Medina-Hernandez, Cordova-Coleman added to "Latin Invasion 2!"
With one of the most talked about main events to hit the city of El Paso in years in Hector Camacho Jr. versus Ramon Campas, coupled with a popular local boy rounding off the undercard in Antonio Escalante, the October 30th “Latin Invasion 2: Revenge of the Son” has just added two more exciting fights that will round off the PPV card.
The card, which is promoted by Zeferino Entertainment in association with Golden Boy Promotions, will now include a special feature as middleweight prospect David “Gatti of the Rockies” Medina (20-2, 10 KO’s) takes on the toughest opponent of his career when he steps into the ring against former star of ESPN’s 2007 season of “The Contender” Miguel Hernandez (20-9, 10 KO’s). Although Hernandez is best known for his role on The Contender (losing a close decision to Wayne Johnsen) he also has two championships on his resume including the WBC United States Middleweight championship and the Illinois State Middleweight championship. However, a loss to Luciano Perez for a WBF regional title in his last fight has put him in a “must win” scenario as he steps into the ring with Medina. A win and he could be fighting the winner of the Camacho versus Campas fight (he lost to Campas back in 2006) whereas a loss could spell the end of his career.
For Medina the burden may actually be considerably higher. Although Medina has looked for all the part like a contender in many of his fights (including an ESPN televised first round knockout over Charles Blake in 2006) there is no question that he will not only need to win, but to look impressive, if he is to use this fight to springboard into the world rankings.
Rounding off the PPV will be popular Colorado born welterweight prospect Marvin Cordova Jr. (20-1-1, 11 KO’s), who will travel to El Paso to take on tough fellow prospect Tim “Pit Bull” Coleman (16-1-1. 4 KO’s) in an eight round fight. Cordova was at one time considered one of the brightest welterweight prospects in the world until a decision loss to Filipino contender Dennis Laurente back in May. Still, many insiders are excited about the future for Cordova, who bounced back from his only loss with an impressive decision over Ernest Johnson in his last fight.
However, many insiders feel this will be a considerably tougher fight, and most feel Coleman is the toughest foe Cordova has fought with the exception of Laurente and Victor Ortiz (whom he had a draw with).
“I have been impressed with how good Marvin has looked since May,” commented promoter Zef Ramirez, “but I am also impressed with Coleman. He’s a very tough fighter and a very slick and talented boxer to boot. This is a classic crossroads fight between two top prospects and I think this fight could propel the winner into the top ten.”
Also on the card will be welterweight prospect Abel Perry (11-3, 3 KO’s) as he faces popular local brawler Bobby Joe Valdez (9-6-2, 4 KO’s) in a non-televised fight. Valdez may not have the flashiest record, but he has proven to be one of the toughest, and most exciting, fighters in the Texas panhandle. His last three losses were all to highly regarded fighters in Jesse Lara, Cosme Rivera, and New Mexican prospect Jospeh Gomez (whom he also held to a draw in an earlier fight). Although Perry is favored, there is little question that Valdez will have the support of the local fans, and that he will be bringing his A-game to the Don Haskins Center on October 30th.
Tickets for the PPV event are currently on sale and can be obtained via Ticketmaster or though the Don Haskins Center on the campus of UTEP.