On Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 2 p.m., your presence is requested at the Pacific Training Center at 5755 La Jolla Boulevard in La Jolla. The people of All In Entertainment, ESPN Promotions and the gym’s owner, Eddie Roa have extended this invite so you can get to meet two of the boxers who will be performing Friday night, March 7, 2014, on their ESPN boxing card at the Pala Casino Resort and Spa in Pala, CA. On Wednesday, the two gentlemen with the help of their trainers, will be showcasing their boxing skills by conducting a workout that is open to both the public and the media.
Notables expected to attend:
Undefeated welterweight, 19 year-old, orthodox fighter Dusty Hernandez-Harrison (20-0, 11 KOs) from Washington, D. C. will be there. His opponent won't. Harrison is set to face 33 year-old, southpaw Michael Balasi from Honolulu, Hawaii (10-3-0 with 7 KOs) on Friday night. Balasi has also competed in the Toughman Xtreme MMA series in Hawaii.
Super featherweight, 31 year-old Aaron “Gavilan” Garcia (13-3-2, 4 KOs) from Vista, CA will also be there on Wednesday. As an amateur, Garcia was the National Golden Gloves Champion in 1999 and 2001, then U. S. Amateur Featherweight Champion in 2003. On Friday, Garcia is set to face 36 year-old journeyman Gerardo “El Torito” Zayas (20-23-2, 12 KOs) from Rosarito, B. C. Zayas' last victory came on November 30, 2012, when he beat Jorge Sillas by an unanimous decision at the Municipal de Tijuana. Zayas might have a spy go to the Wednesday workout, but he won't be there.
The other notables parties expected to be in attendance:
Buddy Harrison - Hernandez-Harrison’s Father/Manager/Trainer
Vince Parra - Aaron Garcia’s Manager/Trainer
Jeff Fried - All In Entertainment Founder
Phil Ivey - All In Entertainment Co-founder who just happens to be one of the world’s greatest poker players and winner of nine World Series of Poker bracelets
Antwan Applewhite - former SDSU standout linebacker who later played defensive end in the NFL for the Chargers and Panthers.
For more information you can call the gym at (858) 750-3084 or All In Entertainment at (301) 580-2865; or visit the gym’s website www.pacifictrainingcenter.com/
About your host, Eddie Roa - fighter/trainer/Pacific Training Center owner
At the age of 5, Eddie Roa began boxing with his father who is a big boxing fan. Before moving to San Jose, CA, where he began Thai boxing as an amateur under Kru Rey Garcia, the 2001 'IKF' Heavyweight State Champion and two-time National Champion, Eddie trained on and off with boxing coach Julio Leal trainer of World Champion El Maromero Paez from his home town of Mexicali, Mexico.
Roa's Muay Thai style comes straight from Thailand where he trained on and off for almost a decade. Roa fought four times in Thailand - all wins - winning his first Pro fight by knockout in the first round. He’s fought in Las Vegas, Thailand (Bangkok and Pattaya), and China (Zhengzhou). After becoming the winner of the China vs Mexico 70 kilo tournament, he was featured in two Thai documentaries based on foreign fighters fighting in Thailand.
These workouts should be interesting to watch. Especially when you have two gentlemen of their stature.