Golden Boy Boxing Promotions recently came to a deal for a new program to air on ESPN2, and the first event comes to us this Thursday, March 23rd live from the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California. The headline fight sees 10-round middleweight action, as undefeated prospect Jason Quigley (12-0) looks to take the next step on his way to contender status s he faces veteran Glen Tapia (23-3). Quigley is a 25-year-old who has a long amateur record in his native Ireland, and in mid-2014 he turned professional in the United States, where he has fought his entire 12-fight pro career under the Golden Boy flag. He has 10 knockout wins in his dozen outings, and he is one of the solid international pieces that GBP carries on their roster. GBP is putting the youngster in a featured spot here, and the bookmakers feel the matchmakers have not made too risky a selection in Tapia as the opponent. It was not that long ago that the 27-year-old Tapia bore the prospect label himself. He overcame a December of 2013 loss to James Kirkland with three stoppage wins in a row before taking a May of 2015 stoppage loss at the hands of France’s Michel Soro. Tapia took a year off and came back to a big fight, but he fell to David Lemieux in May of 2016, and we have not seen him since. Tapia has not fought in 10 months, and this match will depend on whether he has been in the gym training or if he is here for a paycheck. A 10-round co-feature bout will also see undefeated former bantamweight world champion Randy Caballero (23-0) begin to campaign at super bantamweight, as he faces veteran Jesus Ruiz (36-7-5). Caballero is trying to get his career back on track. We last saw him in February of 2016 when he defeated Ruben Garcia Hernandez via stoppage in the seventh round. That fight was Caballero’s first fight in 14 months back then, and it has been a similar stretch since he last fought. Ruiz’s recent losses have come at a very high level, as he went 10 rounds with Diego De La Hoya and lasted 8 rounds with Leo Santa Cruz, so in that respect he has fought better competition than Caballero has faced at this weight. The live event features seven fights in all, and a proposed middleweight 10-round co-feature between Tureano Johnson (19-1) and Fabiano Pena (19-61) could pop up later in the week at the sportsbooks. GBP plans to keep an aggressive schedule for their program on ESPN, and the next event sees GBP at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas on April 1st with a planned main event in the welterweight division between Antonio Orozco (25-0) and Keandre Gibson (16-0-1). Fantasy Springs Casino – Indio, California Super Bantamweight – 10 rounds Jesus Ruiz +1375 Randy Caballero -3425 Middleweight – 10 rounds Glen Tapia +470 Jason Quigley -810 Click below to bet the fights now!
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