Former World Boxing Organization (WBO) 105 and 108 World Champion Iván “Iron Boy” Calderón trained today for the people of Mexicali, three days before his rematch against WBO Junior Flyweight Champion Giovani Segura to be held this Saturday, April 2nd, at the Auditorio del Estado in Mexicali, Baja California, México, in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) and Promociones Zanfer presentation to be televised on Pay Per View.
Calderón (34-1-1, 6 KOs) worked one hour with his team and then shared with fans signing them autographs and taking photos with the Mexicali people. Also, Calderón visited the Municipality and meet with Mayor of Mexicali Francisco José Pérez Tejada.
Press conference will be made tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. (4:00 p.m. Eastern Time).
Yonnhy Perez preparing for April 23rd fight against Vic Darchinyan
Orange, CA (March 30, 2011) – Former International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight world champion Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez (20-1-1, 14 KOs), who is set to clash against former two-division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan (35-3-1, 27 KOs) as the co-feature of “The Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes All” discusses his experience with training for the first time is his native homeland of Cartagena, Colombia.
Here is what he had to say upon arriving to Los Angeles late last Sunday:
How was training in Colombia?
Training in Colombia was great. I am strong and I have my speed back. I am doing everything to get back into the limelight and into a title contention position. The fight with Abgeko was a great learning experience for me and I don’t want that to happen ever again. I never cut any corners during this or any other training camp so I feel sharp and in great shape to face Darchinyan on April 23.
How is training in Colombia different from training in the U.S.?
Well, there are a lot of obvious differences. The weather in Colombia was excruciatingly hot, but I am used to it. I would rather have this than Air Conditioning. I enjoyed the humidity of Cartagena. I began my days at the gym much earlier and I also had a huge selection of sparring partners, I was in my element, close to my wife and kids, close to my parents and siblings. That is what made me train even harder while I was there.
Were you staying home with your wife and kids or were you apart from them?
I was home with my sons Mateo and Yonnhy Jr., and I was helping my wife with the day-to-day upbringing of our children. I have not been home for a long period of time and I have missed a lot of my kid’s activities. So when they had me home recently they and I was able to take Yonnhy Jr. to school and help take care of my 2-year-old Mateo who is a handful.
What is going on with the construction of your new house? Were you involved with that?
My wife was involved and doing everything by herself. It was too much for her as the building is almost finished. When I was there I would get up and go running at 4:30 am, then get to the gym after I would drop off my nine-year-old son at school and I supervise the construction and get the needed materials right around lunch time. I was involved, as much as possible, in every detail and the 4-unit complex will look great once is completed.
What in particular are you doing to prepare yourself mentally and physically for Vic Darchinyan?
It isn’t an easy task to prepare for Darchinyan. He has an unorthodox style, he is a great champion and a heavy handed opponent. I just need to stay focused and listen to my trainer, my manager and promoters. They have laid the path for me and it has worked thus far. Physically I will be ready and I am preparing myself to go to war with a great champion with the conviction that I will be the last man standing.
How has training in Colombia affected your family?
It has affected us all in a positive way. It was extremely difficult to be away from home in Los Angeles away from my family. I have my LA family that has been there for me, they are the Zamora family that took me in and made me part of their life. I will never forget that and I will always thank them for it, but I was growing apart from my most important treasure, my wife and kids, and by being back in Colombia put us back to where we need to be – we have each other like it should be. My trainer, Danny Zamora, made the effort to come to Colombia and start camp there; he left his 2-year-old twin boys home and is sacrificing. But if I needed inspiration or a real meaning to what I do, it’s all there at home. I will have been in Los Angeles for a month before the fight so now that I am back I am fine-tuning myself and Vic will have his hands full on April 23.
About “The Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes All”
“The Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes All” will take place on Saturday, April 23, LIVE on SHOWTIME® (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles.
Joseph King Kong Agbeko (28-2, 22 KOs), of Accra, Ghana, will defend his International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight world championship against undefeated rising star Abner Mares (21-0-1, 13 KOs), of Hawaiian Gardens, Calif. by way of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, who defends his WBC Silver bantamweight championship in the tournament final.
In what will be a hotly contested co-feature, former two-division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan (35-3-1, 27 KOs), of Sydney, Australia, by way of Vanadzok, Armenia, and former IBF bantamweight world champion Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez (20-1-1, 14 KOs), of Santa Fe Springs, Calif., by way of Cartagena, Colombia, will clash in the tournament consolation bout.
Tickets, priced at $200, $100, $75, $50 and $25, are available online at Ticketmaster.com, and via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at (800) 745-3000. Tickets are also available at STAPLES Center Box Office.
Morel vs. Maldonado on Friday, 4/1
LOS ANGELES, March 30 – Due to a foot injury suffered in training yesterday, former World Champion Martin “El Gallo” Castillo has been forced to pull out of his April 1 rematch with Eric Morel. Mexican contender Luis Maldonado will step up to the plate to face “Little Hands of Steel” this Friday night in the main event of TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California.
Morel vs. Maldonado headlines a night of world-class professional boxing that is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate and AT&T. Doors open at 6:00pm PT on fight night and the first bell rings at 7:00pm PT. The TeleFutura broadcast begins at 11:30pm ET / PT (10:30pm CT).
Fans at home can also be part of the action by participating in Cinturón Tecate and voting for the fighter in the main event who displayed the most character in the ring by sending a text message to 55333. Voting will be open through the end of the weekend.
Tickets, priced at $25, $35 and $45 are on sale now and available for purchase at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, by calling (800) 827-2946 or online at www.fantasyspringsresort.com.
Mexicali, Mexico’s Luis Maldonado (35-5-1, 26 KO’s) knows what it’s like to be in the ring with best. The 33-year-old veteran has fought in world title fights against the likes of Nonito Donaire, Fernando Montiel and Vic Darchinyan and knows that a win over former World Champion Morel will catapult him into contention for another championship bout.
In Friday’s co-main event, scheduled for six rounds, hot junior featherweight prospect and Coachella fan favorite Randy Caballero (8-0, 4 KO’s) squares off against San Juan, Puerto Rico’s Felix Perez (7-2, 3 KO’s).
Also in action will be Los Angeles lightweight prospect Ramon Valadez (6-1, 3 KO’s) who hopes to win his sixth in a row when he takes on Seattle’s Rob Diezel (5-3, 1 KO) in a six round bout, while Venezuelan Olympian Alfonso Blanco (3-0, 2 KOs’) will also see action in a four round middleweight contest against an opponent to be named.
Two Mexican veterans collide when Hidalgo’s Adolfo Landeros (19-18-1, 9 KO’s) faces Los Mochis’ Juan J. Beltran (20-23-2, 12 KO’s) in a six round junior lightweight fight, and opening up the show in a four round heavyweight contest will be Anaheim’s Jamiah Williamson (3-4, 2 KO’s) facing Glendale, Arizona’s Eldon DeLong (0-1).