August 8, 2014
From the looks of today’s Press Conference in Ensenada, there’s a ton of interest in the upcoming boxing show scheduled for Friday, August 15 at the Gimnasio Oscar ‘Tigre’ Garcia in Ensenada's downtown City Center.
Without further ado let’s get right to the transcript of that Press Conference.
Monica Abedith Rico, a well-known female boxing trainer/manager from Tijuana served as the Master of Ceremonies: “Ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon. First and foremost, I would like to extend my warmest welcome to you all and thank you for joining us. At this time, I’d also like to thank the residents of Ensenada, as well as the business community. They have been very gracious and accepted us with open arms.
“Next, I’d like to thank Iván “Choko” Hernández, the newly elected President of the Ensenada Boxing Commission. On September 25th, it will be exactly 10 years to the day that Mr. Hernandez defeated this dominant southpaw and now Hall of Famer Marcellus “Too Sharp” Johnson (44-3) to become the WBO Super Flyweight World Champ. In that fight, Ivan had to knock Johnson down twice before finally stopping him in the eighth round. Up to that time, Johnson had an unblemished record in world title fights of 12-0.
“Ivan went on to fight such greats as Fernando Montiel, Israel Vazquez and Joel Brunker. It wasn’t until last August, after 14 years in the fight game, that the Champ finally hung up the gloves.
“From the printer of our tickets, Imprenta Olimpica, to the maker of our banners, Alta Imagen Digital, from our security staff to the hard working fighters and trainers. We owe you all a big debt of gratitude.
"At this time, I'd like to introduce Saul Rios, a former boxer himself, the CEO of the Borizteca Boxing Management Group."
Saul Rios: “Thank you all for coming. From the outset, it’s been our intent to put on a great show but now, with all the assistance we’ve received and the fanfare, the advertising on TV by Televisa, it’s become more like a noble quest to produce an event that fans will be talking about for a long time.
“It’s also been our desire to use this first show, first show of what we hope will be many shows to come, to establish a strong foundation. One that we can build on to eventually produce 12 fights a year, one each month. That’s why we’ve gone the extra mile to make certain the fighters selected to appear on this inaugural fight card have what it takes to give the fans a great show.
“Our Borizteca Boxing Management Group consists of:
Dr. Cesar Perez Mejorado - local event co-ordinator and Public Relations
"Not present, Octavio Augie Ojeda, VP of Finances & Operations, a former Major League Baseball player, shortstop for the Chicago Cubs (2000-2003), Minnesota Twins (2004) & Arizona Diamondbacks (2007-2010) and finally Lou Messina, another manager/trainer who's been our Director of Operations and helped in the matchmaking.
"And we can't forget Jose Guardado, not only a former champion in both boxing and kickboxing, he's responsible for developing the majority of the talented fighters from Ensenada, a few you'll see on this upcoming fight card. He's helped us in so many ways.
“For those interested, on Friday morning, August 15 at 10 a.m., on the day of the show, we will have a luxury tour bus waiting at the San Ysidro border crossing. What you do is cross the border, walk straight ahead for 120 yards to where the yellow cabs await their patrons. At that same location, we’ll have our luxury bus which will then bring you here to the San Nicolas Hotel & Casino in Ensenada.
“If you are interested in this getaway package, we’ll also include a Wine Country Tour, a room at the San Nicolas Hotel with Continental Breakfast, plus a VIP pass to see the show, and then you get your return trip back to San Ysidro, all this for just $155 per person, less if you’d rather not take advantage of the tour of the Wine Country.
After everyone had a chance to add their thoughts, a copy of the bout sheet was handed to all those present.
Rios: "In our Main Event we have light welterweight Mario “Rocky” Meraz (21-4-0, 17 KOs) of Ensenada going up against Lizandro de los Santos (22-11-0, 9 KOs) of Agua Prieta, Sonora.
“In our co-main event we have Adrian Nunez (3-0-0, 1 KO) of Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico going up against Oscar Alexis “Pilo” Canett (5-0-0, 3 KOs) of Ensenada.
“Canett, a former kick boxer, has only been boxing for a year and a half and yet he’s now preparing for his 7th fight, all within 14 months. One of his fights was ruled a no-contest. To say the least Canett is an amazing talent."
