As summer temperatures rise, so will the heat inside the ring at the next edition of LA Fight Club on Thursday, August 6 at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles.
In a televised four-round super featherweight bout, San Antonio’s Hector “El Finito” Tanajara will take on Thomas De Leon (0-2) of Grand Rapids, Mich. Opening the telecast, Jonathan Navarro of East Los Angeles and Andrew Gomez (0-1) of Galveston, Texas, will battle in a four-round lightweight bout, and opening the night in a non-televised four-round super flyweight bout, Joshua Franco, also hailing from San Antonio, will face off against Temoatzin Landeros (0-1) of Tijuana, Mexico.
Also announced, Los Angeles’ Francisco Ochoa (1-0) will now take on Newark’s Marquis Pierce (1-6) in a non-televised four-round super featherweight bout.
In the previously announced main event, undefeated featherweight standout Abraham “Chamaco” Lopez (18-0-1, 13 KOs) will face Jorge “King” Diaz (18-3-1) in a 10-round featherweight bout.
The co-main event features local favorite Roy “Pitbull” Tapia’s (10-0-2, 5 KOs) anticipated return to the Belasco Theater as he takes on Juan “Perla Negra” Hernandez (18-5-1, 9 KOs) in an eight-round super bantamweight bout. In the non-televised bouts of the night, Pablo Rubio (1-0, 1 KO) of East Los Angeles will face Martin Regalado of Wilmington, Calif., in a four-round bantamweight bout.
Hector “El Finito” Tanajara from San Antonio has been fighting since 2007 and during that time has won eight national championships. In 2012, he qualified to attend the Veles Cup in Kurgan, Russia and took the gold medal in his weight class. This opportunity led the amateur standout to qualify for the 2016 USA Pre-Olympic trail competition. Winning the tournament and having been selected as one of seven to go to the 2016 Olympic trails, Tanajara decided instead to focus on a professional career. Now, the eight-time national champion will make his much-anticipated professional debut on August 6 as a newly signed Golden Boy Promotions fighter.
Hailing from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Thomas De Leon made his professional debut earlier this year taking on Ernesto Garza III in February at the Masonic Temple in Detroit, where he suffered his first loss due to a technical knockout in the third round. He quickly sought redemption taking on Mykal Fox in March at the Sphinx Club in Washington D.C. Fox proved to be another tough opponent, defeating De Leon with a first round technical knockout. De Leon will look to turn his luck around as he makes his LA Fight Club debut on August 6 against Hector Tanajara.
From East Los Angeles, Jonathan Navarro is a boxing legacy looking to make an impression on his professional debut on the August 6 edition of LA Fight Club. The nineteen-year-old, whose uncle Jose Navarro was a 2000 U.S. Olympian and a flyweight title challenger in his professional career, has a decorated amateur career winning gold in 15 tournaments four of which were international while representing the U.S. on the national team. A gifted boxer who began his boxing career at seven-years-old, Navarro won his first Golden Gloves at nine years of age. Now with tournaments and numerous awards under his belt, he is ready to make his mark as a professional boxer.
Francisco Ochoa, of South Los Angeles is a new fighter looking to make his mark in the professional boxing scene. Ochoa made an impressive professional debut on March 27, 2015 after dominating opponent Misael Chacon at Quiet Cannon in Montebello, Calif. Ochoa, who was born in Mexico, trains out of the New Generation Boxing Academy in Lynwood, Calif. He began boxing at age seven, following in the footsteps of three older brothers. On August 6, Ochoa will look to continue his winning streak in his second professional bout at LA Fight Club.
The 26-year-old Andrew Gomez of Galveston, Texas, took on Noe Lopez as both fighters made their professional debuts last month at Amigoland Convention Center in Brownsville, Texas. Lopez ultimately defeated Gomez by unanimous decision. On August 6, Gomez will seek a victory as he takes on pro debut fighter Jonathan Navarro at The Belasco Theater.
A former high school wrestler, Marquis Pierce of Newark, New Jersey, made an impressive debut against Jeffery Dorsey in June 2013 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. His following six fights proved tough as he took on Glenn Dezurn, Ronell Green, and Jesus Gonzales in 2013; Anthony Caramanno in 2014; and Renaldo Gaines and most recently Chris Colbert in 2015. Pierce will take on recent newcomer Francisco Ochoa as he aims for a win at this month’s edition of LA Fight Club.
Hailing from San Antonio, Joshua Franco is also set to make his professional debut as a new Golden Boy Promotions fighter. Franco boasts an impressive amateur career winning the silver medal at the 2015 USA Boxing World Series of Boxing and World Team Trials in Chattanooga, Tennessee, as well as was invited to participate in the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada this month
Temoatzin Landeros of Tijuana, Mexico will not only make his LAFight Club debut but also his U.S. debut when he takes on Joshua Franco at The Belasco Theater on August 6. He made his professional debut in March 2014 in his home country against Johnny Martinez, who defeated the young boxer in the second round.