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Weekend Preview

25
Feb

THURSDAY

VICTOR ORTIZ vs. HECTORRE ALATORRE
Rounds / weight class: 10 rounds / welterweights
Location: Los Angeles
Television: Fox Sports Net (tape delayed)/RingTV.com (8 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET)
The backdrop: Ortiz continues his comeback from his TKO loss to Marco Maidana with this stay-busy headliner atop the season premiere of Fight Night Club. If Ortiz wins, and he should — Alatorre, a crafty former prospect who has recently slipped into opponent status, doesn't have the power or athleticism to threaten the 23-year-old southpaw contender — a May 15 HBO date vs. Nate Campbell awaits.
Also fighting: Charles Huerta vs. Guadalupe DeLeon, 6 rounds, featherweights
Rating the card: B-. By major card standards the lineup isn't that impressive, but Fight Night Club is a club show series and the undercard matchups with Huerta, lightweight prospect Luis Ramos and the Jessie Vargas-Robert Luna swing bout (a clash of two undefeated up-and-comers) should provide plenty of excitement.

FRIDAY

ANTONIO ESCALANTE vs. MIGUEL ROMAN
Rounds / weight class: 10 rounds / featherweights
Location: El Paso, Texas
Television: ESPN2
The backdrop: Escalante, one of the sport’s best regional attractions, is expected to bring in a $200,000 gate with his showdown against Roman, a fellow native of Juarez, Mexico (just south of the El Paso boarder). The matchup will not disappoint the Mexican and Texas fans in attendance (or those watching the Friday Night Fights broadcast). Escalante (22-2, 14 KOs) is an offense-minded boxer-puncher and body punching specialist. Roman (25-5, 17 KOs), who is very popular in Mexico, is a heavy handed pressure fighter.
Also fighting: Danny Garcia vs. Anthony Theophane, 8 rounds, junior welterweights
Rating the card: A-. This is a good show. The main event promises to be a Mexican-style bang-up for all 10 rounds and Garcia (15-0, 10 KOs) is in against his toughest opponent on paper. Theophane (25-3-1, 7 KOs) has never been stopped and the more-experienced London native is on a five-bout win streak. Prospects Sharif Bogere, Jermell Charlo, Luis Grajeda and Omar Figueroa are also on the card and could make the ESPN2 broadcast.



SATURDAY

MIKE JONES vs. HENRY BRUSELES
Rounds / weight class: 10 rounds / welterweights
Location: Atlantic City, N.J.
Television: Fox Sports Net / Fox Sports en Espanol
The backdrop: Jones (19-0, 16 KOs), a talented but underexposed welterweight prospect from Philadelphia, gets some much-deserved TV time with this “Top Rank Live” main event against Puerto Rican vet Bruseles (28-3-1, 15 KOs). Bruseles, who’s only 29, is an athletic boxer with more seasoning than Jones, but he may lack the physical strength and durability to keep the big, strong and hungry up-and-comer at bay.
Also fighting: Kendall Holt vs. Kaizer Mabuza, 12 rounds, welterweights (taped highlights)
Rating the card: B+. Jones will likely have to work for his victory against Bruseles and the co-main event features former 140-pound beltholder Holt in his first fight since his split-decision loss to Timothy Bradley last April. Holt (25-3, 13 KOs) should be tested by Mabuza (22-6-3, 13 KOs), an experienced South African vet who has gone unbeaten in his last eight bouts.

MARVIN SONSONA vs. WILFREDO VAZQUEZ JR.
Rounds / weight class: 12 rounds / junior featherweights
Location: Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Television: Integrated Sports PPV
The backdrop: The main event of this split-site pay-per-view card matches two marvelously gifted unbeaten prospects, Sonsona (14-0, 12 KOs) — the teenage Filipino sensation who won a bantamweight title in his 13th pro bout — and Vazquez (17-0-1, 14 KOs) — the son of the former three-division titleholder — in a 12-round bout for a vacant 122-pound belt.
Also fighting: Rodel Mayol vs. Omar Nino, 12 rounds, junior flyweights (from Guadalajara, Mexico)
Rating the card: B+. The co-featured bouts are quality matchups between talented youngsters (Sonsona-Vazquez) and battled-tested vets (Mayol-Nino). Mexican lightweight standout Daniel Estrada, Puerto Rican cruiserweight prospect Carlos Negron and 122-pound fringe contender Jonathan Oquendo are also on the PPV broadcast.

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