Ricardo Sandoval Has Come a Lengthy Manner as Eliminator Nears

Ricardo Sandoval has come a great distance for the reason that days of combating in dimly lit and half-filled areas in Mexico.

Regardless of the uncertainty of the place his profession ought to lead early in his profession, Sandoval right now has the backing of a serious promoter and is on the verge of changing into one of many prime flyweights in boxing.

Sandoval will meet former World Cup challenger Jay Harris on Friday evening on the Bolton Whites Lodge (previously De Vere Whites) in Bolton, England. The 12-round bout shall be broadcast reside on ESPN + together with the co-feature bout between former bantamweight champion Paul Butler and Willibaldo Garcia (2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT).

On the Thursday weigh-in, Harris weighed 111.7 kilos. Sandoval weighed 111.25 kilos.

Sandoval (18-1, 13 knockouts), who lives in Rialto, California, made his skilled debut 5 years in the past on the age of 17 this month. He fought 10 of his first 12 fights in Mexico, principally at membership reveals in gyms, eating places and nightclubs. He suffered the one lack of his skilled profession in his fifth struggle in opposition to Alonso Ceja by majority resolution in November 2016.

After combating and profitable on two battle playing cards sponsored by brothers Tommy and Terry Lane in 2017 and 2018, Sandoval caught the eye of Golden Boy Promotions. On his first card beneath the Golden Boy banner in July 2019, Sandoval overcame two knockdowns to take out Marco Sustaita of Mexico in Spherical 5.

The 22-year-old will step up in opposition to Harris (18-1, 9 KOs) who lives in Swansea, Wales. The 30-year-old challenged WBC flyweight title holder Julio Cesar Martinez on February 29 final yr and misplaced unanimously in a struggle that left him knocked down on spherical 10.

In his final struggle on October 18, 30-year-old Harris defeated Marcel Braithwaite unanimously.

Sandoval has fought opponents early in his careers of their respective hometowns however is the underdog to hitch the struggle on Friday as Harris confronted the higher opponent between the 2. Robert Diaz, who’s the dealer for Golden Boy and in Bolton, believes Sandoval can do the job and are available out victorious.

“He is a really proficient and devoted younger man,” Diaz instructed BoxingScene on Wednesday morning. “I like him out and in of the ring. Friday is an important struggle in his profession. Harris has house (and) expertise, however I like Sandoval’s demeanor. (I) imagine that when within the ring, (Sandoval’s) expertise, velocity and dedication will overcome all obstacles.

Sandoval has proven extra power and aggression in latest fights after stopping his final 5 opponents.

Additionally on the MTK World map, Hosea Burton (25-2, 11 KOs) from Newcastle, England will face Liam Conroy (18-6-1, 9 KOs) in a 12-round gentle heavyweight match.

Francisco A. Salazar has been writing for BoxingScene since September 2012 and has been reporting on boxing in Southern California and overseas since 2000. Francisco additionally reviews on boxing for the Ventura County, California, Star Newspaper. He will be reached by e mail at santio89@yahoo.com or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing.

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