Lightweight Supremacy is on the Line When Linares and Lomachenko Square Off on Top Rank on ESPN at Madison Square Garden May 12

NEW YORK – In a battle of two of the world’s pound-for-pound best, JORGE “El Niño de Oro” LINARES will defend his World Boxing Association (WBA) and Ring Magazine Lightweight titles against VASILIY “Hi-Tech” LOMACHENKO on Saturday, May 12, at “The World’s Most Famous Arena”, Madison Square Garden. Linares vs. Lomachenko will be televised live and exclusively at 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN Deportes and stream live on the ESPN App at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Golden Boy Promotions, Teiken Promotions, and Madison Square Garden, tickets will go on sale to the general public at 12 p.m. EST on Friday, March 23. Priced at $506, $406, $306, $206, $106, and $56,including facility fees,tickets can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008), and online at ticketmaster.com and MSG.com.

“Jorge has established himself as the world’s best lightweight by taking on any and all comers over his storied career, but a win on May 12 would put him on an entirely different level,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “We fully understand that Lomachenko is universally seen as the best fighter on the planet, but he’s never faced anyone with the size and skill of Jorge, and I am confident that he will retain his WBA and Ring Magazine world championships. As this fight makes clear, I’m 100 percent committed to giving fans the fights they want to see and will work with anyone to accomplish that goal.”

“This is the fight that boxing fans wanted. This will be a super fight between two of the best champions,” Linares said. “Not only will I demonstrate why I’m the best lightweight in the world, but also that I’m one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. I have the speed, skill and power to win this battle. This May 12, Vasiliy Lomachenko will bow down to ‘King’ Jorge.”

“This fight marks a significant step forward for one of the greatest fighters we’ve seen, Vasiliy Lomachenko, as he goes up in weight once again to fight the best lightweight in the world, Jorge Linares,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, founder and CEO of Top Rank. “I want to thank everyone involved for making this happen, particularly Peter Nelson of HBO and the Golden Boy team, whose cooperation made this fight possible. This demonstrates that promoters and networks, when they work together for the good of everyone, can accomplish so very much.”

“We are very excited about the fight. It should be a great one. Fans from around the world have been waiting for Jorge and me to fight,” Lomachenko said. “We appreciate the work Top Rank did to put this fight together, and thanks to the television networks that helped make it happen. I am looking forward to May 12 in New York to make my debut in the big arena at Madison Square Garden.”

“Linares and Lomachenko are two of the world’s best fighters,” said Burke Magnus, ESPN’s Executive Vice President of Programming and Scheduling.  “This is a prime example of the highest quality fights that will air exclusively on ESPN’s platforms through the combination of Top Rank and ESPN.”

Linares (44-3, 27 KOs), a 15-year pro from Barinas, Venezuela, is a three-weight world champion who is riding a 13-bout unbeaten streak dating back to 2012. He captured his first world title in 2007, when he scored a 10th-round stoppage over Oscar Larios to win the vacant WBC Featherweight crown. He defended that title once before moving up in weight, winning the vacant WBA Super Featherweight title on November 28, 2008, with a fifth-round TKO over Whyber Garcia.

Three stoppage defeats from 2009-2012 halted Linares’ momentum, but he has since re-established his place among the sport’s very best. He is a boxing globetrotter, as he won the WBC Lightweight world title in 2014 against Javier Prieto in Japan, and defended it against Kevin Mitchell in England and Ivan Cano in Venezuela.

After vacating the WBC Lightweight title due to injury, Linares snatched the WBA Lightweight title by traveling to enemy territory in Manchester, England, and earning a unanimous decision over Anthony Crolla on September 24, 2016. Six months later, he returned to Manchester and won a near-shutout decision over Crolla in their rematch. He last fought on January 27, scoring a wide unanimous decision win over Mercito Gesta at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif.

Lomachenko has already conquered the featherweight and super featherweight divisions as a professional. Now, the two-time Olympic gold medalist is ready to put the lightweight division on notice. From Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi, Ukraine, Lomachenko has won seven consecutive fights by stoppage, including four consecutive corner stoppages. Last December, he forced fellow two-time Olympic gold medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux to bow out following the sixth round. After the fight, Lomachenko quipped that his new nickname should be ‘No Mas-chenko.’ The Rigondeaux fight capped a 2017 in which Lomachenko earned ‘Fighter of the Year’ honors from ESPN and the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA). He also scored TKO victories over Jason Sosa and Miguel Marriaga that year, forcing corner stoppages in fights he was dominating.

