Back to 100% after a year of recovering from a hand injury, and a botched robbery that resulted in him being shot, power-punching Mexican featherweight contender Jorge "Pilón" Lara is back and looking for a significant fight.
Lara (28-0-2, 20 KOs), from Guadalajara, was last seen scoring the biggest victory of his career in April 2016, when he destroyed multiple world champion Fernando Montiel in one round at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. The powerful southpaw was able to drop Montiel four times before the fight was waived over at 1:37 of the opening three minutes.
Lara injured his hand in the impressive victory and then was shot in the leg during a robbery attempt in his homeland. All of which resulted in a long year off for the 26-year-old.
Despite the hiatus, he is still ranked WBC #9 and IBF #8 at featherweight.
"Jorge is ready to challenge for a world title or face any top contender in the world," said his promoter, Sampson Lewkowicz.
Lara recently renewed his long-term promotional agreement with Lewkowicz's Sampson Boxing.
"The time off was unfortunate, but he is back now as one of the top 126-lb fighters in boxing. I am working to secure him a title fight or a high-profile showdown. Nobody does what he did to Montiel that quickly. Jorge is a top contender and he is ready for anyone in the world."
One of the world’s best pound-for-pound boxers Terence Crawford will be back exclusively live on BoxNation when he defends his WBC, WBO and Ring Magazine super-lightweight world titles against the slick Felix Diaz on May 20th as part of the channel’s exclusive output deal with promoters Top Rank.
‘The Channel of Champions’ will be the only place to watch the undefeated Omaha native as he looks to carry on his momentous rise when he meets Olympic gold medalist and top-rated contender Diaz at the iconic Madison Square Garden.
Dominican Republic ace Diaz has only lost once in his career, that being a majority points decision against Lamont Peterson in 2015, but he has since enjoyed back-to-back wins and will be relishing his chance on the big stage.
29-year-old Crawford has dazzled ever since his impressive win against Breidis Prescott in 2013 and has gone on to beat a host of world champions including Scotland’s Ricky Burns, Yuriorkis Gamboa and Viktor Postol.
Diaz will represent a different challenge with his southpaw stance and boxing ability but Crawford is determined to shine under the lights at the ‘Mecca of Boxing’ and prove why he is so highly-rated live on BoxNation.
"Come May 20th, I will be ready for whatever Felix Diaz brings to the ring that night," said Crawford. "It’s going to be a great experience fighting at Madison Square Garden in the big arena where all the greats have fought. I’m looking forward to that night."
"We’ve got our work cut out for us fighting against another Olympic gold medalist," said Brian McIntyre, Crawford's trainer and co-manager. "It’s an honour to fight in the arena at Madison Square Garden. It’s a step up going from The Theater into the big room."
33-year-old Diaz was in equally upbeat mood and is out to seize his opportunity of stardom.
"The time has finally come. I will share a ring with one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world and I tip my hat to Crawford for accepting me as an opponent on May 20th because I am no pushover,” said Diaz.
“I'm coming to bring my A-game and I couldn't be more grateful to be able to showcase my skills at Madison Square Garden, which is just 15 minutes from where I live. I will take full advantage of this opportunity. I respect Crawford and believe he is a great fighter, but every king can be dethroned."
Jim McMunn, BoxNation Managing Director, said: “Terence Crawford is undoubtedly one of the very best fighters on the planet and we are delighted to be able to showcase his next fight exclusively live on BoxNation. Felix Diaz is a well schooled and respected fighter who will be looking to make his breakthrough by beating Crawford. This is certainly Crawford’s toughest task to date and BoxNation subscribers will not miss a minute of the action on May 20th from Madison Square Garden.”
Square Warriors Entertainment returns to the Richmond Auditorium on April 8th with another stacked card featuring eleven confirmed bouts.
The event is headlined by the four-man Square Warriors junior welterweight tournament, which will crown the promotions second champion. Card is titled “Redemption in Richmond”, as it will provide fighters the opportunity to redeem recent mishaps in their flourishing profession career.
First bell is scheduled for 4:00 PM.
Luis Garcia(6-1-1) faces Julian Bautista(2-0) in a six round 140lb bout.
SquareWarrior Luis “Vicious” Garcia will face a very tough and game opponent coming off his first professional loss just this past January. Garcia, coming off a TKO stoppage loss to Eddie Diaz, will take on the tough Julian “JuJu” Bautista of Santa Paula CA. Bautista is known for bringing the fight, he punches in bunches and is a very determined style fighter. It is worth noting, this will be Bautista’s return to the venue in which he suffered his first professional loss(by KO) in 2015. Both fighters are looking for Redemption with the winner advancing to the finals and their crack at the SWC Championship Title.
Jhonnathan Zamudio (1-4-3) faces Eddie Diaz in a six round 140lb bout.
