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.
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)
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.”
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.”
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.