Solo Boxeo

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Solo Boxeo ("Just Boxing") is a weekly television series that has aired on both the Spanish-language Univision and Telefutura networks. From 2007 onward, the show as a whole has been sponsored by Cerveza Tecate and formally known as Solo Boxeo Tecate. (Prior to this, the show was sponsored by the Miller Brewing Company and called Solo Boxeo de Miller, or "Miller's Solo Boxeo.")

The series is devoted to the broadcast of live fight cards featuring Hispanic boxers, most frequently those promoted by Top Rank Incorporated and, in recent years, Golden Boy Promotions. Top Rank was a key supplier of fights for the show for many years, but Golden Boy is at present the exclusive promoter of Solo Boxeo-aired cards.

Solo Boxeo debuted in August 2000 on Telefutura's parent network, Univision, and originally ran only for one hour. When the Telefutura network first went on the air in January 2002, the series was expanded to a two-hour format and transferred from Univision to Telefutura.

From 2000 to 2008, the primary commentators and hosts of the show were Ricardo Celis and Bernardo Osuna. Former 140-pound contender Ahmed Santos also frequently appeared as a commentator and interviewer. Lupe Contreras served as ring announcer.

Notable bouts that have been broadcast on the show include the 2003 WBC lightweight title fight between Jesus Chavez and Sirimongkol Singwancha, in which Chavez captured his first world title, the 2004 WBA super flyweight title bout between Martin Castillo and Alexander Munoz, in which Munoz, fighting for the first time in North America, was handed his first defeat, and the January 2006 encounter between Antonio Escalante and Jose Andres Hernandez, considered by some to be among the best bouts fought that year.

Solo Boxeo went off the air December 2008. According to contemporary reports, the show was still quite popular, but Univision considered the cost of continuing the series at that time prohibitively high. [1] On March 15, 2010, Telefutura and Golden Boy Promotions announced that Solo Boxeo would return to the air on April 30, 2010. [2]

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Recollections of the series by producer Victor Bague, Top Rank matchmaker Bruce Trampler and ring announcer Lupe Contreras