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Undefeated WBO World Welterweight champion Timothy Bradley and superstar Manny Pacquiao make a special visit to the famous “Rocky” statue at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the final stop of their media tour.
Both fighters are in town in promotion of their upcoming eagerly-anticipated rematch. Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with MP Promotions and Tecate, Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 will take place, Saturday, April 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
Miguel Beltrán 132.3 vs. Carlos Díaz 132.3
Raúl Hirales 123.5 vs. Fernando Vargas 123.5
Rafael Guzmán 140.2 vs. Raúl Hinojosa 140.2
Roberto Ramírez 135 vs. Fidel Rodríguez 135
Jesús Quijada 129.2 vs. Jorge Watanabe 130
Julio Barraza 130.5 vs. Maximiliano Galindo 129.2
Venue: Foro Tecate, Tijuana
Tv: Azteca 7
By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
In his U.S. debut, South African welterweight Chris Van Heerden (21-1, 13 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over former world title challenger Cosme Rivera (35-18-3, 24 KOs) on Thursday night at the Florentine Gardens in Hollywood, California. The southpaw Van Heerden proved to be elusive as he countered the aggressive Rivera in the opening round. Van Heerden showed more aggressiveness in round two as he let his hands loose with combinations backing Rivera up. In round three Van Heerden began to cut off the ring as he began to land the straight left on the Mexican. There was no escape for Rivera as Van Heerden was stalking, connecting flush, cornering and backing him to the ropes. Referee Raul Caiz Jr. stopped the fight at the end of round four upon the advice from the physician. Rivera has now lost four straight.
In the co-main event Heavyweight Charles Martin continued his knockout streak as he scored a stoppage over Maurenzo Smith in a scheduled six round bout. A straight left by the southpaw Martin dropped Smith in the opening moments of the first round. Smith slipped shortly after he got up as Martin was on the attack hitting him while he was down, referee Jack Reiss warned Martin as he gave Smith time to recuperate. However in round three the straight left once again dropped Smith as he got up but fled from Martin’s attack surviving the round. Referee Jack Reiss waived the bout at the end of round upon the advice from the physician. With the win Charles Martin remains unbeaten and goes to 14-0, 12 KOs. Maurenzo Smith falls to 12-8-2, 9 KOs. (more…)
No announcement from Classic Entertainment & Sports, but Ricardo Mayorga has been pulled from the February 21 CES card at the Twin River Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island. Apparently DKP put the kibosh on the fight claiming Mayorga is still under contract.
ESPN Friday Night Fights analyst Teddy Atlas taped tonight’s “Fight Plan” segment Thursday at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium. Atlas’ sparring partner this week is ESPN stage manager Saul Avelar.
The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame will announce its second set of inductees, the 2014 Class of Inductees, on Tuesday, February 11 at 2PM. The announcement will be made at a press conference at Richard Steele’s Health Center in North Las Vegas.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos by Pepe Rodriquez and Alma Montiel
Adrian Hernandez 107.8 vs. Janiel Rivera 106.7
(WBC light flyweight world title)
Julio Ceja 118.8 vs. Jesus Acosta 118.8
Irma Garcia 115.5 vs. Nazly Maldonado 117.7
Luis Ceja 109 vs. Saul “Baby” Juarez 109
Venue: Caballerizas de Huixquilucan
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
TV: Televisa Deportes (Mexico)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Roger Bloodworth
“I like the “Crossroads” poster for my fight with Glazkov. It shows how important this fight is – for both of us,” – said top heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek (49-2, 29 KO), who on March 15 (Sand Casino Bethlehem, live on NBC Sports Network) will face Ukrainian Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov (16-0, 11 KO). “We – my trainer Roger Bloodworth and my team – know exactly what’s at stake. But I’ve been in this situation before and pressure never gets to me. Maybe for Glazkov, this is an crossroads fight, but for me it’s just something I have to take care of before another championship challenge. This fight is for #2 IBF spot, maybe facing Kubrat Pulev for right to fight Wladimir Klitschko for his belt. We all know that, but March 15 it’s still day at the office for me. We expecting Monte Barrett in our camp coming Monday. He’s a very tough, seasoned world class competitor, so every sparring is a mini-war, but this is exactly what what we both want.”
Winner of four of his last five bouts, Puerto Rican prospect John Nater will step up to test welterweight prospect Fidel “The Atrisco Kid” Maldonado Jr. this Monday, Feb. 10 in the main event of FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes’ Golden Boy Live! series at the Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio, TX. Nater replaces former world champion Steve Forbes, who was pulled from the bout due to a failed pre-fight medical exam.
In the eight-round welterweight co-main event, unbeaten 2012 U.S. Olympian Errol Spence Jr. takes on Florida’s Peter Olouch and opening the televised portion of the card fans will see an intriguing 10-round junior middleweight showdown between rising star Julian “J-Rock” Williams and longtime contender Alex Bunema. (more…)
Bobby Hitz announced today that Hitz Boxing has signed light heavyweight Ryan “The Irish Outlaw” Coyne (21-2, 9 KOs) of St. Louis to a promotional contract. “Adding Ryan to our already stacked roster of fighters gives the Hitz stable another dangerous big man to go along with Fres Oquendo and Andrey Fedosov,” said Hitz. “He is a perfect addition to our team.”
Coyne, who has previously held the WBC US cruiserweight as well as the WBA Fedelatin cruiserweight titles expressed his excitement in joining the Hitz Boxing team. “Bobby is a boxer’s promoter, who goes the distance for his fighters,” said Coyne. “I know I am with a great organization.”
Date and venue are set for Marco Huck’s (37-2-1, 26 KOs) next title defense. The WBO World Cruiserweight Champion will lace his gloves again on May 3 at the MHP Arena in Ludwigsburg, Germany. Moreover, this one could feature a special occasion: If Huck wins, he would equal the record for most title defenses at cruiserweight! “I am excited to have my next bout in Ludwigsburg,” said the 29-year-old titlist, who beat Firat Arslan just two weeks ago in Stuttgart – a 30 minutes car ride from the MHP Arena. “The atmosphere at the Arslan fight was of the charts and I expect nothing less come May 3.” (more…)
While Marcos Maidana was a landslide winner in Fightnews.com’s independent poll, Amir Khan has overcome Maidana’s lead in Mayweather Promotions’ official poll. Khan now has 13,681 votes (51%) to Maidana’s 13010 votes (49%). Khan’s surge in the voting began when he began promoting the poll to his nearly 1.5 million Twitter followers. Floyd stated he would let the fans decide whether he fights Khan or Maidana on May 3.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. will promote a February 28 ShoBox card at the Turning Stone Resort Casino Event Center in Verona, New York. Undefeated middleweight contender J’Leon Love (16-0, 9 KOs) will compete in the main event and the co-feature bout will include lightweight prospect Mickey Bey (19-1-1, 10 KOs). The February 28 event will mark the eighth nationally televised boxing event held at Turning Stone in the past 18 months, and comes on the heels of former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson’s world debut as a promoter at Turning Stone in August 2013.
Tickets for the February 28 SHOBOX event at the Turning Stone Resort Casino Event Center are on sale now. Tickets are priced at $60, $35, $25 and $15. Call the Turning Stone box office at (315) 361-7469 to order tickets directly, or visit http://www.Ticketmaster.com..
