Top Rank Boxing http://www.toprank.com Top Rank boxing news, event, videos and photo galleries en-us Copyright Top Rank 03-02-2015 05:54:56 60 Zou vs. Ruenroeng - World Flyweight Championship http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-zou-vs-ruenroeng-world-flyweight-championship/ MACAO (February 17, 2015) -- The upcoming Chinese New Year will begin on February 19, 2015 -- The Year of the Sheep.  But Chinese boxing fans from around the world are hoping it will also usher in the beginning of The Shiming Dynasty.  After winning three World Championships and two Olympic gold medals as an amateur, ZOU SHIMIINGin only his seventh professional fight and 23 months removed from his professional debut, will be challenging undefeated International Boxing Federation (IBF) flyweight world champion AMNAT RUENROENG.  The Showdown at Sands: Zou Shiming vs. Amnat Ruenroeng will headline an exciting all-action world championship boxing event,Saturday, March 7, at The Venetian® Macao's Cotai Arena.

Promoted by Top Rank® and Sands China Ltd., in association with Tecate, SECA, Kreerin Promotions, Sampson Boxing and Foreman Boys Promotions, the Zou Shiming - Amnat Ruenroeng World Flyweight Championship fight will be televised via same-day delay on HBO2, beginning at 5:00 p.m. ET/PT.  The HBO2 telecast will open with a 10-round NABO junior middleweight title tilt betweenGLEN TAPIA (22-1, 14 KOs), of Passaic, NJ, and one-time world title challenger DANIEL DAWSON(40-4-1, 26 KOs), of Perth, Australia.  Veteran boxing blow-by-blow man and WNBC-TV's lead sports anchor Bruce Beck and award-winning broadcaster and analyst Rich Marotta will be calling the action from ringside.

The undercard will feature JOSE FELIX, Jr. (28-1-1, 23 KOs), from Los Mochis, Mexico, battlingRAYMOND SERMONA, (17-4-5, 8 KOs), of Manila, in an eight-round lightweight bout which will be televised via same-day delay on UniMás, and Top-10 contenders IK YANG (17-0, 12 KOs), of Dalian, China and PATOMSUK PATHOMPOTHONG (30-2-1, 18 KOs), of Kalasin, Thailand, squaring off in a 12-round IBF junior welterweight title elimination bout.

Making the Zou-Ruenroeng fight even more intriguing is the history these two warriors already have with each other.  Their amateur trilogy began with Ruenroeng winning their first battle -- as a late substitute called up by the Thailand amateur team -- at the 2007 King's Cup, which was also Ruenroeng's first international competition.  Zou won the next two times they fought, including a reverse in their semi-final of the 2010 Asian Games that could have gone either way -- and did.  Now that they are professionals, the stakes are much higher and their simmering rivalry is set to become a roiling boil.      

"Beloved in the Peoples' Republic of China and an incredible talent, Zou has earned his right to fight for a professional world championship belt," said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.  "It is fitting that the Zou vs. Ruenroeng world flyweight title fight take place at The Venetian Macao, which has become one of the great boxing capitals of the world."       

Zou (6-0, 1 KO), from Guizhou, China, and trained by Hall of Famer Freddie Roach, returns to the ring fresh from his most impressive professional victory -- a 12-round unanimous decision victory over undefeated No. 3 contender Kwanpichit Onesongchaigym in a world flyweight title elimination bout. Their fight was the co-main event to the Manny Pacquiao - Chris Algieri world welterweight championship on November 22 at Cotai Arena.  Zou scored three knockdowns en route to a 119-106, 119-106 and 120-103 victory over his vastly more experienced opponent.  He showed his mettle by fighting through numerous head butts that swelled his left eye shut as well as weathering numerous low blows.  But Zou kept his composure throughout the fight showing the world he was ready for a world title shot.  Last July 19, Zou stepped up to his first 10-round fight, where he captured the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) International flyweight title with a unanimous decision victory over Top-10 contender Luis De La Rosa, proving to the world that he had developed into a world title contender.  Zou is currently world-rated No. 1 by the WBO and No. 4 by the IBF.  He won his professional debut April 6, 2013 at Fists of Gold, via a dominant four-round unanimous decision over gritty Eleazar Valenzuela. He followed that up with six-round unanimous decision victories last year over Jesus Ortega and Juan Toscano, July 27 at Fists of Gold II and November 24 at The Clash in Cotai, respectively, and celebrated his 2014 debut with his first professional knockout, February 22, at Ring of Gold, stopping Yokthong Kokietgym in the seventh round. All of Zou's professional bouts have taken place at the Cotai Arena. One of the most popular Olympic athletes in China, Zou was the world's greatest amateur light flyweight, capturing gold medals in the World Amateur Championships in 2005, 2007 and 2011, along with gold medals in the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympic Games. He also owns an Olympic bronze medal from the 2004 games, making him his nation's first Olympic medallist in boxing as well as its first boxing gold medallist in the World Amateur Championships and the Olympics.

Ruenroeng (14-0, 5 KOs), of Si Racha, Thailand, overcame a troubled past to reach the pinnacle of his division.  Beating a severe drug addiction and enduring three prison terms, Ruenroeng found his salvation through a prison boxing program that saw him become a national amateur champion, while still an inmate,  as a member of the Thai Corrections Department team.  A bronze medallist at the 2007 World Amateur Championships in Chicago and a member of Thailand's 2008 Olympic team, Ruenroeng made his professional debut in 2012 when he didn't make the 2012 Olympic team.  He made his presence known to his division in his second year as a professional winning the IBF/Asia flyweight title and successfully defending it three times.  He captured the vacant IBF flyweight world title on January 22, 2014, scoring a unanimous decision over Rocky Fuentes.  He has successfully defended the title twice since winning it   His first title defense was against unbeaten two-division world champion Kazuto Ioka, in Iaoka's homeland of Oska, Japan, last May 7.  In his most recent title defense, on September 10, Ruenroeng survived a knockdown en route to s split decision victory over mandatory challenger McWilliams Arroyo.  

Remaining tickets to The Showdown at Sands:  Zou Shiming vs. Amnat Ruenroeng, priced from HKD/MOP 180 to 4,680, may be purchased online via Cotai Ticketing (www.cotaiticketing.com) or at the following Cotai Ticketing box offices, including The Venetian Macao (Cotai Arena and Main Lobby box offices), Four Seasons Hotel Macao (The Plaza™ Macao box office), Sands® Macao (Level 1 box office) or Sands® Cotai Central (Sheraton Main Lobby and Holiday Inn Main Lobby box offices.)  To charge by phone call +853 2882 8818 (Macao) or +852 6333 6660 (Hong Kong).  Hotel packages at The Venetian Macao, Conrad Macao-Cotai Central, Sheraton Macao Hotel-Cotai Central and Holiday Inn-Cotai Central are available through Cotai Ticketing only, starting at HDK/MOP 3,800 (plus 5% government tax and 10% service charge.)  Packages include two tickets and one night's room accommodation.  

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 #ShowdonAtSands to join the conversation on Twitter.

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

 

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Rodriguez vs. Nardo - Super Featherweights http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-rodriguez-vs-nardo-super-featherweights/ Sat, 14 Mar 2015 23:00:00 -0500 Mayweather vs. - Pacquiao - Welterweight Championship http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-mayweather-vs-pacquiao-welterweight-championship/ Sat, 02 May 2015 21:00:00 -0500 Featuring Light Welterweight Champion Jose Ramirez http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-featuring-light-welterweight-champion-jose-ramirez/ Fresno, Calif. - USA Olympian and undefeated professional boxer Jose Ramirez (13-0, 10 KO's) will return home to defend his NABF title in the “Fight For Water 4,” Saturday, May 9 at the Selland Arena. The card will be televised nationally at 11p ET/PT on Top Rank's “Solo Boxeo Tecate” on UniMas.

Ramirez last fought Oct 25th in his hometown, where a record-setting 10,000 people watched him capture his first title.  

"There is no place like home, and I'm ready. It's an honor to fight in front of my friends, family and community. Nothing is more important than fighting for water," said Ramirez of defending his belt in Fresno.

The “Fight For Water” series was developed to help bring much-needed attention to the water issues in California. The overall goal of this installment is the same as the previous three: to focus attention on bringing water back to the Central Valley.

“With the successful passage of the water bond this past November, the California Latino Water Coalition thanks everyone that helped in the cause, along with all those who participated in our ‘Fight for Water’ boxing events,” said Executive Director Mario Santoyo. “However, the fight is far from over. Now, with ‘Fight for Water 4,’ our sights are set on getting back the valley’s water from the delta and through the pumps.”

Bob Arum, Hall of Fame promoter and founder of Top Rank, said: "We are very proud of Jose for what he has accomplished in the ring and, just as important, the way he has helped his community. He is a very special athlete, a future world champion. We are very excited to return to Fresno on May 9.”

Also featured on the card: Central Valley-based, Top Rank-promoted fighters Daniel Valdivia and Joe Lopez, as well as regional fighter Kalisto Madera and Alex Rojas, who will be making his pro debut.

Tickets go on sale Feb. 3rd and are priced at $18, $40, $68, and $110. There are also a select amount of VIP floor tables that seat 10. All tickets are available at the FCEC Main Box Office (Selland Arena, 700 M Street Fresno, Ca.) Mondays-Fridays from 10am-6pm. Tickets are also available through Ticketmaster at http://www.Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 1.800.745.3000, and all Ticketmaster outlets (including select Vallarta and Save Mart Supermarkets).

"This fight will make history in many ways. Don't miss your chance to be a part of it," said Ramirez’s agent and promoter Rick Mirigian.

