Wednesday, September 05, 2007
LOS ANGELES - Famed pugilists Oscar De La Hoya and Sugar Ray Leonard have made a “friendly” bet on two bouts between fighters from their respective camps, making the September 15 “Fireworks” boxing event, featuring Juan Manuel Marquez against Rocky Juarez in the main event at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and live on pay-per-view, that much more explosive.
In the first bout, and opening the pay-per-view telecast that evening, Francisco “Panchito” Bojado will represent De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. His opponent Steve Forbes, will represent the Leonard-hosted ‘The Contender’ Series, as runner-up from Contender Season Two. In the other bout, Golden Boy pugilist and former junior middleweight champion Kassim “The Dream” Ouma will battle Contender first season winner Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora. The winners of the bouts will decide the winner of the bet between De La Hoya and Leonard with both decorated fighters agreeing that the loser will provide ring card girl duties between the first and second round of the main event. If it’s a draw with one bout a piece for each side, De La Hoya and Leonard will share ring card duties.
Friday, July 27, 2007
I thought Francisco “Panchito” Bojado was a real blue chip prospect when he started his pro career. He was a true heavy-handed fighter in the mold of Matthew Hilton and he had some boxing ability. He put me in mind of a young Fernando Vargas. Somewhere along the line his career sputtered. Now he has the Golden Boy team behind him and big things are expected of him, but will he be able to deliver?
Rogelio Castaneda is no slouch and should provide a rugged test for Bojado. Castaneda had a three fight series with Perrysville, Ohio’s Craig Weber. I saw all three fights. Weber was good enough to defeat Angel Manfredy and Frankie Randall. Castaneda won a close decision in their first fight. There second battle was a hard fought draw. In the rubber match it was all one way traffic as Castaneda stopped Weber. What I saw in Castaneda was a rugged, durable fighter who was able to fight on the inside or the outside. He doesn’t do anything extremely well but he is a well rounded boxer who comes to fight.
Mr. Bojado better be ready for a war. In the past his conditioning has been a question. For his sake in this up coming match, I hope this is not an issue. I have a feeling that Castaneda won’t be going anywhere early.
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
LAS VEGAS – The night before the super fight between Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather, some of the world’s best fighters will be in action as Golden Boy Promotions presents “Fiesta Boxeo” at MGM Grand. The eyes of the world will be on Las Vegas for the biggest boxing weekend in decades which kicks off Friday, May 4 with the championship bout between World Boxing Organization (WBO) light flyweight champion Hugo Cazares and challenger Wilfrido Valdez Perez.
This exciting night of world-class professional boxing will be held in the Grand Ballroom at the MGM Grand Conference Center and will feature the WBO championship bout, as well as the return of 2000 Olympian Francisco “Panchito” Bojado to the ring. The event will air live on Telefutura’s ‘Solo Boxeo’ telecast beginning at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST. Doors are scheduled to open at 3:30 p.m. with the first bout beginning at 4:30 p.m.