Top Rank Boxing http://www.toprank.com Top Rank boxing news, event, videos and photo galleries en-us Copyright Top Rank 11-21-2014 18:43:13 60 Pacquiao vs. Algieri - World Welterweight Championship http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-pacquiao-vs-algieri-on-hbo-pay-per-view/ LAS VEGAS, NV (August 20, 2014) -- Fighter of the Decade Congressman MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAOboxing 's only eight-division world champion, defends his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title against New York's undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion CHRIS ALGIERIwho has Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Management, a Masters degree in Clinical Nutrition and a Ph.D. in Upsets Inside the Ring. Promoted by Top Rank® and Sands China Ltd., in association with MP Promotions, Joe DeGuardia's Star BoxingBanner Promotions and Tecate, the Pacquiao vs. Algieri world welterweight championship event will take place Saturday, November 22, at The Venetian® Macao's Cotai Arena.  It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.   

Pacquiao (56-4-3), the Filipino icon, and Algieri (20-0), the scholar fighter, along with their respective trainers Freddie Roach and Tim Lane, promoters Bob Arum, Joe DeGuardia and Artie Pelullo, and Ed Tracy, President and CEO of Sands China Ltd., will embark on a 27,273-Mile Media Tour, beginning on Monday, August 25 at The Venetian Macao, the 12-day tour includes press conferences or public and private appearances scheduled for Shanghai, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York.

PACQUIAO  vs.  ALGIERI

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA TOUR ITINERARY

(All Times Are Local)

 

MONDAY, AUGUST 25 -  2:00 P.M.

Macao Press Conference

The Venetian Macao - Florence Ballroom 2204

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 26 -  2:00 P.M.

Shanghai Press Conference

Sheraton Shanghai Pudong Hotel - Ballroom C

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 29 - 1:00 to 8:00 P.M.

Media Day with the San Francisco Giants

AT&T Park in San Francisco

  • Press Conference
  • Ballpark Competition
  • Group Photo Opp with Giants Players
  • VIP Fans Q&A
  • Pregame Ceremony
  • Giants Twitter Takeover

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 30

Private Event

The Venetian Las Vegas

 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 - 4:00 to 5:30 P.M.

Dodger Stadium

Manny Pacquiao Throws Out the First Pitch for Dodgers vs. Nationals

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 - 11:00 A.M.

Los Angeles Press Conference

Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel - Los Angeles Room

2025 Avenue of the Stars

Los Angeles, Calif. 90067

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 - 10:30 A.M.

New York Press Conference

Liberty Theater

234 West 42nd Street

New York, NY 10036

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 - 4:00 P.M.

Ringing of the Closing Bell

New York Stock Exchange

 

Details on all the events will be forthcoming via specific alerts.

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

 

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Crawford vs. Beltran - World Lightweight Championship http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-crawford-vs-beltran-on-hbo-boxing-after-dark/ OMAHA, NEB (September 30, 2014) -- Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) lightweight champion TERENCE "Bud" CRAWFORDOmaha's favorite son, will make an encore hometown title defense on the heels of his wildly successful victory over previously undefeated world champion and Cuban sensation Yuriorkis Gamboa.  Crawford will defend his title against No. 1 contender and mandatory challenger RAY BELTRAN on Thanksgiving weekend, Saturday, November 29, at the CenturyLink Center.  The fight will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark, beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Tecate, tickets to the Crawford vs. Beltran World Lightweight Championship event will go on sale This Friday!  October 3, at 10:00 a.m. CT.   Reserved seat tickets start at just $27, with remaining tiers priced at $52, $77 and $127.  They will be available for purchase at the CenturyLink Center Omaha box office and all Ticketmaster outlets. To charge-by-phone call 800-745-3000.  To order online, visit Ticketmaster.com

Crawford successfully defended his title on June 28, at the CenturyLink Center, knocking out previously undefeated world champion Yuriorkis Gamboa in front of an energized crowd. The fight, a candidate for Fight of the Year honors, was televised live on HBO®, and according to Nielsen Media Research, garnered an average audience of 1.208 million viewers to the live, first-time airing, making it the second most-watched fight of the year so far.  Crawford vs. Gamboa was the first world championship fight the city of Omaha had hosted in 42 years when Joe Frazier defended his World Heavyweight Championship crown against Ron Stander in 1972.   

