This Friday night, Top Rank Boxing and Peltz Boxing shall bring forth an extremely loaded fight card to the fight city of Tucson.
Also to be noted, In support of the thousands of young immigrants that could be affected by the termination the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, boxing promotional company, Top Rank®, led by Hall-of-Fame promoter Bob Arum, will donate 500 tickets to “Dreamers” in Arizona to attend the September 22 world championship event headlined by unbeaten Mexican world champions ÓSCAR VALDEZ and GILBERTO “Zurdo” RAMIREZ. Valdez and Ramirez are considered by many experts as the future of the boxing rich country of Mexico, and they will defend their respective featherweight and super middleweight world titles in action-packed bouts.
“Top Rank wants to make it clear that we stand in solidarity with the Dreamers. We are ashamed of the way they are being treated by the Administration in Washington. Americans are way better than this,” said Arum.
“To me it is a great honor to be able to be a voice that can bring light to this issue and defend those that are in need and don’t have someone that will stand up for them. I have family members that are in danger of being deported over the decisions taken by our government against DACA. I will not stand around and watch silently. I completely support this initiative taken by Top Rank and I want everyone to know that we will stand together and we will fight for what is right,” said Valdez.
To claim their tickets to the Valdez vs. Servania / Ramirez vs. Hart card, the “Dreamers” should bring their Employment Authorization Card to the Tucson Convention Center Box Office starting Tuesday September 19 during regular box office hours and for as long as supplies last.
The world championship doubleheader will be aired on ESPN/ESPN Deportes and will feature up and coming future
stars of the sport such as:
Oscar Valdez vs. Genesis Servania, 12 rounds, for Valdez’s WBO featherweight title
Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez vs. Jessie Hart, 12 rounds, for Ramirez’s WBO super middleweight title
Michael Conlan vs. Kenny Guzman, 6 rounds, featherweights
Egis Kavaliauskas vs. Mahonri Montes, 10 rounds, welterweights
Robson Conceicao vs. Carlos Osorio, 8 rounds, junior lightweights
Lenny Zappavigna vs. Fidel Monterrosa, 8 rounds, welterweights
Fazliddin Gaibnazarov vs. Victor Rosas, 8 rounds, lightweights
Mikaela Mayer vs. Allison Martinez, 4 rounds, female lightweights
On top of this fight card being stacked from top to bottom, WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez and WBO super middleweight titlist Zurdo Ramirez will be in very tough and competitive title defenses against Genesis Servania and Jessie Hart.
Hope you have your tickets in hand because you do not want to miss this exciting night of fights.
(all bouts subject to change)
At Inglewood, Calif. (HBO):
Jorge Linares vs. Luke Campbell, 12 rounds, for Linares’ WBA lightweight title Campbell is going to give Linares quite a test due to his sporadic relentless pressure that he will apply on the WBA lightweight champion.
Linares will need to stay true to who he is and must overwhelm Campbell with his rapid top to bottom combination punching.
I feel that this clash will be a close back and forth dog fight, and I wouldn’t be shocked if both fighters taste the canvas.
But at the end of it all, Linares will win this very exciting shootout by unanimous decision due to his heavy arsenal and big fight experience.
Canelo/Golovkin Quick Jabs- As I sat in my press box seat at the T-Mobile Arena, I could hardly contain my anxiety when the crowd roared when both fighters met center ring as the bell to start the fight rang.
In the early going, I felt that Canelo boxed in a relaxed composed manner and Golovkin looked slow and struggled to find his range.
By mid fight, I then saw Golovkin take wider steps to get in closer and began to land harder shots more frequently.
Towards the last four rounds of the fight, Canelo appeared to land heavy bombs on Golovkin but mostly boxed in spurts.
After the fight I scored it a draw, but now that I have gotten the chance to see it on TV, I then scored it 115-113 for Golovkin. But in all honesty, a case can be made for 115-113 going either way.
So let’s not let one judges score card of 118-110 cloud our thoughts any further, let’s all remember that it’s subjective. If you had Canelo winning or Golovkin winning, great, because here is the thing, we are not all going to always agree. We may not agree here, and it will not be the last time either.
I also feel that in watching the fight, I did not really see either fighter win a round clean, I saw a lot of swing very close rounds, so it really comes down to the style or in most fans case, the fighter you like more.
So in saying all that, I am fine with a draw. It was a great event, an intense and rowdy atmosphere, and on top of that, a very good competitive fight. Bravo to both fighters, let’s see it again!
Top Rank Boxing Returns To Tucson With Action Packed Championship Doubleheader
Top Rank Boxing returns to the valley of the sun, to Tucson to be exact with “Twice as Nice,” a world championship doubleheader and aired on ESPN.
