"Cancun Boxing" This Friday On CBSSN
The first installment of the 2017 "Cancun Boxing" series,
presented by Pepe Gomez' Cancun Boxing in association with
Neon Star Sports & Entertainment, will air tomorrow night
(Friday night, Feb. 10) in North America, starting at 11
p.m. ET / 8 p.m. PT, on CBS Sports Network.
The event took place Feb. 4 at Grand Oasis Cancun the Hotel
Complex, Cancun`s ONLY Ultimate All-Inclusive Entertainment
Resort, which hosts all series events.
The main event and co-feature showcased a pair of
world-class Mexican fighters, former minimumweight world
champion Francisco "Chihuas" Rodriguez and No.1 world rated
lightweight Dante "Crazy" Jardon, in critical matches that
had immediate world title fight implications.
The main event was a scheduled 10-round flyweight bout
between Rodriguez (20-4-1, 13 KOs) and Hajime Nagai (14-7-2,
4 KOs), of Japan. Rodriguez captured the World Boxing
Organization (WBO) minimumweight title March 22, 2014 in
Mexico, by way of a 10-round technical knockout over
previously unbeaten Merlito Sabillo (23-0-1), who was making
his third title defense.
Rodriguez dropped IBF minimumweight title-holder Katsunari
Takayama (27-6) once en route to his 12-round unanimous
decision victory August 9, 2014, in Mexico, in their
unification match. Rodriguez later vacated both of his world
Rated as the No. 3 flyweight contender in the world by the
WBO and No. 11 by the IBF, as well as No. 9 as a light
flyweight by the World Boxing Council (WBC), Rodriguez can
position himself for a potential title shot against WBO
reigning flyweight champion Zou Shiming (9-2, 2 KOs), the
2-time Olympic gold medalist from China, who is scheduled to
fight an opponent to be determined March 6 in Macau.
In the 10-round co-feature, WBC No. 1 contender Jardon
(30-5, 23 KOs) defended his WBC International Silver
lightweight title belt against his fellow Mexico City
challenger, Francisco "Paquito" Rojo (18-2, 11 KOs).
Jardon's most notable victories have been over two-time
world title challenger Miguel Roman (WDEC12) in their 2012
rematch, world title challenger Adrian Verduro (DQ2) and
former world super featherweight titlist Gamaliel Diaz (KO8)
in 2013, and two-time world champion Juan Carlos Salgado
(DEC12) last March.
WBC Diamond title-holder and reigning World Boxing
Association (WBA) lightweight world champion, Jorge Linares
(41-3, 27 KOs), of Venezuela, is scheduled to fight Mar. 24
in a rematch with former WBA champion Anthony Crolla
(31-5-3-3, 13 KOs) in Manchester, United Kingdom.
If Jardon impressively defeated Rojo, he could be on the
long list to fight Linares later this year, or now, as the
No. 1 mandatory challenger, he could take on new WBC
lightweight king Mickey Garcia (36-0, 30 KOs), the rising
American star who recently knocked out defending WBC
135-pound division champion Dejan Zlaticanin (22-1, 15 KOs).
Garcia was rated No. 2 to Jardon in the most recent WBC
lightweight world ratings.
The televised action starts with an eight-round welterweight
bout between Ivan "Zurdo" Alvarez (24-7, 16 KOs) and
undefeated prospect Henry "Bestia" Franco (8-0, 5 KOs).
Portions of an eight-round bantamweight match follows,
pitting Francisco "Panchito" Horta (12-3-1, 6 KOs) versus
Francisco "Relampago" Hernandez (6-1, 2 KOs).