By Brad Marchetti: Undefeated welterweight southpaw Harold Calderon, 26-0, 17 KO’s, returns from an 11-month layoff to face Argentine veteran Ezequiel Fernandez, 28-5-1, 3 KO’s, from the luxurious Doubletree hotel in Miami, FL. “King” Calderon has some nice tools but will be facing a rough customer in the part-time kickboxer Fernandez.
The stacked Rivalta Boxing fight card is sold out but can be streamed on FiteTV for $19.99. The flashy Miami resident Calderon, 35, is a fan favorite that always draws a crowd, with celebrities like Dwanye Wade, Rick Ross, and Adrien Broner often in attendance. Calderon will be looking to make a statement against Fernandez as he continues his quest for a title shot before father time counts him out.
The stacked undercard features bare-knuckle brawler Ulysses “The Monster” Diaz, 13-1, 12 KO’s, who owns the fastest knockout in bare-knuckle boxing (0:03) in a cruiserweight bout against Quintell Thompson. Another bare-knuckle brawler on the card is big-hitting heavyweight Gustavo Trujillo, 29, making his pro boxing debut after going 4-0 in bare-knuckle boxing, all first-round knockouts. After dropping a 12-round decision to contender Robert Easter Jr. 140 lbs. boxer/puncher Ryan Martin, 24-2, 14 KO’s, will face Colombian Carlos Padilla, 18-12-1, 12 KO’s.
Undefeated 122 Lb. prospect Jorge Romero Jr., 22-0-1, 14 KO’s, will be in a 10-rounder against Argentine gatekeeper Julian Aristule, 35-15, 18 KO’s. Blue-chip lightweight prospect Frank Zaldivar, 3-0, 1 KO, from Cuba will face veteran Daulis Prescott, 33-17, 25 KO’s, in a good litmus test Zaldivar who was 63-15, 9 KO’s as an amateur. Highly touted 6’4″ 212 Lb. Cuban Heavyweight Fernando Cuza, will also be making his debut against undefeated Cody Kerr, 2-0, 1 KO. Another prospect to keep an eye on is the promising 126 Lb. southpaw Victor Abreu, 1-0, 1 KO.
Harold Calderon vs Ezekiel Fernandez Tale-Of-The-Tape
Record: 26-0, 17 KO’s
Fighting Out Of: Miami, FL
Record: 28-5-1 3 KO’s
Fighting Out Of: San Juan, Argentina
Ryan Martin vs Carlos Padilla Tale-Of-The-Tape
Ht. 5’10 1/2″
Record: 24-2, 14 KO’s
Fighting Out Of: Chattanooga, Tennessee
Record: 18-12-1, 12 KO’s
Fighting Out Of: Barranquilla, Colombia
Weights from Miami, FL
Ezekiel Fernandez 154 vs. Harold Calderon 152
Carlos Padilla 141 vs. Ryan Martin 140.2
Maickol Lopez 126 vs. Victor Abreu 125.2
Frank Zaldivar 137.4 vs. Daulis Prescott
Nestor Santana 276 vs. Alexis Nieuwkerk 220.6
Yordan Barrera 157 vs. Luis Florez 156
Yankiel Navarro 163 vs. Nicholas Draine 160.8
Fernando Cruz 212 vs. Cody Kerr 298.8
Jorge De Jesus Romero 121.4 vs. Julian E. Aristotle 121.4
Luis Rivera 116.4 vs. Juan Carlos Centeno 118.4
Gustavo Trujillo 231 vs. Joseph Bond ??
Uly “Monster” Diaz 198 vs. Quintell Thompson 202