For nearly 30 years the driving force in Juarez, Mexico, promotion company Promociones del Pueblo, have been branching off to other areas of Mexico in the last couple years. In the upcoming year, they plan to spread their promotions even wider, beginning with a show in Mexico City on Dec. 16 with their top fighter Jhonny Gonzalez.
Gonzalez, 41-7, 35 KOs, the former WBO bantamweight champ, is on the title trail since losing to WBC Super Bantamweight Champion Toshiaki Nishioka last summer. Gonzalez will face Nicaraguan Marlon Aguilar, 21-8-1, 16 KOs, on the 16th.
Promoter Oswaldo Kuchle says a proposal has been made to Don King for Gonzalez to challenge WBC Featherweight Champ Elio Rojas, should Gonzalez get by Aguilar. There are plans for a show in Monterrey, Mexico, early in 2010. If Rojas ducks Gonzalez, says Kuchle, they will target IBF Featherweight Champion Cristobal Cruz.
Since losing to Nishioka, Gonzalez has been training under world-esteemed trainer Ignacio Beristain.
Promociones del Pueblo have several contenders and near-contenders hoping to fight for titles in 2010. Topping the list are Victor Zaleta, of Chihuahua; Javier “Zorro” Castro, of Juarez; Marco “Dorado” Reyes, of Chihuahua; Miguel “Mickey” Roman, of Juarez; and Eduardo “Chuky” Lazcano, also of Juarez.
Negotiations have begun for Zaleta, 11-1, 6 KOs, to challenge WBO Flyweight Champ Omar Narvaez in 2010. Kuchle expects to close the deal in the next week or so, and he hopes to land the fight in Zaleta’s hometown of Chihuahua.
Also from Chihuahua is undefeated Reyes, 13-0, 11 KOs, who captured the WBC World Youth light middleweight belt in September. Reyes will defend his belt on the Dec. 19 Mexico City show, against Wilmer Gonzalez of Nicaragua.
From the border, lightweight Javier Castro, 22-2, 18 KOs, of Juarez, has been positioned to take on Urbano Antillon-conqueror Miguel Acosta, for the WBA world lightweight interim belt, possibly mid-January in El Paso, Texas.
“Unfortunately, Castro has not responded,” says Kuchle, who is unsure where his fighter’s mind is currently at.
Castro is under contract to Promociones del Pueblo until 2011.
Castro’s teammates, Miguel Roman and Eduardo Lazcano, are also on the rise.
Roman has advanced to the grand finale of the “Campeon Azteca” reality show and will be rematching Miguel Beltran, Dec. 18 in Cancun. The winner of this bout will take home $100,000 and a new home.
Roman, like Gonzalez, is also training under Beristain.
Former crosstown rival, Eduardo Lazcano, has recently made his return to the ring. On Jan. 23, Lazcano will headline a show in Juarez against Cristian Lopez for the Mexican featheweight title.