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Morongo casino hosts boxing card

19 November 2007

CABAZON, California -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- Former world welterweight champion Carlos Baldomir of Argentina, and top super featherweight contender Bobby Pacquiao of the Philippines, will be co-featured on Top Rank's big Thanksgiving holiday boxing card at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa on Friday, Nov. 23.

"We are excited and privileged to bring a top boxing card to Morongo," said Bob Arum, Hall of Fame promoter from Top Rank. "It's a fight card we are very proud to present."

In the main event, Baldomir, 43-11-6 with 13 KOs, will take on Luciano Perez, 15-6-1, 13 KOs, of Romeville, Ill. Just over a year ago Baldomir shocked everyone with a stunning unanimous decision win over Zab Judah to capture the World Boxing Council welterweight title. He later stopped hometown favorite Arturo Gatti in his first defense held in Atlantic City, N.J., then lost to Pretty Boy Floyd Mayweather in a title bout.

Bobby Pacquiao, brother of the wildly popular Manny Pacquiao of The Philippines, will take on Fernando Trejo of Mexico. Pacquiao, a big puncher and top contender in the super featherweight division, is 27-13-3 with 12 KOs. Trejo is 30-12 with 18 KOs.

The undercard will feature unbeaten prospect Mikey Garcia, 10-0, 8 KOs, of Ventura, Calif. Garcia will box six rounds in the featherweight division. Another prospect, Leo Santa-Cruz, 2-0-1, 1 KO, of Lincoln Heights, Calif., is scheduled for four rounds.

The fight card will be televised nationally on Telefutura. Doors open at 4 p.m. with the first bell at 4:30 p.m. The Pacquiao vs. Trejo bout will start at 5 p.m. local time.

"We encourage everyone to arrive early so they don't miss that 4:30 afternoon first bell," said Sean Sullivan, general manager at the Morongo Casino Resort. "This is going to be a fast and exciting evening of boxing and fans might want to consider coming for a late lunch or early dinner before the fights begin."

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