TOTOWA, NJ - Main Events officially confirmed today they will bring a major boxing event, to be nationally televised on Univision Deportes' TeleFutura Sólo Boxeo Tecate, to the Pharr Events Center in Pharr, Texas, on May 19, 2012. The show will be co-promoted by Main Events and Arena Promotions. Broadcast begins at 11PM ET/PT. Two excellent bouts top the card.
In the main event, which will be televised on TeleFutura Sólo Boxeo Tecate, undefeated Jerry Belmontes, 15-0, 5 KOs, takes on Ramesis Gil, 7-3-5, 5 KOs, in an 8 round lightweight bout. Belmontes, 23, known as the "Corpus Christi Kid", was an amateur superstar in Texas, and has dispatched fifteen straight opponents since turning professional in 2008. He returns after almost one year away from the ring.
His opponent is the 29-year old Gil of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Gil has made a career of taking on young and upcoming prospects, usually in their backyards. He'll have to do that again, this time before Belmontes' big Texas fan base.
Belmontes is ecstatic to be back in the ring, "Words can't explain how excited I am to get back in the ring. Of course I was not planning on a 11-month layoff but I'm glad that its behind me. I'm overjoyed to be apart of this prestigious promotional company (Main Events). Needless to say, LET'S GET IT ON!" Belmotes added,"Looking forward to training camp in Dallas and learning as much as possible from my new trainer Derrick James. Tune in on May 19th... I'm back."
In a 12 round battle for the IBF Inter-Continental Heavyweight title, Odlanier Solis, 17-1, 12 KOs, returnning to the ring for the first time since his world title try, faces Konstantin Airich, 23-5-2, 17 KOs. Last year, Solis made a good start against WBC champion Vitali Klitschko before losing the title challenge on a freakish knee injury. After a long rehab, "La Sombra" is ready to fight again. Highlights of the fight will be shown on the Solo Boxeo broadcast.
Solis a six-time National Cuban Amateur Champion, who won Gold at the 2004 Olympics, defected along with Yuriorkis Gamboa in 2006, and now fights out of Miami. He defeated seventeen straight professional opponents, including Ray Austin and Monte Barrett, before his fight with Klitschko one year ago.
"It feels great to be finally back in action and working on my comeback˝, says Solis. "The last twelve months have been hell with a lot of setbacks but now I'm ready to go at it again. Of course, it adds some extra motivation to work with a great champion like Miguel Cotto. We have lots of fun at camp but, of course, we are both very focused and working hard on our goals.˝
Kazakhstan-born Airich, nicknamed "Sandman" for his tendency to put foes to sleep, fights out of the heavyweight hotbed of Germany. He will bring his punching power to Texas and try to add to his six-bout winning streak against Solis.
Pharr, TX has been making its mark as a southern boxing capital as of late, steadily hosting fight cards since 1995. Univision Deportes is a powerhouse in TV boxing with their regular "Solo Boxeo Tecate" fight broadcasts.
An exciting undercard and ticket prices will be announced shortly.
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