By Lee Bates
As reported earlier on Fightnews, the showdown between WBO bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel (39-2-1, 29 KOs) and former world champion Eric Morel (41-2, 21 KOs) was postponed due to a hand injury suffered by Montiel. However, per Morel’s promoter PR Best Boxing, although he is not scheduled now, Morel may fight on June 27th. “We’re working hard to find an opponent for Morel to fight in a ten round bout. Morel is in excellent condition and we would like for him to fight as he deserves to on June 27th. Then he will fight Montiel for the world title possibly in September,” stated Ivan Rivera, President of PR Best Boxing.
The main event for Top Rank’s “Latin Fury 9” will feature WBO junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ Lopez (25-0, 23 KOs) defending his title against Olivier Lontchi (18-0-2, 8 KOs) June 27th at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Caesars Atlantic City, “Latin Fury 9” will be broadcast Live on Pay-Per-View from the Adrian Phillips Ballroom, beginning at 9 p.m. EDT / 6 p.m. PDT. Tickets, priced at $200, $100 and $50, and can be purchased at the Boardwalk Hall box office, by calling Ticketmaster (800) 736-1420 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com.
The pay-per-view telecast has a suggested retail price of $39.95 and will be available in HD-TV for those viewers who can receive HD. For “Latin Fury 9” fight week updates, log on to www.toprank.com.