Esalas arrives in Australia, ready for Rabah
02.03.05 - By Harry Summers Jr.: Colombian Dairo Jose Esalas arrived in Western Australia today, focused on upsetting Tunisian-Australian “Chocolata” Naoufel Ben Rabah in their junior welterweight clash this Saturday for the latter’s WBO Asia Pacific title. Former Olympian Esalas comes to Australia with a professional mark of 28-5 (23)..
Article posted on 02.03.2005
Esalas’ form has been erratic since getting knocked out in four rounds by current IBF lightweight champ Julio Diaz in 2001, but he is now back in contention courtesy of a surprise split points win over Terrence “The Heat” Cauthen last September. He is the current IBF #10.
Rabah, 22-1 (12), is undefeated in his last 15 fights, and has twice avenged his lone loss, a close decision to Fred Kinuthia. He is a flashy, quick-handed fighter, who has startled many foes with his excellent evasive skills. Rabah is currently the WBO #6 and IBF #15. Esalas will no doubt provide the 27-year-old with his biggest test to date.
The fight will be the main event on a four-fight card at the Hellenic Community Centre in Northbridge, Western Australia.
Also on the card will be:
* Junior middleweight (10 x 3): Daniel Dawson (18-0) vs. Jack Slowday (14-3-3)
* Lennox Allen (4-0) vs. Joe Lopez (1-0)
* Jeremy Allan (1-2-1) vs. Craig Gordon (1-0)
The show will kick off at 8PM. Those in Australia, for ticketing information call (08) 9240 8678.
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