Top Rank Boxing http://www.toprank.com Top Rank boxing news, event, videos and photo galleries en-us Copyright Top Rank 12-20-2014 06:55:03 60 Ruiz vs. Liakovich - Heavyweights http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-ruiz-vs-liakovich-heavyweights/ Phoenix - World-ranked unbeaten heavyweight Andy 'Destroyer' Ruiz of Mexicali is off to Phoenix today to take on former champion Sergei Liakhovich at the Celebrity Theatre on Saturday, December 20Ruiz, 23-0, 17 KOs, has been training for weeks at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas.

He is ranked WBO #3, WBC #14. Liakhovich has a record of 26-6, 16 KOs. Ruiz vs. Liakhovich is the main event on Top Rank's Solo Boxeo Tecate UniMas broadcast (11 pm et, 11 pm pt).

"The opponent in this fight means everything for Andy," said trainer Big Jeff Gramoja."In the heavyweight division one punch can change everything. Andy's preparation has been good. We've been working on good head movement and punching in combinations. We are expecting a good performance from Andy."

The event, co-promoted by Iron Boy Promotions, will include two-time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez, 14-0, 12 KOs.  Valdez will take on Jean Sotelo, 19-13-2, 10 KOs, of Colombia. The bout is scheduled for 8 rounds in the featherweight division.

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Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0600
Alvarado vs. Rios 3 - Welterweight Championship http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-alvarado-vs-rios-3-welterweights/ DENVER (December 9, 2014) -- Former world champions and co-stars of one this era's most intense and exciting boxing rivalries -- Denver's "Mile High" MIKE ALVARADO and BRANDON "Bam Bam" RIOS of Oxnard, Calif. -- announced the final chapter of their epic trilogy at a Denver press conference today.  Boasting a combined record of 66-5-1 (45 KOs) -- a winning percentage of 92% and a victory by knockout ratio of 68% --  each warrior owns a victory in the series -- both of which were candidates for Fight of the Year in 2012 and 2013.  Alvarado-Rios 3 is scheduled for 12 rounds with the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) International welterweight championship on the line.  It will take place Saturday, January 24, at the 1STBANK Center, located in the Denver suburb of Broomfield, CO.  The fight will be televised live on HBO beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.  The last boxing event hosted by 1STBANK Center was sold out in advance -- the October 19, 2013 WBO junior welterweight world championship between Alvarado and Ruslan Provodnikov.

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Tecate, tickets to the Alvarado-Rios welterweight championship event will go on sale just in time for the holiday gift giving season -- This Friday!  December 12, at 10:00 a.m. MT.  Priced at $250, $200, $125, $65 and $40, tickets will be available at www.AltitudeTickets.com or by phone at 866-461-6556. Tickets may also be purchased at the Pepsi Center box office, beginning on Saturday, December 13.

"This is going to be like our wars in fight no. 1 and fight no. 2.  We are two warriors. We will go into the middle of the ring and mix it up. For me, all of this is for one thing -- redemption," said Alvarado.          

"If Alvarado wants to go the center of the ring and trade, he will feel my power right away," responded Rios. "A few of my big punches and he will change his game plan. That's when I hunt him down, win the fight."

"This is a rematch made in heaven," said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank.  "Their first two fights were barn burners and arguably Fights of the Year.  Alvarado and Rios know what is at stake. Fans can expect to see a finale that will rival, if not surpass, the legendary Morales-Barrera and Pacquiao-Marquez wars."

"In 2015, we begin with a trilogy's conclusion. In the course of two years and 3,003 punches exchanged between them, Mike Alvarado and Brandon Rios traded triumphs,” said Peter Nelson, vice president, programming, HBO Sports. “Now, in their third fight, both seek to author their saga's definitive chapter. Styles make fighters, but fights themselves are made from heart, and fans recognize that these men have two of the biggest hearts in boxing. On January 24, Alvarado-Rios 3 promises to be a must-see event."

