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Rafael Espinoza will put his newly won WBO featherweight title on the line tonight in his first title defense against Sergio Chirino in the main event on ESPN+ at the Fontainebleau Las Vegas.

(Photo credit: Mikey Williams/Top Rank)

Event start time: 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT.

Boxing News 24 provides live updates and results from today’s fights:

The tall, 6-foot-1 Espinoza (24-0, 20 KOs) surprised many people last year when he defeated WBO middleweight (120 lbs.) champion Robeisy Ramirez by 12-round majority decision on Dec. 9 in Pembroke Pines, Florida.

Espinoza came back up in the fifth round, dominated the remaining rounds with plenty of activity and knocked out Robeisy in the 12th round to seal the win. Before this win, Espinoza was an unknown in the eyes of fans, but he surprised the two-time Olympic champion.

Chirino Sanchez (22-1, 13 KOs), who has been a professional for eight years, has been a little-known opponent for most of his career, but somehow it is his reason that he is ranked second in the World Boxing Organization rankings without a win against a well-known opponent.

Other fights on today’s card:

– Undefeated super featherweight Andres Cores (21-0, 12 KOs) fights hard-hitting Abraham Nova (23-2, 16 KOs) in a 10-round bout for the vacant NABO title. The 30-year-old Nova is coming off a loss to O'Shaquie Foster earlier this year and is in need of a win.

– Middleweight contender Troy Isley (12-0, 5 KO) fights Javier Martinez (10-0-1, 3 KO) in a ten-round bout for the NABO belt. Isley, 25, packs punches but gets hit a lot and hasn't always made the best impression. It's unclear if he'll go far in the sport unless he shows significant improvement.

– Bantamweight Floyd Diaz (11-0, 3 KOs) faces veteran Francisco Pedroza (18-11-2, 10 KOs) in an eight-round fight.

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