Luis Feliciano takes on Genaro “El Conde” Gamez in main event on Aug. 22

INDIO, CALIF.: A huge battle between two undefeated super lightweight prospects heads to the Coachella Valley as Luis Feliciano (12-0, 8 KOs) takes on Genaro “El Conde” Gamez (9-0, 6 KOs) in a 10-round main event of the Aug. 22 edition Golden Boy DAZN Thursday Night Fights at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, Calif. The fights will be streamed live on RingTV.com and on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. The series will also be available on regional sports networks around the nation.

Feliciano is a 26-year-old boxer who is defined by his humility outside the ring and his dangerous killer instinct in the ring. The native of Milwaukee, Wis. has his roots Puerto Rico, where he has developed a strong following after fighting there several times since debuting as a professional in 2017. Feliciano, who is under the tutelage of the renowned trainer Ben Liraand managed by Ralph Heredia, is ready to take his career to the next level.

Gamez is a native of San Diego, Calif. who possess an explosive style that combines speed and power. Since making his debut in 2016, Gamez has maintained an unblemished record, though he has had some issues making weight in previous fights. The 24-year-old pugilist maintains that his issues are in the past, and he’ll now fight at 140 pounds. Gamez will take on toughest test of his career in a battle that will demonstrate which one of these young fighters is destined for a world title shot.

In the co-main event, Blair “Flair” Cobbs (11-0-1, 7 KOs) of Las Vegas, Nevada will fight against Steve “Manos de Oro” Villalobos(11-0-1, 9 KOs) of Mount Vernon, Wash. in a 10-round welterweight battle.

Kevin Ventura (10-0, 8 KOs) of Omaha, Nebraska will participate in a six-round lightweight fight against Brian Gallegos (6-1, 4 KOs) of Las Vegas.

Raul “Cougar” Curiel (6-0, 4 KOs) of Tamaulipas, Mexico will fight Chris “Milly” Ousley (11-0, 9 KOs) of Chicago, Illinois in a six-round super welterweight bout between two Golden Boy prospects.

Richard “Kansas Kid” Acevedo (5-0, 5 KOs) of Garden City, Kansas will participate in a six-round super welterweight fight.

Anthony Garnica (3-0, 2 KOs) of Oakland, Calif. will fight in a four-round super bantamweight clash.

Opponents for the undercard will be announced shortly.

GOLDEN BOY POSTPONES CANELO FIGHT

LOS ANGELES: Golden Boy and Canelo Alvarez have made the strategic decision to postpone their typical September fight. The decision was made in an effort to secure the right opponent and to do justice to the level of promotion required for a boxing star of his magnitude. Though Canelo typically fights in May and September, it is not without precedent to fight later in the year as Canelo did fight in December of 2018 in Madison Square Garden. Canelo’s next fight will now take place later in 2019.

“As a Mexican, it’s a responsibility and an honor to represent my country in both May and September,” said Canelo Alvarez. “Those are my dates. However, as a world champion in multiple weight classes, I also have the responsibility of delivering the most exciting and competitive fights possible. That’s why Golden Boy and my team have decided to postpone the date in order to do right by my fans by promoting the best fight possible and with the best opponent possible.”

Rey Vargas defends his WBC Super Bantamweight World Title against Tomoki “El Mexicanito” Kameda

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CARSON, CALIF.: Rey Vargas (34-0, 22 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico successfully defended his WBC Super Bantamweight World Title via 12-round unanimous decision against No. 1 Contender and former world champion Tomoki “El Mexicanito” Kameda (36-3, 20 KOs) of Osaka, Japan. Vargas won a very tough battle with three scores of 117-110. The event took place on Saturday, July 13 at Dignity Health Sports Park and was streamed live on DAZN.

Ronny Rios (31-3, 15 KOs) of Santa Ana, Calif. defeated Diego De La Hoya (21-1, 10 KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico via upset, sixth-round technical knockout in a battle originally scheduled 12 rounds. Rios, who captured the NABF and WBA Gold Super Bantamweight Titles, won the fight with time of 1:17 of the aforementioned round.

Joet Gonzalez (23-0, 14 KOs) of Glendora, Calif. defeated Manuel Avila (23-2-1, 8 KOs) of Fairfield, Calif. via technical knockout in the sixth round of a 10-round clash to capture the for the WBO Global and WBA Continental America Featherweight Titles. Gonzalez won with time of 2:27 of the round just mentioned.

