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Mercedes foe named

Veteran Mexican Luis “Titi” Maldonado will face super flyweight contender Juan Mercedes next Friday, August 5, in the 5th edition of the of the series “A Puño Limpio” to be held at the Coliseo Mario “Quijote” Morales in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) presentation, in association with Top Rank Inc., to be televised on WAPA America.

Maldonado (35-6-1, 26 KOs), who has fought against world champions Nonito Donaire, Tomas “Gusano” Rojas and Cristian Mijares, and also versus former champions like Vic Darchinyan, Fernando Montiel and Eric Morel, will challenge Mercedes (25-3, 17 KOs) for the WBO Latino title in a 10 round bout. Mercedes is ranked now number 8 in the WBO at 115 pounds.

In the co-feature, unbeaten prospect Luis Joel Gonzalez (7-0-1, 4 KOs) will face Luis Rodriguez (6-3-1, 1 KO). Also i TV, Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez (3-0, 3 KOs), Gold Medalist in the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games and in the 2008 Youth World Championships, will face a foe to be announced in the flyweight division.

The rest of the undercard present Giovanni Rodriguez (5-0-1, 4 KOs) against Jose Ramon Sanchez (3-9-1, 1 KO) in a 154lb six round bout; Carlos López(3-1) versus a rival to be named at 140 pounds and to four rounds; debutant Kenneth Rivera against Ned Lopez (1-0, 1 KO) in a 126lb four round bout; debutant Kenneth Diaz versus Nelson Agosto (0-1) at 140 pounds and four rounds; debutant Ismael Pagan against Jan Carlos Molina (0-1) in a 108lb four round bout; debutant Jesus Javier Cintron versus Angel Pascual (0-1) at 135 pounds and four rounds.

Tickets for this “A Puño Limpio” are availables at Ticketcenter,, 1 787 792-5000. Prices are $12, $25 and $35.

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