By Felipe Leon
With the new year at our doorstep, the San Diego/Tijuana fight scene has revved up with planned upcoming shows as well as some of the region’s fighters ready to display their skills around the world.
First up is veteran lightweight Luis “Vampiro” Arceo (25-11-4, 17KOs) of Tijuana who will take on the tough Ricardo “Pelon” Dominguez (36-8-2, 22KOs) over ten rounds. The bout will mark the second time these two Mexicans meet when back in March of ’11, Dominguez of Culiacan, Sinaloa, won a controversial split decision after dropping Arceo in the third round this upcoming Saturday night. Arceo was able to rebound and finish the off the fight strong. The clash will be the semi-main event of the WBC 108 lbs. title tilt between challenger Adrian “Confesor” Hernandez (25-2-1, 16KOs) against Panamanian challenger Dirceu Cabarca (13-6, 5KOs) in Toluca, Mexico. The bout will be televised live in Mexico by TV Azteca and presented by Zanfer.
In the first major title card of the year, former 126 lbs. title challenger Juan Carlos “Mini” Burgos (30-1, 20KOs) also of Tijuana. This time Burgos will be gaining four pounds to challenge boricua Roman “Rocky” Martinez (26-1-1, 16KOs) for the WBO super featherweight title in another chapter of the classic Mexico vs. Puerto Rico rivalry. The twelve round fight will be part of the HBO televised triple header that also features Orlando “Siri” Salido’s defense of his featherweight WBO belt against “Mickey” Garcia and Gennady Golovkin’s defense of his WBA and IBO middleweight title against Gabriel Rosado. The card will take place at the legendary Madison Square Garden in New York City on Saturday, January 19th.
On the same night, southpaw Ivan “Niño Maravilla” Morales (19-0, 12KOs) of Tijuana59 will take on hard hitting Patricio Camacho (16-7-1, 13KOs) of Guasave, Mexico, in an eight rounder from Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico. The bout will be televised by Televisa in Mexico along with Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson’s defense of his WBC International Silver super featherweight title against the always dangerous TBA.
V&B Promotions led by the fighter and trainer duo of light welterweight Emilio Bojorquez (20-2, 14KOs) and Joe Vargas will be putting on their second fight card on Saturday, January 26th, at the Caliente Casino located at the world famous Tijuana racetrack. Set to be part of the card is Emilio himself and his younger brother, undefeated super bantamweight Christian “Huevo” Bojorquez (9-0, 2KOs) among others.
The busiest promoter in Tijuana, Mayen Promotions, returns after only a short thirty day break on Wednesday, January 30th, to present Tijuana super bantamweight Jose Cayetano (13-1, 5KOs) go against clearly over matched on paper Jesus “Piraguas” Lopez (6-8-1) of Mexicali, Mexico. Also featured on the card will be a six round female bout featuring Linda “Muñeca” Soto (5-1, 3KOs) against San Diego’s Jolene Blackshear (6-3, 3KOs). The card will take place at the new home of Tijuana club fights, Las Pulgas night club.
On February 2nd, Tijuana veteran Hector Velazquez (52-18-3, 35KOs) will prove a tough test for Puerto Rico’s Jose A. “Chelo” Gonzalez (21-0, 16KOs). The twelve round bout will be for the WBC latino lightweight title and will be part of the under card of Juan Manuel Lopez’s return to the ring set for the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. The card is presented by Top Rank and Zanfer.
A huge fight card is in the works for Saturday, February 9th, at the seaside town of Rosarito, Mexico, with former multi-time champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (59-8-2, 34KOs), hometown WBF junior welterweight champ Antonio “Cañitas” Lozada Jr. (30-1, 26KOs) and undefeated high ranked super bantamweight Julio “Pollito” Ceja (23-0, 21KOs) featured on the Televisa broadcast fight card.
In the first title fight scheduled for Tijuana this year, Tijuana slickster Alejandro “Alex” Lopez (24-2, 7KOs) will face Colombian Jonathan “Momo” Romero (22-0, 12KOs) for the vacant IBF 122 lbs. title. Also appearing on the card will be Antonio Margarito protege Hanzel “Tornadito” Martinez (19-0, 15KOs) facing fellow Mexican Alejandro “Cobrita” Gonzalez Jr. (15-0-2, 10KOs) in a battle of undefeated fighters. Also on the card will be Venezuelan Jose “Bolivita” Uzcategui (16-0, 13KOs), who lives in Tijuana, in what might be his first real challenge after sixteen fights when he faces veteran Rogelio “Porky” Medina (30-2, 24KOs).