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Matchroom Boxing USA in Mexico Preview:

DAZN and Matchroom Boxing USA is heading to Mexico for the first time on February 23 at the Auditorio Municipal in Tijuana.

The main event is a matchup between Brandon Rios and Humberto Soto, both men looking to make one final run at a title shot. As far as main events are concerned, this one might not be attractive on paper considering that the two of them are past their primes and not in title contention.

But in boxing, it’s those types of fights among veterans with nothing to lose and a lot to gain that produce surprisingly great bouts when it is all said and done. Even so, one has to wonder how much both men have left in the tank. Rios is 2-2 in his last four fights with both of his losses coming by TKO. Soto, on the other hand, is 38 years old and has not fought any noteworthy boxers since Antonio Orozco all the way back in 2015 (a fight that Soto lost by a wide margin in the scorecards). If you are a fan of Mexican boxing, however, the card itself might still be worth watching.

While the main focus of the card is on the main event, a secondary goal is to expose some of Mexico’s top prospects in the hopes of turning them into future stars down the road. The co-main event of the card is a rematch between Jose Quiniro and Joel Cordoba. The two had a surprisingly good first fight last December that ended in a draw.

On the undercard, a number of prospects will take the stage, some of them competing on a broadcast platform for the first time in their pro careers. Alexis Espino will make his pro debut while eight-time national champion Diego Pacheco will fight for the second time in the paid ranks. Other coveted prospects, such as 2016 Olympian Joselito Velasquez, Omar Aguilar and Sulem Urbina have been previously announced to be fighting on the card.

Tale of the Tape:

Brandon Rios:

Record: 35-4-1 (26 KO)

Age: 32

Height: 5’9”

Reach: 68”

Notable Fights: Danny Garcia, Timothy Bradley Jr., Mike Alvarado, Manny Pacquiao

Titles Won: WBA Lightweight Title

Humberto Soto:

Record: 68-9-2 (37 KO)

Age: 38

Height: 5’7.5”

Reach: 69”

Notable Fights: Antonio Orozco, John Molina Jr., Lucas Matthysse

Titles Won: WBC Super Featherweight, WBC Lightweight Titles

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