Cristofer “Látigo” Rosales, will make the first defense of his World Boxing Council flyweight title this Saturday against former Olympian Paddy Barnes, at Windsor Park, Belfast.
Rosales, who won the WBC flyweight title in Japan in April against Daigo Higa, traveled to Belfast, Northern Ireland all the way from Nicaragua, along with the three members of his team: Roger Gonzalez, Wilmer Hernandez and Gustavo Herrera.
“We are ready for the fight. I am weighing 114 pounds and I hope to make the weight this Friday without problems. It was a strong and powerful preparation with almost 110 sparring rounds, against Roman” Chocolatito “González, Félix” Gemelo “Alvarado, Byron Rojas and Marvin Solano, so I feel really good to face Barnes, “said Rosales.
Paddy Barnes (5-0), is a former Olympic boxer and medal winner. This will be his first opportunity for a world title
“The first round is going to stir, then settle what kind of fight we are going have. We must force him and take advantage of his lack of experience, as he’s not used to going the distance,” added Roger González, member of the team of Rosales.
This will be the 4th fight in the career of Cristofer Rosales in Europe and the third in the United Kingdom. Previously, Rosales lost against Andrew Selby and now world champion Khalid Yafai.
“If I could win against Higa who was undefeated, I know I can counteract Paddy Barnes,” pledged Rosales.
Pedro Taduran, from Libon, Albay, Philippines, will challenge the minimumweight champion of the World Boxing Council, Thai Wanheng Menayothin, on August 28.
The fight for the title will be held in the province of Nakhon Sawan, Thailand, where the champion makes the tenth defense of his crown.
Taduran has a record of 12 wins with 9 knockouts and one loss, being ranked 14 in the WBC ratings.
Nicknamed “Rattle Snake,” he is the Philippine National Minimumweight Champion. That title was won by defeating fellow countryman Jerry Tomogdan by knockout in the fifth round.
Taduran knows that the mission of traveling to challenge the undefeated champion in his own home will be complicated, but he assures that he has undergone a great preparation and is brimming with confidence.