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Thompson Boxing Promotions returns to the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California on February 22 with newly signed super bantamweight Christopher “Marvelous” Martin (25-2-3, 8 KOs) facing Mexican veteran Jose Angel Beranza (35-25-2, 27 KOs) in a fight set for eight rounds for the vacant WBC US title. For Martin it’s an opportunity for revenge as Beranza handed him his first career loss. “When Beranza and I last fought he surprised me with his timing. I expected him to come at me but I ended up having to chase him. He out boxed me and would hit and hold. I got frustrated. This time it’s going to be different. I have been working on sitting down on my punches. I got stoppages in my last two fights and feel confident in my ability to walk away with the win. We’re going to go hard for 8 rounds.”
In the co-main event the lanky welterweight Artemio “King” Reyes Jr. (18-2, 14 KOs) tangles with Rodolfo “Bam Bam” Armenta (12-9-1, 9 KOs) in a welterweight clash set for eight rounds.
Also, Colombian middleweight standout Alex “El Principe” Theran (10-0, 6 KOs) has an even match up against Hawaii’s Michael Balasi (10-1, 7 KOs) in a six round bout, super bantamweight Juan Reyes (8-1-1, 1 KO) faces TBA. Others include Giovanni Santillan (6-0, 4 KOs) vs. Michael Lucero (12-17-2, 4 KOs); Joshua Conley (4-0, 4 KOs) vs. Juan Carlos Rojas (4-4, 4 KOs); and Xavier Montelongo (2-0-1) vs. Pedro Toledo (1-0-1).
Tickets are priced at $75, $45, and $30. They are available now and may be purchased by calling 714-935-0900. Bouts subject to change. Doors open at 6:30 pm, and the first bell rings at 7:30 pm.