Cherchi on Matchroom & OPI's first Spanish show
Christian Cherchi speaks to Boxing Monthly about Matchroom Boxing Spain's first show, scheduled for 12 December in Barcelona, which is being co-promoted by OPI Since 82...
Matchroom Boxing Spain’s first show will take place on the 12 December at the Palau Olimpic Vall D’Hebron, an indoor venue created for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Christian Cherchi of OPI Since 82, the event organisers, spoke to BM about this inaugural event in Spain, which will be shown live on DAZN.
“Just to clarify our partnership is with Matchroom Boxing Italy so that is and remains our focus. However, we were asked to organise this first event with Matchroom Boxing Spain, so it’s a great honour for us. Of course we have to underline the ongoing support of DAZN, who as always will be televising the event.
“We have a fantastic card with two European title fights as well as a domestic Spanish clash and an international 10 rounder. Sandor Martin vs. Joe Hughes for the European light welterweight title promises to be a very competitive fight. Martin has only two losses while Hughes is a former European champion himself, having beaten Andrea Scarpa on our first Florence show. I thought he was a little unlucky to lose last time out against Robbie Davies Jr.
"The hard-hitting David Avanesyan, who twice defeated the much feared Kerman Lejarraga, will be defending his European welterweight crown against Jose Del Rio, who although the underdog, is a very tough, durable fighter.
“Then we have a very interesting matchup for the Spanish lightweight title between the unbeaten Samuel Molina against local boy Ivan Tomas who lost last time out suffered a TKO loss against Devis Boschiero for the vacant IBF intercontinental super feather title. Tomas is now back at his natural weight though so he should be much more comfortable for this one.
"Samuel Gonzalez, a Venezuelan based in Milan fights against London 2012 Olympian Jonathan ‘Maravilla’ Alonso, who lost to Alberto Puello for interim WBA belt in his last outing and has fought in the US five times. This is a scheduled ten-round fight at light welterweight. There will be other Matchroom fighters too on the undercard, as well as the big punching unbeaten light middleweight’, Mirko Natalizi, the sole representative from Italy.”
Joe Hughes is delighted to be challenging a second time for the European title. He told BM: “I’m excited to be getting another shot at the European title, travelling as the away fighter as usual, which is something I’ve become fully accustomed to. Martin is a very good fighter and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”