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Galarza & Dulorme make weight in Panama; Jessie Vargas honored; Quillin vs. McEwan on November 5th on HBO

GUAYNABO, PUERTO RICO (Oct. 13, 2011) - Hot boxing prospects Thomas Dulorme (12-0, 10KO's) and Kenny Galarza (15-1, 14KO's) made pre-weight, 156 and 149 pounds, respectively, equivalent to five-percent above the required weight by the Professional Boxing Commission (CBPPR) in the latter weighing for pre-stellar fights in Panama, as part of XXIV KO Drugs Festival on Saturday night (October 22) at Arena Roberto Duran, organized by the World Boxing Association (WBA).

Dulorme tipped the scale at 151 ½, Galarza at 149 1/2 pounds, and both looked in good physical condition. Dulorme is a welterweight, Galaza a super lightweight. They weighed-in a day earlier than required and yet the fighters made weight.

Thomas will make the first defense of his NABA title against hard-hitting Charlie Jose Navarro (20-4, 15KO's) in a 10-round bout, while Galarza faces Johan Perez (13-0-1, 10KO's) for the WBA Fedelatin title in a 10 round fight.

In his last fight, Dulorme completely dominated former world champion DeMarcus Corley for 10 rounds in a bout televised on ESPN Friday Night Fights. Thomas is now ranked # 10 by the WBA in the welterweight division.

"We have been working hard for about eight weeks and this is the result of that work," said Dulorme, who is promoted by Universal Promotions, Gary Shaw Productions and DiBella Entertainment. "This work has been the best preparation in my career. I feel much better, with great force and speed."

In his last fight, Galarza showed his bravery against a stronger opponent, Vegabajeño Irving Garcia, who won a split decision in a bout televised on ESPN Friday Night Fights.

"I'm in good shape and I know I'll make a good fight," said Galarza, a native of Juana Diaz. "Perez is an excellent fighter and for that reason I must do my best to achieve victory."

After the fighters made the pre-weights, members of Team Puerto Rico Boxing entertained the audience with their skills. Galarza, and Dulorme are part of the boxing team, Team Puerto Rico. This squad was developed by the companies of promoters Gary Shaw Productions, DiBella Entertainment and Universal Promotions, in order to obtain the finest and largest group of Puerto Rican fighters at the moment.

Go online to www.unipropr.com www.teampuertoricoboxing.com for more information about Team Puerto Rico Boxing and Universal Promotions.

BOXING FANS HONOR CARACTER OF JESSIE VARGAS WITH CINTURÓN TECATE

With 87 Percent of “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” Viewers’ Votes, Vargas to Receive Belt this Weekend

NEW YORK (October 14, 2011) – Throughout this season of “Sólo Boxeo Tecate,” viewers at home have had the opportunity to celebrate their passion for boxing by voting for the fighter who displays the most talent, determination and carácter in the ring each Friday night. Today, Cerveza Tecate is proud to announce that Jessie Vargas (17-0-0, 9 KO’s) will be awarded the third “Cinturón Tecate” belt of 2011, having earned viewers’ respect and 87% of all votes cast during his July 8 fight against Walter Estrada at Buffalo Bill’s Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, Nev. which Vargas won by second round knockout.

Vargas will accept the award during the Sunday, October 16 edition of Univision’s premier sports talk show “República Deportiva,” and share with his fans what it means to be a boxer con carácter (broadcast begins at 1:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT on Univision).

Vargas is an undefeated Mexican-American boxer who currently resides in Las Vegas, Nev. He is promoted by pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather’s Mayweather Promotions, and is considered one of the sport’s brightest rising stars. Most recently, he defeated Josesito Lopez on the undercard of the Mayweather vs. Ortiz HBO Pay-Per-View event on Sept. 17 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Currently trained by Roberto Alcazar, Vargas also had an impressive amateur career, having become a two-time Mexican National Champion, a two-time U.S. Junior National Champion and a member of the 2008 Mexican Olympic team. He continues to climb the rankings of the junior welterweight division and is looking to make a world title run in the near future.

“Cinturón Tecate” (Tecate Belt) is an award created to support the boxers who display the most carácter in the ring during the “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” broadcast each Friday night on TeleFutura. Tecate recognizes that viewers at home are the best judges and allows them to participate by sending a text message to 55333 or visit Univision.com to vote for their favorite boxer of the night. Their opinions shaped the final rankings for the third “Cinturón Tecate” of 2011:

Ranking Boxer % of Votes Date of Fight

1 Jessie Vargas 87% July 8

2 Michael Perez 85% August 19

3 Omar Figueroa 78% August 26

4 Eloy Perez 76% September 2

5 Antonio Diaz 69% August 12

6 Seth Mitchell 67% September 16

6 Luis Ramos Jr. 67% September 30

7 Beibut Shumenov 58% July 29

8 Jayson Velez 56% July 15

9 Jose Silveira 52% July 22

9 Keenan Collins 52% September 9

10 Vicente Escobedo 51% September 23

The fourth and final “Cinturón Tecate” belt of 2011 will be awarded to the boxer who receives the highest percentage of votes during his “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” bout between October and December. Fans’ next opportunity to be part of the action is tonight, October 14 with the return of a “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” veteran and winner of the second “Cinturón Tecate” of the year, Michael “The Artist” Perez (14-0-1, 8 KOs), who will face Tyrone Harris (24-8, 16 KOs) from the Rafael G. Albert Coliseum in Juncos, Puerto Rico.

