LOS ANGELES (June 16) LA FIGHT CLUB returns to the historic Belasco Theater on Thursday, July 2 for a kickoff to the Fourth of July weekend celebrations with a special broadcast on FOX Deportes. In the main event, Gilberto “El Flaco” Gonzalez (25-3, 20 KOs) of Mexico City will take on the undefeated John Karl Sosa (13-0, 6 KOs) of Caguas, Puerto Rico in a 10-round super lightweight bout sure to excite fans. In the co-main event undefeated featherweight, Diego De La Hoya (10-0, 6 KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico returns to LA FIGHT CLUB in a scheduled eight-round fight against Jose “Hollywood” Estrella (14-6-1, 10 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico.
Opening up the telecast, Los Angeles transplant Oscar “El Jaguar” Negrete (10-0, 3 KOs) will face Ramiro Robles (12-3-1, 6 KOs) of Guanajuato, Mexico in an eight-round bout. In the non-televised undercard, undefeated Los Angeles native, Emilio Sanchez (8-0, 6 KOs) will make his third appearance at LA FIGHT CLUB in a six-round super bantamweight fight. Also returning to the series, Cesar “The Great” Quiñonez (2-0, 1 KOs) of Las Vegas, Nevada will fight in a for a four-round super lightweight brawl. Opponents will be announced shortly.
“We’re kicking off summer and Fourth of July weekend with a fantastic night of boxing at the Belasco Theater on July 2 with the next installment of LA FIGHT CLUB,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Founder and President of Golden Boy Promotions. “With sold-out crowds nearly every month, LA FIGHT CLUB continues to be a smashing success, and I promise we will continue to bring Los Angeles all-out action-packed fights in the ring each month.LA FIGHT CLUB on July 2 with Gonzalez vs. Sosa will be no exception.”
Undefeated in his last six fights, winning all by knockout, Gilberto “El Flaco” Gonzalez is ready to fight to keep his winning streak when he faces John Karl Sosa on July 2. A professional since 2005, Gonzalez has faced tough fighters Ricardo Dominguez and Noe Bolanos along the way acquiring the interim WBC Youth World Lightweight Title. In his first fight of 2015, Gonzalez faced David Rangel quickly defeating him in the second round of a 10-round scheduled fight in March.
John Karl Sosa of Caguas, Puerto Rico has been undefeated since his professional debut in 2012. A relative new comer, Sosa has quickly risen up in the super lightweight division staying busy, fighting four to five times per year. Most recently, Sosa defeated Joaquin Chavez in his first fight of 2015 via unanimous decision. Now, Sosa is ready for another tough test when he faces the seasoned Gilberto Gonzalez on July 2.
Diego De La Hoya has thrilled fans with his impressive skills in the ring since making his professional debut in 2013. Fighting with power, the Mexicali, Mexico native has stayed busy in 2015 with an impressive victory over title contender Manuel Roman at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in February and showed up Ramiro Robles in his first appearance atLA FIGHT CLUB in May. De La Hoya is ready to continue his winning streak when he goes up against Jose Estrella on July 2.
Hailing from Tijuana, which has rich history in boxing, Jose “Hollywood” Estrella is ready to start 2015 on the right track in his first fight of the year on July 2. Having faced Luis Nery, Efrain Gonzalez, and Jamie Conlan in 2014, Estrella is determined to win over American audiences is his U.S. debut when he goes up against the tough Diego De La Hoya.
Undefeated super bantamweight star Oscar Negrete of Los Angeles will get in the ring eager to continue his winning streak and maintain his undefeated status July 2. 2014 was a good year for Negrete as he secured wins over Carlos Medina, Gabriel Braxton and Salvador Perez. Negrete has stayed active thus far in 2015 winning via decision against Fernando Fuentes at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in February and Luis Maldonado in hisLA FIGHT CLUB debut in May. Now, the fighter is eager to add another victory to his record when he goes up against Ramiro Robles in his return to LA FIGHT CLUB on July 2.
Hailing from Guanajuato, Mexico, the hard-hitting Ramiro Robles made his professional debut at the young age of 17, triumphing over Carlos Hernandez Mejia in Queretaro, Mexico. Robles worked to establish a record of 12 wins since his debut. On July 9, 2014, Robles made his U.S. debut against undefeated Joseph “Jojo” Diaz Jr., ultimately losing after a grueling 10 rounds. In his second fight of 2015 and his return to LA FIGHT CLUB Robles will be looking for redemption as he takes on Oscar Negrete in the televised opening bout.
Making his professional debut in 2013, Los Angeles undefeated featherweight Emilio Sanchez can do it all in the ring. Sanchez won his first three bouts via first-round knockouts and has continued to impress with 2014 victories over Jonathan Ramos and Juan Alvarado. The young but experienced fighter has triumphed in all his bouts of 2015 defeating Luis Cosme in March and Eliezer Agosto in May, both fights were part of LA FIGHT CLUB.
In the non-televised action, Cesar “The Great” Quiñonez will fight for the third 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. He makes his return to LA FIGHT CLUB after defeating Oscar Rojas via unanimous decision in his debut of the series this past March.
LA FIGHT CLUB: Gonzalez vs. Sosa is a 10-round super lightweight bout presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona Extra and 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 Deportes broadcast will air live at 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT.
Tickets for the July 2 edition of LA FIGHT CLUB are on sale now. Prices start at $20 and can be purchased online by going to www.goldenboypromotions.com or by visiting the Golden Boy Promotions Facebook page. For ticket information, emailLAFightClub@goldenboypromotions.com.
The “Knockout Experience VIP Package” is also available for an additional $25 upgrade and includes VIP entrance, access to an exclusive lounge offering food and beverages for purchase; a meet and greet opportunity with fighters and celebrities attending the event; an automatic entry into the LA FIGHT CLUB grand prize drawing, which can include but is not limited to: autographed gloves, picture in the ring, backstage access, tour of locker rooms, fighter ring walk, tickets to upcoming boxing events and additional merchandise and prizes.
The LA FIGHT CLUB is a monthly boxing series that takes place on the first Thursday of each month with the next installment scheduled for August 6. 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.
Media interested in attending the July 2 installment of LA FIGHT CLUB must be pre-approved for credentials. Credential applications are available by clicking HERE. Completed credential applications should be sent firstname.lastname@example.org 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 25. Media will not be credentialed on-site, no exceptions.