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BIG CHALLENGES FOR MACHADO, ACOSTA AND MARTINEZ

CAGUAS, P.R. – Juan Guzman, the Dominican veteran fighter will face on Saturday August 6th the heavy handed mini flyweight top prospect  Angel ‘Tito’ Acosta in the co-feature of  Miguel Cotto Promotions Boxeo Al Maximo series at the  Cosme Beitia Coliseum in Cataño, he has a philosophical attitude against an opponent who holds a record of 13-0 with 13 knockouts. “It doesn’t matter, he is a man just like me, with two hands,” said Juan Guzman who owns a 22-5 record and 12 knockouts. Active as a fighter for eight years, Guzman obviously leads with experience against the super prospect from Barrio Obrero in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and in his last fight -held in Melrose, Massachusetts in February 2015 saw a stop in a string of four victories in a row, when he fell in the fifth assault against compatriot, Jonathan Guzman. Jonathan, incidentally, has just won the IBF super bantamweight title by knocking out last July 20 in Japan the Japanese monarch Shingo Wake. “My fight with him was a war, bare-knuckles since the first assault,” recalled Juan Guzman, who lives in the United States and trained in Miami for this fight with Tito Acosta. “The problem was the weight,” he added. “We fought at 126 pounds, while I’m a 112”. Acosta appears ranked among the top 15 in the world at 108 pounds by the WBA, IBF and WBO. “I really do not know anything about him except that he comes to fight with the now world champion,” said Acosta, “but I always train thinking that I am not necessarily going to knock out,  but to fight the 12 rounds” . “I know that when I fight for a world title, the fights will not be as easy nor I’ll knock him out early, so I train to fight all the way.”

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In the main event, junior lightweight highly-rated Alberto ‘Explosivo’ Machado will be exhibiting his record of 14-0 and 12 knockouts in an eight rounder against the Mexican Yardley Suarez (17-4 and 9KO). ‘I hope Yardley comes in a great condition, I am ready to add another knockout to my record,” said Machado. “Actually Mexico vs. Puerto Rico produce epic battles and this Saturday I will show a whole new level to Machado,” said Suarez.  The program belongs to the series Boxeo al Maximo, the company led by five-time world champion and boxing superstar presented in association with  H2 Entertainment and Roc Nation Sports. It will also be the second to be presented by the Hispanic network Mega TV, which will transmit it delayed on Saturday August 13. Within the eight bouts of the show, the presentation will also include other major prospects of the company. In another exciting bout, unbeaten flyweight (115 lbs) José ‘Chiquiro’ Martinez (17-0, 10KO), from Las Marias, who will clash with Nicaraguan veteran fighter Juan ‘The Exterminator’ Palacios (29-6-2 and 22KO). This is a 35 year old fighter who was WBA and WBC interim champion at 105 pounds, winning the second of these titles in 2008 when he knocked out in the tenth assault the Puerto Rican Omar ‘Pastor’ Soto on a card held in the Pachín Vicens de Ponce. “Eight years ago I also went to Puerto Rico to face a young boxer who was very good and thanks to the stamina I had, I gave them a  surprise,” said Palacios, who, he said, has only been knocked down once in his career. “I have always had great assimilation and a lot of preparation and that, with my extensive experience, is what I hope takes me again to a great fight,” said the 35 year old fighter who is training in Phoenix, Arizona, for his first bout since October of last year. He comes from losing his last two fights, both- by decision, one major- but he said, that it is not an indication that he is in decline. “The judges did not necessarily give the correct decision,” he said. “I know him and have seen videos of two of his fights,” said Chiquiro, who in his last appearance and in a fiery battle defeated Edwin ‘Puto’ Rodriguez in 10 rounds. “I think this is a big fight for me and I’m training really hard,” he said. “I do not want to risk my undefeated record because this is a very important fight and I know that later great things will come to me.”

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In addition, Carlos ‘Kid’ Narvaez (14-0 and 6KO), will face the always embattled Juan “Cowi” Herrera (14-9 and 4 KOs) from Naguabo, who has won his last four commitments. In the other matches, the  Emanuel ‘Pinky’ Colon (11-0-1 and 10 KOs) will be fighting eight rounds and at 143 pounds against Hector Marengo,  Derrieck Cuevas (7-0-1 and 5KOs),from San Juan, will be fighting eight episodes at 147 pounds with Jose Valderrama;  Featherweight Hector Marrero, from San Juan will be making his Pro Debut in four round fight.  And Miguel Cotto Promotions newest talent Juan Carlos Camacho Jr. will make his anticipated prodebut against Christian Santos in four round bout in the super flyweight division.

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