CON FECHA LAS OPORTUNIDADES MUNDIALES DE ROCKY MARTÍNEZ E IVÁN CALDERÓN; EN OCTUBRE EL REGRESO DE JONATHAN OQUENDO

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO- Los ex campeones mundiales Román “Rocky” Martínez e Iván “Iron Boy” Calderón tendrán sus combates de título mundial en los meses de septiembre y octubre, respectivamente, mientras que el contendor mundial Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo regresará al cuadrilátero en octubre en Puerto Rico.
Así lo dio a conocer Peter Rivera, vicepresidente de PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP), quien anunció otra serie de eventos que se aproximan con púgiles de la compañía en combates de títulos regionales.
“Estamos anunciando que la pelea de Rocky Martínez ante Miguel Beltrán Jr. será el 15 de septiembre y será por el título mundial junior ligero, que está vacante en estos momentos, mientras que el combate por el título mundial de las 105 libras entre Iván Calderón y Moisés Fuentes será el 6 de octubre en la cartelera que tendrá a Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. frente a Rafael Márquez en el coliseo Rubén Rodríguez de Bayamón”, indicó Rivera hoy.
De esta manera, Rocky Martínez (25-1-1, 16 KOs), un ex monarca junior ligero de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), se medirá a Beltrán Jr. (27-1, 17 KOs) como parte del programa estelarizado por el choque entre el campeón mediano del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB), Julio César Chávez Jr. y el argentino Sergio “Maravilla” Martínez el 15 de septiembre en el Thomas and Mack Center de Las Vegas, Nevada. El choque Martínez-Beltrán Jr. será por el cetro que quedó vacante hace varias semanas cuando Adrien Broner perdió el título al no dar el peso y después derrotar a Vicente Escobedo. Broner subirá a las 135 libras.
“La pelea de Rocky con Beltrán Jr. será parte de la transmisión de “Pay Per View” de la cartelera de Chávez vs Martínez”, agregó Rivera.
Mientras, el esperado encuentro entre el ex doble campeón mundial Iron Boy Calderón (35-2-1, 6 KOs) y el actual monarca peso mínimo de la OMB, el mexicano Moisés Fuentes (15-1, 7 KOs), finalmente se llevará a cabo el sábado, 6 de octubre, en el Rubén Rodríguez como parte del programa que medirá a los también ex campeones mundiales Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. y Rafael Márquez en una transmisión de “Pay Per View”.
En ese mismo cartel, el campeón supergallo Latino de la OMB, Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo (22-2, 15 KOs) regresará al cuadrilátero tras un año de inactividad debido a un accidente sufrido. Oquendo está clasificado actualmente número dos por la OMB en las 122 libras.
Así las cosas el 6 de octubre en el Rubén Rodríguez de Bayamón se enfrentarán Vázquez Jr. (21-2-1, 18 KOs) con Márquez (41-7, 37 KOs), Calderón con Fuentes, el regreso de Oquendo, y otras peleas que se anunciarán próximamente.
Rivera también informó que próximamente se estarán brindando detalles de una serie de carteleras que cobrarán vida en los hoteles y casinos de la Isla y que deben comenzar a finales de septiembre con los gemelos McWilliams y McJoe Arroyo en los turnos principales.

ANTONIO ESCALANTE VS. LEONILO MIRANDA ADDED AS CO-FEATURE ON SATURDAY’S TELEFUTURA “SÓLO BOXEO TECATE” EVENT IN SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS BRIAN VERA AND SERGIO MORA BATTLE IN MAIN EVENT WITH STACKED UNDERCARD

LOS ANGELES, August 8 – Popular and proud Texan Antonio Escalante returns to the ring this Saturday night at the Illusions Theater at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas to compete in the eight-round “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” co-main event on TeleFutura against Mexican knockout artist Leonilo Miranda.

The explosive featherweight battle will lead up to Saturday’s main event rematch between Lubbock’s Brian Vera and former World Champion Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora for the vacant NABO middleweight title.

Vera vs. Mora II, a 12-round fight for the vacant NABO middleweight title set for Saturday, August 11 at the Illusions Theater at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Leija & Battah Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate. TeleFutura will broadcast the fight beginning at 12:00 a.m. ET/11:00 p.m. PT.