The “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” event will be broadcast on TeleFutura at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT (10:30 p.m. CT). To support Perez, fans can text B1 to 55333, or to vote for Harris, send a message with B2 to the same number; voting is also open on Univision.com, Uniclave: Sólo Boxeo Tecate.

For more information on “Cinturón Tecate,” results or to speak with a brand executive about the Tecate’s continuous support of boxing, please contact FORMULATIN at (212) 219-0321.

Quillin-McEwan on November 5th on HBO

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK CITY (October 14, 2011) - Unbeaten middleweight sensation Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin fought his way out of Grand Rapids hoping to get an opportunity to shine in the ring. The talented Cuban-American boxer gets that shot November 5, fighting for the first time HBO against Craig McEwan in Cancun, Mexico.

Quillin-McEwan is the co-feature on a Golden Boy Promotions card headlined by Alfredo Angulo vs. James Kirkland.

"This is my first time fighting on HBO," WBA # 7 rated Quillin said. "I fought on an HBO card but my fight was only on the International feed. I'm so motivated to fight November 5th on HBO that I'm putting in extra rounds in the gym to be fully ready."

A bi-coastal boxer who lives in New York City and Los Angeles, where he trains at Freddie Roach's famed Wild Card Gym, Quillin has won four in a row, all by knockout, since signing with Golden Boy against Jason LeHoullier (TKO5), Jesse Brinkley (TKO3), Dennis Sharpe (TKO4) and Martin Desjardins (KO1).

The 28-year-old Quillin has brought in a pair of southpaw sparring partners, former world title challenger Sechew Powell and undefeated Ronson Frank, to prepare him to face Scottish lefty McEwan (19-1, 10 KOs), who was leading in his last fight before being stopped by Andy Lee in the 10th round.

McEwan used to be trained by Roach at Wild Card Gym. "We had some workout sessions together," Quillin reported. "He wasn't as friendly as some of the other fighters there, but I understood because we're both in the same division. I had just started training in the gym and he seemed uncomfortable sparring with me. McEwan is a nice family man, but he's going around saying he's going to knock me out. He must be out of his mind. That stuff is uncalled for. Where did he get that from? He's only knocked out 10 guys. It's definitely going to be a good fight with both guys trying to make their mark and putting everything on the line.

"I'm looking to go some rounds. I've only fought 5 ½ rounds in the last 1 ½ years, including one against a world title challenger, Brinkley. I understand an impressive win will propel me closer to a world title fight and my dream of becoming world champion. I'm a fighter who is always training. I'm never over-weight and never overlook an opponent. I can't if I want to become world champion. I have everything that fight fans want to see - athleticism, charisma and an exciting style. I'm ready to take the boxing world by storm. I've fought on Telefutura, so I hope fans there in Cancun will get behind me. I'll be representing Latinos, so this is a real good situation for me."

Quillin passed on an opportunity to fight Sam Soliman in an IBF Box-Off to determine that organization's No. 2 contender. "It's all about rankings, money and exposure," Petey explained. "I would have had to go to Australia to fight Sam Soliman and it wouldn't have been on TV here (U.S.). My manager, John Seip, worked hard with my promoter to get me in the best possible situation. HBO is the biggest platform for boxing; every fighter wants to be on HBO. No disrespect to Soliman but, HBO against McEwan was a better fight for me. Maybe we can work on making a fight between us after November 5th."

Roach will be working with Quillin during training camp, but he will not be in Quillin's corner against WBO # 14-ranked McEwan, due to his commitment to Manny Pacquiao for his fight Nov. 12.

"I'm going to be a force to be reckoned with on November 5th," Quillin added. "Eric Brown is right there in the gym with me and Freddie and he's worked my corner before. Freddie will make the game plan. I'm a fighter who takes this job very seriously. I have a good promoter, manager and trainer, but I'm the one doing the fighting. I understand this business and I'm working hard to make a good living so I can be well off when I retire. This is what I love to do - box! My day is coming."

For more information about Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin go online to www.TheKidChocolate.com or follow him on Twitter @/Kid Chocolate.

Article posted on 14.10.2011



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