After delivering an action-packed performance on Jan. 17, undefeated light heavyweight standout Vyacheslav “Lion Heart” Shabranskyy (12-0, 10 KOs) returns to the ring on Thursday, March 12 to put his undefeated record on the line when he takes on hard-punching Fabiano “Pit Bull” Pena (11-0-1, 8 KOs) in the 10-round co-main event for Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas (21-0-1, 15 KOs) versus “Wild” Will Tomlinson (23-1-1, 13 KOs). Presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Leija*Battah Promotions, the night will be full of exciting action as top undefeated prospects and local Texan talent are featured on the card, from the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, Texas on Thursday, March 12, televised live on HBO Latino beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.
In the non-televised undercard, undefeated Yamaguchi Falcao (3-0, 1 KOs) of Sao Mateus, Espirito Santo, Brazil, will compete in a six-round middleweight fight and rising knockout artist Travell “Black Magic” Maizon (9-0, 9 KOs) of Austin, Texas will fight in a welterweight eight-round event, both against opponents yet to be named. Brooklyn’s Zachary “Zungry” Ochoa (9-0, 4 KOs) returns to the ring in a six-round super lightweight bout, while fellow east coaster, D’Mitrius Ballard (7-0, 6 KOs) of Washington, D.C. competes in a six-round super middleweight fight, also against opponents yet to be announced.
Rounding out the night, are some of Texas’ top undefeated prospects. First, San Antonio’s Joseph Rodriguez (8-0, 2 KOs) takes on John “Smiley” Herrera (4-9-2, 2 KOs) from Roswell, New Mexico in a six-round featherweight bout. Also, Armando Cardenas (8-0, 4 KOs) of San Antonio, Texas will fight in a six-round welterweight bout against an opponent to be announced shortly.
Tickets priced at $150, $100, $50, and $25 plus applicable taxes and service charges and are available for purchase at www.ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 800-745-3000, or in person at the Freeman Coliseum/AT&T Center SE Box Office, Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., or through Leija*Battah Promotions by calling (210) 979-3302 or emailing [email protected].
Coming off of an impressive technical knockout victory over Garrett Wilson on Jan. 17, Vyacheslav Shabranskyy is looking to continue his winning streak in 2015 when he faces Fabiabo “Pit Bull” Pena on March 12. A native of Zhytomyr, Ukraine and now making his home in Los Angeles, Shabranskyy is a powerful puncher who put together an impressive 2014 campaign, winning each of his five bouts, four by knockout.
Hailing from Miraselva, Parana, Brazil and now calling Pittsburgh, Penn. Home, 27-year-old Fabiano “Pit Bull” Pena is ready to make his second professional appearance in the U.S. Most recently, Pena faced Renilson Dos Santos in August and Dave Valykeo in December, quickly winning both bouts via knockout within four rounds. Now, the new Pittsburg native is looking to maintain his undefeated record against the fast-punching Vyacheslav Shabranskyy on March 12.
19-year-old Travell “Black Magic” Mazion is one of the top prospects in boxing, a fact evidenced by a perfect professional record in which he’s ended five fights in the first round. Now ready for his biggest year yet, Mazion is looking forward to start off the year strong when he makes his HBO Latino debut on March 12.
2012 Olympic bronze medalist, Yamaguchi Flacao of Sao Mateus, Espirito Santo, Brazil is looking to make a statement in his first bout of 2015. Making his professional debut in 2014, the 27-year-old is quickly becoming someone to watch out for in the middleweight division as he took on Fernando Najera in April, Jesus Cruz in July and Martin Fidel Rios in November winning all bouts by unanimous decision.
Brooklyn native Zachary “Zungry” Ochoa, is a promising 22-year-old talent who has gone undefeated since his professional debut in 2011. Most recently, Ochoa took on near-shutout wins over Luis Cervantes in August and Jose Miguel Castro in December. In his first fight of 2015, the impressive Ochoa hopes to maintain his record intact after he squares off against an opponent yet to be named on March 12.
In a super middleweight bout scheduled for six rounds, Washington, D.C.’s exciting prospect D’Mitrius Ballard is looking to continue his success as a professional boxer in 2015. The impressive super middleweight had a great year in 2014, winning all his bouts via knockout all within the third round. Most recently, Ballard beat Thomas Gifford in a first round technical knockout in October and Hartford, Connecticut’s Tylon Burris in a third-round knockout in December.
San Antonio’s Joseph Rodriguez is a rising featherweight star looking to start of 2015 with a win when he faces off against John “Smiley” Herrera on March 12. Making a statement in 2014, Rodriguez beat Jesus Sandoval, Jeremy Longoria, Francisco Arellano and Jesus Garza all via unanimous decision.
A professional since 2010, John “Smiley Herrera” has had tough luck as a fighter and is looking to start off 2015 with a win. Having lost via decision on two of his last bouts in 2014, Herrera is motivated to bring Joseph Rodriguez a tough fight on March 12.
After winning via technical knockout in January versus Alberto Espinoza, San Antonio’s Armando Cardenas is hoping to continue his winning streak when he faces a yet to be announced fighter on March 12. A professional since 2013, Cardenas is quickly becoming a star in his home state, fighting and rising up the ranks almost exclusively in San Antonio.
Vargas vs. Tomlinson is a 10-round NABF, and WBO International Junior Lightweight bout is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Lejia*Battah Promotions. The HBO Latino Boxing telecast begins at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT and is sponsored by Corona Extra and Mexico – Live It To Believe It!. The Freeman Coliseum doors will open at 4:00 p.m. CT and the first bout begins at 4:00 p.m. CT.