One of the hottest names in the sport of boxing, Román “El Chocolatito” Gonzalez will risk his undefeated when Boxeo PRODESA puts on a big nine bout card on Friday February 29th at Pharaohs Casino in Managua, Nicaragua. Gonzalez, just twenty years old out of Managua will look to thrill the hometown fans when he takes on Javier Maravilla Murillo in a ten round minimum weight fight..
Gonzalez has burst onto the international scene over the last six month as he brings in a gaudy record of 17-0 with 16 knockouts and is considered to be the biggest puncher in boxing’s smallest weight class.
Gonzalez, (Ranked #1 by the WBA, #3 by the WBC, #3 by the IBF and #4 by the WBO) is coming off his first non-knockout performance when he went the distance, but easily defeated Hiroshi Matsumoto via ten round unanimous decision on January 14th in Kanagawa, Japan.
The only thing that stands between Gonzalez and a world title shot is the upset-minded Murillo.
Murillo, of Guadalajara, Mexico has a record of 7-7-1 with three knockouts.
Murillo has been in with some of the best fighters in the lower weight divisions as he went the distance with Cesar Lopez (16-1), Murillo put up good efforts when he was stopped by former Jr. Flyweight world champion Victor Burgos and former world title challenger Gerardo Verde.
The co-feature on February 29th will be ten round minimum weight battle between up and coming Yader Escobar and former world title challenger, Miguel Tellez.
The twenty-one year old Escobar has a record of 11-2-1 with nine knockouts is the WBA FEDECARBIE champion at 105 lbs.
Escobar has proved that he will fight anyone, anywhere as evidenced by his only two losses on his ledger when he went to Puerto Rico twice to fight the highly regarded and world ranked Omar Soto.
Escobar has won three in a row which includes his last effort when he stopped José Hurtado on January 25th in Masaya, Nicaragua.
Tellez, of Managua, Nicaragua has a record of 18-9 with six knockouts has fought some of the best fighters in the 105-pound division and maybe best known for dropping a world title challenge to the classy Ivan Calderon on April 29, 2006 in Puerto Rico.
Tellez will be eager to get back in the win column as he has been stopped in four straight fights which include being stopped by highly regarded Nerys Espinoza last December 14th at Pharaohs Casino.
Jr. Flyweight Nerys Espinoza (ranked #6 by the WBA, #9 by the IBF and WBO) will look to get another title opportunity but has to first defeat Erick Aguilera in a scheduled eight round tussle.
Espinoza, 21-4 with 15 knockouts was ever so close to becoming world champion in 2005 when he knocked down champion Roberto Vazquez in the tenth round of their WBA title bout with Vazquez ultimately taking the unanimous decision loss.
Aguilera, of Nicaragua will be looking to get back in the win column after dropping his last three bouts including fights with former world title challenger Evert Briceno and in his last outing to undefeated Oliver Flores last September 4th.
This great night of boxing will be rounded out some terrific fights that will feature:
Francisco Huerta, 11-5 (6 KO’s) battling Moises Castro (25-9-2, 15 KO’s) in an eight round Super Featherweight bout.
Moises Solis (8-1, 4 KO’s) taking on Ricardo Lopez (3-2, 1 KO) in an eight round Jr. Welterweight bout.
Mathias Garcia (13-4, 12 KO’s) getting it on with Lenin Tellez (4-8, 2 KO’s) in an eight round Featherweight affair.
Luis Sandoval (8-5, 5 KO’s) takes on Ernesto Castro (11-8-1, 9 KO’s) in a six round Super Flyweight fight.
Julio Buitrago (8-5, 2 KO’s) takes on Lenin Trana (0-2-1) in a six round minimum weight tussle.
Cristian Ruiz (4-0, 3 KO’s) will look to remain undefeated when he battles Nicolas Montes (0-1-1) in a Jr. Welterweight bout scheduled for four rounds.
Tickets can be purchased at all Pharohs Casino Locations and will have costs of between US $ 35.00 and US $ 10 normal seats. The Show will be transmitted live starting 7:00 PM by Channel 8 Nicaragua. For more information on www.prodesa.com.ni