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Bojorquez ready to fight

Story & photos by Felipe Leon

Tijuana super featherweight Emilio Bojorquez is ready to fight.

Against whom and for what is not much of an issue, the fact that he gets to lace up the gloves and step into a ring is enough for the 21 year old fighter.

This Thursday night, the former two time Mexican national amateur champion will get his chance as he headlines the Bobby D. Presents in association with Jorge Marron Productions' fight card "Summer Showdown" being held at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Kearny Mesa, a short ten minute drive northeast from Downtown San Diego.

"Originally I was told it was going to be for a title, I don't know which one but more than likely a regional or state, but now, that is not the case," Bojorquez stated enthusiastically. "I was preparing myself for twelve rounds but now that is not a title fight, we have scaled down to eight."

When he says "we", he means he and his trainer, Pedrito Moran Jr., who along Bojorquez also trains IBF featherweight champion Cristobal Cruz, top ten ranked Omar Salado, a number of up and coming fighters and his fair share of opponents. With such array of talent in the gym, Bojorquez has no trouble finding sparring partners.

"For this fight, I began sparring with Luis Arceo and then with Juan Carlos Burgos," the father of one said. "They gave me some good rounds and I feel more than ready."

Bojorquez will be facing the most experienced opponent of his 15 professional bout career as he takes on the Nicaraguan Anthony "Maestrito" Martinez (21-31-3, 9KO) in an eight round jr. welterweight bout. The 36-year-old Martinez has shared the ring with former champions Daniel Ponce de Leon and Acelino Freitas as well Jose Miguel Cotto, Ernest Johnson, Luis Ramos and Carlos Molina. In his last appearance in "America's Finest City", Martinez gave Molina a tough fight over six rounds last May which resulted for a loss for the Nicaraguan which added to his eight straight previous ones but showed his grit and experience.

"I don't know anything about him. The only thing I know is that he has fought some tough fighters," Bojorquez continues. "I've heard that he is intelligent in the ring which goes with this experience but I am confident in the preparation that I and my team have done."

With the bout slated for 138.5 lbs., this would be the heaviest Bojorquez has climbed into the ring, a fact that doesn't seem to concern him much except for the fact that he longs to fight back in his weight class.

"I need to go back to 130 lbs., but this fight was made at this weight so I am ready," Bojorquez stated firmly.

With this tough test on the horizon, Bojorquez stresses that he is not focused on his possible reward for a victory on Thursday night but just on the task at hand.

"We have not talked about anything so I don't know what comes next. I am sure that after this fight, we will sit down and discuss what is best for me and my career."

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