News: Erik Morales; Steven Donnelly; Jon Fernandez
4 DIVISION WORLD CHAMPION ERIK MORALES CONFIRMED FOR FOURTH ANNUAL BOX FAN EXPO
Four-division world champion Erik “El Terrible” Morales has confirmed that he will appear, have a booth and hold a Meet & Greet with his fans at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the fourth Annual Box Fan Expo on Saturday September 15, 2018 from 10a.m to 5pm, during Mexican Independence weekend. The Boxing Expo will also coincide with the highly anticipated rematch between Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez vs Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin, that will take place later that evening.
Morales will have merchandise to sell to his fans, as well as photos, signatures and memorabilia. This is Morales first appearance at the Boxing Expo and is looking forward in meeting his fans.
Erik Morales Nicknamed “El Terrible,” is a retired Mexican boxing legend and is being inducted into the International Boxing Hall of fame in Canastota on June 10th, 2018). Morales compiled a 52-9 record in 61 fights, including 41 straight wins to start his career, and won world titles in four different weight classes (junior featherweight, featherweight, junior lightweight, junior welterweight). He also ended Manny Pacquiao’s six-year unbeaten streak in 2005 with a unanimous decision win.
Morales notable fights came against Marco Antonio Barrera (nicknamed “The Baby Face Assassin”). The Morales versus Barrera trilogy is one of Boxing’s most famous fight trilogies of all time, involving two of Mexico’s most revered boxers. Their memorable fights were also named Ring Magazine’s fight of the year on February 19, 2000 and once again on November 27, 2004.
Olympian Donnelly signs for MTK Global
Double Commonwealth Games bronze medallist and 2016 Olympian Steven Donnelly has turned professional with MTK Global.
The 29-year-old from Ballymena was third in the 2014 and 2018 Games at welterweight and middleweight respectively and will begin his career in the paid ranks at 154lbs.
Donnelly said: “I’ve been to three Commonwealth Games and then qualified for the Olympics through the semi-pro World Series of Boxing.
“I got through to the last eight in Rio and that was great for me despite a poor Olympics for Ireland. I’ve won Ulster and Irish titles and all the rest as an amateur.
“I’ve always said that the professional game would suit me. If you look at the end of my amateur career, I was starting to fight a lot more. My style was becoming pro.
“I can box and I can fight and I’ll be showing that on my debut. I’m knuckling down to train every day. I’m very dedicated.
“I want to be fast-tracked and get going straight away. I believe I’ve the talent to go very far in this game.”
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WORLD RANKED SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT JON FERNANDEZ RETURNS TO BATTLE FRIDAY NIGHT IN SPAIN
New York, NY (June 28, 2018) Tomorrow, undefeated super featherweight contender Jon Fernandez (15-0, 13 KOs), of Bilbao, Spain, clashes with battle-tested Nicaraguan veteran Henry Maldonado (20-6, 14 KOs), in a bout scheduled for eight rounds, at Pabellon Camilo Cano, in La Nucia, Spain.
Currently riding a 13-bout knockout streak, the all-action Fernandez was brimming with confidence on the eve of the showdown.
“Maldonado has a lot of very good experience. He’s fought a number of great fighters, but we’ve had a terrific training camp and I’m ready for victory,” said the 22-year-old Fernandez.
Fernandez turned heads in the United States last year with two stunning knockouts televised on SHOWTIME and looks to return later this year.
“One fight at a time for me, but I loved fighting in the United States and look forward to coming back soon.”
“Jon Fernandez has great potential and is already a world ranked contender,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “This is an important fight for him, as he is likely to return to ShoBox in the US in his next fight.”
World ranked #11 by the World Boxing Council and co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Maravillabox Promotions, Fernandez has obtained the guidance of boxing legend Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez while training in Spain.
“Sergio is terrific, he comes to watch me train and has always been very helpful with his advice to me as a fighter,” said Fernandez.
Speaking about his stoppage streak, Fernandez stated, “I don’t look for the knockout, but when the opportunity presents itself, I take advantage of it. I hope to win by knockout on Friday night.”
Two fights ago, Fernandez captured the WBC Silver Super Featherweight title with a sixth-round stoppage of then-undefeated Alexander Podolsky in his hometown.
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