News: Luis Ramos; 8 Count Hosts Fan's Open House; Edwin Rodriguez

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 9, 2009) Sensational lightweight prospect Luis Ramos returned home on Sunday following an outstanding performance on Saturday night, winning a four round unanimous decision over Nicaraguan veteran Anthony Martinez at the HP Pavilion in San Jose. With the win, the 20 year old Santa Ana resident improved his record to 10-0 with five knockouts..

Working off his excellent jab, the all-action southpaw repeatedly drilled Martinez from the outside in the first round. Finding his way in close with success, Ramos did his best work in tight quarters as his accumulation of punches almost earned a stoppage towards the end of round three.

Dominating from start to finish and also displaying a solid chin to the “tough as nails” Martinez , Ramos won by scores of 40-36, 40-36 and 40-35.

Said Ramos, “I felt terrific, it was a quicker fight than I’m used to, but I’m happy with my performance. He hit me solidly a couple of times but I took them pretty good. It was great to fight up in San Jose and I’m glad we had so many people come up from Southern California to support me.”

Said manager Frank Espinoza, “I’m very pleased with Luis, he was in great shape and although this was only a four rounder, we’re looking to move up to an eight soon. He’s had four six rounders, gone the distance twice. We plan on having in him back in the ring either in April or May.”

“We’re very thankful to Richard Schafer and the Golden Boy Promotions team for the opportunity to fight on the card, there were a lot of great young fighters and it was a terrific experience for Luis.”

The off- TV Ramos/Martinez bout was part of an HBO Boxing After Dark tripleheader presented by Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions which featured James Kirkland, Victor Ortiz and Robert Guerrero.

The ESPINOZA BOXING CLUB was started in 1991 by Los Angeles area businessman Frank Espinoza.

Espinoza, born and bred in East Los Angeles, was a huge fan of the sport and eventually went on to establish himself as one of the top managers in the world of boxing.

In 2006, Espinoza was awarded the Manager of the Year award from the World Boxing Hall of Fame and inducted into the California Boxing Hall of Fame.

Espinoza’s management style has earned him numerous accolades from several respected print and internet boxing writers. In the September 2008 issue of Ring Magazine, Espinoza was praised for his outstanding handling of the career of junior featherweight world champion and “Pound for Pound” superstar Israel “EL MAGNIFICO” Vazquez.

Along with managing Vazquez also manages a young squad of talented and promising fighters composed of Luis Ramos, Carlos Molina, Abraham Lopez, Ronny Rios, Manny “Suavecito” Roman and Jesus “Pollo” Hernandez.

Among the world champions Espinoza has managed in the past are Martin “Gallito” Castillo, Enrique Sanchez, Isidro “ Chino ” Garcia and “Mighty” Mike Anchondo.

It is the goal of the Espinoza Boxing Club to always fight for our fighter’s best interests and to maximize their potential.



CHICAGO, IL (March 9, 2009) Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, will host a fan’s open house at the UIC Pavilion on Thursday, March 12th at 7pm in advance of their upcoming WINDY CITY NIGHT FIGHT premiere on Friday, March 27th featuring a ten round junior middleweight showdown between Chicago favorite “MACHO” Miguel Hernandez and Luciano “EL MICHOACANO” Perez.

“With our new downtown home at the UIC Pavilion we wanted to give the fans a chance to see how it will look on fight night, check out their seats, meet the fighters and it gives them a chance to attend the press conference where we’ll be announcing further details of our first WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT event on March 27th” said Pesoli.

In keeping with the tradition started last year, each yearly anniversary of 8 Count Productions promoting world class professional boxing in Chicago will bring another class of inductees into their Hall of Fame.

Continued Pesoli, “The March show starts our 12th year and we’re truly honored that Chicago boxing fans have shown tremendous support to us throughout the years. Last year we inducted Mike Garcia and Rocky Martinez into our Hall of Fame and we’ll be announcing three new members at the open house.”

Free parking for the open house is available in Parking Lot 07, immediately East of the venue on the North Side of Harrison St. (Please mention the event to the attendant.)

Two of Chicago’s proudest warriors, “MACHO” Miguel Hernandez and Luciano “EL GALLO MICHOACANO” Perez will battle in the main event at the inaugural “WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT” on Friday, March 27th at the UIC Pavilion, presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING.

