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Tribute to ring legend Gaspar “Indio” Ortega set for tonight in Tijuana

By Felipe Leon

One of the newest promotional entities in the border region of San Diego/Tijuana, V&B Promotions presents their third show of the year this Saturday, August 17th, at the Tijuana Municipal Auditorium with a much fight card. The focus of the night will be the tribute that will be paid to the great Gaspar “Indio” Ortega by the promoter and nephew of Ortega’s, Joe Vargas. “Indio” Ortega is best known as one of the first television boxing stars back in the 50’s and 60’s when after being discovered in Tijuana, he rode a bus cross country with a bag of tacos to headline numerous shows at the mecca of boxing, Madison Square Garden. Mr. Ortega will be present to receive his homage along with his international known son, referee Michael Ortega. In the main event of the special night will be the return of the “Pride of San Diego” welterweight Rafael Ramirez (17-4-2, 4KOs) who after a six year hiatus returns to the ring to take on Alejandro Alonso (2-16-2, 1KO) in the six round main event.

Ramirez, at one point chief sparring partner for the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jr and Jose Luis Castillo, last stepped into the squared circle in October of ’06 where he took a split decision over Francisco Maldonado. Alonso has been more active with his bout against Ramirez being his third this year. Alonso has faced local favorites Emilio Bojorquez, Pavel Miranda and Alvaro Aguilar, going the distance with all of them.

Also featured on the card will be Antonio Margarito’s latest charge, Tijuana light flyweight Abraham “Choko” Hernandez (2-0, 1KO). Hernandez, a local amateur stand out, was taken under the wing of the former welterweight champion and now looks to take on the always dreaded TBA.

In special attraction bouts will be first timer super welterweight Guillermo Castillo vs. Jose Manuel Hernandez (0-1-1), featherweight Sergio “Diamante” Ramirez and another Tijuana amateur star, Victor “Chaky” Sandoval, who is trained by former bantamweight champion Raul “Jibaro” Perez.

Super bantamweight Julio “Niño” Castillo (1-1) will also be on the card when he faces Marino Cañete (1-3), both of Tijuana.

Tickets are still available the Tijuana Municipal Auditorium located only a ten minute taxi ride in the heard of Tijuana. Doors open at 7pm with the first punch thrown at 8pm. Tickets range from $10-$30.




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