Solo Boxeo

From BoxRec
Revision as of 18:05, 9 January 2009 by Super Human Power (Talk | contribs)

Jump to: navigation, search

Solo Boxeo ("Just Boxing") was a weekly television series that aired on the Spanish-language Univision and Telefutura networks from August 2000 to December 2008. During the last two years of its run, the show as a whole was 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 was devoted to the broadcast of live fight cards featuring Hispanic boxers, most frequently those promoted by Top Rank Incorporated and, in the show's final years, Golden Boy Promotions. Top Rank was a key supplier of fights for the show for the length of its run.

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, where it remained until its cancellation.

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 were 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 was canceled in December 2008. According to reports at the time, the show was still quite popular, but Univision considered the cost of continuing the series prohibitively high. [1]

External Links

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