Ja’Rico O’Quinn vs Christian Esquivel on October 26
On Friday, October 26, at the MotorCity Casino Hotel, one of the most promising young fighters in Detroit’s resurgent boxing scene, undefeated bantamweight Ja’Rico “Great Lakes King” O’Quinn (9-0-1, 6 KOs), will return to action six-round bout against former world-title challenger Christian “Italiano” Esquivel of Mexico (30-15-1, 23 KOs).
O’Quinn, who was last seen taking out veteran Yaqub Kareem in four rounds last June in Detroit, enjoys immense popularity in his native Motown. As an amateur, he won the USA National Championship at bantamweight and the 2013 USA Boxing Youth National Championships.
Against Esquivel, however, he will be in tough. The Mexican veteran is a 12-year professional and a former NABF, WBC Continental Americas, WBC Youth Intercontinental, WBC FECOMBOX, and WBC Silver Bantamweight Champion.
“I’m happy to be fighting in Detroit in front of my hometown fans!” said an excited O’Quinn. “I look forward to scoring another impressive victory and putting Detroit on the map as one of the best fight cities in the world.”
O’Quinn’s promoter, Dmitriy Salita, says he’s expecting a lot from his 23-year-old prospect in this fight.
“Ja’Rico O’Quinn is one of the most accomplished US-born professional prospects in boxing right now. His undefeated professional record and numerous national amateur championships speak for themselves. He is taking on another stern test in a very experienced fighter in front of his hometown fans and I am sure it will be another spectacular performance.”
Tickets for the event are priced between $180-$25 and are available by calling 718.612.5207. The MotorCity Casino Hotel is located at 2901 Grand River in Detroit. On fight night, doors open at 6:30pm and the first bout begins at 7pm. All guests must be at least 21 years of age with valid photo ID.
John Correa and Jonathan Lopez in Puno Limpio on October 26
The undefeated Puerto Ricans John Correa and Jonathan Lopez will face Mexican opponents in the next edition of “A Puño Limpio”, which will feature Bernard “Bimbo” Lebrón and Antonio Sánchez, in their rematch, on October 26 at the Ruben Zayas Montañez Coliseum in Trujillo Alto, in a presentation of PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) in association with Spartan Boxing, which will be broadcast by Wapa Deportes.
“We are making the new edition of “A Puño Limpio”, which will have the expected rematch between Bimbo Lebrón and Antonio Sánchez, and we will have prospects John Correa and Jonathan López against Mexican veterans in good fights, while we continue to shape the show, in which we will present seven fights,” said Iván Rivera, president of PRBBP.
Correa (5-0, 5 kos), from Gurabo, Puerto Rico, will be facing the experienced Aztec Daniel Echevarría (19-6, 17 kos) in a six round and 152 pounds bout. Also at six rounds, Lopez (3-0, 3 kos), from Humacao, Puerto Rico, will fight against the Mexican Jonathan Lecona (17-22-4, 6 kos) at 118 pounds.
The main event of the evening will have Bimbo Lebrón (10-1, 4 kos) and Antonio Sánchez (5-5-2, 3 kos) fighting in a 10-round rematch at 140 pounds. The first time they met, on August 10, Lebron won an exciting fight by unanimous decision with cards of 76-75, 76-75 and 76-75, preparing the scene for the second match.
The series “A Puño Limpio”, in its first part, took place between 2011 and 2012 with shows around Puerto Rico, and had in action fighters like the current world champion Emmanuel “Manny” Rodríguez (in his debut), former world champion Manuel Alejandro “Manny” Siaca, later world champion McJoe Arroyo, as well as future world challengers McWilliams Arroyo, Jonathan Oquendo, José “Chelo” González and David Quijano, and then prospect Jonathan “Bomba “González, among others.
More details of this “A Puño Limpio” will be provided soon.