by Jake Donovan
All fighters successfully made weight for the 2012 season finale of Boxeo Telemundo, which airs live from the Civic Center in Kissimmee, FL (Friday, Telemundo, 11:35PM ET).
In the main event, Jose ‘Maui’ Nieves takes on Glenn ‘The Rock’ Porras in a 12-round bantamweight battle. Nieves came in at 117.4 lb, while Porras was right at the divisional limit of 118 lb.
Nieves (28-3, 17KO) – based out of Carolina, Puerto Rico - enters the fight on the heels of a three-fight win streak, all of which has taken place at this very venue. Porras (20-2-3, 9KO) fights in the U.S. for the third straight time after a career spent almost exclusively in his native Philippines.
The co-feature is as good as it gets for any non-headlining bout in the 10 years of the reformed Boxeo Telemundo series. Former title challenger Cosme Rivera takes on Yordenis Ugas in a make-or-break crossroads bout.
Rivera (34-14-3, 24KO) came in at 140.2 lb for his fourth straight fight as a super lightweight after having spent nearly a decade at welterweight. Ugas (12-1, 6KO) came in at 140.6 as he seeks a second straight win following an upset loss to Juan Garcia earlier this year on Showtime.
All six stateside editions of Boxeo Telemundo – including Friday’s telecast – have taken place at the Kissimmee Civic Center. The series rotates between Mexico and Florida every month.
Jose Nieves, 117.4 lb vs. Glenn Porras, 118 lb – 12 rounds, bantamweight (main event)
Cosme Rivera, 140.2 lb vs. Yordenis Ugas, 140.4 lb – 10 rounds, super lightweight (co-feature)
Danny Pastrana, 163.4 lb vs. Fadoul Louis, 165 lb. – 4 rounds, middleweight
Miguel Cruz, 147 lb vs. Andrew Jones, 144.8 lb – four rounds, welterweight
Carlos Lacayo, 126 lb vs. Giovanni Vazquez, 126.4 lb – four rounds, featherweight
Robert Alfonso, 232.4 lb vs. Robert Murray, 262 lb – four rounds, heavyweight
Marvin McGowan, 160 lb vs. Ludovic Toussant, 152 lb – four rounds, middleweight