Arce-Makepula eliminator on September 23 and the full Top Rank Notebook!


Arce-Makepula eliminator on September 23 and the full Top Rank Notebook!

Jorge 'Travieso' Arce, rated #1, and Masibuele 'Hawk' Makepula, rated #3, will battle in a World Boxing Council super flyweight eliminator on a Top Rank championship card at the Dodge Arena in Hidalgo, Texas, on Saturday, Sept. 23. Bob Arum of Top Rank made the announcement today. Tickets will go on sale this Friday at the Dodge Arena Box Office and at all Dodge Arena Ticket Outlets. Prices are $200, $100, $75, $50, $35 and $25. The Ticket Hotline is 1-866-RIO-TIXX. Arce, 44-3-1 with 34 knockouts, of Los Mochis, Mexico is a veteran of 17 world title fights and has won 24 fights in a row dating to November, 1999. Makepula, 28-3 with 18 knockouts, is a former World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior flyweight champion and is the current WBC super flyweight champion. He is from East London, South Africa.

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., son of the legendary JC Chavez, is scheduled for a 10 round bout. Chavez Jr has a record of 27-0-1.

Top Rank has a press conference scheduled at the Dodge Arena for this Thursday, August 31, 2 pm.   

Arce vs. Makepula is promoted by Top Rank and the world eliminator will be broadcast on HBO.


Lightweight Kid Diamond, trained by Miguel Diaz, of Las Vegas will take on Jairo Ramirez of Mexico in the main event of a Top Rank/OLN championship card at The Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Thursday, Sept. 14.

Diamond, 22-1-1, is coming off a crunching stoppage of Antonio Wong. Highlights of that bout were broadcast on OLN during the recent Kelly Pavlik vs. Bronco McKart bout. Jairo Ramirez has a record of 20-2-0.

"Diamond always had a hard straight punch," said Diaz. "Now we have added to his arsenal with a hard hook to the body. He is bending well and throwing hooks and is more of a complete fighter."

The opening bout on OLN will feature a rematch between middleweights Jose Luis Zertuche and Fulgencio Zuniga. The two were in an all-out firefight on April 8, 2005. Zertuche closed strong and thought he won the fight but it was officially ruled a draw.

Also appearing on the Top Rank card will be Andy Lee, the young phenom middleweight from Limerick, Ireland; super flyweight Diosdado Gabi of The Phillippines and cruiserweight Dewey Cooper of Las Vegas.

Tickets start at $25 and will be available at The Orleans Arena Box Office.


Miguel Diaz will work the corner for welterweight Ray Sanchez III when he gets into the ring this Friday night at the Route 66 Casino in Albuquerque, N.M.

Team Sanchez reached out for Diaz last week.

"I'm excited to be with Ray and I will be with him beginning Thursday at the weigh-in," Diaz said. "In Ray's corner on Friday night, I will be the cutman - that will be my job."

Diaz, the 1999 Boxing Writers Association 'Trainer of the Year,' has worked with many superstars and champions as a cutman. The list includes Erik Morales, Hasim Rahman, James Toney, Tony Tubbs, Iran 'Blade' Barkley, Christy Martin and many others.

Sanchez will take on Robbie Lee Adamson in the opening bout on the Telefutura telecast.


Top Rank's scheduled 'Night of Champions' on Sept. 9 in Caguas, Puerto Rico, has been moved to Sept. 30. The main event features world junior flyweight champion Hugo Cazares of Mexico vs. Nelson Dieppa of Puerto Rico on DIRECTV PPV.