Weigh-in: Darchinyan-Perez, Eight U.S. Boxers to Vie for a Pan American Games, Tapia vs. Archulet

Two-division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan and former International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight champion Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez both made weight one day before their main-event meeting on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING this Saturday, April 23, live on SHOWTIME® (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE.

Darchinyan (35-3-1, 27 KOs), of Sydney, Australia, by way of Vanadzok, Armenia, weighed in at 117.8 pounds and former IBF bantamweight champion Perez (20-1-1, 14 KOs), of Santa Fe Springs, Calif., by way of Cartagena, Colombia, tipped the scales at 117.6 pounds at the LA Live JW Marriott. Both will clash in the 12-round main event.

Tickets, priced at $200, $100, $75, $50 and $25, are on sale at, via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines (800) 745-3000 and at STAPLES Center Box Office. Doors at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE open at 4 p.m. PT. The first non-televised undercard fight starts at 5 p.m.

Friday's weights: Darchinyan (117.8 pounds); Perez (117.6 pounds).

Eight U.S. Boxers to Vie for a Pan American Games Berth at the Second Pan Am Qualifier, May 1-6, in Quito, Ecuador

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – A squad of eight U.S. boxers will compete for a berth in the 2011 Pan American Games at the second Pan American Games qualifying tournament, May 1-6, in Quito, Ecuador. The team of five male and three female athletes will face off with nations from north, central and south America at the international tournament in Ecuador.

Male light flyweight Michael Bennedosso (Fort Carson, Colo.), female flyweight Christina Cruz (New York, N.Y.), male lightweight Tommy Roque (Camp Lejeune, N.C.), female lightweight Queen Underwood (Seattle, Wash.), male light welterweight Pedro Sosa (Bronx, N.Y.), male middleweight Damarius Russell (Camp Lejeune, N.C.), female middleweight Franchon Crews (Baltimore, Md.) and male light heavyweight Jeffrey Spencer (Fort Carson, Colo.) will represent the United States in Ecuador.

The male competitors will have to finish in the top three spots to qualify a Pan American Games berth while the female athletes must advance to the finals to clinch a berth in Guadalajara. The United States’ super heavyweight Danny Kelly (Washington DC) earned the first berth for Team USA at the opening Pan Am Games qualifier in Venezuela.

The United States team will depart for Quito on April 29 and the event will begin with the Technical Meeting on April 30 prior to competition opening on May 1. Second Pan American Games qualifier action will run through May 6 with the team returning to the United States on May 7.

The 2011 Pan American Games will be contested October 14-30 in Guadalajara, Mexico, and will showcase women’s boxing for the first time in the event’s history. The three Olympic women’s weight classes, flyweight (112 lbs), lightweight (132 lbs), and middleweight (165 lbs) will all be featured in Guadalajara.

The third and final Pan American Games qualifying tournament is tentatively scheduled to take place in June in a location to be determined.

U.S. Pan Am Games Qualifier II Roster
Male light flyweight/108 lbs: Michael Bennedosso, Fort Carson, Colo.

Female flyweight/112 lbs: Christina Cruz, New York, N.Y.

Male lightweight/132 lbs: Tommy Roque, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Female lightweight/132 lbs: Queen Undrewood, Seattle, Wash.

Male light welterweight/141 lbs: Pedro Sosa, Bronx, N.Y.

Male middleweight: Damarius Russell, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Female middleweight: Franchon Crews, Baltimore, Md.

Male light heavyweight: Jeffrey Spencer, Fort Carson, Colo.

USA Boxing, as the national governing body for Olympic-style boxing, is the United States’ member organization of the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) and a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).

Tapia vs. Archulet- a Historical Rubber Match Set to broadcast on gfl COMBAT SPORTS NETWORK

The ultimate setting for boxing fans is indisputably the “Rubber Match”. Legendary fighters such as, “Robinson” vs. “LaMotta”, “Ali” vs. “Frazier”, “Duran” vs. “Leonard”, and “Tarver” vs. “Jones” have carried the tie-breaking burden into the ring while fans sense personal bragging rights are all on the line.

*Boxing enthusiast get ready on June 4th, 2011 for another historical boxing trilogy!

Albuquerque, New Mexico - Team Tapia Boxing and Promotions, an Albuquerque, New Mexico based boxing organization, is set to host its first professional boxing event of 2011 with Johnny Tapia vs. Frankie Archuleta III. Tapia vs. Archuleta III is stacked with coercive match-ups and features a trilogy as its Main Event.

Team Tapia Boxing and Promotions event, accordingly named “Tapia/Archuleta III”, is a professional boxing event that will take place on Saturday June 4th, 2011 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Albuquerque, NM. The card includes six pro fights with amateur openers, Two successful Albuquerque boxers will be on the under card: Josh “Pitbull” Torres (5-1-1, 3 KOs) and Hector Munoz (18-4-1, 11 KOs) are scheduled to compete.

According to Teresa Tapia, co-founder of Team Tapia Boxing and Promotions, “We are extremely excited to host the trilogy fight between Johnny and Frankie and what could be Johnny’s last boxing bout in what is and was an illustrious career inside the squared circle.”

Tickets for “Tapia/Archuleta III” are available now and start at $25 with ringside tickets for $200. To purchase event tickets go to the Hard Rock-Albuquerque Casino box-office or you can go online and purchase by logging on to , or .
*Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is located at 11000 Broadway Southeast, Albuquerque, NM.

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