Late Breaking

PRODUCER VICTOR BAGUE: SOLO BOXEO ANNOUNCERS RICARDO CELIS, BERNARDO OSUNA “A BIG PART OF OUR SUCCESS”

Victor Bague of Miami has been the producer of the Solo Boxeo telecasts for the entire eight-season run. He will be directing the final telecast on Friday night on a Top Rank show in Denver headlined by Mike Alvarado vs. Miguel Angel Huerta.

Here is how Victor sizes up the eight-year run of the weekly telecast:

“It is a great privilege for me to be working on Solo Boxeo. This has given me the opportunity to really learn the difficult busines that is boxing. Starting from the boxers who put their lives on the line with the desire to please the fans with action and to taste the flavor of victory.

“We want to thank great boxers who stepped into the ring and fought with credibility and prestige. Boxers like Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito, Kelly Pavlik, Fernando Vargas, Juan Manuel Marquez, Rafael Marquez, Jesus Chavez, etc and former World Champions like Jorge “Maromero” Paez and Yory Boy Campas.

“The blessing to work with professional announcers like Ricardo Celis and Bernardo Osuna. They are awesome and are big part of our success because they have taken boxing broadcasting to another level. They can be serious when needed and be more informal and entertain we when we need that.

“Ricardo and Bernardo prepare like no others with all the details on the boxers bios and info. I want to thank all the boxers. I want to thank all the people who also did color commentary for us when one of our regular talent could not be there. Former world champions Wilfredo Vazquez, Genaro “Chicanito” Hernandez, Jorge “Maromero” Paez, Ahmed Santos and Jose Luis Castillo who did color commentary when his brother fought in a World Title Eliminators in Chicago when Ricardo Celis did not make it because of a snowstorm.

“To all thanks, particuarly to all of our technical crews who were a part of long hours to put together these shows. But a special thanks to all Solo Boxeo fans who week by week sat down to watch and always expected the best from us. Thanks for such great loyalty to Solo Boxeo.

“It is not easy to be on the road every week with less hours of sleep and travel but everytime to return safe to home with always in mind to do better the following week.

“Also I want to mention 2 who are not with us and were part of our staff — director Jorge Ortega and Sound Mixer Engineer Devin Foutz….Thanks to have the opportunity to bring the Power of Solo Boxeo to their homes…

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Solo Boxeo Notes from Victor Bague:

Solo Boxeo numbers: total of shows 410 (60 on Univision and 350 TeleFutura)…International shows in Mexico and Puerto Rico….First World Title Fight: Mako Leyva vs. Daniel Reyes in New York April 2001…The exciting round of Manuel Gomez vs. Jeffrey Hill in August 2003…The historic fight between Tomas Villa vs. Rogers Mtagwa in Nov 2008

Most adrenaline fight Feb 2004 Wilfredo Negron vs. Henry Bruseles…Controversial fight Jorge Paez vs. Silverio Ortiz in San Jose CA Feb 2003…On Thanksgiving weekend we know that weekend is for the upsets. Sanchez III vs. Mendez on Nov 2002, In 2003 Eric Regan lost to Pedro Ortega II, Luevano loss vs. Honorio in 2005…David Banks takes out the perfect record of Elvin Ayala on 2006…close to upsets Guardia close to beat Aguirre on 2005…Luciano Perez lost a close decision against Carlos Baldomir…

By the way I spent 7 Thanksgiving Days on the road…thanks…VICTOR