Lightweight contender Tony “Lighting” Luis is itching for another shot at the world title. The 30-year-old Cornwall native has won seven consecutive bouts and is intent on making an emphatic statement to the boxing world in 2019.
His journey continues on Saturday, February 23, at the Cornwall Civic Complex, as Luis faces Juan José Martínez of Mexico, a grizzled veteran who sports an impressive 18 knockout victories in 26 wins as a pro in the 10-round main event of the evening.
“I can’t wait to get back in the ring on Feb 23 in front of my hometown fans and deliver a stellar performance,” said Luis. “Martinez is a tough and talented guy who packs a serious punch. I need to use my hand speed, boxing ability and experience to get past him and get the win.”
Luis last fought on November 24 in Montreal and scored an impressive sixth round knockout victory over Edgar Ramirez. Before the bout, Luis had been out of the ring for over a year due to fight cancellations and other setbacks. Luis last fought in Cornwall on October 14, 2017 when he outpointed Giovanni Straffon over 10-rounds to retain the WBA-NABA Lightweight Title.
“Martinez has been in there with some of the best lightweights in the world, and he’s a tough challenge for anyone,” said Denis Benoit, CEO of Liveco Boxing Inc. “Just last year, he lost a close split-decision against Joseph Aguirre, a top-rated prospect who is now 20-0 as a pro. This guy is coming to Cornwall to win and Luis needs to be at his best to get past him.”
Tickets for the Feb 23 event start at $45.00 and go on sale Thursday, January 17 at 10:00 AM. They can be purchased online at www.ticketpro.ca, by phone (888) 655-9090, or in person at the Cornwall Civic Complex box-office. Doors open at 6:30 PM with the first bout scheduled for 8:00 PM.
The undercard, which will be announced shortly, will consist of four to five bouts featuring several up and coming prospects.