Buitrago bets on his experience to defeat WBO World Champion ‘Tito’ Acosta

Nicaraguan challenger Carlos “Chocorroncito” Buitrago hopes his fifth world title shot, June 16 against World Boxing Organization Jr. Flyweight World Champion Tito Acosta, headlining “La Batalla” to air on pay-per-view, live from the Coliseo de Puerto Rico Center in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico.

La Batalla: Acosta vs. Buitrago is presented by Miguel Cotto Promotions, which is owned and operated by the first Puerto Rican boxer to capture world titles in four different weight classes, future Hall of Famer Miguel Cotto, and H2 Entertainment, in association with DIRECTV Puerto Rico.

Integrated Sports Media will distribute the La Batalla: Acosta vs. Buitrago card in the United States on cable, satellite and digital pay-per-view via iN Demand, Vubiquity, DIRECTV, DISH and live-streamed worldwide (excluding Puerto Rico) on the FITE.TV app and website (www.fite.tv), starting at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, for a suggested retail price of only $34.95.

WBO #12-rated Buitrago (30-3-1, 17 KOs) has had four unsuccessful title challenges, losing three times, along with one draw. He was stopped for the first time in his last fight this past December, by undefeated International Boxing Federation (IBF) Minimumweight World Champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (8-0), in the eighth round of their title fight in Japan.

All three of Buitrago’s career losses have been to world champions, including a pair to Thammanooon Niyomtrong (11-0) in 2014 and 2016, both by way of 12-round unanimous decisions in Thailand. Buitrago also fought a 12-round split draw in 2013 to then-WBO Minimum World Champion Merlito Sabillo (12-0) in Manila, Philippines.

Acosta (17-1, 17 KOs), who will be making his first world title defense against Buitrago, at home in Puerto Rico, captured the vacant WBO title last December at famed Madison Square Garden, when he knocked out Juan Alejo (24-4-1), of Mexico, in the 10th round.

“I’m not at all concerned about fighting Tito Acosta in his country, basically his ‘hood,” Buitrago said. “I’m used to fighting for the world championship in my opponents’ country, just as I did with Merlito Sabillo, but they robbed me of that victory. I’m working consciously and think I’m in great shape to challenge Tito Acosta and seize the championship.

“Truth be told, I’m in perfect shape, I will fight a smart fight; if Acosta wants to battle, so be it, I’m used to battling hard hitters. If he comes into the ring with the intention to battle, I will fight intelligently.”

Naturally, the 26-year-old Buitrago believes his experience advantage will be the difference versus Acosta, allowing him to bring the world title back to Nicaragua, like Puerto Rico, a hotbed for boxing.

“I think that this being my fifth world title fight, I have experience on my side,” Buitrago added. “I’m relaxed and ready thanks to the training I’ve had in Nicaragua. I’m not sure what Tito Acosta will bring into the ring June 16. I don’t think Tito Acosta is going to learn the necessary moves and techniques in a month. He is a raw boxer who relies only on the strength of his blows. I don’t believe that he will bring anything new into the ring and if they change him, the only thing that will accomplish is confuse him. I’m always emphasising my preparation. I’m coming in smart because I’m bringing the ability to work round for round. My only objective is to bring the world championship to Nicaragua.

“I think’s it’s great initiative on Miguel Cotto’s part to promote new boxing talents. I’m grateful to Miguel Cotto and his team for giving me the opportunity to be the one to challenge Tito Acosta in his first world title defense.

“I’m a likeable boxer, people like to watch me fight. I’m known for being a smart fighter that, when fighting is needed, I fight, and when boxing is needed, I box. We work on half and short distance, which is why I believe people like to see me fight. All those who attend or watch on pay per view will enjoy a great fight.”

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WBO Junior Flyweight Champion Tito Acosta To Make 1st Title Defense vs Carlos Buitrago!

 

(May 1st) Miguel Cotto Promotions hosted a press conference earlier today to announce World Boxing Organization Junior Flyweight World Champion Tito Acosta will make his first title defense at home on June 16 against Nicaraguan challenger Carlos “Chocorroncito” Buitrago in the “La Batalla” 12-round main event, airing on pay-per-view, live from the Coliseo de Puerto Rico Center in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico.

La Batalla: Acosta vs. Buitrago is presented by Miguel Cotto Promotions, which is owned and operated by the first Puerto Rican boxer to capture world titles in four different weight classes, future Hall of Famer Miguel Cotto, and H2 Entertainment, in association with DIRECTV Puerto Rico.

