SAN DIEGO, Calif., June 2, 2018 – Golden Boy Boxing’s LA Fight Club may pack more boxing action per square foot than in any venue in the United States. Its successful series featuring the ‘fighters of tomorrow’ kicked off its 2018 season at the Belasco Theater on Friday night with a variety of talent on display.
No, there aren’t championship belts on the line, but this isn’t important to the fans who pack the place to its rafters to see fresh faces in the sport looking to move up the ranks, while more familiar names show up to rebuild from setbacks or test the youngsters who have dreams of greatness.
Sports photographer Mickey Bonilla of MB Sports Photographer provided ringside shots on Friday for Communities Digital News of the main fights. Enjoy a look at the night’s action through her lens.
Javier Molina restarts stalled career with solid victory over Roman
Javier “El Intocable” Molina of Norwalk, California (18-2, 8 KOs) put in eight much needed rounds of solid boxing, winning a unanimous decision over another local fighter, Jessie Roman of Santa Ana (22-4, 11 KOs)., with scores of 79-73 on all cards. It was Molina’s first fight at super lightweight.
Molina’s loyal friends and large boxing family made themselves heard as Molina showed solid offense, ring management, and boxing skills despite being out of the ring nearly two and a half years. Molina, a 2008 Olympic teammate of Sadam Ali, Demetrius Andrade, and Deontay Wilder, has struggled to keep his career on track.
“I felt I fought really well, I got some ring rust off against a good opponent,” said Molina. “This was something I needed. It’s my first fight at 140 pounds and I felt the difference. I feel great. I need to talk to my team now and see what’s next, but I want to stay busy.”
Gramajo holds off Ruiz with late-round comeback
Rafael Gramajo (10-1-2, 2 KOs) of Los Angeles faced a last minute replacement opponent, Victor Ruiz of Tijuana, Mexico (21-8, 14 KOs). Gramajo held on for a unanimous decision in the eight round bantamweight contest by scores of 78-73, and 76-75 X 2. The fight had tremendous back and forth action in classic Mexican style.
Gramajo had the early edge, but Ruiz began to get the upper hand mid-fight, hurting Gramajo and damaging his nose. But the tough Gramajo came back to put Ruiz on the canvas with a left hook in round 7. Ruiz beat the count, but didn’t have much left and barely managed to finish on his feet after eight round.
“There are a few things I could have done better in this fight,” admitted Gramajo, saying he would go back to the gym for some work. “I have to stay busier in the ring. I’ll be back as soon as possible.”
The Professor teaches a lesson: Franco defeats Carranza
In an exciting undercard, promising bantamweight Joshua “The Professor” Franco of San Antonio, Texas (14-1, 7 KOs) took out Isao Carranza of Mexico (15-12-1, 9 KOs) with a fifth round TKO. Franco put some serious hurt on Carranza with his aggressive approach, racking up enough damage to force Carranza’s corner to stop the fight at 1:36 of the fifth.
Franco, coming off his first loss to Lucas Leone of Argentina in March, was elated with the win. “This victory means everything after my last setback. I came better prepared than ever before.” Franco said he’d like a rematch with Leone.
In other action, Joey Alday Jr. (8-0, 7 KOs) of Odessa, Texas won a unanimous decision over Nam Phan (3-6-1, 2 KOs) of Garden Grove, California in a four round middleweight bout.
Local club scene series thriving in fourth season
This popular series brought boxing back to downtown Los Angeles starting in 2015, and has proven itself with sellout after sellout thanks to a smart calendar of action packed bouts in an intimate venue. While the venue claims to accommodate 1,200, it seems far smaller, making it seem even more exciting for fans.
By generating interest in fan friendly fights, promoter Oscar De La Hoya creates an opportunity to develop his younger prospects in the Golden Boy Boxing lineup.
LA Fight Club airs via Estrella TV’s Boxeo Estelar broadcasts, and streams live via RingTV.com The next exciting edition of LA Fight Club is scheduled on Friday, June 23.
LA Fight Club tickets, social media information
If you visit Los Angeles on an LA Fight Club night, do yourself a favor and pick up tickets. For more information visit www.goldenboypromotions.com, www.belascous.com, www.estrellatv.com, follow on twitter at @GoldenBoyBoxing, @EstrellaTV and become a fanon Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing, www.facebook.com/TheBelascoLA, www.facebook.com/EstrellaTVNetwork, visit us on Instagram at @GoldenBoyBoxing, @belascola and @EstrellaTV, follow the conversation using #LAFIGHTCLUB and #BoxeoEstelar.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a veteran boxing observer covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.
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