Contacts:

Lee Samuels, Top Rank (702) 732 2717

Rick Mirigian, Promoter/Agent (559) 500 9224

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Sat, 09 May 2015 23:00:00 -0500
Zou Predicts Title Win in Macau http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-zou-predicts-title-win-in-macau/ HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. (February 26, 2015) --  Despite having only six professional fights under his belt, ZOU SHIMIINGthe two-time Chinese Olympic gold medalist and three-time world amateur champion is ready for his close-up.  Just 23 months removed from his professional debut, Zou (6-0, 1 KO), of Guizhdou, China, the No. 1 world-rated contender and an icon in the People's Republic of China, will challenge amateur rival and defending International Boxing Federation (IBF) flyweight world champion AMNAT RUENROENG (14-0, 5 KOs), of Si Racha, Thailand, in the main event of The Showdown at Sands: Zou Shiming vs. Amnat Ruenroeng, Saturday, March 7, at The Venetian® Macao's Cotai Arena.

Promoted by Top Rank® and Sands China Ltd., in association with Tecate, SECA, Kreerin Promotions, Sampson Boxing and Foreman Boys Promotions, the Zou Shiming - Amnat Ruenroeng World Flyweight Championship fight will be televised via same-day delay on HBO2®, beginning at 5:00 p.m. ET/PT.  The HBO2 telecast will open with a 10-round NABO junior middleweight title tilt between GLEN TAPIA (22-1, 14 KOs), of Passaic, NJ, and one-time world title challenger DANIEL DAWSON (40-4-1, 26 KOs), of Perth, Australia.  Veteran boxing blow-by-blow man and WNBC-TV's lead sports anchor Bruce Beck and award-winning broadcaster and analyst Rich Marotta will be calling the action from ringside.    

At a recent Media Workout at Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach's Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, Calif., Zou discussed the upcoming fight:

 

            "Expect me to be champion.

 

            "This will be the biggest test for me.

 

            "I am very calm, not nervous.  I have been prepared for this moment for a long time.  I am focused on myself -- on executing Freddie's gameplan.  I felt a lot more pressure when I was in the Olympics.  This time the pressure is on Ruenroeng.    

           

            "I feel very confident with the professional fighting style now.  In my last fight, which went 12 rounds [12-round unanimous decision victory over Kwanpichit Onesongchaigym], I really felt like a professional fighter.  That was a turning point for me -- a landmark fight.

 

            "The three Olympics, the World Amateur Championships and the past two years as a professional have prepared me for March 7.  I don't need any more fights to prepare me for challenging for a world title.

 

            "Ruenroeng and I fought each other three times as amateurs.  What I remember most is that he is good at gauging the distance between us to land his punches.  He's very lengthy with his reach.  He was also very good at timing his punches. 

 

            "I am asked a lot which means more, winning Olympic gold or a world title.  They are equally important to me.  TheMarch 7 fight is the next step for me.  It is the biggest thing for me right now, but for me personally, not bigger than winning the gold medals.

 

            "I really want to win the world title and bring it back to China.  It would be the first time a Chinese fighter won Olympic gold and a world championship belt as a professional.  No one has ever done that.  I want to make my country proud and advance the sport of boxing throughout China.  I am ready for my date with destiny."    

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 The undercard will feature JOSE FELIX, Jr. (28-1-1, 23 KOs), from Los Mochis, Mexico, battling RAYMOND SERMONA, (17-4-5, 8 KOs), of Manila, in an eight-round lightweight bout which will be televised via same-day delay on UniMás, and Top-10 contenders IK YANG (17-0, 12 KOs), of Dalian, China and PATOMSUK PATHOMPOTHONG (30-2-1, 18 KOs), of Kalasin, Thailand, squaring off in a 12-round IBF junior welterweight title elimination bout.

Remaining tickets to The Showdown at Sands:  Zou Shiming vs. Amnat Ruenroeng, priced from HKD/MOP 180 to 4,680, may be purchased online via Cotai Ticketing (www.cotaiticketing.com) or at the following Cotai Ticketing box offices, including The Venetian Macao (Cotai Arena and Main Lobby box offices), Four Seasons Hotel Macao (The Plaza™ Macao box office), Sands® Macao (Level 1 box office) or Sands® Cotai Central (Sheraton Main Lobby and Holiday Inn Main Lobby box offices.)  To charge by phone call +853 2882 8818 (Macao) or +852 6333 6660 (Hong Kong).  Hotel packages at The Venetian Macao, Conrad Macao-Cotai Central, Sheraton Macao Hotel-Cotai Central and Holiday Inn-Cotai Central are available through Cotai Ticketing only, starting at HDK/MOP 3,800 (plus 5% government tax and 10% service charge.)  Packages include two tickets and one night's room accommodation.  

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

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TOP RANK

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

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

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

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

 

HBO

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

 

VENETIAN MACAU LIMITED

Mabel Wu: +853 8118 2268 / mabel.wu@sands.com.mo

 

MEDIA CREDENTIALS

www.toprank.com/credentials

 

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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:54:28 -0600
Felix Jr. to Face Sermona in Must-Win Bout http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-felix-jr-to-face-sermona-on-quotsolo-boxeo-tecatequot/ Super Featherweight Jose Felix Jr. 28-1 (23KOs) will be facing Filipino Raymond Sermona 18-4-5 (8KOs) on March 7th at the Cotai Arena in the Venetian Resort and Hotel in Macao, China.

