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Dadashev-DeMarco and Herring-Moralde Headline Ramirez-Orozoco Undercard

*FRESNO, Calif. (Aug. 13, 2018)* – Maxim “Mad Max” Dadashev will defend the
NABF super lightweight title against former WBC lightweight world champion
Antonio DeMarco on Friday, Sept. 14 at the Save Mart Center in Fresno,
California. The Dadashev-DeMarco bout will serve as the co-feature to Jose
Ramirez’s WBC super lightweight title defense against Antonio Orozco.

Ramirez-Orozco and Dadashev-DeMarco will be televised live on ESPN and ESPN
Deportes at 10 p.m. ET, with the entire undercard to be streamed at 7:30
p.m. ET on ESPN+ — the new multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription
streaming service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer &
International segment in conjunction with ESPN.
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Headlining the ESPN+ broadcast will be 2012 U.S. Olympian and the United
States Marine Corps veteran Jamel Herring (17-2, 10 KOs) against John
Vincent Moralde (20-1, 10 KOs) for the vacant USBA junior lightweight
title. Also appearing on ESPN+ will be Hiroki Okada (17-0, 12 KOs), a
140-pound contender who will make his Top Rank debut against Cristian Coria
(27-6-2, 11 KOs) in a 10-rounder. And, in a special attraction, Gabe Flores
Jr. (9-0, 5 KOs), the 18-year-old phenom from Stockton, California, will
see action in a six-round featherweight bout against Roger Gutierrez
(7-1-1, 4 KOs).

Dadashev (11-0, 10 KOs) is coming off a 10th-round stoppage against former
world champion Darleys Perez on June 9 in Las Vegas, while DeMarco (33-6-1,
24 KOs) most recently knocked out then-undefeated Eddie Ramirez in the
first round in October of last year.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Golden Boy Promotions, tickets to
this world championship event, priced at $150 (floor), $90, $60, $35, and
$25, plus applicable fees, are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online
at ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000, or at the Save Mart
Center box office. For more information and box office hours, visit
*www.savemartcenter.com
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“This is going to be the biggest night in the history of Central Valley
boxing, as more than 14,000 fans will pack the Save Mart Center to watch
Jose Ramirez defend his world title,” said Rick Mirigian, Ramirez’s
manager. “The undercard is a special one, and we can’t wait for the fans in
attendance and watching on ESPN and ESPN+ to see what we have in store.”

“DeMarco is a skilled veteran and a former world champion who I have a lot
of respect for,” Dadashev said. “I am ready to fight for a world title
soon, and DeMarco is in my way. I will put on a spectacular performance for
the great fans in Fresno and for everyone watching on ESPN.”

“I’m just honored and excited to be back for this card,” Herring said. “As
some may know, Jose and I were Olympic teammates, but we haven’t fought on
the same night since our amateur days. It’s great to reunite with a close
friend again. I’m really motivated to fight for my first title as a
professional. Though it isn’t for a world title, a big win here will
catapult me higher in the rankings and a step closer to a world title. I’m
also motivated for this fight because Moralde got a victory over one of my
training partners {Ismail Muwendo} in his last outing, so I feel as if we
must get that victory back. I look at every fight as a title fight, and
let’s not forget I’m fighting in front of my Marine Corps family so it’s a
must that I put on a great performance!”

“It feels great to be fighting on Mexican Independence Day weekend,” Flores
said. “This has been the best training camp of my career, so the fans can
expect an explosive Gabe Flores Jr.!”

“I’m so excited about signing with Top Rank. I would like to thank Mr. Bob
Arum, the greatest promoter in the world, for this amazing opportunity,”
Okada said. “Ever since I signed, I’ve been training harder than ever. This
is such a great chance, and I am going to do my best to make the most of
it.”

In other undercard bouts:

– Welterweight puncher Alexander Besputin (10-0, 8 KOs), coming off a
third-round knockout at the Save Mart Center on May 26, will face Alan
Sanchez (20-3-1, 10 KOs) in a 10-rounder.

– Fresno native Isidro Ochoa (5-0, 1 KO) will face Victor Morales (9-0,
5 KOs) in a six-round lightweight contest.

– Former two-time interim world champion Bryan Vasquez (37-3, 20 KOs)
will take on Carlos Cardenas (21-14-1, 13 KOs) in a lightweight bout.

– Top 122-pound prospect Santos Ortega (2-0, 1 KO), who last fought July
7 at the Save Mart Center, will fight Sebastian Baltazar (1-1, 0 KOs) in a
four-rounder.

– Ruben Rodriguez (3-0, 1 KO), from Indio, California, will fight an
opponent to be announced in a six-round super featherweight bout.

*About ESPN+*
ESPN+ is the premium multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming
service from the Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer & International
(DTCI) segment in conjunction with ESPN.
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