As the boxing world awaits what could possible be the fight of the year between Miguel Cotto and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Boxing fans should expect an action packed weekend starting Friday night November 20th, as Golden Boy kicks off the fight weekend at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
The action packed weekend of boxing begins with undefeated and Southern California fan-favorite Diego De La Hoya, 12-0, 7 KO’s of Mexicali, Mexico as he meets fellow countryman Giovanni “Lloviznas” Delgado, 15-3, 9 KO’s of Mexico City, Mexico in what is sure to be an explosive eight-round super bantamweight main event. The main event and dual co-main events will air live nationally on Estrella TV’s Boxeo Estelar. Friday night’s lineup will also feature a classic Puerto Rico vs. Mexico battle in the co-main event, when Caguas, Puerto Rico’s John Karl Sosa, 13-0, 6 KO’s takes on Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico’s Alan Sanchez,16-3-1, 8 KO’s in an eight round welterweight fight which will serve as a prelude to the November 21st Miguel Cotto vs. Canelo Alvarez mega-fight at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
De La Hoya vs. Delgado and Sosa vs. Sanchez join an impressive card that features a classic televised opening bout between Mexican brawlers Horacio “Violento” Garcia 29-1-0, 21 KO’s vs. Raul “Bule” Hidalgo, 24-13, 18 KO’s, in an eight-round featherweight televised bout. Opening the night and The RingTV Live Stream, Francisco Esparza,1-0 of Las Vegas and of Fernando Vargas’ Feroz Fight Factory, will face Miguel Angel Aranda of Hawthorne, Calif., who will be making his professional debut in a four-round featherweight bout. Also part of the Ring TV Live stream, Is East LA’s Roy “Pit Bull” Tapia,11-0-2, 6 KO’s as he takes on Erik Ruiz, 14-4, 6 KO’s in an eight-round super bantamweight bout. That same night Jason “El Animal” Quigley, 8-0, 8 KO’s from Donegal, Ireland will participate in a 6 round fight with an opponent TBA.
As if this isn’t enough for fight fans Friday night also showcases Super middleweight contender Gilberto Ramirez headlining a truTV-televised card from The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Ramirez, 32-0, 24 KO’s will face Gevorg Khatchikian, 23-1, 10 KO’s of the Netherlands in a 10-round fight. Also on the card Saul “Kid Dynamite” Rodriguez, 18-0-1, 13 KO’s of Riverside, CA vs. Ivan “Bam Bam” Najera 16-1, 8 KO’s of San Antonio in a 10-round lightweight scrap.
Then Saturday night Roc Nation and Golden Boy Promotions brings an action packed PPV. The televised undercard for the showdown between Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez is topped by Takashi Miura, 29-2-2, 22 KO’s of Tokyo, Japan, defending his Super Featherweight title for the fifth time, against Mexico City, Mexico’s unbeaten Francisco Vargas, 22-0-1, 16 KOs. Hailing from the same city as headliner Miguel Cotto, undefeated Jayson Velez, 23-0-1, 16 KO’s of Caguas, Puerto Rico, will face Santa Ana, California’s Ronny Rios, 24-1, 10 KO’s in a highly anticipated 10-round featherweight bout. Making the first defense of his IBF Bantamweight World Title, Randy “El Matador” Caballero, 22-0, 13 KO’s will headline the preliminary undercard as he faces off against England’s, Lee “Playboy” Haskins, 32-3, 14 KO’s. Also on the preliminary undercard is young Golden Boy prospect Hector Tanajara Jr. 3-0, 2 KO’s in a 4 round fight against an opponent TBA.
Fight fans should expect some really good fights as Golden Boy, Roc Nation and Top Rank are making the Canelo Cotto weekend a boxing weekend to remember.