OSCAR COLLAZO SIGNS WITH MIGUEL COTTO PROMOTIONS AND GOLDEN BOY

CAGUAS, PUERTO RICO – – Fresh off his gold medal win at the 2019 Pan-American Games in Lima, Peru, standout Puerto Rican prospect Oscar “The Pupil” Collazo has decided to set aside his Olympic aspirations and begin his professional career by signing with Miguel Cotto Promotions and H2 Entertainment in association with Golden Boy. Collazo, who was one of six athletes to bring a gold medal to Puerto Rico from Lima, Peru and the only one to have done so in the sport of boxing, will make his professional debut on Feb. 15 during the first Miguel Cotto Promotions card of 2020.
 
“I’m a little anxious for my debut. I have great plans,” said Collazo, who had over 140 fights as an amateur. “I want to be the face of boxing in Puerto Rico, and I have the tools to do that. By signing with Miguel Cotto Promotions, I have come to the right places to accomplish those plans.”
 
“We had many offers on the table, but the best offer was definitely from Miguel Cotto Promotions. Aside from the fact that Miguel had a great career as a boxer, I think we have joined a promoter that can help develop us. It’s enough to see how many world champions they’ve had in [Angel] “Tito” Acosta and [Alberto] Machado, along with many various regional champions. They have a great squadron of prospects. Being with a promoter like that really motivates me.”
 
Indeed, having someone like ‘Tito’ Acosta is one of the aspects that intrigues Collazo, as he is a fighter who has campaigned on world level in the division that he aspires to reign over in the future. “Acosta would be a great training and sparring partner. He has already been on big stages in professional boxing, and now I have someone I can learn and gain experience from,” opined the 22-year-old native of Villalba.
 
We have always been a faithful believer that as an amateur boxer you must have a complete experience because it gives you the tools to be successful at a professional level. Oscar Collazo is a natural talent and has what it takes to be a world champion in the near future,” said Miguel Cotto, President of Miguel Cotto Promotions.
 
“Oscar Collazo has great talent, and we are very content and enthused that he has put his trust in us to work together. Oscar Collazo will be a world champion,” said Héctor Soto, Vice President and promoter of Miguel Cotto Promotions y H2 Entertainment.
 
“Golden Boy has crowned several Puerto Rican world champions in the past few years because of our great partnership with Miguel Cotto Promotions,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy. “And now with this new signing, I’m sure that we’ll be developing several more in the near future. Oscar Collazo is a standout talent at mini flyweight, a division where we have hosted many exciting fights in recent months. We look forward jointly promoting this young boxer with our friends at Miguel Cotto Promotions.”
 

Edgar Berlanga and Josue Vargas Ready for MSG Spotlight on Crawford-Mean Machine Undercard LIVE on ESPN+

NEW YORK CITY – Two of New York City’s flashiest and most promising prospects, Brooklyn’s Edgar “The Chosen One” Berlanga and the Bronx’s Josue “The Prodigy” Vargas, are ready for their hometown close-ups Saturday, Dec. 14 at Madison Square Garden before pound-for-pound king Terence “Bud” Crawford closes the show.
 
Berlanga (12-0, 12 KOs) will look to extend his streak of first-round knockout to 13 against
Cesar Nunez (16-1-1, 8 KOs) in an eight-round super middleweight bout, while Vargas (15-1, 9 KOs) will battle Noel Murphy (14-1-1, 2 KOs) in a 10-rounder for the IBF North American junior welterweight belt.
 
Berlanga-Nunez and Vargas-Murphy will be the featured undercard bouts live on ESPN+, the leading multi-sport streaming service,
 beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT. Later that evening, following the Heisman Trophy Ceremony, Crawford will defend his WBO welterweight world title against Egidijus “Mean Machine”Kavaliauskas live on ESPN and the ESPN App (in Spanish) at 9 p.m. ET, with ESPN Deportes joining in progress at 10 p.m. ET. The ESPN telecast will also include Richard Commey’s IBF lightweight world title defense against rising star Teofimo Lopez and unbeaten featherweight sensation Michael “Mick” Conlan seeking Olympic revenge against Russian nemesis Vladimir Nikitin.
 
