CAGUAS, Puerto Rico – Erickson Martell the very experienced gladiator from the Dominican Republic knows very well what he will be up against on Saturday April 23rd at the Roger L. Mendoza Coliseum in Caguas when he takes on hard punching Puerto Rican rising star Angel “Tito” Acosta (12-0, 12 KOs) for the mini flyweight Fecarbox belt in the main event.
“Some time back we trained together for a long time. He knows what I got and I know what he has, so the winner here will be the fans witnessing a great fight,” said Martell (12-5-1, 8 KOs). Martell, who is 29 years old, is one of four fighters in this card who is with Javier Bustillos Universal Promotions who will compete in a unique venture against boxers from Miguel Cotto Promotions who along with Roc Nation Sports and H2 Entertainment, present this event as part of the very successful series DIRECTV Boxing Nights.
“We are friends, but in boxing we have to forget our friendship once the bell rings and be rivals, rivals, and rivals until the final bell sounds,” said Martell, who, during his last fight in February of 2015, lost a 10 round decision to the highly popular Jonathan ‘Bomba’ González. Martell then added, “”I know his record and the knockouts that he has, but anyone there knows me and knows that I I am not scared of a record. I come to fight and go to war.”
In the co-feature bout of the night, junior lightweight and Puerto Rico’s rising prospect Alberto ‘El Explosivo’ Machado (13-0 y 11 KOs) will once again put his power on display when he takes on veteran Mexican Miguel Angel Mendoza (22-7-2, 21 KOs), who is looking to keep this fight at a distance. “I have seen some of his fights on YouTube. He has a very nice style, so we have been looking for weaknesses and developing a good plan to fight this lefty boxer,” said Mendoza, who was born and still resides in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Last December, Mendoza lost a very close decision in Carson, California to the Filipino fighter Mercisto Gesta. He added, “I have no problem fighting lefties. My last fight was against Mercisto Gesta, who is also left-handed. I knocked him down in the second round and felt I won the fight, but I can’t fight the judges.”