Photos: Joseph Diaz Scores TKO in LA Fight Night Debut. More Results

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Photo Credit: Tom Hogan-HoganPhotos/Golden Boy Promotions
 
LOS ANGELES (March 6) -The sold-out debut of LA FIGHT CLUB made an explosive impression at The Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles on March 6, and had no shortage of drama and action in the ring. The event drew celebrities and fans, filling The Belasco Theater to capacity. An electric crowd chanted and screamed for their favorite fighters all throughout the night, creating a true “fight club” feel in the venue. The excitement in the ring carried from bout to bout as fighters delivered exciting fights to please the crowd. Special guest host, long-time boxing fan and EXTRA host Mario Lopez joined the announce team   alongside play by play announcer Brian Custer, color commentator Paulie Malignaggi and ringside reporter Jessica Rosales for the fights that were broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports Deportes.
 
In the headlining event of the night, 2012 Olympian and Los Angeles native Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz Jr.. dominated over Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico’s Juan “La Perla Negra” Hernandez in a one-sided 10-round featherweight fight. Diaz came down hard on Hernandez, knocking him down four times in the second round and wining by technical knockout with a devastating blow to the abdomen as the bell rang to keep his undefeated status.
 
“My plan was to cut the guy off and break him down,” said Joseph “Jojo” Diaz Jr. “I wanted to dictate the pace of the fight with body shots and that’s what I did. It feels great to keep my undefeated status.”
 
“I wanted to try him out for the first three rounds and see what he was made of,” said Juan Luis Hernandez. “Unfortunately, he delivered a lucky blow that was too hard for me.”
 
In the co-main event of the night, Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez and Julio Cesar Sarinana engaged in a brutal showdown for a six-round lightweight match. Both fighters cornered each other on the ropes delivering damaging blows to the head that resulted with Gonzalez down on the second round and Sarinana with a severe swollen right eye. After six brutal rounds, Gonzales was declared the victor by technical knockout.
 
“I’m glad I got the win but it was a hard fight for me and a learning experience,” said Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez. “I need to go back to gym and work on some things; making sure I keep my knees bent, keep my hands up when I step back and focus on using my jab.”
 
Starting off the televised portion of the night, Santiago “El Lobito” Guevara faced the seasoned fighter Carlos “The Solution” Morales in a six-round super featherweight match.  Both fighters were relentless and battled it out on the ring evading each other with great defensive footwork and delivering devastating punches.  Morales received a cut on the right eye in the second round and ultimately won by majority decision with a score of 57-57, 59-55, 58-56.
 
“I train to fight 365 days, and I came ready to fight,” said Carlos Morales. “Santiago is a tough, solid fighter, and I respect him. The fight was very close and if he wants a re-match, I will give it to him.”
 
“I thought the fight had a good pace, and Morales was elusive, harder to catch than I thought,” said Santiago Guevara. “The fight was close. I don’t feel like it was a bad loss.  All I can do is learn from this. I am still young. I have time to come back.”
 
In a four-round middleweight TV swing bout, Jason Quigley (4-0, 4 KOs) put a quick end to Lanny Dardar (2-3-2, 1 KOs) knocking him down three times in the first round to win by knock out.
 
“My strategy was to really take my time. That didn’t really happen because I landed a few shots and as soon as I landed them I saw they hurt him so I had to take him out as soon as I could,” said Jason Quigley.
 
Roy “The Pitbull” Tapia took the offensive from the first round attacking Ali Gonzalez around the ring. Gonzalez fought back hard keeping busy throughout the six-round super bantamweight bout,. Tapia continued his attack cornering Gonzalez on the ropes and delivering hard punches to his opponent’s body. Ultimately, the bout was too tough to call and called a draw.
 
Fernando Vargas’ new prospect Cesar “The Great” Quinonez impressed crowds in the first round as he delivered devastating blows to Oscar Rojas in the second lightweight bout of the night. Quinonez dominated all four-rounds winning by unanimous decision in a spectacular showing of his second professional fight since debuting on the undercard for Stiverne vs. Wilder at the MGM Grand in January.
 
In the first lightweight match of the evening, the undefeated Jesus Delgado dominated all four-rounds releasing powerful punches to Rocco Espinoza’s body.  Delagdo used the ring to his advantage cornering Espinoza on the ropes to win the bout via unanimous decision.
 
In the night’s opening featherweight bout, Emilio Sanchez came out like a roaring bull as he knocked down Luis Cosme three times in the first round winning the fight within two minutes.

Joseph Diaz vs Geovanny Delgado to Headline March 6th LA Fight Club Premier

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LOS ANGELES (Feb. 11) – Today Golden Boy Promotions announced and unveiled the new monthly Los Angeles-based boxing series, LA FIGHT CLUB, live from The Belasco Theater in Downtown Los Angeles.  LA FIGHT CLUB will be featuredas part of the popular, fan-favorite Golden Boy Live! serieson FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes and is set to premiere on Friday, March 6 with undefeated super bantamweight prospect and 2012 U.S. Olympian Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz Jr. (14-0, 9 KOs) facing off against Mexican brawler Geovanny “Lloviznas” Delgado (15-2, 9 KOs) in a 10-round super bantamweight bout.
 
In the co-main event, rising super featherweight knockout artist Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez (8-0, 8 KOs) will face an opponent yet to be named in a six-round fight. Opening the televised action is a super featherweight clash between a pair of Los Angeles prospects, as Santiago “El Lobito” Guevara (8-0, 3 KOs) squares off against Carlos “The Solution” Morales (6-1-3, 3 KOs) in a six-round bout.  Plus, Irish middleweight prospect Jason Quigley (3-0, 3 KOs) will be featured in a four round bout hoping to get television air time against Lanny Dardar (2-2-2, 1 KOs) of Houma, Louisiana. 
 
“The Belasco Theater is going to be the hottest, most exciting destination for action-packed, live entertainment in the city every month with LA FIGHT CLUB,” said Oscar De La Hoya.  “There is no other entertainment option I’m aware of like LA FIGHT CLUB in Los Angeles.  This unique event will give fans the opportunity to experience boxing like they never have before by getting close to the ring and enjoying the action-packed fights in an entertaining atmosphere.  I am excited to host the inaugural LA FIGHT CLUB event and I invite all boxing fans in the city and beyond to meet me at The Belasco Theater on March 6.”
 
Tickets are on sale NOW and are reasonably priced starting at $20 for general admission (including on-camera ringside standing only pit access), $40 for lounge-style balcony seats and $80 for reserved ringside floor seats and first row balcony seats. Tickets can be purchased online by clicking HERE and at www.goldenboypromotions.com or by visiting the Golden Boy Promotions Facebook page. For ticket information please email us at LAFightClub@goldenboypromotions.com.
 
In the non-televised action, super lightweight prospect trained by former World Champion Fernando Vargas, Cesar “The Great” Quiñonez (1-0, 1 KO) will fight for the second time as a professional against an opponent to be named in a four round super lightweight fight.  Quiñonez signed with Golden Boy Promotions before making his professional debut on January 17 in Las Vegas on the Deontay Wilder vs. Bermane Stiverne card in a wildly exciting second round knockout over Joan Jose Valenzuela. 
 
Also featured on the exciting undercard will be three undefeated and talented rising stars of the sport.  East Los Angeles native Roy Tapia (10-0-1, 5 KOs) will fight in a six-round super bantamweight battle against an opponent to be determined.  Lightweight newcomer Jesus Delgado (3-0-1, 1 KO) will engage in a four round bout against Las Vegas’ Rocco Espinoza (4-11).  Opening up the night, super bantamweight prospect Emilio Sanchez (6-0, 5 KOs) will face and opponent yet to be named in a four-round fight.
 
The Knockout Experience VIP package is also available for an additional $25 upgrade and includes access to an exclusive VIP Lounge and Bar; a meet and greet opportunity with Oscar De La Hoya, the fighters and other celebrities attending the event; as well as, a picture in the ring and an entry into the LA FIGHT CLUB grand prize drawing, which can include but is not limited to: backstage access, tour of locker rooms, fighter ring walk, tickets to upcoming boxing events and additional merchandise and prizes. 
 
Golden Boy Promotions is offering a special for group ticket purchasers when you buy four $80 seats or six $40 seats you will receive an automatic upgrade to the LA FIGHT CLUB Knockout Experience. Group sales can be purchased online by clicking HERE and www.goldenboypromotions.com or by visiting the Golden Boy Promotions Facebook page. 
 
A member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team, South El Monte’s Diaz Jr. is rapidly displaying the skills and poise to become a feared contender in the sport. At just 21-years-old, Diaz is gearing up for his third headlining event on Golden Boy Live! and hoping to add Delgado to his list of victories, which already includes seasoned fighters Ramiro Robles, Raul Hidalgo, Roberto Castaneda and Jose Angel Barenza. 
 
Fighting out of Tacubaya, Distrito Federal, Mexico, Delgado has a tall task in his U.S. debut when he takes on the undefeated former Olympian Diaz. A professional since 2010, he won his first 12 fights before suffering a defeat to Roberto Amador in 2012. He rebounded to win two more fights by knockout before losing a split decision to Edgar Lozano. Most recently, he won a knockout victory in October 2013 against Aaron Olivares. Now, Delgado looks to make his U.S. debut in-style on March 6.  
 
