“Cañitas” Lozada Jr. Ready to Defend Title
After experiencing his first camp outside of his native city, WBC FECARBOX jr. welterweight champion Antonio “Cañitas” Lozada Jr. (22-0, 19KOs) is ready to come back to Tijuana and defend his newly acquired title against Hugo Hernandez (11-1, 10KOs) of Sinaloa, MX, on Saturday in the main event of “Full Impact.” Before traveling to Tijuana, Lozada Jr. finished up his camp with sparring the full twelve rounds with Pavel Miranda and Jesus “Presi” Gonzalez.
“I see him better prepared than at other times,” Luis Roman, Lozada Jr’s trainer, stated. “Antonio is ready to climb into the ring today.”
Lozada Jr. realizes the benefits in preparing himself at a high altitude since he was interned in a ranch in the mountains of Guanajuato.
“I think it was a great decision to have come to the mountains,” Lozada Jr. stated. “The Tijuana boxing fans are going to see a stronger, faster and better conditioned ‘Cañitas.’”
As far as the KO artist Hernandez is concerned, he is more than confident that it will be short night for the Tijuana favorite and went as far as to offer a prediction.
“‘Cañitas’ will not be able to survive my power or my pace,” Hernandez stated from his hometown if Culiacan, MX. “He is a good fighter that has been matched the right way but his undefeated status will change on July 24th. What better outlet but a fight that all of Mexico will see thru Televisa? I promise a convincing knockout before the sixth round.”
Quintero in Toughest Test to Date
A veteran of more than thirty professional fights, ten years as a fighter for pay under his belt and with six international title challenges, Colombian Jean Javier Sotelo (23-8-2, 14KOs) represents the toughtest opponent Marvin “Cachorro” Quintero (19-2, 15KOs) of Tijuana, MX, has ever faced.
Quintero and Sotelo will face off for the vacant WBC FECARBOX super featherweight title for twelve rounds.
The 35-year-old Sotelo has faced four former world champions during his travels such as Ricardo Cordoba, Jorge Linares, Toshiaki Nishioka and Jhonny Gonzalez.
Despite not traveling as extensively, Quintero, 23, has performed in the United States six times with the biggest name on his ledger being Nick Casal, Wes Ferguson, Tyrone Harris and Walter Estrada.
Quintero is coming off a string of three wins, all by second round KO, and is hoping this will be the first step towards a world title.
“Morita” De La Mora Wants His Turn Under the Sun
The ever popular Tijuana bantamweight David “Morita” De La Mora (20-0, 14KOs) is ready to take the mantle from Erik “Terrible” Morales and Antonio Margarito as the most popular Tijuana fighter at the moment. With the full support of the yellow taxis of Tijuana, a union that he and his family have been a part of for generations, De La Mora has projected himself as one of the biggest ticket sellers the city of Tijuana has seen in recent years.
De La Mora will be defending his newly minted WBC FECARBOX 118 lbs. title against the experienced Colombian Elvis Garcia (9-6-3, 5KO) who despite his record, is tougher than his wins and losses appear.
Garcia, who is not afraid to pack his bags in search of a paycheck, has earned some frequent flyer miles by traveling to Venezuela to face Franklin Varela, Domingo Sosa in Argentina and Everardo “Zihua” Morales in Mexico City in his last three fights. Besides these last three defeats, his other three have come to even tougher opposition in the undefeated Ricardo Nuñez of Panama, twice and in Panama and against former world champion Noel Arambulet. Garcia has only been knocked out twice in his career.
Tijuana Vs. Colombia
With Quintero and De La Mora facing Colombian challengers, it revives a rivalry that has seen its own share of wars between Tijuana fighters and warriors from the South American country.
There has been nine fights between Tijuana fighters and those from Colombia with the Mexican fighters taking three and the south Americans three. The Colombians have been the spoilers since when the bouts have taken place in Tijuana, they have won two while the local fighter one.
For the Tijuana fighters the victories have been Raul “Jibaro” Perez over Miguel “Happy” Lora in 1988, Juan Jose “Dinamita” Estrada over Luis “Chicanero” Mendoza in 1989 and Perez over the same Mendoza in ’91. In 2001 Manuel “Mantecas” Medina defeated Juan Polo Perez while Diego “Pelucho” Morales beat Francisco “Araña” Tejedor. Earlier this year Lozada Jr. defeated Henry Aurad to capture his current title.
As far as the Colombians, in ’93 Jorge Elicier Julio got over Ricardo “Chapo” Vargas adn in 1999, the same Colombian beat Miguel “Makito “Martinez. On the same card that Lozada Jr. defeated Aurad, Ronald Barrera upset local Arturo “Fuerte” Badillo by 9th round TKO.
Amateur Star Fights at Home
While an amateur, Jorge DeAlba earned gold medals in the Mexican national Olympics in 2007 and 2008 and now as a professional super bantamweight his ledger reads three wins against no losses and all the wins via knockout.
Now for the first time in his budding career, DeAlba will fight in his native Tijuana when he faces Manuel “Cuervo” Armendariz (2-1) in a four round bout.
Under the tutelage of former world champion Raul “Jibaro” Perez, DeAlba made his debut in 2009 in Toluca, MX, where he got off the canvas to KO Vicente Mejia in his first pro fight. In January of this year he made his way to Puebla to knock out Rene Trujillo in the first round. Last May he almost made it home when he fought in Ensenada where knocked out in Ramon Quzada, also in the first round.
DeAlba is ready to shine in his hometown and is coming off from being the chief sparring partner of David “Morita” De La Mora.
Pavel Miranda Returns to Tijuana
After three years in not setting foot in a ring in front of his hometown fans, Pavel Miranda (16-5-1, 8KOs) of the Independencia neighborhood of Tijuana, will perform on the under card of “Full Impact”. Miranda will be facing Sonora’s Victor “Memin” Esquer (9-16-1, 7KOs) in a six round welterweight bout. Miranda has been acting as the chief sparring partner for Lozada Jr. in their camp located in the mountains of interior Mexico.
Many expect a happy reunion for Miranda and Tijuana since he has won ten of his bouts here and only lost once. the last time Miranda fought in Tijuana was in May of 2007 when he defeated via unanimous decision Miguel Zuñiga in a defense of the WBC jr. welterweight youth title.
Since then, Miranda fought six times in Caifornia, once in Nevada and once in the Cayman Islands while facing the likes of William Gonzalez, Ty Barnett, Mauricio Herrera, Danny Garcia and Vardan Gasparyan among others.
Along with helping out Lozada Jr. during camp, Miranda has also helped Humbrto “Zorrita” Soto for his bouts against Jesus “Matador” Chavez and Ricardo “Pelon” Dominguez.
“Gatito” Felix Looks for Redemption
Since his debut in January of ’07, big things were expected of Julio Cesar Felix (12-3, 1. With a record of 8-1 he was crowned WBC youth jr. flyweight champion by defeating Nicaruagua’s Milton Marin.
After some losses, Felix was diagnosed with minor health problems and now cured, he is ready to return to the ring and he will do so at “Full Impact” against Antonio Valenzuela (4-4-1, 1KO) in a junior flyweight bout.
With his health back, his academic duties almost complete and with the support of Baja Boxing, Felix is hoping that the rest of 2010 is his opportunity and redemption and his next chance to get back in the mix of the jr. flyweight division.
Tickets are available for 200 pesos ($16.66US) and 100 pesos ($8.33US) with a first come, first serve policy along with general seating. Tickets can be bought at the box office of the legendary El Foro Theatre while the day of the event, Saturday, July 24th, they will be avaiable at the box office of the Hipodromo Caliente at 10am.