Prospect Luis Núñez Faces Fellow Unbeaten Jonathan Fierro In
Featherweight Battle May 21
Rising Dominican prospect Luis “The Twist” Núñez will battle
fellow unbeaten Jonathan Fierro in the 10-round
featherweight telecast opener live on SHOWTIME Saturday, May
21 from Gila River Arena in Glendale, Ariz. headlining a
Premier Boxing Champions event.
The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast is headlined by
unbeaten two-time world champion and Arizona-native David
“El Bandera Roja” Benavídez returning to fight in his home
state for the second-straight bout as he takes on former
world champion David Lemieux for the vacant Interim WBC
Super Middleweight Title. The telecast begins at 10 p.m.
ET/7 p.m. PT and also features hard-hitting Cuban prospect
Yoelvis Gómez taking on Mexico’s Jorge Cota in the 10-round
super welterweight co-main event.
The non-televised undercard will see former world champion
“Vicious” Victor Ortiz (32-7-3, 25 KOs) in a 10-round super
welterweight attraction against Todd Manuel (20-19-1, 6 KOs)
and Mayweather Promotions’ rising unbeaten super lightweight
contender Richardson Hitchins (13-0, 5 KOs) in a 10-round
bout against Mexico’s Angel Rodriguez (12-10-3, 5 KOs).
A trio of Arizona-based prospects will also compete on the
undercard, as super featherweight and Mesa-native Jesus Abel
Ibarra (13-0, 6 KOs) steps in for a six-round contest
against Mexico’s Moises Flores (25-6-1, 17 KOs), Glendale’s
own Elijah Garcia (10-0, 9 KOs) competes in a six-round
middleweight affair battling California’s Rowdy Montgomery
(7-3-1, 5 KOs), while Mesa’s Micky Scala (5-0, 3 KOs), an
intriguing prospect in the Mayweather Promotions stable,
enters the ring facing Iowa’s Mike Plazola (2-1, 1 KO) for
six rounds of super welterweight action.
Rounding out the lineup is welterweight Estevan Villalobos
(15-1-1, 11 KOs) going up against Houston’s Christon Edwards
(13-3, 6 KOs) in an eight-round bout, lightweight prospect
Julio Hernandez (1-0, 1 KO) in a four-round duel, and the
pro debut of Chavon Stillwell taking on Brent Oren (4-8, 1
KO) for a six-round super middleweight showdown.
After piling up an 85-5 amateur record, Núñez (16-0, 12 KOs)
turned pro in 2018 and racked up knockouts in eight of his
first nine outings. Fighting out of Puerto Plata, Dominican
Republic, Núñez made his U.S. debut in September 2021 by
winning a unanimous decision over the previously unbeaten
Jayvon Garnett on SHOBOX: The New Generation®. The
22-year-old followed up that performance by taking down
another undefeated fighter, as he stopped Carlos Arrieta in
the 10th round of their January showdown, also on SHOBOX®.
“Not many fighters get the opportunities that have been
given to me,” said Núñez. “I feel blessed and grateful to be
in this position. It was a great honor to fight on SHOWTIME
in my last fight and I’m thankful to my whole team for being
put on this platform. I’m going to make the most of this
chance that I have. The best is yet to come!”
The 18-year-old Fierro (13-0, 12 KOs) made his U.S. debut in
Arizona last November, as he stopped Victor Ruiz in the
first round. A native of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico,
Fierro most recently knocked out the previously unbeaten
Daniel Bailey in March. A pro since late 2019, Fierro scored
knockouts in his first seven fights before winning an
eight-round unanimous decision in April 2021.
“First of all I want to thank everyone that has made this
great opportunity possible for me,” said Fierro. “This is a
dream come true and I can’t wait to get in the ring. I am
training extremely hard to be at my best and show everyone
what I’m capable of. Luis Núñez is a great fighter, but come
May 21, he will know what it is to fight a true Mexican