By Felipe Leon
Fresh from his recent induction to the California boxing hall of fame for his multiple decade long career of keeping professional boxing alive in San Diego, California, restaurateur Bobby DePhilippis and his firm Bobby D. Presents along with A&T Gym and Jorge Marron Productions return to the Four Points Sheraton on Friday with “Clash of Contenders”, a multiple bout fight card featuring a number of local draws. Dominican Republic flyweight transplant Basilio “Chocolate” Nieves (14-1, 3KOs) goes in the six round main event when he takes on Alejandro Solorio (4-5, 3KOs) of Los Angeles, CA. In the six round co-main event, popular junior welterweight Emmanuel “Rebel” Robles (5-0-1, 2KOs) looks to remain undefeated when he faces the slightly more experienced Jose “Polvora” Mendoza (7-8, 3KOs) of Jamay, Jalisco, Mexico.
Nieves will be performing in his first fight in the states after beginning his career in his native island and continuing it south of the border. His lone loss came back in ’10 when Luis Itzincab bested him for the vacant WBC Youth Intercontinental bantamweight title. It will mark the second time his opponent Solorio visits San Diego. The first time, Solorio lost a narrow majority decision to Antonio Margarito’s charge Hanzel “Tornadito” Martinez in which many saw Solorio win.
Also featured on the card will be super featherweights Eduardo Rivera (8-0-1, 3KOs) vs. Juan Jose Beltran (27-20-3, 18KOs), undefeated Los Angeles light middleweight Brandon Adams (7-0, 3KOs) against Yair “Pulpo” Aguiar (10-17, 4KOs), Jesus Rojas (1-0, 1KO) and Jonathan Quiroz (0-1) in a flyweight four and local first time Roque Ramos taking on Carlos Morales (0-1-2) of Los Angeles.
The Four Points Sheraton is located at 8110 Aero Dr., San Diego, CA, 92123. Doors open at 6:30pm with the first punch thrown at 7:30pm. For tickets and info, please contact 619.420.8866, 619.743.0698 or 858.277.8888.