2008 U.S. Olympian, Luis Yanez, now knows who will be standing between himself and his first professional victory when he makes his pro boxing debut at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, on Friday, February 20th. Yanez will take on San Antonio’s Julio Valadez (3-2), according to the event matchmaker, Wayne Harrison, who represents promoter — Mendelson Entertainment Group, LLC. The Yanez vs Valadez six-round Jr. Bantamweight main event, will headline a six-bout fight card, starting at 7:30 p.m. The remainder of the card is to be announced.
The event is being promoted by Barry Mendelson and his Mendelson Entertainment Group, LLC, in association with Media 13, Dallas businessman Ray Quintanilla and Brown Boy Media.
Mendelson has also confirmed that the Yanez’ pro debut against Valadez will be telecast live on Fox Sports Net Southwest, starting at 9:00 p.m.
Tickets are priced at $25, $45, $60 and $125 and available at the American Airlines Center Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets — including online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. For event info, fans may go to www.thelatinlegend.com or www.americanairlines center.com.
Now that the 20 year-old Yanez has confirmation on his opponent, one would think it would matter, but not with him. “To be honest, I don’t care who they put in the ring with me,” Yanez stated.
“Either way, I will train the same and fight just as hard. All I know is – whoever it is, they are about to find out about why they call me ‘The Latin Legend.’ And that’s not good for them.”
According to Harrison, Yanez will be facing a tough, determined young fighter in Valadez. “He’s a very physical fighter that will stand there and slug it out with anyone,” said Harrison of Valadez. “We were looking for someone with some experience and a fighter who would not be intimidated by Yanez’ amateur background. Valadez is not the kind of fighter who can easily be intimidated.”
So what does Valadez think about fighting the heralded Olympian, Yanez? “He’s just another fight to me,” said Valadez. “I know he’s supposed to be this and that, but he’s never fought without a headgear, never fought at 116 lbs. and most importantly, never fought me. I plan to take it to him and see what he’s really got. My plan is to give him a rude welcome to professional boxing.”
That suits Yanez just fine. “Bring it on,” he smiled. “I like a challenge, especially from a guy who thinks less of me and more of himself. That will change after the fight, you wait and see.”
As for the television broadcast on Fox Sports Net Southwest, Mendelson couldn’t be happier that boxing fans around the Southwest will get to see Yanez’ pro debut live.
“Luis’ first fight being televised live on FSN Southwest is huge for us,” said Mendelson, Yanez’ promoter. “We couldn’t ask for a better broadcast partner than FSN and this will give fight fans all over the Southwest an opportunity to see the start of what we feel will be a great career for Luis.”
Equally thrilled to get Yanez on the airwaves is FSN Southwest General Manager, John Heidtke. “This is a terrific opportunity for us at FSN Southwest to showcase one of the best young boxers in the world,” said Heidtke. “We’re excited to have Luis on with us and look forward to a terrific event on February 20th.