Top Rank Boxing http://www.toprank.com Top Rank boxing news, event, videos and photo galleries en-us Copyright Top Rank 05-06-2015 10:38:05 60 Tapia vs. Soro - Jr. Middleweight Title http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-tapia-vs-soro-jr-middleweight-title/ NEWARK (April 8, 2015) --  Local favorites and Top-10 contenders GLEN "Jersey Boy" TAPIA and "Irish" SEANIE MONAGHAN will headline an action-packed boxing card – live on truTV® beginning at 10 p.m. ET/PT – on Friday, May 8 from Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.

Tapia, who hails from nearby Passaic, will defend his NABO junior middleweight title against one-time world title challenger MICHEL SORO of France.  Monaghan, the undefeated World Boxing Council (WBC) Continental light heavyweight champion from Long Beach, NY, will risk his undefeated record, title and No. 3 world rating when he battles 2000 Olympian CLEITON CONCEIÇÃfrom Brazil.  The four warriors boast a combined record of 91-8-3 (61 KOs) and a winning ratio of 89-percent, with over two-thirds of their victories by way of knockout.

Promoted by Top Rank®, tickets to the Tapia vs. Soro / Monaghan vs. Conceição boxing event will go on sale Friday, April 10, beginning at 10:00 a.m. ET.  Tickets are available at $105, $60, $40 and $25, plus applicable taxes and fees, and may be purchased online at www.Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or any Ticketmaster outlet.  Tickets may also be purchased at Prudential Center's box office beginning Monday, April 13, at 11:00 a.m. ET.

“It will be great to be in New Jersey fighting in front of my hometown fans,” said Tapia.  “Freddie Roach and I have been working very hard in training camp to make May 8 a knockout of a homecoming.”       

"I am very excited to fight at Prudential Center and live on truTV,” said Monaghan.  “I am defending my title and I am delighted to fight at a great venue where my army of fans can come support me. I want to fight for a world title this year so watch me bring it on May 8 and show the world why I really deserve a world title shot."

“Prudential Center is known as ‘The Rock’ and we expect this crowd to be just that – ROCKING,” said Carl Moretti, Vice President of Top Rank.  “Fan favorites Glen Tapia and Seanie Monaghan as well as a host of undercard prospects including local rising star Julian Rodriguez, from Hasbrouck Heights, will make the feeling at The Rock like a Devils-Rangers game.”   

Trained by Hall of Famer Freddie Roach and co-managed by Pat Lynch, Tapia (23-1, 15 KOs) enters this fight with six of his last seven victories coming by way of stoppage, including his last three.  World-rated No. 6 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and the World Boxing Organization (WBO), Tapia returns to the ring on the heels of his biggest professional victory, a third-round knockout of former Australian junior middleweight and middleweight champion Daniel Dawson to claim the vacant NABO junior middleweight title.  The fight took place on March 7 in Macau, China, and the sellout crowd made up mostly of Chinese boxing fans joyously chanted "Jersey Boy! Jersey Boy!" as the referee raised his hand.  It was the second time he hard-hitting Tapia has reigned as the NABO junior middleweight champion.  Tapia first claimed the title in 2013 when he upset the previously undefeated contender Abie Han via an eighth-round TKO.

Soro (25-1-1, 15 KO), a native of Abidjan, Ivory Coast who now fights out of Villeurbanne, Rhône, France, enters this fight riding a three-year, eight-bout unbeaten streak with his last three victories coming by way of knockout, including two this year.

 Boasting two-fisted power and experience against quality opposition, Soro is a former French and WBO European junior middleweight champion.  The only blemish on his record was a 12-round decision loss to International Boxing Organization (IBO) junior middleweight world champion Zaurbek Baysangurov in 2012, though he did knock the defending champion down in the second round and staggered him in the fifth.    

One of the top boxing gate attractions in his native New York, Monaghan (23-0, 15 KOs) will be making his 2015 debut.  He captured the WBC Continental Americas light heavyweight title in 2012 via an eighth-round TKO of Romaro Johnson.  He has successfully defended the title four times during his three-year reign and has won five of his last six bouts by way of knockout.  Monaghan is currently world-rated No. 3 by the World Boxing Association (WBA) and No. 6 by the WBC and the International Boxing Federation (IBF).

Conceição (20-6-2, 16 KOs), of São Paulo, Brazil, has scored his last five victories by way of knockout.  His strong amateur background included being a member of the 2000 Brazilian Olympic team as well as being a two-time Brazilian National Champion.  In his last fight, on February 20, Conceição scored a first-round knockout of Nei De Lima.            

