Mauricio Lara Returns Against
Emilio Sanchez On March 5
Mauricio Lara returns to action against Emilio Sanchez at
the Pechanga Arena San Diego in San Diego, California on
March 5, live worldwide on DAZN, on a packed event topped by
the mouth-watering trilogy clash between Juan Francisco
Estrada and Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez.
Lara (23-2-1 16 KOs) makes a welcome return to the ring
following his nasty cut in his rematch with Josh Warrington.
The Mexican traveled to Yorkshire in September to take on
the Leeds man at Headingley Stadium in a rematch having
stunned the boxing world by stopping for former World ruler
in the ninth round of their clash in February in London. The
rematch was heating up before an accidental headclash in the
second round left Lara with a nasty gash over his left eye
and the contest had to be waved off.
The 23 year old has healed up and will look to get back into
the mix for major bouts and World title action at
Featherweight, and the first man in the way of his path to
the top table is Sanchez (19-1 12 KOs). The 27 year old
Californian will be looking to provide an upset of his own
in the biggest fight of his eight year career to date, with
Sanchez fighting over ten rounds for the second time in his
career and entering the fight on the back of his 12th KO win
back in May over the experienced Christian Esquivel.
There’s a stacked card in support of the trilogy clash
between Estrada and Chocolatito – with the focus on Eddie
Hearn’s bright young talents and an exciting debutant.
Angel Fierro is eager to gatecrash the party at the top of
the Lightweight division, and the WBO #4 will display his
credentials in the second defense of his WBO NABO title
against Juan Carlos Burgos. Fierro (19-1-1 15 KOs) picked up
the vacant title with a stunning KO win over Alberto Machado
in March – climbing off the deck in the first and second
rounds to put the former World ruler away in the sixth. The
23 year old San Diego based Mexican blasted Cristian Bielma
away in four rounds in his first defense in Puerto Vallarta
in November, and will be looking to make a similar statement
against the experienced former World title challenger Burgos
(34-6-2 21 KOs).
Diego Pacheco (13-0 10 KOs) fights in the paid ranks for the
14th time and the rangy Super-Middleweight tastes eight
round action for the fourth time against Genc Pllana (9-3-1
Marc Castro (5-5 5 KOs) is in his sixth pro fight and has
yet to go the full distance, his opponent over six rounds
will be named soon.
Anthony Herrera (1-0 1 KO) made an explosive start to the
pro game with a second round KO win on the undercard of the
Teofimo Lopez vs. George Kambosos Jr blockbuster in New York
in November, and the 21 year old former Team USA talent goes
for the second time in San Diego against an opponent to be
Debutant Skye Nicolson completes the card, and the
Australian star will make her long-anticipated debut at
Featherweight in California. The 26 year old won
Commonwealth Games gold at her home games in 2016 and
represented Australia at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, and now
looks to translate her amateur success into the paid ranks.
“This is a great night of boxing with a stacked undercard
beneath a brilliant main event,” said promoter Eddie Hearn.
“You have so many fighters on this card that can become big
stars in the future. Mauricio recorded one of the upsets of
2021 against Josh and is looking to cement his name as a
real contender at Featherweight.
“There’s some exciting young stars in action on the rest of
the card. Angel is chasing down his fellow contenders and
champions at Lightweight, Diego is such a handful and is
ready to step up this year, Marc has blasted every opponent
away to date, Anthony looked the business on his debut and
Skye is going to be a big hit in the paid ranks – March 5 is
going to be a spectacular night of action from start to