Six time US National Amateur Champion Alexis Rocha of Santa Ana, California will make his professional debut this Friday at the Belasco Theater on Golden Boy Promotions LA Fight Club series. Rocha looks to make a splash as the televised opener for the card on Estrella TV.
Fighting out of the TKO Boxing Club at the Jerome Center in Santa Ana, Rocha had intentions of fighting in the 2016 Rio Olympics, until headgear rule changes came about. “I always had that goal, to fight in the Olympics; it was a dream of mine but when they started talking about removing the head gear I had doubts. That’s a lot of fights to get there, like five fights in five days with no head gear? I talked to my trainer Hector (Lopez) and we decided that if we were going to risk my career like a professional, then we’ll fight in the professionals.” The same thought has been echoed through amateur programs and gyms around the country as fighter safety during the young developmental phases becomes a hot button issue in the sport of boxing.
Making his debut at welterweight Rocha faces Jordan Rosario (0-3) “I’m a little nervous, it’s a whole different feel than preparing for an amateur tournament, but I’m ready.” Explained Rocha on his first professional training camp “I’ve been training for seven weeks and it’s been great” “I don’t know much about my opponent, and I haven’t started watching tape on fighters, I let my coaches do that and I listen to the game plan that they give me.”
Rocha will make his debut in the televised opener of Boxeo Estelar on Estrella TV, a benefit of being such a successful amateur as not many fighters will debut on television. “It’s a blessing, once I heard about it, to have my pro debut on TV I was so honored. It’s just a really good feeling and I want to go in and give a really good show.” “I know we sold a lot of tickets like a hundred and fifty so it’s going to be packed”. The small Belasco venue has an up close intimate feel that brings the spectator close to the sport with virtually every seat in the building literally feet from ringside, couple that with several hundred rowdy local fans and it makes the condensed setting loud and intense.
LA FightClub can be seen Friday at 7PM PST or Saturday morning at 3AM GMT on Estrella TV or streamed on estrellatv.com or on YouTube via Fenomeno Studios at YouTube.com/Fenomenostudios. The untelevised portion of the fight card will once again be streamed on Ringtv.com beginning at 5:30PM PST or 1:30AM GMT