An unofficial four-man super flyweight tournament helps kick off the summer season of Boxeo Telemundo, with the results of the two bouts shaping up its fall season as well.
The series returns to Telemundo for its summer season, with a block of four consecutive Friday night broadcasts kicking off July 18 in Kissimmee, Florida. Headlining the show, Puerto Rico’s Jonathan Vidal hopes to end a two-fight skid, as he faces Mexico’s Juan Kantun in a scheduled 10-round super flyweight regional title fight.
Vidal (17-2, 9KO) made his Telemundo this past March, following the first loss of his career last summer. The 24-year old was unable to rediscover his winning ways, dropping a competitive 10-round decision to Antonio Garcia in Tampa, Florida.
Both of his career losses have coincided with his lone two bouts outside of his native Puerto Rico. Fighting at the Kissimmee Civic Center, Vidal figures to be the crowd favorite.
Kantun (21-6-3, 15KO) fights for the first time in the United States, and just his second career bout outside of Mexico. His most recent performance was a 7th round knockout loss to unbeaten lower-weight star Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez this past February.
One week later, series favorite David Carmona headlines in Mexico City, facing countryman Martin Casillas. The 10-round bout takes place at Foro Polanco, where Carmona (16-2-1, 8KO) has been a regular since turning pro in 2009.
The bout marks the first piece of ring action for the 24-year old since suffering a 7th round knockout loss to long-reigning super flyweight champ Omar Narvaez last December.
Casillas (14-3, 8KO) is coming off of a 10-round points loss to unbeaten Nikolay Potapov this past April in Russia, his first outside of Mexico
Assuming the winners of the aforementioned bouts escape unscathed, a head-on collision is planned for later this year.
“We start the summer series with two very competitive super flyweight fights; the winners will meet on our fall series,” confirmed All-Star Boxing President Felix ‘Tuto’ Zabala Jr. “From there, a possible world title shot in 2015.”
Headlining bouts for the August 1 and August 8 shows have yet to be announced. The August 1 show takes place at the A La Carte Pavilion in Tampa, Florida, before returning to Foro Polanco in Mexico City one week later.
Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com, as well as a member of Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and the Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox