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‘Bragging Rights’ is officially underway in the Alamo City

SAN ANTONIO, TX – On Saturday, July 11, at Elite Athletics SA multi-sport training facility, a healthy amount of fans and media members showed their collective support for the Alamo City boxing community at a TMB Entertainment press conference, supporting Triple-A Promotions’ August 8 fight card.

All twenty-plus competing fighters on the mammoth, 11-bout show had a chance to talk about their respective match-ups during the hour long media event.

Son of Alamo City fight legend James Leija Jr. discussed his long awaited professional debut, which will finally be taking place at the San Antonio Event Center in one month.


“There’s no pressure being my father’s son,” stated the St. Mary’s University graduate. “The only pressure I have is the pressure I place on myself. My father doesn’t expect me to be him. He had a great career and he had his time. I’m a different fighter and this is my time.”

Also slated to compete on August 8, local favorite Javier Rodriguez (12-1-1, 2 KOs) discussed making the move to new head trainer and former IBF Super Featherweight Champion Carlos “El Famoso” Hernandez after suffering his first professional loss earlier this year.

“It happens in boxing,” professed the astute, young fighter. “I’m training extremely hard right now, and I’m hungry to come back with a victory.”

In the scheduled main event of the evening, 36 year old, fight veteran Steven Hall (8-5, 6 KOs) talked about putting friendship for his opponent and highly touted prospect, Armando Cardenas (7-0, 4 KOs) aside for the opportunity to take home the Super Lightweight Texas State Championship.

“Armando is a good friend of mine,” admitted the British born prizefighter. “I have so much respect for my opponent because of the person he is, both in and out of the ring. But I have a job to do on August 8, and I really want to win that title.”

Hall’s “adversary”, more affectionately known throughout the Alamo City as “El Cartero”, also admitted the two fighters’ mutual friendship made taking the assignment a bit difficult at first.

“When I was presented with the opportunity to face Steven, I didn’t want to take the fight,” confessed the disciplined US Postal worker. “But it’s a great opportunity for my career and I really want to become the new Texas State Junior Welterweight Champion. I have so much respect for him now, and will probably have even more after August 8.”

Azriel “Maromerito Pelon” Paez (3-0, 1 KO), Mexicali native and son of former four-time world champion Jorge “Maromero” Paez, displayed his excitement in making his fighting debut in San Antonio, Texas.

“I’m so happy to be here, working with head trainer Rick Morones Jr.,” stated the 26 year old fighter. “I’m really looking forward to putting on a show for the great fight fans here in San Antonio.”

The entire 11-bout fight card is almost complete for the August 8 show at the San Antonio Event Center:

8-Round Main Event – Texas State Super Lightweight Championship
Armando Cardenas (7-0, 4 KOs) vs. Steven Hall (8-5, 6 KOs)

8-Round Co-Main Event – Bantamweights
Javier Rodriguez (12-1-1, 2 KOs) vs. Francisco Arellano (4-3, 1 KO)

4-Round special attraction – Featherweights
Cresencio Ramos (3-0, 2 KOs) vs. TBA

4-Round special attraction – Super Lightweights
James Leija Jr. (Pro Debut) vs. Cesar Martinez (0-3-1)

4-Round special attraction – Super Lightweights
Rick Huerta Nunez (4-0, 3 KOs) vs. Daniel Sanchez (0-13)

4-Round special attraction – Super Lightweights
Azriel Paez (3-0, 1 KO) vs. Joe Sombrano (1-4)

4-Round special attraction – Middleweights
Rodney Ledesma (1-2-1) vs. Enrique Neira Jr. (2-0)

4-Round special attraction – Super Welterweights
Daniel Baiz (1-0, 1 KO) vs. Adan Huereca (Pro Debut)

4-Round special attraction – Super Lightweights
Kenny Williams (3-2-1) vs. Alberto Romero (2-3)

4-Round special attraction – Super Flyweights
Robert Ledesma (0-4) vs. Elio Ruiz (1-5)

4-Round special attraction – Bantamweights
Ramon Cardenas (Pro Debut) vs. Theo Johnson (1-8)