“El Terror” faces Eddie Diaz of Compton CA in a six round eliminator bout for the SWC 140lb Title. Zamudio has had his share of battles, 8 bouts total with 3 bouts ending in a draw! He’s a crafty boxer and a local fan favorite who will have the support of the crowd as friends and family fill the venue on April 8th to watch him take on Diaz. Diaz will enter the ring still riding the momentum of his upset TKO win over Luis Garcia in January. An exciting match-up between two crafty SquareWarriors in which either winner could potentially face an opponent who’ve they have previously battled to a draw. The stakes are much higher this time around as the SWC Title will be on the line.
Jasper McCargo (2-0) vs Stephen Austin (debut) in a 4 round 175lb bout.
“Smooth Jazz” McCargo will take on his toughest opponent to date. McCargo has made quick work of his first two opponents by KO victory. Stephen “The Hurricane” Austin, winner of the 2016 CA Golden Gloves, plans on steeling Jasper’s thunder. McCargo has already promised his fans a KO victory even prompting fans to pick the hand in which he knocks his opponent out with.
Cesar “El Pocho” Lomelli (1-0) vs Chris “The Warrior” Washington (debut) 154lb 4 rounds
Cesar Lomelli is a very exciting SquareWarrior to watch! He went four tough and bloody rounds in his debut win in January and hopes to continue his winning ways against debut Chris Washington of Dreamland Boxing San Jose. Washington is the winner of CA Golden Gloves and has been long overdue for his professional debut. He has a big following out of San Jose and poses is big threat to “El Pocho”. This is truly a great style match up as we expect the SquareWarriors to display an epic battle of heart April 8th.
Lennard “The Cheetah” Davis vs Mike “The Maverick” Melikyan 4 rounds 140lb bout
Up and coming Oakland native Lennard Davis, impressive in his first two bouts as a pro will face Melikyan of Los Angeles. Davis impressed the boxing community with his ring abilities, showing the young athlete has some class within the division. He’s coming back down to his comfort zone at 140lb for this bout vs “The Maverick” and the promotion has a close eye on this young prospect. Melikyan has been in there with formidable opponents in his first three bouts and hope to even up his record versus Davis. Both fighters are hungry and eager to earn themselves a place amongst the 140lb contenders within California.
Fernando “ El Demoledor” Caro vs Kaz “Grande Left Hook” Barney 4 round heavyweight
It’s Demoledor time! Caro the Mexican heavyweight and Richmond Native is looking to demolish his opponent Kaz Barney April 8th. Caro trains under elite trainer and ex-pro Filemon Conteras of Richmond. Caro brings an action packed and high punch count to the heavyweight division. A very crowd pleasing style and non stop action at first bell is expected from this bout.
Iris “La Paquena” Contreras (debut) vs Shurretta Metcalf (1-1) 4 rounds 118lb female bout
Decorated Amateur Iris Contreras to face Texan Shurretta Metcalf in her highly anticipated professional debut. Daughter of trainer Filemon Contreras, Iris is well known within the boxing community. There has been a lot of talk and anticipation of her debut and she’s facing a tough opponent in Metcalf. Metcalf is coming of a TKO victory in her last bout. Talk around town is this could be the fight of the night!
Dalia “La Pantera” Gomez (0-1) vs Leesa Daniel debut 4 rounds 122lb
Gomez fought tough and top prospect Jamie Mitchell in her debut just this past January. She stunned the crowd with an overall gritty and aggressive style, proving she has the abilities and most importantly the heart of a SquareWarrior. She’s focused on making some slight adjustments and maintaining composure in the ring which she believes will carry her to victory versus another top prospect in Leesa Daniel of Texas. Daniel has a good amateur background but she’ll be in enemy territory April 8th vs Oakland’s Gomez.
Also on the card is debut Jose Gomez as he faces David “Tarzan”douglas in a 154lb 4 rounds. Gomez is a native of Concord CA, but now lives and trains out of Oxnard. The young prospect, only 19 years old, goes up a veteran fighter in Douglas who hails from the Pro MMA circuit but has recently turned to boxing. We expect fireworks on this bout, both fighters are classified as aggressive punchers.
Luis “Baby Face” Sanchez versus Moris Rodriguez 4 rounds 147lb
Sanchez coming off almost a year layoff after suffering defeat in his second pro fight returns to the ring vs veteran and once highly regarded prospect Moris Rodriguez. Rodriguez has been in a rut in his last few bouts losing a streak of bouts by KO. Rodriguez beating the likes of fighters like Johnathan Chicas has fans eager to see who shows up April 8th, Moris of old or…? Sanchez could be cruising to victory, or quite possibly the fight of his life.
Square-Vision Entertainment promises exciting and highly competitive professional boxing matches, with an emphasis on establishing the region’s best fighters for future mega events. In addition to fighting for the SWC title, fighters will be stepping into the ring for a greater cause, landing a devastating blow in the “Fight for a cure.” A portion of the proceeds and sponsorship will benefit the Race to Erase MS to support multiple sclerosis research. Race to Erase MS is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization Tax ID # 84-1238541.