About Prudential Center

Prudential Center is a world-class sports and entertainment venue located in downtown Newark, New Jersey. Opened in October 2007, the state-of-the-art arena is the home of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) three-time Stanley Cup Champion New Jersey Devils, Seton Hall University’s NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball program, and more than 175 concerts, family shows and special events each year. Ranked in the Top 10 nationally by Pollstar, Billboard and Venue’s Today, Prudential Center is recognized as one of the premier venues in the United States, and welcomes 1.75 million guests annually. For more information about Prudential Center, visit PruCenter.com and Facebook, and follow @PruCenter 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:  303-740-7746 / Toofred@aol.com   

 

TURNER SPORTS

Nate Smeltz:  404-827-4786 / nate.smeltz@turner.com

                             

HBO

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

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

 

PRUDENTIAL CENTER

Kerry Graue:  973-757-6246 / KGraue@prucenter.com

 

MEDIA CREDENTIALS:  www.toprank.com/credentials 

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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
Benavidez vs. Paez - Interim Super Lightweight Championship http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-benavidez-vs-paez-interim-super-lightweight-championship-event/ PHOENIX, AZ (April 30, 2015) -- Phoenix's favorite son is coming home -- to defend his world title.  Undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) interim super lightweight world champion JOSE BENAVIDEZ, JR. will be making his first title defense, against Mexican buzz saw JORGE "Maromerito" PAEZ, JR., Saturday, May 15 at US Airways Center.  The world championship battle will be televised live on “The MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV” at 10:00 p.m. ET.  The live telecast will open with undefeated Top-10 contender ANTONIO "Relentless" OROZCO in a 10-round super lightweight rumble with power-punching EMMANUEL "The Tranzforma" TAYLOR.

The four warriors boast a combined record of 98-8-2 (65 KOs) -- a winning ratio of 91% with two-thirds of those victories coming by way of knockout.

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Golden Boy Promotions, tickets to the Benavidez vs. Paez / Orozco vs. Taylor world championship event, priced at $100, $75, $60, $40 and $20, may be purchased online at www.Ticketmaster.comor www.USAirwaysCenter.com. To charge by phone call 1-800-745-3000.

“The Valley of the Sun will play host to one of its favorite sons as Jose Benavidez returns as World Champion to his hometown to face the son of a legend, and world-ranked contender, Jorge Paez, Jr., where his father made a great name for himself on so many occasions,” said Carl Moretti, vice president of Top Rank.  “All fans at US Airways Center or watching on truTV will be in for an exciting evening of boxing.”

Benavidez (22-0, 15 KOs), from Phoenix, will be making his 2015 debut as a world champion.  He won the title in his last fight, which took place on December 13 in Las Vegas, winning a unanimous decision over defending champion Mauricio Herrera.  A sensational amateur prospect, winning a Gold Medal at the 2009 National Golden Gloves Championships at the age of 16, the youngest fighter to ever win the National Golden Gloves Championships.  He turned professional one year later, at age 17, where he became the youngest professional boxer to be licensed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.  He was granted an exception (the minimum age requirement was 18) because of his exceptional talent.  After spending most of 2013 sidelined with a broken hand he came back to win all four of his 2014 fights decisively, including a first-round TKO of Henry Auraad on July 26 and his world title victory over Herrera in December.

Paez (38-5-2, 23 KOs), from Mexicali, Mexico, is the son and namesake of "The Clown Prince of Boxing" Jorge "Maromero" Paez, one of the most popular Mexican world champions.  He is 11-1-1 in his last 13 fights, which includes impressive victories against Charlie Navarro and two against Omar Chávez, son of International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Julio César Chávez.  He returns to the ring fresh from a February 21 fourth round knockout victory of once-beaten Ronald Montes and world-rated No. 10 by the WBA.

Orozco (21-0, 15 KOs), a native of Tecate, Baja California, Mexico who fights out of San Diego, has won seven of his last nine bouts by knockout.  Impressive victories over former world champion Stevie Forbes and seasoned veterans Martin Honorio, Ivan Hernandez and Miguel Huerta have propelled Orozco to No. 9 in the International Boxing Federation’s (IBF) junior welterweight world ratings.

Taylor (18-3, 12 KOs), of Edgewood Arsenal, MD, returns to the ring with two of his last three victories coming by way of knockout, including No. 4-wold-rated contender Victor Cayo, once-defeated Raymond Serrano and highly-touted Karim Mayfield.  Carrying dangerous power in both fists, Taylor has also recently gone the distance against former world champions Adrien Broner and Chris Algieri in nationally-televised bouts.              

About US Airways Center

US Airways Center, home to the Phoenix Suns (NBA), Phoenix Mercury (WNBA) and Arizona Rattlers (AFL), hosts nearly 200 events annually. The 19,000 seat venue treats more than two million guests each year to sporting events, concerts, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Disney on Ice shows, other family shows, and conventions. More information about US Airways Center can be found by logging on to www.usairwayscenter.com.

