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.
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.