By John Cannon
Golden Boy Promotions and Solo Boxeo will be bringing more heat to the Valley on June 18th at the McAllen Convention Center.
Anthony Cavazos, president of Cavazos Boxing, said that this fight card is hot and the fans that attend the event are definitely getting a treat. “This is an action packed fight card and Golden Boy Promotions will be bringing the heat come June 18th,” said Cavazos. “On that night fight fans will be able to see some of these young prospects who have the ability of becoming future world champions as well as some local favorites.” In the main event, Golden Boy prospects Luis Ramos Jr. and Jermell Charlo will highlight the card and Weslaco native Omar Figueroa, another Golden Boy fighter with a perfect 9-0 record, will face Mexico’s Julian Rodriguez (18-18) in the co-main event.
Headlining the under card will be Lyford native and WBC Latino Cruiserweight champion Eric Molina (13-1) who will defend his title for the first time against Chris Thomas (17-11-2) and former WBA super bantamweight champion Nestor Garza (41-4) of Reynosa will face Harlingen’s Steve Almaraz. Also appearing on the under card will be Raul Tovar of Mission against Brownsville’s Jose Trevino and Juan Manuel Lopez of Weslaco who will face Edinburg’s Richard Flores.
Two females will duke it out in the opening bout of the night as Brownsville’s Maria Rodriguez will square off against Yvette McCullar of Killeen.
“I will go on the record and say this is probably one of the biggest show in Texas Golden Boy has put on,” said Cavazos. “Where else can you see professional boxing at its best but in the Rio Grande Valley. This is kind of like bringing Las Vegas style fights to the area.”
“When you throw in Golden Boy prospects Luis Ramos, Jermell Charlo, and the return of Omar Figueroa to the Valley, this card already has the makings of being hard hitting. However, fans will also get to see the return of former world champion Nestor Garza and Eric Molina’s first title defense. Also some of the top local prospects in the Valley will appear on the card and Solo Boxeo is returning to the Valley as well. The McAllen Convention Center is going to be scorching hot come the 18th.”