Big Time Boxing Coming to Austin! Behind the Scenes of a Top-Notch Fight Card

Mark MedersonCorrespondent IFebruary 25, 2009

Unless you live in Vegas, your chances of actually attending a top-notch boxing match fall somewhere between slim and none. But for fight fans in Austin, Texas, like me, that is all about to change.

The Frank Erwin Center, home to the University of Texas basketball team, will be hosting one of the most exciting fight cards that has been put together ANYWHERE in quite some time. The card, labeled "Lightweight Lightning," will take place on April 4 and features four fights, each of which could stand on their own as a big time boxing event.

The main event is a 12-round championship bout for the vacant WBC Interim World Lightweight (135 lbs.) crown and features two electrifying young fighters with whom you may not be familiar, but are on the verge of superstardom.

Edwin Valero (second from left in the photo) is a world record knockout artist. He is 24-0 with all 24 wins coming by way of KNOCKOUT! He holds a Guinness Book record for ending his first 18 fights by KO, ALL IN THE FIRST ROUND! 

Valero will be facing Antonio Pitalua (third from left in photo), a KO king in his own right. His 46-3 record includes 40 fights that he won by knockout. 

All of the six remaining fighters on the card have held world titles, including former two-time world champion Joel Casamayor vs. former lightweight world champion Julio Diaz; former two-division world champion Jesus Chavez (far left in photo) vs. former lightweight world champion Michael Katsidis; and former junior lightweight world champion Jorge Barrios vs. former junior lightweight world champion Carlos Hernandez (far right in photo). 

If you can't make it to Austin, all four fights will be broadcast via pay-per-view. This card could EASILY be split into two pay-per-view events. Under our current economic conditions, consider this a "two-for-one" boxing pay-per-view special.

Set aside the evening of April the 4th and by any means necessary, GET THIS PAY-PER-VIEW! I would not be surprised if, in the end, two of these fights aren't competing for "fight of the year" status. That is just how exciting these eight fighters and four fights have the potential to be.

I took the picture above at the press conference that took place yesterday (Feb. 24) at the Frank Erwin Center to announce this upcoming event. I have known Jesus Chavez, who lives in Austin, for about seven years and have even sparred with him on occasion. I work out with him at Lord's Gym, where he will be sparring with Carlos Hernandez in the weeks leading up to fight night.

I will be posting on a regular basis with more information about the fighters and their training as they get ready for this once in a lifetime (for Austin) fight card. Check back with me and feel free to submit questions for me to ask Chavez or Hernandez (and potentially the other fighters as they come to Austin just prior to the fights).