Mauricio Lara returns to action against Emilio Sanchez at the Pechanga Arena San Diego in San Diego, California on March 5, live worldwide on DAZN, in a packed event culminating in the ravishing trilogy clash between Juan Francisco Estrada and Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez .
Lara (23-2-1 16 KOs) makes a welcome return to the ring after his nasty cut in his rematch with Josh Warrington. The Mexican traveled to Yorkshire in September to take on the Leeds man at Headingley Stadium in a rematch after stunning the boxing world by stopping for the former world champion in the ninth round of their clash in London in February. The rematch was heating up before an accidental second-round headclash left Lara with a nasty cut on his left eye and the match had to be called off.
The 23-year-old has recovered and will try to get back into the mix for big fights and world title action at featherweight, and the first man to make his way to the top table is Sanchez (19-1 12 KOs). The 27-year-old Californian will try to fend for himself in the biggest fight in his eight-year career to date, with Sanchez fighting over ten rounds for the second time in his career and going into the back of his 12th KO. victory in May over the experienced Christian Esquivel.
There’s a stacked card in support of the trilogy clash between Estrada and Chocolatito – focusing on Eddie Hearn’s bright young talents and an exciting debutant.
Angel Fierro is eager to take on the sidelines at the top of the lightweight division, and the WBO #4 will show its credentials in the second defense of its WBO NABO title against Juan Carlos Burgos. Fierro (19-1-1 15 KOs) took the vacant title with a stunning KO win over Alberto Machado in March – he climbed off the deck in the first and second rounds to chase the former world champion away in the sixth. The 23-year-old Mexican from San Diego defeated Cristian Bielma in four rounds in his first defense in Puerto Vallarta in November, and will look to make a similar statement against veteran former world title challenger Burgos (34-6-2 21 KOs).
Diego Pacheco (13-0 10 KOs) fights in the paid ranks for the 14th time and the svelte Super Middleweight gets a taste of eight round action for the fourth time against Genc Pllana (9-3-1 5 KOs).
Marc Castro (5-5 5 KO’s) is on his sixth pro fight and has yet to go the full distance, his six round opponent will be named shortly.
Anthony Herrera (1-0 1 KO) got off to an explosive start to the pro game with a second round KO win on the undercard of blockbuster Teofimo Lopez vs. George Kambosos Jr in New York in November, and the 21-year-old former Team USA talent will face a yet-to-be-named opponent for the second time in San Diego.
Debutant Skye Nicolson completes the card and the Australian star will make her highly anticipated Featherweight debut in California. The 26-year-old won gold at the Commonwealth Games at her home games in 2016 and represented Australia at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and is now trying to translate her amateur success into the paid ranks.
“This is a great night of boxing with a stacked undercard under a brilliant main event,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “You have so many fighters on this map who could become big stars in the future. Mauricio registered one of the 2021 upsets against Josh and is looking to cement his name as a true featherweight contender.
“The rest of the map has some exciting young stars in action. Angel is chasing his fellow contenders and champions at Lightweight, Diego is such a handful and is set to step down this year, Marc has blown away every opponent so far, Anthony watched the company on his debut and Skye is going to be a big hit in the paid ranks – March 5th will be a spectacular night of action from start to finish.”