Giovani Segura returns on Aug. 15
Former RING junior flyweight champion Giovani Segura hopes to secure another world title belt soon. In the meantime, he will headline a fight card on Saturday.
Segura will fight Juan Palacios in a 10-round junior bantamweight bout at the We Ka Po Casino near Scottsdale, Ariz, just outside of Phoenix. The bout will be part of a co-promotion between Roy Jones Jr. and Iron Boy Promotions.
Segura (32-4-1, 28 knockouts) has not fought since Sept. 6, when he was stopped in the 11th round by Juan Francisco Estrada in Mexico City. The loss snapped a three-bout winning streak.
Segura, who resides in the Los Angeles suburb of Bell, was briefly mentioned as a possible opponent for RING flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez before Brian Viloria was finalized as Gonzalez’s opponent for their 12-round clash on Oct. 17.
The 33-year-old Segura is ranked No. 8 as a flyweight by THE RING magazine, as well the WBA and WBC.
Palacios (29-5-2, 22 KOs) is winless in his last four bouts, a stretch of over three years. In his last bout on July 17, Palacios lost a close, eight-round unanimous decision to unheralded Alexander Taylor. Palacios is a two-time world title challenger in the strawweight division.
In an eight-round junior middleweight bout, Louis Rose will fight Andrew Hernandez and unbeaten junior featherweights Carlos Castro and Juan Carlos Guillen square off in a six-round bout.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since Oct. 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.