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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:  303-740-7746 / Toofred@aol.com   

 

GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS

Ramiro Gonzalez:  213-489-5631 / Ramiro@goldenboypromotions.com

 

TURNER SPORTS

Nate Smeltz:  404-827-4786 / nate.smeltz@turner.com

                             

HBO

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

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

 

US AIRWAYS CENTER

Allie Dicken:  602-379-2032 / ADicken@suns.com

 

MEDIA CREDENTIALS:  www.toprank.com/credentials 

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Tapia y Monaghan encabezan función de truTV en Newark http://www.toprank.com/news/tapia-y-monaghan-encabezan-funcion-de-trutv-en-newark/ En la segunda edición de “Metro PCS Friday Night Knockout”, dos de los boxeadores más populares de la región, los clasificados mundiales Glen "Jersey Boy" Tapia y "Irish" Seanie Monaghan encabezarán una explosiva función este viernes, 8 de mayo que se realizarán en el Prudential Center de Newark, Nueva Jersey.

Tapia, quien es oriundo de Passaic, Nueva Jersey expondrá su título superwelter de la NABO contra el ex retador mundial Michel Soro de Francia, mientras que Monaghan de Long Beach, Nueva York quien es el monarca invicto Continental del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB) peso semi completo se medirá al ex olímpico brasileño Cleiton Conçeicao. Ambos combates serán televisados por tru-TV comenzando a las 10:00 p.m. (Este) / 7:00 p.m. (Pacifico).   

Estos cuatro guerreros tienen un record combinado de 91-8-3 (61 KOs) - un promedio de victorias del 89% y tres cuartos de sus triunfos han sido por nocaut.

La función es una promoción de Top Rank®, los boletos Tapia vs. Soro/ Monaghan vs. Conceição tienen  un precio de $105, $60, $40 y $25, más costos de servicio e impuestos y pueden ser adquiridos en el internet: www.Ticketmaster.com o por teléfono llamando al 1-800-745-3000  y comenzando el 13 de abril en las taquillas del Prudential Center.

Tapia (23-1, 15 KOs) quien es el clasificado mundial número seis de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) y de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo (FIB) en las 154 libras, ha ganado seis de sus últimas siete peleas por nocaut.

El pasado 7 de marzo en Macao, China Tapia logro una de las más impresionantes victorias de su carrera al noquear al clasificado mundial Daniel Dawson para conquistar el campeonato superwelter de la Organización Norteamericana de Boxeo (NABO).

Soro (25-1-1, 15 KOs) oriundo de la Costa de Marfil, pero hoy en dia residente de Rhone, Francia ha ganado ocho peleas seguidas las últimas tres por nocaut y no ha sido derrotado en más de tres años.

Monaghan (23-0, 15 KOs) es el clasificado número tres de la Asociacion Mundial de Boxeo (AMB) y número seis del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB) y de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo (FIB) en peso semicompleto (175 libras).

En su más reciente actuación el pasado 13 de diciembre en Las Vegas, Nevada Monaghan retuvo el título semicompleto Continental de las Américas del CMB al fulminar en tres asaltos al clasificado mundial Daniel Regi.        

Conceição (20-6-2, 16 KOs) de San Paulo, Brasil ha ganado sus últimas cinco peleas por la vía rápida y represento a su país en los Juegos Olímpicos del 2000  en Sídney, Australia. En su más reciente actuación el pasado 7 de febrero noqueo a Nei de Lima en el primer round.     

También en estará en acción los prospectos Esquiva Falcao (8-0, 5 KOs) de Vitoria, Brasil, ganador de medalla de plata en los Juegos Olímpicos de Londres en el 2012, Julian Rodríguez (9-0, 8 KOs) de Hasbrouck Heightsm, Nueva Jersey y Michael Reed (13-0, 7 KOs) de Waldorf, Maryland.

Falcao se enfrentara a Paul Harness (5-4-1, 4 KOs) de Kansas City, Missouri en un duelo pactado a ocho rounds en peso superwelter, Rodriguez cambiara metralla con Peter Olouch (14-8-2, 8 KOs) de Miami, Florida en un duelo pactado a ocho giros en peso super ligeros y Reed se medirá a Osenohad Vazquez (8-3-1, 3 KOs) de Vega Baja, Puerto Rico en un duelo pactado a ocho giros en peso superligero.

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Tue, 05 May 2015 17:03:44 -0500
Fans Invited to Hart Victory Party in Philly http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-fans-invited-to-hart-victory-party-in-philly/ Philadelphia - Top Rank champion Jesse Hart of Philadelphia invites all fans and media to his Victory Party on Thursday, May 7 at Joe Hand's Gym, 545 3rd Ave., Philadelphia from 1 to 3 pm.

Jesse is the USBA, NABO, jrNABF champion at super middleweight. He is a powerful force, still undefeated after stopping 17-0 Mike Jimenez of Chicago on the Mayweather vs Pacquiao mega event in Las Vegas. 

After the fight, Bob Arum of Top Rank told Jesse he would next headline a truTV fight card in the Philadelphia area this summer.

"I want to be truTV's first big star fighter - their #1 champion," Jesse said. "This is a great opportunity and our team is very excited."

Managers David Price, Doc Nowicki and trainers Fred Jenkins and Jesse's father the famous Eugene Cyclone Hart will also be at the Victory Party.

