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Bob Arum, Oscar Valdez, and Teofimo Lopez Set to Invade Frisco, TX on Wednesday 1/9

WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez with Top Rank CEO Bob Arum (Photo: Mikey Williams)

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By Chris Robinson

This Wednesday, from the Tostitos Championship Plaza at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, TX, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum will be joined by two of his company’s best fighters in WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez and undefeated lightweight prospect-turned-contender Teofimo Lopez. Valdez and Lopez will be participating in an open media workout ahead of their Feb. 2 fights at the Ford Center at The Star.

Valdez (24-0, 19 KOs) is coming off of his brutal brawl this past March with former champion Scott Quigg, in which he emerged victorious, and he will be looking to make the fifth defense of his title against fellow unbeaten Carmine “Mr. Wolf” Tomassone (19-0, 5 KOs). Lopez (11-0, 9 KOs), named 2018 Prospect of the Year by ESPN.com, ESPN Deportes, Sports Illustrated, and Yahoo Sports, will take on former world title challenger Diego Magdaleno (31-2, 13 KOs) in a 10-round showdown.

PHOTOS: WBO Super Middleweight Champion Gilberto Ramirez Aiming to Defeat Jesse Hart Once Again

Gilberto Ramirez Faces Jesse Hart on Saturday night in a rematch (Photo: Mikey Williams)

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By Chris Robinson

This coming Friday night, Dec. 14, from the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, TX, WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez will face off with contender Jesse “Hollywood” Hart (25-1, 21 KO’s) on ESPN+. The fight is a rematch of their Sep. 2017 battle in which Ramirez won via unanimous decision.

Ramirez (38-0, 25 KOs) is looking for a fifth successful defense of his title and is promising a knockout vs. his rival.

PHOTOS: Miguel Berchelt Stops a Brave Miguel Roman In the Ninth After Three Knockdowns

Miguel Berchelt was too much for Miguel Roman on Saturday night (Photo: Mikey Williams – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Nov. 3, inside of the Don Haskins Convention Center in El Paso, TX, WBC junior lightweight champion Miguel Berchelt delivered a brutal beating on worthy but outgunned contender Miguel “Mickey” Roman for a fourth successful defense of his title. Berchelt (34-1, 30 KO’s) scored three knockdowns along the way, two in the sixth, and one three rounds later, before the contest was stopped in round nine.

The all-Mexican showdown, aired on the ESPN + streaming app, delivered as expected, but was a bit more one-sided than one may have liked. Roman (60-13, 47 KO’s) was valiant in the face of such a savage attack, and perhaps the fight could have been stopped a few rounds earlier.

Jose Benavidez Knocks Out Frank Rojas In One Round; Terence Crawford Next?

Jose Benavidez Returned With a Win on Saturday Night (Photo: Top Rank Boxing)

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By Chris Robinson

Earlier tonight, inside of the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., former world champion Jose Benavidez Jr. needed just one minute and 24 seconds to knock out previously undefeated Frank Rojas on the Terence Crawford vs. Jeff Horn undercard.

Benavidez landed a big right hand and followed it up with a short shot to the liver that had Rojas down and out before their scheduled 10-round match could get rolling. Referee Vic Drakulich wisely waved the contest off.

Referee Robert Byrd to Officiate Terence Crawford’s Challenge of WBO Welterweight Champion Jeff Horn This Weekend

Robert Byrd will referee the Terence Crawford vs. Jeff Horn Fight This Saturday (Photo: Premier Boxing Champions)

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By Chris Robinson

It’s fight week in Las Vegas, as undefeated, two-division world champion Terence Crawford will be moving up in weight to challenge Jeff Horn for his WBO welterweight title. The Crawford vs. Horn match will take place from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. and will be aired on the ESPN + App starting at 9:30 p.m./ET.

The third man in the ring for the Crawford vs. Horn duel will be longtime Vegas referee Robert Byrd. Byrd’s most recent fights that he has officiated have been James DeGale’s victory over Caleb Truax in their rematch at the Hard Rock on April 17, and a recent Mayweather Promotions’ show, where he worked the fights of LaDarius Miller and Maurice Lee in separate bouts.