Top Rank®, and Univision Deportes (UDN), the multimedia sports division of Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) that includes UDN, the No. 1 Spanish-language cable sports network, announce the highly awaited series premiere of “Solo Boxeo” in its new time slot, on Friday, September 16th at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT with a simulcast on UDN and UniMás Network. The series opener will include classic matches from the Top Rank Vault featuring beloved Mexican fighters in honor of Mexico’s Independence Day.
Boxing fans can continue to expect even more of the exciting action-packed fights they have been enjoying since the series’ inception in 2000. World-rated contenders and outstanding prospects will continue to be featured in outstanding matchups.
“Our programming is always evolving and starting on September 16, we will continue with that tradition,” said Todd duBoef, President of Top Rank. “With the move of “Solo Boxeo” to a new day of the week on UniMás, we will expand the reach and visibility of our content. We will reach an even broader audience and “Solo Boxeo” will be primed to continue its historic run as the top Spanish language boxing series.”
“We are pleased to bring our audience this new series of ‘Solo Boxeo’ with even more of the fights they love,” said Juan Carlos Rodriguez, President of Univision Deportes. “Univision Deportes will transform Friday nights on UniMás into the go-to blockbuster night for boxing fanaticos.”
“Solo Boxeo” will make its series premiere with a special Mexican Independence Day program featuring two classic world championship fights from the Top Rank vaults, starring four legendary Mexican champions — the rematch between Oscar De La Hoya and Julio Cesar Chavez and the battle between future Hall of Famers Erik ‘El Terrible’ Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera.
Live boxing will return to “Solo Boxeo” on Friday, September 23. The live simulcast, from Kissimmee, Fla., will feature undefeated super lightweight contender Julian “Hammer Hands” Rodriguez (13-0, 10 KOs) of Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, against Brazilian buzz saw Claudionel Lacerda (17-15-1, 12 KOs) and undefeated featherweight contender Christopher ‘Pitufo’ Diaz (17-0, 11 KOs), from Barranquitas, Puerto Rico against Raul Hirales (22-5-1, 11 KOs) of La Paz, Mexico.
Top Rank’s “Solo Boxeo” series has been a staple for Hispanic boxing fans for 16 years, televising 800 events and over 1,600 fights in cities throughout North America. “Solo Boxeo” has featured fights from the biggest names of the past, including Julio César Chávez Sr., Juan Manuel Márquez and Miguel Cotto, as well as future superstars, including Óscar Valdez, Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez, Félix ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo, Christopher ‘Pitufo’ Diaz, José Carlos Ramirez, Jessie Magdaleno and Andy Ruiz.