Edwin Rodriguez: “I had a good training camp in Houston. They put me through hell. I’m ready to show the world that I’m a top 10 super middleweight in the world. I know Jason Escalera is a good fighter. He’s Puerto Rican, so he has a lot of will. Saturday night I need to break him down, take his will, and knock him out. I’m going to stay in the middle of the ring and take this guy out before the sixth round.”
Jason Escalera & Edwin Rodriguez
Jason Escalera: “I’m excited. Camp was good and I was in the ring with known fighters like Demetrius Hopkins, Joe Smith, Ossie Duran, Glen Tapia, Danny Jacobs and Curtis Stevens. I’ve been working for this day to put on a show. Lou (DiBella), I’m going to disappoint you. I gotta do what I gotta do.”
Luis Orlando Del Valle: “I’m excited. It’s been 12 years of working hard for this time and it’s finally here. I guarantee everybody in boxing will know who Luis Orlando Del Valle is. It’s an honor for me to fight Vic Darchinyan, but everybody’s time comes. This is my time to step up and Vic Darchinyan’s ends. I’ll prove it Saturday night on my way to winning a world title. This is the first of many to come.”
Vic Darchinyan: “I want to thank HBO; it’s my first time on HBO. You will see a very exciting fight from me on fight night.”
Antonin Decarie: “This is an amazing opportunity for me to establish myself as one of the best welterweights in the world. It’s my time to shine. I’m so proud to be fighting on HBO. This is a dream come true. Saturday night will be great for me.”
Alex Perez: “I’m ready to go 10 rounds. I’ve been waiting for this my whole life. Basically, it’s a dream come true.”
(L-R) Edwin Rodriguez & Lou DiBella
Lou DiBella (promoter of Rodriquez & Perez, co-promoter of Del Valle): “This event is selling very, very well and I hope to have a full room on Saturday night.
“This is an opportunity for these young fighters to shine, but it’s a crossroads fight for all of them. Everybody on this card has their hands full. Everybody knows Vic Darchinyan, but this is pretty much the first time on a big show for the other fighters. You’ve got to get out and entertain, not just win, and that’s the type of fighters that people want to see.
By Damon “Latinbox” Gonzalez – Ringside
Photos: Robert Richards
A action packed night of fights Glenn “The Bomber” Donaire (19-5-1, 10 KOs) lost a 12 round unanimous decision to Omar “Lobito” Soto (23-9-2, 15 KOs) in a bout for the vacant NABO flyweight title on Friday night at the A La Carte Pavilion in Tampa, Florida.
Flyweights Glenn Donaire- Omar Soto battle it out starting with a slow pace Donaire landing nice combinations to Soto witch responded with good counterpunching catching Donaire with nice hard right. In two Doniare starts off quick landed a hard upper cut both fighters starting to heat it up Doniare looking relaxed starting to mix it up with Soto getting the best of him in the round.
Donaire keeping the pressure but Soto landing nice right hands to the face of Donaire, Three little harder to score Soto countering and coming over the top Donaire still catching him coming in both fighters opposing their will.
Donaire making a fight Soto has all the weapons but sitting on his right hand, Donaire showing a punching clinic but Soto really getting close to Donaire response with low blow was warned by the referee, Soto establishing himself by fighting harder in the fourth I have it even at this point.
Soto continues to find those moments too attack Donaire who is taking away his jab by good head movement, Donaire getting closer in the round landing punches to the countering Soto who doesn’t move his head that much Donaire in five.
Both fighters showing their grudge in this round in so far a roller coaster fight very technical but Soto lifted in the round busier. Soto closes the show just all over Donaire in the Championship rounds becoming the spoiler taking the win by scores of 118-110 twice and 116-112.