WBC #2 Lightweight contender Antonio Pitalua Ospino arrived last night in Austin, Texas with his team confident of victory. He appeared today at the public workout very optimistic and ready for his upcoming challenge for the WBC Lightweight vacant title against former WBA World Champion Edwin Valero of Venezuela this Saturday, April 4th at the Frank Erwin Center of the Texas capital. Valero was a no show at the workout.
Pitalua was born on February 21st , 1970 in the city of Monteria, Colombia and moved to Mexico City more than 16 years ago where he has lived until this date. He has compiled an amazing record of 46-3-40 KO’s and has not lost a fight in almost 8 years, on his first world title shot November 11, 2000, he lost a close decision to then WBO Champion Arthur Gregorian.
“I know this is my last shot at a World Title and I will not let this opportunity go by, we have been waiting for a another chance almost 9 years and will take full advantage of it”, Pitalua said. “Valero is a good fighter but he has not faced somebody with my heart, punching power and experience and these will be my keys to victory” he continued.
The Promoter of this hard punching Colombian-Mexican warrior is Tuto Zabala, Jr. of All Star Boxing, Inc in association with his long time mentor Ricardo Maldonado, Jr of Producciones Deportivas. They together, worked very hard to bring Pitalua all the way to the most important fight of his career this Saturday.
“Antonio promised his family in Colombia and Mexico a World Title for many years and now he has the opportunity to bring it home” said Promoter Tuto Zabala, Jr., he added “On behalf of our team we would like to thank the WBC, Golden Boy Promotions and especially long time boxing figure Rafael Mendoza for helping us in this mission and having confidence in Pitalua, he will shock Valero and the boxing world when he wins the belt”.
Lightweight Lightning” is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and will air live on pay-per-view beginning at 9pm ET / 6pm PT with a suggested retail price of $39.95. The unprecedented four-bout pay-per-view card features Edwin Valero vs. Antonio Pitalua in a 12 round bout for the vacant WBC World Lightweight Crown, Jesus Chavez vs. Michael Katsidis in a 10 round lightweight bout, Carlos Hernandez vs. Vicente Escobedo in a 10 round lightweight bout and Julio Diaz vs. Rolando Reyes in a 10 round lightweight bout. The four-bout lightweight extravaganza will take place on Saturday, April 4th at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, TX.
Tickets priced at $200, $100, $75, $50, $35 and $25 are still on sale and may be purchased at the Frank Erwin Center box office, by phone at (512) 477-6060 or 1-800-982-2386 or online at TexasBoxOffice.com. Tickets are also available at Texas Box Office Outlets including select H-E-B stores located in Austin and surrounding areas.