On March 31, unheralded lightweight Sergio Thompson of Mexico scored a big upset when he knocked out former two-division titlist Jorge Linares in the second round of a dominant performance. Thompson was supposed to be a tuneup opponent on Linares' way to a July 7 rematch with lightweight titlist Antonio DeMarco, who had rallied to stop Linares in the 11th round of an October fight he had been losing badly to claim a vacant belt.
In the process of ruining Linares' plans, Thompson (21-2, 19 KOs) launched himself into the top 10 of the lightweight rankings. He will be back in action on May 26 in Cancun in his first fight since the knockout of Linares. Thompson will face Juan Roman Solis (16-5-1, 5 KOs) of Argentina in a scheduled 10-rounder that will be televised in the United States on Fox Deportes.
In the main event, Mexico's Pablo Cesar Cano (23-1-1, 18 KOs) will face Fidel Monterrosa (29-5, 23 KOs) of Colombia in a 10-round lightweight fight. The fight will be Cano's second since he gave Erik Morales a spirited challenge in a 10th-round knockout loss when they fought for a vacant junior welterweight belt in September on the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Victor Ortiz undercard. Monterrosa lost a decision to Humberto Soto in a 2010 lightweight title bout.
Heavyweight prospect Deontay Wilder (21-0, 21 KOs), who claimed a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics (the only boxing medal for the United States that year) is also on the card. He's scheduled to face Chad Van Sickle (23-9-3, 12 KOs) in an eight-rounder. Lightweight prospect Jamie Kavanagh (9-0-1, 4 KOs) also is on the card, in a six-rounder against an opponent to be determined, while flyweight contender Wilbert Uicab (33-7-1, 18 KOs) of Mexico will fight in a 10-rounder.