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(August 18th) Rising featherweight contender Erick Ituarte (17-1-1, 2 KOs) of Santa Ana, Calif. puts his recently acquired NABF Junior championship on the line against Sacramento's Alberto Torres (10-0-2, 4 KOs) on Friday, Aug. 25, from Omega Products International in Corona, Calif.

 

The 8-round bout between Southern and Northern California rivals comprises the "Path to Glory" co-feature promoted by Thompson Boxing Promotions.

 

Tickets for "Path to Glory" sold out quickly, prompting Thompson Boxing to add an additional section of seating. Those tickets will be available for purchase at the door on the day of the event starting at 6:00 p.m. local time. 

 

Ituarte, winner of ten straight dating back to 2014, won his title in May after coming off the canvas to win a split decision over Isaac Zarate. Ituarte will no doubt receive a stern test from the unbeaten Torres, who like Zarate, is a southpaw.

 

"I expect Torres to fight hungry," Ituarte said. "It's a title fight. There's a lot at stake so I have to make sure to buzz him early and let him know what I'm about."

 

Torres, who started boxing after graduating from high school, understands what a win next Friday night can do for his career.

 

"It's the most important fight so far," Torres said. "I don't take anyone lightly. I work out hard all the time. Ituarte is going to have a tough fight. I know Ituarte is going to bring it and show up prepared because he doesn't want to lose that title. My plan is to feel him out at first and then go into attack mode."

 

The 8-round main event features unbeaten heavyweight LaRon Mitchell (15-0, 13 KOs) of San Francisco defending his NABF Junior title against Michael Bissett (14-9, 8 KOs) of Tampa, Fla.

 

The featured bout on the undercard pits unbeaten junior welterweights Roberto Meza (8-0, 4 KOs) of Temecula, Calif. and Giovanni Cabrera-Mioletti (8-0, 2 KOs) of Chicago (6-rounds).

 

Watch the LIVESTREAM on ThompsonBoxing.com or on the Thompson Boxing Facebook Page beginning at 8:00 p.m. PST / 11:00 p.m. EST.

 

The "Path to Glory" broadcast team features Beto Duran on play-by-play, with 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 Omega Products International is located at 1681 California Ave., Corona, CA 92881 and can be reached at 951-737-7447.

 

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

(August 16th) Competitive, heavyweight matchups generate buzz unlike any other. So much so that tickets for LaRon Mitchell's (15-0, 13 KOs) title defense against Michael Bissett (14-9, 8 KOs) on Friday, Aug. 25, have been sold out since last week.

 

Due to high interest, Thompson Boxing Promotions will open an additional section of tickets that will be available for purchase - at the door - on the day of the event starting at 6:00 p.m. local time.

 

Mitchell vs. Bissett is the 8-round "Path to Glory" main attraction taking place from Omega Products International in Corona, Calif. To access the promotional video, please click here, or on the graphic above.

 

Mitchell, who is based in San Francisco, will make the first defense of the NABF Junior heavyweight title he won last October. He captured the vacant championship by unanimous decision over Scott Alexander.

 

"Bissett is a tough customer," said Mitchell, who is a southpaw.  "He had a good amateur background, but he was matched tough early in his career. I expect a tough battle. I'm ready to win in any way possible. Whether it's by decision or knockout, it doesn't matter to me."

 

For Mitchell, arriving at this stage has been a remarkable accomplishment considering he didn't pick up the sport until his early thirties. The former college football tight end had a brief amateur career highlighted by a runner up finish at the 2012 U.S. National Championships.

 

"I'm a totally different fighter mentally," said Mitchell, referring to his progress. "The confidence is there. I have progressively gotten stronger and my technique has improved. My game is more refined from when I first started."

 

Mitchell will need every tool in his arsenal to get passed Bissett, who sits on a four-fight winning streak.

 

"I've watched him fight before," Mitchell said. "He's one of those fighters that you have to beat. You're not going to beat him just by showing up. If you're not sharp, he'll make you look bad."

 

In addition to advancing his boxing career, Mitchell works full time as a physical education teacher at St. Elizabeth's in Oakland, Calif.

 

The 8-round "Path to Glory" main event, along with the entire undercard, will be streamed live on TB Presents: Path to Glory.

 

In the 8-round co-feature, NABF Junior featherweight champion Erick Ituarte (17-1-1, 2 KOs) of Santa Ana, Calif. makes his first title defense against Alberto Torres (10-0-2, 4 KOs) of Modesto, Calif.

 

Ituarte, who is sitting on a ten fight winning streak, won a split decision against Isaac Zarate in May to win the vacant NABF Junior featherweight title. Ituarte's fan friendly style of all out pressure was won him significant fans across Southern California.

 

"I like to attack," Ituarte said. "Some fighters like to sit back for the first few rounds, but I don't like to waste any time. I think Torres is going to have a hard time."

 

The featured bout on the "Path to Glory" undercard pits a pair of undefeated junior lightweights in Roberto Meza (8-0, 4 KOs) of Temecula, Calif. and Giovanni Cabrera-Mioletti (8-0, 2 KOs) of Chicago (6-rounds).

 

It's a quick turn around for Meza, as he won a split decision against Juan Sandoval on July 21 on a Thompson Boxing card from Ontario, Calif.

 

Popular, unbeaten bantamweight Rudy Garcia (5-0, 1 KO) of Los Angeles tests his flawless record against Josue Morales (4-6-3) of Houston in a bout set for 6-rounds.

 

Additionally, bantamweight prospect Saul Sanchez (3-0, 2 KOs), who trains with Joel Diaz in Indio, Calif., will face an opponent to be named later (4-rounds).

 

Opening the "Path to Glory" show is junior welterweight Ruben Torres (pro debut) of Los Angeles and Ernest Knight (0-1) (4-rounds).

(August 9th ) Unbeaten heavyweight standout LaRon Mitchell (15-0, 13 KOs) of San Francisco defends his NABF Junior title for the first time against Michael Bissett (14-9, 8 KOs) of Tampa, Fla. on Friday, Aug. 25 from Omega Products International in Corona, Calif.

 

The 8-round "Path to Glory" main event, along with the entire undercard, will be streamed live on TB Presents: Path to Glory.

 

Tickets priced at $40, $60, & $100 are available for purchase on ThompsonBoxing.com or by calling 714-935-0900.

 

Mitchell's last outing came in October when he outpointed Scott Alexander to win the vacant NABF Junior heavyweight title. After registering five wins in 2015 and 2016, the current length of inactivity is the longest of Mitchell's young career. The time off, however, is by design.

 

"I got a late start in the sport so it was important to be active early on," said Mitchell, who turned 37 in May. "Now that I've built up my resume, I can be more selective in when I fight."

 

Mitchell's opponent, Bissett, has spent time in both the cruiserweight and heavyweight divisions. His marquee fight came early in his career - a knockout loss to recent world title challenger Dominic Breazeale.

 

Mitchell holds an amateur win over Breazeale and has previously sparred with top heavyweights Deontay Wilder and Charles Martin. After winning his first 13 fights by knockout, Mitchell has gone the distance in his last two outings. By being aggressive early, Mitchell plans to start a new knockout win streak.

 

"Heavyweights are the main course and fans want to see knockouts," said Mitchell, who earned a runner-up finish at the 2012 U.S. National Championships. "I'm planning to put Bissett on his back."

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