Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
Primed to extend his unbeaten streak, super-bantam prospect Michael Franco instead will have to sit out Friday night’s boxing card at the Casino Del Sol in Tucson, Ariz., after he was scratched from the show with a small retina tear. The word from Franco’s publicist, Rachel Charles, was that the flaw was detected in an eye exam prior to Thursday’s weigh-in. Franco (16-0, 11 KOs) from Riverside was to have met veteran Adolfo Landeros (20-14-1 9 KOs) of Mexico in a featured eight-round featherweight bout. Promoter and Golden Boy consultant Don Chargin, in conjunction with Jorge Marron Promotions, was looking into a substitute fight, likely to involve Landeros. The 10-round main event, topping a Telefutura telecast, remains intact between lightweights Mercito Gesta (18-0-1, 8 KOs) of San Diego and Genaro Trazancos (22-11-1, 13 KOs) of Florida.
Charles quoted Al Franco, his son’s trainer, as saying, “We’re devastated by this (eye exam). We had a great camp.” The senior Franco said the surprise postponement shouldn’t last long and expects his son to be ready to be cleared medically by early September.