Alvarado (34-3, 23 KOs) of Denver, had won 10 of his last 14 bouts by stoppage en route to his rematch victory over Brandon "Bam Bam" Rios, on March 30, 2013, which not only avenged Alvarado's loss to Rios in 2012's Fight of the Year, but also made Alvarado a world champion.  Alvarado had lost to Rios on October 13, 2012, via a seventh-round technical knockout in one of the most action-packed fights of the millennium. Going into round seven, two of the three judges' scorecards had it 57-57. In the sequel, which was as action-packed as the first fight, Alvarado made subtle adjustments to eke out a narrow but unanimous decision and win the WBO junior welterweight world title.  Notable Alvarado knockout victims have included Breidis Prescott, Ray Narh, Emmanuel Clottey and Cesar Bazan.  In 2012 Alvarado fought in two Fights of the Year-nominated fights.  On April 14, 2012, Alvarado went toe-to-toe for 10 brutal and exciting rounds winning a unanimous decision over Mauricio Herrera (18-1, 7 KOs).  Herrera entered that fight world-rated No. 7 and riding a two-year, five-bout winning streak, highlighted by victories over future world champion Ruslan Provodnikov (17-0) and Mike Dallas, Jr. (17-1-1).  That was followed by his first fight with Rios in October.  Alvarado's world title reign ended in his first defense, on October 19, 2013, where he suffered a12th-round TKO to Provodnikov in front of a sold-out crowd at the 1STBANK Center in his Denver homecoming.   Rios returns to the ring after losing a unanimous decision, in his most recent fight, to Mexican icon and four-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez last May 17.

Rios (32-2-1, 22 KOs), the former WBA lightweight champion, from Oxnard, Calif., is on the hunt for his second world title in as many weight divisions. Thirteen of his last 17 victories have come by way of knockout. One of boxing’s most exciting fighters, Rios is known for his all-action fan-friendly fighting style. His trainer, former International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior lightweight champion and 2012 Trainer of the Year Robert Garcia, calls it a “throwback” style with a warrior’s mentality that screams excitement. Highlight knockout victories on Rios’ resume include Miguel Acosta, Anthony Peterson, Urbano Antillon, John Murray and Mike Alvarado. Alvarado, the natural 140-pounder, entered that fight as the undefeated WBO No. 1 junior welterweight contender. Many consider it 2012's Fight of the Year. In their exciting rematch, which took place on March 30, 2013, Rios lost a close decision for the vacant WBO interim junior welterweight title. It was considered a finalist for the 2013 Fight of the Year award. After losing a unanimous decision to Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao, on November 24, 2013, which headlined a pay-per-view event that emanated from Macau, China, Rios returned to the winner's circle in his last fight, on August 2, winning a gritty, foul-filled battle against former interim world welterweight champion Diego Chaves, via a ninth-round disqualification..

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

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FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (Media):

 

TOP RANK

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

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

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

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

 

HBO

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

 

1STBANK CENTER

Meghan Webking:  303-405-1284 / mwebking@pepsicenter.com

Jennifer Nordhues: 303-405-1685 / jnordhues@pepsicenter.com

 

MEDIA CREDENTIALS:  www.toprank.com/credentials  

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Zou vs. Ruenroeng - World Flyweight Championship http://www.toprank.com/events/boxing-promotions-zou-vs-ruenroeng-world-flyweight-championship/ Sat, 07 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0600 Jessie Magdaleno Headlines at Home in 2015 http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-jessie-magdaleno-headlines-at-home/ North Las Vegas -- Jessie Magdaleno will return home to take on Erik Ruiz of Oxnard, Ca. at Texas Station Gambling Hall and Casino on a big Top Rank boxing card on Saturday, January 10.

Magdaleno, 19-0, 15 KOs, is from Las Vegas. He has been training in Palm Springs, Ca. with Joel Diaz who also is the chief trainer for Timothy Bradley. Magdaleno is managed by Frank Espinoza in California.

Ruiz has a record of 13-1, 6 KOs. Magdaleno vs Ruiz will headline a seven-bout card.

"Jessie Magdaleno is among the best worldwide in his division (super bantamweight)," Diaz said. "He's explosive, has power in both hands and has great defense. He is getting close to fighting for a world title."

The big card will also feature Saul Rodriguez, a 15-0-1 super featherweight from Riverside, California and Victor Pasillas, an 8-0-0 featherweight from East L.A.  Their opponents will be announced.

Doors in the Dallas Events Center open 6 pm and the first bout will be at 6:30 pm. The main bouts will be on Top Rank's Solo Boxeo Tecate series televised by by UniMas.

Tickets $50, $25 plus applicable fees are now on sale at Stations Casinos and on Ticketmaster.com.

Contacts

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

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

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Heavyweight Rumble to End 2014 with a Bang http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-ruiz-liakovich-to-cap-banner-year-on-quotsolo-boxeo-tecatequot/ Phoenix - World-ranked unbeaten heavyweight Andy 'Destroyer' Ruiz of Mexicali is off to Phoenix today to take on former champion Sergei Liakhovich at the Celebrity Theatre on Saturday, December 20Ruiz, 23-0, 17 KOs, has been training for weeks at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas.

He is ranked WBO #3, WBC #14. Liakhovich has a record of 26-6, 16 KOs. Ruiz vs. Liakhovich is the main event on Top Rank's Solo Boxeo Tecate UniMas broadcast (11 pm et, 11 pm pt).

"The opponent in this fight means everything for Andy," said trainer Big Jeff Gramoja."In the heavyweight division one punch can change everything. Andy's preparation has been good. We've been working on good head movement and punching in combinations. We are expecting a good performance from Andy."

The event, co-promoted by Iron Boy Promotions, will include two-time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez, 14-0, 12 KOs.  Valdez will take on Jean Sotelo, 19-13-2, 10 KOs, of Colombia. The bout is scheduled for 8 rounds in the featherweight division.

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Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:02:15 -0600
Alvarado & Rios to Vie for Welterweight Title in 3rd Matchup http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-alvarado-amp-rios-to-vie-for-welterweight-title-in-3rd-matchup/ DENVER (December 9, 2014) -- Former world champions and co-stars of one this era's most intense and exciting boxing rivalries -- Denver's "Mile High" MIKE ALVARADO and BRANDON "Bam Bam" RIOS of Oxnard, Calif. -- announced the final chapter of their epic trilogy at a Denver press conference today.  Boasting a combined record of 66-5-1 (45 KOs) -- a winning percentage of 92% and a victory by knockout ratio of 68% --  each warrior owns a victory in the series -- both of which were candidates for Fight of the Year in 2012 and 2013.  Alvarado-Rios 3 is scheduled for 12 rounds with the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) International welterweight championship on the line.  It will take place Saturday, January 24, at the 1STBANK Center, located in the Denver suburb of Broomfield, CO.  The fight will be televised live on HBO,  beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.  The last boxing event hosted by 1STBANK Center was sold out in advance -- the October 19, 2013 WBO junior welterweight world championship between Alvarado and Ruslan Provodnikov.

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Tecate, tickets to the Alvarado-Rios welterweight championship event will go on sale just in time for the holiday gift giving season -- This Friday!  December 12, at 10:00 a.m. MT.  Priced at $250, $200, $125, $65 and $40, tickets will be available at www.AltitudeTickets.com or by phone at 866-461-6556. Tickets may also be purchased at the Pepsi Center box office, beginning on Saturday, December 13.

"This is going to be like our wars in fight no. 1 and fight no. 2.  We are two warriors. We will go into the middle of the ring and mix it up. For me, all of this is for one thing -- redemption," said Alvarado.          

"If Alvarado wants to go the center of the ring and trade, he will feel my power right away," responded Rios. "A few of my big punches and he will change his game plan. That's when I hunt him down, win the fight."

"This is a rematch made in heaven," said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank.  "Their first two fights were barn burners and arguably Fights of the Year.  Alvarado and Rios know what is at stake. Fans can expect to see a finale that will rival, if not surpass, the legendary Morales-Barrera and Pacquiao-Marquez wars."

"In 2015, we begin with a trilogy's conclusion. In the course of two years and 3,003 punches exchanged between them, Mike Alvarado and Brandon Rios traded triumphs,” said Peter Nelson, vice president, programming, HBO Sports. “Now, in their third fight, both seek to author their saga's definitive chapter. Styles make fighters, but fights themselves are made from heart, and fans recognize that these men have two of the biggest hearts in boxing. On January 24, Alvarado-Rios 3 promises to be a must-see event."

Alvarado (34-3, 23 KOs) of Denver, had won 10 of his last 14 bouts by stoppage en route to his rematch victory over Brandon "Bam Bam" Rios, on March 30, 2013, which not only avenged Alvarado's loss to Rios in 2012's Fight of the Year, but also made Alvarado a world champion.  Alvarado had lost to Rios on October 13, 2012, via a seventh-round technical knockout in one of the most action-packed fights of the millennium. Going into round seven, two of the three judges' scorecards had it 57-57. In the sequel, which was as action-packed as the first fight, Alvarado made subtle adjustments to eke out a narrow but unanimous decision and win the WBO junior welterweight world title.  Notable Alvarado knockout victims have included Breidis Prescott, Ray Narh, Emmanuel Clottey and Cesar Bazan.  In 2012 Alvarado fought in two Fights of the Year-nominated fights.  On April 14, 2012, Alvarado went toe-to-toe for 10 brutal and exciting rounds winning a unanimous decision over Mauricio Herrera (18-1, 7 KOs).  Herrera entered that fight world-rated No. 7 and riding a two-year, five-bout winning streak, highlighted by victories over future world champion Ruslan Provodnikov (17-0) and Mike Dallas, Jr. (17-1-1).  That was followed by his first fight with Rios in October.  Alvarado's world title reign ended in his first defense, on October 19, 2013, where he suffered a12th-round TKO to Provodnikov in front of a sold-out crowd at the 1STBANK Center in his Denver homecoming.   Rios returns to the ring after losing a unanimous decision, in his most recent fight, to Mexican icon and four-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez last May 17.

