Fernando Vargas To Attend The Pro Debut Of Protege Daniel Cervantes

13.07.04 - Former two-time 154-pound world champion FERNANDO VARGAS announced today that he will be attending the pro debut of his protege, jr. welterweight phenomenon DANIEL CERVANTES, Thursday, July 15, at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, CA. Cervantes is scheduled to face Aldo Merino, from Mexico, who is also making his pro debut, on the undercard of the Nurhan Suleyman-David Estrada USBA welterweight championship fight, which headlines SHOWTIME's "SHOBox: The New Generation," at 11 P.M. EDT / 11 P.M. PDT. Promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC (GSP), the televised co-feature bout will pit undefeated Mohammed Kayongo against Jose Antonio Ojeda in an eight-round welterweight rumble.

Cervantes, 18, a native of Mexico, has an amateur resume that screams "future world champion!" He has won over 160 amateur bouts including Gold Medals at last year's Mexican Olympic Festival and Mexican Pre-Olympic Festival, and the Silver Medal at the 2003 South American Olympic Festival.

"Daniel's power and skills remind me so much of Fernando Vargas when he was starting out," said Vargas' co-manager Rolando Arellano. Arellano also co-manages Cervantes with Vargas and Shelly Finkel. "He has dynamite in both fists. I have no doubt he will be a world champion."

Cervantes, who trains under the tutelage of his father, Fernando, at La Colonia, the same gym Vargas trains, recently finished his first year of college, where he is majoring in computer graphic design.

The Chumash Casino Resort is located in Santa Barbara County, California, between Los Angeles and San Francisco in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley. In its 190,000 square foot facility, the Chumash Casino Resort offers Las Vegas-style gaming, 24-hours seven days a week. Tickets are on sale at the casino and priced from $30 to $70.

Article posted on 13.07.2004

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