On April 30, 2010, a boxing institution returned, when Golden Boy Promotions, TeleFutura and Cerveza Tecate teamed up to revive the beloved Friday night series “Sólo Boxeo Tecate.” On the eve of the one year anniversary of the series’ return, fight fans will have another reason to cheer, as the Friday, April 29 edition of “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” will feature a highly-anticipated matchup when Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin faces Jesse Brinkley at the Reno Events Center in
Reno, Nevada .
In the last year, “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” delivered a weekly dose of fistic fury that
captivated fans around the world. Kicking off its second life after nearly a year
and a half on the sidelines, the series re-premiered with the return of former World
Champion Robert Guerrero and “The Ghost” impressed fans at the Tropicana in Las
Vegas with an eighth round technical knockout victory over Roberto Arrieta which
kicked off a run that has since seen him defeat Joel “Cepillo” Casamayor, Vicente
“Chente” Escobedo and Michael Katsidis “The Great” in succession.
That was just the start to a memorable year, as Golden Boy Promotions took the series
around the globe packing venues from Argentina to Mexico to Puerto Rico and all
across the United States, giving fans many fights to remember…
On July 30 in Cancun, Mexico, Philadelphia prospect Danny “Swift” Garcia kept his
unbeaten record intact when he impressively halted fellow welterweight up and comer
Jorge Romero in the ninth round of a see-saw battle to capture the interim WBC Youth
world welterweight title.
In a Southern California turf war held on September 17 in conjunction with the Mexican
Bicentennial weekend at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles, Montebello’s Nestor Rocha
put himself back in the bantamweight title picture with a surprisingly dominant
eight round decision win over former U.S. Olympian Jose Navarro of East LA.
On November 12 at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas, 20 year old young gun
Omar “Panterita” Figueroa suffered the first blemish of his pro career when, in
an action fight that kept his hometown fans on their feet, Figueroa was held to
a draw by Las Vegas veteran Arturo Quintero, who gave a great account of himself
in his first bout in four years.
Unbeaten Michael “The Artist” Perez had the toughest test of his career in his Puerto
Rico debut on December 10, when he won a hard-fought, split decision victory over
Jose Hernandez in Agua Buenas in a back and forth slugfest which was named “Fight
of the Year” by “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” and the Puerto Rico Boxing Commission.
The February 25 edition of “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” saw a surprisingly fast ending to
a fight that most thought would be a distance clash between fellow undefeated prospects
Marco Antonio Periban and Dion Savage when Periban came out of his corner swinging
in the first round and scored an impressive knockout win over Savage in just 33
On March 18, unbeaten Luis Ramos Jr. got a gut check in his eight round bout with
aggressive banger Jose Hernandez at the Hangar at OC Fair and Event in Costa Mesa,
California. Despite Hernandez’s entertaining and gritty effort, the patient and
skillful attack of Ramos was enough to earn him a majority decision victory.
Other notable fights of the last 12 months included “Knockout of the Year” candidates
turned in by Alejandro Perez (against Antonio Escalante) and Lucas Matthysse (against
Rogelio Castaneda Jr.) as well as appearances by former World Champions Carlos “Tata”
Baldomir, Jorge “La Hiena” Rodrigo Barrios and “Vicious” Vivian Harris.
What’s always most interesting to see is the progression of hot prospects into world
champions and with top-notch talents like Randy Caballero, Pablo Cesar Cano, Omar
Figueroa, Danny Garcia, Frankie “Pitbull” Gomez, Erislandy Lara, Carlos Molina,
Eloy “Prince” Perez, Marco Antonio Periban, Peter Quillin, Luis Ramos Jr., Ronny
Rios and Jessie Vargas all hitting the TeleFutura airwaves in the last year with
the hopes of eventually receiving world title honors, the future looks bright for
“Sólo Boxeo Tecate” and the boxing world.
To celebrate the one-year anniversary, “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” features what promises
to be an all-action affair between Quillin (23-0, 17 KO’s) and Brinkley (35-6, 22
KO’s) in a 10-round fight for the USBO super middleweight title which will headline
the broadcast. In a six round junior lightweight co-main event, “Dangerous” David
Rodela (15-3-3, 6 KO’s) faces Lonnie Smith (12-2-2, 9 KO’s).
These bouts, along with an exciting undercard, are presented by Golden Boy Promotions
and Don Chargin Productions in association with Let’s Get It On Promotions, and
are sponsored by Cerveza Tecate and AT&T. Doors open at 6:00pm PT, the first bell
rings at 7:00pm PT and the two-hour TeleFutura broadcast begins at 11:30pm ET /
PT (10:30pm CT).
Fans at home can also be part of the action by participating in Cinturón Tecate
and voting for the fighter in the main event who displayed the most character in
the ring by sending a text message to 55333. Voting will be open through the end
of the weekend.
Tickets, priced at $33.25, $63.25 and $103.25 are available on Ticketmaster.com,
by calling 800-745-3000 or by visiting the Silver Legacy or Reno Events Center
box office during hours of operation.
Tecate, cerveza con carácter, is the largest beer brand to sponsor boxing matches
in the U.S. Part of its commitment to make boxing accessible to consumers is the
title sponsorship of “Sólo Boxeo Tecate,” which creates an opportunity for local
fans to witness some of the most exhilarating fights by today’s up-and-coming prospects.
Additionally, Tecate has been a primary supporter of Golden Boy Promotion” marquee
events since 2007, and has launched a variety of initiatives to ensure consumers
are part of the boxing experience, including boxer autograph signing sessions,
commemorative cans, PPV mail-in rebate offers, and most recently the launch of a
mobile museum “Tecate Museo de Boxeo,” which showcases decades of the most memorable
moments in the sport.