Story and photos by Felipe Leon
In a well attended press conference held on Wednesday afternoon at the popular Tijuana billiards hall El Perro Salado, PM Promotions, led by two-time world champion Diego “Pelucho” Morales, announced their first fight card in more than three years. “Guerra En El Centro (War in Downtown”, a six-bout event will be held on Friday, July 27th, at the Mutualista Hall in downtown Tijuana.
“PM Promotions has no interest in any of the fighters participating on Friday night, we are only interested in them giving a great fight,” Diego, who is the brother of seven-time world champion Erik “Terrible” Morales, said. “None of these fighters are protected and I congratulate them for taking such challenges so early in their careers.
In the six round junior lightweight main event, Tijuana’s Jesus “Bombardero” Valadez (5-1, 2KOs) will look to continue his very prosperous 2012 when he faces the tough Edgar Vazquez (4-2-1, 2KOs), also of Tijuana. The fight will mark the fifth time that Valadez performs this year, winning all five fights, one by knockout.
“I prepared myself very well for this fight since it is very important for me,” the seventeen year old Valadez stated. “This will be the first time that I am in the main event and I thank Promotions PM for the confidence placed in me.”
For his part, Valadez mentioned that he was ready to ruin the party for Valadez, “I know that ‘Bombardero’ is a good fighter but I am in very good condition and I am going to come out with my hand in the air.”
In the co-main event, Juan “Buffalo” Dominguez (1-0) will go against Rodrigo Ramirez (0-10 in a rare four round Mexican heavyweight showdown.
In a special attraction, Aldwayne Simpson (1-0, 1KO) of Richmond, CA, by way of Kingston, Jamaica, will face Miguel Nava (0-3) of Tijuana in a light welterweight four rounder. Simpson just recently was used as a sparring by Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero in his most recent training camp for his face of this weekend versus Selcuk Aydin.
Also featured on the fight card will Tijuana’s 2011 super bantamweight amateur champ Erick “Tepeyac” Cebreros (2-0). Trained by two-time world champion Raul “Jibaro” Perez, the local favorite Cebreros will go against first timer Benny Guevara in a four round contest.
Two more fights flesh out the card.
Morales mentioned tickets are still available for $20 and $10. All ages welcomed, food and drinks will be served. Doors open at 6pm for eight amateur fights with the professional fights starting at 8pm.