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Joet Gonzalez, Lamont Roach, & Marlene Esparza Return

Former world title challengers Joet Gonzalez, Lamont Roach, and Marlene Esparza return to the ring March 19 edition of Golden Boy and DAZN's Thursday Night Nights at Avalon Hollywood. The event will be streamed live on DAZN, and on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page.

In the main event, Joet Gonzalez (23-1, 14 KOs) of Glendora, Calif, will take on Chris Avalos (27-7, 20 KOs) of Lancaster, Calif. in a 10-round featherweight fight. Gonzalez will return after challenging for the WBO Featherweight World Championship in October 2019.

"I can't wait to step back into the ring," said Joet Gonzalez. "I fought for a world title, so I know what it's like to be at that level. Now, I'll be coming back with an even stronger desire to become a world champion. I want to thank my manager, Frank Espinoza, and my promoter, Golden Boy, for the opportunity. This March 19, I will not disappoint."

"We're coming to win," said Chris Avalos. "We're back on track. The old Chris Avalos is back. You [Joet] may think I'm a joke. You may think I'm washed up. But I'm coming to kick your ass. Keep your hands or you will see what happens."

In the co-main event, Lamont Roach Jr. (19-1-1, 7 KOs) of Washington, D.C. will fight against Filipino warrior Neil John Tabanao (17-7, 11 KOs) in a 10-round super featherweight fight. Roach Jr. will come back after challenging for the WBO Junior Lightweight World Title in November 2019.

"I've been itching to get back in that square to show that I'm the best at 130," said Lamont Roach Jr. "My last fight was just a glimpse, but this year it's all the way up with me."

"I'm looking forward to this fight against Lamont Roach Jr.," said Niel John Tabanao. "I know that he's coming off his first loss and that he wants to fight for a world title again. However, I more experience than he, and I know how to score an upset. We'll see you all on March 19."

Marlen Esparza (7-1, 1 KO) of Houston, Texas will participate in a six-round super flyweight clash against Lucia Nuñez (7-10) of Mexico City, Mexico. Esparza will return after fighting for the WBA Interim Flyweight Title in November 2019.

I'm ready to get back in the ring," said Marlen Esparza. "There were multiple factors that made this last fight a real learning experience, but this next round of professional boxing is just the beginning of much more. I'm looking forward to coming out with the new strategies that I've been learning and switching up my game a bit."

"I'm coming to score the upset," said Lucia Nuñez. "I know that Marlen Esparza is strong and that she has a lot of experience. But I also have those same qualities, and I'll be coming with an even stronger will to win. We will see you all on March 19."

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