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Burgos-Martinez Jan 15

Boxing returns January 15 at the Laredo Entertainment Center, located at 6700 Arena Boulevard in Laredo, Texas. The main event, co-featured bout, and other selected fights will be televised live on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, their Spanish-Language Network, and ESPN 360.com. In the main event scheduled for 12 rounds, Juan Carlos Burgos, (23-0, 16 KOs), of Tijuana, Mexico, will defend the WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation (CABOFE) featherweight title against Juan Carlos Martinez, (15-10-1, 5 KOs), of San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

The 22 year-old Burgos is a five-year pro. He made his debut at 16 in Mexico. The young contender was born into boxing–his father was an amateur boxer and his uncle is the former IBF junior flyweight world champion Victor Burgos. Juan Carlos has given consistently impressive performances and climbed in the world rankings– h is currently ranked No. 2 in the world by the WBC and No. 14 by the WBO at 126 pounds.

Martinez, now 28 years old, is a six-year professional veteran. He is coming off one of his career-best wins in his last fight on September 26, 2009, an upset 10 round unanimous decision against hometown favorite Jose Hernandez (22-4) in Chicago. Martinez is experienced against very good opposition and has gone the distance against WBC interim lightweight world champion Antonio De Marco and former WBC featherweight world champion Guty Espadas.

The co-featured bout will be a six-round junior middleweight fight between 2008 US Olympian Demetrius Andrade, (8-0, 6 KOs), of Providence, Rhode Island, against Bernardo Guereca, (15-9-1, 3 KOs), of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Several experienced veterans and young prospects will also be included on the card. Garret Simon will make his professional debut in a four-round heavyweight bout. Simon is from Puyallup, Washington, and was the 2008 National Junior Olympic gold medalist at 201 pounds. He will be facing Zakhariah King of Ft. Worth, Texas, who is also making his professional debut.

Local favorite Rodolfo Gomez Jr., (5-0, 4 KOs), Laredo, Texas will fight an opponent to be announced be in a four-round welterweight fight. Gomez is the son of Manuel “Shotgun” Gomez.

Three more fights are planned to complete the card. All bouts subject to change without notice.




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