"Striker" Delgado collides with “The Pride of Paramount” Charles Huerta tonight

"Striker" Delgado collides with “The Pride of Paramount” Charles Huerta tonight


Promotional poster: Golden Boy Promotions

Promotional poster: Golden Boy Promotions

LOS ANGELES - Tonight at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles, South Central Los Angeles' undefeated Ivan “Striker” Delgado (11-0-1, 4 KO’s) will face his toughest opponent to date as he enters the ring against the always dangerous “Pride of Paramount” Charles Huerta (18-5, 11 KO’s). 

Huerta, who is coming off a a split decision loss to the WBA-NABA super featherweight champion Carlos Morales, will only be fighting for the second time in nearly four years. Huerta, who has suffered hand injuries in the past -- including a damaged thumb, has been out of the spotlight, but now looks to rejuvenate his career with a win. Delgado, who fought over 70 fights in the amateurs, started boxing at the young age of five, growing up in the gym with fighters like Israel Vasquez, Genaro “Chicanito” Hernandez and Jorge Paez. However, at the age of 15 “Striker” ended up incarcerated and served time in prison before being released at the age of 22. Shortly there after, Delgado was back to training and eventually turned professional before signing with Golden Boy Promotions in January of 2015. The eight-round super featherweight match-up will be the main event of Golden Boy Promotions LA Fight Club and will be televised live on Estrella TV's Boxeo Estelar telecast beginning at 10 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. PT.

This fight means stepping up to the next level. Huerta’s experienced, he’s conditioned and hungry for the opportunity to step back into the big leagues. It’ll be a great match stylistically since Huerta moves forward aggressively, and I’m not scared to step up to exchange punches while being smart about it.
— Ivan Delgado

In the co-main event, another local fan favorite, Jonathan “Thunder” Navarro (8-0, 5 KO’s), from East Los Angeles, will be taking on Chula Vista’s Joan Valenzuela (4-7-1, 4 KO’s) in a six-round welterweight bout. Navarro, who trains at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy, looks to keep his undefeated streak alive.

This fight with Valenzuela will help me improve, and test out what I have been working on in the gym. I know I’m going to get the win, it’s just a matter of timing and where my head is come fight night. I’ve been working a lot on my jab, footwork, head movement, and just being able to go under and work the body with my punches.
— Jonathan Navarro

Opening up the televised portion of the night and making his debut under the Golden Boy banner, is son of famed trainer Manny Robles, Manny “Chato” Robles, Jr. (11-0, 4 KO’s) as he takes on Antonio “Chore” Martinez (6-8, 5 KO’s) of Durango, Mexico in a six-round featherweight bout. Robles Jr., who has spent the last several weeks training with lightweight champion Jorge Linares, looks to impress the fans in attendance.

This is my first fight with Golden Boy, and I couldn’t be more grateful. I know my opponent is a veteran in the sport, but he’s going to make me look good when I win. I’m going to have to be smart and aggressive, and the knock out will come out in the process. Once I see that he’s hurt I’ll go for the kill. My corner is really strong, my dad Manny Robles, Sr. is my trainer and we make such a strong team. This is a family affair, and I wouldn’t be where I am with out them.
— Manny Robles, Jr.

Also on the card is Pablo “The Shark” Rubio, Jr. (8-0, 3 KO’s) of Whittier, California as he battles Angel “Maikol” Aguilar (8-11, 1 KO) from Mexico City in a six round super bantamweight fight. Opening the night is rising prospect Edgar “Kid Neza” Valerio (9-0, 5 KOs) as he takes on Francisco “Panchito” Dominguez (8-11, 2 KO’s) from Juarez, Mexico in a six-round featherweight fight.


Anthony "Stacks" Saldaña is a contributing writer for FrontProofMedia.com. You can follow him on Twitter @StacksRingside 

(Feature photo: Cynthia Saldaña/Frontproof Media)

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