Russian born Ruslan Provodnikov (21-1, 14 KOs) and Riverside born Jose Reynoso (16-3-1, 3 KOs) star in the main event of this week’s ESPN2 Friday Night Fights at the Omega Products International in Corona, California.
Reynoso, 27, is a very crafty southpaw boxer who continues to improve in every aspect of the combat sport. Trained in Riverside, the lefthander has fought a number of talented opponents and has not lost a bout in three years. Reynoso is riding streak of seven fights without a loss.
“Jose Reynoso is prepared and ready to win. We are happy to bring this fight close to home and give Reynoso’s fans a thrilling night of boxing.” said Ken Thompson president of the Southern California boxing firm. “June 29 will mark the first time that we promote an ESPN event from our very own Omega Products Outdoor Arena and we hope to be great hosts to co promoter Art Pelullo and the Worldwide Leader in Sports.”
Provodnikov, 28, trains in Las Vegas and has only one loss on his record. That came against another Riverside prizefighter a year ago in perhaps the “Fight of the Year” with Mauricio Herrera. The Russian bomber is ultra strong and has a seek-and-destroy mentality inside the ring.
In a junior bantamweight fight Mexicali’s Roberto “Azabache” Castaneda (20-1-1, 15 KOs) makes his first appearance in the U.S. against Christopher Martin (23-2-3, 6 KOs). The 21-year-old power puncher Castaneda looks to impress the American crowd with his art of the knockout abilities.
Martin, 25, a slick boxing young veteran out of San Diego, attempts to snap a three-fight winless streak. He’s an exceptional boxer who can fight any style. Power punchers are his favorite meal. Don’t be fooled by his lack of knockouts. He’s taken down many power punchers in his still young career.
Junior middleweights Dashon “Flyboy” Johnson and Angel Osuna are no strangers to boxing fans in the Inland area. Johnson (13-5-3, 4 KOs) fights out of nearby Escondido and has both power and speed. Osuna (7-3-1, 4 KOs) fights out of the desert area of Coachella. It’s an evenly matched bout and both fighters have proven to possess action prone styles.
Female prizefighters Lissette Medel (6-1-1) and Tatina Anderson (5-1-1) are set for their rematch in a four round junior lightweight fight. They met each other last year in Primm, Nevada in a bout that ended in a draw. Medel fights out of Maywood and Anderson trains in Las Vegas. Their first encounter was a doozy.
A welterweight match pits Riverside’s Roberto “Puerto Rican Prince” Crespo (4-1) against Watsonville, California’s Robert Godoy (6-2, 3 KOs) in a four round contest. Every north versus south fight has proven to pack a little extra.
Others included on the fight card will be Russian junior lightweight Evgeny Chuprakov (3-0, 2 KOs), Riverside’s Aaron Acevedo and debuting Daniel Martinez of Lake Elsinore.
The Omega Products outdoor arena is located at 1681 California Avenue
Corona, California. The doors open at 6p and the first fight is at 6:30p with the ESPN telecast beginning at 7:30p. Tickets are $75, $45, or $30 and available at the box office.