Rafa Márquez in the final stage of his training
Rafael Márquez Méndez, who will contend on October 1st for the WBC super bantamweight world title against the Japanese Toshiaki Nishioka in Las Vegas, entered the last stage of his training and announced he will travel to the host city on Monday.
Márquez worked intensively yesterday in a gym at Coyoacán under the guidance of his trainer Daniel Zaragoza. He will have his last intense training session on Saturday, in which he will do eight rounds of boxing with Alberto Zaragoza and Jorge Otocani.
Dante Jardón wants to give a great show
The current WBC featherweight youth world champion, Dante “Crazy” Jardón, stated that Philippine fighters are resistant and always move forward, which is the reason why his fight will be a tough one. However he will try to prove that Mexicans have enough weapons to be the best in this sport. Besides, he will try to give a good show on Saturday night in Juriquilla.
“They are fighters that go forward, they´re very crude, very tough; we´re also tough and very strong. My plan for Juriquilla is to give a great show but, above all, be victorious. If I get to touch him I won´t stop, I will hurt him and it will end in knockout; if not, we´re ready for the ten rounds” stated “Crazy” Jardón.
Regarding the strengths he has for the fight, the Mexican mentioned “my strength is my discipline and my will to fight hard, this is my sixth defense. I believe I´m well prepared, I´m very motivated and I hope to keep my winning streak. Doors are opening for something bigger but first we have to clear every doubt and we really hope to make it. I wish to thank the fandom for their support, those are nice people, really cool and…well, I just promise them a great show, I hope they enjoy it and let´s hope the title stays in Mexico”.
Oscar Ibarra will dispute the super flyweight silver title
The fighter from Mexico City, Oscar “Ceviche” Ibarra, will defend his WBC super flyweight silver title and will contend for the opportunity to conquer the world title against the tagalog Sylvester López, as part of the boxing show that will be held this Saturday in Juriquilla, Querétaro.
Ibarra, who arrives to the fight with 27 victories -18 by knockout- and 4 defeats, pointed out that he is ready follow the path set by his cousin, Jhonny González, and become world champion.
“I dedicate this fight to all my family and the people of Juriquilla. I know that my rival is a very good fighter, he is number one on the ranking and that´s why I prepared myself like never before in my career” ended “Ceviche”.
Samuel Gutiérrez is glad to fight for the WBC silver title
The fighter from Puebla, Samuel Gutiérrez, claimed to be happy and working with intensity for his fight, which will take place on October 1st in Puebla, his hometown. There, he will have the opportunity to regain the WBC light flyweight silver title when he faces the Philippine Roilo Golez.
"We´re in a great mood and we´ve done a good work in the gym. I don´t even have trouble with my weight since I´ve fought almost all my fights in the strawweight and now I moved to the light flyweight, the immediate upper división. I am very motivated, I didn´t expect to have this opportunity so soon” said “Sammy”.
Opportunities have to be seized and Samuel Gutiérrez understands it very well: “It´s a good thing for me to vie for this championship and I have to seize it hundred percent, that´s why I work so hard in the gym. Of course I want to be at the top again.”
Jackie Nava will defend against Soledad Edith Matthysse
Jackie “Princesa Azteca" Nava, will return to her homeland, to the ground that witnessed her birth and her development as one of the greatest Mexican female fighters.
On Saturday, October 8, Jackie Nava (24-4-3, 11 kos), WBC super bantamweight interim champion, will face the Argentine Soledad Edith Matthysse (9-2-1, 1 ko) in the show "Todo el Poder" presented by Zanfer in the Municipal Auditorium of Tijuana and to be broadcast by TV Azteca.
This is a great opportunity for Nava to return to the spotlight after two epic battles against Ana María Torres, of which one was a draw and the other a defeat.
Jackie will face a solid, resistant Argentine fighter with strong boxing lineage. She is the sister of the world ranked fighter Lucas Matthysse. The last time Nava fought in Tijuana was on August 2010, when she knocked out the Colombian María Andrea "La Pantera" Miranda in the fourth round.
"I´m glad and excited to fight in my hometown again and give back some of the support that people have always given me with a great performance on the ring on October 8” said Nava.
Female WBC champion trains Federal Police agents
Irma García Núñez, winner of the female boxing reality show “Reto de campeonas” held last April in Chiapas, and WBC featherweight international champion, as well as Federal Agent since 2003, specialized in instruction and training in the Division of Federal Forces, in which she is in charge of teaching self defense and enhancing the physical condition of rookie agents and of those who want to face delinquency, will jump into the ring again on October 29, with an opponent yet to be named.
“I can defend my international title, which is one step below the world title, but I can´t abandon my job as a cop, because the fight there is for Mexico” ended the champion.
