Vicente Escobedo faces Lonnie Smith tomorrow night on Solo Boxeo Tecate. (Photo by Golden Boy Promotions)
Vicente Escobedo will look to get into contention at 130 pounds tomorrow night on Solo Boxeo Tecate, broadcast live at 11 p.m. EST Saturday night on TeleFutura, as he faces Lonnie Smith in a 10-round main event in Woodland Hills, Calif.
On Friday, Escobedo weighed in at 129 pounds, with Smith at 130. It's an interesting fight, better than it might look on paper, as Escobedo (24-3, 14 KO) may only have one chance to get a serious push to a title in at this point, as he's 30 years old and has been, in some ways, a disappointment over his career. A highly-touted amateur and 2004 Olympian, Escobedo just hasn't gotten over the hump yet as a pro.
Last year, he went 2-0, scoring wins over veterans Walter Estrada and Rocky Juarez, neither of which did much to propel him up the ladder, given that Estrada is best known as more of a gatekeeper, and Juarez has turned into one of the biggest busts of the last decade.
His opponent tomorrow night, Lonnie Smith, doesn't have a perfect or pretty record. At 14-2-2 (10 KO), the 24-year-old Smith has also never gone more than six-rounds, and his aggressive style may be tested over a 10-round bout, if it stretches out long enough.
But he's been a fun fighter to watch in the past on this very program, and went 3-0 in 2011. He started his career 5-2-2, and has won nine straight. He's a guy who fights hungry, but we haven't seen him in with anyone like Escobedo yet, so we'll get to learn a lot more on Saturday night.
If you want to read more about Lonnie Smith, check out Mark Ortega's interview piece at The Queensberry Rules.