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B.A.D. tripleheader finalized

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The Golden Boy Promotions HBO-televised triple header at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. on March 7 has been finalized with the completion of the opening bout of the 'Boxing After Dark' broadcast.

A junior lightweight 10-rounder between former two-time featherweight titleholder Robert Guerrero and undefeated but unheralded Indonesian prospect Daud Cino Yordan, which was announced by Golden Boy Promotions Thursday, completes the attractive card that has been in the works for more than two months.

The card had already created a buzz early in the year when the headliner between junior middleweight bombers James Kirkland and Joel Julio was announced. Kirkland (24-0, 21 knockouts) and Julio (34-2, 31 KOs) are two of the more aggressive 154 pounders in the sport. Their fight has “action” all over it.

Kirkland, rated No. 10 by THE RING, is streaking right now, but Julio, who is coming off a decision loss to undefeated WBO titleholder Sergei Dzindziruk, is the more experienced of the two 24 year olds.

The co-featured bout of the card, between 140-pound standouts Victor Ortiz (23-1-1, 18 KOs) and Mike Arnaoutis (21-2-2, 10 KOs), is also an intriguing matchup. Ortiz, the consensus choice of 2008's prospect of the year, is a 22-year-old stalker-puncher who is taking on the most experienced and savvy opponent in his career in stick-and-move southpaw Arnaoutis, who has won four in a row since dropping back-to-back decisions to Ricardo Torres and Kendall Holt.

But it was the addition of Guerrero (23-1-1, 16 KOs) that made putting the card at “the Tank” a necessity. Guerrero, who is coming off a 43 second KO of Edel Ruiz on Jan. 24, is from Gilroy, Calif., which is near San Jose.

The 25-year-old southpaw, now campaigning in the 130-pound division, is expected to bring in a lot hometown fans. His bout with 21-year-old Yordan (23-0, 17 KOs) will kick off HBO's broadcast.