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Mexican Warriors Rafael Espinoza and Sergio Chirino Headline World Title Showdown in Las Vegas

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  Press Conference Notes: Rafael Espinoza and Sergio Chirino Ready for Friday's All-Mexican World Title Showdown Espinoza-Chirino, Andres Cortes-Abraham Nova & Troy Isley-Javier Martinez headline a stacked card from Fontainebleau Las Vegas LIVE on ESPN+ at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT (Courtesy: Mikey Williams/Top Rank) LAS VEGAS (June 19, 2024) —Two Mexican warriors are set to author another chapter in their country's historic saga of championship battles. Rafael “El Divino” Espinoza (24-0, 20 KOs) will make the first defense of his WBO featherweight world title against Sergio Chirino (22-1, 13 KOs) this Friday, June 21, inside BleauLive Theater at Fontainebleau Las Vegas.  In the 10-round junior lightweight co-feature, Andres “Savage” Cortes (21-0, 12 KOs) and Abraham “El Super” Nova (23-2, 16 KOs) will collide in a high-stakes battle presented in association with Murphys Boxing and 12 Rounds Promotion.  In a 10-round special attraction, unbeaten middleweights Troy Isley (12-0, 5

Robeisy Ramirez Aims for Title Comeback in Showdown with Brandon Leon Benitez

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 Robeisy Ramirez: "El Tren Is Back!" Ramirez returns against Brandon Leon Benitez on Saturday, June 29, at James L. Knight Center in Miami and LIVE on ESPN (Courtesy: Mikey Williams/Top Rank) LAS VEGAS (June 19, 2024) - Former world champion Robeisy Ramirez (13-2, 8 KOs) wants another shot at the title before the end of the year, but first, he'll have to get past one of the featherweight division's most battle-tested contenders. Ramirez, a Cuban two-time Olympic gold medalist, will return against Mexico's Brandon Leon Benitez (21-2, 9 KOs) in a 10-round battle on Saturday, June 29, at James L. Knight Center in Miami, Florida. Ramirez, the former WBO featherweight king, lost his belt last December via majority decision defeat to Rafael Espinoza. Ramirez-Benitez will serve as the co-feature to the junior welterweight world title showdown between WBO and Ring Magazine champion Teofimo Lopez (20-1, 13 KOs) and Canadian contender Steve Claggett (38-7-2, 26 KOs). The si

Teofimo Lopez Set to Defend Titles in Miami Homecoming Against Steve Claggett

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Teofimo Lopez: "Steve Claggett Is the Only Fighter Who Stepped Up To Challenge Me!" Teofimo-Claggett goes down Saturday, June 29, at James L Knight Center in Miami and LIVE on ESPN  (Courtesy: Top Rank) MIAMI, Fla. (June 18, 2024) - WBO, Ring Magazine, and lineal junior welterweight world champion Teofimo Lopez (20-1, 13 KOs) prepares to defend his titles against Steve Claggett (38-7-2, 26 KOs) on Saturday, June 29, at James L. Knight Center in Miami, Florida.  Lopez, the first world champion of Honduran descent, will headline in South Florida for the first time, where he honed his skills as both an amateur and a pro. In the 10-round featherweight co-feature, Cuban former world champion Robeisy Ramirez (13-2, 8 KOs) returns against Mexico’s Brandon Leon Benitez (21-2, 9 KOs). The six-round televised opener will see middleweight prospect Nico Ali Walsh  (10-1, 5 KOs) attempt to avenge his only pro defeat in a rematch against Sona Akale (9-1, 4 KOs). Teofimo-Claggett, Ramirez-B

Top Rank Signs Featherweight World Champion Rafael Espinoza to Co-Promotional Contract with Zanfer Promotions

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 Top Rank Signs Featherweight World Champion Rafael Espinoza to Co-Promotional Contract with Zanfer Promotions Espinoza to defend his WBO crown against Sergio Chirino on Friday, June 21 inside BleauLive Theater at Fontainebleau Las Vegas LIVE on ESPN+ LAS VEGAS (June 12, 2024) – Unbeaten WBO featherweight world champion Rafael “El Divino” Espinoza has inked a multi-fight co-promotional agreement with Top Rank, who will work alongside Zanfer Promotions. Espinoza, a 30-year-old native of Guadalajara, Mexico, will make the first defense of his title against countryman Sergio Chirino on Friday, June 21, inside BleauLive Theater at Fontainebleau Las Vegas and streaming LIVE on ESPN+.  “Rafael Espinoza is a fighter who gives the fans excitement every time he steps through the ropes," said Top Rank Chairman Bob Arum. "I look forward to working with our friends at Zanfer Promotions to deliver Rafael the biggest and best fights. He has all the tools to become one of the great Mexican

Lakers Walang Plan B sa coaching search? Si LeBron na Lang kasi..

