News: Garcia-Romero; Harris-Aguilera; Martinez-Lopez


LOS ANGELES, July 28 – On Friday, July 30 at Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort in Cancun, Mexico, top prospects Danny Garcia and Jorge Romero meet in a clash of highly-regarded prospects that will see who takes the next step up the 140-pound ladder and who will be forced to regroup and rebuild. It’s a pivotal bout for both young men, but only one can emerge victorious in the 10-round main event fight for the WBC Youth Welterweight Interim Title which will be broadcast throughout Latin America on HBO Plus’ “Next Boxing Generation” and on TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” in the United States and Puerto Rico..

Also in action will be Mexican phenom Marco Antonio Periban, who squares off against Argentina’s Franco Raul Sanchez in an eight round light heavyweight bout.

“Next Boxing Generation”, which is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Producciones Deportivas de Ricardo Maldonado Jr. and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, will air live on the HBO Plus service in Latin America beginning at 10:00 pm ET time and on TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” broadcast in the United States at 11:30pm ET / PT (10:30pm CT). As the event is a private sponsored function, there will be no tickets for sale to the public.

A native of the fighting city of Philadelphia, 22-year-old Danny “Swift” Garcia (17-0, 11 KO’s) has made his hometown proud with 17 wins against increasingly tougher competition. In 2010, he continued his rise towards the top of the junior welterweight division with victories over 25-3-1 Ashley Theopane and 28-fight veteran Christopher Fernandez, and on July 30 he’s got his sights set on another defining win.

Culiacan, Mexico’s Jorge Romero (17-2, 15 KO’s) has big shoes to fill when it comes to his city’s most famous boxing export, Julio Cesar Chavez, but with dynamite in his fists and a warrior’s heart, this 20-year-old is on the right path to big things in the fight game. Winner of six of his last seven bouts, with all victories coming by knockout, Romero has every intention of spoiling Garcia’s Mexico debut.

Mexico City’s Marco Antonio Periban (8-0, 5 KO’s) has had a lot of expectations placed upon his shoulders since turning pro in 2008 after a stellar amateur career, but the 25-year-old has passed all his tests in impressive fashion, leading many to dub him a future world champion. After three straight wins over unbeaten prospects in 2009-2010, Periban stopped 31-fight veteran Jason Naugler in June, notching his most notable win to date.

Standing in the corner opposite Periban will be rugged veteran Franco Raul Sanchez (12-6-2, 5 KO’s). A native of Cordoba, Argentina, the 30-year-old is currently on a four-fight winning streak that includes three straight first round knockouts, making it apparent that when he steps into the ring, he’s swinging for the fences.

“Next Boxing Generation,” which was launched in August of 2008 by Golden Boy Promotions in association with HBO Latin America Group, features the top up and coming Latin American fighters in boxing today in exciting bouts that will appeal to fans across all demographics. The series has seen fights take place throughout Mexico as well as in Argentina, Colombia, Panama, Puerto Rico, the United States and Uruguay.

Tecate, cerveza con carácter, is the largest beer brand to sponsor boxing matches in the U.S. Part of its commitment to make boxing accessible to consumers is the title sponsorship of “Sólo Boxeo Tecate,” which creates an opportunity for local fans to witness some of the most exhilarating fights by today’s up-and-coming prospects. Additionally, Tecate has been a primary supporter of Golden Boy Promotions’ marquee events since 2007, and has launched a variety of initiatives to ensure consumers are part of the boxing experience, including boxer autograph signing sessions, commemorative cans, PPV mail-in rebate offers, and most recently the launch of a mobile museum “Tecate Museo de Boxeo”, which showcases decades of the most memorable moments in the sport.

Harris ready for Aguilera in USBA heavyweight title fight Aug. 6 in Hinkley, MN

NEW YORK (July 29, 2010) – Veteran Maurice “Sugar Moe” Harris, winner of the 2002 ‘Thunderbox Heavyweight Tournament,” is fully prepared to take advantage of his USBA title shot against Nagy “Dominican Dynamite” Aguilera, August 6 in Hinkley, Minnesota.

Harris (23-14-2, 10 KOs) had only fought twice in previous six years, prior to signing a promotional contract a year ago with Boxing 360, after which he is 3-0 and ready to go for the gold.

A year ago I didn’t know where I was going in boxing,” Harris explained. “I kept training and praying and then I came across Mario (Boxing 360 founder and CEO Dr. Mario Yagobi). I was so hungry. I told Mario if he took care of business outside of the ring, I’d take care of it inside. That became our motto. He believed in me and I believe in him. Mario has put me in the position I’m I right now.”

Harris-Aguilera shapes-up as a class match between a veteran and prospect. Maurice, 34, has defeated former world champion Sergey Lyakhovich, who was 16-0 at the time, as well as notables David Izon, Jimmy Thunder and Jeremy Williams. The 24-year-old Aguilera (16-3, 11 KOs), rated No. 15 by the IBF, knocked out former world champion Oleg Maskaev last December for his signature victory to date.

Harris, however, doesn’t believe Aguilera is a legitimate heavyweight prospect. “Who has he beaten,” Harris asked rhetorically. “He got lucky. Maskaev? He was done and Aguilera was supposed to beat him. No disrespect to him or his opponents, but in his only other tough fight, (Samuel) Peter stopped him (second round of IBF eliminator last March). I’m better than both of those guys (Maskaev and Peter). He’s just 16-3, not a true prospect.

“I have so much experience over him. Hey, anybody over 200 pounds can punch but I’ve been in with just about everybody (including world champions Larry Holmes, Chris Byrd and Henry Akinwande). I’m battled tested; never beaten up badly or cut. He’s young and will make mistakes – he’s going to get hurt. I’m proud that I’ve taken care of business and grateful for being in this position to fight for the USBA title. He’s not going to go in there and take away everything I’ve worked so hard for the last year. I’m ready to fight him right now.”

