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'Rocky' Hernandez signs with Golden Boy

Junior lightweight Eduardo "Rocky" Hernandez, one of Mexico's most highly touted up-and-coming boxers, has signed a co-promotional agreement with Golden Boy Promotions, CEO Oscar De La Hoya announced Tuesday.

Hernandez, who also is co-promoted by Promociones del Pueblo, one of Mexico's leading promoters, will make his United States debut in his first fight of the deal. He will face Ibrahim Class in a 10-round fight on March 30 (DAZN) on the undercard of the Ryan Garcia-Jose Lopez lightweight bout at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California.

De La Hoya and Oswaldo Kuchle of Promociones del Pueblo have worked together over the years, and they both hope the partnership will help launch Hernandez (27-0, 24 KOs), 21, to stardom.

"At Golden Boy, we are in the business of working with fighters from all over the world and making them into international stars," De La Hoya said, listing an impressive roster of fighters that Golden Boy helped build into well-known names, including Deontay Wilder, Adrien Broner, Daniel Jacobs, Marcos Maidana, Abner Mares and Jermell and Jermall Charlo.

"We're doing it presently with the biggest star in the sport, Canelo Alvarez, along with world champions such as Jaime Munguia, Rey Vargas, Xu Can, Angel Acosta and Andrew Cancio; and we have the next generation of stars with Ryan Garcia, Vergil Ortiz, and Lamont Roach Jr."

"This company knows how to work with fighters from all kinds of backgrounds," De La Hoya continued, "so we're more than ready to join forces with Oswaldo Kuchle and Promociones del Pueblo to co-promote Rocky Hernandez as he begins to make big waves in the stacked 130-pound division."

Hernandez turned pro at age 16 in February 2014.

"I'm very delighted to be presented to fans in the United States," Hernandez said. "I am preparing very hard to give a great fight to the fans on March 30, and God willing, I will walk away with my hand raised. I have a tough opponent in front of me, but I am training very hard."

Class (22-5, 10 KOs), 28, of Tanzania, also will be fighting in the U.S. for the first time.