The “biggest little boxing show” in Ventura County will make its triumphant return to the Oceanview Pavilion in Port Hueneme, California as Top Rank in association with Bash Boxing brings another installment of Boxing By The Beach on Saturday April 2, 2016.
Located adjacent to boxing rich Oxnard, the Oceanview Pavilion has been home to the area’s most notable boxing and wrestling events over the past decade. As with previous Boxing By The Beach shows, local fight fans will be treated to a combination of world class talent, former amateur standouts, and local prospects…all in one show.
Santa Barbara’s Francisco “Chia” Santana (23-4-1, 12KOs) will headline the televised portion of Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo Tecate on Unimas series in a 10 round welterweight bout against Ed “The Lion” Paredes (36-5-1, 24KOs).
Santana, a former sparring partner of Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan and a Knuckleheadz Boxing Gym stable mate of Victor Ortiz, has won 11 of his last 12 bouts including victories over World Champion Joachim Alcine, former world title challenger Freddy Hernandez, and an upset of undefeated prospect Eddie Gomez. Santana has fought 10 times in Ventura County and will look to make his 2016 homecoming a successful one.
Paredes comes into his crossroads bout with Santana a winner of 14 of his last 16 boxing bouts including victories over former World Champion Vivian Harris, former world title challenger Antonio Pitalua, and unbeaten prospect Joey Hernandez. Paredes also met former world title challenger Jesus Soto Karass last year in Las Vegas.
Boxing By The Beach will also feature Orange County Lightweight Luis Ramos Jr. (25-2, 10KOs) making his Top Rank promotional debut. Ramos Jr. started his professional career winning his first 23 bouts including victories over fellow Top Rank fighter and multiple world title challenger Ray Beltran and Oxnard’s David Rodela. After taking two years off following back-to-back losses, Ramos is in the midst of a comeback and riding a two-bout winning streak.
As usual, boxers from the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard will be on display during Boxing By The Beach, topped off by two former amateur standouts now plying their trade as Top Rank blue-chip prospects, Alexander Besputin (4-0) and Maxim Dadashev. Fellow Russian uber-prospect and 2012 London Olympics Gold Medalist Egor Mekhonstev (11-0, 7KOs) will also be featured in an 8 round Light Heavyweight bout.
One of the next generation of notable boxers coming out of Ventura County will begin to pave his professional road as Santa Maria’s Oscar Mendoza makes his professional debut at Boxing on The Beach on April 2nd in Port Hueneme. Filling out the undercard will be Oxnard’s Julian “JuJu” Bautista (2-1), undefeated prospect from Woodland Hills Jessy Martinez (3-0), and Abraham Lopez (2-1) from Freddie Roach’s Wildcard West Boxing Club.
BOXING BY THE BEACH takes place on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at the Oceanview Pavilion, located at 575 E. Surfside Drive in Port Hueneme, California.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.boxingbythebeach.com
or by calling (805) 889-8162.
Tickets start at $40 for Theatre Seating and $80 for Ringside/Stage Seating.
Doors Open at 5:30pm; First Bout at 6:00pm. All bouts are subject to change.