Sammy Valentin faces his biggest challenge yet in Rivera.
By Joseph Correa
Friday, March 4th marks the date for the toughest fight that young upcoming welterweight prospect Sammy 'Hurricane' Valentin Jr. (5-0-4 Kos) has faced as a professional. He will be lacing up the gloves and going to war with grizzled veteran Cosme 'Chino' Rivera (38-22-3, 26 KOs) of Mexico. The fight is the co-main event and is scheduled for 6 rounds to be aired on the popular television boxing series "Boxeo Telemundo." Valentin has been very impressive thus far, winning his last three fights by stoppage and in brutal fashion.
Rivera, on the other hand, has been in somewhat of a slump lately dropping 4 of his last 5 fights, 3 of those by knockout. On paper, this would seem to be an easy victory for the young hungry prospect, however, Rivera has been known to upset opponents who were on the rise before. Oscar Meza and Ty Barnett were both knocked out by Rivera in fights they were supposed to win.
"Sammy will have to be on top of his game to come out on top against a well-experienced fight like Cosme 'Chino' Rivera," said Promoter Felix 'Tuto' Zabala
It will be interesting to see how Valentin handles the pressure of this new challenge and what the future brings for the young, talented prospect. An impressive win would make a big statement and certainly put him in line for bigger challenges going forward.
Here is a video of Sammy Valentin's last fight against Moises Carrasquillo of Puerto Rico.