Four Sacramentoans to fight on Whitaker-Bojorquez undercard
If Pernell Whitaker’s return to the ring is brief April 27, Duva Promotions and ESPN2 are ensuring fight fans will get their money’s worth at Caesars Tahoe.
Eight undercard bouts are planned, including a six-round middleweight matchup between Sacramento’s Eric Regan (11-0, seven KOs) and David Mendez.
Regan owns a controversial win over Hector Torres of South Lake Tahoe during his brief boxing career. He’ll make his third appearance at Caesars if his kickboxing title match goes as planned Friday in Sacramento.
Regan puts his ISK middleweight kickboxing title on the line against Stephen Derklyko of Russia (25-2, 17 KOs) at the Radisson Hotel on Friday.
“Our No. 1 game plan is to make the first fight as easy as possible. If he doesn’t fight that long, we have a better chance of making the fight up there,” said Nasser Niavaroni, Regan’s manager and trainer.
Niavaroni says the Caesars fight is the start of a busy boxing period for Regan.
“He needs a few fights to gain some ring generalship and sportsmanship,” Niavaroni said. “He needs to learn how to steal some close rounds and gain more experience.”
Regan, who never boxed as an amateur, has been sparring with World Boxing Organization No. 1 junior middleweight contender Rodney Jones of Stockton.
“He’s been holding his own in sparring,” Niavaroni said.
The Whitaker-Carlos Bojorquez undercard also contains several other regional fighters. Kelvin Davis, a former Sparks prep athlete, will bring a 14-0 record into a six-round heavyweight match against a foe not yet determined. Also, Sacramento pugilists Jauquin Gallardo, R.J. Karsten and Michael Simms are penciled in for six-round junior welterweight, junior middleweight and cruiserweight bouts, respectively. Gallardo (10-0, three KOs) has an appointment with Ghana’s Emmanuel Clottey (15-2, 12 KOs), while Simms (4-0, 3 KOs) has a work order to fight James Muniz. Matchmakers haven’t found a foe for Karsten (8-0, six KOs) yet.
The card’s other marquee matchup is a 10-round heavyweight clash between Eric Kirkland (10-0, six KOs) of Kirkland, Wash., and Dale Crow (21-4, 13 KOs) of Cincinnati, Ohio.
All fights are subject to change because of injuries or inability to make weight.
Junior lightweight Simon Ruvalcaba of South Lake Tahoe may make his debut on the card, but trainer Juan Torres is also considering sites in California or Texas for the first fight.
“He’s definitely ready,” Juan Torres said.
Whitaker (41-3-1, 17 KOs) will fight Carlos Bojorquez (14-4-2, 10 KOs) of Los Angeles in a junior middleweight nontitle bout, which is scheduled to be televised by ESPN2 for Friday Night Fights.
“Sweet Pea,” who has won championships as a lightweight, junior welterweight, welterweight and junior middleweight, hasn’t fought since losing a 12-round decision to undefeated WBA and IBF junior middleweight champion Felix Trinidad in February 1999.
Tickets are on sale at Caesars for $125, $75, $50 and $25.
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