Tonight, undefeated super featherweight contender Jon Fernandez (15-0, 13 KOs), of Bilbao, Spain, clashes with battle-tested Nicaraguan veteran Henry Maldonado (20-6, 14 KOs), in a bout scheduled for eight rounds, at Pabellon Camilo Cano, in La Nucia, Spain.
Currently riding a 13-bout knockout streak, the all-action Fernandez was brimming with confidence on the eve of the showdown.
“Maldonado has a lot of very good experience. He’s fought a number of great fighters, but we’ve had a terrific training camp and I’m ready for victory,” said the 22-year-old Fernandez.
Fernandez turned heads in the United States last year with two stunning knockouts televised on SHOWTIME and looks to return later this year.
“One fight at a time for me, but I loved fighting in the United States and look forward to coming back soon.”
“Jon Fernandez has great potential and is already a world ranked contender,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “This is an important fight for him, as he is likely to return to ShoBox in the US in his next fight.”
World ranked #11 by the World Boxing Council and co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Maravillabox Promotions, Fernandez has obtained the guidance of boxing legend Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez while training in Spain.
“Sergio is terrific, he comes to watch me train and has always been very helpful with his advice to me as a fighter,” said Fernandez.
Speaking about his stoppage streak, Fernandez stated, “I don’t look for the knockout, but when the opportunity presents itself, I take advantage of it. I hope to win by knockout on Friday night.”
Two fights ago, Fernandez captured the WBC Silver Super Featherweight title with a sixth-round stoppage of then-undefeated Alexander Podolsky in his hometown.