Erika Cruz Hernandez will defend her WBA World Featherweight title in opposition to Melissa Esquivel on the Worldwide Conference Middle in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico on Friday November 26, reside worldwide on DAZN, the newest within the run of Matchroom and DAZN’s new sequence of combat nights in Mexico with Canelo Promotions and Clase y Talento.
Cruz (13-1 3 KOs) ripped the title from long-time champion Jelena Mrdienovich in April, with the Mexican ending the five-year rule of the Canadian on the playing cards after an unintended headclash halted the competition after seven rounds.
‘Dinimita’s’ first protection is her first combat underneath new promoter Eddie Hearn and is step one on the 31 yr previous’s path to touchdown unification fights at 126lbs, with belt holders Amanda Serrano and Sarah Mahfoud on her radar ought to she cope with her compatriot on November 26.
“I’m actually excited to defend my world title on my Matchroom debut in my house nation,” mentioned Cruz. “I wish to placed on an awesome efficiency and present the world I’m the primary girl within the Featherweight division.”
Esquivel tastes World title motion for the primary time in her profession and enters the largest evening of her profession on the again of three wins, together with her first over the ten spherical distance in April – and guarantees to pour all the things she has into making Cruz’s title reign a brief one.
“I’m prepared for this combat in opposition to Erika,” mentioned Esquivel. “I’ve been coaching very onerous, we set cam in Mexico Metropolis and now we’re finalizing our coaching right here in Sinaloa. We’ve been coaching for fairly a while I’m prepared, properly ready for what’s to come back.
“Erika is a really sturdy fighter we all know one another from the amateurs, I’ve quite a lot of respect for her and all she has achieved, one factor I do know for certain is that we’re going to placed on an awesome combat for the followers, I hope to be victorious that evening, I’ve lots to win. This can be a nice alternative for my skilled profession. Come September 26, I’ll depart all the things within the ring.”
Chief help on the evening comes from Angel Fierro (18-1 14 KOs) as he too fights for the primary time underneath new promoter Hearn, taking up Cristian Bielma (18-3-1 7 KOs) for the WBO NABO Light-weight title, with unbeaten Joselito Velazquez (13-0-1 9 KOs) and Gabriel Valenzuela (24-2-1 14 KOs) additionally in motion, with extra undercard fighters to be introduced quickly.
“What a packed weekend of motion we’re going to have reside on DAZN!” mentioned promoter Eddie Hearn. “Ladies’s boxing is on hearth proper now and World title fights hardly ever disappoint – and I feel Erika and Melissa are going to serve up fireworks. Erika is an actual expertise and can wish to present that within the first protection of her title, however Melissa is in her first title combat and has all the things to realize in Puerto Vallarta.
“Angel Fierro is a fighter to observe at Light-weight and there’s quite a lot of gifted fighters on what guarantees to be an thrilling invoice in Mexico, the day earlier than Teofimo Lopez defends his World titles in New York, it’s one other unmissable weekend of motion on DAZN.”
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