Jul 02, 2019
August 10: Carl Frampton-Emmanuel Dominguez and Jessie Magdaleno-Rafael Rivera Headlines Philly Fight Night
August 10: Carl Frampton-Emmanuel Dominguez and Jessie Magdaleno-Rafael Rivera Headline Philly Fight Night LIVE on ESPN+
Doubleheader from Liacouras Center to stream on ESPN+ starting at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT
Tickets starting at $35 on sale Tuesday, July 2
PHILADELPHIA (July 2, 2019) — Carl “The Jackal” Frampton is on the hunt for another world title. Frampton, the former two-division world champion from Belfast, Northern Ireland, will make his first stateside appearance in more than two years in a 10-round featherweight bout against the hard-hitting Emmanuel Dominguez on Saturday, Aug. 10 at the Liacouras Center.
In the 10-round featherweight co-feature, former junior featherweight world champion Jessie Magdaleno will fight former featherweight world title challenger Rafael Rivera.
Frampton-Dominguez and Magdaleno-Rivera will stream live on ESPN+ — the leading multi-sport subscription service — beginning at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. ET. The entire undercard, including undefeated Philadelphia-born heavyweight Sonny Conto, will stream on ESPN+ starting at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Peltz Boxing, tickets, priced at $100, $55 and $35 (not including applicable fees), go on sale Tuesday, July 2 at 10 a.m. ET and can be purchased at the Liacouras Center Box Office and www.liacourascenter.com, or by calling Peltz Boxing at 215-765-0922.
"Dominguez is a tall, young, hungry featherweight, so I'll need to be on my game,” Frampton said. “The premise of an Oscar Valdez fight is dangling in front of me, so I want to go out and show the world that I've still got what it takes to be a world champion. Winning is always the most important thing, but I want to do it in style. It's great to be boxing stateside again. And Philly, in particular, has so much boxing history. I'd like to thank MTK Global and Top Rank for giving me the opportunity. I won't disappoint."
“Carl Frampton is already looking ahead to an Oscar Valdez, which gives me added motivation,” Dominguez said. “I am not a stepping stone. I coming to Philadelphia prepared to ruin Carl’s plans.”
Frampton (26-2, 15 KOs), a 10-year pro who compiled more than 100 victories during a standout amateur career, is on the road back to another world title opportunity following his competitive decision loss to IBF featherweight champion Josh Warrington last December. Frampton won the IBF junior featherweight world title in 2014 and unified titles against WBA champion Scott Quigg via split decision in February 2016. He upset Leo Santa Cruz to win the WBA super world featherweight title in July 2016 but lost the immediate rematch six months later.
Frampton won three in a row, including an interim world title, before running into Warrington in front of a sold-out Manchester Arena crowd in one of the year’s best fights. With his sights set on Valdez, he must first defeat Dominguez (26-8-2, 18 KOs), a 25-year-old native of Aguascalientes, Mexico, who has won four of his last five, all by knockout.
Magdaleno (26-1, 18 KOs) will be returning to the venue where he lost his world title, an April 2018 TKO loss in a Fight of the Year contender to Isaac Dogboe. The Las Vegas native, who made one successful defense of the belt he won from future Hall of Famer Nonito Donaire in November 2016, moved up to featherweight following the Dogboe defeat. He returned March 23 in Costa Mesa, California, and won a wide unanimous decision over former world champion Rico Ramos. Rivera (27-3-2, 18 KOs), from Tijuana, Mexico, has never been knocked out as a pro and is two fights removed from a spirited effort in a decision loss to WBA super world featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz. In July 2018, he dropped a tightly contested split decision to top featherweight prospect Joet Gonzalez, who was 19-0 at the time.
“This is a great opportunity as I continue my quest to become a two-weight world champion,” Magdaleno said. “Nothing is going to stand in my way, especially Rafael Rivera. He is a tough guy, but I am in a different class.”
“I have experience at the highest levels of the sport, so Magdaleno is not going to intimidate me,” Rivera said. “I know what a win would mean for my career. I am going to bring my Mexican fighting spirit to Philadelphia and make Magdaleno 0-2 at the Liacouras Center.”
Use the hashtags #FramptonDominguez and #MagdalenoRivera to join the conversation on social media.
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