Top Rank Boxing http://www.toprank.com Top Rank boxing news, event, videos and photo galleries en-us Copyright Top Rank 08-30-2016 08:22:49 60 Ruiz vs. Lawrence - NABF Heavyweight Championship http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-ruiz-vs-lawrence-nabf-heavyweight-championship/ Visit the Tachi Palace website here or call 1-866-4PALACE for more info on this card.

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Diaz vs. Hirales - Featherweights http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-diaz-vs-hirales-featherweights/ Fri, 23 Sep 2016 23:00:00 -0500 Rex vs. Maekawa - Vacant WBO International Jr. Bantamweight http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-rex-vs-maekawa-vacant-wbo-international-jr-bantamweight/ August 1st, 2016, Hong Kong – Rex “The Wonder Kid” Tso is set for his highly anticipated return to the ring at “Battle of Victors” on Saturday, October 8th. Co-promoted by top Hong Kong boxing promoter DEF Promotions and world-leading boxing promoter Top Rank, Battle of Victors is sponsored in part by Formula Electric Racing Hong Kong Limited, and will be one of the highlights of the FIA Formula E Hong Kong ePrix weekend (8-9 October).

Tso (19W – 0L, 12 KO), coming off a resounding victory against top Korean Young Gil Bae on May 14th, 2016, is scheduled to face fellow undefeated fighter Ryuto Maekawa (11W – 0L – 1D, 7 KO) of Japan for the vacant WBO International Junior Bantamweight (115 lbs) title. The always-dangerous Maekawa, rated #2 in Asia by the WBO Asia-Pacific, is a highly regarded prospect training out of the fabled Watanabe Gym and is managed by former world champion Yoko Gushiken, who made 13 successful title defenses. Maekawa, coming off a stunning 1st round KO victory in March, is known for his speed and counterpunching.

With an audience of more than 5,000 and eight scheduled bouts with fighters from Australia, Japan, the UK, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Nepal, Hong Kong, and Macau on the fight card, Battle of Victors is set to be biggest professional boxing event in Hong Kong history. Also on the card are Rex Tso’s stablemate Raymond Poon, “The Macau Kid” Ng Kuok Kun, and white-collar standout Tom Taw of the UK, who is set to face former Indonesian bantamweight champion Marco Tuhumury.

Battle of Victors will be the Saturday evening entertainment for the inaugural FIA Formula E Hong Kong ePrix event. The world-class racing event will attract a large number of overseas visitors, and almost all tickets for the two-day racing event are sold out. Mr Alan Fang, CEO of Formula E Racing Hong Kong Limited, commented on this unique sports-entertainment collaboration, saying, “Our partnership with DEF Promotions and Top Rank reinforces our vision of making the inaugural Formula E HKT Hong Kong ePrix weekend the highlight of Hong Kong’s social and sporting calendar. We are confident that the confluence of world-class sport in this premier fight card and the on-track action at the HKT Hong Kong ePrix will provide a compelling weekend of entertainment for both local and international visitors.”

Top Rank is working with DEF Promotions to organise its second-ever event in Hong Kong, with Battle of Victors marking Top Rank-signed boxer Rex Tso’s milestone 20th professional bout. Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank said, “I am very pleased to see Rex Tso emerge as a big star in this part of the world. Rex is world-rated and we expect to see Rex continue to succeed and impress in the ring and to become one of the big stars in Asia.”

Tickets for Battle of Victors will be priced at HK$380, HK$580, HK$880, HK$1,280, and HK$1,880, and will be available for sale through HK Ticketing beginning in mid-August.

About Top Rank, Inc.

