News: Cuadras-Franco, Ramirez-Candelo on Saturday; Molina-Jimenez on 6/16; Froch draws All England clash

LOS ANGELES (June 14) - Undefeated contenders Carlos Cuadras and Gilberto Ramirez have combined to deliver a 45-0 (38 knockouts) record, making them two of Mexico's most talked about rising stars. On Saturday, June 16 they will get the biggest tests of their respective young careers, when they co-headline Televisa's "Sabados De Corona" from the Palaya Mamitas in Playa del Carmen, Mexico in separate fights that will also be televised on FOX Deportes in the United States.

In the 12-round main event, the vacant WBC-USNBC Bantamweight Title will be on the line when Guamuchil's Cuadras battles countryman Javier Franco of Chihuahua and, in the 10-round middleweight co-feature, Mazatlan's Ramirez takes on longtime-contender J.C. Candelo of Buenaventura, Colombia.

Cuadras vs. Franco is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Pepe Gomez Promotor Deportivo and sponsored by Corona, Periodico QueQui, Gobierno Solidaridad, Hotel Paradisus, Playa Mamitas and Riviera Maya. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. CT and the first fight begins at 6:30 p.m. CT. The Televisa broadcast will air on Canal 5 and begins at 10:30 p.m. CT and the FOX Deportes broadcasts will air on Sunday, June 17 at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT.

A stellar amateur who won gold for Mexico at the 2007 Pan Am Games, 23-year-old Carlos Cuadras (24-0, 20 KO's) has quickly made his mark on the professional game, thrilling fans not only in his native country, but in Japan, where he has competed four times thus far. The owner of the WBC Youth Intercontinental and WBC Continental Americas Super Flyweight titles, Cuadras' power punching and exciting style are sure to get fans up and cheering on June 16.

The winner of five of his last seven bouts, Javier "El Chivero" Franco (16-7-1, 8 KO's) is a rugged competitor who can do it all in the ring. The Chihuahua native is the kind of fighter who will make a young prospect like Cuadras dig deep and find out if this is the line of work he wants to be in. Franco has no doubts about his vocation, and he is ready to prove it this Saturday.

20-year-old southpaw Gilberto Ramirez (21-0, 18 KO's) has the ability to beat you with one punch or punish throughout the entire fight and this has made him a must-see fighter for boxing fans across Mexico. The current WBC Youth Middleweight world champion, a title he has defended four times, Ramirez is ready for his step up to the big time beginning June 16 with Candelo.

Winner of five of his last six bouts, including stoppages of then 29-2-1 Chase Shields and highly regarded prospect Justin Flanagan, Buenaventura, Colombia's Juan Carlos "J.C." Candelo (32-11-4, 21 KO's) is a respected veteran who has long battled the best the game has had to offer, including Winky Wright, Kassim Ouma and Vernon Phillips. Eager to add a world title to his resume, the 38-year-old knows that his last run for the gold can only continue with a win over Ramirez.

Carlos Molina vs. Marcos Jimenez on Saturday

LOS ANGELES, June 14 - Texas fight fans will get a double dose of exciting fight action this Saturday, June 16 when Golden Boy Promotions presents the next edition of TeleFutura's "Sólo Boxeo Tecate" featuring two of boxing's top prospects from the McAllen Convention Center in McAllen, Texas.

In the 10-round main event, unbeaten Norwalk, California native Carlos Molina and the Dominican Republic's Marcos Jimenez battle for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental lightweight title.

Molina vs. Jimenez, a 10 round WBO Intercontinental Lightweight Title fight, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and is sponsored by Cerveza Tecate. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. CT on fight night, the first bell rings at 7:00 p.m. CT and the TeleFutura "Sólo Boxeo Tecate" broadcast begins at 11:00 p.m. ET / PT (10:00 p.m. CT).

Tickets, priced at $25, $40, $60 and $80, plus fees, are available for purchase from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday at the McAllen Convention Center box office, or online at

Rapidly sailing up the lightweight ladder, Norwalk's Carlos Molina (16-0-1, 7 KO's) has been waiting for the moment when he can challenge for his first professional title and that moment comes this Saturday in Texas. Fresh off of back-to-back victories over Manuel Leyva and Angino Perez, the 26-year-old prospect's time is now and he's ready to make the move from prospect to contender.

Standing in Molina's way this weekend will be Santo Domingo's Marcos "El Tigre" Jimenez (18-3, 12 KO's), the winner of eight of his last 10 fights, with his only losses coming against highly-regarded Daniel Jimenez and Diego Magdaleno. Intent on handing Molina his first professional loss, Jimenez has the style and power to test anyone he faces in the 135-pound weight class.

Froch draws all-England clash in Betfair Prizefighter International Heavyweights

Dallas and Little meet in final quarter-final – Sosnowski meets Harris in opener

Tom Dallas and Tom Little will clash in an all-English quarter-final at the Betfair International Heavyweights at the York Hall, Bethnal Green on June 20, live on Sky Sports HD1.

Three-time World super middleweight champion Carl Froch performed the draw at Sky Sports studios as the eight contenders for Wednesday nights action met for the first time at the promo shoot.

The Cobra picked Poland’s Albert Sosnowski out of the hat first and pitted the former World title challenger against American Maurice Harris. There’s a potential all-USA semi-final number one as Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson meets Moroccan Noureddine Meddoune in quarter-final two.

Quarter-final three sees New Yorker Tor Hamer against Brazil’s Marcelo Luiz Nascimento with the winner facing the victor in the all-England clash in quarter-final four, a clash that Dallas is relishing.

“There will definitely be an Englishman in the semis and I am confident it will be me,” said Dallas. “It’s a shame in a way that it’s England v England but it adds a lot of spice to what is already a big night.”

Tickets for the Betfair Prizefighter International Heavyweights at York Hall, Bethnal Green on Wednesday June 20 are on sale now priced £40 (unreserved). Tickets are available from Matchroom Sport on 01277 359900 and at

Ringside and VIP tickets have sold out.


Quarter-final 1: Albert Sosnowski v Maurice Harris

Quarter-final 2: Noureddine Meddoune v Kevin Johnson

Quarter-final 3: Tor Hamer v Marcelo Luiz Nascimento

Quarter-final 4: Tom Dallas v Tom Little

Article posted on 15.06.2012

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