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De La Rosa returns

By John Cannon

“The King” has returned and is ready to reign supreme once again. Harlingen‘s “King” James De La Rosa (19-0, 12 KOs) is returning to the ring after a six month lay-off and will face Lenin Arroyo (20-10, 4 KOs) of Miami on the under card of the Joseph Agbeko and Yhonny Perez fight on Showtime this Saturday at Treasure Island Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

De La Rosa, who recently signed with Don King Promotions, said that he is eager to get back into the ring after dealing with personal matters that kept him out for a while.

“I am very happy to get back into the ring and fight again,” said De La Rosa. “I had some personal matters that I had to deal with, and it was frustrating for me because I wanted to fight. But I have cleared all of that up, and it is a huge weight off of my shoulders.”

“Now I am ready to get back to business and plan to pick up where I left off. Don King decided to give me an opportunity to sign with him, and I took it. I am very excited to fight for Don King Promotions and am ready to make my run to become a world champion.”

Arroyo is going to be a big test for De La Rosa after his lay-off. Arroyo’s last fight was against undefeated prospect Mike Jones (18-0, 15 KO’s) for the NABA Welterweight title in August and went the distance in a 10-round war which Jones won by unanimous decision. In fact, in Arroyo’s last five fights, he has never been knocked out.

“This is going to be a big test for me in my comeback fight, and I am not going to overlook Arroyo at all,” said De La Rosa. “He has never been knocked out, and I am going into this fight like it is another one that can boost up my career.”

“However, I have been training hard for this fight and have had some excellent sparring with the likes of my brother J.P. De La Rosa, Steve Almaraz, and Omar Figueroa Jr. I am ready to go now and feel real good. I want to win this fight real bad, whether it is by knockout or decision. Also, he has never faced a person like me yet.”

De La Rosa said that aside from his training, he has also been working on a ritual he does after every fight.

“I have been working on my back flip, and so far it is still good,” said De La Rosa. “I am itching to do it once again and am really looking forward to it after the fight.”

De La Rosa’s fight will not be televised on Showtime, however it can be viewed on www.DonKingTV.com, along with five other under card fights for $5.99 starting at 5 p.m. CT.

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