Integrated Sports Media will distribute the La Batalla: Acosta vs. Buitrago card in the United States on cable, satellite and digital pay-per-view via iN Demand, Vubiquity, DIRECTV, DISH and live-streamed worldwide (excluding Puerto Rico) on the FITE.TV app and website (www.fite.tv), starting at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, for a suggested retail price of only $34.95

“Tito Acosta is that fighter you can’t blink your eyes,” promoter Miguel Cotto said. “He brings excitement to every fight and power to finish in any second. This fight against Carlos Buitrago will be fireworks from the opening bell.”

Acosta (17-1, 17 KOs), fighting out of San Juan, Puerto Rico., captured the vacant WBO title last December at famed Madison Square Garden, when he knocked out his Mexican challenger, Juan Alejo (24-4-1), in the 10th round.

A standout amateur boxer with more than 180 matches, highlighted by his gold-medal performance at the Central American Games, is a past WBO Latino and World Boxing Council (WBC) light flyweight champion. His most notable victories have been against 22-5 Juan Guzman (KO1), 12-1 Japhet Uutoni (TKO12), and 28-5-3 Luis Ceja (KO2).

“Buitrago says that his dream is to become the world champion, to that I say, keep on dreaming,” Acosta said.  “I’m not underestimating him, but this will be my night, not his.”

Buitrago (30-3-1, 17 KOs), 26, is currently world rated at No. 12 by the WBO. The Managua-native will be fighting in his fifth world title fight having lost three times with one draw. In his last match this past December, he was stopped for the first time in the eighth round by undefeated International Boxing Federation (IBF) Minimumweight World Champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (8-0) in Japan.

In fact, all three of Buitrago’s career losses as a professional have been to world champions, including a pair to Thammanooon Niyomtrong (11-0) in 2016 and 2014, both by way of 12-round unanimous decisions in Thailand for the Interim WBA title. Buitrago also fought a 12-round split draw in 2013 to then WBO Minimum World Champion Merlito Sabillo (12-0) in Manila, Philippines.

“I will enter the ring in the best shape of my life with one objective in sight: to fulfill my dream of becoming the world champion and give my country a historic win,” Buitrago commented.  “The battle is on and I hope to come out victorious.”

Additional June 16th PPV fights will soon be announced. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

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Calientan motores Acosta y Buitrago

 

Auguran que la defensa del campeón del peso mínimo puertorriqueño el 16 de junio en el Coliseo de Puerto Rico será uno repleto de acción

Por: Carlos Narváez, El Vocero –

El campeón minimosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), Ángel “Tito” Acosta, comenzó el lunes a calentar los motores de cara a su importante primera defensa del próximo 16 de junio en el Coliseo de Puerto Rico.

Acosta, quien según el propio presidente de la OMB, Francisco “Paco” Valcárcel podría enfrentar una dura, difícil y larga noche cuando enfrente al nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago, advirtió a su rival de turno que llegará en las mejores condiciones para asegurar de que se marche de la Isla con las manos vacías.

Buitrago no estuvo presente durante el anuncio oficial del combate y en su lugar, envió un mensaje grabado en el que aseguró llegará preparado e inspirado en su mayor ejemplo -el extriple campeón mundial Alexis Argüello- para desbancar al boricua en el evento denominado La Batalla.

“Estuve hace unos días en Nicaragua”, comentó Valcárcel. “Conozco a Buitrago y debo decir que después de Kosei Tanaka (ante quien Acosta sucumbió en su primera oportunidad titular), Buitrago será el rival más duro que haya enfrentado en su carrera. Será una pelea muy dura y Acosta tendrá que estar bien preparado. Podría ser incluso una larga noche”, sostuvo el líder de la OMB.

Buitrago, que tiene marca de 30-3-1 y 17 nocáuts, perdió el pasado 31 de diciembre ante el Japonés Hiroto Kyoguchi en un choque en el que falló en su intento por agenciarse el título paja de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo (FIB).

“Sé que Acosta es un campeón mundial y lo dará todo, pero yo llegaré inspirado en mi máximo maestro, Alexis Argüello, con el objetivo de lograr mi sueño de ser campeón del mundo”, sostuvo.

