El campeón junior ligero de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), Román “Rocky” Martínez, debutará en “La Gran Manzana” el sábado, 19 de enero de 2013, cuando exponga por primera vez su cetro ante el mexicano Juan Carlos Burgos en un cartel que se efectuará en el Madison Square Garden y será transmitido por la telecadena HBO y su programa “Boxing After Dark”, en una presentación de Top Rank.

Martínez (26-1-1, 16 KOs), que hará además su debut en HBO, se medirá en uno de los choques coestelares de la velada a Burgos (30-1, 19 KOs), el primer clasificado de la OMB en las 130 libras. El programa tendrá dos combates mundiales adicionales. El monarca pluma de la OMB, Orlando “Siri” Salido (38-11-2, 26 KOs) se enfrentará a  Miguel Ángel “Mikey” García (29-0, 25 KOs), mientras el campeón mediano de la AMB, Gennady Golovkin (24-0, 21 KOs) peleará ante el descendiente de puertorriqueños Gabriel “Gabe” Rosado (21-5, 13 KOs).

“Es una gran oportunidad de Rocky, primero porque tendrá la oportunidad de pelear por primera vez en Nueva York y además porque estará combatiendo por HBO, donde lo hará también por primera vez”, dijo Peter Rivera, vicepresidente de PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP), compañía que representa a Martínez junto a Top Rank.

Martínez, el único campeón mundial nacido y desarrollado en Puerto Rico actualmente, ganó por segunda ocasión el cetro junior ligero de la OMB cuando el pasado 15 de septiembre en Las Vegas derrotó al mexicano Miguel Beltrán Jr. por decisión dividida. Anteriormente, el boricua había reinado en esta categoría entre 2009 y 2010.

Aunque cuenta con solo 24 años, Burgos es un peleador de mucha experiencia cuya única derrota fue hace dos años cuando cayó ante el japonés Hozumi Hasegawa por el título peso pluma del CMB en 2010. Además, fue el responsable de quitarle el invicto al también puertorriqueño Luis “El Artesano” Cruz el año pasado.

Mientras tanto, Martínez, de 29 años y natural de Vega Baja, se mantiene trabajando fuerte en el Gimnasio Municipal de Dorado bajo las órdenes de su entrenador Raúl “Papo” Torres.

Por Aleudi Rosario

Undefeated WBO Junior Lightweight World Champion Adrien Broner (Left) and NABO Junior Lightweight Champion Vicente Escobedo (Right) pose on June 13, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio at the press conference to officially announce their July 21, 2012 world title fight at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati which will be broadcast live on HBO Boxing After Dark. Photos by Pat Lovell/Hoganphotos


Liverpool star Stephen Smith returns to his home city on Friday 11th May to headline the Olympia, live on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456/Virgin Ch. 546).

Smith will make the first defence of his World Boxing Organization (WBO) Intercontinental Super-Featherweight title against tough Spaniard Francisco Urena.

 The 26-year-old is aiming to stay on track for a rematch with Lee Selby who inflicted the first loss on his record last September to take the Scouser’s British and Commonwealth titles in one of the biggest domestic upsets of last year.

He roared back with back-to-back first round wins over Arpad Vass in February and Ben Jones last month to win the title and he’ll be keeping an eye on rival Selby who defends his titles two weeks later in Newport.

And the Liverpool FC fanatic will be looking to make it a hat-trick of first rounders against Urena who has never been stopped in 21 fights.

Smith said, “I’m looking forward to returning to Liverpool to fight in front of my loyal home fans again and give them a good performance to show that I’m back to my best,”

“Urena looks like a tough challenger, but I haven’t seen too much of him yet, from what I’ve heard he likes to come forward which will play into my hands,”

“It would be great to stop him in the first round, like the last two have gone, but I don’t go in looking to end things early it’s just the way things have worked out and if I see an opening I go for it,”

“Of course, I want the fight with Selby again to have the chance to reclaim my titles and to put things right and I know I’ll get him down the line,”

“I’m fighting regularly, keeping sharp and improving all the time so when I do face him I’ll beat him.”

The Olympia undercard features unbeaten super-middleweight Rocky Fielding in an eight-rounder; unbeaten light-middleweight prospect Joe Selkirk; Ellesmere Port super-flyweight Paul Butler, plus Liverpool’s Andy Coulqhoun and Lyndon Newman.

Tickets are priced at £30, £40 and £60 and are available from Frank Warren Promotions on 01992 550 888 and Olympia Box Office on 0151 263 6633.



WBO NABO Jr. Lightweight Vicente Escobedo (25-3, 15KOs) is on the verge of cashing in his best career performance against Lonnie Smith last month, with a shot at one of the Jr. Lightweight champions in 2012.

The 30 year-old from Woodland, has been talked about as a possible opponent for WBO champion Adrien Broner in the coming months, but told WBN that he will take on any the belt holders at 130lbs.

“I would like a shot at Broner of course. I think I have the style and skills to beat him,” Escobedo told World Boxing News.

“But i’ll go for the first champion my manager and promoter can make a deal with and if that is Broner then I welcome it.

“He is a very talented fighter but I see chinks in his armour, although I wouldn’t tell what they were.”

