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Local undefeated Jose Benavidez Jr. will defend his interim World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight championship against Jorge “Maromerito” Paez Friday at the US Airways Center arena. The fight will be the main event of “The MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout” which will be televised by truTV to the entire nation.


“I had to sacrifice a lot to get this belt and I will not let go in my first defense. It’s a strong and tough fight, but I’m ready for this kind of challenge and hope to give a great fight for all my fans, “said Jose Benavidez today at the last press conference before the fight this Friday.


Paez Jr. who held his preperations in the Mexican mountains also said he was ready to give a great fight. “It’s the biggest fight of my career and win or lose, I will give my best and I want to give the fans a great fight. Whatever the outcome I want people to leave happy and for those ticket prices people deserve to see us fight, “said Paez Jr.


In the other match to be televised undefeated, Antonio “Relentless” will take on Emmanuel Orozco “The Tranzforma” Taylor in a match scheduled for a 10-round junior welterweight bout.
“The preparation is done and we only need to get into the ring and go for the win. I will leave everything in the ring and walk out with my arm raised this Saturday, “Orozco said.


Meanwhile Taylor said: “This is a great opportunity for me. I know you have a quality opponent in front of me, but I come to win this fight.”


These four warriors have a combined record of 98-8-2 (65 KOs) – wins a average of 91% and two-thirds of those victories achieved by knockout.

Produced in association with HBO Sports, Benavidez vs Paez is presented by Top Rank in association with Golden Boy Promotions and Iron Boy Promotions. Orozco vs Taylor is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Star Boxing.

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