World Class Boxing: Making History in Cancun

Fumiko Nobuoka

Box in Cancun

Box in CancunFor the first time in history, Mexico will play host to a one of a kind boxing event in the Caribbean city of Cancun and once again, Don King has played a major role to bring world class boxing to this country. The World Boxing Council proudly presents the WBC Heavyweight World Championship bout between heavyweight defending champion, Oleg Maskayev from Kazakhstan and interim champion and ex-Olympian, Samuel Peter "The Nigerian Nightmare" from Akwa Ibom, Nigeria, set to take place in the Plaza de Toros of Cancun on Saturday, March 8, 2008 at 6pm.

Box in CancunThis particular fight was to take place in New York's Madison Square Garden in October 2007 but was canceled due to a back injury that Maskayev suffered the month before the fight, causing, by default, the win of Peter. The bout in Cancun will determine who will be the official World Heavyweight Champion.

Box in CancunThis fight will be televised by major networks such as HBO and ESPN (among other European networks) and will accompanied by several very attractive bouts between WBA Lightweight Champion, 24-year-old Juan "Baby Bull" Diaz, American-born with Mexican blood from Austin, Texas and Nate "the Galaxxy Warrior" Campbell (who will be 36 the day before the fight) from Jacksonville, Florida.

"Baby Bull" Diaz turned pro in 2000 and was 105-5 as an amateur and his present record is 33-0, 17 KOs. He is presently the undefeated World Boxing Federation, International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Organization Lightweight Champion. "The Galaxxy Warrior" Campbell had turned pro in 2000 as well, winning his first 23 fights and is presently at the top of the IBF's champion ranking, 31-5-1, 25 KOs.

Box in CancunThe opening bout is between world champs 30-year-old International Boxing Federation Super-Welterweight Champion Cory Spinks (and son of the former heavyweight champion of the world, Leon Spinks, the very same man who defeated Muhammed Ali in 1978 for the World Heavyweight title) from St. Louis, Missouri against super welterweight Belizean, Verno Phillips.

Two matches have also been added to the event including former two-time WBA heavyweight champion and Chelsea, Massachusettes native John ''The Quietman'' Ruiz (42-7-1, 29 KOs), going head to head against New Yorker Jameel ''Big Time'' McCline (38-8-3, 23 KOs). Former two-time WBC lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo (56-8-1, 48 KOs), from Mexicali, Mexico will take on the undefeated Timothy ''Desert Storm'' Bradley (21-0, 11 KOs), from Palm Springs, California.

Box in CancunThe prices for the tickets are as follows:

  • Zona Dorada: $2,000 USD
  • Ring Side A: $1,000 USD
  • Ring Side B: $500 USD
  • Ring Side C: $300 USD
  • Ring Side D: $150 USD
  • Barrera A: $100 USD
  • Barrera B: $70 USD
  • Barrera C: $50 USD
  • General: $10 USD

Tickets are sold in Ticketmaster (, the Plaza de Toros ticket window in Cancun or in Best Day Travel (the same company which also happens to be official sponsor of this fantastic event, is located on Blvd. Kukulcan Km 4.5, near the Nichupte Bridge and the Teatro de Cancun, right in front of the Barcelo Costa Cancun Hotel).

Don't miss out on this high profile event that will make history in Cancun!