By Felipe Leon
The stage is set at the Bing Crosby Hall located inside the spacious confines of the legendary Del Mar Fairgrounds for “San Diego Fights” presented by California Hall of Fame promoter Bobby DePhilippis and his company Bobby D Presents. The five-fight bout card is slated for Friday, May 24th, featuring in the main event San Diego’s own Aaron “Gavilan” Garcia (10-3-2, 2KOs) when he battles Ensenada, Mexico’s Cesar “Mayu” Garcia (8-13-1, 4KOs) in a six round super featherweight showdown. Also featured on the card will be undefeated lightweight Leon Spinks III (4-0-1, 3KOs) and the U.S. debut of Anecito “DonDon” Gesta Jr (2-1), the younger brother of world title challenger Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta. As an added bonus, fight fans will receive one free 2013 San Diego County Fair admission ticket with every boxing ticket purchased, a value of $14.
“Gavilan” Garcia has not been in the ring since a controversial split decision loss to Filipino Bernabe Concepcion for the vacant WBC Continental Americas featherweight title in late 2011. Many fans and ringside media saw Garcia take the narrow decision but instead the Manny Pacquiao-backed Concepcion took the win with two judges giving it to the Filipino by two points each while the third judge scored it for Garcia by four. The amateur stand out now pro is known for his two wars against Jesus “Pollo” Hernandez with both ending in bloody draws and by handling the second loss to recent title challenger Alejandro “Alex” Lopez of Tijuana. Now after a brief hiatus, Aaron will look to start his latest run on the right foot with a win over the tough as nails “Mayu” Garcia in a battle of the surnames.
The Del Mar Fairgrounds is located at 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. For information or tickets, please visit SanDiegoFights.com. Doors open at 6:30pm with the first punch thrown at 7:30pm.