JONATHAN “BOMBA” GONZALEZ, FELIX VERDEJO AND GLEN TAPIA ON MARCH 23 IN TRUJILLO ALTO, PUERTO RICO

The undefeated Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez, Felix “Diamante” Verdejo and Glen Tapia will headline the first 2013 show of Solo Boxeo Tecate in Puerto Rico to be broadcast on UniMas (formerly Telefutura) on March 23 at the Ruben Zayas Montañez Coliseum in Trujillo Alto, in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) presentation in association with Top Rank.

“We have a venue for this show. It will be the Ruben Zayas Montañez Coliseum, where we were on September, 2012, in a successful show. Trujillo Alto is a city with great boxing fans and we have Felix Verdejo, who trains in this town, as one of the co-main bouts”, PRBBP President Ivan Rivera said. “Besides Bomba Gonzalez, Verdejo and Tapia, we will have in action a good group of Puerto Rican prospects”.

The main event presents the WBO Youth flyweight champion and WBO flyweight #12 ranked, Bomba Gonzalez (11-0, 10 KOs) against a foe to be named in a fight scheduled to 10 rounds. Gonzalez come off a “no contest” bout against Omar Salado on February 2 when the fight ended in the very first round after an unintentional right hook by Gonzalez hit Salado on the back of his head and the Mexican couldn’t continue.

While, London 2012 Olympian, Verdejo (3-0, 2 KOs) will fight again in Puerto Rico and after his February 2 third round TKO over Jose Santiago. Verdejo will fight in a junior lightweight division bout scheduled to four rounds against a rival to be determined. The Puerto Rican prospect debuted on December, 2012, with an unanimous decision win over Leonardo Chavez in Las Vegas and then on January 19, 2013, scored a first round KO victory over Tomi Archambault.

In a six rounds junior middleweight fight, Glen Tapia (17-0, 10 KOs) will face a fighter to be named. For Tapia this will be his second fight in Puerto Rico. On July, 2012, Tapia won by a first round KO over Carlos Garcia in a show held at the Antonio R. Barcelo Coliseum in Toa Baja.

Prospects John Karl Sosa (5-0, 4 KOs), Osenohad “Cano” Vazquez (6-1-1, 2 KOs), Rafael “El Pollo Blanco” Gonzalez (8-1, 6 KOs) and Jeffrey Ramos (3-0, 2 KOs), among others, will fight in the card.

Tickets for this show are available at Ticketcenter (www.tcpr.com) calling 1 787 792-5000. Prices are $18 and $33.

Robert Guerrero Teams Up With Be The Match To Help Knock Out Blood Cancer

MINNEAPOLIS (Feb. 19, 2013) – Bone marrow donated from a total stranger saved Robert Guerrero’s wife. Now the grateful world champion boxer is joining Be The Match® in the fight to make life-saving marrow transplants available for every blood cancer patient who needs one.

Guerrero will serve as an “Ambassador of Hope” for Be The Match, a nonprofit organization that connects patients with their donor match for a life-saving marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant.

“My wife Casey had leukemia and she’s alive today because she received bone marrow from a donor we found through Be The Match,” Guerrero said. “I want to do everything in my power to help Be The Match bring that gift of life to as many other blood cancer patients as I can.”

Thousands of patients with leukemia, lymphoma and other life-threatening diseases depend on the Be The Match Registry®, the world’s largest and most diverse listing of potential bone marrow donors and donated umbilical cord blood units, to find a matched donor.

“My message is simple: Join the Be The Match Registry. You could be someone’s cure,” Guerrero said. “It just takes a few minutes to join the registry, and you could be called to save someone’s life.”

Guerrero, 29, a native of Gilroy, Calif., has won six world titles in four divisions. He is a rising star in the boxing world -earning the nickname “The Ghost” for his elusive style in the ring.

“We’re thrilled to have Robert Guerrero in our corner as we take on leukemia, lymphoma and other blood cancers,” said Jeffrey W. Chell, M.D., chief executive officer of Be The Match. “He and his family know from experience that when people join the Be The Match Registry, they can literally save someone’s life.”

In 2007, Guerrero faced his most challenging bout outside the ring. The boxer’s wife, Casey Guerrero, was diagnosed with leukemia. Guerrero put his career on hold, vacating a world title to help care for his wife. Casey relapsed three times before she found a matching bone marrow donor. She underwent a successful marrow transplant in 2010. Doctors have declared her cancer free and she is doing well.

Guerrero and his wife are working to raise awareness about the importance of the registry by teaming up with Be The Match on a public awareness campaign in 2013 that will urge young people, especially those with diverse racial or ethnic heritage, to join the Be The Match Registry.

The organization is appealing to younger people because transplant patients who receive marrow from younger donors tend to have better outcomes. Also, since patients in need of a marrow transplant are more likely to find a match from someone of the same racial or ethnic background, increasing the racial diversity of the registry will help save even more lives.

Those interested in joining the registry can join online at BeTheMatch.org. It costs about $100 to add a new member to the Be The Match Registry and Guerrero is encouraging people to get involved in any way they can. In addition to joining the registry, people can spread the word or make a financial contribution to Be The Match to grow the registry, support research and deliver tangible relief to families struggling with uninsured transplant costs.


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