CAROLINA, PUERTO RICO- Newly crowned World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior lightweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez received his belt last night during a show held at El San Juan Resort & Casino in Isla Verde, Carolina, Puerto Rico.
Martinez (26-1-1, 16 KOs), who won the title after a win by split decision over Miguel Beltran Jr. on September 15 in Las Vegas, got his belt from the hands of the WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel in an activity as part of the card where Female World Champion Yesica Bopp and WBO Latino Champion McWilliams Arroyo defended their titles.
“I’m very proud to become a world champion again. It was a good fight against a good foe as Beltran and I want to keep this belt long time. I’m going to start hard training soon”, Martinez said.
While, Valcarcel said that Martinez is going to make a mandatory defense against the best ranked Mexican Juan Carlos Burgos on December, 2012, or January, 2013.
Remember the 25th Annual Convention WBO Silver Jubilee and Election to be held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino from October 22 to October 26, 2012. For reservations at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, you can call 1 800 937-0010 or access www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com. More information at www.wboboxing.com.
INTERNATIONAL BOXING HALL OF FAMER AL BERNSTEIN TO COMMENTATE BOXING MATCHES
September 27, 2012 – Chicago, IL – The 10th Anniversary of Legends Fight Night will take place on October 4th, 2012 in Chicago at the Chicago Illuminating Company. The event is hosted by OpenField Foundation and will honor NFL Legend Mike Ditka along with honorary hosts Gale Sayers and Neal Wilkinson. This year’s exclusive event has chosen the Gale Sayers Center and the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund as the charitable beneficiaries.
Legends Fight Night will have International Boxing Hall of Famer Al Bernstein as the event’s ringside commentator. Bernstein is an award winning sports commentator for ESPN, Showtime and Great Britain’s Channel 5. After being the voice of boxing for over 30 years, Al is now forging a new road on the internet as Executive Producer of BoxingChannel.tv, the first all boxing channel created. Bernstein has used his talents to chronicle his great broadcasting career by releasing his new book “30 Years, 30 Undeniable Truths.”
“As a native Chicagoan I understand what Mike Ditka and Gale Sayers mean to everyone in Chicago. My admiration for them is unbounded. I can’t wait to return home for the Legends Fight Night to honor Coach Ditka and help raise funds for the Gale Sayers Center and the Open Field Foundation. It should be a grand evening,” Bernstein stated.
Legends Fight Night, one of the “IT CHARITY EVENTS” in Chicago, will feature Golden Glove-style boxing matches consisting of exciting fighters from the United States and Canada. The event will also include: five VIP Lounges, a VIP Dewars Scotch Lounge and Punch Cigar Lounge, live auction, live paintings by Artbeat Live, and live musical entertainment. The evening will celebrate and support the OpenField Foundation, for all the positive work it has contributed in the community throughout the years. The two charities benefiting from the event, Gale Sayers Center and Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund, are both honored to be part of an event that has raised in excess of 1.9M over the past 9 years.
Legends Fight Night takes place on October 4th, 2012 at 6pm at Chicago Illuminating Company. Ticket packages range from $1,500 to $15,000 and can be purchased on the website. For more information on the event and ticket sales, visit www.LegendsFightNight.com