CANCUN, Mexico- The third installment of the 2017 “Cancun Boxing” series, presented by Pepe Gomez Boxing in association with Neon Star Sports & Entertainment, will air this Saturday night (July 7) in North America, starting at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT, on CBS Sports Network. An encore presentation will follow at 12 p.m. ET.
The event took place this past June 3rd at Grand Oasis Cancun the Hotel Complex, Cancun`s ONLY Ultimate All-Inclusive Entertainment Resort, which hosts all series events.
Former IBF/WBO Minimumweight World Champion Francisco “Chihuas” Rodriguez, Jr. (22-4-1, 14 KOs) fought late replacement Rolando “El Duende” Gusman (15-3, 9 KOs), of Argentina, in the 12-round WBC Flyweight World Title Eliminator. Rodriguez’ original opponent, “Lil” Oscar Cantu (14-1, 1 KO), was injured in a car accident only days before the scheduled event.
Rodriguez, 23, won his first world title in 2014, stopping previously unbeaten Merlito Sabillo (23-0-1), the defending WBO minimumweight title fight in Mexico, in the 10thround. Later that same year, Rodriguez successfully defended his WBO crown with a 12-round unanimous decision over IBF minimumweight title holder Katsunari Takayama (27-6) to become unified world champion. Rodriguez vacated both titles in late 2014.
The 23-year-old Rodriguez unsuccessfully challenged WBA Light Flyweight World Champion Donnie Nietes (35-1-4), the reigning IBF flyweight world champion, dropping a 12-round unanimous decision.
Rodriquez, 2-1 in world title fights, is 2-3 vs. past world champions, including the only knockout loss of his career, in 2015, to Roman “Chocolalito” Rodriguez (35-0), the future “Pound-4-Pound King” from Nicaragua.
Gusman is a former Interim WBO Latino Super Flyweight and WBA International bantamweight title challenger.
The eight-round co-feature is a female featherweight rematch between Mexican rivalsJack Calvo (10-2-1, 1 KO) and Yesenia “La Nina” Gomez (13-4-1, 6 KOs). The two fought to a six-round draw this past April on a Cancun Boxing card.
The televised opener is an eight-round, non-title fight between a pair of Mexican lightweights, WBC Latino champion Francisco “Paquito” Rojo (19-2, 12 KOs) and Mexican Pacific Coast titlist Jesus “Kiligua” Velazco (13-9-2, 5 KOs).
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