Promoter Art Pelullo/Banner Promotions will present a sensational fight card on Saturday, December 11, 2004, at Ginasio Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The event will be televised live on GLOBOSAT pay-per-view in Brazil. It will also be televised live in South America and Central America, and on tape-delay throughout Europe and Asia.
Acelino "Popo" Freitas, 35-1, with 31 knockouts, of Salvador, Brazil, will be featured in the 10 round lightweight main event against Fernando Saucedo, 16-3-2, of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
It will be a homecoming for 29-year old Freitas, who will be fighting in Brazil for the first time since January, 2001. The former WBO lightweight and WBO-WBA jr. lightweight world champion, he made 10 successful defenses of the WBO 130-pound title. Saucedo, a tough three-year professional veteran, is 23 years old.
In a 12 round bout for the vacant WBA Fedelatin featherweight title, Valdemir Pereira, 18-0, with 13 knockouts, of Sao Caetano Do Sul, Brazil, will face Ariel Elias, 10-5, with 5 knockouts, of Mendoza, Argentina. 30-year old Pereira, who represented Brazil in the 2000 Olympics at 125 pounds, is coming off his most impressive win as a pro in his last fight, a 10 round decision against Emmanuel Lucero televised on ESPN2 on August 13 in Temecula, California. Valdemir is ranked IBF No. 9, WBC No. 14, and WBA No.14. Elias, a 2 ½ -year pro, is 27 years old.
Undefeated Brazilian national cruiserweight champion Daniel Bispo, 15-0, with 9 knockouts, of Sao Paulo, will defend the title in a 10 round fight against hard-hitting contender Lino Barros, 19-1, with 18 knockouts, also of Sao Paulo. Bispo, 34 years old, is making his third defense of the title. Barros, now 29 years old, represented Brazil in the 2000 Olympics at 178 pounds.
Five more exciting fights are scheduled to complete the card. All bouts are subject to change without notice. Doors open at 6:00 P.M., the first fight is at 7:30 P.M.