Milton Santiago Jr. 138.5 vs. Moses Molina 136.5
Anthony Flores 138.6 vs. Ramesis Gil 139.2
Sulton Statan 138 vs. Mike Eroza 137.5
Frank Trader 130.8 vs. Israel Suarez 128.5
Emanuel Folly 122 vs. Michael Varela 129.5
Derrick Webster 164.2 vs. Julio Garcia 169
Antonio DuBose TBA vs. Michael Haigood 125.5
Promoter: Greg Robinson’s Power Power Productions
Venue: National Guard Armory
1st Bell: 7:30 pm est
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Panamanian WBA bantamweight super world champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (34-2-1, 12 KOs) will defend his title against the Argentinian challenger Javier Chacon (19-1 4 KOs) on March 22 at the Arena Roberto Duran in Panama City. Moreno and his promoter Sampson Lewkowicz held a press conference in this city to present the fight in an event called “Clash of Warriors” where Moreno will make the twelfth defense of the world title he won in May 2008.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The only way to reduce fatalities in the ring is strict attention to prevention, said WBC Executive Secretary Mauricio Sulaiman, when asked about the passing of boxer Oscar “Fantasma” Gonzalez. “I was there at the arena and the truth is that it wasn’t a hard fight. It was a tough accident, which was nobody’s fault. Oscar had passed all the medical tests,” Mauricio said. He stressed that Oscar was a very clean living, decent young man and a great boxer. “This sad story must help us further improve our prevention programs. We have got to eradicate these situations.” Mauricio added that the WBC is gathering every single scrap of information available to assess what caused Oscar Gonzalez’s death. He assured that the WBC will give $50,000 USD of the life insurance to Gonzalez family. “Money can’t buy a life but this is something Oscar left to his wife. This life insurance has been established by the WBC since 1982.”
On Saturday, March 1st, WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns will defend his world title against Terence Crawford in a bout that will be shown LIVE on AWE TV. Crawford is promoted by Top Rank. Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum talks about the much anticipated showdown.
By Sam Geraci
In the main event of tonight’s ESPN2 Friday Night Fights, Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia (33-3, 22 KOs) of Weslaco, TX, takes on Norberto “Demonio” Gonzalez (20-2, 13 KOs) of Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico, in a ten round junior middleweight bout at the UIC pavilion in Chicago. Garcia is a late replacement who signed to fight Gonzalez on less than two weeks noticeafter Puerto Rico’s Jonathan “Mantequilla” Gonzalez (17-0-1, 14 KOs) withdrew because of an injury during sparring.
Garcia is a rugged, come-forward Mexican-American who lacks recognition as a contender at junior middleweight despite being ranked at one time by the WBC and IBF, headlining televised cards, challenging former world champion Antonio Margarito in 2010 and defeating Antwone Smith in March of 2012. In the following interview, Garcia discusses his desire to be ranked, the challenges he’s faced outside the ring, his dedication to his family and more. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
WBO #3 rated featherweight Kamil Łaszczyk (15-0, 7 KOs) and 19-year old light middleweight prospect Patryk Szymański (9-0, 4 KOs) will play an important part on ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” event tonight and are considered the next generation of Polish fighters trying to break through and make it in America.
Laszczyk, nicknamed “Little Tyson” because of his all-out, exciting style of fighting, will be tested by experienced, still hungry Nicaraguan Daniel Diaz (20-5, 14 KO). “El General” Diaz, who after his sensational defeat of highly regarded Robert Marroquin wants to further improve his standings in featherweight division. Laszczyk wants to be ready to challenge for world title, maybe even this year. “This is my goal from the beginning” – said “Little Tyson” in a Fightnews.com interview.”I understand how tough and star-studded my weight class is but I know my style is great to watch and very difficult to contain by my opponents. I also know that Diaz’ nickname is “El General”, but Friday night in Chicago, there will be only one fighter in charge – me.”
The rebuilding process continues for David Price (16-2, 14 KOs) when he returns to action on March 8th at the Max-Schmelling-Halle in Berlin. ”I am looking forward to getting back into the ring and picking up where I left off in Stuttgart,” said Price. ”Obviously, I wouldn’t complain if the outcome is the same but I am hoping for a bit more resistance this time. I’d like to get a bit more ring time so I can show everyone what I have been working on and what I am capable of.”