Escobedo surprised many in his latest victory, not with the result itself, but with the manor of the job he did on Smith, who was undefeated in five years prior to his first round knockout loss in which he hit the canvas three times.

“I suppose that considering that I knocked out a good fighter in less than a round, you could argue that it was my best performance to date,” explained Escobedo.

“But before I think of world titles, I will be back in my hometown on May 12th in a bout televised on Telefutura again.

“The main goal is of course the title shot and we are talking about it for after my next bout. That’s what I am gearing up for,” he added.


By Phil D. Jay


In an unfortunate development, a source close to the situation has advised BoxingScene.com that Eloy Perez has tested positive for cocaine following his fourth-round stoppage loss to Adrien Broner in St. Louis on February 25.

Team Perez reportedly received a letter from the Missouri commission on Monday stating the positive result.  His license will be revoked indefinitely pending a hearing.

The Garcia Boxing Management Team, which handles Perez, gave BoxingScene.com this statement when asked about the matter:

“On Monday, March 12, Garcia Boxing has released Eloy Perez of any contractual obligation.  Due to pending matters, we are not at liberty to discuss his personal or professional conduct.”

Come back to BoxingScene.com later for more information as it becomes readily available.


By Ryan Maquiñana


WENG Haya’s dream of a world title shot has been shattered after Jose Ocampo knocked him out last Sunday night in a free boxing event by SGG Promotions at the Cebu

The 22-year-old Ocampo captured the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) Asia-Pacific super featherweight crown after stopping the up-and-comer Haya in the 2:26 mark of the fourth round.

Ocampo, a former WBO Oriental lightweight champion, unleashed a barrage of combinations who sent Haya to the canvas twice in the third round. The 22-year-old Cebuano, that gave WBO featherweight king Orlando Salido a run for his money, was caught with vicious left that ended his world title hopes. Haya was promised a rematch with Salido if ever he won the crown.

Ocampo improved to 15-5-1 with 10 knockouts, while Haya dropped to 15-5 with eight knockouts.


By: Edri K. Aznar



Super-featherweight prospect “El Negro Mexicano” Lonnie Smith (14-2-2, 10 KOs) will face off against former world title challenger Vicente Escobedo (24-3, 14 KOs) on March 3rd in Woodland, CA for the WBO NABO Jr. Lightweight Title.  The Smith vs. Escobedo bout is scheduled for ten rounds and will headline Telefutura’s Solo Boxeo Series (check local listings).

This is by far the most important fight in Lonnie Smith’s career.  Even after a string of bout fall-outs, nothing deterred him from continuing to work hard in the gym. The 24 year old is excited and prepared for this opportunity.

“I’m a gym rat that doesn’t stop working.” Says Smith. “I have been focused and working very hard. This fight means everything.”

Smith is known for his action-packed fighting style. Although he promises to always deliver excitement in the ring, he is looking forward to showing boxing fans the improvements he has made in the gym.

“I hope that the people who have seen me fight before see the growth and maturity in my fighting style. I believe I have come a long way from just being a puncher. I am dedicated to improving my craft each fight.”

Smith lives in Las Vegas and trains with Skipper Kelp. Kelp is a former world-ranked welterweight, but has developed a reputation as a great boxing trainer.

Vicente Escobedo is a big step up in competition for Lonnie Smith.  Along with facing Michael Kadsidis for the interim WBO world title in 2009, he went the distance against current interim WBO and interim WBA world titlist Robert Guerrero in 2010. In Escobedo’s last fight, he beat former world champion, Rocky Juarez.

To make Smith’s task even tougher, the upcoming fight is taking place at the Woodland Community Senior Center in Escobedo’s hometown.  Smith remains confident, nonetheless.

“I am only going to Woodland, CA for a win!”

On Saturday, a young, hungry prospect is pitted against an experienced, skillful world title challenger. Lonnie Smith vs. Vicente Escobedo is a can’t-miss for boxing fans!




Broner, the undefeated 22-year-old rising star from Cincinnati, threw a crushing right hand in the fourth round that put Perez on the canvas, where the undefeated fighter was counted out at 38 seconds of the round. Broner retained his WBO super featherweight title.

It was the third time in his career that Perez (23-1-2) was knocked down, but this time he was unable to get up. He tried, but stumbled from one end of the ring to the other and was finally counted out by referee Genaro Rodriguez.

Broner had his way in the ring, throwing combinations seemingly at will against Perez, who showed some quickness but lacked the power to hurt Broner.

Broner (24-0, 20 KOs) threw 189 punches and landed 58 (31%), while Perez had trouble connecting on the quicker Broner, throwing 160 and landing just 26 (16%).

“I want to thank HBO for giving me another chance,” Broner said. “I knew he was going to come to fight. We’ve been going at it, back and forth. I was prepared for anything. Whatever he brought, I was ready.”

“I wasn’t even trying to knock him out. I was just trying to beat on him.” Broner added. “I caught him and and it was the same old shot. He took the right hand.”

Asked how he was able to dance around the quick Perez, the taller Broner told HBO’s Max Kellerman, “You saw it. I got the fastest feet in the game. I should be on Dancing with the Stars.”

