Venezuelan Ismael "El Tigre" Barroso was undefeated in 21 professional fights when he entered the ring at a packed Manchester Arena in England on May 7, 2016, to challenge hometown hero Anthony Crolla, the defending WBA lightweight titleholder.
idel Maldonado Jr. vs. Ismael Barros Where: Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California
Barroso (19-1-2, 18 KOs) and Maldonado will clash on Friday at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California (ESPN Deportes, ESPN3, 10 p.m.
Maldonado (24-3-1, 19 KOs) is 4-0-1 in his past five fights, including an exciting split decision victory over favored Pablo Cesar Cano, who will be taking on Marcelino "Nino" Lopez in Golden Boy Promotions' co-feature on Friday.
"Fidel's style is very technical, but he's a pressure fighter -- a technical pressure fighter with a lot of power," said his father-trainer, Fidel the senior.