The British Heavyweight will start a four-week training camp this weekend when renowned US coach Tommy Brooks travels over to Liverpool. ”Things are going great with Tommy,” said Price. ”We have been focusing a lot on my jab and developing that into my main tool. Other than that, it’s back to basics, making sure we do the simple things well.” (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
In his U.S. debut, South African welterweight Chris Van Heerden (21-1, 13 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over former world title challenger Cosme Rivera (35-18-3, 24 KOs) on Thursday night at the Florentine Gardens in Hollywood, California. The ref stopped the one-sided affair at end of the fourth round. The 37-year-old Rivera suffered his fourth straight loss.
By Felipe Leon at the scale
Troy King 153.25 vs Victor Acosta 150
Dwain Victorian 140.25 vs David Castillo 139
Miguel Sanchez 151.75 vs Byron Castillo 146.5
Jack Tyson 147 vs Angel Cipriano 144.5
Ali Gonzalez 127.75 vs Jonathan Aguilar 127.75
Sergio Ramirez 187 vs Esteban Sosa 224.75
Julio Nario 147 vs Jose Ponce 145
Victor Sandoval 112 vs Francisco Castillo 114.75
When: Friday, February 7th, 7:30pm
Where: Restaurant Olivaritos, Tijuana, Mexico
Promoter: PM Promotions
In Fightnews.com’s independant poll, Marcos Maidana has been a runaway fans’ choice to face Floyd Mayweather on May 3, pulling in nearly 80% of the vote. However, in the official poll at mayweatherpromotions.com, Khan has mobilized his 1.4 million Twitter followers to apparently pull ahead in the voting. On his Facebook page, Amir Khan today put forward his argument why he should be the next opponent of Mayweather.
Amir Khan: Why would mayweather even consider putting maidana in the mix. Slow hands slow feet. Only thing he brings to the table is power. I agree he beat broner. We seen how mayweather deals with power eg Canelo. Let broner have his rematch on the undercard of khan v mayweather. I bring speed explosiveness power and footwork to the table. Look back at quick opponents mayweather has fought in the past, Judah , Oscar delay Hoya both had speed and where close fights. Floyd did say he needs fans want to see him knocking someone out because his fights are boring. So no wonder he’s know wanting to fight maidana. I’m ready and been in gym for last 6 months. At 147 you will see a different stronger Amir khan. Ok let’s talk about the chin which I always laugh about. Killing yourself making weight makes Ur punch resistance poor. Iv been killing myself making 140 lbs and should of moved up. Day before weigh in Iv been 12 pounds over. Not good. Iv taken the biggest shots from likes of maidana with 30 Ko’s under his belt, who pple say is the biggest puncher and didn’t go down but then Diaz puts me down with a little shot. Even though my balance off an I was on 1 foot it’s cool. Il take it. So this proves weight making is the problem. Another example Angulo and ward have hit me with big shots and I’ve stood in front n not gone down They carry 25 lbs over me and are big punchers. This is because I’m at my natural weight. It’s in the fans hands who they want to c me fight. If it’s not me then good luck who. Ever it is.
Panamanian super featherweight Juan “El Olímpico” Huertas (7-0, 6 KOs) stopped his countryman Eric “El Comando”Castro (8-5-2, 7 KOs) at 1:02 of the second round to win the WBA FedeCentro title, previously on vacancy. Huertas hurt Castro with a straight right hand to the chin and kept throwing combinations to force referee Guillermo Pérez to stop the fight. Huertas represented his country in the London 2012 Olympic games in which he got outpointed on his first fight by Puerto Rican Felix Verdejo.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that it will celebrate Black History Month by taking part in a series of events and appearances nationwide throughout the month of February.
