ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Earlier this year, Fox Sports and Golden Boy Promotions entered into a deal to produce and televise a series of Monday night boxing shows on Fox Sports 1.
Fidel Maldonado Jr., that’s your cue.
The Albuquerque boxer announced via Twitter on Tuesday that he’ll face Luis Ramos Jr. on Nov. 11 in the main event of a Fox Sports 1 card to originate in San Antonio, Texas.
Neither Fox nor Golden Boy has announced the card. But Fidel Maldonado Sr., the fighter’s father, trainer and co-manager, said Wednesday that the deal is done.
All the Monday night Fox Sports 1 cards, Maldonado Sr. noted, also will be aired in Spanish on Fox Deportes.
“I think it’s gonna be an eye-opener for everybody (regarding Maldonado Jr.’s talents),” the elder Maldonado said.
Ramos (23-1, 10 knockouts), of Santa Ana, Calif., is coming off the first defeat of his pro career – a loss by fifth-round TKO to Ricardo Williams Jr. That fight was essentially even on the scorecards when it was stopped because of a cut suffered by Ramos.
“(Ramos has) fought nothing but quality opponents, and he’s a real good fighter, so we’ve got a lot of homework to do to get ready for him,” Maldonado Sr. said. “… (But) I think we have too much firepower for him.”
Maldonado Jr. is 16-2 with 13 knockouts. He’s coming off two victories by early KO in Mexico.
The Maldonado-Ramos bout will be contested over 10 rounds at the junior welterweight limit of 140 pounds, Maldonado Sr. said.
HOLM UPDATE: Alaska’s Nikki Knudsen (2-1) has replaced Brazil’s Erica Paes as Albuquerquean Holly Holm’s opponent for her Oct. 11 MMA fight in Dallas. Paes withdrew, citing an injury suffered in training.
Holm (4-0) will be making her second appearance for the Texas-based Legacy Fighting Championship, with which she signed a contract earlier this year.
Lenny Fresquez, Holm’s Albuquerque promoter, said he’s amazed at Holm’s progress in MMA after leaving behind a title-studded boxing career.
The ultimate goal, he said – a fight with UFC women’s 135-pound champion Ronda Rousey – might not be far away.
“I’ll tell you right now, Holly Holm is ready for Ronda Rousey,” he said.
TORRES FIGHT: Southwest Fight News is reporting that Albuquerque welterweight boxer Josh Torres (12-2-1, five KOs) will face unbeaten Dusty Harrison (17-0) at New York’s Madison Square Garden on Nov. 2.
The proposed Torres-Harrison bout is part of a card headlined by a WBA middleweight title fight between champion Gennady Golovkin and challenger Curtis Stevens. The Albuquerquean’s fight is not likely to make that night’s HBO telecast.
CONNECTIONS: They’re not New Mexicans, but they’re New Mexico-connected.
Elco Garcia, a Colorado boxer with ties to Albuquerque, and Mary McGee, an Indiana boxer under contract to Albuquerque’s Fresquez, have important bouts scheduled in the coming days.
McGee (20-2, 11 KOs), a lightweight from Gary, Ind., lost by lopsided, unanimous decision to Holm in May in a fight billed as the Albuquerquean’s final boxing match. Fresquez said that to entice McGee to take the Holm fight, he agreed to sign her to a two-fight contract.
Fight No. 2 is a bout in Rosario, Argentina, against unbeaten WBC women’s lightweight champion Erica Anabella Farias (17-0, nine KOs).
Farias has never fought outside Argentina, but she has impressive victories over Americans Melissa Hernandez and Ann Marie Saccurato.
Should McGee beat Farias, Fresquez said, he has an option to continue the contractual relationship.
Garcia (27-8, 13 KOs), a junior welterweight from Ignacio, Colo., once was managed by Albuquerque’s Jacob Maes and has fought in New Mexico three times. At 42 years of age, he nevertheless has won eight of his last nine fights.
Saturday, Garcia will face unbeaten Glen Tapia (19-0, 11 KOs) in a 10-round main event in Atlantic City, N.J.
Tapia, of Passaic, N.J., scored an eight-round TKO over El Paso’s Abie Han on July 12.
The Tapia-Garcia card will be aired in Albuquerque on KTFQ (Channel 14), a Spanish-language station, starting at 10 p.m.