ABO, PUERTO RICO- Former two time world champion, Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon, announced today his retirement of boxing in an event held at the new Amelia Municipal Boxing Gym Felix Pagan Pintor, where Calderon is going to work as trainer and administrator.
After 11 years as a professional boxer, a record of 35-3-1, 6 KOs, and World Boxing Organization (WBO) titles at 105 and 108 pounds, Calderon, 37, hung up the gloves to continue as a teacher for the new generation of boxers.
“This (retirement) was difficult, because it’s something I love, but I want to say that I’m doing this, not because I’m old or tired. I’m doing this because I want to work with the kids and youth, bringing them my knowledge and tips”, Calderon said.
Calderon had a great amateur career with multiple international tournaments, winning bronze medals at the 1998 Central American and Caribbean Games in Maracaibo, Venezuela, and the 1999 Panamerican Games in Winnipeg, Canada, and fighting at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. In 2001, Calderon debuted as a professional with a KO win over Sergio Diaz in Las Vegas. In his 16th fight, Calderon beat Eduardo Ray Marquez to become the WBO minimum champion. Calderon defended this title 12 times before challenge Hugo Cazares for the WBO junior flyweight title. The Puerto Rican won a split decision to become the new 108lbs champion. This title was defended six times by Calderon before losing against Giovani Segura in 2010. His last fight was on October 6, 2012, when he was defeated by world champion Moises Fuentes.
Today Calderon had with him his wife, father, trainers Jose “Cheche” Sanchez and Felix Pagan Pintor, Mayor of Guaynabo Hector O’Neill, WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, and boxers like Roman “Rocky” Martinez, the WBO junior lightweight champion, former world champions Juan Manuel “Juanma” López, Wilfredo Vazquez Jr., Alfredo “Salsero” Escalera, WBO Latino lightweight champion Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez, WBO Latino flyweight champion McWilliams Arroyo, WBO Latino featherweight champion Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz, WBO flyweight Youth champion Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez, and former Olympians Victor Bisbal, Carlos Valcarcel, Felix Verdejo and Jeyvier Cintron. Also, 2011 Panamerican Games gold medallist, Kiria Tapia.
LEO SANTA CRUZ SET TO DEFEND IBF BANTAMWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP AGAINST VICTOR ZALETA ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10
LOS ANGELES, October 29 – Unbeaten in his last four fights, Mexico’s Victor Zaleta will get the biggest opportunity of his career on Saturday, November 10 when he faces unbeaten reigning World Champion Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz for his IBF Bantamweight World Championship in a co-featured attraction to the Abner Mares vs. Anselmo Moreno WBC Super Bantamweight World Championship at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles that will be televised live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
“I am so happy to be defending my title in front of a hometown crowd at STAPLES Center,” said Santa Cruz. “I feel like I can really conquer anyone after my fight in September against Eric Morel, so Zaleta had better come prepared.”
“This fight is something I have waited for since I started fighting,” said Zaleta. “I am going to take advantage of this opportunity, become a world champion and make my name known.”
“This fight is the perfect addition to this already stellar card,” said Oscar De La Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions. “Leo Santa Cruz is going to do whatever he can to keep his title and remain undefeated, but I know Zaleta is coming to fight. This is going to be a toe-to-toe battle that fans are not going to want to miss.”
Santa Cruz is coming off of a career-defining win over Morel on September 15 in which the champ handed the rugged Morel his first ever knockout loss. He will bring a record of 21-0-1 with 12 KO’s into the ring on November 10 and is eager to keep his momentum going in front of his hometown fans in Los Angeles. Just 24-years-old, “Terremoto,” who wows fans and foes alike with his extremely high punch volume, went from prospect to champion in 2012 when he won his first world title in June with a dominant decision win over Vusi Malinga. Now with the fifth round stoppage over Morel under his belt, the sky’s the limit for this young Mexican-American phenom.
A professional for nearly six years and hailing from Juarez, Mexico, Victor “Nene” Zaleta (20-2-1, 10 KO’s) is a dangerous threat to anyone who meets him in the ring. A former WBC FECOMBOX and WBC CABOFE champion at 115 pounds, Zaleta’s only loss in his last 16 bouts was a decision defeat against 32-0-2 Omar Andres Narvaez in a 2011 WBO super flyweight title fight. Coming off of four consecutive victories since then, he’s ready for his first world title shot on November 10..
Mares vs. Moreno, a 12-round battle for Mares’ WBC Super Bantamweight World Championship taking place on November 10 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona and AT&T. In the co-featured attractions, Los Angeles’ own Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz puts his IBF Bantamweight World Championship on the line against Victor “Nene” Zaleta, hard-hitting junior middleweight Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo, of Los Angeles by way of Mexicali, Mexico, makes his highly anticipated return against Raul Casarez in a 12-round bout. The SHOWTIME® CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast begins live at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). Preliminary fights will air live on SHOWTIME EXTREME® beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
Tickets, priced at $200, $100, $50 and $25, not including applicable service charges and taxes, are on sale at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at (800) 745-3000 and at the STAPLES Center Box Office.