UFC® stars such as flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson, Uriah Hall, Rashad Evans, Anthony Johnson, Tyron Woodley and Phil Davis will visit multiple cities across the United States to take part in community and charitable events, media tours and other appearances. The tour will visit New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta. (more…)
Roberto Garcia 155 vs. Norberto Gonzalez 157
Kamil Laszczyk 125 vs. Daniel Diaz 125
Erickson Lubin 147.5 vs. Roberto Carlos Acevedo 145.5
Ahmad Cheikho 147.5 vs. Francisco Rios-Gil 148
Junior Wright 199 vs. Galen Brown 193
Patryk Szymanski 154 vs. Daniel Hicks 152
Kristin Gearhart 140 vs. Allanna Jones 141
Jose Felix Quesada 135 vs. Christopher Jackson 134.5
Venue: UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois
Promoters: Iron Mike Productions, 8 Count Productions, Warriors Boxing
TV: ESPN Friday Night Fights
Tickets for “Friday Night Fights” are priced at VIP $151, VIP Ringside $101, Ringside $76, Mezzanine $51 and General Admission $31 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster (Ticketmaster.com, 1-800-745-3000), the 8 Count Productions Offices: 312-226-5800 or the UIC Pavilion Box Office: 312-413-5740.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Two former heavyweight world champions and long time legendary sparring partners Mike Tyson (50-6, 44 KOs) and Oliver McCall (57-13, 37 KOs) met tonight in Chicago during the Friday Night Fights press conference.
Report and photo by Pepe Rodríguez/WBC
Some reporters were with Jhonny Gonzalez yesterday at the Romanza Gym of Mexico City. The 126-pound WBC monarch, showed his anger when somebody commented on the news that the Jalisco fighter, Abner Mares, plans a ten-round contest “as preparation” before taking the rematch with him.
“If there was any doubt that Mares is afraid of me, now you are totally clear. I expected the announcement that Abner will fight against me, but they go with something else. Preparation for what? Many people doubt that he was injured in training and therefore canceled the fight against me,” the champion said. “I ask Abner to define his situation. It is not possible that Mares will do a match in two months and then go against me. That is not serious.”
Gonzalez believes that when a fighter loses by knockout is when the fear begins. And if we add that Jhonny is known to be a predator of the ring able to win a fight with a single blow, then imagine the result.
Three fighters were mentioned as possible opponents for WBA middleweight champion Gennedy Golovkin on April 26 in New York City, however Daniel Geale and James Kirkland are now out of the running leaving Andy Lee as the last man standing. Geale said he didn’t want to fight on that date due to TV issues. The Kirkland camp reportedly turned down the fight.
Former two-time World Champion Andre Berto has returned to Oakland on Sunday to resume training with Virgil Hunter and his team. The 30-year-old received clearance from his physician to resume boxing training in mid-January following August shoulder surgery to repair an injury he suffered in the second round of his July bout with Jesus Soto-Karrass. Berto is planning a summer return to the ring, and is currently honing his skills under Hunter’s tutelage in the Bay Area. (more…)
Photos: Xavier Garcia / PR Best
Before his travel to his home in Philadelphia, World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Council (WBC) champion, Danny “Swift” Garcia did a light work at the Felix Pagan Pintor Gym in Amelia, Guaynabo, where he also shared with the former two time world champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon and children and fans present in the place.
Garcia (27-0, 16 KOs) spent several days in Puerto Rico to participate in the conference to formalize their title defense against Mexico’s Mauricio Herrera (20-3, 7 KOs) on March 15 at the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum Bayamon, in a presentation of Golden Boy Promotions and Swift Promotions in association with PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP), which will air on Showtime. (more…)
State report: boxing officials in Illinois ran a dysfunctional agency. More
The Guardian lists 30 young boxers on the rise in 2014. More
George Groves is petitioning for his loss to Carl Froch to be declared a “no contest.” More
UFC GYM®, known for its TRAIN DIFFERENT® approach that combines the world of mixed martial arts (MMA) and fitness, will celebrate the opening of its newest gym in Waikele, HI on Saturday, Feb. 8th. UFC GYM BJ Penn is a partnership with former two-division champion and Season 19 coach of The Ultimate Fighter®, BJ Penn. In addition to being the 100th UFC GYM to open, the new site is the second BJ Penn signature gym in the fighter’s home state of HI, joining the first location in Oahu. (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Boxing superstar Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs) and undefeated WBO welterweight world champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs) wrapped up their two city press tour in New York City on Thursday. They officially announced their eagerly-anticipated April 12 PPV rematch in Las Vegas, which will also be Pacquiao’s first fight in the U.S. since 2012. Joining Pacquiao and Bradley were their respective trainers, Freddie Roach and Joel Diaz, and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.
