Press Conference for Saturday’s Borizteca Boxing’s show featuring Flores y Quintana

It all started with a coy, "Well, looky here, you see who's picture is on the banner, On Wednesday in Tijuana, Amaris "Diamond Girl" Quintana used her star power to promote the Saturday, November 7th boxing show at the Salon Mezzanine. All photos: Jim Wyatt

It all started with a coy, “Well, looky here, you see who’s photo they have on the promotional banner. On Wednesday in Tijuana, Amaris “Diamond Girl” Quintana used her star power at the Tijuana Press Conference to promote the upcoming Borizteca Boxing Management Group’s Show of Saturday, November 7th at the Salon Mezzanine. Photo: J. Wyatt

It all began with: “Good afternoon esteemed media and sponsors.” On Wednesday afternoon, just three days before the latest Borizteca Boxing Management Group’s Boxing Show in Tijuana, that was the greeting heard. The promoter, Saul Rios, had several of the combatants present along with the Print Media and TV outlets, Alejandro Garcia, Tijuana’s Boxing Comissionor was present plus Erick Reyes Melendez, the Director of Marketing and Tourism for Baja Calif. They were all there to promote Saturday’s big show “Battle in Tijuana II” at the 2,200 seat Salon Mezzanine on the outskirts of town. Borizteca Boxing received high praise from Mr. Melendez when he said, “Boxing promoters like the Borizteca Boxing Management Group are a big help to our city’s economy. They encourage the development of local boxers. They foster the training of new champions, and at the same time they help boost tourism. Borizteca has gained a reputation for doing just that with their successful shows.”

Without further ado, here is the Main Fight Card and we’ve included the additional bouts from the Undercard.I'm hoping Bout sheet

On the undercard they have super lightweight Armando Tovar (1-0, 1 KO) from the House of Boxing in Paradise Hills, San Diego, Calif. in a scheduled four round bout. Just yesterday Tovar’s opponent, Alex Cortez (0-0) of Tijuana had to bow out of their match due to an injury. At this point, the show’s matchmaker is trying his best to line-up a last minute replacement.

Then they have Manuel “El Venado” Ceballos of Merida, Yucatan, Mexico (5-1, 4 KOs) going up against Angel de Jesus Estrada (0-4) of Tijuana in a scheduled four round light heavyweight bout. Not to be a wiseacre but at this point in his career, Estrada has an unblemished record – he’s been ko’d by every opponent he’s faced.

In a four round cruiserweight bout, they have Jorge “El Bandido” Escalante (3-0, 2 KOs) of Spring Valley, San Diego, Calif. going up against Juan Carlos Moreno of Tijuana who at present is (0-10).

Then, it’s Able Rueda (3-0, 2 KOs) of Merida, Yucatan in a 4 round welterweight clash with Javier Lazaret. Lazaret will be looking to getting a win in his Pro-debut.

Aaron “Gemelo” Rueda (2-0, 2 KOs), Able’s brother, also from Merida, Yucatan, will be facing Diego Maldonado (0-0) of Tijuana in a super-welterweight four round bout. The Rueda brothers, who are considered tough as nails, each have two wins by either TKO or KO. With the competition between them, it’s likely both will be going after another early stoppage to keep pace.

In the final bout, a four round super featherweight contest, you have Michael Haigood (1-3) of the House of Boxing, San Diego going up against Gonzalo Lopez (0-1) from Tijuana. Back on August 28, 2015, Haigood earned his first victory at this same venue with a win over the tough Manuel Sandoval. Lopez lost a split decision to Giovanni Rodarte on August 14th.

Below are additional photos from Wednesday’s Press conference.

Sitting between co-promoter Lou Messina and Edrick Reyes Melendez, baja California's Director of Marketing and Tourism, is Amaris Quintana returning to action after an injury.

Sitting between co-promoter Lou Messina and Edrick Reyes Melendez, Baja California’s Director of Marketing and Tourism, is boxer Amaris Quintana who is returning to action after an injury.

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Amaris Quintana (right) with her coach Juan Medina Jr. and (left) with

Everyone wanted to talk to Amaris Quintana. (left) We see Quintana being interviewed for TV (Televisa), then we had Amaris and her confident coach, Juan Medina Jr., pose for one last photo (right). All photos: Jim Wyatt

(l to r) Juan Carlos Moreno, Amaris Quintana, Manuel "Mantecas" Medina and Jorge Escalante. Medina professional fighter at the age of 14 years, has held versions of the World Featherweight title five times (IBF three times, WBC one, and WBO times), between 1991 and 2003.

(l to r) Juan Carlos Moreno, Amaris Quintana, Manuel “Mantecas” Medina and Jorge Escalante. As a professional boxer, Medina (67-16-1, 31 KOs) started out at the age of 14 years of age and went on to hold versions of the World Featherweight title five different times (the IBF three times, WBC and WBO), between 1991 and 2003.

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Jim Wyatt, a 1970 graduate of St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, has written weekly sports features for several Military newspapers,, and as their San Diego Boxing Examiner. He was one of the four "Wise Guys" who predicted winning football selections versus the Vegas spreads. Some of the people he enjoyed meeting: Earvin "Magic" Johnson, WWF Wrestler Lita, LaDainian Tomlinson, Nate Kaeding and Darren Bennett of the Chargers, Tony Gwynn and Jake Peavy of the Padres, soccer stars Shannon MacMillan and Julie Foudy, Mixed Martial Artists Cris Cyborg, Junior Dos Santos, the Nogueira brothers plus the many great people involved in boxing and Muaythai.