New Ortiz-Hooker co-feature

Former world title challenger Pablo Cesar “El Demoledor” Cano (33-7-1, 23 KOs) will take on unbeaten Jonathan “Thunder” Navarro (17-0, 9 KOs) in a 12-round fight for the WBC Silver International super lightweight title in the new co-main event to Ortiz Jr. vs Hooker on March 20 at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth.

“This co-main is a Golden Boy special — two guys who can crack, don’t take a step backwards and are always going for the knockout,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy. “With both guys having been off for more than a year due to Covid-19, each is hungry for a win and to position themselves in the mix at the top of the super lightweight division.”

Highly touted heavyweight Arslanbek Makhmudov was originally slated to return in the co-main event, but he will now return in April against a very big challenge. Details for Makhmudov’s return will be announced in the coming weeks.

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  • Love watching Pablo Cesar Cano. Win or lose he always brings a good effort. And hopefully they make Makhmudov vs Simon Kean at some point.

    • Love Cano, he has quietly built up one hell of a resume. If you are not very good you’re not beating him.

    • I hadn’t heard of Simon Kean until I saw your post, but after watching a few highlights, particularly the first Dillon Carman fight, I’d be VERY surprised if he got out of the 1st round against Makhmudov. That looks like an absolute blowout win for Makhmudov. He’s faster, hits a lot harder, and Kean apparently doesn’t take a punch very well. That might be big for Quebec, since they’re both from there, but that would be absolutely brutally one-sided…

      • I actually agree with you for the most part, but Kean is 32 now and they were mentioning him as an opponent for Tyson Fury – it’s time to see what he has and they’re the top two Canadian based heavyweights. Let’s see it.

  • Silver International Super Lightweight title. Gold International must be a step below Silver World?

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