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Eight months after losing his first professional bout, Miami resident Yan Barthelemy will return to the ring Friday night under new guidance.
Barthelemy will face Pedro Rincon in a scheduled six-round bantamweight fight, part of a 10-bout card at the Mahi Temple Shrine Auditorium.
Barthelemy, a 2004 Olympic gold medalist representing his native Cuba, no longer is under a promotional contract with Germany-based Arena Box.
The company severed ties with Barthelemy following his loss against against Ernie Marquez on Aug. 1 in Phoenix.
For the first time in his career, Barthelemy will not fight in the same promotional company with former Cuban boxing teammates Yuriorkis Gamboa, Odlanier Solis and Erislandy Lara.
Barthelemy's new promoter is Miami-based Henry Rivalta, who will present Friday's show.
''Yan has something to prove,'' Rivalta said. ``He wants to show he is one of the best in the [bantamweight] division and that his loss was only a fluke.