By John Cannon
Corpus Christi native Jerry Belmontes is definitely glad his so-called vacation is finally over. Belmontes (15-0, 5 KO’s) returns to the ring after a nine month lay-off and will be showcased in an 8-round lightweight main event for the first time in his pro career as he will face Ramesis Gil (7-5-5, 5 KO’s) of the Dominican Republic as Main Events Boxing, along with Cavazos Boxing Promotions presents “Solo Boxeo Tecate: Fight Night In Pharr” on Saturday, March 19th at the Pharr Events Center.
“No more vacation for me. It’s time to get back into the ring and start fighting again,” said Belmontes at the official press conference held at Embassy Suites in McAllen. “By the time May rolls around, it will be 11 months since my last fight and that’s just too long to stay inactive.”
“I had some issues with my previous promoter Julio Marines and I had to make a change. Finally, I was able to come to an agreement with him and got out of my contract in December of 2011. We looked at a couple of other offers and Main Events Boxing gave us a great deal and my management team and I decided to sign with them in February. They gave me this opportunity to fight in the main event and I am excited and ready to go and can guarantee that my welcome back fight will be one to remember.”
Belmontes knows he has his work cut out for him against Gil. Gil’s last five fights have been against undefeated fighters and even went the distance with three of them. However, Belmontes feels he is a much different fighter than the previous five undefeated fighters that Gil has faced.
“I never overlook an opponent and know that Gil is going to come to fight,” said Belmontes. “However, I feel my skills are much better than the previous guys he has faced and my amateur background plays a huge role as well.” “My plan is to use my speed to my advantage and to outbox him. I am going to chop him down round by round and plan on punishing him.”
Anthony Cavazos, president of Cavazos Boxing, said that the Valley boxing fans are definitely getting a treat by being able to witness a young prospect like Belmontes. “Jerry is a very exciting fighter and is on the verge of becoming the next big thing in boxing,” said Cavazos. “The boxing fans will definitely get their monies worth on March 19 th.”
In other action, six-time National Cuban Amateur champion and 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Odlanier Solis will face Konstantin Airich in a 12-round co-main event for the IBF Inter-Continental Heavyweight championship. Also appearing on the card are local favorites Felix Piedra, Raul Tovar and Oscar Tovar Jr.