sentido común de un entrenador.

Roach y Pascal solo fue una vez. Roach hizo lo mejor que pudo con él ex campeón, pero sabía que Kovalev era una bestia sin piedad. Si estás en la división de Kovalev, tienes la opción de pelear o pararte frente un tren a toda velocidad.

Roach le dijo a Pascal que él iba a parar la pelea. Pascal dijo que no. Él quería un round más. Claro que él lo quería. Los boxeadores son entrenados para ser gladiadores, para batallar hasta la muerte. En este caso, esa no era una preocupación exagerada.

Pascal estaba acabado, terminado, apaleado. Tanto como el puede ser un golpeador salvaje, su chance de conectar a Kovalev con un puño de nocaut era el mismo de que fuese electo como Papa. Roach lo sabía. Le pintó la imagen a Pascal. “Te pueden hacer mucho daño. No puedo dejar que eso pase.

Pero casi lo hace. Roach lo dejo ir. Pascal mostró pequeños espacios de nueva energía, pero era así porque Kovalev se lo permitió, queriendo que Pascal continuara peleando para que él lo pudiera torturar más.

Cuando terminó el round, Roach fue hacia donde el referee Michael Griffin y le pidió que parara la pelea. ¿Fue eso un round muy tarde?

Como en la mayoría de las cosas con Roach, hay una historia interesante. Él se sentó en su gimnasio Wild Card en Los Ángeles esta semana y lo discutió, entre el siempre presente sonido de zapatillas de boxeo y guantes golpeando. Su preferencia al parar peleas – cuando lo haces, como lo haces – cambió en el 2008, cuando el vio como Pacquiao apaleaba a un maravilloso, pero ya mayor, Oscar De La Hoya.

“Yo aprendí, del entrenador de Oscar (Nacho Beristaín), que no hacer,” dijo Roach. “Nacho le dijo a Oscar en la esquina, ‘Voy a parar la pelea, ¿Está bien?’

“No puedes hacer eso. El ‘¿Esta Bien?’ nunca va a funcionar. Él era el mejor pagado boxeador de pay-per-view en el planeta y Nacho le estaba preguntando, en televisión nacional, que aceptara rendirse. Ningún peleador haría eso. Es la responsabilidad del entrenador.”

Lo que inmediatamente levantó la pregunta de, con Pascal, Roach siguió su propia filosofía, aprendida de Beristain.

“Probablemente yo debí haber parado la pelea cuando él me pidió que no lo hiciera,” dijo Roach. “Pero siento que, en una pelea de título mundial, mi responsabilidad es darle a mi peleador un último chance.”

Roach también dijo que hizo algo que nunca había hecho antes.

“Antes de que lo dejara ir para ese último asalto,” él dijo, “Fui a donde el ref y le dije que tuviese un ojo en Pascal. Usualmente, cuando dices eso, ellos paran la pelea en ese momento. Cuando la paré después del último round, el ref (Michael Griffin) me dijo que había hecho lo correcto.”  

Roach admitió que estaba preocupado que había hecho algo mal al dejar que Pascal saliera una vez más, y por eso trajo a Griffin en ese momento. En esencia estaba pidiendo al referee que compartieran la responsabilidad. Él admitió eso.

Teddy Atlas, mucho más que alguien interesado, estaba viendo en TV. Él estará en la esquina de Bradley el 9 de abril. Será la primera vez que él y Roach se hayan enfrentado uno al otro en esquinas opuestas.

Atlas, un ex Entrenador del Año en su propio merito, ha vivido estos paros de peleas y es firme en sus creencias.

“Tienes que conocer a tu peleador,” dijo él. “Tú comienzas a tomar esa decisión antes de que aceptes entrenarlo. Y entonces, cuando es tiempo de hacer la pelea, te preguntas si eso hace sentido. ¿Debemos movernos hacia delante?

Atlas habló de dos situaciones.

En una, él paró la pelea, aún cuando su peleador ha sido verificado por el referee y le han permitido continuar.

“Era en el Felt Forum, Madison Square Garden, probablemente 30 años atrás,” dijo Atlas. “El referee estaba sorprendido. Él no conocía al peleador como yo. ¿Cómo podría? El peleador estaba enojado. Cuando fui a poner mis brazos a su alrededor, pude descifrar que no tenía piernas, no tenía control.

“Era mi responsabilidad reconocer eso.”

El peleador quería continuar su carrera. Atlas dijo que no. El peleador consiguió otro entrenador y estaba apunto de entrar al ring otra vez. Atlas ya no tenía el control, pero aún estaba preocupado. Él había escuchado que el pelador lo habían noqueado durante el entrenamiento. El peleador necesitaba un examen físico para renovar su licencia antes de la pelea. Eso le llegó a Atlas. El doctor que hizo el examen físico no permitió la pelea y dijo que los resultados podían haber sido fatales.

