By Francisco Salazar
Another clash in the rivalry between fighters from Mexico and Puerto Rico will headline the final telecast of the 'Boxeo Telemundo' summer series.
Bantamweight Daniel Lozano will face Ricardo Espinoza tonight at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC Auditorium in Tampa, Florida. Telemundo will air the fight, beginning at 11:35 p.m. ET/ PT.
The fight between Lozano and Espinoza is a crossroads bout with a lot on the line. Both are fighting for a regional title belt and a top 15 ranking by the WBO.
Lozano (15-4, 11 knockouts), who is ranked number four by the WBO, has been a staple of several 'Boxeo Telemundo' telecasts over the last several years. The 28-year-old of Puerto Rican descent resides in nearby Bowling Green.
The 28-year-old Lozano avenged an earlier loss to Ricardo Rodriguez in his last bout on Oct. 13, defeating him by unanimous decision over 10 rounds. In his previous bout on July 28 of last year, Lozano knocked out David Carmona in the second round. His two recent victories have comes after three straight losses.
Espinoza (20-2, 17 KOs) has mostly fought most of his fights in and around his hometown of Tijuana, Mexico and in Southern California.
In his last bout on June 28, Espinoza stopped overmatched and winless German Cota in round three. Espinoza has won his last 10 bouts.
Lozano will be a significant step-up in opposition for the 21-year-old Espinoza. Tonight will mark the first time Espinoza will fight in a scheduled 10 round bout.
In the co-feature, bantamweight Santiago Arroyo (6-0-1, 3 KOs) will square off against Edwin Rodriguez (9-5, 5 KOs) in a six round bout.
Also on the All Star Boxing card will be a 10 round bout between unbeaten and fringe featherweight contender Hairon Socarras (18-0-3, 12 KOs) and former world bantamweight title challenger Jose Nieves.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for Boxingscene.com since September of 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (Calif.) Star newspaper. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing