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Max Ornelas-Raymond Tabugon bantamweight bout airs on beIN Sports this Friday

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Max Ornelas hits the books in the lecture hall just as hard as his opponents in the ring.

The unbeaten bantamweight is continuing down a path towards a world title shot but must get past Filipino Raymond Tabugon Friday night at the Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa in Las Vegas.

The eight-round bout will headline a three-fight beIN Sports telecast (10 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. PT).

Ornelas (11-0-1, 4 knockouts) has fought modest opposition, consisting mostly of unbeaten fighters and fringe contenders. In his last bout on Apr. 20, the Las Vegas-based Californian claimed a one-sided decision over Juan Antonio Lopez over eight rounds.

On paper, Ornelas’ most notable victory came over Nick Otieno on Nov. 17. Otieno was ranked No. 13 by the WBA.

The 20-year-old Ornelas is a criminal justice major at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.

Tabugon (20-8-1, 10 KOs) does have plenty of experience, but he has lost four of his last six bouts, including his last one to the unbeaten Andrew Moloney in August of last year.

The 27-year-old Tabugon, who resides in General Santos City, has also lost to Luis Nery, Juan Francisco Estrada and Makazole Tete.

In the co-feature, lightweight Hector Lopez, Jr. will square off against Sulaiman Segawa (10-1, 3 KOs) of Uganda in an eight-round bout.

Friday night will mark the fourth fight of 2018 for Lopez (10-0-1, 6 KOs), who resides in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale.

In the opening bout of the beIN Sports telecast, lightweight Kendo Castaneda (13-0 1 NC, 7 KOs) will face Jesus Gutierrez (14-2-1, 4 KOs).


Francisco A. Salazar has written for since October of 2013. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing


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