The vacant WBA lightweight world championship between Richar Abril and Sharif “The Lion” Bogere has been elevated to the main event on March 2 and will now be held at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The previously scheduled main event between WBC featherweight world champion Daniel Ponce De Leon and Jayson Velez has been removed from the fight card due to a right ankle fractured suffered this week by Velez. The venue change from Harlem’s Apollo Theater in New York City comes as a result of the loss of the De Leon vs. Velez fight, and the presence of the Mexico vs. Puerto Rico rivalry attached to it, making it less prudent to promote the event in Harlem in close proximity to large Mexican and Puerto Rican communities. Opening the Showtime telecast will be unbeaten featherweight phenom Gary Russell Jr. against Russia’s Vyacheslav Gusev in a 10-round featherweight bout.
Tickets purchased for Daniel Ponce De Leon vs. Jayson Velez at the Apollo Theater will be refunded at their point of purchase.