The ‘No Mas-chenko’ legend began on November 26, 2016, when the previously unbeaten Nicholas Walters stayed on his stool following the seventh round. Lomachenko captured the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Super Featherweight title earlier that year with a one-punch, fifth-round knockout of Roman Martinez.

Lomachenko, who went an astonishing 396-1 in the amateur ranks, tied a boxing record by winning a world title in his third pro bout. On June 21, 2014, he defeated Gary Russell, Jr. for the vacant WBO Featherweight title, equaling the mark set by Thailand’s Saensak Muangsurin, who won the WBC Super Lightweight crown on July 15, 1975, with a third-round knockout of Spain’s Perico Fernandez.

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Saunders Injured Fight Postponed

WBO Middleweight World Champion Billy Joe Saunders has suffered an injury to his hand that has scuppered his plans to defend his title against Martin Murray on Saturday 14th April at The 02 in London.

Saunders, who suffered his injury during a training session, is devastated that he will not be fit to box on April 14th as he was looking forward to producing another masterclass after his career-best performance against David Lemieux at the Place Bell in Laval, Canada in December.

He will now make the fourth defence of his WBO crown against Murray at The 02 on Saturday 23rd June, topping an action-packed card that features Anthony Yarde, Daniel

Dubois, Ohara Davies and a host of other exciting match-ups.

Gonzalez Wipes Out Martínez In One

Jousce “Tito” Gonzalez (7-0, 7 KOs) opened the televised portion of the card with a first-round TKO victory against veteran Mexican pugilist Jose Martinez (10-12, 6 KOs) in a bout initially scheduled for six rounds in the lightweight division. Gonzalez stopped Martinez at 2:48 of the first round. “Seeing all these prospects go the distance against Jose Martinez really made me want to make a statement,” said Jousce Gonzalez. “I wanted to show that I’m on a different level. I wanted to establish myself in the division.”

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Estrada vs. Osorio was an eight-round flyweight fight presented by Golden Boy Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” and Casa Mexico Tequila. The event will take place on Friday, March 16 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, Calif. Mark your calendars and buy your tickets for the upcoming shows on April 6, June 1, July 6, Aug. 10, and Oct. 12.

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Unbeaten Roberto Arriaza Featured on Telemundo this Friday Night

ORANGE, Calif. – Unbeaten welterweight talent Roberto Arriaza (15-0, 12 KOs) goes up against world ranked contender Sammy Valentin (13-1, 10 KOs) this Friday night in the Boxeo Telemundo 10-round main event (11:30 PM ET).

Arriaza, who is from Nicaragua but conducted his training camp in Los Angeles, is perhaps facing the toughest challenge of his young career.  Not only is he challenging a strong puncher in Valentin, but the featured bout has championship implications, as Valentin’s WBO Intercontinental Title will be on the line.

“It’s definitely a tough fight,” said Arriaza, who signed with Thompson Boxing several years ago. “I need fights like these to prove myself in the welterweight division. There’s a lot of talent and a win against a ranked boxer will make me stand out.”

Valentin currently sits as the No. 12 ranked welterweight by the WBO and has bounced back nicely since losing his NABO title to Giovani Santillan last July (Santillan is promoted by Thompson Boxing). He knocked out the previously unbeaten Alejandro Barboza in November.

“I know this is a tough challenge ahead of me, but the Santillan loss taught me a lot,” said Valentin, who is promoted by All Star Boxing, INC. “I will rise to the occasion.”

“Hurricane” Sammy Valentin vs. Roberto “Dinamita” Arriaza is brought to you by All Star Boxing, INC., in association with Thompson Boxing Promotions.

The event takes place from the Bryan Glazer Center JCC in Tampa, Fla. Tickets are available for purchase at the box office, or by calling 813-454-7800. The Bryan Glazer Center JCC is located at 522 N. Howard Ave., Tampa, FL 33606.

