Boxing News: Shawn Estrada; Espinoza Boxing Club
Los Angeles, CA (November 28, 2008) – Goossen Tutor Promotion’s Matchmaker Tom Brown has orchestrated an exciting undercard for the “AT LAST” boxing event scheduled for Saturday, November 29, highlighted by the pro debut of 2008 U.S. Olympian Shawn Estrada of East Los Angeles. The Event will be held at the new Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA..
Article posted on 29.11.2008
In the scheduled four-round junior middleweight special attraction, Estrada, whose compelling story of courage and heartbreak in Beijing was chronicled via multi-media coverage throughout the World, will take on Lawrence Jones (2-1-1, 1 KO) of Washington, DC.
Undefeated Bakersfield, California prospect and Jackie Kallen-managed Mike Dallas, Jr. (5-0, 1 KO) will be tested by Mexico’s Jose Alfredo Lugo (10-5, 5 KOs) in a scheduled 6-round junior welterweight bout. After winning his first four bouts by decision, Dallas registered his first knockout three months ago by taking out James Helmes in just 1:45 in Lemoore, CA. Lugo is coming in off a solid performance in September against undefeated Art Hovhannesyan in Woodland Hills, CA, where he lost a very close decision.
In a scheduled 10-round confrontation, WBC CABOFE Heavyweight Champion Manny “El Toro” Quezada (24-4, 15 KOs) of Bakersfield, CA will put his belt on the line against once beaten Teke Oruh (14-1-1, 6 KOs) of Las Vegas. Quezada dominated veteran Andrew Greeley his last bout back in August pitching a 10-round shutout in the first defense of his title. Oruh is ready to go and will attempt to rebound from his first loss as a pro to Joey Abell on the Island of St. Lucia last year.
Knockout artist Josesito Lopez (22-3, 13 KOs) of nearby Riverside, CA will duke it out with Alex Perez (23-31-4, 18 KOs) of Miami, FL in a scheduled 8-round junior welterweight matchup. Lopez was involved in a brawl back in April against veteran Edgar Santana where, despite sending his opponent to the canvas twice in the eighth round, lost a close majority decision. Fernandez has drawn a pair of tough opponents fighting in New York in 2008, earning a draw against then 9-0 Joel Torres in May before losing via eighth-round TKO in August to Ali Oubaali, who was 21-3 at the time.
The “AT LAST” main event features 2-time WBO Welterweight Champion and the sport’s “most feared fighter” -- Paul “The Punisher” Williams -- will move up in weight to take on three-time world champion Verno Phillips in a scheduled interim12-round battle for the WBO Super Welterweight Title. The co-feature is a WBC Continental Americas, NABF and IBF Heavyweight Elimination 12-round bout between undefeated Cristobal “The Nightmare” Arreola and KO artist Travis “Freight Train” Walker.
“It’s great to present a world class undercard to the fans preparing them for a sensational HBO-broadcast featuring Williams and Arreola in the initial professional boxing event at the Inland Empire’s magnificent new sports and entertainment arena – the Citizens Business Bank Arena – in Ontario, California,” said promoter Dan Goossen. “This array of up-and-coming talent on display on November 29 will be an exciting compliment to what promises to be the two action-packed main bouts.”
Tickets for “AT LAST” are priced at: $200, $100, $50 and $25 and may be purchased at Citizens Business Bank Arena box office, Monday-Friday 10:00am-6:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am-4:00 pm or at www.ticketmaster.com.
ESPINOZA BOXING CLUB CLOSES WITH STRONG 2008, GEARS UP FOR BUSY 2009
LOS ANGELES, CA (November 28, 2008) The Espinoza Boxing Club is closing 2008 with a strong finish and making plans for a huge 2009 as plans are underway for their foray into the promotional aspect of boxing.
This past week, Frank Espinoza Jr. of The Espinoza Boxing Club, visited Roy Englebrecht’s Fight Promoter University to learn about the promotional end.
‘It was a terrific opportunity for my son, Frankie Jr., to learn more about the promotional end. I’ve managed fighters since 1991, but he said it was great to hear Richard Schaefer and Michael Buffer speak on the intricacies of promoting, all the little things that need to be accounted for to make a great promotion” said Frank Espinoza. "Obviously, Richard has been very successful with Golden Boy Promotions and has a wealth of knowledge to share."
The Espinoza Boxing Club has four fighters in bouts in the Southern California area the second weekend of December.. “We’ve got our undefeated prospects fighting in December and we’re busy planning to promote our own shows in the New Year”, said Frank Espinoza Sr.
“On Friday, December 11th, Luis Ramos and Ronny Rios are fighting in Irvine at Roy’s Battle at the Ballroom series and the next night, December 12th, Carlos Molina and Jesus Hernandez are fighting in Alameda . Also on Friday, December 19th, Miguel Huerta is facing Mike Alvarado in the main event at the final SOLO BOXEO show in Denver .”
Continued Espinoza, “These are busy times for me and Frankie Jr. but it’s a terrific period of growth for The Espinoza Boxing Club. With the start up of the promotional company, it’s going to be a very busy and productive new year for us.”
The ESPINOZA BOXING CLUB was started in 1991 by Los Angeles area businessman Frank Espinoza. Espinoza has earned numerous accolades for his management skills from many boxing newspaper and internet writers. In the September 2008 issue of Ring Magazine, Espinoza is praised for his outstanding handling of the career of junior featherweight world champion and “Pound for Pound” superstar Israel “EL MAGNIFICO” Vazquez.
In 2006, Espinoza was awarded the Manager of the Year award from the World Boxing Hall of Fame and inducted into the California Boxing Hall of Fame.
Espinoza also has managed retired former world champion Martin “EL GALLITO” Castillo and currently manages world ranked Alex Valdez and Miguel “EL ANESTESISTA” Huerta in addition to undefeated prospects Manuel “SUAVECITO” Roman, Jesus “POLLO” Hernandez, Luis Ramos, Carlos Molina, Abraham Lopez and Ronny Rios.
For more information on The Espinoza Boxing Club, please visit their newly remodeled website at www.espinozaboxingclub.com
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