Golden Boy on ESPN continues to cruise along. The titular promotion yesterday announced an Indio, California card featuring a super lightweight fight between Fidel Maldonado Jr. and Ismael Barroso in the main event.
Viewers can catch the card on ESPN Deportes and ESPN3.
Maldonado (24-3-1, 19 KO) is no stranger to GB on ESPN, having survived an early knockdown to split Pablo Cesar Cano in June. It’s the most impressive notch on his belt to date, which isn’t saying all that much, but his only loss in the last five years came against Amir Imam in 2015.
Barroso (19-1, 18 KO) is the more interesting story. He thrashed Kevin Mitchell in 2015, setting him up for a world title shot against Anthony Crolla, and was well ahead before an empty gas tank and a Crolla body shot put him down for good. This will be his first fight in over a year and his first at 140 since 2013.
The co-feature pits the aforementioned Cano (30-6-1, 21 KO) against Argentina’s Marcelino Nicolas Lopez (32-2-1, 17 KO). I feel like I’ve been watching Cano forever, but he’s still just 27. Weird.