On Friday, August 19, at the Auditorio Juan “Pachin” Vicens in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Universal Promotions, in association with Gary Shaw Productions and DiBella Entertainment, will proudly present “Under Fire” a night of professional boxing featuring nine exciting fights with the best prospects the island has to offer.
“We are bringing this great event to Ponce to show our serious commitment to providing our beautiful island the highest quality professional boxing. This show will be one of the best in Puerto Rico in a long time, “said Javier Bustillo, president of Universal Promotions.
The 10-round main event will feature Team Puerto Rico super flyweight prospect Cesar Seda, Jr. (20-1, 15 KO’s), taking on Olympic gold medalist Yan Barthelemy (12-2, 4 KO’s) at a catch weight of 117 pounds.
“I trained very hard for my return to the ring, to come back strong and give a great show. Barthelemy is a great fighter, very experienced, who always gives everything. I know we will have a great fight, “said Seda, Jr.
In the co-feature, Team Puerto Rico’s Central American and Caribbean Games Mayagüez 2010 gold medalist Jose “Sniper” Pedraza (3-0, 3KO’s) will face Javier Ramos (3-6-0) in a lightweight six-rounder.
Pedraza, who made his professional debut in February this year, was last seen dramatically knocking out Tomi Archambault, in the first round, at Boricua Invasion 1 on June 10 in New York.
“I’ve been training really hard for this fight because I want to show my island I have the necessary tools to become a world champion,” said Pedraza.
The night’s undercard will be led by undefeated junior middleweight Eliezer “Waa” Gonzalez (12-0, 7 KO’s), when he faces hard-hitting Jeffrey Acevedo (8-1-0, 7 KO’s) in his toughest test so far.
“This is a good test and I’m ready for it. I know that Jeffrey is a great fighter, and for that reason I will prepare hard to achieve victory,” said González.
In a six-round flyweight battle, Josean “Pride of Ponce” Serra will have his third fight of 2011 against an opponent that is still TBA and in another six-rounder, Kelvin Galarza (5-1-1, 1 KO) takes on Edgardo Rivera (5-1-1) at 135 pounds.
Hector Rosario (6-1-2, 4 KO’s) will face Norberto Ashanti (0-3-0) in a middleweight four-rounder, Jeffrey Montanez (2-0, 2 KO’s) will face TBA in a junior lightweight four-rounder, Jorge Melendez (19-2, 19 KO’s) will face hard-hitting Colombian Richard Gutierrez (26-7-1, 16 KO’s) at 154 pounds, and in a double pro debut Edgar Laboy will take on Luis Cintron in a junior featherweight four-rounder.