Boxing Returns to Desert Diamond Casino on August 1

Boxing’s back in a big way. Desert Diamond Casino and Golden Boy Promotions are teaming up once again to bring the best in boxing to Southern Arizona. On Friday, August 1st, the gloves will be flying in a scheduled 8-fight event, featuring Mexico’s David Lopez..

He’ll take on Samuel Miller, out of Colombia. Doors open at 4:00 PM with the first bout starting at approximately 4:30 PM. Select fights will be televised on TeleFutura. Tickets are on sale now and range from $40 to $125 in advance. They can be purchased at any Ticketmaster location, by calling 520-321-1000, by contacting the Desert Diamond Casino Box Office, or by visiting

Fan favorite and Nogales’s pride, David “The Destroyer” Lopez (35-12 22 KOs), is taking on Samuel Miller (18-2 15 KOs) out of Colombia. Insiders have labeled Miller a top Colombian fighter who’s on the verge of breaking out. He’ll battle Lopez—who’s been unstoppable the past few years—in a Middleweight showdown.

Returning to the Diamond Center is Mexico’s Jhonny Gonzalez (38-6 32 KOs) who’s currently ranked third by the WBA and sixth by the WBO. He’s facing fellow Mexican and former world title challenger, Fernando Beltran Jr. (30-3-1 18 KOs).

The co-main televised event will feature former Olympic gold medalist, Yan Barthelemy (6-0) and Dominican Republic’s Edison Morillo (12-5-2 1 KO).

Undercard: Craig McEwan (11-0 7 KOs), a native of Edinburgh, Scotland, will be making his fifth appearance at Desert Diamond Casino. Puerto Rico’s Hector Sanchez (14-0 5 KOs) was named two-time Puerto Rican National Amateur Champion and the 2000 Junior Olympic bronze medalist. Jonathan Oquendo (14-2 9 KOs), who TKO’d Andrews Ledesma in the Mayweather/Hatton undercard will be returning to the Diamond Center. 17-year-old Hylon Williams (2-0 1 KO) is a former 2007 National Golden Gloves Champion. And rounding out the card is former Jr. Olympics Bronze medalist, Jermell Charlo (3-0 2 KOs).

Treena Parvello, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Tohono O'odham Gaming Enterprise, said, “If you want quality boxing then you need to be at Desert Diamond Casino on August 1st. The lineup can’t be matched—David Lopez, Jhonny Gonzalez, plus some of the hottest prospects in the sport will be there!”

Desert Diamond Casino on Pima Mine Road, Desert Diamond Casino♦Hotel on Nogales Highway, and the Golden Ha:san in Why, Arizona, are enterprises of the Tohono O’odham Nation. Further information can be found at or by calling 866-DDC-WINS.

Article posted on 10.07.2008

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