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New Friday night boxing series in Tijuana

By Felipe Leon

Guillermo “Memo” Mayen of Mayen Promotions has decided to leave the comfortable confines of Las Pulgas nightclub on Revolution Ave. in the heart of downtown Tijuana, Mexico, for the Tecate Box Tour tent presently being built at the parking lot of the Caliente Racetrack. Originally set for Wednesday, May 29th, Mayen along with Zanfer Promotions have pushed up the fight card for this Friday, the 24th, and according to a source at Zanfer, the tent will be used every Friday for at least the summer.

Conflicting reports are coming in as far as who the main event is for this Friday’s event but one that is being mentioned is the hard hitting world ranked welterweight Daniel “Galeno” Sandoval (31-2, 30KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico. Sandoval has also been reported as possibly flying down to Argentina this week in support of stable mate Felipe Orucuta as he challenges Omar Narvaez for the WBO super flyweight title. If Sandoval does land in Tijuana as it is more than likely according to Zanfer matchmaker Conrado Guerrero, it will be his fifth appearance in the border city in the last three years. In his first four, Sandoval has knocked out Jorge Silva, Jose Maria Valdez and Enrique Colin, suffering a loss in his first fight in Tijuana against Mexicali’s Armando Robles. No opponent for Sandoval has been announced for Tijuana or Argentina.

Also featured on the card is local favorite bantamweight Jose “Tigre” Cayetano (14-1, 6KOs) who was slated to face the tough Francisco “Frankie” Leal (19-7-3, 13KOs) of Mexicali in an eight rounder but Guerrero again has informed Fightnews that Leal seems to be a bit heavy for the bantamweight limit and the search in on for another opponent.

One fight that is signed, sealed and delivered is of Tijuana female flyweight sensation Kenia Enriquez (6-0, 3KOs) who takes on her biggest test to date in Sinaloa’s Maricela “Baby” Quintero (11-3-1) in a six round flyweight fight. Enriquez is coming off a devastating of previously undefeated Karla Diaz who the Tijuana fighter stopped in 45 seconds but Quintero she will face a much more experienced opponent in Quintero who challenged Esmeralda Moreno for the WBC light flyweight title last November. Moreno took a ten round unanimous decision. Quintero also challenged Moreno in 2010 for the WBC youth version of the same title after capturing the Mexican title earlier the same year. The female bout looks to be on paper, the fight of the night.

The Caliente Racetrack is ten minute cab ride from the San Diego/Tijuana border. Doors open at 7pm with the first punch thrown at 8pm.

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