With tomorrow night’s fight card at the Four Points By Sheraton Hotel featuring four San Diego fighters, you can imagine what it will be like for the visiting fighters as the crowd starts to turn on them, heckles a bit and then cheers wildly every time the San Diego fighter lands a punch. In boxing, it’s the same no matter where you go and it’s for sure the out-of-towners will know full well what they’re up against.
In Friday night’s main event, you have undefeated super lightweight Emmanuel “Renegade” Robles (13-0-1, 3 KOs) from San Diego. He’ll have his hands full when he goes up against the 27 year-old Leon Spinks III (11-2-1, 7 KOs) over eight rounds or perhaps less.
Like Robles, Spinks is a southpaw and he should be focused after coming off a loss against the 32 year old Rashad Ganaway (15-5-1) at The Rail Event Center, Salt Lake City, Utah. Unlike Evander Holyfield who did what he was told when facing Mitt Romney in that charity event, Spinks went down to defeat to the older Ganaway who had lost his last two fights.
Robles has only fought once this year beating journeyman Wilberth Lopez (5-4) with a hard earned six round decision back on April 3. Last year, Robles had a spectacular showing with three big wins including an upset of former bronze medalist Yordenis Ugas, a split decision win over Jonathan Chicas and an unanimous decision win over Carlos Valenzuela. The win over Ugas earned him the vacant WBC Latino title.
To his credit, Spinks III of Huntington Beach, Calif., by way of St. Louis, the grandson of the former heavyweight champion Leon Spinks, grand-nephew of former light heavyweight champ Michael Spinks and nephew of former undisputed super welterweight champion Cory Spinks, has been more active than Robles. In 2015, he’s fought three times and has two wins and one loss.
The night will also feature the return of a local favorite 25 year-old Adrian Vargas (12-0-1, 7 KOs) who lives in National City but works out at The Arena Gym in Point Loma with his older brother Joe. Vargas will be stepping up to his first six rounder against 29 year-old Jorge Marquez (4-2, 2 KOs) of Phoenix, AZ.
Vargas has not seen action since December of last year when he beat Mario “Popeye” Hermosillo and suffered a hand fracture. Even though Marquez has faced the tougher opposition in Stan Martyniouk and Mike Reed, you got to wonder about all of his time away from the sport – inactive in 2008, one bout in 2009, not one fight in 2010 or 2011, just one fight in 2012, not one fight in 2013 and then just one fight in 2014, a TKO loss to Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed who is now 16-0 with 9 KOs.
Also on the card you have heavyweights 6’4” Matt “El Matador” McKinney (1-0-1) of Escondido, Calif. going up against first timer, 25 year-old, 6’3” Keishan Hill of San Diego, another fearless boxer out of The Arena who has also fought in the MMA cage. McKinney, who has some USA Amateur Boxing experience and fought two really tough hombres out of the box, has had his troubles lining up fights. With only one fight in 2013, one in 2014 and now this one being his only fight in 2015, he’s not as active as he would like. It’s not his fault. Even when hired to be someone’s sparring partner, a gig in Panama was cancelled and then another camp in Vancouver was cancelled.
Finally, we have 25 year-old Adrian Morilla making his pro debut against the more experienced Misael “Chico” Chacon (1-11) of Glendale, Arizona. Since Morilla has been a lethal Muay Thai fighter over the past seven years and has a Muay Thai record of 15-6-1, Mr. Chacon might be surprised big-time when he sees Morilla coming at him.
The Four Points Sheraton Hotel is located at 8110 Aero Drive in the Kearny Mesa neighborhood of San Diego. Tickets are still available at SanDiegoFights.com or by calling (619) 420-8866. Food and drinks will be served and free parking is available. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the first fight starting at 7:30 p.m.