Ivan Popoca Battles in Chicago on Friday, January 25th

Undefeated Chicago based welterweight prospect Ivan Popoca returns to the ring this Friday night, January 25th as he battles unbeaten newcomer Richard Baldo of Sheridan, Wyoming at THE MONTH OF THE KINGS, an evening of world class professional boxing presented by Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions and Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions..

Tickets for THE MONTH OF THE KINGS are available in advance by calling the 8 Count Productions offices at 312-226-5800. Cicero Stadium is located at 1909 S. Laramie, just minutes from the Eisenhower and Stevenson Expressways. Doors for this event will open at 5:30pm with the first bell at 6:30pm.

The 25 year old Popoca, a former amateur standout has been training diligently at Pesoli’s JABB BOXING GYM every day with WBC Lightweight Champion David Diaz.

“David has been a mentor to me for a long time. His track record of success is what I’m trying to emulate. We’re friends, but when it comes to helping me train or sparring its all business.”

Added Popoca, “I’m thrilled to get back in the ring this Friday night. The fans have been very supportive since I turned pro early last year. “

A construction worker by day, Popoca ran his amateur record to 137-13

prior to turning professional. His amateur record includes success in the Silver Gloves and the Junior Olympics.

About his future, the modest Popoca stated, “One fight at a time; however this one is my last at welterweight. We’re going at 145 on this one and then I’m going down to junior welterweight.”

Popoca enters the scheduled four rounder with a record of 3-0-1 (3KO’s) while Baldo travels to Chicago with a slate of 1-0 (1KO).

Along with Chicago’s 8 Count Productions and Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions, THE MONTH OF THE KINGS is presented by TCF Bank, Tecate Beer and AeroMexico, Mexico’s premier airline travel headquarters. The SOLO BOXEO TECATE broadcast will be viewed in 42 US markets and 70 foreign countries.

Headlining THE MONTH OF THE KINGS is an outstanding flyweight bout between former junior flyweight world champion Hugo “EL INCREDIBLE” Cazares, 25-4-1 (19KO’s) of Los Mochis, Mexico and Columbian veteran Kermin Guardia, 37-7 (21KO’s) both of whom will be making their Chicago debuts.

The full card of boxing is follows:

Hugo Cazares vs. Kermin Guardia, twelve rounds, flyweights

Carlos Ivan Velasquez vs. Ever Perez, six rounds, super featherweights

Barbaro Zepeda vs. Jose Navarrete, six rounds, featherweights

Juan Carlos Velasquez vs. TBA, four rounds, featherweights

Ivan Popoca vs. Richard Baldo, four rounds, welterweights

Michael Faragon vs. Heriberto Ponce, four rounds, junior welterweights

Daniel Jacobs vs. Francisco Martinez, four rounds, junior middleweights

Gadiel Andaluz vs. Marsay Buggs, four rounds, super featherweights

The Master of Ceremonies for THE MONTH OF THE KINGS will be Lupe Contreras, the internationally recognized voice of Latino boxing.

8 Count Productions was started by Dominic Pesoli in 1997 and has consistently presented the highest quality professional boxing events in Chicagoland. In 2003, Pesoli along with former featherweight contender Mike Garcia opened JABB Boxing Gym, a 6,000 square foot venue dedicated to the finest Chicagoland boxers of all talent levels.

To view the seating chart and poster for this event or for more information on 8 Count Productions and JABB Boxing Gym, please visit and

Additional information can also be obtained by visiting the Golden Boy Promotions website at

Article posted on 21.01.2008

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