Sherman Oaks, CA - Riverside's Chris "The Nightmare" Arreola (35-2, 30 KOs) the WBC #1 world contender takes on the heavy-hitting WBC #2 world contender, Bermane "B. Ware" Stiverne (22-1-1, 20 KOs) in a heavyweight battle with the winner guaranteed to fight for the WBC Heavyweight World Championship in his next bout. Both Arreola and Stiverne will look to put their power on display to take that next step toward history.
The 12-round WBC World Championship Heavyweight Elimination main event, with the winner guaranteed to immediately fight for the World Championship. The competitive match up is set to take place on Saturday, April 27 at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California.
Tickets priced at $200, $100, $50 and $25, plus fees, go on sale tomorrow, Saturday, March 16 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena Box-Office (open Monday-Saturday) or online at AXS.com or call AXS at 888-929-7849.
In addition, being showcased that night will be Olympian twin brothers from Norwalk, CA, Javier Molina (13-1, 5KOs), the 2008 US Olympian and Oscar Molina (2-0, 1KO), the 2012 Mexican Olympian. Also featured in a 4-round bout, the pride of the Ten Goose Gym, up-and-coming Juan Funez (1-0) of Van Nuys.
Doors open at Citizens Business Bank Arena at 2:30 p.m. The first bout starts at 3:00 p.m. with the scheduled 12-round bout between Arreola-Stiverne to begin at 5:30 p.m.
You are heading into the biggest fight of your life with a ton of implications associated to the fight, how have you prepared mentally and what are your thoughts, concerns, and hopes heading into the fight with Orlando Cruz?
Aalan Martinez: I'm confident in my abilities because I know there is no possible way that my opponent has outworked me. You win a fight in the gym and if that is true then I've already done everything it takes to win this fight. The only time a fighter has concerns is when he knows deep down he hasn't done enough to prepare, but I have no concerns. I hope Cruz doesn't underestimate me because that will be a huge mistake.
Orlando Cruz has a ton of world experience and he is ranked very high, what kind of experience will you bring into the fight and how does your knowledge stack up?
Aalan Martinez: Well, don't forget I have some world experience myself and I've fought some really tough opponents in my career. The difference between me and Cruz as far as knowledge and experience goes is I've learned from every single one of my fights and I've worked hard to improve, especially from my loss. I'm not the same fighter since my last loss, I'm not even the same fighter since my last win. This fight will come down to who wants it more and nobody wants it more than I do.
That's interesting, what things did you learn from your loss and how can it help you in your upcoming bout?
Aalan Martinez: My only loss was to Evgeny Gradovich and he just beat Billy Dib for a lightweight title. Everyone knows how good Gradovich is now, but I've known he was a great fighter because I got firsthand experience. I learned that I must keep working from beginning to end and I have to maintain a smart but active pace. Against Cruz I know I'll have to find the perfect combination of patience and aggressiveness.
So are you prepared to go 12 rounds even though you've never fought past 7 or are you banking on keeping your knockout streak going?
Aalan Martinez: I'm in shape to go 24 rounds. There are things that a fighter gets out of the experience of going 12 rounds, sure, but it can only help you, not hurt you. The only way it can hurt you is if you have only ever prepared for 8 rounds and then you go up to 12, but if you make it a point to keep your body in 12 round shape then you are as prepared as you can be. I don't go out there looking to end the fight early; I just take advantage of what my opponents give me. I have the power to end the fight at any moment.
What would a win do for your career and what kind of opponents will you be looking for if you defeat the highly ranked Cruz?
Aalan Martinez: That's a question for my team, I'm as confident in Boxing 360 as I am in myself. My job is to go in there and handle my business in the ring against Cruz; as long as I do my job then Mario can do his and he can only be effective if I am successful. I'm not going to look past Cruz because that is the true test, but I would think this fight would put me in a good position considering Cruz is so highly ranked, as you mentioned.
Kermit Cintron won a world title at welterweight. Take away two suspicious losses to the disgraced cheater Antonio Margarito and he's never lost as a welterweight. He has almost insurmountable physical gifts of height and superior strength as a welterweight.
And so, after losing three of four in a disastrous 18-month stretch, what's he going to do to get his career back on track?
He's going back to welterweight.
"I feel that it's always been my weight," explained the former champion. "I took my last couple fights at I54 lbs. because they were good opportunities, but you know I was always a better fighter at 147. I didn't gain the weight of a true 154 pounder. I went up to 153 lbs. on fight night, while the guys I was fighting went up to 170 to 175 lbs. I feel that 147-lbs is where I belong. I'm already on weight and I have a week left. It was never a problem to make welterweight."
"EL Asesino" Cintron (33-5-1, 28 KOs) will face Chicago attraction Adrian "EL Tigre" Granados (11-2-1, 7 KOs) in the ESPN Friday Night Fights televised 10-round co-main event presented by 8 Count Productions, Round 3 Productions and Warriors Boxing on Friday, March 22, 2013 at Chicago's UIC Pavilion.
