Golden Boy Brings Boxing Back to the Belasco This Friday
Golden Boy Promotions highly popular LA Fight Club series kicks off this Friday February 3rd at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Headlining the show is Joshua “The Professor” Franco (8-0, 4 KO's) from San Antonio, Texas as he takes another step forward in his young career as he battles Victor “The Dragon” Pasillas (8-6-2, 5 KO's) from Ensenada, Mexico in the eight round super flyweight main event. For Franco who began boxing at 14 years old this will be his first opportunity to headline a fight card. Franco fell in love with boxing at young age and always enjoyed watching fighters like Oscar De La Hoya and Fernando Vargas who inspired him to begin boxing. Franco who trains under the tutelage of Robert Garcia, is coming off a big win over Felipe Rivas and looks to remain undefeated Friday night.
Also representing San Antonio is Hector “El Finito” Tanajara, Jr. (7-0, 4 KO's) who will fight in the co-main event on Estrella TV against Coahuila, Mexico’s Baltazar Ramirez (3-2, 3 KO's) in a scheduled six-round lightweight bout. “El Finito” is coming off a unanimous decision victory after defeating Roy Garcia last September on the Canelo vs. Smith undercard at AT&T Stadium. Like Joshua Franco, Tanajara is also trained by Robert Garcia and had stellar amateur career. When asked about his upcoming fight at the Golden Boy media workout Tanajara stated “I'm very excited to be fighting at the Belasco as the co-main event on Friday. It feels great to be this young in my career at 7-0 promoted by Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions. I've worked very hard to be here, and I hope everyone comes out to enjoy the fight.”
Opening up the televised portion, is recently signed Golden Boy top prospect Ryan “Kingry” Garcia (7-0, 6 KO's) from Victorville, California. Ryan looks to continue his winning streak and showcase his talent when he steps into the ring for a scheduled six-round lightweight bout against an opponent TBA. This will be “Kingry’s” second time under the Golden Boy banner and with three consecutive knock outs under his belt, Garcia should give LA fight fans a show to remember. The 15x amateur national champion Garcia who grew up idolizing the “Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd “Money” Mayweather, recently sparred with the WBC World Lightweight Champion Jorge Linares, “Sugar” Shane Mosley, Haskell Rhodes and Yuriokis Gamboa. I spoke to Ryan about his amateur career and asked what the biggest difference between fighting amateur and professional is and he stated “In the pros, the fighters are a lot stronger, they pace themselves, these are grown men that know how to break you down.” he also stated “ in the amateurs you have to fight the best, sometimes you're fighting five days in a row, you can't duck anyone, the best have to fight the best.” In the amateurs Ryan fought boxing prospect Devin Haney five times beating him in three out of the five fights. Ryan fights at Featherweight and has trained at several gym's in Southern California including Ten Goose, Robert Garcia Boxing Academy and the Wild Card. “I've got a lot of experience sparring champs and former champs, it's really hard to find sparring partners in the High Desert, if we're not sparring in LA we're in Vegas.” Garcia is a natural boxing talent, who is charismatic, disciplined and has the confidence in himself to become a future World Champion and PPV Superstar.
Also on the card is super lightweight David “June Bug” Mijares (4-0, 3 KO's) from Pasadena, California as he will go toe to toe in a six-round fight with Thomas “Animal” Herrera (8-16-1, 5 KO's) from Hollywood, California and opening up the night is Jonathan “Thunder” Navarro (5-6-3, 4 KO's) from East LA as he will face off against Angel “El Picosito” Rodriguez (5-6-3, 4 KO's) from Houston, Texas in a scheduled six-round super lightweight match.
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