On Thursday, at the Tijuana Boxing Commission offices in Tijuana, the weigh-ins took place for their latest offering “Viva Mexico” which will take place Friday evening, July 15, 2016, at the Salon Mezzanine with the first bell scheduled to ring at 8:15 p.m. On Thursday, more than 20 hard working, nearly zero body fat athletes showed up at the Commissioner’s office hoping to pass the muster for this much-anticipated show. After beginning operations in early 2014, Borizteca Boxing has certainly gone full bore with shows that just keep getting better and better.
Without further ado, here are the photos taken of the combatants after their official weigh-in on Thursday.
In Friday’s Main Event, it will be Tijuana’s Bryan “The Kid” Figueroa (left) exchanging blows with Héctor “Estudiante” Ambriz (5-3-1), a top prospect, who trains with José Guardado and Óscar “Vaquero” Maldonado at the Guardado Gym in Ensenada.
Then, in the 8-round Co-Main event they have 19-year-old flyweight Tania “La Chula” Enriquez (right, 8-0, 5 KOs) going up against the veteran Carol Castro (6-7) from Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico. Photos: Jim Wyatt
Back by popular demand, they have the undefeated Alfredo “Pepe el Toro” Ledezma (left, 6-0) of Tijuana who is set to face Julio Cesar Figueroa (right, 0-2) of Camalu, B. C., Mexico.
Also from Camalu, it will be Mario Ramírez (right), making his professional debut against the hard-hitting Armando Tovar (left, 3-1, 3 KOs) of San Diego’s well known House of Boxing, the home of the #1 ranked welterweight in the world Antonio Orozco (24-0, 16 KOs). It’s for sure Orozco lent a hand in getting Tovar ready for Friday’s contest.
A short while later, the Texan from the Maple Avenue Boxing Gym in Dallas, Héctor Valdez (right, 6-0, 5 KOs), was on the scales along with his Friday opponent, Horacio Perez Gomez (left, 0-2) from Mexicali. This is another example of a boxer getting the very best help before going into battle. Valdez’s stablemate at the Maple Avenue Gym is Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker (20-0-2, 15 KOs) one of the best super lightweights in the sport. As if he were his protege, Hooker lent his support in the training of Valdez.
After coming out victorious in his debut on May 13, 2016, featherweight Robert “Ram” Meza of Temecula, Calif. returns to do battle with the winless Alfonso “Poncho” Sandoval of Tijuana. How hungry Sandoval is for that first win, we’ll see on Friday evening.
(top photo) From the middleweight division, they have debutant Alexis Zamarripa from Camalu going up against Kevin Ottley (1-0) from the Bomber Squad Boxing Academy, El Cajon, Calif. With so many people believing that Ottley (bottom, right) is the real deal, a natural, Armando Bareno, the CEO of Global Sports Streaming, made a point of getting that all important interview with Mr. Ottley. (center) Can Hector Ambriz pull off the upset? That was the question Pasqual Campomanes of La Voz del Boxeo posed when interviewing Jose Guardado who trains Ambriz. (bottom, left) After her interview with Friday’s main attraction, Bryan “The Kid” Figueroa, we had the newest member of the announcing team, Shayri Sarmiento, pose for this photo. With this being Sarmiento’s first show and fans being very sensitive about negative comments toward their favorite athletes and also highly critical about the perpetual fluff of other commentators, it will be interesting to see how she fares sitting there at ringside between the veterans Fernando Paramo and Marcelino Avila who between them have over 70 years in the field of live broadcasts. (bottom photo) Welterweight Ricardo “Junior” Valdovinos (right), who is from Logan Heights, a suburb of San Diego, and currently training at Mondo’s Boxing Gym, Spring Valley, Calif., will be going up against fellow debutant Juan Armendáriz of San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico. When was asked to describe his fighting style, Valdovinos’ trainer said: “He’s smart, quick and likes to fight at an accelerated pace.” During their weigh-ins, there was talk that Armendariz had failed to make the agreed upon weight. From the above photo, it does appear Armendariz is the bigger of the two.
Also in his pro-debut is welterweight Édgar Valadez (left) from the same Mondo’s Boxing Gym, Spring Valley. The same trainer who described Valdovinos’ style, stated Valdez is more of a brawler who likes to fight in close. Valadez is scheduled to face Hugo Gutiérrez (right, 0-5-1) from Tijuana.
Last but not least, Rosario Rosales from Tijuana is scheduled to face Ricardo “Maykito III” Martínez (7-0) of Tijuana who is shown here with the co-promoters of the Borizteca Boxing Promotion Group Lou Messina (r) and Saul Rios (l).
This “Viva Tijuana” boxing card is part of the World Class Boxing Series, produced and distributed by PAP Sports. The event will be taped for delayed broadcast to the United States, Baja California, and Puerto Rico via LATV Networks, and worldwide via the Internet through Global Sports Streaming. GSS is a relatively new Live Streaming and Multi-Channel Network (MCN) within the YouTube Eco system which currently brings you live boxing and MMA but intends to branch out into other sports. What they do is help athletes expand their digital branding. GSS’s experienced team has the know-how and technological skill to help creators, sports organizations and athletes make their digital mark.
Tickets for the “Viva Tijuana” card are available at the venue. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the first bout scheduled to begin at 8:15 p.m.