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December 07, 2017


Edited Press Release: On December 14th, ESPN airs a show from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California that will be headlined by the ten-round super bantamweight clash between Diego De La Hoya (20-0, 9 KOs) and Jose "Sugar" Salgado (35-4-2, 28 KOs). The undercard will include Ferdinand Kerobyan (6-0, 3 KOs) facing Tavorus Teague (4-18-2, 3 KOs) in a four-round welterweight bout; San Antonio's Joshua "El Profesor" Franco (12-0, 6 KOs) scheduled for eight rounds of super flyweight action against LA's Carlos "Mighty" Maldonado (9-1, 7 KOs); and East LA's Jonathan "Thunder" Navarro (11-0, 6 KOs) meeting Nicaragua's Nelson Lara (17-8-5, 9 KOs) at 140 pounds. Opening up the action will be Mexican Olympian Raul "El Cugar" Curiel (1-0) against countryman Israel Villela (6-7, 2 KOs) in a welterweight bout scheduled for six rounds. 

[Carlos Morales (16-2-3), a 130 pounder, is scheduled to appear on the telecast but the press release did not list his opponent]
Here's what some of the boxers had to say at an open workout:
FERDINAND KEROBYAN (welterweight):

"I have a strong amateur background. I earned national titles and was a contender for the Olympics. My amateur background made me the person I am today. This fight will mark one year since I debuted and will be my seventh fight as a professional. I am hoping to come out with a victory and to see that I have made good changes in that year."
JOSHUA "THE PROFESSOR" FRANCO (super flyweight):

"Winning my first youth title was an important step for my career. It was even more special because I fought in front of his backyard. I went in confident, and I knew what I wanted. When I spar, I spar with world champions. I've gotten to work with Abner Mares and Carlos Cuadras."

"I just want to look good and show what I've been learning in this next fight. I want to use my jab more, but most of all I need more experience. For 2018, I want to fight for more rounds and grab another title."
JONATHAN "THUNDER" NAVARRO (junior welterweight):

"It feels great to know I'll be able to eat during Christmas, especially since I missed Thanksgiving. For my last performance, I give myself a 7 out of 10 because there is always room for improvement. We've been working on our technical skills, so hopefully in this fight we get to work on that. I'm looking to get more experience, but if the knockout presents itself, I'll take it."

RAUL "EL CUGAR" CURIEL (welterweight):

"I always try to do my best and give a great performance. Each boxer wants to write his story, and I want to reach the pinnacle of the sport. I'll make sure to put on a great show at Fantasy Springs."

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