Top Rank Kicks off Super Bowl Weekend with Quadruple-Header from Texas
January 29, 2019
Anthony Saldana (95 articles)
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Top Rank Kicks off Super Bowl Weekend with Quadruple-Header from Texas

By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña

 

This Saturday night the biggest sports weekend of the year kicks off with a fantastic quadruple-header live from Ford Center at the Star in Frisco, Texas. Top Rank Promotions brings fight fans, four great scheduled fights, three which are world title bouts, including a light heavyweight world title rematch between the WBO champion Eleider “Storm” Alvarez and Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev a bout that will be streamed live on ESPN+. The other two title fights on the card include the highly anticipated return of the WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez as he takes on the undefeated Carmine Tommasone, from Avellino, Campania, Italy. And the vacant IBF lightweight title will be up for grabs when Ghana’s Richard Commey goes up against Isa Chaniev. Also on the card Saturday night the undefeated phenom Teofimo Lopez will take another step up in competition and put his unblemished record on the line when he battles former world title challenger Diego Magdaleno, who’s only losses have come against ex-lightweight champion Terry Flanagan and former super featherweight champion Rocky Martinez. 

 

Last August in some what of a shocking upset, Sergey Kovalev (32-3-1, 28 KOs) was stopped in the seventh round by the current WBO champion Eleider Alvarez (24-0, 12 KO’s) this Saturday night Kovalev who used his mandatory rematch clause, will look to avenge his knockout loss in the Main Event of the Top Rank card. Kovalev who was up on the scorecards prior to his seventh-round TKO loss definitely has all the intentions on getting a victory in the rematch. “I’m not making excuses, my last fight was terrible and it was my gift to Alvarez. February 2nd I will take back my title and put on a great show for the fans.” Kovalev said. “Together with my new trainer, Buddy McGirt, I will be ready for Alvarez.” 

 

Alvarez who many feel caught Kovalev with a lucky punch recently stated “I have a lot of respect for him, and Sergey is still the star in the light heavyweight division. I thank every involved for giving me this opportunity, and I have no problem giving Sergey the rematch. Now this second fight I will prove to Sergey that those punches weren’t an accident. Some people say when you become champion you don’t train as hard but I’m training even harder because I know this time it’s going to be even tougher fight, but I’m training hard and plan on staying champion for a very long time.”

 

In other action the WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez (24-0, 19 KO’s) will make his return to the ring when he defends his crown against the undefeated Carmine Tommasone (19-0, 5 KO’s) a former Italian, European and WBA Intercontinental champion who will be making his first ring appearance outside of his home country. Valdez hasn’t been in the ring since March of last year when he suffered a fractured jaw during his victory over Scott Quigg. During his time away from boxing, Valdez linked up with Canelo Alvarez trainer, Eddy Reynoso “As a boxer you have to able to develop as much as you can and I believe that this change to Eddy Reynoso will help me become an even better all-around boxer and fighter. I want to be one of the best fighters in the world and leave the best legacy that I can in boxing.”  Stated Valdez, who went on to say  “Everything is great. I took enough time off to make sure my jaw was fully recovered, so when I got back to training, I was 100 percent ready. The fans can expect the same Oscar Valdez as far as being an aggressive and exciting fighter. They are also going to see a different side that nobody has seen, which is the boxing skills that I also have and that I’m perfecting and learning with my new trainer, Eddy Reynoso.” 

 

Also on the card undefeated  21-year old Teofimo Lopez (11-0, 9 KO’s) will look to showcase his skills as he takes another step towards a title when he goes up against the always tough Diego Magdaleno (31-2, 13 KO’s). Lopez who last fought in December on the Vasiliy Lomachenko undercard inside of Madison Square Garden, came away with a brutal knockout of Mason Menard that night. Lopez left Menard unconscious when he landed a perfect right hand that left Menard face-first on the canvas 40 seconds into their scheduled 10-round bout. “I’m not a prospect anymore. 2019 is the year I go from contender to fighting for a world title, I took over my last show, and I am going to do it again,” Lopez said. “‘The Takeover’ is coming to Texas, and I can’t wait to get back in the ring.”

 

In the third world title bout of the night the Ghanian, Richard Commey (27-2, 24 KO’s) has high hopes on being victorious in his second attempt at the IBF crown when he enters the ring against Isa Chaniev (13-1, 6 KO’s) of Russia. After losing his first title bout by a controversial split decision to Robert Easter Jr in 2016 Commey has switched up camps and brought on board renowned trainer Andre Rozier. “It’s a dream to train under the guidance of Andre Rozier and his team and I’m very grateful for the opportunity. Training is fantastic. I am never out of the gym anyway, but I am really enjoying training alongside the likes of Danny Jacobs, Chris Algieri, Curtis Stevens, Sadam Ali and many others.” Stated Commey. Chaniev is a truly is a battle-tested, having gone 10 rounds or more in five of his past six bouts. He is on a three-bout winning streak since a close 12-round unanimous decision to Fedor Papazov on May 25 of last year. He is coming off his most impressive victory to date a unanimous decision against former interim lightweight world champion Ismael Barroso. “I have the biggest motivation ever to win, and there is no other result that will satisfy me,” Chaniev said. “On February 2nd , I will demonstrate all my skills and hard preparation. Some people don’t think I will win, but they will be shocked on February 2nd, No bad words or any disrespect to Commey. He is an excellent fighter.”

 

Just as a reminder this stacked Saturday night card will split between ESPN and ESPN+. The Valdez-Tommasone and Commey-Chaniev fight will take place on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, beginning at 10 p.m. ET. 

 

While the Alvarez-Kovalev II and Lopez-Magdaleno will be aired on ESPN+ beginning at 12 a.m. ET. 

 

And before the ESPN telecast, the entire undercard will stream live on ESPN+ starting at 7 p.m. ET.

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