SAN ANTONIO - One of boxing's most popular action fighters, former middleweight world title challenger Fernando Guerrero will look to thrill boxing fans on Monday, Nov. 11 when he squares off against Austin's Raymond Gatica in the 10-round co-main event of FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes' Golden Boy Live! (10:00 p.m. ET/9:00 p.m. CT/7:00 p.m. PT) at Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio, Texas.
"I'm excited to return to the ring and get back in the title picture," said Guerrero. "The Texas fans were great to me when I fought there against JC Candelo last year and I promise to give them another show to remember on November 11."
"Fernando Guerrero is a big name in the division and I have a lot of respect for him," said Gatica. "But, I have every intention of beating him in front of my fellow Texans and making a big statement."
In the 10-round main event, it's a meeting of junior welterweight southpaws when Fidel "The Atrisco Kid" Maldonado Jr. and Luis Ramos Jr. meet in the ring.
"Fernando Guerrero is one of my favorite fighters to watch and he brings it every time," said Mike Battah, President of Battah*Leija Promotions. "He had a great performance in Texas against JC Candelo and the San Antonio fans wanted him again, so we got him. He's in for a tough test in Raymond Gatica and I think we're going to be in for a great fight on November 11."
Also added to the televised portion of the card is an eight-round middleweight bout featuring unbeaten 2012 U.S. Olympian Terrell Gausha against an opponent to be determined.
Twenty-seven year-old southpaw Fernando Guerrero (25-2, 19 KO's) has always been a must-see for boxing fans and he doesn't disappoint. A native of the Dominican Republic who later became synonymous with his adopted hometown of Salisbury, Maryland, Guerrero parlayed a four-fight winning streak from 2011-2012 into a world title shot against current WBO Middleweight Champion Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin in April of 2013. Guerrero fell short of victory that night, but he's eager to get back in the title race beginning with his Nov. 11 bout against Gatica.
Austin's Raymond Gatica (13-1, 8 KO's) is a former Texas State Welterweight Champion who is unbeaten in two fights since moving to the middleweight division in 2013 where the 29-year-old upset Raul Casarez in April. In his most recent bout on June 28, he stopped Juan Reyna in four rounds, making it clear that he's ready for his FOX national television debut against Guerrero.
Since emerging from the London Olympics, Team USA member Terrell Gausha (11-2, 6 KO's) has proven to be one of the most promising members of the Class of 2012, showing off speed, savvy and power as he's scored six post-Olympic wins, four by knockout. Fresh from a recent first-round technical knockout over Bruce Runkle in September, the 26-year-old from Cleveland will attempt to keep the momentum going in Texas.
Maldonado Jr. vs. Ramos Jr. is a 10-round junior welterweight bout presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Leija*Battah Promotions and sponsored by Corona and O'Reilly Auto Parts. Cowboys Dancehall doors open at 5:00 p.m. CT and the first fight starts at 6:30 p.m. CT. In the co-main event, Fernando Guerrero squares off against Raymond Gatica in a 10-round middleweight bout. The FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes broadcast airs live at 10:00 p.m. ET/9:00 p.m. CT/7:00 p.m. PT.
Tickets, priced at $100, $65, $30 and $20, plus applicable taxes, fees and service charges are available for purchase now by phone by calling Leija*Battah Promotions at (210) 979-3302.
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