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Young warrior vs. old warrior!

By Flattop

WBC rated #3 lightweight contender Vicente Escobedo (20-1-0, 12 KOs) battles former WBC featherweight champion Kevin Kelley (60-9-2, 39 KOs) this Thursday at the ARCO Arena. “It is the classic fight between the young warrior and the old warrior,” said legendary promoter Don Chargin. “Nacho (Beristain) has been working with Escobedo for the last six months and he predicts that the kid is his next world champion!” Beristain has worked with over a dozen champions and contenders, including Oscar De La Hoya, Ricardo Lopez and the Marquez brothers – Juan Manuel and Rafael. “But Kevin believes he can beat Escobedo,” continued Chargin. “I saw Kevin in his last fight and I thought he did enough to win although he lost a split decision. It will be a competitive fight!”

Coincidentally, Escobedo – who is from the nearby city of Woodland – suffered his only pro defeat to then undefeated Daniel Jimenez at ARCO Arena in April 2006. “This fight means a lot to me,” said Escobedo. “I want to fight my best fight in front my hometown fans because one day I plan to fight here when I am a champion.”

Doors open at 6pm and the first bout is at 7:30pm. Tickets are available at the ARCO Arena Box Office. Fans of the World Extreme Cagefighting who purchase a $40 ticket to the June 7th WEC event at the ARCO Arena featuring WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown against former champion Urijah Faber will receive a free ticket to see Thursday’s boxing event.

Below are the official weights:

Vicente Escobedo 134 1/2 vs. Kevin Kelley 135
Christopher Martin 122 1/2 vs. Torrence Daniels 122 1/2
Juan Jose Beltran 125 vs. Akihiko Nago 124
Andrew Cancio 137 vs. Angelo Michael Lynks 135 1/2
Brandon Gonzales 166 vs. Ray Craig 165
Ashanti Jordan 223 1/2 vs. Alvor Morales N/A
Michael Ortega 150 vs. Alan Sanchez 145
Henry Wells 197 vs. Tony Johnson 197




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