Broner said he keeps improving with every fight. “I learn from every fight. This fight I was going to make a statement, and I did. I showed that this is what happens when you put a good fighter in with an elite fighter.”

Asked who was next on his opponent wish list, Broner said, “You can call me the ‘Can Man.’ Anybody can get some. Afri-cans, Ameri-cans, Domini-cans, Mexi-cans. Anybody can get it.”











By Bob Velin, USA TODAY



Undefeated WBO super featherweight champion Adrien Broner (22-0, 18 KO’s) defends his title on Saturday night against Eloy Perez (23-0-2, 7 KO’s) in a fight televised by HBO at the Scottrade Center in Saint Louis, Missouri. Broner, 22, who comes from Cincinnati, Ohio, sees the #1 World Boxing Organization contender Perez as being no different than the previous 22 opponents that Broner has beaten during his career. Broner sees himself stopping Perez and impressing boxing fans watching at home on HBO.

Broner told RingTV “The fights going to go however Adrien “The Problem” Broner wants it to go. You know, if I feel like I’ve got him in position and he makes a mistake in the first round, then the fight will be over in the first round.”

Broner is 100% right about that, because he’s got a lot of power and is so good at catching his opponents off guard with his counter punching ability. With Broner, all it takes is one big shot and his opponents are sufficiently hurt enough for him to land a few other well aimed shots to take them out. Broner fights a lot like Floyd Mayweather Jr. with his fighting style. If you were to look at Broner fighting with a fuzzy television screen where you couldn’t see his face, you’d swear that you’re watching Mayweather Jr. Broner has Mayweather’s style completely down pact from the shoulder roll to the check left hook that Mayweather likes to use in his fights. Broner isn’t as fast as Mayweather, but he hurts guys a lot more with his shots than Mayweather is doing nowadays at welterweight.

If Perez makes a mistake against Broner this Saturday night, he’ll be quickly taken out.


By Eric Thomas:



WBO Junior Lightweight World Champion Adrien Broner (Right)  poses on February 22, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri during a media workout in preparation their February 25, 2012 fights when Broner will defend his title against undefeated number one rated WBO junior lightweight contender Eloy Perez at Scottrade Center in St. Louis which will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark. Photos by Marc Buckner/Hoganphotos




Title bouts featuring undefeated fighters are a rarity these days, especially those between two boxers with strong local followings who wind up fighting away from their adoring local fans. But such is the rare treat we’ll get Saturday in St. Louis when Eloy Perez (23-0-2, 7 KOs), a native of Rainier, Wash., now fighting out of Salinas, Calif., makes his first attempt to win a world title by challenging WBO junior lightweight champion Adrien Broner (22-0, 18 KOs) of Cincinnati. As the fighters’ records suggest, this represents more than just a match between two in-their-prime young guns trying to set themselves up for bigger challenges. It could be a defining moment for either (or both) fighters, who have the same agenda and very similar skill sets, although Broner is clearly the heavier puncher and Perez the slicker technician.

We caught up with Perez — “El Principe” — during the last stages of his preparation for the most important fight of his career, and this is what he had to share:

What can you tell us about your training for this fight?
I’ve been training in Oakland [Calif.]. I had some great sparring partners, like Keandre Gibson, Mike Dallas [Jr.] and others. The preparation has been great; I couldn’t be happier. I am getting ready and focused, and just waiting for the final countdown.

What’s your take on Broner as a fighter?
What can I say? He is a world champion and he’s got skills. He is undefeated for a reason. But when I get my chance on [Saturday], I will show that I want it more.

Broner’s nickname is “The Problem.” What is the biggest problem he could give you Saturday?
To be honest, I can’t tell you. That’s my team’s mission, to find out what I should work on and what I need to beat him. But he hasn’t done anything to show me that I’m not better than him. I am prepared for him. I am prepared for whatever he has to offer. He’s not going to beat me.

This could be seen as a classic boxer-versus-puncher type of fight. Do you see it that way?
No, I think this is going to be a fight based on speed. He’s fast, I am fast, so this is going to be the main thing. Obviously he can pop, as his record shows, but it’s going to be an exciting fight and I am going to be on top of him. There’s going to be a new world champion on [Saturday].

What’s the strategy for a relentless guy like Broner, strictly from a boxing point of view? We’re both fast, so whoever is the smarter fighter will win. It will be an exciting fight.

Is Broner the most difficult of the champs in this division?
I don’t think so. There are five champions in each weight class and we all have to fight each other to see who’s the best at 130 pounds. I think that [IBF titlist] Juan Carlos Salgado and the Japanese champs [Takashi Uchiyama and Takahiro Ao] are the most difficult ones.

You grew up professionally in front of your local fans. What do you expect for this fight on neutral ground? Do you think you’ll be able to win over fans?
From my point of view, I think it’s going to be an exciting fight for all boxing fans — and especially for my fans, to see me on such a big stage. And there’s a lot of fans in my hometown in Salinas, Calif., who are going to follow me there because they want to see the people’s champ.

How do you envision Saturday’s fight playing out?
Explosive. It’s not going to be a distance fight. Someone’s not going to make it through the 12 rounds. That’s all I can say.



Diego Morilla is a contributor to ESPNdeportes.com.



