Nico Hernandez Returns

By Caryn A. Tate on August 13, 2017
Nico Hernandez Returns
The 2016 Olympic bronze medalist will return to the ring on Sept. 23. (Hartman Arena)

“I want the boxing world to know I’m coming for belts. Champions should get ready for Nico Hernandez…”

Nico Hernandez (2-0, 2 KOs), 2016 Olympic bronze medalist hailing from Wichita, Kansas, will return to the ring on Saturday, September 23 at Hartman Arena in Park City, Kansas.

The 21-year-old Hernandez will take on experienced Francisco “Guerrero” Lapizco (8-5, 2 KOs) in a six-round flyweight bout.

“I’m very fortunate that my promoter, John Andersen (KO Night Boxing), has worked hard to make my third pro fight at home,” Hernandez said. “I’m very excited to be able to show boxing at its best.

“My opponent has never been stopped. Obviously, he has more professional experience than me, and I understand he likes putting pressure on his opponent. I want to be the first to stop this guy! I also want the boxing world to know I’m coming for belts. Champions should get ready for Nico Hernandez.”

On March 25, in his professional debut, Hernandez stopped Patrick Gutierrez in the fourth round, and on June 17, the U.S. Olympian knocked out the previously undefeated Jose Rodriguez in the third round.

The 22-year-old Lapizco last defeated an unbeaten opponent, Cesar Sustaita (3-0) three years ago. His most recent bout was in January in Sinaloa, Mexico, versus Jairo Miranda, whom Lapizco defeated by unanimous decision.

“This fight is a step up for Nico against a proven opponent who goes rounds,” Andersen noted. “He has already upset an undefeated fighter. It’s time for Nico to step up, as well as the city of Wichita, in terms of supporting him. This is a major event on September 23rd that will bring national attention, not only for Nico, but to Wichita.

“We have an opportunity to put Nico, all of Kansas, on the national map in boxing. We have a multi-fight deal to showcase Nico at Hartman Arena. After the September 23rd show, we’ll announce his final fight of 2017. We need people to turnout September 23rd at Hartman Arena to continue promoting Nico at home.”

Tickets, priced at $115 (VIP), $75, $50, $30, and $25, are available at the Hartman Arena box office and via .

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