Sugar Ray Leonard & Thomas Hearns To Host
Seven-Fight Night Of Boxing At Pechanga On June 2
On Friday, June 2, 2023, at the Pechanga Resort & Casino’s
Summit in Temecula, California, MarvNation Promotions in
association with Ringside Ticket Inc., will present a very
special night of professional boxing, entitled “An Evening
of Fights with Sugar Ray Leonard and Tommy Hearns.”
In addition to two of the greatest fighters in boxing
history, Leonard and Hearns, serving as honorary hosts for
the night and meeting fans, a seven-fight card will be held,
featuring Orlando, Florida’s undefeated Jonathan Lopez
(10-0, 7 KOs) taking on Mexicali, Mexico’s Eduardo Baez
(21-4-2, 7 KOs) in an eight-round featherweight battle.
A trio of undefeated California-based fighters will also
appear, as Women’s WBC Interim World Super Flyweight
Champion Adelaida “La Cobra” Ruiz (13-0-1, 7 KOs) of Los
Angeles will face Mexico City’s Lucia Hernandez Nunez (6-7)
in a 10-round super flyweight non-title matchup; while the
son of another legend, Fernando “El Feroz” Vargas Jr. (8-0,
8 KOs) of Oxnard, California, will meet Jesus Cruz Silva
(6-2, 1 KO) of Monterey, Mexico.
San Diego’s own Mario “Matador” Ramos (10-0, 8 KOs) will go
six super welterweight rounds against Fort Lauderdale,
Florida’s also undefeated Alexander Centeno (8-0, 6 KOs).
Three more undercard bouts are also scheduled.
The all-time-great Leonard and Hearns first met in “The
Showdown,” on September 16, 1981, a super fight for the WBA,
WBC, and The Ring welterweight titles, won by Leonard by TKO
14. The classic fight would go on to win Ring Magazine’s
1981 Fight of the Year. The pair would meet again in 1989,
this time ending in a controversial draw.
“This really is a very special night of boxing, where fans
can see great fights and two living legends of the sweet
science,” said Ringside Ticket Inc. President Patrick Ortiz.
“I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Sugar Ray Leonard for
about 25 years and Thomas Hearns for about 15 and there is
nothing more exciting than meeting two of the greatest
fighters, pound-for-pound, in the history of combative
sports. I’m still in awe every time I meet them. Don’t miss
out on this rare occasion to see great fights and these Hall
of Fame fighters together one more time!”