On Saturday night, Marco Huck (31-1, 23 KOs) will return to the place where he celebrated the biggest success of his impressive career. Fighting in front of an enthusiastic crowd at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, Germany, he dethroned WBO Cruiserweight Champion Victor Emilio Ramirez in August 2009. When the 26-year-old steps through the ropes in three days, he will already make his sixth title defence. “It has been a great time but the best is yet to come,” he said. “There is nothing like being the world champion. I constantly want to prove myself against the best and I will destroy whoever gets into my way. Nakash will be in for a tough evening. It will be an honor to give him a proper beating to please my home fans.”
The unbeaten challenger from Israel (25-0, 18 KOs) is determined to spoil Huck´s homecoming party. “I will defeat him,” he stated at today´s official press conference. And his manager Don Elbaum added: “Ran will be the new world champion. Huck and the German fans will be in for an unpleasant surprise..”
In the co-featured main event, undefeated WBO Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion Robert Helenius (14-0, 9 KOs) will take on former world champion Sam Peter (34-4, 27 KOs). The WBA Intercontinental Heavyweight Title will also be on the line. “I have trained very well,” Helenius said. “Ulli Wegner is the best coach in the world and we have come up with a very good plan. I am sure I will clinch another victory.”
Peter, the “Nigerian Nightmare”, believes that his experience will give him the edge over the “Nordic Nightmare”. He said: “I will be his personal nightmare. I will make him look like a schoolboy when I teach him the basics of boxing. I will win on Saturday.”
Segura-Calderon 2 PPV Fact Sheet
“LA REVANCHA” PPV FACT SHEET
WB0 & THE RING LIGHT FLYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIPS – MAIN EVENT – 12 ROUNDS
GIOVANNI “El Guerrero Azteca” SEGURA IVAN “Iron Boy” CALDERON
World Boxing Organization (WBO) & The Ring Junior Light Flyweight Champion Former WBO Junior Flyweight Contender
Former WBA Super World Light Flyweight Champion The Ring #1, WBO #3/2000 Puerto Rico Olympian
Bell, California by way of Mexico Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
26-1-1 (22 KOs) 34-1-1 (6 KOs)
IBF FEATHERWEIGHT ELIMINATOR – CO-FEATURE — 12 ROUNDS
JORGE “Baby Face” LACIERVA FERNANDO “Wary” BELTRAN, JR.
Former WBA Super Featherweight Title Challenger Two-Time World Title Challengers
Mexico City, DF, Mexico Culiacan, Sin., Mexico
38-7-6 (26 KOs) 35-4-1 (19 KOs)
IBF LATINO FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP – 12 ROUNDS
RICARDO “Piolo” CASTILLO JOKSAN “El Torito” HERNANDEZ
Mexican Featherweight Champion Former WBC Continental Americas Champion
Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
39-9-2 (26 KOs) 21-3 (14 KOs)
10 ROUNDS – SUPER BANTAMWEIGHTS
RAMON “COBRA” MAAS ENRIQUE “Duende” BERNACHE
Merida, Yuxc., Mexico Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
24-0 (15 KOs) 15-2 (7 KOs)
Time permitting, additional bouts will air, possibly one showcasing 18-year-old Mexican-American phenom Jose Benavides (10-0, 9 KOs), the hot super lightweight prospect from Los Angeles. Benavides, who is trained by Freddie Roach, had an outstanding 120-5 amateur record, including a gold-medal performance at the 2009 National Golden Gloves Tournament.
(ALL FIGHTS & FIGHTERS SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
WHEN: Saturday, April 2, 2011 – 9 PM/ET 6 PM/PT
WHERE: Auditorio del Estado in Mexicali, Mexico.
PROMOTER: Zanfer Promotions and PR Best Boxing
PAY-PER-VIEW INFORMATION: Distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 9 PM/ET – 6 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, DISH Network and Avail-TVN, for a suggested retail price of only $39.95. Also available worldwide on Internet PPV (excluding Mexico and Puerto Rico) via www.Integratedsportsnet.neulion.com (processing orders starting March 31)
PAY-PER-VIEW ANNOUNCERS: English – Former NFL player and veteran boxing announcer Benny Ricardo (blow-by-blow) and award-winning Al Bernstein (color analyst); Spanish – Gilbert Godow
SPECIAL CEREMONY: Legendary boxer Julio Cesar Chavez, Sr. will be honored by the Boxing Commission of Mexicali prior to the main event as one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in Mexican history. Chavez will also receive an award for his induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
INFORMATION: For more information about the Segura-Calderon 2 PPV event go to www.integratedsportsnet.com. Follow Integrated Sports Media on Twitter @IntegratedPPV.
Willie Nelson Rises Above Arroyo Tough Talk
Cleveland, Ohio, welterweight Willie “Quiet Storm” Nelson (16-0-1, 10 KOs) has read his next opponent, Vincent Arroyo’s colorful remarks in the news, but is refusing to verbally hit back.
“As far as what he said, that’s what he’s supposed to say. We’re fighters. It doesn’t bother me at all. I’ve been boxing for 14 years, so it really doesn’t matter what anybody says or does.”
Nelson (16-0-1, 10 KOs), who stands an enormous 6′ 3″ tall, will face 23-year-old Arroyo (10-1, 7 KOs) in an eight-round televised bout on Showtime’s fantastic ShoBox “The New Generation” Triple Header entitled “Rumble on the Rio” from the Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas on April 8.
According to Nelson, his Showtime network debut will be a quick one.
“I’ll win by second-round knockout,” he says with certainty. “He (Arroyo) just walks forward with no head movement and has little or no defense. He stands square and keeps his elbows out. I see too many things I can beat him with.”
Before turning pro at age 18, quick-fisted southpaw Nelson had over 230 amateur fights and was ranked #1 in the United States. He is also a former USA and European amateur champion.
Nelson has been trained by mentor and father figure Renard Safo his entire career.
“I’ve been training Willie since he was a kid,” recounts Safo. “A lot of tall guys can’t hit hard, but Willie’s not one of them. Willie could hit when he was 10 years old. Vincent Arroyo is talking stuff like the height makes no difference, but once he feels Willie’s power, he’s gong to think twice.”
Safo also trains up-and-coming prospects Prenice Brewer, Yaundale Evans, Brett Simmons and USA Boxing number one amateur middleweight in the country, Terrell Gausha.
Even though Nelson hasn’t been on national television before, Safo also says added nerves most likely won’t be an issue.
“When Prenice Brewer fought Patrick Lopez on ESPN, he got stage fright so bad he just froze. I don’t think Willie will do that. Willie has been training his whole life for this and he wants to be champ.”
Safo agrees with Nelson that Arroyo has bitten off more than he can chew. “Don’t forget, Willie is tall for this weight class and Arroyo is small for the weight. We just have to keep boxing and not get caught up in his kind of fight. We’ll just stay focused and it should be an easy fight if we stick to the plan.”
Willie Nelson says he’s not getting lured into a verbal fight before his real fight. Vincent Arroyo can do all the tough talking he wants.
Of course, when you’re 6′ 3″, it’s not that hard to take the high road.