By Francisco Salazar
Boxing returns to the San Fernando Valley in Southern California with a card this Friday featuring local fighters in four and six round bouts. In the main event, Super Welterweight Anthony Hirsch will take on Mario Evangelista in a scheduled six round bout at the American Legion Hall in Reseda, CA. The bout will headline a seven-bout “Brawl At the Hall 1″ card, presented by Fulton Street Fight Club Promotions. Hirsch, (10-3-1, 5 KO’s) from Oakland, CA, won a four round bout over Jose Celaya in his last bout in November.
Hirsch, who last month turned 26, was competitive in losing a four round unanimous decision to Demetrius Andrade in June of last year. The loss ended a six-bout unbeaten streak dating back to February of 2008.
Evangelista, (3-5, 3 KO’s) from Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico, lost a close four round majority decision to Stepan Zeytunnyan last August. The hard-hitting Evangelista has only been stopped once in his career. That was to unbeaten Matt Korobov, in Korobov’s professional debut in November of 2008.
In the co-feature bout, unbeaten Junior Welterweight Manuel Delcid will take on Juan Alfonso Figueroa in a six round bout.
Delcid, (3-0) from Los Angeles, CA, won a four round unanimous decision over Arquimendez Garcia last month.
After making his professional debut last October, all of Delcid’s bouts have taken place in Southern California.
Figueroa, (5-7-1, 3 KO’s) from Los Angeles, CA by way of Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico, has not fought since a six round unanimous decision defeat to previously-unbeaten Juan Garcia in November of 2007.
Figueroa, who made his professional debut in September of 2003, won five of his first seven bouts. However, he has lost five of his last six bouts. He has suffered defeats to Brandon Rios, Dominic Salcido, and Cortez Bey.
Female fighters Katarina De La Cruz and Gloria Salas will battle in a four round Flyweight bout. De La Cruz (0-2-1) has not fought in over two and a half years, while Salas (1-3-1, 1 KO) fought to a four round majority draw in her last bout in December.
Oscar Chinchilla, from nearby San Fernando, will face Rene Torres in a four round Junior Lightweight bout. Chinchilla (1-1), who was a member of the 2008 Olympic team for Guatemala, lost a close four round split-decision in his last bout. Torres will be making his professional debut.
Unbeaten Welterweight David Garcia, (1-0-1, 1 KO) of Oxnard, will take on Ernesto Ocon in a four bout. Ocon will be making his professional debut.
Heavyweight Enrique Lobatos will make his professional debut against veteran Ethan Cox in a four round bout. Cox, (2-6-1, 1 KO) of Long Beach, almost pulled off an upset in his last bout in November, losing a four round majority decision to once-beaten Ernest Mazyck.
Rounding out the card will be Matthew Villanueva making his professional debut against Ludwin Mondragon (0-3) in a four round Super Flyweight bout.
Promoter Fred McCurry wants to promote professional boxing shows regularly in the San Fernando Valley, hoping to make it affordable as is stated on their mission statement.
Tickets are priced at $30 for General Admission and $40 for Ringside. Matchmaker Hervi Estrada highly recommends calling by phone as the venue only seats 400 people, although tickets could be purchased at the door. Tickets could be bought by calling (818) 383-7958.
Doors open at 6:30PM, with first bell scheduled at 7:30PM.
The American Legion Hall is located at 7338 Canby Avenue in Reseda.