JOSEPH “JO JO” DIAZ JR. TO HEADLINE A NIGHT FULL OF BOXING SET TO HIT FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT CASINO ON OCTOBER 23, LIVE ON ESTRELLA TV’S BOXEO ESTELAR
INTERNATIONAL BOXING HALL OF FAME BOXER MICHAEL “JINX” SPINKS TO HOST MEET & GREET
Tickets on Sale Now!
LOS ANGELES (October 8, 2015) – Another night full of boxing will hit the Coachella Valley on October 23 from the famed Fantasy Springs Resort Casino and live on Estrella TV’s Boxeo Estelar. Headlining the event, undefeated featherweight sensation Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr. (17-0, 10 KOs) will battle against Mexican brawler, Ruben “Canelito” Tamayo (23-6-4, 15 KOs) in the 10-round featherweight bout. Joining the action packed night, International Hall of Fame Boxer Michael “Jinx” Spinks will host a special meet and greet at the Special Events Arena from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Fans with tickets to the event will be able to meet the 1976 Olympic medalist and former two division world champion, before televised fights.
In the co-main event of the evening, Frankie “Pitbull” Gomez (18-0, 13 KOs) is set to face Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico’s Jorge “Pantera” Silva (19-9-2, 15 KOs) in a 10-round welterweight fight sure to add excitement to the night.
As part of the live stream on Ring TV, Paul Ritter (0-1) of Newport, Calif. will face Relanzo Richard Jr. of Lancaster, Calif. who is set to make his professional debut in a four-round battle of heavyweight giants. Alberto Fundora (5-0, 2 KOs) of Coachella, Calif. is scheduled to take on Richard Romero (1-0), and also as part of the live streaming event, St. Louis’ KeAndre Gibson (13-0, 5 KOs) will be looking to keep his perfect record intact in a scheduled eight-round super lightweight contest against Phoenix’ Freddy Lopez (10-2, 7 KOs).
Entering the professional ring for the first time in a four-round bout will be Las Vegas super lightweight Marco Magdaleno, who faces fellow debutant Phillip Bounds of Lancaster, and in the four-round welterweight opener, Glendale’sMelsik Baghdasaryan (2-0, 1 KO) takes on LA’s Diego Padilla (1-1). The undercard fights featured on RingTV can be accessed via The RingTV’s Roku and Amazon Fire channels and www.ringtvlive.com at 5:30 p.m. PT through 7:00 p.m. PT.
Diaz vs. Tamayo is a 10-round featherweight bout presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona Extra. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and the first bout begins at 5:30 p.m. The Boxeo Estelar broadcast will air live on Estrella TV at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. The card will also stream live on EstrellaTV.com and on YouTube via Fenomeno Studios. The Ring TV live stream will begin at approximately 5:30 p.m. PT through 7:00 p.m.
Tickets for the event are on sale now and are priced at $25, $35, and $45 at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, by calling (800) 827-2946 or online at www.fantasyspringsresort.com.
Making the move from prospect to contender, Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr. has been a steady performer who impresses every time he steps between the ropes. This year, the former member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic boxing team has taken his game to the next level with wins over Juan Luis Hernandez, Giovanni Delgado and Rene Alvarado, and with another victory on October 23, the 22-year-old southpaw will be knocking on the door of the top ten of the featherweight division.
A seasoned fighter of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico, Ruben “Canelito” Tamayo will be looking to impress in his second fight of 2015. The 26 year-old has had a chance to fight some of the best in the division, including a run in with Jesus Marcelo Andres Cuellar for the interim WBA Featherweight World Title and former world title Jesus “Estrella” Ruiz. Now, the featherweight fighter will be looking to add a victory to his resume and proving that he is still in the title game when he faces Joseph Diaz Jr. on Oct. 23.
A stellar amateur who won the 2009 United States Championship and earned a Silver medal in the 2009 World Championships, East LA’s Frankie “Pitbull” Gomez turned professional in 2010 and he has been on a mission ever since then. Owner of 12 knockouts in three rounds or fewer, Gomez can also box when he wants to, as shown in his near-shutout victory over longtime contender Vernon Paris in his most recent bout in July of 2014.
Hard-hitting Tijuana native Jorge “Pantera” Silva went through a rough spell after a 17-1-1 start to his professional career, as he battled the likes of Joshua Clottey, Alfredo Angulo, Pablo Cesar Cano and Alan Sanchez. But the 23-year-old got back to his winning ways in July with a fifth-round technical knockout of Juan Carlos Moreno, and he’s looking forward to his showdown with Gomez and introducing the “Pitbull” to the loss column for the first time.
24-year-old welterweight prospect, KeAndre Gibson, who now makes his home in Las Vegas, has become quite popular in Texas, where he won impressive victories over John Nater and Jose Hernandez. In January, Gibson took on Nicaragua’s Nelson Lara winning the fight via unanimous decision. In his second fight of 2015, Gibson faced Jorge Ramos in an eight round fight winning the bout via unanimous decision in the undercard of Canelo-Kirkland on May 9.
Looking to pin a loss on Gibson’s perfect professional record is 30-year-old Freddy “Duke” Lopez, a native of Chihuahua, Mexico who now makes his home in Phoenix. Owner of seven knockouts among his 10 pro wins, Lopez has won two of his last three, with his last three victories ending before the final bell.
A boxer since the age of 12, 19-year-old Alberto Fundora won the Junior Olympic and National PAL titles as heavyweight, but as a pro, the talented Coachella product has found a home at super middleweight, where he will risk his unbeaten record against fellow unbeaten Richard Romero of Commerce.
Las Vegas native Marco Magdaleno comes from a fighting family that includes brothers Diego and Jessie, and after a stellar amateur career, the hard-working southpaw from Indio will make his professional debut against another newcomer to the game, Lancaster’s Phillip Bounds.
A stablemate of UFC champion Ronda Rousey, Glendale’s Melsik Baghdasaryan has competed in both MMA and boxing, but he’ll have his boxing gloves on when October 23 comes around, as the 23-year-old seeks his third victory against Los Angeles’ Diego Padilla.