AUSTIN, TX (April 3, 2009) Just one day before his showdown with former lightweight world champion Julio Diaz, Oxnard’s Rolando Reyes expressed a low key confidence about victory on Saturday night in Austin, Texas. The Reyes/Diaz ten round bout is one of the featured televised bouts on “Lightweight Lightning” an outstanding four bout pay-per-view broadcast from the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.

“I was training for a bout a week earlier so I’m well prepared. This is a great opportunity for me to prove myself to the fans that I deserve a world title shot after I beat Diaz” said Reyes. “He’s had his time, now it’s mine.”

Reyes is a on a four bout winning streak, highlighted by a tenth round stoppage of former world champion Stevie Johnston in October 2007. Carrying a record of 30-4-2 (19KO’s), the 30 year old expressed respect towards Diaz but sees the fight as a step towards bigger things.

“Hopefully if I beat Diaz I can move onto a fight with either Juan Manuel Marquez or a fight for one of the vacant titles. I need to prove it in the ring on Saturday night and that’s what I’m prepared to do.”

Reyes is promoted by Chet Koerner’s TKO BOXING Promotions and guided by award winning manager Cameron Dunkin.

Said Koerner, “There was no hesitation on our part. Rolando was training for another fight and when Golden Boy called, we said yes immediately. Boxing is all about taking advantage of an opportunity and we’re very thankful to the Golden Boy team for this one. Rolando intends to make the most of it.”

“Lightweight Lightning,” an unprecedented four-bout pay-per-view card features Edwin Valero vs. Antonio Pitalua in a 12 round bout for the vacant WBC Interim World Lightweight Crown, Julio Diaz vs. Rolando Reyes in a 10 round lightweight bout, Michael Katsidis vs. Jesus Chavez in a 10 round lightweight bout and Carlos Hernandez vs. Vicente Antonio Escobedo in a 10 round bout. The four-bout lightweight extravaganza will take place on Saturday, April 4th at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, TX. The bouts are presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate and Southwest Airlines and will air live on pay-per-view beginning at 9pm ET / 6pm PT with a suggested retail price of $39.95.

Tickets, priced at $200, $100, $75, $50, $35 and $25, are on sale now and may be purchased at the Frank Erwin Center box office, by phone at (512) 477-6060 or 1-800-982-2386 or online at Tickets are also available at Texas Box Office Outlets including select H-E-B stores located in Austin and surrounding areas.

(Photo: Chris Cozzone)

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