Concepcion vs. Carrera under Cotto vs. Margarito
Taken from Fred Sternburg’s article For Boxingscene.com
LAS VEGAS, NEV. – Fasten your seatbelts! The undercard for “The Battle!” — the pay-per-view extravaganza headlined by the world championship fight between welterweight superpowers Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito — promises to be as explosive as the main event! Promoted by Top Rank, “The Battle!” takes place Saturday, July 26 at the MGM Grand Resort & Casino and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.
The pay-per-view broadcast will open with a 10-round super bantamweight rumble between top-rated contender BERNABE CONCEPCION and ADAM CARRERA. Concepcion (25-1-1, 14 KOs), promoted by Manny Pacquiao’s MP Promotions, is the reigning NABF super bantamweight champion. A native of the Philippines, Concepcion is riding a three-year, 18-bout unbeaten streak. Included in his impressive streak are NABF title victories over Gabriel Elizondo in 2007 and Juan Ruiz and Torrence Daniels this year. Those victories have helped propel Concepcion into the Top-10, where he is currently world rated No. 5 by the WBC and No. 8 by the WBO. Pacquiao, boxing’s No. 1 pound for pound fighter and the first Asian fighter to win four sanctioned world titles in as many different divisions, is scheduled to be ringside rooting for his protégé. Carrera (19-3, 8 KOs), from Cathedral City, Calif., is a former NABF and WBC FECARBOX super bantamweight champion. His professional resume boasts victories over Julio Gamboa and Juan Ruiz.