Las Vegas-based Top Rank, Inc. has nurtured some of boxing’s all-time greats and produced some of its most exciting bouts. Since promoting his first fight for Muhammad Ali in 1966, Top Rank founder and International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee CEO Bob Arum has played a major role in positioning Las Vegas as the “Fight Capital of the World”. Top Rank promotes fights across the globe, and its roster includes stars and champions such as Manny Pacquiao, Terence Crawford, Timothy Bradley, Zou Shiming, Vasyl Lomachenko, Gilberto 'Zurdo' Ramirez and Nonito 'Filipino Flash' Donaire. The company made its first foray in Greater China in April 2012, and has promoted events in Macau, Shanghai, and beginning with Clash of Champions on May 14th, 2016, in Hong Kong.

 

About the FIA Formula E Championship

Formula E is a ground-breaking FIA championship and the world’s first fully-electric racing series. It represents a vision for the future of the motor industry, serving as a framework for research and development around the electric vehicle, accelerating general interest in these cars and promoting sustainability. Organised by Formula Electric Racing (Hong Kong) Limited, the HKT Hong Kong ePrix is the opening event on the 2016/17 Formula E circuit and will focus the attention of motorsport fans worldwide on Hong Kong for the first major international motorsport race in the city in over 30 years.

 

About DEF Promotions

DEF Promotions, is the premier combat sports promotion company in Hong Kong. In addition to being the driving force behind professional boxing in Hong Kong, the company is also the representative of Rex “The Wonder Kid” Tso, who has taken professional boxing by storm since his professional debut in September 2011.

 

 

Contact information:

Dr. Ken Ho

Director of Marketing and Communications, DEF Promotions

(852) 6437 9552

kenho@def.com.hk

 

Lee Samuels

Publicist, Top Rank Boxing

+1 702 732 2717

+1 702 378 1083 (mobile)

lee@toprank.com

 

Gardy Lopez

Social Media Specialist, Top Rank Boxing

+1 787 246 3668

glopez@toprank.com

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Featuring Casey Ramos - Unbeaten Lightweight http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-featuring-casey-ramos-unbeaten-lightweight/ Fri, 28 Oct 2016 23:00:00 -0500 Pacquiao vs. Vargas - WBO World Welterweight Championship http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-pacquiao-vs-vargas-wbo-world-welterweight-championship/ BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF. (August 29, 2016) -- Boxing's only eight-division world champion and the reigning Fighter of the Decade, MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO, two-division world champion JESSIE VARGAS and Hall of Fame promoter BOB ARUM will host a Los Angeles press conference luncheon  on Next Thursday! September 8 in the Crystal Ballroom at The Beverly Hills Hotel (9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills, Calif. 90210).  Luncheon will be served at 12:30 p.m. with the press conference beginning at 1:00 p.m. PT.

Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs), from General Santos City, Philippines, will be campaigning to become the only sitting Congressman and Senator to win a world title when he collides with defending World Boxing Organization (WBO)welterweight world champion Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs), from Las Vegas, Nev.  Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with MP Promotions and Wynn Las Vegas, the Pacquiao vs. Vargas world championship event will take place Saturday, November 5, at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  Pacquiao vs. Vargas  and its co-main event fights will be distributed live on pay-per-view.

Tickets to the Pacquiao vs. Vargas world championship event go on sale Thursday, September 8 at 3:00 p.m. ET / Noon PT.  Priced at $1,000, $700, $500, $300, $100 and $50, not including applicable service fees, tickets may be purchased at the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office, online at http://www.unlvtickets.com/, at UNLVtickets Outlet Town Square Las Vegas and La Bonita Supermarkets.  To charge by phone call 702-739-FANS (3267) or 866-388-FANS (3267).             

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

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Sat, 05 Nov 2016 21:00:00 -0500
Pacquiao-Vargas Tix Go On Sale Sept. 8th! http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-pacquiao-vargas-tix-go-on-sale-sept-8th/ BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF. (August 29, 2016) -- Boxing's only eight-division world champion and the reigning Fighter of the Decade, MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO, two-division world champion JESSIE VARGAS and Hall of Fame promoter BOB ARUM will host a Los Angeles press conference luncheon  on Next Thursday! September 8 in the Crystal Ballroom at The Beverly Hills Hotel (9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills, Calif. 90210).  Luncheon will be served at 12:30 p.m. with the press conference beginning at 1:00 p.m. PT.

Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs), from General Santos City, Philippines, will be campaigning to become the only sitting Congressman and Senator to win a world title when he collides with defending World Boxing Organization (WBO)welterweight world champion Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs), from Las Vegas, Nev.  Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with MP Promotions and Wynn Las Vegas, the Pacquiao vs. Vargas world championship event will take place Saturday, November 5, at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  Pacquiao vs. Vargas  and its co-main event fights will be distributed live on pay-per-view.

Tickets to the Pacquiao vs. Vargas world championship event go on sale Thursday, September 8 at 3:00 p.m. ET / Noon PT.  Priced at $1,000, $700, $500, $300, $100 and $50, not including applicable service fees, tickets may be purchased at the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office, online at http://www.unlvtickets.com/, at UNLVtickets Outlet Town Square Las Vegas and La Bonita Supermarkets.  To charge by phone call 702-739-FANS (3267) or 866-388-FANS (3267).             

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

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Mon, 29 Aug 2016 15:13:17 -0500
Felix Targets Flanagan http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-felix-targets-flanagan/ Fallon, Nevada - After he weighed in today WBO #3 lightweight contender Jose Felix Jr. of Los Mochis, Mexico said he will ask Top Rank to next make a fight with WBO champion Terry Flanagan.

"I've got to take care of Rob Frankel first - and he has a complicated style, the way he blocks shots and stuff - but after I win let's do a fight with Flanagan. I will fight Flanagan in His House, overseas. It doesn't matter where. Let's get it done."

Felix, 33-1-1, 25 KOs, was born and raised in Los Mochis, Mexico. He trained weeks in Los Mochis to get ready for Frankel, a rugged 34-16-7, 7 KO fighter from Denver. The fight is scheduled for 10 rounds in an outdoor arena and will open Top Rank's televised card on Solo Boxeo Unimas here Saturday night at the Churchhill County Fairgrounds in Fallon, Nevada.

Felix weighed 137.6 pounds today, as did Frankel.

In the main event - a NABO Featherweight title bout - Guy Robb, 18-1, 8 KOs, of Sacramento will battle Miguel Marriaga, 23-1, 19 KOs, of Cartegena, Colombia. Guy is trained by Ray Woods, the stepfather of the great Diego 'Chico' Corrales.  At the weigh-in in Robb weighed 126 pounds, as did Marriaga.

The Top Rank fight card includes New York featherweight prospect Jose Gonzalez, 4-0-1, 2 KOs who will take on Gelacio Cruz, 2-3-2,1 KO of McAllen, Texas.  Jose trained primarily in New York but stopped in Las Vegas to train which included a sparring session with Yuriorkis Gamboa.

Tickets for the fight Saturday are $20 adults, $10 children under 10 general admission and $35 ringside. The event is promoted by Top Rank, Let's Get It On Boxing and the City of Fallon.

The Unimas telecast will air 11 pm eastern, 10 pm central, 11 pm pacific.

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Mon, 29 Aug 2016 11:38:12 -0500
Robb Promises to Control the Action Against Marriaga http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-robb-promises-to-control-the-action-against-marriaga/

Jose Felix appears on Saturday's card in Fallon, Nevada. 

Fallon, NV (August 25, 2016) – Featherweight contender Guy Robb assures he has the perfect plan and necessary confidence to control the action and come out with a big win on his next fight, this Saturday, August 27, that will take place at the Churchill County Fairgrounds.

Robb (18-1, 8 KO’s), from Sacramento, California, will battle for the vacant North American Boxing Organization (NABO) featherweight title against Colombia’s Miguel Marriaga (23-1, 19 KO’s) in the main event of the ‘Solo Boxeo’ card that will be presented by Top Rank, Let’s Get It On Promotions, and the city of Fallon.
 
“Marriaga has power and he likes to take control of fights. He also likes to fight at his pace, not mine. I will take control of the fight early with a hard jab and angles,” assured Robb. “My trainer is Ray Woods – Stepfather of Diego Corrales – and he has big pictures of ‘Chico’ at our gym in Fresno. Those photos from ‘Chico’ motivate me. Ray has been in big fights and he has trained me for a big fight this Saturday. Ray gives me all the necessary confidence for a fight like this,” added Robb.
 
In the fight that will start the television broadcast on UniMas, Mexican lightweight contender, José Félix Jr. (33-1-1, 25 KO’s), from Los Mochis, Sinaloa, will clash against Rob Frankel (34-16-1, 7 KO’s) in a ten-round bout.
 
Also on the card, unbeaten featherweight prospect, José ‘El Chocolatito’ González (4-0-1, 2 KO’s) from New York, will face Gelacio Cruz in a four-round fight.
 
Robb vs. Marriaga and Felix Jr. vs. Frankel will be televised this Saturday, August 27 from coast to coast in the United States at 11 p.m. ET/ PT on ‘Solo Boxeo’ UniMás.
 
Tickets priced at: $35.00 (Ringside) and $20.00 (General Entrance), plus applicable charges, can be acquired on the website www.VisitFallonNevada.com/FallonFights or charging by phone by calling 775-423-4556. VIP tables ($600) and Ringside tables ($250.00) will also be available.
 
Use the hashtag #SoloBoxeo to join the conversation on social media.

 

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

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Guy Robb asegura controlará la acción este sábado en ‘Solo Boxeo’ http://www.toprank.com/news/guy-robb-asegura-controlara-la-accion-este-sabado-en-solo-boxeo/ Fallon, NV (25 de agosto del 2016) – El contendiente peso pluma Guy Robb asegura tener el plan perfecto y la confianza necesaria para controlar la acción y  salir con un gran triunfo de su próximo compromiso sobre el ensogado, que se llevará a cabo este sábado, 27 de agosto en la función ‘Solo Boxeo’ que se celebrará en el Churchill County Fairgrounds.

Robb (18-1, 8 KO’s), de Sacramento, California, disputará el vacante título regional peso pluma NABO de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) ante el colombiano Miguel Marriaga (23-1, 19 KO’s) en el evento estelar de la cartelera ‘Solo Boxeo’ que presentará Top Rank en asociación con Let’s Get It On Promotions y la ciudad de Fallon.

“Marriaga tiene poder y le gusta tener el control de la pelea. También sé que le gusta pelear a su paso y no al mío. Tomaré el control de la pelea temprano con un fuerte jab y trabajando en ángulos,” dijo Robb. “Mi entrenador es Ray Woods -- Padrastro de ‘Chico’ Corrales -- y él tiene fotos de ‘Chico’ en nuestro gimnasio en Sacramento. Esas fotos de ‘Chico’ me motivan. Ray ha estado en peleas grandes y él me ha preparado para una gran pelea el sábado. Ray me da toda la confianza que necesito en una pelea como esta,” añadió Robb.

En el combate que comenzará la transmisión de televisión por la cadena UniMás, el contendiente peso ligero, el mexicano José Félix Jr. (33-1-1, 25 KO’s) de Los Mochis, Sinaloa, chocará ante Rob Frankel (34-16-1, 7 KO’s) en un combate a diez asaltos.

Además, el invicto prospecto pluma José ‘El Chocolatito’ González (4-0-1, 2 KO’s) de Nueva York, enfrentará a Gelacio Cruz en un combate a cuatro rounds.

Los combates Robb vs. Marriaga y Felix Jr. vs. Frankel serán televisados en el gustado programa ‘Solo Boxeo’ que se transmitirá este sábado, 27 de agosto a las 11 p.m. ET/PT de costa a costa en los Estados Unidos por UniMás.

Taquillas a precios de $35.00 (Ringside) y $20.00 (Entrada General), más cargos aplicables pueden ser adquiridas en el sitio web www.VisitFallonNevada.com/FallonFights o cargando por teléfono llamando al 775-423-4556. También tendremos disponible mesas VIP ($600) y mesas ringside ($250.00). Debe llamar con anticipación para realizar reservación de mesas.

