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Verdejo vs. Santiago on February 2nd in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rican prospect Felix “Diamante” Verdejo will make his Puerto Rico debut on February 2 when he faces Jose Santiago at the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in a show headlined by the former two time world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) presentation in association with Top Rank, to be broadcasted on DIRECTV Pay Per View.

Meanwhile, unbeaten world ranked fighter Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez will fight against Omar Salado for a World Boxing Organization (WBO) regional title.

“We have the rival for the Puerto Rico debut for Felix Verdejo. As he won by a fast KO this past Saturday, he will fight for the first time on February 2 in Puerto Rico against the more experienced Jose Santiago”, PRBBP Vice-President Peter Rivera said.

Verdejo (2-0, 1 KOs) will face Jose Santiago (2-3, 2 KOs) in a 132 pounds fight scheduled to four rounds. This will be the third fight for Verdejo, who started his professional career last December, 2012, in Las Vegas, with a unanimous decision win over Leonardo Chavez, making his second bout last Saturday in New York where he won by a first round KO over Tomy Archambault. Verdejo is a 2012 London Olympian, who fought to quarterfinals in those games.

While the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Youth flyweight champion, Bomba Gonzalez (11-0, 10 KOs) will fight now against Omar Salado (23-5-2, 14 KOs), a veteran fighter who has face former world champions Ulises Solis, Gilberto Keb Baas, Julio Cesar Miranda, Luis Concepcion and current champion Roman Gonzalez. Bomba Gonzalez, a 2008 Amateur Youth World Champion and 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games gold medalist, is ranked #12 by the WBO in the flyweights. This fight will be for the WBO Latino flyweight title scheduled to 10 rounds.

Headlining this card, former WBO super bantamweight and featherweight champion Juanma Lopez (31-2, 28 KOs) will face Aldimar Silva Santos (18-3, 9 KOs), from Brazil, in a fight scheduled to 10 rounds in 128 pounds. Lopez is actually the #5 ranked by the WBO in the featherweight division.

The WBO #1 lightweight ranked and WBO Latino lightweight champion, Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez (21-0, 16 KOs), will face an opponent to be named defending his regional belt in a fight scheduled to 12 rounds.

Also, 2008 Olympian and 2009 Amateur World Champion, McWilliams Arroyo (13-1, 11 KOs), the #6 WBO and #14 IBF ranked in the flyweights, will fight versus former world champion Sonny Boy Jaro (34-11-5, 24 KOs) in a bout scheduled to 10 rounds in a 113 pounds maximum. Jaro, who held the WBC flyweight title in 2012, is ranked #4 by the WBC in the flyweights.

McJoe Arroyo (11-0, 6 KOs), a former 2008 Olympian and 2007 Amateur World Championship bronze medalist, will face former IBF super flyweight champion Rodrigo “Gatito” Guerrero (18-4-1, 12 KOs), for the IBF Latino super flyweight title in a fight scheduled to 10 rounds. McJoe, is the the WBO #9 ranked in the super flyweight division. Guerrero, from Mexico, was the IBF 115lb champion between 2011 and 2012 when he lost the belt against Juan Carlos Sanchez Jr. Actually, Guerrero is ranked #4 by the IBF in the super flyweights.

Tickets for this show are available at Ticketcenter ( calling 1 787 792-5000. Prices are $20, $40, $60, $100, $125 Ring Side and $250 Red Carpet.

Buddy McGirt To Return To Canastota

CANASTOTA, NY – JANUARY 21, 2013 – The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced two-division world champion and noted trainer James “Buddy” McGirt will return to Canastota for festivities planned for the 24th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend set for June 6-9th.

James “Buddy” McGirt

“’Buddy’ McGirt is a real fan favorite,” said Hall of Fame director Edward Brophy. “He graciously poses for pictures and really enjoys interacting with his fans. We are very excited to welcome him back to Canastota.”

Fighting out of Brentwood, NY, McGirt is the former IBF junior welterweight and WBC welterweight champion. He holds wins over Saoul Mamby, Frankie Warren, Howard Davis, Jr., Livingstone Bramble and Simon Brown. During his career, he posted a 73-6-1 (48 KOs) record. Now a highly respected trainer, he has worked with such fighters as 2013 Hall of Fame Inductee Arturo “Thunder” Gatti, Antonio Tarver, Nate Campbell, Matthew Macklin, and his son, James Jr.

