Late Breaking

RING ANNOUNCER LUPE CONTRERAS ‘PROUD OF SOLO BOXEO’

Ring announcer Lupe Contreras will soon be off to Denver for the final Solo Boxeo Tecate boxing broadcast on Friday night. Contreras, who lives in Houston, years ago won a fan contest to become Solo Boxeo’s primary ring announcer.

“I am very proud of Solo Boxeo. It’s been a launching ground for so many big names in the sport today. Cotto, Margarito, the Marquez brothers,
Pavlik, Juanma Lopez and many more,” said Contreras. “It provided a platform for many fighters who would have never been exposed to the boxing public.

“Personally, it has been a dream come true for me. It literally gave me the opportunity as a fan, to be a part of the sport. I coincidentally saw a commercial promoting the fact that Top Rank & Univision were looking for the next voice of boxing. I sent in a CD and a headshot. I was chosen along with 9 others to audition live on Univision and I eventually was picked as the winner.

“I began to work exclusively for Top Rank, but soon after other promoters began to call. Since then I’ve had the chance to announce on virtually every network that broadcasts boxing. My goal as a kid was to one day just see a world title fight in Vegas. I never dreamed I would be standing in the middle of the ring announcing world title bouts.

“I get a huge thrill from talking to our viewers who tell us how much the Solo Boxeo has meant to them. It was how they wrapped up a grueling work week. Our Solo Boxeo fans are construction workers, mechanics, salt of the earth types and their kind words make the thousands of miles flown worth all worth the effort. They, along with the fighters, are the engine that has powered this show for nearly a decade.”

Contreras’ final call for the Friday night telecast will be to introduce the main event fighters, Mike Alvarado and Miguel Angel Huerta.

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Top Rank’s team in Denver for the final Solo Boxeo telecast will include chief matchmaker Bruce Trampler.