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Sat, 11 Apr 2015 23:00:00 -0500
Crawford-Dulorme - Jr. Welterweight Championship http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-crawford-dulorme-jr-welterweight-championship/ ARLINGTON, TX (March 5, 2015) -- Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) lightweight champion and the Boxing Writers Association of America's (BWAA) Fighter of the Year TERENCE "Bud" CRAWFORD is movin' on up -- to the junior welterweight division -- where he will take on THOMAS "Thunder" DULORME, the No. 2-world-rated contender, for the vacant WBO World Junior Welterweight title.  Crawford vs. Dulorme will take place Saturday, April 18,  at College Park Center located on the campus of the University of Texas Arlington in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.  The world championship fight will be televised as part of a split site doubleheader live on HBO Boxing After Dark®, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.

Promoted By Top Rank®, in association with Gary Shaw Productions, Foreman Boys Promotions and Tecate, tickets to the Crawford-Dulorme world championship event will go on sale Tomorrow!  Friday, March 6, at 10:00 a.m. CT.  Priced at $200, $100, $60, $40 and $25, plus applicable fees, tickets can be purchased at College Park Center box office, online atwww.utatickets.com/ or www.utacollegepark.com/ or by phone at (817) 272-9595.

"I am ready to do bigger and better things at 140," said Crawford.

"I'm here to prove to the world that I am the best fighter in the junior welterweight division," said Dulorme. "Crawford has an undefeated record but he's never won a fight at 140 lbs. I'm envisioning a hard-fought victory, one that I will bring back home to my people of Puerto Rico."

"Dulorme is a good, well-rounded boxer. We are excited because the 140 pound division will bring the best out of Terence," said Brian McIntyre, Crawford's co-trainer and co-manager.  "The 140 division is loaded with top fighters. This is great for Terence as everyone will soon see."

"Terence had a breakout year in 2014 capturing the world's attention with three career-best world championship victories en route to earning Fighter of the Year accolades,” said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank.  “He will be looking continue that momentum on April 18 when he returns to HBO, on the hunt for another world title against Thomas Dulorme of Puerto Rico."

"I'm very pleased that I was able to get this fight done with Top Rank," said Gary Shaw. "Terence Crawford is considered one of the best Lightweights in boxing, but he is moving up to junior welterweight where he will face a very determined and talented Thomas Dulorme, who's undefeated at 140 pounds. I want to thank HBO for showcasing what I perceive is another great fight for the fans.  I smell an upset in the making.  This will be the start of a great run of fantastic fights for HBO."

"With Terence Crawford's star having emerged in 2014, the question now is how high that star ascends or if his opponent Thomas Dulorme will invert the trajectory," said Peter Nelson, vice president of programming, HBO Sports. “As lightweight champion last year, Crawford earned his BWAA Fighter of the Year honors with bold, stylish victories against top competitors, a streak which continues in stride up the scale against the hungry Dulorme, who is undefeated at 140-lbs. It will be a split-site doubleheader not to be missed on our late night Boxing After Dark franchise.”

Crawford (25-0, 17 KOs), of Omaha, NE, makes his 2015 ring debut looking to build on his star-making 2014 which featured three world championship victories as well as Fighter of the Year honors from the BWAA and major media alike.  He began his career-best year last March 1, just 13 days short of the sixth anniversary of his professional debut.  Crawford captured the WBO lightweight title, dethroning defending champion Ricky Burns on Burns’ home turf of Glasgow, Scotland. Scoring a powerful and unanimous decision, Crawford put the boxing world on notice with his virtuoso performance as he pulled out all stops in dismantling Burns, rocking the defending champion throughout the fight, while switching back and forth between orthodox and southpaw stances.  He followed that with a dramatic and critically-acclaimed knockout victory of undefeated former world champion and Cuban Olympic gold medalist Yuriorkis Gamboa on June 28 in a Fight of the Year nominee.  It was one of the most-watched fights of the year with over 1.2 million viewers catching the live, first-time airing of the fight, according to Nielsen Media Research.  He concluded 2014 on November 29 with a thorough shellacking of one-time world title challenger and No. 1 contender Ray Beltran, winning 11 of the 12 rounds.   Crawford is only the second Nebraska native to be recognized as a boxing world champion.  Perry “Kid” Graves, from Rock Bluff, captured the welterweight crown, knocking out Johnny Alberts in Brooklyn, in 1914, according to the Omaha World-Herald  

Dulorme (22-1, 14 KOs), of Carolina, Puerto Rico, graduated to the professional ranks in 2008 after a stellar amateur career which included a sterling 140-2 record.  He has long been a fan-favorite of Puerto Ricans for his slick all-action fighting style.  Dulorme enters this fight riding a two-year six-bout winning streak, with his career-best victories coming in back-to-back fights in 2014 and both televised on HBO.  He opened up 2014 with a 10-round unanimous decision victory over undefeated contender Karim Mayfield to capture the NABF super lightweight title and ended the year unifying his NABF title with the NABO junior welterweight title via an exciting 10-round decision over Hank Lundy.  A consensus Top-Five contender, Dulorme is world-rated No. 2 by the World Boxing Association (WBA), No. 3 by the World Boxing Council (WBC) and No. 4 by the WBO and the International Boxing Federation (IBF).

For fight updates go to www.toprank.com, or www.hbo.com/boxing, on Facebook at facebook.com/trboxing,facebook.com/trboxeofacebook.com/GaryShawProductions or facebook.com/hboboxing, and on Twitter attwitter.com/trboxingtwitter.com/trboxeotwitter.com/GaryShawBoxing or twitter.com/hboboxing.  Use the Hashtag #CrawfordDulorme to join the conversation on Twitter.

