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SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO- With the presence of some Puerto Rican world champions and former world champions, Miguel Angel “Mikey” Garcia, received today the World Boxing Organization (WBO) belt he won with his win over Orlando “Siri” Salido on January 19 in New York.

WBO junior lightweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez, and former world champions Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez, Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon and Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. among others were at the Restaurante El Zipperle, with WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, to give Garcia the 126 pounds belt.

“We gave the belt to Garcia, one of the best young champions and an example to the youth. We are proud to have Mikey Garcia as our champion. This (Garcia) is the man who beat the man, he (Garcia) beat Orlando Salido, who beat Juanma Lopez, who beat Daniel Ponce de Leon and Steven Luevano”.

Garcia (31-0, 26 KOs), who was together with his father and trainer Eduardo Garcia, said that he feel so good to be in Puerto Rico again. Garcia fought in the island last year when he knocked out Bernabe Concepcion.

“I’m very happy to be in Puerto Rico, a great place and I feel so grateful for this event. Garcia said. “This (the WBO) is a great entity, one of the best now and I’m very proud to be a world champion and to receive my belt today in Puerto Rico with all these people here”.

Carl Moretti, Top Rank Vice-President, who was in the activity representing this company, said that “Garcia is one of the best young fighter and we expect great things in the future”.

Besides Juanma Lopez, Iron Boy Calderon and Vazquez Jr., there were former world champion as Alex “El Nene” Sanchez and Rafael del Valle, world contenders Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez, Jorge “Destroyer” Melendez, Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez, McWilliams Arroyo, McJoe Arroyo, Jayson “La Maravilla” Velez, Victor Bisbal, and prospects Felix “Diamante” Verdejo, Josean Serra, Emmanuel de Jesus y Jose Torres. Also trainers Felix Pagan Pintor, Orlando Piñero, Margaro Cruz, Alan Sola, Ricky Marquez, Andres Ortiz and Anthony Otero.

Referees Luis Pabon, Roberto Ramirez Jr., Melba Santos, Jose H. Rivera and Genaro “Gino” Rodriguez, and judges Cesar Ramos, Luis Ruiz, Nelson Vazquez, Jose Roberto Torres, Carlos Colon y Luis Gomez attended the event.

From the WBO there were former president and Championship Committee president Luis Batista Salas, Treasurer Adolflo Flores Monge, Administrative Advisor Manuel Marrero Hueca, and Legal Advisor Andrés Salas Soler participated of the activity.

Tickets available for PA Golden Gloves Regional Championships

PHILADELPHIA — Tickets are now available for the 2013 Pennsylvania Golden Gloves Eastern Regional Championships scheduled for Saturday, April 20, at the new Derby Ink Gardens. The annual tournament will feature some of the best amateur fighters in the state.

The $20 general admission tickets are available by calling Joe Hand Promotions at (800) 557-4263. Also, tickets will be available the day of the event at Derby Ink Gardens, 814 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia, PA, 19123. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the first bout scheduled for 7 p.m.

After a one year absence, the Joe Hand Boxing Gym and Computer Lab will host the tournament, marking the 17th year the gym has been involved with this great event. The Joe Hand Boxing Gym is located at 547 N. Third St., Philadelphia, PA, 19123.

“We are always honored to be involved with the Golden Gloves,” said Joe Hand Sr., CEO of Joe Hand Promotions and owner of the gym. “It’s a great opportunity for us, along with so many of the local businesses, to give back, and it helps some of these kids not only compete, but it gives them a chance to further their careers. And at the same time, it helps raise money for our boxing gym and computer lab, which helps hundreds of kids every year”.

The winners of the night’s bouts will advance to the state championships on April 27 at Reverb Nightclub in Reading, Pa., and will be hosted by the East Reading Boxing Club. The National Golden Gloves Tournament will be held May 12-18 in Salt Lake City, UT.

Guerrero-Martinez Headlines “Salisbury Slugfest” April 12!

Salisbury, MD (March 11, 2013) – Jake The Snake Promotions will host their first show in Salisbury, MD when unbeaten cruiserweight Alex Guerrero headlines against hard-nosed veteran Pedro Martinez Friday, April 12 at the Wicomico Civic Center.

Tickets starting at $20 and VIP tables of 10 from $500 are on sale now at the Wicomico Civic Center Box Office, by calling 410-548-4911 or logging onto WicomicoCivicCenter.Org. A 20% military discount is available on all tickets purchased with a valid ID at the Civic Center Box Office. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the opening bell is slated for 8.

Fighting for the fifth time in Salisbury, Guerrero is 8-0-1 with five of those victories coming by way of knockout. The older brother of middleweight contender Fernando Guerrero, who challenges for the WBO title April 27 on Showtime, Alex scored a career best victory in his last bout by stopping famed spoiler Harvey Jolly in five rounds.

Guerrero, who trains out of Main Street Gym under the tutelage of Hal Chernoff, is no stranger to fighting tough. Only three of his nine opponents entered their bout with losing records and Guerrero’s last four foes all had more experience than him.

A 13 fight veteran, Martinez will enter the ring with a size and experience advantage. Four of the Philadelphian’s bouts came as a heavyweight and he’s battled notable fighters such as Garrett Wilson, Ahmed Samir, Andreas Gustaffsson and Elvin Sanchez. In his last bout, Martinez dropped a decision against full-fledged heavyweight William Miranda.

Guerrero-Martinez is scheduled for eight rounds

“I’m overjoyed about this event,” exclaimed Jake Smith, a member of the Maryland and D.C. Boxing Hall of Fames who’s assisted many charities in association with his events. “Salisbury is a great fight town and fans have shown up in record numbers during recent cards at the Civic Center. I am expecting a huge turnout for this card and thank the great City of Salisbury for giving Jake the Snake Promotions the opportunity to host an event there.”

Chernoff, the head trainer at the Main Street Boxing Gym and a well known member of the community, agrees.

“It’s always fun to be involved with something like this. What I enjoy most about helping promote in Salisbury is that one of my fighters gets to headline in his hometown and that’s a huge thing. This is also great for the local economy. Events like this help hotels, restaurants, taxis and a lot of other area businesses. That means a lot to me and I’m proud to be a part of this.”

On the undercard, former Penn State Boxing Club captain and NCBA medalist A.J. Williams of Rehoboth Beach, DE makes his highly anticipated pro debut against an opponent to be named in a four round middleweight contest. The popular Williams trains and fights out of the Baltimore Boxing Club.

Unbeaten heavyweight knockout artist Jerry “Slug” Forrest looks to score his fifth knockout in six fights when he faces an opponent TBA. The southpaw Forrest, of Newport News, VA, is a protégé of Seth Mitchell.

More bouts will be added shortly.

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