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Vera/Mora 2 Weigh-In Set for Friday at Freeman

The Champion Fit Gym of 2-time World Champion ‘Jesse’ James Leija.

It’s weigh-in day for the next big fight card set for Saturday night in the Alamodome.  Former 2-Time World Champion and San Anto hometown product ‘Jesse’ James Leija continues his transition from boxer to promoter as his Leija-Battah Promotions brings the highly anticipated rematch between Bryan Vera and Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora to the dome. It’s the main event of a huge card of professional and amateur bouts taking place.

Boxer turned promoter ‘Jesse’ James Leija introduces veteran trainer Ronnie Shields, who is working the corner for Bryan Vera Saturday night in the Alamodome.

The official weigh-in is set for Friday afternoon at 3:00 PM, taking place in the show arena of the Freeman Coliseum.

These are the major bouts on the professional side of the card. The main and semi-main events will be televised on Telefutura starting at 10:00 PM CDT.

Sergio Mora (23-2-2) vs. Brian Vera (20-6)

Antonio Escalante (27-4) vs. Leonilo Miranda (32-4)

Jerren Cochran (4-0) vs. Jesus Rocha (2-0-1)

Adam Lopez (3-0) vs. Jesus Rivera (0-1)

Bryan Vera (far left) is eager to fight in San Antonio, the closest he has fought in front of his hometown fans of Austin when he faces Sergio Mora Saturday in the Alamodome.

Vera and Mora first collided in the ring back on February 11 in a bout that BoxingScene.com called “one of the most competitive fights of the year.” Vera, a native of Austin, TX, scored a close split decision victory over the former world champion Mora, who first scored national recognition in 2005 as the winner of the reality TV show “The Contender”. Saturday night’s rematch is a 10-round bout for the vacant NABO Middleweight title.

“I thought I won the fight unanimously,” Vera told us Thursday afternoon at Leija’s Champion Fit Gym on the far northwest side. “But when the judges came out 2-1 in my favor, the calls came out for a rematch and I was all for it. Now I want to put on an even better performance to leave no doubt about the outcome this time around. It’s going to be a great fight that local fans need to make not to miss out on.”

Antonio Escalante signs gloves for fans at Thursday’s meet and greet at the Champion Fit Gym. The El Paso native promises to deliver fireworks of flying fists in his bout Saturday night.

The semi-main event features the exciting Antonio Escalante taking on lefty Leonilo Miranda.  The El Paso native Escalante is amped up for what amounts to performing on the biggest stage of his career: the Illusions Theater in the Alamodome which could be a major launching pad for his career.

“He’s a southpaw, so that will take some adjusting, but people know how I’m going to fight,” Escalante told the ACTimes. “I always put on a show. People get their money’s worth when I fight. I know there’s a bunch of great Mexican fight fans in San Antonio, and I am a classic Mexican fighter; full speed, straight ahead and ready to rumble at all times.”

Vera/Mora 2 Fight Card

Vera/Mora 2 fight card poster decorates the Champion Fit Gym wall.

Tickets for Vera/Mora 2 are still available at the Alamodome box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 800-745-3000. Prices are set at $100, $75, $55, $45, $35 and $20.


About Maury Vasquez

Maury Vasquez is part of San Antonio's sports history and tradition. Vasquez worked with the KENS-5 Sports team under the legendary Dan Cook in the 90's before joining the top rated news team at KSAT-12. His career in broadcasting expands over 20 years in San Antonio and South Texas. Today, Maury works full time as the Public Information Officer for Somerset ISD giving a voice to the Bulldog Nation of students and staff. And his love for sports continues, by co-hosting "Longhorns Unplugged" on Ticket 760 AM along with co-hosting the "SASports.com HS Football Scoreboard Show". You can also find Vasquez Saturday mornings at the Mays Family "Field of Dreams" next to Wolff Stadium, where he serves as the announcer for the Miracle League baseball spring and fall seasons. Maury Vasquez is a native of Mercedes, TX from the Rio Grande Valley who has called SA home since 1992. He is also the proud father of two children, Valerie and Mauro IV. Maury writes for AlamoCityTimes.com about whatever moves him in the world of sports to the game of life, and just about anything in between.

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