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

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

 

GARY SHAW PRODUCTIONS:

Mario Serrano:  408-607-5756 / boxingpublicist@aol.com   

 

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

 

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FOREMAN BOYS PROMOTIONS

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Sat, 18 Apr 2015 21:45:00 -0500
Verdejo vs. Lopez - Lightweight Regional Championship http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-verdejo-vs-lopez-lightweight-regional-title/ SAN JUAN, P.R. – After a successful tour of fights along the east coast of the United States, “El Diamante” returns home for the first title bout of his professional career. Fully recovered from the injury on his left hand, rising Puerto Rican star Felix "El Diamante" Verdejo will battle for a World Boxing Organization (WBO) regional title on an April 25 card that will take place at the Mario "Quijote" Morales Coliseum in Guaynabo.

"For me there is nothing better than representing Puerto Rico, honoring my flag and bringing joy to my Island. I'm more than happy and thankful with Top Rank for the opportunity of fighting for a title in front of my people," said the young prospect that is considered by many as ‘The Next Big Thing’ in Puerto Rican boxing. "I am very grateful with the fans on the Island for the unconditional support they have always given me and that’s why I wanted to give them my first title fight," said the sensational boxer that was selected by ESPN.com as "Prospect of the Year".

In what will be his first in-ring appearance of 2015 and his first in Puerto Rico since August of 2014, Verdejo, who is undefeated with a record of 16-0 and 12 knockouts, will battle for a WBO regional title against Mexico’s Marco Antonio "El Kua Kua" Lopez (24-5, 15 KO's) in a 10-round duel in the lightweight division on the main the main event of the "Solo Boxeo Tecate" card that will take place on April 25 card at the Mario "Quijote" Morales Coliseum in Guaynabo.

“Puerto Rico's favorite son returns to his Island and his fans on April 25 for his 2015 debut and the first title fight of his promising career. We are looking forward to work with Diamante Promotions to continue developing the career of this young talent in Puerto Rico. We know this will be a great night of boxing headlined by ‘El Diamante’," said Carl Moretti, Vice President of Top Rank.

"I want to thank Top Rank for giving us the opportunity of being the partners in Puerto Rico of the world's leading promoter. Diamante Promotions will become the local promoter of the most beloved rising athlete on the Island and whom I consider my little brother, because I saw him grow and develop from scratch," expressed Jason Marquez, President of Diamante Promotions.

Verdejo added: "Thanks to God I feel fully recovered from the injury on my left hand. The rest came in handy, but the vacations are over,” said a laughingly Verdejo. "Despite the rest I kept running in the mornings. I'm ready to return to the gym to prepare and get ready to bring that title to my people”.

Ricky Marquez trainer and manager of Verdejo, said: "We are just at the beginning of training camp. I know we will be training hard and it will get ‘harder and harder’ as I always say. I wanted to make sure that the injury that Felix suffered healed 100% for his first ten-round bout. I'm sure 'El Diamante' will be ready to shine and conquer that title on April 25".

Tickets to the card that will be presented by Top Rank in association with Diamante Promotions are priced at: $ 100, $ 70, $ 30 and $ 15, plus applicable charges. Tickets will be on sale on Friday, March 13 and can be purchased at TicketCenterPR.com or by calling (787) 792-5000.

The card will be televised from coast to coast in the United States by UniMas and  in Puerto Rico by Univision Puerto Rico.

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Sat, 25 Apr 2015 23:00:00 -0500
Beltran vs. Ao - World Lightweight Championship http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-beltran-vs-ao-world-lightweight-championship/ truTV and Top Rank will partner to exclusively televise a live Friday night primetime boxing series beginning 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.

Maximizing visibility, the inaugural series on truTV will feature three consecutive weeks of boxing coverage in May – all airing on the evening prior to a Saturday night HBO fight event – along with a slate of five additional fights to be scheduled over the remainder of the year.  The schedule will regularly feature some of the most exciting, established young talent in boxing. Turner Sports and HBO Sports, with its long and rich history with the sport of boxing, will contribute resources as well as marketing and digital platforms in support of the new series.   

The main event on Friday, May 1, will showcase 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.

“We’re excited to partner with Top Rank and our colleagues at HBO Sports to bring this high-caliber boxing series to truTV,” said Lenny Daniels, president of Turner Sports.  “We share a common vision to present these events in a new and inventive way and look forward to offering this compelling content to our viewers.”

“We see this as a great opportunity to bring more coveted live sports programming to the network and believe Friday night primetime fights will resonate with truTV’s young audience,” said Chris Linn, truTV president and head of programming.

“Partnering with Turner Sports and truTV for a new and unique boxing series will further invigorate and grow the sport,” said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank.  “Turner Sports’ innovative approach to production and programming has attracted and engaged tens of millions of fans of the NBA, MLB, NCAA and PGA and we believe the same will be true for boxing.  Additionally, the collaboration between the HBO and truTV programming will help develop and expose current and future champions and world-rated contenders to a broad audience with consistency.  All credit goes to Turner’s David Levy, Turner Sports’ Lenny Daniels and truTV’s Chris Linn who understand the impact of live sports and were instrumental in developing this concept into a program for their platforms.”

“Everybody at HBO is thrilled to see a new platform for live coverage of professional boxing being launched by a bold and creative network such as truTV,” said Ken Hershman, president of HBO Sports. “We congratulate Top Rank and Turner Sports on this new initiative.  We look forward to lending our support to this important new franchise that will clearly benefit the sport, the fighters and the fans from day one of the series’ debut.” 

About Turner Sports

Turner Sports, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is an industry leader in the delivery of premium sports content across all multimedia screens. Turner Sports’ television coverage includes the NBA, Major League Baseball, NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship and professional golf.  The company also manages some of the most popular sports destinations across broadband and mobile platforms including Bleacher Report and its top-rated Team Stream app, NCAA.com and the critically-acclaimed NCAA March Madness Live suite of products, PGA.com and the Sports Emmy Award-winning PGA Championship LIVE, as well as an accompanying collection of mobile sites and connected device apps.  Turner Sports and the NBA also jointly manage NBA Digital, a robust collection of offerings including NBA TV, NBA.com, NBA LEAGUE PASS, NBA Mobile, the NBA Game Time App, NBADLEAGUE.com and WNBA.com.                         

