Monday, February 11, 2013
Giovani Segura's return set
By Dan Rafael
Former junior flyweight champ Giovani Segura is as crowd-pleasing as any fighter in the business. He's a punisher and a one-punch knockout artist who fights with one purpose: the physical destruction of his opponent.
His biggest wins came against Ivan "Iron Boy" Calderon, an eighth-round knockout win in their classic 2010 unification fight (and also Calderon's first loss) and a third-round knockout in their 2011 rematch.
Segura eventually gave up his belts, took a fight at junior bantamweight -- a first-round knockout win -- in June 2011 and challenged Brian Viloria for his flyweight title in December 2011.
Viloria stopped Segura in the eighth round for one of his biggest wins. For Segura, it meant an extended exit from the stage, as he hasn't fought since.
But the 30-year-old Segura (28-2-1, 24 KOs), of Mexico, is finally set to return after a 14-month layoff. He will face countryman Omar Salado (23-5-2, 14 KOs), a former title challenger, in a scheduled 10-rounder on Feb. 23 in Hermosillo, Mexico.
Also on the card, Hermosillo's David Sanchez (21-2-1, 18 KOs) is due to face the Philippines' Marlon Tapales (21-1-0, 7 KOs).