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Crawford vs Postol Unification Title Bout & Undercard

crawford-vs-postol-presser3-620x330In a battle of the two undefeated and best two 140 pound fighters in the world. Terrence Crawford(28-0,20 kos) and Viktor Postol (28-0, 12 kos) will fight in a unification title bout for the WBC and WBO Junior Welterweight titles. Both fighters are coming off impressive victories,  as Crawford is coming off a knockout win against Hank Lundy in the 5th round. Postol is coming off an upset knockout win against heavy hitter Lucas Matthysse. Both fighters are clearly the best two in the division and both fighters are 28-0.

On the same pay-per-view event you will also get to see two men clash that between them have 35 KO victories in their careers. The 24 year old Super middleweight titlist Gilbert Ramirez (34-0, 24 kos) will make his first title defense against top contender  Dominik Britsch (32-2, 11 kos). ramirez9999

I am very excited to be making my first World Title defense. I am working hard to make it a successful defense as I plan to be a World Champion for a long time,” Ramirez said. “Dominik is a tough challenger, very strong. I don’t know a lot about him personally, but I will train hard as always. It feels great being on another HBO PPV event. One day I want to be in the main event of a pay-per-view. That goal motivates me to do my best.”

“I am very happy to be fighting the No. 1 super middleweight — world champion Gilberto Ramirez,” said Britsch. “My slogan is, ‘Only those who dare to lose can win.’ Gilberto, I am ready for you.”

Ramirez (34-0, 24 KOs), a two-fisted super middleweight wrecking machine who hails from Mazatlan, Mexico, made history, boxing fans may recall,  in the co-main event to the Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley welterweight pay-per-view on April 9 when he became Mexico’s first fighter to win a super middleweight world title. Entering the fight as the top world-rated contender, Ramirez gave a virtuoso performance over the defending WBO champion Abraham. All three judges scored it as a 120-108 blitzkrieg. “I took him to Mexican boxing school,” a jubilant Ramirez boasted as he put on the world championship belt . A sensational young champion, Ramirez, 24, has won four of his last eight bouts by knockout. Career-highlight performances include an NABF and NABO title victory over Giovanni Lorenzo via fifth-round stoppage, a WBO International title knockout victory over Junior Talipeau and a successful defense of his NABF and WBO International titles, stopping Fulgencio Zuniga in the eighth round, all in 2014. Last year he successfully defended his titles via unanimous decisions over once-beaten Maxim Vlasov, division gate keeper Derek Edwards, who boasts a KO victory over world champion Badou Jack, and once-beaten Gevorg Khatchikian, who had scored knockouts in five of his last six victories.

Ramirez is a heavy favorite to win in the co- main event.

Oscar-Valdez-616Also on the undercard is two-time Mexican Olympian and undefeated No. 1 featherweight contender Óscar Valdez. Valdez will rumble with undefeated No. 2 world-rated contender Matias “La Cobrita” Rueda for the vacant WBO featherweight world title.

“I really believe that looking at my past few fights I have earned the opportunity to fight for a world championship,” said Valdez. “Now is the time to take advantage of this opportunity.”

MatiasRueda“Although this will be my second fight in the U.S. and many people might think I am not the favorite, I will surprise lots of fans,” said Rueda. “I respect my opponent, but I am going to Las Vegas determined and with only one thing on my mind – winning the belt and bringing it back to Argentina with me. You can all be sure of that. My opponent is going to lose. I respect him, he is a very good fighter, but he will lose.”

The opening match of the pay-per-view telecast will feature former interim world champion Jose Benavidez, jr. risking his undefeated record and Top-10 world-rating, in a 10-round Welterweight battle against Francisco “Chia” Santana.

Jose-Benavidez-JrBenavidez (24-0, 16 KOs), from Phoenix, AZ, won his first world title in 2014 when he won a hotlycontested unanimous decision over defending World Boxing Association (WBA) interim super lightweight champion Mauricio Herrera. After one successful title defense — a 12th-round knockout of Jorge Paez, Jr. in 2015 — Benavidez vacated the title to move up to the welterweight division. His debut in the heavier weight class took place on December 12, where he won a blistering 10-round unanimous over Sidney Siqueira. An amateur standout, at 16, Benavidez was the youngest boxer to ever win the National Golden Gloves Championships, in 2009. He was also the youngest boxer, at 17, to be licensed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. An exception was made for the minimum age requirement of 18 years because of his exceptional talent. Benavidez is currently the WBA’s No. 6 world-rated welterweight contender.

Eddie Gomez vs Francisco SantanaSantana (24-4-1, 12 KOs), from Santa Barbara, Calif., enters this fight having won 12 of his last 13 bouts, with half of those victories coming by way of knockout.. A favorite of Southern California fight fans because of his exciting style and two-fisted power, Santana boasts several notable victories including a first round knockout of undefeated contender Kendal Mena for the WBA International welterweight title in 2015, and back-to-back unanimous decisions over former world champion Joachim Alcine and Freddy Hernandez in 2013. In his last fight, on April 2, he scored a 10-round unanimous decision over Edward Paredes.

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