Terence Crawford 139.6 vs John Molina Jr 144
Mason Menard 134.2 vs Raymundo Beltran 133.8
Sean Monaghan 179.2 vs Fernando Castaneda 177.8
Mike Reed 142 vs Sidney Siqueira 141.6
Kevin Ceja Ventura 135 vs Gregorio Perez Herrera 134.4
Today’s Official Weigh-In at Century Link Center Omaha – Exhibit Hall A is open to fans. Located on the main level, doors will open at 2 p.m. CT with the fighters stepping on the scale at 3 p.m. CT. It will also be streamed live, beginning at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT.
TERENCE CRAWFORD – “It’s been a great training camp in Colorado Springs. I always spar with bigger men to prepare myself. I know he is going to bring his A-plus game. There is no reason to overlook an opponent who is willing to step into the ring with me. Not many are willing to do that anymore. Molina is coming off a great victory over Ruslan Provodnikov and a Fight of the Year performance against Lucas Matthysse. I know he’s dangerous. He has shown versatility and guts. He is a legitimate No. 1 contender – tough and rugged. He has my respect.
“I will do what I do best and that’s to make a statement in the ring just as I did in the summer against Viktor Postal. I unified the belts and became the lineal champion by dominating and beating a fellow undefeated champion in Postal. That’s when boxing is at its greatest – when the best fight each other and risk it all.
“Do I think I should be the fighter of the year? I do. A win on Saturday will give me three televised world championship victories in three different cities. I beat Hank Lundy at Madison Square Garden. No one put the dents into Hank Lundy that I did. I stopped him in the fifth round. In the Postal fight, I went to Las Vegas and scored several knockdowns against an undefeated champion trained by Freddie Roach and unified the titles. Now I’m back in Omaha against a No. 1 contender in Molina.
“I also think Brian McIntyre should be Trainer of the Year. When I was named the 2014 Fighter of the Year, Brian should also have been honored. How can I be a Fighter of the Year without the Trainer of the Year? He doesn’t get the recognition h deserves. Maybe it’s because we are from a small market in Omaha and we don’t get the national media attention fighters and trainers get from bigger cities like Los Angeles.
“But I’m so happy to have HBO shine a national spotlight on Omaha. It’s a great incentive to the kids here to stay in the gym and out of trouble and to work hard. That’s really what it’s all about to me.”
“We keep hearing about a future fight with Manny Pacquiao but there doesn’t seem to be much interest from his team, especially since Freddie Roach got a good look at Terence from Postal’s corner. What they need to do – Koncz, Roach and Manny — is to hold hands and pray and ask for divine intervention directing them to a fight with Terence.
“Oscar was man enough to accept Manny’s challenge. It’s part of the cycle of life in boxing. Handing off the torch to the successor. Manny should be man enough to do the same thing. There is no excuse. Manny nd Freddie say Manny walks around at 140. Both are world champions. Both are Top-10 pound for pound fighters. It’s a natural. But it takes two to make a fight. Terence only lacks the opportunity to take over the spot that Manny and Floyd Mayweather used to hold as the pound for pound star of the sport.
“Manny is a great fighter but he is limited. Manny is a machine and to beat him you need to offset him. Once an envelope gets stuck in a sorter it jams. That’s what Terence will do to Manny. Offset him. Because once Manny is offset, he cannot adapt.
“Right now our goal is to unify the belts. Terence can still make 140 easily. He is growing as a talent and we are growing as a team.
“Molina is a very tricky fighter coming off an exciting win over Provodnikov. He will try to capitalize on that momentum. It will be am exciting fight. Molina may try to box Terence but when that doesn’t work, he will revert back to his old style. He’s going to get hit with power he has never felt before.”
JOHN MOLINA JR.
“It’s the opportunity of a lifetime for me and the fans are going to see a great fight. I got into this game to fight the best and Terence Crawford is one of the best. It was a great training camp. We did all our homework and we are prepared. Hank Lundy was an enormous help as a sparring partner. It will be important to take Terence into deep water
“I think it’s great to be fighting in Omaha. It’s a great town and everyone here has been great to us I’m used to fighting away from home. I love fighting here. It will be a great crowd because Terence Crawford fans are fans of boxing. But we will disrupt their enthusiasm by upsetting the apple cart. But Omaha has a lot to be proud of in Terence Crawford.”
