Los Angeles, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – PRNewswire)–January 16, 2008–Azteca América announced today the premiere of Retador Azteca (Azteca Challenger) Presented by Budweiser, on Sunday, January 20th at 8 PM/7 C. The new boxing reality show pits eight Mexican contenders against eight Americans in a duel of honor leading up to the final bout at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Retador Azteca Presented by Budweiser will air nationally Sundays at 8 PM/7 C and will be hosted by native Mexican and two-time WBC Super Flyweight Champion, Jorge “El Travieso” Arce, one of the most recognized names in boxing.
The producers of Retador Azteca Presented by Budweiser searched near and far for the best undiscovered boxing talent in Mexico City and across the U.S., including Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Miami and San Juan (Puerto Rico). Separated from their families for eighteen weeks, the boxers live in “reality houses,” with the Mexican team in Puebla and the Americans in Las Vegas. The show takes an inside look at each contender’s personal story and what motivates him to fight for victory– overcoming a life of poverty, a promise to a deceased parent, a better education for his children.
The unique twist in this series is fun, yet intense, rivalry between the Mexican and U.S. boxers as they compete simultaneously in each country. For die-hard fight fans this equals action times two — double the suspense, the punches, the sweat and the tears. In the final bout airing Sunday, May 18, 2008, the finalist from each country will face-off, glove-to-glove at the world-famous Caesars Palace to battle for the grand prize of $50,000 and a leg-up in the fiercely competitive boxing industry. The second place will win a prize of $10,000.
“We are delighted to debut Retador Azteca Presented by Budweiser, a show that will offer our viewers all the excitement and passion that Latinos feel for boxing,” said Harry Abraham, Vice President of Programming and Production for Azteca América. “Our network is delivering top-of-the-line programming conceptualized and made by U.S. Latino producers specifically for U.S. Spanish-language media audiences.”
Boxers will be pushed beyond their physical limits by Jorge “El Travieso” Arce and his team of trainers, while counselors will work to keep them mentally and psychologically focused. At the end of each episode, viewers will be able to vote for their favorite “Retador” online or via text message. A true test of speed, endurance and mental fortitude, Retador Azteca Presented by Budweiser, is sure to keep viewers ringside.
Retador Azteca Presented by Budweiser is a co-production of Azteca América and Mapitv Entertainment Group. Mapi Montero is the owner of Mapitv Entertainment Group and the creator, executive producer and director of the show. A native of Chile, she has the distinction of being the only woman in the U.S. who is a licensed boxing promoter.
Check the page: http://www.retadorazteca.com
About Azteca América
Azteca América is the alternative choice in broadcast television for Spanish speaking families residing in the United States. As the fastest-growing Hispanic network, Azteca América now reaches 89% of the Hispanic households in the U.S., operating in sixty one markets nationwide. Wholly owned by Mexican broadcaster TV Azteca, S.A. de C.V, Azteca América has access to the best programming from TV Azteca’s three national networks including a library with over 200,000 hours of original programming and news from local bureaus in 32 Mexican states. The network complements Mexican programming with an innovative line-up of shows from international producers and distributors to ensure the finest programming to Spanish speaking viewers and unique advertising solutions to partners seeking to reach the most dynamic market in the country.
RETADORES IN THE U.S (Feather Weight)
— Adam Gonzalez, 29, is a native of Long Beach, Los Angeles, California. He is married and is the father of a 16-month old baby. He started boxing when he was 13. His family is from Mexico. His dream is to become a World Champion.
— Ángel Torres, 23, is a New York native. He started boxing when he was 15. He was separated from his parents at a young age but was reunited with them a few years ago and works hard everyday to provide a better life for them.
— Brian Ramírez, 21, was born in Los Angeles. He grew up watching boxing on TV and became motivated to train. His family is from Mexico.
— Eleazar Rentería, 22, was born in Houston, Texas. He was attracted to boxing since he was 5 years-old and decided to make this sport the center of his life.
— Isaac Suárez, 20, is a native of San Juan Puerto Rico. He grew up fighting on the streets and learned from his uncle who was a professional boxer.
— Johnny Narváez, 21, was born in Miami, Florida. His father is his inspiration and the reason Johnny pursues a boxing career.
— José Hernández, 25, was born in Cuernavaca, Morelos (Mexico), but moved to the U.S. when he was 5. Hernández currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, is married and is expecting his first child.
— Miguel Álbares, 27, is a native of Idaho but currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He came to Los Angeles to audition and secure a spot on the show. His father is a boxing trainer.
RETADORES IN MEXICO (Feather Weight)
— Aramís Solís, 21 is a native of Guerrero, Mexico. He’s been boxing since he was 7 years-old.
— Félix Esteban, 22, lives in Puebla, Mexico. He divides his time between boxing and attending college.
— Yonathan Calderón, 21, was born in Mexico City. His family holds a long boxing tradition.
— Daniel Castro, 20, a native of Mexico City. His father was a boxer and motivated him to become involved with this sport.
— Luis Soto, 22, was born in Mexico City. His grandfather raised him and is his biggest inspiration.
— Juan Antonio Rodríguez, 19, was born in Puebla, Mexico. Soto’s passion is boxing.
— Eduardo Becerril, 23, is a native of Mexico City. He remembers watching boxing on TV since an early age and wanting to become a boxer.
— Alejandro Salazar, 26, was born in Mexico City. He has been fighting since he was 13.