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Tijuana featherweight Omar “Dinamita” Estrella (15-3-2, 10KOs) has a big opportunity in his near future when on Saturday, January 21st, he is scheduled to face the former world champion Daniel Ponce de Leon (41-4, 34KOs) in Mexico City at a venue to be determined. The ten round bout will be presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Erik Morales’ Box Latino. The main event will be televised live in Mexico by Televisa.
The twenty-four year old Estrella, a virtual unknown in the United States, is trained by former two-time world champion Raul “Jibaro” Perez and is often sought out as a hard working sparring partner by former and current champions like Erik Morales, Humberto Soto, Antonio DeMarco and Antonio Margarito among others. On a four fight win streak, Estrella has not tasted defeat since a controversial point loss to Jorge Perez in 2010. Since then, Estrella has defeated Martin Fing via a unanimous decision and David Martin Galindo, Sergio “Mickey” Lopez and Horacio Rodriguez all by knock out. Estrella holds the Mexican Pacific Coast featherweight title which he has defended once.
The popular Ponce De Leon is a former world champion with multiple defenses of his WBO super bantamweight title that he lost to Puerto Rican Juan Manuel Lopez in ’08 and since then, has won seven out of his last nine with the defeats coming in his last two fights against current WBO super featherweight champ Adrien Broner and Yuriorkis Gamboa.
“We have great respect for Ponce de Leon because of his record and what he has achieved but we are confident that we have the style to beat him,” Estrella recently stated. “This is a great opportunity for me and I am ready to take advantage of it. I am sure that together with my trainer ‘Jibaro’ Perez and my management team Camaron Boxing Club, we will come out with the right strategy to come back home to Tijuana with the win.”