Top Rank Doubleheader Saturday, Jan. 29, on ESPN, ESPN Deportes & ESPN+

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Top Rank Doubleheader Saturday, Jan. 29, on ESPN, ESPN Deportes & ESPN+

Main Event Title Eliminator Conceição vs. Martinez 


Featherweight Co-Feature Melendez vs. Giron  

Undefeated Nico Ali Walsh on Undercard Exclusively on ESPN+ 

A doubleheader of fighters all hoping to earn a title bout in the near future will be in the spotlight Saturday, Jan. 29, on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ at 10 p.m. ET as Top Rank visits the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tulsa in Oklahoma.  The main event features a 130-pound title eliminator with Robson Conceição facing Xavier Martinez, preceded by a co-main featherweight battle between Rene Tellez Giron and Luis Melendez.  Both bouts are 10-rounders.  

The undercard – streaming exclusively on ESPN+ at 6 p.m. ET – includes a four-round middleweight meeting of Nico Ali Walsh and Jeremiah Yeager.  Walsh is the grandson of Muhammad Ali and undefeated at 3-0 (2 KOs) while Yeager is 1-1 (1 KO).  Other fighters of note in the nine-fight undercard are U.S. Olympian Tiger Johnson (welterweight), Brooklyn-born Bruce Carrington (featherweight) and Tulsa native heavyweight Jeremiah Milton.  

Joe Tessitore will call the action, alongside Hall of Famer and 2004 U.S. Olympic gold medalist Andre Ward and future Hall of Famer Timothy Bradley for analysis. Mark Kriegel and Bernardo Osuna will serve as reporters and handle interviews.    

The Main Event 

Conceição (16-1, 8 KOs) captured a gold medal for Brazil at the 2016 Rio Olympics, capping a 400-plus fight amateur career that included wins over the likes of Cuba’s Lazaro Alvarez and a razor-thin defeat to Vasiliy Lomachenko at the 2011 World Championships. After nearly five years as an unbeaten pro, Conceição challenged WBC world champion Valdez in September. Conceição built an early lead, but Valdez rallied late for the unanimous decision.   

Martinez (17-0, 11 KOs) compiled an 85-10 amateur record before turning pro in 2015. He stepped up in 2019 with knockout wins over Jessie Cris Rosales and John Vincent Moralde and survived a gut check versus former interim world champion Claudio Marrero the following year. Martinez was knocked down twice in the eighth round, but outboxed Marrero in the championship rounds to earn a unanimous decision. He last fought in May and dominated veteran Juan Carlos Burgos over 10 rounds.  

The Co-Main Event 

The 22-year-old Giron (16-1, 10 KOs), whose only pro loss was a decision against Michel Rivera, burst onto the world stage in 2019 by knocking out then-unbeaten U.S. Olympian Karlos Balderas.  He’s since won two straight, both by stoppage. Melendez (17-1, 13 KOs), a rising contender from Puerto Rico, has won 15 straight fights.   

Main Card and Prelims (All times ET) 

10 PM  Main  Robson Conceicao vs. Xavier Martinez  ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN+ 
Co-Main  Luis Melendez vs. Rene Tellez Giron 
6 PM  Feature  Joey Dawejko vs. Stephen Shaw   ESPN+ 
Undercard  Tiger Johnson vs. Xavier Madrid 
Undercard  Pink Tyson vs. Carla Torres 
Undercard  Bruce Carrington vs. Steven Brown 
Undercard  Jeremiah Milton vs. Dell Long   
Undercard  Dante Benjamin Jr. vs. Herman Rendon 
Undercard  Haven Brady Jr. vs. Diuhl Olguin 
Undercard  Nico Ali Walsh vs. Jeremiah Yeager 
Undercard  Giovanni Cabrera vs. Rafael Reyes 

About ESPN  

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Dave Nagle

As I write this on 11-11-21, it's now 35 years for me at ESPN, the only real job I’ve ever had. I joined merely to help with the America’s Cup for three months at all of $5.50 per hour. I like to say I simply kept showing up. I’ve worked on almost every sport, plus answered viewer calls and letters (people used to write!), given tours, written the company newsletter and once drove NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon to the local airport. My travels have been varied…I’ve been to Martinsville, Darlington, Indy and Super Bowls; the America’s Cup (all 3) in San Diego and College GameDay in the sport’s meccas such as Eugene, Auburn, Lubbock, Stillwater and more; the NBA Finals, Wimbledon (16 times and counting) and the “other Bristol,” the one with a race track in Tennessee. These days, my main areas are tennis, UFC, boxing, ratings, and corporate communications documents, including more than 30 of the Year in Review press releases.
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