By Felipe Leon
Because of the holy week being celebrated in Mexico, a packed beach about forty-five minutes west of Guasave, Sinaloa, Mexico, witnessed a short but sweet public work out by the main participants of this Saturday’s championship bouts. Showing the assembled crowd a sampling of what they would be treated on Saturday, IBF minimumweight champion Mario “Dragoncito” Rodriguez of Guasave (15-6-4, 11KOs) as well as his mandatory challenger Japan’s Katsunai Takayama (24-6, 10KOs) both promised knockouts before shaking out for a few minutes. Also in attendance were former title challenger Pedro “Pedrin” Guevara (18-1-1, 13KOs) of Mazatlan, Mexico, and former champion Raul “Rayito” Garcia (33-2-1, 21KOs) of La Paz, Mexico, who will face off for the vacant WBC light flyweight title. The official weigh in will be at the same location mid-day on Good Friday.
The nearly sold out “Operacion Dragoncito” fight card will be held at the Francisco Carranza Limon baseball stadium and is presented by Box Latino, Branco Sports, Promociones del Pueblo, Goosen Tutor and sponsored by Corona. Televisa will broadcast the televised portion of the card live in Mexico.