Abner Mares vs. Isidro Garcia for NABO Title

(Tucson, Arizona) – On Friday, September 7th, Desert Diamond Casino in conjunction with Golden Boy Promotions is giving Southern Arizona boxing fans another taste of elite boxing. The scheduled seven bout fight card includes the NABO Bantamweight Championship bout where former Olympian Abner Mares takes on fellow Mexican, Isidro Garcia. Doors open at 4:00 PM with the first bout starting at approximately 4:30 PM..

Select fights will be televised on TeleFutura starting at 5:00 PM. Tickets are on sale now and range from $30 to $100 in advance. They can be purchased at any Ticketmaster location, by calling 520-321-1000, by contacting the Desert Diamond Casino Box Office, or by visiting

The NABO Bantamweight Title fight main event pits Abner Mares (13-0 8 KOs) against Isidro “El Chino” Garcia (24-3-2 8 KOs). Mares, a 2004 Olympian for Team Mexico was quickly signed by Golden Boy Promotions following his international spotlight. With no title bouts to his name, this will be the highly-touted Mares first attempt to rise into the elite class of the Bantamweight division. He has chosen a stiff test as he takes on the more experienced Garcia, who to date has already competed in ten title fights, including the infamous 1999 last minute battle against Jose Lopez for the WBO Flyweight belt.

Headlining the co-main event is Mexico’s Antonio Escalante (15-2 9 KOs). A former Golden Gloves Champion as an amateur, Escalante has proven himself as a professional fighter with his multiple title wins and his recent defeat of Paulino Villalobos at the Diamond Center on July 27th. Escalante will go ten rounds in the featherweight division against Colombia’s Feider Viloria (20-1-1 14 KOs). As WBO Latino’s number two rank in the jr. lightweight class, Viloria is making his first showing inside the U.S.

The undercard features Nestor Rocha (17-0 5 KOs) out of California in an 8-round jr. featherweight bout and the promising Ashanti Jordan (1-0 1 KO) in a heavyweight fight; opponents for both have yet to be named.

Returning to Desert Diamond Casino is Scotland’s Craig McEwan (6-0 5 KOs), New York’s Darrel Madison (5-1 3 KOs) and Nogales rising star, Adan Leal (5-0 4 KOs). Leal will face Julio Perez (4-6 3 KOs) and Madison will go up against Octavius Smith (4-3 3 KOs). McEwan’s opponent will be named shortly.

Treena Parvello, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Tohono O'odham Gaming Enterprise, said, “The Diamond Center on September 7th is the place to be. Not only will we have a title fight between the hottest prospects around, but we also are welcoming back some of our all-time favorites, including local favorite Adan Leal.”

Desert Diamond Casino, with locations on Nogales Highway minutes from the Tucson International Airport and just off of I-19 on Pima Mine Road, and the Golden Ha:san in Why, Arizona are enterprises of the Tohono O’odham Nation. Further information can be found at or by calling 866-DDC-WINS.

Article posted on 29.08.2007

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