Translated by Ramon Rodriguez
There will be quite a boxing event on Saturday, August 13 in Maracay, Venezuela, when five local heroes take on Colombian boxers. Former multi-division world champ Leo Gamez, former super flyweight titlist Alexander Munoz and prospects Edwin Valero, Jorge Linares and Charlie Navarro will all appear. The ancient Gamez (34-11-1) returns to the ring after a nine-month layoff against Dioberto Julio in a scheduled bantamweight bout. Julio is coming off a tough loss to Felix Machado of Venezuela. Gamez is a mini-Holyfield: he is 41 years old and a living legend in Latin America who refuses to retire until he gets a fifth world title. Valero, (14-0, 14 first-round KOs), has turned boxing outlaw. Unable to fight in the USA since January 2004 due to a medical suspension stemming from a head injury he kept secret, Valero has had two bouts recently, one in Argentina. Valero has parted ways with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions, who tried to get his suspension lifted, but ultimately respected the denial. According to the boxeo-boxing website, influential Japanese promoter Akihiko Honda is surprisingly on the verge of signing Valero. He is scheduled to fight Jose “Hojilla” Hernandez of Columbia in a super-featherweight bout, following a spectacular knockout win over rugged Esteban de Jesus Morales. Hernandez was knocked out in the seventh round last December by Antonio Cermeno. Other special attractions include Boxingtalk’s #30 featherweight, Jorge Linares (15-0), fighting veteran Jesus Perez in a featherweight bout. Munoz, 27-1 and Boxingtalk’s #7 115 pounder, will face Alejandro Ordonez. Charlie Navarro of Argentina hopes to rebound against Jose Palencia at super lightweight. He's coming off a loss to Javier Mamani.