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San Diego/Tijuana Fight Scene

By Felipe Leon

At the postfight press conference held after his disappointing loss at the fists of Danny Garcia last March, seven-time world champion Erik “Terrible” Morales (52-8, 36KOs) was hesitant to state if he would continue his legendary career. As of last month, he personally shared with me that he would. As of yesterday, Morales asked thru his twitter account (@terrible100) what would happen if he were to face Ukrainian Serhiy Fedchenko (30-2, 13KOs) somewhere in Mexico. He in returned received numerous replies of support. Fedchenko is best known for being the latest victim on one Juan Manuel Marquez in a unanimous decision win where Marquez captured the interim WBO light welterweight title. As far as a much anticipated Morales-Marquez match up? Morales has confided to insiders that he doesn’t see it in the cards since Marquez’s promoters do not do business with Golden Boy Promotions, a company that Morales is affiliated with, and Marquez is tied in with the Mexican channel Azteca while Morales with rival Televisa. Morales looks to return on June 23rd in a Mexican city to be determined.

Another local fighter that has been linked to Marquez is San Diego’s Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (25-0-1, 13KOs). As soon as it was announced that Marquez would be fighting at Cowboys stadium in July, Gesta was one of the first names associated with the Mexican fighter, so far as Marquez naming Gesta as his next opponent after his win over Fedchenko earlier this year. Although no confirmation one way or another, Team Gesta has been told that they will definitely be either in the main event or on the under card of the Top Rank July 14th show. Promised a big fight, Gesta and team, including manager/trainer Vince Parra, have rented a house in Big Bear, CA, to train for the month of June. Look for the undefeated Filipino fighter to be running the trails of the mountainous region next month.

Fresh off his win over Al Sabaupan of the Philippines last April 21st to entrench himself as the #1 challenger to the IBF lightweight champion Miguel “Titere” Vazquez, Tijuana southpaw Marvin “Cachorro” Quintero finds himself employed by the “Desert Storm” Timothy Bradley as one his sparring partners in preparation for his June 9th date with Manny Pacquiao. Quintero, who will be with Bradley for the whole month of May, said of his current assignment, “we are going to take advantage of this opportunity and not only help Bradley but also learn from working with an undefeated champion. I think he has the skills to be able to beat Pacquiao and etch his name in the history books.”

IBF junior flyweight champion Ulises “Archie” Solis (34-2-3, 21KOs) will continue his training camp that he began in Guadalajara in Tijuana at the Jackie Nava Gym located about 5 miles from the international border. Solis is scheduled to defend his title on June 23rd in Hermosillo, Mexico, versus the always dangerous TBA. Solis is scheduled to land in Tijuana this week.

As for Jackie “Aztec Princess” Nava 27-4-3, 11KOs, who just defended her WBA super bantamweight title versus Colombian Diana Ayala last Saturday in her hometown of Tijuana, is slated to defend her title against her mandatory challenger Lisa Brown (19-5-3, 6KOs) at Cowboys stadium on July 14th. No stranger to the U.S., the ex-kick boxer Nava has fought north of the border five times, including her pro debut, but has not thrown punches in an American ring since her unanimous decision win over Donna Biggers back in ’07.

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