Junior flyweight world champion Ivan Calderon and Filipino challenger Rodel Mayol clashed on the June 13 undercard of Cotto-Clottey at Madison Square Garden, with a technical draw declared after the fight was stopped due to a Calderon cut. On September 12, the two will meet again, and this time U.S. audiences will get a chance to see the action. Integrated Sports will offer the show on pay-per-view for a suggested price of $29.95.
At a press conference in Calderon's native Puerto Rico, the champion said, "I made many mistakes in the other fight when I wanted to impress the fans there and watching on television, but this time I'm going to do my job. My boxing style is to hit and not get hit."
Calderon (32-0-1, 6 KO) lost his unblemished record in the draw with Mayol, and while he remains one of the best "pure boxers" in the game today (arguably still the best), there is no question his age (he's 34) and tendency to cut is starting to catch up with him. A look at his last few fights says that and maybe more.
Mayol (25-3-1, 19 KO) is a good puncher and always a game opponent. Past the Calderon draw, he's lost his biggest fights, but he's a legitimate threat to dethrone Calderon at this point. Mayol is confident he can beat Calderon this time around: "I am training very hard for this fight because I want the title and I know that I will win the title on September 12."
On the undercard, 130-pound titlist Roman Martinez (22-0-1, 13 KO) will defend against Vicente Martin Rodriguez (25-2-1, 13 KO), a replacement for Michael Lozada.