Garden City's Herbert Acevedo happy to return home for UBF championship fight.
By BRETT MARSHALL
By BRETT MARSHALL
Late Friday afternoon, Garden City native Herbert Acevedo weighed in for tonight's Night of Champions show where he will fight for the Kansas/Universal Boxing Federation Midwest Championship in the light welterweight division.
Acevedo's title fight comes at the end of a lengthy night of fights, both amateur and professional, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion building on south Main St.
Acevedo then spoke about returning to his hometown for his latest professional fight, and where he made his professional debut on Nov. 6, 2009, at the Finney County Convention Center.
"I'm excited to be back, excited to be the main event, and excited to fight for the belt," Acevedo said on Friday. "Being able to fight for the UBF title is special."
Acevedo moved to southern California soon after his professional debut, and has put up an impressive 10-1 record as he has built his resume.
He credits current Garden City Boxing Club's Juan Aldana Jr., the late Buck Avila and Manuel Rios, Brandon Rios' father, for teaching him the skills of the sport at an early age.
"They were great trainers and got me and Brandon and Victor (Ortiz) and others started," Acevedo said.
The official weigh-in took place at Jax Sports Grille, and Acevedo tipped the scales at 138 pounds, while his opponent for tonight's title bout, Denver's Marcos Herrera (6-10-1), came in at 140 pounds.
Acevedo said his seven-week training camp put him through a rigorous schedule, losing 15 pounds in the process.
"I feel good, ready to go," he said. "I don't know too much about him (Herrera). I know he fights tough, with a lot of heart so I know that I will have to be at my best."
The bout was originally scheduled to go eight rounds, but has since been reduced to six rounds, the same length as his previous five fights.
Acevedo's most recent fight was on Aug. 9, 2013, where he won a unanimous decision against Mike Peralta at Quiet Cannon in Montbello, Calif.
"My team has worked me really hard, so dropping back to six won't be difficult," Acevedo said. "I just have to know that I can't wait around. I have to be good from the start."
The bout is being sanctioned by the Kansas Athletic Commission.
In addition to the final bout for Acevedo, there will be the Joel Vargas vs. Trinidad Marry Kansas Welterweight Championship bout, also slated for six rounds. Vargas is from Liberal and Marry hails from Amarillo, Texas. Vargas weighed in at 145 and Marry at 158.
Amateur fights will open the night's card, with local boxers including Noah Aldana, Elian Garcia, Rafael Chavez, Carlos Lopez, and Ulysses' Thomas Partida.
The schedule also marks the debut of another Garden City Boxing Club fighter when Steven Garcia takes on Emmanuel Llano of Lawton, Okla. Garcia and Llano came in at 145 pounds each. Another pro debut will see Garden City's Fernando Serrano take on Guy Smith Jr. of Omaha, Neb. Serrano came in at 145 pounds and Smith at 143.
"I think the boxing fans will be in for a good night of fighting," Aldana said, who started JAB Productions last year. "We're very happy to be able to have Herbert come back and fight in front of his family and friends. It's a big deal for us."
Acevedo said he thought it would be a big advantage to him to have the hometown crowd behind him for his bout with Herrera.
"It will get me pumped up," Acevedo said. "I've been able to see my family, lots of friends, and to be back here, it just feels amazing."