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Junior lightweight contender Juan Carlos Burgos of Mexico re-signed Wednesday with co-promoters Artie Pelullo of Banner Promotions and Ken Thompson of Thompson Boxing after being sought after by other promoters.
Pelullo and Thompson made the announcement with Burgos at a media luncheon in Los Angeles.
"We know Juan Carlos Burgos can be the best 130 [pounder] in the world. He is ranked No. 1 in the world by the WBO and he should be challenging for that title in the very near future," Pelullo said. "I'm happy to have been able to work with Burgos thanks to my friendship and association with Ken Thompson and [Thompson Boxing general manager] Alex Camponovo. I know we will continue doing great things together."
Burgos fought to a split draw in a junior lightweight world title fight against titleholder Roman "Rocky" Martinez on Jan. 19 in New York in a fight many believed Burgos should have won.
"Juan Carlos Burgos should be recognized as the best 126-130 pounder out there," Thompson said. "He has done a great job in every facet of his young career and today we will solidify his future and we will make sure he gets what he so eagerly deserves, a belt around his waist. Although he is 25 years old, he is a veteran of the sport as he started his professional career at the age of 16 and we know one day he will be considered as one of the greats. This is a happy day for our company."
In Burgos' only other world title fight, he traveled to Japan in 2010 and challenged then-featherweight titleholder Hozumi Hasegawa and lost a spirited decision in a terrific fight.
Burgos, the nephew of former junior flyweight titlist Victor Burgos, then won five fights in a row against mostly solid competition before the disappointment against Martinez.
"All of them have given me the opportunity to get to a world title [fight on] two occasions and now is my turn to pay them back," Burgos said, speaking about trainer Gerardo Espinoza, manager Roberto Sandoval and his promoters. "I will be a world champion and that day we will have a big celebration because they have been with me during the happy and hard times of my career."