By Lee Bates
World champion Ivan ‘Iron Boy’ Calderon was honored on Wednesday with the unveiling of a statue of himself in Guynabo, Puerto Rico at the el Museo del Deporte. The venue honors legendary Puerto Rican athletes. Calderon is just one of two boxers who currently have statues in the venue joining former legendary world champion Wilfredo Gomez. Calderon was accompanied by his promoter PR Best Boxing (Ivan & Peter Rivera), family, and friends.
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“Normally when your presented with something this special you’re either retired or no longer living. To receive such an honor while I’m still on top of my profession makes it that much more special. I was already motivated for my upcoming fight but now I’m really motivated,” said Calderon.
The “Unbeaten Champions” PPV card is presented by PR Best Boxing Promotions Inc. (Ivan & Peter Rivera) headlined by WBO light flyweight champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon (32-0-1, 6 KOs) rematching No. 1 contender Rodel “Kid Rapido” Mayol (25-3-1, 19 KOs) in the 12-round main event. WBO super featherweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez (22-0-1, 13 KOs) will be making his first title defense in the 12-round co-feature against WBO No. 9 rated Vincente Martin “El Mono” Rodriguez (25-2-1, 13 KOs). In a 10-round super flyweight bout Juan “Panterita” Mercedes (23-2, 16 KOs) will take on Jesus “Changa” Martinez (18-6, 11 KOs). Unbeaten 6ft.6in. cruiserweight giant prospect and 2008 Puerto Rican Olympian Carlos Negron (4-0, 4 KOs) will be tested against Larry Carter who has a 100% knockout ratio in his victories.
“Undefeated Champions” is being distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports for live viewing at 9 PM/ET – 6 PM/PT on cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand and DirecTV for a suggested retail price of only $29.95. For more information about the “Undefeated Champions” PPV show, go on line to www.integratedsportsnet.com.