By Francisco Salazar
Cruiserweight Yunier Dorticos hits hard. Really hard. Yet, he does not only want to be known as a hard-hitting puncher. He is determined to become a better all-around fighter who will one day win a world title.
Dorticos will face Eric Fields in a scheduled 10 round bout tonight at the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, CA. The bout will be part of a five-bout card, presented by Kings Sports Worldwide.
In his last bout on February 28th in San Diego, CA, Dorticos stopped Hamilton Ventura in the first round. Dorticos dropped Ventura three times before the fight was halted midway through the round.
The Cuban-born fighter has impressed those in the boxing world with his power. He has won all 16 of his professional fights by knockout. While he faces a much savvy opponent in Fields, Dorticos is not eager to go for a knockout, but to perform to the best of his ability, even if the fight goes the distance.
"The victory over Ventura was a good win for me and a good test," Dorticos told Boxingscene.com at the Rock Gym in Carson, CA on Monday afternoon. "He was an undefeated fighter who expected to win. Anything could happen and I was fortunate to beat him to the punch and drop him three times. I was prepared that night as if I were fighting a world champion."
"After this fight, I want to try and fight for a world title. Why wait? I want to keep working and move up in the rankings. I'm going to keep defeating those they put in front of me."
Opening up the King Sports Worldwidecard tonight will be middleweight Louis Rose. He will face late-sub Emanuel Ledezma in a scheduled eight round bout.
In his last bout on February 6th in Hollywood, CA, Rose is coming off a six round unanimous decision over Fabian Reyes. Prior to that bout, he fought to a 10 round split decision draw against Paul Mendez in October.
Despite the late replacement, Rose (9-1-1, 2 KOs) wants to impress and continue winning. He is unbeaten in his last five bouts since losing to gatekeeper Tony Hirsch almost a year and a half ago.
"I'm going to stick to my game-plan (tonight)," Rose told Boxingscene.com on Monday afternoon. "I don't duck or dodge anyone. I take every fight serious. I believe 1 can fight and will stay at 160 pounds for a long time."
Francisco A. Salazar has written for Boxingscene.com since September of 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. He also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star, RingTV, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing