Beltran Jr. to fight Ndlovu on Aug. 22

Updated: July 15, 2008, 11:44 PM ET
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Fernando Beltran Jr. of Mexico will fight Takalani Ndlovu of South Africa on Aug. 22 in Nashville for the vacant IBO featherweight world title in a 12-round fight.

Beltran (30-3-1) and Ndlovu (28-4) each have 18 knockouts. The 26-year-old Beltran lost the WBO featherweight world title to Joan Guzman in a 12-round decision in April 2005, and he lost a decision to IBF junior featherweight world champ Steve Molitor in April. He did beat former WBC bantamweight champ Victor Rabanales in a non-title bout.

The 30-year-old Ndlovu is 7-1 in his last eight fights with five knockouts. His only loss was to Molitor in a challenge for the featherweight title.

The card at the Sommet Center, home to the NHL's Nashville Predators, also will feature Harry Joe Yorgey (20-0-1) of Pennsylvania and Jason LeHoullier (21-0-1) of Maine in a 12-round fight for the vacant IBF North American junior middleweight title.


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