BoxingScene.com recently caught up with Eloy “The Prince” Perez who faces WBO super featherweight champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner (22-0) on Saturday in St. Louis, MO. The fight will be aired live on HBO along with the Devon Alexander versus Marcos Maidana clash that serves as the evening’s main event.

Perez opened his camp in Oakland, CA where he sparred with Michael Dallas (who defeated Miguel Gonzalez on ESPN last Friday) and Stan Martinez before moving his camp down to Oxnard to wrap up his sparring.

“Camp has been more than perfect. I sparred with Michael Dallas and Stan Martinez in Oakland.  Then we had good sparring in Oxnard with Robert Garcia’s guys,” stated Perez.

This fight will be Perez’s HBO debut.  He has been a regular on Telefutura’s ‘Solo Boxeo’ series and is looking forward to the prestige that fighting on HBO brings.  He also said that it is a privilege to get to this point and that many prospects get lost on the way to a title shot.

“Its an honor to get to this point. I’m pumped because it’s do or die. I’m happy to be in St. Louis on HBO. Some people get sidetracked or don’t get this far. I’m ready to go,” Perez told Boxingscene.

Last year Broner struggled in his fight against Daniel Ponce De Leon who was fighting in the super bantamweight division for the first time. Despite the size disadvantage, Ponce De Leon came forward and pressured Broner throughout the fight.  Many observers felt that the Mexican fighter had earned a draw at minimum for his efforts.  Perez feels that he has the perfect game plan in place for Broner.

“We have put together a great game plan.  I didn’t see the De Leon fight but I heard it could have went either way.  Pressure bothers him but all of the fighters he fought have stood right in front of him. You know me. I’m smart and fast. I stick and move. I hope he comes after me so I can catch him,” Perez revealed.

Perez is coming into this fight with a chip on his shoulder.  He has been the subject of Broner’s verbal taunts for months now.  Since the fight has been announced, Broner has turned up the heat even more while Perez has remained silent for the most part.  Perez feels that Broner is underestimating him and is chomping at the bit for a chance to shut Broner up when they enter the ring on Saturday.

“I want to shut his mouth.  I think people do underestimate me because of my knockout ratio. He definitely is going to feel my power,” said a confident sounding Perez.

“I definitely think I am his biggest test. He has never fought a guy like me. I do think he is underestimating me and he is making a mistake. I think he will be in for a surprise.  On Saturday night I will be the answer to The Problem,” he continued.


By Ryan Burton



NABO Jr Lightweight champion Eloy “The Prince” Perez who will be taking on WBO Super Featherweight champion Adrien Broner in St. Louis on February 25th on HBO is training hard and putting the finishing touches on his training camp. Perez chose to move the final phase of training to Oxnard, CA at Robert Garcia’s Boxing Academy which has become a boxing hotbed.
BoxingScene.com caught up with Perez and he explained the reason for the change in sites for his training.

“Just different work, a different look. Different atmosphere. I guess here its puro putasos (Spanish for hard hitting)” said Perez as he chuckled. “You know, here with Brandon [Rios], its good. It’s my last two weeks and everything is going as planned and I’m glad I’m here in Oxnard”.

Brandon Rios is also currently doing light training in anticipation for his next fight at the gym and it’s a wonder if Perez and Rios have sparred or done any work together.

“No, just been training side by side. But I’m going to come back after my fight and help him out for the Gamboa fight for like a month. Help my boy out” revealed Perez.

It’s no secret Adrien Broner possesses something that tends to give plenty of fighters trouble and that’s speed. Perez will have to deal with it on fight night but he feels he’s prepared to deal with whatever Broner brings to the ring.

“I’ll just be prepared and have my experience come in. I’ve fought and sparred a lot of fast guys. I’ve sparred Mike Dallas [Jr]. I’ve fought Dannie Williams. So I’ve worked with a lot of fast guys” explained Perez. “I’m prepared for whatever Adrien Broner is going to bring. Like I said, he is the champ so I got to respect him”

Adrien Broner has seemed extremely confident going into this fight. Recently he even took to Twitter to taunt Perez directly and promised to put on a show on February 25th. It almost appears as if Broner might be underestimating his opponent but Perez thinks it’s something else.

“I don’t think he’s underestimating me, I think he’s scared sh*tless. I haven’t tried to fight him back or talk sh*t back to him. We’ve come face to face a lot, I kept my mouth shut and looked him straight in his eyes and there was no eye contact. So I think he’s scared but he would never admit it. But February 25th when we’re both in the ring, there’s no fear, there’s no words, it’s time to play” said the undefeated Salinas native.

Perez and his team plan to leave for St. Louis a week before the fight to get acclimated. This will be Perez’s first world title fight and first time appearing on HBO.


by Luis Sandoval

You can follow Luis Sandoval on Twitter @Truewest007. You can also tune in to The Boxing Lab, Boxingscene’s official audio show every Tuesday from 6-8PM PST with hosts Ernest Gabion, Luis Sandoval, and Ryan Burton.



WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (40-2, 23 KOs), WBO/WIBF/WBF female super featherweight champion Ramona Kuehne (18-1, 5 KOs) and their teams spent Thursday with a lengthy stroll around the beautiful southern German city of Offenburg. On Saturday Stieglitz defends against WBO #14 Henry Weber (15-0-1, 3 KOs) and Kuehne faces late sub Renata Dömsödi (7-1, 3 KOs)

Robert Stieglitz: “Because of the cancellation of the Kessler fight, I had a long break. The Magdeburg SES fighter Robert Stieglitz confident: “Due to the cancellation of the Kessler fight I had a long break. All the more why I’m happy to be back in the ring in a packed house. I want to show good boxing! I am the champion and must win. I don’t underestimate Henry Weber but I want to further validate my position as a world champion. What comes after this? We’ll see, proceed step-by-step – but the fight against Mikkel Kessler or the other champions is my big goal in 2012.”

Ramona Kuehne: “The new opponent Renata Dömsödi comes from the same training group as the now injured Agota Ilko. Both are equally strong, have the same preparation, and even exactly the same record. It’s fortunately no big change. I’m just happy to be boxing again!”




WBO super featherweight champion Adrien Broner (22-0, 18KOs) is hoping to have a very active 2012. The unbeaten champion returns on February 25th and defends his belt against fellow unbeaten Eloy Perez (23-0-2, 7 KOs), in St. Louis. The fight will be televised on HBO as a co-feature to a welterweight clash between Devon Alexander and Marcos Maidana. Broner wants to fight at least four times in the new year.

Andrew Williams, a co-promoter of Broner along with Golden Boy Promotions, told Cincinnati News that his Broner’s next fight after St. Louis will be back in Cincinnati in May.

“We’re looking to fight four times in ’12 – two on the road, two here,” Williams said. “HBO was very impressed with how we did here. It’s good that he’s staying active – he’s the kind of kid who needs to be in the ring. He loves to box. He’s a gym rat.”


By Edward Chaykovsky


Adrien Broner (22-0, 18 knockouts) is wasting no time getting back into the ring, now that he holds the World Boxing Organization belt at 130 pounds. He’s defending his junior lightweight title Feb. 25 against Eloy Perez (23-0-2, 7 knockouts), in St. Louis as the co-feature event with his close friend, Devon Alexander.

“It helps both of them,” said Broner’s father, Thomas. “And it’s on HBO again, so it’s in both their interest to fill the place up, and I think they will.”

Andrew Williams, a co-promoter of Broner along with Golden Boy Productions, said Broner’s next fight after St. Louis will be back in Cincinnati in May.

“We’re looking to fight four times in ’12 – two on the road, two here,” Williams said. “HBO was very impressed with how we did here” Nov. 26, when Broner won the vacated WBO title by knocking out Argentinian Martin Vicente Rodriguez in the third round at U.S. Bank Arena.

Williams said he expects Broner to have an especially big fight at the end of 2012, and that it will be in Cincinnati.

“It’s good that he’s staying active – he’s the kind of kid who needs to be in the ring. He loves to box. He’s a gym rat.”

And, apparently, Broner’s beginning to make a name for himself nationally.

Wrote ESPN.com senior boxing writer Dan Rafael recently:

“Broner has quickly polarized boxing fans … Some love his flashy, brash style …. Others despise it.”



WASHINGTON, D.C. — Adrien Broner told RingTV.com that he’s planning to make it an early night when he makes the first defense of his WBO belt against contender Eloy Perez Feb. 25 on an HBO-televised card.

“Don’t go and get no popcorn,” said Broner, THE RING’s No. 6-rated junior lightweight. “I can’t give you a round, but it can end early. It will end early.”

The main event will feature junior welterweight Devon Alexanderagainst Marcos Maidana in a show that has potential to land at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo.

RingTV.com caught up to Broner on Friday at the Carnegie Library in Washington, D.C., where he was in attendance for Saturday night’s HBO-televised clash between Amir Khan (26-1, 18 KOs) and Lamont Peterson (29-1-1, 15 KOs).

In June, Broner (22-0, 18 KOs) dispatched of Jason Litzau dismantling him with 11 unanswered blows over the final 16 seconds of a first-round knockout victory in June. Prior to that, Broner had scored a unanimous 10-round decision over Mexican former WBO super bantamweight titlist Daniel Ponce de Leon in March.

In his last fight, Broner took only 1:43 to vanquish Martin Rodriguez (34-3-1, 19 KOs) for the WBO’s vacant belt in Broner’s hometown of Cincinnati on Nov. 26. Broner’s victory ended Rodriguez’s unbeaten streak at 13-0-1, with nine knockouts.

“That was okay,” said Broner of his victory over Rodriguez. “In this next fight, I’m going to have fun.”

THE RING’s No. 9 jr. lightweight, Perez (23-0-2, 7 KOs), who turned 25 on Oct. 25, was recently named NABO Fighter of the Year, and is coming off his second straight knockout, scored in the sixth round over Ira Terry (24-7-0, 14 KOs) on Oct. 28.

Prior to that, Perez came up with an impressive second-round knockout of Daniel Jimenez (20-4-1, 12 KOs), who had won three straight bouts before falling to Perez in their Solo Boxeo Tecate main event on Sept. 2.

Perez also has a victory over feared lightweight prospect Dannie Williams(19-1, 15 KOs), a winner of eight consecutive bouts, six of them by knockout, since being out-pointed by Perez in a thrilling 10-rounder in September of 2009.

