Las Vegas, NV, May 24, 2005 – Sportsbook.com is proud to announce a new agreement with Top Rank, a leading promoter and producer of international boxing events. As part of the arrangement, Sportsbook.com will be the title sponsor of two upcoming Pay-Per-View fights featuring some of the biggest names in boxing at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and Madison Square Garden in New York.
On May 28 in Los Angeles, Julio Cesar Chavez, regarded as the greatest fighter in the history of Mexico, and his undefeated teenage son J.C. Chavez, Jr. will be on the same championship boxing card. Televised on Showcase, this fight will mark the end of a brilliant career for Chavez, as he will retire from boxing after his bout with Ivan Robinson. The card also includes a fierce eliminator bout between super featherweights Carlos ‘Famoso’ Hernandez and Jesus ‘El Matador’ Chavez, as well as a title defence by IBF Bantamweight champion Rafael Marquez.
On June 11 in New York, undefeated WBO Junior Welterweight champion Miguel Cotto will defend his belt against Olympic gold medalist Muhammad Abdullaev, the last fighter to defeat him at the amateur level. Televised on HBO, the blockbuster card will also feature undefeated lightweight sensation Kid Diamond against former world champion Joel Casamayor at the world-famous Madison Square Garden.
‘Top Rank has put together two blockbuster events in some of the most legendary arenas in the world. We’re thrilled to be a part of it and we’re happy to help bring this excitement to boxing fans everywhere,’ says Alex Czajkowski, Marketing Director, Sportsbook.com. ‘Sportsbook.com and Top Rank are making history as this is the first time ever that a father and son of this stature are on the same professional fight card.’
Sportsbook.com will be offering odds on both events.
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