Daniel Ponce De Leon & Frank
Espinoza Team Up
By Carlos Cordoba
Photo: Team Espinoza
Former WBO Super
Bantamweight champion Daniel Ponce De Leon made a big
announcement today. He signed a management deal with
world renowned manager Frank Espinoza who was named the
2007 Manager of The Year by The World Boxing Hall of
On the new partnership Espinoza was brimming, " I truly
believe Ponce had plenty of upside. He has plenty of
boxing left in him and it is not out of the question to
expect to see him win another World title!"
Daniel Ponce De Leon now joins a very distinguished
group of pugilist who are managed by Espinoza. He
contends that Espinoza can lead him in the same
direction that he led former world champs Israel
Vasquez, and Yohnny Perez and current IBF Bantamweight
champion Abner Mares. Orange County products Luis Ramos
Jr. and Ronny Rios also signed with Espinoza Boxing.
The Ciudad Cuauhtemoc, Chihuahua, Mexico native still
remains a contender that is held in high regards despite
having dropped his last two bouts to Adrien Broner and
Yoriorkis Gamboa. We here at Pound-4-Pound had the
opportunity to speak to Daniel Ponce De Leon tonight.
Here is what he said about this new chapter of his
professional boxing career.
How do you feel about signing with Espinoza Boxing?
I feel good. I was alone for three years after my
contract with Yoel De La Hoya ran its course. I feel he
(Frank Espinoza) really knows this business. He
currently has some really good unbeaten fighters in his
camp and also some promising prospects along with a
world champ. I feel that he is the ideal person to
manage my career moving forward.
How did this all come about?
I’ve known him for a very long time, since I began my
career. I had the opportunity to chat with him after my
last fight. One of those opportunities came at the “Canelo,”
fight this past September. We had couple of meetings
after that fight and decided it would be good to work
He really knows what he is talking about and knows how
to work his way through this business.
What are your future plans?
I am 31 years old, I think my career can last another
five or six years if I continue to take care of myself
that way I have been. I love this sport and I will
continue to fight as long as I can. I love to get in the
gym and train.
My team and I are looking to fight on January 21st in
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. I will have to talk to Frank
Espinoza and my promoter Golden Boy Promotions about who
I will be matched up against. But, those are the plans.
I want to fight two to three fights within the next year
or so, then move up and challenge for a world title. I
know I can do it.