Peleamundo Ep 5 Danny Trejo & Erik Morales!
(May 20th) Hollywood star Danny Trejo and four-division World ruler Erik Morales join Jessie Vargas in this episode of Peleamundo, talking all things boxing past and present. Trejo tells the fascinating story of how boxing paved the way for a career in film, touching on his time working as a drug counsellor and his work in the community today. Morales talks retirement, training Jaime Munguia, and gives his thoughts on various topics in boxing today.
Peleamundo Ep 4 Amanda Serrano
On Katie Taylor, Gabriel Soto and Alexis Espino!
(May 9th) Matchroom's Hispanic talk show returns with another big lineup joining Jessie Vargas from lockdown! Seven-division World champ Amanda Serrano speaks on her upcoming superfight with undisputed Lightweight queen Katie Taylor, as well as Mexican TV star Gabriel Soto who speaks on his involvement in boxing, including charitable foundations around the sport. Rising US talent Alexis Espino features on 'The Stars of the Future', and lays out his plans for World title glory in the coming years.
Julio Cesar Chavez:
Cinco De Mayo Fights Were So Special!
(May 5th) Julio Cesar Chavez says fighting on Cinco de Mayo was so special for him to connect with his fans as he joins Jessie Vargas in a special episode of ‘Peleamundo’.
The Mexican legend boxed countless times in Cinco de Mayo weekend and the month of May over his incredible career and speaking to host Jessie Vargas, the former three-weight World king discussed how it felt to fight for his people on that date, especially his rematch with Frankie Randall in 1994.
“It's a very special day for all Mexicans,” said Chavez. “I fought many times in May representing all Mexicans. It's something very, very special, something very beautiful feeling the love, the support from all the Mexican Americans that lived in the United States.
“Above all, the Mexicans, that truly are the ones who support other Mexicans who go and triumph in the United States. For them it's something great that one can represent them. I always tried to represent them in the best way. Fortunately, I gained their respect, but above all, I won the love of the people, nobody can take it away from me.
“They were great, they were huge for me because I always had the support of all the Mexicans that moved there. I don't even remember any more if I won or lost, I think I won more than I lost!
“The one thing I'm left with is with the joy that I gave to the Mexicans there, the euphoria with which they received me, they presented me, and they followed me. I always have that.
“There are opponents that are complicated for us. The truth is that for me, Frankie Randall’s style was always complicated for me. Even in the third fight, because in the second fight, even though I beat him the truth is that if it weren't for the headbutt no one knows how it would have gone for me because I was already really tired.
“Honestly in that fight, I had prepared like never before. My addiction was already very far along. But I stopped for a bit there because I had lost, I wanted to avenge my loss. I stopped a bit, despite the fact that my addiction was already very advanced. I stopped a bit, I tried to stop a bit in order to take back my title and that's how it went. I think I went a bit too far, I prepared so well, that I went into the fight over-trained. In the second round, I felt that my arms were already falling.
“Fortunately, thank God, based on pure experience I took the fight. I had another fight against him in Mexico City where I already knew his style and there, I beat him more easily.”
Chavez joins Vargas in a special Cinco de Mayo episode of ‘Peleamundo’ which also features WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman.
Marc Castro: I’ve Signed With the Best In Eddie Hearn, Amateur Standout Itching to Launch Pro Career!
(April 29th) Marc Castro cannot wait to get his pro career underway when boxing returns and in the latest episode of ‘Peleamundo’ (below), the hot prospect says he has the best team backing him to guide his journey to the top in promoter Eddie Hearn and manager Keith Connolly.
Castro announced he was turning pro with Hearn and Matchroom Boxing USA ahead of the huge fight night in Dallas in February, with the Briton winning the race to land the amateur standout who as an amateur boasted a record of 177 wins and 7 losses with a stellar 48-1 record in international and national competition, and in addition to being a two-time Amateur World Champion, Castro is a 16-time National Champion, three-time National Silver Gloves champion, and two-time National Junior Olympics Champion.
The 20 year old will be eager to hit the ground running after the enforced hiatus on the sport, and the amateur sensation feels confident that with Hearn and Connolly behind him, he can reach his goals.
