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Freitas-Oliveira on June 2nd; Baysangurov vs. Soro on Saturday

MIAMI (May 8, 2012) - Undefeated Michael "The Brazilian Rocky" Oliveira (17-0, 12 KOs), rated No. 12 by the World Boxing Council ("WBC"), is set to battle Brazilian living legend and four-time world champion, Acelino "Popo" Freitas(38-2, 32 KOs), June 2 at Conrad Punta Del Este and Resort Casino in Uruguay.

The 10-round Freitas-Oliveira main event headlines the "History In The Making" card, presented by MO Productions, which will air live on TV Global in Brazil and Uruguay television.

"I'm looking at him as just another opponent, despite him being a four-time world champion, as well as one of my idols," a confident Oliveira said from his Miami training camp. "I prepare for every fight like I'm fighting Roy Jones, Mayweather, Ali or Mike Tyson. I give 100-percent in training for every fight. Come fight night, he will be just another fighter I'll have to go through. He may be favored by the public, but any of my haters will love me after I've beaten him."

"The 36-year-old Freitas, a state legislature in a country he's revered as a national sports hero, has been retired for five years, last fighting April 28, 2007. He's coming out of retirement, taking on the popular 22-year-old Oliveira nearly 20 pounds heavier than he's ever fought.

The 5' 6" "Popo' captured the World Boxing Organization ("WBO") lightweight title, in addition to becoming two-time WBO and World Boxing Association ("WBA") Super Featherweight Champion. Between 1995 and 2007, Freitas defeated Joel Casamayor, Daniel Attah, Juan Carlos Ramirez, Jorge Rodrigo Barrios and Artur Grigorian. Acelino's only two losses were to the late Diego Corrales and Juan Diaz in his last fight.

"His experience is cancelled by one of the greatest, most experience trainers who'll be in my corner, Orlando Cuellar," Oliveira countered. "I'm preparing to hurt him; I'd be a ballet instead of a boxing if I didn't feel this way."

Oliveira has fought three times in his native Brazil in an effort to establish himself as Freitas' successor in Brazilian boxing circles. Born in Sao Paulo, he moved to Miami when he was only two weeks old and, ironically, he's preparing to fight his country's second-greatest boxer to only Hall of Famer Eder Jofre. Freitas, in fact, attended Oliveira's second Brazilian fight to show his support for his boxing successor.

The 5' 9" Oliveira is the reigning WBC South American Middleweight Champion. During the last year he has gradually dropped weight, originally fighting as a super middleweight, until his last two fights at middleweight. Under the direction of head trainer Cueller and strength-and-conditioning coach, Steve Arintok, the goal has been for Michael to fight at his natural weight of 154, which he'll be doing for the first time against Freitas.

Freitas-Oliveira has been in the works for the past 10 months. "I never, ever in my life, thought that I'd fight Acelino Freitas," Oliveira admitted. "My old trainer gave us the idea. He sent me a message saying he'd train 'Popp' to beat me for free. He gave us the idea to challenge 'Popo' and we're making it happen. He must be kicking himself now.

"We found out that 'Popo' was going to have one last fight, for his son, and win or lose, he's done and out of boxing forever. I challenged him and he accepted. May the best man win."

Go to www.MichaelOliveira.com for more information.


WBO ANNOUNCES REFEREE AND JUDGES FOR THIS SATURDAY, MAY 12, WORLD TITLE BOUT IN UKRAINE

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO- World Boxing Organization (WBO), by president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced today the referee and judges who will work on the world title bout between the Junior Middleweight champion Zauerbek Baysangurov against Michel Soro to be held this Saturday, May 12, at the Ice Palace "Terminal", Brovari, Ukraine in a K2 Promotions presentation.

Valcarcel reported that for the Baysangurov's (26-1, 20 KOs) first title defense versus Soro (18-0, 11 KOs), the fifth WBO ranked in the 154 pounds division, the referee will be Mickey Vann, from United Kingdom.

Meanwhile, the judges for the Baysangurov-Soro bout are Jose Ignacio Martinez, from Spain, Zbigniew Lagosz, from Poland, and Mikael Hook, from Sweeden. WBO supervisor for this bout will be Artur Ellensohn, from Germany.

Remember the 25th Annual Convention WBO Silver Jubilee and Election to be held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino from October 22 to October 26, 2012. For reservations at the Seminole HardRock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida you can call 1 800 937-0010 or access www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com. More information at www.wboboxing.com.

Article posted on 08.05.2012



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