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Rojas seeks redemption

Zanfer Boxing

Former world champion Tomás “Gusano“ Rojas will return to the ring this Saturday, May 1 in Merida Yucatan when he takes on Juan “Veneno” Cardenas in the main event of the popular series “Top Rank Live” to be telecast on Fox Sports Espanol. Rojas (32-12-1, 22 Kos) of Veracruz and Cardenas (14-10-4, 9 Kos) of Los Mochis will battle in a 10 round super flyweight bout to be presented by Top Rank, Maxboxing and Zanfer Promotions from the “Complejo Deportivo La Inalámbrica” in beautiful Merida. This will be Rojas’ first fight since losing to Vic Darchynian last December 12 in Racho Mirage, California when he failed to take sole possession of the WBC super flyweight crown. Rojas was the interim champion at the time he fought Darchynian.

“This fight is my first opportunity to show everyone that what happen with Darchynian was just a careless mistake on my part. This time the fans will see me fight a smart fight and give everything I have so I can get the victory,” said, Rojas, 29, today during the final press conference.

Cardenas is a very experienced fighter who has fought the likes of Zsolt Bedak in Germany, Alex Valdez and AJ Banal of the Philippines.

“Fighting a former world champion is always a big motivation. It gives me the opportunity to show what I can do and a win will be very important. I know people think of me as just an opponent and everyone will be behind him, but there will be only two of us in the ring and as you know anything can happen once we start fighting,” said Cardenas, 29.

In the co-feature fight of the night local hero Jose “Barretas“ Pinzon (15-0-1, 9 KOs) of Merida and Jaime “Indio“ Barboza (14-3, 5 KOs) of Costa Rica will battle for the vacant WBC Super Welterweight Youth Championship.

“I will be in fighting in front of my fans and thanks to the great training camp that I had, I feel very confident that I will win this fight. I am fighting for an important championship and I hope this will help me become a top contender in the very near future,” said Pinzon.

Barboza will be fighting outside of Costa Rica for only the second time in his career and he has won this last three fights in a row.

“I will not be a stepping stone for anyone. I have not only come to fight, but to win. I don’t care that I will be fighting in his hometown and in front of a hostile crowd. I am here to take home the victory for me and my family,” said Barboza.

One of Yucatan’s top prospects Juan “Loquito“ Kantun (14-1-1, 11 KOs) will take on one of his toughest foes to date in Omar “Lobito“ Soto (19-6-6, 13 KOs) of Hidalgo in a 10 round flyweight bout. Also in action will be the undefeated Ramón “La Cobra“ Mass (19-0, 12 KOs), who will take on Oswaldo “Pincel“ Juárez (12-7, 9 KOs) in a 10 round super bantamweight bout.




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