By Jake Donovan
A change in venue – and date - for the 2015 premiere of Boxeo Telemundo Ford will now give the spring season three of its four Telemundo-televised shows in Florida. The card will now take place March 6 at Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida, the most popular location in the long-running series.
Headlining the show is a return to the Puerto Rico vs. Mexico story line that accompanies most episodes, as Jonathan Oquendo returns to his home away from home for a 10-round regional title fight showdown with Gabino Cota (17-3-1, 15KOs).
The March 6 date also means the spring season begins a week earlier than originally expected. The original start date called for a March 13 start in Mexico City, with bantamweight contender Alejandro ‘Payasito’ Hernandez to headline. That card will now take place one week later at the same venue (Auditorio Blackberry) on March 20.
“I’m thrilled to have the series begin earlier and start off in Orlando, where we’ve had so many great shows over the years,” informed promoter Felix ‘Tuto’ Zabala Jr. of All-Star Boxing. “We are still fighting in Mexico in the spring, but the March 20 date works better for everyone involved.”
The March 13 show will now take place at A La Carte Pavilion in Tampa, Florida.
Oquendo (24-4, 16KOs) hasn’t fought since a 10-round points loss to former three-division champ Abner Mares last July in Las Vegas. His last win served in the same capacity as his upcoming bout versus Cota, fighting at the Kissimmee Civic Center last March—in fact exactly 52 weeks from the March 13 fight night—in the 2014 season premiere of Boxeo Telemundo.
Cota (17-3-1, 15KOs) will make his stateside debut heading into this fight, which also serves as his second straight—and overall—outside of his native Mexico. The serviceable featherweight is coming off of a points loss to Andriy Klimov on the road in Russia last November, in supporting capacity to Ruslan Provodnikov’s homecoming knockout win over faded Jose Luis Castillo.
The modified spring schedule for Boxeo Telemundo now reads as follows:
- March 6: Kissimmee Civic Center, Kissimmee, FL
- March 13: A La Carte Pavilion, Tampa, FL
- March 20: Auditorio Blackberry, Mexico City, Mexico
- March 27: Turner Civic Center, Arcadia, FL
The location change is a temporary shift in normal season scheduling. The summer and fall seasons of the Telemundo series are budgeted to return to its previous formula of two shows each per season in Mexico and Florida.
Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of BoxingScene.com, as well as a member of Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and the Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox