CAROLINA, PUERTO RICO- World boxing is back to Puerto Rico this Saturday, December 20, with Triple Crown presented by DIRECTV and PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) at the International Ballroom of El San Juan Resort and Casino in Isla Verde, Carolina, Puerto Rico, broadcast on DIRECTV Pay Per View.
Contender McJoe Arroyo, former two-time world champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez, former world title challenger Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez and former world champion Hanna Gabriel will headline the event, which will feature a total of seven bouts.
“This Saturday we came back with another great event of Triple Crown. We will present four good fights, headlining the IBF elimination bout between McJoe Arroyo and Mark Geraldo, that will bring good action,” said promoter Ivan Rivera, president of PRBBP.
In the main event, 2008 Olympian, McJoe Arroyo (15-0, 8 KOs) will face the Filipino Mark Anthony Geraldo (31-4-3, 14 KOs) in an IBF elimination fight at 115 pounds scheduled to 12 rounds. Arroyo is currently rated number two in the IBF and Geraldo is the #9 ranked. Arroyo, whose twin brother McWilliams is a 112 pounds world contender, was a bronze medalist at the 2007 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Chicago and at the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games in Colombia. In 2014 the undefeated fighter beat former world challenger David Quijano by unanimous decision in April and a former world champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez by KO in Mexico in June.
“I have not seen much of Geraldo, but a he is young Filipino fighter, who are good boxers. In addition he is ranked in several entities, so you have to be well prepared, as I am doing,” Arroyo said.
Meanwhile, Geraldo, 23, also has two fights this year. The southpaw boxer have a KO win over Elmar Francisco in April and a unanimous decision victory over Efrain Perez in July.
“I know that McJoe Arroyo is a good fighter and so we have trained hard and I hope that he also is well prepared to make a great fight,” said Geraldo.
In one of the co main events, former two time WBO junior lightweight champion, Rocky Martinez (27-2-2, 16 KOs) will fight for the first time in over a year when he steps into the ring to face an opponent to be determined in the lightweight division at 10 rounds. The most recent bout of Martinez was in November, 2013, when he lost by knockout against Mikey Garcia, losing his WBO title.
“We have a year without fighting, but I feel good because I’m always in the gym. Let’s make this fight at 135 pounds to continue at this weight, but do not rule down to 130 pounds if there is a good deal,” said Martinez.
The other co-main event is between the former world title challenger Chelo Gonzalez (22-1, 17 KOs), who will face Antonio Joao Bento (27-14-2, 15 KOs) for the WBO Latino title at lightweights scheduled to 10 rounds. Gonzalez, last fight was on May 11, 2013, when he lost to then-WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns after a wrist injury did not allow him to continue for the tenth round.
“We have had training and sparring, so we’re ready for this fight,” Gonzalez said.
Also in the show, Costa Rican Hanna Gabriel (13-1-1, 9 KOs), a former welterweight and junior middleweight WBO champion returns to the ring to face Mexican Paty Ramirez (10-1, 5 KOs) for the WBO vacant junior middleweight belt.
The action will also feature three four round fights. In the junior lightweight Roberto Rivera (2-3, 1 KOs) will face Edgardo “El Indio” Rivera (6-2-2, 5 KOs); in the super bantamweights debutant Félix Pérez will face Carlos Lopez (1-0) and at flyweights Gustavo Ortiz (1-2-1) will face debutant Roy Mendez.
The official weigh in will be on Friday, December 19, at Club Tropicoro in El San Juan Resort and Casino in Isla Verde, Carolina, Puerto Rico.