GUAYNABO, PUERTO RICO - Three days before their fights Puerto Rican Amanda "The Real Deal" Oquendo, Serrano, Jonathan Oquendo, Jeyvier Cintron and Brazilian Robson Conceicao worked for the media en route to the beginning of the series "Viernes de Campeones en Casino Metro Boxing Nights," which will present PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) on Friday, July 21, at the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino in San Juan.
The fighters trained with their respective work teams at the Félix Pagán Pintor in Guaynabo, where they showed their condition for their respective bouts.
The feature fight will be between Serrano (32-1-1, 24 KOs), the first Puerto Rican and the only woman in history with world boxing championships in five different weights (118, 122, 126, 130 and 135 pounds), and Hungarian Edina Kiss (13-4, 7 KO's) for the WBO 122-pound belt.
Meanwhile, Oquendo (26-5, 16 KOs) will face Costa Rican Francisco Fonseca (19-0-1, 13 KO's) for the WBO Latino title at 130 pounds, 10 rounds; Puerto Rican Olympian Jeyvier Cintrón (1-0), the first Puerto Rican boxer to compete in two Olympic Games (London 2012 and Rio de Janeiro 2016), will fight for the first time as a professional in Puerto Rico when he faces Chilean Guillermo Dejeas (7-7 -1, 2 KO's) to four rounds at 118 lbs; Conceicao (3-0, 2 KOs), the first Brazilian to win a gold medal at the 2016 Olympics and his country's only ever to participate in three Olympics (2008, 2012 and 2016), will fight eight rounds at 130 pounds against Mexican Bernardo Gomez (18-7, 11 KO's).
Former New England. welterweight champion Derek Silveira Is trying to make up for lost time, 3 ½ years of ring inactivity from the summer of 2013 until this past April, as he prepares to headline the August 5th "Fight Night at the Bay" card, presented by Granite Chin Promotions, at Marina Bay Sportplex in Quincy, Massachusetts.
Silveira (12-1, 6 KOs), fighting out of Salem (MA), will face former world title challenger Michael "Cold Blood" Clark (44-16-1, 18 KOs) in the eight-round main event.
The 31-year-old Silveira fought for a long time with bones spurs in his right elbow. He underwent surgery and later went to training camp in Las Vegas for a fight that, unfortunately, fell through. Then, as a worker for a moving company, he fell through steps, resulting in torn labrum in his left hip. It took a terribly frustrating 1 ½ years for his insurance company to finally approve the operation, which was followed, of course, by a lengthy therapy program.
"A long process," Silveira said. "It was tough watching everybody fight while I was unable. I even had to watch guys fight for the New England title that I never lost in the ring but was unable to keep because I couldn't fight."
Silveira was a decorated New England amateur boxer with more than 300 matches, including six consecutive Central Mass (Lowell) Golden Gloves titles and two New England championships (he lost a decision one year to current world junior middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade), as well as multiple Rocky Marciano Tournament gold medals to go along with those he won at the Silver Mittens and Junior Olympics.
Now 31 and having fought the past 20 years, Silveira is hungry to prove himself on a grander scale, starting Aug. 5 with Clark. "He will be a good test for me for a comparison to where I was in the past," Silveira commented about his veteran opponent. "Clark is a veteran who fights on his toes. I used to watch him when he was on The Contender (televised realty show). My sparring partner back then was (the late) Jeff Fraza, who also was on The Contender. It'll be good to see where I am.
"I grew up as a boxer. I had huge legs, strong upper body, and good footwork. I played soccer as a kid. I lacked power. The last few years I've worked on my power. Now, I'm a boxer-puncher. For this fight, I will start out boxing - my endurance will be there - and then I'll look to take him out in the later rounds. I want to look good and not get hit by his strong right hand."
Silveira has one of the largest fan-bases in New England, largely from North Shore (of Boston) communities, and Derek knows that they will be out in force supporting him Aug. 5. "My fans travel," he insisted. "Quincy isn't too far from the North Shore, certainly closer than Foxwoods (Mashantucket, CT), and I had a lot of fans there. My fans are overpowering; so loud and a little crazy.".
Many of NE's other best and most popular professional boxers will be in action Aug. 5. The eight-round fight between three-time world title challenger, welterweight Aleksandra Lopes (17-4-2, 1 KO), of Marshfield (MA), and former world super lightweight champion Lisa Garland (15-7-1, 8 KOs) has been elevated to co-feature because of its potential world title fight implications for the winner.
Quincy fighter Chris Traietti (23-4, 19 KOs) faces Nick Lavin (4-5, 4 KOs), of Shelton (CT) for the vacant New England cruiserweight title in an eight-round bout. Traietti is also the co-promoter of "Fight Night at the Bay", in addition to being a former World Boxing Council (WBC) United States cruiserweight titlist, college graduate and Iraq War veteran.
Fighting on the undercard in six-round bouts are Dorchester (MA) welterweight Gabriel Duluc (11-2, 2 KOs) vs. Norwalk's (CT) Shaka Moore (12-23-3, 2 KOs), Quincy's undefeated U.S. Marine veteran Brandon Montella (7-0, 6 KOs) vs. Florida light heavyweight "Money" Mike Sawyer (7-8, 5 KOs), and Irreland-native and Quincy junior middleweight Paddy Irwin (3-0, 2 KOs) vs. Philly's Demetrius Thomas (0-4). Holbrook, MA welterweight Mike O'Han, Jr. (1-0) takes on Dorchester's (MA) Daniel Amaro (0-2-1) in a four-round match.
Mexico City, Mexico: After two consecutive weeks of stunning upsets, the BOXEO TELEMUNDO summer series continues this Friday, July 21 from the Auditorio Blackberry in Mexico City, Mexico.
The main event will feature a "Youth Vs. Experience" battle when popular local prospect Antonio "Tono" Moran faces Guadalupe "Bronco" Rosales in a bout schedule for 10 rounds with the vacant WBO Latin Lightweight Title up for grabs. Moran, 24, is ranked #13 WBO, in his last fight March 3rd he scored an impressive first round stoppage over Richard Zamora improving his record to 21-2-14 KO's. Rosales, 35, is a more experienced fighter, is 8-2 in regional title bouts capturing 5 different belts, he is also won 3 of his last 4 bouts including his last one June 16, when he beat highly touted undefeated prospect Emanuel "Pinky" Colon. His record now stands at 34-12-18 KO's.
Originally Moran was slated to face Wilberth Lopez who went MIA after mysteriously disappearing from his training camp in Tijuana over the weekend, Lopez has signed a contract for the bout which is also filmed in video, the Promoter All Star Boxing, Inc has officially requested the Boxing Commission in Mexico City to open an investigation in this matter and suspend Lopez and his manager with other commissions as well. The company was able to secure Rosales who was training in his hometown and sparring with Romulo Koasicha who fought last Friday on the series.
6 more fights schedule, doors open at 7:30 PM, first bell at 8:00 PM. Auditorio Blackberry Calle Tlaxcala 160, Cuauhtemoc, Hipódromo Condesa, Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico. Tickets are already on sale @ www.ticketmaster.com.mx. The show is presented by Tuto Zabala's Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc in association with Producciones Deportivas.