Rios (32-2-1, 22 KOs), the former WBA lightweight champion, from Oxnard, Calif., is on the hunt for his second world title in as many weight divisions. Thirteen of his last 17 victories have come by way of knockout. One of boxing’s most exciting fighters, Rios is known for his all-action fan-friendly fighting style. His trainer, former International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior lightweight champion and 2012 Trainer of the Year Robert Garcia, calls it a “throwback” style with a warrior’s mentality that screams excitement. Highlight knockout victories on Rios’ resume include Miguel Acosta, Anthony Peterson, Urbano Antillon, John Murray and Mike Alvarado. Alvarado, the natural 140-pounder, entered that fight as the undefeated WBO No. 1 junior welterweight contender. Many consider it 2012's Fight of the Year. In their exciting rematch, which took place on March 30, 2013, Rios lost a close decision for the vacant WBO interim junior welterweight title. It was considered a finalist for the 2013 Fight of the Year award. After losing a unanimous decision to Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao, on November 24, 2013, which headlined a pay-per-view event that emanated from Macau, China, Rios returned to the winner's circle in his last fight, on August 2, winning a gritty, foul-filled battle against former interim world welterweight champion Diego Chaves, via a ninth-round disqualification..

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 #AlvaradoRios to join the conversation on Twitter.

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FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (Media):

 

TOP RANK

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

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

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

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

 

HBO

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

 

1STBANK CENTER

Meghan Webking:  303-405-1284 / mwebking@pepsicenter.com

Jennifer Nordhues: 303-405-1685 / jnordhues@pepsicenter.com

 

MEDIA CREDENTIALS:  www.toprank.com/credentials  

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Tue, 09 Dec 2014 10:33:19 -0600
Listo Félix Verdejo para enfrentar a 'El Diablo' http://www.toprank.com/news/listo-felix-verdejo-para-enfrentar-a-el-diablo/

FOTOS: En excelente condición Verdejo para su pelea ante 'El Diablo'

SAN JUAN, P.R. – El prometedor prospecto boricua Félix ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo entrenó hoy ante la prensa de ‘La Isla del Encanto’ y demostró estar más que listo para su combate del 13 de diciembre en Filadelfia.

“Ya el trabajo duro está hecho. He entrenado bien fuerte y seguiremos pagando el precio en el gimnasio. Aquí es donde en realidad se ganan las peleas", aseguró el invicto peleador peso ligero.

El ex olímpico mostró la constante mejoría de sus habilidades al desplegar su velocidad, precisión y pegada cuando realizó trabajo de saco, guanteletas y pera.

En el que será el tercer combate a ocho episodios de su joven carrera, Verdejo (15-0, 11 KO’s) enfrentará al español Karim ‘El Diablo’ El Ouazghari (16-5, 4 KO’s) en el evento estelar del cartel que presentará Top Rank en asociación con Peltz Boxing Promotions y Bam Boxing Promotions en la 2300 Arena de Filadelfia, Pennsylvania. 

Esta será la segunda vez que 'El Diamante’ del boxeo puertorriqueño estará en acción en el estado de Pennsylvania y su primera ocasión peleando en la ciudad de Filadelfia. 

"Me dicen que eso por allá (Filadelfia) está bien frío, pero le vamos a llevar a la fanaticada ese cariño y el calor boricua que nos caracteriza. Quiero regalarles una bonita pelea para que se la disfruten", culminó diciendo Verdejo.

En su última presentación, Verdejo logró un sensacional triunfo por nocaut en el segundo asalto al fulminar con un potente gancho de derecha al mexicano Sergio 'El Cuate' Villanueva.

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 como parte del gustado programa 'Solo Boxeo Tecate'.

Boletos para cartelera pueden ser adquiridos en el sitio web: www.2300arena.com

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Tue, 02 Dec 2014 20:57:13 -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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Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:09:27 -0600
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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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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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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