LOS ANGELES - Don Chargin Productions and Golden Boy Promotions will help kick off the Summer of 2012 this Saturday night when TeleFutura's "Sólo Boxeo Tecate" broadcasts a hard-hitting card featuring two intriguing headline matchups from Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
In the main event, scheduled for 10 rounds in the lightweight division, local favorite Mark Salser of Mansfield, Ohio battles Arizona's Rodolfo "Bam Bam" Armenta in a rematch of their 2011 fight and, in the co-feature, Columbus' own Leo Martinez battles unbeaten Jonathan Garcia in a six round junior welterweight contest.
Salser vs. Armenta headlines a night of world-class professional boxing presented by Don Chargin Productions and Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., the first bell rings at 7:00 p.m. and the TeleFutura broadcast begins at 12:00 a.m. ET/PT.
Tickets priced at $20, $100 and $126 are available for purchase online at www.ticketmaster.com or at the Nationwide Arena Box Office.
29-year old Mark Salser (13-0, 9 KO's) may have gotten a late start as a professional having turned pro at the age of 24, but the Mansfield, Ohio native is hoping to make up for lost time in 2012 with continued strong performances in the ring. Fighting for the first time since he decisioned Armenta in July of 2011, Salser is looking forward to delivering another win, this time in front of his local fans.
A native of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico who now makes his home in Rio Rico, Arizona, Rodolfo Armenta (11-6-1, 9 KO's) is a hard-nosed veteran ready to spoil Salser's homecoming. After a six round decision defeat to Salser last year, the 27-year-old Armenta rebounded with a fourth round knockout win over Pablo Becerra and though he lost his last bout to then 12-0 Antonio Orozco in February, a win on Saturday night will get the summer started off right for him.
30-year old veteran Leo Martinez (15-15, 7 KO's), a steady fan favorite from Columbus, always shows up and delivers compelling fights and plans on handing junior welterweight prospect Jonathan Garcia (6-0, 5 KO's) his first professional loss on Saturday night. Garcia has impressed his west coast fans ever since his professional debut in 2010, and with five straight knockouts he's going to be ready to upset the rugged veteran in hostile territory.
Studio City, CA -- Just 30 days from today, the San Fernando Valley's legendary Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City, Calif. will host its first boxing event in 17 years. Goossen Tutor Promotions, the Valley's first family of boxing, will again look to create a series of boxing events held every two months throughout the year at the Lodge.
The inaugural world-class event will be held on Saturday evening, June 23, when former WBA Super Bantamweight World Champion Rico Ramos challenges the undefeated NABF Champion Efrain Esquivias.
In addition, world rated John Molina Jr. of Covina, Calif. will return to the ring in a featured bout. Two undefeated young super flyweight stars in Matthew Villanueva of Burbank, Calif. against Austreberto Juarez of Ventura, Calif. will do their best to steal the show.
The event will be broadcast on TeleFutura's hit series "Solo Boxeo Tecate" and promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions. The Ramos-Esquivias bout will be in association with Thompson Boxing.
Tickets priced at $103.50 VIP, $52.50 Ringside & $32.50 are on sale at www.GoossenTutor.com/schedule or by calling the Goossen Tutor office at (818) 817-8001. Tickets will also be available the day of the event at the Lodge.
The recently renovated Events Center at the Lodge, boasts room for 1,000 boxing fans. Goossen is looking to find the next home-grown World Champion within a celebrity and fun-filled setting.
When Jhonatan Romero was forced to withdraw from the bout with a broken hand, former amateur rivals Ramos and Esquivias jumped at the opportunity to fight each other.
Making his first steps on the road to recovering his championship, WBA #7 world rated Ramos will need to beat the tough 28-year-old Esquivias (16-0, 9 KOs), who is currently rated #8 in the world by the IBF.
Ramos said he was waiting for the day the two amateur foes would meet as professionals. "We both knew this would happen sooner or later. We knew we would be in opposite corners one day when it counted."
Ramos trainer, Charles "Chilli" Wilson, the former USA California State Heavyweight title-holder, said, "Rico will be ready to show Efrain the difference between amateurs and a real fight."
Esquivias knows the importance of this fight.
"I am going to come in tremendous shape and bring a lot of pressure. He has some speed and power but I will rise to the occasion. A good performance against Rico will get me closer to my dream of becoming a world champion."
Besides fighting each other in the amateurs, Ramos and Esquivias have sparred in the past. Esquivias claims to have fought Ramos three times in their amateur careers, dropping the first two meetings but winning the third fight. Ramos remembers it a little differently, stating they had only fought twice, and winning both.
June 23, they can settle their differences in the ring.
In the co-main event, Burbank's Matthew Villanueva (7-0-1, 7 KOs) will look to remain unbeaten against Austreberto Juarez (10-1, 2 KOs).
Widely considered one of the hottest young lightweight prospects in boxing, John Molina Jr., who is a native of Covina, Calif. has posted 19 vicious knockouts among his first 23 wins, while only sustaining one loss.