Sparks will fly this Fourth of July weekend at the July 1 edition of LA FIGHT CLUB, when Golden Boy Promotions brings Los Angeles fight fans a stacked amateur undercard for a good cause featuring LAPD and NYPD. The classic West Coast versus East Coast showdown spectacle will benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation at downtown Los Angeles’ historic Belasco Theater. The event will also feature three professional Golden Boy fights as part of the televised portion of the night.
Headlining the televised card, undefeated bantamweight Oscar “Jaguar” Negrete (14-0, 5 KOs) of Los Angeles by way of Columbia will take on Jose “Flash” Bustos (11-6-3, 7 KOs) of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico in a 10-round televised fight airing live nationally on Estrella TV’s Boxeo Estelar. Also part of the live telecast, undefeated super bantamweight prospect Emilio Sanchez (12-0, 9 KOs) of Los Angeles is set to face Hugo “Olímpico” Partida (21-7-2, 9 KOs) of Mexico City in an eight-round co-main event. Miami’s Niko “Baby Face” Valdes (1-0, 1 KO) will open the televised portion in a four-round super middleweight match against a soon-to-be-named opponent. In honor of the evening’s theme, Valdes will also donate his entire purse to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
“Golden Boy has always been a big supporter of our brave men and women in law enforcement that protect our communities and I’m proud to have Los Angeles and New York area officers showcase their boxing talents for a great cause on July 1 at LA FIGHT CLUB,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “The fact that these Los Angeles and New York area officers have also chosen to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation with these fights is admirable and something Golden Boy Promotions is very proud to be part of as it falls in line with my goal of continually giving back to the community.”
In the non-televised action airing live on RingTVLive.com, Daniel Rosales of the LAPD’s Southwest Division will be participating in a three-round middleweight match against NYPD officer Nelson Cordero. Carlos Rosas of the LAPD’s Newton Division will also be fighting a three-round middleweight fight against an opponent soon to be announced.
In the light heavyweight division, Brian Petrella of the Pasadena Police Department (PPD) will be going for a scheduled three rounds against NYPD officer Alex Cintron. Coming from the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) division of the Santa Monica Fire Department (SMFD), Dustin Rodriguez will take on NYPD officer Billy Ramirez in a scheduled three round middleweight fight.
LAPD’s own Eriverto Montano will go up against NYPD’s Jonathan Alvarez in a three round middleweight match. Dedrie Fonseca from LAPD’s Northeast Division is scheduled for a three-round super bantamweight fight. Finally opening up the night, LAPD officer John Byun will face Dennis Burgess from the NYPD in a three round light heavyweight brawl. Opponents will be announced shortly.
LA FIGHT CLUB: Negrete vs. Bustos, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, BORN BOLD, Casa Mexico Tequila, Carmelita Coconut Water and Hands of Stone in theaters August. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and the first bout begins at 5:15 p.m. The Estrella TV Boxeo Estelar broadcast will air live on Friday, July 1 at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT and will stream live simultaneously on estrellaTV.com and on YouTube via Fenomeno Studios: youtube.com/FenomenoStudios. The Ring TV live stream will begin at approximately 5:15 p.m. PT through 7:00 p.m.
Undefeated super bantamweight star Oscar “El Jaguar” Negrete of Tierralta, Columbia, who now calls Los Angeles home, is eager to make his mark in the bantamweight division. Negrete has been a regular face at LA FIGHT CLUB, fighting his last five fights there, which were all victories including a stunning knockout of Ernesto Guerrero in the third round on the December 4 card and a unanimous decision victory against Neftali Campos on the March 4 edition. Now, the Negrete is eager to add another victory to his record when he faces the tough Jose Bustos on July 1.
Coming off a winning streak, which included victories over Isaias “El Moyote” Orozco, Vidal Cruz, and most recently Marcos “Chicharito” Villarreal, Jose “Flash” Bustos will be looking to continue the momentum when he makes his LA FIGHT CLUB debut on July 1. Not shying away from tough opposition, Bustos has faced difficult fighters in the division including Frank De Alba, Christopher “Pitufo” Diaz, Dennis “The Surgeon” Galarza and Lamont Roach Jr. Now, looking to add another victory to his record, Bustos is ready to face another tough opponent in Oscar Negrete on July 1.
Golden Boy Promotions’ rising star Emilio Sanchez comes from an impressive amateur boxing career, with highlights include a 2011 state Golden Gloves title and Bronze medals in the US Nationals and the Olympic trials. Known for his power, Sanchez’s most recent victories are via knockout over the likes of Gustavo “El Gusano” Molina this past March, Jesus “Juanito” Hernandez in December 2015 and Juan Sandoval in September 2015. Sanchez will be looking for another knockout victory when he takes on the season Hugo Partida in the special edition of LA FIGHT CLUB on July 1.
Hugo “Olímpico” Partida of Mexico City is seasoned veteran known for his willingness to get in the ring with anyone. A professional since 2005, Partida has taken on Marco Antonio “El Bombarderdo” Hernandez, Juan Antonio “Zurdo” Rodriguez, Andres “Chavy” Romero, Julian “El Camaron” Ramirez and Joseph “Jojo” Diaz. Making his LA FIGHT CLUB debut this July 1, Partida will not be for another tough test when he goes up against Emilio Sanchez next.
Miami’s Niko “Baby Face” Valdes will fight his second professional bout at LA FIGHT CLUB against a soon to-be-announced opponent. Once ranked the third best light heavyweight amateur fighter in the U.S, this southpaw superstar leaves behind a highly decorated amateur career that saw him take home bronze at the 2014 USA Amateur Boxing National Championships, four Florida Golden Gloves state championship, and the bronze from the National Golden Gloves. In his professional debut, Valdes scored a first round knockout of Roberto Ramirez in April, now the light heavyweight prospect will be looking for another victory when he returns to the Belasco Theater on July 1.
Tickets for LA FIGHT CLUB starting at only $20 with Flex Passes for multiple fight packages, Group Tickets and Knockout Experience upgrade are available for purchase now at www.goldenboypromotions.com, the Golden Boy Promotions Facebook page, by calling 213-233-2957 or by emailing LAFightClub@goldenboypromotions.com. Mark your calendars and purchase tickets in advance before they sell out for the remaining summer dates taking place August 5, August 19, September 2 and October 7.