American boxing fans will have a rare opportunity to watch a women’s world title fight on national television as “Cancun Boxing,” presented by Pepe Gomez Boxing in association with Neon Star Media, will air tonight (Thursday, Aug. 4), starting at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT, on CBS Sports Network.
The event, which took place July 23, 2016, is the second in the “Cancun Boxing” series that will air on CBS Sports Network in 2016. Grand Oasis Cancun the Hotel Complex, Cancun`s ONLY Ultimate All-Inclusive Entertainment Resort, will play host to all events in this ongoing series.
Hall-of-Famer announcers Jim “JR” Ross and Al Bernstein called the action live from ringside in Cancun, Mexico.
“We’re very happy to be in a new partnership with Neon Star Media, whose belief in the quality of Cancun Boxing has led to our product being shown throughout the United States on CBS Sports Network,” Cancun Boxing president Pepe Gomez said. “American boxing fans really appreciate Mexican boxers and they will love all of the action from the capital of boxing in Mexico, Cancun Quintana Roo.”
The main event was a scheduled 10-round World Boxing Council (WBC) female world flyweight title fight between Mexico City rivals, defending champion Jessica “Kika” Chavez (26-4-3, 4 KOs) and challenger Esmeralda “Joya” Moreno (33-8-1. 11 KOs), in a rematch of their February 19, 2011 fight, in which Moreno won a 10-round unanimous decision.
Chavez, 28, captured her WBC flyweight crown last September, taking a unanimous 10-round decision from Arely Mucino (21-2-2), followed by successful title defenses against Simona Galassi (WTDEC9) and, most recently, Vanesa Lorena (WDEC10) this past March.
During her outstanding 7-year professional career, Chavez has been International Boxing Federation (IBF) and Interim World Boxing Federation (WBF) light flyweight champion. She also has several other title belts in her collection, including WBC International female in addition to WBC Silver and North American Boxing Federation (NABF) light flyweight.
WBC No. 5-rated Moreno, 28, defeated Eva Voraberger (20-4) by majority 10-round decision this past April in Austria for the International Boxing Organization (IBO), Women’s International Boxing Federation (WIBF) and Global Boxing Union (GBU) world super flyweight titles.
In 2012, she won a 10-round decision over Naomi Togashi (10-0-1) for the WBC world light flyweight championship, followed by one title defense victory against Maricela Quintero (WDEC10). She has also been WBC Youth and WBC Silver light flyweight, Mexican bantamweight and light flyweight champion.
In their original match-up, Moreno won a convincing 10-round decision over Chavez, by scores of 98-92 by all three judges, for the vacant WBC Silver and Interim Mexico light flyweight titles.
In The 10-round co-feature, Mexican welterweights Jose “Piston” Lopez and Diego “Demoledor” Cruz went toe-to-toe with future title fight implications at stake.
The 25-year-old Lopez (25-5-2, 15 KOs) was a late replacement for injured Roberto “Massa” Ortiz. A former World Boxing Federation (WBF) champion, upset-minded Cruz (15-3-1, 12 KOs) is a 22-year-old prospect from Mexico City who was riding a 10-fight win streak, dating back two years, going into his fight with Lopez.
The other televised bout was an intriguing match-up between former WBC World super bantamweight champion Victor “Vikingo” Terrazas (37-3-1, 21 KOs) and battle-tested Cristian “El Rudo” Arrazola (20-11-2, 15 KOs).
The 33-year-old Terrazas, who hadn’t fought since his losing his WBC title nearly three years ago to Leo Santa Cruz, captured the vacant WBC crown in 2013, taking a 12-round split decision from fellow Mexican great Cristian Mijares. Terrazas also holds a notable victory by way of a unanimous 12-round decision over another Mexican boxing icon, 5-time, 3-division world champion Fernando Montiel, for the vacant WBC Silver super bantamweight championship.
“US viewers will enjoy our Cancun Boxing fights, Mexican against Mexican,” Gomez concluded. “Our fights showcase some of the most recognized Mexican fighters, in addition to competitive, young Mexican warriors ready to advance from prospect to contender. We’re in a new era of Mexican boxing and this new generation of Mexican fighters will be fighting sometime soon in the United States and around the world.”
All fights and fighters are subject to change.
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