World Champion, Giovani "The Aztec Warrior" Segura and two-time world champion Ivan "Iron Boy" Calderon, met for the first time in Mexicali during the final press conference leading up to their rematch this Saturday in the Auditorio Estatal in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico. PHOTO CREDIT: German Villasenor/Team Segura.
Both spoke with much respect for their opponent, but both Segura and Calderon spoke about winning the fight. Segura, saying how much more difficult this second will be, and Calderon confident that this time the result will be different.
"I don't see this second fight any different then the first one. I only know how to fight one way and thats to throw punches and put pressured on my opponent. I don't doubt the Calderon will be better this time, because when you lose for the first time it makes you more determined and it makes you work harder, that I know for a fact," said Segura, to a pack house in the main room of the Mexicali Sports Hall of Fame.
"This fight is like the Tom and Jerry cartoon. A cat chasing a mouse and that is not going to change. I admired Calderon's boxing abilities and I respect his style, but to me boxing is about giving the fans a excitement and that is what I will bring the fans inside that ring on Saturday night," said Segura.
For Calderon a long time 105 & 108 pound world champion is about revenge.
"No question that he got the best of me the first time. He was ready, he did his fight and won. But I feel better prepared now to face his style of fight and for me is always about moving, hitting and not getting hit. I don't want anyone talking about a fight of the year type fight. I want to win, not get hit and go home with my belt," said Calderon.
La Revancha: Segura-Calderon 2, presented by Zanfer Promotions and PR Best Boxing, will be distributed in the United States 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.
Segura (26-1-1, 22 KOs), fighting out of Bell, California by way of Mexico, captured the WBO, The Ring and WBA Super light flyweight titles on August of last year, when he knocked-out the previously unbeaten champion Calderon (34-1-1, 6 KOs) in the eighth round in Puerto Rico. Segura was leading (69-64, 68-65, 67-66) on all three judges scorecards at the time of the stoppage.
The 28-year-old Segura, who will turn 29 tomorrow, also holds notable victories against Daniel Reyes KO1) and Carlos Tamara (DEC12). Giovanni has fought only once since defeating Calderon, last November in a non-title fight triumph against Manuel Vargas who retired after seven rounds.
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Prior to fighting Segura Calderon had been the WBO light flyweight champion for more than three years (six successful title defences) and WBO minimum weight titlist (11 successful title defences) from 2003 until he moved up to light flyweight in 2007. Ivan is currently rated No. 1 by The Ring and No. 3 by the WBO.
His boxing resume reads like a Whos Who list of great 108 and 105 pound world champions and challengers, including victories against the likes of Rodel Mayol, Reyes, Higo Fidel Cazares (twice), Nelson Dieppa, Issac Bustos, Roberto Carlos Leyva, Ednar Cardenas, Alex Sanchez and Eduardo Ray Marquez.
The co-feature matches Mexican featherweight champion and three-time world title challenger, Ricardo Piolo Castillo (39-9-2, 26 KOs), against former WBC Continental Americas super featherweight titlist Joksan El Torito Hernandez (21-3, 14 KOs) in a 10-round bout. Castillo is the younger brother of 2-time world lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo.
Also on the telecast will be the IBF Featherweight title eliminator between Jorge Lacierva (38-7-6, 26 KO's) of Mexico City and Fernando "Wary" Beltran (35-4-1, 19 KO's) of Culiacan, Mexico and Alfonso "Finito" Lopez the son of Mexican Legend Ricardo Lopez, will open the telecast in a seis round flyweight bout against Jorge Guerrero (5-4, 2 KO's) of Chihuahua, Mexico.