Manny Pacquiao: What Bradley is saying to me is I don’t have the killer instinct and aggressiveness anymore, so that’s what I’m trying to prove this fight on April 12. Maybe he’s right. I’m sometimes just too kind and too nice to my opponents in the ring and that’s why you can’t see the aggressiveness and killer instinct. This time around I have to get it back and show I still have it.
Timothy Bradley: I can’t wait. Manny says he’s going to be the aggressive, destructive Manny Pacquiao of old times and I get excited because I embrace the challenge. I love challenges and I love when people say I can’t do something because I love to prove them all wrong like I’ve been doing my whole career. I know I’m going to be the underdog even though I’m the champion. I want to be the underdog because I’m still out to prove that I’m one of the best fighters in the world.
Promoter Bob Arum: Tickets went on sale yesterday and already 70% of the tickets have been sold, so obviously in the next few weeks we’ll be able to announce a sellout. A lot of excitement from all over the world about this fight.
Boxing promoters Bobby Hitz of Hitz Boxing and Frank “Muggs” Mugnolo of Round 3 Productions announced that they have signed dynamic Chicago super middleweight Donovan “Don Da Bomb” George (24-4-2, 21 KOs) to a promotional contract. When George won his first Golden Gloves championship it was Hitz who presented him with the trophy. “I have known Donovan since he was a kid and I am so excited about signing him. He is a one of the most promising super middleweight prospects,” said Hitz. “His career has come full circle, I remember handing him his first Golden Gloves trophy and now he is a member of the Hitz team. Muggs and I have big plans for him.”
George, who leads “Team Boom”, is expected to make his Hitz/Round 3 debut in early March. His “Team Boom” stablemate, super middleweight Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez (12-0, 9 KOs), is also on the Hitz roster.
“Since I started boxing Bobby has been a huge part of my life, a mentor. I cannot wait to take the ring with Bobby and Muggs backing me. I am ready to dominate,” said George. “Hollywood and I are ready to rule the supper middleweight division, not just in Chicago, but nationwide.”
Hitz Boxing and Round 3 Productions recently began working together at the end of 2013. “I am glad Bobby and I are coming together to sign a fighter of Donovan’s caliber,” said Mugnolo. “Stay tuned we have more exciting plans in the works.”
Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs) appeared in studio during last night’s episode of Olbermann. Host Keith Olbermann asked Pacquiao if he will ever fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KOs). His response: “Our line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If he calls and says he will fight, we will do it.”
Pacquiao is in New York for a Thursday press conference to announce his much anticipated rematch between undefeated Welterweight title holder Timothy Bradley Jr. (31-0, 12 KOs). The fight will take place Saturday, April 12, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Bradley won a controversial split decision, ending Pacquiao’s Welterweight title reign, in their first fight back in 2012.
Art of Boxing Promotions and Bash Boxing return to the Florentine Gardens in Hollywood, California tonight with the fan favorite HOLLYWOOD FIGHT NIGHT series as South African Chris “The Heat” van Heerden (19-1-1, 10 KOs) and former world title challenger Cosme “Chino” Rivera (35-17-3, 24 KOs) go toe-to-toe in the main event. Van Heerden captured the IBO welterweight title in 2011 has successfully defended his crown against hardcore veteran Sebastian Lujan and top contender Matthew Hatton. Mexico’s power-punching Rivera (35-17-3, 24 KOs) has fought a Who’s Who of boxing elite including Zab Judah, Andre Berto, Alfredo Angulo, Joel Julio, and a memorable trilogy with Antonio Pitalua. (more…)
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