(JUNE 8) Today the final press
conference for the “Duke City Showdown” boxing event took place.
The conference was held at the Legends Theatre, at the Route 66
Casino Hotel, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The main event will feature a rematch between Holly “The
Preacher’s Daughter” Holm vs. Victoria “la Reina” Cisneros in a
10- round welterweight bout, that will be televised on
TELEFUTURA on Friday night (June 10th).
Torres on left/Montoya on right
The first boxers to step up to
the podium were the female boxers, Diane Torres and Brandi
Montoya. Torres, making her pro debut and Brandi Montoya,
0-1, both from Albuquerque, New Mexico, made it brief at the
podium, mostly giving thanks to everyone involved in making it
happen for them to be on the card. Both boxers were
gracious towards each other.
The next boxer at the podium, Antonio Garcia, pro debut, from
Santa Fe, New Mexico, was “short and sweet” in his delivery.
Garcia said it was an “honor” to get “paid” for something you
love. And with a slight pause, he added, “Ah…that’s about it.”
Promoter Lenny Fresquez made a quick follow-up comment as Garcia
went to sit down, saying, “he gets right to the point.” At
which time the crowd gave a slight chuckle.
Leading up to the main event boxers Victoria Cisneros and Holly
Holm, others at the podium included, Martin Gonzales, making his
pro debut, fighting out of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Willie
Villanueva, 9-3- (2KO), of Albuquerque; David Proa, 7-2- (8KO),
of Albuquerque; Fidel Maldonado, 10-0 (9KO), of Albuquerque;
Joaquin Zamora, 18-3-1 (12KO), , Elco “the Animal” Garcia, 24-7
(12KO), from Ignacio, Colorado.
MAIN EVENT ON THE PODIUM:
First to say a few words was Victoria Cisneros trainer and
manager, Robert Padilla. Padilla gave an honorable RIP mentioned
of retired world champion Genaro Hernandez, who passed away at
the age of 45, yesterday after having a long illness with
Cancer. Padilla talked about Cisneros being rated in many
organizations in the top ten and that records mean nothing.
Mike Winkeljohn, Holly's trainer and manager, then talked
about the venue, and made some brief comments about Cisneros
being much better than her record and that she has fought the
best. Winkeljohn acknowledged how tough she was, but added
at the end, “be careful what you wish for” as Holly
has trained hard for the rematch.
Victoria Cisneros then took center stage. She was
respectful toward Holm, but very serious in nature about the
fight. She began by giving many thanks to all, that
included her mom and her two sons. She said, that she
could care less what people have to say. She also added
that it is going to be a good show and said that she wanted
people to buy tickets---that she has been training hard.
Holly Holm was the last to speak at the conference. Holm was
humble and she talked about the fight being a rematch, and that
people that she has fought that fougth her again they always
came back stronger. Holm said she was focused for this
fight---and she thanks everyone down to her aerobics class, who
Tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. in the Legends Theatre, the weigh-in will
be held. It is open to the public. It was great
visiting many of the boxing folks who came to the press
I will try to post the exact times that the fight will take
place on Telefutura and put those times up by Friday.