Berlanga, boxing’s newest Puerto Rican knockout artist, has never seen the second round as a pro and has scored seven knockouts in 84 seconds or less. He made his Top Rank debut on the Crawford-Amir Khan card
 April 20at Madison Square Garden, knocking out Samir dos Santos Barbosa in 46 seconds. He last fought Aug. 10 in Philadelphia, and his ring entrance with hip-hop icon Fat Joe lasted longer than the 2 minutes, 24 seconds it took him to knock out Gregory Trenel. Spain’s Nunez is the stiffest test of Berlanga’s career, as his only career defeat came via eighth-round stoppage to former WBA super middleweight world champion Vincent Feigenbutz.
 
“It’s a blessing to fight at MSG, my second time fighting in the big room,” Berlanga said. “I’ve had a few opponents who were supposed to take me rounds and I’ve knocked them out in the first round. I’m ready to go those rounds, so let’s see if he can handle my power.”
 
Vargas, the flashy southpaw who turned 21 years old in May, is seeking his 10
thconsecutive win since a 2016 disqualification defeat. The Puerto Rican-born Vargas moved to New York City with his family when he was 5 years old and, in 2011, he was dubbed a “13-year-old prodigy” by the New York Daily News. This will be his fourth fight of 2019 and fifth since making his Top Rank debut on the Vasiliy Lomachenko-Jose Pedraza card at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden last December. Murphy, from Cork, Ireland, now resides in the Woodlawn section of the Bronx. He is unbeaten in three bouts since a close decision defeat to the then-unbeaten Mikkel LesPierre.
 
“I went to see a lot of fights there, especially when Miguel Cotto fought at the Garden,” Vargas said. “I remember seeing all the Puerto Rican fans. It gives me goosebumps every time I think about it. I always dreamed of fighting at MSG in front of my supporters from New York and Puerto Rico. I finally got here. I just can’t wait to perform under the lights at MSG, the big one.”
 
In other action on the ESPN+ stream:

  • In a battle of unbeatens, Crawford stablemate Steve “So Cold” Nelson(15-0, 12 KOs) will take on Cem “Champ” Kilic (14-0, 9 KOs) in a 10-rounder for the vacant NABO super middleweight title. Nelson made his super middleweight debut Sept. 1 in his hometown of Omaha, Neb., knocking out Derrick Findley in four rounds. Kilic has four knockouts in his last five bouts.
     
  • Julian “Hammer Hands” Rodriguez (18-0, 12 KOs), who hails from just across the Hudson River in Hasbrouck Heights, N.J., will face Manuel Mendez (16-6-3, 11 KOs) in an eight-round super lightweight tilt.
  • Australian lightweight contender George Kambosos Jr. (17-0, 10 KOs) will fight former lightweight world champion Mickey Bey (23-2-1, 11 KOs) in a 10-rounder.

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WILLIAMS,JR NEW PUNCHER ON THE SCENE

WILLIAMS,JR NEW PUNCHER ON THE SCENE

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Fayetteville , NC. – Welterweight contender Michael ‘150%’ Williams, Jr. is a young man with both feet firmly on the ground. He knows exactly where he’s headed, but more importantly, the North Carolina native knows exactly we’re he came from.

Unlike many of the young talented, “blue-chip” athletes his state has produced, Williams,Jr. who has a professional record of 11-0, 7 KO’s currently signed with Terrence Crawford & Brian ‘Bomac’ McIntyre’s B&B Boxing Promotions based out of Omaha, Nebraska, Williams,Jr. on schedule to return to the ring on Saturday, December 14, 2019 in Covington, Kentucky at Hits Arena and sports complex 3785 Lake Park Drive, Covington, Kentucky.

@tbudcrawford @brianbomac @bandbboxing

Valdez Rallies To Stop Lopez

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Las Vegas, NV – Super Featherweight Oscar Valdez (27-0, 21 KO’s) scores a TKO victory at 2:53 seconds of round seven over the very dangerous Adam Lopez (13-2, 6 KO’s) who has plenty to feel proud about by outworking Valdez dropping him to the canvas.

Valdez came back late in the fight hurting Lopez dropping him in round seven

Valdez continued to attack Lopez referee jumped in to stop the action.

Former world champion Carl Frampton (27-2, 15 KO’s) from Belfast, Ireland scores a unanimous decision victory over Tyler McCreary (16-1-1, 7 KO’s) from Toledo, Ohio.

Clearly McCreary fell into traps all night fighting small fighting Frampton’s fight as McCreary was dropped by body shots in round six and nine. All three Judges official scores 100-88 for Frampton.

Patrick Teixeira (31-1, 22 KO’s) wins the WBO Interim Jr. Middleweight Title over unbeaten Carlos Adames (18-1, 14 KO’s) in a back and forth entertaining fight, both fighters had there moments.

Teixeira just getting battered by Adames at the end of six, Adames definitely sharper with his explosive punches.

Adames is hurt Teixeira explodes with shots puts Adames down to the canvas in round seven.

In the opening bout of the night at the Chelsea Theater in the Cosmopolitan Hotel Casino Super Lightweight Andy Hiraoka (15-0, 9 KO’s) @aj_theblade

from Yokohama, Japan in his U.S. debut fight crushes Rogelio Casarez (13-9, 5 KO’s) from Bateville, Arizona by TKO.

Hiraoka drops Casarez with a hard uppercut then blasted him with hard combinations as referee jumped in too wave the contest at the official time 2:16 seconds of round two by TKO victory.

Heavyweight Guido Vianello (6-0, 6 KO’s) from Rome, Italy waisted no time pounding Colby Madison (8-2-2, 5 KO’s) from Owings Mill, MD. hitting him with a overhand right sending Madison down to the canvas as referee Jay Nady count to ten as Vianello scores a TKO at .44 seconds of the opening stanza.

A battle between two warriors Larry ‘Hittin Hard’ Gomez (10-1, 8 KO’s) from West Jordan, Utah scores a split decision victory in a all war against a very tough Brian Mendoza (18-1, 13 KO’s) from Rio Rancho, New Mexico, Judges official scores 77-75, 77-75, 77-75 in favor for Gomez.

17 yr old Welterweight Xander Zayas (2-0, 2 KO’s) from Plantation, Florida used great power and speed pounding Virgel Winfield (2-3-1, 2 KO’s) from Concord, NC. sending him down to the canvas twice with overhand right ending Winfield’s night at the official time 1:48 seconds of round one by TKO Victory.

Junior NABF Super Lightweight Champion Arnold Barbosa, Jr. (23-0, 10 KO’s) from South El Monte, CA. beats William Silva (27-3, 15 KO’s) from São Paulo, Brazil who put up a good fight until Barbosa put him down in round three and in round five ending his night at the official time 2:59 seconds by TKO victory.

Frampton Eliminates McCreary

Frampton Eliminates McCreary

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Las Vegas, NV – Former world champion Carl Frampton (27-2, 15 KO’s) from Belfast, Ireland scores a unanimous decision victory over Tyler McCreary (16-1-1, 7 KO’s) from Toledo, Ohio.

Clearly McCreary fell into traps all night fighting small fighting Frampton’s fight as McCreary was dropped by body shots in round six and nine. All three Judges official scores 100-88 for Frampton.

Valdez-Lopez and Frampton-McCreary to stream LIVE on ESPN+ ‪beginning at 10 p.m. ET‬/7 p.m. PT. @toprank #ESPN+

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Report: Damon Gonzalez

Teixeira Strikes In Vegas

Teixeira Strikes In Vegas

Las Vegas, NV – Patrick Teixeira (31-1, 22 KO’s) wins the WBO Interim Jr. Middleweight Title over unbeaten Carlos Adames (18-1, 14 KO’s) in a back and forth entertaining fight in a unanimous decision victory as both fighters had there moments.

Teixeira just getting battered by Adames at the end of six, Adames definitely sharper with his explosive punches.

Adames is hurt Teixeira explodes with shots puts Adames down to the canvas in round seven. Judges official scores 116-111, 114-113 (2x)

Valdez-Lopez and Frampton-McCreary to stream LIVE on ESPN+ ‪beginning at 10 p.m. ET‬/7 p.m. PT. @toprank #ESPN+

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Photo credits: Mikey Williams/TopRank

Report: Damon Gonzalez

Barbosa Stops Silva In Five

Barbosa Stops Silva In Five

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Las Vegas, NV – Junior NABF Super Lightweight Champion Arnold Barbosa, Jr. (23-0, 10 KO’s) from South El Monte, CA. beats William Silva (27-3, 15 KO’s) from São Paulo, Brazil who put up a good fight until Barbosa put him down in round three and in round five ending his night at the official time 2:59 seconds by TKO victory.

@oscarvaldez56

Oscar Valdez to make super featherweight debut Saturday against Adam Lopez at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. #ValdezLopez

@theframpton

Former two-weight world champion Frampton to battle Tyler McCreary in the super featherweight co-feature

Valdez-Lopez and Frampton-McCreary to stream LIVE on ESPN+ ‪beginning at 10 p.m. ET‬/7 p.m. PT. @toprank #ESPN+

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Photo credits: Mikey Williams/TopRank

Report: Damon Gonzalez