THIS WEEK'S SOLO BOXEO TO FEATURE BORICUA BOXERS
Press Release: The latest member of the Cotto family to make his mark in boxing map is junior lightweight Abner Cotto, who is looking for his 15th pro win without a loss on Saturday, November 17th against Mexico's Alejandro Rodriguez in the main event of TeleFutura's Sólo Boxeo. The event is being held in the Coliseo Roger Mendoza in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Also on the card will be a meeting of junior lightweights from the island, as Cataño's Edgardo Lopez faces Bayamon's Orlando Vazquez. In non-televised action, unbeaten Puerto Rican junior lightweight Carlos Ivan Velasquez returns to the ring for the first time in over two years.
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A silver medalist for Puerto Rico in the 2007 Pan American Games, as the cousin of Miguel and Jose Cotto, Abner Cotto (14-0, 6 KOs) has scored wins over Hevinson Herrera (W10) and Juan Montiel (TKO8) in a successful 2012 campaign leading to his November 17th fight.
The 24-year-old Alejandro "Soma" Rodriguez (15-7, 8 KOs) has faced eight unbeaten fighters since turning professional in 2009, so tough competition is nothing new for this native of Guadalajara, Mexico.
Cataño's Edgardo "Sasso" Lopez (5-0, 3 KO's) made his pro debut in 2010. After winning his first three bouts by early knockout, Lopez decisioned his next two foes, but this Saturday he wants to end things early against island-rival Vazquez.
After debuting with a decision loss to Fernando Torres in 2006, Orlando Vazquez (5-1, 1 KO) evened his record at 1-1 after a hiatus from the ring three years later. 2012 has been his breakout year, with the Bayamon native making up for lost time with four consecutive wins.
A former amateur star who scored a win over Yuriorkis Gamboa at the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games, Carlos Ivan Velasquez (13-0, 11 KOs) blazed through the first four years of his professional career, defeating Juan Nazario, Ira Terry, and Eduardo Arcos along the way. Now planning on picking up where he left off after injuries kept him out of the ring since July of 2010, the 28-year-old Velasquez is getting ready to take on the best the 130-pound division has to offer, beginning with a six-round fight against veteran Robert Bonilla (18-13-1, 11 KOs) of Managua, Nicaragua.