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Tucson’s fight fever highest it’s been in years



Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild poses with Juan "Baby Bull" Diaz at Casino Del Sol

Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild poses with Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz at Casino Del Sol

Today’s official weigh-ins at Casino Del Sol’s Paradiso Lounge began a 24-hour countdown to one of the most anticipated fight cards in Tucson’s history. On the surface, it may not seem like this particular card would be that significant. Only this event, featuring Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz, has been promoted vigorously by Michelle Rosado of Raging Babe Promotions for months in advance and Casino del Sol, along with Bob Arum’s Top Rank, throwing their full weight behind it.

Even Tucson mayor Jonathan Rothschild has gotten involved in bringing future events to Tucson based on the fervor this Noche de Boxeo has generated.

Some of Tucson's top boxers featured at Casino del Sol Resort

Some of Tucson’s top boxers featured at Casino del Sol Resort was in attendance when ShoBox came to town and when CBS Sports held their event here as well, both occurring earlier this year. We began covering each event very early on in the process, within hours of their being announced. Neither of those events received nearly the amount of media coverage and high profiled attention that Rosado and Top Rank have generated for this one.

Having sold out a week in advance, Raging Babe and Casino del Sol have been bombarded with a high demand for tickets and have looked into ways to get more seats into the casino’s Grand Ballroom. Fans have resorted to winning tickets on local radio contests.


Hometown favorite Oscar Valdez recently becoming the WBO Featherweight Champion of the World has served as fuel for that flame. The possibility of a hometown title defense announcement during his special appearance on Aug. 6 has made the future of boxing in Tucson not only glow, it’s radiating.

Tucson has officially caught fight fever.

Noche De Boxeo Fight Night:

Casino Del Sol Event Center

Saturday, Aug. 6

5 p.m.: Doors open

6 p.m.: First bout

8 p.m. Unimas broadcast begins

*Events/Schedule Subject to Change*

Casino Del Sol

5655 W. Valencia Rd.

Tucson, AZ 85757

TICKETS: This event is SOLD OUT

Jose Roman Jr. was born a Wildcat fan, lifetime fanhood was solidified when he was able to meet Tedy Bruschi, Sean Harris, Brandon Sanders, Chuck Levy and Ontiwaun Carter as a sixth grader. Having served 10 years in the armed forces and been deployed all over the world, he’s still managed to make it to every Arizona home football game, bowl game and at least one away game for the last 12 years. Now combining his love of writing with his love of all things sports, Jose is proud and honored to join as a writer.

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