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  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, undefeated challenger.

“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 my division.”

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 fight.

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 shortly.


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