Hernandez brings a record of 20-8-0 (10KO’s) into the bout with Perez who sports a record of 16-9-1 (14KO’s). The scheduled ten round battle will be contested for the World Boxing Foundation Americas Middleweight Title.

Advance tickets, starting at $30, for “WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT” are now on sale through the UIC Pavilion Box Office (312-413-5740) and through Ticketmaster ( A full undercard will be announced shortly. Doors on the evening of the event will open at 7pm with the first bell at 8pm.

Further details, including directions to the UIC Pavilion, can be obtained through their website at

Rodriguez-Thompson headlines “Homecoming”

March 19 at historic Mechanics Hall in Worcester

WORCESTER, Mass. (March 9, 2009) – Unbeaten prospect Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez has been matched against veteran Patrick Thompson in the 8-round main event on “Homecoming,” promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Manfredo’s Gym, Thursday night, March 19 at historic Mechanics Hall.

“Homecoming” will be taped live as part of DiBella’s “Broadway Boxing Series,” which will be shooting in New England for the first time, from the beautiful Mechanic’s Hall venue that hasn’t hosted pro boxing since 1967.

“This show launches DiBella Entertainment in New England,” promoter Lou DiBella said. “We come right back April 25th at Foxwoods, featuring Jermain Taylor challenging WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch, on Showtime. With young fighters in our stable like Edwin and Ryan, DiBella Entertainment definitely plans to have a strong promotional boxing presence in New England.”

The Dominican Republic-born Rodriguez (9-0, 6 KOs), fighting out of Worcester, recently signed an exclusive promotional contract with DiBella Entertainment. The 23-year-old middleweight has an outstanding 84-9 amateur record, including gold medal performances in the 2005 USA Boxing National Championships and 2006 U.S. Golden Gloves Championships.

Thompson (15-13-1, 5 KOs), reigning Colorado/Nebraska super middleweight champion, has defeated former Canadian champion Jason Naugler and gone the distance with present IBF mandatory middleweight title challenger Giovanni Lorenzo, John Duddy, Joe Greene, Vanes Martirosyan, Sechew Powell, Matt Vanda, Ishe Smith, Mariusz Cendrowski, Pawel Wolak, and David Medina. The thick-whiskered Thompson has been stopped only once, 5-½ years ago, by Alfonso Gomez of The Contender I fame.

“This guy is the gatekeeper to the elite level of the middleweight/super middleweight divisions,” Rodriguez’ manager Larry Army noted. “He’s fought everyone and only top-echelon fighters have defeated him. Thompson’s only been knocked out once, so he’s tough and durable.”

The 8-round co-feature pits a hot prospect, “Buddy” McGirt-trained super bantamweight Dat “Dat Be Dat” Nguyen (14-1, 6 KOs), against a proven veteran, former world title challenger Alex “Ali” Baba (26-14-1, 19 KOs).

Fighting on the undercard in 4-round bouts are Quincy (MA) lightweight Ryan Kielczewski (3-0), Brooklyn middleweight Philip Jackson Benson (2-0) vs. Dameon Mitchell (0-1), 3-time Irish national amateur champion, Steven Ormond (2-0), in his U. S. debut, along with a pair pro-debuting boxers from Providence, light heavyweight Valar Boise and welterweights Dustin Rhinehold.

“Edwin will be ready for Thompson,” Manfredo’s head coach Peter Manfredo, Sr. remarked. “He’s looking good, real sharp. He’s been going to a strength-and-conditioning coach and it’s starting to show. His power has improved and his defense is getting better. Edwin’s turning into a real pro.

“Thompson’s a tough kid, stopped only once, and he comes to fight. It would be a nice feather in Edwin’s cap to knockout Thompson, not that he’s going into the ring looking for a knockout. If it comes, we’ll take it.”

Tickets, priced at $50.00 (balcony), $75.00 (first row balcony), $60.00 (floor), $100.00 (floor), and $150.00 (ringside – first 2 rows inside security barriers), go on sale tomorrow at the Mechanics Hall box office,, Manfredo’s Gym in Pawtucket (RI), and the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester. Doors open at 6:30 PM/ET, first bout at 7:00 PM/ET.

Article posted on 08.03.2009

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