Roger Gutierrez (22-3-1, 19 KOs) of Maracaibo, Venezuela scored a first-round knockout victory against Rocky Hernandez (28-1, 25 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico in a battle originally slated for 10 rounds in the 130-pound division. Gutierrez won with time of 2:39 in the aforementioned round.

Alexis Rocha (14-0, 9 KOs) of Santa Ana, Calif. beat Berlin Abreu (14-3, 11 KOs) of Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico via technical knockout in the eighth round of a 10-round bout for the WBC Continental Americas Welterweight Title. Rocha won with time of 2:56 in the aforementioned round.

Ruslan Madiyev (13-1, 5 KOs) of Los Angeles, Calif. defeated Ricky Sismundo (35-14-3, 17 KOs) of Los Angeles, Calif. via unanimous decision in an eight-round super lightweight battle. Madiyev won with scores of 78-74, 78-74 and 79-73.

Jousce Gonzalez (9-0-1, 9 KOs) of Glendora, Calif. stopped Jorge Padron (3-4, 3 KOs) of Sonora, Mexico at 2:15 of the second round of a scheduled four-round lightweight bout.

Jonathan Esquivel (11-0, 9 KOs) of Anaheim, Calif. defeated Gregory Clark (4-4-1, 1 KO) of Washington, D.C. via knockout in the first round of a super middleweight fight originally scheduled for six rounds. Esquivel won with time of 1:40 in the aforementioned round.

VERGIL ORTIZ JR. TO FACE ANTONIO ‘RELENTLESS’ OROZCO

GRAND PRAIRIE, TEXAS: Rising knockout artist Vergil Ortiz Jr. (13-0, 13 KOs) will return to his hometown of Grand Prairie, Texas to face former world title challenger Antonio “Relentless” Orozco (28-1, 17 KOs) in a 10-round main event in the welterweight division. The card will be utterly stacked with Golden Boy prospects and contenders, most of whom are from the Lone Star State.The event will take place on Saturday, Aug. 10 at The Theatre at Grand Prairie in Texas and will be streamed live on DAZN.

Since debuting as a professional in 2016, Ortiz Jr. has never heard the final bell of a fight, and it doesn’t look like he’ll be hearing it anytime soon. Ortiz Jr., who has his roots in Michoacan, Mexico, will return after a stunning third-round knockout victory against Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera in the co-main event of Canelo vs. Jacobs. Ortiz Jr. is excited to headline in his hometown for the very first time against a very tough challenge in Orozco.

Orozco is a 31-year-old contender who has defeated the likes of KeAndre “The Truth”
Gibson, Humberto “La Zorrita” Soto and Emanuel “Tranzformer” Taylor. The native of San Diego, Calif. participated in his first world title opportunity against WBC Super Lightweight Champion Jose Carlos Ramirez in September 2018. Though unsuccessful, Orozco demonstrated his toughness, and he promises to return to title contention if successful against Ortiz Jr.

Hector “El Finito” Tanajara (17-0, 5 KOs) of San Antonio, Texas will defend his USNBC Lightweight Title in a 10-round clash.

Joshua “The Professor” Franco (15-1-1, 7 KOs), the unified NABF and WBA International Bantamweight Champion of San Antonio, Texas, will defend his titles in a 10-round fight.

Alex Rincon (6-0, 5 KOs), the hard-hitting southpaw of Dallas, Texas, will fight in a six-round battle.

Travell “Black Magic” Mazion (14-0, 12 KOs) of Austin, Texas will participate in an eight-round super welterweight clash.

George Rincon (6-0, 3 KOs) of Dallas, Texas will return in a six-round super lightweight battle.

Newly-signed Golden Boy prospect Tristan Kalkreuth of Duncanville, Texas will make his professional debut in a four-round light heavyweight fight.

Opponents for this card will be announced shortly.

Andrew “El Chango” Cancio successfully defended his WBA Super Featherweight World Title against Alberto “Explosivo” Machado

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INDIO, CALIF.: Andrew “El Chango” Cancio (21-4-2, 15 KOs), the pride of Blythe, Calif., successfully defended his WBA Super Featherweight World Title via third-round knockout in his rematch against Puerto Rico’s Alberto “Explosivo” Machado (21-2, 17 KOs). The event took place at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. and was streamed live exclusively on DAZN. After much toe-to-toe action, Cancio landed a body shot that ended matters at 1:01 of the third round.

Elwin “Pulga” Soto (15-1, 10 KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico captured the WBO Light Flyweight World Title against Angel ‘Tito’ Acosta (20-2, 20 KOs) of San Juan, Puerto Rico via twelfth-round TKO in an action-packed fight. Soto won with time 0:23 of the just-mentioned round.

