Jesus Cuellar-Ruben Tamayo tops Dec. 20 card
A southpaw, Cuellar (25-1, 19 knockouts) has won eight consecutive fights, five by knockout, since being stopped in the seventh round by Oscar Escandon in October 2011.
The 27-year-old from Buenos Aires was last in action for a second-round knockout of former titleholder Juan Manuel Lopez in September, which followed a unanimous decision over ex-beltholder Rico Ramos in May.
Another southpaw, Tamayo (25-4-4, 17 KOs) has gone 3-0-1 with two knockouts since falling by eighth-round knockout to Jesus Ruiz in April 2013, and is coming off a majority-decision victory over Efrain Esquivias in April.
The card will also feature junior welterweight Anthony Peterson (34-1, 22 KOs), the younger brother of IBF 140-pound titleholder Lamont Peterson, against Yakubu Amidu (21-5-2, 19 KOs).
Coming off a first-round stoppage of Edgar Riovalle in August, Peterson, 29, has not lost since being disqualified in the seventh round against Brandon Rios in September 2010.
Amidu, 29, is attempting to bounce back from a split-decision loss to Chris Rudd in February. Before that, in July 2013, Amidu fought to a draw with title challenger Juan Carlos Burgos, then knocked out Rynell Griffin in November 2013.
Also on the card is Philadelphia’s Julian Williams (17-0-1, 10 KOs) in a junior middleweight bout against Mexico’s Edgar Ortega (15-2, 10 KOs), with the opening bout matching super middleweights Julius Jackson (18-0, 14 KOs) and Jonathan Nelson (19-1, 9 KOs).
In his last fight in September, Williams, 24, won a battle of undefeated fighters by unanimous decision over Eliezer Gonzalez.
Julius Jackson, 27, a 2008 Olympian and son of former world champion Julian Jackson, is coming off a second-round technical knockout over Crispulo Andino in August.
Nelson, 28, was last in action for a third-round technical knockout of Jonathan Corn to rebound from a unanimous-decision loss to Brandon Gonzales in November 2013.
Note: Quotes from a release.