Golden Boy celebrates year partnership with Estrella TV at LA Fight Club
September 3, 2016
Anna Aguilar (131 articles)
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Golden Boy celebrates year partnership with Estrella TV at LA Fight Club

In celebration of partnering up with Estrella TV this past year, Golden Boy Promotions hosted a red carpet event prior to the LA Fight Club episode tonight at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. The red carpet event included some of Golden Boy’s favorite fighters, as well as Estrella TV show celebrities. In attendance was Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions Oscar De La Hoya, International Music Producer and Celeb Judge on Estrella TV’s “Tengo Talento Mucho Talento” Pepe Garza, stars from Estrella TV’s Smash Hit “Rica Famosa Latina”including Victoria del Rosal, Luzelba Mansour, Niurka Marcos, Sissy Fleitas, Sandra Vidal, Mayeli Rivera, and Andrea Garcia, Fenomeno Studios Celebrity Vlogger Elisa Beristain, and Golden Boy Promotions professional fighters: “King” Gabriel Rosado,  Jesus “Renuente” Soto Karass , NABO Lightweight Champion Michael “The Artist” Perez, NABA Featherweight Champion Abraham “Chamaco” Lopez, Undefeated NABA Super Featherweight Champion Carlos “The Solution” Morales, Nick “La Calavera” Arce, Jonathan “Thunder” Navarro, Joshua “The Professor” Franco, Hector “Finito” Tanajara Jr, Genaro “El Conde” Gamez, Niko “Baby Face” Valdes, David  Mijares,and Rafael “El Alikin” Gramajo.

In the main event, in front of a sold out crowd, Antonio Gutierrez of Tijuana, MX challenged Jorge Melendez of Manati, PR in a ten round middleweight bout. Guiterrez and Melendez went back and forth in their ten-round bout, testing each other and giving the fans a good show until the final bell. Despite a flash knock down in the first round, Gutierrez was able to come back and win a unanimous decision. Judges scored the fight, 97-92, 96-93, and 96-93.

“These Mexico versus Puerto Rico fights are always a war,” said Gutierrez. “I came in knowing we were going to go the distance. He was a tough opponent, and he made me fight for this win. I came out with more Mexican pride in my heart, and I am glad that I was able to provide a good show for the fans.”

Christian “El Chimpa” Gonzalez grabbed a second round knockout victory over Jonathan Corrales in the co-main event. Scheduled for eight rounds, the referee stopped the lightweight bout at 1:57, after Corrales went down from a left hook by Gonzalez. Gonzalez landed a combination of punches but the left hook is what sent Corrales down. Corrales also hit the canvas in the first round after being hit by a left to the body followed by a left hook.

“It feels really special to fight at LA Fight Club. I was on the first edition when they first opened LA Fight Club, and I love fighting here,” said Gonzalez. “With every fight, the game plan is to go for the knockout, and I was glad I was able to get it with this fight.”

Fresh off of a quick knockout win, Oscar Duarte opened the televised bouts in his return to the ring just two weeks after his last win. He scored a knockdown in the first round, sending Rafael Reyes to the canvas at his corner. Duarte took on the tough Reyes for four rounds. Both guys were landing hard punches, however, it was Duarte who landed the harder ones. All judges scored the fight 38-37 for Duarte who improves his record to 7-0-1, 3 KOs.

“He was a tough fighter and I’ve learned a lot,” said Duarte. “I knew he was going to get back up after he hit the mat, and I was ready to finish all four rounds. I am going to take a small break before I hit the ring and I am excited to hit the gym and train hard to keep up my undefeated record.”

Edgar “Kid Neza” Valerio (7-0, 4 KOs) took on a challenging Emmanuel Castro (2-2, 2 KOs) in a six round bout. Valerio suffered a cut over his eye in the fourth round due to a head butt. Referee stopped the fight at 2:54 due to the cut and it went to the scorecards. Judges scored it 58-45, 49-46, twice, all for Valerio.

I’m glad we got the win tonight,” said Valerio. “However, I am disappointed in myself for not making it through all six rounds straight. I wanted to give the fans tonight a show worth watching, and this was a learning experience for me. My opponent sure could take a punch, and I can’t wait to hit the gym to improve for my next performance.”

Lamont Roach Jr. grabbed a knock out victory over Mario Macias in their eight round lightweight bout. Just before the bell rings, Macias’ gloves touched the canvas, which referee declared as knock down. Macias’ was taking some clean punches from Lamont Roach, Jr., holding up from the ropes until his gloves hit the ground while he was off balanced on the ropes. Macias’ was dropped after a left hook landed on his jaw from Roach, Jr. Right as the third round started, Roach, Jr. landed a straight right that dropped Macias once again and ref quickly waved off the fight at seven seconds into the round.

“I spar with world champions, former world champions and anything else in-between,” said Roach, Jr. “I knew Macias was tough since he had fought for world titles before in his career, making me enter the ring even more cautious and even more determined. I knew my punches were breaking him down at the beginning, and it was going to be a matter of time before I knocked him out.”

Tenochtitlan “T-Dog” Nava (3-0, 1 KO) grabbed his first TKO win over Juan Bryand at 1:47 in the third round. Bryand (1-5-1) took to remaining against the ropes most of the fight, which enabled Nava to overwhelm with his punches.

“I got my first knockout of my career tonight, which makes me feel great abut how we have been training,” said Nava. “I don’t think the win is going to hit me, and I am so glad my fans came out to support me. They aren’t just my fans, they are lovers of boxing.”

 

All Photos by Jennifer Arredondo/Supreme Boxing/@fightbeauty

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