Former junior featherweight world titlist Daniel Ponce De Leon (42-4, 35 KOs) will take on Eduardo Lazcano (24-2, 11 KOs) in the main event of a night of fights at The Joint at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada in Friday night. The fights will be televised by FOX Deportes.
De Leon held the WBO junior featherweight title from 2005 until 2008. He won the vacant title with a first-round knockout of Sod Kokietgym, and defended it five times before being steamrolled by Juan Manuel Lopez in June 2008. De Leon moved up to the featherweight division following the loss, and stayed under the radar until a spectacular knockout of Antonio Escalante on the undercard of Shane Mosley vs. Sergio Mora in 2010.
After beating Argentine journeyman Sergio Medina in his next bout, De Leon would go on to lose a controversial decision to Adrien Broner in March 2011. After ending up on the wrong side of a decision many felt he had done enough to win, De Leon got a shot at former featherweight world champion Yuriorkis Gamboa last September. De Leon was outboxed and outclassed by the Cuban sensation and lost a technical decision after an accidental headbutt opened a bad cut on his forehead. In his last fight, De Leon survived a knockdown to score a TKO victory over Omar Estrella.
Little is known of Lazcano, aside from the fact that he has lost to the two best opponents he has faced. He dropped a decision to Miguel Beltran Jr. in 2009, and another wide decision loss to Nery Saguilan a year later. Lazcano has won three straight, the first being a split decision victory over club fighter Alejandro Barrera, and his last two wins have come against fighters with a combined 6-10 record.