Thompson Boxing Promotions Celebrates it’s 18th Anniversary Show Friday Night With a Championship Double Header
May 7, 2018
Anthony Saldana (73 articles)
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Thompson Boxing Promotions Celebrates it’s 18th Anniversary Show Friday Night With a Championship Double Header

By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña

 

This Friday Night at the Double Tree Hotel in Ontario, California, Ken Thompson and Thompson Boxing Promotions will look to celebrate their 18th anniversary with an electric night of fights as their “Path to Glory” series brings fight fans a championship double header. Headlining the action packed card is the WBO Intercontinental Welterweight Champion, Roberto Arriaza (16-0, 13 KO’s) of  Los Angeles, California by way of Masaya, Nicaragua when he makes his first title defense against Venezuela’s Juan Ruiz (20-1, 12 KO’s). This past March, Arriaza went into hostile territory to take on the once beaten Sammy Valentin for the vacant WBO title, 30 second later Arriaza was champion as he completely destroyed Valentin in the main event of a Telemundo televised card in Tampa, Florida. Now Arriaza looks to keep his unblemished record alive with a victory over Ruiz. “ My training has been going really well, I’ve sparred with some very good fighters including Daniel Valdivia, and the undefeated Argentinian, Brian Castaño and now I’m ready to come away with a victory.” Stated Arriaza “I’m going to give the fans a show, I don’t know much about my opponent (Ruiz) but I know he pressures, he’s going to come at me with everything and it’s going be a great fight, God willing I’ll come away victorious. I’m hoping that after this fight I’ll have my opportunity to fight a big name and in time win a for World Title.”

 

In the co-main event of the evening, Junior WBC-NABF Featherweight champion Erick Ituarte (19-1-1, 3 KO’s) of Santa Ana, California will step into the ring to defend his title against the former world title contender Carlos Carlson (22-3, 13 KO’s) of Mexico. Carlson who is coming off back to back losses to Issac Zarate and former bantamweight world champion Shinsuke Yamanaka will look to get back to his winning ways and back into title contention with a victory over Ituarte on Friday. Ituarte however who has a wining streak dating back to 2014, and in the past has sparred with the like of Ronny Rios and Saul “Neno” Rodriguez  has other plans. Supreme Boxing recently spoke to Ituarte and he stated “I’ve had a really good camp, I know that Carlos (Carlson) is a really good fighter, but we’ve been training hard for this fight, I’m going to go in there and leave everything in the ring to make sure I get the win”

 

Also on the card is undefeated prospect Ruben Torres (4-0, 4 KO’s) of South Central Los Angeles as he looks to keep his KO and winning streak alive when he battles Sergio Gonzalez (0-1) of Compton, California. Torres who began boxing at the young age 10 gives much of his credit for his amateur and professional accomplishments to his trainer and manager Danny Zamora. In a recent interview with Supreme Boxing Torres stated “I’ve been with Danny (Zamora) my whole boxing career. Inside the ring Danny understands all the little things, he was a former boxer so he really understands all the technicalities of the sport and that really helps. Danny also really keeps us humble, he’s always been there for all of his fighters, he’s someone we can talk to and definitely a person I can trust.” When asked about his Camp Torres stated  “Training has been solid, and I’m a 100% ready.  I’ve sparred with Manny Robles Jr. and Petr Petrov and my strength and conditioning coach Jerry Arias has me in great shape. I’m excited to go out there Friday night and take care of business.”

 

Friday night fans will also have a chance to catch another top prospect in action as undefeated Michael Dutchover (8-0, 5 KO’s) of Midland, Texas goes up against an opponent to be named later. Dutchover who also is managed and trained under the tutelage of Danny Zamora is a highly touted prospect who won several regional and national titles before turning professional and recently spoke to Supreme Boxing about his relationship with Zamora and his camp. “I linked up with Danny during Jr. PALS, I was in camp at 16 with the former world champ Darleys Perez, and had a good summer out in California, I won the Desert Showdown and knew I wanted to stay training with Danny.” Dutchover went on to say “Come Friday I know my opponent is going to be a Southpaw but we’re fully confident in our training, and I’m looking to be 9-0.  I’m hungry, I’m looking forward to taking this guy out and moving forward in my career. Camp has been great, no injuries, great sparring, and I’m ready to fight, I go into every fight as if it’s a championship fight, so I’m extremely confident I’m going to get that win”

 

Also in action Friday night is unbeaten bantamweight prospects Mario Hernandez (5-0, 2 KO’s) of Santa Ana as he’s set to fight an opponent to be announced at a later date in a 6-round bout.

 

Tickets for “Path to Glory” are priced at $40, $75, & $100, and are available for purchase by calling 714-935-0900, or online at ThompsonBoxing.com All fights will be live streamed on TB Presents: Path to Glory via the  Thompson Boxing Facebook page and ThompsonBoxing.com. The livestream starts at 8:00 p.m. PT / 11:00 p.m. ET with Beto Duran as the blow-by-blow announcer and Steve Kim providing expert, color commentary. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. local time with the first bout at approximately 8:00 p.m. The Doubletree Hotel is located at 222 N. Vineyard Ave. in Ontario, CA 91764 and can be reached at 909-937-0900. “Path to Glory” is presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions and sponsored by Everlast. For more information, please visit ThompsonBoxing.com  To follow the conversation on social media, please use #PathtoGlory, #TBPresents, #18Years, and #ThompsonBoxing. For regular updates on our fighters, events, and promotions, please check our Facebook Page, watch our YouTube channel on Thompson Boxing TV, and follow us on Instagram and Twitter @ThompsonBoxing.

 

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