by Francisco Salazar
Unbeaten junior featherweight Humberto Rubalcava will face Jonathan Torres tonight at the Hawaiian Gardens Casino in Hawaiian Gardens, California, a suburb of Los Angeles.
The six-round bout will headline the inaugural ‘Fight Night at the Gardens Casino.’
Rubalcava (9-0, 6 knockouts), who was born and raised in nearby Orange, won a six-round unanimous decision over Roberto Pucheta of Mexico.
The 23-year-old Rubalcava hopes to fight more often his year after only fighting twice in 2017 and 2018.
Torres (8-6-1, 2 KOs) has not fought since losing a 10-round unanimous decision to Michael Ruiz in September of 2017.
Torres, who resides in Tlajomulco de Zuniga, Jalisco, Mexico, has won his previous six bouts.
In another six-round junior featherweight bout, Anthony Casillas will square off against Sergio Lopez of Las Vegas.
Casillas (7-0, 4 KOs) of nearby South Gate, defeated veteran Corbin Page in his last bout on Sept. 29. Tonight will mark his first six-round bout.
Torres (3-5-3) has lost once in his last four bouts.
Hard-hitting middleweight Jonathan Esquivel (8-0, 7 KOs) will face Mexico’s Ricardo Escajeda (4-15-1, 2 KOs) in a four-round bout.
Bantamweight Anthony Ramirez (1-0, 1 KO) will square off against Jose Negrete, who will be making his pro debut.
Longtime Southern California promoter Roy Englebrecht is promoting the card.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for Boxingscene since September of 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing