Top Rank Boxing http://www.toprank.com Top Rank boxing news, event, videos and photo galleries en-us Copyright Top Rank 07-24-2016 05:59:36 60 Diaz vs. Vazquez - Lightweights http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-diaz-vs-vazquez-lightweights/ TUCSON, AZ (June 24, 2016) – Here comes the ‘Baby Bull’! Former world champion and proven in-ring warrior, Juan ‘Baby Bull’ Diaz will return to action inside the squared circle on the ‘Solo Boxeo UniMás’ card that will take place on Saturday, August 6, at the Grand Ballroom of the Casino del Sol Resort in the city also known as ‘The Sunshine Factory’.
 
Diaz (41-4, 20 KO’s), from Houston, Texas, who has been crowned in multiple occasions as lightweight king, hopes to continue his steady pace towards the opportunity to fight for a world title once again when he battles against Mexico’s’Cesar Vazquez (27-3, 16 KO’s) – a former world title challenger – in a ten-round bout on the main event of the card that will be televised from coast to coast in the United States by UniMás.
 
“I have been itching to get back into the ring. I am very happy and excited to be part of another Top Rank event.  After my last fight in Houston, I felt great and I am looking forward to the next bout scheduled in Tucson at the Casino Del Sol and to be with Arizona boxing fans.  With a win in Tucson I am one step closer to the ultimate goal which is obtaining a fifth world title,” said Diaz.
 
Regarding his August 6 opponent, the ‘Baby Bull’ added: “He (Vazquez) has previously challenged for a world title, I am respectful of that, he is a tough professional and he will also be ready for the bout. This will be a fan friendly and interesting fight”.
 
“Casino Del Sol is excited to team up with Top Rank, one of the truly premier promoters in the history of boxing, as we continue to provide our boxing fans with the best bouts possible.  This card truly reflects our desire to always put on world class fights, and we know that people in the audience, as well as on TV, will be in for a real treat,” said Kim Van Amburg, CEO de Casino Del Sol.
 
In the fight that will start the UniMás broadcast, unbeaten Phoenix contender, Trevor McCumby (22-0, 17 KO’s) will risk his undefeated record against Puerto Rico’sManny Siaca (25-8, 20 KO’s) in an eight-round bout on the Light Heavyweight division.
 
Diaz vs. Vazquez / McCumby vs. Siaca will be televised on August 6 at 11 p.m. ET/PT on ‘Solo Boxeo UniMás’.
 
Also, 2012 Olympic gold medalist and undefeated Russian prospect, Egor Mekhontsev (11-0, 7 KO’s), will also see action on the August 6 card. Mekhontsev will face Alexander Johnson (16-4, 7 KO’s) in an 8-round light heavyweight rumble.
 
Presented by Top Rank, tickets priced at: $100 (Elite), $75 (Platinum), $40 (Gold) and $25 (Silver), plus applicable charges, are now on sale and can be acquired on the website: www.CasinoDelSol.com.
 
For updates about this card, visit: www.TopRank.com or www.CasinoDelSol.com.
 
Use the hashtag #SoloBoxeo to join the conversation on social media.
 

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Marriaga vs. Robb - Featherweights http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-marriaga-vs-robb/ Sat, 27 Aug 2016 23:00:00 -0500 Oscar Valdez va tras el sueño de coronarse campeón mundial este sábado en la función Crawford vs. Postol http://www.toprank.com/news/oscar-valdez-va-tras-el-sueno-de-coronarse-campeon-mundial-este-sabado-en-la-funcion-crawford-vs-postol/ LAS VEGAS, NEV. (21 de julio del 2016) – Desde los ocho años de edad, el invicto contendiente mexicano Oscar Valdez ha soñado con conquistar un campeonato mundial, este sábado, 23 de julio, el dos-veces olímpico azteca tendrá la oportunidad de alcanzar esa meta en la función que será estelarizada por el choque unificatorio entre los invictos monarcas de peso junior welter, Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford y Viktor ‘The Iceman’ Postol en el MGM Grand Graden Arena.

Valdez (20-0, 17 KOs), quien representó a  México en las olimpiadas del 2008 y 2012, y fue el primer mexicano en cualificar a dos Juegos Olímpicos, enfrentará al fuerte pegador argentino Matías "La Cobrita" Rueda (26-0, 23 KOs), de Tandil, Buenos Aires, Argentina, por el vacante título peso pluma de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB).

"Soñé con este momento desde que tenía ocho años. Pelear por el título de la OMB es lo más grande para mi. Estoy muy emocionado y ansioso de subir al ring," dijo Valdez "Hicimos un gran trabajo en el gimnasio y ahí es donde realmente se ganan las peleas. Voy a dar lo mejor de mi para traerme el título a México. No voy a desaprovechar esta gran oportunidad," añadió el dos-veces olímpico.

"No cabe duda que nosotros vinimos a ganar. Vengo de Argentina con una gran preparación para dar una gran pelea ante un gran rival," ripostó Rueda. "No venimos a ver que pasa y a ver cuantos rounds aguantamos. Vinimos a ganar y a seguir el legado de argentinos que han sido campeones del mundo. A eso vinimos," finalizó diciendo el peleador al que apodan 'La Cobrita'.

