News: Mollo battles Arreola on June 23; Pedraza ready for Claudio

June 14, 2012 - Illinois' Heavyweight contender, Mike Mollo (20-3-1, 12 KOs), will step in the ring to challenge Riverside California's, Chris "The Nightmare" Arreola (35-2, 30 KOs), on the undercard of the Victor Ortiz vs. Joseito Lopez fight, taking place at the Staples Center on June 23, 2012. The 10-round bout will open the Showtime telecast portion of their scheduled triple-header.

"I'm ready to go to war against Arreola," said Mollo. "This is a big opportunity for me to show the boxing world that I have something left in the tank. The fans are going to see an exciting fight with a lot of action. I'm coming to upset Arreola in his hometown."

"Mike Mollo has a great chance to shine on a big stage," said his promoter Mario Yagobi of Boxing 360. "Opportunity's like this don't come around too often and I know he's going to make the best of it. I see an exciting fight with a lot of fireworks happening with Mollo and Arreola. It's going to be fun to watch."

Jose "Sniper" Pedraza Makes Weight

June 14, 2012 - Team Puerto Rico's, José 'Sniper' Pedraza (8-0, 6 KOs), weighed in at 133 pounds while his challenger, Carlos "Special Edition" Claudio (14-6-3, 6 KOs) weighed in at 130 pounds. The two warriors will headline the 8-round super featherweight main event bout at the "Guaynabo Hot Boxing Series" card, taking place at Mario 'Quijote' Moráles Coliseum this Friday, June 15th, 2012.

"I made weight very easily even though I was eating full meals yesterday," said Pedraza, who is part of Team Puerto Rico, a collaboration of Universal Promotions, Gary Shaw Productions and DiBella Entertainment. "Carlos Claudio is a strong fighter and an opponent that keeps coming forward. He never quits and the fans can expect a sensational fight."

Meanwhile his opponent Carlos Claudio commented saying, "Expect a good fight. I will be throwing punches from everywhere. I'm ready for war and I want to make a statement in the super featherweight division."

In the co-feature bout, scheduled for 8 rounds at 154 pounds, power puncher Jorge 'Destroyer' Meléndez (22-2, 21 KOs) weighed in at 154 pounds, while his opponent Germaine Sanders (27-10, 17 KOs) weighed in at 153 pounds.

"I'm going to put on a great show because I am up against a rival who is very strong, and like I always said, I want the big names," said Meléndez. "That being said, I will win tomorrow in Guaynabo."

In another attractive bout, Joel "Joelo" Torres (11-1, 7 KOs) weighed in at 142 pounds, while his opponent, Keivy Arce (4-9-0, 2 KOs) weighed 146 pounds. The fight is scheduled for 6 rounds.

"We are ready after 2 years without a fight," said 'Joelo' Torres. "You'll see a new Joelo, a new beginning, and a new champion. I leave everything in God's hands."


Roberto Acevedo (4-0, 3 KOs) 163 lbs vs. Daniel Rodríguez (1-4-1, 1 KO) lbs

Miguel "el Gallo" Marrero (4-0, 2KOs) 131 lbs vs. Juan Cruz (5-8-2, 1 KO) 129.8 lbs

Edgardo "Eggie" Laboy (2-0, 1KO) 123 lbs vs. Ramón Bayala (0-3-1) 122 lbs

Luis "Yeyé" Rodríguez (Pro debut) 142 lbs vs. Israel Muńíz 145 lbs

Kendal Santos 120 lbs vs. Jatsel Marrero 121 lbs

The gates at the Mario "Quijote" Moráles Coliseum will open at 6:30pm. Tickets are available at or by calling (787) 792-5000.

One dollar for every ticket sold will be donated to the cancer treatment of Hilda Espad

Article posted on 15.06.2012

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