Camacho, Cardona talking KO war
Story by David Finger
Photos courtesy of Zeferino Entertainment
It may not have qualified as the most intense press conference ever, but when Hector Camacho Jr. (48-3-1, 27 KO’s) and Israel “Pito” Cardona (36-9, 28 KO’s) met last weekend for a press event for local and international media to hype their upcoming August 29th fight in Cleveland, few insiders left expecting anything less than a war.
There was little question both fighters were firm, despite their polite and respectful demeanors, and confident of victory.
“This is it…I will not lose this fight,” commented Cardona, “I know he has the famous name and a legendary father but Camacho Jr. has not faced the best opposition like me.”
Cardona then added a few sharp jabs against his younger foe.
“He lost to (Omar) Weis? Who (else) beat him? Tsurkan? And I feel he quit when he fought Jessie James Leija. Macho Man is in for a surprise come August 29. I'm not just going to beat him I'm knocking him out!”
Not one who normally is at a lost for words, Camacho responded respectfully, but made it clear how he envisioned the August 29 fight to go.
“Let’s be honest, Cardona is a hell of a fighter,” Camacho stated, “He has fought some great champions like Paul Spadafora, Golden Johnson, and took the belt from Gatti-conqueror Ivan Robinson. But he’s never fought a guy like me. I do it all. I can bang. I can box and for this fight I promise my fans, and my Puerto Rican fans, I will be 100% for this fight.”
Camacho also thanked his new promotional and managerial team for his recent progress.
“Soon I will be the welterweight champion of the world. My new team behind me is genuine, Zeferino (Ramirez) and Ronnie (Johnson) and my manager Teddy, there is no stopping me. The only obstacle in my way is Cardona, and I'm glad he’s training his ass off because I want no excuses when I give him a beating and take the green belt home.”
When asked who he had in his crosshairs should he get past Cardona Camacho replied quickly “Zab Judah!”
Rounding off the press conference was co-promoter and co-main event fighter Ronald Johnson, who is challenging current WBC USNBC Champion Bill Bailey.
"This is my time," commented Johnson, “and no one is going to deprive me of it. I'm already at fight weight and hungry to become the WBC champion and start dominating my division. This is a start of my quest toward the world title.”
Also at the press conference was undercard fighter Cortez Bey (8-1, 5 KO’s), who Challenged the only fighter to ever beat him, one Henry White Jr. Although Ramierez was eager to make the fight, White was forced to decline, citing a hand injury. Bey is slated to fight Willie Nixon of Cleveland, Ohio instead.
The venue for this event will be at the Wolstein Center in downtown Cleveland, Ohio . The event will be on live on Pay-Per-View. This event is promoted by Zeferino Entertainment and AD&CO Events LLC, in association with Bey Brothers Promotions. The fight will also be sponsored by www.fmsnevada.com, FMS, LLC and “Put Down The Guns And Pick Up The Gloves” (a foundation formed by Ronald Johnson and Ramirez, to give kids an alternative to gang violence). Tickets for this event available at Ticket Master, or can be purchased at the Wolstein Center Arena Box Office (at 1-800-745-3000).