Golden Boy Promotions’ prospect and 2004 U.S. Olympian Vicente Escobedo has agreed to step in and face Carlos Hernandez on the April 4th “Lightweight Lightning” pay-per-view event after former World Champion Jorge Barrios was forced to withdraw from the bout due to a right temporal bone fracture above the temple he suffered while training. The fight is part of a quadruple header at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas and rounds out a pay-per-view event that also features Edwin Valero vs. Antonio Pitalua in a 12 round bout for the vacant WBC Interim Lightweight Crown, Joel Casamayor vs. Julio Diaz in a 10 round lightweight bout, and Michael Katsidis vs. Jesus Chavez in a 10 round lightweight bout.
“When I was asked to step in for Barrios against Carlos Hernandez, I didn’t hesitate to say yes,” said Escobedo, who had to cancel his scheduled April 30 non-televised bout against former World Champion Kevin Kelley in order to fight Hernandez. “This is an amazing opportunity for me and while I have a lot of respect for Carlos, I know that beating him will be a huge step in my career.”
“Vicente Escobedo is a good young fighter with a lot of talent and potential, but he will not prevent me from achieving my goals,” said Hernandez. “On April 4th my experience and hunger will be the difference in this fight.”