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Mauricio Martinez to take on Reynaldo Lopez as for New York State title on August 7th in Brooklyn

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK (July 29, 2010)-On Saturday night August 7th, Havoc Boxing will make its initial foray in to boxing promotion as the upstart Promotion presents a terrific night of boxing at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, New York.

In the main event, Former world Bantamweight champion Mauricio Martinez will
take part in a ten round bout against Reynaldo Lopez for the New York State Super Bantamweight title.

Martinez, a native of Panama has a record of 35-9-1 with twenty-three knockouts. Martinez was 8-0-1 in his first nine bouts before being stopped and overmatched against twenty-six fight veteran and future world champion, Freddie Norwood way back on May 31st, 1997. Martinez split his next four fights with a win over undefeated Antonio Diaz and two losses to future WBC
Super Bantamweight champion Hecto Arcero Sanchez.

That did not dissuade Martinez as he went on to win nine straights, all by knockout which included winning the WBO Bantamweight title with a fifth round knockout over Lester Fuentes in Manchester, England and making one defense which was first round knockout over Esham Pickering in Pickering’s home country of England. Martinez lost the belt to Cruz Carvajal via ninth round stoppage on March 15th, 2002.

Martinez went on to win nine in a row which set him up for another challenge of the WBO Bantamweight title. Martinez lost a controversial majority decision to Ratancchi Singwangcha in Singwangcha’s homeland of Thailand. Martinez won three in a row before being stopped by future world champion Gerry Penalosa.

Since the loss to Penalosa, Martinez has gone 4-2 with his latest outing being a twelve round unanimous decision loss to Heriberto Ruiz on March 20, 2009.

Lopez of Santa Fe Springs, CA via Colombia has a record of 30-8-3 with twenty-one knockouts.

Lopez started out his career by going 15-0-1 before a loss to undefeated Carlos Meza.

Lopez then went 10-1-1 in his next twelve bouts which set him up for an IBF Jr. Bantamweight title elimination bout with future champion Dimitry Kirillov.

Lopez dropped a close majority decision but went on to win three straight before losing a twelve round unanimous decision to Cristian Mijares for the WBC Interim Super Flyweight championship.

Lopez was then stopped in five rounds to former 122 lb champion Daniel Ponce De Leon before scoring a vicious third round stoppage over undefeated Mike Oliver (21-0).

In his last bout, Lopez dropped an eight round unanimous decision to undefeated Rico Eamos (15-0) on April 24th in Ontario, Ca.

In the six round co-feature, Popular Super Featherweight, Gary Stark Jr. 22-3 with eight knockouts of New York City will return to the ring Leopaldo Arocha

Stark won his first seventeen bouts and was looking like one of the top prospects in the lower weight divisions.

He then met fellow 17-0 prospect Mike Oliver and dropped a unanimous decision for the USBA Jr. Featherweight title.

After a stunning knockout defeat to Andreas Ledesma, Stark went on to win four straight which included a ten round unanimous decision over Ledesma in the highly anticipated rematch.

Stark will be making his first ring appearance in nearly sixteen months as in his last bout he was taken out in three rounds against top contender Antonio Escalante (19-2) on April 24, 2009.

Arocha of Panama City, Panama has a record of 10-12-2 with six wins coming via knockout.

The road has not been easy for Arocha has he has faced a murderers row of world champion, title challengers and top prospects.

To look at the dossier of Arocha, one would find names such as former WBA Super Bantamweight champion Celestiono Caballero (TKO by 3) in Arocha’s third bout; Jose Beranza (TKO by 4); Former WBO Super Flyweight champion Adonis Rivas, for whom Arocha fought a spirited draw with; Former WBA Bantamweight champion Nehomar Cermano (TKO by 7); former world title challenger Feidor Viloria (TKO by 5) the aforementioned Mauricio Martinez (Loss bu unanimous decision)

In his last bout, Arocha traveled to Japan and scored an eight round unanimous decision over Yosuke Takeuchi on November 3rd in front of Takeuchi’s hometown fans.

Undefeated Featherweight, Joselito Collado, 10-0 with three knockouts of Jamaica, Queens will take on an an opponent to be named in a six round bout.

Christian Martinez, 4-0 with four knockouts of New York City will tussle with Jose Luis Perez Adorno (2-3, 1 KO) of Caguas, PR in a six round Jr. Welterweight bout.

Former 2008 U.S. Olympian Sadam Ali will fight a six round Welterweight bout against an opponent to be named.

Ali has a record of 8-0 with four knockouts. is coming off an explosive knockout over Julias Edmonds on July 16th in Newark, NJ.

Light heavyweight Andy Mejia, 7-0 with three knockouts will take on Juan Zapata (1-3, 1 KO) of Bronx, New York

Mike Ruiz (8-4, 5 KO’s) of Long Island, NY will take on Noel Garcia (2-4-1, 1 KO) of Springfield, MA in a four round Jr. Middleweight bout

Danny Valle, 1-0 with one knockout will take on debuting George Santiago in a four round Super Featherweight bout.

Rounding out the card will be female heavyweight Sonya Lamonakis (1-0, 1 KO) of Turner Falls, MA in a four round bout.

Tickets for this special night of boxing are priced at $50 for all seats and can be purchased at the Following Locations:

The Aviator Box Office
Gleasons Gym (718) 797 2872
Sadam Ali Boxing & Fitness Center (917) 807 3630
New Legend Boxing Club (718) 487 4474

The Aviator Sports Complex is located at:

3159 Flatbush Ave – Brooklyn, N.Y. 11234