Saul 'Baby' Juarez and Axel Aragon are set for their battle of former title challengers eager to return to the win column.
Both boxers made weight ahead of their scheduled 10-round junior flyweight main event, which airs live Friday evening on Telemundo beginning at 12:00am ET from a crowdless Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida.
Juárez weighed in right at the 108-pound limit, while Aragón tipped the scale at 107.6 pounds.
The bout marks the second of the year for Mexico City’s Juárez (25-11-2, 13KOs), a second-generation boxer and former two-title challenger. His previous ring appearance in 2020 came atop the season premiere of Boxeo Telemundo, dropping a 10-round unanimous decision to Puerto Rico’s Jonathan Oquendo this past February in Miami, Florida.
It wasn’t quite the ending for which Juárez hoped in his long-awaited stateside debut, in a career that has otherwise taken him around the world. Included in his travel are separate points losses to unbeaten reigning titlists Wanheng Menayothin (August 2016 in Thailand) and Kenshiro Teraji (December 2018 in Japan).
Aragón (13-3-1, 8KOs) seeks to rebound from his lone career title challenge. The moment came in a last-minute opportunity, agreeing to face WBO strawweight titlist Wilfredo ‘Bimbito’ Mendez on barely seven days’ notice last October in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico.
The fight became an unexpected rematch to their first meeting in the same venue one year prior, in which Mendez claimed a lopsided decision prior to winning the title. Part two was far more competitive, and also a bit anticlimactic as a clash of heads left Aragón with a deep cut over his left eye which prompted the bout to halt in the seventh round of their headliner, with Mendez claiming a technical split decision win.
Friday’s show also features unbeaten featherweight prospect Henry ‘Moncho’ Lebron, who faces Colombia’s Luis Porozo in a scheduled eight-round contest.
Lebron (12-0, 9KOs)—a 22-year old southpaw from Aguadilla, Puerto Rico—checked in at a fighting fit 129.2 pounds. Porozo (15-3, 8KOs) weighed 128.2 pounds for his third fight of 2020. In an interesting plot twist, his last bout came in a hard-fought loss to Lebron’s cousin, Orlando Gonzalez [who appears on Telemundo next Friday] this past June in Las Vegas.
Additional undercard action features the anticipated pro debut of former amateur standout Omar Rosario. The six-time Puerto Rico national champion from Caguas—the same hometown which produced his boxing idol, former four-division champion Miguel Cotto, along with former featherweight titlist Juan Manuel Lopez—weighed 144.2 pounds for his scheduled four round clash versus Solon Staley (1-4-1), who weighed 143.6 pounds.
Sául Juárez, 108 vs. Axel Aragón, 107.6—10 rds, junior flyweight
Henry Lebron, 129.2 vs. Luis Porozo, 128.2—8 rds, junior lightweight
Ofacio Falcón, 131.4 vs. Nelson Colon, 131.4—6 rds, junior lightweight
Alex Vargas, 136.4 vs. Chauncey Grace, 137.2—6 rds, junior welterweight
Omar Rosario, 144.2 vs. Solon Staley, 143.6—4 rds, welterweight
Andy Dominguez, 112 vs. Jonathan Correa, 112.6—4 rds, flyweight
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox