Roy Jones Jr. to host back-to-back events in Mexico next month
Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions announced back-to-back shows on Thursday and Friday October 14 and 15, featuring some of the best Mexican fighters in various weight classes, at the Auditorio Benito Juarez in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico.
Presented by Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions, in association with De La O Promotions, Kochul Pro and World Cup Boxing Series, both shows will be broadcast live and exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS, the premier digital subscription service at world for combat sports, starting at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT. To register for the UFC FIGHT PASS, please visit www.ufcfightpass.com.
âIn July, RJJ Boxing had to cancel their very first show, due to COVID-19,â said RJJ Boxing veteran matchmaker Guy Taylor. âWe decided to come back one after the other to give back to the fans who bought tickets for the July show. They’ve been very supportive of RJJ Boxing, so why not do it with two of our best cards.
âWe’re giving fans what they really want to see: compelling, balanced fights because they’re paying hard-earned money for tickets. We don’t want the fans to know who’s going to win until the fights, and we’re packing the undercard with local kids. We want to give back to Los Mochis, who produced 26 world champions, including a Who’s Who of Mexican boxing. I don’t know what’s in the tacos there, but it didn’t happen by accident.
On Thursday, October 14, super middleweight Manuel âEl Menoâ Gallegos (18-1, 15 KOs) faces Gabriel âDragoâ Lopez (10-5-1, 7 KOs) in the 10-round main event. Mexican boxers who beat American opponents like Gallegos did in his last fight last June, winning a 10-round unanimous decision over Kevin Newman in the same venue, are treated like heroes in Los Mochis. Gallegos is arguably the best Mexican super-middleweight outside of Saul Canelo ‘Alvarez.
In the co-presented 10-round event, undefeated Guatemalan Lester Martinez (9-0, 9 KOs) makes his first WBO Latino Super Middleweight title defense against his Cuban challenger, Raiko Santana (8-2, 5 KOs). Former WBC Latino super middleweight champion Martinez, 25, made his professional debut in 2019, stopping three-time 2-division world champion Ricardo Mayorga in the second round. The heavy-handed fighter also beat Michi Munoz and Uriel Gonzalez, both with first-round saves. Santana is a typical product of the highly regarded Cuban amateur boxing program, a solid boxer and strong defensive fighter, who has a 120-20 record.
WBC Youth Council lightweight silver champion Luis “Koreano” Torres (12-0, 8 KOs) is a familiar fighter on RJJ Boxing on UFC FIGHT PASS streams, this is his seventh consecutive appearance. The talented Torres, 19, faces Guillermo “El Borrego” Avila (19-11, 14 KOs) in the untitled 10-round bout. Torres is expected to be tested by the more experienced Avila, who has been in the ring with world champions Gervonta Davis and Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr., as well as Jonathan Oquendo, Andrey Klimov and Miguel Marriaga.
The latest member of the famous Montiel boxing family, undefeated lightweight Jorgo “Jorgito” Lugo Cota (4-0, 4 KOs) meets Edgar Almeda (4-2-1, 3 KOs) in his first bout scheduled for 6 rounds. Cota, 19, was 150-10 years old as an amateur.
The following night, former NABF welterweight champion Santiago “Somer” Dominguez (24-0, 10 KOs) returns to the ring after being inactive for the past 10 months for personal reasons against Jesus “Chino” Antonio Rubio ( 13-4, 7 KOs) in the 10-round main event. Dominguez is a home hitter who has been ranked among the top 15 welterweights in the world.
Rubio is perhaps the toughest test of Dominguez’s professional career, as he challenged Alberto Puello (18-0) in his most recent fight, albeit in a 12-round decision loss, for the vacant WBA Interim World Super Lightweight Championship title. A win in 8 rounds by decision against 21-3 Sonny Fredickson in his previous title fight against Rubio.
Former WBC youth silver featherweight champion Jose “El Sugar” Eduardo Nunez (21-1, 21 KOs) throws with Osvaldo “Catotas” Maldonado (10-1, 5 KOs) in the co-feature of 10 rounds. Nunez is one of boxing’s best-kept secrets with 21 KOs in 21 wins, however, Maldonado has the same style as lone fighter to defeat Nunez, Hiram Gallardo, who won a 6-round decision in 2018. L knockout artist Nunez is riding an 11-game winning streak.
Lightweights Jose “Cheche Choryboy” Valenzuela (9-3, 3 KOs) and Jose Luis Vazquez (10-1, 8 KOs) will face off in an 8-round intra-state bragging rights fight. Valenzuela is originally from Los Mochis, Vazquez lives in Culiacan.