PHOENIX — February 11, 2014 — It was the fight that seemed destined to never be made. It wasn’t until Alexis “Beaver” Santiago (15-3-1, 7KO) won the WBC USNBC Bantamweight title at Iron Boy 9 in September that his team and that of Hanzel “El Tornadito” Martinez (20-1, 16KO) would agree to the fight. Santiago, coming off of an undefeated 2013, will finally get his wish on February 22nd when he steps into the ring and puts his title on the line against Martinez. Fight fans worldwide will have the opportunity to watch this compelling match-up streaming live and free at www.iron-boy.com. Valley fight fans can watch the fights live at Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix.
The lead-up to Santiago vs. Martinez was chronicled by the Momentum the Series crew, who braved paintballing with Santiago, and traveled to Tijuana during filming. This behind-the-scenes look at the athletes’ preparation for their bout will debut on the Momentum the Series YouTube page on Saturday, February 15th.
In the co-main event, “The White Wolf,” Sergei Liakhovich (25-6, 16KO) faces Phoenix fighter Chad Davis (5-11, 1KO). A former WBO Heavyweight champion, Liakhovich lives and trains in the Valley of the Sun. Also on the card in an eight round bout, former world champion Joachim Alcine (34-7-1, 20KO) faces Jovan Ramirez. Alcine has been in sixteen title fights during the course of his career.
Francisco “Panchito” De Vaca (4-0, 3KO) returns to Celebrity Theatre in search of his fifth win. He will be facing Las Vegas’ Alan Garcia. (0-0-1, 0KO). Panchito’s hard-punching, crowd-pleasing style was the talk of previous Iron Boy Promotions live streamed events. Iron Boy 11 will also feature valley favorite Joey “Boxer” Ruelas (6-0-1, 3KO) in a four round contest. Exciting prospect Alexis Zazueta (1-0, 1KO), a Cameron Dunkin signee, will also appear on the card in his second professional fight against Riverside’s Jesus Sandoval. Valley fighters Keenan Carbajal, Edgar Brito, Brandon Ridell and Andrew Hernandez round out the card.
Said Roberto Vargas, president of Iron Boy Promotions, “Santiago-Martinez is a fight that fans won’t want to miss – and they won’t have to. We’re hoping to see a lot of fans watching our free live stream on fight night. Our goal continues to be to showcase the best of Arizona’s boxing talent.”
The Iron Boy 11 Official Weigh-in will stream live at www.iron-boy.com on Friday, February 21st at 5:30 p.m. MST.
Tickets for the event may be purchased at www.iron-boy.com or at the Celebrity Theatre box office. Doors open at 5 p.m. on February 22nd, first bell is at 6 p.m. The live stream portion of the evening will begin at 8 p.m. MST.