Pablo Cesar Cano vs. Jonathan Navarro In
New Co-Main To Ortiz Jr. vs. Hooker Mar. 20
Seasoned slugger Pablo Cesar “El Demoledor” Cano (33-7-1, 23
KOs) will take on rising contender Jonathan “Thunder”
Navarro (17-0, 9 KOs) in a 12-round fight for the WBC Silver
International Super Lightweight Title in the new co-main
event to Ortiz Jr. vs Hooker. The action will take place
Saturday, March 20 at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas and
will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN worldwide,
including the U.S. and Mexico.
Highly touted heavyweight monster Arslanbek Makhmudov was
originally slated to return in the co-main event, but he
will now return in April against a very big challenge.
Details for Makhmudov’s return will be announced in the
“This co-main is a Golden Boy special -- two guys who can
crack, don’t take a step backwards and are always going for
the knockout,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of
Golden Boy. “With both guys having been off for more than a
year due to Covid-19, each is hungry for a win and to
position themselves in the mix at the top of the super
Cano is a 31-year-old contender from Tlalnepantla, Mexico,
who is coming off wins against
Jorge "El Niño de Oro" Linares and Roberto “Massa” Ortiz.
This young veteran of about 15 years has also defeated the
likes of Ashley Theophane, Mauricio "El Maestro" Herrera and
Ruslan Madiev, and he has participated in great battles
against "Sugar" Shane Mosley, Paul "The Magic Man"
Malignaggi and Erik "El Terrible" Morales. Cano will inch
closer to a world title shot if can beat Navarro.
“I am very happy to be returning on such an important card
on March 20” said Pablo Cesar Cano. “I am delighted for the
chance to be active once again, especially because of all
that has happened due to the pandemic. I am motivated, and I
have a positive mentality. I’m going to make sure I train
very hard to be at optimum shape on fight night.”
Navarro is a 24-year-old rising contender who scored his
biggest win yet in 2018 when he beat then-undefeated
prospect Damon Allen Jr. via technical knockout. Since then,
he has scored two impressive wins, though he has been
inactive since October 2019. Navarro plans to return to the
ring and make a big statement in order to put himself in
line for a world title shot.
“I am very excited for this fight,” said Jonathan Navarro.
“You’re not going to want to miss it. This fight will be a
big step up for me, and it will bring me closer to becoming
a world champion. We are working very hard back at camp and
making sure we are prepared for Cano. I’m coming to make a
statement in the 140-pound division. I will let everyone
know that I’m coming for a belt very soon!”
As announced previously, the Ortiz vs. Hooker undercard will
be stacked from top to bottom with highly competitive
Anabel “Avispa” Ortiz (31-3, 4 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico
and former flyweight champion Seniesa “Superbad” Estrada
(19-0, 8 KOs) of East Los Angeles, California will meet in
an epic 10-round fight for Ortiz’s WBA Minimumweight World
Luis “Matador” Hernandez (21-0, 19 KOs) of Chihuahua, Mexico
will participate in a 10-round super lightweight battle
against Alex Martin (15-3, 6 KOs) of Chicago, Illinois.
George Rincon (10-0, 7 KOs) of Dallas, Texas will return in
an eight-round super lightweight fight against Alex
Martin(15-3, 6 KOs) of Merida, Mexico.
Hector Valdez (13-0, 8 KOs) of Dallas, Texas will face
Alberto Torres (11-3-3, 4 KOs) of Sacramento, California in
an eight-round super bantamweight battle.
Oscar Acevedo (7-0) of Garden City, Kansas and James “Crunch
Time” Willkins (9-1-0, 6 KOs) of Staten Island, New York
will meet in an eight-round super featherweight bout between
two Golden Boy prospects.
Tristan Kalkreuth (7-0, 6 KOs) of Duncanville, Texas will
return against a soon-to-be-announced opponent in a
six-round fight in the cruiserweight division.