“Pistón” López will defend the FECOMBOX title
The unbeaten fighter from Torreón, José "Pistón" López, will face a tough test this Saturday at the Auditorio Centenario in Gómez Palacio, Durango. He will defend his FECOMBOX title against the experienced fighter from Mexico City, Eugenio “Dinamita” López, who has a 3 fight winning streak. The charismatic “Pistón” seeks to remain unbeaten after his first fifteen professional bouts, in which he has already defeated the former world champion César “Cobrita” Soto and the son of the legend Jorge “Maromero” Páez, “Maromerito” Páez Jr.
This will be the main fight of the show "Rompiendo las Cadenas" (“Breaking the Chains”) organized by Promociones del Pueblo and Modelo Group.
Javier Castillejos will be awarded
“It is always a nice thing to be remembered, and, if it´s your friends and your people, it´s twice the pride” were the words of Javier Castillejo, “El Lince de Parla”, who will receive a well deserved accolade on September 23 in the bullfighting arena of Parla, the close-to-Madrid district he paraded proudly around the world.
Two years after his last fight, the eight-time champion of the world and perhaps the best Spanish fighter ever, still holds a place in the hearts of the fans.
Ana María Torres will defend her title against Marissa Portillo
The Mexican fighter Ana María Torres announced that she will make the tenth defense of her WBC super flyweight title against the Argentine Marissa "Nena" Portillo on October 8 in Guadalajara.
"I´m happy to hear that I will finally fight in Guadalajara, the city is like a second home to me. It´s a great joy because I´ve always had great support from the fans here, people really love me here and that is terrific for a profesional fighter” she stated.
Torres, born in Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, State of Mexico, added “I can tell people I won´t fail, they will see a great fight. I know there are no small opponents but they can be sure that I´ll do my best to win and to keep the title at home. If I have the chance to knockout, so be it.”
“Barbie” will defend on October 15
As part of the show of Boxeo de Gala, the Mexican world champion Mariana Juárez will defend her WBC flyweight title for the third time. The venue and the opponent are yet to be confirmed.
After her brilliant performance on August 27 in Huamantla, Tlaxcala, in which she smashed the Japanese Asami Shikasho and won by unanimous decision, thus retaining her WBC flyweight title, Mariana “Barbie” Juárez is back on the gym, ahead of the third defense of her world championship on the upcoming October 15.
The native of the district of Santa Úrsula Coapa is in the prime of her career, proof of it is the 16 fight winning streak with no defeats. During this streak, she has collected the flyweight national championship, the WBC female international flyweight championship, the WBC interim international flyweight world championship and the WBC flyweight world championship.
“We´re working very hard for our next fight. Fausto García, my promoter, told me that I will defend my title on October 15, the venue and the rival are yet to be confirmed” mentioned Mariana.
“Barbie”, who has a professional record of 30 victories with 14 knockouts, 5 defeats and 3 draws, will try to defend her belt as many times as possible and thus write her name in golden letters in the history of female boxing, seeking a second and even a third world championship in different divisions.
“We always try to do our best on the ring. I will burnish this belt, which cost me blood and tears. I will give a chance to the top contenders to dispute the title and I will demonstrate I am the best flyweight fighter of the world. Then, the super flyweight and, why not? The bantamweight. I want people to remember forever the name Mariana Juárez when they talk about female boxing” said “Barbie”.
Within the next days, the physician-promoter Fausto García will announce the venue and the rival for Mariana.
The undercards for the show, which will be organized by Boxeo de Gala, will feature Reyes “Rey” Sánchez and the Tamaulipas native, José Alfredo “Diablito” Zúñiga, both highly ranked. The latter will defend for the second time his WBC strawweight continental title.
Jardón and Ibarra seek victories over Philippine fighters
Aware of the expectations of the public, who want to see mesmerizing battles, the Mexican fighters Dante Jardón and Oscar Ibarra went to the office of the WBC to promote their fights against their Philippine opponents. The new episode of the intense rivalry that Aztecs and Tagalogs hold on the ring will take place this Saturday in Juriquilla, Querétaro.
WBC ratifies Mayweather´s victory
During the usual weekly meeting with the media, the World Boxing Council confirmed the knockout victory of Floyd Mayweather Jr. over Víctor Ortiz, who was stripped of his welterweight title in the fourth round.
“The official position of the organization is the ratification of Floyd´s triumph over Ortiz, there were no faults to the regulation, there were some things that diverted the attention but Mayweather's victory is incontrovertible, he won well" argued the executive secretary of the WBC, Mauricio Sulaimán.
“Ortiz intentionally head-butted, that deserved two points of deduction, not one, he did it with all the intention of injuring Mayweather, then he lost his focus and Floyd, with all the experience, seized the moment and knocked him out” he ended.
Pascal would fight Hopkins for the third time.
Jean Pascal would fight against the WBC world champion, Bernard Hopkins, for the third time.
The promoter Yvon Michel said Tuesday that HBO is interested in having a fight between Pascal and either Hopkins or Chad Dawson, sometime during 2012.
Hopkins and Dawson are scheduled to fight on October 15 in what will be the first defense of his WBC title in Los Angeles.
The Canadian Pascal defended his title after their first fight was called draw. He lost it in the rematch.
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