“Yo tenía otro peleador peleando por el título supermediano en Alemania.,” cuenta Atlas. “Al final del onceavo asalto, estaba cortado bastante. No había caído, pero había sido golpeado por muchos puños. Y no tenía mucha fuerza en los suyos. Yo no iba a permitir que continuara recibiendo castigo, así que la paré. No había razón. Él no podía ganar.”

El boxeador tenía “25 o 26,” dijo Atlas, y tras su sugerencia, el joven peleador nunca volvió a pelear.

Él confiaba en mi,” dijo Atlas. “Siento que hice mi trabajo. Me dio tristeza, porque sabía que no alcanzaría las metas que se había trazado en el boxeo. Él había llegado a 17-0, pero las cosas cambian. Es un deporte difícil. Tú no puedes ser uno de esos que continúa sin importar lo que pase.”

Atlas nunca recibió su pago por esa pelea. Cuando el peleador tuvo un hijo, le pidieron a Atlas si podía ser el padrino.

“Eso me hizo sentir bien sobre todo,” dijo Atlas.

Atlas está de acuerdo con la filosofía de Roach para parar pelea.

“En eso, Freddie está 100% correcto,” él dijo.

Él no necesariamente está de acuerdo que Roach siguió sus propias reglas con Pascal.

“Lo que es bueno para el ganso es bueno para el ganso,” dijo Atlas. “Él debe recordad lo que dijo de Nacho. Gracias a Dios no pasó nada malo, porque el tipo [Pascal] no tenía chance.”

Una cosa está clara. No habrá duda cuando Pacquiao y Bradley peleen. Pacquiao y Roach son como padre e hijo. Pacquiao ha dicho un sinnúmero de veces que, si Roach ve que él está decayendo y se lo dice, él se retira.

Atlas y Bradley, en tan solo un campamento de entrenamiento y una pelea exitosa ante Brandon Ríos, también se han convertido en casi familia.

“Veo a Timmy como persona primero,” dijo Atlas, “Y después de eso, como peleador.”

Esperen una buena pelea. Esperen las decisiones correctas de ambas esquinas. Mejor aún, esperen que ese tipo de decisiones no sean necesarias, que los peleadores, referee y jueces se hagan cargo de eso.

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Freddie Roach & Teddy Atlas: Point Counterpoint http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-freddie-roach-amp-teddy-atlas-point-couterpoint/ The TV images from boxing last Saturday night were of a glassy-eyed Jean Pascal and a worried Freddie Roach.

It was the end of the sixth round of the light heavyweight title fight between Pascal and Sergey Kovalev in Montreal, Pascal’s hometown.  They had fought before. Kovalev had destroyed Pascal.  Pascal wanted another shot and hired the seven-time trainer of the year to guide him through the firestorm this time.

Now, Roach was doing the only kind of guiding left.  No need for instructions about jabbing, nor ducking and countering.  In the corner, he was telling Pascal it was over.  Roach was doing his best Roberto Duran.  No mas, Jean.

This then, as we continue to preview the upcoming battle April 9 between MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO andTIMOTHY "Desert Storm" BRADLEY JR., triggers a discussion of boxing trainers’ responsibility, humanity and common sense.

Roach and Pascal were a one-off.  Roach did his best with the former champ, but knew that Kovalev was an unforgiving, unyielding beast.  If you are in Kovalev’s division, you face a choice of fighting him, or standing in front of a speeding train.

Roach told Pascal he was going to stop the fight.  Pascal objected.  He wanted one more round.  Of course he did. Boxers are trained to be gladiators, to battle to the death.  In this case, that was not a far-fetched concern.

Pascal was done, shot, beaten up.  As much of a wild-swinger as he can be, his chances of catching Kovalev with a knockout punch were the same as his chances of being elected Pope.  Roach knew that.  He painted the picture for Pascal.  “You can get hurt badly.  I can’t let that happen.” 

But he almost did.  Roach let him go.  Pascal showed brief glimpses of new energy, but it was mostly because Kovalev allowed him to, actually seeming to want Pascal to keep fighting so he could torture him further.   

When the round ended, Roach went to Referee Michael Griffin and asked him to stop it.  Was that a round too late?

As in most things with Roach, there is an interesting back story. He sat in his Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles this week and spelled it out, amidst the ever-present background of squeaky boxing shoes and mitts hitting bags.  His approach to stopping fights -- when you do it, how you do it -- was shaped in 2008, when he watched Pacquiao beating up on a marvelous, but aging, Oscar De La Hoya.   

“I learned, from Oscar’s trainer (Nacho Beristain), what not to do,” Roach said. “Nacho said to Oscar in the corner, ‘I’m going to stop the fight, OK?’    

“You can’t do that.  The ‘O.K.’ would never work.  Here you had the highest earning pay-per-view boxer on the planet and Nacho is asking him, on national TV, to agree to quit.  No fighter will do that.  It’s the trainer’s responsibility.”

Which immediately raised the question of whether, with Pascal, Roach followed his own philosophy, as learned from Beristain.     

“I probably should have stopped the fight when he begged me not to,” Roach said. “But I feel that, in a world title fight, my responsibility is also to give my fighter one more chance.”       

Roach also said he did something he had never done before.

“Before I let him go out for that last round,” he said, “I went to the ref and told him to keep an eye on Pascal. Usually, when you say that, they stop the fight right there.  When I stopped it after that last round, the ref (Michael Griffin) told me I had done the right thing.”

Roach admitted he was worried he had done the wrong thing by letting Pascal go out one more time, and that’s why he brought Griffin into the moment.  He was hedging his bets, in essence asking the referee to share the responsibility.  He admitted that.          

Teddy Atlas, much more than just an interested party, was watching on TV.  He will be in Bradley’s corner April 9.  It will be the first time he and Roach have ever faced off against each other from opposite corners.  

Atlas, a former Trainer of the Year in his own right, has lived this stoppage of fights, and is steadfast in his beliefs.  

“You have to know your fighter,” he said. “You start making that decision before you even agree to train him.  And then, when it’s time to make a fight, you ask yourself if that fight makes sense.  Should we even go forward?” 

Atlas talked about two situations.

In one, he stopped a fight, even when his fighter had been checked by the referee and allowed to continue.  

“It was in the Felt Forum, Madison Square Garden, probably 30 years ago,” Atlas said.  “The referee was shocked. He didn’t know the fighter like I did.  How could he? The fighter was angry.  When I went to put my arms around him, comfort him, I could tell he didn’t have his legs, that he had no control.    

“It was my responsibility to recognize that.”

The fighter wanted to continue his career.  Atlas said no.  The fighter got another trainer and was about to get in the ring again.   Atlas no longer had control, but was still worried.  He had heard that the fighter got knocked out during training camp.  The fighter needed a physical to renew his license before the fight.  Word got back to Atlas.  The doctor doing the physical wouldn’t allow the fight and said the result could have been fatal.  

“I had another fighter going for the super middleweight title in Germany,” Atlas recalled.  “By the 11th round, he was cut up pretty bad.  He hadn’t been down, but he was hit with a lot of punches.  And he didn’t have any zip on his.  I just wasn’t going to let him take any more punishment, so I stopped it.  There was no point. He couldn’t win.”     

That boxer was “25 or 26,” Atlas said, and at his suggestion, the young man never fought again.

“He trusted me,” Atlas said.  “I felt like I did my job.  It saddened me, because I knew he would not reach the boxing goals he had set.  He had been something like 17-0 at one point, but things change.  It’s a tough sport.  You cannot be one of those guys who just keeps going, no matter what.”       

Atlas never took his payment for that fight.  When the boxer had a son, Atlas was asked to be the godfather.      

“That made me feel good about everything,” Atlas said.          

Atlas agreed with Roach’s philosophy on stopping fights.    

“On that, Freddie is 100% correct,” he said.    

He didn’t necessarily agree that Roach had followed his own rules with Pascal.   

“What’s good for the goose is good for the gander,” Atlas said.  “He should remember what he said about Nacho. Thank god nothing bad happened, because the guy [Pascal] didn’t have a chance.”  

One thing is clear. There will be no hesitation when Pacquiao and Bradley fight.  Pacquiao and Roach are like father and son.  Pacquiao has said numerous times that, if Roach sees him slipping and tells him so, he will quit.   

Atlas and Bradley, in just one training camp and one successful fight against Brandon Rios, have also become like family. 

“I see Timmy as a person first,” Atlas said, “and after that, as a fighter.”    

Expect a good fight.  Expect correct decisions from both corners.  Better yet, hope no such decisions are needed, that the fighters, referee and judges take care of that.

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

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

 

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Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with MP Promotions, the Pacquiao vs. Bradley world championship event will take place on Saturday, April 9, 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 Pacquiao vs. Bradley are priced at $1,204, $804, $604, $404, $254 and $154, not including applicable service fees.  To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.  Tickets will also be available for purchase at mgmgrand.com or ticketmaster.com.  

