WBA 154-pound titlist Alejandro "Terra" Garcia defends his title against former welterweight titlist and local favorite Jose Antonio Rivera, reviving the legendary Mexican-Puerto Rican rivalry in boxing at the DCU Center in Worcester on May 6, 2006.Garcia-Rivera shapes up as the latest edition of memorable brawls featuring Mexican versus Puerto Rican fighters including classics like Oscar De La Hoya-Tito Trinidad, Salvador Sanchez-Wilfredo Gomez, Julio Cesar Chavez-Juan LaPorte, and Carlos Palomino-Wilfred Benitez. "I'm more than willing to renew the Puerto Rican-Mexican rivalry that's been so popular in boxing," said Rivera, who was born in Philadelphia but later lived with relatives and visited Puerto Rico. "It goes back a long way and I'm excited to be part of it against Garcia, who is a true Mexican warrior that I'm fighting for his championship."
Rivera (37-4-1, 24 KOs) lost his World Boxing Association welterweight title to Luis Collazo in a split decision at the DCU Center last year. Elbow surgery cancelled his first title shot at 154 pounds against WBO title-holder Daniel Santos on Aug. 28 in Cleveland. Garcia (25-1, 23 KOs) is a feared knockout artist from Tijuana, Mexico, whose only loss came Dec. 13, 2003, when he knocked out by Travis Simms. Garcia stopped 1996 Olympic bronze medal winner Rhoshii Wells (TKO 9) in a rematch May 21 to capture the WBA interim title. In his last outing on Aug. 13, he won a unanimous decision against Luca Messi, and he was soon thereafter declared the outright title holder after Simms title was taken away from him for reasons that have never been clearly explained.
Tickets priced at $35, $50, $100 and $250 are on sale at the DCU Center Box Office, all area Ticketmaster locations, online at ticketmaster.com, or charge by phone at (617) 931-2000 or (617) 228-6000. All tickets are subject to a $.50 facility fee. The Garcia vs. Rivera main event on the Dynamite at the DCU card, promoted by Don King, will be broadcast live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).