Crawford vs. Molina; Parker vs Ruiz On Saturday
Undefeated World Junior Welterweight Champion and top-rated pound-for-pound fighter TERENCE “Bud” CRAWFORD will make the first defense of his unified World Boxing Organization (WBO) / World Boxing Council (WBC) / Ring magazine 140-pound world titles when he rumbles with one-time world title challenger and current No. 1 contender JOHN MOLINA JR. Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with TGB Promotions, the Crawford vs. Molina world championship event will take place on Saturday, December 10, at CenturyLink Center Omaha (455 North 10th St., Omaha, Neb. 68102), and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 9:35 p.m. ET/PT.
Reserved seat tickets to the Crawford – Molina world championship event, priced at $27, $52, $77 and $127, go on sale Today at 3:00 p.m. ET. They can be purchased at the CenturyLink Center Omaha box office and all Ticketmaster outlets. To charge-by-phone call (800) 745-3000. To order online, visit ticketmaster.com.
“Molina is a tough opponent who has been in the ring with the best of the division,” said Crawford. “I can’t wait for December 10 because Molina is really a good puncher and I will be going in there to fight as well. For me, fighting in Omaha means so much. There is no place like home.”
“I am thankful for the opportunity,” said Molina. “I am training hard for what I know will be a great fight.”
“It’s an honor to bring a warrior like Molina to Omaha and to test Terence Crawford at his best,” said Brian McIntyre, Crawford’s trainer and co-manager. “This is also a great opportunity for people who haven’t seen Terence in the ring live before, to do so.”
“This is another great opportunity for Terence to showcase his pound for pound ability,” said Cameron Dunkin, Crawford’s co-manager. “John Molina is a very tough contender who is coming off some terrific wins. It’s a wonderful opportunity for Terence to get back into the ring to make another great statement!”
“The Omaha fans will be packed to the rafters in support of their favorite son Terence Crawford,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. “John Molina will provide a great test for Terence but I think it’s a test Terence will pass with flying colors. A victory on December 10 will make a strong argument for Terence to be named Fighter of the Year.”
HBO Boxing presents an action-packed tripleheader from two sites when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: TERENCE CRAWFORD VS. JOHN MOLINA JR. AND RAYMUNDO BELTRAN VS. MASON MENARD AND JOSEPH PARKER VS. ANDY RUIZ JR. is seen SATURDAY, DEC. 10 at 9:35 p.m. (live ET/ tape-delayed PT) from CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb. and Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand on HBO. The HBO Sports broadcasting team will call the action, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino.
Other HBO playdates: Dec. 11 (8:50 a.m.) and 12 (12:45 a.m.)
HBO2 playdate: Dec. 11 (3:40 p.m.) and 13 (midnight)
Omaha native Terence “Bud” Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs), 2014’s Fighter of the Year, defends his junior welterweight title for the third time in 2016 before enthusiastic hometown supporters when he meets John Molina Jr. (29-6, 23 KOs) of Covina, Cal. in a 12-round bout.
The 29-year-old Crawford enjoyed an impressive 2015 with knockout victories against top 140-pound contenders Thomas Dulorme and Dierry Jean. Known for speed, precision, defense and power, he defeated Hank Lundy last February and returned to the ring in July to score a dominating victory over the highly regarded, undefeated Viktor Postol in a junior welterweight unification title bout that had the boxing community buzzing. Unafraid of trading blows at close range, Crawford has won four of his last six bouts by thrilling stoppages.
The Omaha showdown marks the third time HBO Sports has traveled to the city for a Crawford fight and is his ninth live fight on HBO.
Molina Jr. is a hard-hitting, high-pressure brawler who challenged for a world title in 2012, and returns to the ring after a career-best upset of heavily favored former junior welterweight champ Ruslan Provodnikov in June. Using skills not seen in previous fights, Molina won a unanimous decision while skyrocketing up the rankings, with some organizations now rating him as high as number one in the world.
The evening’s co-feature is ten-round lightweight battle between two rugged veterans eager to compete for a title shot in 2017. Raymundo Beltran (31-7-1, 19 KOs), a native of Mexico now living in Phoenix, will square off with Mason Menard (32-1, 24 KOs) of Rayne, La. in a crossroads fight for both competitors. Since losing a unanimous decision to Terence Crawford in 2014, Beltran, 35, has notched two impressive knockout wins, while Menard, 28, has also defeated his last three opponents via knockout.
Opening the tripleheader is a world heavyweight title bout from Auckland, New Zealand between hometown favorite Joseph Parker (21-0, 18 KOs), 24, and Mexico’s Andy Ruiz (29-0, 19 KOs), 27, in a 12-round affair. Presented on same-day delay, the fight marks the first world title shot for two fast-rising undefeated competitors, both of whom aim to become their country’s first world heavyweight titleholder.
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“This is a just an overall great match up. John is coming off a huge victory over Ruslan Provodnikov and is prepared to shock everyone again by beating Crawford on December 10th,” said Tom Brown, president of TGB Promotions, Molina’s promoter.