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El próximo miércoles se anunciarán las preliminares Pacquiao vs. Bradley http://www.toprank.com/news/el-proximo-miercoles-se-anunciaran-las-preliminares-pacquiao-vs-bradley/ LOS ANGELES – Los invictos contendientes Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramírez, Oscar Valdez y José Ramírez, el ex campeón mundial ‘El Ruso Mexicano’ Evgeny Gradovich y el legendario promotor Bob Arum serán los anfitriones de una conferencia de prensa en Los Ángeles el próximo miércoles, 10 de febrero, en The Conga Room localizado en LA Live (800 West Olympic Blvd., Los Ángeles, California, 90015). Los participantes estarán anunciando sus respectivas peleas de campeonato en las preliminares del cartel Manny Pacquiao vs. Tim Bradley. La prensa se puede presentar al mediodía para un almuerzo y la conferencia de prensa comenzará a las 12:30 p.m. PT.

Gilberto Ramírez (33-0, 24 KO’s), de Mazatlán, México, co-promocionado por Zapari Boxing Promotions, el primer clasificado contendiente supermediano y oponente mandatorio de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), tendrá su primera oportunidad de disputar un título mundial cuando rete al campeón supermediano de la OMB Arthur Abraham (44-4, 29 KO’s), de Berlin, Alemania.

Valdez (19-0, 16 KO’s), de Nogales, México, el primer clasificado contendiente peso pluma de la OMB, defenderá su título peso pluma de la NABO ante el ex monarca mundial peso pluma de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo (FIB), ‘El Ruso Mexicano’ Gradovich (21-1-1, 9 KO’s), natural de Rusia que vive ahora en Oxnard, California.

José Ramírez (16-0, 12 KO’s), de Avenal, California, un Olímpico de los Estados Unidos en el 2012, defenderá su título superligero de las Américas del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB) ante Manny Pérez (25-11-1, 6 KO’s) de Denver, Colorado.

Estos seis guerreros tienen un record combinado de 158-16-2 (96 KO’s) – un porcentaje de victorias de 90% -- con una proporción de victorias por nocaut de 61%.

En una promoción de Top Rank®, en asociación con MP Promotions, el evento de campeonato mundial Pacquiao vs. Bradley se llevará a cabo el sábado, 9 de abril, en el MGM Grand 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.

Boletos restantes para el evento de campeonato mundial Pacquiao vs. Bradley a precios de: $1,204, $804, $604, $404, $254 and $154, sin incluir cargos aplicables por servicio. Para cargar por teléfono con tarjeta de crédito, llama a Ticketmaster al (800) 745-3000. Las taquillas también estarán disponibles para compra en mgmgrand.com o ticketmaster.com.  

Pata actualizaciones: www.TopRank.comwww.HBO.com/boxing o www.MGMgrand.com.

Utiliza el Hashtag #PacBradley para unirte a la conversación en Twitter.

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Thu, 04 Feb 2016 17:33:43 -0600
Saucedo & Booth to Clash in Cali http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-saucedo-amp-booth-to-clash-in-cali/ LOS ANGELES – Two up and coming rising stars and outstanding prospects will battle in an intriguing match that promises a lot of action, when unbeaten Mexican prospect Alex ‘El Cholo’ Saucedo and the rugged American fighter Clarence ‘The Truth’ Booth clash in the February 13event that will take place at the Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City.  
 
Saucedo, a powerful Aztec puncher who has amassed an impeccable record of: 20-0 and 14 knockouts, will face the always-tough and well-trained Booth, who possesses a record of: 13-1 and 7 knockouts, in an eight round welterweight scrap in the main event of the ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate’ card that will be televised at 11pm ET/PT on UniMás.
 
“I feel very grateful with Top Rank for this big opportunity. I feel blessed. I know that this is a big opportunity for me and this could lead to getting bigger fights, but first I have to win this fight. I am more than ready. I know that I will fight in the main event and I feel very happy and motivated,” said Saucedo.
 
“I expect a great fight. I’m coming well prepared. We know that Booth is a tough fighter that likes to apply pressure. I also like to go forward, but I know that for this fight I have to use all my tools,” expressed the young fighter that was born in Meoqui, Chihuahua, México, and now resides in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
 
On the other hand, Booth also guarantees he will come out victorious.
 
“I’m going to make a statement. I’m ready for whatever he brings to the ring that night. No matter what it takes, I will get the W,” assured Booth. “I know he is a good fighter, but I’m on a mission. I have kids,” declared the fighter from Saint Petersburg, Florida.
 
“There will be a lot of action in this fight. I’m coming to wreck his ship,” affirmed the fighter that is riding an eleven-bout winning streak. “If his fans think that this will be a easy win for him, they will be very upset. I’m coming to take away all that he has. I’m going to take it all away,” finalized saying Booth.
 
In the co-main event of the card, undefeated prospect Andy ‘El Tiburón’ Vences (14-0, 10 KO’s), from San José, California, will face Mexico’s Yardley Suarez (14-1, 8 KO’s) in an eight-round bout in the super featherweight division.
 
These undefeated prospects will also see action in the card: welterweight Egidijus ‘The Mean Machine’ Kavaliuskas (11-0, 10 KO’s), light heavyweight Oleksandr ‘The Nail’ Gvozdyk (8-0, 6 KO’s), featherweight Toka Khan Clary (17-0, 11 KO’s), among others.
 
 
Presented by Top Rank in association with Bash Boxing, tickets to the February 13 ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate’ card at the Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City, California, start at $40.00 and can be acquired on: www.ValleyFightNight.com or by calling (626) 388-8888.
 
Join the conversation in social media by using the hashtag #SoloBoxeo. For more information on this event, visit: www.TopRank.com and follow us on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/trboxeo /www.Facebook.com/trboxing), Twitter: (www.Twitter.com/trboxeo / www.Twitter.com/trboxing) and Instagram (www.Instragram/trboxing).
 
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Gardy Lopez: 787-246-3668 / GLopez@toprank.com  
Fred Sternburg: 303-740-7746 / TooFred@aol.com


BASH BOXING

Steve Bash: (626) 388-8888 / steve@bashboxing.com
 
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Wed, 03 Feb 2016 22:45:03 -0600
Alex Saucedo y Clarence Booth batallarán el 13 de febrero en Studio City http://www.toprank.com/news/alex-saucedo-y-clarence-booth-batallaran-el-13-de-febrero-en-studio-city/ LOS ÁNGELES – Dos destacados prospectos y figuras en ascenso del boxeo mundial se enfrentarán un interesante combate que promete mucha acción, cuando choquen el invicto púgil mexicano Alex ‘El Cholo’ Saucedo y el fornido peleador estadounidense Clarence ‘The Truth’ Booth, en la función que se celebrará el sábado 13 de febrero en el Sportsman’s Lodge en Studio City.

Saucedo, un fuerte pegador azteca que ha logrado acumular una impecable marca de: 20-0 y 14 nocauts, se medirá al siempre difícil y bien entrenado Booth, quien posee foja de 13-1 y 7 nocauts, en un combate a ocho asaltos en la división peso welter, que será el evento estelar de la función ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate’ que será televisada de costa a costa en los Estados Unidos, el sábado 13 de febrero a las 11pm ET/PT por UniMás.

“Me siento bien agradecido con Top Rank por esta gran oportunidad. Me siento bendecido. Sé que esta es una gran oportunidad para mi para conseguir peleas grandes, pero primero hay que ganar esta pelea. Me siento más que listo. Como sé que voy a pelar de estelar me siento muy contento y motivado,” dijo Saucedo.

“Espero una gran pelea. Yo vengo muy bien preparado. Sabemos que Booth es un peleador fuerte, que le gusta poner presión. Yo también soy un peleador que me gusta ir hacia adelante, pero sé que para esta pelea también tengo que usar todas mis herramientas,” expresó el joven peleador natural de Meoqui, Chihuahua, México, y que ahora reside en Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Por su parte, Booth asegura que saldrá del combate con una victoria.

“Vengo a dar una gran demostración. Estoy preparado para lo que sea que el traiga al ring esa noche. No importa lo que se necesite, yo saldré con la victoria,” aseguró Booth. “Yo sé que el es un buen peleador, pero yo estoy en una misión. Yo tengo hijos,” declaró el peleador de Saint Petersburg, Florida.

“Habrá mucha acción en esta pelea. Voy a destruir su barco,” afirmó el peleador que carga con una racha de once victorias. “Si sus fanáticos piensan que esta será una victoria fácil para, van a quedar bien desilusionados. Yo vengo a quitarle todo lo que él tiene. Le voy a quitar todo,’ finalizó diciendo Booth.

En el combate co-estelar del cartel, el invicto prospecto Andy ‘El Tiburón’ Vences (14-0, 10 KO’s),  de San José, California, se medirá al mexicano Yardley Suarez en una pelea a ocho asaltos en la división súper pluma.

También estarán en acción en la cartelera los invictos prospectos: el peso welter ‘The Mean Machine’ Egidijus Kavaliuskas (11-0, 10 KO’s), el semi pesado Oleksandr ‘The Nail’ Gvozdyk (8-0, 6 KO’s), el súper pluma Toka Khan Clary (17-0, 11 KO’s), entre otros.

En una promoción de Top Rank en asociación con Bash Boxing, los boletos para el cartel ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate’ comienzan en $40.00 y pueden ser adquiridos en el sitio web www.ValleyFightNight.com o llamando al (626) 388-8888.

