Looking to become a top 5 world contender in the heavyweight division is the WBC #11 ranked and WBC CABOFE champion, Manuel “El Toro” Quezada (27-4, 17 KOs). Standing in Quezada’s way is the WBC #17 rated and former NABF Heavyweight Champion, Travis Walker (30-2-1, 25 KOs). Riding a 16-fight winning streak, Quezada puts his title and world ranking on the line when the two warriors take center stage in a twelve round main event, Thursday, July 16 at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, California.
Quezada, who’s under the study of world renowned trainer Joe Goossen, opened his training camp at Goossen’s Van Nuys gym. With a little more than a week to go before they step in the ring, Quezada feels confident in his ability to triumph over Walker. “This is the biggest and toughest fight of my career,” said Quezada. “I know to win this fight, I’ll have to stick to the game plan that Joe provided, and I prepared to do just that. I’ve been getting great sparring with Malik Scott and Javier Mora preparing for Walker. I don’t see this fight going the distance. Someone is going to get knocked out.”
The winner of this bout becomes a viable challenger to the world championship.
In the co-feature, undefeated lightweight prospect John Molina Jr. (17-0, 13 KO’s), takes on veteran Sandro Marcos (29-19-2, 24 KO’s) in an eight round bout.
Local standout (Bakersfield) Mike Dallas Jr. (8-0-1, 1 KO) clashes with Francisco Rios (10-9, 6 KO’s) in a six round Jr. Welterweight bout.
Featherweight sensation Rico Ramos (10-0, 6 KO’s) challenges journeymen Trinidad Mendoza (24-21-2, 19 KO’s) in a six round bout.
In a rematch, Ruben Cuellar (3-1, 1 KO) faces James Ventry (7-8-1, 4 KO’s) in a six round bout.
In a women’s bout, former WBC lightweight champion Jessica “Ragin” Rakoczy (30-3, 10 KO’s) will face an opponent TBA.
This event is being promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions in association with the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased at www.tickets.com or charge by phone 1-800-225-2277 and at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino gift shop. For more information visit www.goossentutor.com or www.tachipalace.com.