Photo: Alma Montiel
Saturday’s card featuring the return of Sugar Shane Mosley against Mexican star Pablo Cesar “El Demoledor” Cano at The Grand Oasis in Cancun, Mexico has added even more fistic firepower with the addition of a co-main event pitting Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson against Gustavo Sandoval, as well as undercard bouts starring Golden Boy Promotions’ newest signing, Adan “Speedy” Mares, along with Roberto “Massa” Manzanarez, Miguel Angel Gonzalez and Ivan “Macanón” Cano. Mosley vs. Cano and Thompson vs. Sandoval will be telecast live on FOX Sports Networks and FOX Deportes in the United States and on Televisa in Mexico on a delayed basis.
Plus, three fights originally scheduled for Saturday have been moved to Friday afternoon creating a special free admission event at The Grand Oasis featuring Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas, Jorge “Pantera” Silva and Enrique Ornelas.
A native of Chetumal now making his home in Cancun, 29-year-old Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson (26-2, 24 KOs) has been crushing the competition at 130 pounds for years and on May 18 he will attempt to stop Gustavo Sandoval. Currently sporting a 12-fight win streak that includes 10 straight knockouts, Thompson has dispatched Jorge Linares, Moises Castro and Juan Ramon Solis during the streak, establishing himself as perhaps the division’s most feared puncher.
Barranquilla, Colombia’s Gustavo “Huracan” Sandoval (13-4-1, 11 KOs) is a talented up and comer ready to make his move on the world elite on Saturday. The winner of three of his last four fights, the 21-year-old power hitter is eager to go punch for punch with Thompson in his Yeyo’s hometown.
In a 10 round battle for the vacant WBC Youth Intercontinental Lightweight title, 18-year-old Los Mochis phenom Roberto Manzanarez (22-1, 18 KOs) meets 21-year-old Oscar Arenas (24-5, 21 KOs) of Coahuila in a fight many feel has the potential to steal the show from the headliners
Before his older brother Pablo Cesar Cano steps into the ring with Mosley in Saturday’s main event, Mexico City’s Ivan Cano (21-5, 14 KOs) will meet Los Mochis’ Daniel Ruiz (27-6-1, 20 KOs) in eight-round lightweight action.
The younger brother of Three-Division World Champion Abner Mares, Adan “Speedy” Mares (8-0, 3 KOs) was a solid amateur prospect, compiling a 45-5 record, but his true calling was in the professional game and in February of 2012 he made his debut with a first round body shot knockout over Francisco Cervantes. Since then, he has lit up the Mexican fight scene, showing off speed, power and ring generalship while putting together his perfect pro slate. In his most recent bout on February 16, Mares won a shutout four-round decision over Antonio Chuc and on Saturday he faces Chetumal’s Alberto Cupido (7-8-2, 6 KOs) in a six-round junior featherweight battle.
Also featured will be junior lightweight prospect Miguel Angel Gonzalez (8-0, 7 KOs) of Los Mochis who squares off against Queretaro’s Luis Becerra (9-5-1, 8 KOs) in a six-round junior lightweight bout
In fights now to be featured on Friday afternoon which presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Pepe Gomez Promotor Deportivo and sponsored by Corona, Periodico QueQui, The Grand OasisCancun, Quintana Roo Tourism and Cancun Tourism with doors opening at 3:30 p.m. CT and the first fight beginning at 4:00 p.m. CT.
Now fighting out of Los Angeles, 28-year-old Francisco Vargas (15-0-1, 12 KOs) represented his native Mexico in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, going 1-1 in the prestigious competition. Turning pro in 2010, Vargas has built a strong reputation for his versatile skill set and ring savvy. Last year, he turned up the heat, fighting and winning six times with five of those wins coming by way of knockout. On January 26, Vargas kept his hot streak going with a second round knockout win over Ira Terry and, following the cancellation of his scheduled May 3 bout when his opponent passed out trying to make weight, he will be back in the ring this weekend to take on Chiapas’ Cristian Arrazola (7-7-1, 4 KOs) in a lightweight contest scheduled for eight rounds.
Plus, Tijuana’s Jorge Silva (18-3-2, 14 KOs) will take on Guasave’s Cesar Chavez (21-3, KOs) in a 10-round welterweight fight, while veteran fan favorite Enrique Ornelas (33-8, 21 KOs) of Guanajuato is back in action in an eight-round super middleweight clash against Chihuahua’s Isaac Mendez (16-9, 14 KOs).