Shelestyuk to fight Rodriguez on Petrov v Diaz undercard

Peter Politanoff

Undefeated welterweight Taras “Real Deal” Shelestyuk (11-0, 8 KO’s) is getting ready for his April third national television debut when he takes on Juan Rodriguez Jr. (12-1, 5 KOs) in the 8-round co-feature of an ESPN “Friday Night Fights” card in Corona, Calif.

The event is promoted by Thompson Boxing and Banner Promotions, and originates from the Omega Products Outdoor Arena.

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In the main event, Petr Petrov (35-4-2, 16 KOs) will defend his NABA & NABO lightweight titles against former world champion Gamaliel Diaz (39-11-3, 18 KOs).

Shelestyuk, who was a 2012 Bronze Medal winner in the London Olympic games, has been training at the Wild Card Gym with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach and Marvin Somodio. The Ukrainian-born Shelestyuk is looking forward to this great opportunity to display his talents in front of a nationwide audience.

“Juan Rodriguez is a good fighter, but I will show what I am made of on Friday night,” said the 29-year-old Shelestyuk, who lives and trains in Los Angeles. “I can fight and adjust to any opponent during the fight and will do anything to win. I have been waiting a very long time to fight on national television and now it’s here.”

Also on the card, undefeated welterweight prospect Sukhrab Shidaev (12-0, 7 KOs) of Hollywood, Calif. will fight an opponent to be named later (6-rounds).

Former Colombian Olympian and undefeated lightweight Cesar Villarraga (6-0, 4 KOs) will look to stay unbeaten against Victor Serrano (3-8-1, 1 KO) in a 6-round lightweight bout.

Making his professional debut is junior lightweight Michael Norato facing fellow novice Sopuan Rin (1-1-1) of Pomona, Calif. in a fight scheduled for 4-rounds.

Humberto Rubalcava will also step inside the squared circle for the first as a professional. Rubalcava, a super bantamweight from Riverside, Calif. will face an opponent to be named later (4-rounds).

Opening the event are junior welterweights Emanuel Robles (12-0-1, 3 KOs) of San Diego and Wilberth Lopez (5-4, 1 KO) of Tucson, Ariz. (6-rounds).

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. PT and the first bout starts at 5:15 p.m. PT. The first TV fight begins at 6 p.m. PT on ESPN2. The Omega Products Outdoor Arena is located at 1681 California Ave., Corona, Calif. 92881 and can be reached at 951-737-7447.

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