News: Ferreyro vs Salif; Hector Ramos; Travis Walker

World renowned boxing management company Cestus Management is showcasing the States of Texas’ best young talent as on April 18, 2009 , the beautiful Gateway City of Laredo in Texas will host the IBC heavyweight world title fight between Hector “Hurricane” Ferreyro and Cessi “COOL C” Salif. The event is promoted by Recon Garza Promotions and the undercard is loaded with the Lone Star States’ most promising talent as Rodolfo “LA COBRITA” Gomez, James “QUICK DRAW” DuBois, Robert “NIGHTHAWK” Luna Jr., Jairo “EL BARBARO” Martinez , and Cestus's new signing the sensational Hector “RAYO” Ramos will be featured.. The local fans are in for a great night of boxing as every fighter on the card is talented and exciting.

Rodolfo “LA COBRITA” Gomez and Robert “NIGHTHAWK” Luna Jr. are coming off sensational performances on the March 20, 2009 , ESPN Friday Night Fights boxing event which was held at the Laredo Entertainment Center. Jairo Martinez, Hector Ramos and James DuBois will be making their much anticipated ring appearances in Laredo, where they will be a part of a full Cestus Management lineup. All of these fighters are locked, loaded and ready to deliver explosive performances on April 18!

Gina Iacovou, who is Cestus Management’s C.E.O., said, “Our powerful stable of Gomez, Luna Jr, DuBois, Martinez. and Ramos are going to put on a great show and I’m sure that everyone will enjoy yet another great evening of boxing. Laredo ( Texas ) has become a home away from home for us and we love to visit with the great fans of the Gateway City .”

Mike Michael, who is Cestus Management’s Founder, said, “April 18, Laredo ’s Veteran’s Field is going to witness the the best young talent Texas has too offer and possibly in the whole of the country. The fans in attendance are going to have it all as there is the raw power of Rudy Gomez, the human buzz saw that is Robert Luna Jr the slick boxing of James DuBois, the ferocity of Jairo Martinez, . and the complete package of speed, power, and boxing skills that is Hector Ramos.” Michael continued, “This is going to be the fourth show that Cestus Management is involved in and we feel that Laredo is quickly becoming the premier fight town in Texas . I would like to take the time and thank the Deborah Jones the Vice President of the I.B.C., Anthony Velasquez of Gente Entertainment and the beautiful people of Laredo in the great state of Texas.

Cestus Signs Decorated Amateur Star Hector Ramos!

World renowned boxing company Cestus Management has signed San Antonio, Texas native Mexican American Hector Ramos to an exclusive management agreement. Ramos, who is a former Amateur Superstar who has numerous Multi-Championships compiled an impressive amateur record of 156 wins with 51 victories coming by way of referee stoppage, joins what is quickly becoming one of the most talent laden stable of young and powerful prospects in the boxing world. Ramos is as seasoned, experienced and accomplished as any amateur in recent memory. Hector, who courageously served the United States Air Force with honor and pride, is a versatile boxer-puncher with solid power and great balance. Ramos”, stands 6 feet tall, weighs 140 pounds and has a 77 inch reach and fights out of a southpaw stance. Hector also possesses excellent boxing aptitude and also has an amazing understanding of distance and timing combined with fast quick precise powerpunching. His amateur boxing credentials include the following:

U.S. National Amateur Ranking
2000 Ranked # 2 at lightweight;
2001 Ranked # 6 at lightweight;
2002 Ranked # 4 at lightweight;
2003 Ranked # 10 at lightweight;
2004 Ranked # 2 at light welterweight
2005 Ranked # 1 at light welterweight
2006 Ranked # 1 at light welterweight.

Titles and Medals
2005 US Championships Silver medalist;
2005 Ringside World Champion;
2004 US Championships Bronze medalist;
2000 & 2005 Regional & Texas Golden Gloves Champion;
2000 National Golden Gloves bronze medalist;
12 Texas State Amateur Championships;
3 Times Combined Armed Forces Champion.

Olympic Trials
2004 Olympic Trials participant.

National and International Competition
Member of 2006 World Cup Team - Baku , Alzerbaijan;
USA vs. Ukraine - Chicago , Illinois ;
USA vs. Canadian National Team Reginia , Sask.

Hector Ramos, from his home base training camp in San Antonio, Texas, had this to say about his signing with Cestus Management, “I am so excited to be part of a such a highly respected boxing company as Cestus and it feels great knowing that my boxing career is in good hands. I feel that now, i will be able to achieve my lifelong dream of becoming a World Champion. I can’t wait to get back into the ring!”

Gina Iacovou, who is Cestus Management’s CEO, said, “Hector’s amateur experience and accomplishments speak for themselves as there are not many high profile prospects in boxing today that boast better credentials. Ramos is a great talent with astonishing natural boxing gifts.” Iacovou added, “The fact that he is a former U.S. solider who served his Country with honor and pride shows the type of discipline and character this young man possesses which is exactly the type of quality that we (Cestus) seek.”

Mike Michael, who is Cestus’ Founder and Chief Advisor, said, “Although Hector Ramos is undefeated in his first two professional fights, it is as if he is about to make his professional debut now that he is under the Cestus banner. Our company is known for our ability to develop fighters into serious world-class boxers,” and a fighter as talented and accomplished as Hector is going to be a great experience taking him to the top. Michael continued, “Ramos’ has the right attitude, and lives a clean lifestyle which he learned from his days as a soldier in the Air Force for the United States . He is a young man that is physically and mentally ready for the challenges that boxing will offer and I have no doubt that we will all be successful and Hector will soon be known in the boxing world” and go onto fulfill his dream.


Houston – Travis “Freight Train” Walker obtained his 30th win on Saturday, March 28, 2009 at the Royal Oak Music Theater in Michigan by scoring a first round knockout over Marvin Hunt. Since his exciting fight with Chris Arreola for the IBF mandatory eliminator, a fight in which he had Arreola down and hurt before getting careless when trying to finish Arreola off, Travis Walker has come back and fought 1-2 “stay busy” fights knocking out Marvin Ray Jones on February 28, 2009 in Arkansas and coming back just a month later and knocking out Marvin Hunt on March 28, 2009 in the first round. With the win over Hunt, Walker becomes one of only four heavyweight prospects under the age of 30 who have accumulated 30 wins or more in the heavyweight division.

The other heavyweight prospects under 30 who have 30 wins are Sam Peters, 28 years old, 30 wins, 3 losses; Eddy Chambers, 27 years old, 34 wins, 1 loss; and Malik Scott, 28 years old, 32 wins, no losses. Thus Travis Walker enters an elite of young heavyweight prospects with 30 wins. Walker stated, “I felt like I had the Chris Arreola fight won when I got careless. I repeatedly hurt him in the first round and dropped him in the second. I stung him again with a left hook and he was buzzed pretty good when my mouthpiece fell out and I asked the ref to call time.

This was a big mistake on my part because it caused a 22-second break and Arreola had a chance to clear his head and I got careless when I went in to finish him and got clocked as the break gave Arreola a chance to regroup. This was a mistake because of inexperience. My mouthpiece was ill-fitting and fell out. If you look at the tape there is no punch that knocked it out and in fact at the time it was coming out I was landing a good left hook. I should have known that when I had my opponent in trouble I should have kept punching and not worry about my mouthpiece. To his credit, Chris Arreola regrouped and came out firing so I don’t take anything away from his win, but rather I take away from the fight a good learning experience which I won’t commit again.

After watching the tape I also realized that if I just continued to do in the 2nd and 3rd round what I had done in the 1st round that being cautiously work behind my jab there might have been a different outcome. I easily won the first round without getting hit with any significant shots because I was cautious. I started doing this in the beginning of the 2nd round and I easily put him down without taking much abuse in return. However, once he was down I got a little wild and careless but still was landing; however, when the mouthpiece came out I made a big mistake. Now that I have had two fights back I am ready to step up again. I am hoping that Chris Arreola wins the heavyweight championship and gives me a rematch for the title. I think most fans would agree that there was more action in two rounds of our fight than in all the rounds put together of the major heavyweight fights since.

I have great respect for Chris Arreola and I am going to be rooting for him. I just hope he wants to do it again sometime. In the meantime I plan to continue to stay busy and move back up in the rankings.”

Stephen Munisteri, Travis Walker’s manager noted, “Travis with 30 wins only has 2 losses. The first was very controversial and he easily revenged his first loss with a rematch. The only fighter that he has lost to that he hasn’t beaten is Chris Arreola and he certainly would like to get another chance to fight that fight again. Travis does great in rematches. He lost three times to Jason Estrada in the amateurs, including the Olympic trials but came back to beat him in the pros. Likewise, he lost to George Garcia in the amateurs but came back to beat him in the pros. He got robbed with a quick stoppage in the first TJ Wilson fight and came back and dramatically knocked him out in the rematch.

Travis would love to get the same chance with Chris Arreola but as a manager I am realistic enough to know that Chris is now moving on to bigger fights but hopefully Travis will get an opportunity sometime in the future. With the Arreola fight being an exciting one and his only unavenged loss, I feel confident Travis will get another shot at the top and this time he will be ready. In the meantime, we plan just to stay busy, keep the Freight Train back on track, and look for a top 10 opponent who will give us an opportunity to knock him out.”

Article posted on 06.04.2009

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