By Felipe Leon
In a year hat has seen a boxing renaissance for “America’s Finest City” with a fight card presented almost once a month in San Diego, CA, Jorge Marron Productions with Don Chargin Promotions in association with Golden Boy Promotions presents “Path to Glory” on Friday, December 17th and broadcasts live by Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate”. In the eight round main event, Chula Vista, CA’s own Christopher Martin (20-0-2, 6 KOs) closes out the year against late sub Yogli Herrera (22-13, 15 KOs).
The undefeated Martin, who holds the California state super bantamweight title, originally was slated to face respected journeyman Nicky Benz but late last week the Mexico City native inexplicably pulled out of the bout. Cue in Herrera of Miami, FL, by way of San Onofre, Colombia.
Martin is putting the finishing touches to his most successful year as a professional as he began by stopping Ruben Lopez in six rounds in his first defense of his CA state title back in April. He followed it up with a unanimous decision over Adolfo Landeros two months later and then upset ShoBox darling Chris Avalos to hand the highly touted prospect his first pro loss in August. In his last bout, Martin stopped the experienced Jose Luis “Tapitas” Araiza in eight rounds, also on Telefutura.
As an opponent, Herrera leaves much to be desired as he has lost ten straight but against tough customers such as Mikey Garcia, Juan Carlos Burgos and Bernabe Concepcion. One thing that can be said for Herrera is that he is durable since he only has been stopped four times in his thirteen total losses.
In the semi main event, fast rising Ronny Rios (12-0, 6 KOs) of Santa Ana, CA, will have his hands full against the rugged Adolfo “Terror” Landeros (20-16-1, 9 KOs) in a scheduled featherweight eight. The unbeaten Rios, who is managed by the respected Frank Espinoza, has been making waves in the 126 lbs. division as he steps into the ring for the fifth time this year in the first eight rounder of his two year professional career while Landeros is known to show up and coming prospects a thing to two as he has stepped in between the ropes with the likes of Guillermo Rigondeaux, Wilfredo Vazquez Jr and most recently Michael Franco.
In a rematch of their pro debut, Tijuana amateur standout Christian “Huevo” Bojorquez (1-0) looks to defeat Salvador Cifuentes (0-1) in a more convincing fashion in a super bantamweight four rounds. In their last match up in October, the much taller Bojorquez struggled against the hard charging Cifuentes despite possessing the better skills. Now, Bojorquez will try to take it out of the judges hands by ending the night before the final bell.
Two other bouts flesh out the card.
“Path to Glory” will be held at the Four Points Sheraton in Kearny Mesa, a suburb of San Diego. Doors open at 6pm with the first punch thrown at 7pm. For tickets and info, please dial 619.258.0698.