Perez had been considered to face Broner for the vacant WBO 130-pound belt before facing Terry but the deal fell through, according to Perez’s manager, Kathy Garcia.

“It’s the styles. Perez tries to be somebody that I think that he’s not,” said Broner. “But at the end of the day, he’s a Mexican.”

What does that mean?

“Come on, man, I’m from Cincinnati, man,” said Broner. “I’m the flashy guy, man. It gets no better than this.”


by Lem Satterfield


Eloy Perez heads the list of potential opponents for newly crowned WBO junior lightweight champ Adrien Broner.

The proposed fight would occur on Feb. 25 in St. Louis on the undercard of Devon Alexander vs. Marcos Maidana, a deal which is all but completed.

“Negotiations are in progress right now,” said Max Garcia, who shares training duties of Perez with Dean Familton. “They’re working hard on it, and once it’s signed.  we’ll be ready to go Feb. 25th.  Eloy’s ready and we’re due for something like this.”

Perez and Broner were in serious talks two months ago to fight for the 130-pound strap vacated by Ricky Burns of Scotland, but the two sides could never agree.  Broner ended up getting the opportunity, stopping Vicente Rodriguez in his hometown of Cincinnati last Nov. 26.

Perez scored a technical knockout of his own in his adopted hometown of Salinas against Ira Terry on Oct. 28, but now comes to the table as a challenger this time around.  Both fighters are promoted by Golden Boy.

“Last time, we were supposed to fight Broner, but it was in his backyard and we weren’t getting a fair enough offer,” Garcia added.  “Then there was a counter-offer in San Jose, but Oscar [De La Hoya] himself called it off because he wanted Eloy to get a title and unify it with Broner to make it a bigger fight.”

Now Broner has the belt, and Team Perez can wait no longer; they want a title shot now.

“We want to fight the best, and Adrien Broner’s the champ,” Garcia said.  “It doesn’t necessarily means he’s the best, he just has the title.  Eloy will show he’s the best come the 25th of February.  It’s going to be a war, and he better be ready to stand and fight.  Like my lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army said on a sign in front of his office almost 40 years ago, ‘You’re Here to Fight, and Don’t You Forget It.’ “


By Ryan Maquiñana


THE RING’s No. 6-rated junior lightweight Adrien Broner will make the first defense of his WBO belt against the magazine’s No. 9-rated contender Eloy Perez on a Feb. 28 HBO-televised card.

Both fighters have signed and agreed to the fight.

The main event will feature former WBC/IBF junior welterweight titleholder and THE RING’s No. 4-rated 140 pounder Devon Alexanderagainst No. 3-rated Marcos Maidana, RingTV.com has learned.

The 22-year-old Broner (22-0, 18 knockouts) took only 1:43 to vanquish Martin Rodriguez (34-3-1, 19 KOs) for the WBO’s vacant belt in Broner’s hometown of Cincinnati on Nov. 26. Broner’s victory ended Rodriguez’s unbeaten streak at 13-0-1, with nine knockouts.

In June, Broner dispatched of Jason Litzau dismantling him with 11 unanswered blows over the final 16 seconds of a first-round knockout victory in June. Prior to that, Broner had scored a unanimous 10-round decision triumph over southpaw Mexican former WBO super bantamweight titlist Daniel de Leon in March, winning all but one round on the card of judge Tony Crebs, who scored it in his favor, 99-91.

Perez (23-0-2, 7 KOs), who turned 25 on Oct. 25, was recently named NABO Fighter of the Year, and is coming off his second straight knockout, scored in the sixth round over Ira Terry (24-7-0, 14 KOs) on Oct. 28.

Prior to that, Perez came up with an impressive second-round knockout of Daniel Jimenez (20-4-1, 12 KOs), who had won three straight bouts before falling to Perez in their Solo Boxeo Tecate main event on Sept. 2.

Perez also has a victory over feared lightweight prospect Dannie Williams(19-1, 15 KOs), a winner of eight consecutive bouts, six of them by knockout, since being out-pointed by Perez in a thrilling 10-rounder in September of 2009.

Perez had been considered to face Broner for the vacant WBO 130-pound belt before facing Terry but the deal fell through, according to Perez’s manager, Kathy Garcia.

In the main event, the hard-hitting, 28-year-old Maidana (31-2, 27 KOs) is coming off fourth-round knockout of Peter Petrov (29-3-1, 13 KOs) in September.

The triumph over Petrov was Maidana’s second straight win since rising from a first-round knockdown during a unanimous decision loss to WBA/IBF junior welterweight beltholder Amir Khan(26-1, 18 KOs) last December.

The 24-year-old Alexander (22-1, 13 KOs) lost his WBC junior welterweight belt following an 11th-round technical decision loss to Timothy Bradley(27-0, 11 KOs) in January.

But Alexander has bounced back with a 10-round decision win over hard-hitting RING No. 5-rated junior welterweight Lucas Mathysse(28-2, 26 KOs) of Argentina in June.

Prior to facing Bradley, Alexander struggled through a decision over former titleholder Andriy Kotelnik in August of 2009, and claimed that extreme weight loss contributed to what he considers to have been less-than-stellar efforts against Kotelnik, Bradley and Matthysse.