Felix Jr. - Sermona will be part of the Top Rank promoted fight card with Chinese gold medalist Zou Shiming 6-0 (1KO) challenging Amnat Ruenroeng 14-0 (5KOs) for the IBF flyweight title in the main event.

The cards promoted in the venue by Top Rank have been a success since their inception, which Felix Jr. sees as a big opportunity to capitalize on.

''I was offered the fight and took it, it is a great chance to showcase my skills at the international level and have been told that with a good performance, I will be put in line in the not so long future, for another world title shot'' said Felix Jr.

The Los Mochis, Sinaloa fighter is on a two -fight KO win streak, following his lone loss, a one point difference decision loss on two cards when he challenged reigning interim WBA Super Featherweight champion Bryan Vasquez on the Pacquiao vs. Bradley rematch eleven months ago.

In Sermona, a reported switch-hitter, Felix Jr. knows a win is a must.

Check out details on Jose Ramirez's next fight here

''He (Sermona) is a very good boxer, quick with good power, he is dangerous as most Filipinos tend to be, I'm not overlooking him, as a good win will open the doors for me with another title shot, one which I will not let go to waste'' said the 22 year old fighter.

''It is an honor to be part of this card, and I'm excited and grateful for the opportunity.'' concluded Felix Jr.

Felix Jr vs. Sermona is scheduled for eight rounds and will be main event on UNIMAS, with Shiming vs. Ruenroeng part of the fight card to be broadcast on HBO.

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Wed, 25 Feb 2015 13:27:20 -0600
Zou Shiming Vying for First Title Against Long-time Foe http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-zou-shiming-vying-for-first-title-against-long-time-foe/ MACAO (February 17, 2015) -- The upcoming Chinese New Year will begin on February 19, 2015 -- The Year of the Sheep.  But Chinese boxing fans from around the world are hoping it will also usher in the beginning of The Shiming Dynasty.  After winning three World Championships and two Olympic gold medals as an amateur, ZOU SHIMIINGin only his seventh professional fight and 23 months removed from his professional debut, will be challenging undefeated International Boxing Federation (IBF) flyweight world champion AMNAT RUENROENG.  The Showdown at Sands: Zou Shiming vs. Amnat Ruenroeng will headline an exciting all-action world championship boxing event,Saturday, March 7, at The Venetian® Macao's Cotai Arena.

Promoted by Top Rank® and Sands China Ltd., in association with Tecate, SECA, Kreerin Promotions, Sampson Boxing and Foreman Boys Promotions, the Zou Shiming - Amnat Ruenroeng World Flyweight Championship fight will be televised via same-day delay on HBO2, beginning at 5:00 p.m. ET/PT.  The HBO2 telecast will open with a 10-round NABO junior middleweight title tilt betweenGLEN TAPIA (22-1, 14 KOs), of Passaic, NJ, and one-time world title challenger DANIEL DAWSON(40-4-1, 26 KOs), of Perth, Australia.  Veteran boxing blow-by-blow man and WNBC-TV's lead sports anchor Bruce Beck and award-winning broadcaster and analyst Rich Marotta will be calling the action from ringside.

The undercard will feature JOSE FELIX, Jr. (28-1-1, 23 KOs), from Los Mochis, Mexico, battlingRAYMOND SERMONA, (17-4-5, 8 KOs), of Manila, in an eight-round lightweight bout which will be televised via same-day delay on UniMás, and Top-10 contenders IK YANG (17-0, 12 KOs), of Dalian, China and PATOMSUK PATHOMPOTHONG (30-2-1, 18 KOs), of Kalasin, Thailand, squaring off in a 12-round IBF junior welterweight title elimination bout.

Making the Zou-Ruenroeng fight even more intriguing is the history these two warriors already have with each other.  Their amateur trilogy began with Ruenroeng winning their first battle -- as a late substitute called up by the Thailand amateur team -- at the 2007 King's Cup, which was also Ruenroeng's first international competition.  Zou won the next two times they fought, including a reverse in their semi-final of the 2010 Asian Games that could have gone either way -- and did.  Now that they are professionals, the stakes are much higher and their simmering rivalry is set to become a roiling boil.      

"Beloved in the Peoples' Republic of China and an incredible talent, Zou has earned his right to fight for a professional world championship belt," said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.  "It is fitting that the Zou vs. Ruenroeng world flyweight title fight take place at The Venetian Macao, which has become one of the great boxing capitals of the world."       

