Marco Antonio Barrera returns to action
Marco Antonio Barrera, still hoping to claim a lightweight belt and become the first four-division titleholder in Mexican history, returns to action Saturday night at the Olympic Coliseum in Guadalajara, Fernando Beltran's Zanfer Promotions announced Monday.
Barrera (66-7, 43 KOs), a former junior lightweight, featherweight and junior featherweight champion, will fight Jose Arias (15-1, 9 KOs) of the Dominican Republic in the main event of "Top Rank Live" (Fox Deportes, 10 p.m. ET).
Barrera, 37, was originally supposed to fight Feb. 26, but preferred to fight in Guadalajara, where Zanfer is promoting the card and where he now lives.
To accommodate Barrera, Zanfer moved flyweight titlist Julio Cesar "Pingo" Miranda's title defense against Arden Diale (14-5-3, 3 KOs) of the Philippines from Saturday's card to headline a Feb. 26 show in Chihuahua, Mexico. Miranda (34-5-1, 27 KOs) is making the third defense of the title he won in June.
Barrera has not fought since a 10-round decision victory against Adailton De Jesus of Brazil in June. That was his first fight since March 2009, when he was dominated in a bloody fifth-round technical decision loss to Amir Khan in England.
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