Whatever drama comes of the Boxeo Telemundo fall season finale will remain limited to the ring.
All boxers made weight for Friday’s show at Auditorio Blackberry in Mexico City. Headlining the card, second generation boxer and local favorite Mauricio Pintor faces Puerto Rico’s John Karl Sosa in a 10-round welterweight bout.
Pintor (22-3-1, 14KOs) weighed 145 pounds for Friday’s main event, one pound heavier than the visiting Sosa (14-3, 7KOs) who checked in at 144 pounds for their regional title fight.
A normally routine process was a refreshing change from intor’s previous appearance on the same network and venue. The streaking welterweight—whose uncle is Hall of Fame former two-division champion Lupe Pintor—was forced to face late replacement Miguel Angel Martinez on less than 24 hours’ notice after originally scheduled opponent Edson miserably missed weight for their planned bout this past July.
Martinez was originally due to appear on a Telemundo show the following week, but willingly moved up a week—and in weight—to save the card.
“This is it for 2019, there are no more shows to pull fighters,” Felix ‘Tutico’ Zabala Jr., president of All-Star Boxing Inc. joked to BoxingScene.com after exhaling following Thursday’s weigh-in. “I said then, I never wanted to go through anything like that ever again. I’m grateful everyone did their job, I really love this main event and the card we have planned for Friday.”
Sosa makes his debut on Telemundo, along with fighting for the first time in Mexico. The 27-year old Caguas, Puerto Rico native was once a highly touted prospect but is now on the comeback trail after suffering three straight defeats. A two-year hiatus followed his third loss—a narrow 10-round decision to Rashidi Ellis in April 2017—before picking up a win in his comeback appearance this past May at home in Caguas.
Mauricio Pintor, 145 vs. John Karl Sosa, 144—10 rds, welterweight
Jorge Anhuar Batalla, 135 vs. Pedro Bernal, 134—8 rds, lightweight
Omar Periban, 117 vs. Daniel Garcia, 115—6 rds, junior bantamweight
Hector Andres Fuentes, 145 vs. Edrey Gonzalez, 145—4 rds, welterweight
Eduardo Esparza, 117 vs. Dylan Velasco, 118—4 rds, bantamweight
Orlando Carillo, 159 vs. Leonardo Anguiano, 159—4 rds, middleweight
Jonathan Meza, 113.5 vs. Jesus Figueora, 114.8—4 rds, junior bantamweight
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox