Ivan Najera on His Ring Return, Crawford vs. Beltran

By Ryan Burton

On Saturday evening lightweight prospect Ivan Najera (14-0) returns to the ring against Luis Cervantes (7-8). The fight will be on the UniMas Solo Boxeo undercard that is headlined by Juan Diaz versus Carlos Cardenas. The fight card takes place at the Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas.

Najera last fought on August 9th when he won a split decision over Stan Martyniouk. Najera said he was pleased with his performance against the awkward fighter.

"I think I did really good.  I am very proud of my performance and the way I performed. He just kept holding on and moving around but I think I did well apply pressure and throwing. I learned a lot from the fight. This guy had a lot of experience as an amateur and as pros we had almost the same record. It is good to learn from a fight like that," said Najera.

The San Antonio native said that he is happy to be fighting again in his home state and said that he has been building a good local following.

"I have a lot of supporters in Texas. The fight is basically in my backyard. It should be a good turn out," Najera stated.

WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford is regarded by many as the best fighter in the division. He returns to the ring in November against rugged contender Ray Beltran. While Beltran is a tough fighter, Najera doesn't think he will be able to pull off the upset.

"Crawford is a beast. I saw him perform really good against Gamboa. He ended up knocking him out. I think Crawford will handle Beltran easy. He moves a lot more and boxes better while Beltran is slower. I think Crawford will outbox," Najera told

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