Únete a la conversación utilizando el hashtag #SoloBoxeo en las redes sociales. Para más información de este cartel visita: www.TopRank.com y síguenos en Facebook (www.Facebook.com/trboxeo / www.Facebook.com/trboxing), Twitter: (www.Twitter.com/trboxeo / www.Twitter.com/trboxing) e Instagram (www.Instagram.com/trboxing)

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Wed, 03 Feb 2016 18:49:21 -0600
Super Bowl Predictions From the Pacquiao-Bradley Undercard http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-super-bowl-predictions-from-the-pacquiao-bradley-undercard/ LAS VEGAS, NV (February 3, 2016) -- Before they enter the ring for their super brawls, World Boxing Organization (WBO) super middleweight world champion ARTHUR ABRAHAM, undefeated contenders GILBERTO "Zurdo" RAMIREZ,ÓSCAR VALDEZ and JOSE RAMÍREZ, former world champion EVGENY GRADOVICH, and dangerous veteran MANNY PEREZ  took time out to make predictions on Super Bowl 50, which will pit the Denver Broncos against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, February 7.  The six fighters will be featured in title fights on the Manny Pacquiao - Timothy Bradley world welterweight championship pay-per-view undercard, Saturday, April 9, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with MP Promotions, the Pacquiao vs. Bradley world championship event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®  beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.  Abraham vs. Gilberto Ramirez will be co-promoted by Sauerland Event and Zapari Boxing Promotions.

THE PREDICTIONS

ARTHUR ABRAHAM

“I like the Denver Broncos‘ chances to win Super Bowl 50, I like them a lot!  Peyton Manning is one of the all-time greats, the oldest quarterback to lead a team to a Super Bowl berth.  With his experience in clutch-time situations, he cannot be denied winning his third championship ring. I n addition, the Broncos have had THE best defense all season long, knowing how to penetrate the opposing team for errors.  That could be compared to my style of boxing.   And nine out of 10 times, a good defense beats a good offense in championships.  Watch the Broncos prevail 24 - 17 against Cam Newton’s Panthers.”

 

GILBERTO RAMIREZ

"The Panthers have an explosive offense and a very strong defense.  Carolina 28 to 21."

 

ÓSCAR VALDEZ

"Panthers 30-10 because Denver beat my favorite team, the New England Patriots." 

 

EVGENY GRADOVICH

"It's all about the defense as Carolina will quickly find out.  Denver Broncos 28-21"

 

JOSE RAMÍREZ

"Panthers because of their momentum.  Their confidence as a team and their Quarterback, "Super" Cam Newton, started strong during the season and seem to get stronger.  Final score will be Carolina 24-17".

MANNY PEREZ

"No. 1 Defense vs. No. 1 Offense.  Defense wins games.  Denver Broncos 24 to 10."

Gilberto Ramirez (33-0, 24 KOs), from Mazatlan, Mexico, the WBO No. 1 super middleweight contender and mandatory challenger, will get his first world title shot when he challenges two-division world champion Abraham (44-4, 29 KOs), of Berlin Germany.  Valdez (19-0, 16 KOs), of Nogales, Mexico, the WBO's No. 1 featherweight contender, will defend his NABO featherweight title against former International Boxing Federation (IBF) featherweight champion Gradovich (21-1-1, 9 KOs), a Russian native who lives in Oxnard, Calif.  Jose Ramírez (16-0, 12 KOs), of Avenal, Calif., and a 2012 U.S. Olympian, will defend his World Boxing Council (WBC) Continental America super lightweight title against Perez (25-11-1, 6 KOs), of Denver, CO.

These six warriors boast a combined record of 158-16-2 (96 KOs) -- a winning percentage of 90% -- with a victory by knockout ratio of 61%.

 

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            Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs), of General Santos City, Philippines, boxing's only eight-division world champion and the reigning Fighter of the Decade, collides with five-time world champion Bradley (33-1-1, 13 KOs), of Palm Springs, Calif., in a 12-round world welterweight championship battle. 

 

            Remaining Tickets to Pacquiao vs. Bradley world championship event are priced at $1,204, $804, $604, $404, $254 and $154, not including applicable service fees.  To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.  Tickets are also be available for purchase at mgmgrand.com or ticketmaster.com.  

 

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FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (Media):

 

TOP RANK

Lee Samuels/Bradley:  702-732-2717 / Lee@toprank.com

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

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

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

Thomas Schlabe /Abraham:  +49-30-301297-18 / t.schlabe@se-box.de  

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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Hart to Headline in Native Philly http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-hart-to-headline-in-native-philly/ Philadelphia, PASuper middleweight Jesse Hart brings his boxing skills back home for the first time in 15 months when he defends his North American Boxing Organization (NABO) title against Dashon Johnson, of Escondido, CA, in the scheduled 10-round main event Friday evening, March 18, at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia.  First of seven fights is at 7 p.m.

Hart, 26, is the son of former Philly middleweight contender Eugene “Cyclone” Hart, whose legendary left hook terrorized the 160-pound division in the 1970s.

The younger Hart (left), a pro since 2012, is 19-0, 16 K0s.  He is ranked No. 3 in the world among 168-pounders by the World Boxing Organization (WBO), No. 8 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and No.10 by the World Boxing Association (WBA).