“His opponent, Adrián Núñez Ponce, who came up through the Amateur ranks, is a well schooled fighter who hails from Havana, Cuba. He has been training with the well respected Leonel R. Viciedo Dominguez from Buenos Aires, Argentina.
“In the other co-main event, we have Victor “Sina” Fonseca (8-3-1, 6 KOs) of Tijuana, the son-in-law of the former NABF Flyweight and Super Flyweight Champion Miguel Maikito Martinez going up against Juan “El Feroz” Valenzuela (6-4-0, 3 KOs) of Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico.
“Like Canett, the 21 year old Fonseca has been getting better and better each fight. Why are the two so focused? Because both of these young men are married with children and as a consequence they are very focused. Plus, Fonseca has had an opportunity to spar with many of the best fighters in the sport - people like the Arellano brothers, Israel and Antonio, Antonio Orozco, Alan Sanchez, Oscar Godoy and Mercito Gesta.
“In what they are calling an old fashion grudge match, Donnie “Pitbull” Davis of Topeka, Kansas, a veteran of 13 campaigns, says he’s bringing his mean streak to wipe the smile off the face of Vinnie “American Nightmare” Carita (8-1-1, 8 KOs) from Pembroke, Maine.
“Carita’s claim to fame? The 29 year-old, court officer by day, is the current WBU Americas Cruiserweight title holder and the IBU North American Cruiserweight champion. When asked about his renown for knocking people out and the boasting from Davis, he told us, “I’ve got nothing against Davis and I never want to hurt anyone, but I am coming for the knockout.”
Asked why he wanted to take this fight since it is so far from his home state of Massachusetts, he said, “I love boxing, been doing it since I was seven years old. Its hard to get fights in my area, so I have to travel a lot.”
“Next, it will be Jorge “El Bandido” Escalante taking on Adrian Montes of Mexicali in a light heavyweight match."
Information provided earlier states: "The 29 year-old Escalante, who trains at the Gladiator School of MMA & Boxing in Spring Valley, CA, made his successful pro-debut back on April 24th when he stopped fellow debutant Alejandro Castorena of Tijuana at the Hangar 27 Night Club in Tijuana in the second round. With these two light heavyweights being big bangers, it’s almost guaranteed this fight will not go the distance.
“Escalante, who comes from a family of big eaters, got into the sport to lose weight. At one time, he weighed as much as 240 pounds. He now weighs between 172 and 175 pounds. In a normal workout, he can lose as much as seven pounds. To improve his boxing skills, this late bloomer traveled all over to spar. He credits his steady growth to his mates at the Gladiator School of MMA & Boxing.
“Back on December 26, 2012, shortly after dark, Escalante, out jogging, became an impromptu hero after pulling a 19 year-old accident victim out of his auto after it had careened off the highway and into the Sweetwater River. Witnesses figure the car must have been going close to or exceeding 100 miles per hour before flipping over and over and ending up with the wheels sticking out of the water. Soon after, the car was nearly submerged.
“Prior to that accident, nine people had died along that same curve. Amongst the praise for his gallantry came the more whimsical remarks from friends: “Your quick thinking broke the curse!” “Wow!! That is awesome! Good thing you were there to save a life. Best present anyone can give” and finally “the car must have been thirsty.”
Saul Rios: “In a super featherweight clash, we have Eric “Young Danger” Jimenez of Tijuana challenging Adam Fiel of Vacaville, California.
“Then, it’s 6’6” Rafael “El Grande” Rios (1-0) of San Diego by way of Tijuana taking on Ensenada’s Román Borquez (1-5-1). In Rios’ debut against Edgar “Porky” Najera in Tijuana on August 1st, he did very well and even knocked Najera down in round two to secure the easy victory.
“Also on the undercard, we have two lightweights from Ensenada making their pro debut Zeus Valenzuela and Reynaldo Morales. With this one being a cross-town rivalry, it should be a dandy.
Abedith Rico finished the Press Conference by saying: “As of today, tickets are still available. General Admission is 100 pesos, Ringside is 200 pesos and our VIP placement is 300 pesos. The boxers’ weigh-ins for this Friday’s show will take place Thursday, August 14th at 12:30 p.m. at the Gimnasio Oscar ‘Tigre’ Garcia which is located between Avenida Espinoza and Avenida Guadalupe just eight blocks from the hotel at Calle Novena #1367. Again, thank you all for coming and we will see you at the fights."