The hottest smaller-weight boxer in the world, WBC super flyweight champion Cristian Mijares, headlines the July 13th "The Gladiators" pay-per-view event live from the Gomez Palacio in Durango, Mexico.
Mijares (31-3-2, 12 KOs) captured the WBC Interim title last September by 12-round split decision (114-113, 114-113, 113-114) against Katsushige Kawashima (30-4) in Japan.
The crafty southpaw successfully defended his WBC Interim belt last November in Mexico, winning a 12-round unanimous decision (118-109, 117-110, 116-111) versus Reynaldo Lopez (28-3-2), and won his rematch for the WBC outright championship in January when he stopped Kawashima (30-5) in the 10th round.
On the largest stage of his career this past April, fighting colorful Jorge Arce (46-3-1) on HBO, Mijares came of age with an impressive, one-sided victory by unanimous 12-round decision (119-109, 118-110, 117-11) in San Antonio.
Mijares defends his WBC crown in the 12-round main event against No. 15 rated Teppei "Tippy" Kukai (21-5, 4 KOs), former Japanese super flyweight title-holder, on July 13 in Cristian's home country.
"The Gladiators," featuring three championships bouts from Mexico, will be broadcast live (10 PM/ET) and distributed for pay-per-view by Integrated Sports on the DISH Network, the leading PPV provider of Latin sports in the United States, for a suggested retail price of only $19.95. SIVOO owns exclusive worldwide rights to broadband content distribution.
WBC ranked No. 5 Eric Rameriz (20-4-1, 15 KOs) faces No. 4 rated Lorenzo "Explosivo" Trejo (29-15, 16 KOs) in a battle of Mexican warriors in a 12-round WBC minimum weight elimination bout.
In the other championship match on PPV, WBC No.8 rated featherweight Gamaliel "Platano" Diaz (21-6-2, 9 KOs), of Mexico, meets No. 11 ranked Naoki Matsuda (27-7-3, 10 KOs), of Japan, in a WBC title eliminator. Diaz is the former NABF and WBC FECARBOX 126-pound champion, while Matsuda is riding a 13-fight win streak.
"Integrated Sports is proud to partner with SIVOO to bring the hottest Latino boxer, Cristian Mijares, to boxing fans watching on the DISH Network, which has become a favorite for Latino sports fans," Integrated Sports president Doug Jacobs said.
"The Latin sports market is exploding and these passionate fans show tremendous support for their boxers. Integrated Sports is going to be busy during the July 14-15 weekend, distributing this fight from Mexico and another show the following night from Ireland, featuring unbeaten middleweight sensation John Duddy."