El respaldo del pay-per-view también presentará al ex campeón mundial interinoJosé Benavídez Jr., arriesgando su invicto y su clasificación mundial en un combate a 10 asalto en el peso welter ante Francisco ‘Chia’ Santana y al invicto contendiente Oleksandr 'The Nail' Gvozdyk defendiendo su título semi pesado de la NABF ante el dos-veces retador a título mundial Tommy Karpency.

Presentada por Top Rank®, en asociación con Tecate, All Star Boxing y la película‘Hands of Stone’, el evento de campeonato mundial Crawford vs. Postol será producido y distribuido en vivo por HBO Pay-Per-View comenzando el sábado, 23 de julio, a las 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.

Taquillas restantes para el evento de campeonato mundial Crawford vs. Postol, a precios de: $304, $204, $104 y $54, sin incluir los cargos aplicables pueden ser adquiridas cargando por teléfono con tarjeta de crédito, llamando a AXS al (888) 929-7849 o visitando los sitios web: mgmgrand.com o www.axs.com.

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The Golden Age of the Jr. Welterweight Division http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotionsthe-golden-age-of-the-jr-welterweight-division/ LAS VEGAS – Wednesday was yet another day of boxing fun and folly.  There may be more colorful sports on the day of the actual competition.  But there is none better than boxing during the run-up.  These guys could make a turtle race sound like a Super Bowl.

Some of it was legitimate, even charming.   

Viktor Postol of Ukraine, who will fight Terence Crawford of Omaha for the unified World Boxing Organization (WBO) / World Boxing Council (WBC)140-pound title here Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, greeted reporters with the news that he was a new father, as of Tuesday.

“Twin boys,” he said, beaming.

Then, in the middle of the media session, his phone rang and soon everybody was looking, via Facetime, at a weary and smiling mom.  There was Olga Postol, telling her husband from Ukraine, that the anesthesia was just starting to wear off.

He was quickly asked the usual sportswriter cliché question of whether or not this would affect him in any way in the ring Saturday night.

“It maybe gives me extra energy,” Postol said, “but I’m just happy that everybody (Olga and new sons Lukian and Timofey) is healthy.  All I have to do now is win.”     

Postol’s trainer, the famed Freddie Roach, weighed in on things by saying he measured his own confidence in his fighters by his willingness to make a bet on them.  He said he would do that at the Sports Book on Postol.

“Odds against him are 6-1,” Roach said.  “That’s outrageous.”               

Crawford started his media session by assuring everybody he hated all interviews.  Then he spent half an hour charming a room full of interviewers.   

He has built a gym in North Omaha, and said he did that because, as a youngster, the closest one for him to use was downtown.

“I’d ride my bike down there,” he said, “and then, when I was done working out, I was too little and too tired -- and it was too far -- to ride it back home.  So coaches drove me home.          

“I work out in my gym now, but not at any set time.  When I get there, the kids are just kind of fooling around.  But when I start to work, they look at me and then they start to get to work.  I need to be a role model.  Kids need somebody to give them hope, to tell them they have some talent and some skills.”        

He was quizzed about who taught him to switch, so effectively and often in mid-fight, from an orthodox right-handed fighting stance to a lefty approach.      

“I taught myself,” he said.  “The first time I did it in training, my coach yelled at me.  Then I did it again and he yelled at me again.  Then we got into fights and I did it and he yelled at me, but it worked and he saw that.  Pretty soon, he said we need to work that into our training sessions.”     

But it was left to the master of all boxing ceremonies, Top Rank Promotions Chief Executive Bob Arum, to top it all, as he always does.  Wednesday of big fight week is also always final news conference day. Which means Arum has a podium and an audience. Only God knows what will ensue.  

It always starts fairly innocently, with introductions of hotel officials and HBO officials and other boxing dignitaries.  You always think, about halfway through, that this time has a chance to be normal, maybe even boring.    

But no.  Never.

Bob Bennett, executive director of the Nevada Athletic Commission and one of several on the dais as sort of official window dressing, unknowingly gave Arum the little nudge he needed.  Bennett spoke of good things going on in the sports he and his organization sanction and regulate and he made the serious mistake of tossing in mixed martial arts with boxing.  His said both sports are now cooperating with drug testing programs.

Bennett yielded the microphone back to Arum, the volume turned up and lights on the soapbox got brighter.  MMA is the most direct competitor that boxing has and Arum likes the sport like a five-year-old likes spinach.  He said that drug testing was nice but not all that necessary because boxers don’t generally cheat. But as for MMA, “They aren’t concerned with drug testing.  Why should they be?  Their results come out after the fights.  By then, everybody has their money.”   

Then, with David Copperfield sleight of segue, he made it political.  

“I’ll give you a little (New Jersey governor) Chris Christie here,” he said, gesturing above the audience like someone about to multiply bread and fishes: “Here.  MMA.  Guilty.”

He quickly made sure that everyone understood that his anger for Donald Trump supporter Christie was Christie’s Tuesday night convention speech attack against Arum’s longtime favorite, Hillary Clinton.   

Arum was followed to the microphone by the president of the WBO, a Puerto Rican lawyer named Francisco Valcarcel, who said what many were thinking:  “You are my hero, Bob Arum.  If I say what you say, I am in prison.”  

But in this state of Nevada, in this country of free speech, there was no holding back Arum.  He ended the program with one last shot at Trump and the Republicans, referencing their decision to have MMA president Dana White speak at their national convention.

“Here we have this great intellectual analyst,” Arum said, sarcasm dripping, “opining on the state of our country.”

The proceedings wound down with more assurances that this would be a great fight and would certainly be worth HBO’s $49.95 pay-per-view price.

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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 Crawford vs. Postol 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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Undefeated junior welterweight champions TERENCE "Bud" CRAWFORD (28-0, 20 KOs) and "The IcemanVIKTOR POSTOL (28-0, 12 KOs) will go mano a mano in a 12-round world title unification fight to determine the lineal king of the exciting 140 pound division.  Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Tecate, All Star Boxing and the motion picture "Hands of Stone," the Crawford vs. Postol World Boxing Organization (WBO) / World Boxing Council (WBC) / The Ring junior welterweight world championship event takes place This Saturday!  July 23, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.  Remaining tickets are priced at $304, $204, $104, and $54, not including applicable service fees.  To charge by phone with a major credit card, call AXS at (888) 929-7849 Tickets are also be available for purchase at mgmgrand.com orAXS.com (http://bit.ly/24ORYhs)    

 

The pay-per-view undercard will feature two-time Mexican Olympian and undefeated No. 1 featherweight contender ÓSCAR VALDEZ battling undefeated No. 2 world-rated contender MATÍAS "La Cobrita" RUEDAfor the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight world title, former interim world champion JOSE BENAVIDEZ, JR, risking his undefeated record and Top-10 world-rating, in a 10-round welterweight rumble against FRANCISCO "Chia" SANTANA and undefeated Top-10 contender OLEKSANDR GVOZDYKdefending his NABF light heavyweight title, in a 10-round fight, against two-time world title challengerTOMMY KARPENCY.

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

HBO

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

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

 

MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL

Scott Ghertner:  702-692-6700 / sghertner@mgmresorts.com

Lisa Campos:  702-692-6700 / lcampos@mgmresorts.com

 

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Oscar Valdez's Title Search http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-oscar-valdezs-title-search/ LAS VEGAS -- As of mid-afternoon Tuesday, ÓSCAR VALDEZ knew he was fighting Saturday night in the co-main event of the Terence Crawford - Viktor Postol boxing card.  What he didn’t know was exactly what he was fighting for, other than a nice paycheck and another step forward in his career.

His was the World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight (126 pounds) title fight that maybe wasn’t going to be a title fight.  And maybe it was.  With three days to go before the event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, there was a hint of Abbott and Costello and “Who’s on First."

Valdez will fight MATÍAS "La Cobrita" RUEDA immediately before Crawford and Postol vie for the 140-pound WBO and World Boxing Council (WBC) title unification belts, and advance publicity material had listed the Valdez-Rueda bout as a title fight. Except one thing stood in the way.  VASYL LOMACHENKO.     

Lomachenko has quickly become the Manny Pacquiao of the 126 and 130-pound divisions.  When he knocked out Roman “Rocky” Martinez June 11, he became the WBO junior lightweight (130 pounds) champion.  That was in his seventh professional fight.  He was already the WBO’s 126-pound champion.  So, with a record of 6-1, the Ukrainian had become the fastest ever to win two world titles.  His success was no surprise, just the speed of it.  As an amateur, he had won World Championships in 2009 and 2011 and Olympic gold medals in 2008 and 2012.

His victory over Martinez presented him with a dilemma.  Would he stay at 126 pounds or vacate that title and keep the 130 pound belt.   

His Lithuanian manager, Egis Klimas, was at Top Rank Promotion’s gym Tuesday afternoon, watching another of his fighters.  He said Lomachenko was undecided, but had been given 60 days before announcing what he would do with his 126-pound title.  That would take decision time into early August, and leave the Valdez-Rueda fight as a match made in Limbo.

“I don’t know what will happen,” Klimas said, “but I think we will likely go to the 130-pound division. More big names there.”

That was just before 2 p.m.    

Shortly after, Valdez was interviewed and had no idea himself.  He was asked if it wasn’t a tough dilemma, going into a fight not knowing exactly what was at stake.  

“Not at all,” he said.  “I’m here to fight.  I take it all very seriously.  I expect a war every time I go out there.  That’s all I’m thinking about.  I’ve heard a lot of things about how this will surely be a title fight, but a lot of that comes from people who really don’t know.

“I just want to fight.  That’s all that’s on my mind.”

Of course, a few minutes later in the interview, Valdez said, “My dream is to become a champion.”

So, Lomachenko’s manager didn’t know.  Valdez didn’t know.  Presumably Rueda, himself in line to win a title by beating Valdez, didn’t know.

But somebody in a high place did.     

At 3:30, Bob Arum, Top Rank’s chief executive, in response to a phone call, said, “It’s a title fight.  All set.  Lomachenko is vacating to 130 pounds.”        

There was no desire to hear of the politics and arm-twisting that achieved that.  Watch the Netflix series “House of Cards” and you’ll get the picture.  This is boxing. Knowing too many details means somebody might have to kill you.

The good news is that, at least by Wednesday’s final press conference, Valdez, Rueda and even Lomachenko’s manager, Klimas, will know, and the world of boxing, like the soap opera, will keep turning.     

The best part of that is that Valdez, an unbeaten 25-year-old with a 19-0 record that includes 17 knockouts, will be in a spotlight he deserves.

Like Lomachenko, he is a two-time Olympian and as popular in Mexico as he is fast-rising in his division.  When he lost to Lomachenko in the semifinals of 2009 World Championships in Milan, Italy, it got him a bronze medal and made him the first from his country to get a medal in that event.  When he lost to Irishman Johnny Joe Nevin in the London Olympics, in a match that would have achieved at least a bronze medal with a victory, he wanted that so badly for his country that he was devastated.

“My world fell on me that day,” Valdez said. “I thought I had won.  When the fight ended, I went to my corner and looked at my trainer.  He is an honest guy.  He tells me when he thinks I have lost.  I could see it in his face.  He thought we won a bronze medal.”

Valdez had missed the opening ceremonies because he had to fight the next day.  He missed the closing ceremonies “because I was too sad.” He also missed both in Beijing, for similar reasons.     

“I regret that now,” he said.  “You cannot be a sore loser.

He said two things really picked him up in the aftermath of that near miss at an Olympic medal in London.      

“When we got back to Mexico City,” he said, “the people just lifted me.  Mexicans can be tough critics, but they seemed to understand that I had done my best and they treated me so well.”

The reaction of his opponent, Nevin, after that bronze-medal match, also helped.

“He sent out a tweet,” Valdez said, “that said: ‘It is an honor to win over a future pro world champ.’ ”

Valdez said he will watch the Rio Olympics with great interest, “because I have friends on the boxing team who wanted to make it in 2012 and now are there.”

But first things first.  He has a big fight Saturday night.  It will be on the HBO Pay-Per-View telecast.  A victory will mean an impressive 20-0 start as a pro.  

And, oh yes.  How could we forget?  It is for a world title.

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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 Crawford vs. Postol 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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Undefeated junior welterweight champions TERENCE "Bud" CRAWFORD (28-0, 20 KOs) and "The IcemanVIKTOR POSTOL (28-0, 12 KOs) will go mano a mano in a 12-round world title unification fight to determine the lineal king of the exciting 140 pound division.  Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Tecate, All Star Boxing and the motion picture "Hands of Stone," the Crawford vs. Postol World Boxing Organization (WBO) / World Boxing Council (WBC) / The Ring junior welterweight world championship event takes place This Saturday!  July 23, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.  Remaining tickets are priced at $304, $204, $104, and $54, not including applicable service fees.  To charge by phone with a major credit card, call AXS at (888) 929-7849 Tickets are also be available for purchase at mgmgrand.com orAXS.com (http://bit.ly/24ORYhs)    

 

The pay-per-view undercard will feature two-time Mexican Olympian and undefeated No. 1 featherweight contender ÓSCAR VALDEZ battling undefeated No. 2 world-rated contender MATÍAS "La Cobrita" RUEDAfor the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight world title, former interim world champion JOSE BENAVIDEZ, JR, risking his undefeated record and Top-10 world-rating, in a 10-round welterweight rumble against FRANCISCO "Chia" SANTANA and undefeated Top-10 contender OLEKSANDR GVOZDYKdefending his NABF light heavyweight title, in a 10-round fight, against two-time world title challengerTOMMY KARPENCY.

 

 

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

 

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FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (Media):

 

TOP RANK

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

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

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

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

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

 

HBO

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

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

 

MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL

Scott Ghertner:  702-692-6700 / sghertner@mgmresorts.com

Lisa Campos:  702-692-6700 / lcampos@mgmresorts.com

 

CREDENTIALS:

www.MagnaMedia.com

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Cara a cara Crawford y Postol en el MGM Grand http://www.toprank.com/news/cara-a-cara-crawford-y-postol-en-el-mgm-grand/

LAS VEGAS, NEV. (20 de julio del 2016) – En la tarde de hoy, durante una rueda de prensa en 'La Ciudad del Juego', los dos mejores peleadores de las 140 libras, los invictos monarcas de peso junior welter, Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford y Viktor ‘The Iceman’ Postol se vieron cara a cara por primera vez desde que se anunció el choque unificatorio de campeonato mundial que se celebrará este sábado, 23 de julio en el MGM Grand Graden Arena.

En la noche del sábado, Crawford (28-0, 20 KOs), de Omaha, Nebraska y actual campeón junior welter de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), participará de su primer evento como estelar de un Pay-Per-View y de su primera pelea en el MGM Grand Garden Arena. El peleador que es considerado uno de los mejores libra por libra en la actualidad confía en sus habilidades y asegura que hará lo necesario para que su tercera defensa como campeón sea exitosa.

