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WBC light flyweight champion Rodel Mayol (26-4-2, 20 KOs) and Omar Nino (28-3-2, 11 KOs) both promised victory before facing off at Wednesday’s final press conference in advance of Saturday’s highly charged rematch at the Plaza de Toros in San Juan del Rio, Queretaro, Mexico. Their first bout ended in a controversial three round draw. The return bout can be seen on FOX Sports in the United States and TV Azteca in Mexico.
Mayol dismissed Nino’s claims that he needed help to win the first fight. “The important thing is this Saturday I’m coming much better prepared and don’t have the slightest doubt that I’ll win and it will be a great show for the fans,” said Mayol, who is managed by Manny Pacquiao. “The results against Sosa and Nino had nothing to do with him (Pacman). He wasn’t in the ring. I am the one who faces my opponents. Manny is my manager, but I’m the one that fights and, Manny or not, I’ll come out a winner.”
Nino vowed to make sure that victory will be his. “Everyone knows how Mayol fights, but this time he won’t have the opportunity to do his tricks. This belt will remain in Mexico, whatever it costs. Viva Mexico!”
In the co-feature, former WBC super flyweight champion Tomás “Gusano” Rojas faces Felipe Almanza in a ten rounder.
Also, Alonso “Finito” López (9-0, 7 KOs), son of the legendary world champion Ricardo “Finito” López, is scheduled for an eight round bout.