Fight fans will notice a different format when Telemundo begins its new year of live boxing telecasts Friday night.
In 2013, Boxeo Telemundo will be aired through a seasonal schedule. Friday’s Telemundo show in Palm Bay will start a stretch of four successive weekly main event fights, called the spring season. A similar four-week run of Friday bouts will be televised in the summer and fall.
Until this year, the Spanish-language network presented monthly shows, primarily from Florida and Mexico.
“We are proud to announce the expansion of B oxeo Telemundo Ford with a unique three-season format that will include a total of 12 fights in 2013,” Jorge Hidalgo, executive vice president of Telemundo Sports, said in a statement.
Miami’s Felix Zabala Jr., whose All-Star Boxing company promotes the Telemundo telecasts, welcomes the new schedule.
“The change doesn’t really affect us, I believe it is positive to have continuity,” Zabala said. “With time and with my staff, we are able to do the job well. From one Friday to the next, you can provide viewers a sense of continuation.”
Following Friday’s show, headlined by a bantamweight bout between Jose Nieves and Danny Flores, Telemundo will also present live boxing March 1 and 8 in Mexico, and March 15 in Kissimmee.
The summer broadcasts are planned for late July and early August, and the fall shows will be aired the final two weeks in October and first two weeks in November.
Dorticos active again
Miami resident and unbeaten cruiserweight prospect Yunier Dorticos will fight in Friday’s card in Palm Bay. A native of Cuba, Dorticos has won his first 13 professional bouts by knockout, but managerial problems have kept him inactive since November 2011.
Dorticos is now represented by a new management team headed by free agent Major League Baseball pitcher Livan Hernandez. Dorticos will face Roman Kracik of the Czech Republic in a scheduled 10-round bout.
A first for Geffrard
Boca Raton resident Steve Geffrard will have his professional debut sooner than expected. Geffrard originally expected his first bout next month but instead will fight Saturday in Detroit.
Geffrard, whose decorated amateur career was highlighted by three national championships in 2010, will face Santos Martinez in a scheduled four-round cruiserweight bout. The fight is part of a card headlined by Cornelius Bundrage’s defense of his International Boxing Federation title against Ishe Smith.
Geffrard was a bit surprised at the early call but eagerly anticipates the bout against Martinez. “I’m always in the gym, so I’m ready,” Geffrard said. “I’ve been putting in a lot of good work in training camp in Houston with [trainer] Ronnie Shields.”
Adrien Broner retained his World Boxing Council lightweight title with a fifth-round technical knockout win over Gavin Rees.
Broner (26-0, 22 KOs) dropped a fading Rees (37-2-1) late in the round, and although Rees beat the 10-count, Broner followed with a flurry of unanswered combinations. Rees’ trainer, Gary Lockett, stepped up on the ring apron, prompting referee Earl Brown to stop the bout at 2:59 of the round.