In the main event, Windy City favorite Donovan "Da Bomb" George will battle former world title challenger David "The Destroyer" Lopez of Nogales, Mexico in a 10-round middleweight bout
Cintron says he did a lot of soul-searching after his last fight, a TKO5 loss to Canelo Alvarez in November 2011.
"I didn't want to think about boxing after the Canelo fight. I just wanted to go home and spend time with my kids. My family is important to me and I think that going away for camps eight or nine weeks at a time was getting to me. I was focusing too much on what my kids were doing, wondering if they were ok. After a while, my kids started asking when I'm fighting again? They said 'we want to see you on TV.' My kids still want me fight, so here I am."
Cintron, from Reading, Pennsylvania, says he decided to go back to what got him to the lofty heights of boxing despite a very minimal amateur career.
"I'm training at home around family and Milton Santiago is my new trainer. I've known him since I was eight years old. If I wanted to come back, the only person I had in mind to train me was Milton. He's the true coach that brought me to the gym when I was in school. So I'm going back to my roots, back to basics, and that's what I did. We've been working together the past six months. I have my own boxing gym called the Kermit Cintron Boxing Gym in Reading, Pennsylvania where Milton trains me. On the days I need to spar, I go to Philly and get some good sparring in."
Cintron says reports of his decline as a fighter and tumble from the ranks of serious contender are irresponsible.
"That's how the media is. All they do is a lot of talking. I really ignore those comments from people. I'm not a shot fighter. I had a rough year, that's it. You'll see. I have lots left. I have dedicated myself to the sport once again. I'm feeling great and I've improved. You guys will see.
Having signed with a new promoter, Leon Margules of Warriors Boxing, Cintron says he's rejuvenated and eager to get back where he belongs: as a top 147-lb fighter.
"I just want to fight. I'm excited to come back after 16 months off. I'm excited and rejuvenated and ready to go."
Presented by 8 Count Productions, Round 3 Productions, Warriors Boxing and Blue Wave Boxing, advance tickets to ESPN Friday Night Fights are priced at $150, $100, $50 and $30 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster (Ticketmaster.com, 1-800-745-3000 ), the 8 Count Productions Offices, 312-226-5800 or the UIC Pavilion Box Office, 312-413-5740.
Doors will open on the night of the event at 7pm CT with the first bout scheduled for 8:00pm CT.
The UIC Pavilion is located at 525 S. Racine, at the corner of Harrison and Racine on the campus of the University of Illinois-Chicago.
A full undercard featuring many of Chicago's best prospects and fan favorites will be announced shortly for this event.
BRADLEY v PROVODNIKOV WORLD TITLE CLASH LIVE ON BOXNATION!
Timothy Bradley’s WBO World Welterweight title clash against Ruslan Provodnikov at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California, will be televised LIVE and exclusive in the UK on The Channel of Champions BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin. Ch. 546) on Sunday morning.
Bradley, known as Desert Storm, makes the first defence of the title that he won against then champion Manny Pacquaio last June, causing a huge upset when he ended the pound-for-pound best’s title reign and seven year unbeaten run in a close and controversial fight.
The 29-year-old from Palm Springs, California, is undefeated in 29 fights, winning world titles in two weight divisions. UK fight fans will remember his May 2008 victory over Junior Witter to win the WBC World Light-Welterweight title in Nottingham when he dropped Witter in the sixth round and go on to win hard-fought points decision.
He’s unified the WBO and WBC titles twice with wins against Kendall Holt in April 2009 - a career defining fight in which he came back from a first round knockdown to win on points - and then against Devon Alexander in January 2011
Fast-rising Russian star Provodnikov, number 2 ranked, makes the biggest step of his career when he takes on top-ten pound-for-pounder Bradley.
The 29-year-old is trained by legendary Hall-of-Famer Freddie Roach and his brawling, big-punching, style has built an impressive record of 22 wins, only one loss on points, and 15 knockouts.
Provodnikov has beaten former world champions Javier Jauregui and DeMarcus Corley and is currently on a five-fight winning run, with four of those coming by knockout.
Watch Bradley v Provodnikov live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546) with coverage starting at 1am on Sunday morning.
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Olympic silver medalist John Joe Nevin and European champion Joe Ward have been named on a powerful looking British Lionhearts side for the first leg of their World Series of Boxing Team Championships quarter-final with Mexico Guerreros at York Hall, London.
Belfast’s Conrad Cunmmings lines out for the visitors.
The Holy Trinity BC middleweight faces Aston Brown in the English capital.
The March 22 showdown will have a distinctly “four-nations” feel about it as boxers from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales will be between the ropes at the iconic London venue.
Ward, currently ranked No. 3 in the WSB Individual rankings, will be aiming to rack up his fifth WSB victory from six outings versus fellow southpaw Christian Demaj.
Nevin, who helped Paris United win out the inaugural 2010/11 WSB Team Championships trophy, is in against experienced WSB campaigner Fernando Alverez-Diaz.
Both sides meet in the return leg in Mexico on March 29.
Tickets prices start at £20 and can be purchased at www.britishlionhearts.com/tickets or on the door at York Hall.