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Dan Hurley tinanggihan ang malaking offer ng Los Angeles Lakers para maging head coach at piniling manatili sa UConn. Ngayon, kailangan ng franchise na maghanap ng kanilang next head coach. Akala ng marami babalik ang Lakers sa mga earlier favorites tulad nina JJ Redick at James Borrego, pero hindi iyon sigurado. Ayon kay Jovan Buha ng The Athletic, walang malinaw na Plan B ang Lakers matapos tanggihan ni Hurley ang trabaho. Sa tingin niya, baka magsimula ulit ang team at i-consider lahat ng coaching candidates muli. E paano kaya kung si LeBron na lang ang maging playing coach? Joke lang! 😆

The PBA Crowd

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The discussions around the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) often focus more on gate attendance than on the game itself. While attendance is important and should be improved, the conversations, especially on social media, can sometimes become overly critical and negative. This atmosphere doesn't encourage support but rather fosters negativity towards the league. Many fans I've spoken with express a genuine desire for the PBA to improve, and I believe most of us share this sentiment. If you're among those who want to see the league thrive, I appeal to you to enjoy the PBA finals game between the San Miguel Beermen and the Meralco Bolts. It's undeniably an exciting matchup. Let's focus on the positives happening right now while maintaining a constructive approach to our concerns. We should aim to help the league reach its full potential rather than tear it down. We can all agree that the PBA needs our support to grow and improve.

Xander Zayas Shines in Puerto Rican Day Parade Weekend, Dominates Teixeira

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X Marks The Spot: Zayas Dominates Teixeira in Puerto Rican Day Parade Weekend Tour De Force Bruce Carrington Stops Brayan De Gracia in Co-Feature (Courtesy: Mikey Williams/Top Rank) NEW YORK (June 8, 2024) —Junior middleweight contender Xander Zayas entered the ring to the adoring screams of the Puerto Rican faithful. And the latest phenomenon from the island nation stepped up in his main event debut. Zayas dominated former world champion Patrick Teixeira (34-5, 25 KOs) via 10-round unanimous decision Saturday evening at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on the eve of the Puerto Rican Day Parade. The scores — 100-90 2x and 99-91 — were representative of the one-way traffic. Teixeira, who last held the WBO junior middleweight crown in 2021, entered the fight having won three straight. His championship experience, however, was no match for the 21-year-old San Juan native. Zayas said, “Thank you to all my people in Puerto Rico. Since I was five years old, I dreamed about this. It’s hap

Fresh Beginnings for New Jersey's Own: Vito Mielnicki Jr. Inks Promotional Deal with Top Rank

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NEW YORK (June 6, 2024) — Junior middleweight contender Vito "White Magic" Mielnicki Jr., known as the fighting pride of the Garden State, has entered into a long-term promotional agreement with Top Rank. Hailing from Roseland, New Jersey, Mielnicki holds the No. 4 ranking by the WBA. The announcement of his signing was made today during the final press conference for a fight card headlined by fellow rising junior middleweight star Xander Zayas. Details on Mielnicki’s debut with Top Rank will be revealed soon. “Vito is an extraordinarily talented and personable young man who has been on our radar since his amateur days. We are thrilled he’s decided to sign with Top Rank and believe he has all the tools to become a world champion,” said Top Rank Chairman Bob Arum. “I’m beyond blessed and grateful to sign with Top Rank, one of the greatest promotional companies ever. This is the start of a new chapter of my story,” Mielnicki said. “I’m excited to continue to grow and blossom as

Welterweight Prospect Art Barrera Jr. Signs Promotional Deal with Top Rank

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 Welterweight Prospect Art Barrera Jr. Inks Promotional Pact with Top Rank Barrera returns Saturday, July 13 on the Janibek Alimkhanuly-Andrei Mikhailovich undercard in Las Vegas LAS VEGAS (June 5, 2024) — Welterweight prospect Art Barrera Jr., the latest boxing sensation from the prestigious Robert Garcia Boxing Academy, has signed a long-term promotional contract with Top Rank. The 18-year-old Barrera, hailing from Lynwood, California, is set to return in a six-round bout against Javier Mayoral (6-5-1, 1 KO) on Saturday, July 13. This fight will be featured on the ESPN+-streamed Janibek Alimkhanuly-Andrei Mikhailovich undercard at Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. "Art is an elite talent with an incredible team. He has all the makings of a superstar," said Top Rank Chairman Bob Arum. "He's shown his prodigious talent on three Top Rank cards this year, and I can't wait to see him back in action July 13 in Las Vegas." Barrera said, “

Featherweight Sensation Bruce Carrington to Battle Brayan De Gracia at The Theater at MSG on Saturday June 8

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 Saturday: Featherweight Phenom Bruce Carrington to Face Brayan De Gracia @ The Theater at Madison Square Garden Live on ESPN  Carrington-De Gracia will serve as the co-feature to the Xander Zayas-Patrick Teixeira main event NEW YORK (June 5, 2024) — Featherweight contender Bruce “Shu Shu” Carrington will now face Panamanian power puncher Brayan “La Roca” De Gracia in the 10-round co-feature this Saturday, June 8 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. De Gracia replaces Jose Enrique Vivas, who was forced to withdraw from the fight due to a delay in obtaining his visa. Carrington-De Gracia will be the co-feature to the junior middleweight main event between Puerto Rican standout Xander Zayas and Brazilian former world champion Patrick Teixeira. Zayas-Teixeira and Carrington-De Gracia will be broadcast LIVE on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN+ at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT. Sky Sports will broadcast the event in the U.K. and Ireland. Carrington (11-0, 7 KOs), Brooklyn’s latest championship hope

Hiroshima Dragonflies and Ryukyu Golden Kings to represent Japan in EASL 2024-25 Season

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Hiroshima Dragonflies and Ryukyu Golden Kings to represent Japan in EASL 2024-25 Season B.LEAGUE champions and runners-up will compete to be the champions of East Asia Hong Kong SAR, June 5, 2024 – Japanese B.LEAGUE teams the Hiroshima Dragonflies and the Ryukyu Golden Kings have qualified for the East Asia Super League 2024-25 Season. The Japanese teams will compete in EASL next season to be the champions of East Asian professional basketball. They will face the champions and runners-up from Chinese Taipei’s P. LEAGUE+ and the Korean Basketball League (KBL), as well as two of the best teams from the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). The Hiroshima Dragonflies are the 2023-24 B.LEAGUE champions, after beating the Ryukyu Golden Kings 2-1 in the Finals series. The Dragonflies won the deciding game in the Finals last week, to secure their first-ever B.LEAGUE title. EASL CEO Henry Kerins said, “EASL is delighted to have the B.LEAGUE champions and runners-up competing once again to be

Thursday Showdown: Steven Butler vs. Patrice Volny Middleweight Bout

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  (June 4, 2024) — Two-time world title challenger Steven Butler faces countryman Patrice Volny in the 10-round middleweight main event this Thursday, June 6, at Casino de Montreal in Montreal, Canada.   Promoted by Eye of The Tiger, Butler-Volny and undercard bouts will stream live and exclusively in the U.S. on ESPN+ starting at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT.  Butler (34-4-1, 28 KOs), a 10-year veteran, challenged Ryota Murata for the WBA middleweight world title in December 2019. After a setback against Jose de Jesus Macias in January 2021, he rebounded with four straight victories, including a second-round TKO versus Mark DeLuca. The 28-year-old suffered a stoppage loss in his second bid for a world title against WBO champ Janibek Alimkhanuly last May, but he recovered by vanquishing Ivan Alvarez in nine rounds in November. In March, he authored a brutal first-round knockout against Steve Rolls. Volny (18-1, 12 KOs) has scored two wins via the fast route since his only defeat, a 2021 t

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