By Felipe Leon
Photo: Paul Gallegos
Bobby D Presents, the premier promoter of live boxing in San Diego, is at it again this Thursday night when he showcases talent from all over the country on the next edition of his famed “san Diego Fights” series at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Kearny Mesa, a suburb of San Diego, CA. The five bout fight card will mark the ninth live boxing event California state hall of famer Bobby DePhilippis presents this year with two more to go until the end of the season. This Thursday night promises to be the most talent stacked one yet when in the main event undefeated super welterweight Brandon “Cannon” Adams (11-0, 7KOs) puts his unblemished record on the line when he takes on his most experienced opponent to date in Francisco Rios Gil (18-19, 12KOs) of Huatabampo, Mexico.
The twenty-four year old Adams from Watts, CA, is on a four knockout straight win streak and will look to end the night early for Rios Gil who in a thirty-seven pro fight career has faced the much tougher competition in the likes of Troy Corbin, Artemio Reyes and Mike Dallas Jr among others. The night will mark the first time that Rios Gil appears in San Diego while Adams, who made his pro debut in “America’s Finest City”, returns to this border city after three straight fights in Tijuana.
In the co-feature, San Diego welcomes back hard hitting light welterweight Maurice Hooker (11-0-1, 9KOs) to the ring at the Four Points after an impressive showing last July. Hooker of Dallas, Texas, only needed a little over two minutes to break the ribs of Tijuana tough guy Mario “Popeyin” Hermosillo en route to a first round stoppage. A month later Hooker went back home to score another knockout in the opening round of John Revish. Now Hooker, who is fresh off a Wild Card Gym stint helping former world champion Miguel Cotto with sparring, is ready to score another impressive stoppage of Las Vegas’ Rynell Griffin (7-17-2, 2KOs). Despite his much to be desired record, Griffin has proven to be a tough out going the distance against Bahodir Mamadjonov, former title challenger Ajose Olusegun and Archie Ray Marquez. In his last win, he took the “0” of Jose Emanuel Saenz.
In a special attraction super welterweight four rounder, the ultra popular David Barragan (5-0-1, 3KOs) of National City will look to impress his large and loyal following with another come from behind win. Known for spectacular finishes, Barragan was wobbled in his last fight before stopping the game Moses Alvizo in the first. Against Jose Martell back in February, Barragan met the canvas before fighting himself back in the game and walking away with a close unanimous decision. Barragan will face of against Los Angeles first timer Matt Dumais.
Two more fights flesh out the card.
The Four Points Sheraton is located at 8110 Aero Drive in San Diego. Doors open at 6:30pm with the first punch thrown at 7:30pm. Food and drinks will be served and the event is open to all ages. Tickets are still available by calling 619.420.8866 or by visiting www.SanDiegoFights.com.