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(October 18th) Super bantamweight Isaac Zarate (13-3-2, 2 KOs), fresh off routine sparring sessions with WBA world champion Danny Roman, looks to capitalize on his latest win against recent world title contender Carlos Carlson when he headlines the latest edition of "Path to Glory" this Friday, Oct. 20, from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.

 

Zarate faces Christian Esquivel (29-12, 22 KOs) in the 8-round main event.

 

Zarate, fighting out of the Los Angeles port city of San Pedro, Calif., is going up against a big puncher in Esquivel.

 

"I'm not worried about his power," said Zarate, who turned 26 in September. "I'm a pressure fighter so I won't give him the chance to throw anything big."

 

The southpaw is only now entering his prime and is peaking at just the right time. His convincing win in July against Carlson and his frequent sparring with top-flight talent such as Roman has him feeling supremely confident heading into Friday night.

 

"It's the perfect time to start another winning streak," said Zarate, who is trained and managed by Eddie Gonzalez. "I've had some recent setbacks, but I feel as though I've elevated my game in the last five months. I'm ready to put on a show."

 

In the co-feature, junior welterweight Mohammed Rodriguez (10-4, 4 KOs) of Mexico makes his second appearance on a Thompson Boxing card when he fights Colombian Cesar Villarraga (9-3-1, 4 KOs) in a bout set for 8-rounds.

 

The marquee attraction on the "Path to Glory" undercard showcases middleweights Antonio Gutierrez (22-2-1, 10 KOs) of Tijuana, Mex. and James De La Rosa (23-5, 13 KOs) of Harlingen, Tex. (8-rounds).

 

Gutierrez owns a very close loss to Gabriel Rosado, who has fought elite talents such as Gennady Golovkin, David Lemieux, and Willie Monroe, Jr.

 

Also on the undercard, slick bantamweight Saul Sanchez (5-0, 3 KOs) of Indio, Calif. battles Nester Ramos (7-6-1, 3 KOs) in a fight scheduled for 4-rounds.

 

Lightweight Brandon Trejo (2-0) of Napa, Calif. makes his third start for Thompson Boxing. He faces an opponent to be named later (4-rounds).

 

Opening "Path to Glory" are bantamweights Daniel Guzman (1-1) of Los Angeles and Jose Mora (1-4) of Tijuana, Mex. (4-rounds).

 

All six fights will be livestreamed on TB Presents: Path to Glory via our Facebook page and ThompsonBoxing.com.

 

The livestream starts at 8:00 p.m. PT / 11:00 p.m. ET with Beto Duran as the blow-by-blow announcer and Steve Kim providing expert color commentary.

 

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. local time with the first bout at approximately 8:00 p.m. The Doubletree Hotel is located at 222 N. Vineyard Ave. in Ontario, CA 91764 and can be reached at 909-937-0900.

 

"Path to Glory" is presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions and sponsored by Lucas Oil, in association with Everlast.

 

Tickets for "Path to Glory" are priced at $40, $60, & $100 and are available for purchase by calling 714-935-0900, or visiting ThompsonBoxing.com.

(October 12th) Lightweight Brandon Trejo (2-0) of Napa is just one of thousands of Northern California residents affected by the deadly wildfires that ignited late Sunday and continue to burn today.

Trejo, who fights one week from Friday on Thompson Boxing's "Path to Glory" undercard, is one of the fortunate ones. With the death toll sitting at 21 and with hundreds of people still unaccounted for, Trejo has been counting his blessings.

 

"It's such a sad situation that we're dealing with," Trejo said. "We are lucky in that we live in the center of Napa where the wildfires missed us, but the people who live near the wineries and closer to nature got hit in an instant. The fires were on top of them in a matter of minutes."

 

What seemed like a normal training camp for the 20-year-old boxer changed dramatically by the dozens of fires that have charred more than 160,000 acres and destroyed upwards of 3,500 homes or structures at the time of this press release.

 

Trejo trains out of the Napa County Sheriff's Dept. Gym, which by Wednesday, was evacuated due to a blaze that was within one mile of the sheriff's office. His trainer, Lt. Oscar Ortiz, has been called away to assist in evacuations. 

 

"There is no routine to this training camp anymore," Trejo said. "You can't run outside because the air quality is close to toxic. The odor of smoke remains strong and there's ash everywhere. Everyone is being told to stay inside with windows and doors shut. Thankfully a lot of the Napa gyms have opened their doors to the public free of charge. A couple of them have pretty good boxing layouts and equipment so I've been getting my work in whenever possible."

 

While Trejo and his family are seemingly out of harms way, fire officials have urged residents to be ready for evacuation orders.

 

"Our bags are packed should we get the call to evacuate," Trejo said. "Hopefully it doesn't get to that point. We just want to put this behind us."

 

Trejo fights Javier Rojas (1-1, 1 KO) on Friday, Oct. 20 from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif. The 4-round fight is the show opener of the 6-bout card.

 

Super bantamweight Isaac Zarate (13-3-2, 2 KOs) headlines the latest edition of "Path to Glory" when he faces veteran Christian Esquivel (29-12, 22 KOs) in the 8-round main event on Friday, Oct. 20, from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.

 

Zarate, fighting out of the port city of San Pedro, Calif., enters the contest with a win over recent world title challenger Carlos Carlson in July. Prior to that, Zarate endured a rough stretch that saw him net a draw and two split decision losses.

 

"The win against Carlson really put me back on track," said Zarate, who turned 26 in September. "I have some momentum now and I'm looking forward to closing out the year with a win against Esquivel."

 

Zarate, a southpaw that also campaigns as a featherweight, is well equipped to handle Esquivel. He recently spent significant time sparring with WBA world champion Danny Roman.

 

"I've known Danny for years," Zarate said. "We are actually very good friends. I helped him prepare for his world title fight against Shun Kubo in September, and he helped me stay sharp while I was in between fights."

 

In the co-feature, junior welterweight Mohammed Rodriguez (10-4, 4 KOs) of Mexico makes his second appearance on a Thompson Boxing card when he fights Colombian Cesar Villarraga (9-3-1, 4 KOs) in a bout set for 8-rounds.

 

After an uneven start to his career that included four straight wins followed by three straight losses, Rodriguez is on the verge of turning things around. He knocked out Manuel Mendez in the fourth round in June in what was his Thompson Boxing debut.

 

Villarraga, meanwhile, is mired in a slump with two unanimous decision losses and a draw in his last three outings.

 

"Both Rodriguez and Villarraga need this win," said Alex Camponovo, general manager and matchmaker for Thompson Boxing. "It's a classic 'show me' fight. Rodriguez and Villarraga are hungry to right the ship, which should produce a competitive and entertaining fight."

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