Zou (6-0, 1 KO), from Guizhou, China, and trained by Hall of Famer Freddie Roach, returns to the ring fresh from his most impressive professional victory -- a 12-round unanimous decision victory over undefeated No. 3 contender Kwanpichit Onesongchaigym in a world flyweight title elimination bout. Their fight was the co-main event to the Manny Pacquiao - Chris Algieri world welterweight championship on November 22 at Cotai Arena.  Zou scored three knockdowns en route to a 119-106, 119-106 and 120-103 victory over his vastly more experienced opponent.  He showed his mettle by fighting through numerous head butts that swelled his left eye shut as well as weathering numerous low blows.  But Zou kept his composure throughout the fight showing the world he was ready for a world title shot.  Last July 19, Zou stepped up to his first 10-round fight, where he captured the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) International flyweight title with a unanimous decision victory over Top-10 contender Luis De La Rosa, proving to the world that he had developed into a world title contender.  Zou is currently world-rated No. 1 by the WBO and No. 4 by the IBF.  He won his professional debut April 6, 2013 at Fists of Gold, via a dominant four-round unanimous decision over gritty Eleazar Valenzuela. He followed that up with six-round unanimous decision victories last year over Jesus Ortega and Juan Toscano, July 27 at Fists of Gold II and November 24 at The Clash in Cotai, respectively, and celebrated his 2014 debut with his first professional knockout, February 22, at Ring of Gold, stopping Yokthong Kokietgym in the seventh round. All of Zou's professional bouts have taken place at the Cotai Arena. One of the most popular Olympic athletes in China, Zou was the world's greatest amateur light flyweight, capturing gold medals in the World Amateur Championships in 2005, 2007 and 2011, along with gold medals in the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympic Games. He also owns an Olympic bronze medal from the 2004 games, making him his nation's first Olympic medallist in boxing as well as its first boxing gold medallist in the World Amateur Championships and the Olympics.

Ruenroeng (14-0, 5 KOs), of Si Racha, Thailand, overcame a troubled past to reach the pinnacle of his division.  Beating a severe drug addiction and enduring three prison terms, Ruenroeng found his salvation through a prison boxing program that saw him become a national amateur champion, while still an inmate,  as a member of the Thai Corrections Department team.  A bronze medallist at the 2007 World Amateur Championships in Chicago and a member of Thailand's 2008 Olympic team, Ruenroeng made his professional debut in 2012 when he didn't make the 2012 Olympic team.  He made his presence known to his division in his second year as a professional winning the IBF/Asia flyweight title and successfully defending it three times.  He captured the vacant IBF flyweight world title on January 22, 2014, scoring a unanimous decision over Rocky Fuentes.  He has successfully defended the title twice since winning it   His first title defense was against unbeaten two-division world champion Kazuto Ioka, in Iaoka's homeland of Oska, Japan, last May 7.  In his most recent title defense, on September 10, Ruenroeng survived a knockdown en route to s split decision victory over mandatory challenger McWilliams Arroyo.  

Remaining tickets to The Showdown at Sands:  Zou Shiming vs. Amnat Ruenroeng, priced from HKD/MOP 180 to 4,680, may be purchased online via Cotai Ticketing (www.cotaiticketing.com) or at the following Cotai Ticketing box offices, including The Venetian Macao (Cotai Arena and Main Lobby box offices), Four Seasons Hotel Macao (The Plaza™ Macao box office), Sands® Macao (Level 1 box office) or Sands® Cotai Central (Sheraton Main Lobby and Holiday Inn Main Lobby box offices.)  To charge by phone call +853 2882 8818 (Macao) or +852 6333 6660 (Hong Kong).  Hotel packages at The Venetian Macao, Conrad Macao-Cotai Central, Sheraton Macao Hotel-Cotai Central and Holiday Inn-Cotai Central are available through Cotai Ticketing only, starting at HDK/MOP 3,800 (plus 5% government tax and 10% service charge.)  Packages include two tickets and one night's room accommodation.  

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 #ShowdonAtSands to join the conversation on Twitter.

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FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (Media):

 

TOP RANK

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

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

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

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

 

HBO

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

 

VENETIAN MACAU LIMITED

Mabel Wu: +853 8118 2268 / mabel.wu@sands.com.mo

 

MEDIA CREDENTIALS

www.toprank.com/credentials

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Tue, 17 Feb 2015 18:26:03 -0600
Paez Jr. Seeks Redemption After Struggling in Previous Bouts http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-solo-boxeo-returns-feb-21-to-mexico/ Jorge "Maromerito" Paez Jr. will headline the latest edition of "Solo Boxeo Tecate" on Unimas (11:00 pm East/Pacific) Feb. 21 from the Municipal Auditorium in Ocozocoautla, Chiapas, Mexico.

Super welterweight Paez (37-5-2, 22 KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico will face Ronald Montes (16-1, 14 KOs) of Colombia in the 10-round main event.

Paez has won 10 of his last 11 bouts, five of them by knockout. Last August, Paez landed a controversial draw against Aaron Herrera, and in March, Paez lost to former world champion Vivian Harris by a narrow decision.

"I am anxious to get into the ring after two disappointing fights last year. I know I can fight better than I did against Harris, and I had dominated Herrera for most of that fight,"said Paez. 

