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Azteca TV Hosts Boxing Reality Show

Vida en el Valle, News Report, Staff Posted: Oct 13, 2009

Jos Suliamn, president of the Mexican-based World Boxing Council, hopes the new reality show 'Campen Azteca' will provide a glimpse of Mexico's next generation of contenders.

Speaking by telephone from Mexico City, Suliamn promoted the new show and shared his views about the sport and of today's challenges for many young boxers.

'Campen Azteca,' airing on Televisa and Azteca Amrica, features eight featherweight and eight lightweight boxers. The winners will have the opportunity to face a WBC world champion, perhaps even light flyweight Edgar Sosa, who has successfully defended the title 10 times, the most-recent (Sept. 15) against Puerto Rican Omar Soto.

Sosa is a perfect example of what Suliamn hopes to see in the future. During his victory, Soto was hailed with chants of ' Mxico! Mxico!' after a domineering fifth-round performance at the Auditorio Siglo XXI in Puebla, Mexico.

"We have chosen the best prospects nationally from all of Mexico to take part in this tournament," said Suliamn. "This is a tournament of boxers that will feature the best from both of these weight classes."
In a reality show format, producers will also focus on the fighter's personal lives and the challenges associated with the sport.

In the fighter's corner are padrinos (godfathers), legends of the sport available to assist the competitors with advice throughout the challenge.

Jorge 'El Travieso' Arce, a super flyweight from Los Mochis, Sinaloa, is one of the padrinos and a former reality show contestant. He took part in a nationally televised dance contest that turned out to be center stage for his outrageous antics.

But why a reality show about boxing?

"It is the show of the sangre mexicana, the mark of the aggressive Mexican boxer that can lead to another one of the greats in the sport," added Suliamn, who has been with the WBC for 16 years.

And one of Suliamn's choices as Mexico's flagship: Julio Csar Chvez, no, not Juan Manuel Mrquez, who recently lost to Floyd Mayweather, Jr..

"Without a doubt, it's Julio Csar Chvez," boasts Suliamn.

He admits Mrquez is a proud Mexican ambassador for the sport, but that Chvez remains his top choice.

Mexican-American fighters often flock to Mexico City to work out in the famous boxing gyms, where legendary trainer Ignacio 'Nacho' Berenstein has trained the likes of Mrquez and scar De La Hoya.
To prepare for his bout against Australia's Michael Katsidis, Woodland's Vicente Escobedo traveled to Mxico to receive direction from Berenstein.

Manuel Quezada of Woodlake recently broke into the WBC's top 10. For numerous years, Quezada's challenges fell on deaf ears.

Suliamn admits with Quezada's success in the ring, comes the bigger payouts, but getting there is a huge amount of pressure. He also said that Quezada is the kind of fighter that can do well competing in Mxico.

"There is a big difference between the two countries; Mexican boxers are more aggressive," added Suliamn. "And that's why they come to train here."

Two bouts are presented each Friday and some are re-broadcast on Sunday on Azteca Amrica. According to Suliamn, if the show remains popular, it could become an annual series.

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