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Erick Ituarte & Isaac Zarate Fight

for Jr NABF Featherweight Title Friday Night!

(May 18th) Erick Ituarte (16-1-1, 2 KOs) and Isaac Zarate (12-2-2, 2 KOs) successfully weighed in for Friday's Junior NABF featherweight championship scheduled for eight compelling rounds from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.

 

Ituarte (126 lbs.) and Zarate (125.8 lbs.) both hail from Southern California, Santa Ana and San Pedro, respectively. They each are familiar with one another's style with pre-fight chatter indicating a back-and-forth battle.

 

Thompson Boxing's 17 year anniversary show will be live streamed on its website and Facebook Live beginning at 7:45 p.m. PDT this Friday.

 

Official Weights

Erick Ituarte, 126 vs. Isaac Zarate, 125.8 (8-rounds)

Ricardo Espinoza, 115.5 vs. Christian Nieto-Ayala, 115.7 (8-rounds)

Ruben Villa, 130 vs. Anthony de Jesus Ruiz 129.1 (6-rounds)

Mario Hernandez, 117 vs. May Garduño, 116.7 (4-rounds)

Juan Garcia Mendez, 139 vs. Cesar Villarraga, 139.1 (6-rounds)

Brandon Trejo, 135.8 vs. Pablo Capul, 134.6 (4-rounds)

 

Tickets for "New Blood" are priced at $40, $60, & $100 and are available for purchase online at ThompsonBoxing.com, or by calling 714-935-0900.

 

Thompson Boxing's 17 year anniversary show will be live streamed on its website and Facebook Live beginning at 7:45 p.m. PDT this Friday.

 

The live stream, titled "TB Presents: New Blood," will be anchored by blow-by-blow announcer Beto Duran with Steve Kim providing expert color commentary.

 

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. local time with the first bell at approximately 7:45 p.m. The Doubletree Hotel is located at 222 N. Vineyard Ave., Ontario, CA 91764 and can be reached at (909) 937-0900.

 

"New Blood" is presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions and sponsored by Lucas Oil, in association with Everlast.

Ruben Villa To Test Unbeaten

Record On "New Blood"

Undercard Friday Night!

(May 17th) Blue chip featherweight prospect Ruben Villa (5-0, 3 KOs) headlines an action-packed "New Blood" undercard when he puts his undefeated record on the line against Anthony de Jesus Ruiz (2-2, 2 KOs) this Friday, May 19, from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.

 

Thompson Boxing's 17 year anniversary show will be live streamed on its website and Facebook Live beginning at 7:45 p.m. PDT this Friday.

 

Friday's bout marks the fourth time Villa will fight in front of an expected sold out crowd at the Doubletree Ontario. It will be his first, however, fighting on a live streamed show.

 

"I'm definitely excited for it. It's great exposure for us new guys trying to make a name for ourselves," said Villa, who is promoted by Thompson Boxing and Banner Promotions. "I know a lot of my friends and family will be watching. It also gives an opportunity for boxing fans all over the country to tune in and watch some quality fights."

 

Villa, a southpaw, is coming off his East Coast debut in April where we notched his third career knockout win over the previously unbeaten Luis Diaz Torres. Villa stopped the stiff-chinned Torres in the sixth and final round. It was the first, sixth round fight of Villa's career, one that tough him several impactful lessons. 

 

"It's important to stick to the plan and listen to my corner," said the 20-year-old, who hails from Salinas, Calif.  "He was somewhat reckless so I needed to show a little more patience with him. I'm used to fighting guys who are a little more technical. Diaz was able to take a shot. He was willing to absorb two or three punches to set up one of his own. I learned not to give him those opportunities."

 

For Friday's six-round bout versus Ruiz, Villa spent most of his training camp sparring at the Robert Garcia Gym in Riverside, widely seen as one of Southern California's most boxing rich environments. His chief sparring partner was Hector Tanajara, another highly regarded prospect with an undefeated record.

 

"Training camp went great," said Villa, who as an amateur won back-to-back National Golden Gloves championships. "I had quality sparring sessions against Hector Tanajara. He fights one division higher than me so it's always good to learn from guys that are naturally bigger than you."

 

While Villa comes from a well-rounded amateur career that saw him bank two wins against fellow high ceiling prospect Shakur Stevenson, the Northern California native is always on the quest to better his skills.

 

"I've been working on using more angles to set up punches," Villa said. "The goal is to develop better range with my jab so I can be more effective. With Ruiz, I plan to feel him out for the first round and then I'll start going at his weaknesses. A lot of what I plan to do will come off the jab."

Giovani Santillan Removed from Friday's

"New Blood" Main Event Due to Dehydration

(May 16th) Giovani Santillan, who was slated to highlight Thompson Boxing Promotions' 17 year anniversary show on Friday night, is off the card due to dehydration.

 

The junior welterweight was having difficulty getting down to the 140 lb. limit. He was scheduled to fight Juan Garcia Mendez for the vacant WBC FECOMBOX championship (8-rounds).

 

"It's unfortunate that Giovani could not cut the required weight in time," said Alex Camponovo, matchmaker and general manager at Thompson Boxing. "I hope he gets well soon. We'll see what happens with his career in the next few weeks."

 

"I feel bad for Juan Garcia Mendez who trained hard for this fight. We are trying to find him a late replacement. In the meantime, we have elevated the championship bout between Southern California rivals Erick Ituarte and Isaac Zarate as our main event. It is a terrific fight between two hard nosed competitors."

 

Ituarte (16-1-1, 2 KOs) and Zarate (12-2-2, 2 KOs) will compete for the vacant Junior NABF featherweight title scheduled for eight compelling rounds.

 

The new co-feature showcases hard hitting junior bantamweight Ricardo Espinoza (10-1, 8 KOs) of Tijuana, Mex. against fellow brawler and hometown rival Christian Ayala (9-1, 4 KOs) in a bout scheduled for 8-rounds. 

 

Espinoza vs. Ayala has all the makings of a barnburner, as both boxers bring an exciting brand of fighting into the ring.

Thompson Boxing Will LIVE STREAM

Its May Anniversary Show Starring Giovani Santillan!

(April 25th) Thompson Boxing Promotions celebrates seventeen years in the boxing business next month and to mark the anniversary, the Southern California-based promoter will begin live streaming its monthly shows starting with NEW BLOOD on May 19.

 

Headlining this special anniversary event, junior welterweight standout Giovani Santillan (21-0, 11 KOs) will face Juan Garcia Mendez (19-2-1, 12 KOs) at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.

 

The live stream, titled "TB Presents: New Blood," will be anchored by blow-by-blow announcer Beto Duran with Steve Kim providing expert color commentary.

 

Boxing media and fans alike can access the live stream at ThompsonBoxing.com, or its Facebook page via Facebook Live beginning at 8:00 p.m. PT on Friday, May 19.

The 8-round main event matches one of Thompson Boxing's elite prospects in Santillan, against a rugged counter puncher in Mendez.

 

Santillan, 25, enters the contest unbeaten and without ever being knocked down in his five years as a professional. The southpaw, based in San Diego, is fresh off an 8-round sweep of Omar Tienda in February.

 

"I feel great coming into this fight," Santillan said. "I've been in the gym non-stop and look forward to headlining Thompson Boxing's first live stream show."

 

Mendez, 25, is coming off a tough decision loss against world ranked contender Xolisani Ndongeni in November. Mexico's Mendez could not solve Ndongeni's active jab, which would later set up a proficient body attack. All of this does not bode well for Mendez, as Santillan enjoys to work off the jab to set up inside power punches.

 

"I'm familiar with what Santillan likes to do," Mendez said. "I learned a lot from the Ndongeni fight. I won't sit back and wait for the fight to come to me. I'm going to take it straight to him."

 

In the co-feature, local fan favorite Erick Ituarte (16-1-1, 2 KOs) of Santa Ana, Calif. puts his nine fight winning steak on the line against fellow Southern California native Isaac Zarate (12-2-2, 2 KOs) of San Pedro. The 8-round fight will be contested at the featherweight level.

 

The prevailing story line in this fight will be Ituarte moving down a division, while Zarate moves up from junior featherweight.

 

The undercard is highlighted by the fast rising featherweight prospect Ruben Villa (5-0, 3 KOs) of Salinas, Calif. Villa, 20, faces Anthony de Jesus Ruiz (2-2, 2 KOs) of Mexico in a bout set for 6-rounds.

 

Villa, a southpaw, turned professional last July after putting together an outstanding amateur resume that saw him net back-to-back National Golden Gloves Championships. He is coming off a knockout win over Luis Diaz Torres last month.

 

Hard hitting junior bantamweight Ricardo Espinoza (10-1, 8 KOs) of Tijuana, Mex. faces fellow brawler and hometown rival Christian Ayala (9-1, 4 KOs) in a bout scheduled for 8-rounds.  Espinoza vs. Ayala has all the makings of a barnburner, as both boxers bring an exciting brand of fighting into the ring.

 

Additionally on "New Blood," unbeaten welterweight prospect Saul Bustos (8-0-1, 4 KOs) of Los Angeles battles Leonardo Carrizales (4-2-1, 2 KOs) of Brownsville, Tex. (6-rounds).

 

Bantamweight Mario Hernandez (1-0) of Los Angeles faces May Garduño (pro debut) of San Bernardino, Calif. (4-rounds).

 

Opening the "New Blood" show is junior welterweight Brandon Trejo. Trejo will be making his professional debut against an opponent to be named later (4-rounds).

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