Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini, the explosive former lightweight world champion of Youngstown, Ohio, will be the special VIP guest for the May 17 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPNat Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. (photos by Tom Hogan/Hoganphotos)
The main event will feature Romero "Ruthless" Duno (16-1, 14 KOs) of General Santos City, and Mexico City, Mexico's Gilberto "Flaco" Gonzalez (27-4, 22 KOs) in a 10-round lightweight fight that promises to end in a knockout. This bout will headline a night of two back-to-back battles between Mexican and Filipino fighters, along with an undercard full of rising prospects.
Duno weighed in at 134.6-pounds, while Gonzalez was 134.8-pounds.
Doors to the Special Events Center will open at 4:00 p.m. PT and the first fight begins at 4:30 pm PT.ESPN2 will air the fights beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT, and stream live on ESPN3 starting at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT. ESPN Deportes will air the fights on Friday, May 18 at 9:00 p.m. ET/ 6:00 p.m. PT.
After a stellar amateur career, Mancini debut as a professional just before turning 18 years old. This charismatic fighter then developed a long streak of victories as he rose up the 135-pound rankings, most of ending them by stunning knockout. In his first opportunity at a world title, he faced the legendary Alexis "El Flaco Explosivo"Arguello in a fight for the WBC Lightweight World Title. Though he was unsuccessful in his first defense, Mancini then defeated Arturo "Art" Frias a year later to win the WBA Lightweight World Title, which began a series of defenses against fighters such as Orlando "Romerito" Romero and Bobby "Schoolboy" Chacon. Mancini will be in attendance for this event to meet fans, sign autographs and take pictures inside the Fantasy Springs Special Events Center before the ESPN transmission begins. The meet-and-greet is open to the public with the purchase of a ticket to the event.
The co-main event will feature the second battle of the fight between Mexican and Filipino fighters as Oscar Duarte (13-0-1, 9 KOs) of Parral, Chihuahua Mexico will fight Rey Perez (22-9, 6 KOs) in a lightweight bout scheduled for 10 rounds of action. Duarte's last five fights have ended before the final bell, and he'll be tested against war-ready and dangerous Perez.