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De La Hoya-Mayweather Undercard

05.04.07 - LOS ANGELES-- Featherweight star Ricardo "Rocky" Juarez and rising boxing sensation Jose Andres Hernandez will square off in 12-round grudge match for the WBA Fedelatin Featherweight Championship vacant title, as the featured undercard televised bout for the highly anticipated May 5 super fight between "The Golden Boy" Oscar De La Hoya and "Pretty Boy" Floyd Mayweather as it was announced today by Golden Boy Promotions. The fight is part of the three televised bouts that will take place from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV and broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View..

Also added to the televised portion of the show is a thrilling bout between sensational contenders Rey "Boom Boom" Bautista and Sergio Medina as they put their undefeated records and future title shot on the line in a 12-round WBO Junior Featherweight title eliminator.

Kicking off the exciting night's events in non-televised events will be undefeated Australian native Billy Dib aiming to showcase his explosive talents battling the formidable Jose Gonzalez of Los Angeles, CA in a 10-round junior lightweight match-up. Rounding out the night's fight action will be two of boxing's fastest rising stars—former Olympian Rock Allen and Ernest Johnson in separate 8-round bouts.

The Houston native and 2000 Olympic silver medalist, Rocky Juarez (26-3, 19 KOs), is a gutsy fighter looking to cement a legacy among boxings' elite. Best known for his 2006 back-to-back close battles with then-champion Marco Antonio Barrera, and fresh off of his impressive 5 th round knockout over Emannuel Lucero earlier this year, Juarez is excited to be back on the center stage to showcase what he feels his ability to become champion of the world.

Jose A. Hernandez (22-3, 14 KOs), hails from Round Lake, IL and embodies the bona fide talent and drive to challenge boxing's toughest competition en route to becoming world champion. Hernandez returns to the ring, following an electrifying knockout victory last December, where despite a deficit on the scorecards exploded with an eighth round flooring of the undefeated Jason Litzau.

Pilipino rising sensation Rey "Boom Boom" Bautista (22-0, 17 KO's) has been leveling his competition, mounting an extraordinary undefeated record and near perfect knockout percentage on the journey to his upcoming WBO junior featherweight title eliminator. Dominating the ropes against fierce contenders, including veterans Marino Gonzalez Giovanni Andrade, and Roberto Banilla in his last three bouts, "Boom Boom" is considered one of fans and critics must-see attractions in the sport.

Argentinean Sergio "Rocky" Medina, (28-0, 16 KO's), at just 25 years old has accomplished an imposing record, crushing his competition with his speed and savvy style. With his eyes focused intensely on the title, Medina is excited to challenge another undefeated record holder and do so in his trademark rousing fashion on the sport's biggest stage.

The De La Hoya vs. Mayweather pay-per-view telecast, beginning at 9 p.m. EST/6 p.m. PST, has a suggested retail price of $54.95, will be distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View and will be available to more than 61 million pay-per-view homes and in 176 countries around the world. The telecast will be available in HD-TV. HBO Pay-Per-View is the leading supplier of event programming to the pay-per-view industry. For your daily De La Hoya vs. Mayweather fight week updates visit www.hbo.com.

On Sunday, Apr. 15 at 10:30 p.m. EST/PST, HBO will premiere the all-access prime time series "De La Hoya/Mayweather 24/7." The four-part series, with unprecedented access, will chronicle the fighters' preparations for the May 5 mega-fight at MGM Grand and will provide viewers with a compelling look at two extraordinary champions.

Article posted on 04.04.2007



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