Thompson Boxing Promotions continues to add to its talented stable of boxers. The Southern California-based promotional company signed light welterweight brothers Anthony (6-1-1, 2 KOs) and Israel Arellano (6-1, 5 KOs) to exclusive promotional contracts.
Born and raised in San Diego, Calif., the Arellano brothers are prospects looking to make a name for themselves in the talented division.
“We are extremely thankful for this opportunity and cannot wait to start preparing for our first fight under the Thompson Boxing Promotions banner,” said the 27-year-old Anthony, the older of the two. “Signing with Thompson is the first step in growing our careers and I have complete confidence that they will move us in the right direction.”
“This is the opportunity that my brother and I were waiting for,” said Israel, 23. “It’s like we just graduated college and now we are ready for a real life education. Instead of wearing shirts and ties to work, we wear gloves and mouthpieces. It’s an exciting time for us.”
The brothers are trained by Carlos Barragan out of the House of Boxing Gym in San Diego and co-managed by Saul Rios and Lou Messina.
“We like their work ethic and their passion for the sport and it goes along with what they bring to the ring physically,” said Alex Camponovo, general manager and matchmaker for Thompson Boxing Promotions. “They describe themselves as gym rats and it shows in their appearance because they are in shape year round. As a promoter you always look for the dedicated athletes. Israel and Anthony have the desire to be great.”
Both fighters are sound technically, boast good waist movement and have solid instincts. As a result of being in the same weight division, the brothers tend to spar quite frequently with one another in an attempt to stay sharp and improve on their abilities.
“When they spar against each other, it’s primarily a teaching tool for us,” Messina said. “We don’t keep score, but we look for ways to improve each of their styles. We use the sessions to work on their offensive and defensive skills.”
Both brothers work full-time to help supplement their budding boxing careers. Israel is a talented specialty baker that designs intricate pastries for most any kind of an event, while Anthony works in construction.
Both fighters will make their boxing debut under the Thompson Boxing Promotions banner in September 2013.