Photos: Amanda Serrano vs. Edina Kiss – Final Press Conference

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO – The second defense of the WBO Jr. Featherweight (122 pounds) Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano will headline the beginning of the series “Viernes de Campeones en Casino Metro Boxing Nights”, presented by PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP), in association with DiBella Entertainment and Top Rank, on Friday, July 21, at the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino in San Juan, to be broadcasted live on Papa 2 Deportes in Puerto Rico and on beIN Sports en Español on delay Saturday (11:00 p.m.).

In a press conference this afternoon, promoter Ivan Rivera, president of PRBBP, announced that the show will consist of five fights and that besides Serrano, will fight former world contender Jonathan Oquendo, the 2016 Olympians Jeyvier Cintron and Robson Conceicao, as well as the 2004 Olympic from Puerto Rico, Victor Bisbal, who returns to the ring.

“As we mentioned from the beginning that there would be five and six fights, we started this first edition of “Viernes de Campeones en Casino Metro Boxing Nights” at the Sheraton with five good fights for the fans’ enjoyment,” said Rivera. “Amanda’s defense, Jeyvier’s debut in Puerto Rico and Oquendo’s comeback are the strong part of the show on TV, which will open with the bout of Brazilian gold medalist Conceicao.”

The main fight of the evening is Serrano (32-1-1, 24 KOs), the first Puerto Rican and the only woman in history with world boxing championships in five different weights (118, 122, 126, 130 and 135 pounds), who will defend for the second time her WBO belt against the Hungarian Edina Kiss (13-4, 7 KO’s), a known rival that Serrano beat in April 2016. Serrano comes from defeating Dahiana Santana to win the WBO bantamweight (118 pounds) title on April 22 and become the first female world queen in five different weights.

“I feel very happy to fight again in Puerto Rico and defend one of my titles on the Island. I am well prepared and ready to demonstrate again what Puerto Ricans are and show off to my Puerto Ricans,” said Serrano.

In an interesting test, former world title challenger Oquendo (26-5, 16 KOs) returns after 19 months to face Costa Rican Francisco Fonseca (19-0-1, 13 KOs) for the WBO Latino title at 130 pounds in a 10 rounds scheduled bout. Oquendo’s latest fight was in December 2015 when he lost a unanimous decision against Argentine Jesus Cuellar challenging for the WBA featherweight crown. Fonseca comes from a victory in March by KO in three rounds over Eliecer Lanzas.

In another of the fights, Puerto Rican Olympian Jeyvier Cintrón (1-0), the first boxer from Puerto Rico to compete in two Olympic Games (London 2012 and Rio de Janeiro 2016), will fight for the first time as a professional on the Island when he faces the Chilean Guillermo Dejeas (7-7-1, 2 KO’s) in a four rounds fight at 118 lbs. The son of former professional boxer Javer “Perrito” Cintron, who is trained by two-time former world champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon, debuted professionally in April with a win by unanimous decision over the experienced Mexican Leonardo Reyes.

“The only thing we are waiting for is the day of the fight, as we have been preparing to give a good show in my first fight in Puerto Rico,” Cintron said.
The fight that will open the TV will be between Conceicao (3-0, 2 KO’s), the first Brazilian boxer to win an Olympic gold medal (2016 Olympic Games) and a veteran of three Olympics (2008, 2012 and 2016), who will fight an eight rounds and 130 pounds bout against Mexican Bernardo Gomez (18-7, 11 KO’s).

The remaining bout is a heavyweight attraction with former Olympian veteran Victor Bisbal (22-3, 16 KOs), facing Colombian Epifanio Mendoza (43-25-1, 37 KO’s) for eight rounds. Bisbal, an Olympic from Puerto Rico in 2004 and a Central American and Panamerican Games medalist as an amateur, returns to the ring after an inactivity of one year.

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Gonzalez-Segura Press Conference

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Unbeaten Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez and former two time champion Giovani Segura will face finally this Saturday 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 by DIRECTV Pay Per View in Puerto Rico.

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“This Saturday we will have another great fight between Puerto Rico and Mexico when Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez faces a good former champion Giovani Segura headlining a show that will feature seven fights with former Olympic Gold Medalist Felix Diaz, from Dominican Republic, former contender Jonathan Oquendo and “50 Cent” fighter Emanuel “Pirata” de Jesus,” PRBBP President Ivan Rivera said.

The Puerto Rican Bomba Gonzalez (13-0, 11 KOs), who is ranked #7 by the WBO in the flyweights and is the WBO Youth flyweight champion, will fight for the WBO Latino flyweight title against Segura (29-3-1, 25 KOs) in a bout scheduled to 10 rounds. In his last fight, Gonzalez beat Mexican Francisco “Marro” Perez by unanimous decision in Mexico. Gonzalez was a gold medalist at the Amateur World Youth Championships in 2008 and at the Central American and Caribbean Games in 2010.

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“I am ready for this fight. I have enough experience as amateur and in my years as professional, fighting in a lot of international events,” said Gonzalez. “I’m in good shape, my tranining camp has been very good and I know that I’m going to win this fight.”

While Segura, who reigned in the junior flyweight division by the World Boxing Association (WBA) and the WBO after his unification bout against Ivan Calderon, come off a lost versus former champion Edgar Sosa on May 18 in Mexico.

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“I know my experience is going to bring me the victory in this fight. He is a young and good fighter, but this Saturday I’ll show him what is a great champion,” said Segura.

Segura, who beat two times former world champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon, come off a lost by unanimous decision on May 18 against former titlist Edgar Sosa in Mexico.

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Also on Saturday, Dominican Felix Diaz (13-0, 7 KOs), a Gold medalist at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing China, will fight a 10 round bout at the welterweight division against Mexican Edgar Llanes.

Meanwhile, former superbantamweight contender Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo (22-3, 15 KOs) will return to the ring in an eight round and featherweight division bout against Miguel Tamayo (14-6-2, 12 KOs).

In four round fights, prospect Emanuel “Pirata” de Jesus (5-0, 4 KOs) will face Orlando Falcon (2-3, 1 KOs) in the welterweight division; Jesus Soler (4-0, 2 KOs) will fight against Gustavo Ortiz (0-1-1) in the junior flyweights; Victor “Picu” Perez (1-1, 1 KOs) will face Bryan Montalvo (0-3) in the lighweight division, and Josue Declet (1-0) will fight Harold Torres (0-1) in the featherweights.

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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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