"It's an honor to fight in my hometown during the holiday season in front of my fans and family who will be traveling to Omaha," said Crawford.  "It's great that Top Rank and HBO are coming back into town to promote another show on one of the biggest weekends of the year.  Beltran feels I have something - a world title belt - which belongs to him.  He thought he beat Ricky Burns and I thought Beltran won too. But he didn't and I did.  Beltran can fight.  We know that.  I am going to fight him like a bad dog, fight fire with fire.  Let's see if he really has a will to win in Omaha.  My will to win is off the charts. He won't be coming straight at me the way he did against Ricky Burns.  My team and I are training hard to put on a good show for everyone. No one will be disappointed."

"Crawford has shown to be a talented fighter, someone I respect.," said Beltran.  "But I see this fight as an opportunity for me to achieve the recognition in the boxing world and the public's eye.  This fight is Champion vs. Champion. It's not about the belts. It's about us.  Crawford is talented, has skill, but I have the ability to adapt and will be ready for what he brings.  The situation against Burns made me stronger, I felt the love of the crowd and all of their respect that night.  I feel blessed with my family and friends.  All of that will be with me when I fight Crawford in Omaha. I am the No.  2 fighter in the world. Crawford is No. 1. That is what this is all about.  I believe in me.  This is my moment."

"This fight between Crawford and Beltran could very well be the fight of the year. The styles and skills of both fighters guarantee as much," said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.

"When Terence Crawford fought in front of his Omaha hometown crowd last June, the atmosphere produced one of the most spectacular fights of 2014 on HBO,” said Peter Nelson, vice president, programming, HBO Sports.  “The spotlight returns to the American heartland November 29, as the undefeated champ faces Ray Beltran, a challenger who has earned more opportunities than he's been given and always gives the fans his all."

"CenturyLink Center Omaha is honored to have the opportunity once again to host this world championship boxing event,” said Roger Dixon, President and CEO of the Metropolitan Entertainment & Convention Authority. "The atmosphere was electric in June and we expect even more excitement this time around."

Crawford (24-0, 17 KOs), of Omaha, returns to the ring fresh from his dramatic and critically-acclaimed knockout victory of Gamboa.  Not only did Crawford retain his title, he also made himself a contender for Fighter of the Year.  He 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.  After a short but impressive amateur career, which included victories over future world champions Danny Garcia, Mikey Garcia and one-time world title challenger Diego Magdaleno, Crawford made his professional debut on March 14, 2008 – a first-round knockout victory of Brian Cummings.  On March 1, 2014 – just 13 days short of the sixth anniversary of his pro 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, Burns put the boxing world on notice that with his virtuoso performance.  Crawford pulled out all stops in dismantling Burns as he rocked the defending champion throughout the fight, while switching back and forth between orthodox and southpaw stances.   

Beltran (29-6-1, 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 USBA lightweight champion,  Beltran enters this fight riding a two-year five-bout winning streak, which includes a disputed draw against defending WBO lightweight champion hometown favorite Ricky Burns in Glasgow, Scotland last year.  In that fight, Beltran fractured Burns' jaw in the first two rounds and dominated the fight, consistently landing the harder punches.  Beltran scored a knockdown in the eighth round and finished the fight strongly.  Ringside observers and television viewers alike screamed "home cooking!" when the fight was declared a draw.  Beyond his professional fight, 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.  In his last fight, on April 12,  he claimed the NABO lightweight title, winning  a 12-round unanimous decision against once-beaten Arash Usmanee on the undercard of the Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley Jr world welterweight championship rematch.   

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

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

 

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CENTURYLINK CENTER

Kristi Andersen, MECA:  402-599-6916 / kandersen@omahameca.com  

 

MEDIA CREDENTIALS

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Featuring Lightweight Jose Felix http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-featuring-lightweight-jose-felix/ Sat, 06 Dec 2014 23:00:00 -0600 Bradley vs. Chaves - Welterweights http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-bradley-vs-chaves-welterweights/ LAS VEGAS, NV (October 20, 2014) -- Former two-division world champion TIMOTHY "Desert Storm" BRADLEY JR. returns to the ring where he will battle one-time interim welterweight world champion DIEGO "La Joya" CHAVES in a 12-round welterweight rumble, Saturday, December 13, inside The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas (3708 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, NV 89109).  The fight will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®beginning at 10:00 p.m. EST/PST.  The telecast will open with World Boxing Association (WBA) Interim Super Lightweight World Champion MAURICIO "El Maestro" HERRERA defending his title against undefeated contender JOSE BENAVIDEZ, JR.

These four gladiators boast a combined record of 96-7 (53 KOs) -- a winning ratio of 93% with over half of those victories coming by way knockout.

