On January 6, 2006, Joel Julio, a native of Monteria, Columbia will take his 25-0 record to Cicero Stadium near Chicago to face Ugandan Robert Kamya, 15-5 in a scheduled ten-round welterweight bout to be shown on the new year's first ShoBox installment. Julio impressed the 11,000 Chicagoland fight fans attending the Fernando Vargas-Javier Castillejo bout by knocking out perennial contender Christopher Henry in the fourth round on the undercard.
Two weeks ago, Julio destroyed veteran Hicklet Lau with a fourth round technical knockout in North Bergen, New Jersey. Lau had previously gone the distance with highly regarded boxers such as Kofi Jantuah, Marlon Thomas, Ray Olivera, Carlos Maussa, Emmanuel Clottey and Cosme Rivera.
Kamya returns to the Windy City after his upset majority decision over Alex Bunema on August 13th of this year. The win is part of a modest three fight Win streak Kamya has put together which includes victories over Alex Quiroga and Anthony Osbourne earlier this year.
The co-main event of the evening features a terrific eight round
bantamweightbout between hot prospect Raul "The Cobra" Martinez, 12-0 (9 KOs) of San Antonio, TX and Andres Ledesma, 13-1-1 (8 KOs) of Arjona, Columbia. Last weekend Martinez defeated Sheldon Wile by first-round knockout. "The Cobra" makes his second visit to Chicago after knocking out Miguel Martinez on September 16th of this year, a bout internationally televised on SOLO BOXEO. Ledesma is currently riding a nine bout winning streak, five of which have come by knockout. This will be the first time he has fought in the United
Also featured on the undercard is Chicago middleweight Miguel Hernandez, 17-3 (9 KOs) in a scheduled eight rounder and lightweight prospect Mike Gonzalez, 4-0 (4 KOs) of Milwaukee, WI in a four round bout.
Rounding out the card in separate bouts are Chicagoland fan favorites, featherweight Omar Reyes, 1-2 and "Next Great Champ" finalist light heavyweight Dave Pareja, 6-1 (1KO) in scheduled six round bouts. Making his pro debut on the card is Chicago middleweight Reynaldo Reyes in a four round bout.