Press Release: The first card for the Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN series will include former IBF bantamweight champion Randy "El Matador" Caballero (23-0, 14 KOs) at 122 pounds against Mexico’s Jesus "Estrella" Ruiz (35-7-5, 24 KOs) in a ten-round bout. Ruiz has previously squared off with Leo Santa Cruz and Diego De La Hoya. Caballero vs. Ruiz will serve as the chief support to the main event between Irish amateur standout and middleweight contender Jason "El Animal" Quigley (12-0, 10 KOs) and Glen "Jersey Boy" Tapia (23-3, 15 KOs), airing live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Opening up the televised portion of the night, 2012 Olympic Bronze medalist and highly decorated amateur Marlen Esparza of Houston, TX will make her pro debut against Rachel Sazoff (0-2) of New Jersey.
Two additional undercard fights will be live streamed on ESPN3 and will be available in English and in Spanish. Golden Boy Promotions has added Hector "El Finito" Tanajara, Jr. (7-0, 4 KOs) of San Antonio, Texas to face off against Daniel Perales (7-6-1, 5 KOs) of Mexico for six rounds in the lightweight division.
The undercard will also feature middleweight Tureano Johnson (19-1, 13 KOs) against a soon to be announced fighter, in addition to previously announced fights featuring Mauricio "El Maestro" Herrera (22-7, 7 KOs) of Riverside, Calif. in an eight-round welterweight bout against Mexico's Hector "Charro Negro" Velasquez (57-28-3, 39 KOs); and Azat "Attack" Hovhannisyan (10-2, 9 KOs) in an eight-round super bantamweight bout.
Additionally, renowned ring announcer Michael Buffer will serve as the VIP guest for the action-packed card on March 23rd at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. As the VIP guest of the night, Buffer will be in attendance for the fights and will be on hand to meet fans, sign autographs and take pictures inside the Fantasy Springs Special Events Center before the ESPN broadcast begins. The meet-and-greet is open to the public with the purchase of a ticket to the event.