The main event shall bring forth the long-awaited rematch between Miguel Berchelt (35-1, 31 KOs) and Francisco Vargas (25-1-2, 18 KOs) for the WBC World Super Featherweight Title. The first bout between these two Mexican warriors was an entertaining brawl with Berchelt taking it by 11th round K.O.
Emanuel Navarrete (26-1, 22 KOs) will once again trade leather against Isaac Dogboe (20-1, 14KOs) in the co-feature in defense of the WBO World Super Bantamweight title he beat away from Dogboe by unanimous 12-round decision.
Also featured on the loaded card will be welterweights Christopher Gonzalez vs. Judas Estrada in a rematch war. Last November, Tucson’s Gonzalez (3-0-1), went blow for blow against Nogales’ Judas Estrada (1-1-1) at Guerra De Gallos event. Their first bout ended in a four-round draw.
Middleweight prospect Emmanuel Guajardo (4-0) will look to once again entertain the Tucson fight fans. Last time out, Guajardo, won a unanimous decision over Daniel Garcia Flores.
Phoenix rising young star Carlos Castro (22-0, 9 KOs) will take on Ernesto Saulong (22-4-2, 9KO) in an 8-round super bantamweight bout.
Castro is coming in on a big win high after upsetting Genesis Servania (32-2, 15 KOs) in February, with that big win Castro captured the vacant WBC Continental Americas Super Bantamweight title.
And many more bouts to be featured. Come on out and bring out the family and friends and enjoy the show.
The May 11 card is promoted by Top Rank, in association with Peltz Boxing Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions. Tickets are priced at $102, $77, $52 and $27. They can be purchased at any Ticketmaster outlet, online at www.Ticketmaster.com, by phone at (800) 745-3000, or at the Tucson Convention Center ticket office. Doors to the Tucson Arena shall open at 2:30, with the first bell ringing at 3:30.
Canelo Alvarez/Daniel Jacobs Prediction
Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2-34KO’s) vs. Daniel Jacobs (35-2-29KO’s) for the middleweight unification title on May 4th– It’s no secret that Jacobs is the longer fighter with the longer reach. So if I am Jacobs, I would double and triple my jab and press forward to force Canelo to box off of his back foot.
Canelo on the other hand will need to also employ his jab but must look to use a stabbing jab at the pit of Jacobs’ mid-section and mix in a consistent body attack.
Jacobs will also need to be alert at the time on the clock and keep firing when Canelo is not working. In short, Jacobs must look to outwork and at times handcuff Canelo to cause frustration.
I am expecting to see a shootout and very competitive close rounds, but Canelo with his smooth combination power punching will eventually create separation and show the difference between an elite and a very good fighter.
Give me Canelo by unanimous decision in a 8 to 4 or 7 rounds to 5 type of close fight. Canelo at times may have to bite down and punch with Jacobs to walk Jacobs into a heavy right cross. I just feel that Canelo’s better counter and body punching will be the key and in turn will land the harder shots.
Crawford/Khan & Garcia/Granados Prediction
Bud Crawford (34-0, 25 KOs) VS. Amir Khan (33-4, 20 KOs)- First of all, I love Khans bravery, the kid is always willing to lock horns with anybody. Thing is that bravery and overconfidence is what has always hurt Khan in his battles.
Khan is the type of boxer that is so fast that he will always outbox you right until the second that he doesn’t anymore, I know, I know sounds strange. What I mean by that is that Khan builds up leads but then he get overzealous and so comfortable with his blinding hand speed that he then leads with his chin.
So with that being said, I am expecting to see Khan outbox Bud early and will beat Bud to the punch enough to take the majority of the first 6 rounds.
Bud will then pick his spots by switching to a southpaw stance and will time an overconfident Khan jumping in and will walk him into a big right hand. Bud’s body punching and ability to land his own jab over Khan’s rapid jab will be key.
Give me Bud to take it by 9th round TKO. Bud will step it up another level and put it on Khan so bad that he will stop Khan late forcing Khan’s corner to wave it off in round 9.
Danny Garcia (34-2, 20 KOs) VS. Adrien Granados (20-6-2, 14 KOs)- I am expecting for Granados to be exactly who he is, so I see Granados pressuring Garcia enough to make it uncomfortable enough to dog Garcia out to bag in a handful of rounds.
Garcia must employ his heavy underrated jab to box Granados from the outside. Granados will need rough up Garcia as much as possible to keep the fight on the inside, similar to the Porter blueprint.
I see Garcia landing enough jabs and the harder judge friendly punches to take it in a 8 rounds to 4 unanimous decision that may appear closer due to a few hard to score rounds.
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