By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Carlos Baeza/Thompson Boxing Promotions
Number one rated WBO junior lightweight contender Juan Carlos “Mini” Burgos (30-1-1, 20 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico has signed a promotional contract extension with Thompson Boxing Promotions along with Banner Promotions. It was announced Wednesday afternoon at the El Tamayo Restaurant in East Los Angeles, California.
“We have the greatest fighter at 130 pounds he comes here to sign this promotional contract to put his life and future of the hands of his promoters it means so much to all of us,” co-promoter Ken Thompson of Thompson Boxing Promotions told media.
Banner Promotions promoter Artie Pellulo who also co-promotes Burgos spoke about the Mexican fighter. “This is a great young kid in six to nine months he will be fighting for a world title again, back on ESPN. This is an important time in his career and I am very happy to be a part of this. He has been in the big stage and has performed well in the big stage.”
“This is a special day in my life for resigning with Thompson Boxing and Banner Promotions,” Juan Carlos Burgos said at the press conference. “I want to thanks god for guiding me in this path and opened great opportunities. I also want to thank Thompson Boxing and Banner Promotions because they have put all there chips into my career and showed great confidence in me. My goal is to win them a world title, thanks to them I have fought for a world title two times.” Burgos added.
“I will show everyone that I have what it takes to be world champion,” Juan Carlos Burgos concluded at Wednesday’s press conference.
Juan Carlos Burgos is the nephew of former IBF flyweight champion Victor Burgos as he looks to follow his uncle’s footsteps in becoming world champion. Victor Burgos last fought in March of 2007 as he was defeated by Vic Darchinyan by a vicious knockout Burgos suffered a blood clot and was hospitalized ending his career. His nephew Juan Carlos says his uncle’s accomplishments in the ring have inspired him to follow the family tradition in becoming world champion and has established a tighter bond with him.
“We have a better and stronger relation now that he is retired because when he was boxing he was focused on his career. Now he is part of my team he advises me on how to prepare mentally and physically. From now on you will see him in my corner and that motivates me,” Burgos told Fightnews.com.
For the 25 year old Burgos he is coming off a highly disputed controversial split decision draw against WBO super featherweight champion Puerto Rico’s Roman Martinez in a fight that Burgos controlled and most insiders had Burgos winning.
“It is sad the fact that 2 people didn’t see me win that fight. Everyone knows what happened in that fight but that is the past,” Burgos said.
In his only defeat Burgos also came up short in a unanimous decision loss to Hozumi Hasegawa in his native Japan for the vacant WBC featherweight title back in 2010.
“I was very young and overconfident back then when I fought for the title in Japan but I have matured now both inside and outside the ring,” Burgos told Fightnews.com.
Despite coming up short in world title bouts Burgos has stepped up in his big fights. Since losing the decision to Hasegawa, Burgos has gone 5-0-1. In November of 2011 he defeated Luis Cruz (19-0) by majority decision for the vacant WBC Silver featherweight title, opening up the Manny Pacquiao Juan Manuel Marquez III pay per view undercard. Three months later Burgos headlined ESPN Friday Night Fights taking on tough veteran former world champion Cristobal Cruz as both exchanged knockdowns in an exciting bout that went the distance as Juan Carlos Burgos won a unanimous decision. His last two opponents have a combined record of 51-1-1 as he defeated Cesar Vasquez (25-0) by third round TKO and getting a draw in his last bout with Roman Martinez (26-1-1).
“When I lost in Japan in my first world title fight I said to myself I would come back stronger and become world champion,” Burgos told Fightnews.com
After five years fighting under Thompson Boxing Promotions along with Banner Promotions.The Tijuana native was sought after by some promoters including Top Rank, Zanfer, and Lou DiBella after proving himself on the big stage in big fights since his loss to Hasegawa.
“There were various promoters keeping an eye out for me and wanted to sign me. However my team and I checked our options so we decided to renew our contract with both Thompson Boxing and Banner Promotions,” Burgos told Fighnews.com on his contract.
Now with a new contract Burgos along with his promoters look to pursue a rematch with Roman Martinez. After all Juan Carlos Burgos is ranked number one by the WBO in the super featherweight division. For Roman Martinez once again was in a tough fight in defending his WBO super featherweight title as he won a split decision to Diego Magdaleno, possibly setting the stage for a mandatory title defense.
“He (Burgos) is number one by the WBO, based on the last fight Martinez had with Magdaleno he won in Macau. Juan Carlos should be in line for that and I think it should come about between September and October when he has to face him again. We have been working on getting that fight,” Thompson Boxing Promotions Matchmaker Alex Camponovo
“That is the fight I definitely want I want to clean the slate. I beat Martinez it is obvious, my team and promoters are looking for the rematch,” Burgos concluded.
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