Acosta, que viene de hacerse campeón del mundo el pasado mes de diciembre en Nueva York, y que además tiene récord de 17-1 y 17 nocáuts, no tardó en enviar un mensaje de potencia a su retador.

“Que siga soñando porque conmigo no se hará campeón mundial. No le quito méritos a Buitrago pero el 16 de junio será mi noche. No me intimida. Lo veo como cualquier boxeador aunque dicen que es más fuerte que Jafet Uutoni y Kosei Tanaka. Pero el subirá en el mismo peso de 108 libras y nosotros trabajaremos fuerte para hacer que ese título permanezca aquí”, apuntó.

El combate entre Acosta y Buitrago será transmitido por el canal 161 de OnDirecTV como parte de la plataforma Noche de Campeones. También se informó que será ofrecido en un pague por ver a los Estados Unidos. El evento es producido por las empresas Miguel Cotto Promotions y H2 Entertaiment.

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Alberto Machado Crushes Juan Jose Martinez in One Round

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By Reynaldo “El Papi Chulo” Sanchez –

PONCE, PUERTO RICO – Alberto ‘El Explosivo’ Machado staked his NABO world title, the regional organization affiliated with the WBO, in the stellar clash presented by Miguel Cotto Promotions at the modern Ponce Feria Complex on Saturday night as part of Cotto’s series on DIRECTV channel 161.

The Puerto Rican knockout artist raised his record to 17-0 and 15 KOs, with a first round knockout of experienced Mexican fighter Juan Jose ‘Piquet’ Martinez (26-4 and 18 KO’s). The ten round bout was part of a co-promotion with H2 Entertainment, that will be part of the DIRECTV Boxing Nights series.

The Mexican boxer Martinez visited the canvas twice ‘ before the referee of the match Jose H. Rivera decided to stop the fight.

Machado is viewed as a serious contender to the super featherweight title. And with each presentation Machado comes out showing great skills and a powerful punch. His opponent, Martinez, led another Puerto Rican fighter, Félix Verdejo, to the fifth round before getting stopped in a June 2016 clash.

“This fight is extremely important for Machado, not only for his hand to get raised high but also his NABO crown and he is classified within the first ten in the world at 130 pounds. We know that Machado has the potential and the skills,” said promoter Héctor Soto.

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Photos: Alberto Machado, Juan Jose Martinez – Official Weigh-In

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PONCE, PUERTO RICO – Alberto ‘El Explosivo’ Machado is risking his NABO, the regional organization affiliated with the WBO, in the stellar clash of the world class billboard presented by Miguel Cotto Promotions at the modern Ponce Feria Complex on Saturday, April 1 live on DIRECTV channel 161.

With a record of 16-0 and 14 KOs, Machado, the Monte Hatillo knockout artist, is facing the experienced Mexican fighter Juan Jose ‘Piquet’ Martinez (26-3 and 18 KO’s) in the 10-round scheduled bout in a co-promotion with H2 Entertainment, that will be part of the DIRECTV Boxing Nights series.

“This fight is extremely important for Machado, not only for his hand to get raised high but also his NABO crown and he is classified within the first ten in the world at 130 pounds. We know that Machado has the potential and the skills but we must not lose sight that he has a great Mexican fighter in front of him, ” commented Héctor Soto.

In the co-feature, also over ten rounds, Jose ‘Chiquiro ‘Martinez (18-0-1 and 11 KOs), from Las Marías, will face Miguel’ El Loco ‘Robles (12-5-2 and five KOs), from Cataño, in another big match.

“We are very happy, we have a great event on a world-wide level in Ponce this Saturday and we hope everyone will tune in to DIRECTV. We expect full house in Ponce,” said Soto.

As a special attraction, also in the third fight as a professional, the former member of the national team, Danielito Zorrilla (2-0 and two), of Toa Baja, will take part in a four round bout at 142 pounds with Arnaldo Montalvo (0-1) from Arecibo.

Zorrilla, who debuted as a professional on the same stage last November 12, is coming back from knocking out Onyx Curras in the first round on February 11 at the Roger L. Mendoza Coliseum.

Zorrilla spent several weeks training with Miguel Cotto in Los Angeles under coach Freddie Roach when he was supposed to see the action on the Feb. 25 undercard in Texas that was canceled because of an injury to James Kirkland, the opponent of the five-time Puerto Rican champion.

