Cuevas Preparing For War In Puerto Rico vs. Mexico
Matchup Against Beltran On July 12
WBA #13-rated welterweight Derrieck “Pretty Boy” Cuevas is
training ferociously in preparation to defend his homeland
in a classic “Puerto Rico vs. Mexico” televised 10-round
main event on Friday, July 12.
Cuevas (21-0-1, 14 KOs) of Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, will
defend his WBA Fedelatin Welterweight Championship against
Los Mochis, Mexico’s Jesus Alberto “Barretero” Beltran
(17-2-2, 10 KOs) in the headlining bout of Kris Lawrence and
The Heavyweight Factory’s, in association with All Star
Boxing, “Championship Fight Series” at Hard Rock Event
Center at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood.
Championship Fight Series’ featured bouts will be televised
live on the most popular boxing series on Hispanic
television Boxeo Telemundo (11:35 p.m. EST).
“He’s a tough Mexican, and when Mexico meets Puerto Rico,
both guys give a lot more to represent their people back
home,” said Cuevas. “If you look at his record, he’s only
lost once since his third fight and that was close. He’s
also beaten some decent opponents, but I know there’s no way
I’m losing this fight. My people would never let me forget
if I did. I’ve got too many skills for him. I train harder
than him. I have more talent than him, and I have more
Cuevas, 24, says he’s learned a lot since signing with The
Heavyweight Factory and moving his base of fighting
operations to the United States last year— a move that has
helped him defeat former top contenders Breidis Prescott, Ed
Paredes and Albert Mensah in succession.
“I learned that not every fighter is going to sleep the
first time I hit them,” said Cuevas. “It’s difficult to get
the stoppage against a fighter who has been a top contender
who wants to survive. A lot of these guys have switched to
survival mode once they felt my power. With that said, my
promoters have been matching me against tougher guys to get
me some rounds of experience, and I’ve learned a lot.”
Cuevas says the longstanding boxing rivalry between Puerto
Rico and Mexico has him training at peak intensity back
“I’m training in Puerto Rico for this one,” said Cuevas.
“There are so many great fighters on my beautiful island and
so many different styles to learn from. Training has been
amazing. I’m in the best shape of my life. Growing up, these
kinds of fights would bring the whole country in front of
the TV. You don’t lose when national pride is on the line.
I’m not really doing anything differently. I’m just doing a
lot more of it. So many people are going to see this fight
and watch me defend Puerto Rico. I’m doing more than I’ve
ever done to make sure everyone remembers what they see that
Six more exciting bouts are being scheduled. On fight night,
the Hard Rock Event Center doors open at 6 p.m., and the
action starts at 7 p.m. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood is located at 1 Seminole Way in Hollywood, Fla.