Mexican legend Robert Manzanarez will headline Friday's 'LA Fight Club'
February 15, 2017
LOS ANGELES - This Friday night former WBC International Youth Lightweight Champion and Mexican Superstar Robert “Tito” Manzanarez (33-1, 27 KO’s) will make his United States and Golden Boy Promotions' debut at the "LA Fight Club" in downtown Los Angeles. Manzanarez will headline the main event against Mexican veteran Gamaliel Diaz (40-15-3, 19 KO’s).
Manzanarez, who is an unknown fighter to many boxing fans in the U.S, is a 22-year-old knockout artist who has won twelve fights in a row including nine by KO. Friday, Manzanarez hopes to keep his winning streak alive and will look to display his skills and knockout power against Diaz. Diaz, as many know, is warrior who has been in the ring with Robert Guerrero, Jorge Linares, Tevin Farmer, Takashi Miura, Humberto Soto and Anthony Corolla just to name a few. Fight fans should expect a war as Diaz will definitely be looking to ruin the Golden Boy coming out party for Manzanarez.
In the co-main event undefeated super featherweight Golden Boy prospect Genaro “El Conde” Gamez (3-0, 3 KO’s) from San Diego, California, will look to keep his winning streak alive against the always tough Alejandro Ochoa (7-12-2, 1 KO) from Bell Gardens, California. When people see a an undefeated fighter going up against a fighter with twelve loses on his record, they usually come to a quick conclusion that the fight will be a mismatch, but that will not be the case Friday night. Ochoa, who has twelve losses, is one of the toughest fighters around. His last eleven opponents, which include John Quigley, Daniel “Twitch” Franco, Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez and Ivan “Striker” Delgado, had a combined record of (69-0) when Ochoa faced them. In October of 2015, Golden Boy matched up Ochoa against the then undefeated Kevin Rivers and Ochoa shocked the sold out crowd at the StubHub Center as he walked way with a majority decision victory. The undefeated Gamez had a solid amateur career and was Gold medal winner at the 2014 U.S. Boxing Nationals, as well being the number one ranked fighter in the nation. Now, Gamez must step-up to the big leagues as he takes on the upset minded Ochoa.
Also on the card and making his professional debut is five-time National Champion and Marquette University graduate, Luis Feliciano. Growing up on the tough streets of northeast Milwaukee, boxing was an outlet that kept Feliciano out of trouble. As an amateur, Feliciano fought out of the United Community Center Gym in Milwaukee and was the 2015 U.S. elite men’s national champion. He also was a two-time Ringside national champion and won titles in the Police Athletic League (PAL), and Under-19 national tournaments. He competed in the 2012 and 2016 Olympic trials and represented the United States at the 2015 Pan American Games. Feliciano, who is managed by Rafael Heredia and trained by Ben Lira, has been in Big Bear for his camp. During camp, Feliciano has sparred with the likes of Denis Safikov, Ryan “Blue Chip” Martin, and Maurice Booker. Feliciano will take on Angel Rodriguez (5-7-3, 4 KO’s) from Houston, Texas on Friday. Rodriguez is a solid puncher and an aggressive come forward fighter who recently fought on the February 3 "LA Fight Club" card where he lost a decision to Jonathan Navarro.
Also making his debut is Francisco Javier Martinez from Dallas, Texas. Martinez, who had a stellar amateur career, will take on Miguel Angel Barajas Moreno (2-1, 1 KO) from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.
Other fights on the card Friday include Tenochititlan “T-Dog” Nava (4-0, 1 KO) from Los Angeles, California vs Thomas Smith (3-3, 2 KO’s) from Dallas, Texas in a four-round super featherweight bout, and super featherweight Jousce Gonzalez (3-0, 3 KO’s) from Glendora, California takes on Emmanuel Valadez, (3-2, 3 KO’s) from Sonora, Mexico.
Tickets for "LA FIGHT CLUB" start at only $20 with Flex Passes for multiple fight packages; group tickets and “Knockout Experience” upgrades are available for purchase now at www.goldenboypromotions.com, Golden Boy Promotions Facebook page, or by calling 213-233-2957.
Anthony "Stacks" Saldaña is a contributing writer for FrontProofMedia.com. You can follow him on Twitter @StacksRingside
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