FORMER WORLD CHAMPION DANIEL PONCE DE LEON AND
EDUARDO LAZCANO SQUARE OFF IN MAY 4 MAIN EVENT AT
HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO AND TELEVISED LIVE
ON FOX SPORTS NET AND FOX DEPORTES
BATTLE BETWEEN ISHE SMITH AND DEREK ENNIS OPENS UP HARD-HITTING
DOUBLEHEADER ON THE EVE OF CINCO DE MAYO, THE NIGHT BEFORE THE YEAR'S
FLOYD MAYWEATHER VS. MIGUEL COTTO, TAKES CENTER STAGE
TICKETS ON SALE TODAY!
On Saturday, May 4, a hard-hitting
double-header comes to The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las
Vegas, Nev., when FOX Sports Regional Networks and FOX Deportes televise
an exciting doubleheader featuring an all-Mexican clash between former
World Champion Daniel Ponce De Leon of Cuauhtemoc, Chihuahua, Mexico and
Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico Eduardo "El Chucky" Lazcano in the
12-round main event for the vacant WBC USNBC Super Featherweight Title,
while in the co-feature, perennial contender and Las Vegas favorite Ishe
"Sugar Shay" Smith tangles with Derrick Ennis in a 10-round junior
De Leon vs. Lazcano and Smith vs. Ennis are presented by Mayweather
Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions. FOX Sports Regional Networks, the
nation's leading provider of local sports, and FOX Deportes, the leader in
U.S. Latino sports media, will simulcast the event live at 11:00 p.m.
ET/8:00 p.m. PT.
Tickets, priced at $100, $60, $30, $25, along with a limited number of VIP
suite seats priced at $125, go on sale TODAY, Saturday, April 21 at 12:00
p.m. PT and will be available for purchase at the Hard Rock Hotel Box
Office, all Ticketmaster locations, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by
phone at (800) 745-3000.
Already off to a fast start in 2012 thanks to his January 21 knockout win
over Omar Estrella, former Junior Featherweight World Champion Daniel
Ponce De Leon (42-4, 35 KO's) has been putting in long hours in the gym to
make sure he keeps the momentum going against Lazcano. The owner of a
nearly three year reign atop the 122-pound weight class from 2005 to 2008,
the 31-year-old former Mexican Olympian is now seeking a second divisional
title at 126 pounds, and a win over Lazcano will keep the hard-hitting
southpaw on the right track.
Fellow southpaw Eduardo "El Chucky" Lazcano (24-2, 11 KO's), like De Leon,
also had an impressive amateur background, winning over 50 fights. Now he
wants to match his fellow countryman by bringing a world title back home
in 2012. The winner of three fights in a row and nine of his last 10, the
26-year-old Lazcano recently picked up two regional super featherweight
belts, decisioning Alejandro Barrera for the WBC FECOMBOX title and
outpointing Heli Quiroz for the interim WBC Latino strap, but is biggest
accomplishment to date would be beating former World Champion De Leon.
Las Vegas' Ishe Smith (22-5, 10 KO's) has shown off his extensive skill
set in the ring from the time he turned professional in 2000, defeating
Sam Garr, David Estrada and Randall Bailey along the way, but he truly
introduced himself to fans around the world in 2004 as a member of the
cast of season one of NBC's hit boxing series, "The Contender." Following
the show, he has continued to rack up wins and face impressive
competition, handing Pawel Wolak his first loss in 2008 and battling it
out with the likes of Daniel Jacobs, Fernando Guerrero and Sechew Powell.
Back in the ring for the first time since November of 2010, the
33-year-old is eager to show that the best is yet to come.
When you're a fighter from the city of Philadelphia, you have a lot to
live up to, and thus far, Derek Ennis (23-3-1, 13 KO's) has done just
that. A professional since 2002, the 31-year-old Ennis has racked up an
impressive record, defeating the likes of Eromosele Albert, Troy Browning
and Gabriel Rosado. The winner of 12 of his last 13 fights, Ennis knows
that a win over Smith will catapult his career to the next level, which
means that the Philly warrior in him will be on full display at The Joint
on May 4.
The action in the ring won't be all that will heat up viewers' televisions
as the two hour broadcast is set to include exclusive behind the scenes
footage of the build-up to Mayweather vs. Cotto as well as special guests
who will give their take on the action at The Joint as well as their
predictions for the May 5 pay per view mega-fight.
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