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 Last update:  7/30/2013       Read more by Miguel Rivera            &
Rivera Confirms Rocky Martinez is Exploring His Options
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By Miguel Rivera

Promoter Peter Rivera of Puerto Rico Best Boxing has confirmed's recent report that WBO super featherweight champion Roman "Rocky" Martinez (27-1, 16KOs) is leaning away from fighting Miguel Angel "Mikey" Garcia - and switching his focuse to possible fights with Yuriorkis Gamboa and International Boxing Federation (IBF) champion Argenis Mendez.

Mendez (21-2, 11 KO's) will defend his crown on the 23rd of August at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, New York against Arash Usmanee. Gamboa does not have a fight in line, and Mikey Garcia is coming back in November. Rivera plans to discuss Martinez's future at the WBO convention in Budapest, Hungary - taking place from August 26th to the 30th.

"Our company wants to continue developing Rocky and keep increasing his popularity both in Puerto Rico and the United States. We are going over some plans and we've discussed the possibility of fights with Mikey Garcia and even the Gamboa. Although there are many ideas, one of the deals that is striking to us is a fight with Argenis Mendez. His handlers made an offer and we are reviewing it," Rivera told Carlos Narvaez.

“To fight on HBO, [dates are] available in November and December. We are going to discuss what Rocky is going to do next when we go to the convention of the WBO. We want to even do a fight between Rocky and Mikey, but everything will depend on the [terms]. It is necessary to remember that Mikey is not a big name right now. In his first defense he failed to make the weight, and his two [biggest] victories were against fighters who were [on their way out]."

Tags: Argenis Mendez , Roman Martinez , Mikey Garcia

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comment by BendOver, on 07-31-2013
[QUOTE=periks19]Lmaol a beating like gamboa did to the last guy he fought?? I don't see anything indicating he will be given garcia a beating it wil be the other way around lol. I don't think thats the case garcia has been calling for gamboa and lopez before he was even champ when lopez was stil...

comment by periks19, on 07-31-2013
[QUOTE=BendOver]Just because you are dropped doesn't mean you are worst than other fighter, then by your logic garcia is better than Little Red Lopez, Zarate, Wilfredo Gomez, Trinidad, Napoles, Duran and other greats; Garcia has his chance when Gamboa was the King at 126 and he didn't took the fi...

comment by BendOver, on 07-31-2013
[QUOTE=periks19]Lmaol really?? I have never seen garcia struggled with lesser competiotion let alone dropped like gamboa. I can understand you saying you think gamboa is better than garcia but way better????? Lmaol that means gamboa would of never gotten dropped by salido or farenas and lesser c...

comment by periks19, on 07-31-2013
[QUOTE=BendOver]What I say was that he will beat down Martinez and garcia will look the other way, just like he did when he was Gamboa mandatory, his ppl don't want anything with Gamboa and probably any top Cuban fighter, you know they don't have much luck with them but since you say it before I'...

comment by BendOver, on 07-31-2013
[QUOTE=periks19]Gamboa putting a World Class beating on Mikey Garcia??? Lmaol u need to stop smoking that ****[/QUOTE]What I say was that he will beat down Martinez and garcia will look the other way, just like he did when he was Gamboa mandatory, his ppl don't want anything with Gamboa and proba...

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