While the 25 year-old Danny Roman (17-2-1, 5 KOs) makes the second defense of his WBA NABA Super Bantamweight Title on Friday night against 23 year-old lefty Ramiro “Zurdo” Robles (12-4-1, 7 KOs) of Guanajuato, Mexico in Thompson Boxing Promotions “New Blood” 10-round main event at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif., there’s a second bout of major interest on the undercard. Two very popular boxers from our local USA Amateur Boxing program, LBC 44 CAL Border, will be going head to head on the undercard.
Fernando Fuentes (6-6, 1 KO, 126.6 lbs.), a 21 year-old, super featherweight from Hemet, Calif., will be facing Jorge “Tito” Ruiz (9-2, 3 KOs, 127 lbs.) a 24 year-old from San Diego, Calif. Both boxers have been inactive since August of last year. While Fuentes trains with his Dad, San Diego’s Ruiz trains at the Undisputed Downtown gym with Jose Cital.
The Los Angeles-based Roman, who had his training camp at the Maywood Boxing Gym in East LA, is currently ranked #14 in the world by the WBA. He weighed in at 122 lbs. while Robles weighed 123.9 lbs. Since Robles weighed over the contracted weight for a super bantamweight, he will not be fighting for the super bantamweight title if he should upset Roman.
Roman’s thoughts on fighting a lefty: “It’s a little awkward at first trying to find your distance, but overall I don’t think it’s that hard. The main focus will be looking out for the head butts and punches coming from that left hand. We made some strategy adjustments here and there to prepare for a lefty. I got excellent sparring with Isaac Zarate, who is a southpaw. We would go 10 and 12 rounds. It was a great training camp. I’m ready to defend my title on Friday night. Of course, my ultimate goal is to win a world title. The most important thing is being ready for anything because this is the year we can make a jump to better competition. I know I have what it takes to fight the best. I just keep training hard and never lose focus.”
Complete results from today’s weigh-ins for this six-bout fight card at the Doubletree Hotel:
In the 6-round co-feature, they have heavyweights, 35 year-old LaRon Mitchell (10-0-0, 10 KOs) of San Francisco (247 lbs.) facing 31 year-old Juan Manuel Dominguez Silva (6-2, 3 KOs) from Tijuana, Mexico (210 lbs.) who is coached by veteran trainer Victor Manuel Godoy. Mitchell, who has been more active, has an extensive and creditable Amateur background.
Super middleweights 25 year-old, 5’ 11” Rudy “The Revelation” Puga (6-0-1 ND, 5 KOs, 166 lbs.) vs. Alejandro Osuna (4-1, 2 KOs, 162.7 lbs) from Jalisco, Mexico.
Super welterweight 29 year-old Miguel Trejo of Los Angeles (3-0, 2 KOs 153.1 lbs.) will be facing 24 year-old, 5’11” Thomas Earl “Hitman” Howard of Miami, Florida (8-6, 4 KOs, 155.8 lbs.), who weighed 1.8 lbs. over the limit.
Super bantamweight, 20 year-old Jhordy Ramirez (1-0, 1 KO, 119.9 lbs.) versus 19 year-old Juan Carlos Diaz of Phoenix, Arizona (0-1, 120 lbs.). In his debut, Diaz, just 18 years of age, fought a tough, more experienced southpaw by the name of Alexis Zazueta who’s record is now (8-0, 4 KOs).
Tickets for “New Blood” are priced at $40, $60 and $100, and are available for purchase by calling 714-935-0900, or online at ThompsonBoxing.com. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. PT with the first fight starting at 7:45 p.m. PT. The Doubletree Hotel is located at 222 N. Vineyard Ave., Ontario, Calif. 91764. Tel: 909-937-0900. For those interested in viewing the “New Blood” show at home on GFL.TV, the Live Streaming of this event is just $14.99 and begins at 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET. For more info, you can always visit ThompsonBoxing.com.