CAGUAS, Puerto Rico – Miguel Cotto Promotions, in association with H2 Entertainment and Roc Nation Sports will begin a new chapter in their history when they partner with DIRECTV to present professional boxing. Their first event is scheduled for Saturday, April 23 at the Roger L. Mendoza Coliseum of Caguas where the top prospect of Miguel Cotto Promotions will take on the best prospects of Javier Bustillo’s Universal Promotions.
The card will include three regional titles sanctioned by the World Boxing Council (WBC) in what will be the first time Miguel Cotto Promotions will present a card as part of the DIRECTV Boxing Nights series.
“We are very happy and excited to partner with DIRECTV to present high level matches and elite boxing events,” said Bryan Perez, operations vp of Miguel Cotto Promotions. With the production and telecasting of DIRECTV Boxing Nights, we have created an platform for young boxers to develop their skills and at the same time get the exposure they need to become known on their way to the big international stage. With this partnership with Miguel Cotto Promotions, we will bring sporting events that are important to our subscribers and we will bring them the most and best local cards that will also give exposure to our Puerto Rican boxers. DIRECTV Boxing Nights on April 23 will begin at 9:00 p.m. and will be seen live and exclusively on OnDIRECTV-HD on Channel 161,” said Belkys Mata, Executive Director of Sales and Marketing for DIRECTV.
In feature bouts of the card, knockout artist Angel “Tito” Acosta (12-0, 12 KOs) will defend his WBC Fecarbox mini flyweight Crown against Universal Promotions’ own Erickson Martell (12-5-1, 8 KOs) of the Dominican Republic in an eight round bout, also undefeated and rising prospect Alberto “Explosivo” Machado will co feature the card when he clashes against tough Mexican warrior Miguel Angel Mendoza (22-7-2, 21KO’s) in a eight round bout. José “Chiquiro” Martínez (16-0 y 10) from Las Marias will defend his WBC Latino super flyweight belt against Edwin Rodríguez (7-2, 2 KOs) from Juana Díaz in a ten round bout and Carlos Narváez (13-0, 6 KOs), of Corozal, will take on Carlos Rodriguez (12-2, 11 KOs) of Mayaguez in an eight round bout for the WBC Super flyweight belt.
In a 10 round bout at 105 pounds; Janiel ‘Pototo’ Rivera (13-2-3, 5 KOs) of Vega Baja, will take on Anthony Rodríguez (7-2, 2 KOs) of Orlando, Florida. “The most important thing in boxing is to give the fans the best and biggest fights you can make and always have the best face the best and on Saturday, April 23rd, the fans will witness a great night of boxing inside and outside the ring. They see the best boxers from Puerto Rico face each other in their respective weight divisions. We are very excited to have Angel Acosta and Alberto Machado in the same card headlining the show, ” said Hector Soto.
“We have always had a great relationship with MCP and this will open an important avenue for our young boxers who can be more active because our boxing companies have the most available dates in Puerto Rico,” said Javier Bustillo. On the April 23rd card, Angel “Memito” Lopez (4-1, 4 KOs) of Caguas, a former national amateur champion of Universal Promotions, will battle Leroy Padilla (1-10, 1 KO) of San Sebastian in a four round bout at 130 pounds. The card will have a total of nine fights. Also in action will be lightweight Kevin Nieves (8-1-1, 5 KOs) of Comerio, Puerto Rico who will take on Pedro Hernández (7-7, 3 KOs) of Aguadilla in an eight round bout, super bantamweight Bryan Chevalier will battle Eduardo Meléndez of San Juan in a four round bout and the experienced Juan “Cowi” Herrera (13-9-1 y 4 KOs) of Naguabo will battle Luis Ortiz of Vega Alta, in a six round super bantamweight bout.
DIRECTV Boxing Nights is presented by Miguel Cotto Promotions, H2 Entertainment, and Roc Nation Sports, Universal Promotions in association with DIRECTV and Caguas City Hall, Gasolina Party In Pouch Ciclón Energy Drink, Armour All, Restaurant Raices, Salsoul, Noti-Uno, and Periódico La Cordillera. Tickets for the event at the Roger Mendoza Coliseum of Caguas have a cost of $35.00 Red Carpet, $15 Ringside and $10 General Admission. They are available at Ticket Center by calling 787-792-5000 or at www.tcpr.com.