“Terence Crawford has established himself as an elite world champion who is seeking and earning pound for pound respect,” said Peter Nelson, executive Vice President, HBO Sports. “When Crawford fights in his native Omaha, he becomes that city’s one-man hometown team. In a career punctuated by upset victories, John Molina Jr. now has the opportunity to spoil the holiday season in Omaha and take home Crawford’s super lightweight titles.”
Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs), of Omaha, Neb., is a two-division world champion who has won four of his last six bouts by stoppage. He unified the 140-pound titles in a battle between consensus Top-10 pound-for-pound fighters on July 23, successfully defending his WBO junior welterweight title for the third time by winning a unanimous decision over previously undefeated WBC super lightweight champion Viktor Postol. That victory also garnered him The Ring title, designating him the lineal champion. The consensus Top-Five pound-for-pound fighter will be looking to repeat his star-making 2014 which featured three world championship victories as well as Fighter of the Year honors from the Boxing Writers Association of America and major media alike. Crawford, 29, captured the vacant WBO junior welterweight crown on April 18, 2015, via a devastating sixth-round knockout of once-beaten No. 2 world-rated contender Thomas Dulorme. His title defenses include stopping No.2 world-rated contender Dierry Jean in front of a packed house at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha on October 24, 2015, knocking out Top-10 contender Hank Lundy in the fifth round last February 27, at a sold-out Theater at Madison Square Garden, and headlining his first pay-per-view on July 23, where he totally dominated Postol. Crawford began his career-best year on March 1, 2014, just 13 days short of the sixth anniversary of his professional debut. He captured his first world title, the WBO lightweight title, dethroning defending champion Ricky Burns on Burns’ home turf of Glasgow, Scotland. Scoring a powerful and unanimous decision, Crawford put the boxing world on notice with his virtuoso performance as he pulled out all stops in dismantling Burns, rocking the defending champion throughout the fight, while switching back and forth between orthodox and southpaw stances. He followed that with a dramatic and critically-acclaimed knockout victory of undefeated former world champion and Cuban Olympic gold medalist Yuriorkis Gamboa on June 28, 2014, in a Fight of the Year nominee. It was one of the most-watched fights of the year with over 1.2 million viewers catching the live, first-time airing of the fight, according to Nielsen Media Research. He concluded 2014 on November 29 with a thorough shellacking of one-time world title challenger and No. 1 contender Ray Beltran, winning 11 of the 12 rounds. Crawford, who is friendly with Warren Buffet, is only the second Nebraska native to be recognized as a boxing world champion. Perry “Kid” Graves, from Rock Bluff, captured the welterweight crown, knocking out Johnny Alberts in Brooklyn, in 1914, according to the Omaha World-Herald.
Molina Jr. (29-6, 23 KOs), a hard-hitting, high-pressure brawler from Covina, Calif., who challenged for a world title in 2012, returns to the ring from a career-best victory over the heavily-favored former WBO junior welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov on June 11. Using excellent boxing skills not seen in previous fights, Molina pulled off the upset, winning a unanimous decision and sending Provodnikov into retirement while skyrocketing up the rankings where he is currently world-rated No. 1 by the World Boxing Association (WBA) and No. 3 by the WBC and the WBO. He unsuccessfully challenged for the WBC lightweight title in 2012, losing to defending champion Antonio DeMarco. Career highlights include knockout victories over former world champion Mickey Bey and one-time world title challenger Hank Lundy in 2013 and 2010, respectively, when they were both undefeated contenders. He is trained by Shadeed Suluki.
