Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) – Undefeated super lightweight Milton Santiago headlines a stacked card in Philadelphia on Friday night at the Sugar House Casino in Northern Liberties, when he takes on Ken Alvarez in an eight-round affair.
The 19-year-old Santiago (14-0, 3KO’s) is fresh off an unanimous decision win over Osumanu Akaba back in June to run his winning streak to 14 to start his career. He will be headlining a card for the first time since his pro debut, as has become a huge draw in the Philly market.
“The demands have been off the charts,” Santiago’s co-manager Moz Gonzalez said.
He turned pro in 2014 and fought an unprecedented eight times that calendar year.
Alvarez (7-4-2, 3Ko’s) has dropped two straight and four of his last five, but his last five opponents had a combined 39-3-1 record and he always comes to fight. He is a tough opponent and is a good test for the young Santiago.
Amateur standout and super bantamweight Angel Pizzaro makes his long anticipated pro debut when he takes on Marquis Pierce (1-9) in a four-round affair, while Alex Barbosa (5-2-1, 1KO) takes on southpaw Edgar Cortes (2-3) in a slated four-round featherweight contest.
Heavyweights collide when rugged veteran Pedro Martinez (7-9, 3KO’s) meets Lamont Capers (6-8-2), who has dropped five of nine.
In more action, David Murray (4-1) faces Maurice Amaro (2-9) over four rounds in a light heavyweight clash. Amaro has dropped seven of his last eights.
Lightweight and native of Ireland John Joe Nevin (7-0, 4KO’s) takes on Jesus Lule (8-18-1) and a debuting Laurie Shiavo battles an equally debuting Mary O’Leary in 130lbs fights over four rounds.
Christian Carto looks to make it 3 straight wins to start his career when he meets Jonathan Hernandez in a four-round 118lb clash.
Rounding out the action will be Luis Lebron battling Tyrone Luckey in a six-round 126lb bout.