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Amanda Serrano vs.Wanda Pena Ozuna on Saturday, February 16th; Jose Ramírez

Less than two months ago, Puerto Rican superstar Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano (16-1-1, 11KOs) captured the inaugural UBF Inter-Continental female super featherweight title in typical “Serrano” fashion: a 1st round technical knockout over Lina Milagros Tejada. Weathering an early storm and relying on her excellent counter-punching ability, Serrano was able to fight ferocity with patience and skill as she sent her opponent to the canvas three times; the third being the “charm”, as Tejada was rendered unable to continue.

A brief holiday break and she’s at it again…

With that December 15th, 2012 victory, Serrano earned a shot fighting for the vacant UBF and WIBA Women’s International Boxing Association featherweight title, against Wanda Pena Ozuna (8-4, 2KOs) of the Dominican Republic. The bout will take place on February 16th, 2013 at the Gran Arena del Cibao in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic, and will mark the first time Serrano returns the 126lb featherweight class since August of 2011.

This bout will mark the first of many to come in 2013 for the Brooklyn, NY resident, who has managed to stay quite busy since her March 20th, 2009 pro debut. In 2009, she fought five times; in 2010, three times; on 2011, six times; and in 2012 she fought four times. “That’s a mighty-impressive work rate, by anyone’s standards” said UBF Founder Richard Spilotro.

He continued; “I’m very, very excited for Amanda. I have no doubt she will carry her winning momentum into this fight, and obtain both the UBF and WIBA belt. After all, the Dominican Republic has become somewhat of a second home for her…she’s never lost there…and all of her victories there have come by impressive KO. Hopefully, after this, we can see her stateside once again.”

Top Rank’s Jose Ramírez Inks Nike Footwear & Apparel Deal

LAS VEGAS, NEV. (February 12, 2013) — Top Rank® announced today that former Olympian and future boxing superstar JOSE RAMÍREZ inked a deal that will have him wearing Nike footwear and apparel.

Jose will wear branded Ramírez apparel, including robe, trunks, and training gear as well as the shirts the fighter’s cornermen will wear for his fights.

“Nike is a tier-one brand alignment for athletes and it speaks to Nike’s evaluation of Jose’s talents that he was signed to such a deal so early in his professional career,” said Lucia McKelvey, Top Rank’s executive vice president of new media and marketing. “Top Rank is proud to develop the world’s next generation of boxing stars, while making resources available, such as apparel deals, to accelerate their careers and marketing value.”

Ramírez (1-0, 1 KO), a highly-decorated Méxican-American amateur sensation, was considered the crown jewel of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team. Hailing from Avenal, Calif., Ramírez, 20, who began boxing when he was 8, surpassed multi-division world champions Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Shane Mosley to become USA Boxing’s all-time lightweight record holder. The former No. 1-rated amateur lightweight in the U.S., Ramírez’s amateur resume boasts 145 victories and 11 National titles. His trophy case glistens with gold including: U.S. Olympic Team Trials Champion (2012), National Champion (2010-2011), Junior Olympic National Champion (2010-2011) and USA Boxing National Champion (2011.) Campaigning as a junior welterweight, Ramírez made his professional debut on December 8 on the undercard of the 2012 Fight of the Year, Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Márquez 4 in Las Vegas, knocking out Corey Seigwarth in the first round.

Ramírez is scheduled to return to the ring on February 23 and March 30, in Los Angeles and Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, respectively.

Jorge Maysonet Jr. returns February 23 in Puerto Rico

February 12, 2013 – Puerto Rico’s undefeated lightweight sensation, Jorge “Machito” Maysonet, Jr. (10-0, 9 KO’s) returns to the ring February 23, 2013 at the Cosme Beitia Salamo Coliseum in Cataño, Puerto Rico.

Maysonet’s opponent is fellow Boricua Pedro Salcedo (3-5, 2 KOs), a fighter who has never been knocked out, and has fought undefeated fighters José Pedraza ( 11-0, 7 KO’s ) and Emmanuel Rodríguez ( 11-0, 7 KO’s ), among others.

“Salcedo is a good opponent, and I plan to be the first to knock him out,” said Maysonet. “Finally I’m fighting in front of my people of Cataño, that’s a step every boxer dreams about. The training has been very intense and I will prove on fight night that I am one of the top lightweight fighters in the world.”

Maysonet’s last fight was on October 26, 2012 in Puerto Rico, where he defeated one of the most evaded warriors in Puerto Rico, Ramesis Gil (8-4-5, 5 KO’s), who had a spectacular 2012 with victories over former undefeated fighters Carney Bowman (16-1, 7 KO’s) and Luis Joel González (9-1-1, 5 KO’s). Both fights were decision victories.

As an amateur standout, Maysonet Jr., amassed a record of 140 wins with only 10 defeats, winning various local tournaments like the José Barrientos and the José “Cheo” Aponte competitions. In professional boxing, all Maysonet’s knockouts have come in the very first round.

Maysonet Jr. is a member of “Team Puerto Rico”, a collaboration between Gary Shaw Productions, Universal Promotions, Di Bella Entertainment and Warriors Boxing. Their goal is to gather Puerto Rico’s best boxing talent.

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