By Jake Donovan
Glenn Donaire makes the third ring appearance since ending a three year hiatus year. The flyweight contender faces Omar Soto in a matchup of former title challengers.
Both fighters made weight for Friday’s main event at the A La Carte Pavilion in Tampa, Florida. Donaire 19-4-1 (10KO) weighed right at the flyweight limit of 112 lb, while Soto was slightly lighter at 111.5 lb.
Weight was an issue the last time Soto (22-9-2, 15KO) was in the ring. The Mexican contender was more than three pounds over the light flyweight limit in his title challenge against Roman Gonzalez, thus making him ineligible for Gonzalez’ belt originally at stake. The situation proved moot, as Soto was knocked out in two rounds.
The 32-year old Donaire looked impressive in each of his two comeback bouts. His ring return last December ended with an 8th round stoppage of former strawweight champ Alex ‘Nene’ Sanchez, who was also coming off of a lengthy hiatus. Donaire’s most recent win came this past March, taking a 12-round decision over Omar Salado.
Friday’s bout headlines the latest edition of Boxeo Telemundo, which airs live at 11:35PM ET.
Full undercard weigh-in results:
Radivoje Kalajdric, 173.5 lb vs. Shannon Anderson, 172.8 lb – 6 rounds, light heavyweight
Charlie Serrano, 123.8 lb vs. Juan Cruz, 125.2 lb - 6 Rounds Featherweights
Derrick Samuels, 152.5 lb vs. Troy Hall, 156.5 - 6 Rounds Jr. Middleweights
Amos Cowart, 135.5 lb vs. Yunier P Rey, 133 lb - 4 Rounds Lightweights
Jason Barnett, 219.5 lb vs. Terrance Marba, 238.2 lb - 4 Rounds Heavyweights
Kenny Lacy, 230.4 lb. vs. Jorge Flores, 255.5 lb - 4 Rounds Heavyweights
Alphonso Black, 154.5 lb vs. Joseph Benjamin, 156.2 lb - 4 Rounds Jr. Middleweights
Willie Jones, 147.5 lb vs. Allen Williams, 149.5 lb - 4 Rounds Welterweights
TICKET AND VENUE INFO
Doors open at 7:00PM local time, with the first non-televised fight beginning at 7:45PM. Main event airs live at 11:35PM ET, with select bouts offered on the broadcast afterward via tape-delay.
Tickets are still on sale and can be purchased at the box office at A La Carte Pavilion (4050 Dana Shores Drive, Tampa, FL) or by calling (813) 831-5390.
Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter: @JakeNDaBox