Tickets, priced at $100, $75, $55, $45, $35 and $20, are available for purchase at the Alamodome Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at http://www.ticketmaster.com and via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at (800) 745-3000.

A native of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico who now makes his home in El Paso, Texas, 27-year-old Antonio Escalante (26-4, 18 KO’s) has long been one of the Lone Star State’s most popular fighters and for good reason, considering his finishing power and fan-friendly style. A former NABO super bantamweight titleholder, Escalante has his sights set on a world title at featherweight and, with three wins in a row all by knockout, he’s on his way to the goal at a breakneck pace.

29-year old Sonora, Mexico native Leonilo “Veneno” Miranda (36-4, 25 KO’s) is one of the featherweight division’s most intriguing puzzles because he can baffle you with his southpaw style and then knock you out with either hand. Looking to get back on a winning track after tough decision losses to top unbeaten prospects Luis Franco and Gary Russell Jr., Miranda is eager to put on a spectacular show against Escalante this weekend.

A decorated amateur with a 2009 Junior Olympic National Championship to his name, 19-year-old Orlando, Florida native Daquan Arnett (5-0, 3 KO’s) has been a force in the professional ring thus far, ending three of his five fights in two rounds or less. On Saturday, the junior middleweight faces Santa Rosalia, Mexico’s Ishwar Amador (11-10, 7 KO’s) in a six round match.

The great state of Texas will have plenty to cheer about during the undercard which is stacked with Texas natives including unbeatens Adam Lopez (3-0, 1 KO) and Javier Rodriguez (2-0-1) of San Antonio and Jerren Cochran (4-0, 3 KO’s) of Houston, all in action. Rodriguez will meet fellow San Antonio native Kermit Hendricks (1-2) in a four round junior featherweight battle while featherweight Cochran battles Fort Worth’s Jesus Rocha (3-3) in a four round contest. Junior welterweight Lopez will face an opponent to be determined in a six round fight.

Also in action in a six round fight will be San Antonio welterweight Steve Hall (5-2, 5 KO’s) who will be looking for another big knockout win when he battles Oviedo, Florida’s Roger Rosa (4-2-1) and in another battle for San Antonio pride Benjamin Whitaker will make his professional debut against Germain Carson (0-1) in a four round welterweight battle.

ANTONIO DEMARCO VS. JOHN MOLINA JR. PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES

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Sherman Oaks, CA. August 9, 2012 – Yesterday at a packed Sisley’s Restaurant in Sherman Oaks, Calif, WBC lightweight champion, Antonio DeMarco (27-2-1, 20 KOs) and top contender John Molina Jr. (24-1, 19 KOs) hosted a press conference to discuss their upcoming championship bout, taking placeSeptember 8, 2012 at Oracle Arena televised live on HBO Championship Boxing.
The 12-round championship bout will take place at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., as the co-feature to Andre “SOG” Ward (25-0, 13 KOs) vs. “Bad” Chad Dawson (31-1, 17 KOs) promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotionsand Gary Shaw Productions, televised live on HBO® World Championship Boxing beginning at 9:45 PM ET
Photos By Mitchell Allen – Goossen Tutor Promotions
“I fight for my family and the people of Mexico and this is going to be a great fight for the fans. John Molina is a tough fighter, and it’s going to be a war, but I will die in the ring to keep my WBC title.” – Antonio DeMarco

“This fight means the world to me. It’s what I’ve been dreaming about since I was 10 years old to win a world title. I’m going in their with nothing less than a victory. I think it’s safe to say the fight is not going the distance and it’s going to be a fight of the year candidate. He’s going to come to fight, I’m coming to fight and I plan on leaving September 8th as the new world champion” – John Molina Jr.