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Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez Inks with All Star Boxing

Miami, Florida – WBO NABO Flyweight Champion Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez (20-2-1, 12 KO’s) from Caguas, Puerto Rico coming off his split decision win on February 23rd against Ricardo Rodriguez has signed a promotional deal with Felix “Tuto” Zabala – All Star Boxing, Inc.

The 26 year old Gonzalez extremely exited about the move is scheduled to return to the ring on Friday July 20, 2018 in Kissimmee, Florida in the Main Event on Boxeo Telemundo Series. @allstarboxinginc @allstarboxing @clovis_25 @rubendj0302 @telemundodeportes @telemundo_orlando @worldboxingorg @wbonabo

VALDEZ BATTLES QUIGG TO UD VICTORY

By Damon Gonzalez – Ringside

Carson, CA. – Boxing fans showed there loyalty Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA. as they sat in the poring rain wearing rain ponchos witnessing what many will walk away calling it a candidate for fight of the year as young WBO Featherweight Champion Oscar Valdez (24-0, 19 KO’s) from Nogalas, Mexico scores a unanimous decision victory in a barn burner battle over tough Scott Quigg (34-2-2, 25 KO’s) from Bury, Lancashire, UK. on the ESPN’s Top Rank, Inc bill.

The fight was extremely entertaining and good for fans, Quigg missing the mark the night before coming in way over weight was allowed to fight. Valdez early on starting off with his signature hook to the body showed he was making it a fight started boxing Quigg effectively.

Quigg showed really good combination work against Valdez in the inside get’s behind the jab as Valdez responded with very good fundamentals as Quigg moves in gets timed and response with firepower of his own landing a hard right hand in the fifth catching Valdez clean causing a cut in the mouth, Valdez fighting with blood streaming down his mouth throughout the bout continued to attack Quigg with his quickness and hooks to the body.

Quigg showing great power as Valdez just kept on coming with hard shots putting his combinations together at the right time in battle, Valdez raised the bar in this fight battling hard with heart and will coming out with the win.

Judges official scores 117-111 (2x) 118-110 for Valdez.

Super Featherweight Andy Vences (20-0-1, 12 KO’s) and Eric DeLeon (17-0-1, 10 KO’s) Battle to a majority draw, Vences keeps his WBC Continental Americas and WBO International titles. The fight was extremely close DeLeon showed up tonight trying to be the boss in the fight as Vences boxed well and wasn’t afraid to exchange inside against DeLeon, Tempo was changing every round Vences using both hands in the counter as DeLeon battled right back staying inside with Vences clearly both showed sheer toughness as the Judges official scores read 95-95, 96-94, 95-95.

Undefeated super lightweight Arnold Barboza (18-0, 6 KOs) of Los Angeles,CA. continued with his winning streak by beating tough Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed (23-2, 12 KOs) of Maryland scoring a unanimous decision win victory.

Give Reed much credit in the action making it a meaningful fight by fighting with aggression every round, But it was all Barbosa, Jr. Fighting at a good pace posing his will on Reed all night long. Judges cards 97-93, 97-93, 96-94 for Barbosa,Jr.

Super Lightweight Alex Saucedo (27-0, 17 KO) Battled in a all out war against Abner Lopez (25-9, 21 KO) in a back and forth scrap, Saucedo displayed his well developed conditioning from Summitt Gym in Big Bear in this fight by showing good timing by fighting Lopez at a hard pace getting caught by Lopez in the exchanges a few times but Saucedo creating space moving in angles continued to target Lopez stopping him with a explosive left hook to the body sending him down to the canvas at the official time of 1:18 seconds of round seven by KO.

Middleweight Esquiva Falcoa (19-0, 13 KO’s) had the opportunity to put on a quick show waisting no time putting the pressure on Salim Larbi (18-9-1, 5 KO’s) who was not set defensively gave Falcao the opportunity to step right in and make Larbi pay in the counter ending his night at the official time of 2:06 in the opening round by TKO victory.

Female Super Featherweight Sensation Mikaela Mayer (4-0, 3 KO’s) crushed Maria Semertzoglou in the opening round as Semertzoglou not afraid to go inside gets tagged with hard combinations from Mayer who loaded up with right hands referee seen enough jumping in to stop the action at the official time of .35 seconds of round one by KO victory.

