Recently disposed WBO junior welterweight champion Carlos “Bolillo” Gonzales will begin his climb back into title contention on Sept. 25 at Caesars Tahoe when he tries to take the NABO championship away from Cosme Rivera.
In the co-main event, former world title contender David Kamau will take on veteran Mexican champion Marco Antonio Lizarraga. Both Rivera and Kamau won their championships in their last outings on big upsets.
Rivera (17-4-1, 14 KOs) from Sonora, Mexico, won a 12-round unanimous decision from world-ranked Hector Quiroz last May in Las Vegas, while former world title contender Kamau (29-3, 22 KOs) stopped third ranked Edgar Ruiz last July, also in Las Vegas.
Only 27 years old, Gonzalez started fighting professionally at age 16 and is a veteran of 53 professional fights. The Xochimilco, Mexico, native (48-4-1, 42 KOs) lost his crown for the second time when he was the surprise victim of a first-round knockout last May. He won the title for the first time in 1992 and again in 1998. He is 5-2-1 in world title fights.
Kamau, a transplanted Kenyan Olympian who now fights out of Los Angeles, rallied from an early round knockdown and punched his way to a ninth round knockout of the then second-ranked Ruiz. This raised Kamau’s record to 29-3 with 22 knockouts and put him back on track, he hopes, for another world title shot. He was decisioned by Julio Cesar Chavez and knocked out by Oscar De La Hoya in his two previous world championship attempts.
The 32-year-old Lizarraga is a veteran of 14 fights for the Mexican junior welterweight and welterweight crowns. He’s 12-1-1 in these battles and his four-fight streak has raised his record to 49-8-1, 27 KOs. Virtually unbeatable in Mexico, he will be looking for his first win in six tries north of the border.
Forum Boxing is presenting this fight in association with KCAL-TV and Caesars Tahoe.
Tickets to the Sept. 25 fights at Caesars Tahoe are $25, $50 and $75. For reservations, call Caesars Tahoe at (800) 648-3353 or visit any Ticketmaster Outlet. Doors to the Circus Maximus showroom open at 6 p.m., with the first bout beginning at 7:15 p.m.
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