A professional since 2013, the promising knockout artist Gonzalez of Buena Park, Calif. is a boxing legacy as his brother is the former WBC Featherweight World Champion Alejandro “Cobrita” Gonzalez. He has destroyed all willing to face him thus far in his career, winning each bout by knockout. Gonzalez has shown that he is a power puncher to watch in 2015 and beyond.
                                          
Guevara is a rising undefeated lightweight prospect that has been moving up the boxing ranks since his professional debut in 2011. New to the Golden Boy Promotions team, Guevara is ready to take his career to the next level when he faces off against Tulancingo, Hidalgo, Mexico’s Carlos Morales.
 
Now training out of Highland Park, Calif., Morales is a tough fighter looking to carry his winning streak into the New Year. Undefeated since 2013, Morales is looking to advance into the next stage in the lightweight division and beating Guevara will get him closer to his shot at a title match. 
 
Hailing from Balleybofey in County Donegal, Ireland, the 22-year-old Quigley had an outstanding amateur career becaming the first Irish fighter to win a Silver medal at the AIBA World Amateur Boxing Championships in 2013, earned gold medals in the 2013 European Championships, the 2009 European Youth tournament and the 2012 European U23 Tournament.  He started his professional career in 2014 and very quickly garnered attention as he quickly ending each of his fight via knockout against Howard Reece, Fernando Najera and Greg McCoy.
 
Louisiana native, Lanny Dardar is a relative newcomer looking to build his career. A professional since 2009 the 27-year-old took a break from boxing after his professional debut and in 2014 impressively took on five fights.  Dardar is now looking to start 2015 in the right direction when he faces Quigley on March 6.
 
LA FIGHT CLUB: Diaz vs. Delgado is a 10-round super bantamweight bout presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona Extra, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Mexico Live It To Believe It!. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and the first bout begins at 5:30 p.m.  The FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes broadcast airs live at 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT.
 
The LA FIGHT CLUB is a monthly boxingseries premiering March 6 and will take place on the first Thursday of each month, upcoming dates: April 2, May 7 and June 4.  It will showcase the brightest stars in the sport and present these exciting matchups in a nightclub atmosphere with an original setup.  The boxing ring will be set on the main floor of the Belasco Theater with on-camera standing room for fans in front of the ring similar to a concert pit, as well as reserved balcony and floor seats. Los Angeles’ own DJ Ray of Big Boy’s Neighborhood will spin music during the fights and fans will be able to dance and mingle with the fighters when the venue converts into a night club, in a VIP experience not matched by any promoter in the industry.

Golden Boy Promotions Announces Return of Fight Night Club Series to Downtown LA

LOS ANGELES (Feb. 6) Golden Boy Promotions is excited to announce the premiere of a new Los Angeles fight series adapted from the original Fight Night Club series set to launch exactly one month from today. The new series will take place monthly beginning Friday, March 6, 2015 from the historic Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles and will feature the future stars of boxing from Southern California in exciting, can’t-miss matches in an intimate setting.. It will be featured as part of the highly rated show Golden Boy Live! on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes.
 
Golden Boy Promotions Founder and President Oscar De La Hoya will host a press conference next week in downtown Los Angeles to unveil details for the new Fight Night Club series.  Also in attendance will be Los Angeles’ undefeated super bantamweight prospect and 2012 U.S. Olympian Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz Jr. who is set to headline the March 6 event. A full lineup of young undefeated prospects on the card will also be announced during the press conference.
 
“The rebooted series will be the most unique sports and entertainment event in downtown Los Angeles every month, providing an experience unlike any other the city has to offer,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Founder and President of Golden Boy Promotions. “The series will give the hardcore fans, the casual fans and new fans the opportunity to get up close to the ring, to feel like they are part of the fight and enjoy the experience in a VIP club atmosphere. It has been a dream of mine to bring this exciting live event back to my hometown of Los Angeles.”
 
Golden Boy Live! is known for showcasing the brightest stars in the sport and the new Los Angeles based fight series will present these exciting matchups in a nightclub atmosphere with an original setup. The boxing ring will be set on the main floor of the Belasco Theater with on-camera standing room for fans in front of the ring similar to a concert pit, as well as, reserved balcony and floor seats. Los Anegeles’ own DJ Ray of Big Boy’s Neighborhood will spin music during the fights and fans will be able to dance and mingle with the fighters when the venue converts into a night club, in a VIP experience not matched by any promoter in the industry.
 
The original Fight Night Club was Golden Boy Promotions’ critically acclaimed live boxing series hosted at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles. The series produced present-day boxing stars including Abner Mares, “Vicious” Victor Ortiz, Ronny Rios, Carlos Molina, Manuel “Tino” Avila, Fidel “The Atrisco Kid” Maldonado Jr., Jessie Vargas, Luis Ramos Jr. and many others who went on to become world champions, and some of whom are still in the running for title matches.  The return of the rebooted live show will again be a platform for young talent to display their skills, entertain local family and friends, be showcased on national television and make steps towards their dreams of becoming world champions.