By Francisco Salazar
Super bantamweights Jhonaton Romero and Efrain Esquivias will collide in a 10 round bout on September 21st, Gary Shaw Productions matchmaker John Beninati confirmed to Fightnews.com on Friday. The bout will be the main event of a “ShoBox: The New Generation” card that will take place at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, CA. Gary Shaw and Thompson Boxing Promotions will co-promote the card.
Also on the card will be a compelling bout between unbeaten super bantamweights Roman Morales and Jonathan Arellano. Henry Ramirez, who trains Arellano, confirmed the bout with Fightnews.com on Saturday afternoon.
Romero (21-0, 12 KOs), from Cali, Colombia, has not fought since winning an eight round unanimous decision over Adolfo Landeros on May 11th. Romero was scheduled to fight Rico Ramos on June 23rd, but suffered a fracture to his left thumb in the Landeros fight and had to withdraw from the fight.
Prior to the Landeros fight, Romero won a disputed 10 round split decision over Chris Avalos on December 2nd.
Esquivias (16-1, 9 KOs), from Carson, CA, hopes to rebound from suffering his first defeat as a pro in his last fight on June 23rd. Esquivias lost a close eight round majority decision to Rico Ramos.
Romero will have a noticeable height and reach advantage over Esquivias, who was a standout amateur champion and has sparred against Abner Mares.
Morales (11-0, 6 KOs), from San Ardo, CA, is coming off an eight round unanimous decision over Alexis Santiago in his last bout on July 20th. Morales has been very active since making his professional debut on February 4th of last year.
Arellano (13-0-1, 3 KOs), from Ontario, CA, has won his last nine bouts in a row since a disappointing loss to Danny Pantoja on March 6th, 2010. He defeated veteran Jose Angel Beranza by unanimous decision over eight rounds on June 22nd.
Tickets could be purchased at the Chumash Casino Resort box office or by calling 1-800-CHUMASH.