Ring Metropolis USA, the brand new sports activities media startup that debuted its Thursday night time boxing collection in November 2020, introduced their undercard at the moment for its March 18 occasion, the subsequent battle night time of the boxing outfit’s three-event residency in Puerto Rico. The three-fight major card will start at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on NBC Sports activities Community in the US and Puerto Rico, and on Twitch for followers exterior of the U.S, dwell from Albergue Olimpico (Olympic Heart) in Salinas.
The six-fight occasion is headlined by one other chapter within the iconic Puerto Rico vs. Mexico ring rivalry as Alberto Machado (22-2, 18 KOs) of Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, battles Angel ‘Tashiro’ Fierro (17-1-1, 13 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico, in a ten-round light-weight bout. Machado was beforehand slated to battle undefeated prospect Hector Tanajara who was pressured to withdraw on account of sickness.
Within the night’s co-main occasion from Puerto Rico, Jose ‘Chiquro’ Martinez, (21-1-2, 14 KOs), of Las Marias, Puerto Rico, clashes with three-time world title challenger Israel ‘Jiga’ Gonzalez (26-Four, 11 KOs) of Los Cabos, Mexico, in a ten-round bantamweight bout.
The 28-year-old Martinez seems to remain within the win column following a second-round knockout of Yeison Vargas in February 2020 in San Juan, P.R. His final 4 victories have come by knockout.
Following a hard-fought twelve-round determination loss to pound-for-pound nice Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez in October 2020, the 24-year-old Gonzalez defeated Samuel Gutierrez simply two months later in December 2020 in San Lucas, Mexico. Martinez has additionally challenged world champions Khalid Yafai and Jerwin Ancajas for his or her title belts within the final three years.
A six-round mild heavyweight battle will spherical out the principle card on NBC Sports activities Community that includes Irish’ Joe Ward, (2-1, 2 KOs), of Moate, Eire, who will look to avenge his professional debut setback towards Marco ‘El Muneco’ Delgado, (7-1, 5 KOs), of Turlock, Calif.
Preventing at Madison Sq. Backyard on October 5, 2019, Ward suffered a extreme knee harm within the second spherical which delivered Delgado a technical knockout victory. Ward has bounced again with two first spherical knockouts going down in December 2020 in Mexico. Because the victory over Ward, Delgado has continued his successful methods with a six-round determination over beforehand undefeated Burley Brooks in December 2020 in Arlington, Texas.
Headlining the Twitch undercard broadcast, which begins at 6:30 p.m. ET/Three:30 p.m. PT, three-time world title challenger Maricela ‘La Diva’ Cornejo, (13-Four, 5 KOs), of Los Angeles, Calif. faces off towards Alma Ibarra (7-1, Four KOs) of Monterrey, Mexico.
Within the final three years, Cornejo has twice come up brief towards unified Tremendous Middleweight World Champion Franchon Dezurn-Crews in her quest to win a world championship. Sandwiched between the 2 world title fights, Cornejo was victorious in an amazing efficiency towards veteran Erin Toughill on January 27, 2019 in entrance of her legion of hometown followers in Los Angeles.
A winner of her first seven fights, Ibarra seems to return to the win column following a hard-fought ten-round determination loss to undefeated WBA Interim Junior Middleweight Champion Raquel Miller on November 23, 2019.
In an eight-round flyweight battle, former world champion and knockout artist Angel ‘Tito’ Acosta, (21-2, 21 KOs), of San Juan, Puerto Rico, battles Gilberto Mendoza (17-9-Three, eight KOs) of Modesto, Calif.
The 30-year-old Acosta made three profitable defenses of his world title earlier than shedding to Elwin Soto in June 2019. In his final battle in October 2019, Acosta stopped Raymond Tabugon within the fifth spherical. The upset-minded Mendoza hits the ring following a hard-fought determination loss to prime undefeated Mexican prospect Sergio Rios Jimenez.
Rounding out the cardboard in a six-round junior light-weight battle, prime undefeated prospect Edwin ‘The Chin’ Valentin (9-Zero, eight KOs) will battle in his hometown of Salinas when he faces veteran Hector Marengo (7-14-Four, Four KOs) of Arecibo, Puerto Rico.