Alan Sanchez-Steve Claggett headline Golden Boy Live! on Friday
Welterweight Alan Sanchez was not about to let a loss to a former world titleholder slow him down. Rather he has bounced back very well and looks to contend in a deep weight class.
Sanchez will fight Steve Claggett on Friday at the Storm House in Salinas, California. The 10-round bout will headline a Golden Boy Promotions card and will be televised live on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes.
Sanchez (15-3-1, 8 KOs) lost a 10-round decision to Luis Collazo on September 2, 2013. Since then, he has won his last three bouts in a row, all decisively.
In his last bout on December 4, Sanchez won a one-sided decision over fringe contender Ed Paredes.
Sanchez, who hails from the Northern California city of Fairfield, has scored decent wins earlier in his career. In April of 2012, Sanchez avenged an earlier to defeat to Artemio Reyes, stopping him in the first round.
In his last bout on April 3, Claggett (21-3-1, 14 KOs) won a one-sided 10-round decision over Tebor Brosch in his hometown of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. On January 24, Claggett lost a close eight round unanimous decision to welterweight contender Konstantin Ponomarev.
In the co-feature, Paul Mendez will fight David Lopez in a 10-round super middleweight bout.
Mendez (17-2-2, 8 KOs) has not lost in his last 14 bouts, which includes a no-contest. In his last bout on April 18, Mendez stopped Ernesto Berrospe in the third round.
Lopez (41-15-1, 23 KOs) has fought a number of junior middleweight and middleweight contenders who became world title holders, including Austin Trout, Lonnie Bradley, and Donovan George. In his last bout on January 24, Lopez lost a close eight-round unanimous decision to Marcos Reyes.
In the opening bout of the Golden Boy Live telecast, unbeaten Andy Vences (11-0, 7 KOs) will face Santiago Guevara (8-1, 3 KOs) in a six-round lightweight bout.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper, Boxingscene.com, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing