LOS ANGELES - Golden Boy Promotions is set to bring an Event of The Year to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino on July 15, airing live on Estrella TV's Boxeo Estelar. In the main event, former WBA Interim Super Light Weight World Champion and Mexican warrior Pablo Cesar "El Demoledor" Cano (29-5-1, 21 KOs) of Tlanepantla, Mexico returns to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino to face top welterweight contender KeAndre "The Truth" Gibson (15-0-1, 7 KOs) of St. Louis, Mo. in a 10-round welterweight battle sure to bring fireworks to the Coachella Valley.
Part of the live telecast, former world title challenger Jayson "La Maravilla" Velez (23-2-1, 16 KOs) of Juncos, Puerto Rico will face Nicaraguan warrior and former WBC Silver Featherweight Champion Rene "Gemelo" Alvarado (23-7, 16 KOs) in a 10-round super featherweight Fight of the Year candidate.
The exciting fight card will be in contention as one of the best events of the year as the night promises non-stop action from four top fighters willing to leave it all on the mat on July 15.
Part of the non-televised undercard and streaming on RingTVLive.com, Cesar Diaz of Palmdale, Calif. will make his professional debut in a scheduled four-round super bantamweight fight. Undefeated prospect Rigoberto Hermosillo (5-0-1, 3 KOs) of Victorville, Calif. will participate in a six-round featherweight fight and Jhon Leon of Los Angeles will also make his professional debut in a four-round welterweight fight. All opponents will be announced shortly.
"Watching a great fight live at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino is one of the best ways to celebrate summer," said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. "This card on July 15 will pit veteran fighter Cano against rising welterweight contender Gibson in a main event fight that is sure to please and thrill fans. Additionally, Velez vs. Alvarado will be a can't-miss event as these two guys give it their all everytime they enter the ring."
Tickets for the event go on sale, Friday, June 10 and are priced at $45, $35, and $25. They can be purchased at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, by calling (800) 827-2946 or online at www.fantasyspringsresort.com.
Pablo Cesar Cano vs. KeAndre Gibson is a 10-round welterweight fight presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, BORN BOLD. The Boxeo Estelar broadcast will air live on Estrella TV at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. The card will also stream live on EstrellaTV.com and on YouTube via Fenomeno Studios. The RingTVlive.com live stream will begin at approximately 5:00 p.m. PT through 7:00 p.m.
Pablo Cesar "El Demoledor" Cano of Tlalnepantla, Mexico State, Mexico is set on demolishing any opponent who stands in his way. No stranger in battling for belts, Cano is the former WBA Interim Super Lightweight World Champion and NABF Light Welterweight Champion and along his path to world championship gold has fought for the WBA Welterweight World Championship against Paulie "Magic Man" Malignaggi and the vacant WBC Super Lightweight World Championship against Erik "El Terrible" Morales. Staying bust in 2015, Cano defeated Jorge Silva and Silverio "Chamaco II" Ortiz, and most recently faced Alan Sanchez in May 2016 at the new Toshiba Plaza in Las Vega, opening up the Canelo-Khan fight weekend. Now, Cano will be looking to get back on the winning column as he sets up to face one of the most promising contenders in the welterweight division, KeAndre Gibson on July 15.
26-year-old welterweight contender, KeAndre "The Truth" Gibson, of Saint Louis, Mo. who now makes his home in Las Vegas, is set to have the toughest test of his career thus far when he takes on Mexican warrior Pablo Cesar Cano on July 15. In 2015, Gibson took on Nicaragua's Nelson Lara winning the fight via unanimous decision and since then has faced Jorge "Koky" Ramos and Tom "Hitman." Gibson was last seen in the ring in March 2016 returning to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino for the second time and defeating Hector "Charro Negro" Velazquez via technical decision in the sixth round. Now coming back to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino for the third time, Gibson will be looking to impress the local crowd with a victory on July 15.
Hailing from Juncos, Puerto Rico, 28-year-old Jayson "La Maravilla" Velez has been a fine representative of the Caribbean's fighting capital since turning professional in 2007. Former owner of the WBC Interim Silver, WBC FECARBOX and USNBC titles over the years, Velez has made his mark with victories over the likes of Salvador "Sal II" Sanchez, Dat "Dat Be Dat" Nguyen and Daniel "Huracan" Ramirez, as well as a draw in an IBF title bout against Evgeny "El Russo Mexicano" Gradovich. On Nov. 21, 2015 Velez opened up the pay-per-view telecast of Miguel Cotto vs. Canelo Alvarez against Ronny Rios and suffered his first professional defeat via decision and took on Joseph "Jojo" Diaz Jr. in March 2016 and suffered another loss via decision. Now, looking for redemption, Velez will be hungry to get back in the winners column and title race when he takes on one of the toughest fighters coming out of Nicaragua in Rene Alvarado on July 15.
Managua, Nicaragua's Rene "Gemelo" Alvarado comes into the ring with much experience under his belt, owning several titles over the course of nearly eight years. "Gemelo" has earned the respect from his peers and boxing fans all over the world for his hard-nosed style and willingness to fight all. The 27 year old's biggest win was the complete stoppage at the ninth-round of current top featherweight contender Robinson "Robin Hood" Castellanos in 2014 which earned him the WBC Silver Featherweight Championship. Alvarado last faced Manuel "Tino" Avila in April 2016, losing via decision to the rising contender in Los Angeles. Ready for another shot at championship gold, Alvarado will leave it all in the ring taking on Jayson Velez on July 15.
Cesar Diaz is set to make his exciting professional debut as a new member of the Golden Boy Promotions stable on July 15. A decorated amateur and owner of a 104-11 amateur record, Diaz won the 2012 Silver Gloves National Championship, the 2015 Adidas National PAL title, The Desert Showdown in 2009, 2013 and 2015, and several other tournaments. Among the fighters he defeated were 2016 United States Olympians Shakur Stevenson and Carlos Balderas, as well as Danny Gonzalez. In 2013, Diaz went to the Junior Olympic regionals and was champion in his weight class, but due to his citizenship, he could not move on to the nationals. Undeterred, Diaz continued to fight, win and impress, earning him a USA Boxing number three ranking in the 123-pound weight class. And as his amateur career closes, he will enter the professional game after compiling a 29-0 amateur record that has seen him go unbeaten since 2013.
At 23-years-old, Rigoberto Hermosillo from Victorville, Calf. has steadily built his professional resume since turning pro in 2013 with a unanimous decision victory over Allen Nevarez at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. Since then, the featherweight prospect has defeated Alejandro Estrada, Hector Aguilar and Mario Diaz all by knockout. Looking to keep the momentum going, Hermosillo will be in top shape when he takes on an opponent yet to be announced on his grand return to Fantasy Spring Resort Casino on July 15.
A stablemate of unbeaten Pablo "The Shark" Rubio, welterweight Jhon Leon is coached by the respected Rafael Sarabia in Pico Rivera, and as he approaches his professional debut, he does so with a lot of expectations on his shoulders thanks to his natural talent, work ethic, and determination to one day become a world champion. And given the fact that the Southern California fight scene is hotter than ever, expect to see the name Jhon Leon featured prominently in the coming years.