FAN FAVORITES AND RISING STARS CHRISTIAN “CHIMPA” GONZALEZ, IVAN “STRIKER” DELGADO, OSCAR “EL JAGUAR” NEGRETE AND RAFAEL “EL ALIKIN” GRAMAJO TO FIGHT AT LA FIGHT CLUB’S ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY ON MARCH 4
NEW GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS FIGHTER ALEXIS OCHOA TO MAKE HIS PROFESSIONAL DEBUT
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LOS ANGELES (Feb. 12, 2016) – Fan-favorites and LA FIGHT CLUB regularsChristian “Chimpa” Gonzalez (12-0, 11 KOs), Oscar “El Jaguar” Negrete (12-0, 5 KOs), Ivan “Striker” Delgado (8-0-1, 2 KOs) and Rafael “El Alikin” Gramajo (6-1-1, 2 KOs) will all fight on the one year anniversary of the popular downtown Los Angeles series on March 4.
In the televised bouts, Gonzalez of Buena Park, Calif. will make his fifth appearance at LA FIGHT CLUB against the battle tested David “Dangerous” Rodela (17-12-4, 7 KOs) of Oxnard, Calif. in eight-round super featherweight event and newly signed Golden Boy Promotions fighter Alexis Rocha of Santa Ana, Calif. will make his professional debut in a four-round super welterweight bout.
Featured on the non-televised undercard but streaming live on Ring TV, rising super bantamweight star Oscar “El Jaguar” Negrete (12-0, 5 KOs) will face off against seasoned fighter Hugo “Olímpico” Partida (20-7-2, 15 KOs) of Mexico City in an eight-round fight. Also part of the live stream, Los Angeles undefeated fighters, Ivan “Striker” Delgado (8-0-1, 2 KOs) and Rafael “El Alikin” Gramajo (6-1-1, 2 KOs) will both battle it out in the ring on March 4 in respective super featherweight and super bantamweight six-round battles. Opponents will be named shortly.
“LA FIGHT CLUB has been a hit since it debuted one year ago, bringing boxing back to downtown Los Angeles and showcasing a new generation of talent to fans across the LA region,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “We’ve been dedicated to showcasing local, up-and-coming talent in boxing at LA FIGHT CLUB and the fans have responded positively to this, with many of our monthly shows selling out.”
A 20-year-old phenom who has ended 11 of his 12 wins by knockout, Buena Park’s Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez won his first seven bouts in Mexico by first-round knockout. Since then, he has gone 5-0 with four knockouts, defeating Misael Chacon and the tough Julio Sarinana who sent him into the mat for the first time in his professional career at the debut of LA FIGHT CLUB in March 2015. In 2015, Gonzalez had his first decisioning win over Darryl Hayes in June and stopped Luis “Lichito” Ruiz Lizarraga, Jr. in two rounds in September. Gonzalez was last seen in the ring headlining LA FIGHT CLUB in December 2015 where he thrilled the crowd with a spectacular second round knockout of Alejandro Ochoa. Gonzalez is ready to please his fans in his fifth appearance at LA FIGHT CLUB in Los Angeles on March 4.
David “Dangerous” Rodela had an impressive amateur career that included the 2004 U.S. National Lightweight Championship before making the leap to turn professional in January 2005. From that time until August 2008, Rodela racked up a steady stream of victories fighting in California, Arizona and Baja California. In 2010, Rodela fought Dante Jardon for the WBC Youth World super featherweight title but suffered a devastating loss by technical knockout in the third round. Rodela bounced back in his next fight with a win over Eric Cruz at Club Nokia in Los Angeles two months later in May 2010. Since then, Rodela has had mixed results in the ring and most recently fought the tough Marcelino “Nino” Nicolas Lopez, a teammate of Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse’s, on the undercard of Matthysse vs. Postol at StubHub Center where he suffered an unfortunate third-round knock out. Rodela will be eager to get a ‘W’ in 2016 when he makes his LA FIGHT CLUB debut on March 4.
Undefeated super bantamweight star Oscar “El Jaguar” Negrete of Tierralta, Columbia, who now calls Los Angeles home, is eager to make his first appearance of 2016 in the ring on the one-year anniversary edition of LA FIGHT CLUB. Negrete has been a regular face at LA FIGHT CLUB, fighting his last four fights there, which were all victories including a stunning knockout of Ernesto Guerrero in the third round on the December 4 card. Now, the Negrete is eager to add another victory to his record.
Hailing out of Mexico City, Mexico, Hugo “Olímpico” Partida is seasoned fighter ready to kick off the New Year with a victory in his first scheduled fight of 2016 LA FIGHT CLUB at on March 4. A professional since 2005, Partida has fought for the regional IBF Inter-Continental Super Bantamweight title, the WBC Continental Americans Super Bantamweight title, the WBC Youth World Featherweight Title and has retained and defended the WBC Fecarbox Super Bantamweight title. Partida was most recently seen in the ring fighting Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz Jr. on Dec. 18 for the vacant NABF featherweight title where he was no match to Diaz Jr.’s power, suffering a loss by technical knockout in the second round.
Unbeaten in eight professional bouts, local favorite Ivan “Striker” Delgado will make his first 2016 appearance in the ring at LA FIGHT CLUB on March 4. The 25-year-old stayed busy in 2015, winning all five bouts, four of which were LA FIGHT CLUB victories. Delgado has stayed local, building up his name and reputation on the Southern California boxing circuit, including a win by unanimous decision against Angel Albelo at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena on the Herrera vs. Lundy undercard on July 11.
At 14-years of age, Alexis Rocha was the youngest fighter to win a gold medal at the Junior Olympics in 2012 and caught the attention of the boxing world as he continued on to become a six-time national champion during his amateur career. Although he came from a boxing family where both his older brothers boxed professionally, Rocha turned to boxing at 13 years old to fight his way back to health and combat childhood obesity. Starting at more than 200 pounds, Rocha looked to older brother Ronny Rios, current WBC Silver Featherweight Champion for help and inspiration. They began training together and Rocha dropped to 147 pounds and six months later he starting competing. Now, the 18-year-old will be looking to impress in his professional debut on March 4 at the popular Los Angeles boxing series LA FIGHT CLUB.
Born in Garden City, Kansas and raised in Los Angeles, Rafael “El Alikin” Gramajo started boxing at the age of 11 in the same gym that saw the likes of former world champions Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios, Victor “Vicious” Ortiz and “Relentless” Antonio Orozco. After an ambitious amateur career where he participated in around 100 fights, Gramajo decided to take his career to the next level, making his professional debut against Jimmy Small in April 2012. In 2014, Gramajo moved to Los Angeles to train out of the famed Westside Boxing Club under the Saucedo Brothers. Gramajo stayed busy in 2015 fighting five times, including his LA FIGHT CLUB debut on June 4 with an impressive win over Pablo Cupul. Gramajo will return to the Belasco Theater for the third time on March 4 looking to impress the crowd once again with a victory.
The March 4 edition of LA FIGHT CLUB is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, BORN BOLD and Carmelita Chorizo. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and the first bout begins at 5:30 p.m. The Estrella TV Boxeo Estelar broadcast will air live on Friday, March 4 at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. and will stream live simultaneously on estrellaTV.com and on YouTube via Fenomeno Studios: youtube.com/FenomenoStudios. The Ring TV live stream will begin at approximately 5:30 p.m. PT through 7:00 p.m.
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