“It feels really good to sign with such a great promoter like Eddie,” said Castro. “He gave me what I asked and it’s such a great opportunity for my professional career
He gave me everything I wanted and he’s honestly the future of the Sport. My family and I feel really good with Eddie. He feels like family.
“It feels good to have Keith as my manager because he is someone in the sport who has experience in the big fights but also has prospect like Nikita Ababiy and Reshat Mati. He has a lot of respect in the boxing world.
“I think I’m going to have a great career. My dreams are finally coming true with this and all my family has sacrificed so much. So, it’s so important to me to earn money and take care of my family.
“I want to be World champion, to unify the divisions, be a fighter of the people that they remember me as one of the great Mexican fighters and that they think of me when they think of Boxing. And that’s a lot right now but that’s what I’m thinking of achieving step by step.”
There is still one piece of the jigsaw that Castro has to put in place before he steps through the ropes, and that’s his trainer. One man in the frame is Ring Magazine trainer of the year Eddy Reynoso, who also appears in the second Peleamundo, and trains Castro’s longtime friend Ryan Garcia.
“I trained with Eddy Reynoso 2019 for a month,” said Castro. “He’s a great trainer. He has Canelo and everything. It was a great honor to train with him.
“Ryan is a good friend. We’ve been friends since we were kids. He’s honestly more like family. His parents and siblings and also mine. We’ve been friends since 10-11. We’ve always been very close. We’re always training together, and our families are close, so we know each other well.”
Castro is the latest future star to appear on ‘Peleamundo’ and he appears on the show along with Reynoso and his exciting WBC World Flyweight champion Julio Cesar Martinez.
Julio Cesar Martinez:
I Would Love A Big Fight In Mexico
WBC Flyweight Champion Eyes Homecoming Bout
But Would Love Another UK Showdown!
(April 28th) Julio Cesar Martinez says he would love to box in Mexico as a World champion as he plots his future in the latest episode of ‘Peleamundo’.
Martinez (16-1 12 KOs) has seen his stock rise dramatically over the last year, with a win over Andrew Selby in March in Mexico followed by his controversial clash with Charlie Edwards in London in August, a thrilling World title win over Cristofer Rosales in December and a cracking battle in his first defense against Jay Harris in February.
The 25 year old Mexican will be on the hunt for unification battles when boxing returns, and told presenter and former two-weight Jessie Vargas that IBF champion Moruti Mthalane and WBO ruler Kosei Tanaka are top of his hitlist, and he would love to host them in his home country.
“I’d love to do something big for my Mexican people,” said Martinez. “They always support me. I feel very happy and grateful. We’re just coming for all those belts.
“I just want the best fights. Whatever Eddie Hearn and Eddy Reynoso decide. The best fights with the best purses. I just want all the belts and stay champion for a while. I’d like to unify the belts. A good fight would be against Kosei Tanaka. He’s an undefeated, strong fighter in the flyweight division. That would be a good fight for me.
“Mthalane is a great fight too but it’s up to Eddie and Eddy. I know he has a belt; I have a belt. He’s not an exception. I’ll fight him too.”
Martinez is no stranger to boxing away from home though, and the pocket-rocket is even open to returning to the UK, where he met Edwards at The O2 in London in August 2019 in a contest that ended in a no-contest after Martinez landed a body shot after Edwards had already hit the canvas from a barrage from the then title challenger.
Martinez would win the vacant title in a thrilling contest with former champion Rosales in Phoenix in December before his clash with Welshman Harris in February – a third Briton in the opposite corner for Martinez in four fights and his second with new promoter Eddie Hearn.
“England is a very nice country,” said Martinez. “They received me with open arms. Outside of the ring, all the fans wanted pictures and treated me like a champion. They are very nice people.
“They gave me respect and treated me very well so for that, I wouldn’t have any problems returning to England. They respected me a lot. They wanted pictures and hey cheered for me, it was a good experience.
“I met Eddie when I fought Charlie in England. Eddie and Mauricio Sulaiman gave me their respect. They supported me a lot with the rematch but Charlie went up in weight and left that belt vacant so I was able to win it against Rosales in Phoenix. Eddie liked the way I fought and moved in that fight. I know it’s just the start of many great things to come. I was so happy and proud. I didn’t’ leave it to the judges to decide my fight, I got the KO. I was happy I won.”
