Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez set to battle for the WBC Youth Lightweight title Friday night
March 9, 2017
LOS ANGELES - Tomorrow night at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles, Golden Boy Promotions' LA Fight Club series brings championship boxing to fight fans as undefeated Mexican prospect and Buena Park, California native, Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez (16-0, 14 KO’s), will take on the highly touted Filipino prospect and WBC Asian Boxing Council (ABC) super featherweight champion, Romero “Ruthless” Duno (12-1-0-11 KO’s), for the vacant WBC Youth Lightweight Title.
Duno, who will be making his U.S. debut, has been in the states for over a month -- training with former world champion Rodel Mayol, while under the guidance of Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Los Angeles. Duno’s only loss of his young career came last year in Russia, against the undefeated Mikhail Alexeev. Alexeev walked away with a controversial unanimous decision. Duno captured the WBC-ABC super featherweight title in September of 2016 by knocking out Thailand’s Paiboon Lorkham in the second round. In his last fight Duno made quick work of Gabby Simpo by a second round TKO.
Gonzalez who is the younger brother of 1990’s champion, Alejandro “Cobrita” Gonzalez, has fought seven of his last nine fights at the Belasco, and is coming off a big knockout win over Mexican veteran Jonathan Perez last December on the Bernard Hopkins vs. Joe Smith Jr. undercard at the Forum in Inglewood, California.
In the co-main event, another undefeated Orange County [California] prospect, Alexis Rocha (6-0, 3 KO’s), from Santa Ana, California, will take on Marcus Beckford (3-5-3, 1 KO) from Lafayette, Louisiana in a super welterweight bout. Rocha, who is trained by Hector Lopez and fights out of the TKO Fight Club in Santa Ana, is the younger brother of the former WBC Silver Featherweight champion Ronny Rios. Rocha was the youngest fighter to win a gold medal at the Junior Olympics at 14-years-old in 2012, and caught the attention of the boxing world as he continued on to become a six-time national champion during his amateur career. After his standout amateur career, Rocha turned professional and signed with Golden Boy Promotions on January 25, 2016. Rocha made an electrifying professional debut on March 4, 2016, knocking out Jordan Rosario at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles.
Also on the card is undefeated middleweight Golden Boy Prospect, Niko “Baby Face” Valdes (3-0, 3 KO’s), from Miami, Florida, as he looks to keep his knockout and undefeated streak alive when he takes on Alejandro Osuna (1-2) of Jalisco, Mexico. Valdes, a southpaw, began boxing five years ago and won the Florida Golden Gloves state championship four times, and a bronze medal at the 2014 USA Boxing National Championships.
Former World Champion, Fernando “El Feroz” Vargas, will also be in the house and in the corner of undefeated featherweight, Francisco “Alacran” Esparza (5-0, 2 KO’s), of Las Vegas, Nevada, as he battles Emmanuel Castro (2-3, 2 KO’s) from Los Angeles, California.
Other bouts include:
(Super Welterweights) Marvin Caberra (2-0, 2 KO’s) from Los Angeles, California vs Saadallah Aitameemi (2-0-1, 2 KO’s) from Elkhart, Indiana
(Super Welterweights) Angel Bojado (1-0) from Los Angeles, California vs Jhon Leon (1-0, 1 KO) from Bogota, Colombia
Anthony "Stacks" Saldaña is a contributing writer for FrontProofMedia.com. You can follow him on Twitter @StacksRingside
(Feature photo: Tristan Bellisimo/Golden Boy Promotions