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Gary Russell Jr. - Heriberto Ruiz on Saturday; Holm-Mathis on December 2nd

CINCINNATI, OHIO, November 22 - With wins in four of his last five fights, all by knockout, Mexico's Heriberto Ruiz is in top-notch form in his mission to hand unbeaten featherweight phenom Gary Russell Jr. his first professional defeat in the 10-round chief undercard support bout of this Saturday's "Home For The Holidays" card at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio. Russell Jr. was originally scheduled to face Dat Ngyuen who was forced to withdraw after suffering a knee injury last week during training camp.

In the November 26 main event, Cincinnati's own undefeated and number one rated World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior lightweight contender Adrien "The Problem" Broner (21-0, 17 KO's) fights for the vacant WBO Junior Lightweight World Championship against Argentina's number six rated WBO junior lightweight contender Martin Rodriguez (34-2-1, 18 KO's).

"Home for the Holidays: Broner vs. Rodriguez" is a 12-round bout for the vacant WBO Junior Lightweight World Title which will take place Saturday, November 26 at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio. The evening of boxing is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and R&R Promotions in association with Canelo Promotions and is sponsored by Corona and AT&T. The HBO Boxing After Dark telecast will air live at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT and will also feature highlights of Gary Russell Jr. vs. Heriberto Ruiz as well as the telecast's main event featuring Canelo Alvarez defending his WBC Super Welterweight World Championship against former World Champion Kermit Cintron live from Mexico City, Mexico.

Tickets, priced at $128, $78, $53 and $28, are on sale now and may be purchased at the U.S. Bank Arena Box Office, by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

Currently ranked 10th in the world by the WBA at featherweight, 23-year-old Gary Russell Jr. (18-0, 10 KO's) began his move to the top of the division with a stellar 2011 that has already seen him defeat Feider Viloria, Adolfo Landeros, Antonio Meza, Eric Estrada and Leonilo Miranda. When he faces Ruiz, 2008 U.S. Olympian Russell will be seeking his sixth win of 2011 and looking to make another jump up the ratings in the featherweight division.

A seasoned veteran who has fought the best in the game over the course of a nearly 17 year professional career, Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico's Heriberto Ruiz (48-11-2, 30 KO's) has been a professional boxer for half his life, and the 34-year-old's recent string of quality victories proves that he has yet to lose a step in the toughest sport in the world. Winner of four out of his last five, Ruiz knocked out Eden Marquez in his most recent bout on October 15.

In other undercard action...

Russell's 2008 U.S. Olympic teammate, Deontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder (19-0, 19 KO's) has been perfect as a professional, knocking out everyone he has faced, including Daniel Cota in his last fight on November 5 in Mexico. On Saturday, the 26-year-old Alabama native will face Cincinnati prospect David Long (11-1-2, 7 K'O) in an intriguing eight round heavyweight contest.

Also representing the Queen City on November 26 will be former amateur star Brandon "Untouchable" Bennett (13-0, 7 KO's), a 23-year-old southpaw who will face an opponent to be named in a 10 round fight. He will be joined by rising junior welterweight star William Jackson (10-0-1, 5 KO's) who will need the hometown crowd behind him when he takes on fellow unbeaten Juan Garcia (9-0, 7 KO's) of Holland, Michigan. Rounding out the strong Cincy contingent will be 4-0 (3 KO's) DeVonte Allen, who battles Campeche, Mexico's Salvador Perez (1-0, 1 KO) in a four round lightweight fight.

In keeping with the Ohio flavor of the undercard, Columbus' Mark Davis (16-0, 5 KO's) faces an opponent to be named in a six round featherweight fight, while middleweight Chris Pearson of Troutwood makes his professional debut against Steven Chadwick (0-2) in a four round fight.

Opening the action at U.S Bank Arena will be an eight round junior middleweight matchup that pits Santo Domingo's top prospect and 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Felix Diaz (10-0, 6 KO's) against Denver's Brad Jackson (13-7-1, 7 KO's).

Promoter Lenny Fresquez Speaks About 'World Dominance: Holm vs. Mathis'

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (November 22, 2011) - "World Dominance" features the top two women's boxers in the world, American favorite Holly "The Preacher's Daughter" Holm (30-1-3, 9 KOs) and French knockout specialist Anne Sophie Mathis (25-1, 21 KOs), in arguably the No. female fight of all-time.

"World Dominance," presented by Fresquez Productions, will be held Friday night, Dec. 2 at Route 66 Casino Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Holm-Mathis 10-round bout will be contested for the IBA Welterweight title and WBAN Championship Belt, as well as to determine the mythical No. 1 pound-for-pound world championship today in women's boxing.

Veteran Lenny Fresquez has promoted Holm throughout her pro boxing and MMA career and he is also promoting "World Dominance." Fresquez sat on the hot seat to answer questions about Holm, Mathis, female boxing and, of course, "World Dominance"

How significant is "World Dominance" for Holly as well as women's boxing?

"This fight will confirm that Holly is unquestionably the No. 1 female fighter in the world. It is important for women's boxing because they are the top two women in boxing today with 15 world titles between them. Holly has nine and she set a world record when she held all of the 147-pound belts except for the WBO.

"There are only three players today in women's boxing - Holly, Sophie Ann and Cecilia Braekhus (18-0, 4 KOs - WBC, WBO & WBA welterweight champion). Mathis is the bigger puncher of the three and she has the best knockout ratio. But she has no fan-base in France or a promoter. She's hard to promote because she isn't very charismatic and unable to speak English. Sauerland has done a great job promoting Braekhus, making people believe she's a real world champion. She's not in the same league as Holly, which is why we chose to fight Mathis first. "It's a harder fight and we wanted to get that one out of the way first."

What's next for Holly after this fight?

"As Holly's promoter, I'm always looking ahead to the next deal, but Holly's not looking past Mathis. That's my job and I think we have three possible options for Holly's next fight. 1. Braekhus won't come here but we'd love to fight her in March. 2. If this is a good fight, we can always have a rematch with Mathis. 3. Holly can have a big MMA fight.

"The only way I'd even think about Holly fighting Braekhus in Europe - she likes to fight in Denmark - would be under fair terms and conditions that would include a good purse and neutral judging. We've submitted a contract to Team Braekhus and we're waiting for a response. We may go in another direction of we don't receive a signed contract by the day of the Holm-Mathis weigh-in. We've never waited on, or will wait on anybody. Holly's career has always been well planned every year. We will make plans after this fight for her in 2012."

How does Holly rate all-time in women's boxing?

"To me, she's the best ever. The only other female fighters in her league, all-time, are Ann Wolfe, Regina Halmich and, maybe, Sumya Anani. Laila Ali fought on her father's last name and she wasn't nearly as good as these fighters. There's nobody else."

How frustrating is it not to be able to watch Holly fight on HBO or Showtime?

"She's fought on ESPN and Telefutura, but HBO and Showtime have no interest in Holly or women's boxing. Hopefully, the new head of HBO boxing will. Spanish boxing fans are interested in watching Holly fight because they've watched her grow-up here (New Mexico). People don't understand the economics of promoting an ESPN show. First, it affects the gate, and ESPN doesn't pay like it used to. Between rooms, meals and other costs for ESPN, it doesn't pay for half of the main event purse. At the beginning of her career, Holly fought on ESPN for the exposure. Now, everybody knows Holly Holm, so we try and make the most money. It's upsetting to see the top pound-for-pound men's fighters like (Manny) Pacquiao and (Floyd) Mayweather make millions and millions of dollars, while the top pound-for-pound female fighters don't even make a fraction of one-percent compared to men."

Are you tired of criticism leveled at Holly for only fighting in Albuquerque?

"Yes. They paid us well to go to Detroit to fight Mary Jo Sanders in a rematch. It ended in a draw and Sanders retired after that fight. Holly's also fought in Colorado and California. We'll fight anybody, anywhere, anytime....as long as the money is right. That's always been the problem, so why fight for less money?

"People here love watching her fight and she has a great fan-base. We'd love to kill that stigma by fighting elsewhere, but it all comes down to economics. There are probably only 25 male fighters in the United States who put as many people in seats as Holly does in Albuquerque."

Holly "The Preacher's Daughter" Holm

Holm is a nine-time world champion in three different divisions (light welterweight, welterweight and light middleweight) and the 29-year-old boxer has an amazing 20-0-1 (6 KOs) record in world title fights, in addition to sporting a 14-0-1 mark versus world champions. She has fought and beaten virtually all of the notable names of the past decade in women's boxing, from 135 through 154-pound classes, including Christy Martin, Mary Jo Sanders, Mia St. John, Jane Couch, Duda Yankovich and Chevelle Hallback (twice). Holly is riding a 24-fight unbeaten streak, dating back to her only pro loss in 2004, when a serious cut under her eye prevented her from continuing to fight.

Ann Sophie Mathis

A six-time world titlist, Mathis is the reigning the WIBA, WIBF and WBF World Welterweight Champion. She has won 24 consecutive bouts, dating back 16 years to her only pro loss in her second pro fight. Her Dec. 2nd showdown against Holm will mark the fifth anniversary of Ann Sophie's first world title win, in which she stopped previously unbeaten Myriam Lamare (13-0) for the WBA crown and vacant EBU championship. Mathis' victims also include world champions Couch, Yankovich, Ana Pascal and Nathalie Toro.

For more information about "World Dominance: Holm vs. Mathis" go on line to www.FresquezProductions.com.

Article posted on 22.11.2011



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