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"Cobra" Mendoza Ready to Strike This Saturday Night

With highly deadly venom, a Cobra is known for its decisive and quick movements at the moment of an attack. For trainer Victor Godoy, his most successful pupil, Tijuana light flyweight Javier "Cobra" Mendoza, possesses the traits to carry the name. "My trainer gave me the name," Mendoza says with a smile as if he remembered the moment he first heard it. "He says I am very precise with my punches, like a cobra."

The WBC #7 ranked southpaw Mendoza (15-2-1, 12KOs) is ready to show those skills this Saturday night, February 11th, when he takes on the experienced Armando "Chiquita" Vazquez (20-7, 4KOs) in the second defense of his WBC Continental Americas strap. The twelve round tilt will be the co-main event of Box Latino's "Sangre y Patria" event slated for the Tijuana Municipal Auditorium. The bout will be televised live by Mexico's biggest network, Televisa, as part of their weekly boxing series "Sabados de Corona".

Mendoza is part of Erik Morales’ Box Latino stable and is looking to leave his mark in this his first fight of 2012 in hopes of earning a world title later this year.

“We are working with ‘Pelucho” Morales and Box Latino,” Mendoza stated mentioning Diego Morales, Box Latino’s matchmaker and Erik’s younger brother. “Pelucho”, as he is known, was a champion in his own right in the super flyweight division. “Now we have been fighting more consistently. ‘Pelucho’ has mentioned there is another title opportunity in the works. We are ready for a world title, we are ranked #7 by the WBC and we think that in maybe two or three fights and we get a world title opportunity.”

First Mendoza must get past the experienced Vazquez, a fighter “Cobra” is no stranger of. “I have seen him fight and he is a tough, durable and brave fighter. He’s always going forward. He throws very good combinations, good punches and he has fought some good fighters. He is going to be a tough fighter but based in our preparation, we have what it takes to beat him. We even dare to say that we will knock him out.”

One thing you can expect from Mendoza is that he will be the first to strike, as he is known to go after his prey at the first sign of blood or of paid in his opponent.

“Fans can expect an explosive fight, a back and forth fight,” Mendoza said confidently of the scheduled twelve round sure to be war. “We are going to box him and we are going to be versatile. When we have him, we are going to knock him out. That is what I can say; we are going to knock him out.”

Paul David To Face Travis Dickinson On 25th Feb - At Light Heavy

English Super Middleweight Champion Paul David is set to face Prizefighter - Light Heavyweight winner Travis Dickinson on the undercard of the Frank Maloney and Tommy Gilmore promoted Denis Shafikov versus Lee McAllister European Light Welterweight Title fight the Exhibition Centre in Aberdeen on Saturday 25th February.

Speaking earlier David, who will be making his first outing under the guidance of his new manager/coach TRAD TKO’s Johnny Eames, made it clear that he was relishing the prospect, “Yeah, I can’t wait, the fights on the undercard of Lee McAllister. I’ve fought up there before and Lee McAllister always sells out, so it’s going to be a packed hall.

I see Travis Dickinson earlier in his career, I didn’t think too much of him so was a bit surprised when he won Prizefighter at Light Heavy.

He’s going to be well prepared and up for it, but I’ve been here at the TKO about a month and half now and have been sparring with Leon (Williams), when he was British Champion, and had no problem with him. There’s Mitchell Balker from the Netherlands and I’ve had no problem with any of these guys.

They’re bigger guys than me but I use my speed and boxing skills to get around them, I’ll deal with Travis Dickinson the same way.

After I’ve dealt with Travis Dickinson I’m going to be looking for a British title fight, either the winner of Tony Bellew-Danny McIntosh or maybe I can get George Groves in the ring, hopefully Frank Warren can take his nappy off him and put him in with me like a real fighter.

I’ll get this fight out of the way then see what Johnny can do for me. All I want is either a serious English title defense, one that really means something, you know Robin Reid beat Daniel Cadman so maybe he’ll have the stones to step in the ring with me and we can start something like a British title eliminator so I can get at George Groves after he takes out his old foe Kenny Anderson.

Yeah, so it’s either Light Heavyweight or Super Middleweight works for me, even Cruiserweight, which is kind of weak at the moment, three divisions is open to me and I’m ready for all of them, I’m just ready to go.”

Johnny Eames then expanded on how the Dickinson fight was made, “Yeah, obviously since he joined us we have been trying to get Paul a fight, in the short time he’s been with us we have had numerous offers of fights, but each time the fight got close we heard nothing more.

I suppose we’ve had twelve different opponents he was going to have, including an English title defense against Patrick Mendy, which didn’t come around for no fault of our own.

Then Travis Dickinson was available, so I made the call to Frank Maloney and he said yes, so we can now get this show on the road and see what we’ve got.

This fights a six rounder at Light Heavyweight, not Super Middleweight - you know it’s a case of this week Light Heavyweight next week Super Middleweight with Paul, as all he wants to do is fight.”

Paul David against Travis Dickenson features on the undercard of the Denis Shafikov versus Lee McAllister’s European Light Welterweight title bout at the Exhibition Centre in Aberdeen on Saturday, 25th February.

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BROADWAY BOXING SERIES RETURNS MARCH 7 AT BB KINGS BLUES CLUB IN NYC

New York, NY - (2/14/2011) - On Wednesday, March 7, DiBella Entertainment's (DBE)"Broadway Boxing" series returns to B.B. King Blues Club in New York City, with an exciting eight-bout card, headlined by an intriguing 10-round welterweight matchup between undefeated up-and-coming prospect Alex Perez (15-0, 9KO's) taking on his toughest opponent to date in longtime contender Francisco "El Gato" Figueroa (20-3-1, 13KO's).

Tickets are priced at $100, $75, and $55 (general admission), and are available by calling the DiBella Entertainment office at (212) 947-2577. Doors open at 6:30PM with the first bout scheduled for 7:30PM.

DBE kicked off the 2012 season of "Broadway Boxing" before a sold-out crowd that on January 21 with a thrilling night of action-packed fights that had a little bit of everything, including knockouts, wars, and upsets. Now DBE looks to keep the momentum rolling in its ninth consecutive season of the popular boxing series by putting on what promises to be another exciting event headlined by the explosive crossroads matchup between Perez and Figueroa.

Perez last saw action as the opening bout of the January 21 card, scoring a vicious second-round TKO over Josh Sosa (10-1). Prior to that victory, Perez had been out of action for over seven months recovering from a hand injury. With the hand now completely healed, Perez will look to begin his climb up the ranks of the welterweight division, but he must first take care of business against the extremely dangerous Figueroa.

The Bronx-native Figueroa, a former New York State and NABF light welterweight champion, has been a staple of the New York boxing scene since his amateur days. Figueroa will be returning to the ring for the first time since November 2009, as he embarks on another run toward a world championship.

Also scheduled to see action on the card is Queens-native, four-time NY Golden Gloves champion Will Rosinsky (14-1, 8KO's), DBE prospects Tor Hamer (13-1, 9KO's) and Luis Rosa (9-0, 5KO's), as well as an eight-round junior middleweight showdown between undefeated up-and-coming prospects Delen "The Sniper" Parsley (6-0, 2KO's) and Boyd "Rainmaker" Melson (8-0, 4KO's). A complete list of the undercard will be announced shortly.

Tickets are priced at $100, $75, and $55 (general admission), and are available by calling the DiBella Entertainment office at (212) 947-2577. Doors open at 6:30PM with the first bout scheduled for 7:30PM.

Article posted on 09.02.2012



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