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It was not so much a press conference as it was a festive time in Tijuana today. With a Live Mariachi band providing the entertainment and all of the participants of “Tijuana Thunder” present along with eight former and current world champions were in attendance and it was a feel good experience for a room full of media and fans. “This city has a rich history boxing and I’m honorrd to be part of this great historic championship card here in Tijuana this Saturday,” said Bob Arum, of Top Rank.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will take on undefeated Luciano Cuello of Argentina in the main event of the big championship card promoted by Top Rank, Promociones Zanfer and the City of Tijuana and to be telecast by Top Rank on pay-per-view from the Plaza de Toros Monumental in Playas de Tijuana.
“I’m very proud of this city boxing history and as a fan and now the Mayor of this city, I feel very proud to be able to bring this kind of a boxing event to my city,” said Tijuana Mayor, Jorge Ramos.
Chavez Jr and Cuello met for the first time today. “This is a very important fight for me and I will try to give the fans a great fight and show everyone that I’m ready for bigger and better things,” said Chavez Jr.
As for his opponent, Cuello said, “I’ve come to win and have prepared myself for a long and hard fight. It should a great battle between two young undefeated fighters.”
Humberto Soto who will defend his WBC Super featherweight crown against Antonio Davis and Fernando Montiel who will seek his third world title in three different divisions were also confident of victory.
“I know that Antonio Davis a very tough fighter and I expect a great challenge from him, but I also expect to win this fight and retain my championship belts,” said Soto.
Davis also promised a great fight to the fans. “I’ve come to give the fans a fight they will remember for a long time and when they walk out of the arena they will say my fight was the best of the night,” said Davis.
Montiel is looking forward to a third world title. “Not everyone gets an opportunity to make history and I know I need to take advantage of this opportunity. I know that this will be the start of a big year for me,” said Montiel.
Silva is looking forward to facing Montiel and the challenge that he represents. “I worked hard to get to this point and I have come to win a world title and for me it couldn’t be better then to get it against a great champion in front of his own fans,” said Silva.
Antonio Margarito, Manuel Medina, Alejandro Garcia, Victor Burgos, Raul “Jibaro” Perez, Jackie Nava, Cristobal Cruz and the three time world champion Julio Cesar Chavez were present at the news conference.
The fight that will start the night of TV, Antonio Diaz and Javier Castro, looks like a crossroads fight as Castro moves up in class to meet the great warrior Diaz.
The weigh-in is scheduled for tomorrow for 12:00 noon.