INTRODUCING JOSELITO COLLADO
Press Release: Jamaica, Queens junior lightweight Joselito Collado (13-1 with 3 KOs) will fight the biggest bout of his career against Jerry Belmontes, (16-0 with 5 KOs), at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, on September 8th. The eight-round contest is a preliminary bout on Main Events' heavyweight tripleheader.
Former two-division champion Tomasz "Goral" Adamek (46-2, 28 KOs) meets Travis "Freight Train" Walker (39-7-1, 31 KOs) in the main event, but Main Events writes that the Collado-Belmontes bout might be the most competitive match of the show. "I think he's a good fighter," Collado said. "Good amateur fighter. But honestly, I don't think as a professional, he fought anybody as hard as me. So I think I'm going to give him a hell of a fight."
Belmontes, the "Corpus Christi Kid", was an amateur superstar in Texas, but this, his 17th bout, will be his first trip east for a pro fight. "He's coming all the way to New Jersey, and he's fighting a good fighter like me," Collado said of his opponent. "He might be a little intimidated. Hopefully that can be to my advantage."
Collado looks forward to the challenge, knowing that Belmontes represents his toughest test of his six year career.
"I take my hat off to him," Collado said. "I know that he's more of a boxer than a fighter. So I'm looking to cut the ring and work him. I'm going to keep the jab on him, sit back, and see what he's got. I always change my style. I can't say I'm a better brawler, of a better boxer, because it depends who you're fighting. Sometimes I box, sometimes I have to slug it out. I won't know until I'm in the ring with him."
The style match between Collado and Belmontes looks like an intriguing one. Neither are considered hard punchers, but Collado brings a much more aggressive style, while Belmontes has the technical skills that could diffuse Collado's pressure tactics as well as the home field advantage.
"I don't want to underestimate him," Collado said. "For this fight, I'm going in with a "Plan A" and a "Plan B". I gotta say, that he better come in with his "A Game", because if he doesn't, he's going to get put out. I'm training like an animal in the gym."
Prudential Center doors will open at 1:30PM, first fight is 2:00PM.
"Ironbound Throwdown" September 8th at Newark's Prudential Center features Tomasz Adamek vs. Travis Walker. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster: online at www.ticketmaster.com; Charge-by-phone: 1-800-745-3000; Ticketmaster Express 866-448-7849; and Ticketmaster ticket centers. Tickets are also available at Prudential Center's Box Office and www.prucenter.com.