FULL WEIGHTS

130LBS ALBERTO MACHADO VS. JUAN JOSÉ MARTÍNEZ 130LBS

115LBS JOSÉ MARTÍNEZ VS. MIGUEL ROBLES 113LBS

143.4LBS DANIELITO ZORRILLA VS.ARNALDO MONTALVO 145LBS

126LBS EDGARDO LABOY VS. HAROLD REYES 126LBS

115LBS JUAN C. CAMACHO JR. VS. GIOVANNY RIVERA 117LBS

122LBS CARLOS CARABALLO VS. JUAN G. CRUZ 123LBS

131LBS CHRISTIAN TAPIA VS. ELLIOT DE JESUS 130LBS

125LBS JOSE BARTOLOMEI VS. JULIO CRESPO 120LBS

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Peleas para el sábado 2 de agosto en Cataño, cartel ‘Noche de campeones DIRECTV’

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Por Fernando Gaztambide –
San Juan, Puerto Rico – DIRECTV, líder en programación en deportes, transmitirá en vivo y en exclusiva otra edición de ‘Noche de Campeones DIRECTV’, el sábado, 2 de agosto, a las 9:00 PM, desde el Coliseo Cosme Beitia de Cataño, por OnDIRECTV (canal 161).
En la pelea estelar, el primer puertorriqueño en ganar una medalla de oro en un torneo Juvenil Olímpico (Singapur 2010), Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Rodríguez ( 9-0, 5 KO ) de Vega Baja, se enfrentará al campeón USNBC del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo ( CMB ), Alexis ‘Beaver’ Santiago ( 16-3, 7 KO ) de México en una pelea a 10 asaltos por el título vacante Latino de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo ( OMB ) en las 118 libras.
‘Beaver’ Santiago se coronó campeón USNBC del CMB, cuando derrotó en septiembre de 2013 a Alex Rangel ( 15-3-2, 9 KO ) por nocaut técnico en el noveno asalto y luego defendió con éxito el título, ante el pegador, Hanzel ‘Rude Boy’ Martínez ( 20-2, 16 KO ), quien cayó por decisión unánime. ( Hasta el momento, el título de Santiago no estará en juego, será sólo el de la OMB )
Por su parte,’Manny’ obtuvo en diciembre de 2013, la victoria mas importante de su joven carrera, tras dominar por decisión unánime, al ex contendor a título mundial, David Quijano de Caguas.
En peleas a 6 asaltos, en revancha, Josean ‘el Tren’ Figueroa ( 8-3-1, 7 KO ) de Aguada, chocará ante el coameño Christian Fernández ( 3-7-1 ) en las 122 libras. En las 112 libras, Jose ‘Chiquito’ Soler ( 5-1, 2 KO ) de Arecibo se enfrentará a Alexis Díaz ( 0-5-1 ) de Trujillo Alto y el invicto barranquiteño, Emmanuel ‘Pinky’ Colón ( 5-0, 4 KO ) se medirá a un oponente por anunciar en las 140 libras.
En peleas a 4 asaltos, el cidreño Luis Saúl ‘El Zurdo’ Rosario ( 2-0-1, 2 KO ) de Cidra, se enfrentará a Leonel Osiris García ( 0-1 ) de Carolina en las 122 libras. En las 135 libras, el taquillero Juvenal ‘el Gringo’ Ramos ( 1-0, 1 KO ) de Morovis se enfrentará a Angel Velázquez ( 1-1, 1 KO ) de Aguas Buenas. En duelo de debutantes, Alexander Charneco de Aguada se medirá a José Sánchez de Mayagüez en las 122 libras. En las 140 libras, el viequense Efrain ‘Macho’ Cruz ( 3-0-1, 1 KO ) se enfrentará a Henry López ( 0-2 ) y Héctor Fernández ( 1-1 ), quien milita en las 122 libras se medirá a un oponente por anunciar.
La cartelera es promovida por Fresh Boxing en asociación con M/V Power Promotions.
Los suscriptores de DIRECTV podrán disfrutar en exclusiva de los combates de DIRECTV Boxing Nights de forma gratuita, a partir de las 9:00 de la noche, a través de OnDIRECTV (canal 161).

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“Bomba’ González promete victoria ante Giovanni Segura

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Jonathan González y Giovani Segura se miraron fijamente durante el encuentro con los medios ayer. (andre.kang@gfrmedia.com)
Por Raúl Álzaga-

Mientras  el mexicano Giovani Segura prefirió hablar de lo bien que lo ha  pasado en Puerto Rico y evitó  comentar sobre  Jonathan “Bomba” González durante la conferencia de prensa de hoy, el cagüeño no tuvo  la misma cortesía.

Por el contrario, González optó por hacer referencia a expresiones previas de Segura y le aseguró que se tendrá que tragar sus palabras durante el pleito estelar de Noche de Campeones DirecTV, el sábado, en el Hotel San Juan.

“Él (Segura) se puso a decir en los medios que soy inmaduro, pero el sábado voy a demostrar la clase de hombre que soy”, dijo González.

“A pesar de que solo tengo 13 peleas como profesional, tuve 126 combates como aficionado. Fui a México, a Cuba y por todo el mundo a pelear. He peleado con estilos como el suyo  y esas cositas me van a dar la victoria el sábado”, agregó.

Por su parte, Segura (29-3 con 25 KO), quien venció en dos ocasiones por la vía rápida al elusivo Iván Calderón y reinó como monarca de las 108 libras de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB),  fue un poco más expresivo en un aparte con la prensa y manifestó que González podría ser una presa más fácil.

“(González) es más fácil de noquear, es más fácil de rajarlo. Creo que su estilo y el mío, que va de choque, hace interesante esta pelea. Definitivamente va a terminar por nocaut”, afirmó Segura.

“Desde el  primer round se dará cuenta de lo fuerte que estoy. Me siento más fuerte en 112 libras y él (González) se dará cuenta”, advirtió.

thumbs_press-conf-gonzalez-vs-segura4Este próximo sábado en la pelea estelar de Noche de Campeones Direct TV en el Ballroom del Hotel San Juan, el invicto González prometió demostrarle al ex campeón mundial Segura cuán hombre es.

González, a su vez, respondió  cuestionando la estrategia de Segura.

“Él presiona mucho, trabaja mucho en los golpes bajos y le han quitado puntos recientemente. Viene como un toro, pero nos vamos a  zafar y nos va a ir muy bien”, dijo González. “Él tiene que preguntarse dos cosas: si  pega y  le aguanto, ¿qué hará? Y si  me muevo como sé moverme y soy  el que le pego duro, ¿qué pasará?”.

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Photos: Ivan Calderon Helping Gonzalez For Segura

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GUAYNABO, PUERTO RICO- Former two time world champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon trained today with unbeaten Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez and advised him for his upcoming match against former world champion Giovani Segura to be held on August 17 at the  International Ballroom of El San Juan Resort and Casino in Isla Verde, Carolina, Puerto Rico, in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) presentation, in association with Top Rank to be broadcast on DIRECTV.

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Bomba Gonzalez (13-0, 11 KOs), who is going to face Segura (29-3-1, 25 KOs) for the WBO Latino flyweight title in a bout scheduled to 10 rounds, worked this afternoon at the Felix Pagan Pintor Gym in Guaynabo, where Calderon is actually the Administrator and Trainer.

“I have been talking with Ivan (Calderon) a lot because he jogged on the same track where I worked. He has said me how to fight against Segura and who is the best to says that to me that Ivan Calderon, who faced Segura two times”, Gonzalez said about Calderon, who retired in 2012 with world championships in 105 and 108 pounds and a record of 35-3-1, 6 KOs. “Ivan has advised me to keep ready for the pressure Segura put in his fights, his punches to the stomach area and his long right hand”.

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Gonzalez and Calderon were shadowing long time while Calderon tought and advised Gonzalez in simulation of the Seguras’s style in the ring. Then, the fighters sparred two rounds with Calderon pressuring Gonzalez and fighting like Segura, and the younger boxer working in counterpunch.bomba-gonzalez-calderon (2)“I told him (Gonzalez) that he has to be in movement always because Segura likes to put pressure. Bomba is in good shape and good condition as I can see during training. That is very important because Segura is a tough fighter”, said Calderon.

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Also in the show Dominican Felix Diaz (13-0, 7 KOs), a Gold medalist at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing China, will fight a rival to be announced in a 10 round fight at the welterweight division. Cuban Yudel Johnson (14-1, 9 KOs), a Silver medalist at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, will face a foe to be named in the junior middleweights scheduled to 10 rounds. And former superbantamweight contender Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo (22-3, 15 KOs) will return to the ring in an eight round and featherweight division bout against Brian Ramirez (10-4, 5 KOs).

Four more fights will complete the show

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