Top Rank world champions converge in Carson, California
April 20, 2017
CARSON, CALIFORNIA - This Saturday April 22, Bob Arum and Top Rank Boxing bring fight fans a world championship triple header live from the Stubhub Center in Carson, California.
Headlining the event, from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, will be the undefeated WBO Featherweight Champion Oscar Valdez (22-0, 19 KO’s) as he takes on the NABO Featherweight Champion Miguel Marriaga (25-1, 21 KO's) of Arjona, Colombia. Marriaga, whose only loss came by way of decision to former world champion Nicholas Walters in June of 2015, is a solid boxer with devastating power and is looking to upset Valdez, who will be making his second defense of his title.
Valdez secured his first world title on the undercard of the Terence Crawford vs. Viktor Postol bout in July of last year. Nevertheless, Valdez knows he can't take his foot off the gas pedal and has keep winning in order to stay at the top of the featherweight division.
In the co-main event, the WBO super middleweight Champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramírez (34-0, 24 KO’s), from Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico, will return to action after a long layoff due to a hand injury to face Max Bursak (33-4-1, 15 KO’s) of Kiev, Ukraine. Ramirez, who won his world title in a shutout decision victory over titleholder Arthur Abraham last year on the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley, Jr. III undercard, will be making the first title defense Saturday.
Also on the card is undefeated WBO junior featherweight champion Jessie Magdelano (24-0, 17 KO’s) as he also makes his first title defense against WBO latino champion Adeilson Dos Santos (18-2, 14 KO’s) of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Magdelano, who won the title last year with a unanimous decision victory over the veteran Nonito Donaire, recently revealed that Donaire has been in the gym with Dos Santos.
Lastly is 2016 Olympic silver medalist Shakur Stevenson as he makes his professional debut against Edgar Brito (3-2-1, 2 KO’s) in a scheduled four-round featherweight bout.
Stevenson, 19, is the oldest of nine siblings and a Newark native who was born on the day Mike Tyson bit part of Evander Holyfield’s ear off. Stevenson won silver in bantamweight division in Rio after entering the Olympics with a perfect 23-0 international record and became the closest U.S. male boxer to win an Olympic gold medal since Andre Ward in 2004. Stevenson lost in the gold medal match to Cuba’s Robeisy Ramirez.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Tecate, All Star Boxing, Zapari Boxing Promotions and Antonio Leonard Productions, the world championship event will take place this Saturday, Aprill 22, at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. It will be produced and distributed live by Top Rank Pay-Per-View.
Anthony "Stacks" Saldaña is a contributing writer for FrontProofMedia.com. You can follow him on Twitter @StacksRingside
(Feature photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank)