Oscar Negrete Takes on Sergio Frias for the Vacant NABF Bantamweight Title Friday Night
June 28, 2017 Share

Oscar Negrete Takes on Sergio Frias for the Vacant NABF Bantamweight Title Friday Night

By Anthony Stacks Saldaña


This Friday night at Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino in Indio, California undefeated Colombian Oscar “El Jaguar” Negrete (16-0, 6 KO’s) will look to keep his unbeaten streak alive and secure his first title when he takes on the battle tested Sergio Frias (18-6-2, 9 KO’s) for the vacant WBC/NABF Bantamweight title live on ESPN. Frias who has been in the ring with Ronny Rios, and Manuel “Tino” Avila hasn’t fought since his huge knockout victory over Vic Darchinyan last July. Negrete on the other hand, looked impressive on Cinco de Mayo when he easily defeated Victor Ruiz at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Negrete was originally scheduled to face the former IBF super Bantamweight Champion Randy Caballero on Friday but due to an ankle injury Caballero was forced to pull out of the fight. “I really wanted to fight Caballero” stated Negrete in a recent interview. “Honestly I was really disappointed because Randy is a big name. I wanted to show the world that I’m ready for whoever they put in front of me, and that I’m ready for the big fights. Now my focus in on Sergio, and the opportunity to fight on national television for a belt.” After his victory May, Negrete wasted no time in getting back to the Rock Gym in Carson where he trains under the tutelage of Manny Robles. “I’ve had a great camp and great sparring with Mick Conlan, Emilio Sanchez and Oscar “El Chaparro” Chavez. Said Negrete. “I feel good and I’m ready to put on an exciting show for all my fans”


In the co-main event, Super Lightweight contender Ryan “Blue Chip” Martin (18-0, 11 KO’s) of Chattanooga, Tennessee will bring his unblemished record to the desert in a 10-round fight against Marcos “El Tigre” Jimenez (22-7, 15 KO’s) of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Martin last entered the ring in March against Bryant Cruz when he defended his WBC Continental Americas Lightweight title on the Gennady “GGG” Golovkin vs Daniel Jacobs undercard. In that fight the 5-foot-11 Martin used his four-inch height advantage and a significant reach to outbox Cruz in route to his eighth round stoppage. Jimenez who has losses to Diego Magdelano, Jose Felix Jr. Oscar Molina, and Anthony Peterson to name a few, will look to upset Martin on Friday as fans should expect a war between the cagey veteran Jimenez and the undefeated Martin.


In the swing bout of the night Genaro “El Conde” Gamez (4-0, 3 KO’s) from San Diego, California, returns to Fantasy Springs for the first time since knocking Vernon Alston clear out of the ring last September. Friday, he will take on Miguel Barajas (2-2, 1 KO) from Guadalajara, Mexico in a six-round match-up of lightweights.

Also on the card and entering the ring for the first time since his knockout loss to Antonio Orozco is Keandre Gibson (16-1-1, 7 KO’s) who will Dennis “The Spartan” Dauti (14-2, 7 KO’s) from Naousa, Greece.


On the live streamed portion of the card, undefeated WBC Youth Super Featherweight Champion Lamont Roach, Jr. (13-0, 5 KOs) of Washington D.C. puts his title and perfect record on the line against Huatabampo Mexico’s Jesus “Chuito” Valdez (20-2-1, 9 KOs).

Hot off his professional debut, standout amateur Luis Feliciano (1-0) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and fighting out of Rancho Cucamonga will be back in action for a six round super lightweight showdown against Baltazar Ramirez (3-2, 3 KO’s) of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

And opening up the card, Philadelphia native Damon “No Smilin” Allen (11-0-1, 5 KO’s) will put his undefeated record on the line in an eight round match-up of lightweights against seasoned veteran Gamaliel Diaz (40-16-3, 19 KO’s)