Dallas, Gonzales in FNF co-features

May, 26, 2012
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First, former junior welterweight titlist Kendall Holt pulled out of a June 22 "Friday Night Fights" main event against Josesito Lopez because he refused to fight outdoors at the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, Calif.

Then, with Holt out, Lopez was free to accept a June 23 Showtime fight against Victor Ortiz for far more money than he would have made against Holt.

It also left ESPN2/ESPN3 without a main event, but promoter Dan Goossen quickly filled the card with a new main, which he announced Friday: Bakersfield, Calif., junior welterweight Mike Dallas Jr. (18-2-1, 7 KOs), who has been featured several times on FNF, against Javier Castro (27-4, 22 KOs) of Mexico.

"Another hometown favorite will go down on June 22," Castro said. "Dallas will not be able to withstand my knockout power."

Dallas, however, is confident thanks to his recent pairing with 2011 trainer of the year Virgil Hunter.

"I feel a lot smarter and aware of what needs to be done as the fight progresses since being with the zen master," Dallas said of Hunter. "I believe with this confidence, things are going to keep getting better. Castro has power, but it's nothing new to me, I'll be ready to show some pop, too."

Super middleweight prospect Brandon Gonzales (15-0-1, 10 KOs) -- also trained by Hunter -- will appear in the co-feature. This will be Gonzales' first fight since October. He was supposed to fight in January, but suffered a hamstring injury.

"I'm very excited to get back in the ring," Gonzales said. "The time away has built up a hunger inside of me. At this point, we're completely past the injury; it was a sprain in my hamstring.

"I tried to train on it, but as soon as it started to mess with my boxing, we knew there was nothing I could do. I stayed off of it for four or five weeks and rehabbed it properly. It was unfortunate that it happened when it did, but it was a good thing that it's given me more time to mesh with Virgil and continue working and improving on everything, so I'm definitely expecting to put forth a good performance this time out."

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