CAYO LOOKING TO GET CAREER BACK ON TRACK THIS WEEKEND
Press Release: Dominican junior weltwerweight Victor "Mermelada" Cayo (31-3, 22 KOs) knows the dire consequences on his boxing career another loss will have and is training like his future depends on it. The 28-year-old Cayo stumbled badly of late, losing by KO to Lamont Peterson in July 2011 and then dropping a TKO to shopworn former champion Nate Campbell in March 2012.
Since then, Cayo has righted the ship somewhat with four straight victories over lesser-known opposition.
Cayo is in the final stretch of his preparations to meet once-beaten Emmanuel "The Tranzforma" Taylor (16-1, 11 KOs) on Friday, March 8, 2013, in the ten-round main event at the Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Cayo vs. Taylor will be televised live on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights along with the night's ten-round heavyweight bout between Russia's Magomed "Mago" Abdusalamov (16-0, 16 KOs) against former Puerto Rican Olympian Victor Bisbal (21-1, 15 KOs).
Taylor represents Cayo's first real test at a higher level since the double disasters.
"I know what's at stake," said Cayo through an interpreter. "I have to beat this guy and look good if I'm going to fight for a world title. I have trained like everything I worked for is on the line in this fight and in many ways it is."
Cayo, who started boxing at the age of 11, has spent his entire adult life dreaming of one day wearing a championship belt.
"I have worked my whole life for a shot at a title. I have been very close a couple times and things went wrong. I cannot let Taylor take away my chance for another try. Every fight I fight from now on, I will treat as though it is my world championship fight because if I lose I may never get one. I'm not coming to Atlantic City to do anything but show the world Victor Cayo is one of the world's best."
Headlining the undercard will be Virgin Islands-based "The Hawk Flock", the sons and nephew of former world champion Julian "The Hawk" Jackson.
John "Dah Rock" Jackson (14-1, 13 KOs), super middleweight contender Julius "The Chef" Jackson (14-0, 10 KOs) and junior middleweight contender Samuel "Rock City Cobra" Rogers (12-0, 7 KOs) will each make appearances.
Also scheduled to appear in separate bouts are local favorites such as Millville, New Jersey, light middleweight Thomas "Cornflake" Lamanna (10-0, 6 KOs), Brooklyn lightweight Scott "Bang Bang" Burrell (6-1, 5 KOs) and a special showcase featuring the son of former heavyweight champion Bruce Seldon, undefeated super middleweight Isiah Seldon (6-0, 3 KOs).
The event is promoted by Sampson Boxing. The main event is presented in association with Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing.
Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster.com, by calling 800-745-3000, or at the Resorts Casino Hotel box office on fight night.