Argentinian boxing continues with an action packed night with heated rematches and important champions in the opening show of the year brought by Argentina Boxing Promotions on TyC Sports. Argentinian super middleweight champion, unbeaten heavy puncher Matías “Monzon” Lovera, will face tough countryman Hernán “El Picante” Pérez, trying to conquer the World Boxing Association (WBA) Fedebol light heavweight vacant title, in a highly expected rematch, at the main event of an exciting boxing night on Friday, January 8th, in Luis Guillón, Buenos Aires, Argentina, promoted by Argentina Boxing Promotions, of Mario Margossian, which will be televised live on TyC Sports, to Argentina, the United States and the whole continent, at 9 p.m. Argentina, 7 p.m. USA (ET).
In the co main event of the evening, in another rematch, Argentinian flyweight champion, Junior “El Demonio” Zárate, will face Leandro “El Pumita” Silva, in a bout in flyweight division, scheduled to ten rounds, in the third fight between each other, after two disputed and exciting clashes won by unanimous decision after eight chapters by the champion.
On Thursday afternoon, all of the participants were tested for the Coronavirus COVID-19, in a strict control that took place at the Argentinian Boxing Federation, and all of the results turned out negative, leaving everyone ready to fight. After that, it was time for the weigh in ceremony.
In what is expected to be an action packed fight, Lovera (14-0-1, 11 KOs), 25 years old, from Goya, Corrientes, based in San Miguel, Buenos Aires, will aim to shine again and stop Pérez (5-3, 2 KOs), 31, from José Mármol, Buenos Aires, after their first clash on August 18th, 2018, when Lovera won by majority decision after six rounds in Cutral Có, Neuquén. Considered one of the country’s most exciting prospects, Lovera, who has defeated every opponent such as José Yana, Pérez, Emiliano Vivas, and Jorge Caraballo comes after destroying Juan Rizo Patrón in two rounds to conquer his national belt on October 25th, 2019. Now he will face Pérez again, who has defeated Gonzalo Andreasen and Gustavo Domínguez Chamorro, and after losing to Lovera on May 17th, 2019, was stopped by undefeated Canadian Lexson Mathieu in Montreal, Canada, and aims for his best victory.
Both fighters made the weight on the scales, leaving everything ready for their bout. Lovera weighed 174.8 lbs., and Pérez weighed 168.4 lbs.
ZÁRATE-SILVA III, THE CO MAIN EVENT
In the co main event, in another rematch, Argentinian flyweight champion, Junior “El Demonio” Zárate (14-2, 5 KOs), will face Leandro “El Pumita” Silva (5-6-3, 3 KOs), in a bout in flyweight division, scheduled to ten rounds, in the third fight between each other, after two disputed and exciting clashes won by unanimous decision after eight chapters by the champion, on September 21st, 2018, in Quilmes, Buenos Aires, and November 13th, 2020, in Luis Guillón, Buenos Aires.
Zárate weighed 109.7 lbs., and Silva weighed 111.2 lbs.
Zárate, 31, from Ibarreta, Formosa, based in Florencio Varela, Buenos Aires, former Argentinian amateur national team and former WBA super flyweight champion, who has defeated countrymen Luciano Baldor, Fabián Claro and Silva, Dominican Diego Pichardo, on August 17th, 2019, took revenge of Juan Jurado by unanimous decision and conquered the Argentinian flyweight title. After that he dominated Mauro Liendro and Silva in the rematch, and now he aims to repeat in their third clash. Silva, 28, from Coronel Du Graty, Chaco, based in Buenos Aires, who has knocked out Baldor and Claro, only has lost against champions such us Zárate, Chilean José Velásquez, Fernando Martínez -twice-, and Carlos Sardínez, and wants his revenge.
AYALA-SÁNCHEZ AND MORE
Beyond the main fights, a heated card has been prepared to complete the night. Cristian “Azteca” Ayala (3-1-1, 1 KO), from Misiones, based in San Miguel, Buenos Aires, will face Santiago “El Tren” Sánchez (5-1, 2 KOs), from Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, in a bout in welterweight division, scheduled to four rounds.
Ayala weighed 145.9 lbs., and Sánchez weighed 146.8 lbs.
Finally, in another rematch, in super lightweight division, Federico “El Tano” Schinina (1-0), from Buenos Aires, takes on Gabriel “La Máquina” Molina (0-2), from Roque Sáenz Peña, Chaco, in a bout scheduled to four rounds, after last February 1st, Schinina scored a four round unanimous decision in Los Polvorines, Buenos Aires.
Schinina weighed 138.5 lbs., and Molina weighed 140.4 lbs.