By Ryan Maquiñana
BoxingScene.com has been informed that Friday’s “TeleFutura Solo Boxeo Tecate” undercard at Sherwood Hall in Salinas, Calif., is beginning to fill out, according to Rafael “Paco” Damian of Paco Presents, who in association with Don Chargin will stage the show under the Golden Boy banner.
Aside from the headlining bout between NABO junior lightweight champ Eloy Perez (22-0-2, 6 KOs) of Salinas via Rochester, Wash., and Memphis native Ira Terry (24-6, 14 KOs), five more bouts are on the docket, with an additional two still in limbo.
In the televised six-round co-feature, super middleweight Paul Mendez (6-2, 2 KOs) of Delano, Calif., takes on fellow Central California native Loren Myers (8-13-1, 2 KOs) of Fresno.
Mendez, who was IBF welterweight champion Andre Berto’s main sparring partner leading up to his fight with Jan Zaveck, is coming off a split decision defeat to James Parison. Myers also has a loss to Parison on his record and faced a parade of prospects that includes DonYil Livingston, Patrick Majewski, and Matvey Korobov.
One more six-rounder slated for the broadcast is former two-weight world titlist Carina Moreno (21-3, 6 KOs) of nearby Watsonville, who meets Las Vegas resident Sharon Gaines (11-12-1, 3 KOs) in a rematch of their 2009 battle that Moreno took by unanimous decision.
Moreno, who now campaigns at flyweight after a long career at 105 and 108 pounds, will try to break a two-bout losing streak against Gaines, who has not fought since their last meeting.
Former U.S. National Team member and hometown hero Rudy Puga Jr. (1-0, 1 KO), who meets San Ysidro, Calif.’s Jose Jesus Hurtado (3-4, 3 KOs) in a four-round super middleweight fight.
Puga stopped a very competitive Raul Talamontes in the fourth and final round eight weeks ago in Salinas, while Hurtado is coming off back-to-back losses to debutants Joe Gumina and Bryan McGlory.
One Bay Area fighter making his professional debut on Friday is Richmond’s Ulises Soriano, who fights San Francisco’s Jhonnathan Zamudio (0-0-1) in a four-rounder. Zamudio, who commutes down to Watsonville to train, had a technical draw with Omar Sanchez four months ago in his first pro bout.
Finally, heavyweight prospect Magomed Abdusalamov (10-0, 10 KOs) is scheduled to clash with Masataka Takehara (6-5-3, 2 KOs) of Japan. Abdusalamov, a powerful southpaw, has yet to hear the final bell in ten tries, while Takehara is winless in his last five bouts but hasn’t been stopped since his second bout a decade ago.
Two unbeaten Northern California prospects are still hoping to secure opponents by Friday. Junior featherweight Roman Morales (7-0, 5 KOs) of San Ardo, last seen wowing onlookers in eight rounds of solid sparring with Nonito Donaire three weeks ago, and junior welterweight Jonathan Chicas (3-0, 2 KOs) of San Francisco are playing the waiting game until then.
Tickets can be purchased at the Sherwood Hall Box Office up until fight time.
Weigh-in results from El Callejon Restaurant in Salinas: Eloy Perez 131 vs. Ira Terry 129 (NABO junior lightweight title) Paul Mendez 172 vs. Loren Myers 174 Carina Moreno 112 vs. Sharon Gaines 111 Rudy Puga Jr. 170 vs. Jose Hurtado 171 Magomed Abdusalamov 233 vs. Masataka Takehara 229 Jhonnathan Zamudio 137 vs. Ulises Soriano 133
Weigh-in results from El Callejon Restaurant in Salinas:
Eloy Perez 131 vs. Ira Terry 129
(NABO junior lightweight title)
Paul Mendez 172 vs. Loren Myers 174
Carina Moreno 112 vs. Sharon Gaines 111
Rudy Puga Jr. 170 vs. Jose Hurtado 171
Magomed Abdusalamov 233 vs. Masataka Takehara 229
Jhonnathan Zamudio 137 vs. Ulises Soriano 133
Ryan Maquiñana is the boxing correspondent at Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America, and Ring Magazine’s Ratings Advisory Panel. E-mail him at [email protected] , check out his blog at www.maqdown.com or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.