By Robert Coster
Daniel “The Haitian Sensation” Edouard (23-2-2, 14 KOs) returns to ring action on Saturday, facing former jr middleweight contender Alfonso Mosquera (19-7, 7 KOs) in Colon, Panama. Edouard, WBA #8 ranked middleweight, will be stepping down to the jr middleweight division facing crowd favorite Mosquera for the vacant WBA Fedelatin 154lbs crown. The Haitian-American boxer already holds the WBA middleweight Fedelatin belt. Edouard and Mosquera will be headlining an entertaining 9 bout international card offered by Premium Boxing Promotions that will also feature another regional title fight: WBA #12 featherweight Nicholas Walters (14-0, 11 KOs) defending his WBA Fedelatin crown against hard-punching Eddy Julio (11-2-1, 10 KOs) of Colombia.
Also on the card are Haitian lightweight Evens Pierre (14-1, 11 KOs), six-foot jr welterweight Johan Perez (8-0, 7 KOs), Prospect of the Year in his native Venezuela and up-and-coming featherweight Antonio “El Gordo” Fernandez (10-1, 3 KOs).
“We are having a lot of young talent on this card,” says Premium’s Hector Villarreal, “and don’t be surprised to have some of these young boxers contending for a world title in the near future.”
The show will be held at an historic and venerable venue, the Panama Al Brown Arena, which has been refurbished for the occasion, this being the first time in six years that a card will be held at that landmark location which saw Roberto Duran turn pro and where 28 world champions have seen action.
“We wanted to make the card in this arena for all that it means for the history of Panama boxing,” commented Villarreal.