Marquez-Viloria on Saturday; Cotto vs. Rodriguez
SAN DIEGO (November 14, 2012)—THIS SATURDAY NIGHT!! one of the most anticipated bout of 2012 will take place at the Los Angeles Sports Arena as World Boxing Organization (WBO) Flyweight champion Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria takes on World Boxing Association (WBA) champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez in a unification bout that will prove 112 pound supremacy.
The bout can be seen live in the United States on WealthTV and www.wealthtv.com beginning at 9pm eastern.
This fight card begins a five week stretch of some of the best boxing action in the world on WealthTV and www.wealthtv.com
On November 30th, undefeated Heavyweight sensation David Price (14-0, 12 KO’s) takes on former world title challenger Matt Skelton.
The very next day, Undefeated Heavyweight Tyson Fury (19-0, 14 KO’s) takes on American proven veteran Kevin Johnson.
December 6th, WealthTV and Wealthtv.com will be re-broadcasting the WBC Super Featherweight championship bout between Takahiro Ao and Gamaliel Diaz
On December 8th, European Super Middleweight champion James DeGale (13-1, 9 KO’s) defends his title against an opponent to be named
Finally on December 14th, WealthTV and wealthtv.com ventures back to Montreal for the return of former Light Heavyweight champion of the world Jean Pascal as he returns to the ring against former world title challenger Aleksy Kuziemsky. Also on that card will be Eleider Alvarez fighting Edison Miranda plus knockout artist David Lemieux.
“We have some terrific fights over a five week stretch”, said WealthTV president Charles Herring
“WealthTV promised the boxing fans that we’d be one of the most active networks in providing the highest quality bouts from all over the world without any associated premium channel fees. The next several weeks provide just a glimpse into what we have planned for 2013. And US boxing fans that don’t receive WealthTV via their cable provider can watch these fights for just 99 cents a month on wealthtv.com. We aren’t aware of another network that offers high quality fights for such a price.”
Viloria (31-3, 18 KO’s) is thirty-one years old of Waipahu, Hawaii was a 2000 United States Olympian and won his first seventeen bouts before scoring an explosive first round knockout over Erick Ortiz to win the World Boxing Council (WBC) Light Flyweight crown. After one defense, Viloria lost the crown to Omar Nino Romero. Viloria and Romero fought to a disputed draw in the rematch which was later ruled a no-contest after Romero failed a post-fight drug test. Viloria then lost to Edgar Sosa in a bout for the vacant title. Viloria went on to win five straight bouts before winning the IBF belt with a majority decision over Ulises Solis. Viloria defended that belt once before being stopped by Carlos Tamara in the twelfth round of a memorable war.
Viloria moved up to Flyweight and won two fights before winning the WBO Flyweight championship with a twelve round unanimous decision over Julio Cesar Miranda. Viloria has had two impressive defenses which includes stoppage wins over classy world champion Giovanny Segura and his old nemesis Romero.
Marquez (34-2, 25 KO’s) is twenty-four years old of Emplame, Sonora, Mexico turned professional in 2005 and won his first twenty-seven bouts. Marquez was stopped in eight to pound for pound ranked fighter Nonito Donaire. Marquez won two straight bouts before winning the WBA belt with an eleventh round stoppage over Luis Concepcion. That bout was of the best bouts of 2011 where both fighters inflicted vicious punishment to each other to the point where the bout was one of the most brutal fights in the past decade. Marquez defended the title twice which included a first round stoppage over Concepcion in the rematch.
Marquez has won seven in a row which includes two non-title wins and he is ready to add the WBO title to his collection.
In the co-feature, one of boxing’s best fighters, Roman “Chocolatio” Gonzalez (33-0, 28 KO’s) of Managua, Nicaragua will look to make the fifth defense of the WBA Light Flyweight title when he takes on fellow power puncher Juan Francisco Estrada (22-1, 18 KO’s)
Saturday’s night evening of boxing can be enjoyed on WealthTV nationally on Verizon FiOS TV channel 169 and 669 in HD, AT&T U-Verse TV channels 470 and 1470 in HD, along with over 100 cable systems across the country as well as on line viewing on numerous connected devices and via www.wealthtv.com.
Abner Cotto vs. Alejandro Rodriguez on November 17th
LOS ANGELES, November 14 – The latest member of the Cotto family to make his mark on the world boxing map is unbeaten junior lightweight Abner Cotto, who will be looking for his 15th professional win without a loss on Saturday, November 17 when he meets up with Mexico’s Alejandro Rodriguez in the main event of TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” from the Coliseo Roger Mendoza in Caguas, Puerto Rico. The six round co-main event will feature a meeting of two of the top junior lightweight prospects from the island, as Cataño’s Edgardo Lopez faces Bayamon’s Orlando Vazquez. In non-televised action, unbeaten Puerto Rican junior lightweight prospect Carlos Ivan Velasquez returns to the ring for the first time in over two years.
Cotto vs. Rodriguez is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, Miguel Cotto Promotions and H2 Entertainment and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate. On fight night, doors open at 6:00 p.m., the first bell rings at 7:00 p.m. and the TeleFutura broadcast begins at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Tickets priced at $10, $15 and $25 are available for purchase at all Ticket Center locations or by phone at (787) 792-5000.
A silver medalist for Puerto Rico in the 2007 Pan American Games, as the cousin of Miguel and Jose Cotto, Abner Cotto (14-0, 6 KO’s) was practically born into the fight game and 14 fights into his professional career, he’s well on his way to carving out his own niche in the junior lightweight division. The winner of Puerto Rican and WBC FECARBOX championships already, the 25-year-old from Aguas Buenas has scored wins over Hevinson Herrera (W10) and Juan Montiel (TKO8) in a successful 2012 campaign leading to his November 17 fight. He’ll look to close out the year with a win at home against the upset-minded Rodriguez.
24-year-old Alejandro “Soma” Rodriguez (15-7, 8 KO’s) has faced eight unbeaten fighters since turning professional in 2009, so tough competition is nothing new for this native of Guadalajara, Mexico. A well-traveled vet that has competed in Miami, Texas, California, Oklahoma and Florida, Rodriguez will add some more frequent flyer miles this week when he aims to issue Cotto his first professional loss in Puerto Rico.
Already a fan favorite in Puerto Rico thanks to his exciting style, Cataño’s Edgardo “Sasso” Lopez (5-0, 3 KO’s) has been wowing crowds on the island since his professional debut in 2010. After winning his first three bouts by early knockout, Lopez has shown his versatility in decisioning his next two foes, but this Saturday he wants to end things early against island-rival Vazquez.
After debuting with a four round decision loss to Fernando Torres in 2006, Orlando Vazquez (5-1, 1 KO) evened his record at 1-1 after a hiatus from the ring three years later. then 2012 has been his breakout year, with the Bayamon native making up for lost time with four consecutive wins. This weekend he looks to keep his streak going against unbeaten Lopez.
A former amateur star who scored a win over Yuriorkis Gamboa at the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games, Cataño, Puerto Rico’s Carlos Ivan Velasquez (13-0, 11 KO’s) blazed through the first four years of his professional career, defeating Juan Nazario, Ira Terry, and Eduardo Arcos along the way. Now planning on picking up where he left off after injuries kept him out of the ring since July of 2010, the 28-year-old Velasquez is getting ready to take on the best the 130-pound division has to offer, beginning with his six round fight against veteran Robert Bonilla (18-13-1, 11 KO’s) of Managua, Nicaragua.