Tonight, Saturday, August 9th, at the Civic Auditorium in Glendale, California, two hungry young fighters from the Alamo City will look to sparkle on the national stage.
Unbeaten Welterweight Benjamin "Da Blaxican" Whitaker (7-0, 2 KOs) and undefeated Lightweight Ivan "Bam Bam" Najera (13-0, 8 KOs) will put their perfect records on the line as they respectively face their toughest tests to date on the popular UniMas series, "Solo Boxeo Tecate".
The hard punching 21 year old from San Antonio, Texas, will attempt to run over the very slippery Stan "The Man" Martyniouk (13-1, 2 KOs) in this classic "matador versus bull" match-up. Although Najera has looked impressive against more stationary opposition, the Alamo Heights native will have to showcase his ability to cut off the ring, while closing the distance effectively, when facing a tall, rangy fighter like Martyniouk.
Despite having the noticeable edge in power, Najera will be at a severe disadvantage in terms of height and reach. His opponent from Tallinn, Estonia, will stand five inches taller in the ring and work behind a jab that is almost six inches longer when they meet in the squared circle.
While Najera will have his hands full as he attempts to catch the former amateur standout, Benjamin Whitaker will be taking on one of the more feared prospects in the packed Welterweight division when he faces former two-time Olympian Egidijus Kavaliauskas (6-0, 5KOs).
Although the Robert Garcia trained fighter brings a deep amateur pedigree and crushing one punch knock-out power to the ring, the ultra athletic San Antonio based fighter has the tools to pull off what would be considered by most to be a massive upset.
Mentored by talented young boxing coach Rick Morones Jr., Whitaker has shown the ring intelligence, footwork, and hand speed to offset the obvious strengths of the powerful Lithuanian born fighter. The 30 year old technician will have to display consistent lateral movement with an ability to move in and out of range effectively.
Kavaliauskas' primary weapon is his vaunted left hook, which he uses brilliantly to set up the straight right hand. But because the former Olympian combines speed with power, he depends on being flat footed to let his hands go with regularity. If Whitaker can keep the Top Rank prospect moving about the ring, turning the Oxnard based fighter while landing clean, effective punches sporadically, the TMB fighter will return to the Alamo City with this perfect record intact.
The "Solo Boxeo Tecate" broadcast is slated to begin at 10:00 p.m. central time on "UniMas 17", and will be promoted by Bob Arum and Top Rank, Inc.
Tune in to UniMas tonight and support two of San Antonio's talented fight community!