California boxing hall of fame promoter Bobby DePhilippis is all set for this Thursday night’s “San Diego Fights” fight card at the new home for “America’s Finest City” boxing at the Crowne Plaza Hotel located at the famed Hotel Circle in Mission Valley in mid-town San Diego. The night will mark the last show of the season for Bobby D Presents, one of southern California’s longest running live boxing promoters. Known for competitive fights and striving in presenting “Boxing at its Best”, this last show of the season is no exception as it features a slew of local talent headlined by Vista, CA’s own Aaron “Gavilan” Garcia (12-3-2, 3KOs) as he takes on hard hitting Kevin Hoskins (7-2, 5KOs) in a six round super featherweight clash.
Garcia has put together a solid run this year with a first round knockout win over Ensenada’s Cesar Garcia back in May and in July a lopsided shut out unanimous decision over journey man Johnny Frazier. All this after a two-year hiatus due to a shoulder injury after his close and controversial split decision loss to Bernabe Concepcion for a regional title that many saw Garcia win. The thirty-one year old Garcia knows that the clock is ticking and that he must make a statement against the durable Hoskins if he is to have any chance of a world ranking next year. The night will mark the second time Hoskins visits San Diego and he is looking to repeat the dose he administered on Eduardo Rivera, a previous undefeated 130 pounder who he impressively stopped in the first round last February.
In the semi-main event, the ultra-popular super welterweight David Barragan (6-0-1, 3KOs) will put his undefeated record on the line as he faces the much more experienced Arthur Brambila (9-19-1, 4KOs) of Phoenix, AZ, in the first six rounder of his career. Brambila has been there before as he has faced the much stiffer opposition in the likes of former world champion Antonio DeMarco, former contender Sven Paris and San Diegan Ernest Johnson Jr. Barragan is coming off the toughest fight of his career when he faced Canadian amateur standout Matt Dumais who despite fighting in his pro debut, put up a fight against Barragan. Barragan was able to send him to the canvas in the first but that only made Dumais stronger and gave Barragan all he could take. Barragan was able to still control the action and score the harder punches in a four round unanimous decision. Now Barragan steps it up to his six round fight.
In a special attraction, San Diego featherweight Prince “Tiger” Smalls (1-0-1) looks for his pro fight against Luis Vargas (1-5-1) of Tijuana in a cross border sure to be four round war. In a super bantamweight four rounder, “Smokin’” Joe Perez (4-0, 3KOs) looks to get back on the KO road as he takes on Tijuana tough guy Victor “Zurdo” Capaceta (3-4-2, 2KOs) and in a light welterweight six rounds, Victor “Cina” Fonseca (6-1-1, 4KOs) of Tijuana will have his biggest challenge to date when he faces Levan Ghvamichava (10-1, 8KOs) of Miami, Florida, by way of Poti, Georgia, of the former Soviet Union.
The Crowne Plaza Hotel is located at 2270 Hotel Circle North in Mission Valley, San Diego. Tickets are still available at 619.420.8866 or SanDiegoFights.com. Food and drinks will be served and the event is open to all ages. Doors open at 6:30pm with the first punch thrown at 7:30pm.