Today, FOX Sports announces former multiple-division world champion Robert Guerrero joins blow-by-blow announcer Sean Grande to call PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS: LOPEZ VS. CRUZ live on FOX Saturday, April 28 (8:30 PM ET), from the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. Jordan Hardy serves as ringside reporter, while Ray Flores handles ring announcing. On FOX Deportes, Jaime Motta joins blow-by-blow announcer Jesse Losada to call the action in Spanish.
The main event features a 10-round welterweight matchup between rugged veteran Josesito Lopez (35-7, 19 KOs) and unbeaten contender Miguel Cruz (17-0, 11 KOs). In the co-main event, former super middleweight world champion Anthony Dirrell (31-1-1, 24 KOs) faces El Paso’s Abraham Han (26-3-1, 16 KOs) in a 10-round 168-pound skirmish. In addition, unbeaten Mexican featherweight contender Jorge Lara (29-0-1, 21 Kos) clashes with Dominican brawler Claudio Marrero (22-2, 16 Kos) in the 10-round opening bout.
Fans can live stream the fights on FOX Sports GO, available in English or Spanish through the FOX or FOX Deportes feeds. The fight is available on desktop at FOXSportsGO.com and through the app store, or connected devices including Apple TV, Android TV, Fire TV, Xbox One and Roku. In addition, fights are also available on FOX Sports on SiriusXM channel 83 on satellite radios and on the SiriusXM app.
MTK Global is thrilled to confirm the signing of hard-hitting Cuban featherweight Neslan Machado.
Although still only 21, ‘Pitbull’ Machado has racked up eight stoppages on his way to 12-0 and is excelling under the tutelage of one of the world’s top trainers; Jorge Rubio.
Machado, who is based in Miami, said: “With MTK Global, I’ll win a world title and I like to fight aggressively so people will want to come and watch me.
“I’ve watched a lot of great fighters with different styles such as Guillermo Rigondeaux, Yuriorkis Gamboa, Floyd Mayweather and Muhammad Ali but naturally, I’m aggressive.
“I would like to fight for a world title within the next two years. I’m still young but it doesn’t matter where it is – Miami, the UK or anywhere else. I’ll be comfortable fighting anywhere.
“The best fighters in my division are fighters like Carl Frampton. If I ever get to fight him one day it’ll be a great fight.
“My message to fans is simple – watch out for me because I’m going to be a world champion and I’m going to be involved in some great fights.”
MTK Global International Operations Director Paul Gibson added: “Everyone is going to love watching Neslan fight. From his technical ability you can see he is Cuban schooled but it’s his natural aggression and heavy hands that will make him a star.
“He’s a feared man in Florida and that has made fights hard to come by the past couple of years. MTK is now going to keep him active and help him fulfil his potential.
“He’s only 21 but wants to move quickly. He already has an old Frampton foe on his record in Prosper Ankrah so if Neslan can emulate some more of the Jackal’s achievements then we’ll all be very happy!”
Featherweight Jose “Lil’ Pacquiao” Resendiz will face Vincent Jennings in a six round contest as part of Fire Fist Boxing Promotions’ June 16 card at The Coliseum in St. Petersburg.
Tickets are on sale now at https://www1.ticketmaster.com/event/0D00548D9F1C967E.
With a physical and stylistic resemblance to boxing legend Manny Pacquiao, Resendiz built a strong fan base and rewards supporters with an all-action style. Originally from Mexico but now fighting out of St. Petersburg, Resendiz is 5-1 with 3 knockouts. He owns impressive wins over Mohamed El Marcouchi (2-0) and Raul Chirino (7-1), mercifully stopping the latter in a brilliant performance.
His lone defeat came under extremely seedy circumstances and many argue he should’ve won by disqualification. In that contest, Resendiz badly hurt unbeaten Joshua Pagan with a body shot in the final minute of the bout and looked for the knockout. A fan literally jumped onto the ring apron and took a swing at Resendiz’ head, forcing the referee to stop the fight and restore order. This also allowed Pagan unexpected time to recover and he ultimately claimed a split decision victory.
Hailing from Grand Rapids, MI, Jennings is 5-5-1 with 4 KO’s. The 33-year-old has been matched extremely tough, facing four consecutive unbeaten opponents in their backyard. Jennings dropped multiple controversial decisions and has a win over contender Dennis Galarza.
“I’m very excited to have Jose on the card,” said Jody Caliguire of Fire Fist Boxing Promotions. “He really does fight a lot like Manny Pacquiao and fans love that style but he’ll have his hands full with a very gritty opponent in Vincent Jennings who has already shown his willingness to fight anybody, anywhere at any time.”
This excellent evening of boxing features eight bouts, headlined by an exciting 10 round NBA middleweight showdown between 7-0 Irish sensation Connor “The Kid” Coyle and Orlando, FL’s Danny Pastrana. Tampa cruiserweight Nicholas “Showstopper” Iannuzzi, 19-4 (11 KO’s), meets Puerto Rican Vincent Miranda, 17-2 (9 KO’s), in the eight round co-feature.
Crowd favorites Ricky “Cowboy” Tomlinson, Ali Tarah, Joseph Fernandez, Kendrick Thomas and Rodriguez Cade will all appear in
separate undercard bouts.
All fights are pending Florida State Athletic Commission approval.