Maciel (25-2, 18 KOs), ranked WBO #5 and International Boxing Federation (IBF) #11, will put in the line his position at the rankings, after his frustrated fight against Armenian Vanes Martirosyan, in a highly world ranked junior middleweight bout, which was scheduled for April 6th. in Macau, Special Administrative Region of China, but was cancelled due to an injury in his opponent. In a stay-in-action fight, "The Beast", who on February 9th, destroyed Colombian Emilio Julio in five rounds to defend for the fourth time his WBO belt, will go against challenger Praxedes (10-1-1, 5 KOs), Brazilian super middleweight champ, who will go down in weight. But if he wants to get the world title shot he is crying out loud for -this time in his weight division-, he will have to pass the step, and make the last statement.
"I wanted to face Martirosyan. It was my opportunity to show the world what I'm capable of. But he got injured and it was put off. I understand, things like this happen", said who has finished six of his last seven opponents in less than five rounds, and he added: "Nevertheless, I never stopped training. I have a lot to keep growing and I know my new chance has to come soon. I'll be waiting for it, ready as always. But now, my mind is only in the Praxedes, and winning. I can't let myself think in anything else. After defeating him, we'll talk about the future. Either Martirosyan or any other name, I am ready for anyone at junior middleweight".
The 28-year-old Maciel, former WBO middleweight challenger, went down to the weight that best suits him after making the distance against world WBO middleweight champ Dmitry Pirog in Russia, on March 2011. This time, he will not put in the line the title he won over Brazilian Jonata De Oliveira (KO 1), on June 30th 2011 in Buenos Aires. After that, he defended it over Uruguayan Néstor Faccio (KO 1), won against Argentinean Esteban Ponce (KO 1), and over ex Argentinean and South American champ Wilfredo Vilches (KO 1), all of them with his fearfully left hook to the liver. On July 20th, he scored a ten round unanimous decision over Mateo Verón, and added the Argentinean junior middleweight championship, in Escobar, Buenos Aires. On November 9th., he gave another example of his power as he punished tough former Latino champ and Brazilian contender Anderson Clayton, before knocking him out in the fourth round -again with a left hook to the liver-, to retain his WBO Latino belt in Caseros, Buenos Aires. And in his last performance, he repeated his power over experienced Colombian Emilio Julio in five rounds to defend for the fourth time his WBO belt, in Buenos Aires, gaining the opportunity to face Martirosyan. But now, who is considered by the majority of the media one of the most important rising boxing stars in the country will have to release all his power if he wants to get to the next level and get a world title opportunity. For that, he has another step.
Praxedes, after defeating every rival, conquered the super middleweight Brazilian crown by a unanimous decision over Jose Hilton Dos Santos, on April 10th, 2010. After defending it three times, all by the way of knockout, the 37-year-old lost his undefeated record in his last presentation, on January 19th., against Argentinean Ruben Acosta, disputing the South American belt. Now, he's going down in weight and is ready for the challenge and shock Maciel's plans.
On the undercard:
In a 6-round middleweight bout, former Argentinean cruiserweight champion, Héctor "El Tiburón" Avila (19-13-1, 13 KOs), from Los Polvorines, Buenos Aires, will face Canadian Icho “El Dogo” Larenas (6-1, 6 KOs), who lives in Benavidez, Buenos Aires.
In a 6 or 4-round junior lightweight bout, Román “220 Voltios” Reinoso (6-1, 2 KOs), from Moreno, Buenos Aires, will face Sergio “Chocolate” Blanco (4-18-4), from Córdoba.
In a 4-round junior bantamweight bout, Pablo Gómez (3-2, 1 KO), from Los Polvorines, Buenos Aires, takes on Mario “El Tapón” Quesada (5-4-0-1 nc, 2 KOs),from Santa Rosa, La Pampa.
Finally, in a 4-round middleweight bout, debutant Luis Montiel, from Buenos Aires, will face Roberto Adriel (0-3), from Buenos Aires.
The event will be televised live by TyC Sports in Argentina and lots of parts of America, starting at 10 p.m.
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