Mexican legend Jorge Arce has previoulsy appeared on UniMas "Solo Boxeo Tecate":

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Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:51:09 -0600
Félix Verdejo estará en Tampa el 28 de febrero http://www.toprank.com/news/felix-verdejo-estara-en-tampa-el-28-de-febrero/ SAN JUAN, PR – Una lesión obligó a que Félix Verdejo  cancelara su pelea en la cartelera del 28 de febrero en el Sun Dome de la Universidad del Sur de la Florida, pero eso no significa que “El Diamante” va a dejar pasar la oportunidad de conocer a sus fans de Tampa y apoyar a sus compañeros de cuadra que aún siguen pautados para ver acción en la función.

El 28 de febrero de 6 p.m a 7 p.m., Verdejo realizará una sesión de firma de autógrafos y fotos para los fans que estén en el evento que será presentado por Top Rank en asociación con All Star Boxing en “The Corral” del Sun Dome de la USF.

“No puedo esperar a conocer por primera vez a todos los fanaticos de Tampa,” afirmó el joven que marcha invicto con marca de 16-0 y 12 nocauts. “Muchos de ellos me han deseado una rápida recuperación a través de las redes sociales y quiero compartir un buen rato con ellos para devolverles todo esa cariño que me han demostrado,” dijo el sensacional púgil boricua que fue seleccionado por ESPN.com como “Prospecto del Año” 2014.

Una imagen de resonancia magnética mostró que Verdejo sufre de hinchazón en el ligamento del tendón metacarpiano de la mano izquierda. No hay fractura, ni desgarro, pero Verdejo tendrá que estar de tres a cuatro semanas sin ningún tipo de contacto, razón por la cual se canceló su pelea en el cartel.

Verdejo estaba programado a enfrentar al mexicano Marco Antonio “El Kua Kua” López (24-5, 15 KO’s) en el evento estelar de la función que será televisada en el gustado programa “Solo Boxeo Tecate” de costa a costa en los Estados Unidos por UniMás y en Puerto Rico a través de Univision Puerto Rico.

Los fanaticos que deseen un reembolso de su compra original podrán reclamarlo antes del 13 de febrero del 2015 en la boletería del Sun Dome.

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Fri, 06 Feb 2015 15:03:49 -0600
Avalos Unafraid of Challenging Frampton in Ireland http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-avalos-unafraid-of-challenging-frampton-in-ireland/ Lancaster, Ca. - Chris Avalos is wiring in for his title fight, training at  the Durango Boxing Club here in town and sparring twice a week  at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood. Avalos, 25-2, 19 KOs, is getting set to take on IBF super bantamweight world champion Carl Frampton in his hometown at the Odyessy Arena, Belfast, on February 28.

"Chris is ready to rock," said his manager Mike Criscio. "I think Chris will dominate Frampton. Chris is very tough, strong, has a lot of pride and is hungry to win a world championship."

Avalos, 25, has a record of 25-2, 19 KOs. Frampton is 19-0 with 13 KOs. Avalos was born in San Diego and now lives and trains in Lancaster.

"My dad Felipe is my coach. I've got four brothers and two sisters. I am second youngest of the boys. I used to get into fights in school.  All of my brothers started boxing but they train now. I'm the only one who stuck with it, since I was 11 when I started," Avalos said.

He had 104 amateur bouts - 96 wins, 14 losses - and fought in a number of national tournaments.

"I've been working on using a lot of combinations. I used to be straight-ahead brawling but we're boxing more, throwing more jabs, mixing it up," he said.

Avalos won an IBF eliminator when he won by TKO 8 over Yasutaka Ishimoto, 24-6, on a co-feature bout with the Nonito Donaire vs Simphiwe Vetyeka title fight last May 31 at the Cotai Arena inside of the Venetian Macao.

Carl Moretti, VP of Boxing Operations at Top Rank, likes Avalos in the world title fight in Belfast.

"Carl Frampton is a terrific young champion, but with Chris' punching power it really doesn't matter where the fight is. The partisan crowd won't affect  Chris at all. He has one goal, to become the new IBF champion. There will be plenty of celebrating after the fight, but it will be Chris and his team having the honors."

Contacts:

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

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

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Thu, 05 Feb 2015 17:42:25 -0600
Najera: "The World Will See What I'm About" http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-najera-quotthe-world-will-see-what-im-aboutquot/ Hidalgo, Texas - High-action contender Ivan 'Bam Bam' Najera of San Antonio said "now the world will see what I am all about" when he makes his main event debut on Top Rank's Solo Boxeo Tecate fight card at the State Farm Arena on Saturday, Feb 7.

Najera, a 15-0, 7 KOs, lightweight, will take on Robbie Cannon, 14-10-1, 6 KOs, of Missouri  in an eight round bout.  It will be Najera's first time in a main event which will be televised nationally by UniMas.

"This is what working hard in the gym - and I sparred very hard rounds, over 60 of them - will mean for me when I go into the ring Saturday night. "Fighting in the main event is exciting for me and my team," said Najera who was born and raised in San Antonio.