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Golden Boy Promotions and Tecate, tickets to the Bradley-Chaves/Herrera-Benavidez world championship event go on sale  Friday,  October 24 at 10:00 a.m. PDT.  Priced at $40, $60, $100, $125 and $150, tickets will be available for purchase at www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com/ or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 and www.ticketmaster.com/.  Room/ticket packages will also be available.

"I'm excited to get back into the ring and showcase myself," Bradley told ESPN.com.  "Chaves is not that well known but the boxing fans know him. The boxing fans know that this guy can fight and that it won't be a walk in the park for me. I think it's going to be a great fight. I can't wait."

"I give Timothy Bradley all the credit in the world for coming back after his first loss to face me, especially after seeing how I hurt Brandon Rios in my last fight," said Chaves.  "We both have a lot to prove on December 13.  If Bradley thought he had it rough against Ruslan Provodnikov, wait until he collides with me."

"I'm so happy that this fight was made and I get to showcase my skills once again on a huge stage," said Herrera. "I'm coming off of one of the most important wins of my career and I plan on using that momentum to defend my title and convincingly defeat Benavidez on December 13."

"I'm obviously excited and grateful for the opportunity to fight for the title.  It's something I've worked for since I was a kid," said Benavidez.  "I know I'll be bringing the title back to Phoenix with me. I have heard Herrera is looking past me and talking about moving up in weight when he wins, and I'm sorry that I'll be disrupting those plans on December 13th." 

"Tim Bradley's return to the ring may be taking place at the end of the year but it's the beginning of a new and exciting phase of the boxing career of one of the sport's elite fighters, a man who has held a world title every year dating back to 2008," said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank.  "Diego Chaves came so close when he faced Brandon Rios in his last fight and I anticipate seeing that same intensity and aggressiveness when he faces Tim.  This will be a war.  The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will once again be hosting boxing at the highest level on December 13 and the world will be able to watch it on HBO."  

"So much hangs in the balance for both of these fighters – Herrera’s WBA Super Lightweight World Title, Benavidez’ undefeated record and much more,” said Golden Boy Founder and President Oscar De La Hoya. “With Herrera’s straight-ahead style against Benavidez’ Olympic pedigree, we have all the makings of a fantastic fight for fans.”  

"There is no better way to present boxing fans with a pre-holiday gift than to feature the return of Timothy Bradley Jr. headlining an attractive card on World Championship Boxing, Live on HBO," said Peter Nelson, Vice President of Programming, HBO Sports. “Bradley squares off against Diego Chaves, whose in-your-face style of fighting will keep Tim on his toes the entire night. And we anticipate fireworks from the rest of the telecast action.”

Bradley (31-1, 12 KOs), from Palm Springs, Calif., a former two-division world champion who unified the junior welterweight titles twice during his previous four-year reign, returns to the ring after suffering his first professional loss, in his welterweight championship rematch against Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao last April. Before the Pacquiao rematch, Bradley posted three consecutive career-best victories.  After moving up in weight and beating Pacquiao in 2012 to capture the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight crown, Bradley co-starred in the Fight of the Year on  March16, 2013, winning a brutal 12-round decision over future world champion Ruslan Provodnikov though Bradley was suffering from a concussion throughout most of the fight.  In his most recent fight, on October 12, 2013, Bradley gave a virtuoso performance in defeating three-division world champion and Mexican icon Juan Manuel Márquez proving that Bradley is indeed one of boxing's elite pound for pound fighters.

Chaves (23-2, 19 KOs), from Buenos Aires, is a power puncher who stalks his opponent with only one goal -- THE KNOCKOUT! His victory by knockout ratio of 83% proves it is usually "mission accomplished" for him. Chaves made his Las Vegas debut on August 2 when he fought former world champion Brandon Rios at The Cosmopolitan.  The fight was all blood and guts as both warriors tore into each other in a foul-filled bout that ended in the ninth round with Chaves being disqualified by referee Vic Drakulich.  At the time of the stoppage, Chaves was ahead by one point on one scorecard and down one point on the other two cards.  Chaves captured the WBA interim welterweight title in 2012, knocking out defending champion Ismael El Massoudi in the second round. Chaves’ one-year title reign included a successful title defense against José Miranda, where he scored another second-round stoppage. He lost the title to Keith Thurman July 23, 2013. Chaves began 2014 with a third-round TKO of Juan Godoy on February 15. He is currently world-rated No. 7 by the WBA and No. 10 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF). 

Herrera (21-4, 7 KOs), from Riverside, Calif. and promoted by Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions, will be making the first defense of his interim world title.  He won the championship in his last fight, on July 12, dethroning Johan Perez via a majority decision in a fight that was as close as it was competitive.  It was a victory made sweeter by the fact Herrera had lost his previous title shot, against undefeated unified super lightweight world champion Danny Garcia on March 15, via a controversial majority decision that many thought Herrera had won.  Herrera's professional resume includes impressive victories over former WBO Junior Welterweight World Champion Ruslan Provodnikov and former amateur standout Mike Dallas, who had a combined record of 34-1-1 when he faced them.

Benavidez (21-0, 15 KOs), from Phoenix, AZ,  was 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 has come back to win all three of his 2014 fights decisively, including a first-round TKO of Henry Auraad on July 26.  

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

For more information on The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, visit www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com.  Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/cosmopolitan_lv or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thecosmopolitan.

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TOP RANK

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

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

Fred Sternburg:  303-740-7746 / Toofred@aol.com  

 

 

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

Kelly Swanson/Lisa Milner:  202-783-5500 / lmilner@swansonpr.com

 

HBO

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

 

THE COSMOPOLITAN OF LAS VEGAS

Kimberly Diller: 702-698-7140 / pr@cosmopolitanlasvegas.com

Wendy Sloan/Kirvin Doak Communications: 702-737-3100 / thecosmopolitan@kirvindoak.com   

 

MEDIA CREDENTIALS:  www.toprank.com/credentials  

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Verdejo vs. Ouazghari - Lightweights http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-verdejo-vs-ouazghari-lightweights/ Sat, 13 Dec 2014 23:00:00 -0600 Ruiz vs. Liakovich - Heavyweights http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-ruiz-vs-liakovich-heavyweights/ Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0600 Vargas y DeMarco buscan la gloria en Macao http://www.toprank.com/news/vargas-y-demarco-buscan-la-gloria-en-macao/ Sin lugar a dudas este ha sido un gran año para Jessie Vargas, quien el pasado mes de abril conquisto el campeonato mundial, en Agosto hizo su primera defensa titular y quien este sábado buscara una victoria sobre el ex campeón mundial Antonio de Marco que le podría abrir la puerta a la pelea más importante de su carrera profesional.

“Sé que si me veo bien y logro una espectacular triunfo este sábado ante Antonio DeMarco las posibilidades de una pelea contra Manny Pacquiao aumentaría y esa es la pelea que yo estoy buscando”, dijo Vargas.

El combate titular entre Vargas y DeMarco abrirá la transmisión de televisión este sábado desde Macao, China en la función en la cual Manny Pacquiao expondrá su corona de peso welter de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (AMB) ante el campeón invicto Chris Algieri en la arena Cotai del Hotel Venetian de Macao que televisara HBO atraves del sistema de pago por evento.

Vargas (25-0, 9 KOs) de Las Vegas, Nevada expondrá su corona de peso superligero de la Asociación Mundial de Boxeo (AMB) ante De Marco (31-3-1, 23 KOs) oriundo de los Mochis, Sinaloa, México, pero residente de Tijuana, Baja California, quien ha sido campeón de peso ligero del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB) en dos ocasiones.

Hoy en la última conferencia de prensa en Macao, Vargas afirmó estar satisfecho con la preparación realizada para el combate, y confía en que tendrá recursos suficientes para conservar su corona mundial con el apoyo de su nuevo entrenador el legendario Roy Jones Jr.

“Voy a comenzar fuerte y voy a terminar fuerte. Voy a salir con la victoria”, dijo Vargas, quien agrego, “Roy Jones Jr. me ha llevado a otro nivel durante este preparación”.

Afirmó que espera hacer sentir orgullosos a su equipo de trabajo y a todos, quienes incondicionalmente, brindan su respaldo. “He trabajado mucho, muy duro, y estoy seguro que seré un boxeador diferente y De Marco se dará cuenta de eso”.

DeMarco también tiene su entrenador de lujo el gran Freddie Roach, quien tiene casi un año trabajando con el mexicano quien estuvo casi dos meses en las Filipinas entrenado para esta pelea al lado de Manny Pacquiao.

Durante la conferencia de prensa De Marco, agradeció la oportunidad que le da el campeón mundial. “Dedico esta pelea a mi gente de México, a mi familia”.

En las otra dos peleas por televisión los dos veces campeones olímpicos Vasyl Lomanchenko y  Zou Shiming estará en acción. Lomanchenko expondrá su corona de peso pluma de la OMB y Shiming realizara un duelo eliminatorio en su primer combate a 12 asaltos.

Tanto Lomachenko como Shiming ganaron medallas de oro en los Juegos Olímpicos de Pekín en el 2008 y en los Juegos Olímpicos de Londres en el 2012. El ruso se enfrentara al tailandés Chontatarin Piriyavinyo (52-1, 33 KO’s, mientras que Shiming se medirá a Kwanpichit Onesongchaingym (27-0, 12 KOs) también de Tailandia.

La función que será en la Cotai Arena del hotel Venetian en Macao es una promoción de Top Rank® y Sands China Ltd., en asociación con MP Promotions, Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, Banner Promotions y Tecate y será televisada en vivo por HBO a través del sistema de pago por evento comenzando a las 9:00 p.m. (Hora del Este)/ 6 p.m. (Hora del Pacifico).

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Continúa en aumento el valor del 'Diamante' Verdejo http://www.toprank.com/news/continua-en-aumento-el-valor-del-diamante-verdejo/

FOTOS: Verdejo entrena para su pelea del 13 de dicimbre

SAN JUAN, P.R. – Félix Verdejo ha recibido el apoyo incondicional de la afición boricua y con sus hazañas dentro del ensogado se ha establecido como una de las futuras estrellas del boxeo puertorriqueño.

De igual forma, ‘El Diamante’ ha sido bien recibido y se ha sentido como en casa cuando ha peleado en ciudades de la costa este de los Estados Unidos en las que hay una gran población de puertorriqueños. Esa es la razón principal por la cual el sensacional prospecto se dirige a plantar bandera y a continuar expandiendo su territorio el 13 de diciembre en Filadelfia.

 “Es una bonita oportunidad que me lleven a Filadelfia a otro público puertorriqueño. Voy con ese amor y ese cariño patrio a regalarles una bonita pelea para que sea del gusto y el agrado del público boricua”, dijo el invicto prospecto, quien ya ha tenido éxito en sus peleas en Nueva York, Bethlehem y Orlando.

Verdejo, quien tiene marca perfecta de 15-0 y 11 nocauts, enfrentará al español Karim ‘El Diablo’ El Ouazghari (16-5, 4 KO’s) en el evento estelar de la función ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate’ que se celebrará en la 2300 Arena de Filadelfia.

“Desarrollar la base de fanaticos de Félix en la costa este de los Estados Unidos siempre ha sido una de las metas de Top Rank y Ricky Márquez. Filadelfia es la próxima parada”, dijo el Vicepresidente de Top Rank, Carl Moretti.

En cuanto a la estrategia que utilizará para enfrentar a El Ouazghari, Verdejo deja eso en manos de su entrenador y manejador, Ricky Márquez.

 “Mi entrenador se encarga de estudiar los pro y los contra de cada oponente para saber en que debemos trabajar en el gimnasio. Trabajamos fuerte para cualquier oponente, entrenamos para todos los oponentes como si fuese para una pelea de título mundial”, afirmó Verdejo.

Luego de su fulminante nocaut del pasado mes de octubre ante el mexicano Sergio ‘El Cuate’ Villanueva, Verdejo tiene el deseo de seguir añadiendo herramientas y puliendo las armas de su arsenal boxístico.

“Estamos empleándonos en nuevas cosas en el entrenamiento. Depende del estilo de pelea que presente el oponente, así trabajaremos. Eso lo sabremos el 13 de diciembre. Poco a poco se va desarrollando el plan de pelea en el ring. Uno empieza boxeando y las manos llegan solas. No hay que desesperarse para buscar el nocaut, si no que debo seguir el plan de pelea que la esquina me pide y así poder culminar con el combate”, terminó diciendo el prometedor prospecto.

El combate Verdejo vs. El Ouazghari será televisado de costa a costa en los Estados Unidos por UniMás y en Puerto Rico por Univision Puerto Rico.

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Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19:26:14 -0600
Pacquiao y Algieri ya están en China http://www.toprank.com/news/pacquiao-y-algieri-ya-estan-en-china/ El ídolo filipino Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao y su próximo rival el campeón mundial invicto Chris Algieri ya están en el Hotel Venetian de Macao, China donde este sábado 22 de noviembre disputarán la corona de peso welter de la Organización mundial de boxeo (OMB) y que será televisado por HBO a través del sistema de pago por evento.

Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) de General Santos City, Filipinas es el único boxeador en la historia en ganar ocho campeonatos mundiales en ocho diferentes divisiones, también fue nombrado el boxeador de la década y es congresista de su país.

Pacquiao expondrá su campeonato de peso welter de la OMB ante el campeón invicto de peso welter junior de la OMB, Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) de Long Island, Nueva York, quien es un graduado universitario con una maestría en Nutrición.

