Elwin Soto To Defend WBO Light Flyweight World Title At
Oct. 24 Edition Of Thursday Night Fights
Elwin “La Pulga” Soto(15-1, 11 KOs) defends his WBO Light
Flyweight World Title against Edward “The Heneral Fighting
Heno” Heno (14-0-5, 5 KOs) in the 12-round main event of the
October 24thedition of Thursday Night Fights at Fantasy
Springs Casino’s Special Events Center.
Soto, 22, was virtually unknown until his controversial TKO
victory against Angel “Tito” Acostato become a world
champion last June at Fantasy Springs. The Mexicali, Mexico
native demonstrated impressive power and explosiveness
against one of the best fighters in his division. Now, Soto
makes his first world title defense against a tough,
“This fight will be just like my last one,” said Soto. “I
will train to the best of my abilities because I never
underestimate anyone. I want to work hard to be the best in
Standing in his way is 26-year-old Heno, a native of
Paranaque City, Philippines who began his career with a
lackluster record of zero wins and three draws. Then, after
over a year of inactivity, Heno notched several wins in his
native country as well as victories in Japan. He is
extremely grateful for this world title opportunity.
“I have worked my whole life for this opportunity to get a
world title shot,” Heno said. “Mexico vs. Philippines is the
greatest rivalry in boxing. I look forward to hearing my
name being called as the new WBO champion of the world.”
Additionally, former heavyweight world champion Tim
Witherspoon will be the special VIP guest for this world
championship event. Witherspoon will be in attendance to
meet fans, sign autographs and take pictures inside the
Special Events Center. The meet-and-greet is open to the
public with the purchase of a ticket to the event.
In the co-main event, former world champion Acosta (20-2, 20
KOs) of San Juan, Puerto Rico looks to bounce back after his
loss to Soto in a 10-round flyweight fight.
Genaro Gamez (9-1, 6 KOs) of San Diego faces Diego Magdaleno
(31-3, 13 KOs) of Las Vegas in a 10-round bout for the
vacant USNBC Silver Lightweight Title.
Ricardo Sandoval (16-1, 11 KOs) of Rialto defends his WBC
Youth Intercontinental Flyweight Title against Alonso
Melendez (15-3, 13 KOs) of Chihuahua, Mexico in a 10-round
Raul Curiel(7-0, 5 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico takes on
Jeremy Ramos(11-7, 4 KOs) of Colorado Springs, Colorado in
an eight-round super welterweight battle.
Jonathan Navarro (16-0, 8 KOs) of East Los Angeles fights
Levis Morales (17-5-1, 8 KOs) of Juigalpa, Nicaragua in an
eight-round super lightweight bout.
Aaron McKenna (8-0, 5 KOs) of Monaghan, Ireland will appear
in a six-round super welterweight fight.
Nick Sullivan (1-0) of Norfolk, Virginia returns in a
four-round lightweight bout.
Opponents for Acosta, McKenna and Sullivan will be announced