“I’m beyond excited to be fighting in my first main event in front of my home town fans,” Hart said.  “I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Hart last boxed in Philadelphia on Dec. 13, 2014, when he knocked out Colombian Samuel Miller in two rounds at the 2300 Arena.

In three subsequent fights in 2015—two in Las Vegas, NV, one in Tucson, AZ--Hart scored knockouts over Mike Jimenez, of Chicago, IL, Aaron Pryor, Jr., of Cincinnati, OH, and Andrik Saralegui, of Tijuana, Mexico.

Hart won the vacant NABO super middleweight title by beating Jimenez and he defended it against Pryor.

Johnson (right), 28, has turned his career around by winning his last  four fights, including an eighth-round stoppage of one-time conqueror Mike Gavronski in Gavronski’s Tacoma, WA, backyard last November. He followed that upset with another one in his last fight Jan. 15, when he earned a 10-round decision over Izaak Cardona, of Colorado Springs, CO, also in Tacoma, WA.

“I’m ready and I’m excited,” Johnson said.  “We took a different and more difficult route to get here but we’re here now.  I hope the 2300 Arena in packed because somebody is going to sleep.”

A pro since 2008, Johnson is 19-18-3, 6 K0s, but his record was compiled against some of the best from 154 to 168:  Aaron Martinez, Glen Tapia, Jermell Charlo, Yudell Johnson, Julian Williams, Joshua Clottey, Dominic Wade and Luis Arias.  He has boxed 10 men who were undefeated when he fought them and he has only been stopped twice in 41 fights.

The preliminary card will feature popular local favorites:  lightweight Victor Vasquez; junior middleweight Ismael “Tito” Garcia; lightweight Jerome Conquest; junior middleweight Fred Jenkins, Jr., junior welterweight Scott Kelleher.

ABOUT MARCH 18

The Jesse Hart-Dashon Johnson Homecoming Fight headlines a seven-bout card at the 2300 Arena, located at 2300 South Swanson Street in South Philadelphia (between Ritner & Porter, Front and 2d Streets).  The March 18 fight is being sponsored by Parx Casino. Doors open at 6 pm; first fight at 7pm.  Tickets are $40, $50 and $75 and can be purchased by calling Peltz Boxing (215-765-0922) and Wanamaker’s Tickets (215-568-2400).  Tickets also can be purchased online at www.wanatix.com.  The March 18 card is promoted by Top Rank, Peltz Boxing, Joe Hand Promotions and BAM Boxing.

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Tue, 02 Feb 2016 12:34:33 -0600
Félix Verdejo y Monica Puig protagonizan nuevo anuncio de la marca Dodge http://www.toprank.com/news/felix-verdejo-y-monica-puig-protagonizan-nuevo-anuncio-de-la-marca-dodge-1/

El boxeador puertorriqueño Félix “El Diamante” Verdejo y la tenista boricua Monica Puig presentaron el anuncio de la nueva campaña publicitaria de la marca Dodge.

La ejecución 'Creados para Vencer', muestra cómo los campeones entrenan y se preparan para vencer a sus oponentes. Mientras que se muestran imágenes de los vehículos que componen la gama de vehículos Dodge.

Para motivar a los niños de la YMCA de San Juan a practicar deportes y a luchar por sus sueños, el boxeador  Félix  “El Diamante” Verdejo y la tenista Mónica Puig asistieron a una clase de educación física, en la que entrenaron con los niños. Ambos deportistas compartieron con los niños entre las edades de cuatro a cinco años, los movimientos básicos y ejercicios que realizan en sus respectivos deportes.

“El éxito que ambos deportistas han tenido a temprana edad, ha sido el resultado de mucho esfuerzo y preparación. Lograr estas hazañas y poner el nombre de Puerto Rico en alto, ha requerido mucho sacrificio y entrenamiento. Estos jóvenes han sido Creados para Vencer y esto es lo que resaltamos en este nuevo anuncio”, indicó, Ricardo García, gerente general de Chrysler Puerto Rico.

El comercial de 30 segundos comenzará a transmitirse próximamente en los principales canales del país, y debutará durante la transmisión del Superbowl. El anuncio, creado por la casa productora Praxxis y por la agencia de publicidad 29 de Febrero, podrá verse también en la página www.dodgepr.com.

Mónica Puig viajó unos días antes de comenzar su participación en el torneo Fed Cup, para asistir a la presentación del anuncio y compartir con los niños de la YMCA. Mientras que Félix Verdejo, tomó unas horas de su entrenamiento para su próxima pelea en Nueva York para hacer lo mismo.