"They call me Bam Bam. A lot of people think I took that name from Brandon Rios but I didn't. I was a strong little kid while growing up and it was my parents who called me Bam Bam. I wore it on my trunks as an amateur. It just stuck with me," Najera said.

The Najera vs Cannon main event replaces Saul Rodriguez vs Daniel Diaz.  Diaz, from Managua, had a visa problem and could not get to Hidalgo.

In the opening televised bout, Alex 'El Cholo' Saucedo,, 16-0, 11 KOs, of Oklahoma City, will take on welterweight Eduardo Flores, 27-16-3, of Ecuador in an eight round bout. This will be El Cholo's first time in the ring with his new trainer Ronnie Shields of Houston.

"Alex knows how to fight. He sits down on his punches very well. He hits hard," said Ronnie. "When he first came to the gym I watched him spar. He was patient and I encouraged him to be more busy, to let his hands go. He's a young exciting fighter."

Najera and Saucedo are managed by Lou Mesorana who handles many star fighters in the greater Texas area.

Tickets range from $10 to $50 plus applicable fees and are available at the State Farm Arena and on Ticketmaster.comDoors open 6 pm and the first bell will be at 6:30 pm

Contacts:

Lee Samuels, Top Rank  lee@toprank.com  702 378 1083

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

 

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Wed, 04 Feb 2015 15:10:01 -0600
Fuera Félix Verdejo del cartel del 28 de febrero tras sufrir lesión durante entrenamiento http://www.toprank.com/news/fuera-felix-verdejo-del-cartel-del-28-de-febrero-tras-sufrir-lesion-durante-entrenamiento/ SAN JUAN, P.R. – Una lesión en la mano izquierda del cotizado púgil puertorriqueño Félix Verdejo obligó a que “El Diamante” y su equipo de trabajo cancelaran el próxima actuación sobre el ensogado que tenía pautada el invicto prospecto. El joven peleador peso ligero se lastimó su mano izquierda durante su preparación para su combate del 28 de febrero en Tampa, Florida.

Verdejo (16-0, 12 KO’s), estaba supuesto a enfrentar al mexicano Marco Antonio “El Kua Kua” López (24-5, 15 KO’s) en la función “Solo Boxeo Tecate” que aún sigue en pie y se celebrará en “The Corral” del Sun Dome de la Universidad del Sur de la Florida.

“Estaba súper contento porque esta iba a ser mi primera pelea en Tampa y sé que mucha gente me quería ver pelear,” dijo un apenado Verdejo. “De todas maneras voy a estar en Tampa el 28 de febrero compartiendo con la fanaticada y apoyando a mis compañeros de escuadra (Christopher “Pitufo” Díaz y Francisco “Pechuga” Vargas) que pelearán en la cartelera,” añadió Verdejo. “Sé que este año estaré peleando en Tampa si Dios me lo permite,” afirmó el ex Olímpico.

Una imagen de resonancia magnética ordenada por el Dr. Gaspar R. García mostró que Verdejo sufre de hinchazón en el ligamento del tendón metacarpiano de la mano izquierda. No hay fractura, ni desgarro, pero Verdejo tendrá que estar de tres a cuatro semanas sin ningún tipo de contacto, razón por la cual se canceló su pelea ante López.

“Lamentablemente sucedió esta situación que no esperábamos y decidimos tomar todas las precauciones necesarias para que no hayan lesiones posteriores,” dijo Ricky Márquez, entrenador y manejador de Verdejo.

“Desafortunadamente las lesiones en las manos son obstáculos temporeros que sufren peleadores de todos los niveles. Félix no es diferente en ese aspecto. Esperamos volver a programar su próxima pelea tan pronto su lesión sane correctamente," culminó diciendo Carl Moretti, Vicepresidente de Top Rank.

El invicto prospectos de Nueva Jersey Julian “Hammer Hands’ Rodríguez (8-0, 7 KO’s) y el ex medallista Olímpico, el brasileño Esquiva Falcao (6-0, 4 KO’s) estarán en acción en la cartelera del 28 de febrero en Tampa.

Boletos para la cartelera que será presentada por Top Rank en asociación con All Star Boxing podrán ser adquiridos en el sitio web www.Ticketmaster.com, todos los establecimientos Ticketmaster, en la boletería del Sun Dome o llamando al 1-800-745-3000.

La función será televisada en el gustado programa ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate’ de costa a costa en los Estados Unidos y en Puerto Rico a través de Univision Puerto Rico.

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Tue, 03 Feb 2015 12:55:05 -0600
Ramirez to Headline at Home http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-ramirez-to-headline-at-home/ Fresno, Calif. - USA Olympian and undefeated professional boxer Jose Ramirez (13-0, 10 KO's) will return home to defend his NABF title in the “Fight For Water 4,” Saturday, May 9 at the Selland Arena. The card will be televised nationally at 11p ET/PT on Top Rank's “Solo Boxeo Tecate” on UniMas.

Ramirez last fought Oct 25th in his hometown, where a record-setting 10,000 people watched him capture his first title.  