Luis Feliciano (12-0 8 KOs) of Milwaukee, Wisconsin stopped Fernando Carcamo (23-10, 18 KOs) of Sonora, Mexico in the seventh round of a super lightweight battle originally scheduled for ten rounds. Feliciano won via knockout with time of 2:16 of the aforementioned round.

Blair “The Flair” Cobbs (11-0-1, 7 KOs) of Las Vegas, Nevada defeated Robert Redmond
(7-2-2, 6 KOs) of Houston, Texas via knockout in the sixth round of a welterweight fight originally scheduled for eight rounds. Cobbs won with time of 1:52 of the aforementioned round.

Aaron “Silencer” Mckenna (8-0, 5 KOs) of Monaghan, Ireland stopped Daniel Perales
(10-18-2, 5 KOs) of Monterrey, Mexico in the second round of a super welterweight fight originally slated for six rounds. Mckenna won with time of 0:42 of the aforementioned round.

Anthony Garnica (2-0, 1 KO) of Oakland, Calif. defeated Gilberto Duran (3-3, 3 KOs) of Yakima, Washington via unanimous decision in a four-round super bantamweight bout. Garnica won with three scores of 40-35.

Emilio Rodriguez (3-1-1, 2 KOs) of Van Nuys, Calif. vs. Clay Collard (1-1-2) of Cache Valley, Utah ended in a majority draw of a four-round super middleweight fight. One judge scored 40-36 for Rodriguez while two judges scored it 38-38, and 38-38.

D’Mitrius “Big Meech” Ballard and Elias “Latin Kid” Espadas fought to a no decision

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.: Middleweight contenders D’Mitrius “Big Meech” Ballard (20-0, 13 KOs) of Temple Hills, Maryland and Elias “Latin Kid” Espadas (18-5, 13 KOs) Yucatan, Mexico fought to a no decision in the third round due to a cut caused by an accidental head-butt in the 10-round main event of the June 20 edition of Golden Boy Fight Night on Facebook Watch at Ocean Casino Resort/Ovation Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. The event was streamed live globally on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page.

“I felt like the fight could’ve went on,” said D’mitrius Ballard. “I’m not the judge. I’m not the doctor. He decided to stop the fight, so I just have to live with the decision and move forward.”

“If I don’t fight Espadas in the next fight, I want to do a rematch for a belt. This is my first time fighting at 160, and I feel good and strong. I’m confident in my abilities, and there are a lot of great fighters at 160. I’m here to take my claim in the ring.”

“I respect any man that comes into that ring. We are battling for our lives on that ring. Espadas is a tough fighter; he is a good quality opponent and a real quality fighter. I’m sure he will be back after this and I have much respect for him.”

“I knew this was a hard and complicated fight, but my team did a great job,” said Elias Espadas. “I think we are doing things correctly. I would love to get better, continue to train hard and my team will decide if we do a rematch with Ballard.”

Eddie “E-Boy” Gomez (23-3, 12 KOs) of the Bronx, New York defeated Saul Corral (30-14, 20 KOs) of Douglas, Arizona via knockout in the second round of a welterweight fight originally scheduled for ten rounds. Gomez won with time of 1:55 of the aforementioned round.

“It was a great fight,” said Eddie Gomez. “We have a great team. I worked hard and it showed tonight. My opponent was a tough fighter, and we knew he was tough coming in. I just knew I had to do my job.”

Franchon “The Heavy-Hitting Diva” Crews-Dezurn (5-1, 2 KOs) of Norfolk, Maryland stopped Kayla Williams (0-3-1) of New Iberia, Louisiana in the fifth round of a super middleweight battle originally slated for eight rounds. Crews won via TKO with time of 1:40 of the round just mentioned.

“Thank you so much Golden Boy for letting me fight on this show,” said Franchon Crews.”I hope the fans enjoyed it. Every time I come, I’m going to bring action, and I’m just going to fight because I’m fighting for my dreams. My opponent definitely brought it to the ring, and she is a tough cookie; I appreciate her for taking the fight.”

Gabriel Pham (11-1, 5 KOs) of Atlantic City, New Jersey defeated Jaba Khositashvili (4-1, 2 KOs) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania via unanimous decision in a six-round super middleweight fight. Pham won with scores of 54-59, 53-60, and 54-59.

“I boxed well,” said Gabriel Pham.”He was a tough guy and kept coming forward. I just had to use the angles and move around, just like my trainer told me to do. I followed the game plan and came out victorious, so I’m happy.”

Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed (25-2, 13 KOs) of Washington, D.C. defeated Angel Hernandez (15-14-2, 9 KOs) of McAllen, Texas via unanimous decision in an eight-round welterweight battle. Reed won with scores of 79-73, 79-73, and 78-74.

“This was a very tough fight, exactly what I needed right now,” said Mike Reed. “I’m looking for the world title at 135 or 140. I feel really good.”

George Rincon (7-0, 4 KOs) of Dallas, Texas stopped Greg Young (4-2, 1 KO) of Hoover, Alabama in the fourth round via knockout in a welterweight clash originally scheduled for six rounds. Rincon won with time of 2:01 of the aforementioned round.

“I started strong and I thought I got him on the first round,” said George Rincon. “I was a little anxious to finish, but it was a great fight. I learn with each fight and I’m ready for the next one.”

Dan Murray (5-2) of Barnegat, New Jersey defeated Leonardo Kenon (3-6, 1 KO) of Quincy, Florida via unanimous decision in a four-round super lightweight fight. Murray won with scores of 40-36, 39-37, and 40-36.

“It was a good fight,” said Dan Murray.”I was thinking too much in there, that’s why I hesitated a lot, but all around I had him a couple of times. It’s a learning experience. This is why we are here. I’m glad for my win, my team, my advisor, my manager. Thank you, Golden Boy, for this opportunity.”

Seniesa “Superbad” Estrada defeats Gretchen “Chen Chen” Abaniel to defend her WBC Silver Light Flyweight Championship

(Semiesa Estrada lands a left hook on Gretchen Abaniel en route to a technical knockout victory on June 13 at Avalon Hollywood)

LOS ANGELES: Seniesa “Superbad” Estrada (17-0, 7 KOs) overcame her toughest challenge yet as she defeated Gretchen “Chen Chen” Abaniel (18-11, 6 KOs) via technical knockout to defend her WBC Silver Light Flyweight Championship in the scheduled 10-round main event of the June 13 edition of Golden Boy DAZN Thursday Night Fights at Avalon Hollywood. Abaniel was not able to continue after the fourth round, handing Estrada the victory.

“Everyone knows about the rivalry between me and Marlen Esparza,” said Seniesa Estrada. “Eventually, that fight is going to happen. She can get it any time. For now, I want a title shot. I want to face Yesenia Gomez. Let’s make it happen in September.”

Armenian contender Azat Hovhannisyan (17-3, 14 KOs) overpowered Glen Porras (32-9, 20 KOs) of Cotabato, Philippines en route to a fourth-round technical knockout in a super bantamweight battle originally scheduled for 10 rounds. The fight was stopped at 2:08 of the aforementioned round.

“I had a great preparation,” said Azat Hovhannisyan. “I sparred very hard and everything went well in camp. I’m boxing more in my fights, but I also bring a lot of action. I want T.J. Doheny, and then I want Danny Roman, Rey Vargas [again] and Emanuel Navarrete.”

Carlos Caraballo (12-0, 12 KOs) of Guayanilla, Puerto Rico defeated Esteban Aquino (12-7, 7 KOs) of La Romana, Dominican Republic via knockout in the second round of a super bantamweight fight originally slated for six rounds. Caraballo won with time of 1:52 of the aforementioned round.

“That’s what I was trying to do, get a spectacular knockout,” said Carlos Caraballo. “I have the power to do it, and that’s what I trained for at the gym. I noticed he wasn’t really attacking in the second round. We take things round by round, so I saw the opportunity and took it.”

Cesar Valenzuela (15-6-1, 5 KOs) of Phoenix, Arizona scored an eight-round unanimous decision victory against Christian Gonzalez (19-4, 15 KOs) of Buena Park, Calif. in a lightweight clash. Valenzuela won with scores of 73-79, 73-79, and 73-79.

“We knew he was a hard hitter,” said Cesar Valenzeula. “We knew he would come in throwing wild punches and that he had no defense, footwork or head movement. So, I used my distance, jab, and footwork. I also was able to get him with my straight right hand, which he could not see coming.”

Bektemir Melikuziev (1-0, 1 KO) made a successful professional debut by stopping Marin Rios (23-20-4, 13 KOs) of La Pampa, Argentina via knockout in a scheduled six-round light heavyweight fight. Melikuziev ended at matters at 1:39 of the first round.

“What happened is what always happens,” said Bektemir Melikzuiev.”I wanted the toughest challenge out there, and I went in there and took care of business. Now it’s time for me to keep going and stay busy.”