"Si para ganar tengo que presionarlo, lo voy a presionar. Si lo tengo que boxear, lo voy a boxear. Yo no soy un peleador unidimensional," dijo Crawford, quien ha ganado cuatro de sus últimas cinco peleas por la vía del cloroformo. "No me gusta predecir lo que va a pasar en mis peleas, pero yo voy a estar listo para lo que él traiga. Yo haré mis ajustes" aseguró el invicto dos-veces campeón divisional. "Lo único que escucho es que hablan de su jab. El sábado veremos quién tiene el mejor jab," finalizó diciendo el peleador al que llaman 'Bud'.

Postol (28-0, 12 KOs), de Kiev, Ucrania, impresionó al mundo del boxeo al lograr una dominante victoria por nocaut ante el gran favorito Lucha Matthysse, para capturar el vacante título superligero del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB). Postol, quién es entrenado por el legendario Freddie Roach, estará realizando ante Crawford la primera defensa de su título.

"Esta será una pelea emocionante. Yo voy a dar lo mejor de mi para retener mi título y capturar el de él," afirmó Postol. "Mucha gente en Ucrania estará viendo mi pelea, yo voy a seguir las instrucciones de Freddie. Él ve desde afuera las cosas que tengo que hacer para ganar y entre asalto siempre me pide que haga cosas simples que funcionan en la pelea," añadió el invicto monarca ucraniano.

El respaldo del pay-per-view presentará al dos-veces olímpico mexicano e invicto contendiente peso pluma Oscar Valdez batallando ante el fuerte pegador argentino Matías ‘La Cobrita’ Rueda por el vacante título peso pluma de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), al ex campeón mundial interino José Benavídez Jr., arriesgando su invicto y su clasificación mundial en un combate a 10 asalto en el peso welter ante Francisco ‘Chia’ Santana y al invicto contendiente Oleksandr 'The Nail' Gvozdyk defendiendo su título semi pesado de la NABF ante el dos-veces retador a título mundial Tommy Karpency.

Presentada por Top Rank®, en asociación con Tecate, All Star Boxing y la película ‘Hands of Stone’, el evento de campeonato mundial Crawford vs. Postol será producido y distribuido en vivo por HBO Pay-Per-View comenzando el sábado, 23 de julio, a las 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.

Taquillas restantes para el evento de campeonato mundial Crawford vs. Postol, a precios de: $304, $204, $104 y $54, sin incluir los cargos aplicables pueden ser adquiridas cargando por teléfono con tarjeta de crédito, llamando a AXS al (888) 929-7849 o visitando los sitios web: mgmgrand.com o www.axs.com.

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Wed, 20 Jul 2016 19:17:26 -0500
Los protagonistas de la función Crawford vs. Postol muestran sus armas en Las Vegas http://www.toprank.com/news/los-protagonistas-de-la-funcion-crawford-vs-postol-muestran-sus-armas-en-las-vegas/ FOTOS: Entrenamiento de Medios CRawford vs. Postol en Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, NV - La semana de pelea de uno de los choques más interesantes del año ya comenzó con un entrenamiento de medios en 'La Capital Mundial de Peleas'. Los invictos campeones de peso junior welter Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford y Viktor ‘The Iceman’ Postol demostraron que se encuentran en gran condición física y mental de cara a la pelea unificatoria en la cual batallarán este próximo sábado, 23 de julio en el MGM Grand Graden Arena para determinar el rey de la división de las 140 libras.

Presentada por Top Rank®, en asociación con Tecate, All Star Boxing y la película‘Hands of Stone’, el evento de campeonato mundial Crawford vs. Postol será producido y distribuido en vivo por HBO Pay-Per-View comenzando el sábado, 23 de julio, a las 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.

Crawford (28-0, 20 KOs), de Omaha, Nebraska, es un dos-veces campeón divisional que ha ganado cuatro de sus últimas cinco peleas por nocaut. El peleador que es considerado uno de los mejores libra por libra realizará su debut en el MGM Grand Garden Arena y su tercera defensa como campeón junior welter de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB).

"Estoy muy emocionado de estar en este gran escenario y estoy aquí porque he pagado el precio en el gimnasio y en el ring. Esa es la razón por la cual he logrado tanto como peleador y esa es la razón por la que voy a ganar este próximo 23 de julio," dijo Crawford. "Voy a solidificar mi posición como la nueva cara del boxeo y comenzaré unificando la división de las 140 libras," aseguró el invicto dos-veces campeón divisional.

Postol (28-0, 12 KOs), de Kiev, Ucrania, impresionó al mundo del boxeo al lograr una dominante victoria por nocaut ante el gran favorito Lucha Matthysse, para capturar el vacante título superligero del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB). Postol, quién es entrenado po el legendario Freddie Roach, estará realizando ante Crawford la primera defensa de su título.

