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At the last press conference before the “La Revancha” card this Saturday at the Palenque de la Feria in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico IBF featherweight king Cristobal “Lacandon” Cruz (38-11-1, 23 KOs) and challenger Jorge “Coloradito” Solis drew sparks (37-1-2, 27 KOs). The champion will be making his second defense against his 2003 conqueror, but this clash is more than a simple revenge for Cruz, who lost by unanimous decision to Solis in Los Angeles in December 2003. “They stole my win,” proclaimed Cruz with some bitterness.
“They gave Solis a split decision and at that time I had no promoter or representative who would protect me. It was just me and my coach….I should have won or recieved a draw, but I did not deserve a defeat!” Cruz added that this Saturday things will be different. “And it’s not because they are my people, or my judges. What will happen is that I will defeat Solis across the line! Solis better prepare for the pain and beating he is going to feel second by second because I am the world champion!”
Solis responded that when he previously defeated Cruz it was by unanimous decision, not split, and the result had nothing to do with any promoter or representative. “Lies!” said an angered Solis, “in Los Angeles that night and we were both foreigners! We’ll see who the world champion is on Saturday in the ring. I will show you that I am the champion.” He urged Cruz to “box like a Mexican man and not run.”
Guillermo Brito, chief operating officer of ZANFER, said that for the Solis-Cruz fight, the referee will be Joseph Cooper and the judges will be Marty Denkin, Eugenia Williams and Robert Hoyle all from the United States.
In the co-feature, Julio Cesar “Pingo” Miranda and Eric Ortiz will fight a battle for the interim flyweight world championship of the IBF. Again Joseph Cooper with referee with Cris Flóres, Mike Ortega and Marty Denkin.
Also featherweight Ricardo “Piolo” Castillo (37-6-1, 23 KOs) will see action facing Antonio Torres. There will be ten professional fights.