Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, CA
The recipe for an outstanding boxing show appears simple. First, you sign the quality headliners; boxers who have earned the right to compete in a meaningful, sanctioned title fight. In support of your Main Event you go looking for as many top prospects as you can afford, then have your matchmaker diligently find competitors of equal ability who have more than a legitimate shot of knocking them off their perch. In other words, you need that keen, competitive aspect throughout your entire lineup.
That’s what we have on Friday’s fight card being presented by the International Boxing Hall of Fame promoter Don Chargin, A&T GYM, and the San Diego-based Barron Entertainment. In their Main Event they have the fast rising Mexican star Manuel Roman (15-2-2, 8 KOs) of Tijuana taking on knockout sensation John Amuzu (14-0, 13 KOs) of Accra, Ghana in a 10-round bantamweight bout for the California State Bantamweight Title.
Roman, an outstanding amateur, is especially motivated following his last appearance, a bitter decision loss to the undefeated WBO NABO bantamweight champion Randy Caballero (19-0, 11 KOs) in a Showtime televised main event.
"This is a very important fight for me" stated Roman at his August 30, 2013 Press Conference held at the Fairground's Corporate Offices. "I will not disappoint my Mexican fans. This title will be mine."
Prior to ripping off his 14 straight pro wins, the undefeated Amuzu had a sterling, amateur career, going 98-10 with an incredible 92 KOs. He was scheduled to represent Ghana in the 2008 Beijing Olympics until a lack of funding for the national team shattered his dream.
In his last outing, a six round unanimous decision victory over the formerly Manny Pacquiao-backed Juanito Rubillar (49-22-7, 24 KOs), Amuzu showcased not only his power but his lightning fast hand speed. Amuzu dominated and took every round from Rubillar. Surprisingly, that fight marked the first time Amuzu had gone the distance, ending his knockout streak of 13.
"I left my family and friends in Ghana to pursue my boxing career in the United States and I plan to get back on my knockout track against Roman," said Amuzu at the same Friday Press Conference. That my friends is going to be a tall order since Mr. Roman has never been stopped.
The undercard is headlined by Danny Ramirez (2-0, 2 KOs) of Hawaiian Gardens, CA taking on another local favorite James Taylor (3-1) of Lakeside, CA in a junior welterweight clash. Taylor, who sports one of those physiques you normally see on a world champion body builder has power in both hands.
If you’re thinking Taylor should dominate in this match, you're sadly mistaken. First consider Ramirez’s pedigree. He not only works out with the three world class Molina brothers (Javier, Oscar and Carlos) he’s also their cousin. After dominating in the Amateur ranks, he’s about to explode on the pro-circuit.
Mexican Olympic boxing team alternate super middleweight Elias Espadas (1-1) from Merida, Yucatán, Mexico is scheduled to face Riverside, CA's Elliot Lemon (0-1) in a scheduled four rounder. In his last fight, Espadas overwhelmed Greg Baca at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in San Diego.
Lemon’s not offering any excuses. In his debut, the powers to be matched him up with KO artist Jose Hernandez.
While in the women's division, the skills of Ramona's own Araceli Tinoco (2-0) are undeniable. She will be featured in a four round junior flyweight contest against Guadalupe Gutierrez (1-4) of Fallbrook, CA. This is a rematch of her pro-debut which ended in a mixed decision. In this one, Tinoco wants there to be no doubt.
Also, Vista, CA’s junior welterweight Roque Ramos (0-0-1) is back and set to face Tyshawn Sherman (0-1) of Compton in a scheduled four rounder. His trainer Kalina Fernandez has Ramos in terrific shape and serious as a heart attack about progressing in his career.
Tickets for this all ages "Mexico vs. Ghana" live boxing event start at $25. You can purchase tickets online and save $5 at www.LiveBoxingEvents.com or purchase them at the door on the night of the event. Advance tickets are also available in person at the Del Mar Fairgrounds box office or by phone at (858) 755-1161.
The Del Mar Fairgrounds is located at 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard in Del Mar, just west of Interstate 5 off the Via de la Valle exit. The event will take place Friday, September 6, 2013. The show is being sponsored by the Del Mar Fairgrounds, San Diego Hall of Champions, El Latino newspaper, Mayagra, Island Squeeze, and Cleto Reyes. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the first bout of the evening scheduled for 7:30 p.m.