Flyweight Andres Campos is looking to secure a significant fight later this year. An impressive win this weekend could open the door to that opportunity.
Campos will face Gilberto Pedroza on Sunday night at the Municipal Gym in La Barnecha.
The 25-year-old (13-0, 3 knockouts) posted his best professional win in his last bout on June 11, defeating Mexico’s Jesus Silvestre by unanimous decision. A fringe contender, Silvestre enters the bout on a six-fight winning streak and has been challenged twice for the world title at 105 pounds.
Despite the ongoing pandemic, Campos has remained busy in the ring. Sunday night marks the third fight of the year.
Campos manager Tony Tolge hopes the impressive victory will propel Campos up the world stage. Campos is currently ranked 8th by both the IBF and WBO. At Pedrosa’s expense, he hopes a win on Sunday will bring Campos closer to a world title showdown.
“The plan is to get Andres a world title shot or a world title eliminator,” Tolge, who promotes both Andrew and Jason Moloney, told The Ring. We have talks and offers from Japan (and) the US, but they have not been successful.
“We will control our own destiny and we will continue to fight and win the tournament and climb the ladder and show all the champions. One thing ‘The Crocodile’ Campos is hungry for and (he) is eating time. Come one, come all,” he said.
Pedroza (21-9-2, 9 KOs), who lives in Lapama, Panama, stopped Pedro Villegas in his last fight on June 17. Campos faced Villegas in March 2020, dropping him once en route to a unanimous decision victory.
The 29-year-old has won 3 of his last 4 fights, including a loss to WBC World Junior Flyweight Champion Kenshiro Teraji in December 2017.
Undefeated featherweight Daniel Uribe (2-0, 2 KOs) of Punta Alto, Chile, will face Miguel Angel Canido (13-18, 4 KOs) of Bolivia in a six-round bout. Uribe is managed by Tolj and is often run with Campos.
The card is promoted by Dragon Firebox Latino.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for The Ring since October 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers Boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper. He can be reached by email. [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing