continues for Oliveira
25 for Interim WBC Latino title in Sao Paulo
SAO PAULO, Brazil
(Mar. 16, 2011) Unbeaten Michael
The Brazilian Rocky Oliveira
continues his mission to popularize boxing in his native Brazil, when he fight
at home again March 25, headlining the International Boxing Challenge pro-am
event at Mauro Pinheiro Gymnasium in Sao Paulo.
Oliveira (13-0, 11 KOs), now rated No. 10 by the USBA, takes on undefeated
Argentinean prospect Abel El
Principito Nicolas Adriel (10-0-2,
2 KOs) for the Interim World Boxing
Council Latino Super Middleweight Championship in the 10 round main
Challenge, presented by MO Productions, will air live on TV Globo Network,
SporTV cable, GloboEsporte and TV Globo International. A 4-round pro bout
between a pair of Sao Paulo middleweights, pro-debuting Douglas Ataibe and Valdevan Baiano Pereira (5-4, 4 KOs), is on the card as
well as a pair of amateur matches featuring members of the Brazilian National
Olympic Boxing Team.
Oliveira, the repeat
winner of the Brazilian International Press Award s Athlete of the Year (2009
and 2010), was born in Sao Paulo but he moved two weeks after birth with his
family to Miami. In his Brazilian debut last November in Sao Paulo, Oliveira
stopped rugged Junior Ramos (10-5) in the third round.
The excitement is
the same here but I am more relaxed this time, Oliveira reported from training
camp at Eco Fitness Gym in Sao Paulo, where he s being handled by trainer Paco
Garcia. I ve been here training since February 25. My Brazilian fans will get a
real show from The Brazilian Rocky
Oliveira has the
personal support of Hall of Famer and Brazilian boxing icon, Eder Golden
Bantam Jofre, in terms of reestablishing boxing back to Jofre s days, in
addition to filling the void left when superstar Acelino Popo Freitas retired
It s a very hard
task but I m working on in, Oliveira commented on his challenge to convert
Brazilian sports fans into his. MO Productions signed a two-year contract with
TV Globo and I should be fighting at least three times a year in Brazil. The
plan is for me to fight this June in Rio de Janeiro and September in Brasilia.
Being the Globo TV house fighter brings more responsibilities for me, but it s
also good to know that they are behind me. I love Brazil and Brazilian people.
After all, I was born here, and I m very proud to be embraced by Brazilian
Argentineans are traditional arch-rivals in sports and the 21-year-old Adriel,
who fights out of Pigue, Buenos Aires, Argentina, is a natural foe for Oliveira.
The consummate boxer fought 10 times last year and twice in 2011, the most
recent a first-round knockout of Ceferino Juan Jose Coronel last Friday in
I saw some of his
fights on You Tube, Oliveira added. I will put a lot of pressure on him from
round one to see what he s made of.
All fights and
fighters are subject to change.
TICKETS ARE FREE. Contact Maria Fulfaro
(PR@MichaelOliveira.com) about purchasing VIP tables for
Doors open at 6:30
PM/GMT (5:30 PM/ET), first bout at 7:30 PM/GMT (6:30 PM/ET). Go on line to www.MichaelOliveria.com for additional