Riverside, CA’s Josesito Lopez will be in action this Friday (Aug. 13) against once-beaten Marvin Cordova, Jr. in an 8-round welterweight bout underneath heavyweights Cris Arreola-Manuel Quezada on ESPN2 FNFs at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA.
Lopez’s challenge is in form of the 25 year-old seasoned Cordova, Jr., who began boxing at the age of 6 and had more than 240 bouts before making his decision to turn pro in 2004. In early 2007, Cordova, Jr. faced top prospect Victor Ortiz (27-2-1, 21 KOs) and it ended in a technical draw.
"I’ve been training hard for this fight," said Lopez (26-3, 15 KOs) who shares his trainer, Henry Ramirez, with Chris Arreola. "I have been sparring with 2-time IBF lightweight world champion, Julio Diaz and have steadily made a 180 mile round trip to Indio for those intense sparring sessions."
Lopez looks to include his name with the likes of Devon Alexander, Amir Khan, Michael Dallas Jr. and stable mate Timothy Bradley, Jr. with a eye-opening victory.
The Lopez-Cordova, Jr. 8-round bout will air as the opening bout on ESPN2 "Friday Night Fights" prior to the main event between Arreola-Quezada in their heavyweight battle for the WBC Mexican National Championship.
Doors open at 5 p.m. with the Lopez-Cordova, Jr. (21-1-1, 11 KOs) fight set at 6 p.m. The main event is slated for 7:15 p.m.
Shawn Estrada (7-0, 7 KOs), a 2008 U.S. Olympian of East Los Angeles, will face fellow hard-hitting knockout artist Alex Armenta (7-1, 6 KOs), of Los Angeles, in a four-round super middleweight bout. With seven wins apiece, the two SoCal natives have combined to knock out nearly 90 percent of their opponents.
A rising super middleweight prospect, Estrada is coming off a first-round KO of Eddie Hunter on July 23 at Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, Lemoore, Calif. Estrada, who has never been past the third round, has finished six of his seven opponents inside of the first round.
The victory over Hunter was a special one for Estrada, who had been sidelined with a hand injury for over a year prior to the win. Estrada, who defeated world title challenger Danny Jacobs and top middleweight prospect Fernando Guerrero in the amateurs, is looking to make up for lost time and get back on track to contending for a world title with a win on Aug. 13.
Estrada will face a tough test in the hungry, 31-year old Armenta, who is fighting for the first time in almost nine years. Armenta, who has gone the distance once in a six-round tilt, has scored four first-round KOs.
Michael Ruiz, Jr., (4-0, 1 KOs) will continue his busy schedule with his fifth professional fight in five months since turning pro in April when he takes on Matthew Salazar (1-1-1) of Albuguerque, NM. Ruiz is fresh off a dominating, six-round unanimous decision over Juan Tepoz on July 23.
Joe Goossen trained super flyweight Matt Villanueva (1-0, 1 KO), of Van Nuys, Calif., is looking to add another knockout to his small, but so far perfect record on the Arreola-Quezada undercard. His opponent, Alejo Guzman (pro debut) of Los Angeles is trained by Rudy Hernandez the brother of former world champion, Genaro Hernandez.
The final undercard bout features "Hollywood" Chad Bennett (24-4-3, 16 KOs), of New South Wales, Australia, making his U.S. debut against Gary "Southern Pride" Bergeron (11-5, 6 KOs), of New Orleans, Louisiana, in a scheduled 10-round junior welterweight bout.
Bennett, who has never fought outside of Australia, is hoping to rebound from a loss for the vacant International Boxing Organization Asia Pacific light welterweight title to Steven Wills on Dec. 2, 2009. Burgeron, who is coming off a KO victory and is on a two-fight winning streak, will be fighting for the first time on the West Coast.
Arreola (28-2, 25 KOs), of Riverside, and Quezada (29-5, 18 KOs), of Bakersfield, will battle for the WBC Mexican National Championship in the 12-round main event. In the ESPN Friday Night Fights co-feature, Josesito Lopez (26-3, 15 KOs), of Riverside, Calif., will take on Marvin Cordova, Jr., (21-1-1, 11 KOs), of La Junta, Colo., in an eight-round welterweight bout.
The event is presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions and sponsored by Soboba Casino.
Tickets, starting at just $29, are on sale for the vitally important showdown between two of California’s most highly regarded heavyweight contenders. Tickets (parking included with purchase) are available at Citizens Business Bank Arena Box Office and Ticketmaster.com. For more information, please visit www.CBBankArena.com.