Boxing notebook: Four Southland fighters entered in Boxcino 2015

Four Southland fighters are taking part in Boxcino 2015

Four Southland fighters will participate in a single-elimination boxing tournament that begins with junior-middleweights on ESPN2 on Friday.

The tournament, known as Boxcino 2015, will begin at 6 p.m. Pacific time Friday from the Mohegan Sun casino in Connecticut.

The four junior-middleweight quarterfinals are scheduled for six rounds each, featuring Norwalk’s Brandon Adams (14-1, nine knockouts), Lancaster’s Cleotis “Mookie” Pendarvis (17-4-2, six KOs) and Burbank’s Vardan Gasparyan (14-3-5, eight KOs).

Last year’s middleweight Boxcino winner, Willie Monroe Jr., is now third-ranked by the World Boxing Assn., and lightweight winner Petr Petrov is No. 2 in the WBA.

Heavyweight Boxcino action begins Feb. 20 from Turning Stone Resort Casino in New York, also on ESPN2, with Hollywood resident Andrey Fedosov (25-3, 20 KOs) in action.

Semifinal bouts are scheduled for eight rounds, the championship for 10.

Adams, the youngest junior-middleweight in the tournament, at age 25, is fighting the oldest entrant, 32-year-old Alex Perez (18-1, 10 KOs) from Newark, N.J.

Pendarvis, previously of Long Beach, has sparred with several local standouts, including Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Timothy Bradley.

He’s fighting Rocardo Pinell (10-1-1, six KOs) of San Francisco.

NBC CARD TO ONTARIO: Powerful manager Al Haymon's Premier Boxing Champions series on Spike TV will feature a March 13 card from Ontario's Citizens Business Bank Arena.

Welterweights Josesito Lopez of Riverside and former world champion Andre Berto will fight in the main event and former world champion Shawn Porter will meet Roberto Garcia in another bout.

CABALLERO HURT: World bantamweight champion Randy Caballero of the Coachella Valley suffered an ankle injury in training this week that will require surgery, scrapping his scheduled Feb. 27 title defense against Alberto Guevara at Fantasy Springs Casino Resort in Indio.

The Fox Sports 1-televised card will continue with super-bantamweight Diego De La Hoya fighting Manuel Roman.

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