The days leading up to this Saturday’s debut of L.A. BATTLE CLUB in El Monte, California have seen their share of moving and shaking.
Here are the latest news and notes:
• Former WBA Super Bantamweight World Champion and nearby Pico Rivera native, Rico “Sauvecito” Ramos (24-5, 12KOs) will take on Justin “The Vodou” Savi (28-5-2, 18KOs). Savi is the former WBC Silver, IBF Mediterranean, and African Union Featherweight Champion. Savi has faced former World Champions Jhnonny Gonzalez and Malcolm Klassen and is certain to be a stern test for the come-backing Ramos.
• Undefeated prospect from Palmdale Joel Diaz Jr. (21-0, 17KOs) will take on Brazilian “all or nothing” knockout artist Joaquim Carneiro (23-8, 21KOs). Carneiro is the long time Brazilian Super Lightweight Champion but has yet to break through on U.S. or British soil, losing both times to undefeated fighters. Diaz Jr. will try and make sure the third time will not be the charm for the visiting Carneiro.
• World Ranked Lightweight Denis Shafikov (36-2-1, 23KOs) will not be appearing on Saturday’s card due to an opportunity for Shafikov to fight July 2nd on ESPN versus 2012 U.S. Olympian and U.S. Marine Jamel Herring (15-0, 8KOs). We wish Shafikov luck as he seeks a 3rd opportunity to become a World Champion.
• Former IBA and IBC Light Heavyweight Champion Rocky Gannon’s (30-11, 23KOs) return to the ring for the first time in nearly 15 years appears to have been too good to be true. Gannon will not be part of L.A. BATTLE CLUB this Saturday.
• Welterweight Damien Lopez will be the lone boxer on the card making his professional boxing debut. Lopez anticipates a large partisan crowd of friends and family coming out to see the Burbank native make his maiden voyage into the professional ranks.
• Ray Ray Restaurant, one of El Monte’s highest rated restaurants on Yelp, will be serving their American-Chinese fusion specialty meals and boba drinks all night. Ray Ray is located adjacent to the venue at 10404 Valley Blvd. and their website is www.r2restaurant.com.
L.A. BATTLE CLUB will be presented by PR SPORTS in association with Bash Boxing.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.LABATTLECLUB.com or by calling
Tickets start at $40 for General Admission and $55 for Assigned Seating. A limited number of VIP tables (including dinner) for 4 are also available.
Doors Open at 5:00pm; First Bout at 5:30pm.
All bouts are subject to change.
Los Angeles Badminton Club
10410 Valley Blvd.
El Monte, CA 91731