About truTV

truTV takes viewers on a fun ride that surprises and entertains. The network delivers a dynamic mix of action, comedy and competition, featuring engaging characters and compelling new worlds that pull you in and leave you wanting more. Currently seen in 92 million U.S. households, truTV features such popular original series as Impractical JokersThe Carbonaro EffectFriends of the PeopleHack My LifeHow to Be a Grown-UpBarmageddon and Breaking Greenville as well as the upcoming Billy on the StreetThose Who Can't, Six Degrees of EverythingSantas in the Barn and The Hustlers.  In addition, truTV is a partner in airing the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news; entertainment; kids and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

About Top Rank

Innovation has been the mantra at Top Rank since it was established in 1966 by Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. The boxing industry’s leading promotional company for nearly half a century, Top Rank has shaped, developed and promoted the careers of top international pay-per-view superstars and Hall of Famers, including Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Oscar De La Hoya, Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Miguel Cotto and Erik Morales.  Known for creating strategic collaborations between athletes, sponsors and television networks, Top Rank launched in 1980, Top Rank Boxing on ESPN which ran for a historic 16 years.  Recognizing the boom in US based Hispanics, Top Rank then launched another very popular televised boxing series in 1996 titled Solo Boxeo on Univision.

Some of the most legendary and spectacular events in boxing history were promoted by Top Rank, which include: 26 Muhammad Ali Events; Leonard vs. Hearns: Arguello vs Pryor; Duran vs. Leonard; Hagler vs. Hearns: Leonard vs. Hagler; Foreman vs. Holyfield; Morales vs. Barrera and De La Hoya vs. Trinidad to name a few.  In addition to the previously mentioned super fights Top Rank possess one of the largest sports libraries which includes nearly 10,000 fights and dates back nearly 50 years.

Top Rank has been an architect of the global growth of the sport by staging high profile events in landmark settings around the world, including every major arena in Las Vegas, The Venetian Macao, Yankee Stadium, Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, The “Fabulous” Forum and Cowboys Stadium to name a few. Top Rank has also been the leader within the boxing industry in creating unforgettable in-arena experiences for fans while also producing live telecasts which generate high ratings for our television partners.   Committed to supporting the vitality and growth of boxing, Top Rank will co-promote one of the biggest sporting events in history -- Mayweather vs. Pacquiao on May 2 in Las Vegas.         

 

About HBO Sports

HBO Sports has brought the best in sports to television for four decades – from world championship boxing events, to intriguing documentaries and specials, to the most honored and compelling reality programming franchise, and the most provocative sports magazine program on TV.

HBO has covered the sport of boxing unlike anyone else over the last 40 years. Three series comprise the HBO Boxing franchise, including the flagship World Championship Boxing® series, the HBO Pay-Per-View® service, which is the pay-per-view arm of Home Box Office and a premier supplier of event programming to the pay-per-view industry, and the late-night HBO Boxing After Dark® series, which was introduced in 1996. 

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

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

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

 

Media credentials:  

 

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Fri, 01 May 2015 22:00:00 -0500
Mayweather vs. - Pacquiao - Welterweight Championship http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-mayweather-vs-pacquiao-welterweight-championship/ Sat, 02 May 2015 21:00:00 -0500 Featuring Light Welterweight Champion Jose Ramirez http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-featuring-light-welterweight-champion-jose-ramirez/ Fresno, Calif. - USA Olympian and undefeated professional boxer Jose Ramirez (13-0, 10 KO's) will return home to defend his NABF title in the “Fight For Water 4,” Saturday, May 9 at the Selland Arena. The card will be televised nationally at 11p ET/PT on Top Rank's “Solo Boxeo Tecate” on UniMas.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contacts:

Lee Samuels, Top Rank (702) 732 2717

Rick Mirigian, Promoter/Agent (559) 500 9224

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Sat, 09 May 2015 23:00:00 -0500
Butterfinger Backs Pacquiao to the Tune of a Million http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-butterfinger-backs-pacquiao-to-the-tune-of-a-million/ Glendale, CALIF. (April 1, 2015) – In an earlier announcement, NESTLÉ® BUTTERFINGER® CUPS were revealed today as the go-to-treat in the boxing regimen of the one and only Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao. In actuality, the April 1st news kicks off the “Get In Our Corner” campaign, a month-long rally led by Butterfinger to unite fans around the world to get in their corner with Pacquiao. And there’s still a million at stake – If Pacquiao emerges victorious on May 2, Butterfinger is offering one million of its peanut butter cups in a nationwide payout at ButterfingerCups.com.*

“We’re such fans of what Manny represents and love that he has such a great sense of humor to join us in our April Fool’s Day fun and launch the ‘Get In Our Corner’ campaign,” said Fabiola del Rio, Butterfinger brand manager. “We want fans to get in our corner with Manny and help us celebrate this different kind of competitor.”

Top Rank's Lucia McKelvey secured this new and fun deal with Butterfinger and PACQUIAO.  "Butterfinger and Pacquiao go together like peanut butter and chocolate.  I cannot reveal the details but I assure you it was a square deal.” said McKelvey

Why fans will want to #GetInOurCorner with Pacquiao and Butterfinger for this perfect match made in the ring:

  • A different kind of peanut butter cup (smooth and crunchy!) behind a different kind of competitor – and different is good!
  • A perfect pairing of two underdogs in their respective fights
  • A shared appreciation for having fun and living a life that’s not just plain

Fans are encouraged to use the hashtag #GetInOurCorner to show their support of Pacquiao. While Pacquiao is known to never cut corners (just like Butterfinger Cups!) in his training, the champion is actually training Butterfinger Cups in the brand’s own fight against Plain Cups. Online, fans can see that action unfold on Butterfinger’s Facebook or Twitter pages. Square-shaped like a boxing ring, Butterfinger Cups is a different kind of peanut butter cup that made its highly anticipated debut last year. Butterfinger Cups and the NEW Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups Minis bring an unexpected crunch to the smooth combination of peanut butter and chocolate. 

