If you’re not up on the latest boxing news or haven’t seen the posters at your local gym, then here’s the scoop. On Friday night, San Diego boxing fans have a choice of three live boxing shows that they can attend. All three are being contested on the same night - Friday, February 28, 2014.
You also have Brandon Adams (12-0, 7 KOs) a local middleweight, competing in that 2014 Boxcino Middleweight Tournament which will be shown on TV. That show, being aired live, will be coming from the Harrah's Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana on ESPN2/ESPN Deportes. Adams is scheduled to face Daniel Edouard (23-4-2, 12 KOs) who is from West Palm Beach, Florida by way of Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Now as far as the local shows, you have Bobby De Philippis leading off with his first show of 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Hanalei Hotel in Mission Valley. And here’s something you rarely see on a fight card. At the time of this article's insertion, all but one of the boxers on this Bobby D Presents fight card are undefeated. In other words, it’s a crazy, good show, especially with the introduction of 20 year-old Kenia Enriquez (9-0 with 5 KOs) going up against 30 year-old Noemi "La Rebelde" Bosques (4-0-2) the pride of Saint Petersburg, Florida.
And, remember this, Enriquez is just the first of three darlings from Tijuana who are currently being groomed for great things. Since she is considered to be the best and already has a world ranking, she is the first to be introduced to San Diego boxing fans.
Not that we’re prophets, but San Diego fight fans listen up! There are two more, female, star boxers on the horizon - Brenda “La Bonita” Flores (7-1-0, 3 KOs) and 20 year-old southpaw Sandra “Black Pearl” Robles (6-1-0, 3 KOs), both from Tijuana. Their good looks, charm and expertise will fascinate you.
Getting back to Friday’s show at the Crowne Plaza Hanalei Hotel, you have Emmanuel Robles (9-0-1, 3 KOs), the former USA Amateur Pal Champion and now undefeated southpaw out of Old School Boxing Gym in San Diego’s College Area, going up against his toughest opponent to date, 27 year-old Yordenis Ugas of Miami, Florida by way of Santiago de Cuba, Cuba (15-1-0).
Ugas is best known for winning the lightweight gold medal at the 2005 World Amateur Boxing Championships at age 19, then a gold medal at the 2007 Pan American Games, plus a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Friday's bout is considered a toss-up.
Next, they have 27 year-old Yuniel Dorticos of Miami, Florida by way of Havana, Cuba (15-0, 15 KOs) going up against fellow cruiserweight Hamilton Ventura of Guarulhos, Sao Paolo, Brazil (13-0, 11 KOs). With those KO numbers and the fact these boys will be weighing between 195 and 200 pounds, this one is going to be brutal. Hopefully, the ring ropes will be able to hold them back from landing outside the ring.
Dorticos is the real thing. Of his 15 victories only six of the opponents had a record under .500 - plus he's had 257 Amateur bouts. That’s what you’d call a lot of practice or making ready. His opponent, Ventura, has also stayed busy but he can’t possibly have the same experience as Dorticos. Plus, Ventura hasn’t fought anyone of note, while Dorticos has.
The other San Diego representatives include light heavyweight Ulises Sierra (4-0-1, 3 KOs) from the Undisputed Gym Downtown and Prince “Tiger” Smalls from the San Diego Combat Academy in Mission Valley.
Also on the card they have 20 year-old Super Bantamweight Joet Gonzalez (5-0-0, 1 KO) out of Los Angeles who’s more of a boxer than a slugger. With him being under the no nonsense tutelage of Frank Espinoza, opponents have to be wary that they're not going to be fooled by his look of innocence. Believe me, his opponent will not be fighting an altar boy.
Then, north of us, in Ontario, CA at the Doubletree Hotel, Ken Thompson is having his first show of the year and it features the newly signed Erick Ituarte of Tijuana, plus they have 5’ 7” Carlos “Memin” Carlson from Tijuana (13-0-0, 10 KOs) who often trains in San Diego gyms. Carlson is one of these boxers who likes to keep busy. This time around, he’s the show's headliner, going up against 30 year-old, 5'3" Javier Gallo (21-8-1, 12 KOs) who is also Tijuana born but now lives in Buena Park, CA.
Over the years Gallo has faced some stiff competition, guys like Arturo Badillo, Vic Darchinyan, Rodel Mayol, Felipe Orucuta, Drian Francisco and Khabir Suleymanov.
Filling out the fight card, they have Jose Roman (15-1-1, 11 KOs) from Garden Grove, CA, southpaw Isaac Zarate (6-1-0) from San Pedro, CA, a 6’5” heavyweight by the name of Justin Davenport (1-0-1) from Chino Hills, CA facing Edward Ramirez (1-0-0, 1 KO) from Yuma, Arizona, plus lightweight Cesar Villarraga (1-0-0, 1 KO) has come all the way from Columbia.
The third show, “The Moment of Truth” is being promoted by Zanfer Promotions in association with Mayen Promotions, and it is at the Forum Tecate on the grounds of the Caliente Casino in Tijuana.
In the Main Event, they have light welterweights Juan “El Niño Ruiz of Tijuana by way of Venezuela (12-0-0, 7 KOs) going up against Julio Cesar Avalos of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico (13-2-0, 7 KOs).
That being said, the most highly anticipated matchup on this fight card involves Erick “Facebook” Martinez (9-0-1, 5 KOs) and Jose Galvez (7-0-1, 6 KOs), two very popular, unbeaten, super crowd pleasing, super featherweights.
They’ve also added Daniel Nava (7-1-1, 3 KOs), Jaime Mungia (5-0), and Jesus Delgado (3-0-0, 1 KO).
In conclusion, the show at the Crowne Plaza Hanalei sounds like the best bet. It not only has the most competitive matches, it’s the closest to home.