Para actualizaciones, visita nuestro sitio web: www.TopRank.com, en Facebook: www.Facebook.com/trboxeo o www.Facebook.com/trboxing, síguenos en Twitter: www.Twitter.com/trboxeo o www.Twitter.com/trboxing. Utiliza el hashtag #SoloBoxeo para unirte a la conversación en las redes sociales.

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Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:14:46 -0500
Fuera del hospital Félix ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo http://www.toprank.com/news/fuera-del-hospital-felix-el-diamante-verdejo/ SAN JUAN, P.R. – El invicto contendiente mundial, el boricua Félix ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo, fue dado de alta del hospital Centro Médico tras haber sufrido un accidente en motocicleta.

El ex olímpico puertorriqueño sufrió el accidente el pasado domingo, 7 de agosto, cuando transitaba por la carretera PR-3 en dirección de Rio Grande a Carolina y perdió el control de su motocicleta al tratar de esquivar un hoyo específicamente en el kilometro 28.0 de esta carretera.

“Definitivamente he aprendido una gran lección. No soy perfecto. Sigo creciendo como persona y hoy estoy más comprometido que nunca con mi pueblo y con mi carrera,” afirmó Verdejo. “Quiero agradecer al pueblo puertorriqueño y a toda la fanaticada del boxeo por sus mensajes de apoyo en este momento difícil. Gracias por preocuparse por mi y por ponerme en sus oraciones,” añadió ‘El Diamante’. “Gracias a Dios estoy en pie de lucha, con cicatrices que me recordarán esta experiencia de la que he aprendido mucho. Me siento más maduro, decidido y deseoso de darle a mi isla la alegría de un título mundial,” finalizó diciendo Verdejo.

“Un accidente costoso que esperamos le provea a Félix y a todos los atletas jóvenes una lección que le dure toda la vida. Sinceramente nosotros estamos muy agradecidos por el apoyo y el cariño que él ha recibido de su isla y de toda la comunidad del boxeo,” dijo Carl Moretti, vicepresidente de Top Rank.

Verdejo, quien tiene marca profesional de 22-0, 15 nocauts, se tomará el tiempo que sea necesario para recuperarse de sus heridas y una vez se recupere totalmente, retomará su carrera boxística.

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Fri, 12 Aug 2016 22:07:56 -0500
Felix Verdejo Released from Hospital http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-felix-verdejo-released-from-hospital/
SAN JUAN, P.R. –
 Unbeaten world title contender, Puerto Rico’s Felix ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo, was released from the hospital after suffering a motorcycle accident.

The former Puerto Rican Olympian suffered the accident last Sunday, August 7, when he was riding on road PR-3 from Rio Grande to Carolina and lost control of his motorcycle after trying to avoid a bump on the road, specifically in the Kilometer 28.0 of this road.

“I have definitely learned a big lesson. I'm not perfect. I'll keep growing as a person and today I'm more committed than ever with my people and my career,” affirmed Verdejo. “I want to thank Puerto Rico and all the boxing fans for all the messages of support during this difficult time, for worrying about me and for putting me in your prayers,” added ‘El Diamante’. “Thanks to God, I'm ready to keep on fighting, with scars that will make me remember this learning experience. I feel more mature, focused and anxious to bring to my Island the happiness of a world title,” finalized saying Verdejo.

“A painful and costly accident that will hopefully provide Felix and all young athletes life long lasting lessons. We sincerely appreciate the support & love he has received from his island and the boxing community,” said Carl Moretti, Vice President of Top Rank.

Verdejo, who has a professional record of 22-0, 15 knockouts, will take the time necessary to recover from his injuries and once he is fully recovered, he will resume his boxing career.

