HBO PPV: MEXICAN WARRIORS MARQUEZ, DE LEON & LAZCANO ALL BATTLE
The Marquez vs. Jaca pay-per-view telecast will begin at
9 p.m. EST/6 p.m. PST October 21,
On October 21, Golden Boy, in association with Romanza Boxing, has put together another four-bout, HBO Pay-Per-View card. This time the milieu is El Paso, Texas, at the Don Haskins Center, and the headliner, yet another big name snatched up by the rapidly-growing promoter.
Juan Manual Marquez, former IBF, WBA and, now, WBO-Interim featherweight champion, has inked a two-year deal with Golden Boy.
“My career in the past has been a bit slow, because I was with a different promoter,” Marquez said at a press conference in Las Vegas on Saturday.
“The past is past, though. I feel that Golden Boy will give us the big fights out there.”
Marquez, 45-3-1 (34 KOs), will defend his interim belt on Oct. 21, against Filipino Jimrex Jaca, 26-2-1 (11 KOs).
“He’s a very dangerous fighter,” says Marquez’s new promoter, Oscar De La Hoya. “He’s from the Philippines and, as we know, they always come to fight.”
Jaca’s sole fight in the U.S. was in January, when he TKO’d journeyman Geronimo Hernandez (14-18-1, 6 KOs) in one round. His low kayo ratio and lack of fights against name foes, however, do not mark him as an especially dangerous opponent for Marquez, who is aiming at landing marquee fights from feather to jr. lightweight.
No strangers to El Paso, the headlined co-main and two feature bout names should pack the stands at the Don Haskins arena.
In the co-main, WBO World Junior Feather Champion Daniel Ponce De Leon, 29-1 (27 KOs), defends his strap against No. 1 Contender Al “The Quiet Storm” Seeger, 27-1 (21 KOs).
In a ten-round jr. welterweight bout, former lightweight world title challenger Juan “The Hispanic Causin’ Panic” Lazcano, 36-3-1 (27 KOs), will take on Manuel Garnica, 20-5 (11 KOs), of Guadalajara; and NABO Junior Featherweight Champion Antonio Escalante (13-1, 8 KOs) will defend his belt against Omar Adorno (16-7-1, 10 KOs).