La función que será en la Cotai Arena del hotel Venetian en Macao es una promoción de Top Rank® y Sands China Ltd., en asociación con MP Promotions, Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, Banner Promotions y Tecate y será televisada en vivo por HBO a través del sistema de pago por evento comenzando a las 9:00 p.m. (Hora del Este)/ 6 p.m. (Hora del Pacifico).

En las peleas por televisión los dos veces campeones olímpicos Vasyl Lomanchenko y  Zou Shiming estará en acción. Lomanchenko expondrá su corona de peso pluma de la OMB y Shiming realizara un duelo eliminatorio en su primer combate a 12 asaltos.

También estarán en acción Jesse Vargas (25-0, 9 KOs) de Las Vegas, Nevada quien expondrá su corona de peso superligero de la Asociación Mundial de Boxeo (AMB) ante Antonio de Marco (31-3-1, 23 KOs) de Tijuana, Baja California, México.

Tanto Lomachenko como Shiming ganaron medallas de oro en los Juegos Olímpicos de Pekín en el 2008 y en los Juegos Olímpicos de Londres en el 2012. El ruso se enfrentara al tailandés Chontatarin Piriyavinyo (52-1, 33 KO’s, mientras que Shiming se medira a Kwanpichit Onesongchaingym (27-0, 12 KOs) también de Tailandia.

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Tue, 18 Nov 2014 01:46:48 -0600
Bradley Examines Pacquiao-Algieri http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-bradley-examines-pacquiao-algieri/ Leading up to the Pacquiao vs. Algieri November 22 world welterweight championship pay-per-view event, former 140-pound champ Timothy Bradley Jr., gives his view and provides insight on the match-up in this Q&A.

Timothy Bradley Q&A

1) DOES ALGIERI DESERVE THIS OPPORTUNITY VS PACQUIAO? 

"Most definitely. Algieri earned his spot."

2) HOW DO YOU SEE PACQUIAO GOING INTO THIS FIGHT?

"Pacquiao today is more of thinking Pacquiao. Since his knockout loss to Marquez he doesn't come in reckless or with a gang of shots. He is thinking about his plan of attack."

3) WHAT WILL BE ALGIERI'S CONCERNS IN THE RING?

"You don't want to be against the ropes against Pacquiao. His footwork is like no other in boxing. He throws punches while he is moving."

4) WHAT SHOULD PACQUIAO BE CONCERNED ABOUT?

"I think after watching video tape of Algieri he's going to give Pacquiao a lot of problems. Algieri has excellent movement and range. If he is able to control distance inside the ring, it's a problem for Pacquiao."

Pacquiao vs. Algieri happens Saturday, November 22 live on pay-per-view beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

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Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:02:26 -0600
Algieri No Stranger to Overcoming Adversity http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-algieri-no-stranger-to-overcoming-adversity/ Which one of your victories taught you the most about overcoming obstacles inside the ring?

“My 10th pro bout against Julius Edmonds. I went into the fight with a sore right hand and then broke my left hand in the 2nd round. Finding a way to win has always been a major part of my style and strategy. I didn’t even tell my coaches I was injured until after the fight. I finished the fight with a 4th round KO and that truly was one of the biggest obstacles if not the biggest I have ever had to overcome.

“And let’s not forget in my most previous fight against Ruslan Provodnikov. I made a mistake in the first round and I paid for it. I was forced to pay the price and fight the remainder of the fight with a badly swollen eye. But, I still found a way to win. Sticking to the game plan, and staying focused in times of adversity, that’s what separates me from other fighters. My mental make-up and my mental strength has always been the difference in my fights, and that is what will propel me once again to victory on November 22nd.” 

Pacquiao vs. Algieri happens Saturday, November 22 live on pay-per-view beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

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Mon, 17 Nov 2014 19:52:45 -0600
Pacquiao Wants to Win "Badly" http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-pacquiao-wants-to-win-quotbadlyquot/ Roach has been quoted lately saying Manny could fight at 140 or even 135 for the right fight. What are your thoughts and what does the future hold for you in boxing?

"The reason we are fighting this fight at 144 pounds is because I wanted to see how I performed at a lower weight.  If I do well, I could easily fight at 140 for my next fight.  !40 is the weight I walk around at when I'm not training for a fight.  So that is no issue and even 135 would be easy for me to make.

"The real question is how do I feel and how do I perform when I return to those lower weights?

"I could be faster than when I fought at welterweight and super welterweight and if my power remains the same, I may be able to score more knockouts at lower weights. I weighed 138 when I knocked out Ricky Hatton, 142 when I stopped Oscar De La Hoya and 144 when I scored a TKO of Miguel Cotto.  Many people consider those fights some of my best, so why not go back down if that is where the bigger and better fights are going to be fought?

