KO Artist Amilcar Vidal Defends WBC Latino Middleweight
Belt July 29 In Uruguay
On Friday, July 29, WBC #13-ranked middleweight Amilcar “El
Pety” Vidal (15-0. 12 KOs) will return to his hometown of
Montevideo, Uruguay, to defend his WBC Latin Middleweight
Championship for the second time against Rafaela, Santa Fe,
Argentina’s Gabriel Omar “El Loco” Díaz (12-3-0, 4 KOs).
The 10-round Vidal vs. Diaz battle will headline an
extraordinary international evening of professional boxing,
presented, without fans in attendance, by Sampson Boxing,
Tello Box, Paco Presents and Producciones Sports at Alberto
Isabella's American Box Gym in Montevideo and televised live
by TyC Sports (Latin America), TV Ciudad (Uruguay) and
Estrella TV (United States).
In the night’s potentially explosive 10-round co-main event,
three-time world title challenger David “El Severo” Carmona
(22-9-5, 9 KOs) of Mexico City and Tijuana’s Alex “El Peque”
Santiago (25-3-5, 13 KOs) will meet for the Mexican
Bantamweight Championship, the first time a Mexican national
title has been disputed outside its lands.
For his second fight this year, the big-punching 26-year-old
Vidal, who now lives in Los Angeles, is training in Uruguay.
He was last seen in April of this year, making quick work of
transplanted Argentinean Osmar Gustavo Dominguez Chamorro
(TKO 2) in his first defense of his WBC Latino belt he won
in 2019. A TV favorite in the United States, Vidal is known
for his tremendous punching power in both hands.
Díaz, 25, a native of Rafaela, Santa Fe, comes to this fight
after knocking out Nicolás Brito in three rounds last July.
Diaz has faced several of his best domestic competition,
such as Emiliano Pucheta, Jairo Rayman (whom he defeated),
Wilson Sánchez, Gerardo Vergara and Alejandro Silva, among
In his professional career, 31-year-old Carmona has beaten
quality foes such as Jesús Iribe and Belmar Preciado, and is
also one of the few fighters to go the distance against the
Japanese "Monster" Naoya Inoue, against whom he disputed the
WBO super flyweight world title in 2016. He also fell by
decision against Carlos Cuadras and fought Englishman Khalid
Yafai for the WBA super flyweight title in May 2018.
Accustomed to boxing’s ups and downs, Mexican bantamweight
contender Alejandro “Peque” Santiago rebounded from his
nationally televised and highly controversial
majority-decision loss to Gary Antonio Russell in November
2021 by taking a 10-round unanimous decision over countryman
Juan Ramirez Marquez. The hard-luck Santiago has been the
“victim” of several controversial draws against top fighters
in high-profile fights, including one particularly dubious
draw against IBF Super Flyweight Champion Jerwin Ancajas in
On the undercard, Colombian welterweight knockout artist
Roiman Villa (23-1, 23 KOs) will face Venezuelan Domicio
Rondón (17-5-0, 11 KOs) over 10 rounds, while unbeaten
Dominican lightweight Francis Frometa (16-0, 10 KOs) will
cross gloves with the tough Argentine Javier "Jhonny"
Herrera (17-6-1, 8 KOs) in an eight-round fight.
Uruguayan locals, welterweight Víctor "Látigo" Rodríguez
(7-0, 2 KOs) and super welterweight Joel Cano (1-0, 1 KO)
will face Argentines Omar Correa (6-7-1, 2 KOs) and Juan
Martin Salvia, respectively.