And now it’s CONCEPCION vs. HERIBERTO RUIZ.
Just like I said yesterday in my blog, Philboxing confirms it (though boxrec doesn’t have it in their schedules yet) that Concepcion will now be facing Heriberto Ruiz in the guy’s hometurf in Mexico, here’s the Philboxing article.
Now, who is this Heriberto Ruiz? He was a former Mexican flyweight champ, who’s currently campaigning in the bantamweight division. He suffered his first KO loss in an IBF bantamweight title match against Rafael Marquez, hasn’t held any belt outside Mexico because he apparently chokes during title fights as his three attempts at a title shot (including an IBF bantam title eliminator) ended up in losses – two of which was by KO.
Ruiz now goes up one division higher hoping to get his first international belt. Let me be the first to tell you, HE ISN’T GOING TO GET HIS FIRST TITLE. Most of his wins were against upstarts with single digit win records and even if Ruiz is in his hometurf, I don’t think he can fashion out a win against Concepcion. This is Arum’s way of drumming up the Marquez-Pacquiao rematch – by adding fuel to the Fil-Mex rivalry. This would be a good work-out for Abe though, and he could actually try to out-do Rafa Marquez by knocking out this guy within three rounds.
Bernabe Concepcion vs. Heriberto Ruiz will apparently be part of a triple-header match on February 9, 2008 at Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico. The event will feature Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Jose Celaya (since JCJR’s fight with Alfonso Gomez didn’t push through) and the highly anticipated Jorge Arce vs. Martin Castillo bout, which is still not final, though the WBC in its Manila convention did confirm it as the final elimination bout in the super flyweight division. Let’s just hope no other fighter chickens out.