by Francisco Salazar
Unbeaten Saul Rodriguez will fight Daulis Prescott in the 10 round main event at the Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City, a suburb of Los Angeles.
“For this fight I sparred Speedy Mares, Hector Tanajara, Mikey Garcia a lot,” said Rodriguez, 23, to scribe David Avila. “I don’t think he’s going to be better than any of my sparring partners.”
“I know what to do and I know how to fight. Just be patient and don’t look for a knockout. I know I have power but I don’t need to prove it right away. I have to be smart first"
"Five years training with Eduardo and Big G (Robert Garcia), I feel a lot has changed. I’m a lot better fighter. I’m more tactical. I’m not just a brawler. I can box. Every fight I’m going to improve. I’m going to be better than my last fight.”
Opening the 'Solo Boxeo Tecate' broadcast will be a six round junior flyweight bout between Carlos Licona and Cesar Sustaita.
Licona (6-0, 2 KOs) won a four round unanimous decision over Pedro Verdin in his last bout on Feb. 20.
Sustaita (3-2, 3 KOs) has lost his last two bouts after winning his first three bouts of his career.
In non-televised action:
- Heavyweight Andy Ruiz (26-0, 17 KOs) will square off against former world title challenger Ray Austin (29-6-4, 18 KOs) in an eight round bout.
- Toka Kahn Clary (18-0, 12 KOs) faces Orlando Rizo (19-6, 11 KOs) in a 10 round featherweight bout.
- Unbeaten and 2012 Olympic Silver medalist Esquiva Falcao (13-0, 10 KOs) battles Paul Valenzuela (10-2, 6 KOs) in an eight round bout.
- Welterweight Arnold Barboza (11-0, 4 KOs) squares off against John Nater (15-7, 11 KOs) in a six round bout.
Doors to the venue open at 5:30 p.m. local time. First bell is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for Boxingscene.com since September of 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper, RingTV, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing