Paraguayan veteran Dario Azuaga (76-15-2, 64 KOs) will replace Sergio Javier Escobar in the corner opposite former IBF junior featherweight world champion Steve “The Canadian Kid” (29-1, 11 KO’s) in the Rumble at Rama IX co-feature, in Rama, Ontario, set for September 4. The eight round Molitor-Azuaga showdown is the co-main event of the evening, and will immediately precede the WBO Junior Bantamweight world title battle between champion Jose Lopez (39-7-2, 32 KOs) and undefeated 19 year-old upstart Marvin Sonsona (13-0, 12 KOs). “Escobar ran into some travel restrictions from the Argentine authorities,” said promoter Allan Tremblay, President of Orion Sports Management. “We were very lucky to have a quality veteran like Azuaga available. He’s been around the block more than once, but his 64 KOs are more than proof that he packs a punch.”
Aside from Sonsona-Lopez, and Molitor-Azuaga, Canadian Heavyweight champion, Greg “The Steel Pole” Kielsa (10-0, 5 KOs) will also step through the ropes on the Rumble at Rama IX undercard, when he takes on dangerous veteran Kevin Montiy (17-6-1, 13 KOs), as will all-action warriors Justin Fountain, Felix Mercedes, and Pedro DeMello against separate opponents.
Both the Molitor-Azuaga fight and the WBO title match between Lopez and Sonsona will be televised on TSN in Canada, and with national carrier coverage in both the Philippines and Puerto Rico.
Tickets for Rumble at Rama IX will be $125, $75, $50 and $25. Call 416-870-8000.