Manuel Medina Returns This Friday in NABA Super Feather Title Bout

19.07.04 - Now into its second full month of production, the first internet broadcast boxing series, presented by CMXsports and promoted by Guilty Boxing – “CMX Boxeo de Campeones” – returns This Friday July 23, LIVE from the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, CA. Five-time world featherweight champion AND CMXsports color analyst, MANUEL MEDINA makes his 2004 debut, against Mexican countryman LEONARDO RESENDIZ´in the 12-round WBA-NABA super featherweight championship main event, which will headline the seven-bout all-action card.

The exciting co-main event will pit local favorite ADAM CARRERA, from nearby Cathedral City, CA, against RUBEN ESTANISLAO, from La Merced, D.F., Mexico, in a 12-round rumble for the vacant WBC-FECARBOX super bantamweight title.

Boxing fans from around the world can catch all the action via a live internet stream, and access the replay, at for a monthly subscription fee of just $4.95. The series airs every Friday night, beginning at 11 P.M. ET / 8 P.M. PT. Subscribers will also be able to access archived fight footage and get behind-the-scenes interviews, previews and articles. The broadcasts will be available in English and Spanish. “The Colonel” Bob Sheridan, newly elected to the World Boxing Hall of Fame, and a veteran of more than 750 world title fight broadcasts, handles the English broadcasts. The Spanish broadcast team features former NFL All-Pro kicker and veteran sports announcer Benny Ricardo and former five-time world champion Manuel Medina, doing the blow-by-blow and color, respectively. Internationally renowned broadcaster and actress Maria Felipe provides the in-ring post-fight interviews and be the ring announcer. Boxing historian Bert Randolph Sugar, former editor of The Ring and Boxing Illustrated, and the author of more than 50 books, has signed on as CMXsports Senior Boxing Analyst At-Large, providing weekly columns to the CMXsports website and commentary to the broadcasts. A new Sugar column, "Sugar 'N Spice," runs on every Friday.

Not since Willie Pep, in the forties, has anyone dominated the featherweight division like Medina, 63-14 (29 KOs). Medina won his first world title, dethroning IBF featherweight champion Troy Dorsey, on August 12, 1991, six years and 44 bouts removed from his pro debut. His five world title reigns -- three as IBF champion, and one each as WBC and WBO champion -- have encompassed 20 world title bouts from 1991-2003. His professional resume includes victories over former and present world champions including: Dorsey, Tom Johnson, Juan Polo Perez, Fabrice Benichou, Alejandro Gonzalez, Hector Lizarraga, Frank Todedo, and Scott Harrison. Medina set a CompuBox record for most punches thrown by a featherweight -- 1,466 -- in his narrow majority decision loss to Johnny Tapia in 2002. Last year, he authored the "comeback story of the year," when he won a split decision over WBO champion Scott Harrison -- making him a world featherweight champion for an incredible fifth time.

Resendiz, 10-6 (6 KOs), captured the vacant WBC FECARBOX super featherweight title, in February, via a 12-round unanimous decision over Cesar Soriano. He returns to the ring fresh from successfully defending that title, in April, defeating Hector Mancina. "The world will know who Leonardo Resendiz is after I beat the great Mexican legend Manuel Medina," said Resendiz. "Viva Resendiz!"

Carrera, 14-1 (6 KOs), is riding a one-year, four-bout winning streak, which includes a victory over Angel Mata, avenging Carrera's only professional loss. Carrera, who attends the College of the Desert in Palm Desert, CA, turned pro in 2001 after compiling a 94-11 amateur record. Carrera returns to the ring fresh from his April victory over Ray Martinez, 10-2. Estanislao, 16-7-2 (3 KOs), captured the vacant Mexican super bantamweight title in 2001, defeating none other than...Angel Mata! He successfully defended the title against undefeated Antonio Cervantes before losing the title via a close majority decision to Jorge Solis later that year. Estanislao returns to the ring fresh from a split decision victory over Juan Ruiz, 17-1, last month in Las Vegas.

The undercard is highlighted by a four-round heavyweight brawl between John Clark, 7-3-1, (4 KOs), from Woodland Hills, CA, against Marcelino Novaes, 5-2-1 (3 KOs), from Las Vegas, NV; undefeated female sensation Melinda Cooper, 11-0 (7 KOs), from Las Vegas, NV, in a six-round super flyweight bout; and the pro debut of lightweight Luis Cervantes, from Cathedral City, CA, against Sergio Gonzalez, 0-0-1, from North Hollywood, CA.

CMXsports and Guilty Boxing will produce 48 two-hour shows a year over a three-year period with two cards each month emanating from Las Vegas --The Orleans Hotel & Casino and the Gold Coast Hotel & Casino. The remaining two shows per month will be broadcast from different locations, including, southern California and Mexico. Recent shows have emanated from Las Pulgas Club in Tijuana, Mexico.

“CMX Boxeo de Campeones” will showcase the very best in action-packed Latin fights, a staple of Guilty Boxing shows over the past decade, as well as an extensive amount of high-quality features on boxing. CMXsports will complement the broadcast with the Internet’s capability to provide fans around-the-clock, behind-the-scenes information about the fighters before and after the show, and the state-of-the-art CMXlivecam, allowing fans unprecedented access to the fighters on a real-time basis. In short, CMXsports is leveraging the latest in Internet streaming and interactive technology to produce an unprecedented experience for the viewer.

CMXsports is one of the rapidly growing members of the CMX family of sports and entertainment companies founded by A. Demetrius (Tony) Brown. Brown, a former professional basketball player, established a successful metal trading company that later evolved into CMXchange, a successful Internet-based trading exchange. Over the past two years, Brown has purchased or created a number of companies focused at a range of sports and entertainment products and services.

Article posted on 20.07.2004

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