Roman Morales-Khabir Suleymanov Set For March 7

SAN DIEGO - Gary Shaw Productions in association with Greg Cohen Promotions, Antonio Leonard Promotions and All In Entertainment is happy to officially announce the ESPN "Friday Night Fights" co-feature to the main event attraction featuring Rustam Nugaev (26-6-1, 16 KOs) vs. Marvin Quintero (25-4, 21 KOs), taking place at the Pala Casino Spa and Resort in Pala, California on March 7, 2014.

The evening's co-main event will feature undefeated junior featherweight Roman Morales (17-0, 9 KOs) against Russian born fighter Khabir Suleymanov (16-3, 6 KOs), in a scheduled 10-round bout.

This will be Morales' second scheduled 10-round affair, the first was back in October of last year against Roberto Castaneda.  Morales went the distance in that contest, earning a unanimous decision in the process, so it stands to reason that there should be no issues with his stamina and you could make the argument that he will be more comfortable this time around, opening the door to a fight filled with fireworks.

"I learned a lot about myself last time out and I think it was more important to get the rounds in than it would've been to get overaggressive, maybe even reckless. I'm still growing both mentally and physically, but I know I'm getting everything out of each experience. This time out I'll have a better understanding of what I'm capable of at different points in the fight, I may choose to push the gas at several points. My opponent won't be comfortable in there, I won't let him get settled. I can wait for him to make a mistake but I know I can help the issue better this time out," Morales said.

Promoter Gary Shaw feels Morales has the ability to become a force in the Jr. Featherweight division.  A good performance against Suleymanov will get Morales one step closer to a world title opportunity.

"Morales has a great chance to elevate his position in the Jr. Featherweight division," said Gary Shaw. "I'm expecting a lot of action in this fight because I know both fighters are hungry to prove to the world that they are on the championship level.  This is a tough fight for both guys and the winner will certainly move on to bigger and better things.

The rest of the undercard will showcase some of the brightest young up and coming stars in boxing.

Opening up the telecast will be Washington DC's undefeated welterweight sensation, Dusty Harrision Hernandez (20-0, 11 KOs) as he battles Honolulu Hawaii's Michael Balasi (10-3, 7 KOs) in an 8-round bout.

Whittier, California's unbeaten lightweight star, Alejandro Luna (16-0, 12 KOs) will take on Mexico's Sergio Riviera (18-14-2, 11 KOs) in a 6-round bout.

Chicago's amateur standouts, Kenneth Sims Jr. and Eduardo Martinez will be making their pro debuts.  Sims Jr. will face Arizona, CA's Cory Muldrew (1-5) in a 4-round light welterweight bout, while Martinez goes up against Mexico's Juan Urbina (0-1) in a4-round super bantamweight contest.

San Antonio's super bantamweight phenom, Mario Barrios (2-0, 1 KO) will do battle against Kelly Lionell (0-2) in a 4-round bout.

Vista, California's, Aaron Garcia (13-3-2, 4 KOs) will challenge Mexico's Gerardo Zayas (20-22-2, 12 KOs) in a 6-round featherweight bout.

New York's Mike Faragon (19-0, 9 KOs) will fight an opponent to be announced in a 6-round lightweight bout, as will Santa Barbara's welterweight Francisco Santana (18-3-1, 8 KOs).

Bouts subject to change

Tickets for the Gary Shaw Productions event, priced at $150, $100, $50 and  $25, are on sale now and can be purchased at Pala Resort Casino Box office, at the Pala Privileges Center, or by calling 1-877-WIN-PALA.  Tickets can also be purchased online at or by calling 1-800-585-3737.

The Pala Casino Resort and Spa is located at 11154 Hwy 76, Pala, CA 92059.  Doors open at 5:00 p.m, first fight starts at 5:30 p.m (PST).  ESPN "Friday Night Fights" telecast begins at 9:00 p.m. EST / 6:00 p.m. PST.

Tags: Roman Morales image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Roach Admits: Crawford is NOT My Favorite Fight For Pacquiao Schaefer: I Couldn't Be Coming Back With a Better Fight Card Crawford To Face PBC Fighter Next? Then Pacquiao in 2017? Roach: Pacquiao is Too Big, Lomachenko is Not That Good Javier Fortuna vs. Omar Douglas Camp Notes Pacquiao vs. Lomachenko is The Fight Arum Wants To Make Most Terry Flanagan vs. Orlando Cruz on November 26, Motorpoint Roach: Golden Boy Protecting Their 'Cash Cow' From Golovkin John Molina Wants to Dethrone 140 Kingpin Terence Crawford Schaefer Explains Ringstar Business Model, PBC Relationship Roach Still Wants Pacquiao vs. Canelo: I Love That Fight! Parker's Promoter Still Pushing To Keep Ruiz Fight in Auckland Manny Pacquiao: I Need a Convincing Win To Prove I'm Still Here Scott Quigg Makes Featherweight Debut on Anthony Joshua Card Pacquiao vs. Vargas Lands on BoxNation Katie Taylor Inks Promotional With Eddie Hearn, Pro Debut Set Oscar De La Hoya: 2016 is Maybe The Worst Year For Boxing Roach: I Don't Think Andre Ward is The Fighter He Used To Be Video: Freddie Roach Talks Golovkin, Kovalev vs. Ward, More Manny Pacquiao, Freddie Roach Have Retirement Pact in Place Video: Justin Fortune Discusses The Heavyweight Division Juan Manuel Lopez vs. Wilfredo Vazquez Jr: Sure, Why Not Video: Bob Arum Talks Schaefer, Trump, King, UFC, More Arum: I Would NEVER Do Pacquiao vs. Golovkin - It Was a Joke! Video: Manny Pacquiao Putting in Work For Vargas Title Clash Video: Freddie Roach on Thurman-Garcia, Lebedev-Gassiev, More Mason Menard's Fight Now Off Due To Bookkeeping Issue Molina Still Wants Danny Garcia Fight: He Has Holes in His Armor Video: Manny Pacquiao Talks Camp, Retirement, Vargas, More Demetrius Andrade Very Motivated as Jack Culcay Clash Nears Photos: Manny Pacquiao Putting in Work at Wild Card Gym Canelo Says The Ball is in Golovkin's Court: Accept The Offer! Ricardo Mayorga Crashes Into Taxi, Pursued For 200K in Damages Canelo Eager To Prove WBO Prez's Prediction of Mayweather KO Vences: A Win Over Casey Ramos Will Open A lot of Doors For Me Photos: Juanma, Vazquez Explode in Very Tense Final Presser Ustinov's Manager Expects WBA To Order Klitschko Title Fight Premier Boxing Champions Reveal Season 3 Schedule Helenius Faces Basile on 12/17, Chisora Rematch Eyed For March Arthur Abraham Shelved For Three Weeks Due To Elbow Injury

Latest Active Forum Threads