Rising star Max Ornelas headlines in Iowa on Nov. 17

Bantamweight prospect Max Ornelas will return on Nov. 17 against WBA No. 14 ranked contender Nick Otieno at WinnaVegas Casino & Resort in Sloan Iowa, it was announced Friday by Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions.

Ornelas (9-0-1, 4 KO’s), 19, of Las Vegas, last fought in July when he stopped the previously undefeated Leopoldo Martinez in the fifth-round of a rematch after their first bout ended in a disappointing technical draw.

“Roy Jones Jr. and I are honored to be a part of the Winna Vegas Casino Resort team,” said Keith Veltre, Co-Founder, and CEO of Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions. “My team has been welcomed with open arms from the staff, and we could not be more excited to showcase our talent in Iowa.

Otieno (31-11, 13 KO’s), 44, of Nairobi, Kenya, the reigning WBA Pan African super flyweight titleholder, is moving up a weight class for his U.S. debut. He has won 10 out of his last 12 fights, though, against limited opposition. His most significant bout to date was in May 2011 against current WBA bantamweight world champion Jamie McDonnell, who routed Otieno in a one-sided decision loss for the Commonwealth title.

The co-feature will showcase Randy Moreno (10-1, 9 KO’s) squaring off against former WBC International super bantamweight champion Fatiou Fassinou (28-7-3, 15 KO’s) in an eight-round super featherweight contest.

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