Kotelnik scored a split-decision victory over Maidana in Febraury of 2007



In a night filled with devastating knockouts, none was no more valuable than Adrien Broner’s as he won his first world title, the WBO junior lightweight championship, Saturday night at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, OH. Broner, who is now 20-0 with 18 KOs, drove WBO # 6 Martin Rodriguez (34-3-1, 18 KOs) between the ropes with a crushing left hook, with referee Frank Garza reaching the count of ten at 1:47 in the third round.

Broner maintained his composure throughout the contest against the constant pressure from Rodriguez. “The guy came out there fighting and I want to thank Martin for coming here tonight. I am going to keep going forward on those things that need work.”

The new champion spent the early moments of the bout trying to figure out the swarming Rodriguez, staying at a safe distance, while establishing his jab. Broner unloaded the quick 1-2 on a couple of occasions in the first round, but the pressure from his opponent kept him on the retreat, while rolling his left shoulder to defend against the wild, looping overhand right hands coming his way. The second round had Rodriguez continuing to force the action as he pressed Broner against the ropes, again trying to land one big right hand shot. It was in between those bursts though, that Broner showed a composure that was far more mature than the 22 year old champ’s age, now the second youngest in boxing. Broner effectively used the shoulder roll and a parrying left hand to keep a majority of the wild shots from causing him harm.

Broner attempted the right uppercut on many occasions during the contest and it was in the third that the high risk power shot began to find a home on Rodriguez’ chin. When asked by Fightnews if that was something he worked on in training camp or something that he saw as the bout started, Broner answered, “I don’t watch any tape on fighters I am facing. I see what is in front of me in the ring on fight night and then adjust my game plan from there.”

Rodriguez continued the constant pressure to start the third, but as the round progressed, the counter-shots that Broner was firing in return were landing more frequently. About midway through the round, Rodriguez bull-rushed Broner into a corner, throwing both hands with abandon. Broner calmly leaned against the turnbuckles, dodging some of the punches and deflecting others. Sometime during this flurry, Broner landed a punch that bloodied the Argentinian fighter’s nose and he backed away, breathing heavily from his mouth. The champion quickly turned the tables and forced his opponent into a corner, picking his shots carefully. An opportunity flashed before him and Broner landed a lightning-quick left hook. Rodriguez appeared to not see the punch coming and it caught him flush, dropping him between the third and fourth ropes, and he sat there in disbelief with referee Frank Garza counting over him. Garza reached ten and Broner first danced in celebration, then dropped to his knees as the enormity of the moment weighed upon him.



(From Left to Right) Pro-debuting middleweight prospect Chris Pearson, undefeated lightweight prospect DeVonte Allen, undefeated number one rated WBO junior lightweight contender Adrien Broner, undefeated featherweight prospect Brandon Bennett and undefeated junior welterweight William Jackson pose on November 22, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio at the final press conference for their November 26, 2011 fights when Pearson will face Steven Chadwick, Allen will face Salvador Perez, Broner will face number six rated WBO junior lightweight contender Martin Rodriguez for the vacant WBO Junior Lightweight World Title, Bennett will face an opponent to be determined and Jackson will face Juan Garcia at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati with Broner vs. Rodriguez being televised live on HBO’s Boxing After Dark. Photos by Mark Zerof/Hoganphotos.



It has happened many times before. A fighter brought in to face a young, undefeated fighter that is on a collision course for a big money fight. Or even a world title opportunity down the line. Most often, the unbeaten fighter is not only favored to win such a fight, but he is expected to do so in an impressive manner over the underdog fighter. Such was the case just 10 days ago, when then-unbeaten Luis Cruz fought against Juan Carlos Burgos on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez bout in Las Vegas. In the eyes of many members of the media, Cruz was supposed to defeat the hard-hitting Mexican.

Burgos deserved better. The 26 year old had only lost once in his professional career and was ranked in the top five by a major sanctioning body. Still, Burgos understood the situation at hand: He was fighting the house fighter (Cruz is promoted by Top Rank) and was an underdog to members of the media and fight fans alike.

However, Burgos flipped the script and fought a mostly-solid fight against Cruz. Burgos started very well and finished strong, earning a hard-fought 10 round majority decision.

“It didn’t bother me that I was the underdog,” said Burgos at a luncheon on Monday to celebrate his victory over Cruz. “I just demonstrated what I was capable of and that I was just as good if not a better fighter than him.”

Also at the luncheon, Burgos was officially presented with two belts that he had won that night: the WBC silver super featherweight title and the WBO Latino super featherweight title.

Burgos (28-1, 19 KO’s) is co-promoted by Thompson Boxing Promotions and Banner Promotions.
Burgos had won two bouts in a row since the only loss on his record, which was a 12 round unanimous decision to Hozumi Hasegawa last November. Even in defeat, Burgos, who made his professional debut 16 days shy of his 17th birthday, gained a great deal of experience in the fight.

“I learned a great deal in my first loss,” said the soft-spoken Burgos, who resides in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. “I learned that I could not be too confident going into a fight, especially a world title bout. I reflected and moved on to this opportunity. My preparation was very well for this fight and I demonstrated it against Cruz.”