"Estoy 100% seguro de mi victoria este próximo 23 de julio y la razón es simple. Yo trabajo más duro que mis oponentes," afirmó Postol. "Tengo al mejor entrenador y su nombre es Freddie Roach. Crawford no tiene a nadie como él en su equipo. Desde que estoy entrenando con Freddie he noqueado a dos de mis últimos tres oponentes -- Lucas Matthysse y Selcuk Aydin. Los dos eran clasificados mundiales y yo no era considerado el favorito," finalizó diciendo el invicto monarca ucraniano.

El respaldo del pay-per-view presentará al dos-veces olímpico mexicano e invicto contendiente peso pluma Oscar Valdez batallando ante el fuerte pegador argentino Matías ‘La Cobrita’ Rueda por el vacante título peso pluma de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), al ex campeón mundial interino José Benavídez Jr., arriesgando su invicto y su clasificación mundial en un combate a 10 asalto en el peso welter ante Francisco ‘Chia’ Santana y al invicto contendiente Oleksandr 'The Nail' Gvozdyk defendiendo su título semi pesado de la NABF ante el dos-veces retador a título mundial Tommy Karpency.

Taquillas restantes para el evento de campeonato mundial Crawford vs. Postol, a precios de: $304, $204, $104 y $54, sin incluir los cargos aplicables pueden ser adquiridas cargando por teléfono con tarjeta de crédito, llamando a AXS al (888) 929-7849 o visitando los sitios web: mgmgrand.com o www.axs.com.

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Tue, 19 Jul 2016 22:33:58 -0500
Viktor Postol/Freddie Roach Blog: Part 4 http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-viktor-postolfreddie-roach-blog-part-4/ Describe your relationship with Freddie Roach. How much has Freddie Roach helped you?

VIKTOR POSTOL

"When I first met Freddie Roach in his gym in Hollywood I saw a man who was fully committed to his job.  I saw that this was the job of his entire life.  He lived in and lived for boxing.  No matter how many people are in the gym training, Freddie always finds time for everyone to give advice and correct something for somebody.  The same was in my case as he always put his heart and soul into my training as a boxer and anyone can see the result of our working together.  Freddie has always believed in me and given me his full and undivided attention, even in our first training camp in the Philippines where Manny was training for his fight against Chris Algieri.  He allowed me to spar with Manny and when it was my time to train after Manny had left the gym, he gave me 110% of his attention.  It has always been that way.  He gives me confidence and teaches me many things.  He is a wonderful teacher and I am lucky to be his student.  He has had me work a lot on the small things because details are important.  That has turned me into a stronger professional fighter.  We are a great team."


FREDDIE ROACH

"I called Viktor my favorite Russian fighter after he knocked out Matthysse to win the world title and he corrected me and told me he's from the Ukraine.  I have the utmost respect for him as a person and as a fighter.  He works hard every day.  He's always on time.  He listens and then he practices what we work on for for hours.  He has developed into a great student of the sport both mentally and physically.  When someone like Viktor comes in daily and gives you everything in the gym you cannot help but root for him.  We have total trust in each other.  I was so happy for him when he knocked out Matthysse to win the world title.  Viktor deserved it.  I have been in the game a long time but the night Viktor became world champion was one of the greatest victories of my training career.  But I think Viktor's performance on July 23 will surpass that.  We have a solid game plan for Crawford.  We are going right at him from the opening bell. This is a real 50-50 fight.  The best man will win and the loser will go back to Nebraska."  

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Undefeated junior welterweight champions TERENCE "Bud" CRAWFORD (28-0, 20 KOs) and "The IcemanVIKTOR POSTOL (28-0, 12 KOs) will go mano a mano in a 12-round world title unification fight to determine the lineal king of the exciting 140 pound division.  Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Tecate and the motion picture "Hands of Stone," the Crawford vs. Postol  World Boxing Organization (WBO) /World Boxing Council (WBC) / The Ring junior welterweight world championship event takes place ThisSaturday! July 23, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.  Remaining tickets are priced at $304, $204, $104, and $54, not including applicable service fees.  To charge by phone with a major credit card, call AXS at (888) 929-7849 Tickets are also be available for purchase at mgmgrand.com or AXS.com (http://bit.ly/24ORYhs)    

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

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Tue, 19 Jul 2016 12:40:22 -0500
Terence Crawford/Brian McIntyre Blog: Part 4 http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-terence-crawfordbrian-mcintyre-blog-part-4/ Discuss the pressure on being seen as one of the NEW faces in boxing.

TERENCE CRAWFORD

"There is no pressure on me being looked at as boxing's next superstar, but there is a lot of hard work in becoming one.  I'm really excited to be on the big stage and I'm on that big stage because I paid my dues in the gym and in the ring.  That's the reason I have accomplished so much as a fighter -- pride of performance -- and that's why I am going to win on July 23.  If I'm going to solidify my position as the new face of boxing it starts by unifying the 140 pound division.  I've been fighting people taller than me and larger than me all my life.  I've been short for 28 years and I haven't been stopped yet.  Postol is nothing to me. He's just another guy that I'm fighting.  I'm not training for Postol, I'm training for myself -- to be the best I can possibly be.  I do that, then no one can beat me.  I'm confident in my abilities and I am confident that I am going to destroy Postol."

 

BRIAN McINTYRE

"There is no pressure because it's his destiny. All we have to do is keep on winning.  The media and the public will see Terence as the best fighter in the world.  I don't care who Postol has in his corner, there is no way we're letting Postol come to our country and take home Terence's title.  We are a way better team than they are.  We have a deep history with each other and we have the heritage that produces legends as well as champions.  Postol cannot beat Terence.  And Freddie Roach is going to have a front row seat to watch his fighter get drilled." 

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Undefeated junior welterweight champions TERENCE "Bud" CRAWFORD (28-0, 20 KOs) and "The IcemanVIKTOR POSTOL (28-0, 12 KOs) will go mano a mano in a 12-round world title unification fight to determine the lineal king of the exciting 140 pound division.  Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Tecate and the motion picture "Hands of Stone," the Crawford vs. Postol  World Boxing Organization (WBO) /World Boxing Council (WBC) / The Ring junior welterweight world championship event takes place ThisSaturday! July 23, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.  Remaining tickets are priced at $304, $204, $104, and $54, not including applicable service fees.  To charge by phone with a major credit card, call AXS at (888) 929-7849 Tickets are also be available for purchase at mgmgrand.com or AXS.com (http://bit.ly/24ORYhs)    

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

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Tue, 19 Jul 2016 12:36:21 -0500
World Champion Terence Crawford Takes a Shot & Succeeds http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-world-champion-terence-crawford-takes-a-shot-amp-succeeds/ To borrow from a sports cliché, life is a game of inches.         

In the case of Terence Crawford, who currently stands on the horizon of boxing fame, his existence is a result of winning a game of millimeters.  Think of it as survival by the margin of the tip of your fingernail.  

It was a September night in 2008 in Omaha, Neb., where Crawford lives.  He was about to turn 21. Life was good.  He had just won his fourth fight as a pro a month earlier.  It was at the Johnson County Fairgrounds in Iowa City.  Not exactly Madison Square Garden or the MGM in Las Vegas, but you have to start somewhere when you have your eyes on world titles and big stages in the 140-pound division.  In a couple of weeks, he would fight on ESPN.  Hundreds already knew who he was; now thousands, maybe millions would. 

He should have been training that night.  He admits that now.  But when you are 21 and come from the hard streets of Omaha, or any other sizable city, you hang out with your boys.

So there he was, shooting dice under a street light.  And winning.

The game went on, but Crawford saw a good exit moment.  Take the money and run.  It was the smart thing.  The thing that turned out not to be smart was counting it first.

Crawford has told the story so many times that he no longer wants any part of it, even as the media descends on him in advance of Saturday night’s 140-pound WBC, WBO title unification fight against Victor Postol of Kiev, Ukraine, at the MGM Grand.

“I’m burned out talking about it,” Crawford says.

Nevertheless, what happened that night eight years ago on that street corner in Omaha, under that street light, will remain part of the lore of the now 28-year-old, undefeated star-in-the-making.  There is no switching it off.

Crawford took his wad of cash, sat down in the driver’s seat of his 1986 Pontiac Cutlass Supreme and, instead of turning the ignition key and stepping on the accelerator, started counting his stash.  He was easy to see in the car.  He was parked under the same street light that had lit the dice game, a game which continued after he decided to leave.  

He remembers all too well what happened next.

“I was counting,” he says. “…$20, $40….then, POW!”

He had been shot through the rear window of his car. The bullet, from a 9-millimeter gun, hit him in the right side of his head, just below his ear and above his neck.  The shooter hadn’t been aiming at him, but at somebody in the group with whom he had been playing dice.

“I got hit,” Crawford says, “and so did one other guy.  His arm was shattered and he still has to walk around like this.”  Crawford illustrates, putting his arm against his chest, in a sling position.

The bullet didn’t lodge in Crawford’s head.  But it did its damage -- deep wound and lots of blood -- and they found the shell casing later.  Had the bullet not changed course ever so slightly as it went through the back window, it would have hit more directly, penetrated deeply and done enough damage to, most likely, be fatal.

Ah, but for that silly little millimeter.

Put yourself in this situation and ponder what you would have done.  Speculate on your fear, your panic, your lack of cogent thought.  Crawford drove himself to the hospital, calling both his mother, Deborah, and his trainer, Brian McIntyre, en route.  It was nuts, as McIntyre readily attests to: Hi, how ya doing?  I just got shot in the head.

“I had two immediate reactions,” McIntyre says. “My first was…(fill in your favorite cuss word. They all work).  Then, I thought, why are you talking to me if you just got shot in the head?”

After sitting in a hospital emergency room with the usual chaos flying around him -- “One woman was just out, unconscious; a guy came in with his face bashed in from a baseball bat, and I’m sitting there all bloody and they are telling me they will get to me as soon as they can but that I was in no danger and the others were,” Crawford says -- he got stitched up and left, five hours later, with Deborah and McIntyre.  