Contact

Lee Samuels, Top Rank lee@toprank.com  

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Tue, 05 May 2015 10:46:18 -0500
Joint Statement on Pacquiao's Right Shoulder Injury http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-joint-statement-on-pacquiaos-right-shoulder-injury/ During training, Manny Pacquiao suffered a right shoulder injury.  Manny went to see world-class doctors, partners in the prestigious Kerlan Jobe Orthopedic Clinic,  who performed tests and, in consultation with Manny, his promoter, and his advisors, concluded that with short rest, treatments, and close monitoring, Manny could train and, on May 2, step into the ring against Floyd Mayweather.

Manny’s advisors notified the United States Anti-Doping Agency (“USADA”) of the shoulder injury and the treatments being proposed by the doctors during training and on fight night.  USADA spoke to Manny’s doctors twice, investigated, and confirmed in writing that the proposed treatments, if used, were completely allowed.  The medication approved for fight night was a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (Toradol). 

Manny continued to train and his shoulder improved, though not 100%.  This is boxing, injuries happen, and Manny is a warrior.  Again, in consultation with his doctors, promoter and advisors, Manny decided to proceed with the fight anticipating that he could receive his pre-fight treatment.  That specific treatment had been approved by USADA in writing at least 5 days before the fight.   

On his pre-fight medical form filled out earlier in the week, Manny’s advisors listed the medications that Manny used in training and the medications that might be used on fight night.  A few hours before he was expected to step in the ring, when Manny’s doctors began the process, the Nevada Commission stopped the treatment because it said it was unaware of Manny’s shoulder injury. 

This was disappointing to Team Pacquiao since they had disclosed the injury and treatment to USADA, USADA approved the treatments, and Manny had listed the medication on his pre-fight medical form. 

Also, USADA had provided a copy of its contract with the fighters to the Commission.  An hour before the fight, Manny’s advisors asked the Commission to reconsider and the director of USADA advised the Commission that USADA had approved the fight-night treatment, but the Commission denied the request.

With the advice of his doctors, Manny still decided to proceed with the fight.  His shoulder wasn’t perfect but it had improved in training camp.

However, as Manny has said multiple times, he makes no excuses.  Manny gave it his best. 

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Mon, 04 May 2015 18:57:52 -0500
Benavidez to Defend Title at Home in Phoenix http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-benavidez-to-defend-title-at-home-in-phoenix/ PHOENIX, AZ (April 30, 2015) -- Phoenix's favorite son is coming home -- to defend his world title.  Undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) interim super lightweight world champion JOSE BENAVIDEZ, JR. will be making his first title defense, against Mexican buzz saw JORGE "Maromerito" PAEZ, JR., Saturday, May 15 at US Airways Center.  The world championship battle will be televised live on “The MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV” at 10:00 p.m. ET.  The live telecast will open with undefeated Top-10 contender ANTONIO "Relentless" OROZCO in a 10-round super lightweight rumble with power-punching EMMANUEL "The Tranzforma" TAYLOR.

The four warriors boast a combined record of 98-8-2 (65 KOs) -- a winning ratio of 91% with two-thirds of those victories coming by way of knockout.

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Golden Boy Promotions, tickets to the Benavidez vs. Paez / Orozco vs. Taylor world championship event, priced at $100, $75, $60, $40 and $20, may be purchased online at www.Ticketmaster.comor www.USAirwaysCenter.com. To charge by phone call 1-800-745-3000.

“The Valley of the Sun will play host to one of its favorite sons as Jose Benavidez returns as World Champion to his hometown to face the son of a legend, and world-ranked contender, Jorge Paez, Jr., where his father made a great name for himself on so many occasions,” said Carl Moretti, vice president of Top Rank.  “All fans at US Airways Center or watching on truTV will be in for an exciting evening of boxing.”

Benavidez (22-0, 15 KOs), from Phoenix, will be making his 2015 debut as a world champion.  He won the title in his last fight, which took place on December 13 in Las Vegas, winning a unanimous decision over defending champion Mauricio Herrera.  A sensational amateur prospect, winning a Gold Medal at the 2009 National Golden Gloves Championships at the age of 16, the youngest fighter to ever win the National Golden Gloves Championships.  He turned professional one year later, at age 17, where he became the youngest professional boxer to be licensed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.  He was granted an exception (the minimum age requirement was 18) because of his exceptional talent.  After spending most of 2013 sidelined with a broken hand he came back to win all four of his 2014 fights decisively, including a first-round TKO of Henry Auraad on July 26 and his world title victory over Herrera in December.

Paez (38-5-2, 23 KOs), from Mexicali, Mexico, is the son and namesake of "The Clown Prince of Boxing" Jorge "Maromero" Paez, one of the most popular Mexican world champions.  He is 11-1-1 in his last 13 fights, which includes impressive victories against Charlie Navarro and two against Omar Chávez, son of International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Julio César Chávez.  He returns to the ring fresh from a February 21 fourth round knockout victory of once-beaten Ronald Montes and world-rated No. 10 by the WBA.

Orozco (21-0, 15 KOs), a native of Tecate, Baja California, Mexico who fights out of San Diego, has won seven of his last nine bouts by knockout.  Impressive victories over former world champion Stevie Forbes and seasoned veterans Martin Honorio, Ivan Hernandez and Miguel Huerta have propelled Orozco to No. 9 in the International Boxing Federation’s (IBF) junior welterweight world ratings.

Taylor (18-3, 12 KOs), of Edgewood Arsenal, MD, returns to the ring with two of his last three victories coming by way of knockout, including No. 4-wold-rated contender Victor Cayo, once-defeated Raymond Serrano and highly-touted Karim Mayfield.  Carrying dangerous power in both fists, Taylor has also recently gone the distance against former world champions Adrien Broner and Chris Algieri in nationally-televised bouts.              

About US Airways Center

US Airways Center, home to the Phoenix Suns (NBA), Phoenix Mercury (WNBA) and Arizona Rattlers (AFL), hosts nearly 200 events annually. The 19,000 seat venue treats more than two million guests each year to sporting events, concerts, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Disney on Ice shows, other family shows, and conventions. More information about US Airways Center can be found by logging on to www.usairwayscenter.com.

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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:  303-740-7746 / Toofred@aol.com   

 

GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS

Ramiro Gonzalez:  213-489-5631 / Ramiro@goldenboypromotions.com

 

TURNER SPORTS

Nate Smeltz:  404-827-4786 / nate.smeltz@turner.com

                             

HBO

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

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

 

US AIRWAYS CENTER

Allie Dicken:  602-379-2032 / ADicken@suns.com

 

MEDIA CREDENTIALS:  www.toprank.com/credentials 

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Fans Invited to FREE Pacquiao Rally in Vegas! http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-fans-invited-to-free-pacquiao-rally/ LAS VEGAS, NV. (April 27, 2015) – YOU GOTTA FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO RAAAALLY!

Fighter of the Decade, eight-division world champion and boxing superhero Congressman MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO (57-5-2, 38 KOs) will host a free fan rally celebrating the kickoff of Fight Week for his May 2 welterweight world championship unification battle against undefeated FLOYD “Money” MAYWEATHER JR. (47-0, 26 KOs), Tomorrow! Tuesday, April 28, at Mandalay Bay in Bayside C, located on the first floor of the South Convention Center, beginning at11:00 a.m. PT.  Doors will open at 10:00 a.m.  

Joining Pacquiao will be seven-time Trainer of the Year, World-Famous Freddie Roach, Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arumadvisor Michael Koncz, assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez and Pacman, Pacquiao’s beloved Jack Russell Terrier and team mascot. 

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Mayweather vs. Pacquiao is a 12-round welterweight world championship unification bout promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank Inc., and is sponsored by Tecate con caracter, Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions –Terminator Genisys, in theaters July 1st, Paramount Pictures & Skydance Productions present MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION, in theaters & IMAX July 31st, The Weinstein Company and the new movie Southpaw, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, in theaters everywhere July 24 and Mexico, Live it to Believe it. The pay-per-view telecast will be co-produced and co-distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View® and SHOWTIME PPV® beginning at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT.

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For more information visit:  www.mayweatherpromotions.comwww.toprank.comwww.hbo.com/boxing,www.SHO.com/Sports, and www.mgmgrand.com and follow on Twitter at @floydmayweather, @MannyPacquiao,@mayweatherpromo, @TRBoxing, @HBOboxing, @SHOSports, and @Swanson_Comm, and become a fan on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/FloydMayweatherwww.facebook.com/TopRankMannyPacquiao www.facebook.com/MayweatherPromotionswww.facebook.com/TRBoxingwww.facebook.com/HBOBoxing and www.facebook.com/SHOsports.

MEDIA CONTACTS:  

Kelly Swanson/Lisa Milner, Swanson Communications/Floyd Mayweather: (202) 783-5500

Nicole Craig, Mayweather Promotions: (702) 807-1788

Lee Samuels, Top Rank: (702) 378-1083

Ricardo Jimenez, Top Rank: (909) 615-3436 

Fred Sternburg, Top Rank/Manny Pacquiao:  (303) 548-0707 / Toofred@aol.com 
Kevin Flaherty, HBO Sports: (212) 512-5052

Patrick Byrne, HBO Sports: (212) 512-1361 

Chris DeBlasio, Showtime Networks Inc.: (212) 708-1633 

Matt Donovan, Showtime Networks Inc.:  (212) 708-1663

Flo Jocou, Showtime Networks Inc.: (212) 708-7319 

John Beyrooty/Jared Kaufer, BZA/SHOWTIME: (562) 233-7477/(818) 621-1111

Scott Ghertner, MGM Resorts International: (702) 692-6750

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Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:00:25 -0500
Félix “El Diamante” Verdejo se coronó campeón Latino Ligero de la OMB http://www.toprank.com/news/felix-el-diamante-verdejo-se-corono-campeon-latino-ligero-de-la-omb/

FOTOS: "El Diamante" Verdejo noquea a López

GUAYNABO, P.R. – Félix Verdejo ya no es un prospecto, “El Diamante” del boxeo boricua es ahora un contendor mundial, tras coronarse campeón Latino peso Ligero de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) y derrotar al mexicano Marco Antonio “El Kua Kua” López ante 5,800 fans que abarrotaron el Coliseo Mario “Quijote” Morales.