“This is what boxing is all about a throwback fight with two fighters that come straight across the ring. There is no quit in either one. I don’t think it goes twelve rounds. Antonio DeMarco has that special something that makes a man from the streets, from the way he was brought up, from eating off the streets from having no home. He’s never lost that dream and like he says, Dream your dream because they could come true if you work hard. DeMarco is one hell of a fighter”
Gary Shaw

“This is the type of fight that could stand on its own. There’s no doubt in mind that this fight is going to be a war for as long as it last. John Molina is only looking for one thing and that’s knockout after knockout, and those are the ingredients for a great fight.”
Dan Goossen

The reason I think this fight is going to be a memorable fight is because their both going to fight each other. My thinking is instincts will take this fight into a nose to nose battle. If that happens its going to be a fight that the media and fans will remember forever”
Joe Goossen

Molina Preparing for a Beast

“I go in there thinking like I’m fighting the baddest guy in the division. I train like that too. I expect to be facing a beast of a world champion every time I go in that ring and that’s why I train as hard as I do.”

“For Canelo to go out of the weight division and fight some guy who was fighting at 140 lbs last year… I can’t believe it. I don’t know what to say. It’s bullshit. C’mon, fight somebody in our division!”

Top junior middleweight contender “King” Carlos Molina (19-5-2, 6 KOs) is in final preparations for his co-main event appearance against Miami’s Damian “Devo” Frias (19-4-1, 10 KOs) on Friday, August 17, at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma.

Presented by Warriors Boxing, Group Yvon Michel and Tony Holden Productions, the blockbuster night of boxing will serve as the ESPN Friday Night Fights season finale for 2012 (10 PM Eastern on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN3) and also features a 12-round super middleweight main event between Chicago’s Don “Da Bomb” George (22-2-1, 19 KOs) and powerful Canadian slugger Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (18-1, 15 KOs).

In Canada, the event will be presented on PPV at Canal Indigo and Bell TV with the telecast starting at 9:00 PM/ET, featuring Stevenson highlights until picking up the ESPN telecast at 10:00 PM/ET.

29-year-old Molina says he’s over the fiasco that was March battle against Texas slugger James Kirkland and the ridiculous circumstances surrounding his controversial disqualification and is looking forward to taking on the world’s top 154-lb fighters.

But first, he must get by Frias, a skillful southpaw coming off the biggest win of his career, a nine-round stoppage of then 22-1 Henry Crawford.

What do you know about your opponent Damian Frias?

I know he is a left hander, he’s 19-4, but I haven’t seen him fight or anything like that. He’s going to go in there with an advantage because he’s probably seen me fight, but it’s what you do in the ring that matters.

This is the first fight you’ve had in a long time where you’re probably the favorite going in. Does that make a difference?

Everything in boxing is mental. Every time I go into a fight, I pay no attention to who is the favorite or anything like that. I go in there thinking like I’m fighting the baddest guy in the division. I train like that too. I expect to be facing a beast of a world champion every time I go in that ring and that’s why I train as hard as I do. You have to always expect the toughest opponent and prepare properly for him and you’ll always be alright.

You took this fight on fairly short notice. Does that bother you at all?

No, I’m always in the gym trying to get ready and see what happens. You never know when opportunity will knock all you have to do is be ready. I just step up the sparring and I’m good to go in a few weeks.

Where have you been training?

I did most of my training at Jabb Gym in Chicago. I like it because it’s so hot in there. You want extreme conditions when you train. If you can do 12 rounds in 100-degree heat, you can do 10 in 80-degree heat.

How do you feel about (WBC Champion) Canelo Alvarez deciding not to face you and face the much-smaller Josesito Lopez instead in his next fight?

That bothers me because the 154 division is stacked. We need to get to the bottom of this and find out who is the best. Nobody knows right now. Mayweather went up in weight and everybody else is seeing where they fit in. For Canelo to go out of the weight division and fight some guy who was fighting at 140 lbs last year… I can’t believe it. I don’t know what to say. It’s bullshit. C’mon, fight somebody in our division!

How do you feel going into this fight?

Every time I fight, I feel better. I’m still learning a lot with every fight. Maybe it has something to do with my only have six amateur fights, but I’m finding I’m a lot more comfortable with every fight. I’m picking up real quick. I’m 29 and I feel good, but I still feel like I could get a lot better. That’s my number one goal: to work hard and get better.