Golden Boy starts off 08 with explosive telefutura card


Golden Boy starts off 08 with explosive telefutura card

Winner of the first season of ‘The Contender,’ Sergio Mora and former U.S. Olympian Vicente Escobedo, are ready for their first fights of 2008 on Golden Boy Promotions’ January 11th show at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, California which will be televised on TeleFutura’s Solo Boxeo.

Tickets for the January 11th show, priced at $150, $100 and $50, are on sale and can be purchased at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa Box Office at (951) 755-5391 or online at  Doors for the event open at 4 p.m., with the first bout beginning at 4:30 p.m.  There are seven scheduled bouts on the card.  
The main event, presented in association with Tournament of Contenders, will feature Los Angeles native Mora against Rito Ruvalcaba in a 10-round middleweight clash, while Escobedo faces Pascali Adorno in the evening’s co-main event in a 10-round lightweight battle.  The fights will be televised on TeleFutura’s “Solo Boxeo” beginning at 8 p.m. ET / PT.


Sergio Mora (19-0-1, 4 KO’s) first made a name for himself on the boxing scene as a slick boxer with an exciting style who was destined for big things in the fight game.  After his stint on the NBC reality show ‘The Contender’, the rest of the world learned the talent and personality of ‘The Latin Snake’, and with two big wins and a draw since he won ‘The Contender’ championship by defeating Peter Manfredo Jr., Mora has shown that he is ready for prime time once again in 2008.  He will face former world title contender Rito Ruvalcaba (31-8, 27 KO’s), an experienced fighter from Tijuana, Mexico known for his knockout power.  

 2004 United States Olympian Vicente Escobedo (15-1, 11 KO’s) has drawn comparisons to fellow Olympian Oscar de la Hoya for his two-fisted attack in the ring and his class and accessibility outside of it.  Coming off of a win over Miguel Mungia in October - his sixth win in a row - the rising Mexican-American star from Woodland, California, plans on keeping his winning streak going on January 11th against Pascali Adorno (10-6-2, 4 KO’s),who hails from Morovis, Puerto Rico.

The exciting night of boxing will feature five explosive undercard bouts including Mexicali native Jonathan Arias (15-0, 8 KO’s) in an eight/ten-round bantamweight battle against Puerto Rico native Javier Cintron (13-9-2, 9 KO’s); highly touted and explosive Philadelphia prospect Danny Garcia (2-0, 2 KO’s) facing Marlo Cortez (2-3-1, 1 KO) in a four-round junior welterweight fight; Ashanti Jordan (1-0, 1 KO) taking on Fritz Felix (Pro Debut) in a four-round heavyweight duel; Michael Anderson (1-0, 1 KO) against Chris Montoya (2-2, 1 KO) in a four-round welterweight clash; and Jose Magallon (5-5, 3 KO’s) facing Los Angeles’ Jonathan Bobadilla (4-1) in a six-round junior lightweight fight.

About Golden Boy Promotions:
Los Angeles-based Golden Boy Promotions was established in 2001 by Oscar de la Hoya, the first Hispanic to own a national boxing promotional company.  In 2007, in its sixth year of promoting, Golden Boy Promotions set a record by selling over 2.5 million in pay-per-view homes in a single night.  Also in 2007, Golden Boy Promotions established the record for pay-per-view sales by one promotional company in a single year selling events to more than 4 million homes total.  Golden Boy Promotions is one of boxing’s most active and respected promoters, presenting shows in packed venues around the United States on networks such as HBO, HBO Latino, TeleFutura, SHOWTIME and ESPN.