"But now I am the WBO welterweight champion and my only focus is to defend that title.  I didn't realize how much it meant to me until I won it back in my rematch against Timothy Bradley.  I love being a world champion and i have poured my heart and soul into this training camp. My sparring mates have been the biggest and best I have ever had in training   I am leaving nothing to chance when I step into the ring against Chris Algieri on November 22. Pand I want to win it in a way that will have boxing fans on their feet screaming and cheering.   I owe that to my fans and I owe that to boxing.  Today is my last day of training camp.  I will spar four rounds, work the bags, shake out and then fly to Macau for Fight Week.  I have been at weight for since late October. I am ready to battle!"      

Pacquiao vs. Algieri happens Saturday, November 22 live on pay-per-view beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

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Mon, 17 Nov 2014 19:48:53 -0600
Algieri Sees Kickboxing Background as Key http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-algieri-sees-kickboxing-background-as-key/ What is it about your opponent’s style that makes it so difficult? Is your kickboxing knowledge an advantage? Leg movements is very important when you have to fight against an opponent like Manny Pacquiao.

“It is not so much Manny’s style but his experience level that makes him such a dangerous opponent. He has had over 60 pro fights and been fighting for a very long time against the top fighters in the world. It is going to be my job to test how bad he actually still wants this.

“My kickboxing experience is an advantage not so much my knowledge of the sport. It is another one-on-one sport, the training and preparation is similar and at the end of the day you are in a fight. I have been fighting pretty much all my life.

“Yes Manny has great footwork. He is in and out and side to side, so being able to control the space in the ring is very important when fighting with someone with a style like Manny. Being a ring general is going to be a big part in this fight as it is with all my fights.”  

Under The Lights: Pacquiao-Algieri debuts Saturday, Nov. 15 at 11:45 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.

Pacquiao vs. Algieri happens Saturday, November 22 live on pay-per-view beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

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Fri, 14 Nov 2014 10:36:46 -0600
Pacquiao Discusses Aligieri, Future Plans http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-pacquiao-discusses-aligieri-future-plans/ What kind of goals do you still have for your career at age 35?

“As I have said before, boxing is my passion and public service is my calling.  As I approach my title defense against Chris Algieri I have found that my passion for boxing has increased.  I do not feel old.  I feel great and I find I am able to train as hard as I always have and I enjoy it.  More importantly, I still enjoy boxing -- a lot.

“As long as my skills and my passion remain strong I want to continue my boxing career.  When I retire, I want it to be on my terms.  I do not want to spend my retirement regretting that I walked away from boxing before I was ready.  I do not want to come back and fight after I retire. 

“My goals are to finish as a world champion, winning my remaining fights.  Since the last Marquez fight I have approached every training camp and every opponent with 110% dedication.  I would like to keep challenging myself in the opponents I will face in the future.

“I have not set a date or determined an age when I will retire.  As long as I can keep fighting at the level I expect from myself I will continue my boxing career.

“I do have one specific goal and that is to give the boxing fans the fight they have always asked for.  I want that fight too.  I believe good faith negotiations could produce that fight.  But it is impossible to negotiate when you are the only one sitting at the table.  Two fighters who WANT to fight each other have never been kept from fighting each other.”     

Under The Lights: Pacquiao-Algieri debuts Saturday, Nov. 15 at 11:45 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.

Pacquiao vs. Algieri happens Saturday, November 22 live on pay-per-view beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. 

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Wed, 12 Nov 2014 16:46:15 -0600
Pacquiao: "Estoy sacrificando todo para conseguir una victoria impresionante" http://www.toprank.com/news/pacquiao-estoy-sacrificando-todo-para-conseguir-una-victoria-impresionante/ ¿Qué tan difícil es prepararse para un boxeador que tiene un estilo difícil como Algieri, con experiencia de MMA y sin mucho videos para estudiar?

"Chris Algieri es un rompecabezas que tengo que resolver. En cuanto a su altura y alcance, sólo Antonio Margarito le supera de mis otros oponentes que he enfrentado. Algieri también es el peleador más científico, fluido y más fuerte que he enfrentado. Todos esos factores, además de que es cinco años más joven que yo, lo hace el adversario más peligroso de mi carrera"

"Para mí, el boxeo es mucho como el ajedrez. No se trata de sólo mover una pieza y esperar a que tú oponente responda, tienes que ver la tabla y avanzar 10 a 12 movidas antes de lo que anticipas que tu oponente avanzara.  Algieri hace eso y lo hace muy bien. Si miras sus peleas recientes--contra Mike Arnaoutis, Emanuel Taylor y Ruslan Provodnikov—todos esperaban que el perdiera. Sin embargo Algieri nunca se consideró un perdedor, salió en cada pelea seguro y con el plan de juego bien y pasara lo que pasara en el ring, fue disciplinado suficientemente para quedarse con ese plan de juego. Y funcionó. Él los venció con su fuerza y  con su mente.

"El alcance y la altura de Algieri requerirá que trabaje en acortando la distancia con él en el ring y necesito mi velocidad más que nunca para poder anotar golpes dañinos y evitar sus contragolpes. Lo vi pelear contra Provodnikov y peleo la pelea perfecta contra él. Pero no voy a pelear la pelea de Algieri. Tengo la intención de pelear mi propia pelea  y más importante, haciendo que el pelee mi pelea. Esta será una batalla de voluntades tanto como va a ser una batalla de golpes. Habrá muchas cosas más el ring de las que los fanáticos se darán cuenta y será rápido y va a ser emocionante.

"No hay atajos a la victoria. Mi éxito comienza y termina en el campo de entrenamiento. Ganas una pelea ganando cada asalto y es igual en el campo de entrenamiento. Doy mi todo cada día--corriendo por la mañana, haciendo ejercicio en el gimnasio y orando en mi casa - y enfocándome en ser el mejor que puedo ser físicamente, mentalmente y espiritualmente. Es cómo me estoy preparando para pelear contra Chris Algieri. Estoy sacrificando todo para derrotarlo y no sólo conseguir una victoria convincente, si no una, victoria impresionante.

"24/7 Pacquiao/Algieri" estrena el sábado, 8 de noviembre a 1:00am (ET/PT) en HBO inmediatamente después del evento World Championship Boxing en vivo desde Atlantic City.

Pacquiao vs Algieri toma lugar el sábado, 22 de noviembre en principio por Pay-Per-View a las 9:00 PM ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

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Wed, 05 Nov 2014 18:14:46 -0600
En acción Diego Magdaleno este sábado en 'Solo Boxeo Tecate' http://www.toprank.com/news/en-accion-diego-magdaleno-este-sabado-en-solo-boxeo-tecate/ FOTOS: Magdaleno entrena ante la prensa en Pharr, TX

El clasificado mundial Diego Magdaleno buscará su tercera victoria del 2014 este sábado, 8 de noviembre cuando se enfrente a Hevinson Herrera en el duelo estelar de “Solo Boxeo Tecate” que televisara Unimas desde el Centro de Eventos de Pharr, Texas.

Magdaleno (29-1, 10 KOs) de Las Vegas, Nevada continúa en busca de una segunda oportunidad titular y ha ganado tres combates seguidos desde que sufrió su primera derrota profesional el 6 de abril del 2013 ante Roman “Rocky” Martínez en un duelo titular.

“Sé que tengo que seguir ganando para recibir una nueva oportunidad de disputar un título mundial y espero esa oportunidad llegue muy pronto el próximo año”, dijo Magdaleno quien es entrenando por Joel Díaz en Indio, California.

El duelo entre Magdaleno y Herrera está pactado a 10 rounds en peso ligero.

Herrera (17-9-1, 11 KOs) de Barranquilla, Colombia quien ha ganado sus últimas dos peleas seguidas se enfrentado a muy buenos boxeadores en su carrera y representaran una dura prueba para Magdaleno, quien es el segundo clasificado de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) en las 130 libras.

La función también incluirá a los clasificados mundiales Chris Avalos (24-2, 18 KO’s) de Lancaster, California y Brad Solomon (23-0, 9 KOs) de Lafayette, Louisiana. Avalos se medira a Jose Cen Torres (13-5, 1 KOs) de Merida, Yucatan en un duelo pactado ocho giros en peso supergallo y Solomon se enfrentara Eduardo Flores (17-15-3, 12 KOs) de Ecuador en un combate pactado 10 giro en peso welter.

Los locales Juan de La Rosa (21-3-1, 18 KOs) de Harlingen, Texas y Luis Castro (5-1, 4 KOs) de Edinburg, Texas y el olímpico ruso Egor Mekhontsev (5-0, 5 KOs) también estarán en acción en la cartelera de este sábado.

Este jueves  a las 2:00 de la tarde se realizara la última conferencia de prensa en el Centro de Eventos de Pharr y el viernes a las 2:00 de la tarde se realizara el pesaje en el restaurante, Tilted Kilt Restaurant localizado en el  4117 W. Expressway 83, McAllen, Texas.

Boletos para la función tiene precio de $75, $55 y $35, más costos de servicios y están disponibles en tickemaster.com

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