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Fri, 12 Aug 2016 21:55:18 -0500
Diaz Needs Win for Shot at 5th World Title Shot http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-diaz-needs-win-for-shot-at-5th-world-title/ TUCSON, AZ – Former lightweight world champion and proven in-ring warrior, Juan ‘Baby Bull’ Diaz has the hunger to capture a world title once again and he knows that to get even closer to that precious championship opportunity he will have to surpass the test that he will have in front of him this Saturday, August 6, in front of a sold out crowd on the ‘Solo Boxeo Unimas’ card that will take place at the Grand Ballroom of the Casino del Sol Resort in the city 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 this Saturday at 11 p.m. ET/PT in the United States by UniMás.
 
“I have been there before and I know what it takes to get back onto the big stage again. I am only fighting now for one reason. I want to win a fifth world title. That puts a mark of importance on my fight Saturday night because I must win to get to where I want to go,” recognized Diaz. “I can not, must not have any setbacks. Winning is the only thing now. This is what I am dealing with when I fight Vazquez on Unimas at Casino del Sol in Tucsonon Saturday night,” added ‘The Baby Bull”
 
"I want big fights now. I want to wear the belt again," said Diaz. “At home in my trophy room I have spotlights beamed right on my four world title belts. I have another spotlight ready to shine on my 5th world title belt,” said Diaz. "When you are a champion you are a different person. Your are the Champion. This motivates me now every time I get into the ring to train and every time I get into the ring to fight.”
 

In the fight that will start the UniMás broadcast, Jose Maruffo (8-4-2, 0 KO's) from Phoenix, Arizona, will face Mexico's Alfonso Olvera (7-2, 3 KO's) in a six round super lightweight fight. 

Diaz vs. Vazquez / Maruffo vs. Olvera will be televised on August 6 at 11 p.m. ET/PT on ‘Solo Boxeo UniMás’.
 
Also on the card, 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.

2012 Olympic gold medalist and undefeated Russian prospect, Egor Mekhontsev (11-0, 7 KO’s), will also see action on Saturday's event. Mekhontsev will face Alexander Johnson (16-4, 7 KO’s) in an 8-round light heavyweight rumble.
  
For updates about this card, visit: www.TopRank.com or www.CasinoDelSol.com.
 
Use the hashtag #SoloBoxeo to join the conversation on social media.
 

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

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Thu, 04 Aug 2016 20:13:32 -0500
Juan ‘Baby Bull’ Díaz quiere regresar a la cima http://www.toprank.com/news/juan-baby-bull-diaz-quiere-regresar-a-la-cima/ TUCSON, AZ - El ex campeón mundial de peso ligero, el mexicano Juan ‘Baby Bull’ Díaz tiene hambre de capturar nuevamente un título mundial y sabe que para estar aún más cerca de la ansiada oportunidad de disputar un cinto mundialista, tendrá que pasar la prueba que se le presenta este sábado, 6 de agosto ante un todo vendido en la función ‘Solo Boxeo UniMás’ que se llevará a cabo en el ‘Grand Ballroom’ del Casino del Sol Resort en la llamada ‘Fabrica del Sol’. 

Díaz (41-4, 19 KO’s), de Houston, Texas,  quien se ha coronado en múltiples ocasiones como monarca peso ligero y espera continuar su paso firme rumbo a una oportunidad que le permita disputar su quinto título mundial, batallará en un combate a diez asaltos ante el mexicano Cesar Vázquez (27-3, 16 KO’s) – un ex retador de campeonato mundial -- en el evento estelar del cartel que será televisado este sábado a las 11 p.m. ET/PT  en los Estados Unidos por la cadena UniMás.

“Ya yo he estado en la cima y sé lo que necesito hacer para regresar a los grandes escenarios nuevamente. Yo solamente estoy peleando por una razón. Quiero ganar un quinto título mundial. Eso le pone una marca de importancia a mi pelea del sábado porque debo ganar para llegar a donde quiero,” reconoció Díaz. “No puedo tener ningún contratiempo. Ganar es lo único que debo hacer ahora mismo. Con eso estaré lidiando cuando pelee ante Vázquez en la noche del sábado,” añadió el ‘Baby Bull’.

“Yo quiero las peleas grandes ahora. Quiero tener el título otra vez. En el cuarto de trofeos en mi casa tengo luces enfocadas en mis cuatro títulos mundiales. Tengo otra luz lista para brillar en mi quinto título,” dijo Díaz. “Cuando eres campeón, eres una persona diferente. Eres el campeón. Eso me motiva ahora cada vez que subo al ring para entrenar y a pelear.”

En el combate que comenzará la transmisión de televisión de la cadena UniMás, Jose Maruffo (8-4-2, 0 KO's) de Phoenix, Arizona, enfrentará al mexicano Alfonso Olvera (7-2, 3 KO's) en un combate a seis asaltos en el peso superligero.

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

Además, el invicto contendiente de Phoenix, Arizona, Trevor McCumby (22-0, 17 KO’s) arriesgará su marca invicta ante el puertorriqueño Manny Siaca (25-8, 20 KO’s) en un combate a ochos episodios en el peso semipesado.

El medallista de oro olímpico e invicto prospecto ruso, Egor Mekhontsev (11-0, 7 KO’s), también estará en acción en la función de este sábado. Mekhontsev chocará ante el estadounidense Alexander Johnson (16-4, 7 KO’s) en una reyerta a ocho vueltas en la división de los semipesados.

Para más detalles de esta cartelera, visita: www.TopRank.com o www.CasinoDelSol.com.

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

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Oscar Valdez regresará a Tucson como campeón mundial http://www.toprank.com/news/oscar-valdez-regresara-a-tucson-como-campeon-mundial/ TUCSON, ARIZONA - ¡Valdez regresa a casa como campeón! El nuevo monarca pluma de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), el invicto pegador azteca Óscar Valdez, regresará victorioso a la ciudad que lo vio crecer, tras alcanzar su meta de conquistar un título mundial. El dos-veces olímpico mexicano compartirá un buen rato junto a su gente, este sábado, 6 de agosto, en el cartel ‘Solo Boxeo UniMás’ que se celebrará en el Casino Del Sol.

Valdez (20-0, 18 KO’s), quién nació en Nogales, Sonora, México, alcanzó su sueño de conquistar un título mundial el pasado mes de julio al fulminar en dos asaltos al argentino Matías ‘La Cobrita’ Rueda en el evento coestelar del cartel Crawford vs. Postol que se llevó a cabo en el MGM Grand Garden Arena de Las Vegas.

“He soñado con este día desde que tengo ocho años,” dijo el invicto púgil sonorense. “Regresar a Tucson como campeón mundial. El boxeo es mi pasión. Quiero agradecer a Top Rank, a mi padre y a mi manejador Frank Espinoza. ¡Los sueños si se hacen realidad!,” afirmó Valdez.

Pronto se estarán anunciando detalles de la primera defensa titular de Valdez.

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Rex Tso Headlines "Battle of the Victors" in Hong Kong http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-rex-tso-headlines-quotbattle-of-the-victorsquot-in-hong-kong/ August 1st, 2016, Hong Kong – Rex “The Wonder Kid” Tso is set for his highly anticipated return to the ring at “Battle of Victors” on Saturday, October 8th. Co-promoted by top Hong Kong boxing promoter DEF Promotions and world-leading boxing promoter Top Rank, Battle of Victors is sponsored in part by Formula Electric Racing Hong Kong Limited, and will be one of the highlights of the FIA Formula E Hong Kong ePrix weekend (8-9 October).

Tso (19W – 0L, 12 KO), coming off a resounding victory against top Korean Young Gil Bae on May 14th, 2016, is scheduled to face fellow undefeated fighter Ryuto Maekawa (11W – 0L – 1D, 7 KO) of Japan for the vacant WBO International Junior Bantamweight (115 lbs) title. The always-dangerous Maekawa, rated #2 in Asia by the WBO Asia-Pacific, is a highly regarded prospect training out of the fabled Watanabe Gym and is managed by former world champion Yoko Gushiken, who made 13 successful title defenses. Maekawa, coming off a stunning 1st round KO victory in March, is known for his speed and counterpunching.

With an audience of more than 5,000 and eight scheduled bouts with fighters from Australia, Japan, the UK, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Nepal, Hong Kong, and Macau on the fight card, Battle of Victors is set to be biggest professional boxing event in Hong Kong history. Also on the card are Rex Tso’s stablemate Raymond Poon, “The Macau Kid” Ng Kuok Kun, and white-collar standout Tom Taw of the UK, who is set to face former Indonesian bantamweight champion Marco Tuhumury.

Battle of Victors will be the Saturday evening entertainment for the inaugural FIA Formula E Hong Kong ePrix event. The world-class racing event will attract a large number of overseas visitors, and almost all tickets for the two-day racing event are sold out. Mr Alan Fang, CEO of Formula E Racing Hong Kong Limited, commented on this unique sports-entertainment collaboration, saying, “Our partnership with DEF Promotions and Top Rank reinforces our vision of making the inaugural Formula E HKT Hong Kong ePrix weekend the highlight of Hong Kong’s social and sporting calendar. We are confident that the confluence of world-class sport in this premier fight card and the on-track action at the HKT Hong Kong ePrix will provide a compelling weekend of entertainment for both local and international visitors.”

Top Rank is working with DEF Promotions to organise its second-ever event in Hong Kong, with Battle of Victors marking Top Rank-signed boxer Rex Tso’s milestone 20th professional bout. Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank said, “I am very pleased to see Rex Tso emerge as a big star in this part of the world. Rex is world-rated and we expect to see Rex continue to succeed and impress in the ring and to become one of the big stars in Asia.”

Tickets for Battle of Victors will be priced at HK$380, HK$580, HK$880, HK$1,280, and HK$1,880, and will be available for sale through HK Ticketing beginning in mid-August.

About Top Rank, Inc.

Las Vegas-based Top Rank, Inc. has nurtured some of boxing’s all-time greats and produced some of its most exciting bouts. Since promoting his first fight for Muhammad Ali in 1966, Top Rank founder and International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee CEO Bob Arum has played a major role in positioning Las Vegas as the “Fight Capital of the World”. Top Rank promotes fights across the globe, and its roster includes stars and champions such as Manny Pacquiao, Terence Crawford, Timothy Bradley, Zou Shiming, Vasyl Lomachenko, Gilberto 'Zurdo' Ramirez and Nonito 'Filipino Flash' Donaire. The company made its first foray in Greater China in April 2012, and has promoted events in Macau, Shanghai, and beginning with Clash of Champions on May 14th, 2016, in Hong Kong.

 

About the FIA Formula E Championship

Formula E is a ground-breaking FIA championship and the world’s first fully-electric racing series. It represents a vision for the future of the motor industry, serving as a framework for research and development around the electric vehicle, accelerating general interest in these cars and promoting sustainability. Organised by Formula Electric Racing (Hong Kong) Limited, the HKT Hong Kong ePrix is the opening event on the 2016/17 Formula E circuit and will focus the attention of motorsport fans worldwide on Hong Kong for the first major international motorsport race in the city in over 30 years.

 

About DEF Promotions

DEF Promotions, is the premier combat sports promotion company in Hong Kong. In addition to being the driving force behind professional boxing in Hong Kong, the company is also the representative of Rex “The Wonder Kid” Tso, who has taken professional boxing by storm since his professional debut in September 2011.

 

 

Contact information:

Dr. Ken Ho

Director of Marketing and Communications, DEF Promotions

(852) 6437 9552

kenho@def.com.hk

 

Lee Samuels

Publicist, Top Rank Boxing

+1 702 732 2717

+1 702 378 1083 (mobile)

lee@toprank.com

 

Gardy Lopez

Social Media Specialist, Top Rank Boxing

+1 787 246 3668

glopez@toprank.com

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