SAN DIEGO, April 14, 2016 – A packed to the rafters Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles will have more excitement per square inch than any boxing venue in recent memory for Friday’s night’s sold out edition of Golden Boy Boxing’s LA Fight Club.
There is no championship on the line and no impact to speak of on boxing itself, but it doesn’t matter one bit to the fans who will fill the seats.
Welterweights Jesus Soto “Renuente” Karass (28-10-3, 18 KOs) of Mexico and Yoshihiro “Maestrito” Kamegai (26-3-1, 23 KOs) of Japan are proven action stars who have produced some of the best boxing entertainment of the last five years. This is what boxing fans crave.
Soto Karass has faced top names in his 15-year professional career including Marcos Maidana, Andre Berto, and Keith Thurman. Kamegai has spent a decade as a professional, first in Asia and then in the United States starting in 2011. He caught the attention of boxing fans with a “Fight of the Year” candidate in June 2014 against Robert Guerrero.
Golden Boy Boxing matchmaker Robert Diaz explains his enthusiasm for making this match.
Hearing Soto Karass and Kamegai talk about the upcoming bout with news media, their attitude about producing a fan friendly fight couldn’t be clearer.
“Everyone knows I’ve never ducked anyone, I’ve never been scared of anyone, and it’s the same thing now as at the beginning of my career. I’m not afraid of anyone and I’ll fight anyone,” said Soto Karass. “Kamegai is a warrior and a tough challenge, but I think I won’t have a problem taking his punches.
“As a veteran, I don’t feel old, said Soto Karass. “And like I said, it’s going to be a war. It’s an honor to fight a warrior like Kamegai is. Everyone knows that Japanese fighters are warriors, but the winners are going to be the fans that get to watch the fight.”
Kamegai said he’s confident he’ll put on an exciting fight as well. “[Soto] I’ve seen him in so many fights … I have the highest respect for him and am honored to be able to fight him.
“If it turns out to be a brawl, I am going to go out there to win. I am here to win, but I also want to please the fans. The excitement of this fight really motivates me to do well. Winning this fight will bring me bigger opportunities.”
“Every month, LA Fight Club features the best up-and-coming prospects on the planet, but on April 15, fans will be treated to something different — two veterans who leave everything in the ring every time they fight,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “Though the fighters may be at different points in their careers than the prospects we usually feature, they always deliver high-action bouts with potential knockouts in every round – that’s what LA Fight Club is all about.”
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This popular series brought boxing back to downtown Los Angeles 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, De La Hoya creates an opportunity to develop his younger prospects in the Golden Boy Boxing lineup. Two brand new prospects will make their professional debuts on the undercard: lightweight Genaro Gamez of San Diego takes on Archie Weah (1-5) of Norcross, Georgia; and super featherweight Jousce Gonzalez of Glendora, California faces Noe Perez (1-1) of Mexico.
“I started boxing with my brother who is signed with Golden Boy Promotions, and he’s given me the best advice,” said Gonzalez. “We try to make each other better. My style of fighting … I like to say I’m a boxer puncher. I like to adapt. I have the ability to adapt to any style. I take advantage of my length and power shots inside. I’m going to go out there and execute what I did in camp, and I expect a good outcome.”
Gonzalez and Perez will appear on the TV undercard. Getting to fight on TV in your very first professional bout says a lot about De La Hoya’s expectations for Gonzalez.
Also on the televised card is a cruiserweight match between undefeated Ukrainian Vyacheslav “Slava” Shabranskyy (15-0, 12 KOs) and Derrick Findley (23-18-1, 15 KOs) of Chicago. Now based in Los Angeles, Shabranskyy won a hotly disputed decision over Cuban Yunieski Gonzalez in December on HBO’s “Boxing After Dark” series, but he should have little trouble with Findley.
Ringside Seat will be on hand providing reports throughout the evening. Follow the reports on Twitter at @CommDigiNews, and read our full recap following the bouts.
The Estrella TV Boxeo Estelar broadcast will air live on Friday, April 15 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT and will stream live simultaneously on estrellaTV.com and on YouTube via Fenomeno Studios: http://www.youtube.com/FenomenoStudios Watch the nontelevised undercard bouts live online via RingTV.com The Ring TV live stream will begin at approximately 5:30 p.m. PT through 7 p.m.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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