Julio Cesar “Pingo” Miranda Lopez said that he’s coming back to Mexico with the WBC flyweight, which will be on the line when he confronts legendary Pongsaklek Wonjongkam on Friday. At today’s press conference that took place in Radisson Hotel in Bangkok Thailand, Miranda (29-3-1, 22 KOs), managed by Promocione and Wonjongkam (71-3-1, 22 KOs) answered all the questions to the media.
“I am determined to go back to Mexico with the belt of victory around my waist. The confidence I have is based in training and hard team work with the support of Rosalio Aviles,” said the challenger.
Miranda, who’s 28 years old, just fought against Arturo Estrada on December 9, 2008, whom he defeated with an incredible KO in the first round in Monterrey, a city that has given him all their support.
“I have everyone by my side. Getting the crown depends on me. I am going to win this fight, this challenger goes for all my people in Tampico, even though I’m from Pueblo Viejo, Veracruz, I began my career in Tampico and continue in Monterrey,” said the Mexican star.
The 31-year-old Wonjongkam won the WBC title against Malcolm Tunacao in March 2001 and made 17 defenses, before losing the belt against Daisuke Naito by 12 round unanimous decicion.
“For real I want to get back the championship, I’ve work really hard, that belt is mine and now in front of my people I assure you I’ll win. I respect my contender, I know he’s young and he’s thirsty for victory, but he hasn’t fight someone like me,” said Wonjongkam who’s a prospect for the WBC Hall of Fame.
He tried to get the belt back fighting against Naito in Tokyo, having a draw after 12 rounds. He’s latest fight was January 30 of this year where he knocked out Shahram Toradide in the 2nd round.