“He tells me he wants to go ahead with the ESPN fight in a couple of weeks,” McIntyre says.  “I tell him he’s crazy, that that’s not going to happen.”   

A short time later, Crawford’s son was born.  That further helped him come to his senses.  Nights out, running with the neighborhood boys, would be no more.  Boxing was his way out, his way to a better and safer life.  On Nov. 8, 2008, Crawford was back in the ring for career-bout No. 5, fighting and knocking out Michael Williams in the Valencia Ballroom in York, Pa.

The next 23 fights would bring the same results, as well as 20 knockouts and lots better venues. Saturday night’s battle with a lethal Postol could put Crawford well in the current forefront of boxing’s stars, especially if he wins impressively and is granted, by promoter Bob Arum and Top Rank, a shot at Manny Pacquiao in Pacquiao’s comeback fight.    

But oh, how close that was to never being possible.

McIntyre says the bullet wound changed everything for Crawford, all in the right direction.  It was, clearly, the ultimate dose of perspective.   

We ask two last questions of Crawford: Did you find out who the shooter was? And was he caught?

The answers come in order of questions.  First, a nod.  Next, a shake of the head.  Then, quick and chilling elaboration. 

“The shooter is dead,” Crawford says. “He got shot in the head.”

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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 Crawford vs. Postol 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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Undefeated junior welterweight champions TERENCE "Bud" CRAWFORD (28-0, 20 KOs) and "The IcemanVIKTOR POSTOL (28-0, 12 KOs) will go mano a mano in a 12-round world title unification fight to determine the lineal king of the exciting 140 pound division.  Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Tecate, All Star Boxing and the motion picture "Hands of Stone," the Crawford vs. Postol World Boxing Organization (WBO) / World Boxing Council (WBC) / The Ring junior welterweight world championship event takes place This Saturday!  July 23, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.  Remaining tickets are priced at $304, $204, $104, and $54, not including applicable service fees.  To charge by phone with a major credit card, call AXS at (888) 929-7849 Tickets are also be available for purchase at mgmgrand.com orAXS.com (http://bit.ly/24ORYhs)    

 

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

 

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Crawford-Postol: Fan Events Schedule http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-crawford-postol-fan-events-schedule/ THURSDAY, JULY 23

UNDERCARD FIGHTER FAN FEST - Open to the Public

MGM Grand - The Central (by Race and Sports Book)

  • ·           2:00 P.M.     Meet & Greet Session Begins

 

FRIDAY, JULY 22

OFFICIAL WEIGHT-IN - Open to the Public

MGM Grand Garden Arena

  • ·           1:00 P.M.     Doors Open
  • ·           2:30 P.M.     Weigh-In Begins
  • ·           3:15 P.M.     Crawford and Postol on the Scale

 

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Casey Ramos quiere el título verde del CMB http://www.toprank.com/news/casey-ramos-quiere-el-titulo-verde-del-cmb/ El invicto contendiente Casey 'The Wizard' Ramos siente que está cerca de alcanzar su meta de disputar un campeonato mundial y sabe lo que tiene que hacer para alcanzar su sueño. Mañana sábado, 16 de julio, Ramos arriesgará su marca invicta y su clasificación mundial en el evento estelar del cartel 'Solo Boxeo Tecate' que se celebrará en el Pioneer Event Center de Lancaster, California.

Ramos (22-0, 5 KO's) de Austin, Texas, se medirá al chileno Hardy Paredes (18-13, 11 KO’s) en el combate que será la atracción estelar de la función que será televisada de costa a costa en los Estados Unidos a las 11pm ET/PT por la cadena UniMás.

“Siempre he querido el título verde, el campeonato mundial  del CMB, yo peleo en las 130 libras y ese es el título que quiero" afirmó Ramos, quien el sábado enfrentará a Paredes en un combate a diez asaltos en la división Superpluma. “El sábado enfrentaremos a un peleador difícil con mucha experiencia. Siempre hay peligros en peleas como esta, pero me siento bien y fuerte,” añadió el peleador que correrá para concejal en Austin, Texas.

“Mi papá siempre me enseñó sobre el trabajo duro y lo lejos que te puede llevar. Esa es la razón por la cual estaré corriendo para concejal de Austin. Quiero ayudar a la gente. Estaré en la papeleta el 8 de noviembre. ¿Pueden imaginar eso? Top Rank tendrá en mi al peleador concejal y el peleador senador en Pacquiao,” dijo Ramos.

En el combate co-estelar del cartel, el invicto prospecto Arnold Barboza Jr. (11-0, 4 KO’s), de South El Monte, California, se medirá Jon David Charles (9-7, 1 KO) en una pelea a seis asaltos en la división Superligero.

También estarán en acción en la cartelera: el peso welter Egidijus ‘The Mean Machine’ Kavliuskas (13-0, 11 KO’s) y el invicto prospecto Maxim Dadashev (2-0, 2 KO's), entre otros.

En una promoción de Top Rank en asociación con Bash Boxing, boletos restantes para el cartel ‘Solo Boxeo UniMás’ pueden ser adquiridos en el sitio web www.BashBoxingt.com o llamando al 661-538-1997. 

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