TERENCE “Bud” CRAWFORD (United States)
WBC Super Lightweight World Champion / 1st Title Defense
Age: 29 / date of birth: September 28, 1987
Residence, birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska
Record: 29-0, 20 KOs / Total rounds: 146
Height: 5’8” – 1.73m / Reach: 70” – 1.78m / Stance: Righthanded
World championship fights: 7-0, 4 KOs
Managers: Cameron Dunkin, Brian McIntyre
Trainers: Esau Diegez, Brian McIntyre
“The Gladiator” JOHN MOLINA JR. (United States)
Ranked WBC No. 3 at Super Lightweight
Age: 33 / date of birth: December 28, 1982
Residence: La Verne, California / Birthplace: Monterey Park, California
Record: 29-6, 23 KOs / Total rounds: 165
Height: 5’9.5” – 1.79m / Reach: 71” – 1.80m / Stance: Righthanded
World championship fights: 0-1
Manager: Al Haymon
Trainer: Shadeed Suluki
WBC SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONS
1. Roberto Cruz (Phil) 1963
2. Eddie Perkins (US) 1963 – 1965
3. Carlos Hernandez (Ven) 1965 – 1966
4. Sandro Lopopolo (Ita) 1966 – 1967
5. Paul Fuji (US) 1967 – 1968
6. Pedro Adigue (Phil) 1968 – 1970
7. Bruno Arcari (Italy) 1970 – 1974
8. Pedro Fernández (Spain) 1974 – 1975
9. Saensak Muangsurin (Thail) 1975 – 1976
10. Miguel Velazquez (Spain) 1976
11. Saensak Muangsurin (Thai) * 1976 – 1978
12. Sang-Hyun Kim (Korea) 1978 – 1980
13. Saoul Mamby (US) 1980 – 1982
14. Leroy Haley (US) 1982 – 1983
15. Bruce Curry (US) 1983 – 1984
16. Bill Costello (US) 1984 – 1985
17. Lonnie Smith (US) 1985 – 1986
18. Rene Arredondo (Mexico) 1986
19. Tsuyoshi Hamada (Japan) 1986 – 1987
20. Rene Arredondo (México) * 1987
21. Roger Mayweather (US) 1987 – 1989
22. Julio Cesar Chavez (Mex) 1989 – 1994
23. Frankie Randall (US) 1994
24. Julio Cesar Chavez (Mex) * 1994 – 1996
25. Oscar De La Hoya (US-Mex) 1996 – 1997
26. Konstantin Tszyu (Australia) 1998 – 2003
27. Arturo Gatti (Canada) 2004 – 2005
28. Floyd Mayweather Jr. (US) 2005
29. Junior Witter (GB) 2006 – 2008
30. Timothy Bradley Jr. (US) 2008 – 2009
31. Devon Alexander (US) 2009 – 2011
32. Timothy Bradley Jr. (US) * 2011
33. Erik Morales (Mexico) 2011 – 2012
34. Lucas Matthysse (Arg) Interim 2012 – 2013
35. Danny Garcia 2012 – 2015
36. Viktor Postol (Ukraine) 2015 – 2016
37. Terence Crawford 2016 –
WBC TOP 10
1. Julio Cesar Chavez (Mex)
2. Oscar de la Hoya (US/Mex)
3. Kostya Tszyu (Rus/Aust)
4. Roger Mayweather (US)
5. Timothy Bradley (US)
6. Bruno Arcari (Italy)
7. Arturo Gatti (Canada)
8. Danny Garcia (US)
9. Devon Alexander (US)
10. Saensak Muangsurin (Thai)
GENERAL INFORMATION ON THE SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION IN WBC HISTORY
33 world champions have been recognized by the WBC, four of whom have regained the title: Saensak Muangsurin (Thailand), Rene Arredondo (Mexico), Julio Cesar Chavez (Mexico), Timothy Bradley Jr. (US).
120 WBC super lightweight world title bouts have been held in WBC history.
This will be the 66th WBC super lightweight world title fight in the United States in WBC history.
July 23, 2016 Terence Crawford W12 Viktor Postol – Las Vegas
Oct. 3, 2015 Viktor Postol KO10 Lucas Matthysse – Carson
July 14, 2012 Danny Garcia TKO4 Amir Khan – Las Vegas
Jan. 29, 2011 Timothy Bradley Jr. TW10 Devon Alexander – Pontiac
Mar. 6, 2010 Devon Alexander TKO8 Juan Urango – Uncasville
June 25, 2005 Floyd Mayweather Jr. TKO6 Arturo Gatti – Atlantic City
Jan. 29, 2005 Arturo Gatti KO5 James Leija – Atlantic City
Nov. 3, 2001 Konstantin Tszyu TKO2 Zab Judah – Las Vegas
June 7, 1996 Oscar de la Hoya TKO4 Julio Cesar Chavez – Las Vegas
Mar. 17, 1990 Julio Cesar Chavez TKO12 Meldrick Taylor – Las Vegas
May 13, 1989 Julio Cesar Chavez TKO10 Roger Mayweather – Inglewood
Nov. 12, 1987 Roger Mayweather TKO6 Rene Arredondo – Los Angeles
Apr. 8, 1978 Saensak Muangsurin KO13 Francisco Moreno – Hat Yai
Mar. 6, 1971 Bruno Arcari W15 Joao Henrique – Rome
July 22, 1987 Rene Arredondo TKO6 Tsuyoshi Hamada – Kokugican
June 15, 1963 Eddie Perkins W15 Roberto Cruz – Manila
WBC Statistics by Luis Medina.
Montage by Hector Cruz.