Texas Boxing Scene: 6/21

Many of the brightest stars in the Lone Star State have fights quickly approaching. The action starts this weekend in Las Vegas as Houston native Jermell Charlo, twin brother of interim-Middleweight champ Jermall, takes the stage at the Mandalay Bay against late replacement Jorge Cota in the evenings main event. The card will air on Sunday evening on the FOX Network. Cota, 28-3, is filling in for WBC 154-Pound champ Tony Harrison, who took a very, very controversial over Charlo back in December. The elder twin Jermall returns the following Saturday at the NRG Arena in their hometown. He defends his title against winner of “The Contender” Brandon Adams.

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Another set of brothers also have important fights scheduled. Former lightweight champ, Omar Figueroa will put his undefeated record on the line against Yordenis Ugas. Ugas last fought back in March in a world title fight against Showtime Shawn Porter, a fight many if not most think the Cuban won. The winner of the bout is certainly in line for a world title fight. Omar’s little brother undefeated super bantamweight prospect Brandon Figueroa will headline a card in their hometown of Weslaco at the nearby Bert Ogden Arena. The Valley-area native sports an undefeated record of 19-0 (14) and is perhaps the brightest prospect in the sport. He will do battle with rugged veteran Javier Nicolas Chacon. The fight will take place on August 24th and will be the main event of a card that airs on FS1.

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Two other young prospects will get another chance to impress. 20-year-old “El Relampago” Omar Juarez out of Brownsville will appear on the Charlo-Cota card. El Relampago is a 140-pounder with a perfect record of 3-0, having turned pro less than a year ago he has already captured national attention. He will do battle with the battle-tested Seifullah Jihad Wise. San- Antonio based 140-pound contender Kendo “Tremendo” Castaneda will headline a Roy Jones Jr Promotions card in Las Vegas at the Thomas & Mack Center. “Tremendo” returns to Las Vegas the site of his star-making performance a lopsided unanimous decision victory over Jesus Gutierrez, on a nationally televised card. A performance that captured him our “Fighter Of The Week” award.

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19-year old sensation Jesse “Bam” Rodriguez will put his zero on the line against fellow unbeaten Texan Cesar Garcia Torrijos, in a Jr Flyweight bout that will headline a card in Floresville and will likely produce a world title fight for the winner. Bam hails from San Antonio and Torrijos is from Laredo. Fellow unbeaten Flyweight prospect Isreal Ibarra has two bouts already on the docket. he will fight on an El Tigre Promotions card in the Houston area and will fight again a few weeks later in a hometown fight in San Antonio at the Alzafar Shrine Auditorium on a card promoted by world-renowned San Antonio area trainer Rick Nunez’s Supreme Boxing Promotions. The card will also Feature Selina Barrios, Henry Arrendondo, and Johhny Arrellano.

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Two Dallas, Natives and perhaps the biggest names in Texas Boxing Errol Spence and “Mighty Mo” Maurice Hooker both have unification bouts upcoming. Spence will unify his IBF welterweight strap with WBC titleholder Shawn Porter. The bout looks to be headed to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn sometime in the month of September or October. No official date/Location has been set, however. Another unification bout, this one in the 140-pound division, will feature Dallas native Maurice Hooker who will put his WBO belt on the line and look to capture the WBC belt from Jose Carlos Ramirez at College Park Center on the UT Arlington grounds.

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