A new opponent has been determined for former world champion Zab Judah on “Road to Redemption,” a nationally and internationally televised double main event Friday, Nov. 6, at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Judah of Las Vegas now meets veteran Ubaldo Hernandez of Fort Myers, Fla., in a 10-round welterweight main event. Former world champion Joel Casamayor of Las Vegas faces Jason Davis of Vancouver, Wash., in a 10-round super lightweight fight, the second main event on the card..
The card, presented by Vargas Entertainment and Promotion, Inc., of Camarillo, Calif., in association with AD & Co., of Las Vegas is the Las Vegas boxing promotional debut of former world champion Fernando Vargas.
In the special attraction Ron Johnson, the current World Boxing Council/United States National Boxing Championship light heavyweight title-holder of Las Vegas, takes on Dumont Welliver of Snoqualmie, Wash., in an eight-round bout.
Also on the card and making his Las Vegas debut is featherweight Salvador Sanchez, nephew of the legendary featherweight champion Salvador Sanchez.
The 31-year-old Judah, a southpaw who originally is from Brooklyn, N.Y., has a record of 37-6 with 25 knockouts and was the World Boxing Council, World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation welterweight champion as well as the World Boxing Organization and IBF junior welterweight champ.
The 32-year-old Hernandez, originally from Mexico, has a record of 22-19-2 with 10 knockouts and has fought current WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto; current IBF junior welterweight champ Juan Urango; and former WBA, IBF and WBO lightweight king Juan Diaz.
The 38-year-old Casamayor, originally from Cuba, has a record of 36-4-1 with 22 knockouts and was the WBC lightweight champion as well as the WBA super featherweight champ.
Casamayor, a southpaw, also has fought numerous luminaries, including former world champions Diego Corrales, Jose Luis Castillo and Juan Manuel Marquez.
The 27-year-old Davis has a record of 11-4-1 with three knockouts and has faced former IBF junior lightweight champion Steve Forbes.
Johnson, who turns 23 the day of his fight against Smith, has a record of 11-1 with three knockouts. Johnson, originally from Cleveland, won the WBC United States National Boxing Championships title in his most recent bout Aug, 29, taking a unanimous decision over Billy Bailey.
The 27-year-old Welliver has a record of 18-19-1 with six knockouts and is Johnson’s most experience opponent to date. Welliver has a win over former WBA champion Livingstone Bramble and also has faced current IBF light heavyweight champ Chad Dawson and former IBF junior welterweight king Vince Phillips.
Sanchez of Mexico goes against Jose Pacheco of Cudahy Calif., in a six-round bout.
Sanchez has a record of 16-3-2 with eight knockouts and is the spitting image of his late uncle, regarded as one of the best featherweights of all time.
After a somewhat rocky start to his career, Sanchez now is fighting more like his uncle as well, winning 14 of his past 15 bouts. This will be his first fight in Las Vegas.
The 25-year-old Pacheco has a record of 2-8-6 with no knockouts.
Six other Southern Nevadans also will be on the card: undefeated lightweight Sharif Bogere; welterweights Joseph Judah and Ryan Ellul; super lightweight Anthony Lenk; and super featherweights Dayel Sitiwatjana and Antonio Hernandez.
Bogere meets an opponent to be determined in an eight-round bout.
The 21-year-old Bogere, originally from Uganda but now a resident of Henderson, Nev., has a record of 12-0 with seven knockouts and is regarded as one of the best lightweight prospects in the world.
In four-round bouts Joseph Judah, Zab’s younger brother, and Ellul face opponents to be determined while Lenk meets Martin Vierra of Phoenix; and Sitiwatjana goes against Hernandez.
The 23-year-old Joseph Judah of Las Vegas has a record of 4-0 with one knockout.
The 24-year-old Ellul of Las Vegas has a record of 4-1 with one knockout.
The 21-year-old Lenk of Las Vegas has a record of 5-1 with three knockouts.
The 22-year-old Viera has a record of 5-2-1 with two knockouts.
The 18-year-old Sitiwatjana of Las Vegas, son of Muay Thai expert Master Toddy, is making his pro debut.
The 24-year-old Hernandez of North Las Vegas has a record of 1-1 with no knockouts.
Vargas held the WBA super welterweight and the IBF junior middleweight championships.
The card will be televised through MultiVision Media, Inc.
Tickets, priced at $75, $125 and $200, are available at the Pearl box office from noon to 7 p.m. daily; by calling the Pearl box office at 702-944-3200 during those hours; and through Ticketmaster outlets, calling Ticketmaster Southern Nevada at 474-4000, Ticketmaster national at 800-745-3000 or Ticketmaster Express at 888-448-7849 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com
The card starts at 6:30 p.m. in The Pearl Concert Theater with the pay-per-view portion of the card beginning shortly after 7. Doors open at 6.