Burgos knew what he was up against with Cruz. The Puerto-Rican fighter had mowed through decent, but not stellar competition within the last year or so. In his last fight in September, Cruz brutally knocked out former world title challenger Antonio Davis.

Studying film from Cruz’s victory over Martin Honorio, Burgos and his team, which includes former bantamweight Gerardo Espinoza, put together a game plan that would take the fight to Cruz.

“We saw that Cruz was not as fast or hit as hard. He (Cruz) hit Honorio solid, but the punches did not affect him. As you saw, the left hand kept landing for me. I had to box him and not fall into his fight. We had to win as many rounds as possible because he was the promoter’s fighter.”
“This was the fight of my life and I was pleased with my performance.”

Although Burgos won two regional belts at 130 pounds, he wants to still campaign at 126 pounds. Burgos has campaigned at mostly featherweight and went up in weight to fight Cruz on November 12th.

Burgos is eager to get back in the gym and face another top fighter in the featherweight division. No more 10 round fights. No more tune-ups. Burgos is eager to face the best of what the division has to offer.

“My main objective is to face the best fighters at 126 pounds. I want to be a world champion in the featherweight division. I want to fight the best fighters out there. I think that I demonstrated against Cruz that I’m capable of fighting and beating those fighters.”

When asked about whom he would like to face, Burgos responded, “Whomever. Jhonny Gonzalez. Orlando Salido. Juan Manuel Lopez. (Miguel Angel) Mikey Garcia. I want to fight the best out there.”

Burgos has slowly emerged as a legitimate contender. He is also an emerging contender from the fight town of Tijuana, which has seen its great deal of champions and contenders.
Located along the border opposite the city of San Diego, Tijuana just might see another one of its fighters win a world title belt as soon as next year. Although Burgos is eager for that to happen, he is not getting ahead of himself and actually respects those Tijuana fighters that came before him.

“It is a great motivation for me to be another fighter to win a world title from Tijuana. Obviously my uncle (Victor Burgos), (Antonio) DeMarco, (Antonio) Margarito, Erik (Morales) have kept Tijuana on the boxing map. Seeing those fighters and their success motivates me to become a world champion. I definitely give extra work in the gym because of that.”

Everything may have been in line for Cruz to win. Except Burgos did not receive the memo that Cruz was supposed to win. Instead, Burgos did fight the bout of his career, winning a deserving decision.

Next time a bout takes place between an unbeaten fighter on the rise and “the underdog,” do not always assume that the unbeaten fighter will win.

Juan Carlos Burgos proved that theory does not always hold true. Based in his eagerness to face the best and well-known fighters in the division, he is eager to prove people wrong again.



(From Left to Right)  Undefeated featherweight prospect Brandon Bennett, undefeated featherweight prospect Mark Davis, pro-debuting middleweight prospect Chris Pearson, undefeated number one rated WBO junior lightweight contender Adrien Broner, undefeated junior welterweight William Jackson and heavyweight prospect David Long pose on November 21, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio during a media workout in preparation for their November 26, 2011 fights when Bennett and Davis will face opponents to be determined, Pearson will face Steven Chadwick, Broner will face number six rated WBO junior lightweight contender Martin Rodriguez for the vacant WBO Junior Lightweight World Title, Jackson will face Juan Garcia and Long will face undefeated  2008 U.S. Olympic Heavyweight Bronze Medalist Deontay Wilder at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati with Broner vs. Rodriguez being televised live on HBO’s Boxing After Dark. Photos by Pat Lovell/Hoganphotos



Los Angeles, CA – Champion Juan Carlos Burgos was on hand at El Paseo Inn Restaurant at the historic Placita Olvera earlier today to receive his WBO Latino Super featherweight belt and his WBC International silver super featherweight/ WBC Latino super featherweight belt.

Burgos, who is co-promoted by Thompson Boxing Promotions and Banner Promotions, earned the belts by battling for 10-tough rounds against hard punching Puertorican Luis Cruz on the opening televised bout of the November 12 Pacquiao-Marquez trilogy undercard.

Burgos had this to say about the battle, “Some of Cruz’s people thought that I was going to be an opponent that would only last three rounds.  Even if you watch the video, you can hear his trainers telling him that I was not at Cruz’s level.  But I proved everybody wrong.”

When asked about his future plans, Burgos stated:  “My main focus now is to become world champion.  I owe it to my family, my team and my promoters who have always believed in me.  I would love to take on Yoriokis Gamboa.  I will fight him at any weight… featherweight, super featherweight, lightweight, catch weight.   You name the weight and I will fight him.  I would also love to be matched up against current WBC featherweight champion Jonnhy Gonzalez.  We were supposed to fight each other  in September of 2010 but he went another direction.  I don’t know if he is afraid of me but I really feel he is ducking me.”

Other fighters mentioned on Burgos’ wish list were, IBF Featherweight champion Billy Dib, highly ranked featherweight Mickey Garcia, Super featherweights Juan Manuel Lopez and WBC Champion Takahiro Aoh and lastly IBF Super featherweight champion Juan Carlos Salgado.

Burgos (28-1, 19 KOs), is scheduled to make his return the ring in the first trimester of 2012.