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SoCal Fight Scene

By Francisco Salazar

Back by popular demand (and time away from my classroom), another edition of Southern California Fight Scene announces significant fight cards in Southern California and fighters from the area in significant bouts. If you are a big boxing fan, the boxing Gods have answered your prayers. Three boxing shows will be staged on consecutive nights.

As earlier reported on Fightnews.com, Enrique Ornelas will headline another edition of the popular “Fight Night Club” at Club Nokia at L.A. Live in Los Angeles this Thursday night. Ornelas, who in his last bout lost a 12 round unanimous decision to Bernard Hopkins in December, will take on Julius Fogle in an eight round Middleweight bout. Tickets are still available for this Golden Boy Promotions event in one of the better fight venues in boxing on the west coast. Not a bad seat in the house.

One night later, Thompson Boxing Promotions returns to the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA, with a stellar card for fight fans of the Inland Empire. In the main event of the “Path to Glory” card, Junior Welterweight Mauricio Herrera (13-1, 6 KO’s) will take on veteran Efren Hinojosa in an eight round bout. For tickets or information, contact Thompson Boxing Promotions at (714) 935-0900.

The following night will be the big HBO “Boxing After Dark” card, which will take place at the Citizens Business Bank Arena, just about a mile and a half from the Doubletree Hotel. Riverside’s Chris Arreola will take on Tomaz Adamek in a 12 round bout. In the co-feature, interim world champion Alfredo Angulo will take on hard-hitting Joel Julio. Angulo, who resides in Downey, has built a solid fan base here in Southern California. The card will be co-promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and Goossen Tutor Promotions. Tickets are $250, $100, $70, and $35 and can be purchased at the Citizens Business Bank Arena or on Ticketmaster.

As previously announced on Fightnews.com, the Home Depot Center in Carson will be rocking as Paul Williams will take on hard-hitting Kermit Cintron in a 12 round Super Welterweight bout. Williams has fought twice at the Home Depot Center before, winning a 12 round majority decision over Antonio Margarito in July of 2007 and stopping Walter Matthysee in May of 2006. Cintron won a 12 round unanimous decision over the popular Angulo last May. Also on the card will be Martin Honorio defending his regional title against Argenis Mendez in a 12 round Lightweight bout. Tickets are already on sale at Ticketmaster or at the Home Depot Center box office.

Also on this card will be two compelling fights featuring talent from Southern California. Unbeaten Lightweight Mike Dallas, Jr. of Bakersfield was scheduled to face Junior Welterweight contender Jose “Josesito” Lopez in an eight round bout on the Chris Arreola-Tomas Adamak under card. Instead, the fight will take place at Home Depot on May 8th. Also on the card will be a rematch between Wasco’s Manuel Quezada and Jason Gavern. Just a few weeks ago, Gavern won a 12 round split decision over Quezada, snapping his 18 bout winning streak. Before the Williams-Cintron fight takes place, it is best to get there early and watch a solid undercard.

For fight fans in the Coachella Valley who can not make the long drive into the L.A. area on May 8th, former Junior Welterweight contender Steve Quinonez is promoting a show at the Palm Spring Stadium in Palm Springs. It will showcase local talent, including highly-touted Randy Caballero and Angel Osuna, who stopped unbeaten Ruben Rivera on an ESPN2 telecast earlier this month. For tickets, contact (760) 778-4487.

Two nights before the Williams-Cintron showdown, King of the West Promotions will present a boxing/ MMA show at the Circus Disco in Hollywood. Scheduled to headline the boxing portion of the card will be Cruiserweight Deon Elam, who was a participant of The Contender: Season Four. He has not fought in over a year, losing to Ehinomen Ehikhamenor by decision. For tickets, call (310) 918-0999.

Satisfying the palettes of boxing aficionados in the Santa Ynez Valley, boxing returns to the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez on Friday, May 14th. Headlining the Gary Shaw Promotions card will be Sergiy Dzinziruk (36-0, 22 KO’s) defending his world title against Sherzod Husanov (14-0-1, 7 KO’s). Unbeaten fighters Archie Ray Marquez and Lateef Kayode are scheduled to fight in separate bouts. More details on the card will be passed along in the coming weeks.

Short hooks:

– Former Lightweight champion Julio Diaz, from the desert city of Coachella, will take on Herman Ngoudjo on May 14th. The fight card, which will be televised on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights,” will take place at the Buffalo Bill’s Casino in Primm, NV. Also on the card will be Rialto’s Dominic Salcido, hoping to rebound from his knockout loss in his last bout, as he squares off against unbeaten Guillermo Sanchez.

– It’s been a while since Morongo Casino Resort & Spa has been the site of a significant fight card. Word is the casino wants to build a theatre/ sports venue to accommodate boxing. The 500-seat theatre inside the casino is just a tad too small.

– Oxnard has been in the news recently with Sergio Martinez having trained there prior to his unanimous decision victory over Kelly Pavlik. Robert Garcia’s new Boxing Academy, less than a mile from the school this reporter teaches at, has a who’s who of fighters training there. Before children and teenagers utilize the gym after nearby schools let out, Antonio Margarito, Brian Viloria, Brandon Rios, and Miguel Angel Garcia work out in the gym. Other notable fighters there also are Alfonso Gomez and Steven Luevano.

– Victor Ortiz is busy training for his fight on May 15th against former world champion Nate Campbell aat Madison Square Garden in New York City. He trains up the 101 Freeway in Ventura. Stay tuned for an interview with the southpaw, who was born in Kansas.

Keep your hands up. Hope to see you at ringside.

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