Events planned for the weekend include a banquet, a night of welterweight warriors, parade, golf tournament, boxing autograph card show, cocktail party and the Official Induction Ceremony honoring the Class of 2013. Inductees include two-division champion Arturo “Thunder” Gatti (posthumous), five-time world champion Virgil “Quicksilver” Hill and two-time light flyweight champion Myung-Woo Yuh in the Modern category; “Let’s Get It On” referee Mills Lane, ring announcer Jimmy Lennon, Jr. and journalist Colin Hart. Posthumous inductees in the Old-Timer, Pioneer, Non-Participant and Observer categories will also be honored.

An impressive list of over 40 boxing greats from the United States and abroad are scheduled to participate in weekend festivities.

Victor Vasquez vs. Esteban Rodriguez on Saturday night

CHESTER, PA (January 22, 2013)—THIS Saturday night, January 26th, It will be a special night inside of Harrahs Philadelphia as a mammoth 12 bout card of boxing will take place to celebrate the two year anniversary of Joey Eye Boxing Promotions & David Feldman’s partnership with the casino.

This will be the tenth show that the duo has put on in Harrahs Philadelphia and they have a great night in store for the fans.

“This will be a special night of boxing in many regards for myself and my partner David Feldman”, said Joey “Eye” Intrieri, founder of Joey Eye Boxing.

“We have been the only ones in the state to put on consistent good shows and have had memorable fights already. We expect to have a long run here and will continue to put on the best fights possible”

“I want to thank the General Manager of Harrahs Ron Baummann plus everyone in the entertainment department as well as our staff and the loyal fan base that comes out time and time again to make this all possible”

In the six round main event, Victor Vasquez (15-7-1, 7 KO’s) will be making his 6th appearance at Harrahs when he takes on Esteban Rodriguez (6-4-1, 1 KO) of Lebanon, PA in a Lightweight bout

DeCarlo Perez (8-2-1, 3 KO’s) of Atlantic City will fight undefeated Dante Moore (8-0-2, 4 KO’s) of Cleveland, OH in a six round Jr. Middleweight bout

In a six round Jr. Welterweight affair, Julio DeJesus (6-3-3, 3 KO’s) of Chester, PA battles Ramon Ellis (4-7-2, 2 KO’s) of Philadelphia

Undefeated Light Heavyweight Amir Shabazz (2-0) of Philadelphia will rematch Abdellah Smith (2-4, 2 KO’s) of Queens, NY in a four round rematch

In a four round female Jr. Welterweight bout, undefeated Althea Saunders (3-0-1) of Atlantic City will fight debuting Laura Incarnato of Philadelphia

Undefeated Welterweight Tyrone Crawley Jr. (2-0) of Philadelphia boxes Benjamin Burgos (1-2) of Mount Pocono, PA in a four round bout

In a four round Heavyweight bout, undefeated John Mercurio (5-0, 4 KO’s) of Philadelphia takes on Lonnie Kornegay (1-7-2) of Baltimore, MD

In another four round Heavyweight bout, undefeated Mark Rideout (2-0) takes on Aaron Bratton (0-1) of Baltimore, MD

In a four round Jr. Middleweight, Gilbert Alex Sanchez (2-1, 2 KO’s) of Camden, NJ battles Greg Jackson (2-0, 1 KO) of Philadelphia, PA

Undefeated Jovontae Starks (5-0, 4 KO’s) of Minneapolis, MN will fight Chad McKinney (1-0) in a fight that features two undefeated Jr. Middleweights in a bout scheduled for four rounds

In a rematch, Alex Barbosa (4-1, 1 KO) of Philadelphia will try to make it two straight over Arthur Parker (1-8, 1 KO) of Lancaster, PA

Rounding out the card will be debuting Sam Teah of Philadelphia taking on an opponent to be named in a four round Lightweight bout

Tickets are now on sale for $100 (VIP); $65 (Ringside) and $45 (General Admission) and can be purchased at the Harrahs Philadelphia Gift Shop; By calling Joey Eye (267-304-9399); David

Feldman (610-291-0806); 800-480-8020 or on

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