En el 2014, la joven tenista Mónica Puig se unió a Chrysler como su nueva imagen. Mientras que en abril del 2015 el boxeador Félix Verdejo anunció su alianza con Dodge para ser parte de los esfuerzos promocionales de la marca.

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Sat, 30 Jan 2016 14:55:57 -0600
Hall of Famer Rates Pacquiao-Bradley "Terrific" http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-hall-of-famer-rates-pacquiao-bradley-quotterrificquot/ Don Chargin’s nickname is “War a Week,” a well-earned label from his heydays of matchmaking in Los Angeles at the Olympic Auditorium.  That was bestowed upon him by no less than the last person to create any semblance of original radio sports programing, Jim Healy.

Chargin doesn’t put on a war a week anymore.  Nowhere near that.  Closer to 20 shows last year, most in Northern California.

But if you think he has slowed down, think again.  He may be about to turn 88 in June, but he still knows the sport like few others and loves it when a good fight is on the horizon.  Which is exactly what he calls the upcoming Manny Pacquiao -Tim Bradley battle,  April 9, in Las Vegas.

To some, that might be a surprise.In the minds and hearts of many, Chargin is one of the true learned men of the sport, a boxing Socrates.  When he speaks his mind, he has given it much thought before opening his mouth.  He speaks his mind.  If he thinks a fight is a dog, he barks that without fear of reprisal.  When you have been in the game since 1951, were inducted into boxing’s Hall of Fame 15 years ago, and have promoted close to 150 world title fights, the sport listens.  As it should.

In this case, it listens, even though the initial overwhelming impression of the Pacquiao - Bradleymatchup was lots of frowns and rolled eyes.  They have fought twice before.  Bradley won the first one in a controversial decision and Pacquiao the second in a dominating performance.  That has been Bradley’s only loss.   

“I was like a lot of people,” Chargin says.  “At first, when I heard about it, I thought it would be just another fight.  But the more I thought about it, the more I saw lots of storylines.  And that’s what drives a promotion.”

Chargin said he can see that Pacquiao badly wants to be a Philippine senator or, even in the not-too-distant future, the country’s president.  That means this fight doubles as a boxing match and unprecedented political exposure.  Who will get bigger headlines in the month of April in the Philippines -- any old Senate candidate or an international boxing star, about to fight again?

“He wants to go out on a high, to finish right,” Chargin said, knowing full well that that sort of high is not only worth the $20 million Pacquiao will be paid for the fight, but countless numbers of votes.  Pacquiao has only until May 9 to do the usual political campaigning for his Philippine Senate seat.  But whatever might be lost in the absence of on-site speech-making could be more than made up by spectacular left hooks and a real Philippine nationalistic show on April 9.

That doesn’t mean that Bradley will be a willing political pawn.  Chargin sees reason for him, too, to be an inspired fighter on that Las Vegas Saturday night.

“Bradley is pumped,” Chargin said.  “He’s been that way ever since he hired Teddy Atlas to train him for his last fight.  He is a different fighter.  He is buying into everything Teddy is telling him and he wants to please him.

“As a matter of fact, it seems like every fighter that Teddy has wants to please him.  That’s a real skill.”

Chargin said that too much is at stake for this to be a slow-starting fight, the kind that can develop into a never-starting fight.

“There is too much at stake for both of them,” Chargin said.  “Both guys will want to get off fast, and get out to a lead.”

During an interview, Chargin even upgraded his initial assessment of the fight from “good” to “terrific.”

“My first impression was that this was just a fight,” he said.  “But I think Bob may have made himself quite a fight.”

Bob Arum is the chief executive of Top Rank, the  promoter of the fight.

Chargin also saw Pacquiao-Bradley as an extension of the embarrassing Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight, which made a lot of money, but left a lot of boxing fans angry.  Mayweather won that one in a solid decision and Pacquiao revealed afterward that he had reinjured his right shoulder in the fourth round, severely limiting his chances.

“That one was terrible,” Chargin said, “but I don’t see this one as another boring disaster.”

Chargin also said he thought it would be a mistake for Pacquiao, even with an impressive performance, to hang around and wait for a rematch with Mayweather.

“I think people will remember the first fight for a long time,” Chargin said, “and all this talk about it being another huge money maker won’t be the case.”

Chargin said he probably will attend the fight now, after initially thinking it wouldn’t be much to miss. He lives in the central California coast town of Cambria, swims every day, and has slowed down much less than others at his age in any comparable profession.

“I feel good,” he said, “but then, it’s good, at my age, just to be able to feel.”

 

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

 

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

 

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Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with MP Promotions, the Pacquiao vs. Bradley world championship event will take place on Saturday, April 9, 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 Pacquiao vs. Bradley are priced at $1,204, $804, $604, $404, $254 and $154, not including applicable service fees.  To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.  Tickets will also be available for purchase at mgmgrand.com or ticketmaster.com.  

 

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