Mini-Pacman anticipates tonight the fight will be “from champion to champion”

It has been 45 years since the last of two world champions to exhibit their crowns in the country, lost the WBA light fly crown, the smallest at that time.

Today will also be the minimum division, emerged in 1989, and that the Philippine king Victorio Saludar (21-4-0, 11KOs) will expose in his second reign against the Dominican Erick Rosa, better known by all the fans as the “Mini-PacMan ”(4-0, 1KOs), who also held the belt on an interim basis.

Both fighters gave the regulation weight without complication and there is only the silence that precedes the ringing of the bell that night at the Catalonia hotel on the shore of the Caribbean Sea, on the Malecón in Santo Domingo.

“This will be a champion versus champion fight,” said the Dominican boxer, alluding to the fact that he holds two Latin titles, endorsed by the WBA and the World Boxing Council (WBC) and was the fleeting king of the abolished interim crown of this body that left him with the consolation of challenger No.1 in the ranking and mandatory for the monarch Saludar.

The Mini-PacMan was proclaimed WBA world champion against the Peruvian Ricardo Astuvilca at the Gioriver Arias Volleyball Palace, at the Juan Pablo Duarte Olympic Center, but the WBA eliminated this distinction in all categories.

“I worked conscientiously for several months, I am prepared very well, I have fulfilled one hundred percent with a preparation plan that we drew up and I am ready to give that crown to my country without excuses”, the first universal champion of the neighborhood promised from Villa Duarte.

Rosa entered a narrow circle in boxing history on July 21 by beating Peruvian Astuvilca for the vacant crown in a 12-round war in his fourth paid fight. He also became the second Dominican monarch of the minimum weight or straw (105 pounds), behind Rafael Torres from Santiago, who was the pioneer in winning the belt in this division, by occupying the vacant WBO in August 1989 unanimously defeating the Colombian Yamil Caraballo, in Santo Domingo ..

“I will make history again this Tuesday because with only five fights I will have won two world titles,” predicted the Dominican. “I am confident and I repeat to my people, to the country, that this crown will not leave here.”

The fight will be the star of an evening organized by the Dominican promoter Shuan Boxing, chaired by Belgium Peña. The lawsuit will be broadcast on national television by CDN Sports, channel 28. Also for the world by different digital platforms.

Greet Words

The Philippine WBA champion insisted that he has not come to the Dominican Republic on vacation, but to defeat the Dominican Erick Rosa and return to his country with the title he holds.

“We are ready to give the great battle, I recognize the quality of Erick Rosa, but do not get excited because the title will return to the Philippines,” said the monarch, who resides in the city of Cagayan de Oro, in the Philippines.

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Villaduartiano Rosa maintains his unbeaten record at 4-0, only 1KO, he has fought 35 professional rounds. All of his fights have been ten rounds, unusual for a boxer starting his professional career and his victims have been Oscar Bermúdez, from Mexico; Byron Castellón, from Nicaragua; Kenny Cano, from Nicaragua and Astuvilca (21-0, 4KOs), from Peru.

“My next victim will be a Filipino,” says Rosa, although international banks had him down on the weekend 1-3 against the Filipino. “Do not worry, do not have nerves, immediately get in the ring the story will be different.”

Visiting champions to DR

The first fight for a dispute for a world crown on Dominican soil was the one starring Carlos –Teo- Cruz and Puerto Rican Carlos Ortiz, on June 29, 1968 at the Quisqueya stadium. The Dominican won by divided vote the WBA-WBC unified universal lightweight title, 135 pounds.

Eight years later, from the Canal, the WBA light fly king arrived, the Panamanian Jaime “Cieguito” Ríos and also left his crown here, in the Palacio de los Deportes in Santo Domingo, with a divided decision in favor of Juan Antonio Guzmán from Santiago. .

“This will be the third time that a champion comes to look for wool in the country and is shorn, like those two champions will also return to their land without a world belt,” said the 21-year-old boxer from Santo Domingo province.

In pink or women’s boxing, two champions have exhibited their belts in Santo Domingo, the Aztec Ana María Torres, who defeated the Dominican Dahiana Santana unanimously at the Carlos –Teo- Cruz Coliseum, in April 2007 to keep her WBC belt. super fly (115 pounds); Five years later the Puerto Rican and double champion Ada –Ace- Velez was dethroned from the IBF super bantamweight title (122 pounds) by the Dominican Katy Pamela Wilson Castillo, by unanimous vote at the Palacio de los Deportes, in March 2012.

More fighting

The evening, scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm this Tuesday, includes a total of 10 fights, with boxers from Puerto Rico, Cuba, Mexico, Venezuela, the United States, the Philippines and the Dominican Republic.

In the semi-star fight, Dominican Frency “El Gallito” Fortuna will face Mexican Alejandro González for the Latin featherweight title (126 pounds) of the WBC.

The television broadcast will begin with the fight between the Cuban Ernesbadi Bugue and the Mexican Felipe Romero. In the next fight they will face the Dominican prospect Ángel Cruz, who has five victories, all on the fast track, against the Venezuelan Luis Enrique Romero.

The Dominican Republic anthem will be performed by famed singer Alex Bueno prior to the start of the world title fight.

The president of the Dominican promoter Shun Boxing, Belgium Peña, affirmed that the health protocols are being strictly complied with by Covid-19 and that the scenario is limited, 350 people and that the tickets are practically sold out.


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