Diego Pacheco, a rising sensation in boxing, is set to take center stage for the first time in his own city. He’ll be squaring off against Marcelo Coceres for the WBO International and USWBC Super-Middleweight belts at Los Angeles’ YouTube Theater on November 18, broadcasting live to a global audience via DAZN.
Pacheco’s undefeated streak (19-0 with 16 KOs) continued to shine bright in his most recent fight last July. The young fighter showcased his skill, overpowering Manuel Gallegos in just four rounds while in Monterrey, Mexico. He managed to knock Gallegos down with a signature body shot and wrapped up the bout later that round.
Earlier in the year, Pacheco made headlines when he defeated Jack Cullen in just four rounds during a bout in Liverpool, England. Now, the 23-year-old’s next fight is practically in his backyard, taking place at the YouTube Theater—a venue accommodating 6,000 fans, located close to the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, the very place he once called home.
Sharing his excitement, Pacheco expressed, “It’s a great feeling to be the main fight in my hometown on November 18 at the YouTube Theater. I aim to put on a spectacular show for everyone who has supported me over the years.”
Adolfo Romero, Vice President of Programming and Booking for the YouTube Theater at Hollywood Park, shared the venue’s enthusiasm. “We are honored to have Diego Pacheco’s inaugural headline fight as our second boxing event. Boxing holds a crucial spot in our entertainment roster at Hollywood Park, and we’re gearing up for a spectacular fight evening.”
Yet, Pacheco will face a significant challenge from former World title contender Coceres (with a record of 32-5-1 and 18 KOs). Coceres is revisiting LA, where he previously fought against WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders for the World title back in November 2019. At 32, Coceres is determined to give Pacheco the most challenging fight of his budding career.
Sharing his perspective, Coceres stated, “November 18, right in his own territory, embodies the essence of what warriors are made of. While I respect Pacheco’s skills, he’s still maturing in the sport. Now, it’s my moment. I’ve faced challenging opponents before and weathered tough situations. I’m curious to see how he’ll perform under pressure.”
He added, “I’m pouring my heart and soul into this fight. Another defeat isn’t an option for me at this stage. Everything I’ve got will be displayed in the ring on November 18.”
Promoter Eddie Hearn shared his optimism about the young boxer, saying, “Diego is a boxing sensation in the making. It’s fantastic that he’ll be the main attraction at the YouTube Theater in LA. He’s been taking down opponents with finesse, and I truly believe LA is witnessing the rise of its next big sports superstar. This event will be a grand stage for Diego to further prove his mettle.”