Back in 2008, Thompson Boxing Promotions introduced the “NEW BLOOD” series, and since then, the brightest prospects in the sport have taken this platform to show their skills to appreciative fight fans. On Friday, January 22, at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California, “NEW BLOOD” returns with a high-impact six bout card featuring the area’s top talent, including Patrick Lopez, Daniel Hernandez, Hector Serrano, Efrain Esquivias, and Alberto Herrera.
Also on hand to meet and greet fight fans and inspire their up-and-comer cohorts will be two of Thompson Boxing’s finest – world champions “Desert Storm” Timothy Ray Bradley Jr. and Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez. Early in their career these fighters paid their dues in the ring at the Doubletree Hotel, with Bradley compiling an 11-0, 8 KOs record, and Perez putting together a perfect 6-0, 3 KOs slate in Ontario, making it clear that this venue is the breeding ground for some of the sport’s future champions. Timothy Bradley (25-0, 11 KOs) is currently the WBO Junior Welterweight king and one of the most feared fighters in the world. Yonnhy Perez (20-0, 14 KOs) is the IBF Bantamweight champion, title he obtained by dismantling Joseph Abgeko with a scintillating performance last October.
Thompson Boxing Promotion’s “NEW BLOOD” is presented in association with Fox Sports en Español and brought to the boxing audience by Lucas Oil, “it’s what drives you.” Tickets, at $75, $45, and $30, are available for sale and may be purchased by calling 714-935-0900. They can also be purchased at the Doubletree Event Center Box Office this Friday afternoon only starting at 5:30 pm.
In the “NEW BLOOD” main event, scheduled for eight rounds in the junior welterweight division, Venezuela’s 2-time Olympian Patrick “El Elegante” Lopez (17-2, 11 KOs) hopes to extend his two-fight winning streak in his toughest bout to date when he squares off against two-time world title challenger John “The Eastern Beast” Brown (24-16-2, 11 KOs) of Atlantic City.
A six round lightweight co-feature will see one of the game’s top rising stars, Daniel “El Travieso” Hernandez (8-0, 4 KOs) of South Gate, return to action to take on Los Mochis’, Mexico veteran Baudel Cardenas (18-19-2, 6 KOs) in what should be an entertaining battle.
Also scheduled for six rounds is a junior welterweight war between Riverside lightweight Hector “Teco” Serrano (10-0, 3 KOs) and Los Mochis’ Cristian Favela (17-23-6, 10 KOs). Serrano is 2-0 since a yearlong layoff, and his career is firmly on the upswing as he prepares for the veteran Favela.
At 6-0 with 4 KOs, Los Angeles featherweight Efrain Esquivias first made a name for himself as a 2006 National Golden Gloves champion. On January 22, he will look to improve on his perfect pro record in a six rounder against Albuquerque’s Randy Arrellin (2-1, 1 KO).
Riverside’s Alberto Herrera (6-0, 5 KOs) made his pro debut in 2009 only letting one opponent hear the final bell and has been living up to his nickname of “Baby Dynamite”. He’s back in a junior middleweight six rounder against Boise, Idaho’s, equally explosive Hilario Lopez (11-8, 8 KOs)
Opening up the show will be a four round clash of debuting junior welterweights, as Watsonville’s Jonathan Garcia takes on Riverside’s Anthony Reyes.
Bouts subject to change. Doors open at 6:30pm, and the first bell rings at 7:45pm. The Doubletree Hotel is located at 222 North Vineyard Avenue in Ontario. The hotel phone number is 909-937-0900.