Tuesday, September 6th 2016
“Solo Boxeo” Begins New Series Sept. 16th on Univision Deportes
LAS VEGAS, NV (SEPT 6, 2016) – Top Rank, and UNIVISION DEPORTES, the multimedia sports division of Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) that includes UDN, the No. 1 Spanish-language cable sports network, announce the highly awaited series premiere of “Solo Boxeo” in its new time slot, on Friday, September 16th at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT with a simulcast on UDN and UNIMÁS NETWORK. The series opener will include classic matches from the Top Rank Vault featuring beloved Mexican fighters in honor of Mexico’s Independence Day.
Boxing fans can continue to expect even more of the exciting action-packed fights they have been enjoying since the series’ inception in 2000. World-rated contenders and outstanding prospects will continue to be featured in outstanding matchups.
“Our programming is always evolving and starting on September 16, we will continue with that tradition," said TODD DUBOEF, President of Top Rank. "With the move of “Solo Boxeo” to a new day of the week on UniMás, we will expand the reach and visibility of our content. We will reach an even broader audience and ‘Solo Boxeo’ will be primed to continue its historic run as the top Spanish language boxing series.”
“We are pleased to bring our audience this new series of ‘Solo Boxeo’ with even more of the fights they love,” said Juan Carlos Rodriguez, President of Univision Deportes. “Univision Deportes seeks to transform Friday nights on UniMás into the go-to blockbuster night for boxing fanáticos.”
“Solo Boxeo” will make its series premiere with a special Mexican Independence Day program featuring two classic world championship fights from the Top Rank vaults, starring four legendary Mexican champions — the rematch between Oscar De La Hoya and Julio Cesar Chavez and the battle between future Hall of Famers Erik ‘El Terrible’ Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera.
Live boxing will return to “SOLO BOXEO” on Friday, September 23. The live simulcast, from Kissimmee, Fla., will feature undefeated super lightweight contender JULIAN “HAMMER HANDS” RODRIGUEZ (13-0, 10 KOs) of Hasbrouch Heights, NJ, against Brazilian buzz sawClaudionel Lacerda (17-15-1, 12 KOs) and undefeated featherweight contender CHRISTOPHER ‘PITUFO’ DIAZ (17-0, 11 KOs), from Barranquitas, Puerto Rico against Raul Hirales (22-5-1, 11 KOs) of La Paz, Mexico.
Top Rank’s “SOLO BOXEO” series has been a staple for Hispanic boxing fans for 16 years, televising 800 events and over 1,600 fights in cities throughout North America. “Solo Boxeo” has featured fights from the biggest names of the past, including Julio César Chávez Sr., Juan Manuel Márquez and Miguel Cotto, as well as future superstars, including Óscar Valdez, Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez, Félix ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo, Christopher ‘Pitufo’ Diaz, José Carlos Ramirez, Jessie Magdaleno and Andy Ruiz.
About Univision Communications Inc.
Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) is the leading media company serving Hispanic America. The Company, a leading content creator in the U.S., includes Univision Network, one of the leading networks in the U.S. regardless of language and the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the country available in approximately 93% of U.S. Hispanic television households; UniMás, a leading Spanish-language broadcast television network available in approximately 87% of U.S. Hispanic television households; Univision Cable Networks, including Galavisión, the most-watched U.S. Spanish-language entertainment cable network, as well as UDN (Univision Deportes Network), the most-watched U.S. Spanish-language sports cable network, Univision tlnovelas, a 24-hour Spanish-language cable network dedicated to telenovelas, ForoTV, a 24-hour Spanish-language cable network dedicated to international news and an additional suite of cable offerings – De Película, De Película Clásico, Bandamax, Ritmoson and Telehit; Univision Television Group, which owns 59 television stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; digital properties consisting of online and mobile websites and apps, including UNIVISION.COM, the most visited Spanish-language website among U.S. Hispanics, Univision Now, a direct to consumer video service, Uforia, a music application featuring multimedia music content, The Root, the leading online news, opinion and culture destination for African-Americans and a stake in The Onion, the nation’s leading comedy and news satire brand; and Univision Radio, the leading Spanish-language radio group in the U.S. which owns and operates 67 radio stations including stations in 16 of the top 25 U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico. UCI’s assets also include a minority stake in El Rey Network, a 24-hour English-language general entertainment cable network and a joint venture with Disney/ABC Television Network for Fusion, a 24-hour English-language news and lifestyle TV and digital network. Headquartered in New York City, UCI has television network operations in Miami and television and radio stations and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States. For more information, please visit CORPORATE.UNIVISION.COM.