The co-main event for October 27th "WBO Night of Champions" card was announced Thursday afternoon as it will feature another clash between Puerto Rico & Nicaragua. WBO Latino Jr flyweight champion #4 Rene "El Chulo" Santiago (11-3 8 KO's) defends his title against undefeated ranked challenger #15 Kevin Vivas (7-0 2 KO's) in a 10-round bout.
IBF #13 WBO #4 Santiago of Humacao, Puerto Rico once again travels abroad to make his second defense of his Latino title. This past April he headlined an All-Star Boxing card from Panama, stopping local fan favorite Carlos Ortega in the eighth round of a fire filled fight.
“We are excited to be back in the ring defending my belt in such an important show,” notes Santiago. “Another win will put me at the doorstop of a title opportunity which has been my goal since I started boxing. A big thanks to WBO, my manager Margaro Cruz and Tuto Zabala Jr for making this happen.”
Vivas of Nindiri has an accomplished amateur background, winning Bronze in the 2019 Lima Panamerican Games. Vivas was also awarded 2022 Nicaragua Boxer of the year, impressively fighting 5 times in the year. Now he’s ready to take the next big step in his career.
“I am looking forward to fighting for my first belt as a professional in front of my hometown fans,” states Vivas “We feel ready and confident of a thrilling victory on Oct.27.”
“This will be a great card from top to bottom, Puerto Rico and Nicaragua are two countries with a rich boxing history. We can expect fireworks on Fight Night,” added Zabala Jr
7 more bouts round off the world title bill. #GonzalezZapata is promoted by All Star Boxing Inc and airs live at 9PM/ EDT on ESPN+ (USA & Puerto Rico) and ESPN Knockout (Latin America)