Golden Boy prospects headed by “Vicious” Victor Ortiz packed in Maywood Boxing Club on Monday afternoon for a media day work out to promote their upcoming event, Fight Night Club at Club Nokia, Los Angeles, California that is to take place this Thursday, February, 25th.This year’s first show will feature exciting young prospects, Charles Huerta, Luis Ramos, Carlos Molina and Victor Ortiz. They worked out for the media and talked to the reporters.
In the main event of the evening, exciting junior welterweight prospect “Vicious” Victor Ortiz (25-2,20KO’S) will face a tough hombre , Hector The Mongoose Alatorre (16-8,5KO’S) from Tulare, California. Hector has never been knocked out and is a tough out for anybody. As far as Victor is concerned, what a difference a year makes? Last summer Ortiz was headlining a main event at the Staples Center against a tough Argentine, Marcos Maidana. This winter he is fighting on a club show. Boxing is a tough and unforgiving sport. Young Ortiz had to face a lot of criticism from fans and media alike after his TKO loss to Maidana. Because of his post fight emotional comments and a body language in the ring prior to stoppage, many felt that Victor quit the fight, even despite the fact that referee Raul Caiz Sr. stopped the bout due to a cut caused by a punch. Caiz Sr. told me right after the event that he felt that Ortiz could not continue due to an injury and it was his and doctors decision to end the contest (not Victor’s request).
Fighting public opinion is a lot tougher than facing somebody in the ring and that is exactly the kind of challenge Victor Ortiz is facing, not only does he have to win, he must do it impressively, and even that might not be enough to sway the public in his favor. Sculpted body with a defined six pack and great work out, Ortiz looked tremendous in the gym. Would he be able to impress his fans on Thursday?
Another young prospect that has a lot of ground to make up is a feather weight Charles Huerta. Charles did not have to go very far for a media work out as he trains at the Maywood Boxing Club with his father. Last year in July, Huerta headlined Fight Night Club show and promptly got knocked out in the first round by a little known prospect from Florida, Derrick Wilson. Huerta claims it was a lucky punch. Wilson with the win earned an ESPN television appearance against a tough Mexican veteran, Guadalupe De Leon.
Inspired by his spectacular victory over Huerta Wilson came out firing with every punch meant to be the last. Unfortunately Wilson had no alternative plan of action and when knock out did not come; he did not know what to do and consequently ended up loosing a decision. Huerta who wanted an immediate rematch with Wilson got the second best thing; he is going to fight De Leon, who just beat the guy Huerta wanted to fight. Styles make fights, so don’t make any rush conclusions that De Leon (8-9,4KO) has advantage over Huerta (12-1,6KO’S). However discarding their records, it does look like a good competitive contest in the featherweight division which is scheduled for six rounds.
Another exciting, undefeated light welterweight prospect Carlos Molina, who also trains at Maywood Boxing Club under the guidance of Clemente Medina, did a light work out that included mitt work for the media.Rumored to be one of the best mitt practitioners in the business Medina had high praise for his charges work ethic: “This guy is always early for his training and he does enough work for two people.” His last fight in Las Vegas on January 29th only lasted 54 seconds. Molina (10-0,6KO’S) blasted out Tyler Ziolkowski without breaking a sweat. To avoid all the training and hard work going to waste Carlos is back in the ring taking on Hensley Stracham (5-5-1,1KO’S) from Bahamas in a four round contest.
The prospect that most impressed me was undefeated lightweight from Santa Ana, Luis Ramos Jr. (13-0,7KO’S). While hitting the mitts with his trainer, Ramos’s accurate, crisp punches reverberated throughout the gym. These punches had a different sound, it’s like they had a special purpose. Ramos Junior is facing a tough Colombian veteran Walter Estrada (35-11,24KO’S) in a six round battle.
Other prospects featured on the cards are Crazy Russian, unbeaten featherweight Khabir Suleymanov (9-0,4KO) and an undefeated youngster from Oxnard, Ricky Lopez. Lightweight from Philadelphia Karl Dargan (6-0,2KO’) will also be featured in a six round bout against Jose Alfredo (10-12-1,6KO’S) fro Los Mochis, Mexico, a breading ground for tough Mexican fighters.
General admission tickets are still available at Ticketmaster for $19.75. Don’t miss this one as the next time you will see Victor Ortiz live you might have to pay a lot more.