Unbeaten bantamweight prospect Saul Sanchez (12-0, 7 KOs) makes his main event debut against Edwin Rodriguez (10-5-1, 5 KOs) this Friday, Aug. 23, from Omega Products International in Corona, Calif.
The 10-round showcase fight can be streamed live on TB Presents: New Blood starting at 8:00 p.m. / 11:00 p.m. ET on Thompson Boxing's Facebook page, YouTube channel: Thompson Boxing TV and online at ThompsonBoxing.com.
Sanchez, 22, is riding high after his eighth round stoppage of Brandon Benitez in May that earned him the WBO Latino title. The fight was the opening bout of a ShoBox: The New Generation triple header and Sanchez's first on national television.
The No. Hollywood, Calif. native, who is trained by Joel Diaz and managed by Steve Martini, appears poised for his first main event attraction.
"This is what all boxers work toward when they're first starting out," said Sanchez, who turned professional in early 2016. "It's a challenging fight in a lot of ways. I'm in the main event and fighting ten rounds for the first time. This is all very knew to me, but exciting as well."
The soft-spoken and painfully shy Sanchez will be fighting from Omega Products for the fifth time in his young career. The outdoor venue, which recently hosted the previously mentioned Showtime broadcast in May, has showcased world champions such as Timothy Bradley, and more recently, Danny Roman, before they hit stardom.
"I think it's great that I'm fighting in the same place as such great champions," Sanchez said. "I put in a lot of work for this camp to make sure I win convincingly. I know Rodriguez is looking to pull the upset, but it's not going to happen."
Remaining tickets priced at $40, $60 & $100 are available for purchase on the day of the event from the venue starting at 5:30 p.m. local time. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the first bout starting at approximately 7:45 p.m.
In the 8-round "New Blood" co-feature, Bobirzhan Mominov (10-0, 8 KOs) of Los Angeles puts his unbeaten mark to the test against Puerto Rico's Javier Flores (14-2, 12 KOs).
In other action, heavyweight prospect Oscar Torrez (6-0, 3 KOs) of Rialto, Calif. battles an opponent to be named later (6-rounds).
Welterweight Luis Lopez (7-0, 3 KOs) takes on Demarcus Layton (7-1, 4 KOs) of Little Rock, Ark. in a fight set for 6-rounds.
Junior lightweight Sebastian Salinas (1-0, 1 KO) of Indio, Calif. fights an opponent to be named later (4-rounds).
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO- WBO minimumweight champion, Filipino Vic Saludar, arrived in Puerto Rico this morning to complete his training for his defense against the #1 ranked, Puerto Rican Wilfredo "Bimbito" Méndez, this Saturday at the Ballroom of the Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan in a presentation of PR Best Boxing Promotions in association with Spartan Boxing that will be broadcast live on Wapa Deportes.
"We come to make a good fight. We are well prepared after a long training camp to maintain the title," said Salute through an interpreter.
Salute (19-3, 10 kos) will defend his belt for the second time against Méndez (13-1, 5 kos), the WBO NABO monarch at 105 pounds.
The co-main event turn will have Jean Carlos "Lobo" Torres (16-0, 12 kos), #6 WBO ranked at 140 pounds, facing another foe. Veteran Mexican Miguel Zamudio (43-13-1, 27 kos) will be his rival in a bout scheduled to 10 rounds.
Meanwhile, at eight rounds Néstor Bravo (16-0, 11 kos) will face Argentina's Cristian Miño (19-3, 17 kos) at 135 pounds. In six rounds bouts Luis Midyael Sánchez (7-0, 6 kos) will fight Carlos García (15-21-1, 12 kos) at 154 pounds, and Pedro Márquez (10-1, 6 kos) will fight against Mexican Angel Monrreal (12-11-2, 4 kos) at 126 pounds, while at four rounds Angel Aponte (4-0, 1 kos) will face Luis Enrique Rivera (2-6, 2 kos) at 130 pounds, Frebyan Gonzalez will debut against Merchisede Rivera (0-3).
Greg Cohen Promotions proudly announces the signing of undefeated African super featherweight Oluwaseun Joshua "The Machine" Wahab (18-0, 11 KOs) to a promotional contract.
21-year-old Wahab was born in Nigeria, but fought as an amateur for Ghana, where he was a three-time national amateur champion. He was mentored by Ghanaian great Azumah Nelson, who is widely considered the greatest African boxers of all time and trained by Nelson’s brother Charles.
Wahab has fought his entire professional career in Africa but will soon relocate to Las Vegas where he will work with another great former champion, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad. He was scheduled to make his US debut against former No. 1-ranked U.S. amateur Abraham Nova (12-0, 10 KOs) in an eight-round super featherweight bout February 1st of this year on ShoBox: The New Generation, however, this bout never materialized due to immigration delays. He's scheduled to make his next appearance in Harare, Zimbabwe, before making his US debut later this year.
“I’m honored to have gained such important American representation,” said Wahab. “My goal is to come to the United States and train among other world-class boxers. I will be Africa’s next great champion.”
Wahab is currently managed by Nelson Aiyelabowo of LPMG Global, one of Africa’s largest boxing management companies.
“I feel great about this deal for Oluwaseun,” said Aiyelabowo. “I’ve been working with Greg for years and it’s a really a pleasure to bring a top talent to GCP. Oluwaseun is definitely one of the top-five talents in his weight class. That’s why he’s coming to America. Azumah has worked with him to this point and now he has his blessing to go ahead and conquer the world.”
Greg Cohen, known for discovering and developing unknown talents into champions, says his newest prospect is also his next coup in the world of boxing.
“Oluwaseun Joshua Wahab is a beast,” said Cohen. “He’s going to be unstoppable when he gets over here. I’ve been working with Nelson Aiyelabowo for many years and he and I both agree this is the next African superstar. I’m very proud to be working with him and his team and the boxing world should be getting ready for ‘The Machine.’”