— Isaiah Burrows
Nationally televised main eventWBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez (25-0, 20 knockouts) will seek is sixth title defense in the main event when he faces Jason “El Alacrancito” Sanchez (14-0, 7 KOs). The 12-round bout will be broadcast at 7 p.m. on ESPN, along with a 10-rounder between light heavyweights Sullivan Barrera (22-2, 14 KOs) and Michael Seals (22-2, 16 KOs). The undercard features Stockton’s Gabriel Flores Jr. (13-0, 6 KOs) vs. Salvador Briceno (15-3, 9 KOs) from Guadalajara, Mexico. The live boxing begins at 3:30 p.m. The local fighters might be the first to fight. Reno’s JJ Mariano makes his professional debut against Fresno’s William Flenoy in a four-round welterweight bout. Mariano is a graduate of Reed High School and is a student for the University of Nevada, Reno, where he has competed for the school’s boxing team. He also has competed in Golden Gloves tournaments.
“I’ve been looking forward to fighting professionally for about a year now.” Mariano said in a press statement. “Being able to have your first pro fight in your hometown is something special.”Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Let’s Get It On Promotions and Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, tickets for this world championship event priced at $103, $68 and $43 (including facility fees) are on sale now and can be purchased via Ticketmaster.com or in person at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa gift shop.