LOS ANGELES (December 19, 2014) – The final Televisa and FOX Deportes event of 2014 will be one to remember, as Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson (30-3, 26 KOs) will attempt to win his first world championship on Saturday, December 20, when he faces Bryan Vasquez (33-1, 17 KOs) for the WBA interim junior lightweight at Arena Quequi in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo Mexico.
In the co-main event, Mexico City’s Judith “La Peligrosa” Rodriguez (7-7, 5 KOs) defends her WBC silver female junior bantamweight title for the first time against Guadalajara’s Salma “La Amazona” Canales (11-9, 4 KOs).
Also in action will be Silverio “Chamaco III” Ortiz (33-14, 15 KOs), Joseph “Diamante” Aguirre (8-0, 6 KOs) and Fidel Maldonado Jr. (19-2, 16 KOs).
Vasquez vs. Thompson, is a 12-round bout for Vasquez’ WBA Interim Junior Lightweight Title, presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Cancun Boxing de Pepe Gomez. The FOX Deportes broadcast begins at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT and the Televisa broadcast airs at 10:30 p.m. CT on Cannal 5.
Fighting out of San Jose, Costa Rica, 27-year-old Bryan Vasquez (33-1, 17 KOs) has twice held the interim WBA crown, first in 2011-12, and most recently in 2013, when he defeated Rene Gonzalez in October of that year. In April, Vasquez won his fourth straight defense, handing Jose Felix Jr. his first professional loss via unanimous decision. This Saturday, he will look to stop Thompson from reaching his dream of a world championship.
Chetumal’s Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson (30-3, 26 KOs) has been perilously close to a world championship for years, nearly taking the WBC 130-pound title from Takashi Miura in August of 2013 before losing a close decision. Winner of three straight bouts since then, the 31-year-old Thompson has fought his way back to the top, and now he’s fired up to face Vasquez with a world title on the line once more. And with his home country fans cheering him on, he’s got all the motivation he needs to succeed.
Fresh from a stirring second round knockout of heavily favored Aniya Seki to win the WBC Silver title, 32-year-old Judith “La Peligrosa” Rodriguez (7-7, 5 KOs) is a popular competitor whose talent in the ring isn’t reflected in her record. A three-time world title challenger, the Mexico City favorite will defend her own crown for the first time against 24-year-old Salma “La Amazona” Canales (11-9, 4 KOs), an upset-minded challenger who has won three of her last four.
In the televised 10-round welterweight opener, 32-year-old veteran Silverio “Chamaco III” Ortiz (33-14, 15 KOs) will face Aguascalientes’ Juan Jesus Rivera (27-11, 17 KOs). Hailing from Merida, Ortiz is currently riding a seven-fight winning streak that includes three knockout victories.
Born in Riverside, Calif., but now making his home in Cancun, highly-touted lightweight prospect Joseph “Diamante” Aguirre (8-0, 6 KOs) will seek his fifth win of 2014 when he meets fellow Cancun lightweight Juan Carlos Dominguez (2-1, 2 KOs) in a six-round matchup.
Also taking to the ring this weekend is welterweight prospect Fidel “The Atrisco Kid” Maldonado Jr. (19-2, 16 KOs), as he battles Fernando Silva (11-9-2, 4 KOs) in an eight-round bout. The 23-year-old Albuquerque native added to his knockout streak in 2014, halting John Nater and Nelson Lara to make it six wins in a row and five straight knockouts.
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