"There is no place like home, and I'm ready. It's an honor to fight in front of my friends, family and community. Nothing is more important than fighting for water," said Ramirez of defending his belt in Fresno.

The “Fight For Water” series was developed to help bring much-needed attention to the water issues in California. The overall goal of this installment is the same as the previous three: to focus attention on bringing water back to the Central Valley.

“With the successful passage of the water bond this past November, the California Latino Water Coalition thanks everyone that helped in the cause, along with all those who participated in our ‘Fight for Water’ boxing events,” said Executive Director Mario Santoyo. “However, the fight is far from over. Now, with ‘Fight for Water 4,’ our sights are set on getting back the valley’s water from the delta and through the pumps.”

Bob Arum, Hall of Fame promoter and founder of Top Rank, said: "We are very proud of Jose for what he has accomplished in the ring and, just as important, the way he has helped his community. He is a very special athlete, a future world champion. We are very excited to return to Fresno on May 9.”

Also featured on the card: Central Valley-based, Top Rank-promoted fighters Daniel Valdivia and Joe Lopez, as well as regional fighter Kalisto Madera and Alex Rojas, who will be making his pro debut.

Tickets go on sale Feb. 3rd and are priced at $18, $40, $68, and $110. There are also a select amount of VIP floor tables that seat 10. All tickets are available at the FCEC Main Box Office (Selland Arena, 700 M Street Fresno, Ca.) Mondays-Fridays from 10am-6pm. Tickets are also available through Ticketmaster at http://www.Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 1.800.745.3000, and all Ticketmaster outlets (including select Vallarta and Save Mart Supermarkets).

"This fight will make history in many ways. Don't miss your chance to be a part of it," said Ramirez’s agent and promoter Rick Mirigian.

Contacts:

Lee Samuels, Top Rank (702) 732 2717

Rick Mirigian, Promoter/Agent (559) 500 9224

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Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:00:30 -0600
'Solo Boxeo Tecate' este sábado desde Chiapas, México http://www.toprank.com/news/solo-boxeo-tecate-este-sabado-desde-chiapas-mexico/ El ex campeón mundial Francisco “Chihuas” Rodríguez encabezara una nueva edición de “Solo Boxeo Tecate” que se originara desde Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas y será televisado en Estados Unidos por Unimas.

Rodríguez (16-2-1, 11 KO’s) quiere hacer campaña para ir por el campeonato mundial Minimosca de la OMB, pero antes quiere dejar las cosas en claro contra el filipino Jomar Fajardo (14-5-2, 7 KO’s) en una función que presenta Zanfer.

En la pelea co estelar otro peleador que subirá al ring con el objetivo de retomar el camino de la victoria y demostrarle al aficionado que solo tuvo una mala noche ante ¨Maromerito´Páez Jr., es el yucateco Aarón ¨Joya¨ Herrera (14-1-3, 8 kos), quien enfrentará al colombiano  Wilfrido ¨La Roca¨Buelvas (15-3, 9 kos) en peso Superligero a diez vueltas.

¨Chihuas¨ a sacarse la espina

El 15 de noviembre pasado, el púgil regiomontano empató ante Fajardo en Filipinas, en una pelea que reconoce no enfrentó en su mejor forma física, le que le permitió al asiático sacarle el empate después de diez rounds.

“En esa ocasión no iba muy bien preparado, pero aun así siento que gané la pelea, fue una batalla muy dura y emocionante”, declaró Rodríguez. “Lo que le puedo decir a los aficionados es que no voy a decepcionarlos, ni a la gente, ni me voy a decepcionar a mí mismo y ganaré"/

El “Chihuas” ya tiene varias semanas concentrado en Villa Nicolás Romero, Estado de México, en busca de alcanzar su mejor condición física para el combate del próximo 31 de enero en Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas.

La preparación de Rodríguez consiste en subir a correr de madrugada al Centro Ceremonial Otomí y por la tarde hace trabajo de aparatos y sparrings en el Gimnasio Pancho Rosales, auxiliado por Julio "Pollito" Ceja y peleadores del Gimnasio "Zorrita" Luna.

“Me siento muy bien, he tenido un campamento de altura muy bueno y van a ver una pelea totalmente distinta”, dijo el “Chihuas”.

“Mi estrategia contra Fajardo será atacarlo con ganchos al cuerpo”, añadió, “me di cuenta que ahí le duele, es un boxeador fuerte y que aguanta, pero muy franco para atacar, lo que da la posibilidad de meterle muchos golpes”.

Los problemas para dar el peso Paja, obligaron al “Chihuas” a renunciar a los títulos de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) y de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo (FIB), con la intención de ir por el título Minimosca de la OMB, cuando el filipino Donnie Nietes confirme que dejará la división para ir por la corona Mosca.

Con 21 años de edad, el “Chihuas” se consolidó como uno de los mejores peleadores mexicanos del 2014, luego de haber conquistado el título Paja de laOMB ante el filipino Merlito Sabillo y haber unificado el cinturón de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo (FIB), con el japonés Katsunari Takayama en la que considerada una de las mejores peleas del 2014.

 

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