Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) – The “New” Ray Robinson will be back in action on Friday night when he takes on Nicaragua’s Edwin Palacios in an eight-round welterweight affair Friday night at Sugar House Casino in Philadelphia, PA. However, the soft-spoken talented southpaw might not be looking past his opponent, but he surely eyeing bigger names down the road.
The card is being promoted by Hard-Hitting Promotions and will be aired tape delay on Telemundo.
Robinson (21-2, 10ko’s), who is a world-ranked welterweight, has reeled off 10 straight since suffering the only two loses of his career back-to-back in 2009 then 2010. He claimed the WBO/NABO welterweight title when he dominated Sherzodbek Alimjanov in 2015.
It was the second NABO title defense for the recently turned 32-year-old. His resume is impressive, but he is still not taking Palacios lightly.
“I studied him a lot, he likes to throw that jab a lot, to set up that right hand,” he exclusively told JMB Tuesday night.
Palacios (12-4-1, 8ko’s) has dropped three of five overall and has been stopped just once in his career. He has proven to be a very durable opponent and could be a good test for the taller, slicker Robinson. However, the reality is that Robinson is not getting any younger and needs to try to get bigger names going forward. It is not for lack of effort.
“I’m a problem, I’m a southpaw, sitting down on my shots, so I am very hard to deal with.”
He has had some very impressive wins in his career and had two very tough defeats — one against Shawn Porter – the other against Brad Solomon.
“I’m always looking for big names and getting a win is everything, but it’s about me looking good and getting the win. I want Danny Garcia or Andre Berto, but anyone in the Top 5 is perfect. I would retire Berto. I think I deserve a title shot or a shot at a top guy to show the world I belong up there. I am not asking for favors, I am asking for an opportunity,” he added.
In female action, Kali Reis (10-6-1, 4ko’s) will battle against rugged and tough Kita Watkins (7-14, 1ko) in a middleweight clash.
Reis defended her WBC and UBF belts successfully before losing a tough Christina Hammer for the WBO and WBC World female middleweight titles back in November. She is still ranked in the top 10 in the U.S and will look to get back to her winning ways when she battles Watkins, who six straight and seven of eight.
In a super featherweight bout, Cuban Hairon Socarras (14-0-2, 10ko’s) will face Mexican German Meraz (55-40-1, 32ko’s), while rising prospect Christian Carto (will face Sergio Najera (12-28-2, 6ko’s).
Carto has a strong following in NJ and Philly due to his action-pack style. For a super featherweight, he posses solid power as he has posted six wins — five coming by way of KO. After a stellar amateur career, he turned pro in July of 2016 and was very active his first year on the pro circuit.
Branden Pizarro (2-0) faces Abdiel Padilla in lightweight action, while Jeremy Cuevas (2-0) faces Albert Martinez (0-2) and Victor Padilla (1-0) tangles against Tony Wilson (0-1).
Rounding out the card, Joseph Adorno looks to make it two straight to open up his career when he goes up against a winless Johnathan Hernandez (0-3) in super featherweight action. Harold Lopez makes his pro debut against another debuting fighter in Argenis Armando in a four-round super flyweight clash.