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ABOUT MANNY PACQUIAO

Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao is world champion professional boxer. He is the first and only eight-division world champion with 10 world titles, as well as the first to win the lineal championship in four different weight classes. Beyond boxing, Pacquiao has participated in basketball, business, acting, music recording, and politics. In May 2010, Pacquiao was elected to the House of Representatives in the 15th Congress of the Philippines, at the age of 32, representing the province of Sarangani. He was re-elected in 2013 to the 16th Congress of the Philippines.

ABOUT BUTTERFINGER

NESTLÉ® BUTTERFINGER® is a one-of-a-kind candy bar with the crispety, crunchety, peanut-buttery taste people love. No other candy bar comes close to the intense flavor and texture of a BUTTERFINGER. Now, the iconic BUTTERFINGER brand has taken the peanut butter cup to another level. BUTTERFINGER PEANUT BUTTER CUPS feature a smooth, peanut butter filling with a dose of crunchy Butterfinger pieces, covered with creamy milk chocolate. Keep up with the latest news about BUTTERFINGER at Facebook.com/Butterfinger or follow its sweet tweets at Twitter.com/Butterfinger.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

(Press inquiries only) Jessica del Mundo: 1-213-438-8772 or jdelmundo@team-n.net

or Tricia Bowles, Nestlé Confections & Snacks: 1-818-549-5817 or patricia.bowles@us.nestle.com

*The one million peanut butter cups nationwide payout (awarded as 500,000 coupons, each for one (1) two-piece single serve package of Butterfinger Cups) is only available online at ButterfingerCups.com. Offer available Tuesday, May 5, 2015, between6:00 a.m. PDT and 6:00 p.m. PDT, while supplies last. Limit one coupon per person per household. Full program rules and regulations may be found at ButterfingerCups.com beginning May 1, 2015.

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El boxeo de campeonato mundial regresará al Cosmopilotan de Las Vegas el 1ro de mayo http://www.toprank.com/news/el-boxeo-de-campeonato-mundial-regresara-al-cosmopilotan-de-las-vegas-el-1ro-de-mayo/ LAS VEGAS, Nevada – El dos veces campeón del mundo TAKAHIRO AO regresará al ring para hacer su debut en el 2015 cuando se enfrente al dos veces retador a un título mundial RAY BELTRAN en una batalla por el campeonato mundial de peso ligero de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) que está vacante.

El combate se realizará el viernes, 1ro de mayo en el Teatro “The Chelsea” localizado en el hotel “The Comospolitan” de Las Vegas (3708 Las Vegas Blvd Sur, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109) y será televisado por tru-Tv comenzando a las 10:00 p.m. (Este/Pacifico).

La televisión comenzara con un duelo entre el campeón de peso welter de la Federación Norte Americana de Boxeo (NABF) MIKAEL ZEWSKI quien expondrá su corona ante el clasificado mundial KONSTANTIN PONOMAREV.  La primera pelea será las 5:00 de la tarde y la televisión arrancara a las 7:00 de la noche (hora local).

Estos cuatro guerreros tiene un record combinado de 109-10-2 (62 KOs) – con un promedio de victorias de 90% y más de la mitad de sus triunfos han sido por nocaut.

La función es una promoción de Top Rank en asociación con Tecate, los boletos para esta cartelera ya están a la venta y tienen un precio de $50, $75, $85 and $100 (más impuestos y costos de servicios) y pueden ser adquiridos en “The Cosmopolitan Concierge Desk”, en todas las agencias de Ticketmaster y por Internet en la página: www.ticketmaster.com.

Ao (27-3-1, 12 KOs) de Chiba, Japón, conquisto su primer campeoanto mundial en el 2009 cuando le arrebato al mexicano Oscar “Chololo” Larios el titulo pluma del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB). Perdió el cinturón en su primera exposición ante Elio Rojas cuatro meses más tarde de ese mismo año.  

Tras ese revés subió a la siguiente categoría y 16 meses más tarde conquisto el campeonato mundial superpluma del CMB al vencer por decisión a Vitali Tajbert.  Ao hizo tres exitosas defensas de ese cinturón antes de perderlo ante  Gamaliel Díaz en el 2012. Desde entonces tiene un record de 4-0, 2 KOs en peso ligero incluyendo un triunfo sobre el dos veces campeón del mundo Juan Carlos Salgado el pasado mes de octubre y es el clasificado número dos de la OMB, el  número tres de la Asociación Mundial de Boxeo (AMB) y el número cuatro del CMB.

Beltrán (29-7-1, 17 KOs), oriundo de Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, pero hoy dia residente de North Hollywood, California, es uno de los peso ligeros mas fuertes y experimentados de la división y fue monarca de la NABF y USBA en peso ligero. En su más reciente actuación el pasado mes de noviembre en Omaha, Nebraska cayo por puntos ante Terence Crawford el boxeador del año del 2014 en un duelo por el título ligero de la OMB que Crawford dejo vacante para subir a disputar el título de las 140 libras.

En su única otra pelea de campeonato mundial en el 2013, Beltrán empato con Ricky Burns en Glasgow, Escocia en duelo por el título ligero de la OMB. El mexicano domino a Burns por completo, le fracturo la quijada y lo tumbo en el octavo asalto, pero solo fue suficiente para el empate en la casa del entonces campeón del mundo.

Zewski (26-0, 20 KOs), quien es oriundo de Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canadá, reside en Las Vegas, Nevada ha ganado cinco de sus últimas seis peleas por la vía rápida. El canadiense conquisto el título vacante welter de la NABF al noquear Prince Doku, Jr. el pasado mes de junio. En su más reciente actuación el pasado mes de diciembre en Las Vegas derroto por puntos a Jeremy Bryan. Zewski es el clasificado número siete de la OMB y el número 10 del CMB en las 147 libras. . 

Ponomarev (27-0, 13 KOs) de Miass, Rusia tiene solo 22 años de edad es muy agresivo y está clasificado número 15 por el CMB.

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TruTV y Top Rank se asociarán para presentar serie de boxeo en vivo los viernes http://www.toprank.com/news/trutv-y-top-rank-se-asociaran-para-presentar-serie-de-boxeo-en-vivo-los-viernes/ truTV Top Rank se asociarán para presentar un serie de boxeo en vivo que comenzará el viernes 1ro de mayo a las 10:00 p.m. (Este). La nueva serie de boxeo será en asociación con Turner Sports y HBO Sports y debutará la noche antes del esperado combate que será televisando en el sistema de pago por evento entre Floyd Mayweather y Manny Pacquiao. La primera función cobrará vida en el Chelsea Theater del Comospolitan de Las Vegas y contará con dos peleas de campeonato.

Para darle más visibilidad a esta nueva serie en truTV se televisarán tres funciones en forma consecutiva durante el mes de mayo – todas servirán de antesala a funciones de HBO el sábado después de estas peleas. También se realizará cinco funciones más en lo que resta del año. En estas peleas se presentará a jóvenes boxeadores ya establecidos como figuras del deporte. Turner Sports y HBO Sports tienen una rica y larga historia en el deporte del boxeo y contribuirán  a esta nueva serie todos sus recursos, mercadotecnia y proyección en todas sus plataformas digitales.

En el duelo estelar del 1 de mayo, el dos veces campeon del mundo Takahiro Ao (27-3-1, 16 KOs) de Chiba, Japón se enfrentara a Ray Beltran (29-7-1, 17 KOs) de Los Mochis, Sinaloa, México en un combate pactado a 12 rounds por el campeonato mundial vacante de peso ligero de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (CMB) y el duelo co-estelar dos jóvenes invictos Mikael Zewski (26-0, 23 KOs) de Quebec, Canadá yKonstantin Ponomarev (27-0, 13 KOs) de Miass, Rusia  disputaran el campeonato welter de NABF en un duelo pactado a 10 asaltos.

“Estamos muy emocionados de asociarnos con Top Rank y nuestros colegas de HBO Sports para brindar esta serie de boxeo de alto nivel en truTV. Tenemos la misma visión de presentar estos eventos de una manera nueva y creativa en lo que será un contenido interesante para nuestra audiencia” dijo Lenny Daniels, presidente de Turner Sports.

“Esta es una gran oportunidad de presentar programación deportiva en vivo para nuestra cadena y creo que lo viernes es una gran noche para esta serie que será seguida por nueva joven audiencia en truTV” dijo Chris Linn, presidente y jefe de programación de truTV.

“Esta asociación con Turner Sports y truTv para esta nueva e interesante serie boxística ayudara a energizar y hacer crecer el deporte. Turner Sports a demostrado su creatividad en la producción y programación que ha brindado a miles de aficionados durante sus programas de la NBA, Beisbol de grandes ligas, NCAA y Golf Profesional y hará lo mismo con el boxeo en truTV. Además con la colaboración de HBO y truTV ayudara a desarrollar y darle exposición a actuales y futuros campeones and clasificados mundiales que podrá ser vistos consistentemente por una gran audiencia”, dijo Todd duBoef presidente de Top Rank,     

“Hay que darles el crédito a Turner y sus directivos  David Levy de Turner Sports, Lenny Daniels y Chris Linn de truTv, quienes entienden la importancia del impacto que tiene la programación de deportes en vivo y el concepto de esta serie a sus plataformas”, agrego duBoef.

“Todos en HBO estamos contentos en ver una nueva plataforma para el boxeo professional que sera lanzanda en una cadena tan creative como lo es truTV. Felicitamos a Top Rank y Turner Sports por esta nueva alianza y estamos listos para apoyar esta nueva e importante franquicia de boxeo a lo máximo que será de gran beneficio para el deporte, los boxeadores y los aficionados desde el debut de esta serie”, dijo   Ken Hershman, presidente de HBO Sports.

 

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Mon, 30 Mar 2015 19:17:06 -0500
truTV & Top Rank to Launch Boxing Series http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-trutv-amp-top-rank-to-launch-boxing-series/ truTV and Top Rank will partner to exclusively televise a live Friday night primetime boxing series beginning 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.

Maximizing visibility, the inaugural series on truTV will feature three consecutive weeks of boxing coverage in May – all airing on the evening prior to a Saturday night HBO fight event – along with a slate of five additional fights to be scheduled over the remainder of the year.  The schedule will regularly feature some of the most exciting, established young talent in boxing. Turner Sports and HBO Sports, with its long and rich history with the sport of boxing, will contribute resources as well as marketing and digital platforms in support of the new series.   

The main event on Friday, May 1, will showcase 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.

“We’re excited to partner with Top Rank and our colleagues at HBO Sports to bring this high-caliber boxing series to truTV,” said Lenny Daniels, president of Turner Sports.  “We share a common vision to present these events in a new and inventive way and look forward to offering this compelling content to our viewers.”

“We see this as a great opportunity to bring more coveted live sports programming to the network and believe Friday night primetime fights will resonate with truTV’s young audience,” said Chris Linn, truTV president and head of programming.

“Partnering with Turner Sports and truTV for a new and unique boxing series will further invigorate and grow the sport,” said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank.  “Turner Sports’ innovative approach to production and programming has attracted and engaged tens of millions of fans of the NBA, MLB, NCAA and PGA and we believe the same will be true for boxing.  Additionally, the collaboration between the HBO and truTV programming will help develop and expose current and future champions and world-rated contenders to a broad audience with consistency.  All credit goes to Turner’s David Levy, Turner Sports’ Lenny Daniels and truTV’s Chris Linn who understand the impact of live sports and were instrumental in developing this concept into a program for their platforms.”

“Everybody at HBO is thrilled to see a new platform for live coverage of professional boxing being launched by a bold and creative network such as truTV,” said Ken Hershman, president of HBO Sports. “We congratulate Top Rank and Turner Sports on this new initiative.  We look forward to lending our support to this important new franchise that will clearly benefit the sport, the fighters and the fans from day one of the series’ debut.” 

About Turner Sports

Turner Sports, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is an industry leader in the delivery of premium sports content across all multimedia screens. Turner Sports’ television coverage includes the NBA, Major League Baseball, NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship and professional golf.  The company also manages some of the most popular sports destinations across broadband and mobile platforms including Bleacher Report and its top-rated Team Stream app, NCAA.com and the critically-acclaimed NCAA March Madness Live suite of products, PGA.com and the Sports Emmy Award-winning PGA Championship LIVE, as well as an accompanying collection of mobile sites and connected device apps.  Turner Sports and the NBA also jointly manage NBA Digital, a robust collection of offerings including NBA TV, NBA.com, NBA LEAGUE PASS, NBA Mobile, the NBA Game Time App, NBADLEAGUE.com and WNBA.com.                         

About truTV

truTV takes viewers on a fun ride that surprises and entertains. The network delivers a dynamic mix of action, comedy and competition, featuring engaging characters and compelling new worlds that pull you in and leave you wanting more. Currently seen in 92 million U.S. households, truTV features such popular original series as Impractical Jokers, The Carbonaro Effect, Friends of the People, Hack My Life, How to Be a Grown-Up, Barmageddon and Breaking Greenville as well as the upcoming Billy on the Street, Those Who Can't, Six Degrees of Everything, Santas in the Barn and The Hustlers.  In addition, truTV is a partner in airing the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news; entertainment; kids and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

About Top Rank

Innovation has been the mantra at Top Rank since it was established in 1966 by Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. The boxing industry’s leading promotional company for nearly half a century, Top Rank has shaped, developed and promoted the careers of top international pay-per-view superstars and Hall of Famers, including Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Oscar De La Hoya, Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Miguel Cotto and Erik Morales.  Known for creating strategic collaborations between athletes, sponsors and television networks, Top Rank launched in 1980, Top Rank Boxing on ESPN which ran for a historic 16 years.  Recognizing the boom in US based Hispanics, Top Rank then launched another very popular televised boxing series in 1996 titled Solo Boxeo on Univision.

Some of the most legendary and spectacular events in boxing history were promoted by Top Rank, which include: 26 Muhammad Ali Events; Leonard vs. Hearns: Arguello vs Pryor; Duran vs. Leonard; Hagler vs. Hearns: Leonard vs. Hagler; Foreman vs. Holyfield; Morales vs. Barrera and De La Hoya vs. Trinidad to name a few.  In addition to the previously mentioned super fights Top Rank possess one of the largest sports libraries which includes nearly 10,000 fights and dates back nearly 50 years.

Top Rank has been an architect of the global growth of the sport by staging high profile events in landmark settings around the world, including every major arena in Las Vegas, The Venetian Macao, Yankee Stadium, Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, The “Fabulous” Forum and Cowboys Stadium to name a few. Top Rank has also been the leader within the boxing industry in creating unforgettable in-arena experiences for fans while also producing live telecasts which generate high ratings for our television partners.   Committed to supporting the vitality and growth of boxing, Top Rank will co-promote one of the biggest sporting events in history -- Mayweather vs. Pacquiao on May 2 in Las Vegas.         

 

About HBO Sports

HBO Sports has brought the best in sports to television for four decades – from world championship boxing events, to intriguing documentaries and specials, to the most honored and compelling reality programming franchise, and the most provocative sports magazine program on TV.

HBO has covered the sport of boxing unlike anyone else over the last 40 years. Three series comprise the HBO Boxing franchise, including the flagship World Championship Boxing® series, the HBO Pay-Per-View® service, which is the pay-per-view arm of Home Box Office and a premier supplier of event programming to the pay-per-view industry, and the late-night HBO Boxing After Dark® series, which was introduced in 1996. 

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

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

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

 

Media credentials:  

 

www.toprank.com/credentials  

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Mon, 30 Mar 2015 12:53:45 -0500
Championship Boxing Returns to Vegas http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-championship-boxing-returns-to-vegas/ LAS VEGAS, NV. (March 30, 2015) – The Chelsea inside the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas welcomes an exciting evening of boxing featuring former two-division world champion TAKAHIRO AO who returns to the ring in his 2015 debut where he will battle two-time world title challenger RAY BELTRAN in a 12-round rumble for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) lightweight world championship on Friday, May 1.

The fight will be televised live on tru-TV beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.  The telecast will open with a battle between the undefeated with North America Boxing Federation (NABF) welterweight champion MIKAEL ZEWSKI defending his title against world-rated contender KONSTANTIN PONOMAREV.  The first bout will begin at 5:00 p.m. with the tru-TV bouts beginning at 7:00 p.m. local time.

These four gladiators boast a combined record of 109-10-2 (62 KOs) -- a winning ratio of 90% with over half of those victories coming by way knockout.

Promoted by Top Rank®, tickets, priced at $50, $75, 85 and $100 (plus applicable taxes and fees), are on sale and available for purchase at The Cosmopolitan Concierge Desk, all Ticketmaster outlets, and online at www.ticketmaster.com.

Ao (27-3-1, 12 KOs), from Chiba, Japan, captured his first world title in 2009, dethroning Oscar Larios to become the World Boxing Council (WBC) featherweight champion.  He lost the title that same year in his first defense, which took place four months later, via a unanimous decision to Elio Rojas.  He immediately moved up to the next weight class and 16 months later claimed the WBC super featherweight title winning a unanimous decision over Vitali Tajbert.  Ao’s two-year world championship reign included three successful title defenses before losing a 12-round decision to Gamaliel Diaz in 2012.  Ao has been campaigning as a lightweight ever since, going 4-0 (2 KOs), including a 10-round unanimous decision victory over former two-time world champion Juan Carlos Salgado last October en route to being world-rated No. 2 by the WBO, No. 3 by the World Boxing Association (WBA) and No. 4 by the WBC.

Beltran (29-7-1, 17 KOs), a native of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, who now lives in North Hollywood, Calif.,  is one of the lightweight division's toughest and most experienced fighters.  A former NABF and United States Boxing Association (USBA) lightweight champion, Beltran had his two-year five-bout unbeaten streak broken in his last fight, losing a unanimous decision to WBO lightweight champion and 2014 Fighter of the Year Terence Crawford last November.  Crawford has since vacated that title to challenge for the WBO junior welterweight crown. Beyond his professional fights, Beltran has had the benefit of being a main sparring partner for Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao for several years before becoming a top-rated contender in his own right.  He is currently world-rated No. 6 by the WBO.

Zewski (26-0, 20 KOs), a native of Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada, now living in Las Vegas, has won five of his last six bouts by knockout.  The former amateur standout captured the vacant NABF welterweight title with a fourth-round knockout of Prince Doku, Jr. last June.  In his last fight, in December, he successfully defended the title, at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, via a 10-round majority decision over savvy veteran Jeremy Bryan.  Zewski is currently world-rated No. 7 by the WBO and No. 10 by the WBC. 

Ponomarev (27-0, 13 KOs), from Miass, Russia, is trained by renowned trainer Abel Sanchez.  At the age of 22, Ponomarev is already a five-year pro with an impressive resume which includes WBC Baltic and WBC Youth welterweight title victories.  A crowd-pleasing fighter with power in both fists and an aggressive fighting style, Ponomarev is poised to break though this year.  He is currently world-rated No. 15 by the WBC.   

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 #AoBeltran to join the conversation on Twitter.

 

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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

 

THE COSMOPOLITAN OF LAS VEGAS

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Brad Seidel/Kirvin Doak Communications: 702-737-3100 / thecosmopolitan@kirvindoak.com   

 

MEDIA CREDENTIALS:  www.toprank.com/credentials 

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2 Days: Terence Crawford Premieres April 6 on HBO http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-2-days-crawford-dulorme-premieres-april-6-on-hbo/ March 27, 2015 – HBO Sports® debuts an all-new installment of “2 Days” when the feature segment returns Monday, April 6 at 10:15 p.m. (ET/PT) with a behind-the-scenes look at undefeated sensation Terence Crawford, one of boxing’s fastest rising stars.

“2 Days” is a revealing and intimate look at a 48-hour span in the life of a boxer in the lead-up to one of his fights and the next edition will focus on Omaha native Terence Crawford.  HBO cameras followed the 2014 BWAA “Fighter of the Year” last November when he defeated Ray Beltran on Thanksgiving Weekend in front of the hometown fans.  The win was Crawford’s 25th consecutive triumph as a pro and his last at 135 pounds where he was the premier lightweight performer.  His upcoming fight will see the 27-year-old make his debut at 140 pounds.

HBO air times include: April 6 (10:15 p.m.), 9 (5:30 p.m. & 12:35 a.m.), 12 (1:15 p.m.), 13 (8:15 a.m.), 15 (1:45 p.m. & 10:15 p.m.), 17 (2:00 a.m. & 7:15 p.m.) and 18 (8:45 a.m.).

HBO2 air times include: April 8 (11:50 a.m. & 8:00 p.m.), 10 (2:40 a.m. & 4:30 p.m.), 11 (10:05 a.m.), 14 (3:30 p.m.), 17 (11:00 p.m.) and 18 (4:30 p.m.).

HBO Latino air times include: April 6 (10:15 p.m.), 9 (5:30 p.m.), 12 (1:15 p.m.), 13 (8:15 a.m.), 15 (1:45 p.m. & 9:45 p.m.), 17 (2:25 a.m.) and 18 (8:45 a.m.).

All times are ET/PT.

Crawford is slated to return to the ring on Saturday, April 18 when he meets the formidable Thomas Dulorme from the College Park Center at the University of Texas Arlington on HBO Boxing After Dark.  The event will be part of terrific split site doubleheader on HBO starting at 9:45 p.m. (ET/PT).

“2 Days” will also be available on the HBO On Demand® service, HBO GO® and at www.hbo.com/boxing as well as various other new media platforms that distribute the series.

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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:33:15 -0500
Donaire to Challenge for Title in the Philippines http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-donaire-to-challenge-for-title-in-the-philippines/ Quezon City, Philippines - "Fans are going to find out where I am at on Saturday night," Nonito 'Filipino Flash' Donaire said at a press conference this week in Cebu.

He is taking on William Prado of Brazil for the vacant NABF Super Bantamweight Championship at the historic Araneta Coliseum on Saturday night. The event is called Pinoy Pride 30 - D Day.

Donaire, a five-division world champion, has trained for weeks in the Philippines. After his last bout - a loss to hard-punching featherweight Nicholas Walters, Donaire made a decision to return to the 122 pound weight division. He was in that division when he won the 2012 Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) Fighter of the Year Award.

Donaire's record is 33-3, 21 KOs. Prado is 22-4-1, 15 KOs.

"I know exactly what is at stake in this fight. It's very important when I get into the ring on Saturday night," Donaire told reporters here.

Donaire was inducted into the prestigious 'Flash' Elorde Hall of Fame earlier this week at the historic Manila Hotel.

Contacts:

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

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

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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 07:01:05 -0500
A la venta desde MAÑANA los boletos para el debut 2015 de Félix “El Diamante” Verdejo http://www.toprank.com/news/a-la-venta-desde-manana-los-boletos-para-el-debut-2015-de-felix-el-diamante-verdejo/ SAN JUAN, P.R. –  ¡Se acabó la espera! A partir de las 9 a.m. de mañana miércoles, 25 de marzo estarán disponibles los boletos para la cartelera del 25 de abril en la cual Félix “El Diamante” Verdejo irá tras el primer título de su carrera profesional.

Boletos para la función que se celebrará en el Coliseo Mario "Quijote" de Guaynabo en una presentación de Top Rank en asociación con Diamante Promotions,  podrán ser adquiridos en www.TicketCenterPR.com, en todos los puntos de ventas Ticket Center o llamando al (787) 792-5000. Los boletos tendrán precios de: $100, $70, $30 y $15, más cargos aplicables. 
 
Ticket Center tiene puntos de ventas en: Plaza Las Américas, Kioscos “U Box Network” localizados en centros comerciales a través de toda la Isla, Ralph’s Food Warehouse, Cooperativa Ahorro y Crédito Oriental, Supermercados Hatillo Kash N’ Karry. Los boletos también estarán disponibles en el Doble Seis de Villa Blanca en Caguas.

En el que marcará su primer combate del 2015 y el primero en “La Isla del Encanto” desde que peleó en suelo boricua en agosto del 2014, Verdejo (16-0 y 12 KO’s), disputará el título Latino peso Ligero de la OMB ante el mexicano Marco Antonio “El Kua Kua” López (24-5, 15 KO’s) en un duelo a diez asaltos en el evento estelar del cartel “Solo Boxeo Tecate” que televisará UniMás de costa a costa en los Estados Unidos.
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Tue, 24 Mar 2015 17:51:46 -0500
Popular Florida Welterweight Booth Signs with Top Rank http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-popular-florida-welterweight-booth-signs-with-top-rank/ Las Vegas -- The wildly popular Florida welterweight Clarence 'Son of St. Pete' Booth, of St. Petersburg, has signed with Top Rank. He has eight straight wins and is 10-1 with 7 KOs.

"Clarence Booth has great size with power and speed," said Carl Moretti, VP of Boxing at Top Rank. "He should be a force in the junior welterweight and welterweight divisions. His fan base in the Tampa - St. Petersburg areas will make him into a major attraction."

Manager Pat Lynch said "Clarence is a great young prospect with a very bright future. He's an extremely hard worker with a great attitude."

Booth joins Pat Lynch's stable which includes Glen 'Jersey Boy' Tapia and hard-hitting contender Julian RodriguezBooth began boxing at age 18. He trained with Nick Sityar in Florida and had his first amateur fight at 19. After nearly 30 amateur bouts, Booth turned pro in 2011. All of his fights have been in Florida except for a win over Javier Garcia last year in Puerto Rico.

He and his wife Natasha have four children. The 'Son of St. Pete' is a huge fan favorite in his hometown and surrounding areas.

Another Top Rank signee:

Contact: 

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

Ricardo Jimenez, Top Rank rjimenez@toprank.com  909 615 3436

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Wed, 18 Mar 2015 13:27:27 -0500
Jose Ramirez to Kickoff Responsible Athletes Program http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-ramirez-to-kickoff-responsible-athletes-program/ Avenal, Calif. - USA Olympian and undefeated professional boxer Jose Ramirez (13-0, 10 KO's) will return home to Avenal, Ca this Saturday March 21st to team up with RAP (Responsible Athletes Program)  to give back to his community and stress the importance of the program he once was in. Ramirez will give a motivational speech and coach an all-star team this night as well as help make a few lucky winners dream come true and take them out to eat and buy them the equipment  they need in their related sports.

“RAP keeps kids in school, out of gangs and provides guidance for the entire area for anyone that needs it, I am honored to be involved and help out with this amazing program” said Ramirez

"We are very proud of Jose and his efforts to help all in his hometown," said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Aum of Top Rank

There is over 1000 people expected to attend and in typical Ramirez fashion he will provide each and every person from his home town a FREE ticket to his NABF title bout “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.  

For the first time Responsible Athletes Program will have a special guest, former US Olympian Jose Ramirez. The All-Star showcase will consists of three different age groups; Juniors, Seniors and Adults. Upon entrance, all RAP youth basketball participants will be entered in a raffle drawing for a chance to win lunch with Ramirez and a shopping spree for sports equipment of his/her choice. During halftime Team Ramirez will take on the Junior All-Stars in a scrimmage. This is a free admission event and the first 1,000 guests will receive a free voucher ticket for Jose Ramirez's upcoming ‘Fight for Water 4’ on May 9 at the Selland Arena in Fresno, Ca.

            Location & Date Line: Schedule

            All-Star Showcase will be held at the Avenal High School gym on March 21, 2015.

            5:00pm            Junior All-Star game

            6:00pm            Senior All-Star game

            6:45pm            Award Ceremony (15 Min)

            7:15pm            Adult Game

            7:40pm            Half-time Speech by Jose Ramirez

            7:50pm            Team Ramirez vs Junior All-Stars (10 Min)

            8:00pm            Raffle Drawing

            8:05pm            Second Half Concludes

Company Information: Responsible Athletes Program is a federally and privately funded non profit organization providing children K-8 and adults with year round sports and after school programs.

Contacts:

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

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

Rick Mirigian, Promoter/Agent (559) 500 9224

 

 

            ENRIQUE JIMENEZ Executive Director

            e.jimenez@rapteam.org

            (559) 305-5544

 

            ANDRE MCMAHON Director of Operations          

            a.mcmahon@rapteam.org

            (559) 260-6625

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