Rafael “El Torito“ Concepcion, 12-3, returns to the ring February 3 against former world champion Kermin Guardia, 37-8, in Brooklyn, New York.
This will be Concepcion’s second fight back since his enthralling battle with Jorge Arce last September in Mexico and he has his sights firmly set on becoming world champion again.
Kermin Guardia is a very experienced ex-world champion and Concepcion knows that he cannot afford to let his guard down.
The event will be promoted by Gleason’s Gym, who are returning to the promotional fold and will stage a series named “Tuesday Night Fights”. The shows will be presented on the first Tuesday of every month in Brooklyn NY with the first show being held on February 3. Headlining will be the Rafael Concepcion vs Kermin Guardia bout, scheduled for eight rounds in the super flyweight division.
Rafael Concepcion last fought on November 29 in Panama, disposing of the overmatched Emerson Nisperusa in two rounds. This was on the back of a very courageous loss in a fight of the year candidate versus Jorge Arce.
Concepcion's management team, Optimum Sports Agency, is keen to see their charge back at the top of the division. Concepcion's manager, Damon de Berry, says “It is a rebuilding process. We have options and we have our goals, but we won’t get ahead of ourselves. Kermin Guardia will be a tough fight.”
Rafael Concepcion won the interim WBA Super Flyweight title by stopping the highly favored AJ Banal in Banal’s backyard of the Philippines, in 10 grueling rounds in July of last year.