Heavyweight Andy Ruiz (29-1, 19 KO’s) waisted no time knocking out Devin Vargas (20-4, 8 KO’s) in the opening round, Ruiz started off with hard jabs to the face of Vargas who showed he was easy to locate in the ring, Vargas loaded up with wide punches Ruiz through a uppercut right hook combination followed by a hard punch that ended Vargas night at the official time 1:38 seconds of round one.

the opening bout from the StubHub Center in Carson, California under the rain Bryan Lua (4-0,1 KO) of Made, California scored a first round knockout over Jesus Arevalo (2-3) of Tucson, Arizona in a scheduled four round super featherweight bout. Lua sent Madera to the canvas as th e refree reached a ten count at 1:21.

Valdez Beats Quigg In UD

@oscarvaldez56 Oscar Valdez scores a unanimous decision victory over tough Scott Quigg tonight at the Stub Hub Center

Judges official scores 117-111 (2x) 118-110 for Valdez.

(WBO featherweight title)

#ValdezQuigg @worldboxingorg Featherweight Championship of the world

@oscarvaldez56 Oscar Valdez (23-0, 19 KO’s) will collide against Scott Quigg (34-1-2, 25 KO’s) @scottquigg on Saturday March 10th at the Stub Hub Center, Carson, CA.

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Weights from Mexico

Gilberto “Yaqui” Parra 108 Vs. Saul “Baby” Juarez 108 (10 Rounds WBC Latin Jr. Flyweight Title)

Abraham “Choko” Rodriguez 109 Vs. Alejandro “Pacquiao” Villasenor 108 ( 8 Rounds Jr. Flyweights)

Jerson Aguilar 130 Vs. Adrian “Gallero” Pacheco 129 ( 6 Rounds Jr. Lightweights)

Martin Escamilla 130 Vs. Eduardo “Zurdo” Cruces 131 ( 6 Rounds Jr. Lightweights)

Kevin Salgado 155 Vs. Jose “La Maquina” Briceno 152 ( 4 Rounds Jr. Middleweights)

Ivan “Bam-Bam” Hernandez 125 Vs. Miguel Angel “Estaca” Sandoval 122 ( 4 Rounds Featherweights)

Orlando Carrillo 153 Vs. Luis Franco 152 ( 4rounds Jr. Middleweights)

Venue: Auditorio Blackberry, Mexico City, MX

First Fight: 8:00 PM

Promoter: All Star Boxing, Inc. in association with Productions Deportivas

TV: Telemundo Live 11:35 PM

Yamaguchi Falcao Returns March 31st

Plant City, Florida – Brazilian southpaw Yamaguchi Falcao (14-0,7 KOs) will return to the ring in an eight-round middleweight fight. Falcao, a bronze medalist in the 2012 Olympic Games, will seek to remain undefeated as he works towards professional gold in the competitive 160-pounds division.

#DeLucaMoore is a 10-round super welterweight fight presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Murphy’s Boxing Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” and Hennessy, “Never Stop, Never Settle.” The event will be held on March 31, 2018 at Marina Bay Sportsplex in Quincy, Mass. ESPN2 will air the fights beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT and on ESPN Deportes at 11:00 p.m. ET/8:00 p.m. PT. ESPN3 will live stream the fights starting at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT. @goldenboyboxing @oscardelahoya @makeawar @marylynaceves @monicasears @class56ramiro

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Weights From Clearwater, Florida

William Silva 134                 Rogelio Casarez 135

(NBA World and IBO Continental Lightweight Championship)

Antonio Tarver Jr 161          Carlos Dixon 159.8

Nick Iannuzzi 195.8             Lamarcus Tucker 200.1

Ricky Tomlinson 124.8        Ernest Hall 125

Joseph Fernandez 145.8    Clifford Gray 154.2*

Joseph White 241.4            Rodriquez Cade 274.8

Ozodbek Aripov 151.8        Chaklit Ali Redwood 152.8

*Fernandez-Gray bout cancelled by the Florida State Athletic Commission due to weight discrepancy

Promoter: Fire Fist Boxing Promotions

Venue: Banquet Masters Clearwater, FL

First Fight: 7 PM

Broadcast: Fite.tv