Advertisement
Advertisement

Freitas vs Oliveira Battle Pushed To June 2 in Uruguay

MIAMI - MO Productions president Carlos Oliveira announced today that the long rumored fight between retired Brazilian living legend, four-time world champion Acelino "Popo" Freitas, and undefeated World Boxing Council South American middleweight champion Michael "The Brazilian Rocky" Oliveira, will take place June 2 at Conrad Punta Del Este and Resort Casino in Uruguay.

The 10-round Freitas-Oliveira main event will be contested at 154-pounds. The remainder of the card will be announced at a later date.

"Everything was finalized yesterday and 'Popo' signed the contract," Carlos said from Sao Paulo. "We're all very excited that the deal has been made for what will be a huge event for Brazilians. We have a beautiful venue in nearby Uruguay. The fight will air live on Global TV in Brazil and Uruguay television."

Oliveira supporters in Brazil are already jokingly saying, "Michael has an opportunity to knockout a politician without going to jail."

The 36-year-old Freitas (38-2, 32 KOs) is a state legislature in Brazil, where he is a national sports hero and revered in a country preparing to host the next World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. 'Popo' has been retired for nearly five years, since his last fight April 28, 2007, but he will come out retirement to take on the popular Oliveira.

Standing only 5' 6", Freitas captured the World Boxing Organization ("WBO") lightweight title, in addition to two-time WBO and World Boxing Association ("WBA") super featherweight championships. The heaviest he has ever fought at is 135 pounds, nearly 20 pounds lighter than the junior middleweight maximum he is expected to weigh for his June 2 fight against a much younger, stronger Oliveira.

Between 1995 and 2007, Freitas defeated Joel Casamayor, Daniel Attah, Juan Carlos Ramirez, Jorge Rodrigo Barrios and Artur Grigorian. Acelino's only two losses were to the late Diego Corrales and Juan Diaz in his last fight.

The 21-year-old Oliveira (17-0, 12 KOs), rated No. 14 by the World Boxing Council ("WBC"), has fought three times in his native Brazil in an effort to establish himself as Freitas' successor in Brazilian boxing circles. Born in Sao Paulo, he moved to Miami when he was only two weeks old, and now finds himself training to fight his country's second-greatest boxer, Freitas, to only Hall of Famer Eder Jofre.

Michael Oliveira

Oliveira's last three fights have been in three different countries: Sergei Melis (WDEC8) on February 11 in Canada, Xavier Tolliver (WDQ8) on ShoBox in El Paso, Texas, and Abel Nicolas Adriel (DEC10) in Sao Paulo.

The 5' 9" Oliveira has gradually dropped weight, originally fighting as a super middleweight, until his last two fights at middleweight. The goal, under the direction of head trainer Orlando Cueller and strength-and-conditioning coach Steve Arintok, has been for Michael to fight at his natural weight of 154, which he'll be doing for the first time against Freitas.

Oliveira is unique among professional boxers. He comes from an affluent family, attends Florida International University, and had only two amateur matches before turning pro in 2008. An exciting personality in and out of the ring, Michael is a two-time defending Brazilian International Press Award's

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by hillbilly on 03-06-2012

[QUOTE=CharlieRecords1;11860377]Freitas?....He's still around?...[/QUOTE] I thought he was dead. Now it turns out he's a "state legislature" in Brazil. He's either now a law-making branch of government in Brazil or the writer meant to say "state legislator" and he's a politician.…

Comment by MrFynest on 03-06-2012

Oliveira wins when Freitas quits on his stool.

Comment by xAUGUSTUSx on 03-06-2012

Popo was pretty good.

Comment by Tomasio on 03-06-2012

[B][I]2 Brazilians facing each other in Uruguay, nothing wrong with that but ¿Is this going to be the main event of that card? Cause if it is, ¿Wouldn't this fight be better off & sell better in Brazil(where both fighters…

Post a Comment/View More User Comments (4)
Top Headlines Jamel Herring To Watch Crolla-Barroso With Vested Interest Shah Khan: Amir Must Avoid Toe To Toe, Outbox Canelo Petr Petrov: I Believe That I'm Ready To Face The Best Hearn: If Chisora Beats Pulev, He's Prime Candidate For Joshua Lara on Canelo-Golovkin Beef: Canelo Should Vacate, I'll Fight Both! Photos: Anthony Crolla, Ismael Barroso Ready For Manchester War Video: Chisora Hit By Bottle, Loses His Mind at Pulev Weighin Weights From Manchester: Crolla 134.5, Barroso 134.3 NJ Changes How Referees Assess Hurt Fighters After Knockdowns Haye-Gjergjaj Radio Broadcast Rights Picked Up By talkSPORT Lemieux: Let's See How Tapia Adapts, I'm Sure I'm Gonna Hit Him WBC Prez Admits Tough Spot - if Mayweather, Khan Target Garcia Lennox Lewis: This is Khan's Time To Secure Place With UK Stars Nonito Donaire's Next Defense in Cebu or Dubai - With Magdaleno? Euro News: Edis Tatli, Eva Wahlstrom, Schwarz, Soslan Tedeev Crolla-Barroso: Marcus Morrison Pumped For WBC Title Fight Holyfield Cautions That Khan Must Make Adustments At All Times Anthony Yigit Aims To Steal The Show at Barclaycard Arena Video: Virgil Hunter Discusses Factors in Canelo vs. Khan David Haye: I'll Be Surprised if Shannon Briggs Beats Dimitrenko Video: Lennox Lewis Hits Las Vegas For Canelo vs. Khan Canelo's Trainer: Golovkin is Not a Difficult Fight, It's Only Tough Hopkins: Big Not Always Better, But Canelo KO's Khan in 9 or 10 Glen Tapia on David Lemieux Fight: I Will Turn My Haters Into Fans Video: WBC Prez on Canelo-Golovkin Situation, Khan, Stevenson Hunter: Khan Winning is No Upset, Canelo is NOT Very Good Video: Evander Holyfield Breaks Down The Heavyweight Division Hunter Feels Canelo's Edge Due to Weight a Bit Exaggerated Video: Hopkins on Donald Trump, Caitlyn Jenner, Canelo-Khan Khan Says KO is Tough, Confident He Can Box Canelo's Ears Off Photos/Weights: Marvin Quintero vs. Petr Petrov, More De La Hoya: People Laughed at My Pacquiao Fight - He Retired Me! Video: Lucas Matthysse on Career Status, Future in Boxing Video: Eddie Hearn Talks Joshua, Fury, Crolla, Groves, Murray Photos: Canelo vs. Khan Undercard Final Press Conference Hunter Admits Amir Khan Lacking 'Killer Instinct' in His Arsenal Felix Diaz vs. Miguel Vazquez: PBC on FS1, 5/28 WBC: Adonis Stevenson Must Face Eleider Alvarez After Next Fight Video: Joe Gallagher Talks Crolla vs. Barroso Clash Canelo-Khan II Would Be Pursued in '16 if Khan Wins
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement