Popular and proud Texan Antonio Escalante returns to the ring this Saturday night at the Illusions Theater at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas to compete in the eight-round “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” co-main event on TeleFutura against Mexican knockout artist Leonilo Miranda.
The explosive featherweight battle will lead up to Saturday’s main event rematch between Lubbock’s Brian Vera and former World Champion Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora for the vacant NABO middleweight title.
A native of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico who now makes his home in El Paso, Texas, 27-year-old Antonio Escalante (26-4, 18 KO’s) has long been one of the Lone Star State’s most popular fighters and for good reason, considering his finishing power and fan-friendly style. A former NABO super bantamweight titleholder, Escalante has his sights set on a world title at featherweight and, with three wins in a row all by knockout, he’s on his way to the goal at a breakneck pace.
29-year old Sonora, Mexico native Leonilo “Veneno” Miranda (36-4, 25 KO’s) is one of the featherweight division’s most intriguing puzzles because he can baffle you with his southpaw style and then knock you out with either hand. Looking to get back on a winning track after tough decision losses to top unbeaten prospects Luis Franco and Gary Russell Jr., Miranda is eager to put on a spectacular show against Escalante this weekend.
A decorated amateur with a 2009 Junior Olympic National Championship to his name, 19-year-old Orlando, Florida native Daquan Arnett (5-0, 3 KO’s) has been a force in the professional ring thus far, ending three of his five fights in two rounds or less. On Saturday, the junior middleweight faces Santa Rosalia, Mexico’s Ishwar Amador (11-10, 7 KO’s) in a six round match.
The great state of Texas will have plenty to cheer about during the undercard which is stacked with Texas natives including unbeatens Adam Lopez (3-0, 1 KO) and Javier Rodriguez (2-0-1) of San Antonio and Jerren Cochran (4-0, 3 KO’s) of Houston, all in action. Rodriguez will meet fellow San Antonio native Kermit Hendricks (1-2) in a four round junior featherweight battle while featherweight Cochran battles Fort Worth’s Jesus Rocha (3-3) in a four round contest. Junior welterweight Lopez will face an opponent to be determined in a six round fight.
Also in action in a six round fight will be San Antonio welterweight Steve Hall (5-2, 5 KO’s) who will be looking for another big knockout win when he battles Oviedo, Florida’s Roger Rosa (4-2-1) and in another battle for San Antonio pride Benjamin Whitaker will make his professional debut against Germain Carson (0-1) in a four round welterweight battle.
Vera vs. Mora II, a 12-round fight for the vacant NABO middleweight title set for Saturday, August 11 at the Illusions Theater at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Leija & Battah Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate. TeleFutura will broadcast the fight beginning at 12:00 a.m. ET/11:00 p.m. PT.
Tickets, priced at $100, $75, $55, $45, $35 and $20, are available for purchase at the Alamodome Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com and via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at (800) 745-3000.