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Luis Maldonado Steps in for Injured Martin Castillo in Friday’s ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate’ Main Event Against Eric Morel at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, CA

by on Mar.31, 2011, under Boxing News, Press Releases

LOS ANGELES, CA, March 30, 2011 – Due to a foot injury suffered in training yesterday, former World Champion Martin “El Gallo” Castillo has been forced to pull out of his April 1 rematch with Eric Morel.  Mexican contender Luis Maldonado will step up to the plate to face “Little Hands of Steel” this Friday night in the main event of TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. 

Morel vs. Maldonado headlines a night of world-class professional boxing that is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate and AT&T.  Doors open at 6:00pm PT on fight night and the first bell rings at 7:00pm PT.  The TeleFutura broadcast begins at 11:30pm ET / PT (10:30pm CT). 

Fans at home can also be part of the action by participating in Cinturón Tecate and voting for the fighter in the main event who displayed the most character in the ring by sending a text message to 55333. Voting will be open through the end of the weekend.

Tickets, priced at $25, $35 and $45 are on sale now and available for purchase at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, by calling (800) 827-2946 or online at

Mexicali, Mexico’s Luis Maldonado (35-5-1, 26 KO’s) knows what it’s like to be in the ring with best.  The 33-year-old veteran has fought in world title fights against the likes of Nonito Donaire, Fernando Montiel and Vic Darchinyan and knows that a win over former World Champion Morel will catapult him into contention for another championship bout.

In Friday’s co-main event, scheduled for six rounds, hot junior featherweight prospect and Coachella fan favorite Randy Caballero (8-0, 4 KO’s) squares off against San Juan, Puerto Rico’s Felix Perez (7-2, 3 KO’s).

Also in action will be Los Angeles lightweight prospect Ramon Valadez (6-1, 3 KO’s) who hopes to win his sixth in a row when he takes on Seattle’s Rob Diezel (5-3, 1 KO) in a six round bout, while Venezuelan Olympian Alfonso Blanco (3-0, 2 KOs’) will also see action in a four round middleweight contest against an opponent to be named.

Two Mexican veterans collide when Hidalgo’s Adolfo Landeros (19-18-1, 9 KO’s) faces Los Mochis’ Juan J. Beltran (20-23-2, 12 KO’s) in a six round junior lightweight fight, and opening up the show in a four round heavyweight contest will be Anaheim’s Jamiah Williamson (3-4, 2 KO’s) facing Glendale, Arizona’s Eldon DeLong (0-1).

Tecate, cerveza con carácter, is the largest beer brand to sponsor boxing matches in the U.S. Part of its commitment to make boxing accessible to consumers is the title sponsorship of “Sólo Boxeo Tecate,” which creates an opportunity for local fans to witness some of the most xhilarating fights by today’s up-and-coming prospects.  Additionally, Tecate has been a primary supporter of Golden Boy Promotions’ marquee events since 2007, and has launched a variety of initiatives to ensure consumers are part of the boxing experience, including boxer autograph signing sessions, commemorative cans, PPV mail-in rebate offers, and most recently the launch of a mobile museum “Tecate Museo de Boxeo,” which showcases decades of the most memorable moments in the sport.

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