Verdejo, quien con la victoria ante López mejoró sus palmares a 17-0 y 13 nocauts, consiguió el primer cinturón de su prometedora carrera profesional, al apuntarse un emocionante triunfo por nocaut técnico a los 1:45 del quinto asalto ante el experimentado púgil azteca.

El boricua comenzó controlando el combate imponiendo un calmado tempo de pelea y explotando repentinamente con combinaciones que estallaban en el cuerpo y el mentón de López. Con cada asalto que pasaba, Verdejo iba subiendo cada vez más la intensidad de sus golpes. 

Ya para el quinto capítulo, “El Diamante” estaba acechando a López en busca del nocaut y continuó presionando hasta que una rápida combinación de jab, recta y gancho de izquierda lastimó al mexicano y lo envió a la lona. “El Kua Kua” se recuperó momentáneamente, pero una brutal ráfaga de golpes por parte de Verdejo lo volvió a derribar en malas condiciones y obligó a que el referee detuviese la pelea.

El nuevo campeón defenderá su título ante el invicto prospecto mexicano Iván “Bam Bam” Najera el sábado, 13 de junio en el Teatro del Madison Square Garden de la ciudad de Nueva York.

Najera estuvo presente durante la cartelera y una vez terminó el combate entre Verdejo y López, el residente de San Antonio, Texas, subió al ring para retar al boricua.

Otros Resultados de la cartelera:

• Christopher “Pitufo” Diaz derrotó a José Bustos por TKO en el 5to asalto

• Jason Sosa se apuntó un triunfo por TKO ante Herbert Quartey en el 1er episodio.

• Clarence Booth consiguió una victoria por TKO en el 4to round ante Samuel Santana.

• Anthony Mercado venció a Eric Piñero por TKO en el 3er asalto.

• Enrique Collazo superó a Daniel Rodríguez por TKO en el 4to capítulo.

• Jimmy Rosario se alzó con una victoria por TKO ante Julio Santiago.

• Jean Carlos López derrotó a Jesús García por decisión.

• Maxwell Ortiz consiguió un KO en el 2do round ante Alex Nazario.

• Rene Santiago logró un KO en el 1er episodio ante Luis Díaz.

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Sun, 26 Apr 2015 13:03:31 -0500
Por encima del peso el rival de Félix "El Diamante" Verdejo http://www.toprank.com/news/por-encima-del-peso-el-rival-de-felix-el-diamante-verdejo/

El mexicano Marco Antonio "El Kua Kua" López perdió la oportunidad de disputar el cinturón Latino peso ligero de la...

Posted by Felix Verdejo on Friday, April 24, 2015
 
 
FOTOS: Por encima del peso el rival de Félix Verdejo
 
SAN JUAN, P.R. - El mexicano Marco Antonio "El Kua Kua" López perdió la oportunidad de disputar el cinturón Latino peso ligero de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) al no lograr cumplir con el peso pactado para su combate de mañana, sábado 25 de abril ante el boricua Félix "El Diamante" Verdejo.

El cinturón sólo podrá ser capturado por Verdejo (16-0, 12 KO's), ya que el boricua sí cumplió con el peso establecido para el combate. "El Diamante" fijó la báscula en el límite de la división.

En el pesaje oficial de la función, López (24-5, 15 KO's) marcó 139.2 libras, cuatro por encima del peso Ligero. Para que el combate siga en pie, el azteca tendrá que enfrentar a la romana una vez más, ya que no podrá pesar más de 140 libras en un pesaje que se realizará mañana a las 10 a.m. en el Hotel Verdanza de Isla Verde. 

Si López cumple con el peso temprano en la mañana, enfrentará a Verdejo tarde en la noche de mañana sábado, 25 de abril, ante casa llena en el Coliseo Mario “Quijote” Morales de Guaynabo.

El municipio de Guaynabo proveerá transporte de forma gratuita desde la estación Martinez Nadal del Tren Urbano hacia el Coliseo Mario “Quijote” Morales. Una vez finalice la cartelera, el municipio también proveerá transportación desde el Coliseo hacia la estación del tren.
 
Sólo quedan algunos boletos de Entrada General ($15.00) para la cartelera que será presentada por Top Rank en asociación con Diamante Promotions y pueden ser adquiridos en www.TicketCenterPR.com, en todos los puntos de ventas Ticket Center o llamando al (787) 792-5000.

Resultados del Pesaje:

• Félix Verdejo 135  lbs - vs. - Marco Antonio López 139.2 lbs 
• Christopher Diaz 127 lbs - vs. - José Bustos 126 lbs 
• Jason Sosa 132 lbs - vs. - Herbert Quartey 130 lbs 
• Clarence Booth 143 lbs - vs. - Samuel Santana 142.2 lbs
• Anthony Mercado 142.6 lbs - vs. - Erik Piñero 145 lbs 
• Enrique Collazo 162.2 lbs - vs. - Daniel Rodríguez 161 lbs
• Jean Carlos López 116.8 lbs - vs. - Jesus García 117.6 lbs
• Rene Santiago 106.8 lbs - vs. - Luis Diaz 109.6 lbs 
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Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:58:28 -0500
Cara a cara “El Diamante” Verdejo y “El Kua Kua” López http://www.toprank.com/news/cara-a-cara-el-diamante-verdejo-y-el-kua-kua-lopez/
Cara a cara Félix “El Diamante” Verdejo y Marco Antonio “El Ku...

A solo dos días del combate en el cual disputarán el vacante título Latino de la OMB, el sensacional peleador puertorriqueño Félix “El Diamante” Verdejo y su rival de este próximo sábado, 25 de abril, el experimentado peleador mexicano Marco Antonio “El Kua Kua” López, se vieron cara a cara por primera vez durante la conferencia de prensa final de la función que se celebrará en el Coliseo Mario “Quijote” Morales de Guaynabo.

Posted by Felix Verdejo on Thursday, April 23, 2015

 

FOTOS: Cara a cara Verdejo y López

GUAYNABO, P.R. - A solo dos días del combate en el cual disputarán el vacante título Latino de la Organización Mundial de boxeo (OMB), el sensacional peleador puertorriqueño Félix “El Diamante” Verdejo y su rival de este próximo sábado, 25 de abril, el experimentado peleador mexicano Marco Antonio “El Kua Kua” López, se vieron cara a cara por primera vez durante la conferencia de prensa final de la función que se celebrará en el Coliseo Mario “Quijote” Morales de Guaynabo.

Tanto “El Diamante” Verdejo, como “El Kua Kua” López aseguraron estar listos para dejarlo todo arriba del ensogado y brindarle un buen combate a la fanaticada boricua que abarrotará el “Quijote” Morales.
 
“Estoy bien alegre por la oportunidad que me da Top Rank de volver a casa y darle un buen espectáculo a mi gente,” dijo Verdejo, quien no peleaba en suelo boricua desde agosto del 2014. “Ya el trabajo está hecho. Vengo bien preparado, esperen mucho de mi. Voy a hacer una bonita pelea. Como siempre, voy a salir a boxear y sin confiarme porque de cualquier malla sale un ratón” afirmó el invicto prospecto que peleará por primera vez a diez episodios.
 
Por su parte, López dijo: “Le vamos a echar muchas ganas. Voy a dejarlo todo arriba del ring. Tengo más experiencia y ese es un punto a mi favor. Voy a dar lo mejor de mi”.
 
Durante la conferencia de prensa se anunció que el municipio de Guaynabo proveerá transporte colectivo de forma gratuita desde la estación Martinez Nadal del Tren Urbano hacia el Coliseo Mario “Quijote” Morales. Una vez finalice la cartelera, el municipio también proveerá transportación desde el Coliseo hacia la estación del tren.
 
Sólo quedan algunos boletos de Entrada General ($15.00) para la cartelera que será presentada por Top Rank en asociación con Diamante Promotions y pueden ser adquiridos en www.TicketCenterPR.com, en todos los puntos de ventas Ticket Center o llamando al (787) 792-5000.

 

CALENDARIO DE EVENTOS
Semana de Pelea - Verdejo vs. López
 

• VIERNES, 24 de abril
 
- Pesaje Oficial - Verdejo vs. López (ABIERTO AL PUBLICO)
  HORA: 12:00 p.m. / LUGAR: Grand Ballroom del Hotel Verdanza en Isla Verde 
 
• SÁBADO, 25 de abril
 
- Noche de Pelea - Verdejo vs. López
  HORA: 6:30 p.m. / LUGAR: Coliseo Mario "Quijote" Morales de Guaynabo

 

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Thu, 23 Apr 2015 22:52:18 -0500
MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV Debuts May 1 http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-metropcs-friday-night-knockout-on-trutv-debuts-may-1/ (Find truTV on your TV here.)

truTV and Top Rank will partner to exclusively present the MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV, a live primetime boxing series set to debut Friday, May 1, at 10 p.m. ET.  The new boxing series, in association with Turner Sports and HBO Sports, will launch on the eve of the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao pay-per-view fight with a card featuring two title bouts inside The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

The network’s presentation will feature the first-ever domestic use of “Spidercam” technology for a live boxing telecast, providing dynamic coverage of this new series.  “Spidercam” operates on a four-point system of cables from designated points beyond the corners of the boxing ring. The suspended camera has the ability to provide compelling 360-degree angles of the action including the ability to move in three dimensions – left/right, forward/backward and up/down.

“Spidercam” will provide the definitive views of the action throughout the series, including a main event on Friday, May 1, showcasing Takahiro Ao (27-3-1, 16 KOs) from Chiba, Japan, vs. Ray Beltran (29-7-1, 17 KOs) from Los Mochis, Mexico, in a 12-round bout for the vacant WBO Lightweight World Championship.  The undercard will include two undefeated fighters in action – Mikael Zewski (26-0, 23 KOs) from Quebec, Canada, vs. Konstantin Ponomarev (27-0, 13 KOs) from Miass, Russia – in a 10-round bout for the NABF Welterweight Championship.

Commentators for the event will include Kevin Kugler providing play-by-play with analyst Timothy Bradley and reporter Crystina Poncher. Kugler is a veteran announcer who has called college basketball and NFL coverage for Westwood One and college football for the Big Ten Network.  Bradley is a former WBO welterweight champion and former WBO and two-time WBC junior welterweight champion, including a win over Pacquiao during his career.  Poncher is a commentator and reporter for Top Rank, as well as a host, reporter and correspondent for NFL Network and NFL.com. Additionally, closed captioning in Spanish will be available.

The second week of the MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV series – live from Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., on Friday, May 8, at 10 p.m. – will be headlined by Top-10 contenders Glen “Jersey Boy” Tapia (23-1, 15 KOs) from Passaic, N.J., and “Irish” Seanie Monaghan (23-0, 15 KOs) in action.  Tapia will defend his NABO junior middleweight title against Michael Soro (25-1-1, 15 KOs) from France, with Monaghan (defending his WBC Continental Americas light heavyweight title) facing Cleiton Conceicao (20-6-2, 16 KOs) from Brazil.

As part of its entitlement sponsorship of the boxing series on truTV, MetroPCS will receive camera-visible center ring and corner pad brand placement for each fight, as well as inclusion in all promotional messaging across truTV and other Turner Broadcasting networks.

Visit the Turner Sports online pressroom for additional press materials; follow Turner Sports on Twitter at @TurnerSportsPR.

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Media contacts:

 

Nate Smeltz, Turner Sports: (404) 827-4786 / nate.smeltz@turner.com

Samantha Graham, truTV: (212) 275-6821 / samantha.graham@turner.com

 

Kevin Flaherty, HBO: (212) 512-5052 / kevin.flaherty@hbo.com

Patrick Byrne, HBO: (212) 512-1361 / Patrick.byrne@hbo.com

 

Lee Samuels, Top Rank: (702) 378-1083 / Lee@toprank.com

Fred Sternburg, Top Rank: (303) 740-7746 / Toofred@aol.com  

Ricardo Jimenez (Hispanic Media), Top Rank:  (909) 615-3436 / ricardoej@aol.com  

 

Media credentials:  

www.toprank.com/credentials  

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Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:38:03 -0500
Félix “El Diamante” Verdejo se une al equipo campeón de Dodge http://www.toprank.com/news/felix-el-diamante-verdejo-se-une-al-equipo-campeon-de-dodge/ Velocidad y poder son dos características que se distinguen en el arsenal boxistico del sensacional boxeador puertorriqueño Félix Verdejo, por lo que la unión del "Diamante" del boxeo boricua al equipo campeón de la marca Dodge, cae como anillo al dedo.

La marca Dodge anunció la alianza junto al invicto prospecto. Así como, la llegada a Puerto Rico del Dodge Charger y Dodge Challenger.

Como parte de este acuerdo, el púgil será parte de los esfuerzos promocionales de Dodge. “La próxima generación de quienes rompen récords está aquí y es más rápida y potente que nunca”, indicó Ricardo García, gerente general de Chrysler, al presentar el Dodge Challenger y Charger que producen 707 caballos de fuerza y anunciar al nuevo integrante del equipo de Dodge.

Para sellar esta alianza, García y Verdejo, “se pusieron los guantes” y le pegaron a un saco de boxeo, durante una conferencia de prensa, en en la que Verdejo llegó en un Dodge Challenger Hellcat.

“Dodge cuenta con los vehículos más rápidos y potentes, así que la unión con Félix, un boxeador que se distigue por su rápidez y precisión, resulta ser una excelente combinación”, indicó García.

Este próximo, sábado, 25 de abril, Verdejo disputará su primer combate titular frente al mexicano Marco Antonio "El Kua Kua" López. "El Diamante" posee un impecable récord de 16-0 y 12 nocauts y ha sido escogido por Espn.com como "Prospecto del Año" 2014. “Sabemos que estas cualidades en unión a su humildad y compromiso lo llevarán lejos y dará gloria al deporte del boxeo en la Isla,” añadió García.

Los modelos Dodge Charger y Dodge Challenger están disponibles con su motor HEMI, Hellcat V-8 que produce 707 caballos de fuerza, lo que convierte al Dodge Charger en el sedán deportivo más rápido y potente, mientras que al Dodge Challenger en el muscle car más potente y rápido de la industria.

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Tue, 21 Apr 2015 16:44:28 -0500