Martinez is joined by his manager and co-trainer Reynoso in the second episode of ‘Peleamundo’, presented by former two weight World champion Jessie Vargas, and amateur sensation Marc Castro also stars in the show as he prepares to start life in the paid ranks when boxing returns.
Reynoso: Martinez Will Unify At Flyweight
Then Meet Estrada and Chocolatito!
(April 25th) Eddy Reynoso says Julio Cesar Martinez will aim to unify the Flyweight division before moving to Super-Flyweight for blockbuster bouts against the likes of Juan Francisco Estrada and Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez, as the Ring Magazine trainer of the year maps out Martinez’s path on this weekend’s episode of ‘Peleamundo’.
Reynoso, the co-trainer and manager of Martinez who is co-promoted by Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing USA and Canelo Promotions, shares the excitement around the WBC’s ruler at 112lbs that has spread around the boxing world as his power and all-action style
The 25 year old defended his crown for the first time in a thrilling clash with brave Welsh challenger and then-unbeaten European champion Jay Harris in Texas in February, hot off the heels from landing the belt with a ferocious tear-up in Phoenix with former champion Cristofer Rosales.
IBF champion Moruti Mthalane and WBO ruler Kosei Tanaka are top of Reynoso’s hitlist for Martinez at Flyweight before he moves up to 115lbs where mega fights with Estrada and Chocolatito could be on the horizon, and while he says his charge is still a work in progress, Reynoso says ‘El Rey’ has all the ingredients in and out of the ring to rule for a long time.
“He’s very disciplined,” said Reynoso. “He shows all the characteristics of a typical Mexican fighter. He likes to fight. He likes to train and more than anything, he’s a star. In such few fights he’s already won a World Championship and I believe if he keeps on the same path, he’s going to do great things because he’s a good fighter who’s very fond of learning, he’s very technical. He’s there. He’s a great champion.
“He’s charismatic, he’s brave, he’s a very strong fighter for the division. He has lots of endurance. He’s not scared. Whatever fight you put him in, he’ll fight. He’s different than the other fighters. He has a few things to learn, but we’re going to vary the training to get him more technically sound fight by fight.
“He’s always laughing and smiling. He turns the fights into like a circus. He’s very positive. You never see him angry. He’s a very hard working, smiling, laughing, positive fighter.
“We’re going to keep him at Flyweight and try to defend and unify with Tanaka or Mthalane. And we’re getting harder fights little by little. We’ll move up to 115lbs to fight Estrada, Cuadras, Chocolatito, there’s so many good fighters and I believe it’s step by step. We’ll keep him at Featherweight then move up to Super Featherweight.”
Reynoso is joined by Martinez in the second episode of ‘Peleamundo’, presented by former two weight World champion Jessie Vargas, and amateur sensation Marc Castro also stars in the show as he prepares to start life in the paid ranks when boxing returns.
Estrada: I Will Get Revenge
In “Chocolatito” Unification Rematch!
(April 18th) Juan Francisco Estrada and Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez are hunting a blockbuster unification rematch – and Estrada told Gonzalez in the first ever episode of ‘Peleamundo’, premiering this Sunday on Matchroom Boxing’s YouTube channel, that he is confident of settling the score if the pair can meet again.
Estrada (40-3 27 KOs) and Gonzalez (49-2 41 KOs) both regained their World champion status in stunning fashion in recent outings, with Estrada beating Srisaket Sor Rungvisai in a rematch to regain the WBC and Ring Magazine Super-Flyweight belts last April and ‘Chocolatito’ rolling back the years to rip the WBA strap from previously unbeaten Brit Kal Yafai in Dallas in February with a clinical ninth round KO win.
The pair met back in November 2012 as Gonzalez successfully defended his WBA Light-Flyweight title against Estrada in Los Angeles, and with both men holding World title straps, they told Jessie Vargas that they would love to renew their rivalry with higher stakes, and ‘Gallo’ confident of exacting a spectacular revenge.
“I’ve had three losses and I’ve avenged two of them,” said Estrada. “I haven’t been able to avenge my loss to Gonzalez yet because we never fought again, but hopefully this time around, I will win, and that loss will be avenged as well.
“I’m the champ. I have a lot of respect for him. It’s a big fight and we both deserve big purses.
Everything looks and sound good but it’s all about the money. We’re friends and both fighting for our families. I want to unify if I’m given the opportunity. I’ll fight whatever opponent is available. I know there will be some good fights made by the promoters.
"I don’t know Yafai personally, however I do know Roman, and he’s a great champion. I know he had a lot of support from the people of Nicaragua. I was happy for him because he’s such a humble person. Without a doubt I was with Roman Gonzalez in that fight.
“It’s been eight years [since the first fight] and I’m very excited for this fight. I believe the people really want to see it as well. I’m a great fighter. It’s going to be a great show. It’s going to be a better and bigger fight than the bigger weight classes.”
“I’m a lion in the ring,” said Chocolatito. “We put in the work to win but after we can be friends, and everything will go back to normal.
“It’s going to be a very good fight. Everyone talks before the fight but all that matters is the day of the fight. We both need to just demonstrate to the public that the lighter weight divisions can put on a good show. We’re the ones carrying boxing right now, the smaller weight classes, and when If I fight Estrada, it’s going to be historical.”
Gonzalez and Estrada are the main feature of the first episode, which also includes Vargas speaking to hot prospect Diego Pacheco, while episode two is also in the books ready for next weekend and is led by one of the best trainers in boxing today and one of his World champions.
Eddy Reynoso was named as Ring Magazine trainer of the year for 2019 and hit the headlines this week as former Heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr expressed an interest in training with Reynoso alongside superstar Canelo Alvarez.
“I'd love to work with such a charismatic Mexican fighter like Ruiz,” Reynoso told Vargas. “It would be a proud moment as a trainer.
“He needs to work on discipline. Once you get to world championship level, you can't lack discipline. I would have him work on moving his waist more and his counter punch. It would be work on his punches, keeping them short. Those are things I think would benefit him and bring him to the next level.”
Reynoso’s gym is packed full of talent, not least in the shape of Julio Cesar Martinez, the exciting WBC World Flyweight champion who joins Reynoso in episode two, while Vargas is also joined by Marc Castro, the amateur talent itching to make his pro debut when boxing returns having signed with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing USA.
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Matchroom Boxing USA to Launch
Spanish Content Series “Peleamundo”!
(April 14th) Matchroom Boxing USA are delighted to announce the imminent launch of its exclusive Spanish content series ‘Peleamundo’.
Fronted by former two-weight World champion Jessie Vargas and aired on Matchroom Boxing’s YouTube channel, ‘Peleamundo’ will feature Vargas interviewing the biggest Hispanic fighters in the Matchroom Boxing USA stable, from World champions Juan Francisco Estrada, Julio Cesar Martinez, Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez and Amanda Serrano, to rising stars Diego Pacheco, Alexis Espino and Marc Castro.
Vargas will also invite legends of the sport to speak to him, cast his net far and wide to chat to boxing-mad sports stars and celebrities, and will interact with fight fans on the show with his #AskJessie section.
The show is set to launch next weekend and will lead up to a bumper edition for Cinco de Mayo weekend. Vargas will also take the show on the road at Matchroom Boxing USA shows across the U.S. and Mexico when boxing returns.
“I am so excited to be part of this new series ‘Peleamundo’ with Matchroom Boxing USA,” said Vargas. “There is a wealth of elite level and rising Hispanic fighters in the Matchroom Boxing USA stable and the Latino fight fans are some of the most knowledgeable and passionate followers of our great sport, I can’t wait to bring them exclusive interviews with their favorite fighters and also get the fans on the show to answer the questions they have.
“As the show develops, I hope to be talking to some of the real greats of the game and my favorite fighters, as well as going behind the scenes at Matchroom Boxing USA shows – it’s going to be a blast!”
“I am delighted to bring ‘Peleamundo’ to the Hispanic fight fans,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “There are so many fantastic fighters with a Latin flavor and I am sure that we will create some fantastic exclusive content with both the launch interviews with some of the biggest names in the game and when Jessie hits the road at our shows.
“Not only will we hear from current World champions like Juan Francisco Estrada, Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez and Julio Cesar Martinez, but it is also a brilliant opportunity to introduce our young fighters like Diego Pacheco, Alexis Espino and Marc Castro to a new audience.”