Rising junior welterweight star Antonio “Relentless” Orozco and two highly regarded members of the Olympic class of 2012, Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz Jr. and Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale will get a glimpse of the national spotlight this Saturday, Aug. 24 when they step into the ring at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., live on Showtime Extreme (8 p.m. ET/PT), followed by the live Showtime Championship Boxing doubleheader featuring two world championship matches.
In an eight-round heavyweight bout, Los Angeles’ unbeaten Breazeale faces St. Catherine, Jamaica’s Lenroy “TNT” Thomas. Plus, Diaz, of South El Monte, Calif., looks to keep his perfect record intact in a six-round featherweight bout against Phoenix’s Noel Mendoza and in a 10-round junior welterweight attraction, San Diego’s Orozco faces seasoned opponent Ivan Hernandez.
“A great card just got even better with the addition of the SHOWTIME EXTREME fights featuring three of the top young stars in the sport,” said President of Golden Boy Promotions Oscar De La Hoya. “2012 Olympians Dominic Breazeale and Joseph Diaz Jr. have made great strides since the London Games and Antonio Orozco is on the verge of big things at junior welterweight. They’re all in tough this weekend, making for some exciting fights.”
2012 United States Olympian Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale (5-0, 5 KO’s) has the size, style and personality to become a superstar in the heavyweight division and thus far in his young pro career, the 27-year-old has also shown the power, knocking out each of his opponents in two rounds or less. On Saturday, he will face his toughest test yet in seasoned southpaw Lenroy “TNT” Thomas (16-2, 8 KO’s), who has won 16 of his last 17 bouts.
Showing rapid improvement with each fight, 25-year-old Antonio “Relentless” Orozco (17-0, 13 KO’s) has reached the point in his career where fight fans are starting to talk about his prospects when fighting the best 140-pounders in the world. That’s exactly where Orozco wants to be and he doesn’t plan on letting his growing base of followers down Saturday when he faces Miami, Florida’s hard-hitting Ivan Hernandez (29-3, 22 KO’s).
Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz Jr. (6-0, 4 KO’s) has stayed busy since his pro debut following the 2012 Olympics and despite such a hectic schedule, he’s handled each challenge with poise and maturity. Coming off a body shot knockout of Luis Cosme in July, the 20-year-old Diaz relishes the opportunity to perform in front of his Southern California fans. Looking to spoil the homecoming will be Phoenix’ Noel Mendoza (6-2, 1 KO’s).
East L.A.’s phenom Julian “El Camaron” Ramirez puts his 8-0 (5 KO’s) record on the line in a featherweight six rounder, Mexican super bantamweight contender Rey Vargas (14-0, 13 KO’s) looks for another knockout in an eight-round contest, and Nogales’s Jesus Ruiz (28-5-5, 21 KO’s) takes on Los Angeles’ Enrique Quevedo (14-5-1, 9 KO’s) in an eight-round meeting of super bantamweight veterans. Plus, undefeated promising prospects Las Vegas’ Ronald Gavril (5-0 (4 KO’s) and Kansas City’s Lanell Bellows (4-0-1,4 KO’s) will be featured in non-televised bouts.