By Felipe Leon
Photo: Baja Boxing
Tijuana super flyweight Arturo “Fuerte” Badillo will challenge for his first world title when he tries to rip away the WBA title from Hugo Cazarez on July 9th in Mazatlan, Mexico. The twelve round championship bout is presented by KO Entertainment and broadcast live in Mexico by Televisa. For Cazarez (34-6-2, 24 KOs) this will be the fourth defense of the title he captured in May of 2010 via a unanimous decision over Nobou Nashiro in a rubber match. Since then, Cazarez has defended the title against Everardo Morales, Albert Rossel and Hiroyuki Histaka. This is the second title that Cazarez, 33, holds with the first being the WBO junior flyweight title. In a fourteen year pro career, Cazarez of Los Mochis, Mex, has faced a who’s who of the smaller weight classes including Nelson Dieppa, Alex Sanchez and Ivan Calderon en route to compiling forty-two pro fights with thirteen of them world title fights.
The twenty-four year old Badillo (20-1, 18 KOs) will be in his first world title fight after four years as a professional and twenty-one pro fights. The Baja Boxing promoted fighter finds himself in the mountains of Temoaya, Mexico, along side fellow stable mate WBC lightweight champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto who defends his title on June 25th versus Japan’s Motoki Sasaki. Badillo originally was slated to take part of the undercard of the Soto-Sasaki face off but was given the opportunity to go for the title and now finds himself entrenched with his trainer Luis Roman in full on training for July 9th.