Manuel Flores is set for another home game.
This occasion will come in the first scheduled ten-round bout as well as his first televised headliner. Flores tipped the scales at 119.6 pounds for his bantamweight clash versus Phoenix’s Walter Santibanes, who was 118.8 pounds for their Golden Boy Fight Night on DAZN main event Thursday evening from Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California.
Flores, fights for the fourth time at this venue, all within his past five starts. The 24-year-old from nearby Coachella enters on the heels of his toughest test to date, an eight-round, split decision over Franklin Gonzalez (25-2, 25KOs) on February 23 at this location. The distance fight ended a six-fight knockout streak and marked his first time going past the fifth round.
Santibanes (11-2, 2KOs) will also fight in a ten-round affair for the first time. The 32-year-old—who generally hovers between junior featherweight and featherweight—has not lost in his past ten starts since his 2014 return but which includes a seven-year break from 2015-2022. He is coming off a minor upset win after outpointing local favorite Michael Chaise Nelson over eight rounds last December 16 in Westlake. Ohio.
In the co-feature, former two-division titlist Jelena Mrdjenovich aims to end a two-fight skid as she faces former title challenger Calista Silgado in a scheduled 10-round featherweight contest.
Mrdjenovich (41-12-2, 19KOs)—a 40-year-young Hay River, Canada native who lives and trains in Las Vegas—was 125.4 pounds for her first fight since back-to-back defeats to Erika Cruz who ended her featherweight title reign. Colombia’s Silgado (21-16-4, 16KOs), 35, was 122.8 pounds.
Below are the weights for the rest of the televised undercard, which begins at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
Daniel Garcia (5-0, 4KOs), Westminster, California, 130.6 pounds vs. Luis May (22-16-1, 8KOs), Cancun, Mexico [weight T/K post weigh-in ceremony)—6 rounds, junior lightweight
Patricio Manuel (2-0, 0KOs), Los Angeles, 130.6 pounds vs. Alexander Gutierrez (0-1, 0KOs), Lake Elsinore, California, 129 pounds—4 rounds, junior lightweight
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox