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Photos by Tom Casino / Showtime: WEIGHTS – Antonio DeMarco weighed 134 pounds and Jose Reyes tipped the scales at 136 pounds during Thursday’s weigh-in. Yonnhy Perez weighed 118 pounds, while David Martinez weighed 118 ½.

David Martinez has replaced Tomas Rojas as the opponent for Yonnhy Perez in the 10-round bantamweight co feature on this Friday’s ShoBox: The New Generation telecast on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).. Rojas was forced to withdraw when he encountered visa problems and was unable to leave his native Mexico in time. Martinez (18-4-1, three KOs), of Albuquerque, N.M., captured the 2001 United States national championship at 119 pounds and will make his third national television appearance.

In the 10-round main event, exciting ShoBox alum DeMarco (19-1-1, 14 KOs) will attempt to secure his third ShoBox victory in one year when he takes on World Boxing Organization Latin American (WBO/LA) Lightweight Champion Reyes (23-4, eight KOs) Friday, Sept. 5, on ShoBox: The New Generation (live on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT delayed on the west coast).

The 10-round bantamweight co-feature will pit North American Boxing Federation (NABF) Bantamweight Champion/World Boxing Council (WBC) No. 6 contender Perez (17-0, 12 KOs) against late substitute Martinez (18-4-1, three KOs). Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, will present the doubleheader from the Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, Nevada.

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ANTONIO DEMARCO

“I am going to be cautious. I need to stay calm and not attack without thinking. But, once Reyes feels my punch, it will be over.”

“This is a big step up for me. I have to take these chances if I want to be a world champion.”

“If I look good tomorrow night, the time is right for me to take on one of the legitimate top-10 contenders in the lightweight division.”

“I am mentally and physically ready. I have made improvements defensively. I will show the fans something they have never seen before.”

“Reyes has a lot of experience. He adjusts to the attack and knows how to move sideways.”


JOSE REYES

“We sparred against some southpaws to prepare for DeMarco.”

“I am naturally right handed, but can fight with both hands. I like to confuse my opponents.”

“I used to showboat a lot, but have gotten away from that in the ring.”

“I intend to work more inside and move laterally against DeMarco. We will stick with our game plan.”

“It is not who has more guts, it is who gets the win.”


YONNHY PEREZ

“We were preparing to fight a lefty, but will be ready to attack Martinez from the opening round.”

“If I win tomorrow night, I will be ready for a world title fight.”

“Economically, training wise, the level of competition and support from trainers are all better in the United States than in Colombia. That is why I fight here all of the time.”

“I am very relaxed in the ring and will be able to handle any of the guys in the top 10.”




DAVID MARTINEZ

“We found out about this fight a week ago and signed the deal yesterday, but we were already in the gym training for four months. I try to be ready at all times. When they call, I am 100 percent ready.”

“I can be a boxer or a puncher. I am known as a boxer, but can mix it up if necessary. I come to fight and am a good inside body puncher.”

“I have four losses, but all of the guys are really good fighters.”

“I can make the weight, but have some low self esteem. I look in the mirror and see a little skinny guy.”

Article posted on 05.09.2008



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