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HBO doubleheader set for May 31 in Las Vegas

Javier Fortuna will headline the doubleheader on HBO Latino.

Javier Fortuna will headline the doubleheader on HBO Latino.

The New Tropicana Resort in Las Vegas will host a doubleheader on May 31 featuring some of boxing’s top prospects.

Super-featherweight action will be featured in the main event as Javier Fortuna takes on Juan Antonio Rodriguez in a 10-round bout.

Fortuna (24-0-1, 18 KO) is going to be back in action just a little over two months after a fourth-round stoppage win over Francisco Lorenzo in his hometown of La Romana, Dominican Republic. The 24-year-old Dominican has been on the cusp of stardom for a while now, but issues with weight and other road blocks have gotten in his way. Fortuna hopes a victory over Rodriguez will help him take another step towards the top of the division.

“I am very happy to be on HBO Latino and have a chance to redeem myself on national TV, especially in my second home of Las Vegas where I will bring pride to my beloved Dominican Republic. I will avenge the loss of my countryman Yenifel Vicente in devastating fashion with a spectacular knockout of Juan Antonio Rodriguez.”

With five straight victories, four of those by knockout, Rodriguez (26-4, 23 KO) is looking to hand Fortuna his first loss and catapult himself to a world title shot.

“This is the type of opportunity I have been waiting for. People in Mexico know how good I am, but after I beat Javier Fortuna on May 31 on HBO Latino, the entire world will see how good I am. My ultimate dream is to win the coveted WBC green championship belt, and a win over Fortuna moves me that much closer to achieving that,” Rodriguez said.

The co-feature will pit undefeated contender Luis Rosa (16-0, 7 KO) against the once-beaten, top 10-rated Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle (18-1, 13 KO) for 10 rounds in the super bantamweight division.

Middleweight Sergio Mora (25-3-2, 8 KO) will also be in action taking on Samuel Rogers (14-1, 8 KO) in an eight-round bout.

The doubleheader will be televised live on HBO Latino at 12 midnight EST ( 9 p.m. local start time in Las Vegas).  In addition to the HBO Latino telecast, the HBO2 service will air the doubleheader with English language commentary at 12 midnight (ET/PT).

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