For the moment, boxing is the only game in town this Friday night.
All boxers made weight for the latest installment of Boxeo Telemundo, which airs live from Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida (Friday, Telemundo, 12:00am ET). Headlining the show, Colombia’s Belmar Preciado faces Guadalajara’s Dennis Contreras in a scheduled 10-round regional featherweight title fight.
Preciado (20-2-1, 13KOs) weighed 125 pounds, while Contreras (21-10-1, 19KOs) checked in at 125.6 pounds.
Friday’s main event marks the first fight for Preciado in a 2020 campaign that was originally to have begun on this past March in New York City. The fringe contender was scheduled to face Belfast’s Michael Conlan (14-0, 8KOs) on St. Patrick’s Day at Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater, only for the event to get shut down due to the initial wave of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The bout also serves as his stateside debut.
Contreras fought in the U.S. for the first time last May, his most recent bout and which produced the biggest win of his career. The Mexican spoiler scored an eight-round majority decision win over previously unbeaten Fernando Garcia last May in Biloxi, Mississippi.
The evening’s chief support features rising featherweight prospect Orlando Gonzalez (15-0, 10KOs) in an eight-round bout versus Mexico’s Diuhl Olguin (14-13-4, 9KOs). Gonzalez—a Top Rank-signed southpaw from Aguadillia, Puerto Rico—weighed 127 pounds; Olguin came in at 126 pounds.
Also on the show, unbeaten heavyweight prospect Cassius Chaney (18-0, 12KOs) faces veteran heavyweight trialhorse Chauncy Welliver (57-12-5, 23KOs) in a bout also scheduled for eight rounds.
Chaney—a 6’6”, 33-year old potential contender from New London, Connecticut by way of Baltimore—weighed a career-heaviest but well-proportioned 263.2 pounds. Spokane, Washington’s Welliver—four inches shorter than Chaney at 6’2”—checked in at a pandemic-plump 378 pounds, exceeding his career heaviest by more than 26 pounds.
Friday’s show will serve as the only major pro sporting event in the Central Florida region. The area was sharing space with the National Basketball Association (NBA) playoffs in nearby Lake Buena Vista, though with three days’ worth of games postponed due to the players enforcing a temporary strike while seeking to strengthen the league’s position on the Black Lives Matter movement.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox